May 28th, 2012, 12:25 PM
'Will the DSLR die? Will small cameras rule the world?' at The Visual Science Lab
READ ON at The Visual Science Lab
I've just read several blogs wherein the writers pose this very question and then take the middle of the road argument that, "there's room in the camera cosmos for everyone..." Which is a nice way of side-stepping the intellectual honesty of actually taking a stand, but might just be the wrong answer...
May 28th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Still to agenda driven, he contradicts himself multiple times, and he is as always condescending. Things will always be changing, and stills are going to get lost in a video world, but very little of what he said has anything to with the size of the cameras.
May 28th, 2012, 01:08 PM
I'd be surprised if 10 years from now there are more than an a couple really high end cameras with mirrors. But I think a certain amount of the argument is really semantics anyways. I still think 10 years from now people will be using cameras that are shaped like DSLRs even though they longer need to be. People don't take to change too quickly and marketers understand that.
May 28th, 2012, 01:10 PM
For some reason my browser doesn't open blogspot url's so I can't comment on the article, but I must say I really don't believe that stills will become less popular, let alone "get lost", due to video. By freezing time they show us something video doesn't unless you pause it at just the right time, and they have a contemplative nature that video just doesn't offer. I'm 100% convinced that stills are here to stay
May 28th, 2012, 01:29 PM
Someone should tell him that overly "clever" webpages are not so clever. It is a goofy user interface.
Originally Posted by bartjeej
May 28th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Bob, what do you see as being Kirk's agenda? I've been reading him for a while now, and while I don't find every one of his arguments compelling, I can't say that I see much of an agenda. He likes smaller cameras and advocates for them, but I don't see him getting paid by anyone to make this case.
Condescending I can sort of see. It doesn't strike me that way, but I can understand why it does you.
I don't know about small cameras ruling the world, but I think that really big cameras (bigger than Leica M9/Fuji XP1) are going to be much less common than they are now. There was a time when people used cameras the size of an AE-1/FM2/OM1/K1000/etc, and the main reason why cameras much larger than that became popular is that that size was needed to incorporate technology (autofocus, motor drive, etc), not because people wanted bigger cameras. Likewise, mirrors will probably become much less common if what people say about the cost of a mirror and associated OVF is true.
I think most of us can agree that the cheapest, least fully-featured class of cameras are going to be included in whatever multifunctional small computers we carry everywhere, whether they be smartphones, Google glasses, surgical implants, or whatever else the future brings .
May 28th, 2012, 02:25 PM
For me the agenda comes with the dialogue the choice of descriptors, not implying he is being paid just the slant of the viewpoint becomes too subjective with little objectivity.
Originally Posted by Amin Sabet
I think he wants so badly too make the point that small cameras are better that he makes a very bad case, that large DSLRs are the size they are only because of the “marketing machine of the PRO camera”.
Like you said they had to make the cameras the size they are because they really had no choice, trying to get all that crap and technology in there. They also are bigger because they are more rugged in everyway.
Just take my Kodak DSC doorstop is easily twice as big as my Canon MkIVs, to say nothing of the dramatic weight difference. . For me the argument is more; that most people do not need a “Pro” camera for their everyday image creations. But one could make the same argument for every tool that has a “Pro and Amateur version”, power tool, hand tools, kitchen tools, cars, trucks and so and so on.
May 28th, 2012, 02:31 PM
This is not what I want, I have almost no interest in video but one cannot ignore the tidal wave of change, video is pushing stills out of the way. It is true in the feature set of new cameras, in news capture, Internet content growth needs and in client demand.
Originally Posted by bartjeej
I love stills, but talk to the photojournalist of today and most have to capture video as well as still with the emphasis on video.
May 28th, 2012, 03:01 PM
Well, some nice headlining for traffic. Which isn't a criticism.
I agree with Bob about some of his articles. On the other hand, I prefer an opinion to bland regurgitation.
I just don't see it being a big vs little issue. I feel that sort of misses the point.
I sense that we see large numbers of mid and entry level DSLRs around because digital reduced the cost of obtaining large numbers of high quality images, and it became worth it to try having a 'real' camera. For the camera makes it was a matter of feature and structure slimming to cut the prices.
technology and innovation have evolved. Smaller cameras can do a lot more than just a few years ago, so the casual guy can spend (a bit) less, get a camera that's easy to carry and that can often grow in capability if needed.
Some of that technology will feed across into what are now larger cameras. This is already happening. But what won't alter for many pros and serious amateurs is the need for maximum resolution and quality, robustness, a comprehensive system to cover a range of work, and an international network of repair and replacement with pro service standards.
So to the extent the quality and robustness can fit, then pro camera may get smaller too.
But we'll end up kind of where we were much of the time, as far as size is concerned: many pros with larger cameras, and the more average photographer with smaller cameras.
But, of course, predicting the future is merely a hobby.
May 28th, 2012, 04:49 PM
Edited for clarity (sorry about the last post which created some confusion)-
Here's a video camera that one can pause and get a usable RAW file at 5700 X 2200 pixels. Think of it as a STILLS CAMERA that is capable of shooting BURST RATES of 24 - 40 frames per second.
Currently it's HUGE and not very useful as a carry around camera, but here's hoping that as with all technological innovations, that will change. In the process what could also change is the way we make STILL PHOTOGRAPHS.
The obvious CONS are that we would need to sift through a LARGE number of images to get to the one we like, very big SD cards and HUGE storage requirements on the computer. This will obviously not interest the casual shooter who couldn't be bothered with sifting through the sheer volume of images, but I can't think of a reason why a pro would not want this flexibility, even though it GREATLY increases his workflow.
As an enthusiast, the way one would use this camera, IF they finally managed to squeeze one into the size of say, an X100, would be to shoot in short bursts of 1-5 seconds, resulting in 24 to 120 pictures at FULL RESOLUTION, and quit worrying about missing a 'moment'. Currently there are cameras with high burst modes that do this, like the Nikon 1 series, but their buffer fills up pretty fast and they have tiny sensors. No DSLR (or large sensor camera) currently being made can shoot at these speeds.
I'm not sure I would buy this camera though, because I'm not interested in photography enough to go through all this effort to get a usable image, and it doesn't seem like FUN. But then that's just me.
Do watch the video before commenting, its a nice video that explains the possibilities of a new technology rather well.
Last edited by Boid; May 28th, 2012 at 07:28 PM.
Reason: Initial post was confusing.
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