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May 2018 news and reviews

May 31
Kamlan 28mm F1.4 APS-C lens unveiled with upcoming Kickstarter campaign

Chinese company Machang Optics is preparing to launch its new Kamlan 28mm F1.4 mirrorless lens on Kickstarter. The company plans to offer the lens in Canon EOS M, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, and Fuji XF mounts for an eventual retail price of $200.

Tamron acknowledges 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD autofocus issue

Autofocus issues with Tamron's new 28-75mm F2.8 for E-mount have been reported by some users, and the company has issued an official acknowledgement of the problems. The company says it is 'evaluating the cause of the error' and will issue a firmware update when it finds a solution.

Xiaomi Mi 8 launches with tele-camera and AI-powered portrait mode

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi's latest device offers top-end specifications at an enticing price point.

Canon drops flagship EOS-1v film body and projects end date for repairs

It’s a bad week for film lovers as Canon follows Leica with the news of the discontinuation of an important 35mm camera from its lineup. Earlier Leica reported the end of the M7, and now Canon has announced it has ceased production of its flagship film body, the EOS-1v.

Review: Peak Design Capture Clip V3

Peak Design's Capture Clip takes the pain out of carrying your camera – and the latest version is an improvement on an already popular design.

May 30
Skydio R1 autonomous camera drone gets four new cinematic modes in update

The Skydio R1 aerial "self-flying camera" received its first major software update today, introducing a new Car Follow mode enabling the drone to follow vehicles autonomously while capturing footage.

Camera Plus 2 comes with overhauled UI and new features

The popular Camera+ app for iOS has received a complete overhaul. Version 2 now offers a depth mode, dual-cam support and a completely new interface.

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 for E-Mount Sample Gallery

Tamron's 28-75mm F2.8 lens for E-mount is sharp, compact and is the first third-party standard zoom for the system. While we work through our full review, check out our preliminary sample gallery to get a feel for how it performs.

May 29
Sony reveals faster, higher-res OLED viewfinder display

Sony has unveiled a faster, higher-resolution OLED panel for use as an electronic viewfinder. The UXGA panel gives a 25% increase in each direction, compared with the 2.36M-dot finders in recent high-end models. The panel also promises a 240 fps mode to give a more lifelike preview.

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls' camera melted in fire caused by rocket launch

NASA explains that a grass fire caused by the GRACE-FO launch on May 22 was behind the damage to one of Bill Ingalls' remote cameras.

Leica M7 film camera comes to an end

Leica has discontinued its M7 film camera after 16 years of service. According to the Red Dot Forum, which is run by the Miami Leica store, the last of the M7 standard and ‘a la Carte’ bodies has been built and no more will be made.

May 28
Does sensor size still make a difference?

We've seen huge breakthroughs in the computational photography techniques in the latest smartphones, as well as the launch of some excellent small sensors in more traditional cameras. Does that mean that bigger is no longer necessarily better?

May 27
DPReview TV: How to get correct exposure when shooting video

This week, Chris and Jordan take a break from gear reviews to discuss things you should know to get proper exposure when shooting video. Get some practical tips and learn about Chris and Jordan's exposure square... or is that an exposure trapezoid? Tune in to find out.

May 26
Not your ordinary camera bag: Rhake waterproof pack with Camera Capsule insert review

The Rhake pack is weatherproof multi-purpose bag with a dedicated camera insert, lifetime guarantee – and steep price tag.

May 25
Video: How Tony and Chelsea Northrup won $40,000 in image theft lawsuit

Well-known photography educators Tony and Chelsey Northrup recently won $40,000 from an Australian company who used one of their most popular portraits on product packaging without so much as asking permission. Check out the video for the full story.

Sigma announces price and ship date of 105mm F1.4 'bokeh master' Art lens

The Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens—colloquially referred to as the 'bokeh master'—will cost just $1,600 USD when it ships for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts in 'late June.' That's $600 less than the Nikon 105mm F1.4E.

Nikon D5 firmware update adds useful 'recall shooting functions' feature

'Recall shooting functions' lets you recall previously saved exposure settings (including shutter speed and aperture) by simply pressing and holding specific controls. The function is designed to allow for quick shooting parameter changes in variable light conditions.

Zeiss launches new lineup of lightweight and compact 'Supreme Prime' lenses

Zeiss has announced a new lineup of 13 'Supreme Prime' lenses for large format cinematographers who want smaller and lighter glass that still produces top-quality results. The kind of lenses that make your salivary glands work... and your wallet groan.

May 24
HP unveils DesignJet Z6 and Z9+: faster, more efficient large-format photo printers

The new HP DesignJet Z6 and Z9+ supposedly offer "the fastest printing capabilities available on the market today," all while using fewer ink tanks, and featuring useful add-ons like a built-in vertical trimmer.

RED simplifies cinema camera lineup, dramatically drops prices

In an effort to streamline production and minimize confusion, RED has announced that it is simplifying its product lineup to three main cameras. As an added bonus, this change dramatically drops the prices for all three options.

Fujifilm X-T100 offers large EVF and phase-detect AF for $600/€600

Fujifilm's new X-T100 is an SLR-style mirrorless camera that takes the internals of the X-A5, including phase-detect AF, and adds a fully articulating LCD and high-res OLED viewfinder. The X-T100 is priced at a very reasonable $599/€599 body-only and $699/€699/£619 with a 15-45mm lens.

May 23
Leaked Panasonic firmware update is made official

Panasonic's latest firmware update for its GH5S, GH5 and G9 series of cameras was leaked in Japan earlier today and is now being officially announced a week early. But don't get too excited – you still won't be able to download it until May 30th.

Video: There's no such thing as lens compression, it's just perspective distortion

We've been saying for years that the term "lens compression" is misleading, but Lee Morris over at Fstoppers has put together a useful video that explains why this is the case, and demonstrates it with two easy-to-understand examples.

DJI debunks rumor: Leaked 'Phantom 5' was just a custom-built Phantom 4 Pro

Last week, some 'leaked' photos were published online that purported to show a DJI Phantom 5 drone with interchangeable lens camera and several prime lenses. The rumor was widely reported, but DPReview has learned that those images do not, in fact, show a Phantom 5 at all.

Vivo teaser shows bezel-free smartphone with pop-up camera

The bezel-free Vivo Apex concept phone with its pop-up camera might be more than a concept. A new teaser video and ad seem to hint at a similar smartphone to be released June 12st.

Skylum announces creation of 'Skylum AI' artificial intelligence lab

Skylum has teamed up with its sister company Photolemur to create Skylum AI Lab, where the duo will work on AI-powered image solutions including image segmentation, tagging and upscaling.

Using four Godox EC-200 extension heads as a quad-flash for beauty and close-up lighting

Award-winning fashion and celebrity photographer Markus Klinko recently tested out the Godox EC-200 flash extension head. Actually, he tested out four of them, creating a quad-flash ring light alternative that works great for both beauty and close-up work.

Sony reveals camera strategy: aims to be the top camera brand by 2021

According to a recent investor presentation, Sony intends to occupy the top slot in the overall camera market by the end of 2020, beating back Canon and Nikon by boosting its interchangeable lens systems.

HTC unveils the U12+: Brings back the dual-camera and adds 4K 60p video

HTC brings back the dual-camera on the newly-announced U12+, which features a secondary tele-camera with 2x zoom factor, as well as 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

You can now favorite images in Google Photos

Google has finally added the ability to mark your favorite images in Google Photos, so they can be filtered into a dedicated album. The service is also planning to a social network-like "heart" button that lets you like other people's photos.

Apollo app for iOS uses dual-cam depth map to create impressive lighting tricks

We've been messing around with Apollo, an iOS app that allows you to add 3D lighting effects to images using depth information, and have to say we're impressed with what it's capable of – but that doesn't mean we don't have a few requests for the next version.

May 22
The new ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 features a 100% Adobe RGB 4K display

The new lightweight laptop packs a whole lot of photo- and video-editing punch. The laptop can be specced out with a Core i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, NVIDIA graphics with 4GB of GDDR5, and a 4K display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage.

Canon is now selling CMOS image sensors, including a 120MP APS-H beast

It looks like Canon is getting into sensor sales. The three specialized CMOS sensors the company recently demoed—including a 120MP APS-H model and an ultra-low light sensor—have been listed for sale through a distributor in the US.

Instagram launches Mute button, tests 'all caught up' feature

Instagram has finally launched a "Mute" button, and is testing an "All Caught Up" feature that will let you know when you've seen all new post from the people you follow from the past 48 hours.

Shutterbug shuts down print publication after 45 years, goes 'web only'

45-year-old photography magazine Shutterbug announced today that it is shutting down its print publication, focusing instead on reaching its readers online as a web-only publication.

Kodak Daylight Single Use disposable camera launched in Europe

Kodak Alaris has launched a new single-use disposable camera in Europe. Called the Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera, this 800 ISO film camera is supposedly ideal for parties, weddings, and similar events.

RED and Lucid unveil 8K 3D camera that produces 4V holographic video in real time

Computer vision company Lucid and cinema camera maker RED have partnered to create an 8K 3D camera that can capture 4-view (4V) holographic images and video in real-time. The camera is designed to work with RED's upcoming holographic Hydrogen One smartphone.

Why Nikon and Canon should build mirrorless as a second system – but probably won't

If Canon and Nikon do get into high-end mirrorless, it's almost certain that they'll do everything they can to maintain compatibility with their existing mounts. But, asks Richard Butler, wouldn't it be more interesting if they built a small, niche system to live alongside their existing DSLRs?

May 21
RED's Hydrogen One phone with holographic display is coming to AT&T and Verizon

It seems RED's Hydrogen One super-phone will make it into the hands of customers in the near future. The phone is now officially slated for a Verizon and AT&T release in the US sometime this summer.

Video: Astronaut forgets to insert SD card into GoPro before spacewalk

You know that feeling when you're already all suited up and out on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, and only then do you realize you forgot to put the SD card in your GoPro? No? Us either... but one astronaut on the ISS sure does.

Behind the scenes: Shooting a documentary atop a moving train

From 2015 to 2017, filmmaker Macgregor and his crew spend many months traveling back and forth on the famed Mauritanian Railway—the so-called 'Backbone of the Sahara—to document the grueling journey endured by merchants who regularly travel atop this train. This beautifully-executed short doc is the result.

Instagram now lets you share other people's photos in your Stories

You can now insert another user's Instagram post into your own Stories as a customized sticker, the first official "regram" feature we've seen from the Facebook-owned photo sharing app.

New 6-bay NAS from Synology offers 72TB of storage

Synology has added a new 6-bay NAS to its DiskStation+ series, and it's aimed squarely at photographers and medium sized businesses. The DS1618+ can handle up to six 12TB drives, giving it a max capacity of 72TB, or up to 60TB in RAID 5.

Updated: Tamron 70-210mm F4 sample gallery

Our original gallery for Tamron's new 70-210mm F4 had portraits, slow-moving wildlife and city scenes, but was sorely missing fast action. We remedied that by photographing some motorcycles flying through the air.

May 20
DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018

This week on DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan prepare for the summer holiday season by putting several popular waterproof cameras to the test. If you're considering a rugged camera for the beach or pool this summer, or if you just want to see what a Chris and Jordan fishing show might look like, tune in.

May 19
Video: Soulumination and the gift of photography

Soulumination is a non-profit organization that provides life-affirming legacy photography to families facing serious medical conditions, completely free of charge. This video shares the work they are doing.

May 18
Fujifilm EU accidentally leaks full specs of upcoming X-T100 camera

Fujifilm EU seems to have accidentally leaked an unreleased camera to the masses. The leaked page details a new "X-T100" camera that will share most of its specs with the X-A5, but includes an EVF, deeper buffer, and 3-way tilting touchscreen.

This 12K NYC flyover video was captured with three 8K RED Weapon Monstro VV cameras

LA-based director and cinematographer Phil Holland of PHFX recently joined forces with Gotham Film Works to create something out-of-this-world. Using a special aerial camera array, Holland shot a flyover of New York City using not one, not two, but three 8K RED Weapon Monstro VistaVision cameras.

This is why Google's impressive object removal tool was never released

According to an interview with the Google Photos team on XDA, object removal simply had a lower priority in the development queue than other features. It might still show up some day... but maybe not.

Nisi shares more details on its full-frame cine lenses and launches Mist filter range

In a bid to clear up online speculation, surprise entrant to the full frame cinema lens market Nisi has answered some questions about its relationship with brands marketing lenses very similar to its own F3 series.

Buying guides updated with Panasonic DC-ZS200 (TZ200)

Now that we've completed our review of Panasonic's Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200), we've updated its entry in our Best Cameras for Travel, Best Pocketable Enthusiast Cameras and Best Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras buying guides.

May 17
Video: How to safely and legally fly with camera batteries

This useful video guide by The Slanted Lens will get you up to date on the latest TSA rules on flying with lithium ion batteries. If you're getting ready to travel with a bunch of photography gear, this is one to watch.

Tutorial: How to light paint product photo backgrounds on the cheap

This product photo was captured using two speedlights to light the bottle, a smartphone to light paint the background, and some Photoshop to pull it all together. Watch the video to see how product photographer Dustin Dolby did it.

Ricoh releases SDK for Pentax cameras, opening the door to 3rd party remote control apps

The software development kit allows third-party developers to create mobile and desktop apps that can control the camera remotely via USB cable or Wi-Fi.

Fujifilm rolls back firmware 4.0 for the Fuji X-T2 due to 'malfunctions'

Fujifilm has been forced to roll back the much-anticipated firmware update v4.0 for the X-T2 released last week due to "malfunctions." Firmware updates for the GFX 50S, X-H1 and X-Pro2 planned for this month have also been delayed as a result.

Venus Optics Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery

The Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is an ultra-wide lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras designed with minimal distortion. We took an E-mount version of the lens out for a spin on the a6500 – take a look at the results.

Rant: Professional car photographer on shooting behind-the-scenes videos

"...excuse me if I don’t walk around in front of [my client] shooting bloody BTS because somebody on social media wants to see it because they can’t be arsed to attend a proper controlled seminar and learn properly, they’d rather be ‘cheap’ and just try to reverse engineer BTS stuff."

May 16
OnePlus 6 smartphone launches with bigger image sensor and OIS

OnePlus has slightly boosted the camera specifics of its new flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6. Compared to its predecessor, it boasts both a bigger sensor and optical image stabilization.

Leaked photos of DJI Phantom 5 drone with interchangeable lens camera

These newly leaked images and sketches show the upcoming DJI Phantom 5 drone, which will allegedly feature a 1-inch sensor camera with interchangeable lenses.

Instagram CEO confirms: New 'time spent' feature is coming

A piece of leaked code revealed a new feature—since confirmed by Instagram's CEO—that is coming to Instagram. It's called 'time spent,' and it will allow users to track how much time they spend on the photo sharing app so they can be more 'intentional' about it.

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review

Panasonic's premium compact DC-ZS200 (TZ200 outside of North America) boasts a 24-360mm equiv. F3.3-6.4 zoom lens, making it the longest reaching 1"-type pocket camera on the market. There are tradeoffs that come with that big lens, however. Find out all the details in our in-depth review.

New Fujifilm X/GFX website and app offers news, events, deals, interviews and tips

The new website and app—developed by Fujifilm USA but available to everyone—will host interviews with X and GFX professionals, run technique articles, and showcase collections of images shot with Fujifilm equipment.

The new Honor 10 features portrait lighting and advanced scene recognition

The flagship smartphone by Huawei's sub-brand Honor offers the same Kirin 970 top-end chipset as Huawei's flagships P20 and P20 Pro, but at a significantly lower price point. It also includes some advanced AI scene and object recognition.

May 15
Video: A Sony flash 'feature' you may not like, and how to work around it

One man's feature is another man's bug. Photographer Robert Hall has discovered a quirk about how the live view and EVF on Sony's full-frame mirrorless cameras respond when you attach a flash. Fortunately, he's also found a way to work around it.

Microsoft unveils the Surface Hub 2: A huge collaborative 4K+ 50" display

Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 is a massive collaborative touchscreen display that may or may not have any practical use for professional photographers... but it sure looks impressive nonetheless.

Google launches Google One cloud storage plans, offers 2TB for $10/month

Google is replacing its existing Google Drive plans with newly packaged Google One plans that are 50% cheaper and come with live chat support. Two terabytes of cloud storage will now cost you just $10/month.

Video: Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 FE face and eye-detect autofocus test

Photographer David Oastler got his hands on an early copy of the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Sony FE lens, and while he couldn't take pictures with it, he did get to test its focusing capabilities. The great news: this thing focuses just as fast a Sony native lens.

Report: Canon to release new 70-200mm F4L and F2.8L lenses next month

Canon Rumors is reporting with near-certainty that Canon will unveil two new 70-200mm L-lenses in early June. The site says it is 100% certain the 70-200mm F4L IS II is on the way, and 95% certain the 70-200mm F2.8L IS III will also be announced.

This 7.3-gigapixel panorama 'timelapse' of London is made from 6,240 D850 pictures

Photographer Henry Stuart has created a 24-hour panoramic timelapse of London that combines 6240 D850 files to form a picture that contains over 7 billion pixels. The 155° view presents the city in an incredible amount of detail, with Nikon claiming you can read signs up to 5 miles away.

Latest Apple ad: iPhone Portrait Lighting is a 'studio in your pocket'

In the ad, a woman pulls out her iPhone to take a selfie in a train station, and all sorts of studio lights, umbrellas and softboxes materialize out of nowhere around her.

Brands, breakthroughs and bias: Here's why you've heard so much about Sony recently

If it feels like we've been writing a lot about Sony recently, you haven't been imagining things: we've been writing about its products and technologies quite a bit. Here's why.

Fujifilm's Instax Square SQ6 is a square-format analog instant camera

Fujifilm has announced the Instax Square SQ6, an analog instant film camera that resembles the old Instagram logo. The SQ6 takes Fujifilm's Instax Square film which gives a 62 x 62mm (2.4 x 2.4") images on 86 x 72mm film. It will cost around $130.

May 14
Xiaomi establishing dedicated camera team

In a leaked internal email, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun details the creation of a dedicated in-house camera department that will focus exclusively on developing better camera tech for the brand's smartphones.

hähnel introduces Modus 600RT flash for Micro Four Thirds

hähnel has extended its range of radio-triggered Modus 600RT flash units with a model for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The unit can be used directly in the hotshoe as a standalone flash, or within a group of flashes as a TTL commander or a slave using radio or optical communication.

Researchers use AI to brighten ultra-low light images without adding noise

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign and Intel have developed a neural network that can brighten extremely low-light images without adding any noise. It's not an exaggeration to say the results are incredible.

Nikon restructuring and strong D850 sales lead to 8x increase in annual profit

Nikon Corporation has released financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31st 2018, and the news is good. Thanks to strong sales of the D850 and some restructuring measures paying off, the company reported an 8x increase in overall profit despite a slight drop in revenue.

Yongnuo unveils YN50mm F1.8 II: Version 2 of its 'Nifty Fifty' clone

Yongnuo has released version II of its ultra-affordable nifty fifty lens for Canon EF Mount: the 50mm F1.8 II. Version II drops the minimum focusing distance to 35mm, adds a focus distance indicator to the lens, and more, but costs only $75.

How the 50mm lens became 'Normal'

"The idea that a 50-mm best approximates human sight has more to do with the early history of lens production than any essential optical correspondence between the lens and the eye."

Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS sample gallery

Sony's 24-105mm F4 G OSS has been in the company's lineup since late 2017, and since then we've spent many-an-outing shooting with it. We've got a full gallery of samples from this versatile zoom.

May 13
Google Lens will soon be available in several Android camera apps

At the I/O developer conference this week, Google revealed that its AI-based image recognition system Google Lens will be making its way into several stock camera apps on Android smartphones.

DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review

This week on DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan are off to the sunny shores of the Pacific Ocean in Monterey, California, where they review the Sony RX10 IV. Watch to find out how this all-in-one superzoom camera held up to the sun, surf and a challenging range of shooting scenarios.

Sony RX10 IV sample gallery updated

The Sony RX10 IV is among the most capable all-in-one camera packages money can buy, and we've updated our gallery with plenty more samples.

May 12
Qualcomm's 700-series chipset will bring triple-cameras to mid-range smartphones

With the release of the Huawei P20 Pro, triple-cameras made their debut in the high-end smartphone market. But it seems the technology could trickle down to mid-range devices faster than we thought, thanks to Qualcomm.

Crash Course: Understanding DPI and PPI

Elizabeth Gray at Photography Life has put together a helpful guide that explains the difference between PPI (pixels per inch) and DPI (dots per inch), and how these terms relate to capturing, editing, and printing photos.

Trint's AI-powered plug-in automatically creates captions for Premiere Pro CC

The Trint for Premiere plugin integrates seamlessly into Adobe Premiere Pro CC, using the company's popular speech-to-text technology to automatically generate easy-to-edit captions for your video projects.

Shooting Greenland in Winter: Part 2 - The Better Part of Winter

In Part 2 of his series on shooting Greenland, landscape photographer Erez Marom is treated to some gorgeous winter weather, and a spectacular display of the aurora borealis over Uummannaq.

Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD sample gallery

Tamron's 70-210mm F4 VC is a decent bit cheaper than similar on-brand Canon and Nikon offerings. We're just getting started testing this tele-zoom; take a look at some of our first sample images.

May 11
ON1 reveals Photo RAW 2018.5 with 'massive performance boost', LUTs and more

ON1 has released a major update to its ON1 Photo RAW photo editor. Version 2018.5 will be available in June and boasts, "a massive boost in overall performance" in addition to bug fixes and some important new features like LUTs and camera profiles.

Sigma's 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art lens costs $570, ships this month

The Sigma 70mm F2.8 MACRO Art lens—the first macro lens to join Sigma's much-beloved "Art" lens lineup—will be available in Canon EF mount at the end of this month for $570. Sigma shooters will have to wait until June.

Apple patent describes dual-live-view for dual-camera smartphones

The system described shows the images from both cameras simultaneously, side-by-side. This allows users to compare the field-of-view of both cameras while shooting, and pick the one they prefer.

Meike introduces full-frame Sony edition of its 50mm F1.7 lens

Chinese lens manufacturer Meike has added a new version of its existing 50mm F1.7 lens to its range—this time for full frame Sony users. The previous model was aimed at users of mirrorless cameras systems and comes in APS-C and MFT mounts.

8x10 is an app for selling limited edition framed prints on Instagram

The 8x10 app lets you monetize your Instagram account by selling fine art prints of your photography directly through the photo sharing app. The app handles all the fulfillment and shipping details for you, taking a cut of your profit to cover the costs.

Panasonic Lumix TS7/FT7 is the first rugged compact camera with a built-in EVF

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DC-TS7 (known as the FT7 outside of North America), which is the first waterproof compact with an electronic viewfinder.

May 10
CMOS image sensor sales at all-time high

Overall, CMOS image sensors accounted for 81% of all image sensors sold in 2017, making CMOS by far the most utilized image sensor technology.

The Yongnuo YN43 is a Four Thirds smartphone clip-on camera with Canon lens mount

The clip-on camera for smartphones follows a very similar concept to Sony's QX-cameras, the Olympus Air, DxO One or the Kodak PixPro models.

Sony reduces Pixel Shift interval to 0.5 seconds in a7R lll

Sony has released new firmware for its a7R lll to insert a new option for Pixel Shift Multi Shooting that reduces the delay between frames to 0.5 sec. Firmware v1.10 adds the 0.5 sec delay setting to the menu so users can halve the current shortest time between frames taken with the camera in Pixel Shift Shooting mode.

Shooting polar bears with the $12,000 Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Award-winning wildlife photographer Roie Galitz shares his experience shooting polar bears with the new Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR in one of the harshest places on Earth. Find out why Galitz calls his $12,000 behemoth "a dream lens."

May 9
Yongnuo reveals YN 60mm F2 MF macro lens

Budget camera gear brand Yongnuo has debuted a new lens. Made for the Canon EF mount, the YN 60mm F2 MF macro lens offers a 1:1 magnification ratio at a minimum focusing distance of 23cm. No word yet on how much (or how little) it will cost.

Lomography releases gold-plated Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm F2.9 lens

The limited edition lens joins the original black and brass versions, as well as the chrome-plated version released last year. You just have to be willing to pony up an extra $150.

DJI launches Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drone with 'OcuSync' and 60% quieter flight

DJI has released a new(ish) drone: the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. The updated P4P features almost all of the same internal specs of the original, but integrates a new high-res low-latency 'OcuSync' transmission system and decreases flight noise by 60%.

Google Photos gets AI-powered suggested photo edits and colorization feature

Google announced a bunch of AI-powered improvements to its Google Photos service at the I/O developer conference yesterday, including a feature that will suggest photo edits to improve your images, and automatic colorization for black-and-white photos.

Buying guide update: The Sony a7 III is the best camera you can buy for under $2000

The Sony a7 III impressed us in our recent in-depth review, and we've revisited our collection of buying guides to reflect our final conclusions. Click through for links to our updated guides covering the best cameras under $2000, and the best cameras for people and events.

May 8
Major Fuji X-T2 firmware update adds internal F-log recording, slow-mo, and more

Fujifilm has released a massive firmware update for the X-T2. Version 4.0 brings nine new features in all, including internal F-Log recording, 120fps 1080p video capture, focus bracketing, improved AF performance, and more.

Hasselblad firmware updates for X1D and H6D add a host of new features

Hasselblad firmware version 1.21.0 for the X1D and H6D models introduces a white balance sampler tool, audio notifications, tethered image support, the option to zoom in to 100% with a single button press when reviewing captured images, and more to both models, in addition to a few model-exclusive updates.

Sharp's new AQUOS R2 smartphone comes with a dedicated video camera

The Sharp AQUOS R2 comes with a dual camera that's a little... different. Instead of using one of the modules for extra zoom, sharp installed an ultra-wide-angle 16.3MP camera that is used exclusively for capturing video.

Hasselblad unveils its widest lens ever: the XCD 21mm F4

Hasselblad is finally releasing the previously announced XCD 21mm F4 lens for the mirrorless medium format Hasselblad X1D system. According to Hassy, the 17mm full-frame equivalent lens is the company's widest lens ever.

10 inspiring entries from the 2018 Nat Geo Travel Photographer of the Year contest

The Telegraph has compiled this inspirational slideshow of 10 entries from the People category of National Geographic's ongoing Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 competition.

Video: Testing all the Nikon F to Sony E-mount AF adapters on the market

Photographer Matt Granger puts three different Nikon F to Sony E-mount autofocus adapters to the test. Along the way, he found out that they're not nearly as different as each manufacturer would like you to think.

Report: iPhone users will have to wait until 2019 for a triple-camera device

According to a report in the Taipei Times, Apple won't be jumping on the triple-camera bandwagon this year. The report claims Apple's first triple-camera flagship phone will arrive in the second half of next year.

How to create the disintegration effect from 'Infinity War' in Photoshop

SPOILER ALERT: There's a 'disintegration effect' used at some point in the new Avengers: Infinity War movie. We won't tell you when or why, but Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE will tell you how to recreate this effect on a portrait in Photoshop.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+'s dual aperture feature explained

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is one of the first smartphones to feature a dual aperture camera. In our initial testing we found it to be somewhat useful, if a bit on the gimmicky side.

May 7
Adobe Photoshop Express update brings perspective correction and vignetting

The latest version of Adobe's mobile editing app for Android comes with a number of useful new features.

PIXEO is a crowdsourced collection of the best photo spots around the world

PIXEO is a paid photo scouting app that uses crowdsourced information from photographers around the world to aggregate the best photo spots, from New York City to Beijing.

Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade?

The follow-up to the original K-1 is here, built like a tank like its predecessor, with improvements to AF Tracking. However, we find that image quality takes a bit of a hit with the tweaks Pentax has made.

May 6
DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! In this week's episode of DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan go to the zoo with the Fujifilm X-H1. Watch as they photograph lemurs, red pandas and maybe even a Tyrannosaur while putting this camera to the test.

May 5
We're hiring! DPReview seeks Senior Software Development Engineer

We're looking for a Senior Software Development Engineer to lead our Seattle-based engineering team. Bring your creativity, passion and talent to help us build the next generation of our web and mobile experiences.

10 photography gifts mothers actually want

If the mom you're celebrating this Mother's Day also happens to be a photographer, we've got some gift ideas that she'll like a whole lot more than another set of decorative wine glass charms.

May 4
GoPro reveals unit growth in Q1 2018, but revenues are still down

In a surprising bit of good news, GoPro's Q1 earnings report exceeded analysts' expectations thanks in part to demand for the new, entry-level GoPro HERO. And CEO Nick Woodman expects more good news in Q2.

Video: This DIY '$10,000 selfie stick' holds a cinema camera and boom mic

Photographer and YouTuber Peter McKinnon has created something absolutely ridiculous: a DIY 'selfie stick' that can hold a $6,000 cinema camera and $400 boom mic at arms length. Why, you ask? To that McKinnon responds: why not!?

Study finds shooting and sharing one photo per day improves wellbeing

A study co-authored by researchers from the University of Sheffield and Lancaster University has found "complex benefits" associated with taking one image per day and sharing it with an online community.

Instagram rolling out ability to link a credit card and buy things inside the app

Parent company Facebook continues Instagram's transformation from a mobile image sharing platform into a do-it-all application by adding a way to pay for things right within the photo sharing app. This could be very interesting for photographers.

Phase One iXM 100MP aerial camera uses world's first BSI medium format sensor

Phase One Industrial has launched an aerial camera that uses what the company describes as the world’s first backlit medium format sensor. The iXM 100MP is part of a new iXM system of cameras and lenses designed to be used attached to drones or manned aircraft.

Use photography to create a meaningful gift for Mom

Still brainstorming a gift for Mom? We've got some ideas of pictures you can take – or gather – to have ready in time for a Mother’s Day gift that means as much as she does.

May 3
Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition

In this 20-minutes video, outdoor photographer Dave Morrow walks you through every piece of gear he took on a two-month adventure through Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and California.

Samsung's PRO Endurance microSD cards can handle 43,800 hours of continuous recording

The PRO Endurance line of cards features 25 times the endurance of the company's speed-focused cards. They're water, temperature, x-ray, and magnetic-proof, and are rated for up to 43,800 hours of continuous video recording.

Adobe slashes Creative Cloud school pricing to just $5 per user per year

Adobe has refreshed its primary and secondary school pricing, slashing the cost of a Creative Cloud license to just $5 per year for individual schools and school districts that purchase a minimum of 500 and 2,500 licenses, respectively.

Facebook is using Instagram photos to train its image recognition AI

The first AI they trained this way required minimal human supervision, and yet it outperformed every other computer-vision AI out there.

ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured

The European Space Agency (ESA) has published the latest dataset from its Gaia mission. The new data and images were captured with the satellite's 1 gigapixel camera, and reveal the location and movement of more than 1.3 billion stars.

LG unveils G7 ThinQ smartphone with super-wide-angle lens

In the camera department, LG sticks to its strategy of differentiating itself from most competitors by offering a super-wide-angle lens in its dual-camera setup.

Rokinon AF 14mm F2.8 EF sample gallery

We took the Canon variant of Rokinon/Samyang's AF 14mm F2.8 for a spin to see how this affordable wide-angle option performs out-and-about.

May 2
Days Inn is advertising a $10k summer gig shooting sunsets around the US

Looking for a literal 'summer job'? The hotel chain Days Inn is looking for a photographer who wants to spend one month this summer shooting sunsets all over the United States. The gig pays $10,000, covers all travel expenses, and more.

Interview: SmugMug's CEO opens up about the Flickr acquisition

Amateur Photographer magazine sat down with SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill this week to ask him all about the Flickr acquisition, how it happened, and what SmugMug plans to do with the Flickr website and community now that they own it.

FRAMES, Chapter 1: What it's like shooting a 24-hour endurance car race

Follow professional motorsport photographer Jamey Price as he photographs one of the most prestigious endurance car races in the world: the TOTAL 24-hours of Spa in Belgium.

Instagram gets third-party Story support and video chat

A number of new Instagram features were announced at Facebook's F8 developer conference, including support for Stories in third-party apps and a new video chat feature.

Tutorial: The best way to sharpen portraits in Photoshop

In this video, Phlearn's Aaron Nace walks you through his preferred method for sharpening portraits in Photoshop. The best thing about this technique is just how flexible it is: create as many layers of sharpening as you need to get the look that you want.

BenQ releases SW240 PhotoVue monitor for photographers on a budget (UPDATED)

BenQ says its new 24-inch SW240 PhotoVue monitor "gives seasoned photographers and hobbyists all the right tools at the right price." That includes 99% AdobeRGB coverage and a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table.

Olloclip launches Connect X lens system for Apple iPhone X

Olloclip's new lens system is specifically designed for the iPhone X. The 'Connect X' comes with a number of features that are exclusive to Apple's flagship smartphone, including a lens mount that aligns perfectly with the iPhone X's front and rear cameras.

Sample gallery: Pentax K-1 II

The Pentax K-1 II is a 36MP full frame beast of a camera, offering ample weather-sealing and excellent ergonomics. We've been shooting around Seattle with it as we finish our full review.

May 1
Corephotonics files patent infringement suit against Apple – again

Corephotonics has filed a second lawsuit against Apple, claiming patent infringement on the iPhone 8 Plus and X models.

Halide update adds Apple Watch support, self-timer and more

The updated Halide app allows for control of some camera functions from your Apple Watch.

AFP Kabul chief photographer among journalists killed by suicide bomber

AFP news agency's Kabul Chief Photographer Shah Marai was one of several journalists killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan's capital city, the agency has confirmed.

SiOnyx Aurora action cam with color night vision blasts past Kickstarter funding goal

Kickstarter's latest major funding success is a campaign for SiOnyx's Aurora, an action cam said to be the first ever day/night camera of its kind offering "true night vision."

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4 Yellowstone Sample Gallery

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4 is a powerful - and portable - telezoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras, providing the equivalent of a 100-400mm focal length range. See how it performs in our sample gallery from Yellowstone National Park.