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Published on Apr 1, 2014 | Buying Guides|
Which capable compact, with plenty of control, should I buy?
Published on Mar 13, 2014 | Opinions|
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?
Published on Feb 12, 2014 | Product Reviews & Previews|
We take a quick look at the basic specifications of Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark II, and how it compares with Canon's original large-sensor zoom compact.
Published on Feb 7, 2014 | Product Reviews & Previews|
A summary of the Panasonic GH4's features, based on a product briefing and time spent handling the camera.
Published on Dec 4, 2013 | Product Reviews & Previews|
In this series of short articles, DPReview staff will be highlighting their personal standout products of the year. It might be a camera, a lens, an accessory or even a piece of software. In part 4, Richard Butler discusses the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM and what it means for APS-C shooters.
Published on Nov 26, 2013 | Buying Guides|
Which pocketable compact camera should I buy?
Published on Nov 22, 2013 | Buying Guides|
As a keen, enthusiast photographer, what camera should I buy?
Published on Aug 1, 2013 | Product Reviews & Previews|
Panasonic introduces the Lumix GX7, an enthusiast-targeted Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with a 16MP sensor and both a tilting LCD and a tilting EVF. We get hands-on with this new M43 model.
Published on Feb 25, 2013 | Product Reviews & Previews|
Hands-on preview of Sony's NEX-3N.
Published on Feb 7, 2013 | Product Reviews & Previews|
We've been shooting with the Olympus 17mm F1.8 lens and have put together a sample gallery showing the sorts of things it can do. We've also prepared some notes on the experience of shooting with this 34mm equivalent fast prime for Micro Four Thirds.
Published on Feb 5, 2013 | Product Reviews & Previews|
Brief hands-on with the Olympus XZ-10. We look at the features of Olympus' latest little photographer's compact, including its 'Photo Story' feature.
Published on Feb 4, 2013 | Interviews|
Casio wants to make cameras that allow everyone to take better images, and that could mean large sensor compacts, says Jin Nakayama, Senior General Manager of its Camera Division. Its development strategy will distinguish it from smartphones while staying a step ahead of its camera rivals, he says.
Published on Feb 4, 2013 | Interviews|
CP+ 2013: Panasonic is considering which cameras it needs to appeal to the different demands for Micro Four Thirds. We spoke to Michiharu Uematsu and Yoshiyuki Inoue. They explain the challenges of making and marketing a high IQ compact and suggest the GH3 won't get focus peaking.
Published on Feb 2, 2013 | Interviews|
The wait for the next generation of Four Thirds cameras may soon be over, says Olympus' Toshi Terada, Manager, Product Planning SLR products. He also discusses the role of the OM-D in popularizing mirrorless cameras in the USA and the future of compacts as smartphones become the cameras of choice.
Published on Feb 1, 2013 | Interviews|
There will be a Canon EOS 70D but the future of semi-pro DSLRs is probably full-frame, says Masaya Maeda, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations at Canon. However, while new concepts are needed to save the compact camera, larger sensors aren't the answer.
Published on Feb 1, 2013 | Product Reviews & Previews|
The Metabones Speed Booster is a unique adapter that allows you to mount a full frame lens on an APS-C camera and achieve a significantly wider field of view as well as an extra stop of light gathering ability. We take a look of the potential and challenges of this intriguing concept.
Published on Jan 14, 2013 | Software/App Reviews|
The latest version of Capture One brings support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors - something we noted other software struggled with, in our review of the X-Pro 1. Beta versions of v7.0.2 are reported to solve the problem. Do the results live up to the expectation?
Published on Dec 18, 2012 | Product Reviews & Previews|
The holiday season is upon us once again and with all the sales and special deals around at the moment, this is a great time to start thinking about getting a new camera. In this article, we'll be looking at the current field of enthusiast zoom compact cameras to help you make your buying decision.
Published on Sep 26, 2012 | Show Reports|
A look back at the trends, products and stars of Photokina 2012.
Casio's stand plays host to the interesting-looking Exilim EX-ZR1000 raw-shooting, flip screen, fast-featured CMOS compact.
SLR Magic, the Hong Kong-based lens company, announced an ambitious selection of lenses at Photokina and its stand plays host to prototypes of them.
Fujifilm has been showing off the way its X-Pro1's hybrid viewfinder will behave when used with zoom lenses - which we demonstrate in a video.
Sigma will re-brand its lenses into three categories to make it easier to chose the right lens. Its stand features a new lens in each of these categories, as well as playing host to the company's SD1 Merrill and DP Merrill series of cameras.
The Hasselblad stand is abuzz with people queueing to see the controversial Lunar - its 24MP E-mount camera.
Schneider Kreuznach is to make high-end autofocus lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system and mock-ups can be seen on its stand.
Published on Sep 19, 2012 | Show Reports|
Carl Zeiss has autofocus lenses for mirrorless cameras on show, alongside its traditional manual focus prime lenses.
Published on Sep 19, 2012 | Show Reports|
Full-frame is order of the day at Sony, but the star of the stand is safely behind glass.
Published on Aug 22, 2012 | Product Reviews & Previews|
A first look at the Nikon Coolpix S800c - the first camera from a major manufacturer to be built around Google's Android mobile operating system.
Published on May 7, 2012 | Product Reviews & Previews|
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a complex camera, but a bit of tinkering around with the settings can reveal some handy features. Here are the ones we think it's worth being aware of.
Published on Mar 15, 2012 | Technology|
Reports that electronics giant Samsung is considering a camera based around Google's Android operating system should come as no real surprise. Not only does it seem like the obvious way of responding to the industry's need to compete with smartphones, it's also a solution readily available to them.
Published on Jan 6, 2012 | Product Reviews & Previews|
An overview of the Nikon D4 - the company's latest pro-level DSLR. The 16MP camera has a host of improvements for D3 and D3S shooters but its biggest changes make a play to attract serious video shooters.
Published on Dec 20, 2011 | Product Reviews & Previews|
Having used all the current crop of Mirrorless cameras extensively, we've prepared a roundup, summarizing their main strengths and weaknesses and highlighted what we believe are the standout cameras in each part of the market.
Published on Dec 15, 2011 | Buying Guides|
Promising the convenience of a compact combined with the quality and versatility of an SLR, the new breed of 'mirrorless' compact system cameras have been gaining in popularity since the the first Micro Four Thirds model in 2008. Use this primer to find out if a mirrorless camera is right for you.
Published on Oct 21, 2011 | Software/App Reviews|
Adobe Senior Product Marketing Manager Chris Quek talks us through the company's Carousel cloud-based cross-platform image sharing and editing service.
Published on Oct 19, 2011 | Technology|
Lytro founder and CEO Dr. Ren Ng talks us through the company's Light Field Camera
Published on Oct 18, 2011 | Product Reviews & Previews|
The EOS-1D X is the latest in Canon's professional DSLR range, and replaces both the EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1DS Mark III. We talked to Canon USA's Chuck Westfall to help guide you through the latest features.
Published on Sep 21, 2011 | Opinions|
It may seem odd that Nikon would build its mirrorless system around a sensor so much smaller than the ones being used by its rivals. We think it makes a lot of sense for the company.
Published on Sep 19, 2011 | Product Reviews & Previews|
After the long wait for a 'proper' portrait lens for the popular modern formats (APS-C and Four Thirds), Richard Butler gives his first impressions of the Olympus 45mm F1.8.
Published on Sep 2, 2011 | Technology|
Richard Butler looks at the trend towards cameras correcting lens distortion and what it means for photographers.
Published on Sep 1, 2011 | Technology|
Sensitivity (ISO) in digital imaging is the subject of quite a lot of confusion - it's becoming common to hear talk of manufacturers 'cheating with ISO.' Here we look at why sensitivity can be hard to pin down, why we use the definition we do and how it's really as complicated as it can seem.
Published on Aug 31, 2011 | Opinions|
On the desperate measures some camera PR companies will take to create a story...
Published on Aug 31, 2011 | Video Capture|
Pocket camcorders have become one of the fastest growing areas of the imaging market in the past year or so which, considering their simplicity and easy connectivity, is no surprise. Read this article to find out about the features on offer and what you should you be looking for.
Published on Aug 31, 2011 | Technology|
Sensors, sensitivity, exposure and dynamic range (blog post)