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Two wooden shelves each displaying three cameras. The upper shelf holds a green, red, and blue camera, while the lower shelf also holds a green, red, and blue camera. Each camera is marked with the "LUMIX" brand and is equipped with a large lens. A plant is partially visible on the left side.

Panasonic Used Stock Photos in its Japanese Lumix S9 Marketing

When companies announce and market new cameras, they include sample images. By default, most people would believe these photos are from the latest product, and often, they are. But not always. Panasonic reportedly found itself on the wrong side of this situation last week when it announced the Lumix S9.

A group of four camera lenses is displayed on the left side of the image, labeled as "Anamorphic" and part of the "Micro Four Thirds" system. The right side of the image features the "Micro Four Thirds" logo and text on a gray background.

Lens Maker Sirui Officially Joins Micro Four Thirds System

Panasonic and Olympus -- now OM System -- jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008. Since then, it has grown to more than 60 members, and it's still growing. Lensmaker Guangdong Sirui Optical Co., Ltd. is the newest member of the standards group.

Farewell Fujinon XF 18-55mm, the Kit Lens Nobody Else Dared to Make

Close-up shot of a Fujinon camera lens against a black background. The lens has reflections visible on its glass, with the text "Fujinon Aspherical Super EBC" and the specifications "18-55mm 1:2.8-4 R LM OIS" around the outer edge.

While photographers can still get their hands on the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens, it will no longer be the kit lens of choice for Fujifilm cameras, including for the new Fujifilm X-T50 camera. Supplanted by the new XF 16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 R LM WR, the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 proved challenging for competitors to match -- not for a lack of ability, but a lack of desire.

A stylized blue letter "R" with a white arrow pointing upward and curving to the right inside of it. The design has a gradient effect, giving it a modern, three-dimensional appearance. The background is plain white.

ProGrade Digital’s Refresh Pro Software Is Now Free Forever

ProGrade Digital's Refresh Pro software is designed to address multiple issues that arise with memory cards over time, including the fact that they get slower with age and use. It originally launched in 2019 for $30 but, citing the "vital" importance of what it can do, the company is making it free.