Un­cer­tain fu­ture

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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

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