CeBIT 2001: This years CeBIT proves to be bigger than ever, running from today until 28th March the show is open from 9 AM to 6 PM (CET) with over 8,000 exhibitors occupying some 26 halls and 13 other pavillion areas (over 400,000 sqm of space). Although I won't be attending in person we do have a "man on the ground" at CeBIT and will of course be bringing you any major news as it arrives.
We've just posted our review of Canon's Digital IXUS 300 (it's European name, also known as the Powershot S300, Digital ELPH), this ultra-compact digital camera features a stylish stainless steel case, a three times optical zoom lens and a 2.1 megapixel sensor. It has go anywhere features which ensure you'll always have it by your side and the looks to impress even the most staid technophobe, but does it deliver the goods at the end of the day?
FlashPoint have today announced an updated version of their Digita "open" digital camera operating system, DigitaX expands hardware support and opens up the operating system to network connectivity (a hint towards where digital cameras are going.. think.. wireless). Digita licensees include Eastman Kodak, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Konica, Minolta and Sharp.
Yamada Kumio has posted the first Olympus C-700UZ samples on the PC Watch site, using is normal range of subjects he's got samples ranging from outdoor shots at the airport (full zoom range), macro, landscape, and indoor shots. Bearing in mind this will still be a pre-production camera the image quality isn't all that I'd hoped, chromatic aberrations abound! UPDATE: Plenty more samples in a private gallery.
Kodak have today announced an updated Palmpix digital camera add-on for the recently announced Palm m500 and m505 handheld PDA's. The new Palmpix is capable of SVGA (800 x 600) full colour images from its CMOS sensor, has a fixed 54 mm (35 mm equiv.) lens, can store images on SD (MMC) storage cards inserted into the Palm and has three focus modes; macro, portrait and landscape. Retail price will be US$129.95.
Today Olympus have announced the C-700 UZ, heralded as the smallest 10x optical zoom digital camera (not difficult). The camera features a 2 megapixel sensor and a lens which delivers a 38 - 380 mm equiv. zoom (F2.8 - F3.5). Expected street price is $700. Sorry for the late delivery of this news, unfortunately we've been let down by Olympus who have not provided us with any information on this camera.
Thanks to some detective work from one of our readers (Ivo Schenk) we have now confirmed that Sony does indeed have a 1/1.8" 4 megapixel CCD, it is product name ICX406AQ and has an effective output resolution of 2,312 x 1,720 pixels (3.9 megapixels). So, could this be the illusive sensor used in the rumoured "DSC-S85"? Only time will tell, however this sensor would offer manufacturers of existing 3 megapixel digital cameras an immediate path to 4 megapixels without having to change the cameras (or lens systems) significantly.
Peter iNova, author of the "Digital Secrets" eBook is running a digital photography contest, as we've come to expect from Peter, it has a twist, "The image has to be made with a digital camera and somehow a flash unit will have to contribute to the shot. It can be in the picture, or outside the frame as a light source, fill, bounce, slave--why the permutations are endless!"
We've just posted our review of three products from Hoodman USA. Hoodman specialise in products which provide shade from the sun or protection of LCD screens. We've reviewed their LCD Viewscreen Hood, Hoodcap for the Nikon D1 and e-clipse E-2000 laptop computer hood. All in all we're pleased with what we found, all these products do what they're supposed to at a very reasonable price.
Today Kyocera US announced the Finecam S3, a camera we've covered previously. Dubbed as the "world's smallest 3.34 megapixel digital camera with a 2x zoom". The S3 weighs just 200 g (7 oz) and is actually slightly smaller than Canon's Digital IXUS (ELPH). Fitted out with an all metal case, a 1.5" LCD and several manual features it certainly looks competitive.
Thanks to Olympus America for forwarding their official SmartMedia compatibility chart, this chart confirms what digital cameras (and printers, accessories) are compatible with SmartMedia cards ranging from 2 MB up to the recently announced 128 MB. This is for all the people who emailed me asking if their Olympus digital camera was compatible.. We now have the answer.
After several embarassing leaks Adobe have finally made the 6.0.1 update available on their support download page. I'm sure many of you use Photoshop 6.0 (well, we do here anyway) so an update will be of interest. There are several fixes and updates in this patch which is available for English language Windows and Mac versions.
Here's the first review of a production DSC-S75. Sony have now provided us with a final production camera and we have completed updating our previous review with the results of tests from it. Most interesting changes are: vastly improved shot-to-shot times, repositioned power switch, slightly better colour and resolution.
Complementing our recent review of the MVC-CD300 we've now posted a full in-depth review of its "little brother" (but no less capable) 2.1 megapixel CD200. Just like the CD300, the CD200 writes to 8cm CD-R/RW. Obviously very similar cameras there are some subtle differences, most notably the use of a Sony 3x zoom lens (rather than the "Carl Zeiss" used on the CD300) and the lack of burst / bracketing modes.
Digital Camera "Guru" Yamada Kumio has posted samples from Casio's updated QV-3000EX, the QV-3500EX. His normal range of samples cover everything from indoor available light to flash, outdoor scenes and macros. All in all the QV-3500EX seems to do everything its older brother did, remember this new model supports Epson Print Image Matching.
Today Olympus Japan announced the C-1, this compact, entry-level digital camera features a 1.3 megapixel CCD and a fixed 35 mm (equiv.) lens. Looks suspiciously similar to the Epic/Mju product line, doesn't it? The most recent similar product from Olympus was the D-360L (C-860L). Note also that (probably just for the Japanese market) it's available with It enters the market at a very low 38,000 YEN ($320). UPDATE: Samples online.
This time it's no mistake, the drop in price and rebate accidentally slipped onto Amazon's page is for real, however it was only supposed to appear today. State Street Direct, our affiliate retailer are now offering the Kodak DC4800 (3 megapixel, 3 x optical zoom) for $479.95 (after $100 Kodak mail-in rebate). That has to make the DC4800 the current 3 megapixel bargain! UPDATE: Get one for $249 if you've got a DC290!
at least allegedly... Kodak are suing Agfa, Sanyo and Seiko Epson over
infringement of patents it owns for image compression and digital storage,
removable software-enhanced storage devices, and inventions in an apparatus
for minimizing "red-eye''. The company said it is seeking an unspecified
amount in compensatory damages. UPDATE: 2/March/2001:
Sony's commitment to 8cm CD-R/RW as a storage medium for digital cameras is clear in their two most recent announcements, the CD Mavica CD300 and CD Mavica CD200. These two cameras mark an important step for Sony's Mavica range of digital cameras, we first review the 3 megapixel, 3 x zoom CD300. (CD200 review coming soon).
Sony, expanding its line of CD Mavica's which started last year with the CD1000 has today announced the 3x zoom 2.1 megapixel CD200 and the 3x zoom 3.3 megapixel CD300 (based on the DSC-S75). These two cameras now become the first digital cameras with the ability to write to 8cm CD-RW as well as CD-R. The CD200 will have a list price of $800 and the CD300 a list price of $1,000.
David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his reviews of the Olympus C-2040 Zoom and the Sony MVC-CD300, here's what he concluded for the Olympus, "With the C-2040 Zoom, Olympus has taken a very good digicam (the C-2020) and made it even better... Its compact size and SLR-style design will endear it to more traditional film-based photographers" and the Sony "With the addition of CD-RW... the CD300 eliminates some of the digicam community's perceived limitations to the CD Recordable technology."
During PMA 2001 Epson announced their new "Print Image Matching" innovation, a system which records "missing colour information" in the EXIF header of JPEG images, this information is understood by compatible printers to produce more accurate and vibrant colours which (in theory) should match the colours in the scene. At the time they announced collaboration with several digital camera manufacturers. Today Epson have announced their updated CP-900 (PhotoPC 3000Z), the CP-920Z with Print Image Matching.
If you're reading this message you're now using our new more powerful servers hosted on the East Coast (Washington) of the US. It's been a long process transferring several GB of website and database from the West coast to East coast (especially as I'm based in London) but it does seem to have gone relatively well. It may take a few days for the DNS changes to propogate throughout the net, during that time you may see an IP address in your address bar instead of "www.dpreview.com", that should eventually go away.
Olympus Japan today announced the introduction of the update C990ZS, the new model seems almost identical to the previous C990Z (known as the D490Z in the US) apart from a new brighter, higher resolution LCD and improved burst capabilities. The updated model should be available in Japan on 10th March.
State Street Direct will be receiving their first shipment of Olympus's C-3040Z (with the new ultra-fast F1.8 lens) early next week. If you order one through the special link in this news article you'll get FREE overnight delivery. The free delivery offer is valid until midnight Sunday, 4th March 2001.
Steve over at Steve's Digicams has just posted a first look at the Olympus's E-100RS, here's what he says, "This is one seriously fast camera - so fast in fact that it can capture up to five pictures before you press the shutter all the way down. I bet that got your attention huh? How about fifteen 1.5-megapixel images per second or 640 x 480 VGA resolution QuickTime movies with sound at 30fps!"
We're proud to slice through yet another milestone, early today we welcomed our 20,000,000'th unique visitor since January 1999. Every day we break records in page views and unique visitors and each month the discussion forums grow and the overall dpreview community expands. I'd like to thank all those who help me make this possible and to all of you who keep coming back.
Canon have posted new firmware for the Digital IXUS (S100 ELPH), PowerShot G1 and PowerShot Pro90 IS. This firmware addresses several issues with all of the above mentioned cameras. The firmware can be downloaded and user installed by simply placing the firmware update file on a compact flash card and turning on the camera (ensure you're using the AC adapter or a fully charged battery).
Ofoto has today announced several new online tools for its customers: "New features include online one-click cropping, higher quality preview images for newly uploaded images and enhanced online editing tools... ...After getting creative, customers can have the custom-printed cards boxed and sent back to them, or enjoy the convenience of having the cards addressed, stamped and mailed, all with the click of a mouse."
We've just posted our review of Sony's DSC-S75, this camera enters the market with a hint of Sony's new, more photographic approach to digital camera design. There are lots of nice touches and updates since the DSC-S70, although the lens, CCD and internal engine are essentially the same the DSC-S75 is much more of a "photographers camera", best of all it arrives in the market some $200 cheaper than most of the competition.
PMA 2001 show report: Section one of four. In this section we'll cover the following manufacturers: Canon, Casio, Ceiva, ColorVision, Concord, Delkin, Epson, Foveon and Fujifilm. Products of interest in this section: Canon A10 / A20 / S300, Ceiva II picture frame, Foveon II, Fujifilm 6800Z. UPDATED: Added Concord.
Today Nikon Europe have announced that they will be making the D1X available for a hands on look during the Apple Seminar series Roadshow titled "Going Digital in Professional Photography". The series of ten, one day seminars across Europe showcase the latest tools and techniques in digital imaging capture and workflow demonstrated with Nikon Professional Imaging Products such as the Firewire compatible Nikon D1 digital SLR cameras and Nikon Super Coolscan 4000ED 35mm scanner.
Fujifilm have announced a reduction in their list price for the S1 Pro from $3,999 to "just under" $3,000 including a bundled 1GB Microdrive (worth $499). "This is a tremendous cost break for photographers who want a high-quality professional digital SLR camera,'' said Jennifer Davalos, Marketing Manager, Commercial Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. This limited time offer is good until April 15, 2001.
It's apparent that 128MB SmartMedia is now on the shelves of some stores and is making its way into the catalogues of more and more manufacturers thanks to the supply of OEM cards. Today Olympus announced a 128MB SmartMedia ID card and during PMA we missed a press release from Delkin which stated they are now shipping 128MB SmartMedia. The only thing missing from both of these press releases is a compatibility matrix.
Sony Japan today announced the DSC-P30 and DSC-P50 which we'd previously seen / announced at PMA 2001, they also announced an upgraded DSC-F55 named the DSC-F55DX, still fixed lens but now with a 3.34 megapixel CCD (but as with the F505V only using 2.58 megapixels of it) and some updated features. UPDATE: This will be a JAPAN ONLY model.
Michael Chaney, author of QImage Pro has just sent me a note that he's just release Qimage Pro v12.0, here's what he has today, "This major upgrade includes a brand new, totally redesigned user interface as well as a long list of new capabilities. The new interface is designed to make better use of space while providing single click access to the most commonly used program functions."