Nikon has announced the new 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor D810—the much-anticipated upgrade from the D800 and D800E. With the full removal of the OLPF filter to increase detail and reduce moiré, the D810 also features the EXPEED 4 Image Processor, said to increase speed by 30 percent, boost battery efficiency and widen ISO range to 64-12,800 (32-51,200 expanded). The camera can be set to shoot in either the standard 14-bit RAW file format or a slightly smaller resolution 12-bit format for a quicker workflow. An Advanced Scene Recognition System uses the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III to analyze each scene using color, brightness and human faces, and provide balanced exposure to more difficult scenes. A "Flat" Picture Control Profile is available to preserve detail in shadows and highlights. An "i" button on the back allows for a personalized button setup, giving quick access to your most utilized settings. Video features include full 1080/60p HD resolution, zebra stripe mode, full manual shooting with full AF ability, built-in stereo mic, in-camera time-lapse and interval timer, and uncompressed digital HDMI recording to an external device while recording to an SD or CF card. List Price: $3,299 (body only). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
Stepping Motor Wide-Angle lens
The new EF-S 10-18mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the next in Canon‘s Stepping Motor line of lenses. The Stepping Motor, in conjunction with the new focus mechanism, creates smooth and silent operation, ideal for video shooting. The lightweight design features an Optical Image Stabilizer for shake correction up to four shutter speed stops. The ultra-wide zoom makes it easy to get shots in tight spaces or fill the frame with wide landscapes. The UD lens element reduces chromatic aberration, and the multi-layer coating minimizes ghosting and flare. List Price: $299. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.
Manfrotto 190 Series Tripod
Manfrotto has updated the 190 series tripod. Available in either carbon fiber or aluminum, the Quick Power Lock design reduces setup time, allowing for single-handed leg adjustments. Using only one finger, the center column lifts up from the vertical position to 90° horizontal for full shooting flexibility. The 190 also provides professional expansion using Easy Link attachments to hold LED lights, reflectors, triggers and other accessories. List Price: $245-$478. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us/190-series.
LED Ring Light
Ring lights are versatile workhorses and go-to lighting for macro photography. The Kaiser KR 90 LED Ring Light uses 30 three-chip, high-performance LEDs in a metal duralumin body. The light provides continuously variable intensity control while maintaining a constant 5500K color temperature. Keeping all circuitry and battery within the housing, eliminating the need for an external power supply, the ring light screws on to the lens with a 77mm diameter lens mount (72mm, 67mm, 62mm, 58mm, 55mm and 52mm adapters included). The 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery provides power for two hours and fully recharges in 2.5 hours. The ring light includes a ¼"-20 female tripod mount and has a 1.2-inch minimum working distance. Available through HP Marketing Corp. dealers. Estimated Street Price: $325. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Compact 4K Shooter
With a one-inch, 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is the first compact camera to also shoot 4K video. Offering a 4K MP4 shooting format, as well as 1920x1080p AVCHD or MP4, the FZ1000 can capture 8-megapixel still images from 4K video footage. The high-sensitivity sensor reduces noise at high ISO (the camera shoots ISO 125-12,800 expandable to 25,600). The camera incorporates the Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 16x 25-400mm ƒ/2.8-4.0 optical zoom lens with a 5-step speed control that provides smooth zooming for video shooting. A 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake. Still-image burst mode shoots at 12 fps. The FZ1000 includes a high-speed OLED Live View Finder and three-inch, 921k-dot free-angle LCD with a 180° side-to-side rotation and 270° up-and-down tilt ability. It includes both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for remote operation and instant sharing. List Price: $899. Contact: Panasonic, www.shop.panasonic.com.
Weighing less than three pounds, the Drobo Mini has announced an ultra-portable, all-flash RAID system using four 2.5-inch SSD drives. Quick speed is facilitated by the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. The Mini is also compatible with HDDs up to 2 TB. In the event of a drive failure, Drobo’s BeyondRAID technology will automatically repair the drive and return it to a protected state without affecting performance. The Mini also contains a backup battery. If there’s a sudden power loss, the battery will power the drive to ensure data currently transferring will be safely written to the disk. Available in 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB kits. List Price: $1,199 (1 TB kit). Contact: Drob, www.drobostore.com.