Spotted this new product announcement on BusinessWire. Viking Components, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing manufacturers of component technology, Tuesday announced its new IntelliFlash(TM) USB flash memory reader/writer for high-speed, image and data transfer between a flash memory card and a PC. The reader supports SmartMedia cards (up to 64MB), CompactFlash and PCMCIA ATA Type I & II. Ships April 2000.
An interesting new photo sharing website / software combination has recently shown up. FotoAlbum is an electronic image browser and organiser, it links directly to FotoTime's other product FotoTime.Com which allows you to share your images directly on the web. What struck me about FotoAlbum is just how easy it is to use and share images.
The Impress PC Watch webzine has posted an image comparison test of the leading (and upcoming) 3+ megpixel digital cameras: Olympus C-3030Z, Nikon Coolpix 990, FujiFilm FinePix 4700Z, Sony DSC-S70, Canon PowerShot S20, Epson CP-900Z, Casio QV-3000EX and a Beta Casio QV-3. So here are yet more samples for prospective buyers to analyze.
By Popular Demand we've created a new discussion forum especially for talk about Casio digital cameras. I've received several requests over the course of the last month to setup such a forum and so the decision was made. Casio have long established themselves in the digital camera market, recently generating more interested with the introduction of the QV-3000EX.
Those lucky guys over at Imaging-Resource have posted a review of the Nikon Coolpix 990, this must be a pre-release model as my contacts at Nikon claim there aren't any production cameras around yet.. "The Coolpix 990 is an exceptional follow-on to the already excellent Coolpix 950. The list of added features, options, and capabilities is too long to include in a brief conclusion, but suffice to say they're both extensive and eminently useful. Virtually every aspect of the camera's performance has been enhanced or extended, and the result is a true 3 megapixel powerhouse."
The Japanese webzine D# Sharp post a big digital camera comparison page with Wide & Tele shots from: Fuji FinePix 4700Z, Casio QV-3000EX, Canon PowerShot S20, Epson CP-900Z (beta), Olympus C-3030Z (beta), Sony DSC-S70 (beta), Nikon Coolpix 990 (beta), Nikon D1, Olympus C-2500L, Olympus C-2020Z, Nikon Coolpix 950, Canon PowerShot S10, Leica Digilux Zoom and Olympus C-960Z.
Kodak publicy market their own CCDs to other manufacturers. "Eastman Kodak Company today announced it is now selling its award-winning Kodak Blue Plus Color charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors to manufacturers of digital cameras and other imaging devices. The decision to sell these devices as individual components underscores the company's commitment to grow the overall picture business and create a broader presence for Kodak imaging technologies in that industry."
SmartDisk today announced something we'd been aware of since the release of specifications for the upcoming Mavica FD-95. Emerging Mavicas will support MemoryStick storage through a SmartDisk FlashPath floppy disk adapter enabling larger storage capacity but maintaining the convenience of a floppy drive. (Note: this won't work on older Mavicas)
Steve Sanders posts a review of Casio's QV-3000EX, he says "The QV-3000EX proves that Casio is not just satisfied to be a minor player in the digital camera business. Their QV-2000UX became the first digicam to be bundled with an IBM Microdrive and now they've done it again with the QV-3000EX Plus. The big news is the price -- $999 for the camera and the Microdrive or $799 for the camera with a 16MB CF card. "
REPOST: Received an interesting news release (early) from an anonymous poster which describes a little better how the SuperCCD technology differs from standard CCD's. "The number of sensors in conventional half-inch CCDs has increased dramatically in recent years, but it is generally believed the apex has been reached at around three million sensors. "
Ofoto, one of our sponsors is now giving away one Nikon Coolpix 800 a day, here's the press release "Ofoto, Inc. (www.ofoto.com), the Internet photo company, will be giving away a digital camera-a-day to Ofoto members throughout the month of March. Every day of the sweepstakes, one winner will receive a Nikon Coolpix 800 digital camera, an approximate retail value of $599. The sweepstakes is available to anyone who signs up for the Ofoto service in March, as well as current members who click on the sweepstakes entry button at sign in."
The excellent Impress PC Watch magazine summarise the digital photography offerings at CeBIT 2000, these include the cut down Olympus C-3000Z, Casio had the QV-3000EX/Ir a model which supports IrDA data transfer and a Bluetooth prototype based on the QV-3000EX which would allow transfer of images wirelessly over short distances. Fuji also cooperated with Nokia to demonstrate an S1 Pro with a Nokia Bluetooth wireless CF card.
Jeff over at DCResource has finished his Canon PowerShot S20 review, here's what he says "One of my favorite cameras of 1999 was the Canon PowerShot S10. Why? Well, it was light, easy to use, fast, and took great photos too! When the S20 was announced, I was excited -- it took everything that made the S10 so great, and added a 3.3 megapixel CCD!"
Sony Recalls NP-F550 and NP-F570 InfoLithium batteries bought after March 1999 due to evidence of a very small percentage (3 out of 415,000) overheating and smoking during recharge, these batteries are used on a variety of devices including the Sony Mavicas and D700 / D770. If you've bought either of these InfoLithium batteries since March 1999 should check the dedicated Sony website or call a toll free number (U.S.) to check their battery.
We're proud to announce the full availability of the Discussion Forums search engine. You can now access the largest online digicam knowledge base here on DPReview. Searching the Discussion Forums gives you access to over 50,000 messages posted since February 1999, got a question about the Kodak DC290? Just search the discussion forums first and you're bound to find some answers...
I've been busy coding a forums full text search feature, it's ready for testing now (which means it's not linked or apparent from the main forums pages) but brave beta testers are more than welcome to test it out before it goes fully public.
Philips advocate CMOS for tiny lower resolution imaging devices, although this news may not have immediate imact on digital still cameras any progress in this area will impact later. "With our new SeeMOS technology, you will one day be able to make a video camera no thicker than a pencil and about a centimeter long," said Theo Claasen, chief technology officer at Philips Semiconductors (Eindhoven, Netherlands). Claasen said the picture quality of the CMOS sensor "is excellent" at 640 by 480 pixels.
Steve posts a review of Canon's Champagne S20, he says "Like the PowerShot S10, the S20 is a super-compact, all-metal bodied camera that is ready to easily take on life's little bumps and knocks. For a palm-sized camera the 3-megapixel images are simply gigantic and guarantee photo-quality prints to 8x10" and beyond. Canon has got another mini-sized winner here. "
Ok, so it's not BlueTooth or WAP and it's really just a press release by FlashPoint, but for me it's an indication of where all digital devices will be in a year or two. The ability to connect seamlessly to the internet and share data (pictures, video whatever) wired and wireless.
Ricoh popped out two new digital cameras to coincide with CeBit. The RDC-7 sports a slimline almost "Agfa look", a 3.34 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens, it's being marketed as the thinking professionals digital camera (just right for the execs briefcase). The RDC-6000 being a more typical compact digicam look with a 2.14 megapixel CCD and no optical zoom.
Good news (Sony hopes) for the MemoryStick is that 19 more companies have licensed its flash storage technology... Interesting are the numbers of motor manufacturers (memory keyfob anyone?) Sony Corp said on Thursday it added 19 companies including General Motors Corp to a list of firms it has licensed to develop gadgets using Sony's Memory Stick as a data storage device.
Casio take on Canon at their own game with the similarly sized and styled XV-3. This aluminium bodied 3.34 megapixel digicam looses out slightly to Canon's S20 by havnig no optical zoom, the lens is fixed at 41mm (34mm equiv.) with a 12 stage up to 3.2x digital zoom (but we all hate digital zoom). Oh and it's also available in a very attractive pale (cyan?) blue case.
The guys over at Imaging-Resource have just posted their Casio QV-3000EX review, a camera which promises to be the first 3+ megapixel digicam to be available for sale. Not only that but Casio seem to have an incredible offer of $999 including a 340MB MicroDrive... amazing. Here's what Imaging-Resource had to say: "Overall, we were very pleased with the QV-3000EX. It offers the best image quality we've seen yet from Casio, with a strong feature set at a very attractive price. (Particularly given the inclusion of the 340 megabyte IBM MicroDrive!)"
Dramatic headline admittedly, a study of 700 digital camera owners (not a huge number, perhaps I should run a similar poll here) found that digital camera owners expect to capture 100% of their images digitally by 2004. In that tight criteria I think alot of digital camera owners already capture near 100% of their images digitally...
Exclusive: we bring you the first review of the 3.3 megapixel Canon PowerShot S20, a small yet perfectly formed digicam which produces impressive results and a true gain from its extra pixels. "Well, I loved the S10.. For me it was the first digital camera to have the quality of the best compact film cameras with great features, pocketability, image quality and a robust build. The S20 takes that to the next level with even better image quality..."
Olympus Japan today announced water and dustproof cases for the C-2020Z / C-3030Z (PT-005) and C-960Z (PT-006). These cases allow the cameras to be used in otherwise inhospitable environments. They are waterproof up to 30m available March - April priced at 19,800 YEN (US$180) and 18,500 YEN (US$170) respectively.
Cruising my normal news haunts I noticed this interesting article which notes that Digital camera shipments by Japanese makers surged 81 percent in Oct-Dec based on the same period the year before, up to 1.94 million. By value shipments jumped 61 percent to 84.4 billion YEN (US$759 million).
Toshiba Japan today announced the M70, their first foray into the 3 megapixel race, a camera first seen at PMA2000 now headlines Toshiba's range with a 3x Canon Zoom lens (35-105mm 35mm equiv., fast F2.0) uses SmartMedia for storage and has full support for the shutterbug features of Aperture and Shutter priority. Looks and specification (specifically the Canon 3x lens) cunningly similar to the Casio QV-3000EX.
This very interesting press release from one of our sponsors, they'll soon be providing free film developing, digitizing and storage on their website along with the ability to take pure digital prints from that. "...announced today a new service that enables photographers using 35mm and APS film to receive free film developing, digitization, and storage through Ofoto.com. With this service Ofoto will deliver the same convenience and ease of digital photography to all people even if they prefer film photography."
Rob Galbraith, probably one of the most respected professional digital photo journalists gives his lean on the Fuji S1 Pro a camera at a low price which promises to deliver much (6 megapixels), Rob was at PMA 2000 and handled the camera, purely from a journalists point of view here's what he says "During a demo, one Fuji rep went so far as to say that one potential use was photojournalism. When challenged on this point, his response was "Why not?" During another demo, a different rep, who was aware I was a news photographer, pointed at the Nikon D1 hanging around my neck and said "you won't need one of those anymore." Egads. The S1 Pro may be a good camera, but lest you have any doubts, let me assure you that this is not a camera built for pro photojournalists."
The PalmPix is an add on for your Palm III, IIIe, IIIx or VII, it adds a 640x480 diigtal camera (CMOS imager) ability to your Palm, uses the Palm's screen as a viewfinder / reviewer (although it does actually shoot in colour). Each image requires 100KB of the Palm's memory (so it's better suited to the newer higher capacity Palms).
The guys over at Imaging Resource got the paws on Fuji's "6 megapixel" S1 Pro digital SLR and shot a couple of samples (as they admit, in poor circumstances, but noticeably very little noise on the ISO1600 image), they've also posted an updated article on the camera along with some interesting insight.
Hoorah! We've just gone through the 4,000,000 unique visitors since January 1st 1999. Receiving over 600,000 unique visitors per month (we're aiming for 750,000 in Feburary) means that the millions will now roll off very quickly, so I'll only celebrate the big ones in the future (5, 10 etc.) Thanks to everyone!!
Today HP announced two new digital cameras: the 2.24 megapixel 3x Zoom (Pentax Lens) PhotoSmart C912 (SLR look and feel) with manual controls and TTL viewfinder and the 2.1 megapixel, 3x Zoom PhotoSmart C618. Another interesting things about these cameras is that they feature Flashpoint's Digita Operating System as previously seen on several Kodak DC2xx's and Minolta's EX1500 range, the big advantage of Digita its support for an in-camera scripting language. UPDATED: Also known as Pentax EI-2000 & Pentax EI-200, pictures of the cameras from PMA 2000.
Canon Japan has now confirmed what we've already seen, the development of an EOS Digital SLR camera, the press release offers little more to what we've already gleaned: a 3+ megapixel CCD, Canon-EF lens mount, Canon-EF lenses. Expected "Sale Time" Autumn 2000. They also include a calendar of dates when the reference camera will be exhibited.
Today HP announced two new digital cameras: the 2.24 megapixel 3x Zoom (Pentax Lens) PhotoSmart C912 (SLR look and feel) with manual controls and TTL viewfinder and the 2.1 megapixel, 3x Zoom PhotoSmart C618. Another interesting things about these cameras is that they feature Flashpoint's Digita Operating System as previously seen on several Kodak DC2xx's and Minolta's EX1500 range, the big advantage of Digita its support for an in-camera scripting language. UPDATED: Also known as Pentax EI-2000 & Pentax EI-200, pictures of the cameras from PMA 2000 - Thanks to the guys at Imaging-Resource.
Here's an interesting article from AP on Kodak's new tie-up with HP to produce digital photo machines to be installed in retail stores, you simply drop off your memory cards (or other media one assumes) and get much higher quality prints than can be achieved at home. The catch? a 4"x6" will cost you 75 cents, considerably more expensive than online photo finishers.
As rampant rumours bounce around the great halls of the Internet, Sony are on the brink of announcing some new Mavica's.. the camera which should be of interest to most is the FD-95 a 2 megapixel, 10x Optical Zoom (plus 2x digital), supports standard Floppy Disk and MemoryStick (using Floppy Disk adapter) "upgrade" to the ever popular FD-91.