B&H Pulse News Roundup: July 12, 2013
This week in the news: JVC announced the new GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera; Panasonic released feature-rich firmware upgrades for the Lumix GH3 and G5; a new "throwable" camera called the Squito was granted a second patent; Nikon worked with a robotics company to help capture Wimbeldon; and Instagram introduced the ability to embed images and videos.
The New JVC GC-XA2 Action Camera
This week, JVC announced the GC-XA2 ADIXXION, their latest action camera. The new model features the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 HD video at 60p, and 120p video at 1280 x 720. The lens features a wider angle than that of the previous generation, built-in Wi-Fi, and an LCD to watch your footage.
Toss Me a Squito
The Squito is the prototype of a new kind of camera that you literally toss into the air in order to capture stabilized video and panoramic images. The device was recently granted a second patent for being a "ball with camera and trajectory control for reconnaissance or recreation." You can use it for fun (game of Camera Catch, anyone?), search and rescue, and other applications. Check out the Squito in action in a video over at Engadget.
Panasonic Updates the Lumix GH3 and G5
Panasonic released new firmware this week that empowers the Lumix GH3 and G5 with new functionality, not just bug fixes. Both cameras get the Low Light AF (-3 EV) capability, Silent Mode (which mutes all sounds and turns off the flash so you can shoot without calling attention to yourself), and Exposure Compensation Reset.
Nikon's Robotic Head
Nikon shared a new technology this week that enables photographers to capture images from locations that would otherwise be too dangerous to shoot from. Partnering with Mark Roberts Motion Control, a maker of motion control products, the two companies collaborated to create a system that utilizes a robotic camera head. Multiple units were mounted high above the court at Wimbledon 2013, in vantage points never before utilized, and a fleet of Nikon D4's proceeded to capture shots of the match. The systems were operated by photographer Bob Martin.
You Can Now Embed Instagram Photos and Videos
This week, Instagram added the ability to embed photos and videos on other websites. The technology itself is nothing new. People have been embedding YouTube videos for ages. What is new is the ability to share Instagram content easily outside of its apps and website. The new functionality is only available on the web version of Instagram.
- Lenovo revealed the new T440s ThinkPad notebook computer that's loaded with the energy-efficient Haswell processor. More info is available at Engadget.
- Nokia announced the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, which features a 41-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics. The whole story is available at The Verge.
- Sennheiser released new on-ear versions of their popular Momentum headphones in an assortment of colors. More info can be found at Tech Radar.
- Vine for Android was updated to include "revining," channels, and an exclusive capture widget that can't be found on the iOS version of the app. Read more about it over at The Verge.
And that's your news for July 12, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.