B&H Gear News Update for March 14, 2014


This Week in the News:

  • The Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Camera and two 1 NIKKOR lenses were announced
  • A bunch of exciting new audio gear was revealed at Musikmesse 2014
  • Sony and Panasonic made progress with their Archival Disc project
  • Apple released iOS 7.1, with new features, UI tweaks, and bug fixes

The New Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Camera and 1 NIKKOR Lenses

Nikon upgraded its mirrorless camera offerings this week with the introduction of the new Nikon 1 V3. Like the other models in the Nikon 1 series, the new V3 provides exceptionally fast autofocus and, thanks to its EXPEED 4A image processor, improves upon the performance of its siblings. Another area in which the Nikon 1 V3 impresses is continuous shooting: it captures 20 fps at full resolution with its high-speed autofocus system activated, and a blazing 60 fps with autofocus deactivated. All of the images are captured with its 18.4 MP CX-format CMOS sensor. Wi-Fi and a pop-up flash are built in, and an external grip accessory and 2,359k-dot electronic viewfinder can be attached when needed. The Nikon 1 V3 ships in a kit with the aforementioned accessories and a new kit lens.

It wasn't a lonesome product launch for the Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera, because the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD Zoom, and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses were also announced. The first of the two is the kit lens that ships with the camera. It's more compact than the last 10-30mm lens for the Nikon 1 system, and it provides a 35mm equivalent focal-length range of 27-81mm. The new 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm will come in handy when your subject is further away, with its 189-810mm equivalent focal-length range.

The full details on the Nikon 1 V3 and the new 1 NIKKOR lenses are available in this B&H Explora post

A Whole Mess of Music Gear Announced at Musikmesse 2014

It was a busy week in the world of pro audio, as the 2014 Musikmesse show took place in Frankfurt, Germany, and a sizable drove of new music-making equipment was announced. It was a good show for users of Ableton Live software, as Akai Professional refreshed and expanded their line of APC controllers with the APC40 MKII, APC mini, and APC Key 25. Akai also announced a new analog drum (and bass) machine called the Rhythm Wolf, and Arturia contributed to the resurgence of analog synthesis as well, with their announcement of the Minibrute SE.

More new products from Musikmesse 2014 can be found in our early announcements post, as well as our highlights from day one and day two.

Sony and Panasonic's Archival Disc: Optical Media has a Future

You may not have much need for burnable CDs and DVDs these days, but what if you could store 300GB or even 1TB of data on a single disc? Suddenly, the format takes on a new appeal. This is precisely the mission of the Archival Disc project, which is a joint effort between Sony and Panasonic, and new details on the progress of this initiative were announced this week.

You can read all about the Archival Disc project in this B&H Explora post.

Apple Releases a Mobile OS Update with iOS 7.1

The operating system that runs Apple's mobile devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch received a somewhat significant software update this week, with the release of iOS 7.1. The update doesn't dramatically change the way the software looks and behaves, but users will likely notice slight tweaks in the user interface, and a new feature or two. The update also fixes some bugs, such as a random rebooting issue, and some quirks related to the Touch ID feature of the iPhone 5S.  

More news:

  • Nikon updated its Camera Control Pro software to version 2.17.0. Read more about it at Photography Bay.  
  • The Apple TV received an update that enables AirPlay device discovery over Bluetooth. Read the details over at Apple Insider.
  • Nikon released a new "Behind the Scenes" video series. More info is available at Nikon USA.
  • Version 9.1.3 of DxO Optics Pro was released, with support for the Nikon D3300, Canon EOS M2 and more. Additional info and links can be found at Photography Bay.

...and that's your news update for the third week of March, 2014.