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  • Contour Floats Back to the Surface with the ROAM3


    Contour's waterproof ROAM3

    Once thought to be lost to the increasingly crowded action camera space, Contour has released a true contender to the game with the ROAM3. The ROAM3 may not look terribly different from the ROAM2 or Contour+2, but they’ve added features to propel it to the frontline.

    To truly compete in the action camera space, the ability to quickly and easily shoot in multiple conditions is essential. Luckily, Contour's new ownership knew this and, as a result, the ROAM3 has some unique features to help it join the fray. Firstly, while most action cameras require cases to descend into the deep blue sea, the ROAM3 is waterproof up to 30 feet (10 meters) without a case. Dive on in. It can take it.

    Simple external controls include a locking instant on-record switch, which ought to help when wearing motocross gloves, a scuba suit or, perhaps, a spacesuit.

    Positioning the camera on its side or upside down isn’t an issue. The unique lens on the ROAM3 can be rotated 270° to ensure a level shot. If the alignment is in question, the ROAM3 has laser alignment built right in.

    All of this wouldn’t mean a thing if the footage wasn’t solid. The ROAM3 shoots up to 1080 30p, with other shooting modes up to 120 fps, and captures with an ultra-wide 170° lens.

    Improved battery life brings 3-3.5 hours, a standard 1/4″-20 mounting thread, and a Quick Photo Mode for the 5MP still camera function round out the features of the ROAM3.

    Sounds pretty good, right? Toss in an 8GB Memory Card for the $199 and the ROAM3 is the sharpest cylinder on the block.

  • Affordable Vizio 4K LED HDTVs Coming Now to a Living Room Near You


    The Vizio P-Series 4K UHD TV

    Way back at NAB in April, Vizio announced their upcoming P-Series of Ultra HD televisions, and promised pricing starting under a grand. Well, after many moons of patience and suffering with regular HD sets, Vizio’s 2.2-inch thick P-Series is finally available for purchase.

  • ARRI Introduces 6K ALEXA 65


    ARRI ALEXA 65

    Motion picture camera leader, ARRI, this week announced the ALEXA 65, their latest addition to a distinguished line of professional-grade cameras. Available only as a rental through ARRI Rental’s dealer network, the ALEXA 65 is designed to allow filmmakers the ability to recapture the golden age of 65mm widescreen with stunning clarity and image quality for ultimate visual impact.

  • 4K Video App on iPhone Arrives, and You Won't Believe How Much It Costs


    Vizzywig 4K - Available in the App Store

    With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple had an opportunity to advance their video capture capabilities beyond HD to match the growing herd of 4K-able smartphones on the market or on their way there. Unfortunately, while the new iPhones come with some very capable cameras, 4K isn’t yet in the cards.

  • Inspiration: Jeff Frost’s Epic Time-Lapse Kickstarter Film


    Jeff Frost - Circle of Abstract Ritual

    Time-lapse photography and video is generally pretty simple. Set up a camera, plug in the intervalometer, adjust a few settings and start that shutter releasing, right? Alternatively, video time-lapse can be as simple as shooting a long clip and speeding it up.
    Well, some people go a bit further than these simple techniques and create something that pretty much redefines the genre.

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  • Top of the Crop: Canon Rolls Out 7D Mark II


    The Canon 7D Mark II

    In a long-awaited move, Canon announced that their consumer flagship digital single lens reflex camera - the 7D Mark II - would be arriving in the hands of consumers in November of this year.

  • Blocking and Movement: Robin Williams - In Motion


    Robin Williams - In Motion

    Blocking and movement play a pivotal (literally, at times) role in the art of storytelling. Whether the camera does the moving or the on screen talent does, crafting a scene can be true art, and some are better than others at it.

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