UPDATE: Sneak preview: Kodak DC200 plus, DC240 & DC265 specifications
Not much digital photography news these last few days, but February proved to be an important month for this site.
AGN Hardware have done an interesting preview on the IBM Microdrive
An anonymous source has just forwarded the following information
Reader Gino Creglia sent me this info on some experimentation he's done with a Tiffen 2.0x telephoto and 0.05x super-wide angle
Our latest professional digital camera review: The Kodak DCS 620 (based on the Nikon F5 body, 2 megapixel CCD)
PC Watch report on the Japan Photo Exposition 99
PC watch report that the Toshiba PDR-M4 will be on the Japanese market at the end of May at a price of ¥89,800 (about US$700). [updated]
Fuji's new MX-2700 storms into the Japanese market.
John Cowley, the author over at Lone Star Digital has just completed his review of the Kodak DCS315.
Don't you love the internet...
Nikon Coolpix 950, Nikon Coolpix 700, Fuji MX-2700, Ricoh RDC5000, etc.
CeBIT: The World's Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card
The Japanese Technology news site PCWatch post the first Nikon Coolpix 950 review, although this is a beta machine, and the review is in Japanese.
Shot through a glass box, but you'll get the idea
Lots more exclusive photographs from the Olympus booth at CeBIT. This time we've got seven different shots of the Olympus C-2500L and two of a new unknown Olympus camera.
The Japanese PC-Watch and German DigitalKamera website have yet more pictures of the Oly C-2500L
More Canon Pro 70 images...
I just returned from a long weekend, so what's available and how much?
Found on a Japanese website
After a slight slog I've translated the Japanese Olympus C-2000Z "before you buy" FAQ. There are some facts in here which may be of interest to prospective purchasers.
Epson's Image Authentication System Provides Users With Image Validation Technology for Applications in Law Enforcement, Insurance and Quality Assurance Inspections
An interesting article by Dirck Halstead, a Whitehouse journalist who uses the Pro70.
To all those people who are patiently waiting for my Coolpix 950 review...
Apologies for my absence, and D# Dreamarts update their digital camera comparison shots. News on the Pro70 vs. 950 article
New TWAIN drivers for the Powershot Pro70, A5, A5Zoom, A50 and 350.
PC Watch do a sort-of head-to-head comparison of the Nikon CP950 and Olympus C2000Z
Potential advertisers please take note of our latest statistics in the media kit.
A few years ago, the memory-card market for digital cameras was up for grabs as competing formats fought for industry acceptance. Today, it's much less of an issue, as CompactFlash cards, introduced by SanDisk Corp. in 1994, are now used in more than 70% of all digital-camera designs, according to International Data Corp.
According to a new report from InfoTrends Research Group, Inc., a new breed of photo minilabs, called digital minilabs, are poised to play a critical role in the mainstream adoption of digital photography by allowing users to bypass the hassles associated with processing and printing digital photographs themselves.
The Nikon Coolpix 950 comes back into the charts at no.3 to the Sony DSC-F55K and Olympus C2000-Z.
Traditional photographers have been slow to adopt digital cameras, as they don't want to discard the lenses and accessories that only fit their film-based cameras. Now Kodak has an answer: it is teaming up with chip maker Intel to produce a device that lets a normal stills camera take digital pictures.
PC World have posted a short article on the pros and cons of the two top condenders, to quote: "Although some of the latest digital cameras are small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, their prices may bore a hole through it. Svelte new models from Nikon and Olympus deliver beautiful, ultrahigh-resolution images, but each of them carries a hefty $999 price tag. "
From the Society for Information Display Show in San Jose is this info on an OEM CMOS digital camera kit developed by Sound & Vision and HP, this camera doesn't have a traditional LCD but instead uses Kopin's new microdisplay (as featured on earlier in the news).
Thanks go to Thierry Bousch on rec.photo.digital for spotting these two sets of samples.
Steve has posted a short user-review of the Canon PowerShot Pro 70: "I just finished posting my user review of the Canon PS Pro70 camera. This is one impressive digicam and when it is mated to the Canon 380EX Speedlite it becomes an affordable but very powerful "pro" digital camera. The image quality is spectacular due to its superb Canon lens and a nearly foolproof white balance and focus system."
Lucky guy! Steve has posted his first impressions of a beta Japanese model Fuji MX-2900, he says: "The soon to be released FujiFilm FinePix 2900Z (aka MX-2900) zoom has the largest CCD imager of any consumer digicam that we have tested so far. It is an impressive 2.3 megapixel CCD that yields 1800 x 1200 pixel images"
SanDisk Corporation today denied all allegations in a complaint filed by Lexar Media Inc. in U.S. District Court charging SanDisk with unfair competition, false advertising, trade libel and interference with Lexar's business.
Just received this note from James Wakefield over at Focus Online (one of our affiliates): Just posted a review of the Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Printer on my site by Brian Allen, thought it may be of interest to your readers as I believe it is the only review currently available.