Hottest photography gear releases for 2018

4 Dec 2018

It’s been a big year for mirrorless with the announcement of both the Nikon Z6 and Z7 (and RF lenses) and Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless series. Demand for the Sony Alpha 7 III remains high and the Fujifilm X-T3 is sure to lure fans with older models to upgrade.

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The all-new HERO7 Black is the most advanced GoPro yet featuring HyperSmooth stabilisation, intelligent SuperPhoto mode and Live Streaming. GoPro has made their HERO 7 Series-line even more affordable with the Silver and White editions: The HERO7 Silver can do 4K video at 30fps and the HERO7 White enables 1080p Full HD videos.

GoPro HERO 7 Black
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For an aerial perspective, the DJI Mavic 2 offers two consumer drone options, namely a 2x optical zoom, and a 1″ CMOS sensor Hasselblad camera. To top it off the LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS External Hard Drive offers high-performance speeds and enhanced capabilities for on-the-go photographers.

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Profoto launched the smallest and lightest off-camera flash ever – the Profoto B10. Now, flash photography’s everyone’s skill to master. The collection includes a battery charger, Li-Ion battery, protective cap, adaptor, hard case and backpack.

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Shoot at staggering distances with the Nikon’s most powerful bridge camera yet – the Nikon COOLPIX P1000. This 125x optical zoooooooooom camera covers a wide-angle 24mm to super-telephoto 3000mm focal length. It features great low-light capability and rock-steady Dual Detect image stabilisation up to 5 stops that help keep the camera steady at these extreme focal lengths.

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The Canon 70-200mm rolling update features the same overall durability, but with better Image Stabilisation (IS) and added coatings to avoid ghosting and flaring. The EF 70-200 F/2.8 IS III USM, the flagship in this impressively versatile zoom range, features a 3.5-stop IS, a circular 8-blade aperture for smooth bokeh, and an inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic motor. Changes to the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM are more substantial. It has a new look and feel, and features a shortened minimum focusing distance from 1.2m to 1m, and updated optical IS to 5 stops. Both are only marginally more expensive, offering professional quality and an affordable price point.

With the adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, the Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is significantly smaller and lighter (1460g), making handheld super-telephoto photographer easier. It hits a sweet spot of the focal length range which, together with high-level precision, is perfect for wildlife and sports photography. An added fluorine coating helps prevent dust and fingerprints.

Canon also launched the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM & EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM – the world’s lightest professional super telephoto lenses in their class. Compatible with the new EOS R system, each lens features 5-stop IS and game-changing weight and portable design for shooting quality handheld images.

Coming in 2019! MagMod‘s MagBox is a radically awesome softbox system for speedlights or strobes. It’s the easiest softbox to set up, mount, modify, and gel. Period.

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Anna Bannink is a content strategist who enjoys pouring her creative juices into the Outdoorphoto Blog.

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