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April 19
Wundershine's Reframe is designed for easy image-swapping and app-controlled curation

The Reframe system offers a user-friendly way of displaying your smartphone photos neatly framed on a wall.

Sony a6400 sample gallery updated

We've spent a little more time shooting with Sony's new a6400, and as we work towards the completion of a full review, we've updated our initial gallery of sample images with additional shooting in and around Seattle.

April 18
New Fujifilm X-T30 firmware aims to reduce Q.Menu button sensitivity

Fujifilm has released a firmware update for its X-T30 midrange mirrorless camera. It tries to address one of the most frustrating things about the camera: how easy it is to accidentally press the Q.Menu button.

Google's Photobooth brings automated selfie-shooting to the Pixel 3

The new Photobooth mode uses AI to automatically detect the best moment to trigger the shutter during selfie capture.

Canon EOS R firmware update 1.2.0 brings eye-detection AF to Servo mode

Canon has released the latest firmware for its EOS R camera, bringing with it eye-detection autofocus in servo mode and other incremental updates.

World Press Photo disinvited photographer after reports of 'inappropriate behavior'

World Press Photo has, for the first time ever, disinvited an award-winning photographer after reports of 'inappropriate behavior.'

Kandao uses AI to convert 30fps  360-degree video into super-slow-motion footage

AI super slow motion is a software-based method for generating super-slow-motion video from existing footage.

These are the winners of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The 12th year of the World Photography Awards, in partnership with Sony, had a record-breaking number of entries. The winners have been revealed in this prestigious, global competition that gives burgeoning artists exposure and funding to develop personal projects.

Here's why I'm not quite ready to let the Pixel 3 replace a dedicated camera

For most of Managing Editor Allison Johnson's photography, smartphones have already replaced a traditional camera. But a recent trip reinforced a couple of key reasons why she's not ready to quite ready to leave the dedicated camera at home – yet.

Choosing a camera Part 3: the trade-offs of sensor size

In the final part of our beginners' guide to camera fundamentals, we look at the trade-offs you contend with when you choose a sensor size. We hope it helps you find the balance that works best for you.

April 17
Drone footage shows the extent of damage from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire

The roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral were destroyed in a devastating fire this past Monday. Drone footage shows the extent of the damage done to the historic Parisian landmark.

Fujifilm releases 3.0 firmware for X-T3, brings improved AF for both stills and video

Fujifilm's latest firmware update for its X-T3 camera includes an improved AF algorithm for enhanced face detection, better subject tracking and more.

Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 III lens launches with improved optics

Zhong Yi Optics has released its new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 III lens for Sony FE, Canon RF, and Nikon Z mount camera systems.

Shutterstock AR feature lets customers preview stock images as wall artwork

You can now see the artwork on your wall without the need to order it first.

Fujifilm X-T30 review
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The Fujifilm X-T30 is a $900 camera that's an incredibly capable stills/video hybrid. Image and 4K video quality are top-notch and, aside from some ergonomic and autofocus stumbles, the X-T30 does just about everything right. Learn more in our in-depth review.

Choosing a camera Part 2: is a bigger sensor better?

In part two of our beginners' guides to the fundamentals of cameras, we're going to look at the benefits that a larger sensor can bring. Part three will look at the trade-offs that this brings.

April 16
2019 Pulitzer Prize photography award winners announced for Breaking News, Feature Photography

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize photography award winners have been announced in the Breaking News and Feature Photography categories.

Report: Huawei P30 Pro uses Sony image sensors and technology from Corephotonics

French analysts System Plus Consulting have torn down the Huawei P30 Pro and made some interesting findings.

ThinkTank launches PhotoCross 15 rugged backpack

The PhotoCross 15 is the third and largest backpack in ThinkTank's MindShift PhotoCross lineup, rounding out the PhotoCross 10 and 13 variations.

LIT is a wireless xenon flash for your smartphone

A Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise funds for the production of an external smartphone flash.

DOTMOT Paper Camera project precisely replicates DSLR camera, lens and flash

This one-off paper camera makes for great photos, but won't be making any great photos.

Choosing a camera Part 1: should I worry about pixel size?

In the first of a three-part beginners' guide, we're going to look at whether you need to worry about pixel size when choosing a camera. Parts two and three will look at the benefits of a larger sensor size, and the trade-offs you make.

Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery

Nikon's new Z 24-70mm F2.8 S promises a substantial size and weight reduction compared to its F-mount predecessor and a boost in optical quality. See how it performs in our sample gallery.

April 15
The Etch-A-Snap is (probably) the world's first Etch-A-Sketch camera

Self-taught programmer Martin Fitzpatrick has created a Raspberry Pi Zero-powered camera that uses a Pocket Etch-A-Sketch to 'print' the 240x144 pixel image.

Parrot Anafi Thermal drone brings FLIR camera, lighter weight and higher price

Parrot has released an enterprise version of its Anafi drone that features an integrated FLIR thermal camera.

Canon could put continuous LED lights inside pop-up flash units according to patent application

A recent patent application from Canon suggests future pop-up flashes on Canon cameras could have continuous lighting thanks to LEDs.

Loupedeck+ now supports Adobe Audition and Final Cut Pro X

The Loupedeck+ customizable editing controller now supports Adobe's flagship audio editing program and Apple's professional video editing program.

CP+ 2019 Olympus Interview: Micro Four Thirds can be appreciated in almost all photographic fields

We spoke to Shigemi Sugimoto, the head of Olympus's imaging division at the CP+ show in Yokohama. He talked to us about the appeal of Micro Four Thirds and gave some hints about the types of technology the company is looking at.

April 14
Samyang announces new 85mm AF F-mount lens and its first two Z-mount lenses

Samyang has announced a new trio of lenses that include an 85mm F1.4 lens for Nikon F-mount systems in addition to a 14mm F2.8 and 85mm F1.4 manual focus lenses for Nikon Z-mount camera systems.

Is the Canon EOS RP right for you?

Now that we've finished our full review of Canon's latest affordable full-framer, we've taken a look at how well (or not) it works for some common use-cases.

April 13
Video: 'The completely bonafide and entirely unfalsified history of the camera'

Andrew Saladino of 'The Royal Ocean Film Society' has shared a humorous, albeit completely fictional look at the history of the camera.

DPReview TV: Ricoh GR III review

The Ricoh GR series is a perennial staff favorite, and in this week's episode, Chris takes the new GR III to an industrial area, does some street photography in the sunny city, and drinks a tasty beer at a new brewery.

Ricoh GR III studio scene published

We've been eager to test the Ricoh GR III since it arrived, so in addition to a sample gallery and a thorough DPReview TV analysis, it's also been added to our studio test scene comparison tool. Take a look at how it compares to its peers.

April 12
Slideshow: World Press Photo names 'Crying Girl on the Border' its 2019 Photo of the Year

World Press Photo has named John Moore's 'Crying Girl on the Border' the 2019 Photo of the Year and revealed the winners in its other categories. We've rounded up the top singles from each.

Blackmagic Design unveils the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard for easier video post-processing

Blackmagic has announced a console-inspired keyboard specifically for use alongside its video editing program DaVinci Resolve.

Multi Turret rotating prototype mounts three lenses on a single camera

Who said Super 8 cameras were the only cameras that should have multiple lenses you can swap between on the fly?

Samsung Galaxy A80 phone unveiled with sliding, rotating triple-camera array

Samsung has revealed the A80, a triple-camera smartphone with a unique rotating camera mechanism.

Ricoh GR III sample gallery

Ricoh's long-awaited GR III is finally shipping, and we've been shooting with a production sample for a few days to see how it performs. Take a closer look.

April 11
Instagram starts demoting 'inappropriate' content, even if it doesn't violate its rules

Facebook announced in a press event that it would start hiding 'inappropriate' content from the Explore and hashtag sections of its app, but failed to elaborate what specifically would be demoted.

DJI urges public to submit comments on proposed FAA rules

Monday, April 15th, is the final deadline to submit your comments to two separate proposed rules from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lensrentals found a dead fly inside a Canon 70-200mm, tested how it affects image quality

This kind of bug isn't going to be fixed with the latest firmware update.

DaVinci Resolve 16 has new Neural Engine, native Frame.io integration and more

Blackmagic Design has unveiled DaVinci Resolve 16, the latest version of its professional video editing program that adds dozens of new and improved tools and features.

Review: The Aputure Amaran AL-MW LED light

The Amaran AL-MW is a tiny, color-accurate LED light that runs for hours on a charge, includes color filters and diffusers, and is submersible to 10m. If you're in need of a small, portable light for the studio or in the field it might just earn a spot in your camera bag.

Sony adds enhanced Real-time Eye AF, Animal Eye AF and interval shooting to the a7R III, A7 III

Sony has released firmware version 3.0 for its a7R III and a7 III mirrorless cameras that brings with it enhanced Real-time Eye AF, Animal Eye AF and a new interval shooting mode.

April 10
Leaked images: A detailed look at the unreleased Zeiss Otus 100mm F1.4 lens

It's not yet official, but we have leaked product images and the details on the fourth lens in Zeiss' latest Otus lens, the 100mm F1.4.

Afidus ATL-200 camera can capture time-lapses for up to 80 days on battery power

Afidus says its camera can capture 1080p time-lapses for up to 80 days on a single set of batteries.

This is the first ever photograph of a black hole

After more than a year of analyzing, processing and reviewing the data, the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration has shared the first ever photograph of a supermassive black hole 55 million light years from Earth.

What you need to know about Canon's EOS Rebel SL3 (250D)

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is the company's smallest and lightest digital SLR to-date. Click-through to learn more about the EOS SL3 / 250D.

Ultra-compact Canon EOS Rebel SL3 offers eye-detect AF and cropped 4K capture

Canon has introduced the EOS Rebel SL3, its smallest and lightest DSLR ever. It uses the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor as its predecessor but adds a DIGIC 8 processor, eye-detection when using Dual Pixel AF, improved battery life and 4K video capture with a significant crop.

April 9
Yashica reveals its own 35mm film product following bizarre, confusing teasers

The company behind the Yashica brand name has been teasing a new ISO 400 color negative film.

Pixelmator's nondestructive AI-powered image editor for iPad is now available

As promised, Pixelmator has released Pixelmator Photo, a nondestructive image editing that features 'desktop-class photo editing tools, AI-powered film emulation presets and more.

Flickr partners with Pixsy to create end-to-end platform for protecting image copyrights

Flickr users will now have integrated access to Pixsy's copyright protection platform.

Blackmagic announces a new battery grip for its Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic's new battery grip for its Pocket Cinema Camera 4K swaps the usual LP-e6 battery for two L-series batteries, giving it up to two hours of use on a single charge.

Tiffen launches ND/PL filter kits for DJI Osmo Pocket camera

Tiffen has introduced a pair of filter kits for videographers using the DJI Osmo Pocket that the company says help to create a more cinematic look to the footage recorded with the device.

Sony a6400 review in progress

Sony's a6400 combines a proven 24MP APS-C sensor, a new 'Bionz X' processor, and one of the best autofocus implementations we've yet seen - all in a compact, affordable camera body. Check out our impressions in our initial review.

April 8
CIPA's February 2019 report shows huge drop in global digital camera shipments

CIPA's latest numbers show a more than 30% decrease year-over-year in global digital camera shipments.

VSCO sues PicsArt for allegedly reverse engineering its filters

VSCO alleges 17 PicsArt employees created VSCO accounts to reverse engineer at least 19 filters to sell in its own app.

Lexar launches trio of ultra-compact SSD drives

Lexar's newest SSDs come in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and are tiny enough to fit in even the smallest of pockets.

Skydio under fire for promoting illegal drone footage

Bay Area-based Skydio, a robotics startup that produces a completely autonomous drone, is in trouble after falsely geotagging a promotional video on Instagram.

Pentax 11-18mm F2.8 DA* sample gallery

We just got our hands on the new Pentax 11-18mm F2.8 DA* – a premium wide-angle zoom lens for Ricoh's APS-C format Pentax DSLRs. Check out our gallery of sample images.

CP+ 2019: We tour Panasonic's Yamagata lens factory

Not many people get to visit Panasonic's lens factory in Yamagata Prefecture, North East Japan. We toured the factory, found out about their specialism in aspherical lenses and asked how it was coping with the changes in the camera industry.

April 7
Rode's Wireless GO microphone system claims to be 'the world's smallest'

Rode has announced the Wireless GO microphone system, a ridiculously small transmitter and receiver that make it easy to record audio on-the-go.

CP+ 2019: Sigma interview - 'Optical design is always a battle with the design constraints'

In our conversation with CEO Kazuto Yamaki we discussed his plans for future L-mount lenses (and cameras) and some of the challenges of supporting multiple mounts.

April 6
Venus Optics shares details of upcoming zoom and prime cine lenses

Venus Optics has shared new information regarding two upcoming cine lenses — one prime, one zoom — it's currently showing off as prototypes at NAB 2019.

Thinking about the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 for video? Read this first

Panasonic has a reputation for great video, and it also promotes the Lumix DC-G95 as being as much about video as stills. Richard Butler explains why the reality has left us a little disappointed.

April 5
Atomos announces Shinobi SDI monitor, Shogun 7 monitor/recorder and a Ninja V SDI module

Atomos has announced a trio of new products to round out and spruce up its product lineup: the Shinobi SDI monitor, Shogun 7 monitor/recorder and AtomX SDI module for Ninja V.

Mastin Labs' Kodak Everyday Original Styles Pack launches for Capture One

Mastin Labs has taken its talents to Capture One in the form of its Kodak Everyday Original Styles preset pack, after only being available for Adobe products since its release.

EyeQ acquires image optimization company Athentech and its Perfectly Clear technology

A Canadian company with venture-capital backing has acquired Athentech and says it it planning to invest in artificial intelligence and innovative workflow solutions.

DPReview TV: Panasonic G95 first impressions review

The Panasonic G95 was just announced, and Chris and Jordan are here with their first impressions. Join the boys on a photo scavenger hunt, and find out why Jordan can eat Lucky Charms better than all of you.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90: What you need to know

While not a gigantic upgrade to the G85 that came before it, Panasonic's Lumix DC-G95 has an easier-to-grip body, a sensor with more pixels and improvements to video capture. Click through to learn about the G95's standout features.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review in Progress

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (G90 outside North America) is a 20MP mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at both stills and video shooters, but it faces some pretty stiff competition.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 pre-production sample gallery

We've spent some time shooting with a pre-production Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (G90) in a variety of situations and we've put together a gallery so you can evaluate its image quality.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 features a 20MP sensor, weather-resistant body and built-in V-LogL

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DC-G95 (G90 in some regions), which is a modest step up from the G85 (G80). The major changes include a bump in resolution to 20MP, a refined design, built-in V-LogL and a headphone socket.

Updated Panasonic Lumix G 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 lens is splash and dust resistant

Panasonic has released a 'Mark II' version of its versatile Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens. The 14-140 II has the same optics as the original model, but adds a degree of weather-sealing. It will be available in May for $599.

April 4
Apple wants to patent a 'Synthetic Selfie' app

Apple's latest patent application describes a system that creates a group selfie from a number of individual self portrait.

Venus Optics adds Micro Four Thirds version of its 9mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

Venus Optics has announced a Micro Four Thirds version of its 9mm F2.8 Zero-D lens, adding to the Fuji X, Sony E, Canon EF-M and DJI DL versions.

Leica releases firmware updates for its SL, CL cameras to add L-Mount lens support

Leica has released firmware updates for its SL and CL mirrorless cameras that brings along new L-Mount lens support.

Sharp announces it's officially joining Micro Four Thirds system

Electronics giant Sharp has officially joined the Micro Four Thirds system according to a brief statement on the Olympus global website.

Skylum's new Luminar Flex plugin brings AI features to Adobe apps, Photos on Mac

Luminar Flex is a new plugin from Skylum that makes it easy to edit photos using Luminar's technology from right inside Adobe apps and Photos on macOS.

Adobe adds new lens, camera support to Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom in April updates

Adobe adds new lens profile and camera support in the April update of Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Lightroom Classic

CP+ 2019: Sony Interview - 'First full-frame, then APS-C'

In our conversation with Sony's Kenji Tanaka, we discussed various topics, including how the full-frame mirrorless market has evolved, and why he believes Sony will maintain its competitive edge.

Review: The Elgato Stream Deck is a customizable hardware control for post-processing

The Elgato Stream Deck is a product aimed mostly at online gamers, but as contributor Chris Foreman discovered, with a bit of customization it's also a great tool for photo or video post-processing.

April 3
Huawei P30 Pro: The new benchmark for smartphone zoom

The new Huawei P30 Pro is the first smartphone to offer a 5x optical tele. We've had a closer look at the innovative zoom system's image quality performance.

FixIts biodegradable plastic sticks can be used to fix, upgrade your camera gear

These little plastic sticks can be used (and re-used) to both fix broken camera gear and improve upon older equipment.

European officials expected to announce first image of black hole on April 10

Scientists will soon reveal 'a groundbreaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project.'

Adobe After Effects gets Content-Aware Fill, more in latest Creative Cloud updates

With the annual NAB media show coming up, Adobe has refreshed its range of Creative Cloud video apps.

Canon launches its Sumire Prime collection with seven PL-mount cinema lenses

Canon has announced the Sumire Prime collection, a set of seven cinema prime lenses designed for the PL-mount.

Sample gallery: Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport

Sigma's 70-200 F2.8 Sport is a cost-friendly full-frame lens that offers sharp results, but it's heavy, and features an awkward tripod collar design.

CP+ 2019: Canon interview - 'we want to capture as many customers as we can'

We met up with Canon's senior management at CP+ in Yokohama and found them on uncharacteristically forthright and open form.

April 2
Canon launches four new 4K / 30p professional camcorders in XA range

Canon has added four new models to its XA range of professional camcorders updating the series to include its first models capable of 4K / 30p recording: the XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40.

Getty Images sued over 'deceptive' licensing public domain images

Digital marketing company CixxFive Concepts has filed a class action lawsuit against Getty Images over its allegedly 'deceptive' licensing of public domain images.

This online tool calculates the "exposure" you should demand when being asked to work for free

Many photographers know the feeling of being asked to work for 'exposure.' Now, a tongue-in-cheek calculator tells you what your work is worth.

Tiffen launches Steadicam Steadimate-S vest adapter for single handled gimbals

Tiffen has introduced the Steadicam-S, a device aimed at owners of single handled gimbals like the DJI Ronin-S that allows them to connect their device to a Steadicam vest and arm to add extra stability.

Canon EOS RP review
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We've wrapped our full review of Canon's EOS RP - the smallest and lightest current full-frame model on the market. Click through to find out how its autofocus and video stack up, and whether it's right for you.

Interview: Understanding RF, DS and DO - we talk to Canon about its latest lenses

In the first of two recent interviews with Canon, we spoke to members of the R system R&D teams, to ask them about the EOS RP, their lens plans and whether we'll see more EF-M lenses.

April 1
Ricoh says it will repair GR III cameras affected by a wobbly control dial, scroll wheel

Ricoh Korea and Japan have issued a statement saying it will repair GR III cameras affected by a wobbly control dial, free of charge, starting on April 8.

Video: This $100 projector lens has beautiful bokeh and is perfect for portraits

Photographer and YouTuber Mathieu Stern has adapted an old Isco MC 65mm F2 projector lens to work on a mirrorless camera and the results proved impressive.

Prism Lens FX launches three lens filters with built-in prism and flare effects

Unlike other prism-style filters that need to be held or placed in front of the lens, these filters screw directly onto the lens itself.

Fujifilm Camera Remote app for iOS gets new UI, additional camera support and more

Fujifilm has released version 4.0 of its Camera Remote app for iOS. The Android version is expected to be released in May 2019.

Minolta DiMAGE V hands-on review

With its compact size, modular lens, lightweight storage solution and a whopping 0.33MP of resolution, Minolta's DiMAGE V promises to be an excellent photographic companion - find out if it's right for you in our latest camera review.