Counterpoint to counterpoint:
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01 8-bit JPEGs store 256 shades per channel. That’s fine, until you start wanting to heavily manipulate your images.
02 12-bit NEFs capture 4096 shades per channel. This gives much smoother tones.
03 14-bit NEFs capture 16,384 shades per channel, but you often won’t be able to see any difference next to 12-bit NEFs.
Um, let us know how that works out for you after you've slapped that poor old L-glass onto a 40+mpixel body, will you?
In fact, I'll bet a beer (or however many it takes to make this bet attractive to you) that current consumer grade optics of a shockingly wide variety will be more than sufficient to remain critically sharp from wide open down through f/11 on your new Wonder Toy.
I am a photographer and not a videographer. After viewing the Chuck Westhall video I was not really inspired to want to upgrade my 7D. We seem to have waited a long time for the 7D2 and I was expecting more 'must have' features.
I'm honestly baffled by comments like this - what else could anyone possibly (reasonably) want from the 7D Mk II?
It's a uniquely capable camera, far and away the most feature-heavy APS-C body out there, bringing umpteen novel features to the APS-C market, and improvements to the 7D.
The Samsung does 420MP/Sec.
The Samsung is also saving 12-bit files during continuous shooting vs. the full 14-bits in single shot mode.
You keep telling us that DR (and by extension 12bits vs 14bits) isn't important except to a small number of people so therefore this difference that you've highlighted is also relatively unimportant. Or do you wish to become one of your own DRones and insist that the extra bit-depth and thus DR is all of a sudden important?
What's pathetic is the inflated sense of entitlement some of you lot have - "how dare Canon not make me my perfect camera..."
It's infantile - Canon isn't in the business of keeping you happy.
Well, if Canon is not in the business of keeping US happ ... representing pretty much a cross-section of their best, most loyal and longstanding clients who typically have shelled out anywhere from a couple 1000 bucks to a couple 10.000 on Canon products ... THEN Canon has no business. AS far as I am concerned.
And YES, we are fully ENTITLED to demand better products from Canon ... as we are entitled towards any other supplier of gear who fails to deliver products that are not as good as as they could be and that are not at least as good (!) in every which way as competitor's products and "technical state of the art" is.
We are even more entitled to demand this from the self-proclaimed global leader in imaging technology who has claimed on numerous occasions to bring us nothing less than "the future of photography".
Tell that to the many thousands of pros back in the '80's when they swapped from FD to EF mounts. Canon will do what it believes is in the best interests of its shareholders in the mid to long term, coincidentally they very often know better than us what we actually need.