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2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review: Something old, something new - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 21:01
Nicer than the SUV it replaces, the "all-new" Nautilus feels more like the sum of many small improvements rather than a quantum leap.
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Canon PowerShot SX70 offers 65X zoom lens, 4K video and CR3 Raw support

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:37
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Canon has introduced its latest superzoom camera, the PowerShot SX70 HS. Its equivalent focal range of 21-1365mm hasn't changed, but the sensor, image processor, viewfinder and video capabilities have been greatly improved.

The SX70 has a 20.3MP BSI-CMOS sensor paired with Canon's latest Digic 8 processor. The lens remains at 65X (almost half that of Nikon's new P1000,) with a maximum aperture range of F3.4-6.5. The new image processor has improved the effectiveness of the camera's image stabilization system according to Canon, which can now reduce shake by up to five stops. The Digic 8 also brings along support for Canon's CR3 Raw format, which has smaller file sizes than the previous CR2 format.

While the design of the camera isn't radically different from that of the SX60, there are three notable changes. First, the electronic viewfinder is now OLED with 2.36 million dots, compared to LCD with 922k dots. There's also an eye sensor that wasn't present on the SX60. Second, there's now a zoom switch on the lens barrel. The final change is a 'deprovement': the hot shoe on the SX60 is gone on the SX70.

The SX70 HS can shoot bursts at 10 fps with focus locked or 5.7 fps with continuous AF. UHD 4K video can be captured at 30p with a bit rate of 120Mbps. The SX70 continues to offer a microphone socket. The camera's wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The PowerShot SX70 HS will ship at the end of November for $549.99.

Press Release

Zooming With Features: Canon Introduces Latest High-Power Zoom Digital Camera, The PowerShot SX70 HS

Latest Edition Provides 65x Optical Zoom, High-Resolution Electronic Viewfinder and 4K Video

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 20, 2018 – It’s a common saying that good things come in small packages and today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, demonstrates this with the introduction of the new PowerShot SX70 HS compact digital camera. Featuring a 65x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 211-1365mm1), 20.3 Megapixel2 CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, the PowerShot SX70 HS camera is an ideal fit for anyone who wants powerful optical performance in a compact package. With a minimum focusing distance of 0cm3 and a zoom up to 2730mm1 (with ZoomPlus), the PowerShot SX70 HS allows users to create beautiful close-ups and stunning wide shots without changing lenses.

“In this day and age, cameras are becoming smaller while the desired list of features continues to grow,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon continues to be committed to incorporating the latest features in our compact cameras and the new PowerShot SX70 HS is our very latest version, providing the dynamic combination of a compact body, powerful zoom and robust features that photo and video enthusiasts alike will love.”

The PowerShot SX70 HS features a 0.39-inch, approximately 2.36-million dot, high-definition OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) for clear, crisp representation of what the lens is seeing. This camera also features 4K video shooting and frame grabbing,4 and is the first Canon point-and-shoot camera compatible with the latest RAW format (.CR3). With the addition of a new eye sensor, the camera automatically switches to the EVF display simply by bringing the camera up to the eye. Additionally, the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi®5 and Bluetooth®6 technology offers quick and easy sharing, making the switch from smartphone photography to the PowerShot SX70 HS camera simple and fun.

The DIGIC 8 processor enables the PowerShot SX70 HS camera to achieve five stops of IS with dual-sensing image stabilization (IS). Even during handheld shooting, IS allows users to take pictures with minimal worry about camera shake. The camera also features high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps. A Zoom Framing Assist button on the side of the lens barrel enables quick adjustments of the view angle, which is especially useful during telephoto shooting. With a large grip for comfortable, stable shooting and an EOS-like user interface, the PowerShot SX70 HS will make it easy for artistic vision to come to life in the hands of photographers at any level.

Availability and Pricing

The PowerShot SX70 HS will be available for purchase in November 2018 for an estimated retail price of $549.997.

1 In 35mm format.

2 Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

3 From the end of the lens, wide-angle only.

4 Frame grabbed images on the camera cannot be trimmed. Other than 4K movies, frame grabbing of Full HD or HD movies is not possible.

5 Compatible with iOS® versions 8.4/9.3/10.2, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

6 Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.0 or later and the Camera Connect App Ver. 2.0.30. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.

7Availability, prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set be individual dealers and may vary.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS specifications PriceMSRP$549Body typeBody typeSLR-like (bridge)Body materialMetal, compositeSensorMax resolution5184 x 3888Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9Effective pixels20 megapixelsSensor photo detectors21 megapixelsSensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)Sensor typeBSI-CMOSProcessorDigic 8Color spacesRGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 100-3200White balance presets6Custom white balanceYesImage stabilizationOpticalCIPA image stabilization rating5 stop(s)Uncompressed formatRAWJPEG quality levelsFine, normalFile format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.31)
  • Raw (Canon CR3)
Optics & FocusFocal length (equiv.)21–1365 mmOptical zoom65×Maximum apertureF3.4–6.5Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (4x)Manual focusYesNormal focus range5 cm (1.97″)Macro focus range0 cm (0″)Number of focus points9Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFully articulatedScreen size3″Screen dots922,000Touch screenNoScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeElectronicViewfinder coverage100%Viewfinder resolution2,360,000Photography featuresMinimum shutter speed15 secMaximum shutter speed1/2000 secExposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashYesFlash range5.00 m (at Auto ISO)External flashNoFlash modesAuto, on, slow sync, offContinuous drive10.0 fpsSelf-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3Videography featuresFormatMPEG-4, H.264Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)ConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (micro HDMI)Microphone portYesHeadphone portNoWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/n + BluetoothRemote controlYes (via smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedNoBatteryBuilt-inBattery descriptionLP-E12 lithium-ion battery & chargerBattery Life (CIPA)325Weight (inc. batteries)608 g (1.34 lb / 21.45 oz)Dimensions127 x 91 x 117 mm (5 x 3.58 x 4.61″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesGPSNone
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Amazon's second-gen Echo Show looks sleeker, sounds much better - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:37
Amazon's updated Echo Show smart display has a sharper screen and much better sound.
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Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR streams free over-the-air TV, starts at $230 - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:09
Cord-cutters get a new goody for their antennas, complete with Alexa and no monthly fees.
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AmazonBasics Microwave works with Alexa to take your voice commands - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:01
And the $60 microwave will automatically order more when you run out.
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Ring's redesigned Stick Up Cams want a spot inside your home - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:55
The Ring Stick Up Cam Wired and Stick Up Cam Battery are the first indoor cameras for the Amazon brand.
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Amazon Echo Link Amp takes on Sonos for half the money - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:52
The Echo Link Amp smart sound system lets you add your own speakers in an Alexa-controlled amplifier.
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Amazon Smart Plug showcases simple setup - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:47
Among a slew of Amazon devices announced Thursday, the Amazon Smart Plug is a $25 way to introduce your dumb devices to Alexa.
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Amazon Echo Wall Clock gives you a house with a smart clock on its walls - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:43
LEDs on this clock add at-a-glance convenience to your Alexa timers.
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Amazon's third Echo Dot gets a softer look and better sound - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:25
Amazon's most popular smart speaker gets a fabric makeover and a boost in sound quality for the same price.
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Amazon unveils the Echo Sub - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:36
Amazon has taken the wraps off the Echo Sub which is designed to supplement either a single or stereo pair of Echo speakers
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GoPro Hero7 Black: Say goodbye to shake and hello to live streams - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:58
And it's actually black this time.
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Voigtlander-Cosina announces 21mm F3.5 lens for Sony E-mount systems

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:45

Voigtlander-Cosina Japan has announced its new Color Skopar 21mm F3.5 E-mount lens.

This is the eighth Voigtlander-Cosina lens designed specifically for Sony's full-frame E-mount support. As with past lenses, the Color Skopar 21mm F3.5 features full EXIF support. In addition to having the extra metadata there, this also means Sony's in-body image stabilization should work without issue when shooting with the lens.

The lens constructed of nine elements — including one aspherical element and one anomalous partial dispersion element — in eight groups. It has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm/7.87in and uses a ten-blade aperture diaphragm.

The diameter of the lens is 62.8mm/2.47in and the length is 39.9mm/1.57in. It weighs just 230g and features a 52mm filter size.

Below are a collection of sample images provided by Voightlander-Cosina:

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The lens is currently available for pre-order and is expected to start shipping in October 2018. Voigtlander-Cosina Japan has it listed for ¥85,000, which equates to roughly $758 at the current exchange rate. Fred Miranda notes though that the price is suspected to be $799 when it lands stateside.

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Sony announces lightweight FE 24mm F1.4 G Master prime

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:00
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Sony has taken the wraps off of its new full-frame 24mm F1.4 G Master prime lens. Despite that fast maximum aperture, Sony has created a remarkably small and light lens compared to its peers, with a weight of just 445 grams (15.7 ounces). Compare that to the Sigma 24mm F1.4 Art shown below, which is 50% heavier and considerably more bulky, albeit cheaper.

It's a departure from traditional GM lenses, which tend to be large so as to not sacrifice optimal performance. This lens bucks the trend by prioritizing both optical performance and size and weight.

Sony's new 24mm F1.4 GM is significantly smaller than the Sigma equivalent to its left. In hand on a Sony body, it feels more like a F1.8 prime, which is really quite an achievement for a F1.4 lens, particularly one with the optical performance of the 24mm GM.

The 24mm F1.4 GM has a total of 13 elements, including two XA (extreme aspherical) which significantly reduce coma, and three ED elements. Sony's Nano AR coating reduces flare and ghosting, and so far, we're impressed by the lack of distracting flare artifacts and high contrast images even when shooting into the sun. 11 aperture blades yield smooth bokeh and circular out-of-focus highlights even when you stop down to F2.8, as well as 22-blade sharp sunbursts if you stop down further with bright, pinpoint light sources.

Focus is is driven by a new, evolved Direct Drive SSM motor that deliveries 'approximately three times greater thrust' than the previous system, but with high positional accuracy, according to Sony. In our initial tests, it's faster to focus than the Sigma 24mm F1.4 Art, so we're impressed by the speed of focus considering its F1.4 maximum aperture.

Its manual focus ring offers a linear response: a rarity on mirrorless lenses and useful when shooting video. It almost feels like a mechanically coupled focus ring. An aperture ring (with a 'de-click' feature), customizable focus hold button and AF/MF switch are also available. As with all G Master lenses, the 24mm F1.4 is weather-sealed.

Focus is silent, and there's minimal focus breathing. That combined with the linear focusing behavior and small lightweight design makes this lens very suitable for video.

The Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM will ship in October for $1400. Stay tuned for in-depth analyses of the optical characteristics of this lens, but in the meantime you can judge the performance yourself from our sample images, linked below. And if you're itching to assess sharpness, have a look at our aperture progression of a cityscape at the end of our sample gallery.

View our Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM sample gallery

Watch DPReview TV's first impressions

Press Release

Sony Expands Full-Frame Lens Lineup with Launch of 24mm F1.4 G Master™ Prime

New Large Aperture Wide-Angle Prime Lens is the most compact and lightest in its class[i] , with superb sharpness even at F1.4

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2018 – Sony Electronics, Inc. – a global leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – has today introduced an exciting new addition to their acclaimed G Master series of full-frame E-mount lenses, a 24mm F1.4 prime lens.

Expertly engineered to deliver best in class performance across all aperture settings, the new FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM) utilizes Sony’s most advanced optical technologies to satisfy the needs of the most demanding photographers. The new lens is the most compact and lightweight in its classi, measuring approx. 3.0 inches x 3.64 inches and weighing only 15.7 ounces, with a filter diameter of 67mm. Built to meet the strict standards of Sony’s flagship G Master series, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and beautiful bokeh, two qualities that are signature attributes of the G Master brand.

“We are continuing to evolve our lens lineup to maximize the power of our innovative α camera lineup, ” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of imaging solutions at Sony Electronics. “The new 24mm prime brings an exciting new perspective to our flagship lens series. With its incredibly lightweight design and signature G Master quality, our 30th native full-frame mirrorless lens opens up a new world of creative opportunities for today’s photographers, videographers and multi-media creators.”

Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.4, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM boasts a new optical design comprised of 10 groups with 13 elements, including two XA (extreme aspherical) and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. The incorporation of two XA elements effectively suppresses sagittal flare[ii] to ensure that point light sources like distant stars can be accurately reproduced, making the FE 24mm F1.4 GM a compelling proposition for astrophotography. For impressive clarity, Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce lens flare and ghosting, even in landscape shots where the position of the sun can be problematic with a normal lens.

This outstanding performance is packaged in an extremely compact and lightweight body weighing it at only 15.7 ounces, a welcome relief for landscape or adventure photographers that are hiking, climbing or traveling over long distances. This advantage is further compounded when the FE 24mm F1.4 GM is paired with one of Sony’s award winning α7 / α9 cameras. The lightweight lens design has been realized in part by the development of a new high power DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) that delivers approximately three times greater thrust than the previous focus system, enabling fast response, high positioning accuracy and quiet operation for both stills and movie shooting.

This incredible lens is also a perfect complement to Sony’s APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras such as α6500 and α6300, and brings the total number of native Sony α E-mount lenses to 48[iii].

In addition to its landscape and starscape shooting abilities, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM also has excellent close up performance of 0.24 meters (0.79ft.) and delivers soft and natural bokeh, a feature that is common across Sony’s entire G Master series of lenses. This is achieved by extreme control over factors like spherical aberration, and axial and lateral chromatic aberration, at the design and manufacturing stages, as each lens is individually tested and adjusted to achieve maximum performance.

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM also includes a number of professional controls that aide ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. These include an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive aperture control, and a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control. There is also a customizable focus hold button, and a focus-mode switch that makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus to match changing shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM will ship in October 2018 for approximately $1,400 US and $1,900 CA. The lens will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

[i] Compared to other full-frame 24mm F1.4 auto-focus prime lenses. As of September 2018 press release, based on Sony research

[ii] A phenomenon that results in an unnatural spreading of point light sources that appears somewhat like a bird spreading its wings and becomes more pronounced towards the image periphery. It is most common in large-aperture lenses

[iii] Including converters, excluding discontinued models

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM specifications Principal specificationsLens typePrime lensMax Format size35mm FFFocal length24 mmImage stabilizationNoLens mountSony FEApertureMaximum apertureF1.4Minimum apertureF16Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades11OpticsElements13Groups10Special elements / coatingsXA (extreme aspherical) + ED elements, Nano AR coatingFocusMinimum focus0.24 m (9.45″)Maximum magnification0.17×AutofocusYesMotor typeLinear MotorFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight445 g (0.98 lb)Diameter75 mm (2.95″)Length92 mm (3.62″)SealingYesColourBlackFilter thread67 mmHood suppliedYesHood product codeALC-SH154
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DPReview TV: Sony 24mm F1.4 GM

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:00

In this episode of DPReview TV we take a look at Sony's brand new 24mm F1.4 GM lens, a desirable focal length for many photographers. How does it perform? Chris and Jordan give us their first impressions.

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Sony 24mm F1.4 GM sample gallery

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:00
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Sony's new FE 24mm F1.4 G Master lens is surprisingly lightweight and compact for a wide, fast prime. Having spent a little bit of time shooting with it, we've got some initial images to share. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at this new G Master lens.

See our Sony 24mm F1.4 GM sample gallery

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Fujifilm X-T3 firmware update fixes distortion, memory card lock issues

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:10

Fujifilm released a firmware upgrade (v1.01) for its X-T3 mirrorless camera that addresses issues with distortion compensation when using the electronic shutter in continuous high shooting mode. A bug where the mechanical lock on SD cards was ignored has also been fixed, along with unspecified 'slight defects'.

The update can be downloaded here.

Read our Fujifilm X-T3 First Impressions Review

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Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress: First impressions - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:40
Larger screen, new watch faces and a promise of serious heart rate tech. Here's why you might consider an upgrade.
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Polarr Deep Crop app crops your images like a pro

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:52

Cropping has the potential to turn a good photo into a great one, or even save a shot that would otherwise have ended up in the digital trashcan. Software company Polarr has now launched a new AI-powered app for iOS that should make finding the perfect crop much easier.

Deep Crop's algorithms have been trained to find the most interesting elements in a photo using

using 200 million cropping data points from real photographers.

Source image Crop 1 Crop 2 Crop 3

The company also says it has achieved an 20x efficiency boost in RAM and power usage for offline AI- systems, allowing for the app to run locally on your iPhone. This means there's no need for internet connectivity and your image material won't be uploaded to any external servers.

When you launch the app, all images in your camera roll will be displayed, and tapping on a photo will show you suggested crop options. By default, you'll see smart crops of various ratios but it is also possible to specify an aspect ratio.

If you don't like the apps' suggestion you can repeat the process as many times as you like to see more crops. Once you like the result it can be exported or shared in the usual ways.

Source image Crop 1 Crop 2 Crop 3

In its current state Deep Crop is pretty much a one-trick-pony but we'd expect the technology to be integrated into one of Polarr's more comprehensive applications, such as Photo Editor, at some point in the near future. In the meantime the app can help you achieve better crops or simply discover new perspectives when viewing your own images.

Polarr Deep Crop is available on the Apple App Store now.

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Loupedeck is now compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:42

In June, Loupedeck launched an update to its editing console, including a physical redesign and added Capture One compatibility. Now, a big new software update aims to make the device attractive to an entirely new user group – the Loupedeck+ is now compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, allowing for its use in video editing.

Configuration of the controls is customizable to adapt to your workflow, and configuration setups can be exported for sharing or use across multiple consoles. It is possible to create several LUTs (color lookup tables) for fast and efficient alteration of color and the system also supports flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment.

If Adobe Premier isn't your video editor of choice, you might still be able to use Loupedeck in the future, as the company says it will be rolling out mode video software integrations later this year.

Loupedeck chief Mikko Kesti said in a statement:

"Our mission is to keep on improving the editing workflow, so it's only fitting our next step is in the video editing space. Just like we developed the Loupedeck+ exclusively from community feedback, we felt it was imperative to listen to what our users had to say and make the device's functionality even more well-rounded, providing all the same editing functions that photographers have at their fingertips to videographers. Users can now count on Loupedeck+'s intuitive design and user-friendly approach to enhance their video editing quality and increase their output. Our ongoing partnership with Adobe made introducing these new capabilities with its Premiere Pro CC suite an easy decision."

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