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December 8
Sony removes a7/R III firmware version 2.0 from its website, says it's 'working on the issue'

Sony has removed the ability to download firmware version 2.0 for its a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras from its website.

DPReview TV: the 2018 DPReview Awards

Handing out awards for the best gear of the year is a big job, so we called in some reinforcements from Calgary to help us.

December 7
Canon patent shows off EOS M speedbooster-style adapter for EF lenses

A new patent from Canon lays out the schematics for a speedbooster-style adapter for mounting Canon EF lenses onto EOS M cameras, but with a variable baffle to reduce the risk of flare.

Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board is asking visitors to stop geotagging photos

The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board has started a campaign asking visitors to stop geotagging their specific locations when visiting Wyoming's national parks.

Filmborn film camera app updated with new presets, iOS 12 support and bug fixes

Film simulation app Filmborn has been updated with new presets, features, and overall improved support on Apple's latest mobile operating system and devices.

Colorado Tripod Company introduces 'world’s first titanium tripod system'

The Colorado Tripod Company has introduced what it claims is the world’s first titanium tripod system, with a funding campaign on Kickstarter.

Panasonic LX100 II: solid image quality in studio and real-world shooting

We've been shooting with the LX100 II both in and out of the studio, as part of our ongoing review. We're pretty impressed, so far, with the revised JPEG color and addition of a touchscreen both noticeable improvements.

December 6
Xiaomi co-founder teases 48MP smartphone camera

An upcoming Xiaomi smartphone might use a 48MP sensor for pixel-binning, high-quality digital zooming and other algorithm-powered imaging features.

Peel apart instant film returns in the form of ONE INSTANT

It's not cheap, but you may soon be able to get your hands on peel apart film once again thanks to ONE INSTANT.

First look: Skylum Luminar 3 adds support for photo libraries, Digital Asset Manager to follow

Skylum's Luminar 3 arrives on December 18 with the long-awaited ability to manage your photo library. However, it won't be a full DAM (digital asset manager); the company plans to roll out features throughout 2019 and won't charge for updates from Luminar 2018 during that time.

Hasselblad Phocus 3.4 update adds new shadow/highlights tool, adjustment layers, more

Hasselblad has released an update to its Phocus post-production software that brings new and updated tools, as well as updated native lens support.

Insta360 One X update brings HDR video and Google Street View integration

Insta360 has launched a software update for its One X 360-degree camera and announced a camera bundle exclusively available on Apple.com.

Review: The Wacom Intuos Pro is a workflow-boosting machine

Wacom's latest pro tablet can help take your editing workflow – and most importantly, the final image results – to the next level.

December 5
Xiaomi details DeepExposure, an AI that automatically fixes image exposure and detail

Xiaomi has laid out the details for its new AI-powered image processing platform DeepExposure.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 chipset offers faster depth sensing, 4K HDR video at 60fps

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset is expected to power most 2019 high-end Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Hipstamatic harnesses iPhone X TrueDepth data to improve TinType app

Camera app developer Hipstamatic says it has found a way to use the depth data generated by the iPhone X to improve the way its TinType app works out which areas of a picture to render out of focus.

Buying Guide: The best camera bargains of 2018

If you're looking for a high-quality camera, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, nor do you need to buy the latest and greatest new product on the market. In our latest buying guide we've selected some cameras that while they're a bit older, still offer a lot of bang for the buck.

December 4
Tumblr will remove and ban all 'adult content' from its platform starting December 17th

The Verizon-owned social network platform Tumblr has announced it will be removing all adult content - including photos - from its platform starting December 17th, 2018.

Ibis Switzerland hotels offer social media pros to manage guests' Instagram accounts

Guests who would rather spend time actually enjoying their Swiss vacation can now do so while still maintaining a presence on social networks, thanks to Ibis Switzerland Hotels' new social media sitting services.

Officials say Apple's claim of 'studio quality' portraits on iPhone X, Xs isn't misleading

Two challenges to Apple’s claim that its iPhone X can shoot studio quality portraits have been turned down by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

iPhone Xs: How does the variable bokeh effect compare to a real lens?

We take a head-to-head look at the Apple iPhone Xs's bokeh effect versus a 58mm Nikkor lens on full-frame. The results? Well, we're pretty impressed.

December 3
Photokina 2019 gets postponed, will become an annual event starting May 2020

The organizations and organizers behind Photokina have announced Photokina 2019 will be cancelled and postponed until May 2020.

Samsung Malaysia caught using DSLR image to advertise Galaxy A8 Star 'Portrait Mode' feature

Samsung Malaysia has been caught using a doctored DSLR photo to advertise the 'portrait mode' on its Galaxy A8 Star smartphone.

Lensrentals breaks down the numbers behind the most popular cameras and lenses of the year

Lensrentals has shared a detailed analysis of the most-rented cameras and lenses of the year.

Dual-screen Vivo NEX 2 expected to ditch front camera

A dual-screen design on Vivo's upcoming flagship smartphones could eliminate the need for a front camera.

Have your say! 2018 Readers' Choice Awards open for voting

It's that time again! This is your opportunity to make your voice heard by voting for your favorite photography products of the year. Polls are currently open in six categories but don't deliberate too long – they close December 17th.

December 2
Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2018

This year, plenty of amazing cameras, lenses, accessories and other products came through our doors. As 2018 winds down, we're highlighting some of our standout products of the year. Check out the winners of the 2018 DPReview Awards!

Zhong Yi Optics launches Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm F1.4 lens for Fujifilm GFX

Zhong Yi Optics has launched the Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm F1.4 for Fujifilm GFX cameras.

December 1
DPReview TV: Nikon Z6 and Z7 review for video

Following up on their review of the Nikon Z7's still photo capabilities, Chris and Jordan take a look at the Z7 and Z6 for video shooting.

Sony a7/R III firmware 2.0 unlocks all AF modes with adapted lenses

A couple months ago Sony released a major firmware update for its a7 III and a7R III cameras that includes significant new features and functionality. We've tested it, and here's why we think it's important.

November 30
Clever "Sketches" video shows objects being edited in the real world

Russian motion graphics designer Vladimir Tomin has created a playful video showing the real world being altered using common photo and video editing tools.

Instagram launches Close Friends list for story sharing

When posting an Instagram story you can now opt to only share it with a select group of people rather than all your followers.

Photokina 2018: Tamron interview - "We have standard three-business-day turnaround for repairs"

We met with Tamron's Stacie Errera at Photokina 2018 in Cologne, Germany where we discussed the brand's unique identity, product development prioritization, future lens plans and the importance of user feedback.

November 29
Phase One releases Capture One 12 with new interface, third-party plug-in support

Phase One has announced the latest version of its post-production program Capture One 12 that comes with an updated interface, third-party plugin support and more.

World’s largest wet collodion plate created in abandoned house converted into a camera

While the rest of the world has been concentrating on making cameras smaller and lighter photographer Ian Ruhter was making one literally the size of a house in order to make the world’s largest wet collodion plate.

Instagram announces new features for visually impaired users

New Instagram features provide richer image descriptions for users of screen readers.

Anaiyyun: Prayer for the Whale: An interview with Kiliii Yuyan

Photographer and filmmaker Kiliii Yuyan's new film, 'Anaiyyun: Prayer for the Whale' tells the story of an Iñupiaq whaling crew in northern Alaska. It's been shown all over the world and is currently being featured in the National Geographic Short Films Showcase – we caught up with Kiliii to talk about the project.

November 28
Samyang announces 35mm F1.2 'XPert' lens for EF mount cameras, due out in January

Lens manufacturer Samyang has announced the impending release of the fourth lens in its 'Xpert' lineup, a 35mm F1.2 lens for Canon EF mount cameras.

DJI announces the Osmo Pocket, 'the world's smallest 3-axis gimbal' that shoots 4K60p video

DJI has announced a pint-sized camera system that contains 'the world's smallest three-axis gimbal' and is capable os shooting 12-megapixel stills and 4K60p video.

COOPH photo vest features smartphone-controlled heating system

The vest's heating system features motion and eco modes that can be controlled via a dedicated smartphone app.

Review: DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilization system

Many cameras today include built-in image stabilization systems, but when it comes to video that's still no substitute for a proper camera stabilization rig. The Ronin-S aims to solve that problem for DSLR and mirrorless camera users, and we think DJI has delivered on that promise.

CyberLink launches subscription-based PhotoDirector 365 with premium add-ons

CyberLink has announced PhotoDirector 365, a subscription model program that's effectively an all-inclusive version of its PhotoDirector Ultra image editing software.

November 27
NASA's InSight lander shares its first photos from the surface of Mars

NASA's InSight lander has transmitted back the first photos it captured from the Martian surface using its 1-megapixel camera.

Rumored 8K multi-aspect sensor could point to 4K super camera (Sony a7S III?)

A rumored sensor from Sony that hints at 32MP stills and 8K video could underpin an a7S III, but Richard Butler wonders whether that 8K spec might be a red herring.

Voigtlander introduces a pair of retro wide lenses for Leica M mount

Lens manufacturer Voigtlander has announced a pair of new lenses in what it calls the Vintage Line: the Color-Skopar 21mm F3.5 and Ultron 35mm F2 Aspherical.

Zeiss opens its 2019 photography award with €15K top prize

Zeiss has announced its annual photography contest is open for entries, and that the top prize will include €12,000/$13,615USD of its lenses along with a €3000/$3403USD grant to pay for a photographic project.

Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art sample gallery

While we had a chance to shoot with a pre-production model at Photokina, we were eager to really put the Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art to work when a full production lens rolled into the office. Take a look at our sample gallery.

November 26
Free online tool helps photographers visualize and compare aspect ratios

Christopher Kalafarskihas has created a free browser-based tool that enables users to compare and preview various aspect ratios with images.

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