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June 18
[UPDATE] Fujifilm GFX 100 added to studio test scene

We've got our hands on a nearly final Fujifilm GFX 100 to begin using in earnest, and though it's not yet running final firmware, we couldn't help but put it in front of our studio scene to see what it can do – have a look for yourself.

Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System uses ‘Effect Wands’ to create in-camera image effects

Lensbaby is known for its interesting lens designs, but its new system is an add-on kit that can make interesting in-camera effects with what Lensbaby refers to as ‘effect wands.’

Nikon's president confirms a 'D5' mirrorless equivalent is in the works

It shouldn't come as a surprise, but this marks the first time an official has been made regarding the existence of a flagship mirrorless camera designed to compete with Nikon's flagship D4/D5 DSLR series.

Datacolor announces two new SpyderX Tool Kits for an all-in-one color correction workflow

Datacolor's new SpyderX Capture Pro and SpyderX Studio tool suites are designed to be an all-in-one solution to getting the best color in your images and prints.

Shooting with PolarPro's six-pack ND filter set for the DJI Osmo Pocket

DJI introduced the Osmo Pocket, a portable, handheld device ideal for vloggers and recreational use, late last year. To slow shutter speed for more cinematic footage, and to reduce glare in photos, these polarizer and neutral density filters can be a great addition.

Dallas photojournalist recounts capturing photo of gunman during yesterday's shooting

Dallas Morning News photojournalist Tom Fox was on-scene for a separate assignment when a gunman opened fire at a federal courthouse in Dallas, Texas. Fox captured an incredible image of the gunman

June 17
WANDRD'S new DUO Daypack raised $250K in Kickstarter funding in just 24 hours

The backpack, which still has 39 days to go on Kickstarter, uses an internal organizer and features an exterior that's weather resistance and uses WANDRD's InfiniteZip system.

Video: Canon explains how its new RF lens mount is better than smaller, older mounts

The four-and-a-half-minute video explains how Canon's new RF mount affords new possibilities in lens design that ultimately lead to better image quality.

Here's how you can change the default camera app in iOS 13 with a clever workaround

Automation, a new feature within the Shortcuts app of iOS 13, allows for a clever workaround to open third-party camera apps as the default Camera app on the home screen

Instagram simplifies account recovery process to take back hijacked usernames

Users will soon be able to recover a hacked account via in-app functions, without getting in touch with the Instagram security team.

Headed outdoors? Find out which rugged, waterproof camera is best for you

Whether you're headed to the beach or the ski slopes, a rugged, waterproof camera lets you focus on your adventure instead of worrying if the camera will survive. Find out which model is the best-in-class in our waterproof camera buying guide.

June 16
Edelkrone now offers a 3D-printed DIY solution for its FlexTILT tripod head

The FlexTILT Head 3D is the first product in Edelkrone's new ORTAK lineup, which is specifically designed to piggyback off the growing trend of 3D printing.

Nikon D3500 vs. Canon T7: Which is better?

They may not offer latest generation technology, but the Canon T7 and Nikon D3500 boast a price point that's tough to argue with. We think that the D3500 has a slight edge in this head-to-head comparison.

June 15
Texas court says state institutions can use copyrighted material for free

State institutions can't be forced to pay for pictures they take from the internet, according to a Texas appeals court.

DPReview TV: Photo lingo 101 - a guide to common photographic terms

Chris and Jordan go back to basics in this week's episode, spelling out the meanings of some common photographic terms that newer photographers may not understand.

June 14
It is now illegal to drink and drone in Japan

Japan's parliament passed a law this week outlawing the operation of a drone while under the influence of alcohol.

Adobe Research and UC Berkeley create AI that can find and undo portrait manipulations

Watch out Facetune users—Researchers have created an AI program that will detect manipulations made to portraits and reverse the edits.

Sony investor calls for complete spin-off of sensor division

Investor Daniel Loeb wants the business unit to become a completely independent public company with its own stock listed in the Japanese stock exchange.

National Geographic announces winners of its 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year contest

National Geographic has unveiled the winning photographs, including the Grand Prize winner of its 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

Researchers develop new anti-face-distortion method for wide-angle lenses

The new method applies correction edits locally to faces while leaving the background and other image elements untouched.

June 13
Hong Kong photojournalists attend press conference in riot gear following protests

Following a call from the Hong Kong Journalist Association, photojournalists and journalists showed up to a Hong Kong Police Force press conference to protest the treatment of journalists during city-wide protests of a controversial extradition bill.

Samsung project uses Galaxy S10+ to capture 943km panorama of Portugal's coast

Samsung Portugal used the Galaxy S10+ to capture 943km of Portugal's coastline from out at sea over the course of an eight-day trip.

European Union issues common rules on drones for more standardized regulation

Operators have a year to prepare for a new set of common drone rules that will transcend borders. Before, remote pilots had to abide by each country in the European Union's specific set of regulations.

Capture One Studio launched to add automation for high volume studios

Standardizing processes across multiple photographers and saving them time in the studio is the aim of this new, customizable version of Capture One.

DPReview TV: Shooting with the Fujifilm 200mm F2 in Japan

While on assignment in Japan, Chris and Jordan had a couple days to shoot with the Fujifilm XF 200mm F2 telephoto lens, which Chris nicknamed 'The Big White Sharp'. To make things more interesting, Jordan filmed this entire episode using the new Fujifilm GFX 100 medium format camera.

Sony adds Animal Eye AF to the a6400 with new 2.00 firmware update

Firmware version 2.00 adds Animal Eye AF, support for Sony's RMT-P1BT wireless remote commander and addresses various stability issues.

June 12
Shutterfly acquired for $2.7B, set to be merged with Snapfish

Apollo Global Management has agreed to acquire Shutterfly for $2.7B and says it plans to merge it with Snapfish, which was also acquired for an undisclosed sum.

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay can play sound that's printed onto its instant images

Record audio to go with your instax picture and the viewer can play it back via a QR code on the print. Sounds clever!

Google confirms that Pixel 4 will offer multiple rear cameras

In an unusual move, Google has revealed its upcoming Pixel 4 phone well ahead of its expected launch in the fall. A larger camera bump featuring at least two rear-facing cameras is visible in the image tweeted by an official Google account.

MS Optics unveils new Vario Prasma 50mm F1.5 and ISM 50mm F1.0 Leica M lenses

These small, fast primes aren't cheap, but neither are the cameras you're meant to mount them to.

Shiftcam returns to Kickstarter with a 12mm aspherical smartphone lens

Shiftcam's Pro line lenses attach to smartphones via dedicated cases or a universal lens mount.

Video: A BTS look at how Fujifilm's GFX 100 was brought to life, from concept to reality

Cinema5D has shared part one of a two-part documentary that dives into the process Fujifilm went through to bring its GFX 100MP medium format mirrorless camera to life.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review

Canon's EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D is the latest in the company's line of diminutive DSLRs. Despite its compact dimensions and fairly modest price, it has a modern sensor and produces great photographs - find out if it's right for you in our full review.

We're hiring! DPReview is looking for a Software Development Engineer and Senior Product Manager

Bring your passion for photography and help us build the future of DPReview. Read all the details and find out how you can apply to join our team.

June 11
Skylum Luminar 3.1.1 update brings speed improvements and new features

Skylum has announced the latest update to Luminar, bringing with it speed improvements and new features for macOS and Windows users.

OPPO patents foldable phone with pop-up camera

The pop-up design allows for image and video recording in both folded and unfolded state.

7Artisans 60mm F2.8 APS-C macro lens for mirrorless cameras now available

The 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 APS-C macro lens is available for Canon EOS M, Canon EOS RF, Fujifilm X, MFT, Nikon Z and Sony E mounts.

'Future lenses for today': Sony's Yasuyuki Nagata talks high-end optics

We sat down recently with Yasuyuki Nagata, head of Sony's global interchangeable lens business, to discuss the company's two new telephoto lenses and Sony's approach to mirrorless product development.

DPReview TV: Hands-on with Sony's new super-telephoto lenses

Chris and Jordan, along with Senior Editor Barney Britton, traveled to New York for a hands-on look at Sony's newest super-telephoto lenses: the FE 200-600 F5.6-6.3 G OSS and the FE 600mm F4 GM OSS. Find out what they think so far, and vote to tell us who shot the best sample images.

Hands-on with new Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS and FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS

Two new full-frame telephoto lenses for the alpha system, two very different target users (and price points). Take a closer look at Sony's newest FE glass.

Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS sample gallery

If Sony's new 600mm F4 is a bit too much lens/cash for you, not to worry, the 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 is here for all your telephoto needs. And what it lacks in terms of a fast constant aperture, it makes up for in it in focal length versatility. See our samples.

Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS sample gallery

The 600mm F4 is Sony's latest and longest G-Master lens. It's large, heavy and incredibly sharp. Don't believe us? Take a look at these real world samples.

Sony announces 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS and 600mm F4 GM OSS lenses

Sony has released a pair of super telephoto lenses: the FE 200-600 F5.6-6.3 G OSS zoom and the FE 600mm F4 GM OSS prime. Both will be available in August for $2000 and $13000, respectively.

June 10
DJI Studio quietly releases new STORM drone

DJI has uncharacteristically been hush-hush about the release of the DJI Storm, a commercial-grade drone with a maximum payload of up to 40lbs.

BCN Retail report: Japanese camera market still in decline

Sales data for the fiscal year 2018/19 shows that both unit sales and revenues are in decline for most major manufacturers in the important Japanese market.

Fujifilm plans to bring back NEOPAN 100 Acros black and white film by the end of the year

Good news for film users - Fujifilm says demand for Acros was such that it will begin production again this year with a new version of the original emulsion. The bad news, though, is that it will initially only be available in Japan.

NYC's iconic 101 Park Avenue skyscraper was turned into a giant camera last month

Photographer Brendan Barry turned New York City's 101 Park Avenue skyscraper into a massive camera obscura to capture incredible images of the NYC skyline.

Sigma issues product advisory for its 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 and 70-200mm F2.8 Sports lenses

Sigma says it will update affected lenses with new firmware free of charge to resolve the issue.

Fujifilm X100F versus Ricoh GR III: Which is better for you?

The Fujifilm X100F and Ricoh GR III are two very different cameras, but they're broadly aimed at the same audience. We take a detailed look at how they stack up against each other, and who might be better served by each.

June 9
Sony World Photography Awards adds new 2020 category, reveals grant recipients

The Sony World Photography Awards is adding two new categories for its 2020 competition and has revealed its latest grant recipients.

DJI teases new release for June 11th with new video posted to social channels

DJI recently released a 21-second teaser video titled Learn to Win ahead of their latest release, coming this Tuesday, June 11th.

Sony Xperia 1 sample gallery

Sony's flagship mobile device packs some powerful imaging features, including a rear triple-cam, Eye AF and 4K HDR video recording. We've been busy getting ourselves acquainted with the still photo capabilities of a prototype model – take a look.

June 8
The FAA devises a new strategy for Remote ID

Remote ID is imperative for moving the drone industry forward. According to the FAA, it won't be implemented for as long as two years. A new strategy is been considered to address this latest delay.

DPReview TV: Panasonic DFD vs. Canon Dual Pixel autofocus

Panasonic’s proprietary DFD (Depth from Defocus) autofocus system has both critics and fans, but Chris and Jordan think the system might have received a bad rap. In this episode they compare DFD to Canon's Dual Pixel autofocus system. Might the results surprise you?

Best smartphone cameras of 2019

We think the Google Pixel 3 is the best all-around smartphone camera right now, but other options might make more sense for particular use-cases. Here are our top phone camera picks at the moment.

June 7
Facebook will reconsider nudity policies following large nude photo shoot near NYC HQ

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is reporting that Facebook will reconsider nudity policies following large nude photo shoot near NYC HQ.

Kodak plans coating trials for 120 format Ektachrome E100 film next month

Recent social media posts have stated testing for 120 roll film coating will begin this summer.

FRAMES Chapter 2: What it's like to shoot the Queen's Cup steeplechase horse race

In FRAMES Chapter 2, we get a BTS look at photographer Jamey Price as he covers the Queen's Cup steeplechase horse race in North Carolina.

Analog gems: 10 additional film cameras worth buying right now

Got a hankering to shoot some film? Here are 10 great film camera that are priced right and easy to track down in good working order. From 70's SLR classics to odd-ball 80's compacts, we've found something for everyone.

Astropad 3.2 update shows it isn't going away anytime soon—and teases a Windows version

Apple may have stepped on the toes of Astropad with its Sidecar announcement, but the founders of Astropad say it's not going anywhere and they have a 3.2 update to prove it.

June 6
Canon's new PIXMA G5020, G6020 MegaTank printers are faster, now available to pre-order

Canon has given its MegaTank printer lineup an incremental improvement that includes a slightly new look and faster print times.

Profoto's B10 Plus flash has twice the power of its predecessor

The new version of Profoto's B10 is only a bit bigger and offers 500Ws instead of 250Ws

Affinity Photo 1.7 brings hardware acceleration, HDR support and more

Software company Serif has released the latest update to its Affinity Photo editing application.

DxO launches Nik Collection 2 with Raw processing and 40 new presets

DxO goes head-to-head with Adobe as Nik Collection 2 becomes available as plug-ins for PhotoLab 2.3

Fujifilm GFX 100 review in progress

The Fujifilm GFX 100 is the company's flagship medium format mirrorless camera, packing an impressive 100MP sensor, as the name implies. But there's a lot more to it that just the headline-grabbing pixel count.

Tamron says its new SP 35mm F1.4 is 'its finest lens ever'

Celebrating 40 years of the SP series, Tamron launches what it is calling its finest lens yet.

Best fixed prime lens buying guide updated with Ricoh GR III, Leica Q2 and Fujifilm XF10

We've updated our 'best fixed prime lens camera' buying guide, adding the Leica Q2, Fujifilm XF10 and Ricoh GR III. Despite some solid competition, the Fujifilm X100F remains as our top choices in this category.

June 5
Microsoft releases Raw Image Extension to get raw image previews on Windows 10

Windows 10 doesn't come with a way to preview Raw photo files, but a new extension from Microsoft solves the problem.

Atomos' new Neon monitors/recorders will have 8K/60p ProRes RAW module option

The monitors/recorders come in 17in, 24in, 31in and 55in sizes and record 4K/60p ProRes RAW out of the box. But a future add-on will allow them to capture 8K/60p ProRes RAW straight from the sensor of compatible cameras.

California will debate a bill amendment changing how photo shoot employees are paid

The amendment would allow photographers, directors, and other to pay 'print shoot employees' their wages on that same timeline, meaning photo shoot crew members will receive their checks on the next regularly scheduled payday like everyone else.

Qualcomm shows off 4K HDR video captured on a smartphone with its Snapdragon 855 processor

Who said 4K HDR footage needs to come at a cost? Qualcomm's latest mobile platform shows it's possible to capture 4K high dynamic range video with little more than a smartphone.

Xiaomi provides more information about under-screen front camera technology

A portion of the display can temporarily turn transparent in order to let light pass and hit the lens and sensor.

Kamlan 50mm F1.1 II sample gallery

Kamlan has just Kickstarted a second version of its 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras, and we've been shooting with an early sample – check out how it performs in our sample gallery.

June 4
US visa applicants must soon submit social media accounts including Flickr, Instagram

Starting on Friday, the Trump administration will put a new policy in place that will require 'most' U.S. visa applications to provide information regarding their social media accounts.

Unreleased Sony 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS FE lens prototype appears on auction website

The lens doesn't officially exist yet, but that hasn't stopped one seller from attempting to make a little dough from what appears to be a prototype version of the yet-to-be-announced zoom lens.

Apple used an unreleased 8K Canon cinema camera to show off its Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR

An 8K Canon video camera has been spotted in the wild feeding high resolution footage to the new Pro Display XDR at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

The North Face flooded Wikipedia with product images to manipulate Google ranking

The North Face has faced backlashed after it exploited the crowdsourced nature of Wikipedia to replace photos of various locations with its own images to promote its brand.

June 3
Vazen launches 'world's first' anamorphic lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Chinese optics manufacturer Vazen announces three anamorphic lenses designed specifically for MFT camera systems.

Apple's new Mac Pro and 32" 6K Retina display are a match made in media heaven

Apple's new Mac Pro, which can top out with a 28-core CPU and 1.5TB of RAM, starts at $5,999 and its accompanying 32" 6K Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999.

Apple announces new photo features and tools in iOS 13, macOS and iPadOS updates

WWDC provided plenty of photo fodder. Apple's iOS 13 operating system gets new tools and features, macOS now natively supports using iPads as secondary displays and the iPad now has its own operating system. We've rounded up the best news from the day into a single summary.

Sony's US-only 'Step up to Sony' sales event is offering up to $1K off cameras, kits and lenses

Sony's summer sales event is offering a discount of $1,000 for its flagship a9 mirrorless camera system and thousands of dollars in discounts across its product lineup.

NYT: 'Photos of the Tiananmen Square Protests Through the Lens of a Student Witness'

The New York Times shares the story of Jian Liu, a then-20-year-old student who captured the Tiananmen Square protests and their 'bloody aftermath.' The article shares images from 60 rolls of film the Liu has kept hidden from public view since he captured them in the spring of 1989. Do note that some of the images in the feature are graphic in nature.

OPPO and Xiaomi demo under-display front cameras

The new technology eliminates the need for camera notches or large bezels but still needs further development.

Fujifilm GFX 100 sample gallery with Raw conversions

The Fujifilm GFX 100 we've been shooting with is running firmware that's not quite final, but image quality is unlikely to change significantly in the final version and we're able to share some processed Raw files. One hundred megapixels is really something to behold.

June 2
Samsung Galaxy S10+ sample gallery

Standard, telephoto and wide-angle: See how Samsung's triple-camera device handles an array of scenes (and a couple of furry creatures for good measure).

June 1
Man accused of flying drone over NFL football games charged

A 56-year-old man has been charged with violating two separate Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas by flying over a pair of NFL football games and dropping anti-media leaflets with his drone.

Panasonic S1H: What we know so far, and what we think's likely

Panasonic has given a rough outline of what its cinema-focused DC-S1H will offer. But you don't have to read too closely between the lines to make some educated guesses about what the camera might offer. Here's what we think...