Panasonic releases 10m waterproof camera
Panasonic have announced the new LUMIX DMC-TS2, an even more rugged version of its predecessor DMC-TS1 geared for active outdoor use. The new tougher body is now rated to 10m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and dustproof.
Featuring AVCHD Lite HD movie recording capability, the new 14.1-megapixel TS2 has a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom, and is ready for extreme use. Perfect for knocking around on a dive trip or while snorkeling, or when coupled with the optional housing (DMW-MCFT2), for diving to max depths of 40m.
I’ve personally shot with the TS1 on a number of snorkeling trips, and have seen them in action whilst in the Panasonic made housings, and have been more than impressed with what these little gems can achieve!
Apple Releases Aperture 3
Apple announced today that the long awaited update to Aperture, its professional image management software, is now available. Aperture 3, boasting over 200 new features is a major upgrade to Apple’s premiere asset management application. Topping the feature list, are Places and Faces (the Geotagging and Facial recognition features introduced in iPhoto ‘09), localized image corrections, and support for audio and video. Aperture 3 is available immediately for purchase at $199 for a new license, or $99 for users upgrading from a previous version. A free trial is available for download.
I’ve had a chance to download the trial version and test it for a few hours, and have posted some first impressions after the jump.
Olympus introduces new waterproof cameras
Good news for those looking for a small boat companion, Olympus has introduced two new point and shoot cameras waterproof to 5m and 10m depths.
The TOUGH-8010 comes with 2gb of internal memory and is shockproof to 2m, waterproof to 10m, and crushproof to 100kg.The TOUGH-6020 contains 1gb of internal memory, is shockproof to 1.5m and waterproof to 5m. Both new cameras have 14 megapixel sensors, are capable of HD movie recording, have an HDMI interface, and are compatible with SD cards. List prices for the TOUGH-8010 and TOUGH-6020 are $399 and $299 respectively.
Nikon announces new 16-35mm f4 ED VR and 24mm f1.4 ED lenses
Nikon has announced 2 new AF-S Nikkor lenses, the 16-35mm ED VR and the 24 f1.4 ED.
The 16-35mm f4 is the first 35mm wide angle lens to incorporate built-in VR technology. The latest VR system allows camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of up to approximately 4 stops. The lens should have a street price of US$1260 and will be available later this month. The new 24mm 1.4 will cost $2199 and will ship late March.
Canon Announces New Rebel T2i
Canon has announced their most recent addition to the popular Rebel series of consumer SLRs, the EOS 550D/Rebel T2i. The T2i represents a significant update to the line, featuring 18 Megapixel stills at 3.7fps, and significantly improved video capability.
The physical changes to the camera body itself are not many, but there is an important one with respect to underwater housings: the addition of a Live View button on the right side of the back of the camera. It remains to be seen if the T2i will fit into existing housings, but it looks promising for those willing to compromise with not having full access to Live View and video functions.
Reminder: vote for the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009
Just a quick reminder that February 11 is the deadline for public voting in the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009 contest! The images in the running are truly spectacular, and it’s worth a look even if you don’t want to vote.
The author of the winning photo will score a one-week liveaboard dive trip aboard the M/V Solmar V, a fantastic liveaboard dive vessel that runs trips to Socorro, the Sea of Cortez, and to Guadalupe for great white sharks.
Some underwater art isn’t so pretty!
Most divers continue to dive because they love the underwater world. For most it is not an adrenaline sport. Rather, it is a time to take everything in an enjoy the surroundings. There are obviously some things that can happen to get that adrenalin pumping, however. You may see groups of sperm whales or schools of sailfish attacking baitballs of sardines, all of which is very exciting stuff and not your everyday dive experience. On the other hand though you may be forced to witness a most heinous act of coral mutilation. I know that if I saw something like this it would makes my blood boil. Are acts like these carried out through ignorance, a need to show off or perhaps just plain stupidity?
Have your say over in our forums.
Sensational Seas Two DVD trailer now available via DiveFilm
New World Publications is pleased to announce the premiere of the Sensational Seas Two trailer as a free DiveFilm iTunes podcast. The two-minute preview showcases some of the fun-filled underwater images from the Sensational Seas Two DVD production. The trailer is also available for viewing by visiting www.SensationalSeas.com.
Sensational Seas Two will premiere highlights at Beneath the Sea International Film Festival on Saturday night March 27th. A seminar on Sunday March 28th will feature additional clips from the production. The DVD will be available for purchase on April 1, 2010 in eco-friendly packaging, recycled paper stock and soy-ink printing (continue reading for full press release).
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