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  1. Hey now, 300nm used to be a cutting-edge process... all the way back in 1996 or so, but it was certainly cutting-edge back then! (To be fair, 90nm processes aren't exactly new either - they've been around since roughly 2004 - but still, quite the difference)
  2. I still struggle to comprehend why Canon are leaving 1080p24 out of their recent cameras. With stuff like the huge crop and lack of PDAF in 4K, plus the lack of other basic video features, you can at least chalk it up to market segmentation and/or a lack of processing power. But leaving out 1080p24 is like producing a car that lacks a second gear and instead goes straight from first to third - it's a pointless, arbitrary, and annoying omission.
  3. Specs-wise, it's actually pretty much everything I'd want from a camera like this. Price is the real issue - £1,079 with a lens is getting awfully close to the G9's price range. EDIT: Just realised, it's got the same crop factor as the GX8 and GX9, rather than the less severe crop of their 16MP cameras. That's... not ideal.
  4. Don't Panasonic's and Olympus's IBIS systems also drop down to a lower degree of stabilization if you have a lens from another manufacturer attached?
  5. Didn't they change sensors with the D5300? I seem to remember that the D5200 (and by extension, D7100) had some issue with banding at high ISOs, which the D5300's newer sensor cleared up. But yeah, they've been on the same basic sensor and CPU for about five years now. Good news for those of us who invested in a D5500 right after it came out, less so for others.
  6. To be fair, it wouldn't be completely without precedent, seeing how the Z6 and A7iii are both cheaper than the Z7 and A7Riii (even if they're not really entry-level per se) and generally regarded as better video cameras. And honestly, the EOS R already set the bar so low that just the smaller crop factor and more classic-style controls would have been a big improvement; it's just a shame that Canon crippled it in so many other ways.
  7. It's clearly not physically impossible, but 8K resolution and m43 does mean that diffraction would start eating into the image detail much more quickly. Though at what point it would become a serious issue, I'm not really sure.
  8. The Z6 already downsamples from 6K to get its in-camera 4K output, so assuming it's done early enough in the processing pipeline they can send the output as RAW over HDMI instead of encoding it to h264 and writing it to the memory card. I have a feeling an APS-C crop might be necessary for raw output on the Z7, as the line-skipping it uses for full-sensor 4K would make for some fugly RAW video.
  9. I've noticed over the years that when a company is dominating in a product market in innovation and/or market share, even if that market is only quite niche, it leads to this attitude among fans of the company that they have some divine right to hold a monopoly over that market, and that all competing products (and the people who buy them) are preventing them from achieving that goal, and are thus the enemy. Even as a primarily Nikon user, I have to admit that Sony were absolutely killing it for the last few years, but I think the A7Riii was seen by some as kind of an underwhelming upgrade, and then a whole bunch of strong rivals showed up all at once from Fujifilm, Nikon and Panasonic (and one from Canon that was at least worthy of a participation award), which has probably led to fears about whether or not Sony can keep up that pace. Well, either that or it's just bleed-over from the console wars. 😋
  10. We're only just now starting to get past the overheating issues that dogged a lot of earlier large-sensor 4K cameras. Unless there's been a big jump in their manufacturing technology, Sony are going to find it seriously difficult to keep the sensor at acceptable temperatures in 8k30 mode, to say nothing of 80k60.
  11. Full-Frame mirrorless cameras, and especially the lenses that go with them, are still well out of the price range of the average consumer. Plus, Fuji still seem very much dedicated to the APS-C format, so I doubt mirrorless APS-C cameras in general will be going anywhere anytime soon. I suspect we'll see a few more models from Sony (and probably also Canon), but the real question is how they push the market on from where it currently is.
  12. Is there really going to be that much demand for a full-frame, $2,000+ vlogging camera, though? Because even if we restrict ourselves to talking about Canon cameras, I'd have thought the 80D and M50 would have had most bases covered for that market (outside of the lack of 4K support on the former).
  13. Canon's own ones might be, but there are plenty of decent third-party crop lenses. The real problem is, if you're going down that route, you may as well slap them on a mirrorless from... well, basically any of the other manufacturers and call it a day.
  14. You know, several years back I compared Canon to Nintendo, in that while they were occasionally capable of making something truly incredible, a lot of the time their products were so embarrassingly awful that you ended up wondering how they ever got to be an industry leader. Well, at least since then Nintendo have managed to produce the Switch. Canon have done the equivalent of producing a Wii U with a slightly nicer gamepad. Maybe it was Atari I should have been comparing Canon to - one revolutionary, industry-defining product, and then a whole load of disappointments. (And no, I don't doubt that Canon will sell a ton of these based on reputation, lens quality, stills performance, and after-market service. They didn't get to be an industry leader for nothing. It's just kinda sad that a decade ago this November they came out with such a groundbreaking product, and now they're in the position whereby the only company in this market sector with unquestionably worse video quality and features is Pentax)
  15. Probably not. As a rule, if you can open the battery door and swap out the battery on the G80 while it's attached to the plate, you should be good to go (the G7's compartment door is a bit bigger, but mostly in the direction away from the mounting point).
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