January 29
Canon reveals PowerShot Elph 330 HS, Elph 115 IS and A2500

CP+ 2013: Canon has announced three long-zoom compacts, the PowerShot Elph 330 HS, the Elph 115 IS and the A2500. The Elph 330 HS, called the Ixus 225 HS in Europe, is a Wi-Fi capable 12MP CMOS camera featuring a 10x, 24-240mm equivalent lens. The Elph 115 IS, known as the Ixus 132 in Europe, has a 16MP CCD sensor and an 8x, 28-224mm equiv stabilized zoom. A Wi-Fi variant, called the Ixus 135 is available in Europe. Finally, the A2500 is an inexpensive model using the same 16MP CCD chip placed behind a 28-140mm equiv zoom. It has a slightly smaller screen than the A2600 launched at CES.

Panasonic announces Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS

CP+ 2013: Panasonic has announced the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II Asph. Mega O.I.S - its latest affordable kit lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II is the company's fourth variable aperture standard zoom (following the 14-45mm, original 14-42mm and 14-42mm power zoom), and gains two aspherical elements to help make the lens smaller than the existing version. The 14-42mm II will be available as a kit option with both the DMC-GF5 and DMC-G5 in most markets.

January 28
Pentax Japan offers colorful special edition 'Evangelion' Q10

Pentax has released three multi-colored variants of its Q10 small-sensor mirrorless camera for the Japanese market. The color scheme is based on characters from the country's popular science-fiction franchise Neon Genesis Evangelion. Apart from the cosmetic changes, there are no spec differences in these editions compared to the original camera. Click through for a link to the press release and (shudder) some pictures...

Google updates Image Search with preview panel

Google has rolled out an updated version of its Image Search feature with faster browsing speeds and a redesigned UI. Users can now view larger versions of images in a preview window with an option to flip through images using arrow keys, and limited metadata, including the pixel dimensions of the original file, is displayed alongside the thumbnail. Click through for more information and a link to Google's blog post.

Printer Primer 1: Choosing a Photo Printer

With so many options available, choosing a printer can be a complicated task. In this first part of our Printer Primer, learn the basics of what you'll need to know in order to narrow your choices.

Will Vine get too hot for the App Store?

Reports of pornography on the new six-second video app may make Apple press delete.

Top tablet news: 128GB iPad rumored, red-hot Galaxy Tab and Kindle domination

We round up today's top tablet stories.

Panos Papanagiotou uses his iPhone to reflect on city living.

Instagram asks some users to show ID

Terms of service violators are unable to access accounts until they verify their identity.

Digital Cameras & Video: A Beginner's Guide

Over the last few years the line between the once totally separate worlds of video and stills photography has been getting gradually more blurred. This article aims to explain all.

Camera Scores & Ratings Explained

In 2010 we undertook a major overhaul of the way we rate and score cameras for the final conclusion of our in-depth reviews. This page explains how we produce those scores, how to interpret them and how they compare with the old system

January 26
Amazon provides Dropbox alternative for Android users

Amazon adds automatic image upload to its Cloud Drive Photos app.

January 25
X-Rite i1Profiler v1.4 features scanner profiling

X-Rite has released i1Profiler v1.4, an update of its color management software for Mac and Windows, to include scanner profiling. The update also extends support to Mac 10.8x and Windows 8 and includes other improvements as well. Version 1.4 is available for immediate download from the company's website.

Think Tank to release Sub Urban Disguise pro camera shoulder bags

Think Tank Photo has announced the Sub Urban Disguise series of camera shoulder bags, to be available in February. These bags feature flip-top lids that open away from your body, front organizer pockets, stretchable side pockets and will be available in four sizes. The company has also announced an updated version of its Change-Up multi-function camera bag scheduled to be available around the same time. Prices and availability information to be confirmed.

Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE pull ahead in smartphone sales

Industry analysts break down global mobile phone market growth in 2012.

LZeal releases ezShare wireless SDHC card with a Wi-Fi on/off switch

Chinese software company LZeal has announced ezShare - a Wi-Fi SDHC card with an on/off switch to reduce power consumption in cameras without menu options to control such cards. When the wireless function is turned on, images can be accessed via a web browser, suggesting it offers an HTTP server, like Toshiba's FlashAir cards. There are also dedicated apps for smartphones and tablets. The Class 10 SD cards are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities. Prices and availability information to be confirmed.

Etsy finds for mobile photographers

From Instagram icon earrings to stylish smartphone covers, Etsy offers original accessories for the smartphone photographer.

Copter cam will follow your every move once synced to your mobile.

Mobile photographer makes high art of self-portraits

Turkish mobile artist Aylin Argun turns her iPhone on herself.

January 24
Snappgrip to pair with 645 Pro and other apps

Grip adds 'real' camera control to smartphones, new app partnerships open more possibilities for the accessory. 

Mobile-friendly forums launched

We're delighted to be able to announce the introduction of mobile-optimized access to our forums. The mobile forums are one of the benefits that have been made possible by the new forums code we introduced in October 2012. This first release of the mobile forums supports the majority of full forum features, including both flat and threaded views - with the last-used format persisting when you next visit. We'll be building on the feature set in the coming months.

Twitter launches app to share 6-second videos

We go hands-on with the new app that takes and shares gif-like videos.

The international photo agency will now accept mobile photos on its Live News service.

BlackBerry 10 video shows Instagram-like filters

The latest operating system from RIM will have built-in lo-fi editing tools.

Rumors circulate of a new 41-megapixel Nokia phone

New phone will run Windows Phone 8 and replace the 808 PureView

HiLO lens puts new angle on iPhone photography

Lens accessory sticks onto iPhone to offer new camera angles. 

Photographer Sephi Bergerson used his iPhone to capture unique images of the bride and groom after their wedding in Gujarat, India.

January 23
DxO Labs FilmPack 3.2.3 now compatible with Photoshop Elements 11

DxO Labs has updated its FilmPack film simulation software to v3.2.3, adding Windows 8 support and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 compatibility. Both Mac and PC versions are available, with a free 30-day trail downloadable from the company's website. The company has also announced v1.1.1 of its ViewPoint distortion correction software that fixes minor bugs.

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro tablet starts at $899 in the U.S.

Microsoft has announced pricing and availability for its Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet.

Raw Showdown: Capture One Pro 7, DxO Optics Pro 8 and Lightroom 4

There's no shortage of quality raw conversion options on the market, but there's little consensus as to which solution is the best choice. We've put three of the most popular cross-platform applications through a comprehensive comparison of performance, features and of course, image quality. Whether you're new to raw processing or looking to make a switch from your current software, read our article to find out which one is right for you.

Samples show smartphone performance under various conditions. 

Epson announces mass production of high-res electronic viewfinder LCD

Epson has said it is starting full production of its high-resolution SVGA LCD panel for use in electronic viewfinder cameras. The 1024 x 768 pixel screen sits alongside the company's existing 800 x 600 pixel display, as used in the Olympus OM-D and, we suspect, in Fujifilm's X100 and X-Pro1. The latest panel, unveiled at Photokina, offers the same 2.36m dot resolution as announced in the Fujifilm X100S. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to the Sony OLED display of the same resolution used in various Sony models and Fujifilm's X-E1.

Mobile photography fosters new kind of family photography

More accessible, mobile photography tools are changing the way we capture images of our children, and their experience with photography.

Does your iPhone need a viewfinder?

Accessory suctions onto screen, works with app for viewfinder experience on the iPhone. 

Sony announces E-mount 20mm F2.8 pancake prime lens for NEX cameras

Sony has announced the E 20mm F2.8 - a moderately wide-angle pancake prime lens for its NEX cameras. The moderately-fast E-mount pancake will offer a 30mm equivalent field of view and adds another compact lens option for NEX shooters. It will be available in April for around $350. Sony has also said it will offer its video-targeted 18-200mm OSS F3.5-6.3 power zoom lens as a standalone product. Previously only available bundled with the NEX-VG30 camcorder, it becomes the company's third E-mount 18-200mm superzoom and will cost around $1200.

January 22
500px app pulled from App Store

App maker says Apple concerned about nudity on the photo sharing service.

LG Optimus G Pro confirmed in Japan

Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO announces the LG Optimus G Pro in its new lineup.

Nikon relaunches image storage and sharing site as Nikon Image Space

Nikon has relaunched its image sharing and storage service as 'Nikon Image Space'. Unlike 'myPicturetown', this service will be open to non-Nikon users as well. However, owners of Nikon cameras are eligible for 20GB of free storage space compared to 2GB for regular members.

Pentax Ricoh updates firmware for GR Digital IV

Pentax Ricoh has announced a firmware update for its GR Digital IV compact camera. Version 2.21 adds an Auto option to the camera's Dynamic Range Compensation feature, promises to improve the Noise Reduction function at higher ISO settings and enhances zoom operation in playback mode. The update also fixes a number of bugs. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website

Look inside the Hero3 action camera.

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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.