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      June 2014 news and reviews

      June 30
      Metz flash units now available for Sony Multi Interface Shoe

      Owners of Sony SLT, NEX and R-series cameras with Multi Interface Shoes now have a couple more flash options. Two flash units offered by Metz, the mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital and 52 AF-1 digital, are now available for the Sony Multi Interface shoe. Read more

      Leica M firmware 2.0.1.5 released

      Leica has released a firmware update for its M Typ 240 camera with a huge list of improvements and bug fixes. Firmware 2.0.1.5 adds a few new interesting features such as expanded Auto ISO options and the ability to use live view with any lens. The new firmware is available now. Read more

      One of a kind? Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review

      The Nikon 1 V3 offers an 18.4 megapixel 1"-type CMOS sensor, a significant gain in resolution over its 14.2 megapixel V2 predecessor. It also offers impressive 20 fps burst shooting with continuous AF and a Hybrid AF system using 171 contrast-detect and 105 phase-detect points. The V3 might just be the most promising mirrorless camera Nikon has offered enthusiasts yet, and our full review is well underway. In the meantime, take a look at our first impressions and shooting experience. Read more

      June 29
      Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography

      Anyone who has attempted surfing can testify to the amazing force generated by even small-seeming ocean waves. That's part of what makes Clark Little's photography so impressive. Formerly a surfer himself, Little specializes in capturing shorebreaks - large waves that break on the shoreline. It requires impeccable timing and the dangers are real, but the payoff is evident in his breathtaking photos. Take a look at some of Little's work. See gallery

      June 28
      Making a splash: Photos capture colorful liquids frozen in time

      Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner are the husband-and-wife duo behind Floto+Warner, a New York-based photo studio. Their aptly titled 'Colourant' series features Western and Midwestern US landscapes with - literally - a splash of color. Fast shutter speeds freeze the action and give them the appearance of sculptures, suspended in time for only a moment. They answered some questions about the series - see more of their work and find out how it came together. See gallery

      June 27
      What The Duck #1464

      We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

      Fujifilm issues firmware update for X-series and fixed lens cameras

      Fujifilm has announced firmware updates for a number of X-series and FinePix cameras. Full details of the firmware updates were announced on the company’s blog, and the new firmware versions are now available for download from the global Fujifilm site. Included in this round of updates are the X-T1, X-Pro 1, X-E1, X-E2, X-M1, X-A1, XQ1, FinePix S1, FinePix XP70 and FinePix XP200. Read more

      Opinion: Why Small Changes Make a Big Difference to Nikon's D810

      The Nikon D810 might seem like an incremental update to the older D800 and D800E but under the hood there are some significant new features. In this article, contributing writer Damien Demolder tells us why the numerous small changes that Nikon has made in the D810 add up to a big difference in the final product. Click through to read his opinion piece.

      Trunx and Shutter apps offer free unlimited cloud storage for images

      Two new cloud storage services, Trunx and Shutter, offer free unlimited storage of your smartphone images and videos.

      Apple to cease development of Aperture

      Apple has announced that it is ceasing development of its Aperture photo editing application. The company will instead be focusing on the upcoming Photos for OS X software, which will be included in the next version of Mac OS X (Yosemite). Apple will ensure compatibility with the next version of OS X and will allow you to import your Aperture library into the new Photos app. This certainly bodes well for Adobe, since even more Aperture will be defecting to Lightroom.

      Fotolia Instant for Android helps sell your smartphone images

      The Fotolia Instant app for Android lets you sell your images straight from a smartphone.

      Nikon D810: What You Need to Know

      Nikon's new D810 replaces two models, the D800 and D800E. It brings a number of refinements, some of which are minor, but some that are potentially very significant. The D810's specification sheet is enormous and it's easy to miss things - in this article we're cutting through the PR jargon and breaking out the D810's main selling points. Click through to read more

      Tamron lens profiles added to Adobe Camera Raw

      Tamron has announced the addition of profiles for two of its lenses to Adobe Camera Raw. The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon mount and the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro for both Canon and Nikon mount have been profiled for use with Adobe's tools for lens aberration correction for users of Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom 5.

      Image sharing platform and marketplace EyeEm has updated the Android version of its mobile app.

      June 26
      Olympus debuts 'Anywhere Classroom' video series

      Olympus US has announced a new video series. Titled 'Anywhere Classroom', the videos provide beginners with tips for a variety of shooting scenarios. The first three videos launch today, featuring Olympus Visionary Jay Dickman offering tips for outdoor photography and demonstrating with the OM-D E-M1. A second season is planned for fall 2014 featuring advice for light painting and night shooting. See video

      A little bit better: Nikon D810 First Impressions Review

      The Nikon D810 replaces both the D800 and D800E, and the changes that Nikon has made in the new DSLR are significant. There's no OLPF to get in the way of resolution, and as well as a lower base and higher maximum ISO sensitivity the D810 is 25% faster than its forebears, offers a slightly improved AF system and boasts 1080/60p video with built-in stereo recording. We had a chance to get our hands on a pre-production D810 recently, and we've prepared a detailed look at its key features. Click through to read our First Impressions Review

      Nikon announces full-frame D810 with no OLPF

      Nikon has announced its latest midrange FX-format digital SLR: the D810. The camera replaces both the D800 and D800E, and features a 36.3MP CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter. The EXPEED 4 engine from the D4s has been incorporated, allowing for a wider ISO range, improved image quality and metering as well as faster burst shooting. Nikon has also redesigned the mirror mechanism and introduced an electronic first-curtain shutter option to reduce the risk of 'shutter shake' reducing resolution. Click through to read more

      June 25
      Blackmagic releases firmware 1.8 for all cinema cameras

      Blackmagic Design, maker of a range of high-end compact cinema cameras, has announced a firmware update for all of their models. Available today, the new firmware provides an entirely new code base for the Blackmagic cameras and will enable the company to roll out new features to their devices. The new update claims to provide improved performance and introduces a new user interface. Learn more

      Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lab test report

      The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is one of a select group of supertelephoto zooms for full frame SLRs that reaches or exceeds 400mm focal length, while still being reasonably portable. Its trump card over its closest competition lies in its longer focal length - at 600mm full zoom, it'll let you get your subjects that bit larger in the frame. But does this result in an unacceptable compromise in optical quality? See the lens test data and our analysis

      Tamrac brand and assets acquired by Gura Gear

      Camera bag maker Tamrac has been acquired by the Ogden, Utah-based Gura Gear. Tamrac, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since January, will see its brand and assets handed over when the acquisition is finalized later this month. At that point Tamrac's assets will be relocated to Gura Gear's Utah headquarters.

      Reader showcase: Using a Sony NEX as a digital back on an antique camera

      Our DIY forum isn't a month old and we've already seen it fill with interesting projects. Some solve a problem, while others are pure fun. Decidedly in the latter category, dpreview forum member vkphoto has put a Sony NEX-F3 'digital back' on a vintage ICA Toska camera from the early 1900s and a Carl Zeiss Tessar 135mm 1:6.3. See how he brought new life to an antique with a $15 modification. Learn more

      June 24
      Huawei announces octa-core Honor 6

      The Huawei Honor 6 comes with a 13MP camera and F2.0 aperture.

      Zenfolio launches Photographer Central, an online photographer directory

      Photographer Central, a new service from portfolio-hosting site Zenfolio, aims to help professional photographers and clients find each other. Available only in the US, the online directory allows photographers to list their business for a yearly fee. Potential clients can browse photographers in a Yelp-like fashion, with the ability to sort results by price, location and style. Learn more

      Actor Dennis Hopper gets first London exhibition - 4 years after death

      Apocalypse Now star Dennis Hopper is set to get his first London photography exhibition, four years after his death. The show, entitled 'The Lost Album', will be a rerun of an exhibition Hopper held in 1970 at the Fort Worth Art Centre in Texas, and will comprise the original 9.5x6.5in silver gelatin prints that were first displayed over thirty years ago. Incredibly, the 400 prints were only found after Hopper's death in 2010, having lain 'lost' since their first airing. Click through for more information.

      Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review

      Kodak is arguably the most famous name of all in photography, but it ultimately failed to manage the transition from film to digital, and ended up exiting the consumer imaging business altogether in 2013. But now JK Imaging, which licenses the Kodak name, has created an interchangeable lens camera. The Pixpro S-1 is an entry-level model that's designed to attract budding photographers who are buying their first system camera. Click through to read our first impressions.

      June 23
      Third time's a charm: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review

      We've just posted our full review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III. In this third generation compact, Sony offers a 20.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a couple of important new features - a faster 24-70mm equiv F1.8-2.8 lens and a pop-up EVF with 1.44M dots. With these additions to what was already an impressive camera, does the RX100 III earn our highest recommendation? See for yourself. Read review

      June 22
      High ISO Compared: Sony A7S v. A7R v. Canon EOS 5D III

      The A7S is Sony's newest entry in its full-frame mirrorless lineup. But where the 'R' in A7R stood for resolution, the 'S' in the 12MP A7S stands for sensitivity, topping out at an impressive maximum ISO sensitivity setting equivalent to ISO 409,600. We've had an A7S for a couple of days - just long enough to create a real-world comparison of high ISO stills from the camera against the 36MP A7R and Canon's EOS 5D Mark III. Click through to see the results.

      June 21
      'Kodak City' documents former imaging giant's headquarters

      While many American cities have experienced the pains of a large population shift from the urban core to suburbs, there's a poignancy to the abandoned storefronts in downtown Rochester, New York. The city's name is inextricably tied to the name Eastman Kodak. Swiss photographer Catherine Leutenegger spent time photographing Rochester and Kodak's headquarters, first in 2007 and again in 2012, and answered a few of our questions about the project. See gallery

      June 20

      Air Stylus for iPad is a budget-friendly alternative to a graphics tablet. 

      What The Duck #1461

      We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

      A new Apple patent filing describes how a single artificial muscle structure is used to replace traditional motors to control focus and aperture in a camera module. 

      Step into Edgar Martins' Time Machine

      Edgar Martins is drawn to documenting off-limits places. This was part of the appeal for him in a project titled 'The Time Machine,' in which he gained access to hydro-electric power plants in Portugal, the country where he was born. Built between 1950 and '70, these facilities were designed to accommodate dozens, even hundreds of employees working side-by-side with state-of-the-art technology. They're now operated with only a handful of personnel and are largely disused. He answered a few questions for us about the project. See gallery

      Sony Alpha 7S added to test scene comparison tool

      We've just added the Sony A7S to our studio test scene comparison. The A7S is a 12 megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera capable of shooting at ISO 409,600. It's as much designed for video as it is for stills, but for now take a look at its low light performance in our test scene and compare it to an ever-growing list of cameras. See studio results

      June 19
      Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 now available

      Update: Amidst a slew of announcements yesterday, Adobe also made final release versions of Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.5 available for download. A few new cameras are now supported including the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II, Olympus OM-D E-M10, Panasonic GH4 and Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III. Camera Raw 8 users with Photoshop CS6 will get new camera support, lens profiles and bug fixes, but a few new features are added for Photoshop CC subscribers. Read more

      Atkins Ciwem Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014 shortlist

      From over 10,000 entries, the shortlist selection has been revealed for the 2014 Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year competition. In its seventh year, the competition sponsored by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem) encourages entrants from around the globe to showcase work that 'will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment'. See gallery

      Tamron makes 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon EOS M

      Tamron has revealed that it will be making its 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC superzoom in Canon EF-M mount. In a week of unparalleled excitement for EOS M owners, it becomes the fifth autofocus lens for the two year old system, and the first from a third-party manufacturer. With a 29-320mm equivalent range, it features a stepping motor for silent autofocus, and optical image stabilization. Sales will start in the USA on June 26, at $499.

      Tamron officially launches 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 full frame superzoom

      Tamron has officially launched its 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD superzoom lens (Model A010) for full frame SLRs. A near-twin of the 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 for APS-C, it's distinguished from the previous model by featuring an ultrasonic-type 'Piezo Drive' autofocus motor, splashproof construction and more-compact design with a 67mm filter thread. It'll be available in Canon and Nikon mounts on June 26th for $849.

      Tamron announces 14-150mm superzoom for Micro Four Thirds

      Tamron has announced the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III (model C001), a superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras which offers a 28-300mm equivalent range. It uses a stepper motor for silent autofocus (including during video recording), but doesn't include image stabilisation. This means that it's rather less suited to Panasonic cameras than it is to Olympus models. It will be available on June 26th for $589.

      June 18

      Amazon's first smartphone, the Fire Phone combines unique features with solid hardware specification.

      Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know

      This morning Adobe announced a new photography-focused plan for Creative Cloud subscribers, new feature additions to Photoshop CC and two apps - an iPhone version of Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix. We've written about all of these things individually, but if you're thoroughly confused about what it all means, click through for the main takeaways.

      Adobe to offer Lightroom and Photoshop CC for $9.99 monthly

      Adobe has announced a new pricing plan for photographers that bundles Lightroom 5 and Photoshop Creative Cloud together for $9.99/£8.78 per month. This plan makes it possible for photographers whose only interest is image editing to make use of both of these apps without signing up for a much costlier subscription to the complete Creative Cloud suite. No previous version of Photoshop is required. Read more

      Adobe announces new 'Focus masks' feature in CC update

      Following last week's video teasing the release of a new feature coming to Photoshop CC, Adobe has made the update official. In addition to the 'Focus Masks' feature that we already knew about, today's official announcement brings a host of mostly minor new features including new blur effects, updates to content aware fill, and improvements to tools like smart guides. Read more

      Adobe has announced Photoshop Mix - a new image organization and manipulation app which can sync with desktop versions of Photoshop CC and Lightroom.

      Adobe has announced that Lightroom Mobile - first released for the iPad back in April, is now available for the Apple iPhone.

      Sony's curved sensors may allow for simpler lenses and better images

      The sensors inside digital cameras are - generally - flat. But curved sensors promise greater sensitivity, better image quality, and provide scope for simpler lenses. Recently, Sony showed off some examples of curved image sensors, including (tantalizingly) a full-frame chip. Device manager Kazuichiro Itonaga claims: "The team has made somewhere in the vicinity of 100 full-size sensors with their bending machine. We are ready." Read on to learn more about this exciting new tech, how it imitates the human eye, and how it may find its way into consumer products.

      June 17
      Canon UK announces EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM for EOS M

      Canon UK has announced the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, a compact telephoto zoom for the EOS M mirrorless system. Canon claims the new lens offers high-end optical performance, a 'near-silent' stepping motor and a 3.5-stop optical image stabilization system. Providing an 88-320mm equivalent range on the EOS M, it's the fourth lens in the series, priced at €389.99/£329.99 with availability (at least in Europe) in July.

      New Fujifilm X-series firmware adds direct instax printing

      Fujifilm has announced a firmware update for three of its X-Series camera, allowing them to print images instantly from the instax Share SP-1 printer. The Fujifilm XQ1, X-M1 and X-A1 cameras updated with the new firmware will be able to send photos directly to the compact instax printer, rather than by way of mobile device as is currently the case. The firmware should be available in late June, and Fujifilm plans to add the feature to more cameras. Learn more

      ThinkTank introduces new 'Airport Roller Derby' bag

      If you want to bring the intensity of a full contact sport to the way you transport your camera gear, ThinkTank's new Airport Roller Derby bag may interest you. It's a large rolling bag built to accommodate a 15-inch laptop, up to two standard DSLRs with lenses attached and six to seven standard zoom lenses or strobes. With four dual wheels it will roll upright, tilted back or on its side. Read more

      Dive in: Waterproof compact group test posted

      For those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere summer is upon us. We're celebrating the arrival of longer days and seaside vacations with our annual waterproof compact group test. This year's test includes the Canon PowerShot D30, Nikon Coolpix AW120, Olympus Tough TG-3, and Ricoh WG-4 GPS. See which of these rugged compacts came out on top.

      2014-15 Waterproof Camera Roundup

      Just in time for summer, a look at the 2014 crop of rugged waterproof digital cameras.

      June 16
      Canon Japan announces Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility updates

      A press release that appeared on Canon Japan's website today indicates that Canon will be upgrading its Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility applications. According to a translation of the release, DPP will be a 'significant' upgrade and will be available free as of June 26th. Read more

      Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Real-world Samples

      The Olympus Stylus SP-100 EE is a superzoom camera with a built-in dot-sight that enables you to easily track moving subjects while the lens is zoomed in. The dot-sight pops up just above the high-resolution electronic viewfinder. To make long zoom focusing easier, the SP-100 also features a focus limiter, which lets the user choose what distances the camera searches. The SP-100 combines a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor with a 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom that captures 1080/60p HD video. We've been playing with it for a couple of weeks, to see how well it performs. See gallery

      Fujifilm launches weather-resistant XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

      Fujifilm has announced its first weather-resistant lens, the Fujinon XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, which is designed to match the high-end X-T1 mirrorless camera. Offering a versatile 27-200mm equivalent zoom range, the lens claims to have the world's most advanced image stabilisation system, which uses high precision gyro sensors to give a claimed 5 stop benefit. It also has an air ventilation system to help prevent dust being sucked into the lens by the zoom operation. It'll be available in July for £749.99 / $899.95.

      June 15
      DPReview Reader Showcase: Underwater photography

      With our yearly waterproof compact group test nearing completion, and we put out a call on our new underwater photography forum asking readers to showcase their best photos from the deep. The responses were impressive - take a look at a few of our favorites. And if you're inspired to dive in and take some photos of your own, rest assured our waterproof group test is just around the corner. See gallery

      2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced

      The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) has announced the winners of its 7th annual Photographers of the Year contest, along with top photos in many individual categories. Entries to the 2014 competition came from photographers in in seventeen countries, and naturally, all were taken with an Apple iPhone, iPod or iPad. Click through to take a look at the winning photos. See gallery

      2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced

      The iPhone Photography Awards has announced the winners of its 7th annual Photographers of the Year contest, along with winners in seventeen categories.

      June 14
      In Photos: Sebastian Luczywo's unconventional family portraits

      Polish photographer Sebastian Luczywo takes an unusual approach to family photos. His clever and mood-filled photos depict his wife, their two children and family pets in the countryside, often with a touch of the surreal. The resulting images are anything but your standard family portraits. Take a look at his work. See gallery

      June 13
      Leica T Unboxing! (you won't believe what happens at the end...)

      With the T (Typ 701) Leica debuted a brand new mirrorless lens mount. Built around a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the T has an ISO range of 100-12500 and offers 5fps continuous shooting and Full HD movie recording with stereo sound. We've been waiting for a Leica T to arrive in the dpreview office since it was announced back in April, and today our wish finally came true. To mark the grand occasion (and to immortalize the characteristically lavish packaging) we've created an unboxing slideshow. Click through to feast your eyes. And yes - since you ask, it is a slow news day.

      Video: Canon REALLY wants you to look after your camera gear

      Canon USA has released a video explaining how to take care of your camera gear. In the video, hosted by Holly Groder of Canon's call center, Canon gives a series of recommendations for things to avoid, and things to get into the habit of doing, to keep your gear clean and fully functional. If you mentally delete the word 'Canon' from every other sentence there's plenty of sensible advice for caring for your gear - whatever the manufacturer. Click through to see the video.

      Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lab test report

      The AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is Nikon's latest moderate wideangle prime, designed for full frame SLRs like the D610. It sits in the lineup between the budget, DX-only AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G and the premium, half-stop faster AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G. It also faces stiff competition from the highly-regarded Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM. So how does it measure up in terms of optical quality? See the lens test data and our analysis

      Samsung's new Tab S tablet models combine 2560x1600 pixel SuperAMOLED displays with super-thin bodies and bezels. 

      Deep Dive: Inside Benjamin Von Wong's shipwreck photo shoot

      Benjamin Von Wong isn't afraid of a little drama. His work incorporates elements of fantasy, turning models into otherworldly creatures and fire-breathers. So who else might you expect to find at the helm of an underwater shoot with two models, a team of divers and a shipwreck? Yep, he went there. Take a look at some of the photos and watch a behind the scenes video to see how he pulled it off. See gallery

      June 12
      Oppo reveals N1 Mini with rotating camera

      Like its larger N1 sibling, the N1 Mini comes with a rotating 13MP camera.

      Nova provides off-camera flash for the iPhone

      The Nova off-camera flash unit gives you more control over your iPhone flash photography.

      DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy S5

      With a score of 79 the Samsung Galaxy S5 shares the number one spot in the DxOMark smartphone ranking with the Sony Xperia Z2. 

      Sigma announces US pricing and availability of dp2 Quattro

      Sigma has announced US pricing and availability for its latest camera the dp2 Quattro. Featuring a newly-developed ~19.6 million pixel APS-C Foveon sensor and a completely new body design, the dp2 Quattro has a 30mm F2.8 lens (45mm equivalent) and will be available in the USA in early August at a street price of $999. Click through for the press release.

      Sigma UK gives pricing and availability for dp2 Quattro + Specs

      Sigma UK has revealed pricing and availability for its dp2 Quattro, along with much more information about the camera than we got when it was announced in February. The latest, 45mm-equivalent, model features dramatic styling and a fundamental re-think of the company's Foveon multi-layer sensor design. It will be available in early July with a suggested retail price of £899.99 including VAT. In the USA availability is estimated as early August and the street price will be $999. Learn more

      Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

      Since its arrival in our office, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 has hardly had a moment's rest. The superzoom with a 25-400mm equivalent lens and 1"-type sensor is truly one-of-a-kind. We've put it through the paces of a first impressions review and taken it outside in some very un-Seattle-like weather for extensive shooting. In the process, we've assembled some hands-on photos of the camera so you can get better acquainted with the FZ1000. See slideshow

      Opinion: Why the FZ1000 isn't just another superzoom...

      Superzoom cameras offer DSLR-style ergonomics and enormous zoom ranges, which make them very popular among novice photographers and enthusiasts looking for a 'take everywhere' option for travel and day-to-day shooting. They have not, traditionally, impressed us with their image quality. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a very different beast though, and has impressed us with its specification, performance and price. In this short article, editor Barnaby Britton explains why the FZ1000 is definitely not 'just another superzoom'. Read more

      Super Sized: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review

      Up until now, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 was the only game in town for those seeking a big zoom camera with a larger-than-average sensor. Panasonic has thrown its hat into the ring with the Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which offers a 1"-type, 20.1MP CMOS sensor, plus a longer (but slightly slower) zoom lens. The FZ1000 is also the first compact camera to support 4K video recording. Perhaps the biggest story is the price: $899. We've gotten our mitts on a product model and have some initial thoughts to share. Find out more

      Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-FZ1000 with 1" sensor and fast lens

      Panasonic has announced its Lumix DMC-FZ1000 superzoom camera, which features a 1"-type CMOS sensor and F2.8-4.0, 25-400mm equivalent lens. The sensor is not only the same size as on Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 - it's also the same resolution (20.1MP). The FZ1000 features both a fully articulating LCD as well as a high resolution OLED viewfinder. The FZ1000 is also capable of recording 4K video at a bit rate of 100Mbps, from which 8MP stills can be grabbed. The camera will be priced at $899 / £749.99.

      June 11
      Lytro Launches Web Viewer; 500px to Host Living Pictures Gallery

      As Lytro prepares for the launch of its second generation light field camera, the Lytro Illum, the company faces a challenge: how does one easily display and share the 'living pictures' their cameras produce? Today the company announced plans to open-source its Living Picture Player - a viewer for its light field images. The WebGL-based player can be integrated into any website or social media platform, thereby allowing for easy sharing of Lytro's living pictures. 500px will be the first to host an image gallery based on this player.

      Adobe teases new 'Focus masks' feature

      Adobe has released a video sneak-peek of a new feature due to be introduced into Creative Cloud which the company is calling 'Focus masks'. In the video, Zorana Gee, senior Photoshop product manager explains that with focus masks, Adobe is 'adding a new way to make an automatic selection based [on] pixels that are in focus versus out of focus'. Click through to watch the video and learn more. 

      Alien Skin Software's Exposure 6 now available

      Alien Skin Software has launched an update to its popular photography effects software, Exposure. Announced in April, Exposure 6 has a new processing engine for instant image effect previews, a new user interface for a faster workflow and tools for 'Bokeh.' It's available for download now at $149 for new users and as a $69 upgrade for existing users. Read more

      Olympus Tough TG-3 real-world samples gallery

      The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a slightly more enthusiast-focused rugged compact, offering a 25-100mm equiv. F2.0-4.9 lens, 16 megapixel sensor, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi. It's waterproof to 15m/50 ft, shockproof to 2.1m/7 ft and freezeproof to -10° C/14° F. Like its peers it records 1080p HD video. We put its waterproof claims to the test - find out how it did in the real-world. See gallery

      Ricoh WG-4 real-world samples gallery

      The Ricoh WG-4 offers a 16 megapixel sensor and a 25-100mm equivalent F2.0-4.9 lens. Identical to its WG-4 GPS sibling in almost every way except for the obvious (one has GPS and a front-facing display, one doesn't) the WG-4 is waterproof to 14m/45 feet, freezeproof to -10° C/14° F and shockproof to 2m/6.6 feet. Take a look at our real-world samples. See gallery

      Nikon Coolpix AW120 real-world samples gallery

      Nikon's Coolpix AW120 features a 16 megapixel sensor and is waterproof to 18m/59 ft. It offers a 24-120mm equiv. lens, along with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. The AW120 will withstand a drop from 2m/6.6 ft and is freezeproof to -10° C/ 14° F. Among nearly all of its peers it offers the widest lens, though at F2.8-4.9 not as fast at the wide end as the Olympus TG-3's or Ricoh WG-4's. Take a look at what the AW120 is capable of in the real-world. See gallery

      Canon PowerShot D30 real-world samples gallery

      Waterproof to 25m/82 ft, the Canon PowerShot D30 is capable of diving deeper than its current competitors. The 12.1 megapixel D30 also features a 28-140mm equiv. lens and built-in GPS. In addition to its impressive waterproof specification, it's coldproof to -10° C/14° F and shockproof to 2m/ 6.5 ft. See how it performs in the real world, both on land and under the waves. See gallery

      June 10
      Nikon Coolpix A firmware 1.11 available

      Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Coolpix A. Version 1.11 decreases minimum focus distance (in normal focus mode) and boasts improvements to autofocus acquisition. Other improvements are minor, including better battery performance during interval shooting. Get the update

      Shoulderpod announces S1 smartphone mount

      The Shoulderpod S1 is an adjustable smartphone holder that mounts on a tripod or can be used as a hand grip and device stand.

      Picquest provides location-based search for photographers on your mobile device.

      UPDATED: Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 M3 sample images

      As soon as it arrived we wasted no time getting out with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, and in the past few days we've also added a lot to our first-impressions review, including a movie page, shooting experience and studio comparison images. This weekend presented an opportunity to update our gallery of real-world sample images too, bringing our gallery to 87 images, including a handful of raw conversions. See more.

      Everything you wanted to know covered in helpful Lightroom tutorial

      Adobe’s Lightroom 5 is a powerful program, but that power comes at the expense of a learning curve that some find pretty steep. In this excellent video shot at B&H, Photographer Robert Rodriguez, Jr. walks photographers through the functions and features of Lightroom’s Develop module in an hour-long hands-on tutorial as he covers just about every panel and slider in the Develop module. Learn more

      June 9
      Fake Chuck Westfall reveals identity and announces retirement

      Chuck Westfall is the unassuming and authoritative head media liaison for Canon, USA. Fake Chuck Westfall is an invented anti-hero and the surly voice behind the Fake Chuck Westfall blog, a site that pokes fun at Canon, Nikon and the photo industry in general. After maintaining secrecy for six years the man behind the account has revealed his identity, announcing that he's moving on from the blog.

      An update to HTC's Gallery app allows for manual adjustment of the blur strength in the Duo Cam's Ufocus feature.

      Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III shooting experience

      Our first impressions review of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III just keeps growing. The latest aims to answer one of the most important questions potential owners ask about a camera - 'What's it like to use?' With promising specifications like a 20 megapixel 1"-type sensor, a fast 24-70mm equiv F1.8-2.8 Zeiss-branded lens and a pop-up EVF, the RX100 III looks excellent on paper. Does that hold up in real-world use? Read more

      Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images

      Nikon's 1 V3 is the newest model in the company's enthusiast mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. The V3 is built around an 18.4 MP CX-format sensor, and uses a hybrid contrast (171 points) and phase detect (105 points) AF system. The V3 boasts a continuous shooting speed that outpaces DSLRs at 20 fps with full autofocus. The camera is also capable of 1080/60p Full HD video. Click through to see how it performs.

      June 8
      1939: England in Color (part 3)

      Their relative rarity makes the discovery of color images from the distant past perennially fascinating. In the final part (for now at least) of a three-part article, Barnaby Britton shows us a selection of images taken from a collection of 75 year-old color slides found in his grandmother's attic. Some better preserved than others, the photographs provide a unique glimpse into England in August 1939, on the eve of WWII. See photos and read more of the story...

      June 7
      In Photos: Iceland captured in infrared

      Iceland, it seems, is extremely photogenic. Photographers traveling the country routinely emerge with stunning photos of mountains and waterfalls. Visiting for the first time, Andy Lee saw an opportunity to bring out even more of the drama in the country's already dramatic landscapes. He used a DSLR converted for infrared photography, capturing the scenery in deep blues and blacks. See gallery

      June 6
      What The Duck #1463

      We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

      Reminder: DPReview is hiring! Writer + Web Developer

      We're looking for an editorial writer and a web developer to join our growing team based in Seattle, WA. Responsibilities for the editorial role include testing and producing reviews of digital system cameras, compact cameras and other photographic equipment. Successful applicants for the web developer role will have strong visual design skills to help us craft the look, feel and functionality of dpreview.com. Click though for more information

      Royal Air Force commemorates 70 years since D-Day with recreated photos

      Seventy years after the D-Day landings in Normandy, the Royal Air Force remembers June 6, 1944 by recreating some historic images from the day - though not the kind you might expect. As naval forces made landfall on D-Day, a II (AC) Squadron Mustang took to the sky above, bringing back some of the first images of the landings. The reconnaissance mission was recently mimicked by two Tornado GR4s carrying more sophisticated imaging equipment. Compare the photos and fly along with the modern jets in a behind-the-scenes video. See more

      Canon launches Irista cloud storage service with 10GB free

      Canon has jumped into the crowded online image storage space with the launch of its new Irista image hosting and sharing site. The result of a several-year-long beta testing program, the new Irista website competes with online storage tools like those from Dropbox, Google, Microsoft and Apple. Naturally, Irista caters to photographers with the ability to upload any standard photo file type including Raw. Though anyone can sign up for a free account, paid accounts are only available to residents of certain European countries. Read more

      Rare photos of Nagasaki destruction auctioned

      A collection of images, including 24 photographs taken the day after the bombing of Nagasaki, were up for auction this week at Bonhams. According to the auction house, these are the only thorough record from the scene of the August 9, 1945 destruction. Twelve of these photos are though to be prints from original negatives belonging to the photographer, Yosuke Yamahata. The album was expected to fetch between $25,000 and $35,000 at auction. Read more

      June 5
      New forums! DIY Photo Projects and Underwater Photography

      We're pleased to announce the creation of two new forums. 'DIY and Photo Experiments' is the place to show off your photography-related DIY projects, discuss homemade solutions to hardware problems and share photo experiments with other dpreview users. If it's safe, legal, and you figured it out yourself, this is the place to show it off. Meanwhile, 'Underwater Photography' is the place to share and discuss - yes, you guessed it - all things related to taking pictures underwater. Click though for more information

      Olympus has patented a Google-Glass-like wearable device.

      Adorama Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review

      Offered in 160W ($70) or 300W ($100) power intensities, Adorama's Budget Studio Monolights are geared toward studio photographers who are just starting out and are constrained by modest budgets. At a fraction of the price of professional heads, can the Flashpoint Budget Studio lights do the job? Find out in our review

      Amazon is teasing a new device that will be launched at an event later this month.

      A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher

      The inside of a dishwasher isn't the most likely place you'd think of putting a rugged action camera, but that's exactly what one GoPro Hero 3 owner has done. The camera, along with a couple of light sources and an assortment of dishes, made the trip through a full wash cycle. The resulting video is surprisingly entertaining. See video

      June 4

      Version 6 of Instagram for Android and iOS comes with new editing options.

      Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0

      A new firmware updated for the Ricoh GR adds a 'High Speed' AF mode and claims to improve operational performance for aperture preview. Other additions include a 'Shift Crop' effect mode designed to reduce perspective distortion by removing a portion of vertically-oriented images, and improved stability when connecting via USB to a Mac. Read more

      June 3
      Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 release candidates available

      Adobe has made Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.5 release candidates available for download. A short list of cameras are added for ACR support including the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II, Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the Panasonic GH4 (with preliminary support). Camera Raw 8 users with Photoshop CS6 will get new camera support, lens profiles and bug fixes, but a few new features are added for Photoshop CC subscribers. Read more

      Apple's new iOS 8 contains additional imaging features that did not get a mention at yesterday's WWDC event.

      The Vertu Signature Touch is an Android smartphone with a "Hasselblad-certified" camera.

      The HTC One E8 looks like the better option for mobile photographers than the One M8.

      Nikon sets aside 1.8 billion yen to cover D600 warranty repairs

      Nikon has revealed that it allocated ¥1.8bn (~ $17.6m / £10.5m) to cover the cost of warranty repairs and replacements for its D600 SLR in the last financial year. The camera has been plagued since its launch by a tendency to accumulate oil spots on its sensor, resulting in Nikon offering to replace the shutter mechanism or even the entire camera for free if necessary. In an investor relations statement on its website, the company says that it is taking the matter very seriously, and 'will be taking steps to restore confidence in the Nikon brand'.

      Full speed ahead: Sony a6000 Review

      The Sony a6000 offers some considerable advantages over its Sony NEX-6 predecessor. It has a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor and an updated hybrid AF system with 179 phase-detect and 25 contrast-detect points. Also included is a built-in 1.44 million-dot EVF and a tilting 3.0-inch display with 921,600 dots. With an impressive AF system, fast 11 fps continuous shooting with subject tracking and lots of extras, the a6000 is poised very competitively in the mirrorless class. Read the review

      Sony World Photography Awards 2015 open for submissions

      The Sony World Photography Awards are now accepting entries for 2015. The contest is open to professionals and amateurs alike, from anywhere in the world. Submissions will be accepted until early January 2015 for four different competitions: Open, Professional, Youth and Student Focus with a number of categories in each group. Winners receive cash prizes and Sony gear. Read more

      June 2

      Scientists have connected the Nokia Lumia 1020 to microscopes for medical research purposes.

      Phase One introduces 40-80mm Schneider leaf shutter lens

      Phase One has announced a new leaf shutter lens for its 645 camera platform. The new Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 joins the existing Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter zoom lens, and allows for flash synchronization up to 1/1000sec. Supposedly on a par with prime lenses in terms of critical image quality, the new lens is available now for $8990 / €6990. Click through for the press release

      Apple is using its annual Developers' Conference to unveil iOS 8, which includes some interesting refinements to the native Photos app.

      Acer Liquid X1 features 13MP sensor and F1.8 lens

      Acer's new high-end phablet comes with a 13MP camera and F1.8 lens.

      Pocket movie maker? We examine the Sony RX100 III's video mode

      The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III may have photographers drooling over its fast lens and pop-up electronic viewfinder, but it gains some serious video-related updates too. It now features full sensor readout for higher image quality (as previously seen on the RX10), and also supports the XAVC S codec which allows higher bit-rates. In the latest update to our First Impressions Review, we take a detailed look at its movie mode. Click through to read all about it.

      Accessory review: Vanguard Heralder 51T Rolling Backpack

      The Vanguard Heralder 51T combines the conveniences of a backpack with the travel-friendliness of a rolling case. At almost ten pounds it's no day bag, but it is equipped with loads of compartments and pockets, a large removable interior tray, tripod sling, laptop storage and a rain cover. Is it the best of both worlds, or would you be better off with a dedicated backpack or roller? Read our review

      June 1
      John Keys brings 19th Century process to 21st Century England

      John Keys is a UK-based photographer who captures the streets of England's north-east with a 19th Century camera using the wet plate collodion process. Although long since abandoned by most professional and enthusiast photographers, collodion has come back into fashion in recent years for its unique look. click through for a look at John's work and to learn more about how - and why - he chooses to work with a Victorian photographic medium.

      Deutsche Börse Prize winner captures conflict in infrared

      An ongoing war in eastern Congo has killed more than 5 million people since it started in the early 1990s. How do you draw attention to an armed conflict the world is largely ignoring? Photographer Richard Mosse spent years in the region documenting combatants with infrared film to make the camouflaged soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo stand out rather than blend in with their surroundings. Last week, Mosse won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his installation The Enclave. Read more

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