byAllan-BBY04-03-201612:00 AM - edited 04-05-201611:53 AM
I remember purchasing my first SLR and how much I loved all the bells and whistles it had. Growing up I have always loved tech, and collecting new equipment. I guess collecting is part of photography, and in a way capturing a moment in time is collecting that moment. I know I picked a very expensive thing to collect. Because of this one of my favorite times of the year are when the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and when Camera & Photo Imaging Show (CP+) are happening. I love seeing all the great new gear, and this year shows did not disappoint.
I guess my favorite camera announced at these shows was the new Nikon Flagship Professional DSLR the Nikon D5. It has20.8MP sensor, a new autofocus (AF) system that has 153 AF points, can shoot at 12 frames-per-second (FPS), has a brand-new touchscreen display, and can even shoot at sensitivities as high as ISO 3,000,000. It’s a professional camera so of course it is built like a tank.
If you can’t quite afford Nikon’s Flagship camera they also announced the new Nikon D500, that not only sports the same great AF system as the D5, but also should be much more affordable. It does have a crop sensor (APS-C), a magnesium alloy body, and a shutter rating of 200,000. Looks like one of the nicest crop sensor cameras on the market.
Fuji also announced their new flagship mirrorless camera the Fujifilm X-Pro 2. I’ve always loved this line of cameras as they beautifully mixed modern technology with a retro feel. The X-Pro 2 comes with a 24MP sensor, 273 AF points, a 2.36M-dot OLED/Optical viewfinder, a 1/8000 of second fastest shutter speed with a 1/250 flash sync speed, and much much more.
Nikon also featured three new compacts dubbed the DL series cameras. Each of them has a 1” 20.8MP sensor and a hybrid AF system with a total of 276 AF points. These compact cameras are aimed at the professional photographer that wants a high-end portable camera to carry around with them on a daily basis. The main difference between the three models is the focal lengths of the lenses on each model. There is a wide angle version with a 18-50mm equivalent lens, a 24-85mm equivalent version aimed towards the standard shooter, and lastly there is a 24-500mm equivalent version that covers all shooting needs.
Canon of course also had new product announced with the prosumer EOS 80D DSLR that sports a 24MP APS-C sensor, 45 cross type AF points, and much more. They also announced their latest G series compact camera the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. The new G7 X Mark II has a faster processor, better RAW shooting, and better battery life.
All-in-all lots of new gear to try out, and possibly collect.