The next big thing in mirrorless cameras (2020-gen)

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The next big thing in mirrorless cameras (2020-gen)
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There's often speculation about what will be the "next big thing" in camera technology. Is it sensor technology? Low-light capabilities? Higher resolution? Even faster auto-focus? More fps?

My prediction is that it will be none of those things.

While all of those 'hardware features' will certainly continue to develop during the next couple of years, and are important enhancements for sure, I claim that the next big thing that we will see in Sony E-mount cameras and other mirrorless systems will be about:

  • software, 3rd party app ecosystem and digital user experience.

Today's APS-C flagship cameras like the A6500 are miles behind in digital user experience when compared to those other gadgets that can take pretty darn good photos - yes, you guessed it, the high-end smartphones.

Sony's "Playmemories Apps" system is, let's face it, awful, slow and totally disintegrated from the rest of the experience. There isn't really any proper app ecosystem in place. This needs to change, and Sony knows it well. In fact, they have already started to ramp this system down, and will continue to do so. A new, totally different system will be introduced for next generation cameras. That is my prediction, anyway.

So in the future 3rd party, and 1st party, apps will be seamlessly integrated to the camera's operating system, allowing you to use (and produce) all kinds of apps to enhance your photography and sharing it with your friends. The digital ux will become significantly more smoother and smartphone-like with the winning next-gen mirrorless cameras. Those camera manufacturers who remain with the "current paradigm" like A6500 today, will die.

This obviously doesn't appeal to - or can even "scare" some old school photographers who don't care about smartphones or may even "hate" that trend - but that is not where camera manufacturers will see the future growth coming from - the growth will come from converting amateur or pre-enthusiast photographers (using smartphones) to the system camera space.

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