News archive for September 1999
Thanks to Derek W who posted this link to a Nikon official list of D1 Set Contents and package pricing."The Nikon D1 Set will be sold in the United States by Nikon Inc. through Authorized Nikon Professional Digital Products Dealers and Authorized Value Added Retailers. The D1 Set will include the D1 camera body, EN-4 Battery Pack, MH-16 Quick Charger, Video Cable, Nikon View DX Browser Software, Nikon D1 Neck Strap, and Nikon's One Year Limited Warranty. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Nikon D1 Set is $5,580.00. Local prices may vary. "
District Court Judge Grants Lexar Motion for Preliminary Injunction
LEXAR DROPS ALL CLAIMS AGAINST SANDISK RELATED TO THE COMPACTFLASH ASSOCIATION
Nikon today announce the Coolpix 800, a half-way ground between the Coolpix 700 and Coolpix 950. The 800 features the same proven 2.11 megapixel CCD with an all new 2x optical zoom lens (38-76mm, 35mm equiv) in a similar small package to the Coolpix 700. The 800 also has a couple of new interesting (if questionably useful) features. Competition to the upcoming Canon S10 ? MSRP $700.
PC Watch Digital Camera Sales Charts: In Japan, the Olympus C-2000Z pops to the top of the charts, but the Fuji MX1500 holds strong at second place. New entries in at six and seventh places are the Fuji MX1700Z and Olympus C-2500L.
CompactFlash and SmartMedia Slug It Out for Dominance In the Digital Camera Market, IDC Says: While most digital camera vendors easily agree that flash memory is the most effective method to capture digital images, the debate rages on as to whether CompactFlash or SmartMedia is more effective. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the two camps won't come to an agreement any time soon.
At long last and after a lot of anticipation Agfa have sealed their tie-up with Iomega with a real product. It's a 1 megapixel digicam with a fixed lens, the damage? $549!! Yeah.. right. Here's what they say:
Thanks to reader Kenneth Wong. Kodak Japan have just posted two samples from the upcoming Kodak DC290 (2 megapixel DC265).
These samples, taken by their resident pro photographer Yamada were taken using what PC Watch call a "production body" in RAW format then compressed back into JPEG for viewing in a web browser. Note: my D1 gallery contains combinations of straight JPEGs and RAWs exported from Nikon View DX as JPEG.
Say What? Yup... they've dropped the official price to $549, other than that it's the old camera:
Introducing a new level of interactivity to readers of Digital Photography Review. Do you own a Digital Camera? Probably, in a recent survey we conducted over 65% of you do. Noting a recent trend on the Forums of people posting mini-reviews we've now extended the functionality of the Cameras Database to accept Owners Ratings and Owners Reviews (in short Owners Opinion).
PC Watch's resident professional photographer Yamada has updated his large array of sample images from most of the current (and upcoming) digital cameras on the market, a great way for you to see how the image quality of one camera stands up against another. Updated (now fine weather shots): Toshiba PDR-M5, Casio QV-2000UX, QV-8000SX. Fuji MX1700Z UPDATED: ADDED SONY DSC-F505 Samples
A very short item this one, but I've had a rumour (and I don't normally publish unconfirmed rumours but this one is just TOO interesting). The rumour is that the D1 will indeed have an interchangeable CCD, that means that in its current configuration it'll be 2.74 megapixels. Nikon would then in the future release upgrades (probably only installable by their service centers) which would allow you to always be on the cutting edge of image resolution. If this is true it makes the D1 a very, very economical purchase and almost future-proofs it (especially if the firmware is user-upgradeable which we can assume it will be).
I often get requests from readers for "more flesh tone photos", well these aren't mine but are some I found on a popular Japanese site "ASCII/DOS V", their resident professional photographer Kazuhisa Nishikawa has posted two small galleries of F505 and C-2500L shots, there's even a Canon EOS D2000 (Kodak DCS520) gallery to compare them to.
Steve's been busy again, this time with the Casio QV-2000UX, which looks to be an interesting camera with some neat features (not least of being the ability to create HTML index pages within the camera)... "The QV-2000UX proves that Casio is up to the challenge, it is a 2.1 megapixel camera that easily competes (and beats) many other cameras. It features a CompactFlash Type II slot that handles any size CF Type I card or the IBM Microdrive. There's USB connectivity for very fast downloads to PC or Mac computers. Inside is a large internal RAM buffer that allows capture of up to 5 full-size images at the rate of one picture every 1.5 seconds. "
Thanks to Andy Williams who sent over this hot news story from the excellent UK technology journal "The Register": You could soon talk on your mobile phone for much longer between battery recharge sessions, thanks to some nifty research from Tottori University in Japan. If the breakthrough gains commercial acceptance, the life of a lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery could be 30 times as long.
PC Watch report on another day at PC Expo 99, Japan. This time not that much on the Digital Photography front other than a MemoryStick USB reader/writer, Lexar's JumpShot USB CompactFlash card, HP's new printer with SmartMedia and CompactFlash slots.
PC Watch's resident professional cameraman Yamada reports on the World PC Expo 99 in Japan for the second time, this time he visits Kodak, Casio, Ricoh, Canon, Epson, Toshiba and Panasonic (Matsushita in Japan).
PC Watch Digital Camera Sales Charts: In Japan, the Fuji MX1500 still holds the number one place closely followed by the Olympus C-2000Z (they're selling a barrel load of these!) and the Sanyo DSC-SX150. Amazingly the ever faithful Olympus C900-Zoom (D400Z) hangs on for fourth place. The Nikon Coolpix 950 surges on the back of new stock.
The observant amongst you may have noticed the addition of "www.dpreview.com" under the logo in the side-bar. This is an indication of our new domain name, you can now access the site at our new address of www.dpreview.com, we intend on leaving the old photo.askey.net address for as long as possible.
PC Watch's resident pro photograph Yamada reports on the digital cameras on show at the special preview day of World PC Expo 99, Chiba, Japan. Sony and Nikon steal the show, Sony with a 40:1 scaled-up model of the DSC-F505, Nikon give visitors opportunity to have hands-on with the D1 (still prototype).
Delkin Devices Introduces the Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card On the Market, new 128MB CompactFlash card. We previously reported on Delkins announcement of up to 80MB (soon to be 224MB) CF type II cards, this 128MB monster is a type I card which means it will work in the majority of CF digital cameras.
Sony Core technology announce ICX252 series of 3.24 megapixel (2088 x 1550) CCD's, ushering in a potential new wave of 3 megapixel digital cameras. The CCD comes in two different packages and two different colour array patterns.
This is the second big comparison PC Watch have posted, their resident professional photographer Yamada has compiled this large array of sample images from most of the current (and upcoming) digital cameras on the market, a great way for you to see how the image quality of one camera stands up against another. Added this time are: Olympus C-2500L, Sony DSC-F505, Fuji MX1700Z and Casio QV-2000UX.
Toshiba today announced the PDR-M5, 3x Optical Zoom, 2.14 (?) megapixels (1600 x 1200), fast burst shooting (2fps), SmartMedia, Manual controls, supplied rechargeable Lithium battery.
A new feature on this site will soon be the ability to search the news archives, free text, "plain english" and logical searching will be supported, the search engine is currently undergoing testing, as part of this I'm making the search page (still in BETA) available for any brave souls who wish to test it.
Here from an anonymous source is a shot of a prototype Epson PhotoPC 850Z, this interesting 2.11 megapixel camera has a fast F2.0 - F2.8, three times zoom lens (35mm - 105mm), flash hot-shoe, USB and can take CompactFlash type I or type II (meaning it can take the new larger capacity CF cards such as IBM's 340MB Microdrive).