The latest announcements from Canon aren't exactly receiving a lot of positive feedback in my inbox. The G1 X with an EVF for $1000 seems to be irking a lot of people. For that price, the camera needs to be the absolute best in the segment, and I think that's going to be a hard thing to achieve.
To a lot of people, the resources put into the G1 X II would have probably been better served by moving the EOS M into the mainstream. The M2 isn't coming to North America, and I highly doubt a lot of G1 X II cameras are going to sell at the introduction price of $799. When the camera is $499, things will probably be different.
We're told between March and August that Canon will start to announce products that make sense and will be popular.
The EOS 7D Mark II will finally be unveiled and should be in your eager hands by the fall of 2014. It will set a new benchmark in the APS-C segment.
A lot of new lenses are coming, the biggest being a replacement of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS. We're told that could be announced as early as March, but availability will not be immediate.
A third DSLR will be announced in 2014, though we're not sure what that will be.
The Cinema EOS line will see a new camera or two for NAB in April, we're told a lower cost 4K camera will be the star of the show.
There will also be another few PowerShot cameras announced sometime between now and May. Included in that will be the replacement to the SX50 IS.
Things haven't been too exciting for Canon since the introduction of the very good EOS 6D, but even that started with a whimper. We're told to expect a lot of exciting products throughout 2014 and that the Canon customer will be happy with the direction of the company.
More to come….