August 24
Samsung NX1 firmware 1.40 adds digital video IS and AF while zooming

Samsung has released another firmware update for the NX1 mirrorless camera, taking the model from firmware version 1.32 to 1.40. The newest software improves existing features such as the audio quality from external microphones, and adds new features including video digital image stabilization. Read more

Apple offers to replace faulty iPhone 6 Plus camera modules

Recently we've heard reports of some Apple iPhone 6 Plus cameras failing and producing blurry images. Apple has acknowledged the problem and is offering to replace the faulty camera unit for free. Read more

Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study

The recently announced Sony Alpha 7R II packs a lot of groundbreaking features, and one of its highlights is the new full-frame 42.4MP BSI-CMOS sensor. Sony sensors tend to show very high Raw dynamic range due to low noise characteristics, but we wanted to take a closer look at exactly how little noise the camera itself contributes to images. Read on

Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is the follow-up to the company's successful GX7 rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. The GX8 boasts a new 20MP Four Thirds sensor and 'Dual IS', which combines sensor and lens shift image stabilization for better results. The camera's ISO range tops out at 25,600 and it offers a max burst rate of 10 fps with single AF and 6 fps with continuous AF. We've been shooting with one for a little while - check out our gallery of samples!

August 23
Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap

Zhi Yuen Yap finds living in New Zealand a blessing and a curse. Getting off the beaten path to find unique locations can mean braving harsh, unpredictable weather and inhospitable terrain. Based on his photos, though, we'd say he's been pretty well rewarded for his troubles. Take a look at his work and find out more about him in our Q&A. Read more

August 21
Parallax View: Apple patent hints at 3D effect in photos

Patent spotting site Patentlyaple has discovered an Apple patent application titled "Parallax Depth Rendering" which describes a methodology for rendering images and video that, when viewed on a standard 2D display, give the impression of showing a 3D view. Click through for more details

Nikon delays AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens until October

In a press release on its Japanese website, Nikon has announced that its new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR lens - announced earlier this month - is being delayed from its original shipping date of 27th August to October. No specific reason for the delay has been given, only that it is necessary to 'satisfy the customer'. Click through for more information

August 20
Huawei's Honor 7i comes with 13MP flip-out camera

Huawei has launched a new smartphone - the Honor 7i. In many ways the Honor 7i is very similar to its sister model the Honor 7. However, one major differentiator between the two models is the camera. On the 7i the Honor 7's conventional 20MP module has been replaced with a 13MP camera unit with dual-LED flash that, thanks to a flip-out mechanism, can be used as both front and rear camera. Click through to read more at

Sony Alpha 7R II can match or beat DSLR low light AF performance

When the Sony Alpha 7R II was announced, it promised a lot of game-changing features, but its low light AF capability was an unknown. We've already seen some of the incredible continuous AF abilities of the a7R II, including pinpoint eye AF for even moving subjects, but a lot of pros may be wondering: 'if I ditch my DSLR for some of the advanced AF features the a7R II offers, will I be sacrificing low-light AF performance?' Find out in our video

MIT proposes new approach to HDR with 'Modulo' camera

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a theory for a new way to solve the issue of bright skies burning out in a landscape photograph. Using what they call Unbounded High Dynamic Range photography they are working on the idea of pixels that reset themselves once they have reached their capacity for recording light so that they can carry on recording - and resetting if necessary. Click through for more details

August 19
Loki camera rig transforms into four ultra-portable forms

UK company Scratch Ideas is seeking £25,000 in funding on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter for a new camera mount it's calling 'Loki'. Loki can be transformed into a dolly, underslung rig, shoulder rig, and cage, and folds up into a portable rectangular brick about the size of a battery grip for transportation and storage. Click through for more details

Leica M9 falls from balcony onto granite, granite comes off worse

Leica has a reputation for making pretty rugged cameras, going back more than 100 years. But nobody would expect a rangefinder to survive a fall from a balcony, onto granite tiles. However, if a recent post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo is to be believed, that's exactly what happened to a Leica M9 recently, and somehow it survived the experience. Click through to read more

iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets

Earlier this week we took you 'under the hood' of the Sony a7R II, metaphorically. Now, thanks to our friends at iFixit, it's possible to take a literal look inside the a7R II. Ifixit took delivery of a production sample a7R II at around the same time as we did, but while we were out testing its AF system and checking to see how its sensor measures up, the hard-working crew at iFixit were busy taking it to pieces. Click through to see what they found  

Gitzo updates Traveler range with stronger legs and new locks

Premium tripod manufacturer Gitzo has released updates to its well-known Traveler range of carbon fiber tripods. The company has introduced its Carbon eXact carbon fiber tubing to the range, which it claims makes the legs stronger. Read more

August 18
Apple Digital Camera Raw update extends compatibility to Sony RX100 IV, Leica Q

Apple's latest Digital Camera Raw update for its Mac OS X extends support to a handful of new and notable cameras, including the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV, a7R II and Leica Q. Read more

Pete Ashton's 'Sitting In Stagram' shows image degradation after 90 reposts

What happens when you screen-cap and re-post a photo to Instagram 90 times? Artist Pete Ashton's 'Sitting In Stagram' project shows just that - and it's not pretty. Read more

Modular, open-source Focal Camera lets you design your own SLR

Focal Camera is an open source project designed to teach participants about the inner workings of a camera. With access to a laser cutter, a supply of 3mm plywood and the directions provided, you can be well on your way to creating a camera of your own. Read more

August 17
Canon sweeps DSLR categories as EISA announces awards for cameras and lenses

Canon has taken the main DSLR awards for the best products of the year as voted by the prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association. The EOS 7D Mark ll won 'European Prosumer DSLR Camera' while the EOS 5DS/5DS R won the award for 'European Professional DSLR Camera'. Read more

Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD

This month at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, Samsung introduced an SSD with the highest capacity ever: 16TB. The new drive has a total usable storage space of 15.36TB, exceeding all other similar high-capacity SSDs. Read more

Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II

There's a lot of new technology in the Sony a7R II, and here we were briefed on some of the salient features by Sony engineers during a recent Sony Digital Imaging event in Portland, OR. Join our Technical Editor Rishi Sanyal as he explains some of the capabilities of this camera, and why they matter to photographers. Click through to read more

August 16
Readers' Showcase: Greg Krycinski

When he learned that he had a hearing condition that would make continuing his work in music production difficult, Greg Krycinski picked up photography. His stark black-white-landscapes and street scenes resonate in their simplicity. See a sample of his work here and find out more about him in our Q&A. Read more

August 15
Royal Family expresses concerns over alarming measures used by paparazzi seeking photos of Prince George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed concerns with some of the recent tactics used by paparazzi trying to photograph their two-year-old son. The letter details some of the methods photographers have used to try and get their shots, including hiding in sand dunes and using other children to lure Prince George into view at playgrounds. Read more

This is what it's like to be dumped with fire retardant

DPReview's home state of Washington has been hot and dry of late - severely so. As wild fires rage in the east of the state, local authorities are fighting to contain the flames and prevent property damage. KOMO News videographer Eric Jensen was in the town of Chelan today covering the evacuation, and captured some incredible footage of fire retardant being deployed from a low-flying aircraft. Click through to take a look

August 14
Join us October 6 & 7 for PIX 2015

Join us in Seattle and online for PIX 2015, a live-streamed expo, conference and interactive photo playground! On October 6th and 7th we'll be hosting two days of talks, hands-on photo activities, demos and inspiration for your photography at the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle. Read more

Pixbuf photography analytics tool launches as public beta

Pixbuf, a free social media management service for photographers, has launched a new analytics tool. With Pixbuf, photographers can upload images and then share them directly with several supported social networks, including 500px, Twitter, and Flickr. Pixbuf will then track analytics data related to the images. Read more

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 comes with new image signal processor

Qualcomm has announced the latest generation of its top-end chip, the Snapdragon 820, which is expected to start appearing in devices in the first half of 2016. It comes with the brand new Spectra camera ISP (Image Signal Processor), which it claims will make a number of improvements in image quality. Read more

War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road

One of this summer's biggest hits is undoubtedly 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Its narrative is built around an extended car chase, brought to life through physical stunts and visual effects work. We spoke with a few of the film's visual effects supervisors about the gear used to shoot the film (from an Arri Alexa to an iPhone 6) and the impact it had on their work. Read more

August 13
Suggestions needed: Interesting / unusual crowd-funded projects

We're busy planning our PIX show in early October, and we want your ideas! We're putting together a list of companies who are using crowd-funding to create fun and interesting photo-related gear, to exhibit at the event. We've got a few names already but if you've seen a particularly interesting crowd-funded project or product that you think we should feature, we'd love to hear from you. Click through to leave your suggestions

Gitzo introduces three new Center Ball Heads

Gitzo has introduced new Center Ball Heads, a lineup composed of three different-sized models aimed at professionals and advanced amateur photographers. Each offers a tungsten disulfide coating for smooth movements. Read more

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung has today announced two new smartphones in its mobile device line-up. With their large 5.7-inch screens the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ both qualify as phablets and share most components, including camera hardware borrowed from the Galaxy S6. Read more

Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic form wireless common standard partnership

Lighting manufacturers Elinchrom and Phottix are collaborating with the light meter brand Sekonic to establish a common standard for communication between wireless lighting devices. Read more

August 12
Nikon updates Coolpix P900 and S6700 firmware

Nikon has released firmware updates for a pair of its Coolpix compact cameras. Firmware v1.2 for the Coolpix P900 superzoom resolves issues that can occur when using a wireless remote, while the v1.1 update for the S6700 fixes a rare problem where the camera locks up when powered on. Read more

Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop

Corel has released a new brush plugin for PhotoShop called ParticleShop. It uses Corel's Painter Particle brush technology to create photo-realistic effects like smoke, dust, fabric, fire, hair, lighting and fur. These effects are added to photos using brush strokes. Read more

So what do we think? Our video review of the Sony RX100 IV

We've condensed everything you need to know about the Sony RX100 IV into less than the length of a pop record. Having shot, tested and lived with the little Sony for more than a month, we've summed up the findings of our review in video form. Is it worth the extra cash over the Mark III? Come join us in sunny Seattle as we look at the pros and cons of Sony's capable super-compact. Read more

August 11
Show off: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II slow-motion and 4K video samples

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II offers some impressive video capture capabilities including the option to record in 4K. And like the RX100 IV, the RX10 II can capture slow motion video at 240, 480 or 960fps, the latter of which gives the equivalent of 40x super slow motion. Read more

Samyang introduces new Xeen pro video lens series with interchangeable mounts

Korean lens brand Samyang has announced a new series of video lenses under the Xeen name. They feature wide apertures and resolution that the company says is aimed at users who shoot 4K and above footage. There will be 24mm, 50mm and 85mm focal lengths initially, and three more to follow next year. Read more

Olympus 'Pro' wideangle lens Field Test: Rock n' Roll and Skateboards

In our latest Field Test we put Olympus's new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO in the hands of DPReview writer Dan Bracaglia. Dan put them to the test in some of his natural environments: a rock concert, skate park, and a beach landscape at sunset. See video

August 10
Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live

Love our galleries of real-world sample images but hate our galleries interface? You're not alone. We've been working on an improved system for uploading and displaying camera and lens samples for some time, and it's finally ready for you to try out. Our new gallery viewer fixes several of the most frustrating problems with the old one, and introduces many new features including a loupe and one-click 100% view. Click through for a quick walkthrough

Panasonic issues lens firmware updates to enable Dual I.S. with Lumix DMC-GX8

With the introduction of the Lumix DMC-GX8 and its new Dual IS mode, Panasonic promised firmware updates for most of its lenses to make them compatible. Included in this round are the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II, Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2, and Macro 30mm F2.8 among others. Read more

Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review

While most of the rugged cameras we covered in last year's roundup have received minor upgrades, the Olympus Tough TG-4 brings something big to the table: Raw support. Does adding Raw put the TG-4 at the top of its class? Read more

August 9
The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff

Photographer Trey Ratcliff is known for imagery that couples saturated colors with dramatic flair and cinematic subjects. Shooting HDR for nearly a decade now, his work has been featured on major networks and is even displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. Read our Q&A and take a look at more of his colorful work. Read more

August 8
Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take

One of the common ways landscape photographers seek to set themselves apart from others is to shoot from hard-to-reach locations. The notion that a 'good' photographer is one that pushes his or her physical boundaries - hikes farther, climbs higher, endures pain - all to get a unique shot. In this opinion piece, photographer Erez Marom calls this idea into question. Read more

August 7
Graava action cam automatically edits POV footage

A new action camera called Graava is designed to produce ready-to-share, automatically edited videos that include only the most exciting parts of your POV footage. Using data from the camera's sensors and your input via a related mobile app, Graava picks out the most interesting parts of the raw footage and edits them into a polished final video. Read more

500px launches redesigned iOS app

The online image sharing network 500px has redesigned its iOS app in an apparent move to compete with mobile platforms such as Instagram and EyeEm. With its white background, the new design looks simpler and more streamlined than the previous app. Read more

OM-D and Pen sales help bring Olympus' imaging division back to profitability

Olympus has released its financial results for the first quarter of the company's fiscal year, giving credit partly to its Imaging Systems Business for a 12.3% increase in net sales year-on-year. Its OM-D and Pen series cameras saw a 25% increase in sales volume, helping to compensate for a sliding compact market. Read more

August 6
North by Northwest: Sony Alpha 7R II real-world samples from Portland

The Sony Alpha 7R II is one of the most talked-about cameras of the year so far. And with a 42MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis image stabilization rated to 4.5 stops and 4K UHD video recording, it's easy to understand why. Up to now we've only had access to pre-production models, but that changed this week. Read more

Ricoh offers GR II firmware version 1.10

The Ricoh GR II's firmware has been updated to version 1.10 from version 1.0.5. The update is a basic one, improving the camera's 'stability for general performance' and bringing version 1.0.5 of the Image Sync software. Read more

Updated Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens gains stabilization, sheds weight

Tamron has updated its 18-200mm all-in-one lens. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC introduces image stabilization and is the lightest lens in its high-zoom class. Designed for Canon, Nikon, and Sony APS-C camera bodies, it covers a 28-310mm equivalent range. Read more

Video: Summing up our Fujifilm X-T10 Review

Our full Fujifilm X-T10 review takes a look at many aspects of the camera's performance, with in-depth analysis of our studio tests and shooting experiences. But if you're looking for something more bite-sized, we've got that too. Take a look at the quick version of our review, shot in Seattle's lovely Golden Gardens where many of the images featured in our full review were taken. See video

August 5
Google and MIT team up on clever method to remove reflections and obstructions from photos

Researchers at MIT and Google have developed a technique for removing unwanted reflections and obstructions from photos. Taking advantage of the parallax effect, this method could prove quite useful in locations where shooting behind glass or a fence is the only option. Read more

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