July 18
Canon creates on-screen user-guides for EOS-1D X

Canon USA has published a series of user guides for its flagship EOS-1D X full-frame DSLR, in the form of HD videos that are designed to be played-back on the camera's rear LCD. There are 18 topics covered, including a series of videos looking at how to get the best out of the AF system. Canon video tutorials are also available for the EOS-1D Mark IV, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D. (From UnitedByPhotography, via CanonWatch)

Samsung launches MV900F flip-screen Wi-Fi compact

Samsung has announced the MV900F - a flip-screen 'MultiView' camera that adds the company's range of WI-Fi-capable 'Smart' models. The MV900F is built around a 16.3MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 5x, 25-125mm, F2.5-6.3 zoom lens. It also features a 3.3" OLED screen that can tilt up through 180° to allow for simple self-portraits. This capability is complemented by the addition of the company's app-mediated smartphone connectivity, allowing images to be easily transferred for upload to the Internet. The camera will be available from August at a recommended price of around $349.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 and DMC-FZ200 previewed, DMC-LX7 with samples

We've had a chance to use Panasonic's latest models, and have prepared previews of the DMC-LX7, DMC-G5 and DMC-FZ200. The LX7 is the company's latest pocketable enthusiast model, featuring an impressive F1.4-2.3 lens covering a 24-90mm equivalent range. We've included a real-world samples gallery, to show how it performs. We've also taken a detailed look at the G5, seeing how it compares to the G3 and what its more comprehensive feature set offers for photographers. Finally we look at the most interesting superzoom we've seen in quite some time - the DMX-FZ200 - a camera that puts lens brightness (and hence usability) ahead of offering the biggest possible zoom number. Click here for links to our previews

Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-LX7 with F1.4-2.3, 24-90mm equiv. lens

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-LX7 - the long-awaited update of its pocketable enthusiast compact camera. The LX7 features a slightly smaller sensor than the LX5, allowing it to offer the brightest lens of any compact camera with a really impressive F1.4-2.3 24-90mm equivalent range. The LX7 is based around a 10.1MP MOS sensor, rather than its predecessor's CCD, allowing it to offer 10 fps continuous shooting and 1080p60 movies (50p for European examples) in AVCHD Progressive format, or half that rate in MP4. It also gains an aperture ring around the lens, a 920k dot LCD, and finds room for stereo mics and a larger accessory port, allowing use with an optional high-res electronic viewfinder.

Panasonic launches Lumix DMC-G5 16MP mid-level mirrorless camera

Panasonic has formally unveiled the LUMIX DMC-G5, a mid-level mirrorless interchangable lens camera. The G5 is built around a 16MP LiveMOS sensor that the company implies hasn't been used in a G-series camera before. This, combined with the company's latest 'Venus Engine' allows the capture of 1080p video at 60 frames per second (50p in European examples). It also gains an additional control lever, higher-resolution 920,000 dot rear LCD and regains the eye-sensor to automatically switch between LCD and electronic viewfinder. In principle the G5 will sit above the existing G3 in the company's lineup. For more information, read our hands-on preview.

Panasonic reveals DMC-FZ200 high-end superzoom with constant F2.8 lens

Panasonic has revealed the Lumix DMC-FZ200 - a 24X superzoom with an impressive constant-F2.8 lens and high-resolution electronic viewfinder. That fast lens means that it should be easier to capture high-quality images at the full extent of the zoom, without having to use high ISO settings. It also has a 1.3m dot equivalent electronic viewfinder, as featured in the company's more expensive mirrorless cameras. It also has the ability to shoot at 12 frames per second and can capture 1080p video at 60fps or 720p at up to 120fps. The camera's 25-600mmm equivalent lens features an improved version of the company's highest-grade Power OIS stabilization system and 'Nano Surface Coating' to minimize lens flare. We've prepared a hands-on preview of the FZ200, which looks at what these features mean in the real world.

Panasonic develops 45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH tele-zoom for Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic has announced the LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS, a compact entry-level telephoto zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. At just 73mm/2.9" in length and weighing a mere 200g/7.1oz, it's the smallest lens in its class. It features a metal-clad barrel reminiscent of Sony's NEX lenses, includes optical image stabilization and Panasonic's Nano-Surface Coating to minimise flare, and will be available in either silver or black.

Panasonic creates DMC-FZ60 and FZ62 mid-price 16MP superzooms

Panasonic is to offer the Lumix DMC-FZ60, a mid-priced 24X superzoom with MOS sensor. The FZ60 doesn't retain the FZ200's constant-F2.8 lens or high-res viewfinder but its sensor allows it to capture full-resolution images at 10 frames per second and shoot 1080i60 movies (from 30p sensor output). European versions (called DMC-FZ62) will offer 1080i50 recording from 25p capture. The camera promises 450 shots per charge and features 'Nano Surface Coating' to minimize internal reflections in its 25-600mm equivalent lens.

Panasonic unveils Lumix DMC-SZ5 Wi-Fi capable compact superzoom

Panasonic has created the Lumix DMC-SZ5, a budget-conscious Wi-Fi compatible compact superzoom. The SZ5 is built around a 14MP CCD and a 10X, 25-250mm equivalent stabilized zoom, with the aim of offering the kind of zooming flexibility that a mobile phone can't match. The CCD means it can only produce 720p video at up to 30 frames per second. The SZ5 also features USB charging.

Panasonic offers Lumix DMC-LZ20 budget 21X CCD superzoom

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-LZ20, a 21x superzoom camera offering a 25-525mm equivalent lens range. The camera is based around a 16MP CCD sensor, limiting its video capabilities to 720p video at 30 frames per second. This, combined with a mid-resolution 460k dot rear screen suggest Panasonic is aiming for the more modestly-priced end of the market (though prices haven't yet been announced).

July 17
ACD Systems adds raw support for 14 cameras to Pro 5 and ACDSee 14

ACD Systems has announced updates bringing support for 14 additional cameras to ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 for Windows. ACDSee Pro v5.3 and ACDSee v14.3 both gain support for recent cameras such as the Nikon D800, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Canon PowerShot G1 X, Sony Alpha SLT-A57 and Pentax K-01. The latest builds, featuring the expanded Raw format support can be downloaded from ACD Systems' website now.

Pentax Ricoh: no decision made on future of Pentax compacts

Pentax Ricoh Imaging has said no decision has yet been made about dropping the Pentax name from compact cameras. Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported the company's President Noboru Akahane as saying that the Pentax name would be used only for DSLRs. This prompted much internet speculation about Pentax stopping compact camera production. However, the company says the quote that's been widely discussed was part of a fuller discussion and that 'the final decision has not been made.'

July 16
Samsung confirms lower price for 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera'

Samsung has confirmed a lower MSRP for the 12MP EX2F, launched earlier this month. Previously, the Korean manufacturer had indicated a US price of $549 but this has been revised to $499. The magnesium-bodied EX2F features a 1/1.7" 12.4MP BSI CMOS sensor and the fastest lens of any compact camera on the market - F1.4 at its widest 24mm equiv setting (slowing down to F2.7 at the 80mm equiv end). It will be available in August.

Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review

Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix S9300 review. We've collaborated with Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page to bring you a 9-page review of Nikon's latest travel-zoom compact camera, the 16MP S9300. We liked last year's S9100, and the newer model features the same 18X optical zoom lens, with the addition of a higher resolution sensor and GPS. So how does it perform overall? Read our 9-page review to find out. 

Portraiture exhibit that omits the subject

A celebrity portraiture series by photographer Robert Weingarten is on display at Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian museum. Weingarten's work is unusual in that his portraits do not include his famous subjects. Instead, he photographs individual objects and scenes that have informed the lives and achievements of his subjects and uses them to create a composite image in Photoshop, seeking a metaphorical, rather than representational portrait. Click here to see a video of Weingarten explaining his process and motivation.

Cosina announces Voigtländer Color Skopar SL II 28mm F2.8 lens

Cosina has announced the Voigtländer Color Skopar SL II 28mm F2.8 manual focus prime lens for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. The latest in Voigtländer's SL II range, it offers a wideangle 74.8° field-of-view on full-frame DSLRs or short-normal angle of around 53° on APS-C cameras. The lens will sell with a recommended retail price of €529 for Nikon, which includes an AIS chip to allow use of all metering modes, or €549 for the Canon version. No US price is yet available but we'd expect prices around $500.

July 13
Sigma US gives price for APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Sigma US has given details of the price and availability of the 180mm F2.8 macro lens for APS-C and full-frame DSLRs it announced in January. Featuring the company's Optical Stabilizer system, and three of its fluorite-like FLD glass elements, the APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is billed as the world's first 1:1 180mm F2.8 optic. It will be available in the US from July 27th, at a street price of $1699.

July 12
Concert Footage from Nokia 808 Pureview

Nokia-centric site All About Symbian has posted live concert video footage shot on-stage with the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone. The Nokia 808 has made headlines for its unusually large 41MP imaging sensor and 'PureView' technology, which oversamples to give high-quality 3-8MP output or crops to give effective zoom without having to drop to low pixel counts or upsample. It can also capture full HD video footage and its inbuilt stereo microphone can handle audio up to 140db (louder than a military jet). We'll be posting a report on the 808 soon but, in the meantime, click through to get a taste of the 808's video capabilities in a very challenging (and loud) environment. (via All About Symbian). 

Fujifilm gives more details of X-system lenses and accessories

Fujifilm has published a brochure giving more details of the lenses and accessories it has planned for the X-Pro1 and and any future X-system cameras. The brochure gives more details about the forthcoming XF lenses previously included on the company's lens roadmap, including images and specifications for the XF 14mm F2.8 R and XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 OIS. A revised version of the lens roadmap also includes ghosted images of the promised 23mm and 27mm lenses. It also reveals that the XF 14mm will have a focus distance scale - suggesting it may eschew the system's troubled focus-by-wire system.

July 11
Just posted: Fujifilm X10 in-depth review

Just Posted: Our in-depth review of the Fujifilm X10. It's been a long time coming, but we recently got our hands on a modified X10, which incorporates the sensor fix for the much-publicised 'white orbs' blooming issue. Since then, we've been working hard to incorporate our experiences with, and samples from the modified camera into this unavoidably-delayed review. Click here to read our full report on Fujifilm's flagship compact. 

Lexar promises XQD cards later in 2012

Memory card maker Lexar has announced it will start to offer XQD format cards later this year. The company says the cards will support the Nikon D4 and 'future XQD-based camera models,' and will be available from the third quarter of 2012. The XQD format was developed by companies including Sony and has been promoted through the Compact Flash Association. Despite this, Nikon is the only camera maker to have made use of the format so far. The format's popularity is likely to be defined by the level of manufacturer support seen at the forthcoming Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, this September, around which major models are usually launched.

DxO Optics Pro 7.5.2 gains Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic GF5 support

DxO Labs has released DxO Optics Pro v7.5.2, with this latest update adding support for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic DMC-GF5. The addition means the software can now process files from all Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds cameras. In addition, v7.5.2 brings support for Panasonic's CMOS-based DMC-FZ150 superzoom. As usual, a 30-day free trial is available and the update is free for all Optics Pro 7 customers and anyone who bought Optics Pro 6 after September 1st 2011.

Olympus issues OM-D E-M5 firmware v1.2

Olympus has announced a firmware update for its flagship OM-D E-M5 mirrorless camera. Firmware v1.2 promises to improve the camera's performance at re-waking from sleep mode and display the tracking focus point when shooting in low-speed continuous drive mode with continuous focus tracking enabled. Other listed fixes include the addition of features for use in underwater mode with the 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens. The update can be downloaded and installed via the Olympus Camera Updater software.

Nikon announces development of 800mm F5.6 VR super-telephoto lens

Nikon has announced it is developing an 800mm F5.6 image-stabilized super-telephoto lens for professional photographers. Details are sparse, beyond a couple of images and an intention that it will suit field sports, news and wildlife photographers. It will include an AF-S silent-wave focus motor and the company's Vibration Reduction stabilization system, as you might expect for a lens of this type. A prototype will be demonstrated at the Open Golf Championship in Lancashire, England between July 19th and 22nd, but no details of availability or price have been announced.

July 10
Canon launches Selphy CP900 Wi-Fi compact 4x6" photo printer

Canon has unveiled the Selphy CP900, a Wi-Fi-enabled dye-sub compact photo printer. The CP900 can print borderless 4x6" photos in as little as 47 seconds. The built-in screen and control interface allows you to browse computers on the same Wi-Fi network to locate your images. There are also iOS and Android apps that allow direct printing to the CP900. In addition to it Wi-Fi capabilities, the CP900 is also smaller and lighter than the existing CP800 model. An equivalent model has not been announced for Europe (though a non-Wi-Fi CP810 variant exists). The CP900 will cost around $100.

Canon announces Pixma MG4220, 3220 and 2220 all-in-one printer/scanners

Canon has announced three lower-end Pixma all-in-one printer/scanners - the MG4220, MG3220 and MG2220. All three are capable of 4800 x1200 dpi printing at up to 5 pages per minute (ISO) and scanning at 1200 x 2400 dpi. The MG4220 includes an integrated SD/MS card reader and 2.5" LCD screen, and is Wi-Fi compatible. The MG3220 keeps the Wi-Fi capability but loses the card reader and screen. Like the 4220, it can be used with both the Google Cloud Print service and Apple's AirPrint system. Finally, the MG2220 is a low-cost, non-Wi-Fi model. The models will sell for around $130, $80 and $70 respectively. No equivalent models have yet been announced for Europe.

Canon issues allergy warning for EOS 650D/Rebel T4i

Canon has issued a warning to owners of the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i that the rubber hand-grips of some models may turn white, and produce a chemical that can cause an allergic reaction. According to Canon, the chemical, zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), is not used in the production of the camera but is a potential by-product of a chemical reaction between other substances found in the hand-grip. Click through for full details. 

July 9
Researchers follow the noise to find composite images

Researchers at the University of Albany have developed an efficient and automatic process for identifying composite images, based on the different noise patterns between the two images. In a paper presented at the IEEE's International Conference on Computational Photography, a team led by Siwei Lyu showed they were able to find and locate composited material in images from an online 'Photoshopping' contest site worth1000.com. The team's algorithm exploits the tendency for image noise (regardless of source) to have a characteristic shape (kurtosis). Scanning the image for areas with different noise patterns allows the system to identify non-original content.

Nik Software announces HDR Efex Pro 2 with improved tone-mapping

Nik Software has announced HDR Efex Pro 2, an update of its high dynamic range software package. The latest version features a range of updates, including an improved tone-mapping engine that promises better color rendering. The user interface and workflow have also been re-worked to make the process simpler, with a host of features added to provide increased control and image quality. HDR Efex Pro 2 will cost $99.95/€99.95, with upgrades around half that price and free upgrades for customers who bought version 1 after June 9th.

Behind the photo: Apple's Retina MacBook Pro zebras...

When Apple's new MacBook Pro with 'retina' screen was launched recently, it was displayed with an arresting image as a desktop background, showing zebras galloping through long grass. In this article the photographer behind the photograph, UK-based Steve Bloom, explains how he got the shot.

Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken
You may have seen the picture of zebras being used to demonstrate the incredible quality of Appleā€˜s new MacBook Pro Retina display. Here is the story behind the making of the picture as told by the photographer, Steve Bloom.
July 6
Photographer explains controversial Team USA Olympic Portraits

Photographer Joe Klamar's portraits of US Olympic atheletes have caused a lot of controversy this week, especially in the USA. Many commentors have dismissed his images as unprofessional at best, and at worst unpatriotic. Others have defended Klamer, arguing that his apparently unpolished images represent a deliberate attempt to challenge the conventions of portrait photography. The truth, it turns out, is more mundane. Click through for the full story, in his own words. (via Petapixel)

Photoshop CS6: Martin Evening's Top 5 Features for Photographers

The latest release of Photoshop - CS6 - included a range of additional tools likely to be handy for photographers. In this article, photographer and Photoshop expert Martin Evening builds on our walk-through article with a more detailed look at how he uses Photoshop CS6's photography-oriented features. If you've not yet grasped the additional creative options and time savings that CS6 can bring, through tools such as context-aware patch or the adaptive wide-angle filter, Evening shows where they can be used.

Firmware updates from Nikon and Sigma: D4, SD1 and SD1 Merrill updated

Nikon has updated the firmware of its D4 professional SLR to version 1.02, allowing more-vivid display of images shot in the Adobe RGB colour space, improving the stability of FTP upload connections and fixing various other minor issues. Meanwhile Sigma has released firmware updates for its SD1 and SD1 Merrill SLRs (versions 1.07 and 1.02 respectively), both of which promise to improve startup times, allow a dedicated flash to be used in manual mode with mirror lockup, and fix various bugs. Click through for links to download the updates.  

July 5
Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix P510 Review

Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix P510 review. The 16 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P510 sports a 42X optical zoom, covering a currently unmatched focal range of 24-1000mm (equivalent). As well as an extended zoom range compared to its predecessor the P500, the new model also features a new 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, and a handful of new features and enhancements, including GPS with logging and (according to Nikon) improved image stabilization compared to the P500. So how does it stack up? Click here to find out.

Reuters to use robotic DSLRs for Olympics coverage

Two photographers for international news agency Reuters are taking robotically-controlled DSLRs to the London Olympics, which starts later this month. Fabrizio Bensch and Pawel Kopczynski are rigging the cameras into fully-articulating mounts, which they will be able to control remotely by computer, using a joystick. As well as camera orientation, they will also be able to zoom the lenses attached to the cameras and - of course - trigger exposure. (via Petapixel)

July 4
Do-It-Yourself lights for product photographers: step-by-step tutorial
This step-by-step "behind the scenes" tutorial shows how to produce a stunning product shot on a very modest budget using ONLY household lights from a home improvement store plus some creativity.
Canon EOS 650D preview updated with studio and real-world samples

Updated: We've had a production sample Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i for a few days now, and we've been busy running it through our usual studio and real-world tests, ahead of a full review. We've updated our previously-published preview with a gallery of 27 real-world samples from the production camera, both JPEG and converted Raw, and included some Raw files for you to examine yourselves. We've also added the 650D to our studio comparison database, allowing you to check out how it compares to its peers and predecessors in our standard studio test scene. Click through to see the additional samples.

July 3
Samsung releases 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera'

Samsung has launched the EX2F, sucessor to its EX1 high-end compact camera. The magnesium-bodied EX2F features a 1/1.7" 12.4MP BSI CMOS sensor and the fastest lens of any compact camera on the market - F1.4 at its widest 24mm equiv setting (slowing down to F2.7 at the 80mm equiv end). ISO sensitivity can be extended up to ISO 12,800 and as well as various still image modes the EX2F can also capture full HD 1080/30p video. The 'F' in the model name designates Wi-Fi and, as we'd expect from Samsung in 2012, the EX2F features the full complement of 'Smart' options offered by its high-end NX cousins, including Mobile Link, Remote Viewfinder, Email and Auto Backup. The EX2F will be priced at $549 and will be available in August.

July 2
Weekend Site Issues

As a result of technical failures resulting from the storms that hit the eastern United States this weekend, some users may have experienced various problems with the site over the past 72 hours. Issues may have included slow page loading times, missing image thumbnails, dead links and temporary unavailability of our forums. We've been working hard to return everything to normal, but if these issues persist, or if you continue to experience performance or functionality problems with other areas of the site, please feel free to send feedback via the link at the bottom of this page.

Canon issues product advisory for PowerShot S100

Canon has issued a product advisory for the PowerShot S100 compact camera. According to Canon, some cameras are prone to a lens defect which is caused by a component part coming loose in the interior of the lens. This is more likely to happen in certain environmental conditions such as high temperature and/or humidity. Canon promises to repair affected cameras regardless of the warranty status. This appears to be a separate issue to the lens decentering problems that plagued our experience with the S100 when we reviewed it late last year.  

Sony announces 168MB/s 'S Series' XQD cards for Nikon D4 shooters

Sony has launched second-generation 'S' series XQD memory cards capable of sustained read-write speeds of 168MB/s, making them the fastest cards of any format. A 64Gb card will be available from July 2012, with a 128Gb version following in September/October. Sony talks about sports photographers achieving their best performances this summer - suggesting the company isn't an Olympic sponsor and hence isn't allowed to associate itself with the games. Prices have not been announced.

July 1
Just Posted: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 Sample Images

Just posted: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 prime lens sample images. We've been using the Olympus prime lens for the last few days and have prepared a quick sample gallery using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and GX1. These samples have been shot at a variety of apertures in a range of lighting conditions, intended to highlight the lens' portraiture capabilities.

June 30
Scientists demonstrate 'paint-on' batteries

Scientists in Texas have demonstrated a way of 'painting' rechargeable lithium-ion batteries onto surfaces, greatly expanding the potential for future development of portable electronics. The team, from Rice University, has succeeded in painting batteries onto a range of different surfaces, including common household objects, with 'no surface conditioning'. The batteries are made up of five layers measuring just 0.5mm thick in total and, according to the scientists that developed the technology, can be fabricated using conventional spray-painting equipment and techniques.

June 29
Lytro's Ren Ng steps down as CEO to 'focus on product vision'

Lytro's founder Ren Ng has stepped down as CEO to focus on 'product vision, technology, and strategic direction for the company' in his new role as Executive Chairmen. The innovative California-based company was formed by Ng in 2006, and earlier this year released its first product, the Lytro light field camera. In a blog post on the company's website, Ng makes it clear that he will remain on staff as a full-time employee, '100% focussed on Lytro'. In the meantime, an interim CEO - former Executive Chairman Charles Chi - has been appointed ahead of a full-time replacement for Ng. 

Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15/TZ25 Review

Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15/TZ25 review. We've collaborated with Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page to bring you a 9-page review of the 'little brother' to Panasonic's top-end ZS20 travelzoom, the more affordable ZS15. The 12MP ZS15 features a 16X optical zoom range that spans 24-383mm (equivalent) but lacks the built-in GPS of its more expensive sibling. So how does it perform overall? Read our 9-page review to find out. 

Sigma USA announces price and availability of DP2 Merrill

Sigma USA has announced the price and availability of its DP2 Merrill large sensor, fixed lens 14.6x3MP camera. The DP2 M will be available from July 12th at an estimated street price of $999 (this being the price you're likely to pay, rather than the sometimes fanciful MSRP figures). The DP2 M is major step forward for the DP2 concept, featuring a larger, APS-C sized Foveon sensor, high resolution, 921k dot LCD and a newly-developed telecentric 30mm F2.8 lens, giving a 45mm equivalent field of view.

Music photographers rebel over 'rights grabbing' contracts

According to a report in the British Journal of Photography, press photographers in the UK are being called on to boycot the high-profile reunion tour of 80s/90s rock band The Stone Roses over the conditions of contracts being handed out at shows. The National Union of Journalists is backing a call for photographers to boycott the concerts over shooting contracts that appear to remove the right of the signee to sell their images for editorial use. Former professional music photographer Barnaby Britton gives his take on the brewing controversy. 

June 28
Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review

Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review. The X-Pro1 is Fujifilm's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and it aims straight for the high-end camera enthusiast as the equally classically-styled X100 before it. However, far from simply being a 16MP X100 with interchangeable lenses, the X-Pro1 also features characteristically adventurous Fujifilm technology: a X-Trans CMOS sensor. This uses a non-standard color filter array which promises less susceptibility to moiré, avoiding the need for a low-pass filter - promising sharper images. Fujifilm has announced an impressive XF lens roadmap, so is it done justice by the first X-mount body? Read our review to find out.

Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2

Canon has announced a firmware update that will add a series of features to the EOS 7D. In an unusual move for a camera that has been on the market for almost three years, Canon is performing the most comprehensive firmware upgrade we can remember. This includes improved continuous-shooting buffer depth (to 25 Raws, up from the original 15), customizable Auto ISO, control of audio recording level for video and the ability to re-process Raws and rate images in-camera. The update will also enable the use of the GP-E2 GPS module. It will be available from August 2012.