Got burning questions for camera companies? We’ll get you answers at the Consumer Electronics Show


posted Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:57 PM EDT

If you could ask your favorite camera company any question you wanted, what would it be?

We landed today in Las Vegas, Nevada, for what's shaping up to be a very interesting 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Things are heating up in the enthusiast compact camera market, hybrid phase detect autofocus makes a return to fixed-lens cameras, near-field communication is here, and nothing can be taken for granted -- not even the humble shutter button.

As always, we've lined up a full schedule of interviews this week with influential executives at many of the major camera companies. There's plenty we're planning to ask them ourselves, but we want to give you, our readers, another chance to get your questions answered as well.

Remember to choose your questions wisely, though. There's little point in asking direct questions about future products or plans. For obvious reasons, manufacturers simply can't afford to tip their hand on those topics. Queries about existing products -- especially those announced at the show -- and more general questions about technologies and the future of the industry will bear much more interesting fruit!

Post your questions in the comments below, tweet them to @IR_Lab, or ask them on our Facebook page, being sure to note the company towards which your question is directed. We'll choose as many of the best questions as we can, and do our level best to get answers for you, straight from the source.

Once each interview's done, it'll be off to the transcriptionist, and then posted just as fast as we can manage. As each interview goes online, we'll link to it from this article. Be sure to check back frequently, see if your own questions made the cut, and what the manufacturers had to offer in reply.

Our interview schedule is as follows (you'll want to focus your questions on the earliest interviews first, before it's too late!):


  • Panasonic
  • Pentax


  • Canon
  • Olympus
  • Sigma


  • Nikon
  • Fujifilm