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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Pentax *ist DS DSLR Review at DPReview

Phil Askey from DPReview review the new 6 megapixel Pentax *ist DS Digital SLR.

Canon Powershot A520 Review at DPReview

Simon Joinson from DPReview review's the new 4 megapixel, 4x optical zoom lens Canon Powershot A520.

Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT Review

The Digital Picture review the Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT DSLR:

"Canon expects the Digital SLR market to double in less than two years - largely because of the Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT (Reuters). That is a high expectation for a new model. The 300D was a huge hit, and after using the Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, I expect it to be an even bigger hit. Canon has put much of their high end technology into a feature-filled, entry level priced DSLR. From fully automatic P&S (Point & Shoot) to fully manual control along with many modes between (including black & white), the Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT offers something to both newbies and pros." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Digital Camera Deals

I spotted these Digital Cameras on amazon.co.uk, all of them are excellent value for money (all prices include vat and free postage):

Olympus C-370Z Digital Camera (3.2MP 3x Optical) £91.
Pentax Optio S5i Digital Camera (5MP 3x Optical) £169.
Sony DSC-P150 Cybershot digital camera (7MP 3xOptical) £229.

Canon Powershot SD500 Digital ELPH Review

Steve's Digicams review the new 7 megapixel, Canon Powershot SD500 / Digital IXUS 700:

Steves Digicams: "The diminuitive SD500 is packed with a high resolution 7.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a retractable 3x optical zoom lens with macro capabilities as close as four inches, shutter speeds from 15 to 1/2000th of second, a fast 9-point AiAF “Smart” autofocus system, a new and more powerful built-in flash, rechargeable battery and a large 2-inch color LCD monitor, all driven by the exclusive DIGIC II processor."

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 review

DCViews: "The latest addition to Casio's expanding range of digital cameras is the Exilim Pro EX-P505. As a hybrid digicam it combines a 5-megapixel digital still camera with a video camera which is capable of shooting extended video scenes with high image quality. The camera features a 5x optical zoom lens (38-190mm eq.), a large 2inch swivelling TFT screen plus a whole host of automatic and manual functions. Thanks to the incorporation of MPEG4 technology, it also has the ability to capture full size - 640x480 - full motion video with stereo audio at 30 fps in VGA size, at three resolution sizes."

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The First British Digital Photo Frame

Fototech have announced a new digital photo frame, shown on the right - it's available online from FotoTech.co.uk:

"FotoTech is proud to launch the first British-made digital photo frame; the 15” Brilliance Digital Picture Player. This cool new electronic product is designed to resemble a picture frame in appearance, yet houses a built-in media card reader which plays all your digital images, movies and digital art on a bright 15” TFT/LCD high resolution display - the intelligent solution to displaying all your favourite images without covering walls and surfaces in traditional picture frames."

Fujifilm Finepix F810 Review - PhotographyBLOG

Fujifilm Finepix F810 Review - PhotographyBLOG: "The Fujifilm FinePix F810 is a very intuitive and well designed compact digital camera that will please both beginners and more advanced photographers alike. The The Fujifilm FinePix F810 has a full range of creative photographic options that will allow you take more control as your experience increases - its refreshing to see this on a compact digicam. In addition the Fujifilm FinePix F810 is one of the most responsive digital cameras that I have reviewed, outdoors and indoors, and is well-suited to capturing both static subjects and more fast-moving subjects such as your children or sports photography."

Digital Cameras Change Focus of Photo Industry

ABC News: Digital Cameras Change Focus of Photo Industry: "In 2004, retailers handled 32 percent of the prints made from digital cameras, up from 16 percent the year before, according to a PMAI report. The group projects that in 2005 the figure will rise to 39 percent, though the majority of prints are still made at home." (found at Digital Photography Blog)

Konica Minolta DiMage Z5 Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "Konica Minolta updated its Z3 with one more megapixel and a larger LCD screen and released it as the DiMAGE Z5. Nevertheless, they’ll be available for about the same price, retailing for $499. The 5-megapixel Z5 has a modified SLR-shape with a large right-hand grip on one side and a large 12x optical zoom lens on the other side. The camera’s Anti-Shake image stabilization system complements one of the best movie modes available in a digital camera. With VGA and QVGA modes available at 15 and 30 frames per second, the Z5 provides users with adequate resolution for good movie clips."

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Review

TrustedReviews: "This is a mid-range camera offering a 5x optical zoom lens, four megapixel resolution and a manual exposure mode. It is aimed one level up from the beginner, at the aspiring photographer who wants a little more than just point-and-click. Nonetheless, it lives up to Kodak’s design ethos by being very easy to use."

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Lexmark P315 Printer Review at DPNow

Digital Photography Now - Features - Printer reviews - Lexmark P315 Review: "The Lexmark P315 Portable Photo Printer, to quote its official name, is a competitively priced, compact ink-jet photo printer that prints 6x4 inch borderless photos. Obvious competitors include the HP Photosmart 325 and 375, Epson PictureMate and Canon Selphy DS700. None are significantly cheaper buy or run and on paper the Lexmark has the most features for the money. But is the Lexmark P315 a winner?"

SpotPhoto: Pentax *ist DS review

SpotPhoto review the new 6 megapixel DSLR Pentax *ist DS:

SpotPhoto: Pentax *ist DS review: "A bit surprisingly there's the least amount to say about shooting and pictures. It's actually a compliment to the camera because you know a good camera if it doesn't hinder your shooting and does not give reason to think about picture quality too much." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review

Imaging-Resource review the new 5 megapixel Konica Minolta Dimage Z5, it's main features are below:

Imaging-Resource: "5.0-megapixel CCD delivers uninterpolated images as large as 2,560 x 1,920 pixels. Powerful 12x optical zoom lens covers a 35-420mm equivalent focus range. Integrated anti-shake system greatly extends usefulness of long zoom lens in lower light. Large 2.0' LCD monitor makes it easier to share just-captured photos, or confirm fine details."

HP Photosmart 8150 Review

Cameratown.com: "Think of the HP Photosmart 8150 as a PHOTO Kiosk that sits on your desk. It features a large 2.5-inch color LCD, an easy-to-use dial on the front for selecting page layouts quickly and easily, and six color inks that provide true photo quality color and resolution. An optional HP Gray Photo Cartridge is available for those who want true black & white prints."

Panasonic DMC-FX7 review

Pocket-Lint review the 5 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 - an ultra compact, stylish digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.5" screen.

Pocket-Lint: "If you haven’t already guessed I like the FX7. It has a combination of high-technology features such as the large 2.5-inch screen and optical image stabilisation that make it a cut above and that’s before we get to the stylish all-metal and oh so shiny bodywork."

You can read my review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 here.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer Review

Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer Review - PhotographyBLOG: "The Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer is a storage device that allows you to download digital photos and movies onto its 40Gb hard-drive and then view them on its 3.8 inch colour LCD screen. The Epson P-2000 has built-in card slots for Compact Flash and SD memory cards and it also supports XD, Memory Stick, Smart Media and MMC cards via an optional adapter. The Epson P2000 will be of particular interest to digital SLR camera users as it can show a preview of some RAW file formats as well as JPEGs. You can connect the P-2000 directly to a PC or TV and it will even print directly onto compatible Epson printers. In addition the Epson P2000 can play digital music in the form of MP3 and AAC files. Epson have improved the battery life when compared to the older P-1000 device, claiming that the battery will last for approximately 3.5 hours before needing to be recharged."

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review

DPReview.com review the new 5 megapixel Konica Minolta Dimage Z5, the Z5 features a large 2" screen, a 12x optical zoom lens, and an anti-shake 5 megapixel CCD sensor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "Making its debut at the 2005 Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, the Panasonic FZ5 joined an expanding list of SLR-shaped digital cameras with long zoom lenses. The FZ5 distinguishes itself with one of the strongest fixed zooms out there: a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x optical zoom lens with a popular image stabilization system, originally introduced on the earlier FZ3. With 5 megapixels on a 1/2.5-inch CCD, the FZ5 greatly improves on its 3-megapixel predecessor in terms of image quality and flexibility, though it takes only a baby step forward in visibility and LCD screen size, moderately expanding the tiny 1.5 inch screen to 1.8 inches. Designed slightly larger then the typical point-and-shoot camera, though significantly more condensed then most SLR-shaped models, the compact FZ5 will be available in April"

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D User Review

Steves Digicams - Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D - User Review: "The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR takes everything found in the original Digital Rebel and improves the resolution to 8-megapixels, speeds up all of the camera operations, adds more creative control and put it all into a smaller and lighter body. This easy to use digital SLR is compatible with all Canon EF lenses including the EF-S lenses and still retains the sub-$1,000 price point for entry-level digital SLR consumers."

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Review

Steves Digicams User Review: "The EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is a palm-sized yet high-performance digital camera with amazing still image and video capability. The EX-P505 features a 5X optical zoom, a 5.0 megapixel CCD imager, Casio’s “EXILIM engine”, and a large 2-inch TFT color rotating screen that makes angle shots a snap. It offers the same manual operation found on the EX-P600 and EX-P700, as well as high-quality video shooting capability at 30 frames per second, in VGA thanks to the incorporation of MPEG-4 technology."

SanDisk Photo Album review at DPNow

Digital Photography Now - Features - Accessories - SanDisk Photo Album review: "SanDisk is best known for being one of the big-league players in the memory card manufacturing stakes, but SanDisk also has a growing line of accessory products, like its sleek new Photo Album, which cleverly makes the experience of viewing photos on TV more appealing than than it has been. So why use something like SanDisk's Photo Album in the first place? One of the many advantages of digital photography is that you can forget about that old slide projector and bulky screen and display your photos on your TV."

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Polaroid i-Zone 300 Announced

LetsGoDigital have news of the new Polaroid i-Zone 300 - a stylish 3 megapixel digital camera:

"The new Polaroid i-Zone 300 incorporates a 3.2 Megapixel image sensor, a 3x digital zoom, 16MB internal memory expandable with an external Secure Digital card, 1.5-inch colour TFT LCD display, and all packed in a glossy finished body. Its smart dock accommodates easy battery charging and data transfer. The Polaroid i-Zone 300 also supports PictBridge to allow a direct connection to any printer that supports PictBridge for easy printing."

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) Hands on Review

Photo.net have a hands on review of the new 8 megapixel DSLR Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D:

"It's small. I know the specifications give you the size, but there's nothing like picking up the camera and holding it. In fact for me it's on the verge of being too small. Now I'm a 6ft male, so my hands are, I guess, fairly large. If I was a 5ft female, maybe the size would be perfect. The image below shows the Digital Rebel XT compared to several other cameras"

Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D User Review

Digital Cameras - Canon Digital Rebel XT Digital Camera Review: "If smaller didn't make the Rebel XT better for some, faster should do the trick for most. This new little powerhouse now has the same DiGiC II processor that powers the EOS 1Ds Mark II. Its influence shows in the quicker shutter response, improved buffer clearing speed, and greater frame-per-second throughput. Maxing out at three frames per second, the little Rebel can capture a conservative 13 frames before the buffer is filled. Canon themselves claim 14 frames of buffer depth, but w consistently got 13 frames in our studio with the worst-case color-noise target we use for timing analysis. With varying subjects and a Lexar 80x 2GB card, I've gone on as far as 40 frames. It's far better than the old Digital Rebel's four frames of capacity, to be sure."

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) Hands on Review

Photo.net have a hands on review of the new 8 megapixel DSLR Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D:

"It's small. I know the specifications give you the size, but there's nothing like picking up the camera and holding it. In fact for me it's on the verge of being too small. Now I'm a 6ft male, so my hands are, I guess, fairly large. If I was a 5ft female, maybe the size would be perfect. The image below shows the Digital Rebel XT compared to several other cameras"

Polaroid i-Zone 300 Digital Camera Announced

LetsGoDigital have the details of the new Polaroid i-Zone 300 Digital Camera:

"The new Polaroid i-Zone 300 incorporates a 3.2 Megapixel image sensor, a 3x digital zoom, 16MB internal memory expandable with an external Secure Digital card, 1.5-inch colour TFT LCD display, and all packed in a glossy finished body. Its smart dock accommodates easy battery charging and data transfer. The Polaroid i-Zone 300 also supports PictBridge to allow a direct connection to any printer that supports PictBridge for easy printing."

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom Review

Megapixel.net review the new 7 megapixel, 3.5x wide optical zoom lens Olympus C-7070 digital camera:

"Jumping from a 5 megapixel to a 7 megapixel, the Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom is the next incarnation of the C-5060, a camera that was very well-received at the beginning of 2004. The body design of the C-7070 is identical to the C-5060 and the observations we made in January of 2004 while reviewing that camera are as pertinent for this new version. The C-7070 is a big compact, housed in a high-strength body and featuring a hinged 1.8 inch LCD monitor."

Canon PowerShot A520 Review

Imaging-Resource review the new 4 megapixel, 4x optical zoom Canon Powershot A520:

"The Canon PowerShot A520 is the latest in a long line of well-built digital cameras from Canon. Canon U.S.A. has long been a strong contender in the film and digital camera markets, well-known for its high-quality optics, technical innovations, and aggressive product development. The 4.0-megapixel Canon A520 updates this extensive line with a longer-ratio zoom lens, more compact form factor, and a few other unique features, increasing the camera's already great flexibility."

Nikon D2x DSLR Review

Digital Outback Photo: "This is the best camera nikon has come up with yet for my needs and I find it to be a lot of fun to shoot and I look forward to many years of service."

FirstShot - (kids) digital camera

Popgadget: Personal Tech for Women: FirstShot - (kids) digital camera: "HS Design has created a digital camera which illustrates the characteristics of Toray Ultrasuede , a micro-fiber material for use with consumer products. FirstShot has a writable display screen and a built in stylus to personalize photos. The USB dock can display or "picture frame" the image or send images to friends." (via engadget, more at core77)

Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review

Photographic: Olympus EVOLT E-300: "Olympus’s new EVOLT E-300 is an 8-megapixel interchangeable-lens digital SLR that sells for under $1000 including a wide-to-tele zoom lens, making it just 2¼3 the cost of the next-lowest-priced 8-megapixel digital SLR. And that’s just for starters. This sturdy camera also features good performance, a unique design, a Supersonic Wave Filter that automatically shakes dust off the image sensor every time you switch the camera on, and lots more." (via PhotographyBLOG)

Olympus C-55 / C-5500 Sport Zoom Review

Steve's Digicams have reviewed the new 5 megapixel, 5x optical zoom Olympus C-5500 / C-55 Zoom:

Steves Digicams: "Olympus' new C-5500 Sport Zoom incorporates a wealth of features including a 5.1-megapixel CCD, a large 2-inch LCD, world-class 5x optical zoom lens, and an inspiring array of manual and automatic functions. The combination of advanced features and intuitive operation enables users of all skill levels to achieve their precise creative goals. The C-5500 Sport Zoom gives users that extra bit of manual control for capturing perfect snapshots along with the power to create digital masterpieces. "

Fuji FinePix F450 Review

PhotographyBLOG review the 5 megapixel, 3.4x optical zoom Fuji FinePix F450:

"The Fujifilm FinePix F450 is the top of the range square-styled digital camera in the Fujifilm range. The Finepix F450 replaces the 3 megapixel Finepix F420 that I reviewed in August 2004. The F450 adds a number of extra features, the most obvious being a new larger 5.2 megapixel sensor. In addition, the F450 is even smaller and lighter than its predecessor, yet can still squeeze in a bigger 2 inch LCD screen."

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Pentax *ist DS Review

jr-worldwi.de: Photography JR Reviews the new Pentax *ist DS Digital SLR - he's also written a guide on how to use the flash on the *ist DS with manual lenses, which you can find here.

Olympus Evolt E-300 review at CNET

CNET Reviews: "The uniquely styled 8-megapixel Evolt E-300 from Olympus enters the expanding field of entry-level, sub-$1,000 digital SLR (dSLR) cameras. As with the more pro-oriented Olympus E-1, the E-300 conforms to the Four-Thirds standard for interchangeable-lens dSLRs, which in theory guarantees interoperability between cameras and lenses from any manufacturer that adopts it in the future. With the E-300 kit, Olympus starts you out with a 14mm-to-45mm, f/3.5-to-f/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-to-90mm in 35mm-equivalent terms), and the camera offers a satisfactory feature set, crisp performance, and good build quality for the price."

Epson L-500V review at Pocket-Lint

Epson L-500V review: "The Epson L-500V has been created, says Epson, to appeal to those snappers not enamoured of digital cameras with small LCDs. And the result is a stylish compact camera that has the ‘world’s highest resolution’ colour screen at 256 pixels per inch."

DCResource Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom Review

DCResource review the 7 megapixel Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom Digital camera with a 4x wide angle zoom lens:

DCRP Review: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom: "The Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom ($699) is the 7.1 Megapixel update to the C-5060 Wide Zoom, which was introduced back in 2003. The C-7070 shares many of the features of its predecessor, including a wide-angle 4X zoom lens, two memory card slots, dual focusing system, full manual controls, and a unique LCD display."

Monday, March 21, 2005

Making Images - Not Taking Images

Making Images - Not Taking Images: "Taking an image and making an image are two completely different animals. What I often see in landscape photography are photographers taking beautiful pictures, and performing minimal work on the image in postproduction before printing the image. For these photographers, they believe that their work relies on mastering the tools at hand – the camera and lens – and using them to best advantage in the field – not working on the image in postproduction."

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review

TrustedReviews: "The Z5 is the latest addition to the series, and comes in at the top of the range. With a five megapixel sensor, a 2in LCD monitor, a huge 12x optical zoom lens and Konica Minolta’s innovative image stabilisation system it has a specification that is a match for almost any camera that’s currently available at this price. It’s fair to say that the Z5’s unusual design may not appeal to everyone, but you should at least give it a chance, because under that odd-looking exterior is a very capable camera."

Canon refocuses as digital camera growth slows

Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "Surging demand for digital compact cameras in Europe is slowing, and Japan's Canon Inc. said on Friday it was focusing on more expensive cameras, printers, and even flat screen televisions." (Found at DigitalPhotographyBlog)

Nikon D2X Hands-on Review & Sample Images

DPS 3-3: Nikon D2X Hands-on Review & Sample Images: "$5,000 is a lot to spend for a camera. Sure, it’s what I paid for my first D1 and for my first D1X, but aren’t prices supposed to be coming down? So it was with some trepidation that I decided to go ahead and sell one of my D2Hs and purchase one of the first Nikon D2X units. That is a lot of image sales. My camera arrived right on schedule, the 1st of March, and I got to work putting it through its paces." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

The Canon EOS 1Ds pinhole camera

The Canon EOS 1Ds pinhole camera: "Tired of spending heaps of cash on your lenses? Keith describes how to make a pinhole camera out of your digital SLR. Results are compared to a significantly more expensive lens not made of toilet paper tubes. Over 11 megapixels ought to be good for something..." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Praktica Luxmedia 5008 5.2 Mp, 8x optical zoom

Practica have announced the Pracktica Luxmedia 5008 - a 5mp upgrade to the Luxmedia 4008 (Megxon C480 / Yakumo Mega Image 84D) - There's more information at DCVIEWS, and on the Praktica website.

Tokyo Photo Imaging Expo Show

A couple of websites, http://www.digitalcamera.jp/, and Luminous-Landscape have write ups and photos from the Tokya Photo Imaging Expo show. Highlights include photos of the new Pentax 645 digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix S1, and the Sony Cybershot T7.

Casio Exilim EX-Z57 First Impressions Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "The Exilim EX-Z57 is yet another Casio addition to the increasingly skinny point-and-shoot market, aimed at consumers searching for both style and convenience. This 5-megapixel digital camera definitely tops the charts for portability and style. Its thin, flat profile makes it easy to pitch in a shirt or pants pocket. The camera is incredibly light, but the aluminum frame gives the body some substance and credibility."

infoSync World : Preview: Kodak EasyShare One

infoSync World : Preview: Kodak EasyShare One: "A camera with a 3" swivel screen, 4 Megapixels and Wi-Fi? Jørgen Sundgot raises his eyebrows at the sight of Kodak's EasyShare One."

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Smile for HP UK

me smilingIn a bid to set a new Guinness World Record and to raise money for charity, HP today calls on the British public to donate a picture either of themselves or of a smiling family member, friend or colleague to help create "Britain's Biggest Smile". For every smile donated at www.hp.com/uk/smile, HP will donate 25p to NCH, the children's charity that helps vulnerable and excluded children to realise their potential. To break the Guinness World Record 35,000 smiles are needed from all over the UK. Every smile donated will be displayed in a London Gallery in August 2005, creating the world's largest photographic exhibition and creating Britain’s Biggest Smile." (You also get the chance to win a new HP digital Camera!)

Fujifilm Finepix S5500 Review - PhotographyBLOG

Fujifilm Finepix S5500 Review - PhotographyBLOG: "The Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Zoom is the successor to the 3 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom that I reviewed back in June 2004. The Fujifilm S5500 looks very much like a traditional SLR camera in terms of styling, but it is actually more like a compact digital camera in size and weight. Despite its diminutive dimensions, the Fuji FinePix S5500 Zoom sports a massive 10x optical zoom which is equivalent to 37-370mm on a 35mm camera."

Concord Eye-Q 5062AF 5-megapixel DigiCam Review

Geek.com have a mini-review of the 5 megapixel Concord Eye-Q 5062AF - a digital camera with a 1.8" screen and no optical zoom:

"I recommend that buyers looking for a good quality digital camera at a decent price try to find a lower resolution model of a higher quality brand like Pentax, Canon, or Sony. Concord packs a lot of features in its cameras for a low price, but I am not willing to sacrifice quality for price since most moments only happen once in a lifetime."

Motorola 3 Megapixel Camera Phone

Engadget have details and photos of the new Motorola 3 megapixel digital camera phone - it features a flash, and a flip out 2x optical zoom lens.

Canon PIXMA MP760 All-In-One Printer Review

Cameratown review the PIXMA MP760 all in one (scanner/printer) printer with built in 2.5" screen, and memory card reader:

"Canon's New PIXMA MP760 Photo All-In-One, introduced at PMA 2005, is Canon's first All-In-One that could be called an "At Home Photo Lab." The large 2.5" color LCD screen and integrated 8-in-1 memory card reader allow printing directly from memory cards - without a PC. In addition, the MP760 features a built-in full color photo scanner, which will scan documents, magazines or photos as large as 8.5" x 11.7", as well as 35mm negatives and slides - thanks to the integrated backlighting. At a suggested street price of $299, the MP760 gives you more per-square-foot than any other multi-function in its class."

Sony Cybershot DSC-P200 Review

Imaging-Resource review the 7 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-P200 digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and 2" screen:

"The Sony DSC-P200's shape and compact size rank it among the smaller Cyber-shots on the market, perfect for travel and leisurely outings. The camera definitely passes the "shirt pocket" test, and would even fit into a rather small handbag. The P200's compact shape isn't all the camera has to offer though. A 7.2-megapixel CCD and an all-glass, 3x zoom lens deliver sharp, clear pictures, suitable for printing as large as 11x17 inches, even with some cropping. There's also an email image size option that creates files with smaller pixel dimensions for sending over the Internet. Plus, the handful of preset Scene modes handle a wide range of common exposure situations, from beach scenes to night shots."

Nikon D2X and Subal ND2 Underwater Housing Review

Wetpixel review the Nikon D2X Digital SLR, and Subal ND2 Underwater housing, with some amazing sample images in the gallery here. (found at Gizmodo)

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review at megapixel.net

Megapixel.net review the Nikon Coolpix 8400 Wide angle zoom digital camera. It features an 8 megapixel sensor, and an extra wide 24mm 3.5x optical zoom lens:

"While the Coolpix 8400 shares the 8-megapixel resolution of the Coolpix 8800, it differs in its optics. Unlike the Coolpix 800 which has a stabilized 10X zoom, the Coolpix 8400 is equipped with a shorter 3.5X ED glass zoom that a wide angle (equivalent to a 24mm)."

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Review

DPReview review the Fuji Finepix S3 Pro Digital SLR - it features a 12 megapixel Super CCD SR sensor that provides a greator dynamic range, find out all about it at DPReview's Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Review

Fuji Finepix S5500 Review

TrustedReviews review the 4 megapixel, 10x optical zoom Fuji Finepix S5500

TrustedReviews: "The S5500 is the replacement for the popular three megapixel S5000 launched in 2003. The new model adds an extra megapixel of shooting power and a superior 30fps VGA movie mode. It also features an improved continuous shooting mode, capable of 1.6fps up to the capacity of the memory card."

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D Review

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D Review: "Other than offering an 8 Megapixel sensor, the other big news is that the camera is Canon's smallest and least expensive DSLR yet, and the lightest camera of its type currently available. It can shoot at 3 FPS, with a decent sized buffer; is capable of shooting in true simultaneous RAW + JPG modes, and produces image quality that to my eyes is the equal of its big brother, the Canon 20D. And, oh yes, it will retail for under $1,000 with zoom lens." (via PhotographyBLOG)

Pentax 645 Digital Medium Format Camera Announced

"PENTAX Imaging Company has announced that PENTAX Corporation will unveil the first PENTAX 645 Digital medium-format camera at the Photo Imaging Expo (PIE) from March 17–20, 2005 in Tokyo.

It will have: "A reliable PENTAX 645 AF mount, Compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645 interchangeable lenses, A Kodak developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 18.6 total megapixels.*" Read more in the Pentax Press Release.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90 Preview

digitalcamerainfo.com: "Sony announced the Cyber-shot DSC-S90 as part of the new Stamina series at the Photo Marketing Association Trade Show in February. With 4.1 megapixels, the compact digital camera can shoot about 580 shots on its AA batteries before needing a recharge. The S90 can last longer with its 1/2.7-inch Super HAD CCD and updated Real Imaging Processor. The S90 is the flagship model of the new line, which upgrades each model with a larger LCD screen instead of increasing the megapixel count. The Sony Cyber-shot S90 has a large 2.5-inch LCD screen on its 4.75 x 2.5 x 1.6-inch plastic camera body. A 3x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optical zoom lens also adds a nice touch to the point-and-shoot."

Nikon Coolpix S1 Announced

Nikon today have announced a new stylish and compact digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix S1 - it's got a built in 3x optical zoom, a 5 megapixel sensor, and a large 2.5" screen. (Much like the Sony T1, T3 etc, and the Fuji Finepix Z1 etc)

It will be available in Silver, White and Black, there are more details and pictures at DCResource.

Olympus Mju / Stylus 410 Digital Camera Review

Imaging-Resource: "Besides its user-friendly interface, compact design and good picture quality, its excellent (and unusual) water sealing makes the Stylus 410 an appealing choice for a 'take anywhere' camera. Battery life is excellent as well, and its color is very appealing."

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Fuji FinePix S3500 Review

PhotographyBLOG review the 4 megapixel Fuji FinePix S3500 - a compact digital camera with a 6x optical zoom lens:

"The Fujifilm Finepix S3500 is a 4 megapixel digital camera with a 6x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 39 - 234 mm on a 35mm camera. First announced in August 2004, the S3500 is now available at a street price of under £200 / $250."

HP Photosmart 8450 A4 Printer Review

PhotographyBLOG review the top of the line HP Photosmart 8450 A4 printer, with built in card reader and 2.5" screen:

"The HP Photosmart 8450 is currently HP's top-of-the-range colour Letter / A4 sized inkjet printer. The HP 8450 is an 8 colour inkjet printer that allows you to print colour and black and white borderless photos at up to 4800 x 1200 - optimized dpi. The HP Photosmart 8450 can be used with or without a computer. It has a built-in memory card reader (supporting 7 different formats), can be connected to any PictBridge-compatible camera and has an Ethernet port for network sharing. The HP 8450 has a 2.5 inch tilting LCD screen that allows you to see your photos, select which ones to print and add various effects. Using the supplied HP Bluetooth Wireless Adapter, you can make prints from any Bluetooth compatible device. You can of course connect the HP Photosmart 8450 to your computer and use it in the same way as any other printer via the supplied HP printer driver software. The HP 8450 also has a reputation for producing truly neutral black and white prints by using a dedicated Gray Photo cartridge."

Epson Stylus R1800 A3 printer review

photo-i review the new A3 Epson Stylus 1800 inkjet printer:

"Today we are pleased to bring you the first full review of the Epson Stylus R1800 A3 printer. If you are new to photo-i, then this is the way the review works. I test every aspect of the printer on the fly, this also includes doing the product photography, close ups, detail shots etc. I aim to have the review completed within seven days, if there is any aspect of the printer you want me to test, then please use the R1800 forum to post your questions."

Canon Powershot SD500 / IXUS 700 Review

DCResource review the new 7 megapixel Canon Ixus 700 / Powershot SD500 - it's smaller than the IXUS 500 / Powershot S500 it replaces:

"With the PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH, Canon has delivered an excellent ultra-compact, high resolution digital camera that's one of the best out there. It takes excellent quality 7.1 Megapixel photos that rival those from the higher-end PowerShot G6, though purple fringing and corner softness are issue (though minor, thankfully). While it's a bit chunkier than the other SD series cameras, the SD500 is still a very small metal camera that can go anywhere with ease. Build quality is very good, save for the usual cheap plastic door over the memory card and battery compartment. The SD500 has a nicely sized 2.0" LCD display that gains up in low light situations (finally!)."

Monday, March 14, 2005

Lomo Digital Camera?

No, unfortunately not, there isn't a Lomo digital camera, not yet anyway. Gizmodo's story about the new Lomo Fisheye 35mm camera, which should be available soon, made me wonder whether there is a Lomo Digital camera - I couldn't find anything, but I did find an article on PC World about how to emulate the Lomo effect and spirit, here's some of the steps involved in taking Lomo style photos with a digital camera.

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it anytime, day and night.
3. Lomography does not interfere with your life, but is a part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your "Lomographic desire" as close as possible.

You'll find the rest of the PC World article here. And if there's any digital camera manufacturers listening - I'm pretty sure there'd be a huge market for a fun, creative digital camera that captures the 'Lomo' spirit.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review

Imaging-Resource have posted their full review of the 8 megapixel Olympus EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR:

"The Olympus E-300, also known as the Olympus EVOLT is the latest entry in a line of digital SLRs based on the "Four Thirds" standard developed jointly by Olympus and Kodak, first announced in fall of 2002. The first Four Thirds camera was the Olympus E-1 SLR, aimed at the professional market, but the new Olympus E-300 brings the Four Thirds system down to a price range accessible to amateur and "enthusiast" shooters. The new model uses the same lenses and sensor format as the original E-1, but offers an impressive 8-megapixel resolution, and will ship with a new ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-45mm lens."

Nikon D2x DSLR Preview

Imaging-Resource have posted a preview of the new Nikon D2x 12 megapixel DSLR:

"True to the pro tradition of SLR design, the Nikon D2x is big and heavy. A joint in my thumb was quickly complaining about the weight as I walked about town. This is no D70, the D2x's comparatively light and well-balanced sibling. Very much like its D1x predecessor and the D2H in construction and design, the D2x has an excellent grip both front and back, and an almost equally robust vertical grip. I love the cut of the main grip, with an indent running along the length, offering a place for the pads of the fingers to get a good purchase. This is missing from the vertical grip, however."

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) Experience Report

Uwe Steinmueller @Digital Outback Photo have written a review diary of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) - they compare it to the Canon Rebel (300D), and the Canon D20, with sample photos, and noise tests.

Epson R-D1 Rangefinder DigiCam Review

Erwin Puts reviews the Epson R-D1, a digital rangefinder camera. (In fact, the only digital rangefinder currently available).

"The Epson R-D1 has been designed to offer the speed and convenience of digital capture in combination with the familiarity and simplicity of classical filmbased photography. The ease of use, the very intuitive and simple interface, the provision of effective facilities for digital capture and manipulation, the solid body and the decent performance are very positive points." (found at luminous-landscape)

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Pentax *ist DS DSLR Review at Photo.net

Photo.net have a good review of the Pentax *ist DS DSLR from Pentax, here's what they have to say:

"My initial impressions of the camera were so positive and my enthusiasm so obvious that a friend of mine far away in New Zealand just couldn't wait for the final verdict and purchased the Pentax on impulse. His review goes straight to the point: "I love my *istDS, it handles just like an SLR should with the convenience of digital image storage." (found at photographyBLOG)

Hands on with the Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D

Engadget have pictures of the new 8 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D Digital SLR. Click here to view.

I don't think I've linked to this before, apologies if I have, digitalcamera.ca have a comparison review of the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D vs the Nikon D70 DSLR. Read that here.

Nikon Coolpix 5900 Preview

DigitalCameraInfo.com have a first impressions review of the new Nikon Coolpix 5900 - here's what they say:

"In short, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a great buy at $349.95 (USD); you get all the frills of a more expensive camera (Nikon Coolpix 7900) at a lower cost. The only reduction that I can spot is a diminished megapixel count. With 5.1 effective megapixels and an all-glass 3x optical Nikkor zoom lens, performance should be solid. Applying a 2-inch LCD, a host of preset modes and some manual control options, along with an innovative help button, smart design and an intuitive menu system, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a great solution to your low budget digital imaging needs regardless of photographic competence."

HP Photosmart M407 Review

Cameratown review the HP Photosmart M407 - a fairly compact 4 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 1.8" screen:

"The HP Photosmart M407 is a 4.1-megapixel camera with a total 18x zoom lens (3x optical, 6x digital), TTL auto focus with normal and macro ranges, integrated flash, and a 1.8-inch color LCD screen. The M407 comes with 16 megabytes of internal flash memory and a memory expansion slot for optional SD/MMC cards"

Friday, March 11, 2005

Sanyo Xacti S5 Announced

The new 5 megapixel Sanyo Xacti S5 has been announced - it features a 2.8x optical zoom lens, and a 1.8" screen. Full details at pictures can be found at DCVIEWS.

Q&A: VuPoint Digital Cameras?

I've been asked by a reader of this site, who make's VuPoint digital cameras, and can I find a link to their website? Unfortunately after a fairly long google search - I haven't been able to find the manufacturer's website, however - the VuPoint digital cameras listed here, do look very similar to some of Tekxon / Megxon's digital cameras. (The Megxon c500, looks like the VuPoint DC-MSX400-VP).

Cool Digital Cameras

Here's a list of current digital cameras that I would consider 'cool' - they're small, good looking, stylish, and in my opinion very cool - they have certain features or design qualities that make them stand out from the rest. They'll probably make your friends go "Wow!" when they seem them.

Olympus Stylus Verve / Mju Mini Digital - available in 6 different colours, very stylish and curvy digital camera. (Available in 4 megapixel and will be available as a 5mp version soon) 4 megapixel version: £193 at Amazon.co.uk

Casio Exilim EX-S100 - ultra slim 3 megapixel digital camera with 2.8x optical zoom lens. £229 from Amazon.co.uk

Pentax Optio S5i - ultra small 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens - probably the world's smallest camera with this specification - also available for an amazing price - only £169 from Amazon.co.uk

If you think I've missed some ultra cool digital camera - then please let me know!

Sony Ericsson's new D750i going straight to T-Mobile Europe

Engadget.com: "Sony Ericsson’s new D750i will feature a rather nice 2-megapixel camera, with autofocus, 4x digital zoom, preflash, and with red eye reduction, 38MB flash memory, an included 64MB MemoryStick Duo (with support for up to 2GB cards), MP3 playback, FM tuner, and even a foreign language translation application."

Samsung 7 Megapixel SCH-V770 Cameraphone

Gizmodo: "Here’s Samsung’s new 7-megapixel SCH-V770 Anycall. I want this so badly I could maybe cry a little, if I could stop tittering when thinking about how to carry around that zoom lens. Both the 7- and 5.2-megapixel Anycalls appear to be different than previous high-megapixel models, as they both include optical zooms."

Samsung 5.2 Megapixel Phone with Optical Zoom

Samsung 5.2 Megapixel Phone with Optical Zoom "Here’s a new 5.2-megapixel Anycall with optical zoom. Now granted, it’s not the first optical zoom cameraphone—Samsung has had at least two others that I can think of—but this Anycall is fast approaching the future where we don’t have point-and-shoot cameras at all. Pressing the camera button on the top and watching the zoom lens telescope out made me much more giddy than it should have."

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Canon Powershot A520 Review

Steves Digicams - Canon Powershot A520 - User Review: "Canon's PowerShot A520 compact digital camera combines the simplicity of a family-focused camera, a high resolution four megapixel image sensor and a powerful 4x optical zoom to produce pictures that you can be proud of with the image quality Canon is renowned for. Named for their use of AA batteries, Canon's A-series digital cameras offer comfortably placed controls and feature high image quality in order for consumers to capture, save and share images of meaningful memories, personal milestones and family functions."

Canon Powershot A510 Review

Steves Digicams - Canon Powershot A510 - User Review: "Canon's PowerShot A510 compact digital camera combines the simplicity of a family-focused camera, a high resolution three megapixel image sensor and a powerful 4x optical zoom to produce pictures that you can be proud of with the image quality Canon is renowned for. Named for their use of AA batteries, Canon's A-series digital cameras offer comfortably placed controls and feature high image quality in order for consumers to capture, save and share images of meaningful memories, personal milestones and family functions."

Pretec introduces C-Flash super small Memory Card

Another memory card format! This time it's the world's smallest: Pretec introduces C-Flash super small Memory Card DCViews have all the details.

Colorization Using Optimization

Colorization Using Optimization - there's a great demonstation here of image colourization starting with black and white images and turning them into colour images. They've also got demonstrations of using the technique on video clips. Well worth a quick read. (found at waxy.org/links)

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Fuji FinePix S5100 S5500 Review

Megapixel.net review the Fujifilm Finepix S5100 / S5500, Fuji's new 4 megapixe, 10x optical zoom lens digital camera.

"Fujifilm's FinePix S5100 (called S5500 in Europe) retains the design lines of the earlier S5000. The S5100 is equipped with a standard 4-megapixel CCD and a 10X optical zoom, and the external modifications between this model and the previous S5000 are minor."

Nikon Coolpix 4600 Review On-Line!

Nikon Coolpix 4600I review the new 4 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 4600 - it has a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 1.8" screen. It's also got built in red-eye reduction, blur warning, built in help, and numerous scene modes to help you get started! If you're looking for a helpful digital camera that will help you get the best photo possible, then check out my review of the Nikon Coolpix 4600 here!

The Nikon Coolpix 4600 is available now for £149 (UK) / $199 (US) from Amazon!

HP Photosmart 375 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG: review the HP Photosmart 375 - a compact photo printer that prints 6x4" photos. Here's what they have to say about it:

"The HP Photosmart 375 allows you to print 6x4 inch colour and black and white borderless photos at up to 4800x1200-optimized dpi in the comfort of your own home. The HP Photosmart 375 is a dye-sublimation printer that can be used without a computer. It has a built-in memory card reader (supporting 7 different formats) and can also be connected to any PictBridge-compatible camera. There is also an optional internal Li-ion rechargeable battery and DC car power adapter for the Photosmart 375 which makes it truly portable. The HP Photosmart 375 has a 2.5 inch tilting LCD screen that allows you to see your photos, select which ones to print and add various effects."

Kodak EasyShare C340 First Impressions Review

DigitalCamerainfo.com have written a preview of the new Kodak Easyshare C340 - a new 5 megapixel digital camera from Kodak, with a 3x optical zoom lens.

"The Kodak EasyShare C340 is best suited for daytime shooting, as evidenced by its limited white balance options and inadequate flash. Although, even with the minor drawbacks, for the $249.95 price tag, the C340 is a solid buy; a 5-megapixel digital camera with an aspheric, all-glass 3x optical lens and simplistic interface should be ideal for the point-and-shooter who wants to lie back and let the camera do all the work. The C340 will debut in May."

Samsung Announce a 7mp Camera Phone

More camera than phone, the 7 megapixel digital camera phone features an optical zoom lens, and an mp3 player, more info at Reuters:

"SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. unveiled the world's first mobile phone with a powerful 7-megapixel camera on Wednesday, providing a potential competitive threat to manufacturers of digital cameras. Samsung has been stepping up development of increasingly sophisticated phones for high-end users looking to access games, music and movies on their handsets. It launched the world's first 5-megapixel phone in October."

Olympus C-370 Review at Pocket-Lint

Pocket-Lint review the Olympus Camedia C-370 - the new budget 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens digital camera from Olympus:

"The C-370 has a very basic specification and simple to use ethos that shows this is an ideal digital camera for technophobe among you. Priced at a remarkable (for a 3MP digital camera) £119.99 this camera looks almost to good to be true."

Casio QV-R62 Review at Steve's Digicams

Steve's Digicams review the Casio QV-R62 - a compact 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2" screen. The QV-R62 runs on AA batteries.

"The third "QV-R" series model we have seen from Casio (as of 3/2005), the QV-R62 includes all of the features found on its predecessors (the QV-R40 and the QV-R51), but offers some new improvements like a higher resolution 6-megapixel imager and some new creative scene modes. This easy to use point-n-shoot allows beginners to capture high-quality images without any fuss, while still offering plenty of adjustability to satisfy the creative urges of the intermediate user."

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-T7 Announced

Sony announce another 'T' digital camera, this time it's an ultra-slim 5 megapixel digital camera, with a large 2.5" screen, and a 3x optical zoom lens, called the T7. Sony started with the T1, T11, T3, T33, with the T7 being the slimmest of them all. PhotographyBLOG have all the details.

Nikon Coolpix 4600 Photo Gallery On-Line

I've just put photos from the Nikon Coolpix 4600 in my gallery. Click here to view. I plan to add another photo soon and have the review completed fairly soon.

Casio Exilim EX-Z57 and QV-R52 now in Black

PhotographyBLOG have details of the new 5 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z57, and the new 5 megapixel Casio Exilim QV-R52, which are both now available in black, they both feature a 3x optical zoom lens.

Toshiba Announce 2-Megapixel CMOS Sensor

Cameratown - Toshiba announce a new 2 megapixel CMOS sensor designed for use in camera phones:

"With the launch of our new 2-megapixel ET8EA3-AS CMOS image sensor, Toshiba can support the higher-resolution camera requirements of cell phone manufacturers," said Andrew Burt, director of the Wireless Business Unit at TAEC. "We believe camera phones will start to compete effectively with low- end digital still cameras at the 2-megapixel level. We expect our new device will accelerate that trend and reinforce Toshiba's CMOS imaging leadership." He noted that Toshiba CMOS image sensors have proven their superiority in image quality comparisons by offering demonstrably better color balance and picture quality, even in dark-light conditions."

Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 Review

DCResource review the new Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 - the Z5 features a 12x optical zoom lens, an anti-shake 5 megapixel sensor, and a large 2" screen. Here's what they have to say about the Z5:

"Konica Minolta uses a different image stabilization system than other manufacturers (like Panasonic and Sony). Instead of shifting an element in the lens to counteract "camera shake", the Z5 actually moves the CCD itself. I don't know if one system is better than the other, but image stabilization is a great feature no matter how it works. Whether it's a sharper photo indoors without using the flash or at full telephoto outdoors, the Anti-shake system gives you sharper photos at slower shutter speeds than non-stabilized cameras."

Monday, March 07, 2005

Canon Digital Rebel XT Preview

DigitalCameraInfo have a first impressions review of the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D Digital SLR from Canon. Here's what they have to say about it:

"The XT is backed by an 8.0 megapixel CMOS sensor along with a second generation DIGIC II Processor. The DIGIC II is responsible for the XT’s increased start up time, shot-to-shot rate, and processing speeds. With the virtual elimination of lag time, the XT bears a far closer resemblance to the EOS 20D than the original Digital Rebel in terms of performance. Straight image quality should parallel or surpass 35mm film. Based on my experience with the EOS-20D, you should expect the XT to make razor-sharp 13 x 19 inch prints, even with the inexpensive, but excellent EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens."

Hitachi HDC-531 in Japan

Hitachi Japan, introduce the Hitachi HDC-531 - a compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" screen. DCViews have pictures and some more information. It's another version of the BenQ DC E53, Konica Minolta Dimage E50, etc.

20% off Digital Cameras at Amazon.co.uk

Spotted the following special offers on Digital Cameras at Amazon.co.uk

Olympus Camedia C-310 - £75 including VAT and free postage. (read my review)
Casio Exilim EX-P600 - £191 including VAT and free postage.
Pentax Optio SV - £215 including VAT and free postage.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Olympus M:Robe 500i Review Roundup

Engadget have written a review roundup for the Olympus M:Robe 500i, for your viewing pleasure. Click here to find out more.

Nikon Coolpix 4800 Review

PCMagazine review the 4 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 4800 - the camera features an 8.3x optical zoom lens. Here's what they had to say about it:

"The 4MP Nikon Coolpix 4800 is a good camera, but falls short of being a great one. That said, it is a reasonably priced alternative to more expensive superzooms."

The Nikon Coolpix 4800 is available for £238 including VAT and free postage from Amazon.co.uk

HP Photosmart R607 Review

Cameratown review the HP Photosmart R607 (known as the R507 in the UK). The HP Photosmart R607 is a 4 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and some clever built in features from HP, such as red-eye reduction, adaptive lighting (like a digital flash), and built in help. You can read their review here.

You can read my review of the HP Photosmart R507 / R607 here. The HP Photosmart R507/R607 with the docking station is available for £171 including VAT and free postage from Amazon.co.uk

Friday, March 04, 2005

PMA 2005 Show Roundup at PhotographyBLOG

Mark, from PhotographyBLOG , has written a good write-up on the hits, misses and maybe's of the PMA 2005 show.

Sanyo Xacti DMX-C5 Announced

DCViews have a Sanyo press release, announcing the Sanyo Xacti DMX-C5, a 5 megapixel "ultra compact digital movie camera, that can easily fit inside a shirt or pant pocket. It incorporates MPEG-4 digital recording for high quality images and sound. Storage comes in the form of an SD Memory Card. While shooting moving images, users can also capture still images with a simple shutter press. The DMX-C5 achieves TV-quality VGA 30fps moving pictures and 5.0 mega pixel still images."

Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 Preview

Digitalcamerainfo.com have a first impressions look at the new 5 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-H1, the new 12x optical zoom lens digital camera from Sony - it features a 2.5" screen and image stabilisation (which is almost essential for ultra zoom digital cameras). Here's what they have to say:

"The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 does have some incredibly attractive features, notably its 12x optical zoom lens with super image stabilization and large 2.5-inch LCD screen. The 36-432mm (equivalent) variable focal range lens is also compatible with conversion lenses and filters, providing aficionados with some room for creativity. Sony has included some features to help foster that creativity with manual, priority, and automatic modes, including 7 scene settings."

Kyocera to end camera production

DPReview are reporting that Kyocera (Yashica, Contax) are to end production of digital and film cameras - with a rumour that Sony may buy Contax. Kyocera to end camera production: Digital Photography Review

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

How to understand digital camera exposure

Photoxels have written a guide to digital camera exposure:

"How does a camera decide what shutter speed, aperture and ISO to use when taking a picture? If the answer is not readily apparent to you, don't worry, for you are in good company, judging from the amount of questions we receive on this subject from our readers. Many who are new to photography believe the subject of exposure is too difficult to understand."

Canon Ixus i5 / SD20 Review

Imaging-Resource review the Canon IXUS i5 / SD20, an ultra compact 5 megapixel digital camera:

"The Canon SD20 is the latest in a line of ultra-compact Canon digital cameras, marked under their ELPH brand name. The Canon SD20 is replaces the SD10 introduced in early 2004, boosting resolution to 5 megapixels, as well as updating features somewhat."

Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom Preview

Imaging-Resource preview the Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom, a 7 megapixel digital camera with wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, and a swivel screen.

Canon Ixus i5 / SD20 Review at megapixel.net

Megapixel.net review the ultra compact 5 megapixel Canon IXUS i5 / Powershot SD20. The Ixus i5 has no optical zoom, and is available in four different colours.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Nikon D70 DSLR Review at Camerahobby

CameraHobby.com have published a user review of the Nikon D70 Digital SLR. Here's a quote from the review:

"At this point I have gotten the level of comfort with the D70 that comes close to that which I have with my N90s. I know where the majority of the settings are in the menus, I know how to set the camera most of the time to get the images I want without a delay digging through the menus. To get to this point took me probably about a month of playing around and reading the Magic Lantern Guide. I don't know everything there is to know about this camera; but all-in-all I am happy with the results."

Casio Exilim EX-S100 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBlog review the ultra slim and compact 3 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-S100. The S100 features a compact 3x optical zoom lens and a 2" screen.

"Card EX-S100 is a 3 megapixel digital camera with a 2.8x optical zoom lens that offers a focal length of 36-102mm and a large 2-inch LCD screen. On paper at least. In reality it is a super-compact, super-thin digicam that really has to be seen to be believed. Casio's Exilim Card range of digital cameras has long been known for delivering incredibly small and slim models that are little bigger than a credit card. The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 is no different with dimensions of 88mm (W) x 57mm (H) x 16.7mm (D) and weighing just 113g without the battery and storage card fitted. All of this is housed in a stylish and hard-wearing metal casing. But is the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 just too small for its own good?"

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