At least we know how durable DSLRs are, and that is probably one of the best reason to keep on owning one! NOT!
Aside from being a graphic designer, I'm also do photography on the side (hey gotta make money!). I’ve been “DSRL-less” since I got my Canon G15 in 2012. And for those who enrolled in my Udemy class, you know that my G15 is still in active service. Originally designed to have DSLR qualities in a pocketable format, the G15 easily became a photographers secondary camera (I use it as my main camera. Clients don’t even notice any difference, unless I show them the Canon G15).
Then in March 2014, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 came out. I held it. And that was the day I knew that the age of SLR cameras is slowly coming to an end. Fast forward to present day. I again encountered Canon’s Rebel T5…
Compared to the G15 the Rebel T5, felt like a toy in my hand. It’s very “plasticky.” Its size doesn’t justify its weight either. Per square inch, it felt like there’s more air than actual camera components in it. Precision craftsmanship is also not there, something that I’m used to with DSLRs. The kit lens that came with it moves awkwardly when it tries to focus on a subject, it just doesn’t have that confident motion that I know tools like this should have!
While I was vacationing in France, I noticed that a lot of tourists have DSLRs. The funny thing is that all these DSLRs I’ve seen were set on auto, which completely defeats the purpose of lugging around such a tool (and a couple of lenses)!
Oddly as more and more creative professionals start to adapt compact mirrorless cameras, the masses seem to clamor for bulky DSLRs. Even when they don’t need it!
I think now is the time to sell your DSLR while you still. Right now there is market for DSLRs, judging by how much DSLR-wielding tourist I saw in Paris. There's a big market for people who believes that they can magically create superb photos like the pros if they have a DSLR. It must be the camera right!?
SELL YOUR DSLR WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
According to CIPA, Japanese manufacturers shipped 20% less cameras in January 2016. DSLR sales are down by 12% in volume, a 29% decrease in value. While mirrorless cameras are up by 22%, a whopping 49% in value. I have no doubt that this trend will continue as mirrorless camera/hybrid camera technology improves and as professionals slowly adapt the system... and as the masses wake up to the slow realization that DSLRs are not the magical devices that they though it was.
Going back to seeing the build quality of the Canon EOS Rebel T5, I’m confident to say that manufacturers are trying to squeeze the last life out of the SLR system by making a once pro-exclusive device into a cheap mainstream toy. A lot of people just don't know what to expect with a DSLR. They're under the false impression that owning one would make them great photographers.
Here's an incredibly funny video that exposes what people expect and the reality of using a DSLR.
I think that there’s still plenty of time to get rid of our aging DSLR systems before they become obsolete. It’s about time the we get better and less bulkier tools. After all we’ve been using the same SLR system since it was first patented and produced in the 1800s.