Olympus has today launched a new informational website at 'www.four-thirds.com', this site provides some basic information on the new "digital SLR standard" as well as the advantages of the four thirds size sensor, in theory lower aberrations due to straight light path to the sensor and larger lens mount in proportion to the sensor size. The site clearly indicates Four Thirds as being supported by Olympus, Kodak and Fujifilm. The site also re-confirms our original statement that 4/3 refers to the sensor size '4/3-inch type' (13.5 x 18 mm).
CeBIT 2003, 0530 GMT: Fujifilm has today announced the new FinePix A310 Zoom, the second camera to be based on Fujifilm's fourth generation SuperCCD HR (High Resolution) sensor. The A310 has a three million pixel sensor which produces a six million pixel image. The A310 also supports high sensitivity (up to ISO 800 at 1280 x 960; ISO 400 otherwise), stores images on xD-Picture card (16 MB supplied) and is powered by two AA type batteries. The optional PictureCradle docking station provides USB and video out as well as charging AA NiMH batteries in the camera.
Larry Berman and Chris Maher, writers for Shutterbug magazine, first discovered the work of Asya Schween right here on our Nikon Talk forum. Asya's haunting, beautiful and inspiring self-portrature is the perfect example of how digital photography aides the rapid realization of your own photography skills. Asya's work stands as testimony that many who consider themselves amateur photographers have far more inside them. Asya is an exchange student from Russia doing postgraduate work at the University of Southern California. Come in to see more and read part of Larry and Chris's interview with Asya.
Foveon has today announced a license agreement for the manufacture and distribution of X3 technology to National Semiconductor. "Foveon has developed a large portfolio of image sensor products and image capture technologies that we are bringing to market through partners. Through National's worldwide sales and marketing organization we will see the accelerated adoption of X3 based products in key markets," said Jim Lau, president and CEO of Foveon, Inc.
ColorVision has released Japanese and Chinese versions of the Spyder with OptiCAL product for monitor calibration. The software is available as a free download to users that have a serial number for previous versions of the OptiCAL software and began shipping on March 2. The product combines the Spyder, an all-digital, seven-filter colorimeter that works with both LCD and CRT displays with the OptiCAL software. The Spyder with OptiCAL calibrates monitors to a universal standard for color and automatically creates a correct monitor profile. The end result is a monitor that displays accurate color and lets users trust what they see on their display. The Spyder is a USB device and works on both Windows (98,ME,2000,XP) and Mac (OS 9x, OSX 10.1 or better) platforms.
PMA 2003: Duracell has announced an all new battery designed specifically for digital cameras, the CP1 is a high-power lithium primary prismatic battery. It is flat and rectangular, designed to fit into small digital cameras. Although this press release doesn't mention it we know that Duracell will be producing both a rechargeable and a 'retail' non-rechargeable battery. It's very likely we will see future digital cameras supporting the new Duracell CP1.
Olympus has today announced a three year deal to sponsor the Ferrari F1 racing team. The Olympus logo will be prominently displayed on the nose of Ferrari F1 cars beginning with the 2003 Australian Gand Prix (March 9, 2003). "As a world leader in digital imaging and medical diagnostic equipment, Olympus sponsorship of the No. 1 team in the demanding field of F1 racing is a natural and fitting partnership. Just as speed, precision, and team spirit have earned Ferrari a position at the pinnacle of motor sports, they are also a driving force behind Olympus' success as a major global brand."
PMA 2003, Live: Yesterday we got our hands on Olympus's new Digital SLR 'E System' which is based around the 4/3 announced by Olympus and Kodak at PMA last year. The system is currently made up of an unamed Digital SLR, four lenses and a flash unit. At this stage Olympus have no firm specifications or details about the system other than that the body design and layout is pretty much final and that the majority of the remainig work is inside the camera (firmware etc.). I was impressed by the build quality and professional design features and am looking forward to testing the digital SLR later this year.
PMA 2003: SimpleTech has today announced the FlashLink PhotoZen. It is a TV photo image viewer, USB Flash memory card reader and PowerPoint presentation projector. PhotoZen displays digital photos of up to six megapixels from CompactFlash (Type I/Type II), MicroDrive, Sony Memory Stick, SD, MMC and SmartMedia cards.
PMA 2003: SanDisk has today announced new additions to its Ultra(TM) line of high-performance cards, a 1.0 GB CF and a 512 MB Secure Digital. The new Ultra CompactFlash cards have write speed of up to 6MB/sec and read speed of 9MB/sec., which is approximately twice the speed of SanDisk's current Ultra line. The Ultra line now also includes SD cards for the first time. These have a sustained write speed of up to 2.5MB/sec., which again is more than twice the speed of current SD cards. Both are expected to start shipping in Q2 2003.
PMA 2003: SanDisk has today announced SanDisk Extreme(TM), a line of high-performance CompactFlash and SD cards. Extreme CompactFlash have write speed of up to 6MB/sec, and will initially ship in capacities of 256, 512MB and 1 gigabyte, with street prices of $99, $189 and $379 respectively. Extreme SD cards have write speeds of up to 2.5MB/sec, and will be available in 256 and 512MB capacities with a street price $109 and $219 respectively. Both card formats are expected to start shipping in Q2 2003.
PMA 2003, Live: Yesterday we got our hands on the very early prototype Pentax *ist D digital SLR which is being shown at the Pentax stand. This is a bit of a 'me too' article as we note that several other sites have also posted their own images of this camera. At this stage the camera is still in an early form, although does power up. The first thing that strikes you about this camera is its size and weight, it's noticeably smaller than the current digital SLR's (Canon EOS-D60 / 10D, Nikon D100), it's also clear that although loosely based on the *ist film SLR this body and control layout has been design to be digital from day one. We're looking forward to testing the *ist D, and hope that it can proove to be some real competition to the Canon and Nikon offerings. We also heard a rumour (not at the Pentax stand) that it will have a street price of US$1,600.
PMA 2003: HP has today announced its new five megapixel, three times optical zoom Photosmart 935. The 935 has a similar design to the 735 announced today. "As the first camera at this price point to offer an impressive 5 megapixels, Pentax® 3x optical zoom, 7x digital zoom (21x total), video and audio clip facility and a range of sophisticated manual controls with on-camera help wizards, the HP Photosmart 935 meets the needs of creative individuals and family users."
PMA 2003: HP has today announced its new three megapixel, three times optical zoom Photosmart 735 digital camera. At first the 735 looks very similar to the 812, however a closer look shows some major design changes, a big viewfinder, status LCD on the top of the camera and other changes. The 735 is also a three megapixel, three times optical zoom camera. Storage is via built-in 16 MB of flash and/or a SD/MMC memory card.
PMA 2003: SmartDisk has today announced its new FlashTrax handheld portable device. The FlashTrax can store images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in 30GB USB2.0 hard drive and display them on its 3.5" LCD. It has built-in controls to zoom in, zoom out and scroll, or choose a slide show function and also also has an MP3 player for playing audio tracks stored on the disk.
PMA 2003: Kodak has today announced the three megapixel, three times optical zoom EasyShare LS633 Zoom digital camera. The LS633 is world's first digital camera with OLED display. As there is no need for a backlight the LS633 should have good battery life. The LS633 will debut in April and will be available initially in Europe, Asia and Australia at a suggested retail price of $399.
PMA 2003: SiPix has today announced its new 2.1 Mega Pixel StyleCam Extreme digital camera. Marie Wesson, director of marketing for SiPix said "The StyleCam Extreme combines basic and advanced features in an easy-to-use, affordable and value-driven package. We provide users with all of the benefits they seek in a digital camera today, as well as capabilities that can be utilized as their skills increase. The StyleCam Extreme even features 3 Mega Pixel enhanced resolution enabling users to enlarge an area of the image or print the whole image into a larger photo."
PMA 2003: Toshiba has today announced its new PDR-4300 four-megapixel digital camera with a 2.8x optical zoom, macro capability up to 6-inches and comprehensive manual controls. Doug Freck, Vice President & General Manager, Toshiba Imaging Systems Division. Our new PDR-4300 ideally meets these demands with its powerful four-megapixel CCD, its professional-grade, all-glass lens system, its fully array of manual controls, and an operation that is comparable to a film-based point-and-shoot model. And at $379, we believe it is the best value in the four-megapixel digital camera category.
2003: Kyocera has today announced two new models to its popular Finecam
series, the 3-megapixel Kyocera Finecam L3v and the 4-megapixel Kyocera
Finecam L4v. Both feature their new "DayFine" 2.5-inch LCD and
a 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv. 35mm). The suggested retail price for
the Kyocera Finecam L3v is $449.00; suggested retail price for the Kyocera
Finecam L4v is $549.00.
UPDATED: New official pictures added.
08:00 PST, 07:00 PST: Olympus has today announced
that it will be exhibitting its first 4/3 rds digital SLR prototype at
PMA 2003. As well as the prototype SLR (about which we know very little)
there are also four lenses, two of which are primes, and two zooms. Olympus
has made available images of these products including the lenses. As we
can see the new 'E System' digital SLR looks very similar to the previous
E-10 and E-20.
PMA 2003: Minolta has today announced its unique and innovative new communication software application called 'Minolta Messenger'. Messenger allows you to attach interactive hot-spot messages to your standard images (TIFF, JPEG, BMP), these messages are embedded into the image header, the image can then be sent to another user with Messenger who can browse the image and add their own messages. "People say that 'a picture is worth 1,000 words,'" said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing for Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "But we say, 'we give you both'."
PMA 2003: Minolta has today announced the new DiMAGE E223, a new entry level digital camera is the direct successor to the E203, with a two megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens. "Perfect for home and small business use, and the ideal tool for sharing images via e-mail, the DiMAGE E223's 2.1-megapixel CCD and versatile zoom lens provide high-resolution, clear and crisp images," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group.
PMA 2003: Minolta has today announced the direct successor the the F100 (and you thought it was the F300!), the new four megapixel DiMAGE F200. Interestingly the F200 has a different layout than the F100 or F300 with rubberized strips and relocated controls, levers and displays. "The compact body borrows the fine soft curves and intersecting planes of its predecessors, and adds distinctive rubberized grips and a new control layout. The rich aluminum exterior reflects the quality of the design. The camera is available in two colors: silver and indigo."
PMA 2003: Olympus has today announced the entry level D-390 (C-150 in Europe) digital camera. This model is the successor to the D-380 / C-120 model, the new camera is some 15% smaller than that which it replaces, it has a two megapixel CCD sensor and a fixed 38 mm equiv. lens. The D-390 / C-150 stores its photos on xD-Picture Card and is powered by AA size batteries. The D-390 / C-150 also features a larger 1.8" LCD monitor. Price: $149 (US street) / £139 (UK RRP).
PMA 2003: Olympus has today announced the D-560 Zoom (C-350 Zoom in Europe) digital camera. The competitively priced D-560 / C-350 offers a three megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom, as we would expect it stores its images on xD-Picture Card and is powered by AA batteries. This new camera is smaller than the D-550 it replaces and also features a new easier to use menu system. Price: $299 (US street) / £249 (UK RRP).
PMA 2003: Olympus has today announced the three megapixel C-740 and four megapixel C-750 Ultra Zoom digital cameras. These are direct successors to the C-730 Ultra Zoom. Featuring the now familiar C-7xx body the both cameras feature a 10x optical zoom lens (38 - 380 mm equiv.). Like all newly announced Olympus digital cameras they store images on xD-Picture Card, and are powered by AA batteries. Although the format may be familiar the lens system is new, all elements are glass and we hope this will help to eliminate some purple fringing seen in other C-7xx models.
PMA 2003: Lexar has today announced 256 MB Olympus xD Picture Cards, a new version of their Digital Photo Player, High-Speed Secure Digital, Jump Drive secure and a new USB 2.0 multi-card reader which supports MemoryStick Pro. "Not all flash memory is the same speed or quality and our X-speed rating system lets customers know what speed they are buying, while providing a level of assurance regarding the integrity of the memory," said Doug Kellam, vice president worldwide marketing, Lexar Media. "In addition, some of the newest digital applications, such as VGA quality video, require high-speed cards to insure the host products will function optimally."
PMA 2003, 0:00 GMT: Casio has today announced the new EXILIM EX-S3, an ultra-thin magnesium alloy bodied digital camera with a three megapixel CCD sensor and fixed focal length lens. The EX-S3 weighs just 72 g (2.5 g) and measures just 90 x 57 x 12 mm (3.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 in). Also up since the EX-S2 is the LCD monitor which has grown from 1.6" to a huge (considering the size of the camera) 2.0" TFT. The EX-S3 has 10 MB of internal RAM and also supports SD / MMC storage, it's powered by a supplied Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and comes with a cradle.
PMA 2003: Lexar has today announced 2 and 4 GB Compact Flash cards with a rated speed of 32X (where X = 150 KB/sec). These cards are also equipped with Write Acceleration (WA) which increases performance with compatible cameras like Kodak's DCS-14n, Nikon D1x, Nikon D1h, Nikon D100 etc. "We are pleased to be the first company to bring 4GB CompactFlash to market, which is made possible by our advanced controller technology and the new industry leading 4-gigabit quad die pack flash memory from Samsung. The close Lexar Media and Samsung relationship allows us to collaborate to optimize our controller with the Samsung 4-gigabit flash memory device and deliver the largest CompactFlash available."
PMA 2003, Live: Today we got a sneak peek of Minolta's next evolution of the DiMAGE X. "The new design eliminates more than 5% from the size and nearly 8% from the weight of the DiMAGE Xi. At 85.5 x 67 x 20mm and 120 g (3.4 x 2.6 x 0.8 in., 4.2 oz), the DiMAGE Xt can be slipped into a pocket or bag as easily as a wallet. The exclusive folded optical zoom system allowed Minolta to recreate the world's thinnest compact, planar digital camera with a 3X optical zoom. This revolutionary non-extending lens is responsible for maintaining the camera's 20mm (0.8 in) thin profile either while recording or when stored." UPDATE: Specifications added.
PMA 2003: It has been announced that dpreview.com will tonight be awarded a DigitalFocus Award for the best "Digital Imaging Site or Service". Here at dpreview we are very proud to receive this award and must thank all those people in the industry who have shown their support for our aim of bringing high quality, timely, independent, factual and accurate news and reviews to the digital photography public. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our visitors and especially our long term supporters who contribute so much through our forums. Other winners were the Canon EOS-1Ds (Professional Digital Camera), Olympus C-50 (Prosumer Digital Camera).
PMA 2003, Live: Hot from the early morning Sony Press event we've got some pictures of the new HVL-F32X flash, the unit we saw was on a DSC-V1 and thus will take advantage of the new communications pins on that camera's hot-shoe. The HVL-F32X can be programmed for various exposure and flash mode settings, it has a backlit LCD status monitor, AF assist and even a modeling light. The unit we saw was pre-production and thus its finish is not representative of the final product.
Pre-PMA 2003: Site contributor Vincent Bockaert has today published "123di v1.0 - The 123 of digital imaging Interactive e-book". Earlier this month I had a sneak preview of this new e-book and was amazed at the depth and detail of coverage. The e-book which stretches over 2000 pages covers everything from the basics of digital camera operation to detailed discussion about what goes on inside your digital camera, JPEG compression, color space and so much more. Additionally there are entire sections covering popular image manipulation packages such as Adobe Elements and Photoshop 7. And all this for a launch price of just $39.99. Think you know everything about digital imaging? Think again.
Pre-PMA 2003: Nixvue Systems the manufacturers of the Digital Album and Vista (Visual Storage Album) has today announced a new concept in mobile digital image storage. The Visor is based around a portable CD writer device which can copy images directly from flash memory cards (Compact Flash, SD/MMC, Memory Stick and others) onto CD-R discs. This ia a very interesting device as it allows for safe 'record to archive' capabilities and would be extremely useful on holidays or long trips. The Visor can also playback images on a CD-R to a TV or PC.
Pre-PMA 2003: Zoran has today announces their sixth generation COACH 6 (Camera On A CHip) processor. They claim its the most connected OEM processor on the market. There will be two versions that support cameras with CCD's between 3 and 16 megapixels. Both feature its ClickConnect capability, which expands the digital camera's connectivity beyond the PC, with support for direct printing over USB, and both wired and wireless connectivety.
Pre-PMA 2003: Kodak has today announced that after a couple delays they will be shipping their DCS Pro 14n this week. Featuring a 13.89-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and magnesium body. Madhav Mehra, General Manager, Digital Cameras, Kodak Professional said "We're pleased to bring the Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n Digital Camera to market in time for the imaging industry's largest gathering in the Western Hemisphere - PMA,".
Following our recent article about their new 20.8 megapixel digital back, Fujifilm Japan have released more detailed information. Initially only available for the Fujifilm GX680, a further release for the GX645AF will be available at a later date. Main features include a burst mode capability of up to 7 frames at 1.5 second intervals, the ability to output RAW, JPEG and TIFF files, Micodrive support and ISO sensitivities of 100, 200 and 400. It will be available in the fall for an as yet undecided amount.
Pre-PMA 2003: Just posted! Our detailed hands-on preview of the new Canon EOS-10D. The article includes a full summary of new features and improvements, design comparison, displays and menus, exploration of some of the new features, image quality tests (noise, resolution, color) as well as a head to head comparison with the EOS-D60 and a nineteen image samples gallery. Eleven pages of preview, and it's all right here, right now. Note that the camera used in this preview is considered pre-production.
Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new six megapixel EOS-10D digital SLR. The EOS-10D is the direct successor to the popular EOS-D60 digital SLR, just like the D60 the 10D utilizes a six megapixel 22.7 x 15.1 mm CMOS sensor which is a development of the D60's sensor. Unlike the D60 the 10D now has a magnesium body, orientation sensor, Adobe RGB color space, Kelvin selectable WB, ISO 1600 and 3200, more flexible image parameters and a new 7 area AF sensor (from the EOS-30). Other good news comes with the price, the US list price will be $1,999 (expected street $1,499), in Europe the 10D will have a €2,200 list price.
Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced a new 'L series' EF lens. The 17 - 40 mm F4.0 L is designed to be a high quality, lightweight lens for both film and D-SLR cameras. On the new EOS-10D this lens would produce a field of view range equivelant to a 27 - 64 mm zoom lens. For film SLR or EOS-1Ds users this lens provides ultra wide-angle zoom. Other features include a constant F4.0 aperture and minimum focus distance of 28 cm across the entire zoom range.
Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot S400 Digital Elph / Digital IXUS 400. This new Digital Elph / IXUS has a four megapixel sensor and a three times optical zoom lens. The design is overall cleaner and smoother and uses a new 'Super Hard Cerabrite' (what a mouth full) finish which is supposedly a mix of metal and ceramics. The S400 isn't just good looking there's a lot more packed inside than was available on previous Digital Elph / IXUS models including nine point AiAF, a wide ISO range and a 2.5 fps continuous shooting speed. List price: $599 / €629.
Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot S50, the new head of their 'S' product range with a five megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens. This camera is based on the S45 with which it shares its lens, body and controls. The S50 also gets many of the features enabled by the DiGiC processor, these include nine point AiAF, flexizone focus selection, three minute movie clips and automatic image rotation thanks to the orientation sensor. List price: $699 / €799. (Black body in North America, Silver in the rest of the world).
Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot A60 and A70. These two models are the sucessors to the A30 and A40. Far from being simply 'entry level' digital cameras the A60 and A70 are now fitted out with a wide range of features including manual, aperture and shutter priority exposure modes. Just like the new A300 the a60 and A70 get a DiGiC processor, expanded sensitivity range (ISO 50 - 400), an orientation sensor and three minute movie clips (with audio). These two new cameras comer closer to the prosumer 'G' series. List prices, A60: $349 / €329, A70: $449 / €429.
Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot A300. This new three megapixel fixed lens digital camera is the sucessor to Canon's current entry level A100. The A300 introduces several new features including five point AiAF, image voice memos, movie clips of up to 3 minutes (including sound), an orientation sensor, the new DiGiC processor and an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 400. An impressive specification for Canon's entry level digital camera. List price: $299 / €279.
Just posted! Our full in-depth review of the latest incarnation of what has to be one of the best image browsing / organizational packages available. ACDSee has been my image browser of choice for many years, the latest version marks a huge step forward in functionality and performance. The new version has full support for EXIF Metadata as well as advanced searching and categorisation features. Lossless JPEG rotation is back as well as automatic rotation based on the orientation flag in the EXIF header (useful for all those new Canon cameras with built-in orientation sensors!)
Pre-PMA 2003: As part of our ongoing coverage of new products announced at PMA we have produced a quick preview of Sony's new five megapixel four times optical zoom DSC-V1 digital camera. This compact digital camera packs a lot into a space only a little bigger than Canon's PowerShot S330 (IXUS Digital 330). The V1 gets all of the new features introduced by Sony in their latest wave of Cybershot cameras, this includes MPEG VX (640 x 480, 16 fps, unlimited), USB 2.0, color saturation / tone adjustment and more. Additionally the DSC-V1 has a flash hot-shoe and additional manual features.
Pre-PMA 2003: Kodak has today announced the three megapixel, four times optical zoom EasyShare DX6340 Zoom digital camera. The DX6340 is said to be the smallest four times optical zoom digital camera on the market, it has a Schneider zoom lens which provides an equivalent focal length range of 36 to 144 mm and a maximum aperture of F2.2. The DX6340 should be available in May at a suggested retail price of US$329.
Pre-PMA 2003: Kodak has today announced the EasyShare Printer Dock 6000. This innvoative product is a dock and dye-sub 4 x 6" printer all in one. You simply drop your EasyShare camera onto the dock on top of the device and can execute prints immediately. The printer dock can also be used for normal image transfer and battery charging. The dock is expected to retail at US$199 with paper/ink packs costing US$14.99 for 20 prints, US$24.99 for 40 prints and $39.99 for 80 prints.
Pre-PMA 2003: Pentax has today announced the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR. The new *ist D is based on the *ist 35 mm film camera which was announced this time last week. The *ist D measures just 129 x 95 x 60 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.3 in) and weighs 510 g (18 oz). The camera has a 6.1 megapixel 23.5 x 15.7 mm sensor (identical size to the D100) which equates to a 1.5x field of view crop. It's compatible with K, KA, KAF and KAF2 mount lenses and 645 / 67 lenses with an adapter. It has a sixteen segment metering system, eleven point AF sensor and continuous shooting rate of 2.7 frames per second. Pentax has also announced a new 18 - 35 mm lens to complement the *ist D. UPDATED: New official pictures added.
Ricoh Japan has today announced yet another variation of the RDC-i700, the RDC-i700 model G. This one supports the CFGPS2 Compact Flash GPS card from I-O Data. When fitted fitted into the camera the GPS card enables it to record the exact location at which each image is taken (recorded into the image file header). It's not yet clear if this model is destined for worldwide release or just for the domestic Japan market. The RDC-i700 which is the basis for this camera is a three megapixel three times optical zoom digital camera which has both Compact Flash Type II and PCMCIA slots. The RDC-i700 model G is priced at 208,000 YEN (approx. US$ 1800).