B&H Gear News Roundup: October 24, 2014


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Been missing your weekly B&H Explora Gear Roundup? According to the flood of emails and letters, you definitely did. No worries, however! We are back with a look at what is new in the photo world this week.

This week in the news: 

Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera and C100 / C300 Kits


According to those "in the know" about cinema cameras, this announcement was a bit of a surprise. The latest version of the very successful C100 movie-making machine, the Canon EOS C100 Mark II has been revealed.


Improvements from the original version include a boosted maximum bit rate—up to 28 Mbps for AVCHD and 35 Mbps for MP4, fast- and slow-motion recording for MP4 from 40% to 250%, AAC audio recording, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi support, and GPS and remote capabilities. The onboard microphone has moved to a different address, from the handle to the camera body, the rear LCD is improved, and the EVF is larger, moveable, and clearer. Finally, the Mark II includes Canon Log LUT support.


For more information on the Canon C100 Mark II, check out this B&H Explora article.


Canon also has announced the arrival of several new kits for the EOS C100 and C300 cinema cameras that include lenses, external monitors, and more. Exercise your mouse to see the C100 kit and the C300 EF-mount kit. For a summary, see this B&H Explora announcement.


Ricoh WG-30W Tough Camera

If you worry about breaking your camera while undertaking your adventurous lifestyle, the Ricoh WG-30W in Carbon Gray or high-visibility Flame Orange can take just about anything you’re able to dish out.

WG-30W Tough Camera from Ricoh

The new camera slots into the Ricoh line between the WG-4 and WG-10 / WG-20 cameras to provide an extremely robust image-making platform with modern technology, like Wi-Fi connectivity, a 16MP sensor, high-definition 1080p video, LED illumination, and other features.


Want to try to break it? The WG-30Ws are shock proof from drops up to 5', crush proof to 200 lbf, can function down to 14°F, and spend two hours down to depths of 40'.


For more on the new Ricoh, see this B&H Explora article.



Apple's New iPad Air, iPad mini, and 27" iMac


Believe it or not, on my bike ride to work in the morning, I still see a line of people waiting for their iPhone 6 smartphones at the Apple store in SoHo, New York. While they were hanging out in the rain waiting for a new phone, Apple announced some new additions to its product lineup.


Raising the bar for many, the new 27" iMac with Retina 5K display features an eye-watering 14.7 million pixels at 5120 x 2880 resolution. Crunch the numbers—Apple has eschewed 4K resolution and has come out with a 5K display because, as we all know, more is better. The new iMac needs a dedicated graphics card to handle the processing load.

27" iMac with Retina 5K display

The iPad Air 2 is here and thinner than its older brother because, as we know, thinner is better. It is also faster, has fingerprint identity capability, and more. The rear camera is now an 8MP that features slow-motion capabilities for your movies because I know I look better in slow-mo. Don't you?


The iPad Mini  3 is an update over the older version and now comes with the Touch ID sensor.


Rounding out the updates, for those still standing out on a rainy SoHo sidewalk, the Mac mini has been improved with a 4th-generation Haswell Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors and Intel Graphics 5000 and Intel Iris Graphics. Another option is a solid-state drive instead of the traditional 5400 rpm drive. More Thunderbolt ports, faster Wi-Fi, and the newest OS rounds out the improved Mac mini.



For more on the Apple release, get out of the rain and see this B&H Explora announcement.



New Bose Home Speaker Systems



Need some new sound to match your 5K Apple display? Bose has recently announced some new additions to its home theater lineup.


The compact and simple designs definitely lend themselves to New York apartment living and can fill your room with great sound. The Solo 15 is a soundbar that pumps out the soundtrack from your favorite movie while supporting flat panel TVs up to 50".

If you live in a stand-alone house, the bottom floor of a condo or apartment complex, or dislike your downstairs neighbors, the Bose CineMate 15 combines a small 12" soundbar with an Acoustimass subwoofer, for added thump.


Both the Solo and CineMate come with optical, coaxial, and stereo RCA connections for giving big sound to your MP3s or smartphone tunes.


For more on the Bose speakers, see this B&H Explora article.


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... and that's your news for the week of October 20th, 2014.