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fujifilm introduces budget-friendly and rugged finepix xp130: digital photography review

fujifilm has introduced the finepix xp130, its latest inexpensive rugged camera. the xp130 is largely the same as the xp120 that came before it, with the addition of bluetooth, eye af and an electronic level being the major changes.the xp130 has a 16mp bsi-cmos sensor, 28-140mm equiv. f3.9-4.9 stabilized lens, 3" lcd and 1080/60p video capture. bluetooth makes pairing camera and smartphone easier and also allows for instant photo transfer. the xp130 has 96mb of built-in memory plus an sd card slot and a battery that will last for around 240 shots.you'll have five colors of xp130 to choose from: black, blue, green, yellow and white. it will ship in march for $229.95.featuring the latest bluetooth® technology, four rugged protection features and versatile shooting functions in a compact, lightweight body valhalla, n.y., january 24, 2018 –fujifilm north america corporation has announced the finepix xp130, the newest addition to the rugged xp series. the xp130 is the first in the line to feature the latest bluetooth® technology for easy to use, instant image transfer, and is also equipped with new shooting functions such as an electronic level and eye detection to provide even greater versatility. equipped with a fujinon lens and four rugged protection features in a lightweight body, the new xp130 is durable and delivers high quality images, making it the perfect companion for any kind of adventure.four-way rugged protection for worry-free use the xp130 is waterproof up to ...





nikon claimed the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for december 2017: digital photography review

nikon made a major sales announcement today, revealing that the company achieved the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for december 2017. more specifically, the company "attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for december 2017, in the full-frame digital camera with interchangeable lens (dcil) category in the u.s." that dcil term is what we refer to as just ilc here at dpreview, and yes, that includes full-frame mirrorless.the numbers come from the us retail tracking group the npd group inc., and the result is due largely to what nikon calls "exceptional demand" for the nikon d850 dslr, which launched in august of last year and went on to be one of the most highly demanded cameras of the 2017 holiday season.admittedly, the result only covers a single month's worth of sales, but nikon is quick to point out that it is the most important sales month of the year."december is a significant month for sales because of the large volume of units sold during the holidays," reads the press release. "industry-wide, dcil full-frame unit sales for the month of december 2017 were almost equal to unit sales from january through march of 2017."interestingly, it's not just the d850 that propelled nikon into the #1 spot. according to the japanese camera giant, the top two cameras in the full-frame ilc segment during december were the nikon d850 at #1 and the nikon d750 at #2.this announcement comes hot on the heels of the 2018 bcn camera rankings that had cano...





ultra-rare konica rokuoh-sha type 89 'machine gun' camera pops up on ebay: digital photography review

for you collectors out there, a very rare piece of photographic equipment just popped up on ebay. officially dubbed the rokuoh-sha type 89 "machine gun" military training camera, this camera was made by konishoruko (which later became konica) for training japanese airplane gunners during world war ii.according to international military antiques and photo gear-heads, these cameras would be mounted in airplanes instead of the real thing as a way to train new gunners. when the trigger is pressed, the camera would begin snapping 18x24mm pictures on 35mm cine film loaded in 2.5m strips. the photos captured whatever the "gun" was aimed at, while an optical stopwatch (placed in the yellow tube up top) was recorded onto the photos using a prism. these images would be examined later to help improve the gunner's accuracy.the piece is highly prized by collectors, and there's a nearly identical model in the permanent collection at the smithsonian national air and space museum, which would make this a model 2 with (possibly) the same 75mm hexar lens.the version on ebay looks a bit more beat up than the smithsonian's camera, but still in great shape. the seller, westborn camera co, claims the camera "is in overall excellent condition, especially considering it was used during war-time," and still works as far as they can tell. in the listing, westborn writes:this has been tested to my best ability, and everything seems to check out good: the winder holds firm tension and releases ...





dji unveils the mavic air: mavic pro specs in a spark-sized body: digital photography review

dpreview was on hand in new york city as dji unveiled its newest drone, the mavic air, which fuses enthusiast-oriented features and foldable design from the company's mavic pro line of drones with the compact form factor if its spark model. the mavic air also introduces some exciting new technologies that should make drone flying safer, easier, and more creative.key features include:a 1/2.3" cmos sensor3-axis gimbal24mm (equiv.) f2.8 lens12mp still images w/ raw support4k/30p video with 100 mbps h.264 codecfull hd video up to 120fps32-megapixel spherical panorama modehdr capture mode8gb internal storage in addition to microsd cardfoldable legs with integrated omnidirectional antennaupdated flight autonomy system with 3d modelingimproved activetrack technologynew 'asteroid' and 'boomerang' intelligent flight modesobstacle-avoidance sensors in the front, back, and bottomadvanced pilot awareness system (apas)visual positioning system for better control, hovering and indoor flying2.5 mile range with controller42.5 mph in sport modeflight ceiling of 16,404 ft.21-minute flight timeusb-c portcompatible with dji's sdk for third party applicationsdji has clearly aimed the mavic air at travelers, outdoor photographers, and particularly adventurers who may go off the beaten track. it's small size is impressive, as dji's michael perry demonstrated by pulling three of them out of his pockets on stage, and its rich feature set is sure to appeal to people like adventure filmmakers....





nikon claimed the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for december 2017: digital photography review

nikon made a major sales announcement today, revealing that the company had achieved the #1 spot in the full frame camera market for december 2017. more specifically, the company "attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for december 2017, in the full frame digital camera with interchangeable lens (dcil) category in the u.s." yes, that includes full-frame mirrorless.the numbers come from the us retail tracking group the npd group inc., and the result is due largely to what nikon calls "exceptional demand" for the nikon d850 dslr, which launched in august of last year and went on to be one of the most highly demanded cameras of the 2017 holiday season.admittedly, the result only covers a single month's worth of sales, but nikon is quick to point out that it is the most important sales month of the year."december is a significant month for sales because of the large volume of units sold during the holidays," reads the press release. "industry-wide, dcil full frame unit sales for the month of december 2017 were almost equal to unit sales from january through march of 2017."interestingly, it's not just the d850 that propelled nikon into the #1 spot. according to the japanese camera giant, the top two cameras in the full frame dilc segment during december were the nikon d850 at #1 and the nikon d750 at #2.this announcement comes hot on the heels of the 2018 bcn camera rankings that had canon users so excited, and less than a year after sony announced th...





red's hydrogen one holographic super-phone to ship this summer: digital photography review

red, best known for its high-end video products, has dripped out some pre-order and release date information about its hydrogen one super-smartphone, which was announced last july and first demoed irl in august.the most notable feature of this phone is its 5.7" 1440p display, which can display 2d and "better than 3d" holographic images. it can also shoot 3d or 4v (holographic) content using its onboard cameras, and stereo sound is converted to spatial audio when played back. the one uses qualcomm's new snapdragon 835x processor, dual sim card slots, a monster 4500 mah battery and support for add-on modules like external batteries and a 'cinema-grade' camera.the new info came via red's forums, where the company revealed that pre-orders for the hydrogen one are expected to begin in april, with ship dates sometime this summer. the aluminum model will be priced at $1195, while the titanium version will set you back $1595.





dji announces new mavic air compact drone: digital photography review

dpreview was in new york city as dji unveiled its newest drone, the mavic air, which fuses enthusiast-oriented features from the company's mavic pro line of drones with the compact form factor if its spark model. the mavic air also introduces some exciting new technologies that should make drone flying safer, easier, and more creative.key features include:a 1/2.3" cmos sensor3-axis gimbal*24mm (equiv.) f2.8 lens12mp still images w/ raw support4k/30p videofull hd video up to 120fps32-megapixel spherical panorama modehdr capture mode8gb internal storage in addition to microsd cardfoldable legs with integrated omnidirectional antennaupdated flight autonomy system with 3d modelingimproved activetrack technologynew 'asteroid' and 'boomerang' intelligent flight modesadvanced pilot awareness system (apas)obstacle-avoidance sensors in the front, back, and bottomvisual positioning system for better control, hovering and indoor flying2.5 mile range with controller42.5 mph in sport modeflight ceiling of 16,404 ft.21-minute flight timeusb-c portcompatible with dji's sdk for third party applicationsavailable in arctic white, onyx black, and flame redalthough we weren't able to see the mavic air side-by-side with either a mavic pro or spark for scale, it's clearly compact as dji's michael perry demonstrated by pulling three of them out of various pockets on stage.some drone users may be disappointed with the 21-minute flight time, we suspect it's a necessary tradeoff in order to...





google pixel 2 gallery updated: digital photography review

if you're a serious enthusiast or working pro, the very best digital cameras on the market will cost you at least $2000. that's a lot of money, but generally speaking these cameras offer the highest resolution, the best build quality and the most advanced video specs out there, as well as fast burst rates and top-notch autofocus.





photoshop cc update adds ai-powered subject selection tool and more: digital photography review

the ai-powered select subject feature that adobe demoed back in november has finally arrived in photoshop cc! the feature was officially released just minutes ago in photoshop cc version 19.1, which also includes the addition of a decontamination slider to the select and mask workspace and some significant compatibility updates for windows users.the major update is, obviously, the arrival of select subject to photoshop cc. when it was first demoed in november, the photoshop team touted the tool—which is powered by adobe sensei ai technology—as a way to "select prominent subjects in an image with one click." that's what they hope to deliver today.a single click of the select subject button in the quick select tool should easily isolate your subject in images like the one below:of course, more difficult scenarios where the subject isn't so obviously delineated against the background will give select subject more trouble—the original demo video, embedded below, showed that—but it promises to "let you get started with your selections faster than ever before."in addition to select subject, adobe also added a decontamination slider to the select and mask workspace that allows you to select the amount of color decontamination applied to an image:for windows users, version 19.1 brings much-requested support for windows high density monitors—allowing you to switch between displays of varying resolutions and sizes seamlessly. jerry harris, principal scientist on the pho...





speed test: imac pro vs alienware pc, mac pro and macbook pro: digital photography review

photographer and photoshop expert colin smith of photoshopcafe recently embarked on a test many photo and video editors have been asking for: comparing the new imac pro against some of its main competition. in colin's case, he pit a slightly upgraded version of the imac pro against an alienware gaming pc, a macbook pro, and the current mac pro.the imac pro smith was testing is a slightly upgraded version of the base model. his unit sports: a 3.2ghz 8-core xeon w processor, 64gb of 2666 mhz ddr4 ecc memory, and an amd radeon pro vega 64 with 16gb of its own hbm2 ram. if you configure it yourself on the apple website, you'll find this setup weighs in at $6,400.going up against the imac pro were three contenders at various price points:a 'trashcan' mac pro circa december 2014, with a 3.7ghz 4-core xeon e5 processor, 64gb of 1866mhz ddr3 ram, and dual amd profire d300 video cards with 2gb of ram each. cost (in 2014): $3,250the latest 15-inch macbook pro, with a 3.1ghz 4-core i7 processor, 16gb of 2133mhz ddr3 ram, and a radeon pro 560 video card with 6gb of ram. cost: $3,400an alienware aurora r6 pc, which is running a 4.2ghz 4-core i7 processor, 16gb of 2666mhz ddr4 ram, and an nvidia gtx 1070 video card with 8gb of its own ddr5 ram. cost: $1,600as you can see, the apple options are all much more expensive than the pc, but nothing comes close to touching the $6,400 imac pro. so you would hope, at least, that nothing would come close to touching its performance either. that'...





portrait mode perspective: the iphone x versus the canon m100: digital photography review

it's safe to say that portrait mode, the artificial blurry-background generator on modern smartphones, isn't going anywhere. and now that it's here, it's only going to get better. it's an incredibly handy feature to have, and for the vast majority of users, is easily good enough that they may rethink the need to purchase a so-called 'real' camera in the future.but 'good enough' is a subjective assessment. so, we set up a tripod and grabbed an accessible entry-level camera that's specifically aimed at smartphone users, and did our own informal comparison. it turns out, though, that things aren't all that simple.the first comparisonwe found through our informal exercise that the iphone x's built-in portrait mode on its default camera app appears to roughly approximate the blur from shooting a 35mm f2.8 lens on an aps-c camera. in this case, we used the canon eos m100. the hair looks a little cut-out, but it's a fairly convincing result viewed at image level:zoom in to 100%, though, and the advantages of the larger sensor m100 are apparent. there's far more detail in the canon's image (though you can generally extract more detail from iphone raws, you can't shoot portrait in raw).unfortunately, the tripod needed adjustment of an inch or two to make sure the iphone image and the canon image ended up a broadly similar positioning of the subject in the frame (there may be some distortion or other corrective effects at work that we don't have full insight into).for ...





dji mavic air leaked ahead of announcement, looks like a spark-mavic hybrid: digital photography review

we're less than 24 hours away from the drone announcement dji started teasing last week, and it looks like our guesses based on the tagline "adventure unfolds" were spot on: it's going to be a folding drone. more specifically, a followup to the folding dji mavic pro... but not the followup most of us expected.according to drone dj, who got ahold of a treasure trove of leaked specs and photographs of the upcoming drone, dji is preparing to announce the dji mavic air: a drone that looks like a hybrid between the dji spark and dji mavic pro.if these leaked photos and specifications are accurate, the mavic air will put mavic-level hardware—a 3-axis gimbal, 1/2.3-inch cmos sensor, 4k 60p video capture, obstacle-avoidance sensors on the front, back, and bottom—into a body that looks very much like the diminutive dji spark. the upside is that 4k 60p video capture that the mavic pro and even mavic pro platium has been missing; the downside is that the smaller body means even less flight time, which is rumored at just 21 minutes. the drone is also purported to have a 32mp panorama mode.here's a look at the real thing:and here are the full set of leaked specs, as reported by drone dj:1/2.3 cmos sensor and new image processor32-megapixel panorama mode4k/60p video capture3-axis gimbalfour foldable legsobstacle-avoidance sensors in the front, back, and bottomequipped with avisual positioning system for better control, hovering and indoor flyinggesture control21-minute flight time...





speed test: imac pro vs alienware pc, mac pro and macbook pro: digital photography review

photographer and photoshop expert colin smith of photoshopcafe recently embarked on a test many photo and video editors have been asking for: comparing the new imac pro against some of its main competition. in colin's case, he pit a slightly upgraded version of the imac pro against an alienware gaming pc, a macbook pro, and the current mac pro.the imac pro smith was testing is a slightly upgraded version of the base model. his unit sports: a 3.2ghz 8-core xeon w processor, 64gb of 2666 mhz ddr4 ecc memory, and an amd radeon pro vega 64 with 16gb of its own hbm2 ram. if you configure it yourself on the apple website, you'll find this setup weighs in at $6,400.going up against the imac pro were three contenders at various price points:a 'trashcan' mac pro circa december 2014, with a 3.7ghz 4-core xeon e5 processor, 64gb of 1866mhz ddr3 ram, and dual amd profire d300 video cards with 2gb of ram each. cost (in 2014): $3,250the latest 15-inch macbook pro, with a 3.1ghz 4-core i7 processor, 16gb of 2133mhz ddr3 ram, and a radeon pro 560 video card with 6gb of ram. cost: $3,400an alienware aurora r6 pc, which is running a 4.2ghz 4-core i7 processor, 16gb of 2666mhz ddr4 ram, and an nvidia gtx 1070 video card with 8gb of its own ddr5 ram. cost: $1,600as you can see, the apple options are all much more expensive than the pc, but nothing comes close to touching the $6,400 imac pro. so you would hope, at least, that nothing would come close to touching its performance either. that'...





samsung's new smartphone sensors can shoot 480fps in full hd: digital photography review

samsung has just announced a new mobile image sensor that may just reveal what's in store for the rumored galaxy s9 smartphone—specifically in the slow-motion capture department.announced earlier today, samsung's new isocell fast imager chips feature a 3-stack fast readout design that samsung claims will shoot full hd 1080p video at a whopping 480fps. that's not quite as fast as the eye-watering 960fps in sony's high-end xperia models, but the sony mode can only capture for a fracture of a second—samsung's super-slow-motion could potentially offer longer capture times.according to samsung's product page, the isocell fast sensors also come with advanced autofocus technologies—such as dual-pixel or super-pd—built into the chip, allowing for very fast focusing in all light conditions. isocell fast sensors with the aforementioned technologies are currently available with 12 and 16mp resolutions and sizes ranging from 1/2.8" to 1/2.56".as usual, there is no way of knowing for certain if either of these sensor variants will make it into the galaxy s9, but it's safe to assume we'll see the new 480fps full hd mode in a samsung mobile device in the near future.





portrait mode perspective: the iphone x versus the canon m100: digital photography review

it's safe to say that portrait mode, the artificial blurry-background generator on modern smartphones, isn't going anywhere. and now that it's here, it's only going to get better. it's an incredibly handy feature to have, and for the vast majority of users, is easily good enough that they may rethink the need to purchase a so-called 'real' camera in the future.but 'good enough' is a subjective assessment. so, we set up a tripod and grabbed an accessible entry-level camera that's specifically aimed at smartphone users, and did our own informal comparison. it turns out, though, that things aren't all that simple.the first comparisonwe found through our informal exercise that the iphone x's built-in portrait mode on its default camera app appears to roughly approximate the blur from shooting a 35mm f2.8 lens on an aps-c camera. in this case, we used the canon eos m100.unfortunately, the tripod needed adjustment of an inch or two to make sure the iphone image and the canon image ended up a broadly similar positioning of the subject in the frame (there may be some distortion or other corrective effects at work that we don't have full insight into).for this comparison, the iphone x had hdr enabled in portrait mode, and the m100 image was processed through adobe camera raw using an adapted ef-s macro 35mm f2.8 lens.apple also includes 'lighting modes,' so let's see if that makes a difference in your preference.the second comparisonhere, we re-processed the iphone's ...





the 'chairpod' is a chair-tripod hybrid that's either ridiculous or brilliant: digital photography review

sometimes an idea is so crazy, it might just be brilliant—what might be described as "wonderfully weird." the upcoming chairpod by japanese tripod manufacturer velbon might be one of those inventions... or it might just be weird. we haven't decided yet, so we'll leave that judgement up to you.originally reported on by japanese site dc watch (translated version here), the chairpod hy 127 is a hybrid between a tripod and a three-legged folding chair that was originally exhibited at cp+ 2017 (how did we miss that!?). one of the legs, in this case, has a standard tripod camera mount on the top that can be extended out to bring the camera level with your face. at max length, it's reportedly 117 centimeters tall, or about 3.8 feet, without the optional extension rod. and if you won't want to use it sitting down, it turns into an odd sort of monopod.according to dc watch, the chairpod will be released through major retail chains in japan "in late january", and the publication expects it to cost about 19,850 yen (~$179 usd). no word yet on whether or not this quirky masterpiece will make it to the us or european markets.





video: how to make an hdr image using microsoft excel... seriously: digital photography review

photographers have many different kinds of software for producing high dynamic range images, but microsoft excel probably doesn't make your list of photo editing apps. well... be prepared to change your mind.on the off chance you don't know what microsoft excel is, it's a spreadsheet application that's primarily used for business application. but in may of last year, columbia university computer science student kevin chen showed that is was also capable of producing an hdr photo using some complicated math and a couple dozen gbs of ram.before coming to columbia, chen worked as an intern at apple, working on camera technology. it was that experience—understanding the math behind digital photography in general and high dynamic range imagery specifically—that allowed him to implement the "system of linear equations" that is typically used in hdr imaging.after turning the original photo grayscale, and using each cell in excel as a different "pixel", he was able to implement this math (and zoom way out) to reveal his final product. here is the color before and grayscale after:sure, you probably don't want to make excel your primary hdr processing software. but chen's presentation reveals something that is easy to lose sight of when you're processing digital files and working with photographs: as far as your computer is concerned, it's all pixel values and math.check out the full presentation up top, and then head over to chen's website if you want to know more abo...





shooting kīlauea volcano, part 4: from a helicopter: digital photography review

in the first part of this series, i talked about shooting kilauea's lava surface-flows using a drone. in the second part, i talked about shooting the lava with a dslr from the ground. in the third, i talked about shooting from a dedicated lava-viewing boat. i'd like to finish this series with a short article about shooting the lava from a helicopter.i will also try to sum up the lava shooting part of my hawaii trip, and survey how it ended up being published.i was very excited for my lava helicopter flight. after my amazing hike to the surface flows, where i also used (and melted) my drone, and after the sail a few days before, i had already gotten many epic shots and had much less pressure to produce something exceptional. my friend and i decided to only take a (relatively) short 1-hour flight, to experience another way of shooting the lava.there are several helicopter providers available in big island, and they can easily be found online. remember to schedule your flight several days (a week is recommended) in advance to make sure you get the time slot you want. we chose a sunrise shoot.upon reaching the hangar, the helicopter was already stripped of its doors (nothing will come between me and the lava!) and our pilot was making his preparations. we took off quickly and were on our way to the puʻu ʻōʻō crater.if you intend to take an open-door helicopter flight in hawaii, remember to dress well. hawaii is generally not as hot as one would think (it even snowed on the...





iphone x sample gallery updated: digital photography review

if you're a serious enthusiast or working pro, the very best digital cameras on the market will cost you at least $2000. that's a lot of money, but generally speaking these cameras offer the highest resolution, the best build quality and the most advanced video specs out there, as well as fast burst rates and top-notch autofocus.





review: the handevision iberit 35mm f2.4 is a budget option for leica users: digital photography review

handevision iberit 35mm f2.4 (leica m-mount)$640 (~$600 in fujifilm x / sony e-mount)www.handevision.comi've been curious about handevision's small range of iberit primes since dan and i saw them in person at last year's cp+ show in yokohama. street prices for the lenses range between $640-800 for 24mm, 35mm, 75mm, and 90mm primes in leica m-mount, and a little less for fujifilm x and sony e-mount versions, making them relatively affordable by the standards of all three systems.designed in germany and made in china ('handevision' is a portmanteau term - ‘han’ signifies 'china' in mandarin, while the following two letters ‘de’ represent the first two letters of 'deutschland') the iberit line is intended to be a low-cost alternative to 'own-brand' lenses and established third-party primes, for photographers dipping their toes into manual focus photography.key specifications:focal length: 35mmformat: full-frame (leica m, fujifilm x, sony e-mount)manual focusaperture range: f2.4-16 (in 1/2 stops)filter thread: 49mmclose focus: 0.7m (0.35m for e/x-mount versions)hood: included, bayonetlength / diameter: 35 / 58mm (1.4 / 2.3in)weight: 220g (7.7oz)optical construction: 6 elements in 6 groupssince i tend to shoot mostly at 35mm, i was most interested in the iberit 35mm f2.4. so when i found a used copy in leica m mount in my local camera store recently i decided to take a chance and buy it, mostly out of curiosity. if it turned out to be really good, maybe it would...