February 21
Nikon Coolpix S5 and S6
Pre-PMA 2006: Today sees the announcement from Nikon of seven new digital compacts. We start here with the ultra-slim Coolpix S5 and S6 cameras, both offering 6 million pixels, large LCD screens (2.5" and 3.0" respectively) and a new PictMotion function that allows users to select favourite images, movie files and music files to create slideshows with a difference. The COOLPIX S6 also features built-in Wi-Fi capability.
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED
Pre-PMA 2006: Amongst the flood of new digicams Nikon has announced this, the world’s first macro lens (offering reproduction ratios of up to 1:1) equipped with Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR) systems. The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens offers advanced optical features and technologies such as Nano Crystal Coat, Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass and Internal Focusing. For use with both Nikon DX format digital and 35mm film SLR cameras.
Nikon Coolpix L2, L3 and L4
Pre-PMA 2006: Lastly we see the introduction of three new L series models; the Coopix L2, L3 and L4. This trio of entry-level cameras offer 6, 5 and 4 million pixels, respectively and all of them feature a 3x zoom and a 2.0-inch screen.
February 20
Just posted! Panasonic FZ7 Review
Just posted! Almost a year to the day after the introduction of the hugely popular FZ5 Panasonic announced its successor, the 6 megapixel DMC-FZ7. As well as a design facelift and an extra megapixel, the FZ7 introduces several handling and performance improvements over the FZ5, not least of which is the inclusion of manual focusing and significantly easier control over exposure settings via a new joystick. So is the FZ7 a worthy successor to the FZ5? Find out after the link...
February 17
Bibble Pro to include Noise Ninja NR
Pre-PMA 2006: Bibble Labs has today announced it has reached an agreement with PictureCode to integrate Noise Ninja noise reduction technology into Bibble Pro. "As pioneers of DSLR RAW software we have led the way in speed, feature set, and cross platform support. With the inclusion of PictureCode’s Noise Ninja technology, we are again raising the bar for integrated, fast workflow," says Eric Hyman, President & CEO of Bibble Labs.
Kodak EasyShare Z612
Pre-PMA 2006: News arrived earlier than we had expected of the new Kodak EasyShare cameras. First up is the EasyShare Z612 which features a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilization technology. The 6-megapixel camera also has a large 2.5-inch screen, aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual modes.
Kodak EasyShare V603
Pre-PMA 2006: Kodak are also introducing the EasyShare V603 camera. Available in black and silver, this pocket-sized 6.1-megapixel camera features a 3x zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD.
Kodak EasyShare C643 and C533
Pre-PMA 2006: Two new entry-level cameras also make an appearance from Kodak in the shape of the EasyShare C643 and C533. The 6-megapixel C643 camera offers a 3x optical zoom and a large 2.4-inch display. The 5-megapixel C533 features a 3x zoom and a 1.8-inch screen. Both cameras use the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock for quick and easy printing.
Kodak and Bibble join forces
Pre-PMA 2006: Kodak and Bibble Labs today announced an agreement which covers both an exchange of technology and cross-licensing / co-marketing opportunities. Out of this agreement Bibble will get access to Kodak's ColorFlow Color Management Module (CMM) and ColorFlow ICC Input API in exchange Bibble are licensing to Kodak their RAW format and conversion engine which will enable Kodak to provide direct printing from RAW files for their labs (including any adjustments made by Bibble Pro).
February 15
Pentax Optio W10
Pre-PMA 2006: Pentax has revealed the newest addition to its 'W' range of waterproof compacts, the Optio W10. The W10 is a 6 million pixel model (waterproof to 1.5m), featuring a 3x zoom, 2.5-inch LCD screen and a new Face Recognition AF/AE function which detects people’s faces and adjusts the focus / exposure to suit.
Pentax Optio T10
Pre-PMA 2006: Pentax has today also announced the Optio T10, which features a large 3-inch LCD with a touch display control system and a Drawing mode that allows you to customize your shots and create your own illustrations. This 6 megapixel camera also has a 3x optical zoom lens, all wrapped up in a slim 19.5mm high grade aluminium alloy body.
Pentax Optio M10
Pre-PMA 2006: Last but not least Pentax has introduced the Optio M10, the successor to the Optio S. This 6 megapixel camera offers a 3x optical zoom, large (2.5-inch) LCD and a long battery life - approx 220 images with alkaline AA batteries or 900 images with lithium AA's.
Nikon invest in Nik
Nik Software has announced that it has reached an agreement with Nikon to develop and distribute software (and technology), the agreement also includes an investment in Nik by Nikon (you have to love the name coincidence).
February 14
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1
Pre-PMA 2006: Panasonic launches today the world's smallest 10x optical zoom digital compact. The DMC-TZ1 is also the first Lumix model to adopt a Linear AF system which, combined with the high speed AF function, achieves an industry-leading high speed AF response time among high zoom digital cameras. The TZ1 also features the Optical Image Stabiiliser which has become a Panasonic standard.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01
Pre-PMA 2006: Panasonic has today announced the successor to the DMC-FX9, the Lumix DMC-FX01, which boasts a 28mm wide angle Leica DC zoom lens. The new High Sensitivity mode means that the DMC-FX01 can shoot up to a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 1600. The FX01 also incorporates Panasonic's Optical Image Stabiliser which should help keep those shaky images to a minimum.
Fujifilm FinePix F30 sports ISO 3200
Pre-PMA 2006: Fujifilm has unveiled the successor to the award-winning FinePix F10/F11, with the world's first digital compact camera to feature an ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution. The 6.3 megapixel FinePix F30 features the newly developed sixth generation Super CCD and Fujifilm’s groundbreaking Real Photo Processor II. The F30 also features a new ‘intelligent flash’ system which uses the camera’s sensitivity to combine natural foreground illumination with balanced exposure in the background.
Fujifilm FinePix F650 Zoom
Pre-PMA 2006: Fujifilm today announces another addition to the 'F' series, the FinePix F650 Zoom, with 6 million pixels, a 5x zoom and large 3-inch LCD screen. What it doesn't have is the high ISO capabilities of the F10 / F11, though it does at least offer some photographic control (aperture and shutter priority).
Fujifilm FinePix A600 Zoom
Pre-PMA 2006: Fujifilm has announced a new entry-level 'A' series camera in the shape of the FinePix A600 Zoom. Featuring 6.3 million pixels, Fujifilm’s proprietary Super CCD, 3x zoom and a large 2.4-inch LCD screen.
February 13
Sony DSC-W30 and DSC-W50
Pre-PMA 2006: Sony announced today a new range of 'W' series ultra-compacts that mark the end of the popular 'P' series (and the original 'chunky' W series), and bear more than a passing resemblance to the Canon Ixus / Elph range. The range launches with two new 6-megapixel models, the W30 and W50. Both feature eye level viewfinders, Sony’s Clear RAW ™ imaging technology (claimed to offer low noise at up to ISO 1000), a 3x zoom and 2.0-inch and 2.5-inch screens, respectively.
February 11
Storing Your Digital Images
Site contributor and author of The 123 of Digital Imaging Interactive Learning Suite, Vincent Bockaert has written a very interesting article on one of the most important issues facing the digital photographer, how to store your digital images for now and for the future. His article covers the different storage media available and the relative costs and merits of each. This article is the first in a series on a range of digital photography subjects by Vincent.
Nikon confirm D200 banding, fix available
Nikon USA (and Europe) have both added knowedge base entries which confirm the existence of the so called 'banding issue'. According to the USA entry this affects only "a limited number of early-production D200 cameras" and that if you have a D200 which exhibits such banding "Nikon will, without charge, evaluate your camera to determine if adjustment to the camera's image output level is required. Adjustment, if required, will optimize the camera's image output level, thereby reducing visible banding to a minimal level."
February 8
Just posted! Canon PowerShot SD450 Review

Just posted! the Canon SD450 (IXUS 55 in Europe) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000 (and a lot farther back than that in the film camera world). Essentially a fairly minor upgrade to the popular SD400 (IXUS 50), new features include a larger 'wide viewing angle' 2.5-inch monitor, a direct access ISO button, a nifty orientation sensor that rotates the display of images as you turn the camera round in playback mode and some fancy playback effects. Find out what we thought after the link...

February 6
Just posted! Olympus SP-500UZ Review
Just posted! The six megapixel Olympus SP-500UZ offers a 10x zoom, full manual control, RAW capture and a wealth of photographic and digital features. With a feature list as long as your arm, lots of beginner-friendly scene modes, a predictive AF function, a nice 2.5-inch screen and a 3cm macro mode, the SP-500UZ certainly seems to offer an excellent 'bang for your buck', but is it good enough to compete in such a crowded area of the market? Find out after the link...
January 31
Kodak's digital sales overtake film
Kodak digital sales made up 54% of total revenue for 2005, marking the first time in the company’s history that digital revenue exceeded film. The news came on the same day that the company reported that total losses for this year could top $1 billion, after the fifth consecutive quarter of losses - due mainly to the restructuring that the shift to digital required. On the positive side, sales of Kodak digital cameras are up.
OpenRAW Survey needs your help
The OpenRAW initiative has today launched a survey to collect "experiences, requirements, preferences, and concerns of digital photographers and other interested parties regarding RAW imaging technology." The results of this survey will be published into the public domain and we will report them in detail here on dpreview. We would encourage all dpreview readers to take part in this survey.
Fujifilm cut jobs, move some production to China
According to reports on various news wires Fujifilm Japan has announced that it is to cut 5,000 jobs (1,000 in Japan, 4,000 abroad) by September, this out of around 76,000 workers in the photo segment. There will also a shift of some production from Japan to China. A company spokesperson is quoted as saying "structural reforms include the reduction of approximately 5,000 people from the imaging solutions segment". What future for SuperCCD?
January 30
Adobe Camera RAW 3.3 with D200 support
Adobe has now posted the final (non-beta) Camera RAW 3.3 plug-in which now has full official support for the Nikon D200. This new release adds support for 17 new camera models (including the Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D200, Olympus E-500 and Sony DSC-R1) as well as adding a range of new features and an enhanced Bayer demosaic algorithm. This RAW converter / importer is well respected and has become the standard for many photographers (and reviewers).
January 28
PMA 2006 Show Report - Preview
Pre-PMA 2006: Just under one month away and the presence of the PMA trade show can already be felt with no less than 36 new product announcements (including a few from CES). We're expecting many more in the next four weeks or so and so have already activated our PMA 2006 show report. This special live article will enable you to stay up to date with the latest product announcements as well as following our live minute-by-minute reports from the show floor (during show hours).
January 27
Pentax *ist DL2
Pentax has announced a minor upgrade to the *ist DL - but only for users in Asia and Canada. The *ist DL2 offers a couple of extra focus points, a few new scene modes and a couple of bits of silver plastic (where the DL was all-black). Looking at the spec the DL2 appears to be the Pentax version of the Samsung GX-1L, which was half-announced earlier this month along with the GX-1S, and may be an indication of the intention to sell the future cameras as Pentax branded in some markets and Samsung cameras in others (namely Europe and the US).
January 26
Olympus E-330 (EVOLT) Digital SLR, previewed
Pre-PMA 2006: The cherry on the top of a raft of new Olympus products today is the new E-330 (to be known in North America as the 'Olympus EVOLT E-330'). The E-330 has a similar appearance to the E-300 (although slightly narrower) and inherits many improvements seen on the E-500, however it has one major new feature. The seven-point-five megapixel E-330 is the first digital SLR designed to provide a full-time live view on its LCD monitor while still providing a usable through-the-lens viewfinder. It provides two live view modes, the first uses a small CCD sensor integrated into the viewfinder chamber, the second mode uses the main sensor but this blocks the viewfinder and disables auto-focus. We have a detailed hands-on preview of the E-330 available.
Olympus FE-115 & FE-150
Pre-PMA 2006: Olympus has announced today the FE-150 and FE-115; 5 megapixel cameras that won't break the bank. The FE150 has a 3x optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCD and movie recording capability all wrapped up in a slim metal casing. The FE115 has a 2.8x zoom and features a 'one button, one function' design.
Olympus FE-130 & FE-140
Pre-PMA 2006: Today sees the announcement of a couple more budget priced cameras from Olympus, the FE-130 and FE-140. Featuring 5.1 and 6 million pixels respectively, the cameras sport large screens and their 'one button, one function' design makes for easy operation.
Olympus Stylus 810 & 700 Digital
Pre-PMA 2006: Olympus has announced two new additions to the weatherproof Stylus (Mju) range in the form of the slim-bodied Stylus 700 and the Stylus 810 Digital - a minor upgrade to the current Stylus 800. The cameras, 7.1 megapixel and 8.0 megapixel respectively, both feature an all-weather body, 3x optical zoom, ISO range covering ISO 64 through to 1600 and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
Updated: Specifications added
Olympus Stylus 720SW
Pre-PMA 2006: Olympus today announced the Stylus 720SW, a waterproof (to 3m) 7.1 megapixel camera that is also 'shock-proof' (resistant to falls from up to 1.5m). Boasting a maximum ISO of 1600, a large 2.5-inch screen and a 3x optical zoom, the 720SW is available in an array of colours; Dusky Pink, Polar Blue and Steel Silver.
Updated: Specifications added
Olympus SP-320
Pre-PMA 2006: Olympus also announced today an upgrade to the SP-310 in the shape of the SP-320. The 7.1 megapixel camera features full manual exposure control, a 3x optical zoom, a histogram function, up to ISO 800 and a large 2.5-inch LCD screen. An optional tele-converter and underwater casing will also be available. Updated: Specifications added.
January 24
S3 Pro buffer upgrade available in US
Fuji Photo Film USA is now offering the same hardware upgrade for the FinePix S3 Pro as originally launched in Japan in September 2005. The upgrade doubles the camera's internal memory capacity from 128MB to 256MB. This increase in buffer space means up to 8/16 RAW/JPEG frames (Wide dynamic range) or 17/33 RAW/JPEG frames (Standard dynamic range) in a single burst.
ClearVid, Sony's SuperCCD?
Sony Japan has today announced a newly developed CMOS sensor which has a 45 degree rotated pixel structure (the same layout as Fujifilm's SuperCCD). The development background to this sensor was the need to pack more pixels into a smaller and smaller package. Sony make the same claims about the increase in horizontal and vertical resolution (they state 1.4x better) as well as improved sensitivity per pixel (presumably because each output pixel is a combination of more than one input pixel). This new ClearVid (Clear + Vivid) CMOS sensor will initially be used in the new DCR-DVD505 camcorder, it will be interesting to see if this development makes it way to Sony's digital still camera range. UPDATE: Further detail.
January 23
Panasonic DMC-FZ7
Panasonic has announced the successor to the popular 12x zoom lensed Lumix FZ5 in the shape of the DMC-FZ7. The main differences are the sensor (up from 5 megapixels to 6), larger 2.5-inch screen, ISO 1600 mode, longer battery life and the adoption of the 'joystick' control system first seen on the DMC-LX1. The FZ7 also offers a manual focus option, something missing from its predecessor.
UPDATE: we have an exclusive hands-on preview of the DMC-FZ7 after the link.
Casio Exilim EX-Z600
Casio has announced the latest addition to its Exilim range with the 6-megapixel EX-Z600. This pocket-sized offering features a large 2.7-inch screen that is said to be three times brighter than its predecessors, the Z500. It also features Casio's Anti-shake DSP and an extra long battery life.
January 19
Just posted! Kodak EasyShare P880 Review
Just posted! The 8 megapixel P880 offers a fairly unique mix of features, including a wideangle 24-140mm equivalent 5.8x zoom. Throw in raw capture, full photographic control and a 2.5-inch screen and you have what - on paper - looks like a very compelling mix of features. To find out if the P880 lives up to its promise check out the review after the link.
Canon's 30 millionth EF lens
Canon today celebrates the cumulative production milestone of 30 million interchangeable EF lenses, in less than twenty years since the launch of Canon’s EOS camera system and the EF lens mount.
Konica Minolta withdraw from camera business
This has to be the biggest and most shocking news before the upcoming PMA show, Konica Minolta has today announced that it is withdrawing from the camera and photo business. They will be transferring assets related to their camera business to Sony who will continue to develop digital SLR's based around the Konica Minolta lens mount. Konica Minolta it appears will continue to work with Sony (a relationship announced last year) in the development of digital SLR's and lenses but they will not be branded as or be sold by Konica Minolta. Full announcement and details of the Sony asset transfer inside.
January 18
Sigma 17-70mm lens for digital SLRs
Sigma has announced a new 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 standard zoom lens designed specifically for APS-C sensor digital SLR cameras. The lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 20cm (7.9”) throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification of 1:2.3 enabling extreme close-up photography.
Zeiss Lenses for Nikon F Mount
After a mini-teaser campaign and numerous leaks it's now official. Zeiss has announced that is to introduce a range of new 'ZF' lenses which will have a Nikon F Mount (although it's not clear at this stage how much communication will go on between the lens and body). These new lenses appear to be the result of Kyocera's decision to ditch Contax. The first lenses to be introduced will be the Planar T* 50 mm F1.4 ZF and the Planar T* 85 mm F1.4 ZF. These lenses are slated to become available in 'Spring 2006' with 'several more.. ..during 2006' (at Photokina in September).
January 17
Lexar Professional 133X cards, tested
Pre-PMA 2006: Lexar has today announced new professional series storage cards with a speed rating of 133X (20MB/sec). Available in both Compact Flash and Secure Digital formats at a range of capacities these professional cards also include Lexar's proprietary Write Acceleration technology. These cards promise to be the fastest currently available, we have had a selection of them on hand for a few days and have some test results inside.
January 16
Samsung launches first digital SLR
It's been rumoured for weeks, leaked ahead of annoucement and now it's here; Samsung's first digital SLR, and the first fruit of the Samsung / Pentax tie-in announced in October. The GX-1S is a lightweight 6 megapixel camera with a 2.5-inch screen, ISO up to 3200 and a Pentax AF lens mount. Nothing we haven't seen before; the GX-1S is a rebadged Pentax *ist DS2 (there's some new Schneider lenses too, but they also appear to be straight re-badge jobs).
Casio S600 for European release
Casio today announced the UK and European release of the latest addition to its Exilim digital camera range, the EX-S600. Originally released in Japan back in October 2005, this pocket-sized 6 megapixel camera features an 'Anti Shake' DSP and MPEG-4 movie recording capability.
January 12
Nikon to focus on digital
Nikon UK has made an interesting announcement titled 'Nikon prepares to strengthen digital line-up for 2006' that signals the beginning of the end of nearly 60 years of Nikon fllm cameras. Nikon Corp has made the decision to 'focus management resources' on digital cameras in place of film cameras, and is discontinuing most film camera bodies, manual focus lenses and accessories and all large format and enlarging lenses. In Europe only the flagship F6 film camera will remain on sale.
January 11
dpreview to judge at DIMA 2006 shoot-out
Pre-PMA 2006: We are proud to announce that the Photo Marketing Association have asked the Editor and Owner of dpreview, Phil Askey to be one of the judges of the 10th annual DIMA 2006 Digital Camera Shoot-Out which will take place on Saturday 25th Februrary, the day before the PMA show opens. The results of the shoot-out will be announced in a press conference the following morning. Judging will be made of prints viewed using a D50 Viewing System from GTI Graphic Technologies.
Sony MemoryStick Duo 4 and 8 GB
One story which slipped past us during CES was that Sony announced their MemoryStick Pro Duo storage cards will be available in 4 and 8 GB capacities some time in 2006. This will no doubt be of great interest to Sony PSP owners but perhaps less interesting to digital camera owners as the majority of Sony digital cameras which take Duo are likely to find 1 GB more than sufficient. It's timely perhaps to question the future of MemoryStick especially when Sony themselves are now putting SD (Secure Digital) card slots in their latest Vaio notebooks.