Mirrors – everything?
The digital camera market is undergoing tremendous transformation. It’s no secret to anyone that digital soap dishes have disappeared into oblivion, having almost completely lost their place in the market to mobile phones with their tiny cameras, which in terms of picture quality have already overtaken inexpensive soap dishes. True, there is one thing BUT: in recent years, the quality of the picture in budget soap boxes has become worse and worse, directly or indirectly pushing the consumer to mobile photography.
I know what I’m talking about: in 2007, I happened to photograph a simple soap dish Nikon coolpix 4200, the matrix of which had 4 megapixels incredible at that time. It’s ridiculous to imagine, because I am writing this article on a monitor with almost the same resolution. However, then I took some photos with this small camera. Here is one of them, the Teberda River in the photo:
Of course, there was no RAW, and there were almost no settings at all. And the next photo was taken after 6 years, on a cool mirror modern Nikon, then processed in RAW, the shadows are extended, and all that. Do you feel a big difference? It turns out that in 2005 (when the Nikon 4200 appeared), manufacturers were able to make their cameras so that their color rendering was excellent! Yes, not in normal conditions. But they could!
What do we see in just a couple of years? In 2008, I bought the Nikon Coolpix l16, a budget soap box with 11 megapixels. And what did I get? Some nonsense with such a terrible picture that not a single photo has been preserved since then. And at the same time, I got a Sony Ericsson mobile phone with a two megapixel camera, the color rendering of which was almost the same. Needless to say, in the end he was at hand, and a lot of cool shots were taken on him?
Then the rapid decline of the soap dish market began, their total departure from the market and the replacement of mobile phones. But at the same time, DSLRs began to conquer the market.
1 Engine of Progress
2 Another way
3 What happened?
4 What’s next?
Engine of progress
Around 2008, digital SLR cameras began to cost less than 30,000 rubles, and everyone who had the money began to buy them. Just because these cameras, even in auto mode, provided higher quality than mobile phones and the terrible soap dishes of the lower price segment. At this moment, the market for SLR cameras grew and developed by leaps and bounds. Still would! The manufacturers of SLR cameras had huge sales in the budget segment, and this allowed them to invest in the development of new technologies, improving autofocus, matrices, speed, and gradually lower these innovations to the younger segment of DSLRs, encouraging enthusiasts to update cameras.
But Sony introduced the Sony NEX – a camera that surprised everyone and aroused genuine interest. On the one hand, it had a large matrix like a DSLR, but on the other hand, it did not have a mirror! Thanks to this, the camera has become compact. Following the Nexus, all manufacturers (except Nikon and Canon) rushed to develop their mirrorless models, realizing that this was their real chance. Two giants Nikon and Canon at that time rested on their laurels and did not believe in the future of mirrorless cameras. Or they hoped that the status of giants gives them the right not to bathe in such trifles.
Yes, mirrorless had at first a lot of problems: slow autofocus, short battery life, lack of lenses …
But these problems were gradually resolved: phase autofocus appeared on mirrorless ones as well, there were more and more lenses (plus adapters appeared for installing any optics in general), only the problem of quickly discharging batteries remained unsolved.
But the main problem of all mirrorless cameras was one: it is impossible to shoot continuously on the screen, because it fades in the sunlight. Then viewfinders appeared, but they looked terrible: low resolution, pronounced pixelation did not allow working with the viewfinder constantly. Macro photography, working with fast lenses, and shooting at shallow depth of field were very difficult and painful for mirrorless enthusiasts.
And there appeared mirrorless mirrors with a high resolution viewfinder!
And where are all those DSLRs now? Only Nikon and Canon remained, and this was largely due to a wide variety of inexpensive optics for them.
Olymus made a camera with almost instant autofocus. It is enough to click a finger on the screen in the right place, as the camera focuses and takes a picture, practically without spending time on it. Sony made a full-frame mirrorless with a fantastic level of maximum ISO. Fujifilm has released a product with excellent colors and excellent image at high ISO. And then it turned out that in the average price range for a simple layman, SLRs are no longer interesting! It is much nicer to have a small, stylish camera with a small lens (or even a set of compact lenses) that is easier to carry.