The FALLACY of camera size comparisons

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The FALLACY of camera size comparisons
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It seems very fashionable on these forums to compare camera sizes from entirely different camera classes to make the point that "M4/3 cameras are too large" because there are some APSC and Full Frame cameras that are smaller than the largest M4/3 camera."

We all know this is faulty logic, but we keep seeing this argument made. And it is getting very silly, when the comparison is made between a full featured M4/3 camera to the latest stripped down minimalist camera from some other format.

Camera sizes vary to a certain extent due to sensor size, but that isn't the main reason for size variations. They vary because the top models have more dials, more buttons, more weather sealing, have larger grips, have larger heat sinks built in, and are built with better and heavier materials.

So while it is perfectly valid to compare the SMALLEST cameras for each format...

... or the largest cameras for each format....

... it just makes no sense to compare the LARGEST full featured M4/3 camera to the SMALLEST stripped down models for other sensor formats.

The really great thing about M4/3 is that there is so much variety and diversity in their body styles. There really is something for everyone. The behemoth EM1 X may not be the ideal camera for everyone, but it is the right camera for someone. The pretty large G9 or GH5 will not suit people who want a small camera, but there are plenty of other models available that range from absolutely tiny to mid sized to fairly large.

According to the DPR camera database, there are 66 different M4/3 camera bodies, plus 82 different AF lenses for M4/3, so we have plenty of options.

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