With the increasing penetration of smartphones, with the ever growing megapixels hidden under their hood, now there are too many amateur photographers running around, snapping pictures and flooding the digital world with their “work”. What makes the difference between an amateur and a professional photographer is still the camera. Camera phones have bitten a large segment out of the compact camera market, but it will never have any influence on the professional camera market as a whole. Let’s see where it will be headed during the year 2015.
Compact system cameras – also referred to as mirrorless cameras with a relatively compact design and interchangeable lenses. This type of camera has become mainstream during last year, and has set a trend: now more CSCs are announced than SLR cameras, with units designed to be appealing for both amateur enthusiasts and professional photographers. The new, smaller cameras are especially popular among wedding photographers, documentary and lifestyle photographers, who need something much more easier to carry and more discreet than the average SLR. Most major camera manufacturers have CSCs in their offer – and this trend will continue in 2015.
These smaller cameras are the result of a trend started two years ago, with even professional cameras beginning to shrink. Although many consider bigger cameras with a more serious grip the right choice, some enthusiasts and even professionals lean toward smaller, more compact models that are easier to handle, but still have the features and the sensors of their bigger counterparts. Some argue that cameras have already reached their minimum proportions – it remains to be seen if this is true.
One feature few digital camera manufacturers have introduced last year was including a touch screen on their professional models. Canon has a touch enabled DSLR for some time, while Nikon has recently added the same feature to the D5400, replacing the D5300, which was launched early this year. I think we will see more of the same with future releases during 2015.
When it comes to compact cameras – which are under much pressure by camera phones, as I mentioned above – they will continue to offer extra features compared to the ones mounted on smartphones. These features include – and will continue to do so – extensive zoom ranges, larger sensors, rugged and waterproof designs and similar high-end features – making a dedicated camera a better choice for most than the camera on their handset. It remains to be seen if these features will be enough to convince everyday folks to carry one more device around when they already have their smartphone in their pocket, which is capable of doing so many other things: read books, play videos and run the most incredible range of apps on the go.