The 2018 NAB Show has come and gone. Here’s everything you need to know about the new gear to watch for throughout the year.

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Just like that, another NAB Show has come and gone. Even with so many releases and announcements to come out of this year’s show, most of the biggest came from only a few companies. Whether you’re a videographer, an editor, a colorist, or a VFX artist, there was plenty to admire at this year’s show. Let’s take a look at which cameras, lenses, and programs are worth checking out in the coming months.

Blackmagic Design Takes The Cake

NAB 2018: Rounding Up the Hits and Misses from This Year's Trade Show — Blackmagic
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Between the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and the new DaVinci Resolve 15, it seems Blackmagic Design may have stolen the show. The new camera is a massive step up from the previous model. This new sturdier model (it has quite the look, you have to admit) can shoot 4K at 60p in RAW. Let’s take a look at the specs:

  • 60fps, 4K
  • 13 stops dynamic range
  • 4/3rds sensor
  • 25,600 ISO
  • 4.0 color science
  • Built-in LUTs
  • Bluetooth controllers
  • 4 built-in microphones
  • MINI-XLR attachment
  • Full-size HDMI hook-up
  • Recording to CFAST and SD
  • Can record to an external disk
  • Edit right off of recorded HDD
  • Button for quick High Frame Rate recording
  • Still photography capability
  • Touch-sensitive LCD monitor

This is a doozy of a camera, and its announcement was an excellent way to kick off NAB; however, Blackmagic Design was not done yet. They also announced a massive update to their NLE — DaVinci Resolve 15.

DaVinci Resolve 15

The biggest update to the software is Fusion, an integrated VFX editing tool for motion graphic artists (and VFX editors). Fairlight has also undergone a substantial update with more options for ADR recording than ever before. The main editing features have a new LUT browser, which will expedite the color grading process.

Sony FS5 Gets an Update

This year welcomed a few more noteworthy cameras to the industry, ranging from small, consumer-targeted prices to larger, heavy-duty rigs. The first is the new Sony FS5 II. Unlike the previous model, the FS5 II welcomes integrated RAW output (instead of requiring a firmware update — like before). The picture profiles are new, and the color science has gotten an upgrade. The camera will be available in June for around $5K.

Here are the specs:

  • Approx. 1lb 13.2 oz (body only)
  • ISO sensitivity — S-Log2/Log3 Gamma ISO2000
  • Shutter speed — 1/8 to 1/10000 sec. (60i) 1/6 to 1/10000 sec. (50i/24p)
  • Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 @ up to 240 fps of 8-second cache recording.
  • 120fps (at 60Hz mode, 100fps at 50Hz mode) in 4K (4096 x 2160) RAW in a 4-second burst
  • Built-in ND filter
  • Battery time — with BP-U90 up to 6 hours and 40 minutes

LaCie Brings the Thunder

LaCie also impressed show-goers with the new Rugged RAID Pro. Offering a transfer rate of 240MB/s, this drive is sturdy and water resistant, so it can protect your data from the elements. You can also now buy 4TB-sized drives, meaning you can accommodate a long shoot or a summer’s worth of photos — all in one reliable, orange brick. And did we mention the SD card reader? We’ll find out the price sometime in the near future, so prepare your bank account.

SmallHD Rolls Out 5 New Monitors

Five new monitors is a lot to take in, so for now, just know that these are all improvements on their predecessors. The FOCUS was one of the MVPs of last year’s NAB, and SmallHD looks to ride that momentum once again by introducing new SDI inputs, higher-resolution screens, and an improved tilt arm. You can check all the new monitors out here.

Canon C700 Goes Full Frame

Here’s Jourdan Alredge’s take on Canon’s latest:

So, as the FF name would imply, the C700 FF is full frame (38.1 x 20.1mm) and supports readouts at Super 35mm, Super 16mm, anamorphic modes, and full size. The CMOS sensor is 17×9 and can record at nearly 6K-5.9K (5925 x 3140). The new full frame sensor also offers a broader range of tonality and lower noise. It can also exceed 15 stops of dynamic range, which should yield more natural skin tones and greater cinematic grading.

  • Built-in ND filters
  • 5.9K full frame CMOS sensor
  • New sensor modes: full frame, Super 35mm, and Super 16mm
  • 15-stops dynamic range
  • Greater range of lens options
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with Canon EF mount
  • Supports Canon Cinema RAW, ProRes and XF-AVC

The price point for this camera is currently at $33k.

Aputure Makes Our Dreams Come True

NAB 2018: Rounding Up the Hits and Misses from This Year's Trade Show — Aputure
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Aputure, one of the leading light source companies in the industry, has unveiled their next big thing: an RGB Light Panel. So basically, this light can mimic any color temperature and illuminate using any color on the spectrum. This light is a prototype right now, but based on the demo at NAB, you can expect a handheld controller that allows you to point at any light source and mimic the light. This is incredible, and we can’t wait to see this thing in action when it comes out in the near future. As impressive as the RGB panel is, Aputure was not done yet . . .

NAB 2018: Rounding Up the Hits and Misses from This Year's Trade Show — Aputure
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Aputure also upgraded their beloved 120d light with more brightness control and an improved foundation for the yoke. Aputure has a history of listening to its users and delivering what they want, and this year was obviously no exception. Be on the lookout for both of these beasts in the coming months.

ATOMOS Offering RAW Capabilities

This year at NAB, Atomos announced their latest monitor designed for videographers and filmmakers on the go who still need RAW video capabilities. The new monitor is practically the size of SmallHD’s FOCUS (5 inches), and it can record almost any size video — although, only through an HDMI port. The monitor does have RAW recording capabilities, which is big step, considering there are no cameras currently able to output ProRes RAW over HDMI.

DJI’s New Camera Control Systems

DJI has officially released their new camera control hardware, starting with the Master Wheel. Though it might look bulky, the rig can apparently detect even the smallest movements, offering you the utmost control over your image. This will be compatible with the Ronin 2 and the Ronin S. The price varies based on the number of axes you want, ranging from three to single-wheel.

DJI also introduced the Force Pro, which is the same as the Master Wheel but more traditionally operated. At a mere $1,200 the big selling point here is the size (still capable of fitting on your tripod). This beast will be your new best friend when you need to get those difficult, precise shots.

Sigma’s New 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens

This new lens took NAB by storm with its new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens designed specifically for 50-megapixel cameras that are also VR compatible. There’s even a “Front Conversion Service” for adapting the lens for VR applications. Here are the specs:

  • Minimum aperture: f22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 26-28cm
  • Maximum magnifications: 1:5:4
  • Angle of view: 114.2°-84.1°
  • Mount options: Nikon, Canon, Sigma

Price: $1,299.00

Manfrotto Delights with Plenty of Gear

Manfrotto is making vloggers’ and YouTubers’ lives significantly easier. Their new tripod, the BeFree Live, offers quick setup, and users can turn the camera on themselves quickly. This is all a result of its fluid head and sturdy drag system for panning and tilting. If you just want the head, you will be able to buy it separately from the legs.

Price: $239.99 (legs and head)

Manfrotto has also graced us with a new backpack for traveling filmmakers. Much like the tripod, this pack caters to YouTube creators constantly on the go who need to set up and break down quickly.

Price: $279.99

Be on the lookout here at the Shutterstock blog for reviews, roundups, and coverage of all these new releases throughout 2018.

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