B&H Pulse News Roundup: July 19, 2013
This week in the news: Lumix announced the new DMC-FZ70 digital camera; a new Magic Lantern function adds 14 stops of dynamic range to the Canon 5D Mark III and 7D for stills and video; Apple released their long-awaited Logic Pro X music-production software; and over a dozen cameras received software updates.
The New Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera
This week, Panasonic announced the new Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera. It features a 16.1-megapixel 1/3.3" CMOS sensor and a 60x optical zoom lens with a focal-length equivalent to 20-1200mm. (It's pictured with the optional teleconversion and the close-up lens attachments.) Get complete details and specs on the new Lumix DMC-FZ70 in this B&H InDepth article.
Magic Lantern Adds 14 Stops of DR to Two Canon DSLRs
A new function in Magic Lantern was announced this week that utilizes ISO 100 for vertical lines and ISO 1600 for the remainder, which adds 14 stops of dynamic range to both the Canon 5D Mark III and the 7D. The new function improves both still images and video on the 5D Mark III, but because the 7D isn't capable of shooting RAW video with Magic Lantern, it only improves stills. Both the 5D Mark III and 7D feature a separate ISO amplifier, which is why the new ability is limited to these models. Full details are available over at the Magic Lantern Forums.
Apple Released Logic Pro X
DxO Optics Pro Updated to Version 8.5
DxO Optics Pro 8, photo-editing software that's based on specific camera-and-lens combinations, was updated this week. The new version adds support for the Apple iPhone 4, 4S and 5, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 smartphones. The complete GoPro Hero 3 line was also added, as well as the Samsung NX and EX camera series.
Fujifilm announced this week a firmware update for the X-Pro 1 and X-E which will bring faster AF speed, and a "Focus Peak Highlight" function for manual focusing. The firmware is scheduled to be released on July 23rd.
Nikon released firmware updates for twelve DSLRs, which correct lens barrel and pincushion distortions. The firmware updates are for the following cameras: D4, D90, D600, D800, D800E, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000 and D7100.
- Nikon released a Facebook App that encourages friendly competition. More information is available at Peta Pixel.
- 500px redesigned their website to make it cleaner looking, and to offer a full-screen experience. The full story can be found at Digital Trends.
- Fujifilm opened a new lens factory in the Philippines. More information can be found at Photo Rumors.
- Toshiba announced the new Exceria Pro SD cards this week, which feature speeds of 240MB/s. Read all about it over at Pop Photo.
And that's your news for July 19, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.