August 24
An interesting article by Dirck Halstead, a Whitehouse journalist who uses the Pro70.
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Apologies for my absence, and D# Dreamarts update their digital camera comparison shots. News on the Pro70 vs. 950 article
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.
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.

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."

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
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 Japan announce 2.3 megapixel DC280J
Kodak Japan announce new 2.3 megapixel DC280J. Here's a translation of the Japanese pages specifications.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.

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)

Dave Sheldon reviews his recently acquired Sony DSC-D700, some first impressions.
New TWAIN drivers for the Powershot Pro70, A5, A5Zoom, A50 and 350.
The Nikon Coolpix 950 comes back into the charts at no.3 to the Sony DSC-F55K and Olympus C2000-Z.
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From the Society for Information Display Show in San Jose is this info on an OEM CMOS digital camera kit developed by Sound & Vision and HP, this camera doesn't have a traditional LCD but instead uses Kopin's new microdisplay (as featured on earlier in the news).
Sony DSC-D770
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Over the last month there have been various rumours about the new Sony DSC-D770 (sucessor to the D700) here are all the vital statistics and information you need.
This is the latest word from the NikonTech USA website:
Even though I've already updated my 950 (it's a PAL version) the US and EUROPE have officially announced their firmware updates, heres what the US site says:

Lucky guy! Steve has posted his first impressions of a beta Japanese model Fuji MX-2900, he says: "The soon to be released FujiFilm FinePix 2900Z (aka MX-2900) zoom has the largest CCD imager of any consumer digicam that we have tested so far. It is an impressive 2.3 megapixel CCD that yields 1800 x 1200 pixel images"

The latest and potential most useful addition to the site is this complete digital photography glossary, dive in, browse around and maybe you'll learn a little.
Nikon Japan have posted the first official Nikon Coolpix 950 samples
Reader Gino Creglia sent me this info on some experimentation he's done with a Tiffen 2.0x telephoto and 0.05x super-wide angle
John Cowley, the author over at Lone Star Digital has just completed his review of the Kodak DCS315.
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Don't you love the internet...
Lots more exclusive photographs from the Olympus booth at CeBIT. This time we've got seven different shots of the Olympus C-2500L and two of a new unknown Olympus camera.
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I just returned from a long weekend, so what's available and how much?
Found on a Japanese website
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