Photokina 2006 Report

Last Updated: 3pm, October 2nd 2006

Welcome to our Photokina 2006 report. The Photokina Show takes place this year in Cologne, Germany and runs from 26th September - 1st October 2006, 10am to 6pm every day. Photokina 2006 is expected to be the biggest ever, with around 1,600 suppliers exhibiting from 50 countries, and 160,000 visitors from 140 countries. For the first time, Photokina will be held in the new Cologne exhibition center, one of Europe's most modern trade fair locations. Just like PMA 2006 back in February, PhotographyBLOG will be covering Photokina 2006 live from the show floor. There have already been a lot of announcements in the weeks leading up to Photokina (see below), and there will be many more during the show itself. To help you keep track of everything that's going on, this page will contain links to all of the latest product announcements from Photokina 2006, so make sure to bookmark it!

Live from the Show Floor

We take a closer, hands-on look at some of the more interesting products here at Photokina 2006 and bring you some exclusive photos. There's lots more to follow as we make our way around the vast show floor...

Canon G7
Pentax K10D
Lensbaby 3G
Nokia N95
Fujifilm S6000fd
Sigma SD14
     
Sigma DP1
Olympus Wood Camera
Samsung GX-10 DSLR
FujiFilm S5 Pro
Tamron 18-250mm Lens
Epson P5000 Multimedia Storage Viewer

Tamron 18-250mm Lens

Canon Media Storage M80
Fujifilm F31fd
Epson Stylus Pro 3800


Stars of the Show

These are the products that really stand out from the crowded hallways of Photokina 2006, offering something new and innovative or refining an already winning formula.

Leica M8
Pentax K10D
Canon EOS 400D
Leica M8
Digital rangefinder with 10 megapixel sensor, focal factor of 1.33x and an ISO range of 160-2500.
Pentax K10D
DSLR with 10.2 megapixels, shake-reduction, dust removal system, 22-bit colour, three new shooting modes, 2.5 inch LCD screen and 11 point auto-focusing.
Canon EOS 400D
DSLR with 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, new EOS Integrated Cleaning System, larger and brighter 2.5” LCD and 9-point AF.
     
Canon G7
Tamron 18-250mm Lens
Sigma DP1
14 megapixel FOVEON X3 sensor, 16.6mm F4 fixed lens (equivalent to 28mm), 2.5” TFT LCD monitor, RAW mode.
HP Designjet Z3100 and HP Designjet Z2100
Embedded spectrophotometer, advanced profiling solution and 200 year print life. Both printers in 24 inch and 44 inch sizes.

Tamron 18-250mm Lens
A lightweight, compact and ultra high power zoom lens designed for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized imager sensors.

Nikon D80
Canon Selphy ES1
Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Nikon D80
DSLR with 10 megapixels , 2.5 inch LCD, 11-area AF.
Canon Selphy ES1
Compact photo printer with all-in-one ink and media cassettes, 50-sheet capacity and one-touch operation.
Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Smallest A2 printer, with UltraChrome K3, eight-colour pigment ink system.

New Products (by manufacturer)

New Products (by type)

A complete list of all the major products that have been introduced at Photokina 2006, organised by manufacturer and by product type.

Adobe

Apple

  • Apple Aperture 1.5
    New open library, seamless iLife ‘06 and iWork ‘06 integration, XMP metadata support, powerful new adjustment tools and an export API.

BenQ

  • BenQ C1000
    10.1 megapixel CCD lens, 3x optical zoom, a large 2.4” TFT LCD display.
  • BenQ C740
    7 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, 2.5” LTPS screen and a SMC (Super Multi-Coating) Pentax lens.
  • BenQ C540
    5 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, 2.5” LTPS screen and a SMC (Super Multi-Coating) Pentax lens.

Bibble

  • Bibble 4.9
    RAW software with new Clone & Healing Tool, Sensor Correction and 5-Star Ratings, supports Sony Alpha a100, Nikon D80, Canon 400D Rebel XTi.

Canon

Casio

  • Casio EX-S770
    2.8-inch wide-screen LCD, 7.2 megapixels, MPEG-4 movies.
  • Casio EX-Z700
    7.2 megapixel update of the EX-Z600, 2.7 inch LCD screen,2 new Best Shot modes.

Corel

DxO Labs

  • DxO Optics Pro 4
    Automatic image enhancement software introduces advanced color features, new optical and image geometry corrections, improved workflow and speed as well as plug-in compatibility with Adobe Photoshop.

Epson

Fujfilm

Hasselblad

  • Hasselblad H3D
    The world's first 48mm Full-Frame DSLR camera system.

HP

  • HP Designjet Z3100 and HP Designjet Z2100
    Large format printers with embedded spectrophotometer, advanced profiling solution and 200 year print life.
  • HP Photosmart B8350
    Six-ink colour photos that resist fading longer than lab-processed photos – up to 108 years – using HP Vivera Inks.
  • HP G4050 Photo Scanner
    6-colour/96-bit scanning for photos, slides and negatives which gives outstanding colour accuracy in scanning and reproduction.
  • HP G4010 Photo Scanner
    6-colour/96-bit photo scanning with a built-in adapter makes it easy to convert multiple 35mm slides and negatives.
  • HP G3010 Photo Scanner
    High-definition scans at 4800x9600dpi hardware resolution and true-to-life, 48-bit colour.
  • HP Photosmart C5180
    Dedicated photo printer plus fast, efficient document printing, scanning and copying.

Kingston

  • Kingston 4Gb SDHC Card
    The new SDHC memory cards are available now in 4GB capacities with a retail price of $199.00 USD.

Kodak

Leica

  • Leica M8
    Digital rangefinder with 10 megapixel sensor, focal factor of 1.33x and an ISO range of 160-2500.
  • Leica Digilux 3
    Uses the Four Thirds system and is supplied in a kit with the Leica 14-50mm lens..
  • Leica V-Lux 1
    10 megapixel sensor, 35-420mm lens and optical image stabilizer.
  • Leica D-Lux 3
    10 megapixel sensor, 28-112mm lens, 16:9 format and optical image stabilizer.

Lensbaby

  • Lensbaby 3G
    3rd generation selective focus Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) lens.
  • Lensbaby Accessory Lenses
    Lensbaby Wide Angle/Macro Conversion Lens and a Lensbaby Wide Angle/Telephoto Lens kit.

Lexmark

Minox

Nikon

Nokia N95

  • Nokia N95
    Cameraphone with 2-way slide concept, integrated GPS functionality, a 5 megapixel camera and support for high-speed mobile networks.
  • Nokia N75
    Nokia's smallest multimedia computer, offering digital music playback, quality photography, telephony and rich internet communication.

Olympus

Panasonic

Pentax

  • Pentax K10D
    10.2 megapixels, shake-reduction, dust removal system, 22-bit colour, three new shooting modes, 2.5 inch LCD screen and 11 point auto-focusing.
  • Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Lens
    Ultra-thin pancake design and uni-focal, medium-telephoto optics.
  • Pentax Optio T20
    Offering 7 megapixels, 3 inch LCD screen and a slim 19.5mm body
  • Pentax Optio E20
    Featuring 6 megapixels and a large 2.4-inch LCD monitor.
  • Pentax Optio A20
    10 megapixels, 3x zoom lens, anti-shake, DivX movies.
  • Pentax Optio M20
    7 megapixels, 3x zoom lens, 2.5 inch LCD.

Phase One

  • Capture One 4
    Capture One 4 is Phase One’s new generation of RAW workflow software for professional photographers.

Pretec

Ricoh

  • Ricoh Caplio R5
    7 megapixels, 7x zoom lens, 2.5 inch LCD screen, Vibration Correction function, ISO 1600.

Samsung

  • Samsung GX-10
    10 megapixel digital SLR camera a 2.5 inch LCD screen, built-in Optical Picture Stabilization technology (CCD Shift), dust removal function, water-proof and anti-dust coating, one-touch RAW button and continuous shooting at 3 fps.
  • Samsung SDC-MS61
    6 megapixels, 3x zoom, 3 inch wide LCD screen, ISO 1600.
  • Samsung Digimax L70
    7 megapixel digital camera features a 2.5 inch LCD screen and innovative nine button touch and click control pad.
  • Samsung Digimax S1000
    10 megapixels, 3x zoom, 2,4 inch wide LCD screen.
  • Samsung Digimax S700
    7 megapixels, 3x zoom, 2,4 inch wide LCD screen.

Sandisk

Sigma

Sony

Tamron

  • Tamron 18-250mm Lens
    A lightweight, compact and ultra high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized imager sensors.

Zeiss

Digital SLR Cameras

  • Canon EOS 400D
    10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, new EOS Integrated Cleaning System, larger and brighter 2.5” LCD and 9-point AF.
  • FujiFilm S5 Pro
    Looking like it’s based on the Nikon D200 body, the FujiFilm S5 Pro features the same Super CCD SR double pixel sensor as the older S3 Pro.
  • Hasselblad H3D
    The world's first 48mm Full-Frame DSLR camera system.
  • Leica M8
    Digital rangefinder with 10 megapixel sensor, focal factor of 1.33x and an ISO range of 160-2500.
  • Nikon D80
    10 megapixel DSLR, 2.5 inch LCD, 11-area AF.
  • Olympus E-P1
    A prototype of the professional Olympus E-P1 DSLR.
  • Olympus E-400
    World's smallest and lightest DSLR camera. 10 megapixels, 2.5 LCD screen, Supersonic Wave Filter for dust protection, 31 shooting modes, and CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card support.
  • Pentax K10D
    10.2 megapixels, shake-reduction, dust removal system, 22-bit colour, three new shooting modes, 2.5 inch LCD screen and 11 point auto-focusing.
  • Samsung GX-10
    10 megapixel digital SLR camera a 2.5 inch LCD screen, built-in Optical Picture Stabilization technology (CCD Shift), dust removal function, water-proof and anti-dust coating, one-touch RAW button and continuous shooting at 3 fps.
  • Sigma SD14
    14 megapixels Foveon X3 sensor, large and bright pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, built-in flash, 5-point AF system, a large 2.5 inch 150,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor.

Digital Compact Cameras

Printers

Scanners

Lenses

Software

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Beta 4
    This update unites the product feature set for Windows and Macintosh platforms.
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 5
    Major upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo editing software.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 3
    Landmark upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer video editing software.
  • Apple Aperture 1.5
    New open library, seamless iLife ‘06 and iWork ‘06 integration, XMP metadata support, powerful new adjustment tools and an export API.
  • Bibble 4.9
    RAW software with new Clone & Healing Tool, Sensor Correction and 5-Star Ratings, supports Sony Alpha a100, Nikon D80, Canon 400D Rebel XTi.
  • Capture One 4
    Capture One 4 is Phase One’s new generation of RAW workflow software for professional photographers.
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI
    New flagship digital imaging software package.
  • DxO Optics Pro 4
    Automatic image enhancement software introduces advanced color features, new optical and image geometry corrections, improved workflow and speed as well as plug-in compatibility with Adobe Photoshop.

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