As the question said, do you think that Canon and Nikon will enter the small interchangeable lens camera market in the near future?
asked Jul 12 '10 at 12:33
Not sure what you are getting at for your question. Both companies already have film based SLR cameras.
If you want small cameras from them, then you are stuck with point and shoot cameras (PS a long time ago they did make some point and shoots with changeable lens)
Most smaller DSLR's are mostly a gimmick. The purpose of a expensive DSLR is to have a quality lens and a larger image sensor so you can get less image noise and better low light performance and overall much better quality. The companies that are making the smaller DSLR cams are generally running into problems such as more image noise and being stuck with a slower lens and being forced to use higher ISO settings for indoor shooting as compared to a normal DSLR. Overall they are a waste of money especially since their prices are very close to that of a normal DSLR if not more expensive in some cases.
DSLR's are more targeted at pro and semi pro and some prosumer users. point and shoot is targeted at everyone else (users who just want to turn the camera on and press a single button). Adding interchangeable lenses to smaller cameras will just make the camera more complicated for novice users and it will be avoided by people serious about photography due to the drawbacks of the smaller lens and image sensor so overall this section of the market is not very profitable.
They may enter this market it becomes a fad but other than that they will stick to the 2 larger chunks of the market.
Good Answer! I'll add that Nikon, Canon, Olympus, etc. entered the DSLR Market with backward compatability in mind. Their customers' expensive lenses needed to work with the digital camera bodies.
Professional Photographers drive this market, and most likely NOT want to ditch their gear to start over with smaller lenses & sensors.
Film was King for the longest time, and still has some advantages over digital.
The next move forward is BIGGER (ie. Digital Medium/Large Format Cameras)
Film Format Digital Format
answered Jul 12 '10 at 15:11