How to safely operate a drone in urban areas


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Just a few weeks ago, a drone crashed through a window on the 27th floor of a building in Chicago. Last year, a tourist was apprehended for flying in downtown Manhattan, in the heart of New York City, where UAV operations are strictly prohibited. The month before, a remote pilot avoided disaster when his DJI Phantom 3 drone plummeted 36 stories from where it was inspecting a crack that formed on a window of San Francisco’s Millennium Tower. It crashed on the sidewalk, missing pedestrians by inches.

When operated properly, drones are capable of capturing

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Hasselblad launches new cable release, battery charging hub for X1D


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Hasselblad has introduced a cable release for its X1D medium format rangefinder-style camera alongside a new USB double battery charger. The Release Cord X is 90cm/36in long and triggers the shutter in single shot and continuous modes, and controls the camera via its microphone socket.

Dual slots on the Battery Charging Hub allow for two batteries to be charged simultaneously and for the camera to be powered via the USB C connector. The hub can be plugged into the AC power supply to charge batteries and the camera, or it can be fed from a portable power bank. The hub

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No, Flickr didn’t hand your photos over to corporations for machine learning


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A screenshot of illustrated portraits shared on IBM’s Diversity in Faces dataset website.

Earlier this week, Flickr started taking heat across the web after it was specifically mentioned in a report from NBC News that took a deep dive into the ‘dirty little secret’ of using Creative Commons images to help train facial recognition algorithms.

The report mentioned multiple datasets used to help companies train machine learning algorithms to better comprehend diversity in facial recognition programs, but one dataset in particular was emphasized and elaborated on: IBM’s ‘Diversity in Faces‘ set that was derived and iterated upon from Continue reading “No, Flickr didn’t hand your photos over to corporations for machine learning”

Samyang has announced the AF 85mm F1.4 FE lens for full-frame Sony cameras


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Samyang has announced the AF 85mm F1.4 FE, an autofocus prime lens designed for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The 85mm F1.4 FE is Samyang’s sixth autofocus lens for Sony full-frame cameras since first unveiling a pair back in 2016. Powering the autofocus is Samyang’s Dual Linear Sonic Motor (DLSM) that uses ultrasonic vibrations to drive the focusing mechanism.

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Video: 15 actually useful Photoshop shortcuts to help speed up your workflow


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Photoshop Training Channel on YouTube has published a video detailing 15 useful, relatively unknown Photoshop keyboard shortcuts for power users. Unlike many similar videos, this channel’s video digs into actually useful shortcuts that many users are unlikely to know, including how to resize and rotate cloned content using keyboard keys, improving Puppet Warp tool control, and more.

The video is applicable to North American keyboards and includes both Windows and macOS shortcuts. Most tips build upon commonly known tools and shortcuts, offering ways for professionals to reduce the amount of time they spend clicking and sliding. Adobe maintains a large Continue reading “Video: 15 actually useful Photoshop shortcuts to help speed up your workflow”

Twitter wants you to tweet more photos, makes its in-camera app easier to access


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Twitter has announced a change to its iOS app in an apparent move to encourage the tweeting of photos. The in-app camera has received a redesign and can now be opened by simply swiping left from your Twitter timeline screen.

Once the camera has opened you can tap on the virtual shutter button to capture a still image or hold down to record video. There is also quick access to Twitter’s livestreaming feature. Location information and captions are overlaid onto photos and videos captured within the app and you can choose from a range of overlay colors.

SLR Magic brings six MicroPrime lenses to Fujifilm X mount, adds a 12mm as well


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Cinema lens manufacturer SLR Magic has announced it will offer all of its existing MicroPrime range in the Fujifilm X mount. Designed for full frame sensors, the lenses will attract a 1.5x angle of view shift when fitted on the APS-C Fujifilm X cameras, but the addition of a new 12mm T2.8 aims to provide a good wide angle so Fujifilm users don’t miss out.

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Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6 and Olympus E-M1X added to buying guides


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We’ve just added a trio of recently released cameras to our buying guides.

The Nikon Z6, for which we’ve completed our full review, can be found in the ‘Best Cameras Under $2000’ and ‘Best Cameras for Video’ guides.

The Olympus E-M1X, whose full review is in progress, sits in the ‘Best Cameras Over $2000’ and ‘Best Cameras for Sports & Action’.

Finally, you’ll find the Canon EOS RP write-up in the ‘Best Cameras Under $1500’ guide. Our review of the RP is being written as we speak, so keep an eye out for that.

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CFexpress 2.0 cards will be offered in three sizes with different maximum speeds


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In February, the CompactFlash Association announced the CFexpress 2.0 specification, a follow-up to the CFexpress 1.0 specification first revealed in late 2016. The new 2.0 spec update brings two more form factors to CFexpress, both targeting industrial and professional imaging markets, according to the association. The two new form factors join the original, ushering in Type A, Type B and Type C cards.

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Lensbaby announces the Edge 35mm optic, a wide angle tilt lens for its Optic Swap system


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Lensbaby has released Edge 35mm Optic, a new wide angle tilt lens for its Optic Swap system.

The lens, which works in conjunction with the Lensbaby composer Pro or Composer Pro II, can be mounted to Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Fuji X and Micro Four-Third systems. It is the third selective focus lens in Lensbaby’s Optic Swap lineup, rounding out the existing 50mm and 80mm options.

The lens features an aperture range of F3.5-F22 and a minimum focusing distance of 18cm / 7in. It has an eight blade aperture diaphragm and can tilt 15 degrees. Lensbaby

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Sigma updates firmware for multiple EF mount lenses, EF-E converter and one F mount lens


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Sigma has released new firmware updates for a number of its Canon EF mount lenses as well as its Canon EF-E converter and a single Nikon F mount lens.

For the Canon EF mount lens included in the update, the firmware mainly addresses compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction feature to ensure corrections match the characteristics of each lens and errors don’t appear when the feature is enabled.

The firmware updates also improve functionality with select EF lenses when used on an EOS R camera with Canon’s EF-EOS R adapters. Below is a list of EF mount lenses that Continue reading “Sigma updates firmware for multiple EF mount lenses, EF-E converter and one F mount lens”

Fujifilm X-T30, Sony a6400 added to ‘Best Cameras under $1000’ buying guide


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We’ve added the Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony a6400 to our ‘Best Cameras under $1000’ buying guide. Both of these cameras offer a lot of bang for your buck, with impressive stills and video capabilities for $900 body only.

While we’re yet to publish our full reviews of these cameras, we’ve added our initial impressions on both cameras in this updated guide. Look for our final reviews of both cameras in the near future.

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Facebook, Instagram goes down for select users around the world


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Facebook and its accompanying platform of applications — including Instagram — have been and continue to be down for a number of users around the globe today.

Both Facebook and Instagram load normally for users, but neither platform appears to be updating feeds properly and also won’t allow users to post. DPReview tested its accounts and can confirm both Facebook and Instagram were having issues at the time of writing and posting this article.

Facebook has addressed the issue, ironically enough, on Twitter, saying:

Think Tank Photo launches Vision shoulder bags for DSLR and mirrorless gear


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Think Tank Photo has unveiled its new Vision series of shoulder bags, including the Vision 10, Vision 13 and Vision 15. The new line is designed to accommodate mirrorless and DSLR cameras alongside ‘pro-sized’ lenses and lens hoods, according to the company. The bags feature a padded divider system that can be customized to meet individual needs, as well as pockets for tablets and laptops.

The Vision 10 bag is the smallest of the series, offering enough interior space for a single standard-size camera body with either a short zoom or wide lens attached alongside another lens or two and

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OPPO teases Reno device, shows 10x zoom samples


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OPPO has been talking about its 10x periscope smartphone zoom lens for what seems like an eternity but now we are finally seeing some action after all the talk. The Chinese brand will be launching its new OPPO Reno line of devices on the 10th of April and has been teasing some information ahead of the event.

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Meet the Insta360 EVO, a foldable camera that shoots 3D 180º video and 360º 5.7K video


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Insta360 has launched EVO, a cube-style camera that shoots 360-degree and stereoscopic 3D 180-degree video footage and stills thanks to its unique folding design.

The camera features the same 5.7K video resolution and 18-megapixel still resolution as the Insta360 One X, as well as Insta360’s six-axis FlowState stabilization technology. In fact, the camera as a whole has similar specs to the One X as a whole, including F2.2 apertures on both lenses, various exposure modes in video and stills, Bluetooth 4.0, 5Ghz Wi-Fi and a microSD card slot with a maximum storage of 128GB.

But the internal

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Waterproof buying guide updated for 2019


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Fed up with winter and packing for a trip somewhere warm? We’ve updated our waterproof camera buying guide so you can be sure your scuba selfies look their best.

The Ricoh WG-50 and Fujifilm FinePix XP130 have been removed to make way for their successors – the WG-60 and XP140 – and Ricoh’s step-up WG-6 model has also been added. Our top recommendations, however, have not changed; we still think that the Olympus TG-5 is the best of the bunch.

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RED quietly removes mention of Hydrogen One modules from website


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Initial reviews of RED’s Hydrogen One smartphone weren’t too favorable but at the time of the device launch one important component of the Hydrogen One eco-system had not been available yet: additional modules that would attach to the back of the device via pogo pins and offer expanded user experiences and features, such as extra battery life, additional storage space, and most importantly, a camera module with lens mount.

However, it now looks like we might have been waiting for the release of those modules in vain as RED has quietly removed all mention of them from its website. This

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New extended UK airport no-fly zones will take effect on March 13


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Last month, UK officials announced plans to extend the no-fly zone around airports from the current radius of 1km / 0.6mi to 5km / 3mi. The change is in response to the Christmas 2018 Gatwick airport drone incident, during which time more than 140,000 passengers were impacted and more than 1,000 flights were disrupted. The change will go into effect tomorrow, March 13, 2019.

Though the precise threat small drones present to large aircraft remains unknown, a growing body of evidence suggests a mid-air collision between the two could potentially be catastrophic. No-fly zones aim to prevent these

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3rd time isn’t a charm for Huawei, who once again gets busted faking smartphone photos


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You would think Huawei would’ve learned its lesson by now, but apparently not. Yet again, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has been caught suggesting DSLR photos were images taken with its upcoming P30 and P30 Pro smartphones in an advertisement.

In both 2016 and 2018, Huawei was caught trying to do the same thing by passing off a DSLR photos as images captured with its P9 and Nova 3 smartphones, respectively.

This time, Hauwei shared a collection of advertisements, seen above, on its Weibo social media account to promote the launch of its upcoming

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