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2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 review: Brilliantly aggressive, pleasantly extravagant - Roadshow

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The GLC63 delivers all the sportiness, style, technology and everyday utility you could want -- all in one slick vehicle.
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Tiffen launches line of filter kits for DJI Mavic, Inspire drones

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 15:36

Tiffen Filters has announced a new collection of drone-specific filter kits for DJI’s latest offerings.

The filters kits are available for the the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, DJI Mavic Air, and DJI Inspire 2 drones, adding to the filters Tiffen already offers for the Phantom series. Tiffen says the filters have "a multilayer and hydrophobic coating" that's waterproof, resistant to scratches, and "guarantee[s]" ultra-low reflection rates.

"Drone operators will have the opportunity to capture in flight content like never before," says Tiffen in its press release. "When used in conjunction with the award winning filter technology engineered by Tiffen, the high quality performance of the DJI 4K camera system is taken to the next level, broadening the horizons for content creation."

The pricing of the filter kits is a bit confusing, so below is a collection of charts detailing the kits available for each drone:

Mavic Air 3 Filter Kit — $49.95 6 Filter Kit — $99.95 ND4 ND4 — ND4/PL ND8 ND8 — ND8/PL ND16 ND16 — ND16/PL Mavic 2 Zoom 3 Filter Kit — $79.95 6 Filter Kit — $149.95 ND4 ND4 — ND4/PL ND8 ND8 — ND8/PL ND16 ND16 — ND16/PL Mavic Pro 3 Filter Kit — $99.95 6 Filter Kit — $179.95 ND4 ND4 — ND4/PL ND8 ND8 — ND8/PL ND16 ND16 — ND16/PL Inspire 2 3 Filter Kit — $99.95 6 Filter Kit — $199.95 ND4 ND4 — ND4/PL ND8 ND8 — ND8/PL ND16 ND16 — ND16/PL

The filters are listed on Tiffen's website as "coming soon." Each filter kit will come with a ten-year warranty, meaning these will likely outlast the life of your drone. To find out more, head on over to Tiffen's Aerial Collection page.

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Lexar's new USB 3.0 flash drive uses your fingerprint to keep your photos safe

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 14:41

Lexar has announced a new flash drive that features a fingerprint reader to protect its content from unauthorised access. The JumpDrive Fingerprint F35 can record up to ten fingerprints to allow it to be shared between users, and it comes with the fingerprint software already loaded.

Lexar claims recognising a user’s fingerprint takes less than a second, and the drives have read speeds of up to 150MB/s. While normal memory is compatible with Mac, PC and Linux, the fingerprint software is Windows-only.

The JumpDrive Fingerprint F35 will be available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and will cost €29.99/$32.99 (32GB), €44.99/$49.99 (64GB), €79.99/89.99 (128GB). The 256GB version will arrive later this year, and will cost €149.99/169.99. Each of the drives comes with a three-year limited warranty.

For more information see the Lexar website.

Press release:


Lexar Announces New JumpDrive® Fingerprint F35 with an Added Touch of Security


New USB 3.0 Flash Drive Securely Protects Files Using 256-bit AES Encryption

Key messages:

  • Up to 10 fingerprint IDs allowed
  • Ultra-fast recognition – less than 1 second
  • Easy set-up, no software driver needed
  • Securely protects files using an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced the new Lexar® JumpDrive® Fingerprint F35 USB 3.0 Flash Drive.

One of the most secure USB 3.0 flash drives available, Lexar JumpDrive F35 uses an ultra-fast fingerprint authentication that allows you to protect your data against unauthorized users – in under one second so that you will have no discernible impact on workflow. The F35 can save up to 10 fingerprint IDs, making sure only you and your closest collaborators have access to your files. It also boasts an easy set-up with no software driver required*, so you can quickly start transferring your files with speeds up to 150MB/s**. And for added peace of mind, it also features an advanced 256-bit AES security solution to protect your valuable files.

“The F35 combines reliable and secure data storage with biometric technology to prevent unauthorized access to your files – adding an extra layer of security for your drive by using fingerprint authentication. It is ideal for business professionals and photographers who require high-privacy protection to meet their needs,” said Joel Boquiren, Director of Global Marketing.

The Lexar JumpDrive Fingerprint F35 USB 3.0 Flash Drive is compatible with PC and Mac®* systems and comes with a three-year limited warranty***. It will be available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities with read speeds of 150MB/s**. The new Lexar JumpDrive F35 is available now at MSRP of €29.99 (32GB), €44.99 (64GB), €79.99 (128GB), and the 256GB version will be €149.99, arriving in Q4 of this year. For more information visit www.lexar.com

Lexar will be exhibiting new product demonstrations at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo held at Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York, from October 25th - 27th.


*Fingerprint registration software only compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10. Software required to create/edit accounts and adjust partition size. Regular flash drive use compatible with Windows, Linux and macOS.
**Up to 150MB/s read transfer, write speeds lower. Speeds based on internal testing. Actual performance may vary.
***http://www.lexar.com/support/warranties/

About Lexar
For more than 20 years, Lexar has been a trusted leading global brand of memory solutions. Our award-winning lineup includes memory cards, USB flash drives, card readers, and solid-state drives. With so many options, it’s easy to find the right Lexar solution to fit your needs. All Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. Lexar products are available worldwide at major retail and e-tail stores. For more information or support, visit www.lexar.com.

About Longsys
Longsys – a leader in consumer NAND flash applications, is committed to supporting Lexar in its quest to reach new achievements in high-performance, quality, and reliability while maintaining its position as a leading global brand in memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers.

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Asus' creation-targeted, redesigned AiO 27 now available - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:07
By moving the guts of the system to the base rather than cramming them into the display, Asus was able to add notable capabilities.
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DJI challenges drone plane collision test, accuses researchers of 'sowing fear'

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:41

DJI has challenged a recently published video that demonstrates a small drone smashing into an airplane wing. The test collision was conducted in a simulated environment by researchers with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) to assess the potential damage such an in-air crash may cause. DJI has accused the test of being "unbalanced, agenda-driven research."

In a letter sent to UDRI's group leader for impact physics Kevin Poorman, DJI alleges UDRI's "Risk in the Sky?" video (below) and related materials present a "collision scenario between a drone and an airplane wing that is simply inconceivable in real life."

The test collision involved a 952g / 2.1lbs DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter being launched at the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. In a blog post about the research, UDRI researchers said the test was intended to "mimic a midair collision of a drone and a commercial transport aircraft at 238 miles per hour..."

DJI has taken issue with that claim, saying the test assumes the Mooney M20 would be flying at its max 200mph / 321kph speed, and that the drone would "apparently" be exceeding its max 33.5mph / 53.9kph speed. "At the altitudes where that plane would conceivably encounter a Phantom drone," DJI claims, "it would fly less than half as fast - generating less than one-fourth of the collision energy."

DJI also states:

Your video was created contrary to established U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) crash test parameters, which assume a bird striking an airplane at its sea-level cruising speed —which is typically 161 mph to 184mph for Mooney M20. Your video deliberately created a more damaging scenario, and was widely cited as evidence for what could happen to a large commercial jet —even though the Mooney M20 is a small plane with four seats.

The Chinese drone company has likewise taken issue with the test as a whole, accusing it of having not been "created as part of a legitimate scientific query, with little description of your testing methodology and no disclosure of data generated during the test." The company accuses the researchers of having a "bias toward sowing fear," claiming they would have otherwise also shared a video of a simulated bird-plane strike that caused "more apparent damage."

DJI's letter demands UDRI "remove the alarmist video," withdraw the research, and "issue a corrective statement" that proclaims the test to be "invalid."

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Asus Chromebook C523 goes big to 15 inches - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:32
Another stealth Chromebook listing from Asus looks like an embiggened C423.
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Samsung HMD Odyssey Plus improves on comfort, screens - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 08:58
A refreshed version of the company's Windows Mixed Reality Headset lets you customize the fit and claims to smooth out what you see.
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Pixii is a display-less digital rangefinder that connects to your smartphone

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 07:16

French startup Pixii has announced its first product, the Pixii camera. The Pixii is a digital rangefinder with an M-mount that pairs with your smartphone to use the mobile device's display and memory.

The machined aluminum body houses a CMOS sensor with global electronic shutter and 12-bit sampling rate that, according to Pixii, offers a dynamic range of 60-90dB. Base ISO is 200 and gain can be adjusted from ISO 100 to 6400. Unfortunately at this point there is no information on the sensor's dimensions or pixel count. All we know is it features a 5.5µm pixel pitch.

Lenses are attached via a Leica M mount but, using an adapter, you can also shoot with M39 and LTM lenses. Shutter speed can set to auto or manual but focus and aperture are controlled manually only.

“The digital camera hasn’t changed much since the 90s,” says PIXII founder David Barth. “But now the new generation is learning photography with a smartphone: who understands why a camera still needs to bother with a screen or an SD card?”

On the camera's back there is no display but an optical viewfinder that offers a 0.67x magnification, LED backlit frame lines (40/50mm and 28/35mm) and exposure indicators. LED brightness adjusts automatically and the viewfinder also offers automatic parallax correction.

On the top plate you can find a small OLED control screen that displays the most important camera and image settings but images have to be reviewed on the display of your smartphone. There is no card slot either. Instead images are saved into 8 or 32GB of built-in memory or directly transferred to your phone.

Other features include a tripod mount, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity (presumably for connecting to the smartphone) and a 1000mAh Li-ion battery.

There is no information yet on pricing or availability but we will let you know as soon as we get an update from Pixii.

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Why celebrity photographer Manfred Baumann uses ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 07:00

Celebrity photographer Manfred Baumann has been using a pre-release version of ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019 for a while, and in this article he shares his impressions of using the software.

As a photographer, there are plenty of software programs out there that all want my attention (and my money). ACDSee is a name that will be familiar to many digital photographers, going right back to the 1990s. Designed originally as an image organization tool for digital photographs, ACDSee has evolved over more than 20 years to become a fully featured digital asset manager and editing platform. These days it's basically a 'one-stop shop' for digital photographers.

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Like most photographers, I prefer taking pictures to sitting in front of a computer. For that reason, the software I use has to be fast, uncomplicated and self-explanatory. A Raw Converter is like a digital darkroom for me - everything else is optional. I've been using ACDSee for years. The latest version, Photo Studio Ultimate 2019, competes directly with the world's best Raw editors, offering in-depth editing features alongside advanced image cataloging and organizational tools.

New in the 2019 version is face detection and automatic face recognition,

One of my favorite things about Photo Studio Ultimate's editing power is the option to use layers when working on my Raw files. New in the 2019 version is face detection and automatic face recognition, which allows you to find photos of clients, friends or relatives at the click of a button. I don't think many people would have difficulty recognizing some of my portrait subjects, but face detection and recognition are useful features when I'm organizing images for my clients.

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Photo Studio Ultimate also brings improvements to black and white editing, which let me individually adjust the contrast and brightness of different channels. I can even use the Edit Brush to paint these adjustments onto specific parts of an image. Monochrome editing is at the heart of a lot of my workflow, and the improved black and white mode features in Ultimate 2019 are really useful.

ACDSee is ideal for photographers who prefer to take photos rather than sit in front of the computer

It is important to continue growing, and as an artist, you always want to make sure that viewers can recognize your signature in your photographs. I like to think that I catch what others might not have seen. My primary focus is using images to say something about the essence of the person I'm photographing, and it's all about the imagery: quality before quantity. Quality can be recognized by the fact that a good image doesn't go out of date.

I would say ACDSee is ideal for photographers who prefer to take photos outdoors or in the studio rather than constantly sitting in front of the computer. It is cost effective, fast, and offers more features than most of its competitors. With Photo Studio Ultimate I really don't need to use additional software in my workflow; I can usually do everything I need to do without leaving the app.

When it comes to image organization and cataloguing I do this exclusively in ACDSee Studio Ultimate now. It's the quickest and easiest way for me to work.

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Manfred Baumann lives and works in Europe and the USA with his wife, Nelly. Throughout a long and varied career he has photographed celebrities from the worlds of acting, sports, and fashion for some of the top publications in the world.

A passionate advocate for animal rights, images from Baumann's 'Mustangs' project have been exhibited in the Natural History Museum, Vienna.

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Fujifilm X-T3 Review

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:26

When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1, most notably in terms of autofocus and video. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera it repeats the same trick: representing a significant step forward.

The X-T3 brings with it a brand new sensor, improved autofocus and video performance that makes it competitive with Panasonic's GH5, taking the X-T series from being a very good stills camera to one of the best stills/video hybrids on the market.

With its classic looks, attractive photos and superb video, it's the APS-C camera to beat.

Key Specifications
  • 26MP BSI 'X-Trans CMOS 4' sensor
  • 425-point hybrid AF system
  • Improved AF Tracking and Face/Eye Detection AF
  • 20 fps shooting with AF (11 fps with mechanical shutter)
  • 30 fps shooting in 1.25x crop with electronic shutter
  • 'Sports Finder' mode gives preview of area around a 1.25x crop
  • 3.69M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Three-axis tilting touchscreen
  • 10 bit 4:2:0 H.265 internal video capture (4:2:2 over HDMI)
  • UHD/DCI 4K/60p from 1.18x crop region
  • UHD/DCI 4K/30p using full width of sensor
  • Internal F-Log capture (HLG coming by end of 2018)
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • USB C-type connector can be used for charging battery
  • Headphone and Mic Sockets
Out of camera JPEG shot using the Provia/Standard profile.
ISO 640 | 1/ 160 sec | F2 | Shot using the Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR
Photo by Wenmei Hill

The X-T3 has an MSRP of $1499 (down $100 from the X-T2) but still costs $1899 when sold as a kit with the XF 18-55mm R F2.8-4 OIS lens. It is available in black or black and silver.

What's new and how it compares

Autofocus, video and the user interface are just a small portion of what's new on the X-T3 compared to its immediate predecessor.

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Body and handling

The X-T3's design is nearly identical to that of the X-T2, and that's a good thing. The improvements are significant, though, with the addition of a higher-res EVF and a touchscreen LCD.

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Operation and controls

The name of the game is customization, with nine buttons to choose from. There are also use-case-based AF controls available. Battery life is above average.

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First impressions

Fujifilm has raised the bar for video on APS-C cameras, one example of why crop formats are not dead yet.

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What's it like to use

We look at how well the X-T3 performs for a variety of different types of shooting...

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Image quality

Take a closer look at the X-T3's image quality, using our studio scene.

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Dynamic Range

The X-T3 produces pretty flexible Raw files, even in E-shutter mode...

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Autofocus

The X-T3 shows newfound AF capabilities, particularly when it comes to people.

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Video

The X-T3's video quality lives up to its impressive specifications.

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Conclusion

The X-T3's newly enhanced video capabilities, added to familiar photographic prowess makes it one of the best APS-C cameras we've tested.

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Sample gallery

View a variety of sample images from the Fujifilm X-T3.

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Asus ROG Phone review: The best way to play games on Android - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:07
Thanks to its thoughtful design innovations, the Asus ROG Phone almost feels like a portable console.
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Google Home Hub review: Google Assistant helps this tiny screen feel powerful - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 05:31
Google's smart display is dwarfed by the Amazon Echo Show in size, but not in features.
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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack review: Brash and better than ever - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 02:00
The boisterous muscle car already had a killer engine, and now it's got even more grip with which to exploit that power.
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Razer Phone 2 review: A powerful gaming phone with a dash of flagship panache - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:37
Improves on the original Razer Phone in almost every way, but its battery life and photo quality are disappointments.
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These are the first portfolio images captured on Kodak's revived Ektachrome E100 film

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 07:55
"Here, cotton candy-hued skies are reflected in Rockland, Maine's calm harbor, speckled with ferries, yachts, yawls and mighty windjammers, such as the red-striped Victory Chimes, America's largest schooner readying its sailors for a wind blown journey across Penobscot Bay," Guttman explained on Kodak's Instagram.

Ahead of its global distribution late last month, Kodak released its new Ektachrome 100 film to select photographers for beta testing. One of those photographers was award-winning photographer Peter Guttman, who was given access to the Kodak Professional Instagram account starting on September 12. Guttman used the account to share several images captured with the new Ektachrome E100 film.

Kodak bills its resurrected Ektachrome E100 as an extremely fine grain film that produces vibrant colors with low contrast and a neutral tonal scale. Guttman put the film to the test in a variety of scenes, capturing photos of a colorful sunset, bright daylight, high-contrast environments, and more.

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The new Kodak Ektachrome E100 film is available to preorder now from B&H Photo, Adorama, and other online retailers for $12.99. The film is listed as back-ordered with an availability date of December 2018. You can find out more information on Guttman by reading through his interview with YAG University

Credit: Photographs by Peter Guttman, used with permission

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Greater freedom: Canon's engineers talk about the EOS R project

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 06:00

The launch of Canon's EOS R gave us a chance to talk to a group of the engineers involved in the project. The company put forward an engineer from each of the main parts of the development process: physical design, optical design, UI design and overall product design. They talked of being given more freedom than ever before but also of the need to build on the EOS system's strengths.

Left to right:
Koji Yoshida - Lead Engineer/Architect, Integrated Design Department 232
Manabu Kato - Deputy Senior General Manager, ICD Optical Product Development Center
Shintaro Oshima - General Manager, ICB Product Development Div 1.
Hironori Oishi - Lead Specialist, Product Design Div 1. A new, short and wide mount

Canon has been consistent across its launch, when it's said that the important announcement isn't the EOS R, specifically, or the fact that there's no mirror, but in what the RF mount allows them to do.

Manabu Kato sums up the freedom they've gained in terms of optical design: "people who've been working on lenses for a really long time have, with this new system, been able to make lenses like the 28-70mm F2 comparably easily, compared to how they had so many challenges in the past."

"By having [more] data being transferred between the camera and lens...you can improve the autofocus, metering and image stabilization performance"

As well as allowing more ambitious optical designs, the RF mount also adds data bandwidth, moving from eight communication channels to twelve. "During shooting there's a massive amount of data going between the lens and the camera, so making sure that was smooth was another challenge," says Kato. "By having that huge amount of data being transferred between the camera and lens, you can improve the general performance in relation to autofocus, metering and image stabilization. And you can also add features such as the control rings on the lenses."

The RF 28-70mm F2 lens, combined with pupil detection AF is a powerful combination. ISO 100 | 1/5000sec | F2 | Canon RF 28-70mm F2 @ 70mm (Pre-Production lens)

"You can also use DLO without any problems," he said. Digital Lens Optimizer - Canon's name for digital lens corrections - previously required that the camera look up the data in a database, meaning that camera firmware needed to be updated to accommodate new lenses. It's now supplied in real time by the lens itself, so there's no need for a look-up step.

Video, as well as stills

This real-time data flow allows the use of Digital Lens Optimizer and distortion correction in video for the first time. And it's clear that, despite the EOS R's comparatively modest specs in that area, Canon has done a lot of thinking about the needs of video shooters.

"Getting rid of [the mode dial] was a big decision that required a lot of consideration"

"In relation to the optical system, we gave consideration to focus breathing*, and also aperture control: you can change the aperture in 1/8th stops," says Kato. "also the Nano USM, it's very quiet and quick: the first time in an L lens."

Difficult decisions

Trying to accommodate the needs of video shooters ended up leading the removal of the camera's mode dial, says Koji Yoshida: "if you have a mode dial then the [exposure] settings will be the same for both stills and movies."

The decision not to offer a mode dial on the EOS R was not taken lightly.

"We consulted with a lot of different people and talked about this a lot, and decided to have different settings this time," he says. But it's clear this isn't a decision made lightly: "[The mode dial] is a function that's been common in the past, so getting rid of that was a big decision that required a lot of consideration," said Shintaro Oshima. "There was a lot of internal discussion about this point," concurs Yoshida.

The challenge of legacy

This tension between novelty and legacy is a constant theme of our conversation. "Our aim was to carry on the traditional parts of EOS but then bring in new innovation at the same time," says Hironori Oishi: "our biggest challenge was making this look like an EOS camera with just a single glance, you can see that it's an EOS camera, based on the traditional styling of the EOS cameras. And also the feeling, when you hold the camera - as soon as you hold it in your hand, you know it's an EOS."

The M-Fn button is one of the most obvious ways in which the EOS R introduces new thinking to the EOS experience. It's fair to say we're not convinced by the way it currently works.

This extended to the user interface, says Yoshida: "the challenge we faced in terms of the software or the interface was making sure that it's got the same basic controls as an EOS: to carry on that operability that EOS users are used to, then also implementing new elements into that design at the same time."

The answer was to blend features from Canon's existing live view and DSLR experience:, he says: "We used the mirrorless AF modes but we also also included features from the 5D Mark IV AF, like Expand AF area and large zone AF: this is the first time this has been introduced in a live view camera from Canon."

Opportunity for innovation

The solution to these tensions seems to have been to look for opportunities to innovate while maintaining continuity: something made clear in the challenges of maintaining EF lens compatibility. Despite the EF mount already being fully electronic, Kato says: "it was difficult ensuring that compatibility. But we think that's a big plus for the system."

Whatever we might think of the rest of the EOS R experience, we love the idea of adding a control dial or filter mount in the EF-to-RF adapters.

Tellingly, the team looked for ways to add new features. "We also achieved the control ring adapter which brings additional value to EOS lens users," says Kato: "The same applies to the drop-in filter adapter: it gives added value to those who already have EF lenses. We wanted to make sure that we looked after our current users of our EF lens system."

"The control ring adapter brings additional value to EOS lens users...the same applies to the drop-in filter adapter"

Oshima stresses that the need for continuity didn't hold the new camera back, though: "another focus was the low light limit performance. That's a point of evolution from the EOS cameras."

"Another focus was the low light [autofocus] limit performance"

This eye for an opportunity to innovate is perhaps most clearly seen in the way the EOS R, unlike any other mirrorless camera, closes its mechanical shutter when shut down. "we wanted to protect the sensor as much as possible from dust and light hitting the sensor," explains Oshima: "The light coming through the lens affects the sensor in the long term. The color filter array and microlenses and also the photodiodes can all be damaged by light [if the sensor is always exposed]."

Another bright idea: Canon's engineers worked out that if you stop-down the lens aperture blades, it reduces the risk of damaging the shutter blades, at which point you can close them to keep light and dust off the sensor.

To then protect the shutter blades, the camera stops its lens down and displays a warning not to leave it facing towards the sun, without a lens cap. "The aperture cannot be closed completely, so that message is kind of a safeguard," explains Kato: "We're kind of proud of the fact that with a simple idea, we've been able to increase value for customers."

Just the beginning

As usual, no one was able to discuss future products. When asked whether there was any chance of an APS-C RF-mount camera, Oishi was suitably non-committal: "we're thinking about it, but we can't answer in detail," he says. But the individual engineers did all discuss what they were looking forward to.

"We want to surprise and astonish you, so please expect big things"

"It gives more structural freedom in terms of design, because it doesn't have a pentamirror", says Oishi. "I'm excited about improvements in Digic image processor and functions that create more value and make easier to use," says Yoshida. But it's optics specialist Kato who seems most enthused: "This is just the start of the system," he says, talking about F2.8 zooms and other possibilities, before settling on a broader-reaching point: "We want to surprise and astonish you, so please expect big things."

Editor's note: Richard Butler

Nearly ten years ago I wrote a blog post suggesting camera makers should go back and take a 'blank sheet of paper' approach to the way their cameras operate. Simply suggesting it is the easy bit. Actually doing it, and having to find clever solutions is quite a different matter.

Throughout our conversation, it was obvious that Canon had given its engineers more freedom than usual in this project but that there's still a careful balancing act to avoid confusing or alienating your existing users. The nods of recognition around the table as Mr. Oshima spoke about the difficulty of decision to eliminate the mode dial said a lot about how seriously these decisions were taken.

It's difficult to talk to people who've worked so hard to make a great camera and then have to publicly report that it doesn't work as well as they'd intended. But that's the reality of our experiences with the EOS R so far, across the DPReview team.

If nothing else, though, the team's responses show how seriously Canon is taking the RF system as a chance to improve and innovate.I really hope we'll see that reflected in updates to the EOS R and future products in the system.

* A change in field-of-view as the lens focuses - a minor concern for stills shooting, but potentially distracting in video [Return to text]

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Huawei MateBook X Pro review: The MateBook X Pro squeezes some big features into its little package - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 04:01
A great 14-inch display for its class and a discrete graphics processor give this slender MacBook alternative a lift above the crowd.
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TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip review: Tons of smarts make this power strip worth buying - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 04:00
An impressive app and smart home features make this power strip worth the price.
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New Sony sensor specs resemble chips found inside Fujifilm X-T3, Panasonic GH5S, others

DP Review Latest news - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 09:45

Sony has updated its sensor page and shared the details of a number of new image sensors it's made. Sure enough, a few of them bear a striking resemblance to sensors inside other manufacturers cameras.

One sensor in particular, a 26-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) APS-C chip nicknamed IMX571, bears an uncanny resemblance to the sensor used inside Fujifilm's X-T3 camera. While Fujifilm hasn't confirmed it's a Sony sensor inside the X-T3, General Manager of Fujifilm UK, Theo Georgiades, did say it wasn't a Samsung sensor used inside the camera, as some believed to be the case, leaving little doubt that it was Sony who manufactured the sensor. The specs listed under this image sensor on Sony's website all but confirm that speculation.

It's also worth noting that there's a good chance we'll see Sony build something around this sensor as well. The a6300 and a6500 both use the same sensor as Fujifilm's X-T2, so it's not a stretch to imagine Sony will be releasing one or two A600-series cameras using the 26-megapixel BSI image sensor found inside the X-T3.

The BSI IMX461 sensor has been in the works for a long time and based on Fujifilm's announcement that it is currently developing a 100-megapixel medium format camera, it's likely this is the sensor that will be inside of it. The sensor has 3.76 micron pixels and features a maximum frame-rate of up to six frames per second.

The IMX299 is a bit harder to hit on the head, but based on it being 11-megapixls, having 4.63 micron pixels, and a 60 frames per second readout, it's almost certainly the sensor found inside the Panasonic GH5S.

Last but not least is the IMX272. This 20-megapixel Four Thirds-type sensor has 3.3 micron pixels and a maximum readout of 60 frames per second. We don't have any reason to believe this is currently in any camera, but it seems like an incredibly capable sensor that could show up in a very high-performing Four Thirds camera in the future.

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