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June 13
Head to Head: Apple Final Cut Pro vs Adobe Premiere Pro

We pit Adobe's Premiere Pro against Apple's Final Cut Pro to see which video editor takes the performance crown. Same timeline, same footage, same effects... very different results.

June 12
Video: A ‘Retro Review’ of the 20-year-old Canon Pro90 IS, Canon’s first digital camera with optical image stabilization

Gordon Laing has shared another Retro Review, this time showing off the 20-year-old Canon Pro90IS.

DPReview TV: High-end APS-C mirrorless camera comparison

This week, Chris and Jordan compare four flagship APS-C mirrorless cameras: the Sony a6600, Fujifilm X-T4, Canon M6 Mark II and Nikon Z50. See how these great models stack up against each other.

June 11
Venus Optics' new $549 7.5mm F2 MFT lens now has electronic aperture control

The lens features the same optical construction but adds electronic aperture control and a chip for transferring metadata between the lens and MFT camera it's attached to.

What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone

Sony teased its plans to enter the drone market for months. This week, it revealed several important details about its first model, the Airpeak S1, which gives us a look at the features and design philosophy Sony prioritized.

Zhong Yi brings its Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 III lens to Leica L mount camera systems

The L mount version of the lens retails for $799 and joins the previously-released versions for Canon RF, Leica M, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems.

Film Fridays: How to shoot, developing and scan 110 film in 2021

110 film is a cartridge-based system first launched in the early 1970s. It's easier to work with than 35mm, but offers a smaller frame size. However, the format didn't catch on and, as a result, you can pick up a 110 camera for cheap. Even better: you can still buy 110 film cartridges, new. Here's a primer on shooting this whacky, wonderful format in 2021.

June 10
Video: iFixit shows off the tech (literally) behind the XDR Display inside Apple's 12.9" M1 iPad Pro

The entire teardown isn't complete yet, but iFixit has shared a short video that tears apart a new 12.9" M1 iPad Pro to show how Apple is using Mini LED technology to power the flagship iPad's XDR display.

Video: Relaxing shutter sounds from 18 cameras is ASMR for photographers

Photographer Sails Chong has access to a very diverse collection of cameras. He's recorded their sounds in a new, hypnotic video.

Samsung announces 50MP ISOCELL JN1 smartphone camera sensor with 0.64μm pixels

Aside from incredibly small pixels, the 50MP sensor features new 'Double Super PDAF' technology, as well as an 'enhanced' Smart-ISO feature for better low-light focusing performance.

Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses

The Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S and 50mm F2.8 are the first macro lenses for Nikon's Z-mount. Go hands-on with us to learn more about these versatile lenses.

Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro sample gallery (DPReview TV)

You've watched the video, now see the stills that Chris and Jordan shot while reviewing the new Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro zoom. Find out why this lens will appeal to photographers and videographers who use the Micro Four Thirds system.

Sony announces the Airpeak S1, a $9K professional drone for creatives

Sony Electronics has officially revealed full details for the Airpeak S1, a professional drone aimed at creatives. It is the world's smallest drone capable of carrying Sony's line of full-size Alpha series cameras.

June 9
See the first images NASA's Juno captured as it sailed by Jupiter's giant moon, Ganymede

NASA's Juno spacecraft is hard at work analyzing Jupiter and its moons. Using two of its onboard imagers, Ganymede captured a couple of images during its flyby, revealing spectacular detail of the lunar surface.

Sony launches $1M 'Create Action' initiative to support local non-profit organizations

Sony Corporation has announced a nationwide Create Action initiative. The social justice program includes $1M in support for 10 selected non-profit organizations that support underrepresented and underserved communities.

World’s longest AF SLR lens, the Canon EF 1200mm F5.6, comes up for sale at auction in Germany

Could it hit $200,000? Quite possibly. The Canon EF1200mm f/5.6 L USM is an extremely rare beast, but one is coming to auction in October this year

The need for (transfer) speed: Five full-featured Thunderbolt 3 docks compared

There are so many Thunderbolt Docks on the market at the moment that it can be overwhelming to find the right one for you. We took a look at five different options to see how they might fit into your workflow.

DPReview TV: Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro review

The Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro is a portable, well-built zoom lens for everyday shooting on Micro Four Thirds bodies. See if it made the cut in this latest episode of DPReview TV.

Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro sample gallery

The new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4 Pro offers Micro Four Thirds shooters a really useful 16-50mm equivalent focal range. Compact and weather-sealed, it's especially well-suited for landscape and nature photography.

Hands-on with the Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 PRO

We take a hands-on look at the new Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro lens to see what it has to offer. Find out why it will appeal to both photographers and videographers who use the Micro Four Thirds system.

Here's the Olympus PEN E-P7 and here's what it means...

OM Digital Solutions has announced the Olympus PEN E-P7, a 20MP image-stabilized Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. The mid-range model is initially being launched in Europe and other select regions, but not North America.

Olympus introduces M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro Micro Four Thirds lens

Olympus has added a new lens to its 'Pro' lineup of Micro Four Thirds lenses: the M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4. The lens, equivalent to 16-50mm, has numerous special elements, a manual focus clutch and is weather-sealed to IPX1 standards.

June 8
Rare Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens designed for NASA could fetch $150,000 at auction

In 1966, Zeiss designed a 50mm F0.7 lens for NASA for its Apollo missions. Zeiss made only 10 of these lenses, six of which went to NASA. One of these lenses is now up for auction by Leitz Photographica Auction, and organizers believe the lens could sell for nearly $150,000.

Sigma interview: 'All employees have to respect each other, educate each other, and encourage each other'

In a wide-ranging interview Katuto Yamaki of Sigma speaks to us about his vision for the future of his company as both a lens manufacturer and camera manufacturer, what he learned from Covid, and what the future holds for Sigma.

Thousands of seabird eggs destroyed by two careless drone pilots

Thousands of seabird eggs were abandoned, and subsequently destroyed, when two careless drone pilots crashed at a conservancy in Orange County, California.

Lightroom Classic gets native M1 support, Lightroom gets Super Resolution and more with Adobe's June 2021 update

Adobe has released its June 2021 updates, bringing new and improved features to nearly every version of Lightroom and Photoshop it has to offer.

June 7
WWDC 2021: Apple unveils latest updates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and more

Apple's WWDC 2021 virtual event is currently taking place. Check out our coverage of the latest news and updates as it's released.

Video: This music video is made entirely from over 5,000 cyanotype prints

The cyanotype photographic printing process was developed in the mid-19th century. Now, nearly 180 years after its development, the cyanotype process has now even been used to create a music video.

Interview: Kristin Bedford digs into Los Angeles' lowrider culture with 'Cruise Night'

Kristin Bedford spent several years photographing the Mexican American lowrider car community in East Los Angeles. The result of her efforts is a powerful and beautiful series of images that bridge the gap between documentation and social realism.

Video: Our closest look yet at Canon’s forthcoming EOS R3 mirrorless camera

Gordon Laing, Editor at Cameralabs, has shared a preview video of Canon’s new EOS R3 mirrorless camera, giving us our closest look yet at Canon’s upcoming mirrorless camera.

June 6
Physicists now understand the multi-spectral qualities of the world’s first color photographs

Physicist Gabriel Lippmann won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1908 for his work in color photography techniques. Nearly a century after Lippmann's death, physicists have unlocked the spectral secrets of Lippmann's photographs.

Buying guide: Best cameras for travel

With opportunities for travel starting to pick up again in certain parts of the world, if you're lucky enough to be able to book a trip, you may be wondering what camera to bring with you. We took a look at more than a dozen cameras and narrowed our recommendations down to two.

June 5
Hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8

Panasonic's new Lumix S 50mm F1.8 is a compact and lightweight prime, aimed at full-frame L-mount shooters. Priced at $450, join us as we take a closer look at the handling details and construction of this modern-day nifty fifty.

June 4
Nikon announces NX Field, a remote shooting system for fast-paced pro photography

Nikon has announced NX Field. It is a new remote shooting system supported by Nikon Professional Services (NPS) that allows photographers to control and sync multiple compatible Nikon cameras and quickly transfer images to remote FTP servers.

The Pentagon clears DJI drones for use after temporary suspension

The Pentagon recently released a summary confirming that foreign drones, particularly two manufactured by DJI, did not pose a security threat as previously believed.

Capture One says it will have an iPad app out in ‘early 2022’

Capture One says it’s working on an iPad version of its post-production software that it expects to have out in ‘early 2022.’

Film Fridays: A closer look at Konica Centuria Chrome, a film stock you've probably never used

Konica Centuria Chrome is a film stock from the late 1990s / early 2000s that we're guessing most folks have neither seen nor heard of before. But if you can get your hands on a roll, it's well worth running through your camera!

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 versus GH5 II: Which is best for you?

Panasonic's GH5 II is a refresh of what was once the company's video/stills flagship. Just what's been changed and does it make the Mark II a better choice?

June 3
NASA's Curiosity rover photographs rare shimmering clouds on the Red Planet

Curiosity captured a colorful spectacle earlier this year on Mars. The rover, which has been exploring Mars since 2012, photographed numerous types of clouds on Mars, which is a rare phenomenon on the planet due to its dry, thin atmosphere.

Looking for a more affordable version of Rode’s Wireless Go II? Mirfak Audio's WE10 Pro kit might be your ticket

Mirfak Audio, a sister company of gimbal manufacturer Moza, has released a dual-channel wireless microphone kit that combines two transmitters with a single receiver to create an all-in-one dual-mic setup.

Slideshow: Winners of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Winners of the annual Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition were recently announced for 2021.

Sigma's 3.00 firmware update for the FP is now live with support for the new EVF-11 viewfinder and more

In addition to fixing a few bugs, firmware version 3.00 for the FP adds new support and features found on the new FP-L camera.

DxO Nik Collection 4 review: Viveza and Silver Efex rebooted

Nik Collection from DxO is a suite of eight image processing tools that can be used either as standalone apps or plug-ins for third-party software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. We've taken a look at the latest version – click through to read our overview of Nik Collection 4.

June 2
Video: A look inside Sony's Osaka CMOS image sensor development facility

Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group has shared a video that shows off its new building, located in Osaka, where CMOS image sensors are designed and developed.

DxO announces Nik Collection 4: Improved usability & powerful new tools in major update

DxO has announced Nik Collection 4. The suite features eight plugins. Two of the most popular plugins, Viveza and Silver Efex, feature all-new user interfaces and improved U Point technology.

Video: Slow Mo Guys use new Phantom TMX7510 camera to break record by shattering glass at 800,000 fps

The Slow Mo Guys published their slowest video yet. In a new video, Gavin Free uses the Phantom TMX7510 camera at 80,000, 500,000 and even 800,000 frames per second to record glass breaking.

Here's everything we know about the Canon EOS R3

Canon just lifted the veil a little more from the forthcoming EOS R3. Here's what we know so far, and what more we expect.

DPReview TV: Newest Canon EOS R3 specs revealed! We explain what they mean

Canon just dropped more info about its upcoming EOS R3 mirrorless camera. We analyze the newest features and specs to see what they tell us.

Canon EOS R3 will shoot 30 fps Raw bursts, with oversampled 4K and 8-stop IS

Canon has released further details about its upcoming EOS R3 mirrorless camera. It will feature 30 fps Raw bursts, oversampled 4K with Canon Log3 support, 8-stop IS with compatible lenses, and a fully articulating display.

Nikon announces its first Z-mount macro lenses: the Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S and Nikkor Z MC 50mm F2.8

Nikon is claiming that its latest macro lenses are not only meant to be more convenient than adapting the company's existing F-mount options, but are also a significant step-up in image quality as well.

Nikon confirms compact 28mm F2.8 and 40mm F2 primes for Z-mount coming later this year

Alongside the announcement of two new Z-mount macro prime lenses, Nikon has confirmed that two more roadmapped lenses are coming this year: the Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 and Nikkor Z 40mm F2.

Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8 sample gallery

Panasonic's new Lumix S 50mm F1.8 is a compact and lightweight prime for L-mount cameras. It's nice and sharp, offers quick and silent autofocus, and it's capable of producing lovely bokeh.

Panasonic announces Lumix S 50mm F1.8 L-mount lens

Panasonic has announced its Lumix S 50mm F1.8 lens for L-mount. This compact lens has numerous special glass elements, a linear focus motor, weather-sealing and weighs in at just 300 grams (10.6 oz).

June 1
Sekonic celebrates its 70 year anniversary, teases limited-edition light meter

From humble beginnings in Tokyo, Japan back in 1951, Sekonic's light meters, color meters and illuminometers have become staples in the cinema and photo world.

Kono announces 3 new films: Delight Art 100, Monolit 3 (yes, that means ISO 3) and Monolit 100

German film company, Kono, opened its doors in 2014. Since then, the company has created more than 20 films. Its latest three films include the company's first 120 medium format film and two new black and white films, including one with an ISO of only 3.

Report: Apple expected to use sensor-shift image stabilization units in all of its next-generation iPhone models

A new report from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes claims Apple suppliers have been told to increase production 30-40% for the voice coil motors currently only used inside the wide camera module of the iPhone 12 Pro Max

A blast from the present and past: Pentax DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 WR Limited sample gallery

The Pentax DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited zoom lens was released in 2013, and remains a solid, weather-sealed zoom for the company's DSLR's – take a look at how it performs on a variety of cameras including the latest K-3 Mark III.