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Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (19 May)

Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week

Product launches, product announcements, product problems and product warnings… we've been lighter on rumors this week, but heavier on physical photography happenings – with one  very notable exception.

Up in the cloud, there was some serious noise surrounding Adobe's Creative Cloud platform, after the company sent warnings to its customers about potential legal action being taken against them. 

So, from firmware to phones, here are the five biggest news stories of the week…

Adobe discontinues old CC apps, warns legal action

The previous week ended with Adobe abruptly discontinuing older versions of Creative Cloud applications; this week started with Adobe warning its customers that continuing to use them could result in legal action.

All but the latest two versions of every CC app (with the exception of Acrobat, which only has the latest version) were removed by the company, which came as a surprise to many subscribers who had no idea that the older software they were paying for would suddenly be discontinued.

Further to revoking customers' licenses for older apps, Adobe then emailed customers to inform them that they "may face potential claims of infringement" – a result, it seems, of Adobe's ongoing legal tussle with Dolby over disputed fees when the company migrated to cloud-based software.

Read more: Adobe discontinues old CC software, warns users of legal action

Nikon Z6 and Z7 technical issues – free repairs offered

Nikon Z6 and Z7 technical issues – free repairs offered

It wasn't just Adobe warning customers of potential problems – Nikon also had to inform its users of product issues this week. 

The company issued a Technical Service Advisory for the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 cameras, due to problems affecting the in-body images stabilization (vibration reduction) on both full-frame mirrorless systems. 

Nikon provided a microsite to check if your camera is affected, and also offered to provide free repairs for faulty units – even if customer warranties have expired or are no longer valid.

Read more: Technical issues with Nikon Z6 and Z7 stabilization – Nikon offers free repairs

Premium phones, foldable phones, Terminator phones

Premium phones, foldable phones, Terminator phones

The camera phone market continues to explode with exciting, high-end products, and we've seen a whole host of next-generation performers this past week.

Huawei undoubtedly stole the show, beginning with the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G – the company's first consumer 5G phone, packing a 40MP Leica triple-camera array – then with the Huawei Mate X – the world's first and fastest foldable 5G phone, with a 40MP Leica Quad Camera setup.

Not to be outdone, Asus revealed its new Terminator 2-inspired premium performer. The Asus ZenFone 6 boasts a "liquid metal" housing and a groundbreaking motorized, flip-up, 48MP camera. 

And finally, we got hands-on for our full review of the OnePlus 7 Pro – a triple-camera,  48MP device with a James Bond-esque pop-up selfie camera!

Nikon Z7 and Z6 firmware update adds eye detection AF 

Nikon Z7 and Z6 firmware update adds eye detection AF

Despite the above potential issues with Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7 have just received a pretty beefy firmware update that adds some robust autofocus functionality.

Headlining the firmware 2.0 is the much hyped Eye-Detection AF, which is almost spooky in its recognition and tracking accuracy both for single and multiple subjects.

The other big additions with the update are significantly improved low light autofocus capabilities in both stills and video mode, as well as full-time autoexposure at both cameras' maximum burst rates.

Read more: Eye detection AF headlines Nikon Z7 and Z6 firmware update

Panasonic's latest Micro Four Thirds tag team 

Panasonic's latest Micro Four Thirds tag team

After apparently falling out of love with the format, in favor of its new full-frame Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R cameras, one of the founders of the Micro Four Thirds standard has affirmed its commitment with a pair of new cameras.

The Panasonic Lumix GX880 has been announced in Europe, after previously being an exclusive to the Asian territories as the GF10W / GF90W. This 16MP body is packed with 4K video and still functionality, and boasts a 180-degree flipping selfie screen that makes it perfect for blogging and social-focused photography.

We also had a chance to put the new Panasonic Lumix G90/G95 20.3MP mid-range mirrorless camera through its paces, in our full review and lab test. Could this be the perfect hybrid all-rounder for photos and video?

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James started working in the photographic industry in 2014 as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy – successor to David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus. In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus. An Olympus and Canon user, James was previously technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine.