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January 2016 news and reviews

January 31
Readers' Showcase: Christopher Michel

It's telling that DPR regular Christopher Michel corresponded about this piece while en route to Antarctica. He considers freelance photography his third career, one that has taken him to the proverbial ends of the earth and beyond. From a U-2 spy plane to the North Pole, he's searched all over for stories and images that inspire. See some of his work here and find out more about him in our Q&A. Read more

January 30
Better together: A photographer's trip to Southeast Asia with a limbless man

'If I Can...' is the motto Chris Koch lives by. Born without arms and legs, the Canadian travels as a motivational speaker, challenging his audiences to live their lives to their greatest potential and push beyond difficulties. Portrait and wedding photographer Anna Tenne happened to meet Chris before he gave a presentation in her hometown, and not long after the two fast friends headed on a journey to Southeast Asia. Read more

Sony camera and sensor business units report drop in sales in 2015

Sony Corp. released its third quarter 2015 earnings report, in which the company discloses notable drops in both camera and image sensor sales. Revenue in the imaging products unit dropped by 5%, due to decreases in units sales of digital cameras. The devices unit had an even larger drop (12.6%) due mainly to a 'significant' decrease in sales of image sensors (as well as batteries). Read more

January 29
Manfrotto introduces carbon fiber version of its 190Go travel tripod

Manfrotto has launched a new lighter version of its 190Go travel tripod that is made with carbon fiber. The new model joins the aluminium version of the existing 190Go, and is essentially the same other than the amount it weighs – and costs. Read more

YoCam is world's smallest waterproof 'life' camera

A new pocket-sized camera called YoCam, claiming to be the world's smallest waterproof wearable camera, has been successfully funded through Indiegogo. Available for pre-order now, Molify’s YoCam features a versatile design suitable for a variety of situations, including underwater recording. Read more

January 28
Nikon Japan announces price increases of up to 18% for lenses and flash units

Nikon has released details of price increases it will implement in the Japanese market from the beginning of March this year. The changes will affect a total of 73 of its DX and FX lenses, as well as three teleconverters. In addition, 21 lenses for the Nikon 1 system will be included, the FT1 mount adapter and six Speedlite flash units along with the systems associated wireless remotes. Read more

Apple iPhone 7 Plus expected to come with dual-camera technology

An analyst says Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-camera system with two 12MP Sony sensors.

Apple patent describes use of curved image sensor to design small camera module

Apple has patented a design for a very small camera module that uses a curved sensor and an array of lenses.

Pentax continues full frame DSLR tease with sample photos

In September 2015, Ricoh published a teaser website for a Pentax full-frame DSLR set to launch in spring 2016. Additional teasers have been released on occasion since the website went live, including a new one today. In a post, Ricoh has released a pair of sample photos alongside details about the HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8ED SDM WR lens and how it functions with the upcoming full-frame camera. Read more

Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery

The Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | A is the newest member of Sigma's family of 'Art' lenses. It's also the widest member of the Art lens family, and with a maximum aperture of F1.4 Sigma claims that it's the fastest 20mm lens in the world.  We shot this lens on both 5DS R and 7D Mark II bodies, and since we had an EOS mount we even tried it on the Sony A7R II as well. How did it do? Take a look

January 27
Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.4, Lightroom 6.4 and ACR 9.4 now available for download

Adobe has made updates available to its subscription and standalone Lightroom applications as well as Camera Raw. The updates bring with it a feature called 'Boundary Warp,' a tool that helps to straighten the curved edges of stitched panoramas so that the image is rectangular. Read more

Nikon D5300 and D5500 firmware 1.01 adds support for AF-P DX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lenses

Nikon has released firmware version 1.01 for its D5300 and D5500 cameras. Both updates add support for the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55mm F3.5–5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55mm F3.5–5.6G lenses, Nikon's first DX lenses to offer stepping motors. Read more

Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin

With its new 20MP sensor, high-resolution electronic viewfinder and slick rangefinder styling, the new Olympus PEN-F has been receiving Texas-sized portions of praise around the DPReview offices. But it's not all southern hospitality for the PEN series' newest flagship. DPReview writer Carey Rose been shooting with it in Austin all week; find out how it fared. Read more

Leica releases 60 rare Pandas into China – limited edition M-P rangefinders, that is

In a move intended to honor the giant panda - a Chinese national treasure - German camera manufacturer Leica has produced a limited edition version of its M-P (Typ 240) rangefinder that is finished in black and white. The 'Panda Edition' will consist of a pair of kits that include the camera body along with either a Summicron-M 28mm F2 ASPH lens or a Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 ASPH. Read more

The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F

Olympus's PEN series of digital interchangeable lens cameras has a long heritage, stretching right back to the mid-20th Century, long before digital imaging transformed photography. The company's latest PEN shows off its early influences in a classically-styled body and enthusiast-friendly handling experience, but in terms of its specifications the PEN F is thoroughly modern. Click through for a closer look

Olympus PEN-F revives 1960s rangefinder-style design with 20MP sensor, built-in EVF

Olympus has announced the revival of its classic 1960s half-frame film camera in digital form – the 20MP PEN-F. The first digital PEN to feature a built-in viewfinder, it offers an impressive 2.36 Million-dot OLED panel as well as a fully articulating LCD. Read more

Olympus reveals faux-leather-wrapped limited edition E-M10 II

Along with the launch of the new PEN-F, Olympus has announced a limited edition OM-D E-M10 II. Wrapped in a tan faux leather, it comes with a matching leather neck strap and a collapsible 14-42mm EZ electronic zoom. Read more

Yongnuo announces YN360 LED light wand

Chinese lighting manufacturer Yongnuo has announced it is to launch a variable temperature LED wand for still and video photographers. The wand can be used to produce light that blends in with ambient lighting in a wide range of conditions by varying the mix of 3200K and 5500K LEDs, and also be used to create a spectrum of colors by mixing the red, green and blue LED sources. Read more

January 26
Adobe Portfolio brings customizable personal websites to Creative Cloud

Adobe has introduced Adobe Portfolio, a website creation platform similar to Squarespace. Part of Creative Cloud, Adobe Portfolio is offered under three subscription tiers and aims to provide creatives and professionals with a simple way to showcase their work online. Read more

GoPro and Periscope partnership enables live broadcasting from Hero4 action cams

Live-streamed content is about to get a little more extreme as action cam maker GoPro and live-broadcasting video app Periscope have announced a partnership. Starting today, Periscope users can broadcast live from GoPro's Hero4 Black and Silver models. Read more

Roger Cicala finds  innovation sealed inside the Sony 35mm F1.4 ZA

LensRentals' Roger Cicala has been his usual busy self, tearing lenses apart to work out how to repair and maintain them. The latest optic to fall prey to his toolkit is the Sony Zeiss 35mm F1.4 ZA: one of the company's latest designs for its full frame a7 series cameras. Peering inside reveals a radical design approach far removed from the one Canon uses for its latest 35mm lens. Read more

The Long Night: Tim Matsui on creating social change through stories

Award-winning and Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker Tim Matsui used to view stories as a means of having experiences. Now, he sees them as a means of creating change, engaging audiences and helping them see that they can make a difference. In this PIX 2015 video, Matsui speaks on The Long Night, his documentary on human trafficking, and how he leveraged grassroots distribution to effect social change. Read more

January 25
Sigma demos WR Ceramic lens filter strength with impact test

In a newly released video, Sigma tests the strength of its line of protective ceramic lens filters. Putting claims of toughness to the test, the video shows a 49g / 1.7oz metal ball dropped from a height of about 1.3m / 4ft onto the WR Ceramic Protector as well as three competing lens filters. Read more

Corbis Images content to be distributed by Getty

Getty Images is set to become the exclusive distributor of content from its rival, Corbis Images, after a deal in which Corbis was sold to a Chinese company that has a partnership with the Getty agency. Unity Glory, an affiliate of media business Visual China Group, has bought the assets and brands of Corbis Images for an undisclosed sum. Getty Images will represent the Corbis content in all territories outside China, as the two companies have worked together for over ten years to share content. Read more

Digging into the Fujifilm X-Pro2: Studio analysis and full-production sample gallery added

Our Fujifilm X-Pro2 First Impressions just got a significant update. With a production-ready camera in hand, we've been able to send it through our studio tests, make some judgements about image quality from its new 24MP X-Trans image sensor and put together a fresh sample gallery. Read more

January 24
The gift of connection: A pair of friends photograph Cuba

As a destination for street photographers and photojournalists, there's no place quite like Cuba. The natural beauty of the island is plain to see, but for photographers and good friends Susan Roderick and Kenna Klosterman, the real pulse of the country can be found talking to its inhabitants. Read more

Shooting with a point of view: Anna Mia Davidson in Cuba

In 1999, Anna Mia Davidson packed up 100 rolls of Tri-X film, an old Leica M4-P, two lenses and headed to Cuba to photograph the grittier reality of Cuban life that lurked beneath its colorful surface. Davidson expresses the importance of having a unique point of view to guide her as she made multiple trips over several years, documenting the island nation through some of its most turbulent times. Read more

January 23
Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression

Nature Photographer Erez Marom shares his experience shooting in the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, one of the most inhospitable places on earth. In this article he explains why he was attracted to this region, why it is so challenging to shoot there, and how he went about creating images that he's proud of. Read more

Out of the shadows: Aaron Draper discusses 'Underexposed'

We introduced Aaron Draper's project 'Underexposed' a little while back. In case you missed it, Draper has made a project of taking stylized portraits of individuals experiencing homelessness, aiming to help others literally see them in a new light. Filmmaker Eric Becker sat down with him at PIX 2015 to talk in depth about the project. Read more

January 22
Tamrac launches Hoodoo series with two camera bags

Tamrac has introduced two camera bags as part of its new Hoodoo product lineup. The Hoodoo 18 and Hoodoo 20 packs are described as being 'minimal and lightweight' with features including a water-resistant waxed canvas exterior, PU coated ripstop fabrics, and selective padding for comfort. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: OnePlus 2

DxOMark has published its image quality test results for the OnePlus 2.

To the point: LensRentals shows how to use Autofocus Fine Tune

DSLR autofocus has been the gold standard for decades but the higher accuracy and precision offered by some mirrorless cameras risks tarnishing this image. However, many modern DSLRs include an option to fine-tune the AF behavior to help optimize their performance. Guest writer Joey Miller has written a short guide to how to make use of this feature over on the LensRentals blog. Read more

All cameras are great, but that doesn't make choosing one any easier

It's often said all modern cameras are good, and it's true. But it's also close to meaningless. It seems to imply that it doesn't matter which camera you buy, yet that's as far from the truth today as it's ever been. DPReview writer Richard Butler feels quite strongly about this. Read more

Leica announces €80,000 prize fund for 2016 Oskar Barnack Awards

Leica has increased the value and volume of prizes for its forthcoming Oskar Barnack awards for 2016, with the winner taking home €25,000 in cash on top of a €10,000 M system camera and lens. The newcomer prize has been doubled to €10,000 in cash, and the winner will also receive a Leica rangefinder kit. Read more

January 21
Nikon releases D500 4K UHD sample video

Curious about 4K video quality from Nikon's new flagship DX model? The manufacturer has just released sample 4K footage demonstrating the D500's video capabilities. Take a look – but only if heights don't make you queasy. Read more

Still GReat: Ricoh GR II studio scene and real-world samples

The Ricoh GR II is a modest update to the well-regarded GR, and the high-quality formula remains: an 18.3mm (28mm equiv.) F2.8 lens in a compact body with a 16MP APS-C sensor inside. While the update doesn't bring image quality changes, it does offer a chance to run the new camera through our studio test scene, as it will be an obvious competitor to the Fujifilm X70 when it arrives. Read more

Otherworldly? Lomography introduces Jupiter 3+ lens

Lomography has resurrected another classic Russian lens to sit next to its Petzval 85mm and 58mm lenses. This time, the company has revived one of the Jupiter designs that are so popular in our Adapted Lens Talk forum. The 50mm F1.5 lens is offered in L39 mount with an included M-mount adapter. Read more

January 20
Sony offers free inspection and service for RX1R II 'light leak' issue

Sony has posted an advisory on its support website for owners of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II regarding reported 'light leak' issues. Those who have experienced photos with 'unwanted light' can send the camera to Sony for free inspection and repair if needed. Only a certain set of cameras are affected and currently shipping models do not have this issue. Read more

Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo

Last week, Fujifilm announced several new products including two major new cameras - the X-Pro2 and X70. DPReview was at the launch event in Tokyo where we made time to sit down with two senior Fujifilm executives - Mr. Toru Takahashi and Toshihisa Iida. As well as the new cameras, we also spoke about Fujifilm's long-term ambitions, which cameras sell best in which countries and Samsung's apparent exit from the camera market. Read more

Leica launches its first rugged camera with the X-U (Typ 113) underwater compact

German camera manufacturer Leica has announced a waterproof, shock-proof and dust-proof compact camera that uses an APS-C sensor. The Leica X-U (Typ 113) joins the X family of compacts, but offers waterproofing to 15m / 50ft and a body that is designed to be used both beneath and above the waves. Read more

1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison

Canon made some big claims about the development put into its 35mm F1.4L II. Its new Blue Spectrum Refractive optics is claimed to minimize longitudinal chromatic aberration, and a new 9-blade aperture promises smoother bokeh and 18-ray sunstars. With a copy of the lens in our hands, Sam Spencer put these claims to the test in a shootout against the Mark I version and the Sigma 35mm Art. Read more

Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM10 dispenses with the phone functionality to concentrate on being a camera.

January 19
Benjamin Von Wong's Shark Shepherd photoshoot captures an underwater fantasy

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong has released photos and a video from his new Shark Shepherd photo shoot, which features a model in a white dress in the sea as sharks swim nearby. The shoot took place in Fiji and aims to expose a less-often seen side of sharks as peaceful creatures. Read more

A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review

Domke has a long history of making bags that to serve the needs of working photographers. Designed for accessibility, durability and style that intentionally avoids attracting attention, they've enjoyed popularity with generations of pro photographers. A few years ago Domke introduced the Next Generation line, bringing modern updates to its classic bag. Find out what a longtime Domke user thinks of the next-gen Chronicle bag. Read more

January 18
Manfrotto introduces next generation of on-camera LED panels

Italian accessory manufacturer Manfrotto has introduced three improved LED panels that are designed to be used by professional and serious enthusiasts in the hot shoes of their cameras. The new panels, which are powered by Litepanels, are the CROMA2, MICROPRO2 and the SPECTRA2. Each of the new models features surface-mounted LEDs, with new lenses that improve the intensity of illumination in the light path. Read more

MaxCurve curve editing tool for iOS connects with Photoshop on a desktop

MaxCurve offers powerful image editing functions on iOS devices.

Macphun Aurora HDR version 1.2 update released

Macphun has released Aurora HDR Pro version 1.2, adding a few new features and several improvements to its image editing software. The update includes support for .EXR and .HDR image files, compatibility with Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Raw files, and support for Photos for Mac editing extensions. Read more

Two views on the X-Pro2: Hitting the streets with Fujifilm's flagship

You probably know all about the X-Pro2's specs by now, but what's it like to shoot with? Sam and Richard hit the streets of Georgetown, Seattle with the camera to see how it handles different types of shooting. What did they like? What came up short? There's just one way to find out. Read more

January 17
The power of a photograph: Lynette Johnson and Soulumination

In 2005, wedding and portrait photographer Lynette Johnson founded an organization that would have a profound impact on over 1,400 families. Celebrating its 10th year, Soulumination is a non-profit that provides free professional photography sessions for individuals and families facing truly devastating circumstances – the loss of a child to terminal illness. Read more

January 16
Behind the Camera: Sue Bryce's contemporary portraiture

If there's been a theme to Sue Bryce's career, it might be one of evolution. She started making portraits when she was 18 with a Hasselblad film camera, and with grit and sheer determination she built and marketed her own business. We sat down with her recently to learn more about her work and history in contemporary portraiture. Read more

Hasselblad gives away a camera each to the winners of its Masters competition

Medium format equipment manufacturer Hasselblad has announced the winners of its Masters competition, and has awarded the winners of each category a high end medium-format camera. The company does not specify which cameras will constitute the prizes, but they will be presented at a ceremony during September’s Photokina show in Germany, at which the company is speculated to be launching major new products. See winners

Olloclip launches Studio accessory-mount case for Apple iPhone

Mobile phone add-on-lens manufacturer olloclip has announced a new case for the iPhone 6 series. 

January 15
Fujifilm announces development of EF-X500 flash

Among all of its new camera announcements, Fujifilm also made public the development of a new external flash. The EF-X500 is a high-end, weather-sealed model with a guide number of 50m at ISO 100, the ability to control up to three sets of off-camera strobes, and a high-speed sync mode that supports the X-Pro2's maximum 1/8000 sec shutter speed. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: HTC One A9

DxoMark has published its test results for the HTC One A9.

GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff

In its preliminary Q4 financial report this week, GoPro revealed it expects the last quarter's revenue to be about $435 million, a figure significantly lower than $512 million analysts had estimated. Due to poor sales over the holidays, GoPro states it will layoff 7% of its workforce as part of a restructuring effort. Read more

Sample galleries from preproduction Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X70 posted

We've got our hands on preproduction versions of Fujifilm's X-Pro2 and X70 and have put together a sample gallery for each. Keeping in mind that these are 'beta' cameras, have a look at some photos from both Seattle and Japan. Take a look

Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70

In addition to the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X-E2S, Fujifilm also announced the X70, a compact camera with a fixed 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens. Focal length aside, the X70 is in many way an X100T without an electronic viewfinder, but with the addition of an articulating touchscreen. Read more 

Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-Pro2

We've been using a Fujifilm X-Pro2 for a couple of weeks now, and have taken the time to dig beyond the basic specifications of the camera. Join us on a walk through the features that matter and what it means for Fujifilm's new flagship. Read more

Fujifilm announces its flagship 24 megapixel X-Pro2 mirrorless camera

Fujifilm has released the long-awaited followup to its flagship X-Pro1 mirrorless camera, aptly named the X-Pro2. While similar in design to its predecessor, virtually everything else about the X-Pro2 is new, including its 24MP X-Trans sensor, 273-point Hybrid AF system, 2.36M-dot 'Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder', an electronic shutter, refined controls and menus, and a lot more.

Fujifilm X70 puts 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens into compact X100-style body

Fujifilm has announced the X70, a fixed-lens compact camera designed in the spirit of the company's X100-series. While the X70 features the same 16MP APS-C-size X-Trans CMOS sensor as the X100T, it has a wider and slower lens (28mm equiv. F2.8) and lacks that clever hybrid viewfinder. What it does offer is Fujifilm's first touchscreen LCD, a max ISO of 51200, an electronic shutter, 1080/60p video and, of course, plenty of direct controls. Read more

Fujifilm X-E2S improves upon predecessor's AF system and ergonomics, adds electronic shutter

The Fujifilm X-E2S is an update to the company's premium rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, the X-E2, which was introduced back in 2013. New features include an improved AF system, an electronic shutter, top ISO sensitivity of 51200, and an improved grip and refined menu interface. It has the same 16.3MP X-Trans sensor, 3" LCD, high-res electronic viewfinder and Wi-Fi functionality as its predecessor. Read more

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 OIS WR lens moves from roadmap to reality

Fujifilm has officially announced its Fujinon XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, which has been on the company's roadmap since early 2015. This weather-sealed lens, equivalent to 152-609mm when mounted on an X-series body, has nine rounded aperture blades, 5 ED and 1 Super ED elements, and a fluorine coating. It also features a 5-stop image stabilization system and a linear motor. Read more

Fujifilm's budget FinePix XP90 rugged camera makes a splash

Fujifilm has released the FinePix XP90, a relatively minor update to last year's XP80 rugged camera, with the main new feature being a larger and sharper LCD. As with its predecessor, the XP90 is waterproof to 15m/50ft, shockproof from 1.8m/5.8ft, freezeproof and dustproof. It sports a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens and Wi-Fi connectivity - and it can double as an action cam. Read more

January 14
Leica updates wide-angle M lenses with new optical and design features

German camera brand Leica has introduced upgraded versions of three of its wide-angle M lenses that offer improvements to both build and performance, according to the company. The trio of reportage favorites are the Leica Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH, the Leica Summicron-M 28mm F2 ASPH and the Leica Elmarit-M 28mm F2.8 ASPH. Each is a direct replacement for the current equivalent model. Read more

Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery

Winter can be a stark wonderland in the Pacific Northwest, especially east of the Cascade mountain range. Editor Barney Britton spent some time with the new Nikon 24-70 F2.8 ED VR lens amongst the snow-covered rolling hills, waterfalls, forests, and even sunny beaches our beautiful state provides. See how the lens performed in this set of real-world samples. Read more

CES 2016: Close up with Kodak's new Super 8 movie camera

In a bit of a surprise, one of the hottest products to make an appearance at CES 2016 was an analog product: Kodak's Super 8 movie camera. Built around the classic Super 8 film format, the camera does make some nods to contemporary digital technology, but the film is the real thing. DPReview editor Dale Baskin talks with Kodak's Josh Coon to learn a bit more about this camera. Read more

Google awarded patent for folding handheld camera design

Global tech giant Google could be joining the camera business if a patent it was awarded this month is anything to go by. Filed in June 2014 and just approved on the 12th January this year, the patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office is for a design for a folding camera that's hinged in the middle like a clamshell mobile phone. Read more

January 13
Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic launches for pre-order

Lensbaby has announced that its Edge 50 Optic lens is now available to existing Muse and Composer owners for pre-order. Previously sold only in combination with the Composer II lens body, the Edge 50 Optic is part of Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System for Muse and Composer series lenses, and was released in October 2015. Read more

Phase One photographer Tim Kemple puts XF 100MP back to use in new video

Phase One has published a new video featuring the XF 100MP back in use. Phase One photographer Tim Kemple put the new Sony co-developed 100MP CMOS sensor through its paces outside of the studio, soaring to great heights above a waterfall and on dusty trails in the desert of Moab, Utah. Read more

The good, the bad and the analog: CES 2016 'Best of'

CES 2016 just wrapped up in Las Vegas over the weekend. During the course of the week-long trade show we had the chance to roam the floor a bit and check out a lot of cool new products, from big releases like the Nikon D500 and D5 to pleasant surprises like the prototype Kodak Super 8 camera. Take a look through our gallery and see for yourself all of the cool new stuff CES 2016 had to offer. Read more

ZY Optics unveils new Lens Turbo adapters for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Chinese lens maker Zhongyi Optics has added M42, Canon FD and Minolta MD lens adapters to its second-gen Lens Turbo lineup for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Like Metabones' Speedboosters, the adapters shorten the effective focal length, reducing the F-number by a stop and partially negating the crop factor. Read more

January 12
DxOMark Mobile report: BlackBerry Priv

DxOMark has published the camera test results for BlackBerry's first Android phone, the BlackBerry Priv.

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Back in November Nikon teased us by announcing that a D5 DSLR flagship camera was in development. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long for 'development' to turn into 'product.' At CES 2016 we got the chance to meet the D5, up close and personal. Read more

Sony uses 12 Xperia Z5 smartphones to record 48K 360 degree video

Sony engineers designed a 3D-printed rig that can hold 12 smartphones for simultaneous video recording.

Metz announces UK availability of new mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash/video light

German flash manufacturer Metz has said that the mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash unit that it announced at the end of last year will be available immediately, selling in the UK for £179.99. The gun is an update of the 44 AF-1, and brings with it compatibility with Fuji's X-system and a built-in LED for videographers. Read more

January 11
Apple patent describes dual-camera design

Apple has been granted a patent that describes how a dual-camera setup on a smartphone can be used in innovative ways.

New York Public Library releases thousands of images into public domain

The New York Public Library has released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain, making them freely available for anyone to use for any purpose. These items include scans of manuscripts from well-known authors, copies of sheet music, more than 40,000 stereoscopic photographs and more than 20,000 atlases and maps. Read more

246 Shades of Grey: Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 real-world and studio samples

The sensor in the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is an interesting one. Without a color filter array, the 24MP CMOS sensor doesn't lose sharpness through interpolation, much like a Merrill-generation Foveon sensor or Pentax's pixel shift mode found in the K-3 II. The catch is, of course, no color. Is the extra sharpness worth the cost? Read more

January 10
Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews

DPR reader Scott Matthews is an early riser, which is a lucky thing to be if you also have access to sweeping views of the New York skyline. He captures the colors of sunrise, sunset and the night lights of the city all using adapted manual focus lenses with his mirrorless camera body. Find out why he prefers this combination and see a selection of his work. Read more

January 9
Week in Review: 2016 CES edition

CES isn't always a blockbuster show for photography, but Nikon fixed that for us this year. Welcome to 2016, the year of the long-awaited D300 replacement. But that wasn't all - take a look back at what you may have missed in all the excitement. Read more

January 8
Activeon launches Solar X action camera that's powered by the sun

A solar-powered action camera that can take 70% of its charge from the sun in just 30 minutes has been announced by Activeon. The Solar X uses a 16MP CMOS sensor to shoot a combination of stills and video footage, and can supplement its two-hour internal battery with four hours of additional charge from a pair of solar panels mounted on its detachable charging case. Read more

Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500

CES 2016 has turned into a big event for Nikon thanks to the release of the company's new D500 and D5 DSLRs. We were able to get some hands-on time with both cameras at the show and it's fair to say that we're impressed with what we've seen so far. We've put together a quick overview of the D500, based on our impressions of using it a little this week. Read more

January 7
CameraLends Peer-to-Peer equipment sharing service launches iPhone app

A new iOS app allows you to lend and borrow camera equipment from your iPhone.

Sony introduces new XQD and SD cards

Sony has announced new XQD and SDXC UHS-II memory cards at CES. This comes on the heels of Nikon's announcement of the D5 and D500, both of which can utilize the relatively recent XQD format. Read more

Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR

CES 2016 saw the announcement of two important DSLRs from Nikon, including an update to its flagship line, as well as an almost mythical product many had given up hope of ever seeing: a true D300 replacement. The D5 and D500 really refine the DSLR with a number of under-the-hood improvements. In case you missed any, we've compiled and analyzed some of the most important underlying technologies in these cameras. Read on

January 6
Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera

Kodak has announced that it is to launch its first new Super 8 cine camera in over thirty years, with a model that mixes analogue and digital technology. The new camera, which doesn’t appear to have a name other than Kodak Super 8 Camera, will record its movies on normal Super 8 film cartridges but uses a digital LCD flip-out panel as viewfinder. Read more

Zeiss optics included in latest ExoLens accessory lenses for the iPhone

Smartphone accessory lens manufacturer ExoLens is to introduce three new lenses that use optics and designs from Zeiss.

UHD Alliance sets 'premium' standards that could prompt higher-quality 4K cameras

Cameras may be pushed towards offering higher-quality 10-bit 4K recording as the industry starts to set quality standards. The UHD Alliance, a group made up from leading producers, distributors and device makers has defined the Ultra HD Premium brand that requires certain minimum specifications to be met for content production, streaming and replay. The most interesting detail is the requirement for 10-bit capture, distribution and playback. Read more

Eyes on the Skies: Ambarella brings fast 4K to drones with H2 and H12 processors

Processor maker Ambarella has announced its two newest and most powerful chips. The H2 and H12 are 4K (UHD) capable processors, with the more powerful H2 able to compress 10-bit 4K/60p video using H.265 HEVC compression or 4K/120p with the less efficient H.264 AVC system. The company says it's the drone market that's now pushing the capabilities it needs to offer - way beyond what compact cameras tend to need. Read more

Samsung launches Galaxy TabPro S Windows tablet

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S stands in direct competition to Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.

CES Video: Nikon's Mark Soares talks about the D5 and D500

Today at CES Nikon announced two new DSLR cameras: the pro-oriented D5 and the enthusiast-oriented D500. Just after the press conference we slipped away from the CES crowds with Nikon’s DSLR product manager, Mark Soares, to get his take on the new bodies, a rundown of some major features, and some insight into their target audience. Read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro real-world sample gallery

Olympus just squeezed a 600mm equivalent field of view into a 1.27kg (2.8 pound) lens, complete with image stabilization, weatherproofing and an impressive close focusing distance. Meet the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro. We got the chance to shoot with it recently, and we've prepared a gallery of sample images - view our gallery

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro: a closer look

Recently we got a chance to take a close look at Olympus's brand new M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro - which the company says is the sharpest lens it's ever made. Join us for a walk-through of the lens' features, capabilities and fine details. Read more

Olympus launches M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro as sharpest-ever lens

Olympus has launched the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS Pro, which it claims it the sharpest lens in its lineup. The 600mm equivalent prime lens features built-in IS that also works in conjunction with the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 II bodies to offer 6 stops of stabilization, measured to CIPA standards - the best we've yet encountered. Olympus says it expects the lens to be used for bird photography, landscape and sports. Read more

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 brings next-generation GPS to familiar rugged compact

Olympus has updated its rugged compact lineup with the Stylus Tough TG-870, a modest update to last year's model offering next-generation GPS and a brighter, higher-resolution screen. Still sporting a 16MP BSI-CMOS chip and a 21-105mm equivalent zoom, the TG-870 provides a 920k-dot, 180 degree flip-up LCD that claims to be 1.1x brighter than its predecessor's screen. Read more

Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras

DPReview attended the Samsung 2016 press conference at CES today in Las Vegas but among all the talk of smart devices and Internet-connected fridges, one specific consumer product category was not even mentioned: digital cameras. Staff writer Dan Bracaglia wonders what it all means. Read on

Huawei MediaPad M2 10 comes with stylus and 13MP camera

Huawei's new 10-inch tablet puts the focus on sound and camera specs.

January 5
Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR

Nikon has formally announced its D5 professional DSLR, a 21MP full frame capable of shooting at up to 12fps with AF and 14fps without. The camera features an all-new autofocus module with 153 points, 99 of which are cross-type, sensitive to both horizontal and vertical detail. It's also Nikon's first DSLR to be capable of 4K video capture and its first high-end camera to include a touchscreen.

Making (radio) waves: Nikon releases SB-5000 Speedlight

Nikon's newly announced SB-5000 Speedlight is the company's first foray into the radio-controlled flash market. It can operate in radio-control mode when paired with the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Adapter Set, or in a more conventional optically controlled mode with the SU-800 or any commander-capable flash unit. In addition, the new design offers an improved cooling system while maintaining the tilt-and-rotate capability of other high-end Speedlights. Read more

Nikon unveils KeyMission 360, a rugged 4K-capable action camera

Nikon has announced a shockproof and waterproof spherical 360-degree action camera. Called KeyMission 360, it promises to 'put 360 virtual reality in the hands of any enthusiast' and offers 4K UHD recording. Shockproof to 2m / 6.6 ft and waterproof to 30m / 100 ft, the camera includes electronic VR stabilization and houses an image sensor and lens on opposite sides of the device to create immersive stills and video. Read more

Here at last: Nikon announces D500

Nikon has announced the much-anticipated followup to its D300S, the 21MP D500 which the company calls its 'best enthusiast DX offering.' It features the same 153-point AF system and EXPEED 5 processor. It can shoot continuously at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for Raw images. It can also capture 4K/UHD video and also features 'SnapBridge', a constant connection to a smartphone using Bluetooth, similar to what Samsung did with its NX1. The D500 will be available from March at a cost of around $2000. Read more

CES 2016: Live from the Nikon press conference

Update: That's a wrap! Thanks for following along. Aside from teasing its D5 professional DSLR last month, Nikon is keeping the details of its latest products close to its vest. We're live the company's CES press event and you can follow along in real-time right here.

Far-reaching: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 hands-on preview

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ100 is the first compact superzoom to be built around a 1"-type sensor. Known as the ZS100 in North America, it features a 25-250mm equivalent F2.8-5.9 zoom, Wi-Fi, touchscreen and 4K recording. Add in a pop-up flash and built-in viewfinder and you've got a very flexible package, especially considering the $699 list price. We got our hands on one recently - see what we found. Read more

Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 lens

Panasonic has just announced the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 lens for its Micro Four Thirds system cameras. We've gone hands-on with the high-end, super-tele zoom that sports the longest focal length available for the MFT system. Learn about some notable features this lens brings to the MFT line. Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 puts 1" sensor and 10x zoom in your pocket

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC TZ100 / ZS100, the first compact superzoom camera to include a 1"-type sensor. Despite having a sensor four times larger than most travel zoom cameras, the ZS100 manages to incorporate a 25-250mm equivalent zoom into a very small body. It also finds room for a built-in viewfinder and two full dials. It shoots 4K video and incorporates a host of related features, many of which utilize its touchscreen rear LCD. Read more

Panasonic adds Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3 tele-zoom to Micro Four Thirds lens lineup

Panasonic is adding a high-end super telephoto zoom lens to the Micro Four Thirds lineup: the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 ASPH. This lens is equivalent to a whopping 200-800mm when attached to a MFT body and features much-needed 'Power' optical image stabilization to keep things steady. The lens has several aspherical and extra low dispersion elements, a nine-blade aperture, and a minimum focus distance of 1.3m. The lens also features a compact tripod collar that rotates with the camera and it's weather-sealed, too. More details

Pocket Panasonic: Lumix DMC-ZS60 / TZ80 packs 4K video, improved AF and new sensor

Panasonic has updated its compact travel zoom lineup with the Lumix DMC-ZS60, which is known as the TZ80 outside of North America. While it shares the design and lens of its predecessor, the ZS50, there's a new 18MP MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor under the hood. The autofocus system now uses the company's Depth from Defocus technology for a major speed boost, and 4K video recording, 4K photo and post focus features on board, as well. More details

Samsung launches tiny 2TB portable SSD memory device

Electronics giant Samsung has announced it will introduce a 2TB USB memory device that is ‘smaller than an average business card’. The Samsung Portable SSD T3 will measure 74x58x10.5mm/2.91x2.28x0.41in and will weigh 51g/1.79oz when it comes to market in February. The company claims that the device will offer read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s via its USB 3.1 Type C interface, and with AES 256-bit hardware encryption and password protection it will not be readable should it be lost or stolen. Read more

Canon rolls out trio of inexpensive 20MP PowerShot ELPHs

Canon has introduced three new PowerShot ELPHs, serving as the company's entry-level cameras. The models include the ELPH 360 HS, which has a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor and 12X zoom, the ELPH 190 IS with a 20MP CCD and 10X zoom, and the basic ELPH 180 with an 8X zoom and digital image stabilization. More details

Canon updates midrange superzoom lineup with 20MP PowerShot SX540 and SX420

Canon has refreshed its midrange superzoom lineup with the new PowerShot SX540 HS and SX420 IS. The former has the same design and 24-1200mm lens as the SX530 that came before it but adds more pixels and processing power, 1080/60p video and a new feature which keeps a subject centered at full telephoto. The SX420 follows in the footsteps of the SX410 and offers a 20MP CCD, 24-1008mm lens, 720p video and Wi-Fi with NFC. Read more

Nikon brings stepping motors to its DSLRs with two 18-55mm AF-P lenses

Nikon is bringing stepping motors to its DSLR lens lineup for the first time with a pair of 'AF-P' lenses, both of which are collapsable 18-55mm zooms (one with vibration reduction, the other without). Nikon says that its stepping motor lenses are both faster and quieter than their predecessors, making them quite appealing for video recording. These lenses have two aspherical elements as well as a Super Integrated Coating, with the VR model reducing shake by 4 stops. Read more

Vote now for Best Product of 2015!

Late last year we asked you to vote on the outstanding products of 2015. We created four polls, covering lenses and cameras, including more than 50 products in total. With thousands of votes cast, and plenty of 'discussion' in the comments, we're ready to announce the winners! But the fun isn't over yet - now is your chance to vote on the winners and runners-up from each of the four categories, to determine the readers' choice award for best overall product of 2015 - click through to vote 

PaintShop Pro launches faster brush tools, in-app guide and tutorials with version X8.1

Software provider Corel has updated its PaintShop Pro X8 image manipulation program to include more help and guidance to enable users to find their way around the tools and features of the application. The update also brings what Corel describes as 'performance enhancements' across the application, but especially faster brush speeds. Read more

January 4
CamFi is a wireless controller for your Nikon or Canon DSLR

CamFi lets you capture and view images wirelessly from a computer or mobile device.

January 3
Phase One launches 100MP medium format back with Sony co-developed sensor

Phase One has announced a 100MP back for its modular XF medium format camera system, which is uses a CMOS sensor co-developed with Sony. Despite being described as 'full frame' the sensor is 53.7 x 40.4mm, making it two and a half times larger than the 135 format to which it's most often applied. The Phase One XF 100MP camera system offers 16-bit color output, a native ISO range of 50-12,800 and a claimed 15 stops of dynamic range. The camera body, back and 80mm Schneider Kreuznach lens (~50mm equiv) will set you back around $49,000.

January 2
PIX 2015: A conversation with Devin Allen

When Devin Allen says that photography saved his life, he means it in a real sense. He describes himself as 'the oddball walking around with a camera' in his home of West Baltimore. Now a 26-year-old amateur photographer with aspirations to make a career out of his work, he has become a viral sensation. Read more