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1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Sigma 150-600mm Sport: Hands-on preview of Sigma’s latest ‘Sigmonster’ telephoto lens

 

 
1D X: 600mm, f/7.1, 1/1250s, ISO 640, +1/3EV
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For outdoor sports and wildlife photographers, a versatile, high-powered super-telephoto...

Fuji X30 surprises with improved image quality in our First Shots

 
 

The Fuji X30 has been a popular camera on our site since its announcement back in August. And why not?!
Its predecessor the Fuji X20 was a super solid premium compact, and the X30 shares much in common with that...

Sony RX100 III vs Canon G7X vs Panasonic LX100: Which is the best compact camera for enthusiasts?

 
 

For the last couple of years, Sony has dominated the enthusiast compact camera market with its RX100-series, three closely-related, zoom-equipped cameras that are both pocket-friendly and feature much larger sensors...

Firmware Friday: Canon gifts pro camcorders with exFAT support


 
 

After weeks of activity, we finally have a short break from the camera updates post-Photokina. it's been a quiet week on the firmware front, and we're not aware of any cameras with newly-updated firmware. (Are you? If so, sound off in the comments below.)

We do know, however, of two newly-updated pro...

Your next smartphone could sport a zoom lens thanks to DynaOptics’ new technology

The great thing about smartphones is that they pack combine a number of different devices into one, including a digital camera, which has basically made the compact camera obsolete in the last few years. The only downside to most smartphone cameras is that they don't offer any optical zoom in order to keep the overall size down.

Without...

Epson’s high-end film scanners V800 and V850 get updated with LED illumination

In the world of digital photography, the pace in which older devices are being replaced with newer and better versions is incredibly fast -- especially when compared with the longevity of analog photography products. Film scanners are the bridge between digital and analog photography, in that they convert film photos into digital images. And...

Take your Canon 5D Mark III and Sony RX100 III on a dive with these new underwater housings

For some, the idea of squeezing their body into a tight neoprene suit and putting their lives at the mercy of a scuba set is the stuff of nightmares. For others, it's the most relaxing vacation activity ever. If you belong to the latter half of humanity and also enjoy taking pictures with your Canon 5D Mark III or Sony RX100 III, these new...

Rent, love, keep: LensRentals launches try-before-you-buy program


 
 

Regular readers will know that we've long recommended the fine folks at LensRentals as a great way to decide whether a lens is right for you before you put down your hard-earned cash. With the launch of a new program called "LensRentals Keeper" today, it's become an even better idea.

In the past, what you'd...

Find out if that disposable battery’s dead without any extra gear (and learn why it works)


 
 

Have you got a dozen disposable AA batteries knocking around at the bottom of your camera bag, and you're not quite sure if they've got any life remaining? It's a situation we too have found ourselves in before now, and it tends to self-perpetuate. You leave them in there, intending to check them when you get...

Olympus E-PL7 Shooter’s Report Part I: Exploring the benefits of a few significant upgrades

 
 

It seems from some of our reader comments that the Olympus E-PL7 is not quite understood for what it is. Perhaps it's the change in style from its predecessor, bringing it closer in appearance to the flagship E-P5's look than the E-PL5, a line that has remained fairly consistent over the past few generations in...

Nikon V3 review: Is this super-speedy flagship the best argument yet for Nikon’s 1-system?


 
 

Ever since the Nikon 1-series launched back in late 2011 with the V1 and J1, it has divided opinions. 1-series cameras are smaller than most rivals, and they offer some truly impressive performance, but while they've done quite well with consumer photographers in some markets, enthusiasts have been a tougher...

The Art of Capturing Aurora: An interview with photographer Jeremy Gray

When the sun unleashes a certain type of solar flare out into the surrounding cosmos in our general direction, the result is often an impacting plasma cloud bombarding our magnetosphere. OK - so that's a mouthful, but the result to us down here on Earth is generally twofold, as havoc can be wreaked on our power grids and electrical systems, while incredibly beautiful skies...

Canon G7 X First Shots: the Sony RX100-series rival hits our test lab

 
 

The Canon G7 X, the "Big C's" answer to the powerful and popular Sony RX100-series of premium, large-sensor compact cameras, was recently introduced at this year's Photokina trade show. Now, our review sample unit has arrived and is already undergoing rigorous testing in our laboratory. 

With a large, 20.2MP...

Canon SX60 HS First Shots posted: Does the new 65x king of superzooms have the IQ to back that range?

 
 

Superzoom cameras are a popular lot, and more people seem to be flocking to them these days, at least here at IR. The race for longer range continues, heating up this year with the farthest achievable focal length to date for an all-in-one superzoom, namely the Nikon P600 which goes to a record-setting 1,440mm...

4K video enters the world of action cams with the new GoPro Hero4 Black Edition

GoPro had already built a 4K video mode into its Hero3+ Black Edition, but at only 15 frames per seconds users were understandably asking for 'proper' 4K to find its way into the tiny action cams sooner rather than later. And now, a year after the introduction of the Hero3+, GoPro finally announces its first fully 4K-capable action cam, the...

Avoid storage woes with G-Technology’s new speedy 8-bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID system

For the working photographer, storage is a very important concern. With ever-rising megapixel numbers and bit-depths, storage solutions need to offer a lot of space for current as well as older projects. On top of that, the ideal storage solution also includes an option to back-up important data.

G-Technology has been creating storage...

Photokina Q&A: Can the Samsung NX1 redefine pro performance with a quantum leap in technology?

 
Jay Kelbley, Senior Marketing Manager, Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics

6.7 Billion pixels per second image readout? Check. 240fps hardware-based object-recognition and tracking? Check.

Without question, the Samsung NX1 was truly one of the standout products at the Photokina 2014 tradeshow in Cologne, Germany,...

Firmware Friday: Pentax 645Z gets tethering; Nikon Coolpix A bug squashed; Canon fixes PIXMA exploit


 
 

Friday means firmware, and this week, there's quite a lot of it on which to report. Predominantly, our Firmware Friday roundup this week includes printers, but there are also two camera models in the mix. We'll start with those two models, from Pentax and Nikon respectively.

First up, we have the...

Amateur camera hacker aims to put Sony A7 guts into Leica M3 body

The exchange of camera parts was frequently done back in the day when cameras were all-manual and mechanical. Especially in the Leica world, it's not uncommon to find cameras that contain parts of different models, such as the body from camera A and the viewfinder of camera B, for example. With digital cameras, things are a bit more...

Mirrorless cameras are the best compact travel cameras according to NatGeo

If there's a definitive authority on travel, landscape and wildlife photography, it's National Geographic. With decades of experience in these areas, it's safe to assume that the Society's editors and photographers have a pretty good idea about what kind of photographic gear works best for taking pictures of wild animals, foreign countries or...

Manual camera app gives iPhoneographers complete control over their photos—if they’re on iOS 8


 
 

iPhoneographers: If you're using an iPhone 4S or later and you've been putting of updating to iOS 8 while the inevitable kinks are worked out, now might be the time to reevaluate your decision. A new third-party camera app is here that takes advantage of the new features in Apple's latest, greatest mobile OS,...

Adobe updates consumer-oriented Elements photo and video apps with new features, better sharing


 
 

For the enthusiast or pro, you can't beat complex apps like Adobe's Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom that provide every control and feature under the sun, the better to extract the maximum from our photos. But what of the humble consumer photographer? Apps like these can be very intimidating, but if you've...

The Atomos Shogun is real: Panasonic shows GH4 rig with external 4K recorder at Photokina

When Panasonic first introduced its 4K shooting mirrorless camera, the GH4, they also announced that the camera would be compatible with external 4K and HD recorders via the internal HDMI output and the SDI outputs of the YAGH add-on interface unit. At the time, however, suitably portable (and affordable) 4K recorders were hard to find.

In...