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A digest of last week’s photo and video news – Week 01

No suitcases at CES this year, No Drones in Washington, DC, says FAA, right after the Sony Alpha 68 was sighted in Sony’s US store. Meanwhile, B&H publishes a review of Canon’s XC10 4K and Rocky Nook starts to sell books on their website.

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A digest of last week’s news is a selection of some of the news from week 53 from 2015 related to the worlds of photography and video, covering multiple topics, always rounded up with a reading suggestion.

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No suitcases at CES 2016

Bags will be searched and suitcases are not allowed in the event area. The information has been on CES’s website for some days but it is good to remind those going to Las Vegas of the new regulations for the event that just began. Visit CES’s website to know more about the measures taken to guarantee you’ve a safe CES experience. At the website you’ll find for all the info about the security procedures.

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A review of the Canon XC10 4K

B&H published on the last days of 2015 a review, by David Adler, of the Canon XC10 4K which you might want to read. Some notes from the author: I liked the camera, regardless of these shortcomings. While I was working with it, I had very little in the way of complaints once I started to work my way around the camera. Many people on the Internet like to yell foul when the announcement spec sheet doesn’t live up to their expectations. I can’t say this camera is for everyone, or anyone in particular, for that matter, but if you are interested in some great-looking images coming from an ergonomic camcorder that is always ready to shoot when you are, I highly recommend giving this camera some serious thought.” Jump to the website to read the whole review.

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Sony Alpha 68 in Sony’s US store

The Sony Alpha 68 SLT camera from Sony is finally available in the United States. Available to look at, that is, as the model, already available in Europe for some time, will only be available for preorder from March on, with first unites delivered in April. The Alpha 68 uses Sony translucent mirror system in a model that offers the world’s highest number of phase-detection AF points (79) covering a wide AF area.

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No Drones in Washington DC

If you live in the Washington, DC area and want to use your drone for video… you cannot, unless you’ve a permit or drive some 30 miles out. According to FAA:

  • Federal law prohibits flying a drone anywhere in Washington, DC.
  • Violators may face federal civil and criminal penalties.
  • Washington, DC is a No Drone Zone

The FAA is leading a public outreach campaign for the National Capital Region around Washington, D.C. to reinforce the message that the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 30-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport are a No Drone Zone. There is a NoDrone Zone digital toolkit (PDF) you can download.

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Print Book Sale

To start 2016, Rocky Nook book publisher offers a novelty: this year, you can purchase print books directly from their website! And to celebrate the fact, they are offering 50% off every print book (plus, save 35% on print and ebook and bundles too)! To get the 50% off all print book use coupon GOTPRINT. For 35% off in print and digital bundles sales, use the coupon BUNDLES. The offer is valid until Wednesday, January 6, 2016, so act fast!


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