Shoot out: Full-frame mirrorless versus APS-C and Four Thirds
With the introduction of the A7 Mk II and its five-axis in-body stabilisation, Sony has stolen a march on the opposition. Only mirrorless cameras with Four Thirds and smaller sensors have had the benefit of in-body steadiness in the past and now Sony has leapfrogged the APS-C opposition and produced the first full-frame mirrorless camera with IBS. I can see owners of manual lenses, especially Leica M-mount glass, looking anew at this very capable full-frame camera.
But what of the mirrorless market in general? Are we about to see a mass move to full-frame in the wake of Sony's innovation? Or will Four Thirds and APS-C sensors retain their following?
Vassilios Zacharitsev has taken a close look at the market and asks the important question: Will mirrorless full-frame digital become the universal photographic standard? He doesn't think so. He believes, as I do, that the three main systems, MFT, APS-C and full-frame all have their advantages and disadvantages in terms of weight, bulk and, indeed, performance.