December 1
Ricoh First Anniversary GR Digital
Ricoh has produced a special edition of its GR Digital commemorating the 1st year of the camera and the 10th anniversary of the GR series. Designed by renowned Japanese illustrator Katsuya Terada, this special edition is limited to only 1000 units.
November 24
Leica announce fixes for M8
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The introduction of Leica's first digital M series hasn't gone quite as smoothly as they will have hoped, before the camera even reached owners some reviewers spotted some issues with the imaging side of the camera (Banding, Mirror/Ghost effect and IR sensitivity). Leica issued a statement two weeks ago that they were aware and were working on a solution. Today they have announced the 'action plan', firstly that the Banding and Mirror/Ghost images issue can be rectified by returning your camera to LEICA for repair (and that all new M8's leaving Solms will not suffer from this problem). Secondly the solution for 'above average' IR sensitivity are IR filters which attach to the front of the lens, Leica will be offering two free filters to all M8 owners.
Sony discovers defect in some models
Sony Corp has today announced that it has discovered a defect in eight of its Cyber-shot models. The cameras affected were sold between September 2003 and January 2005, they are the DSC-F88, DSC-M1, DSC-T1, DSC-T11, DSC-T3, DSC-T33, DSC-U40 and DSC-U50. The problem is said to be related to the use of these cameras in hot and/or humid environments and can lead to a loss of image on the LCD (we assume this vague description to mean that live view fails due to overheating of the CCD). Sony has said it will repair any camera (of the above) which show signs of this problem.
November 21
Toshiba announce 8GB SDHC memory
Toshiba has announced the introduction of the first 8GB SDHC Memory Card which it says will be available early in the new year. The new cards will be capable of a write speed in excess of 4MB per second up to 6MB per second and useable with all devices compatible with the SDHC specification. With some compact cameras now topping 10 Megapixels and entry-level DSLRs increasingly using SD format, the arrival of higher capacity cards is sure to be welcomed by many.
Ricoh GR Digital Firmware update
Ricoh has released an updated V2.20 firmware for it's GR Digital camera, bringing changes to the file storage and exposure bracketing options available. There is now a choice of JPEG sizes when recording RAW and JPEG simultaneously, the 3:2 image size can now be combined with a 'Normal' compression ratio and exposure bracketing may be performed in 0.3 EV steps as well as the 0.5 EV available previously.
November 17
Just posted! Canon PowerShot G7 review
Just posted! Our Review of the Canon PowerShot G7. The G7 came as something of a surprise to many who had written off the G series of high end PowerShots. The G series has a long and distinguished history at the top of Canon's PowerShot range, and the G7 continues the tradition, adding all Canon's latest gizmos (including the new Digic III processor, face detection and image stabilization). Since its announcement there has been heated discussion about some of Canon's decisions - particularly the loss of raw mode and the slower lens. Find out what we thought in the review after the link...
November 16
Nikon D40, hands-on preview
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As we knew all along the leaks were fairly accurate, Nikon has today announced the six megapixel, compact, 'entry level' D40 digital SLR. This new digital SLR loses some of the D50's features but gains some new ones from the D80. Headline details are a new Multi-CAM530 three area AF sensor, 3D Color Matrix Metering II, custom Auto ISO (same as D80), 2.5 fps continuous shooting, no status LCD and in-camera retouching. The D40 also has lots of nice user interface touches designed to make using the camera an easier experience for first time users. We have a production D40 and have produced a detailed hands-on preview in anticipation of a full review in the next few weeks.
Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
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The second 'designed for the D40' accessory today is the SB-400 Speedlight, a compact yet powerful external flash with a tilting front (horizontal, 60, 75 and 90 degrees). This unit has a guide number of 21 (m at ISO 100 at 18mm) and has a shooting distance of 60 cm to 20 m (2 to 66 ft).
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6G ED II lens
As part of its introduction of the new budget, compact digital SLR the D40, Nikon has updated its DX 18-55 mm lens, now carrying the 'II' suffix. This lens will of course become part of the D40 kit and features a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and smoother zoom operation, other updates aren't stated by Nikon.
November 13
Ricoh Caplio RR730
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Ricoh has announced the Caplio RR730, the upgrade to the entry level Caplio RR660. The 7.16 megapixel RR730 features a larger 2.5-inch LCD than the RR660 but it is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The RR730 also sports a 3x optical zoom and 32MB internal memory.
November 10
Leica statement on M8 issues
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Leica has today issued a statement on some of the issues experienced by early M8 owners including IR color casts on certain fabrics and occasional banding. The statement states that "Our technical and engineering teams have isolated the source of these concerns and have identified definitive solutions. Over the next two weeks we will communicate our plan to further assure you of your investment in the Leica M8".
November 9
Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd
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Fujifilm has quietly added a new model to its ultra-slim 'Z' range. The FinePix Z5fd features a new 1/2.5" 6MP Super CCD sensor and sports Fuji's new face detection technology as well as a 'jump on the bandwagon' MySpace / blogging mode. The Z5fd will be available early next year in a range of colors.
November 8
Compacts megapixel race not over
Just when we had hoped that the megapixel race was over for compact cameras Sharp has gone and announced a twelve megapixel 1/1.7" sensor. Lets face it the latest batch of ten megapixel compacts are nothing to get excited about, seven was enough in any compact, it's pretty sad to see another two million photosites crammed into the same space. A smaller photosite (in this case just 1.88 microns) means less sensitivity, higher noise (generally) and an even higher requirement on the lens optics (virtually no current compact has what we'd call a great lens). So expect to see this sensor in a new PMA compact camera with the same 3x zoom lens and ISO 3200.
November 7
PNY xD-Picture Card 2GB
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Today PNY announces the launch of it's highest capacity xD-Picture Card™ to date. Weighing in at 2GB and of Type M specification, it is compatible with Olympus' exclusive panorama function which requires specific support from the media card.
November 6
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Spreading around the web like wildfire is rumored information on an upcoming compact digital SLR from Nikon called the D40. With four fairly well known digital photography / technology 'blogs' already reporting this news it seems ridiculous for us to ignore it. Frankly we've had enough of sitting back each time 'leaks' occur and watching a camera become old news before it's even announced. UPDATE: The camera has now been announced and we have a hands-on preview.
November 2
Canon issue new EOS 30D firmware
Canon has announced new firmware for the EOS 30D. Version 1.0.5 fixes a bug which mis-reports the number of continuous shots which can be taken and also adds a 'semi-gloss paper' option for direct printing. This firmware can be installed by simply copying the update file to the Compact Flash card and is available as a self-extracting archive for Windows or Macintosh.
November 1
Adobe Camera Raw 3.6, DNG converter
Adobe has today removed the Beta suffix from Camera Raw and DNG converter version 3.6 and posted an update as just '3.6'. As previously reported (when 3.6 Beta was released) this new version of Adobe Camera Raw and DNG converter now support an additional 13 cameras including the Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi) and Nikon D80 as well as now the Olympus E-400 and SP-510 UZ. A full list of newly supported models can be found after the link.
October 29
Olympus E-400 Japan Gallery
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It's not often we post a gallery without a review, but the Olympus E-400 is in the unique position of not being available to around 60% of our visitors (those in North America). Because we have limited resources we have prioritize cameras which are available to all rather than a few (I have enough of those to last me until well into the New Year). So in this instance instead of a review we have provided a 46 image gallery taken in Japan.

October 19
Just posted! Samsung NV10 review
Just posted! Our review of the Samsung NV10, one of the new NV series of cameras from Samsung. The all black, metal body NV series was announced back in July and is a significant departure in design and build quality from the cameras Samsung had been known for. The NV10 has a ten megapixel CCD, three times optical zoom lens, MPEG-4 video and sensitivity up to ISO 1000. It's also ultra-slim at just 18.5 mm (0.72 in) 'thick'. See how the NV10 shapes up and how it performed against the competition.
October 14
Just posted! Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of Canon's latest in the EOS xx0D / Digital Rebel series, the new EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi. With a ten megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, a three part dust reduction system, nine point Auto Focus, a new larger LCD and user interface the EOS 400D offers a range of improvements over the camera it replaces, the very successful EOS 350D. See how the EOS 400D performed in our tests and how it compared to the competition.
October 10
Just Posted! Panasonic DMC-LX2 review
Just Posted! Our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 review. A year after the innovative LX1 we have the LX2, which adds a 16:9 widescreen LCD to match the sensor, ups the pixel count to 10.2 megapixels and upgrades the processor to the latest Venus Engine III. There are also minor enhancements to the control interface and a new (low resolution) ISO 3200 mode. Find out what we thought - and if the LX1's flaws have been fixed - after the link...
October 6
Adobe Camera RAW 3.6 Beta
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We were fortunate enough to get an early copy for use in our Nikon D80 review, now Adobe has decided to release Camera RAW 3.6 Beta for public download. This new release of the much praised RAW conversion plug-in adds support for the Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi, Nikon D80, Pentax K100D, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica D-LUX 3 and Leica Digilux 3. The Beta is available for both Windows and Mac platforms.
October 3
Nikon firmware for D200, D2X and D2Hs
Nikon has today issued firmware version 2.0 for three of its digital SLRs. The D200 gets support for the WT-3 wireless transmitter and image authentication via the menu (the use of which requires optional software). Updates to the D2X and D2Hs are far more extensive (probably the largest list of updates we've ever seen implemented by firmware) and include additional ISO settings on the D2X, auto-focus improvements, changes to menu options, new image processing options and playback information. Full details after the link.
October 1
Four new Zeiss lenses for Nikon F mount
Photokina 2006: Zeiss has announced no less than four new ZF series manual focus prime lenses for Nikon F mount. First come the Distagon T* 35 mm F2.0 and 25 mm F2.8 ZF lenses, promising fast wide angle. Next the Makro-Planar T* 50 mm F2.0 and 100 mm F2.0 ZF lenses, a combination of excellent, sharp macro performance and a very fast maximum aperture. These lenses range in price from US$824 (the two Distagon lenses) to US$1,749 for the Makro-Planar 100 mm F2.0.
HP Designjet Z Photo Printers
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Photokina 2006: HP announced a new series of professional photo printers at Photokina in the shape of the Designjet Z2100 and Z3100.The HP Designjet Series is the first to use an embedded spectrophotometer using X-Rite's i1 Color Technology. It simplifies accurate colour-matching, enabling automated ICC profiling and HP Advanced Closed-Loop Colour Calibration. The Z2100 and Z3100 use 8-ink and 12-ink HP Vivera pigment ink system, respectively, and will be available in both 24-inch and 44-inch widths.
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4 lens
Photokina 2006: Carl Zeiss recently announced a totally unique 'monster lens', the built-to-order Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4 lens. Designed to be used with a Hasselblad 6x6 medium format camera this monster lens weighs in at 256 KG (564 lb) and uses unique methods for handling focusing (because of the weight of each glass element). This lens becomes the largest telephoto lens for non-military use anywhere in the world. The price hasn't been disclosed (although we've heard rumours) nor has the private owner, although some of the text on the lens is in Arabic and it carries a 'State of Qatar' emblem.
September 30
Sigma 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS
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Photokina 2006: Sigma has announced another digital-only lens, the new 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS lens. This compact lens offers a big 11x zoom range in combination with Sigma's own Optical Stabilizer. Just like the 18-50 mm DC lens this one features aspherical and low dispersion elements as well as multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghosting. On the downside it is slow (F6.3) at telephoto (you can't have everything at this price). On a digital SLR with a 1.5x FOV multiplier this lens provides an equivalent field of view of 27-300 mm on a 35 mm camera.
Sigma 18-50 mm F2.8 EX DC Macro lens
Photokina 2006: Sigma has announced the interesting 18-50 mm F2.8 EX DC Macro lens. Like all other DC lenses this is designed specifically for digital SLR's with APS sized sensors. It offers a maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the zoom range and a minimum focus distance of 20 cm (7.9 in). In addition the lens features aspherical and low dispersion elements. This should be an interesting alternative to the often poor kit lenses bundled with sub-$1000 digital SLRs. On a digital SLR with a 1.5x FOV multiplier this lens provides an equivalent field of view of 27-75 mm on a 35 mm camera.
Pretec 16 GB Compact Flash card
Photokina 2006: Pretec has announced its 16 GB Compact Flash card. This announcement clearly aimed to compete with SanDisk who also recently announced a 16 GB Card. Pretec are proud to be the first with high capacities cards such as 3 GB in November 2002 and 6 GB in March 2003.
Kingston 4 GB SDHC card
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Photokina 2006: Kingston Technoilogy announced their first SDHC card, the 4 GB Secure Digital High-Capacity Class 2. This devices has a minimum sustained throughput of 2 MB/sec (hence the classification). In addition they have also announced SDHC compatibility for their 15-in-1 high-speed USB 2.0 reader. The 4 GB SDHC will be priced around $200, the 15-in-1 reader at $20.
Delkin ExpressCard 34 CF adapter
Photokina 2006: Delkin Devices has announced the first ever ExpressCard 34 Compact Flash adapter which enables high speed transfer of files to and from Compact Flash cards, up to 20 MB/sec. The new adapter is compatible with both PC and Mac computers fitted with an ExpressCard slot (34 or 54 mm) and requires no drivers (Windows XP / Mac OS 10.4.x or higher). The ExpressCard 34 is priced at $60 and should be available in mid-October.
Panasonic Four Thirds lenses
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Photokina 2006: Panasonic has announced that the DMC-L1's kit lens, the Leica D 14-50 mm F2.8-F3.5 (with OIS) Four Thirds lens can now be purchased separately and is compatible with other Four Thirds cameras. In addition they have also announced the Leica D 25 mm F1.4 Four Thirds lens. Because of the Four Thirds sensor size these two lenses produce a field of view equivalent to 28-100 mm and 50 mm on a 35 mm camera. No pricing information is currently available.
Seitz for 160 megapixels
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Photokina 2006: Seitz has announced its D3 scan back which when implemented in its new 6x17 Digital camera produces a 160 megapixel image in around one second, or on its new Roundshot D3 camera produces a 470 megapixel image in two seconds. The new back and cameras will be available in January priced at around $36,000.
Leica acquires control of Sinar
Photokina 2006: In a relatively unexpected industry twist Leica revealed that it had acquired a controlling share (51%) in the Swiss digital medium format camera company Sinar, this purchased from Jenoptik. Leica has stated that it fully intends to continue development of Sinar products under the Sinar brand. We can only assume that Leica will lean on the knowledge and expertise of Sinar in the digital arena to help develop its ever expanding digital line.
Apple Aperture 1.5
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Photokina 2006: Apple has announced the latest release of its Aperture photographic workflow application. Major improvements include a much improved RAW conversion engine, better performance and compatibility, image manipulation and adjustment, improved IPTC metadata handling as well as scripting either as AppleScript or Automator.
Epson P-3000 and P-5000
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Photokina 2006: Epson has announced the P-3000 and P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewers. Compared to previous models these new units feature better color response (thanks to a four color filter), Adobe RGB support, faster performance thanks to a new CPU, a modified control layout and a larger 4.0" LCD screen. The 40 GB P-3000 model should cost around $500, the 80 GB P-5000 model at $700.
Hasselblad H3D
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Photokina 2006: Hasselblad has announced the new H3D medium format camera system which Hasselblad is confusingly describing as 'the World's first 48 mm full-frame DSLR camera system'. The digital back part of the camera features a 48 x 36 mm sensor (which sounds to us like two full-frame 35 mm sensors stitched together) and will be available in either 22 or 39 megapixel flavors. The big controversy surrounding the H3D is that it no longer supports third party backs, only Hasselblad's own backs.
Canon Media Storage M30 and M80
Photokina 2006: Canon has announced the Media Storage M30 and M80 devices which feature a high resolution 3.7" TFT LCD screen, CF and SD reader, USB 2.0 connection and either a 30 or 80 GB hard disk. These devices are similar to the Epson P series Photo Viewer devices enabling you to backup and store images directly from storage card or camera and display them on the built-in screen. The M30 and M80 also support direct printing via USB and are powered by the now 'Canon standard' BP-511A Lithium-Ion battery. Canon are keen to stress that these products are not OEM but have been developed in-house.
Tamron AF 18-250 mm Di-II lens
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Photokina 2006: Tamron has announced the new 18-250 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens designed specifically for digital SLR's with APS-C sized sensors. This lightweight lens is an improvement on the existing 18 to 200 mm lens, adding further telephoto range. It provides a zoom range of 18 to 250 mm (13.8x), producing an equivalent field of view of approximately 27 to 375 mm on a digital SLR with a 1.5x FOV crop. This is said to be the highest power zoom lens designed specifically for digital SLRs.
September 26
Sigma SD14
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Photokina 2006: Sigma has today announced the long awaited successor to the SD10, the new SD14. The SD14 features a Foveon X3 sensor with '14 megapixels', those being delivered over three separate color sensitive layers, in a 2652 x 1769 x 3 configuration. In its optimum native output size (2652 x 1769) the SD14 offers approximately 35% more resolution. The sensor size remains the same meaning a 1.7x field-of-view crop. Headline improvements include in-camera JPEG, a larger, brighter viewfinder, a larger 2.5" LCD monitor, Lithium-Ion battery, improved auto focus and continuous shooting and a built-in flash.
Sigma DP1
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Photokina 2006: Sigma has today announced the interesting, unique DP1 digital camera which features the same Foveon 14M X3 sensor (2652 x 1768 x 3 layers) as the SD14 and a fixed 16.6 mm F4.0 lens (providing a 28 mm equiv. FOV). As a development announcement there isn't a lot more detail than this, a quick look over the body images reveals a large LCD monitor, pop-up flash and the expected range of manual controls.
SanDisk Extreme III 12 & 16GB CompactFlash
Photokina 2006: SanDisk has today announced the 12GB and 16GB Extreme III CompactFlash cards. With a minimum read/write speed of 20MB/sec, the new high capacity cards are ideal for those shooting in RAW mode or high-res JPG files.
SanDisk 4GB Ultra II SDHC card
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Photokina 2006: SanDisk also announced today the 4GB Ultra II SD High Capacity card that is capable of storing more than 2000 high-res images or up to 8 hours of MPEG 4 video. The 4GB Ultra II SDHC features write speeds of 9MB/sec and read speeds of 10MB/sec and will be sold with SanDisk's MicroMate USB 2.0 reader.
Lensbaby 3G, now with lens locks
Photokina 2006: Lensbabies has today revealed their Lensbaby 3G (third generation). These 'selective focus' lenses allow you to produce unique focusing and depth of field effects, the latest generation providing even more control thanks to lockable thread adjustments and additional fine-tuning adjustment on the front dial.
September 25
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta 4.0
Pre-Photokina 2006: Adobe Systems Inc today announced an update to Photoshop Lightroom beta with version 4.0. Available immediately for free download, version 4.0 unites product feature set for Windows and Mac platforms allowing a new way to import, manage and showcase large volumes of digital photos. Version 4.0 also adds improved workflow tools including a precision white balance option, new filters and search presets, and a new tone curve adjustment feature.
Ulead PhotoImpact 12
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Pre-Photokina 2006: Ulead Systems Inc. has announced the latest version of its flagship image editing software, PhotoImpact 12. The new version features ExpressFix mode - a simplified interface that allows users to adjust color, exposure and focus with one-click presets and a SmartGuide 'How-to' panel. Version 12 also adds a new white-balance correction tool, an enhanced Reduce Noise feature and the RAW file format has been extended to cover more camera models.
dpreview at Photokina 2006
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Pre-Photokina 2006: We've arrived to a rather dull and cloudy Cologne, Germany for the Photokina 'World of Imaging' Trade Show. Today is Press Day, the show proper starts tomorrow so keep an eye on our show report page for regular updates live from the floor during show hours. We'll also be posting any further news on the front page as it breaks.
Kodak EasyShare Z710 Zoom
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Pre-Photokina 2006: Kodak has announced another big zoom camera, the budget-priced 7.1-megapixel EasyShare Z710 Zoom. It sports a non-stabilized 10x optical zoom, 2-inch LCD, 19 pre-programmed scene and color modes and full manual mode control.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
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Pre-Photokina 2006: Fujifilm has today announced the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, or at least the development of it, due to be available in 'early 2007'. The S5 Pro features the same SuperCCD SR design sensor although now called 'SR Pro', it features 6.17 million 'S photodiodes' (normal DR) and 6.17 million 'R photodiodes' (highlight DR) for a total photodiode count of 12.34 million. Other headline improvements are the new body (which is obviously based on the Nikon D200) and all that includes; better AF, i-TTL flash, metering, Lithium-Ion battery. Other improvements include better DR control, up to ISO 3200 sensitivity and LAN / WiFi accessories.
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd
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Pre-Photokina 2006: Just seven months after the launch of the FinePix F30, Fujifilm has given it a minor upgrade in the shape of the FinePix F31fd, which adds the hardware-based face recognition technology debuted on the S6500fd (using the Real Photo Processor II). The only other change we could find was the addition of IR communication capabilitles. It is not known at this time if the new model replaces the FinePix F30.