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Hands-on testing with Samsung’s new line of “best-in-class” UHS-1 microSD cards Featured Story
03/28, 07:00 EDT Look, I get it. Memory cards are not that exciting, especially when they're usually just a requirement to start using that camera you just bought. But good memory is important, and too few realize this before a card fails, and images and... (more)

Panasonic GH5 Live Stream @ B&H: Panel discussion, user questions and more on the new Lumix flagship Featured Story
03/27, 14:58 EDT If you’ve read our first Field Test of the Panasonic GH5 and want to learn even more about the flagship successor to the GH4, then you should mark your calendars. B&H will be hosting a special live stream on Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00... (more)

Sony Thailand factory tour Q&A: Mapping out the future of the interchangeable-lens camera (updated) Featured Story
03/26, 21:41 EDT Shortly after the conclusion of the annual CP+ tradeshow in Japan, Imaging Resource founder and publisher Dave Etchells headed to Bangkok, Thailand for a tour of Sony's nearby camera factory. As well as a very interesting tour of... (more)

Video showing how to build your own lens calibration tool and a second covering top tips for travel
03/28, 14:00 EDT DIY Photography has shared a pair of excellent videos. The first is about lens calibration and how to make your own DIY lens calibration solution. There are professional solutions you can purchase, such as Datacolor’s SpyderLensCal, which while... (more)

From over 105,000 images, 10 stand alone in Sony World Photography Awards Open competition
03/28, 12:00 EDT Ten photographers from around the world have been announced as the winners of the “Open” categories. The Sony World Photography Awards includes Professional, Open, Youth, National Awards and Student Focus categories. The Open competition alone saw... (more)

Hands-on testing with Samsung’s new line of “best-in-class” UHS-1 microSD cards Featured Story
03/28, 07:00 EDT Look, I get it. Memory cards are not that exciting, especially when they're usually just a requirement to start using that camera you just bought. But good memory is important, and too few realize this before a card fails, and images and video you... (more)

Add color and pop to your gray background with this quick tip in Photoshop
03/28, 06:00 EDT If you shoot portraits with a gray background, it is very easy to change the background color in Photoshop. Jeff Rojas shows us how in a new video tutorial. The first step is to create a clean selection of the background. Head up to "Select" in... (more)

Panasonic GH5 Live Stream @ B&H: Panel discussion, user questions and more on the new Lumix flagship Featured Story
03/27, 14:58 EDT If you’ve read our first Field Test of the Panasonic GH5 and want to learn even more about the flagship successor to the GH4, then you should mark your calendars. B&H will be hosting a special live stream on Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, and... (more)

Mechanical versus electronic shutters: Pros and cons and when to use each shutter type
03/27, 14:00 EDT Mechanical shutters, which come in focal plane and leaf varieties, were the only option for a long time. However, many modern digital cameras now have electronic shutter options, either in the form of electronic first curtain shutters or fully... (more)

Speed up your Lightroom workflow by improving performance and learning useful shortcuts
03/27, 06:00 EDT Lightroom is a very popular tool for photographers to both manage and edit their photo libraries. It is a powerful RAW editor, but many users have found that with each update, Lightroom seems to get slower. We have recently seen a couple of... (more)

Sony Thailand factory tour Q&A: Mapping out the future of the interchangeable-lens camera (updated) Featured Story
03/26, 21:41 EDT Shortly after the conclusion of the annual CP+ tradeshow in Japan, Imaging Resource founder and publisher Dave Etchells headed to Bangkok, Thailand for a tour of Sony's nearby camera factory. As well as a very interesting tour of the factory... (more)

Lens selection, light and weather, patience and much more covered in this wildlife photography tutorial
03/26, 06:00 EDT Photographer Robert Andersen has compiled information from a wide range of tutorials that he and others have written for Photography Life and published an excellent, in-depth wildlife photography tutorial. The tutorial covers a massive range of... (more)

Creating dimension and texture using light and a behind-the-scenes look at portrait photography
03/25, 12:00 EDT Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens has been making a “Laws of Light” video series, which you can see more of here. He has published the latest video in the series and the focus this time is on creating dimension and texture using light. After all, an... (more)

Guide to buying and selling used gear online: Getting great deals while staying safe
03/25, 06:00 EDT Photography is an expensive hobby, but you can save a lot of money by purchasing used gear. However, for those unfamiliar with the various photo gear marketplaces online, it can be a daunting experience. You want to save money, of course, but you... (more)

Firmware Friday catchup: Loads of updates from Cactus, Fuji and Nikon
03/24, 23:54 EDT With a heavy workload surrounding the CP+ tradeshow in Japan, it's been a little while since we had a moment to put together our regular Firmware Friday roundup. Today, though, we make up for it with a roundup of all the firmware news we're... (more)

How to reduce noise in a single night sky exposure without losing star detail
03/24, 13:59 EDT As we have seen before, stacking night sky images is the best method for reducing noise. However, this assumes that you are shooting stars or the Milky Way rather than something like aurorae, where stacking multiple exposures would wash out certain... (more)

$150 lighting kit for video plus a cool “bokeh wall” for product shots and still life
03/24, 10:00 EDT You may recall our post in February about an affordable video lighting kit. All that gear cost less than $500, which while certainly a great deal considering all you could get, might be a bit too expensive for some. No problem, as Caleb Pike from... (more)

Making masking easy: New Adobe Research paper showcases impressive neural network technology
03/24, 06:00 EDT While there are plenty of ways to make selections in Photoshop, including a variety of automatic and semi-automatic methods, complex selections remain tricky and time-consuming. Wouldn’t it be great if Adobe’s automatic tools could make... (more)

Sony A99 II Review: Full-frame A-mount camera delivers great images, impressive speed
03/23, 13:50 EDT Click here to read our Sony A99 II Review Conclusion The Sony A99 II is the company’s latest full-frame SLT camera, and the first since the original A99 in 2012. We have now wrapped up our Sony A99 II review, so read on to find out what we thought of the... (more)

Try these super-useful Photoshop techniques to make your work stand out
03/23, 13:00 EDT These two post-production techniques are examples of techniques that are easy to learn, yet bring considerably more "value" to your images. Firstly, have you ever wondered how graphic artists make text appear as though it was written on objects in... (more)

Thrifty Thursday: Panasonic GH5 with gift card, lots of Canon deals and much more
03/23, 10:27 EDT Thrifty Thursday is back to save you money! Let’s get right into it as we have a wide variety of deals to share with you. Panasonic GH5 filmmaking kit with free $100 gift card You can preorder the brand-new Panasonic GH5 as part of a camera... (more)

Wear your loyalty on your sleeve: Canon launches new line of official merchandise
03/23, 09:00 EDT Are you a crazed Canon fan? Canon UK (and presumably Canon USA at some point) has just the merchandise for you. The new line of accessories includes a wide variety of items, including a windbreaker, camera bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts and... (more)

For a two-time combat veteran, photography is an outlet and a way to give a face to PTSD
03/22, 17:00 EDT Michael McCoy served two tours in Iraq. He returned home with a photography hobby and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “On my first trip to Iraq, I would take tons of pictures to keep up the morale and to send back to friends and family,”... (more)



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Latest Camera Reviews

Sony A99 II Review
image of the Sony Alpha ILCA-A99 II digital camera
42.4mp | $3,198
The Sony A99 II is the Japanese company's first full-frame A-mount camera in over four years. It packs in a variety of new features including a 42.4-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a hybrid 4D Focus AF system with 399 on-chip phase detection points, 4K UHD video recording and more. In addition to its high resolving capabilities, the Sony A99 II is also very fast, capable of shooting full-resolution RAW images at nearly a dozen frames per second. On paper, the A99 II is an excellent camera. How well does it actually work? Read our Sony A99 II review to find out.


Panasonic LX10 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 digital camera
20.1mp | 3.0x | $648
Panasonic's first 1-inch-type sensor premium compact camera, the Panasonic LX10, offers good performance from its 20.1-megapixel sensor and a very fast 24-72mm equivalent f/1.4-2.8 built-in lens. In addition to its solid imaging capabilities, the Panasonic LX10 also includes 4K UHD video recording and Panasonic's 4K Photo modes. All this at a rather competitive price point. Is the LX10 as good in the real world as it is on paper? Read our Panasonic LX10 review to find out.


Canon 5D Mark IV Review
image of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV digital camera
30.4mp | $3,499
The Canon 5D Mark IV offers a ton of new features and performance upgrades, but keeps things modest and familiar with its similar yet refined external design. The 4th iteration of Canon's popular 5D series gains a new, higher-res sensor, a faster processor, a full touchscreen interface, built-in wireless connectivity and Cinema 4K video recording. This classic full-frame DSLR offers features and performance specs that make it suitable for a variety of uses, from weddings, landscapes and photojournalism to even sports, wildlife and, of course, videography. The full-frame camera market is growing more and more competitive, so how does the 5D Mark IV stack up against its competitors? Read more in our in-depth Canon 5D Mark IV review!


Olympus E-M1 II Review
image of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II digital camera
20.4mp | Non-Zoom | $1,999
Back in 2013, the E-M1 made a big splash, and now the updated Olympus E-M1 Mark II makes an even bigger one. Packed with a new 20MP sensor, revamped AF system, faster image processor (two, in fact), 4K video and more, the E-M1 Mark II addresses the performance and C-AF shortcomings of the original and pushes the envelope even further to truly provide professional photographers and multimedia producers with a capable, high-performance DSLR alternative. Excellent image quality, top-notch performance and all-around fantastic build quality and features makes the E-M1 II worthy of consideration for those upgrading from the E-M1 or moving from another mirrorless camera or a DSLR. Read about all the details in our Olympus E-M1 Mark II review!


Nikon D3400 Review
image of the Nikon D3400 digital camera
24.2mp | 3.1x | $497
The Nikon D3400 combines great image quality from its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with a user-friendly design and good, reliable performance across the board. Some of its capabilities may be lacking, particularly with regard to continuous autofocus, video and its new SnapBridge support, but compared to its peers, the D3400 proves to be an excellent entry-level DSLR at a great price. While not without its share of shortcomings, find out why we still voted it the Best Entry-level DSLR for 2016 in our Nikon D3400 review!


Leica SL (Typ 601) Review
image of the Leica SL (Typ 601) digital camera
24.2mp | Non-Zoom | $7,450
The Leica SL is a thoroughly modern, professional full-frame mirrorless camera with superb build quality, an outstanding EVF, great image quality (from raw files) and surprising performance. Not only can the Leica SL capture 24-megapixel stills at a blistering 11 fps, it can record 4K DCI and UHD video as well. While it's true there are only a few native lenses for the SL at this time, the camera is compatible with well over 100 existing Leica lenses via adapters. But like every camera, the Leica SL has some deficiencies and drawbacks, not to mention its very steep price tag. Read our Leica SL review to find out if it's worth the investment to you.


Pentax K-70 Review
image of the Pentax K-70 digital camera
24.2mp | 7.5x | $599
Ricoh's Pentax brand has made a name for itself by providing enthusiast-grade features at aggressive, entry-level pricing. The Pentax K-70 follows in that tradition and offers an unbelievable amount of camera for very little cash. But that's not to say that it's perfect: We had concerns about its wireless communications and movie autofocus in particular. So should you buy one regardless, or should you look elsewhere for your next DSLR? Find out now in our in-depth Pentax K-70 review!


Panasonic GX85 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 digital camera
16.0mp | 2.7x | $698
The Panasonic GX85 comes close to offering the ideal blend of image quality, functionality, speed and size in our book, packing a ton of advanced features and performance into a compact, well-built body, all at a fair price. The camera produces crisp images that are competitive with other 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds cameras, captures excellent 4K video, and overall performance is impressive, making it an attractive option for beginners and enthusiasts alike looking for a small but powerful interchangeable lens camera. Is this the perfect compact mirrorless? Read our in-depth Panasonic GX85 review to find out!


Canon EOS M10 Review
image of the Canon EOS M10 digital camera
18.0mp | 3.0x | $449
Canon's first true entry-level mirrorless camera, the EOS M10, combines good image quality with a user-friendly design and great touchscreen interface. With that said, its affordable price point does lead to some compromises in terms of both design and performance. There's no viewfinder, limited physical controls and continuous autofocus and shooting performance are limited. It is nonetheless a compelling option for beginner photographers. Read our Canon EOS M10 review for more.


Canon T6 Review
image of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D) digital camera
18.0mp | 3.1x | $449
As the company's most affordable entry-level DSLR, the Canon T6 shares much with the earlier T5. It differs, though, in providing the wireless connectivity necessary to get your photos onto your phone (and from there, to Facebook) thanks to in-camera Wi-Fi connectivity. It also sports a noticeably better display. But can super-affordable pricing make up for its now rather long-in-the-tooth imaging pipeline? Find out in our in-depth Canon T6 review!


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