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Archive 2013 · Found this today: Smartphones have kiiled the DSLR
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Found this today: Smartphones have kiiled the DSLR

Found this today when reading ZDNet newsletter I receive: http://www.zdnet.com/yes-smartphones-have-killed-the-dslr-7000017955/

Their opinion is categorizing DSLR's as a 'niche' product.

Quoted from the article:

While there will always almost certainly be a niche market for professional grade cameras for specific applications and works of significant artistic merit, the DSLR's bread and butter market no longer needs or even wants to carry these beasts anymore.

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If we redefine "kill the DSLR" as total disruption of its market and forced consolidation of products and manufacturers by more than good enough smartphone cameras, and reducing its use to a niche product for professional and semi-pros for the foreseeable future much as mobile devices have "killed" the need for high-performance PCs then we have to agree that the DSLR is also on the endangered species list.


Jul 12, 2013 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Found this today: Smartphones have kiiled the DSLR

IMO, smartphones are slowly replacing small chip cameras. Mirrorless cameras are in the process of replacing DSLRs for most things except for FF professional photography. Now we are beginning to see FF stuffed into small cameras so figure that the DSLR will be endangered in a few years. Who hasn't said that they leave their big, bulky DSLR at home for the convenience of carrying something smaller? And hold the hate mail, but I think APS-C is a dying breed too. After the dust settles it's FF, MFT, smartphones..... IMO.

MFT has a some catching up to do with excellent focus tracking on DSLRs. Better EVFs and fast telephotos are two things that also need to be improved, but I am sure we will be seeing them sooner than later. DSLRs can never compete in the size/weight/cost department with mirrorless. The main advantage here is that there will be no more excuses not to lug your 20 oz. system around.

Jul 12, 2013 at 07:58 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Found this today: Smartphones have kiiled the DSLR

They are flawed in their assumptions, which they clearly admit in their summary paragraph. The DSLR's bread & butter market is not the "consumer" but is the professional, the prosumer, and the photography enthusiast. P&S, on the other hand, are getting squeezed heavily by cell phone cameras.

If you think a photo enthusiast is somebody who relies on their cell phone camera for their photography then you probably believe that a music enthusiast is a Belieber. These guys seem to have drunk the marketing kool-aid that says megapixels are everything.

In the circles I know, they are moving toward DSLRs after becoming unhappy with the quality of their pictures from P&S and "smart" phone cameras. Quite frankly the control & optics are the driving factors.

Every try to AF & shoot a kid with a P&S or a cell phone camera? The result is similar to what you see after 8 shots of tequila.

I agree the DSLR has some competition out there, but the real competition is from cameras that have interchangeable lenses and comparable controls in a smaller/lighter package.

Their analogy of high-performance mobile computing killing high-performance "desktop" systems is also flawed in many ways and cannot be related to photography.

with a huge 50mm f 1.4 prime lens in

Jul 12, 2013 at 09:44 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Found this today: Smartphones have kiiled the DSLR

There are so many similar threads lately. The phonecams are sort of a replacement for the P/S cameras. That's about it.


Jul 13, 2013 at 01:31 AM

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