EOS R vs Z7 ergonomics comparison shows there’s more to a camera than specs

Nov 8, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

EOS R vs Z7 ergonomics comparison shows there’s more to a camera than specs

Nov 8, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Photographers and gearheads like to see specs and big numbers. Huge ISO, big megapixels, fast frame rates, whatever the specs may be. Those specs can be justifiably important to certain photographers, though. If you regularly photograph things that have certain technical demands, there’s no way around it. But those specs don’t really mean a thing if the camera itself is difficult to use.

In this video from photographer and YouTuber Michael The Maven, looks at the usability of the Canon EOS R and why he thinks it’s way behind the Nikon Z7.

Michael points out a number of what he perceives to be flaws in the EOS R’s design. Flaws that might make it difficult for existing Canon users to adapt from their line of DSLRs to the Canon’s new mirrorless system. And some flaws that just make the camera difficult to use for anybody, even if their muscle memory hasn’t already learned another system.

Although many of the options can be reconfigured to work a little more comfortably, there are still one or two questionable design choices. Of course the Nikon Z6 and Z7 aren’t quite perfect, either, but they do seem to be far more intuitive overall, and have a more efficient and familiar layout that Nikon DSLR users will be used to.

If Canon sticks with the same body design, which seems to be the way of mirrorless, then it will be interesting to see if people still feel this way when next year’s expected Canon mirrorless cameras are announced. Or if Canon listens to some of this feedback and makes adjustments to the design.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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