Unfortunately I was unable to attend NAB 2017 this year, but that didn't stop me from paying attention to all the cool stuff being announced.
During this year's show Canon announced their firmware update the Cannon 5D Mark IV that brings the C-Log to the camera. This picture profile allows users to handle dynamic range better and with a bit of color grading in post production you can maintain details in the shadows and highlights without sacrificing the awesomeness of Canon's color science. Bad thing about this firmware update, is that it will not be user serviceable - meaning you'll have to send your camera in to Canon to have this update applied. Additionally you'll need to pay a $99 fee for the update. Canon will sell the 5D MKIV with and without the update from this point forward as well.
SmallHD brought something very interesting to the table that will be available for purchase very soon (May 2017). The SmallHD Focus really caught my attention this year, as it looks to be the perfect companion to any Sony camera. It's an affordable 5-inch external monitor with full articulation that has a few tricks up its sleeve. First, it's rated at producing 800-nits of brightness - making it perfect for shooting in direct sunlight. Second, it was designed in a way that acts as an external power source to your camera; allowing power from the battery on the monitor to be shared to the camera and monitor at the same time, which is extremely valuable to Sony a7RII and a7SII shooters because we all know the battery life on those really sucks. Finally, it's only $499! That's huge, as it's pretty much a SmallHD 501 monitor with all the tools available like focus peaking, wave forms, and LUT preview at a fraction of the price. I'm really excited about this monitor and will definitely be picking one up when it's available.
DJI finally announced pricing on their CrystalSky monitors, high- and ultra-bright dedicated monitors for you drone operators out there. The CrystalSky monitors will come in two sizes, a 5.5-inch and a 7.85-inch. They seemed very impressive when I got my hands on them at CES 2017, at that time DJI did not give a pricing update. Check out my intial thoughts on the monitors here:
I plan on making it out to NAB 2018 so I can bring you coverage from the show floor. I was bummed that I couldn't get time off work to head out this year, but that gives me that much more to look forward to next year! What was your favorite thing from this year's show? Drop a comment down below to let us all know.