What can we expect at Photokina 2012 – CNET

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Next week, CNET Asia heads off to Photokina 2012 (September 18-23), which is the world’s largest photography-related trade fair. Held in Cologne, Germany, at Koelnmesse (Cologne Trade Fair or Cologne Exhibition Centre), the biennial exhibition will play host to hundreds of digital and analog imaging companies, which includes all the major camera vendors. Over 180,000 guests are expected to attend from over 160 countries.

This year may not be the most exciting in terms of camera technologies, but there are quite a few major trends we’re beginning to spot based on products that have already been announced and other products that have been leaked on the various rumor sites. Here are five imaging trends we believe we will be seeing at Photokina this year.

  1. Cheaper full-frame cameras
  2. More advanced compact cameras
  3. Mirrorless ILCs (Interchangeable lens cameras) that mean business
  4. Cameras geared toward social networking
  5. More 3-G enabled cameras

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The video above features one of our favorite Pre-Photokina releases, the Panasonic Lumix G5 (below).

Check out the review on the G5

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