Canon 7D is 4 years and 8 months old this is not good for Canon

Started Apr 30, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Thanks, Jerry.
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Completely off base.  The 6D is in no way positioned as a replacement for the 7D, nor would it function as one.  One of the key advantages of the 7D is its AF system and its extensive programmability.  The 6D doesn't even come close with what is basically a refined verson of the older xxD AF system (with a much more sensitive center point).  It neither has the speed nor autofocus capabilities to replace the 7D as a wildlife, birding, or sports camera, which is probably its most notable niche.  Where it DOES a killer job is in portraiture and landscape photography, where high speed and response is less of an issue.

Sorry, but you can't simply look at only price point as an indicator of whether a product has been replaced. As a long time marketer (and setter of price points), there are many other capabilities that define the positioning of a camera or other complex piece of electronics.  In many cases, cameras that have very different target markets will overlap in price, and there's nothing at all wrong with that.  FWIW, computers work exactly the same way, with laptops and tablets overlapping in some price points, but aimed at different usages and markets.

A full-frame Rebel is nothing to brag about, and as cool as a full frame sensor is that is essentially what the feature set makes the 6D.  Especially within the context of the 7D, 5DIII, and the 1D X all the 6D really has to offer that is special is cheap full frame.

The 7D was a first attempt at a high-end APS-C.  It was a stunning success as was the 18MP sensor.  I think Canon realized at the time that megapixels was quickly becoming an outmoded selling point.  The technology has probably taken longer than they would like, but even a 24MP DP PDAF sensor in a 7DII would be huge when taken along with all the performance they would have to include along side it.  If DP PDAF works as it does in a 70D, the a 7DII is going to have some doozies if not another leap in the hardware itself and the software to make use of it.  Dual Digics with DP PDAF opens up a lot of possibilities.  You could map a scene 3-dimensionally in real time and use that data for metering and AF tracking purposes.  Use the same information for a light-field image with perspective shift or post-capture focus point shifting like Lytro.  The sky is the limit.  Programming all that would take a lot of time, but would pay off in spades.

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