News Archive - March 2002
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Thursday, March 28, 2002

Minolta's DiMAGE X digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Minolta Dimage X review conclusions updated!
12:43 EST - Dave updates his conclusions based on a production-level model of Minolta's super-slim 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam...

I first reviewed this camera back in early January, working from an early prototype. I updated it recently based on test shots from a production model, but found that it produced somewhat soft images,... (More)

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Fuji announces FinePix S2 Pro pricing!
00:18 EST - List price might raise a few eyebrows after Canon's recent update to EOS D60 pricing...

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. was the first company to announce a new digital SLR for this year in early January, quickly followed by Sigma, Canon and Nikon. The company has now emailed us to officially announce... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix 2500 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Coolpix 2500 review updated!
00:00 EST - Dave examines a full-production level version of Nikon's cool-looking swivel digicam...

When I first reviewed Nikon's new Coolpix 2500, I was very impressed by its slick design and good looks. Now that I've had a chance to test a full production model, I'm impressed by the photos it shoots... (More)

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

CNet, DPReview analyse PhotoPoint failure!
16:53 EST - Interviews with Dale Gass, CEO of Pantellic Software, disclose more of the story behind the dramatic closure of a popular photo-sharing website...

Regular readers will know that we've had many, many news items over the last few months investigating two outages at online photo-sharing site - the first lasting for several days, and the... (More)

Monday, March 25, 2002

Canon's EOS D60 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Major update of Canon EOS-D60 review! - HUGE sample gallery! (UPDATED)
00:00 EST - Dave takes a look at a production-level sample of Canon's EOS D60 digital SLR, and Mike T. offers up no less than 50 sample images taken with the same camera...

We've had our hands on a D60 production model for the last couple of weeks, but Canon asked us to hold off posting any pictures from it until tonight (this is being posted at 11pm EST) as a courtesy to... (More)

Friday, March 22, 2002

Update for production model Minolta Dimage X!
09:07 EST - Final thoughts from Dave on Minolta's innovative ultracompact digicam...

I guess this is the day for long-overdue Minolta updates - I've just posted a final version of my Dimage X review, updated with a full set of test images, complete with analysis and conclusions. My final... (More)

Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Multi Pro film scanner. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. MAJOR update/revision for Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro review!
09:05 EST - Dave gets to the bottom of a perplexing problem; scanner review updated as a result...

Well, I have to say I'm glad to have gotten to the bottom of this one! Back when I first tested the Dimage Scan Multi Pro multi-format film scanner, it seemed to do a pretty good job, but was slow when... (More)

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Rayovac announces super-fast recharging!
13:56 EST - I-C3 technology promises longer battery life, amazing 15-minute recharge times...

Rayovac Corp., the US market leader in rechargeable battery sales with a claimed market share of 75%, has announced a new technology which it claims will offer the ability to fully recharge batteries in... (More)

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

FinePix F601: Two first-looks!
00:24 EST - Jeff Keller and Phil Askey get the scoop on Fuji's latest FinePix...

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review and Digital Camera Resource Page have now posted first-look previews of Fuji's FinePix F601 Zoom digital camera, which was announced at the end of January.... (More)

Phil examines DSC-P71!
00:10 EST - Sony's compact 3mpix, 3x optical zoom digicam reviewed...

The folks over at the Digital Photography Review website have now posted a review of Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P71 digital camera, a model we reviewed back when it was announced on February 20th. At the time,... (More)

Monday, March 18, 2002

DPReview reviews Coolpix 2500!
23:45 EST - Recently announced Nikon camera goes on Phil's reviewing bench...

What with the recent flood of PMA and CeBit work, we've gotten somewhat behind on mentioning the reviews from our friends at the other main photo sites. Now we've got a minute to breathe, though, it's... (More)

Olympus' Camedia D-520 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Camedia D-520Z - first look review!
10:03 EST - Dave examines a prototype of Olympus' just-announced digital camera...

There's a digicam category probably best described as "Full-Featured Bargains," consisting of inexpensive cameras with good feature sets. Olympus has been a strong player in that market segment for years,... (More)

Olympus announces Camedia D-520 Zoom! (UPDATED)
10:02 EST - Second announcement of the day couples 2mpix resolution with a 3x optical zoom...

In its second announcement today, Olympus America details its Camedia D-520 Zoom digital camera. As with the just-announced D-380, the D-520's European equivalent (the C-220 Zoom) was announced last Wednesday... (More)

Olympus announces Camedia D-380! (UPDATED)
10:02 EST - New entry-level camera has already been announced in Europe...

Olympus America has today announced its new entry-level Camedia D-380 digital camera. Featuring a fixed focus, 35mm-equivalent lens, the 2 megapixel D-380 was announced almost a week ago in Europe - unfortunately,... (More)

Friday, March 15, 2002

World's thinnest digicam finally hits markets!
14:23 EST - SMaL UltraPocket will reach Japanese retail stores soon under a FujiFilm brandname...

SMaL's UltraPocket digital camera, recognized by Guinness World Records as the thinnest camera on the planet (look in the Technology: Gadgets section) is finally about to go on sale in Japan. First announced... (More)

Thursday, March 14, 2002

Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Multi Pro film scanner. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro review update!
11:00 EST - Dave tries Black & White scanning and offers a workaround to potential problems...

I've had a number of requests from readers that I test the black/white capabilities of the scanners I test. I finally got around to shooting a roll of Tri X, and after further delay have now managed to... (More)

Casio announces two really tiny digicams!
09:00 EST - Exilim EX-S1 and EX-M1 offer functionality that you might not expect in such a tiny package...

Note: We were initially told this announcement was for 9AM Eastern Time, however having seen it already posted on at least two other sites, we now consider the information to be public and are going ahead... (More)

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Canadian government considers tax on writeable media!
05:13 EST - Regardless of intended use, music industry would get money on any purchase of flash memory, micro hard-drive or writeable CD or DVD disc...

In what has to be the most bizarre example of placing the cart before the horse that we've ever seen, the Canadian Government's Copyright Board is apparently preparing to place a tariff on all media which... (More)

Minolta announces DiMAGE 7i!
04:00 EST - Update to the DiMAGE 7 digital camera increases speed and functionality...

Minolta has today announced an update to its top-of-the-line DiMAGE 7 digital camera. Changes include much faster auto-focusing, improved electronic and LCD viewfinders with added display functions like... (More)

Minolta announces innovative compact digicam!
04:00 EST - DiMAGE F100 identifies the subject person in your image and focuses / exposes accordingly...

Minolta has today announced its new DiMAGE F100 digital camera, a 4 megapixel model which features an innovative focusing system the company says "[brings] people into focus". Definitely the stand-out... (More)

Canon replaces PowerShot S300!
03:34 EST - New S330 model announced at CeBit 2002 in Germany...

Canon has today announced a replacement for its existing PowerShot S300 digital camera at the CeBit show in Germany. The PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH (dubbed the Digital IXUS 330 in Europe) has the following... (More)

Canon announces PowerShot S200!
03:33 EST - New camera replaces the existing S110 model...

Canon has today announced a replacement for its existing PowerShot S110 digital camera at the CeBit show in Germany. The PowerShot S200 Digital ELPH (dubbed the Digital IXUS v2 in Europe) has the following... (More)

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Canon notifies dealers of EOS D60 pricing!
08:11 EST - Say goodbye to the $2000 price barrier to true digital SLRs...

Canon USA has now notified dealers of official US pricing for its EOS D60 SLR digital camera, we hear. The dealer letter sets two prices for each of the EOS D60 bundles - the SLP (Suggested List Price)... (More)

Sony's DSC-P9 Digital Camera. Courtesy of Sony Electronics. "First Look" review posted for Sony DSC-P9.
08:01 EST - Dave examines Sony's just-announced update to the DSC-P5 digital camera...

This certainly must be the season for new Sony digicams. (Trust me, the other manufacturers will indeed be getting me some of their newly-announced products to test very shortly as well!) This time, it's... (More)

Sony announces two new P-series digicams! (UPDATED)
08:00 EST - Of the two new models, only one is currently slated for sale on the US market...

Sony Electronics' Digital Imaging Product Division has today announced two new digital cameras in its P-series, the Cyber-shot DSC-P2 and DSC-P9. Of the two, the company is currently planning to sell... (More)

Friday, March 8, 2002

Be first on your block with a hot new D-SLR! (UPDATED)
12:37 EST - Pre-order a Canon EOS-D60 or Sigma SD-9 now, get a good deal when the camera ships - and help support the Imaging Resource as well...

Imaging Resource affiliate Ritz Camera is now accepting preorders for some of the hottest digital cameras we saw at PMA 2002 - Canon's EOS-D60 and Sigma's SD-9. If you're considering a single lens reflex... (More)

PMA: New cameras from Concord!
1:35 EST - It's taking a little longer than Mike had planned to filter through all the post-show information now that we're back from PMA, but the items are gradually filtering up into our PMA report. If you've not checked recently, you might want to hop on over now - new items include: Concord announces 2mpix compact digicam! Concord: Two new ultra-compact digicams! Concord: Two new compact digicams announced!... (More)

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Sony's DSC-P71 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Minor update - "Picky Details" information posted!
11:00 EST - Not a huge item, just a bit more post-PMA catch-up: Dave has now posted the "picky details" pages (power, timing, etc) for the latest round of Sony compact digicams, which he did first-look reviews of just prior to PMA - the Sony DSC-P31, DSC-P51, and DSC-P71.

Wow! D-SLR Pricing Dance Continues: $2000 US?!
10:02 EST - Some new information from our friends to the north about pricing for Canon's EOS-D60.

From various hints and rumors, pre-PMA, I'd been expecting to see some *really* low prices announced for the latest digital SLRs from Nikon and Canon. I didn't want to repeat what I'd heard publicly, because... (More)

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Club Photo announces spiral-bound photo albums!
17:16 EST - Costing from $6 to $38, new addition to Club Photo's photo-customised gift lineup can be as thick as 60 pages...

Club Photo Inc. has announced the addition of spiral-bound printed photo albums to its lineup of photo-customised gift items. Starting at $5.95 for from 1 to 6 pages, the books are available in 4" x 6"... (More)

PhotoPoint: User photos return - at a price!
11:24 EST - Almost three months after it closed doors, the online photofinisher offers users a chance to get their photos back for around $30...

Online photofinisher, whose parent company Pantellic Software Inc. folded in mid-December - causing the site to suddenly cease service without warning to its many users - has now announced... (More)

Saturday, March 2, 2002

The Imaging Resource logo. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Great Battery Shootout Updated!
13:54 EST - Dave goes back for a second look at battery performance after a bug creeps into the system...

Well, this is a little embarassing: For all my self-inflated erudition and apparent anal-retentiveness in my "Great Battery Shootout" article, a systematic error crept in, thanks to a failing contact... (More)

Friday, March 1, 2002

New site for Olympus E-series owners!
15:50 EST - Do you use Olympus' E-10, E-20 or E-100RS digital cameras, or are you considering buying one? If so, Stefan Hendricks has the site for you...

An email this afternoon from Stefan Hendricks alerted us to his new website, a great resource for those who own Olympus' E-series digital cameras, or anyone considering purchasing one. There's... (More)

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