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Nikon releases firmware updates for all six of its Z series mirrorless cameras

Nikon releases firmware updates for all six of its Z series mirrorless cameras Nikon has announced it will release firmware updates for its entire line of Z series mirrorless cameras on April 26, including updates the Z50, Z5, Z6, Z7, Z6 II and Z7 II. Although not major, the respective firmware updates should do add new and improve upon existing features. Firmware version 2.10 for the Nikon Z50 and firmware version 3.30 for the Z6 and Z7 adds the ‘Save Focus Position’ option ‘that allows the current focus position to be saved when the camera is turned off and restored when next turned on.’ The Z6 — and only the Z6 — also receives the voice memo recording/play function...

Volcano for the People: Stunning visuals from Iceland’s spectacular volcanic eruption

Volcano for the People: Stunning visuals from Iceland’s spectacular volcanic eruption Following thousands of earthquakes beginning in February, the Fagradalsfjall volcano on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula erupted on March 19. Since then, the volcano has been erupting with new fissure vents opening, including a new one over this past weekend. Given the volcano’s accessible location, thousands of people have visited the site and seen the eruption for themselves. Photographer and wildlife conservationist Donal Boyd and director and filmmaker Frank Nieuwenhuis created a short human interest film, ‘Volcano for the People,’ about the incredible natural event...

Nikon Z April Camera Sale: Which Deals Are Worth It?

Nikon Z April Camera Sale: Which Deals Are Worth It? Nikon just announced temporary rebates on many of its mirrorless cameras, up to $600 off. As always, we’ll list the deals below and then analyze which ones we think are worthwhile for photographers considering a Nikon Z camera. Here are the Nikon Z5 deals: The Nikon Z6 deals: And the Nikon Z7 deals: If you buy any of the above cameras, you can bundle an FTZ adapter to your order for $100, when it ordinarily costs $250. If you don’t have an FTZ adapter already, and you have Nikon F lenses in your collection, we highly recommend getting the FTZ. Of the deals above, the best value here is...

Charles ‘Chuck’ Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and inventor of the PDF, dies at 81

Charles ‘Chuck’ Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and inventor of the PDF, dies at 81 Charles ‘Chuck’ Geschke, who co-founded Adobe, a graphics and software publishing company, with John Warnock in 1982, died this past Friday at age 81 of cancer. Notably he was instrumental in developing the Portable Document Format technology, better known as PDFs. “This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the company’s employees. Geschke was born on September 11, 1939. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was raised by his mother, a...

Video: Shooting and vlogging with the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100

Video: Shooting and vlogging with the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 Published Apr 19, 2021 | This is sponsored content, created with the support of Amazon and Panasonic [embedded content] The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 is a 20MP Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera designed specifically for vloggers and multimedia content creators. The G100 features a tracking audio system that works in conjunction with the camera’s face detection system and a flip-out screen that, by default, engages several easy-to-use modes. In this video, editorial photographer and vlogger Robert Silver takes the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 out into the streets of San Fransisco, to see how...

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter transmits back the first image of its historic inaugural flight on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter transmits back the first image of its historic inaugural flight on Mars NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured this shot as it hovered over the Martian surface on April 19, 2021, during the first instance of powered, controlled flight on another planet. It used its navigation camera, which autonomously tracks the ground during flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which hitched a ride on the bottom side of the Perserverance rover, has transmitted back the first image of its inaugural flight from April 19. The monochrome image was captured with its navigation camera, which is used to autonomously track the Martian surface during...

Timing and Direction in Landscape Photography

Timing and Direction in Landscape Photography Landscape photographers would have a much easier time if only we could move the sun to suit our whims. (We’d make sure to put it back afterward.) Alas, unless you’re an unapologetic Photoshopper – or maybe a Luminary these days – you can’t do much to change the natural light. That’s both good and bad. On one hand, natural light can be some of the most beautiful, inspiring, and emotive light you’ll ever capture as a photographer. On the other hand, if it doesn’t look good at the moment, it almost feels like you’re stuck. Portrait photographers can always change their flash setup if the light...

Cosina announces new 28mm F2 Ultron ‘Vintage Line’ lenses

Cosina announces new 28mm F2 Ultron ‘Vintage Line’ lenses Cosina has announced the release of the Voigtlander 28mm F2 Ultron Vintage Line lenses for Leica M mount camera systems. As with the other lenses in the growing Voigtlander Vintage Line series, the 28mm F2 Ultron lens seeks to combine modern optical performance in a vintage-looking package. The lens comes in two models: Type I and Type II. The only notable difference between the two is the design of the focus ring, which is a single lever on the Type I and a more thumb grip style notch on the Type II model. As a result, the Type I weighs 190g (6.7oz), while the Type II weighs in at 230g...

Hands-on with the Sony FX3 cinema camera

Hands-on with the Sony FX3 cinema camera Sony’s FX3 is the company’s smallest entry for its cinema lineup of cameras, slotting in between the existing a7S III and larger FX6. We’ve already covered a lot of the deeper technical aspects of the camera, but that was before we’d had a chance to handle one ourselves. Now that we’ve got one, let’s take a little tour of the camera and see how it handles: as expected, it’s quite a bit different than your standard a7-series camera. After all, that’s an AF joystick on the top of the...

Review: DJI’s Air 2S is the ultimate consumer drone

Review: DJI’s Air 2S is the ultimate consumer drone Introduction Arriving just one year after its predecessor, the Mavic Air 2, the Air 2S is DJI’s newest mid-range consumer drone. The new model sheds the familiar Mavic branding in favor of a shorter naming scheme, following the lead of DJI’s Mini 2 model, but receives some significant upgrades in return. Most notably, the Air 2S features a camera with a 1″-type sensor – something that was previously exclusive to DJI models costing over $1,500. Whereas the Mavic Air 2 emphasized resolution over sensor size, with features like 48MP stills and 8K hyperlapse modes, the Air 2S...

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Apr 17, 2021 | dpreview staff You’ve watched the video, now see the stills that Chris and Jordan took while reviewing a pre-production version of Fujifilm’s brand new XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR wide-angle lens. This lightweight lens, which is equivalent to 27mm on X-mount bodies, impressed our DPReview TV friends. Check out their photos to find out why. View DPReview TV’s Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 gallery Gear in this story Pre-order now Released on Apr 30, 2021 The DJI Air 2S is exactly what many drone enthusiasts have been asking for: a consumerdrone with a 1″-type...

Missing hiker rescued after Twitter user tracks him down using his last-sent photo

Missing hiker rescued after Twitter user tracks him down using his last-sent photo A photo may very well have saved a missing hiker’s life this week. 46-year-old hiker Rene Compean was reported missing near Mount Waterman in southern California on Monday evening. After disseminating a photo online that Compean had sent to a friend earlier on Monday, authorities located Compean on Tuesday. While hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, located about 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Rene Compean realized he was lost. His cellphone battery was dying, so he snapped a photo of his feet hanging over rocks and sent the image to his friend, along with the message that he was...

Gudsen updates Moza Slypod Pro electric monopod arm with longer reach, better battery

Gudsen updates Moza Slypod Pro electric monopod arm with longer reach, better battery Gimbal manufacturer Gudsen has updated its Moza Slypod electronic monopod, adding a longer extension, faster motion and better battery life. The Moza Slypod Pro is essentially a motor-driven monopod that allows videographers to create smooth slider and jib-style camera movements using automatically extending telescopic tubes. [embedded content] The Slypod Pro can be controlled via the Moza App to extend the telescopic tubes at a given pace to allow mounted cameras to slide across the scene, towards or away from the subject, or to raise or lower the shooting angle. In this new version the...

Slideshow: Large format film portrait series wins Sony World Photography Awards

Slideshow: Large format film portrait series wins Sony World Photography Awards Sony World Photography Awards A British photographer shooting on an 8x10in film camera has scooped the $25,000 top prize in the Sony World Photography Awards. Craig Easton won the professional section of the contest with a series of pictures that sets out to challenge the simplistic way in which places that have a diverse population are represented in the media. The black and white series shows a wide range of people from, and views of, a district called Top Bank on the outskirts of Blackburn, Lancashire in the UK, and forms a part of Easton’s contribution to the Kick Down The Barriers...

Taking a closer look at the new Canon RF 400mm F2.8 and 600mm F4L I.S.

Taking a closer look at the new Canon RF 400mm F2.8 and 600mm F4L I.S. Canon has announced two new telephoto prime lenses for the RF mount. The RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM and 600mm F4L IS USM have the same optical makeup as their EF-mount equivalents, which were released relatively recently, in late 2018. Click through for a closer look at these two new telephoto options for RF.

The absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: Less common camera types

The absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: Less common camera types Published Apr 16, 2021 | Aaron Gold Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex cameras – along with Yashica and Mamiya TLRs – can still be found in working order on the used market for a fair price. They offer an excellent gateway to medium-format shooting. Image: Chia Ying Yang The number of different types of film cameras can be confusing to a newbie film photographer. In an earlier installment of our Absolute beginner’s guide to film photography, we explored the most common types of film cameras, and in this article, we’ll cover some of the less common types that are still in use. Twin-lens reflex film...

Slideshow: 2021 World Press Photo Contest winners

Slideshow: 2021 World Press Photo Contest winners Today, category winners of the 2021 World Press Photo of the Year competition were announced. 45 photographers from 28 countries were selected by an independent jury including representatives from National Geographic and Reuters. World Press Photo seeks to highlight the best visual journalism from the following categories: Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports and Spot News. ‘For the past 66 years, we have been supporting, celebrating and putting the spotlight on the important stories and those who make them…We’re looking...

Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II lens now available for Micro Four Thirds camera systems

Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II lens now available for Micro Four Thirds camera systems Chinese optics manufacturer Mitakon Zhongyi has announced its Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II manual lens is now available for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera systems. Until now, the ultra-fast prime was only available in Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X and Sony E mount. Now, MFT users can join in on the fun with what will be a 70mm full-frame equivalent focal length. The MFT variety features the same optical construction as its other crop-sensor counterparts, consisting of 11 elements in 8 groups, including one extra-low dispersion element, two extra-high-refractive index elements and three...

DJI’s new Air 2S has a 1” sensor, 5.4K/30p recording, improved optical avoidance and more

DJI’s new Air 2S has a 1” sensor, 5.4K/30p recording, improved optical avoidance and more DJI has unveiled the Air 2S, a follow up to the compact Mavic Air 2. Most notably, the drone features a camera with a 1″ sensor, capable of capturing 20MP photos and up to 5.4K/30p or 4K/60p video. Improvements in its Spotlight 2.0 tracking capabilities, plus an upgraded APAS 4.0 obstacle avoidance and detection system, have also been added. The Air 2S is 180×97×80 mm folded down, not much different in size from the Mavic Air 2. It’s the most compact drone to feature a camera with a 1″ sensor and a pixel size of 2.4μm. Nestled on a 3-axis gimbal and stabilized by RockSteady...

Hasselblad offers 12 medium format cameras as prizes for its 2021 Masters competition

Hasselblad offers 12 medium format cameras as prizes for its 2021 Masters competition Hasselblad Masters Fashion/Beauty winner 2016 Roy Rossovich Medium format manufacturer Hasselblad has opened its bi-annual Masters competition for entries, using 12 of its mirrorless cameras to tempt photographers to enter their best images. The main part of the contest is open only to professional photographers with three years under their belt in the industry, but the Project//21 category allows any photographer of 21 years or under to enter whether amateur or professional. Entry is free, and pictures don’t need to be shot on a Hasselblad camera either, as those made with any brand or...

Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR

Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR Fujifilm’s latest lens, the XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR, is a weather-sealed fast-aperture prime lens for the company’s X-mount interchangeable lens cameras. Offering a field-of-view equivalent to 27mm on a full-frame camera, the XF 18mm F1.4 makes for a great walkaround lens for all types of photography, from landscape to street. Follow along with us for a quick tour of how the lens handles and shoots.

DPReview TV: Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR review

DPReview TV: Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR review Published Apr 15, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] The new Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR provides a 27mm-equivalent focal length for Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras. Find out why Chris and Jordan like this fast, sharp and lightweight 18mm lens. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story DxO has just released PureRaw, a simple, standalone program that can automatically apply its high-quality lens corrections and impressive noise-reduction algorithms to your Raw files, and then pass those Raw files...

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R WR pre-production sample gallery

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R WR pre-production sample gallery Published Apr 15, 2021 | dpreview staff We’ve been shooting for a few days with a pre-production copy of Fujifilm’s new XF 18mm F1.4 R WR lens, which offers a 27mm full-frame equivalent field of view, and optically, we’re impressed. It offers excellent sharpness wide open, minimal distortion, and good control of flaring and aberrations; The sunstars at F16 are quite nice, too. Additionally, this 18mm is fast-to-focus (it uses linear AF motor), weather-sealed, and reasonably compact and lightweight. In short, for $1,000, it’s a tempting little prime lens. Check out our...

Fujifilm announces XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR prime lens

Fujifilm announces XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR prime lens Published Apr 15, 2021 | dpreview staff Fujifilm has introduced the XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR wide-angle prime lens, which is equivalent to 27mm when mounted on an X-mount body. This compact lens is surprisingly light given its fast maximum aperture, weighing in at 370 grams (13.1 ounces). The lens has a total of 15 elements (in 9 groups) and includes both aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass. The six-element focus group is driven by a ‘near-silent’ linear motor. The minimum focus distance of the 18mm F1.4 is 11cm (4.3″), with a maximum magnification of 0.15x. The...

Canon’s Series of Mirrorless Announcements

Canon’s Series of Mirrorless Announcements Canon has announced three new mirrorless lenses – a 400mm f/2.8, 600mm f/4, and 100mm f/2.8 macro – as well as the development of the EOS R3, a pro-grade mirrorless camera with a built-in battery grip and 30 FPS shooting. The macro lens and the R3 in particular have some unusual, promising features that we at Photography Life cannot wait to test! 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4 The upcoming Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L The first two lenses in Canon’s set of announcements are supertelephoto beasts: a 400mm f/2.8L costing $12,000, and a 600mm f/4L costing $13,000 (the same prices as the EF mount versions...

Report: Samsung working with Olympus on implementing IBIS in upcoming smartphones

Report: Samsung working with Olympus on implementing IBIS in upcoming smartphones Seemingly, every phone manufacturer wants to partner up with an established, well-respected camera company. Around the smartphone industry, this is already seen with OnePlus and Hasselblad, Vivo and Zeiss, and Huawei and Leica. According to Sammobile, rumors suggest that Samsung is getting in on this trend by working with Olympus on upcoming Galaxy smartphones. Huawei has a partnership with Leica, as seen here with the P30 Pro smartphone. OnePlus works with Hasselblad. Vivo works with Zeiss. Is Samsung the next major player in the smartphone industry to team up with a camera brand? Reports...

DxO PureRaw review: Impressive noise and lens processing for any editing app

DxO PureRaw review: Impressive noise and lens processing for any editing app Introduction For years now, DxO Labs’ Optics Pro and PhotoLab products have impressed photographers with their automatic lens corrections. And more recently their CPU-intensive PRIME / DeepPRIME noise reduction technology has also garnered plenty of praise, as we saw in our recent DxO PhotoLab 4 review. Yet while DxO has earned more than a few plaudits and built a devoted following for its software, it has never gained quite the mass-market appeal of rival Adobe. With PureRaw, it aims to address this with a new approach. DxO tells us that of the roughly 10 million photographers...

Closer look: Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM

Closer look: Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM DxO has just released PureRaw, a simple, standalone program that can automatically apply its high-quality lens corrections and impressive noise-reduction algorithms to your Raw files, and then pass those Raw files off to your favorite editing app. We’re pretty impressed by it – find out why in our review.

Sony’s Xperia 1 and 5 Mark III introduce variable optical zoom and 4K 120Hz OLED

Sony’s Xperia 1 and 5 Mark III introduce variable optical zoom and 4K 120Hz OLED Sony has just announced the Xperia 1 Mark III, its flagship smartphone with camera technologies borrowed from its Alpha line of cameras, as well as display, cinema and audio capabilities built from the know-how of the broad divisions within Sony Electronics. The ‘zoom’ allows the Xperia 1 and 5 Mark III smartphones to optically achieve both 70 and 105mm equivalent focal lengths with its single telephoto module (with F2.3 and F2.8 apertures, respectively). The main (24mm) and wide (16mm) modules remain the same as that seen in the Xperia Pro and Xperia 1 Mark II, and Sony has...

Canon EOS R3: What do we know, and what can it tell us about a future ‘EOS-R1’?

Canon EOS R3: What do we know, and what can it tell us about a future ‘EOS-R1’? The EOS R3 clearly inherits aspects of Canon’s EOS-1D series of cameras, but what else can we learn from what Canon has told us? Canon has just announced the development of what will be the highest-spec RF-mount camera yet, the EOS R3. The few details that have been released point towards a very interesting camera, but also something else; something even more capable, coming in the future. So although Canon hasn’t given away a lot away in this announcement, it’s provided enough lines for us to read between them. The name: The most obvious implication of the R3 announcement...

DPReview TV: Chris and Jordan react to the Canon EOS R3 announcement

DPReview TV: Chris and Jordan react to the Canon EOS R3 announcement Published Apr 14, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Canon just pulled back the curtain on a major new camera, coming (we assume) later this year. The EOS R3 will sit above the R5 in the RF lineup, and will offer professional-grade build quality and a newly-developed Canon stacked CMOS sensor. In today’s episode of DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan answer the question everyone is asking: what do they think about Canon’s EOS R3 development announcement? Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story The Fujifilm Fujinon XF...

New Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM lets you adjust bokeh on-the-fly

New Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM lets you adjust bokeh on-the-fly Published Apr 14, 2021 | dpreview staff Canon’s new RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM lens is the company’s first RF-mount lens designed for close-up photography. Its minimum focus distance is 26cm (10″), giving a maximum magnification of 1.4X. The lens’ image stabilization system switches to a ‘hybrid’ mode when focus distances are short, which activates shift (horizontal and vertical translation) reduction on top of the standard angular shake reduction. During regular shooting, the IS system reduces shake by up to 5 stops on its own and by up to 8 stops when...

Canon announces 400mm F2.8L and 600mm F4L RF-mount lenses

Canon announces 400mm F2.8L and 600mm F4L RF-mount lenses Published Apr 14, 2021 | dpreview staff Canon has announced two new telephoto prime lenses for the RF mount. The RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM and 600mm F4L IS USM have the same optical makeup as their EF-mount equivalents, with 17 elements in 13 groups, including one Super UD and two fluorite special elements, along with Super Spectra and Air Sphere coatings. Canon claims that the optical I.S. systems reduce camera shake by up to 5.5 stops regardless of which RF-mount body you’re using. The minimum focus distance on the 400mm F2.8 is 2.5m (8.2 ft) and 4.2m (13.8 ft) on the 600mm F4. The...

Canon EOS R3 development announced: high-end full-frame mirrorless

Canon EOS R3 development announced: high-end full-frame mirrorless Canon has revealed the first details of its high-end EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera. The R3 has a dual-grip design and will be able to shoot at up to 30 frames per second with full AF, but isn’t branded as a successor to the EOS-1D series of pro sports DSLRs. Relatively small details have been disclosed, but Canon says that the R3 will be built around a Stacked CMOS sensor: a first for the company. The sensor will continue Canon’s Dual Pixel AF design and will be designed and manufactured by Canon. The speed of this chip provides the potential for fast burst shooting and...

15 Tips for Photographing the Ocean

15 Tips for Photographing the Ocean With warmer weather on the horizon (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere at least), it’s a great time to start thinking about how to photograph the ocean. The ocean is my personal favorite landscape subject, but anyone who has taken their camera along to the beach knows that capturing the sea can be trickier that it might appear. Today we are going to look at 15 tips for photographing the ocean so that you can come home from your next beach adventure with amazing photographs. Table of Contents Protecting Your Gear at the Ocean Before you even get started taking seascape pictures, it’s...

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Storm Photo/Photographer of the Year

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Storm Photo/Photographer of the Year The winning images and photographers of the inaugural Storm Photos of the Year competition have been announced, revealing a collection of awe-inspiring shots of Mother Nature on display. The Storm Photos of the Year competition was launched in February 2021 by Emmy award-winning photographer and filmmaker Mike Olbinski when he teamed up with storm chaser and Nikon ambassador Mike Mezeul. Together, the pair added YouTuber and landscape photographer Nick Page, as well as photographer and filmmaker Linda Van Rosmalen as judges. There were two categories to the contest: Photo of the Year and...

Adobe updates Premiere Rush and Premiere Pro, adding Apple M1 support to Rush and more

Adobe updates Premiere Rush and Premiere Pro, adding Apple M1 support to Rush and more Adobe has updated its video editing applications, Adobe Premiere Rush and Adobe Premiere Pro. The April 2021 release of Premiere Rush adds, among other improvements, native Apple Silicon support. Premiere Pro (15.1) includes optimizations and small improvements. Looking first at Premiere Rush, the latest version now natively supports Apple computers with Apple’s M1 chip, including recently released models like the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. With native M1 support, Premiere Rush offers improved performance during editing and playback and faster exports when compared to...

Just how good is Adobe Super Resolution? We put it to test with some classic 12MP ILCs

Just how good is Adobe Super Resolution? We put it to test with some classic 12MP ILCs We’ve covered both the launch of Adobe’s new Super Resolution feature, as well as its implications and benefits, according to photographer Michael Clark. So we thought it was high time to get some images into our studio testing widget and let you explore just how much detail this feature can add to files from older, lower-resolution cameras, compared with more modern high-megapixel models. After all, Adobe let you see how some crops of how our scene looked on their blog – now it’s time to check out the whole thing! In some of our other informal testing with real-world...

TTArtisan adds $250 Nikon Z, Sony E mount versions of its 21mm F1.5 lens

TTArtisan adds $250 Nikon Z, Sony E mount versions of its 21mm F1.5 lens Lens manufacturer TTArtisan has added two new versions of its 21mm F1.5 full-frame manual lens. Originally available for only Leica M mount cameras, TTArtisan has added new mount options for Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems. The manual lenses are constructed of 13 elements in ten groups, use ten-blade aperture diaphragms and have aperture ranges of F1.5 through F16. Both lenses have 72mm front filter threads, minimum focusing distances of 50cm (20”) and use a clicked aperture ring. Nikon Z mount (left), Sony E mount (right) The Nikon Z mount version weighs 458g, while the Sony E mount...

Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 for Fujifilm gallery and impressions

Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 for Fujifilm gallery and impressions Published Apr 13, 2021 | dpreview staff The Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 X is one of the latest additions to a small club of third-party autofocus lenses for Fujifilm’s X-mount mirrorless cameras. At just $399 USD, it’s also one of the more affordable options too if you’re looking for a fast prime. You can get a sense for overall image quality in the above gallery; expect pretty solid sharpness, even wide-open, but watch out for some longitudinal chromatic aberration (green and magenta fringing behind and in front of the plane of focus). Vignetting is also a little strong if you...

Apple removes claim that its Pro Display XDR goes ‘far beyond HDR’ in the UK

Apple removes claim that its Pro Display XDR goes ‘far beyond HDR’ in the UK Following a complaint and subsequent review by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK, Apple has changed the marketing for its $5,000 Pro Display XDR. Per 9to5Mac, the ASA asked Apple to remove the term ‘Far beyond HDR’ from its marketing materials for its flagship display, a request which Apple abided, at least in the UK. In the US, the phrase ‘Far beyond HDR’ remains live. The phrase ‘Far beyond HDR’ has become a sticking point because some customers believe it’s misleading. The Pro Display XDR displays 99% of the P3 wide color gamut,...

Video: This is what happens when a DJI Mavic 2 Pro hits a car windshield at 100km/h

Video: This is what happens when a DJI Mavic 2 Pro hits a car windshield at 100km/h [embedded content] A team of researchers from Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) have shared a three-second video showing what happens when a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone collides with the windshield of a vehicle at 100km/h (62.5mph). The project was done as a collaboration between ‘Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, the College of Engineering, and State Farm to evaluate the risks of a drone collision with a moving car.’ The area highlighted by the red ellipse shows the parachute pack on the back of the drone. Specifically, the data gathered...

Moza launches the Moin Camera, a 3-axis 4K pocket camera with an articulating screen

Moza launches the Moin Camera, a 3-axis 4K pocket camera with an articulating screen Moza, the company behind a number of popular camera gimbals, has announced the Moin Camera, a compact 4K gimbal camera that takes clear inspiration from the DJI Pocket 2. The Moin Camera has a 1/2.3” 12MP sensor at its core, which is capable of capturing 12MP stills (JPEG and DNG Raw), 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps) and 8x slow-motion (240 fps) when dropped down to HD (1280 x 720 pixels) quality. In front of the sensor is a full-frame equivalent 14mm F2.2 (120-degree) lens attached to a three-axis gimbal. Moza says the camera offers shutter speeds between 60 seconds and 1/8000th of a...

Interview: Aki Murata of OMDS (Olympus) – ‘we’re more flexible now’

Interview: Aki Murata of OMDS (Olympus) – ‘we’re more flexible now’ Aki Murata, Chief Operating Officer of OM Digital Solutions (OMDS), formerly Olympus. In the latest in our series of socially distanced interviews with senior executives across the consumer digital imaging industry, we sat down (virtually) with Aki Murata, Chief Operating Officer of OM Digital Solutions (OMDS). In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Murata updated us on the transition from Olympus to OMDS, the future of the Olympus brand, and why he believes that Four Thirds still has advantages over other sensor formats. What would you say is the biggest challenge faced by OM Digital Solutions...

Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH lens samples

Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH lens samples We recently took delivery of Leica’s new APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH, and in the short time between its arrival and when it had to be sent back, we prepared a preliminary sample gallery in and around sunny Seattle. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH is an impressive piece of glass, boasting a complex optical construction consisting of 10 elements in 5 groups, with 4 aspherical surfaces. Six elements employ anomalous partial dispersion glass to help reduce chromatic aberration. At $8195 this is a costly lens, but from our first impressions, it is a significant cut above the older,...

What Lens to Buy? A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Lenses

What Lens to Buy? A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Lenses If there is one ‘holy grail’ that everyone talks about in photography, it has to be lenses. Beginner or professional, photographers have always been obsessed with glass. At a certain level, there is a valid reason behind the infamous glass obsession. Other than lighting equipment, lenses are the camera gear with the biggest impact on making a good picture. In this article, I’ll address the basics a beginner needs to know when buying a new lens. Before you read this article, I highly recommend reading Understanding Camera Lenses: A Beginner’s Guide by Spencer. Table of Contents Where to...

Sample gallery: Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 for Fujifilm X-mount

Sample gallery: Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 for Fujifilm X-mount Published Apr 11, 2021 | dpreview staff Tokina’s atx-m 23mm F1.4 is one of two of the company’s new primes available for Fujifilm X-mount shooters. With a 35mm full-frame equivalent focal length, this lens is perfect for casual, candid, and street photography, even in low light. Focus is snappy, accurate and near-silent when shooting at wider apertures. But the lens does occasionally hunt and can sometimes miss focus when stopped down. Sharpness looks good in the center of the frame, but corners show softness at wider apertures. There’s no weather-sealing, but the build...

DPReview TV: Panasonic S1 vs S1H, 2021 edition

DPReview TV: Panasonic S1 vs S1H, 2021 edition Published Apr 10, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Panasonic has given its DC-S1 and DC-S1H full-frame mirrorless cameras some big improvements via recent firmware updates. For example, the S1 now shares many video features with the S1H, including 6K Raw recording. Chris and Jordan take a look at what’s been added and how the two cameras compare in 2021. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story Hot on the heels of the S5 announcement, Panasonic has promised to release firmware by the end of 2020 that will bring the...

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Sigma has fixed ghosting issues with its 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN lens, is replacing affected lenses

Sigma has fixed ghosting issues with its 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN lens, is replacing affected lenses Back in March, Sigma issued a notice on its website informing customers of a potential issue with select units of its 28–70mm F2.8 DG DN lens for Sony E mount and L mount camera systems. Now, Sigma has shared a follow-up notice, confirming it has addressed the issue and will replace affected units, free of charge. In the initial notice, Sigma said it had ‘become aware of a potential issue with [its] recently released SIGMA 28–70 F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, which could lead to increased ghosting over time in certain shooting conditions.’ Considering how new the lens was at the time and how...

Video: The moon as shot with a very sharp Leica APO-Telyt-R 400mm F2.8 lens

Video: The moon as shot with a very sharp Leica APO-Telyt-R 400mm F2.8 lens Leica Rumors recently shared a video of the moon shot with a Leica APO-Telyt-R 400mm F2.8 lens. It’s not a recent video, but it’s worth checking out. It’s a cool – and pricey – super telephoto lens. The video below was shot by photographer Markus Stark in 2015 while he was camping nearly 1,000′ (290m) above sea level in Germany. He attached the Leica 400mm F2.8 lens to his Panasonic GH4 using a 1.4x, 2x, and 2x Leica APO focus module extenders (more on those later). [embedded content] The Leica APO-TELYT-R 400mm F2.8 is quite the lens. You can purchase a used version...

Samyang’s new AF 24mm F1.8 lens features a dedicated ‘Astrophotography Mode’

Samyang’s new AF 24mm F1.8 lens features a dedicated ‘Astrophotography Mode’ Earlier this week, lens manufacturer Samyang (also known as Rokinon or Bower depending on your region) shared a teaser for two unreleased lenses, with the suggestion the pair would be specifically for astrophotography. Now, just a few days after that teaser, Samyang has announced the release of one of those lenses, an AF 24mm F1.8 lens for Sony E mount cameras. The lens is constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups, including two aspherical elements, three high-refractive index lenses and two extra-low dispersion elements. The lens features a minimum focusing distance of 19cm (7.48″), uses...

Interview: David ‘Dee’ Delgado’s love letter to New York City, shot on 4×5 film

Interview: David ‘Dee’ Delgado’s love letter to New York City, shot on 4×5 film Genesis + Ronald, Before Prom, Westchester Ave (May 2019) David ‘Dee’ Delgado has spent his entire life exploring New York City. Born and raised in the Bronx, in his younger years he traveled the city as a graffiti artist before transitioning into photography. “I got busted a couple of times and I got tired of getting locked up for doing graffiti,” he says. “So I started taking pictures of my friends.” He worked as a graphic designer but says he found himself in a creative rut in a career where all his creativity was expended on behalf of the clients –...

Hiking and Camping Tips from a Landscape Photographer

Hiking and Camping Tips from a Landscape Photographer Even ignoring photography – which is a fun way to begin an article on a photography blog! – I’ve always loved hiking, camping, and being in the great outdoors. Some of my favorite memories are from times when I left my camera in my backpack or at home and just went exploring. Although I certainly don’t spend every day on a trail, I do hike at least a few hundred miles each year and camp quite often while I’m out there (both car and tent). And, while landscape photography is usually my goal, it’s hard to avoid picking up some general hiking and camping tips along the way. That’s why I’m...

Player One Astronomy releases five specialized astrophotography planetary cameras

Player One Astronomy releases five specialized astrophotography planetary cameras Per DC Watch, Sightron Japan Co., Ltd. has announced it will release Player One Astronomy’s CMOS camera for astrophotography next week. Player One Astronomy is an astrophotography equipment manufacturer based in Suzhou, China. The Chinese firm develops sophisticated astronomical observation equipment, including cameras and additional equipment and accessories. Image of Mars captured by MoonPrince using the Player One Astronomy Mars-C camera and C11HD telescope with TV2.5x Powermate. Player One Astronomy’s cameras are designed to photograph specific planets and accordingly have...

Sennheiser’s new MKE 400 shotgun mic and XS Lav mics are for creatives on-the-go

Sennheiser’s new MKE 400 shotgun mic and XS Lav mics are for creatives on-the-go Audio equipment manufacturer Sennheiser has released a number of new products designed to simplify on-the-go audio recording. First up is a redesigned MKE 400 on-camera shotgun microphone. This second-generation device keeps the same name as its predecessor, but updates the design and feature set. Inside the windscreen-protected housing is a shock-mounted super-cardioid polar pattern microphone. [embedded content] The shoe-mounted microphone features a low-cut filter switch, built-in gain control, a 3.5mm headphone output for monitoring and an eight-step volume rocker for adjusting the...

Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Introduction The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a very versatile, compact telephoto zoom lens for the company’s APS-C X-mount, arguably filling a much needed gap in the company’s lineup. The XF 70-300mm offers a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 105-450mm after accounting for the APS-C sensor size. Given its far-reaching telephoto, it’s well-suited to sports and nature photographers. Thanks to impressive close-focusing capabilities, it makes for a decent macro lens, too. And that ability to focus up close also means it’s better-suited to...

Sony lost ground to Samsung in growing smartphone image sensor market in 2020

Sony lost ground to Samsung in growing smartphone image sensor market in 2020 According to a recent report published by EET Asia, using data from Handset Component Technologies (HCT), Sony captured nearly half of the smartphone image sensor market, by revenue, in 2020. Behind Sony was Samsung and OmniVision at 29% and 10%, respectively. The remaining 15% is comprised of other, unnamed sensor manufacturers. It’s a big market dominated by a small number of firms, with 85% of smartphone image sensor revenue captured by the top three firms. 46% market revenue share is a considerable amount and remains far ahead of Samsung in second place. However, Sony did lose...

Sony quietly updates the a7R III, a7R IV with improved LCD panels

Sony quietly updates the a7R III, a7R IV with improved LCD panels One of our product photos of the original a7R IV. Sony has, rather quietly, released updated versions of its a7R III and a7R IV cameras that bring small improvements to the full-frame mirrorless cameras. The updated cameras now have an ‘a’ appended to their model numbers to differentiate them from their original predecessors. [embedded content] According to the update product specifications, both the a7R III (model: ILCE-7RM3A) and a7R IV (model: ILCE-7RM4A) have improved rear LCD panels, up to 2.36 million dots compared to the 1.44 million dots in the original models. Sony notes in the the...

Video: Major League Baseball batter shatters camera lens with a foul ball

Video: Major League Baseball batter shatters camera lens with a foul ball Tyler O’Neill, a professional baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), gave camera operators a bit of a headache when he shattered a camera lens with a foul ball he hit against Miami Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara in yesterday’s game. BREAKING: broken pic.twitter.com/rcuNEbzytG — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 6, 2021 On a 0–1 pitch in the top of the second inning, Alcantara delivered a 90mph (145kph) change-up that O’Neill fouled right into a camera behind home plate. Based on the broadcast footage, it appears as though he shattered the front elements of a Fujinon WCV-L85...

Backblaze reveals hard drive models with lowest failure rates in 2020

Backblaze reveals hard drive models with lowest failure rates in 2020 Cloud-based backup company Backblaze has published its full-year 2020 hard drive stats, revealing just how many hard drives in its data centers have failed over the past calendar year. According to Backblaze’s data, the company added 39,792 hard drives to its collection 2020, bringing the total to 165,530 drives. Of those, 3,000 were boot drives, while the remaining 162,530 were data drives. Backblaze excluded 231 of its data drives from its data, as they ‘were either used for testing or [Backblaze] did not have at least 60 drives of the same model at any time during the year.’ This means...

If you shoot Log on the Canon EOS R5, you should shoot C-Log3. Here’s why.

If you shoot Log on the Canon EOS R5, you should shoot C-Log3. Here’s why. From somewhat inauspicious beginnings, firmware updates are turning the EOS R5 into an increasingly capable video camera With its latest firmware, the Canon EOS R5 gains the Canon Log 3 profile for video. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at C-Log3 and how it differs from the existing C-Log profile. In doing so, we hope to make clear why cameras sometimes offer multiple Log profiles, to help you decide which one to use. Why Log? To understand why cameras have different Log profiles, it’s worth going back to basics to explain why videographers shoot Log at all. In stills...

DPReview TV: Canon R5 firmware update 1.3 review

DPReview TV: Canon R5 firmware update 1.3 review Published Apr 7, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] We review Canon’s latest firmware update for the EOS R5. Find out what Jordan thinks of the new C-Log 3 gamma profile, see how the HD/120p footage looks, and learn about the new Raw lite video codec. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story After two rounds of voting, DPReview readers have decided on their favorite product (and runners-up) of 2020. Find out which cameras and lenses topped the list! For the past few weeks, our readers have been voting on their favorite...

Watch as filmmaker Sam Nuttman shoots with the DJI Pocket 2 in Hawaii

Watch as filmmaker Sam Nuttman shoots with the DJI Pocket 2 in Hawaii Published Apr 7, 2021 | This is sponsored content, made possible with the support of Amazon and DJI [embedded content] The DJI Pocket 2 is a stabilized, super-compact handheld video and stills camera designed for recording all of life’s adventures, wherever they take you. Perfect for travel vlogging, the Pocket 2 can also be used underwater at depths up to 60m (~200 ft) with its dedicated underwater case. In this video, join filmmaker Sam Nuttman as he tries out DJI’s super-compact, super-powerful Pocket 2 handheld gimbal in Hawaii, both above and below the waves. This is...

Hands-on with the new retro-chic Fujifilm Instax Mini 40

Hands-on with the new retro-chic Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 We just got our hands on Fujifilm’s new Instax Mini 40 model, a stylish and easy-to-use instant camera that uses the company’s most popular Instax film format: Mini. Feature and spec-wise, this new model is identical to the Instax Mini 11 that launched just last year; read our full Instax Mini 11 review to learn more. But the Mini 40 is undoubtedly cooler and more retro-chic than its curvy cousin. But that cool factor comes at a slightly higher cost. Let’s take a closer look at this new...

Fujifilm introduces stylish Instax Mini 40 instant camera

Fujifilm introduces stylish Instax Mini 40 instant camera Published Apr 7, 2021 | dpreview staff Fujifilm has introduced the retro-styled Instax Mini 40, its latest instant camera. The Mini 40 is essentially the Mini 11 in a different body, which means that you’re getting a 35mm equivalent lens, auto-exposure, a built-in flash and selfie mirror. The Mini 40 is priced at $100 and will be available by the end of April. Alongside the Instax Mini 40 is a new film: Contact Sheet, pictured above. A 10-pack of film will set you back $15. Press release FUJIFILM Introduces INSTAX MINI 40 ™ Instant Camera and New INSTAX MINI Instant Film Variety...

Venus Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5× Ultra Macro Lens Review

Venus Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5× Ultra Macro Lens Review Pew, pew, pew! Venus Optics makes some of the most unusual lenses on the market today, including the one I’m reviewing today: a 25mm f/2.8 macro lens that goes from 2.5 to 5× magnification. Unusual is a good thing in this case, because very few other lenses (particularly for Nikon) can go beyond 1:1 magnification, let alone all the way to 5×. This is a macro-only lens. The farthest that the Laowa can focus is about two inches in front of the lens – specifically, 4.5 cm of working distance – so don’t buy it unless high magnification macro photography is your goal (just like the Canon MP-E...

This 3D-printed lens lets you create ‘wigglegrams’

This 3D-printed lens lets you create ‘wigglegrams’ Designer and maker George Moua has built a bespoke 3D-printed 3D stereoscopic ‘wiggle lens’ for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras and APS-C Fujifilm X mount cameras. The 3D-printed lens allows compatible cameras to shoot stereoscopic wiggle photography. Essentially, by combining multiple frames shot with the lens, you can create a motion picture that appears to be 3D. Moua’s stereoscopic wiggle lens incorporates a trio of 30mm lens to project three images with slightly different perspectives across the image sensor. The wiggle lens creates a parallax shift in between each...

Slideshow: 2021 Bird Photographer of the Year finalists

Slideshow: 2021 Bird Photographer of the Year finalists Recently, finalists were announced for the 6th annual Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) competition. Over 22,000 images were submitted from 73 countries. Finalists are competing for a £5,000 cash prize. ‘This year we saw an incredible 22,000 entries into the competition, with images coming in from all over the world,’ said Will Nicholls, wildlife cameraman and Director at Bird Photographer of the Year. ‘The standard of photography was incredibly high, and the diversity in different species was great to see. Now the judges are going to have a tough time deciding the...

A filmmaker melted his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone to get these incredible shots of an active volcano

A filmmaker melted his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone to get these incredible shots of an active volcano [embedded content] Last month, we shared a video that showed pilot Bjorn Steinbekk flying a DJI FPV drone over the Fagradalsfjall volcano, located near Reykjavik, Iceland. Now, we’re back with a new video from professional photographer and filmmaker Stefan Forster, who pushed his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone a little too far as he hovered over the same active volcano to get incredible shots for his four-minute video. A screenshot from the above video showing the volcano in action. After first hearing about the volcano, which erupted into life after thousands of earthquakes shook the peninsula of...

Videos: Learn photography by playing video games

Videos: Learn photography by playing video games Can video games help teach you photography skills? Texas-based photographer Mir-or-Image believes they can. In his ongoing video series, ‘Photo Mode Perspective,’ Mir plays popular video games and uses their built-in photo modes to help viewers learn the basics of photography, including principles of composition, how shutter speed and aperture impact the look and feel of an image, and more. Mir loves video games and photography. With his educational video series, he combines these two passions in a distinct and educational way. Photo modes in video games have become increasingly...

Fujifilm X-E4 review: small size, big image quality

Fujifilm X-E4 review: small size, big image quality Introduction Product photography by Dan Bracaglia The Fujifilm X-E4 is a lightweight, rangefinder-styled camera built around a 26MP APS-C sized sensor that uses the company’s X-mount lineup of lenses. Billed as a fun-to-use and compact photographic companion, the X-E4 is the smallest X-mount camera on the market, encouraging you to keep it around wherever you go. With Fujifilm’s latest sensor and processor combo, the X-E4 inherits a lot of the goodies from the most recent Fujifilm cameras, including updated autofocus, solid video specs and really impressive burst shooting rates....

Hubble scientists revisit an incredible image of Veil Nebula, showing off new details

Hubble scientists revisit an incredible image of Veil Nebula, showing off new details In 2015, the Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of the Veil Nebula. NASA has revisited this image and applied new processing techniques, bringing out even finer details of the nebula. NASA, ESA/Hubble and Z. Levay have been able to bring out additional details in the ionized gas that makes up the threads and filaments of the nebula. Observations taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 instrument using five different filters were combined with new post-processing methods to create the new image. You can see enhanced details of emissions from doubly ionized oxygen (seen in the image...

MyHeritage adds ten new ‘special animations to its AI-powered Deep Nostalgia tool

MyHeritage adds ten new ‘special animations to its AI-powered Deep Nostalgia tool Last month, we featured Deep Nostalgia, an AI-powered tool from genealogy platform MyHeritage that reanimats photos to bring portraits to life. Today, My Heritage has announced an update to Deep Nostalgia that adds ten new ‘special animations’ that include new gestures and expressions to the animated portraits. Since its release five weeks ago, MyHeritage says Deep Nostalgia has created over 72 million animations. These ten new animations double the number of animations to choose from and include a wider range than the first ten available when Deep Nostalgia first launched. Below is a list...

CIPA’s February data shows 2021 is shaping up to be a year of stabilization for the camera industry

CIPA’s February data shows 2021 is shaping up to be a year of stabilization for the camera industry The Camera and Imaging Products Association, more commonly referred to as CIPA, has revealed its February data for global camera production and shipments, showing the camera industry might finally be seeing some semblance of stability after a rough few years. Both Canon and Sigma have suggested recently that both companies expect the camera industry to stabilize in 2021. Canon’s statement came in the form of its full-year 2020 financial results presentation, while Sigma’s statement came directly from Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki, who said in a recent interview that he expects the camera market...

The new nifty fifty: Canon RF 50mm F1.8 sample gallery

The new nifty fifty: Canon RF 50mm F1.8 sample gallery The Canon RF 50mm F1.8 is a true reincarnation of the so-called ‘nifty fifties’ of DSLR yore. Coming in at just under $200 USD, it’s an affordable way to get into fast-aperture shooting. We’ve taken it for a spin on Canon’s EOS R5, R6 and original R to give you a sense of whether this lens is the right pick for you and your camera bag – take a look. View our Canon RF 50mm F1.8 sample gallery Gear in this story In our latest software shootout, we pit Adobe’s Camera Raw against Capture One Express Fujifilm, included for free with every Fujifilm camera. Can...

Samyang teaser suggests two new astrophotography prime lenses will be released later this month

Samyang teaser suggests two new astrophotography prime lenses will be released later this month Samyang, also known as Rokinon or Bower depending on the retailer, has posted a teaser on its Facebook page for two upcoming lenses — a full-frame lens and an APS-C lens — which appear to have been designed specifically with astrophotography in mind. Samyang doesn’t reveal the focal length or aperture for either lens, nor whether these are manual lenses or autofocus lenses, but both lenses are relatively compact primes based on their respective silhouettes. Samyang says the lenses will be ‘Masterpiece[s] for Astrophotography,’ with night sky photos (presumably captured with the respective...

Adobe Camera Raw vs. Capture One Express Fujifilm: A worthy free contender

Adobe Camera Raw vs. Capture One Express Fujifilm: A worthy free contender Introduction Over the past few months, I’ve been comparing the editing tools provided for free with your digital camera purchase with the 800-pound, subscription-ware gorilla in the room, Adobe Camera Raw, to see if it’s really necessary to pay for software when you’re on a tight budget. So far I’ve looked at Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, and in this article it’s time to turn my attention to Fujifilm. Capture One 21 Express Fujifilm build 14.1’s user interface. Fujifilm’s customers have several different choices of software available with the...

How to Set Up and Empty Scratch Disks In Adobe Photoshop

How to Set Up and Empty Scratch Disks In Adobe Photoshop If you are an Adobe Photoshop user and you regularly work on large files, you are running Photoshop on an older or slower computer, or you just want to make sure that you are running Photoshop with maximum performance, then understanding scratch disks is important. Maybe you’ve even received a “Scratch Disk Full” error and you aren’t sure what that means or what to do about it. Today we’re going to look at scratch disks in Adobe Photoshop. We will learn what they are, how to set them up for the best performance, and how to empty them and deal with that pesky error message. Table of Contents...

DPReview TV: In search of porcupines with the Fujifilm GFX 100S

DPReview TV: In search of porcupines with the Fujifilm GFX 100S Published Apr 3, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Now that Chris is out of quarantine and the team has access to a full-production camera, the DPRTV team have been revisiting the Fujifilm GFX 100S. In this video, they take the GFX 100S up into the deceptively named Porcupine Hills of Alberta. Did they find any porcupines? Watch the video to find out. (But no, they didn’t). Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story With its competitive price-tag and compact form-factor, the Fujifilm GFX 100S...

Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Apr 3, 2021 | dpreview staff Chris and Jordan just wrapped up their final review of the Fujifilm GFX 100S for DPReview TV. Check out the photos they shot along the way to see how much detail 100MP delivers. View the Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery Gear in this story This week we sat down (virtually) with senior executives of Fujifilm to learn more about the development of the new GFX 100S, plans for future lenses and what kind of a company they want Fujifilm to be. In this video, DPReview’s Reviews Editor Carey Rose gives you a closer look into three things about the GFX...

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Camera

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Camera What is the best camera to buy? This is one of the first few questions any aspiring photographer would have, especially with so many cameras out there today. My goal in this article is not to say one brand is better than any other, but just to introduce the most prominent criteria that matter when choosing a camera. Although most of us have a phone that’s perfectly capable of taking good photos, there are certain areas where mobile phones are yet to catch up with modern DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Below are some things you need to think about to determine what camera is best for you. Table...

FIMI releases the X8 Mini drone, a direct competitor to DJI’s Mini line

FIMI releases the X8 Mini drone, a direct competitor to DJI’s Mini line FIMI, a Chinese company that is part of Xiaomi’s ecosystem, recently released a direct competitor to DJI’s Mini line of drones. The X8 Mini weighs less than 250 grams when a ‘pro’ battery is installed and boasts a similar compact, foldable frame. In the United States, a drone weighing less than 250 grams does not need to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. A camera with a 1/2.6” 12MP Sony CMOS sensor, an 80º Field of View, and 26mm equivalent focal distance, is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal. It is capable of capturing up to 4K/30p HDR footage at 100...

Snap It is a subscription service for disposable cameras

Snap It is a subscription service for disposable cameras In many industries, what’s popular comes and goes in cycles. Fashion is a prime example of this phenomenon. The 1990s are back in vogue, and photography isn’t immune to this cyclical behavior. Disposable cameras are suddenly popular again, as evidenced by Snap It finding its footing online. When digital photography took over the industry and film cameras became less prevalent, photo developing services started disappearing. In some areas, it’s impossible to get the film developed. Snap It has launched a new subscription service that includes a disposable camera and allows...

The absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: 7 common camera types

The absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: 7 common camera types Published Apr 2, 2021 | Aaron Gold The 7 common film camera types One of the complications of film photography is that there are so many different types of film cameras. A hundred-plus years of development has led to several different ways of getting images onto film. In this installment of the Absolute beginner’s guide to film photography, we’ll explore the most common types of cameras, and we’ll follow up with some of the more obscure types in a future installment. All photos: Dan Bracaglia, except where noted The Pentax K-3 Mark III is that rarest of things: a completely new DSLR....

INVITATION TO JOIN our BRAND NEW GROUP for Amateurs!

INVITATION TO JOIN our BRAND NEW GROUP for Amateurs! Photos Members Group Since INVITATION TO JOIN our BRAND NEW GROUP for Amateurs! guidocasati says: Hi all amateurs of Flickr! I would like to invite all of you to this brand new group for advanced amateurs: www.flickr.com/groups/aapod/ I will commit to the role of admin and I will enforce the rules. Please join, invite your friends and share your pics. Thanks! Cheers, Guido 4:06AM, 2 April 2021 PDT (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Sensor Gel Stick Sale – While Supplies Last!

Sensor Gel Stick Sale – While Supplies Last! After many years of selling the Sensor Gel Stick, I decided it is time to move it off Photography Life. With Amazon constantly undercutting our sales (and often selling fake copies), it has been tough to keep the product available, and I just don’t want to deal with the inventory, customer service, and shipping issues that come up from time to time. Plus, we are storing a large database of customer data that constantly needs to be updated and kept safe, something I do not want to deal with in the future. So, we are launching our “mega sale” of the Sensor Gel Stick with a 25% discount, while...

Will the new Nikon Z9 feature a heated handgrip and ‘Niko’ smart assistant? Nope.

Will the new Nikon Z9 feature a heated handgrip and ‘Niko’ smart assistant? Nope. The Nikon Z9 hasn’t been released yet, but the team over at nature photographer tour company Squiver has published a thorough ‘field report’ on the camera on its blog, going over the rather, shall we say, interesting feature set that they claim is offered by Nikon’s upcoming flagship mirrorless camera. In the report – which, in case you’re still not getting it, was published April 1st – Squiver co-founder and nature photographer Marsel van Oosten, claims to have spent the past month ‘extensively’ testing the Nikon Z9. He starts off by going over the specs, saying: ‘The Z9 is built...

Canon releases 1.3.1 firmware update for EOS R6 after 1.3.0 caused video bug

Canon releases 1.3.1 firmware update for EOS R6 after 1.3.0 caused video bug Earlier this week, Canon released a trio of firmware updates for its EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III camera systems. Within 24 hours, we were informed Canon had removed the firmware version 1.3.0 update for the EOS R6, without any explanation as to why. We now know it was due to an issue that caused problems when shooting Full HD video in high-speed modes using EF-S lenses or cropped video shooting, thanks to a few Twitter users who deduced the problem in a video posted to Chinese social media site BiliBili by user ‘蛋卷肉丝丶.’ A screenshot of the video showing the ‘Err 70’ message being...

Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 Mark III

Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 Mark III At long last, it’s here: Ricoh’s Pentax K-3 Mark III. We’ve known about its eventual existence in some form or other since development announcements in 2019, but we were still a bit taken aback by just how much reworking Ricoh has done on this camera; it shares a lot of its design and handling DNA with the previous model, but on the inside, just about everything is brand new. So without further ado, let’s take a little tour of Ricoh’s latest flagship APS-C...

500 Rule vs NPF Rule: Shutter Speed for Astrophotography

500 Rule vs NPF Rule: Shutter Speed for Astrophotography NIKON Z 6 + 20mm f/1.8 @ 20mm, ISO 1600, 20 seconds, f/2.0 When you’re photographing the night sky, it can be a serious challenge to pick the right camera settings. Shutter speed in particular is a difficult one, forcing you to fight between capturing enough light or capturing sharp stars. Two popular rules aim to help – the 500 rule and NPF rule – but how do they work in practice? Is one better than the other? This article explains everything you need to know. Table of Contents Balancing Star Movement and Noise Let me start by explaining the problem at hand, and why it’s not as easy to...

Mars Curiosity rover sends ‘selfie’ from its ongoing tour of Mars

Mars Curiosity rover sends ‘selfie’ from its ongoing tour of Mars While much recent attention has been given to the latest rover to land on Mars, Perseverance, the Curiosity rover is still working on the red planet. Curiosity has been on Mars for more than 3,000 sols (Martian days) and has captured nearly 800,000 images. Curiosity’s latest image is a composite of 71 images captured by a pair of cameras, and the new image looks like Curiosity snapped a selfie. The new image shows Curiosity in front of ‘Mont Mercou,’ a rock outcrop that stands 20′ (6m) tall. The panorama comprises 60 shots captured by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)...

Sony adds AI-powered ‘Live Gallery’ feature to its Visual Story mobile app

Sony adds AI-powered ‘Live Gallery’ feature to its Visual Story mobile app Sony Electronics recently announced updates to its Visual Story, a cloud-based mobile application that works with various models of cameras the company produces. Built with event photographers in mind, ‘Visual Story’ Version 1.1 uses AI (artificial intelligence) to instantly recognize scenes and objects. The app will continuously select what it deems the best images for real-time gallery creation. [embedded content] What this means, for these socially-distanced times, is that friends, family and colleagues can view the highlights of a wedding, conference or sporting match, while...

Class action complaint filed in New York alleges Sony isn’t addressing premature a7 III shutter failures

Class action complaint filed in New York alleges Sony isn’t addressing premature a7 III shutter failures Last week, a class action complaint was filed in the Southern District of New York alleging Sony Electronic Inc. is denying warranty claims in violation of New York law regarding widespread shutter defects of Sony’s a7 III mirrorless camera. The complaint, filed by plaintiff John Guerriero for $402, alleges Sony a7 III camera units have premature shutter failure, which render the affected cameras unusable without expensive repairs. After providing a brief summary of the difference between DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras to the courts, the plaintiff dives into the details of what they...

DPReview TV: How a crappy camera made Jordan a better videographer

DPReview TV: How a crappy camera made Jordan a better videographer Published Mar 31, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Jordan promised to shoot four DPReview TV episodes with the Pentax K-01 if we reached 300,000 YouTube subscribers by February 14th of this year. We reached our goal and Jordan held up his end of the bargain. Find out what he learned about shooting with this less-than-stellar camera. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story Pentax Japan has unveiled a new colour variation of its Marc Newson-designed K-01 mirrorless camera, with a white body shell, blue grip covering,...

‘Vanishing Asia’ is a 3-book set of 9,000 photos documenting Asia’s disappearing traditions

‘Vanishing Asia’ is a 3-book set of 9,000 photos documenting Asia’s disappearing traditions Lead image: Men in Afghanistan playing the game buzkashi. Image credit: Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly, one of the co-founders of Wired, has spent 40 years photographing vanishing cultures and traditions throughout Asia. He has spent the last year designing and producing a large photo book, ‘Vanishing Asia,’ which he has launched on Kickstarter. The photobook, which comes in three volumes, features disappearing traditions and designs from 35 countries. Of his new book, Kelly writes, ‘There is no doubt Asia is the future. But its ancient cultures have much to teach us today. In a...

Video: Shooting fashion with the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5

Video: Shooting fashion with the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Published Mar 31, 2021 | This is sponsored content, created with the support of Amazon and Panasonic [embedded content] The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is a compact, lightweight mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 24MP full-frame sensor. Aimed at enthusiast photographers and videographers, the S5 features a solid set of tools for stills photographers and filmmakers alike, including lot of high-end video functionality inherited from models higher up in Panasonic’s S-series range. We took the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 to the Bay Area and put it in the hands of commercial and fashion...

Pentax K-3 Mark III initial review

Pentax K-3 Mark III initial review The Pentax K-3 Mark III is Ricoh’s latest high-end APS-C DSLR. It’s built around a 26MP BSI-CMOS sensor and has been redesigned from the ground up to become, on paper, the most capable, most usable K-mount camera ever made. Jump to: What’s new| How it compares | Body and handling | Initial impressions | Specifications Although it shares much of its styling with the K-3 II, launched in 2015, the third iteration has been significantly redesigned and re-thought to offer improvements across the board. From the viewfinder and the sensor right down to the shutter button,...

Ricoh’s Pentax K-3 III 26MP DSLR is finally here

Ricoh’s Pentax K-3 III 26MP DSLR is finally here Ricoh has officially unveiled the Pentax K-3 III, a 26MP APS-C DSLR with a host of significant updates over the previous K-3 II. The camera is built around A stabilized 25.7MP BSI-CMOS sensor and sees most of its critical components entirely reworked or replaced. A new shutter mechanism allows it to shoot at up to 12 fps (11 with continuous autofocus), with less viewfinder blackout as the frames are being shot. The in-body stabilization system is now rated as offering 5.5EV of correction, the most yet for a K-mount camera. It gains a dedicated ‘panning’ mode in addition to the...

Getty Images announces the acquisition of stock photo platform Unsplash

Getty Images announces the acquisition of stock photo platform Unsplash Unsplash has announced it’s being acquired by Getty Images. Launched in 2013 as a Tumblr blog with ten images, Unsplash has developed into a large source for free photographs. Users can download full-resolution images from Unsplash, for free and for any purpose. More than 100 million images are downloaded for free from Unsplash each month. Unsplash will continue to operate as a standalone brand and division of Getty Images, where users typically pay licensing fees. As PetaPixel points out in its coverage, Unsplash has generated some controversy among photographers. Some photographers believe...

Canon’s EOS R5 gets C-Log 3, 120 fps Full HD shooting with 1.3.0 firmware update

Canon’s EOS R5 gets C-Log 3, 120 fps Full HD shooting with 1.3.0 firmware update Canon has released firmware updates for its EOS R5, EOS R6, and EOS 1D X Mark III camera systems, bringing new features and improvements, especially for its EOS R5 mirrorless camera. EOS R5 Firmware version 1.3.0 for the Canon EOS R5 brings Canon Log 3 shooting to Canon’s current flagship mirrorless camera. Canon Log 3, commonly shortened to C-Log 3, is available in Canon’s Cinema EOS Series cameras and is a ‘logarithmic gamma curve designed to achieve very wide dynamic ranges and be compatible with cinema production workflows.’ This addition not only adds more flexibility to footage...

Canon Europe offering €16,000 in grants for documentary filmmakers, female photojournalists

Canon Europe offering €16,000 in grants for documentary filmmakers, female photojournalists Canon Europe has opened the application period for its annual grant that aims to give two professional photographers a boost for a new project. The two grants on offer are the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant and the Canon Video Grant — both of which finance the successful applicant to the tune of €8,000 (~$9,400). To apply, you must be able to prove you are a professional, and you’ll be expected to produce a detailed plan for the project you want to shoot. Projects should cover ‘social, economic, political or cultural subject in a journalistic manner’ and the results will be presented at...

Panasonic Interview: ‘We will strengthen both full frame and M43’

Panasonic Interview: ‘We will strengthen both full frame and M43’ Yosuke Yamane, director of Panasonic’s Imaging Division. In the latest in our series of socially distanced interviews with senior executives in the digital photography industry, we sat down (virtually) with Yosuke Yamane, director of Panasonic’s Imaging Division. Among the topics discussed were Panasonic’s approach to developing cameras for both photographers and videographers, upcoming improvements to autofocus, and the future of Micro Four Thirds. Please note that this interview was conducted over email and has been edited for grammar, clarity and flow. With much of...

Is a private loan in Australia for me?

Is a private loan in Australia for me? Photos Members Group Since Is a private loan in Australia for me? elainewuads says: Obtaining a private mortgage in Australia is the solution to your home loan needs. The terms of a private mortgage, including the length of the loan, down payment amount, interest rate, and type of loan, are negotiated between the private individuals. Private lenders offer flexible home loans to suit your needs no matter what stage you are at. This determines whether you have selected the right private lender in Australia to fund your private mortgage. 1:31AM, 30 March 2021 PDT (permalink) Would you like to...

Venus Optics’ PL-mount 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter, 1.4x Full Frame Expander now available for $999 each

Venus Optics’ PL-mount 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter, 1.4x Full Frame Expander now available for $999 each More than a year after first showing off its prototypes, Venus Optics has announced the release of its new Laowa 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter and Laowa 1.4x Full Frame Expander, both of which are PL to PL adapters. Laowa 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter The Laowa 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter does what its name suggests—it creates a 2:1 wide screen squeeze that fits a 2.35:1 cinematic ratio onto a 16:9 sensor, which can then be desqueezed in post-production for a more cinematic look. Venus Optics notes this adapter doesn’t provide exactly the same look as dedicated anamorphic lenses, but will...

Leica and 1854 team up to introduce £5000 grants for a new Commission Series

Leica and 1854 team up to introduce £5000 grants for a new Commission Series Back in January, Leica reminded us of the importance of photography. Now it’s acting on its message by giving photographers the opportunity to tell a story through imagery with the help of a £5000 grant. In partnership with 1854, publisher of The British Journal of Photography, Leica is awarding one new grant, each month, through a Commission Series running from March through May. The theme for the first of three installments of the Commission Series is Witnesses of: The Everyday. Photographers are required to submit 10 existing photographs from their archives accompanied by a 100-word...

Prototype Leica designed by Jony Ive, Marc Newson expected to fetch over $250K at auction

Prototype Leica designed by Jony Ive, Marc Newson expected to fetch over $250K at auction A 2013 prototype Leica camera, created by former Apple designers Sir Jonathon Ive and Marc Newson, will go up for auction in June at the Leitz Photographica Auction. The camera, which is believed to be a one-off prototype, was created while developing the (RED) Leica M, which ended up selling for $1.8M at a charity auction back in 2013. The prototype camera features an almost identical build to the final (RED) Leica M, but lacks a few of the external details. Specifically, the prototype shows off a smooth, reflective metal surface, whereas the final (RED) Leica M that sold at auction...

Sony’s a7S III gets its S-Cinetone picture profile with new 2.00 firmware update

Sony’s a7S III gets its S-Cinetone picture profile with new 2.00 firmware update Sony has released firmware version 2.00 for its a7S III camera, bringing the S-Cinetone picture profile and more to its full-frame mirrorless camera. Back in February, Sony Nordic accidentally leaked this firmware 2.00 update for the a7S III, so it’s not necessarily a surprise. But its release means Sony’s a7S III becomes even more similar to Sony’s recently-released FX3 Cine Line camera, which is effectively a cinema-oriented version of the a7S III with no built-in EVF and a more modular design. A gradient graph from Sony showing where S-Cinetone falls between STD5 (R709) and s709 in terms...

Field review: Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN

Field review: Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN Introduction The Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens is a very compact, lightweight standard zoom lens for full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras. It boasts a constant F2.8 maximum aperture across its zoom range and is available for both the Sony E-mount, as well as for Leica, Sigma and Panasonic cameras from the L-mount Alliance. It’s aimed at photographers and videographers who want a bright walkaround zoom and the bokeh possibilities that a wide aperture brings but who don’t want the size, weight and cost typical of many F2.8 zooms. Travel and landscape photographers...

Report: Sony tops mirrorless production in 2020 with Canon close behind

Report: Sony tops mirrorless production in 2020 with Canon close behind Citing data from research firm Techno System Research, Japanese business publication Sankeibiz has revealed (machine-translated) the production numbers for various camera manufacturers throughout 2020. Amongst the data is the unsurprising fact that Canon, Nikon and Sony have, combined, produced 75% of the 3.26 million mirrorless cameras produced in 2020. According to the Techno System Research’s data, there were a total of 5.65 million interchangeable lens cameras produced in 2020: 3.26 million mirrorless cameras and 2.39 million DSLR cameras. Sony’s a9 II camera, released in 2020. Of the...

Spring colors: Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM sample gallery

Spring colors: Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM sample gallery The Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM is a very compact, medium-aperture zoom lens for the company’s mirrorless RF mount. With an innovative design and advanced optical makeup, it offers the promise of high image quality in a package not much larger than most standard zooms. So how does it perform? We’ve been shooting with a production sample for a few days, and you can view our gallery from the links above and below. View our gallery of samples from the Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM Gear in this story Canon has introduced two new lenses for its RF-series cameras: the 70-200mm F4L IS...

Best Books About Composition for Photographers

Best Books About Composition for Photographers Whether you are a new photographer learning the basics of composition for the first time, or a more experienced photographer looking to improve your photographic composition there is a book on this list for you. The one thing the books on this list all have in common is that they are focused on how to use the rules of composition to better communicate your own personal vision. I focused on books that go beyond the “what” and focus on the “how” and the “why” which is something many basic books about composition are missing. While the books below span a wide range of skill and experience...

DPReview TV: Sigma fp L first impressions

DPReview TV: Sigma fp L first impressions Published Mar 27, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] In this episode of DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan head outdoors into the snow to test a pre-production version of the new Sigma fp L. Watch to find out what the guys think about this somewhat quirky camera. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story The Sigma fp L is a high-resolution development of the company’s compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera. It gains a 61MP BSI-CMOS sensor, providing a more stills-focused platform than the...

Sigma fp L sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Sigma fp L sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Mar 27, 2021 | dpreview staff The Sigma fp L may have some quirks, but its 60MP sensor is capable of producing beautiful images. Check out these sample photos, captured using a pre-production camera, by our team at DPReview TV. View the Sigma fp L pre-production sample gallery Gear in this story The Sigma fp L is a high-resolution development of the company’s compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera. It gains a 61MP BSI-CMOS sensor, providing a more stills-focused platform than the original fp 24MP L-mount mirrorless camera. Learn more about it in our initial review....

Incredible new image shows the magnetic fields at the edge of the M87 black hole

Incredible new image shows the magnetic fields at the edge of the M87 black hole The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has published a new view of the black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy. The EHT published the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019. This time, the image shows the black hole in polarized light, which shows the magnetic field surrounding the black hole. This marks the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarization this close to the edge of a black hole. Polarization is a signature of magnetic fields, and being able to observe the magnetic fields provides scientists important new information and helps explain how the M87...

Canon patent application reveals optical designs for three F2.8 ultra-wide RF mount lenses

Canon patent application reveals optical designs for three F2.8 ultra-wide RF mount lenses A new patent application from Canon has revealed the company is working to develop a trio of ultra-wide lenses for its RF mount mirrorless cameras. First seen by Canon News, the patent application details the optical designs for a 12mm F2.8 lens, a 14mm F2.8 lens and a 20mm F2.8 lens. Typically, these patent applications show off multiple optical designs that don’t always make it to market, but Canon has both a 14mm F2.8 and 20mm F2.8 lens for its EF mount cameras, so it’d make sense to carry those two options over to its mirrorless mount. Below are illustrations and technical breakdown of...

Vivo’s new X60 smartphone lineup features Zeiss-branded camera modules

Vivo’s new X60 smartphone lineup features Zeiss-branded camera modules Earlier this week, OnePlus announced its new OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro smartphones, co-developed with Hasselblad. Huawei has Leica branding on their high-end cameras, as well. Vivo is getting in on the action with its new X60 flagship series, which incorporates a Zeiss-branded camera system. The Vivo X60 series comprises the X60 Pro Plus, X60 Pro and X60. The Vivo X60 series originally launched in China, but the new models, set for global release, are considerably different. One of the biggest differences is the new partnership Vivo has formed with Zeiss. The new X60 series models include...

Film Fridays: Developing film at home – everything you need to know to get started

Film Fridays: Developing film at home – everything you need to know to get started If you’re lucky enough to have some free hours in these uncertain times, there are a lot of ways you could spend them. How about learning how to develop your own film? Or maybe developing film is an activity you tried long ago and one you’d like to jump back into. After all, the smell of fixer singeing the nostrils can be quite an intoxicating/nostalgic aroma (Please do not smell the fixer). What follows is a quick and easy home developing guide that’ll cover everything from supplies, to chemistry dilutions, to proper cleanup. So turn down your record player and grab a good...

Hands-on with the Sigma fp L and its new viewfinder

Hands-on with the Sigma fp L and its new viewfinder Sigma has just announced the fp L, a high-resolution sister model to the original fp, released in 2019. With a 61MP full-frame sensor, it’s intended to be more stills-oriented than the original camera, with which it shares its design and control philosophy. That makes both of these cameras tied for the title of ‘smallest full-frame interchangeable lens camera’. At least, without the new optional electronic viewfinder, dubbed EVF-11, attached. So, if you’re familiar with the fp, there’s not much new here, though we will take a more in-depth look at the electronic...

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix smartphone will be the first in the world to use a liquid lens

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix smartphone will be the first in the world to use a liquid lens [embedded content] Smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has shared a teaser on its YouTube page confirming its forthcoming Mi Mix smartphone will feature a liquid lens — the first of its kind in a smartphone — that’s capable of changing focus and focal length by altering the shape of the liquid element. According to Xiaomi’s pair (1, 2)Weibo posts, the liquid lens will enable a single camera module on its upcoming smartphone to effectively replace multiple camera modules by offering everything from macro to telephoto capabilities. Liquid lenses aren’t necessarily new, but they aren’t necessarily...

FAA confirms you will be able to complete your Remote ID training online starting April 6th

FAA confirms you will be able to complete your Remote ID training online starting April 6th As we reported last December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its final rule for the Remote Identification (Remote ID) of Unmanned Aircraft. The document included a plan to offer a Remote ID recurrent exam for Part 107-certified commercial remote pilots. Testing was supposed to commence on March 1st, but was pushed back to March 16th before experiencing another delay. The Drone Girl recently confirmed with the FAA the exam will now be available to the public starting April 6th. The new Remote ID recurrent exam will make it easier for Part 107-certified commercial remote...

NASA Ingenuity helicopter prepares for the first powered, controlled flight on another planet

NASA Ingenuity helicopter prepares for the first powered, controlled flight on another planet NASA has announced that it is preparing to launch its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter no earlier than April 8. Ingenuity’s maiden flight will mark the first attempt at a powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. Before Ingenuity can lift off, the team must meet numerous challenging milestones. The Mars Perseverance Rover landed on Mars on February 18. Since then, the rover has been sending important images and data back to Earth while the team goes through different instrument checks and testing procedures. Since then, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has remained attached to...

Ricoh’s ‘new’ Theta Z1 51GB is just a Theta Z1 with extra storage

Ricoh’s ‘new’ Theta Z1 51GB is just a Theta Z1 with extra storage Back in February, Ricoh announced its Theta Z1 360-degree camera had been sold out ‘due to its popularity’ and suggested more units weren’t being produced due to supply chain issues and ‘compliance with new [Japanese] laws and regulations.’ Now, a month later, Ricoh has announced the Ricoh Z1 51GB, a newer version of the Z1 that keeps all of the same specifications, but more than doubles the internal storage. In its original announcement, Ricoh said it was ‘urgently preparing to deliver products that comply with [the new] laws and regulations as soon as possible.’ Specifically, Ricoh said it...

Hands-on with Sony’s compact 24mm, 40mm, and 50mm G prime lenses

Hands-on with Sony’s compact 24mm, 40mm, and 50mm G prime lenses First launched in early 2004 under the name Optics Pro, DxO rebranded its raw processor as PhotoLab back in 2017. The latest version is DxO PhotoLab 4, and if you’re curious about what it does, and how it performs, click through to read our full review.

Sigma fp L initial review

Sigma fp L initial review Product shots by Dan Bracaglia The Sigma fp L is a high-resolution development of the company’s compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera. It gains a 61MP BSI CMOS sensor, providing a more stills-focused platform than the original fp 24MP L-mount mirrorless camera. Rather than looking at existing categories of cameras, Sigma says it’s aimed to make a user-oriented camera that’s designed to be flexible, adaptable and fun to use. The fp L certainly isn’t readily comparable to other existing models, but it is the smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens...

Sigma fp L sample gallery

Sigma fp L sample gallery Published Mar 25, 2021 | dpreview staff Sigma’s new fp L is the smallest and highest-resolution full-frame camera on the market. With 61 million pixels at its disposal, it’s capable of capturing an incredible amount of detail. Visit our initial sample gallery to see what you can expect from the new fp L. View our Sigma fp L sample gallery Gear in this story The Sigma fp L is a high-resolution development of the company’s compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera. It gains a 61MP BSI-CMOS sensor, providing a more stills-focused platform than the original fp 24MP L-mount...

Sigma’s new 61MP fp L adds more resolution and optional EVF to original fp

Sigma’s new 61MP fp L adds more resolution and optional EVF to original fp Published Mar 25, 2021 | dpreview staff Sigma has announced a high-resolution version of its ultra-compact, full-frame fp, known as the fp L. This new model adds a 61 Megapixel full-frame sensor (almost certainly based on the sensor used in the Sony a7R IV), a hybrid autofocus system, true 24p video capture and support for USB Power Delivery. There’s also an optional new electronic viewfinder that screws onto the side of the camera. It uses the USB and HDMI ports on that side of the camera, with the USB port offering a pass-through (HDMI does not). The EVF adds a headphone socket...

Video: Recording bouncy bugs with a Phantom camera at 73,000 fps to see how they move

Video: Recording bouncy bugs with a Phantom camera at 73,000 fps to see how they move The correct maneuver to perform when you see someone in public you don’t want to talk to. Springtails are small organisms that move so quickly that the human eye can’t perceive their motion. They’re very common and easy to find but challenging to observe and even harder to understand. Cameras, at least typical ones, are unable to keep up with the small, speedy hexapods. Dr. Adrian Smith, head of the Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, recorded springtails at 73,000 frames per second...

Slideshow: Winners of the 2020 World Nature Photography Awards

Slideshow: Winners of the 2020 World Nature Photography Awards The World Nature Photography Awards (WNPAs) recently announced the winners and runners up for their 2020 competition. Thomas Vijayan, from Canada, was awarded a $1,000 cash prize for his photo of an endangered Bornean orangutan using a tree to cross over to another island. ‘We’ve been thrilled with the quality of work that was entered into the awards. It was such a privilege to see the competition’s philosophy come to life – our photographers really are shining a spotlight on the wonders of the natural world in a way that reminds us to do everything we can to protect the future of our...

Nikon expects profitability and plans to release more Z mount lenses by 2022

Nikon expects profitability and plans to release more Z mount lenses by 2022 Nikon’s Sendai factory. It’s been a rough few years for Nikon, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Or, so we’re being led to believe based on an interview Nikon’s CFO Muneaki Tokunari gave to Nikkei, wherein he says he expects Nikon to once again reach profitability by the end of its 2022 fiscal year. In the interview (behind a partial paywall), Tokunari reiterates what Nikon has revealed in its recent financial results—that the company is expecting to post a total loss of more than ¥42B ($387M) by the end of its 2021 fiscal year, which ends on March 31, due to ‘impairment loss on...

Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G sample gallery

Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G sample gallery Published Mar 24, 2021 | dpreview staff Sony announced three new high-quality, compact primes for full-frame E-mount this week; the widest of which is the 24mm F2.8 G. Optically it’s comprised of 8 elements in 7 groups, with three aspherical elements that help the lens achieve high resolving power as well as combat common aberrations, and one ED element to reduce chromatic aberrations. To help keep the lens small, distortion is corrected digitally which, given the significant magnitude of correction, can have an impact on edge and corner sharpness. Have a look through our samples to...

DPRTV: Sony FE 24mm, 40mm and 50mm primes sample gallery

DPRTV: Sony FE 24mm, 40mm and 50mm primes sample gallery Published Mar 24, 2021 | dpreview staff Sony’s trio of new ‘G’-series prime lenses are aimed at enthusiast photographer that want high quality and good manual control without the bigger size and higher cost of faster-aperture lenses. So how do the new FE 24mm, 40mm and 50mm lenses perform? Chris and Jordan have been shooting with all three, up in Canada. Check out their sample gallery from the shoot and watch their video review here. View the Sony 24mm, 40mm and 50mm DPRTV samples gallery Gear in this story Sony has announced a trio of compact full-frame lenses: the 24mm...

OnePlus teams up with Hasselblad to launch OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro smartphones

OnePlus teams up with Hasselblad to launch OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro smartphones OnePlus has announced a pair of new smartphones co-developed with Hasselblad. The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones incorporate Hasselblad Camera for Mobile, promising significantly improved photographic capabilities. The OnePlus 9 Pro is the company’s new flagship smartphone, and its new camera specs are accordingly impressive. Thanks to Natural Color Calibration, the exclusive Hasselblad Camera for Mobile promises strong performance, especially when considering color, thanks to Natural Color Calibration. OnePlus writes, ‘The ultra-flagship camera blends the technological...

Jared Polin is giving away over $92K in photo gear to kick off his ‘Fund a Photographer’ project

Jared Polin is giving away over $92K in photo gear to kick off his ‘Fund a Photographer’ project [embedded content] Jared Polin, better known as Fro Knows Photo in the online world, has revealed the details of a ‘super secret project’ he’s been teasing over the past few weeks. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Polin shares that he’s giving away more than $92,000 in camera gear as part of a campaign he’s created called ‘Fund a Photographer.’ In Polin’s own words: ‘[Fund a Photographer is] something I’ve had an idea [of doing] for close to ten years where I get a bunch of camera kits that include cameras, lenses, education—everything someone would need to get started as a...

DPReview TV: Sony 24mm F2.8, 40mm F2.5, 50mm F2.5 review

DPReview TV: Sony 24mm F2.8, 40mm F2.5, 50mm F2.5 review Published Mar 23, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] In this episode of DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan go hands-on with Sony’s new trio of lenses: the 24mm F2.8 G, 40mm F2.5 G and 50mm F2.5 G. Find out how they perform, and whether having both 40mm and 50mm options is overkill. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story With dual processors, dual card slots and more, Nikon’s Z7 Mark II is a more capable camera than its predecessor in every way. But we have a few remaining qualms: find out...

Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G sample gallery

Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G sample gallery Published Mar 23, 2021 | dpreview staff The FE 50mm F2.5 G has the longest reach of the three lenses Sony announced today, yet it maintains the compact size and weight of the other two. This lens may also appeal to owners of Sony’s APS-C bodies, with a 75mm equiv. focal length ideal for portraits. Check out how it performs in our sample gallery. View our Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G sample gallery Gear in this story With dual processors, dual card slots and more, Nikon’s Z7 Mark II is a more capable camera than its predecessor in every way. But we have a few remaining qualms: find out...

Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G sample gallery

Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G sample gallery Sony’s FE 40mm F2.5 G is one of three compact, budget-oriented prime lenses that the company just announced for its full-frame mirrorless E-mount. Sharp, lightweight and quite nicely built, the 40mm focal length is perfect for casual shooting and street photography. Check out our samples. View our Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G sample gallery Gear in this story With dual processors, dual card slots and more, Nikon’s Z7 Mark II is a more capable camera than its predecessor in every way. But we have a few remaining qualms: find out just what we make of the Z7 II. First launched in early 2004...

Sony announces compact 24mm, 40mm and 50mm full-frame primes

Sony announces compact 24mm, 40mm and 50mm full-frame primes Published Mar 23, 2021 | dpreview staff Sony has introduced a set of compact full-frame E-mount prime lenses: the 24mm F2.8 G, 40mm F2.5 G and 50mm F2.5 G. All three lenses are the same size, almost the same weight, and the same price ($599). The lenses all measure 64 x 45mm (2.5 x 1.8 in.) and weigh between 162-174 grams (5.7-6.1 ounces). They all use aspherical elements to maintain high resolution and reduce various aberrations, while the 24mm and 50mm lenses additionally use ED (extra-low dispersion) glass to reduce chromatic aberrations and fringing. The focus groups are driven by dual...

Intrepid launches new compact Enlarger on Kickstarter for 35mm and 120 film

Intrepid launches new compact Enlarger on Kickstarter for 35mm and 120 film Intrepid has announced its most compact darkroom enlarger yet. The Intrepid Enlarger has been launched on Kickstarter, where the new product has eclipsed its project goal of under $30,000 USD by more than $100,000. Intrepid writes that the Intrepid Enlarger ‘is a total rethink of the traditional darkroom enlarger. A super compact, simple and fun to use kit for making prints from your color and B&W film at home (from 35mm to 6×9), simply mount it on a tripod or copy stand!’ The company goes on to say that the new enlarger can ‘even be used to make scans of your...

ON1 teases new custom keyboard shortcut feature coming to Photo RAW 2021.5

ON1 teases new custom keyboard shortcut feature coming to Photo RAW 2021.5 [embedded content] In a short video posted to its website, ON1 has teased a new feature coming to the next update to Photo RAW 2021, customizable keyboard shortcuts. In the minute-and-a-half video, Dan Harlacher from ON1 shows how you will be able to customize your own keyboard shortcuts and hot keys using the new ‘Edit Keyboard Shortcut’ dialog box coming to Photo RAW 2021 version 2021.5. As Harlacher explains in the video, setting specific keys or key combinations to perform a specific action is as simple as searching for the action you want a hotkey for, tapping it, and pressing the...

Photography Life 2021-2022 Workshop Announcements

Photography Life 2021-2022 Workshop Announcements I am very excited to announce Photography Life’s 2021 and 2022 Workshops! Without a doubt, this past year has been pretty rough for many of us. With all the lockdowns and closures in place, it was quite hard to do anything travel-related for our team, let alone run a photography workshop! Thankfully, the situation is finally starting to improve, and with the vaccine getting more and more available for the masses, we should be getting back to normal life fairly soon. This also means we can start to think about some shooting and photography education! We will kick off this year with our...

Video: Incredible footage of a drone flying over an erupting volcano in Iceland

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China’s Tianwen-1 probe captures incredible HD images of Mars

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GoPro releases a redesigned Quik app for iOS and Android

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Canon releases webcam accessory kits for some of its DSLR, mirrorless camera systems

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Leica will increase prices across nearly its entire product lineup starting April 1—no joke

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Video: Into the snow with Taylor Jackson and the Nikon Z6 II

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Luminar AI Update 2 available now, includes significant updates to Sky AI

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Kensington’s new StudioDock hub wants to turn your iPad into an iMac Mini

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DPReview TV: Sony 50mm F1.2 GM review

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Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM sample gallery

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Sony announces new ultra-fast FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens

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Video: How to correctly pronounce the names of German camera companies, products

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Nikon Z7 II review

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500px launches portfolio website service for Pro account members

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DPReview TV: How to set up your Canon EOS R5 or R6

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Video: The reasons why Terry Fouche loves photography are inspiring and relatable

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Atomos working on Ninja V update for recording ProRes RAW video from Sony’s FX3

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Reply to Old canon DSLRs -Photos never 100% sharp

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Old canon DSLRs -Photos never 100% sharp

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OPPO launches Find X3 Pro featuring 50MP ultra-wide camera and billion-color capture

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Blackmagic Design adds Apple M1 support to DaVinci Resolve 17 and Fusion 17 apps

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review

Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review Previous 1 Introduction 2 Next Product photos by Dan Bracaglia The Panasonic S5 is a 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera built around the same sensor as the Panasonic S1, but in a smaller, more affordable body. In fact, despite having a full-frame sensor, the S5 is smaller in every dimension than its Micro Four Thirds sibling, the GH5. Aiming to appeal to both photographers and videographers, it includes updates to Panasonic’s DFD autofocus system, new creative photo modes, and video features that come close to matching both the GH5 and the much more expensive S1H. Key specifications:...

Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery

Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery Published Mar 11, 2021 | dpreview staff The Fujifilm GFX 100S packs an image-stabilized 100MP medium format sensor into a body about the size a typical full-frame camera. It delivers great image quality in a walk around camera, and also includes a new film simulation: Nostalgic neg. Take a look into our sample gallery to judge image quality for yourself. And for a more in-depth analysis, watch DPReview’s Fujifilm GFX 100S first impressions review. View our Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery Gear in this story Coming (relatively) hot on the heels of the groundbreaking GFX 100,...

Nikon Z9 Development Announcement

Nikon Z9 Development Announcement With the big shift of camera manufacturers from DSLRs to mirrorless technology, it was a matter of time until we see truly robust, action-oriented mirrorless cameras. First was Canon with its EOS R5 and R6, then Sony released its impressive A1, and now it is Nikon’s turn to bring its best offering in the shape of the Z9. And looks like we are in for a real treat because Nikon says this camera is going to be better than the Nikon D6 in every way… While this is only a “development” announcement, Nikon has already given us a glimpse of what we can expect from this beast. First of all, unlike...

Adobe releases Photoshop for M1 Macs and introduces Super Resolution in ACR

Adobe releases Photoshop for M1 Macs and introduces Super Resolution in ACR Adobe has announced that a new version of Photoshop is now available, allowing the popular photo editing software to run natively on Macs with Apple’s M1 chip. This news comes nearly five months after Adobe announced that native versions were coming soon and after months of internal and public beta testing. The new version of Photoshop for Apple Silicon includes nearly all features of Photoshop, more on that in a bit. It promises faster selections and filters among overall performance boosts. Adobe writes, ‘Our internal tests show that Photoshop delivers significant performance...

Video: FPV drone takes you through a bowling alley in spectacular tracking shot

Video: FPV drone takes you through a bowling alley in spectacular tracking shot [embedded content] Tracking shots are difficult to pull off. Single takes, such as the nightclub entrance from the movie ‘Goodfellas,’ are legendary for a reason. Add in the skill set needed to maneuver an FPV drone through tight spaces, and it’s that much easier to appreciate Jay Byrd Christensen’s ‘Right Up Our Alley’ video. The clip takes place at Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Christensen, who runs Rally Studios, used a Cinewhoop drone to squeeze through tight areas and fly in close proximity to patrons in the complex. While...

DPReview TV: Our favorite $1000 camera kits

DPReview TV: Our favorite $1000 camera kits Published Mar 10, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] One of the most common questions Chris and Jordan get from viewers is, “What camera would you buy under $1000?” This week, they shop with their own money and give us the answers. The results may surprise you. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story This year, despite the disruption, plenty of amazing cameras, lenses, accessories and other products came through our doors. Now, as the year winds down, we’re highlighting some of our standout products of the...

Report: Apple analyst says periscope-style optical zoom coming to iPhone in 2023 models

Report: Apple analyst says periscope-style optical zoom coming to iPhone in 2023 models Last July, Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that he expected Apple to use a periscope-style camera module in its 2022 iPhones. While we’re yet to see if that prediction comes to fruition, Kuo is back with a new research note that once again claims Apple will put a periscope-style camera module in it’s iPhone devices. But this time he suggests we won’t see the folded optic design until the 2023 iPhone launch. There are already a number of smartphones on the market with periscope-style zoom camera modules inside, including Huawei’s P30 Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra, OPPO’s...

It’s official: Nikon announces development of flagship mirrorless Z9

It’s official: Nikon announces development of flagship mirrorless Z9 Following confirmation last week that it was working on a professional mirrorless Z-series camera, Nikon has officially announced the development of the Z9. Scheduled for release some time this year, the Z9 will use a ‘newly developed’ stacked CMOS sensor and processing engine. The image accompanying the announcement shows a camera larger than the Z6/Z7 II, with what appears to be an integrated vertical grip. At present, no other images are available but we will update our coverage with additional assets as and when they’re made public. Confirmation of support for 8K video...

Insta360 announces GO 2, an ultra-compact action camera that weighs less than an ounce

Insta360 announces GO 2, an ultra-compact action camera that weighs less than an ounce Insta360 has launched GO 2, a stabilized action camera that weighs less than an ounce (27g). Insta360 states that the GO 2 incorporates flagship performance and power into the world’s smallest action camera. GO 2’s ultra-light body allows for high-resolution hands-free recording without any of the bulk of traditional action cameras. The GO 2 includes waterproofing and has a replaceable protective lens. Users can swap out the protective lens for ND filters (sold separately). Insta360 writes, ‘GO 2’s unrivaled combination of size, stabilization and performance allow it...

Samsung’s new 980 NVMe SSDs offer 3,500MB/s sequential read speeds starting at just $50 for 250GB

Samsung’s new 980 NVMe SSDs offer 3,500MB/s sequential read speeds starting at just $50 for 250GB Samsung has announced its new line of SSD 980 NVMe M.2 drives, bringing improved write speeds, better sustained performance and less power consumption at reasonable prices. The new SSD 980 NVMe M.2 drives are Samsung’s entry-level offering and a successor the company’s popular 970 Evo drive. The updated drives feature the same maximum sequential read speeds of 3,500MB/s, but bump the maximum write speeds up to 3,000MB/s (up from the 2,500MB/s in the 970 Evo line). The drives also offer improved sustained performance through a larger buffer, 36% less power consumption and better cooling for...

Analysis: New Sony a1 sensor offers class-leading dynamic range, along with high-speed and high-resolution

Analysis: New Sony a1 sensor offers class-leading dynamic range, along with high-speed and high-resolution Photo by Dan Bracaglia The Sony Alpha 1 introduces the next generation of full-frame stacked CMOS from Sony Semiconductor. It’s the second chip of its type following the one in the a9, and with it comes improved readout speeds on the order of 5ms or faster, enabling flash sync speeds of 1/200s with electronic shutter as well as decreased rolling shutter and risk of banding under artificial light, and focus and exposure calculations at 120 times per second. This silent electronic shutter underpins the camera’s 20 and 30 frames-per-second (fps) burst modes. With our in-depth review...

Sony’s new ECM-W2BT wireless microphone uses its Digital Multi Interface shoe for cable-free audio

Sony’s new ECM-W2BT wireless microphone uses its Digital Multi Interface shoe for cable-free audio [embedded content] Sony has announced the release of a new wireless microphone and lavalier microphone designed specifically for use with its most recent mirrorless cameras. The ECM-W2BT is a new wireless microphone ‘that supports a Digital Audio Interface via a Multi Interface (MI) Shoe.’ That means when connected to a supported camera the receiver will be able to transmit audio from the microphone directly through the MI Shoe without the need for external cables. Sony hasn’t revealed what cameras in particular fully support the new protocol, but do link out to a support...

Capture One 21 (14.1.0) released, includes Style Brushes, improved importing and more

Capture One 21 (14.1.0) released, includes Style Brushes, improved importing and more Capture One 21 was released this past December and its first major update is now available. Capture One 21 (14.1.0) is a feature release that contains new functionality, new camera and lens support and bug fixes. New features added to Capture One 21 include new Style Brushes, an improved Import Viewer, additional ProStandard profiles and improvements to Live-View when shooting tethered with supported Leica cameras. Style Brushes are a new way to work with brushes and layers. Style Brushes are designed to be more accessible and make powerful editing tools instantly available to users....

SphereFlow makes browsing and sharing 360 degree images easier

SphereFlow makes browsing and sharing 360 degree images easier Specialists in 360-degree images, Vecnos, has launched SphereFlow, a new feature for its IQUISPIN smartphone app that enables users to more easily navigate and browse their 360-degree images and videos. SphereFlow comes with the updated version of the IQUISPIN app and features a scroll bar at the bottom of the interface that can be swiped to view the next picture or video without having to return to a gallery. Another addition to the app is a ‘share’ button that makes it easy to post 360-degree content to social media sites. [embedded content] The company hopes the improved navigation will...

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