I started my photography hobby with the purchase of one nice DSLR in 2008: Canon 450D kit. The image quality of this APS-C (cropped sensor) camera is good enough for shooting timelapse and as a back-up option even today. In the beginning of 2013 I bought the next logical upgrade: Canon 6D. I strategically waited about 3 months after it's release until the price dropped by 20%. I was amazed by its features and capabilities in shooting in real life situations:
- Image quality of full frame sensor was definitely better
- 17-40mm f4 lens on the full frame gives it an ultra wide angle and produces some really interesting points of view for great shots
- ISO 3200 was pretty usable even for microstocks, while 450D has max ISO 1600, and was awful.
Of course, in photography, the most important things are not how sharp, clear or crisp your images are (although these, of course, add value), but instead it is the composition of the image and whether or not you were able to capture the emotion of a particular moment in time.
However, a cool camera can inspire a lot of emotions in a photographer and the willingness to shoot, learn and develop. Also, when starting out with photography on a hobby level, at least in my case, you are very interested in the technical aspects of the camera and photography. This aspect fascinated me for a long time.
Although the Canon 6D is a great camera, today we have much better options in terms of ISO, dynamic range, color depth and video capture capabilities. And, since in 2008 I chose the Canon "path", I'm looking for the next Canon upgrade to have the best of both worlds: stills and video in one body. I think Nikon has better cameras in terms of dynamic range and even ISO, but Canons new 1DX Mark II just pushed Nikon to the side in terms of video.
Canon 1DX Mark II camera have all the desired options that the 6D lacks:
- Native ISO up to 51,200
- 4K Video Recording at 60 fps
- 1080p Video Recording at 120 fps
The price of $6000 is a little out of reach for my budget, even if I was a professional photographer, I am not sure how long it would take me to reach a level where the price of the 1DX Mark II would be worth it.
So, why not to take the sensor of Canon 1DX Mark II and put it to one great camera like the Canon 6D Mark II? I don't think Canon will produce a $1500 camera with the same specs as it's $6000 counterpart, but still, some specs like the ISO could stay, because currently the 6D Native ISO is up to 25,600 (only one stop behind 1DX II).
So here are my dream camera specs for the Canon 6D Mark II:
- Native ISO up to 102,400 (at least 51,200)
- 4K DCI Video Recording at 60 fps (at least 30fps)
- Video 1920 x 1080p at 120 fps
- Video 1280 x 720p at 240 fps (at least 120 fps)
- Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
- 3.2″ 1.62-m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
- 61-Point (41 cross-type) AF System
- 360k-Pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
All of this is possible in a $1500 body, it is just only a matter of time. We can see similar specifications in the mirrorless camera world. But who will be the first great brand to launch such an amazing camera for under $2k? Canon or Nikon? My feeling is that whoever it is, the success of such a body would be guaranteed and there would be no reason to upgrade for 3-6 years.