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This week in the news: Sony announced the Alpha a3000 and NEX-5T digital cameras, as well as new lenses and accessories; Pentax introduced five new Limited series lenses and two flashes; the Apple TV received an update which added several new content apps; and the Flickr iOS app and Google+ both got photo-related updates.
Sony released two new camera bodies this week, the DSLR-like Alpha a3000, and the compact NEX-5T. While the a3000 has a distinct DLSR form factor, it's actually a mirrorless camera that's considerably smaller and more lightweight than the larger shooters it resembles. It features an E-mount, which means that it utilizes the similarly lightweight and compact Sony NEX family of lenses. The a3000 features an APS-C-sized 20.1-megapixel sensor, a BIONZ image processor, an ISO sensitivity of 100 to 16000, and the ability to shoot full-HD movies.
The new NEX-5T weighs several ounces less than last year's NEX-5R, and its dimensions are considerably smaller as well. It has a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, a BIONZ image processor, an ISO sensitivity of 100 to 25600, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, and it can shoot full-HD videos as well. The NEX-5T supplies you with DSLR-like image quality and features, in a package that's nearly the size of a small point-and-shoot camera.
Sony also released the LCS-EMJ Alpha Soft Carry Case, which features an internal tripod mount, so you can shoot without removing the camera. The polyurethane case is designed to universally hold any NEX series camera, and it expands to accommodate longer lenses.
Learn more about the new a3000 and NEX-5T and check out their full specs in this B&H InDepth article.
Sony also announced two new E-mount lenses, and a black version of E 50mm f/1.8, which was previously only available in silver. The new Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS features optical image stabilization, and has a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-105mm. It features a metal exterior and a Zeiss T* anti-reflective lens coating, which minimizes flare and ghosting. The other new lens from Sony is the E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS, which is the first G series lens for the E-mount. It features a circular aperture, and an integrated lever that enables you to electrically control the zoom.
More information and full specs on all of the new Sony lenses are available in this B&H InDepth article.
Pentax (also known as Ricoh Imaging) released five new K-mount autofocus lenses this week: the HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited, the DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited, the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited, the DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited, and the DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited. All of the lenses are designed for APS-C cameras and feature HD lens coatings, circular aperture designs, and all-metal barrels. Basically, these are "HD" versions of existing Pentax lenses, with the improved coating and rounded apertures being what sets them apart from their forebears. All of the new Pentax lenses are available in either a black or a silver finish.
Get the full details on the new Limited Series Pentax Lenses in this B&H InDepth article.
Pentax updated their line of flashes this week with the introduction of the AF540FGZ II and the AF360FG II. The new models have more power, a more durable all-weather design, and can act as a constant light source for video and long-exposure shots. The maximum flash range of the AF540 is 26.2', and 17.7' for the AF360. Both can act as commander and slave for wireless shooting, and offer up to four channels.
Read more about the new Pentax flashes and check out the specs, in this B&H InDepth article.
Apple TV received a software update this week which adds new content apps from The Weather Channel, Disney, Vevo and the Smithsonian. The Vevo app, which is similar to a "Hulu" for music, lets you watch at your leisure over 75,000 music videos from major recording artists. The Weather Channel displays your local forecast, and you can also check out the forecast of other geographical locations. Both the Smithsonian and the Disney apps require a cable subscription in order to view their content.
And that's your news for August 30, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.