In Defense of the DSLR

Started Sep 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
tko Forum Pro • Posts: 12,268
Re: Just die already DSLRs

Beach Bum wrote

The fact of the matter is, it's not like Canon or Nikon have any special sauce or special know-how of how to make DSLRs. The reason they're market leaders is because they cornered the market long ago, and now it's prohibitively expensive for any other manufacturer to compete. The only way for another manufacturer to compete in the camera business is to do something else. There's absolutely zero evidence that these two are innovators in any way, and I believe they're pretty much stifling the camera industry as a whole.

Innovation for innovation sake is useless, and right now, the dSLR performs better. End of that story. Sally. "We can't compete." Jimmy. "Lets innovate." Sally. "I know, we'll put a MP3 player on it." Jimmy. "Will it take better photos or cost less?" Sally. "No, but it's more innovative!"

Innovation is what manufacturers with nothing else to offer trumpet.

Their lower end compacts, targeted to the average consumer, are clearly behind the other, better manufacturers. Because the Canon/Nikon names are so well-known, people just buy these, even though there are better models. If/when they don't work well, people just assume that the whole compact camera industry is crap, when it might just be the one they bought.

Also, the so-called professional isn't a driver of anything. There are far more average consumers than there are professionals. Canon and Nikon sit at the top only because the average consumer is aligned with the pro at the moment. When the wind shifts, which, don't kid yourself, it will, the pro could find himself sitting alone defending the DSLR, while everyone else happily uses their, just as functional but smaller, mirrorless model.

Amateurs follow, pros lead.

People are fickle and often gravitate toward smaller models.

Trouble is, they're gravitation towards cell phones and dSLRs, leaving mirrorless stuck in the middle. Cell phones do what most people want, while people who are serious go w/the dSLR. More expensive than dSLRs with less performance, mirrorless is a nich product appealing to those who want decent performance but can't carry an extra half pound or so.

Will the mirrorless fad last a year, two years or more? Will you lenses still be good tomorrow? Will the manufacturer innovate your product into obsolescence in a frantic effort to boost sales? Buyers aren't as stupid as the mirrorless crusaders would make them out to be.

Many people are still using 5 year old dSLRs. Does anyone really think today's mirrorless are going to last that long?

According to sales, mirrorless is a non-event.

The average consumer couldn't care less about the OVF vs EVF and which one provides a just ever so slightly greater visibility. In fact, I think all of the cool information overlayed on the EVF is what's more likely to catch the average consumer's eye. And lets not forget that budget DSLRs have crappy OVFs, and EVFs in this price segment may be great sight better (no pun intended) than OVFs.

Then when aren't they being sold? I think there's a big difference that's immediately obvious when you pick up the camera. It gives mirrorless a video game feel.

Rant over.

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