May 20
Pentax launches two weather resistant lenses
Along with the K-7 DSLR, Pentax has launched the smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL WR and smc PENTAX-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6ED WR weather-resistant lenses. Treated with Super-Protect (SP) coating for dust resistance and designed with environmental sealing, both the lenses complement the latest Pentax weather-resistant DSLRs. Priced at $199.95 USD for the DA 18-55mm and $249.95 USD for the DA 50-200mm, the lenses will start shipping in July 2009.
May 19
Olympus updates firmware for four Zuiko lenses
Olympus has announced firmware updates for four of its lenses. The Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F3.5 Fisheye, ED 18-180mm F3.5-6.3, ED 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 and ED 90-250mm F2.8 are all modified to improve peformance when sequential shooting on the E-3 and E-30 DSLRs in Continous AF mode.
Canon Powershot SD970 IS gallery

Just Posted! We've had a Canon Powershot SD970 IS (IXUS 990 IS) in the office for a few weeks and - since we had the opportunity to use it extensively over the May Bank Holiday weekend - we thought we'd produce a quick gallery to give you an idea of what the camera, one of the latest additions to Canon's Powershot SD/IXUS range, is capable of.

May 18
Sony launches Alpha 230, Alpha 330 and Alpha 380
Sony has announced three new entry-level DSLRs. The A230, A330 and A380 replace the Alpha 200, 300 and 350. The restyled cameras offer new ergonomics and easy-to-use interfaces, but retain the underlying specification of the predecessor models. As before, the basic model is a 10MP DSLR, the intermediate model adds Sony's fast live view system and the range-topping model gets a 14.2MP sensor. The new Alpha DSLRs are better differentiated from one another, with individual color schemes and grip finishes helping to distingush between the models.
Sony unveils four new lenses
Sony has announced four new lenses to accompany its new Alpha models. Aimed squarely at the first-time DSLR owners it's done so much to attract, all feature inexpensive construction (including plastic mounts) and a new in-lens autofocus system designated SAM (which stands for Smooth Autofocus Motor). First up is a pair of new kit zooms (standard and telephoto), in the shape of the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM and the DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM. These are accompanied by a pair of primes; the DT 50mm F1.8 SAM and the DT 30mm F2.8 macro SAM. Prototypes of all four lenses were first shown at PMA earlier this year.
May 15
Panasonic GH1 gallery and movie samples
Just Posted! We've had a Panasonic GH1 to play with for a couple of weeks and - since it's going to be a while until we can publish a full review - we thought we'd produce a quick gallery of stills and a handful of HD quality movies to give you an idea of what the camera (and the new 14-140mm zoom lens) are capable of. Updated 19/5/2009 - a few higher ISO samples included.
Ricoh CX-1 sample gallery
Just Posted! We've just added a quick gallery of shots taken with one of the more interesting compact digital cameras launched recently, the CMOS-sensored Ricoh CX-1. Click through to see how well this compact superzoom camera performs in our preview gallery.
Canon issues service notice for 1D/1Ds Mark III
Canon has released a service notice for its EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III DSLRs. It addresses the issue of ring-shaped spots appearing in the images of some cameras - caused by lubricant from the mirror box getting onto the Low Pass Filter. Owners of affected cameras can contact Canon's customer support centre for for a free cleaning of the mirror box.
May 14
Just Posted: Compact Superzoom Group Test

Just Posted: Our Compact 'Superzoom' Group Test. We continue our series of group tests with six cameras that all combine a compact 'take-anywhere' body with the versatility of a 10x or 12x zoom lens. Throw in some extras such as HD video, super wide-angle lenses and image stabilization and you've got yourself a very tempting recipe. But which one is the most tasty dish? Find out in our review.

Sigma UK: DP2 now available
Sigma UK has announced the price and availability of the DP2 digital compact camera. Announced at the Photokina 2008 exhibition, this 14MP camera (4.7 million pixel images with three pieces of color data recorded at each location) with a large FOVEON X3 sensor has started shipping in the UK at a suggested retail price of £599.99. The optional VF-21 Viewfinder and HA-21 Hood adapter are available for £114.99 and £19.99 respectively.
May 12
Canon launches Live Learning program
Canon U.S.A. has announced a series of tuition sessions around the US, under the 'Live Learning' education program banner. Live Learning is split into two levels with the 'EOS Essentials' events being held in eight US cities and including sessions with Canon-sponsored professional photographers.
May 11
Sigma DP2 preview samples
Just Posted! Our preview sample gallery from the Sigma DP2. We were lucky enough to be loaned a full production version of Sigma's latest camera on a recent trip to Japan for just long enough to put together a quick gallery of sample images. We used a variety of subjects and color modes, and ISOs from 100 to 800. Click through to get an idea of the image quality this new large sensor compact can deliver.
May 8
Nik Software releases Sharpener Pro 3.0 for Lightroom
Nik Software has announced a version of its Sharpener Pro 3.0 sharpening plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The plug-in is compatible with Lightroom v2.3 and higher and is available for immediate download for $199.95 or free to existing users.
May 6
Panasonic announces prices for DMC-GH1

Panasonic has announced recommended prices and availability for the Lumix DMC-GH1 Micro Four Thirds camera. The camera as a kit with the Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/O.I.S. lens will sell for a suggested retail price of $1499.95 in the US. Panasonic Germany reports a recommended price of €1550 though it doesn't specify that includes the lens. It will be made available in both markets from June 2009. The US will only receive the camera in black, while different European countries will have varying options that can include red or and interesting Champagne gold color.

May 1
Ricoh updates firmware for CX1 compact camera
Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the CMOS-based CX1 digital compact camera. Firmware Version 1.19 rectifies the problem where the camera would shut down without retracting the lens when the battery is depleted. The update closely follows the recent CX1 firmware update (v1.16) which rectified minor operational issues.
April 30
Just Posted: Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR review
Just Posted: Our review of the Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR. Fujifilm has built up a reputation for following its own path when it comes to sensor technology, which has resulted in cameras such as the F30, F31fd and S5 Pro that have developed devoted followings. Now we have the FinePix F200 EXR, the first camera to incorporate the company's Super CCD EXR technology. So does this latest wizardry live up to the promises of improved low-light performance and greater dynamic range? And, just as importantly, what's the camera like to use? Find out the answer to both questions in our in-depth review.
April 29
Phase One announces P40+ medium format system
Phase One has announced the P40+ medium format digital back. The new system incorporates the company's Sensor+ technology that offers both a full 40MP resolution capture mode and a second 10MP 'Sensor+' mode for faster image capture. The Sensor+ mode also increases maximum sensitivity from ISO 800 (in full resolution mode) to ISO 3200. The camera has started shipping at approximately €14,990 for the digital back and €16,990 for the camera system.
Phase One releases Capture One 4.8
Phase One has announced version 4.8 of Capture One 4, PRO and DB RAW workflow software. The latest update provides support for the P40+ and Olympus E-620. It also provides improved camera support for the P65+, Leica D-Lux 4 and Olympus E-30 digital cameras.
Nikon updates Camera Control Pro 2
Nikon has released an updated version of Camera Control Pro 2, its remote control software for its DSLRs. Version 2.5.0 extends support to the latest D5000 digital SLR. It also resolves minor issues pertaining both to Windows and Mac users.
April 28
Canon releases service notice for PowerShot G10
Canon has announced a service notice for its PowerShot G10 compact camera. It addresses the appearance of lines in certain images shot with a specific batch of G10's. Affected cameras can be identified by their serial numbers, where the 4th and 5th digits correspond to the numbers listed in the notice. These cameras will be repaired for free by contacting the company's customer support center.
PictureCode releases Noise Ninja v2.2.0
PictureCode has updated the standalone version of Noise Ninja, its noise analysis and reduction software. Version 2.2.0 features a new Sidekick mode enabling external image-editing applications such as Photoshop Lightroom to send files for automatic batch processing. This update also fixes a bug in the Mac version.
April 24
Just posted! Pentax 15mm F4 Limited lens review
Just posted! Our lens review of the Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited. Following our recent tests featuring many of the wideangle zooms currently on the market, we turn our attention to Pentax's latest design: a compact wideangle prime for APS-C DSLRs. As a member of Pentax's 'Limited' range, it has the undeniable attraction of finely-engineered aluminium construction, but does the quality of the optics match the build?
Cosina announces M adapter for Micro Four Thirds
Cosina has today announced a Voigtländer branded adapter to connect M-mount lenses with Micro Four Thirds camera bodies. The VM Micro Four Thirds adapter only provides a mechanical connection (no electronic data transfer) for lenses from Leica, Carl Zeiss and Voigtländer. It can also be used in conjunction with the company's M/L adapter to allow the use of Voigtländer L lenses. Click through for further infomation on the Cosina website (in Japanese) and a list of compatible lenses.
April 23
Canon updates firmware for EOS 50D, 450D & 1000D
Canon has released firmware updates for its 50D, 450D and 1000D digital SLRs. Firmware versions 1.0.6, 1.1.0 and 1.0.5 for EOS 50D, Rebel XSi (450D) and Rebel XS (1000D) respectively, support the AF assist beam feature of Canon's latest Speedlight 270 EX flashgun. Additionally, the 50D update rectifies other issues including vertical banding noise.
April 22
Just Posted: Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Review
Just Posted: Our review of Sony's new superzoom: the HX1. Superzoom is a fitting name for a camera that features a 20X zoom range of 28mm to 560mm equiv. It also features ultra-fast 10 fps continuous shooting speed, 1080p HD video recording and a sweeping panorama mode. All this built around a new 9 Megapixel CMOS sensor. How does this impressive sounding package perform? Find out in our review.
Ricoh releases firmware update for GR Digital II camera
Ricoh has released a firmware update for the GR Digital II compact camera. Version 2.30 includes manual flash control as well as the ability to to save white balance compensation values under 'my settings'. A new feature, 'Today's Shots' displays the number of images recorded on a particular date when the power is turned off. The update follows the recent firmware update (v1.16) for the CMOS-based CX1 which rectifies a few minor issues.
April 20
Nexto announces NVS2500 backup storage device
Nexto, a manufacturer of portable backup storage devices, has announced the NVS2500 backup device claiming to offer back up speeds of up to 80MB/s. Primarily designed for video professionals, it is compatible with Compact Flash, SDHC and MemoryStick Pro, though its fastest speeds are reserved for SxS media. Built around a 2.5” SATA hard drive, it offers eSATA/USB and FireWire support. It also allows simultaneous backup to both its internal HD and an external USB hard drive. It also features a 2.4" preview LCD, rugged construction and a free-fall sensor for maximum drive protection. The NVS2500 is available in 160GB, 250GB, 350GB and 500GB storage capacities.
April 17
Panasonic releases Lumix DMC-FS12, FS62 & FS42
Panasonic has announced the addition of three new compact cameras to its Lumix FS series. The 12MP FS12 with 4x (31-124mm equiv.) optical zoom and a 2.7" LCD incorporates Intelligent Auto mode, Optical Image Stabilization and Face Detection. The FS42 and image-stabilized FS62 are both packed with 10 megapixel sensors, 2.5" LCDs, 4x (33-132mm equiv.) zoom lenses and include features such as Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection. We expect the FS62 to be widely available, the other two models through select retailers.
April 15
Nikon updates firmware for D40 and D40x DSLRs
Nikon has released a firmware update for its D40 and D40x DSLRs. Version 1.12 for the D40 and Version 1.01 for the D40x improve compatibility of both cameras with Nikon's new EN-EL9a batteries. With the updated firmware, the D40 should deliver approximately 510 shots in single-frame shooting mode using the EN-EL9a, according to CIPA standard tests, rather than 470 with the original EN-EL9 pack.
Apple releases Aperture v2.1.3
Apple has released an updated version of its Aperture image processing software. Version 2.1.3 fixes minor issues related to the image library and improves the overall functioning of the software. The update also rectifies an error in thumbnail display of Nikon camera files when the camera is connected directly to the computer.
April 14
Pentax posts firmware update for K20D DSLR
Pentax has released a firmware update for its K20D digital SLR. Version 1.03 improves operation of the Shake Reduction (SR) function of the camera. K20D users can download and install the latest firmware from the Pentax website.
Nikon D5000 preview sample images
We've posted samples images from the Nikon D5000 DSLR. We borrowed a production specification version of Nikon's latest digital camera and made the best of the London weather. Most of the shots have been taken using the Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR and at default settings. However, we've tried to use a range of the camera's ISO settings, two of its scene modes (including the new Silhouette mode) and even tried turning Active D-Lighting off for some of the low-light samples. We've added these samples to the end of our hands-on preview.
Nikon D5000 DSLR: Announced and Previewed
Nikon has unveiled the D5000 upper-entry-level DSLR and we've prepared a full preview of the camera and its features. Sitting between the D60 and D90, the D5000 appears to go head-to-head with Canon's EOS 500D, aiming at upgrading DSLR owners and experienced compact users. It combines many of the features of the D90 in a slightly smaller, simpler body and includes a 12.3 MP CMOS sensor, live view, 720p movies and a 2.7 inch, 180 degree Tilt/Swivel LCD.
Nikon announces 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED lens
Nikon has announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED, an ultra-wideangle zoom for DX format DSLRs. This mid-range optic offers a minimum focus distance of 0.24m through the entire zoom range, and includes a built-in AF-S motor that enables autofocus on entry-level Nikon bodies (including the D5000 also announced today). The optical formula consists of 14 elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical elements and 2 ED glass elements to combat aberrations. It will be available from May at a cost of €849.
April 9
Olympus releases firmware update for E-3 DSLR
Olympus has released a firmware update for its top-of-the-range digital SLR, the E-3. The update notes specify that Version 1.4 improves the autofocus performance of the camera. As usual, users can download and install the latest firmware using Olympus Master or Studio software.
April 8
Nik Software announces Silver Efex Pro for Lightroom
Nik Software has announced the availability of the Silver Efex Pro, its advanced Black and White conversion plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro is the third of Nik's plug-ins that it has developed for Photoshop Lightroom. The plug-in is compatible with Lightroom v2.3 and higher and is available for immediate download for a suggested retail price of $199.95 or free to existing users.
April 6
Just posted! Tokina 12-24mm lens review
Just posted! Our new lens review featuring the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 12-24mm F4 ED (IF). Continuing our series examining ultra-wideangle zooms, we take a look at Tokina's five year old offering in this popular category. Can it still compete with newer designs, or does its relatively narrow angle of view compared to 10mm zooms rule it out of serious contention?
April 3
Phase One releases Capture One 4.7
Phase One has announced an updated version of its Capture One 4, PRO and DB RAW workflow software. Version 4.7 introduces a new Enhanced Image Package (.EIP) file format that combines Capture One changes with lens calibration data and the original RAW data in a single file. Furthermore, JPEG and TIFF files can now be edited directly in Capture One. It also supports tethered shooting with Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D3x DSLRs.
April 2
Olympus posts firmware update for E-30 DSLR
Olympus has released a firmware update for the E-30 digital SLR. Version 1.1 rectifies minor issues with image playback and quietens operation of the Image Stabilizer when used with Imager AF and Hybrid AF modes of the camera. The latest firmware can be installed via Olympus Master or Studio software.
April 1
Play a part: community-generated challenges are here
The latest phase of our Challenges system is underway - community-generated challenges. Following a successful roll-out, bug-fixing and lesson-learning phase, we're starting to open the Challenges system up so that you can create new series of challenges to test your peers' visions and creativity. The first community-generated challenges begin accepting entries from tomorrow and there's a page for you to volunteer as a series host.
March 31
Olympus launches E-450 compact DSLR
Olympus has announced the E-450, an upgraded version of the E-420 compact DSLR. The new E-450 is essentially identical to the E-420 apart from the addition of 3 Art Filters, a new processor and an improved LCD display. Priced at £450 for the standard lens kit, it will start shipping from May 2009.
March 27
Zeiss to make 18mm F3.5 for Canon
Carl Zeiss has said it will produce a Canon-mount version of its 18mm F3.5 lens. The Distagon T* 3.5/18 super-wide angle lens has previously only been available in the ZF and ZK mounts for Nikon and Pentax cameras, respectively. A Canon-mount version of the lens is being shown at the Photo Imaging Expo 2009 show in Tokyo and will be available 'towards the end of the year,' the company said.
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX1 IS  Review
Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS. The SX1 IS is an update to the popular S5 IS, and is the first in a new wave of compact cameras that sport CMOS sensors with fast shooting times and HD video recording. Like its CCD-based sibling (the SX10), the SX1 offers a 28-560mm equiv. stabilized lens. But does the introduction of CMOS to compacts add enough to justify such a price premium over the CCD version? Follow the link to find out...
March 25
Just posted: Preview of the Canon EOS 500D / T1i
Just posted: our hands-on preview of the Canon 500D / T1i. We've managed to get our hands on Canon's latest consumer-grade DSLR and have been delving through the menus and scrutinizing its new features. We've also gone out and shot a handful of real-world sample images to show what it's capable of. So come in and meet the new Rebel.
Canon unveils EOS 500D / Rebel T1i DSLR
Canon has unveiled the EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i), the latest addition to its compact DSLR series. The upper-entry-level camera features a 15.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with 1080p HD video recording at 20fps. It also offers a 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dot resolution and an ISO sensitivity range expandable up to 12800 equivalent. It includes a faster Digic 4 processor offering better noise reduction at higher ISO's and continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps delivering 170 large JPEG images in a single burst.
Canon introduces Speedlite 270EX compact flashgun
Canon has also introduced the Speedlite 270EX entry-level flashgun, replacing the Speedlite 220EX with a smaller but more powerful unit. Unlike the 220EX, the new model features a 90 degrees tilting zoom head. It also offers a near-silent recycling in a time of just 3.9 seconds and a guide number of 27 meters. Powered by two AA batteries, this flashgun is compatible with all recent Canon cameras.
Canon releases PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II printer
Canon has released the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II 14 inch A3+ professional inkjet printer. With a resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi, the printer uses a 10-colour pigment ink system, including both matte and photo blacks. This allows photographers to print on both gloss and matte media without changing ink tanks. It offers 16 bits per channel printing and dedicated monochrome printing. It also offers the Ambient Light Correction option that adjusts the final print according to type of lighting under which the print will be displayed. The Pro9500 Mark II is priced at $849 USD (£729).
Canon announces PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II  printer
Canon has also announced the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II 14 inch professional inkjet printer. Compared to the previous model, the Mark II offers three times faster black and white printing, supports third-party media and includes a new Ambient Light Correction feature. The addition of 16 bits per channel printing offers a wider color gamut (with 276 trillion colors). In addition, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop is provided that enables Canon EOS users to directly print RAW files without converting to a compressed format. The Pro9000 Mark II is priced at $499 USD (£499).
March 24
Just Posted: Olympus E-30 Review
Just Posted: Our full review of the Olympus E-30. The E-30 is the long-awaited 'tweener' model that fills the gap in the E-system range between the entry-level models and the flagship E-3. With a new 12 megapixel sensor, a selection of unique in-camera creative options and a wealth of features, the E-30 looks very promising on paper, but does it deliver in use? Find out in our in-depth review after the link.
Hartblei Tilt-Shift lenses receive Carl Zeiss certification
Germano-Ukranian specialist lens maker Hartblei has announced that its range of Superrotator tilt-shift lenses have now been approved to carry the Carl Zeiss name. The 'Hartblei-Optics by Carl Zeiss' range of Tilt-Shift lenses includes a 40mm F4, 80mm F2.8 and 120mm F4 Macro. All three lenses are available in a variety of mounts, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A and Pentax K.