Shakeout in the mirrorless market

Started Feb 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
Haider Senior Member • Posts: 1,015
Re: Peter, interesting analysis

I think you are right.

But I would add one thing. I think the reason M4/3 has been successful goes a bit beyond it coming from two makers. Although, that in itself is a very good thing.

I think an important to note that BOTH Panasonic and Olympus have no other ILC products to sell. (For sane and rational people, the E-5 and 4/3 legacy lenses cannot be considered current products).

Neither company has DSLRs distracting them. They have effectively put all their eggs in one basket.

Also... the M4/3 lens catalog is a HUGE advantage. It will take others ten years to catch up, assuming M4/3 stands still for ten years. And it was a brilliant move for them to focus on fast prime lenses, since these both lend themselves to a smaller camera concept, and the lens speed is really needed for a smaller sensor.

I see the advantage of APS-C very slight with the newest 4/3 sensors. And I see the advantage over smaller formats being huge. M4/3 has hit the sweet spot, combining performance, value, ergonomics and lens selection.

(Special Note for tedolph... the GH-3 is an important and necessary camera for M4/3. If Panasonic didn't build it, then Olympus would be forced to do it. The system needs a camera like this. Not everyone wants a Pen Mini or a GF5.)

Interesting but Oly are looking to get back into the boat. Terada said Milc market is increasing but not booming. Olympus can't survive on Milc revenues. The penny has dropped...4/3rds lens line-up is pretty much built up. Oly will not abandon that and they haven't got the money to rebuild it for m4/3rds. SHG 4/3rds lens will be mounted and work effectively at somepoint on a prof OM-D. I wouldn't write off SLRs, a bit like my Baume Et Mercier. People just prefer mechanical watches...

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