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Firmware Updates

New Nikon D4S Camera “C” Firmware Version 1.20: Update Now Available

Tue April 21, 2015

The following video presents Nikon D4S Product video:

The ultimate imaging machine has advanced. Built to keep you ahead of your game, everything about the D4S powers exceptional images at exceptional speed. An expanded ISO range and EXPEED 4 image processing take low light photography to another level, making the camera a master of the dark as well as the light. Advances to AF performance offer improved acquisition and tracking at 11 fps, plus finer control over the AF area with the new Group Area AF mode. Nikon’s RAW Size S file format allows accelerated image transfer onto networks, and a Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port enables ultra-fast connection. The D4S offers improved acquisition and tracking performance. Fires at a blazing 11 fps in FX format with AE/AF superior to its predecessor (the D4). The 16.2-MP FX-format sensor offers the ultimate image quality.

Nikon D4S

Nikon D4S

Firmware Update
2015-04-21
New Nikon D4S  “C” Firmware Version 1.20

The new changes are as follows.
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: New Firmware Update Service Ver.2.2 Will be Available in Late April 2015: Anamorphic Mode

Tue April 14, 2015

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

This video presents [NEW] Panasonic LUMIX GH4 Shooting Impression by Takehito Miyatake.

  • New LUMIX GH4 Shooting impression by Takehito Miyatake through his work “The Land of South Kyushu – Where Fire and Water Gush Out.”

Panasonic announces the new firmware update program, Ver.2.2, for the digital interchangeable lens system camera DMC-GH4.

Firmware update service is scheduled in late April of 2015.

Update Information
  • [Anamorphic(4:3)] mode is available which optimizes the settings for 3328×2496 video recording with a 4:3 anamorphic lens.
    * To convert the footage to a cinemascope aspect for playback, corresponding software and device are required.
  • 1/16000 sec shutter speed can be selected manually when using [Electronic Shutter].

For the above update service at this later time, please visit the following website:
LUMIX DMC-GH4 Firmware Ver.2.2
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ .

The following video presents LUMIX GH4 Goes to Hollywood #PanasonicNAB:

Panasonic LUMIX GH4 goes Hollywood with new anamorphic mode. Lumix firmware update to GH4 offering anamorphic control.
Panasonic at NAB2015

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces an Anamorphic Firmware Update for the LUMIX GH4

LAS VEGAS, NV 04/13/2015

Panasonic announced the release of a much anticipated firmware update Ver.2.2 for the award winning LUMIX GH4. This new firmware enables two new features, most notably the ability to record anamorphic video content.

Anamorphic lenses are used to create a cinemascope aspect such as 2.39:1 or 2.35:1. Panasonic discovered that cinematographers had been experimenting with the 4K PHOTO mode 4:3 aspect ratio in the LUMIX GH4 and vintage anamorphic cine lenses to achieve the classic Hollywood look of anamorphic film capture. Unlike complex digital post processing needed to achieve the look, many of the background distortion and light flare effects that became so popular with anamorphic film capture can now be achieved optically in the LUMIX GH4.
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Firmware Updates

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57, DMC-TZ58, DMC-ZS45 Camera Models: New Firmware Update Version 1.1 is Now Available

Tue April 14, 2015

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS45

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS45

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS45

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS45

For DMC-TZ57/TZ58 / ZS45, Panasonic today released a new firmware update version.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 or DMC-TZ58 (in certain countries), brown

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 or DMC-TZ58 (in certain countries), brown

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 or DMC-TZ58 (in certain countries), brown

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 or DMC-TZ58 (in certain countries), brown

The new firmware update version has the following features:

  • Update Date: Apr. 14, 2015
  • Update Version: Ver.1.1
  • Description of the Improvement:
    1. Fixed a problem that cannot print out pictures by the number of pictures in a SD card when a camera connect to a printer with Pictbridge.

The DMC-TZ57/TZ58/ZS45 firmware update service is now available at: http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/TZ57_TZ58_ZS45/index.html .


Firmware Updates

Panasonic LUMIX Smart Camera DMC-CM1: A New Firmware Update Version 11.0761 is Now Available

Tue April 14, 2015

The following video presents Panasonic Lumix CM1 – The Premium Compact Camera With Smartphone Technology:

We’d like to introduce to you the new Panasonic Lumix CM1 – Premium compact camera with smartphone technology.

The CM1 is an Android based highly technically specified camera containing the same 1-inch sensor used in the Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera. Being a connected camera, the CM1 is high speed 4G compatible and the swipe and share function makes it possible to upload and share your pictures online to social media sites with a single flick.

The CM1 is also capable of recording 4K video and RAW images. Featuring a LEICA DC Lens for incredible image quality, creative controls for expressing your photography and ease of sharing, the Lumix CM1 is a 20 megapixel premium compact camera with smartphone technology that will push the boundaries of your expectations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1: "Largest camera sensor ever on a mobile phone."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1: “Largest camera sensor ever on a mobile phone.”

For DMC-CM1, Panasonic  has recently released a new firmware update version with the following features:

  • Update Date: Apr. 13, 2015
  • Update Version: Ver.11.0761
  • Description of the Improvements:
    1. Added the tilt sensor adjustment setting.
    2. Performance and functional improvements and bug fixes.

The DMC-CM1 Software update service is available now at http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/CM1/index.html .


Firmware Updates

New Update for Lytro Desktop: v4.2.1 Available Now at No Cost: Enhanced Sharing, Image Editing and Workflow Improvements

Fri April 10, 2015

Lytro Illum Light Field Camera: "Now, with a single exposure from Lytro ILLUM, you can adjust aperture, use selective focus, tilt, focus spread, animation and even 3D to differentiate yourself with multiple deliverables.   In addition to exporting your images as JPG, TIFF and light field RAW files, you can also share your light field pictures as Living Pictures, custom animations, in 3D, or as traditional 2D images." https://www.lytro.com/illum/

Lytro Illum Light Field Camera: “Now, with a single exposure from Lytro ILLUM, you can adjust aperture, use selective focus, tilt, focus spread, animation and even 3D to differentiate yourself with multiple deliverables. In addition to exporting your images as JPG, TIFF and light field RAW files, you can also share your light field pictures as Living Pictures, custom animations, in 3D, or as traditional 2D images.” https://www.lytro.com/illum/

This video presents Lytro WebsiteTrailer FINAL ProRes 042014 from Lytro on Vimeo.

Image by Lytro

Image by Lytro

Lytro Desktop 4.2.1

For the Lytro Illum Light Field Camera, get the FREE update for Lytro Desktop featuring enhanced sharing, image editing and workflow improvements.

New features include:
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Nikon: Developing New Firmware to Enhance Capture Workflow for D4S, D810 & D750 for Summer 2015 at No Cost: Firmware Demo & Available Filmmaker’s Kits (D750 & D810) at NAB 2015 Apr.13-16

Fri April 10, 2015

The following video presents Nikon D4S | DEDICATED: Enter the Minds of the Dedicated (the film):

Shot exclusively on the Nikon D4S. Corey Rich profiles what dedication means to three top professionals who epitomize passion for photography. “A great picture is one that tells that story, is technically sound, and that no one else has.” — Robert Beck.

Experience the stunning new capabilities of the D4S in extreme conditions as action photographers Dave Black, Robert Beck, and George Karbus push to get the perfect shot.

Listen to the pros. Watch the Making-of video – http://youtu.be/gInvYcq_tQU
Check out the Nikon D4S product video – http://youtu.be/R6tdncHV13s
See the full Nikon D4S specifications here – http://bit.ly/1hsONix

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2015, Nikon will announce the development of new firmware, for the following Nikon DSLR cameras, to improve workflow for professional video applications by enhancing capability with third party external recording devices:

Nikon D4S,

Nikon D4S,

Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Nikon is now offering D750 and D810 Filmmaker’s Kits. Each kit contains everything you need to get started in the world of cinema as follows:

  • two additional EN-EL15 batteries,
  • an ME-1 Stereo Microphone,
  • one Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder,
  • Tiffen® 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-stops) for superior control of light,
  • custom foam inserts, which are ideally sized for use in a hard case for transporting equipment to the next video production,
  • the camera D750 or D810, and
  • three NIKKOR lenses in popular focal lengths:
    AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens

    AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens

    AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens

    AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens

    AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

    AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

The following video presents Nikon D750 Product video:

Free your vision with the fast, versatile, and agile D750. In a world where anything is possible, this full-frame 24.3-megapixel powerhouse gives you the freedom to dare. Packed with professional imaging technology, and streamlined for compactness, nothing holds this camera back.

The newly designed FX-format sensor delivers exceptional image quality with cleaner results than ever before at high ISOs. Phenomenally sensitive AF performance, a burst rate of up to 6.5 fps, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p combine with the tiltable monitor to enable full freedom of expression. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your impressive photos in an instant.

Spectacular ISO
Capture crisper, cleaner, better-defined images at high ISOs. The ISO range of 100–12800 is extendable to 50-51200 (equivalent).

Professional AF performance
Sensitive down to -3 EV and boasting Nikon’s Group Area AF mode, the D750 locks onto your target with incredible precision even in dark situations.

24.3-MP FX-format sensor
Full detail, full freedom. The all-new sensor offers wide dynamic range plus clean performance across all sensitivities, for images with stunning sharpness and rich tonality.

PRESS RELEASE

April 9, 2015

Nikon Announces National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show 2015 Speaker Schedule and New Firmware Development for DSLR Video Functionality

MELVILLE, NY – At NAB 2015, Nikon (Booth # C8818) will be showing a full range of tools for a modern production environment, with versatile DSLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses for professional video applications. Several Nikon Ambassadors and industry professionals will be presenting at the Nikon booth throughout the show, demonstrating a variety of different filmmaking techniques. Additionally, Nikon Corporation will be announcing the development of new firmware, for select Nikon DSLR cameras, to improve workflow for professional video applications by enhancing capability with third party external recording devices. Nikon plans to release the new firmware later this summer, which will be available at no cost to customers.

Nikon at NAB 2015:

Industry professionals are invited to the Nikon booth to view the company’s full line of DSLR cameras for content capture, including the D750 and D810 Filmmaker Kits. Attendees are encouraged to visit the booth to learn about the production possibilities with Nikon cameras and hear from some of the most innovative filmmakers today including Corey Rich, Dixie Dixon, Anthony Arendt, PES and Chris Hershman. Visitors to the Nikon booth can also discover a vast range of NIKKOR lenses and see first-hand the unrivaled clarity and sharpness that these lenses deliver for any project.

New Nikon DSLR Firmware:
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Firmware Updates

Panasonic: Workflow Information of VariCam 35 4K Camera/Recorder Were Updated

Tue April 7, 2015

Panasonic VariCam 35

Panasonic VariCam 35

The following video presents Varicam 35: First Look:

First footage shot with the new Panasonic Varicam 35! The Varicam 35 4K camera/recorder incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The new camera’s superb image handling in multiple formats including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD make it an unparalleled tool for high-end filmmaking, and commercials and episodic production as well as live 4K events.

Workflow Information of VariCam 35 Were Updated

VariCam 35 workflow

Panasonic VariCam 35 workflow: Image by Panasonic

Panasonic VariCam 35 workflow: Image by Panasonic

Workflow Overview

VariCam 35 has three unique features to accelerate post workflow:
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Firmware Updates

Fujifilm: New Firmware to Enhance Operability & Functions: X-T1, X-T1GS, X100T, FinePix S1 Cameras and XF18-55mm, XF55-200mm, XF18-135mm, XF10-24mm Lenses

Wed April 1, 2015

Fujifilm just released firmware upgrades for the following products to enhance operability and functions:

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm FinePix S1

Fujifilm FinePix S1

fujinon-xf18-55mm-side-top-crop

fujinon-xf55-200mm-f3.5-4-600

FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

FUJINON XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

FUJINON XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

NEWS RELEASE

FUJIFILM release new firmware for the X-T1, X100T, S1 and a series of lenses

31.03.2015

FUJIFILM Corporation have released firmware upgrades for the following products to enhance operability and functions.

[Firmware version]

(1) X-T1 and X-T1GS : 3.10 (current 3.00)
(2) X100T : 1.10 (current 1.00)
(3) S1 : 1.02 (current 1.01)
(4) XF18-55mm : 3.12 (current 3.11)
(5) XF55-200mm : 1.12 (current 1.11)
(6) XF18-135mm : 1.01 (current 1.00)
(7) XF10-24mm : 1.01 (current 1.00)
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Canon Firmware Upgrades at No Charge for XF205 and XF200: Available in Mid-April for Image-quality Setting & Late-June 2015 for IP Video Streaming

Thu March 5, 2015

Canon will exhibit prototype-versions of the firmware upgrades at the Canon booth during the 2015 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show from April 13 to 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

  • One of the new upgrades, to be released in mid-April 2015, will add an image-quality setting to the XF205 and XF200 camcorders that facilitates the recording of video with noise reduction even in low-light conditions.
  • The firmware upgrade to be released in late-June 2015 will enable the XF205 and XF200 camcorders to support video streaming over an IP network, a method that is widely used in the broadcasting industry to send and receive video signals.
    • By sending video over the internet while it is being captured, users will be able to provide live transfers of footage to news programs and video-sharing sites.
    • In addition, the upgrade will enable the camcorders to be used with Fujitsu’s video transmission equipment, the Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D HD/SD Compact Video Decoders3 as well as software supporting IP streaming.
    • Soon, users will be able to stream video over an IP network without having to alter existing video-capture and editing workflows, such as those employed at broadcasting stations.
Canon XF205

Canon XF205

PRESS RELEASE

Free Firmware Upgrades For Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders Deliver Improved Basic Performance

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 4, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today two free firmware upgrades1 that the company will make available for the Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Full HD camcorders (released in July 2014), one of which adds a new image-quality setting to the camcorder and another that enables the streaming of video over an IP network.
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Firmware Updates

Sony XDCAM Camcorders Updates for Improved Connectivity & Workflow Efficiency: PXW-X70 Firmware V2.0 Includes 4K Upgrade Licence + PXW-X200 Firmware V1.2

Thu February 26, 2015

This video presents PXW-X70 (1.0-type CMOS Compact Solid-State Memory Camcorder) Functional Video.

The PXW-X70 is a compact, lightweight XDCAM camcorder with professional features including a high-sensitivity 1.0-type CMOS image sensor. It delivers high-resolution recording and superb performance even in low-light conditions and can record in various formats — including HD XAVC Long GOP (for 422 10-bit sampling), AVCHD, and DV® — to meet particular needs.

The lens features 12x Optical Zoom, which can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom while retaining full resolution. Thanks to the 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and Sony’s sophisticated Digital Extender, zoom performance can be further increased to 48x to satisfy the demand of professionals for wide-angle to telephoto shooting in various scenes. The rich feature set includes a four position switchable ND filter, 3G-SDI interface, XLR handle unit, built-in Wi-Fi function, and the future ability to record in 4K Ultra High Definition* which will support at any situation, increasing the creative possibilities.

* A firmware update service (fee required) will begin in the first half of 2015.

Sony (United Kingdom) recently announced the availability of updates for XDCAM camcorders PXW-X70 and PXW-X200 camcorders as follows.

PXW-X70 Firmware V2.0

Sony PXW-X70

Sony PXW-X70

Upgrade includes chargeable (to be paid, optional) element and will be available June 2015.

New Features & Improvements:

  • Support for 4K (QFHD) Recording (optional) via a paid licence
    • This 4K recording update provides support for QFHD shooting at 30p/25p/24p, allowing the X70 to capture scenes with stunning quality and at high resolution, to an incredibly compact camcorder. Furthermore, for projects finalized in HD, 4K recording greatly expands the creative possibilities by enabling digital panning, camera-shake correction and other post-production effects. Please note: 4K recording requires purchase of the 4K Upgrade License (CBKZ-X70FX) which is optional. The list price (without tax) for the 4K upgrade (CBKZ-X70FX) will be €485.
  • FREE HD firmware upgrade to version 2.0
    • Proxy recording will increase efficiency for editing workflows and allow for easier content transmission to remote locations, while FTP transfer means that files created using proxy recording – as well as those shot in XAVC and AVCHD formats – can be sent via the internet for remote storage on an FTP server.
    • Images can now also be streamed live from the PXW-X70 for remote viewing or streaming.
  • PXW-X70 V2.0 Firmware will be downloadable in June 2015 at
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Firmware Updates

Panasonic Firmware Upgrade for VariCam 35 4K & VariCam HS Camera/Recorders: Improves Workflow and Increases Functionality

Thu February 5, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Panasonic’s New VariCam 35 4K is Used by Michael Minock to Shoot a Film About Human Trafficking: ‘Don’t Look Away’.

Panasonic VariCam 35 4K

Panasonic VariCam 35 4K

This video presents A Testimonial With Suny Behar: The First Production Shot On VariCam 35.

  • The cinematographer Suny Behar, Los Angeles, recently shot the world`s first video production on Panasonic VariCam 35.
  • Hear what he says about the key advantages of using VariCam on set.

Panasonic VariCam HS

Panasonic VariCam HS

Panasonic’s FREE firmware upgrade for its new VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders include the following.

  • ProRes 422 HQ* support for HD recording in both models,
  • AVC-Intra 4K 4:4:4 12-bit recording,** and
  • AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 4K-LT (4:2:2) variable frame rate recording support** up to 120fps.

These upgrades are immediately available for downloading at the Panasonic service support website, http://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/content/download/EN/ep2main/soft/upgvaricam_e.htm.

PRESS RELEASE

PANASONIC IMPROVES WORKFLOW, INCREASES FUNCTIONALITY FOR VARICAM 35/HS CAMERA/RECORDERS WITH FREE FIRMWARE UPGRADE

ProRes 422 HQ, AVC-Intra 4K 4:4:4 12-Bit Recording Now Available

NEWARK, NJ (February 5, 2015) – Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its new VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders that incorporates ProRes 422 HQ* support for HD recording in both models. Additionally, AVC-Intra 4K 4:4:4 12-bit recording,** and AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 4K-LT (4:2:2) variable frame rate recording support** up to 120fps are new to the VariCam 35.

These upgrades are immediately available for downloading at the Panasonic service support website, http://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/content/download/EN/ep2main/soft/upgvaricam_e.htm.

The inclusion of ProRes 422 HQ positions the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS within a well-established and widely accepted HD production workflow. The VariCam 35’s AVC-Intra 4K 4:4:4 12-bit codec is optimized for the highest-quality field production (especially when extensive grading maybe be required) and graphics flexibility, and the expansion of VFR up to 120fps in the VariCam 35 enhances its utility in 4K and HD sports / VFX production. The firmware upgrade also enables the LAN connection on both models so that Panasonic’s AK-HRP200 camera remote controller can be used with an Ethernet cable connection to facilitate camera matching during live production and staging. With this firmware version, LAN and WiFi connections are now available to utilize tools like Pomfort’s LiveGrade color grading (CDL/LUT) application software for in-camera color grading in both the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS.
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Canon Europe Firmware Updates are Available: Version 2.0.7 for EOS-1D X, Version 1.3.9 for EOS-1D C & Version 1.3.3 for EOS 5D Mark III

Thu January 29, 2015

Canon Europe recently released the following firmware updates:

  • Version 2.0.7 for EOS-1D X,
  • Version 1.3.9 for EOS-1D C and
  • Version 1.3.3 for EOS 5D Mark III.

Please note: the firmware update for the EOS-1D C cannot be downloaded – to obtain the update the camera must be returned to a Canon Regional Competence Centre (RCC) or taken to an authorised Canon Repair Centre. To find out the location of your nearest RCC or Canon Repair Centre please click here.

Please click here to access Canon Europe’s Product Support pages and select the camera – the EOS-1D X or EOS 5D Mark III – you wish to download the firmware for.

January 2015

NEWS RELEASE

New firmware updates for the Canon EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C and 5D Mark III DSLRs, which incorporate a number of improvements and fixes, are now available. The details of the firmware updates are shown below…

EOS-1D X firmware Version 2.0.7 and EOS-1D C firmware Version 1.3.9

Firmware update Version 2.0.7 for the EOS-1D X and Version 1.3.9 for the EOS-1D C incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
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