May 24
Street photography tips with Zack Arias

Photographer Zack Arias is particularly known for is his street work, and in a new video he shares some street photography tips while shooting with a Fuji X-T1 in Marrakech, Morocco. Even though the video is clearly sponsored by Fujifilm, it’s more than just a video tour of a new camera system. Arias talks about subjects and framing, composition and timing, and shows the resulting images after each technique. Learn more

Filmmaker links 50 Lumia 1020s to create 'bullet time' effect

Filmmaker Paul Trillo has teamed up with Microsoft to build an apparatus which they call the 'Lumia Arc of Wonder'. It consists of 50 Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphones fixed to a custom-built metal arc on casters, some networking equipment and external power sources. Click through to read more, and see the results on connect.dpreview.com

May 23
What The Duck #4114

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.

Small world: NASA and Gigapan release 'Global Selfie' panorama

In a unique spin on the typical Gigapan panorama we've come to know and love, the company teamed up with NASA on Earth Day this year for something big - an image comprised of self-portraits captured by citizens all over the world. When zoomed out, it resembles an image of Earth from space. The final product has been released, with submissions coming in from every continent. Take a look

Update: Olympus issues emergency firmware fix for E-P5

Update: Following on the release of a significant new v1.4 firmware update for the Pen E-P5 last week, Olympus has issued another fix. Version 1.5 reportedly addresses a problem introduced by 1.4 in which displayed values for shooting parameters did not change. Firmware v1.4 introduced improved Wi-Fi remote control functionality to the E-P5 and a '0 sec' anti-shock setting. The latter was added to help prevent blurred images at certain shutter speeds - our main gripe when we reviewed the camera.

BBC examines 100 years of Leica

The BBC has posted a video looking at Leica's history, on the German company's 100-year anniversary. The very first Leica camera was designed in 1914 by engineer Oskar Barnack, who refined the basic design through multiple iterations, leading all the way to today's digital M-mount rangefinders. In the video, photojournalist and long-time Leica user Tom Stoddart shares his thoughts on the company, and on some of the classic images that have been captured on Leica cameras over the past 100 years. 

SherpaFund raises money after Everest avalanche

In April of this year an avalanche on Mount Everest took the lives of 16 sherpas who were preparing a route for their climbing clients. In the wake of this tragedy, a group of photographers have banded together to create SherpaFund.org, which will sell a collection of photographs to help the Sherpa families in crisis and establish long-term support for the wider community. Learn more

Non-stick glass: Nikon demonstrates new fluorine coating

Nikon’s 800mm F5.6 FL ED VR and 400mm F2.8 FL ED VR lenses earn the 'FL' in their names from the coating of fluorine applied to the lens elements. But what exactly is fluorine coating, and why is it important? In this video from Nikon Japan, the coating's repellent properties are demonstrated as a variety of liquids are dripped, drawn and painted onto the lens surface. See video

May 22
Olympus OM-D E-M10 and E-M1 get firmware updates

Olympus has issued new firmware versions for the OM-D E-M10 and E-M1. The E-M10 gets the same zero-second anti-shock mode recently added to the Pen E-P5 in an attempt to work around shutter shock problems. The E-M1 update adds a variety of new features, including several when used with Olympus OI.Share smartphone app. Learn more

DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E

The Nikon D800E, with its 36MP sensor and 'cancelled' anti-aliasing filter, is the highest resolution full-frame SLR on the market. Our friends and collaborators over at DxOMark have been looking into how various lenses score on it, and have now finished testing over 100 different optics from Nikon, Samyang, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss. They've picked out the highest-scoring in several categories, and published the results in a multi-part article. Click through to find out more

DxO Optics Pro 9.5 now integrates with Adobe Lightroom

DxO Labs has released version 9.5 of its DxO Optics Pro software. This new release adds a non-destructive workflow that is completely integrated within Lightroom. It allows users to transfer Raw images from Lightroom cataloguer to DxO Optics Pro, process them, and then return them to Lightroom in Adobe's open DNG format. Learn more

Metropolitan Museum of Art offers free access to 400,000 images

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made available access to more than 400,000 digital images in its collection. The museum is calling this new program 'Open Access for Scholarly Content', which provides 'access to images of art in its collection that the museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restorations'. Any images listed with the letters 'OASC' on the museum’s website are available to download without a fee. Learn more

May 21
NX big thing: Samsung's flagship NX30 reviewed and rated

The NX30 uses the same 20MP, Samsung-designed CMOS sensor and Hybrid AF system as the more compact NX300, but puts it into an SLR-style body with a pull-out, tilting electronic viewfinder and generous hand grip. Add in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options, a 3" AMOLED display and 1080/60p video, and the NX30 is arguably Samsung's most enthusiast-oriented camera yet. But does it offer anything to standout from other high-performing cameras in its class? Find out in our review

Site Update: notifications

You may have already noticed that we've made a small, but we hope very useful, change to the notifications system, adding on-site notifications for answers to your comments and activity in forum threads you've participated in. Click through for a little more detail on how it works, and to tell us how much you like it / hate it / how it could be improved / report bugs / ask us where the Nikon D4 review is...

Lenstag helps photographers find stolen lenses and images

The website Lenstag bills itself as a tool for helping photographers find lost or stolen gear, but now it’s branching out to help people find images used without permission, too. Lenstag maintains a database of a user’s lens, camera body and accessory serial numbers and then trawls the web looking for photos posted with those registration numbers in the EXIF data of a photo. Learn more

GoPro files for $100 million IPO

The GoPro camera is nearly ubiquitous in the adventure sports field. Now, that company is looking to capitalize on its success by preparing to go public. The San Mateo, California-based company is looking to raise about $100M in an Initial Public Offering, a recently disclosed prospectus shows. GoPro says it plans to use funds from an IPO for working capital, repaying debt, and new business and technology investments. Learn more

Call for entries: The Weather Channel photography contest

The Weather Channel and Toyota have announced a photographic contest with a $15,000 top award and thousands more in other prizes for the runners up in three categories. Photographic submissions 'should showcase a passion for nature, adventure, travel or weather'. Open to US residents only, the deadline for submissions is June 15. Learn more

May 20
Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 tablet to replace laptops

Microsoft has announced the latest member of its Surface tablet family, the Surface 3 Pro, at a press event in New York. According to Microsoft, the new model is designed to be a replacement for both your iPad and laptop. With 5MP front and rear cameras, the Pro 3 doesn't look like a particularly competent capture device but its specifications make it look like a decent option for image editing on the go. Learn more

Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers

In conjunction with the announcement of what Lytro is calling its 'professional-grade light field camera', the Illum, the company put its new product in the hands of five leading photographers. Lytro has released a promotional video that takes us behind the scenes as five 'creative pioneers' discover what they can do with this innovative new technology. See the video

Centr captures 360-degree video at 4K resolution

We've seen a few interesting panoramic camera projects over the past few months but none of them capture panoramic video. Centr, which was launched by former Apple engineers and currently in the Kickstarter stage, is aiming to fill this gap. The camera is a doughnut-shaped device that records 360-degree video at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. Learn more

Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures

According to non-profit organization Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Walmart is 'bullying' a small Arkansas photographic studio over rights to images of the Walton family. The pictures were taken before the family business became the globe-spanning, multi-billion dollar business that it is today. Learn more

EyeEm announces festival and photo competition

The mobile imaging platform, community and stock image marketplace EyeEm has announced the 2014 EyeEm Festival & Awards. The festival takes place in September in Berlin and the world-wide photo competition is now accepting submissions. Contributions are not limited to mobile photography and the awards are open to professionals and amateurs alike. Learn more

May 19
Sony RX100 III: A look at the operation and controls

As we've been spending more time with the Sony RX100 III, we've published some of our initial thoughts on the Operation and Controls of this highly intriguing camera and expanded our impressions of the pop-up electronic viewfinder. We also shot a short video showing what's new so you can get a first-hand look at the 20MP compact with 1"-type sensor and faster, wider 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens. Learn more and see video

Apple Raw update adds support for Canon G1 X Mark II and Nikon D4S

Apple recently released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 5.02 for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. The update adds Raw image support for the following four cameras: Canon EOS Rebel T5, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Nikon D4S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10. Get the update

Never forget a Photoshop or Lightroom shortcut again

Even longtime Photoshop and Lightroom users sometimes forget the myriad of keyboard shortcuts used to trigger the program’s powerful features. Now web developer Waldo Bronchart has made a web application called 'Application Shortcut Manager' to help you remember. It's an interactive website that displays all the keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop, Lightroom and Blender. Learn more

Stream your photos... via backpack?

It’s not that uncommon for a photographer to create a new photographic backpack. But it's unusual for a photographer to put a high-tech photo streaming studio into one, creating a mobile photo transmission solution that shaves precious time off of submitting images to editors. But that's just what New York Times staff photographer Josh Haner did. Learn more

May 18
Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg

Inspired by the Titanic ship sinking, photographer Simon Harsent's book, Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg, explores how these huge chunks of ice change over time. Often photographs of icebergs are saturated with color and bright light - looking like postcards - but Harsent took a different approach. The result is a series of images that have a timeless, abstract feel, with a focus on texture and shape. See gallery

May 17
Flickering fireflies in time-lapse

You don’t have to be be a kid to enjoy the beautiful light show from fireflies. There’s something magical about their bioluminescence and the dancing display of lights they create. Photographer Vincent Brady loves fireflies too and his new time-lapse video, shot at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and around his hometown of Grand Ledge, Michigan, is an artistic look at one of nature’s most alluring insects. See video

May 16
Tokina officially announces image stabilised 70-200mm F4 telezoom

Tokina has officially announced its first optically-stabilized lens - the AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S telephoto zoom. Designed for use with full frame SLRs, it has a ring-type ultrasonic motor for autofocus, and the voice coil motor-driven IS system promises three stops of stabilization. When used on APS-C / DX format SLRs, the lens will offer a 105-300mm equivalent zoom range. It will initially be available in Nikon mount, and will go on sale in Japan at the end of May for ¥150,000.

What The Duck #999

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.

Faster glass: Sony RX100 III First Impressions Review

Few compact cameras have garnered as much attention as the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 and RX100 II. Sony had managed to squeeze a much bigger sensor into cameras only a little larger than the Canon S-series enthusiast compacts. The RX100 III continues the tradition by adding a wider, faster 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens and a built-in, pop-up EVF. Along with a 20MP 1"-type sensor, does the RX100 III remain the ultimate compact for enthusiasts? Learn more in our First Impressions Review

Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC RX100 III with EVF and F1.8-2.8 zoom

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC RX100 III, the most advanced model yet in its 1"-type sensor range of compacts. The RX100 III gains a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a faster lens and the latest Bionz X processor. The RX100 III's zoom now extends across a 24-70mm equivalent range, with a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8. It also includes Wi-Fi and can run Playmemories Camera Apps. Video has also been upgraded - including full-sensor readout 1080p stored at up to 50Mbps in the XAVC S format. Learn more

Sony announces pricing and availability for Alpha 7S

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its Alpha 7S 12MP mirrorless camera. The Alpha 7S is the first full-frame camera able to read out its entire sensor fast enough to output 4K 30p footage without the need for line skipping or pixel binning. It's also not constrained by the AVCHD standard with bitrates of up to 50Mbps. The body will be available in July and sell for $2,499.99. Learn more

Google+ now converts DSLR panoramas into Photo Spheres

The Google Photo Sphere 360-degree panorama feature was introduced in November 2012. However, until now, viewing 360-degree panoramas not created with Google Camera or a compatible app was a slightly cumbersome process. Google has now changed that with an update to Google+. Learn more

Lifelogger wants to record your life

Wearable devices are the flavor of the season and the digital camera sector is no exception. A little while ago we reviewed the Autographer and now the Lifelogger, which is currently trying to get funded via a Kickstarter project, offers a similar concept. The idea is to record liife events from your point of view with the Lifelogger attached to your ear. It's similar to how you would wear a bluetooth headset. Learn more

May 15
Creative Cloud login offline for almost 24 hours (and counting)

A serious outage has taken login functionality offline for almost 24 hours, leaving subscribers to Adobe's Creative Cloud unable to access their accounts or do much of anything else - including downloading new apps. As yet, Adobe has been unable to offer any indication of how long the outage will last, but a message on the CC homepage states that the company has 'identified the cause [and is] working to restore the service as quickly as possible'. Click through for more details and a link to Adobe's Twitter feed, which is giving live updates.

HTC One Mini 2 revealed, no more Ultrapixels

HTC has unveiled the One Mini 2 which is a scaled-down version of its current flagship phone, the One M8, with a similar design but with downgraded internal components. And in a slightly surprising move, HTC has also decided to not deploy the 4MP "ultrapixel" sensor in the One Mini 2. Instead it comes with a 13MP chip. Learn more

Xiaomi introduces high-powered, low-priced Mi Pad tablet

After a few interesting Android smartphones Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has now launched its first tablet. Like its phone counterparts, the Xiaomi Mi Pad has impressive specs at a very reasonable price point. It has a 7.9-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution screen and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad core processor. Learn more

Light field cameras: Focusing on the future

Lytro’s new Illum camera packs in a few tricks that will appeal to some still photographers, but its aim is really to introduce a new type of imagery. Time will tell if that medium succeeds. Technology writer Liam McCabe spoke with a few players in the light field camera industry to get a sense of where this technology is headed in the next few years and beyond. Learn more

Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future
There's a bright future for light field imaging. Even if early cameras like the Lytro Illum don't have a clear purpose, they're helping bring the possibilities into focus. Photographer Liam McCabe breaks down the technology and talks with leaders in light field technology.
Does the new Olympus PEN E-P5 firmware reduce image shake?

A year on from the camera's announcement, Olympus has issued a significant firmware update for its PEN E-P5. The update not only adds a trigger-only 'cable release' mode to its Wi-Fi functions, it also provides a feature to combat the biggest problem with the camera. The new '0 sec Anti-Shock' option provides a work-around for the image shake that held the E-P5 back in our original review. Is the new firmware enough to elevate the E-P5 to the select company of Gold award winners? Find out

Nokia releases update to its Camera Beta app

Nokia's Camera Beta for Windows Phone is arguably one of the best camera apps for enthusiast users. It combines comprehensive manual control with an excellent user interface. Now Nokia has released an update that makes the app even better. It now supports continuous autofocus and surround sound capture. Learn more

Lenovo introduces 10-inch ThinkPad business tablet

Lenovo has launched a 10-inch version of its ThinkPad tablet. Running Windows 8.1, the ThinkPad 10 is aimed at professionals and business users. The use of the optional ThinkPad Tablet Dock allows you to turn the tablet into a full-blown workstation. In terms of imaging, the ThinkPad 10 comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-equivalent. Lenovo promises 10 hours of battery life. Learn more

May 14
DPReview is hiring for an Editorial Writer (digital cameras & photography)

DPReview is hiring! We're looking for an editorial writer to join our growing editorial team based in Seattle, WA. Responsibilities will include testing and producing reviews of digital system cameras, compact cameras, smart phone cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment. Successful applicants will have have a store of solid practical knowledge about the theory and practice of photography, and a strong understanding of dpreview, our principles and our community. Click through for more details.

Olympus updates PEN E-P5 with electronic shutter '0 sec anti-shock'

Olympus has updated the firmware of its PEN E-P5 mirrorless camera, introducing improved Wi-Fi remote control functionality and a '0 sec' anti-shock setting. The latter should help prevent blurred images at certain shutter speeds - our main gripe when we reviewed the camera. There's also an update for the Stylus 1 enthusiast compact with similarly-enhanced Wi-Fi control. Both updates are available to download and install now. 

Nikon announces J4 US pricing and waterproof accessory availability

Nikon has announced US pricing and availability of its J4 1-System mirrorless camera. Originally launched last month, the J4 features an 18MP CX-format sensor with an improved Hybrid AF system. The company has also announced a new WP-N3 waterproof case and SB-N10 waterproof Speedlight. The underwater housing allows the Nikon 1 J4 and S2 cameras to be taken to depths of of 45m (148 ft). The new Speedlight is waterproof up to 100m (328 ft). Learn more

Nikon announces updated 400mm F2.8 telephoto and 1.4x teleconverter

Nikon has announced updated versions of its 400mm F2.8 telephoto lens and 1.4x teleconverter. The AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR promises improved autofocus, exposure accuracy and speed, while being 816g (nearly 2lb) lighter than its predecessor. Meanwhile the AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III  features revised optics, and a redesigned barrel for increased moisture and dust resistance. Both will be available in August 2014, with RRPs of $11,999.95 / £10,399.99 and $499.95 / £449.99 respectively. Learn more

Nikon launches S2 1-System mirrorless camera

Nikon has launched its latest 1-System compact mirrorless camera with the inexpensive S2. It features a 14MP CMOS sensor, hybrid autofocus system, continuous shooting at 20 fps and 1080/60p video recording. The S2 is also compatible with the optional WU-1a wireless mobile adapter for Wi-Fi connectivity and uses microSD memory cards. Learn more

May 13
Nikon issues firmware update for D800/D800E

Nikon has released firmware version 1.10 for its full-frame D800/D800E camera. This update includes support for CompactFlash memory cards greater than 128 GB, a host of feature adjustments and other bug fixes. Nikon also updated firmware for the UT-1 communication unit, two Coolpix models and Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras. Learn more

Photographer takes Panasonic GH4 on test shoot around Seattle

The headline feature of the Panasonic GH4 is that it's a Micro Four Thirds camera that can shoot 4K video for under $2000, capturing either Quad HD (3840 x 2160) at up to 29.97p or 'Cinema 4K' (4096 x 2160) at up to 24p. Seattle-based photographer Erik Hecht recently took the new Panasonic GH4 for a spin to test the dynamic range and to see how well it takes color correction. See video

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