Welcome to the dpreview.com Photokina 2012 show report. The Photokina 'World of Imaging' Trade Fair has been held biannually at the Cologne Exhibition Center since 1950, and is traditionally used by manufacturers to launch new products and give a glimpse of what they have planned for the year ahead.
As usual we will be providing frequent and detailed coverage of product announcements as well as live 'from the floor' reports and videos, which will appear here during the show.
This page serves as the index for our final show report and will be the page for you to bookmark for regular updates from now until after the show has finished. The 'New Product Index' table below provides a summary of what has been announced.
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Articles

Barney Britton | Published on Sep 25, 2012 |
When we spoke to Dirk Jasper, Nikon's Product Manager for Professional Products and Product Planning, at Photokina, we ended up having a pretty long conversation. In this interview - the second of two - we spoke to Dirk about Nikon's new Android camera, the S800c, and the development of the Nikon 1.
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Lars Rehm | Published on Sep 22, 2012 |
The Photokina show extends far beyond the big camera brands, with hundreds of companies selling a vast array of accessories, services and related widgets. Then, of course, there are the visitors, reps and dealers who combine to give the show its character. Here's what we saw beyond the main stands.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 21, 2012 |
Casio's stand plays host to the interesting-looking Exilim EX-ZR1000 raw-shooting, flip screen, fast-featured CMOS compact.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 21, 2012 |
SLR Magic, the Hong Kong-based lens company, announced an ambitious selection of lenses at Photokina and its stand plays host to prototypes of them.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 21, 2012 |
The big lines at Leica's stand at this year's Photokina were for the new M and M-E rangefinders, but Leica also announced a new camera in its 'S' medium format line. Barnaby Britton caught up with Stephan Schulz, head of Professional Imaging at Leica, and asked him all about it.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 21, 2012 |
Fujifilm has been showing off the way its X-Pro1's hybrid viewfinder will behave when used with zoom lenses - which we demonstrate in a video.
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Lars Rehm | Published on Sep 21, 2012 |
Tamron shows the new 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lenses at its stand in hall 4.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 20, 2012 |
Nikon has launched several new products this year, including the enthusiast-oriented D600. Barnaby Britton caught up with Dirk Jasper, product manager for professional imaging at Nikon Europe at Photkina, to find out what he thinks makes the D600 special, and get his opinion on the competition.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 20, 2012 |
Sigma will re-brand its lenses into three categories to make it easier to chose the right lens. Its stand features a new lens in each of these categories, as well as playing host to the company's SD1 Merrill and DP Merrill series of cameras.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 20, 2012 |
The Hasselblad stand is abuzz with people queueing to see the controversial Lunar - its 24MP E-mount camera.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 20, 2012 |
Schneider Kreuznach is to make high-end autofocus lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system and mock-ups can be seen on its stand.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 20, 2012 |
Barnaby Britton caught up with Samsung's VP of Sales and Marketing, Sun Hong Lim at the Samsung stand, who explained why the Galaxy Camera is so important to Samsung, and why the Korean manufacturer is confident that it's a leader - not a follower.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Just before the opening of Photokina, Pentax it refreshed its popular K-5 DSLR, releasing two new models, the K-5 II and the K-5 IIS. Barnaby Britton caught up with John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales & Marketing at Pentax Imaging USA, at the show.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Carl Zeiss has autofocus lenses for mirrorless cameras on show, alongside its traditional manual focus prime lenses.
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Lars Rehm | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
The new XF1 compact and the X-E1 mirrorless system camera are the stars of the show at the Fujifilm stand.
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Richard Butler | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Full-frame is order of the day at Sony, but the star of the stand is safely behind glass.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Big, blue and very very connected. That's Samsung in 2012, and the Korean electronics giant has a large stand at this year's photokina, the better to showcase its range of compact and interchangeable lens cameras, all of which feature Wi-Fi connectivity.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Photokina 2012 is proving a busy show for Leica, with two new M models, the 'M', which succeeds the M9, and the ME. Barnaby Britton caught up with M product manager Jesko von Oeynhausen at the Leica stand.
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Lars Rehm | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
This is the first Photokina for the unified Pentax Ricoh with a stand in hall 2 of the Cologne Messe complex.
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Lars Rehm | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
The OM-D is grabbing all of the attention at Olympus stand. It's those same customers Olympus is hoping to entice with its 17mm F1.8 lens, which we tracked-down a prototype of.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
Canon has been busy this year, and the demonstration areas are thronged with enthusiasts keen to get their hands on Canon's latest products including the mirrorless EOS M and the 6D - Canon's most affordable full-frame DSLR yet.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
Nikon has a large, and very yellow presence at this year's show, and the Japanese manufacturer has a lot to show off. 2012 has been a busy year for Nikon, and crowds several people deep are lining up to get their hands on the latest releases, including the recently-released D600.
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Lars Rehm | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
Leica announced quite a few cameras at this Photokina, but it's the M that's getting all the attention.
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Lars Rehm | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
Panasonic occupies a large stand in hall 3 at this year's Photokina, with the new Lumix GH3 being the star of the show.
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Products

Sony Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
24 megapixels | 3 screen | 35 mm
Sep 12, 2012
Sony SLT-A99
24 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
Sep 12, 2012
Sony Alpha NEX-6
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
Sep 12, 2012
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Wideangle zoom lens | Sony E (NEX) | SEL-P1650
Sep 12, 2012
Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS
Wideangle zoom lens | Sony E (NEX) | SEL1018
Sep 12, 2012
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
Prime lens | Sony E (NEX) | SEL-35F18
Sep 12, 2012
Sony Alpha NEX-5R
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
Aug 29, 2012
Nikon Nikon D600
24 megapixels | 3.2 screen | Full frame sensor
Sep 13, 2012
Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8
Prime lens | Nikon 1
Sep 13, 2012
Nikon Coolpix S800c
16 megapixels | 3.5 screen | 25 – 250 mm (10×)
Aug 22, 2012
Nikon Coolpix P7700
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
Aug 22, 2012
Samsung Samsung NX 45mm F1.8
Telephoto prime lens | Samsung NX
Sep 17, 2012
Samsung NX 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED
Zoom lens | Samsung NX
Sep 17, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Camera 4G
16 megapixels | 4.8 screen | 23 – 481 mm (20.9×)
Aug 29, 2012
Fujifilm Fujifilm XF1
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 100 mm (4×)
Sep 17, 2012
Fujifilm X-E1
16 megapixels | 2.8 screen | APS-C sensor
Sep 6, 2012
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Zoom lens | Fujifilm X
Sep 6, 2012
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Wideangle prime lens | Fujifilm X
Sep 6, 2012
Pentax Pentax K-5 II
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
Sep 10, 2012
Pentax K-5 IIs
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
Sep 10, 2012
Pentax Q10
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Compact sensor
Sep 10, 2012
Pentax 06 Telephoto 15-45mm
Pentax Q
Sep 10, 2012
Pentax smc DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Lens | Pentax KAF
Sep 10, 2012
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW
Prime lens | Pentax KAF3
Sep 10, 2012
Pentax HD DFA645 Macro 90mm F2.8 ED AW SR
Pentax KAF2, Pentax 645AF2
Sep 10, 2012
Canon Canon EOS 6D
20 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
Sep 17, 2012
Canon PowerShot G15
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 140 mm (5×)
Sep 17, 2012
Canon PowerShot S110
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 120 mm (5×)
Sep 17, 2012
Panasonic Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS
Telephoto zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-HS35100E
Sep 17, 2012
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
Sep 17, 2012
Olympus Olympus PEN E-PL5
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
Sep 17, 2012
Olympus PEN E-PM2
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
Sep 17, 2012
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 112 mm (4×)
Sep 17, 2012
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Telephoto macro prime lens | Micro Four Thirds
Feb 8, 2012
Tamron Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
Telephoto zoom lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony Alpha | A009
Sep 13, 2012
Leica Leica M Typ 240
24 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
Sep 17, 2012
Leica M-E Typ 220
18 megapixels | 2.5 screen | Full frame sensor
Sep 17, 2012
Leica D-Lux 6
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 90 mm (3.8×)
Sep 17, 2012
Leica V-Lux 4
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 600 mm (24×)
Sep 17, 2012
Sigma Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
Prime lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Sep 17, 2012
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | C
Zoom lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Sep 17, 2012
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
Telephoto zoom lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA
Sep 17, 2012