Articles from March 2014

March 31
LensRentals.com needs name for massive lens calibration tool

One of the drawbacks of running a company devoted to renting out photographic equipment is that it’s necessary to evaluate and service equipment just about every time it comes back. That’s why the team at LensRentals.com have just purchased and installed a massive and cumbersome looking lens calibration system. In one of the geekier unboxing articles, they show every step of the assembly of the device. Learn more

Matterport shows off its 3D camera technology

Capturing 3D models is one of the latest technology trends. The recent announcement of Google's Project Tango smartphone got tech heads excited and at the same time horrified users with concerns about privacy. Matterport is a startup that cooperated with Google in Project Tango and built its own 3D camera. The $4,500 device is linked with an iPad running the Matterport app and captures the interior of a room or any other scene. Learn more

Olympus updates OM-D E-M1 with electronic first curtain 'anti-shock'

Olympus has updated the firmware for its flagship mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M1, adding a mode that's designed to eliminate image blurring due to 'shutter shock' by using an electronic first curtain at speeds below 1/320sec. The update also adds more options for audio control during movie recording. It's available to install now, using the 'Olympus Digital Camera Updater' program.  

Olympus brings PEN style and 5-axis IS to Stylus SH-1 travel zoom

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 may look like a PEN mirrorless camera, but it's actually a compact travel zoom. But it has inherited a pretty big feature from the PEN: 5-axis image stabilization. Other features of note include a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 25-600mm equiv. F3.0-6.9 lens, touchscreen 3" LCD, limited manual control, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi. It will be available in May in black, white, and silver for under $400.

Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3

Olympus has announced the Tough TG-3, which takes its place as the flagship in the company's rugged camera lineup. The TG-3 sports a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 25-100mm equiv. F2.0-4.9 lens, plus a 3-inch LCD, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It's waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kgf, and freezeproof to -10C. The TG-3 supports a new Light Guide accessory, which turns the built-in LED lamp into a macro ring light.

March 29
Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time

British photographer Richard Heeks has made a project of taking something ordinary - soap bubbles - and making them extraordinary. Some of his images capture the exact moment when a bubble bursts, while others reflect the environment around with interesting color. One of his bubbles even looks like the 'Death Star' from the Star Wars trilogy. To get the photos, he took thousands of shots, gradually learning how light, weather, aperture and shutter speeds affect the final image. See gallery

March 28
Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue

Nikon has announced on its website today that it will replace defective D600 cameras with a new D600 or equivalent model. This follows up earlier news of the Chinese government ordering Nikon to stop selling D600 cameras and Nikon's previous service announcement to offer D600 users free inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly, even if the warranty has expired. Learn more

Get up high: Orion DVC210 DLSR crane review

As more and more video production companies and independent videographers rely on DSLRs to shoot a majority of their work, finding more compact equipment is becoming easier. A decent fully-loaded DSLR jib setup can cost anywhere between $500 and $3,000, and the ProAm Orion DVC210 resides at the lower end of the spectrum. Can the Orion DVC210 take your DSLR video to the next level? Find out in our review

Ricoh to give away cameras for 'photojournalism' competition

Ricoh Imaging Company has announced an advertorial feature on cnn.com called 'Spherical Report 360', where 360 people will be selected to receive a free Ricoh Theta spherical camera to shoot local news and events. Images taken with the Theta will then be judged for a Pentax K-3 grand prize. To be considered for a free Theta camera visit the Spherical Report 360 website for application guidelines. Applications will be accepted between March 27, 2014 through April 10, 2014. Learn more

What The Duck #1458

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.

March 27
Zeiss announces Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens

Zeiss will have its new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens on display at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, April 7-10. The new lens fills the wide-angle gap in Zeiss' cine-style zoom lineup, complementing the already available CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9 lenses. Also at the show will be a new Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135mm T1.9 lens. Learn more

Bigger than life: Drone flight documents Alaskan ice caves

The 12-mile long Mendenhall Glacier, located just outside of Juneau, Alaska may be one of the world's most easily accessible glaciers. But the crew of Firefight Films takes you far beyond the parking lot. Billed as the first documented drone flight through ice caves, Firefight Films’ co-founders, Lion El Aton and Christopher Carson, outfitted a DSLRPros DJI Phantom with a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition to venture beyond the physical limits of a human film crew. See video

March 26
Apple applies for dual-sensor camera patent

Having two distinct sensors in one camera appears to be the flavor of the week. HTC just launched the One M8, the first smartphone to feature a dual-sensor camera. At the same time Apple Insider spotted an Apple patent application that was published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application is titled: 'Electronic device with two image sensors'. Learn more 

Father's family photos capture the delightful chaos of youth

While most photos of children and family put forth a cleaned up and polished look, Alain Laboile takes another approach. He photographs his six children in their natural state - which is often pretty messy - as they play and explore in their Bordeaux, France home. The results are delightfully honest and candid images of good old dirt-between-your-toes fun. See gallery

Updated: Oppo launches Find 7 with QHD display and 50MP image option

Last week we announced the introduction of the Oppo Find 7, the first smartphone to feature a QHD screen. Interestingly, the Find 7's camera claimed it could produce a 50MP image from a 13MP sensor using what Oppo is calling "Super Zoom". We've updated our story with a brief look at what this technology is, and what it might mean for photographers, based on our communications with Oppo. Learn more

March 25
Pentax K-3: Eight pages added to our ongoing review

As we're working towards finishing our full in-depth review of Ricoh's Pentax K-3, we've decided to publish pages of the review that are complete so far instead of making you wait. You'll find the new sections of the ongoing review in our original first impressions review. The additional pages include: A shooting experience report, operation and controls, menus, a look at the K-3's video mode, our two test scene pages and a new real-world samples gallery. Click through for more

HTC launches One M8 with new 'Duo Camera'

HTC has launched their new flagship model, the HTC One M8, at simultaneous events in London and New York City today. As we've come to know through various leaks the new device's headline feature is its Duo Camera. In addition to a 4MP "Ultra Pixel" sensor, the HTC One M8 comes with a secondary image sensor that captures depth information which allows for the application of bokeh effects to your images. Learn more

GoPro rival? Panasonic launches wearable HX-A500 4K action camera

Panasonic has announced the HX-A500, a wearable video camera with ultra HD 4K at 30p capability. Along with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options, the HX-A500 can also shoot 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps and 480p at 240fps. Panasonic's action camera is also dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes down to 10 feet (3 meters). The HX-A500 has a separate body unit that has a 1.5-inch color LCD display and camera unit that is connected by a cable. Learn more

Accessory review: Ona Lima camera strap

Camera straps are not, on the face of it, the most exciting accessories in the world but they do inspire strong feelings on the part of many photographers. While most people stick with the strap that came in the box with their camera, for a lot of enthusiasts the quest for the 'perfect strap' is an ongoing diversion. DPReview editor Barney Britton recently picked up the Ona Lima strap. Find out if it makes practical sense. Read his review

March 24
World Press Photo Multimedia winners announced

The winners of the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia contest have been announced and the work represents a staggering array of subjects and documentary styles. The international jury selected first, second and third place winners in three categories: Short Feature, Long Feature and Interactive Documentary. Learn more

Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens

Sony has announced its new Alpha 3500 (a3500) which, at this point, is only for the Australian market. The camera is identical to the a3000, with the exception of a new kit lens. This 18-50mm F4.0-5.6 lens is less impressive than the 18-55 F3.5-5.6 that came with the a3000, as it's shorter, slower, and lacks image stabilization. The a3500 will be available soon for AU$499.

Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction

A Hasselblad camera claimed to have been used by U.S. astronauts on the moon sold on at auction in Vienna for nearly $1 million, despite questions as to the veracity of its travels. WestLicht Photographica Auction in Austria reported the camera, a Hasselblad Electronic Data Camera, sold for €550,000 (€660,000 with the buyer’s premium which is about $910,400) and was won by Japanese businessman Terukazu Fujisawa. Learn more

Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH, and GM1 kit

Panasonic has officially announced the Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH, a premium fast wideangle prime for Micro Four Thirds cameras. It offers an angle of view equivalent to 30mm on full frame, and features an aperture ring at the front of the barrel. It's also very small in diameter to match the tiny DMC-GM1 camera, with which it will be offered as a kit. It'll be available in black or silver from mid-June for $599/£549, with the GM1 kit costing £999.

Behind the shot: 'Louisville in Motion'

Making a time-lapse video isn't trivial, but the end result is compelling. Photographer Eric Stemen explains how he made his tribute to Louisville, Kentucky. He talks about his shooting technique - everything from getting good exposures to using sliders. There's also a look at all the gear he used and some post-processing tips. Learn more

Samsung NX30 real-world samples gallery

The Samsung NX30 is a midrange mirrorless camera that features a 20.3MP CMOS sensor and the company's latest DRIMeIV processor. The NX30 has a Hybrid AF system that combines on-chip phase detection with more traditional contrast detection and photos can be composed on a fully articulating 3-inch AMOLED display or a unique pull-out, tilting electronic viewfinder. We've spent some time with a production sample to see how it performs out in the real world.

March 23
'Building Absence': Stephen Tourlentes' prison landscapes

Stephen Tourlentes started photographing prisons after a facility was built in his home town, in Illinois, USA. In his series of images entitled 'Building Absence', Tourlentes captures prisons at night, in the distance, their lights illuminating the landscapes in which they exist. By his own estimation he has photographed more than 100 prisons in 46 states, often from dead-end public roads and from within the communities that border the huge facilities. Click through for a look at his work. 

March 22
Winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, part 1

Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners in their Open, Youth and National categories. The winning photos were selected from more than 70,000 images submitted by enthusiasts all over world. An overall winner with a $5,000 (~£3,024) cash prize and judging of the remaining categories will be announced on April 30. See gallery

What The Duck #1455

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.

March 21
Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup

Kodak famously failed to adapt to the transition from film to digital photography, and finally stopped making digital cameras in early 2012. Now the famous old brand has been resurrected by JK Imaging Ltd, which is producing cameras in partnership with Asia Optical. We got a quick look at some of the 2014 product portfolio earlier this year at CES but this week we had a more detailed briefing at a European press event. Click through to take a closer look. 

DIY revolution: Donald Weber's Molotov cocktail 'portraits'

Photographer Donald Weber returned to his former home of Kiev during the civil unrest last month. Working without a commission, Weber avoided news-style images of the running battles between protestors and police, he says he attempted to take 'a macro view of the situation.' As well as architectural images of the homemade barricades and portraits of some of the participants, he also created a series of images detailing the protesters' weapons of choice - homemade Molotov cocktails. See photos of Weber's unique perspective

Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless cameras

Samyang has announced a wideangle prime for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the 12mm F2.0 NCS CS. With manual focus and aperture control, it will offer an 18mm equivalent angle of view on cameras with APS-C sensors (19mm equiv on Canon EOS M), and 24mm equivalent on Micro Four Thirds. It uses nanocrystal coating to minimise flare and ghosting, and will be available in Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, and Micro Four Thirds mounts. Pricing and availability are still to be confirmed.

LUUV aims to produce 3D-printed camera stabilizer

A Berlin-based start-up is aiming to produce and market a camera stabilizer for smartphones and actions cams, such as the GoPro. There is an abundance of similar devices available already but LUUV's design is unique because it allows for upside-down filming at very close proximity to the ground. Learn more

March 20
Samsung files patent for camera with transparent display

The Wall Street Journal has discovered a patent filing with the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service that seems to indicate Samsung is experimenting with transparent displays for digital cameras. The idea behind the concept is that the photographer and their subject can maintain eye-contact while the image is being framed. Learn more 

Best of both worlds: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 review

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 looks at first glance a bit like a high-end superzoom with its 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens. That's a fairly modest range by modern standards, but then the camera's 1" sensor is very large compared to conventional superzooms. Sony has put a lot of effort into the camera's video capabilities and tools, making it more than just a stills shooter, but are the sum of these parts enough to make the whole worth $1300? Find out in our review

Gear breakdown: Behind the scenes with Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis has posted another show-and-tell video about the core gear he carries with him on shoots. In this video, you can see bag upon bag of photo and video gear sitting on industrial shelving in the background. Rather than going through every piece of equipment he owns, Jarvis presents his essential camera gear, the stuff he takes with him on every shoot. See video

Oppo launches Find 7 with QHD display and 50MP image option

Several manufacturers were rumored to launch a smartphone with a QHD-display (2560x1440 pixels) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but none of the models introduced at the show featured one of the high-resolution screens. Now the wait is over. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has introduced the Find 7, the first smartphone to feature a QHD screen. Learn more

March 19
DxO Optics Pro 9.1.4 supports Nikon D4s and four other cameras

DxO Labs has released version 9.1.4 of its DxO Optics Pro software. Both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Sony A5000, Leica X Vario and GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition. The Elite version also gives support for the Nikon D4s. The update also adds 170 lens and cameras combinations to its library, with a list of over 18,000 combinations now available. Click through for the download link.

900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail

'Facial cartography' is an apt description of Swiss photographer Daniel Boschung's portraits. Folds, crevices and pores that are often invisible under normal viewing conditions are shown in extreme detail in his 900MP images. Each of his photographs is comprised of about 600 images captured by an ABB robot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 180mm macro lens. Learn more

LifePrint's portable wireless printer hits Kickstarter

Robert Macauley wants to make photographs special again - by printing them. He's one of the heads behind the LifePrint Kickstarter project that is aiming to build a portable wireless printer that is controlled via an iOS or Android app. The LifePrint team is looking to secure $200,000 of funding to build a printer that will be capable of printing a 3x4" photo in approximately 30 seconds. Learn more 

Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera

A patent for a wireless accessory that allows users to remotely control the camera of an iPhone - including image preview, capture and review - has been granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Of course we don't know at this point if the patent will ever result in an actual product but there is no doubt that, at the right price, it could be a useful accessory. Learn more

Firmware roundup: Updates for the Alpha 7/7R, Nikon D4, Canon EOS 6D

This week camera manufacturers released a number of new firmware versions. Today Sony released the previously announced Sony Alpha 7/7R update that promises faster start-up speeds, improved image quality and better AF support. There are also updates for a host of other Sony NEX cameras. Meanwhile, Nikon and Canon released updates to the D4 and EOS 6D, respectively. Learn more

Little wonder: Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review

Samsung has announced the NX mini, the world's slimmest interchangeable lens camera. It boasts a 1-inch, 20MP sensor and provides all of the wireless connectivity we've come to expect from Samsung's cameras. We spent a little bit of time with a pre-production unit getting to know it, photographing it, and pondering its existence. Take a look at some hands-on photos and read our first impressions of Samsung's latest (and littlest) connected, mirrorless camera. 

Samsung announces tiny NX mini mirrorless camera

Samsung has announced its new NX mini mirrorless camera, which uses a smaller sensor and lens mount than its existing NX system. Sporting a new 20.5MP 1"-type BSI-CMOS sensor, the NX mini is the slimmest mirrorless camera on the market. It  uses a new NX-M lens mount, with two lenses available at launch (9-27mm and 9mm) and a third (17mm) coming this summer. Other features include an LCD that flips up 180 degrees, Wi-Fi with NFC, 1080/30p video, and Samsung's usual assortment of bells and whistles. Learn more.

March 18
Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems

According to a Nikon support advisory there are a small number of Lexar 400x or 1000x compact flash memory cards that may have issues communicating with the new D4s camera. Nikon USA's service and support site has outlined how to identify the faulty cards and instructions for replacement. Learn more

Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600

The Nikon D600 had a rocky introduction in 2012, with countless users noting that the camera often produces images with dust/oil spots. Nowhere though is the D600 having as rough a time as China, were the government has issued an order to Nikon to stop selling the D600 entirely following an investigative report on CCT (China Central Television) that captured dealers trying to avoid refunding money to angry customers. Learn more

Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent

According The Guardian newspaper, a new law in Hungary that took effect on March 15th could have a potentially chilling effect on photographic freedoms in that country. It will make it illegal to take a photograph of someone without their express permission. This new civil code covers anyone in the frame, which means that photographers will have to seek permission from anyone in the foreground or background. Learn more

Apple releases cheaper 8GB version of iPhone 5c

When Apple launched their latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5s, they took the hardware of the predecessor, the iPhone 5, added iOS7 and a new colorful plastic body, and called the new creation the iPhone 5c. The 5c was meant to be a more affordable alternative to the 5s but it appears sales have thus far not met the expectations of Apple executives. Today the tech giant from Cupertino has made a move to fix this and released an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c. Learn more

OM sweet OM: Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is the third incarnation of Olympus' popular range of high-end mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The E-M10 boasts some impressive DNA, using the same excellent 16MP Four Thirds sensor as its E-M5 sibling. We've been shooting with it extensively over the past few weeks, hoping to find out whether this 'digital' OM is as capable as the two that preceded it. Those are two solid acts to follow - how does the OM-D E-M10 perform? Find out in our review

March 17
Nikon D4s studio samples added to first-impressions review

We just added studio test scene images to our First Impressions Review of the Nikon D4s. The D4s is a refined version of Nikon's flagship DSLR, incorporating several changes - large and small - resulting from feedback from professional users. As well as minor ergonomic refinements and a slightly improved video mode the D4s also offers a highest ISO sensitivity of 409,600 (equivalent) - the highest we've ever seen. Click through to see for yourself what that looks like. 

Red Giant offers subscription to video editing tools

Using a similar model as Adobe’s Creative Cloud, video effects maker Red Giant - creators of Trapcode and Magic Bullet - is making their post-production tools and plugins available via subscription. Instead of buying individual software licenses, Red Giant's service called Universe allows you to pay monthly or yearly for access to their suite of products that work in popular video editing software such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Learn more

VSCO announces $100K scholarship fund for artists

Visual Supply Co., the makers of the popular VSCO Cam smartphone app, has announced the VSCO Artist Initiative which is a $100,000 (~£60,082/~€71,757) scholarship fund 'providing artists the resources to pursue their creative vision.' If you could do with a few extra dollars to fund your art and think you've got what it takes, you can apply on the VSCO website. Learn more

Samsung lens production issues could delay Galaxy S5

With its 16MP ISOCELL 1/2.6-inch sensor, F2.2 aperture, 4K video, reflector integrated LED-flash, water-resistant body and hybrid AF-system, the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S5 looks like one of 2014's hottest options for mobile photographers. However problems in the manufacturing process of the S5's new 6-element lens could delay its release in some markets. Learn more 

March 16
Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work

Filmed as part of a larger documentary, Michael Engler’s 'Contemporary Photography in the USA' features photographer Garry Winogrand just two years before his death in 1984 at the age of 56. Although the Bronx-born photographer is often referred to as a street photographer - perhaps one of the best of his generation - he hated the expression, explaining in the video 'I think it's a stupid term. Street photographer. It doesn’t tell you anything about the photographer or [the] work.' Watch video

March 15
Engineering a Dream: Benjamin Von Wong profile, part 2

In part 1 of our interview with Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong we asked him about his transition from mining engineer to full-time photographer. In part 2, Von Wong talks about how some of his more famous images were created. Follow the links below to read the concluding part of our interview and take a look at more of Von Wong's dramatic photographs. Learn more

Olympus patent hints at selective exposure in 'Live Time' mode

Earlier this week, Japanese patent blog Egami reported that Olympus has patented a technology that would allow the photographer to selectively adjust exposure of different scene areas during an exposure. This might allow for a more balanced exposure of scenes where cameras might normally struggle. Click through for an explanation of what we think the patent might mean for photographers. 

March 14
Google's Project Tango camera specs revealed

We recently reported on Project Tango, an initiative within Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) that looks at 3D-mapping of spaces with smartphones. Today some additional detail about the phone's camera specification was revealed on Myce.com through Google's Chrome issue tracker. Learn more

What The Duck #1456

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.

Judge strikes down fine against drone photographer

In a court case bound to have far-reaching implications for U.S.-based photographers looking to use drones or other model aircraft for commercial shoots, National Transportation Safety Board Judge Patrick G. Geraghty has struck down an FAA suit against a photographer for his 'reckless' use of a drone. Model aircraft aficionados and photographers alike have reason to celebrate this ruling, though naturally the FAA has announced a decision to appeal. Learn more

Apple is on camera-engineer hiring spree

There was one large manufacturer who remained relatively quiet among the flood of smartphone imaging innovations in 2013: Apple. Now the technology giant is looking to hire a range of camera engineers, covering all sections of the imaging pipeline. So by the looks of it, Apple has plans for new camera technology in its future devices. Learn more

March 13
Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived!

Officially announced last month, the Nikon D4s is the company's flagship DSLR with serious professional credentials. Although improvements over the D4 might seem relatively subtle, they have been driven by professional feedback from working photographers all over the world. That's why we were so excited to receive a big brown box from Nikon this morning! See the unboxing

Samsung explains the Galaxy S5's ISOCELL sensor

Samsung revealed its innovative ISOCELL image sensor technology in September last year, but it has taken until now for the concept to be applied in a device. The Galaxy S5, announced at Mobile World Congress, is the first smartphone from the Korean manufacturer that comes with an ISOCELL camera. Check out the video from Samsung that explains the technology in more detail. See video

Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores

Calumet Photographic announced today on Facebook that the company is closing all of its U.S. stores and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, effective immediately. According to the statement, posted below, European branches will continue to operate. Calumet’s website and Twitter account are no longer available. Learn more

Mirrorless marvel? A quick look at the Nikon 1 V3

Nikon's 1-System cameras have tended to slip under the radar of most enthusiasts. The company's new V3 mirrorless camera is Nikon's attempt to change that, with its impressive AF and burst shooting specs and more customizable controls. We were able to spend some time with the Nikon 1 V3 and have put together a quick overview of the camera for your reading pleasure.

Am I missing something here? An opinion on Nikon's mirrorless strategy
Nikon's latest 1 System camera is its most obviously enthusiast-targeted model so far. And yet the signals given off, both by the camera and its associated lens range, are not quite so clear. In this opinion piece, Richard Butler wonders: Just what is Nikon up to?
Nikon 1 V3 offers improved AF system and faster continuous shooting

Nikon has announced the Nikon 1 V3, the latest addition to the company's mirrorless lineup. The V3 sports a new 18.4MP 1"-type CMOS sensor that lacks an AA filter, but has on-chip phase detection that covers nearly 100% of the frame. The V3 can now shoot at 20 fps with continuous AF, and 60 fps with single AF. Other features include twin dial control, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD, manual exposure control, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi. Something that's disappeared since the V2 is an electronic viewfinder, which is now an optional extra (depending on region). Read more about the V3.

Nikon reveals 70-300mm telezoom and 10-30mm powerzoom for 1 system

Nikon has announced two lenses for its 1 system mirrorless cameras, in the shape of a 70-300mm ultra-telephoto zoom and a compact 10-30mm powerzoom. The 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is designed for sports and wildlife shooting, and features optical image stabilisation to counteract camera shake; its SRP is $999.95 / £879.99. Meanwhile the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is a compact lens with electronic zoom control that will come in a kit with the 1 V3 camera, or be sold separately with an SRP of $299.95 / £249.99. 

March 12
Instagramer makes $15,000 in one day by selling prints

You still think Instagram is for cat pictures and selfies only? Think again. Forbes published an article on Brooklyn-based photographer Daniel Arnold whose checking account balance was getting alarmingly close to zero when he decided to have a go at selling prints of his images and reached out to his followers. The response was overwhelming. Learn more

Instagram releases redesigned Android app

The Facebook-owned mobile imaging platform Instagram has launched a revamped version of its Android app. There aren't any new filters, frames or editing options though. The most obvious changes have been made to the design of the user interface. It has adopted the 'flattened' look of the latest Android versions and some OEM software. Learn more

Dusted off and updated: Nikon D610 review

The D610 is the exact same as the D600 but with a new shutter mechanism that boosts continuous shooting and adds a 'Quiet Continuous' mode. The only other upgrade is an improved auto white balance system. Although the D610 lacks some of the frills, like built-in Wi-Fi, GPS or an articulated LCD, it's a lot of camera for the money. Do the slight updates still make the D610 a compelling option in a growing full-frame market? Find out in our review

HTC One 2014 leaks, comes with 'Duo Camera'

HTC was expected to launch the successor to last year's flagship HTC One smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but it never appeared. Now it seems that the new model will finally see the light of day at an event on the 25th of March, and rumors point to a 'Duo Camera' that will allow users to 'choose where to focus, highlight what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects'. Click through for more information on connect.dpreview.com.

March 11
Sigma to pay Nikon $14.5 million for VR patent infringement

The Tokyo District Court has ruled in favor of Nikon in a patent infringement case brought against Sigma. The lawsuit, filed in 2011 and settled last month alleged that six of Sigma's interchangeable lenses infringed on certain Nikon patents relating to VR (vibration reduction) technology. Click through for more details. 

Nikon launches new series of instructional videos

Nikon has announced a new series of instructional videos featuring a lineup of pro photographers. Joe McNally, Corey Rich and Tamara Lackey offer pointers on lighting, action shooting and portraits among other topics throughout the series. In the first segment, launched today on Nikon's Google+ page, Joe McNally explains some of the fundamentals of using available light and on-camera flash to shoot a portrait. There are more videos in the pipeline, set to launch at regular intervals throughout this spring and summer. Take a look at the full schedule

Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | C samples gallery

Sigma's 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | C is the latest version of its popular stabilized superzoom lens for APS-C / DX format SLRs. It's smaller and lighter than the previous model (the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM from 2011), but offers an updated optical design with improved close-focusing abilities. Sigma shipped us a sample a few days ago so we could try it out and we've been running around (in typically unpredictable Seattle weather) getting some real-world samples. Click through to see the shots.

Revamped camera and lens feature search now live!

We've revamped two of our most popular site tools - our camera and lens feature search pages. We didn't want to completely reinvent the wheel, and changes mostly relate to design and user experience. The tools now look friendlier (we think), search options should be a little more logical and the process of narrowing down searches should be less confusing. We've also added a few new fields here and there while removing some outdated ones. Click through for links.

Mobile tools for the wedding photographer

As photographers struggle with the slumping economy and an ever-increasingly competitive landscape, wedding photography seems to be one of the industry’s steadier income streams. People continue to get married and most hire photographers to capture their special day. And there are a handful of helpful mobile tools to help you run your business more effectively. Learn more

March 10
Getty and Flickr to cease partnership

Getty is back in the news, announcing in an email to contributors that its near 6-year partnership with Flickr has has ended, and will not be renewed. In the letter, Getty stresses the fact that the partnership has been terminated does not affect existing contributors' contracts, and the Flickr Collection will form the the basis of a new 'house collection' on Getty's site called 'Moment'. Click through for more details. 

Stunning 360-degree view from One World Trade Center

When an astonishing Gigapan image shot atop the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center hit the Internet recently, few probably realized the massive undertaking that was required to capture this suddenly iconic image. In a remarkable making-of video Time's Senior Editor of Photo & Interactive, Jonathan D. Woods explains how it started with sketches on bar napkins. Learn more

iOS 7.1 brings auto HDR mode to iPhone 5S

Apple has released its first major update to iOS 7. iOS 7.1 brings a host of bug fixes and refinements, including support for Apple's CarPlay, interface and design improvements and a new Auto HDR mode to the flagship iPhone 5S. Click through to read more at connect.dpreview.com.

Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on video shows camera features

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone offers a lot to mobile photographers with a 1/2.6-inch 16MP sensor, video with up to UHD (4K) resolution and a F2.2 lens. Samsung has recently released a Galaxy S5 hands-on video that talks about the camera and shows some of the new imaging features. See video

Panasonic announces price and availability for Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic has announced pricing and availability for its flagship 4K video-recording mirrorless camera, the Lumix DMC-GH4. It'll go on sale in the UK on 5th May for £1299.99 body only, £1749.99 with 14-140mm zoom, or £2499.99 with the specialist DMW-YAGHE video interface unit. Meanwhile in the US the camera body will cost $1699.99, and the video interface unit will be $1999.99. 

Nikon D3300 real-world samples gallery

The Nikon D3300 continues on the path of its entry-level DSLR predecessors, with plenty of built-in shooting and retouch modes, a small footprint, and beginner-friendly user interface. It has a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, as well as an Expeed 4 image processor. The camera's ISO range tops out at 25,600 and with continuous shooting up to 5 fps. We've been out and about with the D3300, shooting everyday situations and family life. See gallery

March 9
Kickstarter project seeks funding for 'Stubilizer' GoPro mount

When you're an inventor, you get to put your name on whatever it is you invent. That's the rule. Hence, the RockSolid Stubilizer. Dreamed up by extreme sports junkie Stuart Smith, the Stubilizer - a GoPro-compatible, plug-and-play image stabilizer - is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter to reach production. The Stubilizer uses brushless motor gimbal technology to minimize shake on up to three axis. Learn more

March 8
What The Duck #1454

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.

Engineering a Dream: Benjamin Von Wong profile, part 1

Benjamin Von Wong describes himself as a combination photographer, producer, artist, visual engineer and, perhaps more than anything, a storyteller. Few of the stories the Montreal-based shooter has to tell are as fantastic as the one that describes his own ascent to fame in the photo world. In part 1, we talk to Ben about his rapid rise to fame and how he transitioned from his day job to a full-time photography career. Learn more

500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30%

A few weeks ago we reported on the announcement of 500px 'Prime' a licensing service built into the popular photography website that was designed to allow users to make some cash from their images. Originally, the service was set to offer photographers a 30% cut of image sales at a minimum price per image of $250. A lot of photographers weren't happy with the 70/30 split but now Prime is live, the terms have changed and photographers are being offered 70%, with new 'flat rate $250 pricing. Click through for more details. 

March 7
Sony plans March firmware update for Alpha 7 and 7R

Sony has announced an upcoming firmware update for its Alpha 7 and 7R full-frame mirrorless cameras. Due on March 19th, the update promises faster startup speeds, improved image quality (in what respect is not clear), a pair of new downloadable apps, and 'smoother' transitions in time-lapse mode. The firmware will also add support for Fast AF (Hybrid in the case of the A7) and the focus hold buttons on the 70-200 F4 FE lens.

Wireless K-3 control: Pentax FluCard review

The Pentax O-FC1 FluCard offers quite a bit more than just Wi-Fi image sharing and transfers, but not quite as much as some wired tethering applications. This makes it a mixed bag as a general camera tool, but one that has been entirely out of reach for Pentax for quite some time.. In light of this, is it worth the $99 price tag? Find out in our review

Giotto's launches 'Air' range of lightweight tripods

Giotto's has announced four new lightweight and compact tripods designed for travel. Coming in both aluminum and carbon fiber models, they all feature four-section legs for portability, a Y-shaped center column and include a carrying case. The new 'Air' tripods will retail from £180-£334 ($301-$559). Learn more

EyeEm to sell user images in partnership with Getty Images

Two weeks ago the makers of the photo app EyeEm started sending out email invitations to their users, offering to pre-register for the EyeEm Market in order to sell user images. Today EyeEm has announced on its blog that it will run the EyeEm Market in partnership with stock image giant Getty Images. Click through for more details.

March 6
Adobe releases Revel for Android

Adobe has released an Android version of its Revel app. Previously the service had only been available on mobile devices running Apple's iOS operating system. Revel is a cloud-based image and video management service that allows you to set up group libraries that are shared between friends or family members. Revel focuses on privacy, and you have full control over who can see the contents of your library. Learn more on connect.dpreview.com

The Photography Show 2014 - tidbits from the show floor

This week saw the successful launch of a new photography trade show in the UK. Called simply 'The Photography Show' and run by Future Publishing, the event ran from 1st to 4th March at the NEC in Birmingham. We spent a day there, talking to exhibitors and getting hands-on with the latest products. Click through for a selection of things we saw.  

Lowepro expands 'Passport Series' line of camera bags

Lowepro has announced a new 'Passport Series' of camera bags. In addition to the existing Passport Sling bag, the line now includes a backpack and messenger-style camera bag. Each bag has a removable and customizable camera compartment, internal zipped pockets and storage for a laptop or tablet. Learn more

Fujifilm UK X Signature service officially launched

Update: Fujifilm UK has officially announced a service allowing certain X-series cameras to be customized with a range of different colors and body textures. The company showed customized cameras at The Photography Show earlier this week in Birmingham, UK, and partially functional pages for an 'X Signature' went up on its website, but the service is now live. Click through for more information.

CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned

Regular site visitors will have seen a series of interviews on dpreview over the past couple of weeks, during and after the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan. It's always interesting to speak to the people in charge of the companies that make the products we love and this year, what was most telling was the consistency of the themes that came out of our conversations. Click through for a distillation of the major themes that emerged from our CP+ interviews.

Getty to allow embedding for 'non-commercial use' of images

Getty Images has taken a major step towards addressing unauthorized image use by allowing low resolution embedding of images for no charge, with no watermark, on non-commercial 'blogs and social media'. Admitting that combatting widespread unauthorized image use by the world's Internet users is impractical, Getty is pitching the new embedding service, which is available for more than 35 million photographs as a legal alternative to image theft. Click through to learn more.

CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned

We've published a series of interviews on dpreview over the past couple of weeks, during and after the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan. It’s always informative to speak to the people in charge of major companies, and in this article we've distilled some of the key messages from the major players.

March 5
Mobile World Congress 2014: the highlights

2014 is still young but the largest show for mobile devices and technology - the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - has just shut its doors. MWC is an annual showcase of all that's new and trending in mobile technology, and we've been covering the big announcements at connect.dpreview.com. Now that the show is over, we've prepared a short article covering the highlights. Click through to read more. 

Distinctly evolved: Fujifilm X-E2 review

Fujifilm's idea of a mid-range camera is a remarkably photographer-friendly affair, and the X-E2 is the latest example of that. It's superficially similar to its predecessor, the X-E1, but adds the X-Trans CMOS II sensor that includes on-chip phase detection elements to allow continuous autofocus. It also has a nicer rear screen and built-in Wi-Fi, along with a host of small operational and feature tweaks. Is the X-E2 a photographic tool that lives up to the promise of its classic looks and control layout? Find out in our full review

March 4
Camera ready in two shakes: Motorola Moto X camera review

Born from the brief union between Google and Motorola, the Moto X bears several unique features worthy of both names, including instant activation when removed from a pocket and constant attention to voice commands. Two shakes of the handset brings up the Moto X's simplified camera interface, which is where we come in. How does the Moto X measure up? Read our Motorola Moto X review to find out

March 3
Hasselblad officially launches 50MP medium-format CMOS camera

Hasselblad has started shipping the 50MP CMOS sensor camera that was first announced in mid-January. The new H5D-50c is a step away from the CCD sensors that have been standard in their medium-format digital cameras. Hasselblad says the H5D-50c can shoot up to ISO 6400 with dynamic range of up to 14 stops. What will the H5D-50c cost? A cool €20,900 (~$28,702). 

Canon Interview: 'We don't see the smartphone as an enemy'

Recently, editor Barnaby Britton had the opportunity to interview senior figures at Canon Inc. on two occasions, in Japan. The first meetings were held in late 2013 at Canon's headquarters in Tokyo, and a follow-up interview was arranged at the recent CP+ show in Yokohama. Topics covered include the future of Canon's mirrorless system, how Canon is innovating in its DSLRs and what 4K video means for photographers. Click through for the full interview.

Red Epic Dragon jumps to top of DxOMark Sensor charts with score of 101

Over the past few years, DxOMark's tests and scores have provided a numerical measure for the Raw image quality potential of cameras. They've therefore been debated at some length by enthusiasts looking to see where their favourite model stands in the rankings. Now there's a new DxOMark Sensor score champion, but perhaps surprisingly, the first camera to break the 100-point barrier isn't a full frame model from Nikon or Sony, but the RED Epic Dragon movie camera. Click through for details and a link to the full report. 

March 1
Two photographers re-imagine city potholes

In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, two photographers have re-purposed city potholes and put them to clever new uses in a slightly surreal photo series aptly titled 'Potholes.' Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca took to the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto, turning ordinary potholes into fishing ponds, diving pools, rabbit holes and more. All photos were staged without interrupting traffic, and all scenes were created with models and props - nothing has been added in Photoshop. Take a look at their photos - they bring a whole new meaning to street photography.