Canon & Nikon listened, BUT...

Started Apr 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Kabe Luna
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Marketing is a double-edged sword
In reply to marksee, Apr 26, 2012

For years–because it was an advantage they could readily exploit–Canon has pushed ever-greater pixel density as integral to high image quality. So, no surprise that now telling less is more (while also charging a premium, ostensibly for features that merely bring it abreast of the competition) is stirring up some confusion and even resentment. Things are complicated by the Nikon D800 offering, in practice, the same high ISO image quality (through at least 6400) and dramatically increased dynamic range below ISO 3200, despite a significantly higher pixel count and a lower price tag.

Likewise, Nikon, after spectacularly convincing its users that fewer pixels are the road to key to image quality nirvana, is finding some resistance to the idea of being able to have high image quality and high pixel count. And, understandably, after building workflows around relatively compact 12MP files, some don't want to deal with the greater resource demands. The extreme resolution and loss of framing rate potential have made the D800 much less of a jack-of-all-trades camera than was the D700–a point aggravated by the fact that, on specification, the 22 MP Canon 5DIII is closer to what D700 owners wanted.

So, the reactions to both products make sense. Both Canon and Nikon could have saved users a lot of angst with naming conventions that don't suggest these two cameras–each conceptually quite different than either 5DII or D700 respectively, are direct replacements for either.

marksee wrote:

Is it just me, or are forum posters crazy? When Canon and Nikon introduced the

5D Mark II and the Nikon D700, Canon posters complained that the Canon 5DII didn't have the high iso they needed and Nikon posters compained that the D700 didn't have the megapixels that they needed. Now that Nikon and Canon listened and responded with the perfect cameras for the complainers, the Canon posters want more megapixels and the Nikon posters want higher iso capability. Crazy stuff, huh?

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