Photokina 2012: Canon Stand Report

Canon has been busy this year, and the star of the stand is undoubtedly the brand-new EOS 6D, which was announced yesterday. The demonstration area is thronged with enthusiasts keen to get their hands on Canon's most affordable full-frame DSLR yet, but there's plenty of interest, too, in its 'big brother' the 5D Mark III. Also available for handling is the pro-level EOS-1D X, which was announced almost a year ago, and has only recently become available in stores.

Amid all the fuss about Canon's DSLRs it's easy to forget that in 2012 Canon also released its first ever mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the EOS-M. Curious onlookers are lining up to get a look at the smallest EOS yet, in all of its color variations (including a very fetching red). Elsewhere on Canon's huge stand we found the new PowerShot G15 and the very attractive PowerShot S110 - both represent evolutionary changes to their predecessors the popular G12 and S100 but there's still plenty of interest from the attendees of the show. The faster lens on the G15 doesn't appear to have stimulated the level of attention we might have expected, though - all the big queues are for EOS products.

Canon's stand is hard to miss at this year's Photokina  Canon's current lineup of compact and DSLR cameras (and the EOS M) are all available for 'touch and try' sessions for attendees. 
The EOS 6D is star of the show, despite the rather muted reception it has received. The control layout will be very familiar to users of both the 5D Mark III and EOS 7D. 
Most easily seen as a full-frame 60D-level camera. It'll be interesting to see how its new 20MP sensor performs...  ...but that will have to wait - Canon has sealed all the card doors up to prevent sneaky samples being grabbed.
 The EOS-M is also attracting a lot of attention. It's being shown both with the 18-55mm kit zoom and the 22mm F2.8 prime.  As with the 60D, the Canon reps are preventing any samples being taken with these non-final units.
The focusing seems a touch faster than the early example we saw at the camera's launch. The 22mm prime still isn't as quick as the 18-55mm. Canon stresses these units still won't represent final, production performance, though.
 The G15 looks a lot like the G12 but its lens is significantly brighter, at F1.8-2.8  The rear screen is fixed, unlike the G12's, which was articulated. Its loss makes the camera slimmer.
 The mode and exposure compensation dials are now overlapping - making exposure comp easier to adjust with your thumb.  The flash is now a pop-up, G1 X style affair, rather than the G12's front-plate mounted example.
 The PowerShot S110 loses the S100's front grip but otherwise looks the same. The biggest change is an updated sensor and capacitive touch screen.
This is the full-frame EOS-1D X, announced last autumn and only just hitting the shops now.  The 18MP 1D X is a flagship DSLR, designed to provide enough speed and sensitivity for photojournalists, and the kind of image quality expected by studio professionals.
 The PowerShot SX50 HS is the first 50x zoom camera.  
The lens extends a long way from the body, but that's to be expected of a 24-1200mm equiv. zoom  
Project 1709 is the working title of the cloud-sharing and storage service the company is developing  
The Canon stand features plenty of video-focused displays, as well as the traditional super-tele lenses  
Canon's range extends beyond cameras, so there are plenty of printers on display, from consumer models... ...up to full-size industrial models.
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Total comments: 27
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 25, 2012)

I don't know why I didn't think of this before... the reason the G15 still comes with a small sensor, is because, otherwise, the EOS-M would never take off, if it had a direct Canon competitor.

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Donald Andrew Agarrat
By Donald Andrew Agarrat (Sep 25, 2012)

No mention of an update (or total rewrite) to their Digital Photo Professional software?

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washyshots
By washyshots (Sep 21, 2012)

Love that Canon G15. I have had four previous Canon Gs and then I moved away to various other cameras, which I now regret.

The G5 looks like, and always has been, a photographic tool and in my opinion all its controls are brilliantly placed. I would have liked to see the camera retaining the swivel screen but hey that's life - there was a reason I guess.

And I personally don't care about sensor size any more. That issues is the domain of the technically minded.

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dnral
By dnral (Sep 20, 2012)

I would like to see more of the EOS M

David

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 19, 2012)

I was expecting to see the sweet 200-400 with built in 1.4x teleconverter.

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HowardG
By HowardG (Sep 19, 2012)

So I guess there really is not going to be an announcement of a high megapixel camera to compete with the D800 yet :>(

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Keithgg
By Keithgg (Sep 19, 2012)

Well, they were at the Olympics, so it cannot be much longer now, for the 200-400.

Comment edited 51 seconds after posting
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Kiliman
By Kiliman (Sep 18, 2012)

Any news on whether they plan to announce the 70D?

I want to get a DSLR and torn between the 60D and T4i. If the 70D is coming out soon, I'll probably hold out, or perhaps it'll drive the prices down on the 60D.

Thanks!

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canonshotter
By canonshotter (Sep 19, 2012)

having looked at the time line,the 60d is well overdue an update i suspect this will be feb/march 2013 when the 7d will be dropped and the 70d will replace both the 60d and 7d also remember the price of the 60d is now at an all time low as most shops also expected a replacement at photokina (i was expecting this also).

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Retzius
By Retzius (Sep 18, 2012)

I really wish the 6D had the touch screen controls of the 650D. I had a chance to shoot with the 650D over the weekend and that touch screen control was a real revelation for me... It instantly made menu driven cameras seem antiquated to me.

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NancyP
By NancyP (Sep 18, 2012)

I don't blame Canon for sealing up the pre-production models before they send them off to the usual evaluators, dpr and others. OK, I am curious. I wouldn't be buying first-off-the-line cameras anyway. I like my dpr, the-digital-picture, and other reviews first.

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LarryK
By LarryK (Sep 18, 2012)

Yeah, but couldn't they have done a little better job taping it shut?

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WaltP
By WaltP (Sep 18, 2012)

We need a Sony booth update as well - please.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Sep 18, 2012)

We'll be heading there in a moment. It's a big stand, so we may not get a chance to publish today. Is there anything in particular you'd like to see?

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dnral
By dnral (Sep 18, 2012)

Yes...ask then how you can put a Sony chip in a hassleblad and sell it for 7K.

Davdi

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sjredo
By sjredo (Sep 18, 2012)

Nex 6! :)

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Aryobarzan
By Aryobarzan (Sep 19, 2012)

and NEX 5R please!

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Birdman7
By Birdman7 (Sep 18, 2012)

Is that the same 'black tape' they used to plug the light leak on the 5d3 lol. Joking aside, its absurd there still hasnt been an official release for the 200-400 lens, pathetic! They really shud learn from Apple and have availability shortly after announcement and not announce production plans so far in advance.

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Peter242
By Peter242 (Sep 18, 2012)

The finish of the SX50, like that on the Sx500 looks cheap.

All in all, what Canon presents is solid cameras, but brands like Fuji or Sony come up with cameras that are much more appealing.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 18, 2012)

Pity that those 'more appealing' cameras don't sell as well. :)

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Peter242
By Peter242 (Sep 18, 2012)

ok, I forgot to say "to me", so you didn´t have to waste time ;-)

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Ithackermike
By Ithackermike (Sep 18, 2012)

The back of the 6D picture above appears to have a couple of strips of spare electrical tape coming from the side of the camera. Good heads up thinking by Canon to plan ahead.

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Sep 18, 2012)

They do that a lot at shows.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Sep 18, 2012)

The caption tries to explain that it's an attempt to stop people trying to take shots with a pre-production camera.

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sadwitch
By sadwitch (Sep 18, 2012)

Again the E-PL5 and RX100 shine.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Sep 18, 2012)

Right. One photo in the Panasonic post, pretty shows to me the performance of the lens. Vignetting and distortion in the corners, though vignetting is corrected in-camera. I guess, that's pretty normal for a compact with huge sensor, like the Sigma DP.

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Sep 18, 2012)

Where is the 200-400??

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