- A 100% viewfinder. That’s a first in a DSLR below the 4000 Euro mark.
- The auto-focus system is kick-ass. 51 focus points, 15 of which are cross-type. Compare that to the 9 sensors (all of them cross-type) of the 40D. Plus it can track subjects not only with the focus points, but also by color, utilizing its metering sensor.
- A 3 inch VGA resolution LCD – almost 4 times the number of pixels of the 40D.
- Live view (which the 40D has, too), with contrast detection auto-focus (which the 40D hasn’t), i.e., auto-focus based on the sensor image, without having to pull the mirror down.
- And to top it all off: a 12 megapixel sensor that goes to ISO 3200 without extension (6400 with extension)! Of course I’m very skeptical about this, and we’ll have to wait for in-depth reviews to see if the sensor can actually deliver that with a reasonable amount of noise.
So, not only does this camera, if it lives up to the specs, kick the 40D’s butt, it would even surpass the 5D in pretty much every way, easily making it the best DSLR to be had for less than 3000 Euros, which makes me rethink my decision to upgrade to the 40D. It seems I have three options:
- Upgrade to the 40D, keeping all my lenses.
- Selling all my lenses and upgrading to the D300.
- Selling nearly all my lenses and upgrading to the successor of the 5D, which will hopefully be competitive.
Interestingly enough, the Nikon option is quite a bit cheaper than upgrading to a full-frame Canon. Considering that I’ll probably live with my next camera for the next 4 to 5 years I want to make sure to get the best the market has to offer at a reasonable price, which probably isn’t the 40D, and probably isn’t full frame, either, because I don’t consider that price reasonable, and who knows when Canon will announce that camera, anyway?
I guess all I can do right now is wait for the reviews of the 40D and D300 to come in and see how they measure up. In the meantime my 10D still captures pretty good photos.