mixxer wrote:The simple fact is that the 'traditional' DSLR market is overwhelmingly dominated by Canon and Nikon. To try and take these two on in a head to head would be commercial suicide. Because of their dominance Canon and Nikon have become complacent and are avoiding any real innovation (echos of the British motorcycle industry in the 1960's). They are starting to stagnate and are living on past glories.
Sony have proven that technology can improve on the offerings from the 'Big Two' the only thing holding them back is the petty conservatism in the market. Anyone who can seriously suggest that the EVF of an a37/57/58/65/77 is inferior to the pokey OVF of an equivalent APS-C DSLR is fooling nobody but themselves. Current Sony's are a match for any equivalent Canon/Nikon with regard to stills use and noticably superior in video usage. I know the chorus will cry out "I don't want and never will want video" but why should everyone else be denied a useful and interesting feature because of a blinkered few?
I suggest those who cannot cope with Sony's road map should go to Canon or Nikon and find within 5 years that those companies have either followed Sony's lead or gone into serious decline.
Who said you couldn’t have EVF’s, you can have battery wasting EVF’s till the cows come home for all I care, all I’m asking for is that Sony keeps a decent OVF DSLR in the range, one without video and without a sensor infested with AF and exposure diodes, yes the demosaicing algorithms are probably ‘artistic license’ to a certain extent on any version of sensor but with an infestation of AF and exposure diodes it is only going to get worse because those diodes have to be replaced by yet another algorithm using adjacent real pixels as a substitute.
It take three sensels (R+G+B) to make one pixel so if you replace entire pixels with AF and exposure diodes how far away from real reproduction are you getting?
As far as OVF’s go the one in my A700 isn’t bad, it’s quite good actually when compared to the one in my X-700, a narrower field of view yes, but that is because of the telephoto effect due to the 1.5x APS-C sized sensor and mirror, if you adjust the FOV to a similar value by using an appropriate lens on each to adjust to the same 1x perspective value the A700 has a good VF with a similar FOV, maybe not quite as bright, but definitely not looking through a tunnel. Even the A100 and KM5D with pentamirrors in the pentaprism housing aren’t too bad, I can use them easily, I would think it’s the later OVF’s that were worse when LV and video started to creep into the woodwork.
If you think OVF’s are dead check out the Df sales, Nikon can’t keep up with the demand, if you order one now you will wait 6 months before you get it, (according to a Nikon chief) and not only does it have an OVF it’s a FF camera that can’t do video. Nikon’s secret? They have and maintain a system that works properly, especially the flash system.