Another part of our series of articles involving the Photo Plus Expo 2018 this past weekend, Resource reviews some of the event’s most outstanding products. From Video to Lighting, Mobile to Gear, we give you the latest 2018 products highlighted at the expo.

Playing with Cameras at the Sony Booth at the Photo Plus Expo 2018

Video

1. INSTA360

The INSTA360 won a Lucie Technical Award for best Best 360 Camera, and for good reason. These are its newest features:

  • Groundbreaking six-lens professional VR camera that won a Lucie Technical Award this year
  • Ready to shoot 8K per Eye
  • 3D 360 Video
  • Effortless FlowState stabilization
  • Long range live to monitor
  • Simplified post-production in partnership with Adobe
  • New technology that delivers 8K VR to viewers regardless of whether they have high-end playback devices.

2. ANAFI’s PARROT

ANAFI claims to be the new generation of drone. In other words, ANAFI says their new drone is an ideal go-to solution for filming high-quality videos and taking vibrant photos. Here are its features:

  • Flying 4K HDR camera with both video and photo shooting capability with unique 180-degree tilt gimbal
  • Up to 2.9 lossless zoom
  • ANAFI’s ultra compact and foldable form is great for portable means
  • Quiet and resistant to weather conditions
  • 25 minutes flight time
  • Embedded Artifical intelligence to automate light modes for spectacular shots

3. Panasonic GH5S

The Panasonic GH5S blurs the distinction between a cinema camera and a traditional mirrorless. Here are its features:

  • 10-megapixel image sensor offers dual native ISO technology for optimized low-light performance and dynamic range
  • Focus on lighting as dark as -5EV and delivers 4K/60p recording (New for mirrorless cameras)
  • Also records 4K/30p at 10bit, 4:2:2 in camera
  • Full HD video can also be captured at a motion-slowing 240fps

Odyssey 7Q+ at Photo Plus Expo 2018

4. Odyssey 7Q 

The Odyssey7Q+ combines Convergent Design’s knowledge and experience of both broadcast and cinematography recorders while adding the capabilities of a high-end professional monitor. Here are some of its features:

  • 7.7″ OLED Monitor with 3400:1 contrast, true blacks, 1280×800 resolution, and powerful monitoring tools
  • Tools include: Zebra, histogram, vectorscope, and focus assist
  • Customizable routable 3D-LUTs (See what you got and show what it looks like after color grading)

Atomos Ninja V at Photo Plus 2018

5. Atomos Ninja V

The Ninja V claims to eliminate internal compression and time limits with its rivaled 150 minutes of 4K recording on a single drive. Here are its newest features:

  • Records up to 4k/60p video in Apple ProRes HQ422 (10 bits) or in AVIDS’s format from your camera
  • Records full HD video at up to 240 fps.
  • 5-inch touchscreen delivers 1000 nit brightness for HDR previews
  • Coated in an anti-reflective finish
  • Deliver over 10 stops of dynamic range from Log camera signals
  • Supports LUTs, histogram, false color, peaking, and 1-to-1 or 2-to-1 pixel magnification
  • Footage saved to SSF up to 2TB
  • HDMI 2.0 input, mic input, plus a headphone jack and built-in speakers for playback audio

Nikon’s Light Feature at Photo Plus Expo 2018

Lighting

6. Chimera Lighting [POP] Bank

Designed and manufactured for a long, durable lifespan, [POP] banks protect your lights and mounts without a Speed Ring. Here are its newest features:

  • Built for square and rectangular LED Fixture
  • Don’t require speed rings for mounting on lights
  • Modifiers available for a range of brands including ARRI, Cineo, Litepanels, Rotolight, and more
  • [POP] banks can be folded down for easy transport

7. ARRI SkyPanel

SkyPanel is compact and bright LED soft light that claim to set the new standard for the industry. Their design focuses on form, color, beam field, and output. Moreover, the SkyPanel is supposed to reflect all of those features with more than a decade of research and development of LED technology at ARRI. Here are some of their features:

  • Extended color control (lets you pick a starting color)
  • Eight color adjustments to push the light towards the color you want
  • Remote control via DMX advances in practicality as each light engine in SkyPanel can now be controlled individually (number of light engines in a panel vary)
  • New lighting effects: welding and fluorescent flickering

8. Cactus Lighting RQ250

Beloved due to its size and impact, The Hong Kong-based camera equipment company Cactus is tiny enough to fit in your hand. Here’s what it also does:

  • Compact 250 W/s battery-powered monolight
  • Specialized flash head works with a reflector to keep hotspots to a minimum
  • Delivers 520 full-power flashes on a single charge
  • LED Modeling light/AF assist lamp
  • Cactus mount for light modifiers
  • Flash supports TTL and HSS for a number of brands

Mobile

9. Insta360 ONE

Equipped with similar features as the INSTA360 video, this camera is able to Livestream and function all from your smartphone device. Here’s what it does:

  • This 360-Degree camera that can live-stream 360 footage when connected to an iPhone
  • Functions as a standalone camera when disconnected
  • Records 4K/40p video
  • Snaps 24-megapixel stills
  • Features a fixed aperture f/2.2 lens
  • Insta360’s FlowState image stabilizer and 6-axis stabilization for silky smooth photos
  • Bullet-time effect isolates a static subject and quickly pans around them at up to 240fps
  • SmartTrack function lets you select a subject on your phone for the camera to track as they move across or around your scene
  • ONE’s app can automatically remove a selfie stick from the frame (your hand will still be visible though)

Instax Square Prints at Photo Plus Expo 2018

10. Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 SQ

Now you can turn your social media pictures into actual, printed polaroids! In addition to the Polaroid film aspect, you can send photos straight from your phone and get a print in 13 seconds. Here are its newest features:

  • Create Instax Square prints directly from your smartphone using Fujifilm’s free Instax Share app
  • Prints take about 13 seconds to print
  • Prints are all 800×800 resolution
  • On the app, you can add text and borders, as well as collages or split an image across multiple prints
  • The option of a real-time template to inscribe date, time, location, and weather the time you snapped the photo

Canon Ivy Printers at Photo Plus Expo 2018

11. Canon Ivy

Taking the next step towards economical, environmentally friendly mobile printing solutions, Canon presents a portable printer using ZINK with no ink. Above all, here’s what it features:

  • Pocketable printer lets you transform your phone pics to prints using inkless Zink technology
  • Connect mobile device via Bluetooth and use Canon’s Mini Print App to produce 2×3-inch prints with resolutions up to 314x400dpi
  • The app also allows you to add filters, frames, and doodles
  • Takes the printer about a minute to create a print
  • Ivy’s Battery is good for 20 prints and recharges in 90 minutes

Gear

12. Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

  • Wide-angle zoom for full-frame DSLRs
  • Anti-reflection coating to reduce flare and ghosting
  • Built-in Dual MPU to give the lens faster and more precise autofocusing
  • Improved image stabilization over its predecessor

13. Eizo ColorEdge CG319X Monitor

If you want to produce HDR content, the CG319X monitor supports a wide color gamut and 4K resolution. In short, this is what it does:

  • Supports wide color gamut and 4K resolution
  • The 31-inch display delivers 98% of the DCI-P3 color space with optimized gamma curves to render more true-to-life images
  • Number of video-friendly preset modes to automatically put the monitor into the proper color space
  • The built-in sensor you can use to calibrate the monitor automatically at set times (do not need third party monitor calibration device)

Nikon Booth at Photo Plus Expo 2018

Camera

14. Nikon Z7 and Z6 

The new Z-series Nikon Full-frame mirrorless cameras are packed with pro-level features. Here’s what it features:

  • 4K video capture with 10-bit output via HDMI
  • Weather-sealed builds
  • New, wider diameter lens mount
  • Faster continuous shooting at 12fps
  • Both models work with Mount Adapter FTZ (can mount existing F-mount lenses to the Z-series)

15. Panasonic LX100 II 

Winning a Lucie Technical Award for Best Small Format Camera System, the Panasonic LX100 II really provides. These are its intimate features:

  • 21-megapixel sensor on the LX100 II delivers a 17-megapixel image
  • Leverage the camera’s Multi-aspect bracketing mode and shoot all aspect ratios at once (4:3, 3:2, 1:1, and 16:9)
  • Fixed 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens with nine aperture blades
  • The lens is optically stabilized
  • New higher resolution 3-inch touch display alongside a Live Viewfinder with 100% field of view and 2760K dot equivalent resolution

Software/Services

16. LAPIXA

LAPIXA acts as a virtual watchdog, defending pictures from Internet thieves. In other words, consider LAPIXA the groundbreaking security measure to better control who steals your photography. Here’s the magic that happens:

  • Scours the web for instances of copyright infringement
  • Supports a reverse image so you can actively seek out infringers
  • Capable of finding infringed images even if they’ve been cropped or applied with filters
  • You can tap the company’s global network of lawyers when its time to press a legal claim
  • You only pay LAPIXA if your effort is successful

17. Topaz Labs A.I. Gigapixel

Finally, for our last innovation, Resource presents to you a groundbreaking imaging software. Using Artifical Intelligence to tackle what Topaz Labs calls an “age-old problem of digital photography,” How does a photographer add more resolution to low-resolution files? With A.I. Gigapixel, they think they have a solution:

  • A batch processor can transform 12-megapixel files into those with 100- or 1000-megapixel resolution
  • In addition, it also allows you to crop in on a high-res photo to blow up the resulting crop back to the original photo’s starting resolution (or even larger)