Sunday, August 23, 2009

Week in review (August 16 to 23 2009)

Welcome to another edition of the short but sweet week-in-review! So, let's get started!

The Big Story: Canon Powershots strike back
It looks like Canon is taking its challengers seriously because all of the six new Powershots announced have existential merits. In a world of shiny-silver-clones, it is very rare to have a six-camera litter where every camera can be justified.

The star of the show was the surprise, the S90 IS, a camera that resurrects the S-series and takes on the LX3 head-on.

The G11 was also a mild-surprise as it grew a tilting LCD-display and showing shocking megapixel-restraint as it downshifted to a new 10mp 1/1.7" Sony sensor that promises noise and dynamic-range improvements.

The SX20 is and SX120is follow-up their predecessors with no alarms and no surprises and that's not a bad thing, since both were well-received cameras out there.

The six-pack concludes with two wide-angle Elphs, something rare so far in the Canon world. In-fact the wide-bodied SD980is is the first Elph to go 24mm wide, while the SD940is is a more traditional boxy-Elph that starts at 28mm wide.

Other New Cameras
In addition to the six Canons, Ricoh announced the CX2, a 28-300mm upgrade to the CX1, and a healthy 50K/month initial production output.

Not new, but grounded was the Leica S2, as Leica committed to an actual shipping month!

Impact Review
The Pentax K-7 review at Imaging Resource was the impact review of the week, as not only has it given us more insight in the K-7, but also is a great test-case in pointing out the challenges of a traditional camera review when dealing with a multi-dimensional plane of evaluation and use-case parameters.

The Community Feed is live!
We love experimenting, and one such experiment went live this week, the Community Feed, that spotlights the latest posts from the photography-priority websites and blogs of our readers. It is open to websites big and small. You can also check out all participating blogs at this community feed index page.

The Shocker
In a rather strange turn of events, the Hoya CEO dropped a casual cherry-bomb: He claimed that Pentax alone can't survive in the long-run. This obviously generated a lot of discussion.

For more
For more be sure to check the August archives, along with a stream of the latest post from all the Noisy Blogs.

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