Ktrphoto: Is dpreview sponsored by Sony.
Mirrorless is NOT taking over ... at least not in the short term ... although that seems to be what bloggers and reviewers all over the Internet would like you to think, judging by the noise they make about it.
Instead of looking at % increase/decrease in sales look at the actual numbers of DSLRs and Mirrorless sales.
Maybe - it excels in all those disciplines you mention, but if I don't have a comfortable feeling with the camera in my hands, and if I can't operate it intuitively and straighforwardly, then all those technical skills are irrelevant TO ME ...
Dpreview is my most reliable source of information concerning digital cameras - it would be an unacceptable allegation that it makes courtesy expertises for money.
The present review on the A7rii is precise and exhaustive, strengths and weaknesses are adressed in a well-balanced way.
But what irritates me is the conclusion which is drawn on the basis of the qualified analysis: Gold Award! Best camera of the year!! How is it possible that a camera with so many flaws can earn such a high appraisal?
Mainly concerning ergonomics/handling, this body falls far behind my expectations. There is no excuse for bad ergonomics in a small body - as ist proofen by the Olympus E-M1 and Panasonics GH4.
There are other flaws: Weather sealing! Viewfinder (nervous, strong moiré), no touch-screen, handling of the focus point, and so one ...
This camera ist more an absurdly overpriced toy than a serious tool for professionals, and therefore deserves a Silver Award at most!
I am looking forward to a full frame mirrorless (EVIL) camera from Canon!!
This article is very informative for everybody looking for an alternative to traditional DSLR-cameras - thank you R. Butler! It answers the question what you possibly will miss and what you get by choosing a mirrorless system.
I already made my choice: I traded my excellent, but heavy Nikon-D700 equipment for a lightweight Panasonic Lumix GH2-system - and I never look back, particularly not when I am on a hiking tour in the Alps...
Of course there are some (minor) drawbacks in particular situations compared to high end DSLR's, but mostly you will appreciate the convenience of this handy camera; and if you shoot RAW and develop with DxO Optics Pro, you also will be delighted about the image quality you bring out of the relatively small four thirds sensor!