December 13
Meyer Optik Görlitz brand lives on under a new owner

German company OPC Optics announced that it has acquired the trademark rights to Meyer Optik Görlitz at the insolvency procedure of NetSE in Koblenz.

Photography gift ideas for under $50

Shopping for a photographer? We've got some gift ideas for all budget sizes, but here you'll find our budget-friendliest suggestions – just right for stockings.

December 12
Replica Surfaces are rigid, lightweight photo backdrops that imitate popular surfaces

It's not always easy to find marble, wood or concrete surfaces on demand. Enter Replica Surfaces, small tiles designed to replicate popular photo surfaces and backdrops.

Lensrentals tears down Canon's 50mm F1.2 RF lens to reveal new optics, tech and surprises

Lensrentals Founder Roger Cicala set aside some time to take apart Canon's new 50mm F1.2L RF lens and in doing so revealed a number of interesting discoveries.

Google Photos excludes unsupported video formats from its free unlimited storage

Google is cracking down on unsupported video files being uploaded to its Photos platform and taking up free storage space.

Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art FE sample gallery

With a nickname like 'bokeh master,' we had to see what the Sigma 105mm F1.4 was all about. Take a look at our gallery of samples shot with the Sony a7R III.

December 11
Nikon Museum exhibition showcases 60 rare prototype interchangeable lenses

The Nikon Museum in Shinagawa, Tokyo has an exhibition showing off some of the most rare and unique prototype lenses Nikon ever developed.

VSCO will retire desktop film emulation presets early next year

VSCO has announced it will stop selling its film emulation presets for desktop programs March 1st, 2019.

Samsung and Huawei introduce the 'hole-punch' front camera in their latest smartphones

On their latest models the two smartphone manufacturers have replaced the dreaded display notch by a design that features a circular hole for the front camera in the display.

Adobe Camera Raw update brings support for latest mobile devices, Nikon Z6 and more

With the latest version, Adobe Camera now lets you import Raw files from the newest iPhones, Pixel devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Nikon Z6 among others.

Nikon Z6 First Impressions Review

The Nikon Z6 may not offer the incredible resolution of its sibling, the Z7, but its 24MP resolution is more than enough for most people, and the money saved can buy a lot of glass. Find out what's new and notable about the Z6 in our First Impressions Review.

December 10
Sigma announces pricing and availability of its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport lens

Sigma says its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport lens is set to hit shelves by the end of December 2018 at a retail price of $1,499.

DxO PhotoLab 2.1 update brings file indexing feature to macOS, better search for Windows

DxO PhotoLab 2.1 brings a collection of new features to MacOS and Windows users alike.

Kipon announces five 'Elegant' F2.4 prime lenses for Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts

The new 'Elegant' lens series includes entirely manual F2.4 lenses in 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm focal lengths.

AirMap announces real-time geofencing alerts on Android, iOS for DJI drones

A feature alerts pilots visually and/or verbally when their drone is approaching airspace that is unsafe or areas where drone flying is not permitted.

GoPro moving production of U.S.-bound action cameras out of China, cites concerns over tariffs

GoPro announced Monday morning that it plans to move production of United States-bound cameras out of China, citing tariffs concerns.

Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C sample gallery

The Sigma 56mm F1.4 combines a sensible sub-$500 price tag and excellent performance, providing a portrait-friendly 85mm equiv. view on Sony's APS-C mirrorless cameras.

December 9
Video: What is DX encoding and how did it become an industry standard in the analog age?

Azriel Knight of the YouTube channel This Old Camera explains the history of DX encoding.

Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR sample gallery

The 250mm F4 is Fujifilm's longest lens for its medium-format system. It's equivalent to about 200mm on a GFX camera, and we put it to work on some portraits as well as some scenes around Seattle's waterfront – take a look.

December 8
Sony removes a7/R III firmware version 2.0 from its website, says it's 'working on the issue'

Sony has removed the ability to download firmware version 2.0 for its a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras from its website.

DPReview TV: the 2018 DPReview Awards

Handing out awards for the best gear of the year is a big job, so we called in some reinforcements from Calgary to help us.

December 7
Canon patent shows off EOS M speedbooster-style adapter for EF lenses

A new patent from Canon lays out the schematics for a speedbooster-style adapter for mounting Canon EF lenses onto EOS M cameras, but with a variable baffle to reduce the risk of flare.

Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board is asking visitors to stop geotagging photos

The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board has started a campaign asking visitors to stop geotagging their specific locations when visiting Wyoming's national parks.

Filmborn film camera app updated with new presets, iOS 12 support and bug fixes

Film simulation app Filmborn has been updated with new presets, features, and overall improved support on Apple's latest mobile operating system and devices.

Colorado Tripod Company introduces 'world’s first titanium tripod system'

The Colorado Tripod Company has introduced what it claims is the world’s first titanium tripod system, with a funding campaign on Kickstarter.

Panasonic LX100 II: solid image quality in studio and real-world shooting

We've been shooting with the LX100 II both in and out of the studio, as part of our ongoing review. We're pretty impressed, so far, with the revised JPEG color and addition of a touchscreen both noticeable improvements.

December 6
Xiaomi co-founder teases 48MP smartphone camera

An upcoming Xiaomi smartphone might use a 48MP sensor for pixel-binning, high-quality digital zooming and other algorithm-powered imaging features.

Peel apart instant film returns in the form of ONE INSTANT

It's not cheap, but you may soon be able to get your hands on peel apart film once again thanks to ONE INSTANT.

First look: Skylum Luminar 3 adds support for photo libraries, Digital Asset Manager to follow

Skylum's Luminar 3 arrives on December 18 with the long-awaited ability to manage your photo library. However, it won't be a full DAM (digital asset manager); the company plans to roll out features throughout 2019 and won't charge for updates from Luminar 2018 during that time.

Hasselblad Phocus 3.4 update adds new shadow/highlights tool, adjustment layers, more

Hasselblad has released an update to its Phocus post-production software that brings new and updated tools, as well as updated native lens support.

Insta360 One X update brings HDR video and Google Street View integration

Insta360 has launched a software update for its One X 360-degree camera and announced a camera bundle exclusively available on Apple.com.

Review: The Wacom Intuos Pro is a workflow-boosting machine

Wacom's latest pro tablet can help take your editing workflow – and most importantly, the final image results – to the next level.

December 5
Xiaomi details DeepExposure, an AI that automatically fixes image exposure and detail

Xiaomi has laid out the details for its new AI-powered image processing platform DeepExposure.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 chipset offers faster depth sensing, 4K HDR video at 60fps

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset is expected to power most 2019 high-end Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Hipstamatic harnesses iPhone X TrueDepth data to improve TinType app

Camera app developer Hipstamatic says it has found a way to use the depth data generated by the iPhone X to improve the way its TinType app works out which areas of a picture to render out of focus.

Buying Guide: The best camera bargains of 2018

If you're looking for a high-quality camera, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, nor do you need to buy the latest and greatest new product on the market. In our latest buying guide we've selected some cameras that while they're a bit older, still offer a lot of bang for the buck.

December 4
Tumblr will remove and ban all 'adult content' from its platform starting December 17th

The Verizon-owned social network platform Tumblr has announced it will be removing all adult content - including photos - from its platform starting December 17th, 2018.

Ibis Switzerland hotels offer social media pros to manage guests' Instagram accounts

Guests who would rather spend time actually enjoying their Swiss vacation can now do so while still maintaining a presence on social networks, thanks to Ibis Switzerland Hotels' new social media sitting services.

Officials say Apple's claim of 'studio quality' portraits on iPhone X, Xs isn't misleading

Two challenges to Apple’s claim that its iPhone X can shoot studio quality portraits have been turned down by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

iPhone Xs: How does the variable bokeh effect compare to a real lens?

We take a head-to-head look at the Apple iPhone Xs's bokeh effect versus a 58mm Nikkor lens on full-frame. The results? Well, we're pretty impressed.

December 3
Photokina 2019 gets postponed, will become an annual event starting May 2020

The organizations and organizers behind Photokina have announced Photokina 2019 will be cancelled and postponed until May 2020.

Samsung Malaysia caught using DSLR image to advertise Galaxy A8 Star 'Portrait Mode' feature

Samsung Malaysia has been caught using a doctored DSLR photo to advertise the 'portrait mode' on its Galaxy A8 Star smartphone.

Lensrentals breaks down the numbers behind the most popular cameras and lenses of the year

Lensrentals has shared a detailed analysis of the most-rented cameras and lenses of the year.

Dual-screen Vivo NEX 2 expected to ditch front camera

A dual-screen design on Vivo's upcoming flagship smartphones could eliminate the need for a front camera.

Have your say! 2018 Readers' Choice Awards open for voting

It's that time again! This is your opportunity to make your voice heard by voting for your favorite photography products of the year. Polls are currently open in six categories but don't deliberate too long – they close December 17th.

December 2
Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2018

This year, plenty of amazing cameras, lenses, accessories and other products came through our doors. As 2018 winds down, we're highlighting some of our standout products of the year. Check out the winners of the 2018 DPReview Awards!

Zhong Yi Optics launches Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm F1.4 lens for Fujifilm GFX

Zhong Yi Optics has launched the Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm F1.4 for Fujifilm GFX cameras.

December 1
DPReview TV: Nikon Z6 and Z7 review for video

Following up on their review of the Nikon Z7's still photo capabilities, Chris and Jordan take a look at the Z7 and Z6 for video shooting.

Sony a7/R III firmware 2.0 unlocks all AF modes with adapted lenses

A couple months ago Sony released a major firmware update for its a7 III and a7R III cameras that includes significant new features and functionality. We've tested it, and here's why we think it's important.

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