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The 5D3 has outstanding image quality for the most part, but I'm not going to disagree with you here. Canon has got to do something to compete against Sony's amazing sensors
Reading between the lines at CanonRumors, on other sites with the Canon 500 micron vs. newer 180 micron fabs, etc., it sounds like Canon has a new chip in the works.
My **guess** is that the next new camera in the 1st quarter will feature that chip. A 7DII replacement, or something brand new?
Nikon has yet to hit with their D300/D7000 replacement, which is also their "next step." The recently announced D5200 won't go on sale here until mid-January, which makes me think they won't announce until after the new year in order not to undercut those sales.
I DO NOT DISAGREE about the Canon sensor. In fact I was just testing out a Sony NEX 5n, I have a Nikon D3200 on the way to play with, etc.
But in my mind, the DR issue is one of perhaps 8-10 issues that "balance out" in the equation on which camera to buy. I won't go through them all here - AF, glass, high ISO, etc . - not the point.
But in most cases, if you are going to the web, doing anything in sRGB, doing professional work with any volume of images (rather than laboring on an individual image for a few hours in Photoshop), printing up to 11x14, or using saturation, pop, "Velvia style", working in a studio with controlled lighting (easily managed DR) - in those cases. the DR on your existing sensor is not a limiting factor in your image, and won't be noticeable at all.
Basically, in outputting an image to any medium we have now, you are compressing the image to a DR that is much less than what you can capture in camera.
And photographers did that all of the time in the past - they shot color slides I stead of negatives, they shot Velvia or Potria or Kodachrome instead on Astia, they shot Porta 160 VC (vivid color) instead of Portra160NC. They shot color instead of B&W. They used 400 ISO film instead of 100 ISO film.
I am not defending Canon here. I am trying to explain some of the ways to determine how critical a stop or two of extra DR is to your work.
Cheers! Hi Cineski!