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|| News Item: Posted 2010-10-03

Samy's Camera October equipment news
By Louis Feldman

Everybody loves comeback stories and why not the Sports Shooter Newsletter? And what a perfect time: Post-season baseball, football in full swing basketball less than a month away _ what is not to love?

Manufacturers are not waiting until the big Photokina show, the super-big photo/imaging/video trade show that wrapped up last week in Cologne, Germany to unveil new products. Lots of cool new gear was announced in the weeks before the start of Photokina.

(Did any Sports Shooter members attend? Why not start a thread on the message board!)

Some new products I think will be of keen interest to the photojournalists/visual storytellers out there:

Nikon announced several new cameras and two should be of special interest: The Coolpix P7000 and the D7000.

- While technically what we call a "prosumer" camera body, the D7000 has a feature set that will impress all of you multimedia pros out there: True High-Def video capabilities (1080p), stereo audio input, improved auto-focus in LiveView mode (including video) and great color quality with the16-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and a powerful EXPEED 2 image processing engine. As with all Nikon DSLR you get their industry-leading AF speed and accuracy for fast-moving news and sports shooting, 6 fps, versatile and consistent TTL flash and the ability to use all Nikkor glass out there. What is not to love?

- Nikon has stepped up its high-end point & shoot camera with the D7000. Improved quality at low-light/high ISO settings, 720p HIGH-DEF VIDEO and get this: Stereo mic input. Nikon has redesigned the D7000 to resemble the venerable 35mm rangefinder cameras of old (and kept the optical viewfinder, which a lot of manufacturers these days are dumping) making this the perfect camera for photojournalists to use in those quiet, sensitive situations where an SLR might be to noisy and cumbersome. Or this is the perfect backup camera for multimedia shooters with the ability to shoot great stills and HD movies.

Give a Samy's industrial sales rep a call to find out more about these too products and get yourself on the waiting list. Availability on the D7000 and Coolpix P7000 should be within the next month.
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The new Sony NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens Handycam camcorder, with supplied 18-200mm lens.

A new video camera that is now IN STOCK at Samy's is the new Sony NEX-VG10. Announced a couple of months ago to a lot of fanfare, the NEX-VG10 is Sony's first mid-priced video camera with interchangeable lenses and an APS-size CMOS sensor. This larger sensor combined with the 18-200mm image-stabilized lens gives shooters the capture brilliant wide angle and shallow depth-of-field footage that all of those DSLR video shooters have been talking about for the past couple of years.

While the NEX-VG10 is considered a "consumer grade" camera, it has the following features that any pro shooter would want:

* Interchangeable lenses - The NEX-VG10 is compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses which are optimized for video shooting with silent operation and AF as well as Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses (via optional LA-EA1 A-mount adapter) to open up a world of creative options.

*14 MP Still Images at up to 7 fps - Enjoy incredible DSLR quality detail and clarity with 14 MP still images and even catch fast actions sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to 7 fps.

* 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD 180o swivel display1 (921K dots) - This beautiful, 921K dots, high resolution screen features TruBlack technology which brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the camcorders 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare. The swivel display also allows for easy viewing of the LCD in different shooting positions.

* Full Manual Control of Video and Still Shooting - With full manual control of Iris, Shutter Speed, Gain, and White Balance via convenient hot keys and jog dial, you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot.

* 25-point Auto Focus - 25 AF points cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame

* Anti-Dust Technology - Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor, especially when you're changing lenses in-between video sessions.

All of that and more in a sub $2k package!

Samy's Camera is your one-stop place for all of your still, video, lighting, audio, expendables and rental needs. If you are in Southern California we have five retail locations:

Contact Samy's Camera in Los Angeles by calling 323-964-0323 Ext 200 and ask for an industrial sales representative. Also check out Samy's Specials on or Samy's web site at:

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