Week in Review: Hungry Birds

Sony a9 Raw support arrives

We started the week in much the same way as the previous one ended, with more coverage of Sony’s new a9 mirrorless monster. Thanks to a prerelease version of Adobe Camera Raw, we were able to go back and process the a9’s sample photos ‘to taste’. 

You can view our updated gallery, and read some analysis about the IQ, right here.

Interview with Panasonic’s Yosuke Yamane

Recently, Yosuke Yamane, the Director of Panasonic’s imaging business, stopped by the DPReview offices to talk about the GH5, the wonders of 8K, rumors of downsizing and more. Read the full interview.

Olympus firmware updates

If there’s one thing you can say about Olympus it’s that they take care of their customers – even those with cameras now several years old. We saw that with last Monday’s major firmware updates for the E-M1 (original and Mark II), E-M5 II and PEN-F. In addition to adding support for Profoto’s wireless flash system (the TTL-O transmitter is pictured above), improvements ranged from selecting autofocus points to EVF color reproduction. Two lenses, the 12-100 F4 and 300mm F4, also received an update.

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM gallery

Do you like bird photos? Sure, we all do. DPR’s Sam Spencer drove halfway across the country with the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens and sent back some shots of cardinals chowing down at the feeder. Our initial sample gallery is now available for viewing, and look for more photos from the Sigma 100-400 in the days and weeks to come.

Sony 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS gallery

The Sigma 100-400 wasn’t the only telephoto lens gallery this week. We also posted a gallery from Sony’s 100mm F2.8 STF lens, which promised smooth ‘buttery’ bokeh. According to our own Rishi Sanyal the bokeh will either be loved or hated, but the lens’ unique strong suit is its ability to provide a little more depth-of-field than a traditional F2.8 lens – to, say, keep your subject’s entire face in focus – while still blurring the background extensively. You’ll find our 46-image gallery plus Rishi’s analysis right here.

Panasonic DC-GX850 / GX800 review

There was some sadness in the office last year when it appeared that the Panasonic GM series had been left to die. The good news is that it’s back, mostly, in the form of the GX850/GX800. The bad news? It didn’t knock our socks off. Read the review to find out why.

Throwback Thursday: Eye Control AF

Part of the fun of writing Throwback Thursday articles is going back and finding cameras with some really unusual features. We jumped back to the film era for this one, but we think you’ll agree with Dale Baskin about how clever (though not always reliable) Canon’s Eye Control AF was. You might not agree with Dale’s desire to see it return on modern ILCs (which has a likelihood in the neighborhood of zero).

Jump back to the days of the EOS Elan II E in this week’s TBT.

Budget ILC roundup

Over the last month we’ve been going back and updating our camera roundups. This week we looked at nine interchangeable lens cameras that sell for around $ 500. You might be surprised which cameras offer the most bang for the buck. If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, then the $ 500 ILC roundup might be a good place to start.

Watch for additional updates to our roundups over the next several weeks!

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