Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Camera

Panasonic has just announced the new addition to its G Compact cameras lineup, the Lumix DMC-G6. The camera offers a 16MP Live MOS sensor, a high speed AF system, full HD 1080/50p video recording capabilities, rapid burst shooting mode at 7 frames per second, and Wi-Fi with NFC connectivity. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Camera

Panasonic is releasing its new mirrorless compact camera Lumix DMC-LF1. Aimed at enthusiasts,
the camera sports a 12.1MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor, a 28mm wide angle F2.0-5.9 Leica lens with 7.1x optical zoom, an 0.2" EVF with 200K-dot resolution,  an exposure mode dial, a control ring for manual adjustment of aperture, shutter speed and zoom, a 3" 920K LCD screen, full HD 1920x1080 50i video recording mode, and Wi-Fi connectivity that supports Near Field Communication. No information about the camera's availability has been disclosed yet. According to different sources, the camera's suggested retail price is set to around $450.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Camera

Sony has announced the world's smallest 30x superzoom camera, Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V. The new camera sports a 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 24-720mm F/3.5 - 6.3 lens, ISO range of 80-12,800, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, 1080/60p video recording function, continuous shooting mode at 10 frames per second, a dedicated dial for adjusting exposure compensation,  a Multi-Interface Shoe for attaching an optional flash, microphone, and electronic viewfinder. The HX50 will be available at the end of May at $449.99.
 

Accessories for Sony DSC-HX50V available at BestBatt.com:

1. NP-BX1 battery;
2. BC-TRX charger;
3. Battery and charger combo kit;
4. DLC-HEU15 Micro to HDMI cable.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pentax Ricoh GR Camera

Pentax-Ricoh has just announced the release of its new compact camera, Ricoh GR. The GR sports
a new 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 18.3mm F/2.8 lens, a newly developed GR ENGINE V processor, ISO 25600 capabilities, a built-in flash, full HD 1080/30p video recording and 4fps continuous shooting modes with high-speed autofocus, Eye-Fi SD card compatibility for easy image sharing, and various creative effects modes. The camera will be available in May for $799.95.


Accessories for Ricoh GR at BestBatt.com:

1. DB-65 battery;
2. BJ-6 charger for DB-65 battery


Friday, April 12, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Mega SmartPhones

Samsung has unveiled the biggest smartphone to date, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega. The smartphone runs Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB RAM. It is not clear if the device's HD screen supports 720 p or the full HD 1080p resolution. Despite the dimensions, the Galaxy Mega weights 0.44lb (199g) and is thin enough to fit into users pocket. The company is also releasing its smaller, 5.8-inch version. Both devices are expected to be available in Europe and Russia in May.



Press Release

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY Mega

April 11, 2013

New GALAXY Mega offers the latest smartphone features with an extensive viewing experience.

SEOUL, Korea, April 11, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the Samsung GALAXY Mega, a device that combines the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet. The newest addition to the GALAXY family balances an optimal viewing experience on a 6.3-inch HD screen, yet is ultra-thin and portable enough to put into a pocket or hold in one hand. The GALAXY Mega offers a mix of popular smartphone and tablet features such as an effortless user experience, a split screen, multitasking between video and other apps and more.

“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers’ varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning GALAXY series.”

Best of Both Worlds
The GALAXY Mega is an ideal choice for customers who want to get the most out of one device that brings great quality at an even greater value. With a 6.3-inch HD LCD screen with landscape mode support, the GALAXY Mega enables an exceptional widescreen view for various applications including web browsing, video, and SNS.

The GALAXY Mega is also light and thin for incredible portability and easy, convenient mobile phone use. Customers can stay connected with a variety of new phone features including:

• ‘Group Play’: Enables easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
• ‘Samsung WatchON’: Transforms into an IR remote controller for a richer TV experience. Connect the device to your home entertainment system, and it will provide program recommendations, schedules, and even remotely control your TV.
• ‘Samsung Link’: Easily streams photos, videos, notes, or music to your television, tablet or computer.
• ‘S Translator’: Say or text what you need translated into the GALAXY Mega, and it will provide instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, and ChatON.
• ‘ChatON’: Share what’s on your screen with friends to stay more connected.


Productivity and Multimedia for the Multi-Tasker
GALAXY Mega users will accomplish more with the rich, interactive experience and increased usability of the widescreen mode. Split screen capability for a variety of applications including email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more, makes for increased efficiency. With the popular ‘Air View’ feature, customers can preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts.
The GALAXY Mega is equipped with an enhanced 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, along with a variety of camera modes including  ‘Drama Shot’(merging continuous shots of a moving object), ‘Sound & Shot’ (captures 9 seconds of sound and voice together as the picture is taken to capture moments), ‘Rich tone,’ ‘Sports’ and more. The device also packs various newly-introduced features for endless entertainment, including:

• ‘S Travel’: Provides trip information, local guides and resources and more
• ‘Story Album’: Allows customers to create albums of daily events, keep special moments in one place using a timeline, geo-tag information and publish digital albums in hard copy
For users seeking the same great tablet features with even more portability, Samsung is introducing the GALAXY Mega 5.8. This more compact version features a 5.8-inch screen.

Both GALAXY Mega 6.3 and 5.8 run on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, and feature Dual Core Processor, spacious internal storage along with up to 64GB of expandable memory to store favorite apps, music, videos, photos and more. The devices’ advanced software also facilitates more efficient processor use for improved battery life, meaning users can enjoy longer talk time and multimedia use.

The GALAXY Mega will be available globally beginning May from Europe and Russia. The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually.

Samsung GALAXY Mega 6.3 Product Specifications

Network 
LTE100/50Mbps, HSPA+21/5.76
Display
6.3-inch (159.7mm) HD TFT  
Processor
1.7GHz Dual Core AP 
OS 
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera
Main (Rear): 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
Sub (Front): 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
Camera Feature
Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range),
Sound & Shot, Sports, , Continuous shot
Video
3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV
Audio
MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3GA, WMA, OGG, OGA, AAC, FLAC
Services 
Additional 
Features
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games 
Story Album, S Translator
Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service 
Samsung WatchON
Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0
Google Mobile
Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude,
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
Connectivity
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct
BT 4.0(BLE), USB 2.0 H/S
GPS+GLONASS, NFC, MHL
Sensor
Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope
Memory
8/16GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM
Dimension
167.6 x 88 x 8.0 mm , 199g 
Battery
Standard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh  


Samsung GALAXY Mega 5.8 Product Specifications

Network 
HSPA+21/5.76
Display
5.8-inch (147mm) QHD TFT   
Processor
1.4GHz Dual Core AP 
OS 
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera
Main (Rear): 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
Sub (Front): 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
Camera Feature
Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range),
Sound & Shot, Sports, , Continuous shot
Video
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Audio
MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF,
MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Services 
Additional 
Features
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games 
Story Album, S Translator
Multi Window, Pop Up Play
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service 
Samsung WatchON
Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0
Google Mobile
Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude,
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
Connectivity
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct
BT 4.0(BLE), USB 2.0 H/S
GPS+GLONASS
Sensor
Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Light, Gyroscope
Memory
8GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM
Dimension
162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 mm,  182g 
Battery
Standard battery, Li-ion 2,600 mAh  

* Availability and launching time of the services may differ by region.
* Android, Google, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads and Voice Search are trademarks of Google Inc.
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Camera

Panasonic has just announced the release of its new micro four-thirds camera, Lumix DMC-GF6. The camera sports an updated 1040K-dot tiltable touchscreen that can be turned to face forward for self-portraits, a 16MP Live MOS sensor, a low-light autofocus, a new mode dial, 1080/60i full HD video recording mode, and a built-in flash. The GF6 offers Wi-Fi connectivity integrated with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology that allows instant image sharing between the camera and compatible smartphones and tablets just by bringing them together. The camera is expected to be available in May, and it will cost roughly $680 bundled with a 14-42mm kit lens.



Accessories for Panasonic Lumix GF6:

1. DMW-DCC11 DC coupler plus DMW-AC8 adapter kit;
2. DMW-AVC1 AV cable;

Specifications

TYPE Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor
Total Pixels 16.68 Megapixels
Camera Effective Pixels 16.00 Megapixels
Color Filter Primary color filter
Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEM Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW
MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image Quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File Size (Pixels) Still Image [4:3] 4,592 x 3,448 (L), 3,232 x 2,424 (M), 2,272 x 1,704 (S), 1,824 x 1,368 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[3:2] 4,592 x 3,064 (L), 3,232 x 2,160 (M), 2,272 x 1,520 (S), 1,824 x 1,216 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[16:9] 4,592 x 2,584 (L), 3,232 x 1,824(M), 1,920 x 1,080 (S), 1,824 x 1,024 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[1:1] 3,424 x 3,424 (L), 2,416 x 2,416 (M), 1,712 x 1,712 (S), 1,712 x 1,712 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image MP4 NTSC Area [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 30 fps (sensor output is 30p)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 30 fps (sensor output is 30p)
[VGA] 640 x 480, 30 fps (sensor output is 30p)
PAL Area [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 25 fps (sensor output is 25p)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 25 fps (sensor output is 25p)
[VGA] 640 x 480, 25 fps (sensor output is 25p)
AVCHD NTSC Area [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p)
PAL Area [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 50i (sensor output is 25p)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p)
Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Image)* AVCHD: Approx. 130 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 140 min with H-FS1442A, H-FS45150
Actual Recordable Time
(Motion Image)*
AVCHD: Approx. 65 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 70 min with H-FS1442A, H-FS45150
Wi-Fi FUNCTION Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
NFC ISO/IEC 18092 (NFCIP-1) NFC-F
FOCUS Type Contrast AF system
Focus Mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF Mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
AF Detective Range EV -3 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF Assist Lamp YES
AF Lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock
Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), Touch AF/AE Function, AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light Metering System 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering Mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering Range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure Mode Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
ISO Sensitivity
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Extended)
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ±3 EV
AE Lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock
AE Bracket 3, 5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV
WHITE BALANCE White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color Temperature Setting 2,500 K - 10,000 K in 100 K
White Balance Bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
SHUTTER Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Still Images: 1/4,000 - 60
Motion Image: 1/16,000 - 1/30 (NTSC area), 1/16,000 - 1/25 (PAL area)
Self Timer 3 images after 10 sec / 2 sec / 10 sec
SCENE GUIDE Still Image Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Motion Image Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
BURST SHOOTING Burst Speed SH: 20 frames/sec, H: 4.2 frames/sec (with AFS), M: 3.0 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of Recordable Images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
BUILT-IN-FLASH Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.3 equivalent (ISO160 · m), GN5.0 equivalent (ISO100 · m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization Speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash Synchronization 1st Curtain Sync.
LCD MONITOR Type TFT LCD with Touch panel, Tiltable monitor
Monitor Size 3.0 inch (7.5 cm) / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels 1,040K dots
Field of View Approx. 100%
Monitor Adjustment Brightness, Contrast and Saturation, Red tint, Blue tint
LIVE VIEW Digital Zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still Image: Max.2x (When a picture size of S (4M), aspect ratio of 4:3 is selected. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Motion Image: 2.4x (FSH in AVCHD and FHD in MP4), 3.6x (SH in AVCHD and HD in MP4), 4.8x (VGA in MP4)
Other Functions Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION Yes
SELF SHOT Yes
FUNCTION BUTTON Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, Fn4 Wi-Fi / Q.MENU / AF/AE LOCK / ONE PUSH AE / PREVIEW / PHOTO STYLE / ASPECT RATIO / PICTURE SIZE / QUALITY / METERING MODE / SENSITIVITY / FOCUS MODE / I.DYNAMIC / I.RESOLUTION / HDR / FLASH MODE / FLASH ADJUST. / EX. TELE CONV. / DIGITAL ZOOM / STABILIZER / MOTION PIC. SET / PICTURE MODE / HISTOGRAM / GUIDE LINE / REC AREA / STEP ZOOM / ZOOM SPEED / RESTORE TO DEFAULT
CREATIVE CONTROL Still Image Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Fantasy / Star Filter / One Point Color / Sunshine
Motion Image Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Fantasy / One Point Color
CREATIVE VIDEO MODE Exposure Mode Program AE / Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
PHOTO STYLE Still Image and Motion Image Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
PLAYBACK Playback Mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / Video / 3D Play / Category / Favorite), Location Logging, Clear Retouch, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Stop Motion Animation, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE Protection Single / Multi, Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT Direct Print PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout and Date settings are selectable)
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 High Speed Multi
HDMI mini HDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Stereo
Audio Video Output Monaural Type, NTSC / PAL, NTSC only for North America
* Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto
Flicker reduction
Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
Speaker Monaural
LANGUAGE OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese
* Check the website of Panasonic sales company in your country / region or ask customer support for details of the OSD language available on the products sold in your country / region.
POWER Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1,025mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)** Approx. 330 images with H-PS14042
Approx. 340 images with H-FS1442A, H-FS45150
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) 111.2 x 64.8 x 38.4 mm / 4.378 x 2.551 x 1.512 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 323 g / 11.39 oz (SD card, Battery, Body)
Approx. 280 g / 9.88 oz (Body only)
Approx. 418 g / 14.74 oz (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)
Approx. 432 g / 15.24 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS1442A lens included)
Approx. 523 g / 18.45 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS45150 lens included)
Approx. 632 g / 22.29 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS1442A + H-FS45150 lenses included)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10%RH to 80%RH
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software


PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 AE
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE
LoiLoScope (trial version)
USB Driver
Standard Accessories
DMC-GF6 Kit
Body, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Body Cap, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM

DMC-GF6K Lens Kit
Body, LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS1442A), Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM
• Body cap and lens rear cap are not included.

DMC-GF6W Lens Kit
Body, LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS1442A), LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS45150), Lens Cap x 2, Lens Hood x 2, Lens Rear Cap, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM.
• Body cap and lens rear cap of H-FS1442A lens are not included.

DMC-GF6X Lens Kit
Body, LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042), Lens Cap, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM
• Body cap and lens rear cap are not included.


Press Release

New Sleek, Stylish Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with Wi-Fi® / NFC LUMIX GF6


Featuring Superb Picture Quality and High Speed Response

Panasonic is proud to introduce a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DMC-GF6 from the stylish, most compact GF series of LUMIX G. The new 16.00–megapixel Live MOS Sensor achieves high-resolution, high sensitivity image recording. The Venus Engine is also newly developed for DMC-GF6 to attain high-performance signal processing and the advanced noise reduction system minimizes noise and even achieves shooting at max. ISO25600 (Extended) high sensitivity taking best advantage of the new sensor.

The DMC-GF6 boasts high-speed, high precision Light Speed AF system including practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in video recording. Newly integrated Low Light AF enables accurate focusing on the target subject even in low-lit situations. Getting ready to shoot in only 0.5 sec after start-up, the DMC-GF6 never misses fleeting shooting opportunities.

The DMC-GF6 is not just an interchangeable lens camera but a creative magic box full of wide-ranging attractive features including the new Self Shot, Creative Panorama and Stop Motion Animation in addition to the popular Creative Control mode with a total of 19 fascinating filter effects. The Stop Motion Animation allows producing unique stop motion video and the Clear Retouch function enables to erase unwanted part of a picture after shooting – both operations completes with stunning ease in camera.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity featuring NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere at one-touch, which makes sharing images much easier. It is also possible to use a smartphone/tablet as a multi-capable remote shutter with a monitor. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the smartphone/tablet right after shooting. On the other hand, both photo and video can be archived to the registered digital equipment such as PC automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home.

The DMC-GF6 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i (60 Hz) / 50i (50 Hz) full-HD video in AVCHD with high quality stereo sound. The P/A/S/M mode in video recording is also available for more expressive creation of motion picture footage.

Despite its sleek, compact profile, the DMC-GF6 is a practically reliable digital camera with a built-in flash(GN6.3 ISO160・m / GN5.0 ISO100・m) and 3.0-inch large approx.180°tiltable monitor. Dressed in stylish colors - black, white, brown and red, the DMC-GF6 brings new opportunities to enjoy shooting higher quality image with cutting-edge digital technologies.

- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds in Europe and some Asian areas.
- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.
- You can check the recordable time on the screen. (For [FHD] in [MP4] format, the file size is large and so the recordable time will drop below 29 minutes 59 seconds.)


1. New 16.00-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
for Superb Picture Quality


The DMC-GF6 integrates new 16.00-megapixel Live MOS sensor which enables high resolution and high sensitivity image recording while minimizing generation of noise. The image processor Venus Engine is also newly developed to feature its advanced noise reduction systems. By extending the control level of noise, controllable area of noise is expanded by approx. 64x in size. This makes it possible to remove large block of noise which was formally hard to detect and helps produce clear, smooth image especially for the nighttime scenery. In addition, the Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) works in two separate steps allowing even finer control over noise level. The texture of noise itself, regardless of the noise size, is improved with this deliberate control, which is resulting in the reproduction of smooth human skin even in high sensitivity recording.
Furthermore, the optimum design of newly adopted Detail Reproduction Filter Process enhances the limit resolution by max. 3% and the contrast of middle to high range by max. 5%. Plus, the advanced Intelligent D-range Control offers wider dynamic range while maintaining the smooth gradation thanks to the high-precision signal processing. Suppressing both blocked shadows and blown highlights, every part of an image – from dark to bright – is faithfully reproduced.
The combination of the new Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves ISO3200 (Auto) and max. ISO25600 (Extended). The Low Light AF in DMC-GF6 gains higher performance in such as moonlight even without AF assist lamp to set focus on the subject more precisely.

2. Pursuing Even Higher Speed Response and Mobility

The DMC-GF6 boasts even higher response. It takes only approx. 0.5 sec to shoot photo after startup (CIPA). Not only its intuitive touch controllability on the rear monitor, the optimum layout of operation devices makes the camera control smooth and easy. The newly added function lever allows direct adjustment of allotted function - zoom*, exposure or aperture** control, which works for magnification in playback mode and page flip in menu. The mode dial has come back for this new DMC-GF6.
All cameras of LUMIX G adopt Contrast AF for its focus system. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with bright lens with small F value. The DMC-GF6 also boasts high-speed Light Speed AF making it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. Also, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subject in sharp focus.
Combined with the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view which realizes quick and intuitive focusing operation with free frame composition. In addition, the newly adopted Touch AE (Auto Exposure) function allows setting focus and exposure at a single touch on the subject displayed on the monitor.

* When used with Power Zoom lenses H-PS14042 or H-PS45175.
** In M (Manual) mode.


3. A Variety of Shooting Functions for Artwork Creation

The DMC-GF6 is not just a high quality camera but an advanced photographic tool enhancing shooting experience with wide variety of options.
With the new Self Shot mode, users can shoot their own portraits by stretching an arm to hold the camera with the rear monitor flipped approx.180° vertically to get in a frame properly. A variety of options such as Creative Control can be applied on this self-portrait, too.
The popular Creative Control mode is upgraded by increasing its filter option from 14 (for DMC-GF5) to 19 (for DMC-GF6) adding new Old Days, Sunshine*, Bleach Bypass, Toy Pop, Fantasy in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Soft Focus*, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter* and Miniature Effect** mode. Effect parameter of each mode is also adjustable.
With the new Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture and to put on a filter effect of Creative Control***.
The new Stop Motion Animation function enables producing a stop motion (stop frame) video in camera with the pictures that are sequentially shot while moving the object by degrees. This effect makes the object appear as if it is moving by itself.
Another new in-camera function is Clear Retouch, which makes it is possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on monitor with a fingertip. They naturally disappear without destroying the image.
* For photo only.
** Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)
*** Some filters of Creative Control cannot be used in Creative Panorama mode.


4. Wireless Connectivity for One-Touch Picture Sharing & Remote Shooting via Wi-Fi® / NFC with Smartphones

The DMC-GF6 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with compliant smartphone/tablet. All these flexible shooting / browsing / sharing style are made possible with the DMC-GF6 and the Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android smartphones/tablets.
Users can connect the camera with a smartphone/tablet by just bringing them together. What is new is that the setup is extremely quick and easy, making it possible to pair the camera directly to the smartphone/tablet without connection procedure of information input for authorization.
Remote shooting of both photo and video* is available by using the smartphone/tablet for a remote shutter with a monitor which displayed live at smooth 30 fps. Not only releasing a shutter, zooming**, focusing and settings of shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation are all controllable with a smartphone/tablet.
The Instant Transfer function allows the camera to transfer the photo data to the designated electronic devices automatically whenever shutter is released. In playback mode, users can also touch the image displayed on the camera to transfer it directly to the smartphone/tablet right on the spot. In addition, it is possible to tag the location information to the image by utilizing the GPS (Global Positioning System) log of a smartphone / tablet.
Archiving images becomes easy. DMC-GF6 transfers the data to PC or other compliant electronic devices automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home. Also, with Panasonic's exclusive cloud service “LUMIX CLUB”, DMC-GF6 can automatically synchronize images via internet with the designated devices and web services like Facebook™, Flickr™, Picasa™, Twitter™ or YouTube™.
The Wi-Fi Direct™ function allows direct playback of images on the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) – compliant VIERA HDTV***.

* For remote shooting of video, start/stop recording is available over smartphone/tablet control.
** With LUMIX G Power Zoom Lens H-PS14042 or H-PS45175.
*** Using [Playback on TV] of the Wi-Fi function, you can display images on a TV that supports the Digital Media Renderer (DMR) function of the DLNA standard. Please check the following website about the compatible devices for details. http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/


5. Other Attractive Features for DMC-GF6
High Quality 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Video with Stereo Sound
The DMC-GF6 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i (60 Hz) / 50i (50 Hz) full HD videos with full-time AF and high quality stereo sound in the AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. With a dedicated video record button on the top, users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without any having to make any extra setting adjustments. In addition, the P/A/S/M mode also lets users enjoy professional-like expressive video recording. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files.
- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds in Europe and some Asian areas.
- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.
- You can check the recordable time on the screen. (For [FHD] in [MP4] format, the file size is large and so the recordable time will drop below 29 minutes 59 seconds.)

Compact, Stylish Design with a variety of Color Selection
The DMC-GF6 features ultimate compactness in sleek, stylish design despite its incorporation of useful built-in flash (GN6.3 ISO160・m / GN5.0 ISO100・m). The design dispels impression for conventional big, heavy and colorless DSLRs. Fashionably dressed in black, white, brown or red, the DMC-GF6 matches any style and fashion regardless of gender. In addition, new power zoom digital interchangeable lens in white H-PS14042-W is specially bundled in the white camera kit as DMC-GF6X-W.

New Approx. 1040K-dot 180゜ Tiltable Touch Monitor
The new large, approx.1040K-dot high resolution monitor boasts approx. 100% of field of view, and it tilts up approx. 180°. The front panel is directly attached to the new In Cell Touch LCD without containing air layer in between. The result is that the reflection of external light is dramatically suppressed. Together with the increased resolution by approx. 13% and improved color reproduction by approx. 20%, the monitor for DMC-GF6 secures higher visibility than ever. Plus, attenuation of transmitting backlight is minimized to achieve wide angle of view and by 25% of power saving.
The touch-control system immediately lets users to set focus to the subject by just touching it on the screen and you can even release the shutter. It is free and easy to enlarge the target point with fingertips to set precise focus.

Advanced iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus Mode) and Scene Guide for Beginners
For beginners of Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode supports taking beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. The Intelligent Scene Selector now integrates Food Recognition mode. It detects food on the dish and captures it to look delicious. The iA Plus mode lets users adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
The Scene Guide* offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closer to the situation they are going to shoot and optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set. Furthermore, shooting procedure, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens for the scene can be shown for users to learn photography.

* Video recording using Scene Guide is not possible in some scenes.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Canon XA25, XA20, and LEGRIA HF G30 Camcorders

Canon has just announced the launch of its new camcorder models, XA20, XA25, and VIXIA HF G30 (LEGRIA HF G30). All three are built with a new completely redesigned Canon HD video system that features a 20x zoom wide-angle lens with a 26.8-576 mm focal range (35 mm equivalent), 3-mode Optical Image Stabilizer, the 8-blade circular aperture with Electro Magnetic Diaphragm technology, 1/2.84-type 2.91MP HD CMOS Pro sensor, and DIGIC DV4 processor. The new camcorders are expected to be available starting June 2013.

 

Accessories for Canon XA20, XA25, and LEGRIA HF G30:

1. HTC-100 HDMI cable;
2. STV-250N AV cable;
3. CA-570 power adapter


Press Release

Canon expands creative possibilities with new XA25, XA20, LEGRIA HF G30 camcorders
London, UK, 3 April 2013

Canon has today expanded its handheld video camera range with the launch of three class-leading compact models for professionals and video enthusiasts. Two new professional X-series models, XA25 and XA20, combine a powerful, all-new imaging system with professional audio and Wi-Fi connectivity in a versatile, compact package that fits neatly in the palm of a hand. The new LEGRIA HF G30 benefits from the same advanced imaging system in a package optimised for enthusiast videographers, such as hobbyists or film students.
  
Developed using Canon’s industry-leading imaging technologies, these models include a powerful specification that delivers outstanding quality and operability. The Canon HD Video system has been completely redesigned – from the lens through to the image sensor and processor – providing new levels of imaging performance. A range of advanced shooting features and connectivity options make these cameras ideal for either professional or amateur use, and are suitable for shooting everything from news and documentaries to weddings.

Advanced Canon HD video system, first-class optics
The XA25, XA20 and LEGRIA HF G30 all benefit from a completely new imaging system, which has been engineered to provide outstanding image quality and versatility. A ground-breaking 20x zoom wide-angle lens offers a 26.8–576mm focal range [1], employing optical technology found in Canon’s top-of-the-range XF305 camcorder. An enhanced 3-mode Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) system [2] incorporates a Dynamic OIS mode to further reduce the effects of camera movement during shooting. The 8-blade circular aperture also provides enhanced ‘bokeh’, using Canon’s unique Electro Magnetic Diaphragm technology – developed for the company’s EF lens range – to ensure beautiful background blur in shots with a shallow depth of field.

A newly-designed 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance. The increased sensor size maximises photosite area, combining with a highly sophisticated image processing system to reduce image noise and increase sensitivity in low light environments.

The outstanding processing capability provided by DIGIC DV 4 provides enhanced image reproduction, supplementing the strengths of the DIGIC DV family – such as smooth gradation and faithful colour reproduction – with support for recording at higher data rates. The sensor and processor work together to eliminate more camera shake, augmenting a highly-effective optical IS system with electronic stabilisation that detects and compensates for movement in a larger number of directions.

Complete creative control
Designed to provide maximum flexibility, all the new models support multiple recording formats. AVCHD (up to 28Mbps) and MP4 (up to 35Mbps) provide high bitrates suitable for many professional applications. Video is recorded to dual SD [3] card slots in a range of resolutions and frame rates up to 1080/50p, with slow and fast motion options supported in MP4 mode – providing greater freedom to choose an appropriate setting according to creative requirements.

All models also support simultaneous recording of different formats to each card – giving users the ability to capture high-quality Full HD footage in the desired format, and smaller MP4 files at the same time [4].  Delivered by the power of DIGIC DV 4, the smaller files can be shared more quickly and easily for time-critical applications, such as reporting breaking news, whilst the high-quality copies are retained for later use.

Professionally-optimised features
The XA25 and XA20 feature the same removable handle concept launched with the popular Canon XA10. Easily attached or removed to suit the shooting situation, the top-mounted handle houses a range of additional controls, including XLR inputs for capturing professional quality audio from external microphones. The handle also integrates an IR lamp to enhance the shooting capabilities of the infrared mode available in XA25 and XA20 – ideal for recording night-time documentaries or nocturnal wildlife.

All three models offer a compact, ergonomically designed body that offers outstanding handling and control during use.  A new 8.77cm (3.5”) 1.23million-dot Organic LED (OLED) touch screen panel provides greater resolution, contrast and improved colour reproduction during recording and playback. Users have full manual control over exposure: a combination of the touch screen and a customisable control dial allows for adjustment of aperture, shutter speed, iris, gain and exposure.

Zoom or focus can be adjusted via a switchable ring at the front of the camera lens. Additionally, a new zoom rocker integrated into the camera body is ideal for shooting when handheld or tripod mounted, offering the fine control and convenience typically found on larger professional cameras. An improved 1.56 million-dot 0.61cm (0.24”) electronic viewfinder (EVF) can be tilted up to approximately 45°, providing outstanding detail and comfort for effective handheld or tripod shooting.

Studio connectivity and wireless support
The new XA25, XA20 and LEGRIA HF G30 offer an advanced selection of interfaces, with physical inputs conveniently grouped together and designed to keep connections in place during handheld use. All include integrated HDMI, microphone, USB and headphone terminals, while the XA25 also includes HD-SDI output – offering the high capacity, uncompressed connectivity useful for many broadcast applications.

Each camera also features newly-integrated dual band Wi-Fi support (2.4GHz and 5GHz), providing a range of capabilities for use during or after shooting. Camera Remote support allows wireless adjustment of settings via a web browser [5], and Remote Browser allows users to review recorded footage from the camera in smartphone or tablet browsers – with no need for playback software.

FTP File Transfer allows users to transfer footage to FTP servers at up to 150Mbps via a wireless access point, and with Media Server, Wi-Fi can be used to play back videos stored on a camera on supported TVs or computers, without the need for cables . Direct movie uploading is also supported for iOS devices using Canon’s Movie Uploader application, allowing the upload of videos directly to YouTube or Facebook at bitrates of up to 24Mbps.

XA25 – key features:
  • 26.8mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom, Dynamic OIS
  • 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor
  • 8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen
  • Dual-format recording; DIGIC DV 4
  • HD-SDI output
  • 1.56m dot EVF, 45° tilt
  • Fast/slow motion
  • Built-in IR lamp
  • 2x XLR inputs
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
XA20 – key features:
  • 26.8mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom, Dynamic OIS
  • 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor
  • 8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen
  • Dual-format recording; DIGIC DV 4
  • 1.56m dot EVF, 45° tilt
  • Fast/slow motion
  • Built-in IR lamp
  • 2x XLR inputs
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
LEGRIA HF G30 – key features:
  • 20x zoom, 26.8mm wide-angle lens; 8 blade circular aperture
  • Control settings remotely and share with Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous recording of AVCHD and MP4
  • Canon HD CMOS PRO sensor, DIGIC DV 4
  • Optical Intelligent IS
  • Full manual control
  • Instant AF; Face Detection
  •  8.8cm OLED touch screen