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Digital Photography Review Newsletter: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014
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Welcome to the 510th Digital Photography Review newsletter.

Hello again from sunny Seattle. It's been a busy few days here, as always. I spent a pleasant but extremely wet weekend in Portland, shooting some sample images on Panasonic's latest travel-zoom, the ZS40, so look out for a short review of that camera on our homepage pretty soon. We've been doing a lot of work on Sony's very lovely new Cyber-shot RX100 III ahead of receiving a final production-quality camera, and we're also working hard on some behind the scenes improvements to user experience, including an all new notifications system. Watch this space for more details...

For now, here's what we've been up to over the past few days:

Faster glass: Sony RX100 III First Impressions Review

Few compact cameras have garnered as much attention as the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 and RX100 II. Sony had managed to squeeze a much bigger sensor into cameras only a little larger than the Canon S-series enthusiast compacts. The RX100 III continues the tradition by adding a wider, faster 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens and a built-in, pop-up EVF. Along with a 20MP 1"-type sensor, does the RX100 III remain the ultimate compact for enthusiasts? Learn more in our First Impressions Review

Click here to read our first-impressions review of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

Light field cameras: Focusing on the future

Lytro's new Illum camera packs in a few tricks that will appeal to some still photographers, but its aim is really to introduce a new type of imagery. Time will tell if that medium succeeds. Technology writer Liam McCabe spoke with a few players in the light field camera industry to get a sense of where this technology is headed in the next few years and beyond.

Read Liam McCabe's article about Lytro's light field camera technology

DPReview is hiring!

DPReview is hiring! We're looking for a writer to join our growing editorial team based in Seattle, WA. Responsibilities will include testing and producing reviews of digital system cameras, compact cameras, smart phone cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment. Successful applicants will have have a store of solid practical knowledge about the theory and practice of photography, and a strong understanding of dpreview, our principles and our community.

Click here to read more about our vacant position

Does the new Olympus PEN E-P5 firmware reduce image shake?

A year on from the camera's announcement, Olympus has issued a significant firmware update for its PEN E-P5. The update not only adds a trigger-only 'cable release' mode to its Wi-Fi functions, it also provides a feature to combat the biggest problem with the camera. The new '0 sec Anti-Shock' option provides a work-around for the image shake that held the E-P5 back in our original review. Is the new firmware enough to elevate the E-P5 to the select company of Gold award winners? Find out in our update to the E-P5 review.

Click here to read our investigation into the new firmware for the Olympus PEN E-P5

What's coming up?

News, reviews, shooting pictures, and a handful of exciting secrets. The usual, really. Specifically, we're almost done with the Samsung NX30, and our review of the Sony a6000 is nearly finished too. It's almost holiday season, so we've also been working on our traditional summer review of the year's best waterproof/rugged cameras. We're hoping to publish that soon after Memorial Day (May 26th, for non-US visitors).

A reminder that we're hiring right now (see link above) so if you think you've got what it takes to join our Seattle-based team,, please do get in touch.

See you next week!


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GearShop update - a message from Laura

Recently announced: The ever-popular Sony Cyber-shot RX100-series has expanded with the introduction of the RX100 III. Shipping next month, the RX100 III has a fast 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens and revolutionary pop-up EVF. Sony also revealed pricing and availability for the a7S full frame mirrorless camera, capable of shooting 4K video with impressively low-noise. Pre-order now for delivery in July.

Nikon has released a batch of new entry-level 1-series mirrorless cameras with announcement of the J4 and S2. For sports and wildlife photographers, they've also introduced a newly updated AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E VR lens and 1.4x teleconverter. All are available for pre-order now.

This week's best deals: Save $100 on the Panasonic Lumix GX7 body or the Lumix FZ70 compact camera with 60x optical zoom. If you're looking for a bigger sensor in your mirrorless camera, you can also save $200 on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and Sony a7.

Until next week - Laura and the GearShop Team

News updates

Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg

Published on Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM GMT

Inspired by the Titanic ship sinking, photographer Simon Harsent's book, Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg, explores how these huge chunks of ice change over time. Often photographs of icebergs are saturated with color and bright light - looking like postcards - but Harsent took a different approach. The result is a series of images that have a timeless, abstract feel, with a focus on texture and shape. See gallery

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Never forget a Photoshop or Lightroom shortcut again

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM GMT

Even longtime Photoshop and Lightroom users sometimes forget the myriad of keyboard shortcuts used to trigger the program’s powerful features. Now web developer Waldo Bronchart has made a web application called 'Application Shortcut Manager' to help you remember. It's an interactive website that displays all the keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop, Lightroom and Blender. Learn more

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Stream your photos... via backpack?

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM GMT

It’s not that uncommon for a photographer to create a new photographic backpack. But it's unusual for a photographer to put a high-tech photo streaming studio into one, creating a mobile photo transmission solution that shaves precious time off of submitting images to editors. But that's just what New York Times staff photographer Josh Haner did. Learn more

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Apple Raw update adds support for Canon G1 X Mark II and Nikon D4S

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014 5:26:16 PM GMT

Apple recently released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 5.02 for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. The update adds Raw image support for the following four cameras: Canon EOS Rebel T5, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Nikon D4S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10. Get the update

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Sony RX100 III: A look at the operation and controls

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014 8:13:00 PM GMT

As we've been spending more time with the Sony RX100 III, we've published some of our initial thoughts on the Operation and Controls of this highly intriguing camera and expanded our impressions of the pop-up electronic viewfinder. We also shot a short video showing what's new so you can get a first-hand look at the 20MP compact with 1"-type sensor and faster, wider 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens. Learn more and see video

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Centr captures 360-degree video at 4K resolution

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM GMT

We've seen a few interesting panoramic camera projects over the past few months but none of them capture panoramic video. Centr, which was launched by former Apple engineers and currently in the Kickstarter stage, is aiming to fill this gap. The camera is a doughnut-shaped device that records 360-degree video at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. Learn more

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Walmart sues photographer's widow

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM GMT

In an article on the PPA website, the organization claims Walmart is 'bullying' a small Arkansas photographic studio. The Walton family wants intellectual property rights to photographs a small photography studio took of the family before Walmart grew into one of the biggest retailers in world. The defense argues the photographer's family owns copyrights to all the images. Learn more

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EyeEm announces festival and photo competition

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM GMT

The mobile imaging platform, community and stock image marketplace EyeEm has announced the 2014 EyeEm Festival & Awards. The festival takes place in September in Berlin and the world-wide photo competition is now accepting submissions. Contributions are not limited to mobile photography and the awards are open to professionals and amateurs alike. Learn more

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DPReview exclusive: Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 4:40:00 PM GMT

In conjunction with the announcement of what Lytro is calling its 'professional-grade light field camera', the Illum, the company put its new product in the hands of five leading photographers. Today, Lytro has exclusively released a promotional video to DPReview that takes us behind the scenes as five 'creative pioneers' discover what they can do with this innovative new technology. See the video

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Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 tablet to replace laptops

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:22:54 PM GMT

Microsoft has announced the latest member of its Surface tablet family, the Surface 3 Pro, at a press event in New York. According to Microsoft, the new model is designed to be a replacement for both your iPad and laptop. With 5MP front and rear cameras, the Pro 3 doesn't look like a particularly competent capture device but its specifications make it look like a decent option for image editing on the go. Learn more

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