We take a look at the most exciting announcements from this year’s CES in Las Vegas
Panasonic LUMIX GH5SPre-Order
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Digital Camera Body
The GH5S is the latest Micro Four Thirds camera in the popular LUMIX GH series. Thanks to its high sensitivity 10.2MP Live MOS sensor and dual native ISO, plus greatly extended ISO range, the GH5S boasts vastly improved low light performance and the highest video image quality in LUMIX’s history. The ability to record 4K 60p in Cinema 4K is a first for mirrorless CSCs, and with a true multi-aspect ratio sensor in both photo and video modes, alongside time code in/out, the GH5S has been designed and developed for professional filmmakers.
The first built-in 1.4x teleconverter in Nikon's NIKKOR range
Nikon 180-400mm F4E AF-S ED VR Lens With 1.4x Teleconverter
Nikon’s 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is the first telephoto lens in the NIKKOR line-up to boast a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. The lens’ advanced optical design allows users to extend their reach up to 560mm, without compromising sharpness. Thanks to the in-built Vibration Reduction, the lens can compensate for up to four-stops of camera shake, even with the teleconverter engaged.
Nikon UK product manager Emma Fergie says: “This telephoto lens is built to withstand the intense demands that sports and wildlife pros may throw at it. Improvements in optics and design have allowed us to offer greater versatility and a longer reach without impacting the performance. Extreme sharpness and advanced AF tracking mean you won’t ever miss that all-important shot, and the fully weather-sealed lens barrel makes it the perfect companion for when you’re out in the field.”
Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
Sony E 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
Sony’s 46th E-mount lens is a lightweight and compact standard zoom with optical SteadyShot image stabilisation. The 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 measures only 67 x 88mm and weighs 325g; the flexible focal range makes it a great choice for a wide range of day-to-day shooting scenarios from landscapes to portraits, making it a good travelling companion. According to Sony, the lens’ design — featuring two extra-low dispersion glass elements — will provide “outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness” and minimal aberrations.
The zoom lens’ linear motor is also set to offer “fast, precise, quiet AF performance,” making it well-suited for both high-speed photography and video use. The lens’ maximum magnification ratio of 0.29x and minimum focus distance of 0.45m, further increase its versatility, enabling it to produce shallow depths of field for professional looking results.
Trio of Panasonic camcorders
Panasonic HC-VX1 4K Camcorder
Panasonic HC-VXF1 4K Camcorder
Panasonic HC-V800 HD Camcorder
Panasonic has introduced two 4K camcorders, the HC-VXF1 and HC-VX1, and a Full-HD camcorder, the HC-V800, all of which feature a new sensor and new LEICA lens for significantly improved image quality. According to Panasonic, each camcorder offers “exceptional optical performance,” features a 24x optical zoom lens and quick and accurate autofocusing.
Each camera features a large BSI MOS Sensor and bright f/1.8 lens for better low light shooting performance, with Panasonic claiming an approximate 70 percent improvement in comparison with previous 4K models. The LEICA Dicomar lens offers a remarkably powerful optical zoom that ranges from a wide 25mm length to 600mm telephoto. A 4-Drive lens system operates the four lens groups independently to achieve a zoom that’s housed within a compact body.
Samyang's first Canon lens with autofocus
Samyang 14mm F2.8 AF Canon Fit
Samyang’s AF 14mm f/2.8 prime is coming to Canon. Previously only available in Sony’s FE mount range, it will also be Samyang’s first Canon lens with autofocus. Weighing in at 485g, the 14mm prime has an ultra-wide angle of view (116.6 degrees), making it well-suited for landscape, architectural and astronomy photographers, and anyone looking for a cheaper alternative to Canon’s own range.
Four New Printers for Canon’s PIXMA G Series
Canon will bolster its PIXMA G series with four new printers. Each printer contains an integrated ink tank and boasts high page yields. At full ink capacity, you can expect the printers to produce up to 6,000 black pages and 7,000 colour pages, and 4 x 6in borderless photographs can be printed in just 60 seconds.
The four new models are:
- PIXMA G1510: High volume printing at low cost per page.
- PIXMA G2510: High yield multi-function printer with copying and scanning.
- PIXMA G3510: High yield multi-function 3-in-1 printer with Wi-Fi connectivity that supports smartphone and tablet print, copy and scanning via the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app.
- PIXMA G4510: Compact 4-in-1 printer with 20-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), high page yield and wireless connectivity to smart devices.
Two new handheld stabilisers from DJI
DJI Osmo Mobile 2
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is a smartphone gimbal that lets you capture smooth, shake-free handheld video on the go. It builds on the popular features of the original Osmo, with a lighter design, support for shooting in portrait and an increased battery life of up to 15 hours. Use it in combination with the DJI GO app to automatically track your subject, capture motion time-lapses and even live stream.
The Ronin-S is DJI’s first single-handed stabiliser for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Ergonomically designed for smooth operation, this compact device features dedicated buttons for easy access to camera settings and the precise positioning of the mounted camera.
“With the introduction of these two stabilizers, DJI now offers gimbal technology to help unlock the creative storyteller in everyone, no matter what camera they’re using,” says DJI’s senior product manager Paul Pan. “Osmo Mobile 2 offers the best in smartphone stabilization at an affordable price, and Ronin-S brings the quality of DJI’s professional gimbal technology to a new form factor that is perfect for run-and-gun filming using your favourite DSLR or mirrorless camera system.”
Sony RX0 Camera Control Box (CCB-WD1)
The Camera Control Box connects to Sony’s RX0 and can be controlled from a web browser via a wired IP connection. By converting control signal to IP, the camera’s settings can now be controlled using a single PC. The connection also allows seamless control and synchronisation of multiple RX0/Camera Control Box pairings (up to 100 units in total) enabling creators to produce high-quality movie effects such as “bullet-time”.
About the Author
Matt Higgs is Wex Photographic's Technical Editor for Photography. As a journalist he's worked for Practical Photography and Digital Photo magazines, and his live music images have been featured in numerous respected music publications including Rocksound, Guitarist, Guitar Techniques and Akustik Gittare. www.matthiggsphotography.co.uk.