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Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

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Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)
  1. Nikon issues new firmware update for the Nikon Z7

    Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon Z7. Firmware version 1.02 is now available and brings a couple of fixes for Nikon's flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, including a flickering issue, an ISO selection problem, and an occasional crash that could occur when displaying certain Raw files.

    Below is the full changelog of changes made in firmware version 1.02 for the Nikon Z7:

    • Fixed an issue that caused the display to flicker if pictures were scrolled during playback zoom after the user had taken pictures using the viewfinder with Prioritize viewfinder selected for monitor mode and then removed his or her eye from the viewfinder before starting playback.
    • Fixed an issue that caused Capture NX-D or ViewNX-i to crash when displaying NEF (RAW) pictures taken with the following options selected for HDR (high dynamic range) in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU:
      • HDR mode: On (series) or On (single photo)
      • Save individual images (NEF): On
    • Fixed an issue that allowed the camera to exceed the value chosen for ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU if it was from ISO 200 to 20,000 and On was selected for MOVIE SHOOTING MENU > Electronic VR.
    • Updated some help displays.

    To see what firmware version is currently installed on a Nikon Z7 camera, turn on the camera, press the 'Menu' button, then go to 'Firmware Version' under the 'Setup Menu.'

    If the camera needs an update, Nikon has provided a thorough guide and the accompanying download links on its Nikon Z7 firmware page. Nikon has also provided a detailed PDF explaining the firmware updating process.

  2. 500px Home Feed redesigned to increase photographers' exposure

    500px has launched a redesigned Home Feed that was inspired by photobooks, according to the company. The new 500px Home Feed is designed to increase photographers' exposure and enable them to browse more images without navigating away from the feed. 500px says machine learning powers a new recommendation system to help surface content.

    500px explained in a blog post that its new recommendation system will help increase photographers' visibility on the platform by more evenly distributing exposure. Users will see a greater variety of content on the new Home Feed, as well.

    Photo pages have been redesigned to make details, Pulse, views and other info readily accessible without being distracting. Photos are prominently displayed at the top of the page on a dark background for minimized distractions.

    The changes apply to both desktop and mobile, the latter of which now supports the ability to view and publish Galleries. The redesign also enables users to add images to existing Galleries and then share them with followers.

    Other changes revolve around the recommendation system and include suggested images in a grid format for desktop and carousel for mobile, as well as recommendations based on user activity. Recommendations will also draw from recently uploaded images to improve the discovery of new content.

    According to 500px, it will not provide NSFW content on its new mobile Home Feed in order to comply with Google's and Apple's respective app store restrictions. The NSFW images will still be accessible on desktop, however, assuming the user opts-in to the content in their account settings. The changes are rolling out now.

  3. DxO updates Nik Collection 2018 with better macOS, Adobe compatibility and fewer bugs

    DxO has announced a new update to Nik Collection, the plugin suite it acquired from Google back in October 2017. Nik Collection version 1.1 is the second major update since DxO relaunched it back in June 2018 and puts an emphasis on adding more compatibility for the latest operating systems and Adobe applications.

    DxO says Nik Collection has been optimized for full compatibility with macOS Mojave as well as the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. DxO has also fixed a few bugs hidden from the days Nik Collection was in the hands of Google, 'including problems with freezing when installing the macOS version of the software, block effects along the edges of the image, and compatibility issues with certain color profiles.'

    Nik Collection on macOS has also been updated to work with the Adobe Photoshop competitor Serif Affinity Photo.

    Nik Collection by DxO 2018 version 1.1 is available on the DxO website for €69/£59/$69. Users who purchased Nik Collection by DxO after the June 2018 update can update their software for free.

    Press release:

    Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1: promises kept!

    DxO is offering the latest versions of the plugin suite relaunched in June 2018 with an update that offers improved stability and compatibility with the latest operating systems and Adobe host apps.

    PARIS — November 14, 2018 — DxO, one of the most innovative companies that offers imaging solutions for the general public, has announced the immediate release of Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1, DxO's second update to the creative plugin suite designed for photographers and graphic artists. This version is completely compatible with macOS Mojave and the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. It also corrects a certain number of interface and compatibility issues with other host applications.

    Compatibility with macOS Mojave and the 2019 versions of Adobe software

    To ensure the best possible user experience, the Nik Collection was optimized so it could be fully compatible with macOS Mojave as well as the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. DxO's development teams have also resolved issues that were left over from the Google version of the plugin suite, including problems with freezing when installing the macOS version of the software, block effects along the edges of the image, and compatibility issues with certain color profiles. In addition, the compatibility problems between Nik Collection by DxO 2018 and Serif Affinity Photo with macOS have also been resolved.

    "When we launched Nik Collection by DxO last June, we agreed to deliver the best possible user experience and to provide our customers with assistance and support. We also promised to organize the community and ask for feedback through regular surveys," said Jean-Marc Alexia, VP Product Strategy and Marketing at DxO. "We made progress in each of these areas. Now, we are taking one step further towards our goals by concentrating all the latest product updates in this new version."

    About Nik Collection by DxO

    Nik Collection by DxO includes seven plugins that offer a full range of creative effects and filters:

    • Analog Efex Pro, a classic lens, camera, and analog film simulator.
    • Color Efex Pro, for color corrections, retouching, and creative effects.
    • Dfine, which reduces noise in digital images.
    • HDR Efex Pro, for editing HDR images.
    • Sharpener Pro, for increasing the precision and detail of digital images.
    • Silver Efex Pro, a black-and-white converter inspired by dark room techniques.
    • Viveza, for locally adjusting color and the tonality of specific areas within the image.

    Thanks to exclusive U Point technology, the Nik Collection by DxO plugins can be used to apply local adjustments to specific areas in the image with seamless precision.

    Nik Collection by DxO can also be opened with other host programs, including DxO PhotoLab 2, Serif Affinity Photo, Skylum Luminar, and other image processing software that features an export menu to a third-party program or is compatible with Photoshop plugins.

  4. Nikon Z6 4K video footage outshines Z7, is similar to Sony a7 III

    You can download our sample video right here.

    The Nikon Z6 is a supremely capable video camera that comes with a 24MP full-frame sensor and captures oversampled 4K footage with no crop. It can also shoot 1080/120p footage for slow motion clips. The above sample footage was all shot hand-held with in-body IS turned on using the Auto AF area mode and Fulltime autofocus (AF-F).

    Clips were recorded in-camera using Nikon's Flat Picture profile. While not quite as workable as 10-bit N-log footage available over HDMI, a little time spent tweaking Flat Picture footage can lead to very nice results. This footage was edited in Final Cut 10.4.

    Video still

    Below please find our video still for comparing the Z6's various video modes to those of its peers, including its most direct competitor, the Sony a7 III.

    4K

    The Z6 and a7 III are taking different approaches to their oversampled 4K output with the Sony doing a better job capturing fine detail. The Z6 on the other hand looks to be using larger-radius sharpening (by default) which results in a punchier look out of camera. As expected, the Z6's full-frame 4K looks better than the Z7's full-frame 4K, which doesn't use all its pixel rows, reducing both resolution and low-light performance.

    The Z6's cropped 4K also appears to use larger-radius sharpening than the Sony's and looks similar (but still slightly better) when compared to the Z7's. Interestingly the Z6's 4K full-frame footage looks very similar to its 4K APS-C cropped footage. There may be a bit of a noise penalty using the later, but detail is broadly similar.

    1080p

    The Z6's full-frame 1080/24p looks better both than the Z7's full-frame 1080/24p and than the a7 III's 1080/24p. As a whole, the Z6's HD footage has much more sharpening applied than the a7 III's, but it doesn't necessarily show much more tangible detail. This is also the case when comparing the Z6's 1080/120p to the a7 III's.

  5. Fujifilm announces new firmware for GFX 50S, X-T3, and X-H1

    Fujifilm has announced the impending arrival of new firmware updates for its GFX 50S, X-T3, and X-H1 mirrorless cameras. The updates bring improved in-body image stabilization on the X-H1, 4K HDR and F-Log video for the X-T3, and a new 35mm format mode for the GFX 50S.

    GFX 50S

    The new firmware for the Fujifilm GFX 50S, version 3.30, is due out by the end of November 2018. Fujifilm says the update adds support for a new 35mm Format Mode when using GF- and H-mount adapters, which crops the center of the sensor to a size of 36mm x 24mm, a makes for a 30.5-megapixel image. The update also improves upon the eye-sensor responsiveness, adds simultaneous deletion of Raw and JPEG files, and supports color adjustments for the EVF and LCD displays.

    X-T3

    The new firmware for the Fujifilm X-T3 is version 2.00. Set to be released in December 2018, the firmware update brings 4K HDR recording in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). HLG footage should simplify the capture of HDR content and should improve post-production capabilities. Fujifilm notes it's only compatible with the camera's 10-bit H.265 (HEVC) mode, and works best when viewed on displays and TVs with HLG format support.

    Firmware version 2.00 for the X-T3 also brings simultaneous output of Film Simulation and F-Log footage, meaning it's possible to record in F-Log while viewing the Film Simulation image on an external monitor. Fujifilm says this capability isn't compatible with '59.94P/50P, FHD high speed recording, 4K interframe NR, and HDMI output info display mode.'

    Continuing on, the X-T3 will now be compatible with All-Intra and maximum bitrate recording with H.264, up to the maximum bitrate of 400Mbps. Also, movie files will no longer be split when the file reaches 4GB so long as it's being stored to an SD card with at least 64GB of storage. It's also now possible to display color temperature on the EVF and LCD displays in Kelvin.

    Newsshooter has shared a video showing off some of the new features of firmware version 2.00 for the Fujifilm X-T3.

    X-H1

    Last up is the Fujifilm X-H1, which is set to receive firmware version 2.00 in December 2018. The defining feature of this firmware update is the improved image stabilization. Fujifilm says in-body image stabilization will now work better with optical image stabilization in lenses to improve overall stability.

    'With an XF or XC optical image stabilized lens, in-body image stabilization worked with 3 axis (up and down / optical axis rotation). The remaining 2 axis (right and left pitch, yaw angle) was controlled by optical image stabilization in the lens," says Fujifilm in its press release. "[Firmware version 2.00] has a new image stabilization algorithm to allow the in-body image stabilization to work in all 5 axis and to achieve more than five-stops (up to the equivalent of 5.5 stops) image stabilization by cooperative control according to the types of frequency and blur amount."

    Fujifilm notes lenses must also be updated to their latest firmware to get this compatibility. You can find a full list of up-to-date lens firmware on Fujifilm's website.

  6. NASA shares high-resolution satellite images of California's Camp wildfire

    NASA has shared images of the California Camp Fire as seen from space. The wildfire started on November 8 and quickly spread, ultimately destroying nearly 8,000 buildings and burning 135,000 acres, according to Cal Fire, as well as claiming at least 50 lives.

    Some of the images were captured using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer on NASA's Terra satellite, according to the space agency, which says the images show natural colors. Unlike images from the ground, NASA's aerial snapshots reveal the sheer scale of the blaze and how far its smoke has dispersed westward across the state and over the ocean.

    NASA is home to its Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Worldview, a platform that provides access to high-resolution images from more than 700 satellites. The images in this application are updated within three hours of being captured, according to NASA, providing a near-real time look at every corner of the planet. Imagery of the Camp Fire, as well as other California wildfires, can be accessed through the platform.

  7. Google's Night Sight allows for photography in near darkness

    Google's latest Pixel 3 smartphone generation comes with the company's new Night Sight feature that allows for the capture of well-exposed and clean images in near darkness, without using a tripod or flash. Today Google published a post on its Research Blog, explaining in detail thecomputational photography and machine learning techniques used by the feature and describing the challenges the development team had to overcome in order to capture the desired image results.

    Night Sight builds on Google's multi-frame-merging HDR+ mode that was first introduced in 2014, but takes things a few steps further, merging a larger number of frames and aiming to improve image quality in extremely low light levels between 3 lux and 0.3 lux.

    One key difference between HDR+ and Night Sight are longer exposure times for individual frames, allowing for lower noise levels. HDR+ uses short exposures to provide a minimum frame rate in the viewfinder image and instant image capture using zero-shutter-lag technology. Night Sight waits until after you press the shutter button before capturing images which means users need to hold still for a short time after pressing the shutter but achieve much cleaner images.

    The longer per-frame exposure times could also result in motion blur caused by handshake or to moving objects in the scene. This problem is solved by measuring motion in a scene and setting an exposure time that minimizes blur. Exposure times also vary based on a number of other factors, including whether the camera features OIS and the device motion detected by the gyroscope.

    In addition to per-frame exposure, Night Sight also varies the number of frames that are captured and merged, 6 if the phone is on a tripod and up to 15 if it is handheld.

    Frame alignment and merging are additional challenges that you can read all about in detail on the Google Research Blog. Our science editor Rishi Sanyal also had a closer look at Night Sight and the Pixel 3's other computational imaging features in this article.

  8. The Lume Cube Air is an ultra-portable app-controlled lighting solution

    Based on the original Lume Cube, the new Lume Cube Air is a small, lightweight and affordable portable light source aimed at vloggers, casual photographers and other content creators.

    The Lume Cube AIR features LED lighting with a 5700K daylight balanced color temperature, 400 LUX at 1m output, and a 60-degree beam angle. The light is waterproof down to 30 feet and weighs only 2oz (57g). A built-in magnet allows for easy attachment to many metallic surfaces but the Lume Cube Air also comes with a conventional tripod mount.

    The light is controlled from the Lume-X iOS or Android mobile app which lets you connect to and combine multiple Lume Cube AIRs and control brightness, light mode and strobe speeds. You can also check battery levels, all via a Bluetooth connection.

    In the box you'll find white and orange diffusers for color correction, a lanyard and a USB charging cable. The Lume Cube Air is available now from Lumecube.com and select retailers globally for $69.95.

    Press Release:

    LUME CUBE AIR FOR ON-THE-GO CONTENT CREATORS NOW AVAILABLE

    Unique features, slimmed-down size and extra accessories provide an all-in-one lighting solution for every content-creation challenge

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – November 14, 2018 – Known as the world’s most versatile light for content creators, Lume Cube announced today the launch of the all-new Lume Cube AIR. Derived from the original Lume Cube, the Lume Cube AIR is the smallest, lightest, and most portable lighting device designed to help content creators capture better photo & video. With newly designed features, improved LED output, and multiple accessories included in every box, the latest solution is an affordable, all-in-one light that allows anyone hitting the “record” button to produce professional quality content on any device, from a smartphone to a professional DSLR camera. It is available now from Lumecube.com and select retailers worldwide for $69.95.

    “As an innovative brand in the imaging market, we are committed to delivering valuable tools to help the growing community of content creators around the world capture stunning photos and videos,” said Riley Stricklin, co-founder at Lume Cube. “When developing the Lume Cube AIR, we made listening to our customers a priority. We wanted to ensure we fully understood their needs so that we could craft a portable lighting solution that best enables them to create quality, on-the-go content, all while at an economical cost. Based on this feedback, Lume Cube AIR has been designed as small and as sleek as possible, has a built-in magnet for more versatile mounting options, and includes multiple accessories inside the box to ensure our customers have everything needed to capture professional quality content in any environment.”

    From the digital influencer and YouTube star, to the at-home vlogger and casual photographer, the Lume Cube AIR offers the perfect combination of size, power, durability, and light quality needed to illuminate any scene, whether on or off camera. For the first time, users will receive two diffusers (white and orange) inside the box that provide both diffusion and color correction capability, which is essential for any broadcast or live streaming application.

    The Lume Cube AIR features:

    • Unmatched Light Quality & Custom Lens – Packed with the best LED specs for its size, the Lume Cube AIR lighting has a CRI rating of +/- 90, a 5700K daylight balanced color temperature, 400 LUX at 1M power, and a 60-degree beam angle.
    • Compact, Waterproof & Durable Design – Weighing in at just 2oz with overall dimensions of 1.625” x 1.625” x 1.125”, the Lume Cube AIR is the smallest and most portable light of its kind, allowing content creators to uncover new creative opportunities whether in the rain or submerged under water up to 30 feet.
    • Bluetooth & App Control – From the Lume-X iOS or Android app, users can connect to multiple Lume Cube AIRs and control brightness, light mode, strobe speeds, battery levels, and more. The Bluetooth functionality allows for a seamless connection and fast adjustment of any lighting set-up, creating a truly smart mobile studio.
    • Built-In Magnet – In addition to a tripod mountable thread, a built-in magnet provides complete mounting versatility and allows for numerous lifestyle applications outside of content creation. The Lume Cube AIR can be mounted to a bike, attached to a car for maintenance, put in manual Strobe Mode for emergencies, and much more.
    • In-Box Accessories – Out of the box, the AIR is equipped with the accessories needed to tackle any content-creation challenge. The white diffusion, orange (warming) diffusion, lanyard and charging cable provides an all-in-one solution for anybody looking to enhance the level of their content creation.

    For more information on Lume Cube and the all-new Lume Cube AIR, visitwww.lumecube.com.