What's the big idea? Three products to watch
Canon EOS 6D
Samsung and Nikon were the first to create connected cameras in 2012 that share and back-up photos to the cloud, but Canon's EOS 6D marks the debut of convenience features on a professional camera. The only D-SLR with Wi-fi and GPS, the 20.2-megapixel EOS 6D (HK$15,980) represents the first of many fully connected, smart cameras; by the end of 2013 press and professional sports photographers will be editing their own photos in-camera and e-mailing them to the office without a computer in sight.
Sony Ultra HD TV
One of the first of a new breed of Ultra HD televisions, Sony's mammoth 84-inch KDL-84x9000 (HK$218,880) represents one of the major breakthroughs of 2013. Its huge 3840x2160 achieves a resolution equivalent to more than eight megapixels, which is about four times more detail than a regular HDTV. With Sony's PlayStation 4 destined to offer Ultra HD gaming in 2014, the trickle-down to more affordable TVs starts here.
iPad Mini with Retina display
Already a huge hit in the last few months of 2012, Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini (HK$2,588) tablet is set to receive the brand's high-resolution Retina display during 2013. Designers will need to accommodate a faster processor and a bigger battery, but don't expect an increase on the iPad Mini's super-slim 7.2mm depth. Also expect a new version of the Apple TV (HK$788) with the addition of the Siri personal assistant software, which could bring voice control and web search to television at last.