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August 2015 news and reviews

August 31
Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter

The Holga camera - a 120 film camera from the 1980s which has recently seen a resurgence among low-fi photo fans - is going digital, thanks to a project seeking funding on Kickstarter. The Holga Digital camera features original optics that are known for their dark corners and vivid colors. Read more

A lot to like: Real-world Leica Q gallery posted

The Leica Q certainly wowed us when we spent a little time with a pre-production unit back in June. Its 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 28mm F1.7 stabilized lens and 3.68M dot equivalent viewfinder cut an impressive figure, something modern and classic all at once. Now we've been out shooting with a full production camera and have been quite impressed with our results - take a peek. Read more

August 30
Readers' Showcase: Tony Eckersley

You may remember DPR reader Tony Eckersley by his impressive photo of the Las Vegas skyline featured recently. From the Pacific coast to the American Southwest, Tony spends his weekends in National Parks photographing desert vistas and rocky coastlines. Find out more about him and take a look at some of his work. Read more

August 29
Week in Review: Two by two
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Around here it was a week of 'twos' - Olympus debuted the second generation of its OM-D E-M10 camera, Canon introduced version two of its popular 35mm F1.4L lens, and we published our thoughts on shooting with Sony's RX10 II. We'll sum it all up for you just in case you missed any of the action this week. Read more

August 28
Fujifilm firmware updates add Windows 10 support to 7 cameras

Fujifilm has released firmware updates for seven of its X-series cameras, providing them with support for Microsoft's Windows 10. Read more

iPhone 6s reported to come with 12MP camera and 4K video

The camera of the upcoming next generation iPhone is rumored to come with increased still image and video resolution.

Astropad Mini turns your iPhone into a graphics tablet

The makers of the Astropad iPad app bring its Photoshop companion to the iPhone.

The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty

Canon recently announced an update to the wildly popular 35mm F1.4L lens, originally released in 1998 and undoubtedly designed back in the day for film. The original was always a favorite of our technical editor Rishi Sanyal, so join him as he takes a stroll down memory lane and recounts his favorite aspects of that lens, and what he looks forward to in the update. Read more

Is it the smartphone or lack of fun that's killing the camera?

Camera companies are struggling to sell cameras - that much is widely known. But analyst Heino Hilbig says that it's not smartphones, market saturation or the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis that's caused this. Instead he argues that it's the fun-factor and easy operation that the iPhone brought that have made cameras seem less attractive. We think he's on to something. Read more

August 27
NASA employs 150-year-old photography technique to measure shock waves from supersonic flight

NASA has turned to a process devised in 1864 to help it measure shockwaves created by supersonic aircraft flight. The method, schlieren photography, was invented by German scientist August Toepler to observe the effect of objects moving through transparent media, such as water or air. Read more

Outside of the box: Instagram now allows landscape and portrait formats

In a surprise move, Instagram has done away with its limitation to square format.

Infltr for iOS comes with millions of filters

The Infltr app allows you to adjust filter effects by swiping across the screen.

Edelkrone introduces QuickReleaseONE, a universal quick release adapter

Edelkrone has introduced its QuickReleaseONE, a device the company says is the first universal quick release on the market. The QuickReleaseONE screws into the tripod mount on the bottom of a camera, and attaches to the 1/4"-20 screw on any tripod plate. Read more

Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM boasts new Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics for improved chromatic aberration control

Updated Canon has announced the EF 35mm F1.4L II USM, the second generation of its popular wide-angle prime. It uses newly designed Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, which claim to reduce chromatic aberration better than any other existing technology. Read more

Coming to America: Canon EOS M3 arrives stateside in October

Canon has announced US availability for its EOS M3 mirrorless camera, which was launched in February for European and Asian markets. Set to be available in October, the EOS M3 includes a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, Hybrid CMOS AF III AF system, 3" tilting touchscreen LCD and Wi-Fi with NFC. Read more

August 26
Palette's Cube sampler allows photographers to accurately match color

Australian company Palette has announced a sampling device that can read the color of items it is placed on, allowing photographers to match the exact chromatic values when processing images in Photoshop. Read more

Hoya HD3 lens filters claim to be 4x stronger than optical glass

Kenko Tokina USA recently announced the Hoya HD3 series UV and Circular Polarizer lens filters. According to the company, the filters are 4 times stronger than optical glass, and offer a 99.7 percent light transmission rate. Read more

Facebook Moments app update turns images into movies

Facebook's Moments app receives its first major update since launch.

Serious zoom: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II shooting experience

We've been toting around the Sony RX10 II for a little while now, testing its ability to capture 4K video, high speed stills and super slow motion video clips. And while a superzoom may not be DPReview writer Dan Bracaglia's first choice for his favored rock-and-roll and street subjects, he ultimately came around to the impressive capabilities of this camera. Read more

Hands-on: Leica claims fastest in the world for its new CMOS S (Type 007)

Originally announced last September, Leica's medium format S camera presents a number of key changes that bring it up to date with the latest models from its main competitors. Although the S Type 007 retains the same pixel-count as the previous Type 006, the company has switched from its traditional CCD sensor to a CMOS unit. It also claims the title of world's fastest framerate in its class. We spent a little time getting to know the S Type 007. Read more

August 25
PIX 2015 - Limited number of FREE Expo tickets and discounted re:FRAME VIP Passes now available

Pre-registration has opened for our photography expo, PIX 2015 - the photo interactive experience in Seattle on October 6&7. A limited number of FREE passes are available for the main hall, where you'll find photography experiences, educational programming, product demos, panel discussions, and brand and partner booths. For a limited time we're also offering an early bird special on PIX VIP All-Access Passes, which includes Hall Pass plus all re:FRAME talks and galleries at McCaw Hall, and the exclusive PIX awards and cocktail party. Learn more

Microsoft's MobileFusion turns smartphones into 3D scanners

A Microsoft prototype app allows for the generation of 3D models using your smartphone.

Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens

According to a source speaking with Fuji Rumors, the Fujifilm X100T's successor will have a new lens. The present lineup of X100 cameras all feature the same fixed 23mm F2 lens, and if past announcement intervals are any indication, the X100 series may see an update just around the corner. Read more

Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is the next evolution of an already impressive camera. The E-M10 II introduces 5-axis stabilization to the entry-level OM-D line, while it maintains the 16.1MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII engine of its predecessor. A number of ergnomic and feature upgrades make the E-M10 II an enticing little ILC at a nice price. Does it deliver? Read more

OM Evolution: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II real-world sample gallery

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 provides some user experience upgrades over its predecessor, though largely contains the same imaging components. We hit the road with our E-M10 II loaner as soon as it arrived a few days ago, to try out its new ergonomics and 5-axis image stabilization. Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II: What you need to know

The E-M10 II is the successor to the original E-M10, and Olympus's new mid-range Micro Four Thirds camera. Offering a raft of features in a compact body, the E-M10 II has everyone in the DPReview office quite charmed, and our impressions so far have been very positive. We've been using an E-M10 II for some time now, and we've created a short slideshow explaining some of its key features. Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II features 5-axis IS, redesigned controls

Olympus expands its digital OM lineup today with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II. Updates include a 5-axis image stabilization system (though not the same as the E-M5 II or E-M1's), a new 2.36M-dot OLED EVF and a 4K time lapse mode. Read more

August 24
LG launches G Pad II 10.1 with 7400mAh battery

LG's G Pad II 10.1 offers a large battery and and interesting reader mode.

Samsung NX1 firmware 1.40 adds digital video IS and AF while zooming

Samsung has released another firmware update for the NX1 mirrorless camera, taking the model from firmware version 1.32 to 1.40. The newest software improves existing features such as the audio quality from external microphones, and adds new features including video digital image stabilization. Read more

Apple offers to replace faulty iPhone 6 Plus camera modules

A camera component in a small number of iPhone 6 Plus devices is prone to failure. Apple is offering to replace affected units.

Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study

The recently announced Sony Alpha 7R II packs a lot of groundbreaking features, and one of its highlights is the new full-frame 42.4MP BSI-CMOS sensor. Sony sensors tend to show very high Raw dynamic range due to low noise characteristics, but we wanted to take a closer look at exactly how little noise the camera itself contributes to images. Read on

Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is the follow-up to the company's successful GX7 rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. The GX8 boasts a new 20MP Four Thirds sensor and 'Dual IS', which combines sensor and lens shift image stabilization for better results. The camera's ISO range tops out at 25,600 and it offers a max burst rate of 10 fps with single AF and 6 fps with continuous AF. We've been shooting with one for a little while - check out our gallery of samples!

August 23
Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap

Zhi Yuen Yap finds living in New Zealand a blessing and a curse. Getting off the beaten path to find unique locations can mean braving harsh, unpredictable weather and inhospitable terrain. Based on his photos, though, we'd say he's been pretty well rewarded for his troubles. Take a look at his work and find out more about him in our Q&A. Read more

August 21
Nikon delays AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens until October

In a press release on its Japanese website, Nikon has announced that its new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR lens - announced earlier this month - is being delayed from its original shipping date of 27th August to October. No specific reason for the delay has been given, only that it is necessary to 'satisfy the customer'. Click through for more information

Apple develops technology for advanced parallax depth rendering

A newly published Apple patent application describes a methodology for rendering 3D images on a 2D display. 

August 20
VHS Camcorder for iOS takes you back to the 80s

VHS Camcorder gives your video footage an 80s retro look.

Huawei's Honor 7i comes with 13MP flip-out camera

The Honor 7i's flip-out camera can be used as both front and rear camera.

Sony Alpha 7R II can match or beat DSLR low light AF performance

When the Sony Alpha 7R II was announced, it promised a lot of game-changing features, but its low light AF capability was an unknown. We've already seen some of the incredible continuous AF abilities of the a7R II, including pinpoint eye AF for even moving subjects, but a lot of pros may be wondering: 'if I ditch my DSLR for some of the advanced AF features the a7R II offers, will I be sacrificing low-light AF performance?' Find out in our video

MIT proposes new approach to HDR with 'Modulo' camera

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a theory for a new way to solve the issue of bright skies burning out in a landscape photograph. Using what they call Unbounded High Dynamic Range photography they are working on the idea of pixels that reset themselves once they have reached their capacity for recording light so that they can carry on recording - and resetting if necessary. Click through for more details

The MIT Modulo camera captures one-shot HDR images

Clipped highlights in digital camera images could be a thing of the past with the MIT's proposed Modulo camera.

August 19
Loki camera rig transforms into four ultra-portable forms

UK company Scratch Ideas is seeking £25,000 in funding on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter for a new camera mount it's calling 'Loki'. Loki can be transformed into a dolly, underslung rig, shoulder rig, and cage, and folds up into a portable rectangular brick about the size of a battery grip for transportation and storage. Click through for more details

Leica M9 falls from balcony onto granite, granite comes off worse

Leica has a reputation for making pretty rugged cameras, going back more than 100 years. But nobody would expect a rangefinder to survive a fall from a balcony, onto granite tiles. However, if a recent post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo is to be believed, that's exactly what happened to a Leica M9 recently, and somehow it survived the experience. Click through to read more

iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets

Earlier this week we took you 'under the hood' of the Sony a7R II, metaphorically. Now, thanks to our friends at iFixit, it's possible to take a literal look inside the a7R II. Ifixit took delivery of a production sample a7R II at around the same time as we did, but while we were out testing its AF system and checking to see how its sensor measures up, the hard-working crew at iFixit were busy taking it to pieces. Click through to see what they found  

Gitzo updates Traveler range with stronger legs and new locks

Premium tripod manufacturer Gitzo has released updates to its well-known Traveler range of carbon fiber tripods. The company has introduced its Carbon eXact carbon fiber tubing to the range, which it claims makes the legs stronger. Read more

August 18
Apple Digital Camera Raw update extends compatibility to Sony RX100 IV, Leica Q

Apple's latest Digital Camera Raw update for its Mac OS X extends support to a handful of new and notable cameras, including the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV, a7R II and Leica Q. Read more

Pete Ashton's 'Sitting In Stagram' shows image degradation after 90 reposts

What happens when you screen-cap and re-post a photo to Instagram 90 times? Artist Pete Ashton's 'Sitting In Stagram' project shows just that - and it's not pretty. Read more

Modular, open-source Focal Camera lets you design your own SLR

Focal Camera is an open source project designed to teach participants about the inner workings of a camera. With access to a laser cutter, a supply of 3mm plywood and the directions provided, you can be well on your way to creating a camera of your own. Read more

August 17
Canon sweeps DSLR categories as EISA announces awards for cameras and lenses

Canon has taken the main DSLR awards for the best products of the year as voted by the prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association. The EOS 7D Mark ll won 'European Prosumer DSLR Camera' while the EOS 5DS/5DS R won the award for 'European Professional DSLR Camera'. Read more

Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD

This month at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, Samsung introduced an SSD with the highest capacity ever: 16TB. The new drive has a total usable storage space of 15.36TB, exceeding all other similar high-capacity SSDs. Read more

Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II

There's a lot of new technology in the Sony a7R II, and here we were briefed on some of the salient features by Sony engineers during a recent Sony Digital Imaging event in Portland, OR. Join our Technical Editor Rishi Sanyal as he explains some of the capabilities of this camera, and why they matter to photographers. Click through to read more

August 16
Readers' Showcase: Greg Krycinski

When he learned that he had a hearing condition that would make continuing his work in music production difficult, Greg Krycinski picked up photography. His stark black-white-landscapes and street scenes resonate in their simplicity. See a sample of his work here and find out more about him in our Q&A. Read more

August 15
Royal Family expresses concerns over alarming measures used by paparazzi seeking photos of Prince George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed concerns with some of the recent tactics used by paparazzi trying to photograph their two-year-old son. The letter details some of the methods photographers have used to try and get their shots, including hiding in sand dunes and using other children to lure Prince George into view at playgrounds. Read more

This is what it's like to be dumped with fire retardant

DPReview's home state of Washington has been hot and dry of late - severely so. As wild fires rage in the east of the state, local authorities are fighting to contain the flames and prevent property damage. KOMO News videographer Eric Jensen was in the town of Chelan today covering the evacuation, and captured some incredible footage of fire retardant being deployed from a low-flying aircraft. Click through to take a look

August 14
Join us October 6 & 7 for PIX 2015

Join us in Seattle and online for PIX 2015, a live-streamed expo, conference and interactive photo playground! On October 6th and 7th we'll be hosting two days of talks, hands-on photo activities, demos and inspiration for your photography at the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle. Read more

Pixbuf photography analytics tool launches as public beta

Pixbuf, a free social media management service for photographers, has launched a new analytics tool. With Pixbuf, photographers can upload images and then share them directly with several supported social networks, including 500px, Twitter, and Flickr. Pixbuf will then track analytics data related to the images. Read more

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 comes with new image signal processor

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 with a new ISP is expected to appear in new devices in 2016.

Xiaomi Redmi  Note 2 offers octa-core power at a budget

Xiaomi's latest phablet comes with a unusually low price tag for its specifications and features.

War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road

One of this summer's biggest hits is undoubtedly 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Its narrative is built around an extended car chase, brought to life through physical stunts and visual effects work. We spoke with a few of the film's visual effects supervisors about the gear used to shoot the film (from an Arri Alexa to an iPhone 6) and the impact it had on their work. Read more

August 13
Suggestions needed: Interesting / unusual crowd-funded projects

We're busy planning our PIX show in early October, and we want your ideas! We're putting together a list of companies who are using crowd-funding to create fun and interesting photo-related gear, to exhibit at the event. We've got a few names already but if you've seen a particularly interesting crowd-funded project or product that you think we should feature, we'd love to hear from you. Click through to leave your suggestions

Gitzo introduces three new Center Ball Heads

Gitzo has introduced new Center Ball Heads, a lineup composed of three different-sized models aimed at professionals and advanced amateur photographers. Each offers a tungsten disulfide coating for smooth movements. Read more

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ use the camera technology we have already seen on the smaller S6 and S6 Edge.

Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic form wireless common standard partnership

Lighting manufacturers Elinchrom and Phottix are collaborating with the light meter brand Sekonic to establish a common standard for communication between wireless lighting devices. Read more

August 12
Really Nice Images introduces RNI Films iOS app

RNI Films for iOS features filters based on real film stocks.

Nikon updates Coolpix P900 and S6700 firmware

Nikon has released firmware updates for a pair of its Coolpix compact cameras. Firmware v1.2 for the Coolpix P900 superzoom resolves issues that can occur when using a wireless remote, while the v1.1 update for the S6700 fixes a rare problem where the camera locks up when powered on. Read more

Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop

Corel has released a new brush plugin for PhotoShop called ParticleShop. It uses Corel's Painter Particle brush technology to create photo-realistic effects like smoke, dust, fabric, fire, hair, lighting and fur. These effects are added to photos using brush strokes. Read more

So what do we think? Our video review of the Sony RX100 IV

We've condensed everything you need to know about the Sony RX100 IV into less than the length of a pop record. Having shot, tested and lived with the little Sony for more than a month, we've summed up the findings of our review in video form. Is it worth the extra cash over the Mark III? Come join us in sunny Seattle as we look at the pros and cons of Sony's capable super-compact. Read more

August 11
Show off: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II slow-motion and 4K video samples

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II offers some impressive video capture capabilities including the option to record in 4K. And like the RX100 IV, the RX10 II can capture slow motion video at 240, 480 or 960fps, the latter of which gives the equivalent of 40x super slow motion. Read more

Samyang introduces new Xeen pro video lens series with interchangeable mounts

Korean lens brand Samyang has announced a new series of video lenses under the Xeen name. They feature wide apertures and resolution that the company says is aimed at users who shoot 4K and above footage. There will be 24mm, 50mm and 85mm focal lengths initially, and three more to follow next year. Read more

Olympus 'Pro' wideangle lens Field Test: Rock n' Roll and Skateboards

In our latest Field Test we put Olympus's new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO in the hands of DPReview writer Dan Bracaglia. Dan put them to the test in some of his natural environments: a rock concert, skate park, and a beach landscape at sunset. See video

August 10
Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live

Love our galleries of real-world sample images but hate our galleries interface? You're not alone. We've been working on an improved system for uploading and displaying camera and lens samples for some time, and it's finally ready for you to try out. Our new gallery viewer fixes several of the most frustrating problems with the old one, and introduces many new features including a loupe and one-click 100% view. Click through for a quick walkthrough

Panasonic issues lens firmware updates to enable Dual I.S. with Lumix DMC-GX8

With the introduction of the Lumix DMC-GX8 and its new Dual IS mode, Panasonic promised firmware updates for most of its lenses to make them compatible. Included in this round are the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II, Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2, and Macro 30mm F2.8 among others. Read more

Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review

While most of the rugged cameras we covered in last year's roundup have received minor upgrades, the Olympus Tough TG-4 brings something big to the table: Raw support. Does adding Raw put the TG-4 at the top of its class? Read more

August 9
The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff

Photographer Trey Ratcliff is known for imagery that couples saturated colors with dramatic flair and cinematic subjects. Shooting HDR for nearly a decade now, his work has been featured on major networks and is even displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. Read our Q&A and take a look at more of his colorful work. Read more

August 8
Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take

One of the common ways landscape photographers seek to set themselves apart from others is to shoot from hard-to-reach locations. The notion that a 'good' photographer is one that pushes his or her physical boundaries - hikes farther, climbs higher, endures pain - all to get a unique shot. In this opinion piece, photographer Erez Marom calls this idea into question. Read more

August 7
Graava action cam automatically edits POV footage

A new action camera called Graava is designed to produce ready-to-share, automatically edited videos that include only the most exciting parts of your POV footage. Using data from the camera's sensors and your input via a related mobile app, Graava picks out the most interesting parts of the raw footage and edits them into a polished final video. Read more

500px launches redesigned iOS app

500px has redesigned its iOS mobile app for more simplicity and better social features.

OM-D and Pen sales help bring Olympus' imaging division back to profitability

Olympus has released its financial results for the first quarter of the company's fiscal year, giving credit partly to its Imaging Systems Business for a 12.3% increase in net sales year-on-year. Its OM-D and Pen series cameras saw a 25% increase in sales volume, helping to compensate for a sliding compact market. Read more

August 6
North by Northwest: Sony Alpha 7R II real-world samples from Portland

The Sony Alpha 7R II is one of the most talked-about cameras of the year so far. And with a 42MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis image stabilization rated to 4.5 stops and 4K UHD video recording, it's easy to understand why. Up to now we've only had access to pre-production models, but that changed this week. Read more

Ricoh offers GR II firmware version 1.10

The Ricoh GR II's firmware has been updated to version 1.10 from version 1.0.5. The update is a basic one, improving the camera's 'stability for general performance' and bringing version 1.0.5 of the Image Sync software. Read more

Updated Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens gains stabilization, sheds weight

Tamron has updated its 18-200mm all-in-one lens. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC introduces image stabilization and is the lightest lens in its high-zoom class. Designed for Canon, Nikon, and Sony APS-C camera bodies, it covers a 28-310mm equivalent range. Read more

Video: Summing up our Fujifilm X-T10 Review

Our full Fujifilm X-T10 review takes a look at many aspects of the camera's performance, with in-depth analysis of our studio tests and shooting experiences. But if you're looking for something more bite-sized, we've got that too. Take a look at the quick version of our review, shot in Seattle's lovely Golden Gardens where many of the images featured in our full review were taken. See video

August 5
Google and MIT team up on clever method to remove reflections and obstructions from photos

Researchers at MIT and Google have developed a technique for removing unwanted reflections and obstructions from photos. Taking advantage of the parallax effect, this method could prove quite useful in locations where shooting behind glass or a fence is the only option. Read more

Turned up to 20MP: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 added to studio scene comparison

The Panasonic GX8 introduces a new 20MP Four Thirds sensor to its class. It provides dual IS, ISO up to 25,600 and UHD 4K video recording. It's an all-around enticing update to Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds lineup, both for the potential of its new sensor and its rich feature set. We put it up against our studio test scene - take a look and compare it to its peers. Read more

DJI Phantom 3 Standard photography drone unveiled

DJI has announced a new camera drone called the Phantom 3 Standard. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a quadcopter with an integrated camera able to record video at up to '2.7K' at 30 fps and take 12 megapixel still images in JPEG and DNG formats. The quadcopter is designed for consumer-level use. Read more

Lowepro Whistler and Photo Sport II backpacks ready for adventure

Lowepro has introduced the Whistler and Photo Sport II backpacks, designed to keep gear safe in the great outdoors. The Whistler is a new series built for alpine adventures, while the Photo Sport II updates a popular rugged design. Read more

August 4
Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors

Lens Rentals Canada is closing permanently, according to a statement issued by owner Craig Blair on Monday. He cites logistical issues and personal reasons, saying numerous problems with the business 'didn't make it a fun endeavor'. Read more

Photoshop CC 2015.0.1 update addresses healing tool issue

Adobe has issued an update for Photoshop CC 2015 with a number of bug fixes. Notably, an issue with the healing brush tool has been addressed, as users reported that the tool was creating unwanted artifacts in images. Read more

LxMeter turns your smartphone into a light and flash meter

LxMeter attaches to your smartphone and lets you use it as a light and flash meter.

Less is more? Fujifilm X-T10 review

The Fujifilm X-T10 puts many of the X-T1's capabilities into a smaller, less expensive body. It uses the same 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Processor II and, despite a more compact body, offers an additional custom function button and even squeezes in a pop-up flash. Is the X-T10 capable of holding its own against APS-C competitors? Read our full analysis. Read more

Nikon introduces 24-70mm F2.8 VR, 24mm F1.8 and 200-500 F5.6 FX lenses

Nikon has released three new full-frame lenses, including a prime and both standard zoom and super telephoto zooms. The one that will likely garner the most attention is the replacement for the venerable 24-70mm F2.8. The latest version adds Vibration Reduction, electromagnetic aperture control, a new optical construction and more. Also introduced is a 24mm F1.8 prime and a 200-500mm F5.6 super telephoto. More details

August 3
Olympus patent points at sensors with built-in polarizing filter

Olympus has patented a technology that records polarization information on the sensor itself, giving the effect of a polarizing filter but without the light cost. The patent is for a two-layer sensor that records color and brightness information on the top layer, just like a conventional sensor, but then has a second layer that captures information about the polarization of the light arriving at the camera. Read more

Hot Shots: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II real-world samples

Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 II looks a lot like its predecessor, with a similar form factor and the same 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens. However, it adds some interesting new technology in the form of a 20MP stacked CMOS sensor, enabling 4K video, 14 fps burst shooting and slow-motion video recording. We recently got our hands on a full-production model - take a look at some initial real-world samples. See gallery

Updated Kodak Moments app lets you share, edit and print your images

Kodak Moments unifies editing, sharing and printing in a single app.

Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras

Sony is planning to heavily target the full-frame camera market, according to a report from The Korea Times. At a press conference, Sony Korea's Digital Imaging & Alpha Marketing Department head Bae Ji-hoon said that Sony plans to first target current full-frame camera users, then shift toward attracting new customers who currently use 'entry and mid-class models.' Read more

Sensor sales help Sony triple net profit in second quarter

Sales of image sensors helped push Sony to triple its net profit after the second quarter this year, up to 82.4 billion Yen. Sales of Devices, the category containing Sony's sensor business, rose 35% year-on-year, which Sony attributes to higher demand of mobile products containing its sensors. Read more

Fujifilm announces X-T1 IR for infrared photography

Fujifilm has introduced the X-T1 IR, a version of its flagship mirrorless camera designed specifically for infrared photography. The camera captures light from UV, visible, and infrared portions of the spectrum, from approximately 380-1000nm. Everything else is identical to the standard X-T1. Read more

August 2
Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 LM WR real-world samples

Fujifilm announced the XF 90mm F2 in May, adding a 137mm equiv. focal length to its X-system's arsenal. We've been spending some quality time outdoors with the 90mm, take a look at how it performs against real-world subjects. Read more

August 1
Readers' Showcase: Sarnim Dean

Born and raised in New Zealand, DPR reader Sarnim Dean has been surrounded his whole life by wildlife and landscapes many of us only dream of visiting. He explores the country on his mountain bike and with his camera. Take a look at some of his images and find out more about him in our Q&A. See gallery