October 19
Reader's concept prompts question: what would your ideal camera be?

What does your dream camera look like? One of our more enterprising readers has sketched-out what his would look like - creating an interesting contemporary rangefinder concept. Bristling with Nikon F4-inspired manual controls, each dial and switch also has a 'neutral' position to allow the on-screen interface settings to take precedence. Easycass acknowledges the concept may not be entirely possible - an 'ultra-fast' 24-105mm lens would dictate a fairly small sensor, and autofocus rangefinders have never exactly been commonplace - but it raises questions the question: 'What would your perfect camera be?'

A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera

I present here a concept camera, one that harks back to the classic age of manual controls, blended with contemporary digital innovation, shared here for the purposes of discussion, finding out what it really is we want as photographers; perhaps what we can inspire someone to create for us one day.

Consumer Electronics Association names Ultra HD definition of 4k video

Industry body CEA has defined a minimum standard for '4K' video and has chosen the terms 'Ultra High-Definition' and 'Ultra HD' to describe it. The consumer electronics body, which includes most major camera makers, has concluded that devices must be capable of showing 3840 x 2160 pixel video to be classed as Ultra HD devices. Despite being a member of CEA, Sony has said it will continue to use the term 4K, and will brand its products as 4K UHD.

ProCamera update offers ISO control

ProCamera's new update adds more ISO control for low light shooting. 

Instagram dos and don’ts

Take a crash course in the most popular mobile photography social network.

App Review: Picfx for iOS

Can't get enough filters? Picfx offers more than 100 options for that special effect.

Japan only, but HTC's latest is big step for screen display

HTC's Japan-only 'J Butterfly' device boasts 440 pixels per inch. Expect increasing resolution on a phone near you, soon.

Roundup: 11 Cool Photography-related Kickstarter Projects

If you've got a one-of-a-kind, innovative invention, one of the best routes to bring it to market these days is through Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a website that allows dreamers to showcase their unique product concepts and generate funding. We've scoured Kickstarter for some of the most interesting photgraphic tools and inventions that have benefitted from crowd-sourced funding. Whether you shoot with an iPhone, DSLR or dedicated video camera, there's something on our list for you. Click through for our roundup. 

October 18
National Geographic photographer's surprise encounter with deadly predator

National Geographic photographers can find themselves in unusual, extreme and potentially dangerous situations, trying to capture the 'never before seen' images the magazine is famous for. However, contributing photographer Paul Nicklen's story of his close encounter with a huge Leopard Seal (one of the top predators in the Antarctic), shows there's still opportunity for surprises in the job. We heard about this video following Nicklen being given the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the year 2012 award.

Canon EOS-1D X firmware update allows focusing with F8 lens combinations

Canon has issued firmware v1.1.1 for its flagship EOS-1D X full-frame DSLR. The update adds three options for indicating the selected AF point when in AI Servo autofocus mode. This includes red illumination, rather than just darkening the selected point, making the camera easier to work with in low light. The update also allows the central AF point to act as a cross-type point when working with lens/teleconverter combinations that give a maximum aperture of F8. This capability is currently only available with F5.6 (or brighter) combinations.

X-Rite announces latest round of 'webinar' free online teaching sessions

Color management company X-Rite has announced its latest round of online education sessions. The forthcoming 'webinars' cover a series of topics from monitor calibration to landscape photo editing in Photoshop. The courses tend to be around an hour long and are free (though it seems reasonable to expect some focus on X-Rite's products), but with a limited number of registered places available. Previous events, including those conducted in French, German and Italian, are available in an archive on the X-Rite website.

Google sends Oct. 29 invites, same day as Windows Phone 8 event

Google sends invites for press event Oct. 29.

EyeEm offers more social image-sharing options

There's more than one social photo-sharing service out there.

Tap into Mobile Photography: Take a ride with Zak Shelhamer

Zak Shelhamer combines natural beauty with inspirational words under @zakshelhamer.

Apple rumored to be preparing to acquire troubled startup Color Labs

According to a report on The Next Web, Apple may be preparing to acquire Color Labs, whose photo-sharing app 'Color' debuted in spring last year. 

Sony firmware for E-mount lenses, NEX-7, SLT-A37, A57, A65 and A77

Sony has announced a series of firmware updates for its cameras and lenses, including the addition of Hybrid-AF compatibility for key E-mount lenses and the option to disable the movie record button on cameras including the NEX-7. The NEX-7 also gets an increase in the range over which you can set exposure bracketing - the ±3EV range it now offers is something a users have been calling for. Firmware v1.01 also promises to improve the responsiveness of post-shot image review. Further updates for the SLT-A37, A57, A65 and A77 also offer the option to disable the movie button and provide lens correction for a broader range of lenses.

dpreview: PQI Air Wi-Fi MicroSD to SD adapter reviewed by DCWatch

From DPReview: A look at a review of the PQI Air Wi-Fi Micro-SD to SD adapter from DCWatch.

October 17
PQI Air Wi-Fi MicroSD to SD adapter reviewed by DCWatch

Japanese camera site DCWatch has reviewed the PQI Air Wi-Fi Micro-SD to SD adapter. The adapter features a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter but, unlike rival FlashAir or Eye-Fi cards, does not feature any internal memory of its own - instead allowing you to swap MicroSD cards in and out. The adapter communicated with smartphones via an Android or iOS app from where you can browse and download images from the camera. The system allows you to swap inexpensive standard MicroSD cards, rather than buying multiple Wi-Fi cards, also allowing you to upgrade the speed or capacity of card without having to replace the Wi-Fi component. (from DCWatch)

WSJ: Complex iPhone 5 design behind shortage

Could iPhone 5 supply shortages be blamed on complicated design?  

Watch time-lapse video of Shuttle Endeavour's voyage across L.A

The L.A. Times has posted a fascinating time-lapse video, showing the progress of retired space shuttle Endeavour across Los Angeles to its new home in the California Science Center, in Exposition Park. The video spans the entire length of the journey from Los Angeles International Airport, which started on Thursday night and due to delays caused by maintainance issues and obstacles along the route, finally ended 16 hours late, on Sunday afternoon. Click through for a link to the video. 

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition goes 4k, while re-bodied Hero 2 gets 'pro' output

GoPro, the action camera maker, has refreshed its entire range, including the addition of the 4k-capable Hero 3 Black Edition. The existing Hero HD and Hero 2 models have essentially been re-housed in smaller cases with updated user interfaces and will sit alongside the Black Edition as the White and Silver Editions, respectively. The Hero 3 Black Edition can shoot at up to 3840x2160 pixels at 15 frames per second. It also has 2.7k mode (2716 horizontal pixels) at 30 or 24fps, and a Protune mode that offers higher bit-rates and a neutral color profile better suited to post-processing.

Online photo storage service Snapjoy's new app lets you access your entire photo library from your mobile device.

Hipstamatic Paks a punch with add-ons

HipstaPaks refresh your Hipstamatic fun.

Simple Photo Tips: Silhouettes at sunset

Shooting at sunset can be a challenge for any camera's metering system. Take some control over exposure for more dramatic results.

Mobile accessory review: HDHat iHat4

The iHat4 is a wideangle adapter for the Apple iPhone 4/4S which doubles the angle of view of the camera.

Nikon Coolpix P7700 Preview Updated with Studio Comparison Images

Updated: We've just added the Nikon Coolpix P7700 to our studio comparison database, and we've taken the opportunity to add three image quallity comparison pages to our previously-published preview. Our final analysis of the P7700's image quality will come later, but for now, you can use our comparison tool to see how Nikon's newest enthusiast compact camera measures up to its competitors in both JPEG and Raw mode. Does the new 12MP BSI-CMOS sensor and revamped lens combination make a difference? Click through to find out. 

October 16
Tablet news: Apple sends iPad mini event invites, Microsoft Surface goes on sale

Apple says it has "a little more to show" at an Oct. 23 announcement event, while Microsoft starts pre-orders for the Surface.

Quick Review: Show off your Instagram photos with Flipagram

Flipagram makes video slideshows from Instagram simple.

Don't miss download: GoPro app available for free for iOS

Control your GoPro camera remotely with free app for iOS (coming soon for Android).

Google+ is the home of one of the web's most vibrant photographic communities, include mobilographers.

App review: ProCamera for iOS

ProCamera has been garnering rave reviews for awhile --- but, does it stand up to the hype? Our reviewer gives it a go.

1" sensors could save the compact camera says Aptina's Sandor Barna

Following the announcement of its 1" sensor, we spoke to Aptina's Sandor Barna, who believes these larger sensors could save the compact camera by offering a leap in quality that smartphones can't compete with. Barna, the Vice President and General Manager of Aptina's Consumer Camera Business Unit, told us about the unfilled gap in the market that 1" sensors can address, explained the freedoms that the larger format gives the company's designers, and why this is currently best exemplified by a product it wasn't involved in: The Sony RX100.

October 15
Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review

Just Posted: Our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review. The latest of our collaborative reviews with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page is of Panasonic's enthusiast compact. The LX7 retains the bright lens and small body that have become the hallmarks of the series but adds more direct control than its forebears, including a dedicated aperture ring. Underpinning it all is a new 10MP CMOS sensor - moving on from the CCDs used in the LX5 and 3. Do all these changes help restore the Lumix to the top of the enthusiast compact pile? Read our review to find out.

Mashable takes a look at the rise of the smartphone

An entertaining look at how cell phones got smart.

Interview with Sony Electronics President Phil Molyneux

'Sony is changing the market through innovation' says Phil Molyneux, President and COO of Sony Electronics. In a recent interview we spoke to him about Sony's relationship with Hasselblad, what the tie-up with Olympus will mean for both manufacturers' product lines and how the company has been 'disruptive.'

Mobile accessory review: iPro Lens System

The iPro Lens System is being marketed as a high-quality lens system for serious photographers shooting with the iPhone 4/4S. We put it to the test.

A one-track mind: Themed Instagram feeds showcase focused creativity

Some Instagramers focus their feed on just one thing at a time.

Video: Richard Koci Hernandez on the dynamic art of photography

A mobile photographer offers insight into this exciting time in photography.

October 12
Quick Review: Mirrorgram is fun with reflections

New app is fun gimmick.

VSCO Keys offers shortcut to Lightroom efficiencies

Visual Supply Company has announced 'VSCO Keys,' a keyboard shortcut customization tool for Adobe Lightroom 3 or 4. It aims to make working in Lightroom more efficient, but the $125 price tag (only a fraction less than Lightroom itself) is likely to limit its appeal to photographers who aren't profiting from their work. The software comes with two presets, one of which adds shortcuts without clashing with any of the software's native controls, while a more comprehensive one replaces several of them. A 14-day free trial allows you to assess the value of the efficiency savings to your workflow. (via Petapixel) Updated with lowered price (10/24/12).

Photo sharing made easy: Two new options

Tumblr and Dropbox offer simple photo sharing solutions.

Quick Review: Duelpic app pits Instagramer against Instagramer

Duelpic for the iPhone could be your latest guilty pleasure.

 
Apple's iPad mini slated for Oct. 23 announce, reports say

AllThingsD reports an Oct. 23rd reveal date for Apple's shrunken iPad.

Connect with us to win $5,000 through our photo contest

Show us what "connect" means to you for a shot at our $5,000 grand prize.

October 11
Latest Sony 12MP sensor allows brighter lenses for enthusiast compacts

Sony has published details of its latest 12MP 1/1.7"-type (7.5 x 5.6mm) back-lit CMOS sensor. The IMX144CQJ offers full-resolution 12-bit output at up to 35 frames per second or a roughly 'widescreen' 17:9 crop at up to 60 fps - allowing 4k video. Sony stresses how well the sensor can receive light from oblique angles, thanks to its large pixel size, making it able to work with 'brighter lenses and high power zoom lenses.' This is interesting, given the recent launch of a group of wide-maximum aperture compacts based around 12MP, 1/1.7"-type BSI CMOS sensors, such as the Olympus XZ-2, Nikon Coolpix P7700 and Samsung EX2F.

Just Posted: Images from latest Sony E-mount lenses on NEX-6

Just Posted: Sony E-mount 10-18mm F4, 35mm F1.8 and 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom lens samples on the NEX-6. Our last set of images from the Sony press trip is a series shot with the latest NEX camera and the three E-mount lenses announced at Photokina - the E 10-18mm F4 OSS super-wide-angle zoom, the E 35mm F1.8 OSS fast normal prime, and the E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS power zoom. We've selected ten images shot with each lens and compiled a combined gallery. Full-size images are, as ever, available for download.

Mobile Photography Awards seek entries

Top prize is $3,000 for this year's Mobile Photography Awards.

App Roundup: Panorama apps for the iPhone

How does the new iOS 6 panorama feature measures up against popular third-party panorama apps?

It's official: Galaxy S III mini

Samsung shrinks the Galaxy S III to mini size.

Pilgramers’ journey explores community connection behind Instagram

The "Pilgramers" set out to discover the people behind the posts by getting personal with Instagram users.