Are DSLR cameras a dying breed?

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Are DSLR cameras a dying breed?
Aug 15, 2012

Are digital reflex mirror cams a dying breed? Nikon seems to suggest to use live view for precise focusing.

CDAF (contrast detection auto focus) mirrorless cameras are limited by their electronics, the processor that does the sensor readout and analysis to drive the lens and focus - in a few years, with the way sensor technology is evolving and soon 14nm becoming a reality (intel's roadmap), we might be faced with CDAF/PDAF sensors that will AF faster than DSLRs (just look at the Nikon 1 series, almost there) ... rendering big DSLR cameras obsolete. Same will happen to EVF technology, we will be seeing 3000x2000+ resolution EVFs (currently the best is Sony's EVF with 1024x768 resolution I think).

What are the benefits of migrating to full time mirorless:

  • electronic VF, no shutter lag

  • no moving parts, increased durability

  • embedding lots of info in the VF feed

  • much faster AF

Voice your opinions on this issue, IMO we're looking at a 5 years timeframe here where DSLRs will go the dinosaur way, and around 7-10 years to establish full migration for the high-end professional series as well.

Lenses will probably be usable with adapters but newer, cheaper and faster lenses will come out and kinda render our current lens lineup obsolete as well.

With mirrorless we can probably see lenses with apertures of 0.95 (for primes) becoming normal standard, and standard zooms that have a fixed aperture of 1.4 replacing the current 2.8 standard.

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