In a year so very different from others, little has changed on the photography gear rental front. Canon takes 7 of the top 10 spots, with Sony taking the remaining three, and Nikon overtakes Sigma for third place.
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December 2020 news and reviews
Dec 31, 2020 at 17:00
We've taken a look back at our year of Instagram posts to the @DPReview account and compiled the 10 most popular cameras of 2020, based on most 'likes' to a single post.
Dec 31, 2020 at 15:00
As this tumultuous year comes to an end, we thought we'd round up some of the biggest news stories of the past 12 months. Join us in taking a look at the highs – and lows – of 2020 in the world of photography.
Update: Canon patent applications show pistol-grip-style mirrorless camera with pan/tilt and zoom functionality
Dec 30, 2020 at 18:20
A series of patent applications from Canon showcase a unique pan/tilt mirrorless camera designed with video in mind. Although the device bears a resemblance to DJI Ronin-style gimbals, it's a different kind of device altogether.
videoDec 30, 2020 at 14:00
It's time for our annual predictions episode! Chris and Jordan tell us what to expect from each camera company in 2021. And like true Canadians, they do it while ice fishing.
Dec 29, 2020 at 15:14
On Monday, December 28th, the FAA released its long-awaited ruling on Remote Identification (Remote ID) for drones along with a final rule on flights over people and at night.
videoDec 29, 2020 at 14:00
The Zeiss ZX1 is a unique compact camera, dominated by a large touchscreen. It comes with Adobe Lightroom Mobile installed - but how does it work? In this video, Reviews Editor Carey Rose explains all.
Dec 28, 2020 at 15:00
In the current full-frame mirrorless marketplace, the Canon EOS R6 and Nikon Z6 II are the midrange models to beat. But which is right for you?
Dec 27, 2020 at 15:00
When choosing a high-priced camera, build quality, resolution and autofocus performance are of primary importance. We combed through the best cameras priced between $2500 and $4000, and Canon's do-everything EOS R5 came out on top.
Dec 26, 2020 at 18:27
A Philadelphia-based remote pilot managed to accrue $182,000 in fines from the FAA. Renowned aviation attorney Jonathan Rupprecht says it's the second largest fine he knows of, to date, and explains how it happened.
videoDec 26, 2020 at 14:00
Did Santa leave a new Sony camera in your Christmas stocking? If so, your first step should be to enable Sony's 'real-time' autofocus tracking. In this video, we show you how to set up this useful feature.
Dec 24, 2020 at 15:00
What is field curvature, and why should you care? In this article – the first of two – professional optics geek Roger Cicala explains all.
lens newsDec 23, 2020 at 16:07
This ultra-compact 35mm pancake lens features a fixed F5.6 aperture but manages to squeeze a manual focus mechanism inside.
Dec 23, 2020 at 15:00
As we press on with our full review, we've analyzed just how the Zeiss ZX1 stacks up in front of our standard studio test scene. See for yourself how it performs.
Dec 23, 2020 at 14:45
SkyPixel has announced their 6th annual drone photography and videography competition.
videoDec 23, 2020 at 14:00
A new firmware update adds bird detection autofocus to the E-M1X and, oh boy, it finds all the birds. The E-M1X and E-M1 Mark III also get ProRes Raw video recording, but does it meet Jordan's standards?
Dec 22, 2020 at 20:50
The DJI GO 4 app recently added local data mode on iOS. This keeps your flight data strictly on your phone instead of being sent to servers.
Dec 22, 2020 at 19:48
Considering the FX6 effectively uses the same core components as the Sony a7S III, it goes to show just how much video power is inside Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras if you don’t need all the extra production-level inputs and outputs.
MiNT Cameras launches Kickstarter campaign for InstantKon SF70 instant camera, a modern take on Polaroid SX-70
Dec 22, 2020 at 18:14
MiNT Cameras has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its InstantKon SF70 instant film camera. It uses Fujifilm Instax square format film and includes manual and automatic functionality. MiNT hopes the SF70 captures the spirit of the classic Polaroid SX-70 while introducing improved modern functionality.
Dec 22, 2020 at 15:00
Tamron's 70-180mm F2.8 is a high-quality telephoto lens for Sony E-mount that won't break your back or the bank. Read about why it's been one of Dan's personal favorites this year.
Dec 22, 2020 at 14:40
The adapter, which offers full support for Nikon’s phase-detection autofocus system, is technically a Leica M mount to Nikon Z mount autofocus adapter, but since you can stack other adapters on top, the options are almost limitless.
Dec 21, 2020 at 19:03
This new global partnership will see the two companies work together to research and develop co-engineered imaging systems for Vivo smartphones, starting with the new X60 series.
Dec 21, 2020 at 18:08
The public betas, which have known issues and won't work with all third-party add-ons, are the first to natively run on Apple's new M1-powered computers.
videoDec 21, 2020 at 17:26
Nick Brandreth of the George Eastman Museum is back with a new episode of 'Darkroom Magic'. The new episode shows how to make your own paper developer.
Dec 21, 2020 at 15:00
We've just finished processing our Zeiss ZX1 studio scene, and holy cow, that lens looks amazing. Click through to see for yourself.
Dec 21, 2020 at 14:22
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured many beautiful, important images over its first 30 years in orbit. To celebrate the milestone, NASA published 30 new images, all highlighting Caldwell objects, celestial objects amateur astronomers around the world can view for themselves.
Dec 21, 2020 at 14:00
For the past few weeks, our readers have been voting on their favorite photographic gear released in the past year in a wide range of categories. Now that the first round of voting is over, it's time to reveal the first-round winners and pick the best overall product of 2020.
camera newsDec 21, 2020 at 05:31
Japanese publication AERAdot has reported that Nikon is ceasing camera production at its Sendai ‘Mother’ Factory and moving operations to its Thai factories as a cost-saving measure.
Dec 20, 2020 at 15:00
Please, no more ugly camera straps, cheesy how-to books, useless smartphone accessories or lens-shaped mugs (emphasis on that last one). Here's what we photographers actually want this year for the holidays...
Dec 19, 2020 at 08:07
Looking for an awesome last-minute gift idea? Consider an instant camera! We tested every Instax model on the market and picked our favorite two. Snag either for under $100. [Originally published October 2020]
Dec 18, 2020 at 21:07
The U.S. government has added Chinese drone maker DJI to its economic blacklist.
While we may be hunkered down at home for a while longer, that doesn't mean you can't plan for future travel when it's safe! Earlier this year we reviewed four popular compact travel tripod options, here's our favorite. [originally published July 2020]
Dec 18, 2020 at 15:31
Sotheby's of New York recently completed the auction of 'A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterworks'. The 123-lot collection earned a total of $6.4M USD, with 94% of lots selling. An iconic image set a record, selling for $988,000, the highest total ever for an Ansel Adams print.
lens newsDec 18, 2020 at 15:22
The lens joins the 7.5mm F2 Zero-D MFT lens from Venus Optics, making it the second 'Zero-Distortion' MFT lens in Venus Optics' lineup.
lens newsDec 18, 2020 at 14:55
The fully-manual lens costs just $98 and is available for Canon M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mount camera systems.
lens newsDec 18, 2020 at 04:04
Canon Japan says the RF 70-200mm F4, which was set to be released this month, is being pushed back to a March release due to ‘ insufficient supply for the launch.’
videoDec 17, 2020 at 20:03
Firmware version 3.20 for both the Nikon Z6 and Z7 adds the ability to record Blackmagic RAW footage to Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR monitors/recorders if you've purchased Nikon's Raw video upgrade.
Netflix approves Panasonic BGH1 for productions, making it the first Micro Four Thirds camera on the list
Dec 17, 2020 at 18:57
Aside from being the first Micro Four Thirds camera on the list, it's easily the most affordable. This also means Panasonic now has two prosumer-grade cameras on the list, as the S1H was added last year.
Texas report details the harsh realities, risks of being a wedding photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dec 17, 2020 at 15:51
Texas Monthly has shared an article detailing how one high-risk photographer was exposed and eventually tested positive for COVID-19 after the party hid that the groom had tested positive ahead of the event.
reviewDec 17, 2020 at 15:31
Fujifilm's latest X-S10 is a likeable mirrorless camera with some of the company's best tech packed inside, and it doesn't cost the earth. We think it could be a good fit for photographers of all kinds – find out more in our full review.
Dec 17, 2020 at 14:59
Syrp is well-known for its motion control and camera slider products. Its latest offering is the Genie Micro, a small camera remote you attach to your camera via its hot shoe and USB port.
Dec 17, 2020 at 14:10
While a student at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012, Regina Valkenborgh constructed a pinhole camera using duct tape and a beer can. She set the camera up and forgot about it. It was finally discovered this year, after exposing upwards of 2,953 days.
Dec 16, 2020 at 19:27
Ricoh Imaging has been teasing the Pentax K-3 Mark III APS-C camera for months. Although the camera isn't due to ship until early next year, recent FCC filings by Ricoh Imaging show the camera without its outer shell, further expanding our knowledge of the upcoming digital SLR.
Dec 16, 2020 at 16:13
Ben Sandofsky, a developer at Lux Optics, the company behind the Halide camera app, has shared an incredibly detailed breakdown of Apple's new ProRAW technology and explains how the company plans to make the most of it in the Halide app.
camera newsDec 16, 2020 at 14:00
The compact point-and-shoot film camera is a tribute of sorts to the original Sprite 35 released back in the 1960s. It doesn't offer any manual controls or even a variable shutter speed, but at only $35, what do you expect?
Dec 15, 2020 at 22:30
Skylum has released Luminar AI, its newest AI-powered photo editor. New features include Templates, Sky AI, Atmosphere AI, Skin AI and much more.
Dec 15, 2020 at 19:18
Elinchrom’s new app, which is available for both iPhones and iPads, works with the Elinchrom Bridge to add the ability to remotely control compatible Elinchrom lights.
The Nikon Z6 II builds on the well-rounded stills and video features of its predecessor, with the addition of dual processors, two card slots and the option to add a full battery grip. It's a subtle evolution but enough to keep the $2000 Z model competitive.
Dec 15, 2020 at 14:48
Curved image sensors have been discussed and showed off for years, but the French firm Curve is the first to prepare its curved CMOS image sensor for mass production.
Dec 15, 2020 at 14:38
The next anamorphic lens from Sirui will offer a wider angle of view, and will come direct in a wider range of lens mounts than the previous 35mm.
sample galleryDec 15, 2020 at 14:00
We've updated our initial Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x sample gallery with additional images taken throughout the focal range.
Apple releases iOS 14.3, bringing its new ProRAW format to its iPhone 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max smartphones
Dec 14, 2020 at 21:54
The new format should allow iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max users to get the most of their images by leveraging Apple’s Deep Fusion and HDR technologies in combination with the flexibility of a Raw (DNG) image.
Dec 14, 2020 at 19:34
You can now enjoy your brew, be it coffee or beer, from one of Canon Japan’s new drink ware, made to look like various Canon EF and RF lenses.
Google used a 360º, 64-camera 'Light Stage' to create the dataset for its Portrait Light mode on Pixel devices
Dec 14, 2020 at 15:38
Google has shared a deep dive into how it developed the underlying technologies that power its Portrait Light feature found on Pixel smartphones.
Dec 13, 2020 at 15:00
Leica's SL2-S might not look like it breaks any ground at a casual glance, but on the inside, its 24MP sensor promises better video performance than its higher resolution sister model. Find out what it's like to handle in our hands-on look.
Canon patent details a variable-magnification 1.0-2.0x teleconverter with image stabilization, variable ND filter
Dec 12, 2020 at 19:50
If — and that’s a big if — such a teleconverter ever becomes a reality, you may one day be able to turn prime lenses into ‘zoom’ lenses and bring image stabilization to lenses that lack it.
Dec 11, 2020 at 21:20
Litchi, a third-party app that is compatible with DJI drones, recently announced a new update. Notably, Mavic Mini users can now track and follow subjects.
Dec 11, 2020 at 16:28
Now, when you 'like' an image in the iOS Photos app, the same image (assuming it's been uploaded to Google Photos), will be 'starred' in your Google Photos library.
videoDec 11, 2020 at 14:37
The former head of the Office of Technical Services and Chief of Disguise of the CIA reveals some of the cameras spies were supplied with to record what the enemy was up to during the Cold War. She says that while technology has changed in the intervening years spying methods haven't.
videoDec 11, 2020 at 14:18
Mathieu Stern is back with another unusual lens. This time he has adapted a Canon 65mm F0.75 X-Ray lens for use with his Sony camera. The lens is rare, very difficult to use and captures unusual-looking images.
Dec 11, 2020 at 14:00
Can a single piece of gear define one's photographic style? For Fernando Martins, the answer is 'yes.' He primarily works with a Nikon 20mm F3.5 lens and leans into its unique characteristics brilliantly, producing beautiful and haunting images.
Dec 10, 2020 at 20:24
The plate, which is manufactured in the United States using US-based materials, weighs just 13g (.5oz) and is built-to-order for $95.
Leica releases 'Henri' Cinematographer's Viewfinder for pairing its new SL2-S camera system with PL, LPL lenses
Dec 10, 2020 at 18:30
The 'Henri' Cinematographer's handle comes in two models — L-PL and L-LPL — and features a foldable grip that has built-in buttons for controlling recording right from the handle.
lens newsDec 10, 2020 at 14:49
The new 85mm F1.8 prime lens features full autofocus compatibility, including support for Nikon’s Eye-AF technology. The lens is available to purchase for just $399.
camera newsDec 10, 2020 at 14:00
Leica's SL2-S is a companion model to the existing SL2, coming in with more modest resolution but more robust burst shooting and video recording features.
Dec 9, 2020 at 19:19
The organizers have pushed back the Las Vegas event amidst concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dec 9, 2020 at 15:44
DxO PhotoLab 4.0 launched in October. After a couple minor updates, version 4.1 has been released. It includes additional camera support, fixes, improvements and Apple M1 compatibility.
Dec 9, 2020 at 14:58
Here are a few of the 380 nominated images from photographers, of all nationalities, based in the United Kingdom.
Dec 9, 2020 at 14:00
Updated Lens availability is a critical part of choosing a camera system. We have a look at the four full-frame mirrorless mounts to see how their lineups and technologies currently compare.
videoDec 9, 2020 at 14:00
You've probably heard of lens, or focus, breathing. Videographers love to talk about it, but it can be important to still photographers as well. So what is it? In this video we explain what 'breathing' is and why it matters.
Dec 9, 2020 at 13:44
CIPA has announced CP+2021 will be an online-only event due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dec 8, 2020 at 19:43
These first real-world examples, captured on an unnamed Qualcomm-powered smartphone, show what the CAI standard experience is like when viewing the images online.
mobileDec 8, 2020 at 19:17
Copy That is free to download with an in-app purchase that makes it possible to 'verify' your copies to ensure every bit of media gets transferred without issue.
Dec 8, 2020 at 17:30
New software development kits (SDK) may not be the most buzzworthy announcements, but Sony's new camera automation SDK could be very interesting to product photographers.
Dec 8, 2020 at 15:59
Zooms are great. but every year, some of the most impressive lenses that come across our desks are primes. And 2020 was no different, with several excellent fixed focal length options released. Vote now for your favorites.
Dec 8, 2020 at 15:58
The year 2020 might have offered us fewer chances to get out and photograph the things we love, but that didn't stop manufacturers from bringing a ton of excellent new lenses to market. Vote now to have your say on which was best.
Dec 8, 2020 at 14:00
We've added our studio test scene and video stills widget to our Sony a7S III initial review. This lets you compare its resolution capture and its low-light performance.
Dec 8, 2020 at 13:00
Capture One 21 has been released. The latest version of the popular photo editor includes new features and improved performance, including Speed Edit and a new ProStandard profile.
Dec 8, 2020 at 12:44
The latest version of Adobe Lightroom adds native support for Apple M1-powered computers, as well as Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 Arm devices.
mobileDec 7, 2020 at 22:25
Sentons' ultrasonic technology has been used in features such as the Air Triggers in the Asus ROG Phone 3. Sentons is pushing this technology further with CameraBar, tech it anticipates will be utilized in smartphones next year.
Leaked ISOCELL presentation slide suggests Samsung entertaining the idea of a 600MP smartphone sensor
Dec 7, 2020 at 19:26
Smartphone leaker Ice Universe has shared a leaked slide from a Samsung Semiconductor presentation that shows the company is looking into the possibility of developing a massive 600MP smartphone sensor.
Dec 7, 2020 at 16:17
The factory produces an array of audio components, including analog-to-digital converters, which Inside Imaging claims are used by various Japanese camera manufacturers.
Dec 7, 2020 at 15:39
The conversion of these low-cost lenses means S35 and almost-full frame anamorphic shooting no longer needs to cost quite so much money. MTF Services is selling already-converted lenses at the moment but plans to offer a conversion service for existing lenses next year.
SponsoredDec 7, 2020 at 15:00
In this interview, wedding photographer Vanessa Joy talks about her favorite gear, the challenges of shooting a product video during a pandemic and why communication is key to successful portraiture.
Dec 7, 2020 at 14:00
Photography books never go out of style and can also serve as inspiration for years to come. These were some of our favorite titles from 2020.
accessory reviewDec 6, 2020 at 13:00
As a neat little diffuser that has a gigantic impact on the quality of the light from a hotshoe flash unit, the Hähnel Lantern creates a dramatically wide spread of soft illumination.
Chris and Jordan from DPReview TV have been handing out their 'best and worst' camera awards since 2013, with the 2020 awards announced yesterday on YouTube. In this article, Jordan reviews the winners and provides more detail on why they were selected.
videoDec 5, 2020 at 16:23
The daguerreotype was the first commercially viable photographic process when it was introduced to the world in 1839. With a handful of safe ingredients and chemicals, you can try it out for yourself at home using a 35mm film camera.
Dec 5, 2020 at 14:00
We've updated our 'best cameras for travel' buying guide for those looking for a camera to bring on their next adventure, once it's safe to do so. The best camera for family trips is the compact Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII, while our choice for travel photography is the Sony a7C.
videoDec 5, 2020 at 08:00
It's the episode you've been waiting for all year! Chris and Jordan reveal their picks for the best and worst camera gear of 2020 while playing their newest drinking game. What could go wrong?
videoDec 4, 2020 at 18:14
Marques Brownlee published his third annual 'Blind Smartphone Camera Test' video and the results are surprising. It's not necessarily the most feature-packed or expensive smartphones that move.
lens newsDec 4, 2020 at 16:58
The new 33mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.4 APS-C lenses are roughly equivalent to 50mm and 85mm lenses, respectively, on full-frame cameras. You can purchase the 56mm F1.4 now, while the 33mm F1.4 lens is available to pre-order.
Dec 4, 2020 at 14:35
The sample-collecting probe filmed the Moon from close up and then captured its own landing, but the best bit is the color stitched panorama that's 15,000 pixels wide.
Dec 4, 2020 at 14:00
In this week's Film Friday we join up with a group of Soviet climbers, prepping to summit Mount Everest. The year is 1982 and to document the expedition, the team decides to bring along five plastic Smena Symbol viewfinder cameras. A humble, simple-to-use unit, it proves to be the perfect companion for the trip.
Dec 3, 2020 at 20:04
Users have lamented the absence of a camera in the Apple Watch. A new product, Wristcam, aims to change this by incorporating a pair of cameras in an Apple Watch band.
Dec 3, 2020 at 15:04
The Canon R5 has many noteworthy features, not the least of which is 8K video recording. However, the camera's video performance is hindered by overheating issues. Matt, from YouTube channel DIY Perks, has shared how he managed to get more from the camera, first through watercooling his R5, then through more conventional means.
reviewDec 3, 2020 at 15:00
Monogram's Creative Console allows you to build out a customized set of physical controls to speed up your editing workflow. Find out if it'll make your life easier in our detailed review.
Dec 3, 2020 at 14:35
These firmware updates, which were first announced back in February 2019, allow Nikon D500, D850 and D5 owners to use CFexpress Type B cards in addition to XQD cards in their Nikon DSLR camera systems.
lens newsDec 3, 2020 at 04:13
Tamron has announced its 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD lens for Sony APS-C bodies. The lens, with a 35mm-equivalent of 25.5-105mm, will be available in mid-January for $799.
Dec 2, 2020 at 23:20
CIPA's latest report for global camera shipments shows the camera industry is gaining pace once again in a year marred by the COVID-19 pandemic atop a market already in decline.
Dec 2, 2020 at 19:38
Since its release in late 2019, users have been unable to recalibrate or fine-tune their Apple Pro Display XDR. With the new Pro Display XDR Calibrator and accompanying firmware update, users can now recalibrate their Pro Display XDR monitors.
Dec 2, 2020 at 19:16
Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year has selected 25 photos for its People's Choice Award. Here are some of our favorites.
Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon 888 SoC with 3 ISPs capable of 8K video, 120fps still shooting, 960fps slo-mo and more
Dec 2, 2020 at 16:08
Today, at its Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm revealed the details of its new Snapdragon 888 system on a chip (SoC) that, amongst performance and battery improvements, offers an array of impressive photographer features, should Android smartphone manufacturers choose to make the most of them.
Dec 2, 2020 at 14:31
Aiming to save photographers carrying a cable and a charger for every battery they use, this device handles up to four batteries at the same time and can charge at home, in the car and via a USB power bank
(Select) Android smartphones now work with Profoto's professional lights via Profoto Camera app beta
Dec 1, 2020 at 18:50
For now, the app is in beta and limited to a handful of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but as development continues, it's safe to assume support for other Android devices is on the way.
mobileDec 1, 2020 at 18:09
Sony's new Visual Story app for iOS promises event and wedding photographers a variety of useful tools, designed to simplify their workflow and enhance their business. The app includes automatic image transfer, gallery creation, editing tools and more.
Dec 1, 2020 at 15:01
Yongnuo, makers of lenses, cameras and other photo accessories, has filed a patent for a modular mirrorless camera system.
Dec 1, 2020 at 12:30
Sigma's new primes promise very good performance and light weight, when paired with L-mount and Sony E-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Take a closer look.
videoDec 1, 2020 at 12:30
Chris and Jordan take a look at the new Sigma 35mm F2 and 65mm F2. Depending on which system you're in and what your needs are, they might just be the compact, well-priced and impressively sharp little primes you've been looking for.
lens newsDec 1, 2020 at 12:30
Sigma has introduced its new 'I series' of compact, premium full-frame lenses for E and L mounts. The 24mm F3.5, 35mm F2 and 65mm F2 DG DN share similar designs and have weather-sealed metal bodies.
Have your say
Have your say: Best product of 2020
- Canon EOS R533.0%
- Canon RF 70-200 F4L IS USM8.2%
- Fujifilm X-T423.4%
- Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.2 S12.5%
- Sony FE 20mm F1.8G10.3%
- Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM12.5%
Total voters: 1,930
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