Olympus still hopeful. Is MILC a serious alternative for DSLR?

Started Jan 11, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP HappyVan Senior Member • Posts: 2,397
Focus on the strengths

MichaelKJ wrote:

With the arrival of the A7/r, we now have MILC cameras with sensors that range from the 1/1.7" Pentax Q to FF. However, you rely on data that overwhelmingly reflect sales/shipments of the small MILCs made primarily by Olympus, Panasonic & Sony.

Smaller sensor MILCs have a size advantage that, at a minimum, will allow them to continue to survive as an option for those of us who place a premium on size and weight. However, the companies making these cameras are going through a difficult time and it remains to be seen whether this segment of the market will blossom or be relegated to serving a niche market.

The question of whether DSLRs will eventually be replaced (for the most part) with FF MILCs is a different question. At this point, sales/shipment data are lacking and meaningless for attempting to answer this question.

Each format and form factor has their own inherent strengths. MILC's strength is its compact size. Therefore, it makes sense to use FF MILC with a few prime lenses.

The small DSLR is the better camera for big lenses and for heavy duty work. Their inherent strength lies in their larger batteries and VF. As well as the proven high end AF systems.

Sony now has a very formidable product line against M43 because they have a full product range. FF and 1" sensors. Compacts and systems. Rangefinder-types and DSLR form factor. I would expect Sony to take 50% of MILC.

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