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September 1999 news and reviews

September 29
Thanks to Derek W who posted this link to a Nikon official list of D1 Set Contents and package pricing."The Nikon D1 Set will be sold in the United States by Nikon Inc. through Authorized Nikon Professional Digital Products Dealers and Authorized Value Added Retailers. The D1 Set will include the D1 camera body, EN-4 Battery Pack, MH-16 Quick Charger, Video Cable, Nikon View DX Browser Software, Nikon D1 Neck Strap, and Nikon's One Year Limited Warranty. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Nikon D1 Set is $5,580.00. Local prices may vary. "
September 27
District Court Judge Grants Lexar Motion for Preliminary Injunction
Nikon Coolpix 800 - 2.11 megapixel, 2x zoom
Nikon today announce the Coolpix 800, a half-way ground between the Coolpix 700 and Coolpix 950. The 800 features the same proven 2.11 megapixel CCD with an all new 2x optical zoom lens (38-76mm, 35mm equiv) in a similar small package to the Coolpix 700. The 800 also has a couple of new interesting (if questionably useful) features. Competition to the upcoming Canon S10 ? MSRP $700.
September 22
PC Watch Digital Camera Sales Charts: In Japan, the Olympus C-2000Z pops to the top of the charts, but the Fuji MX1500 holds strong at second place. New entries in at six and seventh places are the Fuji MX1700Z and Olympus C-2500L.
CompactFlash and SmartMedia Slug It Out for Dominance In the Digital Camera Market, IDC Says: While most digital camera vendors easily agree that flash memory is the most effective method to capture digital images, the debate rages on as to whether CompactFlash or SmartMedia is more effective. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the two camps won't come to an agreement any time soon.
At long last and after a lot of anticipation Agfa have sealed their tie-up with Iomega with a real product. It's a 1 megapixel digicam with a fixed lens, the damage? $549!! Yeah.. right. Here's what they say:
Minolta officially announce RD3000
Minolta have finally announced (although many of you knew of it already) the quirky RD3000. This odd looking digital SLR features two 1.5 megapixel CCDs to produce a total resolution of 2.7 megapixels. It takes Vectis lenses and is priced at 360,000 YEN (US$3,240).
Canon Japan update S10 page
Canon Japan have updated their BeBit Canon S10 information page, now has more info and two mores sample images (looking VERY nice).
Thanks to reader Kenneth Wong. Kodak Japan have just posted two samples from the upcoming Kodak DC290 (2 megapixel DC265).
September 21
These samples, taken by their resident pro photographer Yamada were taken using what PC Watch call a "production body" in RAW format then compressed back into JPEG for viewing in a web browser. Note: my D1 gallery contains combinations of straight JPEGs and RAWs exported from Nikon View DX as JPEG.
September 20
Say What? Yup... they've dropped the official price to $549, other than that it's the old camera:
September 19
Exclusive: Nikon D1 Hands-on Part II
EXCLUSIVE: I have had an exclusive hands-on preview and shooting session with the latest pre-production model of the Nikon D1 (Sample 235), this generation three pre-production camera is said to be very close to the final production unit.
September 16
New Site Feature: Owners Opinion
Introducing a new level of interactivity to readers of Digital Photography Review. Do you own a Digital Camera? Probably, in a recent survey we conducted over 65% of you do. Noting a recent trend on the Forums of people posting mini-reviews we've now extended the functionality of the Cameras Database to accept Owners Ratings and Owners Reviews (in short Owners Opinion).
September 15
Fuji announce MX-1200 budget digicam
Fuji today announced their latest in a now vast range of digital cameras, the budget MX-1200 aimed squarely at the $300 price level. It's a 1.3 megapixel, 38mm fixed lens, SmartMedia digicam with tiny proportions and light weight.
September 14
PC Watch's resident professional photographer Yamada has updated his 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. Updated (now fine weather shots): Toshiba PDR-M5, Casio QV-2000UX, QV-8000SX. Fuji MX1700Z UPDATED: ADDED SONY DSC-F505 Samples
A very short item this one, but I've had a rumour (and I don't normally publish unconfirmed rumours but this one is just TOO interesting). The rumour is that the D1 will indeed have an interchangeable CCD, that means that in its current configuration it'll be 2.74 megapixels. Nikon would then in the future release upgrades (probably only installable by their service centers) which would allow you to always be on the cutting edge of image resolution. If this is true it makes the D1 a very, very economical purchase and almost future-proofs it (especially if the firmware is user-upgradeable which we can assume it will be).
September 13
Sony DSC-F505 / Olympus C-2500L samples
I often get requests from readers for "more flesh tone photos", well these aren't mine but are some I found on a popular Japanese site "ASCII/DOS V", their resident professional photographer Kazuhisa Nishikawa has posted two small galleries of F505 and C-2500L shots, there's even a Canon EOS D2000 (Kodak DCS520) gallery to compare them to.
September 11
Steve Sanders posts most of his Casio QV-2000UX review
Steve's been busy again, this time with the Casio QV-2000UX, which looks to be an interesting camera with some neat features (not least of being the ability to create HTML index pages within the camera)... "The QV-2000UX proves that Casio is up to the challenge, it is a 2.1 megapixel camera that easily competes (and beats) many other cameras. It features a CompactFlash Type II slot that handles any size CF Type I card or the IBM Microdrive. There's USB connectivity for very fast downloads to PC or Mac computers. Inside is a large internal RAM buffer that allows capture of up to 5 full-size images at the rate of one picture every 1.5 seconds. "
September 10
Thanks to Andy Williams who sent over this hot news story from the excellent UK technology journal "The Register": You could soon talk on your mobile phone for much longer between battery recharge sessions, thanks to some nifty research from Tottori University in Japan. If the breakthrough gains commercial acceptance, the life of a lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery could be 30 times as long.
PC Watch report on another day at PC Expo 99, Japan. This time not that much on the Digital Photography front other than a MemoryStick USB reader/writer, Lexar's JumpShot USB CompactFlash card, HP's new printer with SmartMedia and CompactFlash slots.
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 "www.dpreview.com" 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 www.dpreview.com, we intend on leaving the old photo.askey.net 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).

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