By Lisa Johnston
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Melville, N.Y. — Nikon launched this week its “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series, offering instruction and motivation to intermediate-level photographers.
The series follows a diverse group of pro photographers into the field, including Nikon ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich and Nikon professional photographer Tamara Lackey.
The pros provide insight on subjects ranging from lighting, lensing, posing models, shooting landscapes, working with different subjects and gearing up for a shoot.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Newark, N.J. – Panasonic officially announced pricing on its previously announced Lumix GH4 Micro Four Thirds compact system camera with 4K Ultra HD video recording capability.
The DMC-GH4K (GH4) will hit retailers in early May at a $1,699 suggested retail for the body only.
Panasonic will also offer a “Video Adapter for cinematography” for the camera at a $1,999 suggested retail on its Shop.Panasonic.com website and at photo specialty retailers.
Melville, N.Y. — After its sneak peek at International CES, Nikon’s new flagship professional DSLR, the D4S, was given a formal sendoff Tuesday.
The company said the newest addition to the FX-format camera line offers a host of performance upgrades, not the least of which is a significant bump in speed through the entire workflow.
The D4S will be available in early March at a $6,499 suggested retail for the body only.
Newark, N.J. – Panasonic introduced Friday the Lumix GH4, its first Micro Four Thirds compact system camera capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video.
Pricing on the GH4 camera will be announced later, but it will offer a number of high-end video-centric features, including 4K 4,096 by 2,160/24p Cinema 4K and QFHD 4K Ultra HD 3,840 by 2,160/30p in MOV/MP4 formats; and FullHD video in up to 200Mbps bit rate (All-Intra) and 100Mbps (IPB) without progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates including 1080/120p, according to usage.
Valhalla, N.Y. – Fujifilm officially unveiled this week the X-T1 X-series interchangeable lens camera, featuring a 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor and 0.08 second fast AF system.
The X-T1 is billed as the first weather-resistant mirrorless camera in the Fujifilm line.
Key features include a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, 3-inch 1,040k-dot tilting LCD monitor, 0.5-inch 2.360k-dot OLED viewfinder, FullHD 1080/60p video recording, built-In Wi-Fi connectivity, and continuous shooting of up to 8 fps with tracking AF.
Center Valley, Pa. — Olympus introduced Wednesday the compact E-M10 to flagship OM-D interchangeable-lens camera.
The OM-D E-M10 is said to combine the high image quality, speed and power with an extremely compact and stylish all-metal body.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 will be available in March at a $699 suggested retail for the body only (black and silver versions are available), and $799 for the body and an M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens.
Weymouth, Mass. – The DSLR and mirrorless compact system camera categories will soon converge back into a single interchangeable lens camera category as distinctions between size and weight continue to disappear.
“When this happens, the issue surrounding the standardization of segment names will finally be resolved. Until then, consumer confusion will remain one of the factors that will affect sales of CILCs.”
Melville, N.Y. – Nikon’s latest full-frame DSLR introduction takes aim at the company’s rich tradition and history, offering an advanced digital camera in a retro-styled body reminiscent of the company’s popular film-based SLRs of the past.
Center Valley, Pa. — Targeting advanced and semi-pro photographers, Olympus introduced Tuesday the Stylus 1 high-performance point-and-shoot camera.
The all-in-one camera, which ships in December at a $700 suggested retail, includes an i.Zuiko 10.7x (28-300mm equivalent) F2.8 lens with VCM image stabilization mechanism and macro focusing; a 12-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor; and TruePic VI image processor.
Denver — Ricoh Imaging Americas introduced Tuesday the Pentax K-3 DSLR targeted at photo enthusiasts.
The K-3, which ships in November at a $1,299.95 suggested retail for the body only and $1,699 for a kit with the DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR zoom lens, will stand as “the Premiere” DSLR in the company’s APS-C digital camera lineup. It offers a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor; 8.3 fps burst shooting rate; selectable anti-aliasing (AA) filter technology; and FullHD 24p, 50i and 60i video performance recording.