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Five Oceans, Five Cameras

Buying Guide: Underwater Imaging

Nowadays, there are many options for underwater photography and videography available to the avid diver and occasional vacation snorkeler alike. These five underwater imaging options — everything from custom-machined metal housings to cameras that don’t need a housing at all — will serve you well on your next dive trip. What you shoot is up to you.

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Million Dollar Baby (maker)

Design Spotlight: Chase Car Inc. Porsche Panamera Turbo Camera Car

Though most movies don’t cause the viewer to think about camera angles, lighting or color tone, there are some (Star Trek, Eagle Eye, Fast & Furious) with sequences and scenes that leave you wondering “How the hell did they shoot that?” This is how the hell: Chase Car Inc. We had a chance to check out their matte-black, modded out Porsche Panamera Turbo, replete with a full camera crane. Needless to say, we smiled for the camera.

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You if can't beat 'em, join 'em

Nikon Coolpix S800c

We’ve grown a bit weary of the quest for instant gratification (“can I get a retweet, bro?” comes to mind). But Nikon’s COOLPIX S800c ($350) moves in a positive direction by blending point-and-shoot photography with smartphone connectivity. The included Android 2.3 OS and Wi-Fi allow users to instantly upload shot to social media, use various…

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Mirrorless Mirrorless on the Wall

Design Spotlight: Canon AE-D Mirrorless Camera System Concept

Last year, we shared with you David Reisenberg’s carefully crafted whiskey packaging design. Nearly a year later we bring you another incredibly conceived design in a category near and dear to GP. Cameras. This time around, Reisenberg has taken a deftly designed stab at a product that’s had photographers itching with anticipation, a Canon Mirrorless…

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Officially drool worthy

Fujifilm X-Pro 1

Fujifilm’s X-Pro 1 may be the worst kept secret we’ve ever come across in the photography world — with a veritable Wikileaks worth of details flooding the web long before today’s official announcement. We’re still pleased as punch, however, to finally shell out the official details surrounding the magnesium-alloy wrapped retro beauty. In many ways,…

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The new fixed lens king?

Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon’s PowerShot G-series has always strived to meld the smaller form factor of a point and shoot with the photo quality of a larger-sensor DSLR, and with the new Canon G1 X ($799), Canon continues to aim to do just that. Building on its predecessor’s, the G12, precedents the G1 X boasts a substantial 1.5-inch…

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PowerUp

Canon PowerShot S100

The Canon PowerShot series of point-and-shoot digital cameras has been running strong for fifteen years. Why stop now? That’s Canon’s thinking, as evidenced by their latest release, the Canon PowerShot S100 ($430). On top of its compactness and versatility, the S100 boasts a new f/2.0 lens and the newly improved HS System, a high level…

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Impressive Successor

FujiFilm X10 Compact Camera

After the stealing the hearts of photography world with the launch of the X100, FujiFlim is hoping lightening strikes twice with the official announcement of the X10. Designed with the same retrotastic aesthetic as its bigger brother, the X10 features a black magnesium alloy housing and knurled aluminum controls, for a weighty, rich feel in…

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Shake It Like A Polaroid

Fujifilm Instax Instant Cameras

The Impossible Project has beautifully reinvented once-defunct Polaroid film. But if you’d prefer an instant camera experience that is more reckless fun and less artistic investment, grab a Fujifilm Instax Mini ($66). Instax pics are credit card-sized as opposed to Polaroid’s traditional 3.5” x 4.25” and consequently aren’t as much fun to shake, but at…

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Entry Level, Minus The "Entry Level"

Nikon D3000

If you haven’t noticed, the crew here at Gear Patrol loves to take photos. Not too long ago, this GP contributor was the last member of the crew still trying to take photos of the latest gear with his trusty old point-and-shoot (the venerable, yet aged Canon PowerShot SD200). Feeling that it was time to…

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One Camera Bag, Two Positions

LowePro Inverse 200 AW

Beltpack or shoulder bag? An endless debate in the world of photography. The Lowepro Inverse 200 AW allows you to seamlessly transition from both worlds with ites versatile set up. Here at the Gear Patrol, we always appreciate versatility, so read on to hear our take.

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Panasonic SW30 [CES 2008]

Waterproof and shockproof gadgets are becoming a regular sight in electronics. That’s a good thing. The Panasonic SDR-SW20 uses a rugged compact body with waterproofing that lets you use it underwater (up to five feet). It’s shock-proofing lets it withstand four foot drops and is dustproof to boot. Its rugged tape-less design makes it perfect…

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Leica D-Lux 3

Portable digital cameras are nice. They’re compact and handy. SLR cameras are nice because they take photos that look ridiculously nice. Sometimes you can’t have the best of both worlds, but it’s not impossible to get close. The D-Lux 3 from Leica has a 10 megapixel 16:9 4x optical zoom lens (28mm-112mm) with built in…

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Sony Net Sharing Camcorder

It’s rare something comes along from Sony we can’t find some reason to like. Even more rare are the products from Sony that impress us with valued pricing. The Net Sharing Camcorder (terribly yet appropriately named) will capture all your interesting-to-you-and-maybe-others video and photos in a sleek little device enabled to make transferring your video…

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Sanyo Xacti Waterproof Camcorder

The worst part about camcorders is that they easily break and they’re obtrusive. Men don’t mind taking videos, but they certainly do mind an excessive number of gadgets in their person and worse yet, obtrusive ones. The Sanyo Xacti is here to remedy that problem. It’s the first consumer waterproof camcorder and is spec’d out…

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Olympus Stylus 770 SW

Shockproof. Waterproof. Freezeproof. Crushproof. Those are the key aspects of the Olympus Stylus 770 SW 7.1 megapixel camera, and they’re definitely aspects to be reckoned with. The Olympus Stylus 770 SW is the world’s most durable digital camera. You can drop it from 5 feet, dunk it to 33 feet, freeze it (-10C/14F) or even…

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Nikon D40x

Following the success of the D40, Nikon has further hedged it’s bets on you wanting one of their high-quality yet affordable digital SLR cameras. Enter, the D40x which is exactly like it’s predecessor including noteworthy upgrades that match those of the bigger brother, D80. This includes 2.5″ LCD Viewscreen 10.2 Megapixel Sensor Kit including –…