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May 2019 news and reviews

May 24
Lomography announces Petzval 55mm F1.7 lens for full-frame mirrorless systems

This is Lomography's first lens designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless systems.

FAA expands LAANC capabilities to 100+ new airports

The FAA has expanded LAANC to increase access for commercial drone pilots in controlled airspace. 100+ airports have been added.

Waterproof camera buying guide updated, Olympus TG-6 wins recommendation

We've updated our waterproof camera buying guide with the latest round of rugged compacts, and we've crowned a new winner as the best pick in the category: the Olympus TG-6. That is, unless you happen to find a good deal on the TG-5.

Sony bumps Nikon from #2 spot as its global ILC market share increases 4% year-over-year

According to Sony's latest financial report, it's overtaken Nikon to have the second largest market share in the global digital camera market, based on revenue.

May 23
Leica, Lenny Kravitz produce limited edition ‘Drifter’ M Monochrom with snakeskin finish

Lenny Kravitz and Leica team up to produce perhaps the most eye-catching M camera ever, in the snakeskin Drifter kit. Limited to just 125 units, you'll need to move fast to get one.

Samsung researchers create AI that transforms still images into talking portraits

Researchers with the Samsung AI Center in Moscow and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have created a system that transforms still images into talking portraits with as little as a single image.

Elderly camera store owner suffers broken arm during violent robbery

K&R Photographics, a camera store in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, was robbed by armed men, who not only took thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment, but also injured the 70-year-old co-owner of the store.

Canon now offers a service to de-click the Control Ring on its RF lenses

Canon's RF lenses can now have their Control Rings de-clicked to make for silent changes when shooting video.

Birth of the Renaissance: Shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 100 in Florence, Italy

The new Fujifilm GFX 100 boasts some impressive specifications, including 100MP, in-body stabilization and 4K video. But what's it like to shoot with? Senior Editor Barnaby Britton found out on a recent trip to Florence, Italy.

Apple MacBook Pro refreshed with 8-core processors and improved keyboards

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with 8-core processors for the first time ever, as well as an improved keyboard that should resolve the issues of past butterfly keyboards.

First of the breed: Inside the GFX 100 pre-production assembly line

Back in early March, we had the opportunity to visit Fujifilm's factory in Sendai, Japan, where assembly line staff were manually assembling the earliest pre-production samples of the GFX 100.

DPReview TV: Fujifilm GFX 100 first look

Chris and Jordan are at Fujifilm's GFX 100 launch event in Japan (well, in a nearby hotel room) and have some initial thoughts about using this 100MP medium format powerhouse.

Hands-on with the Fujifilm GFX 100

It's here! The long-awaited next-generation Fujifilm GFX has been officially launched. Click through to learn more about the camera that Fujifilm is hoping will shake up the pro photography market - the GFX100.

Fujifilm GFX 100 pre-production sample gallery

We recently had the opportunity to shoot in Florence, Italy with a pre-production sample of the Fujifilm GFX 100. Check out our gallery of JPEG samples to get an idea of its capabilities.

Fujifilm GFX 100 offers 100 Megapixels, phase-detect AF and 4K video for $10,000

We've known about the Fujifilm GFX 100 since last fall, but now it's official: this 102MP medium-format monster will be available at the end of June for $10,000. In addition to its incredible resolution, the camera also has in-body IS, a hybrid AF system, 4K video and a removable EVF.

May 22
Camera-friendly Canadian airport cuts holes in perimeter fence for aviation photographers

What must be the world's most camera-friendly airport has set out locations all around its perimeter fence specifically so photographers can get all the best angles unhindered by wires.

DJI AirSense will add aircraft detection to DJI drones starting next year

According to DJI, any drone model weighing over 250 grams will have AirSense Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers installed to help drone operators know when planes and helicopters are nearby.

Adobe's mobile video editing app Rush makes its way to Android

Premiere Rush is targeted at Youtubers and vloggers who want to edit video on the go.

US government warns of potential spying by Chinese drone companies

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) sent out an alert on Monday stating drones manufactured in China are a 'potential risk to an organization's information.'

Samsung starts mass-production of 5x tele smartphone camera module

The new module might be implemented in the upcoming Galaxy Note device generation.

DPReview TV: Our USB ports should do more!

Chris and Jordan are kicking off a new segment in which they make feature suggestions to manufacturers for the benefit of all photographer-kind. To start things off, they take a look at the humble USB-C port and everything it could be doing for us.

Olympus's TG-6 waterproof camera is a modest update to its predecessor

The Olympus TG-5 is one of our favorite waterproof cameras, and the company today introduced the TG-6, a relatively low-key update. New features include the addition of an anti-reflective coating on the sensor, a higher-res LCD, and more underwater and macro modes.

Olympus Tough TG-6 sample gallery

We've long held Olympus' Tough cameras in high regard and the TG-6 is no exception. It offers top notch image quality for its class and lots of useful features. It's also a blast to shoot with.

May 21
Video: A curated collection of street photography from 1838 to 2019

A meticulously curated video from YouTuber Guy Jones highlights the evolution of street photography from mid-19th century to present day.

Godox announces redesigned X2T with Bluetooth and better handling

A big design is in the pipeline for the popular Godox shoot-through flash trigger, with a new control layout and a collection of new features - including Bluetooth connectivity

Easter Island tourists put iconic statues at risk to get nose-picking selfies

The iconic statues of Easter Island are at risk of getting destroyed thanks to tourists climbing on them and picking their noses.

Honor 20 Pro launches with F1.4 aperture and dedicated macro camera

The Honor 20 Pro looks like an attractively priced alternative to some more established flagship competitors.

Leica Q2 review
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The Leica Q2 is an impressively capable fixed-lens, full-frame camera with a 47MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. It's styled like a traditional Leica M rangefinder and brings a host of updates to the hugely popular original Leica Q (Typ 116) that was launched in 2015.

Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod

We've been playing around with a prototype of the new Peak Design Travel Tripod and are impressed so far: it's incredibly compact, fast to deploy and stable enough for the heaviest bodies. However, the price may turn some away.

Peak Design's Travel Tripod is a re-imagination of one of photography's basic tools

Peak Design is back at it again, this time crowdfunding the Travel Tripod, the company's 9th Kickstarter to date.

May 20
The Camera Store employees were attacked with bear spray during robbery

The Camera Store has reported that on May 15, 2019 their store was robbed of a Sony lens and camera, and an employee subsequently sprayed with bear spray while attempting to apprehend the suspect.

Voigtländer Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens for E-mount officially announced

Voigtländer's 21mm F1.4 Nokton lens for the Sony E mount has been officially announced.

Google suspends Android updates and support for Huawei, Intel & Microsoft join in

Google complies with an executive order and resulting blacklists that prohibits US companies to do business with certain foreign entities.

Documentary reveals how some Instagram influencers game the system

Dutch public broadcaster VPRO has published a documentary called '#followme' that takes a behind-the-scenes look at how some Instagram influencers game the system trough shady tactics.

Nikon issues technical service advisory for VR issue in certain Z6, Z7 camera units

Nikon says it will fix affected Z6 and Z7 camera units free of charge (including shipping), even if the camera is out of warranty.

2019 Buying Guide: Best instant cameras

Looking to get in on the instant camera fun? We tried every model and think the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 strikes the right balance between price and features – the Instax Wide 300 is our choice if you crave a larger format.

CP+ 2019 Ricoh interview: Some users who bought mirrorless cameras will return to DSLRs

We talked to executives from Ricoh about the company's broad portfolio of imaging products, the GR III's warm reception and what they make of the surge in popularity of mirrorless cameras.

May 19
Special edition Leica CL kit celebrates 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school of art & design
Carpe Lux: The otherworldly nighttime landscapes of Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu's ethereal landscapes are lit by drone-mounted light sources rather than the sun or the moon. We talked with him about his process, the equipment he uses and what inspires him.

May 18
The FAA releases new rules for recreational drone users

Earlier today, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice stating that recreational drone users are limited to where they can operate.

DPReview TV: Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D Review

Chris and Jordan take a look at Canon's latest, tiniest Rebel and get a serious sense of déjà vu as they take a look at its still and video capabilities.

Demon of the Deep: Shooting Kawah Ijen Volcano

Nature photographer Erez Marom shares his experience shooting the famous Ijen volcano in Indonesia – from the best time to begin the hike to the crater to the equipment needed to withstand the toxic environment.

May 17
Sony's financial report shows 2% YOY growth for its 'Imaging Products and Solutions' division

While Canon and Nikon have lost double-digit percentages year-over-year for their respective imaging divisions, Sony has managed to come out in the green, albeit not by much.

ON1 launches faster, more comprehensive LR challenge with Photo RAW 2019.5

Photo software developer On1 has introduced an update of its raw processing application that it claims is up to 50x faster than the previous version and which includes a host of new features.

Sony pushes firmware updates for eight of its cameras to improve overall stability

Don't expect any new features or functionality. These updates are simply to improve the overall stability of eight Sony camera systems.

Asus ZenFone 6 features rotating camera module

A rotating mechanism on the Asus ZenFone 6 does away with the need for a front-facing camera.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 sample gallery and studio comparison

Canon's diminutive Rebel SL3 (also known as the EOS 250D and EOS Kiss X10) is currently the smallest DSLR on the market, but it comes with a proven sensor, an updated processor, and more. We've taken our review copy to New Orleans and back, and put it in front of our studio test scene – see how it stacks up.

May 16
Instagram's redesigned Explore tab is now live: Stories, shortcuts and more

Instagram has brought live the update to its Explore tab that brings more content and better organization to the forefront of the user interface.

The 'world's fastest' 1TB microSDXC card is now available to purchase — for $449

No one ever said 1TB of storage in a form factor smaller than your thumbnail would come cheap.

Honor 20 Pro to come with first F1.4 aperture on a smartphone

Honor has already revealed some sample photos including EXIF-data from its upcoming 20 Pro flagship phone.

Ariana Grande sued for $50K after she allegedly shared his photos without permission

The latest in a line of celebrities caught using pictures without permission, singer Ariana Grande is being sued over images she posted on Instagram.

Is the Sony a6400 right for you?

Now that we've wrapped up our final review of Sony's mid-range a6400, we're taking it into account as a whole; here's how we think it stacks up for some common photographic use cases.

Review: Edelkrone DollyONE with FlexTILT Head 2

The Edelkrone DollyONE is an app-controlled, motorized flat surface camera dolly. The FlexTILT Head 2 is a lightweight head that extends, tilts and pans. They aren't cheap, but when combined these two products provide easy camera mounting, re-positioning and movement either for video work or time lapse photography.

Nikon firmware update improves AF performance, adds eye-detection to Z6 and Z7

Nikon has released firmware version 2.0 for its full-frame Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras, and its all about autofocus. The update adds Eye AF, improves performance in low light, and allows for full-time auto-exposure subject tracking at 12 fps.

May 15
Adobe adds new Texture slider to Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic and ACR

Adobe has released an update to Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw that includes a new tool it calls 'Texture.'

DJI hopes to take on GoPro with its new Osmo Action camera

DJI has strayed away from drones and gimbals to unveil what might be one of its worst-kept secrets, the Osmo Action.

The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with 3x hybrid tele, ultra-wide-angle and pop-up selfie cam

The latest high-end smartphone from OnePlus comes with all-new camera modules for rear and front.

The Profoto A1X is an upgraded A1 with improved battery life, recycling times and more

Profoto has released the A1X, an upgraded version of its A1 speedlight that features improved battery life, faster recycling times, an updated display and up to 20 channels.

Hands-on with the DJI Osmo Action

The Osmo Action is DJI’s first entry into the action cam space. The 4K rugged action camera utilizes DJI’s built-in stabilization technology, offers dual screens, and like the Osmo Pocket, is simple to use. Take a closer look.

Chinese camera cuts through smog to record details almost 30 miles away

Researchers in China have created a camera that can record through the atmospheric pollutants of Shanghai to pick out objects just 60cm (2ft) high at a distance of 45 kilometers (28 miles).

May 14
Adobe informs users that using old versions of CC apps could lead to lawsuits from third parties

Adobe has sent out an email informing Creative Cloud subscribers that using older versions of its Creative Cloud apps could put them in jeopardy of lawsuits from third parties.

New York Times Lens photo blog will enter 'temporary hiatus' starting in late May

New York Times Director of Photography Meaghan Looram announced to staff in a note that has been shared on Facebook that the publication's Lens photo blog will enter 'temporary hiatus' starting in late May.

Adobe is sending out beta signups for its upcoming Photoshop for iPad

Adobe is sending out emails to select Creative Cloud subscribers inviting them to register to test a beta version of its upcoming Photoshop for iPad application.

KONO! launches new 35mm Original Mirage film stock and Original Sixpack

Kono! has launched a new 35mm film stock as well as a unique Sixpack that features half a dozen of its various color-shifting films.

Ricoh GR III review
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Are you searching for the best image quality in the smallest package? Well, the GR III has a modern 24MP APS-C sensor paired with an incredibly sharp lens and fits into a shirt pocket. But it's not without its caveats, so read our full review to get the low-down on Ricoh's powerful new compact.

May 13
Video: Hasselblad H6D-100C medium-format camera paired with DIY anamorphic lens system

Filmmaker Casey Cavanaugh has published a new video showing off his homemade 'GX-Pan' anamorphic lens adapter used with the $32k Hasselblad H6D-100C medium-format digital camera.

Rokinon announces pricing, availability of its new 45mm F1.8 lens for Sony full-frame cameras

Rokinon's new 45mm F1.8 autofocus lens is the latest in its 'Tiny Series' lineup.

One month with the Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei's flagship P30 Pro has been on the market for just over a month now and we're convinced: the camera hype is justified.

Leica Q2 sample gallery updated

The Leica Q2 has been in our hands for a while now, and with our full review nearly ready we thought we'd share a few more sample images.

Olympus celebrates its 100th birthday with a short documentary on its imaging division

To celebrate being in business for a century, Olympus has shared three videos detailing the history of the company, including a special video on the creation and evolution of its imaging division.

May 12
CP+ 2019 Panasonic interview: 'We're proud of our cameraness'

We spoke to Panasonic at the CP+ trade show in Japan. They said they were especially proud of how much they'd been able to make the S1 and S1R feel like real cameras.

May 11
DPReview TV: Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 review

Is the beautifully-built XF 8-16mm F2.8 worth its significant cost? Chris and Jordan take the hiking trail to answer that question.

May 10
Wacom expands Intuos Pro tablet and pen line with new 'Small' option

The new Intuos Pro Small brings the feature of its larger counterparts into a more compact and portable form factor.

Users can now appeal Instagram's post blocking decisions

New functions let users appeal moderating decisions and use automated scans to identify problematic hashtags.

Adobe Creative Cloud no longer offers most older Lightroom and Photoshop versions

Only the two most recent versions of Photoshop and Lightroom are available to download.

Fujifilm Japan to increase color film prices by 30%

Fujiifilm Japan has announced that starting in June it will increase the price it charges distribution companies for some of its color films.

Canon Rebel SL3 (250D), Sony a6400 and Fujifilm X-T30 buying guides updated

We've updated a trio of buying guides, adding our final thoughts about the Sony a6400 and Fujifilm X-T30, along with our initial impressions of Canon's EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D).

Nikon firmware updates add direct Wi-Fi connectivity to D850, D5600 and D7500

Firmware version 1.10 (for all three cameras) adds the ability to directly connect the DSLRs to smartphones and tablets via a direct Wi-Fi connection.

May 9
Nikon reports its Imaging Business revenue dropped nearly 18% year-over-year

Nikon's latest financial reports show revenue of its Imaging division has dropped almost 18% year-over-year.

Venus Optics announces pricing, availability of its Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 macro lens

Venus Optics has announced that the Laowa 100mm F2.8 macro lens it first showed at Photokina last year will cost $449 + tax and will begin shipping at the end of this month.

Samsung launches 64MP image sensor for smartphones

Samsung's latest image sensors use Quad-Bayer technology for improved image quality.

The Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019 competition is open for submissions

Red Bull is back with the fifth iteration of its action and adventure sports photography competition, Red Bull Illume.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II sample gallery

Panasonic's Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is a modest update to one of our favorite enthusiast long zoom cameras, with a touchscreen, additional controls and a larger EVF being the main changes. Check out our sample gallery to see how the image quality looks.

May 8
Kickstarter campaign presents Bokeh, a platform for privately sharing images

Bokeh is an independant, privacy-focused platform designed to serve as a place to share photos with friends and family that's currently looking to get funded on Kickstarter.

Aputure announces the Spotlight Mount, an add-on to shape light just right

Aputure's new Spotlight Mount is an add-on for its 120D, 120D Mk II and 300D lights that uses lenses and a dedicated iris to help shape light in the studio or on-location.

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm F1.4 II lens for Leica M-mount will be released in June

As rumored last week, the revamped Nokton Classic 35mm F1.4 II lens for Leica M-mount is now available to pre-order with an expected ship date of June 2019.

Canon announces the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens, the first RF lens to feature its BR optics

The new medium telephoto lens is the first of six lenses Canon is expected to release in 2019 and the first RF lens to feature Canon's proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics.

May 7
Google brings its impressive camera tech to new mid-range 3A, 3A XL smartphones

Google's new mid-range phones bring some of the impressive camera tech from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL into more affordable devices.

The FAA predicts the commercial drone market could triple in size by 2023

According to the latest FAA Aerospace Forecast, the commercial drone market could triple in size by 2023.

Twitter now supports adding images and other media to retweets

After plenty of experimentation to make sure it looked right, Twitter users can now add images and other forms of media to retweets.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X review

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is the ultimate sports, action and wildlife camera for professional Micro Four Thirds users. However, it can't quite match the level of AF reliability offered by its full frame competitors.

Instagram posts will soon be screened by Facebook fact checkers

Instagram is expanding its measures against fake news and general misinformation on its platform.

B&H effectively cancels out internet sales tax in US with its new 'Payboo' credit card

To help cancel out last year's internet sales tax ruling by the United States Supreme Court, B&H has partnered with Synchrony Bank to create the Payboo Card, a B&H-branded credit card that effectively cancels out the price of sales tax on purchase.

May 6
This background removal tool just got a fancy new Photoshop plug-in

Remove.bg can now be used directly inside Adobe Photoshop, negating the need to use the web app.

Nissin MG80 Pro flash announced with command/slave modes, modeling light and more

The Nissin MG80 Pro flash has been announced with command/slave modes, a modeling light and is expected to ship in 'late May.'

Polaroid Originals launches 'Upside Down' Stranger Things OneStep 2 camera, I-Type film

The Polaroid OneStep 2 gets a limited-edition run inspired by the 'Upside Down' realm of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

May 5
DPReview TV: Drone photography in the Faroe Islands

We're excited to announce that UK landscape photographer Nigel Danson has become a regular contributor to DPReview TV. In this episode, Nigel takes us to the remote and rugged Faroe Islands, using a drone to shoot unique landscape images from the air.

May 4
DPReview TV: Panasonic S1R vs. Nikon Z7 vs. Sony a7R III

This week Chris and Jordan do a side-by-side comparison between three high resolution mirrorless cameras: the Panasonic S1R, Nikon Z7, and Sony a7R III to see how they stack up. Which one is right for you?

Senators urge FAA to quickly approve drone identification rules

Senators are urging the FAA to quickly approve rules for remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems.

May 3
CatLABS introduces FILM 80, a new black and white film in 120 format, sheet film to follow

US film camera equipment store and distributor CatLABs has introduced its own brand of black and white negative film that it claims is unique and not available anywhere else.

Sony a7 III sales beat combined efforts of Canon and Nikon in Japan

The latest sales data from BCN shows that Sony's a7 III camera is still the king of full-frame mirrorless in Japan, selling more units than the next five cameras combined.

May 2
Creative Commons launches improved CC Search tool with access to 300 million images

Creative Commons has relaunched its online search platform with a cleaner interface and a number of other improvements.

Adobe test replaces $10/month Photography plan with 1TB $20/month option

Adobe is apparently testing making the default Creative Cloud Photography the $20 per month option rather than the $10 per month option previous offered by default.

Instagram is officially testing hiding like-counts to put focus on content

Instagram runs a trial in Canada where users won't be able to see the number of likes on photos of accounts they are following for the next several days.

Think Tank Photo's Stash Master 13L is a modular travel cube for your camera gear

The Stash Master 13L can be used on its own or stuffed inside a backpack and customized internally to fit nearly any kit you can imagine.

Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated

We're in the final stages of prepping our full Ricoh GR III review, but in the meantime you can take a look at our latest sample images from the much-anticipated successor to the GR series.

May 1
Timelapse+ Studio makes it easier than ever to create timelapses directly in Lightroom

Timelapse+ has introduced a new plug-in for Adobe Lightroom that promises to make editing and constructing timelapse videos significantly easier.

Storm chaser captures incredible tornado footage with a drone

Storm chaser Brandon Clement used a drone to capture stunning 4K footage of a tornado near Sulphur Oklahoma.

2019 Buying Guide: Best instant cameras

Looking to get in on the instant camera fun? We tried every model and think the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 strikes the right balance between price and feature - the Instax Wide 300 is our choice if you crave a larger format.

Video: How to create an 'anamorfake' from old, inexpensive lenses

It's not quite the same, but these modified lenses manage to capture a few of the more signature aesthetics of proper anamorphic lenses.

Moment Pro Camera app gets focus peaking, zebra striping and more

Both the iOS and Android version of Moment's camera app have received a number of new features.

HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW review

The HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW is a high quality standard prime lens for Ricoh's full-frame Pentax DSLRs. Ricoh has made great claims about its pro-grade construction and excellent sharpness – how does it stack up?

OnePlus shares official sample images from OnePlus 7 Pro's triple camera system

OnePlus has teased a trio of images it says were captured with the triple camera system onboard the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro.