In early 2004 a bunch of different manufacturers all announced cameras with eight megapixels; except for Sony, which pioneered the field by delivering theirs in December 2003. And you know what they say about pioneers - they're the ones with the arrows in their backs.
Since there are so many new cameras all of a sudden, I thought I'd make a little table to keep them straight.
|sensor size||FL (35mm eq.)||lens speed||weight||reviews||other|
|Sony DSC-F828||2/3"||28-200mm (7X)||f2.0-2.8||35 oz.||SD DP IR DC||four-color sensor|
|Nikon Coolpix 8700||2/3"||35-280mm (8X)||f2.8-4.2||17 oz.||SD DP IR DC||ED glass|
|Canon PowerShot Pro1||2/3"||28-200mm (7X)||f2.4-3.5||19.2||SD DP DC||UD glass & fluorite|
|Olympus C-8080||2/3"||28-140mm (5X)||f2.4-3.5||23.3 oz.||SD DP IR DC||ED glass|
|Minolta DiMAGE A2||2/3"||28-200mm (7X)||2.8-3.5||20 oz||SD DP DC||image stabilization, megapixel EVF|
I'm surprised to find that all five have the same size sensor. The Sony has been criticized for noisy images, which are presumably caused by cramming too many pixels into a too-small sensor. It will be interesting to see whether the other four cameras have similar noise issues.