Just out of curiosity, would you mind naming some of these unique lenses?This is nonsense. Even MFT is far beyond smartphone quality. MFT also offers some pretty unique glass.
Don't you guys go in a bit too deep here? I did not write that Smartphones produce similar image quality than MFT or that the shortfalls of MFT mean it will go away. Nor am I repeating anyone here.For a few years now, this has been the oft-repeated mantra on the internet "MFT is not distinct enough from smartphones." [...] Having owned cameras in MFT, APS-C and FF formats I can say from experience that their is so little difference between these formats, that all the other internet buzz proclaiming that one system is far superior or another system is dead is complete rubbish. [...] So, I'm not trying to pick on you. You are just repeating the same bullcrap that is circulating on the internet. It's so easy to do.
Read what I said:
"MFT being a format that is not distinct enough from smartphone quality to some may be part of it"
Granted, quality is a bit to vague. I meant the quality of the overall experience, not just specifically image quality.
I mainly meant to point out that there is a large portion of buyers that are content with modern smartphones and that may have something to do with the fate of Olympus. The first part of that sentence is just a fact. The second is speculation on my part, but does not say what you implied I'm saying. You can offer far superior image quality and still have people who don't see sufficient value to go from something that fits into every pocket and is always with you to something that only fits into some pockets and therefore is with you only sometimes. At the end of the day, these devices all take pictures. As the number of overall sales shows, that is all it takes for a large chunk of people. They don't perceive enough value for them personally to justify the cost and carry the gear associated with larger systems.
Once you get into the people who do see this value, they may not care about size and weight all that much. This shrinking of the market affects all systems, but since MFT is explicitly about size and weight, I believe the system is indeed facing a steeper uphill battle as it operates in the narrower realm of customers that care about size and weight, but not so much that they are willing to accept the tradeoffs in image quality, usability and flexibility that using a smartphone would entail.
There are niches in each market. As long as the companies serving them know their customers well and have the means to serve them in a sustainable manner, nobody has to go away. But on the other hand, we see Canon in the offense for a change, rounding out the RF system into all directions. And there are lots of rumors that EF-M will finally see some love as well. I doubt that will leave the market share figures unchanged.