Sony HDR-FX1 and Sony HVR-Z1J HDV Underwater Housings
The Sony Handycam HDR-FX1 and Sony HVR-Z1J HDV camcorders are causing huge waves in underwater digital video, and for the first time, moving images in high definition can be captured by a consumer camera in 1080i. Here is a round-up of the underwater housings available for the HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1J. Instead of consolidating specs and pricing, we’ve just linked to their respective sites.
Ikelite’s 8-inch dome port
Ikelite now offers a genuine Aquatica 8” dome port fitted with a special base plate for use with their housings.
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iPod Camera Connector
Gizmodo has published a photo of the soon-to-be-released $30 iPod Camera Connector. I hope it’s fast! The old “innovative” Belkin Media Reader for iPod was so slow that it was unusable.
Of course, if you are using your iPod for what it was originally designed for, it may already be full. Still, it could be a good backup in the event of notebook failure while travelling as a photographer.
Hot topic on the forums: Nikon D2x
As part of the new, improved Wetpixel, we plan to post news items about the hot topics in the discussion forums. We hope that these will make the forum content more accessible to a larger number of members.
A current hot topic at Wetpixel is Nikon’s new DSLR, the D2x. Released within the last week, this new 12.4MP camera has been the cause of much debate and excitement in the DSLR Forum. Threads vary from comparisons of this camera with existing models, to discussion of various housing options and even just general excitment of folks who have received or are waiting to get their hands on it!
Doug Ebersole, Photograper of the Week
Congratulations to Wetpixel member Doug Ebersole for being this week’s ScubaDiving.com Photographer of the Week! I’ve been in the water with Doug and a bunch of sharks, and he’s great to dive with.
And, his teenaged daughter has over 200 dives! A father who takes his daughter on live-aboard shark trips? Couldn’t ask for a cooler dad.
Stephen Frink comments on PMA 2005
Stephen Frink has posted a thoughtful piece on the Photo Marketing Association Show 2005 (PMA).
“A Kid in a Candy Store ... that was my first impression as I passed through the portals of the PMA show in Orlando, February 20 - 23. Cameras and photographic accessories were everywhere in the massive Orange County Convention Center. My job was to ferret out which of the myriad offerings have relevance to underwater imaging…”
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