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Panasonic Leaks, Canon 5D Rumors, Pocket Wizard Ditches MAC, & GNARBOX in Today’s Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 14th 2015

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.

Panasonic FX300 & GX8 Leak Online

Panasonic’s two upcoming cameras just leaked online ahead of their coming announcement. The FZ300 is a small micro 4/3 system camera that looks very similar to Sony’s RX10 series.

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Leaked FZ300 Specs

  • 12.1MP MOS sensor
  • New Venus Engine
  • Lens 25-600mm F2.8.24 times zoom with 35mm equivalent
  • 1cm macro
  • 4K photo. 4K video (30p). Full HD 60p
  • Highest sensitivity ISO6400
  • EVF organic EL. 1.44 million dots. Magnification 0.7 times
  • 3 inches 1.04 million dot LCD monitor. Bali angle. Touch panel
  • Camera RAW development
  • Adopt a new type of linear motor in AF motor
  • 3.5 times the AF speed FZ200. Ultra high-speed AF
  • DFD correspondence
  • 5-axis Hybrid OIS +
  • Wi-Fi built-in. Possible connection to the smartphone-tablet. QR code connection
  • The size of 131.6 x 91.5 x 117.1mm
  • Weight 691 g

The new GX8 also leaked, and it looks very similar to the A6000 series. Its viewfinder appears to be adjustable, which is a neat feature.

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  • 20 Megapixel sensor
  • Dual IS (on sensor and on lens working together)
  • 2.36 million dot organic EL tilting EVF
  • Dust and water resistant
  • magnesium alloy body
  • 4K Photo · 4K Video
  • Free Angle 1.04 million dot organic EL monitor
  • Wi-Fi, NFC, QR code connection
  • Continuous shooting 8 frames / sec in the AF tracking
  • Body color is black and silver

Canon 5D Mark IV Rumors

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Canon’s upcoming 5D Mark IV may not be the incremental upgrade that we have come to expect from Canon in recent years. According to the latest rumor buzz out of Canon Rumors, the new camera will likely feature a 24MP sensor and shoot less than 8FPS.

CR goes on to note that Canon is pouring a lot of R&D dollars into the Mark IV project with an eye to really step up their game and release a product that is seen as a clear step up from the current Mark III.

Pocket Wizard Drops MAC Group, Moves To Direct-to-Dealer

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It may be more difficult to get your hands on Pocket Wizard products at your local photography stores soon. Pocket Wizard has officially dropped the MAC Group as their official US distributor and has elected to move to a Direct-to-Dealer model.

This will likely not affect the big stores and online retailers much if at all, but smaller mom and pop type stores may experience some delays getting Pocket Wizard products in the near future during the transition from MAC Group to dealing with Pocket Wizard directly.

This comes after news that Phottix has been picked up by MAC Group here in the US. Which, by extension, will likely make Phottix products easier to find here.

GNARBOX: Edit & Share HD Footage On Your Phone

Every once in a while you come across a new product that sounds really impressive, GNARBOX is one of those products. This unique product allows you to store and process HD footage anywhere, no laptop needed – just a phone (which basically just acts a monitor for the device).

The GNARBOX is currently (as of this writing) nearing $40,000 in Kickstarter funding towards their $100,000 goal. If you agree that this product could be a game changer for run and gun shooters looking to get footage shot, processed and uploaded ASAP on location, then head on over to the Kickstarter page and pledge your support.

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!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. adam sanford

    As I’m skipping the 5DS and sticking with my 5D3, here’s hoping the 5D4 brings that extra something special to the table. But a lot of spec lists are bouncing around:

    28 MP + 8 FPS + the 1DX II AF system + 4K = a gangbusters rig.

    24 MP + 6-7 FPS + the 5DS AF system + no 4K = would not be terribly exciting.

    I think we’ll get something in the middle of those two points. For many, it’s 4K or bust, but as a stills-only guy, I’d love a full stop better high ISO performance.

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    • Justin Haugen

      I was going to type IMPROVED DYNAMIC RANGE

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    • Justin Haugen

      Gah! Why can’t I delete my comments! as I was saying

      I was going to type IMPROVED DYNAMIC RANGE a hundred times, but I’ll refrain. I love my 5Dmk3 but I just want sensor performance on par with what Sony is using in their cameras and Nikon’s. It’s my number one request.

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    • adam sanford

      I live north of ISO 400, so it really doesn’t matter to me. And even when I do landscapes, it’s not like a stop more DR will let me leave the ND grads at home.

      But yes, DR is the elephant in the room with the 5D3.

      That… and 4K.

      …And not a single great 50mm lens to bolt on it that has solid AF that isn’t size of a pickle jar. But that’s not the 5D3’s fault.

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  2. J D

    So Pocket Wizard has seen a massive drop in profit and market share for their products and their response to that is to make their product harder to get for some people? Not every town has a big box store or not everyone will shop online, they will go their local photo store and buy what they can put their hands on.

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  3. Tyler Friesen

    haha thanks for that I just supported the Gnarbox. Seems like a great back up solution when you don’t want to take you your laptop.

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