Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bart Hickman
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Re: Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?
In reply to Erik Magnuson, Apr 11, 2013

Erik Magnuson wrote:

Bart Hickman wrote:

It's pointless to discuss performance w/o considering price.  It doesn't matter how good FF is if APS-C is more than adequate at a much lower price (and size).

Adequate is relative - there are always those who will pay more for better.   I personally know more photographers who switched to FF in the last year or so than those who switched to mirrorless or upgraded APS-C bodies.

I believe consumer demand for performance is increasing more slowly than camera capability.  So at some point, all but the most bleeding-edge photographers will no longer want to use the more expensive and heavier equipment.  Additionally, the APS-C systems will become more complete because Canon and Nikon will be investing in those lenses more.

It's possible Canon and Nikon will retreat from APS-C market.  In fact, it's the norm for incumbent manufacturers to get crowded out from below by newer players (in this case, APS-C and m43 mirrorless are the ones coming in from below.)

If performance was all that mattered, computers would still use 8" hard-drives because they'd always have the edge in terms of capacity and cost per byte.

Huh?  8" drives can't spin as fast (latency) and materials is a significant cost driver. Hence the drive to reduce number of platters in drives.

When 8" drives were the established technology and 5.25" drives began competing, 8" drives were superior in capacity, speed, and latency.  However, the 5.25" drives were supporting the then-new desktop computer market which needed something smaller.  Eventually, 5.25" drives got better and better until they were also good enough for mini-computers and mainframes.  8" drives had also advanced and could offer even more, but nobody cared because the 5.25" drives were good enough.  This repeated for 3.5" drives.
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