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Gates announces underwater housing for Sony PRS-300 eBook reader Photo

Gates announces underwater housing for Sony PRS-300 eBook reader

Our friends over at Gates Underwater Products are planning to bring to market an underwater housing for the Sony PRS-300 eBook reader. The new PRS300 housing was created upon request by commercial divers who routinely spend hours on deco stops on the way up from deep dives. Gates is taking deposits; if they get enough, it will bring the overall price of the housing down to $700 (from $1100).

I asked Gates why they are doing a housing for the Sony and not for a Kindle, and they responded that it was a decision made based on the size of the devices. Click through for full details.

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British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) 2010 results Photo

British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) 2010 results

The results of the British Underwater Image Festival were announced at the recent Dive Fest held at Pentewan Sands, Cornwall, UK . There were a total of 24 awards, including DVD and video. Dive Fest itself hosted a splash in competition, with a further 9 prizes being awarded for pictures taken that day.

Congratulations to the many Wetpixel members who won awards!

Please click on for the full list of winners

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New Sony HD camcorder to feature APS HD “Exmor” sensor Photo

New Sony HD camcorder to feature APS HD “Exmor” sensor

Today, Sony announced the development of a new HD camcorder. It will feature interchangeable lenses, a new sensor and will share key technologies with the NEX-5 and NEX-3. The sensor is the same “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor as used in the new digital cameras.

The camcorder will be fully compatible with the new “E-mount” lenses, as well as the “A-mount” lenses from the existing “α” DSLR camera lineup via a mount adapter. Please click through for a video of the new camcorder.

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Sony NEX-3 APS-C compact digital camera leaked Photo

Sony NEX-3 APS-C compact digital camera leaked

Details about Sony’s upcoming NEX-3 APS-C rangefinder camera were leaked today by Digital Photography School. The new camera uses a Sony “E Series” lens mount and captures 14.2 megapixel images at 7 frames per second. APS-C-sized CMOS sensor. No details on video, but the specs do note that the camera will save videos in MP4.

It’s great to see the revival of large imaging areas in compact cameras; previous to the recent proliferation of APS-C-sized sensors in small cameras, it was virtually impossible to capture a high-quality image using a compact digital camera. Continue reading for full specs and photos of the NEX-3.

UPDATE: DPReview has published a preview.

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Christmas Island Underwater Festival 2010 Photo

Christmas Island Underwater Festival 2010

The fourth annual Underwater Festival 2010 was recently held on the Christmas Islands, the first three having been held at Byron Bay on the Australian Mainland East Coast. It was co-organized by the Christmas Island Tourism Association. Linda Cash, staff members and local volunteers all put in a fantastic effort and provided a welcoming atmosphere, great food, social events and a seamless festival for the 34 participants.

The timing of this year’s Underwater Festival coincided with the end of the wet and whaleshark seasons on the island and the expectations of the visiting divers for the event were high…

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Fantasea release new, generic accessory lenses Photo

Fantasea release new, generic accessory lenses

Fantasea have announced the launch of a series of new lenses adapters and accessories designed to complement existing compact camera housings. The new line is branded Fantasea Eyes.

Primarily, there are two new lenses: the BigEye (wide angle) and SharpEye (macro). These can currently be attached to housings from Sony, Canon and Fujifilm, either via built in adapters, or by a 67mm threaded adapter, the EyeDaptor, that is also part of the line. The lenses are all “wet” meaning that they can be changed underwater, adding versatility.

In addition, Fantasea plan to have external red filters and lens holders included in the range.

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Gulf of Mexico oil spill Photo

Gulf of Mexico oil spill

The fire and subsequent explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform on April 20 this year has set in motion the worst oil pollution incident in the Americas since the Exxon Valdez disaster on March 24 1989. The uncapped oil well is releasing an official estimate of 5000 barrels (21000 gallons) per day, although many are saying that this may actually be closer to 60,000 barrels (252,0000 gallons). By comparison, the Valdez incident released an estimated total of 250,000 barrels.

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Underwater Photography magazine issue 54 available Photo

Underwater Photography magazine issue 54 available

The May/June 2010 edition of Peter Rowland’s online Underwater Photography magazine is now available for download. In UwP issue 54, Berkley White and Jim Decker present their round up of point and shoot cameras, Dan Bolt presents a study of the John Dory and Kristian Taylor rounds up Florida muck diving, and more.

A always, UwP is a free download in PDF form.

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