The 2011 PhotoPlus Expo: Ideas for the Shutterbug Who Wants It All

November 9th, 2011

The PhotoPlus Expo was held over the final weekend of October in New York City.  Hundreds of diverse exhibitors gathered to showcase the cutting edge of photo and design technology.  Everything from cameras and lenses to printers and photo bags were represented.  While the expo was geared toward industry professionals, novices stood to learn a great deal from the show.  Below are a few of our favorite innovations we stumbled on at PhotoPlus 2011.

Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 3D Binoculars

Like something you’d see in the newest sci-fi movie, these cool binoculars from Sony provide some amazing photographic and video functions. Only the DEV-3 was displayed, 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 truly get the most for your dollar.

Gorillapod Micro 250 and 350

Joby is known for selling its line of bendy camera tripods. At their booth they displayed a new take on their tripod, the Gorillapod Micro. This new mini-tripod is stiff and can fold neatly under a camera without adding significant weight or bulk. They also come in a variety of sizes. Now you will be able to catch all those wonderful shots because you will never be without a tripod.

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 sought after and incredibly hard to acquire.

The recent PhotoPlus Exposition was aimed primarily to 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 hundreds of impressive items like state-of-the-art jackets, lighting, camera bags and gear. Make sure you have a look at other articles about the Expo, as well as reviews on many of the other products on display.

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