Photokina 2010 Report

Photokina 2010 Report

12:25 – The FujiFilm FinePix 100 via Mr Blurry Cam

Size comparison the X100 beside my Canon M9 :)

I hate taking images with my phone, the blurry cam was in full effect.

The X100 is drawing a lot of attention. Fuji had semi working X100 on display for the world to see.

Hybrid Viewfinder
Holy cow, that is amazing. Seriously, it’s beautiful. I’ve heard some inappropriate (for this site) phrases to describe the new hybrid viewfinder. I tend to concur.

How Much?!
Initial reports of the pricing were high. We can expect the camera to cost “around $1000 USD” and “around 1000 Euro”.

The pricing isn’t finalized, but that’s directly from Fuji.

Fit and Finish
No, it’s not built like a Leica M9, but it’s still very nice. I couldn’t take the camera off the tripod to check how it feels. It looks a little bit on the plastic side. It’s a nice size though.

I’m more positive about it now that I see the pricing.

12:20 – EOS 60D

EOS 60D

Lots of heated talk has been bandied about in regards to this camera. People have directly compared it to Nikon’s well specced D7000. Fairly or unfairly, that’s the way it is.

My impressions of the camera.

I love the way it feels, it’s really made for larger hands and for people that want a camera that is well thought out ergonomically. The camera feels solid, I can say I do not miss the skeleton of the 50D. The control wheel on the back is very intuitive and responsive. As is the center button inside the wheel.

The LCD screen is big and beautiful. The articulating mechanism is very solid, Canon has always designed them well.

It was a bodychecking party around the 60D, so I didn’t get to spend much time with it. My first impressions of the camera are very positive.

For anyone considering a T2i, check out the 60D too.

12:00 PM – PowerShot SX 30 IS

PowerShot SX30 IS

A camera I have called “absurd” obviously peaked my interest. The PowerShot SX 30 and it’s 35x zoom (24mm-840mm).

Hands on Mini Preview
The camera is a lot lighter than the previous cameras in the SX line. That’s largely due to being a lithium-ion battery instead of 4 AA’s I suspect. With the lighter weight, the camera doesn’t feel quite as solid as it did.

I was unable to put an SD card into the camera as Canon locks that sort of thing down. I’m really eager to see how well it works at 840mm.

Below is a shot giving you an idea what 840mm looks like on the LCD screen. I am zoomed into the head above the purple blotch in the background. One the screen, the images appeared sharp. The IS seems to be very functional.

SX30 IS Zoomed to 840mm

I don’t think I’m going to call the camera “absurd” anymore. I’m looking forward to seeing real world images from it.

11:30 AM
Back at the press center after spending the morning with Canon, Fujifilm, Topaz Labs and Sigma. The Canon area is obviously a zoo and since I’m a nice guy, I don’t knock people over to get to a camera.

What I could not find was the 4K camera or the white concept camera. I will go back and have another look. Their area is huge.

9:00AM – I’ve arrived at the press center and just trying to find my bearings. The show opens shortly and I want to be the first to hit the Canon booth. I’ll spend a fair bit of time this morning there. I’ll move onto others in the afternoon.

I’ll also take some time to find the weird, wild and wacky.

I’ll be posting pictures and all that jazz along the way. This is the first time I’ve done this, so it’ll be a learning experience for sure.

Forum Thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,191.0.html

I’ll be choosing random people that participate in a positive way on the forums today for a free CR T-Shirt, I may even upgrade them to golf shirts or maybe even a hoody.

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