Gates announces XA35 housing
Gates Underwater Products has announced support of the Canon XA35, XA30 and HF-G40 cameras. The XA-35 housing will also support the XA25, XA20 AND HF-G30 cameras. The housing features a modular port system and can be fitted with a variety of accessories.
Sony announces pro XQD and SD cards and readers
Sony has announced a new range of SD and XQD memory cards. The XQD-M series cards provide a write speed of 150 MB/s and the SF-M Sd cards 100MB/s. They are both available in a range of capacities from 32Gb through to 128GB. Sony are also offering a USB 3.1 combined XQD and SD card reader and a new stand alone USB XQD card reader.
Cousteau vessel to be restored
Peru to protect Giant Manta Ray population
On December 31st, Peru’s Ministry of Production passed new protections for the Giant Manta Rays known to inhabit the country’s surrounding waters. The law bans the fishing of manta rays as well requiring the immediate release of any manta ray bycatch. The regulations come after international attention was given to a 26 foot manta caught by Peruvian fishermen last spring.
Nikon announces the D500 DX camera
Nikon has finally announced a new pro DX (cropped sensor) camera. The D500 features a 20.9 megapixel sensor with the EXPEED 5 image processing engine. It has Nikon’s new Multicam 20K AF system, a native ISO range from 100 to 51200 and UHD video at 30/25/24p frame rates. There is a thread developing on the Wetpixel forum discussing the camera’s new features.
Results: Ocean Art 2015
The 2015 Ocean Art contest has announced its results. Many congratulations to Jeff Milisen who was awarded Best of Show for his stunning super macro image of a larval cusk eel (Ophidiidae sp) shot during a black water dive off Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA. As always, additional congratulations to all those who achieved placings in the contest.
Sony adds new action cam
Sony has added a new action camera to its line. The HDR-AS50 has an 11.1 megapixel sensor with an image stabilized Zeiss Tessar lens. It can record HD video at 50Mbps as well as 4K timelapses. The AS50 has a dedicated live-view remote and a 60m rated underwater housing (MPK-UWH1).
Sony announces 4K Handycam
At the CES show, Sony has announced a new 4k Handycam camcorder and two new HD models. The FDR-AX53 has a new lens and sensor with an enhanced A algorithm that provides 40% faster focusing. It has assignable manual functions and a bit rate of 100Mbps. The HDR-CX675 and HDR-CX455 are HD camcorders that have 5 axis optical stabilization.
- 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)
- Elephant poaching ‘out of control’ (via BBC)
- Two hurt in giant lizard attack (via BBC)
- New and Rare Creatures Discovered off NZ (via DivePhotoGuide)