Camera Gear — 3 New Items
Capture the moment with some new camera gear — here are three hot offerings for action-sports shutterbugs.
Canon Vixia HF11 — $1,000
Long live the camcorder. Sure, just about any camera or phone can record video, but none of them do it like this. Not only is the HF11 easy to handle and use, it also captures impressive high-definition video with little camera shake — we can't say the same for our DSLR. Image stabilization, auto-focus and a 12-times zoom keep everything sharp, while a 32 GB internal memory, plus a double SD card slot, meant we always had enough memory (up to 24 hours of video). Even the computer import was easy — the HF11 is wi-fi enabled. Canon
Drift HD — $350
One of the easiest to use headcams we've played with, the Drift HD easily adjusts for straight shooting, no matter how it is mounted. Mounting is easy, with several included bindings that hold the camera secure to a variety of surfaces. A ratchet system adjusts camera angle easily and the lens rotates as well. Once lined up, we never touched the camera again, using the remote for starting and stopping recording. The results — wide-angle 1080p HD video and 9 MP stills — are top-notch. Drift
LowePro Rover Pro 35 — $309
The Rover takes over where other camera bags leave off, with a design built for backcountry use. Borrowing technology from sophisticated overnight packs, it has an adjustable suspension system for transferring the weight of lenses and bodies to the waist harness and a trampoline-style, mesh back-panel for breathability. There's also a hydration pocket and a tripod sleeve. The padded camera chamber, big enough for a pro-sized DSLR and two or three lenses, is actually a full-service backpack pod that pulls out of the main pack. The Rover also comes in a 45-litre version with room for a laptop. Lowepro