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Photokina 2014: Preview

Photokina 2014 is well underway and we’ve been following the latest camera news from Cologne with a level of wonder and excitement that is quite frankly slightly unhealthy.  Yup, it’s true; for two kids who advocate a less is more approach to photographic equipment we sure do like pressing our noses up against the glass of that proverbial shop window. As always, the show has given the big guns of the industry the perfect excuse to wheel out their latest and greatest and so without further ado, here are some of the most anticipated new releases that we can’t wait to learn more about!

The Fuji X100T and the X30

The Fuji X100T and the X30

Fuji X100T/Fuji X30

It wouldn’t take much browsing of this site to realise that we are massive Fuji fans. We’d like to think that we sit just above the camping-out-all-night-holding-a-piece-of-cardboard-screaming-bloody-murder level of obsessed but it’s kind of a close call. Ever since they first announced the launch of the original X100 back in 2011 we’ve followed Fuji’s X-series offerings with interest and they never seem to disappoint. Having previously owned the Fuji X10 and currently in love with the quite brilliant X100s, we’re keen to check out the latest versions of both; the X30 and the X100T.

 

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Ok, ok, so we’ve kind of nailed our colours to the mast on the whole DSLR/CSC debate (you can read it here if you missed it) but it’s still always worth checking out what our old friends Nikon are up to. Their latest is the D750, which is a lightweight full-frame DSLR with the nice addition of a tilting LCD screen and built in Wi-Fi. With portability and compactness being two big selling points for us, it will be interesting to see just how light and manageable this is in comparison to something like a Fuji X-T1.

 

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

When it comes to cameras, we don’t really tend to give Samsung much thought (it’s not that we’re not a fan of their products – we both own Samsung phones and laptops – they’ve just always seemed to market their photographic gear at a different audience). This is a bit different though. A crop-sensor interchangable lens camera with 4K video? And a 28 megapixel sensor? With 15 fps burst mode? For £1299? For two incredibly skeptical individuals, this is a deal we’d want to poke with a stick first; is it too good to be true?

 

The original Lytro camera alongside the new Lytro Illum

The original Lytro camera alongside the new Lytro Illum

Lytro Illum

The original Lytro field camera has been kicking around in the ether for a few years now, but hasn’t yet made inroads into the European market. Enter the Lytro Illum, a completely redesigned and reconfigured successor to the original. To be honest we don’t really know too much about this one, except that for starters it actually looks like a camera this time! We’re definitely intrigued to find out more.

 

Polaroid Cube

Polaroid Cube

Polariod Cube

This little guy looks fun. Really fun. Although neither of us are in the market for an action camera at the moment, having just invested in a GoPro Hero 3+, we just cannot ignore a video camera that looks like a tiny mini speaker and stands at just 35mm tall (yup, it’s that damn cuteness factor at play). Looks aside it will be interesting to see just how strong the magnetic attachments are and how good that high-def video is for the entry-level price point.

 

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