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January 2001 news and reviews

January 31
Sharp announce Bluetooth modules

Sharp Japan have today announced one CF Type I Bluetooth card and two other Bluetooth modules which could be used internally within a device. This extends the hope that we'll soon see the widespread use of Bluetooth wireless communication in digital devices such as digital cameras, PDA's, communications and input devices.

Imaging Resource posts QV-2300 review

David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of Casio's QV-2300UX, here's what he concluded, "Overall, shooting with the Casio QV-2300UX Plus was a real pleasure.... a 2.1 megapixel with swivel zoom lens, good exposure controls and picture quality, a raft of preprogrammed "scene" modes, and an included MicroDrive. Overall a very nice package!"

January 30
Canon D30 Auto Power Off Fix (Update)

Thanks to forums poster Antonio Lagana we now have some more details of the fix. Heres what he said, "I just talked to a Canon service center here in Japan and here's some additional information concerning this fix...."

Nikon USA update website

Nikon USA have launched their updated website, now wearing a shiny silver livery and split into logical sections the new site helps to solidify the look and feel of the other Nikon sites NikonNet, MicroscopyU, NikonMall and NikonSchool. The new site design is cleaner and easier to navigate and makes use of lots of dynamic content (which is only compatible with newer browsers).

January 29
Steve's Digicams Casio QV-3EX review
Steve over at Steves-Digicams has posted his review of Casio's QV-3EX. Steve had this to say "The QV3EX is a total package; 3.3-megapixel camera, rechargeable battery, AC power supply and one of the highest capacity mobile storage devices available today.... If you need a zoom lens or a camera with more manual features then look at one of the other 3mpixel cameras."
Canon D30 Auto Power Off Fix

Well in Japan anyway. It looks as though Canon have a fix for the EOS-D30 "Auto Power Off" problem that has been affecting some users. They have issued a list of service centers that users can return their cameras to, so it may not be too long before it makes it's way to the US and Europe.

January 25
New Fujifilm Finepix in Spring
Over on Fujifilm's FinePix.Com (Japanese) website is a teaser for the new Finepix digital camera which we expect to be announced at PMA, it's obviously a replacement for the 4700Z (by its silhouette) and so far we've managed to make out that it uses "2nd generation SuperCCD" and has a docking station. Otherwise there's very little else to go on.
Steve Sanders posts Olympus C-2040 first look

Steve over at Steves-Digicams has posted his first look at the Olympus C-2040. Here's what he says about it (so far): "Olympus has cranked out yet another excellent camera. This is an updated C-2020 zoom with the new large-aperture F1.8 lens that improves low-light pictures and exends indoor flash range... Nice to see that everyone is not abandoning the two megapixel cameras but actually improving them."

January 21
Samsung Develops 512Mb Flash Memory
Samsung has developed the world's smallest 512Mb flash memory by shrinking the die down to 0.15 micron, from 0.18 micron just 6 months ago, Samsung have developed the first 512Mb flash memory, and when stacked as a dual-die device they will break the 1Gb barrier. Because of a breakthrough in the design process, this also paves the way for a further reduction to 0.12 micron design. Thanks to reader Gary Lee for the tip off on this piece of news.
Steve's Digicams Pro90 IS first look
Steve over at Steves-Digicams has posted a first look at the Canon Pro90 IS. Here's what he says about it (so far): "I've only been using it for couple of days so we're a couple of weeks away from a full user review but for the time being I have posted our Canon Pro90 IS First Look report along with a starter set of sample photos. Initial impressions - love that big lens and the battery pack is just wonderful! I like the Olympus C-2100 but its SmartMedia limitations really makes me appreciate the Pro90's compatibility with the high-capacity CF Type II cards and Microdrives..."
January 20
Updated Canon drivers

Canon have just posted updated TWAIN drivers, for both serial and USB connections plus a mac photoshop plugin, for a number of their cameras including the S10, S20, S100 (IXUS/ELPH), G1, Pro90 IS and EOS-D30. They are dated 1/18/2001 and are version 3.5.

Impress Digital Camera Magazine 2/2001

The monthly Japanese "Digital Camera Magazine" have published their current issue page with sample images which correspond to reviews / articles in their magazine, always a good source of sample images from recent cameras. This month (magazine dated Feb 2001) they have samples from several new cameras including the Fujifilm Finepix 2500Z, Casio QV-2300UX, Pentax EI-200 and Minolta Dimage 2330 Zoom.

Kodak Pro Bundles Online

Thanks to our affiliation with Imaging Spectrum for professional digital photography equipment we can bring you the ability to buy the new Kodak Pro Bundles (which include unique software and the Kodak RFS 8660 Thermal Printer) online AND support this site in the process. The new Kodak Pro bundles offer excellent value for money as a "full kit", all you'd need to get going and get results from a DCS digital SLR.

January 19
Imaging Resource posts E-100RS review

David over at Imaging Resource has just posted his review of Olympus's E-100RS, here's what he concluded, "WOW! This camera is a speed demon!... As digicams mature, we expect to see more models appearing that are custom-tailored for specific application areas. The Olympus E-100RS is one of the first such, and boy, is it impressive!... Overall an amazing camera: If you need to shoot fast-moving action, this is definitely the digicam to have!"

January 17
Digital Cameras, PDAs and CD-RW

Are the best selling items online this holiday according to price.com. The top products are Nikon's Coolpix 880, the Palm Pilot IIIxe and Plextor CD-RW drive. These were selected by being the top searched for items on price.com's site. The holiday season is defined as November 25 - December 21.

digitalkamera.de posts E-10 review

At almost the same time as us digitalkamera.de posted their review of Olympus's E-10, here's what they concluded, "The Olympus Camedia E-10 will without a doubt fulfil the demands of the semi-professionals, yes, and even the professionals. For about 2,250 EUR the camera offers almost everything that one could hope for in this price class, except the removable lens... But the E-10 is not exactly cheap either at a price of 2,250 EUR, and fully equipped with accessories the price can easily be doubled."

January 16
Just posted! Olympus E-10 review

Finally! (I can hear some of you sigh). Yes, it's been delayed, interrupted and postponed several times but we can finally bring you our full in-depth review of Olympus's interest (and in many respects, excellent) E-10. When this metal clad digital SLR first broke onto the digital photography scene it certainly stirred up a lot of interest, since then many lucky people in the US managed to get their hands on production E-10's even before us.. and started to report a few funny problems. Want the full low-down? Read the review...

January 15
Confirmation of Sony's 5 megapixel CCD

Sony have released the specifications of their ICX282 5 megapixel CDD that we posted back in November. As we said then "The ICX282 is the latest in a series of CCD sensors and is the direct progression from the ICX252 seen in many of this years 3 megapixel digital cameras. A leap in resolution and more interestingly the sensor's size has increased to 2/3" (11 mm diagonally), thus unit size (pixel size) is almost the same (3.4µm vs. 3.45µm)."

January 14
Imaging Resource posts two reviews
David at The Imaging Resource has just posted his reviews of the Toshiba PDR-M60, and the Ricoh RDC-6000, here's what he says about them. Firstly the Toshiba "Toshiba has been making progressive inroads in the digicam field for some time now, and now have a nice entry-level 2 megapixel model (with 2.3x optical zoom lens) in the form of their PDR-M60.... All in all, a pretty nice package" and the Ricoh "This model is designed to sell for less than the PDR-M60 we posted on the 12th, but also lacks an optical zoom lens. It does offer some interesting capabilities though, including a time-lapse photography option, and the ability to function as a web cam."
January 12
Megapixel.Net January edition

The monthly bilingual webzine Megapixel.Net have released their January edition (in French and English), this month they've reviewed the Sony DSC-P1, Canon Powershot G1, Casio QV-2300UX, Toshiba PDR-M60. They also have articles about macro photography, time and date stamping and useful gadgets when travelling with your digicam.

January 10
State Street Direct 5% off

Start the year off with a new Digital Camera. Once again DPReview and State Street Direct (our official affiliate) are working hard to get the best deals for our readers. State Street Direct, is offering 5% off on any in-stock digital camera (online orders only) now through Sunday night midnight (Jan. 14th, EST). This offer is only available by clicking on a special link in this news article.

January 9
Kodak Pro introduces bundles

The success of the DCS 620x tolled the death knell for the DCS 620 (which has now been discontinued), buyers simply couldn't see the reason to go for it over the super-sensitive DCS 620x. In the wake of that news comes new camera, printer and imaging software bundles from Kodak Professional. The printer included in these bundles is Kodak's Professional 8660 Thermal.

Nikon introduce new range of film scanners

Mac World 2001: In a major re-vamp of their film scanner range for 2001, Nikon today introduced no less than three new film scanners. The Super Coolscan 4000 ED for 35mm at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi (can be fitted with a roll auto-feeder). The Super Coolscan 8000 ED multi-format at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi and the entry level Coolscan IV ED at 12-bits per channel, 2900 dpi. We have exclusive specifications and images of the new scanners!

January 8
UMC Gear Up for 5 megapixel CMOS sensors

EETimes report that UMC in partnership with Photobit Corp said it has readied a special CMOS image sensor process that will enable pixel sizes as low as 3 microns and resolutions of more than 5 megapixels. UMC said it will start accepting image sensor designs in the first quarter and predicts products based on the technology could be on the shelves at the end of the year.


Sorry to all our readers, earlier today we were offline for around six hours, this is our worst outage in the last 12 months. The problem was a dead router at our hosting provider (dn.net) which brought down several server connections (not just ours). Good news is they've now fixed the problem and we're steaming ahead again... So get in and read that Pro90 review if you haven't yet!

JVC announce two new 3.3mp digital cameras

CES 2001: JVC has announced two new digital cameras, the GC-QX5HD an GC-QX3HD. The difference between the two cameras isn't at first apparent apart from the 5HD coming with 16MB SmartMedia (vs. 8MB of the 3HD), a supplied film copier with the 5HD and a 6 megapixel interpolation mode. One interesting feature of both cameras is HDTV output (1080 interlaced lines) for display on high resolution TV monitors.

Credit Card sized digital camera!

CES 2001: The Ultra-Pocket credit card sized digital camera from SMaL Camera Technologies is just 6 mm thick, it can take VGA (640 x 480) images and can be connected to a PC via a USB cable. Other features include a viewfinder, rechargeable battery, 35mm (equiv.) F2.0 fixed lens, and MMC card storage (8 MB supplied). Oh, and it weighs just 63 g (2 oz).

New Digital Imaging products from Polaroid

CES 2001: Polaroid has announced several new digital imaging products at the CES this year: the P-500 mobile digital photo printer, the PhotoMAX Digital Picture Frame (5x7" screen) the PDC 2300Z 2.3 megapixel, 2.3x optical zoom digital camera and the PhotoMAX MP3 digital camera which can shoot VGA (640 x 480) and play MP3's.

January 6
Exclusive Canon Pro90 IS review!

Another dpreview.com exclusive! A full in-depth review of a production Canon Pro90 IS. We've had this camera since before Christmas and have been busily preparing this review to coincide with the cameras announcement today. Canon's flagship PowerShot has a 10x optical stabilised lens, 2.6 megapixel resolution and a TTL electronic viewfinder.. but how does it measure up in real life?

Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS

CES 2001: Today, Canon announce the sucessor to their ever popular Pro 70, the all new Pro90 IS, featuring the previously announced 10x optical stabilised lens, 2.6 megapixels of resolution and an electronic TTL viewfinder the Pro90 is a feature packed and attractive offering. We have the pictures, press release and specifications.

January 5
Olympus US announce C-2040Z/C-3040Z

CES 2001: Here's a piece of news we published back on the 21st November, Olympus America today announced the C-3040Z and C-2040Z, if you're a regular reader of the site you'll already know just about all there is to know but here's the official US press release for your perusal.

Sony announce InfoStick Bluetooth

Sony today (in time for CES 2001) announced a new prototype "InfoStick module" (same form factor and connectors as memory stick) which provides a Bluetooth communications module for compatible hardware. In theory (in future digital cameras) a module such as this would allow your camera to communicate directly with (say) a digital wallet type device carried on your belt, your mobile phone or even a pair of Bluetooth video goggles, the possibilties are endless...

digitalkamera.de post 128 MB SmartMedia test

The guys over at digitalkamera.de have notched up an exclusive, they've managed to get their hands on a new 128 MB SmartMedia card (official launch planned for the middle of this year) and have tested various cameras with the new card, the results are surprisingly positive... "As you can see from the list, most of the digital cameras which already operated without any problems with 64-MByte removable memory cards, are also compatible with the new 128-MByte memory cards."

January 4
Viking adds MultiMediaCards to range

Viking Components, manufacturer of memory, storage and miniture I/O devices have today announced the addition of MultiMediaCards (flash storage cards about half the size of SmartMedia) to their product range. Pre-empting the requirement for MultiMediaCards Viking will be initially producing 16, 32 and 64 MB MMC cards.

January 2
Motorola 1.3 Mp ImageMOS

Motorola today introduced the MCM20027 1280 x 1024 CMOS image sensor. Dubbed "camera-on-a-chip" this new sensor integrates the PGA (amplifier) and ADC (analog to digital converter) onto a single chip (as do all CMOS sensors). "Targeted at cost-sensitive digital still cameras, video systems and other imaging applications, the MCM20027 is manufactured using Motorola's ImageMOS technology."

January 1
01010101 Happy New Year!
Those observant amongst you will have noticed that we number our news articles using a yymmddnn format, so today's first news article is kind of unique... Wishing ALL our readers all around the world the very best for 2001, have a great time whatever you're doing! For Digital Photography 2001 is going to be even more incredible than 2000...