My first post here is a long one, so I've made headlines hoping this will make it more clear and easier to navigate quickly.
Background information: I like both photography and videography and I'm looking for a hybrid camera which does both really well and also has an ergonomic form factor. I currently own a Canon 40D which balances very well with my 70-200mm f4 IS lens and a full sized speedlight when I take pictures at conferences and events. The grip on the 40D is large and secure so I can easily hold on to this combination even when taking pictures in portrait orientation where the weight of the speedlight adds rotational force on the camera as it sticks out to the side. I need a full sized speedlight as I almost exclusively use bounce flash at conferences. I also own a Panasonic GH3 which form factor I like very much for video. I find the fully articulating touch screen a joy to use. I also use the GH3 at conferences with a 12-35mm zoom lens to compliment the 40D. However the GH3 does not balance very well with a full sized flash and the hotshoe also broke off after light use. I've had it repaired but now I use a TTL-cord to the speedlight, so I don't put too much weight on the hotshoe. My 40D is getting old and I'm hoping to upgrade. I've looked at the 80D which seems to be a very nice camera except it appears Canon has decided reserve high quality video to its cinema line of cameras. Therefore I've been looking at Sony's offerings which seem to do both photography and video at a very high level. Fuji also came to mind, but I'd prefer a system which has both APSC and full frame offerings. I'm aware of the A99II, but having Canon lenses I'm more attracted to the e-mount, as it allows me to use my existing lenses while trying out the Sony system. So far Sony's e-mount appears to cater to the current trend of miniaturizing cameras. I posted the below question in a videography oriented forum, and everyone who responded seemed to prefer smaller cameras. I guess my wish for a camera that also balances well with a full sized speedlight separates me from most video shooters.
I think this forum is visited by people who are more or less interested in both photography and video. Therefore I'm curious to see what people here would answer to the below question, so please let your voice be heard and feel free to elaborate in the comments:
Question: Would you be interested in a Sony a6500 and a Sony a7RII, a7SII in a Canon 80D form factor? Please note: I'm not advocating that Sony should increase the size of the a6xxx or a7x series. I'm wishing that they make a separate camera line with the same technology used in the a6xxx and a7x cameras, but in a larger DSLR-like form factor like the Canon 80D. Personally I really like the ergonomics of Canon DSLRs. However, I believe mirrorless cameras are the future, and Canon's offerings don't appeal to me. I also see the advantages of having small compact mirrorless cameras like the a6500. They are great for traveling light when used with pancake lenses, great for keeping a low profile, great for gimbal use etc. I would just like the same technology to be available in a larger more ergonomic body as well. I don't see why all mirrorless cameras per definition must be small. The definition of mirrorless, as I understand it, simply means an interchangeable lens camera without a mirror. Here are some of the main reasons, in no particular order, for me wanting a larger form factor à la the Canon 80D. 1) A larger grip makes using the camera more secure and comfortable when shooting for a prolonged time - especially for those with larger hands 2) Larger buttons and controls with a bit more space between them makes operation less "cramped" - again especially for those with larger hands 3) Better balance when using a large lens and a full sized speedlight on camera - important for those of us using large lenses and a lot of bounce flash 4) Room for a fully articulating touch screen 5) Room for a larger heatsink to further reduce the risk of overheating 6) Room for dual card slots 7) Room for a headphone port (already there on the a7-series) 8) Room for a larger battery 9) Perhaps room for a full sized HDMI port I understand that there are rumors about a larger more professional camera series above the a7 line, currently dubbed the a9. However, I'm "just" a hobbyist, and it would be very hard for me to justify spending 3500-5000 USD on a single camera. Therefore I really wish Sony would also make available cameras that both have a more ergonomic form factor and are in a price range accessible for enthusiasts. I think they would win over many DSLR-users, both professionals and enthusiasts like myself, if they did that. Sony has stated that they are committed to both the e-mount and a-mount, which makes me wonder if they've reserved the more ergonomic DSLR form factor for the a-mount. I hope not.