News archive for July 2004
to the high growth rates in the consumer digital camera market, and industry analysts InfoTrends/CAP Ventures predicts two more years of strong growth before sales peak. Digital camera sales are expected to reach 22.8 million in the US by the end of this year, a 42% growth over 2003. InfoTrends also predicts that the average price of cameras is set to rise. This is due to the popularity of point and shoot cameras and sub-$1000 digital SLRs - a welcome news for vendors but not for consumers.
Fuji has today announced the FinePix S5500 Zoom, which maintains the
SLR styling of its predecessor the S5000 Zoom and 10x optical zoom (37-370mm
equiv.). It houses a conventional CCD sensor (compared to the S5000 which
had a Super CCD HR sensor) but adds an extra million pixels, taking the
effective resolution up to 4 megapixels. Other features include RAW mode,
ISO 64-400 and a 640x480-pixel movie mode.
It maintains the SLR styling and electronic viewfinder and also offers movie capture at 10fps.
4.1 megapixel FinePix E500 and the 5.2 megapixel FinePix E510. Both have 28-91mm equivalent wideangle lenses, 2-inch LCDs, a sturdy hand grip, a pop-up flash and are, Fujifilm says, "sure to bring even the most hardened sceptic round to digital photography". They also offer movies with sound and are PictBridge-compatible.
of the 4 megapixel DC E40, its first touch-screen camera, which allows you to draw on your images and add built-in photo frames. The brushed metal sliding lens camera also offers MPEG 4 movie recording. A Dual Recharge Mode means the lithium ion battery can be recharged via an adapter or, if you're outdoors, via USB connection to a laptop. So ladies, ditch your digital SLRs and snap up a BenQ DC E40. Oh, and don't forget to be fun and fearless too.
Konica Minolta today announced the eight times zoom three megapixel DiMAGE Z10, styled in a similar fashion to the DiMAGE Z1/Z2 the Z10 has slightly less zoom, a fixed (not pop-up) flash unit and is aimed at a lower price point. According to Konica Minolta the DiMAGE Z10 also has a 'fastest in class startup time of 0.5 seconds'. The Z10 has a combined passive and video AF system, stores images on SD/MMC card and is powered by four AA batteries. The only thing Konica Minolta has not yet revealed about this camera is its price, although we expect it to be well below the DiMAGE Z2's current $450 street price.
Konica Minolta today announced the two new ultra-compact 'X'-series digital cameras, the three megapixel three times zoom DiMAGE X31 and the five megapixel two-point-eight times zoom X50. The DiMAGE X31 was revealed a couple of weeks ago by Konica Minolta Europe. As with previous 'X'-series digital cameras both of these new models utilize a 'folded optics' zoom lens mounted within the camera body. The X50 looks quite different to previous 'X'-series, its folded optics lens mounted horizontally providing 2.8x zoom with a sliding lens cover on the front which doubles as a power switch.