Problem with new high end "compacts"

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Problem with new high end "compacts"
Jun 23, 2014

(I am using "compact" loosely here as some are quite big, but that's what they are often called)

I have a couple of friends looking for higher end cameras. They think they want a DSLR, because that is what they associate with a high end camera after 30 years of seeing that form factor. I really think they'd be happier with cameras like the Canon G1X mk2, Panasonic FZ-1000, Sony RX100/10, etc. Those won't make them mess with expensive lenses (they will probably never buy) and have great image quality in a smaller size body. But when they see these cameras, they are turned off on first sight. The fact that these are smaller and have a fixed lens, means those who don't know better associate them with $200-400 smaller sensor cameras they've seen for the past decade. I can't get my friends to look at them seriously because they want a "real" camera.

I think these expensive "compacts" will be a tough sell, at least in the US market, for this reason. It's mostly people like us who are buying them, even though they'd likely be better than an entry DSLR for the masses.

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