Re: E-450's time is limited
Can m4/3 do this better? MAYBE. It can be smaller, but is EVF or
LCD adequate vs OVF? I struggle everytime I try to use EVF or LCD
P&S's in strong sunlight (and I really dislike LCD shooting anyway).
I won't be surprised if a significant number of entry level buyers
will still prefer OVF offerings.
I am still uncertain how well the whole micro thing is going to do. I am definitely one who wants an OVF camera. I would not have just a micro 4/3rds camera. Especially since LV, IMHO, is now usable in dSLRs for when you need to use it.
On the other hand, I used to be in the I Won't Buy Micro Unless It Has An EVF camp. But, after using the 620 for a while, I think if the micro has that LCD, I could get by. I would say it would be adequate for my use as a small, dSLR compliment camera. WIth the right couple of primes anyway. And, for those that don't know or don;t seem to care about an OVF coming from current P&S's, I think it would probably be adequate for them too.
Overall, though, I still think it would be a mistake to discontinue both the 4x0 and 5x0 cameras at this point. If they do that, I think it is risky. And really I think it looks needless.
They don't really even have to do anything more to the 4x0 series than they have done to the 450 to keep it in the marketplace. I have to think all the R&D and other associated costs with that lineup have been taken care of. Mass production savings have to already be there. And it seems the MP race might be slowing and 10MP is fine for an entry level camera anyway. Look how long the Nikon D40 survived with 6MP. Why not keep the 4x0 around?