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Old December 28th, 2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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How to set up a firmware update wishlist?

How could we manage to set up and communicate a professional "wishlist" for a coming A1 firmware update that is likely to influence Canon's decision making?

(I have no idea how poll-threads are started/programmed, but couldn't we have a sort of multi-poll-wishlist, so that every wanted firmware fix/modification is an independent poll in a list?)
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Old December 29th, 2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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Okay ... I'd love to have the following firmware fixes:

- OIS activation/deactivation from custom keys
- TV mode: shutter speed does not remember the last setting
- TV mode 25F: 1/50s default shutter speed instead of 1/25s (1/25s ist not film-like!)
- Audio: switchable audio limiter

What else?
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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:18 AM   #3
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Hey Michael,

Don't know why this thread didn't get more attention, let's revive it.

I'll second the request to make OIS a feature that can be mapped to a custom key - this is a biggie.

Also, rather than having to cycle through the custom preset buttons to choose a custom preset, I'd like the option to map the shutter, aperture priorty, clear scan, etc. positions to custom presets. These modes strike me as consumer-ish, I'd rather be able to spin through my most used presets quickly.

This is right out of the box for me, sure I'll have more.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:43 AM   #4
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I would like to have:

- an option to flip the LCD display (for use with 35mm adapter)
- an option even better as suggested by Alex, record flip stream upside down to tape directly (so no more post production to collect footage shot with 35mm adapter, also useful for quick review).
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:05 PM   #5
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I'm happy to set up a "wishlist" poll. How many items should there be on the list and what should they be... within reason? The suggestions so far are good, but I wouldn't foster any hopes about flipping the recorded image in-camera. However, if hundreds of people indicate that they want it, then who knows what could happen...
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:18 PM   #6
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I would like more options for fine tuning the gain in the menu for the switch positions. I would like to use 9db gain sometimes, or even have the option to use 2db and 4db gain for finer control.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:23 PM   #7
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I am a fairly new reader of this forum.

So far I have not seen any official representatives from canon post here. Has there been any evidence that anyone from canon that can influence camera development actually reads this site?

just curious...
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #8
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I would like an option to disable the color bars ( So i can permantly remove the tape)

I use color bars sometimes but I dont like the position of it, so a disable option would be great.


Also I would like a custom button in the menu for xlr mic enabling.

I would also like to have options to change the lcd color and evf to match each other. My evf is more accurate representation of color. I wish that I could dail in the color and hue to match my monitor (this has been bugging me for sometime)

Another easy feature to implement is having the ability to set different audio levels for left and right channels instead of being limited to one channel.

I have many things more but I can't think of them off the top of my head.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:32 PM   #9
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When I reported the problem with -40 value in Custom settings, I mentioned DVInfo forum and recommended reviewing advanced users' opinions and ideas. I don't know if it made any difference. What more a humble person like me can do...

Canon make top notch products, but from my experience, their responses and customers relations style were very corporate, something like "Thank you for your interest in Canon products" blah blah blah.... Sure I'm interested! I own them :)

Sure, it would be nice to have one of their product managers regularly participating in the forum.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:35 PM   #10
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Bogdan refers to his thread at http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=80723

I'm thinking about merging this thread with his earlier one.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:40 PM   #11
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So far I have not seen any official representatives from canon post here.
Their current internal corporate policy prohibits them from doing that.

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Has there been any evidence that anyone from canon that can influence camera development actually reads this site?
I know for a fact that the right people at CUSA do read this site. If you're looking for evidence, here it is:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=31636

Hope this helps,
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:53 PM   #12
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I'm happy to set up a "wishlist" poll.
Great, Chris, I guess we all would appreciate that very much! Thanks in advance.

Maybe we start the poll right away with the wishes that we have so far - but still keep on collecting further wishes in this thread to add them to the poll later. What do you think?

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I know for a fact that the right people at CUSA do read this site.
Even Canon Support Germany (which I contacted regarding the focus pulsing problem) stated that they are "aware" of this site.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 02:14 PM   #13
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Maybe we start the poll right away with the wishes that we have so far - but still keep on collecting further wishes in this thread to add them to the poll later. What do you think?
This sounds good to me. I'd also like to add a request for the ability to completely remove the zoom bar on the upper left of the screen (as opposed to just disabling it), it's clutter.
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This sounds good to me. I'd also like to add a request for the ability to completely remove the zoom bar on the upper left of the screen (as opposed to just disabling it), it's clutter.
I thought you could do this.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 02:35 PM   #15
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My wishlist

1. OIS on custom key!!!
2. 1/50th default shutter speed in 25F (or at least the capacity to remember the selected shutter speed.
3. Exposure override via iris ring in Tv and Av mode.
4. Soft clipping in manual audio mode
5. Custom presets select via shutter scroll wheel
6. Image flip on LCD (I'm guessing it's a stretch)
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