This Year in Gear

The Top Cameras and Lenses of 2018


December 25, 2018 Briefings By

This past year was jam-packed with news from the camera world.  Canon, Nikon and Panasonic each launched its first-ever, full-frame mirrorless cameras to compete with Sony while DJI put Hasselblad systems into its widely-popular consumer drones. And, that really just scratches the surface. There have been new cameras, lenses, accessories, drones, bags and everything else — we’ve covered most of it. Here’s a recap of everything that happened in 2018.

This New Company Is Perfecting the Camera Pack
This New Company Is Perfecting the Camera Pack

Founded by a former designer for F-stop Gear, Shimoda Designs is creating a line of camera bags for travel and adventure.

These Leather Lens Cases Take a Cue From Vintage Camera Gear
These Leather Lens Cases Take a Cue From Vintage Camera Gear

Vintage-inspired camera accessories for the modern photographer.

IKEA Wants to Put Award-Winning Hasselblad Photography In Your Home
IKEA Wants to Put Award-Winning Hasselblad Photography In Your Home

A pair of world-famous Swedish companies are bringing big-time photo art to the mass market

Fuji’s Newest Pro-Grade X-series Camera Brings an Impressive Suite of Features
Fuji’s Newest Pro-Grade X-series Camera Brings an Impressive Suite of Features

Cheaper than its competitors, just as powerful.

Samsung’s “World’s Largest” SSD Can Store over a Million Raw Photos
Samsung’s “World’s Largest” SSD Can Store over a Million Raw Photos

It's the largest ever SSD in the 2.5-inch form factor.

Leica Made a Camera That’s Stealthier Than a B-2 Bomber, and It’s a Little Bit Cheaper Too
Leica Made a Camera That’s Stealthier Than a B-2 Bomber, and It’s a Little Bit Cheaper Too

Black, Black, Black, Black, and some Knurled Brass

The Pentax K-1 Mark II Is a Terrific Low-Light Shooter (And Only Costs $550 for Existing K-1 Owners)
The Pentax K-1 Mark II Is a Terrific Low-Light Shooter (And Only Costs $550 for Existing K-1 Owners)

Ricoh is offering current K-1 owners a pretty terrific deal -- trade in your older K-1 for the new Mark II for just $550.

Sony’s New a7 III Puts Every Other Camera Maker on Notice
Sony’s New a7 III Puts Every Other Camera Maker on Notice

Sony's new a7 III mirrorless camera makes a strong case to be the only mirrorless camera you should buy.

Canon to Release Its Most Affordable DSLR Camera Ever
Canon to Release Its Most Affordable DSLR Camera Ever

The newly announced EOS 4000D will prove to be Canon's most budget-friendly DSLR ever.

Nikon’s New D850 Kit Is Great Value for Filmmakers and Videographers
Nikon’s New D850 Kit Is Great Value for Filmmakers and Videographers

The bundle's value hits somewhere in the ballpark of $6,292; the Nikon D850 Filmmaker’s Kit goes for $5,500, so you're saving almost $800.

This Anamorphic Lens Brings Terrific Lens Flare to Your iPhone
This Anamorphic Lens Brings Terrific Lens Flare to Your iPhone

It allows smartphone videographers the ability to capture super wide-angle images with the inherent shallow depth of field of a telephoto lens.

GoPro Announces a $199 Action Camera for Beginners
GoPro Announces a $199 Action Camera for Beginners

It won't shoot 4K videos or as excellent slow-mos as the Hero 6 Black, however

Photographers, Leave Your Laptop Behind with This New Device
Photographers, Leave Your Laptop Behind with This New Device

The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD aims to streamline what it takes to get a photo or video from the press of the shutter button to your Instagram feed and beyond.

Olympus’s New Mirrorless Camera Costs Just $600 and Shoots 4K Video
Olympus’s New Mirrorless Camera Costs Just $600 and Shoots 4K Video

It's available in three colors (white, black or brown) and starts at just $600 (body only).

This Portable Video Camera Can Shoot 4K RAW Videos and Only Costs $1,295
This Portable Video Camera Can Shoot 4K RAW Videos and Only Costs $1,295

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is a Micro Four Thirds compact camera that's capable of shooting 4K RAW videos.

This Extremely Fast SSD Is Perfect for Storing 4K Video (Works for Mac and PC)
This Extremely Fast SSD Is Perfect for Storing 4K Video (Works for Mac and PC)

It's the fastest external drive that OWC has ever made.

Is This The Ultimate Low Light Portrait Lens?
Is This The Ultimate Low Light Portrait Lens?

Designed to work Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X mounts.

This Is The Ultimate Portable Power Bank for Travel Photographers
This Is The Ultimate Portable Power Bank for Travel Photographers

It's the largest capacity power bank system that you can legally fly with

The Sony RX100 VI Is a Super Fast Compact Camera with Super Zoom
The Sony RX100 VI Is a Super Fast Compact Camera with Super Zoom

It's also Sony's first compact camera in its RX100 line that comes with a touchscreen display.

Sony’s Super-Telephoto Lens Is the Ultimate Weapon for Wildlife Photographers
Sony’s Super-Telephoto Lens Is the Ultimate Weapon for Wildlife Photographers

It's also the world's lightest 400mm f/2.8 prime lens.

This App Helps Photographers Take the Perfect Landscape Photo
This App Helps Photographers Take the Perfect Landscape Photo

The app factors in things like weather, time, elevation, the moon and sun cycle, and then helps the photographer plan for the perfect photo.

This Rugged Portable SSD Is Perfect for Adventure Photographers
This Rugged Portable SSD Is Perfect for Adventure Photographers

For anybody storing hi-res photos and videos, this little SSD is capable of up to 550MB/s transfer speeds.

First Look: The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Blurs the Line Between Drone and DSLR
First Look: The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Blurs the Line Between Drone and DSLR

The Mavic 2 brings a Hasselblad camera and rediculous image quality, while the Mavic 2 Zoom is the first consumer drone with optical zoom.

Nikon’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Are Finally Here (Almost)
Nikon’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Are Finally Here (Almost)

Nikon finally designs a pro-grade camera other than a DSLR. It's time to take on Sony's a7III and a7RIII.

Panasonic’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Are Unique In a (Newly) Crowded Field
Panasonic’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Are Unique In a (Newly) Crowded Field

The Lumix S1 and S1R will both use Leica's existing full-frame-L mount SL system.

DJI’s Smallest-Ever Handheld Gimbal Can Shoot Beautiful 4K Video
DJI’s Smallest-Ever Handheld Gimbal Can Shoot Beautiful 4K Video

The tiny gimbal is available for pre-order now for $349. DJI says it'll ship by 12/15, so you'll get it before the holiday.

Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic – It’s New Camera Season, Baby
Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic – It’s New Camera Season, Baby

Everyone is releasing new cameras and they all look amazing. Here's your rundown.

Leica’s Newest M Goes Undercover, Drops The Dot
Leica’s Newest M Goes Undercover, Drops The Dot

The M10-P is a little quieter visually and way quieter audibly.

Nikon Announces That It’s About To Announce A Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
Nikon Announces That It’s About To Announce A Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Nikon's not ready to spill all the beans, but thankfully the internet is full of nerds.

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