This is the latest word from the NikonTech USA website:
Nikon Japan (as expected) have just posted the Coolpix 950 v1.1 firmware update, uploadable from both PC and Mac via serial cable.
Dave Etchells over at Imaging-Resource dropped me a note:
Even though I've already updated my 950 (it's a PAL version) the US and EUROPE have officially announced their firmware updates, heres what the US site says:
Professional Photographer Yamada posts on PC Watch a vast image quality comparison between all of the top two megapixel zoom, two megapixel fixed and less than two megapixel digital cameras taken at all the possible compression settings. Including new cameras such as the Sony DSC-D770, Olympus C-21 (beta), Epson CP-800, Kodak DC280 and Fuji MX2900.
Here's what they say: "The '99 PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Annual Convention and Trade Show is now underway in Atlanta, and we'll have some selected highlights from it appearing here over the next few days. - There isn't a whole lot that's truly new, so there won't be a huge amount of news from it, but there are a few things worth reporting"
Just a quick note to let all my visitors know that you WILL experience some downtime on the site over the next 24 hours (when exactly it will take place I'm not quite sure, it should take about two hours total). The downtime is to install the latest version of the site with lots of changes (I'll post a complete list of improvements when the site is live).
PC Watch Digital Camera Sales Charts: In Japan, the Fuji MX1500 bursts its way into the first place in the sales charts, the Olympus C2000Z is pushed down to second place and Kodak's new DC280 breaks in at number 7.
And Sony reveal a little more info, auto/manual focus, macro mode, manual white balance preset, spot metering and by fiddling with the image they've posted I've managed to discover it has a 10 x zoom (can't confirm if that's 10 x optical or 5 x optical, 2 x digital). We also know it has an L shaped profile, video output, will use Memory Stick for storage (whoopy doo!), has a Carl Zeiss lens and USB. Other rumours indicate a 5x zoom lens.
So today is Monday 16th, my site is down but I can still create news items, so hopefully y'all see this as soon as things get better.
Anyone getting tired of this yet?? Sony today revealed that the new DSC will have an MPEG capability. Not really a surprise saying that several of the Mavicas and the recent DSC-F55 do. This image also confirms my guess of yesterday that the camera has a hybrid available light / backlit LCD. One other thing, todays page notes the next release as 20th (Friday) which we can safely assume will be the launch date and they can finally reveal all.
Sony have just announced the MSA-64A memory stick. The chewing-gum sized stick now expands the range of available MemorySticks from 4MB to 64MB, meaning that Sony have now overtaken SmartMedia as far as storage capacity per physical size is concerned. Availability (in Japan) will be November 21st, MSRP price is 20,000 YEN (US$164 - $2.60/MB).
The Japanese Magazine D# Sharp have posted a short article on the New Sony DSC F505 along with a set of sample images. Some interesting pictures and undoubtedly good quality.
The Japanese D# Sharp Magazine have just posted a mini-review of the Olympus C2500-L along with a few sample images.