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April 2020 news and reviews
mobileApr 30, 2020 at 16:19
The Xperia 1 Mark II borrows some of its camera technologies from the company's Alpha series of cameras, making it, at least on paper, one of the most interesting phones for photography at the moment.
Apr 30, 2020 at 15:24
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Apr 30, 2020 at 13:32
The new 'High Quality Camera' uses a C and CS lens mount and is built around the Sony Type 1/2.3” (7.9mm diagonal) Sony IMX477 image sensor.
reviewApr 30, 2020 at 12:00
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a Goldilocks drone. It's not the biggest or the smallest model out there, but it delivers just the right balance of size and features.
Apr 29, 2020 at 20:41
The new 64GB, 128GB and 256GB microSDXC cards feature max read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 130MB/s, respectively.
Apr 29, 2020 at 18:28
The 'Simple Use' camera is safe to use down to 10m (33ft) and comes in two pre-loaded options using Lomography's Color Negative 400 and LomoChrome Purple film stocks.
Apr 29, 2020 at 14:22
The new service allows images and folders to be synchronized between five computers and five mobile devices, and that each image can be edited on any of those devices.
videoApr 29, 2020 at 13:00
Want to shoot some portraits with great lighting while stuck at home? We show you how – and you probably won't need any new gear to do it!
Apr 29, 2020 at 12:30
We've updated our 'best fixed prime lens camera' buying guide and – no surprise here – the Fujifilm X100V came out on top.
videoApr 29, 2020 at 12:00
Dee Molenaar, a photographer, artist and icon in the Pacific Northwest mountaineering community passed away recently at the age of 101. Filmmaker and DPReview collaborator Eric Becker spent some time with Dee and his children before he died, and created a short film about Dee’s inspirational life. Watch it exclusively here.
Apr 28, 2020 at 20:56
The beta EOS Webcam Utility came from the ongoing needs required for video conferencing and virtual meetings amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 28, 2020 at 18:47
Photographer and DIY camera master Brendan Barry shares what went into converting his backyard shed into a camera and darkroom.
mobileApr 28, 2020 at 14:02
The OV64B is capable of capturing 64MP stills, as well as 8K video at 30 fps and 4K video at 60 fps. The first sample units will be shipping to companies next month.
reviewApr 28, 2020 at 13:00
Firmware has been updated and lens lineups fleshed-out since Canon, Nikon and Panasonic joined the full-frame mirrorless melee. In the light of these changes, we looked again at the strengths and weaknesses of the main contenders.
Apr 28, 2020 at 01:30
In addition to 4K/60p capture, the Mavic Air 2 can also record HDR video at 4K/30p and dole out 1080p slow-mo video at up to 240 fps. Battery life also gets an improvement, with a 34-minute flight time.
Apr 27, 2020 at 18:42
The company previously tested an anti-reflective coating and is now looking to use satellite 'sunshades.'
Apr 27, 2020 at 16:25
The MAVO Edge is built around a new 44.7MP full-frame CMOS sensor that claims to offer up to 14-stops of dynamic range and minimal rolling shutter, even at 8K.
Apr 26, 2020 at 19:24
The global lockdown has been disastrous for the camera trade with sales cut in half across the world, according to figures released by CIPA. DSLRs are doing worse than mirrorless models, and lenses are holding up a little better overall.
Apr 26, 2020 at 18:58
Both companies say accounting procedures are proving difficult amidst global stay-at-home orders, making it challenging to audit their financial results in the usual timeframe. Results for both companies are pushed back by a few weeks.
reviewApr 26, 2020 at 13:00
Exposure Software's latest Exposure X5 app is a surprisingly fast, feature-packed and affordable alternative to Adobe's Lightroom – with no subscription required.
Apr 26, 2020 at 12:00
Running out of isolation projects? Here's how you can use common household supplies and tools to craft your own DIY studio lighting solutions.
videoApr 25, 2020 at 13:00
Impressively compact and no slouch in terms of sharpness: Tamron's 70-180mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount shapes up to be a solid option for a7-series photographers.
sample galleryApr 25, 2020 at 13:00
What better time to shoot with a telephoto zoom? Chris and Jordan took the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 and a Sony a7R III into the empty streets of Calgary for some appropriately-distanced street shooting.
Apr 24, 2020 at 20:28
The quick-release system makes it easier to get the strap out of the way when it's not needed, such as when you're switching to shooting on a tripod or monopod.
Apr 24, 2020 at 16:33
New bi-color LED comes to the LS series of continuous lighting with temperatures variable between 2700 and 6500K for still and movie photography
Apr 24, 2020 at 15:20
The price drop comes not long after the release of its new studio camera software update and new ATEM Mini switchers
Apr 24, 2020 at 13:00
Even if you can't get outdoors, there are plenty of ways to keep busy and to keep your photographic senses sharp. What follows are nine ways film photography lovers can stay occupied and have fun, all from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Apr 23, 2020 at 20:24
As a whole, Canon saw a decline of 9.5% and 18.7% in net sales and operating profit, respectively, but its Imaging Systems division took a particularly rough hit with expectations Q2 will be even worse.
Apr 23, 2020 at 18:20
Five zoom lenses and a single prime lens have received minor firmware updates that 'fix minor bugs,' according to the changelogs.
Apr 23, 2020 at 17:36
It's a small firmware update, but addresses an important problem that could cause certain SD memory cards to have errors while shooting.
Apr 23, 2020 at 14:49
Sony's next venture into light field technology could be via an E-mount lens, that might allow photographers to use it on their regular cameras
videoApr 23, 2020 at 13:00
Tiny crystals on a glass slide may look unimpressive to the naked eye, but with a macro lens and some polarizing filters they become magical. We show you how to make your own.
lens newsApr 22, 2020 at 22:58
In addition to the 'velvety glow' of the bokeh produced by the lens, it also features 1:2 ratio macro capabilities, with a minimum focusing distance of 14cm (5.5").
Lensrentals survey: 19% of professional photographers are considering a career change due to COVID-19 pandemic
Apr 22, 2020 at 18:05
Unsurprisingly, 96% of respondents said their work has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 75% saying 'all or almost all' of their work had been cancelled in April.
mobileApr 22, 2020 at 17:37
The update, which also brings multiple bug fixes, is described as an important step in Pixelmator's effort to refresh the iOS app.
Apr 22, 2020 at 17:01
When Nikon released the full-frame D3 in 2007, it changed the professional photography industry. It was also a pivotal piece of equipment for Senior Editor Barney Britton.
videoApr 22, 2020 at 13:55
'I Am Vital' is a short film from Florian Ledoux reminding the world about the importance of water and our disappearing glaciers in the age of climate change.
Apr 21, 2020 at 17:33
The pair of printers have more compact designs, incorporate a new 4.3" touchscreen control panel and feature new and improved inks.
Apr 21, 2020 at 13:00
We've re-tested the Canon EOS R, using firmware v1.6 and updated the review. We've given particular focus to the Eye AF feature and have investigated both its performance and operation, which boost the camera's score and makes it much easier to shoot portraits.
video newsApr 21, 2020 at 12:00
The Canon EOS R5's video specifications look very powerful. We break down what everything means, and what the limitations might be.
mobileApr 21, 2020 at 12:00
This isn't the first time the company has been caught passing off DSLR images as if they were captured using its smartphone cameras.
video newsApr 21, 2020 at 00:11
Panasonic has added 5.9K Raw video output to its Lumix DC-S1H full-frame mirrorless stills/video camera, allowing the recording of ProRes RAW with an Atomos Ninja V recorder.
Apr 20, 2020 at 18:34
The Canon EOS C300 Mark III uses the exact same frame as the C500 Mark II, but packs inside Canon's new DIGIC DV7 processor and a new 4K Super 35mm Dual Gain Output (DGO) sensor.
videoApr 20, 2020 at 17:00
In this video we share our first impressions of the Canon EOS R5's impressive video specifications, as well as some other features that might get lost in the headlines.
videoApr 20, 2020 at 17:00
Canon has revealed the video specs of its forthcoming EOS R5, including internal Raw capture of its 8K/30p footage. There's also full-width 4K at up to 120p with 10-bit 4:2:2 recording and full AF in all modes.
lens newsApr 20, 2020 at 16:44
The new Canon RF and Nikon Z mount versions join the previously-available models for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony FE camera systems.
lens newsApr 20, 2020 at 15:12
The 75mm F1.8 autofocus lens from Samyang/Rokinon is compact, lightweight and has a fun little trick up its sleeve.
Apr 19, 2020 at 18:15
The annual international contest recognizing fine art photography announced its winners and finalists last week. Here are some winning and finalist images.
Apr 19, 2020 at 14:00
With most activities restricted, this is a good time to think about what photography is, and what it means. One of Senior Editor Barney's favorite photography books has hardly any pictures in it and wasn't even written by a photographer.
Apr 17, 2020 at 19:59
The photo industry may be able to take some hope from this case in which Alpa was able to secure damages from a Chinese company producing fakes and copies of its cameras.
Apr 17, 2020 at 18:02
Instagram-competitor VSCO and action camera company GoPro both plan to release new features and products in 2020 despite the restructuring.
Apr 17, 2020 at 17:13
The Canon EOS 10D was a hugely advanced camera when it was announced in 2003. Senior Editor Barney Britton looks back at the 10D, and shares some memories of his first DSLR.
Apr 17, 2020 at 13:00
A dedicated 35mm photographer and medium format skeptic gets his hands on the lust-worthy Plaubel Makina 67 and finds lots to love about its design – and the format in general. But it's not all a bed of roses.
Apr 16, 2020 at 19:50
George Steinmetz, whose aerial photography work appears in National Geographic and the New York Times, was cited for flying his drone over a massive burial ditch on Hart Island.
Apr 16, 2020 at 17:30
These are the winning and shortlisted photos from the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 Open Competition
Apr 16, 2020 at 15:47
The organization says photography is non-essential and that even porch-based photography sessions may put communities at risk.
Apr 16, 2020 at 14:00
RAW Power 3 for macOS and iOS builds upon Apple's native technology to allow for faster and more powerful image organization and editing tools to the built-in Apple Photos application.
Apr 16, 2020 at 13:00
As we've been sharing stories of the gear that made the biggest difference to our photography, DPR readers have been responding with theirs. Here are some of our favorite responses so far.
Apr 15, 2020 at 22:53
Apple has updated the long-ignored iPhone SE model. The new version is very similar to the outgoing iPhone 8 and maintains the same glass-back design, single rear camera and water resistance.
Apr 15, 2020 at 19:19
Frustrated that you can't get in the studio with a model to test and experiment with lighting set-ups and shooting ideas? This set.a.light application might just keep your creativity on the boil until the world returns to normal
Apr 15, 2020 at 14:52
Adorama's charismatic founder, Mendel Mendlowits, passed away on April 8th at the age of 76.
The Fujifilm X-T200 is a low-priced mirrorless camera with a stunning 3.5" display, easy-to-use touch interface, oversampled 4K video and the classic design X-series cameras are known for. Dive into our review to see how it ranks against its peers.
Apr 15, 2020 at 12:47
The latest legal ruling follows a similar case from 2018 about a tweet that featured a copyrighted image of Tom Brady.
lens newsApr 14, 2020 at 19:35
The lens doesn't currently have a price, but you can count on it being one of the—if not the—most affordable 50mm lens for Sony's a6000-series cameras.
Apr 14, 2020 at 16:12
The OnePlus 8 Pro features a large primary image sensor and HDR video recording at 4K resolution.
Viltrox announces new $280 33mm F1.4 autofocus lens for APS-C systems, teases upcoming 20mm T2 cine lens
lens newsApr 14, 2020 at 15:04
The 33mm F1.4 lens is the first of three APS-C lenses Viltrox has already said are on the way, with the 23mm and 56mm F1.4 still on the horizon.
Apr 14, 2020 at 13:00
Recently we caught up with Fujifilm's Toshi Iida to talk about the X-T4, X100V and, of course, the ongoing impact of the coronavirus epidemic on Fujifilm and the camera industry as a whole.
sample galleryApr 14, 2020 at 12:00
Fujifilm's newly-formulated Acros 100 II will be hitting store shelves soon! Curious what it looks like? Check out our sample gallery, chock full of 35mm and 120 format scans.
Japan offers $2.2B to help domestic companies move production from China, but will it help the imaging industry?
Apr 13, 2020 at 19:25
Last week, it was reported that $2.2 billion of Japan's COVID-19 emergency stimulus package will be allocated to companies willing to move production out of China. We asked two executives of Japanese imaging companies whether or not this incentive could help their operations.
Apr 13, 2020 at 18:59
The new model supports nearly all 35mm analog SLR cameras and can be used with dedicated back covers designed for the most popular camera models.
BCN data shows mirrorless camera sales have dropped 50% YoY in Japan for March amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Apr 13, 2020 at 15:36
Year-over-year, sales of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras decreased by 50.5 percent, according to BCN Retail's latest data.
'Accurate autofocus on any subject in any environment': Olympus engineer talks OM-D E-M1 Mark III AF
SponsoredApr 13, 2020 at 14:00
In this interview, Tetsuo Kikuchi, manager of Imaging System Development at Olympus Corp explains how the E-M1 Mark III's autofocus system was developed, and what it means to design a camera for demanding professionals.
Apr 13, 2020 at 13:00
Like so many, self-employed photographer Suzi Pratt found herself at home with lots of time to kill. Here are the steps she recommends for those in the same position, both to fill time during isolation and to prepare for what's next.
videoApr 12, 2020 at 20:05
The two-minute video shares a behind-the-scenes look at how commercial film production company Threefold made an old ambulance the ultimate all-in-one film truck.
Apr 12, 2020 at 13:00
Compact and affordable, the new Sirui 50mm anamorphic lens comes in options for three camera mounts – so we tried it on each of them. See the lens in more detail and read about the benefits of using it on each system.
The Fujifilm X100V is a camera designed to tag along on adventures large and small. We brought it along on plenty of excursions during the course of testing – back when we were able to do that sort of thing – from trips to the coast to walks around the block.
videoApr 11, 2020 at 07:00
We shot Fujifilm's new Acros II black and white film in both 35mm and 120 medium format, developing it ourselves. We also compared it to Fujifilm's Acros film simulation. The verdict? We like this film!
Apr 10, 2020 at 18:22
The results of the short survey will be shared in the coming weeks in an effort to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the professional photography community.
Apr 10, 2020 at 15:59
In addition to the new cursor support inside iPadOS 13.4, the update also adds a machine-learning-powered photo-matching tool, Split View support and a copy/paste function.
Apr 10, 2020 at 13:00
Setting up a fully-functional B&W darkroom is way easier and cheaper than you may think. Our pals over at 35mmc.com show you how to get printing for under $100.
Apr 9, 2020 at 20:14
Lens accessories company Lenscoat responded to an appeal for PPE for healthcare workers, using its skills to manufacturer some very cool camo face masks
Apr 9, 2020 at 16:42
Here are the Grand Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions for the 9th Annual PDNedu Student Photo Contest.
Apr 9, 2020 at 14:00
The firmware update adds a new 'Hi Frequency Flicker' function, adds a new Face/Eye Priority autofocus function and more.
Apr 8, 2020 at 23:46
The minor update adds new CFexpress Type B support and a new 50p/25p video frame rate option.
Apr 8, 2020 at 18:13
The update will add wireless tethering support and more for the Fujifilm X-T2, X-T3, X-H1, GFX 50R, GFX 50S and GFX 100.
reviewApr 8, 2020 at 13:55
We think Fujifilm's X100V is the best choice for a photographer's carry-everywhere camera in 2020. Provided you can find somewhere safe to take pictures, of course. Take a look through our full review to find out more.
Apr 8, 2020 at 12:58
Who says you can't be creative while confined to your home? Top camera companies and creatives are challenging photographers and videographers to submit their best work while in quarantine.
Apr 7, 2020 at 20:49
The Leica M-mount lens is the first from Skyllaney, a British company which designs and constructs its lenses in the British Isles.
videoApr 7, 2020 at 16:33
Marrying technologies invented over 150 years apart, U.S. photographer Shane Balkowitsch used the wet collodion process to photograph a sitter in London as she posed in front of her phone camera
Apr 7, 2020 at 14:48
The update addresses a lock-up issue multiple 1D X Mark III camera owners were experiencing when shooting with the electronic level was on in the viewfinder display.
Apr 7, 2020 at 13:00
HDR isn't always a popular term in photography circles, but the latest high-DR TVs could free your photos from the standard DR constraints you didn't even know you were working to.
lens newsApr 7, 2020 at 03:00
Tamron first teased the 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD for Sony E-mount last October. Now, we have confirmation of its price and the expected shipping date, pending any further interference from the COVID-19 pandemic.
videoApr 6, 2020 at 18:51
The 15-minute tutorial shows how with a few sheets of printer paper and a light source or two, you can create abstract macro photographs.
Apr 6, 2020 at 14:05
The new EF to L-Mount 'Fusion' adapter offers full EXIF data support, as well as communication protocols to support autofocus, aperture control and image stabilization on supported lenses.
Apr 6, 2020 at 13:00
Our testing shows that overall, the new lens in the X100V is much improved over the previous version found in the X100F and previous generations. Read on for our full analysis.
Apr 5, 2020 at 13:00
Our guide to the best lenses for Sony APS-C and full-frame mirrorless cameras has been updated to include recommendations for portrait shooters.
Apr 4, 2020 at 21:24
Souza breaks down the gear he uses and shows off images he captured with nearly every piece of equipment he highlights.
Apr 4, 2020 at 13:00
We think that the Nikon 50mm F1.4G and 85mm F1.4G are great all-around picks for APS-C and full-frame Nikon DSLR portrait shooters, respectively. Read on for more recommendations and all of our top lens picks for these systems.
videoApr 3, 2020 at 23:50
Following our recent microphone pre-amp shootout there was a lot of controversy surrounding the results from the Sony a7 III. Our team tested a second a7 III body to verify the results and discovered some important things that could impact the rankings – depending on what microphone you use.
Apr 3, 2020 at 19:36
The patent shows how users could capture light field images with depth data to create immersive experiences that can be viewed on mobile devices or head mounted displays.
Brooklyn photographer captures neighborhood portraits of hope, unity amidst ‘unprecedented’ isolation
Apr 3, 2020 at 15:22
Brooklyn photographer Stephen Lovekin implored his Ditmas Park neighbors to share inspirational messages with the world through their windows.
Apr 3, 2020 at 13:00
The camera that has had the biggest impact on Managing Editor Allison Johnson's photography is one that she used very early on – and eventually owned.
Apr 3, 2020 at 12:00
The Olympus AF-10 Super is by all stretches of the imagination, a very basic film point and shoot with limited features. But sometimes limitations can inspire creative workarounds – and creative workarounds can lead to really interesting photos.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX Super GPUs join forces with Intel's 10th generation H-series CPUs in RTX Studio laptop line
Apr 2, 2020 at 23:06
NVIDIA's new RTX Studio-branded laptops combine NVIDIA's newest RTX Super GPUs with Intel's latest H-Series CPUs to deliver improved performance for creative professionals on the go.
Apr 2, 2020 at 22:59
Intel's new 10th generation Intel Core H-series mobile processors promise processing frequency up to 5.3 GHz. The six new chips range from four to eight cores and promise incredible mobile computing performance.
Apr 2, 2020 at 18:53
With a top prize of $13,000 worth of Zeiss lenses, plus a grant for a photographic project, competition for the Zeiss Photography Award was at a high. Here's a gallery of winning and shortlisted photographers from the fifth annual contest
Apr 2, 2020 at 16:57
Despite a nearly identical form factor and very similar specs, the Feiyu Pocket retails for just $249, an impressive $120 cheaper than DJI's Osmo Pocket.
Apr 2, 2020 at 14:56
The Phocus 3.5 for desktop app has received a number of new and improved features, while the 1.0.1 update for Phocus Mobile 2 is much less substantial.
sample galleryApr 2, 2020 at 14:00
Anamorphic lenses aren't typically used for still photography, so we decided to try it out using accessory lenses from Moondog Labs and Moment. As one of our editors discovered, it can be a fun, creative challenge.
Apr 2, 2020 at 05:00
We think the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM and Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art are the best all-around picks for APS-C and full-frame Canon DSLRs, respectively, but we've got more recommendations to meet a range of budgets.
Apr 1, 2020 at 18:33
Glimpse is a fork from the free and open-source GNU Image Manipulation Program, more commonly referred to as GIMP (although Glimpse's creator is hoping to change that.
Apr 1, 2020 at 17:31
Profits from the first four days of Travel Tripod sales will be split 50/50 between COVID-19 relief and climate change relief funds.
videoApr 1, 2020 at 14:27
Firmware version 1.1.0 addresses the lack of 24p (23.98fps) shooting and fixes a few bugs within the camera system.
videoApr 1, 2020 at 14:00
Lots of people are suddenly working from home. For many, that means creating online videos for others to watch or logging time on video calls. We review some simple techniques to make your videos look and sound great, so you'll look more professional.
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