February 13

PMA 2001: In a surprise press release this morning it appears that Kodak and Olympus will be joining forces, they've both announced a cross licensing agreement to work together to develop digital photography technology. We'll bring you more information on this alliance as soon as we know it. UPDATE 20:20 GMT: It appears this alliance has to do with Kodak's image science and sensor technology.

February 12
Sony 128 MB MemoryStick
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PMA 2001: While at the DigitalFocus 2001, the pre-PMA press / exhibitors "meet" yesterday I got to see Sony's latest MemoryStick, the MSA-128A, with a full 128 MB of storage it nicely rounds off the MemoryStick line and brings Sony's promise of larger MemorySticks into reality. It's interesting to note that the "young upstart" MemoryStick has already caught up with CompactFlash (type I - by majority) and SmartMedia (indeed, it looks as though Sony may well reach market with their 128 MB storage before SmartMedia).

Canon Digital IXUS 300 (S300 Digital ELPH)

PMA 2001: Canon today announced the new Digital IXUS 300, also known as the S300 Digital ELPH (in the US) and the IXY Digital 300 (in Japan). The new IXUS 300 now features a 3x optical zoom lens and the same 2.1 megapixel sensor seen in the first Digital IXUS (sorry, no 3 megapixel IXUS yet...). The Digital IXUS 300 is priced at US$599.

PMA 2001: Kodak today have demonstrated radio frequency transmission of digital images from it's newly announced mc3 digital camera to a computer system, "Today's demonstration of the prototype RF system involved transmitting VGA quality images captured by a Kodak mc3, to a laptop in seconds. Currently images from digital cameras are transmitted to computers and other devices via cables or memory card readers."

Canon PowerShot A10 & A20
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PMA 2001: Canon today announced two new curvey, easy to use and "affordable" digital cameras, the 1.3 megapixel A10 and the 2.1 megapixel A20. Both share the same body design (though slightly different colour), the same 3x zoom lens and the same features. There's even an optional waterproof case which will allow you to use either of these cameras down to a depth of 30 metres. The A10 and A20 are priced at US$399 and US$499 respectively.

Canon CP-10 direct connect photo printer

PMA 2001: Canon today announced their CP-10 direct connect photo printer, this neat dye-sub printer can be directly connected to Canon's new range of digital cameras (announcements above) for instant prints at 300dpi of up to 86 x 54 mm (3.4 x 2.1 in.) in size. The CP-10 is priecd at US$299. This printer is also being bundled with the new Powershot A10 as the CPK-A10 Kit (at US$699).

Kodak DC4800 reduced to $599

PMA 2001: Kodak today has announced a reduction in price of the DC4800 to $599, they're also touting the advantages of the 1.04 firmware which improves low light performance (most DC4800 owners who read this site will more than likely already be running this firmware).

Silicon Film demos EFS-1

PMA 2001: Silicon Film Technologies today conducted the first public demonstration of its Electronic Film System (EFS turns a conventional 35mm SLR into a digital camera) technology to attendees at PMA 2001. They have also now upgraded to a 1.3 million pixel CCD from their original 800k version.

February 11
Minolta new DC's hands-on

PMA 2001: Today we got another exclusive hands-on, this time with Minolta's recently announced digital cameras the Dimage 5, Dimage 7 and Dimage S304. These three new cameras mark an important revival of Minolta's digital camera range which has been relatively stagnant for the last eighteen months.

Pentax 6mp Digital SLR hands-on

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.

Minolta Dimage 5, 7 and S304

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.

February 10
DPReview @ PMA 2001
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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.

Lexar to release 512 MB CF Type I card

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'Embargo
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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.

SiPix release SC-2100
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PMA 2001: SiPix have released the specifications for their new SC-2100. It has a 2.1 megapixel CCD, with a 2x digital zoom, 1.8" colour LCD and an 8MB compact flash. It is expected to sell for an affordable $279.

Polaroid Launches New Products

PMA 2001: Polaroid have launched lots of new products at the PMA in Orlando. The ones that are of interest are the PhotoMAX MP3 Digital Camera, PDC 2300Z (2.1 megapixel), PhotoMAX Digital Picture Frame (5 x 7-inch LCD screen).

February 9
The smallest, lightest, 3mp digital camera

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.

Update for NikonView DX for D1

Nikon have posted updated versions (1.2) of their NikonView DX software for their D1. There are versions for both Windows and Mac, and the major enhancements are: support for Windows Me, temporary file deletion, a list display, thumbnail print and image rotation.

Imaging Resource posts Pro90IS review

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!"

February 8
Yamada posts first Fujifilm 6800Z samples

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!

Sony OEL technology on digital cameras?

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.

February 7
Toshiba announce new digital cameras

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.

February 6
Canon D30 Auto Power Off Fix (Update)

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.

Analog Devices develops JPEG 2000 IC

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".

February 5
Kodak Pro team up with Better Light

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.

February 4
More New Nikon Products
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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!).

New Nikon D1(s), more leaks

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.

February 3
Free USB Card Reader!
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Yet more special offers from our official affiliate State Street Direct. This time you get a Free USB Card Reader with every digital camera over $500. This limited time offer is available now until Midnight Tuesday 6th Feb (EST).

February 1
New Nikon rumours abound
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We can't confirm or deny anything here but digitalkamera.de are reporting a rumour about Nikon's sucessor to the D1, they say "Because of a "slight mishap", Nikon France forwarded the information to Chasseur d'Images – but forgot to mention that there was an embargo date."

Megapixel.Net February edition

The monthly bilingual webzine Megapixel.Net have just released their February edition (in French and English), this month they've reviewed the Sony DSC-F505V, Canon EOS D30, Fujifilm FinePix 40i and the Kodak DC5000. They also have an article explaining how image interpolation works.

Fujifilm's FinePix 4800 and 6800

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).

Fujifilm have released the specification for their new entry level model, the FinePix 2300. It has a 2.1 megapixel CCD and a 36mm fixed lens. It also gets below the $300 price point, at a suggested list of $279, when it hits stores in April.

January 31
Sharp announce Bluetooth modules

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.

Imaging Resource posts QV-2300 review

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!"

January 30
Canon D30 Auto Power Off Fix (Update)

Thanks to forums poster Antonio Lagana we now have some more details of the fix. Heres what he said, "I just talked to a Canon service center here in Japan and here's some additional information concerning this fix...."

Nikon USA update website
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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).

January 29
Steve's Digicams Casio QV-3EX review
Steve over at Steves-Digicams has posted his review of Casio's QV-3EX. Steve had this to say "The QV3EX is a total package; 3.3-megapixel camera, rechargeable battery, AC power supply and one of the highest capacity mobile storage devices available today.... If you need a zoom lens or a camera with more manual features then look at one of the other 3mpixel cameras."
Canon D30 Auto Power Off Fix

Well in Japan anyway. It looks as though Canon have a fix for the EOS-D30 "Auto Power Off" problem that has been affecting some users. They have issued a list of service centers that users can return their cameras to, so it may not be too long before it makes it's way to the US and Europe.

January 25
New Fujifilm Finepix in Spring
Over on Fujifilm's FinePix.Com (Japanese) website is a teaser for the new Finepix digital camera which we expect to be announced at PMA, it's obviously a replacement for the 4700Z (by its silhouette) and so far we've managed to make out that it uses "2nd generation SuperCCD" and has a docking station. Otherwise there's very little else to go on.
Steve Sanders posts Olympus C-2040 first look

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."

January 21
Samsung Develops 512Mb Flash Memory
Samsung has developed the world's smallest 512Mb flash memory by shrinking the die down to 0.15 micron, from 0.18 micron just 6 months ago, Samsung have developed the first 512Mb flash memory, and when stacked as a dual-die device they will break the 1Gb barrier. Because of a breakthrough in the design process, this also paves the way for a further reduction to 0.12 micron design. Thanks to reader Gary Lee for the tip off on this piece of news.
Steve's Digicams Pro90 IS first look
Steve over at Steves-Digicams has posted a first look at the Canon Pro90 IS. Here's what he says about it (so far): "I've only been using it for couple of days so we're a couple of weeks away from a full user review but for the time being I have posted our Canon Pro90 IS First Look report along with a starter set of sample photos. Initial impressions - love that big lens and the battery pack is just wonderful! I like the Olympus C-2100 but its SmartMedia limitations really makes me appreciate the Pro90's compatibility with the high-capacity CF Type II cards and Microdrives..."
January 20
Updated Canon drivers
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Canon have just posted updated TWAIN drivers, for both serial and USB connections plus a mac photoshop plugin, for a number of their cameras including the S10, S20, S100 (IXUS/ELPH), G1, Pro90 IS and EOS-D30. They are dated 1/18/2001 and are version 3.5.

Impress Digital Camera Magazine 2/2001

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.

Kodak Pro Bundles Online
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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.

January 19
Imaging Resource posts E-100RS review

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!"

January 17
Digital Cameras, PDAs and CD-RW

Are the best selling items online this holiday according to price.com. The top products are Nikon's Coolpix 880, the Palm Pilot IIIxe and Plextor CD-RW drive. These were selected by being the top searched for items on price.com's site. The holiday season is defined as November 25 - December 21.

digitalkamera.de posts E-10 review

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."

January 16
Just posted! Olympus E-10 review

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...

January 15
Confirmation of Sony's 5 megapixel CCD

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)."