B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: October 26th, 2012


This week in the news: Nikon's new products turned a couple of heads; Apple released a new batch of updates to most of their product line; and Samsung announced two new lenses.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for October 26th, 2012. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

The Nikon V2 has a Beefier Look

The higher end of Nikon's CX format cameras were updated this past week. With that said, the new Nikon 1 V2 has a big grip, a stout viewfinder, and overall it feels and looks like a small superzoom camera. Still, it retains its small size, as is standard with most mirrorless cameras.

So what do you need to know?

  • 14.2MP 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS CX Image Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3.0” LCD Display and Electronic Viewfinder
  • 15 Frames/Second Burst Shooting
  • Wireless image transmission
  • 1920 x 1080/60p Movie Capture
  • ISO 160 to 6400

You can read more about the new camera (and also the new lenses that the company announced) over at B&H InDepth.

The Nikon 70-200mm f4 G ED VR is Pretty Small, Super Light

At long last, Nikon has announced a 70-200mm f4 G ED VR lens. This has been one of the lenses missing from Nikon's lineup—Canon and third parties have had one for a while. This past week, though, the company wowed everyone by announcing just how light the lens is—30 oz. You can read more about the lens over at  B&H InDepth

Apple's Major New Announcements

Apple announced a ton of new products that were rumorized a ton on the web, and which consumers have been waiting for. To start, the company announced their newest iMac computers. Available in 21.5 inch and 27 inch displays, the computers are targeted mostly towards the consumer market vs professionals. The iMacs have 40% less volume than previous models. The 21.5” model comes with a 1920 x 1080 native resolution, and the 27” model comes with a 2560 x 1440 native resolution. Both the 21.5” and 27” iMac models come with in-plane switching (IPS) technology and LED backlighting. You can read more about these machines, and more devices—like the new Mac Mini—over at B&H InDepth. As you'll see, the machines are also very customizable.

One of the more exciting announcements at the presentation was that of the new iPad Mini. Coming in at 7.9 inches, it won't sport a retina display, but one can think of it as a much more affordable option to the newer iPad. You can read more about the new device over at the Verge.

But that wasn't all—Apple also decided to refresh their iPad. The iPad 4 comes in 6 months after the new iPad was announced, and doesn't really have any other new features besides the new Lightning port. You can read more about the tablet over at B&H InDepth

Samsung's New NX Lenses

For Photo Plus Expo, Samsung announced two new lenses for their NX lineup of mirrorless cameras. The lenses incorporate Samsung's technolgoy which allows one of the rings to control various settings if the user chooses to do so.

First up is the new 12-24mm f4-5.6 wide angle zoom. Because of the NX system's APS-C-sized sensor, there is a 1.5x magnification factor involved, so the focal lengths will render more like 18-36mm.

Then there is the company's new 45mm f1.8 fast aperture prime lens with 9 aperture blades, for some super-creamy bokeh and the ability to focus as closely as 17.7 inches. For system owners looking for a portrait focal length, this may be the one to spring for.

You can read more about the new lenses over at CNet

And that's your news for October 26th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.