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The great next HDSLR features poll… what do you want in your next pro DSLR?

by planetmitch81 Comments

With all the cameras recently announced (like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800) and many of them having the features you indicated you wanted in the last poll, we thought we’d ask the question again!

If you don’t recall, back in Dec 2010, we asked you what features you wanted in your next pro HDSLR – the results were shown here: “Top 5 HDSLR ‘must have’ features moviemakers want in the next pro HDSLR

I’ve added about 20+ new items that weren’t in the original poll and I’ve tried to think of just about everything that has been mentioned as missing lately in the HDSLRs, but I may have missed something. Don’t be afraid to discuss in the comments! Yes, some features may already be present in the latest HDSLRs, but I included them any way to have the most options… not all features are on the latest cameras!

Note: the last poll asked for your top 3, but I’ve added so many features to the list, I thought it would be more fair if you could vote for 5.

What are your top 5 needs in your next pro HDSLR?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Comments?

Like I said, don’t be shy about posting comments – especially if I missed your most needed feature!

(cover photo credit: snap from Flickr and a creative commons image)



80 comments
Z
Z

I think as a photographer rather than a videographer I would like to see a reasonably priced DSLR. I ended up buying the 5D mkII as my first full frame camera rather than the mkIII because it was half the price, and really? what alternative is there in the budget full frame range? (Canon wise) I say strip the 5D mkIII down to bare bones stills only, add features like increased X-sync speed (1/500??), twin CF cards with simultaneous back up, low noise all round and more flexibility for RAW shooters (someone already mentioned AA filter before). Also more user custom settings and pic style user def settings. Get rid of creative auto, who the hell uses that on a 5D mkIII anyway?? Built in time lapse ability would be cool too. Basically a camera for photographers!

amband
amband

hard to believe some of these choices. Better audio is more important than increased censor and pixels. Plenty of that already for vid

MIr Lada
MIr Lada

I appreciate the poll, but by design, I am not surprised that touch-screen got 1% of the vote. Maybe try a version 3 of the poll, where instead of picking top 3 or 5, you design it differently. Sure, considering all the choices, I doubt that many people will put touch screen as 3 or 5 most wished-for items, but it may come in 7th or 10th, which doesn't make it irrelevant. It is important to realize that adding features will drive up the development, design, build, marketing, and support costs, so if the poll-taker imagines a realistic price increase for every feature added that is not just firmware-oriented, you start getting different, more relevant results. If the poll could rate the priority order, by moving up/down the features, and noting which ones will add to the cost , then you get better insight. For example, in terms of XLR input, it is an adapter that uses a common interface, that is specifically tuned to that model, and works with the menu options, that creates an easy way for manufactures to integrate features, without making them significantly add to the cost of the core product. You can also do an edit, like "camcorder body shape"...If one wants better video features, and camcorder body shape...then just buy a camcorder...right? HDSLR's are for still shooting first, with ability to do some video. Canon C300 addresses many of these issues, so why try to push all these video features into every DSLR? Segmenting into specialty products that create the big sensor look and quality is the way to go, rather than jerry-rigging all these items, and coming out with a frankenstein. Companies like Canon should reach out to ask the top pros / influencers of DSLR film-making what are the top accessory models, and then just add their branding to create a partnered product that is then sold through the DSLR retail chains, so that buyers can just choose that one "recommended / integrated" items and add it their camera purchase, rather than researching / testing items to find out what is recommended. Think of how car companies teamed up with car audio system manufactures to create systems that are fully integrated, turnkey, optimized, and covered under the same warranty, yet using expertise, brand awareness, and manufacturing volume to create an easy solution for higher-end vehicles.

stephen spikerman
stephen spikerman

Would like to see a full frame (Canon) in the 24 MP range at a price point of $2000 or less (body) only. Would also like a full frame as above without the video option at a price point of $1500 or less for those of us that do not take video (prefer a dedicated video CAMERA)

Bruce Photography
Bruce Photography

Thank you for being so complete. I have both the 5D3 and the D800. I'm still waiting for the D800E. My major complaint with both cameras was how long I had to wait for not only the cameras but with the important accessories like the vertical grip. I also use L brackets and the people that make the L brackets need to get the vertical grips first so they can design and make the brackets. In all I waited for over three months the D800 to be complete and I'm still waiting on the Canon L bracket to be complete. The grip will be here on Tuesday. All aspects of a product need to be delivered at the same time would be a major improvment. As far as the D800 is concerned, the lousy looking LCD when doing focus magnification really needs some work. Compare it to a 5D3 side by side doing manual focus usine a tilt shift lens - WOW Canon is so much better I can't believe it. Did Nikon even look at the competition?

Michael H
Michael H

I would love to see a proper ND filter wheel built into a DSLR. This probably will never happen, but it is so handy in my SONY XD cam. I know that a DSLR is not a video camera, but built in ND would not be a big deal to do...

Rein
Rein

I own a Canon 7D - a camera capable of focussing properly and not produce majority soft shots would be a GREAT feature. Also a company that will respond to such a major problem would be fantastic. For those naysayers out there.... if you don't have the problem you don't know.

Leo
Leo

I do most studio work with a studio digital back, and my outdoor/street/nature/people work with a DSLR, and I also use this same DSLR to keep on hand anyplace I go for family pix and so on..., and LOVE that I can switch to video. I have taken a number of poster worthy images by being someplace with family when I had no assignment, but had a Pro quality DSLR to capture a moment.......Then took more fam pix and video. I would never got the poster worthy image if I had compromised my tools. But a Film worthy video? This way pro quality imaging isn't compromised while not working. Canon cameras should take a shift in direction like an uneven fork... The PRO DSLR should still have video ability, but not needed to have all the PRO video ability. While the PRO video DSLR tool, like the 300C should have PRO video ability, but not the best or maximum of DSLR ability for stills. This is a shift that we should see...But to drop a function just because you're a purist or something makes no sense. When on a project it doesn't matter regardless as you will use the top gear to get the job done right. Today, I think we have close to the ultimate.... I can see the 5D being closer to 28MP, I can also see the mirror disappear. Do we really need a SLR mirror? It's 2012! Isn't there a better alt without compromise? As I don't necessarily mean to use the LCD like screens as a viewfinder, as they can be improved from the ones I have seen a few years back. How about a focus system that uses heat as a sensor....that might be a nice option to switch to for wild or sports. There is so much possible...... Better & faster focus, optional AA a must (so sad Canon will be the last at doing this) (Fuji, Nikon, Sigma, Oly, all have this in some form/fashion removed or optional),.... sw enhancements for bracket / stack focus, and more fps perhaps, and LOVE the quiet shutter, and many other things added to the 5Dmk3, but I hardly use 10% of the video ability, YET I would be a lost customer if they got rid of it. (gotta love Nikon for making the AA optional. Wish the D800 files looked better though. I think they plugged in too many pixels, based on some images I saw online. Will need to look at some more 100% crop images to make final conclusions). This would be my approach to solve this.... Perhaps they can fork off the 5D line.... 5D Mark4v 5D Mark4p they can even build kits for V and P specific lines. Have all the strong points of video on the V line, and the still strength like mpixel, frame, and all the other still strengths on the P (photo) line. This way the intent is clear, and no hijacking of anything. What reason would there be to drop one?

Matthew Woodget
Matthew Woodget

On top of fast autofocus, low light and IQ I must say GPS for me is a must have before upgrading. No reason my cell phone can have this and my DSLR can't. Was surprised 5D MKIII didn't have it built in. Chunky attachment seems silly to me.

randy
randy

Out of all honesty i just want a entry level full frame DSLR secondary wishes are just low noise on high iso, fast multpoint AF (more than the standard 9point preferred). And most of all price. I know the secondary is what makes a lot of cameras really expensive but as a "sorta" amateurish hobbiest, I would love to shoot with full frame but the are just wayyy too expensive at the moment

L CATHCART
L CATHCART

5D THREE BODY, 7D BODY. SAME SENSOR. DIGIC 5. NO VIDEO, NO LIVEVIEW. LESS MENU. SINGLE USE BUTTONS/DIALS. EASIER OPERATION.

Pete
Pete

I do appreciate the engineering and marketing decisions and compromises that companies must make in our imperfect world as well as practical and technological limitations. With that being said, here's my personal wish list for camera manufacturers. 1) I apologize if this one sounds snotty, but we need shorter X-Sync duration (1/500sec?) for using Speedlite flashes outdoors in daylight. High speed sync with multiple flashes simply looks awful! I simply can't carry studio flashes up a mountain. Is this really such a hard thing to do? 2) Please pay as much attention to the needs of outdoor/nature shooters as you have to video shooters 3) sharpen raw images: For example, please do anti-aliasing in software only for the jpeg-ers. Raw images should be RAW. 4) API for download-able photo apps like iPhone has 5) Suggestion: don't make people who don't need video/audio subsidize the cost for those who do. At the same time, give videographers the tools they need instead of forcing them to adapt DSLR's

leo
leo

GET RID OF THE AA FILTER!!...enough already with the soft files that we have to sharpen. If anyone has experience with non AA cameras, we know how moire is hardly ever an issue!!! At least make it removable! focus speed accuracy can surely improve on the 5Dmk2

Fairy
Fairy

Sorry I meant "stabilizer" and not Steadicam, I would like a decent inbuilt stabilizer, in the camera body close to the sensor or something, so I can use my old Nikkor lens from the 70s that do not have "VR" or whatever it's called. :)

Yoav Epstein
Yoav Epstein

1. I want depth of field priority, where the camera automatically calculates the aperture based on lens and focus distance. 2. I want more dynamic range, say 32 bit raw.

Travel Nerd
Travel Nerd

I wander why new 3.000$+ Cameras do not have GPS and/or WiFi functionalities. Even 50-100$ smart phones have it nowadays. Therefore it can't be a question of money (of course this way they can sell overpriced additional equipments). As I am into travel photography GPS is really handy.

Peter Hansen
Peter Hansen

IJG has a few things i would like Too. 1. Built in Flash Control 2. Built in Wireless file transfer 3. Built in GPS From the above posts I like 4. Backlit buttons I'm sure all are easy to implement..

Daniel
Daniel

I am missing my most important feature: increased dynamic range! Have you ever shot with an Alexa? The dynamic range is amazing. I want that for both stills and video.

Kent Andersen
Kent Andersen

Would be great to have a w-lan/blue tooth connection that could directly connect with a Iphone/Tab/Andriod.... wich makes it possible to use the phone or tablet as a bigger screen, with all functions of the camera available directly on the phone or tab. That would make the need of an articulated screen less vital, and get a cheaper access to a bigger screen, and more flexible remote controll and bigger preview of the pictures.

Bengt Nyman
Bengt Nyman

No more combo video-still cameras please !! A combination video and still camera belongs ONLY in the entry level market. When you get above the $ 3,000 level a decent video camera does not make a good still camera and vice versa.

Kyle
Kyle

Is it me or are people missing the point when the survey focuses on HDSLR's??? :) For now, I'd rather focus on the things I can't add aftermarket. Audio, how many of us bought some form of external recorders already? Articulating screens, how many of us bought external monitors for that too?? Neutral density filters, yes aftermarket has that covered as well. What we can't get is more out of the body. Which means I'd rather have raw output and better frame rates. Those should be priorities in my mind. Because the rest of the technology is already so darn good! I believe the 5DMkIII fell short by not having 1080/60p. We'd have to boost ISO to compensate for the higher shutter angle required but, it should be worth it. With no way of testing it I'm only guessing that rolling shutter should lessen by shooting at that frame rate. A dream setup, which I have NO idea why Canon didn't implement it is the camera using either USB3.0 or a Thunderbolt connection feeding into a 10" tablet. Where we'd have a gorgeous touch screen to view and control the camera. You could even daisy chain in a couple of additional monitors and/or recorders. Cable length are plenty long enough for most task. This is where I really wonder what Canon was thinking, USB 3.0 was specifically designed with uncompressed 1080p60 in mind! Which actually takes a huge burden off the video processors in camera. And, no MPEG licensing fee's and issues too :)

BestExposures.com
BestExposures.com

I think the 5D3 should have had a built in Tripod, parking spot, and dolly. It should be filled with Helium so its lighter - and wince the body shell is made from magnesium - I want spinners, just like rims on cars. I think it would be great if we could record on DAT, not only CF and SD cards. Canon is just limiting me too much with this. Forget articulating screens, lets have a built in projector so it projects everything onto a wall. It should have a rangefinder, laster pointer, and a place to store baggies in case rover takes a dump. And after I spent 3500 dollars, can you believe my dishes aren't automatically clean. This camera should do my dishes, walk the dog, do my homework, file my taxes..... PEOPLE - its just a camera body!

JW
JW

CLEAN SHADOWS at ISO 100 16 or more stops Dynamic Range 16 bit Color Depth 1/500th or Faster Flash Sync

chris
chris

Yes, I miss the full colour sensor ...

DavidD
DavidD

Good idea. Thank you for putting a bunch of stuff into this informal poll. I often overlook things, so please allow the gentle suggestion to add -- 1) No Anti-Alias filter (software has a ton more computing power available than a camera trying to save 4 or more images per second) 2) 16 bit data / pixel (A/D conversion) 3) 2+ more stops of Dynamic range (like Jim, Douglas and Eric mentioned above), - Oh heck 4 more stops would make me a very happy fellow.

IJG
IJG

What about in-camera ND Grad/color filters (I'm sure this can be software driven)?? or integrated radio flash control?? or ability to set lower and upper limits for ISO, f-stop and aperture in any mode in which the camera automatically sets any of the parameters (AV,TV or auto-ISO modes)?? How about illuminated buttons, like the new D4?? or AF assist light?? or in-camera panoramic stitching from a video file?? or something as simple as firing a flash using a remote transmitter on-camera when in live-view? or longer exposure times and metering capabilities?? None of this is rocket science, yet Canon fails in providing these simple tools that can speed workflow and/or provide more creative options.

Darren
Darren

Wireless photo xfer direct to my laptop/iPad. Why, in 2012, do I still have to plug in my camera or take out the CF card to get the images off of it? Want a 7D MK II with full-frame + wireless as above.

Ken
Ken

I guess I'm the only one who has problems with sensor spots. I was quite disappointed that the 5DIII did not include an improved sensor cleaning system (such as the one reportedly on the 1D X). Barring that, better sealing might help.

RR
RR

My only wish is for Canon to return f8 AF to their cameras. Without it all else is irrelevant to me.

caleb
caleb

Smartphone interaction! 1 change settings from phone or tablet wirelessly 2 see preview 3 set focus 4 set flashes 5 access to all menus 6 wireless file transfer 7 less noise 9 less expensive (less than 3K, not another 1k price jump) 10 4k video would be nice but a bit unrealistic for a mark4

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

How about a poll for people who couldn't care less about video?

Henri
Henri

Would like to have movable LCD screen. Full-frame I already have......

JM
JM

Ability to use both all functions of my present Canon lenses (electronically controlled aperture, distance and lens information sent to camera, image stabilization, etc) via the camera's mount or an adapter combined with a short flange to sensor distance so other quality lenses in other mounts (e.g. Nikon) could be mounted with similar functionality. Think of the Sony NEX 7 with the Metabones adapter for Canon lenses but with a full-frame sensor.

Michal
Michal

1. Push button hyperfocal focusing. 2. DOF indicated in viewfinder/live view

john
john

I'd settle for backlit buttons

Lars
Lars

I am into Canon's. And I would also like to see the next incorporate longer metered times than todays 30 sec's. Have checked five :-)

Chris
Chris

Most all the answers were video related... How about an SLR which can talk directly to the internet?

Finn
Finn

I would like an option combine pixels on the chip. In effect I could choose a smallRAW with smaller resolution but better high-ISO-performance (due to lager pixels) or a fullRAW with full resolution (but weaker high-ISO-perf. due to smaller pixels)

Paul
Paul

Remote - manual lens control of (in my case) EOS lenses. Using the lens' autofocus motor to allow an assitant to pull focus in real time is the one and only feature I want.

amband
amband

Z You made a good choice

planetMitch
planetMitch

Pete, I appreciate your inputs... but I'll comment on #5... guess what... suppose you don't ever use the high fps for sports, if that were true, you could complain that those who need that are costing you more. There's always some feature put into a camera that you're not going to use that someone else does... so does that mean that feature shouldn't be put in so you'd have a lower cost? The video functions came after live view was put on DSLRs - and people complained then that they didn't need live view so why pay extra for it? It just goes on and on...

Bengt Nyman
Bengt Nyman

Both Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800(E) offer a GPS accessory. The Canon GPS is a Sony style which requires post processing to merge GPS data into the photo EXIF files. The Nikon writes real time GPS to the EXIF files in the camera.

planetMitch
planetMitch

Sorry - I should have thought of that one! I agree it should have been on the list

BestExposures.com
BestExposures.com

Bengt - I see you sent 4 entries about not combining video and still images - all agreeing with yourself. Thats really shameful. I actually like the still & video - for one thing it means 1/2 the amount of equipment I need to bring with me. I shoot weddings. Sometimes another photographer got the stills assignment, and then I can shoot the weddings with a fantastic video capable camera - and that way I get business even if someone else gets chosen. WIN WIN I hope Bengt doesn't get his wish - no offense - while I think many people are greedy and want too much, the more I get for the same investment the better.

Bengt Nyman
Bengt Nyman

The Hot Debate Combo products are almost invariably a sign of an immature product. As digital cameras became fast enough and memory small and inexpensive enough to record video, manufacturers started including rudimentary video even in the top level DSLRs. Canon today offers 561 different camera products. Nikon offers 278. Though those figures include bodies with and without kit lenses, the numbers indicate that the manufacturers are willing to offer us what we seek. For example; Nikon today offers a D800(E) with and without an AA filter. Please give us DSLRs with and without video so that the evolution of top quality DSLR Still Photography can go on without being hijacked by the compromises necessitated by the inclusion of video ! For those of you who think there is no compromise necessary, look at the new $15,000 to $30,000 video HDSLRs coming out as we speak.

Travel Nerd
Travel Nerd

True. But have a look at the price..... The GP-E2 GPS (for 5DM3) is around $300. And it is not just a question of money but of size and weight as well (I am into travel photography).

Bengt Nyman
Bengt Nyman

I am happy that your business model is working out for you. You certainly have the right to your opinion, as many times as you want, without shame. I reserve the same right. If you look at what Canon will be bringing out in the next couple of days you will realize that the combo cameras will be strictly amateur equipment before to long.

Travelnerd.eu
Travelnerd.eu

How big are a antenna and amplifier? Can't be that big.

Bengt Nyman
Bengt Nyman

I agree with you. I have been using a third party GPS. This Gisteq GPS was around $250, poorly designed and quite temperamental. Just like the GP-E2 GPS for the 5DM3 it requires Pre Travel Clock Matching and Post Photography Processing to write GPS data to the photo EXIF files. I would love for the 5DM3 to have a built in, direct writing GPS. But I guess they would have to give up some little video feature to fit it in. Yes, Hot Debate ! Seriously speaking, the difference between the mobile phones that already have GPS, versus cameras that don't is the fact that mobile phones already have antennas and T&R amplifiers built in.

Pablo
Pablo

I hardly think the combo cameras will ever be considered "amateur equipment", they have been used in major motion films and primetime television production. The new stuff Canon is bringing out should be better for dedicated video(as would be expected). It should be make video production EASIER because it is designed specifically for that purpose, but for a large number of professionals and amateurs the current "combo cameras" will be continue to be a fabulous tool for both stills and video, producing exceptional results. I'd like to see a stills camera that incorporates a full frame sensor with a magnesium alloy body (but I'd take a high quality plastic if the price was right) in a less expensive body. I'd like to see it have dual memory card slots and do very well up to 6400 or 12800 ISO level to make it ideal for wedding photography. I'd like it to be the Canon 5 D Mark III essentially, but I don't mind a bit lower resolution, a little bit slower frame rate (about 5fps would be okay), a similar autofocus system as the 7D, etc. In other words, an entry level full frame camera with decent autofocus, dual memory card slots, and excellent ISO performance. I'd even take a cropped sensor version with 12 or 14 megapixels (if 6400 ISO were good quality), and dual memory card slots. Just my .02.