EOS R6 Vs iPhone 13 Pro for Photography (PICS)

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

KEG wrote:

MikeJ9116 wrote:

Larawanista 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.

May be part of the reason Canon is not investing big money on cropped sensor, because of this inevitable?

It could be but I think Canon will offer limited APS-C cameras in the R system. I think there are too many Canon DSLR APS-C users for them to ignore. These people will not buy into the M system. They need to bring as many DSLR Canon users as possible into the R system. I believe Canon has to wait and bring APS-C to the R system in a calculated way due to them having the M system. When they make the move to APS-C in the R system it will all but kill off the M system.

I am kind of doubting this but the total lack of progress regarding the M system is pointing towards this conclusion.

I bought a M3 back in 2015 before it was brought to the US.  I had high hopes for where Canon would take the M system so I bought some EF-M lenses, EVF, adapter etc.  It took about 1-2 years for me to see Canon was not going to build the M system to one that would be substantial.  I stopped buying M gear at that time.  I passed on the M5/M6 because they were not enough of an improvement for me.  Especially compared to the competition.  When the R system was announced with a mount that was wholly incompatible with the EF-M mount, I then realized why the M system never advanced the way I had expected.  Canon probably knew their APS-C and FF MILC mounts were not compatible well before the R system launched.  Everything Canon has done with the M system since around 2015 has been just enough to keep people interested in it, IMO.  Since the R system came out there has been nearly no new developements in the in the M system other than the M6/2 and arguably the EF-M 32mm lens.  The tell for me regarding the future of the M system is the severe lack of native lenses.  If a company has a long term commitment to a mount then they will build a good lens catalog.  Canon never did this with the EF-M mount.

I hope Canon does bring APS-C to the R system and I think they will.  I have all the FF gear I will need moving forward.  I want smaller, lighter gear as I get older and my photography needs change.  I don't think I am alone in taking this position and Canon will lose a lot of APS-C DSLR that want to migrate to the R system.  I will keep using the SL2 I have through 2022 to see what Canon does but after that I will move on to another brand which will very likely be Fuji.  I also think Fuji will move rather quickly to adopt smartphone tech into their ILC cameras.  They are innovative and aggressive which will bode well for their users.  Even still I would prefer to remain with Canon but they could abandon APS-C altogether.

Sony and Nikon don't have completely incompatible mounts for MILC FF and APS-C so offering both sensor formats isn't an issue for them. Canon's move to offer APS-C in the R system has complications which is one reason I think we have yet to see APS-C RF mount cameras.

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