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Last week, 180,000 photo fans from all over the world came together in Cologne, Germany for Photokina.
What’s a Photokina? It’s Disneyland for photo nerds!
It’s the world’s biggest photo conference that comes around only every two years. Along with the conference came camera announcements.
And with it, a flood of tech specs.
If it seems to have blurred into an indecipherable cloud of hyphenated terminology, allow us to translate!
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All New Instant Cameras
The Instax Mini 8 is a slimmer Mini with a new “high-key” mode for getting brighter prints.
What’s most exciting is that it comes in a bunch of rad pastel colors, like this sunny yellow one we played with here.
Camera + Smartphone Hybrids
What’s new? Nikon’s Coolpix S800C and the Samsung Galaxy.
Walking Photokina, you’ll notice most new cameras have added Wi-Fi, Instagram-ish filters, or Android!
You might be wondering what the difference between a phone with a camera in it and a camera with a phone in it is? And whatever happened to shoes with phones in them?
We were wondering, too, and here’s what we found.
*Why does optical vs. digital zoom matter? Digital zoom is like enlarging your photo and cropping it around your subject. Your photo ends up losing resolution and looking all pixelated, which is sad pandas if you ask us.
Optical zoom means your optics do the work, so you get to keep your image nice and high-res. This is more of a happy pandas situation.
Über-Fancy Mirrorless Cameras
Nikon & Canon’s All New DSLRs
It’s like Canon read Nikon’s mind … or vice versa!
The 6D is the most affordable full-frame Canon DSLR yet! Balloon drops all around!
It’s also priced at $2000, making it almost $1500 cheaper than a 5D MarkIII, Canon’s benchmark pro camera.
Since you might be wondering about how the sensor compares, here it is: the 6D has a 20.2MP full-frame sensor, the 5D MarkIII a 23.4MP full-frame sensor.
Two things that are making some photographer’s ears perk up:
Here’s what Canon’s booth was like. Pretty epic.
Cameras That Surprised Us!
I know, right?
Camera Style at Photokina
Then, there are simply photo fans who come to see what’s up.
We picked some especially stylish Photokina attendees to feature in a fashion roundup for a better idea of who you might find there!
See all of their photos on our Tumblr post!
The 10 Craziest Things We Saw at Photokina
Pretty much any camera-related company that you can think of has a booth at Photokina. Each one shows off their best, and if you look closely, you’ll find some really unusual stuff.
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