In the world of cameras, there are a few notable players, such as Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Pentax, and Olympus just to name some of them, although admittedly companies such as Nikon and Canon are more prominent when it comes to professional-grade products. That being said, it’s been a while since we have heard any DSLR announcements from Olympus, who a few years ago made waves when they launched their mirrorless PEN camera. Unfortunately it would seem that mirrorless sales seem to be falling in Europe and the US, according to reports, and a recent post by The New York Times suggests that the companies to survive the smartphone camera age are Nikon, Canon, and Sony.
According to an interview with AmateurPhotographer, Olympus’ Toshi Terada was quoted as saying, “Nobody knows 10 years away… once we can get a very nice share [in mirrorless] we may expand the business to DSLR again, but at this moment we are just concentrating on mirrorless and we have no plan to go into DSLR.” While mirrorless cameras are the perfect solution for a more compact DSLR alternative, its price and the heavy investment that photographers need to make into lenses and accessories can be a bit of a turn off, especially when our smartphones are not only more compact, but have the ability to snap great photos and have a host of apps to do post-processing all at once.
However as Terada states, nobody can predict what will happen 10 years down the line, but what do you guys think? Will Olympus eventually go back to making DSLRs?