We have been seeing some great unofficial mirrorless camera concepts floating around the Internet lately. One that received a great deal of attention was the Canon AE-D mirrorless camera concept. While many of us are still waiting for Canon to release its own version of a mirrorless camera, David Riesenberg, the author of the design, apparently got tired of waiting and showed his own take at what the camera should look like and what its specs should be. Full-frame sensor, fast lenses to go with it, compact, elegant design – what a camera that would be!
Unfortunately, major manufacturers don’t have a reputation of listening to such ideas (except for the folks at Fujifilm – they seem to have given their fans just the camera they wanted with the Fuji X-Pro 1 after the wonderful success of the Fuji X100). Still, we can hope for a full-frame alternative to the super expensive Leica M9-P.
Here is another interesting full-frame mirrorless camera concept by Vladimir Markov. His idea was to implement as many direct controls on a small form-factor camera without making it too complicated to use ergonomically. What do you think about it? It sure looks like a fun camera to me and I love the original design with those circular OLED displays at the top of the dials.
I believe cameras like these are a new niche. The technological advancement has become the obvious, usual thing. It’s the character, the quirky, interesting design that starts to make its way into the hearts of photography lovers. While it will take some time, I’m sure we will see some real cameras as fun as Vladimir’s in the not-so-distant future. We can hope, right?