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March 03, 2012

Full Frame Strikes Back (Also: where have all the new APS-C traditional DSLRs gone?)

With the launch of the Canon 5D Mark III, we have had five new 35mm full frame DSLRs since October 2011 (Canon 1D X, 5D Mark III, Nikon D4, D800, D800E). This is a mini-renaissance for the format. Before the Canon 1D X announcement in October 2011, the most recent 35mmFF DSLR was the Nikon D3s in October 2009.

And while it is "raining" full framers, we have another curious pattern: where have all the new APS-C traditional DSLRs gone? If you count out the pellicle-mirror Sony SLTs, the most recent traditional APS-C DSLRs (mirror, OVF), were the Nikon D5100 in April 2011 and the Canon Digital Rebel T3i/600D and T3/1100D in February 2011 [see Cameras of 2011] {the Sigma SD1 Merrill is just a rename}

Yet if you look at the most recent DSLR/iLCs chart, there has been a boatload of new interchangable lens cameras since!

It is easier to make the case visually, here are two self-updating charts below, the most recent 35mm FF DSLRs since 2002 and the 20+ Most Recent Interchangebles...




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