He calls out two important new developments: First, the new cameras won’t have viewfinders (SLR purists everywhere have just fainted) and instead will only preview the scene through a live-view LCD.
Second, they won’t use the traditional phase-detection autofocus that makes d-SLRs so fast. Instead, they’ll use a potentially slower contrast-detection system. As Etchells writes, “This isn’t necessarily a kiss of death on the system: We’ve seen impressive improvements in digicam shutter response figures over the last couple of years, with the best of them approaching the lag times of entry-level SLRs.”
So it sounds like there may be some real breakthroughs and some potential trade-offs to the new cameras. We’ll have to wait and see.