Unified Color’s HDR Expose 3 algorithms trickle down to its affordable HDR Express app



HDR fans: Want a little more control than your camera can provide you with for your high dynamic range photos? If so, it’s time to switch to your computer and really take charge of your photography — and an update to Unified Color Technologies’ consumer-friendly HDR Express app is here to help.

Based around the same algorithms that underlie in the company’s flagship HDR Expose 3, the latest version of HDR Express keeps things simple while providing useful tools like automatic alignment and deghosting of your source…

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Exclusive – Samsung NX1 hands-on and samples [UPDATED]



[UPDATE: We've just been informed that the high-ISO noise reduction processing has, in fact, not been finalized in the firmware of the NX1 used for these sample photos. Final image quality for higher ISO shots could potentially change with a full production version.]

[UDPATE 2, 3:45pm: We’ve now confirmed that the firmware on the NX1 used for these sample photos didn’t include any noise reduction processing on very high ISO shots. Therefore, we have removed them from the sample gallery. That being said, the images nevertheless…

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Firmware Friday: Sony speeds up power-on for six Alpha mirrorless cameras



Firmware Friday is all about Sony this week, as the company updates no less than six of its Alpha E-mount mirrorless cameras. If you’ve noticed slower-than-expected startup of your camera, fear not: The solution is here!

For all six cameras, the change made in current firmware is identical. Upon installing the Smart Remote Control application with earlier firmware, startup time could be extended. This is now resolved, with power-on time said to be improved when the app is installed.

In all, the following cameras have been…

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Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Review: At long last, the 20-yr-old full-frame fast prime gets a modern refresh



Nikon released an updated version of its 20mm prime lens back in September 2014 — the Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED AF-S — offering a very fast f/1.8 aperture, plus a new design to match the look and build of their other “G” lenses, along with modern amenities such as ED glass and Nano Crystal Coat. The new lens isn’t a replacement for the classic 1994-era 20mm f/2.8D AF, though, which (at the time of writing) has not been discontinued. The manual focus 20mm f/2.8 AIS also continues to be available.

We’ve just published our full review

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Epson Perfection V800, V850 Pro scanners promise faster, better quality film scans



Do you shoot film, either alongside your digital camera or exclusively? Perhaps you have a treasure trove of old photos you’ve never brought into the digital age, or maybe you did so years ago with a scanner of dubious quality, and feel you could extract more from those old negatives and slides. Either way, the Epson Perfection V850 Pro and Epson V800 — which were just announced at the Photo Plus Expo in New York — were made with you in mind.

Both of these scanners are aimed specifically at photographers, and will handle…

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