February 10
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)."

January 14
Imaging Resource posts two reviews
David at The Imaging Resource has just posted his reviews of the Toshiba PDR-M60, and the Ricoh RDC-6000, here's what he says about them. Firstly the Toshiba "Toshiba has been making progressive inroads in the digicam field for some time now, and now have a nice entry-level 2 megapixel model (with 2.3x optical zoom lens) in the form of their PDR-M60.... All in all, a pretty nice package" and the Ricoh "This model is designed to sell for less than the PDR-M60 we posted on the 12th, but also lacks an optical zoom lens. It does offer some interesting capabilities though, including a time-lapse photography option, and the ability to function as a web cam."
January 12
Megapixel.Net January edition
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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.

January 10
State Street Direct 5% off
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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.

January 9
Kodak Pro introduces bundles

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.

Nikon introduce new range of film scanners

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!

January 8
UMC Gear Up for 5 megapixel CMOS sensors

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.

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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!

JVC announce two new 3.3mp digital cameras

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.

Credit Card sized digital camera!

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).

New Digital Imaging products from Polaroid

CES 2001: Polaroid has announced several new digital imaging products at the CES this year: the P-500 mobile digital photo printer, the PhotoMAX Digital Picture Frame (5x7" screen) the PDC 2300Z 2.3 megapixel, 2.3x optical zoom digital camera and the PhotoMAX MP3 digital camera which can shoot VGA (640 x 480) and play MP3's.

January 6
Exclusive Canon Pro90 IS review!

Another dpreview.com exclusive! A full in-depth review of a production Canon Pro90 IS. We've had this camera since before Christmas and have been busily preparing this review to coincide with the cameras announcement today. Canon's flagship PowerShot has a 10x optical stabilised lens, 2.6 megapixel resolution and a TTL electronic viewfinder.. but how does it measure up in real life?

Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS
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CES 2001: Today, Canon announce the sucessor to their ever popular Pro 70, the all new Pro90 IS, featuring the previously announced 10x optical stabilised lens, 2.6 megapixels of resolution and an electronic TTL viewfinder the Pro90 is a feature packed and attractive offering. We have the pictures, press release and specifications.

January 5
Olympus US announce C-2040Z/C-3040Z

CES 2001: Here's a piece of news we published back on the 21st November, Olympus America today announced the C-3040Z and C-2040Z, if you're a regular reader of the site you'll already know just about all there is to know but here's the official US press release for your perusal.

Sony announce InfoStick Bluetooth

Sony today (in time for CES 2001) announced a new prototype "InfoStick module" (same form factor and connectors as memory stick) which provides a Bluetooth communications module for compatible hardware. In theory (in future digital cameras) a module such as this would allow your camera to communicate directly with (say) a digital wallet type device carried on your belt, your mobile phone or even a pair of Bluetooth video goggles, the possibilties are endless...