Ever notice how most things these days are shrinking, getting smaller (and rest assured, this is not a post about your wallet or stock portfolio). This is usually the case with electronics. That once room-sized computer has continuously shrank and become the modern-day notebook. Now, the pace has quickened and the traditional desktops and notebooks are being replaced by iPads and iPhones.
Even the American love affair with large houses and large cars seems to have reversed. The average size of suburban houses is getting smaller. Some people are even trading their suburban life for small apartments and condos in the city. The Hummer has been replaced by the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 for what is in and cool.
So why is it that DSLRs have become larger? This is certainly true of the top end Canon and Nikon DSLRs, the EOS-1D x and D3. The consumer DSLRs are larger too compared to the film DSLRs from the 80’s and 90’s. I believe the DSLRs are an anachronism, something belonging to a time now passed. They are old-fashioned and their moment in the sun is setting.
Many of my friends who own DSLRs are trading them in for smaller mirrorless cameras. They grow tired of the bulk. Tired of a design with a mechanical flapping mirror that seems counter to what a modern camera should be. They still have their place for certain applications like sports but for everyday use DSLRs kind of suck.
What started for me as a fun experiment with mirrorless 3 years ago has fully matured. The Olympus Pens have become my go to cameras. I keep my Canon 7D DSLR around for very specific uses but usually it sits in the corner.
Are you looking to move up to a DSLR from a point and shoot? Seriously consider a mirrorless camera instead. Or are you a DSLR user who feels ready to right-size into a more enjoyable camera? Look at my straight forward guide to mirrorless cameras. There are many brands and cameras models out there, my free guide cuts through all the noise and simplifies the choices.