B&H Pulse News Roundup: July 5, 2013
This week in the news: Canon announced the 70D; Zeiss and Pentax got their names changed; Adobe updated Lightroom 4; the Canon C100 got a firmware update; Metabones shipped their Speed Booster adapters for Nikon-G and Micro Four Thirds; and Netgear released a budget-friendly 802.11ac router.
The New Canon 70D
Canon released the EOS 70D this week, their latest mid-range DSLR. It has a 20.2-megapixel APS-C sensor that features Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The 70D also features built-in Wi-Fi, and a 3.0" vari-angle touchscreen LCD. You can read more about the 70D and see full specifications in this B&H InDepth article.
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In an effort to create consistency across its brand communications, Carl Zeiss will now be known simply as Zeiss. Similarly, Pentax Ricoh did a little name changing this week as well. As of August 1st, the camera maker is dropping Pentax, and will be known simply as Ricoh. However, the name Pentax will still be used for their SLRs and interchangeable-lens cameras.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Updated
Even though Adobe recently released Lightroom 5, they released an update to Lightroom 4 this week, bumping it up to version 4.4.1. The new update prevents artifacts from being introduced to Process Version 2003/2010 photos which have Fill Light adjustments applied. It also adds raw image support for the Samsung NX300.
New Firmware for the Canon C100
The Canon C100 received a firmware update this week, which adds automatic continuous focusing and iris setting when using an EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The update also modifies the polarity of the camera's XLR terminal to make the pin configuration consistent with its Instruction Manual.
New Metabones Speed Booster Adapters
In case you're not familiar, a Metabones Speed Booster adapter reduces the focal length of the attached lens by 0.71x, and adds a full stop to its maximum aperture (hence the name Speed Booster). This week Metabones released new Speed Booster adapters for Nikon-G, Micro Four Thirds and NEX cameras.
- Netgear released the new R6100 Wi-Fi router, which is capable of supplying a new Haswell-powered MacBook Air with 802.11ac wireless. More info is available at Engadget.
- The popular video sharing app Vine got a new update this week, which adds a grid and a focusing tool to the camera, a ghosting feature that lets you line up your next shot, new categories, and the ability to "revine" other people's videos. Full information is available at The Verge.
And that's your news for July 5, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.