News from CES 2014


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TV stands at CES

TV stands at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas, is the world's largest exhibition devoted to new technologies with presentations of new electronic equipment, cameras is now part of this.
The CES presents many TVs: passage from Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) to UHD 4K ( 3840 x 2160 pixels) LCD technology and curved screen and one is a 8K TV. Many online business-type bracelets trackers for monitoring health data objects, sports performance. These objects are wearable or not (watches, cars, clothes ... ) as Googles glasses. Today there are 15 billion Internet connected devices and among them, more and more cameras.

Also on CES Stands : 3D printers, drones, cars connected to the Internet (often with Android™ and hybrid objects between PCs, smartphones and tablets : Tablet and Touch PC or smartphone with a tablet screen.

stand Nikon

stand Nikon (c) dpreview

In photo, the connection to Internet and social networks is becoming more common for cameras.
If hybrid cameras with interchangeable lenses were drilled in Japan, they remain largely overtaken by digital SLR in Europe and in USA.
The trend for hybrid cameras is having a body closer as possible as film SLR body including a roof prism which receives the electronic viewfinder. This design is not usefull but reassures consumers. Others go further, as Olympus, Nikon or Fuji, by returning to "vintage" style of the golden age of the silver reflex cameras.
The video is now also integrated with all devices, lots of cameras trying to follow GoPro and its action cameras Hero.


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Sony A7

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Nikon Df

Nikon D1f

Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

No new for full-format camera at CES, Sony A7R offers a maximum quality equivalent to Nikon D800E in a smaller body. the full format E system is still lack of lenses, those proposed by Zeiss are also quite expensive.

Nikon indicated that they devlopped the Nikon D4S , update of the pro camera of the brand, no feature has been provided.
Nikon has currently five full format cameras: D4, D800, D800E, D610 and the recent Df.


Format APS-C and (Micro) 4/3


Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300


Samsung NX 30

Samsung NX 30

Kodak Pixpro S1 M43

Kodak Pixpro S1 M43




Leica Vario X

Leica Vario X

Sony Alpha 5000


Sony Alpha 5000

On the side of Hybrid and reflex cameras, we may mention some failures in past year: the Canon GX and Coolpix A compacts with larger sensors did not find their audience as well as the hybrid (EVF compact with interchangeable lenses) Canon EOS M1. A slightly updated release called M2 is however announced in Japan.

Nikon introduces the Nikon D3300, new entry level to 24 million pixels, which is common for a APS-C.

Samsung NX-30 which replaces the NX-20, is a serious and complete hybrid camera with an APS-C CMOS 20.3 megapixel sensor, sensitivity up to ISO 25600, a tilting electronic viewfinder of 2.3 million pixels (like the Olympus EM1), and a fully articulating rear screen, 9 frames per second, Full HD video mode, an NFC connection and WiFi and at least the possibility of direct backup to Dropbox or Flickr.

JK Imaging presenting the Kodak Pixpro S-1 M43, camera with a Micro 4/3 mount and 1" sensor.

The Leica X Vario is the World's first compact camera to feature an APS-C CMOS sensor and a zoom lens. It has a 16 megapixel sensor, a Leica 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 lens and full HD video recording. The Leica X Vario (Typ 107) is available for £2150 (July 2013).

Sony streamlines its line of products and abandons the NEX name. All future Sony cameras seem to be E-mount, full-format as the A7, or APS- C like the Sony A5000 which replaces the NEX 5 and has an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor of 20.1 million pixels.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG


Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG


Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2


Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2

Sigma and Panasonic present some new lenses. Sigma has announced the update of its 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM , it is available for Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts and is compatible full-size or APS-C.
Panasonic introduces the new lens for Lumix G based on micro 4/3: the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 mm f/1.2 asph with a maximum aperture of f1.2 with optical image stabilization Power IOS and continuous autofocus.


Bridges and Compacts cameras

Fujifilm Finepix S1

Fujifilm Finepix S1



Canon Powershoot N100





Canon Powershoot N100




Nikon Coolpix S3600




Nikon Coolpix S3600

Digital compacts are less present at CES, only Nikon and Canon and, even less so, Sony and Panasonic have compact which are in direct competition with smartphones more and more efficient.
The demand on bridges cameras continue to grow, They have more and more important zoom. Fujifilm Finepix S1 is an "all-weather" bridge camera with a 50x zoom, equivalent 24-1200 in 135 format, opening f/2.7-5.6.

Among the few compact presented, the Canon Powershoot N100 has a dual mode that takes photos with both image sensors, one in the front and another one in the back, to combine the two images for a selfie.

Nikon introduces nine new Coolpix models, simple update of the range that show the willingness of the firm to remain on this market.


Others





Google Glass




Google Glass

the Autographer

the Autographer




Sony QX10


Sony QX10




Kodak SL10 for smartphone


Kodak SL10 for smartphone




iphone Olloclip


iphone Olloclip

Google Glass are the perfect exemple of connected object and they are only possessed by some happy few. They are able to take images.
The Autographer is a small device to worn around the neck and able to determines itself when taking a picture.

The image capture is protean and smartphones are now the leading images makers. Accessories for them are proposed like lenses as olloclip or some other more original as the two Sony cameras lenses that clip on smartphones and which incorporate sensor, battery and Bluetooth connection with the smartphone and its dedicated application for IOS™ or Android™.
The Sony QX10 with a 1/2,3" Exmor ™ CMOS R sensor of 18 megapixels and a 14,45-44,5 mm /f3,3-5,9 (equivalent 25-250 mm in 135 format) and Sony QX100 with a more ambitious 1" Exmor ™ CMOS R sensor of 20.2 megapixels and a bright 3.6x zoom of 10,4-37,1 mm /f1,8 (equivalent 28-100 mm in 135 format).
JK Imaging and Vivitar propose some cameras, copy of The Sony QX10.

 pierre j.


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