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So here we go, last predictions post and then back to the rumors (it's been quiet).
What's going on in PowerShot?
I don't think there's going to be too much revolutionary from Canon. They make the best selling compacts on earth and that probably won't change. I think we'll see a couple new models.
The G12 will be announced next summer and will probably be about the same with the addition of HD video. Could we see a CMOS sensor added to the camera? It's possible. There's always a few “G”Mos rumors floating around.
I don't expect any large sensor G series camera.
The S90 is doing quite well for Canon and will have an incremental update next summer. HD Video most likely. I don't see a 2nd “S” series camera added to the lineup.
The D10 and it's love/hate design has been a huge success for Canon. I expect a D20 with an array of colors and HD video. The accessory kit for $100+ was a stupid idea.
I could also see an elph sized waterproof camera. Perhaps with a 3 meter rating and slim design.
There will be an update to the SX200 that will probably be incremental. The camera has sold quite well. It needs a bit of a boost in image quality and the popup flash annoys people.
There will be an SX130 I expect, we know how I feel about that camera. Hey, it's cheap with a big zoom.
SX20 IS will get another incremental upgrade. Canon sells so many of these cameras. I can't help but think they're going to lithium battery these cameras eventually. Another chipped battery. I'm personally a AA fan for the line.
A lot of people were upset when manual controls were removed from the A series. I can see a 2100 update getting the manual controls back, but not the 1100 update.
I also expect to see an “A” series camera with an articulating screen come back. I think a lot of people missed it.
A480 update will be…. zzzz
A very popular series of cameras. I think the most creative stuff will appear here.
I can see an ELPH with the G11/S90 sensor announced soon. Perhaps with 5x zoom.
I think we're going to see a small 8x zoom camera launched sometime this year. No other large zoom ELPH camera will be introduced.
The touchscreen camera will get a facelift. It needs some more creative uses for the touchscreen like Nikon has.
The SD780 and Sd1200 will receive subtle upgrades. I could see the screen getting larger on both and the optical viewfinder removed.
As I mentioned earlier, perhaps a waterproof ELPH.
E & TX Series
I can't even wager a guess if Canon will try to resurrect these lines. I do know of a few TX1 fans. I haven't met an E1 fan. :)
I don't predict anything too crazy.
I think we'll see a 580 EX II replacement or an addition to the flash lineup above it. ETTL3 metering. I also expect a higher guide number.
I expect the cameras could receive firmware upgrades for such a flash if needed. I'd be interested to see if the 1D Mark IV has any firmware clues about a new flash.
The 430EX II and 270EX will remain current.
What the heck, I predict we'll see a GPS addon for Photokina for the EOS line. :)
This is more of a wish. I want to see DPP redone and have an interface line Aperture & Lightroom. I love the quality of files I get from DPP, I just hate using it.
That's it, that's all. Predictions done. If I hit 50% correct, I'll consider that a success.
Enjoy 2010 and good look in all your photography endeavours.