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Deal: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for $289 + free shipping

Adorama offers the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon, model no. 300101, Nikon, model no. 300306, Pentax, model no. 300109, Sigma, model no. 300110, or Sony, model no. 300205, for $289 with free shipping. It features a hybrid aspherical lens, and more.

Of note, B&H Photo-Video also offers it for for Canon, model no. 300101, Sony, model no. 300205, Nikon, model no. 300306, Pentax, model no. 300109, or Sigma, model no. 300110, for $289 with free shipping.

Review: Custom SLR ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade

Review: Custom SLR ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade

Overview : Feel the Difference™ and capture better photos with more control and less fatigue. The ProDot's textured surface and raised button-padding allows for a more ergonomic feel and an instant improvement to the most critical engagement point of the camera, its shutter button.

The Custom SLR ProDot is available in low-profile black, high-visibility red, and clear color face. Applies easily to any clean flat surface with a residue-free adhesive.

Features :
  • Improves shooting comfort and reduces finger fatigue
  • Vibration-free material
  • Tactile traction pads for better grip
  • Compatible with most cameras and media devices

Deal: B&H Sale on DSLR Cameras, Lenses and Speedlites

Big savings on selected Canon DSLR bundles and lenses/Speedlites. First, Canon EOS 60D body only and bundles are on sale starting with $200 in instant savings! Deal expires 1/26/13.

Next, B&H has additional sales and savings on selected Canon DSLRs and lens bundles. The offer expires 2/2/13. Select a lens, then select a Canon DSLR, and then see how much you can save! Savings can go up to $450 for the EOS 7D and 60D, up to $400 for the EOS 5D Mark III and Mark II.

There's more savings on selected lenses and Speedlites. The image above is just a few lenses. There are a lot more here.

Deal: Vivitar VPT-1250 Aluminum Camera Tripod $7 at Amazon

Amazon has the Vivitar VPT-1250 Aluminum Camera Tripod with Level for $7 with free shipping on $25. Features 3-way, 360-degree swivel pan head, adjustable tilt controls, adjustable pan controls, bubble level indicator.

Review: O2 Hurricane Canless Air System - Industrial

Review: O2 Hurricane Canless Air System - Industrial

Overview : The Canless Air System O2 Hurricane Industrial Unit is one of the most powerful cordless electronic air duster on the market. It features all of the benefits of Canless standard model, but it contains a larger battery which results in air speeds of over 200 mph. Each charge is equal to 25 cans of air and over the life of the product you will get the equivalent of 10,000 cans of air.

The O2 Hurricane Industrial is perfect for companies and professionals who use canned air on a daily basis for heavy duty cleaning. This model can replace canned air in close to 100% of situations.

Features :
  • Produces an incredible blast of air at over 200 MPH and runs for over 12 minutes straight (Industrial Unit); 160 MPH and runs for over 15 minutes straight (Original O2 Hurricane).
  • Can be charged over 500 times, equaling over 1,000 cans of air.
  • Designed for corporate and IT department use.
  • Ideal for light to extremely heavy cleaning applications.
  • Great for cleaning large computers, server rooms, camera lenses and mirrors, high end medical equipment, displays in retails stores, IT departments, complex circuit boards, and so much more.

Kickstarter: Dust Donut - Weather Seal any DSLR Lens

Dust Donut installed on the Canon 60D with EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens
The Dust Donut is a weather sealing rubber accesory that attaches to the mounting surface of your DSLR's lens and blocks dirt and moisture from collecting around your lens and camera's connecting area. This prevents harmful dirt and moisture from entering your camera body's opening and collecting on the digital sensor causing serious damage and image degradation.

The Problem
  • Nearly 75% of lenses available on the Canon EF lens mount lack any form of weather sealing
  • All users whether professional, amateur, or anywhere in between are vulnerable to dust and moisture entering their camera's sensor cavity and lens optics during use regardless of the operating environment
  • There currently is no way for a photographer to add weather sealing of any kind to the mount of their lenses without the use of bulky and cumbersome rain covers
  • Interchangeable lens cameras require frequent and time consuming sensor cleaning due to dust build up
  • Dust particles can also penetrate the lens and collect between its optics and cause resolution loss and negatively effect the resale value of the lens
  • Moisture can easily pass through an unsealed lens mount and condense on the optics causing haze and the growth of fungus
The Kickstarter campaign are needed a goal of $2,000 and as of this posting, it has gotten over $5,500! If you're interested in the Dust Donut, pledge $20 and you can pre-order a Dust Donut for Canon EF mount lenses. If you want more than one (1), just add $20 for each additional Dust Donut. Retail price after Kickstarter will be $24.99. Shipping is free within the US and $6 shipping for overseas and is due to begin shipping in May 2013.

What about Nikon, Olympus and Sony users who are interested in the Dust Donut? There is a pledge tier for $3 or more where you can get yourself on a priority mailing list for the future versions of Dust Donut that are in development. Pentax users seem to be picking up steam and may be on the list as well.

There's not much too choose from in the pledge tier that is "affordable" except for the ones I mentioned above. The early bird special was $15 which has since been sold out. The other tier is a whopping $600 that includes a tour in a 4-wheel drive vehicle of Joshua Tree National Park in California given by the creator of the Dust Donut, Tyler Sterbentz. You'll be taking scenic shots, starry skies and end the night having steak at a restaurant. Oh, flight and hotel is not included but he'll drive you to the airport and give you a set of Dust Donut's for all the lenses in your bag ;).

It would be nice if there was another pledge tier where if you bought more than 1, there would be a slight discount or even maybe a colored version. Instead of black, it could be Canon red to match the L lenses or yellow for Nikon colors or even green as limited edition Kickstarter version.

Continue reading for more information as well as what lenses the Dust Donut is compatible with.

The Solution

Dust Donut installed on the Canon 5D Mark II with 85mm f/1.2 II lens
Installing a Dust Donut to your unsealed lens offers a convenient, seamless solution some of the most harmful and expensive problems that threaten DSLR users.

Close up showing the Precise fitment the Dust Donut weather seal has with Canon EF mount lenses
Fits as if it were made by Canon:
Dust Donuts create a weather resistant seal in the same way that high end Canon "L" series lenses do. Dust Donuts are manufactured to a level of precision found only in aerospace engineering with extremely tight tolerances to ensure that the seal fits in exactly the same manner as the factory Canon sealed lenses do with no sloppy over hangs or gaps that could allow leaks or impede lens attachment or removal

Becomes one with your lens:
Dust Donut's apply directly to the mounting surface of the lens and requires no further attention once installed, just use your lens as usual but with the added peace of mind that both of your investments are protected against dust and moisture.

Peace of mind with any lens:
Now photographers everywhere can take full advantage of Canon's non-weather resistant lenses and even the more affordable third party lenses while still benefiting from the increased durability of a dust and moisture resistant camera/lens combination!

Spec's and FAQ's
What lenses does the Dust Donut fit?
The Dust Donut fits all Canon EF mount lenses including third party brands that have a minimum of two tenths of a centimeter thick mounting surface. For a quick test to see if your lens will accept a Dust Donut simply hold up an SD memory card against the lens mount if the thickness of the mount is equal to or greater than the thickness of the memory card then your lens is able to be dust and moisture sealed with a Dust Donut. The Lens Compatibility List below represents all of the Canon lenses that the Dust Donut is known to fit. Please note that if your Canon lens is not listed this is because it most likely has either an in compatible plastic mount surface or a metal mount surface that is too thin to hold a Dust Donut in place. A third party Canon EF mount Lens Compatibility List is in progress so please check back if you do not see your lens listed.

Lens Compatibility List
Canon EF-S Lenses: EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF Telephoto Zoom Lenses: EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM, EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM, EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III, EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM,

Canon EF Wide Angle: EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, EF 20mm f/2.8 USM, EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 28 f/1.8 USM, EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 35mm f/1.4L USM, EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, EF 35mm f/2

Canon Standard & Medium Telephoto: EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2 USM

Canon Telephoto: EF 135mm f/2L USM, EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus, EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon Macro: EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM,

Canon Tilt Shift: TS-E 17mm f/4L, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, TS-E 45mm f/2.8, TS-E 90mm f/2.8

BRNO dri+Cap Dehumidifying Caps for Canon & Nikon Bodies and Lenses

The BRNO dri+Cap dehumidifying system will protect your lenses from fungus and is available for Canon and Nikon mount: the kit costs $44.99, single lens or body cap sell for $23.99 (B&H Photo / Adorama). The cap holds replaceable silica gel for absorbing the moisture that can lead to fungus or mold. The caps also minimize condensation build-up. Each silica gel changes color from orange to green when it needs to be changed. The caps will maintain the optimum relative humidity (RH) of 35% to 45%.

Review: FocusMaker Follow Focus System for DSLR Video

Review: FocusMaker Follow Focus System for DSLR Video

Overview : FocusMaker™ is an invaluable focusing tool for any DSLR filmmaker.

It serves both as a simple and easy to use follow focus system, as well as a device for making long travel rack focusing consistent, smooth and fast at very high accuracy. It fits on virtually any DLSR lens and provides unmatched accurate overview of your focus points. Its flexible ergonomics allow smooth operation with less fatique and camera jitter.

Features :
  • Simplicity — It attaches and removes in a snap. No need for heavy rigs or other gear
  • Control — Easy to manage from behind the camera with a clear and accurate view
  • Precise — Connects directly to your lens - no gears or coupling - highly accurate end stops
  • Portable — Ultra lightweight, bring it anywhere
  • Independence — No crew or gear needed - go by yourself
  • Affordable — The most affordable tool to achieve highly accurate repeatable rack focus
  • Flexibility — It fits just about any DSLR lens on any camera

Deal: Free American Photo Magazine for 1-Year

Mercury Magazines offers an American Photo Magazine 1-Year Subscription (6 issues) for free in exchange for information about you and your company. Only "qualified" individuals are eligible.

You can enter any information about your "company".

Review: Dolica AX620B100 Aluminum 62-inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

Review: Dolica AX620B100 Aluminum 62-inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

Overview : Dolica's 62" Aluminum Proline Tripod is ideal for both indoor and outdoor photography. It is perfect for events, sports activity, capturing that one amazing shot. Designed for use with Point-N-Shoot cameras and/or Digital SLR cameras.

Features :
  • 62" Aluminum Proline Tripod is ideal for both indoor and outdoor photography
  • Ball head, quick release plate and integrated tripod bubble level and compass
  • Base thread: 3/8"
  • Support up to 13.2 lbs
  • Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet with retractable spike
  • 90 degree vertical platform
  • Standard-wide angle, semi-wide angle, full-wide angle
  • Rapid stabile center column
  • Reversible locking center column
  • Durable flip leg locks
  • Closed cell NBR grips
  • 3-position leg angle adjustment locks
  • Counter weight hook

Deal: SpinLight 360 Extreme Modular Flash System for $99 + free shipping

Adorama offers the Spinlight 360 Extreme Modular Shoe Mount Flash System for $99 with free shipping. This lighting system is compatible with the Nikon SB-600, Nikon SB-700, Nikon SB-800, Nikon SB-900, Nikon SB-910, Canon 580EX II, Canon 580EX, Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT, Canon 480EX II, and Sony HVL-F58AM flashes, as well as other flashes of similar size.

We have ours and have been playing with it and should have our full review available soon.

Press Release: Think Tank Photo Announces Sub Urban Disguise and Change-Up v2.0

Our friends at Think Tank Photo announced that a new product line, the Sub Urban Disguise, and a revision to its highly popular multi-function camera bag, the Change-Up V2.0, will be available in February.

The Sub Urban Disguise will be available in four sizes. Their features include a flip-top lid that folds away from the body to provide quick and unencumbered access to gear. The series meets the high-quality design standards of the original Think Tank Urban Disguise® series, but for smaller gear or photographers who want to travel light.
  • The Sub Urban™ Disguise 5 holds a regular size DSLRs with one to two small telephotos or primes, or a D700 with a 18-200 attached. It also accommodates Micro 4/3rds, Leica and Sony NEX systems. Great for Strobists as it fits two to three pro-size flashes.
  • The Sub Urban™ Disguise 10 holds a regular size DSLRs with two to three small telephotos or primes, or a D700 with a 18-200 at­tached. It also fits three pro-size flashes.
  • The Sub Urban™ Disguise 20 holds regular size DSLRs with three to four small telephotos or primes or a D700 with a 18-200 at­tached. It fits four to five pro-size flashes.
  • The Sub Urban™ Disguise 30 fits a regular size DSLR and two to four standard telephoto lenses, or a D700 with a 24-70 2.8 attached. It can also hold an iPad or similarly-sized tablet.
The Change-Up V2.0 has updated sizing and new features. This bag, a chameleon of sorts, can change from belt pack to shoulder bag to chest pack via the harness system. In addition, many Think Tank Modular and Skin Components can attach to the waist belt straps. With the ability to carry a standard-size DSLR and a 70-200 2.8, (detached), it has a significant amount of capacity in a lightweight, body conforming shape. Alternately, it holds a standard-size DSLR with 24-70 2.8 attached, plus one to three additional lenses.

Continue reading for full press release on both bags.

Custom SLR ProDot in Hands. Contest Coming Soon.

Look at what we got in the mail from our good friends at Custom SLR. A bunch of their new ProDot. We posted the press release a couple of weeks ago and had a chance to play with it at PhotoPlus Expo 2012 before it was even kickstarted on KickStarter. Ever since PhotoPlus, we've been waiting for it and now that it's finally available, we'll have a full review on this in the coming weeks.

Wondering if we're going to be using all of these for ourselves? Nope. So what are we going to do with these? Good question because we're going to be running a contest (soon), giving you a chance to win a brand new Custom SLR ProDot. Each package comes with two (2) ProDots and is available in black, red and white.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ for the latest news and reviews.

Press Release: Nikon Announces 1 J3, S1 Mirrorless Cameras, Waterproof Case WP-N2 and More

Nikon officially announced the Nikon 1 J3, S1 mirrorless cameras, two new Nikon 1 lenses, a new underwater camera case WP-N2 and two new Coolpix cameras.

The Nikon 1 J3 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in February 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $599.95. Additionally, the Nikon 1 S1 camera with the 11-27.5mm lens will be available in February 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95. To match consumers' personalities and creativity, the J3 will come in a variety of stylish colors including White, Black, Silver, Burgundy and Beige, while the S1 will come in White, Black, Red, Pink and Khaki.

The two 1 NIKKOR lenses, the 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6, will have suggested retail prices (SRP) of $499.95 and $549.95, respectively. The new WP-N2, the underwater case for either the Nikon 1 J3 or the Nikon 1 S1, will be available in February 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.95.

Pre-order options:
Continued reading for full press release.

Nikon Expands the Nikon 1 System with the Announcement of the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 as well as the New 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 Lenses
New Nikon 1 System Cameras and Lenses Demonstrate Nikon’s Commitment to Providing Shooters with New Ways to be Creative, Expressive and Connected through Images and Video

LAS VEGAS, CES BOOTH #8643 – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1, the latest additions to the ever growing Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for consumers looking for a camera that offers the compact size and portability of a point-and-shoot camera along with advanced controls and features found in high-end digital cameras, the new J3 and S1 cameras offer enhanced speed and performance, high image quality and new easy-to-use creative shooting modes. Furthermore, users will be able to easily share and transfer images to smart devices instantly when connected to the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1.

Nikon also announced new accessories for the Nikon 1 System, including two new additions to the 1 NIKKOR lenses lineup, the VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and the VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6, ideal lenses for capturing amazing images and HD video with incredible detail. The 6.7-13mm is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to offer a wide, 100-degree angle of view, and the compact and lightweight 10-100mm is a 10x zoom lens that is ultra-portable, perfect for taking on any type of trip or excursion. Nikon has also announced the new WP-N2 underwater case, specifically designed for the adventurous user looking to take their photography on water-based excursions like snorkeling or surfing without the fear of water damaging their camera.

“With today’s announcement of the Nikon 1 J3, Nikon 1 S1, 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm lens, Nikon continues to demonstrate our commitment to developing and expanding the Nikon 1 System for creative shooters looking to step up from their compact digital cameras," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Similar to previous Nikon 1 System cameras, the compact yet powerful J3 and S1 offer stunning image quality, quick performance, incredibly fast shooting speeds, user-friendly modes and controls, as well as the ability to wirelessly share and transfer images when paired with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter.”

Built to Capture and Deliver Stunning Results: The New Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1
Though new additions to the Nikon 1 System, both the J3 and S1 feature many proven and trusted Nikon technologies commonly found in other Nikon camera models. The Nikon 1 J3 features a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, while the Nikon 1 S1 sports a 10.1-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor. Paired together with Nikon’s powerful EXPEED 3A image processing engine, these CMOS sensors deliver stunning high-quality images and HD video even in challenging lighting situations with rich detail. For complete shooting versatility, both cameras feature a wide ISO range, from 160 to 6400 in the J3 and 100 to 6400 in the S1, allowing users even more freedom and capabilities when capturing content in low-light situations. Both cameras offer wide and bright 3-inch LCD screens as well as a new integrated flash that can be setup to go off automatically or can be manually popped up based on a shooter’s desired results.

Additionally, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 offer Nikon’s Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system, which is lightning fast and highly responsive, ideal for capturing life’s split second moments. With this rapid AF system, users can take advantage of incredibly fast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action that is sharp and in clear focus. The cameras also feature a 73-point AF array that helps ensure accuracy and super precise focus even when capturing fast moving subjects throughout the frame. Further, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 include the world’s shortest release time at approximately 80 milliseconds*, and the world’s fastest high-speed continuous shooting** at 15 frames-per-second with continuous AF.

Creativity Unleashed: User-Friendly Shooting Modes and Controls
Designed to take creative freedom to new heights, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 offer user-friendly shooting modes and controls that photographers can take advantage of whether capturing a family portrait or recording a video of the big hit at a ballgame. For easier control and quick access to camera features, the J3 utilizes improved menu navigation while the S1 features a graphic user interface (GUI) based mode selection, both designed to be easy-to-use and make menu navigation effortless and direct.

The new Nikon 1 System cameras both feature unique shooting modes like Auto Mode, Creative Mode, Advanced Movie, Motion Snapshot and Best Moment Capture, all of which are easily accessible and applied. When in Auto Mode, both cameras will automatically select the optimal settings for the scene, so that the shooter can concentrate on framing the photo. When in Creative Mode, shooters can utilize full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) as well as Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portrait modes to help achieve the desired results that they seek. The Nikon 1 J3 also provides access to Easy Panorama Mode to provide a wide perspective for vast landscapes or interiors.

The Advanced Movie Mode is integrated into both new cameras to bolster video capabilities. When in Advanced Movie Mode, the simultaneous shooting of Full HD video and high-resolution stills of a subject or scene is achievable. Furthermore, full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) can be used and slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured when in this mode. Both cameras share the Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode to provide users with the option of capturing a quick passing moment with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. When using Motion Snapshot, in-camera electronic Vibration Reduction (eVR) can be applied to assist in removing blur from images.

With Best Moment Capture Mode, Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 shooters can explore the benefits of two dynamic features, Slow View and Smart Photo Selector. In Slow View, the pressing of the shutter button halfway down once focus is achieved will allow users to capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 seconds) on the camera’s LCD screen. Furthermore, the slowed-down view is looped over and over until a full-press of the shutter is made. By viewing action slowed down, users have more opportunities to capture the perfect moment. When Smart Photo Selector is used, shooters can capture up to 20 shots with the J3 and 15 shots with the S1 with one press of the shutter button. The cameras will then automatically identify the five best images to keep based on exposure, focus and facial recognition factors.

Instantly and Easily Share Creative Content: Nikon 1 System Connectivity
Like the Nikon 1 V2, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 were designed to work with Nikon’s optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter. When the WU-1b is connected to the J3 or S1, users have the ability to capture high-quality images and can then easily transfer them wirelessly to a smart device. Once transferred, images can be shared with family and friends or posted to status pages on social media networks. If using the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices, J3 and S1 users will have the ability to remotely take photos with the camera from a smartphone or tablet.

Expansion of the 1 NIKKOR Lens Lineup: The New 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm and VR 10-100mm Lenses
Alongside the new Nikon 1 System cameras, Nikon also announced the addition of two new 1 NIKKOR lenses, the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10-100mm f/4-5.6. With these two lenses, Nikon 1 shooters have even more options when building a camera system that fits their shooting needs and creativity. The new compact, ultra wide-angle zoom 6.7-13mm lens (equivalent to a focal length of 18mm to 35mm in FX/35mm format) will provide photographers with new avenues to explore their creativity and expressivity in photos and videos. The lens includes Vibration Reduction (VR) and has a wide 100-degree angle of view, which makes it ideal for capturing photos and HD video of landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, and architecture. Photographers looking for some more range with their Nikon 1 System cameras will enjoy the new 10-100mm telephoto zoom lens (equivalent to a focal length of 27mm to 270mm in FX/35mm format), which also incorporates Vibration Reduction (VR). The compact and lightweight telephoto lens is portable and convenient enough to take everywhere, while providing a long focal range perfect for various types of photography including group shots and action sports.

Capturing Images Underwater: The New WP-N2 Underwater Case
Perfectly paired with the new Underwater White Balance setting found in both the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1, Nikon has introduced the new WP-N2 underwater case. This new underwater case can house either the J3 or the S1 in addition to the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm lens. Moreover, the WP-N2 underwater case will allow users to zoom in and out when using the 10-30mm lens. Designed to complement the versatility of the Nikon 1 System cameras, the WP-N2 gives shooters the creative freedom to capture images and videos at the beach, the lake or during aquatic adventures such as snorkeling. The underwater case is submergible and waterproof up to approximately 131 feet (40 meters). Additionally, the new J3 and S1 feature an Underwater White Balance setting which makes adjusting white balance easy when capturing photos underwater.

Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 J3 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in February 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $599.95***. Additionally, the Nikon 1 S1 camera with the 11-27.5mm lens will be available in February 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95***. To match consumers' personalities and creativity, the J3 will come in a variety of stylish colors including White, Black, Silver, Burgundy and Beige, while the S1 will come in White, Black, Red, Pink and Khaki.

The two 1 NIKKOR lenses, the 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6, will have suggested retail prices (SRP) of $499.95*** and $549.95***, respectively. The new WP-N2, the underwater case for either the Nikon 1 J3 or the Nikon 1 S1, will be available in February 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.95***.

Press Release: Canon Announces PowerShot N

The PowerShot made for fun! The Canon PowerShot N is a compact camera with a tilting touch screen, a 12MP sensor, Digic 5 CPU and an 8x zoom. It also has WiFi connectivity so you can upload pics and videos to your favorite social network, or to your smartphone.

The PowerShot N is available in black and white. It'll retail for $299.99 and will be available in April 2013. You can preorder it from Amazon, B&H and Adorama.

Continue reading for full press release about the Canon PowerShot N.

London, UK, 7 January 2013 – Canon today unveils the PowerShot N - a totally new type of camera that offers a different approach to capturing creative, spontaneous photos and sharing them instantly with social networks. The unconventional square design, innovative zoom and shoot operation lens rings and tilting touch screen encourage people to capture their world from a fresh angle, whilst the new Creative Shot mode automatically generates a selection of unexpected creative treatments with every shot taken. The perfect smartphone companion, the PowerShot N has been designed to simplify image sharing with intuitive Wi-Fi connectivity allowing a new generation of high-quality, artistic images and Full HD videos to be shared in near real-time1.

Inject every shot with artistic flair
Thanks to the new Creative Shot mode, anyone can impress their friends and followers with unique, creative images that offer a different perspective on a typical scene or subject. When an image is captured in Creative Shot mode, the PowerShot N intelligently analyses the scene and determines which of a host of creative elements could enhance the scene or offer a different creative angle. Multiple variables including composition, exposure, point of focus, white balance, gradation and contrast are considered before five alternative versions of the original shot are automatically generated, which can then be shared at the touch of a button.

Alternatively, a creative edge can be added to a single shot with Canon’s creative modes, including Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome. Users can also add drama to a movie clip with Super Slow Motion Movie mode.

Combining creative flexibility with point-and-shoot ease of use, the PowerShot N features new Hybrid Auto mode which records the four seconds before every shot in 720p resolution, before using Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto technology to determine the best settings to capture the perfect shot. At the end of each day, the four-second clips are merged into one to tell the “behind-the-scenes” story of the day’s images – perfect for adding new context to an online album.

Shoot and share in an instant
Making it the ultimate mobile companion, the PowerShot N features integrated Wi-Fi and one-touch connectivity to smartphones or tablets, thanks to the Mobile Device Connect Button. Users can upload images or movies to social networks such as Facebook ® and YouTube™ just moments after they’ve been captured, no matter where they may be. Once home, the best shots can be printed wirelessly or transferred to a PC thanks to the swift, reliable connection. The GPS via mobile feature, using the free Canon smartphone app, can also add location information from a GPS-enabled smartphone or tablet to an image, allowing users to share the exact location of their fun with friends.

Canon PowerShot N
Revolutionary design, ‘Any Way Up’ operation
The unusual, eye-catching design of the PowerShot N sets this model apart from every other – just like the images it captures. The compact, symmetrical design, tilting touch screen and an innovative system of lens rings – the twist lens ring can be turned in either direction to operate the zoom function, while a second ring is used as the shutter release – allow the camera to be used any way up, even upside-down, unleashing the ability to view the world from a completely different perspective.

The advanced capacitive 7.1 cm (2.8″) touch screen also allows users to control essential functions, such as focus or the shutter, with a simple touch, and review their images with familiar, intuitive gestures. Available in white or black, the square, metal body is dominated by a 28mm, 8x optical zoom lens, making it easy to shoot groups and landscapes. Thanks to Canon’s advanced ZoomPlus technology, which provides detailed, full-resolution shooting with up to 16x zoom, users can also get even closer to the action or frame a subject tightly for compositions with impact.

Measuring just 78.6 x 60.2 x 29.3 mm when the screen and lens are closed, the PowerShot N’s extremely compact dimensions allow it to be slipped into any pocket and carried anywhere, so scenes, subjects and situations that might usually be missed can now be immortalised in the superb quality offered by Canon’s advanced compact imaging technology. USB charging also provides added convenience, allowing the camera to be charged quickly and easily on the move.

Canon signature image quality
Despite its compact size, the PowerShot N inherits much of Canon’s latest imaging technology to deliver superior, Canon-quality images and movies. Combining a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and an advanced DIGIC 5 image processor, the HS System featured in this camera supports a maximum ISO of 6400 to produce sharp and clear images in challenging low-light conditions.

The powerful 8x optical zoom lens is supported by Intelligent IS, which automatically applies the most appropriate image stabilisation for smooth video and crisp stills. Complementing the artistic still images, Full HD video (1080p) can also be recorded.

PowerShot N key features:
  • Creative Shot
  • Unique design
  • 8x zoom, 28mm lens; Intelligent IS
  • HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5
  • Wi-Fi; GPS via mobile
  • Mobile Device Connect Button
  • Any Way Up operation; Tilt-up touchscreen
  • Full HD video capture
  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto (58 scenes)

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