Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18576502
Market trends are clearly accelerating away from DSLR at all price points. But I don't think that most dedicated camera users look very far outside the way they shoot when making predictions about changes to the market. I have zero reason to either switch or shoot two systems, even if Canon came out with a really kick ass native EF mount FF mirrorless system, I would not feel the need to move quickly. However, even if it is pretty meaningless to me, I see how the eye focus feature is a huge selling point to those that take pictures of faces all day.
For sure, different photographers / subjects / genres have different needs. But I do find the MILC's offer a lot of benefits that go far beyond just eye-AF. Just to name a few that I see (and which Canon could offer, if they cared to):
1) Live histogram / exposure in viewfinder.
2) Ability to see and compose in near dark.
3) Adapting all kinds of legacy MF lenses, and tools in the EVF that actually allow me to use them accurately with ease.
That doesn't mean SLRs have no future, but I think the applications where the OVF is better are somewhat limited. Long term, I see the MILCs growing moreso than SLRs.
Canon is not ignoring the trends. I don't think they have to rush to get a FF mirrorless in 2018, but I do think it should be out, or announced, in the next 12 months.
This would be a totally reasonable statement four years ago. In 2014, I would agree that Canon could take a year or so, and then come after Sony and Fuji.
But it's 2018, and Sony has had time to refine their 35mm format MILCs through three generations and they are really getting it put together now. A lot of the early clunkiness is fading, their cameras are starting to work like an experienced enthusiast photographer would expect.
I think think they are going to have to position it against the 5DIV, at least very close. Then two years from now either a 5DV will hit the streets, or they will move to another naming system to help define the two higher end product lines.
That would be great. But what I'm seeing (and what I linked in the article) suggests to me that Canon still actually has no plans to release a MILC in the lineup that would fit in someplace around the level of the 5D and 6D lines. I think they want to continue to offer something a lot closer to a mirrorless Rebel.
To me it's a miss, and they are going to lose my business by 2019 (I know....tiny violins ). Who knows how representative boards like POTN, FM, and DPreview are, but I know I'm not an outlier here.