- Fewer pixels please (we care about image quality) - It's a straightforward
prediction that we'll see fourteen megapixel compacts at PMA, which in our
opinion will be yet another step back for image quality. Other than subtle
improvements in image processing overall image quality in compact digital
cameras hasn't improved since the six megapixel era, to make things worse the
marketeers have decided that high sensitivity will sell compact cameras. There's
simply no worse combination than tiny photosites and high gain. So we'd be happy
to pat any manufacturer on the back who delivers improvements in overall image
quality without the obvious step in megapixel count (great high ISO performance
will be a natural consequence of larger photosites and/or larger sensors).
- Shelf stuffing - Lastly, please, lets move away from the practice of 'shelf
stuffing'. That is producing four or five product variations on the exact same
model with very subtle differences (such as LCD screen size) with the intention
of getting more shelf space for the brand. It's counter productive as it only
leads to confuse the consumer and in these days of online purchasing the gains
of such practices must surely be questionable.
Yes, please. More of that.