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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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Thanks for the info and pics. I have the Stingray + housing and they are suppose to come out with a new handle for it with the one touch WB if you have the CX model camcorder. So I am waiting for that to happen. I think once they have that option for the Stingray +, it will be hard to beat that housing at that price point!

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Its definitely a really nice housing. L&M did a fantastic job on the new CX 520 housing, it is TRULY one touch white balance. The way it works is they have programmed the electronics so when you hit the WB button, it sends a series of commands to the camera to manually white balance...no longer do you have to hit Menu-White Balance-then MWB-then close Menu, its all done with one button!! Absolutely amazing!!

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I don't understand why the CX520 would be any different than the XR520. It's essentially the same camera except one has a hard drive and the other solid state.

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CX520 has a "my menu" which allows you to set shortcuts. A recorded IR Script accesses these shortcuts, allowing one touch white balance to be accessed in a quick manner. I don't love the interface for focus or exposure, but do quite like it for one touch white balance.

 

http://www.underwatervideography.com/chann...ght-and-Motion/

 

(click bluefin cx500/cx520 demo, then play).

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Here's a video of one-touch from our DEMA report:

 

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Eric, was this shot with the Panasonic you had?

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Hey, Mike -- yep! Show with the panny gf1.

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The housing looks great, but can anyone confirm that the CX520 does not have an external microphone socket. If not, how does the housings microphone work?

Alan

Edited by divingbubbles

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