Faked DSLR - A new trend for the mirrorless.

Started Jan 30, 2014 | Discussions thread
Aaron801 Senior Member • Posts: 5,299
Re: What other shape do you want it to be?

yardcoyote wrote:

If you are going to have an ergonomic camera with both a large centered viewfinder and a screen that almost covers the back, the logical place to put the viewfinder is above the screen. So you basically have a rectangular box with a smaller housing on top of it in the center. The other option is to make the box taller to enclose the housing, but that makes for an awkward grip with no way for the fingers to engage controls on the top surfaces.

If you take that combination of a horizontal oriented rectangular box shape with a smaller housing at the center top, and put a lens in the middle of the box in the front, it's going to look like, guess what, a camera with a high mounted center viewfinder. Which is what it is.

How you style it, and therefore how much it looks like a "retro SLR" is a matter for the marketing department. But the basic shape comes from what it is.

I agree....  I also have no problem with the "retro" part of the design either because that tends to me more controls (and less stuff only available with menus) and I really like that way of accessing the controls. Plus some of these cameras are pretty nice Id say from an aesthetic standpoint though that's really secondary to how they function, I'd say... A nice bonus certainly. Where a self concisely retro looking design in a problem is when it has to be a choice between that look and it's functionality. I see the cameras in question though as doing pretty well in both categories.

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