To kick off PMA, I headed to the “Sneak Peek” press event to get a look ahead at what we’ll be seeing all week at the show. We’ll check in later with most of the big camera manufacturers, so I was gladly able to take the time to talk to some of the smaller companies who are making innovative photography accessories. Shamelessly, I’ll report that I was most excited to get my hands on the Liquid Image lineup of underwater digital camera masks, as seen above. They now have four masks in their lineup, two of which shoot HD video. And here I thought I was just checking out a novelty item that shoots a few megapixel still images and smooshes your face while you skim the surface as a hobby snorkeler. I was clearly misinformed because these masks are prime for some serious scuba diving and photography action. The entry-level mask, the Explorer Series 302, plunges to a depth of 15 feet and shoots 5MP still photos, while shooting video (VGA, 20fps) and has 16MB of internal memory with the capacity for a 2GB Micro SD card. While those video specs probably won’t impress many, it would be the perfect entry-level mask for someone to have fun with. The Pro HD350 is at the top of the lineup, and can go down as far as 330 feet. Its video shooting capabilities are surprisingly impressive, shooting HD 720P at 30fps. It also shoots 5MP still images, but has internal memory of 64MB and the capacity for a 32GB Micro SD. All four masks have mounts for optional side or head lights.
Join me next week (March 2-5) as I live blog from PMA (the Photo Marketing Association Convention) in Las Vegas. I will be catching up with all of the top camera, gear, and software manufacturers to bring you the lastest on new product releases and news from the photo world at large!
Today Panasonic announced six new cameras that have been added to its lineup. Let’s have a look at these slim new cameras.
The new Lumix DMC-FX580 jumps on the touchscreen bandwagon to the delight of many of us who have already forgotten how to click real buttons thanks to the iPhone and many new point-and-shoot cameras. The DMC-FX580 is the update to the DMC-FX500, and increases recording image size from 10 to 15MP, as well as boasting a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica DC lens with F2.8 brightness and a 5x optical zoom.
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As I mentioned at CES in Las Vegas last week, I was very impressed by the new digital photo frame that IPEVO released at the show, called the Kaleido R7. A few factors play into why I’m so smitten by this thing. First, look at it! It’s beautiful. IPEVO CES Royce Hong is like the Frank Lloyd Wright of digital photo frame design, mimicking the famous architect who turned the status-quo of design on its head and proclaimed that “form and function are one”. Rather than simply being a vehicle to display photographs, the Kaleido R7 is also a great looking tech-design piece to display in your home.
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Apparently I have been moved up to join the ranks of the “celebrities” at CES (not). I was interviewed by “Good Morning America” while walking around CES, for their segment, which aired Saturday morning, called “Geek Chic: Gadgets for Girls”. Of course the only thing that made it to the air was a shot of me holding up some of my “gadgets” (an iPhone and my Panasonic Lumix FZ18). I have now had my 15 minutes 0.5 seconds of fame!