Ahh, April: the beginning of Spring. The sun starts to come out after a long winter, flowers are blooming and bears come out of hibernation. Who am I kidding, this is Seattle – winter ends in July.

April was a pretty busy month for camera announcements, including some real blockbusters. First out of the gate was the Nikon D7500, the company's midrange APS-C digital SLR and in many ways a mini D500. We created a ton of content around that launch, including comparisons against the D7200 and aforementioned D500.

Probably the most significant launch in April was Sony's a9, which was a tour-de-force of new technology when it was announced. With its full-frame, 24MP stacked CMOS sensor and hybrid AF system, the a9 is capable of lengthy 20 fps bursts with continuous autofocus. The a9 also has in-body image stabilization, a huge, high-res viewfinder, dual media card slots and a weather-sealed body. We took a close look at many aspects of the a9, including its image quality and AF performance, and how much it would cost a photographer to switch to Sony's full-frame system.

The most significant launch in April was Sony's a9, which was a tour-de-force of new technology when it was announced.

There were a ton of lenses announced in April as well, ranging from Micro Four Thirds to medium format. Some of the more interesting lenses include the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 super-wide, the Sony FE 100-400 F4.5-5.6 GM, Fujifilm's medium format 23mm and 110mm lenses and Canon's EF-S 35mm F2.8 Macro, which has a built-in ring light.

We published a number of reviews in April, including those for the medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S, Panasonic's video-centric DC-GH5 and Canon's 'high-end entry-level' EOS 77D.

The DPR staff managed to get out of the office once or twice, including for a field trip to the University of Washington to photograph the famous cherry blossoms.

Come back tomorrow to see what happened in May!

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Sony announces a9 full-frame mirrorless camera

Sony went 'all in' with its flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the a9. Highlights include a 24MP stacked CMOS sensor, a 693-point hybrid AF system, in-body 5-axis image stabilization, 4K video and much, much more.

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Drone sales doubled in 2016

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Features like autopilot and follow-you modes helped double drone sales in 2016, according to NPD. While entry and midrange models were projected to continue to drive the market in 2017, NPD says that new form factors and technology will keep the premium models selling, as well.

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Midrange Nikon D7500 DSLR arrives

Those who had been waiting for a replacement to the venerable Nikon D7200 need wait no longer: the D7500 is here. This $1250 DSLR features the same 20.9MP sensor and Expeed 5 image processor as the D500, a tilting touchscreen display, 8 fps burst shooting and 4K video capture.

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National Parks Service shows us America from space

National Parks Week took place back in April, and the National Park Service worked with NASA to capture some of America's most beautiful spots from space.

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