Unusual cameras were the order of the day (well, not quite all seven of them) in this week's camera news, with a slew of cool and unusual bodies revealed (in one case accidentally) by their respective manufacturers.
A full-frame mirrorless camera that fits in your pocket, a full-frame mirrorless astrophotography camera, a camera with a "hidden LCD" that spells the end of chimping, and a 100th anniversary camera.
And on top of that, three major exhibitors have pulled out of next year's Photokina – the industry's biggest trade show… though perhaps not for much longer. Here are the five biggest camera news stories of the week!
Fujifilm X-Pro3's "hidden LCD" kills chimping
The Fujifilm X-Pro3 has just been officially announced at the Fujifilm X Summit in Shibuya, Japan – and it could spell the death of chimping, thanks to its "hidden LCD" rear screen.
The Fujifilm X-Pro3 also features a titanium body (with two optional extra protective coatings), "the perfect viewfinder" (with increased color space) and an all-new film simulation: Classic Negative.
While they certainly raised more than a few eyebrows at the time, the earlier rumors were proven true as the camera has materialized with no D-pad, and does away with a conventional rear screen…
Canon confirms EOS Ra astrophotography camera
Two and a half months after we first reported it, Canon itself has accidentally confirmed its upcoming full-frame mirrorless astrophotography mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS Ra.
Usually product leaks emanate from (or, at least, are disseminated by) online rumor sites. In this case, however, the leak came directly from Canon itself, which temporarily had the Canon EOS Ra manual listed on its UK website.
"The EOS Ra is a version of the EOS R designed for astrophotography", reads the since-pulled literature (spotted by Canon Watch). "Camera operations are essentially the same as for the EOS R," though the text details the key differences between a dedicated astro camera and a standard body…
Full-frame Sigma fp literally fits in your pocket
Sigma's new full-frame mirrorless camera had its first public outing at the IBC 2019 broadcasting expo in Amsterdam. The Sigma fp goes on sale later this year as the company works on finalizing the firmware for the camera ahead of its release.
The one immediate thing that strikes you about the Sigma fp is its size – or rather the lack of it. This is one seriously small camera. We knew that without a built-in level viewfinder, and without a mechanical shutter, that this was going to be very small for a full-frame mirrorless camera – but you don't really appreciate this until you see it.
The camera is so small small, in fact, that the man on the Sigma stand literally pulled it out of the pocket of his chinos to let us get a closer look! Sure it did not have a lens on it at the time, but that is an impressive party trick nonetheless…
Pentax' 100th anniversary camera is pure Pentax
Ricoh Imaging has given us the first glimpse at a brand new flagship camera to commemorate its 100th anniversary. And, in the most Pentaxy move imaginable, it's an APS-C DSLR.
The form factor looks like a cross between the Pentax KP and Pentax K-70, with a grip that is slightly less pronounced than the latter, but it's sleeker and more svelte than either predecessor.
It incorporates both a rear joystick and a top LCD panel, but its rear screen does not tilt or articulate. The gold "SR" on the front of the camera confirms that it will possess Shake Reduction image stabilization…
Nikon, Leica and Olympus pull out of Photokina
Photokina still remains the best known of all the photographic trade shows – but the German expo's quest to adapt to a changing international industry has faced yet another setback. Nikon, Olympus and Leica have all cancelled their stands at next year's event in Cologne, according to a press release from the organizers.
The setbacks follow the cancellation of the 2019 event on the banks of the Rhine. In 2018 the organizers made the surprise announcement it would double in frequency to become an annual event, taking place in May rather than the traditional September slot, but this year's event was cancelled a full five months before the doors were meant to open. Previously, the exhibition had run every two years since 1966 – although the number of halls used for the show has gradually diminished over the years.
"The imaging industry is currently undergoing massive changes, which also have an impact on Photokina as the industry's leading trade fair – and this in a dimension never seen before," says Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH…
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