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Photokina 2012: Canon Stand Report

Barney Britton | Show Reports | Published Sep 18, 2012

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.