Sony announces new video cameras at CES 2010
Sony announces 13 new handycams at CES 2010. The new range of handycams include new XR, CX and TG series. The top of the line XR550V now has 24mbps, Memory Duo/SDHC card support , 240GB hard disk drive and a new EXMOR R CMOS sensor that is optimized for low light. The LCD screen is now a 3.5” and the camera has full manual controls. The variation among the series are mainly memory configurations. Included in the 13 handycams are 5 new SD cameras. 2 pro cameras, the HVR-AX2000 and HVR-NX5 were also announced.
Backscatter demo days in Northern California, Jan 8-9, 2010
This weekend, Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS), Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo, and Wallin’s Dive Center are presenting a free two-day underwater photo and video weekend seminar with world-renowned underwater photography expert Berkley White.
Snorkelers to novice and advanced scuba divers who participate will come away with a wealth of knowledge that will have them shooting better pictures to helping them make the right equipment choice for their specific shooting needs.
Panasonic announces full production to TV HD 3D solutions at CES
Panasonic has announced a full complement of HD components covering production to end user 3D HDTV products for 2010 at CES. These products include a HD 3D camcorder that uses SDHC cards, a 3D BluRay player and a 3D HDTV. The new HD 3D Camcorder is basically one camera with 2 lenses. The custom $21,000 camera is the most compact HD 3D camera yet and uses SDHC cards for storage.
To push on the 3D wave, Panasonic also announced a new 3D Blu Ray player and 3 new HD 3D HDTV series, thus offering a complete solution for HD 3D home entertainment systems. And yes you still have to wear those 3D glasses!
Canon reveals 9 new Vixia HF camcorders at CES
Canon has announced 9 new Vixia HF models in the M, S and R series camcorders at CES. The new lineup includes the HF S21 with 2 SDHC card slots and built-in 64GB memory, allowing up to 24 hrs recording capability at SD resolution and almost 12 hours of full 24mbps AVCHD video. The camera also has a new Powered IS for telephoto shooting, along with a sensor optimized for low light operation, a LCD viewfinder and a bigger 3.5” LCD touch screen. All models will be available by April.
Tightened airline security after December 25th incident
Following the December 25 incident on Northwest airlines, TSA has tightened security measures for travelers, which means that travelers should arrive at airports earlier for increased security checks. In addition, some countries have instituted carry-on baggage policy changes. Although not all airlines have posted updated carry-on baggage policies, examples of new security regulations can be found on both United Airlines’ and American Airlines’ websites…
Your best underwater image in 2009
Happy holidays! To celebrate the new year, Alex Mustard has started a thread in our forums where you can post your single favorite image from 2009. We hope your year was filled with wonderful adventures underwater and look forward to the coming year.
Head on over to the forums and share your best work!
Nocturne, a short film made with a Canon 1D Mark IV
VIncent LaForet follows up his first ViDSLR short film, Reverie, with Nocturne, a film shot entirely with a Canon 1D Mark IV in available light in Los Angeles. Using Zeiss and Canon fast lenses and ISO of up to 6400, the film showcases the 1D Mark IV’s low video noise capabilities, producing very clean images in low light conditions. Strangely, Canon had originally wanted this film off the internet but has finally approved it just before x’mas. Join in the discussion in our forums as we discuss the implications of such low light ability in HD recording. The Vimeo version is embedded and a link to the 1080p on SmugMug is available.
Diving Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Fields atoll
I’ve just returned from back-to-back Wetpixel expeditions to the remote Eastern Fields atoll in Papua New Guinea, where I found the reefs to be some of the healthiest on the planet.
Excerpt: “A dense collection of sea fans, soft corals, and other reef animals line the entire reef slope from 35 meters to 5 meters in depth, providing underwater photographers with an unlimited number of wide-angle and macro subjects. Anthias and small fish cluster above the coral just below a tangle of parrotfish, wrasses, lionfish, trumpetfish, snappers and angelfish, while jacks, barracuda, and dogtooth tuna hunt from the blue”
Click through for the full trip report and photo album.
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