Osiriz wrote in post #16342597
It's OMD design! I've never tried one of those, so I don't know if this is good or bad, but here's the news:http://www.sonyalpharumors.com …olympus-omd-alike-design/Quote:
"There is one big surprise concerning the design of the NEX-FF cameras. Sony had three different prototype designs and instead of going on the classic NEX-7 design they decided to go for the Olympus OMD alike design!
It means the camera has a Full Frame E-mount, has many of the NEX-7 controls and NEX-7 grip, but the viewfinder is in the middle
!! And no, it doesn’t have the design from the A3000! It’s really something new, has just a tiny bit bigger size than the RX1. Both models (cheap and more expensive camera) do have the same design. And as I told you yesterday, the cheap model has a 24MP sensors and the more expensive model has a 36MP sensor."
Viewfinder in the middle on a mirrorless camera is a ridiculous skeumorphic design.
On an SLR, it has to be in the middle because the lens mount is (roughly) in the middle, and the viewfinder - by necessity - has to be directly above the lens mount. But the tradeoff to this is that you can't see outside of the viewfinder with the other eye, the way you can on a rangefinder camera, which does not require a central viewfinder.
But on a mirrorless camera, there is absolutely no reason to put the viewfinder in the middle, except as a skeumorphic design. The NEX-7 (e.g.) has it right; put the viewfinder on the side, so that the other eye can be used to see what is outside of the viewfinder.
Retro design is one thing; but slavishly copying designs that were themselves concessions to functionality is ludicrous.