January 13
Phase One photographer Tim Kemple puts XF 100MP back to use in new video

Phase One has published a new video featuring the XF 100MP back in use. Phase One photographer Tim Kemple put the new Sony co-developed 100MP CMOS sensor through its paces outside of the studio, soaring to great heights above a waterfall and on dusty trails in the desert of Moab, Utah. Read more

The good, the bad and the analog: CES 2016 'Best of'

CES 2016 just wrapped up in Las Vegas over the weekend. During the course of the week-long trade show we had the chance to roam the floor a bit and check out a lot of cool new products, from big releases like the Nikon D500 and D5 to pleasant surprises like the prototype Kodak Super 8 camera. Take a look through our gallery and see for yourself all of the cool new stuff CES 2016 had to offer. Read more

ZY Optics unveils new Lens Turbo adapters for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Chinese lens maker Zhongyi Optics has added M42, Canon FD and Minolta MD lens adapters to its second-gen Lens Turbo lineup for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Like Metabones' Speedboosters, the adapters shorten the effective focal length, reducing the F-number by a stop and partially negating the crop factor. Read more

January 12
DxOMark Mobile report: BlackBerry Priv

The Blackberry Priv combines Google's Android operating system with BlackBerry's security features and a slider form factor with hardware qwerty-keyboard. In the camera module an 18MP sensor works together with a Schneider Kreuznach designed lens and optical image stabilization. The camera is capable of recording 4K video and there is also a dual-tone LED flash. DxOMark recently published its test results – find out how it rates. Read more

Hands-on with the Nikon D5
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Back in November Nikon teased us by announcing that a D5 DSLR flagship camera was in development. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long for 'development' to turn into 'product.' At CES 2016 we got the chance to meet the D5, up close and personal. Read more

Sony uses 12 Xperia Z5 smartphones to record 48K 360 degree video

A team at Sony has custom designed and 3D-printed a rig that mounts onto a tripod and can hold 12 Xperia Z5 Compact smartphones, making it possible to record 4K video simultaneously for immersive video. Stitched together in post production, the clips create some impressive 48K 360-degree footage. To test and demonstrate the setup, Sony recorded various winter sports scenes at the Rise Ski & Snowboard Festival in Les Deux Alpes. Read more

Metz announces UK availability of new mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash/video light

German flash manufacturer Metz has said that the mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash unit that it announced at the end of last year will be available immediately, selling in the UK for £179.99. The gun is an update of the 44 AF-1, and brings with it compatibility with Fuji's X-system and a built-in LED for videographers. Read more

January 11
Apple patent describes dual-camera design

Looking at a new Apple patent that has recently surfaced, it appears we might see a dual-camera setup in future iPhone generations. The design uses two camera modules, one with a wide-angle lens and another with a longer focal length. Throw some Apple software wizardry into the mix and you get yourself a smartphone zoom lens that should get close in quality to fully optical zooms and much better than existing digital zooms. Read more

New York Public Library releases thousands of images into public domain

The New York Public Library has released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain, making them freely available for anyone to use for any purpose. These items include scans of manuscripts from well-known authors, copies of sheet music, more than 40,000 stereoscopic photographs and more than 20,000 atlases and maps. Read more

246 Shades of Grey: Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 real-world and studio samples

The sensor in the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is an interesting one. Without a color filter array, the 24MP CMOS sensor doesn't lose sharpness through interpolation, much like a Merrill-generation Foveon sensor or Pentax's pixel shift mode found in the K-3 II. The catch is, of course, no color. Is the extra sharpness worth the cost? Read more

January 10
Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews

DPR reader Scott Matthews is an early riser, which is a lucky thing to be if you also have access to sweeping views of the New York skyline. He captures the colors of sunrise, sunset and the night lights of the city all using adapted manual focus lenses with his mirrorless camera body. Find out why he prefers this combination and see a selection of his work. Read more

January 9
Week in Review: 2016 CES edition

CES isn't always a blockbuster show for photography, but Nikon fixed that for us this year. Welcome to 2016, the year of the long-awaited D300 replacement. But that wasn't all - take a look back at what you may have missed in all the excitement. Read more

January 8
Activeon launches Solar X action camera that's powered by the sun

A solar-powered action camera that can take 70% of its charge from the sun in just 30 minutes has been announced by Activeon. The Solar X uses a 16MP CMOS sensor to shoot a combination of stills and video footage, and can supplement its two-hour internal battery with four hours of additional charge from a pair of solar panels mounted on its detachable charging case. Read more

Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500

CES 2016 has turned into a big event for Nikon thanks to the release of the company's new D500 and D5 DSLRs. We were able to get some hands-on time with both cameras at the show and it's fair to say that we're impressed with what we've seen so far. We've put together a quick overview of the D500, based on our impressions of using it a little this week. Read more

January 7
CameraLends Peer-to-Peer equipment sharing service launches iPhone app

CameraLends.com, a peer-to-peer camera gear sharing service that was established in 2013, has just launched a mobile app. The service allows for private rental of cameras, lenses and accessories of all types. Read more

Sony introduces new XQD and SD cards

Sony has announced new XQD and SDXC UHS-II memory cards at CES. This comes on the heels of Nikon's announcement of the D5 and D500, both of which can utilize the relatively recent XQD format. Read more

Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR

CES 2016 saw the announcement of two important DSLRs from Nikon, including an update to its flagship line, as well as an almost mythical product many had given up hope of ever seeing: a true D300 replacement. The D5 and D500 really refine the DSLR with a number of under-the-hood improvements. In case you missed any, we've compiled and analyzed some of the most important underlying technologies in these cameras. Read on

January 6
Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera

Kodak has announced that it is to launch its first new Super 8 cine camera in over thirty years, with a model that mixes analogue and digital technology. The new camera, which doesn’t appear to have a name other than Kodak Super 8 Camera, will record its movies on normal Super 8 film cartridges but uses a digital LCD flip-out panel as viewfinder. Read more

Zeiss optics included in latest ExoLens accessory lenses for the iPhone

Smartphone accessory lens manufacturer ExoLens is to introduce three new lenses that use optics and designs from Zeiss. The lenses will be a zoom macro adapter as well as wide-angle and telephoto converters that will screw into a frame that fits around the phone. Read more

UHD Alliance sets 'premium' standards that could prompt higher-quality 4K cameras

Cameras may be pushed towards offering higher-quality 10-bit 4K recording as the industry starts to set quality standards. The UHD Alliance, a group made up from leading producers, distributors and device makers has defined the Ultra HD Premium brand that requires certain minimum specifications to be met for content production, streaming and replay. The most interesting detail is the requirement for 10-bit capture, distribution and playback. Read more

Samsung launches Galaxy TabPro S Windows tablet

Samsung has launched a new convertible tablet at CES which appears to be squarely aimed at Microsoft's Surface Pro model. Like the Surface Pro, the Galaxy TabPro S runs Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system and can be used with a keyboard cover that attaches via a pin connector. While on the Microsoft device the keyboard cover is an optional accessory, with the TabPro S it is included in the package. Read more

Eyes on the Skies: Ambarella brings fast 4K to drones with H2 and H12 processors

Processor maker Ambarella has announced its two newest and most powerful chips. The H2 and H12 are 4K (UHD) capable processors, with the more powerful H2 able to compress 10-bit 4K/60p video using H.265 HEVC compression or 4K/120p with the less efficient H.264 AVC system. The company says it's the drone market that's now pushing the capabilities it needs to offer - way beyond what compact cameras tend to need. Read more

CES Video: Nikon's Mark Soares talks about the D5 and D500

Today at CES Nikon announced two new DSLR cameras: the pro-oriented D5 and the enthusiast-oriented D500. Just after the press conference we slipped away from the CES crowds with Nikon’s DSLR product manager, Mark Soares, to get his take on the new bodies, a rundown of some major features, and some insight into their target audience. Read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro real-world sample gallery

Olympus just squeezed a 600mm equivalent field of view into a 1.27kg (2.8 pound) lens, complete with image stabilization, weatherproofing and an impressive close focusing distance. Meet the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro. We got the chance to shoot with it recently, and we've prepared a gallery of sample images - view our gallery

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro: a closer look

Recently we got a chance to take a close look at Olympus's brand new M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro - which the company says is the sharpest lens it's ever made. Join us for a walk-through of the lens' features, capabilities and fine details. Read more

Olympus launches M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro as sharpest-ever lens

Olympus has launched the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro, which it claims it the sharpest lens in its lineup. The 600mm equivalent prime lens features built-in IS that also works in conjunction with the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 II bodies to offer 6 stops of stabilization, measured to CIPA standards - the best we've yet encountered. Olympus says it expects the lens to be used for bird photography, landscape and sports. Read more

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 brings next-generation GPS to familiar rugged compact

Olympus has updated its rugged compact lineup with the Stylus Tough TG-870, a modest update to last year's model offering next-generation GPS and a brighter, higher-resolution screen. Still sporting a 16MP BSI-CMOS chip and a 21-105mm equivalent zoom, the TG-870 provides a 920k-dot, 180 degree flip-up LCD that claims to be 1.1x brighter than its predecessor's screen. Read more

Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras

DPReview attended the Samsung 2016 press conference at CES today in Las Vegas but among all the talk of smart devices and Internet-connected fridges, one specific consumer product category was not even mentioned: digital cameras. Staff writer Dan Bracaglia wonders what it all means. Read on

January 5
Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR

Nikon has formally announced its D5 professional DSLR, a 21MP full frame capable of shooting at up to 12fps with AF and 14fps without. The camera features an all-new autofocus module with 153 points, 99 of which are cross-type, sensitive to both horizontal and vertical detail. It's also Nikon's first DSLR to be capable of 4K video capture and its first high-end camera to include a touchscreen.

Making (radio) waves: Nikon releases SB-5000 Speedlight

Nikon's newly announced SB-5000 Speedlight is the company's first foray into the radio-controlled flash market. It can operate in radio-control mode when paired with the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Adapter Set, or in a more conventional optically controlled mode with the SU-800 or any commander-capable flash unit. In addition, the new design offers an improved cooling system while maintaining the tilt-and-rotate capability of other high-end Speedlights. Read more

Nikon unveils KeyMission 360, a rugged 4K-capable action camera

Nikon has announced a shockproof and waterproof spherical 360-degree action camera. Called KeyMission 360, it promises to 'put 360 virtual reality in the hands of any enthusiast' and offers 4K UHD recording. Shockproof to 2m / 6.6 ft and waterproof to 30m / 100 ft, the camera includes electronic VR stabilization and houses an image sensor and lens on opposite sides of the device to create immersive stills and video. Read more

Here at last: Nikon announces D500

Nikon has announced the much-anticipated followup to its D300S, the 21MP D500 which the company calls its 'best enthusiast DX offering.' It features the same 153-point AF system and EXPEED 5 processor. It can shoot continuously at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for Raw images. It can also capture 4K/UHD video and also features 'SnapBridge', a constant connection to a smartphone using Bluetooth, similar to what Samsung did with its NX1. The D500 will be available from March at a cost of around $2000. Read more

CES 2016: Live from the Nikon press conference

Update: That's a wrap! Thanks for following along. Aside from teasing its D5 professional DSLR last month, Nikon is keeping the details of its latest products close to its vest. We're live the company's CES press event and you can follow along in real-time right here.

Far-reaching: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 hands-on preview

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ100 is the first compact superzoom to be built around a 1"-type sensor. Known as the ZS100 in North America, it features a 25-250mm equivalent F2.8-5.9 zoom, Wi-Fi, touchscreen and 4K recording. Add in a pop-up flash and built-in viewfinder and you've got a very flexible package, especially considering the $699 list price. We got our hands on one recently - see what we found. Read more

Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 lens

Panasonic has just announced the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 lens for its Micro Four Thirds system cameras. We've gone hands-on with the high-end, super-tele zoom that sports the longest focal length available for the MFT system. Learn about some notable features this lens brings to the MFT line. Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 puts 1" sensor and 10x zoom in your pocket

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC TZ100 / ZS100, the first compact superzoom camera to include a 1"-type sensor. Despite having a sensor four times larger than most travel zoom cameras, the ZS100 manages to incorporate a 25-250mm equivalent zoom into a very small body. It also finds room for a built-in viewfinder and two full dials. It shoots 4K video and incorporates a host of related features, many of which utilize its touchscreen rear LCD. Read more

Panasonic adds Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3 tele-zoom to Micro Four Thirds lens lineup

Panasonic is adding a high-end super telephoto zoom lens to the Micro Four Thirds lineup: the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 ASPH. This lens is equivalent to a whopping 200-800mm when attached to a MFT body and features much-needed 'Power' optical image stabilization to keep things steady. The lens has several aspherical and extra low dispersion elements, a nine-blade aperture, and a minimum focus distance of 1.3m. The lens also features a compact tripod collar that rotates with the camera and it's weather-sealed, too. More details

Pocket Panasonic: Lumix DMC-ZS60 / TZ80 packs 4K video, improved AF and new sensor

Panasonic has updated its compact travel zoom lineup with the Lumix DMC-ZS60, which is known as the TZ80 outside of North America. While it shares the design and lens of its predecessor, the ZS50, there's a new 18MP MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor under the hood. The autofocus system now uses the company's Depth from Defocus technology for a major speed boost, and 4K video recording, 4K photo and post focus features on board, as well. More details

Samsung launches tiny 2TB portable SSD memory device

Electronics giant Samsung has announced it will introduce a 2TB USB memory device that is ‘smaller than an average business card’. The Samsung Portable SSD T3 will measure 74x58x10.5mm/2.91x2.28x0.41in and will weigh 51g/1.79oz when it comes to market in February. The company claims that the device will offer read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s via its USB 3.1 Type C interface, and with AES 256-bit hardware encryption and password protection it will not be readable should it be lost or stolen. Read more

Canon rolls out trio of inexpensive 20MP PowerShot ELPHs

Canon has introduced three new PowerShot ELPHs, serving as the company's entry-level cameras. The models include the ELPH 360 HS, which has a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor and 12X zoom, the ELPH 190 IS with a 20MP CCD and 10X zoom, and the basic ELPH 180 with an 8X zoom and digital image stabilization. More details

Canon updates midrange superzoom lineup with 20MP PowerShot SX540 and SX420

Canon has refreshed its midrange superzoom lineup with the new PowerShot SX540 HS and SX420 IS. The former has the same design and 24-1200mm lens as the SX530 that came before it but adds more pixels and processing power, 1080/60p video and a new feature which keeps a subject centered at full telephoto. The SX420 follows in the footsteps of the SX410 and offers a 20MP CCD, 24-1008mm lens, 720p video and Wi-Fi with NFC. Read more

Nikon brings stepping motors to its DSLRs with two 18-55mm AF-P lenses

Nikon is bringing stepping motors to its DSLR lens lineup for the first time with a pair of 'AF-P' lenses, both of which are collapsable 18-55mm zooms (one with vibration reduction, the other without). Nikon says that its stepping motor lenses are both faster and quieter than their predecessors, making them quite appealing for video recording. These lenses have two aspherical elements as well as a Super Integrated Coating, with the VR model reducing shake by 4 stops. Read more

Vote now for Best Product of 2015!

Late last year we asked you to vote on the outstanding products of 2015. We created four polls, covering lenses and cameras, including more than 50 products in total. With thousands of votes cast, and plenty of 'discussion' in the comments, we're ready to announce the winners! But the fun isn't over yet - now is your chance to vote on the winners and runners-up from each of the four categories, to determine the readers' choice award for best overall product of 2015 - click through to vote 

PaintShop Pro launches faster brush tools, in-app guide and tutorials with version X8.1

Software provider Corel has updated its PaintShop Pro X8 image manipulation program to include more help and guidance to enable users to find their way around the tools and features of the application. The update also brings what Corel describes as 'performance enhancements' across the application, but especially faster brush speeds. Read more

January 4
CamFi is an alternative wireless controller for your Nikon or Canon DSLR

CamFi is a new option for those photographers looking to control their Nikon or Canon DSLR wirelessly. The device mounts on the hot shoe of compatible DSLRs and creates a Wi-Fi network that you can connect to using a PC or Mac as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. At $130 CamFi is priced well below manufacturer-provided options for high-end DSLRs. Read more

January 3
Phase One launches 100MP medium format back with Sony co-developed sensor

Phase One has announced a 100MP back for its modular XF medium format camera system, which is uses a CMOS sensor co-developed with Sony. Despite being described as 'full frame' the sensor is 53.7 x 40.4mm, making it two and a half times larger than the 135 format to which it's most often applied. The Phase One XF 100MP camera system offers 16-bit color output, a native ISO range of 50-12,800 and a claimed 15 stops of dynamic range. The camera body, back and 80mm Schneider Kreuznach lens (~50mm equiv) will set you back around $49,000.

January 2
PIX 2015: A conversation with Devin Allen

When Devin Allen says that photography saved his life, he means it in a real sense. He describes himself as 'the oddball walking around with a camera' in his home of West Baltimore. Now a 26-year-old amateur photographer with aspirations to make a career out of his work, he has become a viral sensation. Read more

December 31
Tokina announces ultra-wide 14-20mm F2 lens for Canon and Nikon crop sensor DSLRs

Kenko Tokina has launched the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm F2 Pro DX lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with APS-C sensors. This ultra-wide zoom has a pair of super low dispersion elements, nine aperture blades, a one-touch focus clutch mechanism and internal focusing. Read more.

PIX 2015: Josh Trujillo on the power of photography

Professional photojournalist Josh Trujillo spoke at PIX 2015 about the power of photography. Join him for an insightful look at the world through the eyes of a photojournalist. Read more

December 30
Gear of the Year Part 8: Wenmei's choice - Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6

Wenmei's Gear of the Year is a lens that forces her to step outside of her comfort zone and focus (softly or not) on the creative aspect of her photography. When she's capturing a quiet moment or special connection, she finds herself reaching for the Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 portrait lens. Read more

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