This ^^^^. Having a slightly smaller body doesn't really help in size and weight unless the lenses are also proportionally smaller. It may actually make things worse, as many of the smaller mirrorless bodies have terrible ergonomics.If you saw his large photography backpack, you might understand. He's likely got $10,000 plus invested in DSLRs and lenses that keep a roof over his head and puts food on the table. 85% of the volume of the backpack is lenses, so switching to a smaller body (and either use his current body with an adapter or go all-in with mirrorless lenses) isn't going to change the size of his backpack all that much.
But those are like $30 lenses. That can't replace the $5,000 outlay by a prosumer every 8 years. And no smartphone manufacture is interested in a lens mount system for an inherently portable device.Perhaps Nikon et al. should work with cellphone companies to include their lenses on phones. I think a Nikon, Zeiss, or Leica lensed cellphone would get a lot of attention. I can even see the marketing in my head. Product placement, logos on phones, Joining the legacy with the future.
Not suggesting that, but there's no reason they couldn't provide a more premium lens. Several million $50 lenses will outdo a few thousand $5000 lenses every single time. And not to put too fine a point on it, those $50 lenses beat out no lenses, period.But those are like $30 lenses. That can't replace the $5,000 outlay by a prosumer every 8 years. And no smartphone manufacture is interested in a lens mount system for an inherently portable device.
High-end Sony phones feature Zeiss optics, a UI that mimics their cameras, and additional features when connected to a Sony phone. It's smart vertical integration that others should mimic.Not suggesting that, but there's no reason they couldn't provide a more premium lens. Several million $50 lenses will outdo a few thousand $5000 lenses every single time. And not to put too fine a point on it, those $50 lenses beat out no lenses, period.
Current smartphone lenses are high-quality corresponding to the sensor size. It's probably not feasible more acuity can be provided in that form factor.Not suggesting that, but there's no reason they couldn't provide a more premium lens. Several million $50 lenses will outdo a few thousand $5000 lenses every single time. And not to put too fine a point on it, those $50 lenses beat out no lenses, period.
I personally think that Nikon were quite fair to existing Nikon owners in providing full support for most if not all F Mount lenses (ie not supporting the screw drive lenses)I write this as a long term, almost 30 year Nikon only shooter, who added M4/3 back in late 2012 due to new travel and weight restrictions. The EM5/EM1 and tiny and compact f1.8 prime lenses were such a delight to carry and use, replacing my D700/D800 FF Nikon bodies and lenses on my overseas trips. It really opened my eyes as to what mirrorless cameras could do, even with a smaller sensor. I was excited to see what Nikon would bring with its mirrorless high end camera. Sony announced their A7 and A7R high MP bodies in late 2013, yet Nikon did nothing. I patiently waited for years but still nothing from Nikon except the N1 upgrades for a pocketable size system that, at least to me, seemed doomed to failure. Heck the sensor was even smaller than my EM1. So I just kept using my D800 when I needed the higher MP, but used M4/3 for pretty much everything else.
Finally in 2018 Nikon announced the Z6 & Z7. But what I saw was that the initial Z cameras were priced like Nikons high end DSLR cameras, but severely crippled by lack of features, supposedly to protect the DSLR market. The nail in the coffin (for me) with Nikon though was their lack of AF support for the Nikkor screw drive lenses, as I had 7. Nikon even today continues to sell AF screw drive lenses, like the 135mm f2 DC, 180mm f2.8D and 200mm f4 Micro with no new replacements in sight, yet they still refuse to put a AF screw drive motor into a mirrorless body, even though they did put the motor in the D7000 series. If they could add this motor to a $900 small and compact DX body, they surely could have added it to a $2,100 and $3,400 Z body. Or at least put out an adapter that had the necessary motor. Instead they left me, and the owners of 4 million Nikkor screw drive lenses hanging.......
So I went with a 24MP Sony A7III in 2018 and then replaced it with a 42MP A7RIII and could not be happier. The Sony AF and eye detect is really great and having 42MP is awesome. I am fine with shooting with both Olympus and Sony Mirrorless systems as each has specific uses and benefits, most times I carry both. Meanwhile Nikon 2 years later in late 2020 announces the series II of the Z6 7& Z7, with some minor upgraded features and is the cameras they should have announced back in 2018. But the AF tracking is not the excellent one in their DSLR's, but old school from their DX cameras and they still don’t offer 3rd party lens support, which is a huge advantage of owning Sony A7 bodies. Nikon it seems still does not get it and if they do indeed go out of the camera business it is 100% the fault of their management with their backwards and protectionist thinking, where their long time existing customers were put last as they fumbled around for 5 years in the rapidly changing camera market.