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The 2011 PhotoPlus Expo: For professionals or the masses

Business Technology | November 9, 2011

At the recent PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, held between October27-29th, hundreds of exhibitors gathered to demonstrate their latest and greatest accomplishments in technology.  From new developments in cameras, lenses, printers, clothing, gear, gizmos and gadgets, the Expo had it all.  But if you consider yourself more of a hobbyist or weekend “photog,” you could have felt a bit out of place. The expo is mostly geared toward the professional shutterbug.  Many of the newest innovations, however, were suitable for both the pro and novice alike, although not necessarily that affordable.  Here are just 3 of the awesome innovations found at the PhotoPlus Expo.  For a deeper detailing, Popsci.com provides a more thorough look.

Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 3D Binoculars

The new Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 3D Binoculars are out of this world with their amazing photographic and video potential. Of the two the DEV-5 is more advanced, but only the DEV-3 was on display. Both of them have incredible multifunctional capabilities and can be used as 3D binoculars, a 7MP camera or a 1080i video recorder. The DEV-5’s optical zoom capacity is an astounding 20X! One of the stumbling blocks, however, is the high price tag of $2,000. The DEV-3 model has 10X zoom and costs $1400.  But for people that are looking for a top quality multimedia digital camera, these binoculars are worth considering!

Gorillapod Micro 250 and 350

Joby is a brand known best for its bendy camera tripods.  But one of the coolest gadgets at their booth was a tripod that we’re not accustomed to.  Called the Gorillapod Micro, these mini-tripods are stiff, much like small sticks, which can collapse nicely beneath you camera without adding much weight or bulk at all.  Best of all, they are available in various sizes.  You’ll always be able to catch that perfect sunset self-portrait because you’ll never be without your tripod again.

Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen Display

The Wacom Cintig 24HD Pen Display provides a massive 24-inch display to fit any need, from professional photographers to designers. For those who require precision editing of pictures and designs, it might be well worth the price tag of $2600. Because of their high demand, they’re relatively difficult to acquire though. The display is praised for its snappy responsiveness and exacting detail, making it ideal for anyone in 3D design, animation, industrial design, game development.

The recent PhotoPlus Exposition was aimed primarily at professional photographers, artists and designers.  As a novice or hobbyist, however, it’s always good to keep up with cutting-edge technologies. Here we could only list a few of the many impressive items like state-of-the-art jackets, lighting, camera bags and gear. You’ll want to check out other articles about the Expo, as well as reviews on a number of the other products on display.


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