IvanM: I would argue high DR is almost essential for amateurs or beginners...people that dont want/have the skill to expose properly. But having said that those types of photographers are probably not going to have access to post production tools like LR etc, so does it really matter, like you rightly asked? The flipside is that all Canons come with the 'free' DPP software, and if one has the patience to try it out there are some very good options in there to 'fix' poorly exposed images....but then one would have to shoot RAW, and how many beginners actually do that, or need to do that....thats maybe why Canon entry level cameras sell so well. My cousin just bought a 760D, his first 'serious' camera and his purchase was made because he perceived the Canon 760 to be 'easy to use', he trusted and knew the brand and he thought the Nikon would be too complicated...no mention of DR or noisy sensors....
...also, I'm not sure if you've implied that shooting RAW allows the same level of post processing capabilities as Dual ISO (it does not). I was shooting RAW on my T3i for over a year before ML/Dual ISO and already had a bit of experience with RAW in post. Dual ISO is like putting a jet engine on a duck. Some Nikon users know this (I've seen a few of them ask for ML in Nikon on the ML forums, but have been politely reminded that it's a Canon project only).
Not important to me at all, really. I capture moving subjects like I did with my old SLR, by focusing on them and moving my camera along with their movement, and take the shot while I've got them in focus.
"as soon as you press the shutter button the box freezes, so if your subject is still moving, it won't focus on it."
-what happens if you follow the subject with the camera itself after you lock them in? I would think the little square would help the user "track" the subject on the screen (don't know as my camera doesn't do that).
Rishi - I don't know what a "typical Rebel user" is. A lot of people buy these entry-level DSLRs and don't take them off Auto, then there are people like me, who start with the Auto modes and eventually progress to shooting in Manual and learn all of the features. ML requires this level of user - it is NOT for those who don't know what RAW is.
Rebels shoot in RAW as well, and starting with the T4i you have live focus tracking (to track the newborn in your example). The only difference between a Canon and a Nikon is you can only install ML on a Canon (which has several focus enhancements as well).
BTW, here are some ML Dual ISO examples; tell me which ones look "weird" photoaddict:
^^BS. I have a T3i and am running the latest nightly without any issues (almost a year now). I know people who run it on their older T2i's as well. With regards to your claim that it damages sensors - in the last two/three years that ML has been developing Dual ISO, there have been ZERO reports from anyone in the ML forums saying it damaged their sensor. Stop spreading BS.
"If I do the same with Canon, I see ugly color noise with no details."
LOL! Two words for you (which you can't know about if you shoot with Nikon): Dual ISO
Cool! Can't wait for the price to drop on the T5i so I can get a used one and put Magic Lantern on it (I love my T3i with it, but now I want a touch screen).
Nimbifer: yes DSLRs are quickly becoming a niche product. And the niche will be much smaller than most would believe. DSLR users will be soon be as small a minority as medium format camera users or as vinyl LP users today.
It does matter a lot, whether a digital camera has unnecessary mechanically moving parts in the light path or not. Mirrorless will truly kick mnirrorslappers butt, as soon as global electronic shutter reaches prime time and both mirror and mech shutter are finally history.
As far as styling and body size goes, this is just an artefact of ultra-conservative old people in japanese camera makers top management teams. Plus a few old farts on the user side. But again, in reality those are about as many as vinyl LP listeners and medium format photogs today.
Since when? Since 2006. It's not a "maybe" either - look it up.
LuFra72: Last year, I installed ML on my T3i and it's almost like a brand new camera. So, no new camera in the horizon for me. I recently bought a wide angle and upgraded my kit lens so I'm just interested in composing and taking better shots (I've seen some amazing pictures taken by much more skilled photographers using the same camera I own, so that's an inspiration to put the gear lust down and get better with what I've already got instead). Sorry, I know this isn't what a manufacturer would like a typical consumer to feel, but I'm more interested in capturing better pictures at the end of the day.
EDIT: That last picture isn't very good, to be honest. I obviously can't tell if it was taken with a mirrorless camera or not, but it definitely didn't have a lens hood! (flare in the image)
Not just the sides, you can prevent flares from shots where the sun is overhead as well, here's an even more extreme example than the shot above, with more flare, sun almost directly overhead and how it's completely gone by using a lens hood (although I do agree that sometimes you simply can't avoid it):
EDIT: As far as "wouldn't change the final image" I have to disagree. Even if you get some degree of flare from the sun being in the horizon like that, my experience is that images improve with a lens hood by reducing haze, and you can see in the image in this article that the picture is saturated quite a bit. With a lens hood, you're likely to get a shot that isn't so saturated.
Your vinyl LP analogy is a bit off, since vinyl sales continue to climb!
Last year, I installed ML on my T3i and it's almost like a brand new camera. So, no new camera in the horizon for me. I recently bought a wide angle and upgraded my kit lens so I'm just interested in composing and taking better shots (I've seen some amazing pictures taken by much more skilled photographers using the same camera I own, so that's an inspiration to put the gear lust down and get better with what I've already got instead). Sorry, I know this isn't what a manufacturer would like a typical consumer to feel, but I'm more interested in capturing better pictures at the end of the day.
No thanks! I'm still happy with my 1st gen Lenovo ThinkPad tablet running SketchBook Pro (the Lenovo stylus has pressure sensitivity).
aris14: Rather overpriced models aiming to create new Canonistas...
LOL at "Canonistas" (that's more funny to me than Nikon die-hards that pronounce it "nye-con")
JesseCornelius: I have a T3i and I'm still new and learning about photography but im looking into upgrading soon. Should I get the T6S or just keep saving and get a 70D?
I've got a T3i also, the upgrade to the models with one "0" removed like the 70D is that you'll get better (high) ISO performance. It seems this is one of the most noticeable features that makes the 2-digit models better than the 3-digit models.
The way I interpret this article is that you're saying to focus on your needs as opposed to a conceived idea about upgrading that you might have heard from others or worse, through marketing. If this was the goal, I wholeheartedly agree.
I love my T3i but feel I need to do something about how grainy my images look when I kick up my ISO past 1600. For me, the answer is faster lenses (which to me seem like a smarter investment over time, even if I plan to upgrade to another APS-C body that handles higher ISOs better down the line). I'd like to think I've made this decision based solely on my experiences!
mais51: Great photoOn the other hand it shows up a few dust bunniesWho say Canon don't have dust on sensor
Thanks for the explanation. I do see four in the sky, forming almost a square formation but nowhere else on the image. The little dots do look a bit blurred. I'm curious also to know what the photographer's findings were.
Amazing. More inspiration for me to stick with my 600D and just focus on getting better at taking pics!
mais51: How do you know for sure it's the sensor and not the lens? The 600D self-cleans its sensor (I've had these artifacts on my shots before and they were dried drops of water on my lens).
This is my first DSLR, coming from two previous Canon PowerShot cameras and a Minolta 35mm SLR. For my purposes (not professional) this camera has been outstanding. I mainly wanted a camera that allowed me to take better family and vacation photos and one that would allow me to learn about shooting manually. I also feel confident that lens purchases I make for this camera will be supported on better Canon cameras should I see the need for it in the future.