B&H Gear News Roundup: January 10, 2014


This week in the news: Nikon unveiled their new D4S and D3300 DSLRs; Sony announced the Alpha A5000 mirrorless camera; Fuji came out with a mobile instant-film smartphone printer; Polaroid announced a square camera called the Socialmatic; Panasonic announced a 4K GH camera; and there were far more new products announced at CES 2014 than we could possibly squeeze into this paragraph. 

This is your B&H Gear News Roundup for January 10, 2014. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, and as expected, a massive amount of new products were announced. Here's a summary of the most notable new equipment pertaining to photo, video and pro audio.

The New Nikon D4S, D3300 and 35mm f/1.8G Lens

Image source: the official Nikon Facebook Page

This week, Nikon officially announced the D3300, a new entry-level DSLR, and somewhat unofficially announced the new D4S, their latest full-frame flagship DSLR. The new D4S was put on display in Nikon's booth at CES; however, not many details were provided about the new shooter. You can learn what we do know about it, in this post.

Nikon also announced the new AF-S FX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens at the show, as well as the COOLPIX L830, S6800, S5300, and S3600 digital cameras. Everything that you need to know about the D3300 and all these new Nikon products is provided here.

The New Sony A5000 Mirrorless and More

Building on their already-well-regarded reputation in mirrorless design, Sony announced the new 20.1-megapixel APS-C format Alpha A5000 digital camera at CES 2014, along with a new zoom lens, the E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS, and the DSC-W830 compact digital cameras. Everything you need to know about the new Sony photo gear is provided in this post.

In the video camera department, Sony unveiled the new HDR-AS100V and HDR-AS100VR action cameras, which are fully explained in this post. Several Handycam Camcorders were also announced, including the 4K-capable FDR-AX100. A complete roundup of the new Sony video cameras is provided here.

The Fuji SHARE SP-1 Smartphone Printer and X Series Lens

Instant film cameras are really popular today; however, shooting images with smartphones is by far the most widely-used form of photography these days. At CES 2014, Fuji wisely combined the two with the announcement of the instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-1. It's a battery-powered instant film printer, to which you can wirelessly send photos from your smartphone or tablet. More information about the SHARE SP-1 is provided in this post.

Fuji also announced the X series Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens, as well as the FinePix S1, S9400W, S9200, S8600, and XP70 digital cameras. Full information about all of these products can be found in this post.

The Android-Powered Polaroid Socialmatic Camera

When you first glance at the new Socialmatic camera from Polaroid, you may be tempted to tap on it, expecting a popular photo-sharing app to launch. This isn't the graphic icon for a smartphone app—it's a real 14-megapixel digital camera with a large 4.5" touchscreen on the back, and a built-in ZINK printer. Wi-Fi connectivity and its Android operating system enable you to instantly share images on the web, and the built-in printer enables you to share images in the physical world as well. More information and a video are provided in this post.

The Panasonic 4K GH Camera and Leica 42.5mm f/1.2

Similar to Nikon's unofficial announcement of the D4S, Panasonic announced a 4K version of their popular GH cameras simply by putting a prototype body on display in their CES booth. All of the information we could gather about the Panasonic 4K GH is provided in this post, including the details on a 4K version of their HX-A100 action camera.

Panasonic also announced the super-fast Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras, in addition to the Lumix DMC-ZS40, DMC-ZS35, DMC-LZ40, and DMC-SZ8 digital cameras. The new Panasonic photo gear is covered in this post. Panasonic released five new HD camcorders as well, which are fully explained here.

Canon Introduced New PowerShots and VIXIA Camcorders

Canon announced a handful of new point-and-shoot cameras at CES 2014. The new PowerShot N100 features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 6 Image Processor, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, as well as a rear-facing camera. You can learn more about the N100 in this post, as well as the new SX600 and ELPH 340 PowerShot cameras.

Canon also released four new VIXIA camcorders, including the innovative Mini X, which is pictured above. Get all the details on the new Canon video cameras in this post.

More CES announcements:

  • Korg announced two digital audio converter boxes which can dramatically improve the audio quality of your computer. More details are available here.
  • Roku announced the new Roku TV, which is a series of televisions that have Roku's streaming capabilities built in. Learn all about it in this post.
  • ASUS came out with a computer that runs Android and Windows 8, and can be used as a tablet or a laptop. More information about the Transformer Book Duet is provided in this post.
  • DJI announced an 8-rotor unmanned helicopter called the S1000 that features a gimbal that was designed specifically for the Canon 5D Mark III. More information is provided in this video.
  • Mophie announced a protective case for the iPhone 5 and 5S, called the Space Pack, which adds extra battery life and up to 32GB of additional storage. Learn more about it here.
  • Sigma announced two new "Art and Contemporary lenses. More information is available here.
  • And last, but not least, the B&H Android app was chosen as a "Play Pick" this week by Google. Thanks, Mountianview! We appreciate it!

And that's your news for January 10, 2014.