« on: November 14, 2010, 11:28:03 AM »
It's clear that people want a 7D with even more features from the 1D series. So for the 7D mk2 (will this be late 2011 or 2012?):
-Sensor - hmm... Difficult. If it's s 2011 release, then an updated 18MP with improved S:N ratio & DR would be nice. 2012 may see the game change too much to predict what would be desirable. If the 1D line goes full-frame then APS-H might be a possiblity, but this would limit its use as a general camera and make it very sports/wildlife orientated.
-AF - 45 point from the 1D series. I really struggle to see why Canon thought it was necessary to develop the 19 pt system in the current 7D when they could have easily put the 1D Mk 3 system in (tweaked of course). Yes I'm sure it does improve their profit margin, but it just looks a little tight fisted compared to Nikon's offerings.
-Dual card slots - (even the D7000 has these now) either 2 x CF, or 1 x CF & 1 x SD.
-AF assist lamp - why did this disappear from EOS DSLRs?
-Mirror lock up button - why does this option stay buried in the menus of even pro-level Canon cameras?
Is that it? Yes, basically the 7D is a great camera. As for the 5D Mk3:
-Sensor - an updated version of the current 21MP one, with improved S:N and DR, would be great. It would allow the 1Ds Mk4 to have a unique slot as the high resolution pro body. If you can afford all the glass to make the best of a 30+MP sensor, the price of the body won't be that much of a concern.
-AF - see 7D Mk2 (above).
-AF assist lamp
-Mirror lock up
All of the 5D Mk3s specifications that I've outline would be dependant upon a full frame version of the 1D Mk4 appearing beforehand, otherwise it would steal too many 1D series users.
I'm going to get ridiculed by some people who will say that these cameras would be too expensive, not have high enough profit margins for Canon, or would steal too many pro-body users. To them I say that Nikon already produces cameras in these market positions. Yes, they may be trading some of their profitability for market share but that's going to happen in a market that's reaching saturation. Canon gained its 'number 1' position by innovating and giving the photographer more. They're currently losing it by adopting a "me too" attitude and trying to give their customers less.