This year’s Photokina has rocked the photography world with more releases than one could shake a stick at. Here’s what’s happened.
Canon put the rumour world to bed just before the show kicked off. The EOS 6D was announced as their entry level full frame DSLR, and that’s exactly what it is. Canon have also refreshed their top end compact range with the new G15, S110 and SX50 HS. With 4 new cameras come 6 new printers. For the professionals out there you’ve got a pair of new top of the range A3+ printers in the Pixma Pro-10 and Pixma Pro-100. Canon also released 3 new A4 printers to the Pixma IP range, one simple A4 photo printer and two new multipurpose units. The final new printer is the Selphy CP900 portable photo printer. Making the most of the Powershot S110’s in built Wifi the CP900 allows you to wirelessly print your images.
Following suit Nikon got their announcements in early. The new Nikon D600 was announced and launched within a week, joining the Nikon 1 J2 and Nikon Coolpix S800c as their new products. The D600 is Nikon’s answer to an entry level full frame camera, yet supports more features similar to their high end models than the Canon EOS 6D does. The Nikon 1 J2 is another compact system camera to entice amateur users, whilst the S800c merges smart phone technology with a big lens. The S800c is probably the most exciting of the three launched, giving an insight into the future of the compact camera market.
Sony users have had their prayers answered in the form of the Sony Alpha 99, the worlds first full frame DSLT camera. Some may be disappointed with the lack of optical viewfinder but it is time to accept that SLT is the future for Sony. Also announced was the NEX 6, taking all the best parts of the NEX 7 and new NEX 5R, with built in WiFi, PlayMemories apps and an inbuilt viewfinder. The NEX 5R is worthy of note, if only for how quickly it got swept under the carpet in favour of the NEX 6. There was also the matter of the worlds first 35mm full frame compact camera, the Sony RX1. We posted a little video on that one.
The most exciting launch for me. Fuji unveiled the new Fuji X series camera, the X-E1. Featuring many of the benefits of the X-Pro 1, sacrificing an optical viewfinder in favour of a smaller form factor. With the long awaited zoom lenses available for the Fuji X system and now a smaller, more affordable body, this could be the camera to own if you’re looking for great quality without the DSLR size.
Announced a range of new lenses with emphasis on crisp design and stunning optics. Can’t wait to actually see these in the flesh. Top of the list, 35mm f/1.4. More info to follow.