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Budget lighting: Flashpoint 180 Monolight review

Tue, 2014-04-01 08:00

Adorama's Flashpoint 180 Monolight is a battery-powered 180-watt strobe designed for on-location shooting in the middle of nowhere. The kit comes with everything needed to provide adequate fill light for scenes or soft key-light for portraits, minus the stand, which must be purchased separately. Despite its budget price tag, does the 180 Monolight have what it takes for professional use? Find out in our review

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SmugMug Films: Capturing what you can't control

Tue, 2014-04-01 07:00

The latest video from SmugMug Films' ongoing behind-the-lens series is a look at water photographer Sarah Lee. She uses the unpredictability of nature and creates art that captures the interplay of people, water and light. SmugMug's videos aim to show people who follow their passions in photography. They plan to release a new clip every two weeks. See video

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LensRentals.com needs name for massive lens calibration tool

Mon, 2014-03-31 22:39

One of the drawbacks of running a company devoted to renting out photographic equipment is that it’s necessary to evaluate and service equipment just about every time it comes back. That’s why the team at LensRentals.com have just purchased and installed a massive and cumbersome looking lens calibration system. In one of the geekier unboxing articles, they show every step of the assembly of the device. Learn more

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Matterport shows off its 3D camera technology

Mon, 2014-03-31 21:41

Capturing 3D models is one of the latest technology trends. The recent announcement of Google's Project Tango smartphone got tech heads excited and at the same time horrified users with concerns about privacy. Matterport is a startup that cooperated with Google in Project Tango and built its own 3D camera. The $4,500 device is linked with an iPad running the Matterport app and captures the interior of a room or any other scene. Learn more

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Olympus updates OM-D E-M1 with electronic first curtain 'anti-shock'

Mon, 2014-03-31 10:31

Olympus has updated the firmware for its flagship mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M1, adding a mode that's designed to eliminate image blurring due to 'shutter shock' by using an electronic first curtain at speeds below 1/320sec. The update also adds more options for audio control during movie recording. It's available to install now, using the 'Olympus Digital Camera Updater' program.  

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Olympus brings PEN style and 5-axis IS to Stylus SH-1 travel zoom

Mon, 2014-03-31 05:00

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 may look like a PEN mirrorless camera, but it's actually a compact travel zoom. But it has inherited a pretty big feature from the PEN: 5-axis image stabilization. Other features of note include a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 25-600mm equiv. F3.0-6.9 lens, touchscreen 3" LCD, limited manual control, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi. It will be available in May in black, white, and silver for under $400.

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Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3

Mon, 2014-03-31 05:00

Olympus has announced the Tough TG-3, which takes its place as the flagship in the company's rugged camera lineup. The TG-3 sports a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 25-100mm equiv. F2.0-4.9 lens, plus a 3-inch LCD, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It's waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kgf, and freezeproof to -10C. The TG-3 supports a new Light Guide accessory, which turns the built-in LED lamp into a macro ring light.

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Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time

Sat, 2014-03-29 07:00

British photographer Richard Heeks has made a project of taking something ordinary - soap bubbles - and making them extraordinary. Some of his images capture the exact moment when a bubble bursts, while others reflect the environment around with interesting color. One of his bubbles even looks like the 'Death Star' from the Star Wars trilogy. To get the photos, he took thousands of shots, gradually learning how light, weather, aperture and shutter speeds affect the final image. See gallery

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Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue

Fri, 2014-03-28 16:12

Nikon has announced on its website today that it will replace defective D600 cameras with a new D600 or equivalent model. This follows up earlier news of the Chinese government ordering Nikon to stop selling D600 cameras and Nikon's previous service announcement to offer D600 users free inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly, even if the warranty has expired. Learn more

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Get up high: Orion DVC210 DLSR crane review

Fri, 2014-03-28 08:00

As more and more video production companies and independent videographers rely on DSLRs to shoot a majority of their work, finding more compact equipment is becoming easier. A decent fully-loaded DSLR jib setup can cost anywhere between $500 and $3,000, and the ProAm Orion DVC210 resides at the lower end of the spectrum. Can the Orion DVC210 take your DSLR video to the next level? Find out in our review

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Ricoh to give away cameras for 'photojournalism' competition

Fri, 2014-03-28 07:00

Ricoh Imaging Company has announced an advertorial feature on cnn.com called 'Spherical Report 360', where 360 people will be selected to receive a free Ricoh Theta spherical camera to shoot local news and events. Images taken with the Theta will then be judged for a Pentax K-3 grand prize. To be considered for a free Theta camera visit the Spherical Report 360 website for application guidelines. Applications will be accepted between March 27, 2014 through April 10, 2014. Learn more

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What The Duck #1458

Fri, 2014-03-28 00:01

We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

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Zeiss announces Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens

Thu, 2014-03-27 19:32

Zeiss will have its new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens on display at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, April 7-10. The new lens fills the wide-angle gap in Zeiss' cine-style zoom lineup, complementing the already available CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9 lenses. Also at the show will be a new Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135mm T1.9 lens. Learn more

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Bigger than life: Drone flight documents Alaskan ice caves

Thu, 2014-03-27 08:00

The 12-mile long Mendenhall Glacier, located just outside of Juneau, Alaska may be one of the world's most easily accessible glaciers. But the crew of Firefight Films takes you far beyond the parking lot. Billed as the first documented drone flight through ice caves, Firefight Films’ co-founders, Lion El Aton and Christopher Carson, outfitted a DSLRPros DJI Phantom with a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition to venture beyond the physical limits of a human film crew. See video

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Apple applies for dual-sensor camera patent

Wed, 2014-03-26 13:00

Having two distinct sensors in one camera appears to be the flavor of the week. HTC just launched the One M8, the first smartphone to feature a dual-sensor camera. At the same time Apple Insider spotted an Apple patent application that was published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application is titled: 'Electronic device with two image sensors'. Learn more 

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Father's family photos capture the delightful chaos of youth

Wed, 2014-03-26 07:00

While most photos of children and family put forth a cleaned up and polished look, Alain Laboile takes another approach. He photographs his six children in their natural state - which is often pretty messy - as they play and explore in their Bordeaux, France home. The results are delightfully honest and candid images of good old dirt-between-your-toes fun. See gallery

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Updated: Oppo launches Find 7 with QHD display and 50MP image option

Wed, 2014-03-26 00:38

Last week we announced the introduction of the Oppo Find 7, the first smartphone to feature a QHD screen. Interestingly, the Find 7's camera claimed it could produce a 50MP image from a 13MP sensor using what Oppo is calling "Super Zoom". We've updated our story with a brief look at what this technology is, and what it might mean for photographers, based on our communications with Oppo. Learn more

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Pentax K-3: Eight pages added to our ongoing review

Tue, 2014-03-25 20:13

As we're working towards finishing our full in-depth review of Ricoh's Pentax K-3, we've decided to publish pages of the review that are complete so far instead of making you wait. You'll find the new sections of the ongoing review in our original first impressions review. The additional pages include: A shooting experience report, operation and controls, menus, a look at the K-3's video mode, our two test scene pages and a new real-world samples gallery. Click through for more

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HTC launches One M8 with new 'Duo Camera'

Tue, 2014-03-25 19:30

HTC has launched their new flagship model, the HTC One M8, at simultaneous events in London and New York City today. As we've come to know through various leaks the new device's headline feature is its Duo Camera. In addition to a 4MP "Ultra Pixel" sensor, the HTC One M8 comes with a secondary image sensor that captures depth information which allows for the application of bokeh effects to your images. Learn more

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GoPro rival? Panasonic launches wearable HX-A500 4K action camera

Tue, 2014-03-25 18:45

Panasonic has announced the HX-A500, a wearable video camera with ultra HD 4K at 30p capability. Along with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options, the HX-A500 can also shoot 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps and 480p at 240fps. Panasonic's action camera is also dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes down to 10 feet (3 meters). The HX-A500 has a separate body unit that has a 1.5-inch color LCD display and camera unit that is connected by a cable. Learn more

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