Guest Posted October 15, 2008 Share Posted October 15, 2008 Seems to me that the "entry" level of the SLR market (i.e. the bit occupied by about 75% of SLR users) is getting very busy. I bought my first (decent) SLR in 2001, the days of film, and IIRC there were only about 4 models to choose from. The SLR world saw its biggest shake up when Canon brought out the EOS300D in late 2003 finally making the dSLR affordable to Joe Public. Five years later things are looking very different. Canon's popular EOS400D is still around in dwindling numbers but Canon have gone slightly more upmarket with the EOS450D so, although it is still roughly competing in that market sector Canon have also added the EOS1000D to the bottom end slugfest. The EOS1000D, it is not hard to see, is basically the old EOS400D with some almost unnoticeable changes; it adds LiveView, uses SD media instead of CF, has a slightly improved flash range and adds AUTO ISO but otherwise shares everything with its predecessor. Nikon upped their game with the advent of the D40 (which stopped Canon's runaway success in this sector in its tracks), followed by a slightly enhanced version in the D40x. Now along comes the D60 to replace the D40x but apparently the D40 is to continue to remain Nikon's entry level camera for some time, the D60 being pitched slightly higher. Doubtless there'll soon be a D60x as well to include the latest "must haves" like LiveView. Determined to rattle cages Sony was next with not one but three new SLR's for this market sector in the form of the a200, a300 and a350. Essentially the same, the a300 adds the LiveView option missing from the a200 and the a350 adds another 4MP to the sensor, making it essentially the opposite number of the EOS450D. And it doesn't stop there; old hands Pentax are in there with the K200D, Sigma's SD14 is still around and the SD15 just announced, Fuji are at it with the S5 Pro and IS Pro and then last but not least is Olympus with 4/3 system in the form of the E420 and E520. I am sure I read somewhere that another manufacturer (Panasonic?) was looking at the 4/3 system as well. Anyone with a bunch of film lenses is going to favour their old mount, but anyone moving up from the ranks of P&S or just getting into photography for the first time is going to have a bewildering range of choice. How on Earth would you explain 4/3 vs APS-C vs FF to a newbie, especially with their respective changes in focal length multipliers? And the other problem, of course, is longevity - no sooner does a manufacturer bring something out and someone else trumps it which puts all the manufacturers under constant pressure to just keep bringing out upgrades (many of which barely qualify for the description) reducing the shelf life of individual models to really little more than a year (if that) before it becomes old hat. So I guess it's not just the FF market being turbulent at the moment but the entry level segment too - and it is really here that the real battles take place and the professionals of tomorrow are born. Interesting times! http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare ... 0&show=all [Edit to correct CD to read CF] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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