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Leica M10 1.9.4.0 firmware arrives with major bug fix

Leica has released firmware 1.9.4.0 for the M10, correcting a bug from firmware 1.7.4.0 that produces black images in some cases during short exposures. The company has also advised M10 owners on how to handle SD cards issues that may arise in some circumstances, stating that cards with speeds of at least 80MB/s should be used.

The latest firmware can be downloaded here.

The full M10 firmware v. 1.9.4.0 change-log reads:

  • With the previous firmware 1.7.4.0, a larger selection of SD cards were made compatible with the Leica M10. Unfortunately we discovered, that in certain cases, the firmware 1.7.4.0 could produce black images when using short exposure times. This bug has now been fixed with firmware 1.9.4.0.
  • All improvements from previous firmware versions are included in firmware 1.9.4.0. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.

Improvements of SD card compatibility

  • With the Firmware 1.7.4.0 a larger choice of SD cards is compatible with the Leica M10.
  • With the last Firmware, certain SD cards were not recognized, or the complete write speed could not be used with the camera.
  • The Leica M10 supports SDHC/SDXC cards from 1GB up to 512 GB. We recommend to use cards with write speed 80 MB/s or higher in order not to restrict the cameras performance. In single cases it can occur that the speed, stated by the cards manufacturers, differs from the effective read or write speed in the Leica M10.
  • Use UHS I cards instead of UHS II. The M10 is compatible with UHS II cards, but does not use the full UHS II speed. Leica performs ongoing compatibility tests of the latest cards available in the market. We ask for your understanding that due to changes in production and software, Leica cannot guarantee a 100% compatibility of the recommended cards.

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Videographer Kenneth Boyd Invests in 4K AG-UX180 for Corporate/Event Production

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Dallas,TX area videographer Kenneth Boyd recently wrapped up a busy college graduation production season that he fielded with the Panasonic AG-UX180 4K camcorder, the main camera of his company, I-DEE Production.

Since taking delivery of the UX180 early this year, Boyd has used the camcorder on wide-ranging assignments including producing interviews and promos throughout a two-day conference for London-based company Juliet Media; covering a Sports International football camp with high school athletic coaches; shooting promotions for Outlaw Bootcamp, a local exercise facility; and documenting dozens of theatrical and academic events at K-12 and college-level schools.

Boyd said he conducted a competitive evaluation of camera options, and chose the UX180 based on its low-light performance, 20X optical zoom lens, 4K /HD acquisition and low-cost SDXC media.

“I shoot with the UX180 day in, day out, and its lightweight just doesn’t wear you out,” Boyd said. “I love the lens length, the convenience of the split audio channels, the ability to change the color inside the camera and, especially, being able to bring up the menu screen for adjustments even while recording.”

Boyd said he shoots in 4K or 1080p (often deploying the UX180 as the “A” camera on multi-cam shoots) depending on the assignment, and edits on a variety of NLE platforms—Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC and DaVinci Resolve.

For more information, visit http://www.ilerdeeproduction.com/.

About the AG-UX180

The UX180 offers a host of features for the high image quality and advanced functionality required in video production, such as a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K compact lens with a wide 24mm angle (the industry’s widest for an integrated lens camcorder), Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.), Intelligent Auto Focus (AF), and relay and simultaneous recording with a dual SD memory card slot. Other premium assets include a high-powered 20x optical zoom, 4K/24p, UHD/60p and FHD/60p → continue…

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Videographer Rick Allen Purchases AG-UX180 4K Camcorder for Projects Celebrating Arts

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

After decades of working with mega-wattage stars in his career as a portrait photographer and advanced retoucher, Minnesota-based videographer Rick Allen has undertaken a wide-ranging video campaign promoting the work of fledgling artists. His camera is the Panasonic AG-UX180 4K camcorder.

Now working as a freelance videographer with Creative Images (St. Paul, MN), Allen envisions this project as a way to give back to the community, specifically to help aspiring creatives portray themselves and build brand imagery in ways that will foster their emerging careers.

“The nature of the project necessitated simplifying the logistics–and cost–of production while maintaining the highest possible quality,” he noted. “The UX180 perfectly fit the bill with its expansive controls, UHD 60p recording, 20x zoom, absolutely terrific OIS and ease of use.”

Since purchasing the UX180 early this year, Allen has used it to short a number of short “art” projects for up-and-coming producers, musicians, dancers and other performers, as well as to quickly capture video for storyboarding larger productions.

Allen said he typically shoots UHD 60p MOV as it gives him “the widest latitude for post-production,” using Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro and, occasionally, Motion 5 for effects.

For more information, visit www.rickallenphoto.com

About the AG-UX180

The UX180 offers a host of features for the high image quality and advanced functionality required in video production, such as a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K compact lens with a wide 24mm angle (the industry’s widest for an integrated lens camcorder), Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.), Intelligent Auto Focus (AF), and relay and simultaneous recording with a dual SD memory card slot. Other premium assets include a high-powered 20x optical zoom, 4K/24p, UHD/60p and FHD/60p multi-format recording, FHD super-slow motion 120fps recording, infrared shooting in darkness (0 lux) and 3G-SDI/HDMI output. The camcorder incorporates a 1.0-type (effective size) MOS sensor, → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers

Leica M10 firmware update adds support for more SD cards

Leica has issued firmware 1.7.4.0 for the M10 with a simple update: adding support for a wider range of SD cards. Get the full details below and head to Leica’s support site to download the update.

Manufacturer information

Improvements of SD card compatibility

Effective immediately a larger choice of SD cards is compatible with the Leica M10.

With the last Firmware, certain SD cards were not recognized, or the complete write speed could not be used with the camera.

The Leica M10 supports SDHC/SDXC cards from 1GB up to 512 GB. We recommend to use cards with write speed 80 MB/s or higher in order not to restrict the cameras performance. In single cases it can occur that the speed, stated by the cards manufacturers, differs from the effective read or write speed in the Leica M10.

Use UHS I cards instead of UHS II. The M10 is compatible with UHS II cards, but does not use the full UHS II speed.

Leica performs ongoing compatibility tests of the latest cards available in the market. We ask for your understanding that due to potential changes in production batches and software of SD cards as they are manufactured and brought to market, Leica cannot guarantee a 100% compatibility of the recommended cards.

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From:: DPreview

Lexar discontinued: Micron announces the end of Lexar memory cards

Despite cranking out CF, SD, and XQD cards in increasing speeds and capacities over the past year, Lexar will not survive 2017.

In a bombshell announcement made through a short post on the company blog, Lexar parent company Micron has announced that they will shutter the Lexar retail brand. The entire portfolio will be discontinued, including memory cards, USB flash drives, card readers, and other storage drives.

The news comes less than 5 months after Lexar raised the memory bar yet again by announcing the debut of their 512GB 3500x CFast 2.0 card.

Unfortunately, that kind of speed and capacity comes at a steep price—the 512GB 3500x card retails for a whopping $1,700—and Micron has decided that the flash memory market just isn’t profitable enough for their taste.

“The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels,” reads the announcement. “As difficult as this decision is, the company is making this adjustment in its business to ensure it continues to be well-positioned for the future.”

You can read the full announcement below. Micron promises continued customer support during the ‘transition period’ and claims they are, ‘exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business,’ but unless another major player steps in to take over, it’s likely we’ve seen the last of the Lexar memory card brand.

As of this writing, no official announcement has been made on the Lexar website.

Micron Discontinuing Lexar Removable Storage Retail Business

Jay Hawkins | June 26, 2017 | Micron Company Blog

Micron Technology today announced that it is discontinuing its Lexar® retail removable media storage business. The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities → continue…

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You Wanted it, Canon Is Delivering. The PC-E2 is Coming This Week

By Canon Rumors Alongside the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D/X8, Canon will finally announce the follow-up to the PC-E1! While we have no specifications, it’s safe to say that the PC-E2 will also omit 4K and dual SD card slots. Full disclosure: I had no idea the PC-E1 existed. → continue…

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