February 16
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.
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'.