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Canon EOS M6 First Shots: See what the EOS M3 successor sports under the hood for image quality Featured Story
03/22, 10:57 EDT Click here to see our Canon EOS M6 First Shots It sure seems like it's "Canon Week" here at IR! After serving up a heaping helping our Canon lens factory tour and subsequent... (more)

Canon 77D First Shots: Lab images from Canon’s new sub-$1000 intermediate-level DSLR Featured Story
03/21, 16:04 EDT Click here to see our Canon 77D First Shots Simultaneously announced alongside the T7i last month ahead of CP+, the new Canon 77D features an altogether similar imaging pipeline as its Rebel-series sibling, housing a high-res 24-megapixel... (more)

Up to Utsunomiya: An extremely rare look at Canon’s primary lens factory Featured Story
03/20, 10:01 EDT (by William Brawley and Dave Etchells) It was still nighttime when we awoke in Yokohama, Japan the Monday following the CP+ expo. No time for any breakfast, but the hotel wasn't serving it yet anyway. We had to dash to the lobby to meet the group. So why wake up... (more)

For a two-time combat veteran, photography is an outlet and a way to give a face to PTSD
03/22, 17:00 EDT Michael McCoy served two tours in Iraq. He returned home with a photography hobby and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “On my first trip to Iraq, I would take tons of pictures to keep up the morale and to send back to friends and family,”... (more)

Leica launches stealthy, limited camera and lens; Meyer-Optik adds colorful options to Kickstarter
03/22, 15:15 EDT Leica "Blue Stain" MP and Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Leica Store in Berlin, the legendary company is releasing a special series of the Leica M, dubbed “Blue Stain.” This is a particularly limited... (more)

Canon EOS M6 First Shots: See what the EOS M3 successor sports under the hood for image quality Featured Story
03/22, 10:57 EDT Click here to see our Canon EOS M6 First Shots It sure seems like it's "Canon Week" here at IR! After serving up a heaping helping our Canon lens factory tour and subsequent interview as well... (more)

Marvelous Mars: Finnish photographer’s labor of love brings Martian surface to life
03/22, 06:00 EDT Finnish photographer and videographer Jan Fröjdman has a wide array of interests including nature, design, hot-air ballooning, but he also enjoys astronomy and space. Enter NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) and it’s a match... (more)

Canon 77D First Shots: Lab images from Canon’s new sub-$1000 intermediate-level DSLR Featured Story
03/21, 16:04 EDT Click here to see our Canon 77D First Shots Simultaneously announced alongside the T7i last month ahead of CP+, the new Canon 77D features an altogether similar imaging pipeline as its Rebel-series sibling, housing a high-res 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS... (more)

How is your color vision? Take these quizzes to find out
03/21, 14:00 EDT Unless you exclusively photograph black and white images – which don’t get me wrong, I love black and white photography and find it to offer its own unique set of challenges – color plays an important role in your photography. We spend a lot of time... (more)

Lomography goes wide with new Instant Automat Glass Magellan, first wide angle instant camera
03/21, 10:00 EDT Using Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, the new Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat Glass Magellan is the first wide-angle instant camera. Equipped with a 21mm-equivalent lens (actual focal length is 38mm) with a maximum aperture of f/4.5, “the Lomo’Instant... (more)

Canon T7i First Shots: Canon’s first DIGIC 7 Rebel-series DSLR makes its way to our testing lab
03/21, 07:47 EDT Click here to see our Canon T7i First Shots The latest Rebel-series camera, the Canon T7i is the first EOS DSLR model, along with simultaneously-announced EOS 77D, to feature the latest DIGIC 7 image processor. We now have our review unit in our hands... (more)

Canon G9X II First Shots: The smallest 1-inch sensored compact hits our test lab
03/20, 14:01 EDT Click here for our Canon G9X Mark II First Shots With a new and improved processor, the Canon G9X Mark II seeks to build upon the popularity of the Canon G9X launched in 2015. That camera redefined how small a 1-inch sensored camera could be, and... (more)

Up to Utsunomiya: An extremely rare look at Canon’s primary lens factory Featured Story
03/20, 10:01 EDT (by William Brawley and Dave Etchells) It was still nighttime when we awoke in Yokohama, Japan the Monday following the CP+ expo. No time for any breakfast, but the hotel wasn't serving it yet anyway. We had to dash to the lobby to meet the group. So why wake up before the... (more)

Nikon shares its love for New York City and historic N line with new “Love Letters” campaign
03/20, 10:00 EDT Do you love New York City, the city so nice they named it twice? Nikon does and they’re showing it with their new “Love Letters” campaign. The campaign starts with “Love Letters from the N Line,” which focuses on the well-known N Line that traverses... (more)

Canon lens factory tour interview: Fewer people, higher-quality, more affordable lenses
03/20, 10:00 EDT Shortly after the completion of this year's installment of the annual CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, IR founder and publisher Dave Etchells and Senior Editor William Brawley headed a couple of hours north to Utsunomiya, the capital of the... (more)

Fuji GFX Extended Gallery: Delving into portraits, higher ISO’s and more
03/18, 13:33 EDT One of the most exciting cameras to grace the halls of our headquarters in some time, we've all been eager to get out into the field with the Fujifilm GFX. Our first gallery series came to you live from Japan courtesy of our senior editor William... (more)

New algorithm from Google reduces JPEG file size while also increasing perceived quality
03/18, 06:00 EDT Compressing JPEGs to retain as much quality as possible while also reducing their file size is nothing new. In fact, such compression is used by many to keep the size of images on websites down in order to increase performance. But compression to... (more)

Nikon D5600 Field Test: Compact DSLR offers great image quality and Nikon SnapBridge compatibility
03/17, 16:08 EDT We've just published our Field Test of the new, compact Nikon D5600 DSLR. The D5600 follows very closely in the footsteps of its excellent predecessor, the D5500. The latest model uses the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and processor, resulting in... (more)

How to find the optimal ISO for astrophotography: Understanding ISO, noise and dynamic range
03/17, 10:00 EDT As part of their free “Astrophotography 101” series focused on photographing the Milky Way, Lonely Speck has written an incredibly in-depth article about finding the best ISO for astrophotography. Finding the best exposure settings – shutter... (more)

New photography grants aim to help women photojournalists tell visual, impactful stories
03/17, 06:00 EDT Women Photograph has established four grants aimed at increasing the amount of women in photojournalism. The primary grant, which is supported by the Pulitzer Center, offers $5,000 for established photographers. Three other grants, worth $2,500 and... (more)

GoPro is cutting 270 more jobs in their attempt to retain company value
03/16, 13:00 EDT GoPro is planning on cutting 270 more jobs this quarter, this in addition to the 100 cut a year ago and the 200 back in November. This news came in addition to a pre-announcement of first quarter earnings released yesterday, which shows GoPro... (more)

Field Test: The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens is far more impressive than expected
03/16, 12:55 EDT Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Field Test Venus Optics is probably a relatively new name to most of you, as it is certainly a newer player to me. They have a few lenses that are currently available (two that are covered in Adobe Camera Raw's lens... (more)

The black plastic Holga 120N medium format film camera is coming back from the dead this summer
03/16, 10:30 EDT In 1981, the original Holga camera was introduced in China, offering an inexpensive 120 film format camera for a market clamoring for more affordable photography. Only a few years later, however, 35mm film took over the Chinese market and Holga was... (more)



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Latest Camera Reviews

Panasonic LX10 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 digital camera
20.1mp | 3.0x | $648
Panasonic's first 1-inch-type sensor premium compact camera, the Panasonic LX10, offers good performance from its 20.1-megapixel sensor and a very fast 24-72mm equivalent f/1.4-2.8 built-in lens. In addition to its solid imaging capabilities, the Panasonic LX10 also includes 4K UHD video recording and Panasonic's 4K Photo modes. All this at a rather competitive price point. Is the LX10 as good in the real world as it is on paper? Read our Panasonic LX10 review to find out.


Canon 5D Mark IV Review
image of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV digital camera
30.4mp | $3,499
The Canon 5D Mark IV offers a ton of new features and performance upgrades, but keeps things modest and familiar with its similar yet refined external design. The 4th iteration of Canon's popular 5D series gains a new, higher-res sensor, a faster processor, a full touchscreen interface, built-in wireless connectivity and Cinema 4K video recording. This classic full-frame DSLR offers features and performance specs that make it suitable for a variety of uses, from weddings, landscapes and photojournalism to even sports, wildlife and, of course, videography. The full-frame camera market is growing more and more competitive, so how does the 5D Mark IV stack up against its competitors? Read more in our in-depth Canon 5D Mark IV review!


Olympus E-M1 II Review
image of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II digital camera
20.4mp | Non-Zoom | $1,999
Back in 2013, the E-M1 made a big splash, and now the updated Olympus E-M1 Mark II makes an even bigger one. Packed with a new 20MP sensor, revamped AF system, faster image processor (two, in fact), 4K video and more, the E-M1 Mark II addresses the performance and C-AF shortcomings of the original and pushes the envelope even further to truly provide professional photographers and multimedia producers with a capable, high-performance DSLR alternative. Excellent image quality, top-notch performance and all-around fantastic build quality and features makes the E-M1 II worthy of consideration for those upgrading from the E-M1 or moving from another mirrorless camera or a DSLR. Read about all the details in our Olympus E-M1 Mark II review!


Nikon D3400 Review
image of the Nikon D3400 digital camera
24.2mp | 3.1x | $497
The Nikon D3400 combines great image quality from its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with a user-friendly design and good, reliable performance across the board. Some of its capabilities may be lacking, particularly with regard to continuous autofocus, video and its new SnapBridge support, but compared to its peers, the D3400 proves to be an excellent entry-level DSLR at a great price. While not without its share of shortcomings, find out why we still voted it the Best Entry-level DSLR for 2016 in our Nikon D3400 review!


Leica SL (Typ 601) Review
image of the Leica SL (Typ 601) digital camera
24.2mp | Non-Zoom | $7,450
The Leica SL is a thoroughly modern, professional full-frame mirrorless camera with superb build quality, an outstanding EVF, great image quality (from raw files) and surprising performance. Not only can the Leica SL capture 24-megapixel stills at a blistering 11 fps, it can record 4K DCI and UHD video as well. While it's true there are only a few native lenses for the SL at this time, the camera is compatible with well over 100 existing Leica lenses via adapters. But like every camera, the Leica SL has some deficiencies and drawbacks, not to mention its very steep price tag. Read our Leica SL review to find out if it's worth the investment to you.


Pentax K-70 Review
image of the Pentax K-70 digital camera
24.2mp | 7.5x | $599
Ricoh's Pentax brand has made a name for itself by providing enthusiast-grade features at aggressive, entry-level pricing. The Pentax K-70 follows in that tradition and offers an unbelievable amount of camera for very little cash. But that's not to say that it's perfect: We had concerns about its wireless communications and movie autofocus in particular. So should you buy one regardless, or should you look elsewhere for your next DSLR? Find out now in our in-depth Pentax K-70 review!


Panasonic GX85 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 digital camera
16.0mp | 2.7x | $698
The Panasonic GX85 comes close to offering the ideal blend of image quality, functionality, speed and size in our book, packing a ton of advanced features and performance into a compact, well-built body, all at a fair price. The camera produces crisp images that are competitive with other 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds cameras, captures excellent 4K video, and overall performance is impressive, making it an attractive option for beginners and enthusiasts alike looking for a small but powerful interchangeable lens camera. Is this the perfect compact mirrorless? Read our in-depth Panasonic GX85 review to find out!


Canon EOS M10 Review
image of the Canon EOS M10 digital camera
18.0mp | 3.0x | $449
Canon's first true entry-level mirrorless camera, the EOS M10, combines good image quality with a user-friendly design and great touchscreen interface. With that said, its affordable price point does lead to some compromises in terms of both design and performance. There's no viewfinder, limited physical controls and continuous autofocus and shooting performance are limited. It is nonetheless a compelling option for beginner photographers. Read our Canon EOS M10 review for more.


Canon T6 Review
image of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D) digital camera
18.0mp | 3.1x | $449
As the company's most affordable entry-level DSLR, the Canon T6 shares much with the earlier T5. It differs, though, in providing the wireless connectivity necessary to get your photos onto your phone (and from there, to Facebook) thanks to in-camera Wi-Fi connectivity. It also sports a noticeably better display. But can super-affordable pricing make up for its now rather long-in-the-tooth imaging pipeline? Find out in our in-depth Canon T6 review!


Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review
image of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 digital camera
24.3mp | Non-Zoom | $1,699
The Fuji X-Pro2 has big shoes to fill. Its predecessor proved very popular and was one of our favorite cameras back in 2012. The long-awaited successor improves upon the X-Pro1 in essentially every meaningful way. It packs in a higher-resolution 24-megapixel sensor, a hybrid AF system, faster performance and improved ergonomics. Its high ISO performance is superb for an APS-C sensor and its hybrid viewfinder offers something for everyone. It might not be revolutionary in the same way the X-Pro1 was, but the X-Pro2 is nonetheless an excellent camera that offers great image quality, performance and usability. Read our Fuji X-Pro2 review for all the details!


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