Each year Japanese consumers gather at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan for a four-day trade show. All the big names always show off their new product lines to local audiences here and have done so for the last 50 years. Canon and Nikon still dominate the digital imaging market, closely followed by other players such as Panasonic and Sony. Other manufacturers like Casio, Fujifilm and Olympus, continue to release convincing digital cameras as well.
This year, the manufacturers have chosen to opt for the more practical improvements on their designs, rather than some new features. That does not mean that the line up for 2014 has withheld anything when it comes to innovation. First off we have; Casio with their offering; the EX-100, which is currently only expected to be marketed in Japan. The camera includes a unique ‘bracketing’ mode, which varies exposure and also white balance, along with focus and other settings in order to capture the perfect picture, without lots of preparation or image know how. Next up is the Sigma dp Quattro.
This camera is sure to be another showstopper, with its curiously wide body, a highly capable sensor and a trio of fixed lenses. Then there is the Canon’s PowerShot G1 X Mark II. This is capable of delivering DSLR-like image quality in a package that is slighter than most mirrorless cameras.
Not forgetting the storage products, we have SanDisk’s new U3 SDXC card. It is fast enough to capture high-bitrate 4K video. This is the kind of product you are going to require, should you want to capture 4K clips with Panasonic’s new GH4, or maybe take full advantage of the Fujifilm X-T1, which has a new, weather-resistant housing, coupled with speedy performance.
Olympus, has introduced the Stylus SP-100, a 50x superzoom that includes a distinctive gun sight, giving you a laser-projected bulls-eye, which assists in you aiming the camera quickly when you’re targeting a fast-moving subject from a distance. Sony’s Alpha 6000 is the camera to look out for in the mirrorless category, with super-fast focusing performance, a bright OLED viewfinder and WiFi.
Well folks, that just about wraps it up, until next year’s event.