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Is this the last gasp of the DSLR?

By , 5 August 2022, 3 min read

It’s been said that the one constant in our lives is change and there’s no truer adage in the case of Canon and their DSLR range; Canon’s SLR flagship model, known as EOS-1, the first of which appeared in 1989 and the last as it turns out being the EOS-1D X Mark III released in 2020.

The rationale for this dramatic decision is the inexorable shift towards mirrorless technology, which as any discerning photographer knows is lighter, more compact, faster and better for video. However, these advantages are somewhat negated by the limited range of lenses, generally better optical viewfinders and superior battery life.

What does this mean for me?

So, what are the implications of this alarming announcement? First off, if your Canon EOS-1 is insured, best you contact your insurance company and establish that the sum insured of your camera is commensurate with the value of a Canon mirrorless camera equivalent. Alternatively (I know that I am treading on hallowed ground here) you embrace an opposition brand and settle for a Nikon or Sony DSLR equivalent. That being said, Canon’s decision has firmly opened the door for opposition brands catering to those who are a bit underwhelmed by mirrorless technology and prefer the nostalgia of DSLR.

The million-dollar question here is are mirrorless cameras worth all the hype? That is not generally a one size fits all kind of a response. I believe that we’re all in agreement here that photographers are a unique species blessed with a plethora of quirky traits and to that end, it’s all a matter of personal preference.

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