Reviews

Expert reviews of the latest digital cameras, lenses, lighting products, accessories, phones, photography-editing software, and more. PetaPixel tests state-of-the-art products in the photo industry and provides insights and recommendations for photographers to make informed purchasing decisions.

Amber X Review: A Personal Cloud for On-The-Go Photographers

Over the last two years, I’ve been working to improve my habits of backing up my photos. I started first by creating a RAID backup on my computer, then adding a large external HDD for a local backup, and eventually getting a subscription cloud backup from Backblaze.

Tamron 20-40mm Review

Tamron 20-40mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Review: Tiny Yet Mighty

Tamron’s trend of making atypical focal length lenses continues with the new 20-40mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens. Like previous lenses in its "Frankenfocal" category, this new one is a success in everything that matters, from size, to resolution, to price.

The NVIDIA RTX 4090 is Amazing, and Photographers Should NOT Buy It

When NVIDIA reached out to ask if we wanted to try the new RTX 4090 GPU, we almost said "no." Most of our readers are photographers, and most photo editing simply doesn't require a top-tier GPU. But we did say "yes" because we wanted to answer a different, more relevant question: do photo editors need a GPU at all? And if so, how much do you need to spend to get top-notch photo editing performance?

Tamron 50-400mm Review

Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III Review: Not Your Average All-In-One

At first glance, the Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD seems like Frankenstein’s monster of lenses. Super-telephoto lenses that provide a relatively wide focal length are uncommon and generally awful. Making a lens with such a wide range of focal lengths is complicated, yet Tamron made one that performs well across the zoom range.

Surface Pro 9

Hands-On With Microsoft’s New Surface Pro 9 Laptop

After some brief hands-on time with Microsoft's two new laptops that were unveiled today, the Surface Pro 9 is a more attractive product for the photographer and videographer due to the Intel 12th Gen processor, and the portable form factor is more practical for photographers on the go.