Sony HX9V and HX100V Announced

The oft-rumored HX9V and HX100V are now official as Sony’s latest Cyber-shot models. Both camera feature 16.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensors and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX9V sports a 16x optical zoom lens with a 24mm equivalent wide-angle field of view.  The HX100V is a superzoom model with 30x optical zoom, which starts a 27mm on the wide end.  Both models offer a max sensitivity up to ISO 3200 and capture Full HD 1080p video at 60p.

The HX9V and HX100V feature 3-inch touchscreen displays with a 921k-dot resolution.  Of course, both models offer Sony’s signature 3D Sweep Panorama mode for easy panoramic images.  Both cameras should be available in April 2011.

Along with the HX9V and HX100V, Sony also unveiled the no-frills Cyber-shot W520, which sports a 14.1MP sensor, 5x zoom lens and 2.7-inch LCD.  The W520 is set for March 2011 availability.

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Homeland Security Bulletin on Photographers and Federal Buildings

The US Department of Homeland Security issued an “Information Bulletin” concerning “Photographing the Exterior of Federal Facilities” last year.  The New York Times passed along the bulletin last week when it obtained a redacted version. [Read more...]

Tenba Expands Messenger Bag Series

Tenba introduced new models of its Messenger bag series at CES 2011.  The new bags are geared toward iPad, small laptop and small camera systems.

The Mini Photo/Laptop model carries an iPad or 13-inch MacBook (or similarly sized netbook/laptop), along with a DSLR body, 2-3 lenses, and a flash.  Alternatively, the Messenger Small Camera Bag accomodates a DSLR with 2-3 lenses, speedlight and misc. accessories – but not a laptop or iPad.

The Tenba Messenger Mini Photo/Laptop model carries a retail price of $84.95, while the Messenger Small Camera Bag runs $114.95 retail.  Both new Messenger models are available in black, olive and burnt orange.  Additionally, the Mini Photo/Laptop Bag is available in blue, chocolate, platinum and plum.