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June 2018 news and reviews

June 30
Leica introduces new features and enhancements to five cameras in mass firmware release

Leica has released new firmware for five of its camera models, making significant changes to the way existing features operate while also adding totally new functions in some cases. The updates affect the M10 rangefinder, the Q compact and the new CL, as well as the TL2 and the T/TL.

June 29
SD Express SDUC memory cards will give you 985MB/s transfer speeds and 128TB of storage

The SD Association has released the official SD 7.0 specs, detailing a new SD Express protocol that offer a maximum transfer speed of 985MB/s and a new SDUC card-type that has a maximum capacity of 128TB.

2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year winner announced

Reiko Takahashi's image of a humpback whale calf's tail has been named Grand Prize winner of this year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Category winners have also been chosen from over 13,000 total entries.

June 28
Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW lens shipping in July for $1199

First announced last October, Ricoh is ready to ship the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW, a weather-sealed fast prime for the company's full-frame DSLRs. It will be available in late July for $1199.

Phottix announces larger LED panels with the Kali600

Lighting brand Phottix has announced a new LED panel for videographers and stills photographers called the Kali600. Larger than the company’s hotshoe Nuada series, the Kali600 is designed for location and studio work and to be mounted on a stand.

Canon patent application teases full-frame 'soft-focus' lens designs

A Japanese patent application from Canon shows off the schematics for a potential 58mm F1.4 'soft-focus' lens with two focusing modules.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 sample gallery

The Canon T7/2000D is about as affordable as DSLRs come – the 24MP camera goes for €470 with a kit lens in Europe and $500 in the US (from Canon directly only at the moment). See what this budget-friendly kit can do.

'Potato Camera' project creates camera out of a potato - what did you expect them to do?

It seems that there really is no limit to human ingenuity - at least at the lower end of the scale. Evidence: the Potato Camera.

June 27
Samsung's ISOCELL Plus promises better color accuracy and low light performance

A new material helps increase the light sensitivity of Samsung's next generation mobile image sensors.

Researchers develop method for revealing images on degraded daguerreotypes

Researchers with Western University in Canada have developed a method for restoring damaged daguerreotypes, including plates so degraded that no portion of the original image remains discernible to the eye.

Sony's 400mm F2.8 G-Master will arrive in September for $12,000

Sony's previously announced 400mm F2.8 GM OSS received a full introduction today. The pro-grade lens will ship in September for $12,000, and aims to deliver superior autofocus and handling.

First Impressions: Sony FE 400 F2.8 GM OSS

Read our first impressions of Sony's new pro-level 400mm F2.8, from the sidelines of a professional soccer match.

Sample gallery: Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS

We first heard about Sony's pro-level FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS back in the winter. This past weekend we finally got a chance to try it out. Here are our very first samples.

June 26
Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature triple-camera

If rumors are true, Samsung is preparing to join Huawei in offering a triple-camera smartphone in 2019.

MagnetMod launches Kickstarter for new 'revolutionary' softbox system

MagnetMod has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for three new products that strive to revolutionize the world of soft boxes.

Leica SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 sample gallery

With plenty of daylight hours to burn lately, we've been getting out and shooting with some recently-released lenses like the SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 – Leica's widest lens for its full-frame SL system.

June 25
Adobe AI spots tampered images by focusing on noise and artifacts

Machines can be trained to identify signs of photo tampering that humans struggle to notice, according to a new report from Adobe.

Apple launches service program for MacBooks affected by keyboard issues, offers free repairs

On the heels of three separate class action lawsuits regarding keyboard issues on Apple computers, the Cupertino company has launched a service program that will repair affected computers and refund any repairs previously made for affected computers.

Sony RX100 VI vs Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic ZS100: which is the best travel companion?

The launch of the RX100 VI, with its 24-200mm equiv. zoom, sees Sony enter the large sensor travel zoom market. This puts it squarely into competition with the much less expensive Panasonic TZ / ZS100 and 200. How do the three compare?

June 24
DPReview TV: Sony RX100 VI review

Sony recently announced the RX100 VI, the newest addition to its compact camera line. How does this new model stand out from the rest? Chris and Jordan take the camera for a spin and tell us what they think – and even manage to fit in some well earned hammock time in the process.

June 23
Shooting Greenland in Winter Part 3: Familiar Places

Greenland in winter is not for the faint of heart, but it's highly rewarding to those who can manage the conditions. In this final installment of his series, Erez Marom tells us how he made the most of getting stuck in the snow, and why it's worth the cost to charter a sailing into Disko Bay.

June 22
Lomography Diana Instant Square Camera launches on Kickstarter

Lomography is crowdfunding its latest film camera, the Diana Instant Square. According to the company, this is the first Instax-compatible camera with a hot-shoe mount and support for interchangeable lenses.

Microsoft launches AI-powered Bing Visual Search

Bing Visual Search is a direct competitor to Google Lens, enabling web search and online shopping through images.

Supreme Court rules online retailers such as Amazon and B&H Photo can be required to collect sales tax

The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, has ruled online retailers such as Amazon, B&H Photo, and eBay can be forced to collect sales tax in states, even where they don't have a physical presence, overturning a 1992 Supreme Court ruling.

June 21
Instagram influencer apologizes for using stock and Pinterest images

A popular Instagram user based in Singapore has been caught passing stock images off as his own work. Daryl Aiden Yow, who has worked with many recognizable brands, has apologized for his actions, and has deleted some images from his Instagram account while adding credits to others.

Instagram reaches 1 billion active users

Instagram is the fourth Facebook-owned social media app to reach the coveted 1 billion users mark.

Oppo Find X smartphone has a slide-up camera for a true full-screen display

Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has employed a clever solution to the dreaded display 'notch' – a sliding mechanism that houses the device's front and rear-facing cameras.

Kamlan 28mm F1.4 for APS-C sample gallery

The Kamlan 28mm F1.4 is an all-manual prime lens for APS-C (and Micro Four Thirds) mirrorless cameras. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, it'll go on sale to the public for just $200 – see what it can do on Sony and Fujifilm bodies.

Instagram unveils IGTV, a new standalone app for sharing hour-long vertical videos

Instagram TV — IGTV for short — is a new app and service from Instagram that puts the focus on video content. You can now follow content creators and watch up to hour-long vertical videos inside the new dedicated IGTV app, as well as directly within Instagram.

June 20
NVIDIA researchers can now turn 30fps video into 240fps slo-mo footage using AI

Researchers at NVIDIA have used artificial intelligence to train a system that's capable of turning standard 30fps video into 240fps slow-mo video with minimal loss in quality.

Loupedeck announces Loupedeck+ with support for Capture One, better controls

Loupedeck has updated its popular Lightroom editing console with a new '+' version featuring improved build quality, more customization and support for some non-Adobe software.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S9+ comes with comprehensive photography features like dual optically stabilized rear cameras, smooth 4K video and of course, beauty filters for your selfies. But is it the best smartphone camera for you? Find out how it compares against the likes of Apple's iPhone X and Google's Pixel 2 in our full review.

Apple releases four new iPhone X mobile photography video tutorials

Apple released a new batch of mobile photography tutorial videos this week, each briefly demonstrating how to perform various camera actions using the flagship iPhone X.

Adobe announces Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application

Adobe has announced development of Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application that consolidates the entire video creation workflow, from shooting to social media sharing, in a single application.

June 19
Adobe reveals record-breaking quarterly revenue in Q2 2018

Adobe's quarterly financial report was just published, and the news is good. Q2 2018 saw a new quarterly revenue record of $2.20 billion, and 22% growth to $1.55 billion in its Digital Media segment.

PolarPro's new buyback program gives you credit towards a new filter when you trade in an old one

Just months after launching its QuartzLine filters for DSLR and mirrorless lenses, PolarPro has launched a buyback program that will give you credit towards a PolarPro filter for trading in an old one - even if it isn't theirs.

Sigma now shipping Art series prime lenses for Sony E-mount

Sigma has announced that five of its Sony E-Mount Art-series primes, announced earlier this year, are now shipping.

Adobe Creative Cloud updates bring preset and profile syncing to Lightroom CC

Adobe has announced a raft of updates across its suite of Creative Cloud apps, including Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.

Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8 R WR sample gallery

The FUJINON GF 45mm F2.8 R WR is a 36mm equivalent fast prime for Fujifilm's GFX 50S. We've been shooting with one for a few days, and we're impressed. Check out our sample gallery to judge for yourself.

Magix celebrates 10th birthday with biggest ever performance update

Video editing software package Video Pro X has received what is described as its biggest update yet to mark ten years since Magix Video Pro was launched.

June 18
Canon teases CMOS sensor nearly 40 times larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor

Back in 2010, Canon announced that it was developing the world's largest CMOS sensor, measuring about 40 times larger than full frame. The company has just updated its website with more details.

Samyang releases 85mm F1.4 AF lens for Canon DSLRs

Samyang has launched its latest lens, the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF. This telephoto prime is a direct competitor to Canon's $1,600 alternative—and considering it's expected to retail for half the price, it looks like quite the bargain.

Kickstarter: Pixl-latr aims to simplify film digitization

Scanning film takes forever and photographing negatives is a pain. The Pixl-latr aims to provide a simple solution.

Google reveals how to simulate shallow DOF from a single mobile camera

Google has published an 18-page study fully detailing its synthetic depth-of-field technology that makes its single-camera Portrait Mode possible. The in-depth paper shows a degree of openness and academic mindset unusual for the industry.

Rugged compact, GoPro, or smartphone: Which should I take on vacation?

Rugged, waterproof compact cameras are tough enough to survive even the most action-packed vacation, but they're not the only choice for capturing those great memories. Photographer Josh Root takes us through the options.

June 17
Look inside the factory where Kodak Ektachrome is (re)born

Kodak has restarted production of one of its most famous film emulsions - Ektachrome. Popular Science editor Stan Horaczek recently go to take a look inside.

DPReview TV: Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD hands-on field test

The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is an affordable F2.8 standard zoom for full frame Sony E-mount cameras. What's it like, what are the trade-offs, and what are the alternatives? Chris and Jordan take a closer look...

June 16
Drone buying guide updated with a new top pick

We've updated our Best Drones buying guide and there's a new winner. Find out which drone was our favorite and learn more about all current models in our updated guide.

Nikon D850 sensor confirmed as Sony-made

A teardown of a Nikon D850 has provided proof that the camera's sensor is made by Sony Semiconductor. The chip's design and performance already strongly supported this, but the confirmation also gives a hint about how the industry works.

June 15
Leica launches 15x zoom C-Lux compact with 20MP 1" sensor

Leica Camera has announced a new compact camera that features a 24-360mm F3.3-6.4 zoom lens and a 20MP 1” MOS sensor. Essentially a re-badged Panasonic Lumix ZS/TZ200, the Leica C-Lux will save Raw and JPEG files, will offer 4K video and has a viewfinder with a 2.33 million-dot resolution.

Leica introduces limited edition Zagato M10 – and two watches

Leica has launched a limited edition M10 with a contoured handgrip designed by luxury coachbuilder/design house Zagato. And, to celebrate the opening of a new part of the company's Wetzlar factory, a pair of Leica-made watches are due this autumn.

Xiaomi launches affordable Mijia smartphone gimbal

The new Mijia gimbal provides 3-axis stabilization and can charge the battery of the attached device.

Video: How to take your photos to the next level with sub-framing

YouTuber George Tomlin explains the concept of sub-framing and details how you can use it to take not only make the composition more interesting, but also provide context for the scene you're shooting.

Behind the scenes of Drew Gardner's gigapixel shot of British royal family

British photographer Drew Gardner tells us how his gigapixel image of the queen's birthday parade came together.

June 14
Video: Diving into the demise of Kodak

YouTube channel Company Man has shared a 12-minute video explaining the history of Kodak and the factors that led to it going from industry leader to bankrupt business.

Neewer launches $120 35mm F1.2 APS-C lens for Fuji X and Sony E mount

Neewer, a photo gear brand out of China, has launched a new budget APS-C lens for Fuji X and Sony E mounts. The Fuji X mount lens offering has appeared on Amazon as a new release with a $119.99 price tag, but is currently listed as unavailable.

Aurora Aperture doubles up on its new PowerXND Mark II VND filters

Two years after launching its first photo filter, Aurora Aperture is back at it again with the Kickstarter launch of its PowerXND Mark II filters.

Nikon developing compact and lightweight 500mm F5.6 lens

Nikon has announced the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR lens. Thanks to its use of 'phase fresnel' optics, Nikon claims that the lens will be small and light enough to be used handheld.

MIOPS Capsule360 is a modular, pocket-sized motion control box

MIOPS has opened up a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product, the Capture360. This pocket-sized device is a versatile motion control box designed to be as simple or robust as your needs desire.

June 13
Long-term test: Domke F6 'Little Bit Smaller' shoulder bag

The Domke F-6, also known as the 'Little Bit Smaller' bag shares a lot of characteristics with the venerable (and a Little Bit Bigger) F-2. Senior Editor Barnaby Britton has been using one for several years.

June 12
Lowepro introduces FreeLine BP 350 AW with all-new QuickShelf technology

Lowepro has released the FreeLine BP 350 AW, an all-new daypack that features Lowepro's adaptive interior divider system it calls QuickShelf.

Instant Magny 35 is a film back that turns SLRs and rangefinders into instant cameras

Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the Instant Magny 35 supports Fujifilm Instax Square film and doesn't require any camera modifications. The instant film back is described as ideal for rangefinders and SLRs from Pentax, Leica, Olympus, Canon, and Nikon.

Really Right Stuff updates its entire tripod line-up with new features, better ergonomics

Utah-based tripod manufacturer Really Right Stuff has updated all 17 of its tripods with updated features and better ergonomics.

Technical Camera is an iPhone camera app for advanced users

The new Technical Camera app offers comprehensive manual controls and a range of features for users who prefer to take control of the capture process.

The SeaLife DC2000 is the best tough camera you've never heard of

Someone finally made a 1"-sensor compact with a fixed prime lens that can take great photos, but it's aimed at Scuba enthusiasts more so than land-based photographers and has a few operational quirks.

June 11
€80K Oskar Barnack Award finalists announced

Leica has released details of the twelve finalists for this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award, one of who will take the €35,000 (approx. $41K) top prize. Organizers say that 2500 photographers submitted work to the competition this year.

Samyang officially announces 24mm F2.8 AF lens, available in July for $400

One week after it was first seen in leaked images, Samyang—also known as Rokinon in the US—has unveiled a ‘tiny but wide’ 24mm F2.8 lens for full-frame Sony cameras.

Buying Guide: The best waterproof cameras

Whether you're hitting the beach in the Northern Hemisphere or the ski slopes in the Southern, a rugged compact camera makes a great companion. In this buying guide we've taken a look at seven current models and chosen our favorites.

June 10
DPReview TV: A look back at APS film

Every photographer knows about APS-C sensors, but what about APS film? This week, Chris and Jordan take a stroll down memory lane and try out the original APS format, a technology that promised to streamline the film workflow, but which ultimately lost out to digital technology.

June 9
Hasselblad XCD 21mm sample gallery

It's not every day you have the opportunity to shoot with a lens like the Hasselblad XCD 21mm F4. It's currently the widest lens in the company's medium-format lineup and as we discovered, incredibly sharp.

June 8
Apple is quietly introducing new features, improved support for Raw photos in iOS 12

Although it wasn’t a stand-out detail during the keynote, Apple is bringing new features and improved performance when working with Raw photos on iOS 12. We break down a few of the updates we’ve come across in the iOS 12 Beta 1.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery updated

Our existing Sony RX100 VI sample gallery has been updated with more images from our initial outings with the camera.

June 7
Manfrotto adds Befree Advanced Carbon, GT and Live Carbon models to travel tripod line

Manfrotto has updated its travel tripod range with three new tripod models: the Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber, Befree GT, and Befree Live Carbon Fiber. The first two models feature Manfrotto's M-lock twist lock, and the Befree Live Carbon Fiber is designed for recording video.

Parrot launches Anafi, a foldable 4K drone that shoots HDR video

Parrot has launched its latest consumer drone, the Anafi. This folding drone will retail for just shy of $700 and features a 21-megapixel camera capable of 4K HDR capture at 30 fps.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions

DPReview's Technical Editor Richard Butler was in New York for the launch of the new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI. Find out his first impressions of Sony's powerful new pocket zoom.

Canon launches updated EF 70-200mm F4L IS II

Canon has announced a new version of its popular 70-200mm F4L tele-zoom. The new Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM features numerous improvements over its predecessor, including 5 stops of stabilization and a reduced minimum focus distance.

Canon unveils Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM for professional photographers

The third version of Canon's 70-200mm F2.8L features the same optics and 3.5 stop image Stabilization system as its predecessor but adds Air Sphere Coating and fluorine coating on front and rear elements.

June 6
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI: Video overview

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is a 1"-type compact camera with a 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom lens. We've been shooting with one since its launch and have prepared a brief overview video.

Report: Instagram to allow posting of hour-long videos

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Instagram is working on the ability to allow uploads of videos with a length of up to one hour – which could have a big impact on how video is created and shared in the future.

Peak Design acknowledges flaw with its Anchor connectors, is offering free replacements

Although rare — only 1 in 17,000 sold are affected — Peak Design has noticed its recently-updated Anchor connectors are showing premature wear due to using a thinner cord. As a result, Peak Design is offering free replacements for all affected customers and has launched an updated version to fix the issue.

Hot Wheels new ‘Zoom In’ car is a GoPro mount with wheels

Hot Wheels has teamed up with GoPro to bring turn your childhood dreams into reality. Now, with Hot Wheels new ‘Zoom In’ car, you can record POV onboard footage of your bedroom track days with your GoPro.

PanoClip is a 360-degree smartphone lens

The PanoClip snaps onto a smartphone and lets you capture 360-degree photos by combining images from the device's front and rear cameras.

DxO updates Nik Collection, releases PhotoLab 1.2 with U Point local adjustments

DxO Labs announced bankruptcy a few months back, but with a silver-lining: its flagship desktop software, Photolab, would receive a free update by summer. The company also announced that the Nik Software Collection would receive its first update since 2017. As of today, both promises have been fulfilled.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery

The Sony RX100 Mark VI offers a versatile new zoom lens, and we're just getting started putting it through its paces – take a look.

DJI announces price and delivery date for Ronin-S gimbal

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has announced that the Ronin-S, its first single-handed stabilizer, will be available from late this month at a cost of $699. Click through for more details.

June 5
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI: What you need to know

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI offers a 24-200mm equivalent zoom lens, 4EV image stabilization system and full-width oversampled 4K video capture. Here's what you need to know.

Fujifilm GetPix DASH photo kiosk is designed for mobile devices

Fujifilm has unveiled GetPix DASH, an inexpensive photo kiosk platform for printing images from a mobile device.

Apple improves photo search and sharing, adds Camera Effects in iOS 12

At its WWDC developer conference Apple has showcased some imaging-related improvements in the beta version of iOS 12.

Kodak teases first sample photos of Ektachrome

Kodak Professional has teased its first batch of sample photos from its revived Ektachrome slide film on Instagram and Facebook.

Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot RX100 VI, a 1"-type compact camera with a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom lens, 315 phase detection points and the ability to shoot at 24 fps with autofocus.

Here's what happens when you attach a 70-200mm F4 to a Game Boy Camera

There's no practical reason why anyone should make a Canon lens adapter for the 0.5MP Game Boy Camera – which is why it's so amazing that someone actually did it.

First pictures of rumored Samyang 24mm F2.8 AF lens

Japanese rumor site Nokishita has published images it claims are of the forthcoming, as yet unannounced, Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 lens for the Sony E mount.

June 4
Nokia 8 update adds new Pro Camera mode with manual controls

Last week, HMD Global released a software update for the Nokia 8 smartphone that added a new Pro Camera mode giving users manual control over five camera functions: shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure.

Leica announces SF 60 Flash Unit and SF C1 Remote Control Unit for M and SL cameras

Leica has announced a new flash and remote control flash unit for its Q, SL/CL and M-series digital cameras. The Leica SF 60 flash offers TTL metering and high-speed sync up to 1/8000sec, while the SF C1 remote control unit enables wireless control of SF 60 flash units across up to seven channels in three groups.

SeaLife DC2000 sample gallery

The SeaLife DC2000, is a waterproof, rugged compact camera with a large 1"-type sensor and a fixed 31mm-equivalent F1.8 prime lens. It's primarily aimed at diving enthusiasts, but we've seen what it can do above the sea as well as below.

June 3
DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T100 Review

The new Fujifilm X-T100 includes some impressive features at a budget-friendly price. So, how does this Bayer sensor camera stack up? Chris and Jordan have been shooting it since launch day, and it won't surprise you to find out they have an opinion on the matter. Tune in to this week's episode to find out what they think.

June 2
Underwater macro photography in Anilao, the Philippines

A longtime amateur photographer, Ze’ev Kirshenboim shares his story of learning to photograph the colorful – and sometimes dangerous – underwater world.

June 1
Olympus launches blue edition of the Pen E-PL9 for denim lovers

Denim lovers will be delighted to know that there is soon to be a camera that will go with all of their outfits. In honor of this ubiquitous fabric "that suits everyone" Olympus has launched a denim-blue version of the Pen E-PL9 to appeal to fashionable photographers everywhere.

More information released on Yongnuo YN 50mm F1.4 II

Yongnuo has unveiled a new version of its 50mm F1.4 lens. The upcoming YN 50mm F1.4 II features a USB port for firmware updates, support for live view focusing and a new external design.

Lemuro launches line of high-end iPhone accessory lenses

German brand Lemuro has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production of its iPhone accessory lenses.

PNY launches 512GB microSD card

The PNY 512GB Elite is one of only two microSD cards on the market to offer half a terabyte of storage capacity.

Letter from the reviews editor: Pentax K-1 Mark II studio scene re-shoot

After noting errors in our K-1 Mark II studio scene, we've re-shot both that camera and its predecessor. DPReview's Reviews Editor, Carey Rose, has the background on what happened.