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December 2017 news and reviews

December 31
2017 in review: a look back at December

December isn't the busiest month for new products, so that means plenty of photo contests and 'best of' guides. Oh, and Red Leicas and drone-snatching eagles, too.

December 30
2017 in review: a look back at November

November was, as it usually is, a fairly quiet time for the industry. Well, except for Leica, which always likes to set itself apart - the company launched a new model mid-month.

December 29
Grand Canyon time lapse records rare cloud inversion

Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, filmmakers and collaborators on a project called Skyglow, recently captured remarkable footage of a cloud inversion in the Grand Canyon. See for yourself how the clouds take on an almost ocean-like appearance in their latest time lapse footage.

Selfitis, the obsessive taking of selfies, may be a real mental disorder

In 2014, a fake viral article claimed the existence of a new disorder - 'Selfitis,' or the obsessive taking of selfies. Now, there's real research being done on the subject, prompting some to take the prospect of this unproven disorder more seriously.

Adaptalux' miniature lighting studio gets Laser, UV, and Arm-s lighting arms

The new EFX Lighting Arms allow you to use the Adaptalux Studio—already a very versatile little lighting gadget—in a slew of creative new ways.

2018 Shoot & Share Photo Contest opens for entries on January 8th

Last year, 150K photographers participated in the so-called "only free & fair photo contest" in the world, The Photo Contest by Shoot & Share. Don't miss your chance to participate this year.

Yongnuo announces YN 14mm F2.8 in Canon mount

Yongnuo has unveiled a new Canon-mount lens. This time, they're offering an alternative to Canon's ultra-wide angle 14mm F2.8L II, and while you can be sure the quality will fall short of Canon's version, the Yongnuo is likely to be a whole lot more affordable.

GorillaPod unveils the Mobile Rig: A flexible tripod with two extra accessory arms

The Mobile Rig gives smartphone filmmakers the attachments they need to turn a basic iPhone video into a more professional-looking production.

2017 in review: a look back at October

October - in America anyway, it's a month for costumes, changing leaves and inebriated frights. And new cameras, and lenses! Join us as we take a look back at the tenth month of 2017.

December 28
Apple apologizes for iPhone performance issues, offers discount on battery replacement

In a letter posted on its website, Apple apologized to its customers for reducing performance on older iPhone models and announced that it would offer a $50 discount on battery replacement for affected phones.

Apple facing several lawsuits over intentionally slowing down old iPhones

Last week, Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones as their batteries aged. This has sparked a flurry of lawsuits all over the world, alleging everything from deception to breach-of-contract.

Instagram rolls out 'Recommended Posts' feature, and users aren't happy

Instagram is rolling out its "recommended posts" to everybody now, and users who have already seen the new feature are taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure.

Canon and Sony dominate Lensrentals' most rented gear of 2017 list

Lensrentals most-rented gear of 2017 contains a few interesting surprises. Among them: Sony has out-rented Nikon for the first time ever, and a Sony battery somehow took the #6 spot overall.

Under an Arctic Sky: An interview with Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard sat down for an exclusive interview with Resource Travel to discuss his new film Under an Arctic Sky. Find out about the hardships and dangers that went into making this epic film.

2017 in review: a look back at September

In September we met Apple's newest smartphones, found out what it looks like when you don't use a solar filter to photograph the eclipse, and bid a fond farewell to Cassini as it transmitted its last images of Saturn.

December 27
Free Lightroom alternative Darktable is now available on Windows

Open source Lightroom alternative Darktable has finally made its way onto Windows, giving PC users yet another option if they're looking to ditch their Creative Cloud subscription.

Interview with an astronaut: What it's like shooting photos from space

Just three days after returning to Earth, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik hopped on a video chat with Jared Polin, who asked him all about what it's like taking pictures in space. The resulting interview is fascinating from the first question to the last.

Tamron sets up 'VIP Club' for users with four or more registered lenses

In 2018, Tamron is debuting a 'VIP Club' for owners of at least four registered Tamron lenses. There are Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels, each offering progressively nicer perks for loyal Tamron users.

Photo Essay: Love and heartbreak after the Arab Spring

Egyptian photographer Hadeer Mahmoud's photos capture "moments of longing and loss," telling the stories of three young women whose partners were arrested in the wake of the Arab Spring.

2017 in review: a look back at August

August was warm, sunny and busy for the DPReview team, with Nikon's D850 drawing most of our attention. Take a look back at what happened all those months ago...

December 26
A happy ending: Police recover stolen limited edition Leica from The Camera Store robbery

In a final stroke of good fortune, Calgary police were able to recover the last bit of stolen kit from The Camera Store robbery a couple of weeks ago. The rare limited edition Leica M-P has officially made its way back to the store.

Video pits the GoPro Hero6 against the 'GoPro Killer' Sony RX0

Is the Sony RX0—not even marketed as an action camera—the 'GoPro Killer' that so many people think it is? Kaiman Wong put it to the test in a side-by-side comparison against the GoPro Hero6 so you can make up your own mind.

Confirmed: DxO says new Nik Collection to be released in 2018

Two months after acquiring the Nik Collection from Google, DxO has announced that a brand new version is already in the works for 2018

500px told me I made $2,700 in December... it was actually just $27

"On the morning of December 23rd, I received an email from 500px saying that they had made a mistake. While I had made two sales, it totaled $27, not $2,700."

Google's new AI ranks photos on their technical and aesthetic quality

Google's NIMA (Neural Image Assessment) model ranks photos on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of technical and aesthetic quality. In testing, its rankings closely match scores assigned by human judges.

This stunning timelapse captured SpaceX's glowing Falcon 9 launch

When SpaceX's Falcon 9 took to the skies like a UFO last Friday, photographer Jesse Watson was ready to capture the incredible sight in timelapse. His footage of the launch is far and away the most beautiful we've seen so far.

Apple admits to slowing down older iPhones as the battery gets weaker

Is your old iPhone 6 or 6s camera slowing way down? Try replacing the battery. It turns out Apple will cut your phone's CPU performance in half once the battery reaches a certain age, to prevent internal damage and unexpected shut downs.

The Guardian names Zohra Bensemra Photographer of the Year

Reuters photojournalist has been named 2017 Photographer of the Year for her work covering everything from the drought in Somalia, to the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

2017 in review: a look back at July

Ahh, July, the month the sun finally comes out in Seattle. While it was a slow month for new product announcements, there were some interesting developments for curved sensors – plus frustrating news for travelers at US airports.

So you got a brand new camera? Here's what you need next

If you're the proud owner of your first camera, congratulations! Now the fun starts. We've got some ideas to help you get started and get the most out of your new gift.

December 25
Season's Greetings from DPReview.com

As 2017 comes to a close, we'd like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and offer a sincere thanks for being part of our readership and community. We'd also like to let you know about some changes behind the scenes here at DPR.

2017 in review: a look back at June

In addition to long daylight hours and plenty of that sweet Vitamin D, June brought us some oddball photography news, mobile tech milestones and some new DSLRs from Canon.

December 24
2017 in review: a look back at May

Thinking back to May we struggled to recall anything much happening, but once we actually went back through the archives and looked, it turns out that May was a pretty busy month! Here's a quick reminder.

December 23
2017 in review: a look back at April

Ahh, April: the beginning of Spring. The sun starts to come out after a long winter, flowers are blooming and bears come out of hibernation. April was a pretty busy month in the camera industry, including some real blockbuster announcements.

December 22
Tether Tools reveals it used an image without permission, issues public statement and apology

TetherTools mistakenly used a photographer's image without permission – and demonstrated the right way to handle the situation by acting preemptively.

Panono's new owner offers camera to original backers at production cost

Despite stressing that it doesn't have any "liability or obligation" resulting from its assets acquisition, Panono's new owners say that it feels it has "a moral obligation to compensate the project's early supporters."

2017 in review: a look back at March

In March, we published the final pieces of show content from February's CP+ trade show in Japan, and said goodbye to an institution, as Popular Photography magazine announced its final issue.

Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2017

For the past few weeks we've been running a series of polls to find out what you - our readers - think of the major product releases of 2017. It's time to announce the winners of the first round of voting!

Houston neighborhood removes photography ban after sidewalk compromise

A wealthy Houston neighborhood has given in to pressure and will once again allow photo shoots in the area – just not on their sidewalks.

December 21
Rare Leica KE-7A military rangefinder camera for sale on eBay

The seller of this military-grade version of the Leica M4 says it's in good, working condition and is asking about $25,000 for it.

Imatag protects your images with invisible watermarks

Imatag is a new service that adds an invisible and indelible watermark to your images, all without any degrading effect on image quality.

2017 in review: a look back at February

In February, Nikon fans got the equivalent of a break-up text when the company announced it wouldn't continue development of the DL series. Take a look back with us at this and other highlights as we continue our 2017 month-by-month recap.

Rokinon AF 35mm F1.4 FE: sample gallery and impressions

If you're on a budget and want a Sony FE 35mm F1.4 lens with autofocus, this new Rokinon lens may do the trick – though it's not without some compromises.

2017 Readers' choice polls: High-end ILC of the year - break the tie!

For the past few weeks we've been running polls to find out what you, our readers think was the best gear of 2017. Several of the polls are close, but one is still too close to call, with only six hours left to vote. Vote now to break the tie!

December 20
10 simple DIY gifts for the photography lovers in your life

Scrambling for some last-minute gifts for the photography lover in your life? This COOPH video will show you how to make 10 simple and creative DIY gifts that won't take up too much time or money.

Photojournalist Andrew Grimm sues Ohio deputy who shot him

In September, a sheriff's deputy shot photojournalist Andrew Grimm when he mistook his camera for a firearm. Now, Grimm is suing that deputy, the Clark County Board of County Commissioners, and the City of New Carlisle, Ohio.

Idaho gets the first International Dark-Sky Reserve in the United States

It took 20 years of policy and hard work by Idaho residents, businesses, and officials, but the Central Idaho Dark-Sky Reserve is finally a reality. It is the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the US, joining 11 others around the globe.

Calgary police catch suspected Camera Store thieves, recover most of the stolen gear

In less than 48 hours from the high-profile camera shop break-in, two suspects have been taken into custody and $18,000 worth of stolen gear has been recovered.

German publisher Steidl ordered to pay $77k after losing photographer's prints

A German court has ruled that book publisher Steidl must pay photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald $77,000 for losing his print portfolio. Lawrence valued each lost photograph at $1,200.

Hasselblad unveils XPan lens adapter for the mirrorless medium format X1D

Hasselblad has announced an adapter that will allow owners of its XPan film camera to mount their lenses on the digital medium format X1D. The new adapter’s launch coincides with yesterday’s X1D firmware update, which introduced an XPan crop mode to the viewfinder and rear LCD.

2017 in review: a look back at January

As 2017 draws to a close, we're looking back at major product launches and events of the last 12 months. Today, we're beginning at the beginning - with January. Take a look at some of that month's highlights.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for landscapes

Landscape photography isn't as simple as just showing up in front of a beautiful view and taking a couple of pictures. Landscape shooters have a unique set of needs and requirements for their gear, and we've selected some of our favorites in this buying guide.

December 19
FAA bans drones from flying near 7 nuclear facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration has officially designated seven Department of Energy nuclear facilities as drone no-fly zones, which seems like a pretty darn good idea.

Annie Leibovitz teaches photography in new MasterClass

MasterClass has announced the launch of a new course from legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. This is the first time Leibovitz has offered an online course, which is priced at $90 for just the course itself or under an all-access pass for all MasterClass courses at $180/year.

The Voigtländer Nokton classic 35mm F1.4 for E-Mount ships in February, will cost $750

Cosina Japan has announced pricing and availability for the long-awaited E-mount Voigtlander Nokton classic 35mm F1.4. Sony shooters will be able to grab it starting in February 2018, for about $750 USD.

Adobe has released the final standalone version of Lightroom

They told us it would happen last month, and today Adobe followed through. The final update to the standalone version of Lightroom, version 6.14, has been released. It's all Creative Cloud from here on out.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review

Canon's newest PowerShot flagship comes with a large APS-C sized sensor, built-in zoom lens, and yet, is small enough to fit in your pocket. So how does it stack up? Find out in our full review.

Hasselblad adds X-Pan mode and EVF preview to X1D, plus AF to H lenses on the X system adapter

Hasselblad has released new firmware for its X1D mirrorless medium format camera that brings it as close to a digital X-Pan as we can sensibly hope for.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for students

If you’re looking to learn more about photography there are some great cameras available. We’ve chosen a handful of models that offer an affordable way into photography, but give you plenty of scope to grow as you develop your skills.

December 18
Struggling owl takes home top prize in 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have revealed their 2017 winners! Have a laugh and support a good cause at the same time.

How Smithsonian Magazine finds and assigns its photographers

PDN spoke with Smithsonian Magazine's chief photo editor Quentin Nardi—an 18-year publishing veteran—about how she finds and assigns photographers around the world to cover the science, technology, art and culture stories Smithsonian writes about.

KUVRD Universal Lens Cap protects any lens from dust and water

The KUVRD Universal Lens Cap might just be a stroke of brilliance. It fits the front or back of any lens, protects your gear from dust and water, and can even be layered on on top of the other to provide some drop protection.

Canada's 'The Camera Store' robbed of $27,200 in high-end camera gear

Owners of the Calgary camera shop are offering a $3,800 reward to anyone who can help catch thieves who stole a Hasselblad X1D, three Hasselblad XC lenses, and a limited-edition Leica M-P Edition Safari.

CopyTrans brings native HEIC support to Windows with free plugin

CopyTrans HEIC brings native HEIC support to your Windows PC using the same tech Canon and Nikon use to make their Raw files compatible. And best of all, it's free!

Inrigo is a waterproof camera backpack with bluetooth humidity monitor

The Inrigo backpack features several unique features for a waterproof backpack, from a resealable-bag-style zipper that can be opened very quickly, to a bluetooth sensor that lets you know when moisture gets inside.

Rumor: Canon to unveil 7D Mark III 'before Summer 2018'. Here's our wishlist

Rumor has it Canon is planning to release a successor to its APS-C flagship EOS 7D Mark II in the first half of 2018. After 3 years, it's probably due an upgrade - here's our wishlist for a Mark III.

DPReview Instagram takeover: Barney's photos from Mexico

Have you followed us on Instagram yet? Now's a great time to, since over the next three days we'll be turning our account over to Barney, where he'll be sharing photos from a recent trip to central Mexico.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents

Quick. Unpredictable. Unwilling to sit still. Kids really are the ultimate test for a camera's autofocus system. We've compiled a short list of what we think are the best options for parents trying to keep up with young kids, and narrowed it down to one best all-rounder.

December 17
Rokinon AF 50mm F1.4 FE: sample gallery and impressions

If you're on a budget and want a Sony FE 50mm F1.4 lens that'll autofocus, this one is worth consideration. But as is usually the case, you get what you pay for.

Have your say: Best high-end ILC of 2017

Time is running out to vote for your favorite cameras and lenses in our year-end Readers' Choice Awards! In this category, we've rounded up the seven of the best high-end interchangeable lens cameras for enthusiasts and pros.

December 16
Top 5 news stories of the week on DPReview

Each week, we'll help you cut through the noise and share the top 5 photography news stories from the past 7 days. This week's top stories cover a wide range of emotions: from tragedy, to anger, inspiration, and a little bit of sticker shock courtesy of Apple.

Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 2: Grounded

In part two of his series on shooting lava flows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, landscape photographer Erez Marom tackles the challenges inherent in shooting lava from the ground.

10 photography books that are banned in Texas prisons

"Texas, like many states, has a banned book list totaling about 10,000. What’s surprising is that whilst books by Adolf Hitler and the Klu Klux Klan leader do not make the list, a surprising number of photography books do."

The Olympus TG-5 and Nikon Coolpix W300 go to Puerto Rico

Thinking of getting a rugged or underwater camera for a tropical vacation this winter? Jose Francisco Salgado tested two popular models, the Olympus TG-5 and Nikon W300 on a trip to Puerto Rico this summer. Find out what he thinks of these two cameras.

Have your say: Best mid-range ILC of 2017

This year saw several cameras released in the mid-range ILC class, from full-frame DSLRs to super-compact APS-C mirrorless models. Take a look for a reminder of the key mid-range ILCs released in 2017, and don't forget to vote for your favorites.

Have your say: Best entry-level ILC of 2017

The most important camera you'll ever own is the first one you buy. This year was relatively quiet on the entry-level ILC front, but the quality of the cameras released in this market segment was universally excellent. Vote while you can – polls close Monday!

December 15
Disney's 21st Century Fox acquisition means it will now own National Geographic

Disney is attempting to buy most of 21st Century Fox in a deal worth a reported $52.4 billion. In the process, Disney will take over Fox's controlling 73% stake in National Geographic.

Leica unveils limited run of 100 red Leica M (Typ 262) bodies

Leica has released a series of 100 limited edition M bodies with red anodized top and base plates. The company says the red hue of the cameras makes a bold statement, though some might argue the $7,000 price tag is slightly more daring.

Broncolor releases HSS-capable RFS 2.2 flash trigger for Fujifilm cameras

Fuji users have another flash trigger to add to their arsenal. Broncolor's RFS 2.2F flash trigger—formerly only available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony—is now being made for Fujifilm cameras as well.

Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens

Canon might be planning to bring catadioptric 'mirror' lenses back from the dead. A new Canon patent spotted in Japan describes a 400mm F5.6 catadioptric lens that would use a variable density ‘electrochromic’ filter to 'stop down' the lens.

DxOMark: The full-frame Leica M10 is 'on par' with the best APS-C sensors

DxOMark just finished their review of the Leica M10 sensor, and while it outperforms almost every other digital Leica ever made, it still falls significantly short of the top-of-the-line full-frame sensors out there.

How to photograph the northern lights

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are one of Earth's great natural wonders. As we head into the dark days of winter, it's a great time to think about photographing them. In this article, we walk you through what you need to know to get your own magical photos of these lights in the sky.

Have your say: Best prime lens of 2017

The year 2017 was great for prime lens shooters. Based on reader interest and preferences, we've got a whopping twenty lenses for this category of our year-end reader polls. Vote now for your favorite!

December 14
Cosina has discontinued the Zeiss SLR Classic series of lenses

It's the end of an era. Two years after releasing the Milvus line, Cosina Japan has announced that it has ceased production of the Zeiss SLR Classic series of lenses.

A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200

Now that the iMac Pro is live on the Apple store online, we can finally see how much a fully loaded, 18-core version with 128GB of RAM, a 4TB SSD and Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics card will cost you. Surprise, surprise... it ain't cheap.

Final Cut Pro X 10.4 adds HDR support, VR video editing, and (finally!) curves

Apple just dropped a major update of video editing program Final Cut Pro X, adding support for HDR, VR and 360° video editing, 8K support, and advanced color grading tools including (FINALLY!) curves.

Capturing a group portrait of the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

"I ended up with two minutes to shoot the group of 11 egos, six of whom were palpably unhelpful," says celebrity photographer , "while a peanut gallery of 40 PR reps, individual hair, make-up, and stylists were trying to get their say."

Famed Chinese rooftopper falls to his death from 62-story skyscraper

26-year-old Chinese rooftopper Wu Yongning fell to his death from atop the 62-story Huayuan Hua Centre skyscraper when a photo stunt for an unnamed sponsor went horribly wrong.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro

Photographer Nasim Mansurov ran the new Microsoft Surface Book 2 and the newest 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro side-by-side for a month. Read on to find out how the two machines compared in real-world use.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review

The PowerShot G9 X Mark II is Canon's latest entry-level 1" sensor compact. With a time-tested sensor, 28-84mm equiv. lens and an intuitive touchscreen interface, the G9 X II appears to be a smart choice for those upgrading from cheap compacts or smartphones. Read our review to see how it performed.

Trump administration reinstates mandatory drone registration

President Trump has signed a bill that reinstates mandatory drone registration in the US, reversing a court ruling from earlier this year that eliminated the requirement.

iPhone X sample gallery

The iPhone X shares the iPhone 8 Plus' camera specs with a notable exception: both of the X's main cameras are stabilized. Take a look at what Apple's newest flagship device can do.

Have your say: Best zoom lens of 2017

This year saw plenty of new lenses released, including several excellent zooms. We've used a lot of them, but we want to hear from you – what were your favorite zoom lenses of 2017?

December 13
These are the winners of Nat Geo's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

National Geographic has revealed the winners of its annual Nature Photographer of the Year contest, and every shot from the Grand Prize winner down to the Honorable Mentions and People's Choice awards are fantastic.

High Sight launches the Mini portable cable camera system

The Mini System was designed with portability and ease of use in mind, but builds on High Sight's experience building larger and more complex products.

The Dutch police have shut down their drone-catching eagle program

Dutch police began training eagles to take down illegal drones all the way back in 2016, but after running into some training issues and a lack of demand for these trained birds, the program is being shut down.

When photographers become pitchmen

This is what happens when Madison Avenue tries to romanticize photography, using iconic and social media savvy photographers to sell you everything from shoes, to credit cards, to SUVs.

Lomography's 3-in-1 Neptune lens system is officially on sale

After raising over half a million dollars on Kickstarter earlier this year, Lomography has finally put its Neptune three-in-one lens system on sale for the general public.

Memistore lets you store two extra memory cards right on your camera

Meet Memistore, a nifty little camera attachment that lets you store two extra SDHC cards either on the bottom of your camera, or attached to the camera's hot shoe.

Apple's new iMac Pro arrives December 14th, and first impressions are good

The iMac Pro finally has a release date! The 8-core and 10-core models will arrive on December 14th, starting at a whopping $5,000 for the base model. 14- and 18-core models won't be available until 2018.

Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2

Apple and Google both offer improved Portrait Modes in their latest devices, but the two manufacturers take somewhat different approaches. Take a look at side-by-side shots to see how they square up and learn about the technologies behind them.

Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017

This year was a busy one for smartphone manufacturers, with major new handsets released from all of the big players. Take a look at some of 2017's noteworthy new phones, and vote for your favorite!

December 12
Our favorite finalists from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

The finalist of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017 have been announced: 40 wacky photos that are bound to put a smile on your face. Here are our favorites.

Instagram now lets you follow hashtags, is testing 'recommended' posts

A month after testing the feature with small groups, Instagram has launched the ability to follow hashtags at the same time as they're testing another new feature: a Recommended for You section.

Google launches three mobile photography 'Appsperiments'

Google Research has launched the first three in a series of experimental photography apps based around technologies that are currently under development.

19 inspiring entries from the Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards have released 19 of the best entries so far as a teaser, meant to inspire and remind photographers that there's only one month left to submit to the contest.

Toshiba unveils world's first 14TB conventional magnetic hard drive

Toshiba just fired the latest salvo in the ultra-high capacity hard drive war. Meet the nine-disk, helium sealed, 3.5-inch 14TB MG07ACA, the world's largest Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) Hard Drive (HDD).

Major Update: Adobe adds tone curve, split toning and more to Lightroom CC

Adobe just launched their Lightroom December update, and it comes with some very important additions to the Lightroom CC ecosystem, including: tone curve, split toning, AI-powered Auto edit, and more.

Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated

The Olympus 45mm F1.2 is one of the company's three F1.2 lenses, promising 'feathered' bokeh wide open, and a portrait-friendly effective focal length of 90mm. Check out our updated sample gallery to see what it can do.

Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year: time to vote for your favorite cameras and lenses in our year-end Readers' Choice Awards. It certainly was a good year for compact cameras – cast your vote before the polls close!

December 11
Musician kicks photographer in the face during rock concert, sending her to the ER

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is under fire today after video and photos seem to show him purposely kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face during last night's performance. His apologies, so far, have not gone over well.

Lytro might open source its light-field photo sharing platform

Customer feedback has convinced the makers of the light-field camera to consider open-sourcing the pictures.lytro.com platform it discontinued last week.

Lumoid gear rental service has been shut down

Hot on the heels of the Lensrentals and LensProToGo merger, gadget rental service Lumoid has announced that it is shutting down for good.

Smartphones dominated Flickr's 2017 uploads, but DSLRs are on the rise

Smartphones once again dominated Flickr's most popular cameras of 2017, making up half of all uploads, but it's not all bad news for 'real' cameras. In fact, DSLR use is on the rise again.

NiSi launches variable ND filter without the dreaded X-effect

NiSi Filters has announced a new variable ND filter that offers 1.5 stops and 5 stop of density variation and, at least according to the company, doesn't suffer from the dreaded X-effect at its most extreme settings.

National Geographic photographer shares heart-wrenching video of starving polar bear

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen and the Sea Legacy team were filming through tears, as they documented some of the final hour of a starving polar bear's life. The resulting video is haunting.

Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017

This year, plenty of amazing cameras, lenses, accessories and other products came through our doors. As 2017 winds down, we're highlighting some of our standout products of the year. Check out the winners of the 2017 DPReview Awards!

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for beginners

Maybe you want better photos in low light. Maybe you're tired of digital zoom. Whatever the reason, if you're looking for a capable, beginner-friendly camera to grow and learn with, we've got you covered.

December 10
Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery

The Olympus 17mm F1.2 promises to open up new possibilities for Micro Four Thirds shooters seeking razor-thin depth-of-field and smooth, 'feathered' bokeh. Take a peek at our extensive sample gallery.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for sports and action

Are you a speed freak? Hungry to photograph anything that goes 'zoom'? Or perhaps you just want to get Sports Illustrated-level shots of your child's soccer game. Keep reading to find out which cameras we think are best for sports and action shooting.

December 9
Hands-on: RAW Power for iOS

Still yearning for an Aperture replacement? Here's a quick overview of RAW Power, a Raw image editor for iOS that pairs with the Mac application introduced in 2016. Take a look at some of its capabilities.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video

Video features have become an important factor to many photographers when choosing a new camera. Read on to find out which cameras we think are best for the videophile.

December 8
Brilliant and braindead: Two months with the Light L16 camera

Tech lover Albert Lee was one of the first to pre-order the intriguing 16-camera module Light L16. Two months in, here's what he has to say about using this not-so-little computational camera.

Artist caught using stolen photos for $20,000 Calgary art installation

The public art installation featured blurred portraits, ostensibly captured by the artist under that same underpass... except they weren't. They were actually portraits of comedians, pulled from the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival program.

Edelkrone beefs up its slider range with new models and a better app

Edelkrone has upgraded its SliderOne with a SliderOne Pro and introduced a new generation of Wing and Wing Pro models, all while simultaneously improving the app that controls its entirely lineup.

Comparing the Canon 85mm F1.4L IS against its top competitors

People have waiting a long time for the Canon 85mm F1.4L IS lens, but how does it compare to Canon's 85mm F1.2L and Sigma's 85mm F1.4 Art? Phillip Pettit of Lensrentals took all three lenses for a spin to find out.

Affinity Photo named Best iPad App of 2017, celebrates with 50% off sale

Affinity Photo for iPad, one of the first full-featured Raw editors designed specifically for tablet use, has been named Apple's Best iPad App of 2017. And what's more, it's currently 50% off!

VSCO reveals 'Messages' feature, takes on Instagram's DMs

VSCO Messages allows VSCO X subscribers and free users alike to share text, images, photo editing 'recipes', VSCO journal entries and more.

These are the 15 most popular Flickr photos of 2017

Flickr has revealed their top 25 photos of 2017, and there are some truly stunning shots in the mix.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III added to studio test scene comparison

Testing of the Canon G1 X Mark III is well underway, inside of the studio and out. We've just added it to our test scene comparison tool, where you can take a look at its performance side-by-side against peers like the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V.

Gear of the Year 2017 - Jeff's choice: Olympus Tough TG-5

Whether it's a trip to the beach for some snorkeling or scrambling up a 10,000 ft volcano, the Olympus Tough TG-5 proved to be a great travel companion for Jeff. That's why it's his 2017 Gear of the Year.

2017 Buying Guide: Best consumer drones

Last year, the DJI Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4 Professional took top honors in our end of year buying guide. Read on to find out who it this year for beginners, consumers, prosumers, and professionals at a price tag less than $2,000.

December 7
Meyer Optik Goerlitz launches P75II F1.9 lens with coverage for medium format

Meyer Optik Goerlitz is resurrecting yet another classic lens. This time, the company has set its crowdfunding sights on the Primoplan 75mm F1.9, a lens originally manufactured in a run of just 2,000 back in the 1930s.

Teardown: Sony a7R III weather sealing examination

The folks at Kolari Vision—an infrared camera conversion company based in New Jersey—recently tore down a brand new Sony a7RIII, giving everybody a peek at the camera's much-improved weather sealing.

Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India

Resource Travel's Brandon Cunningham recently joined The Giving Lens for a 10-day adventure in India. A trip he won't soon forget, to a country that left him in "sensory and soul overload."

Freefly unveils Movi iPhone stabilizer: A 'portable, adaptable, and intuitive cinema robot'

Meet the new Freefly Movi, a handheld gimbal stabilizer designed by cinema stabilization pros for use with the iPhone. Freefly is calling this little beast "the world's most portable, adaptable, and intuitive cinema robot."

Opinion: Killing net neutrality is bad for pro creators

Photography portfolio site PhotoShelter is adding their voice to the growing group of online companies that are speaking out in favor of net neutrality, and against the FCC's upcoming vote to kill it.

Instagram is testing a stand-alone messenger app called Direct

The Direct app would replace the current Inbox on the Instagram app, doing for Instagram what the Facebook Messenger app did for Facebook on mobile.

Snapdragon 845 will bring 10-bit color, faster burst and more to next year's smartphones

Qualcomm's latest high-end mobile chipset offers higher frame rates and a wider color gamut, among other important camera improvements you can expect to see in next year's flagship smartphones.

Behind the scenes: Trapped in a blizzard with the Fujifilm GFX 50s

Photographer Josselin Cornou recently got trapped in a blizzard in the Snowy Mountains of Australia with his Fujifilm GFX 50S and new Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 lens. Find out how they held up to 110km/h winds and -15°C temperatures.

Interview: Sofi Lee is a pro shooting with vintage digital compacts

While film nostalgia reaches an all-time high, Seattle-based pro photographer Sofi Lee is turning back to 'digicams' made between 2008 and 2011.

2017 Buying Guide: Best fixed prime lens cameras

The fixed prime lens camera market may be a bit niche, but it's here that you'll find some of the best cameras you can buy. Sensors ranging from APS-C to full-frame are designed to match their lenses, which cover ranges from 28-75mm equivalent, so image quality is top-notch.

December 6
Samsung's built-in storage chips might make microSD slots a thing of the past

With a capacity of 512GB, Samsung's new UFS chips take built-in storage on smartphones to desktop-PC levels. Will this eliminate the need for microSD slots?

Photographer Dad creates epic Star Wars Christmas card for his family

Photographer Josh Rossi decided to go big for this year's Christmas card, so he recreated the Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster using himself, his wife, and their two kids.

Instagram starts warning users about wildlife abuse when they search certain hashtags

In response to a NY Times article about how some traffickers were using Instagram as part of the illicit animal trade, Instagram has added a content advisory screen that pops up to warn users any time they search for hashtags "associated with harmful behavior to animals."

Kodak's new Mini Shot 10MP camera prints tiny instant photos

Kodak is expanding its instant photography lineup today with the release of the Kodak Mini Shot Instant 10MP camera. A tiny little digital camera that spits out either 2.1 x 3.4-inch or 2.1 x 2.1-inch prints.

The Huawei P11 might feature a triple-camera that takes 40MP photos

Huawei'e next high-end smartphone could be the first to take computational imaging to the next level with a triple-camera that spits out 40MP files.

What it’s like to photograph a sandstorm

Landscape photographer Spencer Cox recalls the single most rewarding—and frightening—landscape photography experience of his life: photographing a sandstorm.

Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X

Photography app developer Sebastian de With showed off the power of shooting Raw with the iPhone X in a recent article, pointing out some of the advantages and disadvantages of the format when using a smartphone.

Researchers demo AI that can change the weather and time of day in photos

AI-powered photo editing is advancing a lot faster than anybody expected. Watch as this NVIDIA AI transforms night into day, rain into sunshine, and a summer's day into a bleak winter landscape.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery

A full-production Canon G1 X Mark III review unit rolled into our office last week. Take a look at some of our first full-resolution sample images while the testing continues.

2017 Buying Guide: Best enthusiast long zoom cameras

Long-zoom compacts fill the gap between pocketable cameras and interchangeable lens models with expensive lenses, offering a great combination of lens reach and portability. Here's a look at the category's current offerings and which ones we like best.

December 5
Lifeprint unveils larger, WiFi-enabled version of its AR-equipped mobile printer

Lifeprint's new model can still print Apple Live Photos and video stills you can view in full via augmented reality, only now they're 3 by 4.5 inches in size, compared to the original version's 2 by 3-inch prints.

Lytro has officially killed off its online sharing platform for light-field images

As Lytro completes its pivot into the professional video market, the Lytro desktop app is now the only tool for interacting with Lytro's light field images off-camera. Bye bye social media support.

Thingyfy launches Pinhole Pro S: The widest modern professional pinhole lens ever

The Pinhole Pro S comes in two flavors. The S11 is an 11mm lens with a 120 degree FOV designed for mirrorless cameras, while the S36 is a 37mm lens with a 60 degree FOV designed for DSLRs.

Visvo's 'Novel' backpacks will satisfy the most tech-savvy photographers

These backpacks come with all sorts of built-in tech: from LED strips soldered into the straps, to a built-in power bank for charging your cameras (or other devices) on-the-go.

Real world test: These are the best memory cards for the Nikon D850

Photographer Alik Griffin tested "all the best XQD and SD (UHS-II) memory cards for the Nikon D850" to see which ones performed best with the new powerhouse DSLR.

This neural network can fix damaged photos and enhance low-res shots

Researchers have developed a new Neural Network called Deep Image Prior that can restore damaged images and enhance low-resolution ones, using only the original image itself as a guide.

Lensrentals merges with LensProToGo to create photo and video rental powerhouse

Lensrentals and LensProToGo have joined forces, forming a strategic partnership "to create the strongest photo and video equipment rental company in United States."

Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best?

The Nikon D850 appeared destined to tower over the camera world like some colossus until the Sony a7R III emerged like some rival kaiju. Now we've had a chance to shoot both cameras in a variety of situations, which wins the battle of the behemoths?

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras over $2000

The very best digital cameras on the market will cost you at least $2000. That's a lot of money, but generally speaking these cameras offer serious enthusiasts and working pros the highest resolution, best build quality and most advanced video specs out there. Here are our picks in the group.

December 4
This 32-inch QHD Philips monitor with 99% Adobe RGB only costs $500

This new Philips 32-inch Quad HD display with 99% Adobe RGB coverage is seriously tempting for photographers, especially once you look at the price tag.

Video: Shooting the Milky Way hand-held with the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art

Sigma's 14mm F1.8 Art lens has been called the astrophotographer's dream lens. Ultra-wide and ultra-fast, watch how this lens actually makes it possible to capture a hand-held shot of the Milky Way!

CIPA figures show disappointing October sales, but mirrorless continues to rise

According to the latest CIPA figures, in October, overall digital camera shipments stayed disappointingly flat, while mirrorless camera shipments increased by 12 percent year-over-year.

Video: Incredible 1,000fps slow-motion 4K lightning footage

Director of Photography Dustin Farrell drove over 20,000 miles with his Phantom Flex4K camera in 2017 to capture this incredible reel of storm chasing footage. Put your headphones on, turn down the lights, and be sure to set the resolution to 4K.

We found a truckful of $40,000 35mm film processing machines from 2003

"Imagine finding a truck full of brand new 35mm film processing machines. That’s what happened two weeks ago, though the reality of what we found has taken a few days of research and a lot of Googling to understand..."

DJI adds 'voluntary identification' for drone pilots who want to broadcast their credentials

DJI has just added the option to voluntarily broadcast your drone ID and flight info, so concerned authorities using the company's AeroScope system can see what you're up to without tracking you down first.

The CamFi Pro promises blazing-fast wireless photo transfer

CamFi has revealed a souped up version of its wireless remote controller, the CamFi Pro. Dubbed "the fastest wireless camera controller in the world," it will be able to transfer photos at 10Mbps.

Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison

Continuing our testing of the Panasonic G9, we've shot our studio test scene with the camera. Now you can compare its image quality with that of its peers.

Have your say! 2017 Readers' Choice Awards open for voting

It's time: make your voice heard and vote for your favorite photography products of the year. Polls are currently open in all seven categories but don't deliberate too long – they close December 18th.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $2000

As you approach the $2000 price point you'll find flagship APS-C and Four Thirds cameras, built for speed and durability. You'll also find a handful of full-frame ILCs and DSLRs, with their own unique selling points. Find out which cameras are best-in-class in this price range.

December 3
These are the best cameras you can buy right now

The winners of our "best for..." and price-based buying guides, all in one place. Simply put, these cameras are the cream of the crop right now.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1500

If you're getting serious about photography and don't mind spending a bit more money, you'll find some amazing cameras in the $1000-1500 price range. In this buying guide, we've rounded up our recommendations for the category.

December 2
Photo story of the week: The Milky Way over the Dolomites

Michael Shainblum shares the story behind this stunning photograph of the Milky Way rising over Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000

More direct controls, better autofocus, and in many cases 4K video capture – they're a step above 'budget,' but cameras in this category provide a whole lot of bang for your buck. Here are our top picks in the range.

December 1
Leica Camera reports 'strong revenue growth' for 2016/2017 fiscal year

Leica Camera AG has grown its revenue by 6 percent in 2017/2018, bucking the downward trend that has plagued the camera market in general.

Samsung's new W2018 flip phone features a variable aperture F1.5-F2.4 lens

A rarity in the world of phones, the new high-end Samsung flip phone can switch between an F1.5 and F2.4 aperture to capture more of the background when it senses there's enough light.

Astrophotography lens shootout: Samyang 14mm F2.4 vs Sigma 14mm F1.8

NatureTTL's Matthew Saville compares three of the most popular ultra-wide astrophotography prime lenses out there: The Samyang/Rokinon 14mm F2.8, the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm F2.4, and the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art.

CAMS unveils new camera plates for small DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

Following in the footsteps of its popular full-sized DSLR plate, CAMS just launched two new camera plates designed to work with smaller DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The plates feature some really nifty features: like space to store an SD card and hex key.

Video: Using the RGB tone curves in Photoshop, a crash course

Photographer Conner Turmon has put together a useful video tutorial that will get you up to speed on using the RGB tone curves to post-process your photos in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

Why Capture One can't replace Adobe Lightroom

"[It seems] Phase One has no plans to support the GFX 50S or any other medium format camera on the market to protect its own medium format system. For this reason alone, Capture One could never replace Lightroom as post-processing software for many photographers out there."

Gear of the Year 2017 - Dale's choice: Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art

2017 has been a pretty good year for lenses, but the one that had the biggest impact for editor Dale Baskin was the Sigma 14mm F1.8 prime, a lens that lets him capture big sky and magic light.

2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $500

Whether you're looking for a compact camera with image quality exceeding that of your smartphone or just want an inexpensive second camera, there are some impressive options that won't bust your wallet.