Which One?: Sony A1 vs Canon EOS R5. Which Is the Best Camera?

This is an age-old question. Which one is better? The Sony a1 or the Canon EOS R5? One camera has been out for a while. Canon has often said that the Sony a1 is meant to take on its 1-series cameras, which aren’t out yet. Sony, with the a1, made the entire industry’s jaws drop. But the Canon EOS R5 is still also a staple for many photographers. So which one is better? We’re tackling the debate of the Sony a1 vs the Canon EOS R5 based on our own real-world reviews and experiences.

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New Functions. Improved Performance. Capture One 22 Review

Capture One is back with the newest rendition of their beloved editing software. Capture One 22 improves some of their best features and introduces several new functions photographers have been requesting. Real estate, landscape, and astrophotographers can now enjoy a powerful HDR merge function. The Panoramic Stitch feature resembles the Brenizer Method and makes it possible to create larger canvases in smaller spaces. Make sure you have plenty of hard drive space for these functions. You’ll see why.

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The OM SYSTEM is Basically Olympus with a New Name

If a company remains the same but has a brand new name, is it really a new company? That’s the question I’m pondering as OM SYSTEM is announced today. As we’re all aware, the photo industry as a whole has been suffering in the past decade. With that, Olympus sold off the imaging division — which included audio products and binoculars along with cameras. The new company’s name will still be OM Digital Solutions. And today, they’re announcing a new brand called the OM SYSTEM. Hopefully, things are going to change.

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Why We Think Fujifilm Doesn’t Have Animal Face Detection Yet

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Animal Face Detection has been a huge thing in the photo world. Everyone wants it. In the pandemic, we’ve taken to photographing wildlife and our furry friends as much as possible. But frustratingly, Fujifilm cameras don’t have it. A while ago, Fujifilm said it was available, but just not on the GF and X series cameras. It’s a shame; imagine how many Nat Geo-worthy shots you could’ve made! While it’s available on a point-and-shoot camera, I don’t think it’s the same thing.

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Luminar AI Update 3 – Just How Good Is the Update?

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In addition to native support for Apple’s new M1 machines, the latest update to Luminar AI promises improvements for a handful of features. Enhancements to their Sky AI algorithm are at the top of the list to provide more realistic looks and greater control for your sky replacement cravings. There’s also better sky detection and separate controls for moving your replaced sky and its reflection (if any). Augmented Sky AI is a new tool added to help with the addition of objects to your sky. Keep reading to see how these updates fared in our tests.

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The Year is 2050. Here’s a Brief History of Photography.

This post is a theorization by David Kai-Piper. It’s just for fun!

We need some disclaimers. Firstly, nothing here is in any way actual, well, not yet anyway. Secondly, it was written for some fun, so take it as a lighthearted look at the inevitable stagnation of the camera world. Lastly, none of this is meant to make sense, and any coincidental similarity with real-world stuff is total, erm, a coincidence.

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Automatic Photo Editing Is a Sham? PhotoWorks 10.0 Begs to Differ

You think that automatic photo editing can’t bring good results – think again. 

Here you are, back from your latest photography gig, exhausted and wired. But hey, those pictures you took aren’t going to edit themselves, right? So you sit down and work till the wee hours of the morning because the photos are due soon. Don’t you think there is a better way to edit photos that wouldn’t include overstraining yourself? Well, good news – there is. If you don’t want to toil for hours while post-processing your pics, consider switching from a manual editing approach to auto. 

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AI Photo Editing Could Open The Industry to New Levels of Creativity

Let’s imagine a world where AI did our editing for us.

Okay, let’s get to it. I loathe editing. It takes time, it can be tedious, and it’s something I just don’t enjoy. I know many photographers feel the same. Of course, you can outsource it, but that can quickly become expensive. But what if we could program AI (artificial intelligence) to understand what we like in terms of aesthetics and never have to waste time moving sliders again?

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The Lazy Way Around the Rule of Thirds in Photography

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Technically speaking, the photo above could be awful according to the rule of thirds. When you first start out in photography, you probably center your subject. It’s inevitable. And it’s also just aesthetically the most pleasing until we start to learn more. In truth, ignorance is bliss. But you’ve probably never realized something really fascinating about the rule of thirds. However, I think that all the great photographers who came before us and shot film surely did. You’d probably even know this if you worked with early digital. The truth is that most photographers end up using the focusing points closer to the center anyway. Why? According to the rule of thirds, your subjects should more or less be just off-center. In the most basic sense, that’s the lazy way around the rule.

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Fujifilm Opened Up Their System in a Very Perplexing Way

With the new Fujifilm Digital Camera Control Software Development Kit, many cool things could manifest.

There’s been a push to make cameras a heck of a lot more useful. Manufacturers worked to build webcam integrations into them. And for the most part, they’ve done a good job. Fujifilm just took that to another level. They announced the Fujifilm Digital Camera Control Software Development Kit. Other brands such as Sony, Canon, and Olympus have done similar things. There are surely lots of possibilities, but also some perplexing decisions.

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Apple Could Be Getting Into the Camera Game In A Unique Way

Many have called on Apple to do more with cameras, and this will definitely be something new for them.

Apple is a company that likes to dip its hands into many different electronic markets. We all, of course, know about their smartphone empire, their computers, iPods, iPads, headphones, and even their much-speculated electric car. But what about cameras and other items that use them? Apple has been making waves with their iPhone cameras for sure, but will they ever break into another market that utilizes cameras? The answer to that is yes, apparently. News of an augmented reality headset has been floating around for a little while now. While it might not be a camera announcement we have been looking for, it’s still pretty cool. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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How This AI Camera Tech Might Outdo Dedicated Cameras Soon

The AVA AI Robot Videographer is doing what you only dream your camera could do.

When the AVA AI Robot videographer hit Kickstarter, it confirmed a lot of what I’d thought was already possible. A few camera manufacturers are working on improving their AI algorithms. Canon and Sony do a great job already. OM Digital Solutions also some too. Even Leica boasts those capabilities. But understanding how an AI Camera works is even more exciting.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Great, but Should It Affect Photographers Fees?

AI is making our lives easier, but is it starting to muddy the waters we wade in?

Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, has come into the photography world with a vengeance. Not long ago, AI in cameras was limited to merely tracking an object. Now, AI in our cameras can detect and track the eyes of humans and animals. Some cameras have AI that can tell what animal or object you’re tracking. AI can help you focus stack in-camera. It can help create surreal long exposures and so much more. A photographer’s job has never been easier. We ask you this question. Since we’re doing less work, should we still charge as much for our services? Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Capture One’s CEO Hints at an Exciting AI and Mobile Future

Capture One’s CEO Rafael Orta drops a lot of possible hints at what’s coming to Capture One in the future.

Capture One has a new CEO: Rafael Orta. His background begins as an engineer and evolved into critical technological advancements. It’s no surprise that folks have been asking more of Capture One. It’s not the fastest photo editor, but it’s still the one that gives the best colors. In an interview with us, he didn’t rule out a number of possibilities. In fact, we’re fascinated by Rafael’s responses. And there are hints of AI, support for video, and the long-overdue mobile workflow.

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The AI Photographer and Understanding the Role of the Creative

What are the implications for our future when art becomes utterly transient and immaterial?

Recently, my wife shared a link with me; it was photography-related, so she thought it might interest me. Sure enough, I clicked—and was gobsmacked. This site certainly had everything to do with photography, but not at all in the way I had expected. The link produced a page that showed nothing but a portrait: a fairly tight headshot with an oddly blurred background, in fact. There was no caption, no text to give a name, or any kind of context. If I refreshed the page, another portrait would be served up almost instantly. Intrigued, I reloaded the page a few times and stared at perfect strangers. It did strike me that there was something odd about these images, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Little did I know it was basically an AI photographer being used to produce the images.

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AI Body Tracking Opens Up a Whole New World for Photographers

Recently, we discussed AI body tracking in cameras and how it’s going to change things.

It’s easy for people to sit there and complain about AI taking their jobs. For photography, it’s making so many things easier for us. But we need to learn to rise above as human. The most important part of the camera is still the person behind it. So it’s your job to use the tools you’re given to create better photos. This is a totally different way of thinking. For example, AI Body tracking is in cameras. It’s bound to come to more. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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How Soon Could AI Make the Photographer Obsolete?

On the next episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we’re discussing AI and body tracking technology in cameras.

We’re aware that this is a bit extreme. But, it’s surely possible that AI is going to majorly change the way we do things. AI Body Tracking is sort of here already, but it’s going to explode in a huge way soon. Eventually, you’re going to be able to rely on the camera to do almost everything. But at what point are you just pushing a button? We’re discussing that in our next episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Alice Camera Is Showing the Big Boys How to Drive Camera Tech Forward

An AI-Infused camera known as the Alice Camera should be a wake-up call to Canon, Nikon, Sony, and all other camera manufacturers.

It has been a while since a new camera made me tingle. The wait for a camera to do such a thing is over now. A new campaign on Indiegogo from Alice Camera is finally infusing smartphone technology into an interchangeable lens camera (ILC). If the big boys are smart, they will pay attention to this AI-infused camera. While it may not be perfect, the geniuses behind it are certainly moving photography and videography in the right direction. Find out why this new smartphone-powered camera has us in a tizzy after the break.

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A.I. Edited This Photo, It’s Not Bad: Luminar A.I. Review

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From replacing the sky to correcting acne, Skylum Luminar is one of the most forward-thinking photo editors using artificial intelligence. Now, Skylum has re-packaged the biggest A.I. tools into a single, straight-forward program. Using A.I.-based templates mixed with traditional editing tools, Luminar A.I. aims to both help photographers edit faster and help non-photographers complete advanced edits.

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Do You Think AI Is Helping Or Destroying Photography?

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed AI in Photography.

AI in photography is a very touchy subject. It can surely make cameras and lenses much more effective. But we also shouldn’t use it as a crutch. We’re perfectly capable of doing many things. And we just need to be more experienced. AI is surely changing the way that we do photography. It will also change it for future generations. So we’d love to know your thoughts on this.

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Op ED: We’re Going to Need Ultra Fast Lenses or AI Developed Bokeh

The next step and evolution of mirrorless camera systems needs to be ultra fast lenses.

“Whoa, that’s some intense bokeh,” one of my best friends said to me the other day in a Discord hangout. He was referring to my using the Canon EOS R with the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM lens. It kept my face in focus the entire time and was quite fast about it too. And if you gauge the trends that people with smartphones do when it comes to artificial bokeh, this is going to need to be the next step. Otherwise, there may be a need to boost the bokeh artificially–unless the manufacturers wish to embrace the idea of the camera being a luxury. But otherwise, it’s very fair to say that due to the incredible efforts of engineers, we’ve pretty much reached peak lens.

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