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October 2015 news and reviews

October 31
PIX 2015: Connecting kids with nature through photography

We've already introduced you to David FitzSimmons, so the topic of his PIX 2015 talk shouldn't be a big surprise. The author of three photography-based children's books about creatures of the natural world spoke on the importance of introducing children to the natural world. Read more

October 30
DSCO by VSCO simplifies GIF-creation

The creators of VSCOCam have launched an app for GIF-making.

Tenba Cooper luxury canvas and leather bag collection introduced

Tenba has introduced the Cooper, a luxury leather and canvas bags collection. The new collection is styled after classic messenger bags, and is made from canvas alongside full grain leather trim and other high-end touches. Tenba created the bags with photographers' needs in mind, using Quiet Velcro to allow the bags to be opened silently when needed. Read more

Nikon D810 firmware C 1.10 now available

Nikon has released updated firmware for its D810 DSLR, taking the software from version C 1.02 to C 1.10. The new firmware brings with it several changes, the majority of which are bug fixes. In addition to correcting issues, v1.10 adds an external recording control option for using the camera to start and stop third-party recorders connected over HDMI. Read more

October 29
Sony's latest financial results show camera unit sales down, operating income up

Sony has released its Q2 2015 financial results, posting a 3% decline year-on-year in imaging product sales on a constant currency basis. However, demand for high-value added models, favorable exchange rates and internal cost reductions led to a bump in that group's operating income - up to ¥25.9bn ($216m) compared to 20.1bn this time last year. Read more

Motorola Moto X Force is the international version of the Droid Turbo 2

The Motorola Moto X Force will be available in Latin America, EMEA and APAC regions from November.

Snapseed for Android update brings DNG Raw editing

You can now edit DNG files from a smartphone or camera in the popular Snapseed app.

Leica T firmware 1.4 promises to boost AF speed and overall camera responsiveness

Leica has released a major firmware update for its T (Typ 701) APS-C mirrorless camera. Firmware 1.4 promises to make autofocus twice as fast, and improves touchscreen responsiveness by three times. The company has also announced plans to release two new prime lenses for the T in 2016. Read more

Lights, camera, action: Manfrotto Digital Director quick review

Manfrotto's Digital Director, introduced in April, is a departure from its usual array of tripods and tripod heads. It's a device designed to hold an iPad Air tethered to a DSLR, providing a large live view screen, access to camera controls and wireless sharing options. Shooting with a large screen can be a revelation compared to using a 3" LCD, but the Digital Director is pretty pricey. Is it worth the cost? Read more

PIX 2015: Brian Ach and getting the right shot

Brian Ach has shot for just about every big-name publication you can think of, and he's photographed his share of A-list celebrities, including a stint as Prince's official tour photographer. In short, he knows how to get the shot. But he argues there's an important distinction between getting shot and getting the right shot, and it all comes down to context. Read more

October 28
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II sales to resume on November 7

In early September, Olympus announced a pause in sales of the OM-D E-M10 Mark II due to an issue with the lens mount locking pin preventing some lenses from attaching to the camera body properly. Now the company has announced that the wait will soon be over - sales will begin again on November 7. Read more

Samsung launches enormous 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet

Samsung's Galaxy View is designed for content consumption.

Canon's Q3 financial results show increased profit, decline in ILC sales volume

Canon's Imaging Systems business has reported its third quarter sales fell by ¥26.5bn ($220m), compared to the same time last year. The company blamed a decline in worldwide demand for its interchangeable lens cameras 'due to market shrinkage,' with unit sales down 17% year-on-year, despite sales increases in Japan and Europe. Read more

Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta)

It came out of nowhere, a brand-new full-frame professional level mirrorless camera and lens system: the Leica SL. It combines a new lens system (using the existing mount from the T) with an extremely high resolution viewfinder and a sensor based on the one used by the coveted Leica Q. Take a look at some preliminary (beta) studio test results from the Leica SL. Read more

October 27
M & M: Leica SL Typ 601 real-world gallery updated with M-series lens samples

The Leica SL Typ 601 is the German manufacturer's first foray into the full-frame mirrorless world, offering a 24MP CMOS sensor in a weather-sealed, milled-aluminum body. Three SL lenses have been introduced for the system, but an M-mount adapter opens up a number of possibilities for the camera. We took advantage of some limited time to shoot with the SL and the Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 ASPH and 50mm F1.4 - see what the combination looks like. Read more

Ricoh announces new service and support plan for Pentax 645Z

Ricoh Imaging US has announced the Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Program, a new support and service offering for the Pentax 645Z camera. Under this program, camera owners are given three years of extended service and support from the date of purchase, as well as loaner lenses and camera bodies and a toll-free support number. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: Motorola Droid Turbo 2

Motorola's Droid Turbo 2 puts in a strong performance in the DxOMark Mobile test.

Super charged? Motorola Droid Turbo 2 preview and samples

We've had a chance to spend some time shooting with the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 just before its official launch.

Motorola launches Droid Turbo 2 with shatterproof display

Motorola's new Droid Turbo 2 offers top-end specs all around.

October 26
PocketWizard Plus IV transceiver gets TTL pass-through hotshoe

PocketWizard has introduced a new version of its Plus series transceiver that features a top-mounted hotshoe. The new hotshoe allows a flash unit to be fitted while the PocketWizard Plus IV is attached to the camera, as well as when the flash is positioned remotely and being controlled wirelessly. Read more

Out of sight: Astronomers create 46-gigapixel image of the Milky Way

Researches from German university Ruhr-Universitat Bochum spent half a decade creating the largest astronomical image created to date, a 46-gigapixel image of the Milky Way, which is now available via an interactive online viewer. The image is made up of 46 billion pixels, and the file weighs in at a hefty 194GB. Read more

InVisage posts short movie shot with its QuantumFilm HDR smartphone sensor

New technology aims to improve video quality on smartphone cameras.

Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system?

At PIX 2015 we took the opportunity to sit down and talk with industry leaders while they were in our neighborhood. Sony's Alpha system has made some interesting moves over the last year, and we asked product manager Kenta Honjo all of our burning questions, including what's in store for the future of the system. Read more

October 25
Toshiba to sell sensor business to Sony for $165 million

Toshiba is finalizing plans to sell its image sensor business to Sony for an estimated $165 million (¥20 billion) in a bid to raise cash after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal. Toshiba has been unloading assets as part of its restructuring plan. Sony currently has 40% of the growing image sensor market, and is quadrupling spending to keep up with demand.

In pictures: PhotoPlus Expo 2015

There's really no event on the photo industry's yearly calendar like PhotoPlus Expo. Occupying the Javits Center in Manhattan, it's an opportunity for us to get our hands on new gear and talk with manufacturers about what's coming next. There's nothing like a show in the Big Apple - see for yourself. Read more

Erez Marom: On the importance of naming images

Landscape and nature photographer Erez Marom has a lot of experience getting images in tough locations all over the world. Getting great shots takes a lot of work, but how many of us spend any time considering how to name our images? In this article, Erez takes us through his thought-process when titling his images, and explains why he thinks it's so important. Click through to read the full article

October 24
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 quick review

We had a chance to shoot with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and check how it performs as a mobile photography device.

October 23
Life in a glass case: We peer at new Pentax full-frame DSLR

Ricoh's upcoming full-frame Pentax DSLR is getting more real! The last time we saw it, the as yet unnamed camera was barely more than a chunk of carved plastic, but at this week's Photo Plus Expo in New York, a much more advanced mockup was on display at the Ricoh booth. Briefly. Shortly after we asked for a closer look it was removed permanently from display and locked in a cupboard. Oh well. Click through for some closeups

Big and fast: Hands-on with Zhongyi 135mm F1.4 Speedmaster

Chinese manufacturer Zhongyi optics has announced a new lens, the stupendously large Zhongyi 135mm F1.4 Speedmaster. The company is aiming to make less than 100 units, and expects the lens to appeal to specialized stills photographers and filmmakers. We got up close and personal with a prototype this week at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York. Read more

Hands-on with Canon's new PowerShot G5 X, G9 X compacts

Canon's new PowerShot G5 X and G9 X offer 1-inch sensors in compact, easy-to-use bodies. The G9 X is similar in to Canon's popular PowerShot S-series, while the G5 X takes the guts of last year's G7 X but with much more enthusiast-friendly ergonomics. We got our hands on both new models this week at the Photo Plus Expo in New York. Read our first impressions

Mirrorless as the Universal Mount: Brian Smith at PIX 2015

Brian Smith has an extraordinary portfolio, with a career shooting celebrity portraits for over 30 years, but like many other photographers he's got one problem - a lot of legacy glass in his closet and nowhere to put it. At least that was the case until he got his hands on his first mirrorless camera. Read more

October 22
20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art'

Sigma has grown its 'Art' lineup of prime lenses again, with a new 20mm F1.4 for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The new 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art  is designed for full frame DSLRs, and Sigma claims that the 20mm F1.4 is the result of new production technologies including a 59mm double aspherical element. The new 20mm will go on sale from November priced at £849.99/$899.99, and we just got our hands on a sample at the Photo Plus Expo in New York. Click through for some first impressions

ZY Optics launches optically improved version of its Turbo Adapter for Micro Four Thirds

Chinese lens manufacturer Shenyang Zhongyi Optics has redesigned the optical construction of is Turbo Adapter that allows Micro Four Thirds users to mount Nikon and Canon lenses to their cameras. The details are slight, but the company says the configuration is completely different, although still using four elements, and new coatings have been applied to reduce flare and increase contrast. Read more

Instagram's Boomerang app creates animated-GIF-like video loops

After last year's Hyperlapse Instagram has launched its second 'special feature app'.

Think Tank launches Lily Deanne series of shoulder bags for female photographers

Think Tank has launched the Lily Deanne, its first series of photo bags designed specifically with women in mind. The shoulder bag is available in three sizes, each designed to accommodate pro-sized camera bodies and lenses. Read more

Western Digital announces plan to acquire SanDisk

Yesterday, Western Digital announced plans to acquire SanDisk Corporation, a company that specializes in memory chips and SD cards. According to a statement released on Wednesday, WD will purchase all of SanDisk’s shares in a deal totaling about $19 billion; a combination of cash and stock will be paid. Read more

October 21
Phase One offers XF firmware update, three new Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses

Phase One has today introduced a firmware update for its new XF system, announced in June. The update brings new tools to those using the XF with its Waist Level Finder, as well as a seismograph vibration delay mode. Additionally, three new leaf shutter Schneider Kreuznach lenses are announced. Read more

PhotoShelter releases free professional food photography guide

PhotoShelter has launched 'The Professional's Guide to Food Photography,' a new free guide dedicated to the art and business of photographing food. The guide includes tips for breaking into the industry, in-depth interviews with food photographers and a how-to on building a portfolio. Read more

Flagship Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 gets the L-series 'red line' treatment

Canon has introduced a new flagship professional photo printer, the 17" imagePROGRAF PRO-1000. Offering a new print head, ink set and image processor, it boasts an L-series-esque red line to reflect is top-end specification. Read more

Lensbaby rolls out Composer Pro II and Edge 50 Optic

Lensbaby has announced new additions to its lens lineup with the Composer Pro II and Edge 50 Optic. The Composer Pro II houses the swap-able optic, updating the original Composer with an 'upgraded' metal body, and the 50mm equivalent F3.2 Edge optic provides a tilt shift effect slice of focus that can be moved around the frame. Read more

Fujifilm brings weather-sealed 35mm F2 lens, 1.4x teleconverter to X-mount

Fujifilm has added another lens to its X-mount, this one being a low-cost Fujinon XF 35mm F2 prime. This compact lens features a nearly silent internal AF system, 9-blade circular aperture, 2 ED elements, and is sealed against moisture and dust. Also announced is a 1.4x teleconverter, which is currently only compatible with the XF 50-140mm F2.8 zoom. It will, however, be compatible with future lenses, including the XF 100-400mm super telephoto lens expected next year. Read more.

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4, world's fastest 135mm lens, is up for pre-order

ZY Optics, a Chinese company that sells lenses under brand name Mitakon, teased a massive lens on the Chinese social network Weibo over the weekend, the Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4. While the company revealed a few details at the time, it didn't specify when the lens would be available for pre-order. That changed on Monday, and the company is now offering $500 non-refundable deposits to reserve a unit for shipping in early 2016. Read more

October 20
Camra camera app saves photos and video directly to the cloud

The Camra app allows you to keep shooting when you run out of storage on your device.

Go big: Leica SL studio and real-world sample gallery

Leica has just unveiled its first full-frame mirrorless ILC, the SL Type 601. The new camera uses a modified version of the 24MP CMOS sensor from the Leica Q in tandem with a Maestro II processor, allowing ISO 50-50,000 shooting, 4K video recording and 11 fps continuous shooting. With early access to a full production SL, we've been able to test it against our studio test scene as well as in a variety of real-world shooting conditions. Read more

HTC One A9 launches with 13MP and OIS

HTC's just-announced One A9 offers solid upper mid-range specs in a metal body.

A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601)

Last year Leica entered the mirrorless ILC market with its T (Typ 701). And now, just in time for the PhotoPlus Expo later this week in New York the company is going big - and we mean big - with the SL (Typ 601), a full-frame mirrorless model for enthusiasts with a high credit limit. Read more

Leica introduces SL system with Typ 601 full-frame mirrorless camera and lenses

Leica has introduced the full-frame SL system, including the SL Typ 601 ILC and three compatible SL lenses. The SL uses a 24MP CMOS sensor adapted from the Leica Q, and true to form its weather-sealed body is cut from a single block of milled aluminum. Read more

Wide lens, right price? Nikon 24mm F1.8G ED real-world samples

Earlier this year Nikon expanded a series of F1.8 primes with the 24mm F1.8G ED, sitting alongside 20mm and 35mm models. Compact and lightweight, it hits a $750 price point that's relatively reasonable, considering the F1.4 version retails for over $2000. We've spent some time shooting with the new 24mm prime - take a look at its performance out and about. Read more

October 19
£10,000 Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 prize winner announced

A picture of the Dorset coastline on a snowy day has won a UK photographer the £10,000 top prize in the 'Take A View' competition. Andy Farrer, a professional photographer from Dorset, England, has become the ninth Landscape Photographer of the Year with his image of 'Bat's Head In The Snow’. Read more

FAA reportedly developing mandatory drone registration system

The U.S. government may soon require most drones to be registered, according to the Associated Press. Sources speaking on the matter state the FAA is working with unspecified industry and government officials to create a registration system. While the exact requirements aren't known, it is believed small and toy drones will not require registration. Read more

Hands-on with the Sony a7S II

Sony has gradually been updating its Alpha line of full frame mirrorless cameras, and the a7S II is the latest to get the update treatment. The original a7S gained a bit of a cult following as an outstanding HD video camera, thanks to its full sensor readout, outstanding HD video, and impressive low light capability. As a result, it should come as no surprise that Sony has largely aimed the a7S II at the videography crowd. Click through to read more

October 18
Like father, like son: Hawkeye Huey's knee-high portraits of the American West

Hawkeye Huey's photos don't follow traditional photography conventions of composition or exposure. They're often blurry, cut off subjects, and use hard flash. The National Geographic-represented photographer is launching his first photo book with a little help from a Kickstarter campaign and a lot of help from his partner in crime - his dad, Aaron Huey. Read more

October 17
It's the little things: Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition winners

Thirty years after it first began, the Nikon International Small World Competition continues to highlight outstanding photography of the invisible world right in front of our eyes - the world captured by photomicrography. The competition is open to professionals and amateurs alike worldwide, and first prize nets the winner $3,000 toward the Nikon gear of their choosing. Read more

Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray

Taylor Gray may be young, but he's serious about photography. After taking a borrowed DSLR on a backpacking trip, Gray was hooked on photography and found a new love for adventure and travel. See some of the young photographer's work. Read more

October 16
Microsoft provides additional detail on Lumia 950 and 950XL cameras

Juha Alakarhu, Director of cameras for phones at Microsoft, has written a blog post about the camera in the new Lumia 950 and 950XL devices. 

Polarr releases Photo Editor 3 with new features, interface improvements

Polarr has released Photo Editor 3, the third version of its lightweight photo editing software. The new version brings with it support for using a mouse and a touchscreen, as well as a new user interface, adjustment sliders, photo editing guides, and other features. Read more

Wide angle: Sigma's new Art lens is fastest 20mm in the world

Lens manufacturer Sigma has introduced a new lens to its Art range of premium optics that it claims is the fastest 20mm in the world. The new 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art  is designed for full frame cameras and will be available in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma models. Read more

JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format

Change may come soon for the web's most widely adopted image format. Earlier this week at a meeting in Brussels, the JPEG Committee discussed adding a DRM (Digital Rights Management) security feature to the regular JPEG image format. Read more

October 15
DJI introduces stabilized Osmo Gimbal handle with 4K 12MP camera

DJI, the maker of Phantom drones, has introduced a stabilized handheld 4K video system that uses a gimbal head to produce smooth video footage. The DJI Osmo is a handle-mount with a 3-axis head that senses movement and cancels out sudden jerks and bumps to ensure the camera moves slowly and the footage looks professional. Read more

Save the dates: PhotoPlus Expo next week in New York

Next week sees the return of PhotoPlus Expo, the largest photography and imaging show in the United States. Held October 21-24 in the Javits Center in New York City, PPE 2015 will play host to more than 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes, and over 250 exhibitors displaying thousands of products. As usual, DPReview will be at the event, reporting from the show floor. Read more

New York, New York: Low light Sony a7S II stills and 4K sample videos from the Big Apple

The Sony a7S II looks a lot like its full-frame Alpha mirrorless counterparts, but behind the familiar face are some important new features - namely, the ability to record 4K video internally. Its specifications are tuned to videography, with features like Full HD recording at 120fps, but its low light stills potential is equally compelling. We had the opportunity to shoot with the camera, so naturally we put its internal 4K and still photo capabilities to the test. Read more

October 14
Sony a7R II uncompressed Raw firmware update available October 19

Last month Sony promised to address a key concern of a7-series camera owners with a firmware update adding 14-bit uncompressed Raw support. The a7R II was named as the first in line to get the update, and Sony has confirmed that the firmware version will come Monday, October 19. Read more

Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II

Sony has just announced a brand-new full-frame camera, the Cyber-shot RX1R II. Successor to the RX1 and RXIR, the new model brings some significant updates, most notably the same sensor and hybrid AF system as the company's flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the A7R II. We've had our hands on the R1XR II and we've put together some first impressions. Click through to read more

Lexar to launch 128GB capacity Professional 2000x SDXC card

Lexar recently introduced a 128GB version of its Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II memory card. Once it launches, this new version will be the fastest 128GB memory card to utilize the Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 standard. The card is built to support capturing 4K video and other demanding content. Read more

Surprise! Sony announces RX1R II with 42MP sensor and EVF

Sony has announced its Cyber-shot RX1R II, an update to 2013's RX1 and RX1R full-frame, fixed-lens compact cameras. The RX1R II brings a 42.4 Megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor borrowed from the a7R II, 35mm F2 Zeiss Sonnar T* lens, retractable viewfinder, variable low-pass filter and greatly improved autofocus. Read more

ZEISS announces Otus 1.4/28, third lens for Otus series

German optical manufacturer Zeiss has announced it is to introduce a wide angle to its Otus family of lenses designed for full frame SLR cameras. The Zeiss Otus 1.4/28 is a 28mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, and will be available with ZE and ZF.2 mounts for Canon EOS and Nikon F cameras. Read more

Something special: Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 and SP 45mm F1.8 real-world galleries

Tamron seemed to have taken a cue from Sigma when it launched the SP 35mm and 45mm F1.8, following that company's lead in offering fast, high quality fixed focal length lenses. Designed for full frame camera bodies, the SP 35mm and 45mm boast weather-proofing, fluorine coatings and close-focusing abilities not usually found at these focal lengths. Take a look at two full galleries of real-world sample images. Read more

October 13
Lomography launches Lomo’instant Wide camera

Lomography has introduced the Lomo’instant Wide camera. Using Fujifilm Instax Wide film, the camera offers a 35mm equivalent lens and Auto, Bulb, and 1/30sec Fixed Shutter Speed modes. Features cater to those who want to take a little more control over their instant prints, including a multi-exposure button and a lens cap that functions as a shutter remote control. Read more

RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review

The Sony RX10 II is the follow-up to a camera we already thought quite highly of. While the 24-200mm F2.8 equivalent lens and external body design remain unchanged, the RX10 II sports a new stacked sensor and can record 4k video internally, with full sensor readout. It also features improved AF performance and a higher-res EVF, but is it worth the sticker price? Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: Apple iPhone 6s

The new Apple iPhone 6s cannot quite keep up with the best and slots in at number ten in the DxOMark Mobile Rankings.

Canon's new G5 X, G9 X, and EOS M10: What you need to know

Canon has dropped a trio of new cameras on the world - one mirrorless and two fixed lens - and we wanted to give you a quick summary of the most interesting features are for each of them. Keep reading if you've got a hankering for more about the EOS M10 or the PowerShot G5 X and G9 X. Read more

G-whizz: Canon unveils PowerShot G5 X and compact-sized G9 X with 20MP 1"-type sensors

Canon has introduced two new enthusiast compacts with 1"-type CMOS sensors: the PowerShot G5 X, which will sit above the PowerShot G7 X, and the entry-level G9 X which is roughly the size of the PowerShot S120. Read more

Canon debuts EOS M10 and collapsible EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS

The Canon EOS M10 makes its debut with a new collapsible 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS kit lens, taking up residence below the more advanced EOS M3 in that company's mirrorless lineup. A replacement for the M2, the M10 offers an 18MP CMOS sensor, 3" 1.04M dot tilting touch screen LCD, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and 1080/30p video recording. Read more

October 12
ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount

ZEISS has introduced the 21mm F2.8 to its Loxia lineup for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, joining the 35mm F2 and 50mm F2. Like its siblings, the 2.8/21 allows the user to de-click the aperture ring for video recording. Read more

Adobe issues Lightroom 6.2 apology and update

Adobe has issued an apology over the 'significant crashing bug' introduced in Lightroom 6.2. The latest version of the software was released last Monday, and brought with it a redesigned import experience. That new experience, unfortunately, also introduced instability into Lightroom and removed some import functions; users reported issues with the software crashing and running poorly. Read more

October 11
Dreaming for a living: The conceptual composite photography of Colin Anderson

Australia-based conceptual artist Colin Anderson is re-defining what it means to be a modern photographer. An early adopter of Photoshop, Anderson creates complex allegorical images from a number of visual elements, including stills captured with a medium format camera and 3D elements created from scratch. Find out what he's learned from a long career in editorial and commercial photography. Read more

October 9
Voigtlander announces three new extreme wide-angle lenses for Sony E-mount

Voigtländer has introduced three new lenses that will be released in Spring 2016: the 10mm F5.6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar, 12mm F5.6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar, and 15mm F4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar. All three lenses will feature a Sony E-mount for use with full-frame Sony cameras without an adapter. Read more

Behind the Scenes: Recording a music video with Samsung NX cameras

Seattle-based band Ever So Android are an indie rock trio who have played all over the western USA. Their energetic live shows pack venues throughout the year in their hometown, but recently, they performed their single 'Moment' for a different crowd: a small crew of filmmakers armed with Samsung NX1 and NX500 cameras, led by directors Brad Strain and Matt Kumasaka. Read more

October 8
Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body

US-based startup Light has officially introduced its L16, a portable device packed with 16 individual cameras, ten of which capture an image at the same time at different fixed focal lengths. The resulting photograph is a composite of all the individual images combined, with a final resolution of up to 52 megapixels. An earlier prototype of this camera was shown off this past April. Read more

Recipe for 6S: iPhone 6S Real-world Sample Gallery

The iPhone 6S doesn't look too different from the iPhone 6 that it replaces, but its camera module has been significantly improved. Now offering 12MP and snappier performance, the camera on the iPhone 6S is impressively capable. We've been out and about with the new phone, taking plenty of pictures in a range of different situations. Click through to see our gallery of real-world samples

October 7
Sony spins off image sensor division to form its own company

Sony Corporation is to split the part of its business that makes imaging sensors away from the Devices segment that it currently comes under, to form its own company called Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation. Sony has said that the degree of autonomy that the new company will enjoy will allow it to react more quickly to changing market forces and will encourage the business to grow more quickly. Read more

Manfrotto launches Pixi Evo mini tripods for DSLRs

Manfrotto has launched the Pixi Evo, a miniature lightweight tripod with two-section legs and five adjustable steps. The Pixi Evo represents a design update over the original Pixi mini tripod, and is designed, in part, to support entry-level DSLRs with large lenses. Read more

And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015

PIX 2015 has given us the opportunity to do something we've wanted to do for a long time: present awards recognizing the significant bits of photographic gear that have been announced in the last year. We handed them out last night, see which products were winners. Read more

Video: Cristina Mittermeier delivers PIX 2015  keynote

Day one of our PIX 2015 re:FRAME speaker lineup wrapped up with a moving keynote presentation from Cristina Mittermeier. Read more

October 6
Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze

Adobe has released Camera Raw 9.2, introducing a local version of its new dehaze adjustment. ACR 9.2 also adds support for the DxO ONE, though not for the camera's SuperRAW files. Other cameras supported by the update are the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, Sony Alpha 7S II and Leica S (Typ 007). Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with larger screen and more power

Microsoft has announced the latest generation of its Surface Pro tablet.

Microsoft launches Lumia 950 and 950 XL with PureView cameras

Microsoft has announced the long-awaited successors to the Nokia Lumia 930 and 1520.

October 5
Countdown to PIX 2015: SIFF PhotoCinema mini film festival

In addition to two days of speakers, demos and photo activities, PIX 2015 is also a miniature film festival. We're excited to partner with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), who are presenting some of their favorite recent photography-centric movies. Read more

Project Apollo Archive uploads more than 8400 NASA images to Flickr

Project Apollo Archive has uploaded a massive library of high-resolution photos taken during NASA's moon missions and related training exercises. More than 8,400 photos have been published, including scans of original photos taken by astronauts' Hasselblad cameras and some processed photos from film magazines. Read more

Sony Alpha 7R II dynamic range analysis published

Our in-depth testing of the Sony Alpha 7R II continues, and we've just published 3 pages of Raw dynamic range analysis. Along with AF, the a7R II's dynamic range capabilities have been the subject of much attention and could help put Sony's latest full frame camera at the top of its field. Take a look and see how the a7R II's 42MP BSI CMOS sensor performs when its Raw files are pushed to the limit. Read more

Adobe launches Photoshop Fix, desktop and mobile app updates

Adobe has officially launched Photoshop Fix, a mobile app it demoed at Apple's iPad Pro launch in early September. Available today for iPad and iPhone, Photoshop Fix brings tools like the healing brush and liquify to mobile devices along with adjustments like paint and defocus. Read more

Countdown to PIX 2015: Tune in tomorrow!

DPReview's first major event - PIX 2015 - kicks off tomorrow! The best news? You don't even have to book a last-minute flight to Seattle to participate. Starting Tuesday at 9:30AM PT, you can tune in right here and be part of the experience, or watch the archived content later, at your convenience. Read more

October 4
Countdown to PIX 2015: Getty Images Legacy Collection

It's hard to believe that PIX 2015 is only a couple of days away. As we get closer to the show, we're highlighting some of our amazing speaking and content partners. In the slideshow above you'll find a preview of some of the iconic photos Getty Images will have on display in our gallery space. Find out more about the Legacy Collection from Getty Images Co-Founder Jonathan Klein. Read more

October 3
Countdown to PIX 2015: Digital camera technology timeline

It's hard to believe that PIX 2015 is a few days away! Take a peek behind the scenes before the curtain rises on our photography expo. Show attendees will have plenty of opportunities for hands-on photo experiences, as well as a chance to take a look at how far digital photography has come. The DPReview Experience booth will host a digital photography timeline featuring iconic digital cameras and media storage devices - see a few of them highlighted here. Read more

October 2
DxOMark Mobile report: Google Nexus 6P

The Google Nexus 6P camera takes the number three spot in the DxOMark mobile ranking.

DxO ONE now available in 10 European countries

The DxO One camera is now available to customers in Europe. The company had announced at the beginning of September that it would launch its camera for European customers in October, having first launched the product for US buyers last month. Read more

Countdown to PIX 2015: Rick Sammon and creative visualization

With less than a week until PIX 2015, we think you should meet some of our talented re:FRAME speakers. Rick Sammon is a veteran wildlife and travel shooter who has made it a focus of his career to help educate and inspire new photographers. Read more

Can the iPad Pro be a serious editing tool for imaging professionals?

Apple's new iPad Pro comes with powerful hardware, but is it enough to entice professional-level image editors?

October 1
LG V10 features dual front cam and secondary display

The new LG V10 comes with a couple of unique new features.

TinyMOS startup introduces Tiny1 astrophotography camera

TinyMOS, a startup formed by National University of Singapore students, has introduced its Tiny1, a camera designed for astrophotography. The camera was introduced earlier this month at TechCrunch Disrupt 2015, and claims to be the first-ever portable consumer-level astronomy camera. Read more

Motorola Moto X Style / Pure Edition camera review

Read our full review to find out how Motorola's latest flagship smartphone performs as a camera.

 

Countdown to PIX 2015: Submit your questions for attorney Bert Krages

Attorney at Law Bert Krages specializes in issues of intellectual property for photographers and artists. We'll be speaking to him at PIX in a few days, and now is your chance to have a say in the conversation. Read more