Well unless your living under a rock for the last few years, Digital Imaging is moving forward almost faster than "Smart Phone" or "Computer" systems. Almost every 5 min, the major electronics companies are pushing new imaging products and technology out the door faster than anytime in the history of photography. Smart phones with 40 meg pixel image capture, micro 4/3 sensors, 6 axis image stabilization, IS systems for smart phone cameras. Streamable Video via WiFi. The list goes on and on.....and is accelerating to the point that anything you buy today is already grossly out dated by the end of the week.
The sensor technology is now climbing to a level that was unthinkable even 2-3 years ago. Many smart phones are now providing image files that are better and larger than companies like Canon and Nikon could produce even 5 years ago. Now all the smart phone companies are running to catch Nokia and it's 40 meg image files. Nikon and Canon almost look stupid as then make a big deal of 24 to 36 meg image files from full frame cameras. Nikon has now figured out that it's system like the Nikon 1 is a massive money loser and almost completely rejected by consumers on a global level. Nikon show that during 2013 many of the small cameras made by Nikon saw sales drop by as much as 90% !
And yet the Micro 4/3 market is thriving more than ever. That again goes to show that it's not what you do.....it's how you do it. Panasonic and Olympus sales are exploding. The New GX-7 by Panasonic is major step forward towards a professional quality images and system. Olympus this month released the "mirror less" DSLR EM-1....just recently releasing the EP-5 both come with a 6 axis image stabilization system that blows anything ever made by any camera company in the "weeds" ! Even the new "IS" for many new smart phones work so well in video mode.....and deliver such high quality, that it makes one seriously think about what is next. Fuji yesterday just released the new X-E2 the new generation on the very successful X-E-1 digital rangefinder with electronic viewfinder. The reality is that most of these camera systems are actually digital rangefinder focusing. On a mirror less system and electronic viewfinder that is more accurate than the Nikon or Canon DSLR's price at the very highest end of the market.
Panasonic's GX-7 is going to enjoy a massive potential consumer market that is looking for the big step up in quality and also features. Panasonic is coming at the digital market with a interchangeable lens program that rivals anything thing even Canon or Nikon think to offer. The list of features that is popping up in the 4/3 camera market rivals the traditional full frame 35mm camera markets, even at the highest end of pricing and features. Sony this week announced a new A7 and A7R which now looks to be two steps behind the new micro 4/3 sensor.... Olympus OMD EM-1 The Sony does not have serious image stabilization system for the new A7 or A7R cameras ! I keep harping on this topic of "image stabilized" systems, because the multi axis systems are key to true low light hand held shooting. I have seen image on the Olympus Em-1 that are 30 seconds....not a breath of movement !
So take the time to check out all and do mean all of the digital cameras coming out now from Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus these cameras are the new edge of technology. Samsung not so much. The DSLR as we know it can be now declared as dead or dying. To heavy, to large, to expensive and lacking important features that are now becoming the required standard. Nikon's disaster of the D600 may be the real straw that broke the camels back.
The digital rangefinder focusing of electronic cameras is better than anything I could ever accomplish with any of my Leica M cameras......you know film cameras.
So we live in the most exciting period in photographic history.