The death of the DSLR in its current form is inevitable. I am not trying to be controversial. It’s simple logic and it’s clearly the way that technology is moving forward. It’s not going to be today or tomorrow, but at some point there will be no need for it. It’s a 130 year old system after all!
We all like a nice mirror, right? How else does one get one’s make up right before partying on the the town? But seriously the mirror or pentaprism that has formed the single lens reflex system for over 130 years is now on its way out…albeit not in professional cameras… yet (unless you count the Fuji X-Pro 1 as Pro. I have one, love it, but I wouldn’t call it a pro camera though) Nikon have their 1 system, Sony have the NEX 5 and 7 and Panny have the GH2 that not many people have heard about All of these are effectively consumer cameras, as in not meant for pros.
This is a first for Canon. An interchangeable lens APS-C camera with no mirror. Fewer moving parts means less to go wrong, potentially faster operation and (big deal for me), the ability to stick any lens that can cover APS-C on it with an adaptor. That is the best thing about the Sony E-mount, not the lenses that have come out, but the flexibility to use other lenses.
At the moment the camera is an unknown quantity. Just a list of specs. As always it’s video that is my priority, but stills are important to me, and not just for timelapse. The video function seems to have all the features of the current crop of DSLRs (no sign of the ALL-I, and as the new T4i/ 650d does not have it either, I am not surprised) but as it’s not using AVCHD 2.0 there is no 1080p 60p. 720p again for that, I am afraid. BUT it is a world camera, so 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p. This is confirmed as the same sensor as the 650d. So same issues as that camera has. Not the fixes that the 5d3/ 1dx offer. Disappointing.
So what is there to be excited about? At the moment…not a huge amount. It’s good that Canon are finally getting in on the act…it’s not a revolutionary camera though. We have had APS-C cameras in this form from Sony for some time, and their NEX 7 is more groundbreaking due to its SLR-like controls and incredible OLED viewfinder on a very compact body, It’s just a shame that I found the video on that camera to be somewhat disappointing. But it really is an amazing camera for the size…bit pricey though!
I for one am VERY happy they went with APS-C not a smaller sensor as some rumours said it would be. A smaller sensor like in the Nikon 1 and GH2 is a bit of a pain if you own lots of glass made for larger sensors. It’s also an aesthetic that I am not as happy with. Personal preference and utterly subjective of course! It had to be a new lens system, and I can see myself buying maybe just the F2 22mm pancake version rather that the slow kit zoom. You can buy a package with the pancake and an EF adaptor. That’s the one for me. I have no interest in buying up yet ANOTHER set of lenses that only work on one system…although I wonder if this new lens mount is what we may find on the rumoured EOS C100…the baby brother of the C300…whoops! Rumours! I don’t do rumours. Sorry!
There is no EVF. A big disappointment. For anyone who has used the NEX5N add-on EVF or the built-in NEX 7 one then they will know what I mean. A real shame. I don’t know if one can be added via a hotshoe or whether it’s down for a higher end model, but I need a viewfinder for stills and even video…after all we have lost the mirror, again, that is what is so great about the NEX 7.
Anyway, time to cut my ramble. I am on the last day of my holiday and wanted to stick this up. I don’t normally post news here as loads of smashing news sites like Planet 5D, Nofilmschool, EOSHD etc who do that very well. What I try to do here is something different, but every now and then I do post a bit of news if it is big enough…and although the camera doesn’t get me at all twitchy down below right now, this is a first step and hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things. After all smaller, lighter cameras with the same features is a good thing…especially if they cost the same or cheaper…now if only Canon would be a little bit bolder and bring out something to blow our socks off! Then again this is a 650d for same ish price and half size. Pretty damn cool!