I see Sigma have launched a new full frame camera, claiming it to be the smallest and lightest, the Sigma fp
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In reply to Whistling Joe:
Whistling Joe said:Interesting to see something small - great for popping in the pocket - but I do wonder about the future of small cameras, even with the FF results possible. In any sort of demanding job, the ergonomics of the camera body become important and small bodies just don't have the same usability of a full sized DSLR. A market segment that comprises being the pocket camera for DSLR users doesn't sound very large. Mind you, the wildlife photography world we inhabit is a bit specialised, with the laws of physics meaning longer lenses with large apertures for a FF body will always be quite large. I guess there's a bigger market out there than you'd think - obviously Sigma think so - but maybe not so much for wildlife users :-)
In time, I think the DSLR as we know it will be obsolete, not just by mirrorless, but size as well. These small DSLR's are becoming quite common on the market, and I'm seeing more and more people using them. I think while in Wales back in August, I saw more using these smaller DSLR's than compacts and DSLR's put together. The only observed main popular camera was the smartphone.
There are some very good small compacts (my now ageing Canon SX280 is one such example, decent manual exposure control if you desire) on the market that will equate many DSLR's, not just in the pixels, but with manual exposure control and some very good zooms without the need to swap lenses. But for me, and I know a good many others, they're too small to get a comfortable grip on, and that to me is the first failing of the Sigma.
I like that large bulky looking righthand grip that was introduced in the 80's to SLR bodies, it does help with a steady grip,
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