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A smaller form factor is a big part of the appeal that mirrorless camera systems provide; however, even with slim pancake lenses attached, these cameras still don't fit into your pockets. This week, Samsung made it known that they are fully committed to solving this problem. The Korean manufacturer announced the new NX Mini, which is the most compact mirrorless digital camera system to date. One major component that enabled this camera to be shrunk down to its petite size of 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.9", with a feather weight of 5.6 ounces, is its lens mount—the newly designed NX-M mount, for which there are presently two lenses available.
The two lenses in question are the ultra-slim 9mm f/3.5, and the 9-27mm f/3.5-5.6. Both lenses are bundled together with the NX Mini in separate kits, and all are available in a range of colors. The NX Mini touts some impressive specs for such a svelte package, such as its 13.2 x 8.8mm 20.5MP BSI CMOS image sensor, its maximum shutter speed of 1/16,000-second, 35 autofocus points, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and a good deal more.
The full details on the Samsung NX Mini and the new NX-mount lenses are available in this B&H Explora post.
At the stroke of midnight on March 21, Rokinon announced an entire fleet of new lenses, a bunch of which are designed for photography, with a healthy smattering of cine lenses in the mix as well. The new glass is available for many varieties of lens mounts, sensor sizes, and camera systems. Below, you will find a quick breakdown of the new offerings from Rokinon.
Learn all about the new lenses from Rokinon in this B&H Explora post.
After being officially announced on March 2, 2011, by Steve Jobs himself, the Apple iPad 2 was officially discontinued this week. In today's fast-paced world of high-tech gadgetry, where it isn't uncommon for a product to have a life span of six short months, the iPad 2 enjoyed an exceptionally long three-year run. While it's unusual for a tablet to have such a lengthy shelf life, it's also unusual for a previously discontinued product to suddenly be reintroduced to the market, a phenomenon that also took place this week. Filling the void left behind by the late iPad 2 is the iPad with Retina display, which is also known as the iPad 4. This slab was first introduced on September 12, 2012, and what's nice about this announcement is that the $399 entry-level price for a full-sized 9.7" screen iPad gets you a lot more bang for your buck: a Retina display, an Apple A6X processor, a 5MP iSight camera, a FaceTime HD camera, the ability to shoot 1080p HD video, and more.
It was quite a week for the Sony A7 and A7R, the world's only full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. On Tuesday, B&H hosted a live-event webcast that featured a panel of experts discussing the merits of this camera system. If you missed the live broadcast, you can watch the recorded version of the show at this link. Later in the week, Sony released new firmware for both the A7 and A7R. Version 1.2 of the new firmware offers improved image quality in speed continuous mode, Live-view Grading. Smooth Reflection tools were added to the Play Memories Camera app, and the Timelapse app now features improved AE tracking. The update also speeds up the start-up time when you turn on the cameras.
Nikon updated the firmware of the D4 DSLR. This update enables the camera to support CompactFlash cards with capacities greater than 128GB, and makes it possible to assign a custom setting of f17 to the remote Fn button, as well as correcting several minor issues.
Download the new Nikon D4 firmware here.
... and that's your news update for the fourth week of March, 2014.