Terada: New 4/3's body (bodies?) in the pipline for 2013

Started Feb 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
sderdiarian
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Re: Terada: New 4/3's SONY body
In reply to Craig from Nevada, Feb 24, 2013

Craig from Nevada wrote:

I take the term "more competitive" to mean both companies have agreed to stop losing money selling cameras.

I have to wonder, does tying two sinking boats together stop them from going down?  Cameras are a rapidly shrinking market thanks to smart phones and maturing products.

Compacts have now gone the way of the buggy whip. While there's still a niche for superzooms, tough cameras and larger sensored fixed lens cameras, the day of  a compact for every pocket is over.

With IL cameras, increasingly minor improvements in features and IQ improvements seen only at 100% are relegating them to a shrinking group of devoted enthusiast and pro users. DPR has already hedged their bets by expanding coverage to smartphones and tablets.

The picture taking public is already there, viewing photos exclusively on laptops, tablets and smartphone screens.  Even for devotees of the art, when's the last time you made a print large enough to see the difference between 12 MP and 24 MP?  And, other than for cropping, where's the advantage compared to the downside of rapidly filling up your hard drive?

I have a hard time now viewing cameras as a growth business, at least in their present incarnations. They've had their faddish boom, but those who wanted a DSLR now have it, and those who've tired of their heft and size have largely migrated to mirrorless.  Where's the market once this group has also been sated?

I also have to wonder about the demographics of DSLR/mFT buyers.  Most of the faces I see attached to posts are 40+'rs who grew up using SLR's and film.  I don't see excitement from younger buyers, whose focus seems riveted on smartphones and tablets.

Hopefully Sony and Olympus (Solympus? Olyony?) will come out with some exciting new products to recapture interest and help turn this around.  Their product development and R&D groups certainly appear to have complimentary strengths, we'll see where it goes.

For now, I'm good with my two Olympus DSLRs and mFT's, especially the E-M5, and am enjoying focusing on photography rather than gear.  Nothing wrong with that!

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