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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Pentax Optio SV Review at Steve's Digicams

Steves Digicams - Pentax Optio SV User Review: "The Optio SV is a compact point-n-shoot that captures high-quality images with 5.0 effective megapixels. It also employs a high-contrast smc PENTAX 5x optical zoom lens that boast a high-level of clarity for sharp detailed images."

Steves Digicams - Pentax *ist DS Digital SLR Preview

Steves Digicams - Pentax *ist DS Digital SLR - User Review "Despite its size, the *ist DS offers 6.1 million effective pixels of resolution and PENTAX original image processing technology. The camera is compatible with most existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses to meet a wide range of applications and visual creativity."

Steves Digicams - Pentax Optio MX4 - User Review

Steves Digicams - Pentax Optio MX4 - User Review: "The second of the palm-sized 'MX' series cameras from Pentax (as of 11/2004), the Optio MX4 captures both high quality still images and VGA (640x480) sized movies. It meets consumer demand to capture distant subjects with its 10X optical zoom lens, which has a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 38mm-380mm lens in 35mm format."

Pentax Firmware Updates

For: Pentax Optio 750Z, and Pentax Optio 30. (Found at PhotographyBLOG)

Monday, November 29, 2004

Fuji FinePix A607 for £99

Fuji FinePix A607"Would you recommend the Fuji FinePix A607, now that it has been reduced to £99?" is a question I'm getting asked a lot. Here's the answer: The camera is a 3 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom, the only difference between it and the A330 is the original price, and the 3mp super ccd sensor. Originally the A607 was a rediculous £249 at PC World / Dixons / Currys, a couple of months ago they reduced it to £149 (which is the price of the 4 megapixel A340), and now they have reduced it to £99, which is the current price of the A330 (see Asda, or if you want a REAL bargain, see the Fuji Refurb Shop, where they have the A340 for £99!).

So now that the A607 is the price that I think it should have been from the start, would I recommend it? And would I recommend it over the A330? No, and No - no because the A607's 6 megapixel setting takes up much more memory on your memory card, and doesn't really add that much to the images - they're basically just bigger and take up more space, and No because the screen on the back of the A607 was very poor.

So am I recommending the A330 or the A340? I can't really say, because I haven't played with the A330 or A340 in real life - it might have a better screen than the A607 - but the specifications appear the same. Saying that other sites that have reviewed it have rated it highly.

Based on my experience of the A607, and my experience of other digital cameras, for around £99, I would recommend one of the following: the extremely popular Olympus C-310, Canon A400, Canon A75, Pentax Optio S30, Nikon 3200, or maybe even the Kodak CX7330*. Find the latest prices on Amazon.co.uk.

* I will be reviewing the Kodak CX7330 nearer the end of the week, so if you want to find out what it's like, check back here regularly, subscribe to my rss feed / bloglines, or subscribe to the newsletter (top right).

Related Links:
Fuji FinePix A330 Info
Fuji FinePix A340 Info
Fuji FinePix A607 Info (fuji site)
Fuji FinePix A607 Review (this site)
Fuji Refurb Store UK

Digital Cameras: The Best from the Best

Digital Photography Blog: "PC Magazine have done a survey of their readers on their favorite digital cameras. This year the highest rated digital camera manufacturer was Nikon with a score of 8.6 followed closely by Canon with a rating of 8.5 and Panasonic with a rating of 8.4." More at PCMag.

Konica Minolta Dimage Z10 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG give the Konica Minolta Dimage Z10 a big thumbs up: "The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10 is an amazing camera at an amazing price which you should go and buy at once - it's as simple as that. Konica Minolta have bucked the trend by designing an entry level camera that will allow your photography skills to flourish as you gain more experience, whilst not being too intimidating for complete beginners. If you are just getting seriously interested in photography and want the immediate feedback of a digital camera without spending too much, the DiMAGE Z10 is the one for you. Konica Minolta have also included a great 8x optical zoom that provides a zoom range of 36-290mm, probably all that you will ever need (and there is an optional wide-angle lens accessory available anyway). As if that wasn't enough, the camera is easy to use both externally and in terms of the menu system, with fast operation and a great macro mode."

Samsung Digimax V50 Review at DPNow

DPNow: "With a five megapixel sensor, full manual shutter and aperture setting capability and a generous two inch swing-out and tilt colour LCD screen, the Samsung Digimax V50 is a camera that provides higher than average creative control features. Samsung has also provided an upgrade path for accessory lenses, underlining the emphasis on enthusiast features. But it's also a camera small enough to slip into coat pocket or small bag and it can be easily used as a simple point and shoot camera."

Sony Cybershot T3 Review at i4u

i4u: "Sony made several small changes to the DSC-T3, which all make sense and I think most of them are driven by consumer feedback. The buttons on the back got rearranged. The DSC-T3 feels also a bit snappier. Based on spec the startup time is 1.3sec (Same as DSC-T1) and the shutter time is 0.23s (DSC-T1: 0.24s). The high-speed burst mode also got faster. The 2.5 inch screen is based on specification 30% brighter and has more pixels than the DSC-T1."

New Olympus Mju µ DIGITAL 500 / µ-40 DIGITAL Announced

Olympus Mju Digital 500 Olympus announce the compact 5 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens Olympus Mju Digital 500 - with an extra-large 2.5" LCD screen, available in 3 colours: Silver, Red and Blue. More details are available at the Olympus website.

Olympus Mju 40 Digital Back"Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Hiroshi Komiya) is pleased to announce the introduction of the 5-megapixel*1 and 3x optical zoom all-weather µ-40 DIGITAL compact digital camera. Equipped with a 2.5-inch, high-definition LCD monitor that offers a wide viewing angle."

Olympus Mju Digital 500 Red"The µ-40 DIGITAL is a next-generation standard model for the µ DIGITAL line. In addition to the all-weather construction that the µ DIGITAL series known for, the µ-40 DIGITAL features a new flat-surface body design, a large LCD monitor, and a wide range of easy-to-use high-performance shooting functions."

Olympus Mju Digital 500 BlueAlthough exceedingly compact, the µ-40 DIGITAL is equipped with a 2.5-inch, high-definition HyperCrystal™ LCD monitor that provides a bright, clear image for both shooting and viewing, with 160° screen visibility on both the horizontal and vertical axis. The camera also features the "Top Shell Barrier" first introduced on the µ-mini DIGITAL, and boasts full-flat body design and a fast startup time of less than one second."

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Film Cameras vs Digital Cameras

A good post over at Camerahobby talks about film vs digital cameras: "Now that 4x6 prints are available for no more than what the 35mm based 4x6 print costs, the era of consumer film use is pretty much over. As film cameras sputter and die, the user will not purchase another compact film camera to replace it; they will purchase a digicam instead." Another site worth checking out, especially for Nikon information and reviews etc is Nikon Links.

Digital Camera Buying Advice

From Shutterfly / Only Punjab: "For the highest quality photos, select a camera with a minimum of 3 megapixels -- ideal for those that enjoy traditional 4x6 prints and occasional enlargements. To best capture high-quality close-up shots, select a digital camera with three-times optical zoom, or more. Finally, replace the manufacturer's small memory card with one that has at least 64 megabytes. This will allow the camera to hold approximately 70 to 100 high-resolution images at a time."

For more information, or recommendations of digital cameras that suit your budget, have a look at my Christmas buying guide / My Favourite Digital Cameras of 2004.

Canon EOS 1Ds vs. 1Ds Mk 2

Digital Outback Photo: "Quite a few readers interested in the Canon 1Ds Mk. II ask the question what camera to get or is the 1Ds Mk. II worth upgrading from a 1Ds. Here are the Canon candidates: * 1Ds eventually second hand * 1D Mk. II * 1Ds Mk. II"

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Sony Cybershot DSC-U40 Review On-Line

Sony Cybershot U40I review the Sony Cybershot DSC-U40, an ultra compact metal 2mp digital camera, with an auto-focus fixed lens. The camera has a 1" screen, and takes 'AAA' batteries. Find out what I think of it in my full review.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D First Impressions

Imaging-Resource: "The long-awaited Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D has just arrived here at Imaging Resource. We've rushed it into preliminary testing, but with the Holidays at hand we figured many of you didn't have the time to wait for the full review before you heard our first impressions of this potentially important digital SLR. The following is a quick writeup of our first thoughts after a very short time with the camera."

Olympus C-70 C-7000 Wide Zoom Review

Olympus C-7000 Wide Zoom Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights: "Seven megapixels, 5x zoom, great pictures, a ton of features, and great build quality - A real winner!" "The C-7000 Zoom carries on the "high value" tradition established by the previous "C" series models, offering a very strong feature set at a very affordable price." "Highly recommended, and definitely a Dave's Pick." Available for £330 from amazon.co.uk.

Digital Camera - the 2nd most desirable present this year

Digital Photography Blog are reporting that Digital Cameras are the second most desirable electronic gift this Christmas, after Plasma TVs. Read more here.

If you want some quick recommendations for some budget £99 digital cameras, then you can't go wrong with these 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital cameras: Pentax Optio S30 £99 at amazon.co.uk, the Kodak CX7330 £99 at amazon.co.uk, the Olympus C-310 also £99 at amazon.co.uk. The Fujifilm FinePix A607 which I recently reviewed, is also £99 at PC World / Currys and Dixons - the camera was previously £249, then reduced to £149, and now £99.

If you would like some more recommendations, have a look at my Christmas Buying Guide.

Many people confused by digital cameras

Globetechnology: Confused by digital cameras: "Although the number of megapixels is a measure of resolution and a crucial characteristic of a digital camera, few people understand its importance. 'Thirty per cent of digital camera owners say they don't know how many megapixels their camera has,' said Michelle Slaughter, director of digital photography trends at InfoTrends, a market research firm in Weymouth, Mass." (found at Digital Photography Blog)

Friday, November 26, 2004

Epson R-D1 Review at Luminous Landscape

Epson R-D1 Review: "Seiko Epson and Cosina Voigtlander jointly developed the Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder camera. To both companies, I say: congratulations. This is an exceptional little camera, one of the best and most enjoyable I have ever used. Just an hour into working with the R-D1 on the streets of Northampton, Massachusetts I already felt like the camera was an old and familiar rangefinder."

The PhotoHunter details at Engadget

The PhotoHunter - Engadget - www.engadget.com ++ "the PhotoHunter, a silent, motion-activated infrared camera that you put up in a tree. Ostensibly it’s for just snapping pics of wildlife or trespassers, but apparently the real purpose is so hunters can keep track of what times of day or night animals tend to pass by."

Camborg: Olympus i:robe IR-500 Digital Camera

Camborg: Olympus i:robe IR-500 Digital Camera Camborg post up some nice pictures of the Olympus i:robe IR:500.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

LG planning first 7 megapixel cameraphone

LG planning first six megapixel cameraphone - Engadget - www.engadget.com ++: "LG just let slip that they are planning on using Canon's new cameraphone module to create the world's first six megapixel cameraphone. And just to mess with Samsung even more, they might make just try and squeeze a seven megapixel module in there, too."

Price Watch...

Spotted the Kodak CX7330, a 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera for £99 on amazon.co.uk (including vat and free postage). It has a 1.6" screen, and records videos with sound. Also spotted the Canon Powershot S1 IS, 3 megapixel, 10x optical zoom with image stabilisation for £213 including vat at ebuyer.com - that's at least £50 cheaper than anywhere else!! They also have the new Fuji FinePix S5500, a 4 megapixel, 10x optical zoom lens digital camera for only £223 including vat at ebuyer.com!

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG -:- Reviews -:- Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 "Disappointingly the image quality of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 didn't match its great ease-of-use, producing a below-par set of test images. The 5 megapixel images were soft straight out of the camera (which can't be changed) and definitely require some post-processing in an image editing program. Noise is well controlled at the slowest ISO setting of 50, but at ISO 100 noise is evident and by ISO 200 and ISO 400 it's plain to see, making the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 only really suitable for bright conditions. Worse still, the camera exhibited chromatic aberrations in most high-contrast images when the sun was either in or to one side of the frame."

Macworld: Digital Camera Shopping Guide

Macworld: Digital Camera Shopping Guide: "No matter how much research you do ahead of time, it's easy to get distracted when you're in the camera store surrounded by dozens of options. To stay focused, download and print out the PDF version of this checklist before you go and mark the features that are most important to you."

Canon PowerShot SD300 IXUS 40 Review at DPReview

Canon PowerShot SD300 Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review "The SD300 (along with little sister the 3MP SD200) is the smallest, slimmest and most powerful ELPH yet, and features several key improvements over the previous generation. The SD300 and SD200 are the first cameras to incorporate two UA (Ultra-high Refractive Index Glass Molded (GMo) Aspherical lens) elements which has allowed Canon to produced its smallest cameras to feature a 3x zoom."

Kodak EasyShare CX7300 review at CNET

Kodak EasyShare CX7300 review - Digital Cameras - CNET Reviews: "What this very basic camera lacks in shooting options, it makes up for in simple operation and a bargain price." (found at Digital Photography Blog)

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Competition Reminder

DigiCamReview.co.uk: Win a 128MB SD Memory Card! Just a quick reminder to let you know, that you still have till the 12th of December to enter the competition to win a memory card!

Also, why not subscribe to my RSS feed to keep up to date with this site, you can use Bloglines, or the XML rss feed - if you don't know what I'm talking about, simply click the Bloglines link.

AnandTech Guide to Better Photos: Composition

AnandTech: AnandTech Guide to Better Photos: Composition "Composition is the arrangement of elements in a picture, but we are going to be discussing specifically arrangements that will make your pictures more visually appealing and interesting. When dealing with composition, it does not matter if you have a high-end digital SLR or a cheap point-and-shoot. In fact, experimenting with composition might be easier to do with a point-and-shoot camera because the simplicity of the shooting process will allow you to concentrate on what you are looking at."

Vivitar Vivicam 8300s 8mp DigiCam Expected

"The VIVICAM 8300s is a super slim, feature-packed, 8.3MP zoom digital camera with a maximum resolution of approximately 3250 x 2500,and is designed as a versatile, super high quality digital camera that will be easy to carryanywhere. The VIVICAM 8300s digital camera is planned for availability in 2nd Quarter, 2005 and the suggested retail price for the camera is expected to be $599.95." more details at DCViews.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 Review at Megapixel.net

Panasonic Lumix FX7Megapixel.net: "A thin and elegant design with the back almost entirely occupied by a very large 2.5 inch LCD monitor and the absence of an optical viewfinder are the first elements to draw the eye when discovering the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7. The DMC-FX7 offers a 5 megapixel resolution, and a stabilized 3X Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom." You can read my review here. This is one of my favourite digital cameras of 2004, and is available for £289 / $449 from Amazon.

Sony Cybershot P73 Review at Cameras.co.uk

Cameras.co.uk: They say this about the 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens digital camera: "Excellent all round digital camera. One of the few digital cameras I have tested that was able to take good shots indoors as well as out. Good set of features, but still easy to use. Highly recommended." Available for £154 from Amazon.co.uk, in Silver and Blue.

Canon Powershot A400 Review at Trusted Reviews

Canon Powershot A400TrustedReviews: "With a price tag that just makes it into triple figures, my expectations for this 3.2 megapixel camera were low to say the least. Initial impressions however, were quite pleasing." You can read my review here. This is one of my favourite digital cameras of 2004, and is available for £110 / $159 from Amazon.

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review at Imaging Resource

Imaging-Resource: "With an 8-megapixel sensor, a 10x zoom lens with ED glass, Vibration Reduction, and the panoply of advanced features we've come to expect from the upper end of the Coolpix digicam line, the Nikon 8800 is poised to compete at the very top of the "prosumer" digital camera market."

Canon EOS 20D Review by Bob Atkins

Bob Atkins: "Well, the EOS 20D is a better camera than the EOS 10D. The question is whether or not it's worth the approximately $600 it will cost an EOS 10D owner to upgrade. I'd suggest 10D owners in such a position put a dollar value how much each of the following major features is worth to them." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

RolleiFlex MiniDigi Review

Cameratown: the summary reads like this but paraphased by me: 'This digital camera is rubbish at taking photos, but good because it looks like a RolleiFlex', in their words it reads like this: "It would be easy to drag this camera through the mud if image quality and features were the real reason to own this camera. However, the truth is, this camera is for Rolleiflex enthusiasts who will get great pleasure at showing up at an event with this camera around their neck, cranking the handle, and looking down into the LCD viewfinder to snap a picture. Yes, the camera lacks a flash, zoom lens, good image quality, and many more features we have come to expect in cameras selling for $100.00 - but none of the those cameras will give you the nostalgic feeling that holding this Rolleiflex MiniDigi camera will give you." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Server move complete!

Hooray! www.digicamreview.co.uk is now pointing to the right place, and I'm now on a much faster web host - so you should now find the reviews, site, gallery, everything much quicker, so long as you're using the new address for reviews. I'll be updating the links on this site to make sure they're all pointing to the right place! Update: The site is up and running! Please note the new RSS feed address! (If you want something to read it, I highly recommend www.bloglines.com) Christmas Buying Guide Also, why not have a look at the DigiCamReview Christmas Digital Camera Buying Guide, also known as "My Favourite Digital Cameras of 2004", link here.

Olympus EVOLT E-300 8mp DSLR Price Announced

The US price for the 8 megapixel Olympus EVOLT / E-300 DSLR has been announced as $999 US Dollars, the price includes a 14 - 45 mm lens. More details at DCResource. I expect the UK Price will be announced tomorrow, if I haven't already missed the announcement.

Canon Powershot SD200 / IXUS 30 Review @ DCResource

DCResource: "The PowerShot SD200 Digital ELPH ($300) is a totally new design in Canon's line of compact point-and-shoot cameras. The SD200 takes everything that made the S410 great and makes it smaller -- except for the LCD, which got a lot bigger. Other features on the SD200 include a 3.2 Megapixel CCD, great VGA movie mode, an AF-assist lamp, and a couple of manual of controls. For those who want more resolution, Canon also offers the 4 Megapixel PowerShot SD300."

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Kodak EasyShare LS753 Review

DigitalCameraInfo.com: "With the Kodak EasyShare LS753, the consumer assumes the strong shooting elements of its predecessor, the LS743 with an expanded 1/2.5-inch 5-megapixel CCD. The two cameras are physically similar, with an emphasis on its low-slung silver gray body and slim profile that allows for practical and effortless transportation. The back of the camera features an attractive and amply sized 1.8-inch LCD screen with LED lights that allow for easier navigation, a feature that will be appreciated by any user who has ever attempted to shoot in low light. The only major drawback of the Kodak LS753 is the relatively restrictive 2.8x optical zoom lens."

Nikon Coolpix 4100 in black!

Nikon Coolpix 4100 in Black Spotted the Nikon Coolpix 4100, a 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera in black - details here. Looks rather nice!

Olympus m:robe MR-500i digital photo viewer/MP3 player Review

Found at Engadget: "besides having 20GB of storage the MR-500i also sports a built-in digital camera, a 3.7-inch VGA resolution touchscreen LCD, and tons of software for organizing, viewing, and “remixing” your digital photos (you can transfer pics directly over from a digital camera)." the review's here but in Japanese.

Konica Minolta Dynax 7D Sample Images

DPNow: "But now we have a production camera and an additional page has been added to this article. It contains our preliminary experience of the production camera, plus image samples exploring noise and anti-shake performance as well as a small selection of full, un-edited, image samples for you to download."

Sony Cybershot DSC-V3 Review @ Steve's Digicams

Full Review: "The Cyber-shot DSC-V3 is a compact yet fully-featured 7.2-megapixel digital camera that was designed to satisfy the needs of advanced photographers. Housed in an all-black, metal alloy body that resembles a 35mm rangefinder camera, the DSC-V3 is equipped with a Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom lens and loaded with state of the art digital features."

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700 Review @ Buy-n-shoot

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700 Digital Camera Review: "Building on Casio's success with the EX-P600 is the new higher resolution EX-P700. The main difference between the two models is the capture capacity, increasing the capture from 6 mega-pixels to 7 mega-pixels, now producing images at A3 size with every click." (found at Digital Photography Blog)

Canon Powershot S70 Review @ Digital Photography Blog

Canon Powershot S70 Review: "This leads me to my final question: does the average family happy snapper really need 7.1 million pixels? Considering a 2MP camera will more than adequately print 6"x4" images, perhaps we should all think twice before falling victim to the camera manufacturers megapixel race."

Monday, November 22, 2004

Updated: My Favourite Cameras of 2004 Christmas Buying Guide

Christmas Presents I've updated "My Favourite Digital Cameras of 2004" / Christmas Buying Guide to include a number of excellent digital camera priced between £100 and £600, digital cameras to suit your specific budget, and impress even the most fussy person - assuming that they don't already have one that is! :) Click here to view the guide.

Canon Digital IXUS 40 Review @ Pocket-Lint

PocketLint: "It’s not all just good looks. The IXUS 40 is small, simple to use and stylish, but backs this up with great image quality and at a reasonable price into the bargain." (found at Digital Photography Blog)

Olympus Camedia D-535 / C-370 Review @ Photoxels

Photoxels: "The Olympus Camedia D-535 Zoom should appeal to first-time users desiring an affordable entry-level point-and-shoot digital camera." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Olympus Mju Mini Digital Review at Slo-Foto

Slo-foto: review the ultra small, ultra stylish Olympus Mju Mini Digital, known as the Stylus Verve in the US. (Found at PhotographyBLOG) You can read my review here. The Olympus Mju Mini Digital is my favourite digital camera of 2004 - see my other favourites here.

Konica Minolta Dimage Z3 Review @ Digit.no

Digit.no: review the Konica Minolta Dimage Z3 - a 4 megapixel digital camera with a massive 12x optical zoom lens, and Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology. You can read my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage Z3 review here.

Pentax Optio MX4 Review @ Trusted Reviews

TrustedReviews: "If like us, you’re into all things small, cute and gadgety, you’ll love the Optio MX4. It’s both a video camcorder, and a digital still camera with dimensions of only 73 x 59 x 103.5mm (W x H x D). It also offers an amazing 10x optical zoom."

Olympus C-70 / C-7000 Zoom Review @ DCResource

DCResource: "Olympus joins the increasingly popular 7 Megapixel market with their C-7000 Zoom digital camera ($599). The C-7000Z is a midsize camera with a 5X zoom lens, manual controls, and 2-inch LCD display, just to name a few things."

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Dan's Long-Awaited Photo Tutorial-ish Thing

Dan from Dan's Data, writes an extremely thorough guide on how to photography computer equipment, starting with the basics of choosing a digital camera, all the way to post-processing in Photoshop or something similar. Dan's Long-Awaited Photo Tutorial-ish Thing

Win a Polaroid X530

Polaroid Foveon x530I spotted a full page advert in the latest Amateur Photographer for the Polaroid X530, which features the Foveon sensor. They appear to have updated their x530 website, and will be running a competition to win the Polaroid x530 soon.

Fujifilm S3 Pro Sample Photos

FUJIFILM WORLDWIDE | Products | Digital Prodcuts Fujifilm have posted four sample photos taken with the 6mp DSLR S3 Pro.

Sanyo Xacti C1 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG -:- Reviews -:- Sanyo Xacti C1: "The Sanyo Xacti C1 produced a pleasing set of test images. Although the 3.2 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera and ideally require some post-processing before they can be printed, most other aspects of image quality was more than satisfactory. Noise is very well controlled at the slowest ISO settings of 50 and 100, only becoming visible at ISO 200 and more so at ISO 400."

Fujifilm FinePix A607 Review On-Line

Fuji FinePix A607DigiCamReview.co.uk: "The Fujifilm Finepix A607 is a 3 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Fujinon optical zoom lens (5.7 - 17.1mm equivalent to 38 - 114mm on a 35mm camera) - it is identical to the A330, except for the fact that it uses a Super CCD sensor instead of the standard / conventional sensor in the A330" The A607 is available exclusively from PC World / Dixons and Comet. Find out what I think of the Fuji FinePix A607 in my review. Feel free to leave any feedback or comments below.

Kodak DX7590 Reviews

Two in one day! The Kodak DX7590, 5 megapixel, 10x optical zoom digital camera by Kodak, is reviewed by DPReview, and also digitalcamerainfo.com. Here's a quote from digitalcamerainfo.com: "The Kodak EasyShare DX7590 packs a load of features into a relatively compact 12.3 ounces. The 10x optical zoom lens, flash accessory connector, and 32MB of internal memory launch this camera into the ranks with higher end models. These features, paired with 5 megapixels, make the EasyShare DX7590 a good buy at $499.95."

Friday, November 19, 2004

Kodak gaining ground on Sony

Newsday: "Sony delivered 1 million consumer digital cameras in the third quarter, only 10,000 more than Kodak, IDC said. Canon Inc. ranked third with 800,000 shipments, followed by Olympus Corp. with 585,000. Other major camera makers include Fuji Photo Film Co., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Nikon Corp." found at Digital Photography Blog.

Price Watch... 4mp digital camera for £99

Spotted the Fuji Finepix A340, a 4mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens for only £99 including vat at Ebuyer.com, unfortunately they're out of stock at the moment. I also spotted the BenQ DC C40, a 4mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens for £99 at Jacobs. The BenQ DC C40 features 30fps, MPEG4 video with sound.

Server downtime

There may be some server downtime - while the my domain name is being transferred over. You should still be able to get to http://digicamreview.blogspot.com in the meantime.

Mountain Biking Photos

Spotted this site on the internet, TrailBlasters.co.uk, it's got some great mountain biking photos (And videos), taken with a Canon Powershot G6. Have you got some mountain biking photos you'd like to share? If so, let me know! (email me or leave a comment below)

Profits fading, prices set to fall

Yahoo News: "The average price of a compact digital camera will decline by 15 percent in 2004 and another 15 percent next year, according to UBS analyst Ryohei Takahashi. 'We expect prices to keep falling. But we are shifting our product line-up towards the high end,' said Nikon Chief Financial Officer Kenji Enya." (Found at Digital Photography Blog)

Canon EOS 20D Review @ CNet

CNet: "Excellent low-light performance; fast and responsive; straightforward controls; nice balance of features for both experienced and learning photographers."

Oregon Scientific’s DV100 MPEG4 video camera

Engadget: Oregon Scientific’s DV100 MPEG4 video camera - "Oregon Scientific’s DV100 digital video camera packs some spec punch for a low price (199GBP, or $368). It uses 4.0-megapixel optics and can shoot still photos or 30 frame-per-second Mpeg 4 video. It hooks up via USB2.0 and uses SD MMC cards, and also sports a 1.8-inch swivel LCD." It's currently available from Argos.co.uk.

Make Larger Prints from your Digital Photos with Clarific

Digital Photography Blog: "SnapCanvas Software has released Clarific - an application that enhances grainy and noisy images, increases image resolution, clarifies details and removes corruptions in your photographs."

FlatFoto 2MP Credit-Card Size Digital Camera

Camborg.org: "Radioshack offers the FlatFoto 2 mega-pixel digital camera, which has approximatly the size of a credit-card but still has a 1.5" LCD screen. The FlatFoto digital camera measures 9.0x6.0x1.3cm."

Digicam Repair @ blog.photoblogs.org

Digicam Repair @ blog.photoblogs.org an interesting discussion has started here regarding digital camera repair.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

6 megapixel digital camera for less than £135!!!

The Yakumo 67x, a 6 megapixel, 3x optical zoom, 1.5" screen digital camera is currently available on amazon.co.uk for only £131.88!!! They also have the Yakumo 57x, a 5 megapixel, 3x optical zoom, 1.5" screen digital camera for £118, and the Yakumo 84D, a 4 megapixel, 8x optical zoom, 1.6" screen digital camera for £156. They all record videos with sound.

Price watch... bargain 6 megapixel digital cameras

Spotted the following digital cameras and thought they looked like great value for money: Fujifilm Finepix F610, 6mp, 3x optical zoom - £199 amazon.co.uk, previously £283 at amazon.co.uk, so you're saving around £84 on this camera! Olympus C-60, 6mp, 3x optical zoom - £209 amazon.co.uk. Olympus C-725, 3mp, 8x optical zoom - £134 at Internet cameras direct, you can read my review here. Click here to view more 6mp digital cameras.

Free Digital Camera With New Globat.com Web Hosting

MySan.de reports: "Globat.com will be giving all new annual and biennial Web hosting customers who sign up between November 18 and November 22 a free Largan Chameleon 3-in-1 digital camera to allow budding photographers to get started immediately. New and existing customers can use Globat.com's CommandConsole(TM) control panel and have the GlobatGallery software installed on their Web site with a single click and begin uploading photos within minutes." Although looking at Globat's website I can't find any details of this offer.

Kodak axes another 500 lab jobs

BBC News: "The US group said it would close photo finishing labs at Northampton, Glasgow, Walsall, Wimbledon and Portishead in North Somerset in the next 12 months. The cuts are part of a three-year restructuring programme that involves shedding up to 15,000 Kodak jobs worldwide - 20% of its staff." (Found at Digital Photography Blog)

Olympus Stylus Verve / Mju Mini Digital Review

@ DCResource: "Let's not beat around the bush here: the Verve is one of the most stunning digital cameras ever designed. On top of that, it's even weatherproof! The downside is that the cool body is a little hard to hold steadily, and there's no optical viewfinder to be found. Thankfully the 1.8" LCD is bright and visible in bright outdoor light or dimly-lit rooms. While the camera lacks an AF-assist lamp, it focused quite well in low light situations." You can read my review here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

10 things a quick guide for beginners

Fujifilm UK Finepix Digital Cameras - 10 things - Spotted this quick guide for beginners to digital photography - it has 10 helpful steps that help explain some of the main things to look for in digital cameras, such as what are pixels / megapixels, what's the difference between optical and digital zoom, what 35mm means on a lens, batteries, videos, it's a surprisingly good guide, and surprisingly unbiased, so I recommend it if you're new to digital cameras, or unsure of what some things mean.

Canon Powershot G6 Review @ TrustedReviews

TrustedReviews review the Canon Powershot G6: "Cue the PowerShot G6, the latest camera in the G-series designed to succeed the 5megapixel G5. With a 7.1megapixel 1/1.8-inch CCD lurking behind the shutter together with quite a radical change in design, the G6 has made a large leap from its predecessor, while at the same time retaining many of the key features that made this line of cameras so popular." (found at Digital Photography Blog) The Canon Powershot G6 is available for £426 from Amazon.co.uk

PCWorld.com - First Look: Wearable Camera Debuts

PCWorld.com - First Look: Wearable Camera Debuts: "But these priceless moments no longer have to be missed. A company called Deja View has introduced a tiny $400 wearable video camera called the Camwear 100 that clips to the bill of a baseball cap or the side of a pair of eyeglasses and captures everything in its line of sight." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Konica Minolta Dimage A200 Review @ megapixel.net

Megapixel.net review the Konica Minolta A200 - a 8mp digital camera, with a 7x optical zoom lens. "The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200, to be released in North America in late November or early December, borrows a great deal from the design of the DiMAGE A2, but streamlines the body and omits some of the features of the A2 while enhancing others.Like the DiMAGE A2, the A200 offers an 8 megapixel resolution, a 7X manually adjusted optical zoom, and Konica Minolta's well-known Anti-Shake stabilization system."

Olympus Stylus Verve Review @ Imaging Resource

Digital Cameras - Olympus Stylus Verve Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications: " This is a really fine little camera that's just the ticket for style-conscious novice users, or for anyone looking for a compact, rugged, easy-to-use little camera to pack along most anywhere. Highly recommended, this one was an easy choice for a Dave's Pick." You can read my review of the Olympus Mju Mini Digital / Stylus Verve here.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX5 Review @ Digital Camera Info

Lumix DMC-FX5 Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX5 comes equipped with a high-grade, 3x optical, 3x digital zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens to refract images onto its 1/2.5-inch CCD. The utilized image sensor hosts 4.23 megapixels with the potential for video and audio recording. There is a 1.5-inch LCD screen with 114,000 pixels of resolution included on the back of this model." You can read my review of the update to the FX5, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 here.

Digital Picture Printing Frames Review @ PhotographyBLOG

"We are the only website which allows you to upload any digital picture file, customize its size, and preview it in the mat(s) and frames of your choice. The digital picture goes, literally, from your hard-drive to your wall." PhotographyBLOG -:- Reviews -:- Digital Picture Printing Frames

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

My Favourite Digital Cameras of 2004

Christmas Buying Guide

In Association with Amazon.co.uk

(a.k.a Christmas shopping guide) I pick my favourite digital cameras of 2004. Digital cameras that I would very happily buy with my own money! All of these first 4 digital cameras record videos with sound, and offer excellent image quality, features and value for money.

Mju Mini Digital
1. Olympus Mju Mini Digital - this is an excellent 4 megapixel, 2x optical zoom digital camera wrapped up in a gorgeous mini body with six colours to suit your taste. Extremely compact, extremely stylish, this camera has real "WOW!" factor. This camera is a real joy to use, and has an excellent 1.8" TFT.

Read my review to find out more.
Available for £199 / £325 from Amazon.

Lumx FX7
2. Panasonic Lumix FX7 - this is an extremely stylish, capable compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Leica optical zoom lens. What makes it stand out even more is the massive 2.5" TFT screen on the back, and Panasonic's built in "Mega" Optical Image Stabilisation. Available in 4 different colours.

Read my review to find out more.
Available for £289 / $449 from Amazon.

Canon A400
3. Canon Powershot A300 / A400 - back in March when I reviewed the Canon A300 the 3mp digital camera with no optical zoom was £125 from Amazon, now the update, a smaller, more stylish 3mp A400 with a 2x optical zoom is only £110 from Amazon. This represents excellent value for money as one of Canon's cheapest, but still extremely capable, digital cameras.

Read my review of the Canon A300 / Canon A400.
The Canon A400 is available for £110 / $159 from Amazon.

C-765
4. Olympus Camedia C-765 Ultra Zoom - this 4 megapixel digital camera has a whopping 10x optical zoom lens, and is currently the world's smallest digital camera with a 10x optical zoom. Image quality is excellent, and this camera is excellent value for money.

Read my review of the Olympus C-765.
The camera is available for £205 / $359 from Amazon.

5. Others well worth considering from £100 to £600:

Nikon Coolpix 2200
The Nikon Coolpix 2200, a very compact 2mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, around £100, it may be available from Amazon.co.uk, read my review here.

The bargain Kodak Easyshare CX7300, a 3mp digital camera with no optical zoom, a bargain at only £69 from Amazon.co.uk

The Olympus C-310, a 3mp, 3x optical zoom digital camera a bargain at £99 from Amazon.co.uk

The Nikon Coolpix 3200, a very compact 3mp version of the Nikon Coolpix 2200, it has a 3x optical zoom lens, and is around £125, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Olympus C-470, a new compact 4mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, around £150, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Sony Cybershot P73, a 4mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, available in Silver and Blue for £154 from Amazon.co.uk

The Nikon Coolpix 4100, a compact 4mp version of the Nikon Coolpix 2200/3200, it has a 3x optical zoom lens, and is around £159, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Fujifilm FinePix F610, a bargain 6mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, around £199, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Nikon Coolpix 5200, a compact metal 5mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, around £205, from Amazon.co.uk.

The Canon IXUS 40, an ultra compact 4mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, around £229, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Sony Cybershot P150, a bargain compact 7mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, around £285, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Olympus C-70, a compact 7mp digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, around £330, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Olympus C-8080, a rugged 8mp digital camera with a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, around £446, available from Amazon.co.uk.

The Canon EOS 300D Digital SLR, a bargain 6mp digital SLR from Canon, includes kit lens, for £599, available from Amazon.co.uk

There's still about 6 weeks left of 2004 so I may find some more digital cameras that impress me.

Pentax Optio X Review @ Pocket-Lint

"The Optio X is replete with shooting options: a very comprehensive package indeed. Picture quality is marred by over compression, even when shooting in its top quality mode, detail is JPEG’d away in shots such as landscape photos form example." Read the full review at Pocket-Lint

Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Review @ DPReview

"In a Nutshell: Combine Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and an improved Adobe Photoshop Album 2, add some new unique features, and some reduced functionality features of Adobe Photoshop CS, and there you have Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. Just like Photoshop CS, this upgrade is specifically targeted towards digital photographers." Read the full review @ DPReview

Canon 1Ds Mark II Review @ Luminous-Landscape

"Canon's One Series cameras are that company's flagship. These are the most rugged, full-featured and fastest shooting cameras that Canon knows how to design and build. They are also a work-in-progress. Each new version builds on the one previous" Luminous-Landscape review the Canon 1DS Mk II. (found at PhotographyBLOG.

Cameras of 2005

Popular Photography Magazine take a quick look at 11 digital cameras they expect to be popular next year. "This has been an amazing year for photography. But it's not over yet. Camera makers still have a few tricks up their sleeves, and our sources have shared a few of them with us." Read more here, found at Digital Photography Blog.

Fuji FinePix S3100 / S3500 Review @ Imaging-Resource

Digital Cameras - Fuji FinePix S3100 Digital Camera Review: "The S3100's higher resolution is a welcome improvement, providing great image quality for a budget-priced digicam, and its 6x optical zoom is excellent for distant subjects. For everyday outdoor shooting, the S3100 does very well and really sets a benchmark for an affordable long-zoom digicam." This camera is known as the S3500 in the UK.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Olympus Mju Mini Digital Review On-Line

Olympus Mju Mini DigitalI review the ultra cool, ultra compact weatherproof Olympus Mju Mini Digital / Stylus Verve, a 4mp, 2x optical zoom digital camera. It's available in 6 colours for £199 (UK), $325 (US) from Amazon. Find out what I think of it in my review.

Ricoh Caplio R1 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

"The Ricoh Caplio R1 retains the wide-angle 28mm lens of the slightly older Caplio RX, but now extends the zoom range to a very useful 135mm, whilst still maintaining a slim camera body of 25mm. As usual with Ricoh cameras, the R1 has the world's fastest shutter response and start-up times (at least according to Ricoh when it was first announced in August 2004), being ready to shoot in less than 0.8 seconds, and taking less than 0.1 seconds to fire the shutter release." PhotographyBLOG -:- Reviews -:- Ricoh Caplio R1

Price Watch... Pentax Optio S30

The Pentax Optio S30, a compact 3 megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom is available at amazon.co.uk for £99 inc vat and free postage. The camera has a 1.6" TFT screen, a metal body and takes AA batteries.

Christmas buying guide @ photoxels

"Our editors select their favourite digital cameras from the 2004 models in each of the four categories: Point-and-Shoot, Beginner, Serious, and Advanced/Prosumer. We also include a sub-category of UltraZoom." read more here. (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Pentax Optio MX4 review at pocket-lint

Pentax Optio MX4 review: "Offering 4 megapixels, a 10x optical zoom and numerous scene selection modes the end result morphs digital camera with camcorder. But are the results worth the investment or it is merely just another gimmick to get us to part with our money."

Saturday, November 13, 2004

HP Photosmart 435 Review @ digitalcamerainfo.com

DigitalCameraInfo.com review the budget HP Photosmart 435 Digital Camera and say this: "First and foremost, the Photosmart 435 is a budget, entry-level point-and-shoot camera. This means it cannot be expected to have manual features that would impress photojournalists or a zoom lens that would make you feel important. That said, the Photosmart 435 is a great beginner’s camera, especially for the price, and can prove to take some solid pictures." (found at Digicamera.net)

G4techTV - Review: The Smallest 5MP Shooters

G4techTV - Feature - Review: The Smallest 5MP Shooters "A point-and-shoot digital camera should be like a cell phone and slip easily into a pocket. After all, if a camera puts a happy-to-see-you bulge in your pocket, you probably won't be carrying it to capture those precious moments. That's where these pint sized shooters come in. Now topping 5-megapixels, these tiny cameras can be with you all the time – a daily shooter if you will. Best of all, you'll be able to print 11 by 17's of those memories." (found at Digital Photography BLOG)

Casio announces EX-S100 in glossy white

Camborg: Casio announces EX-S100 in glossy white "The Exilim EX-S100 will be available in a glossy white casing (EX-S100WE). The Exilim ZOOM EX-Z55 will be available in blue (EX-Z55BE) and brown (EX-Z55BN). Most likely those colored Casio cameras will not be sold outside of Japan. The cameras launch on November 19th."

DCRP Review: Kodak EasyShare DX7440

DCRP Review: Kodak EasyShare DX7440: "There's a lot to like about the Kodak EasyShare DX7440 -- heck, I even bought one for my mom. It's easy-to-use, very responsive, full-featured, and expandable to boot. The biggest weakness is on the camera is the image quality -- photos were 'muddier' that I like to see, especially on things with fine detail like grass or trees."

Friday, November 12, 2004

Basic Digital Camera buying guide

"Digital imaging is advancing rapidly, thanks to the rapid innovation and technological advancements in this field. In this hi-tech age, choosing the right digital camera can be an uphill task, especially with the choice available to you. This guide has been written keeping in mind novices and first time buyers. Before laying down the technical factors and assessing the market situation, let's first start with what a digital camera is all about." Go to the article here. (found at Digital Photography Blog)

Canon Powershot G6 Review @ DCViews

"The Canon Powershot G6 is a truly excellent camera. Image quality is great, handling is superb and it is full of powerful features that will be appreciated by advanced and professional photographers alike. The 7-megapixel images provide more than enough resolution to make superb A3 sized prints with nicely saturated colours and excellent detail." Read the full review at DCViews.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Win a 128MB SD Memory Card!

SD CardWin a ByteStor 128MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card! You can find out more about the memory card at Amazon.co.uk.

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Simply subscribe to the newsletter on the right, and you will automatically be entered into the free prize draw! Please make sure your digital camera takes SD memory cards, if you are unsure feel free to email me. The competition results will be published on this site on the 12th of December 2004.

Canon PowerShot SD300 SD200 Reviews

Ultra compact digital cameras reviewed at Steve's Digicams: Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH - Review (4mp, 3x optical, IXUS 40), "We feel it will make a good choice for those who want an ultra compact and durable camera that can be easily carried in any size pants pocket or purse." Canon Powershot SD200 Digital ELPH - Review (3mp, 3x optical, IXUS 30) "Bottom line - with a street price of around $299, the SD200 offers excellent value."

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Konica Minolta Dimage X31 Review On-Line

Konica Minolta Dimage X31"The Konica Minolta Dimage X31 is an ultra compact 3MP digital camera with a non-protruding 3x Konica Minolta folding optical zoom lens (4.7 - 14.1mm equivalent to 36mm - 108mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.5' Colour TFT screen. The camera comes with a 16mb SD memory card, and takes two AA batteries."
Read my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage X31 The camera can be bought for £117 in the UK, and $169 in the US.

Sony Cybershot DSC-U40 Price drop...

Sony U40 Amazon.co.uk have the 2MP Sony Cybershot DSC-U40 in Silver, Black and Blue for only £99 inc vat and free postage, this is at least £30 cheaper than anywhere else on the net, and probably the cheapest Sony Digital camera I've ever seen. Which colour would you pick?

Nikon Coolpix 4800 Review @ DPReview

"Announced in September 2004, the Coolpix 4800 represents the latest in a long line of Nikon compact cameras that stretches all the way back to the late 1990's, and is Nikon's first budget 'super zoom' camera. Although it sits in the same range as the diminutive Coolpix 5200 and 4200 and has similar styling, the Coolpix 4800 is a considerably larger and more powerful camera - though still a lot smaller than most other super zoom cameras. Features of note include an 8.3x (36-300mm equiv.) ED zoom lens, electronic viewfinder (EVF), 11 scene modes, fast startup and operation and 640x480 pixel (VGA) movies at 15fps." Read more here.

Olympus to hike in-house digital camera output

Olympus to hike in-house digital camera output: "Japanese precision equipment maker Olympus Corp said on Tuesday it will boost in-house production of digital cameras to 50 percent in one or two years to help nurse its loss-making camera division back to health. Olympus currently outsources 60 per cent of its digital camera production to other firms including Sanyo Electric Co, giving it less flexibility to adapt to market changes than rivals such as Canon Inc, which produces all its cameras in-house."

Photo Finish Book Review @ PhotographyBLOG

"Photo Finish" is a new book from digital imaging experts Jon Canfield and Tim Grey which explores the different ways of presenting your photographs after you have taken them. Capturing a great image is only half the battle; showing it off to the rest of the world is also an essential part of any photographer's workflow, whether it be to your family members, to clients or for an exhibition." PhotographyBLOG -:- Reviews -:- Photo Finish

Pentax Optio 750Z Review @ Steve's Digicams

Steves Digicams - Pentax Optio 750Z - User Review: "The Optio750Z is the 2004 flagship of Pentax's Optio line of digital cameras. It features a high resolution 7.0-megapixel imager coupled with a high-performance smc PENTAX 5X optical zoom lens. The Optio750Z resembles a classic 35mm rangefinder type camera with its durable and stylish aluminum alloy exterior accented by leather-grained rubber panels. "

Finding the Best Photo Printer @ PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG -:- Articles: Ensuring Color Accuracy For Your Digital Photos: "I've been trying out some of the latest models of color ink-jet photo printers from Canon, Epson and HP. Each is designed to make high-quality photo prints, up to 8 1/2' x 11', as well as black and white documents, making these ideal for general use in the home or small office. All have the same list price of $199 and work with both PCs and Macs."

Canon PowerShot SD300 Review @ Imaging-Resource

"The Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH swept onto the scene just in time for the 2004 Holiday season along with its "little brother," the SD200. Together they replace the SD110 in Canon's popular, diminutive digital camera line. In both the film and digital worlds, the tiny, high-style Canon ELPH models have been wildly popular." Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

HP Photosmart R707 Review @ megapixel.net

"The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart R707 is a totally new camera, part of the R-series. It is one of 2 recently released R-series cameras, the other being the R606, a model with a lower resolution." megapixel.net Read my review of the HP Photosmart R707 here. The HP Photosmart R707 is available for £179 from amazon.co.uk and $299 from amazon.com.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Price Watch...

ASDA (part of the Walmart group) here in the UK, have the Fuji Finepix A330 (3mp, 3x optical zoom) digital camera for £99 inc vat, with 50 free prints. They also have the Fuji Finepix F610 (6mp super ccd, 3x optical zoom) for £199 inc vat, again with 50 free prints. The Fuji Finepix F610 is currently the cheapest 6mp digital camera currently available in the UK.

Olympus E-300 / Evolt Preview at DCResource

Digital Camera Resource Page: Reviews & Info: "The Olympus EVOLT E-300 (it's just called the E-300 outside of the U.S.) is the first consumer digital SLR to use the FourThirds system. The FourThirds system (co-developed by Olympus, Fuji, and Kodak) was first seen on the Olympus E-1, which was released last year. The E-300 takes many of the same features used on the E-1, removes a few manual controls, slows things down a bit, and boosts the resolution from five to eight million pixels. The E-300 has a rather unique design (to say the least), and build quality isn't quite as nice as the E-1."

Olympus EVOLT E-300 First Look Review

Olympus EVOLT E-300 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights @ Imaging Resource. "With a flick of the smooth, quiet power switch--curiously mounted in the same location as that of the Digital Rebel, to the right of the mode dial--the E-300 springs to life. It's first task is to clean that sensor with supersonic vibrations. An LED on the top deck flashes blue for a second as the cleaner does its work. Then the CF card access light flashes red from the back, and the camera is ready."

Toshiba Digital Camera have left the building

Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Current: "I just had it confirmed via telephone with a Toshiba representative that as of March 2004 Toshiba was officially out of the digital camera business. Nice of them to tell us or their customers - that was quite a few months ago!" (found via DCViews)

Monday, November 08, 2004

Digital Camera Manufacturer Links

I've compiled a list of digital camera companies. If there are any you know of that I've missed out, please let me know. Click here to see the list.

Olympus E-300 8mp DSLR Price and Preview

The Olympus E-300 8mp DSLR price has been announced as £699 inc vat including lens kit. More details at PhotographyBLOG. DPReview have a preview on-line.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Nikon Coolpix 2200 Review On-Line

Nikon Coolpix 2200"The Nikon Coolpix 2200 is a compact 2MP digital camera with a 3x Nikkor optical zoom lens (4.7 - 14.1mm equivalent to 36mm - 108mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.6" Colour TFT screen. The camera comes with a 14.5mb of built in memory, and can be upgraded with an additional SD card. The camera takes two AA batteries."
"The camera also records 640x480 and 320x240 videos at 15fps without sound. The camera has a number of scene modes to make it easier to use. The camera has an RRP of £149 but can be bought for £100 from ebuyer.com in the UK, and $149 from amazon.com in the US." Read the full Nikon Coolpix 2200 Review

Pentax Optio S50 Review at Steve's Digicams

"The new Optio S50 is a compact camera that packs a 5 megapixel imager and a 3X optical zoom lens in a sleek aluminum design. It featuring a smc Pentax lens coupled with their Sliding Lens system that allows the lens to fully retract inside the camera when it is turned off. Equipped with PictBridge technology, the S50 connects directly to any PictBridge compatible printer so you can print images without the use of a personal computer." Read Steve's review here. Another bargain digital camera, available for £179 from amazon.co.uk.

Sony DSC-P150 review at DCViews

Sony DSC-P150 review "So here we have it then, the first truly compact 7-megapixel digital still camera. With its own in-house developed 1/1.8 CCD, Sony have built on the success of the 5MP P100 to produce a basically similar camera with a higher resolution and a completely new CCD. We were very satisfied with the quality of the images from the older P100, so let's see if any improvements have been made or if the 7-megapixel CCD is just a marketing hype." Currently the cheapest 7mp digital camera, available for £299 from amazon.co.uk

DCRP Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3

DCRP Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3: "The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 ($699) is a total redesign of the popular DSC-V1, a camera which I wasn't overly enthusiastic about. I have no idea what happened to the DSC-V2 -- probably the same thing that happened to the PowerShot G4. The V3 has all kinds of new features when compared to the 'old' V1"

Sanyo Xacti J4 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

"The fundamental aspects of any digicam are all there - great image quality, above average ease of use and handling, quality construction and stylish looks. On top of those qualities, the Sanyo Xacti J4 adds one of the best movie modes that I've yet seen on a digital camera, responsiveness that borders on fast, and some great playback and review features." Read Mark's review here.

Press Release: Epson RD1 confirmed UK availability and price

The Epson RD1, the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with Leica/ Voigtlander M mount announced earlier this year is now available in very limited quantities worldwide, and will remain strictly so. Sangers has been appointed the exclusive distributor in the UK and has very limited numbers already sold to a select number of specialists. The SRP is confirmed at £1,999.99 (inc vat). For details of your closest specialist call Sangers 0844 477 0120. 5th November 2004 - PRESS RELEASE - Issued by Sangers Group Marketing department

Friday, November 05, 2004

DSLR prices going down!

"This week both Nikon and Canon effectively reduced the prices of their entry-level DSLR cameras, perhaps in anticipation of new low-priced entry-level models from Pentax and Olympus. Canon has introduced a £100 cash-back offer for purchasers of its EOS-300D in November through to the end of January, while Nikon has announced a reduction in the D70 list price by £100." more details at DPNow. The Canon EOS-300D Kit (including lens) can be bought for £619 inc vat at amazon.co.uk, the Nikon D70 kit is £898, and the body is £670.

Zoom-X 12x Optical Add-On

"The Zoom-X (~$70) offers a little ray of hope, claiming to bring 12x (not counting your camera's existing zoom, however meager) to any camera with a threaded tripod hole." £34.99! Found at gizmodo, found at enorgis / red ferret, available to buy at innovations.co.uk!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 Review @ DPReview.com

"Announced at the end of July 2004, the DMC-FZ20 is the flagship model of the third generation of 'super zoom' cameras from electronics giant Panasonic, and is a direct replacement for the FZ10. Like its predecessors (and the simultaneously announced DMC-FZ3) the FZ20 sports a Leica-branded DC Vario-Elmarit zoom with a whopping 12x optical range (35-420mm equiv) and a constant F2.8 aperture. It also boasts a newly-improved optical image stabilisation system and the Venus II engine, which, according to Panasonic's documentation, is now equivalent to shooting at 3 or 4 shutter speed steps faster." Read the full review here.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 Review at Imaging-Resource

"The 3-megapixel Panasonic FZ3 is now the second of their cameras that I've reviewed, and I was as pleasantly surprised with it as I was with the 4-megapixel DMC-FZ15 before it. Relative to the FZ15, the FZ3 makes some obvious compromises in build quality and heft to keep the price below $400, but the result is still a very capable digicam." Read the full review here.

Nikon Coolpix 3200 Review at Digitalcamerainfo.com

"Announced in January 2004, the 3.2-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 3200 is a popular point-and-shoot camera for photographers new to the digital format. With its 1/2.7-inch CCD, the Coolpix 3200 is aimed at entry-level users who will appreciate the automatic functionality and minimal photographic knowledge required of the Coolpix 3200 users. The 3200 is on the less expensive end of the Coolpix line at about $200 because of its smaller 80,000-pixel, 1.6-inch LCD screen, limited manual control options and minimal megapixel count." Read the full review here.

Vosonic X's Drive Pro VP3310 review

Vosonic X's Drive Pro VP3310 review @DPNow "Vosonic's X's Drive Pro VP3310 is a new variation of the third-generation X's Drive Pro VP300. It's a battery-powered portable hard drive that has memory card slots so you can transfer your digital photos straight out of the camera and re-use the card after deleting the original files that were copied." Digital Retro Book Review @DPNow "Book review: A glorious nostalgia trip for anyone who cut their teeth on pioneering microcomputers of the late 1970s and 1980s"

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Canon EOS DSLR 20D Review @ DPReview

"First impressions of the EOS 20D are good, it feels far less 'prosumer like' and instead feels more like a 'baby EOS-1D' (as described by one of our team). Gone are some of the annoyances of the EOS 10D, the 20D now switches on virtually instantly and focuses quickly, it feels very solid and yet weighs slightly less than the model it replaces. So far so good." Read the full review here.

Kodak DCS 760m (monochrome) DSLR Review

"As for me, I am contemplating my next move. I love my DCS 760m camera, but have reached the limits of what I can do with it. It’s a rare camera and I may end up selling it off to a collector after a bit more use. I am hoping that my knowledge can be brought forward in digital monochrome photography with another company. Kodak isn’t listening. There is certainly a need and a place in professional photography for a true digital monochrome camera." Read the review here.

Sharp 2mp, 2x optical camera phone expected in the UK

Reliable sources expect the Vodaphone / Sharp V902sh to be available before Christmas this year in the UK - the camera phone has a 2mp CCD sensor, a 2x optical zoom lens, and will be exclusive to Vodaphone more details can be found here - An annoucement is expected on November 10th. The Vodaphone / Sharp V602sh is a vary similar looking camera phone with a 2mp CCD sensor digital camera phone with a 2x optical zoom lens, a rotating 2.4" TFT screen, and takes SD cards, full phone details can be found on vodaphone's japanese site.

Cell phones with cameras dampen sales of digital cameras

Cell phones with cameras dampen sales of digital cameras: "Sales of cell phones with cameras are threatening the success of digital cameras. According to recent forecasts of market researchers Gartner and Infotrends, sales of digital cameras should grow by 42 percent this year; however, for the first time more cell phones with integrated cameras are to be sold than digital cameras." (read more at digital photography blog)

Panasonic DMC-FZ20 Review @ megapixel.net

megapixel.net "The Panasonic DMC-FZ20 offers a 5 megapixel resolution and a 12X stabilized Leica zoom. Without a doubt, it would appear that this combination of elements is the primary motivation for many of the review requests we have had for this camera. Like the DMC-FZ10, the FZ20's predecessor, the camera is available in two finishes, one silver, one black."

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Konica Minolta Z10 review at Pocket-Lint

Konica Minolta Z10 review: "This is the first in the Z series of cameras since Konica and Minolta merged and is a direct descendent of the Minolta Z1 and Z2. Announced at the same time as the 4MP Z3, the Konica Minolta Z10 is a 3MP model and features an impressive 8x zoom lens that covers the 35mm equivalent of 36-290mm."

Olympus CAMEDIA C-7000 / C-70 Zoom Review

Steves Digicams - Olympus CAMEDIA C-7000 Zoom - User Review: "The C-7000 Zoom measures just 4'(W) x 2.3'(H) x 1.7'(D), and weighs a mere 7.7 ounces, making it the smallest and lightest 7.1-megapixel, 5x optical zoom digital camera as of Oct. 2004."

Olympus Stylus Verve / Mju Mini Digital Review

Steves Digicams - Olympus Stylus Verve - User Review "Bottom line - the Verve is a great addition to Olympus' Stylus line. We feel it will make a great vacation or outdoors camera, especially if you plan on getting a little wet! And it's not too expensive with an MSRP of $349." Read my preview here. The Mju-mini digital is available at amazon.co.uk for £199 inc vat and free postage, in black, silver, blue, red, white, and orange.

DCRP Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

DCRP Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7: "There's a lot to like about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7. It's small and stylish, it takes great photos, it's fast, it has a HUGE LCD display, and last but certainly not least, it has image stabilization! " Read my review here.

Price watch...

Spotted these on Amazon.co.uk: £169 - Olympus Mju 410 Digital Camera (4mp, 3x Optical) - records sound with videos, and is also available in Pearl White. £149 - Olympus Mju 400 Digital Camera (4mp, 3x Optical) £179 - HP Photosmart R707 (5mp, 3x Optical zoom), recently reduced, read my review of this camera here.

Win a 5MP Samsung Digimax V50 at DPNow

Digital Photography Now - Competitions - NOVEMBER COMPETITION: win a 5MP Samsung Digimax V50 worth £299! Simply subscribe to their newsletter to be in with a chance of winning this digital camera.

Canon USA Announces Black Digital Rebel

PhotographyBLOG - Press Release: "AMERICA'S BEST SELLING DIGITAL SLR GETS A LIMITED EDITION MAKEOVER The Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR Returns for a Second Round with a Sleek Black Body "

Olympus Mju-mini review @ Pocket-lint

Olympus Mju-mini review "Overall the Mju-mini is a pocket full of dynamite. The design looks great and Olympus fans will be delighted by the familiarity of the controls and functions. It's nice to see Olympus getting the bit between their teeth again and developing their mainstay products in intelligent new directions." Read my preview here. The Mju-mini digital is available at amazon.co.uk for £199 inc vat and free postage, in black, silver, blue, red, white, and orange.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Canon Powershot A400 Review On-Line

Canon Powershot A400 "The Canon Powershot A400 is a compact 3MP digital camera with a 2.2x Optical zoom lens (5.9 - 13.2mm equivalent to 45mm - 100mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.5" Colour TFT screen. The camera comes with a 16mb SD memory card, and can be upgraded with an additional SD card. The camera takes two AA batteries. The camera also records 640x480 videos at 10fps and 320x240 videos at 15fps with sound. The camera has a number of scene modes to make it easier to use. The camera can be bought for £110 from amazon.co.uk in the UK, and $159 from amazon.com in the US." Read the full review here: Canon Powershot A400 Review.

Samsung Digimax A6 Available

Gizmodo are reporting that the Samsung Digimax A6 is available for $300 in the US - a quick kelkoo.co.uk search reveals it's available from £245 in the UK. Alternative budget 6mp DigiCams are the Olympus C-60 from around £225, the Konica Minolta Dimage G600 from around £232, and the Kodak DX7360 from £229

Journalist Arrested After Photographing Voting Lines

local6.com - News - Journalist Arrested After Photographing Voting Lines "WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A freelance journalist taking pictures of voters waiting outside the Palm Beach County elections headquarters was arrested after ignoring a deputy's orders to stop, sheriff's officials said."

YouShoot Introduces 5.0 Megapixel Digital Camera to Hire

YouShoot Introduces 5.0 Megapixel Digital Camera for hire "YouShoot customers reserve digital cameras for their event date in advance at YouShoot.com. Before the event, they receive a case containing the cameras by mail. During the event, guests take pictures with easy-to-master digital cameras. Afterwards, customers simply return the cameras in a prepaid mailing case and YouShoot posts the pictures online for guests to view, share, download, and print." more info at youshoot.com - where they show 3mp and 5mp kodak digital cameras.

Canon UK EOS 300D Cash Back Promotion

An email from my friend Dan Thurgood, informs me that Canon UK are offering a £100 cashback on the Canon EOS 300D! There's more details on Canon's website, the direct link is here. To qualify for your £100 Canon EOS 300D cashback don't forget to: Purchase your EOS 300D between Monday 1st November 2004 and Monday 31st January 2005 Make sure you keep your receipt when you buy your EOS 300D Download and print off the PDF form, complete and return it to us.

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