Photokina is the world’s biggest digital imaging event and it takes place once every two years. This September we have been lucky, but the trade fair has gone by too fast. Either way, here is our Photokina 2014 news round-up, which is detailing the most exciting camera and lens launches that have occurred during this event.
Digital Bolex has finally released its Series 1 lenses. The brand new Digital Bolex 10mm, 18mm, and 38mm f/4 prime lenses are all designed for C-mount cameras and will do a fine job at capturing both stills and videos. The optics are available individually or as a set, and they can be easily mounted on Micro Four Thirds cameras.
One of the 10 finalists of the “Make It Wearable” contest by Intel is called Nixie and it has the potential of becoming one of the coolest gadgets on the market. Nixie is a lightweight camera that can be worn on your wrist. This device then unfolds to turn into a drone that flies off to capture your selfie and gets back on your hand.
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Panasonic has introduced a couple of new variations of the GM1 mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. The brand new Panasonic GM1S has been officialized in Japan in Blue and Brown colors. Although the biggest change is an aesthetic one, the GM1S does come packed with a couple of improvements over the GM1.
Panasonic has released a new firmware for the GH4 mirrorless camera, which is capable of recording 4K videos. The new Panasonic GH4 firmware update 2.0 is available as a free download right now and it brings 4K Photo mode to the Micro Four Thirds shooter. The full changelog and download links are available right here, right now!
Fujifilm is preparing to become a little more attractive to professional photographers. The talk of the town is suggesting that two new Fujifilm flash guns are reportedly in the works and that they will be unveiled in the near future. One model is said to support high-speed sync and to be announced sometime by the end of 2014.
Zeiss and Sony are rumored to expand their partnership into other areas of the digital imaging industry. According to the rumor mill, a Sony medium format camera is in the works and Zeiss is giving a helping hand. The shooter will be introduced in 2015, when it is said to be joined by a Mamiya medium format rangefinder as well.
The Leica Monochrom is rumored to get a competitor towards the beginning of 2015. It appears that Samsung will modify its NX300M mirrorless camera in order to capture only black-and-white photos. The result will be called Samsung NX Achromatic and will feature a 20.3-megapixel sensor without a Bayer array and anti-aliasing filter.
Canon is not the only company which is working on high-resolution cameras. According to the rumor mill, Sony is also planning to launch such shooters. It is said that a Sony 54-megapixel camera is coming at the beginning of 2015, while a 46-megapixel model could be released around the same timeframe.
A Canon representative has revealed that the company’s fans will hear more news about big-megapixel and mirrorless cameras in the near future. On the other hand, the rumor mill is claiming that the Canon 1D X successor will not be announced by the end of the year, as the DSLR camera will actually be revealed sometime in 2015.
After the recent rumors and speculation, the GoPro Hero4 action cameras have been announced officially. The Black Edition is here with a proper 4K video recording mode, while the Silver Edition comes packed with a touchscreen. The announcement has been topped with an entry-level Hero that will retail for a low price.
GoPro is rumored to announce the new Hero4 action cameras in the near future. However, the company has more plans for its upcoming launch event. Inside sources have leaked the photos and specs of an entry-level GoPro Hero camera, which will not record 4K videos and will not have WiFi, but will be available at a low price.
Sony will allegedly introduce a replacement for the RX10 in mid-October 2014. Ahead of the purported launch event, the rumor mill has managed to leak some of the Sony RX20 specs as well as the price that consumers will have to pay for this bridge camera. One of the biggest improvements will consist of 4K video recording.