Asignature feature of all DIR’s convention and show coverage is our product showcase, which highlights recently announced and notable photo-imaging equipment.
Unless otherwise noted, all booths are located in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
CES 2019 Product Showcase
Nikon Z 7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
Nikon’s Z system comprises the full-frame Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless ILCs with a larger-diameter Z mount; three Nikkor Z lenses; and also the mount adapter FTZ for compatibility with Nikkor F-mount lenses. The compact Z 7 employs a 45.7MP BSI FX-format CMOS sensor with built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels and Nikon’s Expeed 6 processor. They achieve 9-fps shooting and an ISO 64–25,600 range that can extend from ISO 32 to 102,400. With a familiar Nikon interface, its sub-selector and buttons are positioned for swift operation. In addition, a top plate panel shows settings information, similar to high-end DSLRs.
The Z 7 uses 493 focus points; its AF system enables coverage of 90% of the imaging area, horizontally and vertically. It also automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection and contrast-detect AF. Moreover, a mid-range sharpening option within the picture control sharpness parameters lets users make textures within the screen sharper or softer.
Other features: a 100% coverage, 3.69M-dot EVF; a 3.2-inch, 2.10M-dot, tilting, touch LCD; full-frame 4K UHD/30p video recording with full pixel readout; Full HD 120p recording; 8K time-lapse movie creation; the N-Log color profile; timecode support; 5-stop vibration reduction; a peaking stack function; and SnapBridge/Wi-Fi. Body only, $3,399.95. nikonusa.com, Central Hall, Booth 14006
Fujifilm 26MP X-T3 Mirrorless Camera
Fujifilm’s X-T3 introduces a new BSI 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4. They deliver improved AF and tracking plus 11-fps blackout-free bursts. The magnesium alloy X-T3 records 4K/60p 10-bit video to meet the needs of pro videographers. Its X-Trans APS-C sensor has no optical low-pass filter and boasts the highest X-series performance. The camera also utilizes the sensor’s color filter array to control moiré and false colors.
Fujifilm also increased the phase-detection AF area to the entire frame with 2.16M pixels; the low-light phase-detection AF limit was increased by 2 stops to -3 EV; and ISO 160 is standard. It also refocuses (AF) and meters (AE) 1.5x more frequently than the X-T2.
Moreover, adopting Fujifilm’s color chrome effect from the mirrorless medium-format GFX 50S, it produces enhanced color gradation in saturated colors. Other features: a 3.69M-dot EVF with a 0.005-sec display time lag and 100-fps refresh rate; a lockable EVF diopter adjustment; HDMI output; 12 stops of dynamic range; sports finder mode; a pre-shoot function; a 0.045-sec shutter time lag; RAW shooting; a 3-inch, 1.04M-dot, touch LCD; 16 film simulations; and Bluetooth 4.2. Body only, 1,499.95. fujifilmusa.com, South Hall 2, Booth MP25581
Sirui USA N-S Series Professional Tripods
N-S professional tripods feature magnesium alloy leg sockets/spider as well as a ¼-inch accessory port. Each kit includes: a tripod; rubber and stainless steel spiked feet; a tool kit; a manual; a carrying case; and a six-year warranty.
N-S 1004SK. This four-section aluminum tripod uses a twist leg lock system that deploys with a half turn and a spider with a built -in bubble level. It also features a split center column for ground-level shooting; a three-position leg angle selector; and a reversible center column.
Its 180˚ compact folding legs convert to a monopod and sport anti-slip leg warmers. Specs: 5.9-inch minimum height; 62.2-inch maximum height; 20.9-inch retracted height; 18.3-inch folded length; weight, 3.7 pounds. Its monopod spans from 16.5–59.4 inches. Payload: 26.4 pounds. $246.99.
N-S 1204SK. With identical specs to the 1004SK, this is a four-section carbon fiber tripod. Furthermore, it has the exact dimensions but weighs a lighter 3 pounds. $467.99.
The series also includes the larger N-S 2004SK ($285.99) four-section aluminum tripod with a payload of 33 pounds and its carbon fiber counterpart, the 2204SK ($493.99). siruiusa.com, South Hall 4, Booth 35161
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II P&S
Panasonic’s Lumix LX100 II boasts a 4/3-inch, 21.77MP MOS sensor with 17MP resolution in the 4:3 aspect ratio. Moreover, the high-end P&S integrates 1,728-zone metering and a 24–75mm-equivalent f/1.7–2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens. With a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, the lens produces artistic defocus as well as smooth, circular bokeh.
For shooting snapshots and portraits, it can also capture landscapes in a 24mm ultrawide angle in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios, thanks to multi-aspect capability. An aperture ring enables direct control, and 3.1x optical zoom combats shake with Power OIS. Its 2.76M-dot, 16:9 LVF provides 100% color reproduction, a 0.7x -equivalent magnification and 100% field of view. Moreover, it is complemented by a 3-inch, 1.24M-dot touch monitor. The LVF’s eye sensor turns on/off according to the photographer’s action, and image output between the LVF/LCD switches automatically.
Other features: 4K video recording; 4K photo mode; auto marking; sequence composition; post focus; focus stacking; 0.10-sec AF; 11-fps, full-res bursts; 3cm macro shooting; ISO 256,000; RAW processing; 22 filters; and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.2. $999.99. panasonic.com, Central Hall, Booth 12908
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 Long-Zoom P&S
Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 boasts an integral Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24–720mm-equivalent high-magnification lens; 4K (3,840×2,160) movie shooting; and 0.09-sec AF. Its lens features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that minimizes shake effects as well as blur that occur during handheld and telephoto shooting. In addition, a zoom assist function allows users to zoom more accurately while shooting faraway subjects via a temporary zoom-out display that showcases a wider area. Plus, using Clear Image Zoom, subjects can be magnified to 1440mm.
An 18.2MP BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor works with a Bionz X processor as well as a front-end LSI to capture 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, moiré or jaggies. The HX99 also shoots HD video at 120 fps to produce slow-motion sequences. It also shoots at 10 fps for 155 shots and in RAW format. Moreover, eye AF adopted from Sony’s α ILCs locks focus on a subject’s eyes for portrait shots and fast action. Other features: touch focus; touch shutter; a retractable OLED Tru-Finder; a customizable control ring; a 180º tiltable LCD; and Bluetooth. $449.99. sony.com, Central Hall, Booth 17300
Polaroid Originals OneStep+ Instant Film Camera
The free Polaroid Originals app for iOS as well as Android offers creative tips, tricks and techniques to help users get the most out of instant photography. It is fully integrated with the new OneStep+ instant film camera. The app’s intuitive built-in photo scanner lets users scan and digitize their instant pictures as soon as they develop for easy sharing. Moreover, they can reduce glare, straighten the frame and post to social media. If they’re running low on film, they also can tap the app to connect to and order directly from the Polaroid Originals shop.
The OneStep+ instant camera, an evolution of the OneStep 2, connects to the Polaroid Originals app via Bluetooth to unlock creative tools such as double exposures. Users can turn a light source into a paintbrush, trigger the shutter with a hand clap or master manual mode. In addition, a secondary portrait lens permits shooters to get closer to subjects and create sharper photos, while the app provides a more powerful flash. $159.99. us.polaroidoriginals.com, Central Hall, Booth 16615
Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
Featuring the newly developed RF mount, the full-frame mirrorless EOS R supports EF, EF-S, TS-E as well as MP-E lenses via three adapters. Moreover, when using an optional drop-in filter mount adapter or control ring mount adapter, those lenses gain functionality. The system also includes the RF 24–105mm f/4 L IS USM lens. The RF mount has the same 54mm diameter as the EF mount but a shorter back focus distance, allowing for lenses to sit closer to the focal plane. This enabled optical engineers to create a lens design that utilizes larger rear lens elements to produce an image on the full-frame sensor. The mount also has a high-speed 12-pin communication system.
The dust- and weather-resistant EOS R boasts a 30.3MP CMOS sensor, Digic 8 processor and legacy features from the EOS/Cinema EOS systems. It shoots at 8 fps and captures 4K UHD video at 30 fps in 10-bit 4:2:2. It also uses Canon Log to provide 12-stop dynamic range, minimal loss of detail and more color-grading choices. Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus technology, with 5,655 selectable points, supports AF at up to f/11 with 384 zone (24×16) real-time metering. In addition, with f/1.2 lenses, the camera boasts AF sensitivity in light as little as EV -6.
Other features: a multifunction bar; a 0.5-inch, 3.69M-dot EVF; a 3.15-inch, vari-angle, touch LCD; an LCD top panel; ISO 100–40,000, expandable to 102,400; USB 3.1; Bluetooth/Wi-Fi; and also a UHS-II SD slot. Body only, $2,299. usa.canon.com, Central Hall, Booth 16206
Panasonic Lumix S1R & S1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras
Panasonic developed its first digital single-lens mirrorless cameras with 35mm full-frame sensors: the Lumix S1R and the S1. Both DSLMs are capable of 4K 60p video recording. Moreover, they incorporate Panasonic’s Dual IS technology, combining image stabilization inside the camera and the lens. Dual IS enables handheld shots for dark or distant scenes that would previously have required a tripod.
The cameras also are to be user friendly with various tools for professional photography and videography. Key features include the “high definition and high level of expression” achieved with their 35mm full-frame sensor and image processor. The S1R has a 47MP sensor; the S1 a 24MP. Both have a double slot for XQD memory cards and SD cards—a Panasonic first. They also offer triaxial tilt LCD monitors and Leica’s L mount. An early 2019 release date is planned, and Panasonic is developing Lumix S compatible lenses. panasonic.com, Central Hall, Booth 12908
Humaneyes Technologies Vuze XR Dual Camera
The Vuze XR’s dual-camera design enables users to capture, create and also share high-res photos and full motion video. Moreover, video is recorded in 5.7K 360° (2D) or stereoscopic VR180 (3D) formats. The camera is portable yet combines two advanced capture systems into one pocketable device. Its unique dual-camera design provides visual storytellers with the dynamics of a full 360° camera, and with a single click, they can convert to an immersive VR180 format.
“With powerful 360° and VR180 5.7K camera technology built in, along with instant sharing and a live-streaming mode, anyone can enjoy the freedom of shooting their story, the way they want,” said Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO, Humaneyes Technologies.
The camera permits users to: capture and share full 360° or immersive VR180 video or photos; “click” between standard 360° mode (when closed) and 3D VR180 mode (when open); record 5.7K video; and live stream to social media channels. $439. vuze.camera, South Hall 1, Booth 21411
Steadicam Air Monopod from Tiffen
A division of the Tiffen Company, Steadicam and Master Cinematographers partnered on the Steadicam Air.
The camera-stabilizing device is a tool for nature, wildlife, sports, wedding and venue photographers as well as cinematographers. Furthermore, the monopod is gas-lift activated by a foot pedal for adjustable height. With its gas-lift spring, the Air is designed to make it easier for professional photographers as well as cinematographers to raise the height; a rubberized foot pedal that allows for nonslip operation activates adjustments.
Made of carbon fiber, it has a lightweight, compact, portable design. It weighs in at 3.5 pounds and is made up of three sections. The Air also features a one-twist leg lock that permits a 360º rotation. The monopod is available in two configurations: with a 25-pound weight capacity and a unit that supports 15 pounds. It comes bundled with a carrying bag and ergonomic shoulder strap. The Steadicam Air-25, $499; Steadicam Air-15, $399. tiffen.com, Central Hall, Booth 14036
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Camera Drone
DJI’s Mavic 2 Zoom is its first foldable consumer drone that combines 2x optical zoom (24–48mm) with 2x digital zoom, simulating a 96mm lens. It also features 3-axis gimbal-stabilized cameras, advanced intelligent features like ActiveTrack; a flight time of 31 minutes; and more stable video transmission. In addition, powered by a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, its hybrid AF system uses phase and contrast detection for higher accuracy and 40% faster speeds.
The drone captures 12MP photos; its super resolution feature uses optical zoom to automatically stitch nine photos together to create a 48MP image. The Mavic 2 Zoom also features Dolly Zoom QuickShot, which creates “an otherworldly warped perspective,” keeping the subject the same size while the full background is revealed.
Other features: 4K UHD, 100-megabit/sec video using the H.265 codec; 13-stop dynamic range; Hyperlapse, which produces establishing shots showing the passing of time; improved obstacle avoidance; and JPEG/RAW photos simultaneously saved on a microSD card and 8GB internal storage. $1,249. dji.com, South Hall 2, Booth 25602
Nikkor Z Lenses for Full-Frame Mirrorless System
Nikon Z lenses benefit from the design flexibility of the larger-diameter Z mount, its 55mm inner diameter and short 16mm flange focal distance. They provide focus breathing compensation, smooth exposure control and a control ring. The dust- and drip-resistant lenses are part of Nikon’s S line, a designation for Nikkor Z lenses that adhere to a new performance benchmark. All feature Nano Crystal Coat for suppressing ghosting/flare.
Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/4 S. With a standard focal length from wide-angle to medium-telephoto, it enables fine point-image reproduction. It uses an ED glass element, an aspherical ED and three aspherical elements. Other features: an 11.8-inch minimum focus distance; a retracting mechanism that can be set on/off and reduces its length; and a fluorine coat on the front lens. $999.95.
Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S. It suppresses sagittal coma flare for enhanced point-image reproduction when capturing point light sources at night. It utilizes two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements. Other features: soft, natural bokeh; and two AF drive units for high-speed, accurate, quiet AF. $849.95.
Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S. Achieving soft, artistic bokeh at any distance, it has two ED glass elements and two aspherical. Its more powerful stepping motor ensures quiet, accurate AF control. $599.95. nikonusa.com, Central Hall, Booth 14006
Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master Prime Lens
Sony’s 24mm f/1.4 prime, in its G Master full-frame E-mount lens line, measures 3×3.64 inches and weighs 15.7 ounces. Engineered for high resolution across the entire frame, even at f/1.4, it employs a 10-group 13-element optical design. Two XA (extreme aspherical) and three ED elements suppresses sagittal flare and ensure point light sources, like distant stars, can be accurately reproduced. Moreover, Sony’s Nano AR coating reduces flare and ghosting.
The lightweight design was achieved in part by a new DDSSM (direct-drive SSM). Furthermore, the supersonic motor delivers three times greater thrust than the previous system, to enable fast response, accuracy and quiet operation for stills and movie shooting. In addition, the lens provides close-up performance of less than 10 inches as well as achieves soft, natural bokeh.
Professional controls for still and movie shooting include: an aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control; a focus ring featuring linear response MF for fine, responsive manual focus; a customizable focus hold button; and a focus-mode switch. $1,400. sony.com, Central Hall, Booth 17300
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM & EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Super-Telephotos
Canon redesigned two L-series premium super-telephoto lenses. The company claims the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM ($11,999) and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM ($12,999) are the “world’s lightest in their respective focal length.” The weight of the EF 400mm and EF 600mm was reduced by 2.2 pounds (more than 25%) and 1.9 pounds (more than 20%), respectively.
Canon’s Air Sphere Coating and Super Spectra Coating reduce flaring/ghosting and suppress reflections. Moreover, the updated lenses inherit the build quality of L-series lenses. Notable, their minimum focusing distance was improved: from 8.8 to 8.2 feet for the EF 400mm; from 14.8 to 13.8 feet for the EF 600mm.
They also have an upgraded optical image stabilization (IS) system from 3.5 stops to 5 shutter speed stops of correction and an improved, flexible focus control with a customizable electronic-focus ring. Other features: two fluorite lenses; one super UD lens; a circular nine-blade aperture; a heat-shielding paint; fluorine coating on front and rear elements; and an inner focusing system with a ring ultrasonic motor. usa.canon.com, Central Hall, Booth 16206
Lowel Tota Portable LED Light from Tiffen
The Lowel Tota LED portable floodlight for photographers and documentary/student filmmakers is also suited for event and museum use. The floodlight emits 4275 lux of flicker-free continuous light. Its worldwide auto-sensing power supply enables use anywhere in the world. Moreover, it operates on AC or battery power, drawing only 70W. However, it delivers the equivalent output of a 750W tungsten bulb.
It is daylight balanced (5600K) with a CRI of 96.3, delivering color accuracy. Power output is controlled by a stepless dimmer knob that ranges from 100% to 0% brightness. Moreover, a slot and lock allow use with an umbrella for softer light. Other features: 160 LEDs; a 50,000-hour bulb life; and 65º coverage without a diffuser, 100% with a diffuser.
Built with a metal chassis, it measures 7.3×12.3×3.9 inches and weighs 5.1 pounds sans control box. The Lowel Tota LED floodlight kit comes with a yoke; a worldwide auto-sensing power source; an AC power adapter; a 9.5-foot power cord; a diffuser; a V-mount strap; and also a case. $449. tiffen.com, Central Hall, Booth 14036
GoPro Hero7 Black Action Cam
GoPro’s Hero7 Black offers advanced video stabilization via a HyperSmooth function that captures “professional-looking, gimbal-like stabilized video” without a motorized gimbal. HyperSmooth works underwater and in high-shock as well as wind situations. The action cam also introduces TimeWarp video, which applies a high-speed, “magic-carpet-ride” effect. It transforms longer experiences into short, flowing videos and creates 30x-speed time-lapse video.
In addition to capturing 4K 60p video and 12MP photos, the waterproof (33 feet) camera records ultraslow-motion video in Full HD 1080p at 240 fps. And its reengineered audio system achieves increased dynamic range, while a new microphone membrane reduces unwanted vibrations while mounted. It’s also the first GoPro to live stream.
Other features: voice control; SuperPhoto, an intelligent scene analyzation function that automatically applies HDR, local tone mapping and multi-frame noise reduction; portrait mode with vertical capture for sharing to Instagram Stories/ Snapchat; a 2-inch touch display; and GPS that highlights speed, distance as well as elevation by adding performance stickers to videos in the GoPro app. $399. gopro.com, Central Hall, Booth 12413
Kodak Ektachrome Color Reversal Film
Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 film, from Kodak Alaris, is again available worldwide, initially in 135/36x format. Ektachrome 7294 color reversal film in the Super 8 format is shipping from Eastman Kodak. In addition, Ektachrome products in the 16mm format will follow. Kodak Ektachrome E100 and 7294 feature clean, vibrant colors, a neutral tone scale and extremely fine grain. Their distinctive look is suited to various applications, from product, landscape and nature to fashion photography.
From studio to location, fashion to landscapes, Ektachrome E100 delivers outstanding image quality. It offers virtually grainless scans and enlargements; bright whites; moderately enhanced color; and excellent skin tones. The company is updating its Kodak Professional Film app to include labs offering E-6 processing.
Kodak Ektachrome 7294 100D color reversal film is a 100-speed, color reversal motion picture camera film for photography under daylight illumination (5500K). Moreover, it offers moderately enhanced color saturation, a neutral gray scale and accurate flesh reproduction. kodak.com, kodakalaris.com, South Hall 1, Booth 21013