What We Learned at the 2011 PhotoPlus Expo

What We Learned at the 2011 PhotoPlus Expo

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.  However, if you consider yourself more of a hobbyist or weekend “photog,” you may have felt a little out of place. The expo is mostly geared toward the professional shutterbug.  A few of the newest innovations, however, were perfect 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

Like something you’d see in the latest sci-fi movie, these cool binoculars from Sony provide some amazing photographic and video capabilities. Only the DEV-3 was on display, but the DEV-5 is the more complex of the two.  What’s cool about these models is that they’re multi-functional:  use them as impressive 3D binoculars, a 7-megapixel camera, or even a 1080i video recorder.  The optical lenses zoom to 20x as well.  The major hurdle for most people, though, is the $2,000 price tag.  The DEV-3 offers 10x zoom for about $1,400.  Still, if you’re in the market for a high quality digital camera, it could be worth your time and effort to check out these binoculars to really get the most for your dollar.

Gorillapod Micro 250 and 350

Joby, the makers of the popular bendy Gorillapod tripods, debuted their latest tripod, the Gorillapod Micro. This mini-tripod with uncharacteristically rigid legs easily folda under your camera won’t add too much weight or volume. Its compact design makes it extremely easy to take with you anywhere. It comes in various sizes to fit your needs and is ideal for an impromptu self-portrait with the perfect sunset as backdrop.

Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen Display

The Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen Display has a unique 24-inch display. The display is ideal for making sharp edits for those in 3D design, animation, game development, and industrial design. The price of $2600 doesn’t seem to be a detractor as they are in high demand and really hard to acquire.

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. Be sure to check out other articles about the Expo, along with reviews on many of the other products on display.