Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Frenzy
Lumix, Canon and Nikon are hitting the market with Full Frame Mirrorless cameras in 2019.
So, should I switch back to full frame?
Five years ago I dumped all my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 full frame gear and switched to Lumix Mirrorless micro 4/3 cameras.
I have no regrets.
The M4/3 systems are smaller, lighter and less expensive. My photos didn’t suffer, in fact they got better because I learned the Lumix system properly and took advantage of all the features and benefits of what a good mirrorless system can do.
I also started shooting YouTube videos using Lumix M4/3 cameras.
Like I said, no regrets.
Earlier this year I purchased the Lumix G9, and I was kind of sad that it was such a “big” camera compared to the GX8 and GH3 I have in my bag. But I got used to it. I love the Lumix G9!
Mirrorless is winning the camera wars these days.
But it seems that the industry is creeping back to full frame specs for 2019.
- Canon is now doing full frame mirrorless. They’ve developed a whole new camera Canon EOS R Mirrorless Full Frame system with new lenses!
- Nikon has developed their new Nikon Z Mirrorless Full Frame camera system.
- Lumix is getting on the full frame bandwagon too, with the release of the Lumix S1 Full Frame Mirrorless series in early 2019.
- The Sony A7iii full frame mirrorless which has been around for awhile already and the first to enter this niche.
So where does that leave me and other M4/3 photographers?
I’m a Lumix team member through and through.
But the truth is, I’m staying small.
I’m not going to jump on the full frame bandwagon. I’m sticking with my G Series Lumix M4/3. They are just perfect for me and the kinds of photography I do.
At this point in my career I still shoot for money, but I cannot justify this new big budget (and big weight) addition to my camera bag. Maybe my friends at Panasonic won’t like this, but my next camera will likely be another small one. Likely the GX9, or whatever replaces it. (I really wish they’d make another GM series camera, though.)
Small is good.
The convenience of a small camera means that I shoot more. I always have a small camera with me, always. I’m not happy using my cell phone. Sorry Apple, even your fancy iPhone features pale in comparison to a camera with a better and bigger sensor, even if that sensor is only M4/3 in size. Plu
The camera you use doesn’t make you a better photographer.
What makes you a better photographer is your vision, your composition and lighting skills, and how you work with clients. Knowing how to operate and get the most out of your camera is a given when shooting for money.
And shooting for money isn’t the goal of most photographers. Experiencing the joy of photography is.
And these are the people I want to reach with my blogs posts online courses, and my YouTube videos.
I hope you’re one of them!