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Sunday, June 30, 2002

Nikon D100 now available to pre-order!
16:14 EDT - Six megapixel low-cost (but high-spec, considering the price) digital SLR can now be ordered once more...

We've just been alerted by our affiliate Ritz Camera that they are now accepting pre-orders for the Nikon D100 digital camera for just $1999.95. We've had numerous emails from readers asking when and where... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix 2000 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Short Form (FIRST LOOK) review posted for the Nikon Coolpix 2000!
4:33 EDT - Nikon literally needs no introduction at the high end of both the film and digital photography market, but they've not thus far been a major player at the low end of digital. Still, their Coolpix 775 model was one of the most popular of last year's holiday season, and they're clearly eyeing the low end of the market where the real mass quantities of consumers reside. Their latest effort in this area... (More)

Friday, June 28, 2002

Pentax's Optio 230 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax Corp., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Short Form review posted for Pentax Optio 230!
15:16 EDT - Dave considers Pentax's 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom offering...

When I tested the Pentax Optio 330 and 430 models a little while ago, I found them to be very well-constructed little digicams in the 3 and 4 megapixel categories, respectively. Now, Pentax has extended... (More)

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Sony announces new ultracompact Cyber-shot! (UPDATED)
05:17 EDT - DSC-U10 will ship next month in Japan...

You heard it here first: Sony Japan has today announced a tiny new ultracompact digital camera model slated to ship from July 20th, 2002 in that country. The Sony Cyber-shot U DSC-U10 features a 1.3 megapixel... (More)

Delkin announces portable storage device!
01:19 EDT - Delkin's PicturePAD looks to be a rebadged Nixvue Vista...

Delkin Devices Inc. has today announced its new PicturePAD, a portable storage and image viewing device with a built-in color LCD display. Sound familiar? If so, you probably read our coverage of Nixvue's... (More)

Two days to go, Nikon D100 pricing announced!
12:22 EDT - We just received an email from the folks at Nikon Inc., reminding us that the camera is due to ship in just two days' time on June 28th. For the first time, the email confirms US pricing - which has been much rumored up 'til now, but not officially announced. "So," we hear you ask with bated breath, "how much?" According to Nikon's email, the US MSRP (manufacturer's standard retail price) for the... (More)

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Nikon announces new Coolpix pricing!
18:55 EDT - Recently announced cameras will be shipping next month...

Nikon Inc. has today announced pricing details for its recently-announced Coolpix 2000, Coolpix 4500 and Coolpix 5700 digital cameras. All three models were first unveiled on May 29th, however at that... (More)

First flatbed scanner with Digital ICE announced!
18:37 EDT - Microtek ScanMaker 6800 features ASF's well-received image enhancement technology; Digital ROC and SHO trials will ship with the company's scanners...

Microtek International Inc. has announced in a joint press release with Applied Science Fiction Inc. its new ScanMaker 6800 flatbed scanner, the first flatbed model to feature ASF's Digital ICE technology.... (More)

Minolta's DiMAGE F100 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review updated for Minolta DiMAGE F100!
16:25 EDT - First-look review of Minolta's interesting digicam updated with production-level details...

Here's another update of a First Look review I did on a digicam a little while ago. The Minolta DiMAGE F100 is an interesting little camera with a surprisingly sophisticated autofocus system, capable of... (More)

Sony's MVC-CD400 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full Review updated for Sony Mavica MVC-CD400!
16:20 EDT - Dave goes back for a production-level look at Sony's high-spec CD-based digital camera...

Sony's CD Mavicas are unique in the market, recording their images on mini CD-R/RW discs. This gives large storage capacity very cheaply, great for extended trips. I reviewed a prototype model of the MVC-CD400,... (More)

Visioneer announces low-cost imaging set-top box!
00:06 EDT - PhotoPort TV 100 offers TV-screen viewing and editing for your digital photos...

Visioneer Inc. has announced a new TV set-top box for viewing and editing digital images, and the PhotoPort TV 100 comes in at a very low price for a flash-based device - $99.99! (We've seen similarly... (More)

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Panasonic: New DVD camcorder!
23:38 EDT - VDR-M20 features megapixel still images, DVD-RAM / DVD-R storage...

Panasonic, the consumer electronics brand of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., has today announced its upcoming VDR-M20 digital camera, a $999.95 model with a megapixel imager that will ship in... (More)

Panasonic DVD Multi Drive - a good backup solution?
17:58 EDT - Internal drive reads and writes both DVD and CD media...

We spotted an interesting press release today from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., the company behind the Panasonic brandname, for a device that could offer digital camera owners a good way to... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Epson Introduces New Epson Consumer Scanner Models: Perfection 2400 PHOTO, 1660 PHOTO and 1260/1260 PHOTO
17:06 EDT - Epson's Scanner Line Delivers High-Resolution Scanning, Fast Scanning Speeds and Unbelievable Quality at Affordable Prices Epson America Inc. introduced three new EPSON Perfection(R) scanners today that address the needs of a variety of customers from the entry-level home user to the more advanced user. The EPSON Perfection 2400 PHOTO, the Perfection 1660 PHOTO and the Perfection 1260/1260 PHOTO are... (More)

HUGE catch-up on other sites' reviews!
04:25 EDT - We've been even busier than usual lately, and have let slip on mentioning numerous reviews from our friends at the other three main digital camera sites, but it's time to make amends...

It has been quite some time since we've mentioned reviews from any of our colleagues at the Digital Camera Resource Page, Digital Photography Review and Steve's Digicams website, mostly because we've been... (More)

Maha's MH-C777PLUS-II battery charger. Courtesy of Maha Energy Corp. Maha announces MH-C777PLUS-II!
00:13 EDT - Sophisticated battery charger "can be used with virtually any battery packs for digital cameras, two-way radios, cellular phone, camcorders, and more"...

Maha Energy Corp. has announced an update to its top-of-the-line MH-C777PLUS charger, analyzer and conditioner, The MH-C777PLUS-II. There are several changes over the previous model, including: Discharge-only... (More)

Monday, June 24, 2002

ACDSee receives award!
19:34 EDT - American Photo honors image management software...

ACD Systems International Inc. has today announced that its ACDSee 4.0 image management software has received an Editor's Choice Award in the software category from American Photo magazine. American Photo's... (More)

Meet other digicam users, share experience!
15:44 EDT - offers an easy way to find other digital imaging enthusiasts in your area...

We received an interesting email from the folks at this morning, telling us that "International Digital Cameras/ Equipment MEETUP Day is Tuesday, July 9 @ 8:00PM". Confused? The (More)

FujiFilm's FinePix F601 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of FujiFilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Fuji F601 Zoom!
00:06 EDT - Fuji's 3.3 megapixel update to the FinePix 6800Z reviewed...

Fuji's had something of a franchise on the vertical-format, high-style, compact form-factor segment of the digicam market for some time now, and their latest offering in this area takes resolution and... (More)

Friday, June 21, 2002

Olympus' Camedia D-550 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Short-form review posted for Olympus D-550 Zoom!
16:21 EDT - 3 megapixel, 2.8x optical zoom digicam from Olympus praised for its image quality, features, and price...

As I said in my conclusion, every now and then a manufacturer hits a real "sweet spot" in terms of image quality, features, and price, and I think Olympus has done just that with the Camedia D-550 Zoom.... (More)

Olympus' Camedia D-380 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Short-form review posted for Olympus D-380!
16:17 EDT - Olympus' entry-level Camedia digital camera on the IR reviewing bench...

One of the first digicams I reviewed on this site was the Olympus D-220L, nearly four years ago. The Camedia D-380 is a direct descendant of that little 640-480 wonder, and definitely shows how far we've... (More)

Epson updates PRINT Image Matching!
15:23 EDT - TIFF support and two extra parameters extend Epson's print-matching technology...

Epson America Inc. has unveiled an update to its PRINT Image Matching standard, now dubbed PRINT Image Matching II (P.I.M. II). The new standard adds two extra parameters, "noise reduction" and "custom... (More)

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Toshiba US announces PDR-T20!
19:41 EDT - New model recently announced in Japan will be coming to the USA...

Toshiba USA has today announced its PDR-T20 digital camera, which was first described on June 8th when it was announced in Japan. A 2 megapixel, 2x optical zoom camera which is somewhat reminiscent of... (More)

Fuji announces new VP!
15:33 EDT - Paul D'Andrea now heads up the company's Consumer Markets Division...

Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. has announced its appointment of Paul D'Andrea to the position of Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Markets Division. Formerly Vice President, Strategic Planning for... (More)

FujiFilm S2 Pro: Preorder today!
03:55 EDT - We told you recently about a major price-drop on Fuji's latest DSLR - now you can be one of the first to own one...

IR affiliate Ritz Camera is now accepting orders for the FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro digital camera. Not familiar with the S2 Pro? The camera features a new third-generation 6.49 megapixel SuperCCD imager,... (More)

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Coolpix 2500: New firmware released!
14:30 EDT - Japanese and European customers get fixes for WindowsXP problems, and a couple of updates as well...

Nikon Japan and Europe have both released a new version of firmware for the Coolpix 2500 digital camera. Japanese customers can get the firmware here, whilst European customers should go here. We'd strongly... (More)

The International Imaging Industry Association's logo. Courtesy of the The International Imaging Industry Association. Imaging leaders cooperate on digital photofinishing!
14:06 EDT - Agfa-Gevaert, Canon, Digimarc, Eastman Kodak, FotoWire, Fujifilm, Hewlett-Packard, LifePics, Olympus, Open Graphics and Pixology - the participants are a veritable who's who of imaging, so can they finally build a successful framework for consumers to print their digital images...?

A press release from the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) announces a new initiative from member companies to provide a framework by which consumers will be able to conveniently order prints... (More)

Minolta's DiMAGE 7i digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. *Full* review posted for the Minolta DiMAGE 7i!
00:29 EDT - Dave examines Minolta's update to the popular (and capable) DiMAGE 7 digital camera...

Phew, this was one of those reviews where I thought I'd never get done writing! There's just so many features to describe and put into context. I was a big fan of the original DiMAGE 7 when it first appeared... (More)

Fuji FinePix S602Z - now shipping!
00:24 EDT - 3 megapixel, 6x optical zoom digital camera now available...

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc, which announced its FinePix S602 Zoom digital camera back in January just before the PMA 2002 show, has today announced that the camera is now shipping (meeting the schedule... (More)

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Kodak cuts price of DCS 720x!
15:37 EDT - Professional single-lens reflex camera now ~30% cheaper...

Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced a significant price-cut for its Kodak Professional DCS 720x digital camera. Previously $6,995, the camera is now some 29% cheaper at a new list price of $4,995. The... (More)

Monday, June 17, 2002

Olympus ships TruePrint photo kiosks!
19:54 EDT - Four different models offer self-service photofinishing choices...

Olympus America Inc. has today announced that it is now shipping its TruePrint photo kiosks, the countertop TP-100 and floor-standing TP-200 (TP-100S and TP-200S variants add flat-bed scanners, but are... (More)

Minolta announces DiMAGE 7 updates!
12:18 EDT - Numerous new features and improvements for owners of Minolta's popular 7x optical zoom digicam...

Minolta USA has today announced its upgrade kit for the DiMAGE 7 digital camera that was recently described by the company's Japanese office. The DG7-UGK comprises both a firmware upgrade and a new release... (More)

Friday, June 14, 2002

Fuji, IBM roll out kiosks, digital labs!
16:45 EDT - Imaging and IT companies cooperate to provide for digital camera photofinishing...

A press release today from Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. and IBM announces that the two companies are completing their first round of digital photofinishing installations. With systems consisting of Fujifilm's... (More)

FinePix S2 Pro - big price drop! (UPDATED)
13:40 EDT - As predicted, FujiFilm adjusts the price of its upcoming digital SLR...

Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. has announced pricing of its FinePix S2 Pro digital camera to retailers, and as we predicted at the end of May, the figures look to be much closer to competing models from Nikon... (More)

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Contax N Digital *in stock*!
23:52 EDT - Just-released camera with its full-frame sensor available now - no waiting...

Contax's N Digital SLR digital camera provoked much excitement when it was announced, thanks to the use of a full 35mm frame-sized sensor. Just recently, the camera began shipping in the USA, although... (More)

Addonics: new IDE drive reads 9 flash formats!
17:32 EDT - The use of optional PC card adapters means the IDE Ultra DigiDrive will be able to use just about any flash format you care to mention...

Addonics Technologies Inc. has today announced another addition to its lineup of drive-bay flash readers, in the form of the IDE Ultra DigiDrive. Billed as having "the ability to read/write to 9 different... (More)

Kyocera's FineCam S4 digital camera. Courtesy of Kyocera Corp., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Short-form review posted for Kyocera FineCam S4!
14:20 EDT - Japanese manufacturer's lightweight, compact digicam gets the once-over from Dave...

Kyocera entered the "subcompact" digicam derby last year with their FineCam S3, and is back this year with the upgraded S4 model, which boosts the CCD resolution to four megapixels. This is definitely... (More)

Nikon's D100 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. D100 review updated, full sample photos online!
14:17 EDT - Plenty of photos from Nikon's much-anticipated D100 digital SLR, soon to go on sale in the US market...

Apologies for the delay in getting these up there, but I think the result is worth it: I now have a full set of my standard comparison images shot with the Nikon D100 posted. It's perhaps no surprise that... (More)

Sony's DSC-P71 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sony DSC-P71 review updated!
14:13 EDT - Dave revisits Sony's take-anywhere P-series digicam...

I've (finally) updated my review of the Sony DSC-P71 to reflect results from a production model. - All new standardized test photos, plus updated conclusions. Bottom line? An excellent little camera. It... (More)

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

MSN: Lots of info on printing your photos!
15:50 EDT - Peter Burian authors an excellent series on choosing and buying a photo printer, and getting top-notch results with it...

Peter K. Burian, a stock photographer who's also done much work as both writer and editor for print magazines and books related to photography, has written a superb three-part series for Microsoft's MSN... (More)

Casio announces new ruggedized digital camera!
01:17 EDT - G.Bros design updated with new 2 megapixel imager...

Casio Computer Co. Ltd. in Japan has announced an update to its G.Bros GV-10 digital camera, which was first announced in October 2001. It isn't clear whether the older camera will continue to be sold,... (More)

Monday, June 10, 2002

D100 to ship in a little over two weeks! (UPDATED)
15:50 EDT - Nikon announces ship date for its upcoming digital SLR...

Nikon Inc. has just announced that its much-anticipated D100 digital SLR, which we recently posted an in-depth first look review of is about to begin shipping. First announced at the PMA show in Orlando,... (More)

Saturday, June 8, 2002

Toshiba announces Sora PDR-T20 digicam!
01:39 EDT - New model, says the Japanese manufacturer, has "a stylish design like a perfume bottle"...

Toshiba Japan has announced a new digital camera model which, like the PDR-T10 which recently began shipping, features a touch-screen LCD display to simplify the user interface and remove the clutter... (More)

Thursday, June 6, 2002

Pentax announces Optio updates!
20:26 EDT - New 330RS and 430RS are coming to the USA...

Pentax USA has announced two new digital camera models, updating its existing Optio 330 and 430. The Pentax Optio 330RS and 430RS, which were announced in Europe a few days ago, have a number of new features:... (More)

Canon announces PowerShot A200 digital camera!
01:00 EDT - New model features 2 megapixel resolution, fixed focal-length lens...

Canon has today announced a new digital camera for the American market, the PowerShot A200. The A200 has a compact design with built-in (rotary-style) sliding lens cover over a 39mm-equivalent fixed focal-length... (More)

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Nikon launches new SLR-oriented website!
08:00 EDT - will have info for users of both film and digital SLRs...

Nikon Inc. has today unveiled a new website aimed at photographers using SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, be they film- or digital-based. Online at, the site is billed as a "Roadmap to SLR... (More)

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Sony Memory Stick Partners Forum Report!
00:05 EDT - Tiny "Duo" cards nearing market; read-only and write-once cards on the way...

Sony Corp. has today reported on its second annual Memory Stick Partners Forum, attended by numerous companies supporting its Memory Stick media format. 47 companies had Memory Stick products on display,... (More)

Monday, June 3, 2002

Canon, Toshiba digicams honored by PC World!
18:57 EDT - PDR-M71 described as best digicam under $500; PowerShot G2 best above $500...

Toshiba Imaging Systems has today announced that its 3.2 megapixel, $399 list PDR-M71 digital camera has been awarded "Best Digital Camera -- Under $500" by PC World magazine. In the 20th annual "World... (More)

Pentax Europe announces new Optio cameras!
16:36 EDT - gets the scoop on the latest offerings from the Japanese manufacturer...

The folks over at, the bilingual Dutch/English website, have today posted news of two upcoming cameras from Pentax which have been rumored around the 'net for a while now. The Pentax... (More)

Sunday, June 2, 2002

FinePix S2 Pro - samples online!
14:50 EDT - Numerous sample images from Fuji's upcoming digital SLR...

Date Junichi of the Japanese Miscall website has this weekend posted the first sample photos we've seen from FujiFilm's upcoming S2 Pro SLR digital camera. As usual, there's little information provided... (More)

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