CES 2014 Camera Roundup
The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas has finally come to a close and the tech world’s biggest trade show has left us excited for the New Year. CES had a heavy focus on high tech home devices, but there were plenty of cool photography products launched for the New Year.
Canon brought out the PowerShot N100 that works in sync with your smartphone, the Samsung NX30 introduced its most advanced mirrorless camera yet, Sony brought the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to the floor and Kodak made their way back into digital cameras with the Pixpro S-1. Although point-and-shoots and mirrorless cameras were a go to, Nikon threw in a curve ball with their DSLR, the D3300, that is sized to compete in the mirrorless camera group while it’s performance and image quality competes with more expensive DSLR cameras. Now, let’s break down the best of the best of CES 2014.
As the camera phone has become more popular, camera companies have been looking for a way to compete. While many companies had brought their new point-and-shoots to CES this year, one stood out, the Canon PowerShot N100. The N100 is the most intricate selfie camera around with it’s rear-facing wide angle lens. The N100 is perfect for those looking to take fun, creative pictures, and with the built in Wi-Fi you can transfer images and videos to social sites, your mobile phone and your computer. This camera even allows you to control it remotely with your smartphone or tablet.
With the competition growing in the mirrorless camera industry Sony needed to bring something impressive to CES this year, and they did. The Sony Alpha 5000 is the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera. But don’t be fooled by it’s size, the Alpha 5000 has remarkable image quality with a 20 MP APS-C image senor. It offers fast focusing due to the brand new BIONZ X processor and the near field communication allows for easy image sharing to mobile devices via Wi-Fi.
Samsung has revved up their NX20 and introduced the NX30. The NX30 has many upgrades from the NX20 which includes: better autofocus, a tilt-able electronic view finder, and included Wi-Fi connection. This camera is a mirrorless camera, but it looks and acts more like a high-end DSLR with 20.3 MP APS-C sensor. This camera was made to impress.
Nikon was the only company to introduce a DSLR at the CES this year. With the growing popularity of the mirrorless cameras, Nikon introduced the D3300, an entry level DSLR that is better than their previous designs. This camera is smaller and easier to handle which allows for it to compete with the mirrorless camera industry. The D3300, with a kit lens, is priced at $650 which is astonishing with it’s 24MP sensor. It is built sturdy and the body weighs less than a pound.