This week's news

We’re gearing up for Photokina in the AP office – this time next week we’ll be in the thick of the world’s biggest imaging festival with a feast of new photo gear.

We’ve already seen a few exciting products in the run-up. First up, Sony’s new lens-style cameras the ILCE-QX1 and DSC-QX30, which hook up to your smartphone like the previous QX cameras.

What’s different this time though is that, unlike its fixed lens brethren, the QX1 is a sensor module with an E-mount, allowing you to attach E-mount lenses. We’ve already taken it out for a play, and you can see our sample image gallery here.

Elsewhere we’ve seen Zeiss unveil a new Otus 1.4/85 premium short telephoto lens, the successor to its phenomenal Otus 1.4/55, promising edge-to-edge sharpness and not a whisper of chromatic aberration.

In the wake of the celebrity hacking news last week, it’s come to many people’s attention that they might need to pay closer attention to what images they are putting online. We put together a brief guide to keeping your images safe and offline if you’re feeling a little nervous.

Finally, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been nominated for the Pixel Trade Awards Consumer Magazine of the Year Award! If you’d like to help us win, give this tweet a little retweet!

That’s all for this week. Remember, Photokina begins on Tuesday September 16, so keep checking back to the site for all the latest updates and releases.