B&H Pulse News Roundup: September 12, 2013
This week in the news: Olympus announced the new OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless digital camera and two new lenses; Apple revealed the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s; Leica unveiled the Audi-designed Leica C compact camera; Fujifilm added a 23mm lens to its X-mount lineup; and Zeiss announced a 15-30mm T2.9 compact cine zoom lens.
The New Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera
Olympus announced its new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera this week—the OM-D E-M1. It features a 16.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor, ultra-fast dual-phase and contrast-detection autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi, and a rugged body that's water, dust and freeze proof. It can shoot up to 10 frames per second, and has an ISO range of 100 to 25600. Learn more about the new OM-D E-M1 in this B&H InDepth hands-on review.
Olympus also released two new lenses, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro—the latter will not be available until late 2014. Like the new OM-D E-M1, the new 12-40mm f/2.8 is water, dust and freeze proof, and features a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-80mm.
The New Apple iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s
Apple announced two new iPhone models this week: the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s. The specs of the new iPhone 5c are nearly identical to last year's iPhone 5. The major differences are its plastic body, improved front-facing camera, and slightly better battery life. Photo enthusiasts will likely be more compelled toward the new iPhone 5s, which features a 15% larger image sensor, a faster f/2.2 aperture, and a "True Tone" flash that automatically adjusts its color temperature for improved imaging.
The New Audi-Designed 'Leica C' Compact Camera
Leica announced a new compact digital camera this week—the Leica C—which will be available in Dark Red or Light Gold. Automobile manufacturer Audi was involved in the design of the Leica C, but perhaps more credit is due to Panasonic, because this camera shares nearly identical specs to the Lumix LF1. The Leica C, and an assortment of accessories, are available for pre-order at B&H.
The New Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens
This week, Fujifilm announced the Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens, which features an X-mount for APS-C format X series mirrorless cameras. It features a rounded, seven-blade aperture, a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 35mm, a metal mount, and metal focus and aperture rings. More information and specs on the new XF 23mm f/1.4 are available in this B&H InDepth article.
The New Zeiss 15-30mm T2.9 Compact Cine Zoom
Zeiss announced the 15-30mm T2.9 compact zoom cine lens this week. It features an interchangeable mount system that can accommodate PL, EF, F, M4T and E mounts, and it's compatible with full-frame cameras as well. Its expected availability is April of 2014.
GoPro announced the availability of their Studio 2.0 software for Mac and Windows. The new version offers Edit Templates that make it easy to create professional videos. It gives you the ability to trim, edit and mix video clips. You can add titles and music to your videos, and much more.
- In case you missed it, last week Nikon unveiled the new P7800 digital camera. You can learn more about it over at PetaPixel.
- Apple updated its iPod line to include the new "Space Gray" color shared by the new iPhone 5s. Read more about it over at The Verge.
- Sony announced the PS Vita TV, a set-top box that will compete with the Apple TV. Get more info over at CNET.
And that's your news for September 12, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.