March 24
Ricoh posts firmware update for GXR system & GR Digital III
Ricoh has announced function-enhancing firmware updates for its GXR interchangeable lens cameras and the GR Digital III compact. In response to user feedback, the GXR firmware adds five processing filters, a subject tracking focus and exposure mode, and a revised magnified playback option. The GR Lens A12 28mm and 50mm modules also gain an option to assign white balance or exposure compensation to the zoom buttons. The GR digital III also gets 5 additional functions including an electronic level and Target Follow function. The firmware updates will be available for download on March 28 from Ricoh's website.
March 23
Just Posted: Panasonic DMC GH2 in-depth review
Just Posted: Our review of Panasonic's DMC-GH2 video-optimized Micro Four Thirds camera. The GH2, launched back at Photokina 2010 is the replacement for the company's GH1 and retains a position as one of the most flexible HD shooters in the stills/video crossover market. In addition to subjecting it to our standard tests, we've looked at the GH2's video capabilities in more depth than we've ever done, including contributions from respected film-maker Uwe Steinmueller. We have also partnered with video sharing site Vimeo to offer embedded previews of video footage for the first time, while still making the original files available for download. Follow the link to read our 21-page in-depth review.
Sony unveils NEX-FS100 E-mount professional camcorder
Sony has launched the NEX-FS100 E-mount professional camcorder. The model, whose development was originally announced in November last year, is the latest addition to the company's NXCAM line-up of broadcast-standard camcorders. It features an Exmor CMOS sensor in what the company describes as Super35 format (essentially the same size as the APS-C sensors seen in existing E-mount cameras). It records 1080p Full HD videos at various frame rates depending on region (60, 30 and 24fps in NTSC countries, 50 and 25 in PAL) at bitrates of up to 28Mbps. Other features include a 3.5" LCD, built-in GPS, SDXC compatibility and Slow-motion video recording. TThe camcorder also features industry-standard XLR audio connectors. It will be offered as a kit with the Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens at a suggested retail price of $5850. The company has also launched the world's first dust- and rain-proof professional HD camcorder in the shape of HXR-NX70.
DxO Labs releases DxO Optics Pro v6.5.6 for Win & Mac
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac. Version 6.5.6 extends Raw support to Canon's 600D/T3i and 1100D/T3, and Olympus's E-PL1 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 48 additional camera/lens optical modules. The latest version is available as a free download to existing users or as a 30-day trial.
March 22
Apple releases Aperture v3.1.2
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Apple has released an updated version of its Aperture raw-conversion and photo management software. Version 3.1.2 improves overall stability, enhances iPhoto compatibility and fixes minor bugs. The update is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
Nikon posts firmware update for Coolpix P100 superzoom
Nikon has posted a firmware update for its CoolPix P100 back-illuminated CMOS based superzoom. Version 1.2 resolves glitches with LCD display after the camera was switched back on from its stand-by mode in specific settings. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Nikon updates ViewNX for Windows
Nikon has released a Windows-only update for its ViewNX image viewing and editing software. Version 2.1.2 resolves the issue related to the incorrect display of the 'my Picturetown' photo sharing and storage service when previous versions were not uninstalled before updating.
March 17
Just posted: Apple iPad 2: Tool or Toy?
Just Posted: It seems like everybody is talking about tablet computers at the moment, and one of the most talked-about - Apple's iPad 2 - launched last week here in the US. We thought this was a good opportunity to take a look at the iPad 2 from the point of view of enthusiast photographers. Apple's App Store contains hundreds of photography-related applications for the iPad - is Apple's latest shiny gadget just a toy, or can it be genuinely useful as a photographic tool? Read our 3-page article to find out...
March 16
Pentax releases Optio RS1500 with changeable covers
Pentax has announced the Optio RS1500 compact camera with interchangeable, user designable covers. Identically specced to the RS1000 launched last year, it features a simpler, snap-on system for attaching different covers, rather than the screw-on system of the older model. The RS1500 ships with 10 skins, with the option to download or create your own cover that secures behind a transparent front-plate. Features include a 14MP sensor, a 27.5-110mm equivalent lens and 720p HD movie recording capabilities.
Adobe releases Photoshop Express 2.0 for iPad, iPod & iPhone
Adobe has released an updated version of its Photoshop Express image-editing and preview application for Apple's iPad, iPod and iPhone. Version 2.0 introduces the optional Adobe Camera Pack available via an 'in-app' purchase that adds noise reduction, self-timer and Auto-Review functions for $3.99. Photoshop Express 2.0 is available as a free download from Apple's App Store for new users and as an update for existing users.
March 15
Lexar starts shipping 128GB & 64GB SDXC memory cards
Lexar has started to ship its Professional 128GB and 64GB 133x SDXC memory cards. Announced at CES 2011, they offer guaranteed read speeds of 20MB/s speeding up transfer of HD videos and hi-res images images to a computer. The 128GB card is the industry's first card of that size and, with a recommended retail price of $329.99, is for sale alongside the $199.99 64GB version.
March 14
Japan earthquake and tsunami - how to donate

As the full effects of Friday's combined earthquake and tsunami become apparent, dpreview would like to extend its sympathies to the people of Japan being affected. dpreview works closely with several companies in the affected region and our thoughts are with their employees at this difficult time. However, while it's clear that these events will have an impact on the photographic industry, we feel now is not the time to be speculating on such issues. Instead we would like to draw attention to ways of contributing to relief efforts, via organizations such as the Japanese Red Cross. Click through for a link to donate.

March 11
Just posted: Pentax K-r full review
Just Posted: Our full review of the Pentax K-r upper entry-level DSLR. When we reviewed the Pentax K-x in December 2009 we thought it was a little cracker. The K-r builds on this by adding visible AF points, a higher ISO range and faster continuous shooting to the K-x's already successful feature mix but the competition has not been standing still. Click on the link to read how the Pentax K-r fared in our studio tests and how it stacks up to its latest peers in the upper entry-level bracket of the market.
Sigma asks public to select scholarship contest finalists
Sigma is inviting the public to select five finalists from its annual scholarship contest. The company's second annual scholarship contest was launched in November 2010 and offers prizes of cash and equipment to students seeking higher education in a photo-related field. Anyone registering with an email address can help narrow-down the field from 167 to the final five from which a winner will be sleected by a panel of Sigma executives. Voting is open until April 1 2011.
March 10
Adobe issues Lightroom 3.4 and ACR 6.4 release candidates
Adobe has released 'Release Candidates' of its Camera RAW 6.4 and Lightroom 3.4 raw processing software. The updates cover 7 additional cameras including Canon's 600D/T3i and 1100D/T3, Olympus's XZ-1 and E-PL2, and Samsung's NX11. They are available from the company's Adobe Labs site and also address a number of issues reported via customer feedback. The company uses the term 'Release Candidate' to denote software that is well tested but not yet the final version.
Pentax releases firmware updates for K-5 and 645D
Pentax has released firmware updates for its K-5 digital SLR and 645 medium format camera. Version 1.03 for the K-5 improves overall stability as well and AF accuracy in low-light conditions. Firmware v1.03 for the 645D brings in a series of minor feature improvements to the camera. The latest firmware versions are available for immediate download from the company's website.
March 9
Canon Rebel T3i and Pentax K-r sample images posted
Just Posted: Studio Samples from the Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D and Pentax K-r. We're working away on a series of enthusiast-level DSLRs at the moment and have just finished processing the shots from our standard studio scene. Both cameras have been added to our comparison tool and can be accessed from all of our recent reviews. We've added a couple of comparison pages to our Rebel T3i / EOS 600D preview that pit the two cameras side-by-side and against two of their peers.
March 8
Fujifilm faces shortage of X100 large-sensor camera
Fujifilm Japan has announced a shortage of its FinePix X100 large-sensor compact camera and accessories because of higher than expected demand. The company says it is attempting to boost production to meet demand. The latest word from Fujifilm USA is that cameras will be available in the US during the last week of March or first week of April.
Samyang shows prototype Micro Four Thirds 7.5mm fisheye
Samyang Optics has shown a prototype 7.5mm F3.5 fisheye lens for the Micro Four Thirds system at the Focus on Imaging trade show in Birmingham, UK. The new lens is considerably more compact than the company's existing 8mm fisheye designed for SLR cameras. In a brief press release, the company also reveals that this lens is intended to be the first in a new series of optics designed specifically for interchangeable-lens compact system cameras.
March 7
Samyang announces final version of 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens
Samyang Optics has released the final version of its 35mm F1.4 lens in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Four-thirds mounts. Announced at Photokina 2010, the company said it has revised its design since then. It retains the underlying 12 element in 10 group design announced at that time. It will sell at a recommended retail price of €379.
March 6
Phase One introduces Profoto Studio plug-in for Capture One
Phase One and lighting maker Profoto have announced the Profoto Studio light-control plug-in for the Capture One Pro 6 raw processing and editing software. Currently available only to Mac users, the free plug-in works with the $499 Profoto Air USB transceiver to wirelessly control Profoto lighting equipment.
March 3
Olympus updates firmware for E-5, E-PL2 and XZ-1 cameras
Olympus has released firmware updates for its E-5 DSLR, E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds camera and XZ-1 enthusiast compact. The latest versions for the E-5 and XZ-1 resolve minor bugs relating to LCD display and external flash units respectively. Version 1.1 for the E-PL2 changes default setting of the image stabilizer to 'On' when used with the add-on Fisheye, Wide-angle or Macro lenses.
dpreview.com is hiring (Editorial and Development)
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March 2
Pentax launches Optio S1 digital compact camera
Pentax has launched the Optio S1 digital compact camera in three apparently 'gem-like' finishes. Sporting a 14MP sensor, 2.7" LCD and 5x optical zoom that starts at a wide 28mm equivalent, it features 720p HD video recording, sensor-shift image stabilization and a High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. The camera also comes with the latest set of image-processing filters including Miniature and HDR filter.
DxO Labs releases DxO Optics Pro v6.5.5 for Win & Mac
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac. Version 6.5.5 extends Raw support to Sony SLT A33 and Nikon Coolpix P7000 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 51 additional camera/lens optical modules, taking the total to over 3000 combinations. It is available as a free download to existing users or as a 30-day trial.
Olympus announces SZ-30MR with multi-recording function
Olympus has announced the SZ-30MR compact, which allows simultaneous capture of 1080p HD videos and full resolution stills. The 24x superzoom is built around a 16MP CMOS sensor and is capable of 9 fps full-resolution continuous shooting and can generate 3D images. It features a 3.0" LCD and zoom lens stretching from 25 to 600mm equivalent. The spec is rounded out with the company's Magic Filters for both stills and videos, AF tracking and image stabilization. Also announced is the UK-only SZ-20, which houses a 12.5x (24-300mm equiv.) zoom in a slightly smaller body. The SZ-20 loses the multi-record function but is otherwise essentially the same specification.
Olympus releases Tough TG-810 rugged compact
Olympus has released the Tough TG-810 rugged compact featuring built-in GPS, electronic compass and manometer (air/water pressure gauge). It features the same 14MP sensor, 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens and 920K dot 3.0" LCD of the recently released TG-610, but in a tougher body. It is dustproof, waterproof to 10m (33 ft), shockproof to 2m (6.6 ft) and freezeproof to -10 C (14 F). The camera features 720p HD video recording and a two-shot 3D option that can even be used in underwater mode. It will be available from April 2011 at a retail price of $399.99.
 Panasonic DMC-GH2 studio comparison samples
Studio test samples from the Panasonic DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds camera. In the process of working on the forthcoming in-depth review of the GH2, we have shot our standard studio test scene. To allow easy comparison with its peers, we have now added these shots to our comparison tool, found in our existing reviews. The GH2 can now be selected from the pull-down list within any review. At the same time, a full ISO-range set of Adobe Camera Raw 6 files has also been added for Panasonic's GF1.
March 1
Lensbaby releases Sweet 35 optic with internal aperture
Lensbaby has introduced the Sweet 35 optic for its selective focus lens system. With a focal length of 35mm, it features an internal 12 blade aperture controlled by a dial on the front of the lens with an available range of f/2.5 to f/22, in contrast to previous optics which used drop-in aperture discs. The optical unit is composed of 4 multi-coated glass elements in 3 groups, has a 46mm filter thread and is compatible with the Composer, Muse, Control Freak and Scout lens bodies.
February 28
Samyang announces 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye for Sony NEX-VG10
Samyang has released a version of its 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye lens optimized for the Sony NEX-VG10 camcorder. The 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye CS VG10 manual focus lens features the same optical construction as the still photography version, but has been adapted for smoother focusing. The company also plans to introduce a smaller f/2.8 E-mount optically redesigned version of the lens for the NEX-5/3 cameras.
February 25
Fujifilm FinePix X100 beta samples gallery
Just Posted: Our beta samples gallery from the Fujifilm FinePix X100. We've been lucky enough to have been able to borrow a pre-production sample of Fujifilm's hotly-anticipated large sensor, retro-styled compact camera, and have put together a samples gallery to give an initial flavour of its capabilities. This includes images shot in a variety of lighting conditions, in both colour and black and white, and across a range of ISOs, apertures and subject distances.
February 24
Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 in-depth Review
Just Posted: Our review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Micro Four Thirds camera. Although resembling the GF1 with its compact, flat-body design, the GF2 has been re-targeted at point-and-shoot upgraders through the addition of a simplified touch-screen interface. It is built around a 12MP CMOS sensor but with a more powerful processor than its predecessor, allowing AVCHD video recording of 1080i60 movies from 1080p30 capture. Are these features enough to make it stand out in this competitive market? Read our full review to find out.
February 23
Casio and Ricoh release firmware updates
Casio and Ricoh have released firmware updates for the Exilim EX-H20G and G700SE digital cameras respectively. Firmware version 1.02 for the EX-H20G extends the storage of GPS position logs from seven days to fourteen days, while also improving other GPS-related functions. The G700SE update fixes a minor fault when using the optional GPS unit amongst other small changes. Both are available for immediate download.
Nikon and Hasselblad announce software updates
Nikon and Hasselblad have announced updated versions of their ViewNX and Phocus software. ViewNX v2.1.1 fixes a series of minor bugs in both Mac and PC versions. Hasselblad's Phocus v2.6 adds new features such as image rating and dust removal. The company has also released 'Quick' and 'Mobile' versions of Phocus.
February 21
Samsung provides more detail on five forthcoming NX lenses
Samsung has announced details and release dates of five lenses for its NX interchangeable camera system. The latest additions include three prime lenses, alongside two movie-optimized zooms. The previously announced 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OIS will be joined by a 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 in December 2011. Meanwhile the previously discussed 16mm F2.4, 60mm F2.8 OIS Macro and 85mm F1.4 will be launched between July and October 2011. All five lenses are compatible with the company's i-Function focus-ring-as-function-dial feature.
February 18
Sony releases MRW-F3 USB card reader
Sony has released the MRW-F3 pocketable USB memory card reader that accepts both Memory Stick and SD, including the latest fast UHS-I and large capacity SDXC cards. The company has also announced the cabled MRW-EA7, MRW-S2 and MRW-T2 USB readers.
Leica updates S system lens firmware and software
Leica has has announced firmware updates for its S system lenses and revisions to its Image Shuttle image editing software. The latest firmware for the 35mm, 70mm, 120mm and 180mm lenses, and the software update are available for immediate download to registered customers.
Samsung unveils 2011 NX roadmap to Asian market
Samsung has released more details of future NX system plans to the South East Asian market. A Korean blog is reporting the company as planning three NX body types, including a higher-end model, along with six lenses including a 700mm prototype. The additional lenses include the 16mm and 85mm lenses discussed at the time of the NX100 launch and build on the details shown to a Taiwanese blog in September 2010. As usual, Samsung has made no formal announcement for the US or European markets. Several of the proposed lenses were shown at the CES trade show in January.
February 17
Bibble Labs releases Bibble 5.2.1 Pro & Lite
Bibble Labs has announced an updated version of its Bibble 5 RAW workflow software. Version 5.2.1 extends RAW support to the recently released Canon Rebel T3/EOS 600D and Rebel T3i/EOS 1100D digital SLRs. Both the Pro and Lite versions also bring stability improvements, resolve specific lens identification issues and fix an issue related to cropping images in Multi-View mode.
Leaf releases Capture 11.4.5
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Leaf has released an updated version of its Capture workflow software. Version 11.4.5 adds the company's SensorFlex technology support to a number of its digital medium format cameras and backs that were not previously supported. SensorFlex technology allows photographers pre-select image size and capture speed. It is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Nik software updates Viveza 2 plug-in
Nik Software has announced an updated version of its Viveza 2 selective color and brightness control plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Version 2.004 improves interaction with all the company's plug-ins and fixes minor bugs for both Mac and Windows platforms.
Apple releases RAW compatibility update
Apple has released a digital camera RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. Update 3.6 extends RAW support to six additional cameras including the Canon Rebel T3/T3i, Olympus E-5 and Pentax K-5. It also addresses processing issues for four already supported cameras. The update is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
February 16
NEC to further develop noise suppression technology
NEC has announced its noise suppression technology has been integrated into the Casio Exilim EX-ZR10 digital compact camera. The technology, a development of the work first touted back in 2009, records the sounds of zoom and focus motors and subtracts them in real time, from any recorded audio. The technique starts with a reference set of lens and motor sounds and adapts to take into account the characteristics of the individual camera's motor sounds and microphone behavior. The system allows motors to be run at full speed, rather than having to be slowed in an attempt to reduce noise.
Phase One releases Capture One 6.1.1
Phase One has updated its Capture One PRO 6 and Express 6 Raw workflow software. Version 6.1.1 extends Raw coverage to the Olympus E-PL2, X-Z1 and Phase One's latest digital backs, and improves image processing for several already supported cameras.
February 15
Panasonic announces WA10, DC10, DC1, TA20 and TA2
Panasonic has announced the HX-WA10 and HM-TA20 weatherproof pocket camcorders. Both are designed to be waterproof up to depths 3 meters while the smaller TA20 is also dustproof and shockproof. The WA10 is part of a range of pistol-grip zoom pocket camcorders that also includes the non-weatherproof HX-DC10 and HX-DC1 models. The HX-TA20 meanwhile sits alongside the less resilient HX-T2. The pistol-grip models offer 1080 Full HD recording while the smaller pocket models shoot 720p.
February 12
Just Posted: Olympus E-PL2 in-depth review
Just Posted: Our review of the Olympus E-PL2 beginner-friendly Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. The PEN E-PL2 offers a very similar specification to the E-PL1 but there certainly have been changes - improved build quality, a higher-resolution rear screen and a completely redesigned, faster-focusing kit lens all make an appearance. The camera also gains a control dial (one of the things that will have put enthusiast shooters off the PL1). However, since we reviewed the E-PL1, the easy-to-use mirrorless sector has attracted the attention of Sony, Panasonic and Samsung, so just how does the E-PL2 perform as a creative tool and compact upgrade option?
February 11
DxO Labs releases DxO Optics Pro v6.5.4 for Win & Mac
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac. Version 6.5.4 extends Raw support to Olympus E-PL2, Panasonic DMC-LX5 and Sony DSLR-A580 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 69 additional camera/lens optical modules. It is available as a free download to existing users or a 30-day trial.
Sigma E-mount lens and other mockups shown at CP+

CP+ 2011: Japaneses websites capture the flavor of the show and ferret-out some interesting mockups. Local websites covering the CP+ camera show in Yokohama have been showing some of the prototypes and concept models on display. Dpreview.com isn't attending the show, so we've collected together a few of the more interesting items that haven't been formally shown to the wider world.

February 9
Sigma to make lenses for NEX and Micro Four Thirds
CP+ 2011: Sigma has announced that it intends to make lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount (NEX) system cameras. In a brief statement on its website the company says that 'specifications, product names, pricing and launch schedules will be announced in due course'. A mockup lens will be displayed during the CP+ trade show that's currently being held in Yokohama, Japan.
Nikon Coolpix P300 announced and previewed
CP+ 2011: Nikon has released the Coolpix P300 compact with manual controls and an F1.8-4.9 lens. It incorporates a 1/2.3" 12MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 920K dot 3.0" LCD and features 1080p30 Full HD movies and P/A/S/M shooting modes. It will be available next month at an estimated retail price of $329.95. We've had access to a pre-production example of the P300 and have prepared a brief hands-on preview.