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 Post subject: Rumour: mini-DSLR?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:49 pm 
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If you hop over to canonrumors there's a bit of stuff flying around about a mini-sized DSLR. If the assorted bits of info available so far are correct, it would be SMALLER than the mirrorless GH3, while retaining the native use of DSLR lenses. Of course, the mirrorless system may still have an overall size advantage if lenses are considered, and there are other smaller bodies to choose from also.

This does stem back to an interesting comment made by Canon even before the M was launched. They said that if small cameras were the goal, mirrorless wasn't necessarily a requirement. Since the M did appear I guess this comment was forgotten until now.

I guess the side question is, how useful is a smaller body without small lenses to go with it? Will there be more pancakes to come?

Summary of rumoured stats so far include:
18MP APS-C sensor (again!)
Kit zoom bundle US$799
3" touch screen
4 fps

Sounds pretty much like a 650D but smaller. Presence of OVF would negate speculation Canon may be going Sony SLT style.

No mention of AF but I'd hope it would at least be comparable to a 650D level product.

There's invites gone out for something happening this Friday so we should find out then if these rumours are right.

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 Post subject: Re: Rumour: mini-DSLR?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:31 pm 
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For most enthusiasts, anything smaller than a GH2 is too small, unless you're doing street photography where you'd be more successful looking like a tourist or non-pro.

Considering the external controls required, distance between the lens & the sensor (?), and the weight/form factor required to make the fotog comfortable, I'm not sure how much smaller they can go. The Olympus E420 or E620 were the smallest DSLRs to my knowledge, and they had smaller sensors than the APS-C crowd.

As you mentioned, and as the Sony NEX system best illustrates, having a small body is a moot point when most of the available lenses are 'standard' size.


Panasonic G3: 9-18mm, 14mm, 20mm, 45mm

 Post subject: Re: Rumour: mini-DSLR?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:43 pm 
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It's official, see my Canon EOS SL1 100D preview!

I'll lock this thread now as there's an official one for this new model...


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