IR Photo News

Studying your own work and the work of others can allow you a better stylistic progression
04/23, 14:00 EDT Photographer Sean Tucker is asked many different questions by aspiring photographers, but one of the most common ones is "how do I define a style for my photography?" While he doesn't have a quick, succinct answer to this question, it is a topic... (more)

Canon SL3 First Shots: The smallest and lightest DSLR from Canon struts its stuff in our lab
04/23, 12:48 EDT The Canon Rebel SL line has been popular for good reason, stemming from high quality features at a budget size and a budget price point. The new Canon SL3 comes in as the trimmest among them, and at a very reasonable starting price, yet sporting a... (more)

Patagonia panorama with Thomas Heaton: The gear and settings you need for a good pano
04/23, 11:00 EDT Just outside of El Chalten in Patagonia, photographer Thomas Heaton wanted to capture a panorama of a beautiful mountain range. In the video below, we go behind the scenes with Heaton as he sets up his shot and captures the necessary images for a... (more)

Datacolor SpyderX Review: Fast, accurate and easy-to-use monitor calibration tool
04/22, 11:29 EDT In February, Datacolor introduced their latest monitor calibration tool, the SpyderX. Datacolor claims that the SpyderX is the company's "fastest, most accurate and easiest-to-use monitor calibration tool" and based on my hands-on experience, I... (more)

Join Thomas Heaton as he photographs dead forests in Patagonia
04/21, 06:00 EDT In 2011, a visitor to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia triggered a fire. This forest fire forever changed the park. Some affected species of trees have begun to regrow, but it takes them over a century to reach maturity, so the effects of... (more)

Long lenses in landscape photography: How to use a telephoto lens to shoot better landscape images
04/20, 06:00 EDT When considering essential landscape lenses, it's reasonable to first think about wide-angle lenses, such as a 12-24mm or 24-70mm lens. In addition to a wide lens, a telephoto zoom is also a must-have lens for landscape photographers. Landscape and... (more)

Firmware Friday: Canon EOS R, Fuji T3 and T30 get new features; Ricoh and Sigma improve existing ones
04/19, 22:27 EDT After a bit of a breather with last week's smaller-than-average roundup, our regular Firmware Friday roundup returns this time around with a whole lot more to discuss. There are three mirrorless cameras from Canon and Fujifilm receiving a raft... (more)

5 portrait lighting setups for photographing couples
04/19, 20:29 EDT Lighting one person is tricky enough, lighting two can be very challenging. Fortunately, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens is here to help. In the video below, Morgan shows five portrait lighting setups for couples and breaks down how best to light... (more)

ZY Optics releases new Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Mk. III lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras
04/19, 12:00 EDT Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has announced a new version of their popular Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 prime lens. The ZY 50mm f/0.95 Mark III has been designed for the latest mirrorless cameras and will be released in Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony FE... (more)

Why this oft-ignored pioneer of photography was doomed to obscurity & created the first staged photo
04/19, 09:30 EDT Starting last October, Vox began their Vox Darkroom video series, which shares "stories of the past, one photograph at a time." Since launching the series in the fall, Vox has published five episodes, all of which can be viewed below. The latest... (more)

Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part II: A closer look at the E-M1X’s image quality and video performance
04/18, 16:55 EDT Click to read my Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part II In my first Olympus E-M1X Field Test, I focused on the camera's excellent design, impressive autofocus performance and speedy shooting capabilities. I also discussed the camera's utility for... (more)

Skylum improves their AI-powered photo editing & aims to make manual editing a thing of the past
04/18, 10:59 EDT In Skylum's Luminar 3, there are multiple instances of artificial intelligence being used to automatically enhance your images, including through the use of the AI Sky Enhancer and the Accent AI slider. In an upcoming release of Luminar 3, Skylum... (more)

The Sony A9 meets the Kingdom of Bahrain and makes a few friends along the way
04/16, 13:22 EDT A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain and I had the pleasure of taking the Sony A9 along with me to document the trip. Knowing that this was probably a once in a lifetime experience, I knew that I wanted to take a... (more)

Finding and photographing patterns in the Gobi desert with Adam Gibbs
04/15, 19:30 EDT The Gobi Desert in northern China and southern Mongolia is one of the largest deserts in the world. Like other deserts, it is a harsh climate, but it is particularly known for its highly variable temperatures, even over the course of a single day.... (more)

The Nikon Z6 is simultaneously the best video camera Nikon has ever made, but also just par for the course
04/15, 19:15 EDT Click here to see our Nikon Z6 Video Features, Specs & Analysis If you're a Nikon shooter looking to get into video, you are probably saving up to grab the Nikon Z6, a camera with more video-centric features than any other Nikon before it. And after... (more)

This common, but underrated, image editing tool may be the key to improving your photography
04/15, 13:00 EDT What if you could have great new images without leaving your desk? Perhaps you can because you may have some hidden gems in your existing photo library. Sometimes all it takes a fresh perspective on an old image and a few editing tricks to increase... (more)

The biggest challenges faced by landscape photographers and how to overcome them
04/15, 11:00 EDT If you've tried your hand at landscape photography, you have likely come to realize that it can be very challenging to capture strong, original images. Photographer Adam Karnacz knows that landscape photography is difficult and hopes to help you... (more)

Firmware Friday: New features and fixes for Sony Alpha A7 III, A7R III and RX0; Nikon Coolpix B700 too
04/12, 19:09 EDT After last week's monumental Firmware Friday roundup, the latest in our regular weekly series is more of a bite-sized morsel, bringing with it news of updates for just four cameras in the past seven days. Let's get right down to finding out... (more)

Why is there a fly inside my $%&# lens?!?
04/11, 13:30 EDT Longtime photographers will likely know the pain of seeing specks of dust inside an expensive lens. It can be frustrating, surely, but as Roger Cicala points out in a new blog post, dust is very unlikely to affect image quality. However, Lensrentals... (more)

The Canon SL3 is the smallest, lightest EOS DSLR, boasting 4K, Eye AF and much better battery life
04/10, 00:00 EDT Family documentarians in need of a new Canon EF-mount camera will soon have another option to choose from, which its maker is calling the smallest and lightest EOS-series DSLR within the current lineup. The Canon SL3 is all but identical in... (more)

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Latest Camera Reviews

Nikon P1000 Review
image of the Nikon Coolpix P1000 digital camera
16.1mp | 125.0x | $997
The Nikon P1000 isn't your typical "superzoom" camera. This is one for the record books. Sporting a 125x optical zoom lens, with a 35mm-eq. focal length range of 24-3000mm (yes, 3000!), the P1000 surpasses the already-impressive P900 and pushes the superzoom category even further. With a tiny 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor, however, the Nikon P1000 isn't going to produce supremely detailed images, especially as the light dims. Overall, though, despite some disadvantages, the P1000 is a really unique camera that can capture some impressive images and offers a shooting experience unlike any other camera currently on the market. For all the details check out our in-depth Nikon P1000 review!

Nikon D3500 Review
image of the Nikon D3500 digital camera
24.2mp | 3.1x | $447
Much like its predecessor, the Nikon D3500 is an extremely enticing camera for beginner photographers. It has a compact design, comfortable ergonomics, fast single-shot AF and best of all, the camera's image quality is fantastic, not only for an entry-level camera but for APS-C cameras in general. The fact that you can get this kind of image quality out of a camera for under $500, with a lens included, is just shocking. The Nikon D3500 might not be the most high-performance camera nor does it have many of the latest and greatest features, but it's not designed for that. What it is is a solid, lightweight camera for beginners that's easy to use, offers excellent image quality, and doesn't break the bank. For all the details, read more in our in-depth Nikon D3500 review!

Nikon Z7 Review
image of the Nikon Z7 digital camera
45.7mp | 2.9x | $3,397
The Nikon Z7 is not only Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless camera, it is also one of the company's best cameras. Given their storied history, that's saying a lot. The Nikon Z7 delivers very good image quality and all-around performance inside a sleek and compact mirrorless camera body. There is room to grow and there are not many native lenses for the Z7 yet, but Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless camera is an excellent one. Read more in our in-depth Nikon Z7 review!

Canon EOS R Review
image of the Canon EOS R digital camera
30.3mp | 4.4x | $2,299
Canon's first full-frame mirrorless camera brings to the table a compact and weather-sealed body, a high-res 30MP sensor, fast Dual-Pixel CMOS AF, and nice 4Kp30 video. There's a lot to like, such as: very good image quality, fast autofocus and sharp native lenses. But the Canon EOS R also stumbles in some areas: sensor performance lags behind competitors, there's no IBIS, frustratingly slow burst shooting with C-AF, and some odd design choices when it comes to controls and ergonomics. The Canon EOS R might not have all the latest bells and whistles nor the most innovative new features, but it is still a solid camera in most regards. Read more in our in-depth Canon EOS R review!

Panasonic GX9 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 digital camera
20.3mp | 5.0x | $798
The Panasonic GX9 is an interesting little camera. It's small, lightweight and does a lot of things well, including image quality, autofocus, and overall performance. But does it replace the GX8 or the GX85? Regardless of which camera it replaces, on its own, the GX9 is a really nice camera. It's compact, it feels nice in the hand, and it takes great photos, right up there with some of the best Micro Four Thirds cameras. And it shoots pleasing 4K video as well as offers a host of nifty 4K Photo shooting modes. It packs a lot into a small package -- exactly what many of us expect from a "Micro" Four Thirds camera -- and for a great price. Read all about it in our Panasonic GX9 review!

Olympus E-M10 III Review
image of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III digital camera
16.1mp | 3.0x | $649
If you're in the market for an affordable, compact mirrorless camera with great image quality, the Olympus E-M10 III certainly delivers. A couple of quibbles mean that it's not for everyone, but for many less-experienced photographers, this camera offers a big upgrade from your smartphone or compact without breaking the bank. Come find out if you need one now in our in-depth Olympus E-M10 III review!

Panasonic G9 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 digital camera
20.3mp | Non-Zoom | $1,198
The 20-megapixel Panasonic G9 captures high-quality still images across a wide range of situations with fast continuous shooting, pretty good autofocus and with excellent DSLR-like controls. The robust and weather-sealed G9 packs in a lot of compelling features and is a true Panasonic Micro Four Thirds stills photography flagship camera, while also offering good 4K/60p video, and all for a great price. Read more in our in-depth Panasonic G9 Review!

Sony A7 III Review
image of the Sony Alpha ILCE-A7 III digital camera
24.2mp | 2.5x | $1,998
Sony's "entry-level" full-frame mirrorless camera undergoes its third revision, and by most counts, it's better than ever. The Sony A7 III comes with a new 24MP sensor, a faster processor, and an vastly-upgraded AF system, among other upgrades, and as a result offers improvements across the board compared to its predecessor: better image quality, better performance, better video, better design and better battery life. Sony's other full-frame mirrorless cameras are more specialized in one way or another, but this one is all about balance. The A7 III offers such an array of excellent performance, quality and features that it fits well for many different types of photographers and for many photographic disciplines. At $2,000, the A7 III really is quite a lot of bang for your buck. Get all the details in our in-depth Sony A7 III Review!

Fujifilm X-A5 Review
image of the Fujifilm X-A5 digital camera
24.2mp | 3.0x | $499
For those who want in on Fujifilm's X Series system without a big financial investment, the updated Fuji X-A5 makes a good entry point, especially if your priority is image quality. Offering a similar, but updated, 24MP Bayer-filtered APS-C sensor, the X-A5 provides some of the best image quality performance, at both low and high ISOs, we've seen from an entry-level camera around the $600 price point. Despite a new hybrid AF system and image processor, its performance, however, isn't overly impressive, with slower-than-average AF speed, sluggish shot-to-shot times and a shallow RAW buffer. Still, the Fuji X-A5 makes for a great entry-level camera and is a solid bargain when it comes to image quality. Read all about it in our Fuji X-A5 Review!

Canon T7i Review
image of the Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) digital camera
24.2mp | 3.1x | $699
Though not a huge technological jump from its predecessor, the T7i continues Canon's tradition of making reliable, easy-to-use, consumer-friendly DSLRs for the masses. Pairing an updated 24MP sensor with a faster DIGIC 7 processor, the Rebel T7i offers higher dynamic range, better high ISO performance and improved buffers over the T6i. Add in a 45-point AF system, Canon's excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF, plus new Bluetooth connectivity, and the affordable Canon T7i has a lot to offer for an entry-level DSLR. On the other hand, the T7i shares a lot with the 77D, which has more features for a minimal difference in price. Consumers at least have a choice, though the T7i, on its own, is a competent entry-level DSLR. For all the details, read our Canon T7i Review!

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