Emerging photo tech at CES 2016

As an amateur photographer, short video producer, and gearhead, I love seeing what's new in in image capture from emerging companies. Here's the best of what I saw at CES '16.

Steadicams - a purely mechanical device - have been around for decades. A few years ago the first electronic stabilizer - using tech similar to Segways - debuted at an eye-watering $15k price.

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Prices have dropped quickly, and now you can get one for an action cam or smartphone for less than $300. Now a German company, LUUV, is gearing up to offer a stabilizer that combines mechanical and electronic stabilization.

While it is heavier than purely electronic stabilizers - Steadicams use a weight under the camera to reduce shake - the combination looks to provide even smoother video, as well as effects not feasible with handheld electronic stabilizers, such as flipping the camera upside down.

360 degree video

Luna showed a tennis-ball sized camera consisting of two 180 degree cameras back to back. The camera's processor can roughly stitch the videos together, or a smartphone app will do a high-quality stitch.

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Enlaps camera

Intended for VR applications, the gyro-stabilized camera is waterproof and wi-fi equipped. It is available for pre-order from Indiegogo for $300.

Unlimited time-lapse camera

Enlaps - a French company - is Kickstarting a solar-powered, panoramic, weatherproof, time-lapse camera. Imagine having a week's worth of time-lapse footage - without having to tend to the camera all the time.

The Storage Bits take

Video is quickly displacing text on the web - at least as far as capacity and immediacy are concerned. The growth of consumer products that provide professional results is a good thing for producers and viewers alike.

With entire theatrical release movies being shot on iPhones, you can shoot amazing things on a very low budget. These new tools make it even easier to get high-quality results, if you know what you are doing.

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