DWare: While interesting that Canon is gearing up for a new high resolution sensors ... I wonder if they are still using the 500nm chip process?
@nekrosoft13 please confirm your source that it's on a 500nm geometry.
jrkliny: I have looked at this interview a couple of times. Each time I look at the opening question and response. How is it possible that Maeda does not know that the full frame Canon sensors have had the same resolution for 7 years? How does Canon expect to make sales if they do not improve their cameras? Cameras need good sensors, they need to autofocus and they need to correctly expose. It is pretty hard to sell autofocus and exposure. Those are givens. We expect our cameras to do those tasks. If the sensors are not improved why would anyone upgrade?
have you never been told hey it's been ___ years since _____ and gone .. wow has it really been that long?
Josh Bailey: This guy seems a bit ignorant and not much passion for making cameras. He has that Samsung feel about him. Mocking others instead of improving their own kind of thing.
why would it "frighten them".
canon's holding onto over 40 marketshare of all ILC's .. MILC's outside the fandom over the past 3+ years that CIPA beens tracking has basically remained a steadystate as far as market shipments.
he's actually being quite truthful - people publize when they "leak" ie: move from canon / nikon and cry rivers of joy over a fuji camera - however for each one of those - 3 other people purchase a canon camera.
Concerned or a bit worried? perhaps - but what frightens canon more I would assume would be smartphones versus anything else.
when 1 billion smartphones are being sold per year - that's what scares and should scare any camera company at this point.
didn't eyefi x2 pro support RAW anyways? is RAW transfers really that new?
however nice to see them upgrade class 10 from class 6.
Baron Sekiya: Canon has bought sensors from Sony in the past, and possibly present, for their compact cameras. My PowerShot had the recalled Sony sensor and had to be sent in to be fixed.
Canon has had a history of not be consistent across their lense line with quality. I've seen kit lenses what output garbage images with how soft they were and I owned their orginal EF 16-35/2.8L that was terrible. If they're going to put their name on a product it should produce quality images.
As for dSLR bodies Canon doesn't do a good job of listening to the American pro photo market and catering to their needs. They may listen to their own countrymen/women photographers in Japan but they are a go super slow company. I'd like to see mirrorless 7DMkII level dSLRs and higher that can shoot with minimal noise and higher flash sync speeds.
They also need to help with the legislation to get the EU to remove the videocamera tariff so dSLRs can shoot longer than 30 minutes continuous video.
@autochrome ... odd, how'd we take pictures the last decade in digital?
I've seen a lot of amazing high dr work - on 8.5 EV sensors. how'd we manage that?
the differences between 11 and 13 (the purported current gap) isn't as vast as some make it out to be.
Great Bustard: Words to live by: "There's nothing in particular that we learned from Nikon or Sony..." Tends to explain a lot.
That wasn't the question asked. And if you can't shoot in 11 ev the problem is you especially for studio
bronxbombers4: "There's nothing in particular that we learned from Nikon or Sony,"
Sadly, truer words have never been spoken!
might want to re-read the actual question.
why? what would they learn from sony or nikon with respects to high resolution (which was the actual question).
canon a decade ago prototyped 50Mp sensors, and 6-7 years ago prototyped 100+ MP sensors.
so with respects to higher resolution - what would they learn?
especially when 22 to 36 wasn't that vast anyways.
aquarta: When you look at mirrorless cameras from your competitors, what scares you the most?
"Looking at all of the mirrorless cameras out there, there’s nothing that really frightens us. "
That's a very frightening comment
a CEO atypically has to confirm to a code of ethics, which makes them hedge their responses more. a CEO/CFO,etc is a legal entity of a publicly traded company.
sportyaccordy: I think the EOS M4 will be very strong if they put a viewfinder on it. Strange thing is though I don't know if Canon MAKES an EVF.
changing the goalposts now aren't you?the a3000 has a old 900k dot evf, versus the newer 2.36m dot EVF's such as Olympus provides with it's VF-4 with the pen series and also canon and as well, the NEX-7 used it as well.
not to mention to include in an EVF would require a compromise, either dropping the flash or the hotshoe, making the camera bigger, or moving from a 2:3 screen.
should canon have another model? yes.
is there anything wrong with an M3 without an EVF - not really, unless you also believe the PEN's not having a build in EVF is a problem.
nekrosoft13: interesting interview, but pathetic Canon point of view. they act like their the best in everything, nothing scares them, yet every company out there is making better gear then them.
outside of rabid forum goers .. canon cameras just work. and they have a very extensive ecosystem, and support infrastructure.
big difference between someone a senior manager sales and marketing and a CEO though.
even legally wise.
and the Olympus equivalent of that is 280 USD.. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/971402-REG/olympus_v329140bu000_vf_4_electronic_viewfinder_for.html
meland: Actually the only thing wrong with this interview is that with the benefit of hindsight Maeda-san probably shouldn't have given it at all. Let's face it he probably can't win with some of the audience here. He could give a very generic company response and many of you here would complain about that being a whitewash, or he can try and give his own personal candid opinion and many of you are now throwing your toys out of the pram because he did just that. Frankly some of the rabid responses are startling and do not reflect well on a certain element of DPR's readership.
Bear in mind that this is an interview conducted with the help of translators which is difficult at best and perhaps also consider the considerable limitations of that.
sony alpha cameras are selling well? really?
you got stats to back that up?
I see the NEX-5T being dumped as the only MILC in amazon's top 100 cameras ranking .. there's hmmm .. 6 DSLR's.
there's around 18 DSLR's outselling the A7II .. the latest dpreview forum darling..
no it's not.
Niala2: ISO : ...."the EOS 7D Mark II is intended for a wider range of users. Users of the 5DS and 5DS R have much higher, stricter standards. So we set the ISO cap in accordance with what we felt that they would demand and require. "
This answer of his (allegedly), I regard arrogant, totally intolerable. I wouldn't let an interviewed person get away with this without giving him a chance to correct himself. This way it obviously means that You should not condemn this choice ("low" max ISO), if You are not part of those he thinks(..! not asks or knows) DEMAND(?? I could have demanded?) to be crippled by what Canon considers unworthy of Your needs, then, obviously You ARE not in the league to be considered part of those he believes to know from that they ask for holly protection from tempting childishly higher ISO....
why is that arrogant? it's making a product for what you believe your target market is.
you may say canon is misjudging the target market, but to say that ISO 6400 and hi at 12800 is limiting a significant amount of people? comeon, be serious without sitting there worrying about spec sheets. most professionals cap out full frame high MP's cameras far lower than the absolute range the camera supports.
PeaceKeeper: I am betting less than 10% of Canon's customers are professional "photojournalists". The rest are hobbyists, enthusiasts, and casual photographers.
In other words, he just gave 90% of his customers the finger(or any of countless other insulting hand gestures).
All the dancing around issues aside, I just can't wrap my head around the fact he thought this was a good strategy. Surely there were better ways to avoid questions than alienating their main source of revenue. Consumers are too well informed to swallow that "We make it for professionals, if you don't want it, you must not be a professional" nonsense(or are they?)
@eno2 .. you DO realize that canon was the first company out there to make an ILC do 4K? almost a full 2 years before anyone else?
it's still the largest sensored ILC that records internally.
Aur: I think it's also weird he suggests ppl don't like small cameras outside of Japan.
The fact that 40mm and now 24mm Canon pancake lens are doing so well, is because they're super lightweigt, good quality they fit in your pocket, and they're fun.
People LOVE those things, because of their size.
you sure people don't love them because they are cheap as @(#$*&#$
unless you have marketing statistics to back up your claims
zigi_S: The elephant in the room hasn't been noticed. Namely sensor DR. Why?
the difference isn't .. however in alot of cases the desire to pull shadows up and tone compress from a single image is greatly overstated.
even dpreview gets into it, by stating that you absolutely need high DR sensors for landscape. you do?
since when was that necessary - I've seen tons of amazing shots taken on 10 year old cameras with around 8 to 9EV sensor DR.
so while the numerical difference is certainly there - technique and skill certainly do diminish the absolute need.
(under most circumstances)
pshummer: "I get the feeling that users in the US don’t really take a liking to small cameras. That’s just my sense. "
Ahhhhh.........Mr.Maeda, I don't know about that. If you look at the sales figures of mirrorless cameras in the US, you can tell that its market is growing fast each year. Not everybody wants/needs a DSLR because of its size and weight and ideally speaking owning both systems would be great.
We-will-never -fall attitude is o.k., as long as you are paying attention to the current market demands and knowing that NOTHNG will last forever.
That's why there is a picture of a dinosaur on the wall of the Mercedes Benz president office. It's a stern reminder in that those that can adapt to environment will survive and those that can't, won't.
With Canon's huge financial resources and technology, I'm sure they will come up with a great mirrorless camera but they'd better catch up with other manufacturers before the gap gets too big to catch up.
a 100% growth of nothing is still nothing.
nikon and canon are still vastly outselling MILC's in north america. amazon, bh,etc all confirm this with sales stats.
and btw, that was shipments growing, not exactly the same as sales are growing.