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5 most important announcements from Photokina 2016

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Photokina happens only once every two years, so you can imagine how big it is for camera brands who want to show off their latest products. For reference, the event in 2014 introduced two DSLR cameras still widely used today: the full-frame Nikon D750 and the high-performance Canon EOS 7D Mark II. There’s a lot to cover this year, so here’s a compilation of the biggest announcements made at Photokina 2016, in no particular order.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

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Although it’s still under development with no release date or expected price, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 is one of the biggest hits at the show because of its 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. That’s amazing for a camera with a relatively small Four Thirds image sensor, and it follows up on the already great GH4 that was released almost two years ago.

There’s also a “6K Photo” mode, but it’s probably not what you think it is. All it can do is extract 18-megapixel stills from burst shots or 8-megapixel photos from the aforementioned 4K footage, which is still quite impressive for such a compact interchangeable-lens camera. The GH5 should be in stores by early 2017.

Fujifilm GFX 50S

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Medium format cameras are a rarity at consumer shows, so it’s nice to see Fujifilm take a crack at it with the GFX 50S. Despite its bland looks, there’s a 51.4-megapixel sensor that’s 1.7 times bigger than a full-frame DSLR’s waiting inside, as well as a brand-spanking new G lens mount system. It’s really light for its kind too, with a mirrorless body that weighs only 800g.

The GFX 50S is going to be crazy expensive, but for early adopters, the selection of lenses is quite good for a fresh system. There’ll be six to choose from, consisting of one 32-64mm f/4 lens and prime lenses spanning 23mm f/4 to 120mm f/4. Rest assured, this is a medium format camera you’d love to have both in a studio and outside your house.

Sony A99 II

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Sony has had enormous success with its full-frame mirrorless A7 series of cameras, making the A99 II announcement a bit of a surprise. If you’re not familiar with the A99 lineup, we can’t blame you; the latest is a full-frame SLT camera just like its predecessor, meaning it uses a translucent mirror instead of a slapping one like in every SLR. Sony continues to believe there’s a market for this, but it comes at a hefty price.

For $3200 (body only), you get a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, continuous shooting at 12 frames per second, and 5-axis in-body image stabilization. The A99 II will be out in November, which is a long four years after the release of the original A99. Time will tell how well an SLT will be received in this day and age.

GoPro Karma

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While it wasn’t technically unveiled at Photokina — GoPro made its announcement simultaneously in the US — the Karma is the most fascinating drone to come out this week. It’s designed to be foldable for easy storage during trips, and is compatible with the Hero 4 and new Hero 5 series.

The package comes with a gamepad-like Karma controller for flying the drone, a Karma grip for smooth handheld shooting on its 3-axis stabilization, and a Karma case for traveling convenience. It’s a fantastic deal when you consider the $799 price tag for the whole set. GoPro also claims that it’s beginner-friendly, so it may be a sweet investment for newbies of flying drones.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Just like the Panasonic Lumix GH5, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is still under development and doesn’t have a release window or price yet. What we do know is that it’ll be Olympus’ best mirrorless camera once it’s released. Fast shooting speeds at high resolutions is its strong suit.

With autofocus active, the new E-M1 can shoot 18 frames per second at full resolution; if you’re using manual focus, an amazing 60 shots per second can be achieved, as if you’re shooting a video but with high-resolution photos. Inside, there’s a 20.4-megapixel image sensor capable of 4K movie recording — a first for Olympus. Overall, this shooter is really good at pushing pixels quickly.

Honorable mentions

It’s no surprise that Photokina 2016 has been absolutely packed with big announcements. Aside from the main highlights, SanDisk also announced its 1TB SDXC card, which probably has more storage than your laptop and tablet combined. As mentioned earlier, GoPro also has a new pair of action cameras in the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session. Lastly, there’s the Leica-lookalike Yi M1 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from Xiaoyi, but it won’t be available outside of China for now.

If you’re interested in any of the listed gadgets, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll work on more coverage for them in future articles.

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Hasselblad’s new medium-format camera shoots 400MP photos

Each image file is 2.4GB!

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Did you ever feel like the resolution of your smartphone or camera’s pictures weren’t enough? Has the thought of needing 400 megapixels ever crossed your mind?

Unless your phone is from tech’s stone age or you’re a professional photographer (a really serious one), you’re likely to say no to both. Fortunately, Hasselblad doesn’t care what you, I, or other regular folks think, and has released a monstrous 400-megapixel medium-format camera.

You read that correctly: The H6D-400c MS is a real camera with an incredibly high resolution output and equally astounding price tag. This behemoth costs a whopping US$ 47,995 or EUR 39,999 (and that’s only for the body without any lenses).

See it from all angles in this official video:

You’ll notice that the 53.4 x 40mm image sensor (that’s much larger than the full-frame sensors we’re accustomed to) has only 100 megapixels on it, but the 400-megapixel outputs actually come from a technique called multi-shot.

The camera takes four 100-megapixel shots with slight shifts in pixels to produce one 23200 x 17400-pixel photo, which is equal to 400 megapixels. As you can imagine, the file size would be massive — a single TIFF image is 2.4GB! You could easily fill up a 1TB hard disk during a single photo shoot.

This clearly isn’t for regular consumers. Only pros who need to capture every single detail of a subject and post-process on a large monitor would be interested in such a camera.

If you’ve reached this point and are seriously considering one, pre-orders are already being accepted and shipping begins in March.

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Quick look: Kodak’s instant cameras and printers

Kodak has cute gadgets they want you to try

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At CES 2018, we got to try out a number of Kodak devices — and by that, I mean we got to play with their instant cameras and printers!

Here’s what the famous camera brand has to offer:

PRINTOMATIC Instant Camera

Announced just last year, it’s the first Kodak-branded camera in recent years. This gadget instantly prints photos on sticker paper — a fun spin on yesteryears’ instant cameras (and pretty reminiscent of Polaroid’s Snap).

These cute devices use ZINK Photo Paper. It prints faster and there’s no ink involved! The PRINTOMATIC comes in original Kodak yellow and gray. It retails for US$ 70.

Mini Shot Instant Print Camera

This 10-megapixel instant camera does not only print sticker photos, it also houses a screen that allows you to preview and edit what you’re about to print. You can also connect to your phone via Bluetooth and edit away with the Kodak Mini Shot App.

Unlike the PRINTOMATIC, this teeny device uses an all-in-one ink and paper cartridge. Basically, it’s a tiny printer that does CMYK printing (how normal printers work) which ensures better quality prints. It comes in black, white, and the original Kodak yellow and retails for US$ 100.

Photo Printer Dock

A mini-printer designed specifically for your smartphone! You can dock you phone and print 4×6-inch photos. Aside from the dock, it’s Wi-Fi-enabled and has a USB port for transferring data. This device retails for US$ 140.

Mini Instant Photo Printer

This portable printer is even smaller. Connect with your phone via NFC Tap and Wi-Fi and voila, all the prints you want! It retails for US$ 100.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: Polaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

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Panasonic Lumix GH5S is great for low-light photography

Get your wallets ready!

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Panasonic just announced the newest addition to its camera roster, and it will have content creators screaming, “take my money!”

Unveiled at CES 2018, the Lumix GH5S is a hybrid mirrorless camera and a variant of last year’s highly popular GH5.

The GH5S has half the number of megapixels, down from 20.3 to 10.2, but for good reason — larger pixels means better low-light performance. Sony does the same thing, offering its A7 full-frame mirrorless camera in a few skews, including its high-resolution (42.4MP) A7R and lower resolution/high ISO (12.2MP) A7S models.

Panasonic is also talking up new tech called Dual Native ISO that helps the camera achieve low-light photos and videos with less noise.

It’s also the world’s first 4K 60p video recording camera in Cinema 4K.

Better low-light performance, 4K video recording, and a flip-out screen (just like the Lumix GH5) — the Lumix GH5S is sounding like a content creator’s dream come true.

It will be available this February, and will retail for US$ 2,500 (body only) that’s US$ 500 more than the GH5.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro review

 

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