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Panasonic FZ1000 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 digital camera
20.1mp | 16.0x | $846
In 2013, the Sony RX10 set a very high benchmark for just what a long-zoom camera could be, with a large 1"-type image sensor and generous 8.3x zoom lens. Now, Panasonic puts forth a spectacularly-capable challenger in the 16x zoom Panasonic FZ1000, and despite the same sensor size and an even more generous feature set, it's barely any bigger. Although it lacks the constant aperture of the Sony, we think the Panasonic FZ1000 represents an even better buy for the typical photographer in search of a camera that will free them from the need to juggle a dozen different lenses. Want to know why? Read our in-depth Panasonic FZ1000 review, and find out!

Sony A7S Review
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12.2mp | Non-Zoomx | $2,499
The Sony A7S defies convention with a unique 12-megapixel full-frame sensor with large pixels for outstanding high ISO performance as well as direct pixel readout for 4K video recording. With very wide dynamic range and high ISO sensitivity up to 409,600, plus a slew of professional-level video features such as SLog2 gamma, uncompressed 8-bit 4K and HD output via HDMI, zebras, focus peaking and XAVC S, the Sony A7S is arguably one the most versatile hybrid still and video cameras currently on the market for advanced enthusiasts and professional photographers and cinematographers. Read more in our Sony A7S review!

Pentax 645Z Review
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51.4mp | $8,398
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!

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Once again, it's all about the glories of nature - Our December Photo of the Day contest winners revealed!
Featured Story 01/23, 12:04 EST We here in the northern hemisphere don't tend to associate December as the best month for nature photography, but our December Photo of the Day monthly award winners and runners-up tell a different tale. From a gorgeous shot of a wild dolphin by longtime POTD contributor Karen Celella to a whimsical and compelling desert juxtaposition from yet another longtime contributor Judith Sparhawk, this... (more)

Canon 7D Mark II Shooter's Report Part I: Comfortable handling, robust controls and great image quality
Featured Story 01/19, 19:40 EST At long last, our in-depth, real-world review of the updated Canon 7D Mark II is underway. Indeed, landscape and wildlife photographer Jeremy Gray has been battling the cold, Maine winter to bring us the first part of his Canon 7D Mark II Shooter's Report. A long-time Nikon DSLR shooter, the Canon 7D Mark II is definitely a change of... (more)

Canon 400mm f/4 DO II lens review: Optical redesign offers better quality, DO optics keep weight down
Featured Story 01/19, 19:39 EST Back at Photokina, Canon introduced a long-awaited update to one of their unique, green-ringed Diffractive Optics lenses: the 400mm f/4 DO telephoto prime. The original model was released back in 2001, and this updated "Mark II" version not only gets subtle cosmetic updates, but also a notable redesign in its optical formula aimed at... (more)

An introduction to 'The Art of Photography'
01/23, 16:26 EST Today I’d like to introduce to you Ted Forbes, the mastermind behind photography podcast and YouTube channel, The Art of Photography. To supplement his podcasts, which are excellent in their own right, Forbes also puts out between one and three videos on his YouTube channel every week. Each of these videos fit perfectly into his... (more)

Adobe Lightroom 6 will only be available for 64-bit operating systems
01/23, 11:24 EST Adobe has announced that Lightroom 6 and future iterations of their photo management program will only be compatible with 64-bit operating systems. A vast improvement over 32-bit systems, going 64-bit only will allow Adobe to more robustly ‘leverage the latest operating system features and technologies.’ For some, this may seem like an... (more)

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 5D3 & 6D Printer Bundles; Canon 6D Bundle $1,249; Canon 70D Printer Bundle $799; Canon PowerShot G1X $449 and more!
01/23, 10:59 EST It's a good day to be a Canon shooter -- or wanting to become one -- as many of the latest camera deals today are for Canon gear. Lots of great full-frame DSLR & pro printer bundles with heavy discounts. There's also a new price drop on a G-series PowerShot camera and it's underwater housing. We've also tossed in a nice low price on an... (more)

The unseen benefits of photographing your friends
01/21, 15:43 EST This may be more confession than observation. There’s a group of people in our lives that we love dearly and somehow overlook with our cameras — or at least I have. Just because we aren’t related to them by blood they’re placed on some second tier of photographic importance. They are, of course, our friends. Most of the pictures I have of... (more)

CineRent is the world's first online peer-to-peer rental service for film and photo gear
01/21, 14:13 EST When renting gear, there are two sides to the equation. There is the party renting out the equipment and there is the party is is receiving the gear. Usually, the party renting out the gear is a large entity like LensRentals or BorrowLenses. And while it’s nice to know there’s a trusted, reliable company capable of renting gear from, there... (more)

Want to turn your Instagram photos into temporary tattoos? Picattoo has you covered
01/21, 11:34 EST Instagram has single-handedly brought to life a handful of companies. Today, we present you with one of the newest ones, Picattoo. As the name alludes to, the service allows you to easily turn your Instagram photos into temporary tattoos. The process is a familiar one for anyone who has used Instagram for other outside services, but for... (more)

Tips and tools for choosing the right insurance for your gear
01/20, 16:23 EST Photography gear is expensive. So much so that with a single body and a handful of lenses it’s not at all difficult to cross the $10k threshold. To protect your photography investments you’re going to need insurance. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to decide what type of insurance is best for you. Here to help with that is Caleb Pike... (more)

The importance of keeping your camera warm and dry
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Nikon releases repair instructions for users affected by D750 flare issues
01/20, 09:46 EST Nikon has been extremely diligent on addressing and informing consumers about the flare issue affecting a handful of D750 cameras. Today, they make good on previous promises, officially releasing detailed instructions for D750 users who are looking to correct the issue. In the statement, Nikon instructs D750 owners to verify their camera’s... (more)

Affordable Panasonic GF7 launches with GX7 image pipeline, selfie-friendly body design
01/20, 01:00 EST Looking for an affordable Micro Four Thirds camera that can give you the image quality of higher-end Panasonic mirrorless models, yet cater to your selfie-loving side at the same time? If so, the just-launched Panasonic GF7 will be worth a look. With a consumer-friendly body, the Panasonic GF7 shares much with more expensive Panasonic... (more)

Getty photographer shares his account of covering unrest, protests in Ferguson, MO
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