Sony WX9 Hands-On Review

The Sony Cyber-shot WX9 is 16.2MP compact camera that fits somewhere in the middle of Sony’s early-2011 lineup.  The image sensor is Sony’s rather impressive back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, which is backed up by the power BIONZ image processor that allows the WX9 to deliver up to 10fps in burst mode and capture 1080i AVCHD video.

The WX9 is a close mate to the WX10, although it takes a step down in a couple parts of the feature set.  Check out my first impressions of the WX9 below. [Read more...]

Benro Travel Flat Tripod Series Introduced

Benro introduced its new Travel Flat tripod series at CES 2011.  As the name implies, Benro’s new tripods are built with the traveling photographer in mind and “feature an innovative, patent pending design that changes the traditional tripod model of triangular profiles, adopting instead a flat unified “spider” or connecting hub, which contributes to its compact size and ultra portability when folded.”

Two big advantages for travelers are the tripods weight and size.  Aluminum models range between 2 and 3.1 pounds, while carbon fiber models weigh in at 1.5 to 2.4 pounds.  Folded heights for all models are around 16-17 inches – and, of course the lay-flat design aides in the compactness.

Even though the tripods are designed to conserve weight and overall dimensions, they still own some professional specs in load capacity (ranging from 13-26 pounds) and maximum height (ranging from 61-66 inches).

Aluminum models carry retail price tags between $107 and $169, while carbon fiber models range between $286 and $406.  You can find the Benro Travel Flat series at B&H Photo.

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.

Tenba Roadie II Photo/Laptop Cases Available

Tenba announced its refreshed lineup of Roadie rolling photo and laptop cases at CES 2011.  The new Roadie II series of rolling cases are carry-on compatible and built to rugged and weatherproof specifications.  They feature the tough YKK zippers (it really doesn’t get any tougher than YKK) and offer EVA molded interiors.

Available in 3 different sizes, the Roadie II cases can carry medium and large DSLRs, along with super telephoto lenses with hoods and tripod collars attached.  Additionally, dedicated laptop storage areas are designed for quick access through security checkpoints.  The Roadie II Photo/Laptop cases are available at retail prices from $279.95 to $319.95.  You can find Tenba Roadie II rolling cases at B&H Photo.

Sony TX100V Hands-On Review

The Sony Cyber-shot TX100V is a 16.2MP ultra-compact camera that offers a 3.5-inch OLED touch screen and captures 1080p HD video.  As was the case with its sibling Cyber-shot HX7V, I had a chance to go hands-on with the TX100V at CES 2011 for a few minutes.  Check out my first impressions, along with some sample photos and video below. [Read more...]