PMA 2001: Today we got an exclusive hands-on with Pentax's new 6 megapixel digital SLR. At this stage they have an early working prototype which will power up and operate, the onboard software is still a bit rough but the body, controls and operation are already pretty much there. The camera is much smaller and thinner than any other digital SLR, ergonimically it's well designed and everything is where it should be. Pentax haven't named the camera yet.
PMA 2001: Minolta Japan has this morning published information about the new Dimage 5 and Dimage 7 digital SLR's and the S304 compact digital camera. The Dimage 5 and 7 are based on exactly the same body design, aimed squarely at Olympus's E-10 they both feature a 7 times zoom lens and either a 3.3 or 5.2 megapixel CCD. Both have an electronic TTL viewfinder (so not strictly through the lens) and both look like something out of Buck Rogers. The S304 is a 3.3 megapixel compact digital camera with a 4 times optical zoom lens.
We made it! We're here in Orlando for PMA 2001. It looks like it's going to be an interesting show, several new products have already been announced by Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony and we expect to see new products from several other manufacturers over the next two or three days. We hope to bring you daily reports from the show and a final summarised report which will be broken down by manufacturer.
PMA 2001: Lexar today announced that they will release a 512MB CF Type I card this Summer, this card, aimed at the professional market, will no doubt be seen as the "safe option" to a 512 MB Microdrive. Costing considerably more it does however offer higher speed, reliability and is more robust than the Microdrive. Please note pricing is not yet available.
Chasseurs d'Images, the French site at the center of an ongoing embargo storm have yet again blown the embargo on several new products to be announced at PMA on Sunday. We, although privy to this information are not allowed to publish it until our NDA runs out, Chasseurs d'Images it appears seem to either not be under NDA or misunderstand the implications. In any case they had (until it was pulled) pictures and specs on Minolta's new Dimage 7 Digital SLR and S304 compact digital camera. Plus Canon's CP-10 photo printer. UPDATE: 17:30 GMT, Dimage 5 & Dimage 7 info back on the site. 19:20 GMT, Now they've blown the embargo on Canon's new digital cameras.
Kyocera (also known as Yashica) today announced their tiny Finecam S3 digital camera, weighing at less than 200 g and just smaller than Canon's Digital IXUS (S100 ELPH) it becomes the smallest 3 megapixel digital camera available. The S3 has a metal case, 2 x optical zoom lens, SD card (MMC) storage, a 3 megapixel CCD and several manual controls. At this stage it's unclear under what name the S3 would be marketed outside of Japan.
David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of Canon's PowerShot Pro90IS, here's what he concluded, "Canon's earlier PowerShot Pro70 received wide acclaim for its excellent picture-taking capabilities... The Pro90IS is a very worthy upgrade... All in all, a very nice picture-taking package, entirely worthy to carry on the PowerShot "Pro" heritage!"
Yamada Kumio has published the first samples (on PC Watch) from Fujifilm's new 6800Z. With an all new 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD sensor the 6800Z produces 6 megapixel images. These samples appear to show good colour reproduction (as we've become acustomed with Fujifilm digital cameras) and the images look good sample down in size, not so fantastic viewed at 100%.... UPDATE 8/Feb: Even more!
Tech buzz of the day seems to be Sony's prototype OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) display, this 13" prototype screen has no backlight but rather relies on the self-luminescent properties of organic materials to create a bright sharp image. In a story from MSNBC Sony hinted that they may use such displays in digital cameras and that they've teamed up with Sanyo, Kodak, NEC and Samsung to produce OEL displays.
PMA 2001: Toshiba has today announced four new digital cameras, these are the PDR-M11 (1.3 megapixel), PDR-M21 (2.1 megapixel), PDR-M61 (2.3 megapixel) and PDR-M65 (3.3 megapixel). Noteably all the cameras are priced below $500 except the M65 which has an MSRP of $599 (but I'm sure we'll see it for $500 later). UPDATE: Thanks to Toshiba US we now have full specs for these cameras in our database.
Rob at robgalbraith.com has posted more information, for US owners only, of the Canon EOS D-30 "Auto Power Off" fix that we posted last month. Apparently anyone who purchased before February 5, 2001 should contact Canon USA for assistance. As in Japan, it's an in-house repair taking approximately 72 hours.
This from February's edition of Nikkei Electronics Asia: "The company is developing two types of ICs. The first will implement compression and decompression of image data under JPEG-2000, incorporating the wavelet conversion and entropy encoding circuits required. The more highly integrated second IC will single-chip the ARM7TDMI 32-bit reduced instruction set computer (RISC) microprocessor core from ARM Ltd of the UK, together with an interface and the first chip circuits".
Kodak Professional adds a range of high-resolution scanning camera backs to its portfolio by teaming up with Better Light Inc. who have for some time used Kodak CCD's in their digital camera backs. Kodak Pro can offer these high-resolution scanning camera backs to the wider International professional audience. Better Light's models range from output of 3,750 x 5,000 all the way to 12,000 x 15,990 pixels.
In addition to the D1X and D1H digital SLR's (above) Nikon today also announce four lenses; Nikkor AF 28-80mm G, Nikkor AF 70-300mm G Silver, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8D II and Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P. A new speedlight flash, the SB-50DX and the FM3A manual-focus, auto exposure 35mm film SLR (batteries not required!).
Thanks to the Japanese digital camera page DCEX and Rob Galbraith we now have more information on the new D1X and D1H digital SLR's from Nikon. It appears that Nikon's Australian distributor, Maxwell has published information pages on these cameras which, it was my understanding is embargoed but now appears to have made it into the public domain. UPDATE (6:00 GMT): Steve's Digicams updates specs.
Fujifilm have released the specifications for the two newest models in their signature series of digital cameras, the FinePix 6800 Zoom and the FinePix 4800 Zoom. The FinePix 4800 Zoom has the 2.4 megapixel Super CCD found in the FinePix 4900 Zoom and the FinePix 6800 Zoom is built with a 3.3 megapixel Super CCD. Both have the same 36-108 mm zoom lens. UPDATE: Samples now online (thanks to PC Watch).
Sharp Japan have today announced one CF Type I Bluetooth card and two other Bluetooth modules which could be used internally within a device. This extends the hope that we'll soon see the widespread use of Bluetooth wireless communication in digital devices such as digital cameras, PDA's, communications and input devices.
David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of Casio's QV-2300UX, here's what he concluded, "Overall, shooting with the Casio QV-2300UX Plus was a real pleasure.... a 2.1 megapixel with swivel zoom lens, good exposure controls and picture quality, a raft of preprogrammed "scene" modes, and an included MicroDrive. Overall a very nice package!"
Nikon USA have launched their updated website, now wearing a shiny silver livery and split into logical sections the new site helps to solidify the look and feel of the other Nikon sites NikonNet, MicroscopyU, NikonMall and NikonSchool. The new site design is cleaner and easier to navigate and makes use of lots of dynamic content (which is only compatible with newer browsers).
Steve over at Steves-Digicams has posted his first look at the Olympus C-2040. Here's what he says about it (so far): "Olympus has cranked out yet another excellent camera. This is an updated C-2020 zoom with the new large-aperture F1.8 lens that improves low-light pictures and exends indoor flash range... Nice to see that everyone is not abandoning the two megapixel cameras but actually improving them."
The monthly Japanese "Digital Camera Magazine" have published their current issue page with sample images which correspond to reviews / articles in their magazine, always a good source of sample images from recent cameras. This month (magazine dated Feb 2001) they have samples from several new cameras including the Fujifilm Finepix 2500Z, Casio QV-2300UX, Pentax EI-200 and Minolta Dimage 2330 Zoom.
Thanks to our affiliation with Imaging Spectrum for professional digital photography equipment we can bring you the ability to buy the new Kodak Pro Bundles (which include unique software and the Kodak RFS 8660 Thermal Printer) online AND support this site in the process. The new Kodak Pro bundles offer excellent value for money as a "full kit", all you'd need to get going and get results from a DCS digital SLR.
David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of Olympus's E-100RS, here's what he concluded, "WOW! This camera is a speed demon!... As digicams mature, we expect to see more models appearing that are custom-tailored for specific application areas. The Olympus E-100RS is one of the first such, and boy, is it impressive!... Overall an amazing camera: If you need to shoot fast-moving action, this is definitely the digicam to have!"
At almost the same time as us digitalkamera.de posted their review of Olympus's E-10, here's what they concluded, "The Olympus Camedia E-10 will without a doubt fulfil the demands of the semi-professionals, yes, and even the professionals. For about 2,250 EUR the camera offers almost everything that one could hope for in this price class, except the removable lens... But the E-10 is not exactly cheap either at a price of 2,250 EUR, and fully equipped with accessories the price can easily be doubled."
Finally! (I can hear some of you sigh). Yes, it's been delayed, interrupted and postponed several times but we can finally bring you our full in-depth review of Olympus's interest (and in many respects, excellent) E-10. When this metal clad digital SLR first broke onto the digital photography scene it certainly stirred up a lot of interest, since then many lucky people in the US managed to get their hands on production E-10's even before us.. and started to report a few funny problems. Want the full low-down? Read the review...
Sony have released the specifications of their ICX282 5 megapixel CDD that we posted back in November. As we said then "The ICX282 is the latest in a series of CCD sensors and is the direct progression from the ICX252 seen in many of this years 3 megapixel digital cameras. A leap in resolution and more interestingly the sensor's size has increased to 2/3" (11 mm diagonally), thus unit size (pixel size) is almost the same (3.4µm vs. 3.45µm)."
The monthly bilingual webzine Megapixel.Net have released their January edition (in French and English), this month they've reviewed the Sony DSC-P1, Canon Powershot G1, Casio QV-2300UX, Toshiba PDR-M60. They also have articles about macro photography, time and date stamping and useful gadgets when travelling with your digicam.
Start the year off with a new Digital Camera. Once again DPReview and State Street Direct (our official affiliate) are working hard to get the best deals for our readers. State Street Direct, is offering 5% off on any in-stock digital camera (online orders only) now through Sunday night midnight (Jan. 14th, EST). This offer is only available by clicking on a special link in this news article.
The success of the DCS 620x tolled the death knell for the DCS 620 (which has now been discontinued), buyers simply couldn't see the reason to go for it over the super-sensitive DCS 620x. In the wake of that news comes new camera, printer and imaging software bundles from Kodak Professional. The printer included in these bundles is Kodak's Professional 8660 Thermal.
Mac World 2001: In a major re-vamp of their film scanner range for 2001, Nikon today introduced no less than three new film scanners. The Super Coolscan 4000 ED for 35mm at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi (can be fitted with a roll auto-feeder). The Super Coolscan 8000 ED multi-format at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi and the entry level Coolscan IV ED at 12-bits per channel, 2900 dpi. We have exclusive specifications and images of the new scanners!
EETimes report that UMC in partnership with Photobit Corp said it has readied a special CMOS image sensor process that will enable pixel sizes as low as 3 microns and resolutions of more than 5 megapixels. UMC said it will start accepting image sensor designs in the first quarter and predicts products based on the technology could be on the shelves at the end of the year.
Sorry to all our readers, earlier today we were offline for around six hours, this is our worst outage in the last 12 months. The problem was a dead router at our hosting provider (dn.net) which brought down several server connections (not just ours). Good news is they've now fixed the problem and we're steaming ahead again... So get in and read that Pro90 review if you haven't yet!
CES 2001: JVC has announced two new digital cameras, the GC-QX5HD an GC-QX3HD. The difference between the two cameras isn't at first apparent apart from the 5HD coming with 16MB SmartMedia (vs. 8MB of the 3HD), a supplied film copier with the 5HD and a 6 megapixel interpolation mode. One interesting feature of both cameras is HDTV output (1080 interlaced lines) for display on high resolution TV monitors.
CES 2001: The Ultra-Pocket credit card sized digital camera from SMaL Camera Technologies is just 6 mm thick, it can take VGA (640 x 480) images and can be connected to a PC via a USB cable. Other features include a viewfinder, rechargeable battery, 35mm (equiv.) F2.0 fixed lens, and MMC card storage (8 MB supplied). Oh, and it weighs just 63 g (2 oz).