|PHOTOKINA 2010 Begins in Cologne|
Contrary to expectations that Micro Four Thirds system enabled products will take centre stage at Photokina 2010, yet amidst all the hype and the hoopla not much euphoria was witnessed on the opening day of the imaging carnival. However, Panasonic introduced the LUMIX DMC-GH2, (the successor to the GH1), in the Micro Four Thirds system camera series. Even though Panasonic did considerably downsize its latest camera body from the past but what sets the GH2 apart is its revolutionary features and also the world’s fastest level of Light Speed AF.
Over the years all the leading majors, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm, Pentax and Samsung etc, did announce the launch of their products in advance and this year was no different. While Canon showcased the next generation EOS60D D-SLR, and the revolutionary Canon PowerShot G12 digital compact. Nikon did a spirited comeback with the launch of its its revolutionary D7000, and an array of Coolpix models as well as lenses. Fujifilm created a flutter of sorts by unveiling the X100 rangefinder type of digital camera fitted with a large sensor, which is likely to make heads turn at the venue. Not to be left behind, Sony introduced the A Mount series interchangeable lens camera, featuring Translucent Mirror Technology.
As usual the accessories category too generated a lot of interest with both majors as well as third party vendors going into an overdrive to introduce products. The printing category was not far behind with Epson launching the Stylus Pro 4900, which is a 17-inch printer which offers professional quality color accuracy.
Its too early to write home about the products that hit the bullseye and which did not. But for sure one will have to wait for the next few days to know more about what the future is in store for the imaging industry.
Canon unveils next generation
D-SLR - EOS 60D
Canon announced the introduction of its latest D-SLR, – the new EOS 60D. The camera replaces the erstwhile EOS 50D, and is designed for photographers who want to take their skills to the next level. The D-SLR offers a series of creative features, a Vari-angle LCD screen and enhanced ergonomics – empowering photography enthusiasts to capture outstanding stills and Full High Definition (HD) videos. While the camera is bundled in an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, it offers high level of detail and a magnification of 1.6x focal length of the lens which enables to capture poster-size images in a variety of aspect ratios. In fact, Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 technology enables to process image information captured from the CMOS sensor’s four-channel output, providing outstanding color reproduction, as well as high-speed shooting at 5.3fps in bursts of 58 full-resolution JPEGs.