May 14

See sample images from the camera using the new Nokia Smart Camera app.

5 must-have lenses for the Windows Phone 8 photographer

We round up the best "lenses" for taking photos on a Windows 8 mobile device.

Nikon introduces 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 portrait lens for 1 System

Nikon has introduced the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 portrait lens for its 1 System of mirrorless cameras. It will provide the angle of view and depth of field control of an 86mm F3.2 lens for a full-frame system, making it the most enthusiast-friendly optic yet released for the 1 System. The lens, whose development was announced in October 2012, is also the first to use a silent wave motor for focus and to incorporate the company's 'nano crystal coat.' Consistent with these loftier ambitions, Nikon will ask around $900 for the 32mm f/1.2 when it becomes available in June.

Canon announces 200-400mm f/4 telezoom with built-in 1.4x extender

Canon has introduced the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x - a top-end telephoto zoom with a built-in switchable teleconverter, whose development was first announced back in February 2011. Simply flicking a lever at the rear of the barrel converts it to a 280-560mm f/5.6 lens. Designed for professional sports and wildlife photographers, it includes an array of top-end features such as Power Focus for movie shooting, and IS 'mode 3' that only applies stabilisation at the point of exposure, aiding panning. It also offers weathersealed construction, 4-stop image stabilisation, and a minimum focus distance of 2m. It will go on sale on 29th May, at an RRP of £11999.99 / €11800.

Canon creates 'Video Camera X–series-look' Picture Style for movie work

Canon has created a 'Video Camera X-series look' Picture Style for its EOS cameras, specifically designed for movie work. As its name suggests, it's designed to match the colour look of the company's X-series professional camcorders. It produces low contrast, low saturation footage that's better suited to post-production grading processes than the cameras' existing options. It's downloadable now from Canon's website and can be installed on almost any Canon EOS model, from the movie-optimized EOS-1D C to the mirrorless EOS M.   

May 13

DigiCamControl offers remote control of your camera from your tablet or smartphone.

What's next from Google I/O?

Buzz around Google's developer conference hints at a focus on gaming technology, new hardware and operating system updates.

Sony announces new waterproof Xperia ZR

The newest Sony smartphone is waterproof up to 1.5 meters and has a 13-megapixel camera.

RFC: Beating Photoshop's Rent Forever Cloud Trap
Request for Comment: How to create a good quality photographic workflow that: ( has no monthly payments ( Adobe Cloud ) | is archival | fast to use | the best workflow for your requirements | Can include Photoshop CS perpetual License for years to come even if new RAW formats come out ).
Magic Lantern enables Canon 5D Mark III Raw video output

Camera feature modifier Magic Lantern has developed a version of its software enabling 24fps Raw video output from the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This news has grabbed videographers' attention as it allows for individual frames of 14 bit output, yielding a much wider dynamic range than you'd get from standard 8 bit video files. EOSHD's Andrew Reid has had his hands on the latest version and discusses its implications. Click through for his accounts of this potentially game-changing capability.

PureShot app sees major update

Faster menu navigation and background saving now on PureShot 2.0. 

May 10
Nat Geo photo contest offers Galapagos expedition grand prize

The 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is accepting submissions. Now in its 25th year, this photo contest offers a top prize that includes a 10-day expedition to the Galapagos Islands and publication of the winning image in the upcoming December/January edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine. The entry fee is $15 per image and contestants can submit as many images as they wish. Submissions must be received by June 30. Click through for more entry information and a look at some of the current submissions.

App news: YouTube on Windows 8, Wikipedia wants smartphone photos, iOS app updates galore

As we prepare our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera, we offer a sneak peek at some of its imaging features.

Oggl gives Hipstamatic fans the power of Instagram

New iOS app offers Hipstamatic look with more capture control and sharing features.

The latest Lumia device has an 8.7MP camera with xenon flash

Gold iPhones make your mobile photography experience baller

For $6,500, you can own this gold smartphone.

Exposure: Jonny Yandri

In Indonesia, Yandri captures his life with a Nokia Lumia 920.

Olympus announces PEN Lite E-PL6  in Japan

Olympus has announced the PEN Lite E-PL6 on its Global Website - an update to the E-PL5 that appears destined for the Asian market only. It adds in several of the features from the E-P5 announced at the same time, including an ISO 100-equivalent LOW setting, short release lag shutter mode, intervalometer and time-lapse movie shooting, and full compatibility with the VF-4 viewfinder. It also gains a dual-axis electronic level. It will come body only, in a kit with the 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R, or in a twin-lens kit also adding the 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R. It's set to be available at the end of June. 

Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview

Just Posted: Our detailed, hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview. We've been using a pre-production E-P5 for the last few days and have had a dig beyond the specifications to discover how the latest range-topping PEN behaves. We investigate the camera's latest features, including its easy-connect Wi-Fi, its degree of customization and its '2x2' dial behavior. We also take a look at how it compares to the E-P3 and OM-D E-M5, and how the high resolution VF-4 handles on the E-P5 and existing models.

Olympus launches PEN E-P5 high-end Wi-Fi enabled Micro Four Thirds model

Olympus has announced the PEN E-P5, the fourth in its range of enthusiast-targeted, rangefinder-style Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-P5 takes the 16MP sensor that has appeared in the company's other models and adds a five-axis image stabilization system and shutter capable of shooting at 1/8000th of a second amongst a host of tweaks and feature improvements. The camera will available from May at around $1,000/£900/€1000 body only. The company has also announced black versions of its 17mm, 45mm and 75mm F1.8 prime lenses, priced the same as their silver counterparts. There is also a 2.4M dot LCD electronic viewfinder, the VF-4.

Aesthetics versus truth: DW Akademie examines ethics of retouching

How do you balance the demands of aesthetics and documentary truth? Image manipulation of documentary photographs is nothing new, but it is certainly much easier now than ever before. DW Akadamie has published a feature examining the challenges faced by photojournalists and picture editors in creating attractive and atmospheric images, without compromising their authenticity. Click through for extracts from the article, images and a link to the full feature at

May 9
Leica exec speaks to about digital medium-format strategy

Stephan Schulz, the Head of Professional Photo at Leica Camera AG has given an interview to in which he explains the opportunities - and challenges - of moving into the professional digital medium-format marketplace. Traditionally identified with 35mm (film and latterly 'full frame' digital), Leica announced the creation of the S2 back in 2009, and followed it with the 37MP late last year. Click through for some extracts, and a link to the full interview at

Lost soles come together in mobile photo blog of missing shoes

Smartphone snaps catalogue shoes found all over the world.

New phone features dual 8-megapixel cameras

Chinese smartphone brings self-shots to a new level with a front-facing 8MP camera.

Svalbard Archipelago Expedition
If you’re interested in a vacation where you can enjoy walks with gorgeous scenery, nature exploration and wildlife expeditions across glaciers within an amazing natural setting, then there is just one place for you to visit: the Svalbard Archipelago, Norway.
App posts photos to Facebook from Google Glass

Third-party app developer Tesseract Mobile offers app to post Google Glass photos to Facebook.

May 8
UK Intellectual Property Office responds on 'abolition of copyright' law

The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a 'myth-busting' document about the effect on photographers of a newly-introduced law. The law includes new rules regulating the use of 'orphan works' - intellectual property whose copyright holder cannot be identified. This has led to concern that the changes will allow UK companies to use copyright material from anywhere in the world without the approval of the copyright holder.

Peter Belanger dishes on how he captures beautiful iPhone photos. 

Poll: What concerns you most about Adobe's move to subscriptions?

Adobe's decision to move to a subscription-based model for its professional creative software has prompted probably  the most impassioned response we've ever seen to a news story on There's a risk that the sheer volume of comments might prevent a clear message being heard, so we've prepared a poll of the most common complaints, to help establish what your biggest concerns are.

Hipstamatic launches social photo sharing with Oggl

New iOS app incorporates Instagram-y features. 

We use the latest tech trends and rumors to envision four future scenarios for mobile imaging.

Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction

Yesterday's announcement by Adobe that it will cease 'perpetual license' sales of Photoshop and its Creative Suite counterparts has generated considerable backlash here on dpreview and across the web. With such a significant change in store, we spoke today with Adobe VP of Creative Solutions, Winston Hendrickson for his response to the uproar.

May 7
Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica

DPReview reader Eric Lew is a keen wildlife photographer, and recently returned from a trip to Antarctica. He shared some recollections, advice and photographs in a post on our forums, but we thought what he wrote was so good it deserved a wider audience. Click through for Eric's 2-page article 'Flying Penguins: Photography in Antactica' and find out how you too can publish articles like this on dpreview.

The Wall Street Journal tells us how to be polite while wearing Glass. Meanwhile, SNL lampoons the technology.

Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica
Antarctica is one of the most remote, extreme, and spectacular photo destinations in the world. This article covers tips for shooting in such unique conditions.

Our first look at the HTC One's capture capabilities.

Photo sharing for Days

App creates a clever collage of your day in photos.

Nokia teases new Lumia 928

Promo says the latest Lumia smartphone lets you "capture the highlights."

May 6
Resurrecting a WWII optic with scraps and a 3D printer

Falling into the interesting photo experiments category, Patrick Letourneau adapted a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm F2.5 lens, a surplus lens originally used during World War II in bomber-mounted cameras, to use with his Panasonic GH2. A Thorium-oxide coating was used on the Aero Ektar's rear element to improve its refraction index, a fact that adds a sense of intrigue to the unique project. Click through for more details, and pictures. 

Fujifilm releases X100S firmware 1.02, correcting OVF brightness bug

Fujifilm has announced the availability of new firmware for its X100S fixed-lens compact camera. Firmware version 1.02 corrects an issue where the framelines in the camera's viewfinder did not automatically adjust brightness at ISO 1600 and higher. Fujifilm has also issued firmware updates for its Z2000EXR, HS50EXR, F820EXR and F900EXR compacts. Click through for more details and links. 

Adobe heralds subscription-only future for Photoshop and Creative Suite

Adobe has said it will no longer be developing its Creative Suite range of software, leaving its subscription and cloud-based Creative Cloud as the only way of accessing the latest version of Photoshop. Adobe has been trying to encourage users away from the traditional one-off payment licenses and on to a monthly payment model, with features such as online storage and syncing between devices. This latest move ups the ante by making it the only option for future versions of the software.

Finnish metal band makes the first Galaxy S4 music video

5-minute long video showcases the S4's ability to capture headbanging in low-light situations. 

Samsung announces Galaxy Core smartphone

A new phone from Samsung features dual SIM capabilities. 

Adobe updates Creative Cloud with exclusive tools for Photoshop CC

Adobe has updated its suite of Creative Cloud software, with the latest versions rebranded with the appendage 'CC'. Adobe Photoshop CC highlights include the Camera Shake Reduction tool that Adobe demoed earlier this year, and the ability to apply Camera Raw as a filter to any raster, vector or video layer. Creative Cloud members can now sync their Photoshop preferences across multiple devices. Click to read about these and other Photoshop CC features.

David East: Stills photography with a GoPro

South Africa-based filmmaker David East uses a GoPro camera for his video work, but has started to use it for stills as well. Although not as technically sound as images taken on a dedicated stills camera, there's an evocative quality to his work, taken using an 11MP GoPro HD HERO2, which we really like. Click through for more details, and a small selection of images. 

NASA uses smartphones to snap photos of Earth

NASA sent three Nexus Ones into orbit to see if the phone cameras could match the image quality of current satellites. 

6 apps to swap and share photos from any event

The best apps for collecting and sharing smartphone photos from your next party, wedding or festival.

May 3
Just posted: Pentax MX-1 Preview Samples

We've just posted a gallery of real-world samples from the MX-1 - Pentax's flagship compact camera. Announced earlier this year the MX-1 offers a 12MP backlit CMOS sensor, and a fast F1.8-2.5 lens which spans an equivalent focal range of 28-112mm. We wrote a detailed hands-on preview back in January and we're working on putting the camera through our usual gamut of studio and real-world testing. For now, we hope you enjoy this small gallery of samples which - if nothing else - proves that the sun does occasionally come out in Seattle. 

Engineers eye-up insect biology as inspiration for curved camera

Engineers have developed a curved camera designed to mimic insects' compound eyes. The hemispherical design gives a wide field-of-view with no aberrations and effectively infinite depth-of-field, with the hope it could be used in applications such as endoscopy or as visual sensors on unmanned aircraft. The current design uses 180 light-sensitive elements, each behind its own lens, but researchers hope to build one with 20,000 elements, giving a similar resolution to that seen by dragonflies.