The official Microsoft Store is accepting pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows 8 Phone. This is the one that has RAW (DNG) image capture. The pre-order price is $550 without contract and $200 with a new contract. This is AT&T. If you preorder, you get a free flip cover and a $50 app card. Freebies offer ends by 11/24/13. Limit 5 per customer.
Pre-orders of the Dxo Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition software have now dropped to $100 at B&H Photo while pre-orders of the Elite edition are down to $200. These are software boxes to be delivered by mail. They are expected to be released on Nov-13-2013. The discounted prices are also available at the Dxo Store. Discount may end by Nov-20-2013.
The newly announced 13 inch and 15 inch Macbook Pros with Haswell and CrystalWell processors are now available for pre-order at MacMall.com. There are five options (three 13", two 15") with prices ranging from $1294 to $2594.
Earlier today we launched a brand new stock status page for the hot new Panasonic GM1 compact M43rds camera. You can also find this new tracker at the front page of the Stock Status site and also on the front page of the main blog at the Stock Status Rotation spot. You can also find links to the frequently updated stock status pages towards the bottom of the sidebar of this blog.
Fuji announced two new cameras today and they are available for pre-order as follows:
Pentax announced today the new K3 APS-C DSLR and the camera is available for pre-order for $1300 as the K3 Body Only or for $1650 as the K3 with 18-135mm kit or for $1600 as the K3 silver limited edition (with special grip and strap; no lens).
The pre-order party continues with the new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet with a 2560 by 1600 screen resolution with 339 PPI and 100% sRGB. That does not sound bad for looking at photographs! Pre-order prices start at $380 (16GB on-board, Wifi only, with Special Offers). The 4G LTE options cost $100 more. Going from 16GB to 32GB to 64GB is $50 more at each hop (versus $100 more with the iPads). They are expected to start shipping mid-October 2013 (depending on the model and specs).
The new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX cannot match the 2560x1600 resolution of the 8.9-inch model, but it offers 1920 by 1200 with 323 PPI and 100% sRGB. Prices start at $230.
Just like clockwork, Adobe announced today version 12 of their Elements software (Photoshop and Premiere). And you don't have to wait a single millisecond if you want to buy them. They are already available for purchase as digital downloads at Amazon.com as follows:
+ Photoshop Elements 12 for $100
+ Elements 12 Photoshop and Premiere for $150
+ combo in student & teacher edition for $120 - you must qualify for the academic discounts per Adobe's term. My basket-weaving weekend class does NOT qualify!
+ available in Windows or Mac OS only (no Linux, ChromeOS, VMS, etc versions)
The new Microsoft Surface 2 tablets, including the full Windows 8 Surface Pro 2 tablet are now available for pre-order at the The Microsoft Store. The Pro 2 starts at $900 and goes up to $1800 for the model with the 512GB solid state drive. They were announced yesterday. Shipping is expected to begin October 21 in 2013.
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