Aussie greetings Frodo in the fair land of NZ... oops I mean MiddleEarth!Some (friendly) comments from across the Tasman.
I suggest you spend some time with an EOS R. In relation to your wishes:
- Currently 30MP, so not far from your range.
- With the firmware update, AF is very good.
- I think framerate can be overhyped by non-sports or wildlife photographers. The EOS R can do 8fps (albeit without AF).
- Image quality is as good (if not slightly better) than 5DIV (see my post on the R upgrade thread).
- If you set the default jpg picture style to "neutral" or similar, you have a less contrasty image in the EVF. The EVF was one thing that delayed me getting the R, but I am now largely used to it.
- IBIS would be nice
- Video is potentially an issue if you need uncropped 4k.
I think that the R is a surprisngly good camera - this realisation comes after a couple of months of ownership. And a reasonable price now. Who knows what the new versions will deliver and what they will cost.
Below I'll address your response to my message about why the EOS R isn't the camera for me.
I did not go into depth about ergonomics in my earlier post, but that is part (but definitely not the only reason) why the EOS R isn’t the camera for me. FWIW, from the very beginning I knew that the EOS R would be a much better ‘performing’ camera – in the field, and in use, than many of the ‘spec sheet warriors’. I have known and appreciated this about many Canon cameras for many years. While one does get more accustomed to ergonomics in time, there is also very much a degree where ergonomics don’t work to a degree one is comfortable for. I have owned several cameras over multiple decades (from the 1980’s till today) – including many Canon and other brand DSLRs. Certain cameras I picked up and knew they would work for me (and they have), whereas others I picked up and didn’t feel comfortable from the beginning, and I tried to ‘make the work’ – but each time, after some time, I sold these (after some months of use). So I am very aware of what works and what doesn’t for me. The R’s ergonomics don’t work for me.
I have spent some time with the EOS R, not just once, but multiple times, including some extended periods borrowing a friend's EOS R matched with some of his and my own quality L (& non-L) glass. It feels uncomfortable for me / my hands to hold with glass that is heavier than 300gr. Compared to using 5D series, 80D, 7D, etc – the EOS R gives me hand cramp and the body layout is not intuitive to me.
(As an aside, but related note, the M5’s ergonomics are worse than the R, but that has the constraint of being a much smaller ‘system’ – and I accept the poorer ergonomics of the EOS M system, because it is – for me – the small / much more portable system).
Now, as to the other aspects you list, I’ll go through them one by one. Please read and understand that I am “not hating on the EOS R” – it is a great camera for certain (even many!) purposes, but it does not (yet) all my needs/wants in a photography tool.
- 36 MP is really the minimum I want, 50MP would be ideal. There’s a real, notable difference between 30MP and 50MP (my ideal) especially when it comes to cropping, e.g. for wildlife, or certain takes on landscape photography. I do take your point though, it’s not like ’30 MP’ is ‘low’ – I have used digital cameras of under 1 MP back many years ago! The earliest DSLRs I toyed with were around 6MP.
- AF is good (accurate and great at tracking), but it is not yet ideal for fast moving subjects (think birds in flight, which rapidly change in direction). My DSLRs do a better job in terms of usability here (not necessarily accuracy)
- There is a minimum frame rate that realistically works for certain sports and wildlife. (I do a fair bit of both these types of photography). The EOS R just doesn’t cut it in this regard because as I wrote in my earlier post, FPS must match continual AF to be meaningful for me. The M6 mkII definitely hints of better potential for the future EOS R models
- I have no complaints about the EOS R’s image quality… but banding is a concern I mentioned, in the that that it won’t appear with a new sensor – as some sensor changes have introduced in the past (not just Canon)
- Thanks for the reminder about setting JPG style to neutral (and I manually turned down the contrast and saturation) on my M5. I had known about that before, so I changed that last night, and the view through the VF definitely improved, cheers! I shoot images exclusively in RAW file format, so that’s fine – as it doesn’t impact the actual image outcome
- Glad that we agree, IBIS would be nice.
- Video is not a big consideration for me… though I will write here, that a high FPS, to allow slow-motion is one feature I use occasionally (e.g. for my remote control cars driving around, doing stunts, etc). I don’t need 4k (but I do understand for some more serious videographers, how important this can be).