The Digital Show is the Southern Hemisphere's largest exhibition of photography and tech gear. Held in Melbourne in 2012, CNET Australia was there to check out all the latest gear.
Camera and accessories manufacturers were out in force to show off their new wares, but there were plenty of opportunities for like-minded photographers to meet and greet at various stages, throughout the show.
Stay tuned for our video features and interviews from the show, coming soon.
Usually, at The Digital Show (formerly known as PMA, if you were wondering), there are plenty of promotional stunts to be found. This year's show was tamer on that front, and all the better for it. Over at the Olympus stand, two colourful geishas greeted guests as they perused the latest cameras.
Part of the Olympus stand was dedicated to a "shoot-off" between the OM-D Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera and any full-frame camera. There was a model, studio lighting and a professional printer, so visitors could compare their shots side-by-side. Stay tuned for the video if you're interested in the results.
What would a photographic expo be, without a display of the telephotos might and glory? At Canon's stand, photographers got the chance to shoot with some massively long lenses, on all sorts of SLR bodies.
Not to be outdone by ridiculously expensive telephoto lenses, the C300 Cinema EOS camera makes its debut to Australian audiences. It's so precious, we had to take a photo of it from behind a plate glass.
With a prime position at the front of the hall, visitors walked past the range of Nikon cameras, to their right, and had the opportunity to listen to various speakers in the Nikon theatre, to the left.
Award for the coolest product at the show this year? That has to go to Aerobot. Here, Simon Jardine and Felicity Durham, of Aussie-based Aerobot, pieced together the Cinestar 8 octocopter, which is an aerial robot that can carry a camera. Used for aerial photography and videography, it has a GPS module on it that can help the device navigate to the right spots for taking photos.
This model can carry a camera and lens configuration weighing up to 2kg, and is recommended for use with cameras such as the Sony NEX-7 or Canon EOS 600D. It can fly for up to 24 minutes, at a time.
More crazy contraptions were over at Nauticam, which makes waterproof casings for digital SLRs. This model is for the Canon 5D Mark III, but there are also units for the Nikon D800, Sony NEX-7 and a range of other popular cameras.
The limited-edition Fuji X100 in its special box, with metal lens hood, ring adapter, protector filter and leather case, was so special, it's behind a plate glass. We're starting to see a pattern here. You can pick one of these up for around AU$1599.
For those bespectacled folk who find it difficult to press one's eye up to a camera's viewfinder, these glasses provide an interesting solution. Buy the frames and insert your own prescription glass, which can then be flipped up and down, as appropriate.
Did you hear the news? Finally, Eye-Fi is coming to Australia. These wireless SD cards allow you to, almost instantaneously, transfer photos and video from your camera to a computer, smartphone or tablet, via Wi-Fi.
At the actual GoPro stand, there were plenty of display models and some spectacular footage from the cameras. Here's some from the 3D Hero System on show, a dedicated 3D housing for two GoPro HD Hero or Hero2 cameras, including a synchronisation cable.