The Death of DSLRs

In today’s post, I’ll look at the death of DSLR cameras, offer a bold prediction for the 5D Mark IV, and give a nice festival photo. Ready? Let’s go!

The Death of DSLRs

A week ago, travel photographer Trey Ratcliff posted his thoughts that DSLRS are dying and will soon be replaced by mirrorless cameras. He makes a good case.

I think he’s right. The mirrorless cameras are getting better and better; as soon as they start to jump to full frame sensors, there will literally be no advantage left for DSLRs. None, zip, zero. And they will vanish.

Vanish? Yep. There will be no reason for them. Older cameras and tech usually hang around. Old film SLR cameras are still somewhat popular. Some old medium format cameras are not only still around, but are actually gaining in populatity. So why will DSLRs vanish? In the case of SLRs and medium format cameras, the technology that replaced them didn’t really replace them, it just kind of pushed them aside. For example, when 35mm cameras—SLRs and rangefinders—started to appear, they didn’t offer much of a technical advantage over medium format, but they managed to push the older technology aside became of sheer convinience.

But mirrorless doesn’t just push DSLRs aside, it totally replaces them, in the same way that the iPhone 5s replaced all previous iPhones. All previous cell phones for that matter. Could you imagine going back to that flip phone you used to have?

Some photographers are really against this idea, but I don’t see why. Mirrorless cameras are basically the same as DSLRS, just minus the big mirror and the prism that adds so much of the bulk to DSLRs, and as a result they have to use an electric viewfinder rather than the optical viewfinder DSLRs have. So where is the complaint? It’s true that in the early days of digital cameras, electric viewfinders were lousy. But since that time they have made tons of progress and are virtually the equal of optical viewfinders—better in many cases, due to all the additional info they can display.

The only thing I disagree with Trey about is the death of Canon and Nikon. These are big and powerful companies, and I don’t see them going anywhere. It’s true they have their heads in the sand right now, but I don’t think they will continue to ignore the trend in the next few years as DSLR sales keep falling and mirrorless keep going up.

In fact, I see the big boys—Nikon and Canon—moving all of their cameras to mirrorless eventually. They may choose to keep the same bodies for some, even the same weight, but inside they will have ditched the mirror. What do you bet the 5D Mark IV will be mirrorless inside?

Agree? / Disagree? Let’s take this outside—to Twitter.

Daily Photo: Not Sure About This Festival Thing

The title I gave this photo refers to the boy’s expression, not my feelings on festivals, I assure you. Japanese festivals are always a joy to experience and take photos of. For one thing, it is one of the few times people wear more traditional clothes. Also, the atmosphere is always fun: everyone is having a great time, there is Japanese junk food1 everywhere, the air is full of music and laughter. I wish they were more often!


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