What We Learned at the 2011 PhotoPlus Expo

At the recent PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, held between October27-29th, hundreds of exhibitors came together to show off their latest and greatest accomplishments in technology.  From new developments in cameras, lenses, printers, clothing, gear, gizmos and gadgets, the Expo had it all.  But if you consider yourself more of a enthusiast or weekend “photog,” you may have felt a little out of place. The expo is mostly geared toward the professional shutterbug.  Many 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

These binoculars have incredible photo and video ability, simulating something you might have noticed in the latest sci-fi movie.  Only the DEV-3 model was shown, however, the DEV-5 model is more advanced and has more features.  You can use these binoculats as 3D binoculars, a 7-megapixel camera, or a video recorder with 1080i capabilities!  In addition the optical lenses can zoom up to 20 times the magnification.  There is one significant drawback; it costs $2000.  The DEV-3 is a cheaper deal; for $1400, but you only get 10 times the magnification.  If you are looking for a solid multimedia digital camera, these binoculars may be worth checking out.

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 different sizes to suit your specifications and is ideal for an impromptu self-portrait with the perfect sunset as backdrop.

Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen Display

The Wacom Cintig 24HD Pen Display provides a massive 24-inch display to fit any need, from professional photographers to designers. For those who require precision editing of pictures and designs, it could be well worth the price tag of $2600. Because of their high demand, they’re relatively difficult to acquire though. The display is praised for its snappy responsiveness and exacting detail, making it ideal for anyone in 3D design, animation, industrial design, game development.

As a novice or professional, it’s always beneficial to keep up with cutting-edge technologies. We're able to only showcase a few of the incredible items that were displayed at the Expo. Check out the other ground breaking gadgets like state-of-the-art jackets, lighting, camera bags and gear here.

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