PMA 2004: Nikon today announced the four and five megapixel compact Coolpix 4200 and 5200. These two metal bodied digital cameras are noticeably thinner than the 2200 and 3200 and have a more stylized design. Both cameras feature a 3x optical zoom lens, are powered by a supplied Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and store images on SD (Secure Digital) media or the built-in 12 MB of flash RAM. These compact cameras weigh in at just 180 g (6.3 oz) ready to shoot. Nikon also announced the WP-CP2 waterproof case which can be used for either camera.
Pre-PMA 2004: Sony today announced the new compact 'rangefinder style' five megapixel digital camera, the CyberShot DSC-W1. This camera has a five megapixel sensor and a three times optical zoom (which Sony claim extends in under a second), on the rear is a large 2.5" LCD monitor . The DSC-W1 will be available in both a black and silver body finish and should be in stores (in the US) around May time for $400.
Pre-PMA 2004: Sony today revealed four new CyberShot P-series digital cameras. Starting at the lowest priced, entry level DSC-P41 which has a fixed focal length lens and four megapixel sensor, then comes the DSC-P73 and DSC-P93 both of which have three times optical zoom lenses coupled with a four and five megapixel sensor respectively. Lastly is the DSC-P100, a compact three times optical zoom five megapixel digital camera. The biggest news here being that Sony appear to be utilizing the idea of of a standard image processor across the range, for them it's the "Real Imaging Processor".
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Well over one million high-grade Leica lenses for the Leica R- and Leica M systems await a solution for being used optimally in conjunction with digital technology. Our approach to digital cameras for existing lenses conforms to our philosophy of decades-long system compatibility and to our belief that the optics are the decisive elements for outstanding photographs not the analog or digital path to those photographs, states chief of technology Ralf Coenen.
Pre-PMA 2004: SanDisk has today introduced the first 4GB CompactFlash card that can be used in any CompactFlash digital camera or device. The 4GB SanDisk CompactFlash card features a features a three-position switch that allows it to operate in cameras that use either FAT16 or FAT32, it can switch between either a single 4GB (FAT32) volume or two separate 2GB (FAT16) volumes. It is the only CompactFlash card of its capacity and compatibility level that is available in the popular Type I format and fits into any CompactFlash slot.
Pre-PMA 2004: SanDisk has today announced a new line of inexpensive flash memory cards designed to allow users to save their pictures indefinitely without using a computer for downloading, thus giving millions of consumers a major incentive to switch from film to digital photography and providing them with a durable, permanent way to store a lifetime of images. With an initial suggested retail price of $14.99 each-a breakthrough in the industry-the Shoot & Store cards are expected to allow people to order prints on a "cost-of-use" basis that is equal to or less than that of traditional analog film. And they won't have to worry about leaving expensive flash memory cards with retail photo finishers.
Pre-PMA 2004: SanDisk has today announced the addition of the 128MB Memory Stick® PRO, and 128MB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards to its product line. SanDisk now offers the industry's broadest range of Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo cards with capacities that range from 128MB to 2GB and 128MB to 512MB respectively. Memory Stick PRO cards are expected to be available this month with list prices from $59.99 to $999.99. Memory Stick PRO Duo cards are expected to be available Q2 2004 at a list price of $64.99 and $224.99 for the 128MB and 512MB capacities respectively.
PMA 2004 Live: We've just returned from our first press event of PMA, the Canon UK Press Briefing. Here we heard more about the more than ten new digital photography products introduced by Canon at PMA. It was also our second opportunity to get our hands on some of the new digital cameras, of most interest to our readers will be the eight megapixel PowerShot Pro1. What we've seen so far has impressed us, the camera feels smaller and better ergonomically than the G5, my only complaint would be that the USM zoom doesn't feel as immediate or responsive as the Sony DSC-F828's mechanically linked zoom mechanism.
Pre-PMA 2004: SanDisk has today introduced the SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Ultra II versions of Memory Stick PRO, a new line of premium, high-performance digital film cards targeted at advanced and professional photographers. Similar to the Extreme and Ultra II CompactFlash and SD product families introduced earlier by SanDisk, the two new Memory Stick PRO cards deliver a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and minimum read speed of 10MB a second, making them the fastest Memory Stick PRO cards in the world. The cards, which will start shipping at the end of this month, 256MB to 1GB and priced from $119.99 to $679.99
Pre-PMA 2004: SanDisk has today introduced the 2 gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash® cards, the largest capacities available for its comprehensive line of high-performance CompactFlash cards for digital photographers. SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Ultra II cards are targeted primarily at the professional digital camera and 'prosumer' market where 4 megapixel or higher resolution digital cameras require significantly faster digital film cards. Each card features a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec.
Pre-PMA 2004: ColorVision has today announced up to 30% reductions and better on the award winning, state-of-the-art color management systems. The introduction of the SpyderPRO+PrintFIX(TM) bundle, a $578 retail value offered at $449 meets the industry demand for an affordable integrated hardware/ software solution from monitor calibration to printer profiling. "Spyder(TM) product suites are cost-efficient, intuitive add-ons that color correct monitors and printers, saving time, ink and paper, creating great looking out-put," remarks ColorVision's Vice President, Brian Levey.
Pre-PMA 2004: Delkin has announced an expanded line of digital camera and camcorder batteries. Among the products is the eFilm RCR-V3 digital camera battery. Many of todays digital cameras are powered by two or four AA batteries, or in their place one or two of the popular CR-V3 batteries. Delkins RCR-V3 provides a rechargeable alternative in a Lithium Ion battery. Delkins broad line of memory card reader/writers was expanded with the introduction of the new USB 2.0 Reader-29, the only device on the market that will read and write to Secure Digital, Mini Secure Digital, MultiMedia and Reduced Sized Multimedia without the need for an adapter.
Pre-PMA 2004: Delkin has announced new additions to its high-speed eFilm PRO Card line. Initial eFilm SD PRO Card capacities will be 256MB and 512MB (with SD PRO 1GB coming in Q2) and are expected to be among the fastest Secure Digital memory cards on the market. Transfer rate speeds up to 10 MB/s can be achieved. Delkin is also increasing the storage capacities to their eFilm CompactFlash (CF) PRO Cards for high-end SLR digital cameras. High-capacities of 1 and 2 Gigabytes (GB) now join the existing PRO Card line up. The MSRP for the SD PRO 512MB is $ 299.00, with the 256MB at $ 129.00. MSRP for the CF 2GB is $ 649.99 and 1GB at $ 339.00
Pre-PMA 2004: SimpleTech has today announced the industry's highest capacity CompactFlash with an 8 GB Type II card using the Company's patented stacking technology. The Company also announced 2, 4 and 5 GB Type I cards and a significant increase to the write speed of its entire ProX line of CompactFlash cards. Samples of the new ProX CompactFlash Type I cards in 2, 4 and 5 GB capacities and the 8 GB type II cards are expected to ship during the first quarter of 2004, with production anticipated during the second quarter of 2004.
Pre-PMA 2004: Foveon today announced that Polaroid's new x530 digital camera will use a 1/1.8" size X3 Direct Image Sensor. The x530 will have a three times optical zoom lens and is designed around a typical point-and-shoot digital camera body, similar to the Canon A70. The sensor used is Foveon's 'X3 5M' Direct Image CMOS Sensor (three layers of 1.5 million pixels each) which is the industry standard 1/1.8" Type size (7.1 x 5.3 mm effective). In a big step forward for Foveon the x530 can now produce JPEG images in-camera. Exclusive: We have some images of a design model of the x530.
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon has today revealed its submission to the eight megapixel race, the PowerShot Pro1. The Pro1 has a unique lens, it's the first time Canon has placed it's professional "L-series" label on the fixed lens of a digital camera. The 28 - 200 mm equiv. (7x) lens has a maximum aperture of F2.4 to F3.5 features a USM (ultrasonic motor) for zoom. Canon are satisfied classifying this lens with the "L-series" label because it incorporates both UD (ultra-low dispersion) and fluorite lens elements. The Pro1 has an eight megapixel CCD sensor, 2.0" fliip-out LCD monitor (235,000 pixels) and electronic viewfinder (also 235,000 pixels). The Pro1 will be priced at $999 in the US and €1199 in Europe. Exclusive: We have a hands-on preview of the Pro1 online.
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon today announced its foray into the 3 megapixel 10x zoom market, the PowerShot S1 IS. This new digital camera has an Image Stabilsed ten times optical zoom lens (38 - 380 mm equiv., F2.8 - F3.1) and a 3 megapixel CCD sensor. Interestingly the lens zoom is driven by a small USM (ultrasonic motor) similar to those found in Canon SLR lenses, the motor has multiple speeds and even a slow silent mode specifically designed for shooting movies. Control wise the S1 IS adds add dedicate movie record button and a customizable shortcut button. The S1 IS will be priced at $499 in the US and €599 in Europe. Exclusive: We have a hands-on preview of the S1 IS online.
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon today announced three new ultra compact digital cameras. The four and five megapixel PowerShot S410 (IXUS 430) and S500 (IXUS 500) are based on the soft edged S400 (IXUS 400), both have bodies made from same unique 'Celabrite' material which is a mix of metal and ceramic. The PowerShot SD110 (IXUS IIs) is a follow-up to the PowerShot SD100 (IXUS II). These new models also take the total number of IXUS models to 30 since 1996.
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon today revealed the successor to the entry level zoom A70 with the A75. The A75 has the new direct print button, an orientation sensor, is powered by four AA batteries and takes Compact Flash media. Just like the A70 the A75 has a three times optical zoom lens and three megapixel CCD sensor. This camera is aimed at the entry level user who is looking for something slightly more advanced than the A310. The A75 will be priced at $299 in the US and €329 in Europe.
Pre-PMA 2004: In the first of seven new product announcements today Canon has revealed the successor to the PowerShot A300. Like all of the new cameras announced today the A310 has full PictBridge support and a new dedicated direct print button on the rear of the camera which will trigger the printing of the currently displayed image to an attached printer. The A310 has a three megapixel CCD sensor, a fixed lens, a sliding front cover which doubles as a power switch, is powered by two AA batteries and takes Compact Flash media. The A310 will be priced at $199 in the US and €199 in Europe.
Pre-PMA 2004: ImageWare Systems has today announced that it will debut the latest version of PDI Studio at Professional Marketing Association (PMA) 2004. As part of ImageWare's Professional Digital Imaging (PDI) product line, PDI Studio is a complete studio management software solution that provides professional photographers with comprehensive digital workflow capabilities, eliminating the need for additional workflow or invoicing software. "PDI Studio provides professional photographers with a simple, continuous customer and image management workflow solution from scheduling to production and billing," said Paul Devermann, SVP and general manager of ImageWare's PDI Group.
Pre-PMA 2004: As we predicted in November last year Delkin will be selling the new Aska MS32A and SD32A as their own CardBus SD and MS adapters. These new adapters should provide the highest possible transfer speed from Secure Digital / MMC or Memory Stick. We tested the CardBus CF adapter in October of last year and were impressed, it was four times faster than a traditional PCMCIA adapter and was even faster than Firewire readers. With the increase of the use of SD in digital SLR's I am sure the CardBus SD adapter will become very popular.
Pre-PMA 2004: Fujifilm has today announced the development of the all new SuperCCD SR based FinePix S3 Pro. The S3 Pro appears to be still based on the N80 (F80) body but is now much rounder and compact in appearance as well as including a vertical hand grip. The S3 Pro has a 6mp + 6mp SuperCCD SR sensor with the same output image sizes as the S2 Pro (12 megapixel maximum) but (as we hope) with higher dynamic range as each pixel location has two photodiodes, one which has normal sensitivity and one with lower sensitivity for capturing the highlight detail. Ever since Fujifilm announced the SuperCCD SR design we've been waiting for the moment they'd introduce it into a digital SLR, well here it is. At this stage there are no detailed specifications available, although we have produced a 'what we know so far' list. UPDATED: Official S3 Pro Brochure added.
Pre-PMA 2004: Fujifilm today announced the camera which in my opinion should have been released instead of (or before) the F700. The S20 Pro is essentially an S7000 with the same 3mp + 3mp SuperCCD SR sensor used in the F700, this means all the same manual control and wide feature set of the S7000 but with the promise of extended dynamic range. The S20 Pro also gets a PC Sync flash terminal. Fujifilm has also decided that this sensor which has 3.1 million pixel locations shall be described as having 6.2 million effective pixels, can't say I agree.
Pre-PMA 2004: Fujifilm has today announced the new entry level FinePix A330 and A340 Zoom digital cameras. These two compact cameras both have a protective sliding cover which doubles as the power switch and a three times optical zoom lens. The A330 has a three megapixel standard CCD and the A340 a four megapixel standard CCD. We say 'standard' because these two digital cameras don't utilize Fujifilm's SuperCCD sensors.
Matsushita has recently announced the development of a new dry cell battery with 1.5 to 2 times better performance than standard alkaline dry cell batteries. Called the "Oxyride Dry-cell Battery" it is a successor to Matsushita's nickel-manganese dry battery designed exclusively for digital cameras. Matsushita demonstrated the new dry cell by running a car on two AA batteries. The two cells drove the 18.5 kg car with a driver for a distance of 1,200 meters, according to a Matsushita spokeswoman. Source Nikkei and EE Times.
In one of those "that didn't take long" moments we today noted that the Japanese Underwater Imaging company Sea&Sea has announced the Sea&Sea DX-D70 a specialized underwater housing for Nikon's recently announced D70 digital SLR. The DX-D70 case has two hand grips and several flash mounting points as well as repeated camera controls on the outside of the body including settings such as ISO sensitivity and white balance. The case is waterproof to a depth of 60 m (200 ft). Sea&Sea products are distributed in the US by Tusa USA and we expect to see this housing (and pricing) to appear on their website fairly soon.
Pre-PMA 2004: Phase One today announced two new medium format backs, the 22 megapixel P25 and the 16 megapixel P20. These backs, unlike others, can be used both tethered and now totally untethered. The P25 has a 48.9 x 36.7 mm (1.9 x 1.4 in) 22 megapixel CCD sensor, the P20 has a 36.9 x 36.9 (1.5 x 1.5 in) 16 megapixel CCD sensor. Both new backs have 2.2" LCD Monitors, Lithium-Ion battery power a Compact Flash shot and Firewire port and are available for the Mamiya 645 AFD, Hasselblad H and Contax 645. The P25 will additionally be available for the Hasselblad V.
Just posted! Our ten page hands-on preview of Nikon's all new sub-$1000 D70 digital SLR. We have now received a pre-production D70 and have produced a fully detailed hands-on preview of the camera examining the design, operation, display and menus as well as a comparison to the D100 and Canon EOS 300D. So far I like what I see, some seriously good competition for Canon. As yet we are not able to post image quality samples but will do so as soon as we can get a production camera.
Pre-PMA 2004: Asimex/123di today announced a major bundling deal with both Nikon and Epson. The 123 of digital imaging Interactive e-book Version 2.0 will be bundled with selected cameras, printers and at events. This promotion covers most of South East Asia and Australia. Daren Tan, Manager of Asia Tech Office (Nikon Singapore): "This unique interactive e-book perfectly complements our digital cameras and scanners. It is very intuitive and gives instant access to in-depth background information, practical tips and useful techniques, illustrated by amazing graphics."
Pre-PMA 2004: DO Labs has announced a new software solution called DxO Optics Pro which can automatically correct images for errors such as Distortion, Chromatic Aberrations, Vignetting and Blur ('lack of perceived sharpness'). This new software is based around profiles for specific cameras which characterize the correction required for each type of error. Initially DxO Optics Pro will have profiles for almost all current digital SLR's and a wide range of branded lenses. DO Labs also note that this technology could be embedded into the camera image processing pipeline. Pricing is yet to be announced.
Pre-PMA 2004: In the last of the trio of new Pentax cameras announced today we have the Optio S4i, an improved version of the Optio S4 announced last September. There are numerous improvements including a subtle finger grip on the front of the camera, the new quick reset button on the rear and most noticeably the larger 1.8" TFT LCD monitor. The Optio S4i remains one of the smallest and lightest ultra-compact's.
Pre-PMA 2004: In their second announcement of the day Pentax introduce the Optio S40, a four megapixel digital camera in a metal case and utlizing Pentax's unique sliding lens mechanism which we first saw on the Optio S this time last year. The S40 has 11 MB of built-in flash storage as well as an SD/MMC slot, it's powered by either CR-V3 or AA batteries and has a 1.6" LCD monitor.
Pre-PMA 2004: Pentax today announced the Optio 30, an affordable three megapixel three times zoom digital camera with easy to use controls and menus. Despite being relatively 'entry level' the Optio 30 has a fair number of advanced features such as histogram display, selectable ISO, timelapse movies and continuous shooting modes. Thankfully Pentax have thought of everything and have even included the essential Food and Pet scene modes.
Pre-PMA 2004: Kodak today announced the DX7630, this new sub-$500 digital camera is based around a six megapixel image sensor and has a three times optical zoom lens. The DX7630 also has a large 2.2" indoor/outdoor LCD monitor, 32 MB of internal flash memory, an SD/MMC slot, supports streaming movie recording (320 x 240, 24 fps) and is powered by a supplied Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The DX7630 will be available in April 2004 with a suggested retail price of $499.
Pre-PMA 2004: Kodak today announced a trio of new 'entry level' EasyShare digital cameras. The EasyShare CX7220 ($149) has a two megapixel sensor and two times optical zoom lens, the CX7300 ($129) has a three megapixel sensor and a fixed lens and the CX7430 ($279) has a four megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens. All three cameras feature 16 MB of built-in flash storage as well as support for SD/MMC cards, are powered by two AA batteries and are compatible with the optional Kodak EasyShare printer or camera docks.
Pre-PMA 2004: Casio today announced the QV-R41, a complementary four megapixel version of the recently announced five megapixel QV-R51. Just like the QV-R51 the R41 has a very fast startup time and a unique separate Direct-On record and play buttons for fast access to either camera mode. The QV-R41 has a large 2.0" LCD monitor, 9.7 MB of internal flash memory, an SD/MMC slot and is powered by two AA batteries. The QV-R41 should be available from February 2004.
According to a message on our forums: Olympus USA has today announced a $300 trade-in promotion on their digital SLR E-System. You can take any SLR camera, film or digital for a $300 rebate against the E-1 digital SLR body and 14-54 mm lens bundle. This brings the total price for the bundle down to $1,999. This offer is available at certified Olympus E-System dealers until March 31st 2004.
Pentax USA today announced that it is cutting $300 from the retail price of the *ist D digital SLR as well as an additional $200 from the 16-45 mm DA lens if bought with the camera. By our estimates this means you should be able to get the *ist D with the 16-45 mm lens for around $1630 ($1399 for the discounted body and $229 for the lens), that's the camera and lens bundle for around $60 under the original retail price for the body alone. In addition Pentax USA has also cut $30 from the Optio S retail price and $50 from the Optio 550, 555 and 33WR.
According to a story yesterday on CNET it seems that we will have yet another flash memory format after February 5th, from the Universal Transportable Memory Association (UTMA). The UTMA is a consortium of unnamed consumer electronics manufactures. The cards will be smaller than Secure Digital (SD) cards, and initially be available in 1GB format with capacity increasing over time. From the URL of the web site it may be called "Fish Memory" Update: More details from the Inquirer, its a USB stick!!
SanDisk has recently announced that they have started shipping their 1GB Secure Digital (SD) flash card. Although it has slipped its expected date, it is still the first production 1GB card. Jointly developed with Sharp, it contains a unique stackable packaging technology which has both a low-cost and high-yield so that it can be competitively-priced. It is available immediately with a suggested retail price of $499.99
Pre-PMA 2004: Due the popularity of this feature in the last two years and knowing the importance of the PMA show I have now activated our PMA 2004 show report page. The show report will enable you to stay informed about all the latest product announcements as well as live updates from the show floor once the show commences. We are expecting several announcements in the next two weeks which will be posted both on the front page of the site and linked from the 'New Product Index' page in the show report.
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon today announced the impressively specified EOS-1D Mark II which features a new 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, it can shoot at just over eight frames per second and has a 40 frame JPEG image buffer (20 frames in RAW mode). This means that shooting at full resolution at full speed the camera is buffering 69 megapixels per second (or 100 MB/sec). Other changes include the addition of a USB port, an SD slot, the removal of the external white balance sensor as well as some subtle body styling changes. The cost? $4,499 to you Sir... We have a detailed preview available.
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon today announced the latest version of its Data Verification Kit, the DVK-E2 kit is designed to deliver validation of an unmodified original image from a single camera body. This kit is aimed at law enforcement, insurance, news and other such agencies and can detect single bit discrepancy in modification of an image since it was taken. The new kit is much smaller than the old and uses a unique SM (secure mobile) card which is the same size as a Secure Digital card. The card reader connects to a computer USB port (only Windows 2000/XP compatible at the moment).
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon has today announced the new EF 70 - 300 mm F4.5 - F5.6 DO IS USM zoom lens, the first zoom lens ever to use Diffractive Optical (DO) elements. These new elements, seen previously only in the 400 mm F4.0 DO lens enable this 4.2x telephoto zoom lens to measure less than 10 cm long at the 70 mm position. On a digital SLR with an 1.6x FOV crop such as the EOS 10D this lens has an effective field of view of 112 to 480 mm, on the new EOS-1D Mark II the lens has an effective field of view of 91 to 390 mm. The lens will be priced at $1,299 (US) / €1,299 (EU).
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon today announced the new EF 28 - 300 mm F3.5 - F5.6 L IS USM lens. This new lens provides almost eleven times push-pull zoom from a wide angle 28 mm and also adds Image Stabilisation (IS). On a digital SLR with an 1.6x FOV crop such as the EOS 10D this lens has an effective field of view of 45 to 480 mm, on the new EOS-1D Mark II the lens has an effective field of view of 36 to 390 mm. The lens will be priced at $2,499 (US) / €2,499 (EU).
Nikon Europe has today posted firmware Version 1.3 for the Coolpix 4500. This firmware fixes a problem with flash photography using the Remote Cord MC-EU1 which sometimes produced images that were underexposed, has been corrected. As usual please read carefully the firmware installation information before installing the Nikon Coolpix 4500 firmware!
Pre-PMA 2004: Nikon today announced details of its $1000 D70 digital SLR. The D70 appears to be based around either the same or a similar CCD as the D100's (not LBCAST as some had predicted). Body design is also very similar to the D100, a few of the new design hints such as the triangular red stripe on the hand grip come from the D2H. This clearly opens up the entry level digital SLR market yet further providing real competition to the Canon EOS 300D. The D70 will cost $999 as body only and $1299 with the new 18 - 70 mm DX lens. We have a detailed preview available.
Pre-PMA 2004: Nikon has today announced the eight megapixel, eight times optical zoom Coolpix 8700. Looking very similar to the Coolpix 5700 the 8700 appears to share an almost identical body (although the LCD monitor is larger) and lens system (35 - 280 mm equiv, F2.8 - F4.2). The Coolpix 8700 has a magnesium alloy body, a Compact Flash Type I/II media slot, is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and can shoot continuously at 2.5 frames per second for up to five frames. This camera becomes only the second eight megapixel prosumer level digital camera announced to date (Sony's DSC-F828 being the first).
Pre-PMA 2004: Nikon has today announced the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18 - 70 mm F3.5 - F4.5 G IF-ED lens (what a mouthful!). This new lens joins the range of DX Nikkor lenses which are designed specifically for DX compatible Nikon digital SLR's. Of course the 18 - 70 mm DX is the perfect complement to the newly announced D70 digital SLR. On any Nikon DX compatible digital SLR this lens provides an equivelant field of view of 27 to 105 mm (approx. 4x zoom). This lens is also obviously aimed to 'one up' the Canon 18 - 55 mm lens which now falls short at the telephoto end.