Camera manufacturewrs have had a dismal record of product naming. They obviously did not forsee the rapid development of digital cameras, and thought that like film cameras, they might pop out a new model every 10 years.
They really need to develop a better plan for naming models.
Well, they went from S80 to S90 to S95 . . . S100 is not inevitable . . .
Honestly, I don't see what's wrong with the MK version. Hell, Honda is so much better than GM just from sticking to a naming convention alone. The current accord is informally the 8th generation . . . which is perfectly fine as insiders all know what it means, and you can quickly find out with a google search.
Maybe camera manufacturers have wanted to keep people on the upgrade path.
Maybe they think people will get confused if, for instance, an EOS5D was different depending on the model year of the camera.
On the other hand Apple stick with "Macbook" "Macbook Pro" etc. and refresh them every so often, and nobody gets confused, and everybody still wants the latest and greatest. (On the other hand, Apple have a problem coming when they run out of big cats.)
Canon have a bigger problem:
- Powershot G13 - I think not!
- What comes after Powershot S99? (S96 has no ring to it anyhow)
- What comes after the EOS 950D?
- What comes after the EOS 90D?
Canon have painted themselves into a corner. Nikon will take a little bit longer to hit the same problem...