Conflicting surveys results in Open Talk

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Conflicting surveys results in Open Talk
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(Yes, this is about Pentax... I'll get there)

This thread asks what format you'd choose if starting from scratch

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64221774

As of now, just under 17% choose SLR (APSC+FF), while over 51% choose MILC (again, combining APSC+MILC responses).

Meanwhile, this survey ( https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64229815 ) currently records 52% preferring an "optical ground glass, through the lens" viewfinder, with only 27.7% wanting a "Mirrorless, digital ground glass through the lens" approach.

If people wish for MILCs while actually preferring OVFs almost 2-to-1, then Pentax pushing its new viewfinder as the finest OVF ever made starts to be understandable as a general marketing move: "Folks, this is what you really want, and we do it better than anyone else." The results suggest that the OVF is an advertisable, market leverage feature.

Other interesting take-away is that, even without considering existing lens/system buy-in, not quite 20% of the responders say they would prefer an SLR to a MILC. That's still a reasonably healthy market share for a supposedly 'dying' design...

I'm not advocating voting on either survey (and personally I haven't). I just thought the result inconsistency interesting as a context for Pentax's recent videos.

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