Sony 3D cameras announced at CES Photo

Sony 3D cameras announced at CES

At CES this week, Sony announced 3D-ready camcorders with glasses-free displays. The 1080p 3D Bloggie pocket camera (with 2.4” glasses-free 3D LCD) will be around $200 (MHS-FS3), and a “Double Full HD” 3D camcorder with dual image sensors and lenses will be around $1500 (HDR-TD10).

Also interesting are Sony’s new line of Cybershot cameras, most of which are “3D capable” by taking two consecutive shots at different focus positions that are combined somehow to produce a 3D effect. I’m not sure how effective 3D without parallax will be, but it’s pretty clear that Sony is taking 3D very seriously!

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Canon releases XA10 camcorder Photo

Canon releases XA10 camcorder

Canon has announced a new camcorder: The XA10. Designed to be compact and lightweight but still have pro features, the camera records full 1080p video using an AVCHD codec. The camera features a detachable handle, which may help housing options, a 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor, variable frame rates, waveform monitor and peaking or magnifying focus assist options.

The camera has a 64GB internal memory and the ability to record to SDXC cards via two slots. The camera is due for release in March and will retail at $1999.

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Rick Allen injured in accident Photo

Rick Allen injured in accident

Rick Allen and his wife, Cindy Burnham, both of Nautilus Productions, have been injured by an exploding cylinder at their home. Rick is a well-known photographer and videographer, with multiple credits on both National Geographic and Discovery channels. Rick is still in a critical condition in UNC Hospitals’ Jaycee Burn Center, while Cindy has been released after having been treated for facial cuts.

I’m sure that the Wetpixel community will join in sending wishes for a speedy recovery to them.

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Epson Red Sea World Shoot-Out Photo

Epson Red Sea World Shoot-Out

Epson Red Sea has announced a 6 day World Shoot-Out which will take place from 1 to 6 August, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world. The concept is that people register for the competition and send their images taken during the week via internet upload. These are then judged with winners being announced at the Epson Red Sea Eilat event. The World Shoot-Out has numerous entry categories including: Destination, wide-angle, macro, ship/plane wreck and amateur. All entrants must be registered by 2 August, with the judging taking place from 7 to 10 August and the winners being announced in Eilat on 19 November.

Prizes, entry rules and procedures are fully explained on the Epson Red Sea site.

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Call for entries: Beneath the Waves Film Festival Photo

Call for entries: Beneath the Waves Film Festival

The second Beneath the Waves Film Festival is calling for entries. It is currently seeking submissions that focus on marine life, marine issues, and marine conservation. The festival is a combination of science and film, communicating research, field work, underwater footage and outreach to people across disciplines. It will be held in association with the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Mobile, Alabama from 16 to 20 March 2011.

The competition is free to enter, and the deadline is 15 March 2011.

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O-Ring care for the new underwater shooter Photo

O-Ring care for the new underwater shooter

One of the most discussed items on the forums revolve around the simplest part of the underwater image maker’s arsenal; the o-ring. Steve Douglas takes a step-by-step look at the use and preparation of these simple yet vital components. His article provides hands-on guidance for the new housing owner, and a revision for the experienced shooter.

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Olympus E-PL2 housing pictures leaked Photo

Olympus E-PL2 housing pictures leaked

43 Rumours has already leaked the release of the Olympus E-PL2 EVIL camera due to be released at CES on 6 January. It also appears that Olympus will announce a new housing at the same time. The new housing seems smaller than the existing E-PL1 housing as it appears to have lost the bump that was built-in to accommodate the optional electronic viewfinder. Pictures of an Olympus housing for the new XZ1 compact have also been leaked.

Port compatibility, available lens configurations, prices and availability are to be confirmed.

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