Photokina is a bi-annual event in Cologne, Germany which brings the photographic community together – everyone from manufacturers and professional shooters to casual consumers – to celebrate everything camera related.
The 2014 event ran from the 16th to the 21st of September and included some huge announcements from some of the biggest brands in the world. Here’s a sampling of the new cameras and glass on the way this year and beyond.
CANON EOS 7D MARK II
Canon unveiled their brand new 7D Mark II, the company’s latest prosumer camera follows on from the 2009 release of the 7D, which brought incredible performance (and top quality video) at a more affordable price. The 7D Mark II brings even more to the table, including a 65 point autofocus system and a 10 frames per second burst mode. There’s also a larger screen and GPS functionality, as well as a pop up flash. Available November 2014.
The rivalry between Canon and Nikon continues, though either system is so proficient these days that’s it’s little more than personal preference. For 2014, Nikon introduces one of their more interesting cameras to date, the super light D750. It weighs just 750 grams has a tilting LCD screen, Wi-Fi and space for two SD cards. A truly accessible camera that should be out before the end of the year.
PANASONIC LUMIX CM1
If you’re looking for something a little more novel, cast your eye over the Panasonic Lumix CM1. It sees Panasonic heading back into the smartphone market in a way, but its also features a massive inch 20.2 megapixel sensor and a dedicated processor to run it. So you get quad core power for running the regular Android 4.4.4 on board, and another chip to seamlessly switch to the camera. It takes great picture and is more camera than phone and is unique looking enough to be a real conversation starter.
Samsung’s mirror-less camera range gets another refresh, but this time the body looks almost as large as a regular DSLR. You can’t argue with the specs though – a 28 megapixel sensor plus 15 frames per second and 4K video and a massive 205 point autofocus system, all in a weather-sealed body. There’s also a new 50-150mm f/2.8 lens which adds extra power (and weight) to this neat camera.
SIGMA dp1 QUATTRO
Another unusual-looking entry, the dp1 Quattro sports a unique 29 megapixel Foveon Direct Image Sensor which is said to produce results equivalent to a massive 39 megapixels. Sigma says it does this by recreating every aspect of visible light like never before. The design is a singularly strange and beautiful thing and a 19mm f/2.8 lens makes the best of low light situations
In Short: Photokina 2014 has come and gone from its home in Germany for another two years, catch up with the biggest news from this photography event