February 22
Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue

Nikon has released a service advisory for its D600 digital SLR, addressing dust and dirt accumulation on the camera's sensor. Based on user complaints, Nikon has belatedly acknowledged that dust removal 'may be difficult using normal measures' and advises customers to contact their nearest Nikon service center if they experience this problem. Service centers will examine and service such cameras 'as needed.' Click through for more details, and links to the service advisory.

Chromebook Pixel to debut intelligent photo app

Pixel users will have first go at app that offers instant upload of full-res images to G+ and intelligent selection of your best shot.

Nikon and Microsoft sign patent deal over Android-based camera

Nikon has signed a licensing deal with Microsoft to cover the use of patented technologies in its Android-based cameras. The deal is the latest instance of Microsoft pursuing makers of Android devices, claiming patent infringement. Despite free access being one of the founding ideas of Google's Android operating system, Microsoft has been increasingly successful in convincing manufacturers of Android devices that they need to strike licensing deals for some of its technologies.

New tech can create 'more realistic or enhanced lighting' on mobile photos.

Just posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review updated with lens data

We've updated our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review with an additional page of lens data, brought to you in collaboration with DxOMark. The RX1's headline feature may well be its 24MP full frame image sensor, but the fixed Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens is an equally crucial part of its imaging chain. We've added a full set of technical lens measurements to our review to illustrate how it performs, presented in our unique data widget. You can also see how it measures up against the best 35mm lenses available for SLRs.   

Sigma USA announces price and availability of DP3 Merrill

Sigma USA has announced the price and availability of its DP3 Merrill large sensor, fixed lens compact. The camera will be available from March 2013 at an estimated street price of $999. It is nearly identical to the earlier DP Merrill models featuring the familiar 15x3MP APS-C Foveon X3 sensor, but with a 50mm (75mm equiv.) F2.8 lens. In the UK, meanwhile, the DP3 Merrill will be priced at £799.99 (the same as the DP1 and DP2 Merrill models).  

February 21
Flickr for iOS gets more social

Flickr's latest update for its iOS app includes volume snap integration, better lightbox resolution.

320-gigapixel photo of London is the world's largest panoramic photo

A 320-gigapixel image taken from top of London's BT Tower has set the world record of the largest panoramic photo. It breaks the previous record set by a 281-gigapixel electron micrograph of a zebrafish embryo taken in 2012. The London image was shot by panorama specialists 360 Cities and is made up of 48,640 individual frames. To get an idea of just how large this photograph is, BT says if it was printed at 'normal resolution' the photo would measure measure 98 x 24 metres.Click through for pictures and more information on the hardware used to make the image. 

Nikon posts sample images from new D7100

Nikon has just posted a small 6-image sample gallery from the new D7100. The D7100 is a 24MP, APS-C DSLR that does not feature an optical low-pass filter on its sensor. Theoretically, this should increase detail resolution. As well as an unconventional sensor, the D7100 offers a 51-point AF system and a 1.3X crop mode in stills and video capture. The images that Nikon has posted were taken in .NEF Raw mode with the D7100 fitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR.

Will you pay $125,000 for Canon's Mixed Reality headset?

Canon’s Mixed Reality headset will be available on March 1st.

A smartphone, a DSLR and 40 weddings photographed in one day

Photographer Kevin Kuster shares his experience shooting 40 wedding portraits in one day.

Lion attempts to snack on GoPro camera

Spectacular footage from photographer Chris Bray shows a lion trying to eat a GoPro camera.

Xenon flashes are brighter than LED but not common on super thin mobile devices. 

Google Drive's Android app now allows for view streaming, meanwhile photo navigation will become easier on the browser. 

Levitation photography made simple with Snapheal

Photographer Luke Sharratt has paired with Snapheal to show the desktop app in action. 

59% of top brands are on Instagram

More top companies are using Instagram to reach customers. 

Sigma introduces Photo Pro 5.5 with Monochrome mode

Sigma has released version 5.5 of its Photo Pro raw processing software, which adds a monochrome processing mode for cameras with the 15x3MP Foveon sensor - i.e. the SD1, SD1 Merrill, DP1 Merrill, DP2 Merrill and DP3 Merrill. It's also now compatible with Windows 8. The software is available now from Sigma's website - click through for more details and download links. 

Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview

Just Posted: We've had a chance to get our hands on the Nikon D7100 - the company's latest mid-range DSLR. The D7100 looks a lot like the popular D7000 but has been completely overhauled internally. Central to its feature set is a 24MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, promising high resolution captures. It also gains a 51-point autofocus system and 1.3x crop mode for both stills and video capture, amongst other upgrades. Click here to find out what we thought.

Nikon unveils D7100 mid-level 24MP APS-C DSLR with no low-pass filter

Nikon has announced the D7100 - a 24MP mid-range, enthusiast-focused APS-C DSLR. The D7100 promises high resolution by making do without an optical low-pass filter in front of its 24MP CMOS sensor. It gains a more sophisticated 51-point autofocus system and a 7fps 1.3x cropped shooting mode that provides a 2x crop compared to a 35mm system. The D7100 has a recommended price of $1,599/£1,299/€1,399 with 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens.

Nikon announces advanced WR-1 radio remote control

Alongside the D7100, Nikon announced the WR-1 Transceiver, a unique radio-frequency wireless remote control. Able to remotely control multiple cameras capturing stills and videos, and even time-lapse sequences, the Nikon WR-1 Transceiver mounts on the camera's hot shoe, but communicates via a cable attached to the master camera. Expected to retail for £649.99 in the UK, the WR-1 will ship in March 2013 (US pricing has yet to be announced).

Nikon Europe releases Coolpix S3500 compact camera

Nikon Europe has announced the Coolpix S3500. Available in multiple colors, the entry-level compact features a 20MP CCD sensor, 2.7" LCD, 720p HD recording and is compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards. It will be available from the end of this month at a retail price of £129.99. Click through to read the press release.

February 20

Video gives a user perspective of Google's wearable interactive camera.

Aquatic drone splashes around while taking photos

The Ziphius camera is controlled by and Apple or Android mobile device.

Videos wanted for International Smartphone Film Festival

The event, hosted in Seoul, South Korea, calls for short smartphone movies from around the world.

Sony announces NEX-3N 16MP entry-level mirrorless camera

Sony has announced the NEX-3N, its entry-level NEX camera, replacing the NEX-F3. The 3N is, as before, aimed at users stepping up from compact cameras and gains a compact-style zoom lever around its shutter button. It features a smaller body than the F3, and Sony says it is the smallest, lightest mirrorless camera to feature an APS-C sensor, despite featuring a built-in flash. The camera will be bundled with the e-mount 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens, to make the most of the camera's zoom control.

Sony announces SLT-A58 20MP mid-level DSLR-style camera

Sony has announced the Alpha SLT-A58, a mid-range SLT camera with a newly-developed 20MP sensor. The A58 will replace both the A37 and A57 models, helping to simplify the company's lineup. The A58 builds on the A57's feature set and gains an SVGA (800x600 pixel) OLED viewfinder, rather than its predecessors' LCDs. It gains a new lock-on focus mode and Auto Object Framing mode - an extension of the auto portrait mode in the A57. It will be sold with a redesigned DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II kit lens that offers quieter autofocus. The camera is not being launched in the USA at this point.

Sony has revealed the Planar T* 50mm F1.4 and 70-400mm F4.5.6 G SSM II

Sony has revealed the Zeiss-branded Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM and 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II A-mount lenses, alongside a redesigned DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II entry-level kit zoom. The redesigned 70-400mm telephoto zoom offers faster autofocus than the existing version and comes in a white body that matches the recent 70-200mm and 500mm G lenses. Meanwhile, the 50mm F1.4 features a dust and moisture resistant design and quiet autofocus.

Sony launches Cyber-shot WX300, HX300 and TX30 compact cameras

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-WX300, DSC-HX300 and DSC-TX30 compact cameras. The HX300 is a 50x superzoom with a 24-1200mm equivalent lens in front of a 20MP CMOS sensor. Meanwhile the WX300 is a Wi-Fi compact superzoom that Sony says is the slimmest 20x camera. It has an 18MP CMOS chip behind its 25-500mm equiv. lens. Finally, the tough, waterproof card-style TX30 shares the same sensor and offers a 26-130mm equiv zoom. The three models are not currently being announced in the USA.

Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review

Just posted: Our review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1. The RX1 is one of the most ambitious cameras Sony has ever built: a full-frame compact with a fixed 35mm F2 lens. Those specifications make the RX1 a high-end, niche camera, as its $2,800/€3,100/£2,600 price tag confirms. So how does it perform? We've run the RX1 through our standard tests and looked into its performance and what this unique camera offers. Click here to see what we found.

February 19
3D printing pen lets you build your own sculptures in thin air

The 3Doodler is now available for preorder through Kickstarter.

Billingham marks 40 years of history

UK camera bag manufacturer Billingham is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and its new 2013 catalogue highlights the development of its products released from 1973 to the present. Billingham was founded in 1973 in the West Midlands, in England. As well as an interesting overview of the company's history, Billingham's 2013 brochure also includes information about and specifications of all current models of bags and optional accessories along with details about the materials and construction methods used in the creation of its premium products. Click through for a link to the catalogue. 

Ubuntu shows off tablet operating system

Video shows founder Mark Shuttleworth walking through the new tablet interface.

Nvidia announces high-powered chipset and new mobile photography software

The new tiny quad-core processor for smartphones will run always-on HDR and tap-to-track focus.

Samsung launches Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Camera

Samsung has launched a Wi-Fi only version of its Galaxy Camera.

Samsung announces Wi-Fi-only version of Galaxy Camera

Samsung has announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Galaxy Camera. It shares the same feature-set as the 3G and 4G versions announced last August, including a 21x, 23-481mmm equivalent zoom lens on the front with a 4.8" touchscreen on the back. It runs Android 4.1 (known as Jelly Bean), the latest version of the operating system. There is currently no information on price or availability.

LG may have more in store at Mobile World Congress

The South Korean company is poised to announce new products at next week’s event.

A new sensor approach, fast F2.0 lens and optical image stabilization make the HTC One 2013's most interesting camera phone so far.

Olympus USA announces XZ-10 enthusiast compact

Olympus USA has announced the launch of the Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact, just three weeks after it was introduced to the rest of the world. A cheaper companion to the XZ-2, it's built around a 26-130mm equivalent F1.8-2.7 lens, coupled with a 12MP 1/2.3" type backlit CMOS sensor that offers ISOs up to 6400 and sensor-shift image stabilization. It can record 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound, has a fixed 3" 920k dot touch-sensitive LCD, and offers a full set of manual controls including a customizable round-lens control ring. It'll be available from March 2013 at an estimated street price of $399.99.

February 18
Casio Europe announces EX-N5 and EX-N50 compact cameras

Casio Europe has announced the Exilim EX-N5 and EX-N50 16MP entry-level compact cameras. Both come with a similar feature set of the EX-ZS30 announced today, including 26-156mm equiv. optical zoom lenses, 2.7" LCDs and a set of eight Art Shot filters. The cameras differ only in terms of finish - the EX-N50 features a textured pinstripe pattern on its front, while the EX-N5 comes with two-tone silver ring around the lens. There is currently no information on price and availability.

Nikon D5200 hands-on preview updated with menus, test data and samples

We've just added ten pages of content to our hands-on preview of the 24MP Nikon D5200, representing our progress so far towards the completion of a full review. As well as a complete breakdown of the options available in the camera's menu system we've added our full complement of studio tests, including resolution, noise and dynamic range, and a small gallery of 'real world' samples. Click through for a link to the 16-page preview.

Casio Europe releases 20.1 MP Exilim EX-ZS30 camera

Casio Europe has launched the Exilim EX-ZS30 featuring a 20.1 MP CCD sensor. It comes with a a 6x 26-156mm equiv. optical zoom lens and a 2.7 inch LCD. The camera includes beginner-friendly features include a Premium Auto mode and a set of eight Art shot filters. The Z320 will be available silver, black, purple, white, and pink at a price to be confirmed. Click through for the press release.

Report zooms in on giant camera resolution test charts throughout the US

Dozens of two-dimentional aerial photo calibration targets are scattered all across the United States, according to a report by the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Constructed mostly during the 1950s and 1960s, these large outdoor charts were used as 'a platform to test, calibrate, and focus aerial cameras traveling at different speeds and altitudes.' The report points out that although some of these 'charts' are still used for some optical camera testing and calibration, they are primarily relics of the past. Click through for more information, and images.

Eurostar makes a tablet for the ladies

The $163.56 device comes in pink and is preloaded with apps for yoga, cooking and shopping.

Smartphone is ideal tool for documentary photography while traveling internationally.

LG releases Optimus G Pro in Korea

The 13-megapixel smartphone has a 5.5-inch display screen.

February 15
Computer History Museum shares original Adobe Photoshop source code

The source code of the original version of Adobe Photoshop has been made available by The Computer History Museum, based in California. Photoshop started off in the 1980s as a program called 'Display' written by Thomas Knoll, before being renamed 'Photoshop' in 1990 - the year that the first version of the software shipped to customers. The download, which is available for non-commercial use with the permission of Adobe, consists of around 128,000 lines of code. Click through for more details (and some nostalgia-inducing screenshots of Photoshop 1).

World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen has won the World Press Photo 2013 award for his picture of a Palestinian family carrying two children who were killed in an Israeli missile strike to their funeral. The contest also awarded prizes in eight other categories ranging from Sports to Portraits. Some of these images may be familiar from news coverage throughout the year, but they make a compelling and inspiring reminder of the exceptional level of photojournalism across the world. Click through to check out some of the winning photographs.

Sarah Jarrett takes top spot in Mobile Photography Awards

Helen Breznik named runner-up for MPA Photographer/Artist of the Year.

 

Pheed app will further fuel your social networking addiction

Another social networking option lets you share multiple photos and video. 

What BlackBerry users' low data consumption may reveal

A new study from Actix reveals BlackBerry users are conservative data consumers -- we look at why.