Mirrorless Camera design according to Sexton and LL. Agree?

Started May 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Andy Crowe
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In old cameras form followed function.
In reply to amalric, May 20, 2012

First of all a little pet peeve - so he "could care less" about what a camera looks like on a tripod, he must care a bit then because there's still room to care even less than he does now. Personally I couldn't care less but that's just me

Anyway old film cameras look the way they look because without automatic controls everything had to be quickly accessible while holding the camera in a shooting position.

Once automatic controls and then digital came around it became necessary to control more functions than it would be possible to have switches and dials, so the standard hold button and turn a thumb dial became common.

However some people still prefer to use dials and to have quicker access to shutter and aperture, so any camera that uses this layout will look somewhat retro regardless of what the body looks like.

The fact is that with a camera like the E-M5 the only thing retro about it is the metal top and angular design, the fact it uses large control dials just happens to be the same functional choice that old film cameras settled on. Even the NEX 7 looks rather retro modern due to the control dials and angular body metal.

As for the K01 which is held up as an example of a modern design, having played with one the ergonomics are terrible, with important controls like the mode dial being well out of reach with one hand and very awkward to control with the other. If there was an example of form over function it would be that, not any of the retro cameras that have there controls in easy to adjust positions.

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