That Was The Photo Year 2016

The decisive news 2016 came right at the beginning. Including suffered the Photokina. No new fundamental developments were shown in contrast to previous fairs in Cologne, but so many promising development. 2016, price increases was further marked by delays and finally.

Many camera manufacturers were popping the champagne corks immediately at the beginning of the year 2016 and presented a new top models. Above all the rivals Canon and Nikon with their professional cameras EOS-1 d X mark II and D5. Yet Sony’s A99 II with 42-megapixel sensor is joined to the Photokina. Their high shooting speed, which increased from generation to generation and supply with the neck and neck the cars is all three together.

By Nikon’s early 2016 with the D500 also gave a new APS-C flagship. In addition to also high shooting speed, the camera wants to impress due to their high sensitivity up to ISO 1.640.000. The wireless connection of the camera caused problems but some users. A lot less exciting the D5600 and the D3400, were then at the Nikon only a slight facelift has operated. The expected D750 successor D760 stayed out until the end of the year.

Just before the Photokina Canon announced the EOS 5 d Mark IV, a new 5D-Version with dual-pixel CMOS sensor / 30.4 million pixel resolution. Wi-Fi and GPS are now built into the camera. In APS-C middle-class, the EOS Canon put after 80 d. The camera has a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and an auto-focus with 45 cross-type sensors.

System cameras from 2016

Also the Spiegelosen launched by right in the spring. Olympus put his in the style of the 1960s styled by Mirrorless pen F on the market. Fujifilm’s flagship X-Pro2 – known through their hybrid viewfinder – was also available from January. In the summer, followed the Fujifilm X T2, which is characterized by a fast auto focus. At the Wetzlarer camera manufacturer Leica expanded in January its compact camera range to the weatherproof APS-C compact Leica X-U. Sony a more APS-C Mirrorless the 6000 family on the market came after the A6300 (February 2016) with the A6500 in October already. It is equipped with a 5-axis stabilizer as the first Sony model of this series. With the EOS M5 Canon finally at the end of the year released his first mirrorless system camera for serious photographers. Now lack even the appropriate lenses – a task for 2017.

Earthquake of Kumamoto and the consequences

The message with the greatest impact for the full year came in April 2016 from Japan: Kumamoto earthquake. When the earth shook in the region of Kumamoto on April 14, the production was interrupted by semiconductors in several plants of the region referred to as “Silicon Island”. This was also the production of image sensors for Sony and thus impacted on other manufacturers such as Nikon using Sony technology. Only at the end of the year the supply situation eased here. Many cameras came as a result of the delivery delays with the sensors with a significant delay on the market. One has heard so far by Nikon’s noble Compact with 1 inch sensor after the message about the delay.

Price increases and declines in sales

Another development, which showed in the year 2016, becoming increasingly evident as the paragraph braking element is the exchange rates of the yen. She provided for a significant price increase. As a result of rising prices, the sales in many areas of camera technology evolved not as good as hoped for. Now, manufacturers must kill their depreciation on much less sold cameras, what further drives the price increase. Companies such as Nikon, where we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company soon, see now hardly another way than to save on development costs and personnel. Among the competitors, the numbers are worse Canon. As compensation, Canon is considering in the future to provide image sensors to competitors.

With Lytro a manufacturer withdrew from the market, from which many new impulses for the photography had promised. The plan to sell light-field cameras, to the private final consumer has obviously failed. Lytro wants to focus in the future on professional projects in the field of virtual reality.


And then a Photokina year 2016 also was. Earlier the highlight for the photo industry, blessed this year only Spartan with novelties. Also the two major players Canon and Nikon held back with innovations in Cologne. They had presented their new products before the Photokina. Presented a study instead of new products of Canon and Nikon saved with action cams. After all: Good 1000 exhibitors from 40 countries showed their technical developments at the Photokina.

Panasonic had his G81 announcement in Cologne and could deliver before the camera in the fourth quarter. In addition, they showed a prototype of the new flagship GH5 planned for beginning of 2017 at Photokina. Olympus was able with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II present his new top of the range at Photokina. The camera comes with improved autofocus and 20-megapixel sensor.

Attention garnered the company known previously only as an action cam manufacturer Yi technology from Shanghai. With the Yi M1, he presented as a new player for MFT cameras. Yi wanted to with his system camera debut album still in the Christmas business, what is no longer managed.

Delay has also the mirrorless Hasselblad X1D. It was the first independent development of the Swedish manufacturer of Hasselblad after many years. Presented at the price of 9000 euros has become the firmware development and delayed the delivery of the end customer models. Before Christmas should be been completed the first cameras for delivery to end users, are to be seen but so far yet.

Also, Fujifilm, the long-standing partner of Hasselblad H system, has unveiled a spiegelloses medium format system 50s after numerous speculations in the run-up to Photokina with the GFX. It should be available from end of January 2017.

The Leica camera subsidiary Sinar presented the digital back S 30 | 45 new digital back part with video option. The possibilities to be able to record videos, with medium format digital backs have prompted manufacturers ALPA the Swiss, to develop a connector for the PL lenses usual in the Cine world for its cameras and increasing with the CMOS backs.


Heretical photographers claim: Smartphones are the better cameras, because they were always there. Similar has imagined perhaps even Leica camera, as they entered a cooperation with Huawei, which quickly bore fruit with the P9. Huawei incorporates into its models P9 and P9Plus equal to two cameras with lenses developed by Leica. Leica’s majority shareholder and Chairman of the Board Andreas Kaufmann showed up in this context convinced that phone cameras are the future.

Also at Hasselblad, putting on Smartphones. For Lenovo’s Motorola Moto Z there is a Moto mod compatible optical 10 x Zoom camera module 4.5-45 mm. Regardless of Hasselblad Motorola delivers with the Moto G 4th Gen plus a Smartphone with a 16 mega pixel camera which can record also 4K-Videos with 30 frames per second.

Zeiss 2016 presented his first attachment lenses for the iPhone at CES. Have we tested the wide-angle lens in this series soon.


To true as a result, the Sofortbildkameras by Fujifilm of the Viennese Lomographers, Berliners of impossible with the first eigenenKamera, as well as a surprise by Leica, the Leica sports evolved in the year 2016.


Away from the camera technology, there have been interesting developments. So, Federal President Gauck appreciated photography as its own art form. In the Bellevue Palace there was a reception with the title “Moment and duration” therefore in her honor.

With the legendary image band Bob Dylan, newly created for the 75th birthday of Robert Zimmerman of the Nobel Prize for literature was ahead of his shadow. The Castro – illustrated book “Teenage years of a revolution” was Castro’s special timeliness Fidel’s death. (pen)