March 5
JackPod will put a tripod mount on any smartphone

JackPod fits into the headphone output of any smartphone and attaches to a standard tripod screw.

Which mobile platform is best for photographers?

We take a look at what the Google Play store, Apple App Store and Windows Store offer photographers.

Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix A preview - hands on with the DX compact

We've had a chance to use the Nikon Coolpix A - the company's DX-format, fixed-lens compact. The Coolpix A features a 16MP APS-C sensor with no optical low-pass filter and a 28mm equivalent F2.8 prime lens. Nikon has done a lot of work to make the Coolpix A consistent with its DSLRs, from its interface to its compatibility with accessories. Click through for more.

Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Nikon Coolpix P330

We've just posted a hands-on preview of Nikon's latest small form-factor compact, the Coolpix P330. Externally almost identical to its predecessor the P310, the P330 features a larger 1/1.7" BSI-CMOS sensor and raw capture mode - two additions that should make it much more popular with enthusiasts, as well as putting it in direct competition with Canon's popular PowerShot S110. We've spent a little time with the P330, and for more details, images and specifications, click through to read our hands-on preview. 

Editor's opinion: Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 G ED VR will be eagerly welcomed by many enthusiast and professional Nikon photographers who've been waiting for a replacement for its 12 year-old predecessor. The original 80-400mm was Nikon's first lens to offer vibration reduction but the intervening years have left it looking rather long in the tooth. The latest version boasts a new optical design, built-in SWM focus motor and much improved vibration reduction. In this short article, Barnaby Britton gives his opinion. 

Nikon launches 16MP DX-format Coolpix A and P330 enthusiast compacts

Nikon has unveiled its first DX-format compact, the Coolpix A, alongside the enthusiast-focused Coolpix P330. The Coolpix A fits a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter behind a 28mm equivalent, F2.8 prime lens. The Coolpix P330, meanwhile, gains a 1/1.7" sensor and Raw-shooting capability, over its predecessor. The Coolpix A will cost around $1100/£1000/€1100, while the P330 will retail for around $380/£350/€380.

Nikon unveils AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telezoom

Nikon has launched the AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a redesigned version of the 12-year-old 80-400mm VR. The G version features an entirely new optical formulation, ring-type AF-S focus motor and revamped VR system capable of a claimed four stops of stabilization.

Nikon UK launches Coolpix L320 superzoom, US announces Coolpix S3500

Nikon Europe has announced the Coolpix L320 CCD-based superzoom, while Nikon USA has announced the Coolpix S3500. The 16MP L320 features a 22.5–585mm equiv. zoom lens, 3.0" LCD, 720p HD recording and runs on two AA batteries. It will be available from the end of this month at a retail price of around £199.99. Nikon USA has announced the Coolpix S3500, revealed last week in Europe.

March 4
New Galaxy S4 will use front-facing camera for hands-free "eye scroll"

New York Times source claims Samsung's latest phone release is more software-focused.

Wacom to release multi-touch mobile tablet in summer 2013

Graphics tablet maker Wacom has announced on Facebook it will launch a mobile multi-touch tablet this summer. While it has not posted any details about this device, Wacom's social media post says it will include a pressure-sensitive pen, multi-touch options, an HD display and 'other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets'.

Canon develops high sensitivity full-frame CMOS sensor for video

Canon has developed a 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor designed for low-light video capture. The 16:9 sensor features a 1920x1080 pixel array, meaning each pixel measures a huge 19 microns along each edge - 7.5 times larger than the ones in the EOS-1D X. The large pixels and low readout-noise circuitry allow the sensor to capture light around 10 times less bright than current CCDs used for astronomy. The sensor will first be shown in public at a security show in Japan.

Photographers reveal life inside the notoriously secretive country. 

L.A. Times photographer describes his Oscars GoPro "fail"

Jay L. Clendenin's attempt to make a red carpet feature turned into a lesson on time-lapse photography. 

Phase One unveils IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic digital backs

Phase One has unveiled the Wi-Fi enabled IQ260, IQ260 Achromatic and IQ280 medium format digital camera backs. The 60MP IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic feature maximum shutter speeds of 1/10,000th of a second. The IQ260 Achromatic is a black-and-white version, with no color and IR filter. The cameras' wireless capabilities allow users to remotely capture and view images from iOS devices. All three backs feature 3.2" multi-touch rear screens with 1.15m dot resolution, and built-in accelerometers. They will be available from June 2013 at suggested retail prices starting from €29,990 /$39,990.

5 apps for better baby photos

Are you catching the best mobile baby shots you can? 

March 3

Last week Microsoft released the Windows Phone 8 version of its Photosynth app. We've tried it out for you.

March 1
Think Tank releases three accessories for camera bags

Think Tank has announced three new accessories for their camera bag line-up. The Low Rider Strap with a split-pad design attaches a second bag to one's main rolling luggage and is available for $29.75. The Pro DSLR Battery Holder, priced at $17.50 accommodates two full-sized DSLR battery packs. A limited edition Pixel Pocket Rocket holds CF and QXD memory cards. Priced at $18.75, this memory card holder was manufactured in just one production run and will be unavailable once the stocks runs out. European prices and availability information to be confirmed.

Photojournalist unexpectedly documents domestic violence

Freelance photojournalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz recently recounted the events that led to her presence during an incident of domestic violence. The harrowing images that she captured illustrate, among other things, the extent to which this photographer was able to 'blend' into the lives of her subjects, capturing a scene in which you'd imagine an outsider would be prohibited from documenting. Yet Lewkowicz's account has drawn online detractors who question whether intervention, not documentation was the appropriate response. Read on for more details.

Instagram concept camera gets closer to materializing in the marketplace.

Nikon School to start in London from April 2013

Nikon has announced the launch of its Nikon School in UK. The company's education and training program that has been popular in the US for a decade will start in London from April 2013. It will offer photography courses, from beginner to advanced, to product specific courses and workshops. The company is currently offering £20 discount for online bookings. Click through for more information and links to the School's website.

Muku Labs introduces smartphone lens set

Accessory maker showcases its case/lens combo at Mobile World Congress.

Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review

Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 review. 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 spent the past few weeks using the X-E1 intensely with the full range of lenses now available for the X-system, and have prepared a full in-depth review. Following the release of raw support from Capture 1 and much improved raw support from Adobe, the X-E1 (and X-Pro 1) just got a whole lot more appealing, too. Click through for a link to our full review. 

Panasonic says 20-inch, 4K tablet is perfect for photographers

Video released by the electronics manufacturer shows how high-resolution device might benefit photographers. 

PocketWizard PlusX transceiver for wireless flash and camera triggering

PocketWizard has added a budget model to its camera/flash radio trigger line: the PlusX 'auto-sensing' transceiver, that automatically switches between transmit and receive as needed. The PlusX offers the ability to trigger cameras and flashes over 10 radio channels. It features a side-profile design, backlit display, an internal antenna, and a dual-function LED indicating connection status plus battery life. PocketWizard PlusX will be available towards the end of March at a suggested retail price of $99. There is currently no information about the European price and availability.

February 28
Aptina signs patent cross-license agreement with Sony

Sensor maker Aptina has announced it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Sony, that provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio. This agreement gives two prominent sensor makers access to some of each other's technologies for future development of cameras and other imaging products.

Satechi introduces BT Smart Trigger wireless shutter release for Canon

Accessory maker Satechi has announced the BT Smart Trigger, an iOS-controlled Bluetooth 4.0 shutter release for Canon DSLRs. It features multiple shooting modes including timelapse and long exposures, via the free Smart Trigger app. The trigger has a claimed battery life of up to 10 years and range of 50 feet. It is currently available for an introductory price of $44.99. An Android-compatible version will be available from March 2013.

Is 'fixabilty' a factor for your next tablet purchase?

See which tablets scored best on's repairability scale. 

Filters range from vintage to futuristic and can be applied during video upload.

Samsung tells us to be ready for Galaxy '4'

Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy S4 in two weeks.

An Instagram feed you have to follow: @muradosmann

Photographer's feed is full of images of his girlfriend leading him around the world. 

Live from Mobile World Congress

Updated: We've got our hands on the latest smartphone and tablet tech in Barcelona, Spain.

YotaPhone: Two screens for the price of one

YotaPhone combines a conventional 4.3-inch LCD screen with an E-ink display to create a less battery-hungry smartphone.

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z tablet

Sony's new Xperia Z tablet looks like a desirable iPad alternative for Android users.

February 27
Toshiba shows-off Lytro-style Light Field module for mobiles

Toshiba Semiconductors has been demonstrating a sensor module for mobile phones that allows Lytro-style refocusable images. The company promises 2MP images from an 8MP sensor and is already working on a version with higher-resolution output. However, there's reason to believe such cameras would be even more prone to the drawbacks we identified in Lytro's camera. Click through to find out more.

GIF photo booths could be next party trend

PHHHOTO animates the photo booth. 

We get a closer look at what HTC is calling 'ultrapixel' technology at MWC. 

Binary pixel sensor tech to boost smartphone image quality

Tech promises better dynamic range and low-light capture for mobile devices.

Rambus unveils 'Binary Pixel' sensor tech for expanded dynamic range

US technology company Rambus has unveiled 'Binary Pixel' sensor technology, promising greatly expanded dynamic range for the small sensors used in devices such as smartphones. Current image sensors are unable to record light above a specific saturation point, which results in clipped highlights. Binary Pixel technology gets around this by recording when a pixel has received a certain amount of light, then resetting it and in effect restarting the exposure. The result is significantly expanded dynamic range from a single exposure. 

Adobe's advanced image editor Photoshop Touch is now available for smartphones. 

Social photo sharing giant says 100 million use app monthly.

University puts Android smartphone into orbit

A satellite with a Google Nexus One smartphone was successfully launched into space.

Morpho software aims to improve smartphone photos

New software betters image stabilization and HDR processing, can create a dramatic focal range. 

February 26
Hands-on with the Asus Padfone Infinity

From MWC: a closer look at the Asus Padfone Infinity phone/tablet 'transformer.'

New device takes photos with a flat, 'fully transparent' polymer sheet

Touch-free interface responds to gestures alone.

Mozilla to release its own mobile operating system

Firefox OS will debut on Alcatel One Touch Fire smartphone.

DxO tech to boost mobile imagery with better color, steadier video

DxO Labs expands its electronic image stabilization and color correction to smartphones using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.

Hands-on with the ZTE Grand Memo

We went to ZTE's launch of the Grand Memo at MWC and had a closer look at world's first Snapdragon 800 smartphone.

Adobe updated Raw support for Fujifilm X-Trans tested

The latest release candidates of Adobe Camera Raw (7.4) and Lightroom (4.4) include improved demosaicing logic for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor cameras, including the flagship X-Pro1. We found previous ACR versions struggled with fine detail and color accuracy, so were anxious to re-process our X-Pro1 files in ACR 7.4 RC. Is this the update X-Pro1 owners have been waiting for? Have a look at our results.

Adobe posts Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidates

Adobe has announced 'release candidate' versions of Lightroom 4.4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4. As usual, the latest near-complete versions add support for recent cameras. What makes this release especially significant, however, is improved support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor models, including the X-Pro1 and X-E1. The Lightroom update also corrects a series of bugs present in the current version of the software. As usual, release candidates are considered well tested but not final.

February 25
Ethics of prize-winning photo debated

A controversy over photojournalistic ethics and integrity has sprung up over the accusation that Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin misrepresented both the subject and context of an award-winning image. An image purporting to show a gun-wielding former Marine corps sniper in a rough neighborhood is actually of a former photojournalism student in a safe neighborhood. Was this simply poor record-keeping or a deliberate fabrication? Read on for more details.