B&H Pulse News Roundup: June 28, 2013

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This week in the news: Sony announced the RX100 II and RX1R compact cameras; Fujifilm announced the X-M1 mirrorless camera and two new lenses; Panasonic introduced new versions of the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens; Voigtländer announced the availability of a new lens in Japan; and some popular cameras received new firmware updates.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for June 28, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

New Cameras

This week, Sony announced the new RX100 II, an updated version of their popular RX100 compact camera. It features a new 1" 20.2 megapixel Exmor R sensor, built-in Wi-Fi, a tilting 3.0" LCD display, and an active camera shoe. It's important to note that the older RX100 isn't being discontinued; both models will remain current, going forward. The RX100 II is available for pre-order now at B&H. More details and full specifications are available in this B&H InDepth article (you need to scroll down to see it). 

Sony also announced a new version of their game-changing RX1 full-frame compact. The new RX1r is nearly identical to the original, with the exception of the low-pass filter being removed. This filter effectively helps to cut down moiré; however, it also slightly decreases the sharpness of the image. You can read more about the RX1r and see full specifications in this B&H InDepth article.

Fujifilm released another appealing mirrorless camera this week. The new X-M1 features a handsome vintage exterior, with impressive technology on the inside, such as its 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor (the same imaging performance that's found on the X-Pro1 and X-E1). The body of the X-M1 is available in three different colors, and comes bundled with the new 16-50mm lens (which is featured in the next section of this post). Learn more about the new Fujifilm X-M1 in this B&H InDepth article.

New Lenses

To accompany the new X-M1 mirrorless, Fujifilm also announced the XF 27mm f/2.8 lens, which will be available in black or silver. Its angle of view is similar to the human eye, and it features high-speed AF that's driven by a high-torque DC coreless motor. Fujifilm also announced the new XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, which is only being sold bundled with the new X-M1. You can learn more about both of these lenses by reading this B&H InDepth article.

On Wednesday, Panasonic quietly discontinued their popular Lumix 20mm f/1.7 pancake for Micro Four Thirds. The sadness didn't linger, however, because the very next day they announced a new version of this lens, which will be available in black or silver. The optics on the new 20mm f/1.7 remain the same; what's new is a higher-quality metal build, and a slightly lighter overall weight. 

It was reported this week that the Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds will begin shipping in Japan in August. With any luck, it will start arriving in other parts of the globe shortly afterward.

New Firmware

The Nikon D7100 got a firmware update this week. The new software adds numerous improvements and modifications.

Download the Nikon D7100 Firmware here

Fujifilm also announced new firmware for the X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF 35mm f/1.4 lens. The update improves AF accuracy, and adds a Focus Peaking capability to the cameras. 

Download the Fujifilm Firmware here

New firmware for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 was also announced this week. Due in July, the update brings the Low Light AF mode from the GF6, and a "Silent Mode" suppresses shutter sound, operating sound, etc., to make shooting more low-profile and stealth-like.

Download the GH3 Firmware here

More news:

  • Sony announced the new SmartWatch 2, which offers a metallic body and improved integration with Android smartphones. Get more info over at c|net.
  • HP announced the Slate 21, a tablet-like desktop computer that runs Android, and features a high-resolution display. Read more about it over at The Verge.
  • PocketWizard came out with a new power cable that lets you power a transceiver with the Remote Port on a Nikon DSLR. Learn more about it over at Photography Bay.
  • The Impossible Project announced that the Impossible Instant Lab photo booth will be shipping on August 29th. Read more about it over at Engadget.
  • The Photo Editor app for Android by Aviary received a major update. Find out the details over at PopPhoto.

And that's your news for June 28, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.