This Week in the World: April 20 – April 26

This Week in the World looks at this week’s most interesting stories out of the photo world.

Panasonic announced two excellent-looking new cameras, the mirrorless Lumix DMC-G6 and the Wi-Fi-enabled compact Lumix DMC-LF1.

panasonicSigma set a release date for its new USB dock, which “works in conjunction with Sigma Optimization Pro (SOP) software to connect a photographer’s lens to their personal computer and the internet to update firmware and other parameters,” according to Sigma’s press release. Expect the USB dock to be arriving in early May, so pretty soon. Check out the video below for more details on how this awesome new technology will work. (via PetaPixel)

Sony launched its new 30x compact superzoom, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V, which boasts an impressive 20.4-MP CMOS sensor and a 24-70mm F3.5-6.3 lens, and includes both Wi-Fi and GPS.

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Churchill Downs released a new list of items banned from this year’s Kentucky Derby, including camcorders, cameras with lenses more than six inches in length, and any camera with a “detachable lens,” meaning no DSLRs. (via PetaPixel)

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Sample images of Sigma’s new 18-35 F1.8 DC HSM were purportedly released by a Korean website, and as we suspected it looks pretty slick. (via DP Review)

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Facebook is reportedly considering switching its image format from JPEG to Google’s WebP format, causing the now infamous “‘Why?’ heard round the internet.” (via PopPhoto)

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You will probably have to wait a “year-ish” for Google Glass to become commercially available, according to a BBC interview with Google’s executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. (via DP Review)

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Less “news” and more “feature story,” British photographers Jonathan Blyth and Matthew Pontin have been roaming South West England in their Camper Obscura, spreading photo knowledge and good cheer.

And in case you missed it . . .

We profiled Hometown Heroes Shane McGeehan and Tim Neumann.

Why are Nikon COOLPIX A and Nikon COOLPIX P7700 the ultimate travel cameras? Find out here.

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