I think this thing looks cool as hell. I'd love to have dedicated hard buttons for aperture / ISO / shutter / EV compensation on a Canon. Also I'll bet this thing is an absolute BEAST in low light!
blue hour: "a camera whose primary innovations revolve around providing smooth autofocus in video" without 4k recording in 2013.
On the other hand-4k recording is going to be Canons innovation in the 80 D.
Yep, as clearly there are so many hybrids out right now that shoot 4k. Oh wait, only one, the $12k 1DC. So why should an $1100 body do it too? Which Sony/Nikon/Panasonic/Pentax/Fuji shoot 4k again? Only option is the kludgey BMC, and it doesn't take stills at all, and it's $3k. Please don't mention crappy cell phones that do it - I'd take a 70d's 720 mode over that for actual detail and DOF control.
Daxs: Got my 70D!It is better then you think!Simple! When you start taking pictures you don't want to stop!And all these negative comments just, just making me laugh! :D
The 70d is wonderful. The video AF *is* groundbreaking. The IQ is regular Canon quality, which is great. I love mine.
Great review of a great camera. I've had mine for about a month and still reach for the 5d3 for raw video or better still image quality, but the 70d is wonderful for traveling. Took the kids to the local Pumpkin Show and didn't even notice it hanging around my neck all day. Got some amazing IN FOCUS video of the kids. Well done Canon. :)And, it will continually AF from F/1.4 to at least F/11 - unlike *cough* Sony's implementation of AF in video mode, where you're stuck @ F/3.5.
"This 'Hybrid AF' system will result in speedy focus times, and the ability to shoot at 5 fps with continuous autofocus."
According to other sources, it's only 1.5 FPS for the A7/r and 2.5 for the A7 in "continuous" AF mode.
Which is it? Would love to see a full 5 FPS.
Can you confirm the 1.5 and 2.5 FPS AF speed? Why do I not see the FPS on the specs sheet?
Sdaniella: very happy to see ML unlocking for us what Canon is unwilling to do, or Canon is hoping to hold back and 'reserve slower for future' model updates.
so... it means Canon's 'sensor tech' is not as bad as detractors claim, as Canon has now been clearly caught 'dumbing down' their products on the software side, not the hardware side. granted, it committing to software sophistication too early means patents get more complicated if they want to keep the 'release time/schedule' slower for 'future profits sake' (that is, if one releases a 'great idea too soon', it's patent life is prematurely shortened for 'profitable future variation')
it's great to have those like ML around to force a mfr's hand 'early', which forces them to 'let go' of better ideas (release) sooner/ahead of schedule than a mfr would like. haha: great for us!
Ironic, Canon is vindicated in other respects wrt their sensor tech they've been holding their cards much too close to their chest for much too long: no more!
Soulhunter - No, the codec isn't what's killing it my friend - if that were true, when you hook up an external recorder and record PRORES @ 220 megabit it'd suddenly be fine. It's barely any different - the H.264 codec is very efficient. I can show you some raw Canon footage encoded with H.264 - you're way off here brother.
Ionian: The video clips looked like mush, though. The stills look great. I'm surprised the reviewer couldn't see how mushy the video was. If he's not capable of seeing that it makes one question the entire review. Thankfully they post the video clips so it's easier to compare for ourselves as well as judge the level and competence of the reviewer and adjust the review accordingly. That being said, regardless of the questionable skills of the reviewer, the a99 does look to be a phenomenal stills camera. Videos needs a lot of work, though.
Couldn't have said it better myself. A great stills camera, but not very good at all in video mode. Blows out highlights, mushy, low resolution, IS is all but worthless etc. in video mode. The moire and aliasing are pretty bad too.
Sdaniella: The A99's extra 102 AF points only work with SIX of the latest SONY lenses:
"New AF-D Mode"
"This highly advanced Continuous AF mode uses 19 AF points with reliable depth-direction focusing performance to steadfastly capture subjects and is strongly assisted by the 102-point multi-point focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor. It continues to accurately focus on the subject whether the subject is moving in depth or plane direction.”
See Footnotes: (bottom of the page)
"4. Note that at the time of launch the following lenses support AF-D:SAL2470Z, SAL2875, SAL50F14, SAL300F28GII, SAL70400G, SAL50050F4G."
This was noticed recently by:http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/10/03/want-to-use-the-102-af-points-on-the-sony-a99-well-you-better-own-one-of-these-6-lenses/
Ref (open up 'footnotes' to see exceptions as noted in #4.):http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&searchType=search&storeId=10151&catalogId=10551&productId=8198552921666485827#features
Keep in mind that AF-D as well as the AF Range limiter are disabled in video mode, even with supported lenses (i.e. 24-70z). I owned the a99 for about a month; loved the stills but found the video to have a lot of moire, blew out highlights and was very un-detailed in any wide deep dof shots. Others are reporting the same thing.
marike6: One of the posters below gave the best chuckle of the night. They would never buy such a lens because, in their words, it's slow.
a) This lens has a huge 82mm filter thread. A hypothetical zoom with constant f2 or faster max aperture would be the size of a can of Foster's Lager and would cost 4 times the price at least.
b) everybody here is fully aware of the advantages of fast primes but this lens is made for when it's not practical to change lenses to get the shot as in photojournalism, sport, weddings, etc
b) f2.8 is a common max aperture on the standard FF professional grade lens like those from Nikon and Canon.
But it's certainly NOT the size of a can of Foster's, and it is a fixed F/2 zoom. And sharp as a razor; I used to own one with an AF-100. I just didn't care for how it performed on a GH2 + the adapter.
Shield3: Where is this in Sony Alpha mount?
New item, not available yet.
I called Tamron directly and they have no idea when an Alpha mount might be available.
Where is this in Sony Alpha mount?
You know Olympus makes a 14-35 F/2 that's not that big (it's like a 28-70 for 4/3rds).
R. Butler - so you've tried setting a lens to F/2.8 and still no dice for AF in video mode eh?
2 other questions (I've already pre-ordered this from B&H anyway -1. From a German video I've watched it appears you can go as high as ISO 6400 in video mode, can you confirm?2. Is the "sensor shift" crop in video mode similar to the A77? I think it was effective 1.86 (1.5 for APS-C + .36 for the "shift"). Trying to get much wider video work and perhaps might choose the 16-35 over the 24-70.Thanks so much!Shawn
Shield3: I will paypal anyone who can tell me if the AF in Video mode is still limited to F/3.5.
PDAF's limitation on the Alpha series (and NEX with the LA-EA2 adapter) has always been program auto mode for autofocus video. It's limited to F/3.5 at the fastest setting. Say you have a lens that is F/2.8 - F/4. If you want to autofocus in video mode, it instantly becomes F/3.5. However, as you zoom out, it will ramp the iris to match the lens - i.e. if you lens is F/4 at the long end, your PDAF video will now be shot at F/4. But as you open up, it'll never go back F/3.5.
Well it states it must be near wide-open. Could be 2.8 I hope?
I will paypal anyone who can tell me if the AF in Video mode is still limited to F/3.5.
gartenzwerg: Some say Leica is for the cabinet. Just the opposite is true.
My M9-P chrome is light, very small and absolutely unobstrusive.I even get compassionate questions sometimes why i am still shooting analog and if i can´t afford a digital camera... So in street photography you can be completely "under the radar". Nobody takes you serious...
With the Leica the people being photographed seem to have an positive attitude (you even can keep eye contact), while with an huge DSLR they feel much more like being "shot".
The IQ is superb.
With mFT or APS-C you just don´t have the opportunity to have that shallow depth of field which I very much like sometimes.
With the Leica I photograph MUCH more than with my DSLRS because she is nearly always with me. The Canon FF stayed mostly at home in the "cabinet", because the Canon is just too bulky...
I really felt in love with this beautiful, slow-pace camera, which has not been the case with any other camera yet (I hope my wife forgives me :-)
Do you really think you can't get shallow DOF with APS-C or m43'rds? Ever use a Nokton Voitlander F/.95 with a GH2, or a Sigma 30mm F/1.4 with any APS-C camera?
Thanks again for all the hard work you guys do here listing all the specs, the detailed reviews, and the sample images. This is quickly becoming my favorite camera site!Shawn