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I don't necessarily think the G-series needs to move into the interchangeable lens arena in order to compete. my ideal G13 would be the followings:
sensor size between 2/3" and 4/3" sensors ... 1" sensor? similar to Nikon's 1/CX sensor
integrated lens, 24-70mm equivalent, f/2 fixed
good FPS (5+)
HD video options
smaller than Nikon 1/CX
if this sold for G-series prices (~$500), would you buy it? I'd definitely buy it instead of the Nikon 1/CX cams.
I feel like camera companies miss the point when they make interchangeable lens systems on very small sensors. people don't want interchangeable lenses just to have interchangeable lenses. they want them so that they can shoot differently. what's the point of a wide fast prime if your sensor offers you no DOF control? what's the point of a supertelephoto if your AF tracking and body handling characteristics suck?
I feel like people buying cameras in this mid-range segment want a do-it-all upgrade from their do-it-all P&S, or they want a backup camera from their existing DSLR system. the G-series does that just fine, and would do it even better with a slightly larger sensor and a wide-angle wide-aperture built-in zoom lens.
That said, I think that in the longer term, the days of reflex mirrors are numbered. Within 5 years it would not surprise me if most "single lens cameras" have done away with the reflex mirror. The biggest stumbling block may still be a decent EVF.The biggest stumbling bock should be a good fast AF. We may say that The New Nikon mirrorless has both contrast detector and phrase detector built into the sensor(??). But Nikon may be holding the patent right on it. So it will be off limit to other manufacturer. If we are using mirrorless, we can just use the LCD screen at teh back of the camera as view finder. All point and shoot user are doing it. we do not need EVF and use the mirrorless like a DSLR.
On the other hand, Canon can build a copy of the M9 with Leica M mount and made a new line of lenses. Canon is fully capable of doing it. Canon has been making Leica copies for decaded until the 60's. The patent right of M mount has expired afew years back.
I honestly doubt that Canon will come back with a 5D Mark III. I kinda agree with what has been given in terms of speculation and that Canon will come back with the new-entry full frame camera that will sit below a Mark III.
When the Mark III comes out Canon is aiming for both video and photography and at the moment if the rumors hold up Canon is already aiming at the video people for November 3rd. So it would only make sense that they release a new-entry camera for the photographers and then save the big guns heading into next year with the Mark III.
With all the new bodies, advancements, and systems pouring into the market, it would make allot of sense for canon to provide an affordable FF body - with a ~$1,500 price tag. This will open the market to many enthusiasts (like myself) who want the high end of IQ - but are not going to pay thousands of $$ on a body - that with the fast moving market - might be somewhat obsolete in less then 18 months.
This would also prompt enthusiasts to invest in L lenses which are geared for FF.
That is what I am wondering. The problem is that mirrorless spans a multitude of EVILs (excuse the pun). Depending on price, size, features and lenses, it could span anywhere from where the G series sits to where the Leica M9 sits. That may give a hint as to why runaway success is eluding the mirrorless segment at the moment.
I guess my biggest quibbles with my G11 are the sensor size (and associated DoF and noise issues), the shutter lag and f/2.8 not being bright enough at the short end. In reality I don't need an interchangeable lens system for my pocketable camera. If I want anything longer than about 150mm (35mm normalised) I may as well use a DSLR. That requirement set shows absolutely no need to a compact system camera!
That said, I think that in the longer term, the days of reflex mirrors are numbered. Within 5 years it would not surprise me if most "single lens cameras" have done away with the reflex mirror. The biggest stumbling block may still be a decent EVF.
I remember this discussion a few months back and one poster thought that the 24-70mm would be released with the 5D 3. Well, the OP got a few "strongly disagree" responses. The responses all seemed to suggest that the 24-105 II would be released with the 5D 3, since the 24-105 is more general purpose lens than the 24-70mm. I'd like to see a 24-70 with IS, but it won't make me run out and get one if it appears with the 5D 3 or 1Ds Mk IV. Very happy with the one I have as it's rarely off my 7D.
Don't get me wrong - I agree that they will lose customers the longer they wait. That is a given, and Canon has to know this. But the small amount of customers that they lose will be more than offset by milking the current 5D for much longer.
The whole small sensor with interchangeable lens thing makes no sense to me
first the Q with a sensor barely bigger than a PS camera now Nikon?
with a sensor this small it practicaly negates the major advantage of interchangeable lens (shallow DOF) you might as well put a fixed 24-120 equivalent like the S100 and be done with it