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Monday, January 31, 2005

Todays news roundup

Various articles, reviews and news from around the web:

Understanding Exposure Compensation (Photoxels)
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Review (LetsGoDigital)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II Review (Photo-I)
HP Photosmart R707 Review (PhotographyBLOG)

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Announced

DCRP News: Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505: "Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has released the newest model in its popular EXILIM digital camera series. The new EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is a stylish digital camera equipped with a 5.0 megapixel imaging element and a 5X optical zoom. It not only takes superbly detailed digital photos, it is also capable of shooting extended video scenes with high-image quality. The EXILIM PRO EX-P505 will be available at retail the end of February, MSRP $499.99."

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review at CNET

CNET: "Vibration reduction headlines the feature set for this 8-megapixel Coolpix 8700 replacement, which also includes a longer zoom lens (10X vs. 8X), support for Nikon's i-TTL SB600 and SB800 external flash units, improved design, and a higher-quality JPEG mode (at a 1:2 compression ratio). Throw in the Nikon Coolpix 8800's extended flash range, faster USB 2.0 camera-to-computer transfer, a beefier battery, a handful of new scene modes, and an included infrared remote control, and you'll see why it's attracting the attention of photo enthusiasts. There are trade-offs, however. Nikon reduced the top sensitivity setting from ISO 800 to ISO 400, its shutter speeds now top out at 1/3,000 second instead of 1/4,000 second, and its picture quality could be better. Overall, however, this Coolpix improves upon its predecessor, and remains a decent 8-megapixel option."

Canon EOS 1D Mark II Review

Imaging-Resource: "In January of 2004, Canon announced the EOS-1D Mark II, a radical update of the original 1D, doubling its resolution, while simultaneously increasing its continuous shooting speed slightly to a blazing 8.5 frames/second, and cutting image noise in the process. Other specs between the cameras are fairly close (although the Canon EOS 1D Mark II's low image noise levels are particularly impressive), but the net result is that Canon has staked out a sizeable piece of the high-end digital SLR turf in a decisive manner. No other camera currently on the market comes close to matching the Canon EOS-1D Mark II for its combination of resolution and shooting speed. Read on for all the details, the Canon EOS-1D Mark II is one amazing camera!"

Konica Minolta Dimage A200 Review

A-Digital-Eye: "Seven months after the release of its flagship A2, late last year Konica Minolta introduces its newest member of the A series family, the 8-megapixel DiMAGE A200. Priced below the A2, A200 retains many of A2’s features, including most importantly the Anti-Shake and 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) lens. A host of improvement has also been implemented in the A200. To name a few: the updated image processing engine, a swivel 1.8-inch LCD, and a new, higher resolution movie mode. However what you don’t get with the A200 - compared to A2, are the tilting high-resolution EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), the status LCD, and function dials, among other things." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Friday, January 28, 2005

New 2GB HDD Digital Camcorder by NHJ - D'zign DV-5

I4U News - New 2GB HDD Digital Camcorder by NHJ - D'zign DV-5: "NHJ Japan launches the D'zign DV-5 that features a 2GB hard-drive. The camcorder records video in MP4 format (640x480 with 30fps). The 3.2MP camcorder can also be used as MP3 Player. The D'zign measures 82mm × 73mm x 35mm. NHJ sells their products through Target in the US. Most likely the D'zign DV-5 will come this year to the US as well."

Kodak EasyShare Z700 First Impressions Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "The Kodak EasyShare Z700 packs 4 megapixels into a chunky camera body that looks like it came straight out of I, Robot. It could introduce a new generation of point-and-shoot cameras. The Z700 is part of Kodak’s new Z-line and is one of the first products to be ImageLink compatible, a designation that several companies have picked up to make home printing easier. The camera has a 5x optical 35-175mm zoom lens in front of its Kodak Color Science Chip, which is known for its accurate color reproduction capabilities. With multiple scene modes and automatic pictures rotation, the user-friendly Kodak EasyShare Z700 will make its debut in February for a retail price of $399 (USD)."

Olympus Stylus 500 Mju Digital 500 Review

DCRP Review: Olympus Stylus 500: "The Olympus Stylus 500 ($399) is a compact point-and-shoot, weatherproof camera. By weatherproof I mean that it can take a splash -- it's not equipped to go swimming. Other features include a 5 Megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom lens, and large 2.5' LCD display. How does this latest Stylus perform? Find out now in our review!"

Thursday, January 27, 2005

6-megapixel DSLR or 8-megapixel Digicam

PhotoReview: "High pixel counts are not the be-all-and-end-all in digital camera selection and they won’t guarantee the camera you buy will meet all your requirements. Photo Review’s tests have shown sensors with small photodiodes invariably produce more noise than large-area DSLR sensors. Consequently, while the higher pixel count produced by an 8-megapixel digicam may let you make slightly bigger enlargements before pixellation becomes apparent, it doesn’t guarantee better quality pictures across the board."

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Review

PC Magazine: "Twenty years ago, the Minolta Maxxum 7000 was the first auto-focus, interchangeable-lens SLR on the market. But Minolta (which merged last year with Konica) was the last major film SLR company to get into the digital game. Finally, diehard Maxxum aficionados' long wait is over: enter the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

New Sony Cybershot DSC-W5

DCResource: "A new Cyber-shot DSC-W5 camera has mysteriously appeared on the SonyStyle.com website without ever being officially announced. As far as I can tell, the only differences between this camera and the DSC-W1 are 32MB of on-board memory, a slightly lower resolution LCD display, and very minor cosmetic differences. The camera ships in late February for $350, according to the website."

BenQ DC E40 Review On-Line

BenQ DC E40"Available in shops now from £90-100 including VAT - the BenQ DC E40 is a compact 4 megapixel digital camera, with no optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.5" TFT touch screen. The camera is made out of plastic, and records 320x240 / 25fps videos with sound." Read my full review here.

Sanyo Set to Lose Position As No. 1 Digital Camera Maker

Forbes.com: Sanyo Set to Lose Position As No. 1 Digital Camera Maker: "Japan's Sanyo Electric Co. is set to lose its position as the world's top digital camera maker, with its fiscal 2004 output seen falling short of the current target figure by two million units, Jiji Press learned Wednesday."

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Rollei dr5 Announced

PhotographyBLOG: "The Rollei dr5 redefines the concept of the “go-everywhere camera”. With 25 mm, it is not only ultra-flat and will therefore fit any shirt pocket without a bulge, but its neat metal body also makes it a pleasure to look at. However, the digital camera has more to offer than a mere good look: Instant readiness and minimal shutter lag makes it an ideal candid camera. The camera with its wealth of practical features and sophisticated technology is available from March 2005 for Euro 299."

Sony Cybershot DSC-P150 Review

CNET: "If this camera were a DVD, we'd rate it an enjoyable flick but skimpy on the special features. Sony crams 7 megapixels into a compact package that delivers good photo quality, great performance, and outstanding battery life but includes none of the extras found in other, similarly priced 7-megapixel models. Snapshooters who want a small camera for big prints and just the basics in manual controls should be happy with this camera's photo quality, robust performance, and shoot-all-day battery. More-serious photographers looking for a heftier feature set will want to check out the competition."

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33 First Impressions Review

DigitalCamerainfo.com: "Another lean Cyber-shot T-model made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The DSC-T33 will go on sale in March for $450 (USD)–fifty bucks cheaper than its vanished predecessor, the Sony Cyber-shot T3. The T3 was announced last August, but never hit the market in the United States. Sony hopes to make it up with the Sony Cyber-shot T-33, which is nearly identical to the T3. Both cameras have 5.1 megapixels on their 1/2.4-inch CCDs. Both models share the same shooting options, 2.5-inch LCD, and 3x optical zoom lens. The only difference is the size."

Olympus C-470 / D-590 Z Review

megapixel.net: "Although it has not had the benefit of the worldwide advertising campaign given the Stylus Verve, Olympus has been marketing the D-590 Zoom concurrently, a camera that shares the Verve's ease of use but at a lower price. The D-590Z (C-470Z in Europe) has a smooth shape, making it easy to slip into a pocket. The body is two-tone plastic, front and back a textured silver colour separated by a shiny silver coloured band."

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 8800 review

LetsGoDigital: "The Nikon Coolpix 8800 camera is a logical step after the break-through forced by the introduction and availability of the first 8 Megapixel digital cameras in 2004. Nikon went from 5 to 8 Megapixels, a giant step if we look at the development which took place prior to this step. During the last Photokina in 2004, Nikon decided it was time to introduce the Coolpix 8800 to replace the top model pro-sumer Coolpix 8700 from that time. The new Coolpix 8800 is also an 8 Megapixel digital camera, equipped with a 10x optical zoom containing ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lens elements. Beside that we may also welcome the so-called Vibration Reduction and due to the large amount of settings and functions, the camera can easily compete with other 8 Megapixel prosumer cameras."

Canon Powershot S1 IS Review

TechZone: "The Canon S1 IS is the perfect trade show camera. Not only does it take fantastic photos but it can double as a camcorder. And 10X zoom will get you up close and personal with the booth babes."

Another new memory card the M¼

PhotographyBLOG: "The M¼-Card is a new memory card being proposed by a Taiwanese technology consortium. The M¼-Card, which stands for micro ¼ card, is said to be twice as fast as the USB 2.0 standard and compatible with the SecureDigital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) formats. Will this new card see the light of day? Yes - fully functional cards will be available by the end of 2005. Do we actually need another new format? Hmmmmm."

10 Ways to Make Money with your Digital Camera

Byte-Camera have a write up of 10 Ways to Make Money with your Digital Camera, something I'm pretty sure a lot of you will be interested in. If you have any further ideas, feel free to post them here, then we can all get rich. :)

Price Watch: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P73S

The 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom Sony Cybershot P73 is now only £129 including VAT and free postage at Amazon.co.uk

Monday, January 24, 2005

Olympus C-70 C-7000 Zoom Review

Photoxels: "The Olympus Camedia C-7000 Zoom is a full-featured digital camera with very good image quality, very low noise and f-a-s-t operation with no practical shutter lag -- all in a compact and very light body."

"The Olympus C-7000 has a large and high resolution 2 in. LCD monitor with a fast refresh rate giving a clear and smooth display. Other professional features are a live histogram (with a unique "direct" feature), AF Area selection anywhere on the screen, and the possibility to record in RAW file format."

The 7 megapixel Olympus C-70 / C-7000 Zoom is available at Amazon.co.uk for £329 including VAT and free postage.

New Digital Cameras from UMAX

PhotographyBLOG: "UMAX, better known for their flatbed scanner range, have unveiled 4 new digital cameras; the UMAX AstraCam DV350, UMAX AstraPix 680, UMAX PowerCam Z530, UMAX PowerCam Z432 and UMAX AstraPix 620. They range from a 2 megapixel up to a 5 megapixel model, with an MPEG4 digital camcorder thrown in for good measure."

The UMAX PowerCam Z530 looks identical to the Lumicron 521z3 available at Dixons.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg Review

Pocket-Lint: "If you want a small, easily pocketed, yet stylish digicam the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg might be the one for you. Opening the box and hefting this little beauty for the first time makes a real impact. The wife has the original ‘X’ version of this. The Xg is the latest update and at 20mm thin and weighing in at only 120g, it’s remarkably small and stylish. It betters the original for sheer exuberance in its red livery."

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Review

DCResource: "There's a lot to like about the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, and I'm not quite sure where to begin, so I'll start with its design. The 7D is extremely well-built and offers plenty of dials and switches, as well as a large 2.5" LCD display. At first all those knobs seem a little intimidating, but I like how easy it is to change things in this way. At the same time, I wish some of them had locks, as I screwed up the metering on more than one occasion. The 7D is sturdy and easy to hold, thanks to a large, rubberized right hand grip. The camera enjoys full compatibility with all Maxxum AF lenses. But the real bonus here is the Anti-shake system: almost any lens you attach to the camera will have image stabilization, since it's the CCD that's stabilized and not the lens. And this system will help reduce the effects of camera shake when you're taking pictures indoors without the flash, or outdoors with a telephoto lens (though I didn't get the chance to test the latter)."

Sunday, January 23, 2005

DigiCam News Roundup

Here's a roundup of news from around the internet, that you may be interested in:

Sony’s CMOS Sensors to Compete with CCDs
Konica Minolta Dimage Z10 Review at CNET
Pentax Optio 30 Review at CNET
Lost Your Digital Photos? Stay Calm
Digital Cameras: How Low Can You Go?

Saturday, January 22, 2005

January Competition Winner!

We have a winner of the Digital Camera Starter kit! An email has been sent out to the winner of the competition - if you're not the winner, then make sure you have a chance of winning the next competition this site runs, by joining the newsletter on the right of this page.

Pentax *ist DS DSLR Review at DCViews

DCViews: "Priced to compete with Canon's Digital Rebel or EOS 300D, the Pentax *ist Ds was introduced in the run up to Photokina 2004. It is Pentax second digital SLR and it continues their position of having the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market today. The extremely compact *ist Ds features a 6.1 effective megapixel CCD sensor - the same as used in Nikon's D70 - and a large 2.0" LCD monitor which occupies a large part of the rear of the camera. Good news for Pentax users of the pre-digital era is that the *ist Ds is backwards compatible with most older Pentax K, KA, KAF and KAF2 mount lenses, albeit with some limitations in metering or functionality. Even older screw mount lenses like the 645 and 67 series can be used through an adapter."

Western Digital 6GB one-inch hard drive

engadget.com: "Western Digital is joining the growing list of hard disk manufacturers making mini one-inch hard drives. The WD drives will have that Compact Flash form-factor and come in capacities as large as 6GB, use low power consumption, spin at 3600 rpm with a 12ms access time. The first ones set for release in the second quarter of 2005, expect to see them in plenty of MP3 players (and lots of other mobile gadgets) before the end of the year."

Kodak EasyShare Z740 First Impressions Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Kodak unveiled their new Z-line of digital cameras with the introduction of the EasyShare Z740 and Z700. The new-formed Z-series supplements the existing DX-line in Kodak’s “ultra zoom” camera segment, inserting their presence between Kodak’s previous CX and DX lines. Playing off the strengths of the DX-line, the EasyShare Z740 offers a 10x optical all-glass, aspheric lens with a 38-380mm (equivalent) zoom, refracting images to its 5 megapixel CCD."

Konica Minolta X50 now in two new colours

Konica Minolta X50 in Blue and Grey "The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 was unveiled in July 2004 with a choice of three attractive body colours. Selection from Silver, Black or Red variations provided a choice to suit the purchasers’ preference. Konica Minolta now extends this choice with two additional colours, Blue or Gunmetal Grey."

"First printed July 7 2004, London UK. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 is handy enough to take anywhere and stylish enough to show everyone 2.8X non-protruding optical zoom, 5-megapixel CCD, and large 2-inch LCD, and you’ve got a high quality digital camera in a sleek, compact package."

Friday, January 21, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Announced

Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 with wide-angle convertorDCRP News: The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 is an upgrade to the Dimage Z3 (which I reviewed here), the Z5 has a 5 megapixel sensor, and a larger 2" screen. Here's a run down of the specs:

"5.0 effective Megapixel CCD, F2.8-4.5, 12X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 35 - 420 mm, Anti-shake image stabilization system, Full manual controls, Rapid AF external focus sensor promises 0.2 - 0.3 second focus times, VGA (30 fps) movie mode with sound, 2" LCD display + electronic viewfinder, Hot shoe for external flash, Uses AA batteries and SD/MMC memory cards, Optional wide-angle lens, PictBridge-enabled"

Update: You can find sample images and more information on Konica Minolta's site here.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Announced

DCRP News: The Konica Minolta Dimage Z20, is a 5 megapixel version of the Z10, they both have an 8x optical zoom lens. Here's a quick run down of the specs:

"5.0 effective Megapixel CCD, F3.2-3.4, 8X optical zoom, equivalent to 36 - 290 mm, 0.5 second startup time, Rapid AF focusing system (external focus sensor), Full manual controls, Same Switch Finder as the Z10: 1.5" LCD display is used for the viewfinder too, VGA (15 fps) movie mode with sound, 14.5MB onboard memory + SD/MMC card slot, Excellent battery life: 450 shots using AA alkaline batteries, Optional wide-angle lens, PictBridge-enabled"

There's sample images and more information on Konica Minolta's website.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Competition Reminder!

CompetitionThis is just a reminder to let you know you've got till roughly 12pm on the 22nd of January, if you still want to enter the competition to win a digital camera starter kit. All you have to do is subscribe to the newsletter, on the right of this page!

Not only does subscribing to the newsletter enter you into this competition and all future competitions, but it also keeps you up to date with the latest digital camera news delivered straight into your inbox every week!

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How-To Build a Light Tent

creativepro.com - Digital Photography How-To: Building a Light Tent: "Professional photographers equip their studios with all paraphernalia necessary to shoot any object under any lighting condition. But if your means are more modest, you can still build a light tent that gives you better results when photographing small objects up close. Here's how to do it."

Canon Powershot A510 Announced

Canon PowerShot A510 - 3megapixels, with a 4x optical zoom lens. "13% smaller and 20% lighter than its predecessor – the popular PowerShot A75 – the PowerShot A510’s 4x zoom lens uses Canon’s Glass Moulded Optics (Gmo) lens technology to deliver uncompromising, high clarity image quality at a fraction the size of conventional lenses. Extending reach at the telephoto end, the powerful 35-140mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.6-5.5 zoom lens also features a new rear-focus system for more efficient focus that limits power consumption. A redesigned flash unit, optical viewfinder, and a move from Compact Flash to SD memory card also contribute to a lighter, more elegant and compact body."

Four new lenses for Konica Minolta DSLR

Imaging-Resource: "Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of four pieces of compact-lightweight DC lenses (18-50mm F2.8 EX DC, 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC, 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC, 55-200mmF4-5.6 DC) for Konica Minolta digital SLR camera. These lenses are exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras. The image circle that DC lenses create is large enough to cover these smaller APS-C image sensors adequately."

New Minox MobiDV Announced

DCViews: "Minox today announces its contribution to the growing family of multimedia products. The Minox MobiDV: a digital video camcorder, a digital camera, a MP3 player and a dictating device. With a flat slimline body of 16mm and weighing only 87 grams including storage card and battery, this unique device follows in the footsteps of the famous Minox spy camera."

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Pentax *ist DS Digital SLR Review

Steves Digicams: "PENTAX has downsized digital SLR photography again with the *ist DS digital SLR. Even smaller than last year's *ist D SLR, the *ist DS is one of the smallest and lightest digital SLR cameras available. Measuring just 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches and weighing under 18 ounces, it has a durable stainless-steel chassis, multi-layered electronic circuit boards and delivers superior image quality in a very compact design. 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."

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro SLR First Look

Steves Digicams - Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro SLR User Review: "The FinePix S3 Pro features a 12.34 million effective pixels Fujifilm Super CCD SR II image sensor designed specifically for professional photography. It creates a wider dynamic range to produce images that approach true photographic quality. As a result, the S3 Pro will capture highlight and shadow detail often lost by digital cameras in high contrast scenes. In addition, Super CCD SR sensor technology provides a higher level of sensitivity, improved signal-to-noise ratio and more natural color reproduction."

Better Photos with your Digital Camera

Better Photos with your Digital Camera: "Everyone has a digital camera today and we all take a lot of photos. But if your photos still have trees coming out of your father's head, mom has red eye, and your beloved pet is never facing the camera then here are some tips to help you take better photos."

Fuji sees 2005-06 digital camera sales up 21%

HindustanTimes.com: "Japan's Fuji Photo Film Co said on Wednesday it expects its global digital camera sales to grow 21 per cent in the next business year, and unveiled plans to cut production costs by 10-15 per cent by using more common parts. Fuji Photo, the world's fifth-largest vendor of digital cameras, is struggling to maintain profit margins along with other players in the industry due to sharp price falls and slowing growth rates in more mature markets like Japan."

100 Posts in 24 Hours - Sponsor me Please!?

Blogathon :: 20 January 2005 :: For the victims of the Tsunami :: 100 Posts in 24 Hours - Sponsor me Please!? - Darren, from Digital Photography Blog, is running a sponsored "Blogathon" with all procedes going to help the Tsunami Appeal. You can make a donation on his site using Paypal.

Pentax Optio 750Z Review

megapixel.net: "With the Optio 750Z, Pentax raises the bar for its compact cameras to 7 megapixel, adds a swivelling 1.8 inch LCD monitor, and encloses it in a new body that still retains touches from previous Pentax designs."

Ricoh Pro G3 - GPS Ready Digital Camera

Ricoh Pro G3 - GPS Ready Digital Camera: "Ricoh have just announced their new GPS ready digital camera the Ricoh Pro G3. It has a 3.34MP sensor, 3x Optical Zoom, video shooting capabilities and is all bundled up in a reggedized casing. This is a camera that has been used by the US military in Iraq."

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Vosonic X Drive Pro VP3310 Review

PhotographyBLOG: "The Vosonic X'S Drive Pro VP3310 is both a portable storage device and MP3 music player, featuring a 2.5-inch 20Gb Toshiba laptop hard disk drive and several memory card slots which support 8 different types of memory cards. The X'S Drive Pro VP3310 is simple to use - just insert your memory card and press the large Copy button to copy its contents onto the device. You are then free to format your memory card and carry on shooting. The X'S Drive Pro VP3310 has a blue backlit monochrome LCD display that enables you to see a list of the files that are stored on it - there is no actual viewing of the images themselves, which helps to keep the price below £200."

Olympus D-425 First Impressions Review

Olympus D-425 First Impressions Review - digitalcamerainfo.com: "The Olympus D-425 is on the low end of an already affordable D-line of digital cameras. The 4-megapixel camera has a cheap plastic body and no optical zoom. It could be useful for taking pictures that don't need to be high-resolution, such as items to sell on Ebay. The camera has a 4x digital zoom lens and will be available in February or March 2005. The D-425 retails for $149, which means it will probably end up under a hundred bucks on the street."

Pentax Optio SV Review at DCResource

DCRP Review: Pentax Optio SV: "At first glance, the Pentax Optio SV (street price around $360) looks like just another ultra-compact metal camera. And for the most part, that's just what it is -- with one exception. Unlike nearly all of the competition, the SV packs a powerful 5X zoom lens into its thin frame. So if you've wanted something resembling a pocket ultra zoom camera, this is it. The Optio also features a 5 Megapixel CCD, manual controls, 1.8' LCD display, and plenty of bells and whistles. How does it perform in our tests? Find out now!"

Monday, January 17, 2005

New lower prices on Nikon Coolpix DigiCams

Imaging-Resource: New lower MSRP’s*: Coolpix 4100, was $339.95, now $299.95, Coolpix 5100, was $369.95, now $339.95, Coolpix 4200, was $399.95, now $369.95, Coolpix 5400, was $679.95, now $599.95.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Review

DPReview: "The Maxxum 7D is Konica Minolta's first digital SLR for five years (since the RD-3000), it is based on the Maxxum 7 (Dynax 7) film SLR with a very similar body design and control layout. The main differences are obviously that the 7D has a digital 'heart', a large LCD monitor and control system and loses the 7's grip sensor. The 7D is clearly targeted at the higher end of the digital SLR market, at keen prosumer's and professionals, and that's reflected in its price at $1,599 (body only) it's up against cameras such as the Canon EOS 20D, Fujifilm S3 Pro, Olympus E-1 and Nikon D70 (which while cheaper is probably equally as capable)."

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 at a glance review at Pocket-Lint: "A revamp of the 8-megapixel Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 model that features a slightly trimmed specification from the A2 but also has a few new tricks of its own."

AnandTech: Nikon Coolpix 8400: A Wide Angle Solution

AnandTech: Nikon Coolpix 8400: A Wide Angle Solution: "When the Nikon Coolpix 8400 was released, it became the widest lens SLR-like digicam on the market. It offers an eight megapixel output resolution with a full array of exposure modes from full auto to manual. It has a twist and flip LCD monitor design and a high resolution electronic viewfinder. The 8400 is packed with features such as 15 preset Scene modes, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Ultra HS shooting mode, and much more. In our review, we discovered that it offers a good amount to its users. It is capable of producing high quality images with exceptional color reproduction. The 8400 can record JPEG images with low compression that are free from JPEG artifacts. In addition, it offers TIFF and RAW recording options. In our review, we found that there are several strengths and weaknesses in regard to image quality. Read on for a full review of this feature-packed, wide angle digicam."

Olympus mju-mini DIGITAL Review

LetsGoDigital | Olympus mju-mini DIGITAL - Introduction: "Olympus proudly introduced a new stylish designed digital camera in September 2004. The Olympus Mju-mini Digital became true. Of course many camera manufacturers introduce new models mentioning the stylish design. However, the Mju-mini digital beats them all. The Olympus design department achieved a mayor break-through and the result is definitely worthwhile. This new camera recently became available on the Dutch market and the consumer can choose from various coloured housings."

You can read my review of the Olympus Mju Mini Digital / Stylus Verve here.

Nikon Japan Announces Nikon SP Rangefinder Camera

PhotographyBLOG: "Nikon Japan have quietly introduced a brand new, limited edition version of the classic film-based rangefinder camera, the Nikon SP, which is aimed at the professional photographer, along with a Nikkor 3.5cm F/1.8 lens. I think the price may be 690,000 YEN"

Konica Minolta Dimage E50 Announced

Konica Minolta Dimage E50Konica Minolta Dimage E50 - The new Konica Minolta Dimage E50 is a 5 megapixel version of the Konica Minolta Dimage E40, which I reviewed here, the E50 has a 2.5" screen and records videos at 640x480, it's available now for £199 in Europe only.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Olympus EVolt E-300 vs Pentax *ist DS

PCWorld: "The Olympus EVolt E-300 Digital SLR ($1000 with lens) and the Pentax *ist DS ($900 with lens) both come with a slew of creative features and once you master those - particularly the exposure controls - you can take some truly dazzling photos. Digital photographers looking to move beyond a simple point-and-shoot model likely won't be disappointed by either camera, but each has some distinct strengths and weaknesses."

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Panasonic and Olympus join forces on Four Thirds

DPReview: "Olympus Corporation (Olympus) and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) today announced the signing of a joint development agreement for interchangeable lens type digital SLR cameras based on the Four Thirds System standard. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will jointly develop technologies and devices, and promote the development of digital SLR cameras that maximize the extensive user benefits of the Four Thirds System."

The K-1000 of Digital SLRs

Steve's Digicams - Sunday Morning Photographer - January 2005: "So what does the Pentax DS offer to make it special? What unique feature sets it apart? Nothing! That’s right, nothing. Well, actually I suppose you could say small size, which as I say is a longtime hallmark of Pentax products. The *ist DS is the smallest, lightest digital SLR so far. But beyond that, there’s no special feature to grab the fickle attention of the buying public. It hasn’t got anti-shake. No sensor-cleaner. The Canon 20D has better image quality, if only marginally. Several cameras focus somewhat faster. You can get slightly better value out of a couple of others. The DS is not the quietest, the fanciest, the most feature-laden, the most special in any way. Except one..." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Fujifilm FinePix A330 Review

Imaging-Resource: "The latest in their line of bargain-priced cameras is the Fuji FinePix A330, a 3.2-megapixel digital camera. The Fuji A330 carries on the value-leading tradition of Fuji digital cameras by offering a 3.2-megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens at a low price, and including a longer maximum exposure time of two seconds and four preset scene modes. As you'd expect, the Fuji FinePix A330 trades off a few features and capabilities to achieve its remarkably low cost, but the camera still takes reasonably good-looking pictures in daylight conditions, and is simple enough for even rank beginners to get started with."

Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review

DCRP Review: Olympus EVOLT E-300: "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 in 2003. 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."

New MINOX DC 5222 digital camera

The New MINOX DC 5222 digital camera with 5.2 Megapixels and an oversized 2.5 inch monitor - DCVIEWS: "Minox announces the 5 megapixel DC 5222 digital camera, a follow on the Minox DC 5211. Although the new DC 5222 digital camera is more compact 88.5 x 54.5 x 24 mm (vs. 93.0 x 58.0 x 35) the newborn comes with a spacious 2.5 inch LCD, one inch more than the DC 5211. The camera features 3x optical zoom, USB 1.1 and its SD card (max. 512 MB) you can store voice recordings with each image and also record video clips of up to 30 seconds duration." This is the 5 megapixel, 2.5" screen version of the Konica Minolta Dimage E40 family, which I reviewed here.

Carphone Warehouse says digital camera is dead

Carphone Warehouse says digital camera is dead - we doubt it: "The Carphone Warehouse's UK Chief Executive, Andrew Harrison, today cautioned the future success of digital cameras. 'Cameraphones now make up over 70% of mobile phone sales, with 2 megapixel cameraphones due to hit the market later this year. The future's cameraphones, not digital cameras.' said Mr Harrison."

Sony Cybershot DSC-P200 First Look Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "The ease of use and comfortable handling make this Cyber-shot model an attractive digital camera for the right type of user. The high megapixel count and larger 2-inch LCD make this camera an even better bargain at $399. The 7.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and will be released to the consumer market in February 2005. The compact point-and-shoot has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens that extends from the camera body when powered up. The P200 is easy to use for the style-driven beginner and only gets better with increased photographic knowledge and utilization of manual functions."

Friday, January 14, 2005

Konica Minolta Dimage E40 Review On-Line

Konica Minolta Dimage E40DigiCamReview.co.uk - Konica Minolta Dimage E40 Review - I've completed my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage E40, a.k.a. the BenQ DC E43, Minox DC4211, Premier DC4331, Rollei Prego dp4200, Centon DC4s, Voigtländer Virtus D4, and the Maginon Slimline X4. Find out what I think of the 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom ultra compact digital camera, in my full review.

Kodak EasyShare LS743 review

Kodak EasyShare LS743 review: "Snapshooters who want good image quality and ease of operation and won't miss manual controls will love the Kodak EasyShare LS743, a slim and totable 4-megapixel model. While its zoom range is limited to 2.8X, close focusing, a good burst mode, and extralong battery life make this a versatile camera, especially for photographers whose enthusiasm for picture-taking exceeds their technical skills."

Panasonic NV-GS150: World's Smallest 3 CCD Camcorder

Gizmodo : Panasonic NV-GS150: World's Smallest 3 CCD Camcorder: "Is the Matsushita/Panasonic Digicam NV-GS150 the world's smallest 3 CCD digital camcorder? That's what they tell me. The new handheld was shown off yesterday in Japan, highlighting its 2.32-megapixel sensor—pretty good for a video recorder, especially one just 123mm long. And the price isn't half bad either: just $777.

Olympus C-5500 First Impressions Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "The C-5500 is expected to attract consumers who want a fast burst mode and a long zoom perspective. The camera will retail for $349.99 (USD) and should be available for purchase in February 2005. The C-5500 has 5.1 effective megapixels and a 5x optical zoom lens, which when coupled with the 2.7-frame-per-second burst mode, makes an ideal combination for creating sharp, shallow focused prints of sports or action."

Fujifilm FinePix S5100 Zoom review

Just posted! Fujifilm FinePix S5100 Zoom review: Digital Photography Review: "Our review of Fujifilm's latest compact ten times optical zoom digital camera, the four megapixel S5100 / S5500. This camera follows in the footsteps of the S5000, the primary difference being the switch from Fujifilm's own SuperCCD SR to a standard square layout four megapixel CCD. This has had a slightly negative effect on some features (such as continuous shooting and video modes) but as you will see in our review a more positive effect on image quality. What's best about this camera however is value for money, at around $399 it really does offer a lot. This camera is known as the S5100 in the US and the S5500 in other regions."

Ask a question - buying the right digital camera

Ask a question - buying the right digital camera: "The Cameras.co.uk Ask a Question Service is here to help you find the right digital camera. Whether you would just like to check out a point or you are not sure where to start then I will do my best to help you. The service is free and I try to answer you questions as soon as I can."

Canon Powershot S1 IS Review at Cameras.co.uk

Review of Canon Powershot S1 IS and Where to Find the Best Prices: "The image quality produced by the Powershot S1 IS left me disappointed on the whole, especially when the zoom was being fully utilised. If you look closely at the outdoor shots you will notice a loss of detail, particularly in the bushes and trees. This is especially noticeable on the third outdoor shot with the zoom fully extended. On top of this there is a tendency for light coloured objects to suffer from purple fringing. This is where purple colouring appears at the edges of an object."

Fuji Finepix S5500 Review at Cameras.co.uk

Review of Fuji Finepix S5500 and Where to Find the Best Prices: "All in all I like the Fuji Finepix S5500. It feels good in the hand and produces a range of quality pictures. Having performed well in all the tests it also appears to be a versatile camera. It you are looking for a camera with an extended zoom lens and is also fairly straightforward to use then this one is certainly worth considering."

Vosonic IC Drive VP3610 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG -:- Reviews -:- Vosonic IC Drive VP3610: "The Vosonic IC Drive IP3610 is both a portable storage device and MP3 music player, featuring an integrated 1.8-inch 20Gb Toshiba laptop hard disk drive and several memory card slots which support 7 different types of memory cards. Although memory card prices are falling quickly, a device like the IC Drive still offers a cheap and convenient way to store 1,000s of photos. 18 months ago I reviewed the original Vosonic X'S-Drive, which I still use today. So does the IC Drive offer anything extra to tempt me to upgrade, and you to buy it?"

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Price Watch: Kodak Easyshare CX7330 £89

Kodak Easyshare CX7330The Kodak Easyshare CX7330, which I reviewed here, is now available for an all time low price of £89 including VAT and free postage, at Amazon.co.uk (previously £99).

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

PhotographyBLOG Book Review: Color Confidence

PhotographyBLOG Review: Color Confidence: "So you’ve got the latest digital camera, the biggest monitor and the most cutting-edge printer, but your prints still have an awful green cast that makes the people in them look seasick? Then you need to read “Color Confidence” by Tim Grey (published by Sybex), a book that aims to demystify the often misunderstood topic of colour management and make your prints look life-like. The book is aimed at any photographer who is fed-up of wasting valuable time and money on inaccurate prints and who would rather be out shooting pictures instead. So is Color Confidence the answer to all your colour nightmares - can it really make that green print match reality? Read my short review to find out."

News roundup

Here's all the news articles from around the web that I've not got round to posting:

Samsung introduce new HDD based MP3 player and photo viewer.
Sony introduce new 4GB high speed memory stick pro media.
Nikon Release firmware B version 1.03 for D70 SLR.
Nikon Announce D2X Price and ship date.
What to do if you've lost your digital photos.
PhotographyBLOG celebrates 2nd birthday with prize giveaway.
Explaining Digital Sensor size.
Nikon's New Year Resolutions.
Using a grey card to correct colour.
Film is dead, long live Film?.
New York City Transport to ban photography.

HP Photosmart R607 / R507 Review at Megapixel.net

megapixel.net: "Another member of Hewlett-Packard's Photosmart R series, the R607 has an eye-catching design that uses a moulded metal cover on the front combined with a non-slip, graphite-coloured back. The HP R607 is an affordable and compact camera that provides a 4.1 megapixel resolution, a 3X optical zoom and is intended as an economical alternative to the Photosmart R707, the 5 megapixel model in this series."

You can read my review of the HP Photosmart R507/R607 here. The HP Photosmart R507/R607 is available from Amazon for £163 (UK) / $214 (US).

Pentax Optio750Z Review at Imaging Resource

Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio750Z Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications: "With a 7.0-megapixel CCD, 5x optical zoom lens, exposure control ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, and a wide selection of creative modes and features, the Pentax Optio 750Z offers a lot of the functionality of higher-end digicams in a compact, easy to use package. The camera's varying levels of exposure control suit it for any level of user, and novices will enjoy being able to slowly expand their control as they gain more experience. New Optio features such as the Digital Exposure Metering mode and customizable LCD display refresh the line, while expanded options like an 11-point AF area and swiveling LCD monitor make the camera even more flexible."

Olympus Camedia C-160 / D-395 review

Olympus Camedia D-395 review - Olympus Camedia D-395 Intro - Digital Cameras - CNET Reviews: "The 3.2 megapixel Olympus Camedia D-395 offers a nice set of basic features at a very affordable price. However, its 33mm lens (35mm-camera equivalent) limits its versatility. It doesn't cost much more to get a camera with a 3X zoom lens, a feature that most people will find is worth paying a little extra for." (found at Digital Photography Blog)

The Olympus C-160/D-395 is available from Amazon.co.uk for £89 including VAT and free postage.

Konica Minolta DG-5W Announced

Konica Minolta DG-5WKonica Minolta DG-5W: Digital Photography Review: "Konica Minolta has today announced a four megapixel camera that is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters. The black and silver DG-5W is also dust proof and shock proof. It boasts a 28 - 78mm wideangle lens, a 2-inch LCD for viewing captured images (there is no optical viewfinder) and large buttons for easy operation under water. Other features include a 320 x 240-pixel movie mode at 30 fps. It is thought to be a Japan-only product and will cost �80,000 when it is launched in March."

Win a Fujifilm Digital Camera every day!

Win a Fujifilm Digital Camera Wow - you even get a choice of which camera you want to win, choose from the A340, E550, F440, F450 or the S5100! (Unfortunately it's for US residents only!)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Use your old digital camera for good

Imaging-Resource News: "This time, Goldstone is reaching out to picture-takers across the U.S. with 'Operation Photo' -- a program appeal for photographers to donate their older model digital cameras to families of service members distanced during the New Year. Operation Homefront, the national non-profit who serves military families of deployed service member, will be distributing the cameras as part of their communications program."

Epson L-500V Review at Steve's Digicams

Steve's Digicams: "The EPSON L-500V is fun and easy to use, which makes it ideal for today’s photo active user, who is usually taking photos of family and friends at every opportunity. In addition to its 5.0 megapixel CCD sensor and incredible 2.5” LCD screen, this sleek, black-bodied camera includes a 3x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom, prints directly to the PictureMate™ personal photo lab (and select Epson Stylus Photo printers) and includes PRINT Image Matching® II technology for producing the best possible prints on PRINT Image Matching-enabled photo printers."

Monday, January 10, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-P100 Review

Cameras.co.uk: "The DSC P100 is another good digital camera from Sony. Although I feel the Sony DSC P73 and P93 offer better value for money. This model does offer a good balance of features and ease of use and with five megapixels it is likely to provide for all your printing needs."

The Sony Cybershot DSC-P100 is available from Amazon.co.uk for £220 including VAT and free postage.

'Perfect Digital Photos' book review at photo-i

Ilex book review: "When Vincent asked me to write a book review for photo-i, I was a bit taken back. Having limited experience with a compact digital camera that's been set on automatic, I didn't think I was the right person to write a review. But the book, perfect digital photos in a snap, is a beginner's guide. So, as a beginner, how did I find it? In a subject that's bursting with exciting hardware, software, pixels and gadgets, it can be a bit daunting for the uninitiated. The book layout is really clear and concise and quite calming - relax and learn. There's lots of useful information that's well displayed, together with helpful jargon buster boxes - I can now start to speak the lingo." (found at photographyBLOG)

Olympus C-7070 Wide-Zoom Preview

Steve's Digicams: "The Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom combines professional features and a high quality wide angle lens in a compact, rugged, magnesium body. The wide angle zoom has a 35mm equivalent focal length coverage of 27mm to 110mm and lets photographers frame more of the subject into their composition. With a high-resolution 7.1-megapixel CCD, photographers can produce larger than life prints with amazing vividness. Two new Autofocus (AF) modes enable photographers to capture sharp photos of subjects in motion, so no photo opportunities are missed."

Konica Minolta Dimage Z3 Review

Bytesector.com: "This month I was given the opportunity to test and play with the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 digital camera, successor to the DiMAGE Z2 model we reviewed earlier in 2004. I had a great experience with the Z2 model and the Z3 model doesn't disappoint me either. There have been some improvements made to the Z3 model both good and bad which I will touch on today. This camera hosts a number of features including a 4.2 megapixel CCD, 12X optical zoom and anti-shake support are just a few right off the bat. Let's take a more in-depth look at this model and see what makes it so different from the DiMAGE Z2."

You can read my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage Z3 here. The Konica Minolta Dimage Z3 is available from Amazon.co.uk for £267 including VAT and free postage.

Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review

Digital Photography Review: "The E-300 ('EVOLT' in North America) became the second ever Four Thirds System digital SLR when it was announced by Olympus at Photokina 2004. The camera features an eight megapixel Kodak 4/3 Type CCD sensor, a Four Thirds lens mount and an unusual Optical Porro Finder. The viewfinder uses four mirrors instead of a prism, its sideways swinging mirror lends to the camera's flat-top profile. Instead of the image from the lens being directed upwards to the viewfinder prism it is directed rightwards and then up to the viewfinder which is offset from the lens axis."

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Derelict London.com - one of Yahoo's website's of the year.

Yahoo have picked this website as a 'Hidden Gem' - it features a huge number of photographs taken with a Konica Minolta Dimage Z1. Derelict London.com: "Derelict London is an unusual photographic portrait (of over 800 pics) of the nations capital. This is not a compilation of familiar tourist sights, as another of those is hardly needed, but a depiction of an (often un-picturesque) view of everyday life in London. This site is obviously not taken to illustrate London at its most beautiful or most successful. The name derelict London is a memorable name for a website though not everything within this site is of derelict areas and everyone has their own definition of derelict......"

CES: Gwen Stefani's HP digital camera

engadget.com: "Hit the floor here at CES again today and of course we had to find that digital camera Gwen Stefani designed/styled for HP. The camera’s basically just a tricked out version of their 4.1 megapixel HP Photosmart R607 (i.e. they slapped a skin on it) and according to Gwen, is dedicated to the hyper-trendy girls of Harajuku (which is why they put the words “Harajuku Lovers” on the front, get it?)."

You can read my review of the regular HP Photosmart R507/R607 here. The regular R507/R607 is available from Amazon for £163 / $214.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Printer Long Term Review

Digital Imaging Printer Review: Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Printer: "Reviewing the 2200 so far from its introduction date gives us a different perspective from our other printer reviews. It isn't the innovations that excite us but its lasting capabilities. Those include print quality on various oversized media with long-lasting pigments which is still among the best you can get on any inkjet, a roll feed option with an automatic cutter, high-speed interfaces and a well-developed set of ICC profiles. The 2200 has set the standard for archival inkjet prints. The R800 surpasses it in droplet size and speed (and perhaps with its gloss-optimizer) but not print size or roll production convenience. Canon's i9900 also beats it in droplet size and speed, offering the same size prints but not on as many different papers or in rolls and without the benefits of pigmented inks. In short, the old gray mare is just as good as she ever was. And while its newer competition may have an edge over her here or there, she's still very much in the race. Even pulling a plow."

Pentax OptioWP First Impressions Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "Overall, the Pentax OptioWP is ideal company for an all-weather vacation. The compact, durable shell is solid enough to sustain skiing accidents and heavy snowfall. It is waterproofed and pressurized to submerge in up to 5 feet of water, capable of surviving snow, sleet, or rain. This camera is perfect for the adventurous vacationer that travels in many environments and attempts everything from snorkeling to sky-diving. This 5-megapixel point-and-shoot has a sleek design and many functional applications."

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Canon Powershot A400 Review at Cameras.co.uk

Cameras.co.uk: "The Powershot A400 is a good all round entry level digital camera. In general, Canon scores highly in terms of reliability and high quality lenses. Therefore although this is the cheapest Canon model available you still get high quality optics and durability. This camera is likely to appeal most to someone who is limited by budget or simply does not want to go overboard in terms of price."

You can read my review of the Canon Powershot A400 here, the Canon Powershot A400 is available for £110 including VAT and free postage from Amazon.co.uk.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review

DCRP Review: Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200: "The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 ($799) is a lower cost version of the popular DiMAGE A2 (see our review). The two cameras share the same 8MP sensor, Anti-shake system, and lens, but they differ in many other ways, as you'll see in the review. The DiMAGE A200 is a full-featured camera with an 8 Megapixel CCD, 7X zoom lens, manual controls, hot shoe, and much more. There's a fair amount of competition in the 7-8 Megapixel arena, so read on to see how the A200 performs!"

Friday, January 07, 2005

Kodak Easyshare DX7440 Review On-Line

Kodak Easyshare DX7440Later than I had hoped, here is my review of the Kodak Easyshare DX7440: "The Kodak Easyshare DX7440 is a fairly compact 4 megapixel digital camera with a 4x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 33mm -132mm on a 35mm camera). It has a large 2.2' Colour TFT screen. The camera comes with 32mb memory built into the camera, and can be upgraded with an additional SD card. The camera takes a proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. The camera also records unlimited 640x480 videos at 13fps and 320x240 videos at 24fps with sound. The camera can be bought for £129 (UK) / $272 (US) from Amazon. The camera is compact with a size and weight as follows: Dimensions: 100.3x69.2x40.2 mm (4.0x2.7x1.6 in.). Weight: 224g (without batteries or recording media)."

Kodak EasyShare-One: First Impressions Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "Designed for digital camera users and nostalgic imaging enthusiasts, the EasyShare-One may be the first true staple of digital still capabilities. While the debate continues to linger as far as analogue and digital image quality goes, there is no competition as far as options are concerned. With 256MB of internal memory, touch-screen interface and a wireless transmitter, the EasyShare-One dwarfs the potential of analogue cameras and may lead prior digital models into that same shadow of novelty status."

CES: Samsung SCH-S250 cameraphone expected in the US

Samsung 3.2 megapixel SCH-S250 cameraphone: "There’s a few things to dig about the SCH-S230, Samsung’s new 3.2 megapixel cameraphone - a 3x optical zoom lens, 262K color LCD screen, and of course, that three megapixel thing - but the biggest thing to get hyped on is that it unlike pretty much every single sweet Asian cellphone we write about, this one is indeed going to make an appearance here in the US sometime in Q3."

CES: Samsung Miniket Sport

Gizmodo : CES Showfloor: Samsung Miniket Sport: "Samsung is finally pushing the MiniKet camcorder for real, except this new version comes with a plug-in piece for x-treme cammin' or sneaking vids at the strip club." Update: there's some more pictures here.

CES: Casio USA announce the QV-R62

PhotographyBLOG: "Casio, Inc, in conjunction with it's parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today, at the 2005 International CES Show, the QV-R62, a 6-megapixel digital camera in the popular QV-R range with improved image quality and responsiveness thanks to the incorporation of Casio's proprietary EXILIM Engine. In addition, several new advanced features have been included to enhance overall performance. This compact model is the flagship in the QV-R series, and features a large 2.0-inch LCD screen and a 3X optical zoom lens in a compact aluminum body. The QV-R62, which is on display at Casio's Booth # 9808, will be available at retail in January 2005, with an MSRP of $399.99."

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 7D Review at Steves-Digicams

Steves Digicams - Konica Minolta MAXXUM 7D - User Review: "The Konica Minolta MAXXUM 7D (called the Dynax 7D in other market areas) digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera is a 6.1-million-pixel, interchangeable lens digital camera, it's compatible with virtually any MAXXUM AF lens. The MAXXUM 7D is the world's first digital SLR featuring a body-integral CCD-shift, Anti-Shake (camera-shake compensation) technology that combines enhanced picture quality, performance and improved handling characteristics."

CES: Samsung Digimax A7 Announced

CES 2005: "Samsung Camera is pleased to announce the introduction of a A-models to its newly formed A-Series line of midrange digital cameras. At 7.0 effective Megapixels the Digimax A7 is far more than a stereotypical midrange point and shoot digital still camera as this one is equipped with a wide range of the most technologically advanced and cutting-edge features available on the market. The A7 is among a range of affordable digital cameras that Samsung US will be introducing at this year's CES."

CES: Samsung Digimax V700 Announced

CES 2005: "Samsung are set to introduce the Digimax V700 - a seven mega pixel digital still camera. Following the Digimax V50, introduced at CES 2004, the V700 is the latest addition to Samsung's highly successful V-Series line of high end digital cameras. Competitively priced at $399.99, the V700 is sure to turn heads with its unparalleled style and host of features, making it one of the most affordable, advanced point-and-shoot digital still cameras on the market today."

Thursday, January 06, 2005

SanDisk Demonstrates Highly Innovative SD Memory Card with Built-in USB Connectivity

SanDisk Demonstrates Highly Innovative SD Memory Card with Built-in USB Connectivity "SanDisk(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today introduced an innovative SD(TM) flash memory card with built-in USB connectivity. The new product means greater convenience and cost savings for consumers who can just plug the SD card into any SD card slot such as is used in most digital cameras, and then plug it into any USB port without needing an SD card reader to transfer data, images, audio or video between computers, digital cameras and other electronic devices." Update: there's some great pictures here.

CES: Samsung's SC-D6550 Duocam: the best of two worlds

Samsung's SC-D6550 Duocam: the best of two worlds - DCVIEWS: "Samsung introduces their 3rd generation DuoCam, the SC-D6550 at the CES 2005 show. The camera is 40% smaller than the VP-D6050i, introduced in March 2004. It combines State-Of-The-Art digital video and pro quality Still Photo Capability in an ultra-compact package. For still photography, the 5 Mp CCD still lens delivers 2592 x 1944 pixel image resolution..."

CES: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

DCRP News: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200: "7.2 Megapixel CCD, F2.8-5.2, 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38 - 114 mm, More compact body than its predecessor, 2.0' LCD display (versus 1.8' on the P150), Many manual controls, VGA / 30 fps movie mode, with sound, Uses Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro cards; 32MB card included, Optional conversion lenses and camera dock, USB 2.0 High Speed support, PictBridge-enabled, Ships in February for $400"

CES: Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-T33

DCRP News: Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-T33: "5.1 effective Megapixel CCD, F3.5-4.4, 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38 - 114 mm, Ultra-thin body, New and improved 2.5" LCD display: higher contrast, brightness, and resolution (230K pixels); it's a hybrid display which means that it's easy to see outdoors, No more clumsy sliding lens cover, VGA movie mode (30 fps) with sound, Uses Memory Stick Duo cards; 32MB card included, Camera dock included, PictBridge-enabled, Ships in March for $450"

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review at DPReview

DCRP Review: Nikon Coolpix 8400: "If you want an ultra wide-angle camera, the Nikon Coolpix 8400 is the only game in town. And thankfully, it plays a pretty good game. While it could be faster in terms of performance, the bottom line is that the 8400 takes good quality pictures with a larger field-of-view than any other fixed-lens digital camera on the market. As expected, a lens that wide will result in some distortion, most notably when you take pictures of buildings or interiors. While its 8 Megapixel images are noisier than what some are used to, they're competitive with other cameras using this sensor. Be warned that at high ISOs, the noise levels may be unacceptable, especially compared to a digital SLR. Nikon has done a good job keeping purple fringing levels low on the 8400, and redeye was not a problem."

Olympus m:robe 500 TIME.com Gadget of the Week

TIME.com Gadget of the Week: Olympus m:robe 500: "Sometimes you just gotta say, 'What the hey?' At least, that must have been what Olympus was thinking when it decided to release the sleek, super-gadgety m:robe. Imagine an iPod Photo, amped up with a camera plus cool software that can mix audio and video into capsules of entertainment called 'Remix Cubes.' With a crisp high-resolution screen that nearly covers its back and an interface design hipsters would snap for, m:robe effortlessly wins style points, though it scores somewhat lower when it comes to substance."

Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom First Impression

Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom | CES 2005 | First Impression @ LetsGoDigital: "Speed is the key: Not only does the C-7070 WIDE ZOOM boast a swift start-up and enjoy a very low shutter release time lag to ensure users capture that one-off moment, it is also equipped with TruePic TURBO. Image processing is therefore considerably accelerated to allow faster shot-to-shot performance while improving image definition and fidelity."

CES: KODAK EASYSHARE-ONE Zoom Digital Camera

Kodak Easyshare OneKODAK EASYSHARE-ONE Zoom Digital Camera: Kodak launch the new 'Kodak Easyshare-One' - a 4 megapixel digital camera, with a SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH C-VARIOGON 3x optical zoom lens, 256mb internal memory, a huge 3" high-res (230k) rotating touch screen and stylus, and if those features don't blow you away, then it's also wireless for instant sharing! Suggested retail price (US$): $599.95. Available in May.

CES: New KODAK EASYSHARE Picture Viewer

CameraTown.Com: "Eastman Kodak Company is making digital picture sharing more convenient, personal and portable by introducing its new EASYSHARE Picture Viewer, a pocket-sized "digital photo album" that fits in the palm of your hand. Whether showing off recent vacation pictures, priceless memories or snapshots from life's everyday moments, the Picture Viewer (US$149 MSRP; available beginning in May 2005) is designed for people who love to share favorite pictures on the go."

CES 2005 Digital Camera Coverage

DigiCamReview.co.uk - CES 2005 Digital Camera Coverage CES 2005 runs from the 6th of January till the 9th of January, 2005 in Las Vegas (more information here) - Here you'll find links to all the new digital cameras announced during and around CES 2005.

Fujifilm FinePix E550 Review at Photoxels

Fujifilm FinePix E550 Review - Digital Camera Reviews - Photoxels: "Finally, the Fujifilm E550 is f-a-s-t! If you miss a candid shot, it won't be because of this camera: the lens extends in about 1 sec. and the LCD displays in about 0.5 sec. more; shutter lag is negligible for all practical purposes; and shot-to-shot is about 1 sec., except for flash pictures when it takes about 3 sec. to recharge the flash." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Kodak EasyShare DX7590 Review at Megapixel.net

megapixel.net: "The Kodak EasyShare DX7590 is a direct evolution of the DX6490 that we tested precisely a year ago. This camera maintains the design and the 10X Schneider-Kreuznach optical zoom, but with a resolution increased to 5 megapixel and a redesign of some of its external controls."

CES: Concord Announces $229 6 Megapixel Digital Camera

PhotographyBLOG: "Concord Camera Corp, a leader in award-winning, high-quality, easy-to-use, popularly priced digital cameras, announced today at CES new easy-to-reach consumer-friendly clamshell blister pack packaging and lower post holiday blow-out pricing for their award-winning lineup of 3, 4, 5, and 6 Megapixel digital cameras. The convenient newly designed Concord clamshell-shaped packaging now makes it easier for consumers to purchase higher end cameras at more affordable prices—without waiting for sales staff. In addition, retailers can increase sales and impulse buying by stocking cameras up front where consumers can easily buy, instead of hiding the cameras behind hard-to-reach display cases."

CES: New KODAK EASYSHARE Z-Series Digital Cameras

New KODAK EASYSHARE Z-Series Digital Cameras - DCVIEWS "Building on the global success of its DX7590 and DX6490 zoom digital cameras, Kodak today announced a new category of EASYSHARE digital cameras. The Kodak Z700 (5x optical zoom) and Z740 (10x) digital cameras combine point-and-shoot flexibility with the photographic control granted by higher optical zoom ranges. Both models will be packaged with the new Kodak Printer Dock Series 3"

CES: Olympus D-425 Announced

DCRP News: Olympus D-425 / C-170: "4.0 effective Megapixel, Fixed focal length 36.7 mm lens (no optical zoom), Point-and-shoot operation, In-camera help system, Uses AA batteries and xD Picture Cards, PictBridge-enabled, Ships in January for $149"

CES: Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom

DCRP News: Olympus C-5500 / C-55 Sport Zoom: "5.1 effective Megapixel CCD, F2.8-4.8, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38 - 190 mm, 2.0 inch LCD display, Can shoot at 2.7 frames/second, Full manual controls; shutter speed range of 15 - 1/2000 sec, Users can manually select from 143 focus points, Digital anti-shake system in movie mode, Get as close to your subject as 2 cm in super macro mode, Uses AA batteries and xD Picture Cards, PictBridge-enabled, Ships in February for $349"

CES: Olympus announces C-7070 Wide Zoom

DCRP News: Olympus announces C-7070 Wide Zoom 7.1 effective Megapixel CCD, F2.8, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 27 - 110 mm, 1.8" LCD can flip up and rotate, Hot shoe for external flash, Full manual controls; shutter speed range of 16 - 1/4000 sec, RAW and TIFF formats supported, $699.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Unstoppable Canon - Interview with Fujio Mitarai

Japan Today - Executive Impact - Unstoppable Canon - Japan's Leading International News Network: "Fujio Mitarai, president of Canon Corp, has succeeded in making the company one of the most profitable in the world. While he picked up much of his business acumen in the U.S., however, he did not apply U.S. methods to his business in Japan. Mitarai has consistently exercised his rationalism in running Canon. He maintains the life-time employment system, but has eliminated the seniority system from it." (found at Digital Photography Blog)

New Pentax OptioWP Waterproof Digital Camera

Pentax Optio WPPentax OptioWP with: 5.0 effective Megapixel CCD, F3.3-4.0, 3X optical zoom lens (internal), equivalent to 38 - 114 mm, Waterproof, compact body allows it to go up to 3 feet underwater, 2.0" LCD display, New recovery function reclaims any images and audio files that are erased unintentionally, 10.5 MB on-board memory + SD/MMC card slot, Uses proprietary li-ion battery, PictBridge-enabled, Ships in March for $400. More details on the Pentax Website. Update: More pictures here.

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review at DPReview

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review - Digital Photography Review: "The Coolpix 8800 was announced along with the 8400 and 4800 on the 16th September in the run-up to Photokina 2004. It's the first ten times optical zoom eight megapixel digital camera and it's also Nikon's first consumer digital camera with Vibration Reduction technology. The 8800 takes the 8700's design and engine and builds on it, on top of the new lens and Vibration Reduction there are a whole raft of new features and improvements which are also shared by the Coolpix 8400 (the two cameras are virtually identical apart from their lens and body design)."

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review at DPReview

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review - Digital Photography Review: "The eight megapixel wide angle zoom Coolpix 8400 was announced along with the Coolpix 8800 and Coolpix 4800 on 16th September in the run-up to Photokina 2004. By it's name it's clear that the Coolpix 8400 is intended as the direct successor to the 2003 five megapixel Coolpix 5400 which also featured a wide angle zoom lens, although not as wide as the 8400's impressive 24 mm equiv. On paper then the 8400 appears to be a highly capable eight megapixel prosumer digital camera with a new (and unique) 24 - 85 mm equiv. (3.5x) zoom lens. It's probably worth noting that other than the body design and lens system the 8400 and 8800 are virtually identical in specification and features."

Monday, January 03, 2005

The winners of the 2004 Engadget Awards!

The winners of the 2004 Engadget Awards! - Engadget - www.engadget.com:

"Digital Camera of the Year:
Readers' Choice: Canon EOS 20D (available from £1049/£1149)
Engadget Pick: Casio Exilim EX-S100 (available from £179)"

Kodak Easyshare DX7440 Sample Photos

I've added some more photos to the Kodak Easyshare DX7440 Gallery: DigiCamReview.co.uk Gallery :: Kodak Easyshare DX7440 Sample Photos - hopefully I'll have the review completed in the next couple of days. The Kodak Easyshare DX7440 - a 4 megapixel digital camera with a 4x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.2" screen is excellent value for money available for £129 from Amazon.co.uk including VAT and free postage.

Price Watch - Olympus Ultra Zoom

If you're looking for a cheap ultra zoom digital camera, then the Olympus Camedia C-760 with it's 10x optical zoom may be just what you're looking for, it's only £179 at Jessops. It's identical to the Olympus C-765 which I reviewed here (available for £205 from Amazon.co.uk), except that the C-760 has a 3 megapixel sensor. Olympus Camedia C-760 - Digital Compact Cameras - Jessops.com

Your Photo Could Win You a Nikon D70!

Your Photo Could Win You a Nikon D70! - News, Guides, Tips - digitalcamerainfo.com: "DigitalCameraInfo.com and PhotoGraphyBlog.com have joined together to host a monthly photography contest, where you the users pick the winner. This round's top vote getter will receive a Nikon D70 camera and lens kit, and the four runners-up will each receive a $50 gift certificate to B&H Photo. All you need to do be eligible to win is to enter is an original photo. It only takes a second!"

Win a Nikon Coolpix 5400 with Pocket-Lint

Win Win Win "This month we've teamed up with Nikon to offer you the chance to win a Coolpix 5400 digital camera worth £500."

Sunday, January 02, 2005

HP Photosmart R507 / R607 Review On-Line

HP Photosmart R507I review the HP Photosmart R507, known as the R607 in the US. It's a compact 4 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Pentax optical zoom lens, and HP's 'Real Life' Technologies. Find out what I think of it in my full review. The camera is available from Amazon for £163 (UK), $214 (US).

Saturday, January 01, 2005

CES 2005 Digital Camera Coverage

CES 2005CES 2005 runs from the 6th of January till the 9th of January, 2005 in Las Vegas (more information here) - Here you'll find links to all the new digital cameras announced during and around CES 2005.

9th January 2005

Gwen Stefani's HP Digital Camera

7th January 2005

Samsung SCH-S250 Cameraphone
Samsung Miniket Sport Digital Camcorder
Casio QV-R62
Samsung Digimax A7
Samsung Digimax V700
Sandisk SD Card with built in USB

6th January 2005

Samsung SC-D6550 Duocam
Sony Cybershot DSC-P200
Sony Cybershot DSC-T33

5th January 2005

Kodak Easyshare-One
Kodak Easyshare Picture Viewer
Olympus C-7070
Olympus C-5500
Olympus D-425
Kodak Easyshare Z700 and Z740

4th January 2005

Pentax OptioWP
Concord 6340z

You can find more coverage of the CES 2005 show at: ces-show.com.

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