NAB 2019 is almost upon us. Next week, the top-name video product manufacturers will gather and showcase all that’s new in the video industry.
There’s a lot to be excited about for NAB 2019. There will be lots to see at the show, and we’ll be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of all the big video gear reveals as they’re announced. And for the very best of the best, we have our Best of NAB 2019 awards.
While much of this year’s gear has yet to be announced, there’s already a great line up announced products to get us hyped about the show. In honor of the countdown to NAB 2019, let’s talk about the most exciting products currently confirmed for the show:
Sony RX0 II
This small vlog-friendly action camera from Sony directly challenges GoPro. The camera features a 24mm lens, built-in stabilization and a flip-up screen — that’s where the vlogging comes into play. Overall, the camera is smaller than your typical GoPro and claims to be even tougher.
Sony’s RX0 II is built with a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor. Its 22mm lens offers a minimum focusing distance of just 20 cm.
The RX0 II can shoot video up to 4K 30p. You can increase the frame rate up to 1,000 fps. However, you will have to drop your resolution and bitrate down to do so.
The RX0 II will be out this April for $700.
Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2
Blackmagic’s announcement of the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 came as a little bit of a shock. The company often likes to keep plans for NAB under wraps until the show, but this announcement came early. Nevertheless, the camera is still just as exciting.
URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 comes with a Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science. It can shoot up to 60 fps and shoot off-speed slow motion recording at up to 120 fps in 4.6 K. Plus, the camera captures with fifteen stops of dynamic range.
Additionally, the camera has built-in dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders. With this, you should be able to get a ton of high-quality video without needing to worry much about space.
Blackmagic’s URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is open for pre-order now for $5,995.
The Insta360 EVO is a 360-degree camera that can also shoot 180-degree 3D video. The camera is actually two cameras that fold together or apart depending on the desire shooting modes. The cameras are connected by a hinge. When unfolded, the camera captures either 180-degree 3D stills in 18 MP or 5.7K 180-degree 3D video. When folded, it shoots 360-degree 18 MP stills and 360-degree video at 5.7K.
The Insta360 EVO is out now for $419.
BOXX Technologies APEXX X3 workstation
The latest from BOXX, the APEXX X3 is said to handle all the top of the line editing and VR editing softwares. It includes up to 18-core Intel Core i7 4.5GHz processor, 128GB DDR4-2666 memory and NVIDIA Quadro P2000 5GB graphics.
This editing machine’s price starts at $4,996 and goes up from there. It’s available now.
Vimeo Stock Essentials
Coming off just a little over half a year since Vimeo launched Vimeo Stock, it’s releasing Vimeo Stock Essentials. Essentials gives subscribers access to more than 1,000 “high-quality, high demand” stock clips, according to Vimeo.
The extended collection is available to everyone that has a year subscription with Vimeo. They get unlimited access to the collection and can add the stock to their Vimeo accounts with no extra charge other than the subscription cost.
Vimeo estimates the amount of stock media users get with Essentials equals out to an over $60K value. With subscriptions starting at just $7 a month, that looks like a sweet deal for many.
Atomos Shogun 7
Atomos Shogun 7 is an HDR monitor-recorder and switcher. The Shogun 7 offers real-time 4K recording in ProRes, ProRes RAW, Cinema DNG and Avid DNxHD. Atomos says it functions as a precision HDR field reference monitor with “exceptional detail, colour and 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.”
Also included as features are real-time switching between 4 live streams and support for RAW video shooting from Canon, Panasonic, Sony and RED.
The Shogun 7 is priced at $1,499.
SmallHD FOCUS 7
Modeled after SmallHD’s 5-inch FOCUS, the FOCUS 7 is a full HD resolution on-camera monitor for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. SmallHD says the FOCUS 7 shares the same functionality as its older 5-inch sibling. However, they’ve updated its display size and resolution, while still managing to keep its weigh low.
The FOCUS 7 features a 1000-nit bright, 1920 X 1200 resolution, IPS LCD touchscreen display. It is available now for $699.
Canon XA series
Canon’s four new pro camcorders are the latest for its XA Series. The XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40 are all able to shoot 4K 30p video and have a detachable handle. The XA55 and XA45 also feature an SDI terminal.
For stabilization, all four of these camcorders use Canon’s five-axis Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization system. They also each have a three-inch LCD touch panel screen.
The Canon XA55 and XA50 will be out June for $2699 and $2199 respectively. As for the XA45 and XA40, they’ll be out this month for $2199 and $1699.
See you at the show
NAB 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year and we’re just getting started. Stick with Videomaker throughout NAB 2019. Doors April 6th and the show runs all the way to April 11th. We’ll bring you all the top tech news happening at the show all next week.