From January 6 – 9, gadget lovers from across the world trekked to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. CES has never been known to be the place for big camera reveals, and indeed manufacturers like Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony decided to relegate their photography presence with minimal upgrades to existing camcorders and point-and-shoots. Fortunately, Nikon and surprisingly manufacturers from photography’s past like Kodak and Polaroid managed to come to the rescue for camera lovers who managed to attend CES. Here’s a peek at some of the coolest camera tech to come out of CES 2016.
Click, print, share—there’s something special about being able to snap a photo and physically
share it with a friend in 2016, and Polaroid Snap makes it easier than ever. Polaroid used CES to reveal its next generation of instant print cameras, the Polaroid Snap+. The Snap+ represents the perfect blend of the traditional polaroid and the modern day digital point-and-shoot, with a modern minimalist design, 3.5-inch touchscreen, 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, full 1080p HD video and the ability to connect remotely to Bluetooth printer via the Polaroid print app. The camera itself sports an integrated printer that uses ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology to print full color, 2x3 polaroids on the go. Up to ten photos can be queued for printing, allowing you to continue shooting while a print is in progress. If you’re looking for a pocket sized camera under $200 that can instantly print polaroids on the go, the Polaroid Snap+ is for you.
Kodak Super 8
Everything old is new again—after 34 years since its last production Kodak is re-releasing its classic Super 8 film camera. First launched in 1964, the Super 8 revolutionized film, and the line would go on to inspire Hollywood heavyweights from Steven Spielberg to JJ Abrams to make their own movies in their earlier years. If the revival of a legendary film camera isn’t a ‘Kodak Moment’ we don’t know what is. Kodak enlisted the help of famed consumer electronics designer Yves Behar to bring this classic into 2016. The revival comes as part of an initiative to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. The Super 8 comes fitted with a C-mount Fixed 6mm, 1:1.2 Ricoh lens, accepts 50ft Kodak Super 8 cartridges and can shoot in frame rates of 9, 12, 18, 24 and 25 fps. The camera sports a sleek white exterior but still retains enough the original design to please fans of the original. Retro is definitely in, and analog film appears poised to make a comeback, but only time will tell if the Super 8 can make it in a 4K world.
Nikon KeyMission 360
In order to capture content for the emerging market of virtual reality (VR), a new camera is needed—meet the Nikon KeyMission 360, which aims to be the action camera of choice for taking outdoor adventures and transforming them into virtual worlds. The KeyMission 360 looks more like an action cam than competing VR camera setups, and its rugged and waterproof design mean that this is a camera meant for land, air or sea. Imagine a GoPro that can take 360° 4K video and you essentially have the gist of the Nikon KeyMission 360. From kayaking to mountain biking, the KeyMission 360 can document your adventures so that those with a VR headset can witness them as if they were actually there. The videos look better on a headset, but you can check them out here
and use YouTube’s 360° controls to move your point of view.
Nikon D5 and D500
While most camera manufacturers were content to take it easy at the start of a new year, sticking to minor upgrades and point and shoots, Nikon unveiled not one, but two DSLRs at this year’s CES—The long awaited successor to the D4, the Nikon D5, and a higher end replacement for the D300S, the D500. Two stunning DSLRs, both powered by the new Expeed 5 processor. The Nikon D5 is the popular DSLR manufacturer’s newest flagship, and while journalists on the floor weren’t allowed to shoot any pictures with it, Nikon shared some serious specs that will earn the body its $6,500 price tag—most notably 20.8 MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor, 4K UHD video, 3,280,000 expanded ISO, and an impressive new autofocus system of 153 AF points (99 cross sensor). The D500 takes advantage of the same advanced autofocusing system that debuted on the D5, but comes with the user-friendliness of an entry level Nikon D5500. As the new flagship for the DX line of APS-C cameras, it also comes with 20.9 Megapixels and 4K UHD video recording, earning it the title of the ‘D5 mini’.