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Adobe reportedly working on full Photoshop version for iPad

According to sources familiar with the matter, Adobe will announce a full-fledged Photoshop version for the iPad at its annual conference in October.

Apple ceases Photo Print Products, recommends third-party apps

The last day to place an order for Apple photo prints and related products is September 30th.

Instagram reaches 1 billion active users

Instagram is the fourth Facebook-owned social media app to reach the coveted 1 billion users mark.

Report: Instagram to allow posting of hour-long videos

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Instagram is working on the ability to allow uploads of videos with a length of up to one hour – which could have a big impact on how video is created and shared in the future.

Hot Wheels new ‘Zoom In’ car is a GoPro mount with wheels

Hot Wheels has teamed up with GoPro to bring turn your childhood dreams into reality. Now, with Hot Wheels new ‘Zoom In’ car, you can record POV onboard footage of your bedroom track days with your GoPro.

The new ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 features a 100% Adobe RGB 4K display

The new lightweight laptop packs a whole lot of photo- and video-editing punch. The laptop can be specced out with a Core i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, NVIDIA graphics with 4GB of GDDR5, and a 4K display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage.

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.

Microsoft unveils the Surface Hub 2: A huge collaborative 4K+ 50" display

Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 is a massive collaborative touchscreen display that may or may not have any practical use for professional photographers... but it sure looks impressive nonetheless.

Google Lens will soon be available in several Android camera apps

At the I/O developer conference this week, Google revealed that its AI-based image recognition system Google Lens will be making its way into several stock camera apps on Android smartphones.

Google Photos gets AI-powered suggested photo edits and colorization feature

Google announced a bunch of AI-powered improvements to its Google Photos service at the I/O developer conference yesterday, including a feature that will suggest photo edits to improve your images, and automatic colorization for black-and-white photos.

Facebook is using Instagram photos to train its image recognition AI

The first AI they trained this way required minimal human supervision, and yet it outperformed every other computer-vision AI out there.

ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured

The European Space Agency (ESA) has published the latest dataset from its Gaia mission. The new data and images were captured with the satellite's 1 gigapixel camera, and reveal the location and movement of more than 1.3 billion stars.

Instagram gets third-party Story support and video chat

A number of new Instagram features were announced at Facebook's F8 developer conference, including support for Stories in third-party apps and a new video chat feature.

Corephotonics files patent infringement suit against Apple – again

Corephotonics has filed a second lawsuit against Apple, claiming patent infringement on the iPhone 8 Plus and X models.

Philips' new 43-inch 4K HDR monitor earns world's first DisplayHDR 1000 certification

Philips' new Momentum 436M6 43-inch Quantum Dot HDR monitor really deserves that designation. In fact, it's the first monitor in the world to earn VESA's DisplayHDR 1000 badge.

New Instagram tool lets you download a copy of all your data

You can now download a zip-file, including all images and videos you ever posted on Instagram, plus comments, messages, settings and other data in json-format.

The new JPEG XS image format was built for streaming 4K and VR content

The team behind the ubiquitous JPEG format has unveiled an all new image format designed to quickly and efficiently stream content across wired and wireless networks alike. Surprisingly, it actually uses less compression than traditional JPEG.

WD's new blazing fast gaming SSD is perfect for 4K video editing

Western Digital's new Black 3D NVMe SSD was built for hardcore gamers, but it's ideal for video production because of its ability to rapidly and seamlessly handle 4K/UHD graphics.

Intel unveils Core i9 laptop CPU, promises 'ultimate' content creation experience

Intel's 8th Generation Core i9 laptop CPU promises 'ultimate' performance for video and photo editors working with massive files on the go. And if that's a bit too rich for your blood, the new 8th Gen Core-i7 chips also got a substantial boost.

Japan's NHK will demo an 8K camera that can shoot 240fps slow motion at NAB 2018

Japanese broadcasting organization NHK has developed a slow motion camera that can shoot 8K at 240fps, and they'll be showing it off at NAB 2018 alongside their new 8K transmission and VR technologies.

DJI launches Zenmuse XT2 4K visual and thermal camera for enterprise drones

The Zenmuse XT2 features a 12MP 4K visual camera with a 1/1.7" CMOS sensor, and two different thermal resolutions: 336 x 256 and 640 x 512. It also sports 9mm, 13mm, 19mm, and 25mm lenses, and an IP44 rating for flights in fog, rain, snow, and smoke.

GoPro licensing deal will let third parties use the company's camera tech

GoPro has inked a multi-year licensing deal with manufacturing services company Jabil that will allow Jabil to incorporate GoPro sensor modules and camera lenses into third-party products.

Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million

According to unnamed sources, Google will acquire Lytro's technology and patents, with Lytro employees already having left the company.

AI-powered Google Lens visual search tool is now available on iOS devices

Google Lens uses artificial intelligence and 'computer vision' to identify and provide information about businesses, landmarks and other objects using your phone's camera. And now it's available for iPhone users, too.

Google 'LIFE Tags' uses AI to organize LIFE magazine's 4 million-photo archive

Google's new 'LIFE Tags' project used AI to automatically tag LIFE magazine's 4-million-photo archive by recognizing objects in each photo—a treasure trove of photo history, packed with hidden gems that are now just a keyword search away.

AI-powered Google Lens feature is now available on all Android devices

The Google Lens visual recognition feature that was first available only on the company's own Pixel devices has now been expanded to all Android phones.

Parrot's 'Flight Director' automatically creates highlight videos from drone footage

The Flight Director function automatically edits your drone footage, using algorithms that study the drone's behavior and flight paths and picking the best highlights to edit together.

Samsung unveils massive 30TB solid state drive, the world's largest SSD

Samsung just set a new solid state storage milestone with its new 30TB SSD, the Serial Attached SCSI PM1643. This monster was built for enterprise use, but we can't wait to see this tech trickle down to consumers.

Judge rules that embedding a photo tweet is still copyright infringement

If it's upheld, the new New York federal court ruling—which will very likely be appealed—would mean millions of people and publications are violating copyright every single day.

Skydio R1 4K camera drone boasts game-changing autonomous tech

Skydio claims the autonomous R1 drone is "the most advanced autonomous device—of any kind—available today." It uses the NVIDIA Jetson AI to continuously track you, even through complex environments like dense woods.

DJI will set up temporary no-fly zones at the 2018 Olympics

DJI's temporary no-fly zones will cover four cities for the duration of the Games: Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bongpyeong, and Jeongseon. And if you somehow get around the software, South Korean authorities with security drones are waiting...

Google Photos adds new AI-powered themed video options

Google Photos can automatically create videos from your images for special occasions, such as Mother's Day, or by selecting a specific type of photo in your collection.

Samsung's new ISOCELL Dual module will bring dual-cameras to budget smartphones

Samsung has revealed a new configurable dual-camera module designed for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. Expect even budget models to have a dual-camera setup (and fake bokeh Portrait mode) moving forward.

New flash storage standard opens the way for 8K video capture on smartphones

The new UFS 3.0 flash memory standard for mobile devices brings theoretical transfer speeds of up to 2.9 GB/s, while lowering power consumption at the same time.

GoPro's updated Plus subscription will now replace two broken cameras per year

GoPro has 'enhanced' its GoPro Plus subscription service to allow for two broken camera replacements per year (for an 'exchange fee') and automatic mobile cloud backup for your photos and videos.

Verizon follows AT&T, drops Huawei smartphones

Verizon is following in AT&T's footsteps, becoming the second US mobile carrier to drop Huawei devices from its catalogue due to security concerns voiced by Congress.

Google teamed up with pro photographers to train its Clips lifelogging camera

Google relied on the expertise of a documentary filmmaker, a photojournalist, and a fine arts photographer to train the AI and feed some high-quality photography into its machine learning model.

Integral unveils world's first microSD card with 512GB capacity

With a capacity of half a Terabyte, Integral's new microSD card offers plenty of storage to photographers and video shooters—a boon for drone videographers who are shooting lots of 4K footage.

Red's Hydrogen One holographic super-phone to ship this summer

Red, best known for its high-end cinema cameras, is projecting a summer ship date for its Hydrogen One smartphone. This super-phone's main trick is a 5.7" holographic display, which displays a "better than 3D" image without the need for glasses.

Apple will stop automatically slowing down your iPhone, will let you decide

In an interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will allow iPhone users to turn off the controversial 'power management' feature that was slowing down old phones when the battery became 'unhealthy.'

AT&T decision to drop Huawei Mate 10 Pro reportedly made under pressure from US Congress

According to a Reuters report, US Congress is urging US companies to sever ties with Chinese manufacturers of communication equipment.

Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S9 in February

The next Samsung flagship smartphone—which might be the first smartphone with a variable aperture lens—is not being announced or even teased at CES, as previously thought. Instead, Samsung confirmed that the phone would arrive in February.

Insta360 unveils new, 4K capable Nano S 360-degree camera for iPhone

The Insta360 Nano S comes with the same form factor as the original Nano, but it can now shoot 4K video, up from 3K, and take stills up to 20MP, a huge step up from the 4.6MP stills of the previous version.

GoPro exits drone market, cuts over 250 jobs, and drops price of Hero6 Black by $100

GoPro is making some really tough decisions as part of its commitment to "[turn] our business around in 2018," according to CEO Nick Woodman. That includes exiting the drone market entirely, cutting over 250 jobs, and dropping the price of the Hero6 Black from $500 to $400.

Report: GoPro has laid off 200-300 more staff from its drone division

According to a new report, GoPro has laid off between 200 and 300 staff from its drone division, citing a need to "better align our resources with business requirements" as the reason for the layoffs.

The Dutch police have shut down their drone-catching eagle program

Dutch police began training eagles to take down illegal drones all the way back in 2016, but after running into some training issues and a lack of demand for these trained birds, the program is being shut down.

Apple's new iMac Pro arrives December 14th, and first impressions are good

The iMac Pro finally has a release date! The 8-core and 10-core models will arrive on December 14th, starting at a whopping $5,000 for the base model. 14- and 18-core models won't be available until 2018.

Snapdragon 845 will bring 10-bit color, faster burst and more to next year's smartphones

Qualcomm's latest high-end mobile chipset offers higher frame rates and a wider color gamut, among other important camera improvements you can expect to see in next year's flagship smartphones.

Samsung's built-in storage chips might make microSD slots a thing of the past

With a capacity of 512GB, Samsung's new UFS chips take built-in storage on smartphones to desktop-PC levels. Will this eliminate the need for microSD slots?

Samsung's new W2018 flip phone features a variable aperture F1.5-F2.4 lens

A rarity in the world of phones, the new high-end Samsung flip phone can switch between an F1.5 and F2.4 aperture to capture more of the background when it senses there's enough light.

Proposed UK bill will let police officers ground and seize drones

The UK has just revealed a new set of proposed drone regulations that it hopes to enact this spring. Simply called the Drone Bill, it would allow police to ground and seize drones, and may further tighten drone restrictions around airports.

Vimeo adds support for 8K 10-bit HDR videos

Vimeo has just added support for 8K HDR 10-bit content, making it possible to show up to 75% of the colors the human eye can perceive vs the usual 35%. Take THAT YouTube.

Google explains the Pixel 2's impressive hybrid video stabilization

Unlike most smartphone cameras, the new Google Pixel 2 devices combine optical and electronic image stabilization for a smooth video experience. Here's how it works.

Sharp's new 8K camera is $77,000

The Sharp 8C-B60A 8K camcorder is aimed at broadcasters and likely to be deployed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This neural network turns smartphone snaps into 'DSLR-quality photos'

Researchers at ETH Zürich have developed an AI-powered system that they claim can turn measly smartphone snapshots into images that look like they were captured with a DSLR.

Google may address 'dull' colors of Pixel 2 XL display, is investigating burn-in reports

Google's Pixel 2 might have the 'world's highest rated smartphone camera', but the phone's display is causing serious headaches for the company. From 'dull' colors to reports of burn-in and blue tint, some troubling reports are haunting the tech giant this week.

WiBotic PowerPad brings wireless charging to drones

The WiBotic PowerPad is a three-foot by three-foot landing pad that, according to its makers, is capable of charging almost any drone wirelessly.

The 'Nude' app uses AI to detect and hide NSFW images on your iOS device

The aptly-named 'Nude' app automatically detects NSFW images on your iPhone, moves them to a protected vault and deletes the original files in the camera roll and on iCloud.

SanDisk launches ultra-reliable industrial memory cards that can handle extreme temperatures

SanDisk has unveiled a new line memory cards designed to withstand extreme temperature ranges and provide even better reliability than the manufacturer's standard cards.

Snapseed app updated with new interface and presets, adds perspective tool to iOS

Popular mobile editing app Snapseed just got a major update that includes a new interface and 11 new presets for both Android and iOS, as well as adding the Perspective tool to the iOS version.

Photo of GoPro Hero6 leaked, will be able to shoot 4K at 60 fps

A leaked photo of the upcoming GoPro Hero6 in its final retail packaging shows a powerful little camera that will be able to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second.

Google Drive and Photos desktop app support to end in December

Users of Mac and PC Google Drive and Photos apps will soon have to migrate to the new Backup and Sync app for continued service.

Western Digital unveils My Cloud Home wireless drives with up to 16TB of storage

WD just revealed their newest consumer-facing wireless backup drives called My Cloud Home. The drives come in capacities of up to 16TB and act just like a cloud backup system... except you own the hardware.

RIP Final Cut Pro 7: The video editor won't even open on macOS High Sierra

If you still use Apple's Final Cut Pro 7, you have a choice: either you don't update your Mac to macOS High Sierra, or you make the jump to Final Cut Pro X. The older version won't even launch on the new operating system.

Asus ZenFone 4 Pro dual-cam comes with 2x zoom and portrait blur

The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.

Super fast, tiny Samsung T5 portable SSD hits 540MB/s, can handle raw 4K video

Samsung just revealed a blazing-fast new Solid State Drive capable of data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s.

Lonely Planet unveils Instagram-like Trips app for sharing travel photos and tips

Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet just released a new Instagram-like app called Trips. The app lets you share photos from your adventures and, if you're interested, create travel guides of your own.

Pentagon gives military bases approval to shoot down wayward camera drones

Illegal drone pilots beware: the Pentagon has given military bases permission to "disable, destroy and track" any wayward drone that wanders into unauthorized airspace.

Sharp announces Aquos S2 with bezel-less display and dual-cam

Thanks to Sharp's display know-how, the Aquos S2 smartphone fits a 5.5" display into the dimensions of a conventional 5" device.

This video game offers an in-game photo studio for shooting exotic cars

The next version of PlayStation’s Gran Turismo Sport will comes with a 'Scapes' photo mode that lets you capture professional looking photographs of exotic cars, with a surprising amount of ‘photographic’ control over the way the images look.

The Dell Canvas 27-inch 'horizontal smart workspace' is now available to buy for $1,800

The Dell Canvas, Dell's 27-inch 'world's first horizontal smart workspace', is finally available to buy... and a little bit cheaper than initially expected if you act fast.

Avid Media Composer First offers pro-level video editing for free

Avid just released Media Composer First, a free version of its pro-level video editing software. Surprisingly, it only comes with a few omissions that most non-professionals will easily be able to live with.

Sony a7S II sends 4K video from the International Space Station to Earth

A Sony a7S II mounted on the outside of the ISS' Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) for the last seven months has sent back some impressive 4K video and stills.

GoPro launches QuikStories feature for automated story-telling

QuikStories is integrated into the latest version of the GoPro app and automatically creates 'stories' using the video clips you've shot during a day.

Adobe accidentally leaks 'Project Nimbus': A cloud-based Lightroom-powered photo editor

Oops... Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom-powered cloud-based photo editor 'Project Nimbus' to some Creative Cloud users yesterday.

Sony 1000 fps sensor gives high-speed vision to industrial robots

The ability to shoot images at 1,000 fps first appeared in a Sony smartphone sensor. Now the Japanese manufacturer is using the same feature for industrial applications.

Google Glass makes a return as a tool for the enterprise

The updated version of Google Glass is called the Enterprise Edition and, as the name suggests, it's not meant for personal use.

NASA study finds drone noise is more annoying than 'any ground vehicle'

A NASA study has confirmed what your ears have been telling you: people HATE drone noise. In fact, it was ranked more annoying than that of "any ground vehicle."

NASA releases incredible close-ups of Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot'

NASA's Juno spacecraft recently captured the its closest photos yet of the so-called 'Great Red Spot': the planet's massive storm that's been raging for the past 350 years in the planet's southern hemisphere.

The Gudak app turns your iPhone into a disposable camera

Just like a real disposable camera, Gudak for iOS comes with a tiny viewfinder, 24 shots on a film roll and 3 days of waiting before you get to see your images.

'Awaken' trailer released, features never-before-possible time-lapse shots

Filmmaker and photographer Tom Lowe had to create new technologies to capture his upcoming film Awaken. The trailer makes it clear: he's massively raised the bar on time-lapse cinematography.

GoPro is testing its Fusion 360 VR camera with major broadcasters

GoPro has partnered with media organizations such as Fox Sports, the Golden State Warriors, USA Today and Getty Images to test the Fusion 360 VR camera.

Facebook testing 'profile picture guard' feature that prevents sleazy photo theft

Facebook is testing a feature that prevents people from saving, sharing, or even taking a screenshot of your profile picture.

GoPro shows its first 360-degree camera to the world

GoPro is using the Mountain Games in Colorado to show off its Fusion 360-degree camera. While full specs haven't been released, aside from 5.2K oversampling, Engadget did manage to get their hands on the real thing.

Western Digital's new SSDs offer faster speeds and higher capacities

Two new SSD lines under WD's and SanDisk's brand are the first to deploy SanDisk's new 64-layer 3D NAND chips.

If you are in the US you can now create physical photo books through the Google Photos app

Google has updated its Photos mobile apps to support the recently announced service for creating and printing physical photo books. 

Nest's next camera captures 4K, but only for zooming

According to rumors, the next camera from Nest will be able to capture 4K video, though that resolution will be only used for 'virtual' pan and tilt functions.

AI-powered Google Lens can identify types of flowers, give info about restaurants

At Google I/O 2017, the company showed off its new Google Lens technology, which can identify things like flowers when in 'live view' on your phone.

DJI announces smart TV app for Samsung Tizen and Apple TV

Soon you'll be able to pop some popcorn and tune into aerial footage streamed right to your TV.

Delta to test facial recognition-enabled self-service baggage drop

It will confirm your identity by comparing an image of your face to your passport photo, which isn't creepy at all.

Lighthouse security cam knows who you are

Using an RGB camera, night vision, a 3D sensor and of course AI, this home security camera distinguishes between your family, pets and any 'unknown presence.'

Drone sales doubled in 2016, premium features help push sales

According to a report by analyst firm The NPD Group, U.S. dollar sales of drones more than doubled in the 12 months ending February 2017 and premium features are in high demand. Read more

Image style AI can convert paintings to photographs

A new artificial intelligence algorithm can reverse the painting style effects that apps like Prisma apply to photographs. Read more

Prisma update adds in-app filter store

An in-app filter store allows you to download new filters and remove existing ones from the popular Prisma app, creating your own personal filter collection. Read more

Flat metalenses now work with a range of colors

Harvard researchers have made advancements in development of a flat lens known as a metalens – for the first time, it can work with a continuous range of colors rather than one at a time. Read more

Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images

A new system by Google based on neural networking is capable of adding detail to very low-resolution images. Read more

Nokia Lumia 1020 used as microscope in low-cost DNA sequencer

A phone-based DNA-sequencer can help medical staff in developing countries analyze tissue samples and detect genetic mutations. Read more

VSCO launches VSCO X membership, will soon add iOS app Raw support

VSCO will soon add Raw support to the iOS version of its popular mobile filter app, and has launched the VSCO X subscription service that gives you access to tons of filters for $20 a year. Read more

New supercapacitor technology could bring an end to our battery charging woes

Scientists at the University of Central Florida have developed a new supercapacitor technology that could potentially power the mobile devices and cameras of the future. Read more

GoPro compensates Karma drone users with free HERO5 cam for recall

Following its recall of the new Karma drone, GoPro has announced that American buyers will receive a free HERO5 Black action cam once their drone and all accessories have been returned. Read more

Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 comes with UHD screen and 94% Adobe RGB gamut

Wacom's new Cintiq Pro models are available in 13" or 16" sizes and come with the upgraded Wacom Pro Pen 2 that's four times more precise than the previous model. Read more

Swedish court rules drone photography is surveillance and requires a permit

A Swedish court has ruled that any drone carrying a camera shall be considered a tool for surveillance and will require a license. Read more

Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus offer high-end camera specs and ultrasonic fingerprint reader

The Xiaomi Mi5s comes with a 12MP camera with large pixels, the larger Mi 5s Plus deploys a dual-camera with color and BW sensor. Read more

Google Photos for iOS improves Live Photos management

Google Photos for iOS has been updated for easier editing and sharing of animated Live Photos that have been captured on the iPhone. Read more

Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures

The Microsoft Pix app aims to out-do your stock iPhone app by analyzing captured image bursts for image quality and facial expressions, selecting and optimizing the best exposures. Read more

Xiaomi Redmi Pro offers dual-cam and OLED technology at budget price point

The new Xiaomi Redmi Pro offers several high-end features, including a dual-camera, OLED-display and all-metal body, at an entry-level price point. Read more

Huawei criticized for using DSLR-image in smartphone advert

Huawei has apologized for using an image that was taken with a Canon DSLR and lens in a smartphone advert after implying it had been taken with the mobile device's built-in camera. Read more

Could the future of photo viewing be virtual reality? Flickr thinks so

This past weekend Flickr demonstrated an early preview of a 'virtual reality experience' designed for viewing 360-degree panoramic photos. The demonstration used the Oculus DK 2 headset connected to a computer, and allowed wearers to completely immerse themselves within the panorama. Read more

GoPro granted patent for square-profile action camera housing

GoPro has been granted a patent for a small square camera housing, which eschews the rectangular shape its cameras have taken thus far in favor of something resembling the Polaroid Cube. According to the patent, which was recently published by the USPTO, the square design would allow for additional mounting options, with every orientation being the same. Read more

Upcoming GoPro Hero4 firmware will enable new photo and video features

GoPro has released details about upcoming firmware updates for its Hero4 action cameras; the new firmware versions will be delivered next month, enabling new photo and video features like in-camera time lapse creation. Read more

Drift Stealth 2 action camera is maker's smallest yet

Drift, maker of the Ghost-S and HD Ghost action cameras, has introduced its smallest model to date - the Stealth 2. Its diminutive size is the Stealth 2's most notable feature; the 3.42 ounce camera is half the size of its bigger sibling and weighs 40% less. Read more

Microsoft introduces hyperlapse algorithm to fix shaky first-person videos

Microsoft's Research division in Redmond, Washington has published material detailing a method for turning shaky first-person camera footage into a stabilized hyperlapse video. The algorithm they've developed uses a 3-step process to produce exceptionally stable videos that play back in a single fluid camera sweep. Researchers state that they are woking on bringing this technology to a Windows app, though no release date is given. Learn more

Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens

Sony has announced its new Alpha 3500 (a3500) which, at this point, is only for the Australian market. The camera is identical to the a3000, with the exception of a new kit lens. This 18-50mm F4.0-5.6 lens is less impressive than the 18-55 F3.5-5.6 that came with the a3000, as it's shorter, slower, and lacks image stabilization. The a3500 will be available soon for AU$499.

Sony plans March firmware update for Alpha 7 and 7R

Sony has announced an upcoming firmware update for its Alpha 7 and 7R full-frame mirrorless cameras. Due on March 19th, the update promises faster startup speeds, improved image quality (in what respect is not clear), a pair of new downloadable apps, and 'smoother' transitions in time-lapse mode. The firmware will also add support for Fast AF (Hybrid in the case of the A7) and the focus hold buttons on the 70-200 F4 FE lens.

Nikon firmware update breaks support for third-party batteries

Owners of some of Nikon's entry and mid-range DSLRs are reporting that a recent firmware update broke support for their third-party batteries. The firmware update for the Nikon D3200, D3100, D5100, D5200 and CoolPix P7700 cameras claimed to report remaining charge more accurately for the EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery. However, on installing the update, some owners found their third-party batteries suddenly incompatible.

Toshiba ups capacity and speed of its Wi-Fi SD card

Toshiba expanded its lineup up of Wi-Fi enabled SD memory cards with a high capacity 32GB FlashAir II model. The new 32GB card boasts Class 10 speed compared to the previous model's Class 6 speed. The FlashAir II card features a new 'Internet pass thru mode' that enables users to access the card and Internet simultaneously – enabling the ability to upload images in real-time. Learn more

Lytro adds 3D viewing capability to its photos

Lytro, the tiny camera that allows you to choose your focus point after your image has been shot, has announced a software update to its desktop and iOS app that allows photos taken with the device to be displayed in 3D. The update lets users show off Perspective Shift processed images in 3D when connected to a 3D-capable TV over HDMI or Apple AirPlay.

SD card labeling for 4K video announced

As of now there are not many consumer products, aside from a from a few smartphones (and the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition), that can shoot 4k video. However the SD Association's announcement of new Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) card labeling anticipates it becoming more common. The U3 designation guarantees a 30 MB/s constant minimum write speed, making it easier for buyers to know which cards are '4k ready.'

Apple Aperture 3.5 adds iCloud Photo Sharing, SmugMug support

While not the major update that many users had been hoping for, Apple did sneak in an update to its Aperture software amongst yesterday's iPad madness. New features include iCloud Photo Sharing, integration with SmugMug, and support for iOS 7 camera filters. In addition, Aperture 3.5 now uses Apple Maps for its 'Places' feature (we're not sure if that's a good thing), and numerous bugs were squashed. Follow the link for the full change log.

Miniature wide angle lens under development at UCSD

Researchers at University of California, San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering are working on a miniature wide angle lens, taking advantage of the benefits of spherical lenses. At just a tenth of the size of a traditional wide angle lens, a spherical lens can create wide angle images without chromatic aberration or loss of resolution at corners. The challenge is capturing the lens' spherical projection on a flat sensor. The team have overcome this by using optical fibers fused to the rear of the lens to relay light to electronic sensors. Click through to read more.

Google+ gets improved Raw-to-JPEG conversion

Google+ has introduced improved Raw-to-JPEG conversion for a number of cameras with some help from Nik Photography. As before, Raw files may be uploaded to Google+ for storage, and are automatically converted to JPEGs for previewing. The conversion from Raw has been fine-tuned for about 70 cameras, including high-end models like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D800 and D800E. Click through for the full list of cameras and see how it handles a Raw file from the Sony RX100.

Rumors of inexpensive Fujifilm X-series camera hit the web

Leaked details of a possible inexpensive Fujifilm X-series cameras have hit the web today. The camera pictured in the leaked images is apparently named the X-A1, and appears to be built around a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor with a more traditional Bayer filter instead of X-Trans, but otherwise it looks pretty similar to the recently released X-M1. Other leaked details mention a 3-inch tilting LCD, Wi-Fi, and 5.6 fps burst mode. Click through to see what it (might) look like.

Adobe introduces cheaper Creative Cloud with Photoshop + Lightroom

Adobe has added a new pricing tier to the Creative Cloud product, possibly in response to the negative response from the photography community when it announced that all Creative Suite products would require a monthly subscription. The Photoshop Photography Program gives users Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Bridge CC, Behance, and 20GB of storage for $9.99 per month. That price will never change, as long as you sign up before the end of this year. You must already own Photoshop CS3 or newer to be eligible for this offer.

Hand-painted Olympus E-P5 comes with bonus... Vespa?

Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy you some pretty weird things. Luxury London store Harrods has a long history of catering to the 1%, and its exclusive 'Olympus Pen Art Edition' kit includes two Olympus E-P5 camera bodies - one hand-painted - with an assortment of lenses and accessories, all bundled together with a customized Vespa scooter. We presume this must have made sense to someone. Just how much will it set you back? Click through for more details.

Impressive Raw video sample from EOS 7D using Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern has been enhancing the features of Canon EOS digital SLRs for some time now, most recently giving the EOS 5D Mark III a significant increase in dynamic range. One feature found in the second alpha version of their EOS 7D software adds the ability to capture Raw video, albeit at a relatively low 1736 x 1156 resolution. A 7D owner named Florian has put this feature to the test, by combining a series of DNG files into a 33 second video which looks fantastic. See the video for yourself after the break.

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