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December 2016 news and reviews

December 31
2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Picking favorites is hard, but our readers were up to the task when we asked them to share their favorite shots of 2016. Here are just some of the standout images submitted. Read more

December 30
'Camera Master' Gian Luigi Carminati has been repairing cameras for almost 60 years

A short video introduces Gian Luigi Carminati, a 76-year-old technician from Italy, who has been repairing analog cameras for nearly 60 years. Watch the video

iPhone 7 Plus owners report overheating and black screen camera issues

Some iPhone 7 Plus owners are reporting camera and overheating issues with their phones. Read more

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

We've got a lot of very talented readers that contribute to our site, and picking our favorite images submitted to the 'Places' category was no easy task. Read more

December 29
GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system

The GearEye system uses RFID technology to make sure all the items you need for a photo shoot are in the bag when you leave the house. Read more

Rokinon 20mm F1.8 and Cine DS 20mm T1.9 Full Frame Super Wide Angle lenses now available

Rokinon just announced two new super wide-angle 20mm lenses, which are now available for various full-frame applications. Read more

Throwback Thursday: Apple QuickTake cameras, pioneers of consumer digital photography

While Apple Inc. is known for being a pioneer in the world of computers and smartphones, it also produced some of the first consumer digital cameras. Read more

Yi 4K+ action camera and Carbon Fiber Drone announced ahead of CES 2017 debut

YI has been very busy over the past year, and it appears that they aren't done yet. A new 4K action cam and a carbon fiber drone 'smart drone' have just been announced ahead of CES 2017. Read more

December 28
Brides Magazine suggests professional photographers use 'Cannon or Nikon' cameras

Brides magazine recently published a controversial article that suggested that professional photographers should only shoot 'Cannon or Nikon'. Needless to say, this hasn't gone over well. Read more  

Rendered images show upcoming LG G6 with dual-cam

Leaked images of the new upcoming LG flagship smartphone a show a sleek modern design that sports a dual-camera. Read more

Gear of the year: Allison's choice - Fujifilm Instax mini 90

After talking herself out of buying one for years, DPR homepage editor Allison Johnson finally picked up a Fujifilm Instax mini Neo 90 this year – and it hasn't left her side since. Read more

December 27
Apple rumored to work on 5-inch iPhone with vertical dual-cam

According to rumors posted on a Japanese blog, Apple will be launching a 5" iPhone with dual-cameras in 2017. Read more

Global digital photography market value to grow to $110.79 billion by 2021

In the midst of turbulent times for some traditional camera manufacturers comes a new report predicting an impressive rise in the global market value of digital photography, spurred by everything from cameras and lenses to processing software. Read more

Gionee M2017 comes with 2x optical zoom and 7,000 mAh battery

The Gionee M2017 smartphone features a dual-camera that, like on the iPhone 7 Plus, offers a 2x optical zoom. A 7,000mAh battery should allow for even the most intense mobile photography sessions. Read more

So you got a brand new camera? Here's what you need next

Are you the proud owner of a shiny new camera? Congratulations! Here are a few other things you may want to acquire to get the most out of your new photographic companion. Read more

December 26
Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016

Last year, for the first time, we decided to get together as a team and discuss what we thought was the best gear of the year. And you know what? It was so much fun that we decided to do it again this year. See winners

Chris' Gear of the Year part two: Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III

This lens was just too good to pass up as a Gear of the Year nominee, so our resident landscape shooter Chris decided to add the Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III to his list of picks. Read more

December 25
Happy Holidays from DPReview
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As 2016 comes to a close, we'd like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and offer a sincere thanks for being part of our readership and community. Read more

Fresh out of the box: getting started with your first interchangeable lens camera

We're not all experts. In this article, we offer a quick primer for the first-time interchangeable lens camera buyer, covering the very basics. Read more

December 24
Greatest hits: Behind the scenes with Ben Liebenberg, lead photographer for the NFL

Ben Liebenberg has worked as a photographer with the NFL for the past ten years. In this behind the scenes look, he tells us what goes into covering the Super Bowl, and how his team can get a photo online before the replay has even ended on the broadcast. Read more

December 23
Photographer applies iris design to Aperture Wrench concept

Photography hobbyist and industrial designer Jordan Steranka has published images of a new concept tool called the Aperture Wrench, a wrench with a design inspired by a camera’s diaphragm. Read more

Sony Xperia XZ scores 87 in DxOMark Mobile testing

With 87 points the Sony Xperia XZ achieves the same DxOMark result as the Xperia Z5 and Lenovo Moto Z Force. Read more

Gear of the Year 2016: Dan's Choice – the DJI Mavic Pro (which he stinks at flying)

A childhood of flying $20 RC helicopters didn't prepare DPR staffer Dan Bracaglia for the challenges of flying a drone, but that's part of the reason why the DJI Mavic Pro is his gear of the year pick. Read more

December 22
DxOMark image quality test report released for Huawei Mate 9

A Leica-branded dual camera module fails to propel the Huawei Mate 9 to the top of DxOMark's Mobile rankings. A score of 85 for Huawei's latest flagship puts it in the 12th position – currently shared with the LG V20. Read more

STC offers clip-on light pollution filter for full-frame Nikon DSLRs

Taiwan-based filter maker STC is offering an Astro-Multispectra filter for several full-frame Nikon DSLR cameras, clipping over the camera's sensor to cut light pollution for astrophotography sessions. Read more

LG V20 achieves 85 points in DxOMark Mobile testing

The LG V20 features a dual-camera with secondary wide-angle module. In the DxOMark Mobile ranking it shares the 12th position with the Huawei Mate 9. Read more

Throwback Thursday: Stylus-toting, web-browsing Ricoh RDC-i700

These days, we take things like touchscreen displays and Wi-Fi for-granted. But back in 2000 there existed a camera that had Internet connectivity and a lot more. Read more

December 21
48Hr Switch camera briefcase doubles as a backpack and messenger bag

The 48Hr Switch by Temporary Forevers is a convertible briefcase/backpack/messenger bag designed to hold camera gear and much more. Read more

Sony launches Cyber-shot HX350 with 50x zoom outside US

Sony has launched the Cyber-shot HX350 in European markets, offering a 50x zoom lens and 20.4MP BSI CMOS sensor like its HX300 predecessor. Read more

Kamerar ZOOM is a lens attachment for the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera

The Kamerar ZOOM attachment lens kit includes a fisheye/tele and a macro combo for the dual-camera on Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. Read more

Google Pixel XL camera review

The Google Pixel XL doesn't have the most hardware bells and whistles, but it does deliver the best image quality among current smartphone cameras. Read more

Sensor innovations push global shutter chip capabilities

Innovative sensor designs are making it possible to push the boundaries of global shutter technology in consumer and ultra high speed applications – including the ability to record longer one million fps clips at higher resolution. Read more

December 20
This image is why the world needs professional photographers

The world needs professional photojournalists now more than ever. Please note, the image that follows is graphic in nature. Read more

Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review

The EOS M5 is Canon's most ambitious mirrorless camera yet, combining enthusiast-friendly controls with Dual Pixel autofocus and a well polished touchscreen interface - but how does it fare in a crowded market segment? Find out in our full review. Read more

Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016

For the past few weeks we've been running a series of polls to find out what you - our readers - think of the major product releases of 2016. It's time to announce the winners of the first round of voting! Read more

Rangefinder magazine announces 30 rising stars of wedding photography for 2016

Rangefinder magazine has announced its 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography for 2016, based on submissions by photographers from over 200 countries. Check out some of our favorite images from this year's honorees. Read more

GoPro HERO cameras undergo torture test: a dip in liquid nitrogen

Industrious YouTube user Grant Thompson recently subjected the GoPro HERO5 Session and HERO5 Black cameras to a very chilly torture test: dunks in liquid nitrogen. See video

December 19
New 20mm F2 4.5x macro lens released by Mitakon

Chinese optical manufacturer Mitakon has announced a macro lens with a maximum magnification ratio of 4.5:1: the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm F2 4.5x Super Macro. Read more

Nokia brand rumored to return with camera-centric smartphone

HMD Global, which owns the rights to manufacturing Nokia-branded smartphones, is expected to launch a device with dual-camera and Xenon-flash in February. Read more

Updating a classic: Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM lens review

Was the third time the charm for the Canon 16-35mm F2.8L? To find out check out our full review. Read more

Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500

The Nikon D500 has been one of our favorite cameras since it was released earlier this year. Find out why after a challenging video shoot, the D500 made Barney's pick for Gear of the Year. Read more

December 18
Shots from a drone help photographer take first place in Travel Photographer of the Year awards

A photographer from Portugal has won the £4000 top prize in 2016’s Travel Photographer of the Year competition with a pair of portfolios of volcanic landscapes and, in contrast, a document of the life of fishermen in Ghana. See photos

December 17
Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016

Billions of photos were uploaded to Flickr this year; here's a sampling of the most popular images shared on the website in 2016. Read more

December 16
Canon releases its TS compact and faster Pixma printers to US market

Canon has announced that four compact Pixma printers it released in Europe will now be coming to the USA. The new Pixma TS models are said to be smaller and quicker than previous versions, taking up less desk space and starting up in just six seconds. Read more

Canon advisory warns of counterfeit EF 50mm F1.8 II lenses

Canon has issued a service notice advising users of counterfeit Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II DSLR lenses that ‘fraudulently display the Canon logo’ and company trademarks. Here's how to spot a fake. Read on

Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Sample Gallery

The Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro offers 1:1 magnification for a relatively minimal investment. We took it to our local conservatory and around the neighborhood to see how well it performs when getting extremely close to our subject. See gallery

'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K

'Ethereal' was shot over the course of two years in the scenic Icelandic Highlands. To say that the footage is spectacular is a bit of an understatement. See video

December 15
Handy tool helps you say no to work for 'exposure'

Graphic designer Jessica Hische has developed a tool to help creatives respond to requests for work. Made with designers in mind, photographers who are frequently asked to work 'for exposure' or very little pay might find it appealing too. Read more

Submit your best shots of 2016!

Help us bid a fond farewell to 2016 by celebrating your very best shots of the year! Submit your photo and it might be included in an article right here. Learn more

Yahoo discloses new data breach affecting 1 billion user accounts

More bad news for Flickr users: Yahoo has disclosed a new data breach affecting more than 1 billion user accounts. The company says the breach happened in August 2013. Read more

Camera+ updated for dual-cam compatibility and Raw

An update for the popular Camera+ app now lets iPhone 7 Plus users override the device's preference to avoid using the telephoto lens in low light. Read more

Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-211 Zoom Digital Printing Camera

If you want to see a truly rare camera, look no further than the Olympus C-211 Zoom Digital Printing Camera. Even if you could find one, actually printing something is near-impossible. Read more

December 14
Photojournalists and documentary filmmakers ask camera manufacturers for encryption

The Freedom of the Press Foundation has penned a letter to manufacturers asking them to build encryption into their cameras. The letter is signed by over 150 photojournalists and filmmakers. Read more

Hitch Hiker balanced-motion tripod head boasts smooth, uniform rotations

A new Kickstarter project is seeking funding for Hitch Hiker, a tripod head said to offer smooth and precise uniform rotations thanks to its 'balanced-motion' design. Read more

Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H

Updated: Sigma has announced that its forthcoming sd Quattro H APS-H interchangeable lens mirrorless camera will cost £1500 in the UK and ship in January. In the US it will cost $1200. Read more

Action-packed: Sony a6500 review

The Sony a6500 is the company's premium APS-C offering and well-suited for fast action photography. In our in-depth review we look at its features, operation and its performance. Read on

DxO ONE app update adds support for Facebook Live

Version 2.5 of DxO's iOS app for its ONE camera adds support for streaming via Facebook Live, with the option to switch between the ONE and the iPhone's built-in cameras. Read more

Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2

The release of some supremely capable cameras left reviews editor Richard with some tough choices to make for his Gear of the Year pick. Against stiff competition, he's gone for the Fujifilm X-T2, the camera that most surprised him this year. Read more

Got Bokeh? DxO reviews the Nikkor AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED

DxO just reviewed the Nikkor AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED – and they were pretty impressed. Read more

December 13
Relonch is a camera and photo editing service that costs $99 per month

No screen, no flash, no settings, no SD card: Relonch, a $99-per-month camera and photo editing service, sounds like a whole lot of nope right off the bat. But its creators think they've found a way to bring better photography to the masses. Read more

Adobe Photoshop CC gains new MacBook Pro Touch Bar support

New MacBook Pro owners can now use their Touch Bars to access brush selection, favorite actions and layer properties in Photoshop CC. Read more

New Leica SL firmware improves tethered shooting, SL 50mm F1.4 goes on sale

Leica has announced new firmware for its full-frame SL mirrorless camera that makes it fully compatible with the latest version of the company’s tethered shooting applications. Read more

Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery

We took the newly updated Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III USM to the city streets and into the snow to get a feel for its performance. See gallery

Benjamin Von Wong's latest project spotlights conservation with mermaid photo series

The latest project from the ever-adventurous Benjamin Von Wong puts a colorfully costumed model-turned-mermaid in a sea of plastic bottles. He hopes to encourage others to reduce plastic use. Read more

Take an entertaining look back at the cameras that came before SD cards

Looks like we're not alone in our love of cameras from the early days of digital: YouTuber The 8-Bit Guy has published a thoroughly entertaining look back at cameras that used floppy disks and other memory media that preceded the humble SD card. See video

December 12
Syrp introduces Super Dark 5-10 stop variable ND filter

Accessories brand Syrp has announced a new variable neutral density filter that will appeal to those who like to create very long exposures. Read more

Zeiss ExoLens PRO lens lineup updated with support for iPhone 7 phones

Zeiss has announced a new ‘Edge’ bracket that brings iPhone 7 family support to the maker’s ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss smartphone lenses. Read more

Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF lens to begin shipping January 27

Tokina launched the FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF lens for Photokina this year, and has announced that the lens will go on sale at the end of January for $800. Read more

Medium-format meets the modern age: Hasselblad X1D-50c  shooting experience

Hasselblad caused a stir when it introduced the X1D-50c, a medium-format camera that's the size of a 35mm DLSR. Its release has been somewhat delayed, but it looks like it's going to be worth the wait. Read more

December 11
Time's running out to enter 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Check out some Sony World Photography Award early contenders and get your photo entered before the competition deadline. Read more

December 10
A fresh look at Dorothea Lange's censored photos of Japanese internment

Dorothea Lange's photos of Japanese interment in America are perhapse less well known than her other Farm Security Administration works like 'Migrant Mother' – and there's a reason for that. See more

National Geographic announces 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year

National Geographic has selected the winners of its 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year competition. View photos

December 9
Have your say! DPReview Readers' Choice Awards open for voting

All five initial categories of our 2016 Readers' Choice Awards are now open for voting. Help decide which cameras and lenses take home the ultimate bragging rights. Vote now

Affinity Photo for Windows now available, Mac version updated to 1.5

Following the beta announced last month, Serif has officially launched the finalized version of Affinity Photo for Windows. Read more

Have your say: Best prime lens of 2016

Based on reader interest and preferences, we've rounded up a total of twelve prime lenses that were released in 2016 for your consideration in this poll. Vote now

Have Your Say: Best Zoom Lens of 2016

The end of the year is almost upon us, and as usual, 2016 saw plenty of new cameras and lenses released, among them several excellent zooms. Click through for your chance to vote for your favorite zoom lens of 2016! Vote now

Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 / FZ2000 real world samples gallery

Panasonic's FZ2500 / FZ2000 sports a familiar 1"-type sensor, but places it behind an all-new 24-480mm F2.8-4.5 lens. It's as much a video camera as a stills camera, but we've focused on the latter to put together a sample gallery from this promising superzoom. Read more

December 8
Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool

The EOS M5 is arguably Canon's most competitive mirrorless camera to date. We've put a production EOS M5 through our studio scene so you can see how it stands up next to its peers. Read more

VSCO launches VSCO X membership, will soon add iOS app Raw support

VSCO will soon add Raw support to the iOS version of its popular mobile filter app, and has launched the VSCO X subscription service that gives you access to tons of filters for $20 a year. Read more

Adobe Lightroom CC and iOS updates add Reference View and new edit interface

An update for Lightroom CC adds an image comparison view, and an extensive update to Lightroom for iOS revises the editing interface and adds a 'Professional Mode' for better control over exposure settings. Read more

Have your say: Best enthusiast / professional ILC of 2016

2016 was pretty good for high-end ILCs, as we'd expect from a Photokina year. Click through to read more about this year's crop of enthusiast and professional ILCs, and for your chance to vote on which was best. Vote now

Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016

A lot of great ILCs were released in 2016, among them several excellent options in the midrange segment. Click through for a refresher on the standout models, and for your chance to vote on which was best. Vote now

Throwback Thursday: the dual-lens Kodak EasyShare V570

Before dual-lens smartphones were all the rage, the Kodak EasyShare V570 offered two sensor/lens combinations in one unique package. Read more

Gear of the Year: Chris' choice - F-Stop Tilopa camera bag

There were plenty of amazing cameras and lenses to choose from this year, but DPR staffer Chris Williams chose the F-stop Tilopa as his gear of the year. Read more

December 7
Flickr says smartphones were the most popular device this year, iPhone tops list

Various iPhone models continue to dominate Flickr's year-end report of the most-used cameras on its platform. Read more

Meyer-Optik-Görlitz reveals Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II lens for Sony E-Mount

The Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II is a super-fast standard lens for mirrorless Sony cameras with E-Mount. Stepless aperture control makes it an interesting option for videographers. Read more

Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year – time to vote for your favorite cameras and lenses in our year-end Readers' Choice Awards. First up: high-end compact cameras. Vote now

Heliskiing the British Columbia wilderness with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II

We took the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II up to Revelstoke, British Columbia and caught a helicopter out into the wilderness alongside some of the World's top pro skiers to put this new flagship camera to the test. See gallery

Video: Breathtaking drone footage of Oregon's landscape

Landscape photographer Michael Shainblum put together an incredible 4K aerial experience all shot on DJI drones. Turn the lights down low and prepare to be amazed. Read more

Olympus E-M1 owners report firmware 4.2 bugs [Updated with statement]

Olympus OM-D E-M1 owners are reporting issues using their cameras after updating to firmware version 4.2. Olympus has suspended FW 4.2 and has issued a statement with more information. Read more

December 6
Instagram introduces comment-control features

Instagram has announced a number of new features that should make the mobile image sharing platform a more pleasant environment to browse. Read more

Ricoh Keenai photo management system launches with smart tagging

Ricoh has announced the launch of a new photo storage and management service called Keenai, which allows photographers to store and sync full resolution photos and videos across devices and includes smart tagging technologies. Read more

A shot in the dark: Casio launches 1.9MP camera for ultra low-light photography

Casio has announced a new camera designed to take stills and video in extremely dark conditions. The EX-FR110H uses a back-illuminated CMOS sensor with 1.9 million extra-large pixels. Read more

Gear of the Year: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017

Continuing our 'Gear of the Year' series, staffer Sam Spencer discusses a lens that has made a significant visual contribution to the site this year – the latest Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro. Read more

Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery

With a 24MP sensor, Dual Pixel technology, a built-in EVF and a tilting touchscreen the M5 is Canon's most formidable mirrorless camera yet. Recently, it's been tagging along with us on a few adventures in the Northwest. See gallery

December 5
Metz mecablitz M400 compact wireless flash unit now available

German flash manufacturer Metz has launched its new compact sized flash unit offering wireless TTL control for $280. Read more

Cyclops 360 4K camera is designed for motorsport adventures

The Cyclops 360 action camera is designed to record motorsport adventures, with a magnetic base for secure mounting and a mode that automatically starts recording when the engine starts. Read more

Kodak Ektra 'photography' smartphone goes on sale

A few weeks ago Kodak announced the Ektra, its new 'photography first' smartphone. The Ektra is scheduled to go on sale in Europe on December 9, but if you're in London you may be able to get your hands on one a few days early. Read more

Hawkesmill launches new line of small luxury camera bags

British luxury bag maker Hawkesmill has launched a new line of small bags designed for use with mirrorless cameras, rangefinders and small SLRs. Read more

GoPro Karma Grip gimbal now available as stand-alone product

GoPro's Karma Grip gimbal, which was originally released as part of the Karma drone kit, is now available for purchase as a separate product. Read more

Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X

DPR staffer Carey Rose didn't take to the Canon G9 X right away, but after some time using it he's learned to embrace the minimalist controls and loves the portability of Canon's handy little 1" compact. Read more

December 4
People's Choice Award shortlist for 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Announced

Voting for the 2016 People's Choice Award for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now open – check out a handful of shortlisted images and find out how to cast your vote. Read more 

December 3
Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits

Man’s best friend isn’t necessarily the most cooperative portrait subject. After spending some time photographing dogs (and a few cats) awaiting adoption at a local shelter, we’ve learned some lessons and have a number of tips for better pet portraits. Read more

Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4

Despite some gripes with Nikon's marketing of the 105mm F1.4, Lensrentals finds a lot to like inside Nikon's new lens. Read more

December 2
Canon patent shows curved sensor design

A Japanese blog is reporting on a Canon patent that shows a curved image sensor design that aims to reduce vignetting. Read more

Think Tank Photo Outlet Center launches with discounted goods

If you can live without original packaging and tags, Think Tank's new online outlet can save you quite a bit of change on a bag. Read more

Firmware update adds support for K-AF4 lenses to Pentax K-3 and K-50

Ricoh has released firmware updates for its K-3 and K-50 DSLRs which add support for the company's K-AF4 lenses. Read more

Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers

Still carrying around spinning hard drives when you work away from home? It's never been easier to switch to portable SSDs. We take a look at several popular SSD products, as well as a do-it-yourself solution. Read more

December 1
Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model

Fujifilm has added a new entry-level model to its X-series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras in the shape of the X-A10. The camera will use a 16MP APS-C sensor and will come equipped with a flip-up rear screen designed to make taking selfies easier. Read more

Slik Lite tripods feature built-in LED lights

Intro 2020 has launched its Slik Lite series, a line of tripods that feature a built-in removable LED light. Read more

Google Pixel users reporting camera app issue

The camera apps on some Google Pixel devices is frequently crashing in certain conditions. So far Google has not been able to provide a solution. Read more

The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review

Canon threw everything but the kitchen sink at its overhaul of the 35mm F1.4L, and the Mark II version's performance does not disappoint – if you can get past a very steep price tag. Read more

Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10

In the year 2000, a camera like nothing before it arrived: the Olympus E-10. With a fast lens, tons of dials and buttons, and the ability to use the optical viewfinder and live view at the same time, it was an impressive (but expensive) beast. Read more

Faster operation and new sharpening tools for Phase One Capture One Pro 10

Camera, lens and software manufacturer Phase One has introduced a new version of its image manipulation software package that it says improves the speed at which it runs and which adds a collection of new editing tools – as well as compatibility with additional cameras and lenses. Read more