Photokina 2018 Announcements: Panasonic S1, S1R Full-Frame Mirrorless, Fujifilm GFX 50R and More

Photokina, the world’s largest buyer’s expo for imaging products, is currently taking place in Cologne, Germany from September 26-29. Digital camera makers and accent makers use this platform to showcase their latest wares and we’ve had quite a few newsletters already. .

Panasonic S1 and S1R
Panasonic has finally made its foray into the full-frame camera market with the announcement of the Lumix S1 and S1R. The company is aiming to launch them globally early next year, so we need to know more about pricing around CES 2019. After Nikon and Canon recently entered the camera section full format, it is good to have another participant in the ring, which could only imply additional selection for the buyer. The main feature of the new models is the powerful 4K video file at 60 frames per second, which is the first of its kind on a full-frame mirrorless configuration. The Lumix S1 includes a 24-megapixel sensor while the S1R includes a 47-megapixel sensor.

Both models resemble Nikon’s first range, where one is for all-purpose use while the top decision model is aimed at photographers. Panasonic further claims that these are the world’s first full-frame cameras to have dual image stabilization, which uses a mix of in-body and lens stabilization. We don’t have all the specs, but from what we know the cameras may have dual memory (XQD and SD) card slots, tilting LCD screens and support for Lieca’s L-mount lenses . Panasonic also said in its press release that it will have over ten lenses by 2020 for the new S-series, some of which may include a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens, a 24- 105 mm and a Telephoto 70-200 mm.

Canon EOS R first impressions

At the same press conference, Panasonic also announced the creation of the “L-Mount Alliance”, which is a collaboration between Leica, Sigma and Panasonic. This allows Panasonic and Sigma to use Leica’s L-mount when designing lenses so customers have a wider choice and are not limited to a specific ecosystem.

Fujifilm GFX 50R, 100S, Square Instax. SQ20
Fujifilm also caused a stir at Photokina 2018, with the announcement of its second medium format digital camera called GFX 50R. Designed to be lighter and more compact than the GFX 50S which was introduced in January, the GFX 50R features a 51.4 megapixel image sensor and is powered by the X-Processor Professional image processor. It also features a weather-sealed body, an OLED viewfinder with 3.69 million dot resolution, the first GFX camera with built-in Bluetooth, two SD card slots and a 3.2-inch LCD screen. The camera will be available in November for $4,499 (about Rs. 3.27,000), which is about $2,000 (about Rs. 1.45,000) cheaper than the GFX 50S.

The brand new Fujifilm GFX 50R presented at Photokina 2018

The company also announced that it will launch the GFX 100S next year, which will have a 100-megapixel sensor. It will even be the first medium format camera with built-in image stabilization, according to Fujifilm and can support 4K 30fps video recording. The predicted value of this camera would be around $10,000 (around 7.27,000 rupees).

Fujifilm has also unveiled a brand new mirrorless instant camera called the Instax Sq. SQ20. Available in two colors, the SQ20 includes a 1/5-inch CMOS image sensor, which helps you take and save photos in-camera so you can print only the ones you really want. You also have a number of capture modes, such as body capture, time shift collage, and sequence filters. The camera has built-in memory and also accepts microSD cards. It will be available from October 20 for $200 (around Rs. 14,500).

Leica S3
Leica has teased its upcoming medium format camera called the S3, which is expected to arrive next spring next year. Details are still a little hazy on that, but for now we all know it will have 64-megapixel resolution and an optical viewfinder, burst speeds of up to 3fps, and 4K video recording. No pricing details though.

phtokina 2018 leica s3 ndtv photokina 2018The Leica S3 is a 64-megapixel medium-format camera, which will arrive in the spring of next year

Ricoh GRIII
Ricoh has previewed the GR III, which is slated for launch in early 2019. The new camera retains the same design philosophy as the GR series, but will get a serious spec boost. It features an up-to-date 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, sensor-shift image stabilization, video recording up to 1080p/30fps, built-in independent density filter, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and an LCD touch screen.

New lenses
In addition to the cameras, we also noticed a bunch of latest lens bulletins. Hasselblad introduced three XCD lenses, which include the XCD 80mm F1.9, XCD 65mm F2.8 and XCD 135mm F2.8, designed for its X1D medium format camera. Sigma also introduced 5 new lenses at Photokina 2018. These include the 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Artwork, 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Artwork, updated 56mm F1.4 DC DN, 70-200mm F2. 8 DG OS HSM Sports and 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Activities. Pricing and availability for all may be introduced at a later date.

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