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Firmware Friday: Almost 20 updates from Canon, Fuji, JVC, Metabones, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Sony & YI Featured Story
04/21, 19:15 EDT With the NAB Show slated to kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week's Firmware Friday roundup has epic proportions. In total, we have news of almost 20 updates for cameras, lenses and imaging gear from nine different... (more)

With the A9, Sony is no longer just firing warning shots at Canon and Nikon Featured Story
04/21, 10:10 EDT For the past several years, Sony's rise had been bookended by quibbles that allowed the personified Canikon to sleep at night. Sure, the advancements in her rival were... impressive, but at least there was the battery life, the... (more)

Canon adds C-LOG to 5D Mark IV & introduces compact-servo 70-200mm lens Featured Story
04/20, 09:00 EDT To add to the video capabilities of their latest professional camera, Canon has announced that they are making their log profile, Canon LOG (C-LOG), available on the 5D Mark IV DSLR. Current EOS 5D Mark IV owners can have the C-LOG... (more)

Sony A9, FE 100-400mm GM lens announced today in New York! Featured Story
04/19, 10:59 EDT Sony hosted a press conference in New York this morning at which the company announced two new imaging-related products: The Sony A9 full-frame mirrorless camera and a new FE 100-400mm GM lens. We've blogged live from the company's... (more)

Fuji announces two new GFX lenses: An ultra-wide and a fast portrait prime Featured Story
04/19, 00:59 EDT With the release of the Fuji GFX 50S in late February, the Japanese company officially entered the digital medium format mirrorless market. The high-resolution camera has impressed us so far, but the launch lineup of lenses was sparse... (more)

Firmware Friday: Almost 20 updates from Canon, Fuji, JVC, Metabones, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Sony & YI Featured Story
04/21, 19:15 EDT With the NAB Show slated to kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week's Firmware Friday roundup has epic proportions. In total, we have news of almost 20 updates for cameras, lenses and imaging gear from nine different manufacturers, and a... (more)

Laws of Light: Creating separation using background and key lights plus color as a separator
04/21, 14:00 EDT In Jay P. Morgan’s continuing video series, “Laws of Light,” his latest video focuses on creating separation between your subject and the background. Having control over light is critical for capturing portraits with dimension and depth, as we saw... (more)

SwellPro’s waterproof drones look to offer drone users the best of air and sea
04/21, 11:00 EDT Why should your drone be limited to the air, how about a submergible drone? Naturally a standard drone can’t be dipped in a lake or ocean, but specialist drone maker SwellPro makes a variety of waterproof drones. Dustin Dunnill tried a SwellPro... (more)

With the A9, Sony is no longer just firing warning shots at Canon and Nikon Featured Story
04/21, 10:10 EDT For the past several years, Sony's rise had been bookended by quibbles that allowed the personified Canikon to sleep at night. Sure, the advancements in her rival were... impressive, but at least there was the battery life, the overheating, the lack... (more)

GoPro launches pilot program for ‘Fusion’ 5.2K spherical camera
04/20, 14:00 EDT GoPro has announced a pilot program for a new product called the GoPro Fusion, a 5.2K spherical camera that GoPro says is "designed to be the ultimate capture device for both fully immersive virtual reality content as well as conventional non-VR... (more)

Sigma adds 14mm T2 & 135mm T2 Cinema Lenses to its lineup
04/20, 10:00 EDT Sigma has announced the 14mm T2 and the 135mm T2, bringing their cinema lens lineup to seven total optics covering the range from 14mm to 135mm. Sigma indicates that both new lenses are capable of resolving up to 8K footage. The new lenses are available... (more)

Canon adds C-LOG to 5D Mark IV & introduces compact-servo 70-200mm lens Featured Story
04/20, 09:00 EDT To add to the video capabilities of their latest professional camera, Canon has announced that they are making their log profile, Canon LOG (C-LOG), available on the 5D Mark IV DSLR. Current EOS 5D Mark IV owners can have the C-LOG feature upgrade... (more)

Using your feet instead of your zoom to change the perspective in portraiture
04/20, 06:00 EDT When working in the field, there can be a lot of things to consider and it isn’t always easy to keep everything in mind. Suppose you’re shooting portraits with a zoom lens and there is a distracting element in the background you want to get rid of.... (more)

A time-lapse view of the world: Nikon celebrates its 100th anniversary by travelling to space
04/19, 14:00 EDT As Nikon celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Japanese giant is marking the occasion in a number of ways. We have seen their special edition products, including gunmetal gray Nikon D5 and D500 cameras, but they also want to call attention to how... (more)

Adobe updates Premiere, After Effects and others in massive NAB reveal
04/19, 12:00 EDT Adobe has announced updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition and Media Encoder bringing new features for graphics and titling, polishing audio, refining color and sharing assets to the connected programs. Most notable is... (more)

Premium drones are driving the market, but NPD data shows that the holidays were kind to cheaper drones
04/19, 11:30 EDT The drone industry is soaring to great heights. A new report from market research company NPD shows that U.S. consumers spent more than twice as much on drones, 117 percent more to be exact, from February 2016 to February 2017 compared to the same... (more)

Sony A9, FE 100-400mm GM lens announced today in New York! Featured Story
04/19, 10:59 EDT Sony hosted a press conference in New York this morning at which the company announced two new imaging-related products: The Sony A9 full-frame mirrorless camera and a new FE 100-400mm GM lens. We've blogged live from the company's press... (more)

LaCie’s new 2big Dock sports up to 20TB via Thunderbolt 3 and three front-facing docks for USB 3.0, CF and SD
04/19, 08:00 EDT LaCie, a Seagate company, has announced a nifty little desktop do-it-all hard drive, featuring two magnetic disks that can be connected via Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.0 and includes both CF and SD card slots, as well. The new drive called the 2Big Dock... (more)

Fujifilm goes square format with new digital hybrid Instax SQ10 camera
04/19, 01:00 EDT Fujifilm's Instax line of cameras, film and printers have proven very popular with photographers looking to either shoot film for the first time or relive the nostalgic experience of analog photography. To capitalize on this popularity, Fujifilm has... (more)

Fuji announces two new GFX lenses: An ultra-wide and a fast portrait prime Featured Story
04/19, 00:59 EDT With the release of the Fuji GFX 50S in late February, the Japanese company officially entered the digital medium format mirrorless market. The high-resolution camera has impressed us so far, but the launch lineup of lenses was sparse with only... (more)

Panasonic introduces a new wide-angle zoom lens: the Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH
04/18, 22:00 EDT Panasonic continues its partnership with Leica in the creation of the new DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH lens, offering an equivalent field of view of 16-36mm in 35mm terms. The lens is small and lightweight, tipping the scales at just over... (more)

Pocket-friendly Panasonic ZS70 long-zoom debuts new selfie-friendly design, in-cam retouching tools
04/18, 22:00 EDT Some 15 months after the debut of the Lumix ZS60, Panasonic has today taken the wraps off a followup model, in the form of the pocket-friendly Panasonic ZS70 long zoom. If you're familiar with the earlier model then a lot will prove equally... (more)

The pursuit of truth in portraiture: An interview with the photographer Platon
04/18, 13:00 EDT "A portrait to me is about closeness. It's about truth," Platon says in the opening of a new video interview (seen below) from PBS News Hour. The famous portrait photographer Platon has captured portraits of many famous and powerful figures over the... (more)

Nine Chinese photographers sharing fascinating stories and images from the other side of the world
04/18, 06:00 EDT Photography is hugely popular in China, especially among the younger generation who were born during and after the 1980s economic explosion in the massive Asian nation. The country remains an interesting society with respect to freedom of expression... (more)

Panasonic GH5 Field Test Part III: Dynamic range, 6K photo and timelapse and the final wrap-up
04/17, 17:25 EDT Click here to read our Panasonic GH5 Field Test Part III We are just about finished with all our testing of the GH5, and with my Field Test Part III, I look at some of the additional photo modes available on the new flagship Panasonic camera. In this... (more)



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Panasonic G85 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 digital camera
16.0mp | 5.0x | $898
Featuring numerous improvements over its predecessor, the Panasonic G85 is a great DSLR-style mirrorless camera. It uses a sharp 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor and offers speedy performance and great image quality across its ISO range. Physically, the Panasonic G85 gains numerous upgrades as well, including robust weather-sealing, a quieter shutter, Dual I.S. 2 stabilization, plus its own optional battery grip. To learn more about its performance and features, read our Panasonic G85 review.


Panasonic FZ2500 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 digital camera
20.1mp | 20.0x | $1,125
The Panasonic FZ2500 improves upon its predecessor in numerous ways, including the new slightly longer built-in zoom lens and excellent touchscreen display. The camera's 24-480mm equivalent lens proves versatile, especially in conjunction with very good image stabilization technology. The Panasonic FZ2500 offers great image quality and a bevy of 4K video and photo features. How does the FZ2500's performance hold up in the lab and real world? Read our Panasonic FZ2500 review to find out.


Sony A99 II Review
image of the Sony Alpha ILCA-A99 II digital camera
42.4mp | $3,198
The Sony A99 II is the Japanese company's first full-frame A-mount camera in over four years. It packs in a variety of new features including a 42.4-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a hybrid 4D Focus AF system with 399 on-chip phase detection points, 4K UHD video recording and more. In addition to its high resolving capabilities, the Sony A99 II is also very fast, capable of shooting full-resolution RAW images at nearly a dozen frames per second. On paper, the A99 II is an excellent camera. How well does it actually work? Read our Sony A99 II review to find out.


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!


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