Photokina 2018 Demonstrates That Real Photography Is Still Thriving

Photokina 2018 Demonstrates That Real Photography Is Still Thriving

News from The World’s Largest Photography Event

All the latest product launches from the annual Photokina event which took place from 26-29th September in Cologne.

The photography industry has just returned from another successful and enjoyable trip to Cologne, Germany for the annual Photokina event. This is where camera manufacturers both big and small, reveal their latest bits of kit, lenses and camera models to the general public. A number of announcements about various product lines are made, and there have been some impressive launches this season.

Panasonic S1 and S1R Full-Frame Mirrorless Devices

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the event, is that Panasonic has joined the likes of Nikon and Canon to produce a full-frame mirrorless camera, capable of shooting video speeds of 4k at 60fps. The S1 model comes with a 24-megapixel sensor, whilst the S1R version ships with 47 megapixels.

Kodak Ektachrome Returns

There have been rumours since 2017 that Ektachrome would be experiencing something of a comeback since being discontinued in 2012. Now, the film is finally back on sale in 35mm rolls of 36 exposures.

Fujifilm 100 Megapixel Mirrorless Prototype

If you’re in need of some serious pixels, then great news from Fujifilm – their latest 100-megapixel prototype including in-body image stabilisation will be ready next year. Although there are already cameras with a similar count on the market from the likes of Hasselblad and Phase One, it’s expected that the Fujifilm device will be substantially cheaper – it’s being pitched to cost $10,000. Additionally, the device will be capable of shooting 4k video too.


Old school photography with a modern feel is in popular demand at the moment, and Ricoh have created a camera that perfectly fits the bill. Both compact and with a fixed lens, the Ricoh GRIII will be popular with nostalgic photographers looking for a quality point and shoot model. The camera won’t be arriving in stores until this time next year, but you can expect a 24-megapixel sensor, which is an improvement from the current Ricoh GR model which packs 16. Additionally, it will shoot video of 1080p at 60fps.

Leica S3

There’s limited information available from Leica at the moment about the launch of their new S3 model which is due on the shelves within a few months. But what we do know is that it will be another medium-format camera with a 64-megapixel sensor and that it will shoot 4k video. Sounds like it will be an exciting development from Leica, to improve on the already-popular S2 model.

Naturally, you’ll be tempted to splash out on at least one of these innovative camera models, but if the price tag is holding you back, there is the option to offset your existing camera to contribute towards the cost of a new bit of kit. If you’re wondering ‘where can I sell my camera?’, your best option would be to use an online exchange program, where you’re quoted a fair and reasonable price for your camera and will be paid as soon as you send in your device. You’ll soon be set up with the funds to purchase your new toy!

Photokina has had another great year, but it’s worth remembering that the format is changing in 2019 – it’s likely to be a smaller event, and will be held in May rather than September. We’re looking forward to it already.