January 4
Samsung NX10 launched and previewed
Pre-CES 2010: Samsung has announced the NX10, the first of its NX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The NX10 wraps a 14.6 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor up in a comparatively compact, DSLR-style body including an eye-level VGA resolution electronic viewfinder. It also features a 3.0" OLED screen, promising lower power consumption, a wider range of viewing angles and better contrast than LCD technology. It can also shoot 720p HD video with H.264 compression. The company has also launched an 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens, a 50-200mm telezoom and a 30mm F2 pancake lens for the camera, which uses a completely new lens mount. We've had a pre-production camera for a little while, so have produced a full preview (with sample images to follow later today) to give you an idea of what to expect from the little Korean camera.
January 1
Challenge of Challenges winner
First of all a very Happy New Year to all our readers, it's been a great 2009 for dpreview and we've more new exciting stuff coming over the next few weeks (both in terms of new product and site features). Today our 'Challenge of Challenges 2009' ended and the winners have been calculated (from an unbelievable 112,000 votes). Congratulations to elroyie for his winning image 'Continuously', an amazing long exposure dusk landscape shot, runners up were gaston47 and luca moi. Everyone in the top ten will be getting a special reward which can be used with a new site feature we're planning to reveal within the next two weeks.
December 30
Bibble Labs launches Bibble 5 Pro
Bibble Labs has announced that Bibble 5 Pro is now available. The latest version of its RAW workflow and conversion software has been in development since September 2006 and was originally slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2008. The company says its software is up to 88 times as fast as 'similar applications.' Customers who have purchased Bibble 4 after September 1st 2006 can get a free upgrade to the latest version by logging-in to their accounts on the Bibble Labs site and clicking on the 'Upgrade' link.
December 25
Happy holidays from dpreview
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The entire team at dpreview would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Holidays (whichever you're observing). As we celebrate our 11th anniversary we're looking forward to another exciting year here at dpreview, with more new features in the pipeline and of course even more of the high quality content that made this site what it is today. Whatever you're doing today, enjoy yourselves and thank you for being a part of dpreview.com!
December 23
Just posted - Our Pentax K-x in-depth review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Pentax K-x. Despite its compact size and inconspicuous exterior the K-x boasts an impressive feature set that is, in parts, not that far off the semi-pro K-7. In the entry-level segment of the market the new model will be facing fierce competition from the likes of Canon's EOS 500D and the Nikon D5000. Can the Pentax K-x make its mark amongst such well established rivals? Click through to find out.
December 18
Just posted - Our Leica X1 in-depth review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Leica X1. Back in September Leica surprised everyone with the announcement of its entirely home-grown large-sensor compact, which combines a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens with an APS-C sensor. Featuring a pared-down design with traditional analogue-style control dials on its top plate for shutter speed and aperture, the X1 certainly looks desirable on paper, but at an asking price around $2000, can it live up to the inevitable high expectations? We've had our hands on a production X1 for the past couple of months - click through to find out what we thought of it.
dpreview.com launches Challenge of Challenges 2009
It's almost a year since we launched the Challenges system on dpreview.com and we've been constantly impressed with the quality of submissions and the imagination of the challenge hosts. To showcase this talent and imagination, we're running a 'Challenge of Challenges,' to find the dpreview.com Picture of the Year. All previous challenge-winning images have been automatically entered and voting starts immediately so, if you've been as impressed as we have, make sure you show it by helping to choose 2009's best challenge-winning image.
Adobe launches Lightroom 2.6 and ACR 5.6
Adobe has launched Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 for immediate download. Release candidates of all three had already been available from the Adobe's Labs site. The updates fix minor issues and provide additional Raw support for 20 more DSLRs, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3S, with additional DNG support for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR.
December 17
Canon 1D series and 5D II get WFT firmware updates
Canon has issued firmware updates for its EOS-1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III and 5D Mark II cameras to provide compatibility with the wireless file transfer units. The 1D series cameras gain compatibility with the WFT-E2 II unit while the 5D Mark II gains WFT-E4 II support and lower noise when shooting Bulb exposures. Meanwhile the WFT-E2 and E2A firmware is also updated to allow use with the 1D Mark IV.
123di updates 'The 123 of digital imaging' to V6.2
123di.com has updated its interactive learning application: 'The 123 of digital imaging'. Version 6.2 adds coverage for Mac and Windows versions both of Adobe's Photoshop Elements 8 and the Public Beta of Photoshop Lightroom 3. It also gains an additional tutorial on the use of clipping masks alongside revisions to keep it up-to-date with the latest changes in technology and post-processing. 123di V6.2 is free to owners of version 6.0 or can be downloaded as a free trial.
December 16
Just posted - Canon PowerShot G11 review
Just posted! Our review of the Canon PowerShot G11. The G11 is the company's flagship compact camera, offering a flexible zoom range, solid build and classic styling. This latest incarnation of the G-series regains the much lamented flip-out screen lost from its recent predecessors, it also uses a 'high sensitivity' CCD that could put right the G10's disappointing low-light performance. So, after extensive testing, how did the G11 fare?
December 11
Just posted - Nikon D3000 review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Nikon D3000, which replaces the popular D60 as Nikon's latest entry-level DSLR. A new guide mode and revamped AF system make the D3000 a compelling upgrade for D60 and D40X users, but the lack of a Live View function will not go unnoticed in the feature-hungry entry-level sector. Does the D3000 have what it takes to become king of the beginners' DSLRs? Click to read our in-depth 27 page review.
The picture is mightier? Kevin Spacey ponders the PEN
Olympus UK has been doing something we found quite interesting. How do you promote a new class of camera to a mainstream audience without confusing them with talk of mirrors and sensor sizes? Its solution appears to be to not talk about cameras at all - instead it's got Kevin Spacey to talk about pictures and memories.
December 10
European offer: free flash with Olympus E-P1
Olympus is offering European customers a free FL-14 flashgun if you buy one of its E-P1 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras before the end of January 2010. The offer is valid for both body-only and kit purchases and starts on December 12th in the UK and 15th in mainland Europe. We've added this offer to our list of holiday season promotions.
Carl Zeiss adapts 50mm and 100mm Makro lenses for Canon
Carl Zeiss has announced it will make its 50mm and 100mm macro lenses in the Canon-compatible ZE mount. The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and T* 2/100 ZE are both manual focus only and offer maximum magnification ratios of 1:2. The 50mm lens will be available this month, while the 100mm will follow in early 2010.
Nikon releases TC-20E III 2x teleconverter
Nikon has released a new 2x AF-S teleconverter, the world's first to include an aspherical lens element. The AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III is a completely new optical design designed to minimise its impact on image quality. When used with the 300mm F2.8 VR II lens launched today it would offer an effective 600mm reach at up to F5.6.
Nikon launches revised 300mm F/2.8 VR lens
Nikon has launched a new 300mm F2.8 VR lens featuring the company's latest image stabilization system. The AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 ED VR II is designed to be small and light enough to hand-hold while the company says the VR II system can offer 'four or more' stops of compensation for lens shake. It also includes nano-crystal coating and is dust and moisture sealed. Recommended retail prices will be $ 5899 / €6050 / £5099.99.
December 9
Pentax releases weather-resistant 100mm F2.8 Macro
Pentax has launched a weather resistant 100mm F2.8 Macro lens. The lens, which is designed to work with both digital and film SLRs, features weather-resistant construction to match the company's environmentally-sealed K-7 mid-level DSLR. It also features an aluminium body in the style of the company's 'Limited' prime lenses and offers full-time manual focus override.
Just posted - Sony Alpha 550 review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of Sony's mid-range SLR, the Alpha DSLR-A550. The A550 is part of a new range that sits between the A200/A300 and the high end A700, and offers an interesting combination of features (including in-camera automatic HDR, 7 fps continuous shooting and Sony's excellent live view system) whilst retaining the Alpha line's emphasis on friendly ease of use. Find out how we got on with the Alpha 550 after the link...
DxO Labs launches DxO Optics v6.1 for Windows
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter to version 6.1 for Windows. New features include support for the Nikon D3000 and Canon Powershot G11 and EOS 7D, plus a full screen display mode. The software is available for immediate download from the company's website.
December 4
Sigma stabilizes 17-70mm fast normal zoom
Sigma has added its Optical Stabilization system to its popular 17-70mm fast standard zoom lens. The 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM will be available in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma mounts. The latest version offers a slightly wider aperture at the long end of the zoom though gains weight and length and has a slightly reduced maximum magnification ratio. Adding image stabilization to a lens that already combines a comparatively fast maximum aperture range is likely to make it an even more tempting replacement for the kit lenses supplied with most DSLRs.
December 3
Pentax releases K-x firmware v1.01
Pentax has issued updated firmware for its entry-level DSLR, the K-x. Firmware V1.01 adds to the camera's 'cross-processing' feature and allows it to be assigned to the camera's 'green' button. It also promises to improve the accuracy of the battery meter as well as 'improved stability and performance'. K-x owners can download the latest firmware from the Pentax website. (Link now added)
December 2
DxO Labs launches DxO Optics v5.3.6 for Mac
DxO Labs has issued a Mac update for its DxO Optics raw converter with a Windows version to follow. The latest Mac version, V5.3.6, includes support for fifteen new cameras and provides support for the Snow Leopard operating system (OS 10.6). The update is based around the inclusion of the cameras covered in DxO Optics 6 for Windows, but without the version 6 interface, a Mac version of which will be introduced in early 2010. A Windows update including support for the Canon G11, EOS 7D and Nikon D3000 will follow by 'mid December.'
Capture One gains Panasonic G-series support
Phase One's Capture One software now offers support for Panasonic G Micro series cameras as well as the Olympus E-P2. In addition to support for the G1, GH1 and GF1, version 5.0.1 offers a series of bug fixes and promises image quality improvements for a series of digital backs and the Olympus E-P1. The update can be accessed via Capture One's update feature for existing users or is available as a free 30 day trial.
December 1
Beginners Guide to HD Video in digital cameras
Just posted! A beginners guide to HD video in digital cameras. One of our many side projects here at dpreview.com is an expansion of our 'Learn' section, and this is the first in a series of technology and technique articles we're hoping to make a regular feature on the site during 2010. This one is designed to give absolute beginners a quick overview of the video modes on digital stills cameras (and more specifically on the HD shooting capabilities of the latest SLRs and hybrid cameras). Check it out after the link or visit the Learn section using the menu on the left.
November 27
Silkypix Developer Studio adds Sigma and Sony
SilkypixUK has launched the full release version of Silkypix Developer Studio v4 (4.0.27.2) and Pro (4.1.27.2) with full support for the Sigma SD14, DP1, DP1s and DP2. These version also add support for Sony's recently launched A500 and A550 DSLRs. UK customers can obtain updates from the company's website. The updates should be available from US distributor Shortcut Software very soon.
November 26
Nikon updates Capture NX & Camera Control Pro
Nikon has updated its Capture NX and Camera Control Pro software to support the D3S. The Camera Control Pro update includes Windows 7 support though users of Capture NX will have to keep waiting.
Ricoh updates GR Digital III firmware
Ricoh has announced a firmware update for its GR Digital III digital compact. The latest version will bring in additional features and improvements to the camera including compatibility with GF-1 external flashgun, addition of 1.5m snap focus distance and improved playback functions. The firmware will be available for download from December 1, 2009 from Ricoh's website.
November 25
Apple releases iPhoto v8.1.1
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Apple has released an update for its iPhoto image management software. Version 8.1.1 addresses issues affecting face recognition performance and accuracy, and fixes other minor errors. The latest version is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
Panasonic updates firmware for DMC-GF1 and lenses
Panasonic has released firmware updates for its DMC-GF1 camera and five of its Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lenses. Firmware v1.1 for the GF1 promises a series of improvements to features such as autofocus in movie mode and the Manual Focus Assist function, as well as enhancing auto white balance performance. Firmware updates for the 14-45mm, 45-200mm, 14-140mm HD, 7-14mm and 20mm pancake lenses offer improved autofocus in movie mode and extend AF support to 'Full HD' mode for the 14-45mm and 45-200mm lenses. The firmware updates are available for immediate download from Panasonic's website.
November 24
Lensbaby calls for image submissions
Lensbaby has invited photographers to submit images taken with one of its products for a chance to be published in an upcoming book. Photographers have until December 31, 2009 to submit up to two images via the company's website. Successful entries will be announced on Lensbaby's website on January 15, 2010.
NEC hopes to cancel video zoom noise
Tokyo-based electronics company NEC has developed a technology to eliminate noise from by AF and zoom motors in digital camera videos. At present focus and zoom motors are slowed or disabled to prevent noise being collected by internal microphones. NEC's technology processes-out motor sounds using a similar method used by noise-canceling headphones. Its system takes a three-stage approach to accurately match its suppression to the noises of the specific camera. With manufacturers' increasing concentration on HD movies, this is a technology we'd like to see used, if it allows the effect of zoom and focus to be seen and not heard.
November 23
Windows 7 software update round-up
All the major DSLR makers have responded to the launch of Windows 7 and we've collected together the links with more information on compatibility. Meanwhile, Nikon has said it will offer compatible versions of its Transfer and ViewNX software by the end of January 2010 (although it claims there are currently no problems with 'basic' operations).
November 20
PocketWizard posts beta firmware for flash triggers
PocketWizard has released beta firmware updates for its ControlTL, MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio flashgun triggers for Canon DSLRs. Firmware v4.374 enables fully automatic camera detection and fixes minor bugs. It also adds the Metz 58 AF-1 flashgun to the list of compitible flash units for MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 triggers.
Sigma USA announces scholarship contest
Sigma US has announced a scholarship contest for high school students seeking higher education in a photo-related field. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash gift and $1,000 in Sigma products. To enter, US high school seniors graduating in 2010 are required to submit an 800-word essay and three to five images with a connected theme. The contest will run until February 15, 2010 with the winner announced in May.
November 19
Hasselblad creates 50MP multi-shot full-color camera
Hasselblad has announced a Multi-Shot (MS) version of its H3DII-50 medium format camera. First shown in the H3DII-39 MS in 2008, the system captures four shots in a row, moving the sensor by one pixel between each shot to record full RGB values at each position. THe H3DII-50 MS costs €23,000 with less expensive trade-in prices and a trade-up route for Hasselblad owners.
Adobe RAW 'release candidates'
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Adobe has released 'Release Candidates' of Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 for immediate download from Adobe Labs. The updates fix minor issues and provide additional Raw support for 19 more DSLRs, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3s, with additional DNG support for the Leica M9. The 'release candidate' label means the downloads are 'well tested' but not yet final versions.
November 18
Casio unveils EX-G1 rugged compact camera
Casio has unveiled the world's slimmest 'rugged' compact in the shape of Exliim EX-G1 - its thinnest side measures just 20mm (0.78"). The first in the company's new 'Exilim G' series of weatherproof cameras, named in reference to the company's well-known G-Shock series of watches. The G1 is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters for an hour, coldproof down to -10°C (14°F) and shock-resistant for drops of up to 2.13 meters. It incorporates a 38-114mm equivalent lens, 2.5" LCD, 12.1MP sensor and includes features such as Intelligent AF, Best Shot shooting mode and Interval shooting. Priced at US $299 and £279 GBP, the camera will start shipping from December 2009.
November 17
Bryce Bayer honored for key digital camera technology
Bryce Bayer, inventor of the color filter array used to determine color in virtually every modern digital camera has been given the UK Royal Photographic Society's Progress Award. Commonly known as the Bayer filter or Bayer pattern, his invention of a pattern of red, green and blue filters allows a light (but not color) sensitive sensor to record a broad range of colors in similar proportions to the sensitivity of the human eye. The work, conducted while working for Kodak, was patented in 1975 and originally described a system intended for recording video.
November 16
Just posted! Nikon D300S in-depth review
Just Posted: Our in-depth review of the D300S. By adding 720p HD video recording with contrast-detection AF and upping the continuous shooting rate to 7 frames per second, Nikon has made only subtle changes for its latest flagship APS-C DSLR, the D300S. However, its predecessor was an excellent camera and one that has proven hard to beat. So, has Nikon done enough to face up to Canon's rather impressive EOS 7D? Read our 30 page review to find out.
Zeiss launches ZF.2 lenses with CPUs for Nikon
Carl Zeiss is upgrading eight of its F-mount lenses by adding an electronic interface (CPU), allowing full support of automatic exposure modes and the inclusion of lens-related data to EXIF. Priced between €545 and €1,386, six of the new Nikon-mount ZF.2 series lenses will be available from the end of this month: 18mm/f3.5, 21mm/f2.8 , 35mm/f2, 50mm/f1.4, 50mm/f2 and 85mm/f1.4, while the Distagon T* 28mm/f2 and macro Planar T* 100mm/f2 will be introduced in Spring 2010. A reworked version of the Distagon T* 28mm/f2 will then follow in other mounts.
Casio adds back-lit CMOS for EX-FH25 & EX-FC150
Casio Japan has released two digital cameras that see the addition of 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensors to existing models in the Exilim line-up. The Exilim EX- FH25 and EX-FC150 follow the EX-FH20 superzoom and EX-FC100 compact respectively, sharing similar features such as image stabilization, burst shooting rates of up to 40fps and movies at 1000fps.
November 13
Panasonic introduces tripod adaptor for Lumix GF1
Panasonic has introduced the DMW-TA1 tripod adaptor for its Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera. The design of the adaptor makes it easier to use tripods when large-diameter lenses such as Lumix G Vario 45-200mm or the HD 14-140mm are attached to the camera.
Canon releases EOS-1D Mark IV White Paper
Canon has released a 'White Paper' of its recently released EOS-1D Mark IV pro DSLR containing in-depth details of the camera features. It additionally covers comparison to predecessors and an overview of compatible software and accessories. All Canon white papers, including the one for EOS-1D Mark IV, are available for free download from their website.
November 12
Bibble Labs releases Bibble 5 Preview v3
Bibble labs has released a preview version 3 of its Bibble 5 RAW workflow software. This latest version extends support to 50 new cameras and offers faster RAW file conversion, selective non-destructive editing tools and better photo organization options than its previous versions. It is available for immediate download from the Bibble Labs website.
Leica S2 samples gallery
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Just added: Our gallery of images from a pre-production Leica S2. Just recently Leica announced a delay in production of its new S2 autofocus medium format DSLR which will now be available from December. However, we already have our hands on a pre-production model and took it out into the gray London autumn for some snapshots. So here are a selection of images using both the APO-TELE-ELMAR-S 1:3.5/180 and the SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/70 ASPH lenses. There is a mixture of camera JPEGs and RAW conversions.
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS for Sony & Pentax
Sigma Japan has announced the availability of its 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS image-stabilized telephoto zoom lens in Sony and Pentax mounts. The lens is suitable for use on both APS-C and full frame DSLRs. Priced at 59,000 yen, the Sony version will start shipping from November 27, 2009 followed by the Pentax version from the first week of December 2009.
Eye-Fi adds FTP support
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Eye-Fi has announced the addition of FTP support for its Share Video, Explore Video and Pro memory cards. With this service, users can now upload photos and videos directly to their personal FTP servers using either FTP or FTPS protocols. Currently offering support only to JPEG files and videos, the new FTP feature is listed along with other online sharing options in the Eye-Fi Manager.
November 11
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM Macro review

Just posted! Our lens review of the Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM. A few months ago Canon announced a new optical image stabilisation technology, dubbed 'Hybrid IS', that promises greater effectiveness at close distances for which conventional IS systems tend to be ineffective. The first lens to feature this has duly arrived in the shape of Canon's latest 100mm Macro, which alongside image stabilisation has also gained the added attraction of the premium 'L' designation. We take a close look to see if it's worth the premium over the older EF 100mm F2.8 USM Macro, which remains in Canon's range.

November 10
Ricoh GXR A12 and S10 preview samples galleries
Just Added: Our samples galleries of the Ricoh GXR camera system. We've been given a chance to get out and about with both the lens modules the company announced this morning. So here are a selection of Beta samples from both the A12 APS-C 50mm equiv. prime and the S10 1/1.7" 24-72mm zoom modules. We've prepared 52 shots taken at a range of ISOs, apertures and (where appropriate) focal lengths, including a mixture of camera JPEGs and RAW conversions.