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Pentax 645Z Review
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51.4mp | $8,500
Medium-format cameras offer truly spectacular resolution, but until now, it's always come alongside a difficult compromise. With the Pentax 645Z, that changes. Building on 2010's 645D, the Pentax 645Z offers features that are rare or in some cases unique in a medium-format camera. Pick up its weather-sealed body, and you'll find both live view and video capture on offer, not to mention an extremely wide sensitivity range, 27-point phase-detect autofocus system -- and compared to rivals, very swift performance too! And of course, you'll get the incredible detail-gathering capability of medium-format, plus a really big, bright viewfinder. Is it time you considered moving up from full-frame? Read our Pentax 645Z review, and find out!


Nikon V3 Review
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18.4mp | 3.0x | $1,197
Nikon's 1-series cameras are popular with some for their compact nature, but its flagship models have had a hard time competing with larger-sensored cameras. The company aims to turn all that around with the Nikon V3, a camera that brings improved image quality, stupendously fast autofocus, and absolutely jaw-dropping speed. But the 1"-type sensor size remains: Can the V3 persuade enthusiasts to look past its limits and see its advantages? Find out in our Nikon V3 review!


Samsung NX30 Review
image of the Samsung NX30 digital camera
20.3mp | 3.1x | $1,000
Despite the 'flagship' moniker, Samsung's newest high-end NX camera packs a punch with its performance, at a very affordable street price more in line with upper entry-level to lower mid-level DSLRs. The Samsung NX30 is a strong contender for those looking for a relatively compact, high-performance camera at a great value. While the NX-mount lens lineup is a little lacking at the moment, which might dissuade some more advanced users who need more specialized lenses, the NX30 and available native lenses are more than capable for capturing everything from general lifestyle, portrait and travel photos, to even a good amount of action and sports, while built-in Wi-Fi with NFC makes it easy to share these images. Read more in our Samsung NX30 review!


Sony RX100 III Review
image of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III digital camera
20.2mp | 2.9x | $788
It was clear from its heritage that the Sony RX100 III would be an exciting camera, given that both its predecessors earned our Pocket Camera of the Year award, two years running. But that level of success also meant some mighty big shoes to fill. Sony's pocket-friendly shooter line are in a class of their own, and we shot all three models side-by-side to determine once and for all -- which is the best compact camera that money can buy? Did the RX100 III have what it took to steal the crown? Read our Sony RX100 III review, and find out!


Panasonic GH4 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 digital camera
16.1mp | Non-Zoomx | $2,192
The Panasonic GH4 takes the impressive specs and performance of the GH3 and kicks them up a notch -- a big notch -- with faster burst shooting, quicker AF, and a host of other improvements, not to mention tons of new video features. With 4K video, higher bitrate Full HD, focus peaking, zebras, a plethora of image tweaking adjustments and clean, uncompressed HDMI output, the GH4 is at home in the hands of not only advanced and professional still photographers, but also in the hands of advanced and professional videographers. Read more in our in-depth Panasonic GH4 review!


IR Photo News

Nick's Photography Tips: How to photograph the Thanksgiving dinner table
Featured Story 11/26, 20:02 EST If you are so inclined to shoot the Everyone Around the Thanksgiving Table photo this Thanksgiving, here are a few tips you may find helpful: Turn off your flash. This is mandatory. If you don’t, the folks close to you will be overexposed, and everyone at the far end of the table will be in relative darkness. Turn off the... (more)

Sigma Q&A with Kazuto Yamaki: Why no Micro Four Thirds lenses, and is a full-frame Foveon feasible?
Featured Story 11/26, 19:09 EST Finally, another of my interviews from Photokina sees the light of day! Profuse apologies to all our readers that we're only just now getting another of my interviews published from the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, back in mid-September. Things are always hectic here at IR, especially in the Fall when new models are announced... (more)

The best camera under 1,000 dollars: What to buy this holiday season!
Featured Story 11/24, 19:58 EST In all our years of covering the camera market (16+ and counting now), there’s never been a time like this! Competition between manufacturers and ever-advancing technology have brought combinations of price, quality and capability never before seen in the history of photography. It’s a great time to be a... (more)

Best Black Friday Camera Deals, 2014 (UPDATED HOURLY)
Featured Story 11/24, 18:10 EST We've searched the web for the best camera deals for Black Friday and distilled them to this one page. We'll keep this page live throughout the week with continuous updates as new camera deals, lens sales and photo specials become available. Bookmark this link and check back often for the best Black Friday deals! (Please note that some deals listed below may... (more)

Sony A7 II announced in the US market, complete with price and availability
11/26, 16:48 EST A week ago, Sony Japan gave us a surprise announcement with the unveiling of the Sony A7 II, a full-frame compact system camera that improved upon its earlier A7 mirrorless with a groundbreaking five-axis sensor shift stabilization system, an improved, more durable design and plenty more besides. What we didn't know at the time was what... (more)

Forget your GoPro -- VSN.Mobil's V.360 camera will shoot immersive 360-degree video of the action!
11/26, 15:24 EST Last July, you may remember, we told you about a new entry in the 360-degree video market, Florida-based VSN.Mobil. The company's first imaging product is the V.360, an unusual camera that uses contoured mirrors to capture a 360-degree view of the world around it. Now, that product has officially hit the market with an even lower pricetag... (more)

Nick's Photography Tips: This holiday season, find the groups within the groups
11/25, 18:24 EST Some things are so painfully obvious they need to be said out loud. That’s another way of saying "here’s how my brain doesn’t work when I get excited". When you shoot a group shot, you’re the star of the show. You’re in charge. And as silly as it sounds, even when I’m arranging the crowd at the family reunion, I get some butterflies... (more)

Forget Black Friday -- Titanium Tuesday debuts with the Hasselblad Stellar II
11/25, 17:47 EST As Thanksgiving fast approaches, Black Friday is once again the talk of the town among bargain-hunters -- but at the other end of the spectrum is a very different kind of shopper. Today, on what we're informally dubbing Titanium Tuesday, Swedish camera maker Hasselblad has something that may tempt collectors to reach for their wallets and... (more)

Grounded: FAA may kill commercial drone operations by requiring a full pilots' license
11/25, 14:16 EST If you've been looking forward to the time when you can fly what the media loves to call a drone -- most likely, a quadcopter or some other form of multicopter -- legally, shoot aerial photos and videos, and then sell your works... Well, the time may be here to dial back those expectations. In fact, you might want to just drop them... (more)

Samsung 18-55mm III lens review: A decent entry-point to the NX mount, but will it satisfy enthusiasts?
11/24, 18:10 EST The Samsung 18-55mm III f/3.5-5.6 OIS NX is the third iteration of Samsung's 18-55mm series kit lens. Looking at the technical specifications, it's hard to see any discernible difference between the version II and III lenses (though the version III lens appears to have packed on an additional six grams in weight, despite not having changed... (more)

The best camera under 1,000 dollars: Best compact camera
11/24, 18:00 EST The competition has really been heating up for high-end compact cameras lately. (We're defining "compact" cameras here as ones with fixed, non-interchangeable lenses.) Nowadays, larger and larger sensors are getting squeezed into surprisingly compact camera bodies. This type of camera offers photographers the higher... (more)

Best camera under 1,000 dollars: Best mirrorless camera
11/24, 18:00 EST Is this "the year of mirrorless"? It might well be, with a literally unprecedented array of capable, affordable models available. While DSLRs still command the bulk of sales, mirrorless cameras' svelte size and excellent image quality are drawing more and more fans as time goes on. As we wrote in an article earlier... (more)

Maxima, revisited: Filmmaker's 1996 Nissan returns to virality in a hilarious followup
11/24, 17:43 EST Now here's a fun story to perk up the end of your Monday! It was about a year ago when we told you about Luke Aker, an Orlando-based filmmaker who smartly promoted himself with a hilarious parody commercial featuring his very own 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE sedan, for sale at the time on Craigslist. We don't know if the video, which quickly... (more)

Sony announces updated 70-300mm A-mount lens; 16-35mm, 24-70mm updates in development, too
11/24, 17:41 EST Alongside the surprise launch of the Sony A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera last week, the company also had some good news for A-mount shooters: Three new lenses on the roadmap for their Alpha cameras. All three are replacements for existing models. The first of the three is due to ship next February in the Japanese market, while the... (more)

What's in a picture? Google algorithms attempt to describe real-world photos in plain English
11/24, 16:37 EST It's the holy grail of image databases, and it looks like Google might be getting closer to making a breakthrough. For years now, researchers have attempted to tackle the thorny task of creating an algorithm that can identify (and then describe) the contents of a photograph without user intervention. It's one of those tasks that is so... (more)

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