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This week in the news: Ricoh announced the new 16MP Pentax XG-1 digital camera, which features 52x optical zoom. The prices of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera and the DJI Ronin stabilized gimbal were significantly cut. And RØDE came out with a Lightning version of its iXY microphone, which is compatible with Apple's latest mobile devices.
The New Pentax XG-1 Super-Zoom Digital Camera
Super-zoom digital cameras have been in the news a number of times recently, with Panasonic's introduction of the Lumix FZ1000 and Sony's subsequent price drop on the RX10. Ricoh got into the limelight this week with the announcement of the Pentax XG-1, a powerful point-and-shoot that features a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 52x optical zoom—which provides a 35mm equivalent focal range of 12-1248mm. And, while the new XG-1 is in a different class from the FZ1000 and RX10 as far as specs are concerned, it's worth noting that it will sell for less than half of their cost. The full details and specs on the new Pentax XG-1 are provided in this B&H Explora post.
Major price cuts on the Pocket Cinema Camera + DJI Ronin stabilized gimbal
Fluctuations in the prices of photo, video, and audio gear are nothing new, but when two manufacturers of drool-inducing video equipment suddenly announce huge price cuts on two awesome pieces of gear, we sit up and take notice. The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera has been around for a year or so, and it stands out as being an ultra-compact camcorder that's capable of shooting CinemaDNG RAW at Full HD, with an interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens mount. This week, its price was chopped in half. Similarly, the ultra-cool DJI Ronin Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer, which provides silky-smooth gliding footage for cameras that weigh up to 16 pounds, suddenly had $1,500 shaved from its price. Without a doubt, this was an exciting week for gear-obsessed video nerds.
A new, Apple-Lightning-compatible version of the RØDE iXY
There's a great deal of interest these days in using smartphones and tablets for capturing high-quality video and audio for various media purposes. There was some welcome news on this front, with RØDE's announcement of the Lightning version of its iXY stereo microphone for Apple devices. The original iXY featured a 30-pin Apple dock connector, and this new model brings the dual-mic dynamo to owners of the iPhone 5, 5S, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, and any other Apple gadgets with the compact Lightning port. You can learn more about the new RØDE iXY in this B&H Explora post.
... and that's your gear news for the week of July 14th, 201