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  • Holy Island Landscape Awarded Photo Of The Week
    on 10th December 2018 at 11:30 am

    An atmospheric landscape of Holy Island taken at sunrise has been awarded the POTW accolade. […]

  • New Metz Mecablitz M360 Flashgun
    on 10th December 2018 at 11:22 am

    The Metz Mecablitz M360 Flashgun is ideal for compact mirrorless camera users as it's lightweight and small. […]

  • The Photography Show Will Return For Its 6th Year In 2019
    on 10th December 2018 at 11:00 am

    The Photography Show will be back at the NEC next year along with The Video Show for budding filmmakers. […]

  • ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Day 10 - Win A Nikon D3500!
    on 10th December 2018 at 12:00 am

    Today there is a Nikon D3500 DSLR up for grabs in the ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw. […]

  • Video: What is DX encoding and how did it become an industry standard in the analog age?
    on 9th December 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Have you ever wondered what those silver rectangles on the side of film cassettes are? They're called Camera Auto Sensing (CAS) codes and they're part of DX encoding, an industry standard first announced by Kodak in March 1983. While DX encoding might be common knowledge for some DPReview readers, others — particularly the younger crowd — might not know what DX encoding is, how it works and what it took to become an industry standard. These exact questions and more are answered and […]

  • Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR sample gallery
    on 9th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The 250mm F4 is Fujifilm's longest lens for its medium-format system. It's equivalent to about 200mm on a GFX camera, and we put it to work on some portraits as well as some scenes around Seattle's waterfront – take a look. See our Fujifilm 250mm F4 sample gallery […]

  • ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Day 9 - Win A Pentax K-70 DSLR Kit!
    on 9th December 2018 at 12:00 am

    It's day 9 of the ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw and today there is the chance to win a Pentax K-70 with 18-50mm lens! […]

  • Sony removes a7/R III firmware version 2.0 from its website, says it's 'working on the issue'
    on 8th December 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Two months after releasing firmware version 2.0 for its a7 III (Windows, MacOS) and a7R III (Windows, MacOS) mirrorless cameras, Sony has removed the firmware update from its website. At the top of the download pages for Sony's a7 III and a7R III firmware, an update read: IMPORTANT: We apologize for the inconvenience, but the release of this software update has been delayed. We are working on the issue and will release the update as soon as possible. (Added on 12-07-2018) In an announcement […]

  • DPReview TV: the 2018 DPReview Awards
    on 8th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

    With the launch of full-frame mirrorless systems from two of the industry's biggest players, it's safe to say that this was an especially busy year for the camera world. It's not an easy job picking out the strongest products and innovations in such a year, but we endeavored to do just that for our yearly DPReview Awards. This year, Chris and Jordan joined us to help celebrate what we think is the best gear of the past 365 days. See all of our award winners and runners-up, and get new episodes […]

  • ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Day 8 - Win a Sigma dp2 Quattro!
    on 8th December 2018 at 12:15 am

    It's day 8 of the ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw and today you can win a Sigma dp2 Quattro! […]

  • Canon patent shows off EOS M speedbooster-style adapter for EF lenses
    on 7th December 2018 at 11:39 pm

    This diagram from the patent shows the optical construction of the Converter Adapter (labelled CL) with a Master Lens (labelled ML) in front of it. A new patent application filed by Canon, and first detailed on Canon News, lays out the schematics for its own version of a speedbooster adapter that would enable Canon EOS M users to adapt EF lenses onto the EF-M mount. Japanese patent application 2018-189864 details an adapter that includes both a 0.8x focal length reducer, as well as a 'variable […]

  • Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board is asking visitors to stop geotagging photos
    on 7th December 2018 at 9:21 pm

    In Wyoming, United States, the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board has launched a campaign imploring visitors to stop the use of geolocation tags when sharing photos of their outdoor adventures online. As Vox recently pointed out in a video titled What happens when nature goes viral, geotagged photos have become a major issue for landmarks around the world. When photos posted to Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks are geotagged, knowingly or otherwise, it makes it easier than ever […]

  • Filmborn film camera app updated with new presets, iOS 12 support and bug fixes
    on 7th December 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Seattle-based Mastin Labs has released a large update for Filmborn, its camera app for iOS, adding additional film looks, free access to all current editing tools, support for iOS 12 and the three newest iPhone models and updates to the original film preset appearances. Filmborn provides iPhone users with true-to-film presets that give images captured by the phone a realistic film appearance. Users are able to create up to three in-app camera kits containing customized specifications, as well […]

  • Colorado Tripod Company introduces 'world’s first titanium tripod system'
    on 7th December 2018 at 4:18 pm

    The Colorado Tripod Company has introduced what it claims is the world’s first titanium tripod system, with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Not only does the use of titanium make the ball heads lightweight and strong, but the design of the heads also allows the camera to drop to the side below the usual 90 degrees seen in other heads. The Highline ballhead will be available in either titanium or aluminum. The titanium model will feature a hollow ball to reduce weight. Both […]

  • Panasonic LX100 II: solid image quality in studio and real-world shooting
    on 7th December 2018 at 4:04 pm

    We've been shooting with the LX100 II both in and out of the studio, as part of our ongoing review. We've written about the camera's operation and handling, analysed the studio scene and the camera's dynamic range, and expanded the sample gallery. Click here to read our expanded First Impressions Review […]

  • Some good early bird deals for December
    by Geoff Harris on 7th December 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Get your skates on and you can save money on new Luminar software and The Societies' annual convention and trade fair in JanuaryWith so much festive spirit in the air it’s maybe not so surprising that there are some good ‘early bird’ …Continue reading » […]

  • ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Day 7 - Win 1 Of 4 Huawei P Smart Devices!
    on 7th December 2018 at 12:00 am

    It's day 7 of the Christmas Prize Draw and today you can get your hands on 1 of 4 Huawei P Smart smartphones! […]

  • Xiaomi co-founder teases 48MP smartphone camera
    on 6th December 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Earlier this year Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced it had established an in-house camera division. Now it seems the initiative is bearing its first fruits. Xiaomi co-founder and President Lin Bin has teased a smartphone with 48MP camera module on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. The image he posted shows a close-up of a rear camera with a '48MP camera' label next to the lens. Bin says he has used the phone for a few weeks and that it will be released in January. That's not an […]

  • Peel apart instant film returns in the form of ONE INSTANT
    on 6th December 2018 at 8:29 pm

    In 2016, Fujifilm announced it would no longer produce its FP-100C peel apart instant film, citing a dwindling lack of demand for the product. The discontinuation effectively ended the peel apart instant film market, but a new Kickstarter campaign aims to change that. Florian "Doc" Kaps, founder of The Impossible Project, has unveiled ONE INSTANT, a new peel apart instant film expected to launch in 2019. Following Fujifilm's FP-100C discontinuation, Kaps had pushed to save peel apart film via […]

  • First look: Skylum Luminar 3 adds support for photo libraries, Digital Asset Manager to follow
    on 6th December 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Skylum Luminar 3's layout. Luminar’s library is set to open soon, but expect construction to continue through at least next year. The long-awaited update to Skylum Software's photo editor adds in-app photo library management, which the company says is the first step toward building out a complete Digital Asset Manager (DAM). Called 'Luminar with Libraries', this version more directly competes with applications that organize your photos, such as Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC. […]

  • Hasselblad Phocus 3.4 update adds new shadow/highlights tool, adjustment layers, more
    on 6th December 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Hasselblad has released an update to its medium format post-production program Phocus. Focus version 3.4 adds improvements across the board, including improved shadow and highlight tools, new adjustment layer tools, expanded live view options, new lens profile, and more. The enhanced Shadow Fill and Highlight Recovery tools have been 'significantly enhanced.' Hasselblad says the updated algorithm 'enables photographers to fully utilize the dynamic range available in their images,' although […]

  • Insta360 One X update brings HDR video and Google Street View integration
    on 6th December 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Insta360 has released a software update for its One X 5.7K 360-degree camera. With version software version 1.1.0 the camera is now capable of capturing HDR video — previously HDR recording was only available for still images. The One X HDR mode makes sure highlight and shadow clipping in your 360-degree videos are kept to a minimum and should make for more natural looking footage, without minimal need for post processing. The second new feature in the update is Google Maps Street View […]

  • Review: The Wacom Intuos Pro is a workflow-boosting machine
    on 6th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Wacom Intuos Pro $299.95 | When it comes to precision photo editing, a tablet may be the tool you never knew you desperately needed. Although the Wacom tablet has long been a favored tool of graphic designers and digital artists, it’s also an excellent piece of editing gear for photographers. The Wacom Intuos Pros allows you to return to your roots of putting a pen to paper to create an image - a tactile experience that many younger digital artists may be out of touch with. If […]

  • Xiaomi details DeepExposure, an AI that automatically fixes image exposure and detail
    on 5th December 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Chinese company Xiaomi's AI Lab has published a new paper detailing an AI network called "DeepExposure" that improves low-quality images through machine learning. "Comparing with other methods," the researchers explained in their paper, "our algorithm can restore most of the details and styles in original images while enhancing brightness and colors." DeepExposure utilizes generative adversarial networks and asynchronous adversarial learning to split low-quality images into segments called […]

  • Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 chipset offers faster depth sensing, 4K HDR video at 60fps
    on 5th December 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Qualcomm has announced its new flagship mobile chipset that we should expect to see in most 2019 high-end Android smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S10. From an imaging point of view the most interesting news is an upgraded Spectra image signal processor (ISP) that is taking over some tasks that previously have been performed by CPU, GPU and DSP in conjunction. For example, the ISP can process depth mapping at a frequency of 60 frames per second. This should be useful for real-time […]

  • Hipstamatic harnesses iPhone X TrueDepth data to improve TinType app
    on 5th December 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Camera app developer Hipstamatic says it has found a way to use the depth data generated by the iPhone X to improve the way its TinType app works out which areas of a picture to render out of focus. The depth information the new camera phone creates has allowed Hipstamatic’s developers to identify a genuine plane of focus instead of having to guess and simulate the effect just with software blurring. A portrait taken with the new app showing a map that demonstrates the area of the image […]

  • Buying Guide: The best camera bargains of 2018
    on 5th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Last updated: December 4, 2018 If you're looking for a high-quality camera, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, nor do you need to buy the latest and greatest new product on the market. If you're willing to miss out on some features, you can save a lot of cash by picking up a last-generation model or shopping around for deals on refurbished or older, but still current, cameras. In this buying guide we want to direct your attention to some great-value cameras, which are still available. We'll […]

  • Tumblr will remove and ban all 'adult content' from its platform starting December 17th
    on 4th December 2018 at 10:27 pm

    In a controversial move, social media website Tumblr has announced it will start removing all pornography and explicit content on December 17th, 2018 and subsequently ban adult content going forward. The ban comes three weeks after Apple removed the Tumblr app from its iOS app store after it was discovered underaged content was slipping through an 'industry database of child sexual abuse material,' but it's unclear if the move to ban all adult content is due to Apple's decision. For context of […]

  • Ibis Switzerland hotels offer social media pros to manage guests' Instagram accounts
    on 4th December 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Ibis hotels in Switzerland are offering guests a new service called Social Media Sitter. With this, customers can use "Instagram professionals" provided by the hotel to manage their Instagram profile while on vacation, enabling guests to "enjoy the city without a smartphone in front of the face," the company explains on its website. The Social Media Sitter service is now available at Ibis hotels in Zurich and Geneva. The company lists several "Instagram professionals" on its site who specialize […]

  • Officials say Apple's claim of 'studio quality' portraits on iPhone X, Xs isn't misleading
    on 4th December 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Two challenges to Apple’s claim that its iPhone X can shoot studio quality portraits have been turned down by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The complainants took issue with Apple’s advertising line that the phone could deliver ‘Studio-quality portraits [...] Without the studio’ and believed consumers would misled, but after an investigation the ASA found that the statement was fair. The basis of the findings is that there isn’t clear […]