Sunday, June 24, 2007

Fauxtokina 2007 Speculation (summary)

  • This post is speculation, speculation, speculation
  • This is a summary version of a very long work in progress entitled Fauxtokina 2007, speculating at what to expect from all the major manufacturers for the rest of 2007. The post in the link is very long, so I decided to create a summary for those who do not want to read pages and pages of my writings. And I can't blame them :-)
  • Fauxtokina is a term I came up with to describe years without the Photokina show that takes place every even year in Koln, Germany.

    What to expect from Panasonic in the rest of 2007? (pure speculation!)
  • New models in July. That's what Panasonic's history suggests. Both LX1/LX2 and FZ30/FZ50 were announced in July 2005/2006. Incidentally Panasonic has not announced anything after July of each year since October 2003.So keep that in mind!
  • If Panasonic comes up with an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor, then perhaps we could see a refresher of at least the top of each line from 7mp to 8mp. This could upset the balance mentioned above.
  • Predicted names of speculated models: FZ60, FZ55 (if wide), LX3, LX5, LC3, FZ9, TZ5 (or TZ4). DSLR: L2 or L10

    What to expect from Casio in the rest of 2007? (pure speculation!)
  • An 8mp 1/2.5" update of its portfolio, such as an 8mp version of the EX-S770 (August 2006), EX-Z700 (July 2006). The Z7x series just got an update in January with the Z75, but an 8mp version would not be a surprise either... Another possibility is a budget follow-up of the Z5 (May 2006), since their previous entry-level line-up of AA-based cameras is gone... Casio is not shy about doing six-month updates, so an 8mp version of the V7 may come out, but if I was Casio I would only do that if I was also able to fix some of the numerous problems pointed out in the professional V7 reviews.
  • Predicted names of speculated models: EX-S800, EX-Z800, EX-Z80, EX-Z6 and EX-V8.

    What to expect from Pentax in the rest of 2007? (pure speculation!)
  • The switch from a 7mp to an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor and from 10mp to 12mp 1/1.x will probably define the models below:
  • Predicted names of speculated models: W40, A40, T40, M40, E40, S8
  • Prediction: The 645D will be eventually given the green light despite rumors of its demise

  • Next: Pentax DSLRs, Fuji, Olympus, Ricoh. Eventually all major manufacturers will be covered.

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