February 17
Leica launches Super-Elmar-M 18 mm lens
Pre-PMA 2009: Leica has launched the Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/ 3.8 ASPH compact wide angle lens. With an equivalent focal length of 24mm this lens can be used on both the digital M series as well as analog cameras. It is constructed with eight elements in seven groups, including one aspherical element. In addition, Leica has also extended its rangefinder system accessories with the new Bright Line Finder M 18mm which can be used with the new lens for effective framing.
Leica announces SF 58 flash unit
Pre-PMA 2009: Leica has announced the SF 58 flash unit. With a maximum guide number of 58, it offers a zoom range of 24–105 mm and an integrated wide-angle diffuser. It includes functions such as TTL or automatic flash mode and automatic fill-in flash. It also includes Standard and Soft lighting profiles and can be used on all Leica cameras including the S-system.
Sony unleashes five new Cyber-shots
Pre-PMA 2009: Sony has decided today would be a good day to unleash five new Cyber-shot digital cameras on the world. From the top we have the ten times optical zoom, image stabilized DSC-H20 which has a ten megapixel CCD. Next we have two twelve megapixel W-series models, the four times zoom W230 and the five times zoom W290. Then come two new slim, twelve megapixel, touch-screen T-models, the T90 and T900, the latter of which demands an $80 premium for its 0.5" larger higher-resolution LCD. All of the models announced today, with one exception (the W230), shoot 720p HD video and have an "Intelligent Auto" mode (where have we seen that before?).
Samsung releases SL820 with HD recording
Pre-PMA 2009: Samsung has released the SL820 (IT100 in Europe) digital compact with HD video recording. It sports a 12 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom and a 3.0" LCD. It contains all of this season's key new features, such as an automatic scene selection mode and blink detection but also has the ability to pause and re-record 1280x720 HD video, a feature Samsung says it has patented.
Samsung unveils SL202 and SL620 compact cameras
Pre-PMA 2009: Samsung has released the SL202 (PL50 in Europe) and SL620 (PL65 in Europe) digital compact cameras. The 10 megapixel SL202 and 12 megapixel SL620 include features such as Smart Auto mode, Face Detection, Blink Detection, Smart Album and a new Frame Guide feature that takes a template shot of your desired photograph and displays it as a guide to shoot the same frame again with different subjects. The SL620 also features Dual Image Stabilization and will be available from March 2009 in black, pink, silver and dark gray and the SL202 in Candy Pink, Black and Silver.
Samsung announces SL30 budget compact camera
Pre-PMA 2009: Samsung has announced the SL30 (ES15 in Europe) budget compact camera. The camera is designed with a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom and includes Face Detection and a Beauty mode that retouches faces for a smoother skin tone. Priced at £79, the camera will be available from April 2009 in candy pink, silver, white and dark gray.
Fujifilm develops FinePix Z33 waterproof camera
Pre-PMA 2009: Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix Z33WP rugged digital camera. Its weatherproof design (waterproof to three metes for two hours, the company says) is a feature we'd expect of Fujifilm's Big Job industrial range but its smooth styling and slim, 20mm-thick body are more consumer focused. It's got a 10MP sensor, 3x optical zoom and a 2.7" LCD, includes all the latest easy-to-use features and is available in a range of striking colors.
Fujifilm introduces Finepix S1500 super-zoom
Pre-PMA 2009: Fujifilm has introduced the Finepix S1500 super-zoom compact with wide-angle 12x optical zoom (33mm-396mm equiv.). The 10MP camera incorporates Dual Image Stabilisation alonsgside features such as AF tracking, Panorama Shooting mode, Face Detection technology and Instant Zoom. It is also designed for lower power consumption with a 300 shot battery life using AA Batteries and up to 700 shot battery life with AA Lithium batteries.
Fujifilm announces Finepix Z30 digital compact camera
Pre-PMA 2009: Fujifilm has announced the FinePix Z30 digital compact. With a curvy and compact design, this 10MP camera features a Dual Blog Mode for uploading both images and movies. It also includes a new Couple and Group Self-timer Mode that guides the camera to shoot only when the faces are fully within the frame. Other features include a 2.7" LCD, 3x Optical zoom, Face Detection and Auto Scene Recognition. It will be available in Fuchsia Pink, Jet Black, Pure White or Tangy Orange.
Fujifilm launches FinePix J250
Pre-PMA 2009: Fujifilm has released the FinePix J250 digital compact. This J series budget camera is based around a 10MP sensor, wide-angle 5x Optical zoom (28-140mm equiv) and 3.0" LCD. It incorporates features such as Dual Image Stabalisation and Auto Scene Recognition. The J250 will be available in a choice Silver or Black.
Fujifilm releases FinePix J20 entry-level compact camera
Pre-PMA 2009: Fujifilm has released the FinePix J20 entry-level digital compact camera. This 10 megapixel camera with a 2.7 inch LCD and 3x Optical zoom has a compact 17.4mm body and includes features such as Auto Scene Recognition, Face Detection and 15 Scene Modes.
February 16
PMA 2009 show report preview and predictions
Pre-PMA 2009: In two weeks the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow will open its doors. The flow of new product announcements began at CES last month and promises to pick up its pace this week and next. Despite the global economic situation we are still expecting a number of announcements from all manufacturers, just perhaps with a balance toward the more affordable models. So that you can keep up to date with his growing list of new products we have enabled our show report and new product index which will also provide direct access to our live 'from the show floor' reports as they happen. We've also added a little preview / predictions list. Bookmark our show report page or subscribe to our PMA 2009 RSS feeds.
Sony Alpha 700 review updated
Firmly in the 'better late than never' camp we've updated our review of Sony's Alpha 700 digital SLR to incorporate changes made to the firmware. We've re-shot, re-processed and re-analysed our noise comparisons using the latest (V4) firmware (which allows users to turn noise reduction off for raw files). Since this issue - the application of noise reduction to raw files - was one of the few major issues we found with the Alpha 700 we felt it worthwhile re-testing and updating the review.
February 13
Just posted! Canon EOS 5D Mark II review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, long-awaited successor to the popular EOS 5D, the first 'compact' full frame digital SLR. The Mark II ups the pixel count to 21 million and comes complete with a long list of upgrades, enhancements and new features - including live view and HD video capture. Unlike the original 5D the new model faces some stiff competition from the likes of Nikon and Sony - and the 5D is quite a tough act to follow... so find out how it fared in our full test after the link.
Nikon DX 35mm F1.8 G sample photos
Following its announcement earlier this week, we have prepared a sample gallery from the new AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8 G. Nikon has made clear that this lens is aimed squarely at entry-level users and its low price seems to have generated a lot of interest, so we rushed out the moment it arrived in the office. We've included a couple of shots with the lens wide-open and in a variety of conditions to give a little taste of what you can expect. It's also joined our lens review queue, so we're aiming to provide more in-depth analysis in the coming months.
February 11
Just posted! Tamron 10-24mm lens review
Just posted! Our new lens review featuring Tamron's latest exercise in nominative brevity, the SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF). With the widest zoom range in its class (and joint widest-angle view), this lens certainly looks like a tempting prospect for photographers in search of sweeping vistas. So to kick off a new series of wide-angle zoom reviews, we test this brand-new design to see if all those letters equate to top-notch optical performance.
February 10
35mm F1.8 for DX? What is Nikon up to?
Following the launch of its 35mm F1.8 lens, we spoke to Nikon to discuss why it has chosen this particular lens to address the commonly-cited lack of cheap, fast primes for owners of its D40, D40X and D60 DSLRs. Robert Cristina, Manager of professional products, Europe and Ludovic Drean, Product Manager for lenses, Europe, offered to explain.
Canon releases firmware update for PowerShot G10
Canon has released a firmware update for the PowerShot G10 compact camera. Version rectifies the occurrence of a magenta cast when RAW images are captured at ISO 1600 in continuous shooting mode or in single shooting mode with the monitor switched off. The fix only affects cameras with a serial number within a range specified by Canon.
February 9
Panasonic updates firmware for DMC-G1
Panasonic has released a firmware update for the DMC-G1 digital camera. Version 1.2 promises to improve color reproduction and the performance of Auto White Balance. It also enables writing files from PCs to the camera for models shipped in Europe. Furthermore, with the latest update, the built-in flash operates better in low temperatures.
Nikon launches AF-S 35mm F1.8 DX prime
Pre-PMA 2009: Nikon has announced the launch of a 35mm F1.8 prime lens with autofocus compatible with the D40, D40X and D60. The AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8 G is a completely new design for Nikon-mount DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors (or the ability to work in crop mode). The manufacturer suggested retail price is just €199/£199/$199, making it a modern alternative to the traditional 50mm lenses as used on 35mm film bodies.
February 4
Fujifilm introduces F200EXR with Super CCD EXR
Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix F200EXR digital compact, incorporating its new 1/1.6” Super CCD EXR sensor. The camera is the first to use the company's EXR technology that can use the sensor in three different ways to optimize resolution, dynamic range or low-light performance. The F200EXR has a 3.0" LCD, 5x optical zoom, dual image stabilization and HD (stills) output. An EXR Auto mode lets the camera select which of the three sensor modes is used or the user can make that decision themselves.
Fujifilm releases A150 & A100 budget cameras
Fujifilm has announced the A150 and A100 budget compact cameras. The near-identical features of both the cameras include 10MP sensors, 3x optical zoom (35.5 - 106.5mm equiv), Face Detection with red-eye removal and 14 scene modes, including a movie mode. The A150 has a slightly bigger 3.0 inch LCD, while the A100 makes do with a 2.7 inch LCD unit.
February 3
Nikon unveils Coolpix P90 24X superzoom
Pre-PMA 2009: Nikon has unveiled the Coolpix P90 superzoom with 24x optical zoom. With 26mm - 624mm (35mm equiv.) zoom range this superzoom camera sports a 12.1 MP sensor, 3.0 inch tilting LCD and includes manual and auto features such as Scene Auto Selector, Smile Mode, Blink warning and P/A/S/M exposure modes. In addition, continuous shooting mode can deliver 45 images at 15 fps, with images being recorded before pressing the shutter button.
Nikon announces four Coolpix S-series compacts
Pre-PMA 2009: Nikon has introduces four new S-series Coolpix ultra-compact cameras, the S630, S620, S230 and S220. The S630 has a 7x zoom and 12MP sensor, the S620 also offers 12MP with only a 4x zoom (but starting at 28mm equiv). The S230 and S220 are both 10MP models with 3x optical zooms. S230 has a 3.0" touch-screen while the S200 makes do with a conventional 2.5" affair.
Nikon releases three L-series budget cameras
Pre-PMA 2009: Nikon has announced the L100, L20 and L19 budget cameras. The L100 is a superzoom with 15x optical zoom (28-420mm equiv) and 10MP sensor. It includes features such as Image Stabilization, D-lighting and a Sports Continuous mode that allows shooting at up to 13 frames per second. The L19 and L20 are more conventional comapcts with 8MP and a 2.7" LCD and 10MP and a 3.0" LCD respectively.
January 30
Just Posted: Our Pentax K2000 / K-m review
Just Posted: Our full review of the Pentax K2000 (or K-m to the Europeans amongst us). Pentax's latest baby DSLR enters the ring with much of the K200D's capability slimmed down into an even smaller, lighter, more use-friendly format. But the flyweight end of the DSLR market is home to some plucky competitors, so can the K2000 do enough to fight its corner? Read our 35 page review to find out.
January 28
Just posted! Canon 50mm F1.8 II lens review
Just posted! Lens reviews on DPReview are one year old today, and we're celebrating this auspicious anniversary with appropriate aplomb. Our 25th review features the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II, a bargain offering that sells for less than $100, yet features an optical design refined over decades of service as the standard lens supplied with 35mm film SLRs. So how does it measure up against F1.4 lenses costing three times as much?
January 27
Panasonic premieres ZS3 / TZ7 with AVCHD lite video
Pre-PMA 2009: Panasonic has announced the release of the DMC-ZS3 (DMC-TZ7 in Europe), the first of six new digital compact cameras, and also the first camera to record AVCHD lite HD videos. The ZS3 is also packed with some impressive video and audio features such as 48kHz sample rate and Dolby Digital Stereo Creator for high quality audio, a Wind Cut function and Intelligent Auto mode for video recording. This 10MP camera (10MP output from a 12MP sensor) also comes along with a 3 inch hi-resolution LCD, 12x optical zoom (25-300mm equiv), Optical Image Stabilizer, and Advanced Face Recognition.
Panasonic unveils DMC-TS1 rugged compact camera
Pre-PMA 2009: Panasonic has launched the DMC TS1 (DMC-FT1 in europe), its first rugged digital compact and the world's first to feature AVCHD lite HD video recording. The TS1 is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters and shockproof up to 1.3 meters. It incorporates AVCHD Lite video compression in 3 quality levels to allow longer HD video recording. A Wind Cut function helps block out background wind noise during video recording. Sporting a 12.1MP sensor, 28-129mm equivalent lens and 2.7" LCD, the camera also includes features such as Intelligent Auto Mode, Optical Image Stabilizer and Face recognition.
Panasonic introduces DMC-FX48 ultra-compact camera
Pre-PMA 2009: Panasonic has also introduced the DMC-FX48 ultra-compact digital camera (FX40 in Europe). It incorporates a 12.1MP sensor, 2.5 inch LCD and a 25mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom (25 - 125mm equiv). The FX48 also sports Panasonic's latest Venus Engine V processor and includes features such as Intelligent Auto mode, Face Detection with Face Recognition, Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent Scene Selector.
Panasonic announces DMC-ZS1 (TZ6) with 12x zoom
Pre-PMA 2009: In Panasonic's fourth announcement of the day comes the the DMC-ZS1 compact digital camera (DMC-TZ6 in Europe) , successor to the DMC-TZ5. The new camera's lens has been extended to offer 12x optical zoom, starting at 25mm equiv. and the sensor resolution increased to 10MP. The ZS1 features the Intelligent Auto Mode that combines Intelligent Scene selection with AF tracking, Intelligent Exposure, Face Detection, optical image stabilization, and Intelligent ISO Control for ease of use.
Panasonic unveils the touch-screen DMC-FX580
Pre-PMA 2009: Next in the line is the Panasonic DMC-FX580 (FX550 in Europe) digital camera. It incorporates a high-resolution 3.0-inch touch-screen interface for easier navigation of options, combined with a faster Venus Engine V processor. Along with a 12.1 megapixel sensor and a 25-125mm equivalent zoom, it features a host of Panasonic’s latest compact camera features such as Intelligent Auto mode and Face Recognition.
Panasonic releases the DMC-FS25 digtal camera
Pre-PMA 2009: Last of the Panasonic announcements is the DMC-FS25 digital compact camera. This 12.1MP camera is designed with a prominent grip and an Intelligent 3.0" LCD that adjusts its brightness according to the lighting conditions. Other features include an Intelligent Auto mode and  a new ‘Photo Frame’ mode that lets users put borders around the pictures taken.
January 24
Adobe offers Lightroom and ACR 'release candidates'
Adobe has released 'Release Candidates' of Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 for immediate download from Adobe Labs. Both provide additional Raw support for the Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30 DSLRs. Lightroom is also now available in 8 new languages. The 'release candidate' label means the downloads are 'well tested' but not yet final versions.
January 23
Just posted! Sigma 18-200mm OS lens review
Just posted! Our latest lens review, featuring Sigma's 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM. Completing for the moment our mini-series of APS-C format image-stabilized superzooms, we see how this lens measures up against similar designs which we've also reviewed in the course of the past year. With the likes of Canon and Tamron entering this market in the past few months, how does Sigma's two-year old offering measure up against the competition?
January 20
Canon and Nikon update firmware
Canon and Nikon have released firmware updates for the 40D, D3 and D700 DSLRS. All three updates correct rare errors and make minor changes to camera behavior. The 40D is updated to firmware v1.1.1. The Nikon D3 moves to v2.01 and the D700 to V1.01. Full details of all the issues resolved are made on the relevant company's websites. Click here for direct links to the downloads.
January 19
Just posted! Panasonic G1 review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, the world's first 'Micro Four Thirds' system camera. Updating the digital SLR (DSLR) for the 21st century, the mirrorless G1 replaces the tried-and-tested optical viewfinder with a new high resolution electronic version and aims to offer the quality and versatility of an SLR combined with the user-friendly ease of use of a compact camera. Does it succeed? Find out in our review after the link. Apologies for the delay on this one; the Christmas holidays, group tests and challenges launch got in the way, but full reviews are back up to speed now.
January 16
Panasonic updates firmware for DMC-LX3
Panasonic has released a firmware update for the Lumix DMC-LX3 digital compact camera. With version 1.2, the EXIF data is correctly displayed on all JPEG files. It also improves the white balance in flash mode when connected to the DMW-FL220 flash unit. Furthermore, the shutter speed is now correctly set while the image stabilization is turned on in the Intelligent Auto and Scene mode.
Panasonic introduces DMC-FS15 ultra compact
Panasonic has introduced the DMC-FS15 ultra compact digital camera. This 12.1 megapixel camera with a 2.7 inch LCD incorporates a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 5x zoom starting at 29mm equiv. It includes features such as AF tracking, Intelligent Exposure, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control.
Panasonic launches DMC-FS7 & DMC- FS6
Panasonic has launched the DMC FS7 and FS6, a pair of budget-level digital compact cameras. Both feature 4x zoom lenses, starting at the slightly wide-angle 33mm equivalent. Both the 10.1 megapixel FS7 and the 8.1 megapixel FS6 feature Panasonic's Mega O.I.S image stabilization system and the latest, fourth generation of the company's Venus Engine image processor.
Panasonic announces DMC-LS85 compact camera
Lastly, Panasonic has released the DMC-LS85 digital compact camera, a successor to DMC-LS80. Similar to the LS80, it is bundled with an 8.1 MP sensor and 2.5 inch LCD with 230,000 dot resolution. The optical zoom has been increased to 4x (33-132mm equiv) and the image processor has been upgraded to Panasonic Venus Engine IV. The camera also includes features such as MEGA O.I.S, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector.
January 15
Canon unveils PowerShot A480
Canon has introduced the PowerShot A480 digital compact camera, replacing PowerShot A470 with a more compact body and easier operation. Twenty five percent smaller than its predecessor, the A480 includes a new simplified button layout for ease of use. This entry-level compact houses a 10MP sensor, 2.5" LCD, Canon's DIGIC III processor and includes features such as Motion detection and Face Detection.
Super Zoom Camera Group Test

Just posted! The fifth and final installment of our compact camera roundup looks at 'big zoom' SLR-styled compact cameras. The appeal of being able to shoot everything from a sweeping landscape to a tightly framed telephoto shot with a single affordable - and relatively compact - camera is easy to understand; finding your way through the sea of seemingly very similar models is more of a challenge. We decided to look at seven of the latest models to find out if they are as similar in performance as they are in specification and design.

Sigma launches 18-250mm DC OS HSM lens
Sigma has announced the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM superzoom lens. Offering a 13.9x zoom range in a body only slightly longer than the company's current 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OS lens, this new model features an optical design of 18 elements in 14 groups, including four Special Low Dispersion elements and three aspherical elements to minimise aberrations. Designed for use on cameras with APS-C / DX sensors, the lens is expected to be available from March, for Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sony mounts.
January 14
Breeze Systems offers remote control for more Nikons
Breeze Systems has announced the availability of its NKRemote 1.0 remote capture software for Nikon DSLRs. Building on its products for the Nikon D90 and D300, the software now expands coverage to the D3, D700 and D200. It enables users to control focus from a PC, shoot time-lapse sequences and display live images.
January 12
Challenges beta: First winners
The votes have been cast and the winners of the first five dpreview.com challenges have been announced. The response to the initial challenges has been incredible, and the standard of entries shows just how much photographic creativity and talent there is in the dpreview community. We'd like to thank everyone who enterered images and those who voted for helping us to iron out any wrinkles in this exciting new site feature. There's still plenty of challenges open and the second wave of voting starts soon, so please continue to try out the system as we prepare to move into the next phase of the Challenges Beta program, when the first user generated challenges will be announced.
January 9
Pretec releases CFast card with SATA interface
CES 2009: Pretec has introduced a 32GB CFast, the smallest solid-state drive (SSD) to feature a SATA interface. The SATA interface should allow CFast cards, the next-generation devices from the CompactFlash Association, to reach speeds of up to 375MB/s. The 32GB Pretec card is capable of transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s (300% faster than the fastest CF card today), and will be available next month, with a 64GB version to follow soon. There are no cameras at present that accept the CFast format.
Sigma sets price for 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens
Sigma has set the suggested retail price of the new 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM at £799.99. Initially announced at Photokina 2008, this HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) lens will be sold alongside the current Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG. It will be available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax mounts.
January 8
Casio unveils six Exilim compact cameras
CES 2009: Casio has announced six new Exilim compacts with some interesting new features. The EX-FS10 and EX-FC100 offer burst shooting at 30fps and movies at 1000fps. They also feature a Slow Motion View option that lets the user watch the movement of the subject in slow motion before capture. Next up are the EX-Z400, EX-Z270 and EX-S12, which feature the Dynamic Photo function to cut-and-paste moving subjects on to new backgrounds. Last comes the EXILIM EX-S5 offering a new body design, customizable focusing frames and wide-screen video recording.
Sony introduces Wi-Fi enabled Cyber-shot DSC-G3
CES 2009: Sony has introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-G3, the first Wi-Fi enabled digital camera with a built-in web browser. By clicking on the WLAN button, the user can open the web browser and directly upload images and videos online. Along with a 10MP sensor, 3.5" touch-screen LCD and 4GB built-in memory, the G3 includes features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition and Face Detection with Anti-Blink function.