Monday, August 25, 2008

The Digital Cameras of 2008 - a quick snapshot (The Year of the Wide Compact)

With the Olympics now in the rear view mirror and Photokina 2008 less than 30 days away, we are bound to start getting waves and waves of new product and vaporware announcements. So this is a good time to recap the year so far in terms of new digital camera announcements. And what a "productive" year it was!

New Digital Cameras in 2008 so far

  • 12 new DSLRs (one 35mm full frame)
  • 18 superzooms (zoom ratio 10X or more)
  • 11 non-DSLRs that support RAW natively
  • 39 start at 28mm or wider (The Year of the Wide)
  • 163 total new cameras from the major manufacturers. Yes 163!

There's even more from other regional, rebranded, and "cloned" brands! The 163 new models (CRAZY) are coming only from the manufacturers listed below:
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony, Kodak, Fuji, Olympus
  • Pentax, Casio, Panasonic, Leica, Samsung, Ricoh, Sigma, GE
  • HP is tracked but nothing new in 2008
  • One Minox model is listed (starts at 28mm wide)

Complete details of every category and model at the 2008 digital cameras round-up.


mrsfixit said...

little boxes on the store shelf
little boxes made of ticky-tacky
little boxes, little boxes, little boxes
all the same

there's a blue one and a pink one
and a green one and a silver one
and they're all made out of ticky-tacky
and they're really all the same.


Let's hope Photokina has something more interesting than these run of the mill offerings....

1001 noisy cameras said...

That was GREAT!!! And what a perfect match!!!

And just like the cameras, there are that many versions of the song as well!

mrsfixit said...

I never realized how many versions of this song there are until I started watching the tv show "Weeds" on Showtime. It's the theme song. In fact, on every episode from season 2 and on they play a different version of the song.

I've now heard it in Spanish, Russian, and Quebecois French. Not to mention a couple of rap versions. It's neat to hear a different version with each episode.

It's a classic, and as timely today as when it was written (by Malvina Reynolds n case anyone is interested)...LOL

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to "less is more".

1001 noisy cameras said...

Apparently making new-same "little boxes" every six months has higher priority than making improved cameras every 12 or 18 months :-(

Yes @ Mrs Fixit, that was a brilliant idea. And that song is stuck in my head now!