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April 2018 news and reviews

April 30
Adobe is now making 'Lightroom Coffee Break' videos for Lightroom CC

Adobe's 60-second video series of tips and tricks for Lightroom has started making content specifically geared towards users of Adobe's new cloud-centric Lightroom CC.

Photography is helping this 4 year old with autism engage with his world

4-year-old Max was diagnosed with high-functioning autism last year, and photography has been one of the most impactful interventions since his diagnosis. "When Max has the camera in his hand, he has an air of confidence around him," says his mother.

GIMP 2.10.0 released: Features 32-bit support, new UI and more

Open-source Photoshop alternative GIMP has been updated to version 2.10.0, its first major update in six years. The new version features a new image processing engine that supports 32-bit files, a revamped UI, and many new features and improvements.

DxO Labs confirms bankruptcy, but promises updates to Nik Collection and DxO PhotoLab

DxO Labs has confirmed that the company it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but says the move 'will not affect customers.' In fact, DxO teased updates to the Nik Software Collection and DxO PhotoLab in the same press release.

Instagram currently testing slow-motion video and mute features

A curious computer science student discovered these as-yet unreleased features by digging into the code of the Instagram Android app.

Nikon manager confirms: New mirrorless system coming by spring 2019

In an interview with Japanese TV-channel NHK, a Nikon manager confirmed that a new mirrorless system will arrive by spring of 2019.

Crystal clear: Inside Nikon's Hikari Glass factory

Nikon is one of the few remaining companies that makes most of its optical glass in-house, through the wholly owned subsidiary Hikari Glass. We were invited to Japan last month to see the entire process from start to finish.

April 29
Hex Raven DSLR Bag Review

The Hex Raven DSLR bag holds a ton of gear and employs a low-profile design that doesn't scream "I'm a camera bag." We think it's a little too bulky for everyday use, but makes for a great option when traveling with a lot of gear.

April 28
DPReview TV Episode 1: Sony a7 III review

Kicking off our new video series, Chris and Jordan take an in-depth look at the Sony a7 III's performance in the field – from landscapes in the Canadian Rockies to low-light portraits at a local pinball spot.

Chris and Jordan of Camera Store TV are coming to DPReview!

We're very pleased to announce that Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of popular YouTube channel Camera Store TV are coming to DPReview!

April 27
Record label insults photographer after using her photo without permission

After asking nicely that her stolen photos be taken down, concert photographer Adrienne Row-Smith received a nasty response from the offending record label, who called her request (among other things) rude and pathetic.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner disqualified for using stuffed animal

The winner of the Environment category of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been disqualified after the competition’s organizers discovered the anteater starring in the dramatic nighttime image is actually stuffed.

This rare 14 karat gold ring doubles as a spy camera

If you think the digital camera packed inside your smartphone is impressive, check out this 14 karat gold ring that doubles as a spy cam, complete with adjustable aperture and mechanical shutter.

Fujifilm releases firmware updates for X-H1, X-E3, and X100F

The new firmware versions offer improved software support and customizability, as well as bug fixes for the brand new Fujifilm X-H1, as well as the older Fuji X-A3 and X100F.

This AI-powered chatbot scores your Instagram photos on color, emotion, and more

The team at BBC's Tomorrow's World built a Facebook Messenger chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to analyze and score your photos based on color, composition, emotion, landmarks, and more.

Tamron launches 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD lens for Sony FE, costs $800

Tamron has officially launched the 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens—the first third-party standard zoom to be created natively for the Sony FE mount—will arrive at the end of May and cost $800.

Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds

To overcome the limitations of smaller camera sensors and lenses, smartphone manufacturers are leaning hard into computational innovation. Here's why we're excited about what's happening in mobile imaging.

April 26
Rollei returns with the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera TLR

German brand Rollei has revived its iconic Rolleiflex twin lens reflex lineup with the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera. This model—Rollei's first TLR camera in decades—retains the brand's iconic look but adds modern features including support for Fuji Instax Mini film.

NASA is working on an aerial 'Fluid Cam' that can see through ocean waves

We know more about the surface of the moon and Mars combined than we do about our own ocean floor, which is why NASA Ames scientist Ved Chirayath is developing a camera that can 'remove' the water from our seas to reveal 3D images of what’s below the waves.

Snapchat launches water-resistant Spectacles V2 with photo capture

Snapchat has just introduced version 2 of its Spectacles camera glasses, and they come with a bunch of new features, including: photo capture, water resistance that can handle shallow water snaps, a sleeker design, better battery, and more.

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz unveils 'world’s fastest' 75mm F0.95 Nocturnus lens

German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik Goerlizt is expanding its range of F0.95 aperture lenses with the release of the Nocturnus 75mm. That makes it the world's fastest lens for that particular focal length.

RIP: Magnum Photographer Abbas, 1944-2018

“He was a pillar of Magnum, a godfather for a generation of younger photojournalists. An Iranian transplanted to Paris, he was a citizen of the world he relentlessly documented; its wars, its disasters, its revolutions and upheavals, and its beliefs – all his life. It is with immense sadness that we lose him."

Sample gallery and impressions: the Panasonic ZS200 goes to Hogwarts

When you're traveling with kids, it's not always practical to bring all of the camera gear you'd like to take. That's why DPR's Wenmei Hill packed the Panasonic ZS200 on a recent theme park trip.

ARRI starts certified pre-owned program for second hand cinema cameras

Cinema camera manufacturer Arri has started a certified sales program for used Alexa bodies. The company says these pre-owned Alexa Plus and Classic models have gone through extensive servicing and testing before being put on sale.

April 25
Philips' new 43-inch 4K HDR monitor earns world's first DisplayHDR 1000 certification

Philips' new Momentum 436M6 43-inch Quantum Dot HDR monitor really deserves that designation. In fact, it's the first monitor in the world to earn VESA's DisplayHDR 1000 badge.

How an astrophysicist figured out when and where Ansel Adams took this shot

Find out how astrophysicis Donald Olson used a combination of topographic maps, astronomical software, and webcam archives to figure out exactly when and where Ansel Adams snapped two of his iconic photographs from Alaska.

Xiaomi unveils Mi 6X with dual-camera and AI-powered scene detection

Xiaomi claims its latest smartphone, the Mi 6X, competes with rivals such as the iPhone X or OPPO R15 in the camera department. Yet it costs just 1,600 Yuan (approximately $250 USD).

Video: Adobe shows you how to make your own Profiles in Camera Raw

Adobe has put together a video tutorial that shows you how to create custom Creative Profiles in Adobe Camera Raw that can be used in ACR, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Classic CC.

This Lamborghini is ‘the world’s fastest purpose-built camera car’

What do you get when you combine a Lamborghini Huracan with $500,000 dollar gimbal setup? You get "the world’s fastest purpose-built camera car."

Report: Casio is pulling out of digital compact camera market

The Japanese electronics manufacturer—one of the pioneers in the digital camera segment—is leaving the compact camera market behind after concluding that no market growth or increase in market share can be expected for the future.

New Instagram tool lets you download a copy of all your data

You can now download a zip-file, including all images and videos you ever posted on Instagram, plus comments, messages, settings and other data in json-format.

Here's how to create a super resolution photo with any camera

The Pentax K-1 II features a hand-held Pixel Shift mode that creates a 'super resolution' image. Here's how to create a better-looking one in Photoshop using four files.

April 24
Monkey copyright lawsuit finally over, court rejects PETA's claims

One of the weirdest copyright cases in the history of photography is finally over. The courts have sided with photographer David Slater and rejected PETA's claim that the monkey who took the infamous selfie has any claim over the photograph's copyright.

Video: Remember that your gear is more advanced than Ansel Adams'

In his latest video, Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography shares his thoughts on how equipment nowadays is seen less as a means to an end, and more as the end in and of itself.

Adobe apologizes for Lightroom Classic CC bugs, releases bug fix update

The latest update to Lightroom Classic CC brought with it a slew of major bugs, including some that would cause the program to crash. Adobe has now released an update to address these bugs, along with an apology.

Samsung's super fast 970 PRO and EVO NVMe SSDs offer 'exceptional endurance'

The new drives come in the M.2 form factor and with the latest PCIe Gen 3×4 lane interface, offering NVM Express (NVMe) bandwidth. In other words: they're an interesting option for anyone editing large batches of photos or 4K/8K video.

A photographer has designed and built the first E-Mount film camera

Photographer Alexander Gee has created something pretty cool: the first (to our knowledge) E-Mount film camera. It's called LEX, and when it's finished, Gee intends to make the camera's design files open source so that anybody can built their own from scratch.

Researchers develop low-power HD streaming tech for wearable cameras

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a low-power HD video streaming method that could eventually allow tiny, maybe even battery-free wearable cameras to stream high definition video.

Nikon prepares investors as $94M wiped off value of its measuring business

Nikon Corporation has warned investors that an assessment of its Belgium-based metrology business based is worth much less than expected, and that they should brace themselves for an 'extraordinary loss' of 10,343 million yen.

Behind the scenes of Himalaya Bound: Images of nomads in north India

In 2009, photographer Michael Benanav joined a family from the nomadic Van Gujjar tribe on their annual journey from the lowland jungles of the Shivalik Hills to the alpine meadows of the Himalayas. This is the story behind the images he captured.

April 23
NVIDIA's content-aware fill uses deep learning to produce incredible results

NVIDIA's Content-Aware Fill competitor is getting better and better. A new demo from shows how the latest version can fill in entire chunks of a person's face, or pieces of an image that are missing, with incredibly realistic results.

This hacked Polaroid camera prints your photos onto thermal paper

This hacked Polaroid Sonar Autofocus 5000 puts a digital spin on instant photography, but not in the way you're used to seeing. It's one of the most ambitious and well-executed DIY camera projects we've seen.

Meizu unveils the 15 Plus smartphone with stabilized tele-camera

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu has launched a new high-end model, the Meizu 15 Plus. And based on specs alone, the phone is well-worth a closer look for mobile photographers who are open to buying from a less established brand.

Demo: How to edit professional beauty images with GIMP on Linux

Open source photo editor GIMP is a popular (and free) Photoshop alternative, but can it really be used on a professional edit? In this video, photographer Shane Milton shows you that it most certainly can.

Huawei P20 Pro vs Canon 5DS R
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Photographer Jolyon Ralph pit the new Huawei P20 Pro against his beloved Canon 5DS R, and was "somewhat stunned" by how well the 40MP smartphone performed against the 50MP DSLR.

Free Insta360 Pro extension allows 'no-stitch' editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

Thanks to a low-res proxy version of the Insta360 Pro 8K footage, stitching times and computer processing requirements are reduced significantly when editing 360° footage from the six-lens system.

DxO Labs begins bankruptcy process in France, says customers 'will not be affected'

DxO Labs has filed the initial proceedings to start the bankruptcy process in France. The company is currently under "judicial administration," which allows it some time to restructure and find a buyer before the liquidation process occurs.

Sony a7 III Review
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The Sony a7 III sets a new benchmark for full-frame cameras thanks to its compelling combination of value and capability. It's at home shooting everything from sports to portraits, and is one of the most impressive all-around cameras we've seen in a long while. Find out all the details in our full review.

SmugMug snaps up Flickr, promises 'the future is bright'

SmugMug has acquired struggling photography site Flickr for an undisclosed sum, with CEO Don MacAskill promising to give the neglected photo sharing service "the resources that it deserves."

April 22
Video: Understanding the science of camera sensors

YouTube channel Filmmaker IQ has put together a very interesting, technically detailed, and scientifically accurate description of exactly how various image sensors (and photographic film) work. One of the best overview videos we've seen.

April 21
Shooting Greenland in Winter: Part 1 - Uummannaq Whiteout

In Part 1 of his series on photographing Greenland in winter, landscape photographer Erez Marom shares the freezing details of his arrival on the town of Uummannaq where the temperature was -25°C. Still, he went out shooting.

April 20
Meyer Optik is reviving Dr. Rudolph's APO Plasmat 105mm F2.7 lens

The APO-Makro-Plasmat 105mm F2.7 is Meyer Optik's latest Kickstarter lens revival, and it promises "natural sharpness, unbelievable color reproduction, and a glowing bokeh united at every step of the aperture" ... whatever that means.

Sony's updated 3D Creator app can use your smartphone's front camera to scan your face

The update also comes with "post-scan cloud processing," which allows you to render 3D models with 4K resolution textures for better detail and realism.

Meike announces full-frame 85mm F1.8, its first autofocus lens

Chinese accessories brand Meike has announced it will introduce an 85mm F1.8 lens for Canon and Nikon full frame DSLRs that will feature autofocus. This will be the company’s first AF lens.

These are the winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The World Photo Organization has finally revealed the overall winners for the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, including the coveted Photographer of the Year, Open Photographer of the Year, Youth Photographer of the Year, and Student Photographer of the Year winners.

Venus Optics reveals four new Laowa lenses for Sony FE, Fuji GFX, and more

Venus Optics has unveiled four new lenses that will ship later this year: a wide-angle zoom for Sony FE, a circular fisheye for Micro Four Thirds, a wide-angle lens for the medium format Fujifilm GFX, and a 2x Ultra Macro for multiple full-frame mounts.

The 5-in-1 'One Backpack' wants to be your do-it-all bag

The One Backpack is a 5-in-1 modular backpack that can be used as a camera bag, work & gym pack, suit carry backpack, travel pack or tech-backpack.

Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

This highly-specialized lens is perfect for sports, action and wildlife photography. Check out these first sample images for a taste of what it's capable of.

April 19
Viral KFC ad campaign turns fried chicken into flames with Photoshop

For KFC Hong Kong’s latest ad campaign, New York City-based advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather used Photoshop to magically morph pieces of flaky fried chicken into fire and smoke in various scenes.

The Photo Studio AR app lets you 'simulate' a photo shoot with 3D models

The Android and iOS app from Surpuba AR lets you place animated 3D models in real-world environment using augmented reality technology. You can alter poses and location, insert lighting equipment, and more... right from your phone or tablet.

Oppo and Corephotonics sign strategic agreement around dual-cameras

Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop Oppo's smartphone camera roadmap, covering optical zoom, depth mapping and other innovative imaging features that dual cameras allow.

Canon unveils compact, rechargeable IVY Mini Photo Printer

Canon is jumping into the portable printing game with the new IVY Mini Photo Printer: a rechargeable battery-powered printer for creating 2x3 prints and stickers of your smartphone snaps on-the-go.

GoPro will now accept almost any digital camera for trade-in, even 'destroyed'

The program first launched last year, but only as a temporary promotion limited to previous-generation GoPro cameras exchanged for discounts on current-generation models. This time around, GoPro is accepting nearly any digital camera in any condition.

Rylo update adds 180° mode, bluetooth capture and motion blur timelapse effect

One of the most usable 360° cameras on the market is getting even better. With its latest update, Rylo adds a 180° mode, bluetooth remote capture, and a cinematic motion blur effect for your timelapse shots.

Capture One update adds new styles workflow, updated camera support

Phase One has released the first major update to its Capture One Pro 11 photo editing program. The update adds support for 8 new cameras and 16 new lenses, and includes several new features and functional improvements that speed up workflow.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ sample gallery

We recently got our hands on Samsung's latest and greatest smartphone, the dual camera, variable aperture Galaxy S9+, and took it to mostly sunny Southern California for a long weekend.

Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first

It's spring, and that means wedding season is upon us! If you're one of the many photographers planning wedding shoots this year, this is a great time to think about including aerial photography in your plans.

April 18
Sony fixes a7 lll 'blinking pixels' video issue with firmware 1.01 update

The first firmware update for the Sony a7 III addresses an issue in video mode wherein "blinking pixels" would show up along the base of footage recorded with certain settings.

The FlyJacket soft exoskeleton turns your body into a drone controller

Researchers with Switzerland's EPFL have developed a soft exoskeleton that enables its wearer to control a drone using their upper body. The human-robot interface is said to offer "natural and intuitive control of drones."

Rumor debunked: Canon and Profoto will both attend Photokina 2018

Photokina has released an official list of confirmed exhibitors for the 2018 expo, quieting rumors that major brands like Canon and Profoto might follow in Elinchrom's lead and skip this year's show.

Sony 'striping': here's the fix

For owners of Sony's a7R III, a9 and the new a7 III, there's now an easy fix for the rare but dreaded 'striping' in backlit shots with lots of flare. Click through to learn more.

The new JPEG XS image format was built for streaming 4K and VR content

The team behind the ubiquitous JPEG format has unveiled an all new image format designed to quickly and efficiently stream content across wired and wireless networks alike. Surprisingly, it actually uses less compression than traditional JPEG.

April 17
Canon shows off its latest CMOS sensor tech in new promo video

Canon USA has released a promotional video showcasing its latest CMOS sensor technology. Albeit over daraticized, it’s an interesting overlook at the work it’s continually putting into its camera systems.

You can own the world's first single shot 8×10 digital camera for $106,000

The large-format digital LargeSense LS911 is the "world's first 8x10 digital single shot camera for sale." The camera features a 12-megapixel 9x11-inch monochrome CMOS sensor, which translates into massive 75 micron pixels.

Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lens will ship June 1st, costs $950

Pricing and availability have been announced for Tokina's high-end Fírin 20mm F2 FE AF autofocus lens for Sony E-Mount. If you're curious about this lens, you'll be able to pick up your own starting in June for $950 USD.

PETA monkey selfie lawsuit lives on, judge rejects attempted settlement

It's the copyright lawsuit that refuses to die. In September 2017, PETA finally settled its monkey selfie lawsuit with photographer David Slater, but the request to dismiss the case has since been rejected by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Video: How to find the best natural light for portraits

As part of his ongoing ‘Good Light’ YouTube series, London-based photographer Sean Tucker has created a simple tutorial on how to find good natural light for portraits.

Photos of violence and escape win 2018 Pulitzer Prizes for photography

The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday, with the photography awards going to photojournalist Ryan Kelly for image of a car plowing into protesters in Virginia, and the entire Reuters photo staff for a series on Rohinga refugees fleeing persecution.

Budget wide: Rokinon AF 14mm F2.8 FE sample gallery

When it was announced in 2016, the Rokinon AF 14mm F2.8 FE was among the first full-frame autofocus lenses for Sony's a7-series mirrorless cameras. We wanted to see how this affordable wideangle prime performs on Sony's latest a7R III.

April 16
Adobe has quietly added support for Sony's .ARQ Pixel Shift files to Lightroom

ARQ files shot using the Pixel Shift mode in the Sony a7R lll—and processed using Sony's own Imaging Edge software—can now be opened and edited in Lightroom Classic CC after the latest update.

A detailed breakdown of all the memory card options for photographers

Lensrentals put together a very useful overview of all the memory card options out there for photographers and videographers. It covers speed ratings, card formats, and explains everything you need to know to pick the right card for the job at hand.

Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown

If you look at the cameras used to shoot the winning photos in the prestigious World Press Photo 2018 competition, you'll see that DSLRs dominated over mirrorless, and Nikon dominated over everyone.

MindShift Gear releases 18L version of its popular BackLight daypack

The MindShift Gear BackLight 18L daypack joins the 26L and 36L versions, providing users the same heavy-duty build and convenient rear-panel access in a more portable form factor.

Video: 10 Lightroom features you may not know about

You think you know everything there is to know about Lightroom? Think again. Photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor thinks he can still teach you a thing or two.

Luminar Jupiter update brings new Raw conversion engine and big performance boost

Skylum Software has released the latest update to its image processing software Luminar. The update improves speed across Windows and MacOS, and brings new features including automatic image distortion correction and a new Raw conversion engine.

Best Cameras for Parents Buying Guide recommendations updated

With the Canon EOS M50 review wrapped up, we've revisited our Best Cameras for Parents Buying Guide – and have some new recommendations in the category.

The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony's first dual camera smartphone, can shoot ISO 51200!

The Xperia XZ2 Premium's dual-camera system is designed for low-light performance. It's also the first phone capable of recording 4K HDR footage.

April 15
Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750

For a few years now we've been recommending the Nikon D750 to enthusiasts and semi professionals needing the most reliable camera for the money. But it might finally be time to change that recommendation...

April 14
Don't buy the phone with the 'best camera,' buy the phone you like as a phone

Just because a phone has the current 'best camera' doesn't mean it'll be the best for you. The differences between the top 3 smartphones are slim at this point – you won't notice camera shortcomings as much as you'll notice that you hate your operating system.

April 13
You will soon be able to download your entire photo archive from Instagram

Instagram will soon allow users to download their content from within the app. Gone are the days of using third-party apps and services to get the job done.

Composite timelapse combines Death Valley's night sky with New York City's streets

Timelapse filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic created this surreal composite timelapse that combines the pristine skies over Death Valley and The Grand Canyon with the bustling streets of New York City.

Report: Chinese company Xiaomi may purchase GoPro

Details on the potential buy-out are sparse at this point, but a report claims the deal could be worth as much as $1 billion. GoPro has been struggling lately, so no surprise the company's stock price spiked 8.8 percent on this news.

The RedRock DigiBoom is a gimbal-stabilized camera boom

DigiBoom can be used with a wide range of cameras, but Redrock Micro recommends the Blackmagic Video Assist and Micro Studio Camera 4K recorder and camera for best performance.

Harrowing image from Venezuela named 2018 World Press Photo of the Year (NSFW)

A harrowing image from a violent clash with police during a protest in Venezuela has been awarded 2018 World Press Photo of the Year.

Silly (but fun) comparison: $7000 DSLR kit vs $35 smartphone zoom lens

NYC-based filmmaker Casey Neistat recently compared a $35 clip-on smartphone lens with a $7,000 DSLR and superzoom lens. Not surprisingly, the smartphone lens doesn't look great – but Neistat points out it actually sort of works.

April 12
Fujifilm X-T20 firmware update improves subject tracking, enhances touchscreen functionality

A previously-announced firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T20 is now available for download. The most notable improvement is that AF tracking algorithms have been refined, with the company claiming that it can track a moving subject twice as fast.

Google lens can now identify pet breeds, create pet photo books and compile pet movies

Google Photos boasts a number of new Google Lens AI powered features that will be particularly useful to pet owners.

Tiny micro-camera sensor is self-powered by light

University of Michigan engineers Euisik Yoon and Sung-Yun Park have developed a nearly microscopic image sensor that doesn't require an external source of power.

Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why you're not as good a photographer as you think you are

London-based photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor explains how a phenomenon known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect can hinder your growth as a photographer.

Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR medium format lens announced

The longest telephoto lens in Fujifilm's medium format lineup has arrived with the introduction of the GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR. The lens features image stabilization, a linear AF motor and a weather-sealed body. It will be available in late May for $3299.

Fujifilm firmware update adds internal Log and 120 fps video to X-T2

Fujifilm will be releasing firmware updates for six cameras in April in May. The cameras include the GFX 50S, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F, with the X-T2 gaining the most features, such as focus bracketing, high speed video recording and improved phase detect AF performance.

Fujifilm releases 1.4x teleconverter and macro extension tubes for GF system

Fujifilm is set to ship three new lens accessories for its GF medium format system. The 1.4x teleconverter is designed for use with the new 250mm F4 lens, while the two extension tubes allow for higher magnification ratios with any GF lens.

April 11
Tech Insights teardown confirms Galaxy S9 uses Samsung and Sony image sensors

For some reason, Samsung isn't exclusively using its own image sensors in the Galaxy S9 smartphone. Depending on where you buy the Galaxy S9, your device will either ship with a Samsung S5K2L3 or Sony IMX345 image sensor.

MindShift's new 'Exposure' messenger bags are built to handle Mother Nature's worst

MindShift Gear, the sister company of ThinkTank Photo, has taken a break from releasing backpacks to launched an all-new line of messenger bags purpose built to handle inclement weather.

NAB 2018: This adapter lets you attach huge cinema lenses to your smartphone

Shenzhen-based Cinematics International Company Ltd. brought something a little crazy to NAB: a lens adapter that lets you attach huge cinema lenses to your smartphone. It's not the most practical gadget we've seen, but it certainly catches your eye.

Instagram 'Focus' mode brings fake bokeh to single-camera smartphones

Version 39 of the Instagram app on both Android and iOS brings a background-blurring portrait or depth mode, similar to what we've seen on many recent smartphones, except that it works for single-camera phones.

Video: A closer look at NiSi's new F3 cinema prime lenses

NiSi surprised everyone by releasing a set of cinema primes at NAB this year, and Cinema 5D was able to pass by the company's booth and ask some questions about the NiSi F3 lineup. Watch to find out what makes these lenses stand out.

Canon EOS M50 Review
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Canon's new EOS M50 mirrorless camera offers 4K video capture, expanded Dual Pixel AF coverage and improved connectivity. We've taken a closer look at these features and more in our in-depth review.

Inside the safety issues surrounding last month's helicopter crash

WIRED examines what exactly happened last month, when a helicopter chartered by FlyNYON for a doors-off aerial photography tour of New York crashed into the East River, killing five passengers.

PolarPro expands into pro market with new QuartzLine camera filters

Stepping beyond the realms of smartphones and drones, PolarPro is making its first foray into the professional lens filter market. Its all-new QuartzLine Camera Filters are made of 99.9% pure fused quartz wrapped inside a brass frame.

April 10
DJI's new Master Wheels and Force Pro offer ultra-precise gimbal control

DJI released two professional gimbal controllers at NAB 2018: the Master Wheels and the Force Pro. Built for "every level of filmmaker and scenario," offer high precision control and simplify the shooting of complex and fast-moving scenes.

NAB 2018: Watch these high-speed camera robots 'dance' at the Nikon booth

Nikon-owned MRMC brought its high-speed 'cinebot' camera robots to NAB 2018. And in a fit of "just because we can, probably means we should" they choreographed a little dance number for them on the showroom floor.

iFixit teardown reveals OIS on all three cameras in the Huawei P20 Pro

The iFixit team have opened up the triple-camera Huawei P20 Pro smartphone, and they found a nice surprise: there's optical stabilization hardware on all three cameras in the triple-camera setup.

SLR Magic announces new MicroPrime CINE lenses for Sony E-Mount

This new CINE lens lineup from SLR Magic features five lenses in all, four of which will be ready to ship next month: a 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.3, 50mm T1.2, and 75mm T1.5. An 18mm T2.9 will follow "by Q3 2018."

Free AtomOS update adds ProRes RAW support to Atomos Shogun Inferno and Sumo19

The free firmware update allows users of the Atomos Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 to begin recording in both ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ right away using any of the nine supported cinema cameras from Panasonic, Sony, and Canon.

Elinchrom will skip Photokina this year, other brands may follow suit

Swiss lighting manufacturer Elinchrom has officially announced that it will "take a breather" from this year's Photokina trade show, and according to industry rumors, other brands like Profoto might follow suit.

CorePhotonics white paper explains the pros and cons of the triple-camera

Gil Abraham, Director Product Management at Corephotonics, has taken the Huawei P20 Pro launch as an opportunity to author a white paper titled "Triple cameras: Are three better than two?"

OWC launches ThunderBlade external SSD: up to 8TB with 2800MB/s speeds

The new OWC ThunderBlade external SSD comes in capacities of up to 8TB, and boasts read and write speeds of up to 2,800MB/s and 2,450MB/s, respectively. Plus, you can daisy chain up to six of these together for even more storage and speed.

April 9
Sony unveils FS5 II Super 35mm camera with 4K HDR and 120fps RAW

Sony has announced the impending arrival of its latest professional Super 35mm camera, the FS5 II. Aesthetically, little has changed compared to its predecessor, but the features included with the FS5 II mean you won't have to shell out money for firmware updates like the FS5.

LaCie reveals slimmed down Rugged RAID Pro with USB-C and integrated SD card reader

LaCie has taken its iconic lineup of rugged external drives to the next level with the announcement of its impending Rugged RAID Pro. It's thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessors, with USB-C connectivity and an integrated SD card reader.

Blackmagic releases DaVinci Resolve 15 with all-new VFX and motion graphics module

Blackmagic Design just released a massive update to DaVinci Resolve that integrates VFX editing and motion graphics into an all-new Fusion module. That makes DaVinci Resolve 15 the only post-production tool to combine video editing, color correction, audio production, and visual effects into a single tool.

Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic has finally announced an update to its Pocket Cinema Camera, and it looks like it was worth the wait. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is packed full of pro video features, but has a mouth watering price of only $1295.

Atomos unveils the Ninja V: A 5.2-inch 4K/60p external monitor and recorder

Atomos new Ninja V packs all of the features you've come to expect from an Atomos external recorder into a smaller 5.2-inch form factor that's better suited to filmmakers using DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Western Digital debuts new G-Drive and G-Speed professional grade SSDs

Western Digital has just revealed the newest generation G-Technology G-DRIVE Pro and G-SPEED Shuttle SSDs, an incredibly fast lineup of solid state drives that are built to work with 4K and 8K RAW video.

Eizo unveils ColorEdge CG319X DCI-4K HDR monitor for high-end video and photo editing

Ezio's new 31.5-inch ColorEdge CG319X DCI-4K HDR monitor features a built-in calibration sensor that can recalibrate the display while you work, hybrid log-gamma (HLG) support and a perceptual quantization (PQ) curve for editing HDR video footage.

ProGrade demonstrates first ever 1TB CFexpress card with 1,400MB/s read speed

Memory card manufacturer ProGrade Digital has publicly demonstrated its upcoming CFexpress cards at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas. Due out later this year, the cards top out at 1TB in capacity and have maximum read/write speeds of 1,400MB/s and 1,000MB/s, respectively.

Leica unveils Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 ASPH zoom lens for the SL system

The Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 ASPH is the first ultra-wide angle zoom for Leica's full-frame mirrorless SL-system. It promises "unparalleled imaging performance and versatility, coupled with supremely quick and quiet autofocus."

Pentax K-1 II's hand-held 'Dynamic' Pixel Shift mode is not quite what you think it is

The Pentax K-1 II has a new Pixel Shift mode that can be used hand-held. We compared it to traditional tripod-mounted Pixel Shift and standard non-Pixel Shift shots to see how it stacks up.

Fujifilm will discontinue ACROS 100 black & white film in October

Fujifilm has revealed plans to discontinue several film products this year, starting with the popular B&W ACROS 100 stock in October. The ACROS news was first leaked last month, but Fuji has now released an official timeline.

April 8
CP+ 2018 interviews: The reign of the DSLR is almost over...

At DPReview, we’re in touch with camera and lens manufacturers all year-round. Our best opportunity to really tap into how the leaders of those companies are thinking though comes at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan. Here's what we took away from those conversations this year.

April 7
Panasonic Lumix ZS200 sample gallery updated

With spring rolling around, the Panasonic ZS200 / TZ200 is likely catching the eyes of photography-minded travelers with upcoming trips. While our testing continues, we thought we'd post a few more samples (including some Raws) from this handy little travelzoom.

April 6
1969 US Geological Survey photo of a massive lava 'bubble' goes viral

49 years after it was taken, this photo of a 50-70 meter tall lava 'bubble' captured during a 5-year-long eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is spreading across the internet like wildfire thanks to a #ThrowbackThursday tweet by the US Geological Survey.

The SELDI 7-in-1 wearable video rig simplifies recording POV footage

Meet SELDI, the newest gadget to hit up the photo community for some crowdfunding. This odd contraption is a 7-in-1 wearable video rig designed for action cameras, smartphones, 360-degree cameras, and compact digital cameras.

Snapchat launches more realistic AR face masks for iPhone X users

The latest update to the Snapchat app uses the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera to create more realistic augmented reality face masks—improving one of the app's most popular features.

WD's new blazing fast gaming SSD is perfect for 4K video editing

Western Digital's new Black 3D NVMe SSD was built for hardcore gamers, but it's ideal for video production because of its ability to rapidly and seamlessly handle 4K/UHD graphics.

NiSi jumps into lens game, unveils five full-frame cinema prime lenses

Filter maker NiSi surprised everyone this week by unveiling a set of cinema primes. The new NiSi F3 cinema lenses can cover a full-frame sensor and will be available in PL, Canon EF, and Sony E mounts.

Video: This is the story behind Canon's $78,000 CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens

In 2010, wildlife filmmaker Ivo Nörenberg asked Canon to create a lens with a seemingly impossible set of specifications. Four years later, Canon delivered the $78,000 CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 lens.

Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019

In an interview with TechCrunch, Apple reveled that the professional community will have to wait a little bit longer for the totally re-designed Mac Pro. The company didn't mince words, saying "the Mac Pro is a 2019 product."

April 5
Lomography adds ultra-wide Naiad 15mm F3.8 front lens to the Neptune system

Following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign for the 3-in-1 Neptune Convertible Art Lens System, Lomography has added the new ultra-wide front lens to the lineup. Meet the Naiad 15mm F3.8 Art Lens.

Apple introduces new ProRes RAW video format with Final Cut Pro X update

Apple just released version 10.4.1 of Final Cut Pro X, and the big news is a brand new video format called ProRes RAW. The new format combines the editing flexibility of RAW video with the performance benefits of compressed ProRes.

Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada

The Olympus PEN E-PL9, that company's entry-level mirrorless camera, is coming to North America after launching just about everywhere else two months ago. The camera is now available for $599 body-only and $699 with the 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens.

How videographers can avoid data catastrophes

Lensrentals' Ryan Hill shares a few very important tips you should heed before, during, and after your video shoot to ensure you never lose footage to data corruption or user error.

HP's DreamColor Z27x G2 is the 'world's most advanced color critical display'

The HP DreamColor Z27x G2 display boasts some serious specs. This 27-inch Quad HD display boasts 99% DCI-P3 coverage and an integrated pop-up sensor that calibrates your display on demand or on a regular schedule.

HP unveils powerful new ZBook laptops for creative professionals

The new HP ZBook Studio G5 and Studio x360 G5 feature the latest 6-core Intel Xeon processors, the 'world's brightest' 4K laptop display with Wacom pen compatibility and 100% Adobe RGB, powerful NVIDIA graphics, and up to 32GB or RAM.

Samsung explains the sensor tech behind the Galaxy S9's super-slow-motion mode

In a couple of technical blog posts, Samsung has revealed some details about the stacked image sensor technology in the Galaxy S9, and how it allows the smartphone to shoot super slow motion.

Ricoh interview: "The development of the K-series is our first priority"

We caught up with Ricoh at CP+ to talk about the K-1 Mark II, as well as the future of both the GR series and 360 imaging with the Theta line.

April 4
Bellus3D uses the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera to 3D scan your face

A US startup is the first company to use the iPhone X's front-facing TrueDepth camera for 3D face scanning. The app they've created captures more than 250,000 3D data points on a face in 10 seconds while the user slowly turns their head in front of the camera

Leica will increase its prices in the US starting May 1st

Leica's prices are about to go up in the USA. Starting May 1st, expect to pay hundreds more for 66 different Leica products including most Leica M cameras, nearly all Leica M lenses and more.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC just got some really useful AI-powered features

Adobe has updated Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC with some cool new features, including an AI-powered Color Match and color grading split-view that will save video editors a ton of time when color grading their footage.

Behind the scenes with some incredible camera robots

YouTuber Marques Brownlee recently took a trip to Portland, OR to learn about (and play around with) Motorized Precision's incredible camera robots. Watch as they create shots no human camera operator could hope to duplicate.

Huawei P20 Pro hands-on: 3x zoom lens leaves the competition behind

A few days testing Huawei's new flagship device has us convinced that it's the most advanced smartphone camera to date.

April 3
Free Atomos Shogun Inferno update will let you capture 5.7K RAW on the Panasonic EVA1

Atomos is preparing an AtomOS update that will enable the Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 HDR monitor/recorders to pull 5.7K Raw video out of the popular Super 35 Panasonic AU-EVA 1. Best of all, the upgrade is free.

Intel unveils Core i9 laptop CPU, promises 'ultimate' content creation experience

Intel's 8th Generation Core i9 laptop CPU promises 'ultimate' performance for video and photo editors working with massive files on the go. And if that's a bit too rich for your blood, the new 8th Gen Core-i7 chips also got a substantial boost.

Facebook Messenger adds 360-degree photo and HD video support

Facebook has added support for 360° panoramic photos and 720p HD video to Facebook Messenger. This follows last November's update, which doubled the resolution of photos shared through the messaging app.

MIOPS Splash: The world's first smartphone-controlled water drop photography kit

The MIOPS Splash kit doesn't just control your flash and/or camera, it also lets you dial in the timing and size of your water drop. It basically takes all of the guess-work and trial-and-error out of water drop photography.

Japan's NHK will demo an 8K camera that can shoot 240fps slow motion at NAB 2018

Japanese broadcasting organization NHK has developed a slow motion camera that can shoot 8K at 240fps, and they'll be showing it off at NAB 2018 alongside their new 8K transmission and VR technologies.

Snapchat's first TV commercial calls the app 'a new kind of camera'

Photo messaging app Snapchat has produced its first TV commercial, which hopes to educate older folk about what Snapchat is. And what it is, apparently, is "a new kind of camera."

The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD lets you backup photos, make selects, review footage and more

The new Gnarbox lets you backup your work in the field, review and rough-cut footage, cull and edit images, showcase selects, and seamlessly transition all of this into your professional workflow once you're back in the studio.

Adobe releases 'massive update' to Camera Profiles in ACR and Lightroom

Adobe has launched a "massive update" to the Camera Profiles feature in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC, adding six new Adobe RAW profiles, over 40 Creative profiles, and more.

Mano a mono(chrom): the humbling of a color-only photographer

Shooting with the Leica Monochrom on a trip to Japan turned out to be an exercise in frustration, patience and plain old humility for DPR Senior Editor Barney Britton.

April 2
CIPA: DSLRs outperformed mirrorless in February, compact cameras still tanking

CIPA has released its February report, which shows DSLR shipments pretty much flat, mirrorless camera shipments down by nearly 16%, and compact camera shipments down by almost 45%. Combined, that makes for a 27% drop in overall digital camera shipments.

Sheriff's Deputy who shot photographer won't face criminal charges

The Sheriff's deputy who shot a Carlisle, OH photojournalist after mistakenly identifying his tripod and camera for a gun will not face criminal charges. The county successfully argued that the mixup was reasonable.

Canon shows off full-frame sensor that shoots 100fps Full HD in 'exceptionally low-light'

The 2.2MP 35MMFHDXS full-frame CMOS sensor boasts huge 19μm pixels and special readout circuitry that allows it to capture 100fps slow motion in Full HD in "exceptionally low-light environments."

Meyer Optik unveils Nocturnus III 50mm F0.95 with new mechanics and Leica M mount

Meyer Optik Gorlitz has redesigned its super-fast 50mm F0.95 lens both inside and out, and has added a Leica M mount option to the existing Fuji X and Sony E fittings.

How a Photographer Got a Rare Shot of James Mattis

Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to sit for a portrait for the latest New York Times Magazine cover, so photographer Mark Peterson explains how he managed to shoot the cover during Mattis' very limited public appearances.

Quick look: Canon's new compressed Raw format

Inside Canon's new EOS M50 lies a new Raw format dubbed CR3, and with it, an option to record compact C-Raw files that are 30-40% smaller than their losslessly compressed CR2 equivalents. But what – if any – impact does that have on image quality for everyday shooting? Let's find out.

April 1
Review: The Petzi Treat Cam is a camera with an integrated pet feeder

As digital imaging technology finds its way into more consumer devices, we here at DPReview do our best to keep you on the cutting edge. With that in mind, here's our first official review of a camera that can also shoot dog treats across the room.