July 8
Canon introduces 430EX III-RT Speedlite

Canon has introduced its 430EX III-RT midrange Speedlite. This is the company's second flash to support radio-based wireless TTL (though it acts only as a slave), which offers longer ranges, more flexible positioning, and no line-of-sight requirement like traditional optical wireless flash systems. The 430EX III-RT is also faster, lighter and features refined rear controls, more custom settings, and a built-in catchlight panel. Read more

July 7
Ricoh announces THETA+ app and two new camera accessories

Ricoh has announced a new app called THETA+ for iOS and Android. With THETA+, owners of Ricoh's THETA spherical camera can edit images shot with the device via a smartphone or tablet. The new app is designed to work with the existing THETA app, which enables shooting and sharing from a smartphone. Read more

Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective

We first became acquainted with Adam Woodworth when we featured his portfolio earlier this year. His photos capture the interplay between the earthly and the celestial, often framing the center of the Milky Way Galaxy in alignment with landscape formations. Recently, he's been trying out Nikon's D810A, the world's first full frame camera dedicated to astrophotography. See some of his photos and find out his impressions on using it. Read more

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Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated

We've just added some more images to our Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery. While we're working through our extensive Canon lens catalog, for this update we stuck to telephoto and portrait lenses. Check out the gallery for some portraits (including samples from the Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4) and vintage race car shots. See gallery

July 6
Samyang 100mm macro lenses for stills and video photographers

Korean lens manufacturer Samyang has announced two versions of a new 100mm macro lens. The 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro is designed for stills photographers, while the 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro is aimed at those shooting video. The lenses are essentially the same internally, using 15 elements in 12 groups but the VDSLR version is fitted with an uncoupled aperture ring and gears around both aperture and focus controls. Read more

GoPro HERO4 Session waterproof cube-shaped camera announced

GoPro has introduced the HERO4 Session, a cube-shaped waterproof camera that is half the size of and 40% lighter than its other HERO4 cameras. The HERO4 Session is waterproof to a depth of 33ft/10m without requiring a separate housing and features one-button operation. Read more

Instagram stores higher resolution images

After its recent app update it seems Instagram has further improvements up its sleeve - the mobile image sharing platform has started storing higher resolution images on its servers. In the app and on the web interface images are still displayed at the smaller 640 x 640 pixel size, but a look at the website source code reveals that images are now actually stored at 1080 x 1080 pixels. Read more

G whiz: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 review posted

Panasonic's newest DSLR-styled mirrorless camera is the Panasonic Lumix G7, offering a 16MP Four Thirds sensor capable of 4K video recording. It boasts an improved autofocus system, 2.36 million-dot EVF and a fully articulated 3" 1.04 million-dot touch-sensitive LCD. It's a strong feature set on paper, but how does it perform in real-world and studio testing? Read more

Travel: Zoom! Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V real-world sample gallery

The Sony Cyber-shot HX90 has the kind of specs that should appeal to a travel photographer looking for something compact. It packs a 30x optical zoom covering a 24-720mm equiv. range and offers an 18.2MP BSI CMOS sensor. With Wi-Fi and GPS built in, it's road-ready. DPReview Editor Barnaby Britton has been carrying it around for a while - check out our sample gallery to see how it performs. See gallery

July 5
Plains, trains and automobiles: The landscape photography of Bill Leigh Brewer

Bill Leigh Brewer's career in photography started with a road trip, a Canon AE-1, lots of Kodachrome 25, and The Clash. His landscapes lend a surrealist quality to the commonplace and unique aspects of Americana, without demeaning its subjects. Take a look at his work and read our Q&A. See gallery

July 4
Photography in public places across Europe threatened by harmonization proposal

The right to use pictures taken in a public place is under threat by a European Parliament proposal for the harmonization of copyright laws across the region. Buried in a complex set of amendments is the idea that the automatic Freedom of Panorama be removed from those countries that maintain it, so that copyright holders of permanent artworks and buildings will need to authorize commercial use of pictures that include their works. Read more

July 3
Quick Review: Photographers.pro

Many services exist that allow non-developers to create their own websites without too much hassle, but only a handful cater specifically to photographers. The service Photographers.pro aims to stand out by offering an all-inclusive package for photographers that provides a website (including a custom domain address and email) for a yearly fee of $70. Does it distinguish itself from other options available to photographers? We recently took it for a spin to find out. Read more

July 2
Manfrotto adds friction arms to its accessory lineup

Manfrotto has announced a series of friction arms and related accessories. They're designed to allow photographers to attach lights, extra cameras, and accessories to tripods and, via a clamp, to table tops and other rigid edges. Read more

Moment announces 10x macro lens for iPhone

Mobile accessory maker Moment has added a new lens to its lineup. The Moment Macro lens offers a 25mm focal length and 10x magnification, using a multi-element design and ED-glass for improved image quality. Read more

Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear

Canon made an announcement this week warning of counterfeit 600EX-RT flash units being sold as the real deal. Equally as disconcerting as the idea of being ripped off is that these counterfeits are also incredibly difficult to tell apart from the real thing. Read more

White House ban on photos and social media has ended

The White House has ended the ban on photography and social media use during public tours, and is instead urging visitors to take and share photos from tours using the applicable hashtag #WhiteHouseTour. The photography ban had been in place for 40 years, and was instated in part to reduce the damaging effects of flash photography on artwork. Read more

Analysis: Sony a7R II and RX100 IV autofocus systems

Sony recently shook things up with the announcement of the 42.4MP, backside-illuminated full-frame a7R II mirrorless camera, alongside stacked 1"-type sensors in the updates to the popular RX100 and RX10 lines. We put their new AF systems to the test in our brief hands-on time with the cameras recently. See videos of the cameras in action

Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR

Nikon has introduced the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR, designed to provide an enthusiast photographer with a wide range of options. Covering a 24-120mm equivalent range on Nikon's APS-C bodies, it offers Nano Crystal Coating for the first time in a DX lens. Read more

Nikon unveils AF-S Nikkor 500mm F4 and 600mm F4 full-frame lenses

Nikon has announced a pair of super telephoto FX prime lenses: the AF-S Nikkor 500mm F4E FL ED VR and 600mm F4E FL ED VR. Both are significantly lighter than the versions that preceded them and each use an electromagnetic diaphragm for more consistent exposure control during burst shooting. Read more

July 1
Toshiba TransferJet 16GB SDHC card launches July 31 in Japan

Following some trade show demos, Toshiba is officially introducing a new 16GB SDHC card with TransferJet technology. The card, which looks to be available in Japan only first, is able to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from a camera to a TransferJet-compatible device. Read more

Just posted: Fujifilm X-T10 real-world samples

We had been shooting around with a pre-production version of the Fujifilm X-T10 for some time and recently got in a final version of the camera. Like the flagship X-T1, it uses Fujifilm's 16MP X-Trans APS-C sensor, which is known for producing pleasing colors. As such, we included a variety of out-of-camera JPEGs as well as Raw conversions. See the gallery

Fujifilm X-T10 shooting experience is now live

Though it has much in common with the X-T1 in terms of image quality, starting with its 16MP X-Trans APS-C sensor and EXR Processor II, the X-T10 presents a very different shooting experience. We've updated our Fujifilm X-T10 first impressions with some thoughts on using the camera in the field. Read more

DxO OpticsPro 10.4.2 released with Canon EOS 5DS/R support

DxO has introduced OpticsPro 10.4.2, adding Raw support for Canon's EOS 5DS and 5DS R. Also added are 789 new camera/lens combination correction profiles. Updates for DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint also make those applications fully compatible with Photoshop CC 2015. Read more

Atomos releases AtomOS6.4 firmware upgrade for Shogun recorder

Video production tool maker Atomos has announced the release of AtomOS6.4, a significant firmware update for its Shogun video monitor and recorder. The update includes a number of useful features, including anamorphic de-squeezing that supports the Panasonic GH4's new anamorphic video mode. Read more

June 30
DxOMark Mobile report: Sony Xperia Z3+

The Xperia Z3+ is the international version of the Japan-only Xperia Z4. On paper, it's only a minor upgrade over the predecessor Xperia Z3. The 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor and F2.0 25mm equiv. lens are shared with the previous model. Despite having the same specs, camera performance is improved and nabs the Z3+ DxOMark's third place ranking. Read more

Olympus brings its Air lens-style connected camera to US

Olympus is bringing its connected 'Air' camera to the US. Announced in Japan earlier this year and shown off previously in concept form, the Air consists of a 16MP Four Thirds sensor and Micro Four Thirds lens mount and uses your smartphone or tablet screen as its display. It's similar in spirit to the Sony Alpha QX1 but with a smaller body, Bluetooth connectivity and several unique shooting modes. Read more

Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed

As capable cameras get smaller, photographers and camera bags have adapted to hold these systems. Camera supports have evolved as well - enter the mini tripod, a class of legs and head that can hold up tiny cameras and flashes, but is also strong enough to support full-sized gear. In this group test we look at five such tripods. Which one should you take on your next hike? Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV added to studio test scene comparison

UPDATED: We've added low light results to our studio test for the RX100 IV. Sony's latest RX100, the Cyber-shot RX100 IV, brings the manufacturer's stacked CMOS sensor design to the 1"-type sensor size for the first time. The 20MP chip, also in the Cyber-shot RX10 II, pushes all the pixel circuitry onto a separate layer, creating room for high-speed processing within the chip. See how it performs in our studio test scene. Read more

June 29
Moon video recorded with 83x zoom Nikon Coolpix P900 shows Earth's rotation

With a 2000mm equivalent zoom range, the Nikon Coolpix P900 leads the current ultrazoom class in terms of reach. While there's no question that the camera has an impressive zoom range, a nature photographer based in Germany has made it ever-so-obvious just how powerful this little ultrazoom is. His YouTube video of the moon shows that at 83x optical zoom the magnification is so powerful, the rotation of the Earth is easily seen as the subject drifts through the frame. Read more

Meyer Optik to bring back soap-bubble-bokeh Trioplan lens via Kickstarter

Following a successful Kickstar campaign, German optical manufacturer Meyer Optik is set to reintroduce a lens from 1916 that was famous for its unique 'soap-bubble' bokeh. The company hoped to raise $50,000 to fund production of a new Trioplan 100mm F2.8 lens, but at the time of writing pledges have reached $124,000 with the best part of a month still to go. Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV real-world sample gallery posted

Announced earlier this month, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is the latest in that manufacturer's line of popular enthusiast compacts. It ushers into the lineup a new sensor design, offering a stacked 1" type 20MP CMOS sensor, and carries over from its predecessor a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. See what the camera's capable of in the real world. See gallery

Apple's dual-camera technology rumored to be nearing completion

According to a report from BusinessWeekly Taiwan, Apple's rumored dual camera technology for an upcoming iPhone is getting closer to becoming a reality. The article states that Apple has been working on the dual-lens technology for three years, but until recently has been hindered by a number of issues, including image blur and supplier inadequacies. Read more

Fujifilm X-T1 users to get significant boost in autofocus performance and function

UPDATE: Fujifilm's new firmware for the X-T1 is now available. It promises to overhaul autofocusing performance and 'introduces a new AF system' to this X-series flagship body. Firmware 4.00 aims to take significant steps towards solving issues with moving subjects and focusing in low contrast conditions. Read more

Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison

When the Zeiss 85mm F1.4 Otus rolled into our office in both Canon and Nikon mounts, we knew what had to be done. We proudly present to you the 85mm F1.4 Otus, one of the nicest things we've ever held, mounted on the 5DS R and the Nikon D810 for your peeping pleasure. You can even see how it compares with an old Canon EF 85mm F1.8... Read on

June 28
Readers' Showcase: Raiatea Arcuri

Raiatea Arcuri is an avid landscape photographer who maintains a website, a blog of tutorials and gear reviews, and is constantly expanding his online portfolio. His work will soon be on display at a gallery on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he calls home. Did we mention he's only 17? Take a look at his work and read more about his journey into photography. See gallery

June 27
Vantage Point: The aviation photography of Jon Pece

'Some people use a tripod,' laughs Jon Pece, 'I used a KC-135 as a camera support.' The photographer has been afforded a unique perspective thanks to a long career as a military and commercial pilot. With his camera at his side and an eye for graphic elements and repeating patterns, Pece has produced a stunning portfolio of meticulous scenics. Read our Q&A and check out his work. See gallery

June 26
Polaroid Cube+ adds Wi-Fi and two bright new color options

Polaroid has added a new member to its Cube camera family: the Cube+. Introduced at CE Week 2015 in New York, the Cube+ includes Wi-Fi, which is not included in the original model. As with the first generation, the Cube+ can record 1080p video and uses a single-button design. Read more

Week in review: Lights in the sky

Mother Nature put on a show for us this week when the Northern Lights dipped down into our part of the country. But around here it's been fireworks for the past couple of weeks, with plenty of new product introductions and exciting review samples rolling in the door. Let's reflect, shall we? Read more

June 25
Tamron and Sigma offer firmware update service for Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R live view issues

Tamron and Sigma have both announced updates for their lenses to provide full compatibility with Canon's EOS 5DS and 5DS R models. Both firmware updates refer to behavior in live view shooting, something that has also caused problems in the Rebel T6s and T6i. This suggests that Canon's latest models feature a change in the way they drive lenses. Read more

Manfrotto launches XPRO Ball Head

*Updated with US availability and pricing* Manfrotto has launched the XPRO Ball Head in the UK, joining existing fluid and geared heads in the XPRO lineup. It is offered with Arca-Swiss compatible Top Lock and 200PL camera plates and features a spherical locking mechanism alongside a Triple Locking System, the latter of which stabilizes the camera's position and keeps it from drifting via a trio of wedges. Read more

Interview: Hasselblad to re-visit core values and aim for a wider market, says CEO Perry Oosting

At Photokina 2012, it felt as though Hasselblad was having a very public identity crisis. The company's foray into new product categories, via a relationship with Sony and an Italian design house, was not universally well received. We spoke with Hasselblad's new CEO, Perry Oosting, who assures us that the company will concentrate on re-connecting with the core values of the brand. Read more

Samsung NX500 firmware upgrade improves autofocus and enhances video features

Samsung has released a firmware update for its NX500 mirrorless camera. Among other things, the update enhances autofocus performance in several areas, increases the 4K video bit rate to 70Mbps, and reads out a larger areas of the sensor for improved 1080/60p video quality. More details

June 24
Adobe renews free trials of Creative Cloud 2015 to preview new features

Adobe recently updated its Creative Cloud suite of software, and to give users a chance to test the new features it has reset its product trials. This includes trial versions of Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, and Photoshop CC. Users, even those who have previously taken advantage of Adobe's 30-day free trial, can start a new trial by opening the software application and clicking 'Update'. Read more

A commerical photographer accuses Taylor Swift of being a hypocrite, Swift's management company responds

In case you missed it, Taylor Swift, one of the most successful commercial pop stars of all time, recently penned an angry Tumblr post aimed at the soon-to-be-launched streaming service Apple Music. She called for Apple to respect the rights of creatives. However, commercial photographer Jason Sheldon found this statement to be more than a little hypocritical. Read more

Instagram updates Explore page and search

Instagram has launched a major update to its mobile app that offers a redesigned Explore page and search function. The former will offer trending tags and places, the latter makes it easier to find people, places, and tags. Read more

Production Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R added to studio test scene

We've updated our Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R First Impressions to include studio test samples from final production versions of the cameras. The 5DS and 5DS R share a 50MP full-frame CMOS sensor and are identical in every way except for one: the 5DS contains an anti-aliasing filter, while the 5DS R has a self-canceling filter. While we've previously tested a beta version of the 5DS R, we've finally been able to put final production versions of the two cameras through our studio. Read more

June 23
Final firmware Canon EOS 5DSR real-world samples posted

Last night the Northern Lights tip-toed farther south than they usually do, and many regions of North America not accustomed to seeing them were treated to a light show. In hopes of catching it we hopped in the car with the Canon EOS 5DSR and headed away from the city lights. We've got a couple of aurora shots to share as well as a selection of others taken with a final 5DS R camera. See gallery

Venus Optics launches Laowa 15mm F4, the world's widest macro lens

Chinese lens manufacturer Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited has introduced what it describes as the world's widest 1:1 macro lens. The Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F4 is designed for full frame sensor cameras and can focus down to just 12cm from the front element, and is equipped with a +/-6mm shift function for architectural work at normal focusing distances. Read more

Eye for an 'i': Canon EOS Rebel T6i review posted

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i (750D) bears a passing resemblance to its Rebel T6s (760D) sibling, but it's a different enough camera to warrant a separate review. Although it shares the same 24.2MP APS-C sensor and 19-point all cross-type AF module as its more expensive sibling, its Hybrid CMOS AF III implementation lacks continuous AF in live view. It also doesn't offer the higher-end controls of the T6s. Does the Rebel T6i hit all the right notes for a beginning photographer? Read more

Edelkrone launches collapsible PocketSkater 2 for DSLR videographers

Video accessories manufacturer Edelkrone has launched a new dolly for DSLRs that's designed to fold up and fit in your pocket. The PocketSkater 2 features three wheels and a tilting Flextilt head so photographers can shoot moving footage with the camera angled upwards or down. Read more

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