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The changing world of the Ju/’hoansi Bushmen – in pictures

The anthropologist James Suzman has been documenting the Ju/’hoansi Bushmen’s traumatic encounter with modernity since 1992. Here he explores the threats to an ancient way of life and how an existence founded on few material wants can inspire us in the digital age

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Sunday's best photos: erupting volcanoes and racing pigs

A selection of the best photographs from around the world including spider blessings and cardboard cars

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OnePlus 5 camera review

DP Review News - Sun, 01/10/2017 - 14:00
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The OnePlus 5 is the Chinese manufacturer's flagship smartphone, replacing last year's OnePlus 3T. The new model is the first OnePlus to feature a dual-camera setup and offers some enticing imaging specifications: a main camera with a 1/2.8" 16MP Sony IMX 398 sensor and fast F1.7 aperture is supported by a 2x tele-module featuring a 20MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6 aperture.

The dual-camera design allows for an iPhone 8 Plus-like background-blurring portrait mode and the Smart Capture feature combines optical zoom with multi-
frame technology for improved zoom quality. The OnePlus 5 camera also comes with 4K video, a 720p/120 fps slow-motion mode and a dual-LED flash. The camera app's new Pro mode provides manual control over the most important shooting parameters and DNG Raw capture.

The OnePlus 5 uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset. Offering 8GB RAM/128GB or 6GB RAM/64GB memory options and a 3300mAh battery that supports the OnePlus Dash Charge quick charging system, the rest of the device's specifications are firmly top-shelf as well.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications
  • Dual-camera
  • 16MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 398 sensor and F1.7 lens
  • 20MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6 lens
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video
  • 720p/120fps slow-motion
  • Portrait Mode
  • Manual controls
  • DNG-Raw support
  • 16MP / F2.0 front camera
Other Specifications
  • 5.5" AMOLED 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 6GB RAM/64GB storage or 8GB RAM/128GB storage
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3300 mAh battery with Dash Charge

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

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Audrey Tautou: ‘My subject in these photos is somebody between the character and who I am’

The French actor has been in the public eye since Amélie in 2001. Now, in her first show as a photographer, she’s playing around with that image

‘I’m an interesting subject,” says Audrey Tautou, the French actor who exhibited her photographs for the first time this summer at the Arles festival under the title Superfacial. But it’s not her who decided that, she points out – it has been drummed into her over the 15 years or so since she became an international star courtesy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film Amélie.

Tautou starred as the eccentric young Parisienne who, against the artfully shot background of the streets of Montmartre, sets her sights on increasing the sum of human happiness, one kind act at a time. But it wasn’t simply that the film – charming, whimsical and filled with a particularly French brand of tragicomedy – was a hit – it was that Tautou’s heart-shaped, retroussé-nosed and bob-framed face smiled out from every poster.

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Big dreams: readers' photos on the theme of sleep

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of sleep via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

  • Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘energy’ by clicking the button below
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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'energy'

Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘energy’

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review is ‘energy.’ Share your photos of what energy means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 5 October at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 8 October and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Getty Images orders photographers not to alter body shapes

Agency rejects Photoshop pictures as new French law requires that they be clearly labelled

The model who emerged as a driving force in protecting young women in the industry from pressure to become dangerously thin has welcomed a move by one of the world’s most influential photo agencies to ban doctored stock images.

The move by Getty Images – whose photographs are widely used by media outlets around the world – takes effect today, just as a new French law comes in requiring that images that have been Photoshopped to change the size of a model be clearly labelled.

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Barnardo’s black history in the words and pictures of long-forgotten children

To celebrate the start of Black History Month, the charity is sharing its archive of photographs and poignant testimonials with the Observer, at last giving a voice to the orphans it welcomed into its homes 120 years ago

A hidden store of remarkable personal testimonies, told by a selection of black children and teenagers given shelter by the Barnardo’s organisation up to 120 years ago, has been shared with the Observer this weekend, along with a series of original admission photographs.

These unseen stories, released by the charity to mark the start of Black History Month, stand out not just because of their moving content, but because of the valuable glimpses they offer of some forgotten corners of history.

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The universe, as seen by art and science – in pictures

A new Phaidon photobook, Universe, compiles visions of space from across history, as seen by astronomers, astronauts, painters and propagandists

• Read astronomer and author Dr Stuart Clark’s review of Universe

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Photo of the week: Colors of the Arctic

DP Review News - Sat, 30/09/2017 - 15:00

This image was taken while spending 2 nights in a remote island camp in Ataa Fjord, at the north of Disko Bay, Greenland. The camp was quite basic, especially compared to our luxurious hotel back in town, but the photographic opportunities were incredible. We basically had a huge island to ourselves, with a lake, kayaks, hills and huge icebergs floating all around.

In the 1-2 hours between sunset and sunrise, the colors were incredible. We set out on foot to climb a 130m hill close to camp, where we’d get a good vantage point of the icebergs, and indeed, we witnessed some incredible sights.

One of them was this beautiful iceberg, floating gracefully in the fjord’s clam, reflective waters, with an incredible colors gradient surrounding it.

The photograph was captured with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS lens.

Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez's work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates. Erez offers photo workshops worldwide.

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Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery

DP Review News - Sat, 30/09/2017 - 14:00

At $500 with a kit lens, the Fujifilm X-A10 represents the least expensive entry point to the company's X-system. Like its fellow A-series siblings it uses a traditional bayer filter rather than X-Trans, and though it lacks a touch screen or option for optical viewfinder, it does provide an impressive 410-shot battery life.

While it may be overlooked by Fujifilm fans seeking a robust body or better tracking autofocus, it looks plenty tempting if you're on a budget and swayed by Fujifilm's lovely JPEGs. We brought it along on a recent trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming – take a look at how this light and compact ILC performed.

See our Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery

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Original Observer photography

Portraits taken in a Baltimore bar and in the Gruffalo’s garden, and images of enthusiasts searching for Nazi bounty in Poland feature in this month’s showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer in September 2017.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The NFL protest against racial and social injustice, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and violence in Rio – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Japan Camera Hunter is designing a 35mm 'premium compact' camera

DP Review News - Fri, 29/09/2017 - 19:08

During last week's Save Analog Cameras live broadcast, it was announced that Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter (JCH) is working on a new 35mm compact camera project, according to Kosmo Foto. This revelation follows Hunt's recent launch of the JCH StreetPan 120 B&W film, which itself followed JCH's first film launch about a year and a half ago.

Hunt reportedly didn't reveal much about the planned 35mm camera, though he did refer to it as a 'premium compact,' indicating what potential future buyers can expect. The project aims to fill a growing void in the camera market, giving analog enthusiasts a modern compact 35mm option, although it could be many months before the camera actually launches.

Kosmo Foto reports that the camera may be ready for testing some time next year, though they didn't mention whether they got that information directly from Hunt or elsewhere. Hunt discussed the topic of compact film camera scarcity in a blog post earlier this year, saying, among other things:

I would dearly love to make a compact camera, and I know what I want too ... A simply [sic] point and shoot with a decent 28mm or 35mm lens, flash, iso selector and manual override. As simple as possible and made from metal for durability. The less electronic components the better, so that it can be easily serviceable and less prone to breaking down.

Whether the camera discussed last week will follow these design principles is yet to be seen, but we'll definitely be keeping a eye out for Hunt's creation.

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Video: The difference between Saturation and Vibrance explained

DP Review News - Fri, 29/09/2017 - 18:50

You've probably heard this question once or twice from a novice, or maybe even asked it yourself: what exactly is the difference between the Vibrance and Saturation sliders? Well, fortunately, Jesus Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel has put together a quick, simple, and thorough explanation that you can reference from here on out.

At the most basic level, both options increase color intensity—the difference lies in which colors they affect and how.

Saturation impacts all color intensity equally, which is why it's so easy to go overboard so quickly. Vibrance, on the other hand, only increases the intensity of the less saturated colors in an image while simultaneously trying to avoid skin tones and prevent the gaudy posterization that happens when you crank your saturation up to the max.

Jesus covers this difference in his video—with appropriate demos of course—but he also goes a bit further by diving into how the Saturation slider differs between the HSL panel and the Vibrance panel, and showing how the two options, Vibrance and Saturation, can be combined to achieve pleasing results that don't look like you puked a rainbow all over your image.

Check out the full 5-minute video above to see the useful rundown for yourself, and then head over to the Photoshop Training Channel for even more handy tutorials like this one.

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New FAA drone rules restrict flying near 10 major US landmarks

DP Review News - Fri, 29/09/2017 - 17:33

The FAA has released a new set of drone rules that restrict UAV flight near 10 major Department of Interior landmarks in the United States, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam.

According to the FAA, it has decided to exercise its authority under Code of Federal Regulations Title 14 § 99.7 to establish these new restrictions after receiving multiple requests from both law enforcement and national security agencies. Starting October 5th, when these new rules go live, drone owners will no longer be allowed to fly their drones within 400ft of the following 10 monuments:

  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY
  • Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MA
  • Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Folsom Dam; Folsom, CA
  • Glen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZ
  • Grand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WA
  • Hoover Dam; Boulder City, NV
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MO
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SD
  • Shasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA

Anyone who violates these new rules could face criminal and/or civil penalties. The FAA says that there are "a few exceptions" to the restriction, though it doesn't specify what they are, instead saying that the drone operator has to coordinate their plan with the FAA and/or the landmark site specifically if they wish to fly within 400ft of the above landmarks.

Drone operators can view a full list of restricted airspace on the FAA's website.

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Face ID sensor slowdown could lead to iPhone X shortages and shipment delays

DP Review News - Fri, 29/09/2017 - 16:57
Photo: Apple

Most iPhone launches involve some sort of shortage because demand frequently outstrips supply, but if you're excited about Apple's new flagship iPhone X and the impressive camera equipment inside, the news is worse than usual. According to both the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, manufacturing difficulties surrounding the phone's Face ID hardware could lead to serious shortages and shipment delays come November 3rd.

Many photographers and photo enthusiasts are very excited about Apple's newest smartphones. According to Apple's keynote, both the iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X boast bigger image sensors, and the iPhone X in particular features OIS on both the wide angle and telephoto lenses built into the back of the phone.

Add to that some image processor advances and a seriously powerful new video encoder that Apple built into the A11 chip, and there's good reason to be impressed by the performance of the iPhone 8 Plus so far, and expect even better performance out of the iPhone X.

But even if you pre-order your iPhone X on October 27th, the day the phone goes up on Apple's website, this Face ID manufacturing snafu could mean availability is severely limited for months. Similar manufacturing issues with the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera module kept that phone in short supply well into December.

Bottom line: if you're holding out on buying the iPhone 8/Plus in favor of the iPhone X, don't be surprised if your wait extends well past November 3rd.

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GoPro's 5.2K 360-degree Fusion camera officially launched, costs $700

DP Review News - Fri, 29/09/2017 - 16:22

The GoPro Hero6 was the big news to come out of GoPro's launch event yesterday, but it's not the only thing the company revealed. CEO Nick Woodman also officially launched the previously-announced and still somewhat-mysterious GoPro Fusion—the company's 360° 5.2K action camera.

The GoPro Fusion was first teased at CES in 2016 and revealed in April of this year, but other than its ability to shoot 5.2K spherical video at 30fps, we really didn't know much about it. Official release date was set for "Fall" and people mostly forgot about it... until yesterday, that is. We found out a lot more about Fusion the launch event.

In addition to that video spec, the Fusion uses its two lenses to shoot 18MP spherical photos, captures 360° sound, is waterproof to 16feet (5 meters) without any external case, and features 'gimbal-like stabilization' that is achieved using the built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Additional features include time lapse video and photo modes, night lapse and burst modes, voice control in 10 languages, and built-in GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth.

Here are a few video breakdowns of the different features built into the camera, like that gimbal-like stabilization and something called 'OverCapture':

The GoPro Fusion is already up for pre-order on the GoPro website. It will cost you $700 and GoPro plans to ship the Fusion later this month. Click here to find out more or pre-order yours now.

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Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool

DP Review News - Fri, 29/09/2017 - 15:41

Released early this year, the M10 is Leica's latest digital rangefinder, offering a slimmer design and refined controls. We've just been given a reviewable sample unit, and set it up in front of our studio scene to see what it can do.

Of particular note is a newly developed 24MP full-frame sensor. It's claimed to be unique to the M10, and has not been developed by Sony, as with many of its 24MP competitors. In our own shooting and preliminary testing, we can see that the M10 is a good performer: with the right lens and proper focus, it is capable of incredibly sharp results when shooting Raw. Be aware that when paired with a sharp lens, the M10's combination of a fairly modest (for full frame) pixel count and no AA filter can lead to moiré in your images.

Also, particularly enthusiastic viewers will note a slight reduction in sharpness with shutter speeds of 1/60 - 1/125 sec., indicating a smidgen of shutter shock. But due to the inherent tolerances of rangefinder focusing mechanisms among other factors, this is unlikely to ever be the most significant source of softness in real world images.

In terms of JPEG quality, we continue to find that colors (skin tones in particular) could use some attention, with yellowish greens and blue-tinged reds. Sharpening could be more sophisticated too, considering the crispness of the Raw output. In terms of high ISO quality, the M10 performs very well indeed, but it is still slightly outmatched by the best of the competition above ISO 6400.

But don't just take our words for all this – check out the M10 in our studio comparison tool for yourself.

Check out the Leica M10 in our studio comparison tool

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Not quite as good? Nikon D850 versus Nikon D5 subject tracking

DP Review News - Fri, 29/09/2017 - 15:26
Video: D850 versus D5 subject tracking

Photographer Matt Granger's YouTube channel is chock-full of videos that run the gamut from fairly technical testing to fun challenges and prize giveaways. But we took particular notice when, last weekend, he pitted his new Nikon D850 against his Nikon D5 in terms of autofocus tracking. (What can we say; we're nerds.)

But why even bother? After all, the D850 and D5 purportedly have the exact same autofocus hardware—performance should be virtually identical. In fact, in our conversations with Nikon, we were told that the D850 includes an additional processor to handle autofocus calculations, just like the D5; they also claimed this processor was omitted from the D500.

More importantly, we were told flat out to expect 'D5 levels of performance' from the D850.

So why is it that, during an early shoot with the D850, Granger said, "I felt like I was getting more [images] well-tracked with the D5 than I did with the D850." Cue the tests in the video below:

Granger performed both low-light and daylight tests. In the former, his subject moved primarily in the X axis (read: across the frame); in the latter, his subject moved in all three dimensions. Both cameras were set to shoot at 7fps (the D850's max), and shared all other settings as well.

In both instances, Granger concludes that the D850 is simply not as good at tracking moving subjects as the D5.

In the first low-light test, he notes some hesitation: the AF point occasionally lagged behind the subject before catching up (though at 3:00, where he says the D5 does not exhibit this behavior, it looks like the D5 also hesitates a bit, but perhaps not as severely).

We've been told to expect 'D5 levels of performance' from the D850's autofocus system.

In the second test, the D850 really struggled to track the subject as she moved between shade and direct sun, seemingly performing better if the subject was initially acquired in bright light.

Of course, Granger concludes that this disparity isn't really a reason to ignore the D850 or cancel that pre-order. In fact, there have been similar claims across the interwebz of autofocus performance disparities between previous Nikon cameras that are supposed to share the same AF system (the D810 and D4S for example—although we haven't dug into those). But it's definitely something worth testing further.

So, given our recent coverage and in-progress full-review, what does the DPReview staff make of all this?

Our experience so far For white water kayaking, we found the D850's 3D Tracking to perform very well indeed.

We've been shooting a lot with the Nikon D850 over the past couple of weeks, and as with just about any recent high-end Nikon camera, we find subject tracking to work very well. Even though the D850 comes with that excellent AF selection joystick, sometimes we find it preferable to let the camera do some of the work for us.

In particular, when shooting white water kayaking in Oregon, 3D Tracking performed admirably. That shouldn't be too much of a surprise, though, considering these are fairly distinct subjects, particularly in terms of color, when compared with their surroundings.

As with Matt Granger, though, we've been surprised by some of our own experiences while shooting with the D850. With both the D5 and even the D500, we've become accustomed to being able to initiate 3D Tracking on a subject's eye for a tight headshot, and have the camera track it remarkably well as either the camera or subject moves.

This sort of candid kid shot is a situation in which accurate 3D Tracking or Sony's Eye AF both come in very handy.

With the D850 though, we've noticed it is more apt to be 'jumpy,' in that it will jump from our subject's eye to another portion of their face. Further complicating our assessment of this sort of behavior is that it seems to be inconsistent—sometimes the D850 will track perfectly, other times it gets distracted by something else in the scene.

We also noticed some inconsistency in a situation where we've historically been able to rely solely on 3D Tracking, namely: motocross. With the D850, we were able to get a ton of keepers using 3D Tracking, but sometimes, when we looked through our bursts and found that one perfect moment, it would be slightly out of focus because the AF point had jumped from one part of the rider or motorcycle to another.

When we switched to a type of zone focusing called D25, we came away with a better hit rate, so long as we kept the zone over our subject (Note: you would expect this result from just about any camera with advanced autofocus).

3D Tracking on the left nailed focus in this instance, but D25 on the right nailed focus more reliably, more often. So what's next?

More photos. Lots more photos.

We'll be doing our standard autofocus treatment on the D850, including our bicycle tests and our close-range, low-light autofocus evaluation. We'll also be seeking out sporting events in the Seattle area to see if we can draw some parallels between our usual evaluations and real-world shooting situation performance.

We should also note that, in both Granger's testing and our own experience, we haven't yet been able to use Nikon's new battery grip for the D850. For it to be as even a comparison as possible, we'll be looking to add the grip and the much more powerful EN-EL18a battery if at all possible.

Only more time and more testing will tell if the D850 can truly stand up to the D5's autofocus performance, though we should reinforce that D5-level subject tracking is an awfully lofty benchmark to reach for. In our experience, it's a benchmark that has remained out of reach of any camera to date, and whether or not the D850 measures up will be revealed in our full review.

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