B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: May 11th, 2012

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This week in the news: Leica announces their first monochrome rangefinder; Fujifilm has a new, tough point-and-shoot with wireless capabilities; the Nikon D4 and D800 have a temporary fix for lock-up issues; Samsung's 55-inch OLED television will be a pretty penny, and more.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for May 11th, 2012.


Leica's New Announcements Finally Come Out

Journalists (including this one) were invited to Leica's announcement briefing that came out recently. And the company did not disappoint. According to the British Journal of Photography, here's what's new:

- Brand new expansions of the S-series of lenses, including an adapter for Hasselblad to S series. The adapter even retains autofocus.

- The X1 is now replaced by the X2. It features a new APS-C CMOS sensor with 16.2MP, and a Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens. Plus, it has a 2.7-inch LCD screen, and an accessory shoe for flashes. Even better, Leica also has a new Viso-Flex high-resolution electronic accessory viewfinder with 1.4 megapixels, and a 90° swivel function.

- The Leica M Monochrom has been outed with a monochrome sensor, making it the first digital Leica to shoot in black-and-white (or monochrome). It is an 18MP CCD sensor beast, with an ISO range from 320 to 10,000.

Two New Feature-Packed Tough Cameras Emerge From the Depths

This week, both Fujifilm and Olympus announced brand new tough cameras. They're not the run-of-the-mill point-and-shoots with a tough exterior, though. Indeed, each camera has its very own unique feature set.

Firstly, Pop Photo tells us that the Fujifilm XP170 is not only a tough camera, but also sports wireless transferring capabilities.

According to them, "In terms of its ruggedness, Fujifilm claims the XP170 is waterproof to 33 feet (10m), shockproof to 6.6 feet (2m), and freeze proof to 14°F (-10°C). Internally, you'll find a 14-megapixel stabilized CMOS sensor, and it shoots through a 28-140mm-equivalent lens, with a maximum aperture of just f/3.9."

But the big news is that you can connect to an iOS device or Android device, and transfer photos from the camera. At the moment, there is no word on whether or not the camera has a built-in wireless system, the way that Eye-Fi cards do.

You can expect to see the XP170 on shelves in June, for $279.95.

That's not all though. Olympus also announced their new Tough flagship camera in the form of the TG-1. This camera features the same tap control that was present in previous Olympus tough cameras, as well as 1080p HD video and a 4x optical zoom lens.

But that's not even the best part. This camera has a fast F2.0 lens at the widest focal length. That means that you'll be able to take photos in low-light situations (such as underwater) without a flash.

Engadget has lots more information on the new camera.

Nikon's D4 and D800 Get a Temporary Fix for Lock-Up

Photography Bay, via Nikon Rumors, updates us all on an issue with the Nikon D800 and D4 DSLR cameras.

What's involved is a mirror lock-up issue, where the camera becomes unresponsive until one takes the battery out of the camera.

Nikon came out and acknowledged that it is indeed a problem. They also stated that if users want to immediately (but temporarily) resolve this issue, they can turn off both the ‘Highlights’ and ‘RGB Histogram’ display options in the ‘Playback Display Options’ sub-menu found in the ‘Playback’ menu.

The company apologizes for the problem, and is working on a more permanent solution.

Samsung's 55-inch OLED Television = $9000.00

At CES 2012, Samsung announced a massive OLED television. But at the time, a price wasn't available (nor was an estimate). Mashable was able to get their hands on a report that stated that the television will be around $9,000 ($8,750 actually).

Your Mobile Photography Becomes a Little Bit Different

Mobile photography is hot! And this past week, the market segment became just a bit hotter. Instagram updated its app for Android, which finally allows users to have the tilt-shift effects that iPhone users have had for a while.

But that's not all. The Verge reported on Polaroid's new app for iOS devices. Coined "Polamatic," it allows you to take a photo, apply to the image an effect from one of Polaroid's films, write text on it, and then share the image with services like Facebook, Twitter, Hipstamatic, or Instagram.

Be sure to follow @BHPhoto on Instagram as well.

HP Refreshes Its Laptops for Small Businesses

Dana Wollman at Engadget reported on some of the new laptops that HP announced this week. The company updated almost their entire line, but of major interest are their laptops meant for small business use.

According to the article, "Users can choose between integrated and discrete graphics, while the 14-inch version, at least, will be offered with Intel and AMD chips. (The 15-incher is Intel-only.) Other perks include Intel's vPro management technology, HP 3D DriveGuard, and optional 3G/4G connectivity."

More can be read over at Engadget, where you can also see more of their CTIA coverage.

An Update on Canon's 500mm and 600mm L Lenses

Canon Rumors has reported on the availability of the new 500mm and 600mm L lenses, which were announced around two years ago.

According to them, Canon is still holding itself to the May 2012 date which they stated previously. But only time will tell for sure.

And that's your news for May 11th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.

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"Leica M Monochrom" : What is that camera really intended for ? Isn't it possible to have a better result with a colour pic and an appropriate post process than being back to use colour filters like years ago ?

Or is it just the ultimate gadget for Leica fans ?