A few comments about the pricing of compact system cameras, and comparisons to Canon/Nikon DSLR pricing:
4) With most camera makers struggling to break even, let alone make big profits, it is absurd to accuse them of "gouging"!
From a professional use viewpoint, I'm not asking camera makers to drop prices. In most cases far from it. I'm asking them to add features and raise prices. I like the idea of modular, which evf's should offer advantages. I like the idea of pay as you go. Don't want video, don't buy the module. Want 4k video buy that module, etc. etc.
The 4/3 cameras, well at least the gh3 makes great motion imagery, to the point it's kind of scary for the price, I mean $1,200 for that quality is unheard of at any point in time.
If they shoot great stills that's even better.
Last week I was finishing a video to to go the sound tech. I wanted to find the raw and change the grading of one image. I was positive it was from the gh3 which was good, but I thought needed some work.
Turned out I shot it with the R1 RED. So if I can't tell in an edit which camera I'm using . . . one that cost $25,000 or one that cost $1,200 then yes, things have gotten a lot better for the professional image makers.
I just finished post production on a still portrait from the same shoot. Lifestyle image from the olympus em-5 at 400 iso, f 2.5. I't beautiful, I processed it out in Adobe Camera Raw and think I uprezzed it in processing to 80mb.
The client, who will be critical, will never remember that the camera I used was 4/3 and small enough for one hand, they'll just look at the image. Me I look at the colors, tone, workable file.
But my point is rather than constantly ask us to toss perfectly good cameras because the next catch phrase will be 4k it's just better for all if we could add modules and parts.
I'm with 4/3, and btw it's not cheap with good glass. The new Leica 4/3 f 1/2 40 something mm lens is $1699 and I'll place the order this week. There are things these little cameras can do that are wonderful in still and motion, but don't hobble them, put the foot on the floor and separate your camera from the point and shoot/mobile phone crowd.
To me, that's how to return to profit.