August 24
160 and 320MB CompactFlash from Pretec
Pretec Electronics Corporation, the creator of CompactModem(TM) and Compact I/O(TM) card, will be demonstrating the 160MB CompactFlash(TM) (CF+) card, the highest capacity CompactFlash(TM) memory card available in the world today, at Microsoft Windows CE Developers Conference on June 6-9 at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
Kodak Japan announce DC215 Zoom
Kodak Japan announce the new Kodak DC215 Zoom aimed squarely at the small, light pocketable end of the market it's the direct successor to the DC210 equipped with a 29mm - 58mm zoom (2x) and 1/3" 1 megapixel CCD (1152 x 864).
Exclusive: Canon S10 2.1 mp, prototype or product?
EXCLUSIVE: This from an anonymous source, I've received a photograph of Canon's S10, a 2.1 megapixel, 2x zoom, A50 look-alike. News from various sources contradicts itself, some say this is simply a mock-up prototype, some say it's product and will be launched in a month or so. Only time will tell.
Nikon Coolpix 700 review
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Just posted: The latest addition to our ever growing reviews database comes the Nikon Coolpix 700. The fixed lens "little brother" to the Coolpix 950 doesn't disappoint on image quality, portability, and most importantly value for money.

Fuji MX-2700 review
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Just posted: the latest of our 2 megapixel digital camera reviews comes the Fuji MX-2700. "The MX-2700 is Fuji's answer to the easily pocketable easy-to-use 2 megapixel class camera and to that extent it fits the bill. A worthy successor to the popular MX-700."

Sony DSC-D700 review posted

The Sony DSC-D700 caused quite a stir in the Digital Photography world when it was announced last year. Many people were excited by it's specifications: five times zoom, full SLR-TTL viewfinder, 1.5 Megapixel CCD and all the manual controls you'd expect to find on a true SLR.

Kodak DC265 Review Posted

Our latest digital camera review is posted, "The Kodak DC265 Zoom (referred to as the DC265 from now onward) entered the digital camera market recently as the upgraded release of the very popular DC260. "

Nikon Coolpix 950 Review Online

It's here folks, a complete in-depth review of what is probably one of the most eagerly awaited digital cameras of 1999. From specifications to body and construction, operation, menus, timings, file sizes, all the features, image quality, samples galleries and more...

Quick Poll reveals >32MB most popular

Last week I took a very quick poll on rec.photo.digital of what size CompactFlash owners of that type of storage owned. Ignoring the supplied with camera 8MB CF cards the majority of owners have cards of more than 32MB.

First hour with the Nikon Coolpix 950
I've finally got my hands on a production Nikon Coolpix 950 which I'll be reviewing over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully the review will be up before next weekend.

Here are a few very quick samples I've taken in the first hour with the camera.
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Apologies for my absence, and D# Dreamarts update their digital camera comparison shots. News on the Pro70 vs. 950 article
A few years ago, the memory-card market for digital cameras was up for grabs as competing formats fought for industry acceptance. Today, it's much less of an issue, as CompactFlash cards, introduced by SanDisk Corp. in 1994, are now used in more than 70% of all digital-camera designs, according to International Data Corp.
Olympus America Inc., Digital & Imaging Systems Group, world leader in film and filmless photography, today announced the Olympus USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer, the fastest way to download images from any SmartMedia digital camera. The new device complements the Olympus line of connectivity options, which includes serial, parallel, and PCMCIA port image download capability, and floppy disk compatibility, making the Olympus product offerings broader than any other.
Kodak Professional post new firmware for both the DCS520/560 (Canon EOS D2000 / D6000) and DCS620. Updates include tuned up Portrait mode and minor interface refinements.
A warning to people who post photographs on Geocities: Yahoo, faced with a growing boycott of its recently launched, integrated Yahoo-GeoCities, said today it is likely to announce a change in its terms of service, which many users believe gives away rights to their intellectual property.

This from one of our readers from Amateur Photographer (UK): "Scientists from Cambridge University and Hitachi have developed technology that is likely to produce digital cameras which can store millions of images."

UPDATE: Sneak preview: Kodak DC200 plus, DC240 & DC265 specifications
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Not much digital photography news these last few days, but February proved to be an important month for this site.
PC Watch report on the Japan Photo Exposition 99
PC watch report that the Toshiba PDR-M4 will be on the Japanese market at the end of May at a price of ¥89,800 (about US$700). [updated]
CeBIT: The World's Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card
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After a slight slog I've translated the Japanese Olympus C-2000Z "before you buy" FAQ. There are some facts in here which may be of interest to prospective purchasers.
An interesting article by Dirck Halstead, a Whitehouse journalist who uses the Pro70.
Sony Japan announce the new 1.3 Megapixel Mavicas
The new Mavicas have popped up again... PC Watch report that they will be on sale on 20th May 1999 in Japan.
Steve Sanders posts Toshiba PDR-M3 user review
"Toshiba's new PDR-M3 expands on its megapixel brother with the addition of a 3x (35-105mm 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with macro focus down to only 25cm. Toshiba made some other improvements over the PDR-M1 that improved the overall picture quality. "
PC World post Nikon Coolpix 950 and Olympus C2000Z short article
PC World have posted a short article on the pros and cons of the two top condenders, to quote: "Although some of the latest digital cameras are small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, their prices may bore a hole through it. Svelte new models from Nikon and Olympus deliver beautiful, ultrahigh-resolution images, but each of them carries a hefty $999 price tag. "
Flashpoint announce winners of Digita script contest
"We're officially announcing the winners of the Digita Scripting Contest. We received some really cool scripts that not only enhance the overall digital imaging experience, but transform the camera into a variety of in the field tools. "
SanDisk Corporation today denied all allegations in a complaint filed by Lexar Media Inc. in U.S. District Court charging SanDisk with unfair competition, false advertising, trade libel and interference with Lexar's business.
Digital Photography Review exceeds one million page impressions per month and keeps on growing. Many thanks to all my visitors for helping make the site such a success in such a short time.
New Fujis impressions and some lenses
From one of my "anonymous sources" comes the following impressions on the new Fuji MX2900 and MX1500. And news of add-on lenses for the MX2700 and MX2900.
CycloVision now for 950, C2000Z and DC265
CycloVision Extends 360-Degree Imaging Technology To Support Integration with Three New Leading Brand Digital Cameras. ParaShot Attachment Now Also Supports the Nikon CoolPix 950, Kodak DC265 Zoom and Olympus C-2000 Zoom Cameras.
Nikon D1 official press release
Nikon Introduces New Digital Professional SLR Fast, Light, Flexible and Professional Standard 2.7 Megapixel Resolution
Kodak Japan announce 2.3 megapixel DC280J
Kodak Japan announce new 2.3 megapixel DC280J. Here's a translation of the Japanese pages specifications.
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The Japanese site PC Watch have posted a "first impressions" of the Olympus C-21, here's the complete translation of their article. UPDATED: Comparison pics
Foveon Inc. has built a high-end digital still camera that aims to rival the quality of analog film. The new startup is backed by Carver Mead, the inventor of the gallium-arsenide transistor, the silicon compiler and the artificial retina. Although Mead is not revealing details of the three analog VLSI image chips that are to be used in place of a charge-coupled device (CCD), he claims the Foveon camera spits out a 48-Mbyte, 4,000 x 4,000-pixel Photoshop file.
Nikon Japan (as expected) have just posted the Coolpix 950 v1.1 firmware update, uploadable from both PC and Mac via serial cable.
New Affiliation with State Street Direct
As you may have noticed we had been affiliated with Outpost.Com for price listings and direct purchases through the website. After feedback from readers we realised that Outpost couldn't offer buyers the best prices, product knowledge or reliability.
Kodak Announce DCS330 Professional SLR Digicam
Kodak have announced the DSC330 Professional Digital Camera with a new Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) 3 megapixel CCD (2008 x 1504) based on the same body as the DCS315, that of the Nikon Pronea 6i and as such can take numerous Nikon and 3rd party lenses and other accessories.
Sanyo, Olympus announce 2" ID digital camera storage
Japan's Sanyo Electric Co Ltd , Olympus Optical Co Ltd , and Hitachi Maxell Ltd said on Tuesday they have jointly developed a new high-capacity memory disc for use in next-generation digital cameras.
PC Watch Digital Camera Sales Charts: In Japan, the Fuji MX1500 bursts its way into the first place in the sales charts, the Olympus C2000Z is pushed down to second place and Kodak's new DC280 breaks in at number 7.
And Sony reveal a little more info, auto/manual focus, macro mode, manual white balance preset, spot metering and by fiddling with the image they've posted I've managed to discover it has a 10 x zoom (can't confirm if that's 10 x optical or 5 x optical, 2 x digital). We also know it has an L shaped profile, video output, will use Memory Stick for storage (whoopy doo!), has a Carl Zeiss lens and USB. Other rumours indicate a 5x zoom lens.
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So today is Monday 16th, my site is down but I can still create news items, so hopefully y'all see this as soon as things get better.
The Japanese Technology news site PCWatch post the first Nikon Coolpix 950 review, although this is a beta machine, and the review is in Japanese.
Epson's Image Authentication System Provides Users With Image Validation Technology for Applications in Law Enforcement, Insurance and Quality Assurance Inspections
To all those people who are patiently waiting for my Coolpix 950 review...
A survey conducted last week by the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association (CEMA) found that digital consumer electronics products top Dad's list of Father's Day gift ideas. When asked to choose from a list of consumer electronics devices, the majority of fathers surveyed (25 percent) indicated that they would like to receive a personal computer, or a digital camera or camcorder (15 percent) as a Father's Day gift. A DVD player and a color television tied for third place (8 percent each) and a cellular phone or pager ranked fifth (6 percent).
Kodak DC240 firmware update
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Kodak have posted a firmware update for the DC240 which contains the following updates: firmware bug fixes, increased shutter speed at f8, improved representation of saturated reds, improved LCD preview response.
New Sony DSC Mystery Tour continues...
Anyone getting tired of this yet?? Sony today revealed that the new DSC will have an MPEG capability. Not really a surprise saying that several of the Mavicas and the recent DSC-F55 do. This image also confirms my guess of yesterday that the camera has a hybrid available light / backlit LCD. One other thing, todays page notes the next release as 20th (Friday) which we can safely assume will be the launch date and they can finally reveal all.

Our latest professional digital camera review: The Kodak DCS 620 (based on the Nikon F5 body, 2 megapixel CCD)

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