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The DJI Air 2S is exactly what many drone enthusiasts have been asking for: a consumerdrone with a 1"-type camera sensor that's budget-friendly. Does it live up to the hype? In our opinion, yes.
There has been much discussion of Panasonic's noise, and noise reduction; one of the marketing claims for the FZ50 is that it offers significantly lower noise than its predecessor despite cramming even more pixels onto a tiny sensor. The FZ50 features a new Venus III processor, and one of the selling points is its advanced noise reduction. Like the FZ30, the new camera has the option to adjust the amount of noise reduction (low, standard, high), though as our tests show these should perhaps be renamed 'high, higher, highest' - and the only way to reduce NR any further is to shoot raw and process yourself. Let's start with our standard noise reduction test (undertaken in fairly bright studio light). In 'real world' shots (especially those taken in less than perfect light) you can see the slight 'smearing' of the noise reduction even at ISO 100, and at times the effect is quite extreme.
|ISO 100 Low NR||ISO 100 Standard NR||ISO 100 High NR|
|ISO 400 Low NR||ISO 400 Standard NR||ISO 400 High NR|
The 100% crops above show clearly that the amount of noise at ISO 100 and ISO 400 is very low at all three NR settings; or to put it another way, the NR starts high and gets higher. As the graph below shows the difference (in noise) between the three settings is not great. What this camera is crying out for is more sophisticated noise control options, in-camera, for JPEGs. Ideally Chroma and Luminance sliders, but at the very least the option to reduce further - or disable completely - the heavy NR. Then you wouldn't have to shoot raw just to keep the texture of your shots!
What the crops and graph above don't show is the effect of noise reduction on low contrast fine detail such as hair, fur or foliage. An inevitable side effect of noise removal is that this kind of detail is also blurred or smeared, resulting in a loss of 'texture'. In a new test the crops below show the effect of the three levels of noise reduction on such texture (fur) as you move up the ISO range.
|ISO 100 Low NR||ISO 100 Standard NR||ISO 100 High NR|
|ISO 400 Low NR||ISO 400 Standard NR||ISO 400 High NR|
|ISO 1600 Low NR||ISO 1600 Standard NR||ISO 1600 High NR|
At base ISO (100) the standard noise reduction setting is producing the classic smearing that robs shots of the fine low contrast detail needed to preserve the 'texture' of a scene (and you'd not want to use the High setting at all). We saw the same problem with grass and other fine foliage, even in prints at 8x10 inches or less - Panasonic is blurring the chroma noise away (at higher ISO settings it seems fairly heavy on the luminance noise too), and this is the result. The low NR setting is much better, preserving a lot more texture, though you can see noise in areas of flat color and in shadows using this setting. At the end of the day it's easier to remove noise (selectively if necessary) than to put back lost detail (which is, by definition, impossible) - so you may want to permanently turn the NR down to low.
At ISO 400 things are less clear-cut; the Low NR setting looks slightly sharper, but there's not a lot more information there (the high setting is almost noise - and detail - free), so it's going to be a matter of taste more than anything. At ISO 1600 it's a real 'hobson's choice' - the standard NR offers the best compromise between ugly noise and total loss of detail, but all three are almost totally lacking any texture.
We found the FZ50 to produce very 'consumer friendly' images right out of the camera using the default settings (more so than the FZ30). There are, of course, plenty of opportunities for experimentation, with NR (see above), sharpness, saturation and contrast all controllable in-camera. The examples below give some idea of the variations you can obtain (we're not talking about big changes from one setting to another here). I wouldn't recommend using any of the setting on 'high' (though on a dull day a saturation boost can be useful) - contrast 'high' is particularly unpredictable - but it's nice to know you can set everything to 'Low' and get an image that is clean enough for fairly extensive post-processing.
|Contrast Low (all others default)||100% crop|
|Contrast High (all others default)||100% crop|
|Sharpness Low (all others default)||100% crop|
|Sharpness High (all others default)||100% crop|
|Saturation Low (all others default)||100% crop|
|Saturation High (all others default)||100% crop|
|Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness Low||100% crop|
The Sony Alpha 1 is Sony's flagship mirrorless camera for, well, just about anything. With a 50MP sensor, it gives you tons of resolution, but it also lets you fire off burst images at 30 fps for fast action sports. Add in 8K video capture and you have a really impressive package.
There are a lot of photo/video cameras that have found a role as B-cameras on professional productions or A-camera for amateur and independent productions. We've combed through the options and selected our two favorite cameras in this class.
What’s the best camera costing over $2500? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2500 and recommended the best.
If you want a camera that you can pick up and use without having to page through the manual first, then this guide is for you. We've selected seven cameras ranging from compacts to full-frame, all of which are easy to operate.
Family moments are precious and sometimes you want to capture that time spent with friends or loved-ones in better quality than your phone can manage. We've selected a group of cameras that are easy to keep with you, and that can adapt to take photos wherever and whenever something memorable happens.
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 might be a bit older but still offer a lot of bang for the buck.
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The lens remains the widest shift lens for full-frame cameras, with the new Leica L and Pentax K mount versions rounding out the Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z and Sony E mount options from launch.
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Canon's Larry Thorpe has seen lot of changes over his 60-year career in the industry. We spoke to him after his recent retirement, and in this interview he highlights some of the technological advancements he's seen during his career and discusses the convergence between stills and video.
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Leica has introduced its Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm F2.8 ASPH lens for full-frame L-mount bodies. The lens has three aspherical elements, a stepping motor for autofocus and an 11-blade aperture. It's now available for $2795.
Days Inn by Wyndham has brought back its 'Sunternship' program for 2021. This August, a selected photographer will be paid $10,000 and have their travel expenses covered during a customizable two-week trip within the United States.
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We've updated our 'best cameras for videographers' buying guide, with the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H being our choice for high-end video shooters, and the Sony a7S III selected as the best "run-and-gun" option.
Sony’s three remaining A-mount DSLR cameras have disappeared from its website, suggesting the cameras have been discontinued, rendering the A-mount system all but obsolete.
The update improves autofocus capabilities and adds a collection of new and improved video features to Leica's 24MP full-frame camera system.
Law firm Hagens Berman has filed a suit against Samsung in US District Court. The lawsuit alleges a widespread defect in Galaxy S20 smartphones that causes the glass covering the rear cameras to shatter.
In this video, we head into the heart of wine country in the company of photographer James Joiner and the Fujifilm X-E4. James is meeting vintner Charles Bieler to shoot some imagery for a new wine label.
DJI released a statement today confirming that there are issues with the batteries that power its Mini 2 drone.
The fully-manual lens, which offers roughly a 50mm full-frame equivalent field of view, is available for Canon RF, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems.
This 'retro-style' DIY digital camera is built around a Raspberry Pi Zero W connected to a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera module.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 (G110 in some regions) is a mirrorless camera designed for vlogging. Its 20MP Four Thirds sensor is paired with clever tracking audio technology, but we have our reservations.
Brian Emfinger from Live Storms Media got close to a tornado with his drone before losing it. Here is some footage he managed to pull from the DJI GO 4 app.
The video was captured by a photographer/pilot duo who used an Insta360 Pro 2 attached to a DJI Matrice 600 drone to capture the close-up visuals of Iceland’s Mt. Fagradalsfjall volcano.
Canon's EOS M50 Mark II is a compact, easy-to-use mirrorless camera. Check out our sample gallery for a large selection of tulip photos, with a few other subjects thrown in for good measure.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV is a compact, stylish and low-priced Micro Four Thirds camera with a 20MP sensor and in-body stabilization. Chris and Jordan put it through its paces in the latest episode of DPReview TV.
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Nature photographer Erez Marom shares the story of his recent trip to Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Iceland
Michael Collins, an Apollo 11 astronaut known as the 'loneliest man in history,' passed away at age 90 from cancer.
The dog food company, Iams has launched a new app, NOSEiD, that photographs and scans dog noses to identify lost pups and help reconnect them with their owners.
CIPA's March 2021 data is out, showing the industry is starting to stabilize after a tumultuous 2020 that saw the COVID-19 pandemic affect nearly every corner of the industry.
Looking to get into film photography? Whether you're hunting for a pocket-sized companion, a camera to learn and grow with, or something capable of the best image quality possible, we've got advice for you.
As Hubble hits 31 years old, NASA releases a truly astonishing picture of the giant star AG Carinae blowing itself apart.