February 6
Ricoh concept camera makes spherical panoramic images in one shot

Ricoh exhibited a concept camera at CP+ that captures spherical panoramic images and sends them wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet. Apparently produced mainly to gauge market reaction, Ricoh released no technical info on the camera apart from the fact that it uses two opposed 180-degree lenses whose images it combines into one spherical panorama. Users can zoom in on the image elements and swipe to look around the sphere; they can also zoom out to a circular image. The company imagines printing images on spheres as a potential product concept, and is considering video capture as well as stills.

Sony World Photography Awards 2013 announce shortlist of finalists

The World Photography Organisation has announced the shortlists for the professional, open and youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography awards. This year's competition saw the highest number of submissions to date with more than 122,000 entries from 170 countries. The shortlist offers an insight into an impressive gallery of images. Winners are scheduled to be announced in March and April. Click through for more information and a look at some of the photographs.

Creators of Raspberry Pi computer announce $25 camera module

The makers of Raspberry Pi - the popular low-cost computer - have announced the development of a new camera module, expected to cost $25. Since the first version of Raspberry Pi was released early last year, more than half a million of the inexpensive boards have been sold to eager enthusiasts all over the world, and put to use doing everything from running games to powering a voice-activated coffee machine (yes, really). Details on the forthcoming camera module are vague, but it is expected to offer at least 5MP resolution and the ability to capture HD video. Click through for more details. 

App Review: PureShot for iOS

From the makers of 645 Pro, PureShot offers plenty of custom options too.

Like: Instagram boosts web features

Service still won't offer upload from your desktop, but you can like and comment on images.

February 5
Sony firmware for NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5R,NEX-5N and E-mount lenses

Sony has announced a series of firmware updates for its NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5R, NEX-5N mirrorless APS-C cameras and two E-mount lenses. Version 1.02 for both NEX-7 and 5N adds automatic lens correction with the 16-50mm E mount lens, as well as a number of other improvements and bugs fixes. Firmware v1.01 for NEX-6 and 5R provides Fast Hybrid AF support with multiple E-mount lenses. Owners of NEX-6 and 5R cameras who use the 50mm f/1.8 or 30mm f/3.5 E mount lenses must first update the latest lens firmware that adds the Fast Hybrid AF capability. Click through for more details and a link to the updates. 

CP+ 2013: First impressions of the Olympus XZ-10

CP+ 2013: The show was a bit short on high-end camera launches, but the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 - a small-sensor camera with a good degree of manual control - generated a lot of interest. We got a chance to get our hands on a pre-production unit and were talked-through its Photo Story feature, as well as having a good dig through the menus to see what it's capable of. Click here to read our first impressions.

Is CameraTweak worth jailbreaking your iPhone for?

The jailbreak for iOS 6.1 is now available. Is CameraTweak worth voiding your iPhone’s warranty?

A can't-miss interview with one of the world's most renowned mobile photographers from EyeEm.

Nikon posts firmware update for V1 small sensor mirrorless camera

Nikon has posted a firmware update for its 1 V1 enthusiast small sensor mirrorless camera. Firmware version 1.21 resolves a minor bug related to live view performance immediately after a lens is attached. The firmware is available immediately for download. Click through for more details and a link to the update.

Sony announces firmware for SLT-A37, A57, A65, A77 and A99

Sony has announced firmware updates for its SLT-A37, A57, A65, A77 and A99 digital SLRs. Firmware version 1.01 for the SLT-A99 adds Dual-AF compatibility with key A-mount lenses. Updates for the rest of the SLTs including the A99 add automatic lens correction with several A-mount lenses. Click through for more details and a link to the updates. 

February 4
Nikon Coolpix S800c Review

We've reviewed the Nikon's Android-based Coolpix S800c on Dpreview.com.

Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix S800c Review

We've just posted our review of the Nikon Coolpix S800c, in collaboration with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page. The S800c was the first compact camera from a major manufacturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system when it was released last year. On one side it's a 16MP BSI-CMOS compact camera with a 10x, 25-250mm lens built in, on the other it's a 3.5" OLED touchscreen device running Android 2.3. Click through for a link to the full review. 

Rumors of new sensor technology from HTC have us even more excited about the M7.

Casio's Jin Nakayama rules-out mirrorless, promising fast future for compacts

CP+ 2013: Casio wants to make cameras that allow non-photographers to take better images, and that could mean large sensor compacts, says Jin Nakayama, Senior General Manager of the company's QV Digital Camera Division, but don't expect a mirrorless camera. The company, which makes some of Japan's best-selling compacts, has a development strategy Nakayama believes will distinguish it from smartphones while also staying a step ahead of its camera rivals, he says.

Panasonic discusses its GH3 and the challenge of making a high IQ compact

CP+ 2013: Panasonic is considering which cameras it needs to appeal to the different demands for Micro Four Thirds in different countries. We spoke to Michiharu Uematsu, Special Adviser, Imaging Business Group and Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner, Marketing Team, Imaging Business Group. They explain the challenges of making and marketing a high image quality compact and suggest the GH3 won't get focus peaking.

Panasonic promises high sensitivity sensors using 'Micro Color Splitters'

Panasonic has devised a method to increase the sensitivity of image sensors, by replacing the near-universal colour filter array with prism-like 'Micro Color Splitters' to generate colour information. The key advantage is that all of the incoming light is directed to the sensor, instead of half or more being absorbed by the colour filter dyes. This promises to deliver images with less noise in low light. The development is published in the journal Nature Photonics, and outlined in a press release on Panasonic's website.   

Macworld/iWorld report: Developers showcase mobile photo solutions for DSLR users.

Padcaster supes up iPad video recording

Macworld/iWorld report: Accessory turns iPad into full video rig.

Panasonic promises better low-light images with sensitivity-boosting sensor tech

By splitting colors using diffraction, Panasonic claims it has doubled the sensitivity of image sensors.

Make a projector with your smartphone

DIY: Everyday items can project your mobile phone photos on the big screen.

February 3
Photo Cube offers compact printing for smartphones

Macworld/iWorld report: Printer is iOS and Android compatible and connects with 30-pin dock, USB port or wi-fi.

February 2
Olympus' Toshi Terada discusses the future of Four Thirds and compacts

The long wait for the next generation of cameras for Four Thirds may soon be over, suggests Olympus' Toshi Terada, Manager, Product Planning SLR products. He also discusses the role the OM-D has played in increasing uptake of mirrorless cameras in the USA and the future of compact cameras now that smartphones have become many users' cameras of choice.

Panasonic puts 43mm F1.2 portrait lens and 150mm F2.8 on lens roadmap

CP+ 2013: Panasonic has added a 42.5mm F1.2 portrait lens and 150mm F2.8 super-telephoto prime to its lens roadmap for Micro Four Thirds, for release in the near future. The lenses, shown in prototype form at Photokina 2012, last September, are shown as being ready for release just after the 14-42mm II ASPH. kit zoom launched this week.

February 1
Apple reinstates 500px app after porn pull

App comes with 17+ age-restricted material warning and "Report this photo" link.

Sony NEX-6 preview extended with the addition of test data

Just Posted: an extensive update to our Sony NEX-6 preview. The NEX-6 is an enthusiast level mirrorless camera that features the high-resolution OLED viewfinder we first saw on the NEX-7 and builds on the capabilities that appeared on the recent NEX-5R. Click through for a link to the expanded preview, including six new pages of test data. We'll be adding more pages as we work towards the publication of our full review. 

Social video sharing app adds Super Bowl themes

Jollyfy lets you share longer videos than Vine, with themes.

iStockphoto offers ideas for improving your mobilography.

Curation is key in mobile photography

How do we ensure we're sharing mobile imagery in a meaningful way? 

CP+ 2013 - lenses from Nikon and Sigma

CP+ 2013: Nikon has several samples of its 18-35mm F3.5-4.5G ED consumer-level wide-angle full-frame zoom on show, while Sigma has re-designed and re-worked several of its most interesting lenses, which are being shown in prototype form at its stand. This includes a new version of its 30mm F1.4 for APS-C DSLRs. And, while none are available to shoot with yet, we got a chance to handle them, along with the portrait-friendly Sigma DP3 Merrill. 

Canon's imaging CEO promises 70D and talks about the future of compacts

CP+ 2013: 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 he says new concepts are needed to save the compact camera, he doesn't see larger sensors as being the answer for the mass market.

First Impressions: Metabones  Speed Booster lens adapter

The recently released Metabones Speed Booster is a unique lens adapter that promises near-full frame coverage on an APS-C camera and an extra stop of light gathering ability to boot. Intrigued not only by the actual product, but by the potential of the technology behind it, we spent a few days with the Speed Booster, a Sony NEX-6 and our favorite Canon EF lenses. Here's what we found.

January 31
How to use DPReview Challenges

How to use DPReview Challenges

How to use DPReview Galleries

How to use DPReview Galleries

Chris Hadfield posts stunning views of earth's landmarks from space.

Twitter and Dropbox update photo viewing, Flickr sees surge in popularity

We round up the latest news from photo sharing apps.

Immersive views from the top of the world to the Grand Canyon

360-degree images emerged this week from opposite ends of the world.

Study reveals iPhone photo apps cheaper than Android

A look at over 27,500 apps shows high quality iOS imaging apps are more affordable.

Bout pits mobile photographers against each other

Players challenge each other to take the “funniest, weirdest and awesomest photo.”

7 iPhone photography trends at the Macworld Expo

Professionals and hobbyists come together to discus iPhone photography. 

Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses

LensRentals' Roger Cicala has published an interesting article comparing 24-70mm F2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon and Tamron, using both an optical test bench and Imatest results from Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800E bodies. This provides some insights about the interaction between the sharpness of the lens and resolution of the camera's sensor, and under what practical circumstances you might see any difference. It's worth reading for anyone interested in the long-running question: what provides more detail, a higher resolution sensor with a good lens, or a lower resolution sensor with a great lens?   

Fujifilm updates firmware for X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF 35mm F1.4 R lens

Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras and the XF 35mm F1.4 R lens. The updates for both cameras introduce compatibility with the XF 14mm F2.8 R wideangle lens, and promise improved autofocus performance. Version 1.04 for the X-E1 also includes tweaks for users of external remote releases and the MIC-ST1 stereo microphone. Meanwhile v2.02 for the XF 35mm lens promises better autofocus accuracy, and requires the latest camera firmware to be fully effective. Click through for more details and download links.  

CP+ 2013 - Micro Four Thirds lenses from Tamron and Olympus

CP+ 2013: Tamron is showing off its newly-announced 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III VC stabilized superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds, while Olympus has a revised version of its 75-300mm F4.8-6.7. Though Tamron hasn't yet announced the price or availability of the 14-150mm, the prototype it has on display is working and the company gave us a hint about how much it will charge.

Pentax posts firmware updates for K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30, K-01 and K-r

Pentax has released firmware updates for its K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30 and K-r digital SLRs. With these latest firmware versions, all cameras gain improved overall stability and enhanced contrast AF performance when using the 560mm f/5.6ED AW lens. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links. 

January 30

DPReview Connect category winners also announced.

70,000 apps already available for BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Google working on multi-flash for smartphones

The new design features a ring of flashes around camera lens.

Allan Hoffman guesses at what more connected cameras could mean for the iPhone maker.

Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact

Olympus has announced the Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact - a smaller, cheaper addition to the range alongside the well-regarded XZ-2. It's built around a 26-130mm equivalent F1.8-2.7 lens, coupled with a 12MP 1/2.3" type backlit CMOS sensor that offers ISOs up to 6400 and sensor-shift image stabilization. It can record 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound, with Multi-motion Movie IS to reduce blur while walking. The 3" 920k dot LCD is touch-sensitive, but unlike the XZ-2's doesn't tilt, which helps make the camera slimmer. The package is rounded off by a full set of manual controls including a customizable round-lens control ring, but there's no hot shoe or support for an external EVF. It'll be available from March 2013 for £349.99 in black, brown or white.

Fujifilm announces Wi-Fi-enabled F900EXR with EXR-CMOS II

Fujifilm has announced the FinePix F900EXR, a 20X zoom, raw-capable compact superzoom with built-in Wi-Fi, offering what Fujifilm claims is the 'world's fastest AF'. The F900 uses a 16MP EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection AF technology and sensor-shift image stabiisation. A near-identical twin of the F800EXR in other respects, it offers the same 25-500mm equivalent lens, captures 1080p movies, P,A,S,M shooting modes and the ability to wirelessly transfer files via the free 'Fujifilm Camera Application' app for Android and iOS devices. Price and availability details have not been given.