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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Canon Powershot SD400 / Ixus 50 review

dcresource.com review the Ixus 50 / SD400 from Canon. This 5 megapixel Digital Camera has 3x optical zoom and is fairly compact.

A similar but subtly different camera Josh has reviewed is the ixus 500

DCresource noticed that its slim and shiny but 'Overall I recommend the SD400, but if you can swing it, I'd buy the SD500 instead. While it's a bit bigger, it takes better pictures and has both a more powerful flash and a longer-lasting battery.'

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

PCMAG.COM review the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, (totally different to the Panasonic Lumix Panasonic DMC-LS1 Josh reviewed earlier this month here)

The DMC-FZ5 is a 5 megapixel Digital Camera, with a 12x optical zoom.

PCMAG.COM found that it wasn't the best 5 megapixel camera out there: "the FZ5's image sharpness isn't up to the level of the FZ20's.", although this camera does come with image stabilisation.

Canon Digital Rebel XT EOS-350D review

PCMAG.COM review the Canon EOS-350D.

They liked it:

"The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT is a superbly crafted camera that will please nearly anyone with any interest in photography" ... "This camera provides a truly excellent value, and we wholeheartedly recommend it."

Sanyo xacti C4 review

PhotographyBLOG review the 'different' looking sanyo xacti C4

This Digital Camera / movie recorder comes with a 4 megapixel sensor, almost 6x optical zoom, image stabilisation and a 1.8 inch LCD screen.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Olympus C-7070 review

Imaging Resource review the 7 megapixel SLR style Digital Camera with 4x optical zoom.

As usual, the review there is very detailed.

Nokia Camera Phones (News)

DigitalPhotographyNow have news of Nokias 2megapixel Digital Camera Phones:

"Nokia today revealed it has created a newly branded Nseries line up of three smart phones, each equipped with a two megapixel (native) digital camera. All are based on Nokia’s well-established Series 60 smartphone platform. The surprise announcement was that Nokia has joined forces with the renowned German lens-maker, Carl Zeiss, and the new Nseries N90 is exclusively equipped with a fixed focal length, autofocus, Carl Zeiss lens."

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Canon Powershot A520 review

digitalcamerareview.com review the Powershot A520.

This is a 4x zoom compact 4 megapixel Digital Camera from Canon and is available in the UK for about 170 pound. Conveniently it takes AA batteries.

They say 'The Powershot A520 retains all of the best features of its predecessor and actually improves substantially on what was already a "best in class" digicam.' but its not all good: 'The A520's new 4X zoom isn't as sharp as the A85's 3X optic. Low light focusing seems to be slower with the A520 than it was with the A85'

Samsung Digimax V700

trustedreviews takes a look at a compact 7 megapixel Samsung Digital Camera, with 2 inch screen and 3x optical zoom. It retails at a little over 200 pound.

.. discovers some photos are under-exposed, that the auto-focus is not perfect .. "Samsung's best model to date; a powerful super-snapshot camera with some excellent features and good build quality. Not without its faults, but redeemed by superior image quality and good performance."

Canon Digital Rebel XT EOS-350D review

DCviews reviews the EOS-350D, Canon's exciting and generally wonderful 8mp digital SLR.

They say: "We had the chance to play with the Canon Digital rebel XT for some time and we can conclude that the camera is a worthy successor to the EOS 300D."

So if you happen to have 600 pound (or 1000 dollars) going spare and you already have a brilliant digital camera.. I might know a friendly photographer who would really appreciate this as a gift.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Fuji Z1 (pre-release) review

letsgodigital.org review a pre-release FinePix Z1 from fuji. This 5 megapixel digital camera has a 2.5 inch display, 3x optical zoom, and looks fantastic. "the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 measures a mere 18.6 millimetres thick, thinner than a deck of cards."

Monday, April 25, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

PhotographyBLOG also review the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5:

"the built-in image stabilisation really will make a difference to your photos, allowing you to effectively handhold the camera and get the best out of that massive zoom."
"It's a very good camera that will allow your photography skills to flourish as you gain more experience, whilst not being too intimidating for complete beginners"

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH

Imaging-Resource.com review the Canon PowerShot SD500, Canon's compact 3x optical zoom, 7.1 megapixel digital camera:

"Very good shutter response, very good shot to shot cycle times" ".. good image quality, user-friendly design, and excellent build quality, and the new Canon PowerShot SD500 is no exception."
Imaging-resource also gives plenty of information about the cameras interesting post processing options.

Josh reviewed the similarly named 'Canon Digital IXUS 500', a 5 megapixel compact digital camera, earlier this year. Perhaps the Powershot SD500 is actually more logically known as the IXUS 700 in Europe.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20

PhotographyBLOG review the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20, - Konica's new 8x optical zoom, 5 megapixel digital camera:

"the Z20 offers more pixels than its predecessor [the Z10], but unfortunately this goes hand-in-hand with poorer image quality. Images from the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 exhibit more noise and chromatic aberrations than images from the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10"

sorry - duplicate post - matt

Friday, April 22, 2005

Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 Review!

Konica Minolta Dimage Z5I've just posted my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5!

"The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5, is available for around £267 | $449 - and is a 5 megapixel digital camera, with an impressive 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-420mm on a 35mm camera), and a large 2" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver or black plastic body. It records unlimited 640 x 480 / 30fps videos with sound. The camera's size is: 108.5 x 80 x 84 mm. (without protruding parts), and it weighs 340g (without the battery and memory card)"

Phase One P25 22mp Digital Back Review

Auspiciousdragon.net: "Another pleasant surprise was how low on gadget factor the P25 is. There are very few buttons and the function of each is clear and unambiguous. The buttons are big enough to be usable with cold fingers (or for the more prepared, with gloves on). The menu structure is all you would hope for - being both simple and short. The only default beep is a useful one in that it tells you when the back is capable of taking the next shot." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Kodak Easyshare Z740 Review

Imaging-Resource review the new Kodak Easyshare Z740 - Kodak's new 10x optical zoom, 5 megapixel digital camera:

"The Kodak EasyShare Z740 is the latest in a long line of Kodak digital cameras bearing the EasyShare name. EasyShare cameras generally live up to their name quite well, being easy to use, with the accompanying software doing a good job of facilitating sharing through a variety of media. The Kodak Z740 is no exception, providing true point & shoot operation with accurate exposure, a very flexible automatic white balance system, and the bright, highly-saturated color that seems to be preferred by most US consumers."

Casio Exilim EX-S100 Review

Megapixel.net review the ultra compact 3 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-S-100:

"The most attractive feature of the Exilim EX-S100 is its size. Casio calls it a "Card" camera and with good reason. While it does not have the thickness of a credit card, it is approximately the size of a standard deck of cards, or for the techno-savvy, a little bit more than half the size of a Palm handheld. In this small space Casio squeezes a 2.8X optical zoom, a battery, a memory card slot and a 3.2 megapixel CCD that easily produces good-looking 4 x 6 prints."

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Review

Forbes review the new Fuji FinePix F10 - a 6 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" screen. It's got a claimed battery life of 500 shots - and ISO settings from IS80 all the way up to ISO1600! Pretty impressive for a compact!:

"But speed is one of the best things I've noticed when using Fuji Photo Film's $500 Finepix F10, which I've recently been testing. After turning on the camera, and without taking time to frame the shot, I was able to snap a picture in approximately two seconds. The company states the official time between power-up and ready-to-shoot is 1.3 seconds. That's a big improvement over my own digital camera, which constantly frustrates me by taking as long as five seconds to start up. You can miss a lot in five seconds, especially when the action is changing quickly and you're not prepared." (found at engadget)

Canon Powershot S2 IS Announced

Canon have announced the new Canon Powershot S2 IS - their update to the S1 IS - the S2 IS features a 12x optical zoom lens (image stabilised), 5 megapixel sensor, 1.8" swivel screen, stereo sound recording on videos, an AF-assist lamp, and the new DIGIC II processor to speed things up. You can find sample images and further information on Canon's website.

DCRP: Kodak EasyShare Z740 Review

DCResource review the new Kodak Easyshare Z740 - it's a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens:

"The Kodak EasyShare Z740 is a midrange ultra zoom camera that fits between the Z700 and the Z7590 (which is remarkably similar to the DX7590 from 2004). It features a 5 Megapixel CCD, 10X zoom lens, 1.8" LCD display, manual controls, and an AF-assist lamp."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Sri-Lanka Trip

Update: The trip to Sri-Lanka was very good - it was hard work, having breakfast at 5am, and working till 12.30pm, where it became too hot to continue working. We were building permanent buildings using bricks that were similar to breeze blocks.

My Konica Minolta Dimage G600 managed to break while I was there (the on/off switch stopped working, it appeared to be a mechanical failure), so I bought a Sony Cybershot S60/S80 whilst there - prices were quite good (at Majestic Palace?, Colombo) - although prices in the apparently "Duty Free" airport were excessively high!

I've put photos on my personal site: joshwaller.co.uk (link to sri-lanka gallery), although be warned the site can be quite slow.

Initial post: I'm going to Sri-Lanka for 2 weeks on Saturday to help rebuild houses, after the Tsunami. My brother Matt will be posting daily news while I'm away, starting Saturday. I'm not sure how much Internet access there will be there, or whether there will be any so I'll probably leave posting photos till I'm back in the UK. If you want to, you can donate towards this cause, or support this site, using paypal to: goshwa@hotmail.com

If you're in the UK, you might want to know that Amazon.co.uk are selling a DVD player for under £20 including free postage and vat! Pretty impressive!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 Review On-Line!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1I've just completed my exclusive Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 review - it's Panasonic's new 4 megapixel digital camera, featuring a 3x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation (very cool!), and a 2" screen. The camera also takes AA batteries and is surprisingly small. Read my review to find out what I think of it.

Canon PowerShot A510 Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "The PowerShot A510 is a rectilinear-shaped point-and-shoot digital camera crafted by Canon with a (slightly) extended 4x optical zoom lens that leads back to its 1/2.5 inch 3.3 MP CCD. Internally, the camera includes a DIGIC image processor and a 9-point AiAF focusing system to help speed up performance and writing times as well as improve image quality. The camera packs a surprising number of manual control features for a camera under $200, including manual focus, white balance, ISO, EV compensation, shutter speed, aperture, and metering."

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D Review

Steves Digicams posts his full review of the new 8 megapixel Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D:

"The XT's image quality is excellent, indistinguishable (except for size) from that of the 20D, and quite improved at high ISO settings over the original Digital rebel. Noise is absent from images shot at ISO 100 and ISO 200, barely detectable in shadow areas at ISO 400 and 800, and noticeable in shadow areas at ISO 1600, but still usable. The XT's high ISO image quality distinguishes it from both competing consumer dSLR's and high-end prosumer digicams. Long exposures are essentially noise-free, even without the use of the Long Exposure Noise Reduction Custom Function."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Review

DPReview review the new 5 megapixel, 6x optical zoom lens Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2 - it takes AA batteries, and has a 2" screen. Some of the cool things about this camera are that it features image stabilisation, and despite the 6x optical zoom lens - the camera is still very compact.

World PinHole Day 24.04.05

It's World PinHole Day on the 24th of April - If you don't have a pinhole camera, you can make one, or you could use an SLR or Digital SLR and make a pinhole lens to go on the front of it. Here's some links that you might find useful:

PinHoleResource.com
Pinhole Tutorial
Canon 1Ds as a Pinhole camera

Kodak Easyshare Z740 and Z700 Reviews

Steves-Digicams review the new Kodak Easyshare Z740 - a 5 megapixel digital camera, with a 10x optical zoom lens, and the new Kodak Easyshare Z700 - a 4 megapixel digital camera, with a 5x optical zoom lens.

Epson L-500V Review at Imaging Resource

Imaging-Resource review the 5 megapixel Epson L-500V - it features a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.5" screen:

"The Epson L-500V is the first digital camera from that company in quite a while, but their (much) earlier PhotoPC 3000 and 3100 were among my favorites at the time. The new Epson L-500V happily carries forward many of the hallmarks of the earlier Epson models, including good color and build quality. Among its most salient points though, the Epson 500V sports one of the most downright beautiful LCDs I've yet seen in a digital camera. All in all, the L-500V is an excellent product with which to mark Epson's return to the consumer digital camera market."

Sony Cybershot T-7 Review

Pocket-Lint review the ultra compact Sony Cybershot T7 - it's a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a large 2.5" screen:

"Sony’s latest digital compact is even smaller than the last. Following in the footsteps of the T3 and T5 models, the DSC-T7 promises great photographs from an ultra thin body, but can it really achieve what it promises. Pocket-lint was one of the first to find out."

Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 Review

PhotographyBLOG review the 5 megapixel, 8x optical zoom Konica Minolta Dimage Z20:

"The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is an ultra-zoom digital camera that promises a lot in exchange for a relatively small amount of money. Based around a 5 megapixel CCD sensor and an 8x zoom lens that is equivalent to 36-290mm on a 35mm camera, the Konica Minolta Z20 has an amazing list of advanced features that make you look twice at its budget price-tag. The Konica Minolta Z20 has a very fast start-up time of around 0.5 second, semi-automatic and manual exposure modes, futuristic body design, rapid autofocus and a macro mode that that lets you focus as close as 1cm from your subject."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Nikon D2X Review by Michael Weber

Michael Weber reviews the 12.4 megapixel Nikon D2X Digital SLR and compares it to the 16.7 megapixel full frame Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II.

Pentax *istDS Review at TrustedReviews

TrustedReviews review the 6 megapixel Pentax *ist DS Digital SLR:

"Pentax finally entered the digital SLR market with the launch of the *ist D, which at the time was the smallest, lightest digital SLR in the world. In September last year it added a second model, the *ist DS, which has usurped that title."

Nikon D70s announced

Nikon have announced the new 6 megapixel D70s digital SLR, it features a larger 2" screen, and is expected April 2005 - it has an RRP of £699 for the body only and £899 including the kit lens. There is also a firmware update available to owners of the D70 to give the D70 the same features as the D70s which is rather nice of them.

Update: LetsGoDigital have a preview of the Nikon D70s.

Nikon D50 DSLR Announced

Nikon have announced the new 6 megapixel D50 Digital SLR - it's their new budget Digital SLR, the body only version has an RRP of £550, and the kit version has an RRP of £650. The sales release date is June 2005. Nikon and PhotographyBLOG have the full press release, and DPReview have a preview on-line.

Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 Review

Imaging-Resource review the 5 megapixel Konica Minolta Dimage Z20:

"They've consistently offered excellent image quality and exceptional value in the long-zoom arena. Last year's Z10 didn't quite measure up to some of the prior models, but this year's Z20 happily came through our tests with flying colors."

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Olympus Camedia C-500 D-595 Review!

Olympus C-500I've just posted my exclusive review of the new 5 megapixel Olympus Camedia C-500 / D-595 - it features a 3x optical zoom lens, manual controls, as well as numerous scene modes and an automatic mode. It records unlimited videos at 30fps with sound. It also takes AA batteries, and is available from £151 including VAT which makes the camera excellent value for money. Find out what I think of it in my review.

Olympus Evolt E-300 Review

A rather snappy digital camera - The Washington Times: "There's the Olympus Evolt E-300 digital camera -- and then there's everything else. That may be a bit over the top, but having shot the better part of 100 pictures in the course of three days -- indoors, outdoors, daytime, dusk and at night --I'm more than a tad smitten by this lightweight wonder."

Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 Review

DigitalCameraInfo review the 5 megapixel Konica Minolta Dimage Z20:

"Armed with a 1/2.5 inch 5 MP CCD and 8x optical zoom lens, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 supplies users with both fully automatic control settings and manual exposure modes. Users can store both still and video footage on either the optional SD/MMC memory card or to the 14.5 MB of internal storage provided. Users can review or compose images with the fixed 1.5 inch color LCD screen or color viewfinder, though they are not simultaneously operable."

Samsung Announce the A402 again

Samsung are announcing their 4 megapixel, no optical zoom, Digimax A402. Details at Engadget It has a 1.8" screen, and is available in Black, Silver or Red according to the article. It was previously announced at PMA 2005 in February.

Polaroid x530 Available August 2005

The Polaroid-Digital website has been updated to say that the x530 will now be available in August 2005. DPReview have a press release stating that the x530 was recalled due to 'technical issues' and that the release in August is set to be at the same time as the summer sales.

You can read my Polaroid x530 preview here.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-Z57 Review

Steves-Digicams reviews the new Casio Exilim EX-Z57 - it's a compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a large 2.7" screen!

"Who says a small camera has to have a small color LCD? Certainly not Casio. The Exilim EX-Z57 features a large 2.7-inch liquid crystal display for those who want an easy-to-view screen for picture taking and viewing. The EX-Z57's 5-megapixel CCD and 3X optical zoom lens delivers high resolution picture quality. Extra-long battery life of approximately 400 shots (CIPA standards) per battery charge assures that you can enjoy shooting and looking at your pictures over and over again without worrying about the battery life."

Casio Exilim EX-Z50 Review

Imaging-Resource review the compact 5 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z50:

"The Casio Exilim EX-Z50 is one of the latest offerings from a company with a long history of innovation in the digital camera field. They promise the "Unexpected Extra" in their products, and the Casio EX-Z50 lives up to that billing, with no fewer than 23 special shooting modes, including ones for capturing and straightening images of white boards and business cards or other documents: Perfect for business or school note-taking. Compact, well-constructed, and stylish, the Casio Exilim EX-Z50 is a great "bring along" camera for casual outings, business, or vacation trips."

Nikon Coolpix 5900 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG review the 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5900:

"The Nikon Coolpix 5900 produced a very good set of test images. The 5 megapixel photos are quite soft out of the camera at the default setting of Normal and benefit from further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively you can select the Hard sharpening setting on the camera. Noise was very well controlled at all ISO settings, with only ISO 400 really showing visible noise. The Nikon Coolpix 5900 dealt brilliantly with chromatic aberrations, which only appeared in one image and even then was barely noticeable. Macro performance was good, allowing you get as close as 4 cms away from your subject. The new D-Lighting feature works very well with the right images, balancing out the shadow and highlight areas nicely, although it does introduce extra noise. The Nikon Coolpix 5900's flash had a tendency to underexpose slightly indoors but there was no evidence of redeye in any of the test shots."

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Two Galleries On-Line

I've uploaded two new galleries (well, one's been updated, and the other's completely new) - click below to view:

Olympus Camedia C-500 / D-595 Sample Photos
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 Sample Photos

DCRP Review: Canon Digital Rebel XT

DCRP Review: Canon Digital Rebel XT: "Without a doubt, the Canon Digital Rebel (aka EOS-300D) was one of the biggest advancements in consumer digital photography. For the first time, regular consumers could own a digital SLR for under $1000. The Rebel launched the consumer D-SLR revolution which now has many other camera manufacturers in the mix. Canon didn't just rest on their laurels, though. In early 2005 they launched a new Rebel -- the Digital Rebel XT (aka EOS-350D) -- which adds a higher resolution sensor, more features and better performance, all in a more compact body. Oh, and for the same price, too."

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Waist Level Viewer screen

Waist Level Viewer: "With medium format film cameras, the waist-level viewfinder was a useful, if not expensive, addition to a photographer’s camera bag. When low elevation shots need to be taken with a digital camera where the camera has to be near the ground, there are few alternatives to the photographer having to ‘get down’ to the subject to view the screen. Until now." (via engadget)

Friday, April 15, 2005

Polaroid x530 Recalled!

News on DPReview's forums report that the Polaroid x530 has been recalled! I spoke to a support representative on Polaroid's website and found at the following:

Me: "Has the x530 been recalled?"

Support Rep: "That is correct. If you have one, you need to return it to the retailer for refund or credit. The cameras should never have been sold by Argos, and we're only just finding out that some x530 have been sold. The x530 release was delayed because of some imaging issues."

Me: "So when it is released, it should be better than the one I have?"

Support Rep: "Yes. I don't have a release date, unfortunately."

Availability of the final release should be soon according to the support rep. There's further information at Imaging-Resource.

Olympus E-300 / Evolt Review

Megapixel.net: "The Olympus E-300 (also called the Evolt) has an unusual design for a reflex-type camera. It is part of the Four Thirds system, a system developed in part by Olympus and which makes use of a specially developed CCD with 4:3 proportions and a lens mount optimized for that ratio."

Canon PowerShot SD500 / IXUS 700 Review

DPReview review the new Canon Powershot SD500 / Digital IXUS 700 - it's a 7 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2" screen.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Polaroid x530 Foveon Preview Updated

I've updated the Polaroid x530 preview to include details on Polaroid Photolab, the bundled image software that lets you convert RAW images into JPEGs - I've also added some more images to the gallery to show you the output from RAW files vs JPEG images straight from the camera:

DigiCamReview: "As you can see above, it seems that to get the best quality from this camera it is necessary to take photos as RAW pictures and convert them to JPEG using Photolab - otherwise the JPEG images straight from camera seem quite dull, and less sharp. Taking RAW images equates to about a 6.5mb raw file. Not only does this mean you may need to spend more time processing the images, but you'll also need a bigger memory card to store the photos. (Full size versions of these images can be found in the gallery)."

Olympus Camedia C-5500 Sport Zoom Review

Photoxels: "It is extremely easy to take good pictures with the Olympus C-5500 and, after one month's constant use, the overall feeling is that this is a camera that delivers for beginner and serious amateur photographers. It is put together well and pretty intuitive to use, despite Olympus' traditional reliance on the menu."

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Review

creativepro.com - Review: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Camera: "If you're shopping for an entry-level SLR, you may be tempted to save money by going with the original Rebel. I recommend you buy the XT instead. The performance improvements in the XT are definitely worth $100 and the hassle cause by a smaller camera body. Speedy startup, and the lack of lock-up during writing, means you'll have a much smoother workflow when shooting."

Olympus E-1 Second Opinion

Olympus E-1 Second Opinion at Luminous-Landscape: "How well has the E-1 performed as a professional tool? Considering that there are so many good DSLRs available right now, most with more than 5 MP resolution, why would one choose the E-1 over the other options?"

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Camera Review

DigitalCameraInfo.com: "Canon added the 7.1-megapixel PowerShot SD500 to its Digital Elph line in February, 2005. The new model again expresses Canon’s Elph-line philosophy of excellent imaging in small packaging; the SD500 has a 1/1.8-inch CCD with 7.4 total megapixels and Canon Digic II image processor housed in its thin, 6-ounce durable plastic body."

Lensbaby 2 Review at Cameratown

Cameratown: "The Lensbaby, invented by Craig Strong of Lensbaby.com, is a selective focus SLR camera lens. The lens is mounted on flexible tubing, giving photographers the ability to move the in-focus 'sweet spot' around the picture by bending the flexible tube. The lens will give you a unique look with blurring, glowing highlights, and subtle, prismatic color distortions - all without software manipulations. There are now two versions of the Lensbaby. This review will focus on the latest Lensbaby 2.0 model."

Nikon D2X Digital Camera Review

Imaging-Resource: "The new Nikon D2X is the latest addition to one of the world's most famous camera lines. The new D2X updates the D1X model that hit the market in mid-2001. As you might expect, there's been a lot of development in the intervening three years between the two camera's respective releases, and the Nikon D2X is solid evidence that its maker is still very much a force to contend with in the professional SLR marketplace."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Polaroid x530 Foveon Preview On-Line!

Polaroid x530I've just posted my preview of the Polaroid x530 Foveon sensor digital camera, feel free to check it out, the review will be on the same page in the future:

DigiCamReview.co.uk - Polaroid x530 Foveon Preview: "The Polaroid x530 should be available soon, and is currently available in very limited quantities from some Argos stores in London. The camera features a 1.5mp/4.5mp Foveon CMOS sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2' colour screen. The camera is enclosed in a textured black plastic body. It records 3 minute long 640x480 / 15fps and 320 x 240 / 30fps videos with sound."

Update: I've added more photos to the gallery, as well a Panasonic Lumix LS1 photo gallery so that you can compare the photos taken with the Polaroid with another camera. There are also sample photos at DCWatch, and a user review here with more sample photos.

Olympus E-300 Review at PhotographyBLOG

Olympus E-300 Review - PhotographyBLOG: "The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 is the second digital SLR camera based on the FourThirds System. The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 is an 8 megapixel DSLR that looks a little unusual - Olympus have replaced the traditional pentaprism with a TTL Optical Porro Finder, which uses a horizontal viewfinder with four mirrors instead of a prism and enables the camera to have a more compact flat profile. The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 is not a replacement for the older professional-level E1, despite offering more megapixels. At a current street price around �600 / $900 / �800 with the 14-45mm kit lens (equivalent to 28-90mm on a 35mm camera), it represents Olympus' attempt to capture a slice of the entry-level DSLR market, and is subsequently competing with the likes of the Canon EOS 350D, Nikon D70 and Pentax *ist DS. "

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 review by PC Magazine

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 review by PC Magazine: "This new addition to the Panasonic Lumix series of digital cameras offers some interesting features in a lightweight, relatively compact body. The 4-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 is not the sexiest or sleekest model in town, but no one will laugh at you if you pull it out at a party. And at $249.95, it won't leave you broke, either. Image quality, however, suffers a bit from exposure problems, and flash shots have some jagged edges."

Epson L-500V review by PC Magazine

Epson L-500V review by PC Magazine: "Epson is known for one thing above all: printers. If the company can maintain the standards set by its Epson L-500V, digital cameras will be another feather in its cap. This 5-megapixel entry-level compact camera captures very good-looking images, and its large screen really lends itself to showing off your pictures."

Canon PowerShot A520 review by PC Magazine

Canon PowerShot A520 review by PC Magazine: "The 4-megapixel Canon PowerShot A520 is certainly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the PowerShot A85, and it adds a longer zoom lens and a couple of new scene modes. We're glad to see that the A520 still provides features for both newbies and savvy shutterbugs, though we wish Canon had improved the speed and increased the LCD size of this new model."

Nikon Coolpix 7900 Review

TrustedReviews: "I normally start my reviews by describing my initial impressions of the camera, talking about build quality, control layout and handling, then move on to features and performance, and usually finish up with my opinion of the image quality. However, for this review of the new Nikon Coolpix 7900, I’m going to approach it a little differently. I want to talk about image quality right from the start, because frankly it’s made such a big impression on me."

Kyocera kills off Contax

Kyocera kills off Contax - www.engadget.com.: "Kyocera is pulling the plug on Contax, the camera brand they picked up when they purchased Yashica in the mid-Nineties. There were some rumors about this going around about a month ago, but it wasn’t clear whether they were going to try and sell the brand to someone else or simply shut things down entirely. Apparently they’ve decided to go with the latter, announcing today their intention to “terminate” their “CONTAX-branded camera business”, bringing to an end what was once a great line of cameras that originated with Zeiss back in the 1930s"

Nikon Coolpix 5900 / 7900 Review

DCRP Review: Nikon Coolpix 5900/7900: "The Coolpix 5900 and 7900 ($350 and $450 respectively) are the upper-end models in Nikon's point-and-shoot line of cameras. They're upgrades to the Coolpix 5600 and 7600, with these being the major differences between the models: Smaller, metal body, AF-assist lamp, Larger LCD display (2.0' vs. 1.8') with 'gain up' feature, Slightly better lens (a little 'faster' plus ED elements), Higher quality VGA movie mode, Uses lithium-ion battery (instead of AAs)."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Polaroid x530 Sample Photos On-Line

Polaroid x530This morning's post contained a Polaroid x530 Digital Camera, which has been available in some Argos stores in London. I managed to get hold of one, and have been out and about taking photos. You can view them in the DigiCamReview Polaroid x530 Sample Photo Gallery. All photos were taken at the highest quality, and at various sizes to demonstrate the quality difference. The Polaroid x530 has a 3x optical zoom lens (by Polaroid), a 2" screen, plus a Foveon x3 sensor. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and I'll try and answer them in my upcoming review.

Kodak EasyShare CX7530 [5MP 3xOptical]

Amazon.co.uk have the 5 megapixel Kodak EasyShare CX7530 for only £129.99 including VAT and free postage. The Kodak Easyshare CX7530 features a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 1.8" screen.

Post

I got some very exciting post this morning. I'll post some more details and hopefully sample photos this evening in my gallery. It's not high-end stuff, but more point and shoot exciting, you can try guessing if you want.

In other site news - the video files are temporarily down due to hosting issues - I hope to get this sorted fairly soon.

Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT Review

BIOS Magazine review the 8 megapixel Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT:

"The EOS 350D Digital is the successor to the highly popular EOS 300D Digital. The new 8.0-Megapixel (3456x2304 pixels) camera is around 10 per cent lighter and 25 per cent smaller by volume (127x94x64mm, 490g) than the EOS 300D Digital and incorporates many new features introduced with the EOS 20D Digital."

Sony Cybershot P200 Review

DigitalCameraReview review the new 7 megapixel Sony Powershot P200:

"The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 is the latest in Sony's "P" line of point-and-shoot cameras. The P200 has a 7.2 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom, and a 2 inch LCD. The camera is very compact and fits nicely into a pocket and has excellent image quality in a stylish package that comes in silver, red, and black."

Monday, April 11, 2005

HP Photosmart 8750 Review

PhotographyBLOG review the HP Photosmart 8750 - HP's new top of the range A3+ printer:

"The HP Photosmart 8750 was first announced at the PMA Show 2005 back in February and is HP's new top-of-the-range A3+ / 19x13 inch sized inkjet printer. The HP 8750 is a 9 colour inkjet printer that allows you to print colour and black and white borderless photos at up to 4800x1200-optimized dpi. When used with the HP Photosmart 8750, the new HP 101 Blue Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge is claimed to deliver noticeable improvements in images with intense blues, including landscapes, seascapes and sports photos."

Epson R-D1 Review at Luminous-Landscape

Luminous-Landscape have a review of the Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder:

"When it comes to actually shooting (the whole digital / film issue aside for the moment), the camera is mostly a pleasure to use. This assumes though that one is used to the rangefinder esthetic. Frankly, unless one has grown up with or extensively used a real rangefinder camera, this is likely not to be the case. For a photographer used to SLRs the chances are that using the R-D1 (or any rangefinder for that matter) is going to be found to be a funky experience."

Epson R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Review

DigitalJournalist have a review of the Epson R-D1 Digital Rangefinder:

"Being such a hard-core Leica guy, I felt really comfortable when I picked up the Epson R-D1. There was an incredible feeling of familiarity. I didn't have to read the instruction manual to figure out how to use it. All the controls are where you expect them to be and operate smoothly. It's a Leica down to the fake film-advance lever-which really only cocks the shutter-except that it captures images digitally. It was especially nice to be able to focus the way I'm used to. I've used AF SLRs, digital included, but there's nothing like that solid rangefinder focusing, where you really know you're right on the mark. The R-D1 is a sweet little camera, very rugged and well put together." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Canon Powershot A520 Review at Pocket-Lint

Pocket-Lint review the 4 megapixel Canon Powershot a520:

"The best selling budget Canon PowerShot A85 has had a revamp in the shape of the new and improved A520. Stronger, lighter, faster; better than it was before; one of the nicest point and shoot digital cameras gets even better."

Canon EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT review

Digitalretro.co.uk have reviewed the Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT, and compared it to the Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel.

"Now Canon's launched the EOS-350D and improved on many aspects of its predecessor. Most obviously it's smaller, lighter and features two extra megapixels. Under the hood there's many additional improvements including a faster image processor, quicker handling, improved burst mode and a number of functions annoyingly absent from the 300D." (found at DPNow)

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Kodak EasyShare Z740 Review

DigitalCameraInfo review the new Kodak EasyShare Z740 Digital Camera:

"The Kodak EasyShare Z740 and Z700 are the founding members of Kodak’s new Z-line of digital cameras, unveiled at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show. The Z-line, situated between the previous CX and current DX lines, is another series in the “ultra zoom” segment. The EasyShare Z740 hosts a 5 MP CCD with a 10x optical all-glass lens, which offers a 38-380mm (equivalent) zoom range. The Z740 is designed to appeal to the slightly more advanced point-and-shooter, with its intuitive interface, available accessory lens and advanced telephoto range, along with a generous range of manual control and preset options, without sacrificing ease of use and handy direct printing."

Nikon D50 and D70s DSLRs confirmed

Nikon confirm the new D50 and D70s Digital SLRS:

"Following recent speculation, Nikon UK is pleased to confirm the launch of two new digital SLR cameras to be launched towards the end of April 2005.

Both cameras have been designed to meet the requirements of the entry-level digital SLR user. The first will position itself as successor to the Nikon D70, offering an upgraded version to this highly commended D-SLR. The camera will incorporate the latest in Nikon technology, whilst retaining the functionality and quality which has come to be expected from the D70."

Skanhex 6 and 8 mp digital cameras

DCViews are reporting the Skanhex 6 Mp SX-618z3 and SX-626z3 and the 8 Mp SX-828z3 - although you may be able to find them in a shop near you under a different name, eg the 6 megapixel MEDION 85060 which is currently available in Dixons stores for around £149, looks identical to the Skanhex SX-626z3.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 Review

Panasonic Lumix FZ3DigiCamReview.co.uk - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3, is available for around £260 - the Lumix FZ3 is a fairly compact 3 megapixel digital camera, with an impressive 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-420mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.5" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver plastic body. It records unlimited 320 x 240 / 30fps videos with sound."

Fototech Photo Frames Special Offers

Fototech are offering DigiCamReview readers special offers on some of their most popular digital photo frames, details below:

Fototech PV1Pacific Digital’s latest digital photo frame, the PV1, is a Digital Photo Album, MP3 music player and Video Player. The PV1 sports a high resolution, bright 5.6” TFT screen that displays digital photos and video clips in vivid colour. Slideshows of your favourite photos can be played directly from a memory card. The number of photos that can be displayed is limited only by the capacity of the memory card being used.

As a special deal to DigiCamReview Readers, FotoTech are offering the Pacific Digital PV1 Digital Media Player at the unbeatable price of just £189.99 with Free Shipping – that’s a saving of £55 off the MRSP!!. To take advantage of this offer, simply ring FotoTech on 0845 226 2077 and quote “DigiCamReview”

Fototech MF810The MemoryFrame MF-810 allows you to effortlessly access and display up to 80 of your preferred images/photos instantly and without requiring any other equipment. Slim, chic and lightweight, and now with new wireless capability, you can beam your favourite shots to MemoryFrames throughout your home (or office) showing different slideshows in each room.

As a special deal to DigiCamReview Readers, FotoTech are offering the MemoryFrame MF-810 Digital Photo Frame at the unbeatable price of just £359 with Free Shipping – that’s a saving of £45 off the MRSP!! To take advantage of this offer, simply ring FotoTech on 0845 226 2077 and quote “DigiCamReview”.

Fototech DPP15FotoTech are offering DigitcamReview readers the Brilliance DPP-15 Digital Picture Player at the unbeatable price of just £549 with Free Shipping – that’s a saving of £55 off the MRSP!!. To take advantage of this offer, simply ring FotoTech on 0845 226 2077 and quote “DigiCamReview”

Effortlessly simple to operate, the DPP-15 accepts seven different kinds of media storage cards including Smart Media™ IBM Microdrive™ Compact Flash™ Secure Digital™, Memory Stick™, Memory Stick Pro™, and Multimedia Card™. Just slot your memory card into the back of the DPP-15 and use the remote control to view your images; plug-n-play simplicity at its best! You can find more information on these products at FotoTech.co.uk.

Olympus D-590 C-470 Zoom Review

Imaging-Resource: "The D-590 Zoom is the next generation of Olympus' user-friendly 'D' series digital cameras. With its available Scene shooting modes, 4.0-megapixel CCD, and 3x optical zoom lens, the Olympus D-590 Zoom is flexible, convenient, and easy to use. The point-and-shoot style will put novices at ease, while a handful of exposure and capture modes handles a range of shooting conditions."

You can read my review of the Olympus D-590 / C-470 here.

NHJ D'Zign DZ-3000 less than $100

D'Zign DZ-3000I4U have news of the new 3 megapixel 'NHJ D'Zign DZ-3000' - image quality may not be very good, as the camera uses a CMOS sensor, and has no optical zoom, but I like the look of these cameras, they look very small, and are available in mulitple colours. There's more information and pictures on D'Zign's website. I wonder whether there's a UK supplier?

Pentax Optio S50 Review

Globetechnology review the 5 megapixel Pentax Optio S50:

"Although the camera is capable of producing good pictures, the poor performance of the auto mode takes it right out of the novice market. Since that's who the product is geared to, and there is better out there for the same price tag, I can't think of a consumer segment I would recommend it to."

Sanyo Xacti C5 Review

Unmediated.org have a review of the Sanyo Zacti C5:

"Kenyatta just got his hands on a Sanyo Xacti C5 and I've been non-stop bugging him for feedback. The Xacti is a hard-drive based camcorder that's being used by some in the videoblogging community. I was literally about to order one on eBay, but Kenyatta told me to hold off- giving the camcorder a 3/5 (5/5 = best). So here's our conversation and Kenyatta's review of the C5." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 Review at Megapixel.net

Megapixel.net: "Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Z5 brings a 5-megapixel resolution to the Z series, until now limited to 4 megapixel with the Z3. The Z5 inherits the same 12X optical zoom and the Anti-Shake system, but gets an electronic viewfinder with a few less pixels, while receiving a larger 2-inch LCD monitor with a higher definition than the Z3 had."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review

DPReview review the new 5 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 - it features an impressive Leica 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, and a 2" screen. The camera is available in Black or Silver.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Smile, You're on Liquid Camera

Wired have an interesting article about liquid lenses, which could end up in a camera phone or a minute digital camera near you:

Wired 13.04: START: "In contrast, the ideal optical setup would be small, soft, and adaptable, like the human eye. So cell phone makers are salivating over liquid lenses, tiny gadgets that suspend a drop of liquid in an electrostatic field. Change the field and the shape of the droplet changes, too, altering how the light bends when it passes through - just like a lens."

eFotoXpress Review at CameraTown

Cameratown: "As with many utilities, eFotoXpress does just one thing and tries to do it well. Its sole purpose is to make it possible and quick to email large digital photographs to colleagues, friends or family."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Review

digitalcamerainfo.com: "Stocking a 5 megapixel imager, 2-inch LCD display, 6x optical zoom Lumix DC Variolens and 3 frame-per-second burst mode, the LZ2 offers a unique combination of features to budget-conscious point-and-shooters. The new LZ2 lacks manual functions and the Leica lens which dresses other Lumix models, but extends its appeal to the more automatically inclined consumer at a retail price of $299.95."

Konica Minolta Dimage G600 Review On-Line!

Konica Minolta Dimage G600DigiCamReview.co.uk - Konica Minolta Dimage G600 Review: "The Konica Minolta Dimage G600, is available for £219 / $249 - the Dimage G600 is a compact 6 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 39-117mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.5" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silvery grey (metal coloured) metal body. It records 320 x 240 / 15fps videos with sound."

Movies saved as ZIP files

All the movie files on this site will now be stored as ZIP files, in order to save bandwidth, and webspace. It should also make the videos download quicker for you, the reader.

In order to open the Zip file, to view the video, you will need a zip program. If you use Windows XP then there is one already built in, but if you don't use Windows XP, and you don't already have a zip program, then can I recommend: Winzip, Filzip (Free!), or ZipGenius (free). Once you have one of these programs downloaded and installed, viewing the videos should be as simple as downloading the file, unzipping the file, and playing the video.

Nikon D2X Experience Report

OutbackPhoto review the Nikon D2X DSLR: "Up to ISO 200 very smooth with low noise. ISO 400 still very good, ISO 800 not bad for 800. At ISO 1600 as expected strong noise but looking more like film grain."

Olympus C-7070 Zoom Review

Steve's Digicams review the 7 megapixel Olympus C-7070 Zoom Digital Camera:

"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."

Sharp 902 Camera Phone Review

Pocket-Lint review the Sharp 902 - a mobile phone with a 2 megapixel digital camera, and a 2x optical zoom lens, which is available in the UK:

"Digital cameras are fast becoming the norm on mobile phones, but are they any good? Should the camera market start to worry, and more importantly do we actually need a 2 megapixel camera phone?"

Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT Review

DPReview have just posted their full review of the Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT - Canon's new 'budget' 8 megapixel Digital SLR.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Fujifilm S3 Pro review

ephotozine review the Fujifilm S3 Pro Digital SLR: "As a current S2 user I found the camera very easy to adapt to, in fact it was harder using the S2 when the camera was returned. Immediate reaction was the grip had been vastly improved, as had the weight and balance. Using just one set of batteries offered a better solution as well."

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review

Steves Digicams - Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - User Review: "The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 combines all of the features found on last year's DiMAGE Z3, increases the resolution to 5-megapixels and uses a larger 2.0-inch color LCD. The long focal length 12x optical zoom is enhanced by Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake image stabilization system. The Z5 offers a full range of exposure modes; the fully Automatic "point-n-shoot" mode for newbies, Program AE for the novice, and Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority as well as full Manual to give the more experienced photo enthusiasts total control."

Concord 6340z Review at Steve's Digicams

Steves Digicams - Concord 6340z - User Review: "The overall image quality when using its Large/Fine mode was disappointing. Outdoors, the Concord 6340z produced poor results for a 6-megapixel camera. The majority of our samples were on the soft side and suffered from too much in-camera edge sharpening, which is not adjustable."

Adobe Photoshop CS2 preview

DPNow have a preview of the new Adobe Photoshop CS:

"We have been evaluating beta versions of Mac and Windows editons of Adobe Creative Suite 2 over the last few weeks. It could be the best part of two months (end of May) before the CS2 starts to ship and our beta software was distributed in late February, so there could be some detail changes made before the final version ships. Nevertheless, there is plenty of evidence that some much welcome fine tuning and integration of the CS components has been made. Here we have an illustrated tour of some of the new features in Photoshop CS2."

Bushnell Night Hawk night vision LCD viewer

It's not a dedicated night time digital camera, but it almost perfectly resembles a digital camera: Bushnell Night Hawk night vision LCD viewer: "The Bushnell Night Hawk is a digital compact hand-held night vision viewing system with a 1.8-inch LCD screen and 2x magnification of the night images seen through the swivel viewer."

Magna Vee flash attachment improves digicam shots

Redferret have a short review of the Magna Vee flash, a small clip on device that is designed to improve your digital cameras flash performance. (via Engadget)

Fujifilm Finepix F440 Review - PhotographyBLOG

Fujifilm Finepix F440 Review - PhotographyBLOG: "The Fujifilm FinePix F440 is the 4 megapixel version of the Finepix F450 that I recently reviewed. The Finepix F440 also replaces the 3 megapixel Finepix F420 that I reviewed back in August 2004. The F440 adds a number of extra features, the most obvious being a new larger 4 megapixel sensor. In addition, the F440 is even smaller and lighter than its predecessor, yet can still squeeze in a bigger 2 inch LCD screen."

Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 Review

TrustedReviews - The UK's Premier Source for IT Reviews & News: "Coming in at just under £170, the Z20 offers a surprisingly full specification for the price, although inevitably some corners have been cut to fit the budget. What you get is a high performance five megapixel camera with an 8x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 36 – 290mm) and a full range of manual exposure, metering and focus options. Its operating system and range of menu options are basically identical to the higher priced Z5 reviewed last week."

Fuji FinePix S3 Pro At a glance review

Pocket-Lint review the Fuji FinePix S3 Pro: Fuji FinePix S3 Pro At a glance review: "The S3 Pro is, as you might expect a camera replete with professional specification features including up 1/4000sec shutter speed, Nikon F lens mount compatibility and both hot shoe and separate flash synch terminal for studio flash."

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 4800 Review On-Line!

Nikon Coolpix 4800DigiCamReview.co.uk - Nikon Coolpix 4800 Review: "The Nikon Coolpix 4800, is available for £238 / $299 - the Coolpix 4800 is a relatively compact 4 megapixel digital camera, with an 8.3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 36-300mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.8' TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver plastic body. It records unlimited VGA and 320 x 240 videos at 15fps with sound."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2 Review

Impress Watch review the 5 megapixel, 6x optical zoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2 - it's in Japanese, with lots of product photos, and sample images. You can use Babelfish to translate it.

Olympus i:robe IR-300 Review

Watch Impress review the 5 megapixel, 3x optical zoom Olympus i:robe IR-300 - it's in Japanese, but the pictures and sample photos are universal. You can use Babelfish to translate it.

The Camera Is the Film - Rethinking Digital Photography

PCMag: "I've had enough experience with these cameras to conclude that eventually, serious photographers are going to have to deal with the simple fact that in digital photography, the camera itself is the film. It's a classic (and I hate using the term) paradigm shift."

Monday, April 04, 2005

Canon Powershot A510 Review at DPReview

Simon Joinson from DPReview reviews the new 3 megapixel Canon Powershot A510 - it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 1.8" screen, video recording with sound, and takes AA batteries. Read their full review here.

Polaroid Foveon x530 Delayed Again

Polaroid x530The Polaroid Foveon x530 was expected around the 31st of March, however, according to this article, it is being delayed till the end of April? You can translate the page using Babelfish. You can find full details of the Polaroid x530 on their website.

Konica Minolta cuts profit target by 38%

CNN News report that Konica Minolta cuts profit target by 38%, blaming the photographic division for losses:

"Konica Minolta gets more than half of its sales and most of its profit from office equipment, but its photo imaging division, which handles film and cameras, has been its Achilles' heel. The division is headed for a ¥9 billion loss this business year.

"We will scale down our photo imaging business in step with the shrinking of the overall market and will rush to get the business out of the red," Konica Minolta President Fumio Iwai told a briefing held to unveil a new medium-term business plan. "We will not chase after sheer volume in the digital camera market," Iwai said, adding the company would focus on high-end digital single lens reflex cameras and shift some of its employees working on cameras to the optical devices division."

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review

Photoxels review the Nikon Coolpix 5600, it's the 5 megapixel version of the Nikon Coolpix 4600:

"The Nikon Coolpix 5600 is an attractive, compact, lightweight and affordable digital camera perfect for first-time digital camera users. It is strictly a Point-and-Shoot camera for those who want the camera to take care of exposure for them -- and the camera does this pretty well. Its strong points are good handling, excellent macros, and good quality 5MP images." (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Epson PictureMate Photo Printer Review

PhotographyBLOG review the compact Epson PictureMat photo printer:

"The Epson PictureMate is a printer that has a very specific purpose - printing 10x15cm glossy prints that rival traditional photo labs in an accessible and easy to use way. Unfortunately Epson have not really succeded in either aspect. Although the prints from the PictureMate look and feel great, are waterproof straight out of the printer and have a claimed lifespan of over 100 years, under closer scrutiny the quality is not there, with a clear horizontal banding effect and roller marks present. In terms of ease of use, the lack of a colour LCD screen that lets you see and select your photos is a real handicap when printing directly from a memory card. More minor complaints are the lack of paper choices - its either glossy or glossy with this printer - and the very slow print speeds."

Adobe Creative Suite 2

Adobe announce Adobe Creative Suite 2:

"Adobe® Creative Suite 2 Premium software is a unified design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop® CS2, Illustrator® CS2, InDesign® CS2, GoLive® CS2, and Acrobat® 7.0 Professional software with new Version Cue® CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos. Delivering the next level of integration in creative software, Adobe Creative Suite 2 enables you to realize your ideas anywhere — in print, on the Web, or on mobile devices."

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Raw format is a lifesaver

Publish.com: "For now, Raw is a format for photographers only. To simplify matters, Raw is the digital equivalent of a negative. Equivalent? No, it's really, really better! If you have a raw file, you can change the exposure and white balance of a shot considerably, long after you've taken it. This is a lifesaver. It's a miracle. It's real technological progress. It's a genuine innovation that can pay for utility bills and food!"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review

Megapixel.net review the new 5 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 - it's Pansonic's update to the small ultra zoom FZ3, with a quality image stabilised Leica 12x optical zoom lens:

"Engineered from the DMC-FZ3, the DMC-FZ5 retains the same general appearance as the FZ3, but has some minor modifications to some of the the external controls. As with the FZ3, the DMC-FZ5 has a tough plastic body, and is available in either a black or a silver finish, but the grip of the FZ5 has a more generous rubber-covered area than its predecessor."

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Olympus mju DIGITAL 500 Review On-Line!

Olympus Mju Digital 500DigiCamReview.co.uk - Olympus mju DIGITAL 500 Review: "The Olympus Mju Digital 500 (aka Stylus 500), is available for £229 / $299 - the Mju Digital 500 is a compact weatherproof 5 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera), and a large 2.5" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver or navy blue metal body. It records unlimited 320 x 240 / 15fps videos with sound."

HP Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printer Review

Steve's Digicams: "The HP 8750 is the first Photosmart printer to use the new 9-color Vivera ink system and makes borderless prints up to 13 x 19-inches in size. It's got USB 2.0, builtin Ethernet networking, front and rear paper paths, direct print from most popular flash memory cards and PictBridge-enabled cameras and much more."

Pentax Optio WP Review

TrustedReviews review the new waterproof Pentax Optio WP - it features a 5 megapixel sensor, a 2inch screen, and a 3x optical zoom lens:

"Quite simply the Optio WP is one of only a handful of fully waterproof digital cameras currently on the market. It spares you the added expense of a separate waterproof housing and in terms of image quality it gives many “normal” compacts a run for their money, while blowing disposable underwater cameras clean out of the water. There are several niggles, but these are off-set by its ‘go anywhere’ practicality."

Friday, April 01, 2005

New Galleries On-Line (Updated)

I've just uploaded four new photo galleries:

Olympus Mju Digital 500 (£229)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3
Konica Minolta Dimage G600 (£219)
Nikon Coolpix 4800 (£238)

If there's a camera out there that you can't find a review of, then let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Olympus C-55 / C-5500 Review

DigitalCameraInfo.com review the new Olympus C-55 / C-5500 - a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens:

"The Olympus C-5500 made its way to shelves in February, following its unveiling the previous month at the extravagant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The C-5500 is quite versatile for its $349.99 price tag. It packs 5.1 effective megapixels on its 1/1.8-inch type CCD and pairs it with a TruePic Turbo Image Processor. 15 scene modes are on hand to augment the selection of automatic and manual modes. This Camedia contains a 5x optical zoom lens, which is a welcome step up from the industry rut of 3x optical zoom. The longer zoom is nicely complemented with an image stabilization system, making for smoother QVGA-quality movie recordings. A 2-inch LCD screen with live histogram display rounds out the gamut of options offered by the Olympus Camedia C-5500 digital camera."

Nikon Coolpix 4600 and 5600 Review

DCResource review the new Nikon Coolpix 4600, and the 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5600:

"The Coolpix 4600 ($200) and 5600 ($280) are Nikon's entry level point-and-shoot cameras for 2005. Both feature compact bodies, a 1.8" LCD display, in-camera redeye reduction and "D-lighting" features (more on these later), and tons of scene modes. The main difference between the two models is the resolution -- 4 Megapixels for the 4600 and 5 for the 5600 -- but there are a few other differences that I'll point out in the review."

You can read my review of the Nikon Coolpix 4600 here.

Nikon D50 and D70s DSLRs confirmed

Macworld have an interview with Nikon, confirming that the D50 is expected. Rob Galbraith has further details on his website.

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