With PMA 2008 happening earlier than usual, it's never too early to start speculating :) The 2008 PMA will take place between late January and early February, much earlier than its usual calendar spot. What does that mean? It means that the announcements will be compressed in a shorter period of time.
Of course manufacturers don't have to announce at or by PMA 2008, but the common practice was to announce products in the time leading up to PMA, so by the time PMA starts, the new products can be showcased on the floor, one way or another (behind glass, mockups, prototypes, vaporware, working models, production models, etc). This could also mean that some manufacturers may have held off announcing non-mass market products for PMA 2008 instead of dropping them on us in late 2007. Maybe.
These are rumors and speculations and predictions
In case it wasn't clear in the title, this post is a blend of rumors/rumours and speculation and predictions for PMA 2008 and beyond. More on this at the bottom of this post!
Who are we waiting for?
NEW! Not a new camera, but the Imaging Insider is planning a new website on photography. What will it be about? Any leaks? Rumors? Speculation? We don't know yet!
NEW!!! Well PMA 2008 is now over. Time to start looking towards ...Photokina 2008, in Koln.
NEW!!! Photography Bay has found an interesting quote from a Canon rep posted on Gizmodo, indirectly hinting at a Canon 5D Mark II in 2008
NEW!!! dpreview live-blogging from the Sony event at PMA 2008: Sony A900 flagship DSLR coming in 2008! It will be using the 25mp Sony CMOS 35mm full frame sensor just announced.
NEW!!! The Adorama News Desk talks about the Leica M8 hardware upgrade program (1200 euro) and also mentions the possibility of a new body, the Leica M8a perhaps at Photokina 2008. Current M8 owners wouldn't be left out though in such a scenario. For some more details be sure to check the latest at the Adorama News Desk
Not a rumor, but Mason Resnick has a few snapshots from the PMA 2008 trade show floor.
NEW!!! Amin of AminFoto has an update on Leica. See the comments in this post for more details.
NEW!!! Pentax USA rep hint-talks of a potential flagship DSLR in 2009 from Pentax - details at Underexposed, a CNet blog.
NEW!!! Not a rumor, New Sony 25mp 35mm Full Frame CMOS Sensor officially announced! Also new from Sony the A350 and the A300 and a couple of lenses!
NEW!!! Pentax Europe Interview - KxD (K1D?) a possible future model
NEW!!! Sigma updates Sigma DP1 website!
NEW!!! Amin of AminFoto has spotted a rumor in the Rangefinder Forum saying that Leica will not release an M9, but rather offer an upgrade to the M8 for 1200 euro. Details in the comments section. An update on the Leica rumors at Amin Foto! This is an interesting development for Leicaphiles!
NEW!!! More on the Sony A300, A350 and price drops here at 1001NC.
NEW!!! According to the Imaging Insider, Panasonic is presenting their Lumix 2008 PMA line-up at PMA tonight (Monday January 28, 2008, Vegas time)
NEW!!! PDN Pulse summarizes the talk of a brand new Medium Format Film SLR from Fuji. Yes, FILM, not digital camera, and Medium Format!
NEW!!! Photography Bay talks Sony A300 and A350 rumors. Hot rumor based on Sony Style?
NEW! Northern Light talks Canon 50D rumors
NEW!!! Nikon D60 with three new lenses leaked!. Includes the rumored 16-85 DX VR AF-S, a macro and a PC lens.
NEW! Is this a Nikon D60 battery, a typo or clever marketing?
NEW!!! A dpreview forum user reports that we may see a DSLR above the K20D and one below the K200D. This and more from the Dubai and Paris press events.
NEW!!! Pentax rep talks 645D and high end lenses to the BJoP. Details at the OK 1000 Pentax Blog!
NEW!!! A dpreview forum user has been digging around and found a mention not only of a Sony Alpha A300 DSLR but also a A350 DSLR. Would these be twin cameras, with a simple differentiation? Different sensors? With or without a specific feature, eg LiveView? Or would they be totally different cameras? We do not know! We have to wait until PMA 2008 or the next leak :)
NEW DSLRs ALERT: No longer rumors, the Pentax K20D, Pentax K200D and five new lenses were officially announced. And some details on the new 14.6mp CMOS sensor.
NEW!!! Photography Blog notes a post on Sony's own gadget blog that more stuff is coming from Sony at PMA 2008.
NEW!!! Nikon Watch may have the PMA 2008 scoop on new Nikons, Coolpixies and DSLRs alike!
NEW!!! To quote a Radiohead song, when a leak becomes a lake, we have three full size Pentax K20D and K200D advertisement pictures, along with a lens-line up ad!
NEW!!! Photography Bay finds Canon 450D evidence on Amazon in the form of rings! Be sure to check Photography Bay for the latest news and rumors as they break!
NEW!!! Leakage from Russia and Korea on the Pentax K20D and Samsung GX20
NEW!!! UberGizmo reports on possible Canon 3D rumors. More at Crunch Gear, Electronista, and many other places.
NEW!!! Is this the Fuji Finepix S100 Pro? A Finepix or Fakepix?
NEW!!! Amin Foto has picked up some juicy rumors on what Leica is working on from the RF forum. Rumors for cameras for both the M-series and the R-series!
NEW!!! Is this the rumored Samsung 14mp APS-C CMOS sensor? (in German, we can't read German, so we don't know!)
NEW!!! Canon 3D and 5D Mark II rumors at Photography Bay
NEW!!! Nikon Watch deliberates on whether the Nikon digital rangefinder rumor has any legs.
NEW!!! Nikon Watch has a round-up of PMA Nikon lens rumors inspired by a forum discussion.
NEW!!! Photography Bay tracks down latest Canon Digital Rebel 450D rumor
NEW!!! Pentax K20D and Samsung GX20 rumors get a credibility boost by Adorama News Desk and Wired's Gadget Lab Blog.
NEW!!! Japan runs out of Nikon D40x (Photography Blog reports PMA Newswire story)
NEW! dpreview predictions and hopes for PMA 2008
NEW!! A recap of the 27 new digital cameras announced at CES 2008. And an evaluation of our CES 2008 predictions.
Sony Alpha A300, A500, A900 rumors
Countdown to the Pentax Dubai announcement (turned out a bridge to nowhere)
Potential Sony Alpha A200 leak via Sony Luxemburg. Update! This was officially announced at CES 2008
Our discussion of Mason Resnick's Ten Predictions for 2008, including the new Kodak sensor and a potential new digital rangefinder in 2008, along with new focusing technology.
New Nikon lens leaked? Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm VR
Nikon D60 rumors and possible pictures of the Pentax K200D
Will Leica produce their version of the Olympus E3?
Discussion of this rumor in the dpreview forums. Origin of the rumor: Zone 10.
PMA 2008 Prosumer and RAWsumer Predictions and Speculation
Over at the RAWsumer blog we have a long list of predictions, speculation, rumors, and wishful thinking in the area of prosumers and RAWsumers. This discusses potential follow-ups to the Ricoh GX100, Panasonic LX2, Fuji S9100, E900, S6000fd, Canon long-zooms, Nikon P5100, Panasonic FZ50, Kodak P880, and lots more. Just like this post, everything is speculation, predictions, rumors, and wishful thinking!
CES 2008 Predictions and Speculation
This is a brand new self-contained post covering CES 2008 Predictions and Speculations.
An Early Look at what we could see
Interchangeable Lens cameras Speculation (DSLRs, D-RF)
Nikon DSLRs and Digital Rangefinders
Pentax and Samsung DSLRs
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Fixed Lens Digital Cameras Speculation
Super and Hyper Zooms
Compact but Fun
Can't Wait? Need a camera now?
While all the speculation and rumors are exciting and fun, these cameras only live in our imaginations and perhaps the manufacturer's labs. If you want or need a camera right now, then you can pick up one from these fine retailers:
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These are rumors and speculations
In case it wasn't clear in the title, this post is a blend of rumors/rumours and speculation and predictions for PMA 2008 and beyond. This is a forward-looking speculative post, based on rumors and speculation. This is not a purchase order. Just because a hypothetical camera is mentioned here, there are no guarantees it will be an actual product. That's the whole point of rumors and speculation. And here is the Wiki page explaining what a rumor in case I wasn't able to explain it clearly :) If you are not interested in rumors/speculation, then perhaps you might be interested in the the cameras that have already been announced, in reverse chronological order.
This article is a work in progress
This is a work in progress post that will continue to be updated and grow longer and longer over time. If it grows too long, I will split it by company name, just like I did for Fauxtokina 2007.
For (f)actual news, check the PMA Newsline!
For actual news, be sure to check the official PMA Newsline.
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