Prediction: Photokina, which starts tomorrow, will mark the start of a new era in digital photography where small, stealthy, fast digital cameras that deliver high-quality images will proliferate.
That's great news for street photographers!
It's already started: Just in the past couple of weeks in the run-up to Photokina, Sony and Fujifilm announced competing sub-$1,000 interchangeable-lens cameras with 16MP sensors that have already been shown to deliver outstanding overall image quality on pricier models, eye-level electronic viewfinders placed on the left corner of the camera back, and virtually instant shutter releases.
First came the Fujifilm X-E1, a less expensive but (if the company claims hold up) a faster performing alternative to the X-Pro 1. Read all about it here. The price? $999.95—$700 less than the X Pro 1.
Sony punched back last week with the NEX-6, a less expensive but (if the company claims hold up) a faster performing alternative to the NEX-7. Read all about it here. The price? $845.95—$700 less than the NEX-7.
Are you starting to see a pattern here?
The price of street-photographer-friendly digital cameras is coming down, making street photography more affordable for a wider swath of photographers. And with Photokina starting tomorrow, I strongly suspect we will see more street-smart cameras.
I'll get back to you next week with a thoughtful round-up of new cameras from a street photography perspective.