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January 2019 news and reviews

January 31
Bowens is back in business after 2017 liquidation with its new XMT500 strobe light

After being liquidated back in 2017 Bowens is back in business with the launch of its new XMT500 strobe.

Video: A look at the gear and tech used for crash test photography

The nonprofit U.S. organization Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) published a video that gives viewers a brief look behind-the-scenes at its vehicle crash test photography.

ZTE appears to be getting ready to launch smartphone with 32MP front camera

A regulatory filing has revealed a new ZTE device with a 32MP sensor in the front camera.

GoPro Plus now offers unlimited cloud storage and increased accessory discounts

GoPro has given a welcomed boost to its $5/month Plus subscription service.

Video: The making of Dorothea Lange's iconic 'Migrant Mother' photograph

YouTuber Nerdwriter1 takes a deep dive into the history behind the iconic 'Migrant Mother' photo captured by Dorothea Lange.

Voigtlander Vintage Line lenses for Leica M mount get prices for US, UK markets

Prices have been released in the USA and UK for a pair of new Voigtlander lenses designed for M mount rangefinder cameras.

January 30
Ricoh announces Pentax 35mm F2 and 11-18mm F2.8 K-mount lenses

Ricoh has announced a pair of Pentax K-mount lenses: the HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 (an update to the classic 'AL' model) and the HD PENTAX-DA*11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW (which was originally supposed to ship last summer). Both lenses will be available in February.

Lomography announces 120 version of its B&W Potsdam 100 Kino Film stock

Lomography is cutting the 120 variety from the same sheets as its 35mm version of the repurposed German cinema film stock.

SwitchPod is a 'minimal' handheld tripod that switches modes in seconds

SwitchPod is a new take on handheld tripods, such as the Job Gorillapod, that transforms shapes in seconds to go from handheld to freestanding.

Samsung starts production of world's first 1TB eUFS storage module for mobile devices

A 1TB storage capacity in combination with fast read/write speeds make Samsung's new chip ideal for video recording at high frame rates or resolutions.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 brings AI-powered masking improved performance and more

ON1 markets its Photo RAW 2019 software as an affordable alternative to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

'Sensor size isn’t the answer' - Olympus exec explains the thinking behind E-M1X

No full frame, no way. That was the message from Aki Murata, VP of sales and marketing for Olympus America when we spoke to him late last year about the development of the new OM-D E-M1X.

January 29
Photo chemistry manufacturer and supplier Tetenal Europe faces closure

Photo chemistry manufacturer and supplier Tetenal Europe GmbH is reportedly set to close up shop after a prolonged search for new investors failed to secure its future.

WikiShootMe shows you nearby Wikipedia items in need of photographs

Whether you're bored or simply have an extra hour, WikiShootMe makes it easy to contribute to Wikipedia on the fly.

OWC unleashes 2nd gen ThunderBlade SSD drives with a top speed of 5000MBps

OWC's second-generation ThunderBlade external SSDs use the Thunderbolt 3 across USB Type-C connectors to achieve impressive speeds with minimal noise.

Apple mounts 32 iPhones XR on bullet-time rig to shoot experimental video

The footage shows dry ice bubbles, slime, burning metal balls and other objects filmed from varying angles, using creative lighting, slow motion and other effects.

Irix Edge Light Pollution filter targets the yellow glow from sodium lamps

Irix has released its latest collection of filters designed to reduce the warm glow of sodium lamps that line city streets.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II added to enthusiast compact buying guide: Joint-winner with Sony RX100 VA

Following testing of the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II, we've added it to our Pocketable Enthusiast Compact Cameras buying guide as joint-winner, alongside Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 VA.

January 28
Canon CEO expects ILC market to shrink 50% by 2020 to just 5-6M units

In an interview with Nikkei, Canon CEO Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai said he expects the ILC market to be cut in half by 2020, says mirrorless cameras are only eating into DSLR sales, not boosting the bottom line.

Kodak Alaris to release Ektachrome 120 and sheet film this summer

In a recent podcast, Kodak Alaris UK Quality Manager Andy Church said the company expects medium and large format versions of Ektachrome to hit shelves this summer.

Nikon's 'Trade up to Z' program offering additional discount for traded-in cameras

Nikon is offering an additional $200 discount for its Z6 camera and $400 for its Z7 camera when trading in a working interchangeable lens camera in the United States.

Samsung to acquire smartphone camera tech company CorePhotonics

CorePhotonics is an Isreal-based company and best known for its innovative smartphone camera zoom solutions.

January 27
Kenko launches new premium Teleplus HD Pro converters

Optical and accessories manufacturer Kenko has announced a new pair of teleconverters that it claims offer superior image quality to suit those using high resolution DSLR cameras.

Comparative review: The best pocket printer of 2019

We reviewed three of the more popular 'pocket printers,' the Canon Ivy, Fujifilm Instax Share and Polaroid ZIP. Here's the one we recommend...

January 26
Godox S-R1 adapter lets you fit round magnetic modifiers and filters to regular hotshoe flashes

Chinese flash manufacturer Godox has launched a new adapter that allows users to attach the company’s round magnetic accessories to regular speedlight-style flash units.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X in the studio: familiar image quality, Pixel-Shift still impresses

We've been shooting with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1X for a little while now, both in and out of our studio. Our standard studio tests show that conventional stills performance is little changed from the E-M1 II, but its high-res Pixel Shift mode is still impressive.

January 25
Hasselblad updates firmware for X1D-50c, adds support for new XCD lenses

Firmware version 1.22 adds improved support for a number of lenses and improved functionality and customizable settings within the camera itself.

Facebook's photo sharing app Moments is being shuttered due to lack of user interest

Citing lack of user interest, Facebook has announced it's shutting down Moments, a private photo sharing app that was launched in June 2015.

New Samsung Exynos chipset supports 8K video, up to five camera modules

Samsung's latest and greatest mobile chipset will push the imaging capabilities of 2019 mobile devices even further.

Apple announces it will pay licensing fee to 'Shot on iPhone' contest winners after complaints

After facing a barrage of criticism, Apple has changed course and announced it will pay a 'licensing fee' to winners of its #ShotOniPhone competition.

January 24
Sigma releases firmware updates for its Canon EF and Nikon F lenses, MC-11 mount converter

Sigma has launched a number of updates for various lenses for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts.

Astro HQ releases Liquid 3.0 video engine for Luna Display and Astropad Studio

Astro HQ has released an updated version of its Liquid 3.0 video engine to improve performance, speed of its Luna Display and Astropad Studio products.

Q&A with DPReview editors about the Olympus E-M1X

We were live this morning discussing the Olympus E-M1X and answering questions from our community. You can re-watch it here and ask more questions in the comments.

Huawei P30 Pro could come with periscope-style zoom lens

Huawei's upcoming flagship is rumored to feature a long-range zoom module that uses a periscope design.

Video: Old projector lens adapted to A7 III body surprisingly makes for beautiful photos, bokeh

In pursuit of something a bit different Mathieu Stern has adapted an old projector lens to fit on the front of his Sony a7 lll.

Olympus announces limited edition OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera to celebrate 100th anniversary

Olympus has announced a special edition OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera that will feature a silver livery to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

Olympus E-M1X shooting experience

With a double grip and double batteries, the Olympus E-M1X is the company's largest mirrorless camera to date - and yet, the big story is all on the inside.

Olympus introduces durable, sports-oriented OM-D E-M1X

After several teasers, Olympus has revealed its sports-oriented OM-D E-M1X to the world. This rugged camera has a 20MP Four Thirds sensor, built-in 7-stop image stabilization, a 121-point hybrid AF system, burst shooting at up to 18 fps with continuous AF, motorsports / train / aircraft recognition and much, much more.

DPReview TV: Olympus E-M1X Review

Olympus just announced its new flagship camera, the OM-D E-M1X, and Chris and Jordan are already here with their review. Tune in to see them put this new model to the test in the frozen north, and find out what they think of it.

Olympus E-M1X Sample Gallery

Olympus has released the ultimate Micro Four Thirds sports camera in the E-M1X and we've been busy pointing it at as many fast-moving subjects as humanly possible. Peep our first samples.

Olympus developing 150-400mm F4.5 Pro lens with built-in 1.25X teleconverter

Olympus announced the development of a pro-level super-telephoto zoom the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro. This hefty lens is equivalent to 300-800mm on Micro Four Thirds bodies without the teleconverter and 375-1000mm with it. The lens will be available in 2020.

Olympus introduces 2X teleconverter, updates Micro Four Thirds roadmap

Olympus today also announced a 2X teleconverter, which is compatible with its 300mm F4 and 40-150mm F2.8 lenses, as well as the 150-400mm which is under development. The company has also released an updated lens roadmap showing what's to come.

Olympus announces weather-resistant FL-700WR flash

Arriving in late February, the FL-700WR is freezeproof, dustproof and splashproof and offers wireless radio communication to act as commander or receiver.

Olympus adds wireless flash commander FC-WR and receiver FR-WR to OM-D system

In addition to a new flashgun, Olympus has introduced new weather-resistant, wireless flash commander and receiver units.

January 23
Camera accessory manufacturer Syrp acquired by Vitec Imaging Solutions

Vitec Imaging Solutions, the company behind Manfrotto, JOBY, Gitzo and others, has announced it's acquiring Syrp, a camera accessory manufacturer that specializes in video motion control products.

Instagram clarifies its algorithmic feed doesn't limit post reach, despite viral claims

Despite viral photographs suggesting otherwise, Instagram claims it's not limiting how many accounts particular posts reach.

Apple launches its 2019 'Shot on iPhone' contest, but don't forget to read the fine print

Winning images will be seen on and offline across the globe but read the small print to understand what's happening to your images when participating in the contest.

Eyeing post-Brexit landscape, Sony announces Amsterdam office will become new European HQ

Sony is reportedly forming a subsidiary in Amsterdam in an effort to avoid issues as a result of Brexit, but 'business functions, facilities, departments, sites and location of [Sony employees in the UK] will remain unchanged.'

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art sample gallery

Announced at CP+ in 2018, the Sigma 28mm F1.4 Art has proven itself to be one heck of a sharp lens in our use so far.

January 22
EIZO releases ColorNavigator 7 calibration software for high-end monitors

EIZO has released an updated version of its display calibration program ColorNavigator 7 that brings along new features and support.

Rare, original Marilyn Monroe contact sheet by Bert Stern appears on eBay for $195K

An incredibly rare contact sheet from the last known photo shoot of Marilyn Monroe has appeared on eBay for $195,000.

DJI announces pricing, availability of Multilink accessory for DJI Inspire 2, Cendence controllers

After teasing it last autumn, DJI has announced the pricing and availability of the optional Multilink accessory for its Inspire 2 and Cendence controllers

The Live Planet VR System is an end-to-end solution for creating, streaming 4K 360º content

The Live Planet VR System is an all-in-one package designed to simplify the process of creating, storing and sharing immersive video content on-demand with a high-powered 16-camera array at the center of the platform.

Samsung launches 1/3.4" 20MP sensor for use in smartphone front cameras and tele modules

Samsung's latest image sensor offers a high pixel count in a tiny package.

Meike releases 50mm F1.7 full-frame budget lens for Canon EOS-R, Nikon Z cameras

Meike has released a budget 50mm lens for Canon and Nikon's full-frame mirrorless camera systems.

Review: Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 S

One of three lenses launched alongside the Nikon Z6 and Z7, on the face of it the Z 50mm F1.8 S might appear the most pedestrian of the group, but it might just be the niftiest fifty we've ever seen.

January 21
Panoram app will split your panoramas up for easy posting to Instagram Stories

Panoram is a simple app that makes it easy to split up panoramas so it's easier to post on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat 'Stories.'

News links on Google may lose thumbnail photos under EU Copyright Directive

News results from Google might be missing a few images if a new EU Copyright Directive passes.

Feature: Diving with Ilford HP5 and a Nikonos 5 at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

Professional commercial photographer Moe Lauchert shares an incredible gallery of film photographs he captured on Ilford HP5 with a Nikonos 5 while serving as a diver at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas.

DPReview TV: Sony a6400 review

This week, Sony introduced its newest APS-C camera, the a6400. Of course, Chris and Jordan were on hand to take it for a spin and test out all the new features.

January 20
Should I buy the Sony a6400? Here’s how it compares

The Sony a6400 is, in many ways, just a refreshed a6300, but its overhauled AF system makes a big difference. We look at how it compares with its rivals in and beyond the E-mount system.

January 19
Video: 'The Terrible History of Photographs' as told by puppets

Glove and Boots take a humorous look into the history of photographs and how far technology has come since the days of caveman hand selfies.

Sample gallery: Sony a9 with beta firmware 5.0

We've been shooting with a beta version of the Sony a9's upcoming firmware 5.0. While there's much more analysis to come, we can say it makes for a dead simple AF tracking user experience. Take a look at some of our samples.

January 18
DJI addresses alleged corruption scandal that reportedly increased product prices by 20%

A statement following internal investigation by DJI alleges a number of employee were part of an internal corruption scandal that overcharged DJI for parts and materials.

Resources for shooting this weekend's Super Blood Wolf Moon

Astrophotography fans will be treated to the sight a rare super blood wolf Moon this weekend, and lots of helpful people are offering advice on how best to photograph it.

K&F Concept Nikon Z lens adapters start shipping on January 22nd

Accessory maker K&F Concept is offering a range of adapters, allowing the use of non-Nikon as well as Nikon F lenses on the new Nikon Z mirrorless cameras.

Nikon quietly announces Coolpix B600, A1000 compact cameras

Nikon has announced two superzoom compact cameras, the Coolpix B600 and the Coolpix A1000.

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 a Software Development Engineer to join the team.

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.