New Gear: March/April 2015

CANON EF 100-400MM ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon has redesigned their compact super-telephoto zoom lens. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens now utilizes a rotation zoom ring for exact adjustments and weight balance instead of the previous model’s push-pull zoom. With this is an improved zoom torque adjustment ring for personalizing zoom tension settings. With a redesigned set of optics, including one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element for increased sharpness and contrast, the lens now has three Image Stabilizing modes—standard, panning and during exposure only. The optical IS now provides four shutter speed steps of correction, increased from the previous 1.5 steps. The magnesium housing is dust and water resistant, allowing for use in even harsh rainforest environments. The lens includes the ET-83D lens hood, which features a side window that allows for filter adjustment while keeping the hood in place. List Price: $2,199. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

SONY ACTION CAM

Sony has stepped into the ring with GoPro, announcing its own POV 4K action cam. The compact FDR-X1000V shoots 4K for playback on a 4K TV through HDMI, full HD video at 120p and standard HD at 240p to capture slow-motion shots. The Zeiss Tessar lens has an ultra-wide 170-degree field of view. The camera also features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor. Updated Steady Shot technology with electronic image stabilization provides vibration-free footage for quick action and aerial shots. The FDR-X1000V has added wind noise reduction to decrease interference with the stereo microphone. Manual controls include white balance, auto exposure shifting, loop recording and burst still-image shooting. The camera is also compatible with the UStream platform. An RM-LVR2 LCD Live View Remote is waterproof up to 10 feet for frame check, record start/stop, playback and file deletion. A Highlight Movie Maker feature automatically edits together a short MP4 highlight reel for quick sharing. The official Sony Action Cam app will be released in Spring 2015. List Price: $500 (with waterproof case); $600 (with waterproof case and RM-LVR2). Contact: Sony, www.store.sony.com.

MULE GOPRO MOUNT

The Mule GoPro mount tagline is, "One is good. Mule is better." It alludes to the Mule’s finesse in mounting two GoPro cameras using one slim tool. Compatible with GoPro third-party mounts and GoPro pivot arms, two cameras can be positioned at different angles in multiple directions providing integrated footage for fluid editing and continuous storytelling. The Mule can be set up on scuba equipment, surfboards, race cars, zip lines or even used handheld. List Price: $19. Contact: Mule MFG, www.mulemfg.com.

ARIES BLACKBIRD X10 CAMERA DRONE

The Aries Blackbird X10 camera drone provides six-axis gyrostabilization and GPS accuracy for its 16-megapixel still and 1080/30 fps full HD video onboard camera. The weather-protected body integrates a 2.4GHz WiFi connection for advanced control via an Android/iOS mobile app. The mobile device can be secured directly to the controller, while the app allows you to dictate start/stop video recording, still shooting, lens field of view and more. The Aries Repeater (shipped with the Blackbird X10) increases the WiFi communication distance up to 1,000 feet when needed. The ergonomic grip controls climb, descend, roll and pitch. If there’s a loss of control, the GPS-guided system hovers, maintaining height and position. If transmitter signal is lost, the automatic Flight Control system pilots the quadcopter to a safe height and lands safely at its starting point. The easily accessible 5300mAh lithium battery system provides 25 minutes of flight time on a single charge, with audio and visual alerts when the battery is running low. Estimated Street Price: $799.Contact: Adorama, www.adorama.com.

SMALL-IN-ONE PRINTER

Incorporating Epson‘s MicroPiezo technology and six-color Claria Photo HD inks, the newly announced Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One printer is a small but powerful device for your workflow. With Ethernet, built-in WiFi and Epson Connect technology, it can print up to 8×10 borderless images from your smartphone, tablet or computer from any location worldwide. The printer also includes USB and memory card slots for computer-less prints. The 4.3-inch LCD touch screen makes it easy to navigate. Images can also be edited, scanned and shared directly to Facebook and cloud services. The Expression Photo XP-860 is ENERGY STAR certified, supports recycled paper and is designed to be recycled. List Price: $299. Contact: Epson, www.epson.com.

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