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Topic # 140599 14-Feb-2014 15:08 Send private message

I thought this was a pretty interesting read, covering what traditional DSLR companies are doing to develop their products, vs what new comers, and new technologies (mirrorless etc) are offering:

http://nofilmschool.com/2014/02/sony-alpha-a6000-mirrorless-canon-t5-dslr-price-cost/

It's obviously video biased, but I thought it interesting all the same.

It's pretty easy to argue for some features and not for others.
Overall for instance I don't care how many focus points there are as I typically use spot focus only.
(there is an argument that focussing and then recomposing may mean that the intended focus point is now not optimally in focus in it's new position in the lens field of view.  the spot focus system only seems to work for me if you're doing stills work on a fixed tripod etc, but I digress).

Optical viewfinders are a plus for me, but the newer OLED offerings appear to have progressed dramatically over the traditional EVF's of the past.  There's always an argument that you're seeing exactly what the end sensor is seeing too, rather than what the lens is offering before the mirror pops up.  Maybe we're not there yet, but the tech is progressing.

The main focus for me though was to see the development of the latest entry Canon and to wonder exactly what has changed in it.
I guess when you're a major player like Canon then you're going to grab new comers to the game, who won't realise that the latest looks a lot like the latest from many years ago also...

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  Reply # 992603 22-Feb-2014 22:29 One person supports this post Send private message

I'd be delighted if they stopped stuffing video in my stills cameras.

I have no interest in shooting video.

I recently bought a Nikon D3x and revel in the fact that it is the last pro camera Nikon made with no video (unless you count the Df, which I do not really consider pro build).

Mirrorless will eventually trump DSLR I think. The main issue is tracking focus of objects that are moving. Most mirror less cameras use CDAF (contrast detect auto focus) which is fast and accurate on stationary objects.

DSLR's use PDAF (phase detect AF) which is much better at tracking.

Hybrid systems are beginning to show up now that use on-sensor PDAF. Once that is developed to a level a pro would use it to shoot the Olympics, DSLR's are dead IMV.





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Sorry about that, not entirely sure how I managed that!

The link has been updated:
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/02/sony-alpha-a6000-mirrorless-canon-t5-dslr-price-cost/





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  Reply # 994725 26-Feb-2014 10:51 Send private message

Geektastic: I'd be delighted if they stopped stuffing video in my stills cameras.

I have no interest in shooting video.

I recently bought a Nikon D3x and revel in the fact that it is the last pro camera Nikon made with no video (unless you count the Df, which I do not really consider pro build). 


lol, I hear this a lot.  I don't think the addition of video impacts on the IQ of your device one bit.  It's fair to treat it like another mode dial option that you don't use and skip right past. 

Likewise the addition of GPS/wifi/NFC etc.  There doesn't appear to be the dramatic increase of dynamic range etc from modern sensors, so the areas of development are into non image quality directions right now.    When was the last time someone released a camera that had dramatically improved final image quality over what is already available?  Right now it's the progression to live view, focus peaking, weather resistance etc, with only the very occasional increase in high ISO reduced noise capabilities etc.


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  Reply # 999921 6-Mar-2014 02:36 One person supports this post Send private message

Geektastic: I'd be delighted if they stopped stuffing video in my stills cameras.

I have no interest in shooting video.



Not going to happen, there target markets wants video. There is also essentially no downside to having video features in your DSLR, it doesn't compromise the photos at all.





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