April 18
Canon and ACD Systems deal

ACD Systems (makers of my favourite image browser; ACDSEE) has done a deal to license their ACD Software Development Kit to Canon, "Working with Canon Information Systems Inc., (CIS), ACD used the SDK to develop a digital image viewer that will be bundled with a future Canon product."

April 17
Just posted! Olympus C-3040Z review

The C-3040Z is Olympus's update for last years C-3030Z, fitted out with a new "fast" F1.8 - F2.6 lens (answering the criticism that last years lens was based on that found on the C-2020Z). The C-3040Z also features several internal processing and software changes. Available at around $800 (and in some places as low as $750) the C-3040Z seems to offer a lot of bang for your buck, but how does it really measure up? UPDATE: Imaging-Resource also publish theirs.

Epson announce Stylus Photo 785EPX

Epson has today announced what it calls the "Ultimate Printer for Digital Cameras" (does that mean they won't be making any more after this?). The new 785EPX features 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, includes PRINT Image Matching (the new colour matching technology announced at PMA) and has a built-in PC Card slot which enables direct printing from storage cards via a PCMCIA adapter. Optionally there's even a 1.6" preview LCD which allows you to review and select images for printing. The 785EPX is priced at US"249 and should be available in June. UPDATE: Pictures.

Kodak Reports Q1 2001 Sales & Earnings

Eastman Kodak has today reported revenues of $2.975 billion and net earnings of $150 million ($0.52 per share) for Q1 2001. Segment results were: "Other Imaging" (which includes digital cameras) up 1%, Consumer Imaging sales down 7%, Kodak Pro sales down 11%, Health Imaging up 15%. "These results are in line with the expectations we set last December and reaffirmed in January when we reported year-end 2000 results,'' said Daniel A. Carp. UPDATE: Kodak to cut at least 3,000 jobs, blames slow down in film sales and drop in prices of film media.

April 16
More Sony DSC-S75 samples online!

We've just posted an additional gallery of 18 images from a full production Sony DSC-S75. Because our initial gallery was half pre-production / half production we decided to add on another gallery of shots from the production camera. Thanks and introductions to Jim Tominey who contributed to the gallery. Samples include some flash and low-light shots.

April 15
Good response to Microdrive poll

Last week we ran a generic IBM Microdrive satisfaction poll, we had 933 responses and although the majority of the results were in favour of the Microdrive it's clear that not everyone is happy (it's also clear that the newer 1 GB Microdrive is better). Some 77% of 340 MB Microdrive owners and 83% of 1 GB Microdrive owners were happy, however that still leaves a good percentage of people who either had some problems or who thought their Microdrive was terrible.

64MB CompactFlash for just $59.95

Another superb deal from State Street Direct and DPReview.Com! This weekend at you can purchase Dane-Elec 64MB Memory cards for only $59.95 each (below normal dealer cost). Plus! when you spend at least $200 or more on any in-stock items you'll also receive FREE Shipping. This special is only available when clicking & purchasing directly from our link and is not redeemable on prior purchases. Offer ends Monday 9th (or while stocks last).


The observant among you will no doubt have noticed we've been making some subtle improvements to the forums software over the last few days, the main thrust of which has been integration into a cleaner and more powerful database backend. This new backend has allowed us to remove all limitations to browsing and searching for messages, you now have full access to all forums messages back to day one! We've also added the new HOT tag to threads which receive the most posts within 48 hours.

April 12
Color Vision Monitor Spyder Review

If you take digital photography seriously you need to be certain your monitor is properly calibrated and profiled. Color Vision's Monitor Spyder is a device which attaches to your monitor (by three suckers) and in conjunction with PhotoCal or OptiCal software walks you through its set up, calibration and profiling. The results are surprising and may well breathe new life into your monitor and your photographs. Best of all? The Monitor Spyder and PhotoCal sell at the amazing price of U$224.

A Digital Eye reviews Sony DSC-S75

A Digital Eye have posted their full review of the Sony DSC-S75, here's what they say about it, "With a solid camera feel to it, very easy menus to use, lots of camera control and manual exposure/focus settings, and a great battery life, the latest 3.34 megapixel offering by Sony is one which we feel has a lot to offer potential buyers, and one we can highly recommend."

April 11
Take part in survey for chance of a prize!

Strydent Software is currently undertaking a survey of users of digital cameras and ink jet printers. Their aim is to develop custom printer drivers which deliver better output and colour matching, which will ultimately benefit you in producing better photos. Completing the survey entitles you to be entered into a prize draw for $200 worth of "digital darkroom" supplies (photo paper and ink). UPDATE 11/Apr: Due to a technical problem on our server some of the responses from yesterday have been lost.. If you filled the form in yesterday please complete and re-send it today.

April 10
Fuji FinePix 6800 Reviews
David at the Imaging Resource has posted a full review and Steve at Steves Digicams has posted a first look at the Fuji FinePix 6800. He's what David has to say about it "While not nearly the equivalent of a camera with a 6 megapixel sensor, we felt that we did observe improvements in image quality in the 6 megapixel file that went beyond what we've seen from other 3 megapixel cameras... Overall though, a very competent performer with very nice image quality in a very compact package. Definitely Recommended! " and Steve "The FinePix 6800 Zoom's sleek and stylish look...was conceived by F.A. Porsche, the same designer that brought the world the distinctive and timeless look of the classic Porsche 911 sports car. And it's not just for looks, the body is all metal and highly durable which will be appreciated by the casual as well as the extreme user."
Canon release 3.6.1 TWAIN drivers

Canon has today released version 3.6.1 of their TWAIN drivers, these are compatible with the S10, S20, S100, S300, EOS-D30, G1, Pro 90 IS, A10 and A20. These updated drivers have improved speed for RAW file conversion as well as a new standalone utility (RawConverter) for converting from .CRW (Canon RAW) to TIFF. Drivers are available for Windows 95/98/98 SE/Me/2000 and Mac OS 8.1+. UPDATE: 3.6.1 drivers pulled.

OT: DPReview leukaemia research team

Off Topic: You may already have heard that there is a massive peer to peer (P2P) project underway involving thousands of computers around the world trying to find a drug cure for cancer. The project, a joint development between Intel, United Devices and Oxford University, simply requires you to install some software on your computer which uses the CPU power which would otherwise go to waste. After a few requests from readers we've set up a Digital Photography Review team which you can join!

April 9
Kodak DCS 760 official price $7,995

Kodak Professional has today revealed their official price for their new 6 megapixel, Nikon F5 based professional digital SLR the DCS 760, it will have a suggested list price of $7,995. "Authorized dealers of Kodak Professional digital cameras are now taking orders for the DCS 760 camera - including several dealers at the 2001 Seybold conference and exhibit, which opens today in Boston. Customer availability of the camera is scheduled for May." Remember, our professional equipment affiliate Imaging Spectrum Inc. are taking orders at just $6,995.

April 8
Bibble 2.5, Canon RAW tests

Eric Hyman is the first developer to have cracked Canon's new compressed RAW format and Bibble 2.5 now offers Canon EOS-D30 owners a real opportunity for the improved flexibility, image quality and speed that it can offer in the RAW conversion process. Having had a few days to digest Bibble 2.5 we've put together a couple of samples comparing native JPEG, Bibble converted and Canon converted RAW files.

Qimage Pro 2001 v1.3, NEF upgrade!

Mike Chaney, author of Qimage Pro has published version 1.3 of the 2001 edition. In this update he's completely rebuilt the NEF converter to provide the highest possible resolution from your Nikon D1 NEF RAW files without a hint of Moiré. "After weeks of designing and testing new interpolation algorithms, I've finally settled on a hybrid method that is capable of bringing you 1450+ lines of moiré-free resolution..."

April 7
Photopoint follows PhotoLoft with subs charging
It looks as if our prediction of the end of free photo sharing services is starting to materialise. Photopoint today announced that they are to follow PhotoLoft and move to a subscription based service. From mid-May they will have a basic charge of $9.95 for one year or, if you want 25 'free' prints then its $19.95.
Imaging Resource reviews DSC-P30 and P50
Michael at The Imaging Resource has just posted reviews of the Sony Cybershot DSC-P30 and DSC-P50, here's what he says about them. "They both offer good value, with pretty rich feature sets, good image quality, and a very easy to understand user interface... If you want a solid digicam at either the 1.3 or 2.1 megapixel level though, you can't go wrong with either model."
Photopoint to charge for service

Owners of Photopoint accounts are today receiving an e-mail letter addressed from Ed Bernstein, the CEO of Photopoint to inform them that Photopoint will be switching to a subscription based service. "...starting in mid-May, PhotoPoint.com will no longer be a free service". They will be charging an annual fee of $9.95 (existing members, limited time offer only) for storage of up to 1,000 images or $19.95 with 25 free prints bundled. It's a sad day for the photo sharing community but it's no surprise to those of us who have been following the fortunes of the market or who understand the economics of such a huge project.

Kodak DCS 760 for $6,995

DPreview's professional equipment affiliate Imaging Spectrum Incorporated are now taking orders for Kodak's new six megapixel, Nikon F5 based professional digital SLR. Although we've not had an official announcement of price yet from Kodak, Imaging Spectrum are taking orders at this unbelievably low price of $6,995. Expected to ship at the end of April / early May. Link inside...

April 6
Canon USA Spring Offers

Canon USA has today announced new spring offers on their range of cameras, lenses, binoculars and camcorders. Of most interest to readers of this site are the free 340 MB Microdrive with the EOS-D30 Digital SLR.

April 4
Imaging Resource reviews PowerShot S300

David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of the Canon PowerShot S300, here's what he concluded, "The new S300 Digital ELPH really competes comfortably at the very top of the 2 megapixel camera world for sharpness and color fidelity, while trading off only the slightest increase in size. Overall, a really sweet little camera, now one of our personal favorites! Highly recommended."

All your RAW files are belong to us!

Eric Hyman, author of Bibble has just announced version 2.5 of his image conversion / manipulation application. Previously seen as one of the best conversion tools for Nikon D1 RAW files Bibble now supports conversion of Canon RAW files (D30) at a claimed two to three times faster than the Canon software (I've yet to test this). (Don't email me about the grammar of the title... If you don't get it just ignore it).

April 3
Just posted! Fujifilm FinePix 6800Z review

Another dpreview.com exclusive review! We've just posted our review of Fujifilm's FinePix 6800Z, the successor to the 4700Z features a 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD generating a 6 megapixel image file. Stlyed by F.A. Porsche the 6800Z is certainly sleek and stylish, but does it live up to the promise of a super high resolution super compact digital?

digitalkamera.de reviews Canon Pro 90 IS
digitalkamera.de have the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS in their review lab, here's what they say about it "In view of the fact that the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS and the Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom use one and the same lens, it's difficult not to draw a comparison between the two cameras... The deciding factor when buying a camera is more likely to be the price: the Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom recently slipped below the 1,000 EUR price limit; many will question whether the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS can justify its disproportionately high price of 1,500 EUR even in view of the overall camera package."
April 1
Megapixel.Net April edition

The monthly bilingual webzine Megapixel.Net have just released their April edition (in French and English), this month they've reviewed the Canon Pro90IS, Sony Mavica FD-75, Sony Mavica FD-85, HP PhotoSmart C618. They also have an overview of all the major types of storage systems for digital cameras.

March 28
Canon demos Micro Bubble Jet camera

CeBIT 2001: More instant prints! Canon have today shown their prototype digital camera with a built in bubble jet printer, this little unit (far smaller than simiilar attempts by Fujifilm and Polaroid) features a 1.3 megapixel CCD has a 2 x optical zoom lens and can store directly to CompactFlash as well as producing credit card sized prints.

Canon PowerShot A10 & A20 samples

Thanks to Wim Pollet for spotting that Canon BeBit have posted sample images from their new "entry level" A10 (1.3 megapixel) and A20 (2.1 megapixel) digital cameras. We've not noted this previously and these two cameras are interesting as they mark the trend in "bringing digital cameras to the masses".

Ofoto services in Windows XP

If you didn't already know, Microsoft released beta 2 of their new OS, Windows XP, yesterday. Windows XP has several enhancements to make it more "Multimedia friendly", including picture folders views, automatic thumbnailing and even automatic recognition of digital cameras and media along with automatic transfer of images from them. Ofoto have put out a press release that their photosharing / photofinishing services are now available through Wnidows XP... UPDATE: Microsoft answer.

Double Density 1.3 GB CD-RW from Sony

Although not strictly digital photography news it may well be important to the many people who archive images to CD-R and also bearing in mind Sony's recent releases of the CD200 and CD300 digital cameras which both write directly to CD-R/RW. The new DDCD format agreed by Sony and Philips was announced last July, this new drive is the first which can read/write at the new double density level.

March 27
Kodak's view on CCD vs CMOS

Kodak have posted their monthly tech briefing, this time its a very interesting story about the battle between CMOS and CCD. "Which sensor will define the future of digital imaging? Is it the charge-coupled device, or CCD, which delivers the highest image resolution but at a significant drain on a camera's resources? Or will it be the complementary metal oxide semiconductor, or CMOS, a simpler, cheaper and more energy-efficient sensor in common use today? Kodak's scientists lay out their view of which sensor will win in which market."

New Pentax ultra-compact digital camera

Thanks to Yamada Kumio for allowing us to use his image of a new ultra-compact digital camera from Pentax, this little unit features a 3 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom and it said to be about the size of Canon's Digital IXUS (S100 ELPH). Yamada caught sight of a prototype of this camera at the PhotoExpo 2001 show in Japan.

PCMCIA release CardBay spec

PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association), the international standards body and trade association for the modular peripherals industry, have released the specification for the next generation of PC card slot technology, it is based on the USB 2.0 interface and forms part of the PC Card Standard Release 8.0.

March 22
Fujifilm Finepix 6900Z (updated)

CeBIT 2001: Fujifilm today announce the 6900Z, using the same body design as the 4900Z the 6900Z now uses the same 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD sensor (which produces a 6 megapixel image, 2,832 x 2,128 pixels) found in the 6800Z. Dressed now in a new all black body the camera features the same 6 x zoom lens found on the 4900Z. UPDATE: New product image and complete specifications.

Kodak Pro DCS 760 - more info / pictures

CeBIT 2001: We can now bring you captures of the DCS 760's new onboard software (which is based on that found on the DCS Pro Back), the DCS Photo Desk and the all new DCS Camera Manager software.

LightSurf demos wireless digital photography
CeBIT 2001: LightSurf have today demonstrated their wireless photography solution for GPRS devices and networks. General Packet Radio Service is a new wireless data protocol being introduced in existing GSM countries (Europe / SE Asia) which allows for data transmission at 115.2 Kbp/s.
Kodak Pro DCS 760

CeBIT 2001: Kodak Professional have today announced the Kodak DCS 760, based on the Nikon F5 body this professional SLR features a 6 million pixel CCD (3032 x 2008), has a 1.3x focal length multiplier, can shoot 1.5 fps for up to 24 frames and has variable ISO 80 to 400. The DCS 760 looks to be serious competition to Nikon's recently announced D1X, prices are yet to be announced.
UPDATED: Exclusive details you won't find anywhere else.

CeBIT 2001 gets under way

CeBIT 2001: This years CeBIT proves to be bigger than ever, running from today until 28th March the show is open from 9 AM to 6 PM (CET) with over 8,000 exhibitors occupying some 26 halls and 13 other pavillion areas (over 400,000 sqm of space). Although I won't be attending in person we do have a "man on the ground" at CeBIT and will of course be bringing you any major news as it arrives.

March 21
Just posted! Canon Digital IXUS 300 review

We've just posted our review of Canon's Digital IXUS 300 (it's European name, also known as the Powershot S300, Digital ELPH), this ultra-compact digital camera features a stylish stainless steel case, a three times optical zoom lens and a 2.1 megapixel sensor. It has go anywhere features which ensure you'll always have it by your side and the looks to impress even the most staid technophobe, but does it deliver the goods at the end of the day?


FlashPoint have today announced an updated version of their Digita "open" digital camera operating system, DigitaX expands hardware support and opens up the operating system to network connectivity (a hint towards where digital cameras are going.. think.. wireless). Digita licensees include Eastman Kodak, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Konica, Minolta and Sharp.

Yamada posts first C-700UZ samples

Yamada Kumio has posted the first Olympus C-700UZ samples on the PC Watch site, using is normal range of subjects he's got samples ranging from outdoor shots at the airport (full zoom range), macro, landscape, and indoor shots. Bearing in mind this will still be a pre-production camera the image quality isn't all that I'd hoped, chromatic aberrations abound! UPDATE: Plenty more samples in a private gallery.

March 20
Kodak Palmpix for Palm m500 / m505

Kodak have today announced an updated Palmpix digital camera add-on for the recently announced Palm m500 and m505 handheld PDA's. The new Palmpix is capable of SVGA (800 x 600) full colour images from its CMOS sensor, has a fixed 54 mm (35 mm equiv.) lens, can store images on SD (MMC) storage cards inserted into the Palm and has three focus modes; macro, portrait and landscape. Retail price will be US$129.95.

March 19
Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Today Olympus have announced the C-700 UZ, heralded as the smallest 10x optical zoom digital camera (not difficult). The camera features a 2 megapixel sensor and a lens which delivers a 38 - 380 mm equiv. zoom (F2.8 - F3.5). Expected street price is $700. Sorry for the late delivery of this news, unfortunately we've been let down by Olympus who have not provided us with any information on this camera.

Sony ICX406AQ 4 megapixel CCD

Thanks to some detective work from one of our readers (Ivo Schenk) we have now confirmed that Sony does indeed have a 1/1.8" 4 megapixel CCD, it is product name ICX406AQ and has an effective output resolution of 2,312 x 1,720 pixels (3.9 megapixels). So, could this be the illusive sensor used in the rumoured "DSC-S85"? Only time will tell, however this sensor would offer manufacturers of existing 3 megapixel digital cameras an immediate path to 4 megapixels without having to change the cameras (or lens systems) significantly.

March 18
Steve's Digicams Canon S300 first look
Steve over at Steves-Digicams has posted his first look at the Canon Powershot S300 Digital ELPH. Here's what he says about it (so far): "This is truly a "pocket size" camera that weighs a scant 8.5 ounces.......The S300 is only slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes!"
March 15
Unity Digital Firewire CF Reader review

We've just posted our review of Unity Digital's Firewire (IEEE 1394) CF reader/writer. This unassuming desktop card reader is capable of some amazing transfer rates (how does 4-5 times faster than USB sound?). Unity Digital also have a Firewire SmartMedia reader/writer available.

Flash Contest!

Peter iNova, author of the "Digital Secrets" eBook is running a digital photography contest, as we've come to expect from Peter, it has a twist, "The image has to be made with a digital camera and somehow a flash unit will have to contribute to the shot. It can be in the picture, or outside the frame as a light source, fill, bounce, slave--why the permutations are endless!"

Three reviews for the price of one!

We've just posted our review of three products from Hoodman USA. Hoodman specialise in products which provide shade from the sun or protection of LCD screens. We've reviewed their LCD Viewscreen Hood, Hoodcap for the Nikon D1 and e-clipse E-2000 laptop computer hood. All in all we're pleased with what we found, all these products do what they're supposed to at a very reasonable price.

PhotoLoft move to subs based service
PhotoLoft, one of the many online photo services companies, have announced that they are to move to a subscription based service. They say that this is because they wish to offer an "enhanced feature set", or may it be they are feeling the pinch from the astronomical bandwidth costs associated with this market sector. Could this be the beginning of the end, for free online photo sharing ?
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