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We reviewed three of the more popular 'pocket printers,' the Canon Ivy, Fujifilm Instax Share and Polaroid ZIP. Here's the one we recommend...
Color reproduction is a new addition to our in-depth reviews and provides a quick overview of the general look of images from the camera as well as an ability to compare this to other cameras. Here you can see a generated GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart, place your mouse over any of the labels below it to see the color reproduction in that mode. Select a camera/setting combination from the 'Compared to' drop-down to comparative boxes inside each patch.
The D80's default color response was extremely good, with strong, vivid, yet accurate colors. Some may find saturation to be a little too strong but this can of course be adjusted downwards with a custom image parameter set. Compared to other cameras color was very similar to the Sony DSLR-A100 and slightly 'richer' (deeper reds and blues) than the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi.
|Nikon D80||Compare to:|
|Portrait||B&W||Custom Mode Ia||Custom Mode II|
|Custom Mode IIIa|
We're never that surprised to see poor automatic white balance in incandescent light but it's a pity that after all these years of innovation and development that manufacturers still can't offer a solution. As you can see a strong orange color cast using auto WB in incandescent light, improved significantly if you use the incandescent preset. Fluorescent auto WB was of course much better (as it always is).
|Incandescent - Auto WB
Red: 12.1%, Blue: -16.1%, Poor
|Incandescent - Incandescent preset WB
Red: 1.3%, Blue: -1.9%, Good
|Fluorescent - Auto WB
Red:-1.0%, Blue: -1.7%, Good
|Fluorescent - Fluorescent preset WB
Red: -2.4%, Blue: 0.7%, Good
Even with the D80's optional 'dark frame subtraction' long exposure noise reduction switched off there wasn't the normal 'sprinkling' of hot pixels we would expect. We did manage to find one hot pixel which wasn't actually removed by the noise reduction.
|Noise reduction Off||Noise reduction On|
|ISO 100, 30 sec, F9||ISO 100, 30 sec, F9|
|Brightness enhanced||Brightness enhanced|
Using the flash the D80 faired well as far as color balance is concerned, and did well against our color test patches, however we got fairly consistent -1/3 EV underexposure shooting a portrait with a white background. Obviously this could be corrected with flash exposure compensation.
|Built-in flash||Built-in flash|
Results from the D80 were very good, the new ten megapixel sensor delivering as much detail as we have seen from other such sensors. It's clear that Nikon are going lighter on the strength of the anti-alias filter since the D70 days and that artificial softness is gone. That said the internal image processing still takes a more conservative approach to sharpening that some of the competition, avoiding artifacts and keeping visible noise lower. You can turn the sharpening up, although as always for the crispest most detailed images shoot RAW and convert using Nikon Capture NX or Adobe Camera RAW. Color balance was very good if clearly 'consumer biased' (more saturated, richer colors), the D80 coping well with highly saturated color in bright light (such as sun lit red flowers).
Nikon's approach to noise reduction works well in the D80; firstly use mostly color noise reduction which maintains as much luminance information (detail) as possible, the remaining noise having a more film like, monochromatic grain appearance. The second part to the noise equation is giving the user control over the amount of luminance noise reduction, if you prefer you can turn it off completely (this level of control is sadly missing on many cameras). Of course the ideal would be to have a clean signal in the first place, unfortunately Nikon are at the whim of their sensor manufacturer on this point.
It was curiosity that got DPR reader Rutger Bus into photography. Of his dad's darkroom in his childhood home he says, ' I always wondered what was going on in that little dark room with the red light above the door.' That spark of curiosity comes across in his colorful landscapes, which first caught our eye in our Landscape Readers' Showcase. Check out more of his images and read our Q&A. See gallery
Following testing of the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II, we've added it to our Pocketable Enthusiast Compact Cameras buying guide as joint-winner, alongside Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 VA.
If you're looking for a high-quality camera, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, nor do you need to buy the latest and greatest new product on the market. In our latest buying guide we've selected some cameras that while they're a bit older, still offer a lot of bang for the buck.
What's the best camera for under $500? These entry level cameras should be easy to use, offer good image quality and easily connect with a smartphone for sharing. In this buying guide we've rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing less than $500 and recommended the best.
Whether you've grown tired of what came with your DSLR, or want to start photographing different subjects, a new lens is probably in order. We've selected our favorite lenses for Sony mirrorlses cameras in several categories to make your decisions easier.
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Kosmo Foto has announced the release and opened pre-orders for its new Mono 120 black-and-white film.
Uber software engineer Phillip Wang has created a website that shows a portrait of a person that doesn't actually exist by using AI to merge multiple faces together.
The Atomos Shinobi is a compact, lightweight monitor that features the same display found inside the much more expensive Ninja 5 monitor/recorder.
Want to know more about the Canon EOS RP? Dying to ask a question that hasn't been addressed anywhere else online? Join the editors of DPReview for a live Q&A about this new camera next Tuesday, Feb. 19 on our YouTube channel. Click through for details.
Got a couple of minutes? Then you have all the time you need to learn about Canon's second full-frame mirrorless camera body – and why it's a compelling option for someone stepping into full-frame for the first time.
NASA's Curiosity rover captures a 360 panorama from its Vera Rubin Ridge 'Rock Hall' drill site before moving on to greener...er...redder pastures.
Xiaomi's new flagship Android smartphone is expected to be launched on February 24 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A quick glance at the spec sheet doesn't make the Canon EOS RP look that exciting. But having shot with it, we've become oddly fond of this little full framer.
Pixelmator Pro has received an update with new and improved features, including support for Portrait Masks with images captured by the iPhone's Portrait Mode.
Alongside the EOS RP, Canon showed us mockups of the six lenses it says are in development for 2019. There's a distinct high-end flavor to the options in the works.
The new X-T30 may not be Fujifilm's flagship model, but it arrives with some very impressive features and specifications. Chris and Jordan have been shooting it for a few days and share their first impressions, along with a look at an iconic new building in their hometown of Calgary.
We don't often get excited about $900 cameras, but the Fujifilm X-T30 has really impressed us thus far. Find out what's new, what it's like to use and how it compares to its peers in our review in progress.
The Fujifilm X-T30 is equipped with the same 26.1MP X-Trans sensor and X-Processor 4 Quad Core CPU as the X-T3, along with some autofocus improvements. The new camera arrives in March for $900 body-only.
Fujifilm's new XF 16mm F2.8 R WR is a compact, weather-resistant lens that weighs just 155g/5.5oz. It'll be available starting in March for $399.
Fujifilm's XF 16mm F2.8 is one of the widest lenses in the company's lineup of compact primes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras. We've been up and down the streets of snowy Seattle - a rare sight - to see just what our pre-production copy of this petite prime is capable of.
Firmware version 2.00 brings two new shooting modes and one new setting to its X-T100 and X-A5 camera systems.
Fujifilm has announced its upcoming rugged point-and-shoot, the FinePix XP140.
Get a closer look at Canon's second full-frame mirrorless body and its unique combination of features, capability and price point.
Canon has unveiled its second full-frame mirrorless camera: the entry-level EOS RP. Touting its compact size and approachability for beginners, the RP uses a 26.2MP sensor and will sell for $1300 body-only this March.
A pre-launch event gave us a chance to shoot a sample gallery to show what sort of image quality you can expect from the least-expensive digital full frame camera ever launched.
Nikon has taken the wraps off a new standard zoom lens for mirrorless, the Z 24-70mm F2.8 Z. The new 24-70mm has been on Nikon's Z-series roadmap since the mount was announced last August, and it will ship in spring for $2299.
Canon has announced the development of six RF lenses, including the incredibly compact RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM, two variations of an RF 85mm F1.2L USM, plus a 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM, 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM.
Nikon has announced more details of firmware in development for the Z6 and Z7. As previously reported, firmware is being planned that will add Eye-detection AF, CFexpress support and Raw video over HDMI.
Tripod manufacturer Three Legged Thing has developed a new L-bracket designed to fit a wider range of cameras and allow users to mount their camera in a variety of ways.
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The FAA has announced drones will soon need aerial license plates of sorts to fly their UAVs in the United States.
The new Galaxy S10 front camera will adopt several technologies that are already commonplace on many smartphone main cameras.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 is a weather-sealed 24-400mm equiv. zoom for Micro Four Thirds and will go on sale in March for $900.
We put a pre-production version of Olympus' versatile new zoom through its paces.