December 31
Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Sony a9 II

Attempting a road trip in the middle of a pandemic offers plenty of opportunities for things to go awry. Good thing the Sony a9 II proved to be about as reliable as the vehicle it was traveling in.

The top 10 most popular cameras of 2020 (according to our Instagram)

We've taken a look back at our year of Instagram posts to the @DPReview account and compiled the 10 most popular cameras of 2020, based on most 'likes' to a single post.

2020 in review: the biggest photo news stories of the year

As this tumultuous year comes to an end, we thought we'd round up some of the biggest news stories of the past 12 months. Join us in taking a look at the highs – and lows – of 2020 in the world of photography.

December 30
Update: Canon patent applications show pistol-grip-style mirrorless camera with pan/tilt and zoom functionality

A series of patent applications from Canon showcase a unique pan/tilt mirrorless camera designed with video in mind. Although the device bears a resemblance to DJI Ronin-style gimbals, it's a different kind of device altogether.

DPReview TV: We share our 2021 predictions while freezing our asses off

It's time for our annual predictions episode! Chris and Jordan tell us what to expect from each camera company in 2021. And like true Canadians, they do it while ice fishing.

December 29
FAA releases final rule on Remote ID and operations over people/night flights

On Monday, December 28th, the FAA released its long-awaited ruling on Remote Identification (Remote ID) for drones along with a final rule on flights over people and at night.

Video: Here's how Adobe Lightroom Mobile works on the Zeiss ZX1

The Zeiss ZX1 is a unique compact camera, dominated by a large touchscreen. It comes with Adobe Lightroom Mobile installed - but how does it work? In this video, Reviews Editor Carey Rose explains all.

December 28
Nikon Z6 II vs Canon EOS R6 - which is best for you?

In the current full-frame mirrorless marketplace, the Canon EOS R6 and Nikon Z6 II are the midrange models to beat. But which is right for you?

December 27
The Canon EOS R5 is the best camera between $2500 and $4000

When choosing a high-priced camera, build quality, resolution and autofocus performance are of primary importance. We combed through the best cameras priced between $2500 and $4000, and Canon's do-everything EOS R5 came out on top.

December 26
How one drone pilot got slapped with $182,000 in fines from the FAA

A Philadelphia-based remote pilot managed to accrue $182,000 in fines from the FAA. Renowned aviation attorney Jonathan Rupprecht says it's the second largest fine he knows of, to date, and explains how it happened.

DPReview TV: How to set up Sony's 'Real-Time' autofocus tracking

Did Santa leave a new Sony camera in your Christmas stocking? If so, your first step should be to enable Sony's 'real-time' autofocus tracking. In this video, we show you how to set up this useful feature.

December 24
Roger Cicala: Understanding field curvature for fun and profit

What is field curvature, and why should you care? In this article – the first of two – professional optics geek Roger Cicala explains all.

December 23
7Artisans releases a $195 35mm F5.6 golden pancake lens for Leica M mount cameras

This ultra-compact 35mm pancake lens features a fixed F5.6 aperture but manages to squeeze a manual focus mechanism inside.

Review update: Zeiss ZX1 studio scene analysis

As we press on with our full review, we've analyzed just how the Zeiss ZX1 stacks up in front of our standard studio test scene. See for yourself how it performs.

SkyPixel announces 6th annual drone photo and video contest

SkyPixel has announced their 6th annual drone photography and videography competition.

DPReview TV: Does bird detect AF make the Olympus E-M1X a crazy bird finding machine?

A new firmware update adds bird detection autofocus to the E-M1X and, oh boy, it finds all the birds. The E-M1X and E-M1 Mark III also get ProRes Raw video recording, but does it meet Jordan's standards?

December 22
DJI's GO 4 app adds local data mode, preventing third parties from accessing flight info

The DJI GO 4 app recently added local data mode on iOS. This keeps your flight data strictly on your phone instead of being sent to servers.

Netflix adds the Sony FX6 to its approved camera list for shooting Netflix Originals

Considering the FX6 effectively uses the same core components as the Sony a7S III, it goes to show just how much video power is inside Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras if you don’t need all the extra production-level inputs and outputs.

MiNT Cameras launches Kickstarter campaign for InstantKon SF70 instant camera, a modern take on Polaroid SX-70

MiNT Cameras has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its InstantKon SF70 instant film camera. It uses Fujifilm Instax square format film and includes manual and automatic functionality. MiNT hopes the SF70 captures the spirit of the classic Polaroid SX-70 while introducing improved modern functionality.

Gear of the year 2020: Dan's choice - Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD

Tamron's 70-180mm F2.8 is a high-quality telephoto lens for Sony E-mount that won't break your back or the bank. Read about why it's been one of Dan's personal favorites this year.

Megadap’s MTZ11 adapter gives (almost) any manual lens autofocus with Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

The adapter, which offers full support for Nikon’s phase-detection autofocus system, is technically a Leica M mount to Nikon Z mount autofocus adapter, but since you can stack other adapters on top, the options are almost limitless.

Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery

Nikon's new Z 50mm F1.2 S is a fast, versatile prime lens for the full-frame Z-series. It's a seriously big, seriously pricey lens, but does its performance justify its cost? Take a look at our samples gallery to find out.

December 21
Zeiss, Vivo form partnership to bring Zeiss camera components to Vivo's premium smartphones

This new global partnership will see the two companies work together to research and develop co-engineered imaging systems for Vivo smartphones, starting with the new X60 series.

Adobe brings native M1 support to Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush and Audition with new public betas

The public betas, which have known issues and won't work with all third-party add-ons, are the first to natively run on Apple's new M1-powered computers.

Video: How to make your own paper developer at home

Nick Brandreth of the George Eastman Museum is back with a new episode of 'Darkroom Magic'. The new episode shows how to make your own paper developer.

Check out that lens: Zeiss ZX1 studio scene uploaded

We've just finished processing our Zeiss ZX1 studio scene, and holy cow, that lens looks amazing. Click through to see for yourself.

NASA celebrates Hubble's 30th birthday with 30 new stunning images of space

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured many beautiful, important images over its first 30 years in orbit. To celebrate the milestone, NASA published 30 new images, all highlighting Caldwell objects, celestial objects amateur astronomers around the world can view for themselves.

Have your say: Best gear of 2020 - winners and final vote!

For the past few weeks, our readers have been voting on their favorite photographic gear released in the past year in a wide range of categories. Now that the first round of voting is over, it's time to reveal the first-round winners and pick the best overall product of 2020.

Report: After more than 70 years Nikon ends domestic camera production, planning move to Thailand

Japanese publication AERAdot has reported that Nikon is ceasing camera production at its Sendai ‘Mother’ Factory and moving operations to its Thai factories as a cost-saving measure.

December 20
Gear of the Year: Dale's choice - Fujifilm X-Pro3

Dale's favorite camera this year is one of the most interesting and distinctive mirrorless ILCs on the market - the ultra-traditional, rangefinder-styled Fujifilm X-Pro 3.

The 7 most clichéd photography gifts (and what to buy instead)

Please, no more ugly camera straps, cheesy how-to books, useless smartphone accessories or lens-shaped mugs (emphasis on that last one). Here's what we photographers actually want this year for the holidays...

December 19
Gift idea: These are the best instant cameras in 2020

Looking for an awesome last-minute gift idea? Consider an instant camera! We tested every Instax model on the market and picked our favorite two. Snag either for under $100. [Originally published October 2020]

DPReview TV: Sony FX6 Review

What would the Sony a7S III look like if it were a cinema camera? Spoiler: it would look like the Sony FX6. This week, Jordan reviews the FX6 to see how it compares with the a7S III. Which one would he pick? You might be surprised.

December 18
Chinese drone company DJI added to U.S. economic blacklist

The U.S. government has added Chinese drone maker DJI to its economic blacklist.

The best compact travel tripods for any budget

While we may be hunkered down at home for a while longer, that doesn't mean you can't plan for future travel when it's safe! Earlier this year we reviewed four popular compact travel tripod options, here's our favorite. [originally published July 2020]

Iconic Ansel Adams image sells for nearly $1M at Sotheby's auction, total sales of $6.4M

Sotheby's of New York recently completed the auction of 'A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterworks'. The 123-lot collection earned a total of $6.4M USD, with 94% of lots selling. An iconic image set a record, selling for $988,000, the highest total ever for an Ansel Adams print.

Venus Optics’ new $399 Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT lens is just four Oreos tall

The lens joins the 7.5mm F2 Zero-D MFT lens from Venus Optics, making it the second 'Zero-Distortion' MFT lens in Venus Optics' lineup.

TTArtisans releases a $98 50mm F1.2 lens for APS-C camera systems

The fully-manual lens costs just $98 and is available for Canon M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mount camera systems.

Stocking stuffers: Five film camera bargains

If you're looking to expand your 35mm camera collection for the holidays, here are five(ish) film cameras you can find at stocking-stuffer prices.

Canon Japan confirms its RF 70-200mm F4 is delayed until March 2021 due to ‘insufficient supply’

Canon Japan says the RF 70-200mm F4, which was set to be released this month, is being pushed back to a March release due to ‘ insufficient supply for the launch.’

December 17
Nikon Z6, Z7 firmware update adds ability to record Blackmagic RAW and more

Firmware version 3.20 for both the Nikon Z6 and Z7 adds the ability to record Blackmagic RAW footage to Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR monitors/recorders if you've purchased Nikon's Raw video upgrade.

Netflix approves Panasonic BGH1 for productions, making it the first Micro Four Thirds camera on the list

Aside from being the first Micro Four Thirds camera on the list, it's easily the most affordable. This also means Panasonic now has two prosumer-grade cameras on the list, as the S1H was added last year.

Texas report details the harsh realities, risks of being a wedding photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic

Texas Monthly has shared an article detailing how one high-risk photographer was exposed and eventually tested positive for COVID-19 after the party hid that the groom had tested positive ahead of the event.

Fujifilm X-S10 full review: An image-stabilized camera for (almost) everyone

Fujifilm's latest X-S10 is a likeable mirrorless camera with some of the company's best tech packed inside, and it doesn't cost the earth. We think it could be a good fit for photographers of all kinds – find out more in our full review.

Syrp announces Genie Micro, a compact all-in-one smart remote for your camera

Syrp is well-known for its motion control and camera slider products. Its latest offering is the Genie Micro, a small camera remote you attach to your camera via its hot shoe and USB port.

Makeshift beercan pinhole camera accidentally captures 'longest known exposure'

While a student at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012, Regina Valkenborgh constructed a pinhole camera using duct tape and a beer can. She set the camera up and forgot about it. It was finally discovered this year, after exposing upwards of 2,953 days.

Leica SL2-S sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Our team at DPReview TV just wrapped up their review of the new Leica SL2-S. Check out this gallery of images captured along the way, shot entirely with Leica glass.

December 16
FCC filing unveils the internals of the upcoming Pentax K-3 III flagship APS-C DSLR

Ricoh Imaging has been teasing the Pentax K-3 Mark III APS-C camera for months. Although the camera isn't due to ship until early next year, recent FCC filings by Ricoh Imaging show the camera without its outer shell, further expanding our knowledge of the upcoming digital SLR.

Halide developers break down the technology powering Apple's new ProRAW image format

Ben Sandofsky, a developer at Lux Optics, the company behind the Halide camera app, has shared an incredibly detailed breakdown of Apple's new ProRAW technology and explains how the company plans to make the most of it in the Halide app.

Nikon Z7 II samples gallery

The Nikon Z7 II is here, bringing improved speed and twin card slots. But does the addition of a second processing engine make any difference to image quality? Take a look at our gallery of samples to find out.

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