Why the leading bleeding edge is not for the faint at heart

Started Feb 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
illy Forum Pro • Posts: 12,160
Re: Why the leading bleeding edge is not for the faint at heart

alatchin wrote:

illy wrote:

i don't think i'll ever go for top spec camera model again, i'd rather get a lower end model and replace it every couple of years, ok you may miss or want some of the stuff the pro models have, but in reality the I.Q coming from the more budget conscious range is excellent, and the money you save can be used for better lenses or a nice trip somewhere.

Many users feel the same way about m43rds, with the EPL5 being a good balance of price and IQ... That is where I think camera makers are having to rethink their feature sets, pricepoints and size... I mean, I could be wrong, but I dont see Nikon releasing a D3x type camera again with the D800 sensor, mostly because I cant see many buying it... What would compel D4 owners to spend another $5000 on the D5? ISO 500,000? Maybe, but the number must be dwindling.

That is why I think the big guns are introducing lower tier FF bodies, to entice their crop sensor users to move up... However, while cheaper, they are not cheap, and while offering excellent IQ... so does the D5200... They are a bit compromised right now...

I would imagine this push to FF may give Olympus a window of opportunity at the $1300-$1500 price point if they play their cards right. The HG lenses still represent some of the best quality, flexibility and range in their pricepoint for many purposes. If we dont see any new APSC bodies this year, but we see a radically new DSLR from Olympus they may very well have a bit of a jump back into the market.

Just my thinking. And I agree, money saved for a trip is money well spent!

i'm all for sensor improvements and don't mind pixel rates going up, it all does make a difference. I would assume FF will get cheaper and this is why pro APS-C bodies seem to be disappearing, Nikons dx range maybe crippled in some ways but they have great sensors in them.

I suppose using only a single sensor type that's a different size to rest of the market for Oly will be different, i just wouldn't want to see them release something that drains resources and makes no profit for them, mirrorless is changing peoples perspectives with camera purchases, so in some respect Olympus are fighting themselves. I hope they do come out with something different as i think it will be their best option, it's going to be another interesting year for bodies i hope and hopefully we'll have an end of year poll with lots of great cameras to argue over.

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