When the first DSLR was made commercially available by Kodak back in the early 90's, it was groundbreaking! The 1.3 megapixel camera cost around $30,000. The past 20 or so years we have seen improvement after improvement to the DSLR camera system. So what is the future of DSLR cameras? Well if you ask me, the DSLR will eventually become extinct. The mirrorless cameras are the new kids on the block. They have only been around for a couple years and have made leaps and bounds in terms of improvements! Infact some pro's are already switching over. I use Trey Ratcliff as an example. I do have a Canon EOS-M, and I really enjoy using it, but I think it's still too early to switch over to the mirrorless system. The autofocus on the mirrorless cameras aren't quite as good as the DSLR. Moving subjects and subjects in low light are troublesome for these cameras. Will manufacturers fix this? I am sure of it! The other main reason is the lens selection. Canon offers an adapter to use EF lenses with the EOS-M, but the lenses specifically designed for mirrorless cameras are minimal. It seems to me that the mirrorless cameras are marketed to the general public, as a step up from compact cameras. I think the first manufacturer to make an affordable "pro" mirrorless camera body (including a full frame sensor) will start the evolution. There are full frame mirrorless cameras out there, the Leica M 24MP Camera being one of them, but as you can see by the price, it's hard to swallow.
Canon and Nikon both have mirrorless systems, but Sony seems to be the leader in this category. I think one of these three companies will make history in the evolution of mirrorless cameras, so much so the DSLR will become a thing of the past. Right now I will continue to use my Canon 5DIII, with a close eye on the mirrorless offerings. My guess is that in the next 5 years, the DSLR as we know it, will be a thing of the past.
What do you think?