This may not be your favorite photo from August, 2017, but it's mine. A scene in which five Richard Butlers debate the merits of five Fujifilm X100's in a conference room.

We were really busy in August. Not only were there important announcements, but it was also nearing the end of the sunny season in Seattle - and even that late into the summer, we were out taking photos all the time, from sunup (around 6am) to sundown (around 9pm).

Without a doubt, the announcement of the month was Nikon's D850. With 45.7 million pixels, revamped ergonomics, really good 4K video and up to 9fps burst speeds with the battery grip, the D850 is an astoundingly good camera. Yes, it's big. But so is its full-frame sensor. If you like an optical viewfinder, it really is the camera to own for just about any type of photography.

Sony's RX0 large-sensor action camera cruised onto the market, and we got our hands on Ricoh's new Theta V

On the opposite end of the size spectrum, Sandisk introduced a MicroSD card with 400GB of capacity – never has it been so easy to lose so many photos at once between the couch cushions. Nonetheless, the 100MB/s speed is solid, and the card gives suitably equipped smartphone users a valuable option for maximizing their phone's storage capacity.

Sony's Cyber-shot RX0 large-sensor action camera cruised onto the market, and we got our hands on Ricoh's new Theta V. Olympus brought out the OM-D E-M10 Mark III, which we were big fans of for its combination of beginner-friendly guides, as well as enthusiast-friendly ergonomics. Canon had a good month as well, releasing the Gold-winning EOS M100 and a new stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens.

And, just in case you've missed it, Richard penned an opinion piece on how marketing isn't a dirty word, which is the excuse reason for the image at the top of the page.


Portrait shootout: Sony a9, Canon 1D X II, Nikon D5

After watching this video ourselves, we still don't agree on which of these cameras is the best. What do you think?

We had an eclipse

This is highly un-recommended.

This year included a total solar eclipse visible across parts of the USA, unfortunately not including Seattle. We did, however, get a partial eclipse, and we took plenty of photos of both the sun and the strange things that those around us were also doing.

Click here to see our Eclipse coverage

The upscale yet entry-level OM-D E-M10 III

Olympus really impressed us with the OM-D E-M10 III. This is an entry-level camera with a reasonable price, super-stable 4K video, great image quality, and tons of controls. It's a great option for beginners and advanced users alike.

Check out our launch coverage of the E - M10 III

World Photo Day

To mark World Photo Day in August we wanted to show off some of our favorite images.

See our World Photo Day slideshow