News entries for October, 2014

Is Adobe Europe mulling a Creative Cloud price drop?


 
 

An interesting story appeared on DIY Photography late last week suggesting that Adobe was charging German customers different prices for Creative Cloud subscriptions based on their chosen web browser. As it turned out, though, the situation was a little more complicated than that, and it looks like Adobe may...

Sony quietly intros super-swift XQD flash cards with 350MB/sec write speeds


 
 

Of the many flash card types we've seen over the years, it has to be said that the XQD card format hasn't been a resounding success in the still camera market. Jointly-created by SanDisk, Nikon and Sony, the XQD specification was adopted by the CompactFlash Association in late 2011, and quickly superceded by...

Want an enthusiast-grade DSLR for under $900? Ricoh delivers with Pentax K-3 instant rebates


 
 

A year ago, Ricoh established its commitment to the Pentax brand with the launch of the Pentax K-3, an impressively feature-rich camera whose rugged body contained an industry-first: On-demand anti-aliasing that let you choose whether sharpness or moiré-resistance were more important for any given shot. We...

Super-rugged Delkin BLACK SD cards protect your photos, included expedited service free of charge


 
 

If you want a new camera that will accompany you almost anywhere you care to go, be it in blazing sun or freezing cold, in rain, snow, sandstorm or even beneath the sea, your choices these days are plentiful. But what if you want an equally-rugged memory card?

Sure, it's nestled away safely inside the...

Best Superzoom 2014: 8 competitors, 2.5 clear winners

 
 

Superzoom cameras are a lot of fun. In a package about the size of a small DSLR and at fairly modest prices, virtually any shooter at any level can have 1200mm eq. optical range (and even more on a few models) at their fingertips. From the other side of a lake to the near side of the moon, these 50x and longer...

Cinematographers: Samsung and Joseph Gordon-Levitt need your help to shoot a crowd-sourced 4K film with the Samsung NX1!


 
 

Over the years, we've seen more than a few celebrity camera endorsements: In the last decade, there was a long tradition of celebs signing deals to promote digital cameras, some more successful than others. Now, Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has signed a deal of its own with Hollywood actor Joseph...

Firmware Friday: Sigma dp2 Quattro gets in-cam raw processing; Coolpix L30 / S2800 lens problem fixed


 
 

After a few weeks with few camera updates, Firmware Friday is rather busier this week, with news of four newly-updated camera models -- although in one case, the new firmware is thus far only available at retail. This week, we have news of new firmware from Nikon, Samsung, and Sigma to discuss.

We'll start...

Money-saving deals appear for Nikon D750, Coolpix A


 
 

If you're shopping for a deal on a new DSLR kit or large-sensor compact, Nikon has some new offers that may picque your interest. The company's impressive, recently-launched Nikon D750 full-frame DSLR can be picked up alongside a variety of FX-format and DX-format lenses for a combined savings of up to...

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
This image HAS been edited/retouched. Click image for original (or RAW).

For outdoor sports and wildlife photographers, a versatile, high-powered super-telephoto zoom lens is an essential piece of kit that lets you get shots from far away…and even farther away....

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 model. So much in common, in fact, that we weren't expecting an image quality boost since they both...

Tamron celebrates long-zoom lens milestone


 
 

Third-party lens maker Tamron is celebrating this month, after total shipments of its high-power zoom lenses passed an important milestone. Some 22 years after it shipped its first long-zoom model -- the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D) -- all the way back in 1992, the company says sales of...

Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark II arrives with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Wi-Fi, faster processor


 
 

Movie shooters, take note: Canon has just overhauled its entry-level interchangeable-lens digital video camera, the EOS C100. The new Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark II brings with it quite a few useful upgrades, while the original C100 gets an instant rebate that makes it more affordable than before.

Of course,...

More candy, less moolah: Pentax K-S1 gets a sweeter price and bundled Wi-Fi card


 
 

Eight weeks ago, Ricoh launched its Pentax K-S1 DSLR, an unusual camera whose styling divides opinions like few others. Today, the company has announced three new color variants of that camera which also add to the product bundle -- Lime Pie (lime green trim), Strawberry Cake (deep pink trim) and Blue Cream...

Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Review: A fresh update to their kit tele-zoom adds faster, quieter focusing

 
 

Canon APS-C shooters in need of a lightweight, budget-friendly telephoto zoom should take note of Canon's refreshed EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. We've just published our full review of this updated lens, and for a "kit" lens, this one's surprisingly impressive. 

Released at the end of 2013, this marks the...

Nikon updates Capture NX-D, ViewNX 2


 
 

If you're shooting with a Nikon camera, it might be time to update your bundled software. The company has just released updates to its consumer ViewNX 2 and enthusiast-oriented Capture NX-D imaging apps. The update to Capture NX-D fixes a raft of bugs, while the ViewNX 2 update adds support for one camera and...

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 than previous enthusiast compacts. Their nearest competitors have been Canon's G1X-series cameras,...

Red Giant Offload makes backups you can trust—even in the field


 
 

Do you get a little sweaty-palmed when offloading your videos, especially if you're in the field? Sure, you can make multiple copies, but there's no guarantee that something hasn't gotten corrupted along the way. Manually verifying the sanctity of each video is unnecessarily time-consuming, though, and all...

Adobe courts Aperture castaways with import plugin, free training offer


 
 

Last June, we reported on the demise of Apple's flagship imaging app, Aperture, which is no longer being actively developed. Apple's decision to abandon Aperture left photographers with a choice: Stay with the app and continue to expend energy on an increasingly obsolete database format, or make the jump to a...

Ricoh’s award-winning K-50 DSLR kit is now even more attractive, adds Wi-Fi for under $500


 
 

Last December, Ricoh's impressive Pentax K-50 digital SLR took top place in our annual Camera of the Year awards as 2013's Best Entry-Level DSLR. Based around the same sensor as the company's then-flagship Pentax K-5 II DSLR, the key to the K-50's success was a design that brought numerous enthusiast-grade...

Firmware Friday: Nikon solves battery-charging issues for Coolpix P340, P600


 
 

If you've been having difficulty getting the battery of your Nikon Coolpix P600 or P340 digital camera to take a charge, we have good news this Firmware Friday. Nikon is aware of the problem, and it's just released new firmware aimed at resolving the issue.

Nikon P600 firmware version 1.2 and Nikon P340...