I just got back from Dema and got to see the new Light & motion CX-520 housing. Pictures below of the housing and the new sunray 2000 lights.
The guys at light and motion demoed the one touch feature and it was great to see it done at the push of one button. One of the guys has dove the xr520, the new canon and the cx520. He said the new canon white balances deeper than the XR at depth and the new CX white balances deeper than the canon (he was talking in the 60' range). He also stated the camera is real nice with the new user interface.
The housing looks great with out the side window and joy stick hanging out of it. This camera had the OLED display and looked great. I was told the OLED have been corrected with the color problems underwater as to early models.
On display were the new suray 2000 light, WOW they are so much smaller in lenth and almost 3/4 pounds lighter each. ( sales rep claim) They look like the 1000's in size. I also noticed the batteries looked shorter and fits under the housing better. When I saw the Bluefin housing at BTS the batteries looked to stick past the front of the housing by a couple inches with the sunray 2000's.
About the camera from Cnet
".The two models, which differ only by built-in memory--the 500V has 32GB while the 520V includes 64GB--use the same Exmor-R back-illuminated sensor and G-series 12X zoom lens as the XR versions, so we expect them to deliver the same high-quality video, and both retain the novelty geotagging capability for video and new Active SteadyShot image stabilization for use while walking. For the newer models, Sony has made some much-needed improvements to the user interface, as well as added another axis (roll) of electronic image stabilization. The CX500V/CX520V retain a manual control dial, although it's in the back of the unit rather than on the lens barrel. Other enhancements: Face Touch for face detection, the capability to upconvert to 60p playback when connected to a TV via HDMI and in-camcorder downconverting to MPEG-2 (for direct-to-DVD transfers)."
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