B&H Gear News Update for April 4, 2014

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This week in the news:

  • Ahead of NAB 2014, Canon announced the XF200 and XF205 camcorders, a 17-120mm CINE-SERVO lens, and added Dual Pixel CMOS AF to the C100.
  • Olympus unveiled the retro-styled Stylus SH-1 compact digital camera, and the new Stylus TG-3 “tough” camera.
  • GoPro released a few new mounts and accessories, including a dual-camera solution for capturing 3D footage, as well as software updates.
  • Sonnet announced the xMac Pro Server, which essentially transforms a new Mac Pro into a rack-mount computer with PCIe slots.

The New Canon XF200 and XF205 Camcorders, and 17-120mm CINE-SERVO Lens

The new Canon XF200 and XF205 camcorders announced this week create an option for users, between their current XF305 and XF105 offerings. They feature a 1/2.84" CMOS sensor. The integrated lens features individual zoom, iris, and focus rings. The new CNZx17 KAS S CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lens features a maximum aperture of T2.95, and it's an 11-blade configuration that delivers smooth, round bokeh. A full cinema lens that's designed for Super 35 sensors, it's available with a PL or EF mount. Everything you need to know about the new pro video gear from Canon is available in this B&H Explora article, which features videos about the XF205 and the CNZx17 KAS S lens.

The New Olympus Stylus SH-1 and TOUGH TG-3 Digital Cameras

Sporting some retro flair, the new Stylus SH-1 from Olympus is a compact digital camera that features a 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor and a TruePic VII image processor. Available in all black, or a handsome combination of black and silver, the SH-1 provides high-speed autofocus, 11.5 fps in continuous mode, ISO sensitivity up to 6400, and a 24x optical zoom. There's something refreshing about a point-and-shoot camera that you can dunk underwater, drop, and use in a dust storm, especially if you spend a lot of mental energy everyday worrying about damaging your smartphone. The new TG-3 "tough" cameras from Olympus, available in black or red, improve upon the older TG-2 by including built-in Wi-Fi. You can learn all about the new cameras and accessories announced by Olympus this week in this B&H Explora article

New Mounts, Accessories, Software, and 3D Capabilities from GoPro

GoPro announced several new products this week, aimed at expanding the options and capabilities of shooting with their popular action cameras. The new Blackout Housing offers protection for the camera in an all matte-black finish, making it possible to shoot with a visually more low-profile look than the shiny clear housing that comes with the camera. A new Gooseneck accessory can be bent and shortened to suit your needs, and it can also be straightened out to use as a boom. A new mount called The Frame acts as a means for mounting the camera when an underwater housing isn't necessary. The new Dual HERO System makes it possible to gang two HERO3+ cameras together to shoot 3D footage. And lastly, the GoPro app was updated to add new functionality. You'll find the full story on the new gear from GoPro in this B&H Explora article.

Transform the Connectivity of a New Mac Pro with the New Sonnet xMac Pro Server 

If you're interested in the radical design and powerful technology found in the new Apple Mac Pro, yet you need to be able to interface with PCIe cards, the new Sonnet x Mac Pro Server bridges this gap. The xMac Pro Server is a rack-mount device that features a front-facing "cocoon," which houses a new Mac Pro. The Thunderbolt-based connectivity of the new Mac Pro is transformed into PCIe card slots found on the rear of the unit. Learn all of the ins and outs on the new Sonnet xMac Pro Server in this B&H Explora article.    

More news:

  • Profoto updated the firmware of B1 Air TTL to add support for the Canon 1 DX. Get the details at PDN Online.
  • Lensbaby is getting into the iPhone lens product market with their new LM-10 Sweet Spot. Learn more about it at Photography Bay
  • Apple updated their productivity software iWork for Mac, iOS, and iCloud. Find out about the changes at Macworld.
  • The Windows Phone 8.1 operating system was officially announced. Our top five favorite features are covered in this B&H Explora post.
  • Azden released a camera-mountable dual VHF wireless mic system and a smartphone lavalier mic. Read more about them right here at B&H Explora.

... and that's your gear news update for the first week of April, 2014. Keep an eye on B&H Explora next week—we will be providing videos and articles about the latest new gear announced at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas. 

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I can not wait to try the new canon camcorder! 

Thanks for sharing.

- SamPhen AKA James