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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!

IR Photo News

A look at catch lights and the role they have in portraiture
01/27, 16:26 EST If the eyes are the windows to the soul then what are the windows that are reflected on the eyes? Or the studio lighting equipment for that matter. Whatever they are they’re called Catch Lights. The catch lights that are reflected in the eyes of your subjects can make a big difference in the final impact of your portraits. In fact, one of... (more)

Three college students killed attempting dare-devil selfie in front of moving train
01/27, 13:46 EST Three Indian men, aged 20–22, have been killed in an attempt to capture ‘dare devil’ photos in front of a moving train. The Times of India reports that Yakub, Iqbal and Afzal (no last names were given) have deceased as a result of a photo stunt gone wrong. Police are still working on gathering information about the incident, but are... (more)

Snapchat announces Discover, a new way for brands to share curated photo and video content
01/27, 10:55 EST Today, ephemeral messaging service Snapchat has unveiled its latest creation. It’s called Discover and it’s a new platform that will allow editorial teams across the globe to create and curate photos and videos for Snapchat users. Built around Snapchat’s core ‘Stories’ feature, Discover is a way for brands to curate and distribute snippets... (more)

When should you replace your media cards?
01/26, 14:18 EST In my digital career, I’ve had three CompactFlash cards—that’s the media card containing my photographs—completely die on me. They became unreadable. In two of those cases, I could live without the lost photographs— I either didn’t need them or I could reshoot them. In the other case, I paid close to $2000 for a high-end digital... (more)

Pixels to Paint: Mixing photography and printmaking yields beautiful results
01/26, 13:46 EST To many, a physical print is the final step in the photographic process. But there are those who use photography as only a means to an end, not the end itself. One such individual is Ellen Scobie, a Vancouver-based artist who uses digital photography in tandem with her printmaking background to create beautiful pieces of art. In this four... (more)

BTS of 'Tutu Warrior Photo Shoot': muscular men sport a pink tutu for breast cancer awareness
01/26, 08:49 EST In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Seattle-based photographer John Keatley teamed up with Black Rapid to create their own rendition of ‘The Tutu Project’, a photo series that helps raise funds and awareness for breast cancer patients and research. To follow the queue that other Tutu Project images set, the team gathered... (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)

Breaking News: Sports Illustrated lays off all six of its staff photographers
01/23, 12:57 EST NPPA is reporting that Sports Illustrated has laid off all remaining staff photographers. At approximately noon on Thursday, veteran sports photographers Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John W. McDonough and Al Tielemans were notified of the decision. In speaking with NPPA, Sports Illustrated’s director of... (more)

Once again, it's all about the glories of nature - Our December Photo of the Day contest winners revealed!
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)

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)

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