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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.

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Last Monday, Christmas Eve, like a Christmas present, the open source software for RAW editing Darktable has been updated to version 2.6. It's like a gift since this software is free and the last update contains really a ton of new features and improvements, making it an extremely powerful tool for those that prefer a no cost solution for their image editing and cataloguing, another competitor to Lightroom though usability of Lightroom is superior.

Interested in switching from Lightroom to something else? You can read our article on Lightroom alternatives.

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As anticipated, yesterday Luminar 3 from Skylum Software has been made available to the public (beta versions were released to a restricted group of users): it is a RAW editing program that tries to compete with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

The update is free for existing Luminar users while for new users the price is $69 / 69 € (with some 10 $/€ discount codes offered by quite a number of sites). 

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Today the open source RawTherapee 5.5 has been released. RawTherapee is a free, extremely advanced and features-packed software to develop RAW files and manipulate images.

All details available on the RawTherapee blog, hereafter we will list the most interesting aspects:

Yesterday Phase One has released an update to its popular RAW editing and catalog software Capture One 12.

Here are the main additions and improvements:

We have published our side-by-side feature comparison for current popular full-frame mirrorless cameras: Sony A7III vs Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R and, in a more expensive price range, Sony A7RIII vs Nikon Z7.

Read the full article at this link (Photo - Reviews section).

Adobe during its event Adobe MAX 2018 has announced the release of the new versions of its photographic software: Photoshop CC 2019 (version 20.0), Lightroom CC 8.0 (the web version), and Lightroom Classic CC 8.0 (the desktop version).

Let's see what's new in these new versions:

During the famous yearly fair Photokina held in Germany a lot of new products have been announced.

We are listing hereafter all the most interesting announcements that have been done during this event: the new cameras including Zeiss and Panasonic mirrorless models (September 2018 is the month of the mirrorless rush started with Canon and Nikon!), a lot of new lenses from many vendors and some photo software updates.

After Nikon announcement of its entering the full-frame mirrorless segment (our in depth article available at this link), it's Canon time that couldn't stand by the window and see photographers move to Sony. Yesterday Canon has announced the new RF mount and the first full-frame mirrorless, the EOS R, that will have to face competition with the new Nikon Z6 and current comparable Sony model that is the highly regarded A7III.

Yesterday Nikon has presented its first two full-frame mirrorless cameras, also to fight switch of photographers to Sony, that recently with its full frame cameras of A7 and A9 series is increasing its market share - this month Sony shared the news that it is now the first full-frame cameras brand in the United States. The official video of the presentation is available at this link, while here below you can find the official presentation of one of the new cameras: the Z7.

Today Nikon, after many rumors, has finally confirmed it is working on a new mirrorless system, with a new lens mount (a big one).

A new micro-site has been setup to update on this - link here.

Everybody is waiting for Canon for a similar announcement, Nikon and Canon cannot remain still with increasing popularity of Sony full-frame system.