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January 2019 news and reviews

January 17
Tamron confirms compatibility with Nikon Z6 for six of its Di, Di II lenses

Lens maker Tamron has confirmed that new firmware issued at the end of last year to make certain lenses compatible with Nikon’s Z7 camera will also work for owners of the Z6.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captures image of Earth from 71 million miles away

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has captured a photo of Earth that's being compared to the iconic 'Pale Blue Dot' captured by the Voyager 1 space probe in 1990.

GoPro Fusion beta firmware brings resolution bump and 24fps recording

GoPro has updated its Fusion ecosystem with new firmware for the Fusion camera and updates to the Fusion Studio software as well as the Adobe Premiere and After Effects plug-ins.

Lens sample gallery: Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD

The Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 is a compact and light-weight lens for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs. We took it on grand tour of Seattle's top tourist spots and found it makes a pleasant, albeit wide, walking around lens.

Olympus teases upcoming sports-oriented camera once more

Olympus has published the third teaser video for its upcoming sports-oriented mirrorless camera, due for release next week.

Fujifilm announces 100-200mm F5.6 lens for GFX system

Fujifilm has announced its new GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR tele-zoom lens. The lens, equivalent to 79-158mm when mounted on a GFX camera, has image stabilization (with a claimed 5 stops of shake reduction), a linear AF motor and weather-sealing.

January 16
Sony announces new Imaging Edge mobile app, updates desktop software

Amongst all of the camera news yesterday, Sony also announced its new Imaging Edge mobile app, which replaces PlayMemories Mobile. Three desktop applications have also been updated, adding support for time-lapse movie creation.

Sony a6400 sample gallery

We've been busy shooting with Sony's newest mirrorless camera, the mid-range a6400. Have a look at our initial samples.

Adobe gives Behance a facelift with improved profile and project pages

Adobe has taken the new year as an opportunity to introduce an updated Behance with improved user profiles and more prominent project pages.

OPPO to announce 10x lossless smartphone zoom camera

OPPO's 5x zoom prototype never made it into a production unit but now the company is about to release an even longer optical zoom for smartphones.

Sony a6400 first impressions video

Our intrepid team is in San Diego, for the launch of the new Sony a6400. In this short overview video, Carey, Chris and Jordan talk through the main specifications of the new camera, and what they might mean for photographers and videographers.

Sigma updates lens compatibility notice for Canon EOS R after further testing

After further testing, Sigma has updated its lens compatibility notice to highlight what lenses work with Canon's EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera.

Hands-on with the Sony a6400
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The Sony a6400 is the company's new midrange mirrorless camera, whose standout features include an advanced autofocus system, flip-up touchscreen LCD and oversampled 4K footage with Log support. Learn more as we go hands-on with the a6400.

OWC Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU chassis launches with macOS, Windows support

OWC has released the Helios FX 650 eGPU, a modular chassis that works with macOS and Windows computer over Thunderbolt 3.

Adorama releases non-TTL Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro HSS studio flash head

Adorama has announced the availability of a new studio flash head from its own Flashpoint range.

January 15
You can now post photos and videos to multiple Instagram accounts at once

Instagram has quietly added the iOS-exclusive ability to post images or videos to multiple Instagram accounts at once on the same device.

Sony promises firmware updates for a7 III, a7R III and a9, improving AF

Sony has announced major firmware updates for the a7R III, a7 III and a9. All three cameras gain improved Eye-AF, the ability to recognize and focus on animals' eyes, and timelapse capability. The a9 gets more sophisticated subject tracking.

Sony announces a6400 midrange APS-C mirrorless camera with advanced AF

Sony has announced the a6400, an updated 24.2MP mirrorless camera with a flip-up rear touchscreen and the processor and autofocus system 'borrowed from the a9'.

LIVE from Sony launch event in San Diego

We're live blogging at Sony's launch event in San Diego, where the company is rumored to be announcing a new mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor.

CamFi Pro Plus brings wireless tethering to 3rd party apps

The latest CamFi model lets you tether your camera wirelessly to your computer and transfer images directly into 3rd-party apps such as Capture One, Lightroom or EOS utility.

Proposed rule changes would make it easier for drones to fly at night, above crowds

United States Transportation Secretary Eleain Chao introduced a proposed rule change that could make it easier for commercial operators to use drones at night and above crowds of people.

SmugMug Films: An inspiring BTS look at photographing the autumn beauty of Slovenia

SmugMug Films has released its latest film from its award-winning series. 'Framing the Journey' follows photographer Karen Hutton around the landscapes and cityscapes of Slovenia.

January 14
Timelapse+ VIEW Intervalometer now supports select Fujifilm, Panasonic cameras

Timelapse+ has announced its VIEW intervalometer now offers support for select Fujifilm and Panasonic camera systems.

Miami Beach police use camera blimp to get around drone surveillance ban

The Miami Beach Police Department is using a camera blimp to get around a drone surveillance ban that went into effect in 2015.

Nikon Z6 Review
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The Nikon Z6 may not offer the incredible resolution of its sibling, the Z7, but its excellent video quality and faster performance make it an impressive camera at a considerably lower price.

DPReview TV: The Yashica Y35 looks like a camera that would be fun to shoot.. until you try shooting with it

What do you get when you combine an iconic camera brand from the past with a crowdfunding campaign for a 'rangefinder' camera? The Yashica Y35, that's what. Watch Chris and Jordan try to make lemonade out of a lemon.

January 13
First samples: Nikon's new Z 14-30mm F4 is shaping up nicely

Photographer Jimmy McIntyre has been working with Nikon, shooting a pre-production sample of the new Z 14-30mm lens. We're reserving final judgement until we see a reviewable lens, but it looks pretty impressive.

Video: Shooting landscapes on the Fujifilm GFX 50R with Nigel Danson

Photographer Nigel Danson recently had a chance to use the new Fujifilm GFX 50R for one of his landscape shoots. In this video, he shares his thoughts on the benefits and challenges of using a medium format camera like the GFX 50R for his work.

January 12
DPReview TV: Looking back at the Nikon D1H and Canon 1D

2019 is DPReview's 20th anniversary year, so we decided to take a walk down memory lane and shoot with a couple cameras that helped usher in the digital era for pro photographers: The Canon EOS 1D and the Nikon D1H.

Man v Dust: video highlights trials of Leica’s in-house sensor cleaning service

The International Leica Society has shared a video of a camera sensor being cleaned at the Leica service centre in the Wetzlar factory in Germany.

January 11
2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award Shortlist

The Natural History Museum has shared a gallery of 25 photos for its 2018 LUMIX People's Choice Award shortlist.

Indemnis Nexus parachute for DJI drones is first to achieve crowd safety standard

The Indemnis Nexus is the first parachute system designed for DJI drones that qualifies as compliant with the ASTM F3322-18 standard.

Western Digital releases MyPassport Go SSD portable storage

Western Digital's latest portable storage solution offers large capacities and fast performance in a rugged case.

Sigma 28mm F1.4 Art lens now available for pre-order on Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Sony mounts

Sigma's 28mm F1.4 semi-wide-angle 'Art' lens it first showed off at Photokina last year is now listed for pre-order.

Photo gallery: The Sony FE 24mm F1.4GM goes to Sedona

The Sony 24mm F1.4 GM is an impressively compact, high quality lens. So, when DPReview contributing writer Jose Francisco Salgado had a chance to shoot a sample gallery with it in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, he jumped at the opportunity.

January 10
Moza Mini-S 3-axis gimbal smartphone stabilizer revealed with advanced shooting modes

Moza has launched a compact 3-axis smartphone gimbal that has a few tricks up its (extending) sleeve.

Canon exec says an 8K mirrorless camera is on the 'EOS R-series roadmap'

In an exclusive interview with Imaging Resource, Canon executive Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi said video 'will play a huge role' in the EOS R lineup and says 'an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap.'

Canon ranked in top five for US patent awards for 33 consecutive years

Canon has proudly announced that it ranked third in the world for the number of patents awarded to it by the US Patents Office during 2018.

Vello LW-500 Extendá Plus wireless controller brings remote control to select pro cameras

Vello has announced its new LW-500 Extendá Plus wireless controller, which brings remote control to select Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.

Nikon, Atomos team up to offer 4K Raw capture over HDMI to the Ninja V external recorder

Atomos and Nikon are teaming up to make the Z6 and Z7 the first mirrorless cameras to offer 4K Raw recording over HDMI to an external monitor — the Ninja V.

Lomography expands Kino Films line with new Potsdam 100 monochrome film

Lomography has released its latest film revival, Potsdam 100 monochrome.

Redmi Note 7 smartphone offers Sony 48MP Quad-Bayer sensor at budget price point

We've seen Sony's IMX586 1/2-inch 48MP sensor appear in several higher-end devices in recent months but the Redmi Note 7 is now the first budget device to offer the chip that comes with a Quad-Bayer filter array for optimized 12MP output.

Nikon Z7 and Sony a7R III offer similar results in our image stabilization test

Sony and Nikon's flagship mirrorless cameras both offer impressive in-body image stabilization. According to our testing, you'll see a 2-stop advantage at the wide end and nearly a 5-stop advantage at the telephoto end on both cameras.

Olympus posts second teaser for upcoming sports camera

Last week Olympus published a 20 second video teasing a sports-oriented camera that it plans on launching on January 24th. The company posted a second video which, unfortunately, reveals very little.

January 9
Kodak-branded SMILE lineup includes two instant cameras and a new instant printer

A new line of Kodak-branded instant printers and cameras has been announced at CES 2019.

Longsys launches Lexar-branded 1TB SDXC card

Longsys, under the Lexar brand name, has released a 1TB SDXC card with a maximum read speed of 95MB/s and a maximum write speed of 70MB/s.

Sharp reveals 8K Micro Four Thirds camera prototype at CES 2019

Sharp has shown off an 8K-capable Micro Four Thirds camera prototype that's expected to cost under $5,000.

X-Rite launches beta version of its custom ICC profiling tool with Capture One support

X-Rite has released a public beta for its ColorChecker Camera Calibration software that now includes Capture One support.

The Neimeo e-ink keyboard can be customized for Photoshop, Lightroom and other apps

The Nemeio keyboard allows users to create custom keyboard layouts for different apps and can automatically switch between them.

Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L sample gallery

Canon launched the mirrorless full-frame RF-mount with a handful of impressive lenses including the versatile, fast 28-70mm F2 L. Though it feels a tad oversized for the EOS R, we're impressed with the results.

January 8
Nikon updates its lens roadmap with 3 lenses confirmed for 2020, 7 listed for 2021 release

Nikon has released an updated lens map that shuffles around a few lenses and clarifies what lenses will make an appearance in 2020.

Mapplethorpe movie trailer arrives ahead of film's US theatrical premiere

A new trailer for an upcoming biopic about controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe gives the world a first-look at the feature film which will see a wider release in March 2019.

The Insta360 Titan is an 11K 360-degree camera with 8 Four thirds sensors

With a price tag of $15,000 the Insta360 Titan is squarely aimed at professionals in the VR field.

Black Eye launches its 4th-gen universal Pro mobile lenses in North America

Mobile photography lens company Black Eye has announced its latest universal Pro mobile lenses in North America.

Wacom announces the Cintiq 16HD, a Full HD graphics tablet that displays 16.7 million colors

Wacom has announced the successor to its Cintiq 16 graphics tablet, the Cintiq 16HD. Along with a new name, the tablet gets improved resolution, more precise pressure sensitivity and more.

DJI unveils Smart Controller with a built-in ultra-bright 5.5" Full HD display

Leave your phones and tablets behind. DJI now offers a controller with a built-in 5.5 inch Full HD display.

DPReview Readers' Choice Awards 2018: the winners

The votes have been tallied and final results are in! Find out which camera took the top prize in our annual reader poll.

Nikon to add Eye AF, Raw video and CFexpress support to Z-series

Nikon has announced a trio of new features for its Z-series mirrorless cameras are currently under development. They include Eye AF, Raw video output to an Atomos Ninja V and support for CFexpress cards. More details will be announced at a later date.

Nikon introduces 14-30mm F4 ultra-wide zoom for Z-mount

Nikon has announced a compact, ultra-wide 14-30mm F4 zoom lens for its Z-series full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens weighs just 485g (17oz) and supports screw-on filters: a rarity for lenses in this class.

Nikon's new Z6 Filmmaker's Kit saves you $650 on external recorder, mic, gimbal and more

Nikon's new Z6 Filmmaker's Kit includes most of the gear a budding videographer needs, including a 3-axis MOZA Air gimbal, Atomos Ninja V external recorder and Rode external microphone. You also get a 24-70mm F4 S lens, FTZ adapter, extra battery and, of course, the camera itself. Savings are around $650 compared to buying it all separately.

January 7
Canon launches developer community, camera control API and PowerShot SX70 HS dev kit

Developers who want to create applications for Canon cameras will be able to do so with new and expanded SDK and API kits that include a new Camera Control API (CCAPI) and an online platform with access to robust development tools.

Report: FAA to test new pilot programs to speed up remote drone identification tech

According to an updated report from the Wall Street Journal, the FAA will be real-world testing up to eight prototype projects to see what remote identification technologies works best.

Panasonic S1/S1R to ship in March; HLG Photo and High-Res mode added to feature list

Panasonic has announced that its pair of full-frame mirrorless cameras - the Lumix S1 and S1 R - will ship in late March. Two previously undisclosed features include a high dynamic range HLG Photo mode, as well as a multi-shot high-res sensor-shift feature that combines eight exposures into a single, highly detailed image.

Canon reveals VIXIA HF G50 4K UHD, W10, and W11 camcorders at CES 2019

Canon has dropped three new camcorders on the market at CES 2019, including the 4K-capable VIXIA HF G50.

Alleged 2019 iPhone renders show triple-camera arrangement

Renders of a 2019 iPhone model show three lenses in a square setup on the rear of the device, similar to the camera design on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Venus Optics announces 9mm F2.8 lens with DL mount for DJI cameras, drones

Venus Optics has announced the 9mm F2.8 DL Zero-D, the widest lens available for DJI X7 cameras and Inspire 2 drones.

Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 S sample gallery

The Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 is one of three lenses to launch with the Z system, and though we've only been shooting with it a short time, it's quickly becoming a staff favorite.

January 6
Fractal Filters are faceted photo filters that turn your camera into a kaleidoscope

Fractal Filters add a unique look to photos by using faceted glass filters to refract and reflect the light in unique ways.

Nikon AF-S 500mm F5.6E PF sample gallery

Nikon's latest telephoto prime gives you a lot of reach in a compact package thanks to phase fresnel optics. We've taken the AF-S 500mm F5.6E PF to capture eagles north of Seattle in Skagit County, to a club Ultimate Frisbee match in our own backyard, and plenty of places in-between. See how it performs in our sample gallery.

January 5
DPReview TV: Sigma 70mm F2.8 Macro Art lens review

This week on DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan test Sigma's latest macro lens, the 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art. Find out why they like it in this uniquely Canadian presentation.

January 4
Video: How photography impacts mood, experiences and more

A new video from WIRED dives into how the world of photography is changing as society and technology continues to evolve.

RED gives us a glimpse at its Lithium 3D camera for the Hydrogen One smartphone

RED has posted a teaser image of its Lithum 3D camera, which will be controlled via the company's Hydrogen One smartphone, on its Facebook account.

ProGrade Digital releases dual-slot SD card reader with speeds up to 1.25GB/s

ProGrade Digital's new dual-slot SD card reader uses the USB 3.1, Gen 2 interface for a maximum transfer rate of 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s).

Readers' Choice Awards: voting extended

If you've been sleeping on your chance to weigh in on the best photographic product of 2018, we've got great news: you have a little extra time to cast your vote.

January 3
Lensrentals tears down the Sony 400mm F2.8 G lens to its magnesium alloy skeleton

As promised during the Canon 400mm F2.8 teardown, Lensrentals has taken apart Sony's 400mm F2.8 G super-telephoto lens to see what lurks beneath its magnesium alloy shell.

China shares the first photo captured on the far side of the Moon

For the first time ever, a spacecraft has successfully landed on the far side of the moon and sent back a photograph of the dark, dusty surface.

"Tales by Light" season three is now available on Netflix

Netflix users in the US can now view season three of the photography-centered documentary series and reality show.

Panasonic interview - 'We are targeting the very highest level of durability in the industry'

Last year we sat down with Yosuke Yamane, President of Panasonic's Imaging Network Business Division to discuss his hopes for the future, why Panasonic decided to go full-frame and the challenges facing his industry.

Olympus teases new enthusiast mirrorless camera due in January

Olympus has posted a teaser video of a high-end mirrorless camera that will be announced on January 24th.

January 2
Study finds news photography quality drops when non-professionals are used

A study that recently appeared in the journal Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly highlights how photographs taken by non-professionals can leave viewers less engaged.

Join our team! DPReview is hiring three Software Development Engineers

Looking to make a career move in 2019? Join our Seattle-based team of photography nerds. We're seeking three Software Development Engineers at a range of experience levels.

New 'EZ' E-6 film developer announced under Edwal brand

On the back of the re-introduction of Kodak Ektachrome films a US photographic company has announced that it will begin sales of its own slide developing kits under the Edwal brand.

Video: The history of B&H in 91 seconds

B&H has published a video that condenses down more than 45 years of history into a minute and a half.

A Nokia 9 PureView promo video has been leaked showing off its 5 camera arrangement

Nokia's upcoming high-end phone is likely to be the first device to feature a penta-camera setup. Now some details of the specification have been leaked in a promo video.

Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4 sample gallery

Canon's announcement of the EF-M 32mm F1.4 got buried in all the hubbub surrounding the EOS R launch, but it's a lens we were excited to get our hands on. Take a look at our gallery using the first native 50mm equivalent prime lens for the EOS M system.

January 1
Review: Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L and 'Packing Tools' are pricey but versatile

The Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L is the centerpiece of the brand's new Travel Line - it's pricey but awesome. Other components of the line are pricey and less-awesome.