Dennis Hissink : March 19th 2009 - 01:01 CET
PMA report highlights
PMA report 2009 - Digital camera highlights : First thing I noticed at the start of the PMA 2009 show, was the absence of the DSLR this year. Only Olympus with the E-620 and Panasonic with its LUMIX GH1 as Micro Four Thirds system camera, play a role and that is quite striking indeed. The PMA 2009 show focused on compact cameras, or better said: the features of a compact camera. However, it doesn't mean that this year is over just yet, in fact; the year has only just started and with several important events coming up in 2010 (for example the Olympic Winter Games) we can still expect more this year. In addition, there is also the Micro Four Thirds system with which Olympus has to come out in the open. |
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH1 SLR camera
To us, the highlight at the PMA 2009 show in the segment of system cameras with exchangeable lens, is the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH1. Whereas the competitors waveringly tried to integrate video function into their cameras, Panasonic remained patient until the LUMIX GH1 could be presented with fully integrated AF tracking system, making video capture a really useful feature to the user. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH1 is already the second camera of the Micro Four Thirds system, with which Panasonic takes the lead in front of Olympus, which considers itself ready for the system in the summer of 2009.
Sony CyberShot DSC-HX1 Megazoom camera
One more player with a main role is Sony. Although many presumed Sony would come up with a new Alpha DSLR, the brand had other plans. A Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 appeared magically from the top hat, a Megazoom camera. Soon, it turned out to be much more than just a standard Megazoom, which became clear from the impressive specifications the Sony HX1 features. It leads to an action speed of 10 frames per second at a resolution of 9 Megapixels, and the image quality is decided by a high quality G-lens, among other things. Add a 1080p High Definition video to this and you have a beautiful, powerful Megazoom camera. Surprisingly, the Sony DSC-HX1 offers another unique feature; the so-called Sweep Panorama technology. Entirely automatically, a panorama picture is taken, by stitching high resolution images at high speed with a maximum resolution of 7152x1080 pixels.
Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR compact camera
There is another camera that is likely to make a difference: the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. The Fujifilm F200EXR is the world's first compact camera with an on-board Super CCD EXR image sensor. The EXR sensor was introduced at last year's Photokina show and has specific features to improve the resolution and the dynamic range. In addition, the signal/noise ratios should be improved too. It's too soon to draw conclusions, however, our first acquaintance with the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR was definitely very positive.
SDXC memory card
Although there is no equipment at this time to support this new memory card, the specifications are so impressive that we can imagine the equipment around this memory card without a problem. We're talking about the SDXC memory card. This card was hot news around the CES show and we also bumped into it at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona. Panasonic fully supports this new specification and it's merely a matter of time for the first devices that will support this card. The potential of the SDXC memory card is endorsed by the maximum storage capacity of no less than 2TB and a high processing speed of the data bus. Thinking of high resolution pictures, high speeds and high quality videos, I'm sure very good times lie ahead of us. The first SDXC memory card of 64GB is expected by the end of this year.
PMA 2009 in Las Vegas
PMA 2009 is over. We have to think about heading back to Amsterdam, but first we will explore Las Vegas for a few more days, since we haven't had a chance to actually enjoy the place. With mixed feelings we look back at the PMA 2009 show. On one hand, it is quite understandable that all is less exuberant, partly due to the economical crisis. On the other, there's a lot of good stuff in the field of compact cameras and one camera seems an exact copy of the other. We therefore appreciate and warmly welcome the Micro Four Thirds system. It's not that we claim it is invincible; it's simply a new kid on the block; fresh blood. Innovation is necessary and even more so in times when the economy is bad and markets don't seem what they were; after all, opportunities are there to become the phoenix and rise from the ashes! We are completely confident that 2009 will bring new introductions that will make us forget the slight drawback we have experienced!
PMA 2009 Booths - Digital Camera Manufacturers
• Canon digital cameras
• Casio digital cameras
• Fujifilm digital cameras
• Kodak digital cameras
• Nikon digital cameras
• Olympus digital cameras
• Panasonic digital cameras
• Pentax cameras
• Samsung digital cameras
• Sony digital cameras