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This week in the news: Apple updated their MacBook Pro with Retina display computers featuring faster processors, more RAM, and a lower price for the top-of-the-line model. Sony announced the PXW-X70, a 4K-ready camcorder that's their most compact XDCAM to date. Two new Canon super-zoom cameras were announced, with the introduction of the SX520 HS and SX400 IS. And DJI revealed that they're developing a nifty parachute system to save ailing drones.
The new Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display
The physical design of the new Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display computers hasn't been altered, but the powerful, ultra-thin notebooks did get their specs significantly updated this week. The svelte MacBook Pros are now equipped with faster, fourth-generation Haswell Intel Core processors, the default amount of RAM has been greatly increased, and the top-of-the-line model received the same spec upgrades in addition to a $100 price cut. You can learn more about the latest MacBook Pros, and read some informative comments from our readers in this B&H Explora post.
The new Sony PXW-X70 extra-compact XDCAM
Sony rolled out their most compact XDCAM ever this week with the introduction of the 4K-ready PXW-X70. The descriptor "4K-equipped" doesn't apply here because the PXW-X70 isn't capable of shooting 4K footage out of the gate; 4K capabilities can be added in a future update. Seeing as many people won't be ready to start producing in 4K now, but will likely want to do so in the future, this a welcome perk. The PXW-X70 has a large 1" back-side illuminated Exmor R sensor, a 12x optical zoom, dual SD card slots, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, XLR audio inputs and many more appealing features for such a compact camera. More details and specs on the new Sony PXW-X70 XDCAM are available in this B&H Explora post.
The new Canon PowerShot SX520 HS and SX400 IS digital cameras
Canon announced two new super-zoom digital cameras this week: the SX520 HS, which is an update to the SX510, and the SX400 IS, which is a more compact, lower-priced option in this category of point-and-shoot cameras. The new SX520 HS features a 16MP 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor, a DIGIC 4+ image processor, an expanded ISO range, and a zoom lens that offers 42x magnification. The SX400 IS is equipped with a 16MP 1/2.3" CCD image sensor, a DIGIC 4+ image processor, and a 30x optical zoom lens. You can learn all about both of these new Canon PowerShot cameras and check out a detailed comparison chart in this B&H Explora post.
The new DJI DropSafe drone parachute system
When you see strange lights hovering in the sky these days, you first need to determine if it's a drone before assuming that you're witnessing the presence of alien spacecraft. If you're heavily invested in a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) system for shooting photos and/or videos, there's a good chance you lay awake at night envisioning your precious gear falling out of the sky and crashing to the ground. To help appease these fears, DJI revealed this week that they're working on a new parachute system called DropSafe that can be deployed to save a failing drone from having a forceful impact following a malfunction. You can learn more about the new DJI DropSafe in this Explora post.
...and that's your news for the week of July 28, 2014.