7D - 70D - 7D2

Started Jul 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
bobn2
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Re: Sub-par user interface? Actually, an improved one!

skanter wrote:

Karl Gnter Wnsch wrote:

muckd wrote:

I would guess that keeping out flip out screens have more to do with it not being perceived as pro enough.

There you guess wrong. The infrastructure to be able to flip the screen out takes space and the frame of the LCD needs more space to be sturdy enough. This results in bad compromises in either screen size or control element placement. The Olympus designers went for a sub par LCD size and the Canon designers went for a sub par user interface. In both cases the results are not desirable unless you absolutely need the slip out screen when you may be forced to contend with the down sides of the design...

...except you are the only person on this forum who has used a 60D who has complained of this supposed "compromise of control elements".

Without commenting on individuals, I observe there is a tendency for some owners of 'pro' crop cameras to show immense disdain for 'lesser' cameras and their owners. The main target is usually the model one tier down, which under no circumstances can be admitted to be at all 'pro'. It is almost as though the most important thing for them is that they be associated with a 'pro' camera (pros of course don't care, they just buy the camera that does the job). One symptom of this is that when forced to rationalise this disdain, they will find arbitrary features which only the 'pro' model has (or hasn't) to justify this. On the Nikon DX forums one common rationalisation is that a 'pro' model cannot possibly have a mode dial. Since the 7D does have a mode dial, that doesn't work here. They have to find something else instead.

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