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      May 2016 news and reviews

      May 31
      Photomyne app scans multiple prints at a time

      The Photomyme app allows for faster throughput when scanning printed images by letting you scan more than one image at a time. Read more

      Vitrima lens aims to bring low-cost 3D video capture to GoPro action cameras

      Looking to bring more excitement to your POV snowboarding videos? A new case called Vitrima is in the works, which would enable GoPro action cameras to record 3D video. Read more

      Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore

      Virtual reality, or VR, has the potential to redefine the way we interact with images, including still images, movies, and other forms of visual storytelling. Read more about the creative potential of VR

      May 30
      Asus announces Zenfone 3 Deluxe with stabilized 23MP camera

      The new Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a flagship phone with an impressive looking camera specification. It comes with a set of impressive camera features that include a 23MP 1/2.6-inch Sony IMX 318 sensor, F2.0 aperture lens, 4-axis optical image stabilization, electronic video stabilization in video mode and a hybrid AF system. Read more

      To St. Helens and Back: Olympus TG-Tracker Shooting Experience

      The Olympus TG-Tracker is an action cam that not only records 4K video with a 204° field-of-view, but also logs a ton of data along the way. We sent it up (and down) Mount St. Helens to put it through its paces. Read more

      Never miss a video: Subscribe to DPReview on YouTube

      We've been producing more video content than ever before, including tons of content from last year's PIX show, our ongoing series of long-form Field Tests, overviews of the latest cameras and lenses, as well beginners' technique guides and interviews. Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Read more

      May 29
      Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial

      Ever wonder how landscape photographers get stunning sharpness throughout their images even when shooting in challenging conditions? The answer is simple, but the process can be difficult. Focus stacking isn't for the faint of heart, but this tutorial should help to shed some light on the process. Learn more

      May 28
      Huawei P9 camera is nice, but it's still a smartphone camera

      To dismiss the Huawei P9's imager as 'just another smartphone camera' would be unfair. Huawei claims that by using one monochrome and one RGB sensor, the camera is 100% more sensitive to light than its competitors. We found it to be enjoyably similar to shooting with a dedicated camera, but at the end of the day, it's still a smartphone. Read more

      May 27
      Novoflex releases Canon EF electronic adapter for Leica SL

      Just bought a Leica SL but can't afford to buy a Leica lens to put on it? Don't worry - German manufacturer Novoflex has just the thing for you. Its new SL-EOS adapter costs €499 and transmits focal distance and aperture EXIF data, and supports autofocus. Read more

      Dual-cam Duel: Sony and LG Innotek rumored to be competing for Apple orders

      Rumors say that all 'Plus' variants of the upcoming iPhone 7 will feature a dual-camera design which could be made by either Sony or LG Innotek. Read more 

      Critical eye: Picturesqe aims to highlight your best frames and throw out the worst

      Picturesqe is a software application that’s designed to help you pick your best shots. We gave it a whirl to see if it could save us any time in post processing. Read more

      May 26
      Western Digital acquires SanDisk as more data moves to solid state memory

      Hard disk drive giant Western Digital has acquired flash memory manufacturer SanDisk in a deal worth $18 billion. Read more

      Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints

      If you have boxes of old faded prints in your closet, the Unfade app for iOS might be worth a closer look. Read more

      Content-aware cropping coming soon to Adobe Photoshop CC

      The magic of Adobe's content-aware fill will soon be available using the crop tool. Read more

      ZTE Axon 7 features 20MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor

      ZTE's Axon 7 smartphone offers flagship-specifications at a competitive price point. Read more

      Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition

      Recently, DPReview Editor Barney Britton took the Sony RX10 III hiking, and he saw that it was good. How good? Back in the office Sam Spencer took the RX10 III, II, the Panasonic FZ1000 and the Canon G3X up to the balcony for a good old-fashioned shootout. Read more

      May 25
      Broncolor launches range of softbox edge masks for rim light effect

      Swiss lighting brand broncolor has announced a range of diffuser panels for its softboxes that help to create a rim light effect when the subject is positioned in front of the softbox. Read more

      Vuze VR 3D 360 camera targets consumers with $799 price

      At the Cannes Film Festival, HumanEyes Technologies unveiled the Vuze VR, a consumer-grade 360-degree camera for VR applications. Read more

      Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review

      The Nikon D500 is a 21MP DSLR that shares most of its key features with Nikon's flagship D5, but packs them into a smaller APS-C format body. The long-awaited successor to the D300S, the D500 is Nikon's most professional DX-format camera ever and, with only a few exceptions, we've been very impressed. Read more

      May 24
      Brian May launches smartphone adapter for stereoscopic virtual reality viewer

      Brian May, guitarist with the band Queen and a stereo photography enthusiast, has launched a kit that allows users to view 3D stereo pairs and virtual reality content on a smartphone for just £25 (approx. $37). Read more

      Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat

      When the opportunity presented itself to build a traditional Greenland-style skin-on-frame kayak with craftsman and friend of DPR Kiliii Yuyan, DPReview editor Barnaby Britton used the EOS 80D to document the process. Watch video

      Lensbaby Circular 180+ ultra-wide-angle GoPro lens launches on Kickstarter

      Lensbaby has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Lensbaby Circular 180+, a lens that attaches to a GoPro Hero's waterproof housing. Read more

      Olympus TG-Tracker keeps up with your outdoor adventures

      Olympus' latest tough cam is packed with all the rugged and tracking features you could hope to bring along on your next alpine hike. Read more

      May 23
      Photo business: the rise and impending fall of social media 'influencers'

      An interview with a social media executive paints a pretty bleak picture of the fading 'influencer' phenomenon in which individuals are paid handsomly to promote products to their large social media followings. Read more

      Photo bomb: Student project sends Instax camera skyward

      In what must be a one-of-a-kind project, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology has installed a Fujifilm Instax camera on a DJI drone, making it possible to shoot instant photos from the air. Read more

      Magnum Graduate Photographers Award 2016 winners announced

      Magnum Photos recently announced winners of its Graduate Photographers Award 2016, providing each graduated photographer with a Magnum photographer mentor, portfolio review and a screening of their work. Read more

      May 22
      X-ray: iFixit looks inside the Fujifilm X-M1

      iFixit gives us a look inside Fujifilm's X-M1, its entry-level X-Trans ILC, from a safe distance. Read more

      May 21
      Striking: Photos from a lightning hotspot in Venezuela

      For landscape photographer and storm chaser Jonas Piontek, 'Lightning Capital of the World' Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is practically paradise. Read more

      May 20
      Hasselblad offers no-loss trade-up on H6D to those waiting for 100MP back

      With the Hasselblad 100c 100MP back delayed by the after-effects of the Japanese earthquake, the company has introduced a trade-up deal for photographers who want to get their hands on the new H6D medium format body sooner rather than later. Read more

      LandscapePro software promises simple steps to dramatic changes

      Anthropics Technology, the makers of the PortraitPro software application, claims its new software makes quick work of time-intensive processing jobs like replacing skies. Read more

      Google teams with IMAX to create next-gen VR rigs for the film industry

      At its I/O developer conference this week, Google announced a new partnership with IMAX to develop VR camera rigs for the film industry using its Jump VR platform. Read more

      May 19
      Processor designer ARM acquires Apical

      Processor designer ARM is hoping to strengthen its position in new markets by acquiring imaging technology company Apical. Read more

      Michael Reichmann, founder of Luminous-Landscape, dies aged 71

      We are very sad to report the death of Michael Reichmann, founder of Luminous-Landscape. Michael was a towering figure in the digital photography press and he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him and by his millions of readers. Read more

      Fast and steady: Tamron 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD real-world samples

      The Tamron 85mm F1.8 claims the title of the world's first fast-aperture 85mm lens with stabilization. We've spent some time getting to know it on full-frame and crop sensor bodies alike. Read more

      Weather-resistant Fujifilm 2x teleconverter brings 1219mm focal length to X-Series

      A new weather-resistant 2x teleconverter from Fujifilm will offer up to 1219mm equiv. focal range when used with the company's X-series ILCs. Read more

      May 18
      Google Art Camera uses robotic system to take gigapixel photos of museum paintings

      A new robotic camera system Google has developed called 'Art Camera' has made it possible for the organization to digitize paintings faster than ever before. Read more

      VR / Action cameras forum just launched

      Are you excited about VR but frustrated that we don't have a clearly demarcated area in our forums for you to talk about it? You're not alone, probably. But we're pleased to announce that your nightmare is over, with the launch of our dedicated VR and action cameras forum! Read more

      Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam

      Sony's Xperia XA Ultra puts the focus on the front camera with a 16MP stabilized imager. Read more

      Fast machines: Shooting motocross with the Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X II

      With 12 and 14 frames per second on tap respectively, the Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II are both high-speed sports-shooting machines. So, we took them to photograph some other high-speed machines at a motocross practice northeast of Seattle. Read more

      Go wide or go home: Voigtlander 15mm Super-Wide-Heliar lens gallery

      Voigtlander's 15mm F4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar is newly available for Sony E-mount, so we put it to work on the Sony a7R II shooting landscapes. See gallery

      May 17
      Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates

      Samsung may have one foot out the door of the digital camera market, but at least for now it appears to be keeping its NX1 and NX500 up to speed with an Android Marshmallow compatibility update. Read more

      DxOMark Mobile Report: Lenovo Moto G Plus

      The Lenovo Moto G Plus performs on par with flagship devices like the iPhone 6s Plus and Google Nexus 6P in DxOMark's mobile testing. Read more

      Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care?

      From Sphericam to Theta, and from the New York Times to your local real estate agent, the age of 'consumer virtual reality' seems to have finally arrived. What's changed and why is VR in the headlines? Read more

      Above and beyond: Lenovo Moto G Plus first impressions review

      In our initial testing, the Moto G Plus camera produces image quality that we would typically expect from devices in a higher price bracket. Read more

      Lenovo's Moto G Plus comes with 1/2.4-inch sensor and fingerprint reader

      The Moto G Plus is a mid-range smartphone, but its camera specification wouldn't look out of place on much more expensive device. Read more

      Broncolor launches battery-powered Siros studio heads for location photographers

      Swiss lighting manufacturer bronocolor has announced the Siros 400 L and 800 L, a pair of battery-powered studio heads. Read more

      Day at the track: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II samples

      The EOS-1D X Mark II is the latest flagship body from Canon boasting a 20.2MP CMOS sensor, 14 fps continuous shooting and a new 61-point autofocus system. We brought it out to Evergreen Motocross Park in Monroe, Washington to get some initial impressions. See gallery

      May 16
      Yi action camera updates original with 4K video

      Chinese company Yi has updated its action camera with a Sony IMX377 12MP 1/2.3" sensor, improving its top resolution to 4K compared to the original model's 1080p maximum. Read more

      Sony expects to restart image sensor production by end of month

      Sony, one of the biggest sensor manufacturers for the photographic industry, has announced its sensor plant in the earthquake-hit Kumamoto region will be ready to begin production again by the end of this month. Read more

      May 15
      Readers' Showcase: Arek Halusko

      When the stresses of running his own business catch up to him, DPR reader Arek Halusko turns to photography. Based in BC, he's drawn to street scenes where there's always something to shoot around the corner. See more

      May 14
      Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park

      Summer is all but upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, but it's never too early to plan your winter photo trips. Veteran landscape shooter Erez Marom makes a strong case for heading to Finland. Read more

      Stormy weather: Photographer Mike Olbinski captures Oklahoma tornado

      Most photographers are ready to head home after a 10-hour wedding shoot, but Mike Olbinski isn't your average wedding photographer. Read more

      May 13
      SmugMug Films:  Passport to Morocco

      SmugMug's newest film features travel photographer Trey Ratcliff as he explores the Moroccan towns of Fez and Chefchaouen and discusses his own journey as a photographer. Read more

      COOPH Field Jacket is waterproof, designed for photographers

      COOPH wants to keep you and your photo gear dry in a specially designed, waterproof jacket that won't cramp your style. Read more

      LG introduces live-streaming action cam with LTE built-in

      Korean electronics manufacturer LG has announced a new action cam that can stream live content to the internet via built-in 3G and LTE connectivity. Learn more

      Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated

      Shooting with the Nikon D500 continues, both in Seattle and in very warm Palm Springs, California. See gallery

      May 12
      Facebook announces support for 360 degree photos

      Facebook users will soon be able to upload 360 degree photos directly to Facebook and view them in the news feed. Read more

      EyeEm launches The Roll for iOS, an intelligent take on your Camera Roll

      EyeEm's brand new iOS app wants to save you from the mess that is your Camera Roll. It uses machine learning to sort, tag, keyword and pick your best shots. Read more

      Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card

      Samsung's new microSDXC card offers an incredible 256GB storage space with room for up to 55,200 photos. Read more

      Sigma offers part replacement to prevent lenses scratching Pentax K-1

      Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced that it will replace parts on its Pentax-mount lenses that are known to scratch the new Pentax K-1 full-frame camera. Read more

      Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review

      Our long-awaited review of the Nikon D810 is now published! The D810 is Nikon's flagship high-resolution DSLR and although it was released some time ago, it remains a benchmark camera in many important respects. We've been shooting with - and testing - the D810 for a long time. Click through to read the review

      May 11
      Corel AfterShot Pro 3 launches with new touchup tool, recovery algorithm

      Corel has launched AfterShot Pro 3, the latest version of its photo editing software, re-vamping its highlight recovery algorithm and adding new touchup tools. Read more

      US journalist wins Anja Niedringhaus Award for Sudan conflict series

      The Anja Niedringhaus award for Courage in Photojournalism has gone to Kenya-based photographer Adriane Ohanesian for her ongoing coverage of the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan. Learn more

      Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface

      Instagram has made a significant design change to its logo, and has introduced a monochrome user interface that puts more emphasis on photos. Read more

      Heavenly bodies: Nikon D810 & D810A field test

      José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, photographer and educator. He joined us when took Nikon’s D810 and D810A down to southern California recently to capture the stunning desert vistas and night skies near Death Valley. See video

      Bright idea: Canon debuts EF-M 28mm F3.5 Macro with built-in LEDs

      Canon is introducing the first macro lens for its EOS M system, offering two built-in LEDs to illuminate close subjects. Read more

      Canon 600EX II-RT improves continuous flash firing in top-of-the-line Speedlite

      The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT updates the manufacturer's top-shelf flash unit, claiming it fires up to 1.5x faster in continuous shooting with AA batteries or up to 2x with a new CP-E4N optional battery pack. Learn more

      Canon PowerShot SX620 HS brings 25x optical zoom to pocketable form

      Canon's new PowerShot SX620 HS refreshes its budget superzoom lineup with a 25-625mm equiv. lens. Read more

      May 10
      Huawei launches Honor V8 with 12MP dual-camera module

      Huawei's Honor V8 comes with a very similar dual-camera setup to the P9 that includes two 12MP main cameras, but it does without the Leica branding. Read more

      Manfrotto launches secure backpack with concealed rear opening

      Accessory manufacturer Manfrotto has launched a new backpack that hides the opening of its main camera compartment between the bag and the person carrying it. Read more

      Keeping the faith: Pentax K-1 video overview

      Pentax shooters have waited a long time to join the full frame club, and with the release of the K-1 DSLR that wait is finally over. But the appeal reaches beyond current Pentaxians thanks to its 36MP sensor, innovative features and a very aggressive price point. Take a look at what makes this camera unique. See video

      The ultimate hiking partner? Sony's RX10 III goes the distance

      Sony's new Cyber-shot RX10 III might look a lot like the older RX10 II, but its lens is something else. With a versatile 24-600mm equiv. range, on paper it's a great traveling companion, which is why DPR editor's editor chose it to take on a weekend hike. See how he got on

      May 9
      JPEGmini Photoshop extension aims to top Adobe's 'save for web'

      Beamr, the software company behind the content-aware JPEGmini image compression application, has introduced an extension for Adobe Photoshop. Learn more

      Pentax K-1's Pixel Shift challenges medium-format dynamic range

      As we continue testing the Pentax K-1 in our studio, it continues to impress us. This time we look at Raw dynamic range, where the K-1 excells – especially with Pixel Shift enabled. See more

      May 8
      Go with the glow: How to effectively use Orton Layers in post processing

      Have you ever wondered how some of the top landscape photographers achieve that dreamy yet sharp look? It's actually quite simple. In this article you will find a step-by-step guide to creating, refining and using the 'Orton layer' in your post processing workflow. Read more

      May 7
      Week in Review: The flagships are here! The flagships are here!

      It's been a busy week here as three high profile cameras have come sailing through our doors in (roughly) the past seven days. Let's recap, shall we? Read more

      Under the hood: A look inside the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

      Panasonic's LX100 is an ambitious little camera. It steps right over the 1" sensor compact class with a 16MP Four Thirds sensor. Thanks to the folks at iFixit, we can take a look at what's inside the camera without ever picking up a screwdriver. Read more

      May 6
      TIME names Kodak and Polaroid cameras two of the 'most influential gadgets' in history

      TIME Magazine has named the Kodak Brownie Camera and the Polaroid Camera as two of the most influential gadgets in history. Learn more

      4K from Space: ISS astronauts shoot 3D movie of planet Earth

      Astronauts based on the International Space Station have been working as movie makers to help create a 3D film featuring the planet Earth as viewed from space. A Beautiful Planet was shot in 4K using Canon’s Cinema EOS camera system, and will be shown in IMAX theaters from the end of the month. Read more

      Two in one: LG G5 camera review

      The LG G5's unique dual-camera module, an add-on camera grip and plenty of manual control make it an easy recommendation for a mobile photographer. Read more

      May 5
      Ready for takeoff: GoPro records rocket trip into space

      UP Aerospace Inc. recently launched a rocket carrying a GoPro into space – for science mostly, but also because footage from space is really darn cool. See video

      No alias: Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift shows impressive early results

      It's been a long wait for the arrival of our Pentax K-1, but it finally is here. We wasted no time taking Ricoh's new flagship DSLR to our studio to see how the long-awaited full frame 36MP sensor stacks up to the competition. Take a look

      May 4
      Unconventional COVR Photo case launches for iPhone SE

      The COVR Photo iPhone redirects the camera's angle of view to promote picture taking from a position with the device away from the shooter's face. It's now available for the iPhone SE in addition to the iPhone 5 and 6. Read more

      Elinchrom launches new EL-Skyport Plus system to include hotshoe flashes in wireless lighting networks

      Swiss studio flash manufacturer Elinchrom has launched the next generation of its Skyport wireless triggering system that allows photographers to include hotshoe flash units in their lighting set-ups. Read more

      MindShift Gear’s Multi-Mount Holster bags offer five wearable configurations

      MindShift Gear has launched four Multi-Mount Holsters for photographers in need of a versatile bag that can accommodate a DSLR or mirrorless camera, a lens, and a few accessories. Read more

      Canon catching up? Canon EOS-1D X II tested in our studio

      Announced back in February, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has at long last made its way through our door. We're just itching to get it out and put its 20.2MP sensor and 14 fps burst rate to work shooting some fast action, but first we put it through our slate of studio image quality tests. Read more

      May 3
      Feature Shoot announces Emerging Photography Award winners

      Feature Shoot hopes to jumpstart the careers of the five photographers selected as winners in its second annual Emerging Photography Awards. Read more

      Samyang announces 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 autofocus FE lenses

      Samyang has announced its first autofocus lenses. The 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 are designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras and will be available in July. Learn more

      Peak Design launches smaller 'Everyday Messenger 13' bag

      Peak Design has launched a lighter and more compact version of its Everyday Messenger bag designed to hold a 13" laptop. Read more

      Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery

      Our Nikon D500 studio tests have produced encouraging results, so we were eager to follow them up with some real-world shooting – by land and by sea. See gallery

      May 2
      Sony posts significant imaging division income gains in 2015 financial year-end report

      It's not all bad news from camera manufacturers – despite a downward trend in sales, Sony's imaging division finished the 2015 financial year strong, with a healthy uptick in operating income. Read more

      Fujifilm facilities resume some production following Kumamoto earthquakes

      Fujifilm is slowly but surely bringing a key subsidiary's production facilities back online after earthquakes forced a shut down, and expects to be back at full production by the end of May. Learn more

      Friendly Rebel: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D samples

      Canon's latest entry-level Rebel wraps up an 18MP sensor, a 9-point AF system, built-in Wi-Fi and 1080p video in a beginner- and budget-friendly DSLR. We took it out for a spin. See gallery

      May 1
      Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap

      Peak Design takes a fresh approach to the camera strap with its Slide Sling. Well-considered details and a comfortable strap help justify its steep price, but there's a potentially deal-breaking flaw in the strap's design. Read more

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