But one thing has long been odd: they save the expense of the complex mirror system, and yet the cameras are more expensive? Whu??
Sony has just announced a new camera, the Sony A3000, which looks to all the world like a dead-typical DSLR camera, but actually is a mirror-less camera, using Sony's acclaimed NEX lenses and system.
And get this, the A3000, with kit lens, is only $400! This is for a 20-megapixel camera too!
Don't get it wrong, this is a plasticky camera, with very scraped features. But: if you're on a budget but still wants the best image quality, this looks like a very good bet. (We'll see when the reviews starts coming in, but former NEX cameras have gotten much praise.)
Let us hope Panasonic and Olympus are willing to learn, and will come out with their own entry-level cameras, so the people they were supposedly targeting in the first place, people stepping up from compacts, can afford to get a taste of the delights. A gateway drug should not be too expensive. :-)
By the way, this is an APS-C-format-sized camera, meaning the sensor is a big larger than M4/3 and the same size as most DSLRs. The system can be slightly more compact than DSLRs, but not much. There is a quality advantage to it, but it's rather academic in my view. M4/3 is a lot more compact, with almost the same quality. (And greater variety of bodies and lenses.)