Sony updates its top-end compact cameras
Sony has announced upgrades to its top-end compact cameras. The RX100 II has an 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated APS-C Exmor sensor, which gives superior low light performance. It also now has a “multi interface hot shoe and HD filming in 24p/25p. The full frame sensor RX1 has been changed to the RX1R by having its low pass filter removed, giving superior details.
Three new Asia-Pacific airlines ban shark fin as cargo
Three new Asia-Pacific based airlines have promised to ban shark fin as cargo on their planes.The latest airlines to agree to a shark fin cargo ban are Asiana, Korean Air, and Air Pacific (Fiji Airways). These airlines join Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand in their ban of shark fin on flights. (Image from Shutterstock).
Mini review: Inon E.V. dial labels
Back in February, Inon launched a poll on their Facebook page for alternative designs for their E.V. dial labels and have just released a new decal that can be fitted to the Exposure Value (E.V.) dial that aims to simplify them. Wetpixel’s Adam Hanlon got a sneak preview of them and writes a short review.
Scientists describe new species of orca
Google+ Hangout: Backing up your Photos
Wetpixel Publisher Eric Cheng has taken part in a 2 hour-long Google+ Hangout all about back up strategies for photographers. He joined Trey Ratcliff, Scott Jarvie, Dave Veffer, John Pozadzides, Peter Adams, and Scott Kublin for an extensive discussion. It includes the use of physical and cloud based storage, network attached versus direct attached drives and workflow based issues. (Image from Shutterstock).
Crumplepop on FCP X’s success
In an article on the company’s blog, Final Cut Effects designers Crumplepop’s co-founder Gabe Cheifetz has written an interesting view on Apple’s NLE Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). Crumplepop’s sales of Effects for FCP X were strong right from the program’s release, which contradicts the apparent industry-wide spurning of it. He also notes that FCP X’s “remarkable Effects architecture” has spurred the creation of a new crop of plugin developers to add new and exciting options to the app, which simply would not have been possible with previous iterations of FCP.
R.I.P. Hans Hass
Hans Hass, underwater filmmaker and diving pioneer, died last weekend aged 94 in Vienna. He was perhaps the original creator of the niche underwater filmmaking with his 1951 film, “Adventure in the Red Sea,” being one of the first films to make the underwater world observable to all. During his long career, he published 32 books, produced 73 films and was awarded numerous accolades.
NOAA proposal weakens state shark finning statutes
A proposal by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the implementation of the 2010 Shark Conservation Act has the potential to weaken existing state laws on finning. The majority of the state legislation is more restrictive than the Act’s and also focus on trade in shark fin and some feel that the new law will weaken the U.S.A.’s leadership in shark conservation. (Image from Shutterstock)
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- Project AWARE campaigns for sharks and rays at CITES (via )
- VIDEO: Protecting Britain’s birds of prey (via BBC)
- Chimps ‘solve puzzles for fun’ (via BBC)
- Rescued seal pups returned to wild (via BBC)
- Background information on the “Save Vetch’s”… (via African Diver)
- Behind the Shot: Jawin’ Jawfish (via DivePhotoGuide)