March 14
Just posted! Ricoh R8 review
Just posted! Our concise review of the R8. Ricoh has been updating its R series of digital cameras pretty consistently in a 6 months cycle and the R8 has been launched bang on schedule as well. It comes with the same versatile 28-200mm zoom as its predecessor, a 10MP sensor and a bunch of other interesting features. With the advent of the new camera Ricoh has decided to drop the 'Caplio' name from the R series and make the R8 sound like a Leica but can it truly deliver the goods? Find out after the link...
March 13
Just posted! Sony DT 16-105mm lens review
Just posted! Our new lens review of the Sony DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6, the premium kit lens for the Alpha 700 and a tempting upgrade for existing Sony and Konica Minolta DSLR owners. With its remarkably useful 24-160mm equivalent zoom range, does this lens count as a unique selling point for the Alpha system, or are the compromises inevitable in such an ambitious design just too great?
Just posted! Sony DT 18-70mm lens review
Just posted! Our new lens review of Sony's DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6, as supplied with their triad of entry-level DSLRS, including the 14Mp Alpha 350. Essentially a rebadge of a 2005 Konica Minolta design, does this lens have what it takes to deliver the detail demanded by the latest DSLRs?
Canon announces Powershot SD890 IS
Canon has announced the Powershot SD890 IS (or IXUS 970 IS if you're in Europe). This confusingly polyonymous digital camera features improved versions of features such as face detection and image stabilization, Canon says. It also features 10 million pixels in a 1/2.3 " (6.2 x 4.6 mm) sensor and an ISO 3200 mode. It also has a 5x zoom (the longest ever on the SD/IXUS series), covering a 37 - 185mm (equiv.) range which would be more impressive if it was a bit wider.
Canon announces Powershot SD790 and SD770
Canon has today announced two new additions to its line of Powershot SD compact cameras, the Powershot SD790 (IXUS 90 in Europe) and the Powershot SD770 (IXUS 85 in Europe). The two models share the same 10MP sensor and 3x (35-105mm equiv.) zoom lens. Key differences are the LCD size (3.0” on the SD790, 2.5” on the SD770) and the design. More after the click...
March 12
Just posted! Nikon D300 review
Just posted! Our detailed in-depth review of the Nikon D300. The replacement to the venerable D200 features a twelve megapixel CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion and sensitivity up to ISO 6400. But that's just the start of the story, there's a high resolution three inch monitor, HDMI video output, a new AF sensor and lots of 'under the hood' features such as intelligent scene recognition and automatic CA reduction. See how the D300 performed and how it compares to the competition in our thirty-three page review.
March 6
Casio launches Exilim EX-Z9
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After yesterday's small DSLR excitement, we have something for people looking for something even more compact. Such as a compact camera. Just liike clockwork, Casio has announced just such a device. The Casio Exilim EX-Z9 is an 8.1 megapixel compact with 3X optical zoom and 23 Best Shot modes to help get the perfect picture. It is available in orange.
March 5
Little wonder: Olympus launches E420
Camera contraction continues as Olympus announces its latest baby DSLR, the E420 and a compact lens to combine with it. The E420 is a 10 megapixel digital camera featuring the now-widespread Live View feature that Olympus pioneered. Alongside the diminutive DLSR is the equally bijou 25mm f2.8 pancake lens, creating a near pocket-sized combo. Updated: now with 25mm lens specifications.
February 27
Just posted! Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS review
Just posted! Our concise review of the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (the IXUS 80 IS in Europe / SE Asia). This model was announced only a few weeks ago, just before PMA in Las Vegas and is an upgrade to the previous SD1000 IS. Headline features include an eight megapixel sensor, a 3x zoom and a 2.5 inch high resolution LCD monitor, all wrapped up in an ultra compact body.
February 26
Just posted! Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm VR review
Just posted! Our lens review of Nikon's 18-200mm superzoom for DX-format DSLRs. The AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF ED, to give it its full title, crams a hefty 11.1x zoom into a package smaller than its name might imply. But does this lens' enviable convenience come at the cost of compromises in its optical performance?
Just posted! Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm VR review
Just posted! Our new lens review covering the latest iteration of Nikon's 18-55mm kit lens, as seen on the new D60 DSLR. The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR adds this season's must-have feature - optical image stabilization (or Vibration Reduction as Nikon would have it). This entry-level offering could help sway prospective buyers towards the Nikon brand, so can it live up to the fine reputation of its predecessors? (Note that this is the first ever review of this lens).
February 25
Sony DSC-H50
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Sony has announced a successor to its DSC-H9 'super zoom' digital camera in the form of the 9.0 megapixel Cyber-Shot DSC-H50. As well as the inevitable rise in pixel count the H50 has several improvements over its predecessor, including an ED lens element, user-selectable noise reduction (thank you Sony), white balance and color mode bracketing, and an upgraded DRO (Dynamic Range Optimizer) function. It also has an improved sports mode and, last but by no means least, Sony's unique 'smile shutter' and adult- or child-priority face detection.
Sony launches 13.6MP W300
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For anyone worrrying that the megapixel race was starting to run out of steam Sony has raced ahead with the annoucement today of a 13.6 megapixel compact digital camera, the Cyber-Shot DSC W300. The titanium-clad W300 also boasts a 2.7" LCD screen, HDTV output and all Sony's clever new 'intelligent' technologies, such as 'Smile Shutter' and DRO.
February 20
Just posted! Olympus E-3 review
Just posted! Our review of the Olympus E-3. The long-awaited successor to the original Four-Thirds D-SLR (the E-1), the E-3 is packed with features designed to tempt professional and enthusiast photographers away from the likes of Canon and Nikon. With live view, a vari-angle screen, in-body stabilization and a splash-proof body the 10MP E-3 certainly looks competitive on paper, but how does it stand up in the face of such strong competition at the high end of the DSLR market? Check out the in-depth review after the link to find out...
February 19
Ricoh launches Caplio R8
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Ricoh has launched the Caplio R8, a 10MP compact with a lens covering a range equivalent to 28-200mm. Like previous Ricohs, it includes several non-mainstream features such as snap focus, the ability to step the zoom to specified focal lengths (28, 35, 50, 85, 135 and 200mm equivalents), and the 1:1 picture ratio that has proven popular in the company's G100 and GRD II models.
February 16
Just posted! Canon PowerShot SD850 IS review
Just posted! Our concise review of the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (the IXUS 950 IS in Europe / SE Asia). This model is an upgrade to the previous SD70 0IS, headline feature changes include an eight megapixel sensor, a higher resolution LCD monitor, face detection and new Auto ISO shift. See how the SD850 IS shaped up and how it compared in our review.
February 15
Sigma DP1 UK pricing
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Sigma UK has announced the price of its DP1 large sensor compact. The basic camera will initially sell for £549 or £599 with the optional viewfinder. This puts it squarely in entry-level DSLR territory - distinctly affordable for photographers committed to achieving large-sensor image quality. Sigma US has set an MSRP of $999.
Olympus Zuiko service announcement
Olympus UK has posted a service announcement for the ZUIKO ED 12-60mm 1:2.8-4.0 lens on its website. A small number of these lenses do not autofocus properly due to a manufacturing fault. Free inspection and repair is offered by Olympus. Click through for more information and to find out if your lens is affected.
February 14
Sigma issues firmware update for SD14
Sigma has released firmware v.1.06 for its SD14 Digital SLR. The update improves the accuracy of the custom white balance and the review image quality on the LCD and includes another couple of minor modifications. Click through for details and the link to the download.
Nikon issues firmware update for D300
Nikon has released firmware v.1.02 for its D300 Digital SLR. The update resolves an issue with vertical banding which (very rarely) can appear in images that have been taken at shutter speeds slower than 8 seconds. Click through for the links to the PC and Macintosh downloads.
February 13
DxO goes straight for D3 owners
DxO Labs has updated it's Optics Pro software to support the Nikon D3 and three popular lenses it might be used with. The update also offers addition lens coverage for a number of Canon combinations and a handful of lenses for the Nikon D300. DxO Labs has also reset its demo limitations, allowing potential customers who have already demoed the software to try the latest version.
Apple opens faster Aperture
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Apple has launched the latest version of its Aperture raw-conversion and photo management software. The latest version has a redesigned interface that aims to be more accessible and intuitive. As well as adding "over 100 new features," version 2 is faster than V.1.5.6 (about two thirds of a stop faster?), and more attractively priced. Mac users who already own Aperture will be able to upgrade for $99, while the purchase price drops to $199 for newcomers. Users who bought Aperture 1.5 since January 1st 2008 can, before March 14th, upgrade for $9.95.
Just Posted! Nikon P50 Review
Just Posted! Nikon COOLPIX P50 Concise Review. Nikon is a company with a proud history in photography, including some interesting and innovative digital compact cameras. The Coolpix P50 is one of its more humble offerings: an 8 megapixel compact camera with a zoom starting at a pleasantly wide 28mm equivalent. It even has Nikon's latest 'Expeed' branding applied to it. But does it deserve to wear such a well respected name?
dpreview.com is hiring: web development engineer
Do you code in your sleep? Do you count in binary? (not an essential requirement). Do you also share a passion for photography? Do you want the dubious pleasure of working alongside the rest of the dpreview team on what is arguably the most exciting photography website in the world? We're looking for two web development engineers with a solid grounding in Visual Studio, ASP.NET 2.0, Javascript and SQL Server 2000 / 2005. These positions will be at our office in London (UK).
dpreview.com is hiring: DSLR reviewer
Think you've got what it takes to be a dpreview DSLR reviewer? Are you passionate about the techniques and technology surrounding digital photography? Do you want the dubious pleasure of working alongside the rest of the dpreview team on what is arguably the most exciting photography website in the world? We're looking for someone who has the experience, knowledge and familiarity with our reviews to come in and begin work straight away. We expect you to have a solid photographic knowledge as well as experience using our chosen authoring tools (see inside). This position will be at our office in London (UK).
February 8
Phase One Capture One 3.7.8 & 4.0.1
Phase One has been busily updating its Capture One RAW workflow software and has released versions 3.7.8 and 4.0.1. These releases add new cameras to the compatibility list and fix bugs in previous versions. Full details after the jump.
February 7
Delkin shows off its award-winning products
Delkin showed some interesting new products - and a few familiar ones - at PMA 2008. The ImageRouter is a daisy-chainable four slot CompactFlash reader which is designed to offer the busy professional a more efficient method of transferring large amounts of data from multiple cards. The Dual Universal Charger shouldn't require much explanation; it has two charging positions and may be adapted to a plethora of different battery designs through the use of customized charging plates. The SensorScope inspection and cleaning solution gets an overhaul for 2008 and for those to whom exterior condition is as important as the image itself the Snug-it Pro camera skin range will keep easily-damaged casings from attracting knocks and scrapes. Media-wise, Delkin now has SSD (Solid State Drive) hard-drive replacements in ExpressCard 34 format and capacities of 4, 8 or 16 GB. Additionally flash media is now available in 16 GB capacity as 305x CF or Class 6 SDHC. Last but not least, there are new Pop-up LCD shades for the Canon EOS 40D.
Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
Tamron announced yet another lens at this year's PMA show, the SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO. This fast telezoom gets in close thanks to its 0.95m minimum focus distance, realizing a magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at 200mm. Plenty of coatings keep stray light to a minimum whilst a removable tripod mount and clutched focus ring (Canon and Nikon only) help speed up operations. Canon users will see the lens first with release scheduled for March. Nikon, Sony and Pentax fittings will follow.
February 6
Kodak's TRUESENSE offers hope for cramped chips
Kodak has announced a new sensor which promises to improve the efficiency of CMOS designs with extremely small photosites. The new technology is to be offered initially in 1/4" format suitable for mobile phone cameras but should be scalable to larger formats should the concept prove successful. Conventional designs count electrons which are generated when light hits the silicon from which they are constructed but this new chip works in roughly the opposite fashion, reversing the 'polarity' of the silicon in order to measure the 'holes' which remain when electrons are generated. The Kodak KAC-05020 also incorporates Kodak's TRUESENSE Color Filter Pattern which adds panchromatic (transparent) filters to the usual Red Green and Blue, further improving luminance sensitivity. Click through for the lowdown. Updated with further details.
Fujifilm issues firmware updates for Z10fd  & Z100fd
Fujifilm has released firmware v.1.01 for its Z10fd and Z100fd digital compacts. The updates speed up the power on cycle of both cameras when using xD-Picture Cards, enables camera to computer transfer when using 4 GB media in the Z10fd and tweaks the underwater whitebalance of the Z100fd. Click through for the links.
February 3
Sigma DP1 Beta, quick Vegas gallery

PMA 2008: PMA may be over but that doesn't mean we've finished working, yesterday we had our hands on an early Sigma DP1 and have produced a quick gallery (just 20 images) shot around Vegas. As expected the DP1's images are beautifully sharp (thanks to its Foveon X3 sensor) and it continued to deliver good images up to its maximum ISO 800. For those unfamiliar the DP1 becomes the first compact, fixed lens camera to feature a large sensor (in this case approximately 'Four Thirds' size; 20.6 x 13.8 mm). Dive into our gallery and see if a DP1 deserves to make its way into your camera bag.

February 1
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 now available for Pentax
PMA 2008: Tamron has announced it is to offer its 17-50mm f/2.8 midrange zoom for Pentax mount. Previously available only for Canon, Nikon and Sony systems the Tamron offers yet more choice for Pentax users looking for a fast walkaround lens.
Tamron to offer 18-200, 17-50 & 70-300 in Nikon mount
PMA 2008: Tamron has three lenses in the pipeline suitable for Nikon camera bodies lacking in-body focus motors - namely the D40, D40x and D60. The 18-220 f/3.5-6.3 and 17-50 f/2.8 are for crop sensors only but the 70-300 f/4-5.6 will cover 24x36mm sensors. Click through for specs and compatibility information.
Tamron developing 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5
PMA 2008: Tamron has announced a new ultra wide angle zoom which is currently under development. The SP AF 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5 DI II LD Aspherical (IF), to give its full designation, is designed for APS-C sensors and Tamron claim the performance will exceed its current 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 whilst offering greater speed and range of focal length. The design incorporates both exotic glass materials and aspherical elements to minimize aberrations. whilst the optical layout itself is intended to approach telecentricity.
GE unveils 2008 digital camera range including E1050
PMA-2008: GE has announced new cameras for 2008, bring its total range to 15 models. One model in particular - the E1050 - packs quite a punch, on paper at least. A 5x 28-140mm equivalent lens is matched with a 10.5 megapixel sensor and the camera is capable of recording 720p HD video. If all this weren't enough , the E1050 sports a touch-screen interface utilizing a 3.0" LCD and has in-built GPS capability. All this for just $249? How does GE do it? Click through for full specs of the E1050 as well as details of GE's other releases.
January 31
PMA 2008: Live from the Sony Press Event
PMA 2008: PMA 2008 is almost underway and to kick things of we're at the Sony press conference. We'll update this story as and when we have any information about new announcements. Updated with pictures of new sensor and flagship model mockup.
Sigma announces DP1 to be available spring 2008

Pre-PMA 2008: Sigma has announced the imminent availability of the greatly anticipated DP1 digital camera. The DP1 has a sensor around the size of those found in most DLSRs - although it is greatly different in terms of design - and aims to offer equivalent image-quality and specification in a compact format. In common with Sigma's DSLR offerings it utilizes Foveon's direct-image-sensor technology which detects three colors at each of its 4.6 million pixels (collecting the same amount of color data as a conventional 14 megapixel sensor). Our contacts at Sigma say it will be available in "spring." Production spec after the jump...

Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM
Pre-PMA 2008: Kit lens owners seeking added stability without external support will welcome the launch of an image-stabilized 'walk round' lens from Sigma. The 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM combines a useful focal length range with a hypersonic focusing motor and optical stabilization in a remarkably compact package. Click through to find out more...
Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 with focus motor for Nikon
Pre-PMA 2008: Sigma offers Nikon D40 and D60 DSLR owners more reach for less outlay with the launch of two tele zooms with built-in focus motors. The popular 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro lenses in both standard and APO flavors have been motorized for owners of Nikon's D40 and D60 which lack support for tradition screw focusing. More details after the link...
Sigma 70-200 and 50-150 f/2.8 APO EX DG  for Pentax and Sony
Pre-PMA 2008: Sigma has announced the launch of 70-200mm and 50-150mm constant f/2.8 lenses for Pentax and Sony owners wanting lovely bright, sensibly-priced telephoto zooms. Both are part of Sigma's premium EX range and include hypersonic focusing motors and apochromatic design.
Sigma 10-20mm and 70-200mm for Four Thirds
Pre-PMA 2008: Four Thirds users far and wide will appreciate the wide angle and telephoto zooms today announced by Sigma. The company's popular 10-20mm F4-5.6 and 70-200 F2.8 lenses have been converted to fit Leica, Panasonic and Olympus DSLRs. Both lenses include Sigma's HSM hypersonic focusing motors. More information follows...
Sigma APO 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
Pre-PMA 2008: Sigma has announced an optically stabilized 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. The lens will be available for owners of Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony DSLRs. A maximum magnification of 1:4.2 also makes it useful for users who want to get a little closer. The DG designation means the lens will work equally happily on 35mm or APS format SLRs.
Sigma APO 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Pre-PMA 2008: To satisfy photographers who are absolutely terrified of the things they like to photograph, Sigma has introduced the frankly enormous 150-500mm f/5-6.3 zoom. It's packed with Sigma's technological goodies, including Optical Stabilization and Hypersonic autofocus motor and will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony mounts.
Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG
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Pre-PMA 2008: As part of Sigma's bumper lens launch, it has announced what might be the ultimate wildlife lens. Sigma claims the APO 200-500 f.2.8 is the world's first lens to offer an f/2.8 aperture at 500mm focal length. It comes with an "attachment" to give users a handy 400-1000mm f/5.6 option. The lens (which is cosmetically reminiscent of a piece of military hardware) weighs nearly 16kg and uses a dedicated Li-ion battery to provide power for focusing and zooming. It will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.
January 30
Sony announces Alpha 300 and 350
Pre-PMA 2008: Sony has announced another two DSLRs to join its Alpha range. In between the recently announced A200 and flagship A700 come the A300 and A350 live view-enabled DLSRs. Here are the specifications of the cameras that show just how seriously Sony is taking the camera market.
Sony A350 brief hands-on
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Sony's plan to aggressively attack the entry-level DSLR market with a raft of new SLRs is no big secret. We've had a chance to get our hands on the new Alpha 350 and the recent Alpha 200. Here are our first impressions of this tight-knit family, including Sony's interesting take on solving the problem of extended exposure cycle time with live view.
Sony announces 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G and Zeiss T* 24-70 f/2.8
Pre-PMA 2008: Sony has announced two new zoom lenses to accompany its latest DSLR releases. One is a premium-grade long tele-zoom of 'G' designation, the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. The other is the Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA. Both feature Sony's Super Sonic wave motor (SSM) and further boost the range of alpha-mount lenses available for Sony DSLR owners.
Sony announces development of 35mm CMOS sensor
Pre-PMA 2008: In a surprise move Sony today announced its entry into the rapidly-expanding 24x36mm imaging sensor market with its own 24.81 megapixel CMOS offering. Joining Canon and Nikon in the full-frame market, this new chip promises to output all pixels at 6.3 fps with lower noise than other designs of similar pixel-pitch thanks to its “Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique” whereby each column of photosites is given its own Analogue to Digital Converter. The ADCs themselves are 12-bit, flying in the face of current trends which are toward 14-bit devices but the combination of speed, dynamic range and sheer resolving power displayed by this sensor make it one to watch for when Sony puts into full production hopefully before the year is out.
January 29
Pentax showcases development lenses at PMA
Pre-PMA 2008: Pentax has announced that it will exhibit three forthcoming lenses both at PMA 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada and Photo Imaging Expo 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. Two - a 55mm F1.4 and 60-250mm F4 - are part of Pentax's flagship DA* line whilst the third, a 17-70mm F4, is a standard DA lens. All three lenses will feature SDM ultrasonic focusing.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35
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Pre-PMA 2008: The Lumix DMC-FX35 packs a rather handy 25-100mm equiv. 4x zoom to squeeze expansive scenes onto its 10.1 megapixel sensor. 720p HD video is here as is Intelligent Exposure Function which is said to help avoid blown highlights and blocked shadows. Also making its debut in 2008 is the Venus Engine IV image processor - Panasonic says that the noise reduction is handled in a more sophisticated fashion than in previous incarnations.