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Sony Action Cam Packs Rugged Power into a Tiny, Wearable Package

Sony‘s new Action Cam has jumped into the market with a big splash (action sports pun intended), and it can’t be making GoPro very happy. The tiny (3 oz, with battery), wearable Sony Action Cam—boring technical name: HDR-AS10—lets you capture point-of-view shots while you surf, mountain bike, or engage in pretty much any activity during which you want to show off your skills.

The camera ships with a rechargeable battery, adhesive mounts, and a ruggedized waterproof case that will let you take it down to 197 feet—so you can snap diving shots as well. And the good news is, you’ll be doing more than “snap,” because the sleek-looking Action Cam features a 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 170-degree field-of-view Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, and records full HD video (1920 x 1080, 30p) and “HD SLOW video” (2x at 1280 x 720, 60p; 4x at 1280 x 720, 120p) so that you can study the form of your snowboard jumps or just plain look cool in slow motion. It also features Interval Still Recording mode and, soon, Sony will release additional mounting accessories, like a waterproof head mount kit, a handlebar mount, and a suction cup to make the shooting experience even more extreme.

Action Cam will be available this month for $199.99 or $269.99 with Wi-Fi.

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Canon Announces PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS Superzoom Cameras

Canon announced today two new compact superzoom cameras—the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS. The 16-megapixel SX500 features a 30x optical zoom 24-720mm lens and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor (the same processor in the EOS 5D Mark II). It also has a 3-inch LCD with Canon’s “Zoom Framing Assist” feature, which helps you keep track of your subject after zooming in.

The SX160 features the same image sensor and processor as the SX500 and has a 16x 28-448mm equivalent lens. Both cameras are expected to be available in September for $329.99 (SX500) and $229.99 (SX160).

(Canon)

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Photobucket Facelift is Filled with New Features for Photographers


above: DP’s preview of the new Photobucket experience

 

Photobucket is back in the game. The company announced today that their revamped image hosting site (which is gradually rolling out to the public) will feature solutions to common issues that photographers face regarding organization and backup. They say the new experience will help shutterbugs “take back control of the entire photo and video lifecycle.”

These changes are in response to the results of an exhaustive survey conducted by Photobucket, from which they learned that photographers’ biggest frustrations are lack of options and tools for secure backup in a single place, organization across multiple devices and sites, and improved creative tools.

To address those issues, the new and improved Photobucket allows you to:

 *   Automatically upload photos and videos from PCs, mobile phones and social sites
*   Control what is shared, when and where
*   Utilize diverse creative tools, including fast and easy-to-use editing
*   Preserve all original images, maintaining the complete picture
*   Ensure safe, secure storage of all photos and videos, forever

In addition to the revamped site, next month Photobucket will debut the Photobucket Stories site, which will allow users to add a narrative element to their photography. “With Photobucket Stories,” the company says, “you can easily create, curate, and collaborate with friends, combining photos, video and text all on a single canvas that can be easily shared. No longer are you confined to sharing images one at a time or in structured album formats; with Photobucket Stories you can tell your complete story with context and meaning.” Sign up here to be invited into the public beta when the site goes live.

(via Photobucket)

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EOS M: At Last, Canon Announces Compact Mirrorless Camera

The last of the major camera makers to unveil a mirrorless camera, Canon today announced the compact interchangeable lens (ILC) EOS M. With an 18-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor (familiar to Canon DSLRs) and a Powershot-size body, the EOS M is both recognizable and entirely new to Canon shooters.

The first Canon ILC to abandon the mirror box, the EOS M operates with an entirely new lens system, designed specifically for this format. So far the system includes two lenses—the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and, fortunately, with a mount adapter the camera can also use any Canon EF and EF-S lens. The EOS M features an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for stills and ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video. It uses the Movie Servo continuous AF function for shooting video that was first unveiled with the Canon T4i DSLR, which allows you to lock focus on subjects as you pan around a scene or track a single, moving subject and keep it in focus. The camera also features a 1,040,000 dots smudge resistant, 3-inch touchscreen LCD with pinch-to-zoom and swipe scroll controls.

The Canon EOS M—with the new EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens—will be available in October for $799.99, and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens will be available at the same time for $299.99.

(Canon)

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Panasonic Announces Lumix G5 Micro Four Thirds Camera with Touch AF

Panasonic has announced the latest in their Lumix G lineup of mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras—the Lumix DMC-G5. Among the updates from the G5′s predecessor, the G3, is a 920,000 dot resolution, 3-inch, rotating rear LCD, which is equipped with a new Touch AF function that let’s you set the focus on any point in the framed shot with a swipe of your finger. The camera also has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that offers 100% field of view as well as a new Electronic Shutter mode for silent operation in quiet places. The 16-megapixel G5 also shoots full HD video and records to MP4 format, and the Touch AF function also works during video capture.

Though dates haven’t been released, we know that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 will be available with a body color of either black, white or silver in various kit options. Currently, the G3 is listed at $599.99 (body only).

(Panasonic)

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