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What is Photokina 2018? “It’s the world's leading trade fair for imaging,” according to the folks behind the show. It’s a place where camera manufacturers show off the latest bits of kit to journalists, buyers and the general public. It takes place in Cologne, Germany, 26-29 September. It’s all about new camera kit and who doesn’t love taking the wrappers off a brand-new toy to play with?
Photokina 2018: all the latest launches
Hands on: Nikon Z6 review
There's a lot to like about the Nikon Z6 - a camera that was announced before Photokina but made an appearance there. It's essentially the same camera as the Nikon Z7 but the sensor 'only' packs in around half the number of megapixels - 24.5Mp, compared to an impressive 45.7MP. The actual chassis is identical, bar the branding, and is significantly cheaper than the Z7, at £2099/€2399. Compared to the Z7's £3399/€3899 body-only price, that's impressive.
Hands on: Leica S3 review
The Leica S3 is a camera to lust after. It's not the biggest medium-format camera around but it has the Leica touch which elevates it above the others. Specs include a pretty tasty 64MP, 4K video and because of its heritage a pretty weighty price tag. But that doesn't stop you from wondering whether this is the way to go when it comes to pro cameras, instead of mirrorless.
Hands on: Fujifilm GFX 50R review
We've had a look at Fujifilm’s new medium format camera and our first impressions are that it is simply stunning. The Fujifilm GFX 50R promises the same level of image quality as the higher-end GFX 50S, but in a much slimmer body. It's also got as slimline price, too, which is just as impressive. The GFX 50S offers superb image quality, with a fantastic sense of space that you don’t get from smaller format cameras – it’s not just about the megapixels.
Hands on: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS review
Canon talked a lot about its full-frame mirrorless camera system at Photokina 2018. But this doesn't mean that it is not looking at the enthusiast market and trying to offer something special. And that's what it has done with the PowerShot SX70 HS. This is a camera that has a 20.3MP CMOS sensor, DIGIC 8 processor and 4K video - it packs a great deal of punch and has the same processor as the EOS R.
Panasonic Lumix S1R and Lumix S
This was the biggie and will probably end up being the star of the show. The Panasonic Lumix S1R and Panasonic Lumix S are Panasonic's first full-frame mirrorless cameras. Thanks to a link-up with Sigma and Leica, there are already a bunch of lenses available for the cameras and they come packing 47MP and 24MP respectively. The full-frame mirrorless camera market is now looking very full indeed!
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