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Firmware Friday: Eye AF and more for Nikon Z6, Z7; stability improvements for Sony Alpha-series Featured Story
05/17, 22:07 EDT This week's Firmware Friday roundup is a bit of an unusual one, in that while there are plenty of cameras receiving new firmware in the past seven days -- for 10 models, to be exact -- we actually don't have a huge amount to... (more)

Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Field Test: Fuji’s newest XF prime is an all-around great wide-angle lens Featured Story
05/17, 15:30 EDT Click here to read my Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 Field Test An important aspect of any great native lens system is fast prime lenses for users who demand the utmost in light-gathering capabilities and optical performance. However, ideally, there... (more)

Nikon firmware update adds Eye AF to the Z6 and Z7 cameras. We compare it to the Sony A7 III! Featured Story
05/16, 02:00 EDT Click here to see how Eye AF on the Nikon Z6 compares to the Sony A7 III! A number of cameras have had eye-detection autofocus functionality in some form or fashion over the years, but in recent times, Sony's mirrorless cameras -- most notably... (more)

Medium-format DSLRs are coming, and mirrorless converts will return! Ricoh Q&A from CP+ Featured Story
05/14, 17:01 EDT Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with executives from Ricoh -- the company behind the Pentax brand -- alongside the CP+ tradeshow in Tokyo. Speaking on behalf of both brands were Ricoh Co. Ltd.'s Takashi Arai of the Product... (more)

Firmware Friday: Eye AF and more for Nikon Z6, Z7; stability improvements for Sony Alpha-series Featured Story
05/17, 22:07 EDT This week's Firmware Friday roundup is a bit of an unusual one, in that while there are plenty of cameras receiving new firmware in the past seven days -- for 10 models, to be exact -- we actually don't have a huge amount to discuss. The... (more)

Learn from a NatGeo pro! Olympus visionary Jay Dickman offers 7 tips for great travel photos
05/17, 17:52 EDT One of the best ways to improve your photography is to learn from others' experience. And perhaps those with the most experience to impart upon the rest of us are the pros who make a living from their works. As a contributor to National... (more)

Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Field Test: Fuji’s newest XF prime is an all-around great wide-angle lens Featured Story
05/17, 15:30 EDT Click here to read my Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 Field Test An important aspect of any great native lens system is fast prime lenses for users who demand the utmost in light-gathering capabilities and optical performance. However, ideally, there should also be... (more)

Nikon firmware update adds Eye AF to the Z6 and Z7 cameras. We compare it to the Sony A7 III! Featured Story
05/16, 02:00 EDT Click here to see how Eye AF on the Nikon Z6 compares to the Sony A7 III! A number of cameras have had eye-detection autofocus functionality in some form or fashion over the years, but in recent times, Sony's mirrorless cameras -- most notably the A9, A7R... (more)

DJI’s new Osmo Action camera offers stabilized 4Kp60 video and 12MP photos
05/15, 09:00 EDT Though they have been dabbling in the hand-held, small camera market for a few years now, DJI is jumping into the deep end with their announcement of the Osmo Action camera, a compact 1/2.3 inch sensor camera that is waterproof, dustproof and... (more)

Medium-format DSLRs are coming, and mirrorless converts will return! Ricoh Q&A from CP+ Featured Story
05/14, 17:01 EDT Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with executives from Ricoh -- the company behind the Pentax brand -- alongside the CP+ tradeshow in Tokyo. Speaking on behalf of both brands were Ricoh Co. Ltd.'s Takashi Arai of the Product Planning... (more)

Ansel Adams’ The Grand Canyon and the Southwest: A great addition to any photographers’ collection
05/14, 09:30 EDT In all of landscape photography and perhaps photography as a whole, there are few names more famous than that of Ansel Adams. His landscape images of the American west transcended the medium and elevated photography, perhaps for the first time, into... (more)

Hands-On with Adobe Lightroom’s first new feature to the editing stack since Dehaze: Texture
05/14, 09:00 EDT Today Adobe announced three key updates to the Lightroom platform: Tutorials, Shared Albums (not in Lightroom Classic), and the first new control added to the "editing stack" since Dehaze: the Texture slider. It's been a while since we've seen a... (more)

5 tips for capturing sharp landscape photos
05/11, 10:59 EDT Last week, we shared a video created by photographer Attilio Ruffo which compared four different focusing techniques you can use when capturing landscape photos. This week, Ruffo is back to share five tips to help you take sharp photos. After all,... (more)

Firmware Friday: Direct Wi-Fi SnapBridge for D850, D5600, D7500; new Ricoh Theta V firmware incoming
05/10, 22:52 EDT For a second post running, our regular Firmware Friday roundup brings news of new Wi-Fi Direct-enabling SnapBridge firmware for Nikon DSLRs. We also have news both of new firmware on the way for the Ricoh Theta V 360-degree spherical camera,... (more)

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens Review: A solid superzoom gives MFT shooters heaps of zoom reach
05/10, 17:20 EDT Click here to read our Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Review One of the primary benefits of the Micro Four Thirds system is that despite the smaller sensor compared to APS-C and full-frame cameras, you get to enjoy significantly smaller lenses than... (more)

The 6 decisions Jay P. Morgan made to bring his photographic idea to life & create a good image
05/10, 13:00 EDT When trying to create a good photograph, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens makes six important decisions. In a new video, he breaks down the six decisions he made in order to create an image he's had in mind for a while. The image started with an... (more)

Precise and powerful photo editing: 2 methods for creating luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop
05/10, 06:00 EDT Luminosity masks are masks which are created based upon the luminosity of the image and can help you selectively adjust shadows, midtones and highlights in your image. In the video below, Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel shows us two... (more)

Take & Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey: Change your shooting height to enhance portraits
05/09, 14:00 EDT If you look at a lot of portraits, a common theme is that many images are captured at or near a typical eye height. This makes sense given how people move around the world and capture images. However, by mixing up your shooting height, you can... (more)

How to remove anything in Photoshop by mastering the clone stamp tool
05/09, 06:00 EDT A common use of Photoshop is to remove unwanted items from an image. There are multiple ways you can accomplish this, including the clone stamp tool. In the video below, Aaron Nace of Phlearn shows how you can remove anything from an image in... (more)

OnSet with Daniel Norton: How to set up and use classic three point lighting
05/08, 18:30 EDT Three point lighting is a common lighting technique for both stills photographers and videographers. In the video below, Daniel Norton breaks down three point lighting using examples and showing two classic forms of the lighting technique. The video... (more)

DxOMark reviews the 47.3-megapixel Panasonic S1R full-frame camera and it ranks among the best
05/08, 14:30 EDT Last month, DxOMark tested and evaluated the 24-megapixel image sensor in the Panasonic S1 camera. Following up on this, DxOMark has reviewed the higher-resolution Panasonic S series camera, the Panasonic S1R. With its new 47.3-megapixel CMOS image... (more)

Adam Gibbs on selecting the right lenses for your landscape photography
05/08, 13:00 EDT When doing landscape photography, it's typical that you must carry your gear over extended distances. For photographer Adam Gibbs, this means that he must consider the weight of his kit when preparing for a trip. A decision which can have a massive... (more)

Canon announces RF 85mm f/1.2 L portrait lens: First RF lens featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
05/08, 09:24 EDT Canon has announced the release of their fifth RF lens, the 85mm f/1.2 L USM portrait prime lens. The lens is the first in the RF-Mount family to incorporate Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics, which greatly reduce the chromatic aberrations which... (more)

Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography
05/05, 14:00 EDT Whenever we venture into nature, whether it be specifically for photography or just to enjoy the outdoors, we have an impact on the environment. It doesn't need to be a negative impact, such as leaving litter or harming sensitive ecosystems, but it... (more)



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Latest Camera Reviews

Fujifilm X-T3 Review
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26.1mp | 3.1x | $1,399
The Fuji X-T3 is a very impressive, very well-rounded camera, for both photos and video. Despite its stylish exterior, the X-T3 is a serious camera, featuring Fujifilm's highest-res 26MP APS-C X-Trans sensor, a faster processor, seriously upgraded AF system as well as a boatload of advanced video features. The X-T3 can shoot everything from landscapes and portraits to sports and wildlife with excellent AF tracking. For videographers, the 4Kp60 mode, F-Log as well as 10-bit internal recording are welcomed upgrades over the X-T2, and in fact, are features not typically seen on cameras of this class and price point. Overall, the X-T3 -- our pick for the Best Camera of 2018 -- offers something for everyone; it's a versatile, well-built enthusiast-grade camera with a surprisingly affordable price tag. For all the details, read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T3 review!


Canon EOS M50 Review
image of the Canon EOS M50 digital camera
24.2mp | 3.0x | $579
If you're shopping for an affordable mirrorless camera with a solid build, good ergonomics, a viewfinder and (via an optional adapter) first-party EF-mount lens support, the Canon M50 has a lot to offer. Sporting a next-gen DIGIC 8 processor, the M50 is both swift and shoots great photos. While there are some drawbacks to its new 4K video capture functionality, the M50 deserves a close look. Find out if you should buy one in our Canon M50 review!


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 | $397
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
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45.7mp | 2.9x | $2,797
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 | $1,999
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 | $449
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!


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