Today Nikon will announce the Coolpix 880, what appears a logical upgrade to the Coolpix 800 announced about the same time last year. And at first appearance it certainly looks that way. But this is no cut-down 990, rather it uses the same engine and flexibility and adds a whole range of user friendly features which makes the 880 a seriously good digital camera. Best of all we have a full in-depth review for you (even before the press releases get out!)
Wow, I was so busy working I missed the fact that we've now steamed through 10,000,000 unique visitors since we started the site in January 1999. Just a personal note from me to all the people who've supported us over the last 20 months, manufacturers, sponsors and most importantly you, our visitors. Keep coming back, we've got so much to come over the next few months... Digital Photography is just coming of age.
If you live in a European country (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland etc. etc.) and you'd like the chance to win a Canon BJC-50 (there are a total of six being given away) then spend a few minutes completing this joint digital camera survey produced in association with digitalkamera.de, GFK marketing services and Canon. The survey itself pretty straight forward and will go to help manufacturers produce better cameras for you in the future! (Plus you might win a printer... can't be bad)
It's been a confusing couple of days, according to what we've seen on the Japanese sites and read on the Olympus Japan website no mention has been made of the LCD on the E-10 being usable as a viewfinder. However, today Olympus Europe posted their information on the E-10 and E-100RS. Of the E-10's viewfinder they say "By tilting the LCD monitor down 20 or up 90 degrees, a greater viewing angle can be achieved. This is particularly useful when shooting from difficult positions where the SLR viewfinder would be too impractical."
Having had some more time with a newer EOS-D30 we've updated our (now very detailed) preview article and posted our first gallery of sample images (26) - including some samples shot in RAW mode. Important points in this update: Improved / more detailed menu captures, Software module (including TWAIN drivers and RAW acquisition module), Image quality analysis and Conclusion.
We heard a little time back that Kodak would be selling their professionally developed, large size CCD's to other manufacturers. This article over on EE Times confirms this with a tighter definition of the range of CCD's available including a new 16.6 megapixel device which is now sampling to manufacturers. They also include some CMOS sensors in their available range. "We won't have the cheapest parts out in the market," said McNiffe. "We're not targeting the Barbie-cam market, but we will have the best parts available."
And $200 rebate off the following lenses: Tamron's SP AF14mm F/2.8 Aspherical (IF) Rectilinear, SP AF20-40mm F2.7-3.5 Aspherical (IF) or SP AF28-105mm F/2.8 LD Aspherical (IF) lenses. There will be a $100 rebate for the purchase of the SP AF90mm F/2.8 1:1 macro lens. We'd actually heard of several people receiving their pre-ordered S1 Pro's before this announcement but this kind of puts an official slant on proceedings.
Olympus will announce the 4 megapixel Camedia E-10 Digital SLR, with a big 2/3" CCD (designed by Olympus), a 4x optical zoom (35 - 140 mm) F2.0 - F2.4, manual focus ring, RAW mode shooting (Photoshop plugin included), optical TTL viewfinder, histogram mode, flip-out and rotate LCD. Expected price 198,000 YEN (~$1,826) expected to be on sale in mid October in Japan. This scoop straight from our friend Yamada Kumio over at digitalcamera.gr.jp. Olympus's upgraded C-2500L.
UPDATED: Impress PC Watch now have an article on the E-10.
Jeff over at DCResource has just posted his review of Olympus's D-490Z. Here's what he had to say "I can say with confidence that Olympus has another hit on their hands. They've taken the already popular D-400 series and added a much needed 2.1 Megapixel CCD, plus some nice features usually not found on midrange cameras, like an uncompressed TIFF mode. My main gripe is the lack of USB support, which can be resolved by purchasing a card reader. If you're looking for a great $500 digital camera, look no more - the D-490Z is a great choice."
A study from InfoTrends shows that the Japan Low End Digital market (less than 200,000 YEN; $1,800) is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 46% through 2005.. Unit sales will grow from over 2.6 million to 17.7 million in 2005. Revenues from digital camera sales will grow at a compound annual rate of 24% to reach 450 billion yen (~US$4.1 billion) in 2005.
Steve Sanders over at Steves-Digicams has just posted a first look at Fujifilm's S1 Pro Digital SLR. So far he seems fairly happy with the camera and notes "...had a fun day shooting sample photos and getting used to this camera. The image quality is excellent, there's no fear of "interpolated" resolution not living up to the claims -- it does!"
This from Rob Galbraith's site: "USA Today staffer Bert Hanashiro, a veteran digital photojournalist and daily DCS 520 shooter, spent some quality time earlier this week with a pre-production Canon EOS D30 at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Hanashiro cautions that this is a preliminary look at the camera, but that he liked what he saw overall" and "To me, however, the reason I loved the camera is that it is VERY responsive and displayed no obvious shutter lag. It's hard to say for sure not having shot football or basketball with the D30, but I felt very sure that when I pressed the shutter release, the image I saw was what was captured."
Not that I'm ignoring you or anything Steve ;-) Here are two (now complete) reviews from Steve Sanders. First off he reviews the Ricoh RDC-7 "The RDC-7 is flat and wide like the old 126 Instamatic film cameras. The case is made out of highly durable metal and the build quality is excellent.", and notes an exposure problem fixed with a firmware update. Next comes Kodak's DC4800 "This is the best camera I have seen from Kodak to date.... ...I'm happy to report that the DC4800 lets you have your cake and eat it too, literally."
Just to prove my point about the "best market" for the Fujifilm Finepix 40i it's come in as the top selling digital camera at Yodobashi Camera in Japan. Thanks to digitalcamera.gr.jp for publishing these sales figures which are a total of all sales from all Yodobashi Camera shops in Japan from August 7 - August 13.
We've just posted a full review of Fujifilm's upcoming FinePix 40i multifunction digital camera, not only can it take pictures (fixed lens - no optical zoom) but it can also playback MP3 audio (cool). Add to that it's size, weight and gadget / cool factor and it's bound to turn a few heads.. And empty a few wallets.
If you've been reading dpreview over the last few months you can't help but to have heard of Olympus's C-2100UZ, a 2 megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical stablised lens. Today Olympus US made the camera official bundling it with 4 NiMH batteries and a charger and an 8MB SmartMedia card, priced at US$999. One note of interested to the techie-shutterbugs will be Olympus's use of a CMY CFA (colour filter array) over the CCD... Very Canon.
WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) is an API developed by Microsoft and first implemented in Windows Me. It allows seemless communication between image acquisition applications and digital imaging devices (such as digital still cameras, scanners and DV camcorders). Similar to TWAIN but without the hassle of particular drivers, best of all there's a TWAIN DSM which enables any WIA device to appear as a TWAIN device to TWAIN compatible software. WIA as it will ship in Windows ME already supports over 100 devices.
Thanks to TJ for spotting these samples now up on Fujifilms "finepix.com" website. There are four samples available on the site at around 1,500 KB each. So if you're interested in Fujifilm's new "prosumer" SLR-look-alike, 6 x optical zoom, 2.4 megapixel SuperCCD digital camera I recommend you download some of the first sample images... Remember, this one supports a lower ISO of 125.
John Cowley over at Lonestardigital.com has just put up a simple but effective technique for correcting the magenta / cyan casts on Nikon D1 images. There have been many programs created for fixing this common complaint with Nikon's Digital SLR, but this (at least for Photoshop users) seems to be the most straightforward yet effective. My understanding is the problem revolves around the fact that the D1's images are in the NTSC colourspace.
UPDATE: Thanks to Timo Autiokrai for noting that Photoshop Profile-to-Profile seems to work quite well to. The battle hots up... Mike Chaney gets involved!!
Jeff Keller over at DCResource just posted a review of Casio's QV-2300UX Plus, a 2.11 megapixel (1.92 effective) 3 x optical zoom digital camera with a rotating lens portion and IBM Microdrive (340MB) bundled with the camera (so that should be your storage worries sorted then). Jeff said "There are two ways to look at the QV-2300UX Plus: As a $800 camera, and as a $400 camera with a $400 memory card. I tend to choose the latter option, though the camera is really packed with features for a $400 camera. The downside here is that the body quality is sub-par, and the lack of the optical viewfinder would immediately remove it from my list if I was in the market."
Thanks to forums poster Paul Van Dragt for spotting that Kodak have just released new firmware (3.2.3) for the DCS330. The new firmware includes better storage card compatibility, external GPS support, multiple custom white balances and better IEEE 1394 support. The DCS330 is an interesting camera, 3 megapixels, supports Nikon F-mount, priced similarly to the S1 Pro & EOS-D30 with quality Kodak software and support behind it, downside... 1.9 x focal length multiplier.
Last week we introduced two new forums, since then we've been working on new features and functionality for the discussion forums. First of which (implemented today) is recording your last visit date on a per forum basis. In the past there was always a possibility of missing messages posted on other forums if you didn't visit them all in one session, now last visit is recorded invidually for each forum.
We're proud to bring you a world exclusive. The first full review of FujiFilm's S1 Pro digital SLR. The first affordable digital SLR to market certainly grabbed the headlines when it was announced, since then there's been no end of talk about digital SLR's. With high resolution output, quality processing algorithms and Nikon lens compatibility the S1 Pro certainly looks like an interesting package (especially considering its $3,500 street price). But how does it measure up?
We'll try to tell you.. In our 16 page, 10,000 word review with over 150 images in the review body and 50 photographs (including originals) in the associated samples galleries.
I think it's world EOS-D30 day today... This time it's the turn of Rio Enzo Fuzuki over at DCEX (Digital Camera Express) has posted samples from the Canon EOS-D30 (Beta) and FujiFilm S1 Pro side by side. More impressive shots from the EOS-D30 and some nice ones from the S1 Pro too... Looks like the digital SLR market is about to explode...
Professional Photographer Yamada Kumio has just posted a page (in Japanese) giving a brief report of his experience with a beta EOS-D30 along with several sample images and some head-to-head samples comparing the Canon EOS-D30 with Nikon's D1 (the results may interest you). DPR has exclusive permission from Yamada to bring you this article translated in its entirety.
Since announcing the EOS-D30 back on 17th May our Canon Talk forum has been buzzing with anticipation of Canon's first all Canon digital SLR (3.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor). Today we can bring you just five sample shots from the Canon EOS-D30. Although these samples weren't shot by myself they are exclusive to Digital Photography Review (shot in Japan) and available for download. Keep your eyes peeled for more samples today...
Keeping the flow of new reviews going, here's a full in-depth review of Epson's impressive PhotoPC 3000Z. Epson, not known for their photography background have produce the goods, a quality digital camera with some innovative features and good range of manual control. "Good image quality only let down by slightly pale colours puts Epson up there as a serious digital camera manufacturer... "
After several requests from Mac users we have just introduced a dedicated discussion forum just for Mac users, called "Mac Tools" it's an area where Mac owning digital photography enthusiasts can discuss digital imaging software, hardware, drivers etc. Not to leave PC users behind we've renamed our Software forum "PC Tools" designed to serve the same purpose as Mac Tools but for PC / Windows users.
Dave's been busy over on Imaging-Resource, he's just posted reviews of Sony's MVC-CD1000 (the FD-95 which writes to CDR - we have one in house) and the Kodak DC4800 (3.1 megapixels, 3x zoom) which has some interesting abilities including multiple image "looks" and some excellent low light performance...
Jeff over at DC Resource has just posted a review of Ricoh's unusual "flat pack" RDC-7, a 3 megapixel digicam which features a pixel shifting mode for generating 7 megapixel images (although it takes over a minute a shot). Jeff wasn't that impressed "The Ricoh RDC-7 finds itself in the most competitive field in digital photography right now - 3 Megapixel cameras. It is indeed loaded with many of the useful features for both enthusiasts as well as consumers, but these features just aren't implemented well. I honestly feel that your $900 could be much better spent on another camera."
Mike Chaney (a regular poster on our forums) has just released QImage Pro 8.54. This multi-talented image viewer / editor / print application has a unique colour profiling feature, designed to correct colours directly out of the digital camera. Their are plugins currently available for the Nikon D1, Coolpix 950 and Coolpix 990, Canon's S100 Digital ELPH/IXUS and the Olympus D-600L.
Mike Chaney (a regular contributor on our forums) yesterday released QImage Pro 8.54. This multitalented image printing / viewer / editor application has a unique colour profiling feature, designed to correct colours directly out of the digital camera. Their are plugins currently available for the Nikon D1, Coolpix 950 and Coolpix 990, Canon's S100 Digital ELPH/IXUS and the Olympus D-600L. We decided to take a closer look at the results of using it for colour correction...
Professional Photographer Kazuhisa Nishikawa puts his expert hands on FujiFilm's S1 Pro in what is a fairly typical gallery, this time his model is Ayu Okakura. Taken with a variety of lenses (Ai AF Nikkor 50mm 1.4D, Ai AF Nikkor 35mm F2D, AF Nikkor ED80-200mm F2.8D) the shots were taken at ISO 320 with Daylight White Balance. Note: original images are not available, all images have been reduced to "web size" (513 x 770).
Thanks to William Chang an IT reporter from Hong Kong who managed to get his hands on an engineering sample Olympus C-2100UZ (the one with the 10x optically stabilised zoom lens). Whilst this sneak preview is only made up of shots of the camera (not a report as such) we do also have four sample images shot with the camera.
Less than $500 for a 2.1 megapixel, 3x zoom compact digital camera with QuickTime movie support and an 8MB SmartMedia Card... Not bad. Based on the popular D-460 Zoom, the D-490 also supports variable ISO (100, 200, 400) and the distinctive Olympus Clam Sheel design. (This camera is known as the 990Z in Europe & Asia).
Last week we published a sneak view of this cameras skeleton, today FujiFilm have made the 4900Z the newest edition to their 4000 series of digital cameras (you can look upon it as a replacement for the now tiring 2900Z). This time featuring a 6x optical zoom lens (yep, lenses are becoming more important) with the same SuperCCD sensor seen in the 4700Z but interesting to note a newly offered sensitivty of ISO 125, perhaps for improved image quality and lowered noise.
Vitals: FujiFilm 4900 Zoom, 2.4 megapixel Super CCD (up to 2400 x 1800 image size), 6 x optical zoom lens (35 - 210 mm as 35 mm equiv.), ISO 125/ 200/ 400/ 800, LCD TTL viewfinder, 1/4s (3s in manual) - 1/2000s shutter speeds, F2.8 - F11 apertures, horizontal and vertical shutter release buttons, SmartMedia, expected September 2000, <US$1000.
UPDATED: Sample Images From 4900Z Now Online
The size of imagers to come? "Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq:ATML - news) today announced the immediate availability of its MPIX 1 single chip digital camera processor. The chip, first sampled in June of this year, supports up to 16 megapixel CCD and CMOS type imagers. Production is now ramping up in support of two major customers, one with a digital camera consumer product and the other with an industrial application. "
A Gartner Survey Shows that 12.7 million US Households are expected to have a digital camera by the end of 2000. "Ninety-eight percent of digital camera sales in 2000 will be to consumers buying their first digital camera, indicating the market is wide open to new vendors that have a better product and bigger advertising budget,'' said Andrew Johnson, vice president of Dataquest's e-Digital Imaging Devices and Services U.S. program. "New buyers most likely do not have enough personal, hands-on experiences with a particular digital camera model to have developed a strong preference. Word of mouth and third-party recommendations will weigh heavily in their purchase decision.''
Wow, that's what you'll be saying. This tiny digital camera (looks like something out of MI:2) shoots at VGA (640 x 480), takes Memory Stick Duo (the new shorter Memory Stick) AND has a 0.55" LCD (viewfinder / review I assume). Best of all? It measures 21.5 x 62.6 x 13 mm (0.8 x 2.7 x 0.5 ") and weighs just 26 g (1 oz) with batteries... Ok, so I want one.
What a camera... 190 mm Carl Zeiss zoom lens, great electronics, clean and sharp image quality... Call my cynical but I didn't really expect much out of what was basically an F505 (don't get me wrong, good camera) with a 3.3 megapixel CCD shoe-horned into it. But Sony came up trumps with the F505V. So much so in fact that my conclusion will probably surprise a lot of people.
Professional Photographer Rob Galbraith has just posted a 5,500 word report on Canon's upcoming EOS-D30 Digital SLR. "It's not a direct competitor to the D1 or Kodak's pro cameras. But if the image quality is as good as Canon promises, then its feature set and software, combined with a street price of well below US$3000, will make the D30 an appealing option for newspapers with smaller budgets and lots of Canon gear, as well as the thousands of Canon-toting freelance news shooters eager to make the jump to digital".
Just noticed over on FinePix.Com, FujiFilm have a new section called "New FinePix". More details on the camera will be available in September, but from the skeleton case picture they've shown so far we can see that the camera has a SLR-look but with a large (I'll guess fast - ~F2.0) non-interchangable lens with a focus ring, a flash hotshoe, SLR style grip & controls, SuperCCD imager and lots of manual controls. Looks interesting... Competition for Canon's Pro 70 follow-up?
We've know for some time now that Olympus & Polaroid will be holding a joint press conference live on the web (anytime now in fact), however their press release by PRNewswire came through a little ahead of time. As we'd expected the C-211Z is a 2.1 megapixel, 3 x optical zoom digital camera with the ability to print directly onto Polaroid 500 instant film (10-pack for $9.99). Expected release is October 2000, retail price $799.
Olympus UK have added the C-2100UZ and C-990Z to their website, in addition there are Quicktime VR 3D views available of both cameras for those who are interested. A quick recap, the C-2100UZ has: 1.92 megapixels effective (1600 x 1200), 10x stabalised zoom lens (38mm - 380mm), TTL LCD Viewfinder, SmartMedia. Expected retail price is around US$1,300, supposed to be available in Japan in August (which means we can expect them around September).
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"...excuse me if I don’t walk around in front of [my client] shooting bloody BTS because somebody on social media wants to see it because they can’t be arsed to attend a proper controlled seminar and learn properly, they’d rather be ‘cheap’ and just try to reverse engineer BTS stuff."
OnePlus has slightly boosted the camera specifics of its news flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6. Compared to its predecessor, it boasts both a bigger sensor and optical image stabilization.
A piece of leaked code revealed a new feature—since confirmed by Instagram's CEO—that is coming to Instagram. It's called 'time spent,' and it will allow users to track how much time they spend on the photo sharing app so they can be more 'intentional' about it.
In the ad, a woman pulls out her iPhone to take a selfie in a train station, and all sorts of studio lights, umbrellas and softboxes materialize out of nowhere around her.
In a leaked internal email, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun details the creation of a dedicated in-house camera department that will focus exclusively on developing better camera tech for the brand's smartphones.
hähnel has extended its range of radio-triggered Modus 600RT flash units with a model for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The unit can be used directly in the hotshoe as a standalone flash, or within a group of flashes as a TTL commander or a slave using radio or optical communication.
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"The idea that a 50-mm best approximates human sight has more to do with the early history of lens production than any essential optical correspondence between the lens and the eye."
At the I/O developer conference this week, Google revealed that its AI-based image recognition system Google Lens will be making its way into several stock camera apps on Android smartphones.
With the release of the Huawei P20 Pro, triple-cameras made their debut in the high-end smartphone market. But it seems the technology could trickle down to mid-range devices faster than we thought, thanks to Qualcomm.
Elizabeth Gray at Photography Life has put together a helpful guide that explains the difference between PPI (pixels per inch) and DPI (dots per inch), and how these terms relate to capturing, editing, and printing photos.
The Trint for Premiere plugin integrates seamlessly into Adobe Premiere Pro CC, using the company's popular speech-to-text technology to automatically generate easy-to-edit captions for your video projects.
The Sharp AQUOS R2 comes with a dual camera that's a little... different. Instead of using one of the modules for extra zoom, sharp installed an ultra-wide-angle 16.3MP camera that is used exclusively for capturing video.
The Telegraph has compiled this inspirational slideshow of 10 entries from the People category of National Geographic's ongoing Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 competition.
According to a report in the Taipei Times, Apple won't be jumping on the triple-camera bandwagon this year. The report claims Apple's first triple-camera flagship phone will arrive in the second half of next year.
SPOILER ALERT: There's a 'disintegration effect' used at some point in the new Avengers: Infinity War movie. We won't tell you when or why, but Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE will tell you how to recreate this effect on a portrait in Photoshop.
The latest version of Adobe's mobile editing app for Android comes with a number of useful new features.
Photographer and YouTuber Peter McKinnon has created something absolutely ridiculous: a DIY 'selfie stick' that can hold a $6,000 cinema camera and $400 boom mic at arms length. Why, you ask? To that McKinnon responds: why not!?
The first AI they trained this way required minimal human supervision, and yet it outperformed every other computer-vision AI out there.
In the camera department, LG sticks to its strategy of differentiating itself from most competitors by offering a super-wide-angle lens in its dual-camera setup.
Amateur Photographer magazine sat down with SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill this week to ask him all about the Flickr acquisition, how it happened, and what SmugMug plans to do with the Flickr website and community now that they own it.
A number of new Instagram features were announced at Facebook's F8 developer conference, including support for Stories in third-party apps and a new video chat feature.
The updated Halide app allows for control of some camera functions from your Apple Watch.
4-year-old Max was diagnosed with high-functioning autism last year, and photography has been one of the most impactful interventions since his diagnosis. "When Max has the camera in his hand, he has an air of confidence around him," says his mother.
A curious computer science student discovered these as-yet unreleased features by digging into the code of the Instagram Android app.
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After asking nicely that her stolen photos be taken down, concert photographer Adrienne Row-Smith received a nasty response from the offending record label, who called her request (among other things) rude and pathetic.
“He was a pillar of Magnum, a godfather for a generation of younger photojournalists. An Iranian transplanted to Paris, he was a citizen of the world he relentlessly documented; its wars, its disasters, its revolutions and upheavals, and its beliefs – all his life. It is with immense sadness that we lose him."
Find out how astrophysicis Donald Olson used a combination of topographic maps, astronomical software, and webcam archives to figure out exactly when and where Ansel Adams snapped two of his iconic photographs from Alaska.
Xiaomi claims its latest smartphone, the Mi 6X, competes with rivals such as the iPhone X or OPPO R15 in the camera department. Yet it costs just 1,600 Yuan (approximately $250 USD).
Nikon Corporation has warned investors that an assessment of its Belgium-based metrology business based is worth much less than expected, and that they should brace themselves for an 'extraordinary loss' of 10,343 million yen.
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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu has launched a new high-end model, the Meizu 15 Plus. And based on specs alone, the phone is well-worth a closer look for mobile photographers who are open to buying from a less established brand.
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