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Apple offers to replace faulty iPhone 6 Plus camera modules

DPReview News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:19

Recently we've heard reports of some Apple iPhone 6 Plus cameras failing and producing blurry images. Apple has acknowledged the problem and is offering to replace the faulty camera unit for free. Read more

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Have Fun With Any Camera

The Online Photographer - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:39
This picture covers a relatively mind-boggling span of the history of camera technology, and deserves a bit of deconstruction. It shows, of course, a smartphone, resting on the beautiful new "Non-Use Device," acquired for decor in the recently completed TOP... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study

DPReview News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:37

The recently announced Sony Alpha 7R II packs a lot of groundbreaking features, and one of its highlights is the new full-frame 42.4MP BSI-CMOS sensor. Sony sensors tend to show very high Raw dynamic range due to low noise characteristics, but we wanted to take a closer look at exactly how little noise the camera itself contributes to images. Read on

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Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery

DPReview News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 03:00

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is the follow-up to the company's successful GX7 rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. The GX8 boasts a new 20MP Four Thirds sensor and 'Dual IS', which combines sensor and lens shift image stabilization for better results. The camera's ISO range tops out at 25,600 and it offers a max burst rate of 10 fps with single AF and 6 fps with continuous AF. We've been shooting with one for a little while - check out our gallery of samples!

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Random Excellence: Jan Kwarnmark

The Online Photographer - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 13:44
Shot on Street Photography Day 2015 by Jan Kwarnmark, using a Leica, 35mm Summicron, and Tri-X. Posted by: Mike (Thanks to Jan) Original contents copyright 2015 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this... Michael Johnston
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Why the Sony A7R II Can't Be Any Good

The Online Photographer - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 13:37
So there was this fable. The fable has been associated with Aesop and La Fontaine, the Greek Babrius in the 2nd century and the Latin writer Phaedrus. In the fable, a fox sees some delicious-looking grapes hanging from a vine.... Michael Johnston
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Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap

DPReview News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 23:00

Zhi Yuen Yap finds living in New Zealand a blessing and a curse. Getting off the beaten path to find unique locations can mean braving harsh, unpredictable weather and inhospitable terrain. Based on his photos, though, we'd say he's been pretty well rewarded for his troubles. Take a look at his work and find out more about him in our Q&A. Read more

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iPhone = Leica

The Online Photographer - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 10:24
The iPhone is the Leica of today, when you strip the encrustation of legend off the latter. Think about it—in the early days of Leica the little cameras were a) low in prestige compared to larger, more "serious" cameras; b)... Michael Johnston
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It's Street Photography Day

The Online Photographer - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 09:32
I'm a little late getting on this, but today is Street Photography Day (Henri Cartier-Bresson's Birthday). The idea is to get out and find a photograph today, no matter what kind of photographer you are. I have only this to... Michael Johnston
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Parallax View: Apple patent hints at 3D effect in photos

DPReview News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:59

Patent spotting site Patentlyaple has discovered an Apple patent application titled "Parallax Depth Rendering" which describes a methodology for rendering images and video that, when viewed on a standard 2D display, give the impression of showing a 3D view. Click through for more details

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Nikon delays AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens until October

DPReview News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 09:46

In a press release on its Japanese website, Nikon has announced that its new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR lens - announced earlier this month - is being delayed from its original shipping date of 27th August to October. No specific reason for the delay has been given, only that it is necessary to 'satisfy the customer'. Click through for more information

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Move Complete

The Online Photographer - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 09:25
...And we have liftoff. Scott the Cable Guy (Time Warner contract technician) just left, and a speed test shows 41.51 Mbps download speed and 6.3 Mbps upload speed, so The Online Photographer is once again deserving of the middle part... Michael Johnston
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Huawei's Honor 7i comes with 13MP flip-out camera

DPReview News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:36

Huawei has launched a new smartphone - the Honor 7i. In many ways the Honor 7i is very similar to its sister model the Honor 7. However, one major differentiator between the two models is the camera. On the 7i the Honor 7's conventional 20MP module has been replaced with a 13MP camera unit with dual-LED flash that, thanks to a flip-out mechanism, can be used as both front and rear camera. Click through to read more at

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Sony Alpha 7R II can match or beat DSLR low light AF performance

DPReview News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:30

When the Sony Alpha 7R II was announced, it promised a lot of game-changing features, but its low light AF capability was an unknown. We've already seen some of the incredible continuous AF abilities of the a7R II, including pinpoint eye AF for even moving subjects, but a lot of pros may be wondering: 'if I ditch my DSLR for some of the advanced AF features the a7R II offers, will I be sacrificing low-light AF performance?' Find out in our video

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MIT proposes new approach to HDR with 'Modulo' camera

DPReview News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:00

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a theory for a new way to solve the issue of bright skies burning out in a landscape photograph. Using what they call Unbounded High Dynamic Range photography they are working on the idea of pixels that reset themselves once they have reached their capacity for recording light so that they can carry on recording - and resetting if necessary. Click through for more details

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Loki camera rig transforms into four ultra-portable forms

DPReview News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:11

UK company Scratch Ideas is seeking £25,000 in funding on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter for a new camera mount it's calling 'Loki'. Loki can be transformed into a dolly, underslung rig, shoulder rig, and cage, and folds up into a portable rectangular brick about the size of a battery grip for transportation and storage. Click through for more details

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Leica M9 falls from balcony onto granite, granite comes off worse

DPReview News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:00

Leica has a reputation for making pretty rugged cameras, going back more than 100 years. But nobody would expect a rangefinder to survive a fall from a balcony, onto granite tiles. However, if a recent post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo is to be believed, that's exactly what happened to a Leica M9 recently, and somehow it survived the experience. Click through to read more

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iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets

DPReview News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 07:52

Earlier this week we took you 'under the hood' of the Sony a7R II, metaphorically. Now, thanks to our friends at iFixit, it's possible to take a literal look inside the a7R II. Ifixit took delivery of a production sample a7R II at around the same time as we did, but while we were out testing its AF system and checking to see how its sensor measures up, the hard-working crew at iFixit were busy taking it to pieces. Click through to see what they found  

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Gitzo updates Traveler range with stronger legs and new locks

DPReview News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:00

Premium tripod manufacturer Gitzo has released updates to its well-known Traveler range of carbon fiber tripods. The company has introduced its Carbon eXact carbon fiber tubing to the range, which it claims makes the legs stronger. Read more

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Apple Digital Camera Raw update extends compatibility to Sony RX100 IV, Leica Q

DPReview News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:18

Apple's latest Digital Camera Raw update for its Mac OS X extends support to a handful of new and notable cameras, including the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV, a7R II and Leica Q. Read more

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