Thursday, March 13, 2008

Noisy Round-up: What new digital cameras did you miss in 2008?

If you haven't been following the digital camera market in 2008, what did you miss? Well, let's take a look! Think of this as the equivalent of a season recap TV episode!

Some announcements came with a lot of noise, others were sneaked in at midnight like the Olympus E420 DSLR, and its companion 25mm pancake lens, both Four Thirds of course.

And then there was the leak of the Panasonic FX500, a camera that is similar yet a little bit different from the Panasonic FX35.

Meanwhile Amateur Photographer UK has had a series of serious of camera scoops, from the firing of the Leica CEO, to the comments by the Sigma founder that a new Sigma SD15 DSLR and new Sigma DP2 and DP3 are coming up.

One of the underdogs, Ricoh, quietly announced the Ricoh R8, a camera using the new 10mp 1/2.33" sensor, and having a versatile 28-200mm lens, in 35mm equivalency of course. This was a follow-up to their Ricoh R7, but it also borrowed some ideas and features from the more "grown up" models in the Ricoh line-up, the GX-series and the GRD-series. That was a step in the right direction in our opinion.

The K-mount got a lot of excitement, as two new DSLRs came from Pentax and a clone from Samsung. The new Pentax K20D generated a lot of buzz as it is using a new 14mp Pentax-Samsung CMOS sensor of the APS-C variety. This camera also came in Samsung flavor, the GX20. The other Pentax, the AA-based K200D, offers a 10mp sensor, found in the previous K10D model.

And speaking of Photokina, be sure to check our on-going Photokina 2008 rumors, speculations and predictions. Yes, it's more than six months away, but it's never to early, is it? :)

Reference: The complete list of the 100+ new digital cameras in 2008 so far. Because of the compression effect between CES and PMA in 2008, we had a lot of new cameras early, namely in January, so this has somewhat changed the dynamics of the market.

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