These Are the Best Phones for Night Photos: DxOMark

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Sep 192019
 

DxOMark has announced an update to its smartphone camera quality testing methodology that adds two new scores for each phone: Night for dedicated low-light modes and Wide for ultra-wide lenses.

The Wide score is in response to the ultra-wide camera modules being introduced in smartphones over the past few years, starting with the LG G5 in 2016. The Night score covers the rise of computational photography techniques that have brought special new low-light abilities to newer phones.

To test the Night score of smartphones, DxOMark is capturing a variety of real-world low-light scenes — things like cityscapes and portraits — with the flash set at on, off, and auto. These photos are shot with the dedicated Night mode (if it’s available) both on and off.



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Fujifilm Unveils the X-A7, Its New $700 Entry-Level X Series Mirrorless

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Sep 122019
 

Fujifilm has announced the new X-A7 mirrorless camera, a $700 entry-level mirrorless X Series camera that replaces the X-A5.

“The X-A7’s compact, lightweight form factor, outstanding image quality, and multitude of new and enhanced features position it as an ideal and timely entry into Fujifilm’s popular family of X Series mirrorless cameras,” Fujifilm says.

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Apple Reveals Entry-Level iPhone 11 with Dual Cameras and Night Mode

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Sep 102019
 

Today at a “Special Event” at Steve Jobs Theater, Apple revealed what it has in store for the much-leaked iPhone 11, and the news is good for smartphone photography lovers who were hoping Apple would catch up with Android phones like the Google Pixel 3.

The iPhone 11 is the next generation of the entry-level iPhone XR model, and it adds much more capable photography features to what was previously a single-camera smartphone. The new dual-camera setup on the rear ditches the telephoto camera for dual 12MP wide-angle and ultra-wide angle cameras, giving you a lot more versatility in the photos you can capture. 

The 12MP wide-angle camera uses a 26mm f/1.8, 6-element lens with optical image stabilization and 100% on-sensor PDAF pixel coverage. The 12MP ultra-wide angle camera goes a lot wider, giving you a 13mm f/2.4, 5-element lens with a 120° field of view. From what we can tell, this one will NOT be optically stabilized.



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Apple Unveils iPhone 11 Pro with Triple Camera and ‘Deep Fusion’ Technology

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Sep 102019
 

In addition to the dual-camera, “entry-level” iPhone 11 that Apple introduced today, the electronics company also revealed the much-anticipated triple camera smartphone that everyone has been expecting. Called the iPhone 11 Pro, it is the first iPhone to get the “Pro” monicker previously reserved for the company’s computers.

The iPhone 11 Pro will come in two flavors: a 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. Both phones feature Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor and an impressive new ‘Super Retina XDR’ OLED display that offers a reported 1,200 nits peak brightness and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio while somehow also being 15 percent more energy efficient.

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Tamron Unveils the 35-150mm f/2.8-4 FF Lens for Canon and Nikon

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Apr 292019
 

Tamron has announced the new 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043), a fast and compact portrait zoom lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs.

The lens measures just 4.9 inches (12.4cm) long and features fast, quiet, and precise autofocus thanks to the OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor.

The Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system in the lens helps provide solid AF performance and 5-stop vibration compensation at the same time.

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Yashica Unveils Three 35mm Cameras and Two New Films

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Apr 292019
 

Yashica’s Y35 digiFilm camera drummed up a great deal of excitement on Kickstarter but was universally panned by reviewers and early adopters when it finally launched in 2018. Apparently unfazed, Yashica just returned to Kickstarter with plans to launch three new film cameras and two new films.

The project is called “Absolute,” and it’ll be rolled out in three “episodes” for the three cameras.

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The Cameras That Shot the Winning Photos of World Press Photo 2019

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Apr 222019
 

World Press Photo just announced the winning photos for the 2019 edition of it’s world’s most prestigious photojournalism contest. Camera metadata shared alongside the top photos is again providing us with an inside look at what gear the world’s top photojournalists are using at the moment.

The Spanish photography site Photolari gathered all the data and published a breakdown of the brands, systems, cameras, and sensor formats used this year.

While Nikon surprisingly took the crown from Canon in 2018 with 52% representation among winning photos compared to Canon’s 30%, Nikon’s time at the top didn’t last long. This year, Canon struck back and was behind 46.4% of the winning photos compared to Nikon’s 36.8%.

While Sony has made huge strides in the camera market over the past year — it became #1 in full-frame cameras in the US last year — its use by the photojournalists in World Press Photo hasn’t changed. Only a single finalist photographer was confirmed to have used a Sony camera (the a7R II) for their work.

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Tokina Unveils the FiRIN 100mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro Lens for Sony Mirrorless

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Apr 222019
 

Tokina has unveiled the new FiRIN 100mm f/2.8, a 1:1 macro lens designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.

The lens, which is “great for portraits and landscapes too,” features a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30cm), and captures a life-sized 1:1 reproduction with subjects at that distance from the sensor plane. Subjects at the minimum focusing distance sit 4.5 inches from the front of the lens.

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Canon May Build LED Lights Into DSLR Pop-Up Flashes, Patent Suggests

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Apr 152019
 

Canon is apparently looking into building continuous LED lights into the pop-up flashes on DSLR cameras, something that could come in handy for certain situations when shooting photo or video.

Canon News first reported on the development after it was spotted in a patent (2019-056787) filed by Canon over in Japan. The patent describes a solution for dealing with the heat that’s generated the continuous LED light source in order to prevent it from deteriorating. Here’s an excerpt:

[W]hen using LED which carries out a continuous light as a light source of a lighting system, the measure against the heat which occurs from LED serves as problem. If the measure against heat is not performed sufficiently, LED deteriorates for a short time and there is a possibility that it may become impossible for light volume to be deteriorated or to switch on the light. If it is a lighting system removable to a camera […], in order to radiate heat in the heat which occurs from LED, it is possible to provide a radiation substrate with a large area, but in the type which has a pop-up function, it is difficult to provide a radiation substrate with a large area near the LED.

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Sony a7/a7R III Firmware v3 Adds Real Time Eye AF, Animal Eye AF, Timelapse

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Apr 152019
 

Sony has just released firmware version 3.0 for the Sony a7R III and a7 III mirrorless cameras. It’s a major update that adds Real-Time Eye AF, Animal Eye AF, and Time Lapse features to the cameras.

Real-Time Eye AF

In v3.0, the existing Eye AF technology has been upgraded further with an AI-powered eye-detection system that keeps focus on the eye, even in difficult situations.

“Through machine learning, Sony has created a system that can detect—and focus on—the human eye even if the subject is looking down, partially blocked in the frame, turning or backlit,” Sony says. “This feature is available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button.”

This is the same technology that was unveiled in the Sony a6400 in January 2019, promised for the a7 III and a7R III at the time, and added to the Sony a9 in a firmware update in March 2019.

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Here’s the Best Photo Gear of 2019 According to the TIPA Awards

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Apr 032019
 

The Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA) has announced the winners of its 2019 awards honoring the best products in the photography industry in 2019.

Founded in 1991, TIPA consists of 28 prominent photo industry publications based around the world. TIPA members meet at least once a year at the General Assembly to discuss photography and the industry, and one of the activities during the meeting is also to vote on the best photo products of the year — the winners are chosen by majority vote.

Editors from the magazines met in Bangkok, Thailand on March 17th and picked the winning products across 40 different categories. Here are some of the best products, as selected by TIPA members, in the more prominent categories (with TIPA’s description of each):

Best DSLR Camera: Nikon D3500

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Insta360 EVO is a Folding Camera That Shoots Both 360° and 180° 3D

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Mar 132019
 

Insta360 has announced the EVO, a groundbreaking new camera that features a folding design and two cameras. Folded up, the camera can shoot 360° spherical imagery, capturing every angle at once. Unfolded, the camera can shoot 180° 3D content.

In its unfolded form, the EVO’s two wide-angle fisheye lenses can work together to capture 180-megapixel 180° 3D photos and 5.7K 180° 3D video.

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Leica Q2: A 47MP, 4K Weather-Sealed Full-Frame Compact Camera

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Mar 132019
 

Inside the magnesium alloy Leica Q2 is a new 47.3-megapixel full-frame sensor that offers the highest resolution for any camera in this class. Backed by a Maestro II image processor, the Q2 has an ISO range of 50-50000 and can shoot up to 10 frames per second.

On the front of the camera is a Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens that has “optimum picture quality” and “exquisite bokeh characteristics.”

If 28mm seems a little wide for an all-purpose compact camera, you’ll be happy to know that the camera features a built-in crop function that allows you to shoot with the equivalent focal lengths of 35m, 50mm, and 75mm. And when shooting cropped raw (DNG) photos, the Q2 still captures the full uncropped view, allowing photographers to under or change the crop they shot with.

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Fujifilm Unveils the XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Lens

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Feb 182019
 

Fujifilm has announced the new XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR, a wide-angle prime lens for APS-C sensors that’s the equivalent to a 24mm lens in 35mm terms.

The weather-and-dust-resistant lens features an internal focusing system and a stepping motor that provide fast and quiet autofocusing.

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Nikon Unveils the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

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Feb 182019
 

Nikon has announced the new NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The lens is the first to feature Nikon’s new ARNEO coating, which complements Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce flare and ghosting.

“While Nano Crystal Coat suppresses ghosting and flare coming from backlight at diagonal angles, the ARNEO coat compensates for light entering the lens from vertical angles,” Nikon says. “This expanded field enables the lens to capture exceptional contrast and sharpness even when the light source is visible inside the frame.”

The lens is also the first NIKKOR Z lens to feature a dedicated manual focus ring (that’s present in addition to the customizable control ring), a Function (L-Fn) button, and an info display.

The Organic EL Lens Information Panel on the side of the lens displays key settings such as focus distance, depth-of-field, aperture, and focal length.

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Sony a7/R III Firmware v2 Unlocks All AF Modes for Adapted Lenses

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Dec 032018
 

Two months ago, Sony released a major firmware version for its popular a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras. Version 2.0 brought new features and improvements… including the ability for a wide range of adapted lenses to make use of all the camera’s autofocus modes.

The update “Adds support for Zone, Expand Flexible Spot, and Lock-on AF focus areas when using the LA-EA3 mount adaptor,” Sony writes.

Sony specifically mentioned the LA-EA3 mount adapter, which is designed to let photographers use Sony A-mount lenses on E-mount cameras. But it seems the new feature goes well beyond that use case and includes all lenses, according to DPReview.

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BUTTER GRIP Offers 3D-Printed Grips for Classic Film Cameras

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Dec 032018
 

Shoot a classic film camera but wish it had better ergonomics? BUTTER GRIP is a new line of 3D-printed grip attachments designed specifically for a large number of vintage cameras.

The brand is the brainchild of photographer Ethan Moses, the guy behind the 3-printed Cameradactyl 4×5 field camera.

“So far I’ve modeled all the cameras in my personal camera graveyard and working collection, and my friends Canon collection,” Moses tells PetaPixel. “I think that I made the first ever RIGHT hand grip for a Pentax 6×7.”

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Google Pixel 3 Users Are Reporting Camera Failures

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Nov 202018
 

As friends and families get ready to get together for the holiday season, Google Pixel 3 owners are experiencing a bug that could get in the way of capturing special memories. People are reporting camera error messages and their phones failing to launch the highly-touted camera.

Charged reports that hundreds of Pixel 3 owners have taken to online channels such as Reddit and the Google Product Forums with complaints that their cameras are no longer working.

For users affected by the bug, their cameras are unreliable — it frequently shows “Camera Error” messages and some users have resorted to rebooting their devices multiple times a day to get the camera temporarily working again until the next error shows up. Others have found that rebooting doesn’t fix the problem.

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I Bought the New iPad Pro So You Don’t Have To

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Nov 132018
 

I’m no stranger to the iPad. In fact, it once caused me not to get a job at an Apple store shortly after college. I was asked in an interview, “What do you think of the new iPad,” and I answered honestly (mistake number one in a job interview I would learn).

“I’m not sure how I feel about it, it doesn’t really do what I would want it to do.”

I didn’t get a call back for a second interview. Little did I know this would be the start of my rocky relationships with tablets.

In 2012, I bought refurbished a 32GB “New iPad.” With its retina screen, I told myself it would be the perfect portfolio alternative, and I could make myself look so cool by bringing a digital device to a client meeting, instead of a printed book.

“Who prints photos anymore? Clients will see me as cutting edge!”

That device currently is sitting on the floor next to my bed, unable to be updated past iOS 9, with a dead battery. I rarely use it anymore because of how slow it has become. And it certainly didn’t win me any clients. I think I may have used it professionally once or twice to have someone digitally sign a contract or a model release.

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This $23,000 Nikon DSLR Kit on the ISS Had a Delivery Fee of $130,000+

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Nov 132018
 

The astronauts onboard the International Space Station get new cameras delivered from time to time — 10 Nikon D5s arrived in late 2017 after NASA ordered 55 of them. But did you know that it’s extremely expensive to stock the ISS astronauts’ camera arsenal? That camera kit you see above cost at least $150,000 to send to the space station.

This past weekend, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst Tweeted photos of himself giving Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev a haircut in the Zvezda Service Module. That service module is where the station’s Nikon gear is mounted to the walls, so Gerst’s photos provide the latest look at what camera gear the astronauts are shooting with.

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