Lights, cameras, action

Lights, cameras, action
Top: Canon EOS 7D MK II (L), Canon Powershot G7 X (C), Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 (R). Bottom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (L), Leica M Edition 60 9 (C), Samsung NX1 (R)

Photokina, a biennial event, is the biggest trade show in the camera and imaging industry. TREVOR TAN picks the highlights of this year's show, which was held last week in Cologne, Germany.

Canon EOS 7D MK II

Local pricing and availability unknown

My own DSLR is a five-year-old Canon EOS 7D. At last, the MK II has arrived.

The EOS 7D MK II features a 20.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, dual Digic 6 image processors, a new 65 all-cross-type autofocusing (AF) system and high-speed continuous-shooting ability of up to 10 frames per second.

Instead of one CompactFlash card slot found in its predecessor, it now has an SD card slot, as well as a CF card slot.

It is the second camera to make use of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF function for faster, more accurate AF in full high-definition video shooting.

Canon Powershot G7 X

$799

Finally, Canon has delivered a Sony RX100 series killer.

The Canon Powershot G7 X is the new premium prosumer compact camera with a big aperture lens and a large image sensor.

At the heart of the G7 X is a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, paired with a 24-100mm f/1.8-f/2.8 lens.

Its rear 3-inch touchscreen display is tiltable to 180 degrees, which is perfect for selfie addicts.

It has dedicated controls, including a mode dial and exposure compensation dial, for advanced users to change settings easily.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Local pricing unknown, available fourth quarter

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX prosumer compact camera series has always been a favourite with professionals and serious amateurs. Now, the latest LX100 will set their hearts fluttering.

It uses a 12.8-megapixel Micro Four Third image sensor - almost twice as large as a 1-inch image sensor - with a 24-75mm f/1.7-f/2.8 lens and a 3-inch display in an aluminium body weighing only 393g.

Its built-in electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 2.74 million dots and almost 100 per cent colour reproduction. It also has manual controls, such as shutter speed and aperture, and can shoot video in ultra high-definition (3,840 x 2,160 pixels).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

Local pricing unknown, available fourth quarter

The Lumix DMC-GM series seeks to provide interchangeable lens capability in a small form factor.

One of Panasonic's compact mirrorless cameras, the new GM5, packs a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor, a 3-inch touchscreen display and a built-in 1,166,000-dot electronic viewfinder in a magnesium alloy body which weighs just 211g, compared with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, which weighs 213g.

Despite its lighter weight, it features built-in Wi-Fi, full high-definition video recording and slow-motion video recording at 240 frames per second.

Leica M Edition 60

Local pricing and availability unknown

Professional photographers are well aware of what "chimping" is. It is the inability to resist checking every photo on a camera's display immediately after taking it, instead of focusing on the scene in front.

Leica wants to eradicate this bad habit by launching the Leica M Edition 60, a digital rangefinder without an LCD screen.

Instead of the LCD screen, at the back of the camera is an ISO sensitivity selector, so you can concentrate on changing settings and composing pictures instead of worrying about what you might have missed.

If you want one, you have to grab one soon as only 600 units are available for sale. It costs 15,000 euros (S$24,400) with Leica's Summilux 35mm f/1.4 lens. It will be available in Europe next month.

Samsung NX1

Local pricing and availability unknown

Samsung is better known in the industry for its selfie and Android-powered cameras. However, its latest mirrorless camera, the NX1, is making people take notice.

The NX1 is equipped with Samsung's newly designed 28-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, which features a back-side illumination (BSI) structure.

BSI image sensors perform better in low light and suffer less from picture noise because its circuitry is placed directly behind the light sensors to capture more light.

It also has a whopping 205-point AF system, a built-in 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch tiltable Amoled touchscreen display, a continuous shooting speed of 15 frames per second and ultra high-definition video recording capability.


This article was first published on Sep 24, 2014.
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