I'm New Here
- Jan 14, 2019
You are right, mirrorless camera technology is around for a long time, but only since a few years, they begin to compete with DSLRs. Before that, the technology was too immature for that (I still remember my Minolta DiMage A1 which was quite a good bridge camera at her time, but not more). Since the digital camera sales drop and the camera manufactures need a good story to stop this, they need to convince people to buy new cameras. So they make everybody think, if you don't buy a mirrorless now, you're hung up, you're old fashioned. Ha ha, I stick to my opinion: Besides the new very interesting lenses as the only real advantage there is no progress in mirrorless, at least not at the high-end. And the image quality of an EVF compared to that of an OFV is a backward step.I think virtually every single phone made takes photos. The camera is included with the phone. It makes perfect sense to me that tens of millions of photos are taken with these phones. Not the same market as the crowd that buys ILC cameras (who already own these smart phones anyway)... especially since you mention the "enthusiast" crowd. "The next big thing" was the advent of digital photography to begin with. DSLR to mirrorless is not the same as film to digital. What you are seeing is the maturity of the market. Mirrorless is NOT revolutionary in any way. It has been around for a very very long time. Most every point and shoot digital camera made was "mirrorless". Mirrorless also existed in the film age. It is not new tech in the least. It's a little like saying somebody has invented a rounder wheel.
And yes, I personally also don't view a DSLM as a "next big thing" ...