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November 2012 news and reviews

November 30
Apple Raw update brings support for 8 cameras, including Sony A99

Apple has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02, adding support for 8 cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. The update includes support for many recently-announced cameras including the Sony Alpha SLT-A99, NEX-6, Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, but does not yet support recent high-end Fujifilm models.

Woven app puts photos from mobile devices on Samsung Smart TVs

The free app for iOS and Android allows for easy in-home photo sharing.

Old Razr photos fodder for new book

Artist found photos on old, resold Razr phones and collected them for a book.

November 29
CNET: How smartphones are changing weddings

What are the benefits of “unplugged” weddings?

Learn to take better landscape shots with your mobile device.

November 28
'It nearly killed me' - Ex-Olympus CEO Woodford looks back on crisis

'It nearly killed me' says Olympus CEO-turned-whistleblower Michael Woodford of writing about his dramatic exit from the Japanese company following his 2011 exposure of massive corporate mismanagement. In an interview with Amateur Photographer Magazine, Woodford describes the strain on his personal life, and the process of writing a book about the experience with lawyers poring over every word. He also tells of his intention to give to charity much of the £10M he was awarded for unfair dismissal. Click through for extracts from the interview (from Amateur Photographer).

Adobe Photoshop Touch app updated for smaller tablets

App update aimed at iPad Mini and Nexus 7 users.

Photo sharing platform expands mobile platform offerings with app for iPhone.

Will.i.am debuts i.am+ iPhone accessory line

Product promises to turn 8MP smartphone into 14MP camera.


Mobile accessory review: Gary Fong Flip-Cage with iPhone 4/4S Mount

Our reviewer looks at Gary Fong's iPhone accessory.

Interview with Mobile Photography Awards founder

Learn more about the annual awards from Daniel Berman.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 preview extended

Just Posted: an extensive update to our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 preview. We've been working away towards a review of the RX1 that we received recently. With its full frame sensor and 35mm F2 lens, it's a camera that's generated a lot of excitement amongst photographers, so we wanted to publish more detail of its performance and behavior. We've added eight pages to the preview, including more detail about its handling and interface as well as our studio test shots, a sample gallery from the production camera and our first impressions of shooting with it.

November 27
Mexican indie band makes music video entirely from Instagram photos

Four-minute long video is made up of 1,905 Instagram shots.

ACDSee 15 and Pro 6 gain Raw support for 16 additional cameras

ACD Systems has extended the Raw support offered by its ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 software packages. Both packages gain support for an additional 16 cameras, including the recently-announced Nikon 1 J2 and the Sony DSC-RX100. The more sophisticated ACDSee Pro 6 also gains support for the Compressed DNG formats that were introduced with v1.4 of the DNG format.

Apple claims throne as mobile king

Google loses market share while Android users show disengagement.

Lifelogging camera surpasses Kickstarter goals

Memoto has earned 10 times its goal, continues seeking funds for added features.

Olloclip releases iPhone 5 lenses

The tiny kit features a wide angle, fisheye and macro lens.

Mashable looks at the Lumia 920 camera sensor

Nokia sends tech blog the 8.7-megapixel camera hardware.

One mobile photographer makes the jump from an iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 5.

November 26
Triggertrap app free until the end of the year

Mobile app for Android and iOS helps trigger camera wirelessly in more than a dozen ways.

Triggertrap Mobile app available free until the end of the year

Triggertrap Mobile, the camera triggering app, is available for free between now and the New Year. The idea is to make it easier to give the mobile dongle (that costs $24.99) as a gift, without the recipient then having to buy the associated app. The app is available for both iOS and Android and allows a smartphone to perform as series of sophisticated camera triggering actions, when connected to the camera using the mobile dongle.

Hipstamatic magazine comes to iPhone, web

Snap now available for your phone and computer, as well as your iPad.

Damian Dinning lead Nokia through the development of PureView.

Shoppers spend over $1 billion online during Black Friday

Sales-seekers didn’t wait until Cyber Monday to score deals from Internet retailers.

November 24
BBC: Lomography turns 20

Film fans look back at two decades of lomography photography.

Instagram has record-breaking turkey day

Users upload over 10 million photos on Thanksgiving.

November 23
Retailers sell out of popular phones on Black Friday

Lumia 920 sells out on Amazon, T Mobile out of Nexus 4 devices

Agence-France Presse: Smartphones crushing point-and-shoot camera market

Compact camera sales drop over the past year as mobile photography gains popularity.

Will.i.am wants to turn your iPhone into a 'genius phone'

Accessory will make iPhone photos 14 megapixels, the singer claims.

DxO Optics Pro 8: What's new

Optics Pro 8 is the latest upgrade to DxO's image management and raw file processing software. This new version introduces a Smart Lighting adjustment tool for easier highlight and shadow control, a print module with support for multi image page layouts and a tweaked palette organization designed for a more efficient editing workflow. What do these changes mean for new and current users? Read our brief overview to find out.

Simple Photo Tips: 6 steps to sharper photos

Nothing ruins a special moment like a blurry photo. Follow these simple steps to start getting sharper pictures today.

Nikon announces digiscoping adapters for 1 System cameras

Nikon has announced two digiscoping accessories for its 1 System cameras, allowing them to be used to take pictures through telescopes. The DSA-N1 can be used to connect a Nikon 1 system camera directly to a telescope eyepiece. Meanwhile the DSB-N1 is a bracket that holds the camera behind the telescope, and includes a mechanical cable release adapter. Both will be available in December, with RRPs of £219.99 and £169.99 for the DSA-N1 and DSB-N1 respectively.

DPReview Recommends: Top Five Zoom Compact Cameras

'What camera should I buy?' That's a question we get asked a lot here at dpreview, and it's a tough one to answer. We use a lot of cameras, from simple point-and-shoot models to professional workhorses, and everything in between. To help you make a buying decision this holiday season, we've put together a short article which covers five of what we think are the best zoom compact cameras on the market right now, and summarized their strengths and weaknesses. Click through to see what we think. 

November 22
Staying in touch with mobile photography

A brother and sister find mobile photography keeps them connected.

November 21
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review

Just Posted: Our Canon PowerShot G15 review. The G15 is one of the latest wave of updated enthusiast compact cameras and it follows this season's trend of gaining a brighter lens and CMOS sensor in the process. It still offers a 28-140mm equivalent lens range but its maximum aperture range has been pushed to F1.8-2.8 - a whole stop faster, throughout its range, than the older G12. It's lost that camera's flip-out screen but has lost bulk in the process and has retained that rarest of things - an optical viewfinder. Will this makeover of the G-series formula be enough to win back its place at the top of the heap? Read our review to find out.

Roger Cicala cock-a-hoop* over Sigma's 35mm F1.4 DG HSM

Lensrentals' Roger Cicala hasn't always been a fan of Sigma's lenses but the company's latest 35mm F1.4 seems to have got him pretty excited. He's written a very positive first impressions blog post, considering the build and test data from the first sample he's received. As usual, he's very careful to stress the limitations of what he's reporting - specifically that these are early impressions, based on a single lens that he's had little chance to actually take photos with. However, he's also someone with immense experience with lenses, and is in the unusual position of having had the opportunity to strip the lens down, so we found his insight interesting. (From Lensrentals)

Photographer creates time-lapse showing D600 'dust' accumulation

Canadian photographer Kyle Clemens has created a timelapse video which shows the slow accumulation of debris on the sensor of his brand new Nikon D600. When we reviewed the D600 we expressed concern about the propensity of its sensor to gather specks of debris, and Clements raises the troubling possibility that whatever it is that's ending up on the D600's sensor could be coming from inside the camera. Click through for the full video and a link to Kyle Clements' blog where he investigates the issue. 

Bryce Bayer, inventer of Bayer Filter, passes away aged 83

Imaging Resource has published an obituary of Bryce Bayer, who passed away recently. Often called the 'father of digital imaging', former Kodak scientist Bryce Bayer invented and gave his name to the so-called 'Bayer Filter' - a mosaic pattern of red, green and blue filters which allows silicon sensors that are only sensitive to luminance to capture information about the color in a scene. Patented in 1976, the RGBG Bayer Filter has since become essentially ubiquitous, being used in virtually all digital imaging systems from medium-format backs to smartphones. Click through for a link to the obituary at www.imaging-resource.com.

Instagram introduces its own badges

Badges link your Instagram web profile from your blog or website. 

Mobile photography: Built on community

One mobile photographer takes a look at the community aspect of the art.

App roundup: Let's get lo-fi

You don't have to get fancy; these lo-fi apps let you keep it simple.

Printicular update sends square images straight to Walgreens

Android users may order prints from phone, update includes 4x4 format.

November 20
Just Posted: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Review

Just Posted: Our review of the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM. The latest version of Sigma's stabilized superzoom is smaller and lighter than the existing non-macro version, yet is able to add improved close-focus performance, helping it compete with the similarly-sized Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 VC PZD. These long-range all-rounders are a popular choice, so we've had a look at how Sigma's latest performs. We've also added DxOMark's test data for a selection of its competitors, to give a sense of context.

Facebook’s Photo Sync automatically uploads photos from your phone

Photo Sync uploads your photos privately so you can share them later; now testing for iOS. 

We immerse ourselves into Android 4.2's new Photo Sphere feature, which stitches 360° panoramas out of a large number of individual frames. 

Hipstamatic gets gangster

New film 'Gangster Squad' inspires lens, film and camera case with film noir feel.

3D photobooth opens in Japan

The 3D scanner/printer makes tiny figurines of gallery patrons.

Mobile Photography Awards accepting entries

Photographers can win cash prizes for their smartphone shots.

Travel photo sharing app Jetpac gets an update

Version 2.0 improves navigation on the free app.

November 19
Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview

We've added a gallery of real-world and studio images to our Canon EOS 6D preview. The EOS 6D won't be available until at least December but we've been able to borrow a pre-production model for which we've been allowed to post samples. We've shot with the camera in a series of lighting conditions, using a variety of lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. We've also shot an ISO sequence under challenging low-color-temperature artificial light. Click here to see how Canon's latest full-frame challenger performs.

GoPro Hero 3 Black Setup Guide
This is a setup guide for the new GoPro Hero 3 Black camera. It walks through what resolutions and frame rates are best and it discusses some of the issues with the new GoPro 3 cameras.

Retailers drop prices for holiday shoppers.

Samsung announces tiny 64GB memory chip for slim smartphones

Samsung shrinks its embedded multimedia cards to keep up with thinning design trends.

Holiday cyber shopping should be busy

“Smartphone Thursday” joins Cyber Monday for holiday shopping.

New Android version out for PostalPix app

Postal Pix now available through Google Play.

November 18
Just Posted: Tamron  SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD samples gallery

Just Posted: Our samples gallery from the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD. The company's latest fast maximum aperture, stabilized standard zoom was announced back in February, but really comes into its own with the recent announcements of more affordable full-frame bodies from Canon and Nikon. We've put together a gallery of images shot in a variety of situations with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to give a taste for what it can do.

November 17
Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review

We've just published a review of Panasonic's flagship super-zoom camera, the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The FZ200 goes back to its roots, offering a constant-aperture zoom range, like the FZs of old, but in most other respects it's similar to its well-regarded predecessor the FZ150. Features include a 12MP MOS sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 6400, Raw shooting, and automatic panorama and HDR modes. We collaborated with Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page to bring you this review of the FZ200 - click through to find out what we thought. 

iFixit tears down the Nexus 4

What's inside the new Google phone? 

November 16
Just Posted: Leica X2 real-world sample gallery

Just Posted: Our real world samples gallery from the Leica X2. Following the Sigma DP series, Leica was one of the first companies to offer a large sensor in a compact-bodied camera with its X1. The X2 retains its predecessor's 36mm equivalent F2.8 lens but adds a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor. We've been shooting the X2 in a variety of lighting situations and at a range of apertures to give a taste for what the camera can do. The 49-image gallery includes a selection of Adobe Camera Raw conversions as well as out-of-camera JPEGs.

Is photography dead? Infographic explores the question

Fun look at major milestones in the history of photography.

Images from the 'Skyfall island' - Michael Gakuran goes urban exploring

Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, is topping the box office charts around the world and wowing audiences with its cinematography. It includes a sequence set on a deserted island - modeled on Hashima, an abandoned former coal-mining island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. Dpreview member Michael Gakuran has written a blog post about his experiences on the island - filming for a Discovery Channel documentary and, earlier, being smuggled onto the island under cover of darkness to perform a little urban exploration (Urbex).

Free apps: Don't miss these downloads, starting Monday

Get CameraXE, GridFilter, iSupr8 and more free for iOS.

App review: Uber Iris Pro for Android

Uber Iris Pro is a new app for Android that offers basic retouching functions and 55 effect filters.

Twitter taking photo-centric turn

Twitter highlighting images now more than ever.

500px expands licensing options

500px rolls out Creative Commons licensing for users.

Instagram for advertising

How companies are using Instagram to connect with their audience.

Cell phone photography pioneer Joel Grey explains how he started shooting with his Nokia 133 in this video.

Lytro adds 'perspective shift' and 'living filters' to light field captures

Lytro has announced two extra features for users of its Light Field Cameras - perspective shift and living filters. Perspective shift allows the viewer to re-render the light field as if captured from a slightly different position - moving this viewing position around shows off the depth information captured by the camera. Meanwhile the 'living filters' are depth-aware versions of the processing filter modes that have become near-ubiquitous in cameras in recent years. And, because the Light Field Cameras download all the light field data to your computer, these effects will be available with all existing captures.

November 15

Demotix, “the freelancer’s AP,” is now part of image licensing giant Corbis.

Stephen Mayes on mobile photography: “pure implementation of the digital phenomenon.”

App review: Photo Editor by Aviary for Android and iOS

Read our full review of this multi-platform editor.

MacWorld iPhoneography presentation sneak peek

Jack Hollingsworth shares his iPhoneography conversion experience.

Olympus US gives $500 price and December date for 17mm f/1.8

Olympus USA has announced its M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds will be available in December for around $500. The lens features the same premium build quality and snap-focus manual focus mode as the company's 12mm f/2.0. The snap-focus mode is engaged by pulling the focus ring on the lens back, which reveals a distance scale and engages end-stops on the focus travel, applies firmer damping and switches the camera to manual focus mode. Olympus UK, meanwhile, has announced a price of £449.99.

November 14
Richard Franiec creates add-on grip for Sigma DP1 and 2 Merrill

Accessory grip maker Richard Franiec has created a custom grip for the Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill. As usual, the grip is made from anodized aluminium alloy and attached to the front of the camera using high-strength 3M double-sided tape. The grip attaches securely but can be removed if necessary. It will be available from December 2012 at a cost of $36.95 plus shipping.

Study shows app users ripe for physical photo purchases

An untapped market may await photo app makers.

Software Technique: Out on a Limb

Learn how mobile photographer Natalie Maddon manipulates her ethereal images. 

Chirpify turns Instagram comments to online purchases

Service links PayPal and Instagram for digital purchases, donations and sales.

November 13

Congratulations to Sudeep Mehta, winner of our $5,000 top prize.

Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review

We've just published our 23-page, in-depth review of the Nikon D600. Aimed at enthusiasts, the Nikon D600 offers a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor and a 39-point AF system adapted from the D7000. In many other respects, it owes a lot to its considerably more expensive cousin, the 36MP D800. When we previewed the D600 we were impressed by its image quality and how many features it offers for the money. So how does it fare when put through our rigorous studio and real-world testing? Click through to find out.

Metabones adds autofocus to Canon-NEX adapter

Metabones has updated its EF to NEX Smart Adapter II, allowing recent Canon lenses to autofocus on Sony E-mount cameras. As with most systems that attempt to use DSLR lenses on contrast-detection-based AF cameras, the focus speed is considerably lower than when used on their native cameras. However, despite not being able to use the hybrid-AF system from the NEX-5R or 6, Metabones claims performance is often better than Sony DSLR lenses being used with the original LA-EA1 adapter. The adapter costs $399, with existing Smart Adapter II owners able to upgrade for $50.

Mobile photography finds a place in the fine arts world

Is a cell phone aesthetic emerging as the genre gains a footing in the fine arts realm?

GoPro releases app for Android

New app allows users to control  GoPro cameras from Android devices.

Largest exhibition of mobile photography in Paris opens Nov. 21

18 photographers on display at the Bastille Design Center.

Insta-scams attract followers with promise of free burritos

Don’t be fooled by Instagram phishing scams.

Can hackers turn the Galaxy Camera into a phone?

November 12
Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Photo Backpack

The Kata Revolver-8 photo backpack's unique selling point is its roulette-style revolving lens compartment, which is designed to let you get access to your glassware in seconds, during a busy shoot. This backpack sits at the more expensive end of the camera backpack spectrum, so does its unique revolving design justify the price premium? Read our review to find out.  

Dronestagram turns Instagram feed into political statement

London-based writer takes to Instagram to show the targets of U.S. drone attacks.

Triggertrap now offers Wi-Fi control for remote shutter trigger

New Triggertrap app update allows for shutter release via Wi-Fi.

Business Insider: Apple starting production of iPhone 5S in December

After tales of hardware problems, Apple is reportedly pushing the release of the iPhone 5S.

The Android-running point and shoot will be available in the U.S. later this week.

Triggertrap app adds Wi-Fi control for remote smart camera triggering

Triggertrap Mobile, the app-based camera trigger can now be used remotely if the user has two smart devices. The latest version of the app, that allows a wide range of cameras to be triggered in response to a range of events or with sophisticated time-lapse functions, features a Wi-Fi mode. In Wi-Fi mode, a 'master' iOS device can be used to remotely configure and trigger a camera that is connected to a Triggertrap mobile dongle and a second smart device (either an iOS or Android phone or tablet).

AT&T announces Samsung Galaxy Camera for $499

US cellphone network AT&T will sell Samsung's Galaxy Camera from November 16th at a price of $499. The Android 4.1 connected camera, which essentially adds a 21x zoom compact camera to a Galaxy SIII smartphone (with the omission of phone function), will cost the same amount with or without a data contract - rather than being subsidized by the carrier, as smartphones usually are. Anyone buying a Samsung smartphone at the same time can receive up to a $100 discount. The AT&T version of the camera will offer a HSPA+ connection, not the faster LTE system.

Photos surface of ZTE’s Nubia Z5

Smartphone fans speculate about Chinese manufacturer’s 13-megapixel smartphone.

Sony’s water-resistant Xperia Advance to come to the U.S.

The Xperia Advance is water resistant and packs a 5-megapixel camera.

BlackBerry 10 to be released on January 30, 2013

RIM’s latest operating system to be unveiled with two new smartphones.

iPhone photography for real tweeters

Bird Photo Booth snaps close ups of fleeting flyers with an iPhone, a wireless trigger and some birdseed.

November 11
Article: Breaking Compositional Rules

Photographers have no shortage of compositional rules to turn to when trying to create better images. Pro shooter and educator Thomas Park shows how you can actually make more compelling images by breaking these rules - as long as you understand them first.

November 9
Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs studio test images

Just Posted: Studio test images from the Pentax K-5 II and its low-pass-filter-free sister model, the K-5 IIs. We've shot studio test samples with Pentax's latest 16MP DSLRs. Not only does this mean you can see the differences between the K-5 II and the 's' variant but it allows you to compare them with the original K-5 or almost every camera we've tested in recent years. It also means you can download the Raw files from either camera to process to your own tastes.

Quick Review: Swirl your hashtagged images from Instagram and Twitter

App displays images from Twitter and Instagram according to hashtag. 

Transcend introduces new Wi-Fi memory card

Transcend has announced its own Wi-Fi-capable SD card. Like the existing Eye-Fi and FlashAir cards, it can connect directly to a smartphone or to a local Wi-Fi network and, in common with the latest cards from Eye-Fi, is based around a Class 10 card. A free app compatible with both iOS and Android devices lets you upload images wirelessly from your digital camera to the Internet.

Another option for connecting your digital camera wirelessly.

Just Posted: Six page Nikon D5200 hands-on preview

Just Posted: Nikon D5200 in-hand preview. We've been able to spend some time with Nikon's latest mass-market DSLR - the 24MP D5200. At first glance it's nearly indistinguishable from its predecessor, the D5100, but beyond the sensor, it also gains the 39-point AF system and 2,016 pixel metering sensor from the D7000. This represents a significant step up for this class of DSLR. It also has the option to join the 'connected camera' set, with the option of a clip-on Wi-Fi unit. Is this enough to keep the D5200 relevant amongst its smaller mirrorless rivals?

The square format image is enjoying a resurgence thanks to apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic. Learn how to start using it in your own photography.

Mobile accessory review: Jelly Lenses

Jelly Lenses are self-adhesive lenses for your smartphone. Which of the 14 different varities is worth playing with? 

November 8
Canadian law finally gives photographers copyright to all their photos

A major copyright reform bill came into effect today in Canada, granting photographers copyright of all of their photographs - regardless of whether they have been commissioned. Previously, copyright on photographs belonged to the commissioner of the images, not to the photographer, transferrable only by a written contract. One of the stated goals of the law is to 'give photographers the same rights as other creators'. Click through for more details (via PetaPixel). 

Adobe issues Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 'release candidates'

Adobe has issued a 'release candidate' version of Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3, including support for 13 additional cameras. The Mac version of Lightroom features a Develop module that supports Apple's HiDPI mode that makes the interface easier to read on the 'Retina' panels used on recent Macs. The latest versions are available for download from the Adobe Labs website and, as the 'release candidate' tag denotes, are well tested but could benefit from some user feedback before finalized.

Photographer Ben Horne captured his own wedding from his bride's perspective.

iFixit tears down the Nikon D600 - Chipworks confirms Sony sensor

iFixit.com has performed a complete tear-down of the Nikon D600, reducing it to its component parts to see how easy it is to repair. Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR scored a low 'repairability' score, of 2 out of 10 since 'most components almost require a certification in soldering in order to properly remove'. On the plus side, the tripod mount is easy to remove, if you ever cross-thread it accidentally. iFixit has also worked with semiconductor experts Chipworks to take a very close look at the D600's 24MP CMOS sensor. Click through for more details, images, and a link to both iFixit and Chipworks' tear-downs. 

Blackberry 10 passes U.S. security clearance

Blackberry's latest mobile operating system cleared to run on government phones, but still doesn't have a release date.

Branding with Instagram

How are businesses Insta-branding?

SmugMug looks for Android developers to work on Camera Awesome

Android version of Camera Awesome likely as SmugMug begins search for developers.

Galaxy S3 sales surpass iPhone 4S in third quarter

Samsung sells 18 million Galaxy S3 devices to Apple's 16.2 million iPhone 4S smartphones.

November 7
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 studio sample images

Just Posted: Studio test samples from the Canon PowerShot G15. Although closely resembling the existing G-series cameras, the G15 is slightly smaller and features a faster lens than its predecessor. It also gains the latest version of Canon's 12MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor - promising what should be a significant performance improvement over the now rather dated 10MP CCD in its predecessor, the G12. What difference does that sensor make? Have a look at our studio test images to find out.

EyeEm app updates with new camera capabilities

Latest update from EyeEm includes new filters and more camera features.

DxO Optics Pro 8 hits v8.0.1 with Nikon 1 J2 and NEX-5R support

DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro software to version 8.0.1 with the addition of support for the Nikon 1 J2 and Sony NEX-5R mirrorless cameras. The latest update also includes over 200 additional camera/lens correction modules. The update is free for Optics Pro 8 users and is available immediately.

Anton Kawasaki: What 'mobile' means to me

One mobile photographer offers his unique perspective on the genre.

Photo of Obama hug sets Facebook record

Image earns most "likes" ever in history of social network.

Sigma USA announces $899 price for 35mm F1.4 DG HSM prime lens

Sigma USA has announced the price and availability details of the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM it unveiled at Photokina 2012. The 35mm F1.4, which will be available for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma DSLRs, is compatible with both full-frame and APS-C cameras. It will have an estimated street price of $899, making it significantly less expensive than the big-brand competition. Sigma UK, meanwhile, has announced an SRP of £799.99. The lens is the first of Sigma's 'Global Vision' lineup, representing the 'Art' category of enthusiast-grade lenses.

Just Posted: Canon EOS M preview samples gallery

Just Posted: Our Canon EOS M preview samples gallery. We've had a chance to shoot with the Canon EOS M, the company's first mirrorless camera, over a weekend on Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shooting exclusively with the 22mm F2 prime lens, we prepared a gallery of real-world images shot in a variety of situations and under a range of lighting conditions. In addition to camera JPEGs, we've processed a series of images at different ISO settings through the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw.

November 6
Facebook adds photo filters too

Facebook's latest iOS app update includes filters for photos.

NBC creates a map of Instagram’s election photos

Electiongrams maps American voters' Instagram photos.

From Slashgear: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. iPhone 5 in a photo shoot out

Nokia's Lumia 920 promises great photos. Will it deliver?

Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi

Nikon has announced the D5200 - an upper entry-level DSLR that improves on the D5100 by offering a 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080i60 movie capability, a side-articulated 921K dot 3.0" tilt/swivel LCD and new processing filters. Interestingly, the D5200 is equipped with a significantly upgraded AF system, based around the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor that is used in the D7000, and the same 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor. The D5200 is also compatible with Nikon's optional WU-1a WiFi module. Pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed, and Nikon has yet to officially announce the D5200 in the US. 

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM preview

We've had our hands on Canon's latest zoom, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, for a couple of hours and prepared a quick preview. It's clearly designed primarily as a 'kit' lens for the EOS 6D, but of course will work just as well on Canon's other full frame bodies such as the EOS 5D Mark III, as well as APS-C cameras on which it will offer a 38-112mm-equivalent range. In our preview you can read more about the lens and its features, including its unusual macro function, and see how it compares in size to Canon's other L series standard zooms. 

Canon announces 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and 35mm f/2 IS USM EF lenses

Canon has announced two lenses for its EOS system. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is designed as a relatively compact image-stabilized standard zoom for full frame SLRs, and will be offered as a kit with the EOS 6D. It  includes a Macro setting offering an impressive 0.7x magnification, backed up by Canon's Hybrid IS that promises increased effectiveness at close distances. It's also weather-sealed, and will be available from mid-December at an RRP of $1499 / £1499.99 / €1459. Meanwhile the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features an all-new optical design, and includes image stabilization and an ultrasonic focus motor. It will be in on sale early December for $849.99  / £799.99 / €849. Both lenses will work on full frame and APS-C cameras.

ProCamera founder shares app's story

Meet Jens Daemgen, founder and chief developer of ProCamera, a pioneer in the iOS photo app scene.

November 5
Poynter.org goes behind the scenes of magazine's post-Sandy cover picture

Poynter.org has published an interesting article examining how photographer Iwan Baan took his striking post-Sandy picture of Manhattan, which is currently gracing the cover of New York Magazine. According to the article, Baan took his photograph of Manhattan - which is half blacked-out due to the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy - from the open door of a helicopter hovering at 5000 feet above New York. He went up on the night of Wednesday 31st October, when limited air traffic made it possible to hover for longer - and higher - than would normally be allowed over a major city. Click through to see the resulting image, and for more details of how Baan got the shot. 

Instagram adds Facebook-style web profiles

Your favorite social photo-sharing app adds web profiles, akin to Facebook. 

Unified Color releases HDR Express 2 for Windows & Mac

HDR software maker Unified Color Technologies has announced version 2 of its HDR Express high dynamic range merge and editing software for Windows and Mac. New features include Image Stacking that automatically groups bracketed exposures and a browser with thumbnail previews. Along with improved de-ghosting algorithms, the software also includes single-click presets and a new slideshow feature. Its native .BEF format can be opened in Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture via a plug-in for further editing. HDR Express 2 is available for an introductory price of $84.00 or $59 for current Unified Color users.

Apple boasts iPad sales while Android tablets gain traction

Apple sells 3 million iPads over the weekend, as Android tablets increase market share.

Android’s latest update includes panoramic Photo Sphere feature

Jelly Bean 4.2 takes and maps 360-degree panoramas.

App Review: Camera Awesome for iPad

Camera Awesome was recently updated to fit the iPad; our reviewer takes a look.

For £399, customers in the UK can buy a Galaxy Camera on November 8th.

Microstock photography gets mobile

New services get mobile photographers into the stock photography game.

November 4
Book Review: 'Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers' by Martin Evening

'Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers' is the latest in Martin Evening's popular series of books, which aim to provide a complete guide to this industry-standard image manipulation software. In this book, Evening explains the techniques and tools that photographers will need within the program, making sure to cover CS6’s new features. Adam Koplan takes a look. 

November 3
New York Times reports Twitter to add photo filters

Twitter may be trying to squeeze out Instagram competition by adding photo filters.

November 2
Sony RX100 one of 50 'best inventions' of 2012 says TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine has included the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 in its list of the 50 'best inventions' of 2012. TIME's Techlands blog called the RX100 a 'huge leap' in the trend towards smaller and more capable digital cameras, thanks to its 'innovative design and 1-in sensor'. The list of 50 inventions is organized by cost, from 'priceless' up to '2.5 billion' and also includes self-inflating tires, the Curiosity Mars rover, and LiquiGlide, a microscopic non-slip coating.  

Microsoft testing its own smartphone, says WSJ

Is the software giant going to make its own Windows Phone 8 model? 

Curiosity rover takes high-resolution self-portrait on Mars

While we're stuck down here on earth, NASA's Curiosity rover is currently trundling around on the surface of Mars, mapping the terrain and analyzing rocks. This week, Curiosity took time out from its busy schedule to snap an arms-length self-portrait, showing the rover in situ, in Gale Crater - 140 million miles from home. The composite image is made up of 55 high-resolution images, taken using its MAHLI camera, which is mounted on the end of a robotic arm. Click through for more details and a link to the full-resolution image.

Accessory Review: Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Carbon fiber is recognizable by its distinctive 'woven' appearance and useful because of its impressive strength-to-weight ratio. This makes it a great choice for structures and products that need to be light and portable, but capable of supporting a lot of weight. For this reason, carbon fiber is all the rage in the high-performance world of motorcycles, cars, boats and also photography. Manfrotto's 290 Series is aimed at photographers on a budget. Should the Manfrotto 294 CF be on your shopping list? Find out in our review.

Instagram love at first 'like'

How Instagram users are hooking up and falling in love.

iPad 4 teardown reveals larger front-facing camera

iFixit finds 1.2MP Facetime HD camera inside the newest iPad -- a significant improvement over the .3MP Facetime camera in the iPad 3. 

#JJ hashtag encourages Instagram photographers

A mobile photography community finds each other with a two-letter hashtag.

November 1
3 of every 4 smartphones are Android

136 million Android smartphones shipped worldwide in Q3, most were made by Samsung.  

Which smartphone is best? Try asking your device.

Google Search app will tell you to decide, unlike Siri. 

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the latest incarnation of Samsung’s hugely successful Galaxy S smartphone line and Samsung’s best-selling smartphone to date. Read our in-depth full review of its 8MP camera here.

TheAtlantic.com sorts the real Sandy photos from the fakes

Hurricane Sandy has left a swath of destruction across the Caribbean and eastern United States. Thousands of images have been circulating around the web, showing flooded streets, destroyed homes and submerged Subway stations. Some of the images that have popped up around the Internet are truly unbelievable  but how do you know which ones are fake and which ones are real? The Atlantic has posted an exhaustive article, sorting out the genuine images from the fake. Click through for a link to the story.   

Out for Android: Amazon Cloud Drive Photos

App offers offers mobile cloud-based photo storage management.

iFixit tears down the iPad Mini: See what's inside Apple's latest offering, and why it got a 2 out of 10 repairability score.

A mobile photography time warp

How long is a long time in the world of mobile photography, a medium of various states of “now”?

Tap into Mobile Photography: It all clicked for Chris Ozer

A jazz pianist changes his tune with a newfound love for photography.

Short film made with 7,500 iPhone images

Photographer uses stop motion to show off a year's worth of mobile images snapped around the world.