Winner: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Even though the Nikon D4 is the most technically impressive—and most expensive—camera to debut here at CES, it's not the best. For my money, that is the Fujifilm X-Pro1, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that, from the front, looks like a 1970s-era rangefinder. The 16-megapixel shooter uses a new sensor design that eliminates the low-pass filter, promising to deliver more natural images that don't skimp on sharpness—and don't exhibit moiré patterns.
The X-Pro1 takes it cues from other mirrorless designs, including the retro-styled Olympus PEN series that ushered in this new digital camera class. But it manages to squeeze an APS-C sensor into its body, which is larger than that of a Micro Four Thirds camera. It also has a unique optical/electronic hybrid viewfinder, similar to that found on the fixed-lens Fujifilm X100. –Jim Fisher
Runner Up: Nikon D4
Winner: MakerBot Replicator
MakerBot Industries has been the most visible face of the personal 3D printing
movement; its Thing-O-Matic printer has introduced both geeks and the public (through appearances on shows like The Colbert Report) to the technology of printing physical objects. The MakerBot Replicator can print larger objects than the Thing-O-Matic, up to the size of a loaf of bread. The two-nozzled (dual extruder) version of the Replicator is capable of printing objects in two colors using ABS and/or PLA plastics.
Priced at $1,749 for the single-extruder model and $1,999 for the dual-extruder version, the MakerBot Replicator comes fully assembled and ready within minutes to start printing. At that price it will appeal more to hobbyists than typical households, but its ability to print larger objects, and in different color combinations, has the potential to entice a new wave of experimenters into trying their hands at personalized manufacturing. –Tony Hoffman
Winner: FAVI A3-WiFi Pico Projector
Projector makers have been expanding the capabilities of pocket-sized projectors, but the FAVI A3-WiFi goes further. Not only does this pico projector integrate Wi-Fi, it runs Android, uses Google Chrome as a browser, and has a built-in touchpad.
The FAVI A3 WiFi has a native SVGA resolution (800-by-600 pixels), 8GB of built-in memory, and a SD/SDHC/MMC card reader. Its lithium ion battery lasts for up to one hour between charges, and it has a built-in speaker, plus a USB port lets you connect the A3-WiFi to USB keyboards and mice. The projector can act as a personal media player, and be used for watching online videos or picture slide shows, playing music, displaying eBooks, Web browsing, and playing content from the internal memory or online.
We've seen cameras, smartphones, and other devices that incorporate projectors. The FAVI A3-WiFi starts with the projector and integrates other functions. It may not have the convenience of a laptop, but, at up to 100 inches, the image it displays is a lot larger. –TH
BEST NETWORKING PRODUCT
Winner: Netgear Media Storage Router with Integrated 2TB Hard Drive (WNDR4700)
Netgear's Media Storage Router with Integrated 2TB Hard Drive is getting a lot of play at CES because when it comes to market, it will be only one of two dual-band wireless routers available that are also full SATA disk drive NAS solutions. The other? Apple's Time Capsule.
Many higher-end routers offer some NAS functionality by including a USB port on the router's chassis for connecting external USB storage devices. However, using USB drives connected to routers for shared network storage is slow in both read and writes, and storage capacity is limited. With more home users wanting to share digital data throughout their home networks, NAS devices are hot items. Not everyone, however, wants to setup and manage an individual NAS box. For these consumers, all-in-one devices like the Time Capsule prove attractive. Now with Netgear throwing its considerable networking weight in the ring with Apple, the competition between these two devices for market share is bound to be fierce. –Samara Lynn
Winner: ViewSonic EXOdesk
This HTML5 interface, which runs on top of Windows, Mac OS, or Android, turns a 32- to 40-inch touch screen into your desktop surface, supplementing both your keyboard and mouse and your main monitor with a customizable playing field for toys (solitaire games, mouse pads), productivity gadgets (calendars, app launchers)— you name it. It's Minority Report
meets Fisher-Price. –EG