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November 2018 news and reviews

November 30
Clever "Sketches" video shows objects being edited in the real world

Russian motion graphics designer Vladimir Tomin has created a playful video showing the real world being altered using common photo and video editing tools.

Instagram launches Close Friends list for story sharing

When posting an Instagram story you can now opt to only share it with a select group of people rather than all your followers.

Photokina 2018: Tamron interview - "We have standard three-business-day turnaround for repairs"

We met with Tamron's Stacie Errera at Photokina 2018 in Cologne, Germany where we discussed the brand's unique identity, product development prioritization, future lens plans and the importance of user feedback.

November 29
Phase One releases Capture One 12 with new interface, third-party plug-in support

Phase One has announced the latest version of its post-production program Capture One 12 that comes with an updated interface, third-party plugin support and more.

World’s largest wet collodion plate created in abandoned house converted into a camera

While the rest of the world has been concentrating on making cameras smaller and lighter photographer Ian Ruhter was making one literally the size of a house in order to make the world’s largest wet collodion plate.

Instagram announces new features for visually impaired users

New Instagram features provide richer image descriptions for users of screen readers.

Anaiyyun: Prayer for the Whale: An interview with Kiliii Yuyan

Photographer and filmmaker Kiliii Yuyan's new film, 'Anaiyyun: Prayer for the Whale' tells the story of an Iñupiaq whaling crew in northern Alaska. It's been shown all over the world and is currently being featured in the National Geographic Short Films Showcase – we caught up with Kiliii to talk about the project.

November 28
Samyang announces 35mm F1.2 'XPert' lens for EF mount cameras, due out in January

Lens manufacturer Samyang has announced the impending release of the fourth lens in its 'Xpert' lineup, a 35mm F1.2 lens for Canon EF mount cameras.

DJI announces the Osmo Pocket, 'the world's smallest 3-axis gimbal' that shoots 4K60p video

DJI has announced a pint-sized camera system that contains 'the world's smallest three-axis gimbal' and is capable os shooting 12-megapixel stills and 4K60p video.

COOPH photo vest features smartphone-controlled heating system

The vest's heating system features motion and eco modes that can be controlled via a dedicated smartphone app.

Review: DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilization system

Many cameras today include built-in image stabilization systems, but when it comes to video that's still no substitute for a proper camera stabilization rig. The Ronin-S aims to solve that problem for DSLR and mirrorless camera users, and we think DJI has delivered on that promise.

CyberLink launches subscription-based PhotoDirector 365 with premium add-ons

CyberLink has announced PhotoDirector 365, a subscription model program that's effectively an all-inclusive version of its PhotoDirector Ultra image editing software.

November 27
NASA's InSight lander shares its first photos from the surface of Mars

NASA's InSight lander has transmitted back the first photos it captured from the Martian surface using its 1-megapixel camera.

Rumored 8K multi-aspect sensor could point to 4K super camera (Sony a7S III?)

A rumored sensor from Sony that hints at 32MP stills and 8K video could underpin an a7S III, but Richard Butler wonders whether that 8K spec might be a red herring.

Voigtlander introduces a pair of retro wide lenses for Leica M mount

Lens manufacturer Voigtlander has announced a pair of new lenses in what it calls the Vintage Line: the Color-Skopar 21mm F3.5 and Ultron 35mm F2 Aspherical.

Zeiss opens its 2019 photography award with €15K top prize

Zeiss has announced its annual photography contest is open for entries, and that the top prize will include €12,000/$13,615USD of its lenses along with a €3000/$3403USD grant to pay for a photographic project.

Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art sample gallery

While we had a chance to shoot with a pre-production model at Photokina, we were eager to really put the Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art to work when a full production lens rolled into the office. Take a look at our sample gallery.

November 26
Free online tool helps photographers visualize and compare aspect ratios

Christopher Kalafarskihas has created a free browser-based tool that enables users to compare and preview various aspect ratios with images.

Instagram tests redesigned profiles that emphasize user bios, shrink follower count

Over the coming weeks Instagram profiles might look a little different.

LG patent describes smartphone camera with 16 sensors and lenses

The Korean manufacturer is looking to patent a 4 x 4 camera array that captures 3D images and video.

Photokina 2018: Leica, Sigma and Panasonic talk L-mount Alliance

Executives from Panasonic, Leica and Sigma sat down at Photokina to discuss the dynamics of a new partnership and the opportunities they see ahead for the L mount.

November 25
Tamron adds Nikon Z7 compatibility to three of its F-mount lenses

Tamron has released firmware updates for three of its Nikon F-mount lenses making them compatible with the Nikon Z7 via Nikon's FTZ adapter.

Review: Color night vision with the SiOnyx Aurora

The SiOnyx Aurora is a compact camera designed to shoot stills and video in color under low light conditions, so we put it to the test under the northern lights and against a Nikon D5. It may not be a replacement for a DSLR, but it can complement one well for some uses.

DPReview Buying Guide: Best compacts, drones and phones

These days, getting great images doesn't have to mean buying a large, heavy interchangeable lens camera. In these buying guides, we're offering our recommendations for the best compact cameras, camera drones and smartphones.

November 24
Nikon France says the Z-mount can theoretically support an F0.65 autofocus lens

A recently-published interview with Nicolas Gillet, director of marketing and communications for Nikon France, details just how far Nikon could push optics with its new Z-mount.

DPReview TV: Nikon Z6, Sony a7 III and Canon EOS R compared

This week on DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan compare three entry-level full frame mirrorless cameras: the Nikon Z6, Sony a7 III and Canon EOS R. Watch their analysis to find out where they think each model excels or has room to grow.

DPReview Buying Guide: Best lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony

New this year, we've added lens recommendations to our range of buying guides. Take a look through this guide for our advice on the best lenses to pair with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.

November 23
ISO drafts the first worldwide drone standards, expected to be adopted later next year

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a draft set of standards for drone operations.

Report: Reuters to merge photography, video teams under unified 'visual journalist' team

A report from The Baron claims Reuters is expediting the process of merging its photography and video departments under a single department — and cutting staff in the process.

Review: Kodak Scanza film scanner is easy-to-use, but overpriced

At its core, the Scanza is an easy-to-use multi-format film scanner. It offers a quick and easy way to scan your film negatives and slides into JPEGs, but costs a lot more than similar products without a Kodak label.

DPReview Buying Guide: Best cameras by use-case

It's almost the end of the year, and we've been updating our range of buying guides. Here, you'll find our current recommendations for the best cameras for all kinds of photography, from portraiture to sports.

November 22
DJI releases nine new accessories for Ronin-S handheld stabilizer

DJI has launched nine new accessories for its Ronin-S handheld stabilizer.

Nauticam launches underwater housing for Nikon Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras

Underwater housing manufacturer Nauticam hasn’t taken very long to create a new unit designed for owners of Nikon’s new full frame mirrorless cameras.

Photography gifts for every budget: 2018 edition

With so many accessories, bags, lenses and so on to choose from, shopping for a photographer can be daunting. But we're here to help: From stocking stuffers to, well, entire cameras, we've got you covered - at every budget.

DPReview Buying Guides: Best cameras by budget

It's that time of year again, when retailers discount their wares to encourage us to upgrade everything from our clothing to appliances to cameras. In this selection of buying guides, you'll find our current recommendations for the best cameras from under $500 to $2000+.

November 21
1959 Canon 45-200mm F2.8 (C35) 'rarest' prototype lens appears in eBay auction

One of the rarest Canon lenses in existence has popped up in an eBay listing.

'Everybody Street' documentary free streaming options arrive on YouTube, Prime Video

The short documentary, shot by photographer Cheryl Dunn, 'pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City

Vantage Robotics Snap drone receives FAA-certification for flights over crowds of people

Rutherford County, Tennesee is the first US county where the drone can be flown overhead for commercial purposes.

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR sample gallery

The Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 promises to appeal to everyone from landscape to architectural photographers thanks to its fast aperture, weather sealing, and dedicated field curvature correction element. Does it live up to expectations? We took it from the city streets to the Canadian Rockies to test it out.

Best DSLRs of 2019
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A question frequently asked on the Internet is 'what's the best DSLR?' In this buying guide we've answered that question – but also whether it's the right question to be asking in the first place.

November 20
Google Photos for iOS update brings depth and focus editing

Depth and focus in iPhone Portrait mode images can now be modified in Google Photos for iOS after capture.

Leica announces the D-Lux 7, a 17MP camera with 4K video and a 24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens

Leica has announced the release of its latest compact camera, the D-Lux 7.

Here's why I won't be swapping my Nikon D750 for a Z6 (but maybe you should)

As a D750 owner and someone primarily concerned with still photography, DPR staffer Dan Bracaglia does not see a compelling enough reason to go Nikon mirrorless - yet. But that may not be the case for you.

Instagram is now using machine learning to remove fake likes, follows and comments

Instagram has developed machine learning tools to detect the use of third-party apps that violate its terms and conditions.

Some Google Pixel 3 devices hampered by camera bug

According to reports the camera on some Google Pixel 3 devices crashes when accessed by a third-party camera app.

November 19
Some Kansas City hotspots ban photography over growing disruptions

A handful of hotspots in Kansas City are banning photographers following a number of incidents from 'a few bad apples.'

Tamron firmware updates brings Nikon Z6/Z7 compatibility to select lenses

New firmware for three Tamron zoom models makes the lenses work with Nikon's new Z mirrorless models and FTZ adapter.

RAW Power 2.0 for Mac and iOS launched with batch editing, new adjustment tools, Dark Mode

Gentlemen Coders has released an update to RAW Power, its macOS and iOS photo-editing app.

Canon EOS R review
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Canon's EOS R, the company's first full-frame mirrorless camera, impresses us with its image quality and color rendition. But it also comes with quirky ergonomics, uninspiring video features and a number of other shortcomings. Read our full review to see how the EOS R stacks up in today's full-frame mirrorless market.

November 18
Zhiyun-Tech adds zoom, smartphone control on its new Crane 3 Lab gimbal

Gimbal manufacturer Zhiyun-Tech has introduced zoom control as well as focus control for its new flagship model, the Crane 3 Lab.

"I wish it weren't a Republican versus Democrat thing": Wildfire photographer Stuart Palley on climate change and California's devastating blazes

We spoke to wildfire photographer Stuart Palley about his experiences shooting the recent Woolsey fire, why the Nikon Z7 isn't quite ready to take a permanent spot in his gear bag, and 'that' Tweet from Donald Trump.

November 17
Prairie Wind 16K HDR video was created using two Canon EOS 5DS cameras

Cinematographer Martin Lisius has shared the video and detailed the work it took to create his 16K HDR video titled "Prairie Wind."

DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 review

The Z7 presented Nikon with a stiff challenge: how to build a mirrorless camera that measures up to its own DSLRs and can deliver a familiar experience to Nikon users. Chris and Jordan tell us whether they think Nikon succeeded.

November 16
Friday Feature: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest entries

National Geographic has shared a collection of entries hand-selected from editors showing off some of the best entries so far.

Rhino Arc II 4-axis robotic camera system supports 15lb camera payloads

Rhino has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new Arc II 4-axis robotic camera system.

Skylum partners with EyeEm to launch global photography scholarship

Skylum Software will be supporting 10 artists on the EyeEm platform with $10,000 to help them focus on their photography.

iPhone X bug lets hackers steal deleted photos

Researchers have been able to exploit an iOS vulnerability in order to access photos stored in the Photo app's Recently Deleted folder.

Nikon D3500 sample gallery

Nikon's D3500 may be an inexpensive DSLR, but the company didn't cut corners when it comes to image quality. See how it handled fall colors and tropical seas in our sample gallery.

November 15
Nikon issues new firmware update for the Nikon Z7

Nikon has released firmware version 1.02 that resolves a flickering issue when scrolling through images, an ISO limitation problem, and an occasional crash that could occur when displaying certain Raw files.

500px Home Feed redesigned to increase photographers' exposure

500px has announced an update to its Home Feed that's aimed at getting more photographers more exposure.

DxO updates Nik Collection 2018 with better macOS, Adobe compatibility and fewer bugs

DxO announces the latest update to Nik Collection (version 1.1) that brings better compatibility, fewer bugs to the plugin suite it acquired from Google a year ago

Nikon Z6 4K video footage outshines Z7, is similar to Sony a7 III

The Nikon Z6's oversampled 4K video impresses in both our studio scene and real world shooting. See for yourself.

November 14
Quitting Instagram: She’s one of the millions disillusioned with social media. But she also helped create it.

Bailey Richardson, one of the original 13 employees at Instagram, has deleted the app, saying it's lost its identity.

Fujifilm announces new firmware for GFX 50S, X-T3, and X-H1

Fujifilm says firmware updates for its GFX 50S, X-T3, and X-H1 cameras are around the corner, with plenty of new features and functionality to boot.

NASA shares high-resolution satellite images of California's Camp wildfire

NASA has shared satellite imagery of the wildfire that's been confirmed as the deadliest in California history.

Google's Night Sight allows for photography in near darkness

Google has published a post, explaining the technologies behind its new Night Sight feature in detail, on the company's Research blog.

The Lume Cube Air is an ultra-portable app-controlled lighting solution

The new Lume Cube Air is a small, lightweight and affordable portable light source aimed at vloggers, casual photographers and other content creators.

Nikon Z6 to ship this Friday for $1999

Nikon USA has announced that its Z6 full-frame mirrorless camera will be shipping Friday, November 16th at a price of $1999 body-only and $2599 with the Nikkor Z 24-70 F4 S lens.

Insta360 One X hands-on review

The Insta360 One X is the company's latest consumer 360-degree camera, supporting 5.7K video, including excellent image stabilization, as well as 18MP photos. And, in our experience, it's a really fun camera to use.

November 13
The New York Times opens up free applications for its 7th annual portfolio review

The New York Times has opened up applications for its 7th annual portfolio review. Applications are due December 10, 2018, less than a month from now.

Picfair launches 'Plus' subscription with custom online stores for photographers

Picfair has announced Picfair Plus, a paid version of its service that adds custom domains, template options, and more to its Picfair Store platform.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 arrives with new UI, AI-powered Lightroom migration, and more

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 brings an updated interface, more powerful Lightroom migration, better camera/lens support, and more to ON1's flagship editing program.

Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 sample gallery

We've just started shooting with version two of Tamron's SP-series 15-30mm F2.8 – take a look at how we're getting along with it so far.

November 12
Gear Offer is an online marketplace for buying and selling used camera gear

Gear Offer is an online marketplace for selling and buying used camera gear with fees lower than both Amazon and eBay.

Award-winning film shot through Hasselblad 500CM warns of photo obsession dangers

Experiencing life through the lens of a camera might mean you miss out on special moments, warns Casey Cavanaugh as he shoots a short film through the viewfinder of his Hasselblad 500CM

The New York Times' massive photo archive is being digitized with Google's help

The New York Times has teamed up with Google to start the process of digitizing more than five million photos stored in a vault nicknamed "the morgue."

The Lastolite HaloCompact is a new reflector, diffuser with a collapsible design

Lastolite has announced HaloCompact, a new collapsible lighting tool with a patent-pending design.

Photokina 2018: Nikon interview - 'We love feedback, because it leads to better products'

Ambitious goals, new challenges and looking ahead to 100 years of the Z mount – we spoke with senior executives and engineers at Nikon about what lies ahead.

November 11
Almost human: photographing critically endangered mountain gorillas

After years focused primarily on landscapes, Erez Marom leapt on an opportunity to return to his roots in wildlife photography. A trip to the mountains of Uganda photographing endangered mountain gorillas yielded some stunning photos – and an experience of a lifetime.

November 10
Video: 5 tongue-in-cheek camera tricks for cheapskate photographers

YouTube channel I Did A Thing has shared a satirical video showing off five camera tricks for getting the most from your camera on a budget.

DPReview TV: Time-lapse photography

Digital cameras have made it incredibly easy to do time-lapse photography, thanks to the ability to take hundreds—or even thousands—of photos without interruption. This week, Chris and Jordan walk us through the process of planning and shooting compelling time-lapse videos.

November 9
Friday Feature: Framing, timing bring juxtaposed beach scenes to life

Mexico City architect and photographer Moises Levy uses composition and timing to create surreal beachside street photography.

Video: DIY Hasselblad XPan camera combines Hasselblad 500cm and anamorphic lens

Cinematographer Casey Cavanaugh shares how he created a DIY Hasselblad XPan camera with a Hasselblad 500CM and an anamorphic lens.

7Artisans shows off new 35mm F5.6 E-mount lens designed for drone photography

7Artisans has shown off a new 35mm F5.6 E-mount lens that's specifically designed for drone photography.

Nikon Z6 sample gallery

The Nikon Z6 is the lower-resolution, faster sibling to the Z7, and has already shown impressive results in our preliminary testing. Take a look at how it performs outside of the studio.

November 8
Rylo software update increases video resolution from 4K to 5.8K

A new software update allows users of the Rylo camera to squeeze more resolution out of the camera's 360-degree footage.

Photopea online image editor is a free Photoshop clone with advanced tools

Photopea is a free Photoshop alternative that works directly in the browser and offers advanced features including spot removal, clone tool, layers, filters, and masks.

Fujifilm X-T3 sample gallery updated

Since publishing our full review, we've continued shooting with the Fujifilm X-T3 here and there – sometimes on assignment, and sometimes because we just like it so darn much. Our sample gallery has been updated with fresh images.

Fujifilm X-T3 is three-time winner in our updated buying guides

We've updated our camera buying guides, and the Fujifilm X-T3 was selected as a top choice in three different categories.

November 7
Benro launches RedDog R1, a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer with convertible handle

Benro has launched a new 3-axis gimbal that has a convertible handle that can be used in upright and carry configurations.

Video: Shooting a portrait on a 20x24 instant(ish) camera in Vienna

YouTube channel Analog Things takes a look at and tries out a 20x24 Wisner Polaroid camera located in Vienna.

Flickr confirms it's sparing Creative Commons, non-profits from the new 1,000 image cap

Flickr has announced that it will not delete images from its Creative Commons or Flickr Commons collections and is working hand-in-hand with institutions and non-profits to "keep these photos safe and available for the world to view and enjoy."

Lomography launches new 35mm monochrome film stock cut from German cine film rolls

Lomography has launched its Black & White 400 35mm Berlin Kino film, a new monochrome film cut from rolls of an old German cine film stock.

Nikon Z6 image quality and dynamic range impress, but not without caveats

The Nikon Z6, paired with the new Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8S produces the sort of result you'd expect from a baby Z7. The lens is consistent across the frame and the sensor looks good but, like the Z7, the PDAF stripes aren't perfectly corrected so can occasionally become visible.

Tokina Issues Service Advisory for the Opera 50mm F1.4 FF on 1D X Mark II cameras

Tokina has listed an announcement on its website detailing an issue wherein the Canon Ef-mount version of the Opera 50mm F1/4 FF lens doesn't properly expose the image on Canon 1D X Mark II cameras.

November 6
NASA shares the first 8K footage from space, shot aboard the International Space Station

NASA has shared the first 8K footage filmed from outer space. In addition to streaming on YouTube, you can also download the full-res footage to your computer.

Irix 150mm F2.8 Macro 1:1 lens preorders arrive ahead of December release

Irix has opened up pre-orders for its 150mm F2.8 Macro 1:1 lens, which is expected to ship in December 2018.

Cinemartin launches Fran cameras with 8K global shutter and Raw support

Cinemartin has launched three new 8K global shutter video cameras with Raw shooting modes and custom code support.

The Leica Q-P is a stealthy, subdued version of the Leica Q that's missing the iconic red dot

Leica has announced the Leica Q-P, a humble version of its Leica Q camera that it calls "an artful statement of understatement."

DPReview picks the best lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony

We've created a trio of new Buying Guides, covering lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, as well as Sony mirrorless cameras. If you're thinking of adding to your lens collection, these guides may be just what you're looking for.

November 5
Fotolia is shuttering its website next year following complete integration with Adobe Stock

Fotolia sent out an email notifying users that, beginning November 2019, they will no longer be able to access their Fotolia accounts and will instead need to transition to Adobe stock or another stock photography service.

Shimoda unveils Explore 30 multi-use backpack for DSLR and mirrorless cameras

Shimoda has opened up pre-orders for its smallest backpack to date, the Explore 30.

Olloclip introduces new 'Pro' and 'Intro' series lenses for Android and iOS devices

Olloclip has unveiled to new series of add-on lenses for Android and iOS devices.

Nikon Z7 Review
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No Nikon camera we've tested to date balances stills and video capture as well as the Nikon Z7. Though autofocus is less reliable than the D850, Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless gets enough right to earn our recommendation.

November 4
Gallery update: The Nikon Z7 goes wrestling

With tons of resolution and dynamic range, the Nikon Z7 is a great camera for shooting landscapes. But what about semi-pro wrestling? We spent an evening with the Z7 at DEFY Wrestling, which offered plenty of peak action and tricky lighting - see the results in our updated sample gallery.

November 3
Escura Instant 60s is a retro-inspired instant camera that doesn't need batteries

Hong Kong-based CARBON has launched a Kickstarter for a new battery-free instant camera with a retro design.

DPReview TV: Crop sensor, pro body cameras

Not everybody wants or needs a full frame sensor, but that doesn't mean you have to give up pro-level performance on your camera. In this episode, Chris and Jordan compare four of the top performing APS-C and Micro Four Thirds models currently on the market: the Fujifilm X-T3, Nikon D500, Panasonic G9, and Olympus E-M1 Mark II.

Kickstarter: ONDU Mark III pinhole cameras — all 19 — have magnetic shutter, filters

ONDU has opened a Kickstarter campaign for its latest collection of pinhole cameras, a third-generation series that consists of more than 19 models across 135, 120, medium format, and large format varieties.

November 2
Luminar 2018 gets new AI Sky Enhancer tool for creating dramatic skies

Luminar 2018 has received an update with an all new AI-powered tool for bringing more life into the skies of your photos with a single slider.

Sigma releases official pricing for trio of Photokina lenses

Sigma has announced the prices for three of the lenses it announced at the Photokina trade show in September. The 40mm F1.4 DG Art, 56mm F1.4 DC DN for crop-sensor mirrorless cameras and the Sony E-mount version of its 105mm F1.4 Art will all be available this month.

Why Flickr's new 1,000 photo limit for free users is a smart move

Photographer Thomas Hawk explains why he believes Flickr's move to limit users to 1,000 on free accounts is the right move.

Hands-on with the Red Hydrogen One

It's big, heavy, expensive and it gave us a headache. Red's Hydrogen One is an interesting concept but its main selling point – capturing and displaying 3D content – completely misses the mark.

November 1
iOS 12.1 arrives with 'beauty filter' fix and real-time Portrait depth control

Apple has released iOS 12.1 with fixes for the skin-softening effect on the front-facing cameras and a new real-time portrait mode dial.

Pixelmator Photo AI-powered image editing app for iPad will launch this year
DJI drones temporarily restricted in UK after reports of them falling from the sky

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned a number of DJI drones from flights over human beings as investigations are carried out into the cause of some models falling out of the sky.

Flickr to add 'Pro' features, end Yahoo login, apply 1000 image cap to free accounts

Eight months after being acquired by SmugMug, Flickr has announced current and impending changes to its free and paid accounts.

Five ways the Canon EOS R could be improved (hint: it's all about the operation)

The Canon EOS R is a powerful mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with some neat features up its sleeve, but no product is perfect. Here are five ways we think that Canon could improve the EOS R, without redesigning the hardware.