December 11
Fujifilm X-E1 preview extended

Just Posted: an extensive update to our Fujifilm X-E1 preview. With a sensor and imaging pipeline that is identical to the X-Pro1's the X-E1 promises much of the X-Pro1's fun in a more compact and affordable package. We've been working with a production sample X-E1 for a couple of weeks and we've been working towards a full review, which we hope to publish early in the new year. In the meantime we've added seven pages to the preview, including our studio test shots and a sample gallery. Click through for a link to the expanded preview, including our 49-image real-world sample gallery. 

Twitter introduces photo filters

Twitter officially joins in the photo filter frenzy. 

December 10
Instagram update includes new filter, better camera

Biggest camera update in a year available for both Android and iOS.

Camera Awesome offers update, reports 9 million downloads

Tumblr integration and iPhone 5 optimization now available.

Apple and Google teaming up to buy Kodak patents

Financial news service Bloomberg is reporting Apple and Google are working together to purchase some of Kodak's imaging patents. The companies are said to be working together - lending more weight to reports in the Wall Street Journal from back in August. The story suggests the two companies, along with the groups of smaller companies with whom they'd been preparing bids, will offer more than $500m for the patents. Such a figure would give Kodak access to $830m of external funding that is dependent on the value of the patent deal.

Apple and Google buying up Kodak patents

The mobile giants are buying up rights to Kodak’s imaging technology.

Holiday apps for mobile photographers

Use these apps to send cards, create gifts and make your photos look a lot like Christmas.

We've rounded up some of the best mobile photography gifts of 2012.

Leica invites entries for its Oskar Barnack Award 2013

Leica has announced the Oskar Barnack Award 2013 international photo competition will open for entries from January 15th, with a first prize worth €15,000 (~ $19,400). The 2013 winner will receive a Leica M digital rangefinder and lens in addition to a €5000 (~ $6500) cash prize. To enter, participants need to submit a portfolio of up to twelve images expressing 'the interaction between man and the environment.' In addition, the Newcomer award, open to photographers under 25 years of age, offers a Leica rangefinder camera and lens as the prize. Submissions are open until 1st March 2013.

December 7
The Atlantic's In Focus publishes its Year in Photos 2012

The Atlantic's excellent 'In Focus' photo blog has published the third and final part of its 2012 Year in Photos. The three-part series includes 135 images from around the world, covering a great breadth of events and subjects. As you'd expect of such a review, there are some occasionally graphic images that some readers may find disturbing but there are also some astonishing photos giving a surprising views of other countries and cultures.

Will Google+'s strong network of photographers adopt new Communities feature?

Quick Review: KitCam for iOS

One of our favorite iOS apps just got an update.

App roundup: Accessory apps for the mobile photographer

From light meters to contract creators, these apps boost to your on-the-go photographic endeavors.

GoPano releases 360-degree video lens for iPhone 5

Lens shoots panoramic video with the GoPano app.

December 6
Home decor with a Hipstamatic spin?

Hipstamatic expands Print Lab to home decor and luggage lines.

Nik Software’s mobile photo editor is now free for both Android and iOS.

InstaCRT app snaps a picture of your picture

Send your smartphone snap to Sweden for a DSLR image of your photo snapped from a CRT screen.

College Humor parodies Instagram and Nickelback simultaneously

"Look at this Instagram" pokes fun at the photographic social network.

Fotodiox announces WonderPana 145 and 66 filter kits for wide-angle lenses

Adapter and accessory maker Fotodiox has announced two adapters to enable the use of filters with wide-angle lenses that have large convex front elements. The WonderPana Filter systems are based around adapter hoods that allow 145mm circular filters or 6.6" rectangular filters to be used, via an adapter. Each system comes with a lens cap that mounts on the hood, allowing the lens to be stored and protected without needing to repeatedly remove the adapter hood. A variety of adapter and filter kits are available for a range of Super-wide and Ultra-wide lenses.

Steve McCurry talks to about his work, and why he blogs

Steve McCurry, the award-winning photographer responsible for the iconic 'Afghan Girl' portrait for National Geographic, has given an interview about his work and why, despite his fame, he maintains a blog of his latest images. In the interview, on the official Wordpress blog, McCurry explains how photography as a career has changed over the course of the past few decades, and the vital role now played by the Internet. Click through for extracts and a link to the full interview at, and to Steve's own blog. 

December 5
Just Posted: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 ED VR Samples Gallery

The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 ED VR arrived in our Seattle office a few days ago and since then we've been shooting with it as much as possible. We've put together a gallery of 34 images, shot with the new lens mounted on the 36MP Nikon D800. As well as straight-from-the-camera JPEGs, we've also converted several Raw files, and have made 'to taste' adjustments to give a clearer picture of how the lens is performing. Click through for a link to the gallery. 

Hipstamatic alternatives for Android

Our reviewer sees if he can get the look of Hipstamatic on his Android device.

Instagram disables photo display on Twitter

Soon, your Instagram photos won't be displayed on your Twitter feed.

DxO Optics Pro 8.1 offers Sony NEX-6 and Olympus PEN support

DxO Labs has updated its Optics Pro Raw conversion software to version 8.1, adding support for five cameras: the Sony NEX-6, Olympus PEN E-PL5 and E-PM2, and Canon Powershot G15 and S110. An enhanced print module now offers colour management and sharpness adjustment for printing, and there's also an option to output JPEG or TIFF files with EXIF data removed. The software is available immediately from the DxO Labs online store, with a special end of year price through to December 25th 2012.

Mobile accessory review: Industrial Revolution Pedco Cellpod

The Cellpod was one of the first smartphone camera tripods: Does it still stand up to the competition?

Updated: DSLR and Lens Buying Guides

We've just updated our DSLR and lens buying guides to cover recent developments in both product segments. Our buyers' guides are intended to provide a helping hand when it comes to deciding what to buy, and include summaries of some of the main things to look for, and explanations of the strengths and weaknesses of various options as well as common terminology. Click through for links to our updated versions of both articles. 

December 4
Buying an ILC

So you've decided to invest in a digital SLR, but the huge range of models and technical jargon are confusing you? This article will take the pain out of choosing the perfect digital SLR for you, whether you're a seasoned shooter or a total novice.

New York Post sensationalizes photo of man killed by subway train

A New York tabloid newspaper has caused controversy by publishing an image of a man about to be killed by a subway train on its front cover, along with a dramatic headline. The image shows a subway train bearing down on a man who'd been pushed into its path. The paper's handling of the story has been widely criticized and it raises a range of issues over the actions of all the parties involved. Journalism school The Poynter Institute has an interesting summary, separating the different aspects about a controversy that brings a lot of difficult questions about photojournalism and news reporting. What do you think?

Just Posted: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Preview Samples

We've just posted a gallery of shots from Sigma's new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM prime lens, showing off its capabilities in a range of different environments, across its aperture range. We were very excited to start using this lens, and so far, it doesn't disappoint. Our gallery contains 23 photographs taken using the Canon EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III, and includes several images converted from Raw. A full review is on its way before the end of the year, but for now, we hope you enjoy our gallery of initial images. Click through for a link to the gallery. 

Eye-Fi launches new cloud storage service

Circ open for beta testing; promises unlimited video and photo storage for free.

Canon adds Pixma MG6320, MG5420 and iP7220 printers, plus CanoScan 9000F Mk II

Canon has added three wireless Pixma photo printers and a CanoScan photo scanner to its imaging products range. The Pixma MG6320 (MG6350 in Europe) and MG5420 (MG5450 in Europe) are wireless photo all-in-ones (combined scanner/printers)while the Pixma iP7220 (iP7250) is a standalone wireless photo printer. The MG5420 and iP7220 are five ink printers (CMYK plus pigment black), while the MG6320 adds a grey ink. All three printers can be used to print wirelessly from Canon's latest Wi-Fi models such as the PowerShot S110 and EOS 6D. The CanonScan 9000F Mark II is a standalone scanner with film adapter, allowing film to be scanned at up to 9600 x 9600dpi.

Digital camera lens buying guide

In this guide we'll lead you step-by-step through the process of understanding the different kinds of lenses available for both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, and choosing the right one for your needs.

App roundup: Nighttime mobile photography for iOS

What apps are best for shooting in low light with your iPhone? 

Nokia sells its headquarters

After 15 years, Nokia sells its 48,000-square-meter office building in Finland, which it will now lease.

The Beat shows geotagged Instagram photos on Google Street View

Rutgers University project shows you global hashtag “beats.”

Evernote updates Skitch for Android and Windows 8

The photo editing and sharing service brings back some old features.

December 3
MindShift Rotation180 - an outdoor bag from the people behind Think Tank

MindShift Gear, a bag brand co-founded by Think Tank Photo, has announced a project to fund its first bag - the Rotation180° - on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. The Rotation180° appears to build on Think Tank's Rotation360° concept, giving access to your camera without having to take the bag off, but adds outdoor-friendly features such as a pocket for a hydration pack and full weather cover. The project requires a $389 pledge to receive the Rotation180° bag, with another $100 bringing more accessories.

Fujifilm delays XF14mm F2.8 in light of XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS success

Fujifilm has announced it is delaying the introduction of its XF 14mm F2.8 prime lens by a month so it can concentrate production on the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS. The 14mm (21mm equivalent) prime lens is the first in the X-mount lineup to feature a pull-back focus ring that engages manual focus and reveals distance markings to allow use of its depth-of-field scale. It will now start to become available from late January 2013. Meanwhile we've been shooting with the 18-55mm zoom and will include a gallery of images along was an expanded XE-1 preview later this week.

Just Posted: Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review

Just Posted: Our review of the Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, prepared in partnership with DxOMark. In the last of our mini-series examining superzoom lenses for SLRs, we take a look at how Tamron's contender compares to its Sigma and Nikon counterparts that we reviewed recently. This type of all-in-one travel and 'walkaround' lens is enduringly popular, but how does this two-year-old design stand up against its brand-new competitors?

Look Lock smartphone holder for DSLRs keeps subjects focused

Accessory uses mobile phones to hold subject's attention.

Pixel Heritage for Windows 8 is a blast from the not-so-distant past

App makes your photos look like they were taken on old Nokia phones.

App makes big promises -- including a fix for purple haze -- but does it deliver?

App released for Windows 8 takes photos with voice activation

ReadyClick lets you snap your shot hands-free.

Video shows BlackBerry 10's Time Shift camera

Time Shift for BlackBerry 10 changes multiple faces in a group shot to create the best photo.

Toshiba scales down sensor for mobile

New smaller sensor implements backside illumination and color noise reduction.

December 1
2012 Holiday Gift Guide

It's holiday season, which means it's time to start buying presents for friends and loved ones. Photography is an expensive hobby, and finding the right gift for the photographer in your life can be tough, but not everything costs thousands of dollars. In this quick guide we've tried to provide some inspiration by rounding up 14 potential gifts that we'd be pleased to find under our trees (virtual or actual) on Christmas morning. We hope you enjoy it!

November 30
Apple Raw update brings support for 8 cameras, including Sony A99

Apple has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02, adding support for 8 cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. The update includes support for many recently-announced cameras including the Sony Alpha SLT-A99, NEX-6, Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, but does not yet support recent high-end Fujifilm models.

Woven app puts photos from mobile devices on Samsung Smart TVs

The free app for iOS and Android allows for easy in-home photo sharing.

Old Razr photos fodder for new book

Artist found photos on old, resold Razr phones and collected them for a book.

November 29
CNET: How smartphones are changing weddings

What are the benefits of “unplugged” weddings?