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Photokina 2014: All the latest from Canon, Panasonic and more


Photokina 2014

Photokina 2014 is now underway, bringing together the biggest names in photographic equipment to Cologne, Germany for a celebration of all things clicky and snappy.

It's especially noteworthy because, despite being the world's biggest photography equipment show, it only takes place every other year. This makes Photokina just that little bit more special than other, more frequent tech shows.

Here's what we've seen so far from the biggest names in photography at this year's Photokina.

Canon at Photokina 2014

The rumours had it spot on - the Canon EOS 7D Mk II has been announced. This follow-up to the famous 7D offers another professional-grade APS-C DSLR, but adds a new blazing-fast 65-point autofocus system and dual processors.

Otherwise, the 7D Mk II is pretty old school, with no Wi-Fi or NFC and a fixed 3-inch display.

MORE: Canon EOS 7D Mk II hands-on


Elsewhere, Canon announced an exciting new Sony RX100 III rival in the Canon Powershot G7 X. Just like Sony's popular premium point-and-shoot, the GX7 features a 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor and a manual control ring.

It also has zoom lens with an f/1.8 aperture, but there's no pop-out viewfinder or tiltable LCD display here. What it does have that the RX100 III doesn't is a dedicated manual control for exposure compensation.

MORE: Canon Powershot G7 X hands-on


Nikon at Photokina 2014

As it turned out, the Nikon D750 was revealed several days ahead of Photokina's kick-off date. It didn't offer any real surprises, supplying the middle point between the D610 and the D810 that we were expecting.

It's notable for being smaller and lighter than either of the aforementioned cameras, as well as for being the first full-frame Nikon SLR to offer built-in Wi-Fi. It also gets a tilty screen.

MORE: Nikon D750 Hands-on


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Panasonic at Photokina 2014

Panasonic has launched a fixed-lens Micro Four Thirds camera, and it's called the Panasonic LX100.

The LX100 features full manual controls on a relatively compact camera, including an aperture control ring and dedicated shutter speed control, as well as a fixed f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens and a built-in viewfinder.

Panasonic has also revealed a follow-up to the GM1, as predicted, but it's not called the GM2. The Panasonic GM5 is an impressive-looking Micro Four-Thirds CSC with improved manual controls - perhaps the biggest criticism of the GM1 - and an electronic viewfinder.

MORE: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 hands-on


Elsewhere, Panasonic has surprised everyone by launching the Panasonic CM1, an Android smartphone with a whopping great camera stuck on the back. Or is it a compact camera with an Android phone stuck on the back? It certainly looks more like a camera than a phone, thanks to the presence of a huge 20-megapixel 1-inch image sensor much like the Sony RX100 range and a manual control dial.

On the Android phone front it's not too shabby either, with a 4.7-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 801 CPU. The only question is, do people want such a peculiar hybrid device?

MORE: Panasonic CM1 hands-on


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Fujifilm at Photokina 2014

Fujifilm has already splurged its Photokina 2014 collection, and it seems the rumour mongers were spot on. The Fujifilm X100T is the X100S follow-up we were expecting, with a unique hybrid viewfinder. Fuji's calling it "the world's first electronic rangefinder" thanks to its ability to overlay a view of the focus area in the viewfinder.

Otherwise it looks to be a familiar package, with a 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II APS-C image sensor, an EXR Processor II image processor, and a 23mm f/2 fixed lens.


The Fujifilm X30 was announced some weeks ago now, of course, with a new electronic view finder and the same the same 12-megapixel 2/3-inch X-TransTM CMOS II image sensor as the X20.


The company has also launched a new wide-format instant film camera. The Instax Wide 300 is slightly lighter and easier to hold than the 210 it replaces, but otherwise it looks pretty similar.

Samsung at Photokina 2014

Samsung is still fighting for credibility in the camera market, but it could appears to have taken a considerable step forward in that regard with the announcement of the Samsung NX1.

This compact system camera includes a totally new 28.2-megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor (the highest resolution yet in this kind of sensor) in a sleek magnesium alloy CSC shell, and a 2,260k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder. This will bring about a considerable step forward in image quality, as well as super-fast AF and 4K video recording.

Yes, it looks set to give the Sony A6000 a bloody nose, as rumoured, but it could also give those DSLR big-boys Nikon and Canon a fright.

MORE: Samsung NX1 hands-on


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Mike D

August 30, 2014, 4:27 pm

"Canon has promised "its most interactive environment ever". "Nikon is setting out to "educate and inspire"". Nice. Sure beats introducing new cameras (and lenses) that are what their customers want with increased connectivity in an era where smartphones are poised to take over most of the traditional photographic equipment market.


September 1, 2014, 1:59 am

Nikon and Canon are no longer the innovators in digital photography. All eyes are on Sony, Olympus and Fuji. Canikon can continue to "inspire" but what I want is better equipment, less boundaries. I think it's obvious who's doing that now.


September 1, 2014, 6:34 pm

Heck, Pentax might show up too.. heard of them much?


September 17, 2014, 6:23 pm

Will someone PLEASE ASK CANON to adopt a different, completely new naming scheme for their hundreds of models?! Please, Canon, ditch the ABC 650 Mark III Mark IV etc. in favor of a simplified, more elegant, more sophisticated nomenclature!
And the rest of the lot have disappointed big time with their new offerings, with the exception of Leica, of course, which debuted its new M limited edition 60. Astonishingly, it sells for less than $500,000. But give Leica time, they will surely come up with a new model to hit the stands with a price tag just under $5 million. Serious photography is slowly becoming a truly elitest hobby for the truly well-heeled.


September 17, 2014, 6:24 pm

For all the rumors about a new RX1S / RX2, or medium format from Sony, there was nothing but YAWNNN to report! BORING!


September 17, 2014, 6:27 pm

Yeah, I can't believe it. It's a total bore fest. Nothing about A mount cameras....no cameras period. We were rumored about a monochrome FE, possible A99II with 36MP and now we're being told not until an announcement in January. After Sony's financial announcement today it's clear they are also in a heat of trouble. 2 Billion dollar losses have to come from somewhere.


September 18, 2014, 12:56 am

The only "bloody nose" that Samsung NX1 will create is amongst it's potential client base at 'open wallet time', especially if they want a lens as well.

The Sony A6000 is £590 now, with an adequate 16-50 provided in one box, both bits will fit into pockets when separated and when combined can deliver very good images for enthusiasts and happy snappers alike.
The only inference I can draw from your last sentence is a reference to claimed fast auto focus speeds for the A6000 in burst mode.
Is that what you were alluding to?

I believe though, that they will inhabit very different worlds.
I hope you can get an NX1 in for a full review, soonish please.

Marco Gabriele Pini

September 18, 2014, 8:00 am

wow Samsung! now canikon hi hi

Marco Gabriele Pini

September 18, 2014, 8:01 am

Samsung is BIG!!!

Marco Gabriele Pini

September 18, 2014, 8:02 am

canon with 7d mkii : bleah!! nikon with d750 : bleah!!now for canon and nikon begin the fallen!!!

Justin Dean Lewis

September 19, 2014, 5:22 pm

Are you serious? Glad I kept my A99 instead of selling it for the supposed rumors of A99 ll. Also, I see a lot of a mount to e mount. When does Alpha get a converter like Metabones for all the Emount lenses so I can use them on my A mount? Come on Sony, quit being biased and trying to starve out the Alpha Mounts!

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