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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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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Panasonic Firmware Update Programs for LUMIX G Camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) & Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1) are Available

Wed January 28, 2015

The following video presents [NEW] Panasonic LUMIX GH4 “Dalia’s Dream” in 4K by Scott Rhea BEHIND-THE-SCENES:

A world-renowned film director Scott Rhea created a film titled “Dalia’s Dream” in 4K using Panasonic LUMIX GH4.
Scott says: “Shooting with the GH4 was nothing short amazing as the 4k image that the camera produces rivals that of cameras costing exponentially more. The size, weight, and functionality of this camera were extremely well engineered and both user friendly to photographers of all skill levels. I found the touch screen interactivity to be faster and more accessible than previous working conventions and the focus confirmation feature something that sets this camera apart from others. Variable frame rate options, low light capability, and stellar image quality make this camera an extreme value and has just taken first position in my camera bag.”

Panasonic recently released the firmware update programs for the LUMIX G Interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) and the Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1),

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces the Release of Firmware Update Program for LUMIX DMC-GH4 and DMW-YAGH

Jan 26, 2015 09:00 GMT

Panasonic announces the release of firmware update programs for the LUMIX G Interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) and the Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1), which was re-scheduled due to the need of further verification. The new firmware programs are going to be released with more information in detail at the following Panasonic Support Sites on January 26, 2015.

With the firmware Ver.2.1 for DMC-GH4 time code and recording control signal can be embedded to the HDMI output signal*. Now both FHD at 30p/25p native or at 60p/50p is selectable to output via HDMI while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

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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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

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.


Articles, Firmware Updates, Press Releases

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 Updates

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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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

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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