Terada: New 4/3's body (bodies?) in the pipline for 2013

Started Feb 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 5,905
Re: niche for DSLRs agree completely

A Riley wrote:

I'm an editor for a nonprofit and I need photos all the time. Volunteers send in photos for the newsletter and we just can't use them -- because they're low-res shots from smartphones. They might be nicely composed, but they're not high enough IQ to reproduce well in print. Facebook or web, maybe, but not print.

That's where the niche for DSLRs still is: Print-quality photos for glossy magazines and newsletters, not snapshots for the internet or for facebook.

I'm sure before long smartphones will be able to do it all and then my worries will be over. In the meantime, I wish I could put a DSLR or MILC in the hands of every single volunteer. Then maybe I'd get plenty usable photos for the newsletter, and I could put out one, just one, issue with all high-quality images. Sigh. . .

In quickly looking over potential prints of Siena, Italy, I found a number of what looked like pretty usable images...until I actually tried to start PPing them, and noted how little "substance" was actually there.  Then I realized that these were taken on a day I only brought along the LX-3.

By the same token, before Christmas, I had to enlist the help of a couple of friends, one of them endlessly patient, the other a real Photoshop whizz to somehow generate a decent, medium sized (12x12inch) print from a beautiful image our daughter had taken of Amsterdam from a ferry porthole: with a lottle Canon P&S.

(Interestingly, I have managed decent 17"x22" prints of detailed subjects from old E-1 RAWs with no great problem, as long as they were taken in good light.)

The endless stream of digital snapshots will only keep growing, but there will always be some who really want to work on and communicate a high quality image, and even print it.  It will be more than a couple of years before a smartphone or other digital device will be able to meet their (our) needs.

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