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Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Sony announces DSC-F707 upgrade! (UPDATED)
14:12 EST - Early-model DSC-F707 cameras may exhibit a problem where flash pictures sometimes have a blue tint. Sony has announced an upgrade that fixes it...

Sony USA has just informed us that they've initiated an upgrade for certain early-model Cyber-shot DSC-F707 digital cameras. As you may have seen in discussions on forums and Usenet newsgroups, some users... (More)

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

SanDisk, Viking conclude litigation!
15:27 EST - Court rules flash sold to Viking by Lexar is covered by a previous agreement...

SanDisk Corp., Lexar Media Inc. and Viking Components Inc. have today distributed press releases announcing that the lawsuit between Lexar's customer Viking and SanDisk has concluded. As usually seems... (More)

DCRP reviews Kodak DX3215!
01:43 EST - Kodak's entry-level 'EasyShare' doesn't fare too well in its first review...

Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page has posted the first review we've seen of Kodak's EasyShare DX3215 digital camera, a $199 entry-level unit which occupies the bottom slot in the company's... (More)

Toshiba's PDR-M71 digital camera. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Toshiba PDR-M71 reviewed!
01:34 EST - Toshiba's 'Black Magic' gets the 'Jeff Keller' review treatment...

Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have now posted their full review of Toshiba's PDR-M71 digital camera, dubbed the 'Black Magic' when it was first launched in Germany last August. Jeff concludes:... (More)

DVSpot reviews Sony DCR-TRV30
01:17 EST - Jeff Keller reviews Sony's top-of-the-line single CCD MiniDV camcorder...

Our friends at the dvspot website have posted a full review of Sony's DCR-TRV30 digital camcorder. Reviewer Jeff Keller concludes: "The Sony DCR-TRV30 is one of the best single CCD camcorders out there.... (More)

DCRP updates DSC-F707 review!
01:04 EST - Jeff Keller concludes his review with opinions based on a production camera...

Our good friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have recently updated their review of Sony's DSC-F707 digital camera after taking a look at a full production-level camera. Jeff concludes: "I think... (More)

Monday, October 29, 2001

DPReview examines Olympus Camedia E-20P
15:21 EST - Phil Askey gets hands-on with the PAL version of Olympus' E-10 successor...

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have now posted their full review of the Olympus Camedia E-20P digital camera, the European equivalent of the US E-20N model. (The only real difference... (More)

Dave's Digicam Wishbook. Holiday Wishbook Online!
1:04 EST - I can't say how many times a day I get an email from a reader asking me to help them decide what camera they should get. Unfortunately, I just don't have the time to do that, so have to regretfully tell them "sorry, but..." It occurred to me though, that I do have a pretty good idea of which cameras I think fit various niches the best, and that information would likely be helpful to folks. Remembering... (More)

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Club Photo announces CD archives!
15:07 EDT - Service offers a way to back up individual albums or entire Club Photo accounts...

Club Photo Inc. has now officially launched the photos-on-CD service which we first told you about back in July. Two options are offered - the ability to have one album of up to 60 images backed up on... (More)

NikonNet provides live EcoChallenge coverage!
14:39 EDT - Photos from the digital photographers at Blue Pixel provide live coverage from a very demanding environment...

We told you on Monday, October 22nd about digital photographers documenting the Eco-Challenge New Zealand event, and NikonNet has now distributed a press release summarising its involvement with the effort.... (More)

Friday, October 26, 2001

Aiwa announces digital voice recorder/camera combo!
14:49 EDT - IC-DP200 'Eye Recorder' now shipping in Japan offers 260 minutes of audio or 200 VGA images in a small package...

Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Aiwa Co. Ltd. has announced a new combination digital voice recorder / digital camera unit for the Japanese market, the IC-DP200 'Eye Recorder'. Now shipping... (More)

Thursday, October 25, 2001

Pictographics announces iCorrect discount!
15:58 EDT - From now through Halloween, get 10% off the color correction plugin...

Pictographics International Corp. has announced a 10% discount on its iCorrect Professional color correction plugin for PhotoShop, Paint Shop Pro and other programs which comply with the PhotoShop plugin... (More)

Lexar flash featured in Nikon UK addon bundle!
12:33 EDT - Nikon's 'Premier Power & Memory Kit' includes Lexar's 64MB CompactFlash memory card...

Lexar Media Inc. has announced that its 4X 64MB CompactFlash memory card has been selected by Nikon UK Ltd. for inclusion in the 'Premier Power & Memory Kit' bundle. Available at a cost of £129.99... (More)

Canon's EOS-1D digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Canon EOS-1D! (UPDATED)
03:01 EDT - We've had a week with an EOS-1D with the latest firmware (v1.0.1), have a full review posted, with sample images!

Looks like it's time for our bandwidth charges to go through the roof again! - We've had a Canon EOS-1D with updated firmware (version 1.0.1) for about a week now, have shot all our usual test targets,... (More)

Nikon supports Windows XP launch!
00:13 EDT - Camera manufacturer summarises its products that work with Microsoft's new OS...

Microsoft Corp. will tomorrow officially launch its next-generation operating system, Windows XP, and Nikon Inc. has put out a press release summarising its participation in the launch. As part of the... (More)

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Ulead releases PhotoImpact 7!
21:42 EDT - Latest version of image editor receives award from PC Photo Magazine...

Ulead Systems Inc. has announced the release of a new version of its PhotoImpact image editor, PhotoImpact 7... The latest version includes numerous new features, as follows: Lens Distortion Effect corrects... (More)

Pentax cancels 6mpix SLR plans! (UPDATED)
15:13 EDT - The unnamed MZ-S-based 6 megapixel SLR which we showed you last PMA is no more...

Asahi Optical Co. Ltd, which sells its digital cameras under the Pentax brandname, has today officially announced that it has cancelled plans for its unnamed 6 megapixel SLR which we first told you about... (More)

iNova's Nikon eBook updated to version 3.0!
00:49 EDT - Added chapters in the popular eBook from Peter iNova offer insights into the Coolpix 995 and Coolpix 775 cameras...

Peter iNova, the man behind the highly recommended eBook 'Mastering Nikon Compact Digital Cameras', has been in touch to let us know that he's released a new version which adds updates covering the Nikon... (More)

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Fuji announces FinePix 30i digital camera! (UPDATED)
18:09 EDT - Newest model in the 'i'-series of MP3 player / digicam combos adds mobile connectivity, cuts costs...

Fuji has today announced an addition to its 'i'-series of MP3 player / digital camera combos for the Japanese and German markets, in the form of the new FinePix 30i digital camera, our friends at (More)

SanDisk sues Micron over recently-announced flash memory!
01:52 EDT - Federal suit alleges Micron subsidiary's products infringe on SanDisk patent...

Flash memory manufacturer SanDisk Corp. has announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Idaho-based Micron Technology Inc.... (More)

SanDisk introduces high-speed CompactFlash card line!
01:32 EDT - 'Ultra' CompactFlash cards in a variety of capacities compete with Lexar's high-speed flash head-on...

SanDisk Corp. has announced a new line of CompactFlash cards targeted at the Pro photographer, billed as 'Ultra' CompactFlash. Available in capacities of 128, 192, 256, 384 and 512MB, the cards will ship... (More)

Monday, October 22, 2001

Blue Pixel captures Eco-Challenge - digitally, of course!
19:44 EDT - Pro photographer Rob Galbraith documents the bewildering array of equipment required to take on the challenge of a sporting event that covers every environment from snow-capped mountain peaks to glacier-fed rivers...

Rob Galbraith, the Canadian digital photojournalist behind the superb Rob Galbraith Online website, has posted a very interesting article looking at the equipment he'll be using to document Eco-Challenge... (More)

Intel chops Consumer Electronics business!
14:50 EDT - World's largest chipmaker 'disconnects' its Connected Products Division...

Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of computer chips, will discontinue its 'Connected Products Division' which manufactures consumer electronics products such as digital cameras, digital audio players... (More)

Saturday, October 20, 2001

ImageBuddy v1.6.0 released!
03:25 EDT - Latest version of Kepmad's Mac photo printing app now available...

One we missed a couple of weeks ago: The folks at Kepmad Systems have released a new version of their Macintosh photo printing application ImageBuddy. v1.6.0 adds image captions to the page layout control... (More)

Friday, October 19, 2001

Photodex unveils CompuPic 6.0!
18:26 EDT - Newest version of the digital content manager will be shown at Comdex...

Photodex Corp. has distributed a press release announcing that it will introduce new versions of its CompuPic digital content manager at the Digital Focus press event running alonside Fall Comdex 2001.... (More)

Maha's Powerex C-2000 NiMH / NiCD / LiIon battery charger. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. In-Depth review: Maha C-2000 battery charger
11:57 EDT - Second in what's planned to be a long series of reviews on battery chargers, Dave Etchells takes an in-depth look at Maha's versatile C-2000 charger...

The Maha / PowerEx C-2000 charger not only charges the usual digicam AA cells, but handles a wide range of camcorder battery packs as well, regardless of battery chemistry. (It charges NiMH, NiCd, and... (More)

Olympus' Camedia Brio D-230 digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Olympus D-230!
11:49 EDT - Dave Etchells examines Olympus' 2 megapixel point'n'shoot...

As digicam technology continues to mature, the low end of the market is now seeing excellent image quality at affordable prices. The new Olympus Camedia Brio D-230 camera offers 2 megapixels of resolution... (More)

Casio announces low-cost SD/MMC digicam!
00:09 EDT - QV-2100 will reach market in Japan at a cost of ~$200...

Casio Japan has today announced a new low-cost digital camera, the QV-2100. Featuring a sensor resolution of 2.14 megapixels and a fixed focus, fixed focal-length lens, the camera comes in at just above... (More)

Thursday, October 18, 2001

Polaroid files Chapter 11, seeks buyer!
01:17 EDT - Well-known name in imaging begins reorganisation whilst searching for a company to buy out part or all of its operation...

Polaroid Corp., a company we've mentioned frequently in the past on this news page, and one which has been showing signs of financial trouble for some time, has officially announced that it has filed for... (More)

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

New articles at Outback Photo!
01:23 EDT - Uwe and the Outback team continue a steady flow of interesting articles for digital outdoor / nature photographers...

Our friend Uwe Steinmueller at the Digital Outback Photo website has been in touch with news of a number of new articles readers may find of interest. First are up two galleries (1, 2) of sample images... (More)

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Casio announces digicam for an active lifestyle! (UPDATED)
00:31 EDT - G.BROS GV-10 compact digicam features dust, moisture and shock protection...

Casio Computer Co. Ltd. in Japan has announced a new digital camera aimed at outdoor and sports use, the G.BROS GV-10. Featuring IEC 60529 IP66/67-compliant dust and water seals which allow immersion... (More)

Monday, October 15, 2001

Olympus announces C-3020Z digital camera! (UPDATED)
10:00 EDT - Update to Camedia C-3000Z features new menu structure, noise reduction and more...

Olympus America Inc. has today officially announced its new Camedia C-3020 Zoom digital camera, an update to the existing C-3000 Zoom model. Changes include a new color scheme, USB Mass Storage Class compliance,... (More)

Sunday, October 14, 2001

Sony Canada announces DSC-P3, -P5 digital cameras!
16:17 EDT - Digital cameras announced last August make it to the Canadian market...

Sony Canada has officially announced the launch of the 3 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-P3 and DSC-P5 cameras (announced in the USA on August 21st) for the Canadian marketplace. Full specifications for both... (More)

SanDisk prepares for Q3 financial results!
16:11 EDT - Flash manufacturer will announce latest figures on October 17th...

A press release from flash memory manufacturer SanDisk Corp. announces that it is preparing to disclose its financial results for the third quarter of 2001 after the close of market on Wednesday, October... (More)

SilverFast now compatible with RFS 3600!
16:07 EDT - Kodak adds popular scanning software to RFS 3600 product bundle, extends free film offer...

Eastman Kodak Co. has announced in a press release that LaserSoft Imaging GmbH's popular SilverFast Ai 5 scanning software is now compatible with the RFS 3600 film scanner, and will this month be added... (More)

Kodak updates 'Portraits & More'!
16:00 EDT - Software from Kodak Professional sports support for new cameras, added color management options...

A press release from Eastman Kodak Co. announces that the company has released an update to its Kodak Professional Portraits & More PC Pro software for Windows computers. Version 3.2 of the package adds... (More)

Thursday, October 11, 2001

DCRP reviews Pentax Optio 330!
15:05 EDT - Pentax's tiny 3 megapixel digicam reviewed by Jeff Keller...

Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have now posted their review of Pentax's diminutive Optio 330, which was first announced back in March. The Optio 330 is a 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam... (More)

Epson releases ColorLife ICC profiles!
13:55 EDT - Stylus Photo 870, 875DC and 1270 users now get more accurate results on ColorLife prints...

Epson has released ICC profiles for its recently-announced ColorLife paper in combination with the Stylus Photo 870, 875DC and 1270 inkjet printers, our friends at the Digital Photography Review report.... (More)

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Jenoptik announces its first 4mpix digicam!
19:50 EDT - Taiwan-sourced JD 4100 z3 puts price ahead of manual controls...

German technology company Jenoptik AG has announced its first 4-megapixel digital camera, our friends at Steve's Digicams and report. The Jenoptik JD 4100 z3 is an update to the current... (More)

Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Pentax, Sanyo cooperate on single-use digicam!
19:22 EDT - A digital camera for $16.50? There has to be a catch! There is - you have to give it back... ;)

A press release distributed today in Japan by Asahi Optical Co. Ltd, Altech Co. Ltd and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. brings to fruition something we've long predicted - a digital equivalent to disposable 'single-use'... (More)

SiPix announces entry-level ultra-compact digicam!
17:57 EDT - New StyleCam brings ultracompacts to a very low price-point...

SiPix Inc. has announced the latest addition to its lineup of digital cameras, in the form of the new ultra-compact SiPix StyleCam. Featuring a one-inch thick form-factor about the same size as a credit... (More)

Lexar announces 512MB 16X CF card! (UPDATED)
12:42 EDT - First in a new lineup of 16x cards promises sustained write speed of 2.4MB/sec...

Lexar Media Inc. has today announced a new 512MB CompactFlash card. Slated to ship on November 1st, the card will debut at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, which runs from November 1st to 3rd. In Lexar... (More)

Canon's PowerShot S30 digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full review, sample pics for Canon S40! (UPDATED)
12:08 EDT - Dave Etchells wraps up our PowerShot S40 review with info on a full production camera...

Our initial review of Canon's PowerShot S40 camera was based on a prototype model. We've now completed our evaluation with a full production unit, and were mightily impressed. Here's the "conclusion" paragraph... (More)

Monday, October 8, 2001's logo. Click here to visit the website! October 2001 edition online!
16:13 EDT - posts October 2001 edition; 4 new camera reviews, a look at macro lighting and a Wacom graphic tablet, and the usual selection of reader photos...

Our friends at bilingual website have now posted their October 2001 edition... Reviews this month include the Sony DSC-P20, Olympus C-4040Z, Pentax Optio 330 and Canon PowerShot G2 digital... (More)

Olympus' Camedia D-40 Zoom digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Full Review posted for Olympus D-40Zoom
16:07 EDT - Dave Etchells examines Olympus' 4 megapixel, 2.8x optical zoom compact digicam...

There seems to be no end to new digicam models from Olympus this year! We've just tested their new D-40Zoom, a super-compact 4 megapixel camera with a 2.8x zoom lens. We were really surprised at all the... (More)

Sunday, October 7, 2001

DCRP review catch-up!
16:24 EDT - Jeff Keller's been hard at work as usual - here's a few of his reviews we missed mentioning...

Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have posted several new reviews recently which we just realised we completely missed mentioning (sorry!)... First up, Jeff looked at Nikon's Coolpix 885,... (More)

Friday, October 5, 2001

DVSpot reviews Canon ZR25 MC!
13:41 EDT - Jeff Keller tries out Canon's 10x optical zoom digital camcorder...

Our friend Jeff Keller of the DVSpot website has today posted his review of Canon's ZR25 MC digital camcorder, the mid-range sibling of the ZR20 and ZR30 MC models. All three camcorders feature a 10x optical... (More)

Thursday, October 4, 2001

Crucial Technology adds flash cards to lineup!
00:12 EDT - Micron subsidiary now offers CompactFlash media up to 128MB...

A press release from memory upgrade supplier Crucial Technology, a division of Micron Technology Inc. subsidiary Micron Semiconductor Products Inc., announces that the company has added flash memory cards... (More)

Nikon bundles SanDisk CF with Coolpix 5000! (UPDATED)
00:11 EDT - Flash media manufacturer highlights the inclusion of its 32MB cards with Nikon's new digicam...

SanDisk Corp. has announced in a press release that its 32MB CompactFlash memory cards have been selected by Nikon Inc. for inclusion in the Nikon Coolpix 5000 digital camera bundle. Announced on September... (More)

Kodak drops price of DX3600 Zoom!
00:09 EDT - 2x optical zoom 'EasyShare' digicam now selling for 25% less...

The latest in a rush of pre-holiday season price cuts has been announced today by Eastman Kodak Co. The company has reduced the price of its DX3600 Zoom digital camera, a 2.3 megapixel model with 2x optical... (More)

Wednesday, October 3, 2001

PDN summarises PhotoPlus products!
18:12 EDT - New York-based trade show will offer Canon's EOS-1D one of its first appearances in front of the US public...

Photo District News, host of the annual PhotoPlus Expo in New York, has distributed a press release announcing some of the products which will be on display at PhotoPlus 2001 from November 1st to 3rd of... (More)

Hewlett Packard announces new digicams, printers!
01:12 EDT - A busy day for HP as the company describes three new digital cameras and three printers...

Hewlett-Packard has today announced three new digital cameras and three inkjet printers joining its existing lineup. The PhotoSmart 318, 612 and 715 digital cameras span a price range from $199 to $499,... (More)

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Canon's EOS-1D digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon Inc. recalls EOS-1D firmware...
19:21 EDT - Error in the tone curve of our prototype camera degrades image highlights; sample pictures withdrawn, at least for the moment...

Arrgghh! Hours/days of labor lost, no Canon EOS-1D images for another little while! When we received our preproduction test unit of the EOS-1D, Canon told us it was fully up to specifications for the purposes... (More)

The Imaging Resource logo. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. More samples from the Canon EOS-1D! (UPDATED)
02:48 EDT - Dave Etchells provides a second round of sample images from Canon's just-announced Pro EOS digital SLR...

(Dave here) - I'm really struggling for time this week, trying to keep my head above water with a flood of review work to get through. I'm not able to spend as much concentrated time with the new Canon... (More)

Full review posted for Toshiba PDR-M71!
02:45 EDT - Dave Etchells hands-on with Toshiba's latest 3mpix digicam...

Toshiba is carving out a niche for theselves for very full-featured cameras at very low price points. The latest in this trend is the PDR-M71, a three megapixel model that's listed for only $499. In our... (More)

Canon announces direct connect inkjet!
01:32 EDT - S820D Bubble Jet billed as "the first true direct connect ink jet printer"...

Alongside today's announcement of the new Canon PowerShot S30 and S40 digital cameras, the company has announced a new inkjet (or in Canon parlance, Bubble Jet) printer which can be connected directly... (More)

Canon's PowerShot S30 digital camera. Copyright © 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Extensive "Previews" posted of Canon PowerShot S30 & S40 cameras! (UPDATED)
01:00 EDT - Dave Etchells takes a look at Canon's latest consumer digicams...

Canon has really been on a roll this year, introducing more new models of digicams than at any time previously in their history, with a remarkably high and consistent level of quality across their entire... (More)

Canon announces PowerShot S30/S40 digital cameras! (UPDATED)
01:00 EDT - New cameras round out PowerShot line at $599 / $799 price-points...

Canon USA Inc. has today officially announced two new digital cameras in its PowerShot series, the PowerShot S30 and S40. Very similar cameras except for resolution and a few related differences, they... (More)

Monday, October 1, 2001

PRINT Image Matching gains more support!
17:15 EDT - Epson announces it has signed up a 12th manufacturer for its color management technology...

Epson America Inc. has today announced that it has added another digicam manufacturer to the list of partners for its PRINT Image Matching color management technology that was first announced at the PMA... (More)

Epson follows suit with price cuts!
16:45 EDT - PhotoPC 3100Z digicam and Stylus Photo 785EPX printer join today's wave of pre-holiday price reductions...

Apparently October 1st is the day to cut prices in the run-up to the holiday season. First Fuji announced price cuts on three of its FinePix digicams, then Nikon followed with a new price for the Coolpix... (More)

Nikon cuts prices on two Coolpix digicams!
13:44 EDT - Coolpix 775, 995 now 10% cheaper to own...

Nikon Inc. has today announced price reductions for two of its Coolpix-series digital cameras, the ultra-compact Coolpix 775 and swivel-bodied Coolpix 995. Effective immediately, the Coolpix 775 will... (More)

MacBibble v1.99 released!
12:37 EDT - Latest update to Eric Hyman's popular imaging utility for Macs adds D1X Raw support, improved color, noise and speed, and lots more...

Eric Hyman, author of PC imaging utility Bibble and its Macintosh-equivalent MacBibble has today released a new version of the latter. MacBibble v1.99 has a pretty extensive selection of new features... (More)

Rob Galbraith posts EOS-1D preview!
12:08 EDT - Pro photographer offers opinions on Canon's upcoming Pro EOS digital SLR...

Our good friend Rob Galbraith has posted two new articles on his website, Rob Galbraith Online, looking at Canon's recently-announced EOS-1D digital camera, its first completely in-house design targetted... (More)

Fuji slashes digicam prices!
09:02 EDT - Three FinePix digicams get a $200 price-cut in the lead-up to the holiday season...

Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. has today announced price cuts for three of its Finepix digital camera models. Effective immediately, the FinePix 4800Z, 6800Z and 6900Z will all have recommended prices some $200... (More)

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