A bit late on this on due to server issues! Photokina. Holy crap! So much news from the photography industry. Today we chat about some of the highlights to come out of the event.

Image courtesy of GoPro.


DJI Mavic Pro


  • Small drone (only 743 g)
  • Lens: 1/2.3” (CMOS), 28 mm equivalent, f/2.2
  • Automatically follows you (or whatever you want) without braclet or tracker
  • 27 minute flight time
  • 4k camera
  • Arms “unfold” before flight
  • Knows where it takes off and how to return home (can track up to 20 satellites)
  • Detects trees, walls, etc and can avoid them.
  • Gimbal instead of electronic stabilization
  • Gamepad sized controller (or use your phone over wifi)
  • DJI goggles for VR flying (up to 40mph)
  • $749 for basic drone and $999 US
  • No price for goggles yet
  • Will fit in nicely with the new laws in australia for flying small RPA (remotely piloted aircraft): https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia

Olympus Unveils a New Flagship, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II


  • New 20.4MP Live MOS sensor, Micro Four Thirds lens mount (so crop)
  • Shoots to SD
  • Real 4k at 24fps, UHD at 25fps, HD at 50fps
  • RAW photos at up to 60fps !!?!!? (manual focus)
  • 18fps with continuous autofocus
  • 121-point cross-type on-chip phase detection and contrast detection AF system (“This Dual F.A.S.T. AF system will automatically select between contrast and phase-detection AF depending on a variety of different conditions.”)
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization (5.5 stops) – Demo of this is insane. Shake the camera on purpose and it stays locked. Can combine with lens IS.
  • No price yet (old model is $899 US)
  • If you want Micro four thirds, this would be a ripping camera.

Sigma Releases Trio of Lenses: 85mm f/1.4, 12-24mm f/4, and 500mm f/4


  • 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM (ART series, rumoured for a long time) – $1199 US
  • 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM (Niche ART lens) – $1599.00 US
  • 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM – “Sports line” of lenses (rugged build) – $5999 US
  • Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts

BlackRapid Breathe Straps Provide Choice, Function, and Comfort


  • “feature moisture-wicking air mesh breathable pads”
  • Single, double and more
  • Similar to old models, just with the “breathable” material

GoPro Hero 5


  • HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy to use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design. AU $569.95
  • HERO5 Session combines 4K video, one-button simplicity and voice control all in a small, waterproof design. – AU $459.95
  • HERO Session™ is ready for any adventure with its one-button simplicity and compact waterproof design. – AU $299.95

GoPro Karma


  • Karma Drone: use a standard GoPro as its camera
  • Karma Grip – looks like the DJI product we chatted about last week (but designed for GoPro Cameras)
  • GoPro Karma Quadcopter with HERO5 Black – $1099 US (can get just the aircraft for $399 or versions with a “harness” for other gopros (around $799)
  • “The Karma uses a game-style controller and an integrated touchscreen display that makes it very easy to set up, fly, and use to capture pro-quality video straight out of the box.”
  • Includes a nice backpack bag
  • Available October 23

Comparison (based on paper specs) of the two new drones. 

Sony Breathes Life into the A-Mount with the a99 II


  • 42.4MP full-frame sensor
  • internal 4K recording
  • 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization (4.5 stops)
  • Chunky body (as opposed to the mirrorless cameras)
  • 12 fps continuous shooting
  • Bit of a surprise announcement with the focus so strongly on mirrorless.

Manfrotto Befree Live – Ultra Compact Video Tripod


  • Light-weight Video  fluid head tripod
  • For journalists, bloggers, travellers
  • $240 US
  • 3 stage legs
  • Folds up to be reasonably compact
  • 2.2 KG with legs and head
  • Carbon fiber version would be good to see to reduce leg weight (head is only 0.4 kg)



  • APS-C 24.2MP mirrorless camera
  • 2.36m-Dot EV
  • 3.2″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting
  • Video at 1080p at up to 60 fps
  • Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus
  • 5-axis digital image stabilization when shooting video
  • Wi-Fi, NFC connectivity and Bluetooth Smart
  • No audio in.
  • No 4k
  • $979 US
  • EF-M 18–150mm f/3.5–6.3 IS STM and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM also announced

Panasonic unveils new GH5 prototype


  • Won’t be shipping until next year
  • “world’s first 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit when it is released”
  • Still many details to be revealed
  • If the price is right this will sell like hotcakes

Other cool things

  • Fujifilm announces development of GFX 50S medium format digital


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