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Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:31:57 AM »
Another mention of a hybrid viewfinder coming to a “high end” Canon DSLR is making the rounds.

Basically, the viewfinder is both electronic and optical. The electronic viewfinder would take over for video recording and the optical viewfinder would be used for stills.

I see this as a possibility in one of two cameras initially. Either a replacement to the EOS-1D C or in the EOS 7D Mark II (could be named something else). We’ve been told in the past that the EOS 7D replacement would receive a host of video features to help differentiate the camera from the EOS 70D and everyone else currently making a high end APS-C DSLR.

I think whatever replaces the EOS 7D will definitely have some new technology in it, just like the 7D did when it arrived on the scene 4.5 years ago.

More to come…

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Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 09:49:58 AM »
i think that hybrid viewfinder would make it almost the best of MILCs and SLRs.
there'd be nothing other than the advantage of low flange length for mirrorless cameras then.

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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2014, 10:02:42 AM »
The 7D MK II (or whatever it will be called) looks more and more enticing.
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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 10:44:21 AM »
As always the proof is in the pudding. Looking forward to seeing what this is about.

I wonder whether this hybrid viewfinder would form part of an automated lens microadjustment system.

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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 10:49:05 AM »
Sounds interesting. If true, does that mean Canon thinks this development (hybrid viewfinder) somehow eclipses the touch focus (by introducing it in 7DII instead of 70D)? Or maybe it is just another option. But I fail to see what is the big advantage of the hybrid viewfinder over the larger back screen (other than power consumption/visability in adversely bright situations).

I'm sure someone smarter than me (low threshold) can point out the additional advantages.  ;D
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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 11:31:34 AM »
I see this as a possibility in one of two cameras initially. Either a replacement to the EOS-1D C or in the EOS 7D Mark II (could be named something else).

Please make it so!!!

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 11:36:33 AM »
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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2014, 11:40:48 AM »
Sounds interesting. If true, does that mean Canon thinks this development (hybrid viewfinder) somehow eclipses the touch focus (by introducing it in 7DII instead of 70D)? Or maybe it is just another option. But I fail to see what is the big advantage of the hybrid viewfinder over the larger back screen (other than power consumption/visability in adversely bright situations).

I'm sure someone smarter than me (low threshold) can point out the additional advantages.  ;D

I'd love to think that the hybrid viewfinder would help video, but I wonder if it would hurt more than it would help?  Any filmmaker would want the camera to be far more mobile than having it perpetually affixed to one's eye, and imagine how hard it would be to keep the camera steady with the viewfinder up to one's face, and change settings at the same time!  Granted, it would definitely help those of us who use our cameras as the functional equivalent of a camcorder (I know I do sometimes), but I don't think it'd be a draw for professional videographers, who use external monitors anyway.  I still want to see what Canon would do with a hybrid viewfinder though, it sounds fascinating!
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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 12:31:42 PM »
Quite the contrary, I think the electronic viewfinder should be more helpful for stills than for videos.
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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2014, 12:34:51 PM »
The implication of this is that they are moving the 7D more towards video support, which is exactly what I hoped they wouldn't do  :-\
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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2014, 02:02:01 PM »
I'd love to think that the hybrid viewfinder would help video, but I wonder if it would hurt more than it would help?  Any filmmaker would want the camera to be far more mobile than having it perpetually affixed to one's eye, and imagine how hard it would be to keep the camera steady with the viewfinder up to one's face, and change settings at the same time!  Granted, it would definitely help those of us who use our cameras as the functional equivalent of a camcorder (I know I do sometimes), but I don't think it'd be a draw for professional videographers, who use external monitors anyway.  I still want to see what Canon would do with a hybrid viewfinder though, it sounds fascinating!

the viewfinder definitely helps video. having a third point of contact for handheld video improves stability immensely. just imagine taking a photo by holding the camera out with just your hands, vs the normal way of putting it against your eye. the improvement in stability is the same for video.

even pro videographers need to go handheld sometimes, and a rig is not always an option for doc/event shooters. I would be a lot more interested in the 7D2 with a hybrid viewfinder.

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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2014, 02:19:20 PM »
Quite the contrary, I think the electronic viewfinder should be more helpful for stills than for videos.
Yup! I don't care about video but I do want the EVF for my stills.


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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 02:22:26 PM »
Twoud make a versatile 7D(2,II,TOO,Also), eh?
All theories are wrong, but some are useful, eh?

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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2014, 02:37:47 PM »
Canon patented a hybrid viewfinder a couple or more years back.  Now, with the dual pixel sensor, there might be some advantage.  I see no relation to a touch screen  touch focus for use with liveview on a tripod.

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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2014, 02:48:33 PM »
I am getting the distinct feeling that the 7D II will be a 7D with improved video, not a 7D II with a better sensor, better AF system, and higher frame rate. Hybrid VF sounds very cool...but if it isn't paired with a new and much improved sensor (yes, even over the 70D) that has a FWC in the 30,000e- range (on par with the D7100 and better than the 70D), along with a much improved and more consistent AF system (eliminating the jitter that plagues the 7D)...that fancy new VF will be largely useless for a stills photographer.

It's looking more and more like I am going to be investing my money in a 5D III.

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Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2014, 02:48:33 PM »