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March 2016 news and reviews

March 31
Ilford Photo announces ordering program for unusual sizes of sheet film

UK film manufacturer Harman Technologies is taking orders for unusual sheet and roll film sizes as part of an annual program. It aims to supply vintage camera owners with low volume and custom-sized Ilford Photo materials. Read more

Best of both worlds? Canon patent for DSLR hybrid viewfinder design published

Canon has applied for a viewfinder design patent that combines both optical and electronic displays in a DSLR style system. Read more

Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples

Nikon's new flagship DSLR has landed and it offers some serious high ISO reach. Natively, you can push the camera all the way to 102,400. To put the camera's high ISO capabilities to the test we brought the D5 with us to a much-loved Seattle concert venue. See gallery

Lights... Camera... Stinging nettles? Our Sony a6300 video shooting experience

The Sony a6300 has some of the most comprehensive video specs of a mass-market camera, so it seemed like a perfect excuse to embark on a video project. DPReview writer Richard Butler is a self-professed beginner when it comes to video, so he set out to see what he could do with the little Sony as he tested the camera's features. Read more

March 30
Fotodiox introduces extra large WonderPana Free Arc system for Canon EF 11-24mm wide zoom

US accessory manufacturer Fotodiox has announced an XL version of its WonderPana Free Arc filter system designed specifically to allow users of the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM lens to use filters over the front element. Read more

Google Photos for Android updated with non-destructive editing

The latest version of Google Photos allows you to revert changes on edited images.

Blue Earth Alliance presents Collaborations for Cause 2016

Our friends at the Blue Earth Alliance are gearing up for their annual 'Collaborations for Cause' event in Seattle, WA, next month. This year’s Collaborations for Cause theme is “Innovations in Visual Storytelling for Impact.” It’s a rare opportunity for visual storytellers, writers, funders, non-profits, corporations and public agencies to join together as peers: to learn new strategies, tools and ideas to leverage the power of story and effect social change. Learn more

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III video overview & 1st look at Zoom Assist

Sony's new superzoom may look a lot like its predecessor, but an updated 24-600mm lens makes the Cyber-shot RX10 III a much more versatile camera - in theory. We've been able to spend a bit of time getting to know the camera's new features and putting its long zoom range to work. Take a look at what's new to the RX10 series in our video overview. Read more

First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III

DPReview is in San Francisco checking out the new Cyber-shot RX10 III. The RX10 III maintains the ergonomics and key specifications of its predecessor, but incorporates a massive 24-600mm equivalent F2.4-4 lens. We've been doing some shooting with the camera in a range of different situations, and we've created a (JPEG only, for now) gallery. See more

Flickr may be up for sale as Yahoo Board of Directors looks to shed web properties

The future of Yahoo and its many operations, including the photo sharing behemoth Flickr, is uncertain. While Yahoo has not specifically said what properties are up for sale, they have given hints to what a new, slimmed down Yahoo might look like. And it doesn't seem to include Flickr. Read more

Hands on: Sony FE 50mm F1.8 and 70-300mm F4.5-5.6

Sony's already had a busy year, and it just got even busier with the announcement of an update to its RX10 series and two new FE lenses: the 50mm F1.8 and 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 OSS. We got to take a first look at them at a press event in San Francisco. Read more

March 29
Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III boasts a 24-600mm equivalent zoom lens, 14 fps continuous stills shooting and 4K video capture. We've had the chance to get hands-on with Sony's newest flagship compact camera today for a few hours, and we've put together some first impressions. Click through for a closer look at the Cyber-shot RX10 III. Read more

Sony announces 50mm F1.8 and 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 full-frame lenses

Sony today announced a pair of FE-mount full-frame lenses. One is an inexpensive 50mm F1.8 standard prime, while the other is a 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 tele-zoom with optical image stabilization. Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III puts emphasis on lens reach and video capabilities

Sony has unveiled the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III, surpassing the zoom range of its predecessor with a 24-600mm equiv. F2.4-4 lens. The camera uses the same 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor which produces 20MP stills as well as 4K/UHD video, and does not replace the RX10 II, which continues in Sony's lineup. Read more

March 28
Studio report: Nikon D5 has lowest base ISO dynamic range of any current FF Nikon DSLR

When the Nikon D5 arrived in our office on Friday we immediately wanted to answer a few questions: How is the low light performance? How good is the autofocus? How is the Raw dynamic range? We've found that while the D5's sensor is clearly optimised for low-light image making, it represents a rather surprising - and disappointing - step backwards in terms of base ISO dynamic range. Click through for a closer look

Sony may split off its imaging products business

Sony is considering splitting off its imaging products business, according to a new statement from the company. Additionally, its previously announced semiconductor business split will take place next month, placing its image sensors under a wholly owned subsidiary. Read more

Hello, ISO 3,280,000... Nikon D5 studio test scene comparison published

Just moments after the Nikon D5 rolled into our office we whisked it into our studio, putting the flagship FX-format DSLR in front of our test scene. We were curious to see exactly what the 20.8MP CMOS sensor is capable of, and what its impressive ISO range looks like. Read more

CP+ 2016: Nikon interview - 'the D500 is the D300S replacement that customers wanted'

DPReview was in Yokohama, Japan last month for the annual CP+ photography show. As well as reporting from the show floor, we also made time to sit down with senior executives from several of the major manufacturers, including Nikon. We spoke to Nikon about the company's new DL-series compact cameras, the D500 and D5 and the future of the 1 System. Read more

March 27
Change of scenery: How a photographer's trip to Idaho inspired a big move

What could convince a California native to leave the state's famously beautiful coasts and sunshine behind? For photographer and Resource Travel editor Michael Bonocore, a visit to Idaho's pristine wilderness and towering mountains was enough. Read more

March 26
Readers' Showcase: Steven James Martin

DPR reader Steven James Martin took up photography while living in Asia. Originally from the UK, Martin suddenly found himself within easy traveling distance of locations some photographers can only dream of visiting, like Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. See some of his images here and find out more about him in our Q+A. Read more

March 25
DJI Inspire 1 Raw Edition with Zenmuse X5R 4K MFT camera starts shipping March 28

The DJI Inspire 1 Raw Edition quadcopter with Micro Four Thirds Zenmuse X5R camera will begin shipping on March 28, the company has announced. Read more

Class 10 200GB microSD card on the way from Lexar

Memory manufacturer Lexar has announced a micro SDXC card with a capacity of 200GB and read speeds of up to 95MB per second. The company says the card is aimed at action cam users as well as owners of tablets and smartphones, and is suitable for both HD and 4K video recording. Read more

March 24
Google offering Nik Collection photo editing applications for free

Starting immediately, Google's Nik Collection of desktop image editing plug-ins is being offered free of charge. Nik's Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine apps are all available as a free download from Google, a substantial savings over the previous $150 price. Read more

Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience

The Canon EOS 80D is an enthusiast-level DSLR geared toward photographers looking for a capable stills and video camera. The 80D sports a brand new 24MP APS-C sensor, a 3" articulating touchscreen, a new 45-point AF system (with dual pixel AF) and 1080/60p video capture capabilities. We've been shooting with it for a few days and have put together some first impressions. Read more

Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available

Fujifilm has released minor camera body firmware update version 1.01 for the X-Pro2, improving long exposure photo quality and fixing a rare bug that could reset customized menu settings to the factory default. Read more

March 23
Leica announces price and details of its 35mm F1.4 lens for the T system

Leica has formally announced the specifications and price of the Summilux-TL 35mm F1.4 lens for its T-series mirrorless camera. The lens, which is available now, will cost $2395/£1650. Read more

Leica Q In-depth Review

The Leica Q’s melding of manual control with electronic assistance and combination of fixed-28mm F1.7 lens and 24MP full-frame sensor make for a responsive package capable of excellent photographs. But despite its $4250 asking price, we found a few other less likable characteristics over the course of our review. So is it worthy of that bright red dot? Find out in our full review. Read more

March 22
MediaTek launches Imagiq ISP for dual cameras

MediaTek's Imagiq ISP is designed for use in dual-camera smartphones.

New arrival: Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 launches later this week

Tamron has announced pricing and availability for its recently released SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD. According to the company, the lens will launch this Thursday, March 24 in Canon and Nikon mounts for $749. Read more

Updated with Editor's note: Apple launches 9.7-inch iPad Pro with 12MP camera

Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro offers the same camera specs as the iPhone 6s.

March 21
Showing dynamism: EOS 80D breaks new ground for Canon low ISO DR

Our testing shows that Canon's EOS 80D features a sensor with greatly improved Raw dynamic range. The results appear to confirm that the company has moved to a new sensor design with lower read noise. Read more

iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s

Apple's iPhone SE essentially packs an iPhone 6s into the shell of an iPhone 5s.

Irix 15mm F2.4 'Blackstone' and 'Firefly' lenses for DSLRs to launch this spring

TH Swiss has introduced the Irix 15mm F2.4 lens for DSLR cameras. This manual focus lens will be offered in more durable magnesium-alloy 'Blackstone' and lightweight 'Firefly' varieties. Designed to cover a full-frame sensor, the lens will be offered in Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K mounts. Read more

Atomos releases new 'Flame' versions of Shogun and Ninja recorders

Atomos, a name synonymous with off-camera video capture, has announced the release of its Atomos Flame series of its Shogun and Ninja field monitors. The new series kicks the monitors' performance up a couple notches with features like support for HDR video, while also addressing common requests from existing users such as hot-swappable batteries. Read more

March 20
How to: iFixit disassembles the Fujifilm X100T

Curious about what lies beneath the black panels of your Fujifilm X100T? Wonder no more, as iFixit has just published a disassembly guide. With a Phillips #00 screwdriver, tweezers and a heavy-duty spudger you'll be well on your way to unlocking the mysteries of Fujifilm's beloved mirrorless model. Read more

March 18
DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

DxOMark has published its image quality test results for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Adobe announces Technology Previews for Lightroom on the Web with subject-identifying Search feature

Adobe has launched Technology Previews for Lightroom on the Web, allowing users to test new features before they are officially rolled out. To get things started, Adobe has released a Technology Preview that introduces 'Search,' a feature that uses new image analysis technology to identify photos based on subjects. Read more

Tamrac introduces colorful, water-resistant Hoodoo backpacks

Bag manufacturer Tamrac has introduced a pair of water resistant backpacks designed for 'hiking and outdoor' photographers. The two Hoodoo bags are made with waxed canvas and PU-coated nylon that’s intended to keep out the rain, and they come in a choice of Kiwi green, pumpkin orange and ocean blue. Read more

Tip of the iceberg: Learning photography in Antarctica

People become interested in photography in many different ways, and at different stages of life. Some are hooked early on, while others discover the joy of making photos much later. For Kira Morris, it was the isolation and natural beauty of life in Antarctica that inspired her to take up photography. Read more

Sony a6300 gallery updated with Raw conversions

With access to Adobe Camera Raw support for the Sony a6300's .ARW files, we re-visited our real-world sample-gallery and have added Raw conversions to the existing out-of-camera JPEG files. Read more

March 17
Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme

Camera Raw gets a new look with version 9.5, available now. The update introduces a color scheme that brings Adobe's Raw conversion software in line with Photoshop and Bridge and, of course, supports a bunch of new cameras and lenses. Read more

REVL seeks funding for Arc 4K action camera with integrated gimbal

REVL, a San Francisco-based startup, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to produce REVL Arc, a 4K action camera with an integrated motorized gimbal. Read more

Instagram is changing its feed to use algorithm

Instagram images won't be displayed in chronological order anymore.

Oppo R9 comes with 16MP front camera

A 16MP front camera resolution on the new Oppo R9 series should satisfy even demanding selfie-shooters.

Phase One introduces second XF feature update and pair of Schneider Kreuznach lenses

The Phase One XF camera system received a significant update today, with improvements to its autofocus system and user interface along with additional shooting tools such as focus stacking and HDR. Two new 'Blue Ring' lenses have also been added, along with an update to the company's Capture One software. Read more

Leica announces price and availability of 90-280mm F2.8-4 zoom for SL camera

Leica has announced the price of its second lens for the SL system and says it will go on sale within the next couple of weeks. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm F2.8-4 is set to cost £4650/$6395, and will join the existing 24-90mm F2.8-4 standard zoom lens that was released with the SL body. Read more

March 16
Huawei P9 teaser reveals dual-camera setup

After the LG G5 the Huawei P9 will be another new model with dual-camera.

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5 update brings bug fixes, new camera support

Adobe has launched Lightroom CC 2015.5 and Lightroom 6.5, bringing numerous bug fixes alongside new camera support and dozens of new lens profiles. Read more

DxO extends camera support with OpticsPro, FilmPack and ViewPoint updates

DxO has introduced updates for its OpticsPro, FilmPack and ViewPoint software that adds support for six new cameras, as well as 50 additional camera/lens modules to the DxO Optics Module library. Read more

Emmanuel Lubezki: 'Digital gave me something I could never have done on film'

On Feb. 28 Emmanuel Lubezki won his third consecutive Oscar for Best Cinematography for The Revenant. Lubezki, known for creating immersive cinematic experiences, joined DPReview editors Dale Baskin and Rishi Sanyal to discuss a variety of photographic topics ranging from the artistic to the technical. Read more

Panasonic Lumix GH4 firmware 2.5 brings Post Focus and 4K Photo Mode

Panasonic has announced a firmware update for the Lumix DMC-GH4, bringing Post Focus, 4K Photo and burst shooting with flash to the video-centric mirrorless camera. The update will be available at the end of March, free of charge. Read more

Hasselblad drops 15% on lens prices until the end of March

Swedish medium-format camera manufacturer Hasselblad has announced it is dropping the price of all its H series lenses until the 31st March. The discount applies to all HC and HCD lenses, and gives buyers 15% off the usual prices. Read more

March 15
Field Test: Canon PowerShot G5 X on the Olympic Peninsula

Who's worried about a little rain? Certainly not Seattle-based photographer and avid fly fisherman Kyle Johnson and our own Carey Rose. They recently gave the Canon PowerShot G5 X a try on the often rainy, always inspiring Olympic Peninsula. Read more

Affinity Photo coming to Windows

Serif has announced its Affinity apps, previously available only to Mac users, will soon be available for Windows. This includes Affinity Photo, its lower cost Photoshop alternative. Read more

Sony firmware update 3.10 for a7 cameras, a6000, a5100 now available

Sony has released firmware update 3.10 for the a7R II, a7R, a7S, a7 II, a7, a6000 and a5100 camera models. The update primarily brings new lens support and is available to download now from Sony's support website. Read more

March 14
Sigma claims new firmware makes 150-600mm F5-6.3 AF up to 50% faster

Sigma has announced new firmware for its 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses, claiming that it makes the autofocusing system up to 50% faster. The firmware applies to lenses fitted for Canon EOS and Nikon F cameras, and can be installed via the company’s USB dock and the Optimization Pro software program. Read more

Nissin adds radio receiver unit to Air system for branded flash units

Flash manufacturer Nissin has announced it has produced a receiver unit for its NAS wireless flash communication system that allows flash units from Canon, Nikon and Sony to be used within its radio command structure. Read more

Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a radical reworking of the first X-Series mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It may look essentially the same but just about every aspect of the camera has been refreshed, extended and enhanced. Read our full review to find out what these changes amount to.

March 13
From another planet: Venus LAOWA 15mm F4 Wide Angle Macro quick review

A full-frame, ultra-wide angle macro lens from a very new brand provides a unique option for users of many different systems and lens mounts. Combining a 1:1 macro, wide angle of view and shift lens into a single body, the Venus LAOWA 15mm F4 is a lens with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. This article explores those abilities and provides some real world samples from both full-frame and APS-C cameras. Read more

March 12
Quick Look: Parallelism in Landscape Photography

Part of what can make an image both visually appealing and conceptually interesting is the connection between its different parts. An image is a whole made of different elements, which can either be separate or have a variety of relations between them. Seasoned landscape photographer Erez Marom takes a quick look at some examples of parallelism in action. Read more

March 11
Kodak Alaris launches revamped Moments app

The updated version of Kodak Moments enhances the app with 'storytelling tools'.

Venus Optics launches Laowa 105mm F2 with apodization element

Chinese lens manufacturer Venus Optics has announced the Loawa 105mm F2, a portrait lens that uses an apodization element and dual diaphragms in an effort to produce better looking out-of-focus highlights. Read more

On assignment: the Leica Q at a Portland wedding

Portland, OR is also known as 'Bridgetown' for its many crisscrossing bridges slicing through the urban landscape. Rather appropriately, then, the Leica Q is a bridge of sorts for one DPReview staffer, as it is the first mirrorless camera he's used alongside DSLRs while shooting a wedding. So, can the Q replace a full-frame DSLR and wide-angle lens? Read more

Accessory Review: Tenba Cooper Messenger bag

Over the past few years, Tenba has gained a reputation for its solid line of messenger-style shoulder bags. The Cooper line, introduced in late 2015, promises the same reliability with luxury materials like full grain leather accents. Suitable for mirrorless and DSLR kits, we took a look at the Cooper 13 Slim and Cooper 15. Read more

March 10
DxO ONE update enables framing assist via the camera's OLED monitor

A recent update for the DxO ONE has introduced a live image preview via the camera's built-in OLED when the device is used in standalone shooting mode. The camera is also offered at a lower $499 price point, without software bundled. Read more

LG 360 CAM captures spherical images optimized for Google Street View

LG's 360° camera is designed to integrate easily with Google’s Street View app.

Crowd pleaser: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM real world images

Sony's new FE 24-70mm F2.8 G Master lens is as pro-level as pro lenses come. It offers some of the fastest AF speeds we've seen, especially when paired with the Sony a7R II, and impressive sharpness throughout its focal range, even wide open. Read more

Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples

We knew that Sony's FE 85mm F1.4 G Master lens was sharp, but after spending some quality time with it in Miami last week, we're even more impressed with its quality. See more

Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D)

Canon has announced its latest entry-level DSLR, the Rebel T6 (also known as the EOS 1300D). While the T6 shares many features with its predecessor (the T5/1200D), it has a faster Digic 4+ processor, higher resolution LCD, new 'white priority' white balance mode, and Wi-Fi with NFC. Read more

Cream of the crop: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 real-world samples

The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 is a bit of a rarity. It's a fast telezoom designed specifically for Canon, Nikon and Sigma APS-C bodies, providing 75-150mm equivalent range. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a pre-production model while we were in Japan for CP+ 2016. Read more

March 9
Samsung announces in-house 12MP dual-pixel sensor

Samsung's new image sensor has very similar specifications to the Sony chip used in the S7 smartphones.

Flickr makes Auto-Uploadr tool a Pro-account exclusive

Flickr’s desktop Auto-Uploadr, a tool that automatically and privately uploads photos to a user’s account, is now only available to paying 'Pro' customers. Read more

Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami

Sony invited us to come out to Miami and field test the company's new a6300 mirrorless camera. With 4K video capabilities, an overhauled AF system and new sensor, we were more than eager to put it to the test. Read more

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary real-world sample gallery

Among all its releases at CP+ 2016, Sigma's 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens is the smallest in size, but its wide aperture should help it pack an image quality punch. We were fortunate enough to have a chance to try out a pre-production model outside Sigma's factory in snowy Aizu, Japan. Click through to see how it did. Read more

March 8
Canon launches a pair of new large format printers aimed at the professional market

Canon has announced two new large format imagePrograf Pro series printers. The Pro-2000 and Pro-4000 both use 12-color Lucia pigment ink systems and produce either 24in or 44in prints. With their black bodies and 'accentuated red line' the printers are designed to link visually with Canon's pro camera bodies and lenses. Read more

Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued

The Samsung NX500, which launched in the U.S. early last year, is shown as discontinued on B&H Photo, which may indicate that the camera is no longer being manufactured. Read more

Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review

At first glance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 looks like just another rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. But flip it around and you quickly notice it's unique tilting electronic viewfinder, one of several features that make this camera stand out from the crowd. We've put the GX8 through some rigorous testing. Read more

Ona launches Clifton leather backpack

Luxury camera bag manufacturer Ona has launched a new leather backpack that is its first bag to feature a completely removable insert as well as removable dividers. The Clifton is designed to hold a DSLR with a lens attached along with up to six other lenses or accessories, as well as a laptop or tablet of up to 13in. Read more

March 7
Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile beta version available

Users of the Windows 10 Mobile platform can now install Instagram on their devices.

CP+ 2016: DPReview behind-the-scenes

Between all of our hands-on features, video stand reports, Instagraming, press-room snacking and bemused wandering, we shot a lot of extra footage this year at CP+ 2016 in Yokohama. Take a look behind the scenes at some of the lighter moments of CP+ 2016. There really is nothing quite like a hot can of coffee from a vending machine. Read more

Profoto launches collapsible OCF Beauty Dish

Profoto has launched the OCF Beauty Dish, a collapsible, lightweight, fabric version of its Softlight Reflector. Unlike the Softlight Reflector, the OCF Beauty Dish can be collapsed and stored in a carrying case when not in use, making it a more attractive option for photographers on the move. Read more

UPDATED: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 real-world sample gallery

The Panasonic Lumix ZS100 made its debut in early January, offering a sizable 25-250mm equivalent zoom range to complement its 1"-type sensor. With a built-in viewfinder, it certainly looks to be travel-ready. After some more time with the ZS100 and some springtime Seattle sun, we've added a few more samples to the gallery. Read more

UPDATED: Sony a6300 real-world samples

The Sony a6300 has some sizable shoes to step into. With a 24MP CMOS APS-C sensor, 8 fps continuous shooting with live view, 425-point on-sensor phase detect AF system and 4K video capture it looks like a solid update to the a6000, at least on paper. We've been shooting with the a6300 for a few days and we've just added several images to our gallery of real-world samples. Read more

Sony announces development of wireless flash control system

To kick off WPPI in Las Vegas, Sony has announced that it's developing a wireless radio flash control system for its range of flashguns. Consisting of the FA-WRC1M radio commander and FA-WRR1 receiver, the system will offer control over 15 flashes in 5 groups up to 30m away. Read more

Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom

Sony is unveiling its third in a series of 30x zoom compacts, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80. It offers a 24-720mm equivalent lens, built-in pop-up EVF like the HX90V, and uses an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with Bionz X processor. Read more

March 6
'Details matter': Ian Goode on visual storytelling

Ian Goode has over 12 years of experience working in advertising, and until recently owned a production company that specialized in photo illustration and compositing. He has a keen eye for the subtle influences that details can have on an image as a whole, and on the story that it tells. In his PIX 2015 talk, he brings his perspective from advertising to the creation of any imagery. Read more

March 5
What a view: Aukey Super Wide Angle lens quick review

We took some quick test shots with the Aukey extreme wide angle smartphone lens.

March 4
Samsung Galaxy S7 teardown reveals Sony IMX260 Dual-pixel sensor

A device teardown confirms a Sony Exmor sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera.

Lee introduces 15-stop Super Stopper neutral density filter

Lee Filters has announced a 15 stop neutral density filter, able to convert what would normally be a two-second exposure into one that lasts 17 hours and 4 minutes. The new Super Stopper reduces the amount of light entering the lens to enable especially long shutter speeds in normal daylight conditions. Read more

UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama

UPDATED: now with larger 2000px samples instead of original VGA size. It may be true that much of the appeal of the Pentax K-1 lies with existing Pentax owners. But are its impressive spec sheet and even more impressive price going to sway owners buying into a new system? At CP+ 2016, we had a chance to use a pre-production K-1 around Yokohama. Find out what we thought. Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 / TZ80 real-world samples and studio comparison

Panasonic's ZS60 puts a lot of enticing features in a very small package. It's an iteration on a tried-and-true travel zoom formula that combines a 24-720mm equiv. lens, 18MP sensor, 3" touchscreen and a built-in electronic viewfinder. We spent some time outside with the ZS60, even managing to catch a few breaks in the late winter clouds, and have some samples to show for it. Read more

March 3
Corephotonics launches 5x zoom and low noise smartphone camera modules

New products from Corephotonics use compuational imaging for zooming and improved low light image quality.

End of an era: Fujifilm to discontinue FP-100C instant film

Fujifilm Japan has announced that it is to stop production of its FP-100C instant film that enthusiasts use in old Polaroid-type cameras. The film has only been available in the 3.25x4.25in size recently, but it has been keeping vintage cameras clicking since Polaroid stopped production itself. Read more

Polaroid-branded BrightSaber Pro wand packs 298 LEDs

A Polaroid-branded handheld light wand 'BrightSaber' is now available, packing 289 LED lights into a frosted tubular diffuser. The BrightSaber offers a built-in, secondary tungsten filter. Read more

Visual appetite: Eric Wolfinger's food photography

Eric Wolfinger is a traveling food photographer who spent six years cooking and baking professionally before working behind the lens. His first project, 'Tartine Bread,' was nominated for a James Beard Award and is now in its ninth printing. Twelve books later, he's still going strong. In this presentation from PIX 2015 Eric shares his journey from food to photography, and explains what he went through to achieve success. Read more

CP+ 2016: Nikon D5 / D500 - key features you need to know about

Tech Editor Rishi got his hands on the D5 and D500 at CP+ this year, and has been very impressed by initial, informal testing. AF is much improved, as are ergonomics. Join him as he dives deep into the menus to highlight new and improved features, and get an idea of the extensive customization options available. Read more

March 2
Raw workflow goes mobile: Hands-on with Adobe Lightroom for Android 2.0

See how a significant update impacts Adobe's Lightroom for Android app.

SD card 5.0 protocol supports up to 8K video recording but risks confusion

The SD Association has introduced a Video Speed Class rating, designed to identify cards capable of 8K, 4K, 3D and 360° video capture. The speed class, which guarantees minimum sustained performance, comprises five ratings: V6 (6MB/sec), V10 (10MB/sec), V30 (30MB/sec), V60 (60MB/sec) and V90 (90MB/sec). Confused? Read more

CP+ 2016: Sigma MC-11 adapter is world's 1st to offer full range of AF modes on Sony E-mount

Sony's α-series of full-frame and APS-C cameras allow for an incredibly diverse range of lens options. What's been missing is the full range of advanced autofocus options Sony offers on native lenses, but not adapted third-party autofocus lenses. Sigma's new MC-11 adapter changes all that with Sigma's DSLR lenses, and we've got the video evidence to back it up. Learn more

Nikon extends service advisory for D750 to include more models

Nikon has announced that the shutter fault in its D750 may be found in cameras from a much wider manufacturing period than initially thought. The company has discovered the issue, in which the shutter occasionally shades part of the image, in cameras made from December 2014 to June 2015. Read more

March 1
DJI's Phantom 4 boasts improved camera optics and obstacle avoidance

DJI has updated its flagship drone range with the Phantom 4, which offers automatic obstacle avoidance and 'dramatically' improved camera optics. With a 12MP sensor and F2.8 lens the Phantom 4 is capable of Raw still shooting and 4K/UHD video at 30p as well as new machine vision technology adding subject tracking and object avoidance. Read more

vivo launches Xplay 5 Elite with 6GB RAM

The vivo Xplay 5 Elite comes with more RAM than many desktop computers.

Topaz Labs DeNoise 6 adds standalone option, batch processing, camera profiles

Topaz Labs has released DeNoise 6, the latest version of its noise-removal software. This latest installment can be used as a standalone application in addition to functioning as a plugin for host software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop; it also adds batch image processing as well as profile presets for dozens of camera models. Read more

CP+ Canon interview: 'important to increase development speed'

As well as reporting on the newest gear, we used the opportunity of visiting the CP+ show in Japan to sit down and talk to senior executives from the major camera and lens manufacturers. This year, we were fortunate enough to spend some time with Mr Go Tokura of Canon. Read more

Upgrading a classic: Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM Mark II review

The king is dead, long live the Mark II. After 15 long years, Canon finally upgraded one of the biggest-selling telezooms of all time - the 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM. Is it a worthy successor to the venerable, but still very capable original? Read more