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Nikon announces entry level D3400 SLR camera Photo

Nikon announces entry level D3400 SLR camera

Nikon has announced the D3400 SLR camera. It features a 24.2 megapixel DX CMOS sensor with a native ISO range of 100-25600. It is equipped with SnapBridge Bluetooth technology and has an improved battery life over that of its predecessor. Nikon’s entry level cameras offer limited lens compatibility and since there is no fisheye lens option, the D3400 is of limited use for underwater imaging.

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Wetsuit renders divers virtually invisible to underwater animals Photo

Wetsuit renders divers virtually invisible to underwater animals

A wetsuit developed by HECS has found a way to block the electrical signals emitted from the human body. These signals are what many aquatic creatures rely upon to detect predators and prey. By blocking these signals, the wetsuit acts like a shield for the diver observing wildlife underwater.

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Brooks Institute to close in fall after 70 years Photo

Brooks Institute to close in fall after 70 years

The well known and regarded Brooks Institute has announced plans to close its doors on October 31st of this year. The Ventura, California based school was one of the few places that offered higher education in the field of underwater photography.

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Sony releases details of X-OCN RAW format Photo

Sony releases details of X-OCN RAW format

No Film School has posted details of Sony’s new X-OCN RAW file format. It offers a compromise between file size and quality that Sony say is visually identical to F55 RAW footage. It will be available in “both ST (Standard) and LT (Light) versions, with LT coming in at about 1/3 the data rate of traditional RAW for the same settings.”

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The UK’s tallest mountain is underwater Photo

The UK’s tallest mountain is underwater

Scientists have just returned from a deep sea exploration of four underwater mountains off the west coast of Scotland. The survey is known as The Deep Links project and is a collaboration between Plymouth University, the University of Oxford, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the British Geological Survey. What they found was an underwater realm teaming with life and many species that have yet to be scientifically described.

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Greenland sharks live for over 270 years Photo

Greenland sharks live for over 270 years

Science reports on a new paper cataloging the longevity of Greenland sharks (Somniosus microcephalus). Danish scientists have used the presence of carbon 14 caused by the atom bomb testing on the 1960s to generate a growth curve and radiocarbon dating of eye lens nuclei from 28 female Greenland sharks to reveal that they have a life span of at least 272 years. It is conjectured that some individuals may be 400 years old.

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Nauticam ships housing for Canon G7X Mark II Photo

Nauticam ships housing for Canon G7X Mark II

Nauticam are shipping their housing for the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II compact camera. The NA-G7XMKII features the N50 port system of interchangeable ports, a two-stage shutter release and ships with stiffening handle brackets and shutter release extension for use with Nauticam’s optional Flexitrays.

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Study published on why humpbacks protect other mammals from Orca predation Photo

Study published on why humpbacks protect other mammals from Orca predation

In a recent study published in Marine Mammal Science, scientists analyzed the somewhat puzzling behavior of humpback whales to protect other species from killer whales. The study focused on 115 specific instances where humpbacks interfered in orcas attacking other animals. Without any obvious benefit to the humpbacks resulting from protecting other animals, the scientists said they could not rule out altruistic intentions on the part of the humpback whales.

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Sea& Sea announces housing for Sony a6300 Photo

Sea& Sea announces housing for Sony a6300

Sea&Sea has announced their MDX housing for the Sony A6300 mirrorless cameras. The camera’s LCD can be tilted up to 180° and used with an optional monitor hood if required. The housing also offers two accessory ports, an external port lock and is compatible with both NX and ML ports (the former requires an adaptor ring).

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