The CES expo floor officially opened for business yesterday with every company touting their product as "revolutionary" and "game-changing." Ginormous HD TVs fill the Las Vegas Convention Center, alongside smart cars, 3D printers and every sort of wearable tech imaginable. But if you're looking for the latest and greatest gear for filmmakers at this year's CES, look no further.
Here's Our List of 7 Must-Have Gear for Filmmakers at CES:
1. Polaroid C3 Action Sports Video Camera
Vying for some of the GoPro action, Polaroid has introduced the C3 Sports Action Camera. It's a tiny cube of a 35 mm camera which is capable of capturing HD video in 1280 x 720 and 640 x 580 resolution. Plus, it's waterproof (up to 6.6 feet) and it's priced right (it will ship for $99 later this year). Read more about it here. GoPro is still the name to beat when it comes to action cameras, but Polaroid could break into the market with this little guy.
2. Panasonic's Wearable HD Camcorder
This year's CES is all about wearable tech and ultra HD. Panasonic has managed to combine the two trends with its HX-A100, a wearable camcorder that hooks onto your ear and shoots in ultra-high definition 4K video. Then you can can share the video via Wi-Fi and watch it on your brand new ultra HD TV. Find out more here.
3. Geonaute 360
It's an action camera, but unlike GoPro or the other action cameras on the market, the Geonaute 360 has 3 camera lenses with 8 megapixels each and can film up to 2048 x 1024 in a full 360 degree resolution. The company is calling this tiny camera (which is about the size of a fist) the "first 360-degree action camera" and it's going head-to-head with GoPro. In fact, they even have a clip that allows the Geonaute 360 to fit GoPro accessories.
Geonaute 360 may be the first 360-degree action camera, but they're not the only one. Developers at Voxx Electronics introduced the 360Fly Panoramic Video Camera, developed in partnership with EyeSee360. The 360Fly delivers simultaneous 360 degree video recording. While it's small enough to fit inside your pocket and is waterproof (up to a point), it's still larger than a GoPro.
5. Steadicam CURVE for GoPro HERO: The camera stabilizer system weighs a mere half-pound and gives GoPro HERO users the freedom to shoot shake-free video using Steadicam's stabilization technology. Even better, the compact handle folds up small enough to fit in your pocket. Oh, and if you care about those sorts of things, it comes in three different colors. Cool, right?
6. Sony Handycam:
Sony announced seven HD camcorders at CES priced from $230-$1,500. But the big news is the company's 4K Handycam FDR-AX100, which is much more compact than Sony's previous 4K camera and much more affordable ($2,000).
7. Parrot Drone 2.0:
This could be the year when drone filmmaking becomes mainstream with gadgets like the Parrot Drone 2.0, which can fly and record in HD. It also has an automatic stabilization system so your footage won't be too jumpy. This year at CES, Parrot introduced the Jumping Sumo, which is, to be honest, more of a toy than a filmmaking tool, but it's still cool -- the smartphone controlled robotic toy with an embedded camera can jump over 2.5 feet high and still fall back on its wheels. They plan to introduce a quadricopter iOs-controlled ‘MiniDrone' at some point soon.
Take a look at the Parrot Jumping Sumo below in this promotional video: