StillandMovingImages: It is the cost. Even though the DSLR's and MILC's are being made in China for less, the prices we would pay are so much higher than the cost of a compact digital or a cellphone that there is no comparison. While cellphone cameras still leave a lot to be desired for a true photo enthusiast, the pictures from a compact digital with a good lens and sensor are not that far off from DSLR or MILC. Throw in the factors of bulk, weight, and the poor quality control issues and it is a giant stop sign. I've spent plenty in the past on film based cameras, but despite my love of photography, I just cannot justify the outlay for DSLR or MILC at the prices being charged. Plus if my compact conks out, gets lost or stolen, I can afford to buy another. With a DSLR or MILC system, my insurance deductible is 2 to 4 times the cost of a new compact. Lower the prices, fix the quality control problems and the sales will come back. My 2 cents.
Except that compacts' sales have declined faster than DSLRs and MILCs for most companies.
N13L5: People seem to have collectively forgotten how to run a business without perpetual growth. Perpetual growth is the wrong goal to chase on a finite planet.
I'm an economist specialized in economic growth. I have never seen a colleague arguing that growth could actually come to a zero long-term rate. I think such an outcome might very well be the case at some point in the future. Some economists will argue that while the planet is finite, human ingenuity is not. Ingenuity could fuel economic growth for the foreseeable future. I'm not of that persuasion.
raygraham: This big baby looks the business to me and having sold my Nikon D600 in favour of my Fuji XE1 I now need a second camera which was going to be an XE2 but it'll probably now be an X-T1 - although will Fuji launch the X-Pr2 soon? Fuji move very quickly so I think I'll hang on during which time the X-T1 will be cheaper. Having made the final decision I suppose they'll then bring out a full frame version - How dare they with all my X lens purchased!!!
Yeah - for ideological reasons :-) I'll only consider Fuji or Sony (ex-Minolta) for my next buy. And surely this baby is handsome!
bugbait: I enjoyed looking at these images. Far more than utilitarian the composition is very interesting in several as well as beautiful, the woman with the orange handbag particularly made me stop, the underpass etc.
Most of that is the quality of the photographer but as he pointed out the camera got out of the way and let him get his groove on. Life is short and we have all forced our way forward with bothersome equipment at some point, perhaps currently. But being in my late 40 now, I want my tools to be an "extension" and not an "attachment," of my body and mind.
Thank you Richard Butler.
Just going to say about the same thing. The photos are generally very good and interesting compositions. I hope I'm not infringing Richard's (or Dpreview's) copyright by downloading one of them and using it as my desktop background...
Cyril Reif: Don't underestimate the mirrorless cameras...I've been a Nikon SLR/DSLR user since 1968 (I still have my original Nikon F from 1972), but I have almost exclusively been using my GF1 since I got it in 4/2010.
Canon and Nikon can wait and let the other manufacturers establish the global demand and then jump in because they still "own" the brands that everyone knows and wants to buy. If I look at me experience, I can see a scenario that every serious DSLR photographer will also be carrying a mirrorless camera, one for every Canon and Nikon DSLR sold.
"Canon and Nikon can wait and let the other manufacturers establish the global demand and then jump in because they still "own" the brands that everyone knows and wants to buy."
Doing this would be an immense error. They should be showing off a mirrorless camera already. I'm buying a camera this fall (I'm a compact upgrader) and after pondering a lot on how to spend my 1k euros, I've made up my mind to go for a NEX-5N. Had Canon or Nikon made available a similar product, I would have been pulled towards them irresistibly; and like me there's right now thousands going for Sony, Panasonic, Olympus or Samsung. In 5 years time, they'll be changing cameras again but then there'll be a new camera brand in the household...