News entries for August, 2015

Olympus E-M10 II announced and field-tested. Could this be the ideal vacation camera?

 
 

Last year's Olympus E-M10 offered advanced entry-level photographers a more affordable option into Olympus' world of versatile, feature-rich OM-D cameras. Sporting many of the same features as their pricier, higher-end siblings, the E-M10 proved to be a very popular (and very capable) camera for those looking to...

GoPro HERO4 Black $100 off, one day only!

GoPro is the undeniable king of action cameras. Unfortunately, they don’t come cheap. At least not very often. Today only though, you can pick up its top-of-the-line model, the GoPro HERO4 Black, for $399 at Adorama -- $100 off retail.

This is the lowest we’ve ever seen the GoPro HERO4 Black, with the previous low coming in at $430. Be sure...

Panasonic limited-time promo offers triple the manufacturer warranty on cameras, lenses and more

If you’ve been on the fence about a Panasonic camera, camcorder or lens, a new limited-time offer might finally convince you to take the plunge.

Panasonic has announced that with the purchase of any qualifying camera, camcorder, lens or accessory through March 31st of 2016 you will receive not just one, but three years of protection under a...

Sweeble: a photo-sharing app that uses time, not likes, to measure interest

If you’re sick of using ’likes’ as a metric for determining how much your images are being seen, Sweeble, a new photo-sharing app for iOS might be just what you’re looking for. Instead of using the ubiquitous ‘like’, Sweeble instead uses time as the metric of interaction.

The basic premise of the app is not unlike that of Instagram or even...

Wi-Fi worries? These silver-infused undies will guard your gonads from electromagnetic radiation

In terms of your nether regions, do you use protection? No, not that type of protection. We’re talking about protection from electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

Although the jury is still out on just how bad EMR is on your body, especially your private parts, there is a market ripe with opportunity for companies to protect those who would...

Canon T6i Review: Blending new features with tried-and-true Canon DSLR characteristics

 
 

Back in February, Canon introduced a pair of Rebel DSLRs -- the Canon T6i and T6s -- sporting brand-new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensors, making these cameras the highest resolution APS-C DSLRs in Canon's lineup. They are also the first Rebels to feature their latest DIGIC 6 image processor, as well as a much more...

Firmware Friday: Blackmagic URSA gets high-res viewfinder support and more


 
 

Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is a brief one, as there's only one new camera firmware release we're aware of since our last roundup. The device receiving the update is the Blackmagic URSA, an impressive 4K-capable Super 35-format camera with a pricetag to match. (It lists for around $5,000 in the US...

New patent from Olympus details interesting dual-stage image stabilization

A new patent from Olympus details the technical makings of a dual-stage image stabilization mechanism that intelligently uses both in-lens and in-camera stabilization to compensate for unwanted shake.

The patent, originally filed in January of 2014, is vague in its wording, but from our interpretation, details an interesting ability to...

Get Wild! BTS video takes a look at a day in the life of a wildlife photographer at Zoo Miami

As part of its ongoing BTS series, Nikon has shared a new video with Nikon Ambassador and Naturalist Ron Magill as he photographs promotional images for the Zoo Miami.

In the three minute video, Magill gives advice on how best to capture wildlife in a zoo setting. Along the way he shares a number of his techniques, his gear setup, and his...

Researchers developing LED ‘license plates’ to help keep rogue drones out of the sky

Dangerous drone usage is on the rise faster than ever. So far this year over 650 incident reports already filed to the FAA; almost triple that of the incidents reported through the same time last year.

One of the biggest problems with curbing the reckless flight of drones is the inability for the operators to be held liable. After all, it’s...

Sony RX10 II Field Test: The faster, better enthusiast long-zoom gets a real-world workout in Portland, OR


 
 

The Sony RX10 II has some mighty big shoes to fill. Following in the footsteps of the original RX10 -- the camera which single-handedly created the large-sensor, long-zoom category, and which took the Best Enthusiast Zoom prize in our 2013 Camera of the Year awards -- the RX10 II keeps the same basic design...

Apple adds support for 6 new cameras in its latest Digital Camera RAW update

Apple has released the latest version of Digital Camera RAW for OS X Yosemite, adding support for half a dozen cameras.

The 6.06 update now supports RAW photos from the following cameras:

iFixit tears down Sony’s 42MP a7R II revealing its impressive interiors

Sony’s a7R II is one of the most impressive cameras we’ve come across recently; and with good reason — it packs a lot of punch in a little design. Just what exactly is inside of that black little frame, though?

Per standard procedure, iFixit has gotten their hands on a production sample of the a7R II and for the enjoyment of all gear heads...

Sony Q&A: Now that 4K’s a done deal, what’s the next big thing?


 
 

We had the opportunity to sit down recently with the President and Chief Operating Officer, Deputy President and Deputy Vice President of Sony Electronics, all of whom are instrumental in developing and executing Sony's strategy for imaging products in the US. We more often speak with engineers and product...

Is a client demanding too much? Here’s how to tell them ‘NO’

Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography is back again. This time he’s here to address an important question every photographer will come across at one point in their career; ‘How Do I Say No?’

Long after contracts have been signed and a price agreed upon, there are times when clients try to demand more than initially agreed upon. It’s at those...

MIT researchers have developed a camera that will never overexpose an image

Imagine a camera that could never overexpose an photograph. Now stop imagining and get ready, because a team of researchers at MIT believe they have developed a new technology that will ensure an image is never over-exposed.

In a paper presented earlier this year at the International Conference on Computational Photography, the MIT Media Lab...

Fuji X-A2 Field Test Part I: A nice entry into the Fuji X-series family

 
 

Reviewer Eamon Hickey's been spending some quality time with Fujifilm's latest entry-level X-series camera, the updated X-A2. He's brought back his Part I installment of his detailed X-A2 Field Test, and so far, he seems quite smitten with the compact ILC. 

In his Part I report, Eamon walks us through his...

Nikon P900 review: We post our conclusion and wrap up this 2000mm superzoom monster!

 
 

When the Nikon P600 was unveiled in early 2014, it sported the farthest-reaching available zoom length at that time for a fixed lens camera at 1440mm (in 35mm terms). It also ended up taking top honors in our Best Superzoom of 2014 competition. So when Nikon announced the P900 in early 2015, promising a whopping...

Learning the 3 basic principles of light

No matter how you’re lighting your photographs, there are certain traits, or principles, of light that will ultimately determine the aesthetic of your photograph.

In photography, there are three main principles: instensity/quantity of light, direction of light, and quality of light.

In the below video, a segment from a CreativeLive...

Remotely fire your smartphone’s shutter with these two analogue-inspired Bluetooth triggers

If you’re looking for a cute and clever way of remotely triggering your smartphone’s camera, gadget-maker Gizumon has two little Bluetooth devices just for you.

The first one is a Bluetooth remote shutter shaped like a 135 film canister. The second is another Bluetooth remote trigger designed to look like a classic twins-lens reflex camera,...