Why so little progress with µ4/3 sensors?

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Raffwal
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Why so little progress with µ4/3 sensors?
Nov 11, 2011

First, I'm not here to troll or looking for trouble. I'm just one of the poor sods trying to decide which MILC family to buy into. One day it's µ4/3, the next day NX, then NEX. Well, you get the point. I actually briefly owned a GH2 for some weeks earlier this year. A couple of weeks ago I ordered an NX10 + 30mm lens combo, but the store couldn't deliver at the bargain price and canceled. So here I am back in the start. It looks like every MILC family has severe compromises and I can't decide which is the least troubling to me. For NEX it is the biggish and slowish lenses and the lack of built-in EVF (until NEX-7 finally arrives). For NX it is mainly the sensors from yesteryear and ... a certain lack or credibility. µ4/3 has a nice collection of lenses and accessories and they are pretty compact. However, I find the sensors here too lacking, even considering the smaller size.

And this finally leads to my question. I checked DxOMark to see, which are the better µ4/3 (or 4/3) sensors. And to my surprise found out that not much has happened in this regard for YEARS! OK, there is some minor improvement here and there and especially in the video department. But in stills we're essentially where we were in 2007-8. What on earth is the reason for this? Who actually makes the sensors and why can't they keep up with other formats?

DxOMark:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Samsung NX10 Sony Alpha NEX-7
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