2014 is here and there is a lot to be excited about in the photography industry! Five technology trends that were developing over the past few years are now easily accessible and on the market, or so close you can almost taste them (mmmm…).

Here is a list of five trends that are making their mark:

1. 4K Technology

4K is a digital cinematography standard offering approximately four times the resolution of HD video, with 4,000 pixels of horizontal resolution. It truly gives image makers much more detail and resolution to exploit.


4K Products to Watch

Canon Cinema EOS C500 and EOS-1D C; GoPro Hero3+ Black; Red Dragon sensor (6K) 
and Scarlet-X; and Sony FDR-AX1 4K Handycam

[REWIND: Nikon’s 2013 Rumor: Nikon D4 sensor in a D800 body?]

2. Real-World Wireless Cameras

Several recent cameras now offer built-in Wi-Fi features that work in the real world, specifically, online photo-sharing. Admittedly, the technology hasn’t yet achieved perfection, but it’s a significant step toward wireless camera liberation.

Canon 6DWireless Cameras to Watch

Canon EOS 6D; Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy NX; Sony QX10 and QX100

3. Bigger Pixels, Better Pictures

For the past few years, the movement towards larger (rather than more) pixels has been circulating through the photography industry. Results have been amazing! Image sensors now have the capability to capture the tiny details of insects in near total darkness.


Big Sensor Products to Watch

Apple iPhone 5s; Canon high-sensitivity, full-frame CMOS sensor for full HD (prototype); Nikon D610; Phase One IQ2 series medium-format digital backs; Sony Cyber-shot RX1 
and RX100 II

4. Camera Stabilizers

Whether you’re shooting video footage from your flying eggbeater or racing through traffic while recording HD with your DSLR, the use of gyro-based stabilizers will only increase in 2014.


Stabilization Products to Watch

DJI Phantom; FreeFly MoVI MR and MoVI M10 (right); Quadrocopter CineStar 6 and CineStar 8; Steadicam Merlin

5. Portable Lighting Power

Many recent portable lighting products make capturing a strobe-lit shot that doesn’t look artificial or blown out, simple, fast and fun! Add to that TTL functionality and no cords and we might just see the advent of a new kind of photographer!


Portable Light Products to Watch

Broncolor Move Outdoor Kit 2; ExpoImaging Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid and Rogue Gels; Ice Light; Lowel GL-1; Pocketwizard Plus III; Profoto B1

Which product(s) are you most excited about? Share your thoughts below.

[Via @Photo District News (PDN)]