September 16
Nikkor AF-S 300 mm F2.8G VR
Nikon has today announced a new 300 mm prime lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8 and Vibration Reduction. Following on from the AF-S 200 mm F2.0G VR announced back in May this new lens would provide an equivelant 450 mm F2.8 on a DX format digital SLR (such as the D2H or D2X). Also new on this lens is the Nano-Crystal coating used on the inside lens elements which are desgned to further reduce ghosting and flare. In addition it is also compatible with the TC II teleconverters (1.4x - 2.0x).
Nikon Coolpix 8800 and preview
Nikon has today announced the eight megapixel ten times optical zoom Coolpix 8800. It becomes the first eight megapixel digital camera to feature a ten times optical zoom lens and also becomes the first consumer digital camera from Nikon to have Vibration Reduction, the stabilization system seen on some of Nikon's SLR lenses. Other features include a 1.8" flip-out and twist LCD monitor, higher capacity battery and USB 2.0. Internally it appears to be almost identical to the wide angle zoom Coolpix 8400 also announced today. We have had a pre-production camera for a few days and have produced a detailed preview, see inside. The 8800 will have an MSRP of $999 (£699) and will be available in the Fall.
Nikon Coolpix 8400 and preview
Nikon has today announced the eight megapixel wide angle zoom Coolpix 8400, the successor to the Coolpix 5400. It features an all new wide angle 24 - 85 mm equiv. 3.5x zoom lens, a 1.8" flip-out and twist LCD monitor, an electronic viewfinder, a higher capacity battery and USB 2.0. Internally it appears to be almost identical to the 10x Coolpix 8800 also announced today. We have had a pre-production camera for a few days and have produced a detailed preview, see inside. The 8400 will have an MSRP of $899 (£649) and will be available in September.
Nikon Coolpix 4800
Nikon has today announced the Coolpix 4800, a four megapixel camera with an 8.3x optical zoom. Designed to appeal to "quality and performance-conscious consumers" Nikon's new baby offers a 36 - 300mm focal length, 1cm macro mode, 15 scene modes, Nikon Best Shot Selector (BSS) and AE-BSS, and a voice memo functionality. It will be available in November priced £349 (approx $515).
September 15
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
Adobe has today announced Photoshop Elements 3.0. New features include the Healing Brush, previously only available in the full version of Photoshop, and new Spot Healing Brush as well as the ability to support RAW files. Other new features include SmartFix which analyzes a photo and automatically applies enhancements and the new red-eye function has been improved, all you have to do now is to click in the vicinity of demon eyes to remove them. It also now includes much of the functionality of image organisation program Photoshop Album. It will be available for a street price of around £69 ($99).
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Konica Minolta today put the final 'meat on the bones' and officially announced the specifications for the Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D) digital SLR. Much of it is as we had guessed, a Minolta A-type bayonet lens mount, a 1.5x FOV crop 6.1 million pixel CCD, Anti-Shake, Pentaprism viewfinder, 2.5" LCD monitor, RAW, RAW+JPEG, sRGB/Adobe RGB, ISO 100 - 3200, CF Type I/II storage and a Lithium-Ion battery.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Master
Another item as part of the official announcement of the Maxxum 7D is Konica Minolta's new image organization and editing application; DiMAGE Master. This optional purchase provides image management, examination, editing and enhancment and includes a wide range of RAW conversion options. Indeed Konica Minolta are clearly stating that RAW images converted through this new application will be better than JPEG's out of the camera thanks to advanced white balance correction and 3D Lookup Table color conversion.
To coincide with their official announcement of the Maxxum 7D Konica Minolta has also today announced two new lenses designed specifically for it. These are the AF 17 - 35 mm F2.8 - F4.0 (D) and the 28 - 75 F2.8 (D). Because of the 7D's 1.5x FOV crop these lenses will provide an approximate field of view of 26 - 53 mm and 42 - 113 mm respectively. No prices or availability for these lenses has yet been released.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
Konica Minolta has today revealed a new DiMAGE A series digital camera, the DiMAGE A200. This model appears to be based on the DiMAGE A2 but features a new smaller and more rounded body design, control layout and a flip-out and twist LCD monitor (compared to the A2's tilt-only unit). Otherwise the specifications reveal a slightly cut-back unit which loses some A2 features but improves on others. No pricing information at this point but we can make an educated guess that this camera will be cheaper than the A2.
September 14
Just posted! Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 review
Just posted! Our review of the three megapixel twelve times optical zoom (stablized) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3. The FZ3 is one of the smallest 'super zoom' digital cameras on the market, its twelve times optical zoom lens carries the Leica badge and has a constant F2.8 aperture, it's also got image stabilization (very important on super zoom lenses). Announced at the end of July the FZ3 hits a pretty impressive price point with a good range of features. See how it shaped up in our concise review.
September 13
Pentax *ist DS and preview
Pentax has today announced the budget priced *ist DS digital SLR. The *ist DS appears to be based on the *ist D and features a six megapixel CCD (which appears to be identical to that used in the *ist D). Feature wise it's cut-down compared to its bigger brother but also has a few improvements. The camera will be priced at a very similar level to the Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel). We have an exclusive, detailed hands-on preview of the *ist DS. Also announced today is a new DA 18 - 55 mm F3.5 - F5.6 AL lens designed specifically for digital SLRs.
Pentax Optio MX4
The oddly-shaped digital camera-cum-cine camera Optio MX has be reincarnated with the MX4, which Pentax announced today. The new version ups the resolution to 4 million pixels while maintaining the 10x optical zoom. It has a 1.8-inch tilt and swivel LCD as well as a pop-up flash the height of which is said to reduce red-eye. It will be available in October.
Pentax Optio SV
Pentax has announced the lateset addition to its Optio range; the 5 megapixel, 5x optical zoom Optio SV. The Optio SV incorporates Pentax's Sliding Lens System which means a reduction in the length of the lens and also allows for compact dimensions of 28mm wide. It will be available in October.
Nikon today announced a new image data transfer protocol named PTP/IP (Picture Transfer Protocol over Internet Protocol). This new protocol is designed to work in a very similar way to PTP (that is the operating system will recognize a connected imaging device and offer transfer features) but that it works over the IP protocol. Nikon's press release hints that this would be useful for transferring images over a wireless LAN, their current WT-1 only supports FTP protocol which can be a little complicated to set up. This development was made in collaboration with FotoNation and Microsoft. The press release also tells us that Nikon are to announce a new wireless transmistter for professional D-SLR's which will support PTP/IP.
September 12
Exclusive! Fujifilm S3 Pro Hands-on Preview
Exclusive! Our detailed hands-on look at a pre-production Fujifilm S3 Pro. The successor to the popular S2 Pro this camera was first announced at PMA in February of this year. It features a new more rugged body with a built in vertical grip, a larger LCD monitor, support for CF and xD cards but most importantly an all new SuperCCD SR sensor designed to deliver extended dynamic range. There have been a few adjustments to both the design and features available since first announcement, including the ability to control the mix of the SR sensor's double-pixels and hence dynamic range.
September 10
Wacom Intuos 3 tablet
Wacom has announced the Intuos 3 as successor to the excellent Intuos 2 tablet. The Intuos 3 will be available in 4x5, 6x8 and 9x12 sizes and features double resolution (5080 lines per inch), new software a new pen and mouse as well as 'express keys' and touch strips on the sides of the tablet. We've been using the Intuos 2 in-house for a while now and swear by them, the Intuos 3 is looking even better.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1
Sony has announced the five megapixel three times optical zoom DSC-M1, their first 'Hybrid' movie / stills product. The DSC-M1 is the first Sony digital camera to feature MPEG-4 movie encoding which means higher quality clips which occupy much less space. The folded lens / sensor system appear to be taken from the DSC-T1. The body design is also unique, it's about the same size as the DSC-P100 but has a rotating screen portion which holds the large 2.5" LCD monitor.
September 9
Just posted! Konica Minolta Z2 review
Just posted! Our review of the four megapixel, ten times optical zoom Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2. The unusually styled Z2 offers a full range of manual controls, a big zoom lens and respectable resolution in a package which sits comfortably under the US$500 price point. The only thing the Z2 appears to be missing is image stabilization (something the recently announced Z3 adds). See how it shaped up in our concise review.
September 8
Just posted! DxO Optics Pro review
Just posted! Our full and detailed review of DO Labs 'DxO Optics Pro' software. DxO Optics Pro is designed to enable digital camera owners to correct images which suffer from distortion, vignetting, blur and chromatic aberrations. The software works by using modules created by DO Labs based on their analysis of camera bodies and lenses. This review was written by site contributor and author of the 123 of digital imaging, Vincent Bockaert.
September 7
Creo Leaf Aptus Digital Back
Creo today announced their latest generation digital camera backs in the Leaf Aptus 17 and Aptus 22 (17 and 22 megapixels respectively). The Leaf Aptus back features a very large 3.5" (6 x 7 cm) touch-screen LCD monitor for immediate image evaluation. The back is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and stores on either Compact Flash or the removable 20 GB Leaf Digital Magazine. The Leaf Aptus support various medium format cameras from Hasselblad, Mamiya, Contax, Fuji and Bronica as well as a range of View cameras.
September 3
Olympus µ-mini / Stylus Verve Digital
Pre-Photokina 2004: Olympus today revealed its first new product for Photokina, the µ-mini Digital / Stylus Verve Digital. The camera has soft rounded 'stylish' design, an all metal body with a color co-ordinated sliding cover over its two times optical zoom lens. The 'Stylus Verve' will be available in a range of colors (more detail inside). Specification wise it appears to be fairly close to the Stylus 410 announced at PMA but with a 2x lens, metal body and streaming move clip recording.
New Olympus E D-SLR at Photokina
Olympus today published a 'teaser' on their 'E-System' website indicating that they will be announcing a new E-System digital SLR at Photokina. The teaser states "Totally New, Welcome to the next generation of digital SLR cameras." and "Debut at Photokina The Next E". The site gives nothing else away at this stage. We'll make a guess that Olympus will probably be aiming a little lower in the price range this time with a digital SLR which should have more consumer appeal.
August 30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 and preview
Sony today announced the sucessor to the DSC-V1, the seven megapixel four times optical zoom DSC-V3. This camera is noticeably larger than the DSC-V1, has a black body and a 'proper' hand grip. Changes include a huge 2.5" LCD monitor, RAW image format and a Compact Flash slot. The more you look at the DSC-V3 and examine its specifications the more it actually seems like a successor to the popular DSC-S85. We've had a pre-production DSC-V3 for a couple of days now and have been able to produce a hands-on preview.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1, hands-on images
Sony today announced the ultra-compact DSC-L1, a four megapixel digital camera featuring a new three times optical zoom lens which is considerably more compact than any Sony lens before it but provides a 32 mm wide (ish) angle. Looks wise the DSC-L1 is closer to the DSC-U series but has a larger LCD monitor (1.5" vs. 1.0") and the zoom lens. The DSC-L1 will be available in three colors / finishes. We've had a pre-production camera for a couple of days now and have some hands-on images. Expected street price around US$ 329.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T3
Sony today announced another new digital camera in their ultra-slim 'T' line. The DSC-T3 has a five megapixel CCD coupled to Sony's "folded path optical system" which provides a three times optical zoom without the need for a telescoping lens. The DSC-T3 has a completely flat front and flip-up metal lens cover. Around the back is a 2.5" LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels which has an advanced anti-reflective coating (we assume similar to that seen on some Sony notebooks and newer LCD flat panel monitors). Just like previous T models the T3 takes the half-size Memory Stick Duo. Expected street price around US$ 549.
August 26
Just posted! Nikon Coolpix 5200 review
Just posted! Our review of the sleek and simplisitically stylish Coolpix 5200. This five megapixel compact digital camera can trace its roots back to original Coolpix compacts of the 1990's however years of development since then have delivered us this nice thin metal bodied digital camera with a three times optical zoom lens, easy to use interface and even VGA 30 fps video mode. See how it shaped up in our new concise review format.
Just posted! Sony DSC-F88 review
Just posted! Our review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88, their latest incarnation of the inner swivel lens design which started back in 1996. This camera is a far more advanced beast, its 300 degree swivel lens has 3x optical zoom and is mated to a five megapixel CCD. It may seem quirky but it's nicely put together, flexible and delivers nice colorful images. See how it shaped up in our new concise review format.
August 25
Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

Casio has announced a 7 megapixel version of the Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600, in the shape of the aptly named EX-P700. It retains the 2-inch LCD and 4x optical zoom found on its predecessor as well as EX-FINDER, which graphically displays shooting information. The Pro EX-P700 also now includes the Business Shot and Icon Help function which shows pop up explanations for icons on the screen. It is priced £499 ($TBC).

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z50 and Exilim Zoom EX-Z55
Casio is expanding is Exilim Zoom range with the announcement of two new additions, the EX-Z50 and the EX-Z55, which maintain a thin body construction and large LCD screens. The aluminium bodied cameras both have a 5.3 megapixel CCD and a 2-inch (Z50) and 2.5-inch (Z55) screen and are 23mm wide. A Photostand features allows users to run a slideshow of images, while the camera sits in its cradle. The Z50 will be priced (£329 ($399) and the Z55 will be £349 ($449).
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.