I know I may be stirring up the hornets nest. I will say I am somewhat loyal (and therefore biased) towards Canon. But this video caught my attention. Switching camps is not anything I'm even remotely considering, but I thought he made some really good points (actually, I consider myself mostly camera agnostic and just happen to own all Canon gear).
In particular, I liked the phrase that he used: artificial limitations. The term cripple hammer riles people up, and that is not my intent with this post. But the phrase artificial limitation perfectly describes the little things that do irk me about my Canon cameras. They are capable without a doubt. But then they put these little artificial limitations in almost as if to intentionally irk you (so that you never feel like you have the perfect camera, and therefore are always subconsciously open to upgrading eventually). That may or may not be true, but it does seem that way to me sometimes. And I thought he articulated this well. They may be small things, but they sometimes get in the way of creativity.
An example of one of the comments I agreed with (from the comments section):
"The great thing about this video was the focus on the recording limit. When I first started doing videos with a DSLR instead of a dedicated camcorder I was using a friends Canon. I didn't know about the record limit.... until is shut off during a part of a video podcast recording. It became very frustrating because I also became over aware of the time instead of the content. Then I got ahold of a test version of the FX3 and fell in love! Don't regret purchasing one at all!"
I hardly ever use video which is why I haven't cared too much about the video limitations. But this past year I needed a camera to record myself for some grad school demonstration lessons I had to make, and found myself extremely irritated that I had the best cameras and the best lenses- $1000s of dollars worth- and yet, couldn't use it to record my 1-2 hour long classes in-body. I ended up having to make do with two Samsung smartphones instead. I find that really shameful on Canon's part. And like I said in the beginning- I'm only somewhat loyal. If Sony comes along and eats their lunch, Canon has no one but themselves and their staunchly conservative approach to blame.
Another comment that expresses perhaps what a lot of us feel that I believe Canon should really pay more attention to:
"It always feels like my canon cameras came with an asterisk. I still have my eos r too (and a couple lenses ). I enjoyed shooting canon more but had soo much more freedom & create options on Sony."
Like I said, I don't really shoot video, so I don't have much reason to go sniffing around Sony cameras. But as someone invested in Canon, I really do hope they stop taking their position as market leader for granted and cut back on some of those artificial limitations.