PMA 2001 show report: Section one of four. In this section we'll cover the following manufacturers: Canon, Casio, Ceiva, ColorVision, Concord, Delkin, Epson, Foveon and Fujifilm. Products of interest in this section: Canon A10 / A20 / S300, Ceiva II picture frame, Foveon II, Fujifilm 6800Z. UPDATED: Added Concord.
Today Nikon Europe have announced that they will be making the D1X available for a hands on look during the Apple Seminar series Roadshow titled "Going Digital in Professional Photography". The series of ten, one day seminars across Europe showcase the latest tools and techniques in digital imaging capture and workflow demonstrated with Nikon Professional Imaging Products such as the Firewire compatible Nikon D1 digital SLR cameras and Nikon Super Coolscan 4000ED 35mm scanner.
Fujifilm have announced a reduction in their list price for the S1 Pro from $3,999 to "just under" $3,000 including a bundled 1GB Microdrive (worth $499). "This is a tremendous cost break for photographers who want a high-quality professional digital SLR camera,'' said Jennifer Davalos, Marketing Manager, Commercial Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. This limited time offer is good until April 15, 2001.
It's apparent that 128MB SmartMedia is now on the shelves of some stores and is making its way into the catalogues of more and more manufacturers thanks to the supply of OEM cards. Today Olympus announced a 128MB SmartMedia ID card and during PMA we missed a press release from Delkin which stated they are now shipping 128MB SmartMedia. The only thing missing from both of these press releases is a compatibility matrix.
Sony Japan today announced the DSC-P30 and DSC-P50 which we'd previously seen / announced at PMA 2001, they also announced an upgraded DSC-F55 named the DSC-F55DX, still fixed lens but now with a 3.34 megapixel CCD (but as with the F505V only using 2.58 megapixels of it) and some updated features. UPDATE: This will be a JAPAN ONLY model.
Michael Chaney, author of QImage Pro has just sent me a note that he's just release Qimage Pro v12.0, here's what he has today, "This major upgrade includes a brand new, totally redesigned user interface as well as a long list of new capabilities. The new interface is designed to make better use of space while providing single click access to the most commonly used program functions."
Here's a real bargain, a 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera for just $499. We noted that Kodak had recently reduce the price of the DC4800 to $599 but we also heard rumours on the PMA show floor that they would reduce it further. Over at Amazon they're offering the DC4800 for $499 (after a $100 mail-in rebate). If this is genuine (not an Amazon mistake) the DC4800 would become the 3 megapixel bargain of the moment. UPDATE 19/Feb/2001: Don't buy until March 2nd. UPDATE 20/Feb/2001: Offer disappears from Amazon.Com.
PMA 2001: Kodak's new mc3 is Kodak's first foray into the world of a multi-function digital camera / video capture / MP3 player type device, The mc3 features a CMOS sensor and can capture video direct to storage card (at 20 or 10 fps, 320 x 240), VGA still images or play MP3 music to headphones (supplied) or the speaker on the back of the device.
Rob Galbraith has just published an excellent report titled "Selecting a Compactflash card for a photojournalist's digital SLR camera", it covers cards from all the major manufacturers tested individually with the Nikon D1, Canon EOS-D30 and Kodak Pro DCS's. Some interesting results here, especially the 1GB Microdrive combined with the EOS-D30 and the relative performance difference betweek the Kodak Pro DCS's and the D30 / D1. Rob has also examined the speed of several CF card readers.
Some 12+ hours of travel and we're finally back in the UK after a very enjoyable and productive visit to Orlando for the PMA 2001 show. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the people we met at the show for making us feel so welcome. I've spent a few hours going back through our show report, updating text and creating this index page. I've also now included a summary my thoughts on the trends we've seen this year.
PMA 2001 show report: Section four of four. In this section we'll cover the following manufacturers: Samsung, Sandisk, Sanyo, Silicon Film, SiPix, Sony and Toshiba. Products of interest in this section: Sanyo IDC-1000Z, Silicon Film's EFS-1, Sony's DCS-P30, P50 and S75 and Toshiba's PDR-M65. REAL SAMPLE from Silicon Film's EFS-1.
Pro photographer Rob Galbraith got an extended look at the Nikon D1X at PMA, here's what he has to say about it: "The D1X is now scheduled to ship in about 90 days at a price of about US$5500; the D1H, 30 days after that, for about US$4500... image sharpness and clarity is nothing short of spectacular..."
PMA 2001 show report: Section three of four. In this section we'll cover the following manufacturers: Minds at Work, Minolta, Nikon, NixVue, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and PhaseOne. Products of interest in this section: Minolta Dimage 5 & 7, Nikon D1X & D1H, NixVue Digital Album, Pentax EI-3000 and Digital SLR.
Yesterday saw the announcement of no less than seven new digital cameras from Sony, three Mavica's and three Cybershot's. Sony update the S70 with the new S75, still the same 3.34 megapixel sensor but a far more "photographic" camera. The P30 and P50 come in as upgrades to the S30 and S50 and two of the new Mavicas now provide a direct MemoryStick slot allowing you to use either MemoryStick or floppy disk. Probably more impressive is the aggressive pricing of all of these new cameras.
This should appeal to those owners of digital cameras which take AA batteries, Rayovac have announced a new 1-hour charger which can charge AA, AAA or 9V rechargeable NiMH or NiCD batteries, best of all it retails at just US$30. In addition Rayovac have also announced new 1600mAh AA NiMH and 700mAh AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries.
PMA 2001: In a surprise press release this morning it appears that Kodak and Olympus will be joining forces, they've both announced a cross licensing agreement to work together to develop digital photography technology. We'll bring you more information on this alliance as soon as we know it. UPDATE 20:20 GMT: It appears this alliance has to do with Kodak's image science and sensor technology.
PMA 2001: While at the DigitalFocus 2001, the pre-PMA press / exhibitors "meet" yesterday I got to see Sony's latest MemoryStick, the MSA-128A, with a full 128 MB of storage it nicely rounds off the MemoryStick line and brings Sony's promise of larger MemorySticks into reality. It's interesting to note that the "young upstart" MemoryStick has already caught up with CompactFlash (type I - by majority) and SmartMedia (indeed, it looks as though Sony may well reach market with their 128 MB storage before SmartMedia).
PMA 2001: Canon today announced the new Digital IXUS 300, also known as the S300 Digital ELPH (in the US) and the IXY Digital 300 (in Japan). The new IXUS 300 now features a 3x optical zoom lens and the same 2.1 megapixel sensor seen in the first Digital IXUS (sorry, no 3 megapixel IXUS yet...). The Digital IXUS 300 is priced at US$599.
PMA 2001: Kodak today have demonstrated radio frequency transmission of digital images from it's newly announced mc3 digital camera to a computer system, "Today's demonstration of the prototype RF system involved transmitting VGA quality images captured by a Kodak mc3, to a laptop in seconds. Currently images from digital cameras are transmitted to computers and other devices via cables or memory card readers."
PMA 2001: Canon today announced two new curvey, easy to use and "affordable" digital cameras, the 1.3 megapixel A10 and the 2.1 megapixel A20. Both share the same body design (though slightly different colour), the same 3x zoom lens and the same features. There's even an optional waterproof case which will allow you to use either of these cameras down to a depth of 30 metres. The A10 and A20 are priced at US$399 and US$499 respectively.
PMA 2001: Canon today announced their CP-10 direct connect photo printer, this neat dye-sub printer can be directly connected to Canon's new range of digital cameras (announcements above) for instant prints at 300dpi of up to 86 x 54 mm (3.4 x 2.1 in.) in size. The CP-10 is priecd at US$299. This printer is also being bundled with the new Powershot A10 as the CPK-A10 Kit (at US$699).
PMA 2001: Today we got an exclusive hands-on with Pentax's new 6 megapixel digital SLR. At this stage they have an early working prototype which will power up and operate, the onboard software is still a bit rough but the body, controls and operation are already pretty much there. The camera is much smaller and thinner than any other digital SLR, ergonimically it's well designed and everything is where it should be. Pentax haven't named the camera yet.
PMA 2001: Minolta Japan has this morning published information about the new Dimage 5 and Dimage 7 digital SLR's and the S304 compact digital camera. The Dimage 5 and 7 are based on exactly the same body design, aimed squarely at Olympus's E-10 they both feature a 7 times zoom lens and either a 3.3 or 5.2 megapixel CCD. Both have an electronic TTL viewfinder (so not strictly through the lens) and both look like something out of Buck Rogers. The S304 is a 3.3 megapixel compact digital camera with a 4 times optical zoom lens.
We made it! We're here in Orlando for PMA 2001. It looks like it's going to be an interesting show, several new products have already been announced by Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony and we expect to see new products from several other manufacturers over the next two or three days. We hope to bring you daily reports from the show and a final summarised report which will be broken down by manufacturer.
PMA 2001: Lexar today announced that they will release a 512MB CF Type I card this Summer, this card, aimed at the professional market, will no doubt be seen as the "safe option" to a 512 MB Microdrive. Costing considerably more it does however offer higher speed, reliability and is more robust than the Microdrive. Please note pricing is not yet available.
Chasseurs d'Images, the French site at the center of an ongoing embargo storm have yet again blown the embargo on several new products to be announced at PMA on Sunday. We, although privy to this information are not allowed to publish it until our NDA runs out, Chasseurs d'Images it appears seem to either not be under NDA or misunderstand the implications. In any case they had (until it was pulled) pictures and specs on Minolta's new Dimage 7 Digital SLR and S304 compact digital camera. Plus Canon's CP-10 photo printer. UPDATE: 17:30 GMT, Dimage 5 & Dimage 7 info back on the site. 19:20 GMT, Now they've blown the embargo on Canon's new digital cameras.
Kyocera (also known as Yashica) today announced their tiny Finecam S3 digital camera, weighing at less than 200 g and just smaller than Canon's Digital IXUS (S100 ELPH) it becomes the smallest 3 megapixel digital camera available. The S3 has a metal case, 2 x optical zoom lens, SD card (MMC) storage, a 3 megapixel CCD and several manual controls. At this stage it's unclear under what name the S3 would be marketed outside of Japan.
David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of Canon's PowerShot Pro90IS, here's what he concluded, "Canon's earlier PowerShot Pro70 received wide acclaim for its excellent picture-taking capabilities... The Pro90IS is a very worthy upgrade... All in all, a very nice picture-taking package, entirely worthy to carry on the PowerShot "Pro" heritage!"
Yamada Kumio has published the first samples (on PC Watch) from Fujifilm's new 6800Z. With an all new 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD sensor the 6800Z produces 6 megapixel images. These samples appear to show good colour reproduction (as we've become acustomed with Fujifilm digital cameras) and the images look good sample down in size, not so fantastic viewed at 100%.... UPDATE 8/Feb: Even more!
Tech buzz of the day seems to be Sony's prototype OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) display, this 13" prototype screen has no backlight but rather relies on the self-luminescent properties of organic materials to create a bright sharp image. In a story from MSNBC Sony hinted that they may use such displays in digital cameras and that they've teamed up with Sanyo, Kodak, NEC and Samsung to produce OEL displays.
PMA 2001: Toshiba has today announced four new digital cameras, these are the PDR-M11 (1.3 megapixel), PDR-M21 (2.1 megapixel), PDR-M61 (2.3 megapixel) and PDR-M65 (3.3 megapixel). Noteably all the cameras are priced below $500 except the M65 which has an MSRP of $599 (but I'm sure we'll see it for $500 later). UPDATE: Thanks to Toshiba US we now have full specs for these cameras in our database.
Rob at robgalbraith.com has posted more information, for US owners only, of the Canon EOS D-30 "Auto Power Off" fix that we posted last month. Apparently anyone who purchased before February 5, 2001 should contact Canon USA for assistance. As in Japan, it's an in-house repair taking approximately 72 hours.
This from February's edition of Nikkei Electronics Asia: "The company is developing two types of ICs. The first will implement compression and decompression of image data under JPEG-2000, incorporating the wavelet conversion and entropy encoding circuits required. The more highly integrated second IC will single-chip the ARM7TDMI 32-bit reduced instruction set computer (RISC) microprocessor core from ARM Ltd of the UK, together with an interface and the first chip circuits".
Kodak Professional adds a range of high-resolution scanning camera backs to its portfolio by teaming up with Better Light Inc. who have for some time used Kodak CCD's in their digital camera backs. Kodak Pro can offer these high-resolution scanning camera backs to the wider International professional audience. Better Light's models range from output of 3,750 x 5,000 all the way to 12,000 x 15,990 pixels.
In addition to the D1X and D1H digital SLR's (above) Nikon today also announce four lenses; Nikkor AF 28-80mm G, Nikkor AF 70-300mm G Silver, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8D II and Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P. A new speedlight flash, the SB-50DX and the FM3A manual-focus, auto exposure 35mm film SLR (batteries not required!).
Thanks to the Japanese digital camera page DCEX and Rob Galbraith we now have more information on the new D1X and D1H digital SLR's from Nikon. It appears that Nikon's Australian distributor, Maxwell has published information pages on these cameras which, it was my understanding is embargoed but now appears to have made it into the public domain. UPDATE (6:00 GMT): Steve's Digicams updates specs.
Fujifilm have released the specifications for the two newest models in their signature series of digital cameras, the FinePix 6800 Zoom and the FinePix 4800 Zoom. The FinePix 4800 Zoom has the 2.4 megapixel Super CCD found in the FinePix 4900 Zoom and the FinePix 6800 Zoom is built with a 3.3 megapixel Super CCD. Both have the same 36-108 mm zoom lens. UPDATE: Samples now online (thanks to PC Watch).
Sharp Japan have today announced one CF Type I Bluetooth card and two other Bluetooth modules which could be used internally within a device. This extends the hope that we'll soon see the widespread use of Bluetooth wireless communication in digital devices such as digital cameras, PDA's, communications and input devices.
David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of Casio's QV-2300UX, here's what he concluded, "Overall, shooting with the Casio QV-2300UX Plus was a real pleasure.... a 2.1 megapixel with swivel zoom lens, good exposure controls and picture quality, a raft of preprogrammed "scene" modes, and an included MicroDrive. Overall a very nice package!"
It's not just fashion magazines. It seems some major Instagram accounts with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers are pitching photographers, offering to feature their work... for a fee.
Zach Sutton over at Lensrentals has put together this very useful on-location lighting tutorial for beginners, complete with five sample lighting setups to experiment with as you get more comfortable using artificial light.
Photographer Wendy Teal tells the heart-breaking story of a wedding she shot at a hospital on just 24-hours notice. The mother of the bride had been given one week to live, and Wendy responded to the couple's desperate social media plea for someone to capture their special day.
For the Pixel 2 smartphone's Motion Photos feature, Google built on its existing Motion Stills technology by adding advanced stabilization that combines software and hardware capabilities to optimize trimming and stabilization.
"After his camera was stolen from his room in the orphanage, he switched to an iPhone for his photography, reasoning that the image quality of a big, heavy camera was less important than the freedom of a cell phone. 'Quality? Screw it, I’d sketch things with a pencil if I could draw,' he wrote in a blog post."
In this month's 'Race Issue,' National Geographic asked historian John Edwin Mason—who specializes in the history of photography and the history of Africa—to investigate the iconic magazine's coverage of people of color around the world.
Shiftcam 2.0 will be available for the latest iPhone models 8, 8 Plus and X, and offers a range of individual "Pro" lenses in addition to a 6-in-1 lens slider.
An anonymous urbex photographer tells the tale of how he broke into the bowels of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southwest Kazakhstan to photograph some half-built USSR space shuttles, and why Russian agents have been looking for him ever since.
Google has released the first Developer Preview of its upcoming Android P mobile operating system, and it comes with support for the space-saving HEIF image format that is hoping to replace JPEG.
"Nobody’s looking at each other. Everybody’s glued to their phones. [Street photography] is thriving but not in the way I used to do it. The best street photographers now show humans dwarfed by ad billboards. The street has lost its savour.'"
Fstoppers recently decided to 'rickroll' photographers who would be willing to pirate their latest photography tutorial, by posting a totally fake and ridiculous version on bit torrent sites before the official release. This is what happened.
Halide, the feature-rich third-party camera app for the iPhone, just released version 1.7 which adds Portrait Mode and other depth effects when shooting with a dual-cam iPhone.
Thanks to its USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection the $100 Blackjet VX-1C is compatible with current Mac and Windows Thunderbolt 3 machines.
KitSplit—the gear rental company that lets companies and individuals post their gear for rent when they're not using it—just raised $2.1 million in funding to help the company grow its presence in Hollywood.
"The residue is a sort of dried, cake-y, powdered material stuck to the lens. I’m guessing that the solid exhaust mixed with the water from the pad’s water suppression system, and that resulting substance adhered to the lens."
The 'Depth Collective' initiative is meant to support photojournalists who are interested in trading in their DSLRs for the 16-module Light L16 camera.
Nine Nikon DSLR models are getting new firmware to fix a few issues users have been encountering, particularly when using AF-P lenses. Updated models include the D4, D4s, Df, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, and D7200.
Asus' new flagship Android smartphone packs all-around premium components and some great camera specs in a very sleek looking body.
The Atlantic has compiled 35 photos from the final week of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. From bobsledding, to speed skating, to photos from the closing ceremony: check them all out for yourself.
Two veteran sports photographers share stories and tips from photographing the Olympics, as well as other high-profile sporting events throughout history.
Services like Copypants and Pixsy help anybody find copyright infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand licensing fees and damages. But do these automated systems also open the door to prolific copyright trolls?
A helicopter pilot and his student claim a civilian drone was the cause of their crash landing last week. If their story is confirmed by an ongoing investigators, this incident would mark the first time that a drone has caused an aircraft crash in the US.
Popular Science takes a look at the glass and tech that Canon packs into its 59-pound, $200,000+ broadcast lenses that are currently being used at the Olympics.
Similar to Apple's AirDrop functionality, Microsoft's new Photos Companion app lets you send photos and videos from an Android or iOS smartphone to a PC via a WiFi network.
Thomas Escher, Panono's new CEO, wants to steer the company strategy towards customized software development for the real-estate and construction sectors.
"Jurist Thomas Borberg said in a WPP-produced video that 'You have to be able to feel a World Press Photo in your stomach. If not, it’s not a World Press Photo.' Given this position, it’s not surprising that violent images are the ones that provoke stomach churning reactions."
Michigan portrait and wedding photographer Brady Kenniston explains how he captured photos of an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event: the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch on February 6th.
Each necklace features a small silver charm modeled after one of five different iconic cameras: Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, Olympus OM, Nikon F, and Leica M.
Google Photos can automatically create videos from your images for special occasions, such as Mother's Day, or by selecting a specific type of photo in your collection.
"For those of us jaded with street photography–having seen it devolve from a unique style to often no more than a lexical cover for a lack of preparation–Levitt’s work provides a glimpse back to a time when strolling with a camera around one’s neck was considered highly unusual."
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