Digital SLR cameras are in an interesting position at the moment. From a technical perspective, there's more advanced technology available than ever before; from a design perspective, we're seeing more of these cameras in stores, and increasingly, as pricing comes down.
Meanwhile, the mirrorless digital camera in question is at the same time both new and old, existing and wanting to be more. While it may be easy to forget in the rush of information, there's still a major industry-wide debate about whether or not digital SLR cameras should be pushed further to the bottom of the line, while so-called "traditional" cameras continue to offer consumers more advanced features.
I believe there will be a mirrorless digital camera on the market at some point in the next ten years. It's likely, though not certain, that this will be a digital SLR with at least some type of interchangeable lens, and with the latest miniaturization technology, whether with a sensor, or even a few pixels, DSLR cameras will be able to get smaller.
In other words, it's long term, perhaps, but today, it looks like there's really only a choice between the DSLR and the mirrorless digital camera. And neither of those choices are pretty. When it comes to price, mirrorless camera prices tend to be a lot higher than the DSLR, and while the image quality is better, the landscape is much smaller and the overall feel of the digital camera is more "small".
Film is also starting to look rather outdated, even for those of us who are still using digital cameras. A lot of folks who have been using film for so long are now more interested in owning a mirrorless digital camera, and as such, digital cameras are likely to take a bit of market share away from film cameras.
On the other hand, the mirrorless digital camera is probably a bit faster, but slower than a DSLR. This makes a definite difference when it comes to speed and having enough processing power to keep up with the demands of the modern camera.
If you're planning to upgrade your camera over the next couple of years, then mirrorless will probably be the way to go. But if you're in a small market, and you've got DSLR cameras in your line up already, you might want to think about looking at other possibilities. For instance, if you have a beautiful piece of land with a pond, you might consider getting a mini digital camera, with a small sensor and a relatively large size, like the Sony Alpha a6000.
That will cost about the same as an Olympus OM-D E-M5 with a 16 Megapixel sensor, and it will have great video abilities and a full frame image resolution, which means you can crop images in half and still get good quality images. Since you won't be shooting film, and a small pixel isn't going to do anything but render poor image quality, a small sensor is exactly what you need to make the most of the digital world. The mini digital camera could be a perfect fit for you.
While a camera with digital capabilities will be more expensive than a traditional one, it's possible that those who want to save a little money and don't want to pay the premiums that you see with many mirrorless models will choose to go with the mini digital camera. Again, the difference in image quality is often pretty small, which is why the most popular mirrorless cameras aren't many and far between.
So, when it comes to these two kinds of cameras, the future is quite clear. As long as there's a demand for high quality digital photography, the mirrorless camera will likely continue to make its place in the market.While there is some debate, there's no doubt that we'll see this debate come to a head in the next couple of years. While mirrorless will be in, and probably will remain, the best choice for the average consumer, they're not going to dominate the market in terms of sales or quality.