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Blackmagic Cinema Camera Only $1995 [Deals]

After announcing that a limited supply of its Pocket Cinema Camera is now shipping, Blackmagic has reduced the price of its 2012 Cinema Camera. The already affordable Blackmagic Cinema Camera is now only $1995. That's a huge discount from it original $2995 price tag.

Black Magic Cinema

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was announced at NAB 2012 with the intention of delivering a timeless feature film look at an affordable price. The Cinema Camera has been a popular choice for professional videographers who shoot independent films, documentaries or television commercials because of its good low light performance and great picture quality. This is a great deal for aspiring filmmakers looking for a quality cinema camera at a budget price.

Massive Leak Spills the Beans on Lumix GX7

So much for surprises. The Panasonic Lumix GX7 has been revealed, ahead of its official announcement by the company. The photos even look to be the real thing, not blurry snaps from unknown sources. Japanese site DCI posted the images, along with full specifications for the upcoming Micro Four Thirds camera body.

Panasonic DMC-GX7

Panasonic takes its latest cues from retro film cameras, already made popular by Fujifilm and others. What's inside the camera, of course is up to date including a built-in 2.76 million-dot electronic viewfinder. The official announcement is expected to happen later this month, but in the meantime here are the full specs.

Canon Announces Pocket-Sized Vixia mini Camcorder for YouTube Users and Video Bloggers

Canon has addressed a gap in the mini-camcorder market by announcing the the Vixia mini. The compact personal camcorder is aimed at YouTube users and video bloggers looking to upgrade from their low-quality webcams to full HD video. The Vixia features a 2.7-inch touchscreen display that can flip backwards for taking those all important "selfies." The camera is also small enough to slip into your pocket and is WiFi-enabled for video blogging on the go.

Canon EOS 6D DSLR

The Vixia mini also features an expansive fisheye lens, and is capabable of capturing both stills and full HD video. It is equipped with 12.8MP high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor, a variety of video modes like slow motion, a microSD card, and a Canon DIGIC DV4 Image Processor.

Throwable Camera Grabs Images on the Fly

Need to snap some panoramic images? Pretty soon it will be as simple as throwing a tennis-ball sized camera. Inventor Steve Hollinger has patented the Squito throwable camera, which incorporates position and orientation sensors to process images on the fly. Besides three on-board cameras, the Squito prototype sports an inertial measurement unit along with a microcontroller and image processor.

Throwable camera

The technology involved computes the relationship between the subject and spinning cameras, making it possible to re-orient and stitch the images together for a complete panorama. The same method also can be used to stabilize video, by registering frames captured in sequence. Not only this, but hardware inside Squito can wirelessly transmit the images and video captured directly to a mobile device or computer.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to Start Shipping in Limited Quantities, 4K Camera Delayed

Blackmagic announced at an LA event earlier today that limited quantities of the Pocket Cinema camera would begin to ship within 3-4 days. However, Blackmagic is still working on its 4K Production Camera, and it will not be completed until sometime in August. It's unknown how many Pocket models will be sent out, but most of the "limited quantity" will probably be evenly distributed to Blackmagic retailers. Adorama and B&H currently still have the camera listed at "pre-order" status.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Both the Pocket and 4K Cinema Cameras were announced at NAB 2013 back in April. The Pocket Cinema model impressed camera enthusiasts and filmmakers with its 1080P RAW specs, and affordable $995 price. However, Blackmagic is unfortunately becoming more known for its delays, rather than its lineup of affordable cinema cameras.

Print Your Next Camera with OpenReflex

Normally photographers print photos, not entire 35mm cameras. Now thanks to designer Léo Marius, anyone with access to a RepRap-style 3D Printer can fabricate the parts needed to build the OpenReflex SLR camera from scratch. Léo used a MakerBot Replicator 2X with around $30 in parts and ABS plastic to create the working unit.

OpenReflex 35mm DIY

Complete, open source instructions on how to build the OpenReflex 3D Printed Camera can be found on Autodesk Instructables. The camera itself is assembled from three distinct parts with their own function. Once they are built, the film receiver, viewfinder and shutter work together to carry the 35mm film, preview the shot, and expose the image.

Great Deals on Canon EOS 6D and EOS 5D Mark III

UPDATE: B&H has pulled the 5D Mark III page. We will update this page when we know more.

B&H is offering two great deals on older Canon DSLRs. The Canon EOS 6D has been packaged with a 24-105mm lens and Inkjet printer for only $1999. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has been bundled with a memory card and Inkjet printer for only $2,899. Both deals require a $400 MRI (Mail in Rebate), and expire on September 30, 2013.

Canon EOS 6D DSLR

The EOS 6D deal includes a wide-angle to portrait-length lens, and a PIXMA PRO-100 inkjet printer with a maximum print resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi. The camera is equipped with a 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor. It's capable of capturing high-quality still imagery and full HD 1080p video in any lighting situation, and it features a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 4.5 fps. Other features include a 3.0" 1,040k-dot LCD monitor, an expandable ISO range of 102400 and an 11-point AF system. The Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm IS Lens Kit currently retails for around $2,000.

Samsung Unveils WB110 Long-Zoom Camera

Samsung unveiled the successor to its WB100 bridge camera over the 4th of July holiday. The WB110 features the same 26x optical zoom as its predecessor, but it has a 35mm equivalent range of 22.3mm to 580mm. It is also equipped with a larger 20.2MP resolution sensor, a pop-up flash and a 3-inch HVGA (480 x 360) display.

Samsung WB110

Other features include 720p AVC/H.264 video, 3,200 max ISO and a Smart Auto mode. This feature automatically adjusts settings to help users get the best shot possible. The WB110 also ships with a Live Panorama mode for capturing "seemingly endless" panoramic shots, while previewing them on the screen.

Pre-Order the Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera

Pre-orders are now being accepted for the Canon EOS 70D digital camera. The DSLR’s new Live View: Dual Pixel CMOS AF promises to change the way users capture still images and video. The new technology allows users to shoot high quality video and still images in Live View with a seamless and precise autofocus. The featured packed 70D is equipped with a Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor, a powerful DIGIC 5+ processor, and a 20.2MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor

Canon EOS 70D Pre-Order

The 70D is capable of shooting 7.0 frames per second, and features an extended ISO range of 100–12800 making it versatile in many lighting situations. The 19-point all cross-type AF system with high precision dual cross f/2.8 center point guarantees beautiful imagery, and the Intelligent Viewfinder gives users maximum control. The EOS 70D also ships with built-in Wi-Fi, HDR, HDR Backlight Control, Creative Filters, Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF, and improved scene detection for night shooting.

Canon EOS 70D Announcement Coming July 2 [Rumor]

We've been promised several Canon EOS 70D announcements that have never materialized, but the wait could finally be over. Canon is expected to unveil the feature packed camera on July 2, according to Canon Rumors. The EOS 70D allegedly features a redesigned 20.2 megapixel sensor, a DIGIC 5+ processor and a rumored 19-point AF system called "Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus." The new AF system is reportedly five times faster than previous EOS cameras.

Canon EOS 70D

The camera is also expected to set the benchmark for ISO performance in Canon's crop sensor lineup, and feature HDR video. Other specs include the usual built-in WiFi, 3-inch Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD and LP-E6 battery.