Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Five Reasons to Ditch Your Digital SLR?



There’s a new camera category in town. It’s EVIL, and it’s going to kick your DSLR’s [butt]. EVIL stands for Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens, and is our favorite acronym for cameras like the Olympus Pen, the Lumix GF1 and the Samsung NX10. These small, mirrorless, finderless cameras can fit in a pocket and outperform bulky DSLRs. Here’s why your next camera will probably be EVIL.

Here are the reasons Wired thinks these small cameras will replace DSLRs:

  1. They’re small.
  2. They take great pictures.
  3. You can change lenses.
  4. They’re fast.
  5. They don’t scream “look at me.”

However, they are also very expensive and still not mainstream.

Read the whole thing.  Ken Rockwell also writes:

The 2000s were the DSLR decade. Those days are over. DSLRs are about as relevant today as dial-up modems and SCSI-conected scanners,

The 2010s are the decade DSLRs died.

In 2019, DSLRs will still be used for sports, news and action, but the rest of us will be using far more compact Powershots, M9s or Panasonic GF-1s for digital.

I’d love to have a small camera that could take photos that rival my Nikon D40, but I think this is still years away from being affordable to the average consumer.  As Wired notes, Canon and Nikon will probably eventually get into the “EVIL” camera game.  When this happens, expect competition to intensify, quality to increase, and prices to drop.  I can’t wait for the day when these cameras do become mainstream and I am able to easily carry a complete camera kit, including several lenses, without the weight and bulk of a DSLR.


thinking said...

This is a very exciting new type of camera.

Rumor has it that Nikon will introduce its EVIL sometime around August of this year. Canon may be late to the game.

From what I've read, these cameras are great, but they still are not quite as fast in capturing action as DSLR's, nor is their high ISO capability nearly as good. But no doubt the technology will advance.

In the micro 4/3 group, right now the Panny GF-1 seems to get very high marks; the Olympus Pen seems to be a bit sluggish.

As an aside, I like to read Ken Rockwell, but it's funny to see him mention the Leica M9, which is a $7000 camera body, without a lens. In fact KR seems to have fallen in love with that camera, which is somewhat against his image of opting for the more simple and frugal approach. It is simple but it is decidedly not frugal.

thinking said...

One more point: a French site published an interview with Mr. Tetsuro Goto, director of laboratory research and development at Nikon Japan.

At one point he was asked:
Will you make a large sensor compact?
(which is EVIL)

His answer:
Ah, it's a great idea! We study this way. You'll know soon enough.

It's coming and most likely this Fall...probably in time for Photokina.