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What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:00am

Commercial Photographer and camera blogger Ming Thein has shot with almost as many mirrorless cameras as we have, and has put together a list of all the things they get wrong or, at least, all the things he thinks they should all do. It's a fairly comprehensive list that we very much agree with. Thein echoes a lot of our own concerns about camera handling, behavior and operation, as he works through camera design point-by-point. Read more

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Lytro unveils Immerge, a pro-grade light field VR rig

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 8:41pm

Lytro, a company known for its light field cameras and technologies, has introduced Immerge, a professional-grade cinematic virtual reality rig. According to Lytro, this is the first 'end-to-end' virtual reality hardware and software solution, with the entire system comprising four primary components: a light field camera array, storage and processing server, an editor, and a video player. Read more

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2015 Roundup: Long Zoom Compacts

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:22pm

The Long Zoom Compact category is probably the most diverse of any in our 2015 roundups. Within it are three separate sub-classes of camera, all of which offer 8x optical zoom or greater (up to a whopping 83x). Find out which we recommend. Read more

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Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 1:59pm

Sony Europe has announced a new Alpha-mount camera, the a68. High on its list of features is a 79-point phase detect '4D FOCUS' AF module likely borrowed from the a77 II. With a 24MP APS-C sensor and Sony's translucent mirror technology, the camera is capable of 8 fps shooting with AF tracking. Read more

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The great outdoors: Canon EOS 5DS and 5DSR Field Test

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 1:30pm

Mikey Shaefer is no stranger to the great outdoors. As a professional photographer who specializes in shooting in some of the most extreme environments on earth, he tests his body - and his gear - to the limits. In this field test we're following Mikey as he shoots outdoor sports with Canon's EOS 5DS and 5DSR, near his home town in Oregon. Read more

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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to come with 1/2-inch 12MP sensor

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 1:25pm

We've all witnessed the megapixel race in digital cameras and, just a few years later, the trend has caught on in the smartphone camera sector. Lately though, manufacturers seem to putting more of an emphasis on low light performance. This may be the case with the newest Samsung Galaxy device, expected to launch in early 2016, which is rumored to use a 1/2-inch 12MP imager. Read more

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PIX 2015: Chasing light with Joe McNally

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 8:00am

Over the span of a 35-year career as a professional photographer, Joe McNally knows what it means to chase light. Known for his work with studio and off-camera lighting, McNally is just as well-versed in the art of natural light as he is artificial. In his PIX 2015 talk, he discusses the choices he makes about lighting to help bring out the most from his location and subject. Read more

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Drone maker DJI takes 'strategic minority' stake in Hasselblad to gain camera technology

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:00am

Medium format and aerial camera maker Hasselblad has sold a minority stake to the Chinese drone giant SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, in what the two companies describe as a 'corporate partnership'. The exact size of the stake has not been revealed, but both sides are keen to point out that there will be no merging of the businesses and from an external viewpoint nothing will change. Read more

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AfterShot Pro 2.3 offers missing link for Photoshop CS6 users with External Editor function option

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:01pm

The latest version of Corel's AfterShot mage editing and Raw conversion application introduces a 'Send To External Editor' button that allows Raw files to be opened and worked on in AfterShot, then exported directly to Photoshop. This creates another way for PhotoShop CS6 customers to continue to add Raw support for new cameras to their workflow, in addition to Adobe's DNG converter application.  Read more

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BOOMR camera strap features unique bungee design

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:31pm

StatGear, a Brooklyn-based manufacturer of first aid and EMS products, is venturing into photography accessories with BOOMR, a unique camera strap featuring internal bungee cords for shock absorption and increased comfort. The design is inspired by bungee cord rifle slings, and the company is seeking funding for the product on Kickstarter. Read more

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Professional school and sports photography programming added to WPPI 2016 schedule

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 2:28pm

Emerald Expositions, the company that owns PhotoPlus Expo and the WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference, announced today the formation of a new association - the Professional School & Sports Photographers Association. The group will exist under the company's Photo+ umbrella, alongside properties that include PPE, WPPI, PDN and Rangefinder magazine. Read more

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Sony a7 II gains faster focus for adapted lenses and uncompressed Raw

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:00pm

Sony's a7 II will receive a firmware update that will boost its autofocus performance with adapted lenses as well as adding support for uncompressed Raw. The update adds a menu option that pushes the camera to either use phase detection (for speed) or contrast detection (for accuracy) when using non-native lenses. Read more

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Lucky number 7? Shooting pro sports with the Sony a7R II

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 8:00am

On paper, the Sony a7R II is one of the best-specified cameras we've ever tested, and it is generating a lot of interest. We wanted to see whether the a7R II's impressive specifications live up to their promise in the real world, so we decided to subject it to perhaps the ultimate stress test: a professional sporting event. DPReview writer Jordan Stead headed to a pre-season NFL game to see what the a7R II could bring to the football field. Read more

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Polaroid licensee sues GoPro over cube-shaped Session action camera

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 8:33pm

C&A Marketing, a Polaroid licensee that makes the Cube action cameras, has sued GoPro over its newly introduced Hero4 Session camera. The new GoPro model is cube-shaped and resembles Polaroid's own Cube and Cube+ action camera models, allegedly infringing upon C&A's design patent. Read more

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2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras under $500

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 5:47pm

Interchangeable lens cameras come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes and prices, from the very reasonable to the eye-wateringly expensive. The under $500 category is a place most first-time ILC buyers will likely find themselves. If you're considering a sub-$500 ILC, you might be stepping up from a compact, or perhaps even your smartphone. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of excellent options for under $500 that should satisfy the needs of many. Find out our best bets for the category. Read more

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Manfrotto introduces BeFree One, the smallest in the series

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 2:33pm

Manfrotto has announced a new travel tripod in the BeFree series. Only the second BeFree model, the BeFree One is designed to fold away into a compact form and to be lightweight for easy transportation. The aluminum model uses 4-section legs to collapse to just 32cm/12.6in from a maximum height of 130cm/51.18in. Read more

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Macro stick-on lens brings close-up capability to smartphones

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 2:18pm

Most smartphone cameras seriously struggle when it comes to macro photography. A number of accessory macro attachment lenses are available, but many of them are device-specific and bulky enough to discourage carrying every day. Now the makers of the 150x Micro Phone Lens microscope attachment have come up with an ultra-portable and very affordable solution compatible with virtually all smartphone cameras - a stick-on macro lens. Read more

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Fujifilm's latest financials show strong sales of Instax products, shrinking sales of digital cameras

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 5:19pm

It's the season for pre-holiday financial earnings reports, and Fujifilm's latest numbers tell a familiar story - digital camera sales are down on the whole, with steady sales of higher-end products. Despite that, Fuji's imaging solutions division saw an increase in operating income, up to 12.4 billion yen in the first half of the financial year, marking a 2.7x improvement year-on-year. Read more

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