Nigel Atherton’s thoughtprovoking Viewpoint (AP 27 October) suggesting that DSLR days are numbered also prompts some consequential questions about impact. Are we now going to see a flurry of quick offloading activity among existing users who dislike the idea of having kit rapidly losing value and, perhaps, brand support? And, at what point will makers actually admit that DSLRs are out and mirrorless models are in, albeit in different forms? Creating a mood of uncertainty or disquiet can soon change customer perceptions, often badly.
The recent mirrorless moves by top brands are fair markers about the future, but with countless numbers of DSLRs still in active use, there must be a risk of alienating loyal customers who are content, at least for the time being, to keep what they have. Gary Jenkins The loss of a camera’s value is only of consequence if you intend to sell it. My D700 was worth peanuts even before Nikon launched its new mirrorless system, so I may as well keep it. But many DSLR owners will trade in for sure, providing tempting bargains for buyers on a tight budget – Nigel Atherton, Editor