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Sony A7 review: Is the best full-frame mirrorless camera also the most affordable?

 
 

The cat's out of the bag: When we published our A7R review last December, it was pretty obvious that its sibling, the Sony A7, would also be well-received. The two full-frame, fully-featured mirrorless cameras share...

Nikon D4S - Shooter’s Report Part I: Coming to grips with a truly professional camera

 
 

New cameras roll through our door here at IR almost every day, but it's rare to see the latest flagship professional model from one of the top companies. In fact, this is something that sometimes doesn't even happen...

Nikon D5300 Review: Better images, better video and advanced features give this mid-range DSLR a leg up

 
 

We've just published our full Nikon D5300 review, and this updated mid-level consumer DSLR takes the well-reviewed D5200 and packs in a handful of high-end features. Sporting a newly developed 24.2MP sensor without...

Behind the scenes: The design process that led to the creation of the Olympus E-M10

 
 

Shortly after the CP+ show in Yokohama last February, I was able to visit Olympus' R&D headquarters in Hachioji, Japan, where I had the privilege of extensive discussions with the heads of a number of deparments...

Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info)

 
 

Back in early 2010, Pentax launched the 645D, a medium-format digital SLR that leap-frogged full-frame rivals in terms of sensor area, and simultaneously set a new benchmark in terms of affordability compared to...

Who cares about 4K? Philip Bloom, Vincent Laforet and others discuss ultra high-def at NAB

 
 

At least a half-dozen new 4K cameras were announced at NAB 2014 earlier this week. But 4K TVs are still absurdly expensive, and even if you own one, there’s almost nothing to watch. Plenty of people don’t even bother to watch movies or TV in high-definition as it is, so why are we in such a rush to capture even...

Olympus awarded patent for f/1.0 compact-cam lens


 
 

How bright is the future for Olympus compacts? It could be f/1.0 bright, if we’re talking about lens specs.

Olympus was given a patent last month for a 50mm-equivalent, f/1.0 lens, designed to be used with a 1/1.7-inch sensor—the same size used in the Stylus enthusiast-compact line. It’s built from 9...

Nikon J4 announced in Europe, Asia; couples V3 features with J-series styling


 
 

Move over, Nikon J3: Your successor is here -- in Europe and Asia, at least. Not as-yet announced in the US market, the Nikon J4 adopts a new body style, and swaps in a new image sensor and processor combination that promise the trifecta of greater resolution, performance, and low-light shooting.

There's...

The Android camera revisited: Nikon S810c travel zoom aims for mainstream appeal


 
 

In late 2012, Nikon debuted the S800c, the world's first mainstream smart camera. Today, it follows up with the 16-megapixel, Android-based Nikon S810c, which aims to refine the design and create a product with broader appeal.

The Nikon S810c looks to address many of our most significant concerns with the...

“A Tale of Two Atolls” short film reminds us our oceans are full of life worth preserving

Due to human influence, the seascape of the world's oceans is changing, and not for the better. Populations of marine life are endangered as their natural habitats are destroyed. Piles of human waste are accumulating on the surface of the sea, and end up being ingested by animals. Overfishing depletes the oceans of their fish populations and...

More Olympus fraud fallout as banks sue for $273 million

 
 

The old ship Olympus has somehow begun to right itself after the $1.7 billion accounting scandal that nearly sank the company in 2011. The company’s imaging division isn’t in the black yet, but strong sales of the OM-D E-M1 have helped to cut losses by $25 million, and with trickle-down effects like increased lens...

Sony A7S: How the full-frame, low-light shooter differs from the A7R and A7

 
 

Earlier this week, Sony excited fans of low-light photography and 4K video with the debut of its latest full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony A7S. Helping ensure a big splash, the company played its cards very close to its chest, tightly controlling information until the camera's debut at the National Association...

Behind the scenes video: Drone-mounted LED lights the way for nighttime ski shoot

 
 

We already know that drones can carry more than just cameras. Amazon, for instance, thinks it’ll be delivering your cat food via quadcopter within the next five years. So it’s not really a big surprise to see aerial videographers sending their lighting rigs up into the sky—but it’s still really cool.

Aerial video...

Photobooth portraits of an unkown man spanning three decades are a mystery

 
 

A series of photobooth portraits of the same man taken over a time span of three decades is currently puzzling historians. The pictures, which were taken between the 1930s and 1960s, all show the same person first as a middle-aged man and later visibly aged, presumably in his sixties. Besides the fact that nobody...

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens review: Does this $4,000 monster beat the Sigma 50/1.4 Art?

 
 

Hot on the heels of our Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art review comes its intended competition, the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T*. This stupendously large, all-metal, normal focal length prime lens is aimed squarely at professional photographers who demand the utmost in sharpness, resolution and contrast for...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 1D C $9,999; Sony A7/R camera & lens promo; Panasonic lens deals, 1-day special on SanDisk memory cards and more!

 
 

Check out a nice selection of camera, lens and accessorie deals below. Up today, we've got a big discount on a 4K-capable Canon HD-DSLR and couple bundle deals for Sony gear, including the hot Sony A7 and A7R cameras. There's also a deal on a slim, powerful Canon PowerShot camera. For lenses, there's a deal on...

The Panasonic GH4 has landed in our lab! First Shots now posted

 
 

Dating back to the Panasonic GH1, the GH line of cameras has been targeted at videographers while sporting rich feature sets generally found on more expensive professional video rigs. The Panasonic GH4 is the latest in this popular line and has just completed the first pass through our test lab.

We'll be bringing...

Sigma Q&A Part II: Does Foveon’s Quattro sensor really out-resolve conventional 36-megapixel chips?


 
 

Sigma Corporation's image sensor subsidiary, Foveon Inc., takes a very different approach to sensor design than any other company out there. With a technology that captures red, green, and blue light simultaneously at all pixel locations across the entire sensor surface, they've long claimed that their chips...

These vertigo-inducing Instagram pictures aren’t for the faint-hearted

 
 

Who said that you can only upload unaltered photos from your smartphone camera to Instagram? This series of Instagram pictures showing death-defying stunts and other vertigo-inducing scenes were actually cleverly manipulated. Or did you really think there was a rollercoaster hundreds of feet above Manhattan? The...

Can you pixel-peep the difference between 6 popular cameras?

 
 

Pixel peeping is an honored pastime around these parts. But when identical photos from six popular cameras are randomized and shrunk down to typical viewing sizes, would you be able to tell which shots came from which cameras?

If you’re up for the challenge, head over to The Slanted Lens. While filming a lighting...

DxO Labs crowns Sony Xperia Z2 new king of the smartphones

 
 

Sony has been on an absolute tear these past few years with imaging tech, and they’ve earned yet another feather in their collective cap—this time, for a smartphone camera.

DxO Labs just published the results of their Sony Xperia Z2 test, and it’s the best smartphone camera out there. Built around a...

Sony A6000—sample gallery images now posted!

 
 

The Sony A6000 compact system camera is far and away the most popular camera on our site this year, and this is all without having barely scratched the surface on our review itself. With this in mind, we wanted to get you some sample gallery images in short order, so that you could begin your own analysis along...

We sort through the tidal wave of 4K coming out of NAB 2014

 
Sony A7S

The National Association of Broadcasters show (NAB) is in full swing, bringing heaps of new 4K camera and accessory announcements. Even if you're mainly a stills photographer, there's plenty of cool gear to check out, and some of these fresh ideas that might someday, in some form, trickle down to cheaper...

Adobe debuts impressive, free Lightroom Mobile; Android users, Creative Cloud cynics need not apply

 
 

It's a great day to be an Apple user: Adobe has just debuted an impressively well-considered mobile variant of its photographer-friendly Lightroom imaging app, and for the time being, it's an iOS exclusive. Specifically, it's available only on Apple's iPad tablet series, with an iPhone variant due later this year....

How would you react if your lens mount was discontinued?

 
Leica R8 film SLR. Photo: Ashley Pomeroy / Wikimedia Commons

If you only started following the photo industry in the past few years, you probably never realized that Leica once made SLR cameras. The Washington Post, of all places, wrote up a brief retrospective of the events that led to Leica abandoning its R-series...