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Report: Imaging Products at ADEX 2017 Photo

Report: Imaging Products at ADEX 2017

The Asian Dive Exhibition (ADEX), held at Suntec City, Singapore between 7and 9 April this year attracted over 60,000 visitors. Among these was Wetpixel’s Drew Wong, who scoured the show floor to find all that was new and exciting in underwater imaging equipment. His report lists the results of his searches, effectively all the new imaging products that have been released since DEMA in 2016.

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Sir Richard Branson set to sink artificial reef in British Virgin Islands Photo

Sir Richard Branson set to sink artificial reef in British Virgin Islands

Sir Richard Branson is set to sink an artificial reef in the British Virgin Islands, close to Necker Island, his well known vacation island in the BVI’s. The Kodiak Queen, one of the five ships that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, has been prepared and outfitted with a giant Kraken sculpture to be sunk to become the B.V.I. Art Reef. The artificial reef will be sunk just south of Mountain Point in Virgin Gorda.

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Shrimp species named after Pink Floyd Photo

Shrimp species named after Pink Floyd

A new species of shrimp has been named after prog rock group Pink Floyd. Described in the journal Zootaxa, Synalpheus pinkfloydi is a new pistol shrimp species from the tropical eastern Pacific. It uses its outsized pink claw to generate sounds that exceed 210 decibels to stun prey. According to the scientists that made the discovery, the name is based on the shrimp’s claw color, rather than the noise it creates.

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Nikon announces the D7500 Photo

Nikon announces the D7500

Nikon has announced their D7500 DX SLR camera. It features the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor and EXPEED 5 processor as the D500. Native ISO range is 100-51,200 and it utilises the 51 point AF phase detection module from the D7200. Video is 4K UHD, with uncompressed output via HDMI.

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GoPro announces trade-in scheme Photo

GoPro announces trade-in scheme

GoPro has announced their “TradeUp” scheme. This allows existing GoPro owners to get a $100 reduction on a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model. The trade-in can be in any condition, including non-functional. The old cameras will be recycled responsibly.

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New species discovered in Easter Island Photo

New species discovered in Easter Island

In March of this year an expedition to Easter Island concluded with a slew of new species discovered living in the island’s “twilight zone”, the area between 200 and 500 feet deep. The team consisted of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and was the sixth expedition of the CAS’s Hope for Reefs initiative to study and restore coral reefs worldwide. Definitively the expedition recorded four new species of fish and one new species of sea biscuit that reside in the twilight zone.

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