Panasonic have issued new firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S (pictured), G9 and GX9 compact system cameras.
Press release issued by Panasonic
Firmware Update To Enhance Performance and Usability for Premium Cameras
Cologne (Germany), 2018-09-25 – Panasonic is announcing the new firmware update programs for DC-GH5 (Firmware Version 2.4), DC-GH5S (Firmware Version 1.2) ,DC-G9 (Firmware Version 1.2) and DC-GX9 (Firmware Version 1.2) to further enhance their performance and usability.
The new firmware includes following upgrades:
LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.4
1.Improvement of AF performance
2.Improvement of video recording operation
LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.2
1. Improvement of AF performance
2. Improvement of stability during HDMI output
3. Improvement of video recording performance
4. Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)
LUMIX DC-G9 Firmware Ver.1.2
1.Improvement of AF performance
2.Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)
LUMIX DC-GX9 Firmware Ver.1.2
1.Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)
The details of the new firmware update for DC-GH5/GH5S/G9 are available at the following pages and the firmware programs are scheduled to be released on the LUMIX Global Customer Support website in late October 2018.
•Specifications are subject to change without notice.
ProGrade Digital Announces New Line Of Professional Grade microSDXC™ UHS-II, V60 Memory Cards, Plus Two Additional USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Dual-Slot Workflow Readers
microSDXC™ UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 Memory Cards Support Maximum Read Speed of up to 200MB/s and Maximum Write Speed of up to 80MB/s
Company Expands USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Card Reader Line to Add microSD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader, Plus CompactFlash™ & SD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader
COLOGNE, Germany, Photokina, Sept. 25, 2018, 7:00 am PDT – ProGrade Digital, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions, has expanded its product range with the introduction of professional grade microSDXC™ memory cards, plus two additional USB 3.1, Gen. 2 dual-slot workflow readers. The new ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 card delivers a maximum read speed of up to 200MB/s and maximum write speed of up to 80MB/s. Video Speed Class V60 tested and certified, the card’s sustained write speed will not dip below 60MB/s, which ensures that dropped frames do not occur during video recording. Building upon the company’s line of latest generation USB workflow products is the addition of a microSD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader, plus CompactFlash™ & SD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader. Both readers support USB 3.1, Gen 2 protocols and offer data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s).
“ProGrade Digital is pleased to announce the expansion of our professional line to include a range of V60, UHS II microSDXC cards. With this announcement, ProGrade Digital becomes one of the only companies to offer a microSDXC with a certified video speed class rating of V60–which is critical for uninterrupted video capture by many professional and mirrorless cameras from companies such as Sony™, Canon™, and Panasonic™,” said Wes Brewer, founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “As more and more professionals add drones plus smaller action and point-of-view cams to their workflows to produce broadcast, sport, travel and documentary footage, the need for high performance, high-quality microSD cards is increasing. The ProGrade Digital microSDXC memory cards bring extra versatility, when paired with the included SD UHS-II adapter, by also allowing professionals to record footage created by DSLR and mirrorless cameras with full-size SD card slots.”
The company also introduced two workflow readers. Mark Lewis, VP of Marketing for ProGrade Digital, said, “Our new dual-slot readers support the USB 3.1, Gen. 2 protocol. This protocol renders a data transfer rate of up to 10Gb/s. At that speed, envision the time to be saved when transferring files, especially from today’s data-intensive cameras. Insert a memory card into each slot and get a concurrent maximum speed of transfer.”
ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 delivers:
Performance speed certified to perform at a maximum read rate of up to 200MB/s; maximum write speed of up to 80MB/s
V60 (Video Speed Class) tested and certified to perform at a minimum sustained write speed of 60MB/s
Optimized for 4K, UHD, Full HD and most high bit rate MPEG-4 CODECs
Rigorous full card testing, plus component-level testing down to individual memory chips
Laser-etched serial number to track key components and manufacturing data in order to provide highest quality control
Professional-level capacities 32GB, 64GB; 128GB in Q4
Packaging: single and multi-pack in jewel case; includes full-size SD UHS-II adapter
ProGrade Digital focuses exclusively on the design and marketing of digital memory cards, card readers and workflow software required by imaging professionals. Flagship products include ProGrade Digital CFast 2.0 and ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II memory cards offered in a range of capacities and optimized to render maximum performance when paired with high-end DSLR, mirrorless, camcorder, drone and digital cinema cameras from Canon™, Nikon™, Panasonic™, Sony®, Blackmagic™, GoPro™, DJI and more. ProGrade Digital memory cards and workflow solutions are available for purchase by global customers on www.progradedigital.com and the B&H Photo and Video website. Customers in North America and 27 European countries may also shop on the Amazon website. ProGrade Digital memory cards expand the creative visions of cinema and photography professionals around the world.
Press release issued by Sense-Tech Innovation Company:
STC to Showcase a Host of New Products During Photokina 2018
Following the recent announcement of STC’s award-winning products becoming available across Europe via InfinityX Distribution, we are pleased to announce a number of new products to be showcased during Photokina 2018
Sense-Tech Innovation Company, (STC), the Taiwanese optical manufacturer with an enviable heritage of producing precision optical products for serious image-makers and content creators, since 2010.
STC Introduce World’s First Sapphire UV Filter
Award-winning Taiwanese manufacturer of optical products, Sense-Tech Innovation Company, (STC) is proud to introduce a brand-new filter series during Photokina 2018.
Visitors to the pan-European imaging event, which takes place between Wednesday 25th to Saturday 29th September, will witness the world premiere of STC’s Sapphire UV Filter.
This innovative Sapphire UV Filter from STC offers users the benefit of the minimum optical path difference, reducing diffraction in the glass and therefore reducing flare and ghosting. The superior optical coating technology also corrects colour casting by suppressing ultraviolet light before 380nm, and the transmittance of visible light registers at a staggering 99.5%.
STC has adopted the use of the world’s thinnest single-crystal Taiwan-made semiconductor glass, which is naturally strong and structured by the chemically strengthened 800Mpa glass, which will provide users with the most reliable protection for both lens and images.
World Leaders in Compatible Clip-in Filters
As the world-leading brand of clip-in filters, STC presents new and patented clip-filters for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Fujifilm full-frame and APS-C DSLRs and Olympus micro-four-thirds cameras.
Along with these, visitors to Photokina 2018 can also expect to see a number of new customised clip-in filters for use with drones, including ND, and clip-in filters for use with Panasonic camera models, along with colour-correction coated gelatin filter for a number of Canon and Sigma lenses.
STC’s filter series ranges from Astro to Infrared, Infrared Cut and Neutral Density.
For enthusiasts of astrophotography, STC will also present the brand’s Nightscape Filter, which cuts light pollution, retaining original colour of cityscapes and landscapes.
Designed for simple use, even for beginners, STC’s Nightscape Filter utilises the same superior colour coating design as the brand’s Astro Multispectra Filter but with the allowance of 40% mercury and sodium light transmittance for optimum results.
STC’s excellent Astro Duo-Narrowband Filter captures the specific wavelengths of gaseous and planetary nebulae, Hα and OIII, realising the vision of many deep-sky astrophotographers, allowing users to shoot with less time, whilst still achieving detailed, superior images.
Olympus PEN-F Grip
Not only do STC produce world-leading optical products, as outlined above, but the brand also manufactures a number of exceptional accessories for brands, such as Nintendo, Hasbro, Garmin and Fisher Price, as well as many well-known imaging brands.
Adding to this long list of successful partnerships, STC present a brand new hand grip for the popular Olympus PEN-F camera.
Solid and comfortable holding vertical hand grip for Olympus PEN-F camera
Aluminium alloy metal with retro silver-anodized, yet 107g light to carry
No Disassembly Necessity: battery and SD card can be freely taken out without removing the grip
Standard 1/4″ stainless screw can mount on tripod directly
Flat Slotted screw: Easy to assemble with just one random coin
Rubber cushion better protect your camera from vibration.
Mobile Phone Filters
During Photokina 2018, STC will present its new filter kit for use with mobile phones. These exceptional new products remove unwanted reflection light, reducing the brightness for motion blur and changing colour temperature without lowering the image resolution.
STC will be present during Photokina 2018 in Hall 3.1, stand C60, where visitors can see a broad range of products from the brand.
On their stand throughout Photokina 2018, STC will have a spectrometer to hand, to demonstrate the optical excellence of their wide range of filters.
The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS features a powerful 65x fixed lens zoom with DSLR-style looks and true portability
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Thursday 20th September 2018 – Canon Europe announces the launch of the PowerShot SX70 HS, a bridge camera with a powerful 65x optical fixed lens zoom, equivalent to a 21-1365mm focal length. Featuring DSLR-style looks and handling, a 7.5 Vari-Angle LCD screen, 20.3 Megapixel sensor and 4K Ultra High Definition video, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is an ideal all-in-one camera, capable of handling all types of shooting scenario, without the need to carry multiple lenses.
Featuring cutting-edge technology to produce high-resolution images and 4K Ultra HD video
The PowerShot SX70 HS’s 65x zoom extends to an impressive 2730mm equivalent focal length with Canon’s ZoomPlus functionality, ideal for capturing distant scenes from afar. With a focal length of this strength, the camera is well equipped to capture everything from a concert, graduation ceremony or even the details on a distant plane. The 0cm macro mode enables users to focus on objects that are virtually touching the lens, ideal for capturing the intricate detail of a watch face, plate of food or wild flowers in bloom. The Zoom Frame Assist Lock function helps maintain framing when taking super-telephoto images, suitable for capturing fast-moving sports or wildlife.
The classic DSLR-style ergonomics of the camera and its high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder delivers sturdy handling and control when composing photographs, particularly helpful at popular tourist attractions or while on the move.
The power of the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS lays with the cutting-edge and superfast DIGIC 8 processor, which produces high resolution images, 4K Ultra High Definition video and a continuous shooting speed of 10 fps (frames per second). The autofocus is highly responsive and adaptive, even in low-light and continuous autofocus is possible when shooting at 5.7 fps, allowing spontaneous moments to be captured with ease.
The DIGIC 8 processor also powers the cameras 4K Ultra HD video capabilities, including 4K time-lapse and 4K frame grabs, so stunning landscapes or special memories can be captured and preserved in the highest of resolutions.
The camera’s enhanced 20.3MP 1/2.3-type CMOS sensor delivers a 25 per cent increase in resolution, compared to the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS predecessor, the SX60 HS at 16.1MP, bringing a new level of detail and vividness to images. This sensor upgrade also means that large photo prints look beautiful when taken on the camera, doing justice to precious family memories as they take pride-of-place on the wall.
In addition to sharp JPEGs, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS can capture images in RAW or compact RAW format, opening a world of professional post-production techniques, providing limitless ways to impress with optimised photographs.
It has never been easier to sync images or videos to a smart device, PC or Mac1 via the Auto Image Sync and Transfer mode using the Canon Camera Connect app (iOS/Android), or Image Transfer Utility 2 for PC and Mac. The PowerShot SX70 HS also features Remote Live View, which enables images to be taken remotely via a smartphone2, meaning no-one is ever left out of a family portrait.
Canon’s new premium bridge camera delivers a truly portable and versatile shooting experience, capable of capturing everything from a vlog to wildlife on the African Savanna or a portrait of a loved one at a family occasion. This multi-purpose camera will get users closer to the action, when it matters.
The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS will be available to purchase from November 2018
Lexar Announces New NS100 and NS200 2.5” SATA III (6GB/s) Solid-State Drive (SSD)
The Easy Upgrade to Boost Your Computers Performance
San Jose, CA, September 18, 2018 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced two new internal solid-state drive solutions to rejuvenate old laptops or PCs. The new Lexar® NS100 2.5” SATA III (6GB/s) solid-state drive (SSD) and Lexar® NS200 2.5” SATA III (6GB/s) solid-state drive (SSD).
The entry-level NS100 SSD is an affordable upgrade for casual users who want more performance than their hard-disk drives (HDD) can provide. It provides faster boot-ups, application load times, and data transfers – turning your old computer from dinosaur to dynamo with sequential read speeds of up to 550MB/s. 1 The NS200 SSD is ready for gamers and professionals looking to refresh their system with a quicker internal drive solution, giving the speed needed to take multitasking on an old PC or laptop to the next level. Users will be able to power through the day with sequential read speed of up to 550MB/sand sequential read of up to 510MB/s1, faster app response times and better overall performance for gaming, photo, and video editing, or other multimedia applications. Both Lexar NS100 and NS200 are shock and vibration resistant4, making them more reliable and durable than typical HDD, plus they also feature SSD Dash management so the user can monitor their drive and make sure their applications maintain exceptional performance. 3
“The outlook for the solid-state drive industry remains strong and continues on a path to become more broadly used. We’re excited about adding an internal SSD category to our product portfolio as we continue our commitment on delivering innovative and fast-performing storage solutions. The NS100 and NS200 SSD delivers Lexar quality to accelerate your computer’s performance with optimized speed and reliability,” said Joel Boquiren, Director of Global Marketing.
The Lexar NS100 2.5” SATA III (6GB/s) solid-state drive will be offered in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB capacities, and the Lexar NS200 2.5” SATA III (6GB/s) solid-state drive in 240GB, 480GB capacities, with a three-year limited warranty. The new NS100 is available mid-September at MSRP $29.99 USD (120GB), $49.99 USD (240GB), $89.99 USD (480GB), and the NS200 is available mid-September at MSRP $79.99 USD (240GB), $109.99 USD (480GB). For more information visit www.lexar.com
This product announcement confirms that Lexar is returning to the high-performance storage market, and will continue to produce, develop, and strengthen the portfolio of memory solutions centered on performance, quality, and reliability.
Lexar will be exhibiting at this year’s Photokina, in Cologne, Germany September 26th – 29th, with new product announcements, focused around one of the most exciting shows in the professional photographers’ calendar.
Samyang unveils their first AF lens for Nikon cameras: AF 14mm F2.8 F [Master the art of Ultra Wide-Angle]
Samyang Optics announces a new, ultra wide-angle lens, the AF 14mm F2.8 F. It is the company’s first-ever autofocus lens for Nikon DSLR full-frame cameras. The AF 14mm F2.8 lens has been developed using Samyang Optics’ globally renowned optical technology.
116.6° Ultra Wide-Angle with beautiful bokeh…
Inside the lens, there are 15 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, 4 highrefractive (HR) elements and 1 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element to minimise distortion and chromatic aberrations, for crystal clear resolution. This lens offers a powerful 116.6 degrees wide angle-of-view. It also features 7 rounded aperture blades, which help to create beautiful bokeh (out-of focus backgrounds) in portraits, still-lifes and night-time cityscapes.
Faster, accurate and quieter Auto Focus performance…
The AF 14mm F2.8 F autofocus function is upgraded with Samyang’s advanced technology. The lens offers faster, more accurate and quieter autofocus performance than previous AF 14mm F2.8 lenses.
Capture vivid images anytime, anywhere…
This compact ultra wide-angle lens weighs only 484g (without lens cap and hood). The lens also features weather-sealing and a built-in AF/MF switch for increased usability. With a minimum focus distance of just 20cm, it is possible to capture more vivid close-up images of portraits, pets, food etc., anytime, anywhere.
New Large Aperture Super-Telephoto Prime Lens is World’s lightest in its class, with outstanding AF performance, innovative optical design and exceptional image quality
Sony today announced the highly anticipated FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS large aperture super-telephoto prime lens (model SEL400F28GM).
The product of extensive research and testing, Sony’s new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens is the first large aperture super-telephoto prime to join the E-mount line-up. This exciting new lens produces brilliant image quality, extraordinary focusing speed and precision while also boasting the lightest weight in its class[i] and an extremely balanced design. It’s the ideal choice for professional sports, wildlife and nature photographers, and a perfect complement for Sony’s extensive line-up of high-speed E-mount bodies including α9, α7R III and more.
World’s Lightest 400mm F2.8 Prime with Ideal Balance for Monopod or Handheld Shooting
Weighing in at only 2897g, the new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens provides a level of portability and handheld manoeuvrability that has never before been achieved in a lens of its class. The remarkably light weight of this lens is achieved through an innovative optical design that includes three fluorite elements, with a reduced number of elements deployed at the front of the barrel, as well as the liberal usage of durable magnesium alloy components.
Additionally, repeated field tests and evaluation by professional photographers across the world have led to a lens design that is not front-heavy, reducing moment of inertia that resists rotation by up to 50% as compared to the SAL500F40G.[ii] This ensures that quicker, more precise panning is available, whether shooting handheld or on a monopod.
Fast, Precise Autofocus
To best take advantage of the rapidly evolving shooting and focusing speeds of Sony’s latest cameras, the FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens features two newly developed high-speed XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors that drive the lens’ focus group, achieving up to a 5x improvement[iii] in moving-subject tracking performance. These motors are supported by specially developed motion algorithms to minimise lag and instability and control noise levels, resulting in exceptionally quick, accurate and quiet autofocus performance. This allows the lens to capture dynamic, fast moving athletes or wildlife with ease.
G Master Image Quality and Bokeh
A member of the Sony’s flagship G Master Series lenses, the new large aperture super-telephoto prime lens features an incredible level of image quality and detail, with outstanding contrast and resolution maintained all the way to the corners of the image. The unique optical design includes three fluorite elements that help to minimise chromatic aberration and suppress any amount of colour bleeding. The lens has also been coated with Sony’s original Nano AR coating to suppress any unwanted reflections, glare, or ghosting.
In addition to the impressive resolution, the lens features an 11-blade circular aperture mechanism that allows it to produce extremely natural and beautiful background defocus or bokeh’. Each lens is also individually tested and adjusted at manufacturing stage to achieve maximum image quality and ‘bokeh’.
The new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x E-mount tele-converters, producing outstanding imaging performance at extended focal lengths[iv] while maintaining fast, precise AF performance.
Durability, Reliability and Control
To withstand the harsh conditions of sporting events and wildlife photography, Sony’s new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is built with a durable magnesium alloy and a strong, lightweight carbon fibre hood. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant[v], and its front element is coated with fluorine to resist dirt and fingerprints.
There is also an ample amount of hard controls on the lens, including a ‘Full-Time DMF’ switch to immediately engage manual focus at any point, customisable focus hold buttons in four different locations on the lens barrel – allowing easy access of an Eye AF for example, and a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus. The new lens also features built-in optical stabilisation for dynamic sports action and three different ‘Mode’ settings, including a brand new Mode 3[vi] setting with an advanced algorithm that ensures easier framing when following moving subjects. The new model includes a function ring with selectable ‘Preset’ and ‘Function[vii]’ settings, further adding to the customisability, a first for any Sony lens.
The FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS includes a drop-in filter slot[viii] that accepts ø 40.5mm ND and other filter types, as well as the optional VF-DCPL1 Drop-in Circular Polarising Filter. The VF-DCPL1 filter can be rotated to achieve the desired polarisation while installed in the lens.
α9 System Software Update to Support FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS[ix]
The latest system software update (Version 3.00) for α9 (ILCE-9) provides support for the new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS (SEL400F28GM) lens to optimise optical image stabilisation performance and enables continuous shooting with auto focus tracking even when aperture is greater than F11.
The update also provides added option to input camera serial number to the Exif data, a feature that has been strongly requested by professional sports photographers and photojournalists. Additionally, several other updates to the α9 camera have been implemented with the new firmware, including improved auto focus speed in low light conditions, enhanced continuous AF performance when tracking a moving subject, and reduced release time lag when shooting with flash.
Pricing and Availability
Built to order, the new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS will ship in Europe in September 2018,priced at approximately £10,500. The optional Drop-in Circular Polarising Filter (model VF-DCPL1) will ship in Europe in December 2018, priced at approximately £420.
A product feature video and testimonials by Nick Didlick and Bob Martin are now available at Sony Camera Channel on YouTube, and the new sample images are also posted at the global Sony Photo Gallery
[i] Compared to 400mm F2.8 lenses for 35mm full-frame format cameras, as of June 2018, Sony survey
[ii] When mounted on the α9 with VG-C3EM grip. Compared to the α99 II + SAL500F40G, Sony tests
[iii] When mounted on the α9. Compared to the SAL300F28G2 mounted on the α9 (via LA-EA3), Sony tests
[iv] Maximum aperture with the 1.4x (SEL14TC) and 2.0x (SEL20TC) tele-converters is F4 and F5.6, respectively
[v] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof
[vi] α9 software must be updated to the latest version to activate Optical SteadyShot MODE 3 when this lens is used with the α9. Refer to the Sony support site for camera body compatibility information
[vii] Functions can be assigned via a camera body menu. Power Focus is assigned by default. APS-C/Full Frame Select can be assigned by updating α9 software to the latest version. Refer to the Sony support site for up to-date function and camera body compatibility information
[viii] A normal filter is initially installed in the filter slot. The filter is part of the lens’s optical system, and either the normal filter or circular polarizing filter should always be in place when using the lens. Be sure that filter is installed before memorising the focus point for the preset focus function