August 25
Casio Exilim Card EX-S100
Casio has today announced its first camera to incorporate ceramic lens technology, which has a higher refractive index and is stronger and thinner than glass. The 3.2 megapixel Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 is made of stainless steel, which gives it a nice heavy feel, and is the smallest 2.8x optical zoom camera in the world, just 17mm thick. A large 2-inch screen dominates the back of the credit card-sized camera, which has no optical viewfinder. It will be priced £349 ($399).
Casio QV-R61

Casio has today announced its entry level flagship camera in the QV range with the QV-R61, a six megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens camera. It also boasts a 2-inch LCD screen that as well as displaying shooting information and photographic effects, also has Icon Help, which uses pop-ups with explanations of the differenct icons. A rather helpful Business Shot provides automatic alignment for photos of text documents taken at an angle. Images are stored on to 9.7MB of internal memory or removable SD cards.

August 24
Pentax Optio S5i
Pentax has today announced the launch of the Optio S5i. The five megapixel update of the S4i has a new 'coarse' handgrip and textured body to convey a 'sense of quality'. It retains a plethora of scene modes found on its predecessor, ideal for beginners, and now includes a sports mode. The S5i incorporates Pentax's sliding lens mechanism allowing for a camera that is 21mm wide. The Optio S5i will be available in September.
Pentax Optio X

Pentax has today announced its first swivel lens compact in the shape of the stylish Optio X which echoes Nikon's early design of the 900 series. The right hand side rotates 180 degrees upwards and 90 degrees downwards. Manfactured from aluminium alloy and resin coating, the Optio X boasts five megapixels and is the slimmest camera in the range at 18mm. It will be available in October.

Sony 2 GB Memory Stick Pro
Sony has today announced a revamp of its Memory Stick Pro range which will now include a 2 GB card (twice the capacity of the largest current Sony Memory Stick Pro) as well as High Speed read/write across the range. The new High Speed range also boasts a wider operating temperature range of -25°C to 85 °C (-13°F to 185°F); which will of course be very useful.
August 23
Canon EOS 20D update and samples
As the embargo on sample images has lifted we can bring you our updated EOS 20D preview and a 24 image samples gallery. Our update includes image parameter, B&W feature tests as well as color, noise and resolution comparisons. All samples / test results based on our pre-production camera and should be considered non-final.
August 19
Canon EOS 20D and preview
Canon has today revealed the EOS 20D, the eight megapixel successor to the EOS 10D. The new sensor is however only half the story the EOS 20D has a slightly smaller and lighter body, a brand new 9-point AF system, near instant power on time, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, support for EF-S digital lenses, true RAW+JPEG, a B&W mode and USB 2.0. In total we've counted approximately 30 noteworthy improvements on the EOS 20D. Naturally we have a detailed eleven page hands-on preview. Price on the street around US$1,500.
Canon PowerShot G6, preview and samples
Canon's second seven megapixel (after the S70) is the new G6 (yes, odd name but I guess they couldn't have called it the G7). Having skipped the 1/1.8" six megapixel sensor Canon moved right along and dropped the new seven megapixel one into the G6, it features an almost-identical 4x lens as the G5, a flip-out and twist LCD (now 2.0") a narrower body and just about all the manual controls you could ever need. We've got a detailed preview of a production G6 including samples! This camera could be yours for around US$700.
Two Canon EF-S lenses and a flash
Canon has today announced two new digital SLR lenses and a flash with digital features. The EF-S 17 - 85 mm F4 - F5.6 IS USM lens (US$600) provides an equivelant field of view of 27 - 136 mm (5x zoom), the EF-S 10 - 22 mm F3.5 - F4.5 USM lens (US$800) provides and equivelant field of view of 16 - 35 mm. Currently these new lenses can only be used on the Canon EOS 20D and EOS 300D digital SLR's (the only camera's to support EF-S lenses). Additionally Canon has also announced the Speedlite 580EX flash (US$480) with digital specific features such as zoom linked to sensor size and control of camera white balance.
Canon PowerShot S70
A raft of 7 megapixel compacts is coming your way soon, with Canon being the latest to announce its PowerShot S70, which is practically the same as the S60, except the resolution. The sliding lens camera retains the wideangle 28-100mm optic of the S60, plus a 3.6x optical zoom. Images can be recorded in RAW or JPEG modes and improved continuous shooting up to 15 images. Price around $600.
Canon PowerShot A95
Canon has today announced its new flagship A-series PowerShot, the 5 megapixel A95, which replaces the 4 megapixel A80 announced this time last year. The A95 has a larger 1.8-inch vari-angle LCD, improved continuous shooting capability (17-shot burst mode) and VGA movie mode. It is as feature-rich as its predecessor with FlexiZone AF/AE, 21 shooting modes including fully manual modes. PictBridge compliancy allows direct printing to any compatible printer, a hefty four AAs are needed to power the camera and images are stored on to CompactFlash. Price around $400.
Canon PowerShot A400
Canon has today announced a new range opening camera in the shape of the 3.2 megapixel PowerShot A400, which is available in four colours – Silver, Sky Blue, Spring Green and Sunset Gold. It has a focal length of 45-100mm offering a 2.2x optical zoom and features 9-point AiAF technology, Intelligent Orientation Sensor, DIGIC processor as well as eight scene modes. Stills and video can be recorded and saved on to SD memory. The user interface also now supports two new languages, Portuguese and Russian. Price around $180.
Ricoh Caplio RZ1 and Ricoh Caplio R1
Ricoh has today announced two four megapixels cameras, the Caplio RZ1 has a 35 -105mm lens, while the Caplio R1 boasts a wideangle 28 – 135mm optic and 4.8x optical zoom. They also exhibit Ricoh’s now ubiquitous 1cm macro mode and fast start-up times. The new Ricoh Caplio RZ1 and R1 have shed a few millimetres from their waistline, compared to their predecessors, and now measure a slimline 25mm. Both will be available in September.
August 17
Hasselblad and Imacon merge
Hasselblad has announced the acquisition and merger with Imacon, the digital cameraback and scanner company. The new company will be called Hasselblad Imacon and will be clearly targeting the professional digital market. Christian Poulsen, founder of Imacon and new CEO of Hasselblad said, "Both companies are committed to producing the highest quality products and the integration of established technological expertise and vision will ensure we maximise penetration for both new and existing products in the marketplace."
August 16
Pentax Optio 750Z
The second 7 megapixel compact camera to be announced this month is the retro-looking Pentax Optio 750Z which has a 5x zoom. Roughly the same size as the Optio 550, the 750Z has a swivelling 1.8-inch LCD and is aimed at those who want to create ‘gallery-quality photographs’. The aluminium alloy-bodied classic-look camera has 10 shooting modes and full manual operation. It will be available in September priced around £499 (approx $750).
Pentax Optio S50
Pentax has today announced the third addition to the S range in five months with the 5 megapixel Optio S50. Aimed at newcomers to digital photography, it has a nine-option control dial plus a help mode that displays explanations of the control buttons. It has a 1.8-inch LCD screen - which is larger than the S40 (1.6-inch) - but retains the same compact dimensions. Pentax’s proprietary sliding lens system also helps keep things compact. The Optio S50 has a digital filter function that can be applied in-camera during playback and allows users to convert images to black and white, while retaining red, blue or green areas. It will be available in October priced around £250 (approx $370).
August 13
New staff and a new review format
We're very pleased to introduce two new members of the Digital Photography Review team, Simon Joinson and Stephanie Krahn. Simon and Stephanie are joining us from the UK publication 'Total Digital Photography' where Simon was the Editor and Stephanie the News Editor. Today also sees the publication of the first reviews based on our shorter 'concise review' template which is designed to enable us to produce reviews of mid-range cameras more quickly and yet maintain our coverage of the details which matter. This new review format is in addition to our in-depth reviews which will continue as before.
Just posted! HP PhotoSmart R707 review
Just posted! Our review of the compact five megapixel, three times optical zoom HP PhotoSmart R707. Announced at PMA this year the R707 caused a 'quiet storm' because it was the first HP digital camera to have a nicely styled design with a sweeping stainless steel front and rubber coated rear. In use the R707 feels faster and is more advanced than any HP before it. See how it shaped up in our new concise review format.
Just posted! Canon S60 review
Just posted! Our review of the compact five megapixel, 3.6 times optical zoom Canon PowerShot S60. Sucessor to the S50 the S60 sees a new body design which is smaller and lighter and yet sports a zoom lens which provides a useful 28 mm at its widest position. See how the S60 shaped up in our new concise review format.
Just posted! Canon S1 IS review
Just posted! Our review of the compact three megapixel, ten times optical zoom Canon PowerShot S1 IS. Believe it or not but it's been three years since Canon last introduced a ten times optical zoom digital camera, and that was the Pro90 IS. Feature wise it could be considered prosumer, with manual controls and Image Stabilisation, it's price however places it at the affordable end of the market. See how the S1 IS shaped up in our new concise review format.
August 10
Another new card format?
Taiwanese manufacturers are planning to launch a new memory card format clamied to offer transfer speeds of 120MB per second, 10 times faster than Secure Digital cards. It is also claimed the capacity of the card has the potential to reach 2 Terabytes (TB). The ‘μcard’, which is the same size as an SD card, will be unveiled at Taipei International Electronics Show, Taitronics, October 8-12. Manufactured by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), it will be USB 2.0-compatible and will also offer compatibility with other media storage cards.
August 8
Pentax macro lenses
Pentax has today announced a new series of interchangeable lenses which are optimised for use on digital SLRs such as the *ist D (though the image circle is large enough to cover a full 35mm frame if used on a film camera). The first two lenses in the range are the smc PENTAX-D FA Macro 100mm F2.8 and the smc PENTAX-D FA Macro 50mm F2.8. Both are considerably more compact and lightweight than the standard smc PENTAX-FA versions, and each comes complete with a metal lens hood. The macro lenses offer a maximum magnification of 1:1 (lifesize) and feature a Quick-Shift focus system when mounted on a Pentax *ist D.
August 6
Lexar's new identity and logo
Lexar has announced its new corporate identity which it says is to help "Reflect Expanding Innovative Product Portfolio". Jim Gustke, general manager, marketing says "By creating a new logo and evolving the name, we are aligning the corporate identity to better illustrate who we are today and how we are growing to meet the future needs of our customers."
Samsung Digimax U-CA 4
Developed for the younger generation and style conscious, Samsung has announced the pocket-sized U-CA 4, which boasts 4.1 million pixels. Available in two colours, it features a long time shutter function for shooting in low light and allows users to customize menus using the Move & Set function. Movies can be recorded in MPEG4 format and it also features, no doubt for the ‘young and stylish’, a 7-colour function lamp. It is set to retail at under £200 (approx $310).
August 5
Samsung Digimax V6
Samsung has today announced the latest addition to its V range, the 6 million-pixel Digimax V6, which is set to retail at under £300 (approx $450). The aluminium-bodied camera has a 3x Schneider Kreuznach zoom lens and, in line with other cameras in the range, can take up to nine types of batteries. As well as offering manual control the Digimax V6 is PictBridge-compatible and includes a new Move & Set function for customising the menu controls.
August 4
Konica Minolta Dynax 7 Digital interview
Konica Minolta Europe today distributed an interview carried out between the Marketing Manager for Konica Minolta Europe, Clemens Helberg and the General Manager of the Konica Minolta Development Center, Keiichi Ishizuka. The subject of the interview was the upcoming Dynax / Maxxum 7 digital SLR and the questions posed were from registered users of the Konica Minolta Photo World website. UPDATE: New 'Maxxum 7 Digital' website launched.
Casio's ceramic lens
Casio has announced the development of a new lens for compact cameras which is made from a transparent ceramic material instead of glass. The material (Lumicera) was originally developed for other applications but happened to have interesting optical properties including a higher refractive index than glass. Casio has refined the process of polishing and coating the material to make lenses which can be thinner and stronger than conventional glass. Casio claim this will allow a reduction in the profile of a lens system by approximately 20%.
August 3
Sigma UK ad cleared by ASA
Sigma UK today issued a press release detailing how they were cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority over a magazine ad which featured a high resolution photograph of a human eye. A complaint was made by a magazine reader who complained that the photograph had been retouched and was therefore misleading. Sigma UK managed to convince the ASA that the only modifications made to the image were the removal of the reflection of the photographer and some mascara blobs. The ASA agreed that the photograph was comparible in resolution to the un-retouched image.
Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Plus
Kodak has today announced the EasyShare Printer Dock Plus which can print 6x4-inch images that have been sent wirelessly from your mobile phone, as well as printing directly from digital cameras and memory cards. Built-in infra-red technology allows user to print directly to the Dock and receive hard copy images in around 60 seconds. A new auto enhance button instantly corrects underexposed shots, a common with phone camera images. The Printer Dock Plus also includes the ability to print, one, four, two or nine images on a 6x4-inch sheet. It also incorporates PictBridge technology, has an SD/MMC slot and users can transfer images from EasyShare cameras as well as recharge batteries in three and a half hours using the dock.
Kodak EasyShare DX7590
Almost a year after Kodak announced its first 10x zoom camera, the DX6490, today it has announced its new flagship digital camera and second 10x zoom model, the 5 megapixel EasyShare DX7590. The SLR-styled camera boasts a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 38-380mm lens which can reach its optimum zoom in two seconds. The new model offers just one million more pixels than the EasyShare DX6490. The DX7590 is fully manual and aimed at both beginners and enthusiasts. It offers 16 program modes, as well as a 2.2-inch LCD screen and EVF.
August 2
Rollei Prego dp5300
Rollei has today announced the metal-bodied 5.3 megapixel Prego dp5300. Similarly specified to its little brother the dp4200, it has a smaller LCD at 1.5 inches but a wider shutter speed ranging from 8 - 1/1500 sec as well as continuous shooting mode. And a built-in microphone allows you to record sound with 320 x 240-pixel video clips.
Rollei Prego dp4200
Rollei has today announced the ultra-slim Prego dp4200 which offers a 4.2 megapixel CCD as well as video with sound. After announcing its highest resolution compact earlier this month, Rollei is aiming at the entry level market with lower priced cameras offering fewer megapixels. The metal-bodied dp4200 is just 24mm wide and boasts a 3x zoom and a large 2-inch LCD and takes SD memory.
HP Photosmart R507
HP has today announced the newest addition to the sleek R series with the 4.1 million-pixel Photosmart R507, which houses a 3x zoom Pentax lens. It retains the good looks of its older brother, with a metal front and sculpted grip as well as in-camera red-eye removal and HP Photo Advisor, which analyses users photos and makes suggestions as to how the image can be improved. The in-camera panorama mode allows you to preview the panorama on its 1.5-inch LCD, then stitches them together when you download them using the supplied software.
HP Photosmart M307
If size matters and you like the look of the new R series then you might be interested in the new Photosmart M307 announced by HP today. The 3.2MP camera looks like a stretched version of the R507/R707, with a sleek aluminium front, rubberized plastic back and ‘wave-style’ finger grip. Aimed at the entry level market, it has a large 1.8-inch LCD monitor, 3x zoom, a 'fast-shot' mode plus video clips with sound.
July 30
Digital camera sales to peak in two years
First time buyers are contributing
to the high growth rates in the consumer digital camera market, and industry analysts InfoTrends/CAP Ventures predicts two more years of strong growth before sales peak. Digital camera sales are expected to reach 22.8 million in the US by the end of this year, a 42% growth over 2003. InfoTrends also predicts that the average price of cameras is set to rise. This is due to the popularity of point and shoot cameras and sub-$1000 digital SLRs - a welcome news for vendors but not for consumers.
Kodak introduces digital GEM plug-in
Kodak has introduced a professional version of its DIGITAL GEM plug-in which enables users to reduce noise and film grain in 8-bit and 16-bit digital images without excessive softening. The noise suppression algorithm is an improved version of that used in the original DIGITAL GEM plug-in and works on extreme noise problems. The grain suppression algorithm reduces grain while preserving detail. The professional version includes a ‘Noise Preview Screen’ to enable users to view the effect before committing to it.
July 28
Stolen Nikon D70 kits
Nikon Europe has today informed us that 18 cartons with 108 D70s (including 18-70 DX lenses) were stolen at Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands. Nikon is asking for your help in tracing these stolen cameras and has provided a list of serial numbers as well as important information relating to the packaging of these particular digital SLR kits.
Fujifilm S3 Pro Update
Fujifilm has today issued a Press Release adding more meat to what we already know about the upcomgin S3 Pro digital SLR. New details include the ability to change the 'mix' between the S-pixel and R-pixel data and hence the captured dynamic range. Fujifilm will also provide a number of 'film simulation modes' which we assume to mean a way to reproduce the look of some of Fujifilm's well known films. UPDATE: Added brand new S3 Pro product shots.
Fuji FinePix S5500 Zoom

Fuji has today announced the FinePix S5500 Zoom, which maintains the SLR styling of its predecessor the S5000 Zoom and 10x optical zoom (37-370mm equiv.). It houses a conventional CCD sensor (compared to the S5000 which had a Super CCD HR sensor) but adds an extra million pixels, taking the effective resolution up to 4 megapixels. Other features include RAW mode,
ISO 64-400 and a 640x480-pixel movie mode.

Fuji FinePix S3500 Zoom
Fuji has today announced the FinePix S3500 Zoom, a replacement for the FinePix S3000 Zoom. The new model retains the metallic silver look of its predecessor as well as the 6x zoom but it now offers 4 million effective pixels and PictBridge connectivity.
It maintains the SLR styling and electronic viewfinder and also offers movie capture at 10fps.
Fujifilm FinePix F810 Zoom
Fujifilm has announced another widescreen F series camera, the F810 Zoom, which is essentially the same as the FinePix F710 but with a new 6.3MP Super CCD HR sensor. The new sensor delivers a claimed 12.3 million pixel output and has a wide sensitivity range of ISO 80-800. Fujifilm is aiming the F810Z at 'off-duty' photographers and enthusiasts who want 'manual control in a compact camera', as it features exposure control, flash compensation, raw mode, manual focus and a 4x optical zoom.
Fujifilm FinePix E550 Zoom
The highest resolution camera of the new E range, announced by Fujifilm today, is the 6.3 megapixel FinePix E550 Zoom. It is similar in specification to the F810, with a Super CCD HR sensor, but will be more 'competitively' priced. The top-of-the-range camera has a metallic casing and is aimed at enthusiasts. It boasts manual features, a 2-inch LCD, RAW mode and can be powered by two AA batteries. PictBridge compatibility allows direct printing to any printer.
Fujifilm FinePix E500 Zoom and FinePix E510 Zoom
Fujifilm launched a new range today in the shape of the E series, which is characterized by 'wide zooms, large LCD screens and a competitive price'. The new models include the
4.1 megapixel FinePix E500 and the 5.2 megapixel FinePix E510. Both have 28-91mm equivalent wideangle lenses, 2-inch LCDs, a sturdy hand grip, a pop-up flash and are, Fujifilm says, "sure to bring even the most hardened sceptic round to digital photography". They also offer movies with sound and are PictBridge-compatible.
July 27
Sony P150 hands-on Preview
The DSC-P150 is Sony's latest salvo in the megapixel wars, and the first truly compact 7 megapixel camera. It's based closely on the current P100, with the only differences - resolution aside - being the brushed metal casing and a new 'Real Image Processor' LSI, claimed to speed up most aspects of operation. We managed to get our hands on an early pre-production sample for a hands-on preview (unfortunately we cannot publish any sample images as yet).
July 23
Panasonic DMC-FX2 & DMC-FX7 hands-on Preview
The DMC-FX2 and DMC-FX7 (four and five megapixel) are follow on products to the DMC-FX1 and DMC-FX5 (three and four megapixel). Nothing groundbreaking there, however what is remarkable is that Panasonic have achieved a significant reduction in size (both width and depth) and yet still maintained an optically stabilized lens system. These are the only ultra-compact's in the market which feature stabilization, that alone means they should be worth a look.
July 22
Panasonic DMC-FZ3 hands-on Preview
The DMC-FZ3 is Panasonic's new budget priced, compact, twelve times optical zoom, three megapixel digital camera. It's based around the guts of the higher end FZ15 and FZ20 digital cameras with a smaller sensor and lens system. The first thing that strikes you when you pick up the FZ3 is just how compact it is an how light, it may not have the expensive feel of the FZ20 but it's certainly good enough and some $200 cheaper. Again, as the camera we have is pre-production we will not be publishing any sample images.
Panasonic DMC-FZ20 hands-on Preview
Announced yesterday Panasonic's Lumix new DMC-FZ20 is a step-change upgrade to the popular DMC-FZ10. On paper the FZ20 looks very good, a five megapixel CCD, twelve times optically stabilized zoom lens with an F2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range, a range of manual controls wrapped up in a relatively compact body (compared to a digital SLR). We have received a pre-production camera and have produced a very brief hands-on preview with more product images and menu captures. Unfortunately no sample images are available at this stage. UPDATE: Screen captures added.
Kodak film sales decline further
According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Kodak is winning the battle to ditch film with more people taking and printing digital images with its products. Sales of digital cameras, printers and accessories nearly doubled during April, May and June, while traditional film sales fell by 8%. The decline of film has been quicker than expected and its plans to cut 15,000 jobs by 2007 are ahead of schedule, with profits of $253m higher than Kodak's previous predictions.
July 21
BenQ DC E40
BenQ has today announced a new 'female-friendly' camera in the shape
of the 4 megapixel DC E40, its first touch-screen camera, which allows you to draw on your images and add built-in photo frames. The brushed metal sliding lens camera also offers MPEG 4 movie recording. A Dual Recharge Mode means the lithium ion battery can be recharged via an adapter or, if you're outdoors, via USB connection to a laptop. So ladies, ditch your digital SLRs and snap up a BenQ DC E40. Oh, and don't forget to be fun and fearless too.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15
Here's a new Panasonic digital camera which slipped under the radar as it wasn't included in our intial press pack. The DMC-FZ15 will be available only in the US, it's based on the FZ20 body and has the same twelve times optical zoom lens, the main difference is it has a four megapixel CCD (just like the FZ10) and no flash hot-shoe. This makes six the total number of new digital cameras announced by Panasonic today.