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May 31
What The Duck #1393

We've been fans of Aaron Johnson's comic strip 'What the Duck' for years. 'WTD' is one of the best satirical comic strips in the world, and it's published here every week, as well as being included in our weekly newsletter. Barbed, topical and always amusing, we hope you enjoy WTD as much as we do. Click through for this week's strip.

Accessory review: Tamrac 5592 Big Wheels SpeedRoller 2X

The Tamrac 5592 Big Wheels SpeedRoller 2X is a serious camera bag, featuring an industrial strength telescoping handle, oversized wheels fortified with ball bearings, and of course loads of space for camera equipment plus a 17-inch laptop. Despite an impressive capacity the SpeedRoller 2X is small enough to carry on to airplanes. It's not cheap though, at a street price of around $400. Do you get what you pay for? Read our review to find out. 

Canon patent describes novel liquid lens design

Another interesting patent has been discovered by Japanese blogger Egami, which shows a new method devised by Canon to adjust the shape of meniscus lens that seems different from the more straightforward method used by competitors. Canon's method uses the same 'electrowetting' principle as existing designs but does so to create a series of pumps, allowing faster and more precise control over the resultant lens.

An iPhone case for Leica lovers

Gizmon iCA5 transforms smartphones into Leica lookalikes; now for iPhone 5.

Remaining staff begin mandatory training today on 'iPhone photography basics.'

New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring'

Japanese company Amulet is poised to release a 'Wise Duo' CompactFlash card allowing images and video files images to be backed up instantly using RAID-style 'mirroring'. In mirroring mode, the card effectively becomes two storage devices, and records images to both partitions simultaneously. As such, a 64GB card offers 32GB of storage space in mirroring mode. Click through for more details.

UK's Focus on Imaging photo trade show to close

The organisers of Europe's largest annual photographic trade show, Focus on Imaging, have declared that this year's show was the last. Mary Walker Exhibitions had organised the show, held in March at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham UK, for the past 24 years. In a statement Mary Walker announced that the rights to the show would not be sold on, but instead it is simply being brought to an end.

Mobile photographers capture do and don't moments

The "Dos and Don'ts of Life" contest gathers funny and poignant slices of life.

May 30
ACD Systems launches ACDSee 16 with more tools and introductory price

ACD Systems has announced the latest version of its ACDSee photo management and editing software for Windows. ACDSee16 gains a range of editing and organizational tools, including features that simulate out-of-focus regions and tilt-shift lens effects. The latest version is available at a reduced price ($50), for a limited time, with existing users being about to upgrade for $30. A 15-day free trial is available from the company's website.

Chicago Sun-Times lays off entire photo staff: switches to freelancers

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance reporters and photographers in the future to save costs. The layoffs, which are believed to take effect immediately, were announced to the 28-strong photo staff on Thursday morning. In a statement issued by the paper, it suggested that the move was in response to a demand for 'more video content' from its audience. Click through for more details. 

Olympus PEN E-P5 preview updated with more impressions and samples

We've had a chance to take another look at an 'initial production' Olympus PEN E-P5, and have updated our preview with some more first impressions and image samples. Olympus has only allowed us to publish downsampled images, but we've still been able to get more of an idea of how well the camera works. We hope to get our hands on a production E-P5 that we can use to shoot full size images towards the middle of June, but until then click through for our updated preview to whet your appetite. 

Stock Android HTC One announced

The HTC One with Nexus user experience will be available for $599.

Huawei Ascend P6 coming next month

Chinese hardware maker promises new device launch in London next month.

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Mini

The 4.3-inch smartphone has an 8-megapixel rear camera and many S4 shooting features.

Instagram's most original #hashtags

Trending #hashtags worth following.

Nikon UK offers summer cashback on 1 system cameras

Nikon UK has announced a summer cashback offer on its 1 system cameras. From 30th May to 4th September, buyers can claim back £50 on the S1 and J3 models, and £80 on the V2 (or €60 and €80 respectively for customers in Eire). The offer applies to both body-only purchases and single- and twin-lens kits, and all colours of camera; cashback has to be claimed by 4th October 2013. Click through for full details.  

Transportation planner creates beautiful visualizations of flight patterns

Michael Markieta, a transportation planner at global engineering and design firm Arup, has created a series of beautiful visualizations of aircraft flight paths as they span the globe. Using different shades for short and long-distant flights, the images map the world in a ghostly spiderweb of connections from airports small and large. Markieta has marked more than 58,000 flightpaths and the results are stunning. Click through for images (via BBC.co.uk)

May 29
Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'?

Leica has announced that it has a 'new family member' coming on June 11th and, as the German manufacturer continues to tease what it's calling the 'Mini M' on its website, a photo has emerged which may reveal more details about the forthcoming camera. A French iPad app has published what seems to be an advertisement for the new Mini M and, if genuine, it reveals that the Mini M will sport a 16MP APS-C sensor and an 28-70mm (equivalent) F3.5-6.4 zoom lens. Click through for more (alleged) details.

The best app news of the week.

Canon adds 200-400mm support to EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III

Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III full-frame DSLRs to allow them to work correctly with the new EF 200-400mm F4 L IS 1.4x lens. Firmware versions 1.1.3 (1D Mark IV) and 1.2.2 (1Ds Mark III) allow the cameras' central AF points to achieve focus with the lens when it is used with an extender, where the combined aperture is F8. Both updates are available for immediate download. 

5 impressive videos shot with the Lumia 920

Short films showcase Nokia's flagship smartphone.

Lens reviews update: DxOMark data for 400mm telezooms compared

DxOMark has tested two recently-announced announced long telezooms, the Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II and the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, as well as the older AF Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR. As part of our ongoing collaboration we've added the test data to our lens comparison widget, and to add a little more context we've also included a couple of super-tele primes from Canon. Click through to see how these lenses compare, with links to view the results in our lens widget, and for the full data on DxOMark.

Canon announces production of 90 millionth EF lens

Canon has announced that it has now produced 90 million EF lenses since the launch of the EOS system in 1987. The proliferation of digital SLRs has seen a rapid increase in lens production in recent years, and the company's 90 millionth lens - an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM - was manufactured on May 23 2013, just over 9 months after its 80 millionth. The company's lens lineup currently consists of no fewer than 84 models, ranging from the inexpensive EF 50mm f/1.8 II to high-end exotica such as the recently-announced EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x - the world's first SLR lens with a built-in switchable teleconverter. 

Head-to-Head: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700

We've just posted our head-to-head review of the Canon PowerShot G15 and Nikon Coolpix P7700. These two 12MP zoom compacts have comparable designs and share a lot of similar features, but which one is best for you? We've run them through a series of studio and real-world tests to find out. Click through for links to our head-to-head review.

May 28
DPReview is hiring! Content Editor and Software Manager roles available

DPReview is hiring! We have two open positions available: we're looking for an Editor to join our team of writers and reviewers, and a Software Manager. If you're interested in joining our growing team and you have experience either writing photography-related content for the web, or managing developer teams to launch successful projects, you should click through for more details.

Samsung releases source code for NX300 and NX2000 mirrorless cameras

Samsung has published the source code for its NX300 and NX2000 mirrorless cameras - the first attempt we've seen at offering public access to a mainstream camera's operating system. The approach, which the company has previously used with its smartphones, stands in stark contrast to other camera manufacturers, which have not engaged with the community of programmers looking to enhance the capabilities of their cameras.

Magic Lantern enables Canon EOS 50D raw video output

Camera feature modifier Magic Lantern has piqued interest in the five-year-old Canon EOS 50D by enabling video recording on this previously stills-only camera. The development work is still in early stages, but a user has posted raw video footage at 1592 x 720 resolution at 24p. Click through to see why videographers are excited about this newly added feature. (via EOSHD.com)

Astro-hobbyist Dave Akerman sends the affordable camera/computer combo up in a weather balloon.

Collective uses mobile and more to document another side of Los Angeles.

May 27
Software technique: Photoshop Gradient Tool: Part 2 - Adjusting Images

In the second, concluding article of his 2-part tutorial explaining Photoshop's Gradient tool, Jean Miele explains how to use linear, reflected and radial gradients in layer masks to improve your digital photographs. In this article Jean takes us through four clear, easy steps, and also includes more tips for making the most out of gradients in both Photoshop and Lightroom. Click through for links to the article. 

May 25
App news roundup: Instapuzzle, Google Drive, Taada and more

We round up the best app news of the week.

What The Duck #1390

We've been fans of Aaron Johnson's comic strip 'What the Duck' for years. 'WTD' is one of the best satirical comic strips in the world, and it's published here every week, as well as being included in our weekly newsletter. Barbed, topical and always amusing, we hope you enjoy WTD as much as we do. Click through for this week's strip.

Accessory Review: Phottix BG-5D III Battery Grip for Canon 5D Mark III

The Phottix BG-5DIII battery grip is a budget-friendly alternative to Canon's BG-E11 battery grip for the EOS 5D Mark III, allowing you to double the battery life and enhance handling when shooting vertical format images. Can it do the same job for less cash, or should you save up for the Canon-branded accessory? Find out in our review. 

May 24
Sign up for the DPReview newsletter today!

Just a reminder - you can get a weekly update of all that's new in the digital photography world by subscribing to the Digital Photography Review Newsletter! As well as updates on what we've published, we'll also be sharing sneak peeks at what we've got in the pipeline, as well as a weekly cartoon strip, and occasionally also readers' polls, (bad) jokes, suggestions for photo projects and more. Click through for more details. 

Vine artist extraordinaire uses app to tell stories in six seconds or less.

Spy glasses snap sneaky photos at half the price of Google Glass

However, wearing a camera on your face might always be awkward.

Sigma announces availability of 35mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony and Pentax

In a brief note on its Japanese website, Sigma has announced that the Sony and Pentax mount versions of its highly-regarded 35mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens will go on sale on 31st May. It's also announced that the Nikon-mount version of its 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM 'Sports' telephoto zoom will be available at the same time. We gave the 35mm F1.4 our Gold Award when we reviewed it back in December, for its combination of exceptionally good optics and solid build at a price rather lower than the camera manufacturers' equivalents.

May 23
Canon still pursuing Foveon-style multi-layer sensor design

Canon has patented a color-sensitive multi-layered sensor design, showing the company is still pursuing the technology. Like Sigma's Foveon chips, the multi-layered design allows each of the sensor's pixels to capture color information without the need for colored filters. The patent, discovered by the Japanese Engineering Accomplishment blog, suggests a system to promote resonance within the sensor, in an attempt to make the lower layers of the sensor more sensitive. (from Egami blog)

Photographer captures concert with DSLR-mounted GoPro

If you've never had the chance to stand in the front row and shoot a live concert, Montreal-based photographer Pierre Bourgault has the next best thing. He attached a GoPro camera to the top of his Canon DSLR and recorded a seven-minute video of his shooting experience at a Dead to Me concert. He then overlaid the actual photos taken at the show, which you can view after the break.

Artist preserves smartphone gestures for the future

Interactive art preserves the tap, scroll and swipe.

Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release

Leica has placed a teaser on its Facebook page for a new 'Mini M' camera to be launched on June 11th, that apparently will slot into its range between the M rangefinder and the X2 fixed-lens compact. It's given no other details, but we think it could make sense for the company to produce a full-time live view version of the M Typ 240, using the same sensor but with the expensive rangefinder assembly removed. This would result in a 24MP full frame mirrorless camera that would be able to use almost any manual focus SLR or rangefinder lens ever made, without a field-of-view crop. 

A short history of animals trying to eat GoPro cameras

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The tiny GoPro camera looks delicious to some animals.

Fujifilm updates X-Pro1 and X-E1 to improve AF with 55-200mm lens

Fujifilm has updated the firmware for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras, to improve the autofocus speed with the recently-launched XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom lens. Versions 1.05 for the X-E1 and 2.04 for the X-Pro1 are available to download from the Fujifilm website. Click through for the links.

May 22

Samsung's newest flagship phone ranks just below the iPhone 5 in DxOMark testing.

Studio scene comparison pages added to Pentax MX-1 preview

We've just added three studio comparison pages to our previously-published preview of the Pentax MX-1. The MX-1 is Pentax's flagship compact camera, and something of a departure for the manufacturer, offering a fast F1.8-2.5 zoom lens, full manual control and a high-class, metal body, to compete with more established peers like Panasonic's LX7. Click through to go to the new pages in our preview, and see for yourself how the MX-1 compares to its rivals.  

What's next for former Flickr Pros, and whether professional photographers still exist.

Gifty concept camera produces instant flipbooks

Animated flipbooks have been around for nearly 145 years. With just a little thumb action, these books allowed you to view a few seconds worth of animation. Now, a new concept camera known as the Gifty allows you to record video and print a flipbook instantly. The only problem: you can't buy one yet. 

GIF creator receives honor, still chafes at mispronunciation

If you've ever wondered who to thank (or blame) for those 8-bit animated graphics that remain prelevant even on today's high-bandwidth Internet, Steve Wilhite is your man. He was honored for that achievement at this year's Webby Awards and took the opportunity to once again remind us how 'GIF' should be pronounced. (via New York Times)

Mobile phones offer photographers a fresh perspective

These pros find new uses for camera phones.

May 21
Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review

We've just posted our review of the The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2. The E-PM2 is an entry-level Micro Four Thirds system camera, with a 16MP CMOS sensor and full 1080 HD video. It's one of the smallest mirrorless cameras on the market and boasts 8 frames per second continuous shooting. This second generation 'Mini' is effectively the image quality 'guts' of the OM-D in a compact, lightweight, novice-friendly form. Click through to find out what we think of it.

Operation Photo Rescue repairs photos damaged by fires, floods and natural disasters.

Rumor round up: Bloggers buzz about Samsung's next move

What will the next Samsung device look like?

1 Second Everyday: An iOS app that compiles your life

Watch your life in 1-second clips.

Kyocera Hydro Edge smartphone is meant to be 'oops-proof'

The new device is waterproof to 3.28 feet for up to 30 minutes.

May 20

What do changes mean for Pro account holders?

New York Times details photo editing policy for fashion magazine

A cover image in the latest issue of the New York Times' monthly style magazine, T, has led to an interesting discussion about the newspaper's policy on photo retouching. While editors forbid any image manipulation beyond, 'minor color-toning and brightness' in news stories, retouches and removal of blemishes are allowed in the style magazine's fashion photography. Does a newspaper risk credibility by allowing retouching on editorially-branded content? Click to read more and share your thoughts.

Book Review: Shooting in Sh*tty Light

Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind, both working professionals and educators, have written a beginner’s guide to photographic lighting with an unusual conceit at its core. By structuring a book around a list of common challenges - what they call the 'top ten worst situations' - they've created a digestible, useful 'lighting 101' guide. In this short review, Adam Koplan takes a look at their book 'Shooting in Sh**ty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them'.

Keyprop is a super portable smartphone tripod

The Kickstarter accessory blends into your key ring. 

DxOMark investigates lenses for the Nikon D600

Our friends and collaborators over at DxOMark have recently been looking into how lenses score on specific cameras, and the latest model they've examined is the Nikon D600. In a three-part article published at the end of last week, they investigate how 70 lenses from Carl Zeiss, Nikon, Samyang, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina measure up on the D600's 24MP sensor.  The article also compares how given lenses score on the D600 compared to the 36MP D800 and 24MP D3X. Click through for links to the three parts of the article.    

All-new Android app includes features from last week's I/O announcements. 

Samsung offering cash to Galaxy S4 app developers

10 winners will share $800,000 in prize money.

Nikon D5200 - Extended Review focused on Movie Mode
The review is intended to cast the light on some prominent features of Nikon D5200 which could be useful for videographers.
Just posted: Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens review

Just posted: Our review of the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD. In our latest lens review produced in collaboration with DxOMark, we look at Tamron's fast standard zoom for full frame cameras - the first in its class to include optical stabilisation. With its Ultrasonic Drive focus motor and drip-proof construction, it looks like a very tempting option for full frame shooters, especially as it costs rather less than its counterparts from Canon, Nikon or Sony. But is this all too good to be true? Click through to read our review and find out.

May 17
Photoshop Express available for Windows 8 tablets

Adobe's free Photoshop Express for tablets is now available in the Windows 8 store.

Introducing... What The Duck on dpreview.com

We've been fans of Aaron Johnson's comic strip 'What the Duck' for years. 'WTD' is one of the best satirical comic strips in the world, and we're pleased to announce that we'll be publishing it weekly on dpreview.com, starting today. Click through for the first in what we hope will be a long series!

10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop)

Adobe Photoshop has become ubiquitous since its introduction more than 20 years ago, but it isn't the only game in town. In this article, we've selected 10 photo editing programs that aren't all as well-known as Photoshop, but which are well worth investigating if you're looking for other options. Click through for a link to the full article. 

At its I/O developers conference a couple of days ago Google introduced various updates to its Google+ social networking platform. In this article, we'll be taking a close look at the changes and what they mean for photographers. 

App tutorial: Vintage flare with Layout and Halftone

Mobile artist Nettie Edwards harnesses two iOS apps for an old-fashioned effect.

Exposure: Nigel Parker

Windows Phone 8 photographer Nigel Parker talks about how he took his favorite mobile photo.

App News: Analog Camera comes to iOS, Instagram's Photos of Me goes live, Google asks Windows Phone 8 to remove YouTube app
May 16
Just posted: Nikon D5200 in-depth review

We've just posted our 20-page review of the Nikon D5200. Nikon's 'advanced beginner' APS-C DSLR offers several features that should also appeal to enthusiasts, such as a 24MP CMOS sensor, a 39-point AF system inherited from the D7000 and an Auto ISO system linked to the focal length of the lens. Add an articulated rear LCD and the ability to output uncompressed video and you've got the makings of a very promising camera. Does the D5200 live up to its potential in real-world use? Click through to read our in-depth review.

Polaroid releases waterproof 16MP action camera

Rugged camera from Polaroid shoots 1080p video and is waterproof up to 10 meters.

It's a tripod, it's a lens adapter, it's a ... bottle opener? 

Olympus to axe V-series point-and-shoot cameras

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Olympus is to cease production of its cheapest V-series point-and-shoot compact digital cameras. This follows a financial report this week which showed a group net profit of 8.02 billion Yen in 2012, driven by the company's medical instrument business, but a loss of 23.07 billion yen for its imaging business. In response, the company has slashed its sales targets for compact cameras from 5.1 million units in 2012 to 2.7 million for the current business year. Click through for more details.

Slew of new smartphones in Japan is peek at tech trends

Look for loads of megapixels, big batteries and gesture navigation.

Apple patent hints at 'social camera flash' using multiple iOS devices

A patent filed by Apple in 2011 and discovered this week by appleinsider.com seems to hint at a 'social camera flash' system, allowing multiple iOS devices to be connected and used as secondary strobes for impromptu flash setups. The patent is filed as an 'illumination system' and describes 'initiating a master-slave relationship between the image capture device and at least one secondary device'. Click through for more details.

Adobe issues Camera Raw v8.1 and DNG Converter 'release candidates'

Adobe has issued a 'release candidates' of Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 on its Adobe Labs site. The release is the first version of ACR designed to work with Photoshop CC but, as promised, is also compatible with Photoshop CS6. CS6 users will only gain camera compatibility, not any of the functions added in ACR 8 (and Lightroom 5), such as the perspective-correcting 'Upright' tool or the advanced healing brush. The latest version brings support for 7 additional cameras along with 16 lens profiles.

BBC tries out Raspberry Pi's 'nightmarishly complex' camera add-on

The BBC's Technology Correspondant, Rory Cellan-Jones, has been getting to grips with the new camera module for Raspberry Pi - the low-cost DIY computer. The camera board was announced earlier this year, and opens up enormous potential for applications including robotics and high risk aerial/underwater use. Cellan-Jones got hold of one of the new camera boards and has written a short article in which he details the 'nightmarish complexity' of making it work. Click through for a link to the full article.

May 15

Our hands-on look at the new device, and an interview with two Nokia execs about how the company is advancing imaging from the chipset level.

Sony RX1 wins Camera Grand Prix 2013, Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens of the year

Sony's RX1 fixed 35mm full frame compact has received the prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2013 title, while Sigma's 35mm F1.4 DG HSM was named lens of the year. The awards, organized by the Japanese Camera Journal Press Club have a history of recognizing what prove to be historically significant cameras. Meanwhile, the Editors Awards were given to the Canon EOS 6D and Sigma's DP Merrill series of compacts.

Google announces Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Jelly Bean 4.2

Google has announced  a Samsung Galaxy S4 running a "pure" version of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

British mobile photographer is first to show iPhone images at Fox Talbot Museum

Nettie Edwards' black and white smartphone images are currently on display.

Adobe publicly confirms stand-alone future for Lightroom

Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty stressed that Adobe has, 'no plans to make Lightroom subscription-only at any point in the future.' The statement, made in light of the overwhelming response to Adobe's Creative Cloud announcement last week, was made during a Google+ Hangout today in which both Hogarty and Lightroom PM Sharad Mangalick responded to audience questions. Click through for their further statements on Lightroom features and availability.

Panasonic updates 12-35mm F2.8 firmware to improve video stabilisation

Panasonic has issued a firmware update for its Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS fast standard zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras (H-HS12035). Version 1.2 improves the stability of the optical image stabilisation during movie recording. It's available to download now from the LUMIX customer support site - click through for the link.

DxO Optics Pro 8.1.6 supports Nikon Coolpix A, Pentax MX-1 and Leica M

DxO Labs has released version 8.1.6 of its DxO Optics Pro software. Both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i, Nikon Coolpix A and Coolpix P330, Pentax MX-1, and Sony NEX-3N. The Elite version also gains support for the Leica M. The update also adds 267 lens and cameras combinations to its library, with a list of over 12,000 combinations now available. Click through for the download link.

May 14

BB 10.1 includes HDR for the Z10, the Q5 handset is released and BBM coming for iOS and Android.

See sample images from the camera using the new Nokia Smart Camera app.

5 must-have lenses for the Windows Phone 8 photographer

We round up the best "lenses" for taking photos on a Windows 8 mobile device.

Nikon introduces 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 portrait lens for 1 System

Nikon has introduced the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 portrait lens for its 1 System of mirrorless cameras. It will provide the angle of view and depth of field control of an 86mm F3.2 lens for a full-frame system, making it the most enthusiast-friendly optic yet released for the 1 System. The lens, whose development was announced in October 2012, is also the first to use a silent wave motor for focus and to incorporate the company's 'nano crystal coat.' Consistent with these loftier ambitions, Nikon will ask around $900 for the 32mm f/1.2 when it becomes available in June.

Canon announces 200-400mm f/4 telezoom with built-in 1.4x extender

Canon has introduced the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x - a top-end telephoto zoom with a built-in switchable teleconverter, whose development was first announced back in February 2011. Simply flicking a lever at the rear of the barrel converts it to a 280-560mm f/5.6 lens. Designed for professional sports and wildlife photographers, it includes an array of top-end features such as Power Focus for movie shooting, and IS 'mode 3' that only applies stabilisation at the point of exposure, aiding panning. It also offers weathersealed construction, 4-stop image stabilisation, and a minimum focus distance of 2m. It will go on sale on 29th May, at an RRP of £11999.99 / €11800.

Canon creates 'Video Camera X–series-look' Picture Style for movie work

Canon has created a 'Video Camera X-series look' Picture Style for its EOS cameras, specifically designed for movie work. As its name suggests, it's designed to match the colour look of the company's X-series professional camcorders. It produces low contrast, low saturation footage that's better suited to post-production grading processes than the cameras' existing options. It's downloadable now from Canon's website and can be installed on almost any Canon EOS model, from the movie-optimized EOS-1D C to the mirrorless EOS M.   

May 13

DigiCamControl offers remote control of your camera from your tablet or smartphone.

What's next from Google I/O?

Buzz around Google's developer conference hints at a focus on gaming technology, new hardware and operating system updates.

Sony announces new waterproof Xperia ZR

The newest Sony smartphone is waterproof up to 1.5 meters and has a 13-megapixel camera.

RFC: Beating Photoshop's Rent Forever Cloud Trap
Request for Comment: How to create a good quality photographic workflow that: ( has no monthly payments ( Adobe Cloud ) | is archival | fast to use | the best workflow for your requirements | Can include Photoshop CS perpetual License for years to come even if new RAW formats come out ).
Magic Lantern enables Canon 5D Mark III Raw video output

Camera feature modifier Magic Lantern has developed a version of its software enabling 24fps Raw video output from the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This news has grabbed videographers' attention as it allows for individual frames of 14 bit output, yielding a much wider dynamic range than you'd get from standard 8 bit video files. EOSHD's Andrew Reid has had his hands on the latest version and discusses its implications. Click through for his accounts of this potentially game-changing capability.

PureShot app sees major update

Faster menu navigation and background saving now on PureShot 2.0. 

May 10
Nat Geo photo contest offers Galapagos expedition grand prize

The 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is accepting submissions. Now in its 25th year, this photo contest offers a top prize that includes a 10-day expedition to the Galapagos Islands and publication of the winning image in the upcoming December/January edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine. The entry fee is $15 per image and contestants can submit as many images as they wish. Submissions must be received by June 30. Click through for more entry information and a look at some of the current submissions.

App news: YouTube on Windows 8, Wikipedia wants smartphone photos, iOS app updates galore

As we prepare our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera, we offer a sneak peek at some of its imaging features.

Oggl gives Hipstamatic fans the power of Instagram

New iOS app offers Hipstamatic look with more capture control and sharing features.

The latest Lumia device has an 8.7MP camera with xenon flash

Gold iPhones make your mobile photography experience baller

For $6,500, you can own this gold smartphone.

Exposure: Jonny Yandri

In Indonesia, Yandri captures his life with a Nokia Lumia 920.

Olympus announces PEN Lite E-PL6  in Japan

Olympus has announced the PEN Lite E-PL6 on its Global Website - an update to the E-PL5 that appears destined for the Asian market only. It adds in several of the features from the E-P5 announced at the same time, including an ISO 100-equivalent LOW setting, short release lag shutter mode, intervalometer and time-lapse movie shooting, and full compatibility with the VF-4 viewfinder. It also gains a dual-axis electronic level. It will come body only, in a kit with the 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R, or in a twin-lens kit also adding the 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R. It's set to be available at the end of June. 

Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview

Just Posted: Our detailed, hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview. We've been using a pre-production E-P5 for the last few days and have had a dig beyond the specifications to discover how the latest range-topping PEN behaves. We investigate the camera's latest features, including its easy-connect Wi-Fi, its degree of customization and its '2x2' dial behavior. We also take a look at how it compares to the E-P3 and OM-D E-M5, and how the high resolution VF-4 handles on the E-P5 and existing models.

Olympus launches PEN E-P5 high-end Wi-Fi enabled Micro Four Thirds model

Olympus has announced the PEN E-P5, the fourth in its range of enthusiast-targeted, rangefinder-style Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-P5 takes the 16MP sensor that has appeared in the company's other models and adds a five-axis image stabilization system and shutter capable of shooting at 1/8000th of a second amongst a host of tweaks and feature improvements. The camera will available from May at around $1,000/£900/€1000 body only. The company has also announced black versions of its 17mm, 45mm and 75mm F1.8 prime lenses, priced the same as their silver counterparts. There is also a 2.4M dot LCD electronic viewfinder, the VF-4.

Aesthetics versus truth: DW Akademie examines ethics of retouching

How do you balance the demands of aesthetics and documentary truth? Image manipulation of documentary photographs is nothing new, but it is certainly much easier now than ever before. DW Akadamie has published a feature examining the challenges faced by photojournalists and picture editors in creating attractive and atmospheric images, without compromising their authenticity. Click through for extracts from the article, images and a link to the full feature at www.dw.de.com.

May 9
Leica exec speaks to Forbes.com about digital medium-format strategy

Stephan Schulz, the Head of Professional Photo at Leica Camera AG has given an interview to Forbes.com in which he explains the opportunities - and challenges - of moving into the professional digital medium-format marketplace. Traditionally identified with 35mm (film and latterly 'full frame' digital), Leica announced the creation of the S2 back in 2009, and followed it with the 37MP late last year. Click through for some extracts, and a link to the full interview at Forbes.com.

Lost soles come together in mobile photo blog of missing shoes

Smartphone snaps catalogue shoes found all over the world.

New phone features dual 8-megapixel cameras

Chinese smartphone brings self-shots to a new level with a front-facing 8MP camera.

Svalbard Archipelago Expedition
If you’re interested in a vacation where you can enjoy walks with gorgeous scenery, nature exploration and wildlife expeditions across glaciers within an amazing natural setting, then there is just one place for you to visit: the Svalbard Archipelago, Norway.
App posts photos to Facebook from Google Glass

Third-party app developer Tesseract Mobile offers app to post Google Glass photos to Facebook.

May 8
UK Intellectual Property Office responds on 'abolition of copyright' law

The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a 'myth-busting' document about the effect on photographers of a newly-introduced law. The law includes new rules regulating the use of 'orphan works' - intellectual property whose copyright holder cannot be identified. This has led to concern that the changes will allow UK companies to use copyright material from anywhere in the world without the approval of the copyright holder.

Peter Belanger dishes on how he captures beautiful iPhone photos. 

Poll: What concerns you most about Adobe's move to subscriptions?

Adobe's decision to move to a subscription-based model for its professional creative software has prompted probably  the most impassioned response we've ever seen to a news story on dpreview.com. There's a risk that the sheer volume of comments might prevent a clear message being heard, so we've prepared a poll of the most common complaints, to help establish what your biggest concerns are.

Hipstamatic launches social photo sharing with Oggl

New iOS app incorporates Instagram-y features. 

We use the latest tech trends and rumors to envision four future scenarios for mobile imaging.

Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction

Yesterday's announcement by Adobe that it will cease 'perpetual license' sales of Photoshop and its Creative Suite counterparts has generated considerable backlash here on dpreview and across the web. With such a significant change in store, we spoke today with Adobe VP of Creative Solutions, Winston Hendrickson for his response to the uproar.

May 7
Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica

DPReview reader Eric Lew is a keen wildlife photographer, and recently returned from a trip to Antarctica. He shared some recollections, advice and photographs in a post on our forums, but we thought what he wrote was so good it deserved a wider audience. Click through for Eric's 2-page article 'Flying Penguins: Photography in Antactica' and find out how you too can publish articles like this on dpreview.

The Wall Street Journal tells us how to be polite while wearing Glass. Meanwhile, SNL lampoons the technology.

Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica
Antarctica is one of the most remote, extreme, and spectacular photo destinations in the world. This article covers tips for shooting in such unique conditions.

Our first look at the HTC One's capture capabilities.

Photo sharing for Days

App creates a clever collage of your day in photos.

Nokia teases new Lumia 928

Promo says the latest Lumia smartphone lets you "capture the highlights."

May 6
Resurrecting a WWII optic with scraps and a 3D printer

Falling into the interesting photo experiments category, Patrick Letourneau adapted a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm F2.5 lens, a surplus lens originally used during World War II in bomber-mounted cameras, to use with his Panasonic GH2. A Thorium-oxide coating was used on the Aero Ektar's rear element to improve its refraction index, a fact that adds a sense of intrigue to the unique project. Click through for more details, and pictures. 

Fujifilm releases X100S firmware 1.02, correcting OVF brightness bug

Fujifilm has announced the availability of new firmware for its X100S fixed-lens compact camera. Firmware version 1.02 corrects an issue where the framelines in the camera's viewfinder did not automatically adjust brightness at ISO 1600 and higher. Fujifilm has also issued firmware updates for its Z2000EXR, HS50EXR, F820EXR and F900EXR compacts. Click through for more details and links. 

Adobe heralds subscription-only future for Photoshop and Creative Suite

Adobe has said it will no longer be developing its Creative Suite range of software, leaving its subscription and cloud-based Creative Cloud as the only way of accessing the latest version of Photoshop. Adobe has been trying to encourage users away from the traditional one-off payment licenses and on to a monthly payment model, with features such as online storage and syncing between devices. This latest move ups the ante by making it the only option for future versions of the software.

Finnish metal band makes the first Galaxy S4 music video

5-minute long video showcases the S4's ability to capture headbanging in low-light situations. 

Samsung announces Galaxy Core smartphone

A new phone from Samsung features dual SIM capabilities. 

Adobe updates Creative Cloud with exclusive tools for Photoshop CC

Adobe has updated its suite of Creative Cloud software, with the latest versions rebranded with the appendage 'CC'. Adobe Photoshop CC highlights include the Camera Shake Reduction tool that Adobe demoed earlier this year, and the ability to apply Camera Raw as a filter to any raster, vector or video layer. Creative Cloud members can now sync their Photoshop preferences across multiple devices. Click to read about these and other Photoshop CC features.

David East: Stills photography with a GoPro

South Africa-based filmmaker David East uses a GoPro camera for his video work, but has started to use it for stills as well. Although not as technically sound as images taken on a dedicated stills camera, there's an evocative quality to his work, taken using an 11MP GoPro HD HERO2, which we really like. Click through for more details, and a small selection of images. 

NASA uses smartphones to snap photos of Earth

NASA sent three Nexus Ones into orbit to see if the phone cameras could match the image quality of current satellites. 

6 apps to swap and share photos from any event

The best apps for collecting and sharing smartphone photos from your next party, wedding or festival.

May 3
Just posted: Pentax MX-1 Preview Samples

We've just posted a gallery of real-world samples from the MX-1 - Pentax's flagship compact camera. Announced earlier this year the MX-1 offers a 12MP backlit CMOS sensor, and a fast F1.8-2.5 lens which spans an equivalent focal range of 28-112mm. We wrote a detailed hands-on preview back in January and we're working on putting the camera through our usual gamut of studio and real-world testing. For now, we hope you enjoy this small gallery of samples which - if nothing else - proves that the sun does occasionally come out in Seattle. 

Engineers eye-up insect biology as inspiration for curved camera

Engineers have developed a curved camera designed to mimic insects' compound eyes. The hemispherical design gives a wide field-of-view with no aberrations and effectively infinite depth-of-field, with the hope it could be used in applications such as endoscopy or as visual sensors on unmanned aircraft. The current design uses 180 light-sensitive elements, each behind its own lens, but researchers hope to build one with 20,000 elements, giving a similar resolution to that seen by dragonflies.

App news: Vine selfies, Lo-Mob Superslides, another Lytro-like app, Insta-tags and Days

Get your pictures off your phone and into your life.

Investments and patents reveal Nokia's interest in adjustable aperture for smartphone cameras and a "bug eye" lens arrangement. 

Google Glass app takes photos with a wink

App would eliminate the need to audibly dictate image capture.

May 2
More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5'

Detailed images on a Chinese blog may reveal more about the next-generation Olympus PEN. Although no official announcement has been made, the extent of the leaks about the camera make its existence an open secret. Rumors suggest the camera will be called the E-P5, and suggest it will have Wi-Fi capabilities (both of which seem plausible, based on the company's naming scheme and recent industry trends).

Photographer turns camera on teenage 'freighthoppers'

Mike Brodie spent five years riding freight trains across America, returning with an astonishing visual record of the teenage 'freighthoppers' that travel the USA illegally, by rail. Brodie had no formal training in photography, but began documenting his experiences after finding a discarded Polaroid camera behind a car seat. Brodie's images are collected in his new book 'A Period of Juvenile Prosperity'. Click through for more details and a selection of images.

Instagram introduces photo tagging

You can now tag your friends on Instagram, Facebook-style.

Adobe's Lightroom product manager shows off an early version of a new mobile app.

Sigma USA gives details of 60mm F2.8 DN Art for mirrorless cameras

Sigma USA has given the price and introduction date of the 60mm F2.8 DN Art lens for mirrorless systems, originally announced at CP+. The 60mm DN will be available in the US for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount from mid-May at a cost of around $239. It will offer a 90mm equivalent field-of-view when mounted on Sony NEX bodies or 120mm equivalent on Micro Four Thirds cameras. This third lens for mirrorless cameras from Sigma (joining the affordable 19mm F2.8 DN Art and 30mm F2.8 DN Art), will also be available in a choice of black or silver finishes.

Sony RX100 Custom Grip by Richard Franiec

Photographer Gary Dean Mercer Clark reviews the Richard Franiec Custom Grip for the Sony RX100. "Having medium sized hands with long fingers, I had to find a solution for holding this tiny camera without it slipping or popping out of my hands."

May 1
Eric Kim: 10 lessons William Klein has taught me about street photography

We love the work of LA-based street photographer Eric Kim, and we're big fans of his regularly-updated blog. In this 2-page article, originally published on his website, Eric explains how the work of famed street photographer William Klein has taught him valuable lessons that inform his own outlook, and his photography. Click through to read more. 

Wacom Europe unveils Cintiq 22HD touch interactive pen display

Wacom Europe has released the Cintiq 22HD Touch, an interactive pen display graphics tablet that features a 1920 x 1080 LED monitor and offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Photoshop-compatible display comes with a tilting, rotating stand and customizable menu options. Priced at £1899.99, the Cintiq 22HD will be available at the end of this month.

Celebrities who love photography

The overwhelming majority of photographers, even those who derive income from their images, practice the craft alongside their primary gig. And celebrities are no different. While they certainly have fewer budget constraints than the rest of us and easy access to fellow A-listers, there are quite a few with real talent who take their photography seriously. Here's a look at a few of them. (via PhotographyTalk.com)

Kodak sells film and kiosk businesses to UK pension scheme

Kodak hopes to sell its consumer film and processing kiosk businesses to its UK pension scheme, to allow it to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move pays off the company's biggest debt - an estimated $2.8bn it was expected to have to pay to the pension scheme over the coming years. The pension scheme is reported to be paying $650m for the Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging units the company announced it would sell last August.

With so many mini tripods on the market, does this one stand out as a smartphone solution? 

Samsung announces NX2000 mirrorless APS-C camera with Wi-Fi and NFC

Samsung's latest addition to its line of NX mirrorless cameras, the NX2000, adds Wi-Fi and NFC in a bid to make yet another of its mirrorless cameras compatible with the smartphone world. The 20MP camera's Near Field Communication (NFC) technology allows setup of Wi-Fi connections with compatible smartphones and tablets by simply tapping the devices together. It features a large 3.7-inch 1152k-dot touchscreen LCD, offers 8fps continuous shooting and Full HD video recording. Priced around $649.99, the camera will be available as a kit with the 20-50mm lens and a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, in white, black and pink.