February 3
Samyang announces 14mm f/2.8 lens availability
Samyang Optics has announced its 14mm f/2.8 lens will be available from March 2010 at a retail price of €329. After a brief production delay last year, the final version will be made available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus four-thirds mount.
Unified Color releases HDR Photostudio for Mac
HDR software maker, Unified Color Technologies has announced its HDR PhotoStudio software now available for Mac. It is based on the company's 'Beyond RGB' color model that attempts to separate the brightness and color components of the image data to allow the brightness levels from multiple exposures to be combined without abberent color shifts. The software saves images in its native .BEF format that can be opened in Adobe Photoshop via a plug-in for further editing. The Mac version of the software is available for an introductory price of $99.00.
Ricoh releases CX3 with back-illuminated sensor
Ricoh has released the CX3 compact superzoom with a 10 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. It offers the same 10x (28-300mm equiv.) optical zoom lens and 920k dot, 3 inch LCD as the CX2 compact, but sees the addition of 720p HD video recording, a 'Pets' scene mode and enhanced noise reduction.
Olympus unveils the affordable Pen
Olympus has officially announced the E-PL1, a simplifeid, less expensive addition in its Micro-Four Thirds camera range. With an MSRP of $599/€599/£549 the latest PEN ncludes many of the features of its big brothers, the EP-1 and EP-2 and also adds a built-in flash. We've had an E-PL1 for the past few days and have put together a hands-on preview that we hope will provide a little more insight than the bare specs and press images carelessly left lying around the internet. Had we been told by Olympus that if you leak materials you still get a hands-on then we would have published all this much earlier.
Olympus 9-18mm and 14-150mm for Micro Four Thirds
Olympus has given more detail of the two Micro Four Thirds lenses it announced in November 2009. First is the tiny 9-18mm F4-5.6 wideangle zoom, which becomes the second lens to feature Olympus's clever collapsing barrel design, making it less than half the size of the corresponding Four Thirds lens for carrying. It offers a 100 percent degree angle-of-view and will be available in May 2010 for about $700. Second is the 14-150mm F4-5.6 superzoom, which again is much smaller and lighter than the equivalent SLR lens; it will be available in June 2010 priced around $600. Both lenses feature lightweight single-element internal focus units for quieter, more responsive autofocus.
Nikon unleashes five Coolpix compact cameras
Nikon has released five Coolpix compacts. First comes the P100, the company's first Full 1080p HD enabled camera. It incorporates a 26x optical zoom lens starting at 26mm, a 3 inch LCD and a 10MP CMOS sensor. Next comes the L110 with 15x (28-420mm equiv) optical zoom lens, image stabilized 12MP CCD sensor and 720p HD video recording. Then comes the S4000 ultra-compact with a 3 inch touchscreen LCD, 12MP sensor and 720p HD recording. Last comes a pair of budget compacts, the 10 megapixel L22 and 8 megapixel L21 that offer 3.6x optical zoom lenses 3 inch and 2.5 inch LCDs respectively and operate with AA batteries.
Nikon launches Coolpix S8000 compact superzoom
Nikon has released the world’s slimmest 10x superzoom in the shape of Coolpix S8000. Measuring 27.3mm on its thinnest side, it incorporates a 14.2MP sensor, a 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots resolution and includes features such as in-camera editing and 720p HD video recording.
Nikon releases S3000 ultra-compact camera
Nikon has released the Coolpix S3000 ultra-compact camera. Successor to the S220, the 12MP S3000 comes with a wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens starting at 27mm, a 2.7 inch LCD and includes features such as AF tracking and a Smile Timer mode that captures images only when the subject smiles. It will be available from March 2010 in black, 'champagne' silver, red, blue, orange, magenta and green.
February 2
Hasselblad releases H4D-40 medium format camera
Hasselblad has launched the H4D-40, 40 megapixel medium format camera. It incorporates a 33 x 44mm CCD sensor (almost twice the size of a full-frame 35mm DSLR sensor) and includes the 'True Focus' AF system introduced in the H4D-50 and 60. The H4D-40 kit, including camera body, 80mm lens and viewfinder is available at a retail price of US $19,955 (£12,995) and includes the company's Phocus 2.0 software.
Fujifilm releases 3D Printer in the UK
Fujifilm has released the 3D Print System, a three dimensional dye sublimation printer in the UK. The printer joins the company's 3D imaging system that includes the W1 digital camera, V1 picture viewer and 3D prints. It will start shipping from Summer 2010.
Olympus unveils Tough 8010 & 6020 rugged compacts
Olympus has unveiled the Stylus Tough 8010 and 6020 rugged compact cameras. Compared to previous generation Tough series, both cameras features tougher bodies that are waterproof up to 10m, shockproof against a drop of up to 2m and freezeproof down to -10°C. With 14MP image-stabilized sensors, 28-140mm lenses and 2.7 inch LCDs with advanced Tap control the the Tough 8010 and 6020 come with 2GB and 1 GB internal memory respectively and feature HD video recording. The 8010 also comes with a built-in manometer for water pressure calculation. They will available from March 2010.
Olympus SP-800UZ & SP-600UZ with 30x & 15x zoom lenses
Olympus has announced the addition of two superzooms to its SP series. First comes the SP-800UZ with a 30x ultra-telephoto optical zoom (28-840mm equiv.), 2GB internal memory, 3 inch LCD and a 14MP sensor. Next comes the SP-600UZ with 15x zoom lens starting at 28mm, 1GB internal memory, 2.7 inch LCD and a 12MP sensor. Both cameras come with SD card slots, Dual Image stabilization, HD video recording and AF tracking.
Fujifilm introduces FinePix HS10 with 30x optical zoom
Fujifilm has introduced the FinePix HS10 advanced superzoom which combines a huge 30x (24-720mm equiv.) optical zoom lens with a 10MP back illuminated CMOS sensor. It includes full HD 1080p video recording, RAW capture, P/A/S/M shooting modes and a Motion Remover mode that removes unwanted objects from photographs. The HS10 also offers 10 fps full resolution continuous shooting with AF Tracking and high speed movie recording at 1000 fps.
Fujifilm unveils FinePix F80EXR with Super CCD EXR
Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix F80EXR with a 12MP Super CCD EXR sensor. Successor to the F70EXR released last year, the new camera with switchable sensor technology sees the addition of HD video, 10x (27-270mm equiv.) optical zoom lens and a larger 3.0 inch LCD. The camera also features a Pet Detection mode and orientation sensor.
Fujifilm announces FinePix Z700EXR & Z70 compacts
Fujifilm has released the FinePix Z700EXR and FinePix Z70 premium compacts. The Z700EXR is built around a 12 megapixel Super CCD EXR sensor and a 3.5" advanced touchscreen LCD. Next comes the FinePix Z70, successor to the Z35 that features a one touch button to directly upload images online and HD video recording. It incorporates a 12MP sensor, 2.7 inch LCD, 5x (36-180mm equiv.) optical zoom lens.
Fujifilm launches FinePix XP10 rugged compact
Fujifilm has launched its first rugged compact in the shape of Finepix XP10. Sporting a similar slim, curvy body design of the company's Z33 waterproof camera, the XP10 is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters, shockproof up to 1 meter and freezeproof to - 10 degrees. It incorporates a 12MP sensor, 2.7 inch LCD, 5x (36-180mm equiv.) optical zoom lens and features 720p HD video recording, AF tracking and an Easy Web Upload option.
Fujifilm releases S1600, S1800 & S2500HD superzooms
Fujifilm has released the FinePix S1600, S1800 and S2500HD lightweight superzoom compact cameras. All three cameras come with 12MP image-stabilized sensors, wide angle 15x (S1600) and 18x (S1800 & S2500HD) optical zoom lenses starting at 28mm, 3 inch LCDs, and electronic viewfinders. The new S models also feature HD video recording, but only the S2500HD comes with an HD output.
Fujifilm releases a range of budget compacts
Fujifilm has announced a range of budget compacts. Six cameras mark the introduction of the new JZ, JX and JV series. The JZs are compact superzooms while the JX and JVs are ultra-compacts. The more expensive models offer lenses starting at 28mm equivalent while the JVs join the simpler AA-battery-powered AV and AX models making do with no real wide-angle capability. All the modes have at least 12MP and can shoot 720p HD movies.
February 1
Developing a new rating system
We're updating - or rather overhauling, our ratings system and we thought some of you might be interested to see the direction we're moving in. We're still ironing out a few wrinkles and fine-tuning a few aspects but we're more or less ready to roll with the new ratings and scores as soon as we publish our next review. To find out a little more about where we're headed and the thinking behind it, check out the blog post after the link...
Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM review

Just posted! Our lens review of the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM. Sigma's latest superzoom is essentially an extension of the company's older 18-200mm design, but now sports both optical image stabilization and an in-lens hypersonic autofocus motor for users of Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony DSLRs. But in this popular segment of the market it faces stiff competition, not only from the camera manufacturers' own offerings but also from Tamron's superzoom designs. So how does it measure up?

Tokina 11-16mm becomes first Alpha mount lens
Tokina has launched its first lens in Sony's Alpha mount. The AT-X 116 Pro DX 11-16 mm f/2.8 lens will be available in Japan from from February 24th, 2010 at an approximate retail price of ¥94,500 (around US $1046). This announcement means Tokina becomes the last of the big three third-party lens makers to support the Sony format.
Canon releases Pixma iP2700 photo printer
Canon has released the PIXMA iP2700 photo and document printer. It promises grain-free printing at resolutions of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi and can print 10 x 15cm borderless photos in approximately 55 seconds. It also includes two software packages to correct underexposed images and for combining sections of web pages into single documents.
January 29
Bibble Labs releases Bibble 5 Pro v5.0.1
Bibble Labs has updated its Bibble 5 Pro software to version 5.0.1. It extends RAW support to Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Olympus E-P2 and adds a new one-click option to set black, gray or white points. It also offers a third-party film simulation plug-in called 'Andrea'. Version 5.0.1 is available as a free upgrade for existing v5 customers.
Canon announces 50 millionth EF lens
Canon has announced the production of its 50 millionth EF lens. The specific lens was one of the newly released EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USMs. EF mount lens production started in 1987. In September 2009, Nikon announced the 50 millionth lens for its F mount, launched in 1959.
January 28
Adobe releases Lightroom update for Leica M9
Adobe has released a Photoshop Lightroom update for Leica M9 users. Version 2.6.1 fixes a bug that causes Light room v2.6 to crash while processing certain M9 images. Other camera users need not update their software to v2.6.1.
Canon issues EOS-1D Mark IV firmware update
Canon has posted a firmware update for its latest professional DSLR, the EOS-1D Mark IV. Firmware version 1.0.6 enhances autofocus tracking performance of the camera in specific circumstances. The firmware is available for immediate download from Canon's website.
January 27
DxO Labs updates Optics Pro for Windows
DxO Labs has updated its Optics Pro lens correction and raw processing software for Windows. Version 6.1.2 adds support for the Pentax K-7, Sony's A500 and A550 DSLRs and Panasonic's LX3 and GH1. Version 6 for Mac is promised in the first quarter of 2010.
January 26
CIPA issues 2009 sales figures and 2010 forecast
Japanese trade body Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has published an overview of 2009 camera sales and a forecast for 2010. Overall sales fell by 11.6% in 2009 to 105.9 million units but within those figures, DSLR and interchangeable lens camera sales grew 2.3% over the previous year and now account for 9.3% of the overall market. For 2010 CIPA, which gets its figures from all the major Japanese camera makers, predicts integrated-lens camera sales will rise 3.0% while DSLRs and interchangeable lens cameras sales will grow 11.1% compared to 2009.
Panasonic unveils DMC-ZS7 / TZ10 with built-in GPS
Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DMC-ZS7 compact superzoom (TZ10 outside the US) with GPS that geo-tags and identifies over half a million locations. The latest in the popular TZ7, TZ5, TZ3 series, it also gains the company's 'Power O.I.S' image stabilization system, claimed to be twice as effective as on the old model. Full P/A/S/M control modes increase its photographer appeal, while the brightness and saturation optimizing 'Happy Mode' helps boost its point-and-shoot potential. The improved Venus Engine HDII processor offers differential image processing based on image content. AVCHD movie recording, SDXC support, high-res 3" display and 12x optical zoom (25-300mm equiv.) help fill-out the list of goodies.
Panasonic introduces DMC-ZS5 / TZ8 compact superzoom
Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DMC-ZS5 (TZ8 ouside the US) with 12x optical zoom starting at a wide 25mm. Successor to the DMC-TZ6, the TZ8 features the company's new Intelligent Resolution technology that applies different image processing to different content within each image. It supports SDXC memory cards and offers manual control. The 14MP camera features the same lens as the ZS7 but with a smaller, 2.7" LCD and Motion JPEG compression for its 720p HD movies.
Panasonic offers  DMC-FT2 rugged compact
Panasonic has launched the Lumix DMC-TS2 rugged compact (FT2 outside the US), the successor to last year's DMC-TS1. The TS2 features a tougher body that is dustproof, waterproof to 10m, shockproof against a drop of up to 2m, and freezeproof down to -10°C. It uses a 14MP sensor, 2.7 inch LCD, and 28 - 128mm equivalent lens with Power O.I.S optical stabilization. It also features AVCHD Lite HD movie recording and a faster Venus Engine HD II processor, plus SDXC support and the company's curiously-named 'Happy Mode'.
Panasonic announces DMC-ZX3 digital compact camera
Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-ZX3 compact with an 8x optical zoom lens starting at 25mm equiv, made possible by super thin 0.3mm lens elements. Successor to the DMC-ZX1, the ZX3 features the company's new 'Happy Mode' that optimizes the color, saturation and brightness of both photos and videos. It offers AVCHD Lite video recording, SDXC support and Power O.I.S. lens stabilization, and comes with a 14MP sensor and a 2.7 inch LCD.
Panasonic releases DMC- FX66 digital camera
Panasonic has released the Lumix DMC-FX66 ultra-compact. The 14MP camera features Intelligent Resolution technology and Power O.I.S. image stabilization. It also includes the company's new Happy mode that apparently optimizes the color, saturation and brightness of the recorded image to match your memory of the scene, plus a Cosmetic mode that enhances skin texture. It incorporates a 25-125mm equiv. wide-angle lens, 2.7 inch LCD and an HD output.
January 25
Pentax Optio i10 looks back to Auto 110
Pentax has unveiled the Optio I-10 compact camera that replicates the look of the company's Auto 110 micro-SLRs. Behind the cute, retro styling is a 12MP sensor, 2.7" LCD and a 5x zoom covering a 28-140mm equivalent range. It also includes sensor-shake image stabilization, 720p HD movie shooting, a dynamic range expansion feature, the ability to be remotely controlled and can recognise the faces of cats and dogs.
Pentax Optio H90
Pentax has released the premium-styled Optio H90 digital compact. It features a 12MP sensor and the 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens seen in the i-10. The company's new 'functional beauty' concept lends the H90 a pleasant minimalism but the lack of optical image stabilization suggests the austerity might have gone a bit far. The H90 can shoot 720p HD movies and is optimized to work with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards.
Pentax announces Optio E90 budget camera
Pentax has announced the Optio E90 budget compact. The camera features a non-slip rubber coating and a simple, large-buttoned interface similar to previous E series models. It is built around a 10MP sensor, includes a 2.7 inch LCD and 3x optical zoom lens (32-95mm equiv). It gains smile recognition to ensure shots are snapped while your subject smiles.
What Digital Camera arranges auction for Haiti
What Digital Camera has arranged an auction of camera gear in aid of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All the goods have been donated by their respective UK distributors and all the proceeds will go directly to the Disasters Emergency Appeal (DEC) Haiti Earthquake Appeal (a collaboration of 13 major UK aid agencies, led by the Red Cross). Lots include compacts, premium-brand accessories and even a Nikon D3000. Bids must all be made by PayPal and all auctions end on January 30th.
Kenko releases converters for Canon & Nikon
Kenko has updated three of its teleconverters available for both Canon and Nikon mounts. The DGX versions now communicate the effective focal length and aperture of the lens/converter combination to the camera for recording in the EXIF data. The PRO 300 AF 2.0x DGX, MC4 AF 1.4x DGX and MC7 AF 2.0x DGX are otherwise the same as previous 'DG' versions.
January 22
Canon plans update of EOS 1D Mark IV firmware
Canon has announced it is working on updating the firmware for the EOS 1D Mark IV. The forthcoming firmware, version 1.0.6, will improve the camera's performance when tracking receding subjects and subjects that are approaching the camera slowly. The firmware will be available from late January, the company says.
dpreview.com launches user Galleries
We're proud to announce the public beta of our new Galleries feature, providing a place for you to upload and share your photos. It's something we've talked about wanting to do for many years so we're really excited to be able to launch the first wave of features. Every dpreview.com member automatically has a free account, providing the ability to upload up to 200MB worth of images per month, up to 1,000 images in total. Pro accounts with unlimited upload capability will follow soon, along with a raft of other features. Galleries already offers the ability to upload, tag and arrange images into albums with a simple way to including photos into forum posts. It's a beta for now, so may be prone to the occasional bout of hiccups, but we think it's too much fun to keep to ourselves.
January 21
Sigma UK reduce specialist lens prices
Sigma UK has announced a reduction in retail prices of several of its specialist, professional lenses. This, it says, is the result of securing lower cost prices from its parent company in Japan.
January 20
Leica announces Oskar Barnack Award 2010
Leica has announced its 31st Oskar Barnack Award for themed photo series, with a first prize of €5,000. The award is made for a series of ten to twelve images expressing 'the interaction between man and the environment.' For the second time, there is also a 'Newcomer' award open to photographers under 25 years, with the chance to win €2,500. Winners in both categories can also opt for their prize's value in Leica camera equipment. Submissions are open until 15 March 2010.
Cosina announces Voigtländer M-mount 12mm F5.6 lens

Cosina has announced a Voigtländer branded Heliar 12mm F5.6 Aspherical II ultra wide angle lens for Leica M mount. Capturing a 121° angle of view, the manual focus lens can be fitted on Micro Four Thirds bodies using an adaptor. Cosina has also released a 12mm External Viewfinder alongside the lens. Priced at 85,000 yen (approx. US $932) and 34,500 yen (approx. US $378) respectively, the lens and viewfinder will start shipping from March 2010.

Sony introduces TransferJet Memory Stick
Sony has announced the TransferJet wireless Memory Stick. The technology can transfer files at speeds of up to 560Mbps, matching the latest 802.11n standard Wi-Fi transfer rates, but only within a range of 3 cm between two devices that support TransferJet. This therefore would seem to be of most use to people who struggle with card readers. The company will launch an 8GB version of the wireless card on February 5, 2010, priced at US $99.99.
January 19
Nikon releases Capture NX2 v2.2.4 for Mac
Nikon has released v2.2.4 of its Capture NX2 software for Mac. The latest version, released last month for Windows, fixes minor bugs and extends support to Mac Snow Leopard (v10.6.2).
Silicon Power announces 128GB 400x CF card
Silicon Power has announced the world’s first 128GB 400x Compact Flash card. Offering the largest storage capacity we've yet seen with write speeds of 90MB/s, it allows the recording of HD video without compromising continuous shooting performance. The card will also be available in 64GB, 32GB, 16GB and 8GB capacities.
Samsung unveils HZ35W & HZ30W superzooms
Samsung has unveiled the HZ35W and HZ30W compact superzooms. The new image-stabilized cameras increase their zoom ranges to 15x, starting at a very useful 24mm equivalent. (A worlds first in a camera so slim) The HZ35W (WB650 in Europe) includes built-in GPS and a 3.0" AMOLED display while the HZ30W (WB600) has neither, instead featuring a 3.0" LCD. Both cameras feature 12.2MP sensors and 720p HD video recording using H.264 compression. They succeed the TL320 (WB) and HZ15W (WB).
Samsung releases TL110 & TL105 digital cameras
Samsung has released the TL110 and TL105 ultra compact cameras. The 14.2 megapixel TL110 (ST70 in Europe) and 12 megapixel TL105 (ST60) offer 2.7 inch LCDs, wide angle zoom lenses starting at 27mm equivalent and offer 720p HD video recording using H.264 compression. Both include scene modes such as Fisheye, Lomo and a DeFog Clear/Fog Lifting mode that claims to cut through haze to take clearer images.
Samsung announces SL630 digital compact
Samsung has unveiled the SL630 budget compact camera. The camera, called PL80 in Europe, is designed with a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 5x (28-140mm equiv.) zoom lens and 2.7 inch LCD. It includes image stabilization, focus tracking and 'Perfect Portrait' system. Priced at £129.99, the camera will be available from March 2010.
January 18
Canon US announces short film contest
Canon US has announced an HD video competition with a chance to win either an EOS 7D or 5D Mark II. The 'Story Beyond The Still' contest asks budding US videographers to create a video that continues where Vincent Laforet's "The Cabbie" ends. Each winning entry becomes the start point of the next 'chapter.' The overall winner, chosen by the users of video site Vimeo, will help Laforet film the work's conclusion.