Photokina 2014 highlights

Digital Cameras

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Canon Powershot G7 X and Sony Cyber-shot RX1...

For the past few years, Sony's RX100 has been the go-to device if you want a pocketable compact camera with a zoom lens – that also offers a massive step up from your smartphone. But now the Cyber-shot RX100 III looks like it has some competition in the shape of the recently-announced Canon Powershot G7 X. Gizmag compares the specs and features of the would-be pocketable compact champions.  Read More

Inventor Mees Baayen demonstrates the Ultra Allround kit rig (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Camcorder and stills camera rigs can be complex, heavy and bulky affairs. Dutch inventor Mees Baayen has designed a modular camera rig system which breaks down into components that can be carried in the pockets of a user's shirt, trousers or jacket. The robust Ultra kit rigs are so versatile that Baayen says he's still discovering new ways to use them.  Read More

Jobo's LensTrue hardware on show at Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Image manipulation software like Photoshop can be used to correct perspective distortion in photographs. But, says Germany's photo equipment veteran Jobo, the results can only ever be something similar to real proportions, and approximating perspective by sight and experience is time-consuming and cumbersome at best. The LensTrue system combines an electronic inclinometer that sits underneath the user's camera with advanced software that automatically deskews the captured RAW image to the correct perspective.  Read More

The PowerShot G7 X at Photokina (Image: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Taking high-quality images with a pocket camera has always been a challenge, but technology is catching up. The case in point are the three newly revealed models in Canon’s PowerShot line, headlined by the 20.2-megapixel PowerShot G7 X.  Read More

The Hasselblad H5D-50c with Wi-Fi is, as the name suggests, a Wi-Fi enabled version of its...

Hasselblad is showing off a new Wi-Fi enabled version of its H5D-50c camera at Photokina. But don't worry if you've recently splashed out on the original, as the new medium format shooter will be offered to current H5D-50c owners for a €500 (or US$1,000 in the US) upgrade fee, for a limited time. It also boasts a number of additional non Wi-Fi feature enhancements which will be available to all H5D-50c cameras via a firmware upgrade.  Read More

The Leica S (Type 007) will be the new flagship S-series model (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Leica has used Photokina to reveal its new medium format line-up by announcing two new models. The new flagship Leica S (Type 007) brings the benefits of a CMOS sensor and features a wide ISO range, faster continuous shooting and 4K video recording, while the entry-level Leica S-E offers users a slightly more affordable way of getting into medium format Leica photography.  Read More

The Polaroid Socialmatic camera is scheduled for release in late 2014/early 2015

ADR Studio first revealed the Socialmatic concept design back in 2012. A year later Polaroid announced that the chunky photo sharing and printing camera would hit stores by the close of 2014. When Gizmag visited the company's booth at Photokina, that shipping target looks to have been refined again, with a possible "in time for the holidays" window being replaced by a probable Q1 2015 release.  Read More

The extendable PowerPole has a 5,400 mAh battery built in, allowing for up to eight hours ...

Even with the beefed up battery of GoPro's Hero3+, there's always the possibility of the camera cutting out right as the action heats up. Living out this scenario on the powder-coated ski hills of California led the team at Polar Pro to explore ways of not just extending battery life, but doing so without interruption. The result is the PowerPole, an extendable pole-mount with around five GoPro batteries worth of juice packed inside.  Read More

Canon has finally revealed the EOS 7D Mark II (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

The Canon 7D Mark II has been a long time coming, but it looks like it could have been worth the wait. Aimed at photographers who have a need for speed, the new top-of-the-line APS-C format DSLR features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a new sophisticated autofocus system with 65-point cross-type AF points, and is capable of capturing a blistering 10 frames per second.  Read More

The NX1 CSC with the new dust- and splash-resistant 50 - 150 mm F2.8 NX mount telephoto le...

Samsung today announced a new mirrorless camera that was designed by professionals for professionals. The NX1 features the latest DRIM image engine, a brand new 28 megapixel BSI sensor, super quick autofocus and a high ISO sensitivity range. The new pro level camera is also capable of 4K video recording and can send UHD footage to a high resolution TV wirelessly.  Read More

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