Tuesday, October 30, 2012

GoPro HD Hero 3 launched in SA

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The GoPro Hero3

Local GoPro distributors, Omnico, held the launch of the much anticipated GoPro HD Hero3 (which will be available to the SA public in mid-November) at the 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town on the 26th of October. 
GoPro Hero3 launch in Cape Town
Dewald de Jager, brand manager for GoPro SA welcomes trade members and press

The GoPro HD Hero3 received 560 million page impressions worldwide since the announcement of its release in mid-October. 
GoPro retail stand
 The GoPro Hero3 range incorporates 3 different Hero 3 models – the entry-level Hero3 White, mid-range Hero3 Silver and flagship Hero3 Black edition. 

GoPro Hero3 White and Silver editions
The latest editions are two thirds of the size of its predecessor (HD Hero2), has a multifunctional USB port, a hydrophobic/hydrophilic lens (which repels water from its surface), is compatible with a LCD touch screen BacPac and has a built-in WiFi connection compatible with tablets and smartphones. 

The hype around the Hero3 Black edition is justified as the model has double the resolution of the GoPro HD Hero2 at 30 frames per second and shoots 4K (about four times the resolution of High Definition) at 12 frames per second, its image processor is twice as fast. Its low light performance is doubled when compared to the previous models. 

The GoPro Hero3 weighs a mere 0.072kg

The camera is also capable of shooting 120 frames per second at 720p resolution and records time-lapses at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 second intervals. 
Advernture photographer Craig Kolesky at the GoPro launch

Adventure photographer Craig Kolesky shot a short skateboarding video with the Hero 3 camera which was shown at the launch.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Adidas unveils the AFCON ball

Adidas unveiled the official match ball for the 2013 Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the CAF live draw show in Durban on October 25.

Adidas official CAF ball

The new ball was named through an online vote by football fans.  The name Katlego, which means “success” in SeSotho, was chosen above Khanya (which means light) and Motswako (mixture).

The design was inspired by Ndebele print artworks and the vibrant yellow and other bright colours that are dominant in most African national flags, says Zobuzwe Ngobese, PR manager at adidas SA.

Julian (left) and Mark Frame of Cross Trainer with adidas ambassador Lucas Radebe (middle)

“We are delighted to present the fourth official match ball for the most important tournament in Africa to CAF following the success of previous balls such as Wawa Aba (Ghana), Jabulani (Angola) and Comoequa (Equatorial Guinea and Gabon),” he says.
Katlego was introduced to the public and used in matches shortly after it was launched to generate excitement for the Orange AFCON 2013 and to allow the qualified teams to get used to the ball. 

Former Bafana Bafana captain  Lucas Radebe and Supersport 
presenter Kamza Mbatha introduce Katlego to fans.
Former Bafana Bafana captain and adidas ambassador Lucas Radebe introduced Katlego to fans at the Cross Trainer store in Sandton City on the Friday after it had been unveiled in Durban. 

Lucas Radebe
South African PSL clubs Ajax Cape Town and Sundowns used this ball in their Cape Town match and AmaZulu and Orlando Pirates used the ball in their clash in Johannesburg during the weekend following the launch
One of the online voters, Ismail Badmus of Nigeria, won a double ticket and trip for two to watch the final match of the 2013 AFCON tournament in South Africa.  He will be hosted by adidas for the final.

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