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Micro Four Thirds: 10 years on from the birth of mirrorless

Ten years ago this month Panasonic and Olympus announced a new concept called Micro Four Thirds. We're now on the brink of full-frame mirrorless from at least one major player, so perhaps it's a good time to take a look back at where it all started – and how far we've come.

Five things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9's camera

We got some quick hands-on time with Samsung's newest, biggest Galaxy smartphone at the company's launch event. Here are the most noteworthy camera features we uncovered.

Hands-on with the Pentax HD FA* 50mm F1.4 (for real this time)

One of the most keenly-awaited lenses for a while, the new Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 is finally here, and we've been using it for a few days. In this article, we're updating our initial impressions on the basis of our recent shooting with the K-1 II.

You probably don't know what ISO means – and that's a problem

We all know what ISO means, or do we? The truth is that ISO probably doesn’t mean what you think it does, and it might be holding you back from getting the most out of your camera.

Reader poll results: What would you want from Nikon and Canon full-frame mirrorless?

We asked, and thousands of you responded. When Nikon made its development announcement we turned the microphone over to our readers. Here's what you had to say.

What would you want from a full frame Canon or Nikon mirrorless camera?

Nikon has finally confirmed the age-old rumor that it's going to make a full frame mirrorless camera. It's widely assumed Canon plans to do the same. But what are the things they need to get right? We'd love to hear.

Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH: more fun than a Nissan Versa

Only Leica could have made the Noctilux-M F1.25 75mm ASPH – a manual focus prime lens that weighs more than a kilo and costs as much as a new car. We've been using one for a little while - click through for our take on what it's like to use.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 added to studio scene comparison

Our technical evaluation of the Panasonic GX9 has included a trip to the studio, where we put its 20MP Four Thirds sensor in front of our standard test scene.

Updated: Which Sony RX100 should you choose?

There have now been seven variants of the Sony RX100 series, and at least six of them are still current models. Confused? Here's an updated look at their differences, and our recommendations among them now that we've tested the Mark VI.

Nikon Coolpix P1000: what you need to know

Nikon's new Coolpix P1000 boasts an extraordinary zoom range and a suite of powerful stills and video features in a (relatively) compact body. We're taking a detailed look at this powerful compact's key features.

How to photograph fireworks
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For folks in the U.S., July 4th represents an opportunity to capture the night sky all dressed up for summer's biggest party. Whether you're photographing fireworks for the first time or looking for some new techniques to try, we have a few pointers that might help.

First Impressions: Sony FE 400 F2.8 GM OSS

Read our first impressions of Sony's new pro-level 400mm F2.8, from the sidelines of a professional soccer match.

Sony RX100 VI vs Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic ZS100: which is the best travel companion?

The launch of the RX100 VI, with its 24-200mm equiv. zoom, sees Sony enter the large sensor travel zoom market. This puts it squarely into competition with the much less expensive Panasonic TZ / ZS100 and 200. How do the three compare?

Shooting Greenland in Winter Part 3: Familiar Places

Greenland in winter is not for the faint of heart, but it's highly rewarding to those who can manage the conditions. In this final installment of his series, Erez Marom tells us how he made the most of getting stuck in the snow, and why it's worth the cost to charter a sailing into Disko Bay.

Rugged compact, GoPro, or smartphone: Which should I take on vacation?

Rugged, waterproof compact cameras are tough enough to survive even the most action-packed vacation, but they're not the only choice for capturing those great memories. Photographer Josh Root takes us through the options.

The SeaLife DC2000 is the best tough camera you've never heard of

Someone finally made a 1"-sensor compact with a fixed prime lens that can take great photos, but it's aimed at Scuba enthusiasts more so than land-based photographers and has a few operational quirks.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions

DPReview's Technical Editor Richard Butler was in New York for the launch of the new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI. Find out his first impressions of Sony's powerful new pocket zoom.

Underwater macro photography in Anilao, the Philippines

A longtime amateur photographer, Ze’ev Kirshenboim shares his story of learning to photograph the colorful – and sometimes dangerous – underwater world.

Letter from the reviews editor: Pentax K-1 Mark II studio scene re-shoot

After noting errors in our K-1 Mark II studio scene, we've re-shot both that camera and its predecessor. DPReview's Reviews Editor, Carey Rose, has the background on what happened.

Does sensor size still make a difference?

We've seen huge breakthroughs in the computational photography techniques in the latest smartphones, as well as the launch of some excellent small sensors in more traditional cameras. Does that mean that bigger is no longer necessarily better?

Apollo app for iOS uses dual-cam depth map to create impressive lighting tricks

We've been messing around with Apollo, an iOS app that allows you to add 3D lighting effects to images using depth information, and have to say we're impressed with what it's capable of – but that doesn't mean we don't have a few requests for the next version.

Behind the scenes: Shooting a documentary atop a moving train

From 2015 to 2017, filmmaker Macgregor and his crew spend many months traveling back and forth on the famed Mauritanian Railway—the so-called 'Backbone of the Sahara—to document the grueling journey endured by merchants who regularly travel atop this train. This beautifully-executed short doc is the result.

Video: Soulumination and the gift of photography

Soulumination is a non-profit organization that provides life-affirming legacy photography to families facing serious medical conditions, completely free of charge. This video shares the work they are doing.

This 12K NYC flyover video was captured with three 8K RED Weapon Monstro VV cameras

LA-based director and cinematographer Phil Holland of PHFX recently joined forces with Gotham Film Works to create something out-of-this-world. Using a special aerial camera array, Holland shot a flyover of New York City using not one, not two, but three 8K RED Weapon Monstro VistaVision cameras.

Brands, breakthroughs and bias: Here's why you've heard so much about Sony recently

If it feels like we've been writing a lot about Sony recently, you haven't been imagining things: we've been writing about its products and technologies quite a bit. Here's why.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+'s dual aperture feature explained

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is one of the first smartphones to feature a dual aperture camera. In our initial testing we found it to be somewhat useful, if a bit on the gimmicky side.

10 photography gifts mothers actually want

If the mom you're celebrating this Mother's Day also happens to be a photographer, we've got some gift ideas that she'll like a whole lot more than another set of decorative wine glass charms.

Use photography to create a meaningful gift for Mom

Still brainstorming a gift for Mom? We've got some ideas of pictures you can take – or gather – to have ready in time for a Mother’s Day gift that means as much as she does.

Crystal clear: Inside Nikon's Hikari Glass factory

Nikon is one of the few remaining companies that makes most of its optical glass in-house, through the wholly owned subsidiary Hikari Glass. We were invited to Japan last month to see the entire process from start to finish.

Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds

To overcome the limitations of smaller camera sensors and lenses, smartphone manufacturers are leaning hard into computational innovation. Here's why we're excited about what's happening in mobile imaging.

Sample gallery and impressions: the Panasonic ZS200 goes to Hogwarts

When you're traveling with kids, it's not always practical to bring all of the camera gear you'd like to take. That's why DPR's Wenmei Hill packed the Panasonic ZS200 on a recent theme park trip.

Here's how to create a super resolution photo with any camera

The Pentax K-1 II features a hand-held Pixel Shift mode that creates a 'super resolution' image. Here's how to create a better-looking one in Photoshop using four files.

Behind the scenes of Himalaya Bound: Images of nomads in north India

In 2009, photographer Michael Benanav joined a family from the nomadic Van Gujjar tribe on their annual journey from the lowland jungles of the Shivalik Hills to the alpine meadows of the Himalayas. This is the story behind the images he captured.

This hacked Polaroid camera prints your photos onto thermal paper

This hacked Polaroid Sonar Autofocus 5000 puts a digital spin on instant photography, but not in the way you're used to seeing. It's one of the most ambitious and well-executed DIY camera projects we've seen.

Shooting Greenland in Winter: Part 1 - Uummannaq Whiteout

In Part 1 of his series on photographing Greenland in winter, landscape photographer Erez Marom shares the freezing details of his arrival on the town of Uummannaq where the temperature was -25°C. Still, he went out shooting.

Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first

It's spring, and that means wedding season is upon us! If you're one of the many photographers planning wedding shoots this year, this is a great time to think about including aerial photography in your plans.

Pentax K-1 II's hand-held 'Dynamic' Pixel Shift mode is not quite what you think it is

The Pentax K-1 II has a new Pixel Shift mode that can be used hand-held. We compared it to traditional tripod-mounted Pixel Shift and standard non-Pixel Shift shots to see how it stacks up.

Huawei P20 Pro hands-on: 3x zoom lens leaves the competition behind

A few days testing Huawei's new flagship device has us convinced that it's the most advanced smartphone camera to date.

Quick look: Canon's new compressed Raw format

Inside Canon's new EOS M50 lies a new Raw format dubbed CR3, and with it, an option to record compact C-Raw files that are 30-40% smaller than their losslessly compressed CR2 equivalents. But what – if any – impact does that have on image quality for everyday shooting? Let's find out.

Sony a7 III dynamic range and high ISO improve over its predecessor

On paper, the Sony a7 III is a tempting option for photographers who've been considering a switch to full-frame mirrorless. But how does its image quality stack up? We compare it to the Mark II and a few of its other peers.

Photo story of the week: Flowing under a solar storm

Erez Marom shares the details behind this beautiful aurora photograph, captured on Haukland Beach in the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway, on a moonless evening.

Large format macro: a crazy wet plate photography experiment

How do you shoot macro photography on an 18x24cm large format wet plate camera? You 'connect' two large format cameras together! That's how wet plate photographer Markus Hofstaetter did it, and you can read about the whole process in this article.

Behind the scenes: Shooting Lamborghinis in the snow

Motorsports photojournalist Jamey Price recently flew to Canada with Lamborghini for the car company's Winter Accademia 2018, where clients get to drive the latest Lamborghini supercars on snow and ice. Yes... it is exactly as awesome as it sounds.

Photo story of the week: Locomotion

Photographer Drew Hopper share the story behind this photo, which was captured on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam. For Drew, the best way to capture the bustle of Hoi An's streets was to lean into it, pulling movement into his street photography.

Pro Services: Are they worth it?

Canon, Nikon and now Sony offer programs to support pro photographers. What's the value of joining up? And should you?

How two photographers captured the same millisecond in time

After being accused of stealing one another's photo, Ron Risman and Eric Gendron, both from New England, learned that they had captured the exact same millisecond in time, from the same location, using different cameras, to create virtually identical images.

Ben Von Wong used two tons of E-waste to create these futuristic portraits

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently teamed up with computer manufacturer Dell to try and make recycling "cool." Together, they took about two tons of electronic waste, and used it to build three futuristic scenes that show how e-waste can be used to power the future of tech

Hands-on with the Sony a7 III

Sony's a7 III mirrorless camera includes many features from its more advanced a9 and a7R III siblings, but at a more aggressive price point. Here's a quick hands-on tour of some of the most notable upgrades and improvements to Sony's 'basic' full frame model.

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