B&H Pulse News Roundup: July 19, 2013

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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.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for July 19, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

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

Apple released Logic Pro X this week, the long-awaited new version of their professional music-production software. It features a redesigned graphic user interface; a new synthesizer instrument called Retro Synth; a new accompaniment instrument called Virtual Session Drummer; Bass Amp Designer and Drum Kit Designer, which allow you to further tweak the tone of your backline; a functionality called Scripter, which enables users to create MIDI generators and processors using JavaScript; and Flex Pitch, which lets you manipulate audio in a piano-roll environment. Another really nice new addition is the Apple Logic Remote App for iPad, which lets you control the software and play instruments with your Cupertino tablet. The new version of Logic isn't compatible with 32-bit plug-ins (64-bit only), and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is required. Logic Pro X is only available via download from the Apple App Store.

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.

Firmware Updates

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.

Download the New Nikon Firmware for Mac Here

Download the New Nikon Firmware for Windows Here

More news:

  • 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.