CES 2013: Trends to watch
The Consumer Electronics Show held this week in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcased some of the most cutting-edge technology available, from washing machines to smartphone cases.
We've been hustling hard at the Las Vegas Convention Center all week to report on the latest tech trends related to mobile photography, and thought we'd recap with a look at what was trending at CES 2013:
- Smartphone newcomers and 13-megapixel devices: From the more experienced large manufactures like Sony who used CES to up their game with the impressive 13MP Xperia Z to the relative newcomers in the high-end device sector like Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei who also showcased 13MP phones at CES, the Grand S and Ascend D2, respectively, the smartphone focus at CES was lesser-known players and a new standard megapixel size. Lenovo also joined in with the 13MP K900. We're excited to see what the pressure of more manufacturers paying serious attention to the cameras in their phones will do to the market, and what 13MP, rather than a previous 8MP standard, will mean for mobile photography. The 5-inch size (the Lenovo deviates slightly at 5.5 inches) and 1080p screens of these new phones also seemed to be the new measurements for high-end smartphones.
- Outstanding new screen resolution: We were blown away by Sharp's 85-inch 8K LCD screen prototype. At 7680 x 4320 pixels, the screen offers 16 times the resolution of a standard 1080 TV and would allow you to display a 33MP image without any downscaling or cropping. While Sharp may have shown off most, the majority of TV manufacturers at CES displayed at least one 4K (3840 × 2160) model. These screens offer four times the resolution of a Full HD (1920 x 1080) TV. Panasonic also showed off a 20-inch tablet prototype with 4K resolution.
- GoPro knockoffs: Manufactures got into the GoPro action by showcasings several cases and cameras that replicate the sports action photography favorite. One of those which stood out was G-Form's G90 case with a wide-angle lens attachment that essentially turns any number of smartphones into a GoPro-like device. But several more manufacturers also offered their take on the popular GoPro.
- Rugged smartphone cases: Everywhere you looked there were people dunking smartphones in water, shooting them with paint balls or hitting the devices with a hammer. If CES is any indication, smartphone abuse is going to increase in 2013.
- Tools to make your smartphone feel like a camera: From Will.i.am's foto.sosho line of iPhone cases to a new Taiwanese accessory maker doing something quite similar, to the Snappgrip accessory that adds a grip to your phone, manufacturers want to make your smartphone more camera-like.
- Connected cameras: Traditional camera manufacturers still have a long way to go to make their products more attractive to the always connected Instagram generation but more cameras than ever offered at least basic Wi-Fi connectivity that allows image transfer to a mobile device and/or remote capture. The models from Panasonic add NFC technology to the mix and Polaroid showed the first Android powered camera with interchangeable lenses.
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Canon has officially released the long-awaited EOS R5, the company's top-end full-frame mirrorless camera. Featuring a new 45MP CMOS sensor, Dual Pixel AF II system, 8K video capture and 20 fps bursts, this is the RF-mount camera we've been waiting for.
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Sirui is launching an Indiegogo campaign for a wide-angle answer to its existing 50mm F1.8 anamorphic lens. The 35mm APS-C lens will come in a Micro Four Thirds mount with adapters for other systems.
Sony has added a 12-24mm F2.8 to its top-shelf 'G Master' series of lenses. It's the widest constant F2.8 zoom currently offered for full-frame, with a hefty price tag to match: it will sell for $3000 when it ships in mid-August.
Take a look at the view from Sony's new ultra-wide F2.8 zoom – we paired it with the a7R IV for some initial shooting.
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This sample gallery includes images from our recent review of the Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD zoom lens. Check out these photos to see how it performs, from wide-angle to telephoto and everything in between.
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