BBC approves Canon XF305 and XF300 HD camcorders
Canon reports that the BBC has added the XF305 and XF300 HD camcorders to it’s list of approved cameras. The broadcaster has bought the XF305, and started to take delivery of units last December. Both units are now approved to produce entire programs for the BBC’s HD channels. It had been approved previously for use by independent filmmakers .
The XF305 is a fixed lens 3xCMOS sensor camera capable of capturing 4:2:2 50mbps MPEG2 1080p video directly onto standard high speed compact flash cards.
From my view gallery opening in Monterey
Wetpixel members Mike and Jody Elliot are opening a gallery dedicated to fine art about the sea and land. The gallery is called “from my view”, is located in Monterey, California, and features Jody’s aluminum prints of macro underwater life and Mike’s HD underwater video. They are holding a grand opening on 22 January, from 1-5pm and all Wetpixel members are invited to attend!
20% of the proceeds from sales at the opening will be donated to Shark Savers, so you will be supporting a great cause too.
Laurent Ballesta films live coelacanths in the wild
There is an incredible documentary online that features Laurent Ballesta filming live coelacanths in the wild off the coast of Mozambique. Coelacanths were believed to have been extinct for over 60 million years until a specimen was found off the east coast of South Africa. The short documentary is part of a series called Ushuaia Nature. It’s all in French, but the video is very interesting for those of us who explore the ocean’s depths. Skip to 20:30 for the start of the deep dive footage.
Wetpixel Expeditions: Alaska in June 2011
Wetpixel Expeditions are seeking a few good people to join them on their Juneau to Sitka Alaskan trip running from 11 to 23 June. Based on board the Nautilus Swell the trip will take in: Underwater kelp forests, white plume anemone forests, Steller’s sea lions, rockfish, anemones, crabs, shrimp, amphipods, ratfish, and much more. Reef walls are nearly 100% covered in bright orange, red and yellow invertebrates and on top of all this is the amazing top-side scenery of Alaska.
Eric Cheng had a phenomenal trip on a similar route in 2007, so expectations are high for this one. If you would like more information, please head on over to the expedition page, or contact organizer, Jason Bradley, directly.
The Kittiwake: Cayman’s newest wreck and artificial reef
On 5 January 5 2011 the USS Kittiwake was finally sunk off the west coast of Grand Cayman. Once she was ready to go down and the water was pumped on board it took only 60 seconds for her to fall to the sandy sea bed. The wreck sits in reasonably shallow water and is therefore great for both snorkelers and divers alike.
Only one day after sinking and marine life is already settling in; from snapper, jacks and juvenile sergeant majors. A private dive site (a first in the Cayman Islands) all divers will receive a medallion while snorkelers a wrist band for entry. Having dived the Kittiwake already I can attest to it being great for photography, there are some great angles and interesting objects all over the place. It is also vast so expect to take more than just a few dives to experience it all and get that perfect photo.
3D Expansion kit for GoPro HERO cameras
Amidst all the new product releases at CES, Engadget has reported on a revised expansion kit to combine two GoPro HD HERO cameras into one housing with a synchronization cable to shoot full 1080p 3D video. The cable will make sure that both cameras are recording in sync. GoPro state that all 1080p HD HERO cameras will be compatible with the 3D Expansion kit.
it is expected to launch in the next few months, and prices have not yet been disclosed.
Registrations open for Underwater Festival Shootout 2011
The Underwater Festival 2011, tagged “the Australasia Challenge”, has announced that it is accepting early registrations for the Shootout to be held from 2 to 11 September 2011. This will take place Australasia-wide, with the proviso that any images or video submitted must have been taken during the competition period. The competition is currently offering over $150,000 worth of prizes.
As a bonus for early registration, the organizers are offering special lucky draw prizes for competitors who register before 31 March 2011.
Olympus releases full details of the PEN E-PL2 EVIL camera
At the CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Olympus has revealed full details of their PEN E-PL2 EVIL camera. Details and images have been widely leaked prior to the show, but highlights include a high ISO ability of up to 6400, a new 14-42mm lens and 720p HD video. Olympus has also released details of a range of accessories including fisheye, wide-angle and macro add-on lenses as well as the underwater housing reported previously.
The new camera is priced at $599.99 including the new lens, and is expected to be on sale this month.
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