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February 2018 news and reviews

February 28
Nikon releases new firmware for nine cameras, mostly AF-P lens support

Nine Nikon DSLR models are getting new firmware to fix a few issues users have been encountering, particularly when using AF-P lenses. Updated models include the D4, D4s, Df, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, and D7200.

Nikon's ES-2 film digitizing adapter for the D850 will finally ship in March

The film digitizing adapter Nikon introduced alongside the D850 DSLR is finally ready for delivery at the end of March. It has been available for pre-order since it was first announced last August, but the release date has been slipping backwards.

Cheap IKEA LADDA batteries outperform expensive Eneloop Pro batteries in speedlight test

In a side-by-side speedlight test, photographer Martin Cheung found that cheap IKEA LADDA rechargeable batteries delivered noticeably faster recycle speeds compared to Panasonic's expensive Eneloop Pro batteries.

This SkyPixel 2017 photo contest winner wasn't shot from a drone...  or in 2017

When DJI and SkyPixel unveiled the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel Aerial Photography Contest earlier this month, they accidentally gave 1st place in the Landscape category to a photo that wasn't taken from the air... or in 2017.

Phottix announces Odin II TTL flash trigger for Pentax shooters

Flash manufacturer Phottix has announced it will introduce an Odin ll transmitter for Pentax users in April this year. The company says it has had ‘direct cooperation’ from Pentax engineers to make and program the trigger so it works seamlessly.

Tokina unveils 'top premium' Opera 50mm F1.4 FF lens for Canon and Nikon

Full-frame Canon and Nikon shooters have a new 50mm F1.4 lens to consider. The Tokina 50mm F1.4 FF features an ultrasonic motor, weather-sealed design, and a focus ring that rotates the same direction as native Canon and Nikon glass.

2018 Sony World Photography Awards shortlist revealed

This year, the Sony World Photography Awards received nearly 320,000 entries from all across the globe, which have been whittled down to just 200 shortlisted images. Here are 30 'highlights' from both the Professional and Open competitions.

Canon EOS M50: What you need to know

The EOS M50 is slated above the entry-level M100 in the brand's mirrorless lineup. It's the first M-series camera to offer 4K, but there are some caveats to its UHD capture. Here's everything you need to know about Canon's latest camera.

Olympus offers major firmware update for OM-D E-M1 II, E-M5 II and Pen-F

Olympus has announced updates for its OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Pen-F cameras in the lead up to CP+ 2018. On the list of updates are improvements to the E-M1 II's Pro Capture Mode, and the addition of in-camera Focus Stacking in the E-M5 II.

February 27
Wacom releases 24-inch 4K Cintiq Pro pen display, 32-inch coming 'later this year'

Seven months after announcing that it would release 24- and 32-inch versions of the Cintiq Pro pen display, Wacom is following through on one of those promises—you'll be able to pick up the Cintiq Pro 24 in May, and the Cintiq Pro 32 "later this year."

Video: Sony a7 III overview

The Sony a7 III may be the entry point to the company's full-frame mirrorless system, but it packs in a lot of technology borrowed from high-end siblings like the a9. Here's a quick hands-on rundown of what's on board the latest model.

Wacom's new Cintiq Pro Engine turns your Wacom pen display into a full-blown PC

Made to work with the Cintiq Pro 24- and 32-inch models, the Cintiq Pro Engine module seamlessly plugs into the back of the pen display tablet and turns it into a powerful PC workstation with an Intel processor, NVIDIA graphics card, SSD, and up to 32GB RAM.

SanDisk reveals world’s fastest UHS-I microSD memory card

The 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card is officially the world’s fastest UHS-I flash memory card, offering read speeds up to 160MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s—over 50% faster than current UHS-I Extreme microSD cards.

Cactus announces palm-sized RQ250 wireless monolight

Cactus has announced that it will release a ‘palm-sized’ bare-bulb flash head this summer that will feature wireless control and three times the power of a typical GN60m hotshoe unit.

Asus unveils ZenFone 5Z with wide-angle dual-cam and AI camera

Asus' new flagship Android smartphone packs all-around premium components and some great camera specs in a very sleek looking body.

Sony a7 III sample gallery

The Sony a7 III brings many of the advanced features of Sony's a9 flagship into a "basic" model that—to be fair—is anything but basic. Check out our results with the camera so far.

Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master'

The Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is the longest F1.4 lens in the Art line to date, earning a spot as the series' flagship model.

Sigma introduces 70mm F2.8, first Art series macro

The Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro offers true 1:1 reproduction and emphasizes optical performance over autofocus speed.

Sigma announces nine full-frame E-mount Art primes

Sigma has announced plans to bring seven of its full-frame Art lenses to native E-mount, plus versions of the 70mm F2.8 and 105mm also announced today.

Video: Sony a7 III and Sony a9 Eye AF and Lock-on AF compared

Just moments after its launch at WPPI in Las Vegas, we had the chance to try out some of the Sony a7 III's features. Take a look at the a7 III's performance in Eye AF and Lock-on AF modes compared to the a9.

Sony launches a7 III: $2000 24MP full frame mirrorless with a9/a7R III advances

Sony has announced the a7 III, a $2000 image-stabilized 24MP full frame mirrorless camera with many of the a7R III and a9's improvements. These include a BSI sensor, AF joystick, EyeAF and the longest battery life of any mirrorless camera.

February 26
Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

We've had the chance to take a closer look at Samsung's new flagship smartphone and its improved camera system during the launch event in Barcelona. Here's what you need to know.

The Canon EOS 4000D might be the cheapest DSLR ever launched

Canon Europe has launched the EOS 4000D, a still more cut-down version of the EOS 2000D/T7. The entry-level model will launch for around £330/€380 body only, which is the lowest launch price of any DSLR we can remember.

500px acquired by Chinese licensing giant Visual China Group

Visual China Group (VCG)—the world's third largest image licensing company and the so-called 'Getty Images of China'—has acquired photo sharing community and licensing marketplace 500px.

eMotimo motion control kit motorizes your Dana Dolly for a lot less

eMotimo has introduced a motion control kit that motorizes the popular Dana Dolly using an eMotimo spectrum ST4 for a massive range of control. Together, the kit starts around $4,250, compared to the $15K to $20K of current industry-standard set-ups.

Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH

Panasonic has formally announced the Leica DG Vario 50-200mm, the latest lens in its line of F2.8-4 zooms. It's the third lens in the series, and the final model Panasonic promised at CES 2017 when it announced the 12-60mm.

Pyeongchang 2018: Photos from the final week

The Atlantic has compiled 35 photos from the final week of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. From bobsledding, to speed skating, to photos from the closing ceremony: check them all out for yourself.

Venus Optics unveils Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D and 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro lenses

Venus Optics just debuted two interesting new lenses. For mirrorless APS-C shooters, the company released the wide-angle Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D; for full-frame shooters, the company released the 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro lens.

Sony is working on high-sensitivity dual-camera setup

The Japanese company says its new system will allow for low light shooting with ultra-high sensitivities - ISO 51200 in stills mode and ISO 12800 for video.

Sony Xperia XZ2 brings 4K HDR video to smartphones

Sony's new flagship smartphones come with an updated design and a couple of interesting improvements in the camera.

Canon announces EOS M50 with 24MP sensor, 4K video and built-in EVF

Canon is taking the wraps off the EOS M50, a beginner-friendly mirrorless camera that's the first in the company's M-series to offer 4K video capture. It uses a 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, a new Digic 8 processor and unlike its M100 sibling, provides a built-in viewfinder.

Canon's clever new Speedlite 470EX-AI automatically adjusts to bounce flash

By determining its distance to a subject and distance to the ceiling, the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI automatically pivots to create an optimal angle for bounce flash – helping flash beginners create more flattering portraits with ease.

Flashes for the masses: Why the Canon 470EX-AI is a big deal

It's not often that a new flashgun will get us really excited, but the Canon 470EX-AI isn't your ordinary flashgun. Here's why we think it's worth a look, particularly for photographers who haven't yet taken the plunge into artificial lighting.

Canon introduces EOS Rebel T7 with updated 24MP sensor

Canon's beginner-friendly DSLR just got an update, and now includes a higher resolution 24MP sensor, but the rest remains broadly familiar. It arrives in April with a 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II kit lens for $550.

February 25
Nokia 8 Sirocco features 2x optical zoom and Carl Zeiss optics

The Nokia 8 Sirocco swaps the original 8's secondary monochrome sensor for a tele-lens with 2x zoom.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S9 with variable aperture and super-slow-motion

Samsung's new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones come with a range of innovative camera features and functions.

Huawei launches MediaPad M5 Pro tablet with M-Pen

The larger version of Huawei's new premium tablet features a stylus with 4096 levels of pressure for easier image editing and note-taking.

February 24
Fujifilm X-H1 versus X-T2: what does the new camera bring?

The Fujifilm X-H1 takes its place above the previous range-topping X-T2. What does the new camera bring to the table, and what kind of photographer is it designed for?

February 23
Tiffen announces foot operated gas-lift Steadicam Air monopod

Tiffen has joined the monopod market with the new Steadicam Air. The Steadicam Air is a three-section carbon fibre model that uses a gas spring and foot pedal close to the base to quickly and easily adjust the monopod's height.

Kodak Alaris is bringing back T-Max P3200 high-speed B&W film

Kodak Alaris is resurrecting yet another film photography product. Kodak's T-Max P3200 high-speed B&W film—which the company says can be push processed to ISO 25,000—is officially coming back in March!

Ex-Lexar execs have launched a new memory card company, here's why you should care

ProGrade Digital is new brand of memory cards aimed at professional photographers and demanding amateurs. Here's what sets ProGrade apart, and why the company believes it can compete with the big guys.

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art will cost just $1,300, seriously undercuts Nikon

Sigma announced pricing and availability for its much-anticipated 14-24mm F2.8 Art lens today, revealing that the ultra-wide zoom will begin shipping mid-March for $1,300 USD.

'Perfect' sensors may be possible, but might not come to cameras

A recent breakthrough means the future could include sensors that perfectly describe the light in the scene, offer new computational possibilities and give film-like latitude in the highlights. And yet we may never see them in cameras, says father of the CMOS sensor, Professor Eric Fossum.

February 22
Tokina unveils the FíRIN 20mm F2.0 FE AF autofocus lens for Sony E-Mount

The Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF is a followup to the MF version released in 2016, which adds (you guessed it) autofocus capabilities. Optically, the two lenses are identical.

New Sony release cable enables dual-shooting with the RX0

The VMC-MM2 release cable allows owners of Sony's ultra-compact RX0 to sync the sort-of action camera with a Sony alpha (or Cyber-shot) camera and capture photos and video simultaneously.

Sony announces new flagship guide number 60 HVL-F60RM wireless flash

Sony just released a new wireless flagship flash for E-mount with guide number 60. The HVL-F60RM offers "high-power flash output, reliable continuous performance and advanced control features with integrated radio control options."

Leaked: Tokina to announce Opera 50mm F1.4 FF and FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lenses

The Opera 50mm F1.4 FF is a full-frame lens for Nikon and Canon mounts, while the FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF for Sony E-Mount replaces the FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF announced in September of 2016.

What it's like to photograph the Olympics

Two veteran sports photographers share stories and tips from photographing the Olympics, as well as other high-profile sporting events throughout history.

Panasonic GX9 added to 'Best Cameras under $1000' buying guide

We've added the Panasonic GX9 to this buying guide to to place its specifications and features in context, alongside its competition. When our full review is complete the camera will be considered for an award.

Tamron announces 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD for full-frame DSLRs

Tamron has announced a full-frame 70-210mm F4 tele-zoom, boasting moisture-resistance, a minimum focus distance of 0.95m/37.4in and up to 5 stops of stabilization – all for $800.

Tamron is working on a 28-75mm F2.8 lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras

Details are thin at this point, but the 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD will offer "superb optical performance" and a moisture-resistant construction.

February 21
Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know

The Pentax K-1 Mark II promises less noise than its predecessor and offers a cool new Pixel Shift mode that lets you leave your tripod behind. Find out what's changed - and what hasn't.

Pentax K-1 Mark II shoots up to ISO 819,200, offers updated Pixel Shift

Ricoh has announced an updated version of its K-1 full-frame DSLR. The Pentax K-1 Mark II gains an additional 'accelerator' processor that enables improved image processing as well as a handheld version of its Pixel Shift Resolution mode.

Ricoh will let Pentax K-1 owners update their cameras to a Mark II for $550/£450/€500

For a limited time this summer, current K-1 owners will be able to send their cameras in for a circuit board replacement, essentially upgrading to a Mark II. They'll even get a Mark II logo swapped in on the front of the camera.

Panasonic unveils 'industry-first' 8K organic image sensor with global shutter

Panasonic has continued to develop its organic/CMOS image sensor tech, and the latest breakthrough is big: an image sensor that can shoot 8K at 60p, boasts incredible dynamic range, and has global shutter capability.

Here come the copyright bots, with lawyers in tow

Services like Copypants and Pixsy help anybody find copyright infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand licensing fees and damages. But do these automated systems also open the door to prolific copyright trolls?

The Chroma is a lightweight, affordable, easy-to-use 5x4 field camera

The new 5x4-inch field camera was designed by UK photographer and custom camera maker Steve Lloyd, and it promises to be lightweight, easy-to-use, unique, affordable and upgradable... as well as a bit funky.

Associated Press photographer's video shows 'travel photographers' staging photos

AP photographer A.M. Ahad captured this video that shows how tourist 'travel photographers' will stage scenes in an attempt to capture award-winning images.

Really Right Stuff is moving from California to Utah to escape rising costs

Camera accessory manufacturer Really Right Stuff is relocating. The company is moving its headquarters from California to Utah, citing rising costs and promising 'expansion on every level' as a result of this move.

Fujifilm interview: 'We want the X-H1 to be friendly for DSLR users'

Fujifilm's new X-H1 sits above the X-T2 in the company's X-series APS-C lineup. At the X-H1's launch in LA last week, we sat down with the camera's product manager, Jun Watanabe, for a detailed look at the new camera.

February 20
This strange gadget literally shocks you into taking 'better' photos

The so-called 'Prosthetic Photographer' uses AI to continuously scan the environment for 'ideal' scenes. When it sees one, it uses electrodes to zap the photographer, forcing them to press the button and take the shot. It's an... interesting idea.

Drone may have caused helicopter crash in South Carolina

A helicopter pilot and his student claim a civilian drone was the cause of their crash landing last week. If their story is confirmed by an ongoing investigators, this incident would mark the first time that a drone has caused an aircraft crash in the US.

Lensrentals tears down the Sony a7R III in search of better weather sealing

Lensrentals' Roger Cicala just tore down the Sony a7R III to see just how much Sony did (and didn't) improve the camera's weather sealing over its predecessor. The results are a "good news, bad news" deal.

Why the Canon broadcast lenses at the Olympics cost $200,000+

Popular Science takes a look at the glass and tech that Canon packs into its 59-pound, $200,000+ broadcast lenses that are currently being used at the Olympics.

Samsung unveils massive 30TB solid state drive, the world's largest SSD

Samsung just set a new solid state storage milestone with its new 30TB SSD, the Serial Attached SCSI PM1643. This monster was built for enterprise use, but we can't wait to see this tech trickle down to consumers.

Samyang unveils 'premium' XP 50mm F1.2 lens for 50MP sensors and 8K capture

The third Excellence in Performance (XP) lens from Samyang, the XP 50mm F1.2 for Canon full-frame cameras is meant to resolve over 50MP for photography and easily capture 8K resolution for video.

DPReview on TWiT: tech trends in smartphone cameras

On this week's episode of The New Screen Savers from the TWiT Network, DPReview Science Editor Rishi Sanyal talks with host Leo Laporte and co-host Megan Morrone about some of the newest tech trends in smartphone cameras.

February 19
Crypto-art 'Forever Rose' photo sells for $1M, making it the world's most valuable virtual art

A blockchain crypto-art rose based on a digital photograph by Kevin Abosch was just sold for the equivalent of $1,000,000 USD in cryptocurrency to 10 equal investors. If that last sentence made absolutely no sense to you, read on.

Photos of Tamron 70-210mm F4 lens leaked, announcement February 22nd

Tamron is teasing another lens announcement, but this time leaked images reveal what it is. On February 22nd, expect Tamron to unveil the 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD.

Photographer hit by Olympic skier Lara Gut during wipeout

Swiss Olympic skier Lara Gut wiped out on a run last week, and slid straight into a group of photographers shooting the action from the sidelines. Getty photographer Sean Haffey kept on shooting as Gut slid towards (and eventually hit) him.

Leaked: Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 EF lens coming soon

Leaked product images show Samyang/Rokinon is preparing to add another super-fast lens to its 'Excellence in Performance' series of lenses: the Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 EF.

Fujifilm's X-mount has suddenly become a credible option for video

There was a time when Fujifilm mirrorless camera users may have felt the need to go to another system to shoot video. Thanks to a new camera and a couple of lenses, they suddenly have some sweet options.

February 18
More than a speed light: Shooting with the Rotolight Neo 2

The Rotolight Neo 2 is an LED light panel with the capability to fire its LEDs fast enough and bright enough to act as a strobe. Is it enough to make stills photographers re-think their old-fashioned speed lights? Read on and find out.

February 17
Behind the scenes: Shooting a motion time-lapse in the Canadian wilderness

Photographer Florian Nick spent six weeks in the Canadian wilderness capturing this Vimeo Staff Pick timelapse. Find out why and how he did it in this detailed behind the scenes guest post.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 sample gallery

We've spent some time getting acquainted with Panasonic's freshest mirrorless camera, the GX9, putting its tilting EVF to good use. Check out our initial samples.

February 16
Sensor breakthrough: Sony has developed a backlit CMOS sensor with global shutter

Sony has made something of a break-through in sensor development with a new backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that is capable of global shutter, a huge improvement over current CMOS global shutter technology.

Google has removed the 'View Image' button from Image Search

As a result of its licensing deal with Getty, Google Images will no longer link directly to an image file from the search results. Instead, users will have to actually visit the site that hosts it.

Microsoft adds 'Ultimate Performance' mode to latest Windows 10 Pro build

Microsoft has released a new "Ultimate Performance" mode for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations—a mode that throws all power management out the window (so to speak) in favor of the best possible performance it can pull from your hardware.

Judge rules that embedding a photo tweet is still copyright infringement

If it's upheld, the new New York federal court ruling—which will very likely be appealed—would mean millions of people and publications are violating copyright every single day.

Microsoft Photos Companion app offers easy photo transfer from smartphones to PC

Similar to Apple's AirDrop functionality, Microsoft's new Photos Companion app lets you send photos and videos from an Android or iOS smartphone to a PC via a WiFi network.

Fujifilm X-H1: What you need to know

The Fujifilm X-H1 is that company's latest flagship, with specs that appeal to stills photographers and serious videographers alike. Here's a detailed look at everything that's new and improved.

Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is a powerful, pocketable travel zoom compact camera, with an impressively long lens. We've had our hands on one.

Samsung teases Galaxy S9 low light and slow-mo performance

Samsung just released a few short advertisement videos for the Samsung Galaxy S9 on its Korean Youtube channel, two of which hint at the upcoming smartphone's new and improved camera features.

Shooting wet plate collodion double exposures... handheld

After years of planning and dreaming, wet plate photographer Markus Hofstaetter finally accomplished one of his crazier goals: shooting wet plate collodion photography... handheld.

February 15
Panono has new CEO, puts focus on software solutions

Thomas Escher, Panono's new CEO, wants to steer the company strategy towards customized software development for the real-estate and construction sectors.

Do photojournalism contests glamorize pain and suffering?

"Jurist Thomas Borberg said in a WPP-produced video that 'You have to be able to feel a World Press Photo in your stomach. If not, it’s not a World Press Photo.' Given this position, it’s not surprising that violent images are the ones that provoke stomach churning reactions."

Noa N7 smartphone captures 80MP images with 'high-resolution mode'

Croatian brand Noa will launch its N7 smartphone at MWC. The phone will feature a 16MP dual-camera setup, and a high-resolution mode that captures 80MP images.

Photographing the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch

Michigan portrait and wedding photographer Brady Kenniston explains how he captured photos of an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event: the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch on February 6th.

Lensbaby introduces Burnside 35 with variable vignetting

Lensbaby has announced the Burnside 35, which it calls an adaptation of the Petzval lens design with the added benefit of an effect slider to adjust the strength of vignetting and bokeh.

Fujifilm announces X-H1 stills/movie flagship with in-body stabilization

Fujifilm has unveiled the X-H1, a flagship 24MP APS-C camera that builds on the X-T2's feature set by adding 5-axis image stabilization, a touchscreen and more advanced video capabilities.

Fujifilm's MKX lenses bring affordable cinema glass to X-mount

With the release of its Fujinon MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and MKX 50-135mm T2.9 cinema lenses, Fujifilm finally gives X-mount shooters access to some great lenses that have already been available to E-mount shooters for months.

Fujifilm X-H1 sample gallery

Fujifilm's newest X-series camera takes video very seriously, but also offers a strong stills feature set largely borrowed from the X-T2. We've had some time with a full-production X-H1 that luckily coincided with a little bit of rare February sunshine.

February 14
LG will introduce a powerful new camera AI for the V30 smartphone at MWC

The Korean manufacturer will introduce a suite of AI technologies for its smartphones, including a Vision AI that puts the focus on camera usability and performance. The 2018 version of the flagship LG V30 will be the first device to feature the new tech.

US intelligence agencies warn against purchasing Huawei smartphones

Directors from six US intelligence agencies—including the CIA, FBI, and NSA—have told the Senate Intelligence Committee that it does not recommend Americans purchase Huawei devices, citing multiple security concerns.

Skydio R1 4K camera drone boasts game-changing autonomous tech

Skydio claims the autonomous R1 drone is "the most advanced autonomous device—of any kind—available today." It uses the NVIDIA Jetson AI to continuously track you, even through complex environments like dense woods.

These are the six finalists for 2018 World Press Photo of the Year (NSFW)

The World Press Photo Foundation has revealed the six finalists for World Press Photo of the Year 2018 today, in preparation for the final awards ceremony in Amsterdam on April 12th.

Tamron teases new lens ahead of CP+

Tamron just published a teaser image that seems to show a new mirrorless zoom lens is "coming soon." An official announcement is probably planned for CP+, but join us for some good ol' fashioned speculation in the meantime.

Zeiss unveils 'small, robust and versatile' Loxia 25mm F2.4 lens

The Loxia 25mm F2.4 joins four other manual-focus Loxia lenses designed specifically for Sony's full-frame mirrorless cameras—a "small, robust and versatile" lens that will keep your kit light and inconspicuous when you're on the go.

Learning to shoot video with a gimbal: a frustrating, yet highly rewarding experience

With video-centric cameras like the Panasonic GH5S in the office, it seemed high time to learn how to shoot with a gimbal. After a struggle up the learning curve, DPR staffer has found some sort of equilibrium.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know

Nominally at least, the new Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is the successor to the GX8. But while it has a lot in common with the earlier model, the new camera comes with some serious updates, and a couple of caveats. Here's what you need to know.

February 13
Fujifilm Imaging Solutions posts excellent financial results

Fujifilm's Imaging Solutions division recorded a revenue of $2.77 billion and operating income of $465 million in the first three quarters of 2017. That's a 15.6% increase in year-on-year revenue and a whopping 76.1% jump in operating income over the same period last year.

Science photography award goes to image of a single trapped atom

Photographer David Nadlinger won the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) science photography contest with an incredible image that actually lets you see a single atom of strontium with the naked eye!

Lightroom Classic 7.2: Major performance boost, new features, and more

That update for Lightroom Classic CC that we tested out last month has officially arrived, bringing with it some major performance updates... FINALLY!

Panasonic Lumix GX9 offers 20MP with no low-pass filter, improved shutter mechanism

The Panasonic GX9 puts the AA-filter-less 20MP sensor of the G9 in a rangefinder-esque body with a tilting EVF, 4K video and a shutter mechanism that claims to reduce shock.

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 offers 1" sensor and 24-360mm equiv. zoom in a pocketable form factor

Panasonic's updated 1"-sensor travel zoom features a 24-360mm equiv. lens, 4K video, 2.3 million-dot EVF and a 3" touchscreen. It ships next month for around $800.

February 12
Sony's huge 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens spotted at the 2018 Winter Olympics

The much-anticipated Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens announced back in October has allegedly been spotted in the wild, being tested by the pros at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Leica unveils limited edition Leica Q 'Snow' inspired by an Olympic snowboarder

A new 'Snow' version of the Leica Q full-frame compact camera has been announced, with a design 'inspired' by Olympic snowboarder and photographer Iouri Podladtchikov. The special edition will be limited to only 300 units worldwide, and will cost $5,400.

US Navy confirms: Combat camera units will be eliminated over budget issues

The US Navy has officially eliminated its two remaining combat camera units "as an overall cost savings measure." The services these so-called COMCAM units provided will be taken over by the Navy Public Affairs Support Element command.

RED and Foxconn want to produce affordable 8K cameras for the general public

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said over the weekend that the company is working with RED Digital Cinema to build top-quality video cameras at a third of the current prices.

Google strikes deal with Getty, will remove direct image links from search

The deal was struck in response to a 2016 lawsuit by Getty, which accused Google of "promoting piracy" by linking high-resolution images in its Image Search. This development should help cut down on what Getty calls "accidental pirates."

DPRSplit will help pull more dynamic range from Canon 5D Mark IV Dual Pixel Raw files

DPRSplit can help you pull about +1EV of usable dynamic range from Canon's 5D Mark IV Dual Pixel Raw files—as long as you don't mind a bit of parallax error, that is.

Shooting portraits with the $12,800 Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 lens

The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH costs an eye-popping $12,800, and photographer Matt Granger recently had the chance to try this unreleased beast of a lens out for himself on a quick portrait shoot. Click through to check out the results for yourself.

Review: Google Pixel 2 is the best smartphone for stills photographers

The Pixel 2 pushes the envelope in terms of what can be accomplished with computational photography. Find out why it earns our highest ever score for a smartphone camera in our full review.

February 11
Panasonic Lumix GH5S sample gallery

The GH5S is heavily video-focused Micro Four Thirds camera, but nevertheless we were interested in its still photo output. And so, we've added a full stills sample gallery to complement our existing video tests of the camera.

February 10
A quick tour of Fujifilm's camera and lens factory in Sendai, Japan

Take a peek inside Fujifilm's camera and lens factory in Sendai, Japan, where Fuji manufactures the Fujinon MK cinema lenses, the X-T2 ILC, and the medium format GFX-50S and its lenses.

Photography tour guide killed by toxic lava fumes in Hawaii

Photographer Sean King passed away during a tour group excursion on February 1st, when heavy rains over the lava flow resulted in noxious steam that made it difficult to see and breathe.

February 9
Blackmagic launches 4K broadcast camera for price of a high-end DSLR

Video camera maker Blackmagic Design has announced the "world’s most affordable and flexible professional" camera aimed at broadcast and studio film makers. The URSA Broadcast shoots Ultra HD resolution, uses an interchangeable lens mount and costs just $3,495.

COOPH necklaces line launched with five silver camera-inspired charms

Each necklace features a small silver charm modeled after one of five different iconic cameras: Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, Olympus OM, Nikon F, and Leica M.

Instagram test lets users re-share content, but there's a way to disable it

Instagram has confirmed that it is testing a feature for sharing publicly available content posted by other users. Not wild about the idea of someone else sharing your Instagram posts? You can turn it off.

How to shoot Log video using DJI's D-Log color profile

Have you toyed with the idea of shooting Log video on your DJI drone using DJI's D-Log picture profile? If so, here's a quick tutorial covering the basics.

Sigma announces full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens

Sigma has announced a new full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens for Canon, Nikon and the company's own SA-mount. This ultra-wide zoom features a 9-blade aperture, 26cm (10") minimum focus distance and a weight of around 1.2 kg (2.5 lb). Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

February 8
RGG EDU is giving away a $300, 8+ hour beer photography course for free

The complete course is broken down into 25 chapters and includes 8+ hours of photography and retouching tutorials—covering everything from the most basic/classic shots, up to some more creative photography that'll really help you stand out.

DJI will set up temporary no-fly zones at the 2018 Olympics

DJI's temporary no-fly zones will cover four cities for the duration of the Games: Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bongpyeong, and Jeongseon. And if you somehow get around the software, South Korean authorities with security drones are waiting...

Google Photos adds new AI-powered themed video options

Google Photos can automatically create videos from your images for special occasions, such as Mother's Day, or by selecting a specific type of photo in your collection.

Leaked: Sigma preparing to release 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens

Sigma has sprung a major leak ahead of CP+. It seems the lens and camera maker is planning to add a 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art series ultra-wide zoom lens to its lineup very soon.

The street photography of Helen Levitt

"For those of us jaded with street photography–having seen it devolve from a unique style to often no more than a lexical cover for a lack of preparation–Levitt’s work provides a glimpse back to a time when strolling with a camera around one’s neck was considered highly unusual."

Worth the money? Fully loaded iMac Pro vs fully loaded iMac

A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you an eye-watering $14,000... but if you're set on an Apple all-in-one, is it really $8,000 better than a fully-loaded 5K iMac? Parker Walbeck of Full Time Filmmaker ran some tests to find out what kind of performance you get for that money.

February 7
Meike teases three new lenses: 50mm F1.7, 25mm F2.0 and 25mm T2.2

Chinese accessory and optical manufacturer Meike has posted a picture on its website of three new lenses it plans to launch in the coming months. Two stills lenses are promised, a 50mm and a 25mm, as well as a 25mm designed for video shooters.

Samsung's new ISOCELL Dual module will bring dual-cameras to budget smartphones

Samsung has revealed a new configurable dual-camera module designed for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. Expect even budget models to have a dual-camera setup (and fake bokeh Portrait mode) moving forward.

Scammers are peddling fake 'KODAKCoin' to unsuspecting victims

Kodak is reportedly warning potential KODAKCoin investors that scammers are listing the cryptocurrency for sale online, despite its lack of official availability.

DxOMark report reveals just how far smartphone cameras have come in the last 5 years

DxOMark looks back on 5 years of testing smartphone cameras, showing how the focus on image processing advances have helped these little cameras improve "at a much faster pace than in the 'traditional' camera sector."

Reckless drone video under investigation for flying directly above passenger jet

A drone pilot has enraged the general public and drone enthusiasts alike after posting a video that shows him flying directly above a commercial airliner that was taking off from Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.

VSCO introduces AI-powered 'discover' feature

The newly launched Discover feature uses an AI named 'Ava' to make personalized recommendations to users. But it's not all algorithm driven, the AI uses information from human curators as well.

Olympus announces PEN E-PL9 equipped with 4K and Bluetooth

Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL9, which offers an improved design over its predecessor (including a built-in flash,) along with 4K video capture, Bluetooth and a long-overdue Sweep Panorama feature.

February 6
$2,500 Sony a7S II vs $50,000 ARRI Alexa Mini: Can you tell the difference?

Our friends at ShareGrid recently put the affordable filmmaking favorite Sony a7SII up against a monster: the $50,000+ ARRI Alexa Mini. Can you tell the difference in their side-by-side test footage?

Atech's Blackjet UX-1 Cinema Dock might just be the ultimate memory card reader

The Atech Blackjet UX-1 Cinema Dock might just be the ultimate card reader. This reader uses a 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 connection to transfer data from SSD, XQDm CFast, CF, SD and MicroSD cards at a blistering speed from its seven media slots.

Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is finally available for pre-order in the US

You won't be able to purchase Huawei's current flagship through a US carrier, but the unlocked version of the Mate 10 Pro and its Leica co-engineered dual camera system is finally available to US customers.

Camera makers continue to ignore photojournalist pleas for encryption

In 2016, over 150 professional photojournalists penned an open letter to camera manufacturers begging them to add encryption technology. In 2018, that request doesn't look any closer to reality than it did two years ago.

Landscape photography: Don't miss the moment for the photo

Photographer Mitch Green penned this op-ed to remind landscape photographers that their art is about a lot more than the pixels they capture. In the pursuit of timeless photography, don't miss the moment for the photo.

How I built a large-format (8x10) video camera

Photographer Zev Hoover built something awesome: an 8x10 large format camera rig that can capture digital stills *and* video! In this article, he explains how he did it and shares some of his results.

Google enables HDR+ for Instagram and other apps on Google Pixel 2

Google's Visual Core image co-processor in the Google Pixel 2 has finally been activated, bringing the ability to use the phone's impressive HDR+ mode in third-party photo apps like Instagram.

I was a homeless teen who became an award-winning wedding photographer

At the age of 16, Carsten Schertzer was sleeping in public parks and on friends' couches, pursuing his dream of being a skateboarding photographer. Now, he's an award-winning wedding shooter.

Panasonic Lumix G9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 II

In a battle of two Micro Four Thirds flagships, which ranks supreme? We take a feature-by-feature look at the Panasonic G9 and Olympus E-M1 II's to compare their strengths and weaknesses.

February 5
Yosemite's Horsetail Fall 'firefall' event will require a vehicle permit this year

For the first time, Yosemite is requiring vehicle permits for anybody who wants to drive in and see the famed 'firefall' optical illusion that draws hundreds of photographers to Horsetail Falls every February.

Huawei may be the first to launch a triple-camera smartphone

According to recent reports and a leaked photo from Chinese social media site Weibo, Huawei's upcoming P20 smartphone will feature a triple-camera with hybrid-zoom tech and a 40MP pixel count.

Rumor: DJI Mavic Pro II will sport 1-inch sensor, may arrive in March

If you're holding out for a true sequel to DJI's popular folding Mavic Pro drone—and the Mavic Air just doesn't do it for you—you might not be waiting long. The rumor mill thinks the Mavic Pro II will arrive in March sporting a 1-inch sensor!

Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom'

In this video, photographer Zack Arias takes on Unsplash—the royalty free photo sharing site—diving into some of the little-talked-about problems with this 'business model' and the photo industry's 'race to the bottom.'

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Review

The Panasonic GH5S is best understood as an even more video-centric variant of the GH5. We've tested it in a range of circumstances to see whether the video improvements are worth the loss of stabilization.

February 4
The right tool: why one photographer brings only an iPhone to document his trips to Nepal

Robert Rose is a pro photographer and philanthropist, but maybe most importantly, he's DPR staffer Carey Rose's dad. For many years he carried a bag full of gear on his yearly trips to Nepal, but these days the iPhone 8 is all he brings. Find out what makes it 'good enough.'

February 3
Fujifilm X-A5 added to Best Cameras under $500 buying guide

We've added the Fujifilm X-A5 mirrorless camera to our 'Best Cameras under $500' buying guide. It's too new to be eligible for an award, but that may change when we get our hands on one.

February 2
Arri introduces Alexa LF 'large-format' 4K camera and LPL mount

Cinema camera manufacturer Arri has launched a completely new, 'large format' 4K system comprising a camera with a new lens mount and 16 new lenses to go with it. The Alexa LF camera uses a roughly 'full frame' sensor and can record up to 4.5K at frame rates of 150 fps.

Photographer struck by rally car while standing near track corner

An incident involving a photographer struck by a car during the outdoor racing event Sno*Drift Rally has spurred discussion and criticism over shooting practices in risky situations.

New flash storage standard opens the way for 8K video capture on smartphones

The new UFS 3.0 flash memory standard for mobile devices brings theoretical transfer speeds of up to 2.9 GB/s, while lowering power consumption at the same time.

NatGeo's George Steinmetz on capturing Africa 'from a flying lawn chair'

National Geographic aerial photographer George Steinmetz recently took to the TED stage, where he explained how shooting from a motorized paraglider has given him a unique vantage point on the landscapes, wildlife, and even the cultures below.

Nikon patents 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm phase fresnel lenses

A new Nikon patent in Japan may reveal the company's plans for its "phase fresnel" PF lenses. In addition to the 300mm F4E PF ED VR lens currently in production, we may eventually see 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm F5.6 lenses

DJI reveals the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel aerial photography contest

The Grand Prize went to Arctic and wildlife photographer Florian Ledoux for his top-down photograph of a polar bear, captured with a Phantom 4 Pro drone.

February 1
The 4MP Phantom v2640 can shoot 6,600fps at full resolution, 11,750fps at 1920x1080

If you thought you had a pretty good high-speed photography set-up, the Phantom v2640 from Vision Research might make you think again. Using a 4MP sensor and a shortest ‘shutter speed’ of 142 nanoseconds, it can reach speeds of up to 6,600fps at full resolution.

Tutorial: Master the Photoshop Pen Tool in under 8 minutes

In this tutorial, Phlearn's Aaron Nace covers "the absolute need-to-know fundamentals" of the Pen Tool in Photoshop, so that you can follow along and start mastering this important photo editing tool right away.

Shutterfly reveals plans to buy Lifetouch for $825 million

The acquisition should benefit both companies. Lifetouch will get access to Shutterfly's products and cloud-based management system, while Shutterfly will try to entice some of Lifetouch's 10 million or so users to purchase photo products though Shutterfly.

Behind the scenes: The story behind this volcanic eruption wedding photo

Photojournalist Jack Kurtz captured a once, maybe twice-in-a-lifetime wedding portrait while on assignment in the Philippines covering the Mayon volcano erupting. This is the story behind that photograph.

This video shows that everyone takes the exact same Instagram travel photos

Photographer Oliver KMIA put together this tongue-in-cheek compilation that shows just how cliché the typical Instagram travel photo is—whether it's the passport shot, or one of those photos of a pretty girl leading the photographer by the hand.

GoPro's updated Plus subscription will now replace two broken cameras per year

GoPro has 'enhanced' its GoPro Plus subscription service to allow for two broken camera replacements per year (for an 'exchange fee') and automatic mobile cloud backup for your photos and videos.

Biospheres with a spherical camera: the Theta V at Amazon HQ

Inside the newly-opened biospheres near DPR's office, Carey Rose found the perfect opportunity to try out the Ricoh Theta V and take a second try at wrapping his head around 360 photography.