Apr8
Adobe Lightroom goes mobile, but only for subscribers

Adobe has released Lightroom mobile for Apple's iPad as a companion app to the Lightroom desktop application. The app offers many of same image editing and organizing functions found on the desktop version. It also uses cloud technology to synchronize your edits across various devices with the image catalog on your desktop computer. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 131 Published: Apr 8, 2014 at 15:31
Get the story behind the photograph

Most photographs - especially photojournalistic work - exist in a void with little insight from the photographer that captured the image and what they were trying to achieve. 'The Image, Deconstructed' looks to turn this around. The website provides interviews with photographers, asking them about their techniques, their gear, their preparation, and their mindsets when they photograph. Learn more

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 11 Published: Apr 8, 2014 at 08:00
Blackmagic Design launches Blackmagic Studio Camera

Touted as 'the world's smallest broadcast camera with the world's largest viewfinder', Blackmagic Design has announced its new Studio Camera. The Studio Camera employs a 12.48mm x 7.02mm sensor and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. It also has a 10-inch viewfinder and a four-hour built-in battery. Learn more

VIDEO NEWS Comments 22 Published: Apr 8, 2014 at 04:53
AJA enters cinema camera market with 4K Cion

AJA has announced the Cion - a production camera featuring a 4K APS-C sized sensor - at NAB in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is AJA Video System's first camera, the company being known primarily as a manufacturer of video interface and conversion products. The camera accepts lenses with a PL mount and records to a single proprietary SSD drive. Learn more

VIDEO NEWS Comments 23 Published: Apr 8, 2014 at 04:15
Apr7
JVC Kenwood joins Micro Four Thirds with 4K Super 35 prototypes

Update: Consumer electronics maker JVC Kenwood has joined the Micro Four Thirds standard and said it will develop products for the system. The company is showing two prototype 4K-capable cameras, including a compact, handheld model at NAB in Las Vegas. We stopped by the JVC Kenwood booth and got a first glimpse of the cameras on display. Interestingly, the company says both cameras will have Super 35 sensors (around 21 x 12mm), which is wider than the original Four Thirds sensor format which the standard was designed around. Learn more

VIDEO NEWS Comments 132 Published: Apr 7, 2014 at 22:57
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery

Now that we have our hands on not one, but two PowerShot G1 X Mark IIs, we've running around out taking photos like crazy. This first installment of 24 photos - some of which may look familiar - should give you a taste of what the camera can do, and there are plenty of additional samples on the way. See gallery

SAMPLE GALLERY Comments 130 Published: Apr 7, 2014 at 20:02
Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic URSA with 10-inch screen

Blackmagic Design has unveiled its latest and most expensive camera to date, the URSA. The camera features a changeable sensor design, allowing the user to swap out the Canon EF lens mount and 4K Super 35 image sensor for a similar sensor with a PL mount. The URSA features touch screens for operator control - including a 10-inch flip-out screen. It also has another 5-inch screen showing timecode, histogram, and other indicators such as a spectrum scope for checking focus. Learn more

VIDEO NEWS Comments 77 Published: Apr 7, 2014 at 19:14
Light it up: Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon review

The Phottix Mitros flash is a high-end TTL flash designed to compete with Canon's 580EX II at well over half the price. The Mitros for Canon shares many features with the 580EX II, including high-speed sync and built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes. But is the Mitros mighty enough to match one of Canon's most beloved flash models? Find out in our review

REVIEW Comments 32 Published: Apr 7, 2014 at 19:00
A first look at the Sony Alpha 7S 12MP full-frame with 4K output

Sony has just announced a 12MP full-frame addition to its Alpha 7 series, designed to output 4K footage over HDMI. We've just got back from Sony's press conference at the NAB show in Las Vegas, where we got a chance to see the camera. We hope to get more hands-on in the coming days, but for now, here's some more details of the Sony Alpha 7S.

CAMERA NEWS Comments 315 Published: Apr 7, 2014 at 00:08
Apr6
Sony announces a7S full-frame mirrorless with 4:2:2 4K video output

Sony has announced the Alpha 7S, a 12MP full-frame mirrorless camera designed for both stills and video. The camera can read out its entire sensor fast enough to output 8-bit 4:2:2 4K video over HDMI at up to 30p, without line skipping or pixel binning. This also promises higher quality for the 1080p video (at up to 60p) it can record internally. Unlike the a7 and a7R, the latest model is not constrained by the AVCHD standard, also offering the XAVC S system, with bitrates of up to 50Mbps.

CAMERA NEWS Comments 434 Published: Apr 6, 2014 at 20:25
Meet the UK's first female press photographer

The Museum of London is celebrating the acquisition of a collection of images from Christina Broom, the UK's first female press photographer. Self-taught, Broom photographed London life and British military from 1903 to 1939. She started small, learning on a borrowed camera, and in 1904 she became the official photographer for the Household Division. See gallery

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 20 Published: Apr 6, 2014 at 07:00
Apr5
In photos: Swimming with jellyfish

When Seattle-based photographer Nadia Aly was diving in Jellyfish Lake in Palau, an island in the Pacific Ocean, and found herself surrounded by a swarm of jellyfish, she took advantage of the moment. Since the jellyfish in the lake have no natural predators, they have lost their sting. This enabled Aly to get unusually close and shoot thousands of photos over the course of a few days using her Canon 5D Mark II in an Aquatica Underwater Housing unit. See gallery

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 18 Published: Apr 5, 2014 at 07:00
Apr4
What The Duck #1459

We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

OTHER NEWS Published: Apr 4, 2014 at 21:40
Acclaimed AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press is reporting today that veteran AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed, and an AP reporter was wounded, when their car was fired upon by an Afghan police officer. They were traveling in a convoy of election workers bringing ballots to regions outside the city of Khost. Niedringhaus, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene and AP reporter Kathy Gannon was shot twice. She is listed as being in stable condition after surgery to treat her wounds. Learn more

OTHER NEWS Comments 155 Published: Apr 4, 2014 at 16:59
'Dedicated': A Nikon D4s video about photographers using the D4s

Photographer Corey Rich's most recent project, titled 'Dedicated', is a video detailing the working lives of three other notable photographers - Dave Black, Robert Beck and George Karbus - using Nikon's latest flagship camera, the D4s. Along with the final cut of 'Dedicated', a making-of video that shows the 21-day whirlwind tour to capture the footage and interviews for the documentary project was released. See video

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 78 Published: Apr 4, 2014 at 14:00
Waterproof camera returns to owner after being lost at sea

An Olympus camera lost by a Finnish diver on a trip in Thailand has made its way back to its owner. Reported by the travel site Sail In Finland, in January the Finnish diver's tethered camera floated away after some rough weather. The point-and-shoot was found the next day by Krzysztof Torzynski, a Polish diver from Denmark who was in the same waters. He then used photos on the camera to look for the owner. Learn more

OTHER NEWS Comments 65 Published: Apr 4, 2014 at 09:00
Lensbaby brings 'Sweet Spot ' selective focus lens to iPhone

Lensbaby is well known among DSLR photographers for its array of special-effect lenses. Now the Portland, Oregon-based company wants to expand into mobile photography and has launched a Kickstarter project to fund the final development stage of its Lensbaby Sweet Spot lens for iPhones. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 20 Published: Apr 4, 2014 at 08:00
Transcend UHS-I Class 3 memory cards support 4K video capture

Transcend has announced SDXC/SDHC UHS-I Class 3 (U3) rated memory cards with read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 85MB/s. The Transcend cards meet requirements to give smooth video capture on new 4K cameras such as the Sony FDR-AX100, Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Canon EOS C500. Featuring 32GB to 128GB capacities, the new cards will available by mid-April in Japan and soon after in the U.S. Learn more

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 24 Published: Apr 4, 2014 at 07:00
Apr3
Kenro launches Nissin i40 compact flash with video light

Kenro has announced the Nissin i40 compact flash gun that also has a built-in video light. It's compact in size and has a flash output of GN40 at 105mm with wireless TTL mode. The new model also has a LED video light providing nine steps of output level adjustment. The Nissin i40 is now available for Nikon and Canon, with Sony and Fujifilm fits coming soon. It will sell for £204/~$338. Learn more

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 29 Published: Apr 3, 2014 at 21:12
Nokia unveils 20MP Lumia 930 with Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia has launched a new high-end smartphone. The Lumia 930 is the international version of the Lumia Icon that was launched a few weeks ago as an exclusive model for U.S. carrier Verizon. Looking at the specifications, the 930's camera module appears to be identical to the unit used in Nokia's 6-inch phablet, the Lumia 1520. The 1/2.5-inch BSI CMOS sensor offers 20MP and the F2.4 aperture is combined with an optical image stabilization system and a dual-LED flash. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 70 Published: Apr 3, 2014 at 16:30
Up close: The beauty of butterfly wings

Some look like impressionistic paintings, while other look like colorful ribbons. It's hard to imagine the subjects of British photographer Linden Gledhill's macro photos are actually butterfly wings. A biochemist by training, Gledhill says, 'I’m completely enchanted by the physical world around me and obsessed by its natural beauty. My career in science has magnified this feeling of awe'. See gallery

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 47 Published: Apr 3, 2014 at 10:00
Roll with it: Official World Cup ball goes HD

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil just around the corner, Adidas is getting the ball rolling with an eye-catching video series. They've outfitted a match ball, also known as Brazuca, with six GoPro-style cameras for a unique point-of-view as Brazuca's six 'eyes' provide a 360-degree view around the field from cleat-level. Watch Brazuca in action

OTHER NEWS Comments 35 Published: Apr 3, 2014 at 08:00
Tiny lens turns your smartphone camera into a microscope

There is a large number of third party lens attachments for smartphones available. You can choose from fisheye, wide-angle, macro or tele lenses, or even attach an entire camera module. The Micro Phone Lens Kickstarter project is different though. It's a minuscule lens attachment made from a scratch-proof polymer that turns your smartphone or tablet into a microscope with a 150x magnification factor. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 24 Published: Apr 3, 2014 at 07:00
Apr2
Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit

Ricoh Imaging will soon be offering a limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit. The kit includes a black Q7, four lenses (standard prime, standard zoom, tele zoom, wide zoom) plus four hoods, a polarizing filter, and a camera bag that will surely be noticed. Only 1000 kits will be available worldwide, and those in the U.S. can pick up one later this month for $1199.95.

CAMERA NEWS Comments 89 Published: Apr 2, 2014 at 22:25
Legendary photographer David Goldblatt shares insights from career

Goldblatt has photographed everyone from Nelson Mandela to divorced housewives, and is especially noted for his stark portrayal of South Africa during Apartheid years. In a presentation at the 2014 Indaba Conference, Goldblatt talks about the challenge of managing the difference between his corporate work and his personal work. See video

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 7 Published: Apr 2, 2014 at 19:00
Canon launches XF205 and XF200 HD professional camcorders

Canon has introduced its new compact XF205 and XF200 professional camcorders aimed at broadcast news and wedding videographers. They come equipped with a wide-angle 26.8 mm (35mm equivalent) 20x optical zoom lens and support two recording formats - MXF, a file format used by broadcast stations, and MP4. The XF205 and XF200 will be available in mid-July for $4,400 and $3,900 respectively. Learn more

VIDEO NEWS Comments 69 Published: Apr 2, 2014 at 13:01
Canon announces Cine-Servo 17-120mm and HJ18ex7.6B HD zooms

Canon has announced its new Cine-Servo 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens for shoulder-mounted application or as a traditional cinema lens. It has an ENG-style Digital Drive handgrip with zoom rocker switch and will be available in either PL- or EF-mount. Canon has also launched the HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens for broadcast news and documentary situations. Learn more

VIDEO NEWS Comments 24 Published: Apr 2, 2014 at 13:01
Apple patents bayonet mount for mobile devices

The guys at Apple Insider have spotted another camera-related Apple patent at the US Patent Office. A few months ago Apple patented a magnetic lens mount. This time the iPhone maker from Cupertino is looking at interchangeable lenses for mobile devices that will attach via a bayonet mount, just like on a DSLR or mirrorless system camera. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 68 Published: Apr 2, 2014 at 03:58
Apr1
Sony RX10 added to enthusiast compact buying guide

We just added Sony's RX10 to our enthusiast compact camera buying guide and also updated our aperture comparison chart with Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark II. While image quality in this class won't compete with a good mirrorless camera paired with a good lens, they pack enough features that should satisfy serious photo enthusiasts. Many cameras in this range make an excellent choice as a more portable second camera, or as a single do-it-all option. See how the RX10 ranks

ARTICLE Comments 216 Published: Apr 1, 2014 at 17:30
Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G'

Mockups have been published showing a new Olympus OM-D OM-G. Apparently released to mark the 30th anniversary of the original film OM-G (sold as the OM-20 in Europe), we understand the OM-G will offer full native support for legacy manual focus Olympus lenses, and a full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor. Details are scarce but rumors suggest the OM-G will offer a hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder with a ground glass focusing screen and six-axis image stabilization. Click through to read more.

CAMERA NEWS Comments 331 Published: Apr 1, 2014 at 16:32
Budget lighting: Flashpoint 180 Monolight review

Adorama's Flashpoint 180 Monolight is a battery-powered 180-watt strobe designed for on-location shooting in the middle of nowhere. The kit comes with everything needed to provide adequate fill light for scenes or soft key-light for portraits, minus the stand, which must be purchased separately. Despite its budget price tag, does the 180 Monolight have what it takes for professional use? Find out in our review

REVIEW Comments 35 Published: Apr 1, 2014 at 08:00
SmugMug Films: Capturing what you can't control

The latest video from SmugMug Films' ongoing behind-the-lens series is a look at water photographer Sarah Lee. She uses the unpredictability of nature and creates art that captures the interplay of people, water and light. SmugMug's videos aim to show people who follow their passions in photography. They plan to release a new clip every two weeks. See video

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 11 Published: Apr 1, 2014 at 07:00
Mar31
LensRentals.com needs name for massive lens calibration tool

One of the drawbacks of running a company devoted to renting out photographic equipment is that it’s necessary to evaluate and service equipment just about every time it comes back. That’s why the team at LensRentals.com have just purchased and installed a massive and cumbersome looking lens calibration system. In one of the geekier unboxing articles, they show every step of the assembly of the device. Learn more

LENS NEWS Comments 133 Published: Mar 31, 2014 at 22:39
Matterport shows off its 3D camera technology

Capturing 3D models is one of the latest technology trends. The recent announcement of Google's Project Tango smartphone got tech heads excited and at the same time horrified users with concerns about privacy. Matterport is a startup that cooperated with Google in Project Tango and built its own 3D camera. The $4,500 device is linked with an iPad running the Matterport app and captures the interior of a room or any other scene. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 2 Published: Mar 31, 2014 at 21:41
Olympus updates OM-D E-M1 with electronic first curtain 'anti-shock'

Olympus has updated the firmware for its flagship mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M1, adding a mode that's designed to eliminate image blurring due to 'shutter shock' by using an electronic first curtain at speeds below 1/320sec. The update also adds more options for audio control during movie recording. It's available to install now, using the 'Olympus Digital Camera Updater' program.  

UPDATE Comments 142 Published: Mar 31, 2014 at 10:31
Olympus brings PEN style and 5-axis IS to Stylus SH-1 travel zoom

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 may look like a PEN mirrorless camera, but it's actually a compact travel zoom. But it has inherited a pretty big feature from the PEN: 5-axis image stabilization. Other features of note include a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 25-600mm equiv. F3.0-6.9 lens, touchscreen 3" LCD, limited manual control, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi. It will be available in May in black, white, and silver for under $400.

CAMERA NEWS Comments 151 Published: Mar 31, 2014 at 05:00
Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3

Olympus has announced the Tough TG-3, which takes its place as the flagship in the company's rugged camera lineup. The TG-3 sports a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 25-100mm equiv. F2.0-4.9 lens, plus a 3-inch LCD, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It's waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kgf, and freezeproof to -10C. The TG-3 supports a new Light Guide accessory, which turns the built-in LED lamp into a macro ring light.

CAMERA NEWS Comments 106 Published: Mar 31, 2014 at 05:00
Mar29
Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time

British photographer Richard Heeks has made a project of taking something ordinary - soap bubbles - and making them extraordinary. Some of his images capture the exact moment when a bubble bursts, while others reflect the environment around with interesting color. One of his bubbles even looks like the 'Death Star' from the Star Wars trilogy. To get the photos, he took thousands of shots, gradually learning how light, weather, aperture and shutter speeds affect the final image. See gallery

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 72 Published: Mar 29, 2014 at 07:00
Mar28
What The Duck #1458

We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

OTHER NEWS Published: Mar 28, 2014 at 00:01
Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue

Nikon has announced on its website today that it will replace defective D600 cameras with a new D600 or equivalent model. This follows up earlier news of the Chinese government ordering Nikon to stop selling D600 cameras and Nikon's previous service announcement to offer D600 users free inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly, even if the warranty has expired. Learn more

CAMERA NEWS Comments 173 Published: Mar 28, 2014 at 16:12
Get up high: Orion DVC210 DLSR crane review

As more and more video production companies and independent videographers rely on DSLRs to shoot a majority of their work, finding more compact equipment is becoming easier. A decent fully-loaded DSLR jib setup can cost anywhere between $500 and $3,000, and the ProAm Orion DVC210 resides at the lower end of the spectrum. Can the Orion DVC210 take your DSLR video to the next level? Find out in our review

REVIEW Comments 33 Published: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:00
Ricoh to give away cameras for 'photojournalism' competition

Ricoh Imaging Company has announced an advertorial feature on cnn.com called 'Spherical Report 360', where 360 people will be selected to receive a free Ricoh Theta spherical camera to shoot local news and events. Images taken with the Theta will then be judged for a Pentax K-3 grand prize. To be considered for a free Theta camera visit the Spherical Report 360 website for application guidelines. Applications will be accepted between March 27, 2014 through April 10, 2014. Learn more

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 49 Published: Mar 28, 2014 at 07:00
Mar27
Zeiss announces Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens

Zeiss will have its new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens on display at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, April 7-10. The new lens fills the wide-angle gap in Zeiss' cine-style zoom lineup, complementing the already available CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9 lenses. Also at the show will be a new Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135mm T1.9 lens. Learn more

LENS NEWS Comments 62 Published: Mar 27, 2014 at 19:32
Bigger than life: Drone flight documents Alaskan ice caves

The 12-mile long Mendenhall Glacier, located just outside of Juneau, Alaska may be one of the world's most easily accessible glaciers. But the crew of Firefight Films takes you far beyond the parking lot. Billed as the first documented drone flight through ice caves, Firefight Films’ co-founders, Lion El Aton and Christopher Carson, outfitted a DSLRPros DJI Phantom with a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition to venture beyond the physical limits of a human film crew. See video

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 67 Published: Mar 27, 2014 at 08:00
Mar26
Apple applies for dual-sensor camera patent

Having two distinct sensors in one camera appears to be the flavor of the week. HTC just launched the One M8, the first smartphone to feature a dual-sensor camera. At the same time Apple Insider spotted an Apple patent application that was published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application is titled: 'Electronic device with two image sensors'. Learn more 

CONNECT Comments 71 Published: Mar 26, 2014 at 13:00
Father's family photos capture the delightful chaos of youth

While most photos of children and family put forth a cleaned up and polished look, Alain Laboile takes another approach. He photographs his six children in their natural state - which is often pretty messy - as they play and explore in their Bordeaux, France home. The results are delightfully honest and candid images of good old dirt-between-your-toes fun. See gallery

PHOTOGRAPHY Comments 159 Published: Mar 26, 2014 at 07:00
Updated: Oppo launches Find 7 with QHD display and 50MP image option

Last week we announced the introduction of the Oppo Find 7, the first smartphone to feature a QHD screen. Interestingly, the Find 7's camera claimed it could produce a 50MP image from a 13MP sensor using what Oppo is calling "Super Zoom". We've updated our story with a brief look at what this technology is, and what it might mean for photographers, based on our communications with Oppo. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 61 Published: Mar 26, 2014 at 00:38
Mar25
Pentax K-3: Eight pages added to our ongoing review

As we're working towards finishing our full in-depth review of Ricoh's Pentax K-3, we've decided to publish pages of the review that are complete so far instead of making you wait. You'll find the new sections of the ongoing review in our original first impressions review. The additional pages include: A shooting experience report, operation and controls, menus, a look at the K-3's video mode, our two test scene pages and a new real-world samples gallery. Click through for more

REVIEW Comments 444 Published: Mar 25, 2014 at 20:13
HTC launches One M8 with new 'Duo Camera'

HTC has launched their new flagship model, the HTC One M8, at simultaneous events in London and New York City today. As we've come to know through various leaks the new device's headline feature is its Duo Camera. In addition to a 4MP "Ultra Pixel" sensor, the HTC One M8 comes with a secondary image sensor that captures depth information which allows for the application of bokeh effects to your images. Learn more

CONNECT Comments 47 Published: Mar 25, 2014 at 19:30
GoPro rival? Panasonic launches wearable HX-A500 4K action camera

Panasonic has announced the HX-A500, a wearable video camera with ultra HD 4K at 30p capability. Along with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options, the HX-A500 can also shoot 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps and 480p at 240fps. Panasonic's action camera is also dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes down to 10 feet (3 meters). The HX-A500 has a separate body unit that has a 1.5-inch color LCD display and camera unit that is connected by a cable. Learn more

VIDEO NEWS Comments 79 Published: Mar 25, 2014 at 18:45
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