News Archive - April 2002
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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

New YarcPlus version released!
00:22 EDT - Version 1.5 and the latest beta add plenty for D60 users, and boost D30 performance too...

Michael Tapes and Bruce Henderson, authors of Canon RAW-file converter YarcPlus, have been hard at work lately updating their popular program to support RAW files from Canon's EOS D60 digital camera.... (More)

Sunday, April 28, 2002

Canon announces new 10x zoom digital camcorder! (UPDATED)
02:29 EDT - Elura 40MC features a 680,000 pixel CCD imager, image stabilisation, FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity and a lot more...

Canon U.S.A. Inc. has announced an addition to its lineup of digital camcorders in the form of the Elura 40MC. A feature-rich model with a target price of $999 when it ships late next month, the new Elura... (More)

Friday, April 26, 2002

DPReview examines IXUS 330!
15:30 EDT - European equivalent to the PowerShot S330 we just reviewed gets the Phil Askey work-out...

The folks over at the Digital Photography Review website have now posted a review of the Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330 digital camera, the European version of the PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH which we just reviewed... (More)

DCRP reviews FinePix S602Z!
15:10 EDT - Jeff examines the 3.3 megapixel, 6x optical zoom digicam from Fuji...

Jeff Keller, our friend at the Digital Camera Resource Page, has now posted a full review of Fuji's FinePix S602 Zoom digital camera. There's a proviso; the model reviewed isn't a final production unit,... (More)

Steve finalises DSC-P31, -P51 reviews!
12:52 EDT - First-looks posted last February are now updated with production-level opinions...

Our friend Steve Sanders of Steve's Digicams fame has now updated his first-look reviews of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P31 and DSC-P51 digital cameras posted last February to final review status. For the... (More)

Steve reviews Canon S820D printer!
12:36 EDT - Canon's 2400 x 1200dpi printer gets the 'Steve Sanders treatment'...

Our friends over at Steve's Digicams have now posted a full review of the Canon S820D photo printer, a 2400 x 1200 dpi inkjet (or in Canon parlance, "Bubble Jet") with a 4-picoliter droplet size. Steve... (More)

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Epson announces new 7-color photo printer!
10:00 EDT - Stylus Photo 2200 uses new UltraChrome inks which add a 7th color - "Light Black"...

Epson America Inc. has today announced a new addition to its lineup of inkjet photo printers, in the form of the Stylus Photo 2200. The new 2880 x 1440dpi model has some very interesting new features,... (More)

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Lumero claims first fully automatic red-eye removal!
17:12 EDT - Imaging company that rose phoenix-like from the ashes of offers its red-eye library for both desktop and server use...

Lumero Inc., a privately held company that last February changed its name - formerly - and business model (from online photo services to software development) has announced what it is labelling... (More)

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Canon's PowerShot S330 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Canon PowerShot S330 review posted!
23:54 EDT - Dave examines Canon's PowerShot S300 replacement...

Canon's diminutive "Digital ELPH" cameras have been a big hit with consumers, thanks to their compact size, rugged all-metal body design, and excellent image quality. The latest in the line is the new... (More)

Monday, April 22, 2002

Canon announces D30 firmware, G2 problem!
15:34 EDT - Canon's offers owners of its much-loved EOS digital SLR better USB compatibility; notifies PowerShot G2 owners of a potential problem...

Canon U.S.A. Inc. has today announced two items of interest to owners of the EOS D30 and PowerShot G2 digital cameras. First of all, for D30 owners the company has a new firmware update: "New EOS D30 Firmware... (More)

Kodak makes LS420 official!
12:05 EDT - New digital camera blends a beautiful metallic case with the low-cost, easy-to-use philosophy of its EasyShare system...

Eastman Kodak Co. has today officially announced the EasyShare LS420 digital camera which it first previewed in a flash teaser posted on its site last week. The LS420 is a very pretty 2.1 megapixel camera... (More)

Friday, April 19, 2002

Logitech brings SMaL digicam to market!
18:04 EDT - Tiny digital camera coming to the US marketplace - with a very different style...

Last month we told you the long-awaited SMaL UltraPocket digital camera was reaching Japanese shores under a FujiFilm brandname. Now, the camera is coming to the USA as well - albeit with a quite different... (More)

DigitalCustom announces Mother's Day Promotion!
17:09 EDT - Camera stores and photo labs get the chance to win $500 of travel by getting orders for image enhancement...

We often mention contests for readers on this news page, but it isn't too often that a contest for retailers crops up. That's exactly what we have news of today, as DigitalCustom Group Inc. announces... (More)

Loads of news for Canon users!
16:58 EDT - Firmware and software updates and info for Mac users with the D60 and 1D cameras...

Canon USA is today announcing a number of things that will be of interest to owners of its PowerShot and Digital EOS cameras: New firmware has been released today for 7 PowerShot-series digital cameras.... (More)

Steve reviews Kyocera FineCam S4!
14:10 EDT - 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam from the Japanese manufacturer gets the once-over from Steve Sanders...

The folks at Steve's Digicams have today posted a full review of Kyocera's FineCam S4, a model that was announced just before this year's PMA 2002 show in Orlando last February. Hardware-wise the camera... (More)

Nikon's D100 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon D100: European info - but is it correct for the US? (UPDATED)
13:57 EDT - DPReview posts more specifications and info for the upcoming digital SLR, but our sources suggest some points may not be accurate for US or Canadian models...

Phil Askey, the man behind the excellent Digital Photography Review website, has today posted updated specifications for Nikon's D100 SLR digital camera based on materials he's received from Nikon Europe.... (More)

Leica selects ACDSee for camera bundle!
01:18 EDT - Imaging software from ACD Systems will ship with the Leica Digilux 1...

A press release today from ACD Systems International Inc. announces that German company Leica Camera AG will be bundling its ACDSee 3.1 software with the recently announced Digilux 1 digital camera which... (More)

Hewlett Packard's logo. Click here to visit the Hewlett Packard website! HP offers $10k to recreate that lost photo!
01:07 EDT - Ever had a perfect picture lined up with a film camera, only to realise you cut Uncle Jim's head out the top or forgot to load any film? Hewlett-Packard wants your stories, and there could be $10,000 in it for you!

Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced a new contest promoting its digital camera lineup and the advantages of digital over film cameras. They're currently seeking your best stories of "the one that got away",... (More)

Thursday, April 18, 2002

FujiFilm's FinePix S602 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of FujiFilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Fuji FinePix S602 Zoom!
20:34 EDT - Dave looks at Fuji's enthusiast-oriented 3 megapixel, 6x optical zoom digital camera...

I've been testing and playing with a Fuji S602 Zoom digicam for a week plus now, and I think Fuji's finally hit a genuine home run in the "enthusiast" category. The 602 is a follow-on product from their... (More)

Minolta's DiMAGE F100 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. First Look Review posted for Minolta DiMAGE F100!
15:04 EDT - Dave tries out the Minolta DiMAGE F100 with its high-tech subject-tracking autofocus system...

I've just posted my review of Minolta's new DiMAGE F100 4 megapixel compact digicam. Although final judgement will have to wait until I can test a production unit, this looks like a very nice little camera.... (More)

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

DCRP reviews EOS D60!
17:59 EDT - Jeff Keller tries out Canon's beautiful 6 megapixel digicam...

The folks over at the Digital Camera Resource Page have posted a review of the Canon EOS D60 several days ago (we missed it initially, only just noticed it was online!). Jeff obviously liked the camera,... (More)

Phil previews DiMAGE F100!
15:36 EDT - Digital Photography Review offers a first-look of Minolta's interesting digicam...

Phil Askey over at the Digital Photography Review website has today posted a brief preview item looking at Minolta's recently-announced DiMAGE F100 digital camera. The F100's autofocusing system can recognize... (More)

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Kodak: LS420 digicam on the way!
14:17 EDT - New model will be a fixed focal length camera with a very attractive all-metal body...

Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing a new compact digital camera for release, the Kodak EasyShare LS420, according to a teaser flash presentation posted on the company's US website. We're currently under a... (More)

Monday, April 15, 2002

Konica updates KD-200Z digital camera!
14:36 EDT - New KD-210Z is almost identical hardware-wise, but has some tweaks to the software improving performance...

Konica Japan has announced a new digital camera replacing its existing KD-200Z model which was first announced in May of last year, our friends at Japanese website report. The Konica... (More)

Kodak's DX3900 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co. Short form review posted for Kodak DX3900!
10:48 EDT - Dave gets hands-on with Kodak's low-cost 3mpix digital camera...

This camera is the kissing cousin of the four megapixel 4900 I just reviewed. Only three megapixels on this one, and a few less features, but the same ease of use, and the same superb color. Not likely... (More)

Friday, April 12, 2002

Toshiba, SanDisk finalise consolidation agreement!
17:56 EDT - FlashVision LLC moves from Virginia to Japan...

SanDisk Corp. has today announced that it has finalised an agreement with Toshiba Corp. for joint venture company FlashVision LLC to move from the USA to Japan. Created after an agreement signed in May... (More)

Creo announces new iQsmart scanners! (UPDATED)
14:48 EDT - You have the need for speed - how does up to 96 35mm scans in 90 seconds sound?

Creo Inc. has announced two new flatbed scanners at the IPEX 2002 show in Birmingham, England. The iQsmart2 and iQsmart3 are aimed at pros, and feature IEEE 1394 FireWire connectivity, an inverted CCD... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Hitachi Introduces "Reduced Size MultiMediaCard," the World's Smallest Flash Card
00:00 EDT - 16/32/64-Mbyte capacity cards - approximately half the size of a MultiMediaCard, for use in next-generation mobile phones and wearable devices San Jose, Calif., December 04, 2002 --- Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. today announced the Reduced Size MultiMediaCard* (RS-MMC™), approximately half the size of the existing MultiMediaCard, while boasting the same level of data storage capacity.... (More)

Thursday, April 11, 2002

Canon EOS-1D and D60 samples in print!
16:45 EDT - Rob Galbraith discusses Canon print quality and the digital workflow...

Pro photographer Rob Galbraith, host of the excellent website, has today posted a news item noting that images from both Canon's sports-oriented EOS-1D and high-res D60 digital SLRs appear... (More)

PhotoFlex's Basic Digital Lighting Kit, shown as assembled. Copyright (c) 2002, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Simple Digital Lighting Kit Reviewed!
13:02 EDT - Mike Pasini tries out a solution for cheap and easy lighting...

In photography, lighting is half the battle. (Some would say 9/10ths of the battle!) Keeping this in mind, Imaging Resource Newsletter Editor Mike Pasini took a look at a nifty little lighting kit from... (More)

Miscall posts IXY Digital 300a photos!
00:46 EDT - Quick note: Japanese website Miscall has posted a gallery containing 40 sample images from the Canon IXY Digital 300a - the Japanese equivalent of the PowerShot S330 (USA) / DIGITAL IXUS 330 (Europe) - on the "PXee" image sharing website. The images show the camera's capabilities under quite a variety of different conditions, as well as some of the effects modes...

You can find further info on (and samples from) the PowerShot S330 in a direct comparison with the Nikon Coolpix 2500 and Minolta DiMAGE X from the Digital Camera Resource Page, which we mentioned in the news earlier today. There's also another review from the folks at Steve's Digicams...

Steve previews FinePix F601Z / S602Z!
00:40 EDT - Pre-production takes on Fuji's recently-announced digicams...

Our friend Steve Sanders at the Steve's Digicams website has today posted first-look previews of two new Fuji digital cameras. The FinePix F601 Zoom and FinePix S602 Zoom are 3.1 megapixel digicams with... (More)

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

DPReview looks at Optio 430, DiMAGE S404 / X, Coolpix 5000!
14:53 EDT - Two new reviews, an update and a second opinion from our friendly competitors at the Digital Photography Review...

Phil Askey over at the DPReview website has posted two new reviews over the last couple of days, looking at cameras from Pentax and Minolta. In the first, he considers Pentax's tiny Optio 430, a four... (More)

DCRP: PowerShot S330 vs. DiMAGE X vs. Coolpix 2500!
13:57 EDT - Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page tackle another head-to-head(-to-head?) review...

He's a brave man, that Jeff Keller. Back in April 2000 he posted a direct comparison of Olympus and Nikon's then-top models, the Camedia C-3030Z and Coolpix 990. This was his second such comparison review,... (More)

Ritz confirms volume shipments of Canon D60!
1:18 EDT - It's no secret that the Canon EOS D60 is the hottest digital camera to come along in the last year or so, with its combination of 6 megapixel resolution and low, low price (for a pro-grade SLR). Many of our readers took advantage of the opportunity to pre-order D60s through our affiliate, and I've now heard from a lot of you who've already received their cameras. (Thanks for those orders... (More)

Tuesday, April 9, 2002

NEWSFLASH: Nikon D100 kit to sell at $2k!
18:05 EDT - Rob Galbraith today broke news of US pricing on Nikon's D100 digital camera, and we can concur. It's not a rumor anymore, we've confirmed it with Nikon - their US sales staff is telling people in the dealer channel that the "unofficial *estimate*" for street price on the D100 is $1999.95. This is for the kit, including camera body, Charger (MH-18), LiIon battery pack (EN-EL3), USB cable, and Nikon View 5 software. This puts the D100 "estimated street price" about $200 below the competing Canon EOS-D60.

No doubt about it, this is going to be a great year for Digital SLR users!
Thanks to Peter Burian for this item!

Imerge reports on 2001 digicam market!
6:03 EDT - Regular readers will be familiar with Imerge Consulting Group, which regularly reports on the state of the digital camera marketplace. The company has just released a new report (as outlined in the press release below), titled "The Worldwide Consumer Digital Camera Forecast and Market Overview, 2001 - 2006". According to the report, 2001 digital camera sales worldwide topped $5 billion in street... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare DX4900 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Short-form review posted for Kodak DX4900!
00:06 EDT - Dave tries out Kodak's latest EasyShare digicam - find out if it lives up to the name...

Kodak's decided that their mantra for digicams should be KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid), and their EZ Share camera line has done just that. That's an accomplishment in itself, but the real trick is to make... (More)

Canon releases Raw Image Converter 2.0!
00:02 EDT - The latest version of Canon's RAW image converter (v2.0) is now available on the Canon PowerShot website. This release supports the Canon EOS D30, PowerShot G1, PowerShot Pro90 IS, PowerShot G2, PowerShot S40, PowerShot S30, EOS-1D and EOS D60 digital cameras...

Monday, April 8, 2002

Ritz Interactive takes over at!
15:54 EDT - Two become one as our affiliate Ritz announces its latest acquisition...

A press release today from Ritz Interactive announces its acquisition of photographic retailer Both PhotoAlley and Ritz Interactive's are partners of the Imaging Resource,... (More)

Nikon D100 to sell for US$2100? (UPDATED)
14:48 EDT - Digital Photography Review posts rumored Canadian street pricing for the company's first (and much anticipated) low-cost digital SLR...

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have today posted news attributed to an unspecified "source at Nikon Canada" suggesting that pricing for the D100 SLR digital camera in that country... (More)

Friday, April 5, 2002

PhotoPoint: Archive CD's finally available! (UPDATED)
15:20 EST - Defunct online photofinisher offers members a chance to retrieve their images - some 3½ months after the site vanished...

Online photofinisher has finally begun accepting orders for backup CDs containing a members' account, some 3½ months after the company collapsed last December, and four weeks later... (More)

Thursday, April 4, 2002

Lens care - how clean is clean? (UPDATED)
15:21 EST - Bret Harmen looks closely - very, very closely - at several options for cleaning your lens...

A page pointed out to us by Dennis Curtin (author of the popular Short Courses books and ebooks) might be an interesting read for anybody curious as to whether there's any difference between the various... (More)

PictureFlow announces new YarcPlus beta!
15:04 EST - Windows-only RAW file converter is getting a range of new features...

PictureFlow LLC has announced the release of a new beta for its YarcPlus program, a Windows-based utility that can batch-convert Canon's proprietary RAW files from the Canon EOS D30, PowerShot G1, G2,... (More)

Steve previews DiMAGE F100!
14:50 EST - First look at Minolta's point'n'shoot with subject-tracking AF...

Steve Sanders over at Steve's Digicams has posted the first preview we've seen of Minolta's recently-announced DiMAGE F100 digital camera. The F100's autofocusing system can recognize the subject in your... (More)

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Elite scanner. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Full review posted for Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite II film scanner!
21:19 EST - Dave looks at Minolta's $700 film scanner - see how it fares in our standardised tests...

If you were wondering what was holding up the flow of reviews onto the site lately, here it is! (These @#! scanner reviews just seem to take forever!) In any event, I've (finally) completed my review of... (More)

Canon's PowerShot A40 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Short-form review posted for Canon PowerShot A40!
21:17 EST - We check out Canon's 2 megapixel sibling of the PowerShot A30...

Canon's done a great job lately of building quality cameras for entry-level users wanting more than just a bare-bones model. The latest evidence of this is their A40 model, a two-megapixel design with... (More)

Canon's PowerShot A30 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Short-form review posted for Canon PowerShot A30!
21:14 EST - Dave examines Canon's 1.3 megapixel, 3x zoom digicam...

Here's another neat little camera from Canon, the "little brother" of the A40 mentioned in another news item. The A30 has only a 1.3 megapixel CCD in it, but that's plenty if you only rarely print 8x10... (More)

Microvision announces new display technology!
21:03 EST - A change of scanning method opens the way towards ultra-low power SVGA retinal scanning displays...

Microvision Inc., a Washington-based company which amongst other products manufactures retinal scanning displays which use a vibrating mirror to project images onto the human eye, has announced a breakthrough... (More)

Digital Outback previews next-gen Bibble!
16:59 EST - Update to the popular imaging utility will be here soon, and Uwe has insights into this new version...

Our friend Uwe Steinmueller over at the Digital Outback Photo website has posted a preview of the upcoming Bibble 3.0, a fairly major update to an imaging utility we've mentioned frequently on this page... (More)

Monday, April 1, 2002

Steve goes into Canon review frenzy!
15:33 EST - Not one, two or even four - no less than five new Canon product reviews from Steve Sanders...

Wow - and we thought we were busy! Steve Sanders of Steve's Digicams fame has posted reviews of three cameras and a printer from Canon over the weekend, adding to the updated EOS D60 review he posted at... (More)

DCRP previews Olympus D-380!
13:50 EST - Jeff Keller tries out the recently-announced entry-level digicam...

Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have posted a first-look review of Olympus' Camedia D-380 digital camera, a recently announced 2 megapixel camera with a fixed focus, 35mm-equivalent lens.... (More)

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