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Both NEX models offer Sony's 'Auto HDR' feature that takes multiple shots of the same scene at different exposures, then combines them to produce a single image that incorporates a larger range of tones than would be possible from a single exposure.
Unlike previous Alpha cameras, the NEXs take three images - one of the 'correct' exposure plus one over-exposed image to capture shadow detail and an underexposed image for highlight detail that would otherwise be missing. The breadth of the exposure gap between these three shots can either be chosen automatically by the camera or set manually.
|Auto HDR - Auto||Auto HDR - 1.0EV|
We think the Auto HDR feature is rather good - it enables users to easily capture high-contrast scenes without losing all the highlight and shadow detail. The results can be slightly flat and low contrast (an inevitable result of trying to squeeze greater tonal range into an image), but this can be rectified with a bit of a 'curves' tweak if you like - which you couldn't do with a conventional image if the highlight or shadow information had never been captured.
Sadly Auto HDR isn't available in iAuto mode (it'd be a real benefit to users who just want to capture a scene rather than worrying about how high contrast it is), and it requires a lot of button pressing, particularly if you want to manually select the extent of the effect.
Understandably, because the end result is a composite of three exposures, there can be ghosting effects where subjects have moved between the three exposures.
|Auto HDR - Auto||100% crop|
In addition to multi-shot modes to boost dynamic range, both NEX models feature a pair of multi-shot modes for shooting in low light. Anti Motion Blur mode appears on the virtual control dial, while Hand-held Twilight mode is accessed through the SCN position on that dial.
The distinction between the two modes is subtle and they're both based on the principle of taking six images and combining them to minimize differences between shots. This has the two-fold effect of both reducing noise (which will change between shots and be cancelled-out), and minimizing movement.
The key difference between the modes is what kind of movement you're trying to minimize: camera shake or subject movement. Hand-held Twilight mode is designed for taking photos of static scenes and the image processing concentrates on canceling out noise. Anti Motion Blur mode tends to use higher ISOs to keep a high shutter speed high in an attempt to minimize subject movement, and its processing will try to select elements from the frame with the least subject blur if the principal subject has moved too much during the exposures. Hand-held Twilight also chooses darker exposures (often over 2EV below the normal metered value), whereas Anti Motion Blur tries to produce an image of the same brightness as normal metering.
|Handheld Twilight mode: 100% crop||Manual mode (matched exposure): 100% crop|
The results we got from Anti Motion Blur weren't brilliant - our hand-held shot in manual shooting mode shows less shake than the Anti Motion Blur version. It also didn't do terribly well at identifying movement in the scene (on one attempt we got semi-transparent half-closed eyelids, which was too unflattering to publish), or reducing motion blur. You might be better off just taking six attempts at shooting the shot - one of them may be sharper than the results the camera will produce.
|Hand-held Twilight||Matched exposure (Manual mode)|
|100% crop||100% crop|
Hand-held Twilight mode was more of a success. Even though the manual mode version is similarly sharp in places, the Hand-held Twilight mode has clearly done a good job in reducing noise in the scene. The result is an image that's far more likely to be usable than a normal hand-held shot, even if you do manage to hold the camera steady.
The NEX cameras also include the Sweep Panorama mode that we've seen in previous Sony compacts - it takes a series of frames and stitches them together to form large panoramic images. The system in the NEX takes lens angle-of-view into account and allows you to choose between two widths - standard and wide. You can also choose the direction in which you want to move the camera - left, right, up or down (the latter pair being arguably most useful for constructing horizontal panoramas with the camera held in the portrait orientation). This gives four possible image sizes of widely varying aspect ratios:
Left / Right
Up / Down
8192 x 1856 (12.5 Mp, 4.4:1)
3872 x 2160 (8Mp, 16:9)
12416 x 1856 (22Mp, 6.7:1)
5536 x 2160 (11.4Mp, ~10:4)
Overall this gives you a lot of choice over just how wide you want your panorama to be. But in typically frustrating NEX fashion these options reside in different submenus ('Camera' and 'Image Size'), and require about 20 button presses if you want to change both together.
You get a limited degree of control over the camera in sweep panorama mode - the options available are focus mode, exposure compensation, white balance, creative style and metering pattern. However you're limited to Auto ISO, and (not surprisingly given the processing power that would be required) can't invoke Dynamic Range Optimization.
Unlike the implementation in Sony's Cyber-Shot compacts, you can stop a panorama at any point to avoid including something unphotogenic or the person standing next to you, but the camera simply records a blank region between your stopping point and what would have been the end of the image (so you may as well have shot the full image and cropped).
Shooting sweep panos is something of a hit-and-miss affair - it's near-impossible to predict exactly what will end up in the processed image, so it pays to set the lens quite 'wide' to help ensure everything you want makes it into the final shot. You also have to be careful with panning speed - too fast or slow and the camera will complain and stop you in mid-sweep. But when things go well the results are well worth it - the stitching is very impressive, and for static subjects the seams are essentially invisible.
|'Normal'/'Left', 8192 x 1856 px. 18-55mm lens @ 18mm|
|'Normal'/'Up', 3872 x 2160 px. 18-55mm lens @ 55mm|
There are, inevitably, problems with moving elements, which can give unpleasant double images (look at the people in the foreground of the first panorama above), and with parts of the scene close to the camera (such as the railing at the left). Neither of these will come as any great surprise to experienced panorama shooters. You can also run into problems if you move the camera too fast, especially with the 16mm prime; the examples below show stitching errors and panning blur.
|'Normal'/'Left', 8192 x 1856 px, 16mm lens|
|'Normal'/'Left', 8192 x 1856 px, 16mm lens|
The camera will also go to extraordinary lengths to continue stitching even if you're not panning remotely straight, so you can create some interesting effects too:
|'Normal'/'Left', 8192 x 1856 px. 18-55mm lens @ 18mm|
Overall, the sweep panorama mode can be quite fun but it's a little prone to suddenly stopping recording (either because you're panning too fast or too slow, it doesn't warn which), and filling the end of the picture with grey. It also appears to struggle if you pan a bit too fast with wide-angle lenses, where the joins between images tend to be quite obvious.
With NEX Firmware version 2 comes the 3D sweep panorama mode that was promised at the time of the cameras' launch. Occupying a new position on the virtual mode dial, this essentially creates a stereo pair of panoramic JPEGs which can be played back on Sony's 3D Bravia TVs. The camera records both a conventional panoramic JPEG, and alongside it an 'MPO' file containing the stereoscopic image pair that's precisely double in size.
In 3D mode you gain an additional 16:9 option in the Image Size menu, alongside Normal and Wide settings with similar aspect ratios as before; all three produce images that are 1080 pixels high to match HD TVs. You get the same limited exposure controls as before, but the camera will only allow you to pan left-right (or vice versa). The image sizes created are as follows:
1920 x 1080 (2Mp)
4912 x 1080 (5Mp, 4.5:1)
7152 x 1080 (7.3 Mp, 6.6:1)
Unfortunately, we have no way of assessing how well the 3D effect works.
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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.
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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.
Sony has taken the wraps off of its new 24mm F1.4 GM full-frame lens, which the company claims is the lightest in its class. Despite its fast aperture, the 24mm F1.4 is remarkably light, weighing just 445 grams (15.7 ounces). The lens will set you back $1400 when it ships next month.
In this episode of DPReview TV we take a look at Sony's brand new 24mm F1.4 GM lens, a desirable focal length for many photographers. How does it perform? Chris and Jordan give us their first impressions.
We've had a little time to shoot with Sony's new wide/fast prime, both close to home and on the water in San Francisco. Check out our initial sample images.
Fujifilm released a firmware upgrade for its X-T3 mirrorless camera that addresses issues with distortion compensation and the mechanical lock on SD cards.
The app's algorithms have been trained using using 200 million cropping data points from real photographers.
Thanks to a software update, the Loupedeck+ editing console can now be used for video editing.
British photographic engineer MTF Services is claiming the world’s first third-party lens adapters for the new Nikon Z system with a collection of four units designed to allow cinema lenses to be mounted on the mirrorless full frame bodies.
Think Tank Photo has updated its line of heavy-duty rain covers and introduced a new, compact version for emergency situations.
The X-T3 is our first opportunity to analyze what's likely to be Fujifilm's next generation image sensor. Take a look at how it performs next to the competition in our studio test scene.
Canon's new normal is seriously sharp wide open. After shooting with it for a few days, we've prepared a gallery of real-world sample images.
Nikon will cease offering Brazil-based customer service and technical support, though the company stresses that it will still offer technical assistance and warranty repairs for valid warranties.
Two years ago, CatLABS of JP announced a plan to save Packfilm from the dead. Now, it's announced it's giving up its efforts to better focus its resources elsewhere.
The GoPro Fusion is designed to make it easy to capture 360-degree video and stills. We took it out recently on a typically hot Seattle summer day to see what it can do.
We've got our hands on a full-production Nikon Z7 camera and have updated our gallery with additional samples.
A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for Chroma Chrono, a programmable RGB camera flash that emits multiple colors during long exposures.
Think Tank Photo has launched a new lineup of six dual-access, water-resistant protective lens cases it calls Lens Case Duo.
Canon and Nikon finally entered the full-frame mirrorless market this summer with the brand-new RF and Z mounts. Now that we've had some time with the cameras, we wanted to revisit our earlier predictions and take stock.
The devices' camera specs look pretty much identical to last year's iPhone X but under the hood a number of important improvements have been made.
Blackmagic Design has announced the public beta of its new Blackmagic RAW video codec. The company says the new format combines the benefits of shooting Raw video with the ease of use and smaller file sizes usually associated with non-Raw video files.
Serif, the company behind the Affinity suite, has announced the latest update for its mobile Photoshop competitor Affinity Photo for iPad.
The Atomos Ninja V external video recorder and monitor will be ready to ship at the end of this month. The 5.2in Ninja V is designed to provide a smaller option, while still offering many of the features of the larger 7-inch models.