B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: April 20th, 2012

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This week in the news: Lots of new products came out from NAB 2012. Canon, Nikon, Samsung and more announced lots of new goodies for videographers and photographers alike. Plus, Think Tank announced a brand new bag, and a new line of colors.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for April 20th, 2012.


Think Tank Announces New Retrospective 7 Camera Bags, Slate Blue Color

Think Tank already has the very-popular Retrospective line of camera bags; but this week they announced the new 7 Series, which is positioned between their 5 and 10 Series. The new camera bag is a bit larger than the 5, and features a large pocket designed to hold an iPad or a MacBook Air.

Oh yeah, you can put a camera and lenses in there, too.

Finally, all of their Retrospective camera bags will now be available in Slate Blue.

NAB 2012 Brings Lots of New Products

Sony

Sony not only announced their two new pro camcorders, but they also displayed their PMW-100 fixed-lens camcorder.

Featuring a 1/2.9" CMOS Sensor that shoots video at 1920 x 1080, it also does this using a 4:2:2 MPEG-2 Codec at 50 MB/s. Plus, there is a 10x optical zoom lens, and it records to memory cards.

As you see in the image above, it also features dual XLR inputs.

You can read more about the new XDCAM on B&H InDepth. It will retail for $3,980.00.

Canon

Lots of major announcements came from Canon this year at NAB.

First off, the 1D Cinema camera prototype that we saw last year was finally announced, and it is known as the 1D C. It is essentially the 1D X, with a bunch of major new upgrades for videographers. For example, it shoots 4K video in an APS-C-sized area. However, it records video in 1080p at the full frame 35mm sensor size. The 1D C records 500 Mb/s Motion JPEG 4K video as an 8-bit 4:2:2 signal to its dual CF memory card slots, at 24 fps.

It will go for around $14,999.00.

That isn't all though. Videographers were also treated to the C500.

The C500 sits above the C300, and is capable of capturing video at 4K resolution. The 10-bit output pushes uncompressed 4K RAW data or a 2K RGB 4:4:4 signal through dual BNCs that support 3G-SDI. For 4K, the four 2K video planes (red, blue, and two greens) that the camera puts out carry all Bayer encoding. Frame rates up to 60p are supported, and there’s also a “4K Half” format that cuts the horizontal resolution by 50% in order to push high frame rates (for potential slow motion) up to 120p. Similar options exist for quad full-HD, which has a less widescreen aspect ratio and a slightly lower resolution of 3840 x 2160.

It will retail for $29,999.00.

You can read more about both cameras at B&H InDepth, and all about what they've done, on Canon's website.

The company also announced that they have acknowledged an issue with the 5D Mk III's metering system, and have yet to make a decision about it.

Zeiss

The major news coming out of Zeiss this year at NAB has to do with their brand new 70-200mm T2.9 cinema lens. The new lens features an 18-blade aperture, and comes in PL, EF, F, MFT and E mounts, due to Zeiss’ interchangeable mounting solutions.

The lens features three massive rings: one for focusing, another for zooming, and the last for T-stop aperture control. It will ship for $19,900.

NAB 2012 - Carl Zeiss from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Eric at Photography Bay got to see the lens up close and personal. But the company also announced three new cinema primes as well, in the form of 15mm and 135mm lenses. DSLR News Shooter has more on those.

BlackMagic

As perhaps one of the most jaw dropping announcements of NAB, BlackMagic announced the production of their new Cinema Camera: a 2.5K interchangeable-lens camcorder, for under $3,000.

It features a touchscreen LCD, which makes entering metadata much simpler, an SSD, and a sensor almost the size of Super 35mm sensors. The announcement excited videographers and indie filmmakers everywhere.

You can read all about it on Planet5D.

GoPro

GoPro showed off their new Wi-Fi BacPac remote, which lets users control their cameras via Bluetooth or WiFi. According to the Verge, "You can connect one camera or dozens—we controlled 30 at once—to a single remote, all set up as far as a football field apart."

The Verge got to play with the new items, and you can imagine just how much fun they can be by watching the video above.

Nikon's New D3200 has 24MP, Outs the New 28mm f1.8

Nikon decided to update their entry-level DSLR camera in the form of the brand new D3200. The new camera looks mostly like the older D3100, and also comes in Black and Red. The major upgrades and features are on the inside.

It sports:

- 24MP Sensor

- 11 AF points

- 4 fps

- ISO range is native to 100-6400, but expandable to 12,800

- 1080p HD video 30, 25 or 24fps, and 720p video at 60, 50, 30 or 25fps.

- Wi-Fi connection with the optional WU-1a wireless mobile adapter

- EXPEED III Image Processor

- 3″ 921K-Dot LCD

- SD card slot

- 95% viewfinder coverage

But that's not all. They also introduced the new 28mm f1.8 FX lens. The new lens features Nano Crystal Coat which reduces ghosting/flare, Silent Wave Motor for quiet Autofocus, close focusing to 10.2", and 7 aperture blades.


Samsung Updates Their Entire Mirrorless Camera Line

Most recently, Samsung announced an update of all of their NX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with one major feature: WiFi.

The NX20 succeeds the NX11, while the NX210 updates the merely half-year-old NX200. Brand new to the show is the NX1000, aimed at the entry-level crowd.

All three cameras share the same 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that was first introduced in the NX200, and all three new models come with WiFi capabilities for remote control and photo sharing. Additionally, all the new NX models support 1080p HD video, as well as 8 fps continuous shooting.

You can read more about the updates over at PDN.

And that's your news for April 20th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.