EOS R6 Vs iPhone 13 Pro for Photography (PICS)

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MikeJ9116 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,005
Re: The outcome is inevitable.

higheronymous wrote:

MikeJ9116 wrote:

Most dedicated camera users have been dismissing the relentless fast pace of smartphone camera tech advancement for a decade. Even in the face of irrefutable evidence that smartphone tech is the future of mainstream photography. I have been saying for some time that traditional photography gear is ever moving toward a hobby that will be practiced by those with a lot of disposable income or very successful professionals.

We are seeing smart phone tech move to smaller ILC devices with MFT sensors. This is in its infancy but the trajectory is the same as smartphones. What smartphones did to the P&S segment these new MFT (and 1" sensor or smaller) devices will do to the ILC segment. These devices will be small, lightweight and, most importantly, AFFORDABLE. They will offer superb IQ, capability and nearly all the features of a smartphone.

If the current trends continue, the last Canon camera I will buy is one with an APS-C sensor and RF mount, if it comes to pass. I have FF cameras that are plenty good to meet my requirements for the rare times I need one. I am looking to greatly reduce the load of camera gear I carry as I get older. I welcome what the new generation of smartphone tech based photography gear will bring. IMO, what is coming will be nearly as big a revolution to photography as the move to digital sensors was over 20 years ago.

Film died and now the only people who stick with film are the ones who can actually do it, as opposed to the millions of hacks that flooded the world in the 70's and 80's.

There are still pro's who shoot film but you won't hear about them because their work isn't on Instagram... why? Because anyone who has the guts and perseverance to shoot film professionally remembers how much time and money went into that image. When you spend $500 on film and development for a trip you tend to second guess just posting the image all over the internet for free.

Then digital cameras came and the hacks rapidly flooded the digital camera world.

The iPhone came about just in the nick of time.

Finally there will be a professional's tool, and a hacks tool. Two worlds where we can both have what we want.

This leaves out the massive number of people in the middle (hobbyists and enthusiasts) that want reasonably capable photography gear without going into massive debt. I think these people will ultimately be well served by devices that will be born from smartphone tech mixed with MFT, 1" sensors etc. This tech will probably consume the bulk of the remaining ILC market segment over time. The use cases for expensive photography gear will keep shrinking as the new technology relentlessly keeps encroaching into this space. The ever increasing expense for this gear will further shrink the user base as time passes. I think the current camera makers know this is coming which is why they are quickly moving to mostly high end gear.  They want to make money from it while they still can.  It is like they are all living on an island that is shrinking every year due to a sea of rising smartphone tech. I think we will know in 3-5 years if the big three camera makers are moving to selling mostly high end gear until they can no longer.

The funny thing is the camera formats we thought were dead men walking might end up being the thriving survivors. The open format of MFT is tailor made for Android based, smartphone tech heavy imaging devices.

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