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Fujifilm to release spring firmware updates for six cameras

Fujifilm is releasing firmware updates, both large and small, for six of its X-series cameras, with the X-T2 receiving the most significant changes. These updates will begin rolling out this month and will continue through May. Some of the highlights include:

GFX 50S

  • Compatibility with new GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens
  • New flicker reduction feature
  • Large Indicators Mode for LCD and viewfinder

X-H1

  • Focus bracketing
  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • Enhanced phase detection during video recording; more phase detection AF area options for still shooting
  • Enhanced Bluetooth connectivity

X-T2

  • Focus bracketing
  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • F-log recording to SD card
  • 1080/120p high speed mode
  • Improved Phase Detect AF performance
  • Flicker reduction

X-Pro2

  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • Improved Phase Detect AF performance
  • Flicker reduction

X-E3

  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • Compatibility with XC 15-45 F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens
  • Improved radio flash controller usability
  • Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO

X100F

  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD

Press Release

New Firmware Updates for GFX, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F

Fujifilm will release new firmware updates for the FUJIFILM GFX 50S, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F. Updates will vary by model and are expected in April 2018 and May 2018.

1. FUJIFILM GFX 50S (Ver.3.10) – Available in May 2018

• Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR lens including “Focus Preset,” “AF-L” and “AF-ON”.
• Addition of “Flicker Reduction” to reduce flicker in both pictures and display when shooting under fluorescent lighting.
• Addition of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder” allowing users to choose the folder that images are stored in and to create a new folder.
• New “Large Indicators Mode” enabling users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor and to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
• Addition of Fn button support for “35mm Format Mode” for quick setting changes.

2. FUJIFILM X-H1 (Ver.1.1.0) – Available → continue…

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Sony unveils FS5 II Super 35mm camera with 4K HDR and 120fps RAW

Sony has announced the latest member of its professional Super 35mm lineup, the FS5 II. Similar in looks and functionality to its predecessor, the upgrades to the FS5 II are mostly features that were available to its predecessor through paid updates—only now they’re ‘free’.

Inside, the Super 35 Exmor CMOS sensor remains untouched. Likewise, the E-mount body of the camera remains identical aside from the updated nameplate and a different color neutral density dial. Where the camera gets the biggest changes is in its color science, Raw shooting modes, and high frame rate functionality.

The stand-out feature of the FS5 II is the updated color science that’s gone into it. Sony says it’s taken everything it’s learned from developing the 6K Venice camera and brought it into the much more compact (and affordable) FS5 II. The changes are said to yield ‘rich mid-range colours, alluring facial tones, and a softer tonal look’. Also added are nine color profiles, including a few designed specifically for S-Log2 and S-Log3.

Here’s a closer look at the new camcorder:

Also present in the FS5 II is Sony’s ‘Instant HDR’ workflow. This is one of the features available for the FS5 via a paid update, but it comes standard on the FS5 II. The Instant HDR workflow eliminates the need for color grading footage. This effectively means HDR video can be streamed straight from the camera when shot in HLG/BT.2020 mode.

Finally, the FS5 II features dual SD card slots that can internally record video up to 4K/30p and Full HD video at 1080/120p. For higher-resolution and RAW video, an external recorder is needed; however, if you are using an external recorder, the FS5 II can output 4K/60p video and even RAW 4K/120p, but only in four second bursts. At 2K, the FS5 II → continue…

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LaCie reveals slimmed down Rugged RAID Pro with USB-C and integrated SD card reader

French computer hardware company LaCie has announced the Rugged RAID Pro, the latest addition to its popular lineup of rugged external storage solutions.

Like its predecessors, the Rugged RAID Pro sticks with the iconic orange aesthetic made famous by Scottish product designer Neil Poulton. The signature design remains largely unchanged from its predecessors with the exception a few notable differences.

First, the integrated wrap-around cable is no longer present in the Rugged RAID Pro. While this might be a slight inconvenience, LaCie hopes the new, faster USB-C port and included Thunderbolt 3 cable (backwards compatible with USB-C connections) will make up for it. LaCie claims the max transfer speeds in RAID 0 configuration top out at 240MB/s, although you can configure the two internal hard drives to run in Raid 1 as well.

In addition to the new USB-C port, LaCie took a note out of its own book with the LaCie Copilot and added a UHS-II SD card reader to the Rugged RAID Pro. Now there’s no need to carry around an extra card reader if you’re using an SD card, which should be nice for those times when you don’t want to fuss with more cables than absolutely necessary.

Like all of LaCie’s ruggedized external drives, the Rugged RAID Pro is shock, dust and water resistant. LaCie claims it can handle drops from 1.2m/4ft without skipping a beat. In the event something does happen to it, LaCie includes three-years of Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Services. It also comes with one month of Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, a $50 value.

The Rugged RAID Pro will be hitting shelves with 4TB capacity ‘this quarter’ with an MSRP of $350. To learn → continue…

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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Has Dual ISO, HDR, And Much More For $1295

By Noam Kroll

I’m currently at Blackmagic’s press conference at NAB 2018, waiting for all of the official new announcements to be made momentarily. As expected, the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is about to be unveiled, and based on the description and pricing of the product, there is a lot to be excited about.

&1295 for a MFT cinema camera that has dual ISO (up to ISO 25,600) to CFast or SD cards, sounds pretty amazing. The built in 5” monitor tells us the camera body will be larger than the previous pocket cam, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to anyone, especially given the larger sensor size in this camera too. I have to wonder if it’s a similar sensor to the original BMCC, as the sensor size and dynamic range (13 stops) sounds quite familiar.

I will be sure to post an update later today, after the show with further info and pictures of the camera once it’s officially unveiled.

Check back soon for more updates!

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Facebook Messenger adds 360-degree photo and HD video support

Facebook just released an update that brings high-definition video and 360-degree panoramic photo support to Messenger. The update follows the high-res photo support Facebook added to Messenger in November 2017, expanding the quality and type of content that users can privately share with each other.

For 360-degree photos, users capture the panoramic content using their phone’s camera app or a third-party app, then share the panorama in Messenger like any other photo. The app automatically processes the panorama, converting it into an immersive 360-degree image that recipients can ‘explore’ by either moving their phone around or tapping and dragging the photo. Panoramic photos feature a compass icon in their upper right-hand side.

High-definition video sharing, meanwhile, supports the sharing of 720p videos from both the Camera Roll and a user’s newsfeed. To distinguish these videos from standard definition videos, Messenger now shows an HD or SD marker with the content.

360-degree photos are now available to all Messenger users on Android and iOS. HD video support is only available in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • UK
  • USA

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The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD lets you backup photos, make selects, review footage and more

If you’re looking to seriously speed up your on-location photo and video workflow without carrying around a laptop, the new Gnarbox 2.0 SSD should probably be at the top of your gear wishlist.

Debuted earlier through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Gnarbox 2.0 SSD allows you to backup your photos and video in the field, review and rough-cut footage, cull and edit images, showcase selects, and seamlessly transition all of this into your professional workflow once you’re back in the studio.

Gnarbox does so much it’s kind of hard to describe, but the video above and Gnarbox’s own description from the Kickstarter campaign below do a pretty good job.

GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for content creators who prefer to travel without a laptop. Unlike other portable hard drives, we have assembled an ecosystem of mobile applications that serve the professional workflow from the field to the studio.

With single-step backup, dedicated workspaces for photographers and videographers, and integrated access to professional editing software, GNARBOX will save you time and make you a more reliable creator.

The Gnarbox 1.0—which we actually recommended in last year’s holiday gift guide—provided a compelling solution for photographers and videographers who do a lot of work on-location. And everything 1.0 could do, the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD can do better and faster.

Inside the newest build you’ll find a 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of NVMe SSD storage; photos and video can be uploaded to the device using either the SD card slot or one of the two USB-C ports; and the whole thing is powered by a replaceable battery that promises enough juice to back up 36,000 photos, review up to 10 hours of 4K video, and transfer one full → continue…

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