B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: September 7th, 2012


This week in the news: Fujifilm updates its cameras; Zeiss makes an exciting announcement; Photoshop Touch gets updated for the Retina Display, and more.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for September 7th, 2012.

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Fujifilm's New XE-1 Includes a Full Electronic Viewfinder

Fujifilm announced their new XE-1 camera. Positioned below the X Pro 1 and above the X100, it is a camera designed for enthusiasts that still value the retro styling.

The camera features a 16.3 MP APS-C sensor, focal plane shutter, ISO sensitivity up to 25,600, RAW, and 1080p HD video. It doesn't have the hybrid viewfinder of the X100 and X Pro 1, nor does it include the Shutter Lock button.

That wasn't all—the company also formally announced their 18-55mm f2.8-4 OIS and 14mm f2.8 lenses.

You can read more about it over at B&H InDepth.

Corel's New PaintShop Pro X5

According to Digital Camera Review, Corel's new PaintShop Pro X5 software added new features, such as photo mapping, face recognition, and vacation trip sharing, along with enhancements to special effects and social media connectivity.

Other new features include Places and My Trips, which integrate with Google Maps if there is geotagging in your image.

There are also new effects, like those simulating the looks of vintage cameras, and a feature for HDR lovers called "Single RAW Photo," which takes one raw photo, splits it into three exposures, and then recombines them to become an HDR.

Contour+2 Action Camera

Pop Photo reported on Contour's new +2 Action camera, designed for underwater excursions.

The new camera combines features from their two previous cameras into one body. But there are extra additions too. For example, the Contour+2 has Bluetooth connectivity, unlike many of its competitors (such as GoPro and Sony) which have WiFi. It comes with a waterproof case in the box, which is good to 60 meters, and the body is appropriately burly to withstand the rigors of extreme sports.

Fujifilm X Pro 1 Firmware Update

Fujifilm's Brandon Remler let us all know that the X Pro 1 has recently received firmware update 2.0. The camera was announced at CES back in January, and the new firmware includes some welcome additions:

- Improved AF in low light

- Improved manual focusing

- Improved write speed to the SD card

If you're an owner of the award-winning X Pro 1, you may want to head over to Fujifilm's website for the update.

Zeiss Lenses

Mirrorless Rumors caught up on news from Zeiss, and it's great news for the world of mirrorless cameras. The company announced that they're becoming more serious about developing lenses for the mirrorless camera systems, and to start, they will be debuting a prototype of their 55mm f1.4 lens at Photokina.

Zeiss also stated that the new lenses will be both autofocus and manual focus. This is exciting news, since it means that two of the three major German lens manufacturers are on board (Zeiss and Voigtlander, with Leica being the third) for mirrorless camera systems.

Photoshop Touch Gets Updated for the Retina Display

The Verge let us know about Adobe Photoshop Touch's newest update. It is mostly a graphical upgrade to cater to Apple's new Retina display iPad.

The other major update is that users can now edit images up to 12MP. According to the Verge,"The app is available for $9.99 in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, while existing users can update for free. As for the remainder of its software suite, Adobe has promised that Retina updates will be available before the end of the year."

The Black Magic Cinema Camera Receives the Micro Four Thirds Mount

Exciting news came in recently: According to DSLR News Shooter the Black Magic Cinema Camera will now also come natively in the Micro Four Thirds mount. Why is this so exciting? It means that nearly any lens you have can be adapted onto the camera body.

The mount is passive, which means that it will do best with lenses that have aperture rings, like the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 and other manual lenses.

The 2.3x crop sensor, combined with the ability to shoot CineRAW video, will add a lot more versatility to what cinematographers can do.

And that's your news for September 7th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.