Pre-Photokina has brought an avalanche of new cameras this morning, most of them "refreshments"—updated versions of existing designs.
However, many of those updates are for important and popular camera models. Leading this category are the Panasonic GH3 and the Canon S110. The latter is an update of the bestselling S90/S95/S100 series of pocket compacts that so many people have liked so much. Funny, though, that the series seems to have become a little anachronistic already, superseded by several new cameras, most notably the hot-selling Sony RX100 with its much larger sensor. (I admit to remaining pretty enamored of the RX100 since using Ken's in Chicago.)
In my recent queries asking about which small cameras people loved best, the Panasonic GH2 came through as a particular favorite of those who use it. After a long wait, Panasonic has announced the GH3. The camera has grown, and solidifies its appeal to videographers. They became the biggest fans of the GH2 over its lifetime.
Also updated is the venerable Canon G series, with the G15. This is an ancient line in the digital world, dating from the early 2000s when the category was hotly competitive. Since its reintroduction, the G-series has seemed to follow fashions rather than trying to optimize features in one camera. This time, it gains a faster lens but loses the articulated viewing screen. It's nice that this useful sole-survivor model hasn't succumbed to the advent of the larger-sensor variant, the G1X, however.
For its part, Olympus has updated its Pen series with the Pen E-PL5 and E-PM2. Having shot with the OM-D for a couple of months now, I can say with feeling that the best thing about it is its image quality. If the new smaller and less expensive Pens get some of that good IQ trickling down from above, it will be a very good thing.
There's some exciting news in the world of printers, too—Canon's leading consumer model the Pro-1 (review in progress) has spawned Pro-10 (pigment) and Pro-100 (dye) spinoffs. Check Imaging-Resource for the skinny.
And speaking of that, I know that our readers who are passionate about new cameras are off at the big camera review sites like Imaging-Resource and Dpreview today, which is after all as it should be. Nevertheless, I'll follow this later on (more likely tomorrow morning) with a few thoughts about the several all- or mostly-new cameras that hove into view today.
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