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.
Borneo from Below: Parrotfish
Borneo from Below has released their latest episode online. This week Bertie explores the world of parrotfish in Borneo.
Nikon surprises with the KeyMission 360
n a surprising move, Nikon has entered the action camera market. The KeyMission 360 can record true 360° video in 4K UHD and is equipped with “electronic vibration reduction” which “reduces the effects of camera shake”. It is waterproof to 30m (98 ft) without a housing.
Nikon unveils the D5
Nikon has announced their flagship D5 FX SLR. It has a 20.8MP FX CMOS sensor with the EXPEED 5 image processing engine delivering an ISO range of 100 to 102400. AF is via the new 153 point Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. Video is available on the new camera at UHD resolution at 30p, 25p, 24p frame rates. There are two versions of the camera available, one using two CF cards for storage, and one using two XQD.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 open for entries
The 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOTY) contest is now open for entries. The contest will accept entries through until 25 February 2016. The results will be publicly announced at a gala event at London’s Natural History Museum. As is normal, the contest features an Underwater category.
Ascension Island marine reserve announced
The UK and Ascension Island Governments, along with the Blue Marine Foundation have announced the creation of a marine reserve in the Atlantic. An area of 234,291 sq. Km (90,460 sq. Miles) around Ascension Island has been set aside and the Bacon Foundation has donated a £300,000 grant to monitor and enforce the reserve’s provisions. (Image from Shutterstock).
Final Call: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016
The Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) contest is making a final call for entries. It offers categories for international entries in 5 categories, which include: Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Up & Coming. In addition, there are 3 categories for images shot in the UK: British Waters Wide Angle, Macro and Compacts. The deadline for entries is 4 January.
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