- Canon Professional Network has some great info about the new camera.
- DP Review, as always, has some great information too.
- As does Rob Galbraith, but it is more of the same.
- Canon Rumors did a good job of keeping us all informed before the camera was official too.
- For those that wanted a new video camera with "pro" video features...this article does a good job expelling what you got instead.
I am excited for this camera and have one, with a grip on order...I can hardly wait for the end of March.
There seems to be a lot of disappointment out there with this camera though. I might be missing something, but what did we all want the 1Ds replacement to be? The 5DII was really just a 1DsIII light and when the 1Dx said it was the "New Flagship" that meant that the 1DsIII needed to be replaced.
My list for the 1DsIII replacement was:
- Drop the weight...check
- Get better AF...(assumably) check
- Get more AF coverage...check
- Get better/more high ISO shooting...check
- Get to 6+ fps...check
- Get to 6,000pix on the long end, but not much more...(close - 5760 x 3840)
- Shoot 1080P with usable features to replace tradition cameras...check (real audio/exposure control and legitimate timecode/monitoring)
- Get internal HDR and Timelapse...we got the HDR half of it
- Get a real GPS option...check (I have experienced the poor reception and battery life of built in versions)
- Get a better screen...check
- Dual multi-selectors...check (if you add the grip)
- Keep dual cards (After the D3x-1Dx I wanted it to stay CF and SD)...check
- Keep a good/consistent Battery...check (same as my 5DII and 7Ds)
- 5616 x 3744 TO 5760 x 3840 (I really did want to match the D3x at 6048 x 4032, but not much more)
- 100 - 1600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 3200 TO Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400
- Less than perfect 45p AF TO 61p AF (with spot AF :)
- 230,000 screen dots TO 1,040,000
- 5 fps TO 6 fps (the 1DsII was only 4fps and the 1Ds was only 3fps)
- Exposure compensation of ±3 EV TO ±5 EV
I have a 5D III and grip on order, and will use it heavily. It is almost exactly what I have wanted for big mile days when I take only one camera and should be a slight improvement for my landscape photography (over the 1DsIII and 5DII, but they did not need much improvement).
I am sure Canon will eventually deliver a 30-50MP, slow, camera for those of you who want that, but I don't think that I would have bought the camera if it could only shoot 4fps in full quality 14-bit RAW, even at 50MP. When I need insane file size for landscapes I use my T/S lens' like a large format camera. I don't think I have ever had a client as for more resolution, ever. I also don't believe current lenses and diffraction limits of optics will make folks happy when they shoot a 45MP camera much past f/8.
For those that wanted "serious" video features, that is the C300 and whatever else they bring out below it in that line. I don't need to produce music videos, TV shows, feature films or even commercials. I am just looking for a high quality way to record footage while I am in the field to shoot stills.
I am happy with what Canon made for us who choose to purchase one, and I hope that those of you who are not happy will soon get a camera that will do what you need in the field.
Happy analyzing, but really you should get out and do some shooting ;)