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. is hiring (Editorial and Development) is looking for another three team members to help expand what the site can offer. We're looking to recruit two editorial staff and a development engineer to join our team in Seattle, WA, and increase both the quantity and variety of content. The editorial positions are for writer/editors and will involve testing and reviewing cameras and other photographic equipment with opportunities to write news stories and develop other content areas, while the software engineering role will help develop smarter ways to deliver content and services. So if you'd like to help shape the future of the world's biggest digital photography website, check out the details after the link.
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
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. 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.
Nikon introduces L120, P500 and S9100 superzooms
CP+ 2011: Nikon has announced three Coolpix superzoom compact cameras, two of which incorporate 12MP CMOS sensors. The P500 and S9100 offer wide-angle 36x (22.5-810mm equiv.) and 18x (25-450mm equiv.) optical zoom lenses, 920K dot 3.0" LCDs and record 1080p Full HD videos. The P500 also features the company's latest Expeed C2 dual image processor. The 14MP CCD-based L120 offers a 21x zoom lens starting at a wide 25mm, 920K dot 3.0" LCD, records 720p HD videos and is powered by AA batteries. All three cameras will be available from March 2011 at estimated retail prices of $399.95, $329.95 and $279.95 respectively.
Nikon announces S6100, S4100, S3100 and L24 compacts
CP+ 2011: Nikon has announced five Coolpix compacts. Top of the range is the S1600 with a 16MP sensor, a 460K dot 3.0" LCD and 7x (28-196mm equiv.) zoom lens. Next come the S4100 and S3100 with 14MP sensors and 5x (26-130mm equiv.) zoom lenses and 3.0" and 2.7" LCDs respectively. Last comes the 14MP L24 that is powered by AA batteries and offers a 37-134mm equiv zoom lens. All four can record 720p HD videos and offer SDXC compatibility. They will be available from next month at estimated retail prices of $199.95, $179.95, $139.95 and $119.95 (available late February 2011) respectively.
Olympus shows M.Zuiko high-end Micro Four Thirds lens mockup
CP+ 2011: Olympus is showing a mockup of a 'high-end' M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds prime lens it says it will release later this year. The mockup is being shown at the CP+ 2011 trade show in Yokohama, as the company celebrates 75 years of Zuiko-branded lenses. The lens is being displayed alongside a Semi-Olympus II from 1938, the second camera to feature the Zuiko name. The company gives no further details of the lens' focal length or maximum aperture.
February 8
Sigma announcements include 120-300mm F2.8 and 150mm F2.8  Macro pricing
CP+ 2011: In addition to its latest lens announcements, Sigma has announced the price and availability of its 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM and Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM weather-resistant lenses. Announced at Photokina 2010, the lenses will start shipping from the end of this month and next month respectively at suggested retail prices of $4700 and $1600. The company has also announced the DP2x digital compact, an OS version of its 50-150mm F2.8 and 105mm F2.8 Macro, and a redesigned 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 ultrawideangle for full frame.
Lens makers back Sony's disclosure of  E-mount specifications
CP+ 2011: Major lens makers have backed Sony's decision to share 'basic specifications' of its E-mount with lens and mount adapter manufacturers. Sony has issued a press release which includes endorsements of its decision by leading lens makers. Sigma, Carl Zeiss, Tamron and Cosina have all thrown their weight behind the move. Following the recent announcements of new inductees to the Micro Four Thirds group, it looks like the mirrorless camera sector could be about to benefit from a major expansion in lens availability. Unlike the Micro Four Thirds announcements, Sony's move appears to have the support of the two biggest makers of third-party autofocusing lenses.
Sigma stabilizes 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
CP+ 2011: In a group of releases, Sigma has unveiled an optically stabilized version of its 50-150mm F2.8 fast telephoto zoom for APS-C DSLRS. The 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM gives a field-of-view range equivalent to around 75-225mm on a 35mm system, but in a design that is smaller and lighter than full frame 70-200mm F2.8 designs. The latest, 'OS' version is claimed to offer the ability to get stable shots at shutter speeds four stops slower than without it. It features a completely revised optical design with 21 elements in 15 groups.
Sigma announces DP2x large sensor compact
CP+ 2011: Sigma has announced the DP2x digital compact camera, a revised version of its DP2 large-sensor compact camera that captures three-color information at 4.7M positions (14M total data points). It features new AF algorithm for faster auto focus, first seen in the DP1x. Other features remain the same including a 2.5" LCD, True II processing engine, and P/A/S/M shooting modes.
Sigma updates 105mm F2.8 macro with optical stabilization
CP+ 2011: Sigma has announced an entirely redesigned version of its 105mm F2.8 macro lens that incorporates optical image stabilization. The 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM offers true 1:1 macro reproduction, and uses a floating focus system to maintain high optical performance at all distances. It also features a splash-proof barrel design and Sigma's Hypersonic Motor for fast, silent autofocus coupled with full-time manual focus capability. The lens is designed for use on both full frame and APS-C SLRs.
Sigma announces 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM II for full frame
CP+ 2011:Sigma has introduced the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM II, an updated version of its ultra-wideangle zoom for full frame SLRs. It uses a revised optical formula which now incorporates now fewer than four elements made from its latest 'F' low dispersion glass, plus one SLD element, to minimise chromatic aberration. Four aspheric elements (three glass mold and one hybrid) are also employed to reduce distortion and other aberrations. The lens features an integrated hood and splash-proof design.
Olympus introduces SZ-10 superzoom
CP+ 2011: Olympus has announced the SZ-10 superzoom with 18x (28-504mm equiv.) optical zoom lens. Sporting a 14MP CCD sensor and a 460k dot 3.0" LCD, it features 720p HD recording , a 3D capture mode, AF tracking and HD output. It also includes the latest set of Magic Filters for both stills and videos. Priced at $249.99, it will be available from March 2011 in black and silver.
Olympus announces VR-330 & VR-320 compact superzooms
CP+ 2011: Olympus has announced the VR-320 and the Europe-only VR-330 compact superzooms, the first in its latest VR series of affordable compacts. Both feature 24-300mm equiv. zoom lenses, 14MP sensors and include features such as 720p HD recording, image stabilization, the latest set of Magic filters and HD output. The only difference between the two is the VR-330 offers 3D capture mode, an HD output and a 460K dot 3.0" LCD, while the VR-320 has only a 230K dot display.