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Cameras spotted in use on vacation

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by Andym72, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. Andym72

    Andym72 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 4, 2013
    Reading, UK
    Just been on an "all over Europe" vacation, and spotted these trends:

    Pocketable compact cameras are clearly dead. The "snaps only" people are using smartphones (or tablets, which still looks stupid).

    The most popular actual cameras are compact superzooms.

    Germans like Canon DSLRs. French and Italians prefer Nikon DSLRs. Brits have a mix of both. Far Eastern tourists prefer NEX/E Mount/what it's called this week.

    Saw 4 other Olympus m43 users, 2 PENs and 2 OMDs, half European and half Far Eastern owners. And one solitary Lumix G, a GH2, that a Dutch guy had.
  2. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
    Alan Grant
    I have also noticed the popularity of this form factor at tourist sites I have visited recently in Spain and Ireland. I suppose it makes sense that the superzooms are at least partly surviving the downfall of compact cameras, as the lack of zoom is one of the most obvious weaknesses of smartphones.
  3. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Portland likes Sony mirrorless. Not Oregon, actually, just Portland.
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    When I go to the art museum surprisingly I see more M43 shooters than any other touristy venue near me (Disneyland, Hollywood Walk, etc.). I've come to the conclusion people who appreciate good art also appreciate good cameras! :wink: :smile: :biggrin:
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  5. davidzvi

    davidzvi Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    I was in New York City for a week at the end of August and was actually surprised that Nikon out numbered Canon most places.

    And yes tablets as cameras are STUPID. Do people just not realize or do they just not care that they're blocking the view for others around them? I can understand the smartphone snap shooter instead of a P&S. But really? How is an iPad or other large tablet more convenient than an ILC or small DSLR other than WOW I can post a selfie faster. (and many here questioned the E-PL7 selfie marketing :rolleyes: )
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  6. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Having just been through the Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow, my observations are much the same - all sorts of different nationalities using compact superzooms.

    Of course there was the usual smattering of FF cameras - mostly Canon. Again, not scientific merely personal observation.

    When it comes to 'youngsters', they seemed quite content to use their smartphones. :thumbup:
  7. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I think Nikon prices are more reasonable in the U.S. than Europe...well that's what I gather when European Nikon shooters gripe about pricing!

    Super zooms are still quite popular. They're basically bridge cameras between DSLRs and mirrorless when you think about it. I can see cameras like the Panasonic FZ1000 being extremely popular with the masses.
  8. qppoiz

    qppoiz Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 24, 2013
    Last year I took my family to Disney World where there was an incredibly high number of iPad photographers. I think the affectionate term for them is "padholes".
    I don't remember seeing many mirrorless or DSLR cameras. Most people seem to be happy enough to use their smartphones.
  9. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Aye, I started my digital photography 'life' with an FZ50 which was nice but I prefer the control over lens choice I have with the m4/3 system. I saw an awful lot of Fuji bridge cameras and some Nikon ones too. Perfect for the point and shoot style of photography - it's like a 'fire and forget' missile in camera terms.
  10. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Tablets are perfect for casual family shooters, large display, easy to use, it's an 8x10 Polaroid.
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