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This week in the news: Panasonic unveiled the Lumix GX7 Compact Digital Camera; Canon announced the Vixia mini camcorder; Sigma introduced a new mount-conversion service and extended warranties; Panasonic announced the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds; and Radiopopper announced the Nano system.
The New Lumix DMC-GX7 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
This week, Panasonic announced the new Lumix DMC-GX7 digital camera. It features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a Venus Engine, which makes it possible to achieve a maximum ISO of 25600. In addition to its 3.0" 1040k-dot touch monitor, the GX7 also features a 2764-dot tilting live viewfinder. Another big plus is that an optical image stabilizer is built into the body. The GX7 is available as body only, or bundled with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Learn more about the GX7 in this B&H InDepth article.
The New Canon Vixia mini
Canon announced the Vixia mini compact personal camcorder this week, which will be available in black or white. It was designed to enable people to easily shoot and share photos and videos on the Internet, thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi capability. It features an ultra-wide-angle Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens, which can capture 160° movies and 170° stills. It also has a 2.7" LCD touch display, which tilts and swings around for self-portraits. It's loaded with a 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC DV4 image processor. More information and full specs are available in this B&H InDepth article.
New Mount-Conversion and Extended Warranties from Sigma
Sigma announced an interesting new service this week: Starting in September, qualifying Sigma lenses can be converted to your mount of choice (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four Thirds, etc.). Sigma also announced that all products purchased through Authorized Sigma USA Dealers (such as B&H), will be covered by a full 4-year warranty. Get the full details in this B&H InDepth article.
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens Announced
On Thursday August 1st, Panasonic announced the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens. When released, it will be the fastest auto-focus lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. The price, release date and pre-order information were not announced.
The New Radiopopper Nano
Radiopopper came out with a new flash trigger system this week called Nano. The idea is to offer a system that's smaller, easier-to-use, and more competitive on price. The Nano system offers an impressive range of up to 1,750' in optimal conditions. More information is available at PopPhoto.
Canon released firmware updates for the 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, and 1D Mark IV, which fix a power consumption issue and a display issue when a lens is not attached.
Samsung released new firmware for the WB250 point-and-shoot digital camera that makes it possible to post images directly to Evernote via Wi-Fi.
Adobe announced "release candidates" for Lightroom 5.2 and Camera Raw 8.2, with support for the Canon 70D, the Sony RX1R and RX100 II, as well as several Fujifilm, Casio and Phase One cameras.
GoPro released version 2.0 of their smartphone app for iOS and Android, which makes it possible to view and share photos and videos from the camera. The app is available in the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store.
- Panasonic and Sony announced that they have teamed up to create optical discs capable of storing up to 300GB of data. You can read more about it over at The Verge.
- The SmugMug website received a total design overhaul, complete with redesigned portfolios. Get more info over at PopPhoto.
And that's your news for August 2, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.