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Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Mar 19, 2011.
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"The manufacturers that have introduced micro Four Thirds and mirrorless systems have been those that have failed to make a success of their mainstream digital SLR offerings, according to Rainer."
No doubt GM and Ford used to say something similar about Toyota and Nissan.
It's called "misdirection." If I had to bet, I'd bet that Canon comes up something in the next 2 years.
Armando, that "misdirection" has a legal flavor to it. Is that what witnesses do when they want to obfuscate?
None of the headline statements in the article were direct quotes so I am left wondering how much artistic license was taken in printing them.
Everything is true:
I agree that Canon doesn't need a mirrorless system.
They make good compacts and DSLRS, including small DSLRs.
Manufacturing mirrorless would require a loss leading period and risks undermining their reputation.
Mirrorless systems would also cross-compete with existing Canon products.
Joining M4/3 would not serve Canon in the long run
However, a year or three from now, the situation may be different.
I do think that manufacturers should stick to what they know best and concentrate on making those products as good as they can possibly be.
A complete summary of my feelings regards this issue! Right on the money.
I woud tend to agree that it doesn't make much sense for Canon to make a mirrorless system. They're the largest maker of cameras in the world with a hugely successful line of compacts and DSLRs. They are good at what they do. Mirrorless cameras don't fit into their product mix nor their customer base. Would I buy a Canon camera? Probably not. I have no issues with their products other than I just don't care for them. Is their decision a smart one for the long term? That depends on how popular they become. Microsoft waited too long to come out with a competitor to the iPod and look where it got them. You could argue that at that time Apple was a company that had not done a good job with their core product in competing with MIcrosoft. The subsequent popularity of the iPod opened up new markets and opportunities for Apple and a decade later they are heading toward being the first trillion dollar company. Microsoft is still hugely successful but it could be argued they should have paid more attention to things a decade ago.