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Big Brother, tiny camera: Sony patent app hints at frightening future of wearable photography


 
 

If you thought Google Glass was frightening, you may want to don your peril-sensitive sunglasses for this story: The Thought Police may soon get to take another step along the road from the pages of George...

Caffeine Priority: Easily achieve accurate autofocus with the Nikon D5’s automatic AF fine-tune feature

Wake up with IR! Here's today's cup of Caffeine Prioirity...

Unsurprisingly, Nikon's new flagship D5 DSLR has a wealth of new features. One that might have flown under the radar during the announcement event in January is the new Automatic AF...

Canon 80D Image Quality Comparison: Putting its new sensor and image processor to the test

 
 

Hot on the heels of our recent Field Test comes our in-depth image quality comparison and print quality analysis for the new mid-grade, enthusiast-class Canon 80D. Sporting an all-new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and...

Sony RX10 III First Shots: The Big, Bad, 24-600mm eq. bridge camera lands in our lab

 
 

Just to be clear from the get-go for anyone who's not yet looked into this camera, the Sony RX10 III is not a replacement of the venerable RX10 II released last summer. According to Sony, that model is still...

Big Brother, tiny camera: Sony patent app hints at frightening future of wearable photography


 
 

If you thought Google Glass was frightening, you may want to don your peril-sensitive sunglasses for this story: The Thought Police may soon get to take another step along the road from the pages of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" to becoming reality, should a just-published...

Bye bye, broken filter blues: Heliopan offers industry’s first drop protection warranty on UV filters

You've been looking forward to receiving your brand-new filter and it's finally arrived. You open up the package and start to screw it on to your lens. But then the unthinkable happens, you drop it and it cracks. Or perhaps you screw it on fine, but a few weeks later it is shattered when your camera gets an accidental knock.

Normally you...

Caffeine Priority: Easily achieve accurate autofocus with the Nikon D5’s automatic AF fine-tune feature

Wake up with IR! Here's today's cup of Caffeine Prioirity...

Unsurprisingly, Nikon's new flagship D5 DSLR has a wealth of new features. One that might have flown under the radar during the announcement event in January is the new Automatic AF fine-tune feature.

Seasoned DSLR users have probably experienced issues with front or backfocus on...

Canon 80D Image Quality Comparison: Putting its new sensor and image processor to the test

 
 

Hot on the heels of our recent Field Test comes our in-depth image quality comparison and print quality analysis for the new mid-grade, enthusiast-class Canon 80D. Sporting an all-new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and faster DIGIC 6 image processor, the 80D's imaging pipeline is a nice step up from the 20MP Canon 70D...

Sony RX10 III First Shots: The Big, Bad, 24-600mm eq. bridge camera lands in our lab

 
 

Just to be clear from the get-go for anyone who's not yet looked into this camera, the Sony RX10 III is not a replacement of the venerable RX10 II released last summer. According to Sony, that model is still current, and frankly the two are not quite the same animal. They're more like brothers... one a...

ON1 Photo Raw supercharges your workflow; optional subscription shows Adobe how it’s done


 
 

Look out, Adobe, DxO and Phase One: There's a new kid on the raw processing block -- or at least, there will be this fall -- and it promises to offer a very strong challenge to Lightroom, Optics Pro and Capture One indeed!

Just announced by the folks at ON1 Inc., the new ON1 Photo Raw is perhaps the most...

Up close and personal: Combining up to 10,000 images to create microphotographs of insects

Most images are captured in a split second, processed for maybe a few minutes or so, if at all, and then that's the end of it. But for commercial photographer Levon Biss, his new Microsculpture series relies on a very different and much more intricate process.

By using a microscope lens, Biss captures between 8,000 and 10,000 images of a...

Sony A6300 Field Test: Mirrorless camera offers many improvements and great all-around performance

The Sony A6000 was a very popular camera indeed; the best-selling interchangeable lens camera over $600 and the best-selling mirrorless camera. The Sony A6300 is a very good follow-up to the A6000, besting its predecessor in basically every way.

During my field test with the Sony A6300, I found it to be a great mirrorless camera overall. It...

CameraBag Cinema offers powerful standalone 4K video editing for OS X

App developer Nevercenter has developed a new all-in-one video editing application, CameraBag Cinema, which is aimed at professionals. The app offers a variety of features, including video filtering, color correction and film emulation.

CameraBag Cinema is built upon the same core principles as Nevercenter's CameraBag photo editing...

Great shots: Ira Block on building an image with subtle light

 
 

Many travel photographs are taken on the fly, but sometimes stopping to add a little light can result in images of a place that couldn’t otherwise be captured, like the one here.

National Geographic photographer Ira Block created this image while leading a workshop in Bagan, Myanmar. Block found the small...

You can’t beat free: Over 50 e-books will help you learn more about photography

If you want to improve your photography skills but don't want to shell out the big bucks to do it, Shotkit has an excellent resource for you. The site has compiled a list of over 50 free books about photography covering a wide range of topics. While you will want to check out the full list for yourself to find topics of interest, the variety...

Fuji X-Pro2 Field Test Part I: Street shooting in Manhattan with Fujifilm’s latest flagship

 
 

Our man on the streets of Manhattan, the stalwart Eamon Hickey, is at it again... this time with Fujifilm's latest street-shooting powerhouse, the X-Pro2. As the successor to the Fuji X-Pro1 from 2012, a camera that garnered not only a 5-out-of-5 rating here at IR but also a Camera of Distinction in our 2012 Camera...

City folk: Here’s how you can join in the astrophotography fun!


 
 

Ever wanted to try your hand at astrophotography? It can be a lot of fun, but if you're in or near a big city (or even a not so big one), light pollution can be a major problem, obscuring your subjects and tinting your photos with an ugly skyglow. But it doesn't have to be that way!

Specialist Light...

Same Tree, Different Day project proves there’s always a new photo hidden even in familiar subjects


 
 

Some of the coolest photos can come from the simplest of ideas. The same is just as true of photo series, as is nicely demonstrated by Same Tree, Different Day, a photo project with the simplest of beginnings.

In the first days of last year, Colorado Springs, Colorado-based professional photographer Mike...

Mac vs. PC: Which will win the Lightroom speed test?


 
 

Mac or PC: It's a debate that has been raging for more years than we care to remember, and one that will likely never truly be settled. That doesn't stop the occasional brave soul from trying, however, and the latest to do just that is photographer Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge. A self-professed Apple fan, Jirsa...

Retro styling combines with modern features in the excellent Think Tank Retrospective shoulder bag

If you're looking for a camera bag that is relatively small and light, but can still hold plenty of essential gear, Think Tank's Retrospective series might be for you. Not only do these bags comfortably hold lots of gear, but they're very well-designed and comfortable to wear.

Think Tank sent me the Retrospective 20 to try out, which has...

$450,000 for a lens? Zeiss optic used on the moon fetches astronomical price at auction

If you thought that paying $13,500 for a space-ready Nikon F3 was a bit out there, then a recent auction sale will blow your mind. A Zeiss lens used to capture nearly 300 photos in outer space has sold at auction for just over $450,000 USD.

The 500mm f/8 Zeiss Tele-Tessar comes in at 12 inches long and includes engraved NASA part numbers. To...

A Herculean effort: World’s smallest programmable camera dolly coming in July

Camera dollies are an indispensable tool for many videographers and time-lapse photographers, but they can often be large and expensive. Rollocam want to change that with The Hercules, a small and affordable camera slider. Rollocam states that The Hercules is the world's smallest programmable dolly.

Considering its small size, it is...

40 of the very best photos: Sony World Photography Awards’ 2016 winners are a must-see


 
 

A couple of months back, we told you about the shortlist for the 2016 World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony and now in its ninth year. Today, we can now reveal the winners, and they make for some powerful, thought-provoking viewing!

The Sony World Photography Awards are said to be the world's largest...

Nanowire battery breakthrough could bring an end to replacing dead packs

 
 

Are you fed up with replacing dead rechargeable batteries for your camera gear? How about the battery in your smartphone or tablet? Odds are good that these weren't even designed to be replaceable, making the swap to a new battery an even more painful and expensive experience. But now, those days could soon be at...