While ubiquitous cameras in smartphones are making budding photographers and Instagram stars out of just about anyone, a market still exists for serious gear.
February’s CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan featured devices that are more than just portrait shots, with drones, action cameras and high-end professional equipment.
Photography by Kiyoshi Ota for Bloomberg
The Nikon D5
Designed, and priced, for serious photographers, Nikon’s flagship camera can take 12 shots a second and shoot ultra-high definition 4K video. It has the widest ISO sensitivity of any of the company’s cameras, which means it is Nikon’s best device for all light situations. Best of all, it boasts 153 focus points, which means less chance of missing that award-winning shot
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
This is Canon’s answer to the Nikon, aimed squarely at professionals shooting news, sports or high pressure weddings. It won’t fit in the back-pocket or purse, but will deliver an incredible 360,000 pixel metering sensor so that it can, for example, sync itself to fire a shot in time with a stuttering fluorescent light or use its detection software to focus on the nearest face -- instead of the bookshelf behind them.
Phase One A/S IQ3 100MP XF
Made in Denmark and offering a drool-worthy 100 megapixels at an eye-watering price tag of nearly $50,000. Definitely not for family holiday snaps. A super-sized sensor stems from what the company's faith that “bigger is better.”
Nikon KeyMission 360
This one has gotten the most oooohs since its unveiling. Nikon and other Japanese producers are finally throwing their weight and technical expertise into the action camera market that GoPro has come to dominate.
Nikon KeyMission 360
4K video? Check. 360 degree shots? Check. Small enough to fit in the hand and challenge GoPro? Check again. With a lens on each side and wireless connection, the KeyMission offers seamless vision for the world around you with a rugged water and shockproof casing.
Ricoh is always making quirky cult favorites. Now they’ve made the Theta 360-degree spherical panoramic digital to tap into social media by linking up with Spinnable, a website dedicated to 360-degree pictures. Oy.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM10
Earlier incarnations of this line tried to upend the industry by pitching itself as a camera with phone features rather than the other way around. Still using the Android system, the DMC-CM10 has ditched the ability to make calls while keeping the data connectivity that enables text messages and wireless backing up to cloud storage.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional
Based in Shenzhen and manufactured by SZ DJI Technology Co, DJI has come as close as anyone to creating a global brand in the nascent drone market. Sporting GPS, flight logs and a 4K camera, this drone can range as far as 5 kilometers from the controller.
Olympus Air A01
Unhappy with the camera that comes with a new iPhone or Galaxy? The Air A01 turns a smartphone into an SLR offering 16 million effective pixels that links wirelessly to a mobile device. Utilizing an open platform, which Olympus says “anyone can hack,” users can develop their own apps and accessories.
The CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama runs through February 28.
Ricoh is going after the GoPro market with this rugged camera capable of high-definition 4k video with a wide angle, 204-degree lens to better capture all of your silly stunts. That includes from 65 feet underwater, below 10 degrees Celsius, or when dropped from seven feet up.