The EVF is old technology.

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jerome_munich
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The EVF is old technology.
Jun 27, 2012

When the EVF is discussed, some people here argue that, even if someone does not like the present versions, progress in electronics are so fast that we will certainly love the next version.

However, the truth is that progresses in EVF have not been fast and that Sony and Minolta have tried to convince customers to use an EVF for the past ten years. Anybody remembers the Minolta Dimage 5 and 7? That was 2001 and they had EVF (213,000 dots). They were followed by a few other models and the series culminated with the Minolta Dimage A2 (2003) with 922,000 dots (640 x 480 x 3 primary colors).

One would think that electronics would have improved since. Not quite so, in 2010, the Sony A55 had 1,440,000 dots (of which 1,152,000 are used), which is basically the same resolution (the aspect ratio is not the same, which explains part of the difference)… 7 years after. We still have this resolution in the A3x and A5x series.

On top of this, the Dimage A2 was not what can be called a bestseller. Apparently, even if the technology was groundbreaking at the time, the consumers did not flock to the wonderful advantages of the EVF.

Why would they flock in masses today to a technology that has not improved noticeably in 7 years and that they rejected at the time?

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