Sony a7R IV: What you need to know


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Intro

The Sony a7R IV is the company’s fourth-generation ultra-high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera. It’s built around a new 61MP back-side illuminated CMOS sensor. It’s the first new sensor in an ‘R’ camera since 2015.

The new chip has 567 on-sensor phase detection points, which cover 99.7% of the sensor’s height and 74% of its width, meaning you get depth-aware focus across a huge range of the sensor.

The camera uses the same front-end LSI and Bionz X processor as the a7R III. Sony says it knew there was a 61MP sensor coming from Sony Semiconductor, so was able to

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The LockPort XT3 HDMI is an adapter and port saver for Fujifilm X-T3 video shooters


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The Fujifilm X-T3 has already shown its video prowess, but without an ecosystem of accessories to further expand the video capabilities the system remains somewhat neutered. Thankfully, accessory manufacturers are hopping onboard, including LockCircle with the new LockPort XT3 HDMI, an HDMI port saver for the Fujifilm X-T3 camera system.

Not the adapter plate appears to leave plenty of space for access to the other ports on the side of the X-T3.

Like other port adapters and connectors, the LockPort XT3 HDMI is designed to not only simplify the process of attaching a full-size HDMI cable to

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Sony a7R IV sample gallery


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We’ve got a lot more shooting to do with the a7R IV, but in the meantime, here are our very first shots with the 61MP beast. Take a look at these full-resolution samples and be on the lookout for more as we continue testing the latest member of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless family.

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Demo: Sony a7R IV’s real-time Eye AF during video recording


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We’re on the ground in New York where Sony has just unveiled the a7R IV. With a whopping 61MP sensor and a laundry list of impressive specifications there’s a lot to take a look at, but we wanted to take a quick first look at one new feature in particular: real-time Eye AF during video recording. Take a look at how Face Detection and Eye AF keep up during video recording in the short clip above.

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Ilford Photo’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ video takes an inside look at the company’s UK facility


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Film manufacturer Ilford Photo has published a new ‘Behind the Scenes’ video taking viewers into the company’s HARMAN technology factory located in Mobberley, England. Ilford produces its Kentmere and ILFORD black and white 35mm and 120 film products at this factory, as well as its chemicals and photographic paper.

This is the first time Ilford Photo has shared an official look behind the scenes at Ilford Photo, according to the company. The 18-minute video presents multiple aspects of work at the facility, including everything from making the emulsion to research and development, quality control and distribution.

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Lomography launches new high-contrast LomoChrome Metropolis film in multiple formats


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Lomography has unveiled LomoChrome Metropolis, a product the company claims is the first color film stock to be offered in 35mm, 120, 110, and 16mm options in more than five years. LomoChrome Metropolis is an original color negative emulsion from Lomography that offers very high contrast combined with muted colors for what the company describes as ‘an intense aesthetic pop.’

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Canon files patent application for barndoor-style lens cap that you can’t lose


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An illustration from the patent application filing that details the closed (left) and opened (right) states of the lens cap.

If there’s one thing you can count on as a photographer, it’s that you will, at some point in your career, lose a lens cap—or three. This issue has been addressed over the years through both first-party and third-party solution, but Canon seems interested in creating its own solution, according to a recent patent application.

Japanese Patent Application 2019-113645 details a barndoor-style lens cap that folds open when shooting and collapses shut when the lens isn’t in use. As translated

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Sony’s new shotgun microphone offers built-in A/D converter compatible with a7R IV


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Alongside the a7R IV, Sony has unveiled a new shotgun microphone that, when used with the new camera, offers built-in audio/digital conversion to provide digital audio recording in camera.

The ECM-B1M shotgun microphone includes eight pickup capsules, with three user-selectable directionality patterns. The unit itself is about 10cm / 4in in length. It will be available in September for $350.

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Sony introduces the a7R IV with 61 Megapixel full-frame sensor


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Sony has introduced the a7R IV, which the company calls ‘another milestone in mirrorless’, at an event in New York City.

The camera has a full-frame 61MP BSI-CMOS sensor with a claimed 15 stops of dynamic range (it’s the first new sensor since 2015, according to Sony). It has a hybrid AF system with 567 PDAF and 425 contrast-detect point, and 74% frame coverage. There’s also real-time eye, human and animal AF. The camera can shoot at 10 fps with continuous AF for up to 68 photos.

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Sony is teasing a ‘special live event’ set to be livestreamed July 16 at 10am EDT


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A screenshot of the livestream announcement on Sony’s Alpha Universe website.

Sony Electronics Digital Imaging is teasing a ‘special live event’ set to be streamed on its Sony Alpha Universe website starting tomorrow, July 16, 2019, at 10am EDT (3pm BST).

There’s no details on what’s being announced, but the rumor mill has certainly been churning. To watch the ‘special live event,’ simply have the website open at the scheduled time or sign up on Sony Alpha Universe website to receive a notification via email before the livestreams goes…well…live.

Incredible total solar eclipse hyperlapse captured from a drone


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Being in the right place, at the right time, with the proper gear is everything when it comes to capturing a phenomenon from a unique perspective. Photographer and astronomer Matt Robinson happened to be in Chile on July 2nd where the only total solar eclipse of 2019 occurred. Robinson created a hyperlapse of the event using his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone.

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PSA: Privately shared Google Photos links can be opened by anyone


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Robert Wiblin, a researcher at 80,000 Hours, has published a Medium post drawing attention to an aspect of sharing on Google Photos that many users may be unaware of. As demonstrated in the video above, Wiblin notes that Google Photos images and albums privately shared with a specific person can be viewed by anyone who has access to the link.

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PSA: Privately shared Google Photos links can be opened by anyone


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Robert Wiblin, a researcher at 80,000 Hours, has published a Medium post drawing attention to an aspect of sharing on Google Photos that many users may be unaware of. As demonstrated in the video above, Wiblin notes that Google Photos images and albums privately shared with a specific person can be viewed by anyone who has access to the link.

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Drone Awards 2019: Winners and finalists


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A Shoal of Colorful Fish

‘Photo of the Year’ winner: A Shoal of Colorful Fish by Jacek Deneka

About the photo: This top-down photo shows cross-country skiers during the Ski Racing Festival “Bieg Piastów” competition in Poland. From the sky, the skiers look like a shoal of colorful fish floating among coral reefs.


The second annual Drone Awards, hosted by the Art Photo Travel association, has announced the winners and finalists for their 2019 aerial photography contest. Over 4,500 submissions were received from 107 countries for seven categories including Wildlife, Urban, Abstract, and Nature.

The honor of “Drone Awards Photographer

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Sony launches ‘world’s fastest’ USB hub, new rugged SD cards


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Sony has announced a new USB hub with integrated card reader that is targeted at photographers, videographers and other creatives. The company claims its MRW-W3 hub is the ‘world’s fastest’ UHS-II SD (and microSD) card reader, supporting read rates up to 300MB/s and making it ideal for transferring large numbers of Raw images or 4K video clips to your computer.

In addition to the card reader, the hub offers a 100W power delivery for monitors and other power-hungry peripherals. USB-C and USB-A connectors allow for the connection of a wide range of devices and an HDMI output is good for

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Nikon shuttering its D600 sensor ‘dust’ repair program in January 2020


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Photo from out in-depth D600 review: The D600’s sensor is built by Sony, and similar (if not mechanically identical) to the one used in the A99 and RX1 but Nikon insists that it is built to its (Nikon’s) own specifications.

Six years after Nikon first issued a service advisory regarding the sensor ‘dust’ issue that plagued D600 camera units, Nikon has confirmed it will be ending its sensor repair service in January 2020.

After seeing initial reports of a Nikon Japan notice on Nikon Rumors, DPReview contacted Nikon USA, who confirmed the free repair program will close down

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Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery updated


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It hasn’t taken long for the Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 to become a favorite around the office. Built for the company’s mirrorless full-frame system, we’ve found it to be impressively sharp and free from common lens aberrations.

Whether you’re at 70mm and F2.8 shooting portraits or 24mm and F11 shooting landscapes it turns in superb results. Take a look at some additional sample images that have been added to our existing gallery.

See our updated Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery

FilmConvert Nitrate upgrade inbound with advanced grain control and more


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FilmConvert is gearing up to release Nitrate, the latest update to the popular film simulation plugin. Nitrate was first introduced back in April and earlier this month the company started tweeting a series of teasers ahead of the update’s arrival. On the heels of Nitrate’s launch is an ongoing FilmConvert sale offering 20 percent off all currently available software.

FilmConvert debuted in 2012, offering filmmakers a way to add simulated film colors and grain to videos. The plugin has since arrived for a large number of popular applications, including Avid Media Composer, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro

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DPReview TV: Entry-level DSLR challenge


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Do we really need the latest and greatest cameras? To find out, DPReview TV host Nigel Danson swapped his Nikon Z7 and pro lenses for an entry-level Canon DSLR with a $100 kit lens, using it for his landscape photography and on a trip to Budapest. How did it measure up to his top-of-the-line gear? Tune in to find out

Also check out Nigel’s video, MASTERING FOCUS | A landscape photography tutorial, as well as the other great videos on his YouTube channel.

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Fujifilm GFX 100 sample gallery (DPReview TV)


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This new gallery of images from the Fujifilm GFX 100 medium format camera includes photos taken from this week’s episode of DPReview TV, with a focus on portraiture and landscape photography.

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