Snap the pro camera of your dreams
When sharpness, realism, and detail start to matter in photos and videos, it’s time to put away the smartphone and pick up some serious optics. Enter the Leica SL, the first rugged professional-grade camera equipped with a 35mm-film-sized electronic sensor and hi-res video viewfinder. Choose among 158 world-class German-made lenses, or go with its innovative fast auto-focus, wide-angle-to-telephoto-zoom glass. Especially sensitive and quick on the uptake in low-light situations, it can grab 4K-quality stills at 11 fps.
Available from B&H Photo Video, NY, NY; $12,400 as shown
Collect the original Microsoft desktop PC
Hard to believe, but Microsoft has never designed and manufactured its own full-fledged, all-in-one personal computer for desktop use before now. In the highest-priced configuration, a little above $4K, Surface Studio — a sprawling-screen 28” full-function Windows 10 big brother to previous Microsoft Surface tablets and laptops — fuses blazing touch-enabled keyboard speed with super-detailed resolution into elegant space-saving hardware. Widely regarded as a direct challenge to Apple’s long-running supremacy among visual artists and creatives, this all-in-one system looks like a keeper.
Available from Microsoft Store, White Plains; $4,199
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Fly the sleek skies with a pro-quality drone
There’s already a classic top-of-the-line model amid the first crop of remote-controlled drones for civilian photo and video flyovers: the DJI Inspire 1 PRO Quadcopter. It packs a Zenmuse X5 4K camera, which can record images worthy of your 4K TV, at just over $3K total cost. Thrill to the stable, easily maneuverable agility of this hawk-sized flyer, capable of hitting air speeds of 49 mph. The drone even knows to return home when its battery runs low or it loses contact with you. Control it by phone app or its well-designed two-lever remote.
Available from P.C. Richard & Son, Yonkers; $3,399
Enjoy the brightest, thinnest, big TV yet
This could well be the best home (or office) TV ever made — with a price tag to match. What you get with the $20K LG OLED77 G6P is flagship gear from Korean electronics giant LG’s new prestige Signature product line. It’s got a stunning, almost 6.5’ diagonal video display, limned onto a glass-thin pane, with cinema-quality deep blacks and awesome color advancing the most stringent current image standards, 4K and HDR. (No need to understand what “OLED,” “4K,” or “HDR” actually mean to savor this satisfying visual experience!)
Available from Best Buy; $19,999