Being, in fact, the heirs of film cameras, DSLRs are gradually disappearing from the scene. Who will need them and why are their days numbered?
How it all started
The digital SLR cameras that appeared at the beginning of the 2000s were a natural development of the progress of electronics of those days in general. The film that had been in use for decades before was slowly becoming a thing of the past. And although the first DSLR cameras suffered from a lack of quality and not the most tenacious batteries, the advantages were obvious. You get and see the snapshot right away. In addition, you can immediately remove it and make a new one, or simply replace the storage medium. And also the flexibility and visibility of digital post-processing.
In general, SLR digital cameras are a development of the old ideas of film cameras, where, in fact, the film was replaced by a digital matrix. In reality, everything is somewhat more complicated, but the essence is something like this. And this is one of the reasons for their obsolescence as a whole format.
Simultaneously, simpler digital cameras without interchangeable lenses developed. They gave the image directly to the screen. It only remained to stop the moment by pressing the shutter button. It’s funny that “soap boxes”, as they were then called, are essentially closer to modern mirrorless cameras.
Technology does not stand still, and Sony and Fujifilm are among the pioneers of digital mirrorless cameras. Taking the main advantages of DSLRs – interchangeable lenses and good digital matrices (in 2012, the issue of digital / analog quality was no longer acute), companies began to develop a new niche. And they succeeded.
And if at the beginning of the journey everything was a wonder and was perceived by many with hostility, now it is already obvious that over time, SLR cameras will only remain in a niche where very fast autofocus and a long battery life are needed. In fact, only on these two points mirrorless cameras have not yet reached the level of DSLRs.
But they also have their own advantages. The most important thing is the constructive ability to do matrix image stabilization.
Is there a future for DSLRs? I think that in the foreseeable future they will go into the niche of sports reporting, and even then, until mirrorless systems can provide a similar speed of work. After all, the design of the mirror is not so simple, but otherwise the cameras are identical.
According to my observations, there are more and more mirrorless cameras in many niches. This also applies to videos and photos. Yes, the range of DSLRs is still wider, but every year the alignment changes. And more and more often from manufacturers, for example Sony, you can hear statements about the termination of the release of SLR cameras altogether.