Photokina Show Report Pt. 2

First look at the Canon G10 and EOS 5D MkII.

Continuing my report from the Photokina camera show in Cologne, Germany, I’ve had a chance to take a look at Canon’s new cameras, including the PowerShot G10 advanced compact, and the long awaited EOS 5D MkII digital SLR.

The PowerShot G10 is certainly impressive. It is a large and chunky camera the overall shape of which bears a slight resemblance to a traditional rangefinder camera such as a Leica or Voigtlander, which is bound to win it some instant fans. The display area was crowded with elderly photographers, many of whom were wearing those vests with all the pockets, and they were muttering about it being a “proper camera” while sweating slightly. It was mildly disturbing, but there’s no denying the G10 is a nice bit of kit.

It has a 1/1.7 inch 14.7MP sensor, a 5x zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to 28-140mm, and an exceptionally good three-inch LCD monitor with 461,000 dots. The camera body is all metal and the build quality is superb. It measures 109.1 x 77.7 x 45.9 mm and weighs approximately 350g, which is both larger and heavier than its predecessor the PowerShot G9.

Another new compact model sporting a 14.7MP sensor is the IXUS 980 IS, a luxury ultra-compact with a 3.7x zoom lens (equivalent to 36-133mm) and 2.5-inch 230K monitor. Canon was showing the silver version as well as a limited edition red version that looked pretty nice. It’s also available in a dead sexy matt black finish.

Also on show was the new PowerShot SX1 IS, the new flagship model of Canon’s consumer super-zoom SX series. It’s another impressive model, featuring a 10MP sensor, a 20x image-stabilised zoom lens with a focal length range of 28-560mm, and full HD video recording with stereo audio.

One of the highlights of the show was the newly-launched and long-awaited EOS 5D Mk II, the successor to Canon’s popular but aging full-frame semi-pro camera and probably at the top of Riyad’s Christmas wish-list. It’s a massively impressive camera in the flesh, and the stand where it was being shown was one of the busiest in the entire show.