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October 2017 news and reviews

October 31
Behind the scenes: Capturing creepy Halloween wet plate portraits

Photographer Markus Hofstaetter decided to celebrate Halloween with a few creepy wet plate collodion portraits. Watch him work, see the final product, and read some behind-the-scenes tidbits about the entire process.

Lexar responds to rumors: will continue making XQD memory cards

After reports that Lexar was discontinuing its XQD memory cards, the company has officially set the record straight.

Leica Q in Silver brings a new look to the compact camera

Leica just released a new, silver anodized version of the Leica Q compact. Identical to the original on the inside, the silver-and-black version will cost you about $250 more than its all-black counterpart.

Macphun has changed its name to 'Skylum' now that it's not Mac-only

Photo editing software maker Macphun is no longer... well... Macphun. Now that it's making software for Windows as well, the company has officially changed its name to Skylum.

Novoflex introduces electronic lens reversing system for Sony E-Mount

The Novoflex NEX-RETRO adapter allows you to reverse mount your E-Mount lenses while maintaining full electronic communication between the lens and the camera.

Rylo 4K 360° camera uses a one-tap app to produce cinematic videos

Meet Rylo: a 4K 360° camera that uses some impressive companion software to produce "beautiful, cinematic video" that is "impossibly smooth", no matter your skill as a videographer.

First iPhone X hands-on field test with sample photos

The Apple iPhone X is still a week away from hitting the streets, but photographer Chase Jarvis has one! Here's the very first hands-on field test of the new iPhone X, complete with a few sample shots.

Sony a7R III dynamic range improved, nearly matches chart-topping Nikon D850

The results are in: Sony's new a7R III beats its predecessor by nearly a half stop in base ISO dynamic range, essentially matching the chart-topping D850 when it comes to full-frame cameras. All this at no cost to high ISO performance. See our in-depth analysis with pictures here

Peak Design announces 5L Everyday Sling camera/drone bag

Peak Design has released its smallest, lightest bag in the Everyday line. Perfectly-sized to carry a drone or small kit, this bag can be worn as a sling or fanny-pack.

October 30
Video: The story behind Albert Watson's iconic Steve Jobs portrait

Famed portrait photographer Albert Watson tells the story behind his now-iconic portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

X-Rite unveils i1Studio: An all-in-one spectrophotometer that can calibrate all your devices

The all-in-one X-Rite i1Studio can calibrate projectors, scanners, monitors, printers, and mobile devices.

iOS apps can secretly record and take pictures once you've given them camera permission

A developer at Google has discovered that any iOS app could secretly use the iPhone camera to record images and video in the background once it's been given permission to access the camera.

Nikon shuts down camera factory in China, blames 'the rise of smartphones'

Nikon has decided to close a subsidiary and its camera & lens factory in China due to the "rise of the smartphone" and the "rapidly declining" compact camera market.

This neural network turns smartphone snaps into 'DSLR-quality photos'

Researchers at ETH Zürich have developed an AI-powered system that they claim can turn measly smartphone snapshots into images that look like they were captured with a DSLR.

First samples: Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2

Leica just announced a new lens – a redesigned version of the classic 90mm Thambar F2.2 from the 1930s. We're working on a full gallery, but in the meantime, Leica has sent us some exclusive first samples.

Mevo Plus is a pro-tier livestreaming 4K camera for Vimeo Live

Video platform Vimeo has just released its own camera. Meet the Mevo Plus, a 4K livestreaming camera designed specifically for use with the Vimeo Live service.

Dubblefilm unveils pre-exposed 35mm Kodak film stocks Moonstruck and Sunstroke

Moonstruck and Sunstroke are two unique 35mm film stocks made by pre-exposing Kodak film in a machine to add different tones, odd colors, and light leaks.

Google software update will address some Pixel 2 XL display issues

Google will release a Pixel 2 XL software update "in the next few weeks" to address complaints of "dull" display colors, and says the "burn in" issue isn't actually a problem.

Canon G1 X Mark III pre-production sample gallery

A versatile APS-C compact that just about fits in your jacket pocket? We couldn't pass up the chance to shoot with a pre-production Canon G1 X III when it rolled into the office.

October 28
Photo story of the week: I Am Legend

Read the story behind this beautiful portrait of a hiker standing against a foggy landscape in the forest on the isle of Yakushima.

Sony a7R III UHD 4K sample video clips

The Sony a7R Mark III can shoot UHD 4K video at 24 and 30p using the full width of its image sensor or over-sampled footage using a Super 35 crop. Take a look at some samples from a shooting event earlier this week.

Hands-on with Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4

Zeiss just announced a new prime lens for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs: the Milvus 25mm F1.4. It's very big, very heavy, and should be very high-performing – and we just got our hands on one.

October 27
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN 'C': hands-on and additional details

Sigma has used the Photo Plus Expo show in New York as a launchpad for an all-new lens – the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary. It's a fast, high-quality prime for cropped-sensor Sony E-mount and M43 cameras.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

We're at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, where Fujifilm is showing off its new XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and GF 45mm F2.8 R WR prime lenses. Click through for a closer look.

Leica's 'new' Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 costs $325 per aperture blade

Leica's newest lens is one of its oldest. The Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 is a (slightly) modernized recreation of a classic 1930s design, famed for its unique soft focus look. We just got our hands on one.

First look at upcoming Pentax 'star series' lenses and silver edition K-1

Ricoh is showing off two upcoming lenses at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York this week. The HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW and HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8.

October 26
Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

Canon announced four new L-series prime lenses recently: the TS-E 50mm, 90mm F2.8L and 135mm F4L Macro, and the 85mm F1.4L. We just got our hands on them.

Ricoh announces new lenses for both APS-C and full-frame Pentax cameras

Ricoh has announced two new Pentax 'Star-series' lenses, designed to be optimized for high megapixel sensors; there's a 50mm F1.4 covering a full 35mm image circle as well as an 11-18mm F2.8 for crop sensor cameras.

Hands-on with the impressively small Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon's new PowerShot G1 X Mark III combines a 24MP APS-C sensor and hybrid autofocus system in an impressively compact body. Canon has been showing it to us at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York.

InVisage reportedly acquired by Apple

It appears InVisage, which developed a new image sensor architecture for increased light capturing capability, has been taken over by Apple.

The medium format Hasselblad X1D is the highest rated camera on DxOMark

The mirrorless medium format Hasselblad X1D is officially the highest rated camera DxOMark has ever tested, 'crashing through the 100-point barrier' with an overall score of 102.

Report: Snapchat has hundreds of thousands of unsold Spectacles sitting in storage

After a successful first round of sales, Snapchat ordered hundreds of thousands more of its Spectacles camera glasses... then demand tanked.

Adobe will release the last update to Lightroom 6 'towards the end of the year'

Stand-alone Lightoom isn't dead yet, but it's not going to last too much longer. According to Adobe, the final update to Lightroom 6 will be released 'towards the end of this year.'

Hands-on with new Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

Tamron just announced a new 100-400mm telezoom, pitched at enthusiasts and professionals. The 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is the lightest in its class, and packs some impressive features. And we just got our hands on one.

FLM unveils Berlin 38.4 carbon tripod on Indiegogo

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign for its CP26-Travel tripod, FLM is back with the Berlin 38.4 carbon-fiber tripod. The 38.4 can handle up to 88lbs (40kg) of gear, but weighs only 5lbs (2.25kg) itself.

Terry Richardson banned by major magazine publisher, according to leaked email

Highly controversial photographer Terry Richardson has allegedly been banned from all Conde Nast publications—including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and many others—after being labeled 'the Harvey Weinstein of fashion.'

Sony a7R III sample gallery
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The Sony a7R Mark III is here and we get our hands on one for a few hours while at a press event in New York City. See our sample gallery.

Tamron unveils lightweight 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom for $800

Tamron just released the new 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD—a lightweight ultra-telephoto zoom lens that Tamron says offers ''superior image quality" as well as "fast and precise AF."

What you need to know about Sony's a7R III

Just in case you haven't heard, Sony released an ultra-high-res mirrorless camera early this morning. We spent some hands-on time with the a7R III and put together an in-depth look at what's new and exciting – and what's missing.

October 25
Video: Sony a7R III first look

Sony took the wraps off its a7R III this morning, and we've put together a short video highlighting its standout features.

Olympus 45mm and 17mm F1.2 Pro lenses emphasize bokeh quality

Olympus is announcing two new high-end F1.2 primes: a 17mm and 45mm. The company has paid much attention to optimizing the bokeh each lens produces, and offer Pro-series touches like weather-sealing and a snap-back focus clutch.

Hands-on with the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 and 45mm F1.2 Pro lenses

We take a hands-on look at the new 17mm F1.2 Pro and 45mm F1.2 Pro lenses from Olympus, a pair of fast primes that promise excellent optical performance and beautiful bokeh in a compact, lightweight package.

Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery

The Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro is a 90mm equivalent that just screams to be used for portraiture. So when we found ourselves with a production-ready copy, we got right to work.

Sony to shift focus as demand for automotive image sensors increases

Sony is expected to shift some of its CMOS sensor production capacity from mobile devices to automotive.

Demo: Sony a7R III's impressive Eye AF

We've been fans of Sony's Eye AF feature for a while now, and since the company claims it's twice as effective in the a7R III it was one of the first things we wanted to check out.

Demo: Here is the Sony a7R III shooting at 10 fps

What's the first thing to try when you get the a7R III in your hands? Why, 10 fps mechanical shutter bursts, with continuous autofocus, of course. It's impressive on paper and sure enough, it's darn impressive in person.

Apple shares two iPhone 8 Plus Portrait Lighting tutorials

Portrait Lighting, which was introduced with the iPhone 8 Plus (and soon-to-be-released iPhone X), lets the user add a variety of simulated lighting effects to portrait images. Here are two tutorials that show you how to use it.

Watch Sony's a7R III livestream event on DPReview

We're at Sony's 'special livestream event' in New York City this morning. Watch the livestream here and check out our Twitter for live commentary from our staff at the event!

DxO acquires Nik Collection from Google and will continue to offer it for free... for now

It's back! DxO is acquiring Nik Collection and will continue to develop the software as Photoshop and Lightroom plug-ins, and also plans to incorporate Nik technology into its own editing software.

Sony a7R III promises faster bursts, better focusing and longer battery life

Sony has announced the a7R Mark III, a 42.4MP mirrorless camera built around the lessons learned from its flagship a9 sports camera.

Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens

Sony is adding even more versatility to its full-frame mirrorless lens line by introducing the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS. Priced at $1299, this lens is smaller and lighter than the competition, according to Sony.

Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens

Sony is keeping good on its promise to support professional sports shooters by announcing the development of a 400mm F2.8 GM lens.

Fujifilm announces square-format Instax Share SP-3 SQ photo printer

Fujifilm has announced its latest instant printer, the Instax Share SP-3 SQ. As the 'SQ' in its name implies, this is a square-format printer, similar to the one built into the Instax SQ10 camera.

October 24
Hasselblad X1D and H6D firmware update adds Touchpad AF and more

Hassleblad has released a firmware update for both the X1D and H6D that adds useful and user-friendly features like touch-pad AF to the X1D, and V System lens support (through an adapter) to the H6D.

The Phottix Juno is a fully-manual transceiver flash that works with all major brands

The fully-manual Phottix Juno is an affordable speedlight that will work with just about any camera system, and has Phottix's 2.4GHz Ares II transceiver built right in.

Adobe Scribbler uses AI to colorize black-and-white portraits and sketches

'Project Scribbler' is a powerful AI-driven feature that can intelligently colorize a black and white portrait... or even turn a line sketch into a colorized and realistic image.

This 'pancake lens' is a wireless charger for your phone

The Power Lens works with all devices supporting the Qi wireless charging standard, including the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models.

Sigma developing 'world's first' 16mm F1.4 lens for crop sensor E-Mount and MFT

Meet the Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN |Contemporary lens: "the world’s first interchangeable lens for mirrorless Sony E-mount cameras in the APS-C format to offer a 24mm focal length (35mm equivalent) and F1.4 brightness."

InMotion is a fully-automated slider for smartphones and small cameras

The InMotion Slider is controlled via a dedicated mobile app and offers advanced features such as face-following, motion trigger, time-lapses, parallax mode and live streaming.

Fujifilm X-E3 Review
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The X-E3 is the company's latest rangefinder-styled mirrorless camera, a 24MP X-Trans model. The most obvious change is the increased reliance on a touchscreen, but how does this affect what it's like to shoot with? Our review explores this and more.

October 23
Canon's 'holy grail': Using the Canon 200mm F1.8L USM

"With only a few hundred of these lenses still in existence, and the inability to get them serviced and repaired if damaged, one can only assume that finding one of these will only become more and more difficult as time goes on..."

Google may address 'dull' colors of Pixel 2 XL display, is investigating burn-in reports

Google's Pixel 2 might have the 'world's highest rated smartphone camera', but the phone's display is causing serious headaches for the company. From 'dull' colors to reports of burn-in and blue tint, some troubling reports are haunting the tech giant this week.

WiBotic PowerPad brings wireless charging to drones

The WiBotic PowerPad is a three-foot by three-foot landing pad that, according to its makers, is capable of charging almost any drone wirelessly.

Interview: Adobe will 'absolutely continue investing' in Lightroom Classic

Hear what Adobe director of product management Tom Hogarty and Lightroom product manager Sharad Mangalick have to say about the new Lightroom CC, and the future of Lightroom Classic CC.

Capture One Film Styles Pack tries to capture the 'old analog feeling' with 15 new presets

Phase One has released a new, 15-preset Film Styles Pack for Capture One users that gives you a total of 45 different analog 'Styles' to choose from—33 in color and 12 in black & white.

My experience at an Instagram influencer party

"Everyone was wearing essentially the same outfits, doing the same poses, and felt like they needed 37 versions of each pose. As irritated as I was by this, it wasn’t what annoyed me the most."

The D850 is Nikon's best video camera yet, but it's not ideal for video novices

With features like full-sensor-width 4K recording, Nikon has made its most video-friendly DSLR to date in the D850. That said, there's a difference between offering a feature and implementing it well.

October 22
Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V

If you're set on investing in a seriously capable compact, no doubt these two cameras will be on your list. Here's how they square up.

October 21
Adobe's Project 'Deep Fill' is an incredible, AI-powered Content Aware Fill

Adobe's experimental Project 'Deep Fill' is an incredibly powerful and impressive, AI-powered version of Content Aware Fill. Watch the demo to see this amazing tool in action.

October 20
LEE's new Reverse ND filters help you tame that bright horizon

LEE has released a new series of Reverse ND filters that are most opaque in the middle and become progressively clearer towards the top. This makes them ideal for capturing scenes where the sun is close to the horizon.

Photographer sues New York Times over age discrimination and 'full-time freelancer' status

A former New York Times photographer is suing both the newspaper and its photography director Michele McNally for over $500,000 for age discrimination and unfair classification as a freelancer for nearly a decade.

Canon now offers next-day service for CPS Platinum members

"CPS Platinum members will now enjoy next-day service, with equipment serviced and shipped the business day after an estimate is approved. For repairs that will take longer, Canon will offer next-day loaner equipment."

Irix announces 100mm filter system for wide angle lenses

Irix is introducing a new filter system called the Irix Edge 100. The ultra-light, ultra-thin system is build specifically for wide angle lenses like Irix's own 15mm F2.4.

FAA wants airlines to ban cameras and other electronics from checked bags

After conducting a series of safety tests, the FAA is recommending that all airlines ban cameras and other electronics with Lithium Ion batteries from checked baggage. The agency believe the risk of a catastrophic fire and explosion is too great.

Bye bye backpack: The Pixentu photography jacket lets you carry your gear ON you

The Pixentu jackets keep you and your gear warm and dry, offering useful features like lens and tripod pockets, in addition to some quirky ones like an extended hood to protect your camera from the rain.

Demo: Adobe's experimental 'Cloak' tech is like Content Aware Fill for video

Adobe gave the audience at MAX a sneak peek at some exciting new technology its developing. It's called Adobe Cloak: a highly capable Content Aware Fill-like feature for video editors.

Flickr shuts down wall art service, moves photo book printing to Blurb

Earlier today, Flickr moved its photo book printing service over to a third party services, and stopped offering any wall art options entirely.

Canon patents a huge, hinged and reversible DSLR LCD

The patent details a flipping rear LCD screen so large, Canon has had to hide the rear dial and several buttons underneath.

More Nikon D850 samples images added

We've added a selection of extra images to our Nikon D850 gallery. As part of the process of rounding off the review we made sure a number of us had shot the camera in a variety of situations, we've added those shots to the gallery to give a broad cross section of how the camera performs.

October 19
Wiral LITE cable system lets you capture cinematic shots almost anywhere

Wiral LITE is an affordable, easy-to-use cable cam system that can do things a portable slider simply can't do, and go places no slider would dare go.

Macphun responds to Lightroom CC release, teases its own photo manager

Not happy with the recent demise of Lightroom as a stand-alone, subscription free service? Macphun's got your back... or they will in 2018.

AI-powered Pholio hard drive is an offline alternative to Google Photos

Once connected to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, Pholio automatically searches through the device storage and backs up all images and videos—complete with auto-tagging and intelligent search capabilities.

The Samsung 360 Round camera can capture 360° 4K 3D video at 30fps

The 360 Round uses eight horizontally positioned camera pairs and one upward-pointing single lens to capture and livestream panoramic 4K 3D content.

Throwback Thursday: the Samsung NX1 is still impressive three years later

Introduced just three years ago, the Samsung NX1 was both a technological tour-de-force and a great camera to use, earning one of the highest scores we've ever awarded and winning our 2015 Innovation Award. But its short-lived run in the photo world leaves us wondering what could have been.

Gallery: Fujifilm X-E3 sample photos

The Fujifilm X-E3 is styled like a classic rangefinder, but features a built-in touchscreen, AF joystick, and electronic viewfinder – truly an old school meets new type of camera. Lay some eyes on our sample gallery to see how it performs in the real world.

October 18
Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future

Like it or not, Adobe is embracing a cloud-centric, AI-rich future with the introduction of Lightroom CC. And that's a great thing, though you may not see it now, argues Rishi Sanyal.

RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model

The announcement of a more cloud-integrated Lightroom product sees the death of the company's standalone version. This need to make payments in perpetuity (whether you choose Lightroom Classic or CC), chips away at the idea that your Lightroom library is a long-term solution, argues Richard Butler.

Godox XPro-N wireless flash trigger for Nikon boasts TTL, HSS and more for just $70

The XPro-C 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that Godox released for Canon users last month now has a Nikon equivalent—the aptly named XPro-N. Sony, Fujifilm and MFT versions are in the works.

Sigma expands product warranty to cover hurricane damage from Harvey, Irma and Maria

In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, camera and lens maker Sigma is extending its standard product warranty to cover damage caused by these three natural disasters.

Detu launches F4 Plus professional grade 360-degree 8K VR cam

The F4 Plus can can capture 360° stills, videos and broadcast livestream footage at 8K resolution... that's 7680 x 3840 pixels!

Adobe updates Photoshop CC with new tools, 360° image editing, HEIF support and more

Lightroom is hogging the spotlight at Adobe MAX, but Photoshop CC got some substantial improvements as well. Find out what's new in the latest version of Photoshop CC.

The 'Nude' app uses AI to detect and hide NSFW images on your iOS device

The aptly-named 'Nude' app automatically detects NSFW images on your iPhone, moves them to a protected vault and deletes the original files in the camera roll and on iCloud.

Zeiss reveals Milvus 25mm F1.4 lens, the 11th in the manual-focus family

The Zeiss Milvus family of manual-focus full-frame lenses just gained a new member. Meet the Zeiss Milvus 24mm F1.4: a fast, rugged new lens designed primarily for landscape and architecture photography.

Adobe unveils all-new cloud-based Lightroom CC, rebrands old application 'Lightroom Classic'

Lightroom has built a brand new Lightroom CC from the ground up to be faster, easier to use, and cloud-based. The application formerly known as Lightroom CC will continue to exist, and will go by "Lightroom Classic CC."

Google Research explains the Pixel 2 portrait mode

Google Research did a deep dive on the Pixel 2 smartphone's background-blurring portrait mode that uses neural networking and dual-pixel technology instead of a dual-camera setup.

Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy?

With the arrival of the PowerShot G1 X III, there are now seven Canon cameras built around the 24MP Dual Pixel sensor and Digic 7 processor. We take a look at the differences and what might prompt you to choose one over the others.

HP reveals the ZBook x2: The 'world's most powerful detachable PC workstation'

Meet the HP ZBook x2. The so-called 'world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation,' it was built with creative professionals in mind, and is being debuted at Adobe MAX.

October 17
This is how Rolling Stone finds and hires its photographers

PDN sat down with Ahmed Fakhr, director of photography at RollingStone.com, to talk about how the famed publication is adapting to the changing photo and video needs of the modern era and how he 'evaluates the skills of potential contributors.'

Canon hit two milestones today: 90 million cameras and 130 million lenses

Kudos to Canon. Earlier today, the camera giant announced that it had produced its 90 millionth EOS camera and 130 millionth EF-series lens.

The ROV Slider promises cinematic phone, GoPro and DSLR shots at the push of a button

The ROV Slider is a portable, motorized slider that promises to bring 'beautiful cinematic video and time-lapse' shooting to anybody with a smartphone, GoPro or DSLR that weighs less than 5lbs.

Microsoft unveils Surface Book 2 with powerful graphics chips, adds 15-inch model

The new Surface Book 2 laptops come with Intel's 8th generation quad-core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 GPUs. In other words: they pack a serious punch.

Leica is resurrecting the soft-focus Thambar 90mm F2.2 portrait lens from 1935

Leica is resurrecting a portrait lens from the 1930s: the Thambar-M 1:2.2/90. This lens features just 4 lens elements, and was famous for its spherical aberration that creates extremely soft images.

Surprise! Google hid a custom-built image processor inside the Pixel 2

Google's Visual Core is an Image Signal Processor designed to power and accelerate HDR+ processing and other imaging tasks in the new Pixel 2 devices (and beyond).

Google Pixel 2 sample gallery

The Google Pixel's camera is among the best we've reviewed, and its successor has already been hailed as class-leading. With expectations set high, the Pixel 2 has nonetheless left a very good first impression on us as we shot some initial sample images.

Take a look inside Leica's factory in Wetzlar, Germany

Leica is one of the oldest names in photography, and has long been one of the most prestigious. Recently, we had the opportunity to visit Wetzlar, to see for ourselves how Leica's lenses are put together.

October 16
Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III

Canon went and put an APS-C sensor in a G series compact. The result is a mighty tempting camera for travel.

Google Photos introduces new pet-friendly features

Google Photos is adding a few pet-friendly features that will make it easier to find photos of your favorite pooch. Now, you can organize your pet photos by facial recognition, and you can even search your library by breed.

MeFOTO launches MeVIDEO brand with new GlobeTrotter travel video tripod

Colorful tripod maker MeFOTO has launched a new tripod... and a whole new brand name. Meet the GlobeTrotter travel video tripod, the first product to be released under the MeVIDEO brand.

Polaroid Moto Mod leaked, straps an instant printer to your smartphone

If you own a Moto Z, you'll soon be able to attach a Polaroid instant printer to it. Check out the unreleased Moto Mod, which was leaked earlier today.

DJI 'AeroScope' tech shares your drone's ID and location with law enforcement

DJI has developed a technology called AeroScope that allows law enforcement to identify and track airborne drones that are breaking UAV regulations, while simultaneously addressing privacy concerns.

Nikon D850 Review
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The Nikon D850 is a 45.7MP full-frame DSLR with an autofocus system lifted wholesale from the pro-sports focused D5. 4K capture, continuous shooting at 7 or 9 frames per second make it sound like the ultimate all rounder. Is it all that these specs suggest?

Huawei unveils Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with Leica dual-cam and AI-powered features

The Mate 10's Kirin 970 chipset with integrated AI processing allows for object recognition, motion detection and automatic scene selection in the camera app.

DxO offers Android model, adds Facebook Live support and battery grip to One camera

DxO has announced version 3.0 of the iOS app for its 'One' connected camera. It adds support for multi-camera Facebook Live broadcasting and both time-lapse still and video capture. Android users will be pleased to hear that a One for their platform is on the way, as well. Several new accessories are available, including a battery pack.

Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a 24MP APS-C compact with DSLR-like autofocus

Canon has introduced the PowerShot G1 X Mark III, which borrows the 24MP APS-C sensor and Dual Pixel AF system from the company's recent mirrorless and DSLR cameras, adds a 24-72mm equiv., F2.8-5.6 lens and puts them into a lightweight body – but it'll cost you quite a bit.

What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III

It's not often that we see a genuinely interesting compact camera, and the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is one such beast. We've pulled out the top features of the camera and tell you why they matter – and put the Mark III up against the competition.

October 15
HDR is enabled by default on the iPhone 8 Plus, and that's a really good thing

Apple's HDR effect in the iPhone 8 Plus is on by default and more aggressive than in previous generations. It's also good enough to convince DPR contributor Jeff Carlson to leave it on all the time.

ICYMI: Canon 28mm F2.8 IS USM sample gallery

Canon's 28mm F2.8 IS USM may be small in size, but it's big on fun. We wrote about our experience using it as our only lens in Big Sur, California, but in case you missed out on our full gallery, take a look to see what this little lens can do.

October 14
Photo story of the week: Dubai draped in fog

Travel photographer Elia Locardi tells the story behind this gorgeous (and rare) panorama of the Dubai cityscape draped in fog.

Sample gallery update: Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS

Bison, drift cars, horseback riders, antelope – from the beach to the race track, the Sony 100-400mm G Master is one versatile piece of kit.

Don't be a desperate (and dangerous) wildlife photographer

"Wildlife photography in Yellowstone National Park is an incredible opportunity, yet some bad photographers are giving all photographers a bad name by not following the rules."

October 13
Casio launches intense-looking GZE-1 action cam that's waterproof to 50 meters

Casio's bionic-looking new action camera, the GZE-1, is built with extreme sports in mind. The little camera is drop-proof, freeze-proof, dust-proof, and waterproof to 50 meters.

The Yashica digiFilm Y35 exemplifies everything wrong with retro styling

Yashica recently released the digiFilm Y35: a camera that tries to simulate the "experience" of shooting film... and it's just the worst.

WD will use microwave technology to create 40TB hard drives

Western Digital has revealed some interesting new technology that, it claims, will allow them to develop 40TB hard drives by the year 2025.

Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80

Photographer Micael Widell wanted to see just how affordable it could possibly be to get into digital photography—so he bought a full DSLR kit with battery grip and 50mm lens on eBay for just $80.

Video: DxOMark's smartphone rating system explained

Confused about DxOMark's scoring system? This straightforward video by Marques Brownlee breaks down how DxO gets its scores, and why you should always look beyond that "overall" number.

iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery

It's not exactly a revolutionary device, but the iPhone 8 Plus does promise some evolutionary updates in the camera department. DPR contributor Jeff Carlson has been putting the 8 Plus to the test in some everyday shooting situations – take a look at how it fared.

DJI is now a camera company, and we should probably pay attention

This week in Hollywood, DJI introduced its new Zenmuse X7 camera, a Super 35 format cinema camera of its own design that can also capture 24MP still images in APS-C format. Is it time to start thinking of DJI as a camera company?

October 12
Video: Watch the Milky Way 'appear' as you get farther and farther from LA light pollution

Landscape and astrophotographer Asif Islam shot a series of timelapses starting in Los Angeles and getting farther and farther away, showing how the Milky Way emerges as the light pollution fades.

The magic of ultraviolet nature and macro photography

Ultraviolet photography is something that relatively few photographers explore, but it’s a fascinating realm to explore with less of an investment in equipment than most people think.

The camera I almost bought (again and again): The Canon PowerShot G5

After almost fifteen years of nearly buying one, Barney recently found a working Canon PowerShot G5 in his local thrift shop. It must be Throwback Thursday.

DJI launches Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm camera module with Raw video capture

DJI has launched the Zenmuse X7, a Raw video capable Super 35 camera module. The camera/gimbal system which mounts to the company's drones features a new, proprietary lens mount.

October 11
This free app finally lets you post to Instagram from your computer

Windowed is a free app that lets you upload photos to Instagram straight from your Mac or PC—no tablet, smartphone, or complicated workaround required.

Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list

Nikon has published a list lenses that it deems worthy of its newest DSLR: the 45.7MP Nikon D850.

This is why the Pentax 645Z DxOMark score of 101 was never published

The Nikon D850 isn't the first camera to hit triple digits on DxOMark; in fact, the Pentax 645Z was listed at 101 all the way back in 2015. So why was the full review never published? DxOMark explained earlier today.

Nokia pulls the plug on the Ozo VR camera, will lay off up to 310 employees

Due to 'slower-than-expected development of the VR market,' Nokia has decided to pull the plug on its $25K Ozo VR camera while it restructures the company and sheds as many as 310 jobs.

Video: Meet the world's fastest camera slider

Photographer and filmmaker Daniel DeArco built his own, custom, 'world's fastest camera slider.' See it in action in these behind the scenes videos.

I was sentenced to 15 years in an Egyptian prison for taking pictures

"I was 22. I was young, careless and a firm believer in the importance of my work. I was not going to let myself be stopped by mere bullets, beatings, and angry people. That all changed one day in July 2016—the worst day of my life."

Zeiss offering €12,000 in lenses and €3,000 trip in annual photo contest

Zeiss has opened its annual photography competition for entries, and this year the company is offering €12,000 of lenses for the best collection of images. The winning photographer will also get €3,000 to spend on travel for a photography-related project.

New Samsung image sensors use dual pixel for fast AF and synthetic bokeh

Samsung Electronics has launched two new smartphone image sensors with some interesting features and a design that can fit into very thin devices without the need for a camera bump.

Nikon D850 in-depth autofocus test

We've spent some serious time assessing the autofocus system on the D850; from portraits to bicyclists, we've found out just how precise this camera's focus is, and how well its subject tracking will keep up. Check it out for yourself in our updated First Impressions review.

Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital

Crowdfunded projects have repeatedly promised to convert old 35mm film cameras to digital. "Not going to happen" says our resident pessimist, Richard. A roll of the revived Ektachrome will come sooner than a useable digital conversion.

October 10
Metabones' Devil's Speed Booster turns Pentax Q cameras into ‘monster low-light machines’

The new 'Devil's Speed Booster Q666 0.50x' from Metabones lets you mount Nikon F and G glass to your Pentax Q, and get a working aperture of up to F0.666 if you're using an F1.2 lens wide open!

Adobe just made it way easier to import Lightroom collections into Adobe Portfolio

If you use Adobe Portfolio, you'll be very happy to hear about the latest update. As of today, you can import both Lightroom collections and new Behance projects directly onto new pages with next-to-no effort.

EyeEm now lets you collect multiple model releases at once over text message

Getting model releases signed has never been quite this easy. A new feature from EyeEm lets you collect multiple model releases at once, and you can do through your favorite messaging app.

Samyang unveils 35mm F1.4 autofocus lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless

Samyang has announced its fourth autofocus prime lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras: meet the long-rumored and much-anticipated Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE.

Yashica launches Y35 digiFilm camera that uses digital 'film' cartriges

Yashica's interesting new Y35 retro-camera uses digital "film" cartridges to adjust ISO, color and filter settings.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV sample gallery updated

Where better to take a 24-600mm equivalent superzoom than on a trip to the mountains? With a zoom range ideal for travel, our RX10 IV review unit headed north to Whistler, BC almost as soon as it arrived.

October 9
The Control Room app lets you control Lightroom from your smartphone

This simple app can turn your Android or iOS device into a separate panel that you can use to control Lightroom on your computer without ever touching a mouse or keyboard.

Google shares high-resolution Pixel 2 sample photos

Google has shared a set of high-resolution, unedited sample photos captured with the new 'world's highest rated smartphone camera': The Google Pixel 2. Check them out for yourself here.

Google's unlimited full-res photo storage for Pixel 2 owners ends in 2020

Google is telling prospective Pixel 2 buyers that they'll get unlimited full-res photo and video storage in Google Photos... but there's a catch. That service will end in 2020.

Video: Why the Profoto A1 is a 'gamechanger' for wedding photographers

The Profoto A1 may be 'the world's smallest studio light,' but is it worth the $1,000 price tag? Photographers Daniel Inskeep and Rachel Gulotta think it is. In fact, they're calling it a 'gamechanger.'

Manfrotto unveils Element Carbon entry-level carbon fibre tripod range

Manfrotto's new entry-level Element Carbon tripods are aimed at travel photographers who want Manfrotto quality at a slightly more affordable price point.

October 8
Gudsen Moza Air gimbal review

Gudsen's Moza Air gimbal is designed to add stability to the video footage of mid-range to high-end DSLRs and mirrorless cameras at a competitive price. Damien Demolder puts it to the test.

October 7
Photo story of the week: A heartbreaking photo of a bear in a landfill

Read the story behind this tragic photo of a lone bear, sitting perfectly still, surrounded by trash at a landfill in Canada. "It took me a very long time to process this photograph after," says photographer Troy Moth, "and I’m still not sure how I feel about it."

Taking the Canon 28mm F2.8 IS USM to Big Sur, California

It’s not Canon’s most affordable full-frame lens, but the 28mm F2.8 is a handy little stabilized prime that DPR staffer Carey Rose came to appreciate on a recent trip to California's gorgeous coast.

October 6
Billingham introduces the tiny ‘72’ for premium compacts and small mirrorless kits

Camera bag maker Billingham just released the Billingham 72: a new shoulder bag for fixed lens compact and small mirrorless ILC shooters.

RED unveils Monstro 8K VV full-frame sensor with 17+ stops of dynamic range

RED's monstrous new Monstro 8K VV is a 35.4MP full-frame monster with "unprecedented dynamic range [of 17+ stops] and breathtaking color accuracy."

Nine things you should know about the Google Pixel 2

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with heavily hyped cameras. Here's what you need to know about why they stand out, and some thoughts on what Google can still improve.

Pixelmator 3.7 update adds High Sierra and HEIF support

Pixelmator just released Version 3.7 Mount Whitney, which adds in a range of new features, performance upgrades and bug fixes including support for the HEIF image format.

The Nikon D850 is the best camera DxOMark has ever tested, first to hit score of 100

The scores are in, and the news is great for Nikon fans: The Nikon D850 is officially the best camera DxOMark has ever tested, marking the first time a camera has ever received a score of 100.

SanDisk launches ultra-reliable industrial memory cards that can handle extreme temperatures

SanDisk has unveiled a new line memory cards designed to withstand extreme temperature ranges and provide even better reliability than the manufacturer's standard cards.

Congress is considering a copyright small claims bill you should know about

The so-called Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act of 2017 (or CASE) would establish a copyright small-claims panel that would make it easier for photographers and other creatives to pursue small infringement cases.

Sharp and wide: Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G gallery updated

We've had more time to shoot with Sony's ultra wide 12-24mm F4 zoom; see how it performed in a variety of shooting scenarios.

October 5
Aputure launches 2K watt Light Storm 300D LED light, its brightest light yet

The new Aputure Light Storm 300D is a beast of an LED light, boasting exceptional color quality and 142,000 lux and an output equivalent to a 2,000 watts tungsten.

Seagate's 12TB BarraCuda Pro is the fastest, highest capacity desktop drive on the market

Seagate has released three new 12TB drives, including the 7200rpm 12TB BarraCuda Pro: "the fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable hard drive for desktop computing available on the market today"

Pixelstick creators unveil the Colorspike: An incredibly versatile LED lighting strip

The colorspike is an incredibly versatile LED lighting stick that you control from your smartphone, literally putting a massive range of colors and lighting effects at your fingertips.

Fujifilm releases firmware updates for X-T2, X-Pro2 and two lenses

A new set of firmware updates from Fujifilm fix camera freezes on the X-T2 and X-Pro2 and focal-length display issues on the XF 18-55 and XF 10-24 lenses.

From the sidelines to the driver's seat: A photographer's evolution

One of the most amazing things about photography, is how your camera has the ability to open doors and put you right in the middle of the action. Ken Sklute has experienced this many times in his career—here are just three of those stories.

Throwback Thursday: Google Nexus One

Yesterday Google introduced their latest and greatest smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. It's easy to forget that the company has been designing phones for over seven years, starting with 2010's Nexus One.

October 4
Google Clips is an AI-enabled hands-free camera that costs $250

After some expected hardware update announcements, Google's "one more thing" turned out to be a tiny, hands-free camera designed to automatically capture everyday moments.

Google Pixel 2 trumps iPhone as 'best smartphone camera' with highest DxOMark score ever

DxOMark got their hands on the Google Pixel 2 early, and you could say they were impressed. In fact, they awarded it the highest score they've EVER given a smartphone camera.

Here's Google's impressive OIS + EIS video stabilization demonstrated

Optical image stabilization is a welcome update in the Google Pixel 2. But what's really impressive is that it can be used in tandem with electronic stabilization in video mode – here's what that looks like.

Google unveils Pixel 2 phones: Adds OIS, Dual Pixel powered Portrait Mode and more

Google's new flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, boast some impressive new features for photo and video nerds: from OIS, to Dual Pixel autofocus and beyond.

Camera+ 10 update brings depth editing and HEIF support

The popular Camera+ app has been updated to make use of some of Apple's latest iOS hardware and software features.

Sigma to reveal new lens at PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017

Sigma will showcase most of its product line-up at the upcoming trade show, but the company also plans to launch a brand new lens as well.

Live coverage of the Google Pixel 2 launch on DPReview

Join us as we live Tweet from the Google Pixel 2 launch and offer up-to-the-minute takes on the camera technology Google is putting into its newest flagship phones.

Adobe unveils Photoshop Elements 2018: Can open closed eyes, find your best photos and more

Adobe revealed Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 today, and both programs boast tons of AI-powered features that make finding and editing your best shots and videos more intuitive than ever.

October 3
On1 Photo RAW 2018 announced: Adds HDR processing, advanced masking and more

On1 just announced the new and improved On1 Photo RAW 2018. The updated non-destructive editor offers a ton of new features, including HDR merge, panorama stitching, advanced masking controls and much more.

Cravar unveils new Rana Series of leather messenger bags for photographers

Photographers who love toting their gear around in style may want to check out the new Rana Series of leather messenger bags from Cravar.

DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ties iPhone 8 Plus as best ever smartphone camera

That didn't last long... The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has officially tied the iPhone 8 Plus as the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested.

The Insta360 Pro 8K is certified to capture Google Street View photos while you drive

The Insta360 Pro 8K is the first camera to get Google's Street View certification, and one of only 4 that Google will certify as "Auto" ready, meaning you can use it to capture 360° photos while driving and add them to Google Street View.

Hasselblad's 100MP H6D-100c digital back is now available to buy on its own

If you'd like a 100MP Hasselblad digital back, but don't care to buy the camera body that typically comes with it, you're in luck. Hasselblad just made the 100MP H6D-100c available as a standalone product.

Behind the scenes: Ben Von Wong dangled everyday athletes off a skyscraper for Nike

When Nike sent photographer Ben Von Wong a challenge in the mail, he didn't write back with some half-hearted idea... he decided to hang 'everyday athletes' off a skyscraper instead.

Video: $6,000 full-frame vs $2,000 crop sensor portrait shootout

Can a client really tell the difference between a portrait taken with a $6,000 full-frame setup and a $2,000 crop sensor setup? Can you? Photographer Manny Ortiz put together this shootout to find out.

The story behind the most haunting photos from the Las Vegas shooting

"I could see people covered in blood and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, this is real.'” Photojournalist David Becker shares his story of capturing the horrifying scene in Las Vegas as it unfolded the night of October 1st.

6 things we want to see in the Google Pixel 2

A year after its release the Google Pixel is still one of the best smartphone cameras money can buy, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. With a Pixel 2 announcement imminent, here are a few things we're hoping to see in the next generation Google flagship phone.

October 2
Video comparison: GoPro Hero6 'is what the Hero5 should have been'

Vistek tested the new-and-improved GoPro Hero6 against its predecessor, the GoPro Hero5. If you're not sure it's worth upgrading, this head-to-head comparison should leave no doubt: it definitely is.

Panasonic firmware debugs GH4, improves stabilization on 42.5mm and 30mm lenses

Overshadowed by the huge Firmware 2.0 release for the Panasonic GH5, the GH4 and two Panasonic lenses also got a firmware update last week, helping to improve image stabilization performance.

10 macro photography tips for beginners

This helpful article by photographer Micael Widell will help you avoid some of the common mistakes beginners make when they try out macro photography for the first time.

The RevolCam adds three accessory lenses and an adjustable light to any smartphone camera

The team behind the Shiftcam lens attachment has returned to Kickstarter with a new, more comprehensive smartphone lens accessory called the RevolCam.

Apple acquires AI startup that scores your photos' framing, composition and more

Apple has reportedly acquired a computer vision startup that can analyze the 'aesthetics' of your photos, telling you if the colors are 'dull' or your background is 'annoying' among many other things.

October 1
Free advanced astrophotography shutter time calculator

Astrophotographer Ian Norman of Lonely Speck has put together an extremely useful and advanced astrophotography shutter time calculator that goes way beyond the "500 Rule." This is a Must Bookmark!

OnePlus 5 camera review

Flagship features for a couple hundred bucks less than your typical flagship device – the OnePlus 5 provides a good value proposition. Despite a few flaws, it's a solid choice for someone who cares about image quality and wants the latest camera features.