At almost the same time as us digitalkamera.de posted their review of Olympus's E-10, here's what they concluded, "The Olympus Camedia E-10 will without a doubt fulfil the demands of the semi-professionals, yes, and even the professionals. For about 2,250 EUR the camera offers almost everything that one could hope for in this price class, except the removable lens... But the E-10 is not exactly cheap either at a price of 2,250 EUR, and fully equipped with accessories the price can easily be doubled."
Finally! (I can hear some of you sigh). Yes, it's been delayed, interrupted and postponed several times but we can finally bring you our full in-depth review of Olympus's interest (and in many respects, excellent) E-10. When this metal clad digital SLR first broke onto the digital photography scene it certainly stirred up a lot of interest, since then many lucky people in the US managed to get their hands on production E-10's even before us.. and started to report a few funny problems. Want the full low-down? Read the review...
Sony have released the specifications of their ICX282 5 megapixel CDD that we posted back in November. As we said then "The ICX282 is the latest in a series of CCD sensors and is the direct progression from the ICX252 seen in many of this years 3 megapixel digital cameras. A leap in resolution and more interestingly the sensor's size has increased to 2/3" (11 mm diagonally), thus unit size (pixel size) is almost the same (3.4µm vs. 3.45µm)."
The monthly bilingual webzine Megapixel.Net have released their January edition (in French and English), this month they've reviewed the Sony DSC-P1, Canon Powershot G1, Casio QV-2300UX, Toshiba PDR-M60. They also have articles about macro photography, time and date stamping and useful gadgets when travelling with your digicam.
Start the year off with a new Digital Camera. Once again DPReview and State Street Direct (our official affiliate) are working hard to get the best deals for our readers. State Street Direct, is offering 5% off on any in-stock digital camera (online orders only) now through Sunday night midnight (Jan. 14th, EST). This offer is only available by clicking on a special link in this news article.
The success of the DCS 620x tolled the death knell for the DCS 620 (which has now been discontinued), buyers simply couldn't see the reason to go for it over the super-sensitive DCS 620x. In the wake of that news comes new camera, printer and imaging software bundles from Kodak Professional. The printer included in these bundles is Kodak's Professional 8660 Thermal.
Mac World 2001: In a major re-vamp of their film scanner range for 2001, Nikon today introduced no less than three new film scanners. The Super Coolscan 4000 ED for 35mm at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi (can be fitted with a roll auto-feeder). The Super Coolscan 8000 ED multi-format at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi and the entry level Coolscan IV ED at 12-bits per channel, 2900 dpi. We have exclusive specifications and images of the new scanners!
EETimes report that UMC in partnership with Photobit Corp said it has readied a special CMOS image sensor process that will enable pixel sizes as low as 3 microns and resolutions of more than 5 megapixels. UMC said it will start accepting image sensor designs in the first quarter and predicts products based on the technology could be on the shelves at the end of the year.
Sorry to all our readers, earlier today we were offline for around six hours, this is our worst outage in the last 12 months. The problem was a dead router at our hosting provider (dn.net) which brought down several server connections (not just ours). Good news is they've now fixed the problem and we're steaming ahead again... So get in and read that Pro90 review if you haven't yet!
CES 2001: JVC has announced two new digital cameras, the GC-QX5HD an GC-QX3HD. The difference between the two cameras isn't at first apparent apart from the 5HD coming with 16MB SmartMedia (vs. 8MB of the 3HD), a supplied film copier with the 5HD and a 6 megapixel interpolation mode. One interesting feature of both cameras is HDTV output (1080 interlaced lines) for display on high resolution TV monitors.
CES 2001: The Ultra-Pocket credit card sized digital camera from SMaL Camera Technologies is just 6 mm thick, it can take VGA (640 x 480) images and can be connected to a PC via a USB cable. Other features include a viewfinder, rechargeable battery, 35mm (equiv.) F2.0 fixed lens, and MMC card storage (8 MB supplied). Oh, and it weighs just 63 g (2 oz).
CES 2001: Polaroid has announced several new digital imaging products at the CES this year: the P-500 mobile digital photo printer, the PhotoMAX Digital Picture Frame (5x7" screen) the PDC 2300Z 2.3 megapixel, 2.3x optical zoom digital camera and the PhotoMAX MP3 digital camera which can shoot VGA (640 x 480) and play MP3's.
Another dpreview.com exclusive! A full in-depth review of a production Canon Pro90 IS. We've had this camera since before Christmas and have been busily preparing this review to coincide with the cameras announcement today. Canon's flagship PowerShot has a 10x optical stabilised lens, 2.6 megapixel resolution and a TTL electronic viewfinder.. but how does it measure up in real life?
CES 2001: Today, Canon announce the sucessor to their ever popular Pro 70, the all new Pro90 IS, featuring the previously announced 10x optical stabilised lens, 2.6 megapixels of resolution and an electronic TTL viewfinder the Pro90 is a feature packed and attractive offering. We have the pictures, press release and specifications.
Sony today (in time for CES 2001) announced a new prototype "InfoStick module" (same form factor and connectors as memory stick) which provides a Bluetooth communications module for compatible hardware. In theory (in future digital cameras) a module such as this would allow your camera to communicate directly with (say) a digital wallet type device carried on your belt, your mobile phone or even a pair of Bluetooth video goggles, the possibilties are endless...
The guys over at digitalkamera.de have notched up an exclusive, they've managed to get their hands on a new 128 MB SmartMedia card (official launch planned for the middle of this year) and have tested various cameras with the new card, the results are surprisingly positive... "As you can see from the list, most of the digital cameras which already operated without any problems with 64-MByte removable memory cards, are also compatible with the new 128-MByte memory cards."
Viking Components, manufacturer of memory, storage and miniture I/O devices have today announced the addition of MultiMediaCards (flash storage cards about half the size of SmartMedia) to their product range. Pre-empting the requirement for MultiMediaCards Viking will be initially producing 16, 32 and 64 MB MMC cards.
Motorola today introduced the MCM20027 1280 x 1024 CMOS image sensor. Dubbed "camera-on-a-chip" this new sensor integrates the PGA (amplifier) and ADC (analog to digital converter) onto a single chip (as do all CMOS sensors). "Targeted at cost-sensitive digital still cameras, video systems and other imaging applications, the MCM20027 is manufactured using Motorola's ImageMOS technology."
Here's wishing all of our readers, supporters, sponsors and other site webmasters a very Merry Christmas, I hope Santa brings you a bag full of digital photography goodies this year (if you haven't already treated yourselves that is ;). This December 25th also marks our second anniversary! Have a happy, relaxing and stomach filling Christmas and don't forget to take lots of snaps!
Kodak Professional have released a standalone application for browsing and converting their proprietary RAW files (which have a .TIF extension). Previously conversion of RAW files from the DCS series of cameras could only be carried out from a TWAIN module but this new standalone application provides many of the same features without requiring a photo package to "host" the TWAIN module. Photo Desk is a free download for Kodak DCS owners.
The printed Japanese "Digital Camera Magazine" published by Impress has now gone monthly, as ever they've updated their current issue page with sample images which correspond to reviews / articles in their magazine, always a good source of sample images from recent cameras. This month (magazine dated Jan 2001) they have samples from several new cameras including Olympus's C-3040/2040 Zoom and E-100RS.
But certainly a repair for some owners... Thanks to the investigative work of Rob Galbraith we seem to have an answer to why some owners have D1's with the high ISO banding problem and some don't. "...there is no so-called "silent upgrade" for the Nikon D1 that magically transforms its high ISO performance. But, some D1 cameras may require the replacement of a failing electronic part to rid images of a slight to noticeable diagonal pattern, especially in the green channel of images shot at ISO 1600 and above."
According to a report on AsiaBizTech shipments of digital cameras are expected to reach 12 million units worldwide in fiscal year 2000, double the volume from the previous year. Shipments could balloon to 20 million units in 2001. Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm own a combined 80% share of the global digital camera market.
Long time called vapourware SiliconFilm's (previously known as Imagek) eFilm appears to be finally making some real progress. The eFilm is a 35 mm digital film (1.3 megapixel) cartridge which will fit into certain 35mm film cameras. Now there's talk of real product ($699) next year, and they've today published sample images on their website.
Rejoice D1, D30, S1 pro and E-10 owners! We've been closely monitoring the amount of traffic on the dedicated brand forums and the amount of SLR discussion now warrants the creation of dedicated forums for the discussion of brand specific SLR cameras. Also considering what we expect to see next year, it's probably a good pre-emptive move. So, we've now created four new forums: Canon SLR Talk, Fuji SLR Talk, Nikon SLR Talk and Olympus SLR Talk. Obviously as we know more about the release status of other digital SLR's we'll make decisions about the creation of forums dedicated to them.
Thanks to reader JRG for pointing us towards this prototype / pre-production product. The Nixvue Digital Album is similar to the Digital Wallet product we've previously reviewed, however it's smaller, features a 10 GB hard disk and has the ability to work standalone (without a PC), via a remote control you can view images on a TV (Video / S-Video) and/or print directly (has a parallel port). This neat little product is certainly interesting and we'll try to bring you more information as it becomes available.
Pollet from Belgium digital has just let me know that he's updated his
comparison of digital photofinishing and print services. He's now compared
the following services: Shutterfly, Ofoto, Printroom, Fototime,
Photo Access, Digitaalfoto.NL, Dotphoto, Agfanet, Spector,
Fotofun, Fracken, Photo Alltechn and a Canon D300 printer. Using two sample
images from a Canon S10 as reference shots he's got some great side-by-side
examples, and the quality from the larger US photofinishers isn't as good
as we'd all expect.
(Bold type indicates new / updated tests).
As promised we've got another special deal only open to Digital Photography Review readers. This one is valid from today (13th December) until 19th December: "State Street Direct would like to extend a special pre-holiday discount to DPreview visitors. Save an additional 5% on all In-Stock Digital Cameras at State Street Direct."
This time of the year news is always a little light on the ground (understatement this year), however this item may be of interested to ACDSEE users (those who know a good image browser when they use one). "Under the terms of the agreement, Corbis and ACD Systems will use their multi-million user bases to sell each other's digital image products online. ACD's digital imaging software will be promoted on www.Corbis.com. In addition, Corbis will promote ACD software through its e-newsletter, circulated monthly to its 200,000 user base."
Jeff over at DC Resource has just posted his review of Sony's Mavica CD1000, here's what he concluded, "I want to say up front that I very much like the Sony Mavica MVC-CD1000 for its "camera features". It's got a great 10X optical zoom, nice manual controls, good photo quality, and it's easy to use. What I'm not sold on is the CD-R technology itself, as you've probably noticed throughout the review. While it's the cheapest storage out there per megabyte, you lose a lot of the "digital camera features" such as the ability to truly delete photos, as well as to reuse the storage media. "
Steve over at Steves-Digicams has beaten us to it (well a first look, I'll be posting a full review soon), thanks to a good bout of flu I've been out of action for the last four days. Here's what Steve says about the HP C912 (so far): "I've only had the C912 for a few days but it is a delight to use. It looks a lot like a conventional 35mm SLR and has a great feel to it thanks to a large rubberized grip. The zoom is controlled by a ring on the lens barrel and overall the camera produces excellent images"
We've just posted our full review of Kodak's DC4800, a camera which marks a departure for Kodak from the DC260/265/290 series and a move to a more stylish, traditional and insterestingly non-Digita based camera. The DC4800 finds itself in the very competitive 3 megapixel market alongside several other digital cameras at a similar price.
Time magazine has named the Nikon Coolpix 990 "Machine of the Year", they go on to say "This was the year that digital photography finally plunged into the mainstream and the Nikon Coolpix 990 led the way."... "Manufacturers (ALL) shipped an astonishing 5.1 million digital cameras throughout the U.S. last year, up from 3.1 million in 1999. "
As part of a new regular feature DPReview and State Street Direct (our official affiliate) will be bringing you special deals which will only be available from news articles here on DPReview. This week free 2-day shipping on any purchase over $250, plus $25 off special Olympus and Fujifilm packages. These offers are valid until 12th December 2000.
Must be Fuji Monday or something, both DC Resource and A-Digital-Eye have published their own reviews of Fujifilm's Finepix 4900Z, this camera has certainly gained a lot of interest from the webmasters but how did it perform for them? "The camera is also one of the fastest out there, with minimal processing times. The build quality is very good, and the camera includes an attractive bundle.", "Overall, the Fujifilm FinePix 4900 is an advanced camera with very good to excellent results in actual usage, especially in rendering colors"
Peter iNova's eBook "Mastering Nikon Compact Digital Cameras" has been a long time anticipated by a large number of Coolpix owners, having just received my copy I can honestly say that it was well worth the wait. Never has there been a more comprehensive, detailed and off-the-cuff book guaranteed to help you take better pictures immediately. Peter iNova is a photographic and literary genius! DPReview guaranteed as an excellent buy for anyone with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera.
Kodak have just posted a firmware update for the DC4800, improvements include: Improved Auto Focus (AF) in dim lighting situations, Alarms if not in AF range, Displaying Landscape / Closeup icon and Exposure Compensation icon on color LCD screen, PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) improvements (For future compatibility), Minor bug fixes. The update can be carried out either by placing the firmware file on the CF card or by using the supplied Firmware Upgrade Utility.
Michael Chaney, author of QImage Pro just sent me a note about the latest release of his image manipulation / printing application. "Qimage Pro v10.2 has some major improvements regarding color management that allow you to REALLY start managing color! This version works hand-in-hand with the new digicam ICC profiles that we are developing... ...it allows you to "tag" digital cameras to specific ICC profiles. We are currently working on developing ICC profiles for all the cameras that we currently have plugins for (the CP990 ICC profile is already available)."
The monthly bilingual webzine Megapixel.Net have just released their December edition (in French and English), this month they've reviewed the Olympus E-10, Fujifilm FinePix 4900 & 2400 and HP C-912. They also have the final part of their "Beginners Guide" article and some user contributed gallery images.
Fujifilm US have today announced a $50 rebate off Yamaha's YST-MS201 multimedia speaker system (retail price $50 - thus the rebate making them effectively free). The 40i was of course the first digital camera to offer both MP3 audio and digital photography capability, featuring the same imager as found on the 4700Z and 4900Z but with a fixed focal length lens, it's a small package with a lot of functionality. The offer runs from December 1 to December 23.
It's been some time since I first got my hands on a D1, and lots of things have conspired against me completing it. Here it is, to add to our expanding range of digital SLR reviews, Nikon's professional D1 SLR. 21 pages of full in-depth detail, timings, tests and image quality comparisons along with our views on several "D1 issues".
As a concequence of our upcoming D1 review and conversations we've had with Nikon Europe they have now posted a tech support item explaining the D1's out-of-camera colour and what can be done to bring the cameras colours closer to the intention. "An increasing awareness of Colour Management issues, possibly provoked by the changes in Photoshop version 5.0 has led to many customers asking about the colour space that the D-1 produces when images are processed in-camera."
As per our new report yesterday on Olympus Japan's announcement of the new C-3040Z and C-2040Z Olympus Europe have this morning confirmed these two cameras (although specifications aren't yet available) "Olympus proves it is not just resting on its laurels with the new 3.3 megapixel C-3040ZOOM. The successor to EISA�s "Digital Camera of the Year 2000� impresses with a redesigned and much brighter lens system, additional light metering options and a host of further new and improved functions."
Congrats to Steve for posting a full (final) review of Olympus's professional SLR the E-10. "If you need a fully featured, high resolution digital SLR but you're not ready to spend $5,000 or more ... the Olympus E-10 SLR with its 4-megapixel imager, excellent optics and professional camera features should fill the bill nicely." Hopefully Olympus UK can get an E-10 to me sometime soon.
News today came by email, Kodak Professional (US) are selling off their discontinued models, ever fancied a 6 megapixel professional SLR for $2500? Well, if you're lucky and they still have stock you could pick up the DCS 460c (first introduced in 1995 when it had a list price of $35,600) for a mere $2500. "Users of our earlier digital cameras - and film shooters who have been waiting to 'go digital' - can now purchase brand new merchandise at very favorable prices to enhance or start their digital camera systems."