CP+ 2014 Day 1: The best in Camera and Photo Imaging Technology

CP+ Day One - AkihabaraNews.com

CP+ 2014, or the Camera and Photo Imaging Show is currently being held over 4 days at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Centre (Feb 13 -16).

As is spashed on the event website and proclaimed by our press kit, the event theme is:

“Joy and Beauty through Advance Photo Imaging Technology” [sic]

…and were it phrased as a question, the best answer would be YES! That’s right, All-CAPS yes.

To break it down, all the big (and many not so big) names in the Photo and Imaging industry are here with their latest products on show. AkihabaraNews has a good deal of in-depth coverage on the way, but the quick and dirty highlights run along the lines of:

Voigtlander and Zeiss cut all their lenses in half.

The Sigma DPs look amazing and have build quality to match. Depending on the the eventual price point, It could be the purist photographer’s camera of choice this year.

Panasonic’s New 4k AG-GH4 does away with the silly superstition that having 4 in a product name is bad luck (the number four can be pronounced ‘shi’ which sounds like ‘death’ in Japanese).

Epson’s new T-Shirt printer is just plain brilliant!

The new Hasselblad H5D-50C costs more than a car, is about as big as one, and can immortalise the finest details, tiniest moles, shallowest wrinkles and slightest excess make-up on a model’s face in 50 glorious megapixels… much to the dismay of the poor guy doing the retouching.

And Olympus has the most impressive subject matter to showcase the capabilities of their new OMD EM-10 and recent additions to their lens lineup.

We’ll have more coverage here over the next few days including photos, video, and interviews from CP+2014 - stay tuned!

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Editors’ Note: We took care to dispatch a proper camera geek for this event, camera geek readers will not be disappointed.

For Nayalan's, AKA DarcNoodles previous work, have a look at this right here.

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Nikon announced the release of new compact digital camera COOLPIX S6900. It will be out for about 35,000 yen in mid-October.

Sony is going to release new entry model mirrorless camera α 5000 with Wi-Fi & NFC built-in on February 7.

It's the world's lightest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (109.6x35.7x62.8mm, 210g) that has an APS-C size image sensor. It comes in the following colors: black, silver, white and pink.

α 5000 will be sold as a lens kit:

- α 5000 Power Zoom Lens Kit ILCE-5000L with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens - about ¥53,000

Nikon is going to release Wi-Fi compliant slim digital camera COOLPIX S6800 on February 13.

The COOLPIX S6800 features an optical 12X zoom NIKKOR lens (16.02 effective pixels) of 25mm-300mm (in 35mm format), 24X Dynamic Fine Zoom, 3-inch TFT monitor (0.46 million dots), has 12 kinds of make-up effects such as Eye Shadow, Lip Color, and Mascara, and has a Hybrid VR (Vibration Reduction) system.

Estimated price: ¥28,000
Color: Purple pink, Natural white, Raspberry red
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Sony designed the HDR-AZ1 with a focus on downsizing and developed it on the assumption that users will control it through the live-view remote control "RM-LVR2V", which comes with a remote control kit (HDR-AZ1VR). So, the HDR-AZ1's control functions were simplified and it has only the Start/Stop button for recording and On/Off for Wi-Fi connection.

Panasonic is going to release new digital video camera HC-W850M on February 20.

HC-W850M has a movable sub-camera at the side of the LCD monitor. The sub-camera is capable of rotating 270 degrees so that it allows you to film 2 different images at the same time, for example, "regular distance & close-up image", " front & side", and "subject & cameraman", and display the sub-image in the main image.

Nikon announced the release of a premium camera - Df Black Gold Edition - to celebrate the first anniversary of their digital single-lens reflex Df camera. Only 1,600 units - 600 bodies and 1,000 lens kits, will be out for sale.

Panasonic announced that they are going to release the world's first compact digital camera with 4K video recording capability - LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 - on July 17.

It will be sold for around 100,000 yen.

LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is able to record 4K video (3,840×2,160) at up to 30 fps in the MP4 format. There is also a built-in functionality called "4K PHOTO" to capture 8MP images in the 4K video footage. It can also output 1920×1080 60fps full HD resolution video.

Nikon is going to release COOLPIX S3600, a compact digital camera with optical 8x zoom, for about ¥17,000 on February 6.

The body of COOLPIX S3600 is only 19.9mm thick. The optical zoom NIKKOR lens covers 25mm-200mm (in 35mm format) and 20.05 million effective pixels in resolution. As with the COOLPIX L30 and COOLPIX S6800, COOLPIX S3600 has 12 kinds of make-up effects. It also has a 2.7-inch TFT LCD monitor.

Estimated price: ¥17,000

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[Editor’s Note: Before we put our meat hooks into it, Senior Contributor Nayalan’s suggested title was: Store where the combined IQ of the patrons is less than my shoe size.” That guy is so mean to fashion.]

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"EOS Kiss X7," the world's lightest and smallest digital single-lens reflex camera among cameras with APS-C sensors, was released on April 2013 by Canon. It's a compact entry model camera that can motivate DSLR newcomers to easily carry it around with them anywhere and try to take full-fledged photos.

The new Casio EXILIM series EX-ZR850 will be available on May 23 for about ¥32,000.

The new EX-ZR850 has an interval photography function that continues taking photos at regular intervals and can do this continuously for a maximum of 20 days, equaling about 500 hours of shooting. For example, you can very effectively track the movement of a flower blooming or scenery changing. There is also functionality to convert the interval photos into a movie.

Nikon's new multifunctional compact digital camera COOLPIX P600 will be released on February 27.

COOLPIX P600 has an optical 60X zoom NIKKOR lens that covers an effective focal length of 4.3-258mm (equivalent to 24-1440mm in 35mm format). This is the highest zoom among all COOLPIX models.

It also features a Super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element to produce extremely beautiful images even at high resolution.

Thanko has just released a miniature action camera that you can attach it anywhere you want. Attach it to a thing like a radio-controlled plane, glasses, helmet, and even your dog's collar, and make creative motion movies.

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