Several digital imaging product makers are expected to announce new cameras over the following weeks, including Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus.
There is a huge competition in the digital camera market. There are a lot of companies trying to convince photographers that their gear is better than the rest. Things have become harder after the economic crisis began, as sales have dropped dramatically.
However, the Japanese makers have continued to develop new products, as the other solution is to give up and that is unacceptable. The next few weeks are very important for several manufacturers, as the rumor mill is suggesting that at least three companies will release new cameras.
Sony NEX-7n coming soon with a 3.8-million dot electronic viewfinder
The first is Sony, which will finally reveal the NEX-7n camera as a successor for the discontinued NEX-7 mirrorless shooter.
The Sony NEX-7n has been rumored before. The camera is expected to feature a dual OLED electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.8-million dots. Each OLED EVF is said to have 1.9 million dots and the pair will significantly reduce the VF lag present in some current models.
Sources familiar with the matter say that the Sony NEX-7n release month is May 2013, while the pricing details and other specs have not been mentioned.
Panasonic LF1 and G6 to be announced this April
Up next comes Panasonic, which has recently introduced the Lumix GF6 camera. The new Micro Four Thirds shooter will be joined by two new devices sometime by the end of April.
Panasonic LF1 is the first of the two cameras and it will feature a fixed-zoom lens and an integrated viewfinder. It will serve as a high-end compact camera, while the other one will be called Panasonic G6, the successor of the Lumix G5.
The specifications lists are still scarce, but more details are expected to be revealed soon.
Olympus E-PL6 replacing E-PL5 sooner than expected
Another Japan-based corporation expected to unveil a new camera is Olympus. A source is indicating that the E-PL6 Micro Four Thirds shooter will replace the E-PL5 less than a year after the E-PL5’s introduction on the market.
The E-PL5 has been announced in September 2012, along with a 16.1-megapixel image sensor, continuous mode of up to 8 frames per second, flip-up 3-inch touchscreen, and full HD video recording among others.
On the other hand, the Olympus E-PL6 is expected to become available in the near future in four colors, that is, Black, Red, Silver, and White.