Photokina 2018: the main news of the world's leading video exhibition

It is worth noting that more than half of the sales among all exhibits of the exhibition are accounted for by only two companies, and these are not legendary Japanese brands. For several years now, the Chinese company DJI and the American GoPro have been leaders. And the gap between them and the rest of the industry is only widening.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom

For drones, the DJI brand has long been a household name, as Xerox once was in the copier market. And if on the flight side they were already inaccessibly detached from all competitors (if they still exist), but on the optical side there were questions. Two new models are designed to improve, first of all, this component.

Last year, DJI became the owner of a controlling stake in the legendary medium-format camera maker Hasselblad, and the first result of this acquisition was DJI Mavic 2 Pro with Hasselblad optics. The new camera with a 20-megapixel one-inch CMOS sensor allows you to record UHD 4K video with 10-bit HDR support, if that tells you anything. It also comes with an adjustable f / 2.8 - f / 11 aperture and supports 10-bit Dlog-M color profile for greater dynamic range, making the Mavic 2 Pro the most sophisticated video camera drone on the market.

The second DJI Mavic 2 Zoom novelty solves the old problem of the lack of optical zoom. The new 12-megapixel camera with a ½, 3 ″ CMOS sensor with double optical zoom (and four-time FHD zoom) allows you to get closer to the subject or get a professional effect of expanding space. The camera also has many other wonderful little things, for example, the ability to receive super-high-quality images of 48 megapixels - for this Mavic 2 Zoom hardware combines 9 images.

Another branded DJI chip, analogues of which are not even outlined by competitors, the technology for transmitting 1080p video was further developed and increased its “range” to 8 km.

The drone itself has become faster (maximum speed 72 km / h), quieter and has received obstacle sensors on all sides of the device - now, in order to crash into the DJI in obstacles you have to try very hard. In general, it is not clear what else can be improved in this almost perfect drone next year.

GoPro HERO7 Black

Exactly the same dilemma last year faced GoPro engineers after the release of the action camera HERO6 Black, in which they seem to have implemented everything that can be done for years to come, including 4K video. However, this year they found something to surprise in the new HERO7 Black camera. The main feature of the new camera, for the sake of which it makes sense to update the extremal arsenal, is the HyperSmooth image stabilization system without moving optical elements, which works in tandem with a built-in electronic gyroscope. The technology is similar to the usual electronic stabilization, trimming a noticeable 5% of the image along the edges of the sensor. But that test video works much better, and for so much that makes additional stabilizer-steadicams unnecessary. Everything else is also at 4K at 60 frames per second or 1080p at 240, 12-megapixel photos, water permeability of up to 10 meters, a color touch screen. And the GoPro engineers have a harder task than last year - what else can be added to the camera to get a person to buy a new HERO8? I can’t even imagine.


Zeiss has announced an intriguing new full-frame 37.4-megapixel digital camera with a fixed lens ZEISS Distagon 35 mm f / 2. Even without trusting this camera, but just looking at the specifications, we can safely say that the quality of the images will be impeccable, and the price will be sky-high. But the camera did not get into our review because of this. ZEISS ZX1 is the first camera in the world with a built-in image editor Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. Primitive editors built in cameras before that, but for the professional one, for the first time. This indicates a potential audience - well-off professionals.

Mirrorless Canon EOS R

Canon's announcement of the full-frame EOS R mirrorless EOS R system can shake the industry. Canon has released a completely new ecosystem with a new bayonet mount that is not compatible with previous lenses. The company claims that the new camera has the world's fastest auto focus system, which works in just 0.05 s. The company sees video operators as one of its new customers - the camera supports 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, and video output in a semi-professional 10-bit 4: 2: 2 format.

Realizing that without good optics, such cameras are helpless, the company simultaneously announced 4 new lenses with a new mount, including the world's first standard zoom with f / 2 aperture and high-quality 50 mm f / 1.2 lens. The company they are a telephoto lens 24−105mm f / 4 L and macro lens 35 mm f / 1.8 macro.

Apparently, SLR cameras are finally a thing of the past.

Nikon Z Series

Nikon also showed the result of its many years of work — the Z Series full-frame mirrorless camera system, which also uses a new, wide Z-mount with a diameter of 55 mm. According to the company, this makes it possible to make the camera itself much smaller, while maintaining quality parameters, and to use new, more advanced lens designs. So far, there are two Z7 and Z6 cameras in the lineup, and three NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f / 4 S, 35 mm f / 1.8 S and 50 mm f / 1.8 S lenses. The flagship Z7 received a 45.7-megapixel CMOS- sensor, and Z6 - 24.5-megapixel. This is the main difference between these cameras. The cameras are 26% lighter than the comparable Nikon D850 in quality and significantly smaller. Cameras can also record UHD 4K video and output it in 10-bit 4: 2: 2 format. In fact, now all three Japanese giants - Sony, Nikon and Canon have approximately the same professional mirrorless cameras, and the whole next year will pass in bloody marketing wars.


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