But it wasn't all clear sailing for manufactures, with RED having problems trying to keep ahead of increasing competition, while several manufactures - Redrock and Tiffen to name two - announced products and then seemed unable to ship them.
The consumer electronics industry wanted this to be the year of 3D, but it truly was the year of HDSLR video. And now with Panasonic and Sony poised to release new large sensor video cameras, we may be in for even more changes.
An amazing year. Here are some of the highlights:
- Sony adds support for SD cards to their consumer video and still cameras; the world still spins on it's axis
- Sony says goodbye to HDV and reveals new pro HXR-NX5u and semi-pro HDR-AX2000 videocameras recording to AVCHD
- 3D is big, big, big at CES!
- Tiffen announces a Steadicam for the iPhone and Flip; the Steadicam Smoothee! But the end of the year arrives and there's still no sign of it
- Adobe starts talking about the cool new features to come in Premiere CS5, especially the Mercury Playback Engine
- I dabble in Timelapse with mixed results
- Canon announces the Canon T2i
- Panasonic announces a pro-3D camera for $21,000, the AG-3DA1
- Redrock say they are working on a $500 wireless follow focus, but though there are updates through the year, it still hasn't appeared
- Raymond De Felitta posts a series of blog entries at Salon about the making of his film City Island
- Canon rolls out a new version of their popular 70-200 f/2.8 lens with better stabilization, and a larger price!
- If Sony can support SD cards, then Canon can go ahead and do something mind blowing too; a firmware update for the 5D III to support 24fps. Many people are stunned
- OK Go does another amazing video
- Panasonic announces the G2
- 9 out of the 10 documentary features at the Oscars are edited on Final Cut Studio
- Canon rolls out the Final Cut Pro EOS plugin for importing Canon HDSLR content into Final Cut
- With interest in DSLR's in film and video gaining steam, books and training classes start to appear: From Still to Motion released
- Zacuto puts together an impressive comparison of HDLSRs to film cameras in the web series: The Great Camera Shootout
- Apple rolls out the iPad
- The 3D backlash begins when Crash of the Titans turns out not to be Avatar II
- Canon says good bye to HDV and announces their own 3-chip video cameras, XF300 and 305 which record 4:2:2 video, though they cost quite a bit
- After months of leaks, hints and previews, Adobe Creative Suite 5 is officially pre-announced
- The end-of-season episode of House is shot on the Canon 5D
- Steve Jobs says the next version of Final Cut Pro will be awesome
- PluralEyes for Adobe Premiere announced
- EditShare Lightworks goes Open Source
- Everyone seems to be crowd sourcing
- Sony announces the NEX-3 and NEX-5; cameras that kind of do what DSLRs do, but without the mirror and the size
- I discover that Bluray players suck
- The Sony Handicam turns 25
- Small portable digital recorders get smaller and cheaper when Zoom announces the Zoom H1
- Apple releases iMovie for iPhone: Unlike the iWork Suite for iPad, it's shockingly underwhelming
- For those looking to sync audio to video but don't have an editing app that supports PluralEyes, DualEyes is announced.
- I do a car review
- Boston SuperMeet is held, Rodney Charters speaks.
- Philip Bloom does an HDSLR class in Boston
- Steve Jobs confirms that Bluray support will never be added to the Mac, and we finally believe him
- BBC approves the Canon XF300/305 for production use
- Sony announces the NEX-VG10, a large-chip video camera
- Rumors of a consumer Panasonic 3D videocamera
- YouTube clip length limit goes to 15 minutes
- Canon shows a 4K concept camera at the Canon Expo in New York
- Canon announce the 60D and new lenses
- Canon announce the XF100/XF105, little brothers to the XF300/XF305
- Steve Jobs does that one-more-thing again and rolls out a new version of the Apple TV
- Panasonic announces the AG-AF100, a large-sensor video camera for pros, and has everyone wondering; could this be the end of HDSLRs?
- Nikon finally adds 1080 support to their HDSLRs with the D7000
- Panasonic announces the GH2
- Redrock announces the micrEVF and Zacuto announces their own Z-Finder EVF, but neither have shipped by years-end
- iMovie 11 arrives, (part of iLife '11) and it's kind of fun
- With the expected shipping of the Panasonic AG-AF100 just a month away, Sony rolls out its own professional large-sensor camera, the PMW-F3
- And for those on a budget, they also announce the NXCAM 35mm, though no firm details or price yet
- Final Cut users get restless, and start thinking of Premiere Pro.
- Amazon rolls out Amazon Studios to mixed-reviews
Let's all take a breath over the holidays to absorb it all. And then on to 2011!