May 14
Nikon post Coolpix 2100 firmware

Nikon has today posted firmware v1.1 for the Coopix 2100 digital camera. This firmware appears to address the same issue as the recently released firmware update for the Coolpix 3100. This new firmware fixes an issue with the reporting of battery level on the LCD monitor, the camera may have under-reported the available power when using the EN-MH1 rechargeable battery, although this didn't affect the actual life of the battery. The download is available in English for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

May 12
Kodak Acquires ASF Digital PIC Technology

Kodak has today announced an agreement to acquire Applied Science Fiction's film processing technology, Digital PIC™. Digital PIC is a non-chemical process for developing standard color negative film. It produces a digital image file that can be used to print photographs and be written to a CD. As a result, Kodak's will have the only kiosks capable of taking any input, including film, and giving the consumer the prints they want, in minutes.

May 10
New Firmware and Software for Sigma SD9

Sigma has announced new SD9 firmware and a new version of Sigma Photo Pro will be made available for download next Wednesday, 14th May. The new firmware and Photo Pro combination deliver improved noise reduction, improved processing speed and the primary concern of SD9 owners higher quality JPEG images from Photo Pro. JPEG files from Photo Pro are now saved with the 4:4:4 down sampling when the quality is set to 7 or higher, the previous version of Photo Pro used 4:2:0 down sampling which could lead to loss of color resolution and odd color artifacts.

May 9
Fujifilm UK lowers S2 Pro price

Fujifilm UK has today announced a £300 price reduction for their S2 Pro Digital SLR. To this day the S2 Pro remains one of my favourite digital SLRs with superb resolution and 'only Fujifilm do it this well' color. Will Rolls, Marketing Manager, Fujifilm UK said, "For consumers, two things have improved on the FinePix S2 Pro - firstly, it is now available more widely than before, and secondly, at a very accessible price. It is not the newest digital SLR on the market, but we are confident that it will easily outgun recent additions to this important category."

May 8
Speed relief for Notebook users?

Aska Corporation, Japan has today announced the new CF32A 'Speed Over' PCMCIA CardBus CF adapter. Because this new adapter uses the high speed 32-bit CardBus interface it can deliver transfer speeds of 5 MB/sec (compared to the 1.2 MB/sec of the normal PCMCIA interface). This would no doubt provide welcome relief to Notebook users and photographers 'in the field' who often have to put up with slow image transfer performance. The CF32A is a PCMCIA Type II CardBus card and supports Compact Flash Type I or II including the IBM Microdrive. UPDATE: Japan only product.

May 6
Olympus and America 24/7

Olympus America announced that it will reunite with photo visionaries Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, original creators of the highly acclaimed Day in the Life series of photography books, for America 24-7, the largest collaborative photography event in history. A huge corps of digital photographers will shoot images for a digital time capsule representing life in America over the course of one week, May 12th-18th.

Kodak DCS 14n Firmware Upgrade

Kodak has recently posted a firmware update for the DCS 14n. This firmware upgrade, version 4.2.2, fixes a problem with the display of the card capacity under the Japanese and Chinese languages plus the focus area can now be changed whenever soft pressing the shutter button. New features also include a card write speed measurement feature, support for SD/MMC cards, faster startup and shutdown, plus much more.

Lenmar 2300 mAh NiMH AA batteries

Lenmar Enterprises has today announced a new high performance nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) AA battery. The NoMEM PRO(R) series now features AA batteries with an industry-leading capacity rating of 2300mAh. "This new power level for AA batteries gives digital camera users the improved rechargeable battery performance they desire to make digital photography more enjoyable and economical," stated Marty Goldberg, Lenmar CEO.

May 2
PowerEx 2200 mAh AA NiMH batteries

Maha Energy Corp., the maker of the PowerEx brand batteries and chargers has today announced their latest hike in AA NiMH battery capacity, now up to 2200 mAh. Just four months after announcing 2000 mAh AA NiMH batteries they have managed to squeeze an extra 10% (200 mAh) capacity into the batteries. 'As part of its global marketing program highlighting that “Not All Batteries are Created Equal,” indeed due to variation in design, quality control and rating, even identically rated batteries could have significant variation in performance as much as 30%.'

Two new Canon Dye-Sub printers

08:00 CET: Canon has today announced two new Canon 'Card Photo Printers', the CP-200 and CP-300. Both printers are based on dye-sublimation technology and both can be connected directly to any Canon digital camera which supports Canon's own 'Direct Print' system. Both cameras have 300 dpi engines for printing and can print at the standard 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in) sizes as well as other smaller sizes. A full 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in) print takes approximately 85 seconds. The CP-200 is powered by an AC adapter, the CP-300 by a dedicated Lithium-Ion battery or AC adapter. There is also an optional car battery adapter for either.

Canon PowerShot SD100 / Digital IXUS II

08:00 CET: Canon has today announced the new three megapixel, two times optical zoom PowerShot SD100 (US name) / Digital IXUS II (EU/SE Asia name). This camera is the smallest and lightest Digital IXUS (Digital ELPH) to date, it has a stainless steel body an updated lens system, orientation sensor and DiGiC processing. The most significant detail about the SD100 however is that it is the first Canon digital camera to use SD for storage, Canon's first departure from Compact Flash. Exclusive: We have a full review of the Canon PowerShot SD100 available.

Three new reviews!
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Today we have posted not one, not two but three full in-depth reviews of three ultra-compact three megapixel digital cameras. Reviews posted today are of the Pentax Optio S (3 mp, 3x), the Casio EXILIM EX-Z3 (3 mp, 3x) and the new Canon PowerShot SD100 (3 mp, 2x). All of these cameras are aimed as pocketable 'carry anywhere' cameras with a basic easy to use capability as well as a few advanced features you can grow into. Each has their merits but which offers the best combination of image quality, feature set and value for money?

May 1
Fujifilm to cut digital camera output

Kyodo News have posted an interesting story about Fujifilm planing to reduce its digital camera shipment outlook for fiscal year 2003 by 500,000, fearing it will become difficult to procure components manufactured in China due to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Company officials said Wednesday "Digital cameras are strategic products, for which demand has been rapidly expanding on a global basis, creating procurement difficulties for some components."

April 29
I/OMagic Digital Photo Library
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I/OMagic the manufacturer of data storage devices, recently introduced the Digital Photo Library. It is a portable, stand alone device that is equipped with a 6 in 1 memory card reader supporting CF Type I/II including MicroDrive, Smart Media, Memory Stick, SD/MMC and a 20 GB 2.5" HDD. The Digital Photo Library is available now for an MSRP of $229.99.

April 28
Just posted! Canon PowerShot S400 review

Just posted! Our full, in-depth review of Canon's four megapixel ultra-compact PowerShot S400. This camera is also known as the Digital IXUS 400 in Europe. The PowerShot S400 was announced just before PMA this year as part of Canon's new line of digital cameras. It differs from previous PowerShot ultra-compacts in the use of a new 'Cerabrite' material which is a ceramic / metal alloy, it's lighter in color and doesn't mark as easily. The S400 is also remarkable as it packs a three times optical zoom lens into the same size body as the S230 which has only a two times lens. Come in and see how the S400 performed in our tests.

April 27
Canon Digital Creators Contest

Canon has recently launched their 2003 Digital Creators Contest. The contest started in 2000, targeting professionals, students and amateurs who can present innovative digital media in four categories - digital photography, graphics and illustration, movie, and the Web. Entries can be made in New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong. Top creative professionals will serve as judges, searching for new talent and rewarding those whose work displays originality, novelty, expressiveness, and the ability to convey a message to viewers.

April 26
Just posted! Olympus C-50 Zoom review

Just posted! Our full review of the five megapixel Olympus C-50 Zoom. The C-50 Zoom was announced at Photokina last year and was noteworthy at the time for being the first Olympus digital camera to be supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and charger. The stylish metal bodied design was also a pointer for future Olympus digital cameras. See how the C-50 Zoom did in our tests, read the review in full.

Just posted! Pentax Optio 550 review

Just posted! Another compact five megapixel digital camera review, the Pentax Optio 550. The Optio 550 was introduced at PMA this year, it's an attractive offering because it packs five megapixels and a five times optical zoom lens into a compact body. It's powered by a supplied Lithium-Ion battery (which lasts forever) and stores images on Secure Digital cards. See how the Optio 550 did in our tests, read the review in full.

Nikon View 6.0.1 for Windows & Mac

Nikon has released a major new version of its Nikon View software, and it's available for free download from the Nikon Europe website. Nikon View 6.0.1 has various improvements, fixes and features which include the integration of the automatic red-eye solution from Pixology, image search, various copy/move and rename functions and a copy and resize function. Nikon View 6.0.1 is available for both Windows and Mac Operating Systems (inc. OS X) currently in English only with French, German and Spanish versions "coming soon".

April 22
Digital Camera ownership almost mass market

Reports released today from both PMA Marketing Research and InfoTrends confirm that digital camera ownership has now reached 20% in the US. A new product is often considered to have reached mass market appeal after achieving a 22% penetration.

Nikon Coolpix 3100 firmware v1.2

Nikon Europe has today posted new firmware for the Coolpix 3100 digital camera. Firmware v1.2 addresses an issue with the reporting of battery level on the LCD monitor, the camera may have under-reported the available power when using the EN-MH1 rechargeable battery, although this didn't affect the actual life of the battery. The download is available in English for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

April 16
Sony DSC-P1 Battery Issue
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Sony has released a statement on its support site about a potential issue affecting some of its Cyber-shot DSC-P1 digital cameras. The cameras may exhibit shorter time between charges and/or the inaccurate indication of the need for battery recharging. The issue seems to be caused by corrosion on the connection between the AC adaptor and the camera.

April 15
Leica D-Lux
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Leica has today announced the new D-Lux digital camera. The D-Lux has a three million pixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens. It is powered by a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and stores its images on SD / MMC storage card (a large 64 MB SD card is provided). It has a 1.5" LCD monitor and even supports full speed USB 2.0 data transfer. There are some sample images available on the Leica website which appear to have been shot in Las Vegas just before PMA 2003. As noted in our forums the D-Lux does appear to be a re-styled re-branded Panasonic DMC-F1. UPDATED: Added press release.

Rob Galbraith reviews the Kodak DCS-14n

Rob Galbraith has today posted his review of Kodak's DSC-14n digital SLR. The 14n certainly caused quite a stir at Photokina last September when it stepped up to the start line with a fourteen megapixel CMOS sensor. Since then has been fraught by delays which have left people wondering if the camera would ever make it into buyers hands. About the 14n Rob has this to say, "...until the 14n can produce vibrant, pleasing, printable colour in a variety of shooting situations, and until noise processing is less harmful to detail in low contrast areas, this is not a camera we would be prepared to shoot with to get our work done. Even at the low ISO settings this camera will be best used at."

April 14
Capture One DSLR Limited Edition Review

This coming Wednesday Phase One will release 'Capture One DSLR Limited Edition', this cut down version of their excellent Capture One DSLR software offers a cheaper option ($99) for RAW conversion to owners of Canon EOS-10D/D30/D60 and Nikon D100 digital SLR's. We have a review version 1.2 Beta 7 of Capture One DSLR Limited Edition. At the same time Phase One will be updating the full Capture One DSLR software with the new features introduced with LE as well as support for the Canon EOS-10D/D30/D60 and Nikon D100. UPDATED: Review updated with improved EOS-10D profile and better sharpening settings.

April 10

Matsushita Display Technology Co. has today announced a new LCD display which can actually capture the image of an object in front of the screen. The LTPS LCD ('Input Display') has QVGA resolution (320 x 240 x 3) and has an optical sensor in each pixel, this means that not only can it display an image but it can also capture one by scanning down the screen. At the moment this device is monochrome only and captures a 960 x 240 image (3 sub-pixels for each square pixel). Original story: EE Times.

April 9
Nixvue Digital Album Lite HDO

Nixvue Systems has today announced the new Digital Album Lite HDO, this new version of the Digital Album product comes without a pre-installed hard disk, instead the buyer can choose to install a 2.5" laptop type hard disk of their choosing. Installation requires only basic PC component knowledge, a screwdrive and pair of scissors. The DA Lite has a high speed USB 2.0 interface and a Compact Flash Type I/II slot. This new low price option is priced at just $199.

April 7
Fujifilm delay FinePix F700

Fujifilm Japan has today announced that its first digital camera based on the high dynamic range SuperCCD SR sensor has been delayed until 'Summer 2003'. The announcement notes that originally Fujifilm had hoped to release the camera in May but has had to delay the camera until the Summer. The reason given is "A delay in material procurement". The FinePix F700 has a 3.14 million pixel SuperCCD SR sensor, the new sensor design has two photodiodes at each photosite, one captures a 'normal' dynamic range the second captures higher details which should give the F700 the ability to reproduce a much higher dynamic range (dark to light).

April 4
Apacer Disc Steno CP100
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JOBO has announced the Apacer Disc Steno CP100. It is a battery powered image-copying machine which burns CDs (CD-R/CD-RW) directly from memory cards without a computer. It is compatible with CompactFlash (CF) Type I and II, MicroDrive, Memory Stick (MS), SecureDigital (SD), MultiMedia (MMC), SmartMedia (SM), xD (with optional xD to CF adapter), and has multi-session capabilities for adding the contents of mutiple cards.

April 3
Minolta upgrade DiMage Messenger

Minolta has announced the availability of Minolta DiMAGE Messenger v1.0.1. Current users of DiMAGE Messenger v1.0 who have purchased the program can upgrade their version for free. This new version is now less resource intensive and also fixes a printing bug.

April 2
Epson Rio PhotoPC Player
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Seiko Epson Japan has today announced the Rio PhotoPC Player P-1000. It is a very interesting product because with the features it has, it could be used in place of PC. It has a new 3.8" "Photo Fine" TFT LCD, 1.8" 10GB hard disk of which 9GB is available, Type II Compact Flash slot with support for other cards using a CF adapter, USB direct print to a number of Epson printers and USB connection to CD-R/RW drives for archiving. It is expected to ship in the summer for approx. 70,000 Yen ($590, 545 Euros).

Coolpix Digital Camera Rebates

Nikon USA has today announced a series of rebates on its Coolpix line. Purchase a new Nikon Coolpix 2000,2500,3500,4500,5000 or 5700 digital camera from Nikon Inc, Nikon authorized dealers or distributors from April 1, 2003 through June 30, 2003, and receive between $50 and $200 back.

March 31
Just posted! Canon EOS-10D full in-depth review

Just posted! Our full in-depth review of Canon's EOS-10D Digital SLR. The EOS-10D is the direct successor to popular EOS-D60, with the same six megapixel CMOS sensor and the same basic functionality, however there have been some significant improvements. Gone is the at times frustrating AF, replaced with an improved seven point system from the EOS-30, gone is the plastic body, replaced with magnesium alloy, gone is the ISO 1000 limit of the EOS-D60, the EOS-10D goes up to ISO 3200. Best of all though has to be the value proposition, the EOS-10D enters the market with a list price $600 less than the EOS-D60 at the time it was introduced. Did Canon cut any corners to reduce the price? Read our full review to find out.

March 25
Dazzle Universal TV Photo Show
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Dazzle, an SCM Microsystems brand has today announced the Universal TV Photo Show. It accepts the six most common types of digital media, CompactFlash(TM) Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia(TM), MultiMediaCard/Secure Digital, and Memory Stick, and can read any megapixel resolution photo from any digital camera. New features allow users to customize their slideshows by arranging and deleting images, removing red-eye and performing editing features like rotating, panning and zooming in on photos all by simply pushing a button on the included remote control.

Canon post EOS-1Ds firmware 1.0.2

Canon has today posted new firmware for their eleven megapixel EOS-1Ds digital SLR. Firmware version 1.0.2 fixes three bugs; (1) White balance defaulting to 'daylight' when Auto was selected and personal function 25 (default settings for camera reset) is set, (2) for JPEG Small/Fine images a gray bar was seen on the right hand edge, (3) Error in display of aperture in Remote Capture application (1.4 1.4 instead of F1.4).

March 24
Nikon post new Coolpix 4500 and 5700 firmware

Nikon has today posted new firmware for the Coolpix 4500 and 5700. Nikon Coolpix 4500 firmware 1.2 fixes a problem between the MC-EU1 remote cord shooting at HI image quality which led to corrupted images. Nikon Coolpix 5700 firmware 1.1 fixes three problems: A digit error in date/time for RAW images, the metering bug in user sets and a playback problem with RAW images.

Imaging Resource post Kodak DCS-14n review

Dave Etchells from Imaging-Resource has just dropped me a note to let me know he's posted his lengthy review of Kodak's fourteen megapixel digital SLR, the DCS-14n. Note that his review is based on a pre-production camera. About this camera Dave says "It delivers excellent color, and an unusually flexible post-exposure workflow, thanks to the capabilities of Kodak's DCR "raw" file format. Unfortunately, it also has a number of limitations, many of which appear to stem from overly high noise levels in the sensor itself. No matter how much tweaking Kodak may do with their image processing algorithms, they're really at the mercy of their sensor supplier to deliver chips with better noise performance.".

March 19
Nikon's new look logo
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Nikon has today announced a new look for its famous black on yellow logo. The new logo keeps the yellow background and Nikon typeface but adds white 'rays' to the yellow background, which according to the press release "Add a graphic element of sequential rays, to represent the future, and express Nikon's mission, will and future possibilities". We're not sure at this stage if this also means the end of the two blue bars either side of the yellow logo which is often seen on Nikon printed material.

March 18
CDM Optics new lens system
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CDM Optics has recently been granted a patent for Wavefront Coding. Wavefront Coding allows traditional digital imaging systems to perform in non-traditional ways, by greatly increasing their depth-of-field performance. This system works by changing the phase of the light, instead of the size of the aperture, by doing this no light is wasted. Since the phase is changed, the resulting image on the CCD is out of focus and has to be post-processed to generate a sharp image. Anyone fancy a macro lens with infinite DOF?

Nikon Europe post firmware for Coolpix 4300

Nikon Europe has today posted a firmware update for the Coolpix 4300. This firmware upgrade, version 1.5, prevents a camera power problem which may occur after connecting the Coolpix 4300 to a video device such as a television or VCR with the camera set to PAL video setting.

Canon post firmware for S230, S45, G3

Canon Bebit has today posted firmware updates for the PowerShot S230 (IXUS v³), PowerShot S45 and PowerShot G3. The firmware carries the version number 1.0.2, it fixes one common bug (occasional transmission errors to connected computers) as well as different things for each model. The PowerShot S230 (IXUS v³) gets a slow-sync flash underexposure fix, the S45 gets a fix to FlexiZone AF and the G3 gets a fix with compatibility to the 380EX SpeedLite flash.

March 14
SanDisk 128MB MMC Card
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CeBIT 2003: SanDisk also yesterday announced an addition to its standard MMC card range in 128MB size. The new card, which also can be used in most portable devices that have a slot for SD memory cards, is the top MultiMediaCard capacity offered in the industry. SanDisk also sells 32 and 64MB MultiMediaCards. The 128MB MultiMediaCard has a suggested retail price of $74.99 and will start shipping to retail stores later this month.

SanDisk 1GB SD Card
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CeBIT 2003: SanDisk also yesterday announced additions to its standard SD card range in 512MB and 1GB sizes which use one gigabit NAND flash memory chips, based on multi-level cell (MLC) technology. MLC allows two bits of data to be stored in one memory cell, doubling memory capacity. The 512MB and 1GB SanDisk SD cards have suggested retail prices of $169.99 and $329.99 respectively. The 512MB SD card is expected to be available in the second quarter while the 1GB SD card is expected to be available in the third quarter.

March 13
SanDisk ImageMate card readers

CeBIT 2003: SanDisk has today announced their ImageMate™ card readers for a variety of popular flash memory cards. The four new ImageMate models, all with hi-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, are available for CompactFlash® Type I and Type II cards along with the IBM MicroDrive cards, SD and MultiMediaCards, SmartMedia and the xD-Picture Card and Memory Stick® and Memory Stick PRO™. The latter model is the first card reader in the industry for both the Memory Stick and the Memory Stick PRO. The new single slot readers have a suggested retail price of $19.99 except for the SmartMedia/xD model that is priced at $24.99.

SanDisk 4GB's into a Type I CF card

CeBIT 2003: SanDisk has today announced a 4GB CompactFlash Card, the highest capacity CF Type I card available. The 4GB CompactFlash card has a suggested retail price of $999.99 and is expected to start shipping this summer. Chris Chute, a senior analyst at the IDC market research firm, said, "This new SanDisk card will be an especially compelling product for professional photographers who need all the storage capacity they can get to store their many images."

SanDisk miniSD a new rival for Duo and XD

CeBIT 2003: SanDisk has today announced the SanDisk miniSD which joins the MemoryStick Duo and XD card at this small form factor. The miniSD card was recently adopted by the SD Association as an ultra-small form factor extension to the SD card standard. SanDisk will offer the new format in capacities between 16-256MB. It is expected to ship in 2003 and will be around the same price as an SD card of the same capacity.

Just posted! PMA 2003 Final Show Report

Just posted! Our final PMA 2003 Show Report has now been posted. This report is designed to cover all of the new digital photography products announced this year at PMA Las Vegas. The report is spread over six pages and covers the more than seventy new digital photography announcements this year. Don't hesitate, get into the report and get down with what PMA 2003 had for the digital photographer.

March 11
Fujifilm 20.8 megapixel medium format back

Post-PMA 2003: Just before PMA our friends at DC Resource noted a small paragraph in Fujifilm USA's PMA preview article about a new 20.8 megapixel medium format back. Since then Fujifilm has published a more detailed press release and high resolution images of the back. On the 2nd March Fujifilm announced a new 20.8 megapixel SuperCCD medium format back which has a very large 37 x 52 mm sensor. The new back is designed to be used with medium-format professional camera systems such as the Fujifilm GX 680. The SuperCCD chip produces a 41.4 million pixel image (5408 x 7648). The back has a 1.8" LCD monitor, sensitivity options of ISO 100, 200 and 400 and stores images in either JPEG or CCD-RAW formats. No pricing or availability has been announced.

Olympus launches 'Four Thirds' website

Olympus has today launched a new informational website at 'www.four-thirds.com', this site provides some basic information on the new "digital SLR standard" as well as the advantages of the four thirds size sensor, in theory lower aberrations due to straight light path to the sensor and larger lens mount in proportion to the sensor size. The site clearly indicates Four Thirds as being supported by Olympus, Kodak and Fujifilm. The site also re-confirms our original statement that 4/3 refers to the sensor size '4/3-inch type' (13.5 x 18 mm).

Fujifilm FinePix A310 Zoom

CeBIT 2003, 0530 GMT: Fujifilm has today announced the new FinePix A310 Zoom, the second camera to be based on Fujifilm's fourth generation SuperCCD HR (High Resolution) sensor. The A310 has a three million pixel sensor which produces a six million pixel image. The A310 also supports high sensitivity (up to ISO 800 at 1280 x 960; ISO 400 otherwise), stores images on xD-Picture card (16 MB supplied) and is powered by two AA type batteries. The optional PictureCradle docking station provides USB and video out as well as charging AA NiMH batteries in the camera.