New Scuba Products For The Holiday This Year - The Fourth Day of Christmas

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New Scuba Products For The Holiday This Year - The Third Day of Christmas
(Unedited story in 6-parts - Feature for December issue of Canada's Diver Magazine www.divermag.com)


By Stephen Weir

With only a few weeks left until Christmas, the expert buyers at Diver Magazine have once again come to the rescue of weary holiday shoppers with our well-informed gift suggestions. This time, the buyers have zeroed in over 20 last-minute gift suggestions that are all new (or improved) this year.

Two, Two cameras in one. If you have a friend in Mexico or the United States you might ask them to buy and Fed-ex the new Sanyo underwater camera up to Canada in time for Christmas. Sanyo has come up with a line of underwater cameras that take both still and video images. The all-HD Dual Camera offers a variety of unique features including High Definition Video with 8 megapixel photos, a still camera option withup to 2 megapixel photos and 30x optical and the ability to work underwater - down to a depth of 10 feet for an hour without a housing!
The Dual Camera is designed to interact on-line and purchasers receives along with the camera a number of videos featuring Web Stars including: Lisa Nova,iJustine, Rhett & Link, Mr. Safety, Audrey Kitching, Brandon Hardesty and Apprentice A. http://us.sanyo.com/Dual-Cameras/

Cleopatra, the wet look. Although the show doesn't open until June 2010, tickets are on sale now (just in time for Christmas) for the "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt," exhibition making its world premiere in June 2010 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Blog Organized by the National Geographic with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), the exhibition will feature more than 250 artifacts, and take visitors inside the present-day search for Cleopatra, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. As a highlight, the exhibition will showcase artifacts from Franck Goddio's continuing underwater search off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, begun in 1992 and sponsored by the Hilti Foundation. Goddio's remarkable finds will bring visitors inside his search for the lost world of Cleopatra, including remnants from the grand palace where she ruled. Visitors will also see underwater footage and photos of Goddio's team retrieving artifacts from the ocean and bringing them to the surface for the first time in centuries. Tickets can be ordered at www.fi.edu.

cutline: top left - The Sanyo underwater camera. Shoots video and stills underwater to a depth of 10ft without a housing.
above right - Statue of a priest of Isis (statue recovered in the late 1990s)found underwater in Alexandria's harbour (Egypt).

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