Nikon introduces the D7000 DSLR Photo

Nikon introduces the D7000 DSLR

Nikon has announced the release of a new mid range DSLR: The D7000. The new DX format camera has a 16.2 million pixel sensor, with an ISO range of 100 through to 25600, 1080p at 24fps HD video, and “subject tracking” or full-time 3D AF in video mode. In addition, it has a new EXPEED 2 image processing engine, a new metering sensor and 39 focus point AF system. Lastly, it has a glass pentaprism, giving 100% coverage of the picture area, and dual SD memory card slots. Many of these features will make this a very interesting camera for underwater use.

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Aquatica housing for Canon T2i/550 is shipping Photo

Aquatica housing for Canon T2i/550 is shipping

The Aquatica AT2i housing for the Canon T2i/550 has undergone its complete field testing cycle and has now started shipping. Among modifications made from the pre-production prototype are a new retractable focus/zoom gear rack/lens release lever and the control layout has been ergonomically positioned with vital functions (for both still and video) all now being more accessible. The housing has a knob that allows the built in flash of the camera to be lowered for doing ambient light images and a push button to raise it when the user wishes to return to strobe illumination via fiber optic TTL.

Also recently introduced by Aquatica are two new ports, the 4” mini dome 100 and a low profile macro port designed for the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

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Samsung unveils NX100 mirrorless compact Photo

Samsung unveils NX100 mirrorless compact

The new Samsung NX100 builds on the features of the NX10, such as an APS-C size sensor for quality images and a 3-inch AMOLED screen for clear and easy viewing. New features include an i-Function lens which allows users to control their camera through the lens, very fast AF and an ISO that can be raised to a maximum of 6400. In line with most of the new compacts, it supports HD movie recording at 720P. Lens choices will include a 20mm pancake and, in the future, a 60mm macro. (Via dpreview.)

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Canon introduces two new PowerShot compact cameras Photo

Canon introduces two new PowerShot compact cameras

Canon USA has announced the release of two new compact cameras: The G12 and SX30 IS PowerShots. The G12 replaces the popular G11, with the addition of 720p HD video, a new DIGIC 4 image processor combined with a 10 megapixel high sensitivity CCD sensor, to give superior low light performance and a HDR scene mode. The SX30 IS has a 14.1-Megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and a 24-840mm zoom lens.

The PowerShot G12 is due for early October release, the SX30 IS in late September.

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Olympus launches the E-5 DSLR Photo

Olympus launches the E-5 DSLR

Olympus has announced the imminent release of the long-awaited E-5 DSLR. It features a 12.3 megapixel high-speed MOS sensor with a new processing engine, that gives a full-time Live View display. The camera has a built-in optical stabilization system, which claims to allow up to 5 EV steps shutter speed decrease without inducing blur. This feature only works in conjunction with the use of Olympus Zuiko lenses.The E-5 will also shoot HD 720p video at 30fps and has both Compact Flash and SD card slots.

It will start shipping in October 2010.

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Panasonic releases AG-AF100/105 micro 4/3 camcorder details Photo

Panasonic releases AG-AF100/105 micro 4/3 camcorder details

Panasonic has released updated specifications for its AG-AF100/105 professional micro 4/3 camcorder. The new camera will be able to shoot 1080p Hd video at variable frame rates from 12 to 60fps. It will record to SDXC memory cards and will be compatible with all Lumix G lenses. The company has an engineering sample to view at the IBS show currently running in the Netherlands.

The AG-AF105 is the US model, whilst the AG-AF100 is the European version. Both versions are expected to start shipping in December 2010.

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Fantasea releases FP7000 housing Photo

Fantasea releases FP7000 housing

Fantasea is the first manufacturer to announce the release of a new housing for the Nikon Coolpix P7000 camera: The FP7000. The Coolpix P7000 is tipped to be a competitor for the Canon G11 (and yet to be released G12), so this makes this housing release a very significant one. The FP7000 features: A depth rating of 60m/200 feet, access to all camera controls and functions, a double O-ring seal, a double fiber optic cable connection, and a removable flash diffuser.

Fantasea expects to start shipping the new housing at the beginning of 2011.

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Reef Creature ID: Tropical Pacific special limited edition available Photo

Reef Creature ID: Tropical Pacific special limited edition available

Many underwater photographers will be familiar with the New World Publications guides to marine life and, available in a special limited edition today, the authors have produced their most ambitious guide yet: Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific. It identifies some 1600 marine creatures, with over 2000 photographs and covers the geographic area from Tahiti to Thailand. Included in its 500 pages are photographs documenting both new species, and the ground-breaking taxonomic research of 40 scientist specialists. Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific is available as a special signed and numbered pre-release edition from today, either as one of the first five books which are available for auction with the proceeds going to the charity REEF or as special signed and numbered editions (books 6-500).

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Wetpixel goliath grouper, shark and dolphins trip journal Photo

Wetpixel goliath grouper, shark and dolphins trip journal

Eric Cheng has begun a thread in the forum about the Wetpixel Bahamas goliath grouper, shark and dolphin expedition 2010. The trip is on board the M/V Shear Water with Jim Abernethy, and aims initially to find the large spawning aggregations of goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) that gather off of Jupiter, Florida at this time of year, before carrying on to interact with dolphins and sharks in the Bahamas

Updates from the field will be posted regularly during the trip by expedition members, so please check the thread often.

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Call for entries: Nelos Festival 2010 Photo

Call for entries: Nelos Festival 2010

The twentieth annual Nelos festival is due to be held at Provinciehuis, Antwerpen, Belgium over 27/28 November 2010. More than ever, the 2010 edition is an international forum for amateurs and professionals who share a passion for the ocean and marine life. It plays host to an international underwater photography and video competition, as well as lectures from guest speakers. The full program has is due to be released in November, but Helmet Debelius will be giving the keynote address: “When the male gives birth”.

The festival is soliciting entries with a deadline of 15 October 2010.

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