New Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens announced
After announcing two new cameras earlier on April 24, Panasonic has decided to refresh one of the popular Micro Four Thirds lenses: the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS. The new version comes packed with improved optical image stabilization technology, support for faster and more silent autofocus.
Panasonic G6 and LF1, and Olympus E-P5 and E-PL6 coming soon
Micro Four Thirds adopters are in for a treat as both Olympus and Panasonic are working on several new cameras. The former will launch the E-P5 and E-PL6 sometime in May, while the latter will please its fans earlier than expected, as the LF1 and G6 shooters should be revealed by the end of April, along with a new lens.
Eight Panasonic Lumix cameras updated to firmware version 1.1
Panasonic has done the unthinkable by releasing firmware updates for eight cameras. This means that photographers taking pictures with the Lumix DMC FT5, TS5, TZ40, TZ41, ZS30, TZ37, ZS27, and ZS30GK compact shooters can start downloading firmware version 1.1, in order to improve the GPS performance of their devices.
Panasonic G6 and LF1 announcement date is April 24
Panasonic is working on a pair of new cameras, which should be revealed by the end of this week. It appears that the new compact and Micro Four Thirds cameras will be introduced alongside a 14-140mm lens, which will be compatible only with the latter camera. Both the G6 and LF1 cameras will feature good specs at attractive price points.
Sony NEX-7n, Olympus E-PL6, Panasonic LF1 and G6 coming soon
Activity on the digital camera market is expected to intensify over the next couple of months. Three new companies are allegedly working on new camera models. The list of organizations include Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus, all of them trying to grab a little bit more market share from the giants, such as Canon and Nikon.
Panasonic GF6 camera with NFC and WiFi becomes official
Panasonic has finally decided to make the Lumix DMC-GF6 mirrorless shooter official. As expected, the GF6 is world’s first interchangeable lens camera to come packed with NFC functionality. The Micro Four Thirds system is a welcomed upgrade from its previous generation, as it also provides a 16-megapixel image sensor and WiFi support.
Panasonic GF6 release date, price, and specs leaked
Panasonic is going to hold a press event on April 9 in order to announce a new camera. However, the upcoming device does not have any secrets, as its details have been leaked several times. However, this tops it all, as the Lumix GF6 has had its white version, release date, price, and photos leaked on the web.
Panasonic GF6 to be announced on April 9 at NAB 2013
Panasonic will be present at the National Association of Broadcaster Show 2013 in order to announce the brand new Lumix DMC-GF6. The mirrorless camera has just passed certification in Taiwan. It seems like the Micro Four Thirds System will replace the aging Lumix DMC-GF5 during a special press event in Las Vegas on April 9, 2013.
Panasonic Lumix GH3 firmware update 1.1 now available for download
Panasonic has finally released firmware update 1.1 for its Lumix DMC-GH3 camera. The mirrorless shooter is now faster when autofocusing, though users will also have to upgrade their lenses. The Micro Four Thirds system can also be connected to WiFi by entering a Mac’s NetBIOS name, as of this software upgrade.
Sony and Panasonic announcing new mirrorless cameras in early April
April will greet photography fans with several new product announcements from Sony and Panasonic. If Sony reveals a new mirrorless camera on April 3, then Panasonic will introduce two new Micro Four Thirds shooters on April 9. However, there are still chances that the shooters will be revealed during NAB 2013.
Panasonic SZ5 and SZ9 firmware update 1.1 available for download now
Panasonic has chosen March 2013 as the perfect month to release firmware updates for several of its cameras. The Japan-based company has launched firmware update 1.1 for both the DMC-SZ5 and DMC-SZ9, while the Lumix GH3 and three lenses are scheduled to receive a software upgrade by the end of March.
Olympus and Panasonic to launch new Micro Four Thirds cameras in April
Olympus is losing money with its digital camera business, while Panasonic has returned to profitable ways. Both companies are trying to keep up the pace with the big guys and the only way to do this is by announcing new gear. Olympus and Panasonic fans may get what they deserve this April, courtesy of new Micro Four Thirds cameras.
“Try Before You Buy” brings you a Panasonic Lumix GH3 for 48 hours
Panasonic has decided to promote its “most advanced camera system” with an uncommon campaign. The so-called “Try Before You Buy” service will allow users to borrow the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 for 48 hours. However, at the end of the trial period, customers will not be forced to purchase the mirrorless camera.
Panasonic creates new sensor that doubles low-light image quality
Image quality has improved in recent years, however, photographers are still not satisfied with the current level of technology. As a result, companies are constantly working on improving photo quality. Panasonic has developed a breakthrough technology that allows better light transmission, thus doubling low-light image quality.
Panasonic Q4 2012 earnings reached $667 million
It is not easy for camera makers to increase their revenue or their profits as sales are dropping, while prices are getting lower. Despite these harsh conditions, Panasonic managed to report a positive balance sheet in the fourth quarter of 2012. The company returned to profitable ways by cutting down the costs as sales slipped by 8%.
Panasonic launches new Micro Four Thirds kit zoom lens
The CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2013 has brought a new lens from Panasonic. The new Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS lens is designed as an affordable kit lens for mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds sensors from Panasonic and Olympus.
Top 20 US patent holders pose for an interesting infographic
The Chipworks team has compiled an interesting infographic highlighting the United States patent activity in 2012. There were no surprises at the top, with IBM taking the leading position for the 20th consecutive year, however, 4 of the top 5 companies from the infographic are camera manufacturers, while several others made it into the top 20.
Panasonic HX-A100 wearable camcorder announced
Panasonic announced a new wearable tough-camcorder at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, a major technology trade show, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is called HX-A100 and it continues the company’s tradition in wearable camera development.
Panasonic launches 10 Lumix cameras at CES 2013
Panasonic has joined the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in order to unveiled a plethora of fixed-lens cameras. The manufacturer has taken the wraps off of 10 Lumix-branded cameras. There is a model for every type of photographer, including SLR-styled bridge cameras and point-and-shoot cameras.