Here’s what the major manufacturers will be showing off at The Photography Show this weekend
March has become one of the biggest years in the photo/video calendar thanks to The Photography Show. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, the event allows all the major manufacturers to show off the kit they’ve produced, and there are generally a few surprises in store for the fans as well. Here’s what videographers need to know about…
Blackmagic has wonderfully shaken up the video market with its Pocket Cinema camera, a superb first camera for anyone looking to take a first step into getting serious about videography. Blackmagic will be showing off this camera as well as its many professional-geared models that capture wide dynamic range ultra-HD footage.
Still the biggest game in DSLR videography, Canon will be returning to the Photography Show with a selection of its latest models to try, including relative newbies such as the EOS 760D and EOS 7D Mark II, and the new professional flagship, the 4K-shooting EOS 1-D X Mark II. This alone is worth the price of the ticket, and we can’t wait to get over there to try it for ourselves.
Those wanting to see something oriented more towards the cinema professional won’t be left out either, as Canon will also be bringing along the absolute beast that is the EOS C300 Mark II. Capturing 4K video and offering 15 stops of dynamic range, this flexible filmmaking tool is well worth making some time to have a play with.
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You like drones? DJI has quite considerably got you covered, and at the Photography Show will be showing off all three iterations of the Phantom 3 (Standard, Advanced and Professional), the Inspire 1 V2.0, the Inspire 1 Pro and the Phantom 4. That should keep you busy!
If you’ve no interest in drones it’s still worth stopping by, as DJI will also be showing off its foray into the camera world with the new smartphone-pairing Osmo, and its stabilising 3-axis gimbal the Ronin M.
AT CES Las Vegas this year Nikon unveiled its new flagship DSLR, the D5, and here is your chance to get up close and personal will it. Able to record 4K, the D5 is sure to be hugely popular with pro videographers and could see Nikon providing some serious challenge to Canon’s hegemony.
Elsewhere you’ve got plenty of DSLR goodness to get stuck into, including the new DX-format D500, the D750 and the D5500, as well as a lovely selection of Nikkor lenses.
Panasonic will be bringing its 4K-equipped Lumix G range to party, notable for being ubiquitously equipped with 4K video and 4K photo modes that further blur the lines between photography and videography. If you’ve been hankering after a smaller, lighter system then it could be worth getting over to the stand to try out some of the models for yourself. You might just find yourself tempted…
If you need resolution, go Red. The manufacturer is known for its gargantuan 4K, 5K and 6K cinema cameras, and will be bringing a selection to the Photography Show for people to pore over at their leisure. Is bigger truly better? There’s only one way to find out!
Sony is bringing a few cameras to the party, though for videographers the most exciting of the lot is undoubtedly the a7S II, better known as the king of low light. There’s really nothing else quite like it on the market at the moment, and if you’ve any interest in low-light 4K shooting you owe it to yourself to see why. Also on show are the more stills-oriented but still-awesome a7R II and RX1R II. It’s not confirmed yet, but we’re also hoping to get some time with the action-oriented a6300. A top selection!
And finally, a word for those who will not be making it…
Despite having no shortage of product both current and upcoming, including the little matter of the Karma drone, GoPro are nowhere to be seen at the show this year. We’ll have to wait a little while longer before seeing if the Karma has what it takes to tackle DJI and the other drone heavyweights…
A word of mourning for Samsung, who are lamentably pulling out of camera manufacturing in the UK and Europe, leaving a broken trail of NX1 users in their wake. Sure, their SSD department will be around to show off the latest in storage media, but it’s not the same. Not the same at all.
The Photography Show runs from March 19-22, at the NEC Birmingham. http://www.photographyshow.com