Olympus faux-technical sounding names

Started Feb 11, 2014 | Discussions thread
Sean Nelson
Sean Nelson Forum Pro • Posts: 12,986
Re: The letters are not the problem. It's the numbers.

RoelHendrickx wrote:

What would be logical is a numerical succession (higher number is newer edition), while e.g. keeping the numbers with one digit for the top range, two digit for the simplified range.

Nikon was on that path (D3, D70, D300) until they issued the D700 and D800 that trumps the double-digits.

At one point or another, all camera manufacturers seem to reach the end of logic in camera naming. One would wonder how and why they could not design a naming scheme and stick to it.

I like Panasonic's scheme best. "G" indicates their M43 camera line, the next letter indicates the tier or body style, and the number indicates the generation of the camera. It's dead simple, easy to understand, and leaves plenty of room for them to add new styles or tiers without messing up the relationship to existing cameras.  IMHO the only thing they've done wrong is to use the "GX" prefix for two quite different camera types.  Perhaps "X" means "experimental" in their mind.

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