Every two years, the Photokina trade show turns Cologne, Germany into something of a Disney World for photo nuts like ourselves. Manufacturers announce lots of new products, then bring them here to the shores of the Rhine so we can get a first look. This year, the show has extremely exciting. We've seen new cameras, bags, lighting accessories, and lenses, all of which we're pretty excited about. But, there's so much to see that it's almost impossible to keep up, even for us. So, we've put together this collection of some of the best and most interesting new products to keep an eye out for as they start to hit the market.
It's funny that one of the biggest announcements made during this Photokina product cycle is actually one of the smallest. Sony's RX1 has the same full-frame 24.3-megapixel sensor inside as their top-level Alpha DSLR, the A99. Somehow, they managed to keep it the size of a true compact camera. The 35mm F/2 Zeiss lens on the front looks truly impressive so far and it has video-shooting capabilities that outshine many high-end DSLRs.
At $2,800, it will likely be a very specific audience that actually buys the RX1, but for the rest of us, it's still encouraging to see compact cameras are still pushing on when it comes to image quality and high-end features.