February 20
Sigma releases 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
PMA 2010: Third on Sigma's long list of introductions is an image-stabilized fast standard zoom for APS-C SLRs. The 17-50mm EX DC OS HSM offers a slightly wider angle of view than the company's previous models in this class, and alongside optical stabilization also adds a hypersonic autofocus motor for users of all mounts (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony). It uses two elements made from Sigma's new 'FLD glass', plus two glass mold and one hybrid aspherical elements, to reduce aberrations. The minimum focus distance is 28cm across the entire zoom range, giving a maximum magnification of 0.2x, and the 77mm filter thread does not rotate on focusing.
Sigma introduces DP2s large sensor compact
PMA 2010: Sigma has released the DP2s compact camera with a 14MP FOVEON  X3 CMOS sensor. With almost identical specifications to its predecessor, the DP2, it offers a new AF algorithm for faster autofocus, a Power Save mode and a slightly revised rear design with more visible labeling of the buttons. The camera will ship with the company's latest Photo Pro 4.0 raw processing software.
Sigma announces DP1x compact camera
PMA 2010: Sigma has announced the DP1x digital compact camera, a revised version of its DP1 large-sensor compact camera. Featuring the same sensor and wide angle lens as the DP1, it inherits the faster True II processor from the DP2 and a new AF algorithm for faster auto focus. It also shares the revised rear design of the DP2s, with a dedicated 'QS' (Quick Set) button and more visible labeling of controls.
Sigma goes ultrawide with 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC
PMA 2010: Continuing our way through Sigma's bag of goodies, we come to the widest-angle rectilinear lens yet made for APS-C DSLRs, in the shape of the 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM. Essentially an equivalent of the company's 12-24mm lens for full-frame, this features a disorientatingly-wide angle of view of 121 degrees for exaggerated perspectives. It has a built-in petal shaped hood, HSM focusing with full-time manual override, and a minimum focus of 24cm. Again, it will be available to fit Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony SLRs.
Sigma stabilizes 50-500mm ultra-telezoom
PMA 2010: Last but not least of the lenses, we come to Sigma's upgrade for its popular 50-500mm ultra-telephoto zoom which now incorporates Optical Stabilisation - a hugely welcome addition to such a long lens. Again Sigma claims the OS offers up to four stops benefit, and works with Sony and Pentax SLRs as well as Canon, Sigma and Nikon models, with the stabilized viewfinder image aiding in focusing and composition. The all-new optical design uses 22 elements in 16 groups, including four SLD glass elements, but the filter size has grown to a whopping 95mm.
Sigma re-introduces SD15 digital SLR
PMA 2010: More than a year after first showcasing it at the 2008 Photokina trade show, Sigma has re-announced the SD15 digital SLR. Successor to the SD14, it incorporates a 14MP Foveon X3 sensor, the same True II processor as the latest DPx models, and a larger 3.0" 460k dot LCD. Other features include SD card compatibility, ISO 100-1600 (50-3200 extended) sensitivity, 21 shot raw buffer at 3fps and 5 frame auto bracketing for HDR-enthusiasts.
Sigma adopts 'FLD' glass
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PMA 2010: Sigma has also taken the opportunity to reveal a bit more about its new 'FLD' glass, which is used in several of the company's lens designs simultaneously unveiled at PMA. Standing for 'F' Low Dispersion, the material is claimed to have performance equivalent to fluorite glass, but at a more affordable price. Its optical characteristics apparently allow excellent correction for residual chromatic aberration, while its lower density compared to traditional optical glass allows lighter lenses. It's used in the company's new 70-200mm, 17-50mm and 8-16mm designs.
Nikkor AF-S 24mm F1.4 sample images
PMA 2010: Samples images from Nikon's 24mm F1.4 AF-S wide-angle prime lens. We're not sure if these are the world's first indepent sample shots with this lens but, given how hard it was to wrestle it away from the guys on the Nikon stand at the PMA Sneak Peek event, there can't be many others.
PMA 2010 - We're here
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PMA 2010: A splinter group from the dpreview.com editorial team has touched down in Anaheim to cover the announcements from the PMA 2010 show. We'll be wandering from stand-to-stand, bringing you pictures and insight about all the latest launches, including live blogging from some of the press conferences. Stay tuned over the next few days for all the latest news.
Samsung unveils TL500/EX1 with fast f/1.8-2.4 lens
Pre-PMA 2010: Samsung has released the TL500 (EX1 in Europe) premium compact camera with a fast f/1.8-2.4 wide angle 3x (24-72mm equiv.) image stabilized zoom lens. It comes with an 1/1.7" 10MP CCD sensor and a 3.0" multi-angle AMOLED display. The camera also offers full manual control, RAW capture, VGA video recording in H.264 format and a new faster DRIMeIII processor.
Five more NX lenses from Samsung in 2010
Samsung has announced that it plans to roll-out five more lenses for its NX system in 2010. The new range includes a 20mm f/2.8 pancake, 60mm f/2.8 macro, 20-50mm compact zoom, 18-200mm superzoom and another version of the 18-55mm kit lens without image stabilization (O.I.S.). The lenses will be released through the course of this year.
Samsung releases AQ100/WP10 waterproof compact
Pre-PMA 2010: Samsung has released the AQ100 waterproof ultracompact (known as WP10 outside the US). It has been designed to operate underwater to a depth of 3 meters and features a dedicated Aqua mode, that optimizes camera settings for underwater photography. The 12MP camera comes with a 2.7" LCD, 5x (36-180mm equiv) internal zoom lens and 720p HD video recording.
Samsung announces TL350/WB2000 with 1080p HD
Pre-PMA 2010: Samsung has announced the TL350 (WB2000 in Europe) with full 1080p HD video recording. The camera comes with a 10MP CMOS sensor and offers P/A/S/M shooting modes, RAW capture and high-speed video recording at up to 1000 fps. It also features an 'advanced panorama' mode with object tracking, and a dual capture mode that allows users to capture stills whilst recording videos. A 3" AMOLED screen rounds off the specification.
February 19
Bibble Labs announces Bibble 5 Pro v5.0.2
Bibble Labs has posted another update to its Bibble 5 Pro software just three weeks after posting the previous version. v5.0.2 fixes bugs and extends RAW support to additional cameras including Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR. It also adds a Soft Proofing option that enables users to check previews of prints for color accuracy, amongst other improvements. The latest version is currently available as a free upgrade for existing v5 customers from Bibble's support forum.
February 18
Pentax posts  K-7 firmware update
Pentax has posted a firmware update for its K-7 mid-level DSLR. Version 1.03 provides lens correction compatibility for additional FA lenses, improves movie recording stability with specific SDHC cards and offers minor usability improvements. The firmware is available for immediate download from Pentax's website.
Sony releases  DSC-H55 compact superzoom
Pre-PMA 2010: Sony has released the DSC-H55 compact superzoom, featuring an image stabilized 10x (25-250mm equiv.) zoom lens. A simplified version of the recently released HX5, it features a 14MP CCD sensor rather than a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, standard 720p HD video recording and leaves out the HX5's GPS and compass. It incorporates a 3 inch LCD and features such as Sweep Panorama and SD card compatibilty.
Adobe Photoshop turns twenty
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Adobe will celebrate 20 years of its flagship Photoshop image editing software on February 19, 2010. Since the launch of version 1.0 in 1990, the software has been developed and features added to take into account the changing needs of different industries (not least the arrival of the Internet), helping it to become the de facto industry standard. To mark its anniversary, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) in the US will host an event, presided over by the company's senior management and the co-creators of the software, Thomas and John Knoll.
Sony unveils world's slimmest rugged compact
Pre-PMA 2010:Sony has released the world's slimmest rugged compact in the shape of the DSC-TX5. Measuring 17.7mm (0.69") on its thinnest side, it features a 10.2MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 3.0" touchscreen LCD that works underwater. The company's first rugged compact, it is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters, coldproof down to -10°C (14°F) and shock-resistant for drops of up to 1.5 meters. Offering a range of optional weatherproof accessories, the camera will be available from March 2010.
February 17
Seitz speeds up Roundshot VR panorama head
Swiss manufacturer Seitz Phototechnik AG has announced the Roundshot VR Drive 's', a faster version of its motorized panorama head. Capable of capturing both cylindrical and spherical panoramic images, it can complete a 360° revolution in 8 seconds. It also features a 'quality mode' for High Dynamic Range work, and is billed as compact and lightweight at 1.65kg. Existing users of the Roundshot VR Drive can upgrade to the speed (s) version for €333, while new buyers can avail themselves of it for €1870.
Cosina releases Voigtländer Apo-Lanthar 90mm SL II

Cosina has announced the Voigtländer-branded Apo-Lanthar 90mm F3.5 SL II close focus lens for Canon, Nikon and Pentax mounts. Maintaining the same 50cm minimum focusing distance and optical construction of the previous, SL version, the lens has been redesigned with a smaller body. Additionally, by mounting the included close up lens, its closest focusing distance can be reduced down to 32cm, giving a magnification ratio of 1:1.8. Priced at ¥58,000 (~ US $645) for the Canon EF mount and ¥55,000 (~ US $610) for the Nikon Ai-S mount and Pentax KA mount, it will be available in Japan from early March 2010.

February 16
Samsung updates firmware for NX lenses
Samsung has released firmware updates for all of its NX lenses. Firmware v1.1 improves autofocus accuracy of the 18-55mm kit lens, 50-200mm telezoom and 30mm F2 pancake lens. The updates are available for immediate download from Samsung's website.
Just posted - Our Nikon D3S in-depth review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the Nikon D3S. The successor to the highly regarded D3 offers improved high ISO performance and a new HD video mode. Can these additions, plus a host of more minor refinements combine to keep the D3S competitive against newcomers such as Canon's EOS-1D Mark IV? Read our 34-page in-depth review to find out.
Sigma releases 17-70mm OS for Sony & Pentax
Sigma has announced the OS version of its 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro lens will be available soon in Sony and Pentax mounts. Currently available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, the Sony version will start shipping from February 27, 2010 followed by the Pentax version from March 19, 2010.
February 15
Pentax Europe offers K-x in eight more colors
Pentax has announced eight more colors of its K-x digital SLR for the European market. Limited numbers of the camera will be available in Beige, Chocolate, Metal Fuchsia, Pink, Metal Turquoise, Metal Dark Grey, Olive green and Soft brown. The cameras will start shipping from March 2010 at a suggested retail price of £599, including the 18-55 kits lens.
February 12
Leaf releases Aptus II 8 digital back
Leaf imaging has released what it says is the industry's fastest medium format camera back, in the shape of Aptus-II 8. This latest back can capture a frame in under 0.8 seconds (1.25 fps) and can shoot 60 full resolution frames in a minute. The 40MP camera back is available at a retail price of €13.995.
Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-GF1 in pink
Panasonic has announced a special edition of its Lumix DMC-GF1 in Sakura pink. It joins the currently available color choices of black, red, silver and white. The company has confirmed that the pink model will be available in Japan, Hong King, Singapore, France and some Nordic countries.
Olympus announces forthcoming E-P1 firmware update
Olympus has announced a forthcoming firmware update for its E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera. Version 1.3 will address the occasional freezing of the camera display while manually focusing.
February 11
Submerged camera's memory card retains photos
Photos captured by a digital camera thought to have spent over a year in the Atlantic ocean have been discovered. According to the BBC, trawlerman Benito Estevez fished the camera out with five holiday pictures intact on its SD card, off the west coast of Europe. One picture includes the cruiseliner QE2, that made its last voyage in 2008, helping date the images. Although no details of the camera model is available, it reflects well on the resilience of solid-state memory.
Camera makers amongst world's top patent applicants
Samsung, Canon and Panasonic have ranked second, fourth and fifth in the list of top fifty recipients of US patents in 2009. Panasonic, which makes greater use of the international patents system, topped the list of International Applications with Samsung and Canon coming in seventeenth and twenty seventh respectively. Fujifilm and Ricoh which both have interests beyond cameras also feature in the top 20 of the US list, while the smaller Nikon comes fifty-second in terms of international applications. Canon's lofty position in the US list, despite operating in fewer product areas than the two consumer electronics giants, prompted it to issue a press release highlighting its performance.
February 9
Exclusive! Olympus E-PL1 Sample Gallery
Just posted! The world's first independent, final firmware samples from the Olympus E-PL1. We've put together a gallery of 25 images to add to our preview. These have been shot with a variety of lenses and make use of several of the camera's Art Filters. There are also examples of the high-saturation iEnhance picture mode that is applied when the camera is in iAuto mode.
Apple unveils Aperture 3 raw workflow software
Apple has unveiled Aperture 3, the latest version of its raw-conversion and photo management software. It promises faster organization of large number of images and offers over 200 new features. Changes include a new Faces and Places option that enables Face detection and geotagging, an improved slideshow feature that combines photos and HD videos, and a new Brushes feature to 'paint' effects on images. Mac users who already own Aperture will be able to upgrade for US $99, while new customers can buy it for US$199.
Nikon posts firmware update for D3S pro DSLR
Nikon has released a firmware update for the D3S professional DSLR that fixes a series of bugs. Firmware v1.01 rectifies errors pertaining to movie recording, exposure preview, live view and the 'CHA' error message displayed while using some CF cards. It also revises the simplified Chinese menu. The firmware is available for immediate download from Nikon's website.
zoomMediaPlus announces SD card reader for iPhone
Mobile applications company zoomMediaPlus has announced the zoomIt SD card reader for Apple's iPhone or iPod. Files including photos, videos, music and documents can be transferred in both directions using the included zoomIt application. Priced at $59.95, the card reader will start shipping from April 2010. It is unclear whether Apple's camera connection kit announced alongside the iPad will be able to perform a similar role.
Nikon 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR stabilized ultra-wide zoom
Nikon has announced the worlds first image stabilized ultra-wide angle zoom for full frame cameras. The AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens includes a Silent Wave autofocus motor and VR II technology, which Nikon claims gives up to four stops benefit against camera shake when hand-holding. Other goodies include Nano Crystal coating to combat flare, a magnesium alloy barrel, and weather sealing.
Nikon releases 24mm f/1.4 G ED fast wideangle lens
Nikon has released the AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED wide aperture prime lens for full-frame DSLRs. It features an anti-reflective Nano Crystal coating and both ED and aspherical lens elements to help minimize distortion and chromatic aberration. The lens comes in a weather-resistant body and includes a Silent Wave Motor for quieter autofocus operation.
February 8
Canon develops EOS E1 video plug-in
Canon has announced the development of the EOS E1 plug-in for Apple's Final Cut Pro video-editing software. It will enable EOS 5D Mark II, 7D and 1D Mark IV users to log and mark videos with timecode, reel names and metadata before importing into the software. A free Beta version of the plug-in will be available to download for testing in March 2010.
Canon releases PowerShot SD1400 IS & SD1300 IS
Canon has released the PowerShot SD1300 IS (IXUS 105 in Europe) and the SD1400 IS (IXUS 130), its slimmest PowerShot model to date. Both offer image stabilized wide-angle 4x (28-112mm equiv.) optical zoom lenses, 2.7" LCDs and incorporate 12MP and 14MP sensors respectively. The 17.8mm deep SD1400 IS also features 720p HD video recording using H.264 compression and an HD output.
Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i , previewed with samples
Canon has unveiled the latest in its long line of consumer digital SLRs, the Rebel T2i (EOS 550D). Highlights include 1080p HD video recording (with full manual control), an 18MP CMOS sensor, 3 inch 3:2 LCD with 1040k dot resolution and the 63-point iFCL metering system first seen on the EOS 7D. The new Rebel also offers a handful of less attention-grabbing upgrades, including redesigned buttons, 3.7 fps continous shooting, +/-5 stops exposure compensation and UI support for Eye-Fi cards. We spent a little time with a pre-production EOS 550D last week and have produced a detailed hands-on preview and (quick) gallery of Beta samples - check it out after the link...
Canon introduces PowerShot SX210 IS
Canon has introduced the PowerShot SX210 IS compact superzoom that replaces last year's SX200 IS. Key changes include the ability to stow the pop-up flash, a flat body design, a 14.1MP sensor and increased, 14x (28 - 392mm equiv.) optical zoom range. It also features a dedicated video recording button and supports SDXC memory cards.
Canon announces SD3500 IS with touchscreen LCD
Canon has released the SD3500 IS (Digital IXUS 210 in Europe) ultra-compact featuring a 3.5 inch touchscreen LCD with 460k dot resolution. It offers a 5x optical zoom lens starting at a useful 24mm and a 14MP sensor. The interface recognizes gestures for some commonly used features.
February 4
Topaz releases Detail 2 plug-in for Photoshop
Software maker Topaz Labs has released Detail 2, its detail enhancement and sharpening plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. The latest version features a redesigned interface, more editing tools and promises faster processing speed. It is available as a free upgrade for existing users or $39.99 for first-time buyers.
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.