News archive for November 2012

Nov30
Apple Raw update brings support for 8 cameras, including Sony A99

Apple has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02, adding support for 8 cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. The update includes support for many recently-announced cameras including the Sony Alpha SLT-A99, NEX-6, Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, but does not yet support recent high-end Fujifilm models.

UPDATE Comments 83 Published: Nov 30, 2012 at 21:23
Connect: Landscape tips for smartphone shooters

It's all too easy to take for granted the wide dynamic range, variety of focal lengths and control over depth of field we have at our disposal. And ironically, one way to practice a a more traditional, disciplined approach to photography that introduces, rather than eliminates limitations, is to spend some time shooting with the latest smartphone. Read about how some photographers are embracing the challenges of creating compelling landscape images with their wide angle fixed-aperture smartphones.

CONNECT Comments 40 Published: Nov 30, 2012 at 00:13
Nov28
'It nearly killed me' - Ex-Olympus CEO Woodford looks back on crisis

'It nearly killed me' says Olympus CEO-turned-whistleblower Michael Woodford of writing about his dramatic exit from the Japanese company following his 2011 exposure of massive corporate mismanagement. In an interview with Amateur Photographer Magazine, Woodford describes the strain on his personal life, and the process of writing a book about the experience with lawyers poring over every word. He also tells of his intention to give to charity much of the £10M he was awarded for unfair dismissal. Click through for extracts from the interview (from Amateur Photographer).

OTHER NEWS Comments 151 Published: Nov 28, 2012 at 22:30
500px extends mobile platform to iPhone

Connect: Photographers who use the photo sharing platform 500px can now access their images via an iPhone app released today. Previously, only iPad and Android versions of the app were available. The iOS version is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and requires iOS 5.0 or later. The app features a minimalist interface to avoid distraction and focus on photography, it says.

CONNECT Comments 7 Published: Nov 28, 2012 at 22:07
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 preview extended

Just Posted: an extensive update to our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 preview. We've been working away towards a review of the RX1 that we received recently. With its full frame sensor and 35mm F2 lens, it's a camera that's generated a lot of excitement amongst photographers, so we wanted to publish more detail of its performance and behavior. We've added eight pages to the preview, including more detail about its handling and interface as well as our studio test shots, a sample gallery from the production camera and our first impressions of shooting with it.

PREVIEW Comments 282 Published: Nov 28, 2012 at 02:19
Nov27
ACDSee 15 and Pro 6 gain Raw support for 16 additional cameras

ACD Systems has extended the Raw support offered by its ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 software packages. Both packages gain support for an additional 16 cameras, including the recently-announced Nikon 1 J2 and the Sony DSC-RX100. The more sophisticated ACDSee Pro 6 also gains support for the Compressed DNG formats that were introduced with v1.4 of the DNG format.

SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 51 Published: Nov 27, 2012 at 18:59
Upgrading and its role in the art of mobile photography

Mobile photography has often made a virtue out of the comparative technological restrictions of phones' relatively primitive cameras, but that doesn't mean its practitioners are immune from the lure (and benefits) of upgrading. Over on Connect mobile photographer Star Rush talks about how her photography changed, and how it didn't, when she upgraded her handset and found herself with an upgraded shooting experience.

CONNECT Comments 14 Published: Nov 27, 2012 at 18:31
Nov26
Triggertrap Mobile app available free until the end of the year

Triggertrap Mobile, the camera triggering app, is available for free between now and the New Year. The idea is to make it easier to give the mobile dongle (that costs $24.99) as a gift, without the recipient then having to buy the associated app. The app is available for both iOS and Android and allows a smartphone to perform as series of sophisticated camera triggering actions, when connected to the camera using the mobile dongle.

SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 36 Published: Nov 26, 2012 at 19:03
Damian Dinning quits as head of Imaging Experience at Nokia

The head of Nokia’s digital imaging team, Damian Dinning, is leaving the mobile giant for a job at Land Rover/Jaguar. During Dinning’s nine years at Nokia, he lead the team that developed the PureView technology which was debuted in the 41MP Nokia 808 PureView, earlier this year. Damian's name will be known to many dpreview readers for his frequent interactions in our comments threads, and for his contributions to our coverage of the groundbreaking 808 PureView. Click through for more information at connect.dpreview.com.

CONNECT Comments 28 Published: Nov 26, 2012 at 19:52
Nov23
DPReview Recommends: Top Five Zoom Compact Cameras

'What camera should I buy?' That's a question we get asked a lot here at dpreview, and it's a tough one to answer. We use a lot of cameras, from simple point-and-shoot models to professional workhorses, and everything in between. To help you make a buying decision this holiday season, we've put together a short article which covers five of what we think are the best zoom compact cameras on the market right now, and summarized their strengths and weaknesses. Click through to see what we think. 

ARTICLE Comments 582 Published: Nov 23, 2012 at 10:20
DxO Optics Pro 8: What's new

Optics Pro 8 is the latest upgrade to DxO's image management and raw file processing software. This new version introduces a Smart Lighting adjustment tool for easier highlight and shadow control, a print module with support for multi image page layouts and a tweaked palette organization designed for a more efficient editing workflow. What do these changes mean for new and current users? Read our brief overview to find out.

ARTICLE Comments 110 Published: Nov 23, 2012 at 18:14
Nikon announces digiscoping adapters for 1 System cameras

Nikon has announced two digiscoping accessories for its 1 System cameras, allowing them to be used to take pictures through telescopes. The DSA-N1 can be used to connect a Nikon 1 system camera directly to a telescope eyepiece. Meanwhile the DSB-N1 is a bracket that holds the camera behind the telescope, and includes a mechanical cable release adapter. Both will be available in December, with RRPs of £219.99 and £169.99 for the DSA-N1 and DSB-N1 respectively.

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 33 Published: Nov 23, 2012 at 11:44
Nov21
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review

Just Posted: Our Canon PowerShot G15 review. The G15 is one of the latest wave of updated enthusiast compact cameras and it follows this season's trend of gaining a brighter lens and CMOS sensor in the process. It still offers a 28-140mm equivalent lens range but its maximum aperture range has been pushed to F1.8-2.8 - a whole stop faster, throughout its range, than the older G12. It's lost that camera's flip-out screen but has lost bulk in the process and has retained that rarest of things - an optical viewfinder. Will this makeover of the G-series formula be enough to win back its place at the top of the heap? Read our review to find out.

REVIEW Comments 340 Published: Nov 21, 2012 at 22:00
Roger Cicala cock-a-hoop* over Sigma's 35mm F1.4 DG HSM

Lensrentals' Roger Cicala hasn't always been a fan of Sigma's lenses but the company's latest 35mm F1.4 seems to have got him pretty excited. He's written a very positive first impressions blog post, considering the build and test data from the first sample he's received. As usual, he's very careful to stress the limitations of what he's reporting - specifically that these are early impressions, based on a single lens that he's had little chance to actually take photos with. However, he's also someone with immense experience with lenses, and is in the unusual position of having had the opportunity to strip the lens down, so we found his insight interesting. (From Lensrentals)

OTHER NEWS Comments 92 Published: Nov 21, 2012 at 21:33
Photographer creates time-lapse showing D600 'dust' accumulation

Canadian photographer Kyle Clemens has created a timelapse video which shows the slow accumulation of debris on the sensor of his brand new Nikon D600. When we reviewed the D600 we expressed concern about the propensity of its sensor to gather specks of debris, and Clements raises the troubling possibility that whatever it is that's ending up on the D600's sensor could be coming from inside the camera. Click through for the full video and a link to Kyle Clements' blog where he investigates the issue. 

OTHER NEWS Comments 410 Published: Nov 21, 2012 at 20:24
Bryce Bayer, inventer of Bayer Filter, passes away aged 83

Imaging Resource has published an obituary of Bryce Bayer, who passed away recently. Often called the 'father of digital imaging', former Kodak scientist Bryce Bayer invented and gave his name to the so-called 'Bayer Filter' - a mosaic pattern of red, green and blue filters which allows silicon sensors that are only sensitive to luminance to capture information about the color in a scene. Patented in 1976, the RGBG Bayer Filter has since become essentially ubiquitous, being used in virtually all digital imaging systems from medium-format backs to smartphones. Click through for a link to the obituary at www.imaging-resource.com.

OTHER NEWS Comments 38 Published: Nov 21, 2012 at 19:12
Nov20
Just Posted: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Review

Just Posted: Our review of the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM. The latest version of Sigma's stabilized superzoom is smaller and lighter than the existing non-macro version, yet is able to add improved close-focus performance, helping it compete with the similarly-sized Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 VC PZD. These long-range all-rounders are a popular choice, so we've had a look at how Sigma's latest performs. We've also added DxOMark's test data for a selection of its competitors, to give a sense of context.

REVIEW Comments 89 Published: Nov 20, 2012 at 19:26
Hands-on with Android 4.2's Photo Sphere

While most smartphones still lag behind dedicated cameras in image quality they come with a lot more processing power and the ability to install apps. This allows you to do things on the move which, when done with a digital camera, would require a computer, a piece of software and some serious screen time. Android's Photo Sphere feature is a good example - it allows you to stitch individual images into a 360° Photos Sphere and immerse yourself in a scene. Photo Sphere is part of the camera app of Android 4.2 - the latest version, as featured on the Nexus 4 smartphone. We've taken it out and had a play with it, click through to see how we got on.

CONNECT Comments 38 Published: Nov 20, 2012 at 19:44
Nov19
Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview

We've added a gallery of real-world and studio images to our Canon EOS 6D preview. The EOS 6D won't be available until at least December but we've been able to borrow a pre-production model for which we've been allowed to post samples. We've shot with the camera in a series of lighting conditions, using a variety of lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. We've also shot an ISO sequence under challenging low-color-temperature artificial light. Click here to see how Canon's latest full-frame challenger performs.

SAMPLE GALLERY Comments 263 Published: Nov 19, 2012 at 23:22
USA gets Holiday deals on smartphones and accessories

Over at Connect we're assembling a list of Holiday deals - with the first smartphone and accessory deals listed today. We'll be highlighting more interesting offers as they come to our attention. The period around the Thanksgiving holiday is particularly prominent for shopping in the USA, with the Friday afterwards (known as Black Friday) and the subsequent Monday (dubbed 'Cyber Monday') being a focus of in-store and internet deals respectively. A recent survey suggests that smartphone usage could see Thanksgiving itself become 'Mobile Thursday' as people shop from their 'phones.

CONNECT Published: Nov 19, 2012 at 21:22
Nov18
Just Posted: Tamron  SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD samples gallery

Just Posted: Our samples gallery from the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD. The company's latest fast maximum aperture, stabilized standard zoom was announced back in February, but really comes into its own with the recent announcements of more affordable full-frame bodies from Canon and Nikon. We've put together a gallery of images shot in a variety of situations with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to give a taste for what it can do.

SAMPLE GALLERY Comments 149 Published: Nov 18, 2012 at 10:00
Nov17
Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review

We've just published a review of Panasonic's flagship super-zoom camera, the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The FZ200 goes back to its roots, offering a constant-aperture zoom range, like the FZs of old, but in most other respects it's similar to its well-regarded predecessor the FZ150. Features include a 12MP MOS sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 6400, Raw shooting, and automatic panorama and HDR modes. We collaborated with Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page to bring you this review of the FZ200 - click through to find out what we thought. 

REVIEW Comments 177 Published: Nov 17, 2012 at 00:05
Nov16
Just Posted: Leica X2 real-world sample gallery

Just Posted: Our real world samples gallery from the Leica X2. Following the Sigma DP series, Leica was one of the first companies to offer a large sensor in a compact-bodied camera with its X1. The X2 retains its predecessor's 36mm equivalent F2.8 lens but adds a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor. We've been shooting the X2 in a variety of lighting situations and at a range of apertures to give a taste for what the camera can do. The 49-image gallery includes a selection of Adobe Camera Raw conversions as well as out-of-camera JPEGs.

SAMPLE GALLERY Comments 114 Published: Nov 16, 2012 at 22:38
Images from the 'Skyfall island' - Michael Gakuran goes urban exploring

Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, is topping the box office charts around the world and wowing audiences with its cinematography. It includes a sequence set on a deserted island - modeled on Hashima, an abandoned former coal-mining island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. Dpreview member Michael Gakuran has written a blog post about his experiences on the island - filming for a Discovery Channel documentary and, earlier, being smuggled onto the island under cover of darkness to perform a little urban exploration (Urbex).

OTHER NEWS Comments 41 Published: Nov 16, 2012 at 20:55
The 'in the moment' merits of camera phones - despite just 1.3MP

Smartphone photography is taking increasingly seriously as a medium, but this isn't because the devices have reached a certain standard. In an interview from 2009, actor and photography Joel Grey discusses the work he's done using a 1.3MP phone camera. He discusses the snobbery surrounding cameraphones (including his own), and points our that 'pictures are pictures...the subject, light and framing is everything.'

CONNECT Comments 44 Published: Nov 16, 2012 at 19:11
Lytro adds 'perspective shift' and 'living filters' to light field captures

Lytro has announced two extra features for users of its Light Field Cameras - perspective shift and living filters. Perspective shift allows the viewer to re-render the light field as if captured from a slightly different position - moving this viewing position around shows off the depth information captured by the camera. Meanwhile the 'living filters' are depth-aware versions of the processing filter modes that have become near-ubiquitous in cameras in recent years. And, because the Light Field Cameras download all the light field data to your computer, these effects will be available with all existing captures.

UPDATE Comments 93 Published: Nov 16, 2012 at 00:32
Nov15
Olympus US gives $500 price and December date for 17mm f/1.8

Olympus USA has announced its M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds will be available in December for around $500. The lens features the same premium build quality and snap-focus manual focus mode as the company's 12mm f/2.0. The snap-focus mode is engaged by pulling the focus ring on the lens back, which reveals a distance scale and engages end-stops on the focus travel, applies firmer damping and switches the camera to manual focus mode. Olympus UK, meanwhile, has announced a price of £449.99.

LENS NEWS Comments 277 Published: Nov 15, 2012 at 06:00
VII Photo Agency director praises mobile photography

Wired.com has published an interview with Stephen Mayes, director of the VII photo agency, about the importance of mobile photography in the digital age. According to Mayes, smartphone photography represents a 'pivotal moment' in photography, and calls cell phones 'a pretty pure implementation of the digital phenomenon'. Click through for more excepts from the interview and a link to the full article at wired.com

CONNECT Comments 3 Published: Nov 15, 2012 at 18:47
Corbis buys 'citizen journalism' agency Demotix

Demotix, the photo agency created to distribute and sell newsworthy images from members of the public, has been bought by image giant Corbis. London-based Demotix, which has smartphone apps to make it easier to submit images, has a community of around 6,500 freelancers and semi-pro photographers and videographers submitting work. By contrast, Seattle-based Corbis' collection of 100 million images tends to come from professionals and it more tightly curated.

CONNECT Published: Nov 15, 2012 at 18:36
Connect: Review of Photo Editor by Aviary app

We've reviewed the multi-platform mobile app Photo Editor by Aviary. Even if you're not familiar with this app, you've likely seen Aviary in effect in other mobile applications as the photo editor is available to other app developers as a software development kit (SDK) for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7, and there's a Web Widget too. We take a look at Aviary's version, optimized for both phone and tablet screens, on Connect.

CONNECT Comments 5 Published: Nov 15, 2012 at 18:54
Nov14
Richard Franiec creates add-on grip for Sigma DP1 and 2 Merrill

Accessory grip maker Richard Franiec has created a custom grip for the Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill. As usual, the grip is made from anodized aluminium alloy and attached to the front of the camera using high-strength 3M double-sided tape. The grip attaches securely but can be removed if necessary. It will be available from December 2012 at a cost of $36.95 plus shipping.

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 73 Published: Nov 14, 2012 at 22:34
Nov13
Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review

We've just published our 23-page, in-depth review of the Nikon D600. Aimed at enthusiasts, the Nikon D600 offers a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor and a 39-point AF system adapted from the D7000. In many other respects, it owes a lot to its considerably more expensive cousin, the 36MP D800. When we previewed the D600 we were impressed by its image quality and how many features it offers for the money. So how does it fare when put through our rigorous studio and real-world testing? Click through to find out.

REVIEW Comments 500 Published: Nov 13, 2012 at 18:36
Connect.dpreview competition winners announced

Indian photographer Sudeep Mehta has been chosen as the winner of the connect.dpreview.com photo competition. The Connect team, along with a panel of judges, has selected the winners from over 3,000 entries, with Metha of Mumbai, India, winning the $5,000 first prize. The second-placed image and four runners-up selected from some excellent submissions will also receive cash prizes. Visit connect.dpreview.com to see the winning images and thank you to everyone who took part.

CONNECT Comments 44 Published: Nov 13, 2012 at 23:45
Metabones adds autofocus to Canon-NEX adapter

Metabones has updated its EF to NEX Smart Adapter II, allowing recent Canon lenses to autofocus on Sony E-mount cameras. As with most systems that attempt to use DSLR lenses on contrast-detection-based AF cameras, the focus speed is considerably lower than when used on their native cameras. However, despite not being able to use the hybrid-AF system from the NEX-5R or 6, Metabones claims performance is often better than Sony DSLR lenses being used with the original LA-EA1 adapter. The adapter costs $399, with existing Smart Adapter II owners able to upgrade for $50.

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 63 Published: Nov 13, 2012 at 17:51
Samsung publishes Galaxy Camera kernel code - opening door to developers

Samsung has publicly released the kernel code for its Android-based Galaxy Camera, as it regularly does for its smartphones.The kernel is the core of the operating system including software that controls the hardware. In the short term, independent developers are discussing using the code to enable phone calls from the device but, beyond this, a publicly available kernel gives developers and hackers a greater insight into the Galaxy Camera's workings than we've ever seen for a camera.

CONNECT Comments 24 Published: Nov 13, 2012 at 18:41
Nov12
Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Photo Backpack

The Kata Revolver-8 photo backpack's unique selling point is its roulette-style revolving lens compartment, which is designed to let you get access to your glassware in seconds, during a busy shoot. This backpack sits at the more expensive end of the camera backpack spectrum, so does its unique revolving design justify the price premium? Read our review to find out.  

REVIEW Comments 71 Published: Nov 12, 2012 at 23:57
AT&T announces Samsung Galaxy Camera for $499

US cellphone network AT&T will sell Samsung's Galaxy Camera from November 16th at a price of $499. The Android 4.1 connected camera, which essentially adds a 21x zoom compact camera to a Galaxy SIII smartphone (with the omission of phone function), will cost the same amount with or without a data contract - rather than being subsidized by the carrier, as smartphones usually are. Anyone buying a Samsung smartphone at the same time can receive up to a $100 discount. The AT&T version of the camera will offer a HSPA+ connection, not the faster LTE system.

CAMERA NEWS Comments 31 Published: Nov 12, 2012 at 17:56
Triggertrap app adds Wi-Fi control for remote smart camera triggering

Triggertrap Mobile, the app-based camera trigger can now be used remotely if the user has two smart devices. The latest version of the app, that allows a wide range of cameras to be triggered in response to a range of events or with sophisticated time-lapse functions, features a Wi-Fi mode. In Wi-Fi mode, a 'master' iOS device can be used to remotely configure and trigger a camera that is connected to a Triggertrap mobile dongle and a second smart device (either an iOS or Android phone or tablet).

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 13 Published: Nov 12, 2012 at 18:00
Nov11
Article: Breaking Compositional Rules

Photographers have no shortage of compositional rules to turn to when trying to create better images. Pro shooter and educator Thomas Park shows how you can actually make more compelling images by breaking these rules - as long as you understand them first.

ARTICLE Comments 142 Published: Nov 11, 2012 at 04:00
Nov9
Just Posted: Six page Nikon D5200 hands-on preview

Just Posted: Nikon D5200 in-hand preview. We've been able to spend some time with Nikon's latest mass-market DSLR - the 24MP D5200. At first glance it's nearly indistinguishable from its predecessor, the D5100, but beyond the sensor, it also gains the 39-point AF system and 2,016 pixel metering sensor from the D7000. This represents a significant step up for this class of DSLR. It also has the option to join the 'connected camera' set, with the option of a clip-on Wi-Fi unit. Is this enough to keep the D5200 relevant amongst its smaller mirrorless rivals?

PREVIEW Comments 121 Published: Nov 9, 2012 at 18:41
Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs studio test images

Just Posted: Studio test images from the Pentax K-5 II and its low-pass-filter-free sister model, the K-5 IIs. We've shot studio test samples with Pentax's latest 16MP DSLRs. Not only does this mean you can see the differences between the K-5 II and the 's' variant but it allows you to compare them with the original K-5 or almost every camera we've tested in recent years. It also means you can download the Raw files from either camera to process to your own tastes.

STUDIO SAMPLES Comments 107 Published: Nov 9, 2012 at 23:51
Simple tips for square format images

Long before the rise of Instagram, square format film cameras from Rolleiflex and Hasselblad were held in high esteem by photo enthusiasts. Indeed the square image is part of a long image-making tradition in visual arts. And one that every photographer - new or experienced - should explore. In this article, we share some tips and tricks for square shooting with your most mobile camera: your smartphone.

CONNECT Comments 26 Published: Nov 9, 2012 at 18:05
Transcend introduces new Wi-Fi memory card

Transcend has announced its own Wi-Fi-capable SD card. Like the existing Eye-Fi and FlashAir cards, it can connect directly to a smartphone or to a local Wi-Fi network and, in common with the latest cards from Eye-Fi, is based around a Class 10 card. A free app compatible with both iOS and Android devices lets you upload images wirelessly from your digital camera to the Internet.

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 47 Published: Nov 9, 2012 at 19:45
Nov8
Canadian law finally gives photographers copyright to all their photos

A major copyright reform bill came into effect today in Canada, granting photographers copyright of all of their photographs - regardless of whether they have been commissioned. Previously, copyright on photographs belonged to the commissioner of the images, not to the photographer, transferrable only by a written contract. One of the stated goals of the law is to 'give photographers the same rights as other creators'. Click through for more details (via PetaPixel). 

OTHER NEWS Comments 137 Published: Nov 8, 2012 at 23:06
Adobe issues Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 'release candidates'

Adobe has issued a 'release candidate' version of Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3, including support for 13 additional cameras. The Mac version of Lightroom features a Develop module that supports Apple's HiDPI mode that makes the interface easier to read on the 'Retina' panels used on recent Macs. The latest versions are available for download from the Adobe Labs website and, as the 'release candidate' tag denotes, are well tested but could benefit from some user feedback before finalized.

SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 61 Published: Nov 8, 2012 at 22:21
Photographer puts GoPro in bride’s bouquet for unique wedding video

The tiny GoPro camera can make some spectacular videos. From Red Bull’s record breaking skydive to a cat's perspective on chasing a laser pointer, there is serious potential for the $200-$400 video camera. The GoPro is built to survive extreme photographic situations, but it can also work well for more conventional video needs. When San Diego-based photographer Ben Horne got married earlier this year, he put a GoPro HD Hero2 in his bride’s bouquet to create a unique camera angle. Click through for more details, and to see the video on connect.dpreview.com

CONNECT Comments 40 Published: Nov 8, 2012 at 19:35
iFixit tears down the Nikon D600 - Chipworks confirms Sony sensor

iFixit.com has performed a complete tear-down of the Nikon D600, reducing it to its component parts to see how easy it is to repair. Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR scored a low 'repairability' score, of 2 out of 10 since 'most components almost require a certification in soldering in order to properly remove'. On the plus side, the tripod mount is easy to remove, if you ever cross-thread it accidentally. iFixit has also worked with semiconductor experts Chipworks to take a very close look at the D600's 24MP CMOS sensor. Click through for more details, images, and a link to both iFixit and Chipworks' tear-downs. 

OTHER NEWS Comments 134 Published: Nov 8, 2012 at 18:27
Nov7
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 studio sample images

Just Posted: Studio test samples from the Canon PowerShot G15. Although closely resembling the existing G-series cameras, the G15 is slightly smaller and features a faster lens than its predecessor. It also gains the latest version of Canon's 12MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor - promising what should be a significant performance improvement over the now rather dated 10MP CCD in its predecessor, the G12. What difference does that sensor make? Have a look at our studio test images to find out.

STUDIO SAMPLES Comments 144 Published: Nov 7, 2012 at 23:10
Just Posted: Canon EOS M preview samples gallery

Just Posted: Our Canon EOS M preview samples gallery. We've had a chance to shoot with the Canon EOS M, the company's first mirrorless camera, over a weekend on Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shooting exclusively with the 22mm F2 prime lens, we prepared a gallery of real-world images shot in a variety of situations and under a range of lighting conditions. In addition to camera JPEGs, we've processed a series of images at different ISO settings through the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw.

SAMPLE GALLERY Comments 130 Published: Nov 7, 2012 at 02:23
Sigma USA announces $899 price for 35mm F1.4 DG HSM prime lens

Sigma USA has announced the price and availability details of the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM it unveiled at Photokina 2012. The 35mm F1.4, which will be available for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma DSLRs, is compatible with both full-frame and APS-C cameras. It will have an estimated street price of $899, making it significantly less expensive than the big-brand competition. Sigma UK, meanwhile, has announced an SRP of £799.99. The lens is the first of Sigma's 'Global Vision' lineup, representing the 'Art' category of enthusiast-grade lenses.

LENS NEWS Comments 179 Published: Nov 7, 2012 at 08:00
DxO Optics Pro 8 hits v8.0.1 with Nikon 1 J2 and NEX-5R support

DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro software to version 8.0.1 with the addition of support for the Nikon 1 J2 and Sony NEX-5R mirrorless cameras. The latest update also includes over 200 additional camera/lens correction modules. The update is free for Optics Pro 8 users and is available immediately.

SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 17 Published: Nov 7, 2012 at 18:06
Nov6
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM preview

We've had our hands on Canon's latest zoom, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, for a couple of hours and prepared a quick preview. It's clearly designed primarily as a 'kit' lens for the EOS 6D, but of course will work just as well on Canon's other full frame bodies such as the EOS 5D Mark III, as well as APS-C cameras on which it will offer a 38-112mm-equivalent range. In our preview you can read more about the lens and its features, including its unusual macro function, and see how it compares in size to Canon's other L series standard zooms. 

PREVIEW Comments 151 Published: Nov 6, 2012 at 04:16
Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi

Nikon has announced the D5200 - an upper entry-level DSLR that improves on the D5100 by offering a 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080i60 movie capability, a side-articulated 921K dot 3.0" tilt/swivel LCD and new processing filters. Interestingly, the D5200 is equipped with a significantly upgraded AF system, based around the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor that is used in the D7000, and the same 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor. The D5200 is also compatible with Nikon's optional WU-1a WiFi module. Pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed, and Nikon has yet to officially announce the D5200 in the US. 

CAMERA NEWS Comments 392 Published: Nov 6, 2012 at 04:53
Canon announces 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and 35mm f/2 IS USM EF lenses

Canon has announced two lenses for its EOS system. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is designed as a relatively compact image-stabilized standard zoom for full frame SLRs, and will be offered as a kit with the EOS 6D. It  includes a Macro setting offering an impressive 0.7x magnification, backed up by Canon's Hybrid IS that promises increased effectiveness at close distances. It's also weather-sealed, and will be available from mid-December at an RRP of $1499 / £1499.99 / €1459. Meanwhile the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features an all-new optical design, and includes image stabilization and an ultrasonic focus motor. It will be in on sale early December for $849.99  / £799.99 / €849. Both lenses will work on full frame and APS-C cameras.

LENS NEWS Comments 165 Published: Nov 6, 2012 at 04:00
Nov5
Connect: Samsung’s 'Smart Camera' to be released this week in the UK

Samsung has announced UK residents can purchase its Android-based Galaxy Camera this week for £399. The device runs Android 4.1 and has 3G/4G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi. Though not a fully functional mobile phone, the Galaxy Camera can run applications such as Skype to make and receive voice calls. Its 16-megapixel camera has a 21x optical zoom and comes with built-in 'Photo Wizard' editing software. 

CAMERA NEWS Comments 2 Published: Nov 5, 2012 at 23:37
Poynter.org goes behind the scenes of magazine's post-Sandy cover picture

Poynter.org has published an interesting article examining how photographer Iwan Baan took his striking post-Sandy picture of Manhattan, which is currently gracing the cover of New York Magazine. According to the article, Baan took his photograph of Manhattan - which is half blacked-out due to the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy - from the open door of a helicopter hovering at 5000 feet above New York. He went up on the night of Wednesday 31st October, when limited air traffic made it possible to hover for longer - and higher - than would normally be allowed over a major city. Click through to see the resulting image, and for more details of how Baan got the shot. 

OTHER NEWS Comments 33 Published: Nov 5, 2012 at 22:17
Unified Color releases HDR Express 2 for Windows & Mac

HDR software maker Unified Color Technologies has announced version 2 of its HDR Express high dynamic range merge and editing software for Windows and Mac. New features include Image Stacking that automatically groups bracketed exposures and a browser with thumbnail previews. Along with improved de-ghosting algorithms, the software also includes single-click presets and a new slideshow feature. Its native .BEF format can be opened in Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture via a plug-in for further editing. HDR Express 2 is available for an introductory price of $84.00 or $59 for current Unified Color users.

SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 15 Published: Nov 5, 2012 at 19:55
Nov4
Book Review: 'Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers' by Martin Evening

'Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers' is the latest in Martin Evening's popular series of books, which aim to provide a complete guide to this industry-standard image manipulation software. In this book, Evening explains the techniques and tools that photographers will need within the program, making sure to cover CS6’s new features. Adam Koplan takes a look. 

ARTICLE Comments 54 Published: Nov 4, 2012 at 20:12
Nov2
Sony RX100 one of 50 'best inventions' of 2012 says TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine has included the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 in its list of the 50 'best inventions' of 2012. TIME's Techlands blog called the RX100 a 'huge leap' in the trend towards smaller and more capable digital cameras, thanks to its 'innovative design and 1-in sensor'. The list of 50 inventions is organized by cost, from 'priceless' up to '2.5 billion' and also includes self-inflating tires, the Curiosity Mars rover, and LiquiGlide, a microscopic non-slip coating.  

CAMERA NEWS Comments 578 Published: Nov 2, 2012 at 23:36
Curiosity rover takes high-resolution self-portrait on Mars

While we're stuck down here on earth, NASA's Curiosity rover is currently trundling around on the surface of Mars, mapping the terrain and analyzing rocks. This week, Curiosity took time out from its busy schedule to snap an arms-length self-portrait, showing the rover in situ, in Gale Crater - 140 million miles from home. The composite image is made up of 55 high-resolution images, taken using its MAHLI camera, which is mounted on the end of a robotic arm. Click through for more details and a link to the full-resolution image.

OTHER NEWS Comments 161 Published: Nov 2, 2012 at 18:43
Accessory Review: Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Carbon fiber is recognizable by its distinctive 'woven' appearance and useful because of its impressive strength-to-weight ratio. This makes it a great choice for structures and products that need to be light and portable, but capable of supporting a lot of weight. For this reason, carbon fiber is all the rage in the high-performance world of motorcycles, cars, boats and also photography. Manfrotto's 290 Series is aimed at photographers on a budget. Should the Manfrotto 294 CF be on your shopping list? Find out in our review.

REVIEW Comments 48 Published: Nov 2, 2012 at 17:31
Nov1
Connect: Samsung Galaxy S3 Camera Review

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the latest incarnation of Samsung’s hugely successful Galaxy smartphone line and with an eight megapixel backlight-illuminated sensor and 1080p video capture it offers one of the most compelling photographic feature sets of any current smartphone. The S3 is Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy model to date - read our in-depth full review of its 8MP camera here.

CONNECT Comments 54 Published: Nov 1, 2012 at 19:21
TheAtlantic.com sorts the real Sandy photos from the fakes

Hurricane Sandy has left a swath of destruction across the Caribbean and eastern United States. Thousands of images have been circulating around the web, showing flooded streets, destroyed homes and submerged Subway stations. Some of the images that have popped up around the Internet are truly unbelievable  but how do you know which ones are fake and which ones are real? The Atlantic has posted an exhaustive article, sorting out the genuine images from the fake. Click through for a link to the story.   

OTHER NEWS Comments 32 Published: Nov 1, 2012 at 19:08
iFixit Tears down iPad Mini - finds it's not easy to repair

No-one takes gadgets apart quite like the guys at iFixit.com and they've just got their hands on Apple's latest tablet, the pint-sized iPad Mini. Basically an iPad 2 in a smaller form factor, the Mini goes on sale tomorrow in the US. Thanks to a whole lot of glue holding the thing together and expensive battery replacement cost, the iPad Mini earns a low repairability score of 2 out of 10 on the iFixit scale. Click through for some sample images from the teardown and a link to the full, gory experience over at ifixit.com.

CONNECT Comments 37 Published: Nov 1, 2012 at 17:11