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December 2019 news and reviews

December 5
Best instant cameras of 2019

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.

This Chrome extension makes Instagram 'likes' visible again

Chrome users can now 'unhide' Instagram likes on the Web using a new browser extension called The Return of Likes.

Profoto A1X studio light and Off-Camera Kit now support Fujifilm cameras

Profoto has announced its compact A1X studio light now supports Fujifilm camera systems.

The Motorola One Hyper tosses a 64MP main cam, 32MP selfie cam inside a $400 phone

The new Motorola One Hyper has a 64MP sensor in its main camera, and even the pop-up selfie camera produces 32MP pictures that can be display across the full area of the 6.5in screen.

Down in Nuawluns: Nikon Z50 sample gallery

The Thanksgiving break gave us a chance to take the Nikon Z50 on a tour of New Orleans. See how it did with both the kit zoom and the new Nikkor Z 24mm F1.8 S.

Canon releases minor 1.6.0 firmware update for its EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera

The update adds support for Canon's new RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS lens and addresses a number of bugs throughout the system.

Interview: Aki Murata of Olympus - 'Full-frame isn't for everybody'

Among the topics of discussion with Mr. Murata were the new OM-D E-M5 III and his company's strategy to attract professional photographers.

December 4
Modded 'Ribcage' Sony RX0 II features passive MFT mount for interchangeable lenses

Canadian retailer Back-Gear is offering a modified 'Ribcage' version of the Sony RX0 II that features a passive MFT mount for manual lenses.

John Wick, Deadpool 2 director shot Apple's new 'Snowbrawl' ad with iPhone 11 Pro

What better way to promote a phone than to shoot a commercial for it directly on the device. It's not the first of its kind, nor will it be the last, but as has often been the case, it's a fun watch from a blockbuster director.

Qualcomm's new 865 chipset supports 8K video, 4K HDR, no-limit 960fps capture and more

The new Snapdragon 865 is more power-efficient than ever but continues to push the boundaries of mobile computing, especially in the imaging department.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year announces LUMIX People’s Choice Award finalists

Here is a slideshow of some of the shortlisted photos for Wildlife Photographer of the Year's Lumix People's Choice Awards.

DJI and SkyPixel launch contest to celebrate 5th anniversary

Since launching in 2014, over 18 million aerial photographers and content creators have uploaded their work to SkyPixel. They are celebrating by giving away big prizes for their 5th anniversary.

Capture One 20 photo editing software arrives with new and enhanced tools

Capture One 20 is live with a new and improved interface and a number of new or redesigned tools to help process your photos more effectively.

Gear of the Year - Barney's choice part 1: Ricoh GR III

Senior Editor Barney Britton's first choice for Gear of the Year is a camera that he has carried with him more than any other in 2019 (not including his phone) – the Ricoh GR III.

DPReview TV: Firmware 1.4 for the Canon EOS R significantly improves eye-AF

Chris and Jordan test the Canon EOS R with new v1.4 firmware to see how much it improves autofocus. TL;DR – if you use eye-AF, you'll want this update.

December 3
Google Photos gets new private conversations sharing feature on mobile and Web

Google's latest update for Google Photos makes it possible to have conversations and share images with others directly from the service's mobile apps and Web.

Venus Optics adds Canon RF, Nikon Z mount options to three of its most popular lenses

The Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D, 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro and 100mm F2.8 2X Ultra Macro can now be used with Canon RF and Nikon Z camera systems.

Google Photos starts rolling out manual face tagging feature on mobile

Google has announced it's rolling out new features for its Google Photos mobile app that makes it possible to manually tag faces that aren't recognized (or mistakenly identified) by its AI system.

ZY Optics announces its Mitakon Creator 85mm F2.8 1-5X 'Super Macro' lens

ZY Optics says the lens was specifically designed ‘to have one of the longest working distance for any super macro lens.’ It's available in eight mount options and retails for $499.

Panasonic Lumix S Pro 24-70mm F2.8 sample gallery

The fourth lens to debut in Panasonic's full-frame lineup is the 24-70mm F2.8. It's a popular and versatile focal range, and the company makes big claims of its image quality.

December 2
Sony overtakes Canon and Nikon to lead the full-frame camera market in Japan

According to retail analyst BCN Ranking, Sony has overtaken Canon and Nikon to claim the top spot the full-frame camera market in Japan.

Facebook rolling out new tool to transfer your Facebook photos to Google Photos

Facebook gets the Data Transfer Project moving by announcing the ongoing roll-out of an open-source tool that lets you move all your Facebook photos to Google Photos

CamRanger 2 brings faster speeds, increased compatibility and more

The original CamRanger was one of the first wireless and app-controlled camera remotes. Now the company has released an updated version.

Panasonic to sell remaining stake in semiconductor joint venture in face of ‘aggressive’ competition

Panasonic has announced it's selling its minority stake in its joint venture semiconductor business to Taiwanese company Nuvoton for $250M.

Nikon updates nearly all of its Windows software after anti-virus confusion

A number of anti-virus programs have been flagging Nikon's software as a virus due to mistakenly identifying a specific installation file. Nikon has updated its suite of Windows software to correct this issue.

Have your say: Best camera of 2019

There were a lot of cameras released in 2019, and this is your chance to vote for your favorites.

Have your say: Best prime lens of 2019

Which prime lens was your favorite in 2019? This is your chance to vote.

Have your say: Best zoom lens of 2019

A lot of really great zoom lenses were released this year - vote for your favorites in our 2019 readers polls.

FCC filing reveals forthcoming Autel EVO 2 drone

FCC filings and additional reports suggest the Autel EVO 2 drone will have a 48MP camera and will be capable of recording 8K video.

December 1
Our recommendations: essential gear for your winter photo adventures

Planning to do any outdoor photography this winter? Here are some products you might want to take with you.