Christmas comes late for us photo-tech geeks. As always, the Consumer Electronics Show (AKA CES) start the new year’s hot tech trends with juicy hardware announcements. In no particular order, here are our top 5 picks from CES 2017.
Interested in Microsoft’s Surface Studio, but wanting just the brilliant screen? Not exactly Apples to Apples, but the upcoming Dell Canvas provides a similar touch experience with your current hardware given you’re a PC user. Utilizing a puck and pen similar to that of the Studio, the Canvas arrives in a highly desirable matte finish with a tilt ability up to 11 degrees for an optimal multi-display / touch workflow (Apple, please take notes). The Gorilla Glass covered screen encapsulates a 27” multi-touch Quad HD panel made to connect to any Windows 10 machine via Thunderbolt or USB. More mouth watering specs are what’s included. The Canvas digital pen has a whopping 2,048 points of pressure and best of all, both the pen and both dial/knob things are included with this bundle.
If your wallet is open ready for Dell to take your hard earned greenbacks, you’ll have to be patient. The Canvas ships in April as most CES announcements at a solid price of $1,799.
Dell 8k Monitor
Just when 4k displays are starting to become commonplace, Dell drops what could be the ultimate professional display. Packing 32 inches and 33.2 million pixels, this uber panel will do 100% of both Adobe RGB and SRGB color spaces. The 10-Bit Deep Color supported monitor is a dream for professionals who have the computing horsepower. However, for many, this panel will remain a dream at a price tag of only $4,999.
If you’re into video, the GH series by Panasonic was as groundbreaking as the grandfather of DSLR videography, the 5DII. It’s now been almost three years since the GH4 release and much of the video landscape has changed. We’ve now since seen two generations of the Sony A7s which has become to many the go to camera for compact video production. With so much riding on this release, Panasonic had to come out guns blazing in order to protect its marketshare. Just on specs alone, that’s exactly what they've done.
The Panny GH updates have always been the result of user feedback. It’s incredible how much they actually listen to consumers in the creation of their cameras. So what are due to get? There’s too much to write about so here’s a quick bulleted list of things to come which include some highly premium features found on far more expensive cinema cams:
- A NEW 20.3 Megapixel MFT sensor (4k shooting uses entire sensor width, not cropped like the previous generation or some competing cameras)
- As with most new mirrorless camera releases, 5-axis in-body image stabilization with Dual IS 2 for image stabilized equipped lenses
- Internal 4K at 30 FBS - 10-bit 4:2:2
- 400 Mbps 4:2:2 10-bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p, 25p, and 24p as well as Full HD.
- VFR in 1080 video up to 180 FPS
- No recording time limits!
- 9 FPS shooting with continuous autofocus
- Dual SD card slots with hot swapping capability for limitless recording
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
- Rack Focus Mode allowing you to change pre-configured focus points in shooting video
- Waveform and Vectorscope monitors
- Upgradable V-Log video capture with preview display using LUTs
- Same battery as the GH4 and improved battery life
We’ll find out in the coming months how well the GH5 performs in the real world. Internal 4k at 10 bit 4:2:2 already makes this bad boy a beast and an ability no other competitor offers in this price and size. Big questions that will be answered soon are dynamic range, rolling shutter, and what Sony will do now with the A7s III? Regardless, at around $2,000, there’s nothing really in that price range that offers anything close in specs. Panasonic, if you’re listening, we’ll give this sweet baby bird a go if you want us to do some early testing. ;)
Who needs built-in stabilization when you have SteadXP? SteadXP created something incredible last year and were rewarded for their innovation when they raised over half a million Euros on Kickstarter for their 3-axis stabilizer hotshoe mount camera doohickie. Shipping Spring, the Stead XP utilizes built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers to fix shaky hands, smoothing out a DSLR/Mirrorless camera and 15-70mm lens in all situations. Leave your bulky steadycam or gimbal at home as the SteadXP can do it all with a tiny footprint no larger than a flash trigger.
At the current exchange rate, you can pre-order the SteadXP now for about $300 US. Click play above to watch the SteadXP in action.
Speaking about 8k… we’ve got the perfect 360-degree VR cam to go with that new 8k Dell monitor. Over the years, there’s been a crazy demand for 360-degree VR content. Along for the ride has been Insta360, one of the innovators in the VR space. They have now raised the stakes for 2017 with their new “Pro” camera. Features include: 8k resolution, 60MP stills in both RAW and HDR formats, h.265 video compression, and livestream capability for instant sharing on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. All yours for a paltry $3,000.
That concludes the top 5. Be sure to check out our Facebook @RGGEDU for more good RGG EDU content and news.