An exclusive feature of Digital Imaging Reporter’s convention coverage, the 2020 CES Product Showcase shines a light on a sample of recently introduced and noteworthy photo-imaging gear.
CES 2020 Product Showcase
Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70–200mm f/2.8 OIS
Panasonic introduced two L-mount lenses for Lumix S full-frame (FF) single-lens mirrorless cameras, including the Lumix S Pro 70–200mm f/2.8 OIS large-aperture telephoto zoom. It boasts high descriptive performance across its zoom range. It is also dust/splash resistant and withstand conditions down to 14ºF. Moreover, a focus clutch mechanism permits instant AF/MF switching and manual focusing. An option for video recording, it also integrates a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.
For professional field shooting, the lens has two UED (ultra-extra-low dispersion) lenses as well as three ED lenses in a 22-element 17-group configuration. They effectively suppress axial chromatic and chromatic aberrations. Moreover, astigmatism is corrected with an aspherical lens. It also adopts a double focus system to suppress fluctuation of aberration, even at close distances.
Teleconverters allow 280mm (1.4x, DMW-STC14) and 400mm (2x, DMW-STC20) super-telephoto shooting; a maximum 480-fps focus control enables fast, precision AF. In addition, the OIS (optical image stabilizer) in the lens works with in-body IS; the 5-axis dual IS 2 system makes it possible to use a 7-stop slower shutter speed. Its constant f/2.8 large aperture provides smooth defocus gradation as well as bokeh. $2,599.
Nikon Z 50 DX-Format Mirrorless
The tiny DX-format Z 50 mirrorless ILC uses Nikon’s larger Z mount to provide an advanced optical system. Moreover, it’s the first DX-format mirrorless camera, delivering a more compact system to those moving to mirrorless. Incorporating Nikon’s latest technologies, it has a more portable body than full-frame Z cameras. With a magnesium alloy frame, it weighs 14 oz. In addition, for low-profile shooting, users can activate the silent shutter function.
Its DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor and Expeed 6 processor deliver a native sensitivity range of ISO 100–51,200 (stills); it extends to an ISO 204,800 equivalent for low-light photography. The Z 50 achieves 11-fps (AF/AE) bursts and records Full HD video from a cinematic 24 fps to 100 fps. It also records 4K video with stabilization, as well as 120p slow-motion, time-lapse and interval-timer shooting.
Other features: a 209-point hybrid AF system; eye-detection AF; a 3.2-inch flip-down, touch LCD; a slightly extended EVF for a more comfortable glare-free fit against the eye; video trimming; special effect modes; and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth. $859.95 body.
Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art
This superspeed, wide-angle Sigma prime for full-frame cameras employs a unique 17-element, 12-group design. It incorporates three SLD (special low dispersion) elements and three aspheric elements (including one double-sided aspheric) to achieve nearly perfect control of spherical aberrations and distortion. As a result, the lens captures exceptionally sharp, beautifully rendered images.
An ultrawide f/1.2 aperture allows shooting in very low light and facilitates the artistic use of extreme selective focus techniques. In addition, a rounded 11-blade diaphragm enhances its inherently beautiful natural bokeh. Other features: a hypersonic AF motor for swift, quiet precise AF with full-time manual focus (MF) override; a multifunction AF-lock (AFL) button; 11.8-inch close focus (1:5.1) for dramatic close-ups; and splashproof construction. In Leica L and Sony E mounts, $1,499.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
The OM-D E-M5 Mark III features technology found in the pro OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The lightweight camera includes a compact 5-axis in-body image stabilization unit for 5.5 EV steps of compensation (6.5 EV with Sync IS). The Olympus ILC’s components were miniaturized to deliver the smallest body. Improvements in power saving permit use of the compact BLS-50 battery.
The dustproof, splashproof, freezeproof body has a refined grip and retooled mode dial. The 20MP sensor from the E-M1 Mark II is maximized by a TruePic VIII processor. With 121-point all-cross phase-detection AF, users select from six target options. Touch shutter/touch AF operation is enabled using the touch pad, even while tracking subjects. Notable are 30-fps bursts and C 4K 24p, Full HD 30p/60p and All-Intra video recording; information from the AF sensor is used for focusing when recording. Combining 5-axis IS with electronic IS makes it possible to record stable video without stabilization equipment.
Other features: long-exposure shooting with live composite, live bulb and live view; RAW shooting; pro capture mode; focus bracketing/stacking; 50MP tripod high-res shot; a 2.36M-dot EVF; anti-flicker shooting; and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth. $1,199.99 body.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III & PowerShot G5 X Mark II
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III and G5 X Mark II P&S cameras have individualized qualities but share core features: a 20.1MP, 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor; a Digic 8 processor; 4K video recording up to 30p; and Full HD recording at 60p/120p. Additionally, they offer HDR functionality and high frame rate movies with no crop. Both also achieve 20-fps continuous shooting and have the highest ISO sensitivities in the PowerShot category, up to ISO 12,800. In addition to a USB-C charging supply, they offer Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity.
PowerShot G7 X Mark III. This vlogging camera livestreams to YouTube wirelessly, enabling creators to post in real time. It also offers vertical video support: 4K recording at 30p high frame rate movie with no crop and Full HD recording up to 120p. It features: a 4.2x, 24–100mm-equivalent lens; a microphone jack; and creative assist functions. $749.99.
PowerShot G5 X Mark II. A lighter, compact, premium P&S, it touts a pop-up EVF; touch-and-drag autofocus; and a 5x, 24–120mm-equivalent lens. $899.99.
Lowel Blender XL
The Lowel Blender XL is a next-generation bicolor lighting fixture from Tiffen. The device employs surface mount LEDs with an output that’s almost four times a traditional one-by-one panel. The photo/video light fixture provides 98 CRI output in a rugged, compact package. Moreover, it is powered through a switchable AC/DC power supply that accepts professional V-mount batteries for use nearly anywhere.
Utilizing 45º optical lenses, the Blender XL casts a narrow flood beam illumination, providing broad coverage while remaining strong enough to deliver the necessary lighting.
It also includes a removable diffuser that blends the daylight and tungsten balanced LED sources for consistent output. Daylight and tungsten color balanced LED arrays are independently controlled.
The steel and aluminum fixture is also a stand-alone option for a variety of production needs. However, when combined in a three-light kit with case and accessories, it becomes an on-the-go lighting package. $379.
Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 RF
Rokinon’s AF 14mm f/2.8 full-frame lens for the Canon RF mount has a 113.9º ultrawide angle view. “Currently, Canon R series camera users have to utilize an EF/EF-S type lens plus an expensive mount adapter to enjoy the performance of an autofocusing ultrawide-angle prime lens,” Rokinon stated. “The resulting size and weight are not ideal for a mirrorless camera. However, the new AF Rokinon is designed exclusively to prioritize the user experience of mirrorless cameras.”
By reducing the length of the flange back, the lens’s length and weight were also reduced, enhancing balance and usability. This also allows for faster, quieter AF. The RF-mount lens offers a bright f/2.8 aperture, and a rounded 7-blade aperture helps produce pleasing bokeh and star effects.
Other features: a 14-element, 10-group design; three aspherical, one high-refractive index and two extra-low dispersion elements; UMC antireflective coatings; a manual/autofocus switch; a 7.9-inch minimum focusing distance; moisture-resistant weather sealing; a built-in lens hood; an aluminum alloy housing; and a rear filter holder. $799.
Kodak PixPro WPZ2
From JK Imaging Ltd., the newest Kodak PixPro waterproof camera, the PixPro WPZ2, adds another affordable option for photographers and adventurers of all ages. The WPZ2 is designed with an attractive rugged exterior, which sports the iconic and recognized Kodak brand yellow color.
The camera is shockproof, dustproof as well as adventure ready. The rugged point-and-shoot model was built for on-the-go photographers and to operate in, on and under the water.
In addition, it provides scene modes to help photographers capture the best shot along with 1080p Full HD video. The camera works fully submerged in up to 49 feet of water. Its durable build is resistant to dirt and dust with a JIS/IEC rating of IP6X. Moreover, the camera is shockproof to withstand a fall of up to 6.6 feet.
Other features: a 4x optical zoom, 27–108mm-equivalent f/3–6.6 zoom lens; a 16-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor; 6-frames-per-sec full-res bursts; and a 2.7-inch, 230K-dot LCD monitor. $149.99.
Panasonic Lumix S1H
The full-frame mirrorless Panasonic Lumix S1H records 6K/24p (3:2), 5.9K/30p (16:9) and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K video. It also provides V-Log/V-Gamut. A 24.2MP, 35mm sensor complies with Panasonic’s dual native ISO. The camera provides 14 stops of dynamic range and 9-fps (AFS) bursts. With an active resolution of 6,024×4,016, it features OLPF adoption (optical low-pass filter) to suppress moiré.
The L-mount camera offers HDR in HLG (hybrid log gamma); 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output; and anamorphic 4:3 modes. Other filmmaking tools include a waveform monitor, a V-Log view-assist function and tally lights. Body IS compensates for shake and combines with the OIS (2-axis) in S lenses to allow a 6.5-stop slower shutter speed. Dual native ISO enables users to switch manually between low (ISO 640–5,000) and high (ISO 4,000–51,200).
Other features: a 3.2-inch, 2.33M-dot tilting monitor with live view boost for working in darkness; a 5.76M-dot LVF with a 0.78x magnification and 60 fps/120 fps display; a 1.8-inch, backlit status LCD; splash/freeze resistance; hybrid AF; 14-bit RAW shooting; dual SD slots; and Bluetooth 4.2/Wi-Fi 5 GHz. $3,999.99 body.
Sony Alpha 6600
The Alpha 6600 mirrorless camera brings Sony imaging technologies to a compact APS-C-format body. It employs a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor, a Bionz X processor and a front-end LSI implemented in Sony’s full-frame cameras. They boast a 0.02-sec AF acquisition time and utilize 425 focal-plane phase-detection points covering 84% of the image along with 425 contrast-detection points.
Real-time tracking uses Sony’s latest algorithm with AI-based object recognition. And real-time eye AF has improved accuracy, speed and tracking for humans and animals, even during video recording. The camera shoots internal 4K movies with full-pixel readout and no pixel binning in the Super 35mm format. Other features: a microphone jack and flip screen for framing vlog-style content; a headphone jack; time-lapse video; a 180º tiltable, 3-inch, 921K-dot touch LCD; ISO 50–102,400; 5-axis in-body IS for a 5-step shutter speed advantage.
Dust- and moisture-resistant, the 6600 has an HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) picture profile, as well as S-Log3/S-Log2 Gamma profiles. $1,199.99 body.
Lume Cube 2.0
The Lume Cube 2.0 LED light has an aluminum housing and is waterproof to 30 feet. The light pairs with a camera, drone, smartphone or other content creation devices to achieve better lighting. It measures 1.6×1.6 inches and is the size of a golf ball.
The device emits a daylight balanced 95+ CRI light. Its 80º beam angle lens also provides a clean spread with zero hotspots. In addition, it offers a run time of 1.5 hours at 100% brightness. It also provides daylight balanced 5600K color temperature and 750 lux at 1m. Enhanced manual and wireless controls let users quickly increase or decrease brightness levels. Additionally, users can unlock a “secret” low-light mode to adjust levels in 1% increments for long-exposure and night photography.
Other features: wireless control via the Lume-X app (60 feet); a 360º optical sensor for slave flash capability; a 1/4″ 20 connection. The light comes with a modification frame for mounting gels/diffusers; a magnetic softening diffuser; a magnetic warming CTO gel; a DSLR mount; and a USB-C cable. $89.99.
Nikon Coolpix W150
Thanks to being waterproof (33 ft.), freezeproof (14ºF) and shockproof (6 ft.), this Nikon point-and-shoot camera allows photographers of all levels to capture and share adventures. It boasts a simple menu and unique scene modes. At its heart are a 13.2MP low-light CMOS sensor and 30–90mm f/3.3–5.9 (equivalent), 3x zoom Nikkor glass lens. It also captures Full HD 1080p video with stereo sound and provides a 2.7-inch LCD and target-finding autofocus.
Users can select the “shoot under water” setting and the W150 does the rest. There’s also an underwater face-framing setting that automatically detects faces. And before photographers share their shots, the camera’s “add clarity under water” editing function corrects overly blue hues and adds clarity to underwater images. Other features: special effects, like adding bubbles to a photo; a picture-in-picture function makes images appear as if they were taken on an instant print camera; decorative frames and stamps; and SnapBridge with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. $169.95.
Canon Ivy Rec
The Canon Ivy Rec clippable camera is designed for adventure. The ultracompact Ivy Rec is waterproof down to 6.6 feet (30 minutes) and shockproof enough to withstand a 6.6-foot fall. Built for the outdoors, the wearable camera can clip on a belt or bag. And the clip doubles as a viewfinder—eliminating the potential to crack a screen. The camera records video in 720p or 1080p for 10 minutes.
With one-click capture for photos and videos, the Ivy Rec pairs with the optional Canon Mini Cam app (iOS/Android) via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In addtion, when the app is connected to a mobile device, users can keep informed about settings. This includes battery life; capacity on the MicroSD card; recording resolution; as well as image size. Snapshooters can also use the app as a live viewfinder—or as a remote shutter. Via the app, content can be transferred to a mobile device to print and share. $129.99.
Acratech’s GXP ball head is a lightweight, rugged tripod head that holds 50 pounds and weighs one pound. Moreover, extra-fine tension control lets photographers dial in the correct amount of friction on the ball for maximum camera control and smooth movements.
It is available with Acratech’s locking lever clamp with safety features. Photographers lock in its Arca-Swiss style quick-release plates. The level on its quick-release clamp is readily visible, and the locking lever clamp has a safety zone; the first 25% of its motion won’t allow a camera to release.
“When shooting stitched panoramic images, you will often need to return to the starting point of your first shot of your sequence. With our unique zero pointer, it’s always quick and easy to set a zero point and return right back to it,” the company notes.
The GXP functions as a ball head, a gimbal head and also a leveling panoramic head. The gimbal works with any lens, up to 400mm f/4.0, with a tripod collar. Photographers can also unscrew the clamp and put it onto the head’s bottom to create level, single-row panoramas. $445.
Snap Inc. Spectacles 3 with 3D Capture
Spectacles 3, the latest version of Snap’s Spectacles sunglasses, has dual HD cameras to empower creativity in 3D. It captures depth and dimension the way the human eye does, providing a 3D canvas for a suite of 3D effects on Snapchat. Captured Snaps transfer in HD to “memories” within Snapchat to add lighting, landscapes and effects with a swipe. Snaps also export to a camera roll as circular, horizontal, square and VR formats, where they can be saved, edited and shared.
Users can tap either button for video (60 seconds continuously) or press and hold for still capture. And high-fidelity audio is possible via a four-microphone array. Additionally, LED indicator lights notify people when recording; users also see a light.
Other features: a lightweight steel frame with adjustable acetate tips; two color options; on-the-go charging in an included case that stores four charges; a USB-C charging cable; and also a 3D viewer to bring Snaps to life. $380.