September 9
PC Watch's resident professional cameraman Yamada reports on the World PC Expo 99 in Japan for the second time, this time he visits Kodak, Casio, Ricoh, Canon, Epson, Toshiba and Panasonic (Matsushita in Japan).
PC Watch post detailed PDR-M5 specs
PC Watch have posted the specifications of Toshiba's upcoming PDR-M5, it has the fairly generic 2.14 megapixels, 3 x zoom (40mm - 120mm), up to 2 minute motion JPEG AVI video, SmartMedia and USB. More specs inside. (Anyone else think it looks like a whale?)
September 8
PC Watch Digital Camera Sales Charts: In Japan, the Fuji MX1500 still holds the number one place closely followed by the Olympus C-2000Z (they're selling a barrel load of these!) and the Sanyo DSC-SX150. Amazingly the ever faithful Olympus C900-Zoom (D400Z) hangs on for fourth place. The Nikon Coolpix 950 surges on the back of new stock.
The observant amongst you may have noticed the addition of "" under the logo in the side-bar. This is an indication of our new domain name, you can now access the site at our new address of, we intend on leaving the old address for as long as possible.
Canon BeBit post S10 specifications and sample images
Many thanks to Steven Dong who posted this hot tip on the forums, Canon have put specifications and two sample images from their tiny 2.1 megapixel marvel the Canon PowerShot S10. From what I can see of the sample images the quality of shots from this camera is very impressive.
September 7
Sony DSC-F505 and Nikon D1 at PC Expo 99
PC Watch's resident pro photograph Yamada reports on the digital cameras on show at the special preview day of World PC Expo 99, Chiba, Japan. Sony and Nikon steal the show, Sony with a 40:1 scaled-up model of the DSC-F505, Nikon give visitors opportunity to have hands-on with the D1 (still prototype).
Sony Core technology announce ICX252 series of 3.24 megapixel (2088 x 1550) CCD's, ushering in a potential new wave of 3 megapixel digital cameras. The CCD comes in two different packages and two different colour array patterns.
Delkin Devices Introduces the Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card On the Market, new 128MB CompactFlash card. We previously reported on Delkins announcement of up to 80MB (soon to be 224MB) CF type II cards, this 128MB monster is a type I card which means it will work in the majority of CF digital cameras.
This is the second big comparison PC Watch have posted, their resident professional photographer Yamada has compiled this large array of sample images from most of the current (and upcoming) digital cameras on the market, a great way for you to see how the image quality of one camera stands up against another. Added this time are: Olympus C-2500L, Sony DSC-F505, Fuji MX1700Z and Casio QV-2000UX.
September 6
Toshiba today announced the PDR-M5, 3x Optical Zoom, 2.14 (?) megapixels (1600 x 1200), fast burst shooting (2fps), SmartMedia, Manual controls, supplied rechargeable Lithium battery.
September 4
Imagek becomes SiliconFilm
The previously-thought-of-as-vapourware company Imagek has changed its name to Silicon Film and is now touting a 24 shot, 1280 x 1024 insertable digital film cartridge solution for traditional 35mm cameras.
September 3
Sony DSC-F505 Review Online

Here it is, the review I'm sure many of you have been waiting for. The Sony DSC-F505. A very capable and interesting camera, with great image quality, lots of functionality and one of the best LCD's I've ever used on a digital camera.

A new feature on this site will soon be the ability to search the news archives, free text, "plain english" and logical searching will be supported, the search engine is currently undergoing testing, as part of this I'm making the search page (still in BETA) available for any brave souls who wish to test it.
Epson PhotoPC 850Z photo and specifications
Here from an anonymous source is a shot of a prototype Epson PhotoPC 850Z, this interesting 2.11 megapixel camera has a fast F2.0 - F2.8, three times zoom lens (35mm - 105mm), flash hot-shoe, USB and can take CompactFlash type I or type II (meaning it can take the new larger capacity CF cards such as IBM's 340MB Microdrive).
August 31
HP announce eight new printers, eight new scanners and two digital cameras.
August 30
Epson Introduces Its Most Powerful, Versatile and Advanced Digital Camera -- the PhotoPC 850Z
August 27
Printroom.Com: Turning images into real photographs
Just received an email about this very interesting new service on the net which allows you to turn your digital photos into real prints, here's the press release:
Canon announce the S10
So, my prototype was a product after all :) About three weeks ago we published a picture and specifications of a product named the S10, today Canon have officially announced it and it matches our specifications and design.
Sony DSC-F505 First Impressions
Today I was lucky enough to take delivery of a brand new Sony DSC-F505 which is on loan for review. This camera has created quite a stir these last couple of weeks with a clever marketing campaign executed by Sony and a huge interest shown in the camera.
August 26
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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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
Outpost are now accepting pre-orders for the Nikon Coolpix 950 & 700
Another 50+ photographs from the STUNNING Pro 70, I'm really liking this camera.
Reader Joseph Luk has produced a comparison page between these two Canon cameras.
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.
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
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.
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