Why m4/3rds is declining in the US.

Started Apr 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Richard Veteran Member • Posts: 4,858
A slight disorder...

Adrian Van wrote:

What I am seeing in the posts in this forum that the normal progression of purchase might be this to those that enjoy photography (prosumers) and do not have special needs for large camera (DX or FX capture speed or low light advantage):

Average person purchase (todays youth 18 to 30 years or bit older....)

1. own cell phone camera

2. buy compact camera (non system) for better pictures

3. buy DSLR like Nikon D5200 or D7000 or Canon Rebel series for marketed perceived pro imagining

4. later discover mirrorless cameras in market like Olympus or Panasonic or Sony Nex as a lighter system after a year or two of using DSLR

5. finally read more into the hype and buy one

But these people usually are looking for better image quality, what I think is after they find out the APS-c and mirrorless are similar they may turn to FF especially if they are geek and have money.

6. many sell off DSLR (for those that just need it for personal use, vacation, hobby, travel photos)

These people are not the masses, they are possible niche people, they will either want the FF because of specs, or they will want the size and go m43

as mirrorless is good enough and close quality to DSLR (aps-c) now (in all but fast action capture) and can offer spectacular results with the right technique in capture and great lens combos.

Lots of people are selling off their DSLRs even bought in the last few years, once they discovered mirrorless and do not need both for their semi-pro enthusiast needs.

I don't think this is true in the US, thus the decline of m43 and increase in DSLR according to some of the statistics that have posted.

However the other percentage (how much is that anyway?) will keep both DSLR (for work or play Aps-C or FF) and also buy a mirrorless (mostly for play or travel, however there are lots of skilled photographers who can use mirrorless for very serious photo image results once they use the great lenses now offered. And Video works great with mirrorless such as GH series by some pros who use it. Many photographers who fit "pro category" as source of income will have both systems.

I think this is a minority of the population, but I think there is a lot of people on this site that have both.

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