HIGHLIGHTS – PHOTOKINA 2018
The world’s largest photography show took place in Cologne in late September. Full frame mirrorless models seemed to be the big news of the event with major players taking large steps into this area.
Other highlights include the Zeiss ZX1 full frame compact (below). This android-based model has a 35mm F2 lens, 37.4MP full frame CMOS sensor, and lets you run Adobe’s cloud-based Lightroom CC photography editing service.
Fujifilm announced that it will launch a 4K capable 100Mp medium format camera with in-body stabilisation soon and also showed off its new GFX 50R medium format mirrorless with a rangefinder style body.
Ricoh announced a new development to its popular GR line-up. The upcoming GR III promises a 24MP APS-C sensor and will bring phase detection, image stabilisation and a touchscreen to the very compact 28mm equivalent camera.
The biggest news of Photokina however was Panasonic’s first full-frame mirrorless models, the new Lumix S Series. With a 35 mm full-frame image sensor, the LUMIX S1R and the S1 are equipped with the world’s first 1 4K 60p/50p video recording function and Dual IS image stabilisation system and will be available in New Zealand in early 2019.
Sony didn’t have any major announcements at Photokina, having already released several models earlier in the year. The European Imaging & Sound Association recently in fact awarded Sony the Camera of the Year award for the Sony a7 III, while the a7R III took Professional Mirrorless Camera of the Year and the Cyber-shot RX10 IV bridge camera took best superzoom model.
BEST BUY OFFERS CAMERA EXPERIENCES
US mega store Best Buy has extended the offering from its new Camera Experience Shop store-in-stores venture.
Customers can now take lessons in-store from professional photographers on shooting in low light, taking close ups or portraiture mode to get the most out of the cameras on display.
Some workshops have even offered classes on Halloween photography.
Sponsored by Canon, Nikon, Sony and GoPro, the workshops are seen as a good way to get more customers into physical stores.
BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH KODAK’S DIGITIZING BOX
Digitizing old media has never been easy but Kodak is hoping to streamline that process with its new Digitizing Box service.
In Kodak’s own words: “The Kodak Digitizing Box brings a modern version of Kodak’s yellow envelope back to customer door steps and aims to make the daunting task of digitizing ageing media easy.”
By “ageing media”, Kodak means VHS and even Beta videocassettes, Mini DV, Micro MV, tapes; Super 8, 8mm and 16mm film; slide and photo pictures; and cassette and reel to reel audio.
The Digitizing Box comes complete with prepaid shipping labels to return them to Kodak.
Users can have their digitised videos and images returned as a secure thumb drive, Digital Download or DVD set.
Their original analogue media are also returned.
SONY DSC-HX99, DSC-WX800 COMPACT CAMERAS
Sony is increasing its flagship lens line-up to 30, with the introduction of the 24mm F1.4 Prime G Master.
Engineered to deliver best in class performance across all aperture settings this lens features a compact and lightweight design with a filter diameter of 67mm.
Sony has also announced what it is calling the world’s smallest travel high zoom cameras, the DSC-HX99 and DSC-WX800 (above).
With 4K movie capability and upgraded image processor, both models are able to shoot fast-moving subjects with high frame rates.
Both feature ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-720mm High Magnification Zoom and high image quality lens packed into compact bodies.
CANON EOS R FULL FRAME MIRRORLESS SYSTEM
Now out is Canon’s new EOS R full frame mirrorless system with new RF lens mount and four compatible lenses.
All feature a customisable control ring to which a variety of key functions can be allocated. There will also be lens adaptors to enable the use of 70+ existing Canon lenses with the new EOS R system.
The new system boasts super-fast autofocus speeds, even in low light conditions, a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approximately 30.3 million effective pixels and the latest DIGIC 8 image processor, with almost every control on the EOS body customisable.
As a first for this series, EOS R features a customisable multi-function bar, which can also be personalised using a slide or touch motion for preferred settings such as ISO. It also handles 4K video.
GOPRO HERO7 ACTION CAMERA
GoPro has now put into retail its new HERO7 action camera range, comprising the Hero7 Black, HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White.
Hero7 Black is the premium model and boasts an improved stabilisation mode GoPro calls HyperSmooth. Designed to remove the need for stabilisation gimbals, videos posted online with HyperSmooth have impressed pundits so far.
Hero7 Black also has the new TimeWarp feature that gives a “magic carpet ride” feeling to time-lapse footage and can livestream to YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo and Facebook when connected to a smartphone.
FUJIFILM X-T3 MIRRORLESS CAMERA
The new FUJIFILM X-T3 has an all-new back-illuminated 26MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 image processing engine. It boasts faster image processing, increased pixels and the X Series’ highest level of image quality with a lower level of noise.
X-T3 speeds up image processing by almost three times over its predecessor and is said to be the first camera to deliver a 4K/60P 10bit output, meeting the needs of professional videographers.
PANASONIC LUMIX LX100 II COMPACT CAMERA
Panasonic has released the LUMIX LX100 II, the 7th generation model of Panasonic’s LX high-end compact camera series.
LUMIX LX100 II newly integrates a total 21.77MP sensor achieving an effective 17MP in 4:3 aspect ratio. Fine details can be precisely captured with the increased resolution of the new 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor. Together with the high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine image processor, Panasonic says it achieves image quality to rival DSLRs.
LUMIX LX100 II is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p / 25p or 24p in MP4.Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save as a 4K PHOTO.