Pana is rumored to plan CFF (compact full frame) for post M43

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
rrr_hhh Veteran Member • Posts: 6,023
Re: additional info and observations

ProPhotoDude wrote:

reading the replies above, as usual a lot of people get the fact that the FF future is unavoidable, but some people seem to have confused that this rumor meant to imply an imminent change at Pana. As mentioned this has come out of their long term planning and chances are you won't see this change in at least 2 to 3 years. The best guesstimate is an announcement in fall of 14 for 2015 release. So, this is a long term agenda.

If I may, you have a curious notion of what is long term !  For me 1-2 years is short term, 5-10 years middle terms and for long term you need to think in terms of a generation (25 years) or at least more than 10 years.

some of the posters don't seem to understand that because FF is expensive now it will remain expensive. In fact the price of FF sensors are falling and a 1500 FF DSLR from the top brands is a reality in 3 years. Basically the APS-C and M43 will eventually be replaced by FF. and Compacts will go away for the most part as people prefer to shoot with their phones. Keep in mind phone cameras will continue to become more sophisticated.

I think that due to the competition of mirrorless (APSC and MFT) the big two will try to push FF and to diminish their cost so as to keep a competitive advantage in matters of IQ. Mirrorless APSC a la Sony, or MFT will keep their size and convenience advantage. Due to the actual size inconvenient of FF, there will be tentatives to reduce their size, but the size advantage of smaller sensor cameras will always be there and in matters of interchangeable lenses systems, the MFT stands at a sweet spot.  The smartphones will eat the compact market, no question.

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