Sony announces super compact 4K video camera
Sony has announced the UMC-S3C super compact 4K video camera. It is designed to be controlled by multi terminal, including micro USB compatible devices, remote controls or compatible software. The sensor is a full-frame 35mm Exmor and has a expandable ISO range of 50-409600. Internal recording is via memory card.
Bali will be plastic bag free by 2018 thanks to these sisters
Bali is set to ban all plastic bags on the island by 2018, and it is all thanks to teenage sisters, Melati and Isabel Wijsen. The sisters were inspired by learning about great leaders who made a difference in the world. They brainstormed and came up with a plan to ban plastic bags, and the resulting ocean litter, in Bali.
TH Swiss announces Irix 15mm lenses
TH Swiss has announced the Irix lens family. The first product is a manual focusing 15mm f2.4 lens. It is available in Nikon F, Canon EF and Pentax K mounts and in two models: Irix Blackstone, which is fully featured and has a Al-Mg body and the Irix Firefly which is lighter. The lens offers an 110° FOV and focuses at 0.28m (0.92ft).
Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Raja Ampat
Simon Pridmore and Tim Rock have released a new guide book on Raja Ampat, Diving & Snorkeling Guide to Raja Ampat & Northeast Indonesia. The book features more than 100 diving and snorkeling sites throughout the region, 240 color images, travel advice and Indonesian diving terms. The latest release is volume 5.
Spaces available: Wetpixel Whale Sharks 2016
Do you want to see more whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in a few days than most people see in a lifetime? Every year hundreds of these animals gather off Isla Mujeres, Mexico to feed and it is assumed, to breed. It is the only way to see large numbers of whale sharks reliably and unlike many other whale shark hot spots, no baiting or feeding is involved. If you haven’t witnessed this amazing event, you really should.
Nauticam announces a6300 housing
Nauticam has released details of their new housing for the Sony a6300 mirrorless camera. The NA-6300 is compatible with both the WWL-1 wide angle wet lens and CMC macro conversion lens as well as a wide range of port options. It features Nauticam’s “cold water” shutter release trigger and port locking system. Strobe triggering is via fiber optic or electrical (additional bulkhead required).
Underwaterphotography.com 2016 winners
Underwaterphotography.com just announced the winners of its 2015 entrants. Over 6,000 images were entered in 17 different categories. The underwaterphotography.com Wold Champion this year was given to Terry Steeley, who had the most consistent and complete portfolio from the year according to the website.
Atomos ships Shogun and Ninja Flame
Atomos has announced new versions of their Shogun and Ninja monitor recorders. The Flame series resolves HDR brightness details and the monitors have a brightness of 1500 nits (as opposed to 400 nits in the current models). Both models have built in armor protection and can take twin batteries. Control is still primarily via touchscreen.
- February Monthly Contest Reminder (via DivePhotoGuide)
- AUDIO: Bee deaths ‘not down to pesticides’ (via BBC)
- DEEP Indonesia Competition Deadline Approaching (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Earliest mammal ancestor pinpointed (via BBC)
- Tortugas Marine Reserve Increases Fish Population (via DivePhotoGuide)
- WWF to Use Drones to Stop Poachers (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Porpoise protection ‘insufficient’ (via BBC)
- The Bite of Justice: Man Sentenced for Killing Shark (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Underwater Video with an iPhone (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Extinction: Beyond dinosaurs and dodos (via BBC)