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Panasonic LX200 Rumors, Adobe Updates Lightroom & The PEN-F Gets A Second Look {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on March 17th 2016

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 LX200 Rumors Surface

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Rumors are starting to come in regarding the possible Panasonic LX200, an upgrade/replacement for the current LX100. For now, we don’t have any idea when this new Panasonic could see the light of day with a full announcement, but we do have some rumored specs.

According to the report over on Photo Rumors, the Panasonic LX200 will feature a 20MP sensor, likely produced by Sony. The remaining specs are as follows:

  • DFD AF technology that will increase the AF speed to 0.07 seconds
  • Larger OLED viewfinder
  • Tiltable screen similar to the GX8
  • Built-in ND filter
  • ISO up to 51,200
  • New filter effects
  • Built-in flash

The current LX100 already features 4K video recording, so it’s almost a certainty that the LX200 would feature that as well. Looking at those rumored specs above, it looks to be a fairly decent upgrade over the current model, one that will pull it into greater competition with Sony’s latest RX100.

Adobe Lightroom Updates

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Adobe has dropped their latest updates for both the standalone and CC versions of Lightroom today. Along with a usual host of bug fixes and feature tweaks came support for several of the latest cameras.

New Lightroom Camera Support

Lightroom Bug Fixes

  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge
    • Scared that pesky sensor dust spots will ruin your perfect pano? No problem, remove spots in 1 image and then merge to pano. Lightroom takes care of the rest.
    • Boundary Warp gets better as we fixed a bunch of bugs
    • Removed the ‘auto’ projection option. Turns out, it always picked the same projection mode.
  • Other Bug Fixes
    • Rename failed if raw+jpeg pairs were copied to a second location
    • Shooting tethered, shutter button will not move to top of the screen
    • The video cache was not correctly limited to the size set in Preferences
    • Photomerge fails with virtual copies
    • Droplets no longer work with Export Actions
    • Impromptu slideshow gave error message “video support is disabled”
    • Import didn’t work if you weren’t signed in
    • Certain dates couldn’t be entered in Edit Capture Time dialog (1966, 1969, 1999, etc.)
    • Videos wouldn’t play on some systems
    • Slideshow module wouldn’t work on some systems
    • Fixed a ton of sync errors. Faster sync to the Lightroom iOS and Android apps
    • Scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back! (sorry that it went away in the first place)
    • Slideshows are back in high-resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected
    • Books are made for browsing. We’ve reinstated scroll bars so that you can browse faster in the Book module
    • Incorrect value for EXIF: ColorSpace in exported TIFFs
    • After export shortcut CTRL+ALT+S not working in Develop
    • Crashes when tethered to Canon cameras (5dm3, 5DS, 1dsm3)
    • SDK broken edit_field’s validate function, disabling existing plugins
    • Months in non-English configurations show in English
    • Secondary Window blocks mouse clicks even when closed after switching desktop spaces
    • Can’t import DNG files from Parrot Bebop drone

Overall, a fairly standard update from Adobe, which should bring some better performance to users experiencing any of the above bugs, and relieving headaches for users who happened to have one of those unsupported cameras up to this point.

If you have not already received the notification from Adobe that your software has an update available, you can head on over to the Adobe website to get the full details and to download the updates manually.

PEN-F Gets A Second CSTV Look

Back when the team over at The Camera Store TV did their hands-on field test of the new Olympus PEN-F, they found some issues with the camera’s continuous autofocus support. But since the unit they had at the time was not a production model, Chris and Jordan have come back today with an update.

Long story short, the camera still has issues with continuous autofocus. They are confident that the issue can likely be resolved with a firmware update from Olympus, but in the meantime, if you are someone who uses or needs continuous AF to work as expected, hold off on that PEN-F purchase.

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. Rob Kirkland

    I would love to have a lx100 as a walk around point and shoot. Maybe the price will drop soon.

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  2. Raoni Franco

    What are my thoughts? My thought is that I don´t have money to buy anything related to photography that costs more than a few bucks. So, bring the LX5000 or PEN-F Mark V, I´ll be just drooling over my keyboard anyway.

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