B&H Gear News Roundup: June 13, 2014

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This week in the news:

  • Panasonic announced the 4K video capable Lumix DMC-FZ1000 superzoom digital camera.
  • Sigma announced the pricing and availability of their unconventionally designed dp2 Quattro digital camera.
  • In an effort to popularize Light Field photography, Lytro is releasing an open source web player, and partnering with 500px. 

The New Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, an affordable 4K B-cam

There's an ongoing debate in the camera industry as to what to label the type of camera that resides between compact point-and-shoots and the DSLR. Some call them  "superzooms," others refer to them as "bridge cameras." Regardless of the name you slap on them, with the new DMC-FZ1000, Panasonic released a new model into this category of cameras this week that significantly changes the story of who they appeal to.

If you look at the FZ1000 strictly as a stills camera, it stands out as one of the best options in its class, according to the specs. Image capture is handled by a generously-sized 1" High Sensitivity MOS sensor. The maximum aperture range on its 25-400mm (35mm equivalent)Leica DC  lens impresses at f/2.8-4. If you're into shooting 4K video, the FZ1000 can act as an affordable B-cam for the Panasonic GH4, when you have the GH4 in UHD mode, and you're shooting at 30p (the FZ1000 doesn't shoot 4K DCI, and is limited to just 30p at this resolution). That said, this is a remarkable bragging right for a camera of this ilk. Learn the full details on the FZ1000 in this B&H Explora post.

Pricing and availability arrives for the Sigma dp2 Quattro

The Sigma dp2 Quattro compact digital camera, with its maverick design and multi-layered Foveon X3 Quattro Direct Image Sensor, will be available in early August of 2014 for $999.00. More information is available in this B&H Explora post

Lytro opens up Light Field photography

When you take a picture with a Light Field camera, such as the original Lytro digital camera or upcoming Illum, the digital image it produces is unusual, because the person looking at the image has the power to change the focus and perspective of the shot. Giving the viewer of a photograph so much power requires special software to display the interactive image. Unfortunately, digging into a Light Field photograph isn't as simple as posting a JPEG.

In order to open up this format to the masses, Lytro announced that they're making their WebGL player software open source, which means that support for these kinds of images could start to be adopted across the web. Presently, Lytro has partnered with the popular photography website 500px as its first adopter of the image format.

More News:

  • The Canon 1D C received a firmware update this week. Read more about it over at Photography Bay.
  • The GoPro app for iOS was updated to match visual aesthetic of iOS 7. More info is available at PetaPixel.

...and that's your gear news for the week of June 9th, 2014.

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Direct Image Sensor, will be available in early August of "2104" for $999.00

Seems like a long time to wait. :)

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Thanks for the comment, the article has been updated. :) 

amazing ! the new cameras