« on: September 11, 2014, 05:13:02 PM »
Exactly! OMG we have that 18Mpx sensor in lowest model. Does Canon want to pretend that two more megapixels and some AF upgrades and circuity for these is normal after 5 or more like nearly 8 years of that sensor tech birth?, DOH....
Professional photographers and crazy sports/birding/wildlife enthusiasts -- who this camera is being made for -- care far less about pixel counts than you do. Resolution matters, but low light performance, burst, AF and build quality matter as well.
I'm not defending Canon here (the spec list is 'sensibly better' but not earth-shaking), but if I was a current Canon 7D user, the new 7D2 would offer the following improvements:
- A world class AF system on many levels
- 10 fps
- A very nice video option that should roundly satisfy casual video people: all sorts of video AF options for those who are not comfortable with manual focusing
- Some amount of low light improvement. As said before, we don't know how much, but it's been five years...
And that's worth $1500-2000 to them, I am certain of that.
Consider the alternatives:
- Migrate to the competitive similar option: Nikon D7100 and all new lenses. Someone run the numbers for me on that, assuming you have to replace 3-4 lenses. I'm guessing you'd be paying the equivalent of 1DX body money to get a better (?) camera. Fail. No one will do this other than those that like to burn money.
- Migrate to Canon full frame and need a fair amount pricier new lenses to recoup the length you've lost. A lot of shooters make that jump at some point in their lives, but 'reach' shooters are somewhat hosed here. if you were shooting a 100-400L or 300L prime on a 7D, reproducing that length in FF terms without needing a teleconverter is a massive inflection point for cost.
- Leave SLRs behind and pick up a cool/small/impressive Sony, Fuji or Olympus mirrorless rig. If you leave a sophisticated tool like a 7D for mirrorless, you probably didn't need the 7D in the first place. I am not knocking mirrorless, not at all -- I just think the 7D is a birding/wildlife/sports camera and mirrorless is many things... but it isn't a birding/wildlife/sports platform.
Again, I'm not defending Canon so much as state that in this specific segment in this specific need (flagship-level crop body, reach shooters, supertele owners, etc.), Canon will not lose a soul here unless they do something absolutely idiotic with price.