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This week in the news: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet surfaces, a major firmware update to the Canon 7D is inbound, Fujifilm's new lens roadmap, and more. It was a very big week for technology news and there were lots of announcements, so grab a cup of coffee and get ready to catch up.
This is your B&H Pulse News Roundup for the week of June 29th 2012.
After previous leaks, Google has finally announced their own tablet, the Nexus 7, at the Google I/O show. The new device is for a more budget conscious audience, but packs quite a bit into a small package.
First off, it is a 7 inch tablet (7.8 x 4.7 x 0.41) and comes with either 8GB or 16GB of storage. It connects to the internet via WiFi, has a 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi), back-lit IPS display, scratch-resistant Corning glass, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and will also have Android 4.1 installed on it.
Boy Genius Report has all the details on Android 4.1; also codenamed Jelly Bean. One of the features is a Siri-like Voice search. Android users have always been able to text message, write emails, and search via speech but now they'll have the ability to ask full questions and receive full answers.
Beyond that, there is also a new interface for browsing through photos, use of a new service called Google Now (that uses your search history to try to figure out exactly what you want when searching) and more. Incorporated into all of this is what Engadget tells us is called, Project Butter, which will improve Android 4.1's speed.
You can read more about the new tablet at B&H InDepth.
Photography Bay reported on the Canon 7D being subject to a major firmware update coming this August. The firmware update will address the need for loads of requested features that will make the camera that much more valuable to filmmakers and photographers.
In a nutshell, the update includes:
- Enabling the RAW image burst buffer to go to 25 consecutive images over the previous 15.
- Manual control over the audio in video mode.
- A digital wind-cut filter.
- Rating of images in camera.
- More control over the Auto ISO settings.
- Compatability with Canon's GPS modules.
Also note that the Leica X2 also received a firmware update, and that can also be read over at Photography Bay.
Gizmodo was quick to notice that Polaroid's new Z2300 camera looks a lot like the logo for Instagram. However, Instagram's logo actually harkens back to Polaroid's original design and look. The play off of one another is still very interesting with this camera. Complete with a 10MP sensor and 3 inch LCD screen, the biggest feature about this camera is that it has a built-in printer. Ergonomically speaking, liken this camera to two iPhones with Otterboxes stacked on top of one another.
The Z2300 should be shipping next month for all your party-snapping.
Dan Carr posted about the new Fujifilm lens roadmap for what's expected to come later on for the growing X series of cameras. Expect to see
- 56mm f1.4 = 84mm equivalent (Early 2013)
- 27mm f2.8 = 40.5mm equivalent (Early 2013)
- 23mm f1.4 = 35mm equivalent (Early 2013)
- 14mm f2.8 = 21mm equivalent (Fall 2012)
Cameratown brought us news from ExpoImaging about their exciting new lighting kits for hot-shoe flash users. The Rogue Flash Benders have already become extremely popular with many users, and the company is now letting people purchase bundles.
Here are the details:
The Rogue Starter Lighting Kit is an entry-level collection of versatile light modifiers designed to improve the quality and variety of lighting choices available to photographers using speed lights on- or off-camera. The Starter Lighting Kit includes: Rogue Small FlashBender Reflector, Rogue Small Diffusion Panel, Rogue Bounce Card/Flag and Rogue Universal Flash Gel Kit.
The Rogue Portrait Lighting Kit is a larger collection of light modifiers providing greater light control for portrait and event photographers shooting with multiple speed lights. The Portrait Lighting Kit includes: Rogue Large FlashBender Reflector, Rogue Large Diffusion Panel, Rogue Bounce Card/Flag, Rogue Universal Flash Gel Kit and Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid.
The Rogue Master Lighting Kit is for the most advanced speed light photographers looking to create multiple lighting set-ups using combinations of the kit"s soft box, bounce flash reflectors, flags, honeycomb grids and colored gel kits. The Master Lighting Kit contains: Rogue Large FlashBender Reflector, Rogue Large Diffusion Panel, Rogue Small FlashBender Reflector, Rogue Bounce Card/Flag, Rogue Universal Flash Gel Kit, Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid and Rogue Grid Gel Kit.
Engadget has the latest on the new Transformer Pad TF700; and we're glad to say that it's coming next month. Here's the spec breakdown:
- 10-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display with Gorilla Glass
- Detachable keyboard dock
- 600 nits of brightness
- The WiFi models sport a quad-core Tegra 3 SoC
- The 4G version will have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
- 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 25Wh battery, rated for about eight and a half hours
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 8MP f/2.2 rear camera and a 2-megapixel webcam near the front.
And that's your news for June 29nd, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.