Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors and announcements.

Sony A7000 Rumored Specs


There’s been a lot of waiting and wondering what Sony would come up with for their A7000. Will it be a replacement for the A6000, or maybe an upgrade?

According to the latest rumored specs, it is stated the camera will be an upgrade option from the A6000, coming in at a much higher price point. As for the specs:

•    Newly developed 24MP sensor featuring backside illumination for increased sensitivity.
•    In sensor HDR function including video for dynamic range up to 15.5EVs
•    196 phase detect auto focus points
•    Blazing 16fps continuous autofocus burst rate
•    Unlimited 4k video recording
•    Refined pop out  XGA OLED Tru-Finder
•    180 degree tilting 2.36M Dot LCD monitor
•    Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body

The rumors say the camera will come in around the $1500 mark, a hefty premium over the current A6000 price. So it will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Canon 600mm F/4 DO lens Patent


It seems that Canon is toying with the idea of producing a 600mm F/4 DO lens, at least if a recent patent is any indication. The recent 400mm F/4 DO lens looks amazing and there is no doubt a 600mm F/4 DO lens would be pretty epic as well.

To me, the only thing to worry about with a 600mm F/4 DO lens would be the price. The new 400mm lens is almost $7,000, so no doubt the 600mm would be pushing 10K or more. While there are people/organizations that can afford that, the price point will make it a far reach for 99% of us.

Oh well, we can dream.

SimplePrints ‘Photo Magic’ Creates Photo Books via SMS

Consumers want photobooks and they want them now, via SMS apparently. SimplePrints has launched a new service they call ‘Photo Magic’ where you text with a ‘Photo Professional’ who builds you a photo book with the images you send them.

The Photo Magic books start at $14.99 for 20pg w/ softcover book, and $29.99 for the same number in a hardcover. Each additional page costs 50 cents. The neat part is that once the images are uploaded, the customer can usually receive a proof to review within 30 minutes or so.

Deliver happens 4-7 days after approval from the customer. Sounds great if you need to create a photobook from your phone without using an app or browsing a website. You can learn more about Photo Magic here.

GoPro HERO 4 Session Teardown


iFixit has released a GoPro HERO 4 Session teardown, finding it to be incredibly hard to disassemble. In other words, don’t buy the session if you are a ‘fix it yourself’ kind of guy. According to the teardown report, only the protective glass over the lens is really feasible to fix/replace yourself.

You can check out the full teardown over on their site, here.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!