March 3
Sony Recalls NP-F550 and NP-F570 InfoLithium batteries bought after March 1999 due to evidence of a very small percentage (3 out of 415,000) overheating and smoking during recharge, these batteries are used on a variety of devices including the Sony Mavicas and D700 / D770. If you've bought either of these InfoLithium batteries since March 1999 should check the dedicated Sony website or call a toll free number (U.S.) to check their battery.
Megapixel.Net post their March edition
The excellent bi-lingual monthly Canadian digital camera magazine have posted their March edition, they have reviews of: Fuji 260HD, Epson PhotoPC 650, Olympus C-2020Z and a pre-production Nikon Coolpix 990 as well as articles covering Digital vs. Film and Macro photography.
We're proud to announce the full availability of the Discussion Forums search engine. You can now access the largest online digicam knowledge base here on DPReview. Searching the Discussion Forums gives you access to over 50,000 messages posted since February 1999, got a question about the Kodak DC290? Just search the discussion forums first and you're bound to find some answers...
March 2
I've been busy coding a forums full text search feature, it's ready for testing now (which means it's not linked or apparent from the main forums pages) but brave beta testers are more than welcome to test it out before it goes fully public.
February 28
Philips advocate CMOS for tiny lower resolution imaging devices, although this news may not have immediate imact on digital still cameras any progress in this area will impact later. "With our new SeeMOS technology, you will one day be able to make a video camera no thicker than a pencil and about a centimeter long," said Theo Claasen, chief technology officer at Philips Semiconductors (Eindhoven, Netherlands). Claasen said the picture quality of the CMOS sensor "is excellent" at 640 by 480 pixels.
Steves Digicams posts Canon S20 review
Steve posts a review of Canon's Champagne S20, he says "Like the PowerShot S10, the S20 is a super-compact, all-metal bodied camera that is ready to easily take on life's little bumps and knocks. For a palm-sized camera the 3-megapixel images are simply gigantic and guarantee photo-quality prints to 8x10" and beyond. Canon has got another mini-sized winner here. "
February 27
Canon release S10 drivers with W2K support
Thanks to reader Dylan Day for emailing me to let me know Canon Europe have posted USB TWAIN drivers version 3.1.1 which now support Windows 2000 (as well as Windows 95 & 98). No word on if these will work with the S20 but they should.
February 26
Ok, so it's not BlueTooth or WAP and it's really just a press release by FlashPoint, but for me it's an indication of where all digital devices will be in a year or two. The ability to connect seamlessly to the internet and share data (pictures, video whatever) wired and wireless.
February 25
Be the first to own the newest digicams
Our excellent affiliate State Street Direct are now accepting pre-orders for the latest 3 megapixel digital cameras. They have great offers on the Nikon Coolpix 990, Olympus C-3030Z and Canon PowerShot S20. We see these three cameras topping the sales list for the 3 megapixel class.
Ricoh's new 3.34 and 2.14 megapixel digicams
Ricoh popped out two new digital cameras to coincide with CeBit. The RDC-7 sports a slimline almost "Agfa look", a 3.34 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens, it's being marketed as the thinking professionals digital camera (just right for the execs briefcase). The RDC-6000 being a more typical compact digicam look with a 2.14 megapixel CCD and no optical zoom.
February 24
Good news (Sony hopes) for the MemoryStick is that 19 more companies have licensed its flash storage technology... Interesting are the numbers of motor manufacturers (memory keyfob anyone?) Sony Corp said on Thursday it added 19 companies including General Motors Corp to a list of firms it has licensed to develop gadgets using Sony's Memory Stick as a data storage device.
Casio XV-3, 3.34 megapixels in aluminium
Casio take on Canon at their own game with the similarly sized and styled XV-3. This aluminium bodied 3.34 megapixel digicam looses out slightly to Canon's S20 by havnig no optical zoom, the lens is fixed at 41mm (34mm equiv.) with a 12 stage up to 3.2x digital zoom (but we all hate digital zoom). Oh and it's also available in a very attractive pale (cyan?) blue case.
Imaging-Resource post Casio QV-3000EX review
The guys over at Imaging-Resource have just posted their Casio QV-3000EX review, a camera which promises to be the first 3+ megapixel digicam to be available for sale. Not only that but Casio seem to have an incredible offer of $999 including a 340MB MicroDrive... amazing. Here's what Imaging-Resource had to say: "Overall, we were very pleased with the QV-3000EX. It offers the best image quality we've seen yet from Casio, with a strong feature set at a very attractive price. (Particularly given the inclusion of the 340 megabyte IBM MicroDrive!)"
February 21
Dramatic headline admittedly, a study of 700 digital camera owners (not a huge number, perhaps I should run a similar poll here) found that digital camera owners expect to capture 100% of their images digitally by 2004. In that tight criteria I think alot of digital camera owners already capture near 100% of their images digitally...
February 20
Lonestar Digital post Fuji S1 samples
John Cowley over at Lonestardigital has posted a couple of full size (3040x2016) and half size sample images from the Fuji S1. He also has a PDF copy of the S1 sales brochure. Thanks to Imaging-Resource for this link.
February 19
Exclusive: Canon S20 review online
Exclusive: we bring you the first review of the 3.3 megapixel Canon PowerShot S20, a small yet perfectly formed digicam which produces impressive results and a true gain from its extra pixels. "Well, I loved the S10.. For me it was the first digital camera to have the quality of the best compact film cameras with great features, pocketability, image quality and a robust build. The S20 takes that to the next level with even better image quality..."
February 16
Olympus Japan announce water/dustproof cases
Olympus Japan today announced water and dustproof cases for the C-2020Z / C-3030Z (PT-005) and C-960Z (PT-006). These cases allow the cameras to be used in otherwise inhospitable environments. They are waterproof up to 30m available March - April priced at 19,800 YEN (US$180) and 18,500 YEN (US$170) respectively.
Cruising my normal news haunts I noticed this interesting article which notes that Digital camera shipments by Japanese makers surged 81 percent in Oct-Dec based on the same period the year before, up to 1.94 million. By value shipments jumped 61 percent to 84.4 billion YEN (US$759 million).
February 14
Epson announce 3.34 mp CP-900Z
Epson Japan today announced their prosumer entry to the 3.34 digital camera market with the CP-900Z. It features a fast 3x F2.0 - F2.5 lens (sounds like that Canon unit which has been on several other digicams), a 3.34 megapixel imager along with a 4.8 megapixel interpolated "mega mode".
February 10
Toshiba announce M70
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Toshiba Japan today announced the M70, their first foray into the 3 megapixel race, a camera first seen at PMA2000 now headlines Toshiba's range with a 3x Canon Zoom lens (35-105mm 35mm equiv., fast F2.0) uses SmartMedia for storage and has full support for the shutterbug features of Aperture and Shutter priority. Looks and specification (specifically the Canon 3x lens) cunningly similar to the Casio QV-3000EX.
February 7
Ofoto take on 35mm and APS digitizing!
This very interesting press release from one of our sponsors, they'll soon be providing free film developing, digitizing and storage on their website along with the ability to take pure digital prints from that. "...announced today a new service that enables photographers using 35mm and APS film to receive free film developing, digitization, and storage through Ofoto.com. With this service Ofoto will deliver the same convenience and ease of digital photography to all people even if they prefer film photography."
Rob Galbraith comments on the Fuji S1 Pro
Rob Galbraith, probably one of the most respected professional digital photo journalists gives his lean on the Fuji S1 Pro a camera at a low price which promises to deliver much (6 megapixels), Rob was at PMA 2000 and handled the camera, purely from a journalists point of view here's what he says "During a demo, one Fuji rep went so far as to say that one potential use was photojournalism. When challenged on this point, his response was "Why not?" During another demo, a different rep, who was aware I was a news photographer, pointed at the Nikon D1 hanging around my neck and said "you won't need one of those anymore." Egads. The S1 Pro may be a good camera, but lest you have any doubts, let me assure you that this is not a camera built for pro photojournalists."
Kodak announce PalmPix Digital Camera
The PalmPix is an add on for your Palm III, IIIe, IIIx or VII, it adds a 640x480 diigtal camera (CMOS imager) ability to your Palm, uses the Palm's screen as a viewfinder / reviewer (although it does actually shoot in colour). Each image requires 100KB of the Palm's memory (so it's better suited to the newer higher capacity Palms).
Imaging-Resource post samples from Fuji's S1
The guys over at Imaging Resource got the paws on Fuji's "6 megapixel" S1 Pro digital SLR and shot a couple of samples (as they admit, in poor circumstances, but noticeably very little noise on the ISO1600 image), they've also posted an updated article on the camera along with some interesting insight.
February 4
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Hoorah! We've just gone through the 4,000,000 unique visitors since January 1st 1999. Receiving over 600,000 unique visitors per month (we're aiming for 750,000 in Feburary) means that the millions will now roll off very quickly, so I'll only celebrate the big ones in the future (5, 10 etc.) Thanks to everyone!!
HP and Pentax announce two new Digital Cameras
Today HP announced two new digital cameras: the 2.24 megapixel 3x Zoom (Pentax Lens) PhotoSmart C912 (SLR look and feel) with manual controls and TTL viewfinder and the 2.1 megapixel, 3x Zoom PhotoSmart C618. Another interesting things about these cameras is that they feature Flashpoint's Digita Operating System as previously seen on several Kodak DC2xx's and Minolta's EX1500 range, the big advantage of Digita its support for an in-camera scripting language. UPDATED: Also known as Pentax EI-2000 & Pentax EI-200, pictures of the cameras from PMA 2000.
Canon Japan announce development of EOS Digital
Canon Japan has now confirmed what we've already seen, the development of an EOS Digital SLR camera, the press release offers little more to what we've already gleaned: a 3+ megapixel CCD, Canon-EF lens mount, Canon-EF lenses. Expected "Sale Time" Autumn 2000. They also include a calendar of dates when the reference camera will be exhibited.
Update: HP and Pentax new Digital Cameras
Today HP announced two new digital cameras: the 2.24 megapixel 3x Zoom (Pentax Lens) PhotoSmart C912 (SLR look and feel) with manual controls and TTL viewfinder and the 2.1 megapixel, 3x Zoom PhotoSmart C618. Another interesting things about these cameras is that they feature Flashpoint's Digita Operating System as previously seen on several Kodak DC2xx's and Minolta's EX1500 range, the big advantage of Digita its support for an in-camera scripting language. UPDATED: Also known as Pentax EI-2000 & Pentax EI-200, pictures of the cameras from PMA 2000 - Thanks to the guys at Imaging-Resource.
February 3
Kodak to put digital printing in the high street
Here's an interesting article from AP on Kodak's new tie-up with HP to produce digital photo machines to be installed in retail stores, you simply drop off your memory cards (or other media one assumes) and get much higher quality prints than can be achieved at home. The catch? a 4"x6" will cost you 75 cents, considerably more expensive than online photo finishers.
Update: Sony Mavica FD-95, FD-90, FD-85
As rampant rumours bounce around the great halls of the Internet, Sony are on the brink of announcing some new Mavica's.. the camera which should be of interest to most is the FD-95 a 2 megapixel, 10x Optical Zoom (plus 2x digital), supports standard Floppy Disk and MemoryStick (using Floppy Disk adapter) "upgrade" to the ever popular FD-91.
Minolta Dimage 2300 & Toshiba PDR-M70
Impress PC Watch's resident photography Yamada reports from PMA 2000, he breaks news of Minolta's new digital camera the Dimage 2300 and a new 3.34 megapixel Toshiba PDR-70. There's also some coverage of Fuji's new compact FinePix 1400Z (looking for all the world like an Olympus D-450Z).
Slightly muffled news this one, but a rumour from one of my anonymous sources says that Olympus are working on a new digital SLR "professional studio camera", it will use 3 x 1.25" CCD's to produce a combined resolution of 4.2 megapixels. The camera is dubbed SHD-S2.
Sony Mavica FD-95
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As rampant rumours bounce around the great halls of the Internet, Sony are on the brink of announcing some new Mavica's.. the camera which should be of interest to most is the FD-95 a 2 megapixel, 10x Optical Zoom (plus 2x digital), supports standard Floppy Disk and MemoryStick (using Floppy Disk adapter) "upgrade" to the ever popular FD-91.
Interesting to note that the new HP digital cameras below use Pentax lenses, in a separate press release FlashPoint "boast" the use of their Digita operating system on "A new range of PENTAX Digital Cameras". Pentax is the name used by Asahi Optical Co. Ltd. of Japan. (This appears to be a joint venture between Asahi and HP, each bringing their own expertise to the camera range).
UMAX launch AstraCam 1000
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UMAX, better known for their excellent scanner range (I'm a big fan of the 2400S), launch the AstraCam 1000, a budget-orientated, easy-to-use 640 x 480 digital camera with 4MB of built-in memory, it has a convenient docking station and best of all it's small and cheap (about the same size as Fuji's MXx700 range).
Lexar announce new Pro Series Flash Cards
Lexar have announced new 512MB PC Card and 256MB CF Type II Pro Series (8X) flash cards, additionally they've also announced a new 64MB SmartMedia card. Available "Q2". Prices? 512MB 8X PC Card @ US$1,999, 256MB 8X CF Type II Card @ US$1,099 (Yikes!). 64MB SmartMedia card @ $229 ($3.57/MB).
Epson US Launch Photo 870, 1270 and 875DC
News of two new Photo Quality printers from Epson has been around for a few months but today Epson officially announced them in a press release (aimed at the US market). The 870 and 1270 promise "First Real Photo Lab Solutions For Digital Printing" with "...Delivers Look, Feel and Now Longevity of Traditional Photo Lab Prints", there's alot of excitement around these printers which should (if the Photo 750 is anything to go by) revolutionize home photo quality printing. Add to this the 875DC which has a built-in PCMCIA reader for printing of images directly from flash memory cards.
February 2
Imaging-Resource post reviews
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The guys over at Imaging-Resource have been busy clearing their backlog of reviews (something I'm attempting to do whilst moving 14,000 miles) They've posted reviews of Ricoh's RDC-5300, Olympus C-2020Z and the interesting Casio QV-8000SX.
Rob Galbraith Posts CompactFlash buying guide
My good friend Rob Galbraith sent me an email pointing to his latest article on choosing a CompactFlash (or just plain storage card) for pro digital cameras, in his own words "I've posted a look at report called Selecting a CompactFlash Card for a Professional Digital Camera that you and your readers might find interesting."
This update fixes problems with Mac OS9 using Nikon View 2.x (Nikon Coolpix 700, 800, 900 & 950) and Nikon View DX (Nikon D1). Fixes are stated as: "The NikonView2.x Updates will support the Coolpix 700,800, 900 and 950 This updates corrects a system freeze which would occur when attempting to access a mounted Coolpix Camera The Nikon ViewDX Updates will support the Nikon D1 Digital Camera Only! This updates corrects a system freeze which would occur when attempting to access the D1 via a 1394 interface"
Sony announce 3 new digital cameras
Sony out to surprise us all (well those who didn't already know...) today announced three new digital cameras the DSC-S70 (3.3 megapixels), DSC-S50 (2.1 megapixels) and DSC-S30 (1.3 megapixels). Each camera housed in a similar case (but rather more traditional looking body than the F505) features a 3x Carl Zeiss zoom lens, 2.5Hour Lithium batteries, USB and a TIFF mode... see inside for more. [including samples from the S70]
PC Watch post Fuji Finepix 4700 samples
The Japanese website Impress PC Watch have just posted samples from a beta Fuji FinePix 4700, the digital camera which has caused quite a stir this week with it's "4.3 million pixel images" (note the wording) using Fuji's new SuperCCD.
February 1
This article caught my interest simply because we're creeping towards that goal of 1,000,000 unique visitors per month. Press Release: PhotoPoint.com's Popularity Surges to Record Levels Web's Largest Photo-Sharing Community Ranked Among Top 500 Sites by Media Metrix, Eclipsing Fortune 500 Names.
Press Release: EZ Prints and Digital Camera Network Announce Strategic Partnership, EZ Prints announced today that it has been selected by Digital Camera Network (DCN) to provide e-photofinishing services for DCN customers as part of DCN's recently announced "PC-free,'' "Shoot-2-Print(TM) Solution
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Displaytech will be exhibiting micro (0.19" diagonal) LCD displays on their stand at PMA 2000, these displays are designed to be used in viewfinder for video cameras, digital cameras and head-mounted displays and produce a 320 x 240 (76,800 pixel) image.
Impress PC Watch post S20 Beta samples
Some sites are allowed to post their beta S20 pictures.. others aren't... Impress PC Watch just posted a set of sample images from the Canon 3.34 megapixel S20 (a beta camera). Good news? I'll be posting a full review of this camera within the week.
Sony to Sell Online - in Japan at least
This story is making TV headlines around the world, when someone as big as Sony announces they'll be selling consumer products direct online it's defintely going to cause a big shake-up in the high street (although they have been selling Vaio PC's online in the US for a few months).
Good news for advertisers
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January carried on a tradition started over a year ago, building popularity of the site. In January we saw some 590,375 unique visitors (just 10,00 shy of the 600,000 mark.. half a days visitors!) with 4,155,951 page impressions (yep, we've broken the 4,000,00 mark). Despite a dip at the beginning of the month (Y2K and a generally quiet Internet) we continue to prove the popularity and sucess of Digital Photography Review.
January 31
Ofoto Alliance with Excite@Home
More interesting Photo Finishing news from one of our sponsors, they've just struck a deal with Excite@Home's Excite Photo Center... "Alliance Enables 'Excite Photo Center' Consumers to Order High Quality Photos From Their Digital Images and Other Photography"
Fuji SuperCCD's a pixel is a pixel?
Received an interesting news release (early) from an anonymous poster which describes a little better how the SuperCCD technology differs from standard CCD's. "The number of sensors in conventional half-inch CCDs has increased dramatically in recent years, but it is generally believed the apex has been reached at around three million sensors. "