« February 2019

March 2019 news and reviews

March 21
Review: Lomography Diana Instant Square

The Diana Instant Square is a retro-inspired camera with manual controls that's fun to shoot in good light, but largely unpredictable in its operation.

March 20
Photogenic Paris street seeks to ban Instagrammers certain times of the week

Residents of a Paris street plagued by Instagrammers, selfie takers and music video crews are asking the city government for a weekend and evening ban to give them some peace.

DJI releases $39 mic adapter for its Osmo Pocket camera

The adapter plugs into the Osmo Pocket's USB Type-C port and features a 3.5mm TRS jack to plug in various external microphones.

Instagram rolls out Checkout payment feature, data handled by Facebook

Checkout allows Instagram users to select products for purchase and make payments directly in the app.

NVIDIA Research project uses AI to instantly turn drawings into photorealistic images

GauGAN as it's known, can create photorealistic images from basic drawings using the power of artificial intelligence.

Canon EOS RP review in progress

The EOS RP is Canon's latest full-frame mirrorless camera, with diminutive dimensions and a diminutive price. Find out how it stacks up and get our thoughts in our early review.

March 19
Judge rules RNC didn't violate photographer's copyright with unauthorized image use

Montana judge Dana L. Christensen has ruled the Republican National Committee did not infringe upon the copyright of photographer Erika Peterman after they took a photo from a Democratic candidate's Facebook page without permission and altered it to use in a derogatory promotional mailer.

Nikon updates Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and Picture Control Utility to address various bugs

Nikon has launched updates for three of its programs to address various bugs and glitches that could cause crashes and unwanted results.

LEE100 is a next-generation filter holder with a modular design for easier operation

LEE Filters has launched the LEE100, its next-generation filter holder that improves the design and looks in all the right places.

Panasonic Lumix S1 sample gallery

With the arrival of some much-needed sunshine and final production firmware for the Panasonic S1, we've been able to get outside and really start putting the camera through its paces.

March 18
Photo Mechanic 6 will launch March 25 with faster speeds, new UI and 64-bit support

Importing, culling and tagging photos is about to get a whole lot faster and look a whole lot better with the impending arrival of Photo Mechanic 6.

Nikon is now bundling its FTZ mount adapter with Z6, Z7 cameras sold in the US

On its own, the FTZ adapter retails for $250 and when bundled it dropped the cost to just $150. Now, Nikon is offering it for free with all Z6, Z7 purchases in the United States.

Profoto prepares to sue Godox over alleged A1 light patent infringement

Profoto said it spoke with Godox back at Photokina 2018 and continues to contact Godox in an effort to stop it from marketing its V1 light.

ZTE's next flagship phone might come with a sideways-sliding camera

Product renders in Italian publication Notebook Italia show an unusual design that conceals all cameras with the help of a slider mechanism.

Canon issues advisory for new super-telephoto lenses, promises firmware fix soon

Canon says its new EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and EF 600mm F4L IS III lenses can suffer from an intermittent flickering when shooting video in M or Av modes with certain cameras.

Is the Leica Q2 right for you?

Leica recently announced the Q2, a digital rangefinder with a fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. It's a heck of a lot of fun to shoot with, but is it right for you? Based on our time with the camera, and its specifications, we've examined how well-suited it is for common photography use-cases.

Panasonic Lumix S1R sample galleries updated

Now that our Panasonic Lumix S1R has final firmware, we couldn't wait to get out shooting with it - and we also tried the high-res mode, which combines files to get 187 megapixel images. Because sometimes, 47 megapixels just isn't enough.

March 17
Widen your window: a message to landscape photographers

In this article, travel and landscape photographer Mitch Green encourages us to spend more time in the the field.

March 16
Zenit announces ridiculously fast 50mm F0.95 fully-manual lens for Sony full-frame cameras

the lens lacks any electronics whatsoever and is constructed entirely of glass and metal. Of course, that comes at the expense of weight — this thing weighs in at 1.1kg / 2.43lbs.

How to safely operate a drone in urban areas

Drones can be useful tools in urban areas, where they're utilized for everything from news reporting to building inspections, but flying in these areas requires careful preparation. Here's what you need to know to do so safely.

Hasselblad launches new cable release, battery charging hub for X1D

Hasselblad has released a new cable release and USB double battery charger for its X1D medium format camera .

No, Flickr didn't hand your photos over to corporations for machine learning

After a report published by NBC News, Flickr has taken heat for allegedly letting IBM 'scrape' photos for use in its facial recognition datasets. But the problem isn't what it seems on the surface.

March 15
Samyang has announced the AF 85mm F1.4 FE lens for full-frame Sony cameras

Samyang has announced the impending arrival of the AF 85mm F1.4 FE lens for full-frame Sony cameras.

Video: 15 actually useful Photoshop shortcuts to help speed up your workflow

Some Photoshop shortcuts are simple and obvious. Others, not so much. Here are 15 shortcuts that are actually useful.

Twitter wants you to tweet more photos, makes its in-camera app easier to access

Twitter has redesigned its in-app camera for easier access from the timeline screen.

SLR Magic brings six MicroPrime lenses to Fujifilm X mount, adds a 12mm as well

Independent cinema lens manufacturer SLR Magic has announced it will offer all of its existing MicroPrime range in the Fujifilm X mount and has even created a Fuji-specific 12mm lens.

Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6 and Olympus E-M1X added to buying guides

We've updated our buying guides with three more cameras: the Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6 and Olympus E-M1X.

March 14
CFexpress 2.0 cards will be offered in three sizes with different maximum speeds

CFexpress 2.0 cards will come in three different form factors, each of which will offer different maximum speeds.

Lensbaby announces the Edge 35mm optic, a wide angle tilt lens for its Optic Swap system

Lensbaby has added a third tilt lens to its Optic Swap system, this time a 35mm lens, adding to the existing 50mm and 80mm options.

Sigma updates firmware for multiple EF mount lenses, EF-E converter and one F mount lens

Sigma has released firmware updates for a number of its lenses as well as its EF-E adapter to address various errors and features with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.

Fujifilm X-T30, Sony a6400 added to 'Best Cameras under $1000' buying guide

We've added the Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony a6400 to our 'Best Cameras under $1000' buying guide. These two mirrorless models pack in a lot of features for just $900 body only.

March 13
Facebook, Instagram goes down for select users around the world

Instagram, Facebook and other Facebook-owned services are down for users around the world.

Think Tank Photo launches Vision shoulder bags for DSLR and mirrorless gear

Think Tank Photo has unveiled its new Vision series of shoulder bags, including the Vision 10, Vision 13 and Vision 15.

OPPO teases Reno device, shows 10x zoom samples

The OPPO Reno series will be launched on April 10 but some details have already been spotted on the web.

Meet the Insta360 EVO, a foldable camera that shoots 3D 180º video and 360º 5.7K video

Insta360 has unveiled its latest camera, as well as a new VR headset app and a specialized smartphone cover that makes it possible to view 3D video on standard smartphones.

Waterproof buying guide updated for 2019

A fresh crop of ready-for-anything compacts has been added to our buying guide – just in time for Spring Break.

March 12
RED quietly removes mention of Hydrogen One modules from website

At the Hydrogen One launch RED promised a range of bolt-on modules designed to expand the device's feature set. However, there is now doubt if those modules will ever be released.

New extended UK airport no-fly zones will take effect on March 13

Due to growing concerns about drones around regulated airspace, no-fly zones in the United Kingdom will be more than four times larger than before starting March 13.

3rd time isn't a charm for Huawei, who once again gets busted faking smartphone photos

Huawei clearly hasn't learned its lesson and once again has been busted for trying to pass off DSLR photos as images taken with one of its upcoming smartphones.

Video: Watch this cannon shoot (and destroy) a Canon at 264mph in a tornado projectile test

A compact camera reached speeds of 264 miles per hour during a test to demonstrate the dangers presented by normal domestic objects flying around during tornado.

Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 sample gallery

The Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 covers a range equivalent to 79-158mm when mounted on a GFX camera. It's also a medium-format Fujifilm shooter's longest zoom option for the foreseeable future – take a look at some sample shots.

March 11
Roger Cicala tests new Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM, confirms 'insanely good' MTF results

Roger Cicala is a hard man to impress. His team tests a lot of lenses, but the new Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM looks like it's a cut above the average tele prime. His verdict? 'This is the sharpest lens we've tested. Period'.

Meyer Optik Görlitz confirms rumor that Nocturnus was a rebranded Chinese lens

Meyer Optik Görlitz has confirmed in a press release that a number of its lenses were slightly remodified and rebranded lenses from Chinese and Russian manufacturers.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets can now handle a 192MP image sensor

Qualcomm has updated the imaging specifications of a range of its Snapdragon mobile chipsets.

Manfrotto adds four new carry-on trolley bags to its Pro Light Reloader collection

Manfrotto has added four new carry-on-size camera bags to its Pro Light Reloader collection, each of which has its own little niche.

Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated

We spent a little more time with the Ricoh GR III out and about in Yokohama, updating our initial sample gallery to a total of over 50 images.

March 10
PSA: Don't film laser tattoo removals unless you too want to fry a $2,200 camera

Go ahead and add laser tattoo removals to the list of things you shouldn't be filming with your digital camera.

Canon EOS RP vs EOS 6D Mark II: Which is right for you?

Canon's EOS RP is the company's latest entry-level full-frame camera, and it happens to be mirrorless. The company's previous entry-level full framer was the EOS 6D Mark II, and so we decided to take a look at how they stack up for different types of photography.

March 9
Flickr says it will spare all Creative Commons photos, announces 'in memoriam' accounts

In a blog post on its website, Flickr has announced new updates on Creative Commons images and a solution to accounts whose owner has passed away.

DPReview TV: Why waveforms are better than histograms

Most serious photographers are familiar with histograms, but what about waveforms? Chris and Jordan explain why this tool from the video world may just be the best way to judge exposure for still photos too – and why all cameras should have them.

March 8
Hipster offended after mistaking himself for hipster in study about lookalike hipsters

This might be the most cringeworthy case of mistaken identity we've come across.

GimbalGun aims to spread the load for videographers

If you find your biceps bursting through the arm of your shirt at the end of a day’s video shoot you might be glad of something to make your gimbal feel a little less heavy. A project about to be launched on Kickstarter claims to have the answer – GimbalGun.

Leica Q2: What you need to know

Almost four years since the original Q was launched Leica has unveiled the Q2, which adds a higher-resolution sensor, revamped interface and improved video capabilities. Here's everything you need to know about Leica's new luxury compact.

March 7
Watch out Profoto, the Godox V1 round head flash is just around the corner

Godox promised the impending arrival of its Profoto A1 competitor late last year at Photokina 2018 and it appears as though it's just around the corner.

Yongnuo shares more details about its upcoming YN450 Android-powered mirrorless camera

Yongnuo has shared more details about its Android-powered YN450 mirrorless camera and Cinema5D has taken an in-depth look at what's inside and what it's meant to be.

Repair site ifixit gives us a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S10 earns itself an incredibly low repairability score of 3/10.

Android TV 'Photos' feature disabled after bug reveals hundreds of user accounts

Google has temporarily disabled the Photos app for its Android TV platform after it discovered a bug in a number of devices that revealed the accounts of hundreds of users.

Leica Q2 first impressions review

The Leica Q2 is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera sporting a new 47.3MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. It's styled like a traditional Leica M rangefinder and replaces the hugely popular original Leica Q (Typ 116), launched in 2015.

Leica Q2 boasts 47.3MP sensor, 4K video and weather-sealing

Leica has introduced the Q2, updating its predecessor with a higher resolution full-frame sensor, splash and dust resistance on par with the SL's and an updated OLED viewfinder.

Leica Q2 sample gallery

The Leica Q2 has arrived on the scene and we've been busy pointing its 47MP full-frame sensor and 28mm F1.7 lens at as many subjects as possible. Initial impressions of image quality suggest excellent detail and ISO performance, but lackluster JPEG color.

Video: Leica Q2 overview

Though it's a bit impractical for most photographers, the Leica Q2 is nevertheless a camera that will draw a lot of attention thanks to its good looks and street-shooter-friendly features. Here's a quick overview of the Q2.

March 6
Dubble Film teams with film producer Revelog, renames products, tweaks price, and more

Dubble Film has announced it's changing film suppliers and subsequently changing the name of some of its film stocks.

Researchers launch Colourise.sg, a free web app that colorizes B&W images using AI

Researchers have developed a new web app, powered by artificial intelligence, that colorizes photos with incredible accuracy.

DxO adds support for EOS R, Nikon Z6 and numerous new lenses in PhotoLab 2.2

The latest version of DxO’s raw conversion software PhotoLab 2.2 brings compatibility for Canon’s EOS R mirrorless camera as well as the Nikon Z6, the EOS M50 and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drone.

Meike announces an 85mm F1.8 lens for Sony E-mount cameras

The lens doesn't yet have a definitive price or date of availability, but based on Meike's other offerings, it should be a rather affordable option.

Video: Behind the scenes at CP+

Over the past few days we've been sharing news and interesting products from the annual CP+ trade show in Yokohama, Japan. However, there's also a lot that goes on behind the scenes at a show like CP+. We've put together a short video that lets you join us here – at least in a virtual sense.

Canon EOS RP added to studio test scene comparison, sample gallery updated

Canon's EOS RP may be small on the outside, but it's hiding a big 26MP full-frame sensor on the inside. We've been pushing forward with our full review and have updated our gallery with fresh shots, and have taken a look at how how it handles our studio test scene – see for yourself.

March 5
Would you delete all your Instagram photos to fly free for a year? JetBlue hopes so

JetBlue is offering free flights for a year...so long as you remove all of your Instagram photos from your account.

Huawei P30 Pro to come with periscope-style tele lens and updated night mode

A Huawei representative already some details about the P30 Pro camera ahead of the launch at the end of March.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K gets Raw and URSA Mini 4.6K gets 2nd-gen update

Blackmagic has announced a second-generation URSA Mini 4.6K camera and a massive update for its Pocket Cinema Camera 4K that adds Blackmagic Raw capture.

Canon patent shows off ultra-fast, ultra wide 14-21mm F1.4 RF lens

Canon has been pumping out RF lenses left and right, and from the looks of it, they show no signs of slowing down.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Review

Fujifilm's GFX 50R takes the image quality from the existing 50S model and wraps it in a new body with new controls and a lower price of entry. Is that enough to tempt you to pick one up for yourself? Find out how the GFX 50R performs in our full review.

SmallHD launches Focus 7, a $699 seven-inch touchscreen monitor

Video monitor manufacturer SmallHD has launched Focus 7, a new seven inch on-camera model that features a 1000 nit display and which offers dual battery slots.

March 4
Viral 'Ice Throne' photo captured as grandma on iceberg was swept out to sea

Judith Streng, a grandmother who was posing on an 'ice throne' in Iceland floated out to sea, only to be rescued by a boat captain who had rescue training.

Relio² is a second-gen light cube that comes with 3D-printable accessories

The Relio² is a highly customizable portable lighting system for photography and other color-critical applications.

Popular YouTube channel creates camera lens from scratch using sand and rocks

Popular YouTube channel 'How to Make Everything' went through the painstaking process of creating a camera lens starting with raw materials.

Jason Momoa, AKA Aquaman and Khal Drogo, is quite the Leica camera collector

Actor Jason Momoa, who's known for his roles as Aquaman and Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, is working on a 'special' project with Leica and has an impressive collection of his own.

Flickr is rolling out a new login page that rids the need for Yahoo credentials

SmugMug is addressing its most-requested feature from Flickr users — a new login process that gets rid of the need for Yahoo credentials.

March 3
DPTH app applies simulated bokeh effect to any image

DPTH uses artificial intelligence to create depth maps of existing images.

CP+ 2019: Olympus shows super-tele zoom and 2.0 TC under glass

Olympus promised a 150-400mm F4.5 with built-in teleconverter back in January. It's an idea that starts to make sense when you see the prototype.

CP+ 2019: Hands-on with Tokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF

We're at CP+ 2019, where Tokina is showing its latest high-quality zoom lens for full-frame cameras, the Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF.

CP+ 2019: Nikon Z7 Eye AF side-by-side with Sony a7R III

Nikon's booth at CP+ includes Z6 and Z7 cameras running firmware with Eye AF. We tried it out, side-by-side with the Sony a7R III, to see how they compare.

CP+ 2019: Panasonic shows 10-25mm F1.7 mockup

Panasonic is showing a mockup of the 10-25mm F1.7 Leica-branded zoom for Micro Four Thirds it announced back at Photokina. If nothing else it demonstrates Panasonic's belief in the system as a high-end format.

March 2
Costco says it will close the photo departments at several stores in April

Costco will start shutting down the photo departments at a number of its locations across the United States.

DPReview TV: Canon EOS RP review

The EOS RP is Canon's second full frame mirrorless camera, built around the new RF mount, and comes with an aggressive launch price of $1300. While there are some inevitable compromises to be made at this cost, Chris and Jordan discovered that there's a lot to like about this pint-sized full-framer.

CP+ 2019: Hands-on with Tamron's trio of full-frame lenses

While not strictly announced at the show, CP+ is one of our first chances to see Tamron's trio of full frame lenses: a 35mm F1.4 DSLR prime, an 17-28mm F2.8 for Sony E mount and an intriguing 35-150mm F2.8-4 for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

CP+ 2019: Ricoh shows PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW

Alongside the GR III, Ricoh is using the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan to give its customers a first look at the PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW, a high-performance zoom for APS-C.

CP+ 2019: Voigtländer unveils new manual focus lenses for Sony E-mount and Leica M

We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, where Cosina is letting customers get their hands on three fast manual-focus Voigtländer primes - two for Sony E-mount and one for Leica M. We took a closer look.

March 1
Apple announces winners of its 2019 'Shot on iPhone' Challenge

Apple has shared the ten photos it selected to be displayed on billboards and advertisements in cities across the world.

Spectre is an AI-powered long-exposure app for the iPhone

Thanks to AI-powered stabilization handheld exposures of up to nine seconds are possible with Spectre.

Canon USA unveils RAISE, an online photo platform with AI-powered features

Canon USA has unveiled RAISE, an online photo platform that uses the power of AI to intelligently tag, sort and recommend photos.

CFexpress Type B memory cards double read speed to 1.7GBps, write speed to 1.4GBps

Sony has announced it will introduce the next generation CFexpress memory cards this summer, promising read speeds of up to 1.7GBps and write speeds of 1.48GBps.

Hands on: Synology DS1019+ is a five-drive NAS storage solution for photographers

Network attached storage manufacturer Synology recently announced a new DiskStation model that aims to provide a lower price-point 5-bay NAS for photographers and small businesses. Here's a quick overview of the new model.

CP+ 2019: a look at the Pentax 85mm F1.4 and KP Custom

Ricoh is highlighting its commitment to the Pentax K mount by showing a mockup of its forthcoming D-FA* 85mm F1.4 lens.

CP+ 2019: Ricoh GR III shown with firmware 1.0, Theta goes 1"

The Ricoh GR III is one of the stars of the CP+ show in Yokohama. The 'touch-and-try' units were running firmware 1.0 so we took a closer look.

CP+ 2019: Hands-on with the Sigma MC-21 SA / EF to L-mount adapter

Sigma's MC-21 adapter allows 29 of Sigma's Global Vision lenses to be mounted on the Leica L-mount. We got hands-on and took a closer look.

CP+ 2019: Finally - Nikon has cut a Z Noct 58mm 0.95 S in half

It had to happen sooner or later.

CP+ 2019: Canon shows concept cameras and limited-edition gold EOS RP

Canon has used the annual CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan to showcase a limited edition gold version of its newest mirrorless camera and a collection of working concept models, first unveiled in 2018.