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Olympus E-PL7 arrives with restyled body, flip-down LCD, better stabilization, and in-camera Wi-Fi

In mid-2013, Olympus introduced the E-PL6, a camera that never came to the US market, perhaps because it was such a modest tweak to 2012's E-PL5. Today, the Olympus E-PL7 arrives as a much more comprehensive revamp, although its heart -- a...

Pentax surprises with futuristic new compact K-S1 DSLR

 
 

If you thought most new cameras nowadays are all about being "retro" and taking cues from cameras of yesteryear, take heed: Ricoh is going in a bold new direction with their latest DSLR, the new Pentax K-S1....

Sony A5100 Shooter’s Report part I: Out and about with a smorgasbord of lenses

 
 

The Sony A5100 is a bit of an anomoly. For starters, its name implies that it succeeds the A5000, which it most certainly does not! The A5000 succeeds the lower-tiered NEX-3N, while the A5100 succeeds the mid-level...

Sony A7S Shooter’s Report Part I: First impressions, handling and oh my, high ISO!

 
 

They say "three's a crowd," but in the case of the Sony A7-series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, perhaps the more apt analogy is "The Three Bears" in that with the A7, A7R and now the A7S, there's something for...

Firmware Friday: Nikon ships big update for D4S; 7 more Leica, Nikon, Pentax SLRs get new firmware too


 
 

After a couple of weeks with no firmware news, Firmware Friday is back with all guns blazing, as no less than seven DSLRs from Nikon and Pentax receive updates, and Leica promises three more for its cameras will be arriving shortly.

We'll start with Nikon, whose six updates this week dominate the roundup Of...

Rokinon offers affordable manual focus fisheye lens for Nikon 1-mount

 
 

Looking for an affordable fisheye lens for your Nikon 1-series compact system camera? If so, the folks at Nikon Rumors have spotted one that might be of interest given a list price of just US$200 and the magical words "Made in Japan".

The Rokinon 7.5mm f/8 RMC fisheye lens doesn't appear on the company's own...

DxO Optics Pro update adds Nikon D810 support, hits a major milestone for optics support

 
 

Just in time for the start of our Nikon D810 review Shooter's Reports, French software company DxO Labs has released an update supporting the camera in its flagship application, DxO Optics Pro. The update to Optics Pro v9.5.2 not only adds support for raw files shot with the D810, but also brings minor bug fixes...

Dropbox now offers its pro users 1TB of storage for $9.99 a month

Cloud storage services have been interesting for photographers on the go for quite a while now, but with storage prices plummeting the way they do, there will soon be no more need to carry an external hard drive around. The latest service to cut its prices (and up its included storage capacity) is Dropbox, who is now offering its Pro...

Limited no more: Olympus adds a standard black color for its 12mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds lens

 
 

Back in late 2012, when Olympus launched the PEN E-PL5 compact system camera -- a model just replaced by the Olympus E-PL7 this very day -- it also unveiled a new, limited-edition variant of its M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 prime lens.

The new optic was identical to the silver variant first released by the...

Olympus E-PL7 arrives with restyled body, flip-down LCD, better stabilization, and in-camera Wi-Fi

In mid-2013, Olympus introduced the E-PL6, a camera that never came to the US market, perhaps because it was such a modest tweak to 2012's E-PL5. Today, the Olympus E-PL7 arrives as a much more comprehensive revamp, although its heart -- a 16.1-megapixel Live MOS image sensor -- is unchanged from the earlier cameras. Our Olympus E-PL7 arrived...

Pentax surprises with futuristic new compact K-S1 DSLR

 
 

If you thought most new cameras nowadays are all about being "retro" and taking cues from cameras of yesteryear, take heed: Ricoh is going in a bold new direction with their latest DSLR, the new Pentax K-S1. Sporting a strikingly futuristic design, the K-S1 features a new 20-megapixel APS-C image sensor with a high...

Samyang introduces a 50mm f/1.4 “dream” lens (and a T1.5 cine version)

After teasing the upcoming announcement of a "dream" lens, the Korean optics manufcaturer Samyang, whose products are also sold under the Rokinon and Bower brands in the US, has announced a new 50mm f/1.4 "dream lens" as well as a T1.5 cine counterpart in various mounts. Both lenses compelemt the company's lineup of DSLR and cine lenses which...

The men behind the cameras: Canon gives a rare insight into how your EOS SLR was designed


 
 

Have you ever wondered how your DSLR was designed? As it celebrates the 25th anniversary of its flagship EOS-1 series of film and digital SLRs, Canon has pulled back the curtain and given us a peek into the world of camera design, publishing an interview with two rather influential men in the company's...

Sony A5100 Shooter’s Report part I: Out and about with a smorgasbord of lenses

 
 

The Sony A5100 is a bit of an anomoly. For starters, its name implies that it succeeds the A5000, which it most certainly does not! The A5000 succeeds the lower-tiered NEX-3N, while the A5100 succeeds the mid-level NEX-5T. The popular A6000 succeeded the NEX-6 earlier this year, leaving only the flagship NEX-7...

Instagram’s new app makes hyperlapse creation simple, but only for iOS devices

 
 

Creating a good hyperlapse video can be a lot of fuss. The defining feature that makes the technique so much more interesting than a simple time-lapse is camera motion, but simply moving your camera by hand or shooting from a moving vehicle isn't enough. The accelerated playback speed of hyperlapse means that even...

Go climb a rock (or explore a reef) from the comfort of your home

Google has been busy sending its Street View cars (and backpacks, snowmobiles and tricycles) all over the world to document not only streets, but also all kinds of sights for us to enjoy from the comfort of our homes, without having to actually travel anywhere. A notable recent addition to the company's treasure trove of virtual sightseeing...

Sony A7S Shooter’s Report Part I: First impressions, handling and oh my, high ISO!

 
 

They say "three's a crowd," but in the case of the Sony A7-series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, perhaps the more apt analogy is "The Three Bears" in that with the A7, A7R and now the A7S, there's something for everyone, and you can find an A7 camera that's "just right" for you. The A7 is more focused on speed...

Olympus files a patent for HDR exposure bracketing during live preview

Due to the limited dynamic range of digital imaging sensors, high contrast scenes often require the capture of bracketed exposures and subsequent HDR conversion in order to convey their full tonal range. The capture of bracketed exposures usually takes a couple seconds, depending on how many exposures are taken, and it requires both camera and...

Fuji X30 arrives with overhauled interface, EVF, Wi-Fi and radically better battery life


 
 

Good news, Fuji fans: the Fujifilm X30 is here, following in the footsteps of 2012's Fuji X10 and 2013's X20, both popular -- if occasionally quirky -- fixed-lens, compact cameras. Their classic styling and generous selection of physical controls helped them stand out from the crowd, and the X30 builds on...

Nikon D810 Shooter’s Report Part I: The quest for sunshine and razor-sharp detail


 
 

Last week, we posted a big selection of real-world sample photos -- today, our Nikon D810 review takes another step forwards with the addition of my first Shooter's Report section. After days of uncooperative weather, when the sun peeked out briefly I shot all manner of subjects around downtown Knoxville,...

Samsung NX30 Review: solid performance and image quality at a great value

 
 

We've just finished our Samsung NX30 review, after it spent a lot of time out in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains in the hands of reviewer John Shafer, and overall, the NX30 is a solid little camera. Samsung is an extremely large company with a vast portfolio of products, but in the photographic world, more...

Revenge of the DSLRs: What our winningest photographers shoot with and why

 
 

I wrote an article about a month ago, about how so many formerly "niche" camera types are growing in popularity and market share relative to traditional camera categories. It's a trend we've definitely seen developing over the past few years, in what we see coming into the lab to review, and also in direct reader...

Sony RX100 III Review: Is this the best compact camera money can buy?


 
 

In a very competitive market that's been eaten alive by the camera phone, it's hard for a compact camera to stand out from the crowd. That's precisely what Sony has managed with its RX100-series cameras, though. Now in its third iteration, the line started with the original RX100 (RX100 vs RX100 III) in...

Pics.io is a photo album and raw developer that resides in the cloud

When Adobe moved its solutions to the cloud a while back, a new era was ushered in for many creatives who use products such as Photoshop, Premiere and the like. Not just because Adobe moved away from individual per-app licensing to a subscription-based licensing scheme, but also because the move to cloud-based services blurred the lines...