B&H Pulse News Roundup: July 26, 2013
This week in the news: Hasselblad announced the Stellar compact digital camera; Google released a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet and the new Chromecast HDMI media-streaming device; Fujifilm updated their roadmap, revealing a new lens; and the SanDisk Connect was announced, which offers up to 32GB of storage for mobile devices.
The New Hasselblad Stellar Digital Camera
Hasselblad announced the new Stellar digital camera this week, which features nearly identical specs to the Sony RX100, including its 28-100mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-4.9 Zeiss lens and 20.9-megapixel sensor. Buyers will have their choice between seven different handgrips that are made of exotic woods or carbon fibre.
The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Google announced the new Nexus 7 tablet this week, which is available in 16GB and 32GB configurations. It's thinner, lighter and faster than last year's model, and it features a 1920 x 1200 HD display, which is something you'll appreciate when you watch 1080p videos and when you do something as basic as reading, because the text will be sharper than a printed page. Photographers will also appreciate its resolution.
The internal battery promises up to 10 hours of life, and a wireless charging capability is built-in. The processor is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, and it's loaded with 2GB of RAM. Dual-band Wi-Fi is built-in, and an LTE radio is optional. The new Nexus 7 runs Android 4.3, the latest version of the popular mobile operating system, which was also announced this week.
The New Chromecast HDMI Streaming Device
Along with the new Nexus 7 tablet, Google also announced the new Chromecast, a small device that plugs into an HDMI port on your television, enabling you to instantly stream cloud-based audio, video and web content from a smartphone, tablet or computer, directly to your TV screen. It's compatible with any Windows or Mac computer running Google's Chrome browser, Android devices, and even Apple iOS devices loaded with the Chrome browser app. It requires power in order to operate (a power adapter is included), and sells for $35.
Updated Fujifilm Roadmap Reveals New Lens
Fujifilm announced a new X-mount lens roadmap, which expands upon an earlier roadmap that was published back in April. The new map revealed an XC 50-230mm (35mm equivalent) f/4.5-6.7 OIS lens, which is scheduled to ship this year. Ten Fujinon XF lenses are set to be available on the market by April 2014.
The New SanDisk Connect Provides Extra Storage for your Mobile Devices
The new SanDisk Connect is a small device that runs on an internal rechargeable battery, and wirelessly provides up to 32GB of additional storage for mobile devices and computers. It's compatible with both Windows and Mac, Apple iOS devices, Android and Kindle Fire. Up to eight devices can be connected to the SanDisk Connect at the same time, and up to three different devices can be playing video stored on the Connect as well. More information is available at The Verge.
Fujifilm released firmware updates for the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras this week. Unfortunately, there turned out to be a malfunction in the video recording mode for the X-Pro1, so that camera's firmware was pulled offline. However, Fuji released a new 3.01 firmware update for the X-Pro1 the very next day which resolved the issue. The new firmware for both cameras improves the AF speed on most XF lenses, and adds a "Focus Peak Highlight" function for manual focusing. A few other focusing improvements are included as well.
- The KaleidoCamera was announced, a prototype of a new kind of accessory that aims to bring Lytro-like capabilities to DSLR cameras. More information is available at Gizmodo.
- The Sonos for Android app was updated to include on-device music streaming. Read more about it over at Engadget.
- Canon launched a pair of sub-$100 Pixma all-in-one printers. Learn more about the new wireless MG3520 and MG2420 at Maximum PC.
- Manfrotto announced a new Top Lock Quick Release system. Get more details over at ePHOTOzine.
And that's your news for July 26, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.