The other one who doesn't seem to be doing too badly is Panasonic who do the electronics and have tied up with Leica to produce the lenses. They have aimed for the travel market, producing smaller lighter cameras which are popular with explorer types. I've got a Panasonic FZ1000 bridge camera which has a 1 inch sensor and a 25-400mm lens. It produces better quality than a phone and is more controllable and versatile. It's not up to DSLR standard but is far more convenient when travelling than heaving a load of lenses around. The professional photographer on the expedition cruise to the Arctic we went on last September was so impressed by it that she was planning to buy one herself because it provided a good compromise between quality and convenience for those occasions when a heaving a DSLR and a selection of lenses around wasn't practical - such as in a Zodiac in rough weather.
I think that Panasonic needed a full frame in their range to be seen as a serious player, even if they didn't expect to sell many in comparison with their 4/3 models.. I wouldn't be surprised if Leica didn't badge engineer it with a few extra bells and whistles as they have done with the FZ1000. Image is important in that market.
Diving, and photography holidays in Gozo
Private guiding, don't follow the crowd.
Fuji has done well carving various niches either side of full frame. They’ve got a rather retro approach to external controls and very well regarded sensor technology. Certainly many of their cameras are aimed at minority markets such as the X100 with a prime lens. The new X-T4 is a superb camera for both stills and video.
As ever, the camera body is only a part of the story. It’s the collection of glass that counts. If you’ve a handful of lenses from one manufacturer, migration costs can be huge. With Cannon lenses covering fisheye to super telephoto in both cheap and expensive styles, not to mention all the third party lenses, it makes the task of switching brands horrendously expensive.
A keen photographer friend sold his three Cannon bodies and half a dozen 'L' series lenses for The Fuji system. His main reason was size and weight of full frame and DSLR compared with APS-C. Image results are wonderful.
Phone cameras are a bit of a fraud as they may have the meggerpixalls but they don’t have any aperture or exposure control, relying on post processing. Most camera manufacturers have "phone crossover entry level" cameras. All of this applies to the GoPro devices too which yield pretty poor photos, which for action or underwater doesn’t matter.
I am still thinking of getting a TG6, is this foolish?! I have loved the TG4 but would like an upgrade before the TG range is no more!
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever - Jacques Cousteau
I don't think it's going to expire just yet. Is there anything the 6 does that the 5 doesn't thsat you'd like? If not, just get a 5 and spend the spare money on something else! I'm still happily using the TG-3 for all my super macro stuff, it's better than shooting down the microscope!
Definitely don't doubt Dawn - not if you value your life
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That said everyone has different priorities so Smiley, the choice is yours.