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Panasonic Firmware Upgrade for AJ-PX270 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder is Available: Version 16.30-00-0.00; Jan. 19, 2015

Mon January 26, 2015

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

The following video presents Panasonic P2HD AJ-PX270 Camera Recorder | ENGLISH:

The AJ-PX270 offers many innovations to the handheld type camera recorders. Panasonic has taken the NDA from its shoulder mount cameras, benefiting the PX270 with greater image control and functionality. Further innovations include network connectivity via 4G and dual codec recording.

The PX270 has integrated AVC-ULTRA recording, offering a wide range of recording bit rates. In addition to AVC-Intra100, the camera has AVC-LongG, which enables extended recording of 1920×1080 10bit 4:2:2 broadcast quality footage.

Panasonic recently announced a FREE firmware upgrade, version 16.30-00-0.00 (Jan. 19, 2015) for its five-pound AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld professional camcorder, which includes newly supported features as follows.

  • A new codec, AVC-Intra Class200.
  • Full HD streaming and automatic contents transfer. “The implication for news gathering is that a breaking news event can be streamed to a broadcast station while acquisition is in progress in the field.”
  • New P2 Remote Operation Panel (ROP) application, which enables wieless control of PX270 camera settings (picture quality, zoom, focus and rec/stop operation, for example) using an iPad. The P2 ROP App will be available FREE of charge at the Apple App Store.
  • New recording formats.
  • The upgrade also activates proxy editing on a web browser.

Please click here for more info about this firmware upgrade.

You can download it at: http://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/content/download/EN/ep2main/soft/upgpx270_e.htm .

PRESS RELEASE

PANASONIC EXPANDS NEWS AND PRODUCTION APPLICATIONS
FOR AJ-PX270 P2 HD HANDHELD WITH FREE FIRMWARE UPGRADE

AVC-Intra Class200 Recording, Full HD Streaming, Automatic Contents Transfer Available

NEWARK, NJ (January 22, 2015) – Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its popular AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld that incorporates a new codec (AVC-Intra Class200), full HD streaming and automatic contents transfer, and new recording formats, all enhancing production and remote newsgathering.
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Samsung Camera NX1 Firmware Upgrade is Available: Version 1.20; 2015.01.24

Sun January 25, 2015

This video presents Samsung NX1 Camera at CES 2015.

  • “The Samsung NX1 features a new 28MP BSI APS-C Sensor, 15fps continuous shooting with AF, an ultra-high shutter speed up to 1/8000 seconds, 4K UHD video recording, and Bluetooth connectivity.”

Samsung just made available a firmware update for the Samsung NX1, its premium compact system camera. The new firmware enhances and refines the Samsung NX1’s capabilities, allowing it to operate with even “greater precision and speed”. Key enhancements focus on movie functions and controls, the user interface and wireless capabilities.

Please click on the following links to download the new Firmware Upgrade Version 1.20 (2015.01.24) as well as the Firmware Upgrade Guide (2015.01.24) using i-Launcher program for:

The updated features of Firmware Version 1.20 are as follows.
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Firmware Updates

Panasonic: New Firmware Update Ver.1.2 for LUMIX 35-100mm Lens Improves O.I.S Stability

Wed January 21, 2015

LUMIX 35-100mm lens: H-HS35100

LUMIX 35-100mm lens: H-HS35100

Today, Panasonic released an important new LUMIX lens firmware Ver.1.2 (2015/1/21) for H-HS35100, the LUMIX 35-100mm lens.

This firmware update improves the stability of O.I.S.[Optical Image Stabilizer] in Motion Picture recording (when using DMC-GH3 / GH4).

Please click here to download the new LUMIX lens firmware.


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Olympus Firmware Update v2.0 for STYLUS 1: Greater Focal Length to 22.4mm, Interval Shooting & Time Lapse Movie Modes & More

Thu January 15, 2015

This video presents Stylus 1 In-depth Overview.

  • “The Stylus 1 is a true game changer that provides premium image quality for any shooting style.”

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact

Today, Olympus released a FREE firmware upgrade that further enhances the specifications of the STYLUS 1 compact, a 2014 red dot design award winner.

The Firmware Upgrade v2.0’s enhancements include:

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact with WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter)

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact with WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter)

  • Making the camera compatible with Olympus’ super-slim WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter) that together extend its focal length to 22.4mm* without affecting the 1:2.8 aperture.
  • Giving you the creative potential of the Interval Shooting and Time Lapse Movie modes.
    • With the New Interval Shooting feature, you can take up to 999 shots at intervals of 1 second to 24 hours.
  • Small Target AF enables pinpoint focusing, while Focus Peaking makes it easier to use the manual focus by highlighting edges in white or black near the area in focus.
  • Step zoom was newly added.
    • You can jump to the selected 9 grades of magnification (28 / 35 / 50 / 70 / 85 / 100 / 135 / 200 / 300 mm, equivalent to 35 mm photography).

Please click here for the complete details of the Firmware Upgrade v2.0 (January 15, 2015) for Olympus Stylus 1.

PRESS RELEASE

New firmware for STYLUS 1 compact

01/15/2015 • Hamburg, 15 January 2015 – Olympus has released a comprehensive firmware upgrade that further enhances the specifications of its category-straddling STYLUS 1 compact. The Firmware Upgrade v2.0 endows the 2014 red dot design award winner with a greater focal range, and boosts its wide-angle potential to 22.4mm*. The new firmware also gives STYLUS 1 owners the creative potential of the Interval Shooting and Time Lapse Movie modes that have proved so popular with users of Olympus’ flagship OM-D cameras. A host of other enhancements include compatibility with OI.Share v2.5, which adds remote wireless shutter release from a smartphone. The new firmware is available free of charge for download via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater.

D-SLR features without the weight

The STYLUS 1 Firmware Upgrade v2.0 gives owners of this high-performance compact the ability to shoot impressive landscapes and indoor scenes without the need for weighty accessories. It makes the camera compatible with Olympus’ super-slim WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter) that together extend its focal length to 22.4mm* without affecting the 1:2.8 aperture. Photography lovers who like to travel light will also appreciate the new Step Zoom feature, that lets them easily set the zoom lever to common 35mm-equivalent focal lengths without the hassle of switching single-focal-length lenses. The focal length display in the Electronic Viewfinder now shows the 35mm equivalent familiar to D-SLR users.
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Firmware Update Ver.1.10 for Sony α7II (Model ILCE-7M2; Windows): Improved Image Stabilization

Fri January 9, 2015

Sony just released the Firmware update Ver.1.10 for Sony α7II [ILCE-7M2 (Windows)].

  • Benefits and improvements:
    • Improved Image Stabilization:
      • Image stabilization in half-pressing the shutter and during “Focus Magnifier”
      • Image stabilization in movie recording mode

Please click here for more info about this firmware update and the download instructions.

 


Firmware Updates, Press Releases

FUJIFILM: New Macro Extension Tubes MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 for Close-up Photography + Launch Dates for Firmware Update v3.0 and PC Tethered Shooting Software Availability for X-T1

Thu November 20, 2014

 FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES MACRO TUBES AND LAUNCH TIMING FOR NEW FIRMWARE UPDATES

Major firmware update and PC Tethered Shooting Software planned for FUJIFILM X-T1; updates coming for FUJIFILM X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X30

Valhalla, N.Y., November 20, 2014 FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced two new Macro Extension Tubes for the award-winning line of X-Series interchangeable lens cameras; plus a launch date for a major firmware update and PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for the FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver and X-T1 Black cameras. New firmware updates that deliver additional features and enhanced controls will also be available for the FUJIFILM X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X30.

FUJIFILM Macro Extension Tubes

The two new Macro Extension Tubes, the MCEX-11 and the MCEX-16 (for extended close-up work), are intermediate rings for close-up photography. By attaching the ring between a FUJINON XF or XC lens and a camera body, users can enjoy high-magnification photography. When the Macro Extension Tube is attached, the focus range is limited so users can find a focus point by moving the camera forward and backward.

The Macro Extension Tubes are equipped with electronic contacts, retaining normal AE (Auto Exposure) functions and are designed to seamlessly blend into the original look and feel of the X-Series line of compact system cameras.

FUJIFILM Macro Extension Tubes will be available in mid-December 2014 for USD $99.95 \ CAD $109.99 each.

PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5

A new PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows® Ver. 1.0 will feature two modes, Camera Mode and PC Mode, giving photographers enhanced shooting controls.

Within the PC Tethered Shooting Software, Camera Mode allows users to operate the camera and adjust its settings on the camera itself, with images taken simultaneously transferred to computer for display on the screen or saving on a PC. Adjusting exposure and other shooting settings, along with activating the shutter release, are carried out on camera. Alternatively, users can switch to PC Mode where they can check the viewfinder image of a remotely-setup camera, operate the camera and adjust its settings on a PC screen, with images taken simultaneously transferred to a PC for display on the screen or saving onto a PC. Adjusting exposure and other shooting settings, or activating the shutter release, are carried out remotely on the computer.

PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 also includes the Hyper-Utlity3 image browser for easy image viewing, analysis, assessment, categorization and organization. It features an image analysis function using the histogram, highlight clipping warning and EXIF data (including Film Simulations, exchangeable LENS name, and more) and displays an “image assessment” function that shows two images side-by-side for comparison.

PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 will be available in January 2015.

Firmware v3.0 (X-T1 Graphite Silver, X-T1 Black) available for download on December 18

Fujifilm will release a free, comprehensive firmware update on December 18 specifically for the new FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver and the original X-T1 Black that will give users exciting new features and controls to dramatically enhance their X-T1 shooting experience, including:
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SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update is Now Available

Fri October 10, 2014

FIRMWARE UPDATE

October 10, 2014

SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update is now available.

This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate SIGMA USB DOCK firmware update.

Benefits of this firmware update
It will be compatible with SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary.


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Sigma Corporation Releases Tele Converters TC-1401 and TC-2001 on Oct.24, 2014: SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports Lens Needs Firmware Update to Be Compatible

Fri October 10, 2014

SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 (left) and TC-2001 (right)

SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 (left) and TC-2001 (right)

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens

NEWS RELEASE

October 10, 2014

The compatibility of SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and TC-2001

Sigma Corporation would like to announce that there are two types of new tele converters to be released on October 24th, 2014. Please note that the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports requires an update to the firmware to make it compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001.

For those who own the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and considering using it with either the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001, please follow the steps below to update the firmware of the lens.


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New Firmware Updates Now Available for Leica T and Leica X Vario Cameras

Wed October 1, 2014

Users wishing to bring their products up to date can now download the new firmware versions 1.2 for the LeicaT (Type 701) and 1.1 for the Leica X Vario (Type 107) free of charge from the Leica website and take advantage of the enhancements.

PRESS RELEASE
25/09/2014

Firmware updates now available for the LEICA T camera system and the LEICA X VARIO

Leica Camera AG presents new firmware updates for the Leica T and Leica X Vario cameras. Users wishing to bring their products up to date can now download the new firmware versions 1.2 for the LeicaT (Type 701) and 1.1 for the Leica X Vario (Type 107) free of charge from the Leica website and take advantage of the enhancements.

Leica T

Leica T

The firmware version 1.2 for the Leica T enhances the performance profile of the camera with numerous additional features that make its handling even easier. Of particular interest to users is the new lock for the setting dial that can be activated and deactivated by touching the corresponding icon. Equally simple now is also the ability to change from Live View mode to video with a horizontal swipe across the display. In addition, the new touch-and-release autofocus function can now be selected in autofocus mode and activated with a touch.


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Panasonic New Firmware Update for LUMIX DMC-GH4 Camera: New 4K Photo Mode

Mon September 15, 2014

Today Panasonic announced the new firmware update program for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera DMC-GH4. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring new 4K Photo Mode.

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces the Firmware Update Program for LUMIX DMC-GH4

Featuring 4K Photo Mode

NEWARK, NJ (September 15, 2014) – Panasonic announces the new firmware update program for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera DMC-GH4. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring new 4K Photo Mode.

The 4K Photo is a new way of photography that Panasonic is proposing. It encourages users to capture the spur-of-the-moment in high resolution 4K photo by cropping out a designated frame out of the 4K video. With the new firmware, it is easier to get a 4K photo by using the 4K Photo Mode. Once selecting the 4K Photo Mode, recording format / picture quality setting / brightness level are automatically set to the optimum parameters for photo shooting. Users can record high quality video either in 4:3, 3:2 or even 1:1 aspect ratios in addition to 16:9 – all can provide a still image with 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. Each JPEG image cropped out of the video footage complies with EXIF just as a normal still picture. While recording the 4K video in 4K Photo Mode, it is possible to mark the designated portion by just pressing the [Fn1] button. This can reduce postproduction work for searching the spur-of-the-moment worth cropping out. Moreover, 4K video can be recorded continuously with Loop Rec function which keeps saving the 5 newest 2-minute video files. Users can patiently wait for the perfect photo opportunity to come as long as they want keep the camera recording without worrying about the capacity of the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card*1.

There are more functional upgrades such as the addition of 4K video recording in 23.98p (MP4, AAC) and enhancement of controllability over ISO setting or the amount of flash emission. Also, the DMC-GH4 now expands its connectivity with external equipment. For example, the PC software “USB Tether*2” enables remote camera control (shooting, setting or image data transfer) by PC via USB.


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Panasonic New Firmware Update for LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Camera: New 4K Photo Mode

Mon September 15, 2014

Today, Panasonic announced the new firmware update program for the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring the new 4K Photo Mode.

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces the Firmware Update Program for LUMIX

DMC-FZ1000 Featuring 4K Photo Mode

NEWARK, NJ (September 15, 2014) -Panasonic announces the new firmware update program for the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring the new 4K Photo Mode.

The 4K Photo is a new method of Hybrid Photography that Panasonic is proposing. It encourages users to capture the spur-of-the-moment in a high resolution 4K photo by cropping out a designated frame from 4K video. With the new firmware, it is easier to get 4K photo by using the 4K Photo Mode. Once selecting the 4K Photo Mode, recording format / picture quality setting / brightness level are automatically set to the optimum parameter for photo shooting. Users can record high quality video either in 4:3, 3:2 or even 1:1 aspect ratios in addition to 16:9 – all can provide a still image with 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. Each JPEG image cropped out of the video footage complies with EXIF just as a normal still picture. While recording the 4K video in 4K Photo Mode, it is possible to mark the designated portion by just pressing the [Fn1] button. This can reduce postproduction work for searching the spur-of-the-moment worth cropping out.

There are more functional upgrades such as an addition of 4K video recording in 23.98p (MP4, AAC) and 3 new additional options for shutter sound.


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Firmware Updates

Fujifilm Firmware Updates for X-Series Cameras

Sat June 28, 2014

Fujifilm has issued a number of firmware updates for their X-Series and fixed-lens cameras:

There are some fixes, support for new lenses and upgrades.

Click through the link for your camera to download the appropriate firmware update. As usual, you would want to read the instructions carefully before an update.


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