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GoPro granted patent for square-profile action camera housing

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:14pm

GoPro has been granted a patent for a small square camera housing, which eschews the rectangular shape its cameras have taken thus far in favor of something resembling the Polaroid Cube. According to the patent, which was recently published by the USPTO, the square design would allow for additional mounting options, with every orientation being the same. Read more

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DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:48pm

When using 'the camera you have with you' for serious photographic pursuits, sometimes the visual elements present in the scene lack that personal connection so critical in modern photography. These situations call for that groundbreaking coalescence of technology, dexterity, and tubing, known as the selfie-stick. We've put several popular models to the test in this in-depth, comprehensive roundup. Read more

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Nikon D7200 real-world samples gallery posted

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:27am

The Nikon D7200 improves over its predecessor in one important way, offering a greatly improved buffer. Other improvements are more subtle, but more sensitive AF and an improved video specification make the D7200 a more capable camera than the model which came before it. We've had a D7200 for a few days, and wasted no time pairing it with Sigma's excellent 18-35mm F1.8 A to get some real-world samples. Click through to see more

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Phase One Industrial's new 80MP drone camera is the smallest of its kind

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:01pm

Phase One Industrial designed a new camera specifically for drones, billed as the smallest 80 megapixel medium format camera in the world. The iXU 180 camera features an 80 megapixel CCD sensor, taking 4:3 ratio images with your choice of five Schneider-Kreuznach lenses and an overall modular design. The camera won't be arriving until the middle of next month, but Phase One Industrial has detailed its specs ahead of time. Read more

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Microsoft announces Surface 3 tablet running full Windows

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:42pm

Microsoft has announced the latest model in its Surface line of tablets, the Surface 3. The big news here is that, unlike its predecessors which were running Windows RT, the new model comes with a full version of Windows 8.1. This means, like on the more expensive Surface Pro models, you can install and run any Windows application including Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, making the Surface 3 a real alternative to a conventional PC. Read more

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Ready, steady: Sony Alpha 7 II Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:06pm

The Sony Alpha 7 II provides a number of features and ergonomic enhancements over its predecessor, but its standout feature is the 5-axis image stabilization system surrounding its 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. Sony also claims improvements to the camera's hybrid AF system, and it also sports a redesigned grip. Find out all about the a7 II's added features and see what difference they make. Read review

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Sony Alpha 7 II

DPReview.com - Latest Reviews / Previews - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:00pm
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Yale acquires Meserve-Kunhardt Collection with iconic Abraham Lincoln portraits

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:01pm

Yale has announced the acquisition of the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, which is comprised of more than 73,000 items including portraits of Abraham Lincoln. The collection was assembled by Frederick Hill Meserve and his daughter Dorothy Meserve, and serves to document American history spanning from the Civil War up to the 19th century. Read more

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Mint introduces Instantflex TL70 instant film TLR camera

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:00pm

Polaroid camera repair and maintenance company Mint has introduced its own instant camera called the Mint Instantflex TL70. Fitted with a 65.4mm lens the camera offers aperture settings of f/5.6, f/8, f/16 and f/32 with an additional setting called f/bokeh – which creates a 5-pointed star shaped aperture. The Instantflex also features a flip-up flash unit housed above the viewing lens. Read more

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DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:01am

In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving, making smartphones important photographic tools for many. We've made a list in no particular order our current favorite smartphone cameras for those who are looking to buy their first smartphone or upgrade their current device. Read more

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Readers' Showcase: Raymond Pang

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:30am

'Whales made me do it' isn't exactly what we expected to hear when we asked DPR reader Raymond Pang how he got started in photography. Then again, he's not really your typical photographer. When he couldn't find an app to help him plan out shoots in advance, he learned iOS app development and created one. Take a look at some of his images and read more in our Q&A. See gallery

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Lee Filters introduces updates to super-wide SW system to fit more lenses and reduce flare

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:37pm

A new version of the Lee Filters SW150 system holder has been introduced that allows compatibility with a broader range of extreme wide angle lenses, and which has been designed to reduce the impact of reflections from the rear surface of fitted filters. The Lee Filter SW150 Mark ll now allows the existing 150mm-wide filters that were developed for the original SW150 to be fitted to four lenses using model-specific adapter rings - with more on the way. Read more

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Adaptalux introduces portable lighting studio for macro photography

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:35pm

Adaptalux has introduced a new portable lighting studio, likewise called Adaptalux, which is designed specifically for macro photography. The design is modular in nature, allowing photographers to 'rebuild' it in different ways to meet different needs. This is achieved using a core Control Pod into which Lighting Arms are plugged, with each Lighting Arm being customizable in regards to color, beam angle, brightness and diffusion. Read more

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X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:30am

The X30 is the latest iteration of Fujifilm's line of premium compact cameras. Featuring a 12MP X-Trans sensor coupled with a 28-112mm equivalent fast zoom, the X30 is a capable camera, made more enjoyable compared to its predecessors by the addition of a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Our man in England, Damien Demolder has been shooting with one and shares his take. Read review

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Manfrotto launches miniature Lumie LED lights

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:41pm

Accessories manufacturer Manfrotto has announced a new series of consumer LED lights that offer portable continuous output for stills and video photographers. The Lumie Art, Play and Muse lights are powered by a USB rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that is said to deliver over an hour’s worth of continuous lighting. While the Art and Play models come with a hotshoe adapter and a tripod mount, the Muse additionally has a ball and socket head that makes angling the light easy. Read more

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Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:25pm

The Samsung NX500 takes some of the best bits of the NX1, including the same 28MP APS-C format sensor and still imaging pipeline, and wraps them up in a smaller, less expensive body. We recently had the opportunity to shoot with an NX500 on the beautiful island of Hawaii. We've already published a couple of samples galleries, but click through to read about how we got on with Samsung's newest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Amazon launches unlimited cloud photo storage for $11.99 per year

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:16pm

Amazon has announced two new 'unlimited' storage plans as part of its Cloud Drive service. The Unlimited Photos plan costs $11.99 per year and an 'Unlimited Everything' plan allows users to store an infinite number of photos, videos, documents and music for $59.99 per year. Both services can be tried out for free for three months, starting now. Click through for more information 

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Reikan announces major update to FoCal AF tuning software

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 5:52pm

Reikan has announced a major update to its AF tuning software, FoCal. FoCal automates the process of calibrating your lens to your DSLR camera body, important - if not absolutely necessary - for critical focus when using fast lenses that yield shallow depth-of-field. Version 2 introduces the ability to check your copy of a lens against other users' test results. Read more

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Impossible launches B&W 2.0 quick-process instant film for 600 series cameras

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 5:05pm

Instant film manufacturer Impossible has launched what it calls a Generation 2.0 film called B&W 2.0. The company claims it's not only sharper and clearer than previous Impossible products, but also develops much quicker. The new film is the result of a new chemical formula for Impossible that has been developed by former Polaroid research chemist Stephen Herchen. Read more

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