With the explosion of full frame cameras over the last few years, speculation has mounted as to the future of APS-C and micro four-thirds. In this quick video, photographer Dave McKeegan offers his insights in the camera industry and gives his thoughts as to why APS-C is here to stay.
McKeegan makes some good arguments and I’m inclined to agree with him: if there is to be a casualty (which he doesn’t foresee in the immediate future) it will be micro four-thirds. For me, a trickier question to answer — and something I’d like to see McKeegan address as part of this discussion — is what Nikon and Canon will do next in terms of the inevitable transition to mirrorless. Sure, there is a huge number of APS-C shooters out there and there’s definitely a demand for more affordable cameras, but we wait to see how Canon and Nikon deal with this critical part of their customer base given the difficulties presented by the lens mounts. Full frame mirrorless required a new lens mount, and we assume that APS-C mirrorless means the same. Allowing users that smooth transition between EF-S and EF has been of great benefit to Canon over the years and I’m fascinated to see how this plays out now that we’re in an increasingly mirrorless world.
Another complication as we head into mirrorless is that Canon’s capacity to cripple mid-range camera models is going to become more of an issue. With the change in technology, it’s not just a case of leaving out some autofocus points to justify a lower price. Instead, you end up doing what Canon did with the EOS RP: the camera's hardware is perfectly capable of shooting 24 fps at 1080p, it’s just that Canon decided to switch it off.
As usual, leave your thoughts in the comments.