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| p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · why are mirrorless compacts so much more expensive than DSLRs? shouldn't they be cheaper? |
Because people pay those prices. There, someone had to say it!
Coupled with the fact that this is a relatively new segment, meaning new lens mounts for the most part, and new lenses, and new ways to deal with small lens design putting light at hard angles on large sensors from close distances.
Ultimately, I believe it's a combination of i) the market will bear it, and ii) these companies aren't pricing against the body so much as the massive initial R&D outlay that goes into creating new systems from scratch. New protocols. Paying for lens design and building. Unlike C&N that can in a sense let cashflow from older designs maintain economic momentum as it tunes new lens designs or tweaks old designs with slightly new materials/coatings.
I think we're in the phase with these products where technologies are advancing by leaps and bounds-- as are size shrinking goals-- at the cost of higher prices. Kinda like DSLRs when they went from 6 to 18 megapixels. DSLRs now, however, are at the phase where prices are coming down and basic ideas are merely being refined.
In other words: These cameras are getting MUCH better ever generation. After a few more, I expect they'll get cheaper too, and move towards refinement over revolution.