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See what was hot at Melbourne's 2012 Digital Show
We flew down to Melbourne on Friday, courtesy of Epson, to check out the Digital Show. Stands from Canon, Epson, Fujifilm, Nikon and Olympus showcased the latest cameras and printers, but there were also lots of gadgets, lenses, telescopes, underwater housings and other accessories to see. Photo displays and workshops were also highlights of the event.
Olympus was one of the companies featuring a workshop; this one for taking studio portraits.
The Olympus stand had all of the company's cameras, including the entire PEN range.
The nifty little OM-D was also available to play with, seen here with its optional hand-grip attached.
Nikon had one of the larger stands and offered hands-on demonstrations of its much sought after D800.
The company's range of lenses was on hand...
Including the big kahunas that are used by nature enthusiasts, plane spotters and paparazzi.
Some artistic flair being shown at the Nikon stand.
Nikon also put on this informative presentation pertaining to flash photography. The presenter was witty and kept the crowd's interest throughout the sessions.
The capable little Nikon 1 on display with its flash attachment.
Canon's stand was also large, but the biggest announcement the company made was in relation to the Canon Academy, which is a new initiative to get more people to learn about photography and how to use digital SLR cameras.
Fujifilm was among the most popular places to visit...
Primarily for this 3D printer, which can use PLA or ABS plastics to print out physical objects.
Here is a small sampling of some of the objects. That's a rainbow-coloured ball bearing and a working wrench.
Here's a different kind of 3D printer, for printing photos that can be viewed in 3D.
Lenses were everywhere, including all these Carl Zeiss models.
And here's a very cool cross-section of a Carl Zeiss lens.
Here's the [[artnid:332030|Ricoh GXR]] wearing an A12 Leica mount and lens. It's very handsome.
Speaking of handsome, how about the inflatable Hoodman? This was one of the more eye-catching stands.
The main products on show were screen hoods such as the one you see in this picture attached to an iMac, as well as hoods for camera screens and eye-pieces.
Divers were also taken care of at the show, with plenty of under water cases on display for D-SLRs and smaller cameras.
This was one of the more interesting displays.
Epson showed off its new dry lab, which can print out up to 650 photos per hour. It uses inkjet technology to produce lab-quality results and is said to be a lot more economical and easy to use than a wet lab. Not to mention smaller. Read more about it [[artnid:425854|here]].
Epson also showed off some new Android-based transparent glasses, which can project content on a virtual 80in screen and onto the wearer's environment. Epson says this augmented reality technology will have uses in training as well as design and engineering fields.
If a regular projector is more your thing, then check out this super-slim 3000-lumens model. It's designed to be portable and very bright! Usually those two traits can't be found together.
If you need a solution for taking photos from great heights, then check out [[xref:http://www.aerobot.com.au|Aerobot.com.au]]. This four-rotor craft can carry a camera and lens weighing up to 5kg and it can sit still in winds up to 20 knots. It has a built-in GPS module for holding its position, waypoint programming and coming home. It's fantastic!
If wearing a camera is more your style, then the Capture Camera Clip System from [[xref:http://peakdesignltd.com|Peak Design]] should come in handy. It's a clip that can be attached to any strap or belt and is perfect for outdoor adventures. Visit the company's Web site for all the info and a video on the tech.
The astronomy crowd wasn't left out either, with these sky tracking telescopes on display.
Helmet-mounted cameras were also plentiful. Let's face it, if you're a cyclist and you don't have a camera mounted on your head to record your rides, you're living in the past!
One of our favourite stands was from Print2Metal, a company that can print your images directly onto aluminium. See our Print2Metal [[artnid:425863|slideshow]] for more information.