Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

Started Jan 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
joema1 Contributing Member • Posts: 742
Re: Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

Colin Smith1 wrote:

....As a wildlife photographer nothing offered to date can match the tracking AF of my 5D III, certainly not the OM E1 or the Sony...At the age of 67 traveling around the world as I do with heavy gear is becoming more of a burden...Anyone think that the day is coming when even pros and advanced amateurs will be satisfied with a smaller, lighter mirror less system.

A definition of obsolete is "no longer produced or used". The thread title is *Are* Full Frame SLRs Obsolete? (not will they someday be obsolete).

They are obviously not obsolete today, nor will be within the near future. That said, based on reasonable extrapolations of current technical trends, it appears at some point conventional full-frame DSLRs may be eventually replaced by mirrorless cameras.

Already I take a smaller camera on vacations. A few months ago I took a Sony NEX-6, and even though I didn't like the interface and handling, got some pretty good shots with it. But it was non-critical stuff, if I missed the shot it was no big deal.

When you see *mostly* mirrorless cameras used in situations like these, *then* you will know conventional full-frame DSLRs are obsolete:

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