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June 2016 news and reviews

June 30
Apple patents system for disabling cameras in no-photography areas

Apple has been awarded a patent for a system that allows for the camera on an iPhone to be disabled remotely via an infrared signal. The technology could be implemented in concert venues, classified areas or any other location where photography is not allowed. Read more

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6

German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik Goerlitz has announced a portrait lens that it claims has unique coatings to reduce flare. The Trimagon f2.6/95 is the latest in a line of lenses that the company has produced that use only three elements in the design. Read more

SanDisk says its two new microSD cards are the world's fastest

SanDisk has announced a pair of new 256GB microSD cards. Aimed for 4K-capble action cameras and drones, SanDisk calls them the fastest microSD cards in the world. Read more

Eye-Fi to cease support for Pro X2 and earlier generation cards

Eye-Fi will soon end support for its X2 and older wireless memory cards, services and apps, according to a notice sent to customers today. Read more

Fotodiox releases new LED studio-in-a-box

Fotodiox has announced a new LED Studio-in-a-Box, designed to make it easy to create simple macro and product images on a tabletop. Read more

DxOMark confirms Canon EOS 1D X II sensor advances

DxOMark has rated the Canon 1D X II's sensor, and it looks very competitive for its class. Strong low-ISO dynamic range and impressive high ISO performance see it score 88 - tying with the Nikon D5. Read more

June 29
Sony delays 70-200mm GM lens until September

Sony has said that its forthcoming FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens will be delayed until September. When the lens was announced in February, the company expected to be delivering the tele-zoom to stores this month. Read more

ZTE nubia Z11 features optical image stabilization and plenty of storage

ZTE's nubia Z11 offers flagship-level specifications all around and a camera module that features a 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor, on-chip phase detection AF and optical image stabilization. Read more

Google Earth and Maps updated with higher quality satellite imagery

Google has updated both Google Earth and Google Maps with higher-quality satellite imagery using images mostly taken by NASA and the USGS's Landsat 8. Read more

The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review

Canon's entry-level Rebel is a very affordable $500 with kit lens. It's not at the head of its class in terms of technology, but does its budget-friendly price tag make up for that? Well, that depends on what you're looking for. Read more

Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples

The weather is starting to really warm up here in Seattle and the days are long. What better time to head out with the feature-packed Sony a68 and see what it can do? See gallery

Wildfire picture wins £3000 international Environmental Photographer of the Year Award

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has announced the winners of its Environmental Photographer of the Year awards and given out £6000 (approx. $8000) in prizes. Read more

June 28
Photographer finds 1200 rolls of unprocessed film from 1950s

Levi Bettwieser of The Rescued Film Project has acquired 66 packages of undeveloped film from the 1950s, totaling an estimated 1,200 rolls. And he needs your help. Read more

Sony announces camera shipment delays due to Kumamoto earthquake

Sony has announced delays in delivering certain cameras as a result of the Kumamoto earthquakes. Read more

Canon warns against use of SanDisk CFast cards with EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon has issued a warning to EOS-1D X II owners, noting a problem with file corruption that can occur when certain SanDisk CFast cards are used. Read more

App review: Full Frame is a quick, easy JPEG viewer, XMP editor

Full Frame is a Mac-based image viewer, photo importer and metadata editor that centers around an incredibly clean and intuitive user interface. Just launched to the App Store, its potential to speed up one's workflow caught our attention. Read review

Correct name of mis-identified Iwo Jima flag raiser revealed after 70 years

One of the men in Joe Rosenthal's iconic 'Rasing the Flag on Iwo Jima' has been mis-identified for 70 years, according to a statement from the U.S. Marine Corps. Read more

June 27
Cactus promises 1/8000sec flash sync with V6 II transceiver, new version for Sony users

Hong Kong flash and flash trigger manufacturer Cactus has upgraded its V6 wireless transceiver system to allow flash sync speeds of up to 1/8000sec. Read more

Street style chronicler Bill Cunningham passes away at 87

Street photographer Bill Cunningham passed away over the weekend. Cunningham chronicled fashion and life on New York's streets for almost 40 years at the New York Times. Read more

Fujifilm launches Instax SP-2 with faster printing speeds

Fujifilm's revamped Instax printer comes with improved Wi-Fi connectivity and faster printing speeds than its predecessor. It prints 320 dpi images on a card-sized format. Read more

Mirrorless is 'probably' the future: an interview with Hasselblad Product Manager Ove Bengtson

After the announcement of the Hasselblad X1D in Gothenburg last week we got some time with product manager Ove Bengtson. He explained in more depth some of the X1D's features and technology, and a little of the company's plans for the future. Read more

June 26
Photographing surfers on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula

The Kamchatka Peninsula, located in the far eastern portion of Russia, is home to a passionate surfing community. Throw in some ice-capped volcanoes and you've got a recipe for dramatic surf photos. Read more

June 25
'I instinctively felt I had an extraordinary image': Ansel Adams on capturing Moonrise over Hernandez

In newly released footage, legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams recounts capturing one of his most popular images: Moonrise, Hernandez. Read more

June 24
Leica expands 'a la carte' program to allow customers to customize the M Monochrom

Leica has announced that its M Monochrom (Typ 246) will now become part of the company’s 'a la carte' program, so that photographers can choose a range of custom options to personalize their camera. Read more

MIT Museum exhibition 'Images of Discovery' highlights science photography

An exhibition at MIT Museum celebrates photography's role in scientific exploration. Read more

20x24 Studio will stop producing Polaroid 20 x 24 film next year

The Polaroid 20 x 24 is facing extinction as the last company producing the large-format instant film, 20x24 Studio, has announced plans to stop production at the end of 2017. Read more

Lights on! White theme extended to forums, now default for new visitors

You may have already noticed that following a few weeks of tweaking and bug squashing we’ve extended the new ‘light’ theme to the forums and deployed a new unified header that is shared between both dark and light versions of the site. The beta pop-up has been banished from the site and a new permanent ‘Reading Mode’ switch placed at the top right corner of the site. Find out more and share your thoughts after the click.

Sigma announces pricing and availability for sd Quattro and EF-630 flash

Sigma Corp. has announced pricing and availability for its sd Quattro mirrorless camera, a bundle including the camera and a 30mm F1.4 Art lens, as well as the EF-630 external flash. Read more

Metabones update unlocks native Sony focus modes for EF adapters

Updated firmware allows Sony users to use all AF modes when shooting Canon EF-mount lenses with Metabones adapters. It does so by emulating a native E-mount lens. The update enables new modes, but at the cost of some severe issues. Read more

June 23
Nikon releases new firmware for D5: Improves video and adds flicker reduction

Nikon has released new firmware for its flagship D5 DSLR. Firmware v1.10 brings major improvements to stills and video shooting. Read more 

Fly-by: Learn how to shoot the Milky Way from an airplane

How do you photograph the Milky Way from an airplane? You'll need a black jacket and a lot of patience for trial and error, apparently. Read more

Remembering Fan Ho: 1931-2016
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Renowned Chinese photographer Fan Ho died this week, aged 84. Former managing editor of Time Out Hong Kong, Mat Gallagher spoke to him in 2014, and shared his recollections with us. Read more

Capture One Phase One 9.2 extends support to Pentax K-1 and Nikon D500

Phase One has updated its Capture One Pro software. Version 9.2 brings support for two notable new DSLRs, the Pentax K-1 and Nikon D500, as well as workflow enhancements. Read more

June 22
Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D
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Hasselblad's new X1D packs a medium-format 50MP sensor into an impressively small form factor. We've all seen the specs, but what's it like to use? Our man in London, Damien Demolder has his hands on one. Read more

Samsung Gear 360 camera costs $350 in US with limited availability at VidCon

Samsung has announced a limited launch for its Gear 360 camera, which was first revealed earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read more

The FAA finalizes commercial drone use rules, is fine with your drone photography business

The FAA has finalized rules regarding commercial use of drones, and they are a-okay with you profiting from aerial photography – provided that you follow some guidelines. Read more

Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay

A seller on eBay is offering up a rare Nikon 1200mm F11 lens with AU-1 focusing unit for $5,750. Read more

Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D

Hasselblad has announced the X1D, a medium-format mirrorless camera with a 50MP sensor and contrast detect AF. This compact-ish weather-sealed camera uses the company's new XCD lens mount and will retail for $9000 body-only. Read more

June 21
Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps

Sony Japan has something to say about the use of 'hacks' in its PlayMemories App compatible cameras. Read more

Plugin allows direct Instagram posting from Lightroom

A new plugin for Lightroom allows you to add hashtags and captions to your images and post directly to Instagram, without the need for any third-party tools or image transfer to a mobile device. Read more

All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review

Less than a year after the Mark II was released, Sony upped the ante on its all-in-one superzoom with the RX10 Mark III and its 24-600mm equivalent F2.4-4 lens. Read review

Adobe updates PhotoShop CC with content-aware crop, face-aware liquify

Photoshop CC 2015.5 introduces a couple of editing tools that have been showcased recently by Adobe, as well as a new selection and masking workspace. Read more

Western Digital announces My Passport Wireless Pro

Western Digital has announced its new My Passport Wireless Pro hard drive, Wi-Fi enabled portable storage device designed for photographers and videographers who want to backup, access, and edit photos in the field. Read more

June 20
Bowens introduces Limelight Mosaic LED panels with better color accuracy

UK lighting manufacturer Bowens has announced an update to its Limelite Mosaic LED panels that it claims is 'significantly more colour accurate than previous models.' Read more

Panasonic Lumix G Leica 12mm F1.4 real-world sample gallery

Panasonic's 12mm F1.4 brings a weather-resistant, fast 24mm equivalent prime to the Micro Four Thirds system, with a build quality and price tag that scream premium. We've been out shooting it on the Panasonic GX8. See gallery

Rumor has it: Galaxy S8 to come with dual-cam, iPhone 7 won't have one

According to rumors Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 will come with a dual-camera to compete with a rumored dual-cam iPhone. But in a plot twist, it's now said that Apple won't have a dual-cam device this year. Read more

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz unveils titanium and gold-plated Trioplan 100mm F2.8 limited edition lenses

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz recently announced limited edition titanium and plated gold versions of its Trioplan 100mm F2.8 'soap bubble' lens. Read more

After 176 years, Indian photography studio closes its doors

A studio in India, founded by British photographers Charles Shepherd, Samuel Bourne and William Howard in 1840 will close its doors after 176 years in operation. Read more

June 19
Mystery science theater: A look inside the Samsung NX3000

Just over two years old, the Samsung NX3000 represented a nice value in a small package when it launched with a 20MP sensor, articulated LCD and integrated connectivity. iFixit gives us a peek inside the super-slim NX3000 in the name of science. Read more

June 18
The good, the bad and the ugly of aerial photography - Part 1: Why shoot aerials?

There are incredible benefits to aerial photography, but the cost and logistics can be intimidating. In this series, veteran landscape shooter Erez Marom shares what he's learned from his aerial shoots. Read more

June 17
Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week

Hasselblad has announced a live streaming event for next Wednesday, June 22nd, alluding to a 'game changer in the world of photography.' Read More

Patents hint at camera on future Apple Watch

A patent filed by Apple might hint at a camera on a future version of the Apple Watch. The patent covers a range of ideas, including a camera for selfies or scanning QR codes. Read more

Meike iPhone lens adapter case takes ring light and Sony QX1

Hong Kong accessory manufacturer Meike has introduced a case for the Apple iPhone 6/6s that accepts accessory lenses and offers a mount for a ring light and Sony’s ILCE-QX1 E-mount 'lens style camera.' Read more

Study: Instagram interactions declining as user base grows

User interactions on Instagram decreased an overall 33% from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, according to analytics company Quintly. Read more

Avast Photo Space lets you store more photos on your iPhone

Avast Photo Space allows you to store up to 7 times more images on your iPhone by reducing the resolution of your files and storing the original versions in the cloud. It also offers an integrated camera app for a better user experience. Read more

Serious spec: HTC 10 camera review

The HTC 10's predecessors have failed to impress us in the camera department, but the company's latest flagship is in a whole new league. Its 12MP sensor, image stabilization and Raw capture put it just shy of the very best mobile offerings in terms of image quality. Read more

June 16
D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising

A disgruntled D500 owner has taken out a legal warning against Nikon advertising the camera as offering 'integrated Wi-Fi,' in the equivalent of a cease-and-desist order. Andreas V of Germany says that the term is misleading, given there are unusual restrictions to using the function. Read more

Rare 1964 NASA 1000mm F4.5 super telephoto lens to be auctioned

A one-of-a-kind Birns and Sawyer Omnitar 1000mm f/4.5 lens commissioned by NASA in 1964 will soon be available to purchase. Read more

Pelican Air 1535 Rolling Hard Case with TrekPak Dividers Review

Pelican's new Air gear cases claim to provide all the toughness the brand is known for without all of the weight. We took the rolling 1535 model freshly outfitted with TrekPak dividers for a test run. Read more

June 15
Go hands-free: GoHawk offers bite-triggered remote shutter for GoPro

GoHawk offers GoPro Hero4 users a remote shutter button input and a dedicated wired remote LED shooting mode indicator light for helmet use. Read More

Leica announces shortlist for the €35,000 Oskar Barnack award

Leica has released the shortlist for this year's Oskar Barnack competition. The top prize for the main award is €25,000 in cash as well as Leica M system equipment to the value of €10,000, while the Newcomer winner will earn €10,000 and an M camera and lens. Read more

Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Frank Doorhof Edition features 'Super Soft Silver' reflector

Rogue has introduced a new FlashBender 2 XL Pro reflector designed in collaboration with photographer Frank Doorhof using a 'Super Soft Silver' fabric for a not-too-soft, not-too-harsh lighting effect. Read more

Study finds that yes, you can take photos and enjoy an experience too

New research proves what photographers already knew: taking photos can increase your enjoyment of an experience. Read more

OnePlus 3 announced with 16MP stabilized camera

The Android-powered OnePlus 3 offers a 4K-capable 16MP stabilized camera with on-sensor phase detection and overall high-end specifications at a mid-range price point. Read more

Hands-on with new Panasonic Leica Summilux 12mm F1.4 ASPH

Panasonic has just announced a new prime lens for Micro Four Thirds. The Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 12mm F1.4 ASPH is a metal-bodied prime that provides an equivalent focal length of 24mm in full-frame terms. And we've got one in our hands. See more

Panasonic introduces splash-proof Lumix G Leica Summilux 12mm F1.4

Panasonic is introducing a new prime lens to the Micro Four Thirds family: the dustproof and splashproof Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 12mm F1.4 ASPH. Read more

June 14
DxOMark Mobile Report added to our LG G5 review

DxOMark has published its results for the LG G5, and we've added the report to our existing review. The G5 can keep up with the very best in terms of still images, and is not far off the top in video capture either. Read more

KitSplit is a peer-to-peer rental service for camera equipment

KitSplit is a peer-to-peer rental network for camera gear. It aims to bring together people in need of equipment and those who are willing to rent their gear out, taking care of vetting, insurance and the logistics. The company has expanded its area of coverage in the US. Read more

Affinity Photo for iPad early build showcased at Apple's WWDC 2016

At Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference 2016, software maker Serif demonstrated an early build preview of its Affinity Photo for iPad software. Read more

Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 impresses with image quality, versatility

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is a mid-range interchangeable lens camera sporting a 16MP Four Thirds sensor and 4K video capability. It looks great on paper but how does it stack up in use? Read review

Raw capture coming to iPhone in iOS 10?

An eagle-eyed Reddit user has spotted an important new iOS 10 feature that Apple slipped into its WWDC keynote yesterday: Raw image editing. Read more

Amazing underwater 4K footage from Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo in Monterey CA is the world's leading supplier for underwater imaging equipment. But as well as selling underwater photography gear, the staff at Backscatter also put it to good use. See video

June 13
Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra'

On the first day of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has announced new features for its Photos app on both iOS 10 and macOS 'Sierra,' adding the aiblity to identify people, objects and scenes in photos for intelligent searching and sorting. Read more

Kerlee 35mm F1.2 is 'World's fastest' 35mm for full-frame SLRs

Industrial lens manufacturer Shenzhen Dongzheng Optics Technology has announced the Kerlee 35mm F1.2 – which it claims is the fastest 35mm designed for full frame SLR cameras. Read more

STG Uploader app allows Sony cameras to upload directly to Google Photos

A new unofficial app called STG Uploader enables Sony cameras compatible with PlayMemories Camera Apps to upload content directly to Google Photos. Read more

Time-lapse captures fast-changing Singapore skyline over three years

A four minute time-lapse from Keith Loutit captures a rapidly growing Singapore, and is the culmination of a shoot that spanned three years. See video

India says no to Google Street View, citing security concerns

Indian officials have told the BBC that the country has rejected Google's plan to image its towns and cities as part of its expanding Street View service. Read more

June 12
Bolt-on 21: Fujifilm WCL-X70 sample images

The Fujifilm WCL-X70 is a wideangle converter that attaches to the front of the 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens of the Fujifilm X70. Its approximate 0.8X focal length multiplier results in a 21mm equivalent focal length. Check out our sample images to see how it performs. See gallery

Road tripping through New South Wales, Australia

Photographer Jason Futrill has already spent three months of this year exploring Australia for various tourism marketing campaigns and social media channels. Based in Tasmania, Jason recently completed an eight-day road-trip from Sydney down to Bermagui, along the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. Read more

June 11
Explore Mars with 360-degree image shot by NASA Curiosity Rover

Earlier this year, NASA released a 360-degree image from the perspective of the Curiosity Mars Rover. We invite you to join us - on the surface of Mars!

iFixit takes a look inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is an aging but still thoroughly likable entry-level Micro Four Thirds camera. Take a look at what's under the hood, courtesy of our iFixit. Read more

June 10
SUN-SNIPER introduces new Rotaball ultra-strong camera straps

German company SUN-SNIPER has introduced a new line of camera straps called Rotaball, which include innovative attachment and security features. Read more

Think Tank Photo launches Helipak backpack for DJI Inspire drone

Bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo has announced a new backpack designed for users of the DJI Inspire drone and other quadcopters of a similar size. Read more

Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the first Project Tango phone

The Lenovo Phab2 Pro uses four cameras to provide an Augmented Reality (AR) experience. It is capable of sensing 3D-motion and geometry and can capture 3D-scans of its surroundings and use the data to create 3D-maps, recognize places or track objects. Read more

Fast telezoom: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 sample images

The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art is a telezoom lens designed for APS-C format cameras, on which it provides an equivalant focal length range of approximately 75-150mm. Its fast F1.8 maximum aperture makes it the brightest lens of its type on the market. But is it any good? See gallery

June 9
Lenovo unveils Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Mods attachments

The new Motorola Moto Z and Moto z Force's unique selling proposition: attachable Moto Mods accessory modules which connect to the back of the phones. So far there are projector, speaker and battery modules. Read more

Facebook adds 360 photo viewing to iOS and Android apps

Facebook has added support for uploading and viewing 360-degree photos to its iOS and Android apps. Read more

mini Plaster Hand is a camera mount on a belt

A Hong Kong-based company hopes to help photographers get steady photos without all the bulk of a tripod. Read more

Getty Images launches 'Virtual Reality Group', adds 12,000 360° images

Getty has announced the launch of the Getty Images Virtual Reality Group - a new business division 'dedicated to the creation and global distribution' of VR content. Read more

Fotodiox launches flicker-free LED100WB lighting heads with dimmable daylight output

Accessories and lighting manufacturer Fotodiox has introduced an LED lighting head that it claims is flicker-free and suitable for high speed photography. Read more

June 8
Ricoh introduces weather-resistant Pentax K-70 with Hybrid AF and Pixel Shift

Ricoh has unveiled the Pentax K-70, an advanced entry-level DSLR with a 24MP APS-C sensor, Pixel Shift technology and a body that's designed to stand up to the elements. Read more

Affordable reach: Ricoh announces Pentax 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 lens

Ricoh Imaging has announced the HD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE lens for Pentax APS-C format cameras. Headline features include weather-resistant construction, a new AF motor and an affordable $400 price tag. Read more

Canon USA launches new online photography courses

Canon USA has announced seven new photography courses that will form the beginning of a new program called Canon Online Learning. The courses are aimed at the full spectrum of photographers from beginners to pros. Read more

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.6, Lightroom 6.6, and Camera Raw 9.6 now available

An update for Lightroom CC and Camera Raw brings a new user-guided option to the automated Upright perspective correction tool, as well as support for new cameras like the Canon PowerShot G7 X II. Read more

Video: Canon EOS 7D versus leaf-cutter ants

Taking pictures of wildlife in the jungle isn't easy, which is why a lot of photographers set up 'trap' cameras. But every now and then, you end up attracting the wrong species altogether – and the results can be unpleasant. See video

OOWA smartphone lenses use 'free-form' tech for improved image quality

DynaOptics, an optical engineering company, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its OOWA smartphone add-on lenses. The company is raising funds for two lenses - a 2.5x tele-lens with an equivalent focal length of 75mm and a 15mm equivalent super-wide-angle. Read more

Firmware update adds watermarking and improves user interface of DxO ONE

DxO has released firmware v1.4 for its ONE camera, which now permits embedding copyright and author data into photos and creating watermarks when sharing them. Improvements have also been made to the user interface and overall performance. Read more

Take a closer look inside Canon's impressive EF 200-400mm F4L IS

Canon has posted a video showing its massive EF 200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4 X reduced to its component parts. Watch the video

June 7
It was only a matter of time... new app turns your Instagram into virtual art gallery

Have you ever wanted to see your photographs on the wall of an art gallery? New app Instamuseum converts any Instagram account into a 3D virtual reality experience, placing images from the feed on the walls of a computer-generated gallery space. Read more 

Lumigon launches T3 smartphone with night vision camera

Danish company Lumigon has announced a new smartphone that it claims is the first in the world to offer a night vision camera. The Lumigon T3 features three cameras; a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and a 4MP night vision camera that uses a ‘dual infrared flash’. Read more

Eye-Plug camera dongle enables Android phones to record 3D video

A Chinese company wants to turn your Android phone into a 3D camera with a USB-C dongle designed to work with a mobile device's front or rear-facing camera. Read more

Mosh pits and sunsets: Shooting with the Panasonic GX85

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is a capable mid-range interchangeable lens camera with some neat tricks up its sleeve. DPReview's Dan Bracaglia took the GX85 out shooting in two very different shooting environments - a music festival and a beach picnic. Read more

New glassless 'metalens' is 100,000X thinner than conventional optics

A team at Harvard University has designed a 'metalens', around 100,000 times thinner than an equivalent glass lens. Constructed from titanium dioxide 'nanofins', the lens is a mere 600 nanometers thick. Read more

June 6
Sandisk launches 128GB capacity memory stick with USB-C and A connections

Memory manufacturer SanDisk has announced a series of portable flash drives with a retractable, reversible connector that allows users to use the stick with both USB Type-C and Type-A devices. This might be especially useful for offloading images from a smartphone to a computer. Read more

Instagram begins rolling out reordered feeds to all users

Despite complaints from some users, Instagram is going ahead with its plan to reorder images in users' news feeds. Read more

Leica releases audio and S-lens adapters for SL mirrorless

Leica has announced the availability of a pair of adapters for its SL full frame mirrorless camera that will allow users to fit lenses from the S medium format system and to use microphones and headphones when shooting video. The Leica S-Adapter L opens the camera to 16 lenses from the S system including the company’s collection of leaf-shutter lens. Read more

Samsung announces ruggedized Galaxy S7 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is a ruggedized "Active" version of the standard Galaxy S7.  The Active comes with the same IP68 rating for water resistance as the standard device, but adds the MIL STD-810G standard and a shatterproof display to the mix. Read more

Festival Friendly: The Canon G7 X Mark II at Sasquatch! 2016

DPReview staffer Carey Rose just returned from the Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, WA with Canon's revamped G7 X Mark II in tow. With a new processor and some design tweaks, it could be a real winner for people who are serious about everyday photography. Click through to find out how it fared. Read more

Magnum signed square print sale returns for third year

The five-day sale is back, putting signed, museum-quality prints from Magnum photographers within reach at $100 each. Read more

June 5
Nikon D5: A pro sports photographer gives us his opinion

The Nikon D5 is a flagship DSLR designed to meet the needs of working professional photojournalists and sports photographers. UK-based sports photographer Mark Pain has been shooting with a D5 for a while, and in this article, he shares his impressions with us. Read more

June 4
Sand and sky: Photographing Morocco

Resource Travel Editor Michael Bonocore has been across the globe and back again to photograph exotic locations, but even he was unprepared for what he found in Morocco. Read more

June 3
SLR Magic announces 35mm and 75mm CINE primes for E-mount

SLR Magic has announced two new E-mount prime lenses aimed at videographers and filmmakers. The CINE 35mm F1.2 and CINE 75mm F1.4 lenses provide fast maximum apertures and include geared barrels for use with follow focus rigs. Read more

Takeway launches R1 Mini Ranger Clampod for action cameras

Camera clamp manufacturer Takeway has announced a miniature version of its T1 Clampod that it is aiming at the action cam market. The R1 Mini Ranger Clampod features a screw-close clamping jaw that can be adjusted for gripping on to flat surfaces or around cylindrical poles. Read more

New VSCO app for Android and iOS is coming soon

The popular VSCO shooting, editing and community app is giving us a sneak peek at its upcoming redesign. Read more

Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test

The Pixel Shift Resolution Shooting modes found in the Pentax K-1 offer a marked increase in image quality compared to the competition, but for a landscape photographer, how does it perform in real world shooting situations?  We took the Pentax K-1 to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon to find out. Read more 

Nine black-and-white photo apps to elevate your monochrome game

There's no shortage of black-and-white filters for mobile photographers. But if it's a through-and-through monochrome experience you're after, these apps go above and beyond with advanced controls tailored to a black-and-white shooting experience. Read more

June 2
Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners

Nikon is offering to replace 'early generation' EN-EL15 batteries for D500 users who are getting less than the expected battery life from their cameras. In a statement, the company explains that batteries manufactured prior to a design change in 2013 'may not be capable of the maximum number of shots possible [...] indicated in D500 documentation'. Read more

Sigma says three of its lenses are not fully compatible with the Canon EOS-1D X II

Sigma has announced that use of three of its lenses, the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and the 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II may result in some exposure issues. Read more

Ricoh Theta and Theta S apps add support for Google Cardboard

If you capture 360-degree images and video on a Ricoh Theta camera you can now directly view them through the corresponding apps, without uploading to a third-party service. Read more

Motorola Moto X Force / Droid Turbo 2 camera review

The Motorola Moto X Force combines a very capable camera with a rugged body. Despite our best efforts, it withstood some serious abuse in our testing. Read more

Three's a charm: Sony RX10 III added to studio scene comparison tool

We've added the Sony RX10 III to our studio comparison test scene. Does that fancy new glass shine on our test chart? Read more

June 1
Instagram introduces business profiles with insights, promoted posts and contact button

Instagram has introduced business profiles, allowing companies or individuals operating as a business to add contact details, promote posts and view insights related to their account. Read more

Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update

Yesterday we published an article examining the performance of the Pentax K-1’s Pixel Shift mode when shooting waterfalls – a common landscape photography subject. We found various issues, including movement artifacts and false colors, but things aren’t quite as cut-and-dried as we originally thought. We’ll have an updated article online shortly. Read more

Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review

The Nikon D5 is the newest iteration of the company's action-oriented flagship DSLR. Its headline features include a new Nikon-developed 20.8MP full-frame sensor and 153-point AF system. More than anything, though, the D5 is a camera designed to just work - no matter what conditions you're in. So, does it? Read more

OmniVision announces 1.55-Micron sensor for high-end smartphones

OmniVision's new image sensor offers a large pixel size and impressive frame rates. Read more

DxO OpticsPro 11 brings advanced Raw noise reduction

DxO has updated its OpticsPro software to version 11. OpticsPro 11 brings improvements to one of the last generation's headline features - 'PRIME' noise reduction. DxO promises that PRIME 2016 offers improved bokeh protection and better detail retention, as well as 4X faster performance. Read more

Sweet spot: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 real-world samples

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 has the makings of one sweet camera. It uses a well-regarded 16MP Four Thirds sensor (with no AA filter), is 4K capable and features Panasonic's depth from defocus AF system. See our gallery