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January 31
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Chris Hadfield posts stunning views of earth's landmarks from space.

Twitter and Dropbox update photo viewing, Flickr sees surge in popularity

We round up the latest news from photo sharing apps.

Immersive views from the top of the world to the Grand Canyon

360-degree images emerged this week from opposite ends of the world.

Study reveals iPhone photo apps cheaper than Android

A look at over 27,500 apps shows high quality iOS imaging apps are more affordable.

Bout pits mobile photographers against each other

Players challenge each other to take the “funniest, weirdest and awesomest photo.”

7 iPhone photography trends at the Macworld Expo

Professionals and hobbyists come together to discus iPhone photography. 

Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses

LensRentals' Roger Cicala has published an interesting article comparing 24-70mm F2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon and Tamron, using both an optical test bench and Imatest results from Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800E bodies. This provides some insights about the interaction between the sharpness of the lens and resolution of the camera's sensor, and under what practical circumstances you might see any difference. It's worth reading for anyone interested in the long-running question: what provides more detail, a higher resolution sensor with a good lens, or a lower resolution sensor with a great lens?   

Fujifilm updates firmware for X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF 35mm F1.4 R lens

Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras and the XF 35mm F1.4 R lens. The updates for both cameras introduce compatibility with the XF 14mm F2.8 R wideangle lens, and promise improved autofocus performance. Version 1.04 for the X-E1 also includes tweaks for users of external remote releases and the MIC-ST1 stereo microphone. Meanwhile v2.02 for the XF 35mm lens promises better autofocus accuracy, and requires the latest camera firmware to be fully effective. Click through for more details and download links.  

CP+ 2013 - Micro Four Thirds lenses from Tamron and Olympus

CP+ 2013: Tamron is showing off its newly-announced 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III VC stabilized superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds, while Olympus has a revised version of its 75-300mm F4.8-6.7. Though Tamron hasn't yet announced the price or availability of the 14-150mm, the prototype it has on display is working and the company gave us a hint about how much it will charge.

Pentax posts firmware updates for K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30, K-01 and K-r

Pentax has released firmware updates for its K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30 and K-r digital SLRs. With these latest firmware versions, all cameras gain improved overall stability and enhanced contrast AF performance when using the 560mm f/5.6ED AW lens. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links. 

January 30

DPReview Connect category winners also announced.

70,000 apps already available for BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Google working on multi-flash for smartphones

The new design features a ring of flashes around camera lens.

Allan Hoffman guesses at what more connected cameras could mean for the iPhone maker.

Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact

Olympus has announced the Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact - a smaller, cheaper addition to the range alongside the well-regarded XZ-2. It's built around a 26-130mm equivalent F1.8-2.7 lens, coupled with a 12MP 1/2.3" type backlit CMOS sensor that offers ISOs up to 6400 and sensor-shift image stabilization. It can record 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound, with Multi-motion Movie IS to reduce blur while walking. The 3" 920k dot LCD is touch-sensitive, but unlike the XZ-2's doesn't tilt, which helps make the camera slimmer. The package is rounded off by a full set of manual controls including a customizable round-lens control ring, but there's no hot shoe or support for an external EVF. It'll be available from March 2013 for £349.99 in black, brown or white.

Fujifilm announces Wi-Fi-enabled F900EXR with EXR-CMOS II

Fujifilm has announced the FinePix F900EXR, a 20X zoom, raw-capable compact superzoom with built-in Wi-Fi, offering what Fujifilm claims is the 'world's fastest AF'. The F900 uses a 16MP EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection AF technology and sensor-shift image stabiisation. A near-identical twin of the F800EXR in other respects, it offers the same 25-500mm equivalent lens, captures 1080p movies, P,A,S,M shooting modes and the ability to wirelessly transfer files via the free 'Fujifilm Camera Application' app for Android and iOS devices. Price and availability details have not been given.

Fujifilm announces FinePix S6800 and S4800 superzoom cameras

Fujifilm has launched the Finepix S6800 and S4800 superzooms with stabilized 30x (24-720mm equiv.) zoom lenses. The 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor-based S6800 captures 1080p60 full HD and high speed movies, while the 16MP CCD-based S4800 is limited to 720p30 videos. Both come with 3-inch LCDs and run on four AA batteries. The S6800 and S4800 will be available from March 2013 at a retail price of $249.95 and $229.95 respectively. The company has also launched the $99.95 JX680 ultra-compact with 26-130mm optical zoom lens, 16MP sensor and full HD video recording that will available around the same time.

BlackBerry 10: Worth the OS switch?

As RIM readies to officially launch BlackBerry 10, we look ahead at the new OS.

Olympus releases updated M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm lens

Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II, an updated version of its lightweight 150-600mm equivalent telephoto lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. While most of the changes are cosmetic, the lens elements feature the latest ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to resist scratches and reduce ghosting. Like its predecessor, this version also includes Olympus' MSC technology which aims to minimize focusing noise during video capture. The lens will be available only in black from March 2013 at an estimated street price of $549.99.

Nikon issues firmware update for D4 professional DSLR

Nikon has issued a minor firmware update for its D4 professional DSLR. Versions A 1.04 and B 1.02 improve performance of the camera's Subject Tracking AF feature in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) mode. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website. Click through for the link.

January 29
Pentax announces flash and body cap lens reference designs at CP Plus

CP+ 2013: Pentax has shown two prototype products at the CP+ 2013 trade show in Japan: a bounce flash and a body cap lens for the Q-system. The flash is tentatively named the AF360FGZ II and has a guide number of 36, vertical and horizontal bounce capability, and is expected to ship this Summer. The 'Mount Cap Lens' is limited to the Q-mount camera line, and includes what appears to be a small hyper-focal lens which Pentax says will produce a 'toy-camera-like visual effect,' and is also expected this Summer 2013.

Pentax to ship more affordable WG-10 waterproof camera

CP+ 2013: With the WG-10 Pentax has created a more affordable waterproof digital camera, one that still withstands depths of 33 feet, as well as the usual drops, dust, cold, and pressure. With a 14MP CCD sensor, Pentax says the camera can produce 'poster size' images thanks to its new imaging engine, and can also capture 720p videos. Its 5x lens zooms from 28-140mm equivalent.

Pentax launches WG-3 and WG-3 GPS waterproof cameras

CP+ 2013: Pentax announces the WG-3 rugged digital camera, available with and without a built-in GPS. Both versions feature an image-stabilized 16MP CMOS sensor, and now an F2.0-4.9 lens with 25-100mm equivalent zoom. Both are also waterproof down to 45 feet, drop-resistant from heights of 6.6 feet, dust-resistant, and can handle temperatures down to 14F. Finally, they're back-pocket-safe, meaning you can sit on them and they're still likely to work (they can handle up to 220 pounds of pressure).

Sony to release firmware updates for A-mount and E-mount systems

Sony has announced it plans to release several firmware updates for A-mount and E-mount systems on February 4, 2013. Updates to Alpha and NEX bodies relate mostly to lenses, including the addition of Dual-AF support for 11 lenses on the A99, and Fast Hybrid AF support for six E-mount lenses on the NEX-5R and NEX-6, among others. Three E-mount lenses also get updates to enable Fast Hybrid AF support. See table below for more detail on which bodies and lenses will get updates.

Casio releases Exilim EX-ZR700 and EX-ZR400 High Speed compacts

Casio has announced two additions to its High Speed Exilim series, the EX-ZR700 and EX-ZR400. The EX-ZR700 uses a 16.1 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD and a stabilized 18x, 25-450mm equivalent optical zoom lens. The EX-ZR400 is similar to its predecessor the EX-ZR300, inheriting its 16.1MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 24-300mm equiv. lens, and comes equipped with a long-lasting battery promising 515 photos on a single charge. Both cameras feature the company's latest Exilim Engine HS 3 processer and new shooting modes including a Premium Auto Pro and an All-In-Focus Macro mode. There is currently no information available about their price and availability.

6 effects of the Vine app scandal

Twitter’s video app sees a surge of downloads, Apple removes it from “featured” list, Facebook update includes video recording. 

Tamron develops 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 VC for Micro Four Thirds

Tamron has announced that it's developing an image stabilised superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (Model C001) is poised to become the first third-party zoom for the system, and will offer a 28-300mm equivalent focal length range. It uses the company's Vibration Control (VC) system to counteract hand-shake, and a stepper motor for fast and silent autofocus. The lens will also feature a metal barrel and be available in a black or silver finish. Price and availibility are still to be confirmed.

Korean smartphone offers 5.9-inch display with 'full HD'

New device is the largest high-resolution mobile phone yet.

A higher storage capacity iPad may offer advantages for photographers on the go.

Apps for more colorful captures: One artist's favs

How did she do that? See what apps Tommy Vohrs relies on for eye-popping color, and double exposures.

Tokina exhibits 70-200mm F4 FX and 12-28mm F4 DX lenses at CP+

Tokina has announced it will be exhibiting two soon-to-be-released lenses at the CP+ trade show in Japan. The AT-X 70-200 F4 PRO FX VCM-S is a telephoto zoom that's designed for use on both full frame and APS-C SLRs, and features both optical image stabilisation and a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor with full-time manual override. Meanwhile the AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX is a replacement for the company's existing 12-24mm F4 wideangle zoom for APS-C cameras. But rather than making the lens wider to match its competitors, Tokina has chosen to extend it further into the 'normal' range, to give an 18-42mm equivalent zoom. 

Sigma announces 60mm F2.8 for mirrorless and redesigned 30mm F1.4 DC

CP+ 2013: Sigma has announced four additions to its 'Art' range of prime lenses, including a 60mm F2.8 DN lens for mirrorless cameras and an updated 30mm F1.4 DC for APS-C DSLRs. Alongside these are redesigned versions of its 30mm and 19mm F2.8 DN lenses for mirrorless in metal bodies. Like these lenses, the 60mm F2.8 DN features a metal casing and will be available for the Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. It will offer a 90mm equivalent field of view on Sony NEX cameras or 120mm equivalent coverage of Micro Four Thirds bodies. The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC is a completely redesigned version of the popular normal lens for APS-C DSLRs - it will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. Price and availability details have not been given.

Printer Primer 2: Print Workflow
ou've unboxed that shiny new printer, followed the setup guide down to the last step, and can't wait to start printing your masterpieces. In this article we're going to explore the various steps involved in successfully transferring your photographic vision from screen to print.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm F3.5-4.5G ED and 800mm F5.6E FL ED VR

CP+ 2013: Nikon has announced the AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm F3.5-4.5G ED full-frame wideangle zoom and the AF-S Nikkor 800mm F5.6E FL ED VR, a super-telephoto prime that comes with its own dedicated teleconverter. The 18-35mm is a consumer-grade wideangle to extend the options available to buyers of the company's more affordable D600 model, and will cost around $750 / £670. The 800mm lens, which uses fluorite glass, will cost around $18,000 / £15,600 and comes with an exclusive, matched 1.25x teleconverter that gives a 1000mm F7.1 combination.

Nikon debuts Coolpix P520, S9500, S6500 and L820 mid-range compacts

CP+ 2013: Nikon has unveiled a quartet of mid-level Coolpix compacts including the Coolpix P520 42x superzoom and S9500 22x compact superzoom, alongside the Coolpix L820 30x budget superzoom and the S6500 12x compact. The P520 features the same 24-1000mm equivalent zoom seen in the P510 but moves to an 18MP BSI CMOS sensor and is compatible with the optional WU-1a Wi-Fi module. The S9500 has built-in Wi-Fi and fits the same 18MP sensor into a slim body with a 25-550mm equivalent lens.

Nikon announces Coolpix AW110 and S31 rugged waterproof cameras

CP+ 2013: Nikon has announced the Coolpix AW110 and S31 tough, waterproof cameras. The AW110 is the more resilient and feature-packed of the two. It features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, OLED screen and a 28-140mm equivalent stabilized zoom. It is waterproof to 18m (59ft) and shockproof from a height of 2m (6.7ft) and includes both GPS and Wi-Fi. The S31 is built around a smartphone-sized 10MP sensor and includes a 29-87mm equivalent lens. It's waterproof to 5m (16.5ft) and shockproof from a height of 1.2m (3.6ft).

Nikon launches Coolpix S5200 and L28 budget compacts

CP+ 2013: Nikon has announced the CoolPix S5200 and L28 - two affordable compact cameras. The S5200 is a 6x compact with a 26-156mm equivalent stabilized zoom lens and a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor. It features a 3" LCD screen and built-in Wi-Fi capability and will retail for around $180. The L28 offers a slightly more modest 26-130mm 5x zoom lens in front of a 20MP CCD sensor. It uses AA batteries and will sell for around $120.

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.

AMPt revamped

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. 

January 17
Just posted: Canon EOS 6D test data and further impressions

We've just posted an extra six pages to our Canon EOS 6D coverage including data and analysis from all our key tests. We're working towards completing our review and wanted to publish this information as we know a lot of readers are interested in this camera. We've had the camera in the office for a couple of weeks and have used this time to expand our impressions of the camera. This will be the last update before the full review is published very soon.

Mobile accessory review: iStabilizer tripod mount

Accessory holds any number of smartphones without obscuring screen or buttons.

EyeEm promises not to use images without consent

EyeEm statement comes just before Instagram's new policies go into effect.

Make time to take an artistic inventory

One mobile artist takes a look back at her work.

Flickr Commons marks 5-year anniversary with galleries of most-viewed pics

The Commons, Flickr's collection of public domain images, is five years old. To celebrate, Flickr has created galleries of the most viewed, 'favorited' and commented-upon images. The Commons was launched in 2008 with 1500 photos, in partnership with the US Library of Congress. Five years later, the collection boasts more than 250,000 images. Click through for more information, and links to the galleries of most popular images in the growing collection. 

Pentax releases firmware updates for K-5 II and K-5 IIs DSLRs

Pentax has released the first firmware updates to its K-5 II and K-5 IIs digital SLRs, which were released in September of last year. Firmware version 1.01 offers contrast adjustment option for the cameras' LCD displays as well as 'stability improvements'. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links. 

January 16
DxO Optics Pro 8.1.2 adds Sony DSC-RX1, Canon EOS 6D and Nikon 1 V2

DxO Labs has released the latest version of its DxO Optics Pro software, with more than 10,000 camera and lens correction combinations now supported. The latest version, v8.1.2 or the more expensive Elite edition adds support for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full-frame, fixed-lens camera as well as Canon's EOS 6D. Meanwhile both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Nikon 1 V2. With this release DxO has achieved its stated target of offering 10,000 optics modules. Both editions are available with a 33% discount until the end of January 2013.

Street photography on your smartphone

Learn tips for candid street photography from mobile photographer Anton Kawasaki.

Blackberry Z10 video walk-through leaked on Austrian website

An Austrian website has leaked a video walk-through of the Blackberry Z10 smartphone (via Wired).

January 15
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Canon's latest superzoom, the SX50, features a 24-1200mm (equivalent) lens and a feature set that compares well to its competition, in what is now one of the most competitive segments of the compact camera market. Specifications include a 12MP CMOS sensor, 2.8" fully-articulated LCD screen, Raw capture and full manual control. Is this the travel camera enthusiasts have been waiting for? Read our review - created in collaboration with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page - to find out. 

Shooting fashion with a Sony RX100?

I take my little Sony RX100 for a spin on the wild side to see how it fares as a "in your face/pocket" stealthy editorial fashion shooter!

Branch out with mobile photographer MaryJane Sarvis

Mobile artist shares her favorite apps and tricks for newbies. 

Mobile photography keeps street artist's work alive

Guido van Helten uses his smartphone to create and document his work.

January 14
Smartphones go for a swim with waterproof cases

Waterproof cases made a splash at CES 2013. 

Nokia's Lumia sales exceed expectations

Nokia optimistic after preliminary fourth quarter report.

Dropbox for Android update makes sharing photos easier

Android photographers can now share photos with non-Dropbox users.

Phase One releases Capture One Pro 7.0.2 with Fujifilm X-Trans support

Phase One has announced that it has updated its Capture One Pro raw conversion software to version 7.0.2. This includes support for several additional cameras, including the Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF1, Canon EOS 6D and EOS M, Sony SLT-A57 and NEX-5R, and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. The update is available immediately from the company's website, as a free download for users of Capture One 7.

Capture One v7.0.2 Raw support for Fujifilm X-Trans tested

The latest version of Capture One brings support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors - something we noted other software struggled with, when we reviewed the X-Pro 1. Beta versions of the software have caused a lot of excitement for X-Pro1 and X-E1 users finally looking to get the most from their photos. Do the results live up to the expectation? We had a look.

Metabones announces 'Speed Booster' lens adapter for mirrorless cameras

Specialist accessory manufacturer Metabones and optics company Caldwell Photographics have jointly announced the 'Speed Booster', a lens adapter for mounting SLR lenses on APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras that reduces the focal length by a factor of 0.71x and increases the maximum aperture by 1 stop. The Speed Booster also promises sharper images compared to using the lens with a simple adapter. The first version will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, and will be available this month from Metabones' web site for US$599. Support for additional lens mounts (including Nikon F) and camera systems (including Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds) is also planned.

January 12
CES 2013: Trends to watch

CES 2013: We scoured the Las Vegas Convention Center this week: Here's what we saw.

January 11
GoPro imitators abound at CES

CES 2013: Companies offer cheaper versions of the tiny, rugged HD video camera.

What's new @ CES 2013

This year's Consumer Electronic Show is packed with exhibitors, industry analysts and press, all eager to see, touch and talk about this years' hottest electronics. As well as countless televisions, tablet computers and portable electronics, a lot of cameras get announced at CES, too. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most interesting new models on show at this year's event.

CES 2013: We got a chance to play with the Intel-powered K900 at the Lenovo booth.

Tylt keeps smartphone photographers charged

CES 2013: Innovative designs for charging your mobile device

Golla extends trendy line to iPad mini

CES 2012: Golla showcases iPad mini products and more for mobile devices

G-Form's G90 case turns smartphones into GoPros

CES 2013: Maker of protective smartphone cases debuts GoPro-like case.

Chest mount for photographers who are extremely attached to their smartphones

CES 2013: VelocityClip lets you wear your smartphone or point-and-shoot hands free.

Phillips showcases photo sharing via TV, high-tech baby monitors

CES 2013: New Phillips TVs allow for direct wifi photo transfer from smartphones

Speck offers clever design for smartphone and tablet cases

CES 2013: Manufacturer stands out from a sea of smartphone and tablet covers at CES. 

CES 2013: Sharp shows 8K TV prototype at CES

January 10
Steadicam for iPhone and GoPro helps shaky videographers

CES 2013: The Smoothee rig keeps capture steady during video shoots.

Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100S

CES 2013: We got a chance to get our hands on a near-to-production example of Fujifilm's X100S, to fill-in the details we couldn't cover in our preview. The button layout of the camera is now finalized and the camera's focus and manual focus systems are fully working (and rather impressive), so read our hands-on article to find out how big a difference that little 'S' makes.

Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S

Perhaps the most interesting camera at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Fujifilm X100S - a hugely impressive upgrade to the X100, which was one of our favorite cameras of the past couple of years. Read our short hands-on look more details.

Fujifilm X100S Digital Split Image focus - how it works

The Fujifilm X100S is the latest in a recent rush of cameras to include phase-detection elements on its imaging sensor, giving an AF system that is a hybrid of contrast and phase-detection methods. However, Fujifilm also uses this system to provide a unique and incredibly clever manual focus aid - which could finally allow digital cameras to offer the speed and convenience enjoyed by manual-focus SLR and rangefinder users. Fujifilm UK has posted a video showing 'Digital Split Image' focusing and Japanese camera site DCWatch has published details that allow us to show how it works.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Ativ Odyssey for Verizon

CES 2013: Samsung shows Galaxy Note 10.1 and Ativ Odyssey Windows 8 smartphone for Verizon at CES.

Hands-on with the ZTE Grand S camera

CES 2013: We had a closer look at ZTE's new "superphone," the Grand S.

Snappgrip gives smartphones a camera feel

CES 2013: Hardware add-on offers familiar zoom and shutter actions. 

Tiny rugged HD camera stands out by blending in

CES 2013: In a trade show filled with GoPro imitators, Liquid Image’s integrated accessories break the mold.

Olloclip boosts lens use with protective iPhone 5 case

CES 2013: New case allows fans of the smartphone lens to protect their phone during use.

Canon announces 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 Cinema EOS prime lenses

Canon has announced two additions to its range of Cinema EOS prime lenses, a 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2. The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F are both designed to be used on movie cameras with image sensors up to 35mm full frame in size, and include a range of features optimized for movie shooting. These include geared focus and aperture rings with markings designed to be read from the side of the camera, 11-bladed circular aperture diaphragms, and all-metal weather-resistant construction. The 14mm T3.1 will be available from April 2013 at an estimated retail price of $5,500, while the 135mm T2.2 will appear in May for $5,200.

Taiwanese accessory maker phunks with Will.i.am's heart

CES 2013: We've got a feeling that foto.sosho won't be the only iPhone camera adapter case for long.

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z camera

CES 2013: We had a closer look at Sony's new 13-megapixel phone, the Xperia Z, at CES in Las Vegas.

January 9
Optrix offers rugged iPhone 5 case with interchangeable lenses

CES 2013: New smartphone cover has a wide and macro lens option and is waterproof for up to 15 feet.

Hands-on with Huawei’s Ascend D2

CES 2013: 13-megapixel smartphone has quick camera access and manual exposure.

CES 2013: Hands-on with the Samsung NX300

CES 2013: As promised we've used the CES show as an opportunity to get our hands on the Samsung NX300. The latest model shares its looks with the NX210 but has been substantially re-worked under the skin. We had a chance to play with the NX300 and Samsung's innovative 3D variant of its 45mm F1.8 lens that has been developed alongside it. Click here to see what we found.

Chinese manufacturer showcases GoPro-like cameras

CES report: Ace Electronics Enterprise sells tiny HD video recorders.

CES 2013: Panasonic shows 20-inch 4k tablet prototype aimed at photographers.

UK's biggest high-street camera store enters administration

The UK's biggest high-street camera retailer, Jessops, has gone into administration, putting 192 stores and 2,000 jobs at risk. The company's website is not accepting orders and administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers has said vouchers and returns would not be honoured at present. The company, that has been slow to respond to competition from internet retailers, was rescued in 2009 by HSBC, which bought into the company in return for writing off some of its debts. However, increasingly stringent credit terms imposed by suppliers (a common move when there is doubt surrounding the future of a company), and predictions of further falls in camera sales led to the administrators being called.

Moshi premieres mobile battery pack at CES

CES 2013: Moshi offers array of innovative mobile products

January 8
ZTE launches Grand S 5-inch Android smartphone

CES 2013: ZTE aims for high-end user with new device

Sakar launches Android-based, modular, Polaroid-branded camera system

CES 2013: Sakar International has formally announced the distinctly Nikon-esque iM1836 - a modular camera system wearing Polaroid branding. Details are scarce - with the company able to give little information (and some of that being improbable), but the first model is said to be an Android-based, Wi-Fi-connected camera with Ricoh GXR-style interchangeable modules with the sensor built into the lens. Further adapter modules are promised to allow use of Pentax K, Nikon F and Micro Four Thirds lenses.

CES 2013: CameraMator connects your DSLR and mobile device via Wi-Fi

Photography seems to have more than its fair share of erroneous beliefs and misunderstandings which get reinforced by repetition without question. Here's a collection of some, often seen in the Canon forums here, debunked.
Polaroid offers first Android camera with interchangeable lenses

CES 2013: Polaraid iM1836 is the first Android camera with interchangeable lenses.

Sigma launches DP3 Merrill with Foveon sensor and 75mm (equiv.) lens

CES 2013: Sigma has announced the DP3 Merrill, the latest iteration of the company's enthusiast large sensor compact camera. Nearly identical to the earlier DP Merrill models, this camera features the familiar 15x3MP APS-C Foveon X3 sensor, but it is now mated with a 50mm (75mm equiv.) F2.8 lens. The lens lends itself to portraiture and, with a minimum focus distance of 22.6cm, offers respectable 1:3 magnification. Video recording is still limited to VGA resolution but the DP3M can shoot at up to 4 frames per second for 7 frames in Raw.

Sigma sets out its stall at CES - including lens pricing and SPP mono mode

CES 2013: Sigma has published details of what it will be showing at the CES show, including pricing details for two of the lenses it announced at Photokina 2012. The 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, part of the company's 'Contemporary' line of lenses, will retail for around $499. Meanwhile the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, which falls into the company's 'Sports' category, will sell for around $3,599. The company has also given details of a monochrome processing mode that it's added to its Sigma Photo Pro processing software for its Foveon-sensored cameras.

Olympus launches Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS tough underwater camera

CES 2013: Olympus has announced the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS, the latest flagship of its Tough series of waterproof compact cameras. This update to the TG-1 model is now waterproof down to 15m (50 feet), has a 12MP CMOS sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture starting at F2.0. Further rounding out the specifications are a 3.0" OLED rear display, built-in GPS and elevation recording and 1920 x 1080 video output. The TG-2 iHS will be available in March in both red and black versions for US $379.99.

Olympus announces Stylus SH-50 iHS with 5-axis image stabilization

CES 2013: Olympus has announced the Stylus SH-50 iHS, which the company claims is the first compact camera to feature E-M5-style 5-axis image stabilization. The 16MP camera also features a 24x 25-600mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens, 1080i60 video output and a touch-sensitive 3-inch rear LCD. Taking design cues from the company's higher-end PEN cameras, the SH-50 iHS sports a textured hand grip and will be available in March in both black and white versions.

Olympus strengthens rugged range with Stylus Tough TG-830 and TG-630

CES 2013: Olympus has announced the TG-830 iHS and TG-630 iHS, two new additions to the company's TOUGH series of travel-friendly waterproof compact cameras. The mid-range TG-830 iHS is waterproof to 10m (33 feet) and has a 5x optical zoom lens to go along with its 16MP back-side illuminated CMOS sensor. Video can be recorded in 1920 x 1080 resolution, with the option to capture high speed clips at 120 fps in 720 resolution mode, for slow motion playback. The entry-level TG-630 iHS is waterproof down to 5m (16 feet). Both models will be available in March in a range of colors.

Olympus releases Stylus SZ-16 and SZ-15 compact superzooms

CES 2013: Olympus has announced the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the Stylus SZ-15 iHS - a pair of 24x compact superzoom cameras. Both cameras offer an 25-600mm equivalent zoom range. The SZ-16 iHS is based around a 16MP CMOS sensor, allowing it to offer 1080p video and the other high-speed features needed to wear the company's iHS branding. The SZ-15 makes do with a 16MP CCD sensor, restricting it to 720p video capture. The SZ-16 iHS uses Olympus' previous-generation TruePic V processor, while the SZ-15 uses an older TruePic III+ chip.

Sony launches Xperia Z high-end smartphone

CES 2013: Sony Electronics just announced its 13MP Xperia Z flagship smartphone at its CES press conference. 

Nikon D5200, 24MP DSLR with 39-point AF gets US launch

CES 2013: Nikon USA has announced it is releasing the D5200 launched elsewhere in November 2012. The 24MP upper entry-level DSLR gains the 39-point AF system from the company's higher-end models. The camera will cost around $899.95 with the Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR kit lens. It includes an articulated 920k dot LCD and is compatible with the clip-on WU-1a Wi-Fi module. We previewed it back when it was launched in Europe so, if you still don't know what makes the D5200 tick, the preview should cover it.

Nikon launches 1 S1 and 1 J3 1-system mirrorless camera and 1 Nikkor lenses

CES 2013: Nikon has launched two additional camera and two lenses to the Nikon 1 mirrorless system. The 10MP 1 S1 and 14MP 1 J3 are two small mirrorless camera both featuring hybrid-AF. The 1 J3 looks a lot like the previous 1 Js but sees the mode dial moved to the camera's top plate. The S1, meanwhile is a smaller, less expensive model aimed squarely at point-and-shoot users. In addition Nikon has announced the 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm F3.5-5.6 VR 18-35mm equivalent wide-angle zoom and a retractable superzoom lens, the 1 Nikkor 10-100mm F4-5.6 VR.

Nikon launches WR-10 radio-frequency camera trigger system in US

CES 2013: Nikon US has announced a radio-frequency camera triggering system compatible with all its current DSLRs. The WR-10 system works over a 60m range and, unlike the current infrared system, does not require a line-of-sight between the trigger and the camera. Users of mass-market Nikons (D600 and below) can use the WR-T10 transmitter to focus or fire cameras with WR-R10 receivers attached to them. Owners of pro-grade DSLRs with 10-pin connectors can use the WR-A10 adapter to connect the R10 to their camera. This combination allows the camera to act as a host that can remotely trigger up to 64 other cameras.

Nikon announces WiFi-enabled 12x Coolpix S6500

CES 2013: Nikon has announced the Wi-Fi-enabled Coolpix S6500 compact camera. It includes the latest 'Glamour Retouch' effects including 'Reduce Dark Circles' and 'Redden Cheeks'. The camera is built around a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 12x 25-300mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens and offers Full HD video recording capabilities. It will available late January for a suggested retail price of $219.95 in silver, black, red, and orange.

Sony launches five Cyber-shot compacts including Wi-Fi and waterproof models

CES 2013: Sony has announced five Cyber-Shot compacts, including the Wi-Fi-capable, 16MP CMOS-based DSC-WX80 with its 25-200mm equivalent zoom lens. There are also two CCD-based W-series cameras - the DSC-W730 which shares its lens with the WX80, and the DSC-W710 that has a 5x 28-140mm equiv. zoom. Beyond these are the 16MP CCD-based 5x rugged, waterproof DSC-TF1 and the 26x DSC-H200 superzoom.

Huawei: 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 'phablet' and Ascend D2 smartphone

CES 2013: Ascend Mate comes with a massive 6.1-inch 720p screen while the Chinese manufacturer's new flagship phone, the Ascend D2, offers a 1080p 5-inch screen and a 13MP rear camera.


Samsung announces NX300 and more in time for CES

CES 2013: Samsung reveals six more connected cameras.

Just Posted: Fujifilm X100S first-look preview

Just posted: Our hands-on first look at the Fujifilm X100S. Fujifilm's update of its large sensor, fixed lens X100 adds significant upgrades, including a 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection AF, a higher resolution LCD display in its unique Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, and the company's latest user interface. But there's a whole host of smaller improvements too, which promise to iron out many of the X100's particular quirks. In our first look preview, we take a detailed look through what's changed compared to its predecessor.

Just posted: Fujifilm X20 hands-on preview

Just posted: Our hands-on preview of Fujifilm's updated enthusiast zoom compact, the X20. Using the same basic design as X10, including its fast 28-112mm equivalent F2-2.8 zoom lens, the X20 uses a completely new sensor, a 2/3"-type version of the X-Trans CMOS design used in the company's X-system cameras, but with added on-chip phase detection AF. It also gains an 'Advanced Optical Viewfinder' that's capable of displaying overlaid exposure information, and a couple of design tweaks to take better advantage of this. In our preview we take a closer look at what the X20 has to offer the enthusiast photographer.   

January 7
Samsung announces six Wi-Fi compacts including WB250F and WB800F

CES 2013: Samsung has announced six Wi-Fi capable compact cameras, including compact superzooms and its latest Dual-View model. The WB250F is an 18x, 24-432mm equiv compact superzoom with a 3.0" touch screen and the company's latest Wi-Fi implementation - dubbed 'Smart 2.0.' The WB250F uses a 14MP BSI CMOS sensor while its near-twin, the WB200F, uses a 14MP CCD chip. Meanwhile the WB800F uses a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor behind a 21x, 23-483mm equivalent lens. The WB30F uses a 16MP CCD with 24-240mm equivalent lens. The latest DualView model shares the same sensor and a 25-125mm equiv zoom and includes a 1.5" front LCD. The ST150F is a budget style compact - taking most of the DV150F's features but without the front screen and costing $20 less.

Panasonic pushing camera connectivity with NFC in new compacts

CES 2013: New cameras to use near field communication to make wi-fi capability a snap.

Fujifilm X100S retains retro looks while adding cutting-edge technologies

CES 2013: Fujifilm has announced the X100S - a significantly enhanced replacement for its X100 large sensor, fixed-lens compact camera. The X100S retains its predecessor's classic styling but has been extensively re-worked inside, with a 16MP X-Trans sensor that includes on-chip phase-detection elements (a technology first utilized by Fujifilm), and a higher-resolution LCD in its Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. A faster 'EXR II' processor, along with the on-chip AF information help Fujifilm offer what it says is the world's fastest AF. The X100S backs-up its rangefinder-esque looks with a digital split-image manual focus system, allowing fast manual focusing. A great many fine details of the camera have also been enhanced - we look in greater detail in our hands-on preview article.

Fujifilm creates X20  enthusiast compact with X-trans CMOS sensor

CES 2013: Fujifilm has announced the X20 - a substantially upgraded re-working of its high-end enthusiast compact. The biggest changes over the X10 are the adoption of the X-Trans color filter pattern from the company's mirrorless cameras, along with an LCD added to the optical viewfinder to allow shooting information to be overlaid. A faster processor and on-chip phase detection elements promise fast focusing while the addition of a 'Q' quick-menu button should also improve the camera's usability.

Fujifilm launches FinePix HS50EXR and HS35EXR high-end superzooms

CES 2013: Fujifilm has announced the 16MP FinePix HS50EXR, its new flagship superzoom camera. The HS50 features a 42x 24-1000mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens and a new EXR CMOS II sensor. A 3" articulated rear LCD complements the camera's built-in 920k dot electronic viewfinder. The HS50 records 1080p60 video alongside stereo audio. An 'Intelligent' hybrid autofocus system allows for automatic switching between contrast and phase-detection AF operation. Burst modes as high as 11 fps are possible in full resolution mode. A more affordable HS35EXR has also been announced, which features an earlier version sensor, 30x optical zoom and 1080p30 video recording.

Fujifilm introduces FinePix SL1000 50X superzoom

CES 2013: Fujifilm has announced the FinePix SL1000, a 50x superzoom camera. The 16MP SL1000 features a 24-1200mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens and a newly developed image stabilization system. In addition to the exceptionally wide focal length range, the lens can focus as close 1cm (.39 inches). A 3" articulated rear LCD complements the camera's built-in 920k dot electronic viewfinder. The camera is capable of burst rates of up to 10fps at full resolution. The SL1000 records 1080i60 video alongside stereo audio.

Fujifilm surfaces FinePix XP60 rugged, waterproof 16MP CMOS camera

CES 2013: Fujifilm has announced the FinePix XP60, the latest addition to its rugged waterproof line of compact cameras. The 16MP XP60 is waterproof down to 6m (20 feet), has a 5x optical zoom lens, image stabilization and can record 1080i60 video. A dedicated 'burst mode' button offers up to 10fps at full resolution. The camera also comes with a sweep panorama mode as well as several effects filters. The XP60 will be available in March.

Fujifilm extends range to include FinePix S8500, S8300 and S8200 superzooms

CES 2013: Fujifilm has launched three mid-range superzoom cameras - the 46x S8500, the 42x S8300 and the 40x S8200, all based around otherwise similar specifications. The Europe-only S8500 offers a 24-1104mm equivalent range, while the North America-only S8300 has to make do with a 24-1008mm equivalent range. Meanwhile the S8200, available in all territories, gets a 24-960mm equiv zoom. All three models share a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 460k dot rear screen.

Fujifilm unveils FinePix T550 and T500 CCD compact superzooms

CES 2013: Fujifilm has announced the FinePix T550, its latest compact travel zoom camera. The T550 has a 16MP CCD sensor, features a 12x 24-288mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens, image stabilization and 1280 x 720 video. The camera also comes with a sweep panorama mode as well as several effects filters. In the UK Fujifilm is releasing the T500, which is identical aside from a 2.7-inch versus 3.0-inch rear LCD panel.

Panasonic announces DMC-ZS30 and DMC-ZS25 cameras

CES 2013: Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-ZS30 (TZ40 in Europe) and ZS25 (TZ35 in Europe) compact superzoom cameras. The higher specified ZS30 features a 20x optical zoom, 1080p60 video and Wi-Fi capability. The biggest new feature on offer, however is Near Field Communication (NFC), a close-proximity radio connection that the ZS30 can use to initiate a Wi-Fi connection with a compatible device simply by tapping the two together. The cameras will be available at the end of March in both black and white color schemes.

Panasonic launches DMC-TS5 waterproof Wi-Fi compact

CES 2013: Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-TS5 (FT5 in Europe) and TS25 (FT25 in Europe) compact waterproof and shock-resistant 'adventure' cameras. The higher specified TS5 is waterproof at depths of up to 12m (39 feet) features a 28-128mm equiv 4.6x zoom lens, 1080p60 video and Wi-Fi capability. New on offer is Near Field Communication (NFC), a close-proximity radio connection that the camera can use to initiate a Wi-Fi connection with a compatible device simply by tapping the two together. The cameras will be available at the end of March in a range of colors.

Panasonic introduces ultrathin DMC-XS1 compact camera

CES 2013: Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-XS1 compact camera. The 16MP XS1 body is only 14mm thick, sports a 24mm (equiv.) 5x optical zoom lens and includes the company's MEGA O.I.S image stabilization system. Panasonic has also announced the Lumix DMC-FH10 and F5 compact cameras. The FH10 provides the functionality of the XS1 (minus the Creative Control filters) in a larger camera body, while the entry-level F5 uses a slightly smaller-resolution 14MP sensor. All three cameras will be available at the end of March.

Panasonic debuts DMC-SZ3 budget compact superzoom

CES 2013: Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-SZ3 compact camera. The 16MP CCD sensor SZ3 sports a 25mm (equiv.) LEICA DC 10x optical zoom lens and offers a 10fps burst mode. The camera records 1280 x 720 video and offers 14 creative shooting modes. The SZ3 will be available at the end of March in black, blue and white color options. A CMOS variant, the SZ9, will be released in European markets.

Panasonic adds DMC-LZ30 35x budget superzoom to lineup

CES 2013: Panasonic has introduced the DMC-LZ30, a 35x superzoom offering a 25-875mm equivalent zoom range, based around a 16MP sensor. The LZ30 features a large, 3.0", 460k dot LCD and uses a CCD sensor, restricting it to 720p HD video output. In common with most of the cameras being launched at CES, it features a resolution-boosting extra zoom mode, HDR, panorama function and a choice of pre- and post-shot creative effects.

Panasonic unveils HX-A100 wearable camcorder

CES 2013: Panasonic has announced the lifestyle-oriented HX-A100 'wearable' camcorder. The video camera includes an 'Earthhook' which allows for hands-free video recording. HD video can be captured at 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps. Wi-Fi connectivity allows for live streaming on Ustream and you can use a smartphone or tablet to start and stop recording. The HX-A100 is also waterproof up to 1.5m (5 feet). Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

Just Posted: Canon PowerShot N first impressions

CES 2013: Canon's PowerShot N, with its 'either way up' design and Creative Shot processing filters, is one of the most unusual cameras we've seen for some time. Canon's talking about it as a companion to a smartphone, and to this end it includes Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to upload photos and videos to social media. We've had the chance to handle one briefly, and have prepared a quick first impressions article to give an idea of how it works.

Canon PowerShot N promises one-touch wi-fi connectivity

CES 2013: Canon announces its most connected compact camera yet.

Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview

Just Posted: Our hands-on preview of the Pentax MX-1. The enthusiast sector has become so vibrant that our pre-Christmas roundup included nine cameras. Not wanting to be left out of the action, Pentax-Ricoh has launched its own 12MP camera with a 1/1.7" sensor - the MX-1. As well as a slightly familiar-looking 28-112mm equivalent, F1.8-2.5 zoom lens, the MX-1 takes the unusual step of including brass top- and base-plates - meaning its classic looks should become even more pronounced as it ages. Read on to find out more.

Pentax enters enthusiast compact market with brass-capped MX-1

CES 2013: Pentax has announced the MX-1 - its entry into the enthusiast compact camera sector. The MX-1 features classic styling and construction, with brass top- and base-plates. It's based around a stabilized 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and a familiar-sounding 28-112mm equivalent F1.8-2.5 lens. In addition the MX-1 features a flip-out 920k dot rear screen. It includes a top-plate exposure compensation dial and rear thumb wheel to control a UI very much like those in the company's DSLRs. We've borrowed a pre-production version of the camera and have prepared a hands-on preview article.

Canon PowerShot N takes a different angle - as smartphone side-kick

CES 2013: Canon has announced the PowerShot N, a compact camera designed specifically as a smartphone companion for the Instagram generation. The N is built around a tilting touch-screen, and its round-lens zoom controller and shutter release are designed to make it behave identically whether held right-way-up or upside-down. It offers a 'Creative Shot' mode that generates multiple versions of your image, so you get the shot you composed plus five alternatives with different crops and processing effects. Canon promises one-touch Wi-Fi connectivity to make it easier to upload images and video to your smartphone and the internet. To extend its capability beyond that of a smartphone, the N has a 28-224mm equivalent lens and a 12MP CMOS sensor that works with a Digic 5 processor.

Canon updates lineup with Elph 130 IS, PowerShot A3500 IS, A2600 & A1400

CES 2013: Canon has refreshed its lineup of compact cameras with the launches of the Elph 130 IS and the PowerShots A3500 IS, A2600 and A1400. The Elph 130 IS (called the IXUS 140 in Europe), features an 8X, 28-244mm equivalent zoom in front of a 16MP CCD sensor. Although it features Wi-Fi, it does not promise the PowerShot N's one-touch convenience and uses a previous-generation Digic 4 processor. The A3500 IS is also Wi-Fi capable but features a 5x, 28-140mm equivalent, stabilized lens and the same 16MP sensor. The less expensive A2600 loses the A3500 IS's stabilization and Wi-Fi, while the AA-battery-powered A1400 gains an optical viewfinder.

Pentax Ricoh offers made-to-order Q10s in any of 100 color combinations

CES 2013: Pentax Ricoh has announced it will offer its Q10 small-sensor mirrorless camera in 100 different color combinations. The cameras will be built to-order when the customer requests a particular combination, though no details are given of how long it expects the process to take. The Q10 is the company's second Q-series interchangeable lens camera. Built around a 1/2.3" 12MP BSI CMOS sensor, the Q10 is the smallest, lightest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera on the market. The Q10 in your choice of color, with a 02 28-83mm equivalent zoom lens for around $599.95.

January 4
New image viewing options for forums

We've just deployed a smart new viewing system for images embedded in forum posts. It offers easy access to original images (100% view), makes navigating images easier within a post and lets you pixel-peep to your heart's content with the new loupe tool. We hope you like it - more information after the link.

Mobile accessory review: BookBook for iPhone 5

Is this vintage book-style wallet and case combo the answer to reducing bulk?

App Review: Pixlr-o-matic for Android

Recent updates to Pixlr-o-matic may keep this image editor on your screen.

CES preview: Exhibition offers cutting-edge tech

The team at Connect will be at CES next week to bring you the hottest mobile photography inovations.

January 3
Samsung announces NX300 - 3D-capable 20MP mirrorless camera

Samsung has announced the NX300 - the latest in its NX series of APS-C mirrorless cameras. The NX300 is built around a 20MP sensor that includes phase-detection focus elements to allow a Hybrid AF system for faster focusing. It gains a larger, 3.3" OLED touch screen with WVGA (800 x 480) equivalent resolution. A faster processor helps the NX300 hit nine frames-per-second for continuous shooting, and allows 1080p movies to be shot at 60fps. Upgrades to the camera's Wi-Fi should make connectivity simpler than its predecessors.

Polaroid launching retail stores to print smartphone photos

The photo company wants to introduce a new generation to printed photography.

Blind man shows how he uses Instagram

Blind since birth, Tommy Edison has over 2,000 followers on the social photo sharing network.

January 2
Video showcase: Best mobile images of 2012

App Whisperer shares a collection of the best mobile imagery of 2012.

Just Posted: Nikon 1 V2 Preview Samples

We've just posted a gallery of real-world samples from the new Nikon 1 V2, with its bundled kit zoom, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6. The V2 is a significantly different camera from its predecessor, offering much more enthusiast-friendly ergonomics and a new 14MP sensor, among other refinements. As well as 25 JPEG images we've also included four Raw conversions, to give a better idea of the camera's potential. Click through for a link to the full gallery.

App review: iPhoto for iOS

Do you need iPhoto on your mobile iOS devices? And is it worth the $5?

January 1

A recap of major milestones in mobile photography over the past year.

New Year's resolutions that also improve your photography skills: some suggestions for sharpening your creative eye in 2013.

Accessory turns smartphones into thermal imaging cameras

IR-Blue uses Bluetooth to send infrared reading to iPhone or Android.

Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is...

Just before Christmas we invited you, our readers, to tell us what you thought was the best camera of 2012. This year was one of the busiest that any of us can remember, and saw serious new products from all the major camera manufacturers. For those of us using and reviewing the cameras 2012 was a roller-coaster year of highs, lows, and the Pentax K-01. So which camera stood out for you? Click through for the results of our end-of-year readers poll.