CES just wrapped up in Las Vegas and with its conclusion comes an array of product announcements that will be hitting stores in the coming year. Although smart home gadgets, audio equipment and high-end gaming laptops seemed to be the stars of this year’s annual tech show, there are always some noteworthy camera announcements too. This is the camera gear that we’re most excited to get our hands on in 2023.
Panasonic Lumix S5II and S5IIX
One of the biggest announcements from CES was Panasonic’s set of full-frame mirrorless cameras—the Lumix S5II and the S5IIX. Both feature a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, have the L mount that is shared with Leica and Sigma, offer real-time in-camera color grading and unlimited 4K 60p recording. The S5IIX, which is specifically aimed at videographers, includes RAW video output, internal ProRes capture and video recording to SSD over USB. The S5II will be available at the end of January, while the video-focused S5IIX should be hitting shelves by May.
Nikon 85mm F/1.2 and 26mm F/2.8 lenses
Two new lenses for Nikon’s mirrorless camera system are on the horizon as well. During CES Nikon announced the development of the 85mm F/1.2 is a super fast, high end portrait lens with Nano Crustal and ARNEO anti-reflective coatings and excellent weather sealing. No word on pricing yet, but considering the features we are expecting this to be a pricy one. The 26mm F/2.8 pancake lens offers mirrorless Nikon photographers something on the opposite end of the spectrum. Although Nikon didn’t provide any additional specs on the lens at time of announcement we’re suspecting this compact pancake lens will be a great tool for street photography. Pricing and availability for both of these lenses has yet to be announced.
Samsung ViewFinity S9
This extremely easy-to-calibrate monitor from Samsung is sure to be a big hit with pro photographers once it hits the market. The display can simply be calibrated using an Android phone—taking the headache out of calibration. The monitor has 5K resolution, 600 nits of brightness and covers up to 99 percent of the DCI-P3 color space—making it an excellent and (likely) more budget friendly competitor to Apple’s pricey Studio Displays.
Autel Robotics EVO Max 4T 8K Drone
Drones have been extremely popular at CES the last few years, and continued to be in 2023. Autel Robotics new 8K drone can create real-time 3D flight paths, has an IP43 weather rating, a 42 minute flight time and a 12.4-mile image transmission range. It’s available for pre-order now.
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