Is "CSC" premature as an acronym?

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Sean Nelson
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Is "CSC" premature as an acronym?
Sep 24, 2011

CSC, "Compact System Camera", is the acronym that much of the industry seems to have settled on in order to describe mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Olympus and Panasonic invented this market segment when they decided to take advantage of the fact that a mirrorless camera allows for a shorter flange distance which in turn means that the body can be considerably smaller. And they were gutsy and forward-thinking enough to realize that they'd have trouble reducing the lens sizes to match unless they also used a smaller sensor.

The result is that so far all of the mirrorless players have taken up the compact form factor as if it's an intrinsic feature of any mirrorless design. In fact Nikon and Pentax have gone even further in reducing sensor sizes. So far, the 'CSC' acronym is a good fit.

But there's been a rumour that Canon will introduce a full-frame mirrorless camera, presumably compatible with its existing lenses and trying to push the technology to the point where it will do almost everything that a PDAF/OVF camera can do. If true, this would one-up the competition by taking over the high end of the mirrorless market.

At this point, what would one call such a camera? The term "CSC" almost certainly won't apply because it describes not only the technology but also the form factor. I personally prefer "MILC" (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera), which is both a more accurate, neutral description and also a nice, one-syllable pronounceable acronym.

It's possible that the camera industry might have been a tad premature in choosing the "CSC" acronym...

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