Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

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Per Inge Oestmoen
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Larger sensors will retain their superiority, no matter how good smaller ones become
In reply to Colin Smith1, 10 months ago

Colin Smith1 wrote:

Writers on the Luminous Landscape http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/full_frame_myth.shtml have stated their belief that the age of full frame DSLRs is coming to an end for basically two reasons. One, 16 meg micro 4/3s sensors have gotten very good in quality and noise reduction that they can now be printed to 16x20 (so why would anyone want the bulkier or heavier full frame DSLR ?) Second because the of the Sony mirror less full frame with excellent EVF.

Anyone think that the day is coming when even pros and advanced amateurs will be satisfied with a smaller, lighter mirror less system.

Whether or not my camera has a mirror is secondary. But EVF's are not as functional as optical viewfinders.
If EVF's are to replace optical viewfinders, they must be vastly more long-lived than today's OLED versions which have significantly shorter life span than LCD, they must have much higher resolution, they must use far less battery power, the lag needs to be eliminated, and they have to be capable of functioning in -40 Celsius or lower. If all these criteria are fully met, I might choose an electronic viewfinder. When it comes to "Full Frame," it is mistaken to believe that smaller sensors are as good as larger ones. Remember, all technological advances that smaller sensors can benefit from will be applicable to Full Frame sensors too. That means that the difference in performance will remain. For this reason, larger sensors will never be obsolete no matter how good MFT and other smaller sensors become. The larger ones will still maintain their superiority, and that will be easily visible in dark environments.
- Per Inge Oestmoen, Norway

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