April 11
Just posted! Canon PowerShot A700 review
Just posted! Our concise review of the latest addition to the popular affordable PowerShot A series range from Canon; the A700. As well as a larger 6x (35-210mm equivalent) zoom, the A700 is smaller than its predecessors and sports a large screen, ISO 800 mode and the usual array of manual controls and add-on lens options. Find out what we thought after the link...
April 7
Bibble updated to version 4.7
Bibble Labs has today announced an update to its professional RAW workflow and conversion software with version 4.7. Bibble 4.7 fully integrates Athentech's award winning Perfectly Clear® automatic image correction technology into the raw workflow. Bibble 4.7 also includes new camera support for the Canon 30D, Olympus Evolt E330 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 and a new Vibrancy control for selective enhancement of image saturation.
April 6
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30
Sony has announced the new 7.2 million pixel Cyber-shot DSC-T30 camera. Featuring Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x zoom lens, up to ISO 1000, large 3-inch LCD screen and a whopping 58MB internal memory capacity. This is Sony’s first T-series model to feature selectable color modes.
April 4
Just posted! Canon EOS 30D review
Just posted! Our full in-depth review of the eight megapixel EOS 30D, Canon's latest digital SLR. The 30D is effectively an evolution of the EOS 20D and shares much of that cameras internals (including the image sensor and image processing), however there have been a range of design and operational changes as well as the introduction of new features such as PictureStyles, Spot metering (at last), two speed continuous shooting and third stop ISO steps. See how the EOS 30D performed and how it compares to the competition in our review.
April 3
Leica C-LUX 1
Leica has announced the new C-LUX 1, its rebadged version of the 6-megapixel Panasonic DMC-FX01. The ultra compact C-LUX 1 features a 28mm wide angle Leica DC zoom lens and a high sensitivity setting of up ISO 1600. It also incorporates built-in optical image stabiliser and is available in black and silver finish. Aside from minor styling and bundle differences it is exactly the same camera as the Panasonic model. Updated
March 31
DVD guide to digital photography
photo-i, in association with Canon, is producing a series of DVDs on digital photography. The first to be released is 'A guide to digital photography' showing you how to get the best results from your digital camera. The DVD contains a series of assignments and tutorials and pictures are manipulated in Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (from summer 2006 it will use Photoshop CS).
March 30
New firmware for Olympus E-500
Olympus has announced a firmware update (version 1.2) for the E-500 (EVOLT) Four Thirds Sytem DSLR. The changes are a new menu function for exchanging the AEL/AFL and One-touch WB buttons, and an improvement in the exposure level of the built-in flash when using certain lenses.
March 29
Leica Digital-Modul-R firmware update
Leica has today posted firmware update 1.2 for the ten megapixel Digital-Modul-R back for the R8 or R9 SLRs. This update includes improved image display, improved color, compatibility with 4 GB SD cards, compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3, improved Japanese menu and some bug fixes / optimizations. This update can be installed by simply loading the firmware file onto an SD card.
New firmware for EOS 30D, 5D and 1D Mark II N
Canon has today released firmware updates for three of its newest digital SLR's. The EOS 30D gets firmware update 1.0.4 which fixes some Chinese language display problems, the EOS 5D gets update 1.0.5 which fixes a monochrome image bug and a problem with a combination of the EF 85 F1.2L and Speedlite 580EX, finally the EOS-1D Mark II N gets update 1.0.4 which also fixes a monochrome image bug and also an over-exposure problem when using Focusing Screen EC-S. Links to updates inside.
March 28
Sony 8GB Compact Vault Drive
Sony has added to its removable hard disk drive lineup with the 8GB Compact Vault drive. Compatible with CompactFlash Type II slots the new drive can hold up to 2,560 JPEG images (3MB) or 320 mins of MPEG4 video with transfer speeds of up to 12MB per sec.
BreezeBrowser Pro v1.4.2
Breeze Systems has announced an upgrade to BreezeBrowser Pro in the shape of v1.4.2. This downloadable update adds support for the Canon EOS 30D including raw conversion, focus point overlay and improved color management when printing.
Qimage v2006.250
Digital Domain Inc has released the latest version of its professional photographic printing software Qimage v2006.250. The Windows based software boasts new features including double borders, border sizing, new color management and an improved print quality for extreme enlargements.
March 27
Just posted! Panasonic Lumix FX01 review
Just posted! Our full in-depth review of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01. This, the fourth incarnation of the ultra compact range started in 2004 with the FX7, is on the face of it another minor facelift. But it does offer something still pretty unique in a camera in this class - a true wideangle zoom, covering a useful 28-102mm (3.6x) zoom range. It is, in fact, the world's smallest camera with a 28mm lens. Other changes include a high sensitivity mode (offering sensitivities of up to 1600) and a new 16:9 widescreen movie mode. Find out how it did after the link.
Breeze Systems PSRemote 1.5
Breeze Systems has announced PSRemote version 1.5 (for Windows). PSRemote allows remote control of Canon PowerShot cameras, and the new version adds new models and allows users to auto bracket a sequence of up to 15 images, display a live viewfinder view on a PC, store images direct to a PC's hard disk and view high res previews within seconds.
Olympus E-330 available in kits
Olympus has announced that the E-330 digital SLR will be made available in six different kit forms providing customised, professional solutions for virtually any photographic situation. The kits will come in travel, medical, macro, nature, architectural and underwater flavours.
Pentax sponsors KSI website
Pentax is sponsoring The Kelly Slater Invitational (KSI) website that was launched at the weekend. The waterproof Optio W10 is the official camera of the surfing event that attracts pro surfers, Hollywood celebs and the music industry.
PrinterSpot from DCResource
Jeff over at DCResource has just launched his new printers orientated website, PrinterSpot.com. This new website is aimed at providing news and reviews for both photo and multifunction printers. The site will be run by Marc Frochtzweig and Jef Keller and already sports seven printer reviews including the Canon Selphy CP710, Pixma iP6000D, Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition and the HP Photosmart 8250. We wish Marc and Jeff all the best with their new venture. Do them a favour and pop over to see if there's anything of interest for you.
March 18
Just posted! Olympus E-330 EVOLT review
Just posted! Our full in-depth review of the new Olympus E-330 EVOLT digital SLR. Announced just two months ago the E-330 is Olympus's latest Four Thirds digital SLR and is based on the E-300. The E-330 was the first removable lens digital SLR announced which can provide a live LCD view, either using a special small CCD sensor in the viewfinder chamber or the main capture sensor itself. See how the E-330 performed and how it compares to the competition.
March 15
Epson R-D1s Digital Rangefinder Camera
Epson Japan has today announced a subtly improved version of its unique R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Camera. Just like the R-D1 the R-D1s features the a six megapixel APS-C size sensor and supports Leica M and L mount lenses. New features include a 'Quick View' record review function, RAW+ JPEG support, Adobe RGB color space, image parameter control, long exposure noise reduction and higher playback magnification.
Epson Photo Fine Player P-4500
Epson Japan has today announced the third iteration of its Photo Fine Player 'Multimedia Storage Viewer'. This new version sports an 80 GB hard disk (the same as the P-4000), the same beautiful 3.8" VGA LCD screen, SD/CF slot and USB 2.0 interface. Improvements include a new image processing system with support for images of up to 30 megapixels, wider RAW format support, wider video format support (including MPEG-1/2/4 and DivX) and new display modes (including grouping by EXIF tag). The P-4500 will cost 75,000 YEN (approx. $640) when it goes on sale in Japan.
March 9
Mamiya launch ZD
First announced in 2004 at Photokina, Mamiya has today announced the availability of the 22-million pixel ZD. This medium format digital SLR features a large 48 x 36mm CCD sensor which can capture a 35MB RAW file, is compatible with 645AF lenses and has two memory card slots using CF I/II and SD cards.
Panasonic 4 GB SDHC card
CeBIT 2006: Not to be outdone by MemoryStick Panasonic has today ensured that its chosen storage format, Secure Digital card, can at least match the capacity offered in other fomats. There is a catch though, Secure Digital was never designed for capacities over 1 GB, that was solved but then addressing anything over 2 GB became the next problem. To solve this the SD Association have proposed SDHC, essentially the same physical format as SD but only compatible with SDHC devices (such as the new Panasonic DMC-L1). So it's good news and bad news.
SanDisk 4 GB MemoryStick Pro Duo
CeBIT 2006: While this story may be of more interest to Sony PSP owners it should also be noted that the majority of new Sony digital cameras announced this year feature MemoryStick Duo slots (rather than the full size MemoryStick) which hints at the general future of MemoryStick. SanDisk has today revealed its highest capacity MemoryStick Pro Duo card to date, now a hefty 4 GB in a package which measures just 20 x 31 x 1.6 mm (0.8 x 1.2 x 0.1 in). To think that back in 2000 we were getting excited about 1 GB Microdrives.
March 8
The definition of a review
As a result of numerous enquiries from dpreview visitors we have become aware that there is increasing confusion about what constitutes a 'review' and the differences between reviews and previews on this site and the Internet as a whole. This confusion doesn't help visitors looking for qualified information when choosing a camera, and the misuse of the word 'review' is beginning to tarnish the hard work put into reviews here and on other sites. After discussion with Dave at Imaging-Resource and Jeff at Digital Camera Resource Page we have jointly developed some standard 'editorial definitions' which clearly lay out what readers should expect from articles titled 'preview' or 'review'. This standard will be adhered to across all three sites (although in actual fact we three have been following these standards since the beginning).
Micron Technology to acquire Lexar Media
It's been announced today that Micron Technology Inc. are to acquire Lexar Media Inc. in a stock-for-stock merger. The acquisition will combine Micron's Technology and manufacturing leadership in NAND flash memory with Lexar's leadership in NAND controller and system design technology, brand recognition and retail strength.
March 2
Just posted! PMA 2006 Final Show Report
PMA 2006: We've just posted the final version of our PMA 2006 Show Report. The show report covers 19 stands with over 230 images and 2,880 words (all produced and posted live from the show floor). In the five days of the show we received over 3.8 million visitors who read 14.6 million pages. We've also compiled our top ten new products (a few of which will probably come as no surprise). Overall we found this PMA to be a busy show with plenty of interesting news and a much more positive vibe in 'backroom' meetings. It was a noticeable step up from last year and bodes well for the year ahead and Photokina in September.
February 28
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Hands-on
PMA 2006: Yesterday we got our hands on the Lumix DMC-L1 and had a detailed discussion with Panasonic executives and product planners about their exciting new digital SLR. The DMC-L1 is Panasonic's first digital SLR, its design ethos is clearly clean, simple, functional and very 'Leica like'. There are lots of touches in the design of this camera which make it more appealing that most other digital SLRs, these include the shutter speed dial and aperture ring (on the lens) which give very quick access to manual exposure creativity and encourage the photographer to experiment more. We also got the low down on just how much of this camera is shared with the Olympus E-330.
February 27
HP Photosmart Pro B9180
PMA 2006: Today HP announced its new A3+ Photo Printer, the Photosmart Pro B9180. With eight individual high capacity pigment ink cartridges that can print up to 80 A3+ prints, or 840 10x15cm photos. The B9180 is said to produce instantly dry, waterproof prints that resist fading for up to 200 years.
February 26
SanDisk higher capacity Extreme III cards
PMA 2006: SanDisk today announced some new higher capacity cards to add to its Extreme III line of flash cards. They include an 8GB CompactFlash, 2GB SD card and a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo. The CF and SD cards have a minimum read/write speed of 20MB/sec and the Memory Stick PRO Duo 18MB/sec.
SanDisk doubles capacity of Ultra II SD Plus
PMA 2006: Doubling the capacity of the Ultra II SD Plus card, SanDisk introduces today its 2GB version. The Ultra II SD Plus folds in half to reveal a high-speed USB 2.0 connector. The new 2GB card will be available from June.
SanDisk 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
PMA 2006: Today SanDisk announced the 4GB Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo card. The Ultra II card features a minimum write speed of 9MB/sec and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec, available from March 2006.
Sigma launches 5 Four Thirds lenses
PMA 2006: Sigma has announced five new EX lenses with Four-Thirds mounts for users of Olympus' E-system SLRs. The lenses include three primes (30mm F1.4, 105mm F2.8 Macro, 150mm F2.8 Macro), a fast standard zoom (18-50mm F2.8) and a long telephoto zoom (50-500mm F4-6.3).
Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
PMA 2006: Sigma has introduced its new APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM lens. The lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 100cm and HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) for fast, quiet AF. It also contains two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glasses and two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glasses for better correction against chromatic aberrations. The multi layer lens coating also reduces flare and ghost.
Panasonic DMC-L1
PMA 2006: Panasonic has today announced the fruits of its new relationship with Olympus, the DMC-L1 Four Thirds System Digital SLR. Todays news is really just a 'development announcement' so doesn't have any detailed specifications, however reading through what has been revealed so far this camera does appear to share quite a bit with the Olympus E-330 EVOLT. Another interesting revelation in this release is the confirmation that Panasonic developed the 7.5 MP Live MOS sensor (the same we assume as in the E-330). Other features include a shutter speed dial on the top of the camera, full-time live view (same as E-330), Secure Digital storage and a 2.5" LCD monitor.
Leica D 14-50 mm F2.8-F3.5 lens (4/3 System)
PMA 2006: Leica and Panasonic have today announced the first Leica Four Thirds System lens, which also becomes the first Leica Interchangeable Lens with Optical Image Stabilization. The Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50 mm F2.8-F3.5 ASPH lens provides an equivelant field of view of 28-100 mm on a 35 mm camera with a maximum aperture of F2.8 at wide angle and F3.5 at telephoto. It also features Optical Image Stabilization (a first on a Four Thirds System lens) and a mechanical aperture ring (another first). Overall this looks to be a very impressive high quality lens which will match the newly announced Panasonic DMC-L1 digital SLR very nicely.
Olympus and Panasonic announce Four Thirds System DSLR
PMA 2006: Olympus and Panasonic have been working together on the development of cameras utilising the Four Thirds System standard for interchangeable-lens DSLRs, and are showcasing the first fruits of the joint venture today at PMA. Olympus will show the recently announced E-330 camera which incorporates the jointly developed technology and Panasonic will show a prototype of the DMC-L1, its first DSLR camera. UPDATED: Press conference images added.
Sony 80GB Digital Photo Album
PMA 2006: Sony has announced a new photo storage hard drive unit that can store up to a whopping 80GB of images. The HDPS-L1 is about half the size of a regular DVD player and supports seven types of flash media cards.
TI announces DaVinci Technology for digital still cameras
PMA 2006: Texas Instruments has introduced DaVinci Technology, optimized for digital still cameras offering the benefits of full software programmability with the performance of hard-wired solutions. It includes a new highly flexible processor and a software suite which simulates a full dsc system.
February 25
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 and DSC-H2
Pre-PMA 2006: Sony announce today not one, but two new H-series cameras to replace the popular Cyber-shot H1. Like the H1, both feature an image stabilized 12x optical zoom, manual, aperture and shutter priority modes and electronic viewfinders. New for the 7.2MP H5 and 6.0MP H2 are boosted sensitivity up to ISO 1000 (with Sony’s Clear RAW™ noise reduction technology) and - for the H5 - a large 3-inch screen.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 and DSC-W100
Pre-PMA 2006: Sony is also adding a couple more models to the top of its W-series line with the Cyber-shot DSC-W100 and DSC-W70 featuring 8.1 and 7.2 million pixels, respectively. Both offer a 3x zoom, eye-level viewfinder and a 2.5-inch screen and the DSC-W100 also has a sensitivity up to ISO 1250. Both will be available in black or silver finishes.
February 24
dpreview at PMA 2006
Fresh (or rather not) off a flight from London the dpreview team are here in Orlando for the 2006 Photo Marketing Association Show. Tomorrow is 'Press Day', although the majority of the product news has already been revealed, and the show proper will open on Sunday morning. We're now ready to bring you our live 'from the show floor' reporting as we do for all shows. Live updates will appear both on the front page and the Show Report page. So stay tuned for all that's new from PMA 2006.
New Canon professional quality inkjet printers
Pre-PMA 2006: Canon has announced a new series of A3+ professional-quality inkjet printers, comprising the PIXMA Pro9500 and Pro9000, aimed at professional photographers. The Pro 9000 features an 8-colour ink system and has a max colour print speed up to 15ppm. The Pro 9500 uses a 10-colour pigment ink system and a colour print speed of up to 8ppm. Both printers have a 4800x2400 dpi resolution.
Canon imagePROGRAF IPF5000 large format printer
Pre-PMA 2006: Canon has annouced the latest addition to its large format printer range, the imagePROGRAF IPF5000. This A2 (17-inch) desktop printer combines a high-density twin print head and FINE (Full Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology to produce 'industry best image quality'.
Samsung GX-1L
Pre-PMA 2006: Samsung sneaks in a few new announcements before PMA opens its doors. Firstly we have the GX-1L, the second DSLR announcement from Samsung this year. The entry-level 6-megapixel GX-1L features a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, a pentaprism viewfinder and RAW mode.
Samsung Digimax L85
Pre-PMA 2006: Samsung introduce its latest additions to the Digimax range today. The 8 million pixel Digimax L85 features a 5x optical zoom, a large 2.5-inch LCD, aperture and shutter priority modes and High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) that allows sharing of photos on HDTV.
Samsung Digimax L60
Pre-PMA 2006: The Samsung Digimax L60 is a 6-megapixel addition to its Prestige line. Offering a 3x optical zoom, 2.4-inch screen, MPEG-4 video and built-in movie stabilization.
February 23
Pentax announcements for PMA 2006
Pre-PMA 2006: Pentax today have said that they will be exhibiting three upcoming digital SLR products at PMA 2006. Although currently under development there will be a 10 megapixel interchangeable lens DSLR, an interchangeable lens medium-format DSLR and a 21mm wide angle lens. All three will be showcased at PMA, but it is not expected to be a final product. Updated: images added
Ricoh Caplio R4
Pre-PMA 2006: Ricoh has announced today the new 6 million pixel Caplio R4. It sports a 7.1x (28-200mm equiv.) optical wide zoom, a vibration correction function (based on a CCD shift method) and a 2.5-inch LCD screen packed into a slim 26mm thick body.
Ricoh Caplio RR630
Pre-PMA 2006: Ricoh has also introduced today the Caplio RR630, a pocket-sized, pocket-priced 6.1 million pixel camera featuring a 3x zoom and a large bright 2.0-inch LCD screen.
Just posted! Nikon D200 review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the new Nikon D200 digital SLR. The D200 officially replaces the four year old D100 however it's a completely different animal, far more professional orientated with a significant range of new features, a very impressive and robust body and superb performance. See how the D200 did in our raft of in-depth tests and how it compares to those cameras around it in the marketplace.