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Nikon Announces Compact 8 Megapixel Camera Photo

Nikon Announces Compact 8 Megapixel Camera

Today, Nikon announced the upcoming release of their Coolpix 8400 compact 8 megapixel digital camera. This compact uses the 8 megapixel Sony sensor popular in the Sony 828, Oly 8080, and Coolpix 8800. However, unlike these cameras, it doesn't sport a long zoom lens - instead using a 24-85mm equivalent optic, just about the perfect focal length for a mid-range zoom. This small unit may be just what compact underwater camera users are looking for as a replacement for the 5 megapixel Oly 5050 and Coolpix 5000. [Ed]It's been a while since I've been excited about a compact camera, because manufacturers have been leaning toward massive "prosumer" models. If Nikon or a 3rd party comes out with an affordable housing, this will be the camera I recommend.[/Ed]

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Nikon Announces the D2x Photo

Nikon Announces the D2x

Nikon today announced the long-awaited D2x professional digital SLR camera.  This camera captures twice as many megapixels as the body that it replaces, using the same DX format sensor size.  Some of the important specs for underwater shooters:

12.4 Megpixels CMOS
ISO 100 - 800
iTTL and dTTL compatible
5fps
Shutter flash sync at 1/250th with high speed iTTL sync
High (12.4) and low (6.8 megapixel) resolution shooting modes
Enhanced Wifi features

Excellent news for underwater shooters is that a number of housing manufacturers have already developed housings for the Nikon D2h which shares the same body as the D2x so hopefully housings will be available soon.

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LAUPS Photo Contest Submission Deadline Approaching Photo

LAUPS Photo Contest Submission Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the 42nd Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition is closing in fast!! All entries must be received by September 24, 2004. The results of the judging will be posted on the web by November 19, 2004. Awards include liveaboard and land-based dive trips, video and photo equipment. Categroies include slides, prints and videos.

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Ikelite does Canon eTTL

Ikelite has recently posted a note on their website about the October availability of a eTTL to TTL bridge, which will allow Ikelite DS-50 and DS-125 SubStrobes to do TTL with the Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel. Existing housings will have a retrofit option available starting in December. [discuss this in the forums]

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DNS Issues

Hey, guys. There may be some problem accessing Wetpixel for the next 24-48 hours or so. I've tracked down the problem that have been causing problems for some users and have applied a fix. Thanks for your patience!

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RCN Cable Modem Problem

Being a RCN cable modem customer myself, I've noticed that I can't see anything from www.wetpixel.com, while wetpixel.com without the "www" part works just fine. In particular, this breaks the contest galleries because they always use the "www" version of Wetpixel! I'm working with RCN technical service to get this resolved, but they are as confused as I am about the issue. Are there any of you out there who are RCN cable modem users who can access Wetpixel via the "www" link?

Also, I've been getting e-mails about the last photo contest. Have patience, please! It takes time to get the images judged because all of our judges and admins are on the road a lot. I apologize for the delays!

And finally, let's thank James and Herb, who have been doing an excellent job of keeping the community running while various other admins (*ahem*) have been off diving.

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Sea & Sea 5000G 5.1 Megapixel UW Camera Photo

Sea & Sea 5000G 5.1 Megapixel UW Camera

Sea & Sea has just sent us the specifications for the DX-5000G, a new 5.1 megapixel underwater digital camera and housing combo. Reported features include:
  • 1/1.8-inch primary-color CCD with effective image quality of 5.13 mega pixels
  • 28 - 85 mm optical 3x zoom from wide-angle to telephoto
  • World’s fastest shutter release time lag of 0.12 second
  • Macro photography shooting range as close as 1 cm / 1/3 inch
  • Aperture priority and manual exposure modes
  • AF target selection
  • Six scene modes to match different shooting conditions
  • Can be powered by a high capacity lithium-ion rechargeable battery, AA batteries, or an AC adaptor
  • Compatible with PictBrige to directly connect to a printer to print images
No information is available yet on Sea & Sea's USA site, but you can continue reading here for more details...

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