January 22
AMPt revamped
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AMPt aims for more mobile photography community support with site revamp

January 21
National Geographic celebrates 125th anniversary

The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary this month. These days, the society's magazine has a reputation for promoting great photography, but when it was first published in October 1888, National Geographic was a scientific journal containing no photographs at all. From a small readership in the early days to some 8 million subscribers around the globe each month, the magazine has come a long way. Click through for more information and a look at some of the most iconic photographs to grace the pages of 'Nat Geo'. 

Rumor roundup: New devices on the horizon

Sorting rumor from truth: Smartphones set to debut soon from numerous manufacturers.

JK Imaging, Blackmagic Design and others join Micro Four Thirds

Olympus has issued a press release confirming JK Imaging and four other companies have formally signed-up to the Micro Four Thirds standard. JK Imaging announced last week that it would be offering MFT cameras under the Kodak brand. Australian company Blackmagic Design, which already offers a movie camera with a passive Micro Four Thirds mount and is rumored to be working on a fully compliant version, also joins. The other three signatories are less consumer-facing.

Sony Japan launches the Xperia Z tablet

Sony Japan launches the Xperia Z tablet.

January 18
Do we value cameras as tools or objects? New exhibition asks the question

Do we value cameras for their form, or their function? An exhibition in Philadelphia which features hundreds of camera sculptures made from a range of different materials aims to examine this question. 'Reach Ruin', which is showing at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia includes several sculptures of cameras created from carved stone, glass, chalk and sand. According to the artist, Daniel Arsham, as well as being a photographic tool, 'many of us that use photography have a relationship with the object. If you want, call it a fetish'. Click through for more information and images from the exhibition. (via Wired)

Kodak licensee shows off Micro Four Thirds camera in China

Just a week after announcing it was licensing the Kodak brand name, JK Imaging has been showing a Micro Four Thirds camera at a press conference in China. Details are vague but the camera, reported to be called the S1, does appear to be sporting the official Micro Four Thirds logo. The camera, which will offer Wi-Fi for communication with smartphones, is said to be based around a Sony CMOS sensor. (via PetaPixel)

Making the most of a busy mobile photo space

Star Rush examines how to find clarity within the clutter. 

PureShot app is pared-down 645 Pro

Jag.gr's newest app offers pro benefits of 645 Pro, with a less complex interface.

Giottos introduces 'YTL' series tripods with space-saving design

Giottos has announced a range of tripods that use a unique 'Y'-shaped centre column profile to offer a more compact folded package. The 'Silk Road YTL series' replaces the existing MTL range in its entirety, and according to Giottos offers a 30% space saving without any sacifice in stability or weight capacity. The range includes 12 models offering 3- or 4-section legs, conventional 2-way or tilting centre columns, and weight capacities from 5 to 10 kg. They'll be on sale from mid-January, with at prices starting from £100 for aluminium, or £220 for carbon fibre models. 

January 17
Just posted: Canon EOS 6D test data and further impressions

We've just posted an extra six pages to our Canon EOS 6D coverage including data and analysis from all our key tests. We're working towards completing our review and wanted to publish this information as we know a lot of readers are interested in this camera. We've had the camera in the office for a couple of weeks and have used this time to expand our impressions of the camera. This will be the last update before the full review is published very soon.

Mobile accessory review: iStabilizer tripod mount

Accessory holds any number of smartphones without obscuring screen or buttons.

EyeEm promises not to use images without consent

EyeEm statement comes just before Instagram's new policies go into effect.

Make time to take an artistic inventory

One mobile artist takes a look back at her work.

Flickr Commons marks 5-year anniversary with galleries of most-viewed pics

The Commons, Flickr's collection of public domain images, is five years old. To celebrate, Flickr has created galleries of the most viewed, 'favorited' and commented-upon images. The Commons was launched in 2008 with 1500 photos, in partnership with the US Library of Congress. Five years later, the collection boasts more than 250,000 images. Click through for more information, and links to the galleries of most popular images in the growing collection. 

Pentax releases firmware updates for K-5 II and K-5 IIs DSLRs

Pentax has released the first firmware updates to its K-5 II and K-5 IIs digital SLRs, which were released in September of last year. Firmware version 1.01 offers contrast adjustment option for the cameras' LCD displays as well as 'stability improvements'. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links. 

January 16
DxO Optics Pro 8.1.2 adds Sony DSC-RX1, Canon EOS 6D and Nikon 1 V2

DxO Labs has released the latest version of its DxO Optics Pro software, with more than 10,000 camera and lens correction combinations now supported. The latest version, v8.1.2 or the more expensive Elite edition adds support for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full-frame, fixed-lens camera as well as Canon's EOS 6D. Meanwhile both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Nikon 1 V2. With this release DxO has achieved its stated target of offering 10,000 optics modules. Both editions are available with a 33% discount until the end of January 2013.

Street photography on your smartphone

Learn tips for candid street photography from mobile photographer Anton Kawasaki.

Blackberry Z10 video walk-through leaked on Austrian website

An Austrian website has leaked a video walk-through of the Blackberry Z10 smartphone (via Wired).

January 15
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Canon's latest superzoom, the SX50, features a 24-1200mm (equivalent) lens and a feature set that compares well to its competition, in what is now one of the most competitive segments of the compact camera market. Specifications include a 12MP CMOS sensor, 2.8" fully-articulated LCD screen, Raw capture and full manual control. Is this the travel camera enthusiasts have been waiting for? Read our review - created in collaboration with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page - to find out. 

Shooting fashion with a Sony RX100?

I take my little Sony RX100 for a spin on the wild side to see how it fares as a "in your face/pocket" stealthy editorial fashion shooter!

Branch out with mobile photographer MaryJane Sarvis

Mobile artist shares her favorite apps and tricks for newbies. 

Mobile photography keeps street artist's work alive

Guido van Helten uses his smartphone to create and document his work.

January 14
Smartphones go for a swim with waterproof cases

Waterproof cases made a splash at CES 2013. 

Nokia's Lumia sales exceed expectations

Nokia optimistic after preliminary fourth quarter report.

Dropbox for Android update makes sharing photos easier

Android photographers can now share photos with non-Dropbox users.

Phase One releases Capture One Pro 7.0.2 with Fujifilm X-Trans support

Phase One has announced that it has updated its Capture One Pro raw conversion software to version 7.0.2. This includes support for several additional cameras, including the Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF1, Canon EOS 6D and EOS M, Sony SLT-A57 and NEX-5R, and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. The update is available immediately from the company's website, as a free download for users of Capture One 7.

Capture One v7.0.2 Raw support for Fujifilm X-Trans tested

The latest version of Capture One brings support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors - something we noted other software struggled with, when we reviewed the X-Pro 1. Beta versions of the software have caused a lot of excitement for X-Pro1 and X-E1 users finally looking to get the most from their photos. Do the results live up to the expectation? We had a look.

Metabones announces 'Speed Booster' lens adapter for mirrorless cameras

Specialist accessory manufacturer Metabones and optics company Caldwell Photographics have jointly announced the 'Speed Booster', a lens adapter for mounting SLR lenses on APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras that reduces the focal length by a factor of 0.71x and increases the maximum aperture by 1 stop. The Speed Booster also promises sharper images compared to using the lens with a simple adapter. The first version will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, and will be available this month from Metabones' web site for US$599. Support for additional lens mounts (including Nikon F) and camera systems (including Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds) is also planned.

January 12
CES 2013: Trends to watch

CES 2013: We scoured the Las Vegas Convention Center this week: Here's what we saw.

January 11
GoPro imitators abound at CES

CES 2013: Companies offer cheaper versions of the tiny, rugged HD video camera.

What's new @ CES 2013
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This year's Consumer Electronic Show is packed with exhibitors, industry analysts and press, all eager to see, touch and talk about this years' hottest electronics. As well as countless televisions, tablet computers and portable electronics, a lot of cameras get announced at CES, too. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most interesting new models on show at this year's event.

CES 2013: We got a chance to play with the Intel-powered K900 at the Lenovo booth.

Tylt keeps smartphone photographers charged

CES 2013: Innovative designs for charging your mobile device

Golla extends trendy line to iPad mini

CES 2012: Golla showcases iPad mini products and more for mobile devices

G-Form's G90 case turns smartphones into GoPros

CES 2013: Maker of protective smartphone cases debuts GoPro-like case.

Chest mount for photographers who are extremely attached to their smartphones

CES 2013: VelocityClip lets you wear your smartphone or point-and-shoot hands free.

Phillips showcases photo sharing via TV, high-tech baby monitors

CES 2013: New Phillips TVs allow for direct wifi photo transfer from smartphones

Speck offers clever design for smartphone and tablet cases

CES 2013: Manufacturer stands out from a sea of smartphone and tablet covers at CES. 

CES 2013: Sharp shows 8K TV prototype at CES

January 10
Steadicam for iPhone and GoPro helps shaky videographers

CES 2013: The Smoothee rig keeps capture steady during video shoots.

Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100S

CES 2013: We got a chance to get our hands on a near-to-production example of Fujifilm's X100S, to fill-in the details we couldn't cover in our preview. The button layout of the camera is now finalized and the camera's focus and manual focus systems are fully working (and rather impressive), so read our hands-on article to find out how big a difference that little 'S' makes.

Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S

Perhaps the most interesting camera at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Fujifilm X100S - a hugely impressive upgrade to the X100, which was one of our favorite cameras of the past couple of years. Read our short hands-on look more details.

Fujifilm X100S Digital Split Image focus - how it works

The Fujifilm X100S is the latest in a recent rush of cameras to include phase-detection elements on its imaging sensor, giving an AF system that is a hybrid of contrast and phase-detection methods. However, Fujifilm also uses this system to provide a unique and incredibly clever manual focus aid - which could finally allow digital cameras to offer the speed and convenience enjoyed by manual-focus SLR and rangefinder users. Fujifilm UK has posted a video showing 'Digital Split Image' focusing and Japanese camera site DCWatch has published details that allow us to show how it works.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Ativ Odyssey for Verizon

CES 2013: Samsung shows Galaxy Note 10.1 and Ativ Odyssey Windows 8 smartphone for Verizon at CES.

Hands-on with the ZTE Grand S camera

CES 2013: We had a closer look at ZTE's new "superphone," the Grand S.

Snappgrip gives smartphones a camera feel

CES 2013: Hardware add-on offers familiar zoom and shutter actions. 

Tiny rugged HD camera stands out by blending in

CES 2013: In a trade show filled with GoPro imitators, Liquid Image’s integrated accessories break the mold.

Olloclip boosts lens use with protective iPhone 5 case

CES 2013: New case allows fans of the smartphone lens to protect their phone during use.

 
Canon announces 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 Cinema EOS prime lenses

Canon has announced two additions to its range of Cinema EOS prime lenses, a 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2. The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F are both designed to be used on movie cameras with image sensors up to 35mm full frame in size, and include a range of features optimized for movie shooting. These include geared focus and aperture rings with markings designed to be read from the side of the camera, 11-bladed circular aperture diaphragms, and all-metal weather-resistant construction. The 14mm T3.1 will be available from April 2013 at an estimated retail price of $5,500, while the 135mm T2.2 will appear in May for $5,200.