digital paradise wrote in post #19025366
Just to add variations of the R may not be called that but will be FF. Saves on future production of crop sensors. Just press the crop button in the menu.
But it is much easier, and therefore cheaper, to make a sufficiently defect-free semiconductor that occupies about 340 sq.mm area, rather than a semicondutor that occupies about 870 sq.mm (sensitive area plus some overhead for read circuitry) The yield rate (percentage of tested-good circuits) is better for smaller area semiconductors...simple fact of semiconductor manufacture. It is why originally the APS-C sensors preceded FF sensors by so much time (and Nikon had a harder time of that, than did Canon).
So if Canon wants more 'mass market' business than 'true photoenthusiast' business, to maximize net profit, I think mirrorless APS-C is inevitable...the average Joe or Jane on the street could care less about having a big sensor, as smartphones exhibit. Same for the popularity of cameras having the 110 film format.