« September 2019

October 2019 news and reviews

October 16
Photographer finds fully-functional Fujifilm lens 4 months after losing it in the desert

In a story shared on 35mmc, photographer Steve Boykin tells how he stumbled upon a Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R lens he had lost four months prior during a trek in the wilderness and discovered it still works fine.

Sandmarc launches hybrid polarized ND filters for DSLR and mirrorless cameras

Sandmarc's new filter series combines the characteristics of polarizing and neutral density (ND) filters into one single filter.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III sample gallery updated

Our testing of the Canon G7 X III continues, which means we've brought along on plenty of day trips and adventures to get a feel for its performance in a number of situations. Take a look at some of the resulting images.

October 15
Shimoda Designs launches its new 'ultra-aggressive' Action X Series camera bags

Shimoda Designs has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its new 'ultra-aggressive' lineup of camera bags that includes three backpacks, two rollers and a handful of new and improved accessories.

Meike launches 85mm F2.8 Macro manual lens for Nikon Z-Mount

Meike has added yet another mount option to its 85mm F2.8 manual macro lens, which was previously available for Canon RF, Canon EF, Sony E/FE and Nikon F mounts.

Third-party iOS Sony remote camera app Camrote adds new zoom, time-lapse capabilities

Camrote version 1.2.0 adds new zoom and time-lapse capabilities to select Sony camera systems.

Google Pixel 4 adds telephoto lens, improved portrait mode and HDR in live view

Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 4, with the addition of a telephoto camera headlining the camera updates. Other improvements include real-time HDR preview in live view, added brightness and exposure controls, and an updated portrait mode with better depth mapping.

Luminar 4 available for pre-order, comes with new AI features and revamped UI

With Luminar 4, Skylum Software aims to provide sophisticated editing tools in an easy to use package.

Sony a7R IV review
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The a7R IV is Sony's latest high-resolution interchangeable lens camera, but that doesn't mean it's just for landscape photographers. Get all the details about this 60.2MP full-framer in our full review.

October 14
How does iPhone 11 Night Mode compare to Google Pixel 3 Night Sight?

Google's Night Sight has justifiably been considered the low light king, but with the iPhone 11 Apple is challenging for this title with its own Night Mode. Take a look at how they compare side-by-side.

Report: Stalker used eye reflections in online photos to locate, assault pop star

Be vigilant on what's being reflected in eyes (or glasses) before posting photographs of yourself or others online. High resolution photographs aren't always beneficial.

The Flujo Signature Pro is a USB-C hub with built-in M.2 SSD expandable storage

The Flujo Signature Pro has passed its funding goal on Kickstarter and the first units are expected to ship in November 2019.

Ilford Photo teases upcoming film stock release in multiple formats

Based on the images Ilford Photo shared alongside the tweet, the film stock will come in four different formats and be released on October 24.

Video: How a film camera superimposes the time and date onto a photograph

Host Ben Krasnow of YouTube channel Applied Science shows how film cameras used a micro LCD projector and a small incandescent light to project the time and date onto photographs.

Canon's 32MP chip marks the end of the 24MP APS-C era

Sony Semiconductor's 24MP sensor has been at the heart of many excellent APS-C cameras over the past few years, but the impressive results we saw from the 90D's new 32MP sensor suggest that Canon has finally answered with a formidable chip of its own.

October 13
Ricoh releases firmware version 1.30 for its GR III camera system

Firmware version 1.30 adds a number of new customizability settings and addresses a number of issues present in past firmware versions.

Fujifilm X-A7 pre-production sample gallery

You've seen sample photos from a pre-production Fujifilm X-A7 shot by our friends at DPReview TV – here are some of our own.

October 12
Ultra-thin lenses could eliminate the need for smartphone camera bumps

A new type of ultra-thin lens uses a large number of microstructures to focus light onto a sensor.

iPhone 11's Portrait Mode sets a high bar for the Pixel 4

We would expect the iPhone 11's Portrait Mode to outperform the Pixel 3, and it does. But Google has its work cut out in more than one way if its next-gen flagship is to stay competitive.

October 11
Researchers have developed reset-counting pixel that promises near-limitless highlight capture

Researchers from Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart have developed a pixel design with the potential for massively increased dynamic range thanks to the ability to 'count' the number of times an individual pixel resets when it becomes saturated with light.

Adobe launches redesigned Creative Cloud desktop app with search, libraries and more

The redesign brings a new interface and a number of other fixes to the desktop app used to manage Adobe's Creative Cloud apps and services.

The end of an era? Digital camera review site Imaging Resource set to close

Founder of Imaging Resource Dave Etchells has confirmed that the site he created more than 20 years ago is set to close at the end of the year.

iOS 13.2 beta adds the ability to change resolution, frame rate of video in stock Camera app

The small change could be a sign of things to come in later iOS 13 updates for the default Camera app

Pixelmator Pro 'Avalon' update brings macOS Catalina support and more

Pixelmator Pro version 1.5 Avalon comes with a number of upgrades, including support for macOS Catalina, the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, as well as machine-learning powered noise reduction and improved performance.

What the Z50 tells us about Nikon's APS-C strategy

Nikon's Z mount just evolved to include an APS-C product line. So what does this tell us about the company's APS-C strategy?

Best easy-to-use cameras of 2019

If you want a camera that you can pick up and use without having to page through the manual first, then this guide is for you. We've selected seven cameras ranging from compacts to full-frame, all of which are easy to operate.

October 10
Canon announces upcoming public availability of its IVY REC clip camera

Following a successful Indiegogo campaign earlier this year, Canon has now announced the impending public availability of its compact IVY REC camera.

Canon Korea promo video confirms the RF 70-200mm F2.8 lens won't have internal zoom

In news that won't surprise anyone with a basic understanding of physics, a new promo video shared by Canon Korea confirms canon's forthcoming RF 70-200mm F2.8 lens will feature an extending zoom barrel.

Lomography launches preorders for Berlin Kino B&W 2019 Edition film

The 'new' film is a re-worked formula of Lomography's Berlin Kino B&W film that's said to add ''an upgrade in [photographers'] freedom of creative choice, no matter if they shoot with 35mm or 120 format.'

Sigma announces pricing and availability of its fp camera

Sigma has announced the pricing and availability of its compact full-frame mirrorless camera, the fp. It will cost $1,899 for the body-only and $2,199 as a kit with the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens.

Opinion: The Nikon Z50 is a good camera, but that may not be enough

Nikon says it made the Z50 for Instagram users, but technical editor Richard Butler finds little evidence of this, which leaves him wondering who's going to buy it.

Report: The camera components inside the iPhone 11 Pro Max cost $73.50

Tech analyst firm TechInsights has broken down the components inside Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max and estimated the camera components to cost $73.50.

Nikon Z50 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Need more Z50 sample photos? This gallery was captured using a pre-production Nikon Z50 while filming this week's episode of DPReview TV.

Hands-on with the Nikon Z50 and new DX Z-mount lenses

The Nikon Z50 is here. Nikon's latest Z-series camera features an APS-C sensor and is being launched alongside two DX-format kit zooms. Take a closer look at the Z50 in this hands-on article.

Nikon announces Z-mount lens roadmap

Nikon has announced a roadmap for its Z-mount mirrorless system. The roadmap includes high-end primes, 'compact' primes and a selection of zoom lenses.

Nikon Z50 initial review: What's new, how it compares

We've been digging around under the hood of the Nikon Z50. We look at what Nikon's first APS-C mirrorless camera does and doesn't offer.

DPReview TV: Nikon Z50 hands-on preview

The Z50 is Nikon's first Z-mount mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor, and it launches alongside a pair of DX zoom lenses. Chris and Jordan had a chance to use a pre-production model and share their experience in this hands-on preview.

Nikon Z50 pre-production sample gallery

We were fortunate enough to get some hands-on time with a pre-production Nikon Z50 ahead of the launch, so we brought it to some of our favorite Seattle photo spots to see just what it can do.

DPReview TV: Nikon 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens preview

Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens could be the most impressive optic yet for Nikon's Z-series mirrorless cameras. Find out what Chris and Jordan think of this flagship prime lens for Z-mount, and why it may become their new unit of measure.

Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens

The Nikon Z 58mm 0.95 'Noct' is Nikon's fastest ever lens, described by the company as a flagship prime designed to take full advantage of the new Z mount with no compromises. We've had our hands on one - click through to learn more.

Nikon introduces the Z50, a DX-format mirrorless camera for Z-mount

Nikon has announced the Z50, its first Z-mount mirrorless body to use an APS-C sensor. While it lacks in-body stabilization like the Z6 and Z7, it does have a 21MP sensor, on-sensor PDAF, 11 fps bursts, and a weather-sealed body. Also announced are 16-50mm and 50-250mm kit lenses.

Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 Noct will arrive at the end of the month for $8000

After over a year of teasers, Nikon has finally announced full details of the Z-mount 58mm F0.95 Noct. It's the fastest Nikkor lens ever produced, shipping October 31st for $8000.

Remember this? Long-awaited Nikon Z6/7 battery pack to ship next month

Nikon has finally announced the long-awaited battery grip for its Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. The MB-N10 is simply a battery holder: no controls are offered for portrait-orientation shooting.

October 9
New FCC database filing confirms forthcoming DJI Mavic Mini

Rumors have swirled for the past two months around a forthcoming DJI Mavic Mini release. Today's FCC database filing has confirmed it.

Shutterstock's free image editor gets new 'Remove Background' tool

The new tool makes it easy to remove distracting or unwanted backgrounds in images directly within your browser.

Canon has officially produced over 100 million EOS series interchangeable-lens cameras

This massive milestone comes 32 years after the first EOS series camera was introduced in 1987.

Lumecube 2.0 comes with a rugged body and redesigned lens with 80 degree beam angle

The Lumecube is an ultra-portable USB-chargeable light for mobile photographers, vloggers and other creatives on the move.

Canon plans to add 24p recording to select EOS, PowerShot cameras via firmware update

Canon has said in an email sent to DPReview that it will bring back the option to record at 24p (23.98 fps) in select EOS and PowerShot models via upcoming firmware updates.

Review: DJI Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone gimbal

The Osmo Mobile 3 is DJI's third generation gimbal for smartphones, arriving with updated controls and a new foldable design. If you want a stabilizer for your phone it's worthy of consideration.

October 8
Instagram updates iOS app with support for iOS 13's native Dark Mode UI

Instagram has released an update on iOS with support for the new 'Dark Mode' found inside iOS 13.

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 arrives with major performance boosts, GPU selection and Pro Display XDR support

Apple has made a substantial update to Final Cut Pro X, bringing with it a massive boost in performance, multi-GPU support and support for Apple's Pro Display XDR.

Nokishita is reporting Nikon's Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct will cost $7996.95

Prepare your wallets. The latest report from Nokishita says Nikon's showpiece Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct lens will retail for just shy of $8,000. Also reported is pricing information for the much-rumored 'Z50 'mirrorless camera.

The Canon EOS M200 goes to Oklahoma

We've just got our hands on Canon's newest entry-level mirrorless camera, the EOS M200. Carey took it on a trip to Oklahoma City to see how it performs.

October 7
Anduril's Anvil is a drone-bashing machine designed to take out UAVs mid-flight

California-based manufacturer Anduril has developed the Anvil, a quadcopter designed for short, fast flights, that can detect and take down drones operating in military airspace.

Hipstamatic returns with new free app and updated analog camera styles for iOS

Hipstamatic is back with a (slightly) new name, updated interface and support for the latest iOS devices.

Samsung is getting ready to test the Galaxy S11 periscope tele camera

The upcoming Galaxy S11 flagship will likely feature a 5x periscope-style camera, matching the optical tele capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro.

Redditor uncovers possible price of Sigma's fp camera in product page source code

A clever Redditor discovered what could very well be the price of Sigma's fp full-frame mirrorless camera hidden within the source code of the fp product page.

Voigtlander announces upcoming release of a 50mm F2 APO-Lanthar lens for Sony E-mount

The lens was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Voigtlander Classic Line.

iPhone 11 Pro sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Have a closer look at sample images from iPhone 11 Pro's ultra-wide, standard and telephoto cameras featured in this week's DPReview TV episode.

When fast-ish is fast enough: in praise of F1.8 lenses

Two decades into the 'Digital Century', is there still a need for ultra-fast lenses? Here's why you might be better off with a new F1.8 prime instead.

DPReview TV: iPhone 11 Pro – what photographers may have missed

In this week's episode, Chris is joined by our Science Editor Rishi Sanyal to take a closer look at some of the new photography features on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro camera.

October 6
Landscape photography with a drone: the advantages - part 3

Beyond the advantages of cost and availability, a drone presents the landscape photographer with another key advantage: a complete lack of fear in the face of danger.

October 5
Video: 37 different camera shutter sounds in 3 minutes

Photographer and YouTuber Scott Graham recorded the sound of 37 different camera shutters, showing off the unique characteristics of each model.

Review: Live Planet VR live-streaming system

The Live Planet VR system may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but this stereoscopic, 16-lens camera and its associated cloud platform may be one of the best tools out there for live-streaming events in 360 degrees.

October 4
Video: iPhone records its dramatic fall from a plane over Iceland, is recovered a year later

Despite the incredible fall, harsh terrain and gruesome weather, the iPhone not only survived but managed to hold onto the video of its unexpected freefall.

The latest iOS 13 developer beta gives us a sneak peek at Apple's new Deep Fusion mode

Apple released the first iOS 13 developer beta with support for Apple's new Deep Fusion technology. We've rounded up a few samples from photographers and developers around the web to see the first examples showing what the technology has to offer.

Instagram releases its 'Restrict' shadowbanning feature for all users

The new tool enables an Instagram user to restrict other accounts from posting content on and sending messages to their own account.

Sigma's three new EF-M mount lenses and mount conversion service now have release dates

Sigma Global says the Canon EF-M mount versions of its 16mm F1.4, 30mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.4 DC DN lenses will be released on October 18.

iPhone 11's coolest photo feature is the hardest one to find

The iPhone 11 can automatically correct crooked horizons and leaning buildings, filling in missing image information with data from the wider camera – but it's a feature that many people are likely to miss.

October 3
Polaroid Originals discontinues Spectra film due to the condition of aging cameras

Polaroid Originals has announced that it is discontinuing production of its wide-format Spectra film. The reason, CEO Oskar Smolokowski said in a statement on the company's blog today, is due to the degraded nature of existing wide-format cameras.

Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2020 arrive with new AI-powered tools

Adobe is bringing its Sensei-powered tools to Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020.

Leaked Pixel 4 photos show new and improved astrophotography, portrait and Night Sight modes

The photos (and their EXIF data) hint at the new and improved camera capabilities that will be inside the impending Pixel 4 smartphone.

Online photo retailer Adorama launches redesigned website and logo

The updated website features a more streamlined UI while the logo adds a modern touch and a new tagline to the New York camera and electronics retailer.

The a9 II is the camera Sony had to make - but they didn't make it for you

The a9 II is a camera that the average DPReview reader will probably neither need nor buy. And Sony knows it. But that's fine - here's why.

CHASING DORY is a portable, affordable underwater drone with 1080p video

The tethered drone has an F1.6 lens with 1/2.9" CMOS sensor capable of recording at 1080p and relies on an app to control the drone while underwater.

Sony a9 II has a refined design and more pro-oriented features

The Sony a9 II updates the company's sports-oriented camera with a refined body reminiscent of the a7R IV, improved AF algorithms and a host of features for the working pro.

October 2
Epson reveals SureColor P7570, P9570 wide-format printers that offer 'museum quality' prints

These two new professional printers offer an incredible range of printing options and have a price to match.

Duet Display adds support for turning Android tablets into secondary displays

Formerly an iOS exclusive, Duet Display can now turn your Android tablet or Chromebook laptop into a secondary display for your macOS computer.

Microsoft launches ARM-powered Studio Pro X, updates Surface Pro 7 with USB-C

Microsoft has finally brought USB-C to the Surface Pro 7 and has taken a leap by putting a custom ARM-based Snapdragon processor inside of its Surface Pro X 2-in-1.

Exposure Software releases Exposure X5 image editing and organizing software

The latest version of the software brings 3D Color Masking, Vignetting correction and a range of other new features.

Gnarbox 2.0 SSD is now available around the world starting at $499

After being successfully funded via Kickstarter, the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD is now available for creatives across the world.

DPReview TV: Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 review

Fujifilm's GF 50mm F3.5 'pancake' lens is a relatively compact optic for the company's GFX line of medium format cameras. What do you give up in exchange for the small size? According to Chris, not much.

Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

A selection of photos shot with Fujifilm's GF 50mm F3.5 pancake lens during production of this week's episode of DPReview TV.

Fujifilm unveils the Instax Mini Link, its latest compact instant photo printer

The Instax Mini Link works alongside an accompanying smartphone app to print photos in as few as 12 seconds and can print up to 100 images on a single charge.

October 1
Skydio 2 is a $999 4K autonomous drone that will keep DJI on its toes

The California-based drone manufacturer today announced the long-awaited Skydio 2. Compact, powered by AI, and offering up to 4K/60p video, the company is going after the Mavic 2 market.

Pixelmator Photo gets major v1.1 update with iPadOS 13 support and more

Pixelmator Photo has been updated to make the most of Apple's new iPadOS 13 with batch edits, improved file handling and more.

GoPro Max: a second-generation 360º action camera with HyperSmooth, 360 Audio and more

The GoPro Max is GoPro's second-generation 360-degree action cam that now includes a front-facing touchscreen display, six built-in microphones, all new image processing capablities and more.

GoPro Hero8 Black adds improved stabilization, Media Mod, Digital Lenses and more

The GoPro Hero8 improves upon GoPro's flagship action camera with second-generation stabilization technology, a new 'Media Mod' attachment, 'Digital Lenses' and more.

Take a look inside Sigma's Aizu factory where the fp is assembled

After attending the Sigma fp launch back in July, we had an opportunity to tour the company's factory in Aizu to see how it assembles its new full-frame camera as well as its lenses – take a look.