Photokina: World of Imaging 2014

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Simply put, photokina is the largest imaging tradeshow in the world. It’s arguably also the most important, as every two years the eyes and lenses of the photography world turn to Cologne Germany. The global nature and bi-annual timing provide photokina exhibitors with a grand stage to unveil new concepts and products. And no doubt, attendees to photokina will see and experience exciting new cameras, lenses, and advances in imaging technology.

Photokina kicks off September 16, and DigitalCameraReview will have boots on the ground for hands-on previews reports on all the happenings. To get an idea of photokina’s size and importance, see what made headlines at the last photokina in 2012, and then read the reviews to learn how the products announced affected the market.


Photokina 2014

Nikon D750 Hands-on Preview

Nikon drew the biggest crowds at the Cologne Exhibition Centre, with many photokina attendees clamoring to get their hands on the new Nikon D750, the camera maker’s third full-framed DSLR of the year.

Fujifilm X100T Hands-on Preview

Fujifilm pioneered the big sensor and compact camera paradigm at photokina 2012 with its X100 model. It’s since released a successor, the X100s, and at photokina 2014 Fujifilm unveiled its third-generation device, the X100T.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Sports a One-Inch Sensor

The PowerShot G7 X is a Canon compact with a 1-inch sensor. To shutterbugs, that news should excite as the PowerShot G7 X appears to occupy that highly sought after space where DSLR output meets the simplicity and convenience of point and shoot cams.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Brings 65x Zoom

The latest arrival in the growing family of Canon SX high powered zoom cams, the PowerShot SX60 HS seems to have been made especially for the photographer who prefers to capture life from long distance.

Is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 a Camera or a Smartphone?

The proliferation of camera-enabled smartphones has taken a bite out of the camera-only industry, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 is a forthcoming device that appears ready to bite back.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Hands-on Preview

As a high-end compact camera in a market decimated by smartphone cameras and currently limited to budget options, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 was a welcome addition to photokina 2014.

Samsung NX1 Hands-on Preview

Let’s give Samsung credit for unveiling the most pleasant surprise of photokina. It managed to create a backside illuminated (i.e. BSI) APS-C format 28-mega pixel CMOS sensor for its new mirrorless NX1.

Panasonic LX100 Packs 4K Video Capability in Compact Frame

Running on a history of developing cameras with fast lenses, the LX series of shooters by Panasonic appears to have received yet another major improvement in spec design with the impending arrival of the Lumix DMC-LX100.

Canon PowerShot N2 is Yet Another Selfie Cam

Arriving just in time to ease the fears of those who worry there just aren’t enough selfie cams on the market is the forthcoming Canon PowerShot N2 — a cutesy, square shaped snapper.

Leica M Edition 60 Ditches Viewfinder, Is Absurdly Priced

There are cameras that try to go retro by sporting old school external bodies. And then there’s the Leica M Edition 60, the German manufacturer’s 60th anniversary limited edition model, which takes the whole idea of nostalgia about as far as any serious digital photographer would be willing to go.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-on Preview

It’s been ages since the first EOS 7D (5 years to be precise) but at photokina, Canon finally presented its heir: the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Samsung Goes for 4K Video Capture with NX1

Samsung is furthering its investment in 4K with the new NX1, extending it from the home theater realm to its digital imaging products, notably its DSLR lineup

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Official: Same DSLR Look, Better DSLR Specs

The mid-range DSLR market just got a long-awaited shock of excitement with the announcement of the impending arrival of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Olympus EM-1 Packs Firmware Update and Retro Looks

Retro cam bodies with futuristic guts are all the rage, and if the upcoming E-M1 from Olympus is any sign, the fad extends to photokina.

512GB SanDisk Extreme Pro Now Available, And it Isn’t Cheap

SanDisk claims its latest Extreme Pro is the “world’s highest capacity SDXC card,” and it’s hard to argue that claim. It packs 512 GB of storage, making it suitable for 4K video recording

Fujifilm Retro Cams Get a Facelift

Everything old is new again, and Fujifilm is proving it true by releasing retro looking cameras that pack all the wallop of modern day pro-level digital shooters.

Ricoh WG-M1 Takes a Licking and Keeps on Shooting

Hardcore adventurers and extreme sports enthusiasts just got one more reason to document their daring exploits without worry of damaging their expensive equipment, thanks to a new camera from Ricoh Imaging that makes other late-model adventure cams look fragile.

Nikon D750 Prosumer DSLR Official, Brings Wi-Fi and Tilting Display

After a slew of crafty leaks, Nikon has confirmed rumor mill discourse with its release of the D750, a DSLR the company says offers “superior image quality” via a 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processor.

Nikon Jumps into the Selfie-Cam Fad with New Coolpix S6900

With a name like the Coolpix S6900, you know you’re not buying a pro camera — but not everyone’s in the market for such. Some people just want to have fun, capturing the evidence of their wacky exploits on digital format.

New Pentax K-S1 Focuses on Ease of Use

Packaging advanced DSLR features into a compact, user-friendly interface, the new Pentax K-S1 looks like a marriage between camera and smartphone that could appeal to photographers of a variety of experience levels.

Fujifilm Mixes Modern Tech with Retro Style for New X30

Fujifilm has a new take on an old model, and it seems to be a fun and funky mix of modern tech and classic retro style.

Leica M-P Digital is all Black and Very Fast

German manufacturer Leica is giving its retro rangefinder cameras a makeover, ditching the classic red dot logo but sticking with the 50s-era aesthetics of its M series digital shooters.

The Olympus Selfie Cam Isn’t a Toy

Offering further evidence that the selfie craze is here to stay, the latest offering from Olympus is a compact mirrorless camera with a design intended not only to encourage more self-portrait photography, but also to enable users to achieve a higher quality result in the process.

Function and Fashion Merge for Pentax Q-S1

The newly announced Pentax Q-S1 digital camera from Ricoh Imaging occupies the space where intermediate-level functionality and fashion merge.

Sony A5100 Official with Quicker Autofocus

Can compact mirrorless cameras get any better? Sony seems to think so as it has just released the latest in its gradually evolving line of compact mirrorless cameras.

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