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February 2003 news and reviews

February 27
Zoran connected processor

Pre-PMA 2003: Zoran has today announces their sixth generation COACH 6 (Camera On A CHip) processor. They claim its the most connected OEM processor on the market. There will be two versions that support cameras with CCD's between 3 and 16 megapixels. Both feature its ClickConnect™ capability, which expands the digital camera's connectivity beyond the PC, with support for direct printing over USB, and both wired and wireless connectivety.

Kodak Ships DCS Pro 14n, finally

Pre-PMA 2003: Kodak has today announced that after a couple delays they will be shipping their DCS Pro 14n this week. Featuring a 13.89-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and magnesium body. Madhav Mehra, General Manager, Digital Cameras, Kodak Professional said "We're pleased to bring the Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n Digital Camera to market in time for the imaging industry's largest gathering in the Western Hemisphere - PMA,".

Fujifilm Camera Back with 20.8 Megapixel Super CCD

Following our recent article about their new 20.8 megapixel digital back, Fujifilm Japan have released more detailed information. Initially only available for the Fujifilm GX680, a further release for the GX645AF will be available at a later date. Main features include a burst mode capability of up to 7 frames at 1.5 second intervals, the ability to output RAW, JPEG and TIFF files, Micodrive support and ISO sensitivities of 100, 200 and 400. It will be available in the fall for an as yet undecided amount.

Hands-on Canon EOS-10D Preview

Pre-PMA 2003: Just posted! Our detailed hands-on preview of the new Canon EOS-10D. The article includes a full summary of new features and improvements, design comparison, displays and menus, exploration of some of the new features, image quality tests (noise, resolution, color) as well as a head to head comparison with the EOS-D60 and a nineteen image samples gallery. Eleven pages of preview, and it's all right here, right now. Note that the camera used in this preview is considered pre-production.

Canon EOS-10D - the improved D60

Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new six megapixel EOS-10D digital SLR. The EOS-10D is the direct successor to the popular EOS-D60 digital SLR, just like the D60 the 10D utilizes a six megapixel 22.7 x 15.1 mm CMOS sensor which is a development of the D60's sensor. Unlike the D60 the 10D now has a magnesium body, orientation sensor, Adobe RGB color space, Kelvin selectable WB, ISO 1600 and 3200, more flexible image parameters and a new 7 area AF sensor (from the EOS-30). Other good news comes with the price, the US list price will be $1,999 (expected street $1,499), in Europe the 10D will have a €2,200 list price.

Canon EF 17 - 40 mm F4.0 L lens

Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced a new 'L series' EF lens. The 17 - 40 mm F4.0 L is designed to be a high quality, lightweight lens for both film and D-SLR cameras. On the new EOS-10D this lens would produce a field of view range equivelant to a 27 - 64 mm zoom lens. For film SLR or EOS-1Ds users this lens provides ultra wide-angle zoom. Other features include a constant F4.0 aperture and minimum focus distance of 28 cm across the entire zoom range.

Canon PowerShot S400 (Digital IXUS 400)

Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot S400 Digital Elph / Digital IXUS 400. This new Digital Elph / IXUS has a four megapixel sensor and a three times optical zoom lens. The design is overall cleaner and smoother and uses a new 'Super Hard Cerabrite' (what a mouth full) finish which is supposedly a mix of metal and ceramics. The S400 isn't just good looking there's a lot more packed inside than was available on previous Digital Elph / IXUS models including nine point AiAF, a wide ISO range and a 2.5 fps continuous shooting speed. List price: $599 / €629.

Canon PowerShot S50

Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot S50, the new head of their 'S' product range with a five megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens. This camera is based on the S45 with which it shares its lens, body and controls. The S50 also gets many of the features enabled by the DiGiC processor, these include nine point AiAF, flexizone focus selection, three minute movie clips and automatic image rotation thanks to the orientation sensor. List price: $699 / €799. (Black body in North America, Silver in the rest of the world).

Canon PowerShot A60 and A70

Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot A60 and A70. These two models are the sucessors to the A30 and A40. Far from being simply 'entry level' digital cameras the A60 and A70 are now fitted out with a wide range of features including manual, aperture and shutter priority exposure modes. Just like the new A300 the a60 and A70 get a DiGiC processor, expanded sensitivity range (ISO 50 - 400), an orientation sensor and three minute movie clips (with audio). These two new cameras comer closer to the prosumer 'G' series. List prices, A60: $349 / €329, A70: $449 / €429.

Canon PowerShot A300

Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot A300. This new three megapixel fixed lens digital camera is the sucessor to Canon's current entry level A100. The A300 introduces several new features including five point AiAF, image voice memos, movie clips of up to 3 minutes (including sound), an orientation sensor, the new DiGiC processor and an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 400. An impressive specification for Canon's entry level digital camera. List price: $299 / €279.

Just posted! ACDSee 5.0 PowerPack review

Just posted! Our full in-depth review of the latest incarnation of what has to be one of the best image browsing / organizational packages available. ACDSee has been my image browser of choice for many years, the latest version marks a huge step forward in functionality and performance. The new version has full support for EXIF Metadata as well as advanced searching and categorisation features. Lossless JPEG rotation is back as well as automatic rotation based on the orientation flag in the EXIF header (useful for all those new Canon cameras with built-in orientation sensors!)

Sony DSC-V1 - Quick Preview

Pre-PMA 2003: As part of our ongoing coverage of new products announced at PMA we have produced a quick preview of Sony's new five megapixel four times optical zoom DSC-V1 digital camera. This compact digital camera packs a lot into a space only a little bigger than Canon's PowerShot S330 (IXUS Digital 330). The V1 gets all of the new features introduced by Sony in their latest wave of Cybershot cameras, this includes MPEG VX (640 x 480, 16 fps, unlimited), USB 2.0, color saturation / tone adjustment and more. Additionally the DSC-V1 has a flash hot-shoe and additional manual features.

Kodak EasyShare DX6340 Zoom

Pre-PMA 2003: Kodak has today announced the three megapixel, four times optical zoom EasyShare DX6340 Zoom digital camera. The DX6340 is said to be the smallest four times optical zoom digital camera on the market, it has a Schneider zoom lens which provides an equivalent focal length range of 36 to 144 mm and a maximum aperture of F2.2. The DX6340 should be available in May at a suggested retail price of US$329.

Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock 6000

Pre-PMA 2003: Kodak has today announced the EasyShare Printer Dock 6000. This innvoative product is a dock and dye-sub 4 x 6" printer all in one. You simply drop your EasyShare camera onto the dock on top of the device and can execute prints immediately. The printer dock can also be used for normal image transfer and battery charging. The dock is expected to retail at US$199 with paper/ink packs costing US$14.99 for 20 prints, US$24.99 for 40 prints and $39.99 for 80 prints.

February 26
Pentax *ist D

Pre-PMA 2003: Pentax has today announced the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR. The new *ist D is based on the *ist 35 mm film camera which was announced this time last week. The *ist D measures just 129 x 95 x 60 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.3 in) and weighs 510 g (18 oz). The camera has a 6.1 megapixel 23.5 x 15.7 mm sensor (identical size to the D100) which equates to a 1.5x field of view crop. It's compatible with K, KA, KAF and KAF2 mount lenses and 645 / 67 lenses with an adapter. It has a sixteen segment metering system, eleven point AF sensor and continuous shooting rate of 2.7 frames per second. Pentax has also announced a new 18 - 35 mm lens to complement the *ist D. UPDATED: New official pictures added.

Ricoh GPS compatible RDC-i700 G

Ricoh Japan has today announced yet another variation of the RDC-i700, the RDC-i700 model G. This one supports the CFGPS2 Compact Flash GPS card from I-O Data. When fitted fitted into the camera the GPS card enables it to record the exact location at which each image is taken (recorded into the image file header). It's not yet clear if this model is destined for worldwide release or just for the domestic Japan market. The RDC-i700 which is the basis for this camera is a three megapixel three times optical zoom digital camera which has both Compact Flash Type II and PCMCIA slots. The RDC-i700 model G is priced at 208,000 YEN (approx. US$ 1800).

dpreview Mobile News

Today we are introducing a new site feature, 'dpreview Mobile' provides access to dpreview news on the go. The Mobile pages (basic HTML) contain a stripped back, white background version of our latest news articles designed to be used on mobile 'smart phones' and PDA's. Note that this new site feature is still in Beta form and as such doesn't yet re-compress images within news articles. We hope that you will find this feature useful during trade shows such as the upcoming PMA 2003. Please note that these new pages are not WAP phone compatible.

February 25
Lexar announces 40x Pro CF cards

Pre-PMA 2003: Lexar Media has today announced new 40x professional Compact Flash cards. Lexar claim a throughput of 6 MB per second (although they don't specify which camera this was tested on) where 1x is 150 KB/sec. The new 40X cards will be available in 256MB and 512MB capacities and will feature the company's Write Acceleration technology (WA), which further increases write speed in WA-enabled digital cameras. Lexar will also increase the speed of its 1GB Type I CompactFlash card to 32X.

February 23
Sony DSC-P32, P52, P72 and P92

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 GMT: As a part of no less than nine new digital cameras Sony has introduced four new Cybershot 'P' cameras with a range of features. The DSC-P32, P52 and P72 are all based on a three megapixel sensor and incrementally a fixed, two times and three times optical zoom lens. The DSC-P92 has a five megapixel sensor and a three times optical zoom lens. All four cameras get some common improvements including support for Memory Stick Pro, USB 2.0, MPEG VX (VGA, 16fps), Smart Zoom and more. What's interesting is that Sony appear to have chosen three megapixel as their new lowest, 'entry-level' resolution and abandoned two and four megapixel resolution completely.

Sony DSC-V1 - 5 mp, 4x zoom

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 GMT: Sony has today announced its first foray into the compact prosumer market since the excellent DSC-S85. The DSC-V1 is designed to battle against Canon's hugely popular PowerShot G3, Nikon's Coolpix 4500 and Olympus's C-5050 Zoom. The DSC-V1 has a five megapixel sensor and a four times 'Carl Zeiss' zoom lens. It has all the major manual controls you would expect, as well as various shared enhancements including MPEG VX (VGA, 16 fps), USB 2.0, color saturation / tone adjustment, Smart Zoom and MS Pro support. All this plus a flash hot-shoe, metallic case and it measures just 99 x 65 x 57 mm (3.9 x 2.6 x 2.2 in) - about the same size (from the front) as Canon's PowerShot S330 (Digital IXUS 330). UPDATE: Preview online.

Sony DSC-P8 and P10

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 GMT: Sony has today announced two new ultra-compact, pocketable 'P' series Cybershot digital cameras. The DSC-P8 has a three megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens, the DSC-P10 has a five megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens. Just like other cameras announced today both cameras benefit from some new features such as support for Memory Stick Pro, USB 2.0, MPEG VX (VGA, 16fps), color saturation / tone adjustment, Smart Zoom and more.

Sony CD Mavica CD350 and CD500

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 GMT: Sony has today announced two new CD Mavica digital cameras. The first is the three megapixel, three times optical zoom CD350 which has a slim profile thanks to the location of the lens / sensor unit to the side of the CD mechanism. Secondly is the black bodied five megapixel CD500. Based on the CD400 the CD500 has a five megapixel sensor and 'Carl Zeiss' three times optical zoom lens. Both cameras get the new MPEG VX 640 x 480, 16 fps movie recording mode (almost 6 minutes on a 156 MB disc). The CD350 has three area multi-point AF, the CD500 features five area multi-point AF. Other common enhancements include color saturation and contrast adjustment (at long last).

February 21

Pre-PMA 2003: Our friends over at DC Resource have noticed a small paragraph in one of the press releases from Fujifilm. This refers to the development of a new medium format camera digital back utilizing a newly developed 20.8 megapixel Super CCD sensor with the dimensions of 52 x 37 mm (2.05 x 1.46 in), this translates into an output file of 7,648 x 5,408 (41 million pixel) images. This is news to us, and we will be doing all we can to find out more about this interesting new product.

PCMCIA announces NEWCARD format

The PCMCIA technology association has today announced the 'NEWCARD' format. This new format makes use of PC Card, PCI Express and USB 2.0 technologies. The NEWCARD format is also aimed at both Mobile and Desktop PCs. "By drawing upon USB 2.0 and PCI Express, the NEWCARD specification will bring serial bus technology to a smaller form factor that offers more performance and improved ease of use. This new specification will revolutionize how PC developers and OEMs utilize the expansion slot for next-generation features such as wireless networking, storage and card readers."

PMA 2003 Show Report - Preview

Pre-PMA 2003: Due the popularity of this feature last year and knowing the importance of the show I have posted the beginnings of our PMA 2003 show report. The show report introduction page will enable you to stay informed about all the latest product announcements as well as getting reports and live updates from the show floor once the show commences. We are expecting several more announcements next week which will be posted both on the front page of the site and linked from the 'New Product Index' page in the show report. The show starts next Sunday and we will of course be there to bring you all the hottest news as it happens.

Fujifilm Finepix F700 comparison

Pre-PMA 2003: Fujifilm has handed us a set of three comparison shots between the Finepix F601 (third generation SuperCCD) and the new Finepix F700 (fourth generation SuperCCD SR). These comparisons clearly demonstrate the additional dynamic range produced by Fujifilm's unique double photodiode design. Note that these samples are not those posted on the Fujifilm US site and are not available elsewhere.

February 19
Pixology signs deal with Nikon

Pre-PMA 2003: Pixology have announced a global deal with Nikon for its automatic red-eye solution, IRISS. It will be integrated within Nikon View 6, the new Nikon software utility that will be bundled with all Nikon digital cameras from March 2003.

Adobe Photoshop Album released

Pre-PMA 2003: Adobe also yesterday announced the release of its Photoshop Album software which we reviewed last month. "Photoshop Album takes digital photography far beyond film. It makes it easier and more fun to do what users want to do today with pictures," said Alexis Gerard, president of Future Image Inc. "Since the product thinks the way picture takers do, users will appreciate unprecedented control and access to their entire lifetime of photos, along with sharing options that enable visual communication with loved ones around the world."

Adobe Camera RAW & JPEG 2000 plugins

Pre-PMA 2003: Adobe has today released its Camera RAW converter and JPEG 2000 format plugin for Adobe Photoshop. The RAW converter plugin supports a wide range of RAW image formats from various digital cameras (Canon, Fujifilm, Minolta, Nikon and Olympus) and allows for a certain amount of adjustment (white balance, exposure adjustment etc.) to be carried out during the loading process. The JPEG 2000 plugin adds support for the new JPEG 2000 image format in Photoshop. The plugins are available for Windows and Mac OS X platforms and are priced at $99 for the set. Note that the plugins require Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1.

Fujifilm Finepix F700 - SuperCCD SR

Pre-PMA 2003, 09:00 GMT 06:00 GMT: Fujifilm has today announced the new Finepix F700, the first Fujifilm digital camera to utilize the new high dynamic range SuperCCD SR sensor. The camera has a three times optical zoom lens and a three megapixel SuperCCD SR sensor (which produces a six megapixel output image). The F700 also supports VGA 30 fps movie capture, RAW output and comes with a PictureCradle docking station. UPDATE 20/Feb/03: Fujifilm post F700 samples.

Fujifilm Finepix F410 Zoom - SuperCCD HR

Pre-PMA 2003, 09:00 GMT 06:00 GMT: Fujifilm has today announced the new Finepix 410 Zoom. This is the first Fujfilm digital camera to utilize the SuperCCD HR (High Resolution) technology, although not in its six megapixel guise, the 410 Zoom has a three megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor (which produces a six megapixel output image). The F410 Zoom is clearly a development of the F401 Zoom design, with the same three times optical zoom lens and body design. The F410 also comes with a supplied PictureCradle docking station.

February 18
Pentax announce two new 35 mm lenses

Pre-PMA 2003, 00:00 TOKYO (19th): Pentax has today announced two new SMC PENTAX-FA J ZOOM lenses. The first is the big 75 - 300 mm F4.5 - F5.8 AL, the second a 28 - 80 mm F3.5 - F5.6 AL. These lens announcements coincide with the announcement of the new *ist 35 mm film SLR and have the same silver aluminium look. The aperture range of these lenses clearly places them at the amateur photographer end of the market.

Pentax Optio 550 and 450

Pentax has today announced the five megapixel Optio 550 and four megapixel Optio 450. Both cameras are based on the same modern and stylish aluminium alloy case and both feature an impressive five times optical zoom lens, this places the 550 in particular into a pretty special position of having five megapixels and five times optical zoom in a compact case. Both cameras are also fully featured with a wide range of manual control and features. Storage is via SD/MMC card and the 550/450 are powered by a supplied Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.

Pentax Optio 33L

Pre-PMA 2003, 00:00 TOKYO (19th): Pentax has today announced the new Optio 33L, this camera has a three megapixel sensor and a three times optical zoom lens. It also has a new swivel LCD screen which can rotate in both horizontal and vertical directions, unlike the Optio 330GS which could only swivel horizontally.

Pentax *ist 35 mm film SLR

Pre-PMA 2003, 00:00 TOKYO (19th): Pentax has today announced their new compact 35 mm film SLR, the '*ist' (yes, just asterisk-I-S-T). Wait, I hear you cry, what has this to do with digital photography? Well, nothing at the moment but you never know this could be quite an interesting body design. Pentax claim that the new *ist is the world's smallest 35 mm autofocus SLR camera. The *ist measures just 122 x 84 x 64 mm (4.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 in) and weighs just 335 g (11.8 oz).

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 TOKYO: Nikon has today announced the radical new Coolpix SQ. Once more Nikon has taken their trademark split body design and implemented it into a different form factor. The SQ is a pocketable almost square digital camera which has a twisting lens / flash portion which would typically be orientated 90 degrees to the front in normal shooting situations. The Coolpix SQ measures just 83 x 85 x 25 mm (3.3 x 3.3 x 1.0 in) and weighs 216 g (7.6 oz) fully loaded, slightly larger and heavier than Minolta's DiMAGE X/Xi but still small and pocketable. And it has an AF assist lamp!! Another first for a Nikon Coolpix digital camera.

Nikon Coolpix SQ - Quick Preview

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 TOKYO: Nikon today announced three new digital cameras, the Coolpix 2100, 3100 and SQ. This article is a quick preview of the new three megapixel, three times optical zoom Coolpix SQ. A radical design and another new approach from Nikon, the SQ has a flat square profile with their trademark twisting lens design. In forward shooting mode it's wacky looking but oh-so Nikon. This preview is based on an early pre-production model, as such I won't be presenting any image samples or a particularly in-depth analysis of performance.

Nikon Coolpix 3100 - Quick Preview

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 TOKYO: Nikon today announced three new digital cameras, the Coolpix 2100, 3100 and SQ. This article is a quick preview of the three megapixel, three times optical zoom replacement to the Coolpix 885, the new Coolpix 3100. This preview is based on an early pre-production model, as such I won't be presenting any image samples or a particularly in-depth analysis of performance.

Nikon Coolpix 2100 and 3100

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 TOKYO: Nikon has today announced the Coolpix 2100 and 3100. Both cameras are based on the same body (with some subtle styling differences), the Coolpix 2100 has a two megapixel 1/3.2" sensor, the 3100 a three megapixel 1/2.7" sensor. These cameras can be seen as the successors to the Coolpix 775 and 885, although these cameras offer significant developments including RGB color filter array, a new menu system and a smaller more stylish case. Storage is on Compact Flash card and the cameras are powered by two AA batteries (NiMH rechargeables supplied).

Nikon 24 - 120 mm AF-S VR lens

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 TOKYO: Nikon has today announced a new Vibration Reduction lens, the 24 - 120 mm AF-S VR F3.5 - F5.6G. This lens marks Nikon's further expansion of their VR lens line and although not a DX lens this lens will no doubt be of interest to Nikon mount D-SLR owners due to its wide 24 mm bottom end. When used with the D1x, D1H or D100 digital SLR's this lens would offer the equivelant field of view of a 36 - 180 mm zoom lens.

Nikon confirm DX 12 - 24 mm lens

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 TOKYO: Nikon has today confirmed the details of their first digital only lens, the Nikkor AF-S DX 12 - 24 mm F4.0. This lens and the DX concept was first announced in December last year. The DX lens line is designed to be used exclusively with digital SLR's with a sensor size of 23.7 x 15.6 mm (a 1.5x FOV crop factor), thus this lens could be used on the Nikon D1x, D1H or D100. On these cameras it would provide an equivelant field of view range of 18 -36 mm.

February 17
Sony CCD sensor datasheets

Sony has today updated its CCD datasheets to include some of the newer 1/2.7" and 1/3.2" CCD sensors which are likely to be used in many new ultra-compact digital cameras announced over the next month. Every year sensor manufacturers increase pixel count and reduce sensor size to give us ever smaller, higher resolution digital cameras. This year we have already seen five megapixels in a 1/1.8" type CCD and three megapixels in a 1/2.7" type CCD.

February 14
Atmel eight megapixel 35 mm CCD sensor

US semiconductor manufacturer Atmel has announced a 35 mm eight megapixel CCD sensor, although not specifically targeted at the digital camera market it's clearly an indication that the development of large high pixel count sensors is no longer the preserve of a select few manufacturers. "The large format (35mm film compatible image format), high definition and high dynamic range make the device suitable for any application requiring high image accuracy. This full frame imager is designed for the Graphic Arts marketplace such as digital minilabs, retouch/enhancement stations, high resolution reprography, large format X-ray film scanning and high resolution microscopy applications."

Ricoh announce Caplio G3 and variations

Ricoh has today announced the Caplio G3, a three megapixel, three times optical zoom digital camera with SD/MMC storage (and 8 MB of internal storage). The big selling point of the Caplio G3 is (Ricoh's claim) the fastest focusing speed and shutter lag of any digital camera in this class. The G3 will be available in three variations: the base G3 (black, plastic body), G3 model M (black, magnesium body), G3 model S (silver, plastic body, supplied voice software). Personally I think it's a little confusing for Ricoh to choose a product name identical to Canon's well known PowerShot G3.

February 13
Underwater housings for D-100 and D-60

Ocean Brite Systems and Jonah Housings have announced two new underwater digital camera housings designed to fit the Nikon D-100 and the Canon D-60. They allow access to most controls, are rated for a maximum depth of 300 feet and are made of corrosion resistant aluminum.

Nikon Europe responds to Internet rumours

EXCLUSIVE: Nikon Europe has today responded to the recent publication of leaks and rumours about their upcoming products to be announced at PMA 2003. "We are extremely heartened by the enthusiastic media and public response about even the smallest details of some of the new additions to our range of photo and imaging products. However we feel it is worth reminding customers that all information currently circulating on the World Wide Web remains inaccurate or incomplete and request their patience until February 18th when a variety of new imaging products will be officially made public. We regret any confusion or inconvenience caused to our customers by the inadvertent release of information earlier than planned."

February 12
Sanyo  Xacti DSC-J1

Sanyo Japan has today announced their new Xacti DSC-J1. This 3.2 megapixel camera has a 37 - 104 mm zoom lens and is available in silver or misty pink. The DSC-J1 is the first non-Minolta camera to use the prism / internal lens design. Because of this the camera has a very fast startup time of just 1.2 seconds. The DSC-J1 can also take full sized 640 x 480 videos at 30 fps using the improved PhotoJPEG codec.

February 11
Canon bringing some production back to Japan

In a story noted on our forums and originally reported in Nikkei Canon is planning to bring the production line for cameras and printers back to Japan as early as fiscal yeaqr 2004. They intend to spend some 100 billion Yen ($834 million) over the next three years to fully automate camera and printer production lines. The report goes on to explain that this is likely that the automated production lines would only be used for small film cameras and ink-jet printers.

February 10
Minolta DiMAGE S414

Minolta have today announced the new DiMAGE S414 featuring a 4.1 megapixel CCD (4.0 million effective), a Minolta GT 4x optical zoom lens. "The new DiMAGE S414 combines high quality images and automatic features, allowing users to obtain the best photographic results with easy camera operation," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of Marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "It's the ideal digital camera for a variety of applications and users -- personal or business, from novice to enthusiasts."

Samsung DigiMax V4

Samsung have announced their new DigiMax V4, it has a 4 megapixel CCD, a 3x zoom Schneider lens (equiv. 38mm-113mm), and is capable of using an astonishing 9 power sources including AA alkaline, AA lithium, Mi-Nn,CR-V3, as well as rechargeable NI-MH , Ni-Cd, I-pack batteries, and AC Adaptor as well as the dedicated Li-on battery.

Minolta Dimage 7 firmware upgrades

Thanks to DPReview regular Kevin for noticing that Minolta Europe have posted firmware upgrades for their Dimage 7 cameras. The 7 gets updated to v1.23e, 7i to v1.11e and the 7Hi to v1.01e. As always please ensure that the correct update is applied.

Contax confirm TVS Digital

Contax has today confirmed the digital version of its TVS line of compact cameras. The TVS Digital was first seen (and reported on here) during Photokina last September. This new announcement by Contax confirms the specifications, sale date in Japan and availiability of the camera in both silver and black finishes. The TVS Digital has a five megapixel 1/1.8" CCD sensor and a three times 'Carl Zeiss' optical zoom lens. Storage is to SD/MMC cards and the camera is powered by a proprietary Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.

February 9
Nikon Coolpix SQ leaks

Following on from our story earlier in the week about the Nikon SQ teaser it appears that sharp minded people "guessed" the URL of subsequent teasers, therefore they have been removed. We can't say any more at this stage, sufficient to say we will have a lot more information on the official announcement date.

Sony Cyber-shot  DSC-P32, P52 & P72

Sony Europe have announced their first range of cameras to use the new Memory Stick PRO media, the Cyber-shot DSC-P32, P52 & P72. Akihiro Nishikawa, Director Sony Digital Imaging Europe, commented: "Anyone who might be nervous about making the step to digital photography should try the new Cyber-Shot range. They are ‘point and shoot’ cameras that allow you to be spontaneous and take shots of real quality, whatever the conditions and, when printing the quality is perfect."
UPDATE: Product images added.

February 6
Just posted! HP Photosmart 850 review
Just posted! Our full review of HP's four megapixel, eight times zoom Photosmart 850. The 850 is the second of the 'new generation' of HP digital cameras and marks an improvement in both image quality and feature set since the 812. In our review the 850 is compared to the current king of the four megapixel class, the Canon PowerShot G3. Come in and see how the 850 performed in our tests.
February 4
New Nikon Coolpix coming

Nikon has today posted a teaser on its 'nikon-coolpix.com' website, it reads "Starting February 3, meet a fascinating stranger.", "Nikon is getting ready to unveil an enigma", "And you won't believe your eyes." there then follows a very subtle shadowing effect around what appears to be a rounded square box. Nothing much to go on but we expect Nikon to update this teaser over the next few weeks so keep it on your bookmark list and keep going back for more information!

February 3
Second SMaL Digital Camera

SMaL Camera Technologies have today announced their new Ultra-Pocket 1.3-Megapixel digital camera, this builds upon the award-winning 6mm thin Ultra-Pocket® VGA digital still camera. It has the same credit card size of its predecessor, with only a slight increase in thickness due to higher resolution optics, plus a strobe flash and an SD card for expanded memory storage.

February 2
Nikon wants your feedback

Nikon Europe have posted the following message for users of their Coolpix line of cameras: "We would like to hear your views on the documentation and User instruction manuals which are currently included with our Coolpix digital cameras. Any feedback you provide will go towards the future development of our products; including the information provided with the cameras to help new users get started." The page includes a small questionnaire for you to fill in your details and comments.