February 8
Fujifilm FinePix Z1
Pre-PMA 2005: Fujifilm has today announced the 5.1 million pixel FinePix Z1, their first camera to use folded optical lens technology first used by Pentax and Konica Minolta. The super slim aluminum-cased Z1 is powered up by a sliding lens cover that is the size of the camera. It also boasts a 2.5-inch LCD with toughened glass, ISO up to 800 and VGA-quality movies. The FinePix Z1 will be available worldwide in June.
Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom
Pre-PMA 2005: Fujifilm has today announced a camera that is designed to last longer than you do during a day's shooting with the 6.3 megapixel FinePix F10. With the supplied NP-120 lithium ion battery, the F10 is supposed to allow you to take 500 shots. The F10 has no viewfinder but does have an impressive 2.5-inch LCD as well as a high sensitivity of ISO 1600. It also boasts 3:2 image format option, VGA movie capture at 30 fps and PictBridge compatibility. It will be available worldwide around April at a price yet to be set.
Fujifilm FinePix A345 and A350
Pre-PMA 2005: Fujifilm has today announced replacements for the A330 and A340 Zoom with the four and five megapixel FinePix A345 Zoom and FinePix A350 Zoom. The cameras are identical in almost everyway except for image sizes, resolution and digital zoom; they boast a 1.7-inch LCD and a 3x optical zoom (35 - 105 mm). The entry-level pair store images on an xD-Picture Card and are powered by two AA-type batteries. They will be available in the UK in March.
February 7
Just posted! Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1 review
Just posted! Our review of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1. The ultra-compact camera could be described as a zoom version of the Cyber-shot U series, though it sports a larger 1.5-inch LCD. It also boasts 4.1 megapixels and VGA quality movie mode at 30 fps. Its new 3x optical zoom is considerably more compact than any Sony lens before it and provide a wide-ish angle lens at 32mm. See what we made of the Cyber-shot DSC-L1 in our review.
PMA 2005 Show Report - Preview
Pre-PMA 2005: The annual PMA trade show is looming large on the horizon and as ever will paint the landscape for the digital photography market for the next twelve months. We have already activated our PMA 2005 show report which will enable you to stay informed of all the latest product announcements as well as live reports from the show floor. We are expecting several important announcements in the next few weeks which will be posted both on the front page of the site as well as the 'New Product Index' in the show report. I recommend bookmarking our show report so that you can keep up to date with all the news.
February 6
Adobe post Elements 3.0.1 update
Adobe has posted a minor update to Photoshop Elements for Windows (the Mac version does not need updating). Version 3.0.1 includes two changes; easier to download new creation templates for PhotoBooks, Calendars etc. and the ability to change the format of dates in the Photo Well from U.S. to European.
February 3
Adobe has posted the final version of Camera Raw 2.4 for Photoshop CS available on both Windows and Mac platforms. The free download now adds support for raw files from Canon EOS 20D, PowerShot S70, PowerShot G6, EOS-1Ds Mark II and Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D and DiMAGE A200.
February 2
Just posted! Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 review
Just posted! our review of the latest Konica Minolta 'prosumer' digital camera, the DiMAGE A200. Based on the DiMAGE A2, the A200 features a new, smaller and more rounded body design, simplified control layout and a new flip-out and twist LCD monitor. Looking a little more closely the specifications reveal a slightly cut-back unit which loses some A2 features but improves on others, a mechanically operated 28-200mm equivalent zoom lens and Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake technology that employs a unique CCD-shift mechanism (also seen in the recent Maxxum 7D digital SLR). Check out our concise review to find out how it fared, and how it compares with the DiMAGE A2.
Pentax posts *ist DS firmware 1.01
Pentax has today posted firmware version 1.01 for its digital SLR the *ist DS which addresses the problem of green noise which occurs when shooting night photography and when noise reduction is turned on. Pentax says the new firmware will 'minimize the phenomenon'.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5
Pre-PMA 2005: The five megapixel, three times zoom DSC-W5 is a follow-up to the popular DSC-W1, main differences are some subtle design changes, a lower resolution LCD monitor and 32 MB of onboard flash storage. The DSC-W5 was priced at $350 on SonyStyle. (This news was posted last week but we took it down at Sony's request because it had been accidentally posted on SonyStyle).
February 1
Canon PowerShot A520
Pre-PMA 2005: Hot on the heels of the A75's replacement, the A510 is the A85's replacement announced today, the new A520. The changes are essentially identical; its size and weight (it's 13% smaller and 20% lighter), the inclusion of a new four times optical zoom lens (the A75 had a three times), zoom linked flash, a shift from CompactFlash to SD card for storage and a drop to two AA batteries from four.
January 31
Casio EXILIM Pro EX-P505
Pre-PMA 2005: Casio has today announced the new five megapixel, five times optical zoom EXILIM Pro EX-P505. The P505 is quite a departure for Casio with its SLR-Like appearance, large lens barrel and five times optical zoom. The EX-P505 is also the first Casio digital camera to use the MPEG-4 codec for encoding video, it can record full VGA (640x480) video at 30 fps with stereo audio at 4.2 or 2.2 MBit/sec (approx. 30 / 60 mins on a 1 GB card).
January 29
UK tsunami appeal auction
UK-based magazine What Digital Camera has joined forces with some of the top digital camera and equipment manufactures to run an online auction in support of the tsunami appeal. Simply visit www.whatdigitalcamera.com/auction before midnight on February 11th to place your bid for some great kit, at some great prices. Bid items include the award-winning Nikon D70, which has a starting bid of just £450 (approx $700) and the Pentax *ist D which has a starting bid of £500 (approx $778). Other items include a selection of software, printers and scanners all with a starting bid of half the RRP. *NB: Non-UK bidders may be subject to local taxes.
January 21
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5
Pre-PMA 2005: The second addition to Konica Minolta's Z series of digital cameras is the five megapixel, twelve times zoom DiMAGE Z5. Just like the Z3 this camera also features Konica Minolta's unique Anti-Shake stabilization system and has a flash hot-shoe. The Z5 features a larger LCD monitor and a few other subtle specification changes but otherwise appears to be fairly similar to the Z3.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20
Pre-PMA 2005: The first of two new Z cameras announced today by Konica Minolta is the Z20, a follow-on to the Z10 this five megapixel, eight times optical zoom digital camera is aimed at a lower price point than its bigger brother the new Z5. The main differences to the more expensive Z5 are the zoom range, a fixed rather than pop-up flash, no flash hot-shoe, hybrid AF, a smaller LCD, the 'switch finder' viewfinder, built-in storage and no Anti-Shake.
January 20
Canon PowerShot A510
Pre-PMA 2005: Canon has today announced the successor to the just under one year old PowerShot A75, the new PowerShot A510. This four times optical zoom three megapixel digital camera is aimed at the entry level user with a basic range of features. The biggest difference compared to the A75 are its size and weight (it's 13% smaller and 20% ligher), the inclusion of a new four times optical zoom lens (the A75 had a three times), zoom linked flash, a shift from Compact Flash to SD card for storage and a drop two two AA batteries from four. In addition Canon has also introduced a new optional slave flash.
Sigma announces Konica Minolta DC lenses
Pre-PMA 2005: Sigma has today announced that four of its DC ('designed for digital') lenses will soon be available with a Konica Minolta lens mount. The four lenses; the 18-50 mm F2.8 EX DC, 18-50 mm F3.5 - F5.6 DC, 18-125 mm F3.5-F5.6 DC and 55-200 mm F4.0 - F5.6 DC are all designed to be smaller and lighter than equivelant 35 mm lenses as they only need to produce an image circle large enough for a digital SLR sensor.
January 17
Just posted! Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D) digital SLR. This Konica Minolta's first digital SLR for five years, it is based around the Maxxum 7 (Dynax 7) film SLR with a six megapixel CCD and Konica Minolta's unique Anti-Shake technology (which stabilizes the CCD rather than the lens). See how the 7D works, how it performed and how it compares to the competition.
Konica Minolta Dimage E50
Konica Minolta has announced a new series of cameras today with the launch of the Dimage E50. The slim 5 million pixel model has a large 2.5-inch LCD and is a simple point and shoot device aimed at the beginner. It boasts a 640 x 480-pixel movie mode, limited only by the capacity of the card, a 3x optical zoom and macro down to 6cm. The Dimage E50 is available now for £199 in Europe only.
January 13
Just posted! Fujifilm FinePix S5100 Zoom review
Just posted! Our review of Fujifilm's latest compact ten times optical zoom digital camera, the four megapixel S5100 / S5500. This camera follows in the footsteps of the S5000, the primary difference being the switch from Fujifilm's own SuperCCD SR to a standard square layout four megapixel CCD. This has had a slightly negative effect on some features (such as continuous shooting and video modes) but as you will see in our review a more positive effect on image quality. What's best about this camera however is value for money, at around $399 it really does offer a lot. This camera is known as the S5100 in the US and the S5500 in other regions.
Panasonic and Olympus join forces on Four Thirds
Although Panasonic has been previously named as one of the 'Four Thirds System' development partners (along with Olympus, Kodak, Sanyo, Sigma and Fujifilm) today they issued a new press release stating that they have signed a Joint Development Agreement with Olympus to develop 'Interchangeable Lens Type Digital SLR Cameras'. The announcement goes on to detail what the agreement covers (everything from shared technology to lenses and D-SLR's). Maybe we'll see some Panasonic 4/3 mount Optical Stabilized lenses?
January 12
Apple today announced version 5 of image management software iPhoto (part of iLife 05), which adds RAW file support as well as the ability to import video clips. Other new features include Calendar View, which lets you see when you took photographs with a yearly or monthly overview, and a search field. iPhoto 5 also has a new suite of editing tools, a new advanced slideshow builder and more styles and choice of hard- and soft-backed books. iLife also includes iMovie HD, iDVD 5, GarageBand 2 and iTunes 4.7 and is available from 22 January in the US and worldwide from 29 January for $79.
Konica Minolta DG-5W

Konica Minolta has today announced a four megapixel camera that is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters. The black and silver DG-5W is also dust proof and shock proof. It boasts a 28 - 78mm wideangle lens, a 2-inch LCD for viewing captured images (there is no optical viewfinder) and large buttons for easy operation under water. Other features include a 320 x 240-pixel movie mode at 30 fps. It is thought to be a Japan-only product and will cost ¥80,000 when it is launched in March.

Nikon D2X pricing and availability

Nikon has today announced that the D2X digital SLR will begin shipping on 25 February and its suggested street price will be $4,999 (approx €3,818) and MSRP of $6,299 (€4,810). The UK price will be £3,499. The successor to the D1X was announced in September and can shoot five frames per second at 12.4 million pixels, or 8 frames per second using the High Speed Cropped Image mode which reduces the resolution to 6.8 megapixels. New features include a CMOS image sensor and a WT-2A WiFi transmitter for wireless remote control. Nikon also announced that the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens will have a retail price of $5,999 (€4,581/£3,999) and will be available this month.

January 11
Nikon posts D70 firmware B 1.03

Nikon has today posted firmware B update 1.03 for the D70. The upgrade addresses the problem of image editing programmes with color management functions recognizing JPEGs as having the Adobe RGB color space. This occured when images were captured with the mode dial set to an exposure mode (P, A, S, M), II selected for the Color mode setting in the custom item of the optimize image menu and an option other than Custom selected from the optimize menu. The D70 has two sets of firmware, A and B. This update affects the B firmware only.

January 10
Just posted! Olympus EVOLT E-300 review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Olympus EVOLT E-300, a new challenger in the $1000 'affordable' digital SLR market. The E-300 sports an eight megapixel CCD sensor (from Kodak), a Four Thirds system lens mount and a unique 'porro finder' viewfinder with a mirror which flips sideways instead of upwards. The E-300 is a direct challenger into the huge market the Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) and Nikon D70 have grown. See how the E-300 performed and how it compares to the competition.
January 6
SanDisk SD card with built-in USB
SanDisk has today announced a unique SD card which has a hinged portion, flip this over and the card becomes a USB 2.0 Flash Drive. This neat piece of engineering means that you can flip the card out of your camera and straight into your computer without the need for any card readers or cables. Clever. SanDisk expect to be able to produce this new card in capacities of up to 1.0 GB, they will have more detail and initial samples at the upcoming PMA 2005 show. UPDATE: While the flip over design is new the idea of a built-in USB plug isn't.
Kodak EasyShare One
In a clear attempt at encouraging people to print and share their images, Kodak has launched the WiFi EasyShare-One camera for storing images as well as taking them. Pictures can be viewed on its 3-inch tilt and swivel LCD screen. The four megapixel camera can hold up to 1,500 images, has a 256MB internal memory and is designed to communicate with the new wireless printing dock and Kodak's online EasyShare Gallery. The only catch is that it doesn't include the SD WiFi card, which will cost a further $99. The EasyShare-One will begin shipping in June with an expected retail price of $599.
Kodak EasyShare Z740 and Z700
Kodak has announced a new range of cameras into its EasyShare line. The new Z series includes the EasyShare Z740 (pictured), which has a 10x zoom, and the 5x zoom EasyShare Z700. Both cameras are aimed at the point and shoot crowd, with the five megapixel Z740 offering manual operation for those who want more control and the ability to add a wideangle lens and filters. The entry level Z700 is for the 'zoom seeking' picture takers and offers four megapixels. Both cameras will be launched next month and will only available as a package with the new Printer Dock 3, priced $499 (378) (Z740) and $399 (€302) (Z700).
Sony 4 GB Memory Stick Pro
Sony, obviously not wanting SanDisk to get lonely with the only 4 GB Memory Stick has today announced its own. This capacity was revealed on a Road Map page we found back in 2002, most of which has since become a reality. This new card will have retail price of $900 (or about $0.23/MB), that's about $300 more than the SanDisk piece.
Sony Cyber-shot P200
Sony has today announced another new camera, which only has minor cosmetic changes from its predecessor, in the shape of the 7.2 megapixel Cyber-shot P200. An upgrade of the P150, launched in July, the only real difference seems to be the larger 2-inch LCD, otherwise it sports the same Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x zoom lens, is PictBridge-compatible and has a rechargeable InfoLithium battery plus compatibility with Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO. It will be available in February and is expected to be priced lower than the $499 DSC-P150 when it was launched in July last year.
Sony Cyber-shot T33
Sony has announced a near-identical camera to the T3 with the Cyber-shot T33. While the only differences to its older brother are mainly cosmetic - it is a slightly different shape and color - spec-wise the T33 also has five effective megapixels, a 2.5-inch Clear Photo LCD and a folded 3x optical zoom lens. The Cyber-shot T33 will be available throughout Europe later this month. It is available in platinum and white (except the UK).
January 5
Olympus C-55/C-5500 Sport Zoom
Olympus has today announced a 5x optical zoom camera with a 2-inch LCD and 5.1 megapixel resolution. The C-5500 Sports Zoom allows full manual control, has a super macro mode of 2cm and incorporates Olympus's TruePic TURBO Image Processor, which is supposed to suppress noise and boost image definition. It will be available in May, at around $349 (€262).
Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Olympus has today announced the C-7070 Wide Zoom, which has a 27 - 110mm lens and is described as 'rugged on the outside, professional on the inside'. The SLR-style 7.1 megapixel camera has all you would expect of a high end model including RAW and TIFF file capture, a hotshoe for attaching an external flash, a 1.8-inch tilt and swivel LCD, full manual operation plus two new auto focus modes - predictive AF and target AF. It is available in February priced $699 (€525).
Olympus D-425/C-170
Olympus has today announced an entry level camera into its D series, the pocketable four megapixel D-425. The fixed lens D-425 is missing an optical viewfinder but has a 1.5-inch LCD screen for composition and, designed with the beginner in mind, it has a slide switch for turning the camera on and off, a built-in help guide and 'One-Touch' configuration. The D-425 will be available this month for around $149.99.
Seagate shipping 5 GB CF HDD
Seagate has today issued a press release stating that it is about to begin shipping the 5 GB CF Type II HDD which was announced in June last year. The CF card will be available in 2.5 GB and 5 GB capacities and will probably offer the best $/MB of any large CF card. However with the price of flash memory is coming down all the time and many professional photographers perferring the relatively safety of flash it's difficult to see this becoming a huge seller in the digital photography market (it will probably do better where it's already being used; in MP3 players).
Pentax OptioWP
Pentax has announced an underwater digital camera in the shape of the 'sporty' and 'elegant' five megapixel Pentax OptioWP, which is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters. A handy function that has been added is the recovery mode, which enables you to retrieve accidentally deleted images or audio files, as long as no further data has been recorded. The OptioWP measures a slimline 22mm thick, has a 2-inch LCD, 1cm macro mode and red-eye compensation function which 'touches up' red eye in images after they have been taken. It will be available in April, with pricing to be confirmed at PMA.
January 4
Just posted! Nikon Coolpix 8800 review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of Nikon's ten times VR zoom eight megapixel Coolpix 8800. The 8400 and 8800 were both announced at Photokina in September of last year, both feature similar designs and identical 'hearts'. The 8800 is on a mission to prove that you don't have to buy a digital SLR to get flexibility and image quality. It's big 35 - 350 mm equiv. zoom lens is the first in a Nikon to feature Vibration Reduction, something which is becoming more common in big zoom digital cameras. Read all to find out all about the 8800 and see how it compares to the competition.
Just posted! Nikon Coolpix 8400 review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of Nikon's wide angle zoom eight megapixel Coolpix 8400. The 8400 and 8800 were both announced at Photokina in September of last year, both feature similar designs and identical 'hearts'. The 8400 aims to be a relatively compact prosumer camera which can offer a wider field of view (by about 10°) than other competitive digital cameras. Read all to find out all about the 8400 and see how it compares to the competition.
Ricoh Caplio R1V
Ricoh has announced the five megapixel successor to the R1 with the aluminum-bodied Caplio R1V, which again boasts a 28mm wideangle lens, the world's fastest shutter response time of 0.01 seconds and a super close up macro mode of 1cm. Cosmetically the Caplio R1V doesn't look at all different from the R1 and maintains its slim dimensions of 25mm wide. It will be available in February at a price yet to be set.
December 25
Merry Christmas on our sixth anniversary
I would like to wish all of our readers, supporters, sponsors and fellow webmasters a very Merry Christmas and express my gratitude for your continued patronage of the site. Christmas Day always marks our anniversary, on this day six years ago I posted our first version of the site along with our first articles. This year has seen some of the biggest changes here, not least of which the expansion of our team to include Simon and Stephanie, both of whom are doing an excellent job and we're looking forward to bringing you even more reviews next year. Now pick up your cameras and take some Christmas pictures!
December 23
Just posted! Epson P-2000 review
Just posted - our review of the Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer, the successor - and huge upgrade to - the P-1000. With 40GB of storage, extended battery life, raw file and movie compatibility and a stunning, crystal-clear 212ppi screen, the P-2000 looks like the ultimate digital camera accessory. but is it? Read our full review to find out for yourself.
Kodak to build $45 million plant
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle has reported that Kodak is to spend around $45 million building a new plant, which will produce supplies for creating prints from digital cameras. The new factory in Kodak Park, Monroe County will create around 50 jobs, which it will fill with existing personnel. It is expected to open in mid-2006. The creation of the new digital media plant is as a result of dramatic growth in the use of Kodak PictureMaker digital kiosks and the home PrinterDock. Around 40 buildings are being demolished and others are being put up for sale at Kodak Park as part of its three-year program to reduce its facilities' square footage by a third, and employment by 12,000-15,000.
December 22
Asia Times has reported that Sony plans to invest around ¥50 billion ($480 million) to build a new center, which will accommodate new machinery designed for the production of CMOS image sensors for camera phones. The new facility, at the Kumamoto Technology Center, is expected to be operational by spring 2006. Sony already leads the world in CCD production and this investment suggests it wants a large share of the low power CMOS sensor market.
Canon posts EOS-1Ds Mark II firmware 1.0.3
Canon BeBit has posted firmware version 1.0.3 for the EOS-1Ds Mark II which improves AF tracking in AI Servo AF and reduces noise when shooting bulb exposures as well as color differences between RAW and JPEG thumbnail images. This firmware applies to cameras which already have the 1.0.2 update installed.
December 20
Adobe has made the Camera Raw 2.4 beta available for Photoshop CS on both Windows and Mac platforms. The new plug in, which is free to download, adds support for raw files from several digital cameras including the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, Konica Minolta Dimage A200 and the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, as well as preliminary support for many others.
Just posted! Pentax S5i review
Just posted - our review of the Pentax Optio S5i! We give the five megapixel replacement for the S4i more than just a quick once over. Find out whether the ultra-compact, pocketable camera is as good as it looks, with it's new coarse handgrip and textured body. The S5i has the same 1.8-inch LCD as its predecessor and incorporates Pentax's sliding lens mechanism, which enables the manufacture of considerably small cameras with zoom lenses.
Kodak posts Pro 14n/nx firmware 5.3.0
Kodak has posted firmware update 5.3.0 for the Pro14n/nx digital SLRs. The new firmware fixes the problem that occasionally caused some Windows systems to restart while the camera was connected to the computer via FireWire during continous mode. The firmware also addresses the fact that some files couldn't be opened by PhotoDisk, eradicates green and magenta blocking and adds a Manual Mirror Prerelease option that uses the shutter button to raise the mirror and the OK button to open the shutter and capture the exposure.
December 16
The International Imaging Industry Association (i3a) has issued a press release which details tests it carried out in conjunction with SanDisk and the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to discover the effect of airport X-ray scanners on digital film (flash storage). The results showed that none of these such scanners, nor walk-through or hand-held metal detectors had any effect on the content of flash storage.
A study by InfoTrends/CAP Ventures predicts that worldwide digital camera revenue will reach $24 billion by the end of 2004, and will exceed $30 billion by 2009. Europe, the United States and Japan top the table for digital camera sales this year while it is expected that Asia and Rest of World (ROW) regions, which currently has a combined share of 10%, will share 33% of the revenue by 2009.