I think I'll stick with my 70D, SL1 and t4I. They all take excellent photos and enlargements to 13x19 with cropping if the lens is sharp and focuses reliably. Interesting all the comments about 4k video. I shoot video with a very good HD camcorder. I live in a heavily touristed city (San Francisco) and I see few people shooting video except maybe with a smartphone to send a short clip to social media, I suppose. Most video shooters I see are for weddings, events, and news. Other than these uses, I wonder how many people shoot video, edit it, make a movie, etc. I am sure 80D is good camera. What about dust spots during video? Can they be fixed like stills?
While I am all for technological improvements, I think market forces and not just a lack of new features etc are involved. From what I see in a photo oriented city and region, smartphones are plenty adequate for many people. Pictures aren't enlarged or mostly not even printed but viewed on phones or tablets via social media. Smartphones are now good enough. The same trends exist with smartphones themselves. My Iphone 5s is completely adequate, I am just replacing the battery and not upgrading for $600+. PC and tablets, same trends. I have several tablets that are just fine for my needs. My 2 year PC is plenty powerful. In fact, my 6 year old PC would still be adequate except for editing HD video and the Vista OS. Even my 2 year old 55 in. HD TV and very good camcorder are just fine. No hurry to rush to 4k, and no value in the older gear. Also, economics are at work. The majority of population has less disposable income so purchases must last.
plantdoc: Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon. Greg
They can continue by selling their name to unknown manufacturers like Philips, but I become suspect of the quality and support compared to the "real" brand product. I had a Philips (real Philips) HD tv that received excellent reviews for HD tvs some 6 years ago and it performed very well for 6 years. Haven't read anything about the rebrand Philips in recent years. There are several other well known names that have gone this route, and the products are in the lowest priced bargain lots. Not where I would shop.
Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon. Greg
Different strokes for different folks, so the saying goes. If you like it, buy it. No appeal to me for several reasons. Price, no external flash attachment, no EVF. Yup, I am one of those old folks with variable glasses who don't find using an LCD to be a pleasant way to take pics except the occasional grab shot, and for that I use the S110 or G15. For a bit more $$, I bought the SL1 with the 2 stm lenses and just added the 10-18mm. Of course, it won't fit in your pocket, but it still a light weight, very versatile kit.
I have the d20 and I think the ultra compact folded optics lens is limitation for IQ. Also the video has an odd jitter and wobble. Curious to see the full review
Living in the photo mecca of San Francisco, I was disappointed with Calumet. I expected a well stocked, B&H type store. However, the store always seemed very light on merchandise but with plenty of space. I expect this is the handwriting on the wall for all brick and mortar stores. Even my clothing and shoes must be ordered online because I have special needs and no one stocks anything suitable.Change always happens...good or bad... time will tell I suppose. Now it's order, wait for shipping, and hope you get what you want deliver safely. Greg
I miss being able to select individual pics instead of transferring all to my phone or tablet.
I find my g15 to be a serious camera beyond the p&s category but a serious limitation for me is poor OFV. With my vision, using a LCD is not as pleasant. I wish canon would have made a significant upgrade by adding a good EVF OR optical with info. The other improvements are not very important to me to consider upgrading.
Interesting concept for the social media folks. Most camera phones work fine for many people because the pics are just viewed on another phone or perhaps a tablet or smaller image on a PC. You don't need much image quality for such output. Few are printed and saved. Nice to see pics spread around in a very short order, but how many will be saved or available in the future... 6 months, 5 years, more? Technically, digital images may last forever, but only if they are saved and the files upgraded and preserved. I think many people, not all of course, will not be able to show the pics of Sue's birthday 5 years ago, let alone pass along the pics to the next generation. Of course, this isn't a concern of the hardware companies.
Interesting device and probably what the "1" should have started as. However, for me, it's too expensive and too large to replace a modest sized Canon Rebel. Could be a good choice if moving from a P&S priced and sized camera without an investment in other lenses and accessories. Sensor would be nice in a RX sized camera.
Yes, the Kindle Fire HD has ads but they hardly "bombard" you. Actually, very unobtrusive and sometimes interesting. Some web sites are far worse. While I am not knocking Apple (I have an Iphone), I find the Fire has just about all the apps I really need for a tablet. Who can shift through several hundred thousand apps? Note, I don't usually play games. Pick your product as there are plenty of good choices these days. Up next, Windows 8 tablets.
Rather overpriced and somewhat disappointing. Other than the overwhelming app store, the new Kindle Fire HD is quite impressive for just $199, especially if you buy into the Amazon Prime for videos, storage, and 2 day shipping. Also, the Kindle doesn't require managing everything through Itunes or similar "locked down" software. Photos on the Fire look quite good, but the wide screen does leave black bars unless you re-crop. With Flash memory virtually dirt cheap, buying a high memory model must be a big profit bonus.
If people like and buy, fine, but as a long time Canon user, I won't be one. Why? No viewfinder for hefty price, new lenses or $200 for an EF adapter.. Should be included. With an EF lens the camera is no longer compact enough to bother with as new camera. Exposed sensor without a canon supported cleaning system. If I was considering or suggestion a new smaller camera in would the mini slr Panasonic g3 or new g5. Plenty of IQ to 1600, ex. EFV, rotate LCD, ex. Video, ex features, fast. However not buying anything because I have too many suitable camera from minis to d-slr. I think the "young
I recently upgraded to CS5 from CS3 when Adobe announced no upgrades unless you had the previous version. I was waiting for CS6, but under this policy I would be ineligible. What's the upgrade policy now? I don't think I'll being paying another $200 this soon. I would rather wait for the CS7.
Perhaps, another step in promoting replacement. For example, "Yes, your XX hundreds or thousands of dollars camera or lens is only 3 years old, but no replacement part is available for a fix, you need to buy new".
This was really unpleasant news to me. I wonder-how or if- I would have learned about this change that smells like the Netflix disaster. By the way, with Netflix, I dropped the streaming and now only have a minimal disk plan..even less money to Netflix. I am positive that once streaming and clouding hits the big time, your ISP will put you on a data limited $$ plan just like cell phone service providers. I use CS3 and was going to upgrade when I purchased a new 64 bit PC. Having to upgrade to just upgrade again is beyond my recession hammered, retiree income. I believe I will upgrade from CS3 to CS5, but then I am done. Elements is loaded with scrapbooking etc, features that I don't care about and get in the way, but the basics of photo editing are there and most plug-ins work. Paintshop is another option. Having to upgrade to CS6 to start the upgrade stream could have been more acceptable, but being forced to buy a "late in life" program to buy the next one is a bitter pill.