"Mirrorless" is the future???

Started Feb 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Marty4650 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,693

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:

Change purely for the sake of it is time wasted IMO

Cameras without viewfinders are of limited use to some people. Not everything that gets thrown into the market is well thought out.

Sony continue to pursue their SLT models with a light sucking mirror, that's just a re-hash of old tech that was dumped years ago.

How is this innovation I ask?

You're right. It is in your opinion.

But simply because this type of camera isn't for you, doesn't mean it isn't for everyone.

The innovation you ask about is in size, weight, portability while providing excellent image quality. Something much more convenient for backpackers, hikers, vacationers, young families, students, and ordinary people. These mirrorless cameras may not be the best tools for professional photographers, although the Olympus OM-D, Sony NEX7, and Panasonic GH2 come awfully close.

If "ultimate image quality" is all that mattered, then everyone might own a Nikon D4, and no other camera could be sold. But the reality is that the market isn't driven by the ultimate best. It is driven by what works well enough and represents a good value. In other words... the Honda Accord and not the Bentley.

For an alarmingly large percentage of the public a camera phone is all they need. The results thrill them. Most camera owners today are using something less capable than a humble Olympus Pen mini.

There will be a market for these mirrorless cameras whether you or I like them or not. Because we don't represent the entire universe.
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