Photokina 2000: Third report, seven more manufacturers: Konica, Leica, Lexar, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic .

(Note: this is page three of a four page report)


Konica, not know for their digital products had various old and new prototype products on show, most of low resolution, OEM or newer multi-function style.

Unnamed MP3 + digital camera prototype Unnamed MP3 + digital camera prototype
Konica KD-200Z (2 megapixel, 3 x optical zoom) Unnamed digital camera prototype
Konica Q-M200 (2 megapixel fixed lens)  


Leica had their new Digilux 4.3 which is an OEM Fujifilm 4700Z with a nice leather-look grip and of course the nice Leica badge. Hidden in some drawers were the macro and wide-angle add-on.

Site links: Leica Digilux 4.3 announcement


Lexar had a fairly large stand, covering their storage products, and Of primary interest was their Professional 10 x, 160 MB CF Type I storage card which has the new built-in "Jumpshot" functionality, simply pop the card into a Jumpshot cable (shown below) and you have instant access to the card contents.

Lexar Stand Lexar Pro 10 x, 160 MB CF Type I
Lexar Jumpshot cable  


Minolta had a sizeable stand, despite my attempts they weren't giving away any information about their new digital SLR other than the obvious fact that the Dynax 7 SLR may have something to do with its design. Also on show was the Dimage 2300 and the newly announced Dimage 2330.

Minolta Dimage 2300 Minolta Dimage 2330
Minolta Dimage 2330 Minolta Dimage 2330

Site links: Minolta Dimage 2300


Nikon's digital section obviously dominated by the Coolpix 880. On show in both Black and Silver guises it was generating almost as much interest as the 990. They also had a sample studio setup for the D1 with models on hand for the live show. Also available were hands-on with various cameras and lenses including the D1 and film cameras all the way up to the F5.

Nikon Stand (partial) Nikon Stand product presentation area
Coolpix 880 on hand (black model) Coolpix 990 generated a lot of interest
Hands-on with the D1 And also various film cameras and lenses
The elusive MC-EU1 in a cabinet showing off all of Nikon's digital accessories  

Site links: Nikon Coolpix 880 review, Nikon digital cameras (specs)


Olympus's stand was dominated by digital... Most prominent being the E-10 and E-100RS. We had a unique opportunity to get a hands on with the E-10 (pictures below) and E-100RS, overall I was impressed with the way the E-10 feels and is built, solid construction using quality components. The lens is obviously of very high quality and Olympus's re-iteration of the choice to fix the lens to the camera to keep dust from entering the CCD chamber still stands logically with me. They confirmed there is no mirror in the E-10 but that a prism is used to split light between the viewfinder and CCD. The flip-up LCD worked very well, when in manual focus mode a readout of current focus distance is displayed on the LCD. As the camera was still early prototype Olympus weren't keen on giving away any samples so we didn't get any... yet.

The E-100RS, again, struck me as being very well built, aimed squarely at being used in the field for both sports, low-end newspaper and nature photography it's ability to "pre-capture" frames (up to 5 frames before pressing the shutter release) will surely win a lot of friends in these areas. When asked about the resolution limitation Olympus commented that resolution was not the primary concern with this camera, high speed capture was most important, less resolution means faster capture rates. We hope to review both the E-10 and E-100RS in the not too distant future.

Olympus stand Olympus "quiz about the E-10"
"Here you go, just don't run off with it" C-3030Z with an (expensive) macro flash add-on
Olympus E-10 Olympus E-10
Olympus E-10 Olympus E-10
Olympus E-10 Olympus E-10
Olympus P-400 dye sub printer, prints up to A4 in just 90 seconds (impressive)  

Site links: Olympus Digital Cameras (specs)


Panasonic had their most interesting digital camera to date on show, announced just before Photokina the new iPalm (PV-DC3000 - 3 megapixels, 2 x optical zoom) is the first digital still camera to use the new "smaller than SmartMedia" SD storage cards. Available in capacities up to 64 MB SD flash cards were first seen for image storage in some multi-function DV cameras. The iPalm is a good size and weight with an interesting design...

Panasonic iPalm Panasonic iPalm (rear)
Panasonic iPalm (in hand) Panasonic iPalm showcase

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