September 24
Adding it up: Sony a7R II First Impressions Review

The Sony Alpha 7R II has been the topic of much discussion and in our office, much testing. We've published a number of articles with results of our tests, picking apart Raw files from its 42MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor and pushing its 399 on-sensor phase detect AF points to their limits. This first impressions review is the culmination of that work to date, including an in-depth analysis of the camera's image quality and the effects of shutter shock. Read more

Countdown to PIX 2015: Kiliii Fish and Scavenging Guatemala

With PIX 2015 right around the corner, we're taking the opportunity to introduce you to some of our amazing re:FRAME speakers. Kiliii Fish is an adventure and outdoor photographer who on a recent trip to Guatemala encountered something he wasn't quite expecting. Read more

September 23
Instagram has 400 million active users

It seems there's just no limit to the growth of Facebook-owned mobile image-sharing platform Instagram. The company just announced it has reached a stunning 400 million active users, an increase of 100 million compared to the figures released in December 2014. Read more

Vantage Robotics' new Snap 4K camera quadcopter is up for preorder

Vantage Robotics has a new 4K camera quadcopter called Snap, and it's now up for pre-order. The company calls this a 'flying camera', one that fits in a backpack and is safe enough to grab out of the air with a bare hand. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: LG G4 takes second place in rankings

DxOMark has released its test results for the LG G4, which boasts a 16MP 1/2.6" sensor and F1.8 lens. Other camera features include a laser system to support autofocus speed and accuracy, 3-axis optical image stabilization and an LED flash. We've updated our LG G4 camera review with a summary of DxO's findings - find out what makes the G4 worthy of DxO's top 10 mobile rankings. Read more

What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw

Sony has just announced that its latest cameras will gain the option to shoot uncompressed Raw files. Given the interest that was generated when we detailed the effects of Raw compression, we though it was equally important to make clear the benefits of the newly-added uncompressed Raw option. Here's what we've found so far. Read more

Countdown to PIX 2015: David Fitzsimmons and his Curious Critters

With two weeks until PIX 2015, we're highlighting some of the talented re:FRAME speakers who will be at the show. First up is David Fitzsimmons, who has made it his work to photograph critters for curious young minds. Read more

September 22
solidLUUV and ultraLUUV are stabilizers for smaller cameras and smartphones

After a successful Indiegogo campaign, German startup LUUV is looking to fund mass-production of its smartphone, action cam and compact camera stabilizer solidLUUV on Kickstarter. Read more

LowePro expands ProTactic lineup with four new bags

Today LowePro launched a new backpack and three new shoulder bags, all of them in its 'urban-inspired' ProTactic series. With the new ProTactic SH 120 AW, SH 180 AW, SH 200 AW, and BP 250 AW, the ProTactic product line now contains a total of six camera bags. Read more

Maui Style: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 real-world samples posted

Fall weather has arrived here in Seattle, so what better time to head for the Valley Isle of Maui? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 superzoom, which features an 25-600mm equiv. F2.8 lens and weather-sealed body, somehow found itself in a suitcase. You can see how it handled the tropical weather in our real-world sample gallery.

ONA launches new leather and nylon Black Collection

Premium bag manufacturer ONA has introduced a new range of soft camera bags made from Nylon and leather with brass fittings. The Black Collection comprises the company's Camps Bay backpack and Brixton messenger bags redesigned in the new materials, as well as a new rolling duffle bag that has space for clothes as well as cameras. Read more

PIX 2015: Live stage demos & talks posted, mini film festival added

Hard to believe, but PIX 2015 is fast approaching! Whether you're planning on tuning in live October 6th and 7th or joining us in person at Seattle Center, there are more reasons than ever to get excited about PIX - our expo and interactive photo playground. Read more

September 21
Metabones adds on-sensor phase-detection AF to Sony and Olympus Speed Boosters

Lens adapter manufacturer Metabones has announced new firmware for its Speed Booster and Smart Adapters that brings on-sensor phase detection autofocus to owners of Sony's Alpha 7R ll and the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Read more

Rokinon introduces new 50mm F1.2 and 21mm F1.4 mirrorless camera lenses

Rokinon has introduced 21mm F1.4 and 50mm F1.2 fast prime lenses, both of which are up for pre-order now. These new lenses flesh out the maker's existing offerings for mirrorless cameras. Read more

DxO ONE real-world sample gallery

The DxO ONE is a clever little iPhone companion camera with a 20MP 1"-type sensor and 32mm equiv. F1.8 lens. With an integrated Lightning connector it's designed to be used while attached to an iPhone or iPad, and is an easily transported little device offering a big boost in image quality over a mobile device's integrated camera. We've put it through its paces in the field and have a full gallery of real-world samples to show for it. Read more

September 20
Abandonment issues: The urban explorations of Russian photographer Ralph Mirebs

You might already know the work of photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs - his series of photos of abandoned Soviet spacecraft went viral earlier this year. His fascination with science and technology have fueled his photography, and he's passionate about documenting abandoned industrial spaces striving to always answer the question 'What was this used for?' See his work and find out more in our Q&A. Read more

September 19
Art Wolfe: Swimming with the Humpbacks, Tonga, 2013

Art Wolfe has photographed living creatures all over the globe, but nothing quite prepared him for the experience of swimming with and photographing one of the largest animals on earth - the humpback whale. He discusses the challenges he faced capturing these incredible creatures in the South Pacific. Read more

Gone fishing: Olympus TG-4 gallery updated

We've just expanded our real-world Olympus Tough TG-4 sample gallery with underwater images from the sparkling blue waters of Maui. The TG-4 is Olympus' 16MP rugged compact with Raw support and built-in Wi-Fi with GPS, making it a truly road-ready travel companion. Read more

September 18
Sony Xperia Z5's 4K display shows most content at 1080p

The new Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, announced at IFA, is the first production smartphone with a 4K display. However, Sony also claims the new device offers approximately two days of battery life on a single charge. How does it manage such impressive battery life with a high resolution display? Sony explains. Read more

Ricoh teases spring 2016 full-frame Pentax DSLR debut

Ricoh has launched a teaser website promoting the introduction of its Pentax full-frame DSLR in spring of 2016. The news of a full-frame K-mount camera came in February when we also got a glimpse of an early mockup at CP+. Read more

MindShift introduces BackLight 26L Photo Daypack

MindShift Gear has launched its new BackLight 26L Photo Daypack for pre-order, and will begin shipping it next month. The bag features a 26 liter capacity with compartments able to accommodate a 15" laptop, 10" tablet, a standard sized DSLR with up to six lenses, a flash, and two large water bottles. Read more

September 17
Epson introduces Wi-Fi Direct PictureMate PM-400 mini-inkjet printer

Epson has announced the PictureMate PM-400, a new addition to its PictureMate range of miniature inkjet printers. It features Wi-Fi Direct and is able to print from smartphones and tablets wirelessly even without a Wi-Fi hotspot. Read more

Airnef brings desktop Wi-Fi transfer to Nikon users

A DPReview community member and forum moderator has created a free desktop application designed to help Nikon users wirelessly transfer files from their cameras to their computers. Compatible with OS X, Windows and Linux, Airnef is an open-source utility that works with Nikon's external Wi-Fi adapters as well as cameras with built-in Wi-Fi. Read more

Amazon reveals thinner Fire HD tablets

Amazon has today updated its Fire tablet line and announced three new models, the Fire HD, Fire and Fire Kids. Not only are the new models lighter and thinner than the previous generation, but with their introduction the Kindle name is dropped from the Amazon tablet lineup. Read more

Exo creates housing to make GoPro operate, look more like a traditional camera

New Zealand-based EXO Camera Equipment has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get its camera-style casing for GoPro cameras off the ground. The company hopes to produce the EXO GP-1, a metal body into which GoPro cameras can be placed, to take on a more traditional camera form. Read more

September 16
Nikon D5200 and D7100 firmware updates removes noise during video capture, fixes bugs

Nikon has released firmware updates for both the D5200 and D7100 cameras,. Bth new versions of the firmware reduce horizontal line noise in videos recorded at 1280×720/60p and 1280×720/50p. In addition, firmware v. 1.03 fixes select bugs affecting both models. Read more

Can a Sony RX10 II keep up with a Nikon D5500 on the soccer field?

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II is an extremely versatile camera and so far, it has impressed us with its ability to perform well in most scenarios. But what about sports photography? We decided to bring it to the soccer field and pit it against a DSLR to see if it could keep up. The results? Find out here


Q&A: Gearing up for the National Football League with sports photographer Otto Greule

As the National Football League season sweeps in, sports photographers across the United States take to the stadiums to create iconic images. In a Q&A below, veteran sports photographer Otto Greule shares insider knowledge & outstanding imagery to give insight into his fast-paced, visual craft.

Free version of Camera+ for iOS available now

Paid apps have been in decline for some time across all platforms and now the makers one of the most popular camera apps for iOS, Camera+, have decided to adopt the so-called freemium model and offer a free version of their app that can be expanded via in-app purchases. Read more

Fox Talbot’s historical Mousetrap camera leaves UK for first time, heads to Tokyo

One of the first cameras to make a permanent photographic image has left the UK for the first time to be part of an exhibition hosted by the Japan Camera Museum in Tokyo. Read more

September 15
Olympus announces details of major firmware updates for E-M1 and E-M5 II coming November

Olympus unveiled the details of two fairly significant firmware updates, both of which will be available for download, for free, come November. The flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 will receive firmware version 4.0. while the not even one-year-old OM-D E-M5 II will receive firmware version 2.0. Read more

Canon's new Connect Station will feature wireless charging, support 4K video

Canon unveiled its next generation Connection Station this week at Canon Expo 2015 in New York. The new model is similar to the original CS100, first introduced at CES earlier this year, but with the addition of two new big features: wireless charging and support for 4K playback. Read more

Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and...

Sony has announced an uncompressed Raw option for its forthcoming a7S II model and will offer firmware updates for some existing models, starting with the a7R II. Up to now, Sony's cameras have only recorded compressed Raw files that can have a visual impact on some images. The company says the move comes in response to feedback from its users.

National Portrait Gallery announces shortlist for Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

The four images in the running for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize have been revealed by Great Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. The often-controversial award is again set to spark some debate as one of the shortlisted images features a naked boy that many media outlets will have to think twice about reproducing. Read more


Long and short of it: Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro review

Tamron's 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 takes the superzoom concept it made famous a few steps forward. It offers a significant increase in telephoto range, and also goes wider to bring real wide-angle capability to the superzoom category for the first time. It's also earned a 'Macro' designation with its close focusing ability. Is it truly a super zoom? Take a look at our analysis. Read more 

September 14
Could the future of photo viewing be virtual reality? Flickr thinks so

This past weekend Flickr demonstrated an early preview of a 'virtual reality experience' designed for viewing 360-degree panoramic photos. The demonstration used the Oculus DK 2 headset connected to a computer, and allowed wearers to completely immerse themselves within the panorama. Read more

Recipients of Getty Images Instagram Grant announced

Three winners were announced for the inaugural grant, meant to to reward photographers who use Instagram as a means to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world. Read more


SmugMug Films: Renee Robyn's digital domain

The latest of SmugMug's series of feature videos profiles photographer and digital artist Renee Robyn. While recovering from a serious motorcycle accident, she fell in love with an art form that was within her physical capabilities at the time - making digital composite images. Read more

September 13
Road Trip: The wildlife and nature photography of Dave Welling

Based out of southern California, nature photographer Dave Welling has been volunteer and Director to the Wildlife Waystation hospice center since 1987. This has given him an intimate understanding of wildlife, and he often spends weeks at a time photographing the colorful landscapes and rare specimens that populate his portfolio. Take a look at his work and find out more about him. Read more

September 12
Behind the Shot: Crystalline

Nature photographer Erez Marom explains the process of creating his image 'Crystalline'. Originally shot in January 2014, the addition of new Photoshop processing tools lead him to revisit it and process it in a different way. Find out what he did and see the results. Read more

F0.95 Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm compact lens announced for Micro Four Thirds system

Chinese optics company Shenyang Zhongyi Optical and Electronic has announced that it is adding a super-fast standard lens to its range designed for the Micro Four Thirds system. The new 25mm lens features a maximum aperture of F0.95 but has a very small and lightweight body. Read more

September 11
Sony Alpha 7S II records 4K internally, shoots up to ISO 409,600

Sony has introduced the Alpha 7S II, a second iteration of its video-centric Alpha 7S. The a7S II adds a wealth of videography features, including the ability to record 4K footage internally with full pixel read-out. Read more

Meet Milvus: Hands-on with Zeiss's Milvus lenses

What's the plural of Milvus? Milvi? We're not sure, but one thing we do know: Zeiss's new lens family has arrived in a big way. The German manufacturer announced six new manual focus lenses this week bearing the Milvus name. Take a look these mighty new lenses. Read more

PIX 2015 re:FRAME single day passes on sale, speaker schedule posted

The days are ticking down to PIX 2015, our interactive photo expo on October 6 & 7. We're excited to announce some new speakers have been added to our re:FRAME lineup and that single day passes are now on sale. Now's the time to make your PIX plans! Join us online or in Seattle for two days of hands-on photography activities, inspirational talks and practical demonstrations. Read more

To the skies! DJI launches Zenmuse X5 and X5R 4K Micro Four Thirds aerial cameras

Drone maker DJI has announced a pair of Micro Four Thirds aerial cameras including a model that can shoot lossless 4K Raw footage. The Zenmuse X5 and X5R are built around 16MP Four Thirds sensors, are compatible with a handful of small Micro Four Thirds lenses and can be flown on the company's Inspire 1 drones. Read more

September 10
Zeiss introduces high-resolution Milvus SLR lens family with six focal lengths for Canon and Nikon cameras

German optics manufacturer Zeiss has announced it has created a new range of lenses specifically for high-resolution DSLRs. The Zeiss Milvus family will comprise six lenses fitted for Canon EF and Nikon F cameras. Read more

Camera Restricta concept blocks photos of over-photographed subjects

Photographer and designer Philipp Schmitt has created a concept camera called 'Camera Restricta' with a unique feature: it won't allow the user to take a picture in an area where too many other photos have been taken. Read more

Canon EOS M3 real-world samples

The Canon EOS M3 has been available in European and Asian markets for some time, but it's making its debut on US store shelves next month. The M3 is Canon's most serious mirrorless camera yet, offering a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, twin control dials, 3" tilting LCD and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. Welcoming it to our shores, we took the M3 out during some of our last long days of summer. Read more

Think Tank unveils Retrospective Leather and Mirrorless Mover 25i bags

Think Tank has expanded its Retrospective photography bag lineup with leather versions of its bags - the Retrospective Leather 5, Leather 7, and Leather 30. The company describes these as 'upscale, rugged shoulder bags' with a new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap, Sound Silencers that eliminate front flap noise, YKK zippers, removable padded dividers, and a removable carrying handle. Read more

G-Technology updates Evolution range with adapters, readers and portable storage

Data storage manufacturer G-Technology has revamped products within its Evolution series and has added adapters to make its family of docks and drives more flexible. Read more

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