November 5
2015 Roundup: Long Zoom Compacts

The Long Zoom Compact category is probably the most diverse of any in our 2015 roundups. Within it are three separate sub-classes of camera, all of which offer 8x optical zoom or greater (up to a whopping 83x). Find out which we recommend. Read more

Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module

Sony Europe has announced a new Alpha-mount camera, the a68. High on its list of features is a 79-point phase detect '4D FOCUS' AF module likely borrowed from the a77 II. With a 24MP APS-C sensor and Sony's translucent mirror technology, the camera is capable of 8 fps shooting with AF tracking. Read more

The great outdoors: Canon EOS 5DS and 5DSR Field Test

Mikey Schaefer is no stranger to the great outdoors. As a professional photographer who specializes in shooting in some of the most extreme environments on earth, he tests his body - and his gear - to the limits. In this field test we're following Mikey on a sports lifestyle / editorial shoot with Canon's EOS 5DS and 5DSR, near his home town in Oregon. Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to come with 1/2-inch 12MP sensor

We've all witnessed the megapixel race in digital cameras and, just a few years later, the trend has caught on in the smartphone camera sector. Lately though, manufacturers seem to putting more of an emphasis on low light performance. This may be the case with the newest Samsung Galaxy device, expected to launch in early 2016, which is rumored to use a 1/2-inch 12MP imager. Read more

PIX 2015: Chasing light with Joe McNally

Over the span of a 35-year career as a professional photographer, Joe McNally knows what it means to chase light. Known for his work with studio and off-camera lighting, McNally is just as well-versed in the art of natural light as he is in artificial. In his PIX 2015 talk, he discusses the choices he makes about lighting to help bring out the most from his location and subject. Read more

Drone maker DJI takes 'strategic minority' stake in Hasselblad to gain camera technology

Medium format and aerial camera maker Hasselblad has sold a minority stake to the Chinese drone giant SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, in what the two companies describe as a 'corporate partnership'. The exact size of the stake has not been revealed, but both sides are keen to point out that there will be no merging of the businesses and from an external viewpoint nothing will change. Read more

November 4
AfterShot Pro 2.3 offers missing link for Photoshop CS6 users with External Editor function option

The latest version of Corel's AfterShot image editing and Raw conversion application introduces a 'Send To External Editor' button that allows Raw files to be opened and worked on in AfterShot, then exported directly to Photoshop. This creates another way for PhotoShop CS6 customers to continue to add Raw support for new cameras to their workflow, in addition to Adobe's DNG converter application.  Read more

BOOMR camera strap features unique bungee design

StatGear, a Brooklyn-based manufacturer of first aid and EMS products, is venturing into photography accessories with BOOMR, a unique camera strap featuring internal bungee cords for shock absorption and increased comfort. The design is inspired by bungee cord rifle slings, and the company is seeking funding for the product on Kickstarter. Read more

Professional school and sports photography programming added to WPPI 2016 schedule

Emerald Expositions, the company that owns PhotoPlus Expo and the WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference, announced today the formation of a new association - the Professional School & Sports Photographers Association. The group will exist under the company's Photo+ umbrella, alongside properties that include PPE, WPPI, PDN and Rangefinder magazine. Read more

Sony a7 II gains faster focus for adapted lenses and uncompressed Raw

Sony's a7 II will receive a firmware update that will boost its AF performance with adapted lenses as well as adding support for uncompressed Raw. The update adds a menu option that pushes the camera to either use phase detection (for speed) or contrast detection (for accuracy) when using non-native lenses. Read more

Keeping up with the big boys? Shooting pro sports with the Sony a7R II

On paper, the Sony a7R II is one of the best-specified cameras we've ever tested, and it is generating a lot of interest. We wanted to see whether the a7R II's impressive specifications live up to their promise in the real world, so we decided to subject it to perhaps the ultimate stress test: a professional sporting event. DPReview writer Jordan Stead headed to a pre-season NFL game to see what the a7R II could bring to the football field. Read more

Polaroid licensee sues GoPro over cube-shaped Session action camera

C&A Marketing, a Polaroid licensee that makes the Cube action cameras, has sued GoPro over its newly introduced Hero4 Session camera. The new GoPro model is cube-shaped and resembles Polaroid's own Cube and Cube+ action camera models, allegedly infringing upon C&A's design patent. Read more

November 3
2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500

Interchangeable lens cameras come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes and prices, from the very reasonable to the eye-wateringly expensive. The around or less than $500 category is a place most first-time ILC buyers will likely find themselves. If you're considering an ILC in this category, you might be stepping up from a compact, or perhaps even your smartphone. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of excellent options for around or less than $500 that should satisfy the needs of many. Find out our best bets for the category. Read more

Manfrotto introduces BeFree One, the smallest in the series

Manfrotto has announced a new travel tripod in the BeFree series. Only the second BeFree model, the BeFree One is designed to fold away into a compact form and to be lightweight for easy transportation. The aluminum model uses 4-section legs to collapse to just 32cm/12.6in from a maximum height of 130cm/51.18in. Read more

Macro stick-on lens brings close-up capability to smartphones

Most smartphone cameras seriously struggle when it comes to macro photography. A number of accessory macro attachment lenses are available, but many of them are device-specific and bulky enough to discourage carrying every day. Now the makers of the 150x Micro Phone Lens microscope attachment have come up with an ultra-portable and very affordable solution compatible with virtually all smartphone cameras - a stick-on macro lens. Read more

November 2
Fujifilm's latest financials show strong sales of Instax products, shrinking sales of digital cameras

It's the season for pre-holiday financial earnings reports, and Fujifilm's latest numbers tell a familiar story - digital camera sales are down on the whole, with steady sales of higher-end products. Despite that, Fuji's imaging solutions division saw an increase in operating income, up to 12.4 billion yen in the first half of the financial year, marking a 2.7x improvement year-on-year. Read more

Manfrotto and Lastolite brands combine and launch new Speed-Lite softbox and Perspective Backgrounds

The accessory brands Lastolite and Manfrotto, both of which are owned by the Vitec Group, have combined to form the new brand 'Lastolite By Manfrotto'. The new brand name will eventually encompass the entire Lastolite product range, but for now it includes a new version of the Ezybox Speed-Lite softbox for hotshoe flash units and three new scene-painted backgrounds. Read more

Sunrise, sunset: Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art gallery updated

Sunset is coming early in the day again, and while that marks the start of a grey season here, the beginning of fall makes for some glorious golden hours. Recently, Tech Editor Rishi Sanyal ventured out with the Sigma 24-35mm F2 Art for a sunset portrait session. Take a look at our expanded real-world samples. Read more

November 1
Trashing the Dress: The anti-bridal wedding photography of John Michael Cooper

John Michael Cooper is not your standard wedding photographer. Credited with starting the 'trash the dress' trend, his portfolio of high-fashion bridal photography contains the standard bread-and-butter wedding portraiture alongside more experimental images. Read more

October 31
PIX 2015: Connecting kids with nature through photography

We've already introduced you to David FitzSimmons, so the topic of his PIX 2015 talk shouldn't be a big surprise. The author of three photography-based children's books about creatures of the natural world spoke on the importance of introducing children to the natural world. Read more

October 30
DSCO by VSCO simplifies GIF-creation

Animated GIFs are more popular than ever and there are a number of apps available to help with their creation. Now VSCO, the company behind the successful VSCOCam app, has launched its contribution to GIF-making. Read more

Tenba Cooper luxury canvas and leather bag collection introduced

Tenba has introduced the Cooper, a luxury leather and canvas bags collection. The new collection is styled after classic messenger bags, and is made from canvas alongside full grain leather trim and other high-end touches. Tenba created the bags with photographers' needs in mind, using Quiet Velcro to allow the bags to be opened silently when needed. Read more

Nikon D810 firmware C 1.10 now available

Nikon has released updated firmware for its D810 DSLR, taking the software from version C 1.02 to C 1.10. The new firmware brings with it several changes, the majority of which are bug fixes. In addition to correcting issues, v1.10 adds an external recording control option for using the camera to start and stop third-party recorders connected over HDMI. Read more

October 29
Sony's latest financial results show camera unit sales down, operating income up

Sony has released its Q2 2015 financial results, posting a 3% decline year-on-year in imaging product sales on a constant currency basis. However, demand for high-value added models, favorable exchange rates and internal cost reductions led to a bump in that group's operating income - up to ¥25.9bn ($216m) compared to 20.1bn this time last year. Read more

Snapseed for Android update brings DNG Raw editing

Google has announced Snapseed version 2.1 for Android, introducing the ability to edit Raw DNG files. While quite a few high-end Android smartphones have allowed Raw shooting for some time, editing those files hasn't been easy. This update to the extremely popular Snapseed app will certainly change that. Read more 

Leica T firmware 1.4 promises to boost AF speed and overall camera responsiveness

Leica has released a major firmware update for its T (Typ 701) APS-C mirrorless camera. Firmware 1.4 promises to make autofocus twice as fast, and improves touchscreen responsiveness by three times. The company has also announced plans to release two new prime lenses for the T in 2016. Read more

Lights, camera, action: Manfrotto Digital Director quick review

Manfrotto's Digital Director, introduced in April, is a departure from its usual array of tripods and tripod heads. It's a device designed to hold an iPad Air tethered to a DSLR, providing a large live view screen, access to camera controls and wireless sharing options. Shooting with a large screen can be a revelation compared to using a 3" LCD, but the Digital Director is pretty pricey. Is it worth the cost? Read more

PIX 2015: Brian Ach and getting the right shot

Brian Ach has shot for just about every big-name publication you can think of, and he's photographed his share of A-list celebrities, including a stint as Prince's official tour photographer. In short, he knows how to get the shot. But he argues there's an important distinction between getting shot and getting the right shot, and it all comes down to context. Read more

October 28
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II sales to resume on November 7

In early September, Olympus announced a pause in sales of the OM-D E-M10 Mark II due to an issue with the lens mount locking pin preventing some lenses from attaching to the camera body properly. Now the company has announced that the wait will soon be over - sales will begin again on November 7. Read more

Samsung launches enormous 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet

With smartphone screens growing larger and nearing what used to be tablet territory, it's probably natural that the latter are increasing screen size as well. Apple launched the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September and now Samsung, which already has the 12.2-inch Galaxy Tab Pro in its line-up, has gone one step further and launched the gigantic Galaxy View with an 18.4-inch display. Read more

Canon's Q3 financial results show increased profit, decline in ILC sales volume

Canon's Imaging Systems business has reported its third quarter sales fell by ¥26.5bn ($220m), compared to the same time last year. The company blamed a decline in worldwide demand for its interchangeable lens cameras 'due to market shrinkage,' with unit sales down 17% year-on-year, despite sales increases in Japan and Europe. Read more

Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta)

It came out of nowhere, a brand-new full-frame professional level mirrorless camera and lens system: the Leica SL. It combines a new lens system (using the existing mount from the T) with an extremely high resolution viewfinder and a sensor based on the one used by the coveted Leica Q. Take a look at some preliminary (beta) studio test results from the Leica SL. Read more

October 27
M & M: Leica SL Typ 601 real-world gallery updated with M-series lens samples

The Leica SL Typ 601 is the German manufacturer's first foray into the full-frame mirrorless world, offering a 24MP CMOS sensor in a weather-sealed, milled-aluminum body. Three SL lenses have been introduced for the system, but an M-mount adapter opens up a number of possibilities for the camera. We took advantage of some limited time to shoot with the SL and the Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 ASPH and 50mm F1.4 - see what the combination looks like. Read more

Ricoh announces new service and support plan for Pentax 645Z

Ricoh Imaging US has announced the Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Program, a new support and service offering for the Pentax 645Z camera. Under this program, camera owners are given three years of extended service and support from the date of purchase, as well as loaner lenses and camera bodies and a toll-free support number. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: Motorola Droid Turbo 2

The Droid Turbo 2 is Motorola's latest high-end device, bearing a 21MP sensor and an F2.0 aperture. Camera specs are mostly shared with the Moto X Style, but the new provides a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, shatter-proof display and a battery good for 48 hours on a single charge. With a DxOMark Mobile score of 84 the Droid Turbo 2 cracks DxOMark's top mobile rankings. Read more

Super charged? Motorola Droid Turbo 2 preview and samples

The Droid Turbo 2 is Motorola's latest high-end model for US carrier Verizon, and in terms of specification ranks even above Motorola's current flagship Moto X Style. With the Sony 1/2.4-inch 21MP IMX230 sensor and an F2.0 aperture, the camera specification is pretty much identical but the Droid Turbo 2 offers improved performance in a few key areas. We got our hands on the Turbo 2 before launch - check out our impressions sample images. Read more

October 26
PocketWizard Plus IV transceiver gets TTL pass-through hotshoe

PocketWizard has introduced a new version of its Plus series transceiver that features a top-mounted hotshoe. The new hotshoe allows a flash unit to be fitted while the PocketWizard Plus IV is attached to the camera, as well as when the flash is positioned remotely and being controlled wirelessly. Read more

Out of sight: Astronomers create 46-gigapixel image of the Milky Way

Researches from German university Ruhr-Universitat Bochum spent half a decade creating the largest astronomical image created to date, a 46-gigapixel image of the Milky Way, which is now available via an interactive online viewer. The image is made up of 46 billion pixels, and the file weighs in at a hefty 194GB. Read more

InVisage posts short movie shot with its QuantumFilm HDR smartphone sensor

For a few years now, InVisage has been working on a new kind of smartphone image sensor that claims to offer higher dynamic range and zero rolling shutter than the chips currently found in mobile devices. It appears the technology is now at a stage where its benefits can be demonstrated, and for this purpose InVisage has commissioned a short movie called Prix  shot entirely on a prototype device using InVisage's QuantumFilm technology. Read more

Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system?

At PIX 2015 we took the opportunity to sit down and talk with industry leaders while they were in our neighborhood. Sony's Alpha system has made some interesting moves over the last year, and we asked product manager Kenta Honjo all of our burning questions, including what's in store for the future of the system. Read more

October 25
Toshiba to sell sensor business to Sony for $165 million

Toshiba is finalizing plans to sell its image sensor business to Sony for an estimated $165 million (¥20 billion) in a bid to raise cash after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal. Toshiba has been unloading assets as part of its restructuring plan. Sony currently has 40% of the growing image sensor market, and is quadrupling spending to keep up with demand.

In pictures: PhotoPlus Expo 2015

There's really no event on the photo industry's yearly calendar like PhotoPlus Expo. Occupying the Javits Center in Manhattan, it's an opportunity for us to get our hands on new gear and talk with manufacturers about what's coming next. There's nothing like a show in the Big Apple - see for yourself. Read more

Erez Marom: On the importance of naming images

Landscape and nature photographer Erez Marom has a lot of experience getting images in tough locations all over the world. Getting great shots takes a lot of work, but how many of us spend any time considering how to name our images? In this article, Erez takes us through his thought-process when titling his images, and explains why he thinks it's so important. Click through to read the full article

October 24
Quick review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

Usually at DPReview Connect we focus on high-end devices from established smartphone manufacturers. However, sometimes we come across devices from lesser-known manufacturers that, because of their specification and price point, have the potential to make excellent alternatives for budget-minded mobile photographers. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is such a device. Read more

October 23
Life in a glass case: We peer at new Pentax full-frame DSLR

Ricoh's upcoming full-frame Pentax DSLR is getting more real! The last time we saw it, the as yet unnamed camera was barely more than a chunk of carved plastic, but at this week's Photo Plus Expo in New York, a much more advanced mockup was on display at the Ricoh booth. Briefly. Shortly after we asked for a closer look it was removed permanently from display and locked in a cupboard. Oh well. Click through for some closeups

Big and fast: Hands-on with Zhongyi 135mm F1.4 Speedmaster

Chinese manufacturer Zhongyi optics has announced a new lens, the stupendously large Zhongyi 135mm F1.4 Speedmaster. The company is aiming to make less than 100 units, and expects the lens to appeal to specialized stills photographers and filmmakers. We got up close and personal with a prototype this week at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York. Read more

Hands-on with Canon's new PowerShot G5 X, G9 X compacts

Canon's new PowerShot G5 X and G9 X offer 1-inch sensors in compact, easy-to-use bodies. The G9 X is similar in to Canon's popular PowerShot S-series, while the G5 X takes the guts of last year's G7 X but with much more enthusiast-friendly ergonomics. We got our hands on both new models this week at the Photo Plus Expo in New York. Read our first impressions

Mirrorless as the Universal Mount: Brian Smith at PIX 2015

Brian Smith has an extraordinary portfolio, with a career shooting celebrity portraits for over 30 years, but like many other photographers he's got one problem - a lot of legacy glass in his closet and nowhere to put it. At least that was the case until he got his hands on his first mirrorless camera. Read more

October 22
20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art'

Sigma has grown its 'Art' lineup of prime lenses again, with a new 20mm F1.4 for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The new 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art  is designed for full frame DSLRs, and Sigma claims that the 20mm F1.4 is the result of new production technologies including a 59mm double aspherical element. The new 20mm will go on sale from November priced at £849.99/$899.99, and we just got our hands on a sample at the Photo Plus Expo in New York. Click through for some first impressions

ZY Optics launches optically improved version of its Turbo Adapter for Micro Four Thirds

Chinese lens manufacturer Shenyang Zhongyi Optics has redesigned the optical construction of is Turbo Adapter that allows Micro Four Thirds users to mount Nikon and Canon lenses to their cameras. The details are slight, but the company says the configuration is completely different, although still using four elements, and new coatings have been applied to reduce flare and increase contrast. Read more

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