October 15
Mashable takes a look at the rise of the smartphone

An entertaining look at how cell phones got smart.

Interview with Sony Electronics President Phil Molyneux

'Sony is changing the market through innovation' says Phil Molyneux, President and COO of Sony Electronics. In a recent interview we spoke to him about Sony's relationship with Hasselblad, what the tie-up with Olympus will mean for both manufacturers' product lines and how the company has been 'disruptive.'

Mobile accessory review: iPro Lens System

The iPro Lens System is being marketed as a high-quality lens system for serious photographers shooting with the iPhone 4/4S. We put it to the test.

A one-track mind: Themed Instagram feeds showcase focused creativity

Some Instagramers focus their feed on just one thing at a time.

Video: Richard Koci Hernandez on the dynamic art of photography

A mobile photographer offers insight into this exciting time in photography.

October 12
Quick Review: Mirrorgram is fun with reflections

New app is fun gimmick.

VSCO Keys offers shortcut to Lightroom efficiencies

Visual Supply Company has announced 'VSCO Keys,' a keyboard shortcut customization tool for Adobe Lightroom 3 or 4. It aims to make working in Lightroom more efficient, but the $125 price tag (only a fraction less than Lightroom itself) is likely to limit its appeal to photographers who aren't profiting from their work. The software comes with two presets, one of which adds shortcuts without clashing with any of the software's native controls, while a more comprehensive one replaces several of them. A 14-day free trial allows you to assess the value of the efficiency savings to your workflow. (via Petapixel) Updated with lowered price (10/24/12).

Photo sharing made easy: Two new options

Tumblr and Dropbox offer simple photo sharing solutions.

Quick Review: Duelpic app pits Instagramer against Instagramer

Duelpic for the iPhone could be your latest guilty pleasure.

 
Apple's iPad mini slated for Oct. 23 announce, reports say

AllThingsD reports an Oct. 23rd reveal date for Apple's shrunken iPad.

Connect with us to win $5,000 through our photo contest

Show us what "connect" means to you for a shot at our $5,000 grand prize.

October 11
Latest Sony 12MP sensor allows brighter lenses for enthusiast compacts

Sony has published details of its latest 12MP 1/1.7"-type (7.5 x 5.6mm) back-lit CMOS sensor. The IMX144CQJ offers full-resolution 12-bit output at up to 35 frames per second or a roughly 'widescreen' 17:9 crop at up to 60 fps - allowing 4k video. Sony stresses how well the sensor can receive light from oblique angles, thanks to its large pixel size, making it able to work with 'brighter lenses and high power zoom lenses.' This is interesting, given the recent launch of a group of wide-maximum aperture compacts based around 12MP, 1/1.7"-type BSI CMOS sensors, such as the Olympus XZ-2, Nikon Coolpix P7700 and Samsung EX2F.

Just Posted: Images from latest Sony E-mount lenses on NEX-6

Just Posted: Sony E-mount 10-18mm F4, 35mm F1.8 and 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom lens samples on the NEX-6. Our last set of images from the Sony press trip is a series shot with the latest NEX camera and the three E-mount lenses announced at Photokina - the E 10-18mm F4 OSS super-wide-angle zoom, the E 35mm F1.8 OSS fast normal prime, and the E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS power zoom. We've selected ten images shot with each lens and compiled a combined gallery. Full-size images are, as ever, available for download.

Mobile Photography Awards seek entries

Top prize is $3,000 for this year's Mobile Photography Awards.

App Roundup: Panorama apps for the iPhone

How does the new iOS 6 panorama feature measures up against popular third-party panorama apps?

It's official: Galaxy S III mini

Samsung shrinks the Galaxy S III to mini size.

Pilgramers’ journey explores community connection behind Instagram

The "Pilgramers" set out to discover the people behind the posts by getting personal with Instagram users. 

October 10
Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 samples gallery

Just Posted: Full-size, real world samples from the Sony A99. We've been shooting with Sony's latest full-frame flagship camera down in San Francisco and Monterey, California as part of a Sony press trip - our first opportunity to get hold of a production-standard camera. We've put together a samples gallery taken in a variety of lighting conditions and at a range of apertures and featuring multiple subjects. Click through to see how the 24MP camera performs.

Mini Galaxy S III reportedly coming to Germany

Samsung confirms a 'mini' version of the popular Galaxy S III will be announced tomorrow.

What is mobile photography, and why are we still asking that question?

Mobile photographer Anton Kawasaki looks for answers.

6 tips for printing from your smartphone

With a few tricks, you can get great quality prints from your smartphone. Here's how.

DxO Optics Pro 7.5.5 Elite adds Canon EOS-1D X and Nikon D600

DxO Labs has announced Optics Pro v7.5.5, with support for the Canon EOS-1D X and the Nikon D600. The latest version of the company's raw processing and optical correction software also adds support for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 and DMC-LX7. Support for the two full-frame DSLRs comes only in the 'Elite' edition of the software, while the Panasonic support is also included in the standard edition, that costs around half as much. As usual, the upgrade is free to existing Optics Pro 7 users and recent purchasers of Pro 6.

October 9
A sneak peek at our forthcoming camera test scene

As part of the development of connect.dpreview.com we've created a more advanced, more detailed test scene, which will be launched on dpreview.com soon. The new scene is roughly eight times larger (in area) than the existing test, allowing us to test to even higher resolutions than before, amongst other improvements. Click through for more details.

DxOMark Mobile will help power Connect reviews

DxO Labs has officially announced 'DxOMark Mobile' - its assessment of mobile phone image quality we're using here on Connect as part of our comprehensive cell phone reviews, such as the Apple iPhone 5 Review we published today.

Lytro provides more exposure control and additional colors

Lytro has announced an update that provides greater exposure control for its Light Field Camera. It will also be offering the 8GB version of the camera in two addition colors - Moxie Pink and Seaglass that will be availble from Target.com/CityTarget stores and the Lytro website respectively. The update, that will be available to all existing customers, adds a manual mode, that provides control over shutter speed and ISO (aperture always being wide open). If you decide to specify both parameters, it becomes possible to apply exposure compensation and apply the camera's built-in ND filter.

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Since the launch of the original iPad, Apple's tablet has held great appeal for photographers as a way to show off their work on a sleek, portable device. Yet, with the release of the third generation iPad and its high-resolution, wide gamut Retina display, the iPad can play an important role in the production workflow of any photographer.

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There's never been a better time to introduce Connect. Read on to find out why we're doing this, and why now ...

Apple iPhone 5 Camera Review

The iPhone 5, Apple's latest model, brings a larger screen, faster processor and redesigned camera compared to its predecessor. Read our full review to find out how its camera performs.

When you’re in the field, whether shooting on location or just meeting with your next client, gear that’s powerful and portable is a must. This is where tablets come in to make a photographer’s job easier. Our reviewer looks at five of the top of the line tablets.

How are camera makers working to match the convenience, flexibility and connectivity of smartphones?

The Nokia 808 PureView made headlines for its maximum resolution of 38MP. So what's behind the big numbers? Read our in-depth review to find out.

 
Apple acknowledges iPhone 5 lens flare

Apple offers solutions to purple flare on the iPhone 5: move.

Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to T-Mobile

Samsung's 'phablet' is coming to T-Mobile.

Here’s an off-the-wall idea for you: Take your phone into the ocean. Allan Hoffman shows you how.

App Review: Photogene for iPad

Photogene will appeal to users looking to approximate the flexibility of a full-fledged desktop photo editor on a tablet. 

Mobile photographers share iPhone 5 first impressions

What do mobile photographers think about the new iPhone 5? 

Tap into Mobile Photography: Matt Coch explains his Brooklyn Theory

New York-based photographer Matt Coch shoots and shares his own brand of NYC street photography every single day. We caught up with him recently to take a look at his work. 

A 'healthy' Hipstamatic releases app update, and more

Hipstamatic have a new app update out, and confirms major efforts still under way.

Photojournalist Dan Chung reflects on shooting the Olympics with an iPhone

Photojournalist Dan Chung used his iPhone to capture images of the 2012 Olympics. We find out: was the iPhone's performance medal worthy? 

Software Technique: Mike Hill takes us through 9 steps to spooky...

Getting this spooky shot involved more than just turning up and tripping the shutter. In this article, mobile photographer Mike Hill explains how he created this image with his iPhone 4S, taking us through his editing process in 9 steps. It took Mike seven apps and a lot of time to achieve this spooky, glowing look. Are you ready? 

Simple Photo Tips: Creative projects

Stuck in a rut? Feeling uninspired by your pictures? Try a short-term photo assignment that can get your creative juices flowing again.

Mobile photography: A new genre raises questions

Photographer Star Rush examines the art of mobile photography. What questions has this new genre raised, and what answers do we have so far? 

An iPhone, a second honeymoon and photography: Can they mix? Dean Holland tries two weeks in Vietnam shooting just with an iPhone. 

Mobile accessory review: Olloclip lens adapters for iPhone 4/4S

If you’re looking for a versatile iPhone 4/4S lens system that’s convenient to carry and use, you won’t find a better-designed device than the Olloclip. 

Mobile accessory review: Easy-Macro

If you love macro photography and the simple things in life, Easy-Macro is the rubber band for you. 

October 8
Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images

Just posted: Sony RX1 real-world sample images - now updated with high ISO samples. We've had the chance to shoot with a near-production RX1 and have started to put together a samples gallery. These are some of the first full resolution independent samples to be taken with an RX1. We've shot a range of subjects, both in good light and in low light at high ISOs. As usual we've included a range af apertures and focus distances too.

Getty Images' Flickr licensing deal reaches 1/2 million images

Getty Images' scheme for licensing images from the photo sharing site Flickr has added its 500,000th image. The half-millionth image was shot by system engineer and photo hobbyist 'Jiangang Wang' for Tianjin, China, of the Minato Mirai development in Yokohama, Japan. The licensing deal, started in June 2010, allows Flickr members to offer their images for licensing by Getty. If Getty chooses to accept the request, the photographer can choose how to license their images, at rates comparable to Getty's other images libraries.

Aptina details 1" sensor for mirrorless, bridge or broadcast-video cameras

Sensor maker Aptina has released more details of its two most recently-announced chips, including a 10MP, 1"-type sensor that uses its dynamic range-boosting DR-Pix technology. The company, which also makes the 1" sensors used in the Nikon 1 System cameras, is making this new sensor available to the wider market. It has also provided more detail about an 18MP 1/2.3" compact camera sensor that can shoot 1080p video with three different crops at up to 120 frames per second.

October 6
Book Review: The Practical Zone System for Film and Digital Photography

First developed by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer, the Zone System is one of the most enduring methods for understanding - and mastering - exposure. In the fifth edition of his well-regarded book 'The Practical Zone System for Film and Digital Photography' Chris Johnson explains why the Zone System, developed as paradigm for film shooters, can also be easily applied in the digital age. Adam Koplan takes a look.

October 5
Adobe expands DNG format with inclusion of smaller, Lossy DNG option

Alongside its ACR and Lightroom updates, Adobe has extended the specifications of the DNG format, including the creation of a more compact, Lossy DNG option. The format has also been extended to respect in-camera cropping and allow for the inclusion of full HDR data and the non-image areas around merged panoramas. We spoke to Lightroom Product Manager, Tom Hogarty, about the changes made in v1.4 and the reasons behind them.