August 26
Fuji publish picture of MX-1700 zoom mechanism
On the back of their announcement of the MX-1700 Zoom, Fuji have also published a press release and photograph of the groundbreaking 3x zoom mechanism used in the new MX-1700.
Fuji announce MX-1700, 1.5 megapixel, 3x zoom
Fuji have announced the MX 1700 Zoom. Designed similarly to the MX2700 (and older MX700) it's a 1.5 megapixel (1280 x 1024), where it breaks away from its older syblings is that it has a 3X optical zoom (38mm - 114mm) making it the smallest and lightest 1.5 megapixel zoom digital camera yet.
Olympus C2500L 2.5 Megapixel Digital SLR
Olympus officially announce the C2500L Digital SLR. This 2.5 megapixel 3X zoom true-SLR digital camera has some unique features, the most interesting of which being it's dual media port, the camera can take both CompactFlash and SmartMedia.
Olympus to release D450Z upgraded D400Z
An anonymous contact has let me know that Olympus will be releasing a new camera named the D450Z, it will apparently be the same form factor and resolution as the ever popular D400Z (AKA. C900Z) but will feature much faster operation and new burst mode operable in any resolution. This info should become more apparent towards the end of August, suggested retail price will be around the $500 mark.
August 25
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Congratulations to the following people, who won an Olympus C-2000Z in the contest that we participated in along with Imaging Resource and DC Resource:
August 24
In an attempt to improve the quality of the information available on our forums we've decided to create brand specific forums for the top five Digital Camera brands
In Japan, not much changes in the digital camera sales charts, the Nikon Coolpix 950 in short supply leaves it stuck down in 4th place, the Coolpix 700 starts to climb the chart.
Olympus Announce 32MB SmartMedia
Olympus America Inc., Digital & Imaging Systems Group, the world leader in film and filmless photography, today announced 32MB SmartMedia cards under the Olympus brand. Also announced was a compatibility program bringing 32MB card compatibility to legacy filmless digital cameras and the P-330 Instant Photo Printer.
In Japan, Fuji dominate the top ten sales chart, Olympus C-2000Z still at the top of sales and the Sony DSC-F55 is still popular along with the Olympus C-900Z (D400).
Dimage EX Zoom 1500 Places First in Digital Camera Shoot-Out and Dimage EX Wide 1500 Wins Most Innovative Product
Flash memory shipments to exceed $3 billion
Flash Memory Surges and 1999 Shipments Expected to Exceed $3 Billion, According to Cahners In-Stat Group. For the first time in three years, flash memory market prices are increasing and Cahners In-Stat Group forecasts dollar growth of 20.9% and unit growth of 29.8% for 1999.
Delkin Devices first to ship new CF Type 2 cards
Delkin Devices introduces the first CompactFlash type II cards on the market. New thicker card will be standard in next generation digital cameras, PDA's and Audio MP3 players. Advantages to consumers include higher capacity in small form factor.
Steve Sanders posts DCS620 & Microdrive reviews
Steve's been busy again! This time he's had his hands on the wonderful Kodak Pro DCS620 (which I've previously reviewed) and the new 340MB IBM Microdrive which he tests in the DCS620 and a Canon Pro 70.
Simple Technology, Inc. today announced the availability of three new high-capacity ATA flash cards in 512MB, 800MB and 1024MB (1GB) capacities. The PC Cards are available in Type I, II and III form factors, respectively, and are ideal for notebook computers, digital still cameras, handheld computers, and other portable devices.
Nick over at PixelZone has published the first samples from the Nikon D1 courtesy of Nikon Canada (note: they are scans of prints from the D1).
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Ed Hamrick, author of the excellent VuePrint and VueScan has just released a new version (3.0) of VueScan which offers support for the Minolta Dimage Scan Dual film scanner which can support both 35mm and APS film.
In-depth Olympus C-2000Z Review

Just posted is our latest review which is of the Olympus C-2000Z, it fits into the same class of cameras as the Nikon Coolpix 950 and the two are often compared. "When the Olympus C-2000Z was announced it surprised some people, everyone was expecting Olympus to release a 2 megapixel 3x zoom digicam to match Nikon, but most expected it to follow along the lines of the popular D600/D620L (C1400XL) digital SLR."

Sneak preview: Kodak DC240 & DC265 specifications
Another 50+ photographs from the STUNNING Pro 70, I'm really liking this camera.
D# Dreamarts post multiple camera comparison #12
Dreamarts (Japan) have posted yet another invaluable direct picture quality comparison of the top consumer digital cameras. This one also demonstrates the difference between each cameras field of view from wide to zoom.
Outpost are now accepting pre-orders for the Nikon Coolpix 950 & 700
Reader Joseph Luk has produced a comparison page between these two Canon cameras.
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Agfa Improves a Popular ePhoto Camera by Adding Style and Reducing Cost. The ePhoto 780c ships in a metallic blue housing and will be available in the U.S. for the suggested price of $199.
Not much change other than the arrival of the Coolpix 700 at number eight and the BIG slide of the Fuji MX700.
PC Watch post samples from the Toshiba PDR-M4
PC Watch got their hands on a Beta Toshiba PDR-M4 (2.1 megapixels 1600x1200) and have posted some sample images from it. It's worth noting that this isn't a production camera and as such the final production release may differ in quality.
Olympus announce 2.1 megapixel C-21
Olympus Japan today announced the new fixed focal length C-21. This tiny unit (slightly smaller than the Canon A5) sports the same 2.1 megapixel CCD as the C-2000Z but with no zoom lens (fixed 38mm lens is used instead) or manual features. UPDATED: SAMPLE IMAGES ONLINE
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This from James Wakefield over at Focus-Online:
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.
Kodak announce DC290 - 2.1 megapixel DC260/265
Kodak today announce the Kodak DC290 which is a 2.1 (? actually the CCD is 2.3 megapixels) megapixel version of the Kodak DC265. Oh, and there's an uncompressed mode... Suggested retail price $1,099.
Nikon Coolpix 950 Information Sheet
Scanned copies of the official Nikon Information Sheet
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Many thanks to all my visitors for helping to make this site such a success.
More on the Fuji MX2900
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New 2.3 Million Pixel MX-2900 Sports 3x Optical Zoom, Adaptable Lens and Flash Features Building upon its prior digital imaging success stories, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., announced today its latest innovation in digital camera performance and design -- the Fujifilm MX-2900, a new double mega-pixel model featuring a 2.3 million pixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens.
Nikon announce 950 firmware update
Nikon today announced that there will be a firmware update for the 950 and that it will be made available in mid-July.
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Agfa Offers Free ePhoto Digital Cameras With Purchase of Select DuoScan Scanners
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The ePhoto CL30 & CL50 announcements force recommended price of 1680 down to $699
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In a slight departure from Digital Photography (just for a second)
Ricoh Mania Grips the Net!
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They're all at it.. So to speak, both DC Resource and Imaging Resource (as well as previously reported Steves Digicams) have all posted Ricoh RDC-5000 reviews (gotta hand it to Ricoh marketing, they know how to make an impact on the Net :).
"Version 1.0.3 Firmware Upgrade provides a number of performance and reliability improvements including: Elimination of the Red -> Magenta Color Shift External Flash Sync is now active for all photos when this option is enabled"
Agfa Offers Free 4MB SmartMedia Card and Paper
Agfa Offers Free 4 MB SmartMedia Card and Premium Quality AgfaJet With Purchase Of ePhoto CL50 from Shopping.com. This special bundle is exclusive to those customers who purchase the ePhoto CL50 from Shopping.com, and make their purchase on, or after, Friday, June 4, 1999. The offer will be available until supplies last.
Coolpix 950 Firmware v1.1 update this Friday
Thanks to a reader "Patrick" who used our forums to point me to this item of news:
Steve Sanders posts Panasonic PV-DC2590 first look
Steve has had his hands on Panasonic's offering to the digital camera market (bandwagon?) with the funky PalmCam PV-DC2590.
Site improvements and "My Netscape" enhancement
In an effort to constantly improve the service level to our readers we're in the process of improving site design, specifically in the areas of easy of use, loading speed and browser compatibility. You'll see some changes in the site over the next few weeks (the most major of which will be the removal of frames) which will make the site not only look better but work better and load quicker for you.
PC Watch post a Kodak DC215 Zoom first impression, professional photographer Yamada offers his opinions on Kodak's new slimline entry-level zoom digicam.
Sony tempt us with promise of a new digicam
Sony have the wrappings over their latest digicam as shown on the product webpage, the wrappings will come off tomorrow (11th Aug) according to the Japanese page.
Steve managed to get his hands on the leaflet from which came our news article of a few days ago, he's posted it up on his site. Canon describe the S10 as "The Worlds smallest and lightest 2MP digital camera with zoom and built-in flash".
Unity Digital ProPower Battery Pack
Unity Digital announced the "ProPower Pack", a compact external battery pack for digital cameras that delivers 2.45 amp hours of sustained power. The ProPower Pack significantly increases the number of photographs that a digital camera can take without replacing the camera's internal batteries. Using Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery cells in a genuine leather pack, the ProPower Pack clips onto the photographer's belt and delivers nearly ten times more shots than using typical AA Alkaline batteries.
The Japanese site PC Watch have posted a "mini report" and some sample images from the Kodak DC240 including a rather strange mis-coloured image.
This thanks to Steves Digicams:
SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., Nasdaq:SSTI) today announced it has expanded its CompactFlash card family to include 32 MByte and 48 MByte density cards. The new cards are based on SST's patented ATA controller technology and flash memory design expertise. Because of this technology, SST's CompactFlash cards offer the industry's fastest sustained write performance, up to 1.4 MByte/sec. This speed benefits users of CompactFlash cards in applications such as digital cameras, where a faster write performance leads to significantly lower set-up time between pictures. With the addition of these new products, SST's CompactFlash card family now includes cards ranging in densities from 4 to 48 MBytes.
Kodak DC280 Zoom Review
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Just posted: Our latest digital camera review, the Kodak DC280 Zoom. The DC280 Zoom fits into the new Kodak line of digital cameras just below the recently announced DC290, the DC280 has a 30mm - 60mm (2x) zoom lens, 2.3 megapixel CCD and a host of built-in features designed to satisify the medium-level digital camera enthusiasts.

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