Whirlwind Tour of CES 2015

I had some time off from my official duties for my company at the CES 2015 at Las Vegas earlier this week and did a whirlwind tour of the Central Hall, where most of the major camera makers are. This is a quick write-up of what I saw.

Nikon

Nikon recently released their new DSLR – the D5500 and the new AF-S 300mm f/4G PF ED VR, so I decided to drop by Nikon’s booth to try them out.

Nikon D5500 with AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Nikon D5500 with AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II

The D5500 is a small upgrade from the previous D5300, and like the D750, it features a monocoque body design with a deeper hand grip. The deeper grip feels nicer in the hands compared to the D5300 which we reviewed earlier.

In our D5300 review, we were disappointed that the screen is not touch-enabled. With the D5500, Nikon has finally added a touch screen. Other than allowing you to change settings with a touch, you can also touch to focus/shoot, swipe through playback images or pinch to zoom, much like you would on a smart phone.

Performance-wise, it felt pretty much similar to the older D5300. Unfortunately, as it’s a pre-production unit, I wasn’t allowed to collect sample images on my own SD card.

Nikon D810 with AF-S 300mm f/4G PF ED VR
Nikon D810 with AF-S 300mm f/4G PF ED VR

This is the lens that YS is particularly excited about. I am amazed at how small and light it is. At 755g, it’s half the weight of the previous version of the 300mm f/4! Again, as it was a pre-production unit, I was unable to get sample images through the lens.

YSSQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE – it’s so tiny! Definitely can’t wait to try it out.

Nikon's Bulletime Setup
Nikon’s Bullet-time Setup

CK: One of the fun things at Nikon’s booth is a 360º bullet-time setup. There’s a long queue of people waiting to be captured Matrix-style by 48 Nikon D750s.

Over at the Nikon School Theatre, small flash guru Joe McNally was giving a presentation on, what else, using the Nikon Speedlights! A model was also on location for McNally’s demos.

Joe McNally and Model On Stage
Joe McNally and Model On Stage

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PMA 2014: Canon Releases the PowerShot N100 “Story Camera”

Canon PowerShot N700
Canon PowerShot N100

Canon just announced the all-new PowerShot N100 which they brand as a “Story Camera“. The unique feature of this camera is the rear-facing 25mm equivalent camera which is able to take a still or video shot of the photographer at the moment the shutter is pressed. This shot is then placed at a corner of the shot that was taken, and using the “Story Highlights” feature of the camera, a montage of the moments can be created and shared.

The camera is an upgrade of the PowerShot N released last year, featuring a 12.1 megapixel, 1/1.7″ sensor similar to that found on the popular PowerShot S120. The lens offers a 5x optical zoom with a equivalent focal length of 24-120mm at f/1.8-5.7. Like its predecessor, the PowerShot N100 features a tilting LCD with capacitive touch, but is now 3″ instead of 2.8″. Like many other cameras, it also does video recording up to 1080/60p, and has WiFi and NFC.

The camera will be available from mid-May 2014 at US$349.99 and is available in both white and black.

David: I would like to think a “story camera” will be the biggest idea of 2014 and go on to spawn a trend of uhmmm…… story telling cameras, but I thought story telling was what all cameras do visually, and franky speaking, just buy an iPhone and use Instagram movie mode!!!

 

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PMA@CES 2014: Fujifilm Releases the Black X100s and 56mm f/1.2R X Lens

Fujifilm X100S in Black
Fujifilm X100S in Black

For those who are clamouring (or used to clamour) for the black version of the highly-popular X100s, Fujifilm has released the black X100s at the yearly Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 at Las Vegas. Everything remains the same as the chrome X100s, just the colour.

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On Fujifilm’s new X100S…

X100S
Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

David: News of Fujifilm’s new X100S, a seminal update to the venerable game changer (IMHO) hit the web a few hours earlier than the NDA scheduled due to a uhmmm… accidental leak on Fuji’s UK website (riiiigghhht), but rumors of it have been floating around the net a few days before, so it wasn’t a complete shocker to me.

But what a camera…. what an update. Rather than go through all the specs laboriously one by one (other sites do it better, e.g. Fuji’s own X-series website), as a X100 fan and active user, I want to highlight the key features of this update which may have eluded those of you unfamiliar with the X100. This is NOT a news update, but think of it as my ode to one of the most enjoyable cameras I’ve ever used. So, here goes…..

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