Originally Posted by proton
I think it's appropriate to discuss the proposed DSLR replacement now, the mirrorless EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) Camera.
As we lag a bit behind the technology curve, we sometimes benefit from the ability to leapfrog an entire generation of the state of the art.
Is it worthwhile avoiding the mirror based DSLR in order to jump straight to the new generation of Canon, Sony and Samsung mirrorless designs? Olympus and Panasonic digital cameras and photography
Remember, the m43 was intended for the PnS user wishing to jump to DSLR, but not willing to take on the burden of lessened portability.
Surprisingly all m43 kits are sold out, BUT bought by DSLR users fed up of the huge weight disadvantage, and attracted by the m43's ability to mount every lens made since the invention of the camera.
Oly and Panny were caught by surprise and could not meet the demand.
Is there a possibility of saving time and money by jumping straight to m43? Or even jumping from DSLR to mirrorless?
Many Nikon and Canon DSLR users have done just that, (some even selling all their old kit).
What do you think?
I don't think mirror-less is meant to replace DSLR's. I am going to sound like a broken record but its all about the NEED
. M43 was needed, as you said yourself it give features of a DSLR without the bulk and weight.
For sometime now, secondhand market is filled with lower end DSLR's since Nikon/Canon/Pentax sold a lot of these but not enough lenses. Problem for an average Joe weight and bulk was big factor. A lot of people joined in but sold the kit away without much use. It not a surprise to find Lower end DSLR's with under 1500 shutter count yet being over 3 yrs old selling for low prices. This is because average consumer doesn't want to deal with the weight and bulk of a DSLR. Panasonic/Olympus found the answer with M4 and then M43 and consumers are just jumping on the band wagon.
Its the similar scenario to Net-book segment, ASUS researched the fact that people want something smaller to carry and cashed on it and not everyone is releasing a new net-book each week.
This is what has happened and will continue to happen in Camera segment.
Canon/Ricoh/etc produced cameras with big sensors, so DSLR users can have a backup when they cannot take a DSLR with them but except G series none have been hugely popular, this is due to many factors, slow AF, bad battery life, no enough controls, but the bigger factor being lens itself. Everyone shoots at a different style, a 28mm lens might be ideal for u but i might want 20mm/50mm/85mm there. M43 addressed this issue and is one of the main reasons for the success.
M43 kits being sold out doesnt mean its a huge success, Ps3 launch scenario cleary explains that.
Yes M43 provide a huge benefit of weight and bulk reduction but these are done at a price.
One of the reasons one moves to Full Frame and then to Medium Format and then to Large format and eventually 6x17 is Wide angle coverage. None of the land scape shooters will goto M43, because sensor is too small. Similarily DOF advantage gets thrown out of the window.
Using a DSLR meant you are ACTUALLY previewing exactly how your final image will look (bar long exposures) which isn't possible if you are viewing an lcd. I don`t want to go into huge technical detail but technical advantage is still with DSLR's.
Fact here is just another segment is harder to launch that cashing in on an existing segment. For example for over 100yrs there hasn't been a significant development to the way a SLR works, except film plane getting changed with a sensor, but everything else is still the same. And this is good way to cash in on the segment.
Also more weight and bulk issue well egronomics come into play here. I cannot expect from anyone to shoot 1000+ frame with m43 since your wrist will hurt and eventually you will be in lot of pain. Even with the lower end DSLR`s like D40/D40x/D3000 can do this way better than M43.
Please point me out if i am wrong.