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4 way battle – rating the chances of Panasonic vs Canon vs Nikon vs Sony full frame mirrorless systems

4 way battle - rating the chances of Panasonic vs Canon vs Nikon vs Sony full frame mirrorless systems

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Now some of the mud has settled in the 2018 full frame mirrorless recreation, we will begin to get a clearer image about what’s on supply.

I might recommend Panasonic’s involvement in full frame mirrorless truly goes again to 2015 with the Leica SL. They’re not a newcomer. For my part, the excessive-finish Leica was Panasonic gearing up for a full frame mirrorless digital camera of their very own. They’ve been in mirrorless longer than anybody. 10 years. Canon haven’t been critical the entire time. Neither have Nikon (till now).

So though on paper “brand appeal” dictates Canon ought to run away with it as standard, with Nikon and Sony dicing for second place, I feel the mixed drive of Panasonic/Leica/Olympus (in the event that they share the similar mount) will produce the greatest, most function-packed digital camera (particularly for video). And it’s the greatest digital camera and lenses you should purchase. Don’t be blinded by the Canikon hype practice.

Nevertheless, what if Panasonic, Leica and Olympus go separate methods with regards to full frame, with utterly separate mounts and lenses? Will there certainly be that essential collaboration between Panasonic, Olympus and Leica as there’s with Micro 4 Thirds? I feel the Leica SL is the excellent foundation from which to launch a full frame GH5 or a full frame E-M1. I feel they need to go at it as a gaggle effort.

Let’s convey all the playing cards up on the desk…

Contender 1 – Canon EOS R

The physique, and video options

Solely Canon might identify their mirrorless digital camera after a mirror! “R” for “Reflex”?! What does it stand for? I’ve no clue. What we do know is it’s rumoured to value $2000 and leaked specs recommend it’s based mostly round the 5D Mark IV. That leaves room for (hopefully) a better-finish mannequin. What I do like about it are the ergonomics, stills aspect and two of the new lenses. What I don’t like about it has nothing to do with stills and all the things to do with the leaked video specs. I might not anticipate the EOS R to all of a sudden outdo the 5D Mark IV for video capabilities not to mention prime Panasonic and Sony. Actually taking a look at the leaks, it doesn’t prime Fujifilm or Nikon both, each of whom at the moment are providing 10bit LOG. Meaning Canon are lifeless final, nonetheless with no full frame 4K or IBIS and lots of different issues too. I hope Canon has two fashions and never simply the decrease-finish $2000 EOS R. In addition to, that is SUCH an necessary digital camera for Canon. Why use an OLD sensor?

The mount and lenses

If as anticipated 4K video on the EOS R is a 1.75x crop, we gained’t have the native glass to match it from Canon. R mount has an extended flange distance than EOS M mount, to stop these 1.6x crop APS-C lenses becoming in any respect. Canon have employed this technique earlier than making EF-S lenses unable to suit full frame EF cameras, however Sony has the similar mount for his or her APS-C and full frame cameras, which is a a lot kinder strategy to their clients. Now the excellent news… We get a really thrilling new 28-70 F2.zero and 50 F1.2. The EOS R 50mm F1.2 makes Nikon’s 50mm F1.eight Z look a bit embarrassing (and overpriced). The F2.zero zoom is a world-first. Nikon is betting on their customers caring about measurement. Personally I care extra about the look. Canon has the proper technique with this line-up. Sure, they’re huge and heavy even by DSLR requirements, not to mention mirrorless, however they’re going to promote huge. The 2 lenses shall be one of the important causes to purchase an EOS R, however in relation to shoots that calls for extra than simply stills, individuals are going to be left wanting by these dated video specs.

Contender 2 – Nikon Z

The physique, and video options

Nikon insist it’s pronounced Zee not Zzzzz. Sure the launch lenses are boring, however I actually do like the Z6 and Z7 our bodies. I do additionally like the 4K picture from my D850 a LOT. I feel the Nikon 4K codec, their very own sensor and Flat profile produce an all-spherical nice picture which is absolutely particular. It’s a stunning technical achievement contemplating it’s coming off a 46MP stills digital camera. I additionally assume Nikon have gotten the pricing proper. The cheaper Z6 with full pixel readout 4K, together with the decision-topping Z7 don’t depart anybody wanting. The A7 III and A7R III each have critical competitors now. I feel I’ll in all probability purchase a Z7 and promote one of my Sony our bodies.

The mount and lenses

Given Nikon’s nice optical historical past, it truly is shocking they acquired the launch lens technique so flawed. They’ve chosen to trim a bit off right here and there, dropping some weight, with the end result being a $900 50mm F1.eight?! Who needs that?! I might not anticipate stellar 4K autofocus efficiency with older Nikon lenses by way of the adapter, as they’ve a sluggish mount protocol bus. This may initially be a guide focus solely digital camera for me in video mode… What a disgrace.

Contender three – Sony

Rather a lot of us are Sony Alpha house owners. I’m, and have invested closely in Sony merchandise. However as a result of Sony and Zeiss massively overprice the lenses I don’t really feel locked into the system. I simply stored my Canon lenses alongside for the journey. I’ve a Batis or two. I’ve the Sony 35mm F1.4, however I don’t have something that isn’t out there in Canon mount. Sony’s different drawback is that they by no means did a ok job on the design and color science aspect. They’ve improved solely with the most up-to-date fashions, however the enchancment could be very evolutionary. Like an advanced potato. Nonetheless primarily a potato. The grip is just too small. The display and EVF too mediocre. The buttons and dials are too shut collectively. I exhale a sigh of aid once I change to my Fuji X-H1. That’s a disgrace, as a result of there’s nothing mistaken with my A7 III or A7R III on paper. Excellent specs and even color science is now a lot improved, particularly with the extent you possibly can change and tweak issues with the Image Profiles and EOSHD Professional Colour.

Now I look into my crystal ball. Till now Sony solely had the Leica SL and Leica M collection as excessive-finish full frame mirrorless competitors. Now they’ve Canon, Nikon, Panasonic. I can’t say for positive what this implies for Sony’s gross sales, however it isn’t good. The A7S III will even be in danger, as a result of video and low mild have gotten a LOT higher on the normal fashions. Sony’s personal A7 III provides me little cause except for larger frame charges and 10bit to improve to a particular video / low mild mannequin. What WOULD change that, is a brand new ergonomic idea, an enormous EVF and a inbuilt E-ND filter like the FS5. Then you definitely may say, why not simply get an FS5? As a result of the video digital camera ergonomics are much more fussy, much more charmless, dreadful inbuilt EVFs, wants rigging up, and so on. FUSS FUSS FUSS. That’s why! Apart from I WANT the full frame search for video as a lot as I completely NEED it for stills.

Let’s rewind to 10 years in the past. Sony A-mount peaked with the full frame Sony A900 of 2008. An excellent digital camera, it had all the hallmark of Minolta’s designers. Now that’s all gone. When the first NEX digital camera got here alongside it was a shopper digital gadget first, digital camera second. Similar with the A99. It has the really feel of a gadget, not an inventive software. Quick ahead to 2018. I miss the Minolta design ethos of the A900. I miss the HUGE viewfinder. The chunkier physique. I miss the higher stability, the huge grip, the simplified menus, the massive tactile buttons and large professional-appears. Sony tweaked issues in the direction of ergonomic enchancment on the A7R III however the elephant in the room is that the A7 collection wants an entire overhaul to compete with Canon and Nikon. The our bodies are simply too cramped. When the A7 collection launched it didn’t have anyplace close to the competitors it’s about to have. This has flattered it, and in some methods Sony cameras stay very mediocre in the event you ignore the specs sheet. Now’s the time to step up with some lengthy-wanted creativity on the usability aspect. Present some fashion, some creativeness and new ergonomics. I’ll offer you only one instance of what’s wanted – Get rid of the present menu system totally, don’t simply tweak it! Make the physique bigger, unfold out the controls, greater display, in the meantime protecting it light-weight.

Sony’s largest power stays sensors and being first to launch thrilling new know-how ever yr… however what I don’t perceive is how Nikon are in a position to make use of the similar fabrication know-how and are available out on prime for picture high quality. You’d assume there can be a ‘home advantage’ for the fab proprietor? Sony want to ensure they keep no 1 for picture high quality.

Contender 4 – Panasonic X

We don’t but know what the system or mount goes to be referred to as however we all know the premium Panasonic digital camera can be full frame, to be introduced this month. Let’s look again to the good-previous GH1 and GH2 period on EOSHD. What else was there prefer it at the time? Nothing. As evidenced by the website identify, I truthfully anticipated Canon to dominate video with the 5D line and to maintain creating that aspect – fairly than department it off into the Cinema EOS line which excluded so many. The GH1 and GH2 stored costs low and efficiency exponentially going up, to the level the place EOSHD was virtually a Panasonic website. We now have the GH5, with broad mainstream recognition as “the best” for video. The technique succeeded. What they’ve lacked is the similar broad recognition for images. I’ll inform you why. Again in the GH1 day they didn’t have a $3000 full frame model of it for photographers. In consequence the Lumix model is a bit disassociated. Ah nicely, higher late than by no means! With full frame Panasonic can FINALLY make that declare for stills in addition to video, at the similar time as having the least compromises for filmmaking. They wanted to take the battle to Sony. Regardless of how good a Micro 4 Thirds digital camera is – and they’re VERY good – individuals will assume twice about spending almost $2000 on one once they can get an EOS R, Z6 or A7 III for the similar worth. It’s nice information that Panasonic have lastly agreed to go full frame given how invested Panasonic are in Micro 4 Thirds. It’s an enormous courageous, daring transfer. No one else is actually being as courageous and artistic.

Simply think about… a Leica SL fashion digital camera with the newest sensor know-how. A lighter physique, nearer to a G9 or GH5. Add to that full frame 10bit video and the packed options-record of the GH5 / G9 and we’ve a winner. Essential, is that this hypothetical digital camera has autofocus and lenses nearly as good as the Canon system. That can be onerous work, however 100% crucial in the eyes of photographers. For videographers, a full frame GH5 might be sufficient, thanks very a lot. I’ll take 10!