January 5
Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-FP7 and DMC-FP5
Pre-CES 2011: Panasonic has released the Lumix DMC-FP7 and DMC-FP3 card-style digital compacts. With large 3.5" and 3.0" touch screen LCDs and periscopic 4x optical zoom lenses starting at a less useful 35mm, the cameras feature 720p HD recording, image stabilization and SDXC compatibility. The 16Mp FP7 comes with a mirror-finish while the 14Mp FP5 comes with a standard finish.
Panasonic introduces Lumix DMC-FH5 and DMC-FH2
Pre-CES 2011: Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DMC-FH5 and DMC-FH2 digital compacts. Featuring Leica 4x zoom lenses starting at 28mm and 2.7" LCD, the 16Mp and 14Mp cameras come with a similar feature set to the company's other announcements today, with 720p HD recording, image stabilization and AF tracking. They will be available at suggested retail prices of $169 and $149 respectively in black, pink, red and blue.
Panasonic unveils S series of budget compacts
Pre-CES 2011: Panasonic has released the Lumix DMC-S3 and DMC-S1 as a part of its latest S series of budget compacts. The 14Mp and 12Mp image-stabilized compacts include 720p HD recording, 28-112mm optical zoom, 2.7 inch LCDs for a suggested price tag of $120 and $110 respectively.
Samsung debuts HMX-P300 and HMX-P100 pocket camcorders
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has announced the HMX-P300 and HMX-P100 pocket camcorders. They are built around 1/3.2" 8Mp and 5Mp back-illuminated CMOS sensors and are capable of full 1080p HD movies at 30fps. The P300 offers a 3.0" touchscreen LCD and 3x optical zoom lens while the P100 comes with a slightly smaller 2.7" touchscreen LCD and 1x optical zoom lens. They are priced at $199 and $149 respectively.
Samsung launches ST700, PL170 and PL120 DualView cameras
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has launched the ST700, PL170 and PL120 DualView cameras. All three cameras come with 5x optical zoom lenses starting at 26mm equivalent. The 16Mp ST700 offers a 1.8" front LCD first seen in the ST600 and ST100 cameras released last year. The PL170 and PL120 with 16Mp and 14Mp sensors come with slighter smaller 1.5" front LCDs. The cameras will be available from September at retail prices of $279.99, $199.99 and $149.99 respectively.
Samsung releases WB210 and PL210 compact superzooms
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has released the WB210 and PL210 compact superzooms. The WB210 offers a 12x optical zoom lens starting at an impressively-wide 24mm and a 3.5" LCD, while the PL120 comes with a 10x optical zoom starting at 27mm and a slightly smaller 3.0" LCD. Both cameras offer 14Mp sensors, HD recording and the company's latest Smart Filter 2.0 special effects filters. The WB210 also offers a 21mm equiv. super-wide shot mode. The cameras will be available from February 2011 at a retail price of $279.99 and $199.99 respectively.
Casio introduces TRYX with rotating frame design
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has unveiled the TRYX digital compact with a rotating frame design allowing users to rotate the camera body 360 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally around the frame. Measuring 15mm on its thickest side, the camera features a 12Mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 21mm equiv. pocket-camcorder style wide-angle fixed lens and 460K dot 3.0" touchscreen LCD. It can record 1080p full HD movies at 30 fps, includes a built-in software for direct upload of images and videos online and comes with a motion-sensitive self-timer. It will be available form April 2011 at a retail price of $249.99.
Casio launches Exilim EX-ZR100 with back-illuminated CMOS sensor
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has released the EX-ZR100, flagship model of its 2011 Exilim series of compacts. Together with a 12.1Mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor and dual core processor equipped Exilim Engine HS the camera is capable of full 1080p HD video recording at 30fps, 1000fps high speed movie recording and 3fps full resolution continuous shooting. Other features include image stabilization, AF tracking, SDXC compatibility and HD output.
Casio introduces Exilim EX-H30 compact superzoom
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has released the Exilim EX-H30 compact superzoom with 12.5x (24-300mm equiv.) zoom lens. According to the company, the 16Mp camera's low power consumption extends its battery life to capture up to 1000 images per charge (with CIPA standard testing). Features include 460K dot 3.0" LCD, 720p HD recording, P/A/S/M shooting modes and SDXC compatibility. It will be available from March 2011 at a retail price of $249.99.
Casio announces Exilim EX-ZS10 & EX-ZS5 entry-level compacts
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has announced the Exilim EX-ZS10 and EX-ZS5 entry level compacts. Both share 14.1Mp sensors, 5x optical zoom lenses starting at 26mm equiv. and 2.7 inch LCDs. The ZS10 comes at a higher price tag with its 720p HD video recording capability compared to the ZS5's VGA recording. They will be available in black, silver, red, pink and blue from March 2011 at retail prices of $119.99 and $99.99 respectively.
Canon introduces PowerShot A3300 IS and A3200 IS
Pre-CES 2011: Canon has introduced the PowerShot A3300 IS and A3200 IS to top its A series of budget compacts. Similar to their predecessors (the A3000 IS and A3100 IS), the latest duo are powered by Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries. The A3300 features a 16Mp sensor and 3.0" LCD while the A3100 IS comes with a 14Mp sensor and 2.7" LCD. Both share wider-angle 28-140mm equiv. image-stabilized zoom lenses (compared to the 35-140mm lenses on their forebears), and upgraded video from VGA to 720p HD recording with H.624 compression.
Canon announces PowerShot A2200 and A1200 compacts
Pre-CES 2011: Canon has refreshed its A series with the launch of A2200 and A1200 compact cameras. The 14Mp A2200 is the slimmest A series compact to date and uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery while the 14Mp A1200 is powered by a pair of AA's. Both cameras feature 2.7" LCDs, 4x optical zoom lenses starting at 28mm and can record 720p HD movies.
Fujifilm unveils Finepix HS20 EXR advanced superzoom
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has unveiled the Finepix HS20EXR advanced superzoom. Replacing the company's HS10, its comes with a 16Mp EXR CMOS sensor and 460K dot 3.0" LCD rather than its predecessor's 10Mp sensor and 230K dot screen. It features a 30x (24-720mm equiv.) optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video recording capabilities, RAW capture and P/A/S/M shooting modes. It also offers 7.6fps full-resolution continuous shooting and high speed video capture at up to 320fps.
Fujifilm launches F550 EXR GPS-enabled camera & F500 EXR
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has launched the Finepix F500 EXR and its first GPS-enabled camera in the shape of FinePix F550 EXR. Built around the same design and feature set as its F300 EXR camera, the latest F series cameras offer the company's latest 16Mp EXR CMOS sensor that allows full 1080p HD video recording and full-resolution 8fps continuous shooting. They include the same 15x (24-360mm) optical zoom lenses and 460K 3.0" LCDs as their predecessor. The only difference between the pair is the F550 EXR's built-in GPS and RAW capability.
Fujifilm introduces XP30 - the world's first GPS rugged compact
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has released the FinePix XP30, which it claims is world's first rugged compact with built-in GPS. Tougher than the previously released XP10, it is designed to be waterproof up to 5 meters, shockproof up to 1.5 meter and freezeproof to - 10 degrees. It features the same 2.7" LCD of the XP10, 5x optical zoom lens starting at a more useful 28mm and a 14Mp sensor compared to XP10's 12Mp CCD.
Fujifilm announces FinePix S3200 and S4000
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has announced the FinePix S3200 and S4000 superzooms with 30x and 24x zoom lenses, both starting at 24mm equivalent. The cameras comes with 14Mp sensors, 3.0" LCDs, electronic viewfinders and include features such as AF Tracking, Image stabilization, 720p HD recording, P/A/S/M shooting modes. They also include HDMI ports and run on AA batteries.
Fujifilm debuts Z90 ultra-compact with touch-screen LCD
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has launched the FinePix Z90 ultra-compact. Successor to the the Z70, it features a 14Mp sensor, 3.0" touch screen LCD, and 5x (28-140mm equiv.) zoom lens as opposed to Z70's 12Mp sensor, 2.7" LCD and 36-180mm zoom lens. It inherits the one-touch direct upload button, AF tracking and 720p HD video recording functions from its predecessor.
Fujifilm announces world's thinnest 10x zoom compact
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has released what it claims is the world's thinnest 10x optical zoom compact camera in the shape of the FinePix T200. The 14Mp compact with a 2.7" LCD and 28-280mm equivalent lens includes features such as 720p HD recording, image stabilization, Motion Panorama and Photobook in-camera book design software.
Fujifilm introduces FinePix S2950 superzoom
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has announced the FinePix S2950HD with 18x optical zoom lens. Almost identical to the S2800HD released last year, it offers the same 28-504mmm lens, 3.0" LCD, a 14Mp sensor. The only new feature is an easy upload function. The rest of the features remain the same as well including 720p HD video recording alongside features such as AF tracking and P/A/S/M shooting modes.
Fujifilm launches JV200, JX300 and JX350
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has announced the addition of the FinePix JV200, JX300 and JX350 to its J series of budget compact cameras. The 16Mp JZ200 and 14Mp JX300 come with 5x (28-140mm equiv.) optical zoom lenses, while the 14Mp JX350 offers 3x optical zoom lens starting at a considerably less useful 36mm equiv. All three sport 2.7" LCDs, can shoot 720p HD movies and are powered by Lithium-ion batteries.
Fujifilm announces AV200, AV250 and AX350 budget compacts
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has announced the addition of the FinePix AV200, AV250 and AX350 to its A series of budget compact cameras. The 16Mp AV200, AV250 and 14Mp AX350 share near-identical features including 2.7" LCDs, 720p HD recording and AF tracking. The AX350 offers a slightly longer 5x zoom range compared to the AV250 and AV200's 3x, starting at 33mm and 32mm equiv. respectively.
January 4
 Kodak announces CES lineup with first waterproof camera
Pre-CES 2011: Kodak has announced its latest additions to be exhibited at CES 2011 including its first waterproof camera, rugged pocket camcorder and a 3D photo printing service. The three compact cameras introduced are the 12Mp waterproof EasyShare Sport, 14Mp touch-enabled EasyShare Touch and the 10Mp Easyshare Mini with a built-in front-mirror for self-portraits. The cameras will retail at $79.95, $149.95 and $99.95 respectively.
Samsung announces SH100 Wi-Fi enabled compact camera
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has introduced the SH100 Wi-Fi enabled digital camera allowing users connect to wireless networks for sharing images and videos. The camera also allows users to pair up with compatible smartphones to enable geo-tagging, control the camera remotely or preview the scene. It offers the same 14.2Mp sensor, 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD and HD video recording capabilities of the previously released ST80 Wi-Fi camera, but comes with a more useful 26-130mm equiv. zoom lens. the SH100 will will hit the stores from March 2011 at a retail price of $199.99.
January 3
Lexar releases 128GB SDXC memory card
Pre-CES 2011: Lexar has released the industry's first 128GB Class 10 SDXC (Extended capacity) memory card. With a maximum data transfer speed of 20MB/s, it complements full HD video recording and continuous shooting speeds of the latest SDXC compatible cameras. The Professional 133x SDXC 128GB card will start shipping from the first quarter of 2011 at a suggested retail price of $699.99. The company has also announced a 64GB version of the same card that will ship at an SRP of $399.99.
Samsung launches HMX-Q10 with BSI CMOS sensor
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has launched the HMX-Q10 consumer camcorder with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Capable of recording full HD (1080i60) videos and 5MP still images, it features Switch Grip technology that adjusts display and control options according to the angle at which the camcorder is held while filming. Features include F1.8 10x optical zoom lens, 2.7" touch screen LCD and image stabilization. The HMX-Q10 will be available at a retail price of $299 from February 2011.
December 29
Samsung releases WB700 ultra-compact with 18x zoom lens
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has released the WB700 ultra-compact with 18x optical zoom. The camera offers an equivalent zoom range of 24-432mm, optical image stabilization, P/A/S/M shooting modes and Smart Filters. It can also shoot 720p HD movies in H.264 format and offers HD output. It will be available from April 2011 at a retail price of $299.99 in the US market and £249.99 in the UK.
Samsung announces NX11 mirrorless camera with i-Function
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has announced the NX11 large-sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The update to its existing NX10 model features support for its i-Function feature, introduced with the NX100. The camera will come bundled with an updated version of the company's 18-55mm kit lens, now featuring an i-Fn button. The company also says it has updated the camera's grip.
December 28
Sigma posts firmware update for SD15
Sigma has released a function enhancing firmware update for its SD15 digital SLR. Firmware v1.01 adds a second Quick Set (Qs2) option for additional access to commonly used functions. It also adds a Key Sound cancellation function and improves the display quality of the LCD. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
December 27
Sony to invest $1.2 billion in CMOS production
Sony has announced it is investing $1.2 billion in production of CMOS sensors. The announcement includes the purchase and refurbishment of a a production facility it previously operated as a joint venture with Toshiba. With this move and other recent investments, the company aims to double its total monthly production from approximately 25,000 wafers to approximately 50,000 wafers per month by the end of March 2012.
December 25
Happy holidays from dpreview
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The entire team at dpreview would like to wish all our readers Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas or whatever you say in your part of the world. As we celebrate our 12th anniversary we're thrilled with the changes we've made to the reviews and community tools in 2010 and are looking forward to another exciting year in 2011, with even more new features in the pipeline and of course even more of the high quality content that made this site what it is today. Whatever you're doing today, enjoy yourselves and thank you for being a part of dpreview.com!
December 22
The art of HDR photography - part 1
Today we're publishing the first in a series of articles by Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo on the art of HDR photography. The first chapter (of what will eventually become Uwe's next E-book) covers the basics of dynamic range and the basics of High Dynamic Range photography. Future chapters will cover capture, workflow and advanced HDR techniques. For now, enjoy this exclusive first part of what we hope will develop into a useful manual for anyone interested in getting more of the dynamic range they see in the scenes they photograph into the images and prints they produce.
Nikon posts firmware update for D7000
Nikon has released the promised firmware update for it's Nikon D7000 digital SLR in response to concerns raised about video. Firmware v1.01 aims to reduce the occasional occurrence of bright spots while recording videos or in the live view mode. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Leica releases firmware update for S2
Leica has released a function-enhancing firmware update for its S2 medium format DSLR. Version 1.0.0.24 adds lossless DNG compression, boosts burst rate to 1.5 frames per second and increases maximum exposure time to 125 seconds. The update also adds more options for AF/AE button, extends compatibility to 64GB UDMA cards and brings in improvements to the AF performance and preview histogram. Registered users can download the latest firmware via the Owner's Area on Leica's website.
Ambarella releases Android-based iOne processor for hybrid cameras

Image processor manufacturer, Amabarella has announced the iOne Android-based camera System-on-Chip (SoC). The iOne combines the company's image and video processing experience with Android's data communication capabilities, offering camera makers the ability to make more easily connected devices. The three-core processor is capable of simultaneous encoding of both a 1080p30 HD video stream and either still photos or a smaller video stream for fast broadcast via methods such as WiFi. The chip can also decode most popular video formats for streaming and replaying HD content amongst other features that could add significant functionality to future devices.

December 21
Just Posted: Nikon D3100 in-depth review

Just Posted: Our review of the Nikon D3100. The latest in Nikon's popular line of entry-level DSLRs addresses the most obvious criticisms aimed at its predecessors - the lack of live view and video modes. There are also a series of tweaks and upgrades, including a 14Mp sensor, aimed at keeping the camera near the top of the sales charts. However, this beginner-friendly offering faces more competition than ever from the burgeoning mirrorless camera sector, so how does the little Nikon stack up?

Bibble Labs offers Bibble 5.2 Release Candidate
Bibble Labs has released a 'Release Candidate' of its Bibble 5.2 RAW workflow software, extending support to twelve additional cameras including the Nikon D7000, Panasonic DMC-GF2, Pentax K-5 and Olympus E-5. Both the Pro and Lite versions of Bibble 5.2 also include improvements and bug fixes. According to the company, the release candidate version adds significant new features and camera support, but has not completed testing. The update is free to existing customers.
December 20
dpreview.com is hiring
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Dpreview.com is looking for a writer/reviewer to join its growing editorial team based in Seattle, WA. Responsibilities will include testing and producing reviews of digital SLR and compact cameras and other photographic equipment, producing news stories and other articles and helping to develop new content areas, so if you'd like to help shape the future of the world's biggest digital photography website, check out the details after the link.
December 18
Just Posted: Pentax K-5 in-depth review
Just Posted: Our review of the K-5, Pentax's new semi-pro DSLR. The design and control layout of the K-5 are identical to those of the K-7, released last year, but the K-5 comes with a new 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, faster continuous shooting and a very high maximum sensitivity of ISO 51200 (the highest in an APS-C camera so far). It also boasts a revamped AF system and a host of other, more minor improvements. Is this Pentax's best DSLR to date? Read our full review to find out.
December 17
Apple releases RAW compatibility update
Apple has released a digital camera RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. Update 3.5 extends RAW support to seven additional cameras including the Nikon D7000, Canon PowerShot G12 and Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF2 and DMC-GH2. The update is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
December 16
Fujifilm releases firmware update for FinePix Real 3D W3
Fujifilm has released a firmware update for its FinePix Real 3D W3 twin-sensor 3D compact camera. Version 1.10 adds an Economy mode under then HD video recording menu that is optimized for long continuous recording of 3D HD movies. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Canon updates firmware for EOS 60D
Canon has released a firmware update for its EOS 60D mid-level DSLR. Firmware v1.0.8 fixes the phenomenon where some captured images tend to overexpose when using the camera’s built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with specific lenses. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
December 14
Nikon posts Coolpix P7000 firmware v1.1
Nikon has posted a firmware update for its CoolPix P7000 high-end enthusiast compact. Version 1.1 reduces the recording time for raw images and fixes bugs relating to zoom operation, lens control and image preview with Active D-Lighting enabled. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
DxO Labs releases DxO Optics Pro v6.5.2 for Win & Mac
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac to include more cameras. Version 6.5.2 extends Raw support to the Pentax K-5 and Sony's NEX-3 and 5 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 50 additional camera/lens optical modules. Recent purchasers get the upgrade for free or there is a 30% discount available until Christmas Day.
Understanding Video compression & codecs
We've just added another article to our growing collection of guides. This one is designed as a primer on Video Compression, Codecs and Transcoding and has been produced for us by Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo. So if you've ever found yourself confused by M-JPEGs and MPEGs and Long GOPs, check out the link after the click.
December 13
Fujifilm posts firmware update for FinePix F300EXR
Fujifilm has posted a firmware update for its Super CCD EXR sensor based FinePix F300EXR digital compact camera. Firmware v1.01 fixes instability of the camera's volume level during movie recording. The firmware is available for immediate download from company's website.
Fujifilm reveals more details of X100 large-sensor compact
Fujifilm has released more details regarding its Finepix X100 large-sensor compact camera. The company is revealing more information about the camera's behavior via a special website. The latest update includes information about the autofocus modes and the dedicated Raw button (which engages Raw+JPEG when shooting JPEG or starts in-camera Raw conversion when in playback mode). Announced at Photokina 2010, the camera is scheduled for release early next year.
December 10
Topaz Labs releases ReMask 3 plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
Topaz Labs has released ReMask 3, the latest version of its masking plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. Compared to the previous version, it offers a re-engineered masking engine, enhanced color decontamination technology and an updated user interface including new brushes, toolsets and split-screen viewing options. Compatible with Windows and Intel-based Mac OS, it is available at an introductory price of $49.99.
Apple releases Aperture v3.1.1
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Apple has released an updated version of its Aperture raw-conversion and photo management software. Version 3.1.1 addresses a number of bugs, fixes compatibility issues with the company's recently released i'Life '11 suite and improves overall stability of the software. The update is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
December 9
Sekonic announces DigiCineMate L-308DC light meter
Sekonic has announced the DigiCineMate L-308DC light meter for photographers and videographers. The lightweight entry-level light meter offers HD Cine, Cine and Photo metering modes and three options to measure incident and reflected light - both ambient and flash. It will be available from January 2011 at a retail price of £239.99 in UK. The US price is to be confirmed.
Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD with Piezo Drive AF
Tamron has announced the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD superzoom lens, the first to incorporate the company's Piezo Drive (PZD) technology that promises faster and quieter autofocus. A completely revised, smaller and lighter version of the popular AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro, it offers an enhanced Vibration Control (VC) image stabilization system, uses a new optical formula with fewer lens elements and takes 62mm filters. The lens will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts from December 20 followed by a Sony version next year.