COVID-19 Service Update

Fuji GFX 50S

Photokina 2016: Camera Highlights

Didn’t make it to this year’s Photokina show? We’ve picked through all the releases to give you the highlights from this year’s event.


Fujifilm announces new medium-format mirrorless system

One of the biggest announcements at this year’s show came from Fujifilm, namely the development of new mirrorless medium-format system.

Fuji GFX 50S

The new Fujifilm GFX system will welcome its first camera, the GFX 50S, early next year. Its body will be based around a 51.4MP sensor, one that measures 43.8 x 32.9mm and is designed by Fujifilm, and it will sport a new GF lens mount that will accept an accompanying range of optics.

Fuji GFX 50SThree of these, namely the GF 63mm fƒ/2.8 R WR, GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR and the 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS, will be available at the same time as the camera, while a further triplet, comprising GF 110mm fƒ/2 R LM WR, GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR and GF 45mm fƒ/2.8 R WR, will follow later in the year.

The camera is also set to feature a tilting LCD screen (much like Fujifilm’s X-T2) and will have a hotshoe that can be used with an optional tilting electronic viewfinder, while a vertical battery grip will also be made available. Weather resistance is also on hand to ensure the camera can be used in inclement conditions, and this is something Fujifilm has incorporated into the design of its lenses to ensure a complete, protected setup.

Full specifications and pricing will be announced later in the year, and the camera will arrive in early 2017.


Hasselblad exhibits concept camera 

Hasselblad celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, and as part of its “4116” celebrations – the number being comprised of the years 1941 and 2016 – it exhibited a “concept study” in the form of a digital V-series camera at this year’s event.

Hasselblad V1D 4116

Hasselblad V1D 4116

The square-format 75MP V1D 4116 is designed as a means of exploring “new ways of designing innovative cameras for the future”.

Hasselblad V1D-4116Based on a modular system, its aluminium body allows for components to be attached to four of its sides, and Hasselblad states that it can be customised to suit the preferences of left-handed users.

As a concept camera, however, there is no official word as to whether the camera will ever be put into production.

Also confirmed are the XCD 30mm f/3.5 optic that was mentioned at the X1D’s launch back in June. The confirmation brings the total number of lenses for the X1D up to three, with the other two options being the XCD 45mm f/3.5 and XCD 90mm f/3.2.

Hasselblad also launched a special black kit version of its X1D camera as part of its celebrations.

The X1D, which was launched earlier in the year, has up until now only been available in a silver finish. It became the first digital medium format camera to be based on a mirrorless design to be brought to market, although it will shortly be joined by Fujifilm’s GFX 50S.

Hasselblad X1D 4116 Edition

The X1D 4116 Edition (left) comes comprises a black version of the body and XCD 45mm f/3.5 lens, together with a leather hand strap and an extended warranty (bringing the standard two-year warranty up to three). It also arrives in a unique ‘4116’ box to mark the occasion.

The kit will be available for £8900 (excluding tax).


Phase One announces IQ1 back and Blue Ring lenses

Medium-format manufacturer Phase One has unveiled a new 100MP back, together with two new lenses.

The IQ1 back is a more affordable option to the company’s existing IQ3 back, with the same 100MP pixel count and 53.7×40.4mm sensor, although with less functionality available by comparison.

Said to record 15EV stops of dynamic range, the back captures 16bit Raw images and can be operated over a sensitivity range of ISO 50-12,800.

Its two new additions to its Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring series of lenses, meanwhile, are the 150mm fƒ/2.8 IF and the 45mm f/3.5, the former being the fastest lens currently in the line up.

Phase One IQ1 back


Canon 8K broadcast camera prototype on display

Earlier in the month Canon announced it was expanding its Cinema EOS line with a new 8K camera. While still in development, a prototype of the new model was on display at this year’s Photokina show.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera is set to feature a Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor, one that contains around 35.4MP, with a promised dynamic range of 13EV stops and frame rates up to 60fps at full resolution.

Canon 8K Cinema EOS Camera

As with other models in the line it will be furnished with EF mount to accept a broad range of the company’s existing EF and EF Cinema lenses, while a wide-gamut, high-contrast reference display with a pixel density in excess of 300pixels per inch (ppi) should “make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible”.

Canon has not disclosed a launch date nor a price for the new model, and also states that specifications may change prior to its official announcement.


Nikon expands KeyMission action camera range

Nikon has fleshed out its KeyMission range of action cameras with the introduction of two further models.

Nikon KeyMission 360The KeyMission 170 and KeyMission 80 join the KeyMission 360 (left) that was announced at CES in January, and both are set to be positioned beneath that model.

Unlike the KeyMission 360, which records 360-degree footage using a pair of lenses and 23.9MP stills, the KeyMission 170 will record 170-degree footage using a different 8.3MP sensor and a single objective.

It does, however, match its elder sibling in recording footage at a 4K UHD resolution, and also arrives with both integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, together with a similar degree of protection against water, shock and freezing temperatures.

The KeyMission 80, meanwhile, has been constructed with a waterproof and shockproof body. Although it doesn’t stretch to recording 4K footage, it records Full HD video using a 12.4MP CMOS sensor and has the additional advantage of a secondary 4.9MP camera located on its back panel.


Panasonic developing Lumix GH5 and lenses

Panasonic has promised that an update to its popular video-centric Lumix GH4 (below) and GH4R models will shortly arrive, with 4K 10bit 4:2:2 video recording at frame rates up to 50/60p. According to Panasonic, this is a first in a camera of its kind, with the GH4 recording 4K footage a maximum 30p.

Panasonic GH4

The forthcoming GH5 will also have the option of extracting 6K images from burst of video footage, which amount to 18MP files. By contrast, the existing 4K Photo mode included in many of its cameras – and due to be included in the GH5 – draws images out of 4K footage at around 8MP.

A new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit fƒ/2.8-4.0 lens series has also been announced, with its first offerings currently under development. These are a 12-60mm standard zoom, an 8-18mm wide zoom and a 50-200mm telephoto zoom.

The GH5 is set to arrive in the first half of 2017.


Related articles

Hasselblad X1D: Hands-on review

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV unveiled

Close Up: Nikon D5 AF System