January 24
Fujifilm updates 18x S8000fd to S8100fd

Pre-PMA 2008: The second new camera from Fujifilm today is the FinePix S8100fd, a minor update to the FinePix S8000fd (itself only announced 6 months ago). The main differences are an increase in pixel count (from 8 to 10 megapixels), some new continuous shooting modes and an increase in the maximum sensitivity to ISO 6400 (at reduced resolution). The other changes and new features are all relatively minor.

Fujifilm launches world's smallest 12x zoom camera
Pre-PMA 2008: Next up from Fujifilm is another addition to the FinePix 'S' range of budget-priced SLR-styled 'big zoom' compacts. The S1000fd is claimed to be the world's smallest digital camera with a 12x optical zoom (33-396mm equiv.), though there's no optical stabilization (only high ISO). Other features of note include a 2.7-inch LCD, electronic viewfinder, face detection, 2cm macro, sensitivity up to ISO 3200 (of course) and a new panorama shooting mode.
Fujfilm launches F100fd 'utimate' compact
Pre-PMA 2008: Fujifilm has unveiled what it is calling the 'ultimate F Series' digital camera, the F100fd. Positioned as the flagship model (above the recently announced F50fd), the 12 megapixel F100fd sports a 5x 28-140mm zoom lens, Face Detection 3.0 and sensitivity settings of up to (cough) ISO 12800. More interestingly the F100fd is claimed to offer Wide Dynamic Range capabilities similar to those found on the S5 Pro digital SLR. Updated 25/01/08 with spec changes.
Fujfilm updates Z10fd to Z20fd
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Pre-PMA 2008: Fujifilm's second new camera is an upgraded version of the Z10fd, featuring four new color schemes, 10MP sensor and an improved face detection system with automatic red-eye removal. The Z20fd now also features MPEG-4 movie recording and a variety of novel features designed to tickle the fancy of its intended 'generation Z' market.
Fujfilm launches budget 'J Series'
Pre-PMA 2008: Fujifilm has today annouced a new range of affordable FinePix digital cameras. The 'J' Series kicks off with two new models, the J50 and J10. Both sport 8MP CCD sensors, with the J10 a slim 3x zoom compact with a 2.5" screen and the J50 adding a 5x zoom and a slightly larger 2.7 inch LCD. Both feature Li-Ion rechargeable batteries, scene modes and Fujifilm's 'Picture Stabilization' mode (aka high ISO).
Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi brief hands-on
Pre-PMA 2008: We had a quick chance to get our hands on Canon's latest DSLR, the EOS 450D (Rebel XSi). It's a bigger step forward than the 400D was from the 350D, adding a host of useful improvements as well as the predictable feature tweaks. Based on our brief look at it, here's a rundown of the new features. UPDATED: Now includes battery grip information.
Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi
Pre-PMA 2008: Canon has today announced a new compact digital SLR, the twelve megapixel EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi). On the surface a very similar camera to the EOS 400D, however there are a range of significant improvements; twelve megapixel CMOS sensor, 3.0" LCD monitor, Live View with both AF modes (contrast-detect and passive), 14-bit processing and RAW, spot metering, improved AF, 3.5 fps continuous shooting, a larger viewfinder, SD/SDHC storage and a new higher capacity battery. All in all a fairly impressive range of usage oriented improvements and refinements.
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS ELPH / Digital IXUS 80 IS
Pre-PMA 2008: Canon today announced another addition to its stylish ELPH/IXUS range of ultra compact digital cameras. The Canon Powershot SD1100 IS DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS 80 IS in Europe, IXY DIGITAL 20 IS in Japan; can you spot the hidden logic in Canon's global camera naming strategy?) comes with all the features you would expect from a camera of such a pedigree. It sports a 8MP sensor, 3x zoom, Face Detection and optical Image Stabilization, all nicely wrapped up in Canon's 'perpetual curve' design.
Canon PowerShot A470, A580 & A590 IS
Pre-PMA 2008: Canon's Powershot A-Series of digital compacts today swelled with the addition of three new models featuring brand new technology for 2008. The A470 is a $149 7.1 megapixel, 3.4x zoom entry-level digicam whilst the $179 A580 and $199 A590 IS (basically the same camera with lens-shift stabilization) pack 8.0 megapixels and 4x optics with the practical, ergonomic body shape we've come to expect from a Canon 'A'. The Powershot A470, A580 and A590 IS should be in stores from late February /early March.
January 23
Pentax K20D brief hands-on
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Pre-PMA 2008: Pentax has been kind enough to let us spend a little time with an early sample of its latest DLSR, the K20D. It'll be familiar to anyone who's held a K10D but has a number of added features to keep it competitive in its increasingly crowded market segment. We run down the changes and that Pentax has wrought.
Pentax K20D
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Pre-PMA 2008: Pentax has unveiled its latest mid-priced DSLR - the K20D. The camera is based around the successful K10D body with the addition of a 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor and sees the addition of live view for the first time on a Pentax DSLR. It also features this season's de rigueur feature: an expanded dynamic range function.
Pentax K200D
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Pre-PMA 2008: Pentax has today announced its new entry level DSLR, the K200D, as a replacement for the K100D. Despite being targeted at the beginner DSLR photographer the K200D boasts an impressive list of features including a weather-sealed body, CCD-based anti-shake and dust removal. Almost inevitably Pentax has also increased the resolution, with the APS-C sized sensor now capturing images at 10.2 MP.
New Pentax lenses
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Pre-PMA 2008: Pentax has added some interesting new lenses to its line-up. The 300mm F4 and 200mm F2.8 compact telephotos incorporate Sonic Drive Motor for quiet and swift focusing. The 35mm F2.8 macro looks to be a variation on the recently-announced Tokina (or is it the other way around?). A couple of general purpose zooms - 18-55 and 55-300 - should keep the soccer moms happy although they are likely to be excellent performers in their own right.
Pentax Optio S12
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Pre-PMA 2008: The Pentax Optio S12 shoehorns 12 megapixels into a slim and slinky casing along with 3x optical zoom. Unfortunately there's no optical stabilization but if you enable the 'Shake Reduction' mode the camera will bump up the ISO to 3200 in an effort to achieve high shutter speeds. Face Recognition helps the camera set the focus and exposure optimally for those all-important friends and family members and DiX video compression ensures you'll be able to capture plenty of embarrassing moments in high quality. £199 is all you'll need to hand over for this little beauty come March 2008.
Pentax Optio M50
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Pre-PMA 2008: The M50 slots into the middle of the Optio range with 8.0 megapixels and a 36-180mm equivalent lens, 'Shake Reduction' bumping up the ISO to 6400 (!) if light gets low. The monitor is a 2.5" LCD and as per usual with Pentax there are plenty of helpful scene modes to ensure the camera is set up correctly for every situation. Pop down £149.99 on the counter from March 2008 and it's yours.
Pentax Optio E50
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Pre-PMA 2008: Pentax's entry level offering for 2008 is the Optio E50. This 8.1 megapixel compact digital camera sees the world through a 3x 37.5 - 112.5 mm (equiv.) lens and a 'Shake Reduction' system increases the sensitivity to ISO 1600 to increase shutter speeds and help prevent both camera shake and subject motion from ruining low-light images. Priced at £99, the Optio E50 should be in shops come February 2008.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H10
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Pre-PMA 2008: Sony today announced the CyberShot DSC-H10, a fairly mild update to the DSC-H3 'compact superzoom' released in August 2007. Still with 10x optical zoom, 8 megapixels and no viewfinder, the LCD has been upgraded with a 3.0" 230k dot screen - dubbed 'Clear Photo LCD Plus™ - replacing the 2.5" 115k panel in the previous model. Available to pre-order from 31 Jan, the DSC-H3 will relieve you of $300.
Sony updates Cyber-Shot S series
Pre-PMA 2008: Sony today announced the latest models in its entry-level S-Series - the Cyber-Shot DSC-S750 and S780. 3x zoom and sensors featuring 7.2 and 8.1 megapixels respectively are pretty standard fare but crucially, Sony has dropped AA batteries and fitted these new models with a lithium power source. Besides promising improved performance - particularly flash recycle time which generally suffers when using AAs - the move allows a slimmer design much more in keeping with Sony's image. Expect to see the S750 hitting the shelves toward the end of February with the S780 following around a month later.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T300
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Pre-PMA 2008: Sony today announced its DSC-T300 - the latest in its line of touch-controlled slim digital cameras. You could almost describe it as a 'tablet camera' as all controls bar the shutter release have been dispensed with and replaced with a gargantuan 3.5" touch panel filling the entire rear surface of the device. Whilst not a buttonfest in the traditional sense, Sony has certainly not held back on cramming it full of gadgets and gizmos. They've taken advantage of the unique interface to present such features as Child/Adult priority Face Detection, Face Search and DRO Plus (Dynamic Range Optimization) as well as a whole raft of retouching tools so one can perfect (or ruin) images all without them ever leaving the camera. $399 will secure a T300 when it hits the shops. More after the jump.
Sony raises a smile with new W-Series
Pre-PMA 2008: Too many grumpy facial expressions in your family snaps? Do not despair! Sony has today announced 4 new models in its W-series of digital compact cameras, all of which are featuring Sony's 'smile shutter' mode. When set to this shooting mode the camera automatically releases the shutter when the subject smiles. The DSC-W170 and DSC-W150 (available in April) sport a 5x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens while the smaller sister models DSC-W130 and DSC-W120 (available in March) come with a 4x zoom. All cameras will be offered in a range of colors.
Faster xD Picture Cards launched
Pre-PMA 2008: In a scene reminiscent of a once-respected prize fighter climbing back into the ring, the xD-Picture Card format has been given a revamp. Olympus has launched the "Type M+" that offers higher speeds in the format's largest capacities. The disappearance of the Type-H, fast (by xD standards), cards and Fujifilm's move to accepting the cheaper and potentially faster SD format looked like knock-out blows to the xD format. But the little card appears to have picked itself up off the canvas for the benefit of Olympus owners wanting to make the most of their cameras' continuous shooting and movie modes.
January 22
Olympus SP-570 UZ
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Pre-PMA 2008: Olympus has today announced its 20x zoom SP-570 UZ as a replacement for the SP-560 UZ and by doing so reconquered the sole number one spot in the race for the longest superzoom lens on a compact camera. The lens has 'grown' at both ends and is now covering the astounding range of 26-520mm (35mm equivalent). Inevitably there has also been an increase in resolution, from 8 to 10M
Stylus range now up to 7x zoom
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Pre-PMA 2008: Looking at Olympus diminuitive Stylus (mju) range, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the 5x zoom range currently employed was the biggest which would fit. However, Olympus has other plans and has shoehorned a whopping 7x 37-260 mm equivalent optic onto the front plate of the 10.1 megapixel Stylus 1010 and 1020. Also announced was the Stylus 840 with 8.0 MP and a 36-180 mm range. Catch all three on the shelves from February.
Olympus announces new Stylus SW models
Pre-PMA 2008: Olympus today announced two new models in its 'heavy duty' Stylus SW series. SW range cameras are (within limits) shock- and water proof and generally well known for their ruggedness. The 1030SW sports a 10MP sensor and comes with a 3.6x (28-102mm equiv.) zoom lens, the 850SW features an 8MP imaging sensor and a 3x (38-114mm equiv.) zoom. Both cameras will be available from February.
Olympus announces new additions to FE range
Pre-PMA 2008: Olympus today announced the latest additions to its FE-range of compact digital cameras. All sporting 8 megapixel sensors, the new cameras differ in zoom range, with the FE-310 and FE-340 packing 5x 36-180 equiv. optics and the FE-350 Wide extending the wide end and reigning in the tele for a useful 28-112. All will be available from February.
January 21
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LS80
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Pre-PMA 2008: Panasonic has quietly announced the LUMIX DMC-LS80, an economical model featuring a 33-100 mm equivalent zoom and 8.1 megapixel sensor. Also featuring - as it does on every single Panasonic camera - is Mega O.I.S. optical stabilization. Slightly worryingly the LS80's maximum ISO is quoted as 6400 so expect a sea of noise or an image devoid of fine detail. Either way, ISO ratings this high on a compact serve almost no practical purpose. That aside the LS80 seems a solid entry-level offering. More after the click.
January 18
Olympus E-Series price drops
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Pre-PMA 2008: Olympus UK today announced price reductions of up to £150 on its E410 and E510 DSLR kits. Packages now start at £319.99 for the E410 body and rise to £549.99 for the E510 double lens kit with a focal length range of 28 - 300mm (equiv.)
onOne to scale-up resizing technology
Pre-PMA 2008: onOne Software, a maker of software and plug-ins for photographers has bought the Liquid Resize technology we reported on in August 2007. Stand-alone software using the technology, which allows images to be resized and reproportioned without geometric constraints while retaining the key image features, will be available in late January as part of a free public beta test. A Photoshop plug-in should follow later in the year.
January 16
SD-compatible GPS makes geotagging easy
Pre-PMA 2008: Memory maker ATP has launched what it describes as: "the World's most easy-to-use Geotagging device." The Photo Finder is a portable GPS receiver that can automatically sync its data with the photos from your digital camera, without the need for a computer.
January 15
FotoNation revolutionizes the self-timer
Pre-PMA 2008: Perhaps you've never heard of FotoNation but chances are if you bought a digital camera in the past couple of years it may well be using technology developed by the Burlingame, CA based firm. Automatic red-eye reduction, face recognition, smile shutter...get the idea? Now these clever folks have combined that old recipe for disaster - the self-timer - with the latest advances in facial recognition to create FaceTime™. Essentially this delays the countdown until the photographer has positioned themselves in the frame. It will recognize a group of people and only start the timer once that final straggler reaches position. Clever stuff and they will be holding demonstrations at PMA too.
Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 review
Just Posted! Our review of the latest addition to Sony's H series of 'High Zoom' compact digital cameras. This 'baby-brother' of the Cyber-shot H7/H9 offers a 10x zoom and 8MP sensor in a very compact body. The H3 enters the market at a very attractive price point which - together with its specification - puts it into direct competition with the Canon Powershot SX100 IS and the Panasonic DMC-TZ3. Can the H3 cut the mustard in the battle with these established rivals? Find out in our concise review, after the link...
Jobo announces PMA 2008 line-up
Pre-PMA 2008: Jobo today announced its PMA line-up including a brand new product line - camera and camcorder batteries. Image storage and viewing solutions are catered for by the GIGA range of hard drive storage devices and 7 to 15-inch digital picture frames. The new battery range, dubbed PREMIO, comprises 300 different types of both Li-Ion and Ni-MH cells with the most popular 60 - taking care of 400 of the most popular applications - being 'readily available' and the remainder presumably requiring special production runs. More after the jump.
PMA 2008 show report preview, predictions
Pre-PMA 2008: In just over two weeks the most important photography trade show of the year will kick off. The Photo Marketing Association show begins in Las Vegas on 31st January and will open the floodgates on a raft of new digital cameras and other digital photography related products. So that you can keep up to date with his growing list of new products we have enabled our show report and new product index which will also provide direct access to our live 'from the show floor' reports as they happen. We've also added a little preview / predictions list. Bookmark our show report page or subscribe to our PMA 2008 RSS feeds.
January 14
Eye-Fi announces enhanced Mac compatibility
Eye-Fi, makers of wireless SD cards for digital cameras, has announced enhanced Mac functionality with the card now able to import photos directly into iPhoto. In addition the device is now compatible with OS X 10.5 aka Leopard and Safari 3 may be used to access and change settings. The updated software is available for download via the Eye-Fi site and will be included with new cards. Click through for the links.
Olympus Europe extends free E-3 grip offer
Olympus Europe has again prolonged its offer of a free HLD-4 grip to existing E-System users purchasing a new E-3. Originally scheduled to end on Dec 31st 2007, the promotion was first extended to Jan 31st and the folks at Olympus now say customers have until the end of March to get their claims in - most generous. Full details on how to 'get a grip' coming up after the jump.
January 11
'Big two' continue to dominate Japan
Nikon is expected to be Japan's DSLR market leader for 2007 says a leading Japanese market research company. But Canon's compact sales ensure it retains the top-spot for overall digital camera sales in the country. DSLR sales are expected to continue to grow as more manufacturers join the fray.
Panasonic expands sensor production
Panasonic is to expand its semiconductor plant in Tonami, Japan in a move to boost image sensor production. The ¥94 Billion (US $860 million) investment will allow the 48,000 sqM plant to process up to 30,000 8" silicon wafers per month, meaning total device production is likely to be in the millions. construction begins in September 2008 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by August 2009.
Olympus releases far-sighted firmware update
Olympus has released updated firmware for the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD lens, announced in October 2007. The update offers improved focusing precision on distant subjects when using continuous autofocus mode. Firmware updates are downloaded through Olympus Master software.
January 10
Matsushita to adopt Panasonic brand across company
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. has today announced its decision to adopt the Panasonic name across the entire company. The firm, founded by Konosuke Matsushita in 1918 as 'Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works', has used its current moniker since 1935. Brands affected by the change include National, the name used for household goods in Japan and Technics, producer of Hi-Fi equipment and turntables beloved of DJs the world over. The changeover is scheduled to begin October 1st with rebranding of National to be completed by March 31st 2010.
Adobe PSE Mac: Now available for pre-order
Adobe has made the latest release of Photoshop Elements available for pre-order with release scheduled for early Q2 2008 priced at $89.99. Version 6, which was released for Windows users back in September, is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.8 and higher including 10.5 aka Leopard. The software is to be demonstrated at next week's Macworld Expo.
January 9
Just Posted: Canon Powershot A720 IS review
Just Posted! Our review of latest in Canon's popular A Series range of affordable feature-rich compact digital cameras. The A720 IS represents a fairly minor upgrade to the A710 IS, upping the resolution by a megapixel and throwing in a couple of new features, but retaining the useful 6x zoom range and full range of photographic controls. Find out if it's a worthwhile upgrade in our concise review, after the link...
Photosimile 5000 "Office photography machine"
CES 2008: Ortery Technologies has announced the world's first first example what it describes as an "Office Photography Machine" and designed to make product photography - in particular 360-degree product animations - as painless as using a photocopier. The system consists of an illuminated box housing a turntable and curved rail which allow the camera (included) to be positioned within a hemispherical area around the object to be photographed. The really clever bit is that both box and camera may be controlled remotely from an attached PC, live view and all. This means that it is possible to simply place an object in the box and - without touching either it or the camera - create a full 3D view. More after the jump.
January 8
8GB SDHC cards from Lexar
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CES 2008: Swift shooters supported with superior speed SDHC. Lexar has launched 8GB SDHC cards in all its products lines, including Professional 133X cards with their category defying 20MB/sec minimum sustained write performance.
Panasonic 32GB class 6 SDHC
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CES 2008: Egg consolidation fans will delight at the launch of the World's first 'class 6' 32GB SDHC memory card. Panasonic unveiled a prototype of the capacious card, capable of sustained write speeds of at least 6MB/sec and maximum data speeds of up to 20MB/sec.
Sony 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
CES 2008: Miniature memory for Sony compact consumers. Sony has launched a 16GB variant (the largest yet) of its Memory Stick PRO Duo memory card format used in its compact digital cameras.
Pretec introduces first 48 GB CompactFlash
CES 2008: Pretec, which has quite a history of pushing forward flash media capacities, has announced new CompactFlash cards available in sizes up to 48 GB. The speed ratings are also good with 2 - 24 GB cards available in 233x (35 MB/sec) and 1 - 48 GB in super-fast 333x (50 MB/sec). Release dates and pricing are yet to be announced but don't expect the largest cards to be cheap - at least for a while.
Via Engadget.
Kodak M1033, M763, M863 and M893 compacts
CES 2008: Kodak has used CES 2008 to launch a phalanx of compact digital cameras. All feature the ability to output their stills in both 720p and 1080i HD formats. Here we look at the M763, M863, M893 and M1033, the last of which is able to record 720p30 HD video. (This may not be as fast as 720p60 or as high res as 1080i, but it's still a big jump from the VGA that is standard issue on most compacts).
Kodak Z1085 IS, Z1285 and Z8612 zoom compacts
CES 2008: The latest Z series digital cameras from Kodak, the Z1085 IS, Z1285 and Z8612 all feature the ability to output their stills in both 720p and 1080i HD formats. The Z1085 IS and Z1285 are also able to record 720p30 HD video. (This may not be as fast as 720p60 or as high res as 1080i, but it's still a big jump from the VGA that is standard issue on most compacts).
Kodak V1273 and V1073 IS touch screen compacts
CES 2008: The V1273 and V1073 are the latest ultra compacts from Kodak. Both can record video at 720p30 HD resolution. They also feature optically stabilized lenses and the ability to output their stills in both 720p and 1080i HD formats.
January 7
Panasonic to develop wireless camera
CES 2008: Panasonic has announced development of a wireless camera with the ability to upload directly to Google's Picasa Web Albums. Thanks to a deal with T-Mobile, the camera will include twelve months' free use of the network's HotSpot service which is available in selected Starbucks, Borders, Hyatt hotels and airports. There are currently no details on the hardware aspect nor timeframe for introduction but we shall, of course, keep you up to date with more details as we receive them.