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August 2019 news and reviews

August 25
2019 Guide: Apple iPad Pro for Photographers

The Apple iPad has always been a tempting tool for photographers on the go: slim, lightweight, and now with the current iPad Pro models, powerful enough to do most photo tasks you'd accomplish on the desktop. The software isn't quite there yet, but the next release of iPadOS should bridge that gap.

August 24
Video: Beat creative block with these 5 tips

Ever get those moments when all your creativity leaves you? Yes, well so do we all. Here YouTuber Jamie Windsor shares his tips for getting back on track

Interview: Colin Goudie, feature film editor

Colin Goudie is a film editor with a career spanning over 35 years, known most recently for his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He talked with DPRevew about editing movies back in the film days, and the transition to a fully digital workflow.

DPReview TV: Lensbaby Omni review

Photographers used to do crazy things like smear petroleum jelly on their lenses to create interesting photos, but thanks to the Lensbaby Omni you can get those same effects without plopping goo on your glass. Join Chris and Jordan for some creative photography.

August 23
Slideshow: Winners of the 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The ‘Overall’ winning shot was captured with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, marking the first time the winning image has ever been captured with a drone.

Unreal Engine's Project Spotlight uses LED walls for real-time in-camera visual effects

The system can simulate the camera's movement and the set lighting to perfectly match the background with the scene.

You can now search for images in Google Photos using text found within the image

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) isn't new technology, but this does mark the beginning of an era where you can search for text found within your images hosted on Google Photos.

Video: Incredible timelapse shows Earth's rotation relative to the Milky Way

Photographer Aryeh Nirenberg used an astro-modified Sony a7S II to capture the 1,100 images that went into making this 55-second timelapse.

Pocketable enthusiast camera buying guide updated with two new winners

The Sony RX100 VII takes the place of its RX100 VA sibling as our top overall pick, while the Canon G5 X II replaces the Panasonic LX100 II as our alternate choice.

August 22
Report: Nikon is only producing 1,000 units of its 500mm F5.6 lens each month

A recent screenshot from the German Nikon Professional Service website shows that only 1,000 of Nikon's 500mm F5.6 PF ED VR lens are being produced each month.

Viltrox APS-C lenses for Fujifilm, Sony and Leica detailed ahead of launch

Viltrox has shared photos and specifications on its official Weibo account of three upcoming APS-C lenses for Fujifilm, Sony and Leica camera systems.

Video: This rare projector lens has been deemed the ‘Swirly Bokeh Emperor’

Weird lens aficionado Mathieu Stern quite literally got more than he bargained for when he paid just €2 for a rare projector lens that creates some of the most intense swirly bokeh we've ever seen.

Tamron teases four new lenses for Sony E mount cameras

The short video shows off the silhouettes of four new lenses — one large lens and three compact lenses — alongside two current Tamron Sony E mount lenses.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Review

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is the most capable pocket camera currently on the market thanks to a combo of good image quality, smooth stabilized 4K and an industry-leading autofocus implementation. For these reasons it receives our gold award.

August 21
X-Rite's i1Photo Pro 3 Plus profiler can calibrate for difficult surfaces, brighter displays

New top end calibration package aims to reduce waste when printing on difficult surfaces by making color measurement more accurate

Moment launches 37mm Cine filters and mount for use with smartphone cameras

Moment's new 37mm Cine filters are compatible with various models of iPhone, Pixel, OnePlus and Galaxy devices.

Instagram says viral meme about new content ‘rule’ is a hoax

Instagram has dismissed another viral spam image that is circulating on its platform, this one claiming that, starting tomorrow, all user content will be made public (including deleted messages) and that the company will be able to use images against users in court.

ON1 announces upcoming Photo RAW 2020 update, two mobile apps and ON1 Sync

The upcoming products are designed to create a ‘complete line of photo and video products’ designed for photographers of all levels.

Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Review

Sony's FE 35mm F1.8 answers a lot of a7-series photographers' prayers. But was it worth the wait? Find out in our full review.

Nikon SnapBridge 2.6 update brings Raw image transfer support to Android, iOS

Nikon has finally made it possible to transfer Raw images from their Wi-Fi-capable cameras to smartphones and tablets running the new SnapBridge 2.6 application.

August 20
DJI has most of the drones on its website listed as ‘out of stock’

DroneDJ conducted a comprehensive search of DJI's official online store and noticed most models were out of stock.

PhotoShelter launches FileFlow, a mobile app that lets clients access delivered content

The new app, which is limited to iOS, for the time being, makes it easy to deliver images to clients, who can easily sort through and download images on-the-go.

Metabones announces new Hasselblad V to Fujifilm GFX x0.71 Speed Booster

The adapter uses a six-element design to make the most of even the fastest Hasselblad V lenses on Fujifilm's GFX mount camera systems.

Huawei's Kirin 990 chipset to support 4K video at 60 fps

Huawei's upcoming high-end devices are likely to catch up with Apple and Samsung in terms of 4K video frame rates.

Woodstock photographer shares what it was like to photograph the 1969 music festival

Henry Diltz recounts how he became the official photographer of Woodstock and shares what it looked like through the viewfinder.

August 19
Canon Australia shares accidental ‘first look’ at EOS M6 Mark II, EOS 90D cameras

Canon Australia appears to have leaked two upcoming cameras in a pair of promotional videos - an ‘EOS M6 II’ and an ‘EOS 90D.’

Magicbooster Pro launched for 6K Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to emulate full frame sensor

The adapter sits inside the camera and compresses the lens image to fit the camera's Super 35mm sensor, and restoring the look of the original focal length of the lens

Open-source Intervalometerator helps DIYers create inexpensive remote time-lapse DSLRs

Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky have introduced Intervalometerator, an open-source intervalometer designed for deploying inexpensive remote time-lapse systems involving Canon DSLRs, Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware.

Yongnuo announces updated EF-mount 35mm F1.4 lens with ultrasonic motor

The lens, set to ship later this year for a yet-to-be-determined price, is an update to Yongnuo's original 35mm F1.4 lens that adds an ultrasonic motor.

Motorola One Action comes with ultra-wide action cam and affordable price tag

The One Action's ultra-wide camera lets you to record horizontal video while holding the phone vertically.

ProGrade launches Refresh Pro, a program for monitoring and ‘refreshing’ your memory cards

Prograde says its new program scans for ‘key attributes of your card’s use history to determine how much life is remaining before you reach design limits’ and can ‘clean up the way data is stored to your card to ensure it’s optimized for the highest performance.’

Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary gallery updated

We've been busy shooting around Seattle with Sigma's new 45mm F2.8 full-frame lens and have topped off our initial sample gallery accordingly. Have a look.

Is the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 right for you?

We recently reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (also known as the G90, G91 and G99) and found it to be a good all-around camera. But is it best for the kind of shooting that you do? Click through to find out if the G95 is right for you.

August 18
Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS sample gallery

The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS is a do-everything lens for the RF system, designed to cover pretty much any situation from sweeping landscapes to capturing distant details. Take a look at how it performs in our sample gallery.

August 17
Walmart mistakenly prices DJI Inspire 2 and Spark drones starting at $17.99

Walmart accidentally offered up bargain-basement rates for DJI drones and other camera gear from a company called Ecom Electronics that retails through its website.

DPReview TV: Sony RX100 VII review

Sony's RX100 VII has landed, but after seven(!) iterations you may be asking, "Is there anything left to add to this camera?" It turns out the answer is a resounding 'yes'. Watch Chris and Jordan's video review to learn what's new and why it matters.

August 16
The FAA is asking for input for its recreational drone test

Recently, the FAA granted recreational drone pilots access to LAANC. Now, they want to administer a test and are seeking the public's input.

Arcane Photos is a decentralized, blockchain-based Google Photos alternative

Arcane Photos is an alternative to Google Photos and other cloud-based options for uploading and storing images that's blockchain-based and decentralized with an emphasis on privacy.

Video: How to upcycle old TVs and monitors into a natural-looking light source

Matt, of the YouTube channel DIY Perks, has shared a video showing how old TVs and monitors can be upcycled into natural-looking light that resembles light coming through a window.

Is the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R right for you?

Now that we've completed our full review of Panasonic's high-megapixel full-frame flagship, the S1R, let's take a closer look at what it's like to use for everything from landscapes to sports.

August 15
Meike adds Canon RF, Nikon Z mount options to its manual focus 85mm F2.8 macro lens

The new Canon RF and Nikon Z mount options add to the Sony E, Fuji X, MFT, Canon EF and Nikon F mount versions currently available.

Z Cam launches budget E2-F6 and E2-F8 6K and 8K cinema cameras for pre-order

Z Cam has opened pre-orders for its new, 6K E2-F6 and 8K E2-F8 full-frame cinema cameras, which were first introduced during NAB 2019.

Leica announces APO-Summicron-SL 50mm F2 L-mount lens

Leica has announced its APO-Summicron-SL 50mm F2 lens, which is designed for the L-mount system. The lens is the smaller, lighter and (slightly) cheaper little brother to the 50mm F1.4 and is now available for $4495.

Nitecore announces ‘world’s first’ smart battery for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras

The battery works with a7 III, a7R III and a9 camera systems and connects with your smartphone or tablet to help you keep tabs on the health of the battery. Oh, and you'll need to update the firmware of your camera battery.

Report: The next GoPro will shoot 4K 120fps video, offer screen, light and mic accessories

Photo Rumors is reporting that the next-generation GoPro camera will feature a 12MP sensor capable of shooting 4K video at 120 fps and have the option for add-on screen, LED lighting and microphone accessories thanks to redesigned housing.

Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD sample gallery

The Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 is being marketed as a dedicated portrait lens, offering focal lengths appropriate for both traditional long lens portraiture as well as wider-angle environmental portraits and lifestyle shots. Take a look at how it performs.

August 14
Skylum teases AI Sky Replacement filter for Luminar 4.0

Luminar 4 photo editing software is slated to be released this Fall from Skylum. They recently offered up a more detailed sneak peek at the AI Sky Replacement filter that will be included in the update.

Photographer creates an exact replica of The Apollo 11 Hasselblad used by NASA

The replica is identical to the lunar version, down to the serial number plates, various labels and more.

Nikon announces US pricing, availability of its CoolPix W150 point-and-shoot

Nearly four months after first announcing the CoolPix W150, Nikon has announced the pricing and availability of the camera in the United States.

New video shows off what appears to be  DJI's rumored ‘Mavic Mini’ drone

A 23-second video shared online shows off what appears to be the rumored DJI ‘Mavic Mini’ drone previously seen in still images.

Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR sample gallery

The GF 50mm F3.5 is the closest you'll find to a pancake lens for Fujifilm's GFX medium format system. This 40mm equiv. is dust and weather-sealed, lightweight and most importantly, very sharp.

August 13
Video: Photographer debunks popular food photography ‘hacks’

Not all food photography hacks are what they seem. Commercial food photographer Scott Choucino breaks down a number of tips that aren't what viral online videos might've led you to believe.

Adobe's August update adds ‘GPU Accelerated Editing’ to Lightroom Classic, Camera Raw

Adobe's latest update speeds up editing on computers with more powerful GPUs and adds a number of other features to streamline your post-production workflow.

Instagram removes ad partner accused of harvesting huge trove of data on users

Instagram has banned one of its advertising partners, HYP3R, after it was allegedly caught scraping a huge amount of data on users.

DJI announces cheaper, more compact Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone gimbal

The third-generation smartphone gimbal brings new features and folds up into a smaller package than ever before.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review

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. Find out how it performs in our in-depth review.

August 12
Samsung officially unveils 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX mobile camera sensor

First teased last week, Samsung has made its massive 108MP smartphone camera sensor official.

Security firm Check Point shows how ransomware can be installed on Canon cameras

Security firm Check Point has detailed how it managed to hack into a Canon 80D DSLR to install a ransomware that encrypts images on the SD card to prevent them from being viewed.

New photos, specs emerge for DJI's ‘Mavic Mini’ drone rumored to be released tomorrow

DJI is expected to announce a new drone tomorrow and it seems little has been hidden according to the latest leaked images and specifications.

7artisans announces pricing, availability for its 75mm F1.25 Leica M-mount lens

The lens is an affordable portrait-oriented lens with a 13-blade aperture diaphragm.

Nikon Z 35mm F1.8 S Review

The Nikon Z 35mm F1.8 S is one of a trio of optics unveiled right at the start of the Z system – and with a classic focal length and usefully wide aperture, its appeal should be broad. But is it any good?

August 11
Canon PowerShot G7 X III sample gallery

Though it lacks some of the bells and whistles offered by the G5 X II, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III adds a newer 1" sensor design and some useful upgrades to an already impressive compact. Take a look at some of our first shots and keep an eye out for our full analysis soon.

August 10
Video: Taking natural light portraits in a backyard shed

Photographer Irene Rudnyk shows how she captured portraits in her backyard using little more than a garden shed and natural light.

DPReview TV: Panasonic S1 V-Log firmware update

Thanks to an optional firmware update, the Panasonic S1 now offers advanced video features historically reserved for the company's GH series of cameras. Does this make the S1 the best full frame camera for video on the market?

August 9
The Pinhole Pro X — a pinhole zoom lens — launches on Kickstarter

The world's 'first' pinhole zoom lens is due to be created after the campaign hits it funding target many times over

Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 launches with new ‘Photography Workspace’ interface

The updated interface makes it easier to quickly and efficiently edit images with a dedicated toolset for photographers.

Venus Optics announces Laowa 4mm F2.8 lens with 210º FOV for MFT camera systems

The lens is compact, lightweight and relatively affordable, retailing for just $199.

Rode announces Lavalier GO microphone for its Wireless GO system

The Lavalier GO is a 4.5mm omnidirectional microphone designed specifically for Rode's ultra-compact Wireless GO system.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 hands-on

We got some time with the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ at Samsung's unveiling event in New York – take a closer look at the new devices and their photographic capabilities.

August 8
Blackmagic Design unveils the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design has announced the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a compact cinema camera with a Super 35 sensor capable of Raw shooting with up to 13 stops of dynamic range.

UC Berkeley researchers have created a drone that shrinks to squeeze through small spaces

Drones have a lot of uses, from delivery food to aiding in search and rescue efforts. Now, a research team at UC Berkeley has created a drone that can squeeze through small spaces.

SliderMini ultra-portable motorized camera slider can fit in a pocket

This pocket-sized slider offers a lot of functionality in a compact package.

Shoot 5x macro with this DIY 3D-printed 300mm extension tube

Get printing to get closer with this astonishing extension tube. You'll be able to fill the frame with the tiniest objects and impress all your macro friends with your DIY skills

DJI teases new release for Tuesday, Mavic 2 Pro+ and Zoom+ expected for 2020

DJI released a teaser trailer to announce their latest product, slated for this Tuesday. Recent documents also reveal plans for a Mavic 2 Pro+ and Mavic 2 Zoom+ in early 2020.

Canon files patent application for eye-controlled AF system for mirrorless cameras

The system bears a striking resemblance to the Eye-Control autofocus system found in Canon's 1992 EOS 5 film camera.

Google will reportedly have a ‘DSLR-like’ attachment for upcoming Pixel phones

A new report from 9to5Google claims there will be a ‘DSLR-like’ camera attachment for Google's upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone.

Canon PowerShot G5 X II sample gallery

With a pop-up EVF, 24-120mm equiv. lens and a pocketable form-factor, the Canon G5 X Mark II just begs to be taken on adventures. Take a look at our samples from the great outdoors and beyond.

August 7
Samsung launches triple-camera Galaxy Note 10 series

Samsung's latest Note smartphones offer top-end mobile camera technology in a choice of two sizes.

Blackmagic Design will livestream tomorrow's camera, post-production event

Blackmagic Design doesn't say what will be discussed other than saying the livestream will be ‘related to its post production and camera products.’

Video: Sony Tough SD cards torture tested with blender, washer, freezer and more

Sony's Tough SD cards get put through the ringer and back in this brutal torture test from Steve Huff.

Xiaomi teases future Mi smartphone with 108MP Samsung camera sensor

Who said the megapixel wars was over?

Tamron issues compatibility notices for lenses adapted to Canon, Nikon mirrorless cameras

Tamron has clarified which of its lenses are currently compatible with Canon and Nikon mirrorless systems and which ones will be updated via firmware in the near future.

Fujifilm GFX 100 review

The Fujifilm GFX 100 combines the highest resolution we've ever tested with features such as image stabilization, on-sensor phase detection and 4K video capture that you don't usually find in medium format cameras. Does this make it the ultimate do-everything camera?

Panono angers remaining customers by deciding to start charging for its stitching service

There are no offline or third party alternatives to Panono's cloud-based stitching service. Now the company wants to charge for this essential element of its product.

August 6
Google Pixel 3 camera defect causes loud clicking, OIS issue while shooting

A number of Pixel 3 units are experiencing an issue with the camera that causes the image to shake uncontrollably with an accompanying clicking noise.

Entaniya announces 220-degree PL-mount fisheye for Super 35, full frame cameras

Designed for large format movie cameras the lens offers a 6.14mm focal length for seriously wide fisheye photography

Samsung announces first 100+ layer V-NAND memory module

Samsung claims the new technology offers the industry’s fastest data transfer rate, citing writing speed of 450 microseconds (㎲) and a reading response time of 45㎲.

Skydio releases sample footage captured with its upcoming Skydio 2 drone

Last month, Skydio teased a follow up to their premier R1 drone for this Fall. Now they've released sample footage from what they call the Skydio 2.

Photographer turns old computer parts into functional large format 'Frankenstein' camera

Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami has created the ‘Frankenstein’ camera, a functional large format camera system handmade from old and broken computer components.

Canon patent application details wireless charging setup for camera systems

If Canon brings the patent to fruition, your next camera may very well be able to be charged by simply putting it atop a wireless charging mat.

DPReview TV: Is the Fujifilm GFX 100 good for video?

Would you use a medium format camera for video? In this week's episode Jordan does, and he explains why he's pleasantly surprised – even impressed – with the video capabilities of Fujifilm's 100MP medium format camera.

August 5
Metabones introduces Speed Booster series for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

The new adapter series is designed to take account of the thinner filter stack of the BMPCC to deliver better performance than the regular versions, says Metabones

10 years ago today, Nikon launched the S1000pj, a compact camera with a built-in projector

For better or worse, it doesn't seem as though the idea caught on in the photography world.

Elinchrom launches ELM8 portable continuous LED light from Light & Motion

Elinchrom says the ELM8 is the ‘most portable, powerful and progressive modular system’ of its kind.

Instagram will soon receive ‘from Facebook’ branding

Facebook has confirmed it's adding ‘from Facebook’ to both Instagram and WhatsApp in an effort to ‘to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook.’

Nikon Z 35mm F1.8 S sample gallery

One of three lenses announced alongside the Nikon Z7 last August, the Z 35mm F1.8 S is part of a new generation of primes designed from scratch for mirrorless. Check out our gallery of sample images.

Kodak Moments unveils M1 Order Station, scalable photo kiosks with smartphone support

The kiosk pairs with Kodak print stations to make prints, photo books and more.

August 4
Slideshow: These are the winners of the 2018-2019 Nikon Photo Contest

Nikon has announced the winners of the 2018-2019 Nikon Photo Contest, the 50th iteration of the international competition. We've rounded up the Gold Prize winners from each of the categories.

Hands-on: Synology's new compact 6-drive DS620Slim NAS

Adding a 6-bay higher performance model to its Slim series of small and portable NAS units, Synology hopes to offer plenty of capacity, functionality and speed. Here's a hands-on review of the new Synology DS620Slim.

August 3
DPReview TV: Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 S review

This week Chris and Jordan review the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 S for Z-mount, a lens many photographers consider to be the foundation of the 'holy trinity' of zoom lenses. Does it measure up to the high expectations set by Nikon? Tune in to find out.

August 2
Lee introduces Tandem adapter to hold graduated filters at conflicting angles

You can now use graduated filters at more than one angle for more precise brightness control, while a new Hood for the Lee 100 system offers better protection from stray light

Kittyhawk, FAA update B4UFly app so drone pilots can easily see where they can fly

The FAA partnered with Kittyhawk earlier this year to help revamp their B4UFly app. The long-awaited update is now available.

Video: How scientists colorize pictures of space captured with the Hubble Telescope

Vox has shared a fascinating video explaining how those stunning colors appear in deep space pictures from the Hubble telescope—images actually shot in black and white.

Leica updates firmware for Q2, fixing DNG readability issues and more

Leica has brought live a firmware update for its Q2 camera to address an issue that left its DNG files unreadable when shot in ‘Continuous Super Speed’ mode.

Sony RX100 VII sample gallery updated with Raw conversions

We've updated our RX100 VII sample gallery with fresh images, as well as Raw conversions made using Adobe Camera Raw and a beta color profile. Have a look.

August 1
Meyer Optik Görlitz sets its sights on a late summer lens relaunch

Meyer Optik brand is set to come back to life after optimization of mechanical and optical designs of the Trioplan 100 II is almost finished. The company will reintroduce six re-formatted lenses this year and will offer one completely new model

Benro launches X Series gimbals for DSLR, mirrorless, and smartphone camera systems

Benro has dramatically expanded its gimbal offerings with the new X Series, which has options for DSLR, mirrorless and smartphone camera systems.

Venus Optics' Laowa 17mm F4 Zero-D lens for Fujifilm GFX cameras is now available to pre-order

It's taken a little longer than expected, but the 13.5mm full-frame equivalent lens is now available to pre-order.

GoPro integrates Quik video editing tools into its main mobile app

GoPro has streamlined its mobile offerings by combining its Quick video editing toolkit into its main GoPro app for an all-in-one solution to capturing, editing and sharing GoPro footage from your mobile device.

DJI shows off its Digital FPV System, a dedicated headset and remote with internal recording

DJI has finally entered the lucrative drone racing market with its Digital FPV System.

Review: Four high-end camera straps compared by a working pro

Photographer Jeanette Moses tries out four high-end camera straps while on the job including the Holdfast Skinny MoneyMaker, Holdfast MoneyMaker Solo, Peak Design Slide and the BlackRapid Nicole Elliot. Her pick, the Peak Design Slide, is also the most affordable.