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Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30?

DPReview News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:00

With the camera industry moved on somewhat since the birth of the Fuji X series compact, is there still room for a 12 million pixel compact in a less-than compact body? In this opinion piece, senior contributing writer Damien Demolder ponders the very existence of Fujifim's newest X-series camera. Read more

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8/26/14 The Morning Coffee: Secret Weapon

The Online Photographer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 23:49
Photo by Eric Vanden, used with permission. Mamiya C330f, 80mm wide open, handheld 1/30th sec. Good Morning to you. Most photography now is in color, and most black-and-white is poorly done. The tones are wrong and out of balance, or... Michael Johnston
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X-Trans excellence? Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:00

Fujifilm's new X30 premium compact is an intriguing piece of kit, with a larger-than-average sensor and reasonably fast lens. While not a revolutionary upgrade to the X20, it still provides some nice improvements. After some play time, we've put together a First Impressions Review that spells out what's new and what's not.

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The X-factor: Hands-on with Fujifilm's X30

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:00

The X30, Fujifilm's latest enthusiast compact camera, offers the same 12MP sensor and 28-112mm (equivalent) lens as the X20 but improves on its predecessor with updated ergonomics. Changes include a new electronic viewfinder, a tilting screen, and Wi-Fi. We've had access to a prototype X30 for a few days - click through for a hands-on tour of the new camera. 

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Fujifilm announces X30 enthusiast compact camera

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:00

Fujfilm has introduced its X30 enthusiast compact, which offers a 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens - both of which are retained from the X20 that precedes it. New features include a larger, tilting 3" LCD, an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a control wheel around the lens, and greatly improved battery life. A new 'Classic Chrome' film simulation mode has also been added, as has Wi-Fi. Read more

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DxOMark Mobile Report added to our HTC One M8 review

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:01

With top-notch hardware and plenty of imaging features, the HTC One M8 presents a lot to like as a mobile photography tool. Unfortunately, its 4 megapixel camera just can't keep up with other flagship phones and we were underwhelmed by its image quality when we reviewed it. Our collaborators at DxO have put the One M8 through their usual round of mobile imaging tests. See how it scored

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Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014)

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:42

Which capable compact, with plenty of control, should I buy?

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Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014)

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:38

To improve my general purpose and family photography, which camera should I choose?

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What to buy and why: Camera roundups updated

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:16

We've updated two of our 2013 camera roundups, bringing the enthusiast compact and consumer DSLR categories up to date with the latest models. These guides are designed to help give a comprehensive look at each camera class. We'll be addressing the remaining four roundups in the coming weeks. Read more

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Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR samples gallery

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 02:00

The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 is a weather-resistant lens designed as a companion to the weather-resistant Fujifilm X-T1. Covering a 27-200mm equivalent range, it claims to offer the world's most advanced image stabilization system, using gyro sensors for a gain of up to five stops. Is it the ideal pair for the X-T1? We took it out for a spin. See gallery

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8/25/14 The Morning Coffee: Houses as Art

The Online Photographer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:33
A Good Morning to you— A friend and loyal TOP reader also recently bought himself a house. It's an architectural creation so famous it has its own website—called "Boxhead," it was designed and built by Jim Burton of Carter +... Michael Johnston
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Portfolio: Todd Bretl's captivating underwater photography

DPReview News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:00

Todd Bretl says he asks himself 'Would I hang this on my wall?' when he's composing his photos of marine life. Challenging himself with this question has helped him produce some stunning works of art. Some of his images call to mind glass sculpture, while others capture the wildness that thrives below the water's surface. He answered our questions about his process and gear - take a look at some of his work and find out more about how it's created. See gallery

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Portfolio: Martin Kimbell's 'Light Paintings'

DPReview News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:00

UK-based photographer Martin Kimbell doesn't put his camera down when the sun goes in. His series of 'light paintings' add a surreal twist to long-exposure night pictures. In his images, tunnels, spirals and discs of light create sculptural forms in the landscape. We spoke to him about his work, and how he creates it. Click through to view his images and read our Q&A

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Things they carried: Thom Atkinson's 'Soldiers' Inventories'

DPReview News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:00

'What's in your bag?' is a question we ask a lot of photographers, because, well, we're nosy that way. Asking the very same question, photographer Thom Atkinson posed it (figuratively) to centuries of British soldiers. He's assembled what would have been the belongings and clothing of a dozen combatants, ranging from medieval to modern-day soldiers. Take a look and learn how it all came together in our Q&A. See gallery

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Readers' Showcase: Macro photography

DPReview News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:00

While it’s easy to get swept up in the stream of announcements over the next few weeks, it’s also a good idea to remember why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Macro and Still Life Photography forum to submit their favorite macro shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. Unsurprisingly, we saw a lot of great work. See gallery

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Finally, I Get To Say THANK YOU

The Online Photographer - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:09
The new TOP World HQ is in an entirely different part of town—the west or rural side of town, where suburb gives way to farmland. In fact, there's a farm field abutting my new back yard. There are some particularly... Michael Johnston
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Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS

DPReview News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:55

Hasselblad has taken another step towards the total switch to CMOS sensors with the introduction of new multi-shot versions of the company’s H5D 50c, including a model that outputs images of up to 200 million pixels. The H5D-50c MS and H5D-200c MS are 4-shot and 6-shot bodies that use pixel shifting to create higher resolution images than their 50-million-pixel sensors could in a single shot. Click through for more information.

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Pics.io, a browser-based Raw editor built on Google Drive, goes live with public beta

DPReview News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:45

Ukrainian start-up Pics.io is hoping to change your photography post-processing workflow with its new browser-based Raw editing and organization service. Using WebGL technology to harness the power of your computer’s graphics card, Pics.io is able to offer Raw image editing and management for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus Raw files right in your web browser. Read more

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Quick Review: Zenfolio's Photographer Central

DPReview News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:00

Recently, Zenfolio announced its newest online venture, Photographer Central - an online directory of photographers. This website promises to bring customers in direct contact with local photographers while making the search free and easy to use. Does it live up to its claims? We took the service for a test spin. Read more

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Blog Note

The Online Photographer - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:15
Big day today—today's the day! Later on today (or at least by tomorrow) I should have some pics up of the new house. I had appointments Thursday all the way until 9 p.m., and closing is today at 10 a.m.... Michael Johnston
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