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Review: Parrot Bebop Drone Quadcopter

Overview : The Bebop Drone Quadcopter with 14 Megapixel Flight Camera from Parrot is a Wi-Fi-based, mobile device operated RC aircraft capable of capturing 1080p aerial video and taking 14 megapixel still photos. Avoiding the added weight and power consumption of a motorized gimbal, the camera - notably - features an electronic image stabilization system that relies on a 3-axis motion sensor and a 180° fisheye lens from which it crops an image.

The Bebop is controlled from an Android or iOS mobile device running the FreeFlight 3 App (see Parrot website for latest list of supported devices). In addition to letting you control the quadcopter, the app provides a real-time preview from the flight camera, and you can even record a low resolution feed directly on your device. For high res recording you can use the 8GB of built-in memory, or connect a USB storage device for increased capacity.

Two outdoor hulls are included, plus there is an "indoor hull" which is comprised of removable EPP prop guards. With the outdoor hull, the flight weight is reduced and the quadcopter is more aerodynamic. The Bebop Drone powers from a 1200mAh lithium-polymer (LiPo) battery, which is estimated to provide around 12 minutes of flying time. Two batteries and a charger are included in the box.

Features :
  • Capture 1080p Video and 14MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Sensor-Driven Image Stabilization
  • Up to 984' Line-of-Sight Wi-Fi Range
  • Linux-Based Flight Computer
  • 8GB of On-Board Flash Memory
  • Apps for iOS and Android Mobile Devices
  • GPS-Enable Autopilot Functions
  • Return Home and Emergency Landing Mode
  • EPP Safety Hull Included for Indoor Use
  • Compatible with Skycontroller System

Press Release: Custom SLR Launches Dual Camera Strap

Today, our good friends over at Custom SLR has announced the immediate availability of the Custom SLR Dual Camera Strap. This allows photographers to comfortably carry and instantly access two cameras at once.

If you already own one Custom SLR Glide Strap, you can purchase the Dual Camera Strap Kit. It contains a sternum strap and back pad. You'll also need to purchase a second Glide Strap to complete the dual system.

The Dual Strap System - $134.95

  • Split Strap Technology™: Distributes weight evenly to reduce pain/fatigue and provides superior ventilation
  • Silicone Print: Reduces slippage
  • Unique Ergonomic Design: Conforms to shoulder for unparalleled comfort
  • Instant access: Cameras sit at your side and glide up the strap, allowing you to take pictures quickly
  • Universal Fit: Compatible with any camera and fits most users

The Dual Camera Strap Kit - $24.95

For our loyal customers who already own a Glide One Strap, the kit contains a sternum strap and back pad to convert two Custom SLR Glide One Straps (not included) into one dual camera harness system.

C-Loops are optional and can be purchased separately ($34.95).

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Deal: SanDisk and Lexar Independence Day 2015 Savings Memory Card Sale

Adorama has an Independence Day special sale on SanDisk and Lexar memory cards, drives, and card readers. The offer expires 7/11/15.

Product Advisory: Counterfeit Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flashes

The counterfeit product fraudulently displays the Canon logo and may fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks.
Canon has put out a bulletin that there are now counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT in circulation in the camera market. These are sold through various online marketplaces such as eBay (mostly from international sellers) and other international websites.

Please always remember to buy from authorized dealers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama to ensure that you are getting genuine products which comes with warranty.

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Kickstarter: The AGUA. A totally new way to carry your camera!

As always, we're always on the look out for new photography related gear. Today, we bring to you the AGUA from Kickstarter. Not only is it a carry case for your lens and camera, but it's also a quick-draw and it's IPX3 waterproof. It has a built in lens protector, a slot to store your lens cap and comes with a strap.

There's only a handful of days left to make your pledge but it has already exceeded it's funding goal. It's available in 3 sizes: AGUA 25 (for mirrorless/compact), AGUA 35 (for medium SLRs) and AGUA 45 (for large SLRs) for $55, $60 and $65, respectively.

We're hoping to get our hands on one to give our readers a full review.

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Review: The SpiderPro Hand Strap

Overview : The Hand Strap's unique curved "S" shape positions the user's hand at optimal shooting position (at 45 degrees to the camera body), allowing easy access to the trigger and all other controls while offering clear access to the battery door and memory card slots.

Its combination of design and materials provides real weight support in the correct places: over and above the knuckles, and close to the user's wrist.

Features :
  • Holds DSLR with Attached Lens
  • Works with or Without a Vertical Grip
  • Won't Interfere with Tripod Mounting
  • Mounts Between Camera & Any Tripod Plate
  • Adjustable to the Size of Your Hand
  • Provides Access to Rear Camera Controls
  • Curved for Comfortable Hand Position
  • Made of Padded Foam, Nylon, and Leather
  • Optional Snap-On Wrist Strap Included

Indiegogo: Instamic - The Smart, Small, GoPro of Microphones

We're always on the look out for new products to share with our readers as well as help new start up companies get their brand and product out. Who doesn't love new products that can possibly benefit them? The newest product we found on Indiegogo is called Instamic. It's a very small microphone and audio recorder. It works with your GoPro and you can use it with or without their Instamic App.

Theres a white version (Instamic Go) that offers mono and dual-mono and is splash proof while the black version (Instamic Pro) offers the same as the Go but also offers stereo and is waterproof up to 5 feet.

Pricing starts at $99 for Go and $129 for Pro.

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Kickstarter: The Clip for Lens Flipper by GoWing

We were just informed GoWing that they have announced a new product for their Lens Flipper (review) on Kickstarter. The Lens Flipper is a quick and easy way to change lenses, but what if you could attach the Lens Flipper to a Backpack strap, Camera bag strap or a belt? The new product is the "Flippin' Clip".

If you already own a Lens Flipper, the clip is $35 through Kickstarter ($10 savings). If you don't have a Lens Flipper, you can get one with the clip for $79 super early bird/$95 early bird/$109. If you need more than one, they also have packages for two ($162 super early bird or $192 early bird) and three ($279).

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Indiegogo: Actiontwister - Actioncamera Crane for GoPro Hero and Smartphones

We first heard of the actiontwister at PhotoPlus Expo in NYC back in October 2014. It was a very unique item that was being displayed at the FLM booth but was a demo/prototype unit. Finally, it can become a reality and in your hands. The actiontwister is hand controlled and can control the tilting and rotation of your camera.

It's currently on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo. They are offering two different version. A actiontwister LIGHT and the actiontwister CLASSIC. The difference between the two is that the LIGHT is lighter, length is fixed and less technology in the hand grip. The CLASSIC actiontwister allows you to telescope the pole like you would with a tripod leg to give you that extra reach.

There is also going to be a DIVE version (January 2016) which is the same as the actiontwister CLASSIC, but the metals and the ball-bearings are refined to resist sweat and above all, salt water conditions. Still it always needs to be cleaned carefully after each use. And a MINI version (Summer 2016) is the most versatile version of all. Easy to fix on any existing mount of any brand.

If the pole is anything like their carbon fiber tripod and ball heads, the quality of the actiontwister will be top notch.

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Review: MagMod MagBounce Flash Diffuser

Overview : The MagBounce is a gorgeous bounce modifier that has been stripped down to it’s simplest, most functional form. We carefully designed it to not only be beautiful, but calculated to deliver the softest light with the highest output.

The MagBounce increases the apparent size of your flash by over 300%! Both it’s size and efficient white silicone texture, the MagBounce actually acts more like a small softbox than it does a bounce card.

*A MagGrip is required to use with your flash*

Features :
  • Incredibly soft light, similar to a small softbox
  • Highly efficient design maintains light output -- At 10ft distance = f/5.6 ISO800
  • Increases the size of your flash by over 300%, giving you incredibly soft light
  • White matte silicone texture provides optimal diffusion, reducing specular highlights
  • Rotates 360° in 90° increments, letting you shoot in both portrait and landscape modes
  • Freakishly strong neodymium magnets attach instantly to your flash (with MagGrip installed)
  • Patented universal MagGrip design allows the MagBounce to be used on virtually any size hot-shoe flash
  • Beautiful design complements your appearance as a professional
  • Super flexible rubber deforms and bends, preventing accidental detachment and folds into small spaces in your bag
  • Solid piece of silicone rubber means no straps to lose or misplace
  • Can be multi-purposed for use on Alien Bee studio strobes as a background light or hair light
  • If photography doesn't work out for you, you could at least play lacrosse with the MagBounce and a light stand!

Deal: Lexar 128GB microSDXC with USB 3.0 Reader

Amazon offers the Lexar 128GB UHS-I Class 10 microSDXC Flash Memory Card with USB 3.0 Reader, model no. LSDMI128BSBNA633R, for $72.99 with free shipping. It features read speeds of up to 95MB/s.
  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Quickly captures, plays back, and transfers media files, including 4K, 1080p full-HD and 3D video
  • Performance of U1 and U3 version is exactly the same
  • More than 8 times quicker transfer times with included USB 3.0
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac systems

Review: MagMod MagSphere Flash Diffuser

Overview : The MagSphere is a beautiful omni-directional flash diffuser that gives you the the best looking light possible. With efficient diffusion that saves battery power and an integrated gel slot that allows you to color correct your flash, no flash diffuser has ever been this awesome.

*A MagGrip is required to use with your flash*

Features :
  • Omni-directional diffusion modifier delivers soft, beautiful light
  • Round, spherical shape gives you larger, better looking catchlights in your subject's eyes
  • Increases your light source by over 250%, giving you much softer, better looking light
  • Super efficient! It's super efficient material allows you to shoot longer with less battery changes
  • Quickly change the light quality by zooming for your flash for wider, or more narrow light
  • Light emits from all sides, sending light towards your subject even while bouncing upwards
  • Versatile gel slot fits 2 MagMod gel sheets, making it even easier to change the color of your flash
  • Freakishly strong neodymium magnets attach instantly to your flash (with MagGrip installed)
  • Modular design allows for a MagGrid to be used underneath, focusing the amount of diffusion!
  • Patented universal MagGrip design allows the MagSphere to be used on virtually any size hot-shoe flash
  • Beautiful design complements your appearance as a professional
  • Super flexible rubber deforms and bends, preventing accidental detachment and folds into small spaces in your bag
  • Solid piece of silicone rubber means no straps to lose or misplace
  • Can be multi-purposed for use on Alien Bee studio strobes
  • Doubles as a creative table lamp cover, or use them as part of a Mega-Man Halloween costume!

Press Release: GoPro Adds Touch Screen Convenience to Entry-Level Camera Lineup

We've all heard of GoPro or even own one. Their known for their compact cameras that can be mounted on cars, bikes and helmets. But one disadvantage the device always had was that there was no room for a screen to let you see what you're shooting. You could use your phone but it's an extra item you'll have to carry and find a way to mount it. Or there's the LCD "backpack" accessory which you'll have to spend additional money on. GoPro has just announced a new camera called the Hero+ LCD. It’s basically a hybrid of the entry-level Hero camera and the higher end Hero4 Silver, which was GoPro’s first camera with a built-in touch screen.

Like the $400 Hero4 Silver, the Hero+ LCD can shoot at speeds up to 1080p 60fps, which is twice as fast as the entry-level Hero. It won’t do 2.7K shooting or 720p at 120fps, like the Silver, and it has a dramatically reduced burst-rate: 5fps vs 30fps. It shoots 8MP still photos, which is better than the 5MP on the entry-level Hero but worse than the 12MP on the Hero4 Silver. It does, however, have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios so you can use it with a mobile app, something you can’t do on the cheap Hero.

The Hero+ LCD is built into a non-removable waterproof case, which is rated to depths of 131 feet. If you want to charge or swap micro SD cards you just open up the back panel to access the slots and ports in the back. You'll probably have to open the back panel still in order to touch the screen. You can't swap batteries and there's no HDMI out to connect to a TV.

HERO+ LCD will be available for purchase for $300 in the U.S. at authorized GoPro retailers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama, beginning June 7, 2015. International availability will begin July 12.

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