News Archive - November 2001
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Friday, November 30, 2001

Nikon delays XP software compatibility!
22:11 EST - Nikon Scan, View and Capture updates now scheduled for December 20th...

Nikon Inc. has today announced that it has delayed the release of updates to its Nikon Scan 3, Nikon View 4 and Nikon Capture 2 applications compatible with the recently announced Windows XP operating... (More)

New lens hoods promise superior digital experience!
14:32 EST - FlexHood addon lens-hood line from TrueDigitalPhoto targeted at a range of digital SLR cameras...

A press release from the folks at TrueDigitalPhoto alerted us to their new line of FlexHood lens hoods designed specifically for use with single lens reflex (SLR) digital cameras from Canon, Fuji, Kodak... (More)

Thursday, November 29, 2001

(Gulp!) "Ask Dave" is online!
11:00 EST - IR's resident camera expert offers his help in your buying decisions...

Boy, am I nervous about this one! - I'm really not sure I have the human bandwidth (hours in the day) available to keep up with a flood of questions, but let's give it a try: I announced this on the News... (More)

TawbaWare releases ColorFix!
10:01 EST - New program takes the work out of color-space conversion...

An email from Max Lyons of TawbaWare tells us that he's just released a new program aimed at simplifying color space conversion: "ColorFix converts the colors in JPEG and TIFF images from one 'color space'... (More)

The Olympus Camedia E10 / E20 camera body with 200mm f/2.4 lens attached. Copyright © 2000, 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full Review posted for Olympus E-20N!
09:47 EST - 5 megapixel successor to the Olympus Camedia E-10 gets the 'Dave review treatment'...

I've just (finally) posted my full review of the Olympus E-20N digital SLR. I had hands on a prototype about a month ago, but wanted to wait until I could post a full review complete with photos from a... (More)

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Comdex Fall 2001 Show logo. Click here to visit the Comdex website! Comdex Report Part Two posted!
14:30 EST - In the second part of our in-depth report on Comdex Fall 2001, we look at some of the Taiwanese manufacturers present, and some products you've probably not seen before...

One of the unusual cameras you'll find in our Comdex Report. Somewhat later than planned, we've just posted Part Two of our in-depth report on Comdex Fall 2001, and the water-proof camera above from DXG... (More)

Friday, November 23, 2001

FujiFilm's FinePix A101 digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Short-form review posted on Fuji A101!
18:14 EST - Fuji's fixed focus, fixed focal-length megapixel digicam goes through the Imaging Resource review lab...

Fuji seems to have done a better-than-average job of developing digicams that are true 'value leaders'. In many cases, inexpensive digital cameras mean indifferent color and crippled feature sets. Fuji... (More)

Sony's DSC-F707 Digital Camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sony DSC-F707 update!
17:49 EST - Dave shares his thoughts on Sony's top-notch digicam after trying out a full production model...

(Dave here) - Well, I'm finally getting dug out after the major schedule monkeywrench of the annual Comdex show. I've completed an update to my review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707, which is currently... (More)

Thursday, November 22, 2001

Confused? Ask Dave!
11:27 EST - As the holiday season approaches, LOTS of our readers are trying to decide which camera to buy. My already-overflowing email is swelling to the bursting point with messages asking for help deciding which camera to buy. In the past I've generally just refused to answer such questions, feeling such matters were too individual / personal a decision for me to be able to contribute anything toward. Also,... (More)

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Full review of production-level Nikon D1H posted!
23:53 EST - Finally, a full review of the D1H, with all our standard test shots available for detailed comparison!

Choose your cliche: "Broke new ground," "Raised the Bar," take your pick. However you describe it, Nikon really wowed the camera world earlier this year when they introduced their D1X professional SLR.... (More)

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Ofoto announces new version of software!
12:25 EST - Latest release of OfotoNow offers more convenience for image transfer, print ordering...

Online photofinisher and Eastman Kodak subsidiary Ofoto Inc. has today announced a new release of its OfotoNow software for uploading images and ordering prints. OfotoNow 3.0 has several changes designed... (More)

Monday, November 19, 2001

Minolta expands DiMAGE 5/7 flash capabilities!
11:23 EST - New PCT-100 PC Flash Adapter allows Minolta's SLR-style cameras to control studio lighting systems and more...

Regular readers of our reviews will know that we like to see digital cameras offer more than just proprietary connections for external flash - many photographers have existing flash units that they like... (More)

Friday, November 16, 2001

Contax USA announces N Digital!
15:47 EST - Full specs for the upcoming pro SLR now unveiled...

Kyocera Optics Inc., which sells cameras under the Contax brand-name, has today officially announced full specifications for its upcoming N Digital camera. The N Digital should reach the US market around... (More)

Comdex Fall 2001 Show logo. Click here to visit the Comdex website! Comdex Report Part One posted!
01:38 EST - In the first part of our in-depth report on Comdex Fall 2001, we look at a range of software and hardware products and prototypes from the likes of Arcsoft, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and more...

One of many interesting items you'll find in our Comdex Report. We've just posted Part One of our in-depth report on Comdex Fall 2001, and the product above from Sony is just one of the many interesting... (More)

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Comdex coverage continues! (UPDATED)
02:53 EST - News from DigitalFocus and more as our live updates from the show floor at Comdex Fall 2001 continue...

Our live coverage of the annual Comdex Fall trade show in Las Vegas is continuing, and we've just posted a report on the DigitalFocus / MobileFocus press event, as well as analysis of a new battery technology... (More)

Monday, November 12, 2001

Polaroid announces new digital camera!
19:42 EST - Company which recently announced bankruptcy now shipping new 1.3 megapixel model...

Polaroid Corp., which recently announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has today announced a new digital camera model. The Polaroid PhotoMAX PDC 1320 digital camera features VGA resolution... (More)

New beta of PhotoMesa available!
01:58 EST - Java image browser should now be even better suited to multi-platform CD photo albums...

We told you back on August 2nd about PhotoMesa, a Java image browser created by the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland, and shortly thereafter had the pleasure of talking to the... (More)

Dave's Digicam Wishbook. Dave's Wishbook gets *another* feature!
01:54 EST - People always ask me what the "best" camera is. You know, the one with the highest Universal Goodness Score. ;-) And I always answer with the question "Best for who or what?"

The fact is, there is no one "best" camera that'd fit everyone and every application. Some people want a camera with every bell and whistle known to man on it, while others want a box with one button and a lens. Big or small? Fancy or simple? Bulletproof for the kids, or ultra-flexible and tuned like a fine watch for Mom and Dad?

While far from comprehensive, I've come up with my take on cameras that fit a variety of needs and users. I've organized a number of the Wishbook cameras into categories of "Cameras For:" - Travel, Small Spaces, Long Shots, Moms, Families, Grandparents, Photo Students, Tight Budgets, and Enthusiasts. Do any of those descriptions fit you? Then check it out, your camera's waiting for you!

SanDisk sues four Taiwanese flash manufacturers!
01:52 EST - Latest lawsuits from the California-based company target Memorex, Pretec, Ritek and PQI...

SanDisk Corp., which just recently concluded a lawsuit against Viking Components Inc. has announced in a press release that it has filed complaints with the United States District Court for the Northern... (More)

Identifying where your photos were taken: a new approach!
01:46 EST - Software from Colorado-based company allows you to tag your images with GPS info - without needing to connect your GPS and camera...

A press release we've received from Fort Collins, Colorado-based GeoSpatial Experts describes an interesting approach to the problem of identifying where your digital images were taken. Traditionally,... (More)

DCResource updates PowerShot S30/S40 review!
01:35 EST - Jeff Keller finalises his review with info from production-level cameras...

Jeff over at the Digital Camera Resource Page website has now updated his combo-review of the Canon PowerShot S30/S40 digital cameras with sample images and info from production-level cameras. Jeff originally... (More)

Steve's Digicams posts Caplio RR1 first-look!
01:33 EST - Steve Sanders tries out Ricoh's latest digicam...

The fine folks at Steve's Digicams have now posted their first-look review of Ricoh's Caplio RR1, a camera we looked at ourselves a few days ago. There's no conclusions drawn as yet, but plenty of info... (More)

Pentax Optio 430: DCRP review!
01:31 EST - Jeff Keller gets hands on with Pentax's tiny 4 megapixel digicam...

The good folks at the Digital Camera Resource Page have posted a full review of Pentax' Optio 430, the 4 megapixel sibling of the ultra-compact Optio 330 model. Jeff sums up as follows: "The Pentax Optio... (More)

Steve examines Nikon's D1H SLR!
01:29 EST - High-speed single lens reflex digicam earns praise...

Steve Sanders of the Steve's Digicams website has posted a full review of Nikon's D1H SLR digital camera, an update to the existing D1 model which features a number of improvements, most significantly... (More)

Sunday, November 11, 2001

DCRP reviews FinePix 2600 Zoom!
21:39 EST - Fuji's low-cost 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam - what does Jeff think?

Our good friend Jeff Keller at the Digital Camera Resource Page has posted a full review of Fuji's FinePix 2600 Zoom digital camera, a low-cost unit with a 2 megapixel CCD image sensor and a 3x optical... (More)

Saturday, November 10, 2001

Comdex Fall coverage commences! (UPDATED)
14:13 EST - As usual, we'll be reporting live from the show floor - and covering the press events accompanying the main show...

We've just commenced our special coverage of the annual Comdex Fall event which begins in Las Vegas, NV on Monday with news from Ricoh and Fujifilm... As usual, we'll be covering the show live, and also... (More)

Friday, November 9, 2001

Ricoh's Caplio RR1 digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. First Look review posted for Ricoh Caplio RR-1!
13:34 EST - Ricoh's 4 megapixel MP3 digicam is coming to the USA, and we've got the review for you...

It looks like I actually got out there first with this one! This camera was announced in Europe a couple of months ago, but is only just about to be announced in the US. (The formal announcement will apparently... (More)

Toshiba announces PDR-M25 digital camera!
04:00 EST - Update to PDR-M61 reduces size and cost whilst retaining most other features...

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s Imaging Systems division has today announced (at 4AM!) its new PDR-M25 digital camera, an update to the -M61 model. Changes include a slightly smaller LCD display... (More)

Thursday, November 8, 2001

Get the dish on imaging with Digital Sauces!
16:18 EST - OK, so maybe we should leave the puns to the professionals, but this is one site you really shouldn't miss...

We've been meaning to mention 'Digital Sauces', a new website created by Dennis Hays, for a while now - but invariably just as we go to put pen to paper (or is that electron to web server?), something... (More)

Fuji's FinePix 2600 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of FujiFilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Fuji FinePix 2600 Zoom!
14:14 EST - Fuji's low-cost (but certainly not low-spec) 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam on Dave's "reviewing bench"...

Really nice 2 megapixel digicams with zoom lenses and full features are finally hitting the $299 "sweet spot" for the consumer market, evidenced most recently by Fuji's new FinePix 2600 Zoom. An update... (More)

Dave's Digicam Wishbook. Wishbook Expanded!
13:27 EST - Have you or your loved ones already got a digicam? We've got a list of other useful accessories under $100 that you'll want beneath your tree this year...

I've been getting lots of positive feedback on my Holiday Wishbook, and really appreciate(!) those of you who are using it to order your digicams - your orders there directly support this site, which is... (More)

JENOPTIK readies 11mpix upgrade!
10:34 EST - 'eyelike MF' digital camera backs will be upgradeable to the latest Philips imager next summer...

A press release from German technology company Jenoptik AG announces that its eyelike MF digital camera backs will be upgradeable to a new image sensor from Philips due to ship next year. Existing eyelike... (More)

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Randy Glass reviews Profile Prism!
10:52 EST - Digital Domain's ICC Profiling Software gets a test-drive from the folks at Feather River Canyon...

Randy Glass, of the Feather River Canyon News website, has just completed a review of Profile Prism - a recently launched ICC Profiling program for digicams and scanners from the same folks as ever-popular... (More)

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Kodak's DX3600 digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Short-form review posted for Kodak DX3600 camera!
11:03 EST - Dave Etchells examines the zoom-equipped sibling of the 2 megapixel DX3500 digicam...

While Kodak's DX3500 (just reviewed) is one of the absolute simplest cameras we've reviewed to date, we felt that it had a few limitations, including its lack of a zoom lens. The near-twin DX3600 fixes... (More)

Kodak's DX3500 digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Short form review posted for Kodak DX3500 camera!
09:31 EST - Dave Etchells tries out Kodak's 2-megapixel, fixed focal-length digicam...

When Dave first saw Kodak's DX3500 camera, he had to admit that his expectations were pretty low. The camera has *no* controls, for white balance or exposure compensation, so he expected it to fail miserably... (More)

Flash! - SHORT preorder list for Canon EOS-1D!
01:06 EST - One of our partners has just opened their preorder list for the hot Canon EOS-1D!

We don't normally post "sales" information on the news page, but this seemed important enough to warrant it. We've received word that our retail partner Ritz has opened their preorder list for the Canon... (More)

Monday, November 5, 2001

SanDisk announces 1GB Type-I CF!
15:33 EST - New capacity-leader will be shown at Comdex next week...

SanDisk Corp. has today announced the latest addition to its lineup of Type-I CompactFlash cards, in the form of a huge 1GB capacity card. Slated to ship in the first quarter of next year at a price of... (More)

Friday, November 2, 2001

Blue Pixel survives Eco-Challenge New Zealand!
17:42 EST - Only casualties for digital photography consultants consist of a damaged laptop computer, odorous flash, and a blown tire...

Professional photographer Rob Galbraith and his colleagues from digital imaging consultancy Blue Pixel have returned from the Eco-Challenge 2001 event in New Zealand, which we mentioned a couple of times... (More)

Lexar announces 12X flash lineup!
00:51 EST - 12X flash cards now available for consumer users...

Lexar Media Inc. has announced that it is now shipping its 12X CompactFlash cards to consumers in a range of capacities from 64 to 256MB, with prices ranging from $50 to $230 (78 - 90¢/MB). The company... (More)

Thursday, November 1, 2001

Kodak announces DCS Pro Back profiles!
22:55 EST - Custom imaging profiles mimic the looks of films and filters for customised 'artistic' effects...

Eastman Kodak Co. has announced a set of custom color profiles for users of its DCS Pro Back digital camera back. Available with a suggested list price of $249, the Kodak Professional DCS Custom Looks... (More)

NikonPro launched at PhotoPlus Expo!
08:15 EST - New service from Nikon promises to match pro photographers with buyers...

A new service from Nikon Inc. aimed at the pro photography market has been launched today at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York. NikonPro, a website which the company says "offers [pro photographers] heightened... (More)

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