August 24
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
First hour with the Nikon Coolpix 950
I've finally got my hands on a production Nikon Coolpix 950 which I'll be reviewing over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully the review will be up before next weekend.

Here are a few very quick samples I've taken in the first hour with the camera.
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...
Nikon Coolpix 950 Review Online
It's here folks, a complete in-depth review of what is probably one of the most eagerly awaited digital cameras of 1999. From specifications to body and construction, operation, menus, timings, file sizes, all the features, image quality, samples galleries and more...
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Apologies for my absence, and D# Dreamarts update their digital camera comparison shots. News on the Pro70 vs. 950 article
Sony Japan announce the new 1.3 Megapixel Mavicas
The new Mavicas have popped up again... PC Watch report that they will be on sale on 20th May 1999 in Japan.
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
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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.
Nikon Coolpix 950 macro shots
Rising to the challenge I took a few macro shots with the 950 to see just how close you can get.
Steve Sanders posts Toshiba PDR-M3 user review
"Toshiba's new PDR-M3 expands on its megapixel brother with the addition of a 3x (35-105mm 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with macro focus down to only 25cm. Toshiba made some other improvements over the PDR-M1 that improved the overall picture quality. "
SanDisk to supply Kodak for 265 Pro
SanDisk Will Supply Kodak With 64MB CompactFlash Film Cards for New Kodak Professional 265 Interactive Imaging System
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.
Nikon Coolpix 700 samples gallery
As a prelude to the upcoming Nikon Coolpix 700 production review I've posted a small samples gallery of 18 shots.
PC World post Nikon Coolpix 950 and Olympus C2000Z short article
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. "
Flashpoint announce winners of Digita script contest
"We're officially announcing the winners of the Digita Scripting Contest. We received some really cool scripts that not only enhance the overall digital imaging experience, but transform the camera into a variety of in the field tools. "
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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.
Kodak DC265 Review Posted
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Our latest digital camera review is posted, "The Kodak DC265 Zoom (referred to as the DC265 from now onward) entered the digital camera market recently as the upgraded release of the very popular DC260. "
Steve Sanders posts Canon Pro70 user review
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.
Quick Poll reveals >32MB most popular
Last week I took a very quick poll on rec.photo.digital of what size CompactFlash owners of that type of storage owned. Ignoring the supplied with camera 8MB CF cards the majority of owners have cards of more than 32MB.
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.
Steve Sanders posts Ricoh RD-5000 user review
Steve's had a busy weekend putting together this brief user review of yet another 2.3 megapixel camera, this time it's the slightly quirky Ricoh RDC-5000 which has a sliding cover door over the LCD, 8MB of internal storage if you don't feel like using memory cards (hmm) and SmartMedia.
Digital Photography Review exceeds one million page impressions per month and keeps on growing. Many thanks to all my visitors for helping make the site such a success in such a short time.
This from one of our readers from Amateur Photographer (UK): "Scientists from Cambridge University and Hitachi have developed technology that is likely to produce digital cameras which can store millions of images."
D# Digital Press (newly renamed site) have just posted some samples from the Fuji MX2700, MX2900Z and MX1500 side-by-side. It's worth noting that the MX2900Z and MX1500 are pre-production cameras.
User review of the Kenko 8x32 monocular and adapter
Max Lyons: "I just received my Kenko 8x32 monocular and adapter for Nikon digital cameras (900/950) from CKC power. Here are some of my observations and some sample pictures I took this evening... ...Thus, using the monocular the camera has an 35mm-equivalent focal range of 450mm to 910mm"
Photoshop Printing Articles
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My good friend and affiliate site webmaster Tham Kok Leong over at Digital Darkroom has just posted some articles about Photo Printing in Photoshop especially on the Epson 750 / 1200 which may be especially valuable to digital camera owners.
Nikon Coolpix 700 review
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Just posted: The latest addition to our ever growing reviews database comes the Nikon Coolpix 700. The fixed lens "little brother" to the Coolpix 950 doesn't disappoint on image quality, portability, and most importantly value for money.
160 and 320MB CompactFlash from Pretec
Pretec Electronics Corporation, the creator of CompactModem(TM) and Compact I/O(TM) card, will be demonstrating the 160MB CompactFlash(TM) (CF+) card, the highest capacity CompactFlash(TM) memory card available in the world today, at Microsoft Windows CE Developers Conference on June 6-9 at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
Imaging Resource post MX2700 review
Just ahead of my own review of the MX2700, Imaging Resource have posted a review of Fuji's tiny MX2700, they say "Resolution is extremely high, at about 750 lines per picture height horizontally, and nearly 800 lines per picture height vertically. (This is as good or better than anything we've measured to date! - June, 1999) The MX-2700's lens is also very good, producing very little geometric distortion, only about 0.4% barrel distortion, and virtually no chromatic aberration."
New Fujis impressions and some lenses
From one of my "anonymous sources" comes the following impressions on the new Fuji MX2900 and MX1500. And news of add-on lenses for the MX2700 and MX2900.
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Digital cameras are moving beyond specialty markets to become tools that can fuel business initiatives. Digital cameras are developing a new image. Not long ago, these products were typically considered either high-end specialty gear for photojournalism or graphics projects, or as low-end electronic toys for consumers. But a growing number of companies are looking at the hardware as tools that can propel business initiatives.
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Digital cameras are moving beyond specialty markets to become tools that can fuel business initiatives. Digital cameras are developing a new image. Not long ago, these products were typically considered either high-end specialty gear for photojournalism or graphics projects, or as low-end electronic toys for consumers. But a growing number of companies are looking at the hardware as tools that can propel business initiatives.
Steve Sanders posts MX2700 user review
Everybody's at it! (so to speak) Steve has now posted a user review of the MX2700, in which he concludes "At the time of this writing (June 1999) the MX-2700 is a good value for the ~$550 price. Fuji makes it an even better deal by throwing in a FREE $100 FD-A2 flashpath adapter for cameras sold through August 31, 1999. I would recommend that anyone who buys this camera invests in a good flash card reader as the 1800x1200 images are about a megabyte each. Serial port downloading is extremely slow and the FlashPath adapter is not that much faster. I hope that Fuji adopts the USB port for future digicams as most PCs are now equipped with this faster device. "
CycloVision now for 950, C2000Z and DC265
CycloVision Extends 360-Degree Imaging Technology To Support Integration with Three New Leading Brand Digital Cameras. ParaShot Attachment Now Also Supports the Nikon CoolPix 950, Kodak DC265 Zoom and Olympus C-2000 Zoom Cameras.
Nikon D1 official press release
Nikon Introduces New Digital Professional SLR Fast, Light, Flexible and Professional Standard 2.7 Megapixel Resolution
A survey conducted last week by the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association (CEMA) found that digital consumer electronics products top Dad's list of Father's Day gift ideas. When asked to choose from a list of consumer electronics devices, the majority of fathers surveyed (25 percent) indicated that they would like to receive a personal computer, or a digital camera or camcorder (15 percent) as a Father's Day gift. A DVD player and a color television tied for third place (8 percent each) and a cellular phone or pager ranked fifth (6 percent).
Olympus America Inc., Digital & Imaging Systems Group, world leader in film and filmless photography, today announced the Olympus USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer, the fastest way to download images from any SmartMedia digital camera. The new device complements the Olympus line of connectivity options, which includes serial, parallel, and PCMCIA port image download capability, and floppy disk compatibility, making the Olympus product offerings broader than any other.
Sony DSC-D700 review posted
The Sony DSC-D700 caused quite a stir in the Digital Photography world when it was announced last year. Many people were excited by it's specifications: five times zoom, full SLR-TTL viewfinder, 1.5 Megapixel CCD and all the manual controls you'd expect to find on a true SLR.
Win one of five Olympus C2000Z!
Announcing a new competition in association with Imaging Resource and the Digital Camera Resource page you can win one of five Olympus C2000Z's ! The competition ends on August 17th and is only open to US residents (sorry!). To enter just click on the Olympus competition banners all around the site!
Kodak Japan announce 2.3 megapixel DC280J
Kodak Japan announce new 2.3 megapixel DC280J. Here's a translation of the Japanese pages specifications.
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