May 14
New Panasonic Robust Image Sensor
Panasonic has today announced that it has developed a MOS type image sensor which can withstand being exposed to direct sunlight for more than twenty years. The most significant part of this announcement however is the development of a new type of microlens formed by concentric rings and color filters made from inorganic materials (unlike the dyed RGB color filters found on traditional sensors). "The cutting-edge semiconductor process technology can realize the pattering of an array of digital-microlenses made of an inorganic material in subwavelength dimensions. A digital-microlens can be formed by patterning digitally the inorganic material in concentric rings, which works out as a conventional onchip microlens to gather more light onto the photo diode area. "
May 7
Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Finally we have the update everyone had expected at PMA, the new PowerShot S5 IS digital camera. The S5 IS features an eight megapixel 1/2.5" (5.8 x 4.3 mm) CCD sensor and a twelve times Image Stabilized zoom lens. Unfortunately this lens, while offering long reach with its maximum 432 mm equiv. FOV doesn't improve at the wide end with the same 36 mm equiv. FOV as the S3 IS. Improvements include Face Detection (for AF, AE and Flash in shooting mode and red-eye removal in playback), a 2.5" LCD monitor (up on the S3 IS) and a flash hot-shoe. Still no RAW support though.
Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Canon has announced the new Powershot SD850 IS (IXUS 950 IS) which replaces the SD700 IS (IXUS 800 IS). Confused yet? This new digital camera features an eight megapixel 1/2.5" (5.8 x 4.3 mm) CCD sensor mated to a four times optical zoom lens in a compact metal body. In addition the SD850 also features optical Image Stabilization (hence the IS suffix), a 2.5" "PureColor" LCD monitor and face detection for optimizing AF, exposure and flash (up to nine faces). Face Detection can also be used in playback mode for red-eye removal. The SD850 also has a 1 frame per second 'spy camera mode' (well, time lapse).
Canon Selphy CP740 and CP750
In addition to their two new cameras Canon has also introduced two new dye-sublimation photo printers the Selphy CP740 and CP750. The primary difference between the two appears to be in LCD size, photo adjustment and IrDA and IrSimple (high-speed) support. These two new printers take approximately one minute to produce a postcard (6x4") print at 300 dpi, they feature a range of connectivity options including card slots (CF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick, xD-Picture Card), direct PC/Mac printing (USB), Canon Direct Print and PictBridge (USB), Infrared (CP750), Bluetooth (optional BU-20 unit) and even WiFi (optional WA-1E unit).
May 6
Just Posted! Casio EX-V7 Review
Just Posted! Our concise review of the Casio Exilim EX-V7 digital camera. As well as being the first ultra-slim Exilim to sport a large (7x) zoom it is the first with mechanical (CCD-shift) image stabilization. It's also got a wealth of unique features and a fair degree of photographic control. But is the EX-V7 as good in use as it looks on paper? Read the review after the link to find out...
May 1
Sony announces Cyber-Shot S800
Sony has announced the latest in its popular Cyber-Shot line of compact digital cameras. Packing a 6x zoom and 8.1 megapixel sensor into its slim metal shell, the Cyber-Shot S800 aims to make high-quality images available to style-conscious photographers.
April 27
Fujifilm S5 Pro firmware Ver 1.06

Fujifilm has issued a second firmware update for its recently launched S5 Pro digital SLR. This latest upgrade deals with the menu system, allowing four additional parameters to be locked against modification. The Barcode-reading feature has also been tweaked, now allowing more than one value to be incorporated into the EXIF data for each image.

April 26
Pentax K10D firmware 1.20
Pentax has today released firmware version 1.20, as far as we can tell this new version simply provides compatibility with the new Pentax Remote Assistant 3 software, providing tethered remote shooting by computer control. For those of you who haven't updated your cameras recently this update includes all of the additional features in 1.11 and 1.10. You can update your cameras by simply downloading the firmware file, copying the extracted BIN file onto an SD card, placing that into the camera and holding the MENU button while powering on (make sure you have a fully charged battery).
Several Pentax software updates
Pentax has today announced a swathe of software updates; first off the block is the Pentax RAW codec for Windows Vista which will enable you to view and develop RAW .PEF files directly in Vista. Next up is Pentax Remote Assistant 3 which provides tethered shooting using a K10D, updates in this version included operation with more than two cameras connected and interval / teimer / bulb modes. Lastly Pentax has updated both their Photo Browser and Photo Laboratory applications the later of which now features additional noise reduction and lens aberration correction features.
April 20
Adobe updates Camera Raw and DNG Converter plug-ins
Adobe has released updates for its DNG Converter and Camera Raw applications, supporting Panasonic's recently-launched Lumix DMC-FZ8 camera. The updated plug-ins are available for Photoshop CS3, Elements 4.01 for Mac and Elements 5.0 for Windows systems.
April 17
Canon updates EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D Firmware
Canon has today made available updated firmware for its EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS 400D digital SLR. Version 1.0.5 addresses issues with the PictBridge direct printing system and improves communication with the 380EX Speedlite. Further information and the update itself is available now from Canon's firmware update page.
April 16
SanDisk and Sony announce SxS memory card
SanDisk and Sony have jointly today announced the new SxS memory card format designed for professional camcorders. This new format is essentially the definition of a PCI Express memory card, it's the same size and has the same interface. Initially announced in 16 GB capacity we wouldn't be surprised to see this doubling within a few months (such is the pace of flash memory development). Although not strictly digital photography related (yet) this format may well be of interest to developers of professional medium format backs and other specialized cameras.
April 13
Sigma SD14 V.1.01
Sigma has released V.1.01 firmware for its newly launched SD14 digital SLR. The changes implemented include various improvements to the flash system and the ability to enter sensor cleaning mode without the use of an AC adaptor as well as polishing up the playback quality. The update is available now via the SD14 firmware update page which also details the changes.
April 11
Just posted! Fuji FinePix F31fd Review
Just posted! A quick - but comprehensive - update to last year's review of one of the most talked about cameras of last year, the Fuji FinePix F30. The F31fd isn't a major update - aside from a couple of new features (face detection AF/AE being the main one) the big change is that it uses a new version of the Real Photo Processor, which has had a small, but important, effect on overall image quality. Find out after the link if the F31fd is a worthy successor to one of the few really memorable digital compact cameras of the last few years...
Just posted! Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 review
Just posted! From the 'better late than never' section of our review queue comes our detailed in-depth review of Panasonic's first digital SLR, the DMC-L1. The L1 is fairly unique in the digital SLR world in that not only is it not available 'body only' but that its kit lens makes up a good portion of the total price. We can though forgive it somewhat because of the clever integration of lens features (manual aperture, optical image stabilization) and the fact that it's an incredibly high quality lens. So read on to see how the L1 performed and how it stacked up to the competition.
April 10
Pentax and Hoya merger scrapped
On 21st December last year Pentax and Hoya issued a joint statement declaring their intention to merge in a share-swap. Today Pentax has announced it is to scrap this plan in an apparent rift between the board and the Pentax president Fumio Urano who today resigned over the matter. Takashi Watanuki will take over as preseident of Pentax and in another twist to the story Hoya's board has apparently confirmed they will continue to negotiate for a takeover bid.
April 4
Just Posted! Panasonic DMC-TZ3  Review
Just Posted! Our review of the DMC-TZ3, part of the second generation of compact 'travel zooms' from Panasonic. With a 28-280mm stabilized lens, bigger screen and high resolution sensor the TZ3 certainly looks like an impressive upgrade to the TZ1 on paper, but how does it compare where it matters? Read on after the click to find out...
April 3
Casio goes underwater
Casio has expanded its range of underwater housings with this snazzy little red number designed to fit their Exilim EX-Z65 and EX-Z75 digital cameras. With a maximum depth rating of 3m (10ft) it's not likely to transform the user into the next Jacques Cousteau but could be just the thing to protect your camera on the beach or around the pool.
March 29
Breeze Systems adds GPS support to Downloader Pro 2.0
Breeze Systems has released the latest version of its image transfer package Downloader Pro. Features new to v2.0 include the ability to tag images with GPS coordinate information as they are downloaded from camera to computer and thumbnail support. The new software has also been updated to run on Windows Vista and includes support for additional file types.
March 28
Latest Sigma Pro Photo software for SD9 & SD10 users
Sigma has announced that the latest version of its Pro Photo RAW development software which is bundled with its latest SD-14 DSLR will be available to users of SD9 & SD10 cameras from early April 2007. Sigma says this latest release has an improved image-processing algorithm and that v3.0 for PC and v2.2 for Macintosh will be available via the Sigma website.
Ricoh announces GX100
Ricoh has announced the successor to its Caplio GX8 digital camera. Among the headline features are a 24-72mm (equiv.) zoom lens and a slim body measuring just 25mm deep. Possibly the camera's most interesting new feature is a removable electronic viewfinder, a world first for Ricoh. Images updated.
March 27
Adobe Creative Suite branches out

Adobe has today unveiled its release plans for the next version of Creative Suite and it looks like they've been very busy indeed. The industry colossus now comes in an initially bewildering variety of different forms, each aimed at providing tools and workflows tailored to different strands of the imaging sector. Adobe is even releasing software to assist developers of software for handheld devices. Each of the 'premium' suites comes packaged with the new extended edition of Photoshop whilst purchasers of the 'standard' set will receive the 'plain vanilla' release. Available from April 2007, this round of releases looks set to cement Adobe's name as the industry leader for some time to come.

Photoshop CS3: Final release details
Adobe has today fleshed out its release plans for the next version of Photoshop. As reported earlier there will be two versions made available when it begins shipping next month. The standard edition will be familiar to existing users whilst a second 'extended' release will be aimed at industries as diverse as medicine, architecture and 3D design which already use image manipulation packages but require specific tools and features not currently included in Photoshop. This split in the product line serves to extend Adobe's potential market whilst not forcing traditional users to adopt the new additions unless they choose to.
March 26
Just Posted! Olympus SP-550UZ Review
Just Posted! Our review of the Olympus SP-550UZ, the first serious attempt by Olympus to take back some ground in the super zoom sector it helped create back in 2000 with the legendary C-2100UZ. Offering 7MP resolution, image stabilization (CCD-shift) and an astounding 28-504mm (equiv.) 18x optical zoom range rarely has a camera caused so much interest based on its specification alone... so can the SP-550UZ live up to the hype? Find out in our in-depth review after the link...
Olympus SP-550UZ firmware V1.1
Olympus has released the first firmware update for its SP-550UZ digital camera. Said to improve exposure accuracy when shooting above ISO800, the update is available now and may be installed via your Olympus Master software (follow the link below for instructions):
March 23
Casio Exilim EX-Z70 & EX-Z700 gain SDHC support
Casio has released updated firmware for its Exilim EX-Z70 and EX-Z700 digital cameras. The update brings SDHC media support, allowing the cameras to utilize cards in excess of 4GB capacity. Follow the link below to visit the Casio firmware update page for more information and to download the updates.
March 22
Lightzone for Adobe & Apple users
Light Crafts have announced that their LightZone editing software is to be made available at a discounted rate to users of Apple Aperture and Photoshop Lightroom. The package will also be compatible with Apple iPhoto. The software is said to employ a simpler and more natural approach to the retouching and enhancement of digital images, allowing artists every opportunity to express themselves effectively without being bogged down in technical jargon. Updated.
March 20
Fujifilm S5 Firmware 1.04 released
Fujifilm has released upgraded firmware for its S5 Pro DSLR. Bringing the camera up to 1.04 specification, the update concentrates on improving the White Balance system, tweaking the 'Flash' preset as well as allowing better colour performance whilst using the automatic setting with non-CPU lenses. For further information or to download the update, which is available with immediate effect, simply pay a visit to the Fujifilm S5 Pro firmware update page (link inside) .
March 16
SanDisk standard SDHC range to reach 8GB
SanDisk today announced that from next month 8GB will be the highest capacity available in its standard range of SDHC media cards. Previously restricted to the premium 'Ultra II' line, the lower cost and speed of the new cards make them ideal for owners of the latest crop of high-resolution compact digital cameras. As with the Ultra II, SanDisk will bundle an SDHC reader with the card.
March 13
Just posted! PMA 2007 Final Show Report
PMA 2007: We've just posted the final version of our PMA 2007 Show Report including a round-up of the show from our perspective. The show report covers 19 stands with over 260 images and 3,000 words (all posted live from the show floor). In the five days of the show (including press day) we received 4.4 million visitors who read 11.9 million pages. So click on for the complete and final PMA 2007 story.
March 9
New additions to Sandisk Extreme III range
Sandisk is expanding its range of Extreme III media with new 4GB SDHCand Memory Stick PRO Duocards. The SDHC is rated as 'Class 6' which guarantees a minimum sustained write speed of 6MB/s, although Sandisk say it is capable of 20MB/s. It will also be bundled with a MicroMateUSB 2.0 reader, ensuring compatibility with the new standard. The Memory Stick PRO Duo card is said to have a sequential read/write rating of 18MB/s.
Lexar Platinum II SDHC & MS Pro Duo
PMA 2007: Lexar are expanding their line of memory cards with a new 4GB Platinum II CompactFlash® card as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media in 2 and 4GB capacities. Purchasers of certain cards in the Platinum II range will also be eligible to download a selection of software including image recovery and backup tools.
March 8
PMA 2007 Show Report Live
PMA 2007: The dpreview team have been in Las Vegas for two days in preparation for the PMA 2007 trade show which opens its doors this morning. We will of course be bringing you our usual live-from-the-show-floor reports with coverage of the most important exhibitors and products in a virtual whrilwind tour of the floor. Keep a close eye on our live report index at the top of the front page, on our show report page or subscribe to our show report RSS feed.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1
PMA 2007: After announcing most of its new compact digital camera range last week, Sony held one back for the first day of PMA. The DSC-G1 is Sony's first wireless Cyber-Shot digital camera, and it also boasts a 921,000 pixel 3.5-inch screen, 2.0GB (yes GB) of internal memory and advanced automatic image management. On the photographic side the DSC-G1 is pretty standard Cyber-shot fayre, though it does have optical image stabilization (Super Steady Shot in Sony speak).
Adobe to offer Photoshop CS3 in two flavours
PMA 2007: Adobe has today outlined its plans to offer two versions of Photoshop CS3 when it is released later this year. In addition to the standard edition, imaging professionals and enthusiasts will have the option of a yet more comprehensive tool in the form of an extended version. This is said to build on the already bulging feature set by adding 3-D and motion graphics oriented capabilities as well as allowing image measurement and analysis. Adobe say they are aiming to simplify imaging in the architectural, engineering, medical and scientific industries whilst continuing to cater to their core following of graphic and multimedia artists.
Sandisk offers 8GB SDHC
PMA 2007: Sandisk has today introduced its largest capacity SDHC media to date, packing 8GB into the familiar format. Part of the popular 'Ultra II' range, the new card is given a Class 4 speed rating guaranteeing a minimum sustained write speed of 4MB/s. Sandisk has also chosen to bundle an SDHC reader with the card. This is a nice gesture on their part as older devices are not compatible with the new standard.
Sigma DP1
PMA 2007: Another Sigma product revealed at Photokina but confirmed today is the DP1 compact camera with an APS size sensor. The DP1 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). Significant changes since the development announcement back in September include a hot-shoe and external viewfinder.
Sigma APO 200 - 500 mm F2.8 lens
PMA 2007: Sigma has today announced one massive beast of a lens; the APO 200 - 500 mm F2.8 EX DG. This lens is stated by Sigma as being the worlds first Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens that offers an impressively fast F2.8 maximum aperture through its range. The lens also features and LCD panel with a readout of focal length and subject distance. If 500 mm isn't enough reach a dedicated 2x Tele Converter is supplied with the lens as standard and changes it into a 400 - 1000 mm F5.6. Combine that with a typical APS-size 1.5x FOV crop on a digital SLR and you've got either 300 - 750 mm F2.8 or a 600 - 1500 mm F5.6 (better have a good tripod). No news on price, availability or weight yet.
Sigma 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS
PMA 2007: Although revealed at Photokina six months ago Sigma has today officially announced the 18 - 200 mm F3.5 - F6.3 DC OS lens. This compact lens offers a big 11x zoom range in combination with Sigma's own Optical Stabilizer. It 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.
HP Photosmart R837
PMA 2007: Today's HP day, with three new additions to the easy to use Photosmart digital camera range. First up is the Photosmart R837, which represents something of a design departure for HP, featuring an internal zoom and sliding front panel. Other spec of note include a 3.0-inch LCD screen, 3x zoom and 7.2MP CCD. More importantly it is packed with HP technology goodness, including (an industry first) pet-eye fix and, naturally, a special 'slimming mode'. Nice.
HP Photosmart M537
PMA 2007: Next up is the entry-level Photosmart M537 Digital Camera, a 6 megapixel, 3x zoom model with HP Steady Photo Anti Shake (ISO boost anyone? There's certainly no moving parts involved). Another wrist slap goes out to HP for putting '18x zoom' in the headline spec... we don't count the digital bit guys! Thought that died out years ago...
HP Photosmart M437
PMA 2007: Last but not least is the entry-level M437 digital camera. With a 5MP CCD, 2-inch screen and 3x optical zoom (or '15x total zoom; as HP puts it) the M437 is an inexpensive (€119) introduction point to HP's clever in-camera effects and proven ease of use. Oh and it goes up to ISO 800 - which in HP marketing terms means it's got 'anti shake'. Tut tut.
March 7
Kodak adds to EasyShare range
Pre-PMA 2007: In amongst a raft of PMA announcements Kodak has added four new models to its EasyShare range of digital cameras. The new cameras include the Z712, with 12x zoom, ISO 8000 (!) and optical image stabilization, the Z885 (also sporting an astonishing ISO 8000 setting) and two entry-level models (the C763 and C613).
Leica 14-150mm Four Thirds lens
Pre-PMA 2007: Panasonic has today announced the development of a new 28-300mm equivalent wide to tele lens for the Four Third system. The Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH features Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S image stabilization system, but there is no shipping date or pricing information yet.
Leica 25mm F1.4 Four Thirds lens
Pre-PMA 2007: Panasonic has today announced the availability of a second Leica lens for the Four Thirds system (the lens itself was originally announced back in September at Photokina). The LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH is a fast standard lens (equivalent to a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera) and promises superb image quality thanks to a large diameter aspherical lens and four ED elements.
Delkin Cardbus reader
Pre-PMA 2007: Hot on the heels of it's new Expresscard readers as outlined above Delkin also has an update to an old favourite; the Cardbus CompactFlash adapter. Tearing along at up to 40MB/s, this new device should satisfy even the busiest (or most impatient) photographer. Supporting the latest UDMA specification for Compactflash, users with older cards should not feel left out as it is fully compatible with earlier types too.
Delkin launches Expresscard readers
Pre-PMA 2007: Delkin have today launched two new card readers based on the Expresscard architecture, promising transfer speeds up to 33MB/s. The two devices, a CompactFlash-only reader and a 6-in-1 multi-format reader, are useable with both PC and Mac. As well as supporting the latest UDMA media, the CF adapter is backward-compatible with earlier standards of CF (I and II) and Microdrives whilst the 6-in-1 card will accept SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro and xD cards.
March 6
Nikon D40X and preview
Pre-PMA 2007: Just under four months since the D40 and Nikon has announced an upgraded ten megapixel version of the camera. The new Nikon D40X is essentially identical to the D40 apart from its ten megapixel CCD, a lower base sensitivity of ISO 100 and faster continuous shooting (now up to 3.0 fps). Obviously the competitive target for this camera is the Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), and it is clearly priced to achieve that at $799 including the 18-55 mm kit lens. We have a detailed hands-on preview of the Nikon D40X.
Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm lens
Pre-PMA 2007: Nikon has today announced an updated version of its AF-S DX 55-200 mm lens. The new AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm F4.0-F5.6G IF-ED has a Silent Wave Motor for fast and quiet focusing, ED glass lens element and most significantly optical Vibration Reduction. This lens provides 3.6x zoom and delivers an equivelant field of view of 82.5 - 300 mm when used on a DX digital SLR (1.5x FOV crop).
March 5
Olympus E-1 successor; P-1 pictures
Pre-PMA 2007: Subsequent to our story earlier today Olympus has now shared some images of a mock-up of the upcoming E-1 successor (codename P-1) as well as the new lenses. As you can see the P-1 will not by default be as tall as the E-1, instead it has a form factor similar to the Nikon D200, although there will be a battery grip available. Also the camera has an articulating LCD screen. UPDATED 12/Mar/2007: Images removed.