Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: Video, Photography and More...

Hero 3 Plus

This holiday gift guide is full of products that will help the photographer/videographer in your life get that next best shoot. We have found new sport action video cameras, mounts, an attachment to turn the iPhone into a light meter, great camera bags and more. We even found a bluetooth shutter release for your phone so you can get the best “selfies” this holiday season.

GoPro Hero3+

GoPro has done it again with the new HERO3+ Black Edition, featuring a 20% smaller and lighter design and 30% better battery life than previous models. These upgrades, combined with an improved lens and convenient new video capture modes, produce the most advanced and easy-to-use GoPro, yet. In addition, GoPro has introduced this year several new mounting accessories that further enable immersive content capture during any activity. 

Features:

 Smallest, lightest GoPro yet

• Professional video quality: 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30, 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120

• Powerful photo capture: 12MP, Time Lapse mode

• Introducing SuperView

• New Auto Low Light mode

• Sharper images, less distortion

• Improved audio

• 30% longer battery life

• Control. View. Share

• 4x faster Wi-Fi

• MSRP: $399.99

• http://gopro.com/  

Intova Sport HD II Camera Intova Sport HD II Camera Line 

Small and compact, Sport HD II offers full 1080p High Definition Video with a 140 degree wide angle lens. This design allows the maximum view angle without the significant distortion found in wider lens angles.  Sport HD II supports Micro SD card up to 32 GB (Class 6 or 10 recommended).  Intova’s unique and patented Unibody design builds the electronics directly into the compact housing. The housing floats and is constructed of rugged polycarbonate injected with UV.  The lens port receives a proprietary UV treatment to increase scratch resistance and reduce reflection. Waterproof to 200 feet, the housing includes buttons for full camera control in any environment. Sport HD II’s high quality LCD screen acts as both a viewfinder and playback monitor. 

Features:

• Diving mode: electronic red filter

• Motion detection: in video mode; recording starts when motion detected

• Picture in video: take still shots while recording

• 720p@60fps: for improved video slow motion with your editing software

• Video Resolution 1080p HD (30fps), 720p HD, 720p HD (60fps), WVGA1 (60fps), WVGA (30fps), VGA(30fps)  

• Photo Resolution: 12MP, 8MP, 5MP, 3MP  

• Power Built in 1400 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery  

• Battery Life Recording time 3 hours @ 1080p with LCD off  

• Dimensions (7 x 8.4 x 6) cm / (2.8 x 3.3 x 2.4) inches 

• Weight 179g / 6.3 oz 

• MSRP: $199.99

• http://www.intova.net/products/sport-hd-ii/

Hitcase Pro iphone caseHITCASE PRO

The Hitcase Pro transforms your iPhone into a waterproof, shockproof POV camera with wide angle lens; perfect for your next adventure. The custom designed, two-element, glass lens allows you to capture stunning pictures and videos. The wide angle lens ensures you grab the whole scene. Hitcase can be used up to a depth of 30 feet, the deepest of any touchscreen capable iPhone case on the market. The ShockSeal and ShockPad dual barrier system keeps both dust and water out via two built in seals rather than a single o-ring. Check out our video review here

Features:

• Wide Angle Lens

• Two Element Lens

• Record Amazing Action Sports Videos

• Free Vidometer™ app, you get an even wider field of view when using your iPhone, perfect for capturing all sorts of sports!

• Waterproof and Ruggedized

• Maintain Full Use Of Your Phone

Shuttr Release

• Railslide™ Mount System - Mount Hitcase To Anything. GoPro Compatible.

• MSRP: $129.99

http://www.hitcase.com/hitcase-pro

Muku Labs Shuttr

Redefine “selfies” with Shuttr, the one-touch shutter release. You can put your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 (most iOS and Android devices) up to 30 feet away, and with the click of the Bluetooth remote shutter release, you’ll have great photos. No timer, no apps, no clunky arm in the picture! Shuttr is small enough to be concealed in your hand during photos and designed to attach to your keychain. 

• MSRP: $39.00

www.mukulabs.com

Luxi iPhone light meterExtrasensory Devices Luxi 

Luxi is a small diffusion dome that fits securely over your iPhone’s front-facing camera. When attached and used with a light meter app, Luxi will help you determine the best settings for your DSLR or other camera so that you can take perfectly exposed pictures. With Luxi, your iPhone becomes a convenient and easy to use incident light meter. Professional light meters with the same features can cost several hundred dollars and require you to carry a whole separate device. 

• MSRP: $29.95 

http://www.esdevices.com/products/luxi

Phogo iPhone photo casePhogo

The Phogo iPhone case not only protects your iPhone, it turns it into a powerhouse photographic device.  The Phogo allows you to mount your iPhone to a tripod, monopod or bike mount, has custom opening for wide, macro and telephoto lenses, and has a sun hood accessory for better outdoor visibility and privacy.  The case fits easily in a pocket or can clip to a lanyard to camera bag.  Despite its functionality, it preserves the slim design of the phone. 

Features:

• Convenient, simple, one-piece snap-case design.

• Universal tripod mount fits most standard tripods.

• Accepts new Sun Hood accessory for outdoor screen visibility & privacy.

• Custom opening for wide/macro/fisheye/lenses.

• Ergonomic design for secure grip, greater control.

• Fits easily in pocket, clips to lanyard, camera bag, etc

• Everyday case & complete photo/video studio in one.

• Preserves slim-case design of iPhone.

• MSRP: $34.95

www.diffcase.com

Bracketron Performa Gopro mountBracketron Xventure GoPro Bike Mounts

Many aftermarket, universal mounts are big and clunky, taking up too much room on your handlebars or wherever they mount. Bracketron has introduce a line of low-profile and low-vibration mounts designed to securely mount GoPro cameras to your bike in a variety of places. The Axle Mount secures the camera out of view and capture all the exciting action during your ride while keeping your handlebars uncluttered. The Duro Handlebar Mount is designed for BMX and mountain bikes, and offers numerous camera angles and orientations, whether shooting forward or directly back at you. Last the Performa Handlebar Mount was designed for road and mountain bikes, and positions the camera under the handlebars for less obstruction and offers numerous vertical camera angles.

Features:

• Sturdy aluminum construction reduces vibration for optimal recording quality

• Offers numerous camera angles and orientations, whether shooting forward or directly back at riders

• Universal fit for GoPro Sport Cameras (Hero, Hero2 & Hero3)

• Smooth surface for tightly gripping your clamp or fixed mounts

• Easy installation

• MSRP: $17.95 - $49.95

http://www.bracketron.com/products/xventure

Thule Perspektiv Messager Camera BagThule Perspektiv Messenger Bag 

Perfect for the athlete and photo buff who wants a stylish, durable bag to hold camera gear and personal electronics—whether heading to the office or leading the group ride. A removable pod system provides a modular option for carrying just the essentials or to store your equipment for safekeeping. Cloudburst construction with welded and taped critical seams, DWR treated fabric and YKK RCPU zippers provides a first line of weather defense

Features:

• Fits up to prosumer DSLR body with attached zoom lens and extended battery grip

• Removable pod system for camera for quick modular convertibility SafeZone

• Padded 15” MacBook Pro compartment

• Quick access to hardware via weather-resistant zipper

• Flip-down organizer panel for accessories (batteries, lens cleaner)

• Quick-release, micro adjustable strap system for versatile fit and comfort options

• Removable T-strap for cross-body stability

• Two zippered stash pockets

• High-visibility lining material so you can always find small accessories (SD cards, microfiber cloths)

• MSRP: $139.95

• http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/sleeves-and-cases/camera-bags-and-cases/camera-backpacks/thule-perspektivt-messenger-bag-black-_-tl_85854227964

Mindshift Rotation 180 degree professional camera packMindshift Gear rotation180° Professional

The Professional backpack come with the rotation180° technology which allows hikers, bikers, climbers, skiers, birders, and other lovers of the out-of-doors the ability to access their cameras, GoPros, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, iPads, and other gear without first having to set their backpacks down on the dirt or mud. With ample room for clothing layers and a hydration reservoir, this pack will help you maintain your creative momentum in any environment. 

Features:

• Rotating belt pack 

• Removable sling for easy tripod attachment 

• Waterproof rain cover (allows rotation of belt pack) 

• Hydration reservoir pocket (3 Liters) 

• Fully adjustable shoulder straps 

• Front pleated stash pocket 

• Mesh side pocket 

• Rail on waist belt for attaching modular components 

• Back panel allows convenient access to upper compartment 

• Internal aluminum frame

• Adjustable ice axe/ski carry loops

• MSRP: $389.99

• http://www.mindshiftgear.com/products/rotation180-professional