Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2014 Product Showcase

Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2014 Product Showcase

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A signature feature of DIR’s 2014 International CES/PMA@CES coverage, our exclusive Product Showcase highlights the most recently introduced and current, notable digital imaging products. 

 

Nikon Dƒ FX-Format DSLR 

Nikon’s smallest FX-format DSLR, the advanced level Df pays homage to Nikon’s F-series 35mm film cameras, yet it features technology similar to the pro D4 DSLR.

 

It sports a pentaprism and top cover, constructed of magnesium alloy, and mechanical controls for settings, so users can feel the adjustments. Dedicated dials control ISO, exposure compensation, release mode and exposure mode. Design elements from previous generations include a leather-textured top and grip, and a body-mounted shutter button with a threaded release port. 

 

Other features: a 16.2MP FX-format CMOS sensor; ISO 100–12,800, expandable to 204,800; a 39-point AF system; 2016-pixel 3D matrix metering; a scene recognition system; 5.5-fps bursts; a 3.2″, 921k-dot LCD; a 100% field-of-view glass pentaprism viewfinder; picture controls; HDR; JPEG, TIFF, RAW capture; and compatibility with Nikon’s WU-1a wireless mobile adapter. $2,749.95. nikonusa.com, LVCC Central Hall, 14916

 

Sigma 24–105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens

The 24–105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art lens for full-frame cameras also works with APS-C sensors, giving an increase to focal length. Designed for artistic expression, the lens covers the range from wide to medium tele with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing its stability and allowing the use of circular polarizing filters. It has a constant aperture of f/4 and contains Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology to compensate for shake. 

 

According to Sigma, the lens is suited for many kinds of photography, including macro, due to a minimum focusing distance of 45cm and a 1:4.6 magnification ratio. Other features: SLD/FLD elements; glass-molded aspheric lenses to prevent aberration, field curvature, distortion and color aberration; a hyper sonic motor (HSM) designed for silent, high-speed autofocus; and compatibility with Sigma’s USB dock. $899. sigmaphoto.com, LVCC Central Hall, 10431

 

Manfrotto Advanced and Pro Camera Bags

Manfrotto’s Advanced and Pro camera bags sport a sleek Italian design. Varying in size, the Advanced line has 12 SKUs, from backpacks and slings to holsters and shoulder bags. The Pro line offers 14 SKUs, including backpacks, holsters, shoulder bags and a roller bag.

 

Advanced bags feature: bright coloring to help gear stand out; protective dividers with customizable layouts; long-wearing zippers; storage options for personal items; a tripod holder; vented back panels; and a durable lower half with a stylish top fabric. $39.99–$129.99.

 

Pro bags feature: a center compartment called the Camera Protection System that protects equipment against impact; Exo-Tough construction to shield the bag’s face, including thermo-formed areas to protect gear against impact; shock-absorbing section dividers that cushion equipment in the middle of the bag; ergonomical zipper pulls; and a rain cover. $64.99–$369.99. manfrotto.us, LVH Hospitality, Suite 16121

 

Canon Vixia Mini Compact Personal Camcorder

Canon’s Vixia mini personal camcorder is designed so shooters can record hands-free and share the video/images on social networks via built-in Wi-Fi or the Canon Movie Uploader app. A wide-angle f/2.8 fisheye lens allows shooting from unique perspectives. In wide mode, there’s a full view of the surroundings, or users can switch to close-up mode to emphasize a subject by recording a centered 1,920×1,440 image. 

 

Other features: a tilting 2.7″ touch-panel LCD; a 12.8MP CMOS sensor; a microSD slot; a mechanical shutter; mirror image recording/playback; a built-in stereo mic; audio scene select modes; smart mode; scene modes; slow motion and fast motion modes; and an adjustable stand. $299.99.  usa.canon.com, LVCC Central Hall, 13304

 

Fujifilm Frontier-S DX100 Printer

Fujifilm’s Frontier-S DX100 is engineered to enable high-quality printing with a “wide color gamut, sharp detail, smooth gradation and deep blacks,” by utilizing the exclusive combination of Fujifilm Quality Dry photo paper for the DX100 and the six-color Fujifilm Vividia ink system. 

 

When combined with Fujifilm’s innovative Image Intelligence image processing technology, it offers a compact yet powerful printer design. The Frontier-S DX100 can produce a 4×6 print in 10 seconds (using 6″ paper and in standard mode), and it supports various print sizes from 3.5×5 up to 8×39 inches for flexibility. fujifilmusa.com, LVCC Central Hall, 13013

 

Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 with HD Display

Polaroid’s second-gen tablet for children—the Polaroid Kids Tablet 2—features a 7.0″ capacitive 1,024×600 HD display, a dual-core processor and the Android 4.2 OS. It integrates more than 70 books and apps, as well as 25 top-rated books and apps from Disney, Marvel and Cartoon Network. 

 

Apps help children express their creative sides, while the front and rear cameras, along with the Kids Cam app, allow young users to take pictures and video with music and special effects using built-in filters. Kids can also make their own music with the tablet’s DJ Studio, which is preloaded with a library of sounds and beats. Also featured: side and rear bumpers; parental controls; 8GB of storage; and an SD slot. $149. polaroid.com, LVCC Central Hall, 13613

 

Pentax K-3 Top-of-Line DSLR from Ricoh Imaging

The Pentax K-3 boasts a 24MP APS-C-format CMOS sensor and user-selectable floating image sensor mechanism that emulates an optical anti-aliasing filter to give users the choice to leave it off for superior resolution and detail, or turn it on to eliminate moiré. 

 

Other features: a SAFOX AE/AF system with 27 cross-type AF points and an 86k RGB AE sensor to enhance AF accuracy; an 8.3-fps full-res burst rate; multi-pattern auto white balance; dual SD slots; a 3.2″, 1037k LCD; 1/8,000-sec shutter speed; Full HD 1080p recording; a mic jack; and a weather-resistant magnesium alloy body. Built-in sensor-based shake reduction provides a four-stop advantage in handheld shooting. Support for smartphone connectivity is included, and remote shutter release, viewing and image transfer are possible with a Pentax Edition Flu card. $1,299. ricoh-imaging.com, LVCC Central Hall, 14837

 

Argraph’s Pana-Vue  Pana-Scan Slide & Film Scanner

The Pana-Vue Pana-Scan Slide & Film Scanner is an easy-to-use device that enables consumers to quickly convert 35mm slides and negatives, and 126 and 110 negatives, into high-resolution digital images at the push of a button without a computer.

 

The 14MP scanner allows users to digitize images in home or office without having to use outside services. They load the slides or negatives into the carriers supplied, or get the optional 35mm Stack Loader, or 110 or 126 carriers, view them on the 2.4″ TFT screen, and press the button. They are instantly digitized and saved on the SD card inserted in the Pana-Scan. The new Pana-Vue Stack Loader makes scanning 35mm slides even faster: stack 25 mounted slides in the loader and start scanning. $149.95. argraph.com, LVH, 46020

 

Panasonic DMC-GM1 Compact System Camera

Panasonic added the DMC-GM1 in its new GM series, with a nod to fashion and a large 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor based on the Micro Four Thirds system. The camera delivers a hybrid approach with both HD movie recording and high-res still photo capture—all with the press of a button. With a pocketable metallic alloy frame that’s highlighted by aluminum dials and brushed metal, the GM1 features full manual control, intelligent auto modes and creative features, including 22 filter effects. 

 

Using its 3.0″ touch screen, photographers can frame the shot, set the focus and trigger the shutter with a single touch. Other features: time-lapse and stop-motion animation modes; “light speed” autofocus; low-light autofocus; a silent shutter function; and built in Wi-Fi. $749.99. panasonic.com, LVCC Central Hall, 9806

 

Olympus Pro OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds Camera

The flagship Micro Four Thirds OM-D E-M1 is targeted at advanced photographers looking for a compact system camera that rivals full-frame DSLRs. It works with all Zuiko Digital and M.Zuiko Digital lenses.

Its 16.3MP Live MOS sensor and a TruePic VII processor support 10-fps shooting and reduce noise at high ISOs. Dual Fast AF selects the best method based on lens and settings: 37-point on-chip phase-detection AF or 81-point contrast-detection AF. Its built-in electronic viewfinder is as large as a full-frame DSLR’s, with 1.48x magnification, a 2.36m-dot LCD and a 0.029-sec display time lag, allowing users to experiment with effects before capture. Other features: 5-axis image stabilization (stills/HD video); IS-auto mode; a 2×2 dial control system; a toggle option for the “my settings” shortcut; HDR modes; art filters; a mic jack; an X-sync socket for strobes; built-in Wi-Fi; and weatherproof construction. $1,399.99. olympusamerica.com, LVCC North Hall, N223

 

Samsung NX30 Smart Compact System Camera

Samsung’s NX30 compact system camera is designed to deliver professional quality, with a 20.3MP APS-C sensor, a hybrid autofocus system with phase detection, a 100–25,600 ISO range and 9-fps continuous shooting—with interchangeable lenses and Samsung’s Smart features.

 

With a DSLR-like form factor and reduced size and weight, the NX30 incorporates a 2,359k-dot electronic viewfinder with a tilting feature that makes shooting at low angles easier and a 3.0″ rotating Super AMOLED touch screen for composing and reviewing. It also supports Samsung’s i-Function system, allowing various camera settings and effects to be accessed from a button on the lens. Other features: Full HD video/stereo recording (1080/60p); a 1/8000 sec. shutter speed; and Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g/n, dual-band) with NFC. $999 with 18–55mm lens. samsung.com, LVCC Central Hall, 12527

 

Fujifilm X-E1 Compact System Camera

The X-E1 is a serious enthusiast camera that provides DSLR functionality but looks and handles like a classic rangefinder 35, complete with analog dials. It delivers on its sleek high-tech image, too, with a 16.3MP APS-C-format X-Trans CMOS sensor that has a unique color pixel array claimed to reduce noise and increase resolution. It also offers an ultra-high-res 2.36-million-dot OLED eye-level viewfinder, a 2.8″, 460k-dot LCD monitor, Full HD 1080p video capture with stereo sound, an advanced EXR Processing Pro image processor, a focal-plane shutter, ISO settings to 25,600 and a rugged magnesium alloy body. 

 

The X-E1 uses a unique Fuji X-mount (with a 10-pin data bus) that’s only 2.5mm thick, contributing to the camera’s slim profile. $1,199 with XF 18–55mm f/2.8–4 OIS lens. fujifilmusa.com, LVCC Central Hall, 13013

 

Mitsubishi Dye-Sub CP-K60DW-S Photo Printer

Mitsubishi’s CP-K60DW-S dye-sublimation printer for event photographers and photo booth integrators has a portable form factor and entry-level price. The CP-K60DW-S features a ribbon rewind function that maximizes the number of prints per roll when switching between sizes. It allows the CP-K60DW-S to print on unused portions of the media.

 

Like Mitsubishi’s higher end dye-sub printers, the CP-K60DW-S creates 2×6, 3.5×5, 4×6, 5×7, 6×6 and 6×8 prints, in glossy or matte finishes. Users can print in fine mode or higher density, ultrafine mode for deeper contrast and higher definition. A front-loading design simplifies changing paper and replacing ink media, and makes the CP-K60DW-S ideal for photo booth integration. Also featured are three energy efficient modes and a fast restart time. mitsubishi-imaging.com, LVCC Central Hall, 7931

 

JOBY’s Action Series Tripod & Mounting Clamps

Action camera users can shoot third-person video at any angle with JOBY’s Action series products.

 

The GorillaPod Action Tripod builds on the GorillaPod line with longer, flexible legs suitable for any terrain or to wrap around objects like a tree branch. An integrated ball head with a bubble-level gives users pinpoint control of the camera angle. $49.95.

 

The Action Clamp & Locking Arm brings an innovative clamp that secures a GoPro to any surface less than two inches wide. The locking arm has two articulating ball joints that position the camera at any angle while providing a vibration-resistant hold. $39.95.

 

The Action Clamp & GorillaPod Arm has the same clamp and a flexible arm for adjustments with its five balls and sockets. $29.95. joby.com, LVH Hospitality, 1610

 

WD My Cloud EX4 Four-Bay Personal Cloud

My Cloud EX4 is a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for saving, sharing, backing up, streaming and managing massive amounts of digital data. Featuring WD Red hard drives, it employs NASware 2.0 technology for improved reliability and data protection in the event of a power loss. Consumers can choose from a drive-less enclosure that lets them add drives as content grows, or 8TB, 12TB and 16TB models. They can also attach USB 3.0 drives to expand capacity.

 

My Cloud EX4 backs up users’ computers and devices and can even serve as an entertainment hub, streaming 16TB of movies and music to any DLNA/UPnP multimedia device. Its integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide serving options. $379.99 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4; $1,149.99, 16TB. wd.com, LVCC CES Central Plaza, CP4

 

Tamron 150–600mm Ultra-Telephoto Zoom

The SP 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Di VC USD lens (model A011) is an ultra-telephoto zoom with a 150–600mm focal length range for full-frame and APS-C-format DSLRs. Mounted on an APS-C DSLR, the lens has an equivalent 233–930mm focal length range. The lens features eBand coating to reduce unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting, three low-dispersion glass elements to deliver superior imaging performance, and conventional BBAR (broad-band anti-reflection) coating.

 

Other features: Tamron’s VC (vibration compensation) system to achieve sharper handheld photographs; an ultrasonic silent drive motor for fast, accurate AF; a full-time manual focus mechanism that lets users make fine manual adjustments, even with AF engaged; a nine-blade diaphragm to create artistic background blur; and a stylish external finish. $1,069. tamron.com

 

Nikon 1 AW1 Adventureproof CSC

Whether shooting photos or Full HD video, the Nikon 1 AW1 is waterproof to 49 ft., shockproof to 6.6-ft. and freezeproof (14° F). It provides GPS to identify the longitude/latitude where images were captured, an altimeter, a depth gauge, an e-compass and a virtual horizon indicator. 

 

Other features: a 14.2MP CX-format CMOS sensor; ISO 160–6400; a 73-point hybrid autofocus system; 15-fps bursts with AF; a waterproof flash; underwater white balance settings and distortion control; auto mode; creative controls; motion snapshot; simultaneous still and video capture; slow motion capture at 400 or 1,200 fps; and users can control certain functions by swinging the camera in the air. The AW1 works with Nikon’s optional WU-1b wireless mobile adapter to transfer to smartphones. $799.95 with 1 Nikkor AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 waterproof lens. nikonusa.com, LVCC Central Hall, 14916

 

Sony Alpha α7R Full-Frame CSC 

Sony’s α7R full-frame compact system camera is designed for creativity, customizability and portability. For pros and enthusiasts, the α7R employs a 36.4MP 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor—the highest resolution in Sony’s α line—with no optical low pass filter for added resolving power and image detail. Its Fast Intelligent AF technology was developed for quick, accurate autofocus, and there are three selectable sizes for the flexible spot AF frame. 

 

Other features: a Bionz X processor built for low-noise performance (stills/video); an XGA OLED Tru-finder; a tiltable 3.0″ LCD; Full HD 60p video recording; Wi-Fi and NFC transfer to smartphones; and a moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body. For customization and control, there are nine customizable buttons and 46 assignable functions, including front and back dials, a rear control wheel and an exposure compensation dial. $2,300. sony.com, LVCC Central Hall, 14200

 

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition Action Camera

GoPro’s Hero3+ action cams sport a 20% smaller, lighter design and 30% better battery life than previous models. The upgrades, combined with an improved lens and new capture modes, produce the most advanced GoPro yet. GoPro also offers new mounting accessories to enable immersive content capture during any activity.  

 

The Hero3+ Black Edition, with a waterproof housing that works to 130 ft., has four times faster Wi-Fi speeds for quicker transfer and playback of photos and videos to a mobile device via the GoPro app. It features SuperView, a video mode that captures immersive wide-angle perspectives; auto low-light mode; and a new lens for sharper video and improved image quality. $399.99. gopro.com, LVCC Central Hall, 8643

 

Canon EOS 70D DSLR

The high-tech, signature feature of Canon’s middle tier DSLR is Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, where each pixel on the 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor integrates two separate photodiodes to provide both image capture and autofocus functions. The result is a dense network of phase-detection sites across the entire frame, providing faster AF and enhanced focus tracking that’s especially important when shooting HD video and full-res bursts at 7 fps. 

 

Other features: Canon’s top-end Digic 5+ image processor; a 3.0″, 1,040k-dot, vari-angle touch-screen LCD; Full HD video capture at 30, 24 and 25 fps; a 19-point all cross-type AF system; ISO 100–12,800, expandable to 25,600; IFCL 63-zone Dual Layer metering; built-in HDR; multiple exposure modes; filters; and scene intelligent auto mode. $1,349 with EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens. usa.canon.com, LVCC Central Hall, 13304

 

Ricoh Imaging AF540FGZ II & AF360FGZ II Flashes

The AF540FGZ II ($629.95) and AF360FGZ II ($429.95) flash units for Pentax interchangeable-lens cameras feature Pentax original weather-sealing technology with 28 seals on crucial body parts, including the hot shoe, and a LED light that acts as a constant light source for video and long-exposure photography. 

 

With guide numbers of 178 and 118 at ISO 100/ft., respectively, the flashes provide P-TTL auto flash, high-speed synchronization and wireless P-TTL auto flash. Other features: fast recycling times; the ability to preset nine functions; a bounce flash function; power-zoom flash to cover angles of view from 24–85mm lenses (equivalent); a wide-angle panel that covers a 20mm angle of view (equivalent); automatic setting of discharge angle in combination with a Pentax interchangeable-lens camera; and a multiflash emission function. us.ricoh-imaging.com, LVCC Central Hall, 14837

 

3D Systems’ Cubify Design Consumer Software

3D Systems’ Cubify Design completes the advanced 3D printing toolbox for CubeX users. A CAD tool built on the skills mastered in entry-level Cubify Invent, the program is geared for complex printing projects requiring real-world functionality and accuracy.

 

Its features include the ability to create assemblies, allowing for interaction and motion within parts of a design. Users can view models as they will appear in the real world with full motion. The software includes 2D rendering functions to make it simple to share drawings when cocreating. It accepts various file formats and exports additional formats, including STL for plug in into Cube or CubeX software, making designs 3D print ready. $199. 3Dsystems.com, LVCC South Hall 3, 31424

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