B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: January 11th, 2013
This week in the news: CES brought with it a slew of new product announcements. Canon introduced the Powershot N; the Nikon D 5200 arrives in the United States; Fujifilm announces the X100S & X20; Pentax launches the stylish MX-1, and much more!
Canon Unveils Four New Point & Shoot Cameras
Canon bills the PowerShot N as "the ultimate storytelling tool":
"Helping people's creativity bubble to the surface, the PowerShot N offers Creative Shot, a new imaging mode that intuitively analyzes an image and automatically creates a series of five artistic photos of the original, with varying composition, lighting and color for an array of options that are ready to impress. In addition, the new PowerShot is equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities that connect the camera to a variety of mobile devices instantly, so users can upload and comment on their images while on the go."
In addition to the N, the PowerShot ELPH 130IS, PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400 were also announced.
The Nikon D5200 Arrives in the United States
After being announced in the fall, the D5200 made its American debut at CES this week. It features a 24.1MP DX-format CMOS sensor with native sensitivity up to ISO 6400, which is then further expandable to ISO 25600. The great 39-point AF system is capable of 5fps at full resolution, and HD video recording is supported in multiple frame rates and formats up to full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60fps.
You can read the full specs and pre-order HERE.
Fujifilm Debuts the X100S & X20
As expected, Fujifilm announced the X100S and X20 retro-style compact cameras at CES this week. With a faster autofocus time of 0.08 seconds, Fujifilm says the X100s is “the world’s fastest AF.” In addition, the new Dual Split Image display "presents dual images on the left and right side that can be lined up for manual focusing."
The X20 boasts a 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a non-hybrid but "advanced" optical viewfinder, an f/2.0-2.8 4x manual barrel zoom lens, and the ability to shoot full HD video at 60 fps.
Pentax Launches the 12MP MX-1 Point & Shoot
Pentax joined the retro game with the launch of the stylish 12-megapixel MX-1. It features a "newly engineered backlit CMOS image sensor" and a fixed 4x optical zoom lens with an f/1.8 to 2.5 aperture. With a classic design, "textured-rubber grip, and brass top and bottom covers that develop a distinctive appearance after years of use, the MX-1 has the look of a traditional film camera.
Two New Zoom Lenses From Sigma
Sigma has announced two new zoom lenses, and a USB dock for updating the lens firmware and adjusting parameters via new software. The 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 DC MACRO HSM/OS HSM is a standard DSLR zoom from Sigma’s Contemporary line. A great general-purpose lens, it covers a focal length range of 17-70mm, or 25.5-105mm in 35mm format—meaning it works for everything from wide-angle to medium telephoto shots. The 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM, from Sigma’s Sports line, is a 35mm lens with a focal length of 120-300mm, covering medium- to long-telephoto—nearly to super-telephoto. Read the full article on B&H InDepth.
- Canon Introduces Two New Cinema Prime Lenses [Canon USA]
- Sony Announces New Handycam Camcorders [B&H InDepth]
- RØDE Announces the iXY Microphone and Rec App for iPhone and iPad [The Digital Picture]
- The New Samsung QF30 and F90 Camcorders [B&H InDepth]
- Fujifilm's bridge cams dominate CES lineup [Engadget]
- Nikon Officially Unveils Two New 1 Series Mirrorless Bodies, the S1 and J3 [PetaPixel]
- Sony’s New Cybershot Cameras Perform Virtual Cosmetic Surgery on Your Pimply Face [The Phoblographer]
- Manfrotto’s New 290 Series Three-Way Ballhead Folds Away Like a Transformer [The Phoblographer]
- Sigma DP3 Merrill packs a Foveon X3 sensor and a fixed F2.8, 75mm-equivalent lens [Engadget]
- Polaroid Unleashes the Android-Powered iM1836 [PetaPixel]
And that's your news for January 11th, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.