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.

Word Is Out; Fuji’s X-Pro 2 Production Firmware Is Ready

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We have already reported on the delay in shipping on the Fuji X-Pro 2, which is now expected in late March. Part of the reasoning behind that was higher than expected demand than they had planned for (supposedly), so they needed to expand and ramp up production.

Well, it appears one less hurdle needs to be crossed now, as word is going out that those with tester units have started receiving the production firmware. This is significant because, until this point, everyone has been using pre-production firmware, so it was difficult to draw full conclusions on the camera because you didn’t know what features/performance were final.

It is also worth noting, B&H has updated their expected availability on the X-Pro2 to March 25th. There were some questions back when the delay was first announced about if the US stores were going to remain on time while delays hit other international markets. Well, it appears that is not the case.

Canon G7X II & 80D To Be Announced Soon?

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The Canon G7X is one of the best pocket cameras on the market, though not quite as good as the Sony or Panasonic offerings. But, that may not be the case for long, as rumors are now hitting the wire that Canon may announce the G7X II later this month.

According to some leaked specs, via Digicame-Info (who is usually fairly spot on with these sort of leaks), the new G7X II will feature a 20MP 1″ sensor as well as the following:

  • DIGIC7 processor
  • 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8
  • Image Stabilizer (IS) equipped. 
  • 9 aperture blades 
  • Control ring mounted
  • Continuous shooting up to 8 frames/sec (even JPEG even RAW)
  • 3.0 inches 1.04 million dot tilting LCD monitor
  • Touch panel
  • Display tilts 180 degrees upward, 45 degrees below
  • Full HD video
  • Time-lapse movie
  • Wi-FI built-in
  • NFC
  • Picture Styles
  • In-camera RAW development

It will be interesting to see how much of an upgrade the G7X II is over the G7X, and going further, if it can compete any better with the other high-quality pocket cameras from Sony and Panasonic.

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In addition to the G7X II, as mentioned above, the Canon 80D has also been said to be coming later this month. Though, no specs were leaked in regards to the 80D.

It will be interesting to see how these new Canon announcements, likely coming just ahead of CP+, will be received. I loved the G7X for the short time that I had one, I would be very interested in getting my hands on one of the new models if/when it is announced.

Google Killing Off Picasa

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Well, to say that I did not see this coming would be an understatement, but word has come down that Google will be killing off Picasa in favor of putting all their photo related efforts into Google Photos.

After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos,” Google said in their announcement. “We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.”

I don’t disagree with their thought process here, it makes sense. That said, I do know this will be a blow to people who used and enjoyed the Picasa experience.

According to the Google release, the Picasa desktop app will be retired as of March 15th 2016, while it will still work after that point, it will no longer be supported and easily available for download. As for the online functionality, you will still be able to access your Picasa images to download them, but after May 1st, you will no longer be able to create new galleries, organize images, or edit images through the online interface.

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!