MIT researchers use ordinary cameras to create extraordinary interactive videos

DP Review News - Wed, 03/08/2016 - 12:00

Augmented reality is in the news plenty lately, but some researchers from MIT have put an interesting twist on the popular technology. Using new algorithms and as little as a few seconds of video created by a traditional camera, they've been able to create Interactive Dynamic Video, or IDV. The objects respond in a surprisingly realistic way as they're poked, prodded and manipulated.

IDV records the tiny vibrations of an object in motion during a short video clip, and then uses that information to allow users to interact with the object virtually. The potential applications include things like monitoring the structural integrity of bridges or buildings. The technology could also provide filmmakers with a cheaper, less time-intensive alternative to 3D modeling. Case in point: this little green monster running around a playground.

See the video below to learn more about the research and its applications.

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'It completely changed my life': your memories from London 2012

We asked our readers to share their memories of the London Olympics for a bit of happy pre-Rio nostalgia

Has it really been four years already? For a few short weeks in late July and early August 2012, Londoners (and honourary Londoners) briefly embraced eye contact with strangers, talked to each other on the tube, and thoroughly got behind the Olympics.

We’ve been hearing from our readers who were there, from happy punters in the Olympic stadium to volunteers for the opening ceremony.

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30 July 2016, 15:11

1st gold of the night

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28 July 2016, 20:08

Volunteered as a Warrior for the Opening Ceremony - 27 July 2012. Still showing my descent of the Torr - felt on top of the world!

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28 July 2016, 23:55

Volunteering in London 2012 Olympics is how me and my best friend Cindy began our friendship.

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28 July 2016, 11:48

Panoramic stich

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28 July 2016, 20:06

Sunset at the Olympic Park

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28 July 2016, 23:44

My view pre race from the top of the start hill. Used to race myself many years ago - as a Gamesmaker I got to see the event up close and personal. Great week.

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31 July 2016, 21:49

Remember the mayhem and madness that was the Olympics ticket lottery? We got some athletics tickets in the second ballot, and our seats were at trackside, by the 100m start, for the heats of the 110m hurdles. I took this photo, which has been my desktop background ever since. Within a second, they were off and away and we couldn't tell who'd won except from the screens! A totally different experience to watching on TV.

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28 July 2016, 21:33

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Eyewitness: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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‘There was a sea of whales stretched along the sand’: East Lothian, May 1950

Sandy Darling says some of the whales were clearly dead, but many were still alive

I was 11 when I went to see the whales stranded on Thorntonloch beach. There were 147 pilot whales, the largest beaching in Scotland, and no one had any idea why they were there.

I must have heard about it from someone on the bus from Stenton, where I grew up, to Dunbar, which was the nearest town to the beach. The beaching was the talk of the villages. Stenton had a school, one shop, a bakehouse and a big church; just a few families lived in the village. I lived with my parents and three sisters in a two-bed council house, and when we moved a few years after this, I really missed it and regularly went.

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Brighton photo biennial: seventh edition aims to cut through stereotypes

Photography exhibition features works exploring gender, sexuality, the ideal body, youth subcultures and the black dandy phenomenon

This year’s Brighton Photo Biennial is to take on the stereotypes around gender, sexuality and the ideal body form that dominate our lives from advertising to the filtered images posted across social media.

The seventh edition of the biennial, titled Beyond The Bias- Reshaping Image, will include exhibitions documenting the youth subcultures around Notting Hill Carnival, representations of the LGBT community in both Brighton and Mumbai, and an exploration of the black dandy phenomenon across the world.

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Instagram Stories launch as 'disappearing' photo and video slideshows

DP Review News - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 19:41

Instagram has taken inspiration from Snapchat and launched a new feature called Stories. With Instagram Stories, users can capture numerous videos and photos, alter them with stickers, drawing tools, and by adding text, then post them to a single 'story' slideshow that won't clutter up followers' feeds. Once 24 hours pass, these story posts will disappear.

Instagram Stories are only visible to followers when the account is set to private; likewise, users can block specific followers from seeing their stories. Though story posts do not allow comments, users can swipe up to see which followers and accounts have viewed the content. Instagram users can feature parts of their stories on their profiles, as well.  

Stories posted by the people you follow are accessible via a bar at the top of your content feed. The profile photo of users with new story content will be visible with a colored ring around it in this bar. Tapping on the profile photo will pull up the story and navigate the user back and forth within the story, while swiping will jump the user to a different story altogether.

Instagram says the feature will be rolling out to iOS and Android users across the globe over the next few weeks.

Via: Instagram Blog

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High-profile camera expert leaves Microsoft, returns to Nokia

DP Review News - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 19:39

As the former Head of Imaging at Nokia, Juha Alakarhu was a key figure in the development of the Finnish company's PureView cameras. The innovative technology was implemented in models such as the Nokia 808 or Lumia 1020, which by many mobile photographers are still viewed as the best smartphone cameras ever made. Unfortunately, slightly slower than usual camera processing speeds and the high cost of the technology meant the devices never really caught on in the mass-market.

When Nokia's device division was sold to Microsoft, Alakarhu and his team moved as well, but now it looks as if Microsoft is pretty much abandoning its entire smartphone business, making redundant a large proportion of the employees that were hired as part of the Nokia acquisition. Camera expert Alakarhu is among a number of high-profile engineers who have already found a new role, though, and it's with his former employer. He is returning to Nokia as the head of the Ozo VR camera.

If you'd like to refresh your knowledge on Nokia's PureView technology you can read our interview with Juha that was conducted on the occasion of the Nokia 808 launch in 2012.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 combines S7 camera with large display, S-Pen and iris scanner

DP Review News - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 17:58

In keeping with its established product innovation cycle, Korean manufacturer Samsung has today launched the latest model in its Note line of large format smartphones, the Galaxy Note 7. Judging by its specifications the new device looks like an impressive package but is in many ways more of a refinement of previous models rather than a radical overhaul.

The camera module, for example, comes with the same specification as the smaller Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices. A 1/2.5" 12MP sensor with 1.4-micron pixel size is combined with a fast F1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization and dual pixel on-sensor phase detection AF. The front camera has a 5MP sensor and F1.7 aperture.

Processing specifications are identical to the S7 as well. The US version of the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset while the international versions will come with Samsung's own Exynos octa-core chip. All models come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via a microSD-slot.

The Note 7's characteristic 5.7" dual-edge display offers Super AMOLED technology and a 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD resolution. It's also the first display to feature Gorilla Glass 5 which should survive a drop from 1.6 meters height. As on the predecessor, the edges of the display are curved and offer Samsung's unique Edge interface for quick access to contacts and apps. While some competitors have started to dispense with the headphone-jack the Samsung still offers this standard connector, next to a new USB Type-C port. All the components are powered by a 3,500mAh battery, which is a little smaller than the variant in the S7 Edge.

Notable new features include an iris scanner above the display that allows you to unlock the phone or access secured content. Samsung says that in the future the scanner will let you log into accounts or use Samsung Pay, but none of these functions are currently implemented. The design of the Note series' characteristic S-Pen stylus has been slightly altered, too. It is now water-resistant and at 0.7mm comes with a thinner tip which should make for a more natural writing experience. 

Overall the Galaxy Note 7 looks like an appealing proposition for those users who like to work with larger screens and a stylus for photo editing. The camera module has already been tried and tested on the Galaxy S7 models and currently among the very best. 

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Feast your eyes on a Sony 24-70mm F2.8 G Master teardown

DP Review News - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 17:27

Teardowns are a handy way to satisfy the urge to see what's inside expensive and prized electronics, while remaining a safe distance away and keeping warranties intact.

Behold, a teardown of the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM, a lens that sells for $2200. Sony's own SGNL YouTube channel does the dirty work of prying it apart for us, giving us a close-up look at the inner workings of the fast full-frame zoom.

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Best photographs of the day: the Edinburgh festival and the destruction of devil in Nepal

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including giant graffiti, the Edinburgh fringe and the destruction of devil in Nepal

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Share your pictures of the expanded Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks

Do you have a favourite spot in the Dales or Lake District? Maybe you have a great photograph of the areas now part of the parks under new boundaries?

“Bigger and better” or loyalty dividing “land grab”? Whichever way you see the expansion of the Yorkshire Dales national park – by 24% and, controversially, into part of Lancashire – we’d like to celebrate it by showcasing your photography.

As the Guardian’s North of England editor Helen Pidd wrote on Monday, 1% of the newly enlarged Yorkshire Dales is now actually in Lancashire’s Upper Lune valley, with a much larger chunk “snaffled from Cumbria”. Many readers saw the funny side...

The battle for Leck Fell may be won, but the war for Middle Pennines is just about to begin.

Should there be sanctions against Yorkshire after this land grab

Related: Yorkshire Dales expand into Lancashire in national parks land grab

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Fujifilm X-E2S real-world samples

DP Review News - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 13:00

The Fujifilm X-E2S takes everything we loved about the X-E2 and its latest firmware updates and adds... well, not much. But that doesn't mean it isn't a capable and relevant camera in today's market. With great build quality, plentiful external controls, retro styling and Fujifilm's gorgeous film simulations, the X-E2S just begs you to slap on a prime lens and go out shooting. The substantial drop in MSRP compared to the original X-E2 doesn't hurt, either. Take a look at what we came up with when we took the X-E2S for a spin.

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The truth is out there: American UFO chasers – in pictures

Scottish photographer Calum Douglas met scientists, stargazers and supernaturalists in the American west, all of them looking for proof of alien life

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Nikon introduces Coolpix W100 waterproof compact with Snapbridge

DP Review News - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 22:18
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Nikon has announced the Coolpix W100, a waterproof compact with SnapBridge connectivity, in select Asian and European markets. The W100 appears to be a variation of the Coolpix S33 announced last February for North America, providing the same smartphone-size 13.2MP sensor, 3X optical zoom lens (30-90mm equiv.) and durability – the W100 is waterproof to 32ft/10m, shockproof to 5.9ft/1.8m and freezeproof to +14F/-10C. Full 1080p HD video is also included.

Touted for its kid-friendly ergonomics, the W100 adds connectivity to the mix in the form of its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 LE SnapBridge system. Other additions include the ability to add cartoon effects and stamps to images, as well as an 'add Light Trails' mode that uses multiple exposures to capture light trails.

Press release:

Reliable, easy-to-use weatherproof camera with a specially designed menu and additional creative options for every member of the family

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the COOLPIX W100, a tough waterproof and shockproof compact digital camera that offers reliable, worry-free use with leisure activities.

The COOLPIX W100 combines reliable image quality with a simple, easy-to-use, animated menu option of Variety Menu, and an ergonomic design for everyone in the family to enjoy fun moments effortlessly. Its compact rounded design, large buttons and intelligent features such as Underwater Face Framing, enable users to capture high quality images and full HD*1 videos easily at the press of a button. New creative options including the Add Cartoon Effects and the Stamp function also aid in cultivating an interest amongst younger users. What's more, the COOLPIX W100 supports SnapBridge, which establishes a connection between the camera and a smart device, allowing users to easily share the photos they have taken via SNSs and the like, without removing and reinserting the SD memory card.

*1 "Full-HD" indicates recording capability in the 1920 x 1080 format.

COOLPIX W100 primary features
  1. Worry-free performance for use by every member of the family 
    The camera is dustproof, waterproof to 10 m, shockproof to withstand falls from as high as 1.8 m, and freezeproof to -10°C. It has a tough body that allows it to be used with a wide variety of leisure activities, whether at the pool or the park sandbox, the beach or the ski slopes.

  2. Functions and a level of performance that make capturing beautiful photos easy
    The camera has an effective pixel count of 13.2 megapixels*1, and is equipped with a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens. It is also equipped with Dynamic Fine Zoom*2, that can be used to achieve approximately 6x zoom with which resolution is preserved in the digital zoom range. In addition, the camera offers a number of functions that make capturing beautiful photos easy, including Underwater Face Framing, which detects and automatically photographs human faces when the camera is in the water, and Target Finding AF*3, with which the camera detects and focuses on the primary subject. What's more, the camera is equipped with a new Add Light Trails (Multiple Exp. Lighten) mode for photo recording that enables beautiful recording of once difficult light trails made by stars or airplanes.

    *1 May be reduced with image processing.
    *2 The zoom ratio indicated for Dynamic Fine Zoom is the combined ratio of optical zoom from the maximum wide-angle position and digital zoom.
    *3 With shooting in point and shoot mode.

  3. Support for SnapBridge, which expands the ways in which photos are enjoyed
    The camera supports SnapBridge, which uses Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) technology to establish a connection between the camera and a smart device. Photos taken with the camera can be automatically transferred*1 to a smart device, and if uploaded from SnapBridge, an unlimited number of thumbnail images can be automatically uploaded*2 from the smart device to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE. Because photos can be transferred via the Internet or shared using an SNS the moment they are taken, sharing the exciting and dramatic moments that occur at leisure destinations is easy.

    *1 Original size images or images reduced to 2-megapixel equivalent (JPEG) can be transferred automatically. RAW/TIFF data cannot be transferred. Movies can be transferred by switching to Wi-Fi®, then selecting files manually. Download is not available with AVI files.
    *2 To upload images automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE, Nikon ID registration (free) is required, which can be easily setup via [Nikon ID registration/change] menu on the SnapBridge application. Only when uploading to NIKON IMAGE SPACE via SnapBridge, JPEG data reduced to 2-megapixel equivalent can be uploaded unlimitedly in number and capacity.

    - The camera's built-in Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and/or NFC® capability can only be used when it is connected to smart devices with the SnapBridge application installed.
    - SnapBridge application is available for a compatible iPhone®, iPad® and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The application download is free from Apple App Store® and GooglePlay™
    - The iOS application release date from Apple App Store® will be announced on SnapBridge Microsite as soon as it is determined.

  4. A multitude of shooting and retouch functions that make taking pictures more fun
    The camera allows users to express themselves in a variety of ways with effects and frames that can be added with shooting, the ability to change colors and apply effects to images after they are taken, and much more. New creative options such as the Stamp and the Add Cartoon Effects have been introduced. After images are captured, they can be decorated with hearts, stars, or other stamps using the Stamp function, and the Add Cartoon Effects function can be used to make the image look like a panel from a comic by drawing lines. The cameras functions have been greatly enriched to enable greater enjoyment of images.

  5. A function for recording full-HD*1 movies with stereo sound that can be used to preserve high-quality movies of memories
    The camera is equipped with a full-HD movie recording function that enables recording of high-quality movies by simply pressing the movie-record button. The effects of camera shake can be effectively reduced with the electronic vibration reduction (VR) function.

    *1"Full-HD" indicates recording capability in the 1920 x 1080 format.

  6. Additional features
    - A Variety Menu setting that allows the user to control camera functions according to the user or situation
    - A welcome screen with which the characters and background change according to the time of day, how often the camera is used, the number of pictures taken with the camera, etc., and to which new characters have been added
    - Easy to hold and use, even for children with small hands, designed with a rounded form for a superior grip, and available in five colors, one of which is a new marine pattern
    - An Exchange Messages function that allows users to communicate by recording voice messages
    - An Image Lock function that allows users to restrict image deletion by simply holding down two of the buttons on the back of the camera at the same time
Nikon Coolpix W100 Body typeBody typeUltracompactBody materialCompositeSensorMax resolution4160 x 3120Other resolutions2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200Image ratio w:h4:3Effective pixels13 megapixelsSensor photo detectors14 megapixelsSensor size1/3.1" (4.7 x 3.5 mm)Sensor typeCMOSColor spacesRGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 125-1600Image stabilizationDigital onlyUncompressed formatNoFile format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & FocusFocal length (equiv.)30–90 mmOptical zoom3×Maximum apertureF3.3Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (4x)Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)Macro focus range5 cm (1.97″)Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFixedScreen size2.7″Screen dots230,000Touch screenNoScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeNonePhotography featuresMinimum shutter speed1 secMaximum shutter speed1/2000 secBuilt-in flashYesFlash range3.10 mExternal flashNoSelf-timerYesMetering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1 EV steps)Videography featuresResolutions1920 x 1080FormatMPEG-4, H.264MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC cardStorage included22MBConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)Microphone portNoHeadphone portNoWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.1 LERemote controlYes (via smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedYesBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionEN-EL19 lithium-ion battery & USB chargerBattery Life (CIPA)220Weight (inc. batteries)177 g (0.39 lb / 6.24 oz)Dimensions110 x 67 x 38 mm (4.31 x 2.64 x 1.5″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesGPSNone
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Getty Images says $1 billion lawsuit is based on 'misconceptions'

DP Review News - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 20:12

On July 25, photographer Carol M. Highsmith filed a lawsuit against Getty Images seeking $1 billion in damages over the company’s alleged infringement of her photo copyrights. The lawsuit names both Getty Images and distributor Alamy, claiming both have been charging licensing fees for the use of photos she provided to the Library of Congress for public use. The suit also names LCS, which it claims is owned by or operated under common control with Getty. In a response to the lawsuit, Getty said, 'We believe it is based on a number of misconceptions.'

In its statement, Getty Images distances itself from the copyright infringement claim, stating that LCS was acting on behalf of Alamy.

The content in question has been part of the public domain for many years. It is standard practice for image libraries to distribute and provide access to public domain content, and it is important to note that distributing and providing access to public domain content is different to asserting copyright ownership of it.

LCS works on behalf of content creators and distributors to protect them against the unauthorized use of their work. In this instance, LCS pursued an infringement on behalf of its customer, Alamy. Any enquiries regarding that matter should be directed to Alamy; however, as soon as the plaintiff contacted LCS, LCS acted swiftly to cease its pursuit with respect to the image provided by Alamy and notified Alamy it would not pursue this content.

The company also said that, assuming it can't 'rectify' the situation with Highsmith, 'we will defend ourselves vigorously.'

Via: Getty Images

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Huawei's Honor Note 8 comes with 6.6" Quad-HD screen

DP Review News - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 19:01

If you're keen on consuming video and images on your smartphone, Huawei's latest model in its Honor sub-brand, the Honor Note 8, might be just the device for you. Its 6.6" Super AMOLED display is one of the largest in the phablet segment and decidedly blurs the line between smartphone and tablet. With its Quad-HD resolution it offers a pixel density of 443 ppi.

Unlike the standard Honor 8 model, the Note variant does not come with a dual-camera setup. Instead, the Honor combines a 13MP image sensor with a fast F2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash. Video is recorded at 1080p Full HD resolution and an 8MP front camera is available for selfie-shooting and video calls.

The Android 6 operating system is powered by Huawei's in-house Kirin 955 chipset with octa-core CPU and 4GB of RAM. You can pick from 32, 64 or 128GB of storage options and expand capacity via a microSD card. The Note 8's 4,500mAh battery should provide enough power to keep the large screen and other components running all day. The Honor Note 8 can be pre-ordered in China today for approximately $345 for the 32GB base model, $375 for the 64GB version and $420 for the 128GB top-end variant. There is no word on global availability yet but we would expect the Note 8 to become available in other regions soon.

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Samyang continues summer announcements with 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS for mirorrless

DP Review News - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 16:02
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Sticking with its plan to introduce a whole bunch of new lenses this summer, Samyang has announced the 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. It will be produced for Sony E, Canon M, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds mounts.

The 35mm will include nine elements in seven groups, using two aspherical elements and Samyang's 'Ultra Multi Coat' technology. A cinema version of the lens has also been introduced: the 35mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS, with gears for follow focus and a de-clicked aperture ring.

Samyang hasn't provided pricing or availability.

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K is for Knowledge: share your artwork now

For this month’s readers’ art project Amina Wright of the Holburne Museum invites you to share your artwork on the theme of knowledge

George Stubbs painted animals in an age of insatiable curiosity, where the thirst for knowledge sent mariners like Captain Cook to the furthest corners of an ever-expanding world. Officers of the East India Company explored the highest mountains and deepest jungles, while in Bath, William and Caroline Herschel swept the sky for comets and in London anatomists John and William Hunter carried out their shady but life-saving investigations of stolen cadavers and pickled salamanders. A public appetite for the novel and instructive generated a healthy market in images of all genres, travelling shows, books, scientific lectures, exotic specimens and every kind of marvel.

When the Governor of Quebec returned to London in 1770 with a captive moose calf, he presented it to the Duke of Richmond. To the Third Duke of Richmond, a graduate of Leiden University, this strange creature (something between a deer and a horse) was not so much a status symbol for a nobleman’s menagerie as a specimen for scientific study.

Related: Stubbs and the Wild review – a radical world vision seen through animal eyes

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Best photographs of the day: dancing robots and a snowy owl chick

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including opera and lord mayors in Yorkshire

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Field Test: DPReview goes to the rodeo

DP Review News - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 13:00

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a professional full-frame DSLR, and Canon's fastest, toughest and most capable camera ever. To test out its blazingly fast shooting speeds and advanced autofocus we needed a shooting situation that would really stretch the camera's abilities.

So saddle up, ya'll - DPReview is headed to the rodeo...

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