July 18
What The Duck #1465

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.

Dronestagram contest winners announced

Dronestagram, a website that allows drone photographers to share their images and videos, has announced the winners of their 2014 photo contest. Sponsored by National Geographic and GoPro, the competition was open to photographers around the world. The photos taking top prizes are impressive - take a look at a gallery of the winning images. See gallery

Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 release candidates available

Adobe has made Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 release candidates available. This version adds support for the Nikon D810, Panasonic Lumix AG-GH4 (GH4 with interface unit) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000. Color profiles are added for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, A7S and Alpha SLT-A77 II. Also included are a number of new lens profiles. Learn more

CreativeLive to host free one-day event with Art Wolfe

On July 18th from 9AM PT to 4PM, CreativeLive will host a free, one-day event with nature photographer Art Wolfe. The class will be streamed live on CreativeLive's website, and viewers will be able to submit questions through Twitter, Facebook and CreativeLive's chat. Once it's aired, the class will be archived and available for download for $49. Learn more

July 17
LG launches G3 Beat with Laser AF

LG has announced the G3 Beat which in Europe will be marketed as the G3 „s“. With a smaller screen and downgraded specs compared to the LG flagship phone G3, the G3 Beat is to the G3 pretty much what the G2 Mini was to the G2. Despite its mid-range positioning the G3 Beat has a lot to offer to mobile photographers - click through to read more at connect.dpreview.com.

Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio

A flying flash rig that tracks the position of both photographer and subject to maintain consistent lighting angles has been developed by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University. In a project designed to test co-ordination between aerial robots and ground-based targets, researchers programmed a flash-carrying drone to light people in the studio as the subjects and the photographer changed positions. Read more

July 16
Samung Galaxy S4 Zoom gets Android 4.4 KitKat update

The Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung's first attempt to fit a zoom lens into an Android-powered smartphone-style body, is getting an update with the latest Android version: 4.4 KitKat. The new software version will give S4 Zoom users access to the KitKat improvements which include faster performance, a redesigned status bar, wireless printing support, full-screen album art in the media player and a camera shortcut on the lockscreen. Read more at connect.dpreview.com

Iconic 'Flag Over Reichstag' Leica to go Under the Hammer

The Lecia III used by Yevgeni Khaldei to take Raising a Flag Over The Reichstag is to go on sale in Hong Kong this November with a guide price of $390,000 - 580,000. Khaldei took the famous shot in 1945, as Russian troops overran Berlin in the final days of World War II. Learn more

July 15
One step ahead: Nikon 1 V3 Review

We've just completed our full review of the Nikon 1 V3, that manufacturer's enthusiast mirrorless camera. The V3 offers an 18.4 megapixel 1"-type CMOS sensor, a significant gain in resolution over its 14.2 megapixel V2 predecessor. Since its introduction the 1 system has offered impressive auto focus and burst shooting capabilities - see just how well it performed in our testing. Read review

Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software

Nikon has released version 1.0.0 of Capture NX-D, introduced in beta form earlier this year. Capture NX-D is the first version of Nikon's flagship Raw converter since previous developer Nik Software was bought by Google in 2012. The software features a new user interface, batch conversion and a non-destructive workflow that saves adjustments in sidecar files alongside the original image. Read more

SmugMug Films: Surf photography in the Arctic

Surfing tends to conjure up images of sun-soaked beaches and clear blue water. Surf photographer Chris Burkard looks for his subjects far north of the California beaches you'd normally expect. Cold water surfing pits surfers against the elements, with no more than a few millimeters of wetsuit between them and frigid water. Likewise, Burkard braves the sub-zero temperatures to capture them. SmugMug Films profiles Burkard in its latest episode. Watch the video and read more about the photographer in our Q&A with him. See video

Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom

Ricoh has announced the Pentax XG-1 superzoom, featuring a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and a 24-1248mm equivalent F2.8-5.6 zoom lens - covering a 52x optical zoom range. Other specs include a fixed 460k-dot 3.0-inch LCD, built-in EVF and full resolution burst shooting at 9 fps. Read more

July 14
Adobe Photoshop Express update brings Raw editing

Adobe has updated both the iOS and Android versions of its free Photoshop Express mobile app. The new version comes with a number of added features and improvements but to many photographers the most useful new function will be the ability to edit Raw files. We gave it a try - read more on our sister site, connect.dpreview.com.

Mountain Magic: Shooting in the Lofoten Islands

Way up in Norway's arctic northwest lies a small, yet incredibly beautiful and diverse archipelago, home to some of that country's most magical landscapes and a truly wonderful winter atmosphere. Photographer Erez Marom shares his experience of shooting in the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway, from a traditional fishing village to mountains and ice-covered lakes. Learn more

July 13
In Photos: Cincinnati's impressive 'Old Main' public library

Cincinnati, Ohio's current downtown public library is grand in its own right as one of the busiest branches in the country. But its predecessor, demolished in 1955, was nothing short of stunning. Built in 1874, the 'Old Main' library was originally intended to be an opera house, with a towering atrium that instead became home to five tiers of stacked bookshelves. These photos capture the grandeur of the library and its popularity in its own time. See gallery

July 12
Seven more DIY photography tips using household objects

The Cooperative of Photography received a lot of attention recently for a video featuring seven easy photographic hacks using household items. Now they've released a follow up video with seven more neat tips and tricks. It might just help you kick of a fun weekend photo project. Learn more

DxO FilmPack 4 and ViewPoint 2 updates provide compatibility with Photoshop CC

DxO has released updates for its FilmPack film emulation and ViewPoint perspective correction software, enabling them to be fully integrated with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. Both are available as standalone applications or as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop. FilmPack v4.5.2 and Viewpoint v2.1.7 are available for download now. Read more

July 11
DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1 released with support for five new cameras

Software maker DxO Labs has announced the release of DxO Optics Pro 9.5.1 for Mac, which includes support for five additional cameras. Now supported by DxO Optics Pro (Elite Edition only) are the Sony A7S, as well as (both Standard and Elite Editions) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and SLT-A77 II, the Nikon 1 J4, and the Samsung NX30. Read more

What The Duck #1350

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.

Adobe Lightroom allows users continued access after license expires

Adobe's latest Lightroom update has made it possible for subscribers to continue accessing their images and edits, as well as some limited functions of Lightroom once a license for it has ended. Key functions, including the ability to use the Develop module, do go away once the subscription is out of date, but users retain the ability to view, organize and export images. Read more

VSCO launches $1M artist initiative fund

Image sharing and film emulation service VSCO has launched a scholarship fund totaling $1 million. Calling it the Artist Initiative, the program assists photographers and visual artists chosen by the company with funding and promotion of their work. The first round of recipients has been announced, including 12 creatives from across the globe. Learn more 

LensRentals tests Lomography's Petzval lens

We recently published a look at the Lomography Petzval lens, a modern version of a 19th century portrait lens. It's a niche product and not something we typically cover, but an interesting adaptation of a classic design. Roger Cicala and the team at LensRentals went one step further - when a couple of copies rolled through the door, they subjected the lens to their usual optics tests. Why? Well, because why not? 

July 10
Impossible adds B&W 'Hard Color' Limited-edition Instant Film

Instant-print maker Impossible has added a new line to its 'special' and 'limited' editions with a 600-type film that features a colored frame surrounding the image area. Joining a line of tinted emulsions and animal-skin-printed frames, B&W 600 Hard Color features a warm high-contrast emulsion with frame surrounds in eight different vivid colors. Read more

Quick Review: That Steady Thing

The simple idea that tripods are inconvenient to carry for extended periods has given birth to a host of attempts to find an easier way to steady a camera during a long exposure. A new device that joins this list is That Steady Thing - a metal boss that sits between a monopod's leg and its head, into which a pair of steadying legs screw. See if it lives up to its name. Read more

Behind the Scenes with USAF Thunderbirds Official Photographer

Sergeant Larry Reid Jr. is an official photographer for the US Air Force's Thunderbirds display team, covering everything from mechanics working on the team's F16 fighter jets to air-to-air shots at high G-loads. A new video produced by Jaron Schneider takes a detailed look at Reid's job, which has everyone here at DPReview insanely jealous (albeit a little queasy). Click through for a look - and hold on to your hat!

July 9
Camera Review: Samsung Galaxy S5

We've come to expect loads of camera features from Samsung's high end smartphones and the Galaxy S5 does not come up short. The S5 offers a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, F2.2 lens and 4K video recording. With claims of improved AF speeds and the addition of features like real-time HDR processing and Selective Focus, Samsung's flagship device has a lot of potential as a photographic tool. Does its performance live up to its specs? Read review

Olympus takes Pen E-PL6 beyond Asia

The Olympus Pen E-PL6, first announced in 2013 for the Asian market, is set to be introduced to the UK kitted with a pancake-style zoom lens and a Wi-Fi memory card. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ zoom lens is a pancake design, which Olympus claims is the slimmest of its type in this class. The 16.1 megapixel camera uses the same Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI processor as the 2012 PEN E-PL5 it replaces. It will retail in the UK for £429.99 from mid-July.

July 8
Shooting Experience: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic's latest superzoom camera, the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 offers a highly attractive feature set. Based around a 25-400mm equivalent zoom and a large 1"-type CMOS sensor the FZ1000 combines a very useful zoom range with excellent image quality in stills and video mode. We're working our way through a full review right now, and we've just added a shooting experience page to our detailed first-impressions review. Read more

ZTE announces Nubia Z7 with 5.5-inch QHD display

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE has launched its latest high-end model and looking at the Nubia Z7's specifications it's clear the new model aims to compete at the very top of the market. The Nubia comes with a 13MP imaging sensor in its camera module, its lens boasts an F2.0 maximum aperture and an optical image stabilization system is available for keeping things steady in low light. Click through to read more at connect.dpreview.com

Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology

The Nikon 1 V3 has been out of stock with many retailers online and elsewhere, making the mirrorless camera hard to come by. The duration of the stock shortage has prompted an apology from Nikon Japan, which it recently posted on its website. Read more

July 7
UPDATED: Sony's curved sensors may allow for simpler lenses and better images

UPDATE: Sony has released an image taken with its curved sensor, and provided more details on what we might expect from its curved sensor technology. We've updated our previous story with this image and details. Read more

Canon introduces mobile print solution for Android 4.4.2 and HP Slate

Canon's printer division has announced Canon Print Service, a software plug-in for your mobile device that allows you to print to compatible Canon printers via a Wi-Fi connection. The service is available for Android devices running version 4.4.2 or newer and select HP Slate devices. Read more

What is equivalence and why should I care?

Equivalence, at its most simple, is a way of comparing different formats (sensor sizes) on a common basis. Sounds straightforward enough, but the concept is still somewhat controversial and not always clearly understood. We thought it was about time we explained - and demonstrated - what equivalence means and what it doesn't. Learn more

Leica T Typ 701 real-world samples gallery updated

We've updated our already healthy-sized gallery of real-world Leica T samples, bringing the grand total up to 97 images. The T (Typ 701) is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with autofocus, the first in the T-system. It offers a 16MP APS-C sensor and features a large touch screen complemented by two command dials. See how it performs in the real world. See gallery

July 6
A Portrait of Invention: David Friedman's 'Inventor' Series

Photographer David Friedman has been photographing inventors since 2008. During the course of that time he has sat down with 47 men and women who have their names on patents for products as diverse as cellphones, US Navy antennas and 'Squirt-gun Shoes'. We spoke to David recently about his project - read what he has to say and take a look at a selection of images. See gallery

Horst's creative processes revealed in London exhibition

Horst's contact sheets, sketches and inspiration are set to go on show at an exhibition planned by London's Victoria and Albert museum for the end of this year. Horst: Photographer of Style is described by the museum as a 'definitive retrospective' of the German photographer's work, and will cover a range of styles and subjects taken between his move to Paris in the 1930s and the end of his life in 1999. Read more

July 5
Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut

Many kids dream of becoming an astronaut. While few of us will ever go on a space walk, photographer Tim Dodd has done what might be the next best thing - he bought his own space suit. His was the only bid in an online auction for a Russian high altitude space suit, and he's turned this unusual purchase into a clever photo series. Titled 'Everyday Astronaut,' he transforms the everyday into something a little otherworldly. See gallery

July 4
What The Duck #1212

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.

Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives

Matthew Malkiewicz is what you might call a vintage train enthusiast. Fascinated with trains since his childhood, he's been photographing steam locomotives since a trip to Colorado in 2005 reignited his interests in trains and photography. His photos capture the old-world charm and romanticism that these steam-powered machines evoke. He answered a few questions about his work - see more of his photos and learn about his process. See gallery

July 3
Canon and Microsoft sign patent agreement

It appears we can expect an increased interchange of technologies between imaging giant Canon and software maker Microsoft in the near future, thanks to to a patent agreement that was signed by the two parties on Wednesday. Though the brief statement issued by Microsoft doesn't reveal much, it appears that Canon imaging technology may be used in future Lumia smartphones made by Nokia. Learn more

Peak Design Kickstarter offers 'hassle-free' Slide and Clutch straps

San Francisco-based Peak Design will release a couple of new camera straps, the Slide and Clutch, in October following a successful funding campaign on Kickstarter. The Slide is a quick-connecting shoulder strap for cameras of any size, while the Clutch is a smaller hand strap designed for use regardless of whether the camera has a battery grip. Read more

Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography

With the popularity of drone photography ever increasing, curious hobbyists may be looking for a way to try it out without spending a lot. It's not the most expensive hobby you could pick, but $1000 for a DJI Phantom II and a GoPro Hero3+ is about the same cost as a mid-range camera and lens. Low-cost drones with built-in cameras seem like a great option for the curious. But do the price benefits outweigh the inevitable image quality and usability tradeoffs that come with a cheaper quad? Read more

July 2
Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony has lowered the price of its Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 premium superzoom. The MSRP in the US is now $998, down from $1299, and prices in Europe have dropped as well (though it's unclear if they're official). It's not known if this was a planned price reduction, or a reaction to the Panasonic FZ1000 which is about to hit store shelves at a list price of $899. Read more

A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens

Lomography isn't a company we've historically talked about much on DPReview; with its emphasis on low-fi, 'shoot from the hip' photography using plastic film cameras, it's a long way from the typical interests of our readers. But last year the company came up with an interesting idea: to recreate a classic 19th century portrait lens for modern SLRs. The result is the Petzval 85mm F2.2, which is available now to fit Canon or Nikon SLRs. So what's it like? Read more

Android L to feature Raw shooting and added manual camera controls

Details were thin from Google I/O last week about Android's plans for camera updates in its next OS release. Now with a developer preview of the new OS available, more information has emerged about what we can expect from Android's camera capabilities. Raw image capture is on the way, along with additional manual exposure controls. Read more

July 1
Lee introduces filter system for GoPro cameras

Camera filter and lighting gel manufacturer Lee Filters has introduced a range of filters and filter holders aimed at extreme sports fans using GoPro action cams. The Lee Bug is available in two forms - the Lee Bug 3 and the Lee Bug 3+ - which are compatible with GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ cameras. Read more

Sigma offers 'Try before you buy' program for DP2 Quattro

Photographers looking to try out a Sigma dp2 Quattro compact digital camera before making a purchase (and given its radical design, that's a really good idea) can now take advantage of the Sigma 'Try Before You Buy' loaner program, launched today. Under the new program, photographers are invited to test the new camera before it begins shipping. Learn more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 compared to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

When it was introduced last year, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 was peerless. It was the first superzoom to offer a 1"-type sensor, much larger than the 1/2.3"-type chips commonly found in that class. It paired that with an impressive F2.8 constant 24-200mm equivalent zoom. Now the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 has joined the RX10 in this newly-minted category, boasting almost certainly the same sensor and a 25-400mm equivalent F2.8-4 lens. They line up nicely for a head-to-head comparison - and that's exactly what we've done. Read more

DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game

In honor of one of the World Cup, underway in Brazil right now, we asked DPReview forum members to share their best football shots (or soccer, as it's known in this corner of the world). We suspect more than a few devoted fans are spending time at the pub and not in front of their computers, but a faithful few submitted some of their favorite photos. They capture the spirit of the sport beautifully, from youth games to pros going toe-to-toe. Take a look at some of their work. See gallery

June 30
Metz flash units now available for Sony Multi Interface Shoe

Owners of Sony SLT, NEX and R-series cameras with Multi Interface Shoes now have a couple more flash options. Two flash units offered by Metz, the mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital and 52 AF-1 digital, are now available for the Sony Multi Interface shoe. Read more

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