Leica has released new firmware for five of its camera models, making significant changes to the way existing features operate while also adding totally new functions in some cases. The updates affect the M10 rangefinder, the Q compact and the new CL, as well as the TL2 and the T/TL.
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Jun 29, 2018 at 16:14
The SD Association has released the official SD 7.0 specs, detailing a new SD Express protocol that offer a maximum transfer speed of 985MB/s and a new SDUC card-type that has a maximum capacity of 128TB.
Jun 29, 2018 at 13:00
Reiko Takahashi's image of a humpback whale calf's tail has been named Grand Prize winner of this year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Category winners have also been chosen from over 13,000 total entries.
lens newsJun 28, 2018 at 22:00
First announced last October, Ricoh is ready to ship the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW, a weather-sealed fast prime for the company's full-frame DSLRs. It will be available in late July for $1199.
Jun 28, 2018 at 16:21
Lighting brand Phottix has announced a new LED panel for videographers and stills photographers called the Kali600. Larger than the company’s hotshoe Nuada series, the Kali600 is designed for location and studio work and to be mounted on a stand.
Jun 28, 2018 at 14:55
A Japanese patent application from Canon shows off the schematics for a potential 58mm F1.4 'soft-focus' lens with two focusing modules.
Jun 28, 2018 at 11:00
It seems that there really is no limit to human ingenuity - at least at the lower end of the scale. Evidence: the Potato Camera.
mobileJun 27, 2018 at 19:46
A new material helps increase the light sensitivity of Samsung's next generation mobile image sensors.
Jun 27, 2018 at 17:48
Researchers with Western University in Canada have developed a method for restoring damaged daguerreotypes, including plates so degraded that no portion of the original image remains discernible to the eye.
lens newsJun 27, 2018 at 14:00
Sony's previously announced 400mm F2.8 GM OSS received a full introduction today. The pro-grade lens will ship in September for $12,000, and aims to deliver superior autofocus and handling.
mobileJun 26, 2018 at 17:27
If rumors are true, Samsung is preparing to join Huawei in offering a triple-camera smartphone in 2019.
Jun 26, 2018 at 16:20
MagnetMod has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for three new products that strive to revolutionize the world of soft boxes.
Jun 25, 2018 at 19:07
Machines can be trained to identify signs of photo tampering that humans struggle to notice, according to a new report from Adobe.
Jun 25, 2018 at 15:46
On the heels of three separate class action lawsuits regarding keyboard issues on Apple computers, the Cupertino company has launched a service program that will repair affected computers and refund any repairs previously made for affected computers.
Jun 25, 2018 at 13:00
The launch of the RX100 VI, with its 24-200mm equiv. zoom, sees Sony enter the large sensor travel zoom market. This puts it squarely into competition with the much less expensive Panasonic TZ / ZS100 and 200. How do the three compare?
Sony recently announced the RX100 VI, the newest addition to its compact camera line. How does this new model stand out from the rest? Chris and Jordan take the camera for a spin and tell us what they think – and even manage to fit in some well earned hammock time in the process.
Jun 23, 2018 at 13:00
Greenland in winter is not for the faint of heart, but it's highly rewarding to those who can manage the conditions. In this final installment of his series, Erez Marom tells us how he made the most of getting stuck in the snow, and why it's worth the cost to charter a sailing into Disko Bay.
Jun 22, 2018 at 19:31
Lomography is crowdfunding its latest film camera, the Diana Instant Square. According to the company, this is the first Instax-compatible camera with a hot-shoe mount and support for interchangeable lenses.
Supreme Court rules online retailers such as Amazon and B&H Photo can be required to collect sales tax
Jun 22, 2018 at 16:11
The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, has ruled online retailers such as Amazon, B&H Photo, and eBay can be forced to collect sales tax in states, even where they don't have a physical presence, overturning a 1992 Supreme Court ruling.
Jun 21, 2018 at 19:07
A popular Instagram user based in Singapore has been caught passing stock images off as his own work. Daryl Aiden Yow, who has worked with many recognizable brands, has apologized for his actions, and has deleted some images from his Instagram account while adding credits to others.
mobileJun 21, 2018 at 16:51
Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has employed a clever solution to the dreaded display 'notch' – a sliding mechanism that houses the device's front and rear-facing cameras.
The Kamlan 28mm F1.4 is an all-manual prime lens for APS-C (and Micro Four Thirds) mirrorless cameras. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, it'll go on sale to the public for just $200 – see what it can do on Sony and Fujifilm bodies.
videoJun 21, 2018 at 12:04
Instagram TV — IGTV for short — is a new app and service from Instagram that puts the focus on video content. You can now follow content creators and watch up to hour-long vertical videos inside the new dedicated IGTV app, as well as directly within Instagram.
videoJun 20, 2018 at 16:13
Researchers at NVIDIA have used artificial intelligence to train a system that's capable of turning standard 30fps video into 240fps slow-mo video with minimal loss in quality.
Jun 20, 2018 at 14:00
Loupedeck has updated its popular Lightroom editing console with a new '+' version featuring improved build quality, more customization and support for some non-Adobe software.
Samsung's flagship Galaxy S9+ comes with comprehensive photography features like dual optically stabilized rear cameras, smooth 4K video and of course, beauty filters for your selfies. But is it the best smartphone camera for you? Find out how it compares against the likes of Apple's iPhone X and Google's Pixel 2 in our full review.
mobileJun 20, 2018 at 11:00
Apple released a new batch of mobile photography tutorial videos this week, each briefly demonstrating how to perform various camera actions using the flagship iPhone X.
video newsJun 20, 2018 at 10:00
Adobe has announced development of Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application that consolidates the entire video creation workflow, from shooting to social media sharing, in a single application.
Jun 19, 2018 at 23:26
Adobe's quarterly financial report was just published, and the news is good. Q2 2018 saw a new quarterly revenue record of $2.20 billion, and 22% growth to $1.55 billion in its Digital Media segment.
Jun 19, 2018 at 17:59
Just months after launching its QuartzLine filters for DSLR and mirrorless lenses, PolarPro has launched a buyback program that will give you credit towards a PolarPro filter for trading in an old one - even if it isn't theirs.
Jun 19, 2018 at 17:34
Sigma has announced that five of its Sony E-Mount Art-series primes, announced earlier this year, are now shipping.
Jun 19, 2018 at 13:00
Adobe has announced a raft of updates across its suite of Creative Cloud apps, including Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.
Jun 19, 2018 at 11:00
Video editing software package Video Pro X has received what is described as its biggest update yet to mark ten years since Magix Video Pro was launched.
Jun 18, 2018 at 20:19
Back in 2010, Canon announced that it was developing the world's largest CMOS sensor, measuring about 40 times larger than full frame. The company has just updated its website with more details.
lens newsJun 18, 2018 at 15:46
Samyang has launched its latest lens, the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF. This telephoto prime is a direct competitor to Canon's $1,600 alternative—and considering it's expected to retail for half the price, it looks like quite the bargain.
Jun 18, 2018 at 15:38
Scanning film takes forever and photographing negatives is a pain. The Pixl-latr aims to provide a simple solution.
mobileJun 18, 2018 at 15:30
Google has published an 18-page study fully detailing its synthetic depth-of-field technology that makes its single-camera Portrait Mode possible. The in-depth paper shows a degree of openness and academic mindset unusual for the industry.
Jun 18, 2018 at 12:00
Rugged, waterproof compact cameras are tough enough to survive even the most action-packed vacation, but they're not the only choice for capturing those great memories. Photographer Josh Root takes us through the options.
Jun 17, 2018 at 13:00
Kodak has restarted production of one of its most famous film emulsions - Ektachrome. Popular Science editor Stan Horaczek recently go to take a look inside.
videoJun 17, 2018 at 06:00
The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is an affordable F2.8 standard zoom for full frame Sony E-mount cameras. What's it like, what are the trade-offs, and what are the alternatives? Chris and Jordan take a closer look...
A teardown of a Nikon D850 has provided proof that the camera's sensor is made by Sony Semiconductor. The chip's design and performance already strongly supported this, but the confirmation also gives a hint about how the industry works.
camera newsJun 15, 2018 at 17:00
Leica Camera has announced a new compact camera that features a 24-360mm F3.3-6.4 zoom lens and a 20MP 1” MOS sensor. Essentially a re-badged Panasonic Lumix ZS/TZ200, the Leica C-Lux will save Raw and JPEG files, will offer 4K video and has a viewfinder with a 2.33 million-dot resolution.
Jun 15, 2018 at 17:00
Leica has launched a limited edition M10 with a contoured handgrip designed by luxury coachbuilder/design house Zagato. And, to celebrate the opening of a new part of the company's Wetzlar factory, a pair of Leica-made watches are due this autumn.
mobileJun 15, 2018 at 15:44
The new Mijia gimbal provides 3-axis stabilization and can charge the battery of the attached device.
videoJun 15, 2018 at 15:15
YouTuber George Tomlin explains the concept of sub-framing and details how you can use it to take not only make the composition more interesting, but also provide context for the scene you're shooting.
Jun 15, 2018 at 13:00
British photographer Drew Gardner tells us how his gigapixel image of the queen's birthday parade came together.
Jun 14, 2018 at 16:20
Neewer, a photo gear brand out of China, has launched a new budget APS-C lens for Fuji X and Sony E mounts. The Fuji X mount lens offering has appeared on Amazon as a new release with a $119.99 price tag, but is currently listed as unavailable.
Jun 14, 2018 at 15:25
Two years after launching its first photo filter, Aurora Aperture is back at it again with the Kickstarter launch of its PowerXND Mark II filters.
lens newsJun 14, 2018 at 04:00
Nikon has announced the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR lens. Thanks to its use of 'phase fresnel' optics, Nikon claims that the lens will be small and light enough to be used handheld.
Jun 14, 2018 at 03:59
MIOPS has opened up a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product, the Capture360. This pocket-sized device is a versatile motion control box designed to be as simple or robust as your needs desire.
accessory reviewJun 13, 2018 at 13:00
The Domke F-6, also known as the 'Little Bit Smaller' bag shares a lot of characteristics with the venerable (and a Little Bit Bigger) F-2. Senior Editor Barnaby Britton has been using one for several years.
Jun 12, 2018 at 20:58
Lowepro has released the FreeLine BP 350 AW, an all-new daypack that features Lowepro's adaptive interior divider system it calls QuickShelf.
Jun 12, 2018 at 19:55
Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the Instant Magny 35 supports Fujifilm Instax Square film and doesn't require any camera modifications. The instant film back is described as ideal for rangefinders and SLRs from Pentax, Leica, Olympus, Canon, and Nikon.
Jun 12, 2018 at 15:45
Utah-based tripod manufacturer Really Right Stuff has updated all 17 of its tripods with updated features and better ergonomics.
mobileJun 12, 2018 at 13:58
The new Technical Camera app offers comprehensive manual controls and a range of features for users who prefer to take control of the capture process.
Jun 12, 2018 at 13:00
Someone finally made a 1"-sensor compact with a fixed prime lens that can take great photos, but it's aimed at Scuba enthusiasts more so than land-based photographers and has a few operational quirks.
Leica has released details of the twelve finalists for this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award, one of who will take the €35,000 (approx. $41K) top prize. Organizers say that 2500 photographers submitted work to the competition this year.
lens newsJun 11, 2018 at 17:13
One week after it was first seen in leaked images, Samyang—also known as Rokinon in the US—has unveiled a ‘tiny but wide’ 24mm F2.8 lens for full-frame Sony cameras.
Every photographer knows about APS-C sensors, but what about APS film? This week, Chris and Jordan take a stroll down memory lane and try out the original APS format, a technology that promised to streamline the film workflow, but which ultimately lost out to digital technology.
mobileJun 8, 2018 at 15:28
Although it wasn’t a stand-out detail during the keynote, Apple is bringing new features and improved performance when working with Raw photos on iOS 12. We break down a few of the updates we’ve come across in the iOS 12 Beta 1.
Jun 7, 2018 at 18:27
Manfrotto has updated its travel tripod range with three new tripod models: the Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber, Befree GT, and Befree Live Carbon Fiber. The first two models feature Manfrotto's M-lock twist lock, and the Befree Live Carbon Fiber is designed for recording video.
Jun 7, 2018 at 15:56
Parrot has launched its latest consumer drone, the Anafi. This folding drone will retail for just shy of $700 and features a 21-megapixel camera capable of 4K HDR capture at 30 fps.
Canon has announced a new version of its popular 70-200mm F4L tele-zoom. The new Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM features numerous improvements over its predecessor, including 5 stops of stabilization and a reduced minimum focus distance.
lens newsJun 7, 2018 at 04:00
The third version of Canon's 70-200mm F2.8L features the same optics and 3.5 stop image Stabilization system as its predecessor but adds Air Sphere Coating and fluorine coating on front and rear elements.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is a 1"-type compact camera with a 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom lens. We've been shooting with one since its launch and have prepared a brief overview video.
mobileJun 6, 2018 at 17:39
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Instagram is working on the ability to allow uploads of videos with a length of up to one hour – which could have a big impact on how video is created and shared in the future.
Jun 6, 2018 at 15:26
Although rare — only 1 in 17,000 sold are affected — Peak Design has noticed its recently-updated Anchor connectors are showing premature wear due to using a thinner cord. As a result, Peak Design is offering free replacements for all affected customers and has launched an updated version to fix the issue.
Jun 6, 2018 at 14:37
Hot Wheels has teamed up with GoPro to bring turn your childhood dreams into reality. Now, with Hot Wheels new ‘Zoom In’ car, you can record POV onboard footage of your bedroom track days with your GoPro.
Jun 6, 2018 at 13:00
DxO Labs announced bankruptcy a few months back, but with a silver-lining: its flagship desktop software, Photolab, would receive a free update by summer. The company also announced that the Nik Software Collection would receive its first update since 2017. As of today, both promises have been fulfilled.
videoJun 6, 2018 at 00:12
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has announced that the Ronin-S, its first single-handed stabilizer, will be available from late this month at a cost of $699. Click through for more details.
Jun 5, 2018 at 18:19
Fujifilm has unveiled GetPix DASH, an inexpensive photo kiosk platform for printing images from a mobile device.
Jun 5, 2018 at 18:12
At its WWDC developer conference Apple has showcased some imaging-related improvements in the beta version of iOS 12.
camera newsJun 5, 2018 at 14:17
Sony has announced the Cyber-shot RX100 VI, a 1"-type compact camera with a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom lens, 315 phase detection points and the ability to shoot at 24 fps with autofocus.
Jun 5, 2018 at 11:00
There's no practical reason why anyone should make a Canon lens adapter for the 0.5MP Game Boy Camera – which is why it's so amazing that someone actually did it.
Jun 5, 2018 at 00:04
Japanese rumor site Nokishita has published images it claims are of the forthcoming, as yet unannounced, Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 lens for the Sony E mount.
mobileJun 4, 2018 at 18:26
Last week, HMD Global released a software update for the Nokia 8 smartphone that added a new Pro Camera mode giving users manual control over five camera functions: shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure.
Jun 4, 2018 at 17:48
Leica has announced a new flash and remote control flash unit for its Q, SL/CL and M-series digital cameras. The Leica SF 60 flash offers TTL metering and high-speed sync up to 1/8000sec, while the SF C1 remote control unit enables wireless control of SF 60 flash units across up to seven channels in three groups.
The SeaLife DC2000, is a waterproof, rugged compact camera with a large 1"-type sensor and a fixed 31mm-equivalent F1.8 prime lens. It's primarily aimed at diving enthusiasts, but we've seen what it can do above the sea as well as below.
The new Fujifilm X-T100 includes some impressive features at a budget-friendly price. So, how does this Bayer sensor camera stack up? Chris and Jordan have been shooting it since launch day, and it won't surprise you to find out they have an opinion on the matter. Tune in to this week's episode to find out what they think.
Jun 2, 2018 at 13:00
A longtime amateur photographer, Ze’ev Kirshenboim shares his story of learning to photograph the colorful – and sometimes dangerous – underwater world.
camera newsJun 1, 2018 at 22:18
Denim lovers will be delighted to know that there is soon to be a camera that will go with all of their outfits. In honor of this ubiquitous fabric "that suits everyone" Olympus has launched a denim-blue version of the Pen E-PL9 to appeal to fashionable photographers everywhere.
Jun 1, 2018 at 20:16
Yongnuo has unveiled a new version of its 50mm F1.4 lens. The upcoming YN 50mm F1.4 II features a USB port for firmware updates, support for live view focusing and a new external design.
lens newsJun 1, 2018 at 18:56
German brand Lemuro has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production of its iPhone accessory lenses.
Jun 1, 2018 at 14:01
After noting errors in our K-1 Mark II studio scene, we've re-shot both that camera and its predecessor. DPReview's Reviews Editor, Carey Rose, has the background on what happened.
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