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November 2020 news and reviews

November 26
iPhone mount converts an Apple Watch into a live viewfinder for selfies and vlogging

The rear camera (or cameras) on an iPhone has all the latest bells and whistles, but how do you use them to capture a selfie or record a video of yourself? Enter the Ulanzi ST-09, an adjustable mount that allows you to turn an Apple Watch into a live viewfinder on the rear of your iPhone.

Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM

Technical Editor Richard Butler's pick was the unusual lens that gave him the opportunity to try something new. The Canon RF 800mm F11's unique combination of telephoto reach, affordability and light weight will likely enable even more people to do the same.

DPReview TV lens review: Shift your perspective with the Laowa 15mm F4.5 shift lens

The Laowa 15mm F4.5 Zero-D Shift lens lets you shift perspective without moving the camera, correct for converging lines and more. Oh, and it's a lot of fun too.

November 25
MIOPS launches Kickstarter campaign for Flex, its featured-packed smart camera gadget

MIOPS has announced Flex, a new smart camera gadget designed to make it easy and simple to capture lightning strikes, action images, holy grail timelapse videos and much more.

Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2020

This year, despite the disruption, plenty of amazing cameras, lenses, accessories and other products came through our doors. Now, as the year winds down, we're highlighting some of our standout products of the year. Check out the winners of the 2020 DPReview Awards!

Fujifilm adds a 400MP capture mode to its GFX 100 camera with 3.00 firmware update

Fujifilm's 3.00 firmware update adds a new Pixel Shift Mult-Shot mode to its GFX 100 camera that works alongside a new Pixel Shift Combiner program to output 400MP Raw images made up from 16 individual still images.

The Panasonic S1H and GH5 are the best cameras for videographers

You don't need to spend a fortune to buy a camera that's designed for videography. We took a look at the field and selected the Panasonic S1H and GH5 as the best cameras for serious videographers.

Fujifilm Introduces GFX 100 IR for 100MP infrared imaging

Fujifilm has announced a special version of its 100MP GFX 100 for infrared imaging. The new camera will be available for special order in early 2021.

November 24
Sigma to release a new 'DN' lens for mirrorless camera systems via livestream on December 1

The event, which will show off a new 'DN' lens for mirrorless camera systems, is set to take place at 7am ET (4am PT) on December 1.

Video: 'One Shot' shows what it takes to capture an iconic image at the Olympic games

The 'One Shot' documentary highlights the incredible amount of preparation and work involved in photographers capturing iconic moments in Olympic history. It also features nearly 150 wonderful images from past Olympics games.

MonsterAdapter's new LA-KE1 adapter brings autofocus, aperture control to Pentax K-mount lenses on Sony E-mount cameras

The adapter will bring full autofocus, aperture control and EXIF data transfer capabilities to Pentax K-mount lenses when used on select Sony E-mount camera systems. No price is given at this time, but the adapter is set to be available by the end of the year.

Gear of the Year: Barney's choice (part 1) - Fujifilm X100V

In a year when social distancing became a way of life overnight, Senior Editor Barney Britton maintained a small sense of connection via the Fujifilm X100V.

Review: Does the Canon Rebel T8i DSLR make sense in an increasingly mirrorless world?

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i (also known as the EOS 850D or Kiss X10i in some markets) is a 24MP DSLR aimed at first-time DSLR buyers and enthusiasts. Read our full review to find out how it performs.

November 23
2020 Black Friday and Cyber Monday camera gear deals

We've rounded up a collection of the best deals currently active on cameras, lenses, software and accessories. This will be a living article that gets updated throughout this holiday week, so be sure to check back to keep up with the latest offers.

iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 Pro Max, showcasing new camera tech

With new iPhone models comes new iFixit teardowns. iFixit has taken apart the iPhone 12 Pro Max and found some interesting details and gotten a look at the iPhone 12 Pro Max's internals, including its new camera technology.

Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS sample gallery

Canon's RF 85mm F2 Macro IS offers EOS R-series shooters an affordable, stabilized and fast-ish portrait prime. Take a look at what it can do.

Slideshow: Winners and finalists of the 2020 Ocean Photographer of the Year awards

Oceanographic Magazine recently announced the winners of its 2020 Ocean Photographer of the Year awards.

November 22
Best gifts for photographers in 2020

For many of us, photography is a welcome retreat from the raging storm that is 2020. If you happen to be shopping for a photographer this season, we've got some gift ideas that we think will help enable and enrich this pursuit.

November 21
VALOI 360 Kickstarter campaign promises affordable way to digitize film

Finnish company VALOI has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for the VALOI 360 film digitizing system. By combining the VALOI 360 with a digital camera and light source, you can easily digitize your rolls of 35mm and 120 film.

DPReview TV: Best smartphone gimbal

Smartphones capture amazing video, but to kick production value up a notch consider adding a compact gimbal to your kit. This week, we test three leading smartphone gimbals: The DJI OM 4, the Moza Mini MX and the Zhiyun Smooth XS.

November 20
Angelina Jolie to direct Don McCullin biopic starring Tom Hardy

Don McCullin's illustrious career is set to arrive on the silver screen in a new film adapted from McCullin's autobiography. Tom Hardy is set to star as McCullin with Angelina Jolie directing.

Tokina announces 17–35mm F4 lens for Canon EF, Nikon F camera systems

In addition to the 23mm and 33mm F1.4 lenses it announced for Fujifilm cameras, Tokina has also unveiled a 17–35mm F4 lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mount camera systems.

Nikon teases upcoming super telephoto lenses, 50mm prime with an updated lens road map

Nikon has released an updated version of its visual lens roadmap, showing off three new silhouettes for its forthcoming 'Micro 50mm' prime, 400mm S-Line super-telephoto and 600mm S-Line super-telephoto lenses.

Buying guide: The best gifts for film photographers in 2020

From funky film stocks, to home developing and digitizing solutions, we think these are the best film photography gifts in 2020.

Tokina unveils 23mm and 33mm F1.4 atx-m series lenses for Fujifilm X-mount camera systems

The new 23mm and 33mm F1.4 offer 35mm and 50mm full-frame equivalent focal lengths, respectively. The 23mm and 33mm F1.4 lenses will be available for $479 and $429, respectively, starting December 11.

November 19
Chroma Cameras' 679 camera system turns medium format modular

Chroma Cameras has announced the 679 camera system. It is a modular medium format camera system allowing photographers to easily, and affordably, build a versatile 120 film camera for multiple lens systems and film backs.

Halide's deep dive into why the iPhone 12 Pro Max is made for 'Real Pro Photography'

Halide Co-founder and Designer, Sebastiaan de With, has shared an incredibly detailed analysis of the iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera tech and explains why the changes, compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, are far more impressive than initial reviews suggested.

X-tra promises a fresh take on the conventional camera battery with its innovative offering

Camera battery design has been relatively unchanged for years, but new Kickstarter campaign for the X-tra battery hopes to upend convention and give photographers a more powerful, quicker and better camera battery.

Canon releases mostly minor firmware updates for five cameras and its RF 50mm F1.2 lens

Canon has released firmware updates for four of its mirrorless cameras, its flagship 1D X Mark III DSLR and its RF 50mm F1.2 L USM lens. The updates mainly address minor bugs and brings support for newer lenses to Canon's mirrorless cameras.

Zeiss ZX1 initial review

Vaporware no more: the much-speculated-about Zeiss ZX1 has arrived. Combining a 37MP full-frame sensor, minimalist controls and Lightroom Mobile built in, it's a refreshing – if a bit quirky – take on the smartphone-meets-camera concept.

Nikon Z6 II sample gallery

Nikon unveiled the Z6 II last month, adding some more processing power and a few other modest upgrades to its 'multimedia' full-frame mirrorless offering. We got our hands on one and have some preliminary samples to share – take a look.

November 18
Nik celebrates its 25th anniversary with new presets in Nik Collection 3 by DxO

The Nik Collection 3 by DxO has been updated to version 3.3, adding 25 new presets to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary.

Cosina Japan reveals its ultra-fast Voigtlander Super Nokton 29mm F0.8 lens for MFT systems

The Voigtlander 29mm F0.8 Aspherical lens for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) systems will become the fastest commercially-available lens on the market when orders start in December.

Mount any Canon EF lens to Fujifilm's GFX cameras with Metabones new EF-GFX Smart Expander adapters

The EF-GFX Smart Expander makes it possible to use nearly any EF lens — even third-party lenses — to work with Fujifilm's GFX mirrorless cameras.

DPReview TV: Tamron 70-300 F4.5-6.3 review

The Tamron 70-300mm F4.5.6-3 Di III RXD for E-mount provides similar coverage to Sony's own 70-300mm lens, but at a fraction of the price. Is this another winner from Tamron? Watch our review to learn more.

Tamron 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

70-300mm zooms are incredibly popular, particularly for travel. How does Tamron's newest model compare? Check out our sample gallery to judge sharpness, bokeh and pincushion distortion for yourself.

November 17
Adobe releases Photoshop beta for Apple Silicon and Windows ARM

Adobe has released a new Photoshop (Beta) version for Apple Silicon and Windows ARM. The beta currently lacks many features, but it represents an important first step in Adobe's promised development of native software for the Microsoft Surface Pro X and the new M1-powered Macs.

LumaFusion gets 10-bit HDR video editing, exporting and more in its 2.4 update

One of the most powerful video editing apps for iOS and iPadOS has become even more capable with its version 2.4 update. You can now import, edit and export 10-bit HDR video in a number of color spaces.

ON1 announces ON1 Professional Plugin Series, including new versions of 4 plugins

ON1 has launched new versions of its ON1 HDR, ON1 Effects, ON1 Resize and ON1 Portrait AI plugins. The four new versions are part of a new ON1 Professional Plugin Series.

Sony announces its new FX6 full-frame cinema camera with 10-bit 4:2:2 4K/120p internal recording

The full-frame FX6 cinema camera appears to use the same sensor and processor combination found inside Sony's a7S III mirrorless camera.

Hands on: Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x

We've known that the Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x was coming for a long time, and mockups have been on display here and there at trade shows for a year or so, but now it's official. Here's everything you need to know about this intriguing lens.

Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x initial sample gallery

Olympus' new 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x is one seriously-impressive piece of kit. Offering 1000mm equiv. of reach when using the built-in teleconverter, it's a great option for wildlife photography. Click-through to see the photos we've taken thus far.

Firmware update: Olympus E-M1X gets bird AF along with Raw video

Olympus has announced a firmware update for its flagship E-M1X high-speed camera, adding bird detection autofocus. Features such as Raw video output and improved video stabilization will roll out to other high-end Olympus models.

Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro officially unveiled; ships in January for $7500

Olympus' long-awaited 150-400mm F4.5 pro lens with a built-in 1.25x teleconverter has finally arrived, and it is an impressive-looking specimen indeed. It's slated to arrive in late January 2021 with an MSRP of $7500.

Olympus releases the lightly updated OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIs

The OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIs is a subtle successor to the E-M10 Mark III, adding only a silent mode and an 'Instant Film' Art Filter. It will come bundled with a 14-42mm kit lens for $599.

November 16
Video: Astrophotographer  creates stunning global map of Mars

This autumn, Jean-Luc Dauvergne spent six nights at the Pic du Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees photographing Mars during the recent Mars opposition. He used his images to create a global map of Mars, which he states is the best global map of Mars shot from Earth's surface.

Leica's FOTOS app is now free for all after the $50/year 'Pro' subscription was removed

Leica Rumors noticed that hidden in the changelog of a version 2.2.0 app update, Leica made all of the premium features in its mobile companion app, which once cost $50 per year, free for all.

Pixelmator Pro 2 announced, featuring all-new interface and Apple M1 support

Pixelmator Pro 2 is Pixelmator's biggest update to date. The new version has been built to run natively on the new Apple M1 chip and includes a brand-new user interface.

Zeiss ZX1 real-world samples gallery

One of 2020's many, many surprises has been the emergence of the Zeiss ZX1, a full-frame, fixed lens compact first announced in late 2018 – and not heard from for a long time after that. It's real, it's here and we've got our first batch of samples to share.

November 15
Nikon Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S sample gallery updated

We've been spending more time getting to know the 70-200mm F2.8 VR S, a cornerstone lens in Nikon's relatively young Z-mount lineup. Take a look at more samples from around the Puget Sound and beyond, including images from the new Z6 II.

November 14
The best Google Photo alternatives

If you're looking for an alternative for Google Photos, you're not short on options. We've rounded up some of the best solutions for managing, viewing and sharing your photos on the go.

DPReview TV: Battle of the 70-200mm F2.8 zooms (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic)

Who makes the best 70-200mm F2.8 zoom lens? We tested the latest models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic to find out.

November 13
Adobe apps not officially supported on Apple's M1 chips using Rosetta 2, but native versions are coming

Following Apple's presentation on November 10 during which the company showed the first three Macs built on Apple silicon, Adobe announced that it is not officially supporting its apps on Rosetta 2 emulation. However, native Apple silicon versions of Lightroom and Photoshop are on the way.

Apple's new ProRAW image format will capture 12-bit Raw DNG files

Apple's latest iOS 14.3 developer build has revealed what we can expect from its new ProRAW image format, which will capture 12-bit Raw DNG files on Apple's new iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max smartphones.

This DIY camera uses machine learning to tell you what it sees

What if your camera knew what it was looking at? A new Raspberry Pi-based project combines a camera module with machine learning to bring this possibility to life.

Venus Optics' 100mm F2.8 Ultra Macro lens is now available with Pentax K mount, new stepless EF mount version also available

The Pentax K mount version of Venus Optics' popular Laowa 100mm F2.8 Ultra Macro was set to be released back in 2018, but only now is it seeing the light of day.

$20 film camera challenge: Minolta Riva Zoom 90EX - Dan Bracaglia

In the second installment of our $20 film camera challenge, DPR editor Dan Bracaglia gets his hands on a bloated 90's 'compact zoom. And much to his surprise, this $16 camera checks quite a few boxes, with one noticeable shortcoming.

November 12
Documenting humanity's journey into space: Over 2,400 iconic space images are up for auction

Christie's is currently hosting an auction of a massive photo collection. The collection, 'Voyage to Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection', includes 700 lots and more than 2,400 separate items.

New DJI Mavic Air 2 firmware update includes remote control compatibility with Mini 2

DJI just released a new firmware update for its Mavic Air 2 drone. Included is remote control compatibility with the Mini 2.

Canon brings its macOS EOS Webcam Utility out of beta and updates Windows version to 1.1

Canon has announced the macOS version of its EOS Webcam utility is out of beta and now supports 43 Canon cameras. The Windows version has also received a version 1.1 update.

DPReview TV: DJI Pocket 2 review

DJI's second generation Pocket camera includes many useful upgrades and is lots of fun. It may even get used behind the scenes to help produce our DPReview TV videos. Watch our review to learn more about this versatile little camera.

Sony a7S II vs a7S III: What's new and why it matters

The a7S III comes five years after the Mark II. So what exactly has changed in that time? We took a closer look and found a more ambitious video tool that helps explain the higher pricing.

November 11
How Joe Biden's drone light show came together — and what it could mean for the industry

Projected President-elect Joe Biden and his running-mate Kamala Harris addressed the world on Saturday, with speeches that concluded with a drone light show. Here's how it came together.

Google is killing off free unlimited storage in Google Photos next year

Google has announced that it will be ending its unlimited free photo and video storage through Google Photos. The popular service will be moving to a 15 GB cap on free storage beginning in June 2021.

Photographer captures the highest resolution snowflake photos in the world

Nathan Myhrvold designed a custom camera built around a 100MP medium format image sensor to capture beautiful, detailed microscopic images of snowflakes. You've seen snow, but perhaps not quite like this.

Help wanted: Google Photos wants your assistance in training its machine learning algorithms

Google has asked its users for help improving Google Photos before, but a new participation option for Android users pushes this idea even further. You can now volunteer to label a group of images to help improve Google's machine learning algorithms.

Profoto's new $299 OCF Adapter makes it possible to mount OCF light modifiers to A-series speedlights

The $299 adapter makes it possible to mount Profoto's line of OCF light shaping tools to its A-series line of round-head speedlights.

Leica Q2 Monochrom sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Take a black and white journey through southern Alberta with the Leica Q2 Monochrom, courtesy of our team at DPReview TV. We knew Canada was cold, but penguins?

The Canon EOS R6 is the best camera for around $2000

The Canon EOS R6 is the most well-rounded camera in its class, and it's our top pick if you're looking to spend around $2000. For a budget-friendlier option, the also-excellent Fujifilm X-T4 is our recommendation.

Roger Cicala: the difference between sample variation and a 'bad copy' (Part 2)

Roger Cicala delves back into the murky waters of sample variation among lenses and explains how – depending on how you define your standards – you might end up getting multiple 'bad copies'.

November 10
This $95 lens attachment turns the world around you into a globe using a little glass marble

This little lens attachment takes the glass orb photo trend and packs it into a more compact form facter that will fit on the end of nearly any lens.

Hands on: Leica Q2 Monochrom
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The Q2 Monochrom is a stealthy, niche camera aimed at black and white enthusiasts, and we've had one in our hands for a few days. Click through to read more.

Step aside, Intel: Apple shows off its first Macs powered by its new M1 chipset

At its 'One more thing' virtual keynote, Apple showed off its M1 SoC, the company's first chipset designed specifically for its Mac lineup, which is at the heart of its new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and 13" MacBook Pro computers.

Pergear releases $165 12mm F2 lens for APS-C mirrorless camera systems

The lens is fully-manual, works out to a full-frame equivalent of 18mm on most APS-C systems and is available to purchase for $165 for Fujifilm X mount, Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount, Nikon Z mount and Sony E-mount camera systems.

Leica Q2 Monochrom initial review

The Leica Q2 Monochrom is a version of the Gold Award-winning Q2 that only shoots images in black and white. It's a niche (and pricey) product to be sure, but so far we find it to be well-designed and capable of outstanding results.

DPReview TV: Leica Q2 Monochrom review

Our team at DPReview TV wanted a monochrome version of the Leica Q2 and they got it. Is this a case of 'be careful what you wish for'? Nope. As Chris explains in our hands-on review, the Q2 might just be his new favorite camera.

Leica Q2 Monochrom sample gallery

What better time to test out an all-black-and-white camera than late autumn? We used a pre-production Leica Q2 Monochrom to capture some of the moody scenes of the season.

Leica introduces 47 Megapixel Q2 Monochrom for $6000

Leica has announced the Q2 Monochrom, a black & white version of the Q2. It features a new monochrome-only 47MP sensor as well as the 28mm F1.7 lens and top-notch build quality as the regular Q2.

November 9
DaVinci Resolve 17 announced, includes over 300 new features and improvements

DaVinci Resolve 17 has been announced. The all-in-one video and audio editing software incorporates more than 100 new features and 200 improvements.

Solarcan Colours promises easy tinted solargrams—from a soda can

The drinks-can solargram camera now comes loaded with papers that create a tinted image - with warm, cool and duotone options to spice up your long exposures

iPhone 12 Pro Max review round-up: a meta review of Apple's largest iPhone 12 model

The embargo has dropped for iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max reviews and while we didn't have the chance to test one out, we've rounded up a number of reviews from YouTubers and tech sites across the web to share their thoughts on the imaging capabilities of Apple's largest and most powerful iPhone 12 model.

Review: The DJI Pocket 2 is a vlogging machine you can take anywhere (even in your pocket)

DJI's second-generation Pocket camera includes a long list of useful upgrades including a wider, faster lens, a larger sensor, more resolution, improved audio and an optional handle that significantly improves control and supports live streaming.

Sony announces it's getting into the drone game with its new 'Airpeak' brand

DJI might soon have some competition. Sony Corporation has announced it's working on 'Airpeak,' a new drone brand that should see the first product released in Spring 2021.

November 8
Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 sample gallery

The Panasonic 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 is a compact zoom for L-mount cameras. It's a great kit lens for those who like shooting wide and is well-suited for video work.

November 7
Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone's first staff photographer, dies at 83

Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine's first staff photographer, died on Monday at age 83 of ALS.

DJI Mavic Mini 2 sample gallery

The DJI Mavic Mini 2 is a versatile little machine that's easy to use, convenient to transport and full of sophisticated features in a compact package. Take a look at the image quality it's capable of producing.

Laowa 9mm F5.6 FF RL sample gallery and impressions

The Laowa 9mm F5.6 FF RL is the world's widest rectilinear lens for full frame cameras, and should appeal to anyone who needs to shoot in tight spaces. Click through to learn more, and see the results.

November 6
Nikon Q2 financial results: better-than-expected revenue with plans to cut expenses and increase focus on higher-end cameras, lenses

Nikon's second-quarter results for its 2021 fiscal year are out, showing higher-than-expected operating loss, but better-than-expected revenue and a plan for how to make the Imaging Products Business profitable going forward.

Frii Designs' new Conda Strap is a camera strap that turns into a flexible mount

The Conda Strap, which clearly takes inspiration from the Anaconda snake, can turn from a shoulder strap into a Gorillapod-style mounting solution with the flip of a lever.

Sample gallery and impressions: Lomography Fantome ISO 8 and Babylon ISO 13 BW films

We had a chance to check out Lomography's new super low ISO black and white Kino films. Have a look!

November 5
£10K Landscape Photographer of the Year prize goes to woodland view

UK Landscape Photographer of the Year announces winners and shortlisted photographers from the 2020 competition

Xiaomi announces retractable lens technology for future smartphones

At its annual developer conference, Xiaomi has announced new Retractable Wide-aperture Lens Technology. This breakthrough promises advancements in image quality across numerous situations, including when shooting in low light and capturing portraits.

US Navy shares photos, video from the Blue Angels' farewell flight for its Legacy Hornet jets

Yesterday, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flew their last flights in their Legacy Hornet jets, which are being replaced by the newer, larger Super Hornets, due to make their first official demonstration flight in 2021.

Video: David Chan is the 'Camera Guardian' in Hong Kong

Camera shop owner David Chan has been collecting and selling cameras for nearly 60 years in Hong Kong. In a new video from South China Morning Post, we learn more about Chan, his passion for vintage film cameras and his impressive collection.

Firmware v1.1.1 makes the Canon R6's video much more usable

The latest firmware significantly improves the EOS R6's response to efforts to let it cool, making it much more usable for stop/start video.

Review: the DJI Mavic Mini 2 is the perfect drone for beginners

The new DJI Mavic Mini 2 includes several notable improvements over the original Mavic Mini, including 4K video, Raw photo capability, and DJI's robust OcuSync 2.0 transmission system.

DJI's Mavic Mini 2 now has 4K/30p video, Raw photos, OcuSync 2.0 and more

DJI has taken its sub-250g drone and made it even better with some of the most-requested features. This includes 4K/30p video capture, Raw photo capture, improved transmission with OcuSync 2.0 and more.

November 4
Nikon brings its Webcam Utility out of beta, adds support for macOS computers

After months of being avaialble as a beta download, a 1.0.0 version of Nikon's webcam utility is now available for both macOS and Windows 10 computers. The utility makes it possible to use ten Nikon DSLR and mirrorless cameras as webcams in videoconferencing software.

Canon's new ML-100, ML-105 industrial cameras can reach ISO 4.5 million

The ML-100 and ML-105 come in EF and M58 mounts and are designed for use in various industrial and commercial applications.

Kodak Professional Select's AI-powered virtual assistant speeds up image culling

Kodak Professional Select is a new image selection software. It relies upon AI to analyze, grade and select the best images from a given batch.

DPReview TV: We answer your questions about how to start a YouTube channel

Following our DPReview TV video series 'How to start a YouTube channel', we received lots of follow-up questions from viewers, so Chris and Jordan sat down to answer some of the most common ones.

Panasonic announces compact Lumix S 85mm F1.8 prime for L-mount

Panasonic has announced the Lumix S 85mm F1.8 for L-mount. This medium-telephoto prime is weather-resistant and weighs just 355g (12.5oz). It will be available in mid-December for $599.

Panasonic firmware shares more features across S1, S1R, S1H and S5

Panasonic has announced firmware upgrades for its S1, S1R, S1H and S5 full-frame mirrorless cameras, which extend the degree to which the four models share features and performance levels. The G100 vlogging-focused Micro Four Thirds camera also gains webcam compatibility.

Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 initial sample gallery

We've been able to shoot with a pre-production version of Panasonic's new S 85mm F1.8, just in time for some socially distanced fall portraits of friends – including the furry kind.

What you need to know about Canon's new RF 70-200mm F4 and 50mm F1.8

Canon has just taken the wraps off two new lenses for its mirrorless RF system: The RF 50mm F1.8 STM and RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM. Click through for a closer look.

Canon introduces compact RF 70-200mm F4L and 50mm F1.8 STM lenses

Canon has introduced two new lenses for its RF-series cameras: the 70-200mm F4L IS USM and the 50mm F1.8 STM. The former is considerably smaller than its EF cousin, while the latter is both compact and inexpensive at $200.

November 3
Select Sony stores in Japan are giving away adorable mini camera kits with the purchase of a real kit

The promotion, which is taking place at four different Sony stores across Japan, is going on through November 30.

Apple iPhone 12 sample gallery

Apple's announced its iPhone 12 lineup, and we've gotten our hands on the base model. We'll admit - viewing the photos in a web browser doesn't have the impact of viewing them on the latest iPhone HDR displays - but the results are impressive nonetheless.

Hasselblad's new XH Converter 0.8 reduces focal length, changes aperture of HC/HCD lenses on X system cameras

Hasselblad has released what is effectively a Speedbooster for adapting HC and HCD lenses to X system cameras. The adapter reduces the focal length by 0.8x, which effectively increases the aperture by two-thirds a stop.

Roger Cicala: the difference between sample variation and a 'bad copy' (Part 1)

In the first part of a two-part article, lens testing expert Roger Cicala explains why inevitable variation among copies of a lens and a 'bad copy' aren't the same thing.

Sony a7C vs Sony a7 III: Which is better?

The Sony a7C and a7 III are very similar cameras, but depending on your needs, the choice may come down to more than simply price versus compactness.

November 2
Moment launches series of MagSafe mounting accessories for iPhone 12

The lens and accessory maker introduces magnetic tripod attachments, a cold shoe and mounts to attach to your iPhone 12 using Apples MagSafe system. Well, introduces the idea anyway - the products won't ship until March next year

Video: Meet Calypso, the predecessor to Nikon's iconic underwater Nikonos cameras

The Camera West camera store in California received a Calypso underwater camera as a customer trade in. The camera was the first 35mm camera designed for use underwater without a housing and it paved the way for the iconic Nikon Nikonos camera series.

ON1 Photo RAW 2021 now available, includes Portrait AI, new selection tools and much more

After unveiling ON1 Photo RAW 2021 earlier this autumn, ON1's latest flagship photo editor is now available for purchase.

iFixit discovers camera repairs for iPhone 12 models can't be done by third-parties

After attempting to swap camera models between iPhone 12 devices, repair site iFixit, as well as YouTuber Taylor Dixon, discovered a proprietary tool and 'System Configuration' is required to successfully replace the camera module.

What might the Z6 II and Z7 II tell us about future pro Nikon mirrorless models?

The new Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II are solid updates, but the gap at the top of Nikon's full-frame mirrorless lineup for a truly 'professional' model still exists. So what can the Z6 II and Z7 II tell us about what Nikon might do next?

DPReview TV: The episode in which we encourage you to play with fire

We realize it's not the conventional wisdom, but you should probably go play with fire. Why? Because, from fire comes art. Tell your mom we said it's OK.

November 1
The Sony ZV-1 is the best camera for vlogging

Whether you’re just sharing clips with friends or you’re launching an online on-camera career, vlogging matters. We looked at cameras with selfie-friendly screens, wide-angle lenses, microphone inputs and great video quality, and Sony's compact ZV-1 came out on top.