Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

Started Jan 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
viking79 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,147

ohmydentist wrote:

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Just Shoot !

Where do you see lots of void? The block on the top is a massive prism that is heavy, the added thickness to the camera is from the circuit boards and LCD, the bottom is filled with batteries. The void below the mirrorbox is for the AF and metering optics.

Look, all that adds up, and I think the pros also like them that large, but there isn't a lot of empty space in the camera. Those cameras can shoot nearly   5000 shots on a single battery charge.

They only way you could really save a lot of space is get rid of the mirror box and optical viewfinder (which I think is the trend you will see, it will just take longer to reach pro level cameras).

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