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January 2018 news and reviews

January 31
Eight tips for photographing your first hot air balloon festival

Photographer Elliot Nahm loves shooting hot air balloon festivals, and he wants to spread some of that joy. Here are his top tips for newbies who want to capture great photos of these colorful events.

Kodak says over 40,000 investors are interested in its cryptocurrency

If you thought the KODAKCoin cryptocurrency was just a marketing stunt or a bit of temporary cryto-insanity, it doesn't look that way. In a statement released today, Kodak says over 40,000 potential investors are interested in the company's Initial Coin Offering.

PolarPro unveils collection of filters and accessories for the DJI Mavic Air

PolarPro has introduced new versions of its Cinema filter series for those ordering the DJI Mavic Air drone, in addition to a few other bespoke accessories for the pint-sized new drone.

Video: The ultimate Godox studio flash guide

If you are confused by the massive range of flash heads produced by Godox, you're in luck. Professional photographer Robert Hall has produced a useful video that aims to explain the differences, and similarities, between them all.

Zion National Park clarifies controversial tripod restrictions

Earlier this month, Zion National Park released new Commercial Use Authorization rules that seemed to ban tripods altogether, sparking outrage from photography workshop operators. In response, the park has reassessed its position and issued a clarification.

Steven Soderbergh shot his latest movie entirely on the iPhone, calls it a 'gamechanger'

The director of movies such as Erin Brockovich, Traffic, and Ocean’s Eleven was impressed by the smartphone's 4K resolution, and general movie performance.

Is Unsplash killing photography? An interview with co-founder Mikael Cho

When photographer Zack Arias found out about Unsplash, his blood boiled. So he wrote a several-page email to co-founder Mikael Cho, who agreed to talk to Zack about his creation and what it means to the photography industry as a whole.

Photographing in Daulatdia: The world's largest brothel town

Documentary photographer Giora Dan describes his experience taking portraits in the world's largest brothel town in Daulatdia, Bangladesh for the Save the Children organization.

Fujifilm's new X-A5 adds phase-detect AF and 4K (sort of) video capture

Fujifilm has released its budget-friendly X-A5 mirrorless camera that improves upon its predecessor by adding more processing power and phase-detect AF, which were its biggest weaknesses. Also new is Bluetooth, 4K video capture (at a choppy 15 fps) and a 15-45mm power zoom kit lens.

Fujifilm introduces XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 lens, its first X-series power zoom

Fujifilm has announced its first power zoom lens for X-series cameras: the XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ. This compact, stabilized lens, equivalent to 23-69mm on X-series bodies, has a minimum focus distance of 5 cm and weighs just 136 g.

January 30
Full-frame showdown: Nikon D850 vs Canon 5D IV vs Sony a7R III

Dan and Sally Watson over at Learning Cameras put the Nikon D850, Sony a7R III, and Canon 5D Mark IV through their paces, testing all three cameras for everything from skin tones, to dynamic range, to autofocus tracking and more.

Reuters photographers banned from Olympic opening ceremony over leaked photos

The entire agency has been banned from attending the Opening Ceremony on February 9th, and the photographer who took the leaked photos has been banned from covering the games altogether.

Verizon follows AT&T, drops Huawei smartphones

Verizon is following in AT&T's footsteps, becoming the second US mobile carrier to drop Huawei devices from its catalogue due to security concerns voiced by Congress.

A strange shootout: $5,000 Zeiss Otus 28mm F1.4 vs $4,250 Leica Q

In this short video review, PhotoShelter founder and CEO Allen Murabayashi decided to see how the $5,000 Zeiss Otus 28mm F1.4 lens stacked up against the almost-as-expensive $4,250 Leica Q, which sports a fixed 28mm F1.7 lens.

The remarkable life of photographer Bayard Wootten

"In 1904, a photographer in North Carolina lent a 4×5 camera to a divorced single mother. He shook his head and muttered several times that she’d 'never make the grade.' One year later, he viewed her as his competitor and took back his equipment."

Apple iPhone X review
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Apple's premium iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone to date, so it's only fitting that it comes with optically stabilized dual rear cameras, impressively high-quality video capture and a gorgeous display. So does all that make up for the high price of entry? Let's find out.

*Updated* Adobe is preparing a major Lightroom Classic performance update, and we got to try it

Adobe knows Lightroom Classic CC needs some serious under-the-hood performance improvements, and they gave us a sneak peek at an upcoming update that does just that.

January 29
Canon patents fingerprint reader for cameras and lenses

A recent Canon patent shows a novel—at least for cameras—way to protect your camera from thieves: fingerprint ID. Using this tech, you could 'unlock' your camera by using the fingerprint sensor on either the camera's body or lens.

Tourists are destroying New Zealand's iconic Lake Wanaka tree for Instagram photos

The tree lost a limb during the holidays last year, prompting the local government to put up signs. But if Instagrammers won't keep their distance, the tree might have to be protected with fencing.

Google’s long-awaited Clips Camera hits stores, will cost you $250

If you’ve been desperately waiting for Google’s AI-driven Clips camera, your wait is over. The company has added the intelligent lifelogging camera to its store for US customers, with delivery expected between the end of February and the beginning of March.

Lomography celebrates 25th anniversary with three limited edition cameras

The limited edition LC-A models feature brown leather cladding and an embossed anniversary message on the back.

Infographic: The most popular cameras and lenses from Sundance 2018

No Film School got access to 'comprehensive data' about the cameras and lenses used by filmmakers screening at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

January 28
Gallery and impressions: The Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 is light, sharp and stabilized

Though it has a slow maximum aperture, the Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens covers a very useful focal range, and more importantly is sharp throughout said range. Its image stabilization is also very good.

January 27
Sunset, golf and a false nuclear missile alert: Four days shooting in Hawaii

A dizzying sunset hike, a pro golf tournament and a false missile alert made for a challenging few days on a recent trip to Hawaii.

January 26
Canon patents innovative lens adapter with built-in electronic ND filter

In a patent from October, 2017, Canon details a lens adapter for mirrorless cameras that would feature an electronic variable ND filter built right in. This would be particularly useful for video shooters.

The US Copyright Office is 'modernizing' group registration of photos

Photographers in the US who want to register groups of images for copyright protection will find the process much simpler and easier starting at the end of February.

How to capture a classic perfume product shot with a single speedlight

In this video, product photographer Dustin Dolby shows you how to capture a 'classic' perfume product shot using just a single speedlight, some reflective materials, and a bit of lighting know-how.

Preset Brewery drag-and-drop tool converts Lightroom presets for Photoshop

There's probably no easier tool out there for converting Lightroom presets for use in Photoshop. Just drag-and-drop, and you're ready to go.

Google teamed up with pro photographers to train its Clips lifelogging camera

Google relied on the expertise of a documentary filmmaker, a photojournalist, and a fine arts photographer to train the AI and feed some high-quality photography into its machine learning model.

It's not the low light king, but here's why we're excited about the GH5S

Shooting the GH5S side-by-side with the Sony a7S II we simply couldn't recreate some of the more optimistic claims made for the Panasonic camera. That said, here's why we think the GH5S is the most exciting video camera we've ever used.

January 25
This video explains the science behind how camera drones fly

WIRED's latest Dot Physics video explains the physics behind drone flight—showing how a drone is able to hover, move in three dimensions, and rotate all by just changing the speed at which the propellers spin.

Twitter is using AI to intelligently crop image previews

Twitter is harnessing the power of computer vision to more intelligently crop image previews, automatically focusing the crop around the most eye-catching or interesting part of the photo.

The VEGAS Pro video editor is now available by subscription, costs $17 per month

In an attempt to attract new users, Magix has made its Vegas Pro video editing software available on a subscription basis. The program typically costs $600 to buy outright, but on the subscription model users can access it from $16.67 per month.

How one photographer built the 'ultimate' PC for Adobe Lightroom

Designer and hobbyist photographer Paul Stamatiou decided to build himself the ultimate Adobe Lightroom photo editing PC. The build cost him just under $6,000, and he explained exactly how and why he built it in a massive 32,000-word blog post/guide.

Samsung promises to 'reimagine the camera' on the Galaxy S9

Samsung has sent out its Galaxy S9 smartphone launch invites, and it looks like the company's next flagship phone is all about 'reimagining' camera.

This vlogger is the guy behind last week's Canon G7 X Mark III hoax

Last week, a series of "leaked" images purported to show the upcoming Canon G7X Mark III, complete with 4K video! Just one issue: they were big fat fakes. This Italian vlogger is the guy who made them.

The ultimate seascape photography guide

Photographer Anton Gorlin put together this incredibly comprehensive guide to Seascape photography, covering everything from planning, to composition, to the best lenses, tips, and techniques. This is one to bookmark.

PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II

The G1 X III is Canon's flagship PowerShot, and the only APS-C compact currently on the market with a zoom lens. So in terms of real-world performance, it should easily dominate a 1"-sensor compact like the G7 X II, right? Not so fast.

Cascable iOS app lets you create complex shutter 'recipes' for any scenario

The updated Cascable app includes 'Shutter Robot Recipes', a feature that lets you create and trigger custom time-lapse routines, exposure bracket sequences, or any other series of shots you can think of.

January 24
Fujifilm recalls nearly 300,000 camera power adapters due to 'shock hazard'

The faulty AC-5VF power adapter wall plugs were sold with a variety of Fujifilm digital cameras, including the popular Fuji X-A3 and X-A10 models.

This 2018 'ecosystem map' captures the whole photo industry in one massive infographic

Photolemur's "Market Map of the Digital Photo Industry" includes all sorts of brands, manufacturers, publications and other organizations that are involved in the industry in some shape or form.

Film crew arrested for allegedly trying to sneak a 'fake bomb' through airport security

The TSA claims the film crew tried to sneak the device through security while filming the process for a television episode. The crew's production house claims it was actually just 'vacuum compression luggage,' and this is all a big misunderstanding.

Integral unveils world's first microSD card with 512GB capacity

With a capacity of half a Terabyte, Integral's new microSD card offers plenty of storage to photographers and video shooters—a boon for drone videographers who are shooting lots of 4K footage.

DJI Mavic Air: What you need to know

The new Mavic Air is packed full of advanced features found on DJI's Mavic Pro, but in a drone almost as small as its entry level Spark. Here's the full rundown of key features.

Fujifilm introduces budget-friendly and rugged FinePix XP130

Fujifilm has announced the FinePix XP130, a rugged camera that can go up to 20 meters (65 feet) deep and handle a drop from 5.7 feet (1.8 meters). It's one of the cheapest all-weather cameras you'll find, with a price of $229.

January 23
Ultra-rare Konica Rokuoh-Sha Type 89 'Machine Gun' camera pops up on eBay

This rare camera was used to train Japanese airplane machine gunners during World War II. Instead of bullets, the camera would shoot pictures, which would be developed and analyzed to improve the gunner's accuracy.

Red's Hydrogen One holographic super-phone to ship this summer

Red, best known for its high-end cinema cameras, is projecting a summer ship date for its Hydrogen One smartphone. This super-phone's main trick is a 5.7" holographic display, which displays a "better than 3D" image without the need for glasses.

Nikon claimed the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for December 2017

Nikon announced the news earlier today, revealing that it "attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for December 2017" in the full-frame interchangeable lens camera category. Yes, that includes full-frame mirrorless.

DJI unveils the Mavic Air: Mavic Pro specs in a Spark-sized body

What happens when you fuse a Mavic Pro with a Spark? You get DJI's new Mavic Air, a lightweight, foldable drone with features that will appeal to enthusiasts and pros on the go.

Photoshop CC update adds AI-powered subject selection tool and more

The update includes some minor improvements and compatibility updates for Windows users, but the big news is the release of Select Subject: an AI-powered feature that can intelligently cut your subject out of the background in a single click.

Google Pixel 2 gallery updated

We've spent a ton of time with Google's latest flagship camera. While our full review is in the works, have a look at what the best of computational photography is capable of.

January 22
Speed Test: iMac Pro vs Alienware PC, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro

PhotoshopCAFE host Colin Smith puts a $6,400 iMac Pro to the test against a Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, and an Alienware gaming PC in a variety of intense photo and video editing tasks to see if this powerhouse all-in-one is worth the money.

DJI Mavic Air leaked ahead of announcement, looks like a Spark-Mavic hybrid

Less than 24 hours before the official announcement, the DJI Mavic Air has been revealed in a massive trove of leaked photos and specs. Find out why we're feeling very lukewarm about the folding drone announcement now that we know what's coming.

Samsung's new smartphone sensors can shoot 480fps in Full HD

Samsung's new ISOCELL Fast image sensors feature a 3-stack Fast Readout design, which enables 1080p video capture at a whopping 480fps.

Portrait mode perspective: the iPhone X versus the Canon M100

Computational photography is by all accounts the 'new thing,' but in its current state, how does it compare against your average entry-level camera? Let's find out.

January 21
The 'Chairpod' is a chair-tripod hybrid that's either ridiculous or brilliant

Either ridiculous or brilliant... there is no middle ground for the so-called Chairpod. This chair-tripod hybrid developed by Japanese tripod manufacturer Velbon is set to be released sometime this month.

Video: How to make an HDR image using Microsoft Excel... seriously

Did you know that you can use Microsoft Excel to create an HDR image? It's weird, but true, as Columbia University computer science student Kevin Chen demonstrates in this entertaining presentation.

January 20
Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 4: From a helicopter

In part four of his series on shooting lava flows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, landscape photographer Erez Marom shares his experience shooting lava flows from a helicopter—an expensive experience worth every. single. penny.

iPhone X sample gallery updated

We're nearing completion of our iPhone X camera review. In the meantime, we've been doing plenty of shooting testing portrait mode, lighting modes and everything in between. Take a look at a fresh batch of sample images.

Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout

Photographer Anita Sadowska challenged Alex Hutchinson to a fashion photography shootout... with a twist. Anita would shoot her usual Canon 5D Mark IV digital SLR, while Alex used his Pentax 67 medium format SLR.

Here's how you disable Instagram's new 'Last Seen' feature

Instagram will now tell followers when you were last online. Fortunately for those of you who aren't thrilled by this new 'feature,' there IS a way to disable it.

What I've learned after sharing my photos for free on Unsplash for 4 years

After four years giving away many of his photos for free on Unsplash, photographer Samuel Zeller shares some thoughts on social networking for photographers, the rise and fall of Instagram, and how he's trying to stay ahead of the game.

January 19
Google Clips smart camera will launch soon, appears in FCC documents

Google's odd little AI-powered Google Clips camera we told you about back in October has officially passed through the FCC. Expect an official launch very soon.

This is the world's first variable graduated ND filter

Aurora Aperture has created a hybrid filter that we haven't seen before. Meet the Aurora PowerGXND: the world's first variable graduated neutral density (GND) filter family.

Remembering LIFE picture editor Barbara Baker Burrows

LIFE Photo Editor Barbara Baker Burrows, who died of a rare brain disease called corticobasal degeneration on January 10th, chose the pictures that told some of the century’s biggest stories.

Learn about Photoshop blending modes in just 8 minutes

Confused about what all those layer blending modes do in Photoshop? Well, you don’t need to be any more. Jesus Ramirez has made an excellent short video tutorial that explains each mode in simple and easily-understood terms.

Smartphone front cameras might soon be placed underneath the display

A new patent by Samsung proposes moving the front camera and other components—such as the earpiece and proximity and ambient light sensors—underneath the screen.

Panasonic DC-GH5S added to buying guides

Now that we've spent some time with Panasonic's video-centric Lumix DC-GH5S, we've added it to our 'Best Cameras for Video' and 'Best Cameras over $2000' buying guides.

January 18
I built the largest natural light wet plate studio in the US in over a century

Photographer Shane Balkowitsch tells the story of how (and why) he built "the first natural light wet plate studio constructed in the entire country in over 100 years."

Meike's new battery grip for the Sony a9 and a7R lll comes with a wireless remote

Accessories manufacturer Meike has released details of a new grip it will be selling for the Sony a9 and a7R lll bodies that can hold two batteries and double as a remote control.

Video: Watch a YouTuber disassemble his Canon 1D X Mark II to see what's inside

Photographer and YouTuber Peter McKinnon recently tried something he himself called "the dumbest thing I've ever done." With no real experience in this area at all, he disassembled his Canon 1DX Mark II... just because.

Apple will stop automatically slowing down your iPhone, will let you decide

In an interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will allow iPhone users to turn off the controversial 'power management' feature that was slowing down old phones when the battery became 'unhealthy.'

Tether Tools unveils TetherPro line of USB-C cables

TetherPro USB-C cables are available in a variety of connector combinations, eliminating the need for adapters and dongles.

Review: The Handevision Iberit 35mm F2.4 is a budget option for Leica users

The Handevision Iberit 35mm F2.4 is a budget manual-focus prime lens for Leica's M-mount, and a slightly-less-budget alternative for Fujifilm X-mount and Sony E-mount photographers. We've been trying it out for a few days.

January 17
Video: Using a $50 lens on a $12,500 5K RED cinema camera

Ridiculous test incoming. What happens when you slap a $50 Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 lens onto a $12,000+ 5K RED cinema camera? One YouTuber decided to give it a shot and find out.

DJI teases new folding drone announcement for January 23rd

Drone giant DJI has released a teaser video titled 'adventure unfolds,' implying that a new folding drone is coming on January 23rd at 10am Eastern time.

Wedding photography inspiration: MyWed reveals 2017 Award winners

Some good inspiration for current and aspiring wedding photographers out there. If you shoot images like these, you're bound to stand out from the crowd and give your clients that "wow" factor.

Structure: Moving 4K close-ups shot at up to 1000x magnification

In his video Structure, photographer Drew Geraci shows how everyday objects become fascinating landscapes when captured in moving 4K shots at up to 1000x magnification.

2018 Japan BCN camera rankings: Canon dominates DSLRs, tops Sony in mirrorless

The 2018 Japan BCN camera rankings are in, and the most surprising bit of news is that Canon is still outpacing Sony in the mirrorless segment, taking the #2 spot in that segment while still dominating in DSLRs.

Nikon D850 firmware 1.01 fixes long exposure green cast and other minor bugs

Nikon's updated D850 firmware brings a number of smaller bug fixes, including fixing a green cast issue that was happening when users had long exposure noise reduction turned on.

Fujifilm XF 80mm F2.8 OIS WR Macro sample gallery

Fujifilm's first 1:1 macro lens for the X-system gives a 122mm equivalent view of the world. We gave it a go shooting close-up subjects as well as some portraits – take a look at how it performs when paired with the X-T2.

January 16
AT&T decision to drop Huawei Mate 10 Pro reportedly made under pressure from US Congress

According to a Reuters report, US Congress is urging US companies to sever ties with Chinese manufacturers of communication equipment.

Kodak shows off Super 8 camera in first sample reel

A firm launch date is still forthcoming, but in the meantime a sample reel from Kodak's new Super 8 camera has been released.

HTC U11 Eyes smartphone features a dual selfie camera with live bokeh

HTC's newest handset, the HTC U11 Eyes, improves on the standard U11 by slapping a dual camera on the front for 'portrait mode' selfies with real-time bokeh simulation.

Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery

Missile scare notwithstanding, we spent a lovely few days in Hawaii shooting with Sony's newest APS-C E-mount lens. See how it measures up capturing the spectacular scenery that the Aloha State is known for.

Buying guides updated with Panasonic DC-G9

Now that we've completed our review of Panasonic's Lumix DC-G9, we've updated its entry in our Best Cameras Under $2000 and Best Cameras for Sports & Action buying guides.

The Hasselblad H6D-400c multi-shot captures insane 400MP images

Hasselblad has introduced its next-generation multi-shot camera body, built to shoot 400-megapixel photos by using sensor-shift technology to combine up to six exposures into a single monster image measuring 23200 x 17400 pixels.

January 15
CVS bans photo manipulation on its beauty images, will hold other brands to same standard

CVS is banning digitally altered beauty imagery on its store-brand beauty products, and plans to mark other brands' images as "Digitally Altered" if they're not up to snuff by the end of 2020.

Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK

Canon has announced that it will introduce a series of printers that allow users to refill the ink tanks themselves—a surprising shift that could, in theory, save customers quite a bit of money.

18 useful Lightroom shortcuts for beginners

Adventure and lifestyle photographer Lucy Martin put together a useful little video that goes over her 18 favorite Lightroom shortcuts—a great guide for beginners.

Condé Nast has cut ties with Mario Testino and Bruce Weber amid sexual misconduct allegations

Following a series of allegations of sexual misconduct against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, magazine publisher Conde Nast has severed ties with both of the famed fashion photographers, and released a code of conduct for future photo shoots.

Photo Essay: Inside one of America's last pencil factories

Photographer Christopher Payne captures the 'colorful world of craft and complexity' you'll find in the General Pencil Company's factory in Jersey City... and almost nowhere else.

The Google Arts & Culture app can find your fine art doppelganger

A new feature in the Google Arts & Culture app compares your facial features to its database of thousands of artworks, finding your fine art "doppelganger."

Leica announces APO-Summicron-SL 75mm and 90mm F2 lenses

Leica has announced a pair of short telephoto lenses for its SL full-frame mirrorless camera. The APO-Summicron-SL 75mm and 90mm F2 ASPH lenses feature an apochromatic design to reduce chromatic aberration, one aspherical element and minimum focusing distances of around 0.5m.

January 14
Gallery Update: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9

The Panasonic G9 is the brand's top-tier stills camera. We've updated our already large sample gallery with even more photos to enjoy.

January 13
Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera review

The latest product of Huawei's collaboration with Leica is a smartphone with a great all-around imaging feature set that left us very little to complain about.

January 12
Nine straight-forward tips from an award-winning travel photographer

In this quick video, award-winning travel photographer Bob Holmes shares nine of his most basic and straightforward tips for finding great images, even when you're in a rut.

Gudsen’s Moza AirCross gimbal can provide both stabilization and power

Gudsen has launched a new gimbal that’s aimed at mirrorless photographers. With a payload of 3.9lbs/1.8kg, the new Moza AirCross can provide stabilization to a mirrorless body even fitted with a cinema lens and a new in-handle option can provide power to Sony and Panasonic cameras.

Lensbaby launches $50 macro filter kit

The Lensbaby 46mm Macro Kit comprises of three stackable filters with different magnification levels, which can be combined with several of the company's "bokeh effect" lenses.

Rumor: Nikon's full-frame mirrorless will sport an all new 'Z-Mount'

Nikon Rumors is reporting that an upcoming full-frame mirrorless camera from Nikon will sport an all-new "Z-Mount" with an extremely short flange distance of just 16mm.

Kodak didn't get into cryptocurrency and bitcoin mining, "Kodak" did

A lot of people still have positive associations with the Kodak brand and its iconic logos, but it’s worth clearing something up: not everything with the Kodak name on it has much connection to a bunch of clever people in Rochester, New York.

Leaked photo hints at Samsung Galaxy S9 with variable aperture lens

A leaked image of a Galaxy S9 retail box indicates the new model might come with a variable aperture lens and a super-slow-motion video mode.

Kodak Scanza is a portable, budget film scanner that turns negatives into JPEGs

The portable little scanner features a 3.5-inch color screen, an integrated SD card slot for saving your scans, adapter trays for different types of film, and an HDMI port for viewing your scans directly on an external display.

Canon defends embarrassing photo sharing gaff, photographer fires back

Yesterday, Canon Italy and Canon Spain accidentally shared a composite photo that contained stolen elements shot with a Fujifilm camera. Today, in a response on social media, the company somehow managed to make things worse.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN for Micro Four Thirds impressions

We've got a pair of Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN lenses in the office: one for Micro Four Thirds and the other for Sony E-mount. In this article we have some impressions of the MFT version, as well as some other lenses in this class worth considering.

January 11
Wedding photographer's work lambasted by clients in detailed 30-page report

Most wedding photographers are probably open to a little bit of feedback from their clients, but one Hong Kong couple was reportedly so upset, they provided their photographer with a detailed 30-page report full of their grievances!

AT&T won't sell the Huawei Mate 10 in the US over political concerns

It appears Huwei's ties to the Chinese Government and a fear of espionage have played a role in AT&T's decision not to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and it's Leica-branded dual camera to customers in the United States.

Autel unveils the EVO drone, serious competition for the DJI Mavic Pro

The Autel Robotics EVO looks like the first serious competitor for DJI's Mavic Pro Platinum. With a better remote, slightly better camera, and a slightly cheaper price tag, this drone could steal some serious Mavic market share.

Sony a9 firmware 2.00 brings improvements to continuous AF and more

Sony has released firmware version 2.00 for its flagship a9 mirrorless camera. The most notable improvements are to continuous AF, but overall stability has been addressed, as well.

Kodak unveiled its own bitcoin miner at CES, will let you rent it for $3,400 for two years

Kodak just debuted a bitcoin mining machine for rent at CES, leaving photographers slack-jawed and confused, and cryptocurrency mining experts balking at what they claim is an outright scam.

Yuneec's new Typhoon H Plus drone boasts a 1-inch sensor camera that shoots 4K 60p

Hong Kong drone manufacturer Yuneec has announced three new drones at CES including an update to the Typhoon H with a bigger sensor with more resolution and the ability to shoot 4K at 60fps.

Canon accidentally shared a composite photo shot with a Fuji all over social media

Oops. In their rush to post a pretty picture last night, multiple Canon social media accounts accidentally shared a composite, huge portions of which were stolen and shot with a Fujifilm X-T1.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S added to studio scene comparison

We've published our studio test scene for Panasonic's video-focused Lumix DC-GH5S Micro Four Thirds camera. Have a look to see how it stacks up against the GH5 and Sony's a7S II.

January 10
LaCie unveils DJI Copilot 2TB portable hard drive with built-in display

LaCie's new DJI Copilot hard drive was purpose built for drone photographers and videographers who want to back up and even review their full resolution photos and video on-the-go.

Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S9 in February

The next Samsung flagship smartphone—which might be the first smartphone with a variable aperture lens—is not being announced or even teased at CES, as previously thought. Instead, Samsung confirmed that the phone would arrive in February.

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"What bothers me more than the fact that these photographers missed the play of the game, is the amount of 'bashing' that they are being subject to on many social media platforms [...] as an industry, WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT!"

Hasselblad reveals the winners of the 2018 Masters Awards

Eleven lucky photographers will be receiving a Hasselblad medium format kit after beating over 31,000 submissions to win their categories in the Hasselblad Masters competition.

ACE Eyewear are social-media connected camera sunglasses

Connected to a hot-spot, the ACE Eyewear glasses let you live-stream point-of-view video to Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.

The woman who was Robert Capa
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"Gerda Taro didn’t just help invent one of the world’s most famous photographers. Briefly, she was him [...] This is a story about two identities so intertwined that it’s hard to keep them apart."

Panasonic Lumix GH5S vs GH5: What's new?

What kind of camera could the GH5 be if it was only focused on shooting video? The GH5S answers that question. Here's a breakdown of the key differences between the two models.

January 9
WD launches two new portable SSDs designed for photographers and drone users

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD was designed to offer performance and durability in a highly portable package, while the My Passport Wireless SSD packs built-in WiFi, an SD slot, and more for photographers on-the-go.

Ricoh courts developers with plug-in program for the Theta V 360 camera

Ricoh just announced a 'partner program' for the 360° Ricoh Theta V camera. Through this program, Android developers will be able to create plug-ins and apps for the camera, and hopefully keep it evolving for years to come.

Kodak launches KODAKCoin 'photo-centric cryptocurrency' and KODAKOne platform

In an announcement that has the photo industry checking their calendars to confirm that it is NOT April 1st, Kodak has announced the debut of the KodakONE image rights platform and KodakCOIN: a photo-centric cryptocurrency.

YI's Horizon VR180 captures stereoscopic 3D stills and videos at 5.7K

YI Technology, working with Google's VR team, has announced the Horizon VR180 camera, which captures stereoscopic 3D stills and videos at 5.7K. The VR180 'seamlessly' integrates with YouTube and Google Photos for easy viewing with various VR headsets.

Western Digital reveals world's smallest 1TB USB-C flash drive at CES

Western Digital has managed to fit a full Terabyte of storage onto a USB-C thumb drive. The memory stick was revealed at CES, and WD is claiming that it's "the world's smallest 1TB flash USB-C drive."

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA 2 Ultra put high-end camera tech in mid-range phones

With Snapdragon 630 chipset and 1080p displays, the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are mid-range devices. And yet they offer very similar camera technology to Sony's flagship models.

'Water Torture Test' compares Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus weather sealing

Imaging Resource recently put the Nikon D850, Sony a7R III, Canon 5D Mark IV, and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II through a "water torture test." Watch the video to see how the cameras coped with "moderate heavy rain and misty conditions."

40 kg 'Fake Leica' steel sculpture by Liao Yibai appears on eBay for $100,000

A smaller version of the massive stainless steel "Fake Leica" sculpture by Chinese artist Liao Yibai has popped up on eBay. Weighing in at 40 kg (88 lbs) this version is going for "just" $99,995 USD... plus shipping.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review

The Lumix DC-G9 is Panasonic's top stills-oriented camera and can shoot 20 fps with AF. It also features the best stabilization we've tested to date. Read our full review.

Nikon's 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens features built-in teleconverter

Nikon has announced a new full-frame zoom lens, aimed at professional sports and wildlife photographers. The AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR features a built-in 1.4x teleconverter and a claimed 4 stops of shake reduction.

Sony announces Camera Control Box CCB-WD1 for wired RX0 control

The wired control accessory that Sony promised for the RX0 has arrived, as well as PlayMemories Mobile app update to enable more wireless control options.

January 8
Insta360 unveils new, 4K capable Nano S 360-degree camera for iPhone

The Insta360 Nano S comes with the same form factor as the original Nano, but it can now shoot 4K video, up from 3K, and take stills up to 20MP, a huge step up from the 4.6MP stills of the previous version.

Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer

On the same day that GoPro reported plans to cut over 250 jobs, drop the price of its Hero6 Black action cam, and pull out of the drone market entirely, CNBC is reporting that the company has put itself up for sale.

Panasonic announces Lumix DC-GH5S, an even more video-focused GH5

Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DC-GH5S, an even more video-centric variant of the company's GH5 hybrid stills/video camera. Aside from some minor cosmetic differences the two cameras are identical, however the GH5S has been designed to maximize low-light sensitivity and provides a deep feature set tailored to video shooters' needs.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S vs Sony a7S II low light shootout

We shot the Panasonic GH5S against the Sony a7S II to see whether the video-centric Lumix can wrest the low light crown away from its full-frame rival.

DxOMark splits from DxO Labs, is now an independent privately-owned company

The major structural change was quietly announced in an email to subscribers and press last month, and neither company has said anything more about the impact of the split since.

CIPA's November numbers show the digital camera market's continuing decline

The market for digital cameras continues to shrink, with the shipment numbers for November 2017 approximately 17 percent lower than the same month in 2016.

GoPro exits drone market, cuts over 250 jobs, and drops price of Hero6 Black by $100

GoPro is making some really tough decisions as part of its commitment to "[turn] our business around in 2018," according to CEO Nick Woodman. That includes exiting the drone market entirely, cutting over 250 jobs, and dropping the price of the Hero6 Black from $500 to $400.

Samyang unveils AF 14mm F2.8 EF, its first autofocus lens for Canon

Meet Samyang's first autofocus lens for Canon EF-Mount: the AF 14mm F2.8 EF. At just 700 Euro (~$840 USD), this new third-party offering gives Canon shooters a much more affordable option to Canon's own $2,100 14mm F2.8L II IS USM.

January 7
DJI introduces Ronin-S stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras

DJI's new Ronin-S is the company's first single-handed gimbal stabilization solution for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

DJI announces Osmo 2 Mobile smartphone camera gimbal

DJI's Osmo 2 Mobile stabilization system offers significantly improved battery life, new features like hyper-lapse shooting, and a much lower price.

LG's 34-inch 5K UltraWide Nano IPS HDR600 monitor is a 4K video editor's dream

Announced ahead of CES, LG's new 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor and its 4K 32-inch beast should both have photographers and video editors chomping at the bit.

January 6
Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 3: At Sea

In part three of his series on shooting lava flows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, landscape photographer Erez Marom shares his experience shooting lava flows from a boat—an incredible, and incredibly challenging, experience.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN for Micro Four Thirds sample gallery

We've already taken the Sony E-mount version of Sigma's super fast 16mm lens for a spin, and we were eager to see how the Micro Four Thirds version stacks up.

VESA establishes world's first open standard for HDR displays

VESA has established the world's 1st open standard for HDR on LCD monitors. Until now monitors have slapped 'HDR' logo on marketing material simply if they displayed HDR10 content. But how *good* is the actual hardware at displaying HDR? That's what the new standard aims to reveal.

January 5
The JOBY GripTight PRO TelePod is a tripod... and a grip... and a selfie stick

JOBY's name is synonymous with the flexible GorillaPod lineup, but the company's new GripTight POD Telepod is a little different. This little telescoping gadget is a tripod, and grip, AND selfie stick.

Using Canon's ultra-rare 50mm F1.0L

After trying Canon's 'holy grail' 200mm F1.8L, Lensrentals' Zach Sutton is giving another ultra-rare lens a go: Canon's super-fast 50mm F1.0L, first introduced in 1989. Find out if Zach thinks this lens is really usable, or more of a collector's item.

Report: GoPro has laid off 200-300 more staff from its drone division

According to a new report, GoPro has laid off between 200 and 300 staff from its drone division, citing a need to "better align our resources with business requirements" as the reason for the layoffs.

Moment filter mount lets you add 62mm filters to its smartphone lenses

The Moment filter adapter kit allows you to attach any filter with a 62mm thread to its iPhone accessory lenses.

Leak: Samyang to announce autofocus 14mm F2.8 lens for Canon EF mount

Two high-resolution leaked product images show that Samyang/Rokinon is preparing to release its first ever autofocus lens for Canon EF mount: the AF 14mm F2.8 EF.

Sony releases silver version of the popular a6300

The E-Mount 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens wasn't the only thing Sony announced last night. The company also released the popular APS-C Sony a6300 in Silver.

Have Your Say 2017: the winners

It's that time. You, our readers, cast thousands of votes last month in our latest series of readers' polls. Now, with our final poll closed, it's time to see which product takes the crown as your choice for overall winner of 2017.

Sony introduces E-mount 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for APS-C bodies

Sony has introduced an optically stabilized 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 E-mount lens that is 'an ideal fit' for its a6000 series of mirrorless cameras.

January 4
Famed agency Stockland Martel shut down on December 31st

Stockland Martel represented some of the biggest names in the photo industry, including: Walter Iooss, Art Streiber, Lauren Greenfield, Nadav Kander and many more.

Godox accidentally leaks AD600 Pro strobe that boasts several key improvements

Oops... Godox managed to leak its own strobe: an update to its AD600 model that sports several improvements and a few minor downgrades.

How to photograph a stealth bomber over the Rose Bowl

Photographer Mark Holtzman explains how he captured this incredible photograph of a B-2 stealth bomber flying over the Rose Bowl. Holtzman shot the photo from his own Cessna, which he was flying above the bomber and the football game.

Shutterstock bans unnatural monkey and ape photos at PETA's request

The ban includes images that show an ape or monkey in costume or otherwise dressed up, demonstrating unnatural behaviors like dancing, interacting with humans in a way that isn't natural for the animal, and more.

The Wait: A beautiful ode to patience and wildlife photography

Travel to Romania's Carpathian mountains with wildlife photographer Michel D'Oultremont, and watch as he waits over a week to capture the perfect bison photograph. Inspiration at its best.

This 'metalens' breakthrough may revolutionize lenses as we know them

Researchers at Harvard have made a huge breakthrough in metalenses—flat 'lenses' that use nano structures to focus light—making it possible these flat lenses will some day replace the bulky, multiple-element lenses we use today.

Review: Rylo is a 360º camera done right

What do you get when you combine a compact 360º camera with a well-designed mobile app? A surprisingly fun tool that lets you decide where to point the camera after you've shot your video.

January 3
Video: Using the $5,700 Canon 200mm F2 on the Sony a7R III

How does one of the best cameras of 2017 handle Canon's beastly 200mm F2L IS USM? Photographer and YouTuber Manny Ortiz took the combo to a family photo shoot he was doing to find out.

NYPD investigating Terry Richardson over sexual assault accusations

Two former models have confirmed that the NYPD approached them to ask about sexual assault allegations they have made against notorious photographer Terry Richardson.

Re.photos: This website lets anyone create and share then-and-now photos

The platform makes it super easy to create then-and-now photos by automatically aligning your before-and-after images for you. And once you're done creating your own 'rephoto', you can explore other photographers' creations as well.

Modular PITTA camera transforms into drone, action, and security cameras

The tiny little modular drone, action cam, and security camera-in-one has raised over a quarter million dollars in funding on Kickstarter in just a few days.

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The first week of a new year is an important time for every business, and DPReview is no different. As we reflect on the past year and define our goals for 2018, here's a note from our new General Manager.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary for Sony E-mount sample gallery

The Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary is an ultra-fast wide-angle prime for Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lens features low-dispersion elements, a nine-blade aperture and weather-sealing, all for under $450.

January 2
Rock n Roll unveils handcrafted leather 'Hendrix' camera straps

Fans of high-end leather camera accessories are going to want take a close look at the new Hendrix camera straps from Rock n Roll. Each one is made up of over 50 individual pieces of leather stitched together by hand!

Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens

Photographer Micael Widell thinks everybody should own a 135mm F2 lens. In his experience, these lenses are sharp, lightweight, relatively affordable, and produce 'mouth-watering' bokeh.

Google Camera mod brings Pixel 2 portrait mode to older devices

Thanks to Charles Chow, developer of the Camera NX Google camera mod, the Pixel 2's portrait mode is now available on the original Google Pixel, the Nexus 5X, and the 6P

Take a look inside Hasselblad's camera factory in Sweden

DPR was lucky enough to be invited to tour the Hasselblad factory in Sweden to see the H6D and X1D medium format cameras in production.

January 1