B&H Pulse News Roundup: November 1, 2013
This week in the news: Olympus announced the new Stylus 1 digital camera, which features a constant f/2.8 zoom; iON released the Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi action camera; Nikon released several "Pure Photography" teaser videos that seem to hint at a new camera system; and Canon updated the firmware of the 5D Mark III.
The New Olympus Stylus 1
For many people, the ideal present-day camera would be something that's really compact and easy to carry, yet doesn't sacrifice the usability of the traditional camera form-factor, while providing the optical performance and image quality smartphones lack. A single glance at the new Olympus Stylus 1 tells you that this might be it. This new offering from Olympus is the epitome of a design that recognizes the value of what came before, while providing you with some of the best technology of today.
The lens on the Stylus 1 features a constant aperture of f/2.8, while providing a 10.7x optical zoom with the 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-300mm. Its 12-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor is 1/1.7" in size. It's equipped with both a 1.44-million-dot electronic viewfinder, and a tilting 3.0" touchscreen LCD. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-12800, Wi-Fi is built in, and it can shoot up to 7fps.
Learn more about the new Stylus 1 and see full specs, in this B&H InDepth article
The New iON Air Pro 3 Action Camera
iON announced the new Air Pro 3 action camera this week. It's a small, lightweight, waterproof camera that can be mounted to various things in order to capture 12-megapixel stills and HD video. Like the last generation of this product, the Air Pro 2, the new model features built-in Wi-Fi. What sets the new model apart is the ability to shoot 1080p video at 60fps, whereas the old model was limited to 30fps.
Nikon Videos Hint at a New Camera
Nikon released four teaser videos this week that all strongly hint at a new camera announcement, without ever actually verifying it. All of the videos have a similar theme: a stoic man wanders through various areas of Scotland with a visually-obscured camera with him at all times. He manages to serendipitously stumble upon photographic inspiration, while uttering cryptic passages such as "It's in my hands again," and "No clutter, no distractions. This is my world." The fourth and final video goes as far as naming November 5, 2013 as the day that we will "Savor photography all over again."
See all of the mysterious Nikon videos in this B&H Insights article
Canon Released New Firmware for the 5D Mark III
Canon updated the firmware of the 5D Mark III this week, which adds numerous improvements and fixes. It corrects a rare issue that caused the flash not to fire, it further improves the microadjustment of AF values, and it applies multiple fixes to the LCD and histogram.
- ThinkTank has announced the new MindShift Gear Rotation180 backpack. You can read more about it over at Photography Bay.
- Arturia debuted the new MicroBrute semi-modular analog synthesizer. Read more about it, and watch a couple of demo videos at Create Digital Music.
- Logitech came out with new iPad Air keyboard cases this week. Get more info over at Engadget.
And that's your news for November 1, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.