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Mirrorless users switch back to digital SLR cameras, Ricoh Executive Claims

The post Mirrorless Users will switch back to DSLR's, Ricoh Executive Claims first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jaymes Dempsey.

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The Pentax K-1 Mark II 36MP weatherproof DSLR.

Imaging Resource recently released an interview with a group of executives from Ricoh, the company that produces Pentax cameras.

When the discussion turned into mirrorless cameras & DSLR ' s – and falling DSLR sales – it became especially interesting.

Said Hiroki Sugahara, General Manager of the Marketing Communication Department:

Mirrorless is a newcomer at the moment, so many users are naturally very interested in the new systems they want to use. But after one or two years, some users who have changed their system from DSLR to mirrorless [will] return to the DSLR.

When the interviewer interviewed him, he explained:

The mirrorless camera is very useful for taking pictures, because users can view the [final] image before they start taking pictures. But I believe that the DSLR has its own attractive point because users can make their own image from the optical viewfinder. People can see the beautiful image through the optical viewfinder and then think about how they can take their photos, for example the exposure level setting or the white balance or ISO [sensitivity], and then imagine how they can become [the result] that they search].

Sugahara concluded:

So the DSLR market is currently falling slightly, but a year or two or three years later it will [start] get higher.

Could Sugahara be right? Will DSLR ' s be coming back soon?

I personally don't think so. Although some people follow the latest trends, mirrorless cameras have the specifications to support their popularity: they are lightweight, compact and produce great images. And mirrorless systems will become more and more attractive as electronic viewers improve and mirrorless lens line-ups expand.

Of course there are reasons to stick to an SLR camera. First, DSLR ' s are generally more robust than mirrorless cameras ' s. And electronic seekers can have delay problems. But mirrorless technology is improving and how many photographers are switching back to digital single lens reflex cameras for a more robust housing?

Not to mention Sugahara's dubious reasoning. Of course, the occasional photographer may not be happy with an electronic viewfinder. But will photographers really prefer the greater challenge that an optical viewfinder with DSLR offers, as Sugahara seems to imply? In my experience, it's hard enough to take beautiful pictures. Photographers don't want to make it harder for themselves.

What do you think? Will DSLR ' s improve again? Or is the system of the future mirrorless?

Share your opinion in the comments!

The post Mirrorless Users will switch back to DSLR's, Ricoh Executive Claims first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jaymes Dempsey.

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