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Kandao Raw+ is an automated image stacking tool for Raw files

DP Review Latest news - 6 hours 21 min ago

Kandao, a maker of professional-grade 360° cameras has launched a new software product called Kandao Raw+. The tool was designed to boost image quality of the company's own camera models Obsidian and QooCam, but also works with most DSLRs and other Raw-capable cameras that are supported by Adobe Camera Raw.

Kandao Raw+ uses computational photography techniques, similar to what we are seeing in many high-end smartphones, to create images with increased detail and dynamic range, as well as lower noise levels. To achieve that it combines a burst of Raw images into one single DNG file that can then be further edited with a Raw converter of your choice.

The software aligns shots automatically which means there is no need for shooting on a tripod. It is also capable of minimizing blur on any moving subjects in the scene. You can import up to 16 frames images of a burst into Kandao Raw+. You then pick one image as a reference for the auto-alignment.

The rest of the process is fully automated and will get you a DNG file with a 16-bit color depth and dynamic range that (theoretically) has been increased by almost 4EV, offering much more latitude in post-processing.

Best of all, Kandao Raw+ is free to download and use. You can find more information, technical detail and download links on the Kandao website.

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Fujifilm releases Provia 100-branded instant noodles in South Korea

DP Review Latest news - 8 hours 56 min ago

Fujifilm has taken an unusual departure from its regularly scheduled programming to bring you...instant noodles?

Yes, you read that correctly — as part of a promotional giveaway, Fujifilm Korea has created Fujifilm Film Simulation Instant Noodles, a line of instant noodles that's wrapped with the same branding used on Fujifilm's Provia 100 color reversal film packs.

According to the description, the Provia 100-branded noodles taste like 'hot and tangy kimchi.' For those unfamiliar with kimchi, Wikipedia describes it as 'a staple in Korean cuisine [...] a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes.'

It appears as though you won't be able to get the instant noodles outside of South Korea. If you happen to be reading this from South Korea — or plan on taking a trip there soon — you can jump over to Fujifilm Korea's promotional page and secure yourself some film-inspired instant noodles.

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers could spell trouble for budget sound bars, Wi-Fi speakers - CNET

CNET Reviews - 11 hours 20 min ago
Roku's $200 wireless speakers promise simple connection to your Roku TV and offer serious competition to sound bars at the price.
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Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH sample gallery

DP Review Latest news - 11 hours 20 min ago
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The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH is a fast, high-quality and decidedly heavyweight short telephoto prime lens, designed for use with Leica's digital M-series rangefinders. A companion to the company's existing 50mm Noctilux-M 50mm 0.95, the new 75mm is better suited to classic portraiture. Its nine-element, six-group construction is comprised exclusively of high anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion glass, and contains two aspherical elements.

The incredibly shallow depth of field at F1.25 (not to mention its sheer size) make it tough to shoot with a conventional optical rangefinder

As you might expect, as well as being very pricey the 75mm F1.25 is also quite a handful, with a 67mm filter thread and weighing in at a total weight of 1055g (2.3 lb). While natively an M-mount lens, the incredibly shallow depth of field at F1.25 (not to mention its sheer size) make the 75mm Noct very tough to shoot with a conventional optical rangefinder. As such, we've mostly been shooting it on an M10 coupled with Leica's Visoflex electronic viewfinder, and on an SL via an adapter.

We've been grappling with the 75mm F1.25 for a little while, and we're working on a short shooting experience article. In the meantime, take a look at our sample images and let us know what you think.

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2019 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport review: Still an amazing performance bargain - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - 12 hours 40 min ago
Because not everyone needs a bajillion horsepower and the price tag that comes with it.
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DPReview TV: Tamron 70-210mm F4 vs. Canon and Nikon OEM lenses

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 07:00

70-200mm F4 zoom lenses may not get as much attention as their faster F2.8 siblings, but for many photographers these lenses hit the perfect sweet spot of price, performance, and weight.

This week, Chris and Jordan go to the Calgary Stampede with pro photographer Kyle Marquardt to shoot the new Tamron 70-210mm F4, available in Canon and Nikon mounts, alongside the Canon and Nikon equivalents. How does the Tamron hold up, and is it a good alternative to the OEM glass? Watch the episode to find out what they think.

Also, make sure to read our recent review of the Tamron 70-210mm F4.

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Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week.

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DPReview TV: 70-200mm F4 lens shootout

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 07:00

70-200mm F4 zoom lenses may not get as much attention as their faster F2.8 siblings, but for many photographers these lenses hit the perfect sweet spot of price, performance, and weight.

This week, Chris and Jordan go to the Calgary Stampede with pro photographer Kyle Marquardt to shoot the Canon 70-200mm F4, Nikon 70-200mm F4, and Tamron 70-210mm F4. Watch the episode to find out what they think.

Also, make sure to read our recent review of the Tamron 70-210mm F4.

Read the Tamron 70-210mm F4 review

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week.

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Blackmagic external GPU for MacBook Pro now available from Apple

DP Review Latest news - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 05:00

Australian digital cinema company Blackmagic recently worked with Apple to develop Blackmagic eGPU, an external GPU that brings "desktop-class graphics performance" to the new MacBook Pro laptops with Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The Blackmagic eGPU features an AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, one HDMI 2.0 port, four USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and an 85W power supply. Thunderbolt 3 provides a 40Gb/s connection over a single cable, enabling rapid data transfers between the external graphics processor and MacBook Pro.

Graphics performance speed improvements depend on the laptop model; The Verge reports that the 13-inch MacBook Pro experiences an 8x boost, while the 15-inch model experiences a 2.8x increase.

As a first for external GPUs, the eGPU's second Thunderbolt 3 port provides optional connectivity with the LG UltraFine 5K Display, the model Apple offers directly, and other Thunderbolt 3 displays. A second monitor can be connected via the HDMI port; peripherals, such as a mouse and keyboard, can be plugged into the eGPU's USB hub.

Users must be running macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra or later to use the Blackmagic eGPU. Apple is exclusively offering the device through some of its retail stores and online for $699 USD.

Via: The Verge

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Skylum Luminar 2018 1.3.0 update brings many improvements, new camera support

DP Review Latest news - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:00

Skylum, the company previously known as Macphun, has released Luminar 2018 update 1.3.0. The Lightroom alternative has received numerous changes across both its Mac and Windows versions, primarily improvements to existing features, as well as support for additional cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, and Pentax.

Luminar 2018 is the latest evolution to Skylum's image editor for Mac and Windows. The 2018 version added a variety of features, improvements, support for Photoshop plugins, and UI changes. Update 1.3.0 builds upon this, adding additional plugin support for Mac, DNG Camera Profiles (DCP) and new features for Windows, and more than a dozen improvements that vary based on operating system.

The Windows version of Luminar 2018 can open Raw files faster post-update due to Raw engine improvements. This version also brings a new White Balance feature with eyedropper to Develop, Raw Develop, and the Color Temperature filters, better filter performance, simplified blending mode selection, and more.

The Mac 1.3.0 version, meanwhile, brings improvements across eight features in addition to support for plugins from the following software: Imagenomic Noiseware 5, Imagenomic Portraiture 3, Imagenomic Realgrain 2, and DxO FilmPack 5. Luminar 2018 for Mac also now has improved support for eight languages, additional file format export options for batch processing, better filter and JPEG controls, and more.

In addition, Luminar update 1.3.0 adds support for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 3000D / Rebel T100 / 4000D
  • FujiFilm X-H1
  • FujiFilm X-A20
  • FujiFilm X-A5
  • FujiFilm X-E3
  • Olympus E-PL9
  • Pentax K-1 II
  • Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90
  • Panasonic DC-GX9 / DC-GX7MK3
  • Panasonic DC-TZ200 / DC-ZS200 / DC-TZ202 / DC-TZ220 / DC-ZS220 / DC-TX2
  • Sony A7 III

The full changelogs for the Mac and Windows update are available here. Existing Luminar 2018 users can update from within the software by choosing the "Check for updates" option, which is found under the "Help" menu on Windows and the "Luminar 2018" menu on Mac. Luminar 2018 is available from Skylum for $69 USD.

Via: PhotoRumors

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Sony replaces RX100 V with RX100 VA, bringing RX100 VI processor and firmware

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:35
Look familiar? The RX100 VA is a subtle refresh of the RX100 V with a change of processor the only hardware difference.

Sony has quietly updated its RX100 V, bringing a couple of the goodies from the RX100 VI travel zoom. The updated RX100 VA gains a new processor and various firmware tweaks but misses out on the VI's other hardware improvements.

The updated processor brings some performance benefits but it also means the VA gains the latest Sony menu system, which has been restructured, has clearer indicators of where you are in the menu and, most significantly, has a customizable 'My Menu' tab. This allows you to group the settings you regularly change, rather than having to remember which sub-section of which tab they're buried in.

On top of this, the camera's Eye AF and subject tracking performance should be improved. The refresh rate of the viewfinder is also said to be uprated. In addition, these are some of the differences we found:

  • Deeper buffer (233 files, up from 150)
  • Proxy movie mode (captures 720p footage alongside 4K capture)
  • 'Zone' AF area mode
  • Variable size spot metering, Entire Screen Average and Highlight Spot metering
  • Add ratings to images (with ability to customize which ratings are available)
  • Three Auto WB options (Std, Ambience or White)

However, the RX100M5A does not get the improved one-touch viewfinder, nor the touchscreen added in the RX100M6. Its rear screen tilts down by 45°, not 90. Nor does the VA gain all the firmware improvements from the VI: there's no sign of Hybrid Log Gamma or the ability to capture S-Log3 footage, for instance.

The RX100 VA also loses compatibility with Sony's in-camera 'PlayMemories Camera Apps.'

The updated Sony menus are a little easier to navigate and gain a custom 'My Menu' tab.

There's been no press release from Sony of the changes but the VA appeared on Sony's Japanese site last week and has replaced the RX100 V if you visit the Sony US website. This is the first time Sony has made any update to an RX100 model, rather than simply replacing it, perhaps offering hope that the company will continue to develop both the long-zoom and short, bright-zoom models in the lineup.

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More powerful notebooks from Apple in the MacBook Pro line

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:00

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro series of notebooks with 15in and 13in models that are claimed to be better for intense image and video editing. The company says the new models are the most advanced ever, and that they feature 8th generation Intel Core processors for faster performance. The 15in model runs 70% faster than its predecessor with its new 6-core processor, while the 13in model sports a 4-core processor that makes it twice as fast as the previous generation.

The 15in model's memory boosted to 32GB and can accommodate a 4TB SSD card for storage. The 13in model can cope with 2TB of SSD. Both models offer a 500-nit Retina screen that Apple says is the best MacBook display to date, and which is compatible with the P3 wide gamut color space.

The new MacBook Pro models will cost $1799 and $2399. For more information see the Apple website.

Press release

Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros

Now Featuring Up to 6-Core Processors and 32GB of Memory, True Tone Display and the Apple T2 Chip

The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar deliver more power to pro users.

Cupertino, California — Apple today updated MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance — ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing.

Already the most popular notebook for developers around the world, the new MacBook Pro can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before. Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory, a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing. And with its powerful Radeon Pro graphics, large Force Touch trackpad, revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID, dynamic stereo speakers, quiet Apple-designed cooling system and Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs, it’s the ultimate pro notebook.

MacBook Pro now delivers faster performance for complex simulations and data manipulation.

“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32GB of system memory, up to 4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminum design with all-day battery life, it’s the best notebook for pro users.”
Faster, More Powerful Pro Notebook Computing

With the new MacBook Pro, developers can compile code faster and more easily run multiple virtual machines and test environments.

The new MacBook Pro is now faster and more powerful, with 8th-generation 6-core Intel Core processors on the 15-inch MacBook Pro for up to 70 percent faster performance and 8th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors on the 13-inch model for performance that’s up to twice as fast.1 With the option to add up to 32GB of memory on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, users can run more apps simultaneously or load larger files into memory. And with up to a 2TB SSD on the 13-inch model and up to a 4TB SSD on the 15-inch, MacBook Pro gives customers the flexibility to work with large asset libraries and projects wherever they go.

Best Mac notebook display ever now features True Tone technology for a more natural viewing experience.

With 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut, the Retina display on MacBook Pro is the best Mac notebook display ever. Now with True Tone technology, the display and Touch Bar deliver a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.

Apple T2 Chip Delivers Enhanced Security and “Hey Siri” on Mac

Also new to MacBook Pro is the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in iMac Pro. With the Apple T2 chip, MacBook Pro now delivers enhanced system security with support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage, and also brings “Hey Siri” to the Mac for the first time.

15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

13-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

Back to School with MacBook Pro

The new MacBook Pro is also part of Apple’s Back to School promotion starting today and available to college students, their parents, faculty and staff through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad Pro for college, as well as education pricing on Mac, iPad Pro, AppleCare, select accessories and more.

New Leather Sleeves for MacBook Pro

New MacBook Pro leather sleeves now available in Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and Black.
First introduced with MacBook, Apple leather sleeves are now available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro in Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and, for the first time, Black. Designed with high-quality leather and a soft microfiber lining for extra protection, the sleeves are a perfect complement to MacBook Pro for users on the go.

macOS Mojave Coming This Fall

This fall, MacBook Pro can be updated with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are available today through apple.com and in select Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac.

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Adobe reportedly working on full Photoshop version for iPad

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:43

Software maker Adobe offers several Photoshop-branded apps for Apple's iPad, for example Photoshop Express, Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Fix. However, none of the mobile apps even come close to offering a the comprehensive feature set found in the Adobe Photoshop desktop application.

According to a report by Bloomberg, this appears to be about to change, though. Sources familiar with the matter have told the publication that Adobe will announce a full-fledged Photoshop version for the iPad at its annual conference in October and make it available sometime next year. That said, given the project is still in its early stages, deadlines could be moved.

The introduction of the iPad Pro and its popularity within the creative industry have likely changed Adobe's mind and lead to the decision to rewrite its software for Apple's underpowered tablet – compared to desktop computers anyway. When the app is available, Creative Cloud users will be able to seamlessly switch between the iPad and other devices they are using.

Would you use Photoshop on an iPad? Let is know in the comments.

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Apple ceases Photo Print Products, recommends third-party apps

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:27

If you use Apple's photo printing service you'll have to find yourself a replacement soon, as Apple is in the process of discontinuing the service. Photo Print Products was originally launched for Mac users in 2002 and first integrated into iPhoto, letting you order photo prints, albums, photo books, and calendars among other products. Later it made the move to the Photos app but was never available on the iOS mobile operating system.

It appears that not enough people were using the service. According to a message in macOS 10.13.6 Photos app final orders for Photo Print Products will have to be placed by September 30, 2018.

Luckily, Apple doesn't leave you without any printing options. The company recommends the use of third-party apps that include a Photos Projects extension. The latter is an API that was introduced with macOS High Sierra and lets photo printing services integrate their user interface into the Apple Photos app. Payment and printing are handled by the third-party provider. Currently the API is used by apps such as Mimeo Photos, Wix, GoodTimes, WhiteWall and Shutterfly.

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Huawei P20 Lite review: Cheap and gorgeous Moto G6 alternative - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 05:21
The Moto G6 has nothing on the P20 Lite's classy looks.
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2018 BMW X3 review: Stable, steady and serene - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 02:00
The BMW X3 offers great utility and a smooth ride, but optional extras can add up quickly.
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2018 MacBook Pro packs way more power into its 15-inch frame - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:18
Apple steps up to Intel's eighth-gen CPUs and doubles down on RAM and storage.
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New 2018 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro: Everything under the hood - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:12
This minor refresh features an eighth-gen Intel processor, more RAM and storage for the same price.
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Manfrotto Noreg series launches with Backpack-30 and Messenger-30 bags

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:14

Manfrotto has launched its new Noreg camera bag series with the Backpack-30 and Messenger-30 models. Both bags are designed for premium mirrorless camera systems, each featuring internal camera units that can be removed and used independently of the larger bags. Additionally, both the backpack and messenger have connectors for carrying travel size tripods.

The Noreg series bags feature the same aesthetic and many mutual features, including enough room to accommodate up to a 15" laptop and 9.7" tablet, rain covers, interchangeable internal dividers, Flexi dividers, strap connectors for attaching the bags to luggage handles, and sizes that enable them to be used as carry-on bags with many airlines.

Both the messenger bag and backpack have a detachable rear compartment that can be used as a standalone laptop sleeve. The removable internal camera unit, meanwhile, doubles as a standalone shoulder bag with enough space for a premium mirrorless camera with an attached standard zoom lens and up to two extra lenses. The bag can also hold a DJI Mavic Pro combo kit, according to Manfrotto.

Likewise, both bags sport the Manfrotto Protection System for helping shield gear from shocks. The backpack also adds a quick access zippered opening on the top alongside a zippered top flap. Additional accessory items, such as keys and a wallet, can be stored in the backpack's front multi-zippered pockets. The messenger bag features a bungee cord and pocket on the side for holding items, such as a monopod.

The Backpack-30 measures 29 x 18 x 47cm / 11.4 x 7 x 18.5in and the Messenger-30 measures 40 x 17 x 27cm / 15.7 x 6.7 x 10.6in.

Manfrotto is currently taking pre-orders for both the Noreg Backpack-30 and Messenger-30 bags on its website for $269.95 CAD / £159.95 and $229.95 CAD / £129.95, respectively. The Noreg bag series is not currently listed on Manfrotto's US website.

Via: TechRadar

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The Kanton DX35 concept is an all-in-one film development machine the size of a coffee maker

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 08:38

Developing film isn't necessarily a difficult task. But it is time-consuming and, generally speaking, it tends to require a decent bit of space and equipment to get started. Industrial designer Thomas Müller is hoping to change that, with a clever device he calls the Kanton DX35.

This tabletop device is a 'smart home solution to develop your colour as well as black and white films in both 35mm and 120 [film] without the need of a darkroom.' The Kanton DX35 is little more than a concept right now, but Müller hints it could become more by asking consumers to sign up for more information when 'further progress' is made. Whatever stage of development it's in, it's quite the setup.

To load film, it's simply a matter of adjusting the reel to fit your roll of 35mm or 120 film and slipping it back into the container. Once it's in the container, it'll automatically unwind the film in complete darkness. Once unwound, it's a quick cut of the film with the integrated cutter, and you're on your way to the next step.

Development is aided by a dial and screen that automatically heats up the chemicals to the correct temperature and lets you know when you need to switch out the chemicals, pending your development method of choice. Step by step, the Kanton DX35 guides you through the process of adding the required chemicals to container and automatically agitating the film inside the container to get an even development.

Once the film is developed and chemicals are back in their places, it's simply a matter of giving it a rinse and removing the reel from the container. Below is a visual step-by-step guide provided by Müller:

Sure, this concept doesn't account for all of the intricacies of developing film, but for a device that doesn't take up much more space than a coffee maker, it looks pretty impressive.

To sign up for updates from Müller on the Kanton DX35, head on over to his product page and sign up. If he ever decides to bring it to life, you'll be the first to know.

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Amazon Show Mode Charging Dock review: A tablet accessory worth getting fired up about - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:00
Available for the current Fire HD 8 and HD 10 tablets, this turns your Amazon tablet into a slim, Alexa-enabled Echo Show.
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