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As with the SD9 the SD10 only supports RAW format output, this means that image quality is to a large degree dependent on a quality RAW converter. We covered the original Photo Pro in some detail in our Sigma SD9 review. These pages are designed to give a brief overview of the updated application as well as samples of the new X3 Fill Light feature.
|Feature / Issue||Photo Pro 2.0||Photo Pro 1.0|
|Set WB in browser (single / multiple images)||Yes||No|
|Store settings per X3F file||Yes||No|
|JPEG output quality||4:4:4 (better)||4:2:0*|
|Gray halos around clipped color||No||Yes|
|Noise reduction at higher ISO||Yes||No*|
|X3 Fill Light||Yes||No|
* Were fixed in Photo Pro 1.1 which was released in May 2003
Foveon & Sigma have stuck to the 'RAW is best' approach with the SD10 which outputs only X3F RAW images. The advantages of RAW format are numerous, and Photo Pro 2.0 is a good example of that, new features which enhance and improve the usability of images from the camera (and even for SD9 owners). The disadvantages of RAW are primarily the storage overhead and the inability to quickly take a JPEG from the camera and transmit it over a slow link (in a photo journalist type situation).
The Photo Pro application provided with the SD10 is the only tool currently available which can view / manipulate / convert the SD9's X3F RAW files.
Captures below are of Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 running on Windows XP, the software is provided for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
Here you can see the main image browsing window, from here you can navigate through images on your computer or on the camera (if connected). You can browse X3F (X3 RAW), JPEG or TIFF images, you can of course filter out and just see X3F images if you prefer.
As you can see the user interface is slightly unconventional, it looks like a Windows user interface but doesn't work like one (there's no right-click support). You can multi-select using SHIFT-click and CTRL-click, you can also drag and drop images to move them to other folders however there's no capability for creating folders. You can mark, lock, delete and rotate images either one by one or as a selected group. You have four choices of display in browse mode: Small thumbnails, Medium thumbnails (shown above), Large thumbnails and Thumbnails with brief detail.
Selected images can be 'Reviewed' (viewed full screen with the ability to adjust) or saved by clicking on the 'Save Images As...' button. One thing you can't do in batch is modify white balance, the only setting which is actually stored in the X3F file. It would also be nice to be able to apply previously saved adjustment settings to selected or marked images rather than having to be selective about your processing (see below).
Clicking on 'Save Images As' displays the dialog box shown below. You can process all images in the folder, marked images or selected images. Adjustments can be X3F (settings recorded in the X3F file), Auto or a previously saved Custom adjustment set. Images can be output at the same, half or double size in a variety of color spaces (sRGB, Adobe RGB, Apple RGB, Colormatch RGB) and you can choose from TIFF (8/16-bit) or JPEG (EXIF/JFIF) formats.
Another option at the browser stage is to display the information window, this can be positioned beside the browser and will display detailed shooting information for the selected image (as shown below). Note the new 'Saved X3F Settings' pane which relays the image parameters applied and stored in the RAW image (from a previous Photo Pro session). It's probably also worth noting the new 'Image Unique ID' field, interesting (potential use in forensics?).
Double click on an X3F file from the browser to enter 'Review' mode. This is the main mode for adjustment of individual images or the creation of adjustment sets. Here the Review window is shown Adjustment window shown on the left (click on 'Adjustment Controls' to show / hide this window).
The 'Adjustment Mode' pane has now changed, you have three options; X3F, Auto, Custom. Selecting the X3F option applies image parameters previously saved into the X3F file (stored in the header, not actually applied to the data). To save new settings simply make your adjustment and click on the round X3F button to the left of the adjustment mode selector. This is a major enhancement as previously you would have to either memorize, note down or use custom saved settings for a particular image.
As I commented in my SD9 review the best thing about Review mode is instant feedback from image parameter adjustment. As you change any of the image parameters the preview image and histogram are updated in real time. This is simply invaluable and both increases productivity and delivers higher quality results because you can make fine adjustments with time penalty.
Note that you can enable a Magnification Loupe (as above) which allows you to inspect an area of the image under the mouse cursor at a choice of magnifications (although obviously 100% is most useful). This is smooth and fast and keeps up with mouse movements instantly. It also provides a readout of the RGB value at the mouse position.
One other setting which isn't described above is white balance, you can change the image white balance by selecting the appropriate menu option or pressing CTRL+B (Windows). This displays the white balance selection window (see below), when white balance is changed it is saved back into the X3F file, this is the only setting which is tied to the individual image. You can't do this in the browser window and it really should be on the adjustment window pane for quick access.
It's worth noting that in addition to selecting the nearest white balance you can also fine tune this by applying a color adjustment, this is simply a case of placing the eyedropper over a grey or white area of the image and clicking, Photo Pro will calculate the correct color adjustment to ensure perfect white balance.
The Adjustment window also allows you to enable under / over exposure warnings. When enabled any area of the image which exceeds the maximum warning level (250 default) is shown in red, any area of the image which is lower than the minimum warning level (10 default) is shown in blue. As you can see below there are areas of the bridge in this deliberately 'pushed' image which exceed the maximum warning level and that the boat in the foreground may be under exposed or so dark it is loosing detail. You can change the minimum / maximum warning levels at will.
|Warnings Not Shown||Warnings Shown|
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
What’s the best camera costing over $2000? 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 $2000 and recommended the best.
|Abstract bokeh by Minas_Eye|
from Your City - Bokeh in the City (Rerun)
|Green Tree Frog by BruceRH|
|Custom Red Roadster by Mitchmeister|
from Car Shows 2018
At Sony's press conference at Photokina the company announced that 12 more E-mount lenses will be arriving over the next two years. In addition, the company is working to utilize artificial intelligence in its technologies, with one application being Eye AF trained to detect animal eyes.
Sigma has said it will create a full-frame Foveon camera and will adopt the Leica L mount for its system. It will be able to adapt or convert SA mount lenses to the L mount, for existing users.
Hasselblad is expanding their X System with their announcement of three new lenses: the XCD 80mm F1.9, XCD 65mm F2.8 and XCD 135mm F2.8, along with a teleconverter. The 80mm F1.9 is the fastest in the system. Get all the details and check out Hasselblad's official sample images here.
Sigma has announced give new lenses at Photokina, including a 'Sport' series 70-200mm F2.8 and a 56mm F1.4 for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts.
Sigma has announced the 28mm F1.4 Art, 40mm F1.4 Art, 70-200mm F2.8 Sport and 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 Sport lenses for several full frame lens mounts, including Canon, Nikon and, in the first two instances, Sony E.
ON1 has announced the impending launch of ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The new version, due out in November, brings a handful of new tools and features in a revamped interface.
Fujifilm has said it is developing a 100MP GFX medium format camera that will include both phase detection autofocus and in-body image stabilization. The 4K-capable camera will sell for around $10,000.
Leica has announced the S3 medium-format camera – an S2 successor with a 64MP sensor capable of 4K video.
The GFX 50R is a 50MP rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. It borrows heavily from the existing 50S model but in a smaller body and at a lower price. How does it differ?
Fujifilm has announced its GFX 50R, a rangefinder-styled version of the company's GFX 50S medium-format camera. The 'guts' of the two cameras are the same, with the difference being the design, weight and Bluetooth, all at a considerably lower price.
In this episode of DPReview TV, we get our hands on Fujifilm's GFX 50R which hides a medium-format sensor in a new, more compact body. Watch to get Chris and Jordan's first impressions on image quality, video and more.
Fujifilm is adding a trio of new medium-format lenses to its G-mount roadmap. GFX owners will soon be able to get their hands on 100-200mm F5.6, 45-100mm F4 and compact 50mm F3.5 lenses. Pricing and availability have not been announced.
Micro Four Thirds users will soon get a super fast, constant aperture wide angle zoom.
Panasonic has announced it is developing two full frame mirrorless cameras: the 47MP S1R and the 24MP S1. We've been shown fairly advanced-looking but non-functional prototype cameras, and have been able to squeeze a few details from Panasonic.
Panasonic is developing a pair of full-frame mirrorless cameras that use Leica's L-mount. The S1R will feature a 47MP sensor, while the S1 will be 24MP. Both cameras will support Dual IS shake reduction 4K/60p video capture and will have XQD and SD card slots.
Leica, Panasonic and Sigma are teaming up. Expect L-mount cameras from Panasonic as well as L-mount glass from Sigma.
Ricoh has announced the development of the GR III enthusiast compact, due to ship in early 2019. The camera gains sensor-shift image stabilization and an updated 24MP sensor with phase-detection. The 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens has also been redesigned and a touchscreen added.
The 'I'm Back' is now available for a range of old film-SLRs, such as Nikon's F-Series, the Olympus OM10 or the Canon AE-1.
IRIX has announced its latest lens, the 150mm F2.8 Macro 1:1. IRIX claims the lens features 'close to zero' distortion and stands out with its 150mm telephoto focal length.
The RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM is one of four lenses to launch with Canon's new full-frame mirrorless system, and it boasts the longest reach of the range. Take a look at some of the samples we've gathered thus far as our EOS R testing continues.
Nikon's Sendai factory in the Tōhoku region North of Japan has been churning out cameras and lenses since 1971. We had the opportunity recently to visit Sendai during events to mark the launch of Nikon's new Z mount.
There's no mistaking the Nikon Coolpix P1000 – with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, it really is in a class of its own. It's a conspicuous-looking superzoom with one main job: getting you really close to far away subjects. We've put together a gallery showing the kind of results you can expect from it.
A new report from The Verge claims Instagram is currently testing a feature that allows users to re-share posts to their own account feeds.
GoPro has announced its HERO7 camera lineup. The updated action cameras feature new HyperSmooth and TimeWarp modes, as well as improved video and photo specs.
The latest Samsung midrange smartphone offers a super-wide-angle lens in its triple-camera setup.
The Sony 24mm F1.4 is the latest lens to join the company's premium G Master lineup. We've been shooting with one for a couple of days - here's what you need to know.
Apple released iOS 12 a few days ago and some iPhone X users are less than happy with how the new operating system has made their phones look.
Camera bag manufacturer Lowepro has introduced mark II backpacks for its ProTactic AW range with models that are said to feature an improved handling experience as well as a collection of accessories that can be attached to the outside.
Canon has announced its latest superzoom camera, the PowerShot SX70 HS. Compared to the SX60 that came before it, the SX70 has the same lens but offers a higher resolution EVF, 4K video capture and support for Canon's new CR3 Raw format.
Cosina has announced its eighth lens designed specifically for Sony's E-mount system. The Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 lens is due out October 2018.