B&H Pulse News Roundup: June 21, 2013

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This week in the news: Samsung announced the new Galaxy NX Mirrorless Camera; video sharing came to Instagram;  the Canon T4i and Olympus PEN cameras got new firmware; the Lytro camera had its Wi-Fi capability unlocked; and Leica unveiled the G Star-RAW Edition of the D-Lux 6.
 
This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for June 21, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

The New Android-Powered Samsung Galaxy NX

The big camera news of the week came on Thursday, when Samsung announced the Galaxy NX, an interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera with a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor. It runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, and features a built-in 4G LTE radio, in addition to built-in Wi-Fi. Its multi-touch AMOLED screen is an impressive 4.8" in size, and it features an electronic viewfinder as well. It can shoot up to 8.6 frames per second, and has an advanced hybrid autofocus system. Learn more details about the new Galaxy NX in this B&H InDepth post.

Instagram Introduced Video Sharing

Instagram, the ultra-popular photo-sharing mobile app, announced a video-sharing capability this week. The functionality of the video portion of Instagram is somewhat similar to Twitter's popular video-sharing app, Vine. With Instagram, you can shoot a short video between three and fifteen seconds in length. Like Vine, you can quickly cut a video together in sequence by pressing and letting go of the Record button. Unlike Vine, if you're not pleased with the last sequence you shot, you can delete it and reshoot. Like the image-sharing feature of Instagram, you can apply video filters after you shoot, to tweak the look. You can even choose the frame of your choice to act as the "cover" of your video, which is a really thoughtful touch. The videos show up in the feed of your followers just as images do, and they're fairly unobtrusive because the viewer needs to tap a Play button in order to watch.

 


New Firmware for the Canon T4i and Olympus PEN

The Canon T4i received the Version 1.0.4 firmware update this week, which fixes a phenomena that sometimes occurred when the camera was used with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. A number of other minor fixes are included as well.

Download the Canon T4i Firmware here

Olympus also released new firmware for the PEN E-PL5 and E-PM2 this week, which improves the operation of the touch panel during playback, and adds support for the VF-4 electronic viewfinder.

Download the Olympus PEN Firmware here

The Lytro Camera Gets Wi-Fi and an iPhone App

The Lytro camera, which uses a unique "Light Field Engine" to process light rays captured by the sensor, enabling you to refocus and shift the perspective after a photo has been taken, received a surprise update this week. A hidden Wi-Fi capability was unlocked in the camera, enabling you to wirelessly connect the camera to an iPhone or an iPod touch. The free Lytro Mobile app, which was also announced this week, makes it possible to instantly share your Lytro images on Facebook and Lytro.com. You can also share animated GIFs generated by the camera and app, on Twitter and Facebook.

The New Leica G-Star RAW Edition

Leica just announced the new X Vario compact last week, and this week they're back again with the new G-Star RAW edition of the D-Lux 6. The camera itself is identical to the D-Lux 6—what's new is its custom G-Star RAW styling.

More news:

  • A new camera tracking technology was revealed, which has the ability to lock a fast-moving subject, such as a tennis ball, in the center of the frame. You can learn more about it at Gizmodo.
  • LG came out with an ultra-widescreen TV and all-in-one PC with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Get the full details over at Engadget.
  • Samsung unveiled new ultrabooks this week, the ATIV Book 9 Lite and the Haswell-powered ATIV Book 9 Plus. You can read more about them at Gizmodo.
  • Samsung also announced the new ATIV Q, which is a convertible laptop that features a high-resolution screen, and runs Windows 8, and when in tablet mode it runs Android Jelly Bean. Read more about the ATIV Q at The Verge.

And that's your news for June 21, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.