News Archive - August 2001
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Friday, August 31, 2001

Toshiba weaves a little 'Black Magic'!
17:46 EDT - Consumer electronics company's German arm announces PDR-M71 digital camera...

Our friends at the recently launched website emailed this afternoon to point out that Toshiba Germany has quietly unveiled a new camera which nobody at IFA seems to have noticed. The Toshiba... (More)

Tawbaware updates imaging apps!
16:23 EDT - New versions of Thumber, PixelZap released...

Tawbaware's Max Lyons has been in touch to let us know he's released new versions of imaging apps Thumber and PixelZap. For those not familiar with Max's excellent programs, Thumber is a utility for creating... (More)

LetsGoDigital continues IFA coverage!
14:18 EDT - Dennis Hissink previews Coolpix 885, QV-4000 digicams...

The folks at Dutch website are continuing their bilingual (English/Dutch) coverage of the IFA 2001 show in Berlin, having published a couple of new items since our last mention. In the... (More)

Thursday, August 30, 2001

Jasc hits major milestone! (UPDATED)
15:02 EDT - Software manufacturer celebrates ten years of Paint Shop Pro with a new special edition...

Jasc Software Inc., the company behind popular image editor Paint Shop Pro, is celebrating a major milestone in its history with a special edition of the product that started it all. Ten years ago in 1991,... (More)

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Kodak announces blazingly fast inkjet!
17:08 EDT - Kodak Pro 5260 Inkjet prints at up to 500 square feet per hour with variable droplet sizes...

Eastman Kodak Co. has announced a new high-speed professional printer with a resolution of up to 600dpi, the Kodak Professional 5260 Inkjet Printer. The 5260 features 12 print heads with 300 nozzles per... (More)

Ofoto offers larger prints, photos on CD-ROM!
14:20 EDT - Online photofinisher expands product line with prints to 20" x 30" and more...

A press release from online photofinisher Ofoto Inc. announces that it has added three new products for customers. First up are two new print sizes, recommended only for images above 1600 x 1200 pixels:... (More)

Tuesday, August 28, 2001

LetsGoDigital previews FinePix 2600Z!
13:41 EDT - Hands-on with Fuji's just-announced 2 megapixel digicam...

Our friends at Dutch website have posted their third English-language news item from the IFA 2001 show floor. This time, they look at Fuji's FinePix 2600 Zoom, a camera that was just... (More)

More Sony P5 samples online!
12:19 EDT - David Kamanski posts three galleries of Cyber-shot DSC-P5 images...

We just spotted that our friends at the Digital Eye website have now posted three galleries of sample images from Sony's just-announced Cyber-shot DSC-P5 digital camera. Dave Kamanski notes: "We had a... (More)

DPReview summarises IFA 2001!
12:07 EDT - Phil Askey rounds up the exhibitors and products on display at Germany's Internationale Funkausstellung trade show...

The Digital Photography Review has posted a summary of the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) 2001 exhibition in Berlin, Germany. Phil Askey has split his article across two news items, and covers the... (More)

Monday, August 27, 2001

Sanyo shows VPC-R1, iD Photo prototypes!
21:07 EDT - Continuing in Dutch website's IFA 2001 coverage, we see a new digital camera from Sanyo...

Our friends at have posted their second report from the German IFA 2001 show for the day. Earlier today, they gave us news of a new digital camera from Grundig, and they've followed this... (More)

Minolta DiMAGE 7 Review Updated!
19:47 EDT - Dave Etchells adds further thoughts to our review of Minolta's 5 megapixel, 7x optical zoom digicam...

Continuing to dig out of the hole he fell into after the Alaska trip, Dave has now revisited our review for the Minolta Dimage 7, filled-in the power and timing data based on a production model, expanded... (More)

Steve reviews FinePix A201!
19:42 EDT - First review of an 'A-Series' FinePix appears from Steve Sanders...

The guys at Steve's Digicams have posted their second review of the day, this time examining Fuji's just-announced FinePix A201 digital camera, a 2 megapixel model with a pricetag of $249. Steve concludes:... (More)

New articles at Outback Photo!
19:27 EDT - Get seriously high-res photos with digital mosaics, and more...

Our friends over at the Digital Outback Photo website remain busy as ever, with two new articles since their last mention on this page a few days ago. Of particular interest in the workshop section is... (More)

Steve's Digicams examines Kodak DX3900!
19:15 EDT - Kodak's 3 megapixel, 2x optical zoom 'EasyShare' camera reviewed by Steve Sanders...

Our friends at Steve's Digicams have now posted their full review of Kodak's DX3900 digital camera, a model whose announcement we recently covered on this page. Steve obviously enjoyed his time with the... (More)

Stratospheric new capabilities for image editing?
17:08 EDT - TruView licenses NASA technology for consumer image enhancement...

The fine folks over at Steve's Digicams have picked up on an interesting story from their reader, Ray Mickevicius... According to Steve's article, which references a press release reproduced by ScienceDaily... (More)

Photofinishing returns to PhotoPoint!
15:28 EDT - With vendor agreements in place once more, online photo-sharing company gets its photofinishing services back online...

We reported extensively mid-way through last month on the ownership transfer of online photo-sharing website to Pantellic Software Inc., and in the most recent of these reports noted that... (More)

Reminder: FotoTime deadline nears!
15:11 EDT - Four days remain for members to subscribe or make plans to move their photos...

Online photofinishing site, which announced on August 1st that it was switching to a pay service, has sent an email to subscribers reminding them that the new fee structure will come into... (More)

SanDisk expands European retail!
13:45 EDT - Flash manufacturer's European sales presence now spans 30 countries...

SanDisk Corp. has today taken advantage of the Internationals Funkausstellung (IFA) show to announce that it has expanded its European retail presence to 30 countries and approximately 10,000 retail stores.... (More)

Grundig shows its first digicam at IFA 2001!
13:34 EDT - Dutch website uncovers news of Grundig's initial entry in the digital camera market, the Grundig Picca DMC 5100...

Our good friends at Dutch website have now posted their first news report from the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) 2001 exhibition in Berlin, Germany, which runs from August 25th... (More)

Saturday, August 25, 2001

Toshiba PDR-M81 - full review!
19:08 EDT - Dave Etchells tries out Toshiba's 4.2 megapixel, 2.8x optical zoom digicam...

Toshiba's established a niche for themselves by offering feature-rich cameras at very aggressive prices. The latest of these is the PDR-M81, a four megapixel design, at a relatively affordable $799. We... (More)

Olympus C700 Test Results Added!
18:02 EDT - Results are in on Olympus' tiny 10x zoom digicam - how does it fare?

It seems Dave is still digging out from the aftermath of his Alaska Trip, tidying up odds and ends, trying to keep up with the review flow, etc. One task that kept falling through the cracks was to go... (More)

Fuji's FinePix 4800 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji. Fuji FinePix 4800 - full review!
18:00 EDT - Aiee! Observant readers will have caught that our Fuji FinePix 4800review has been online for over a week already, but in amongst the recent flood of camera announcements, we missed mentioning it on our own news page - sorry!

Fuji's line of compact digicams win big points for style. Their latest round of products have improved image quality significantly over their predecessors, with better color and lower noise. We reviewed... (More)

Qimage Pro v3.02 released!
17:52 EDT - New version brings higher-quality color profiling, bug-fixes...

Mike Chaney, author of image printing and editing app Qimage Pro has been in touch to let us know that he's released a new version of the program. QImage Pro 3.02 has a number of changes, most significantly... (More)

Steve posts DiMAGE S304 first look!
17:29 EDT - First samples from a pre-production S304 online at Steve's Digicams...

Our good friend Steve Sanders of the Steve's Digicams website has today posted a 'first-look' report on Minolta's DiMAGE S304 digital camera, a model we first told you about back at PMA 2001 in Orlando... (More)

Friday, August 24, 2001

Microtech supports Memory Stick!
17:06 EDT - SCM brand now offers a range of Memory Stick-compatible products...

SCM MicroSystems Inc. has announced that it is now supporting Memory Stick, the flash media format created by Sony Corp., with a range of Memory Stick compatible accessories sold under its Microtech brand.... (More)

Microsoft ships XP to manufacturers, announces pricing!
16:29 EDT - PC manufacturers receive test copies of new OS, Microsoft announces upgrade and full pricing...

Microsoft Corp. has today announced that it has completed development of its new Windows XP operating system, and released test copies of the software to PC manufacturers to allow them to prepare for the... (More)

Digital Outback Photo reaches major milestone!
15:26 EDT - 250,000 visitors and counting for our outdoor photographer friends...

We hear from our friend Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo (a website which we've mentioned quite a few times in the past on this news page) that the site has reached - and passed - a fairly major... (More)

MGI, Zoomify settle patent dispute!
14:45 EDT - 'Streaming image' company signs license agreement with MGI...

A press release distributed yesterday by MGI Software Corp. announces that the company has settled its patent dispute with high-res image streaming company Zoomify Inc., which bills itself as 'Napster... (More)

Steve's Digicams previews DiMAGE 5!
13:17 EDT - Steve Sanders tries out the lower-spec sibling of the DiMAGE 7...

The fine folks at Steve's Digicams have posted the first in-depth look we've seen at Minolta's DiMAGE 5 digital camera. First officially announced alongside the higher-spec DiMAGE 7 (which shares the... (More)

Thursday, August 23, 2001

Nikon announces Coolpix 885! (UPDATED)
09:55 EDT - Coolpix 880 successor updates CCD, lens, firmware features...

Nikon Inc. has today announced its new Coolpix 885 digital camera, an update to the existing Coolpix 880. Featuring a new CCD sensor with just slightly higher resolution (3.37 megapixel sensor and 3.21... (More)

Fuji announces ultra-compact 2mpix digicam!
09:00 EDT - FinePix 2600Z features 2.11 megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom...

The third and final announcement of the day from Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. is the FinePix 2600 Zoom. Featuring a 2.11 megapixel image sensor, ISO rating of 100, 2.5x digital zoom and 16MB SmartMedia card... (More)

New FinePix A201 from Fuji!
09:00 EDT - Second 'A'-series digicam boosts resolution to 2 megapixel...

The second announcement of the day from Fuji Photo Film USA Inc., and the higher-spec of the new 'A'-series digicam line, is the FinePix A201. Featuring a 2.11 megapixel image sensor, ISO rating of 100,... (More)

Fuji announces new 'A'-series digicams!
09:00 EDT - Two additions to Fuji's FinePix lineup introduce a new family aimed at digital beginners...

Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. has this morning introduced three new digital cameras in its FinePix lineup, two of which form the beginning of a new 'A'-series targetted at digital photography beginners. We've... (More)

Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Sony announces portable dye-sub printer!
16:01 EDT - DPP-MP1 is the world's smallest and lightest dye sublimation photo printer...

Sony Electronics has announced an amazingly small dye-sub photo printer alongside the new digital cameras we told you about yesterday. The Sony DPP-MP1 prints at a resolution of 307dpi in 8-bit per color... (More)

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Third new Cyber-shot of the day updates 'F505' line to a whopping 5 megapixels...
09:35 EDT - Sony Electronics has announced an updated version of its Cyber-shot F505 series digital camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707.

Sporting a useful 5x optical zoom lens similar to the F505 and F505V cameras, the DSC-F707 packs a healthy resolution 'punch' courtesy of a 5.24 megapixel (5.02 megapixel effective) image sensor. Other... (More)

Sony announces DSC-P5 digital camera!
09:33 EDT - Second new Cyber-shot packs 3x optical zoom, 3 megapixel sensor into a tiny case...

Sony Electronics has announced its second addition of the day to its Cyber-shot series digital camera range, the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P5. The P5 features the same 3.34 megapixel image sensor as the... (More)

Sony announces DSC-P3 digital camera!
09:30 EDT - Addition to Cyber-shot lineup features non-zoom lens and 3 megapixel sensor...

Sony Electronics has announced an addition to its Cyber-shot series digital camera range, in the form of the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P3. The P3 features a 3.34 megapixel image sensor (although sensor masking... (More)

Sony DSC-P5 and *DSC-F707* FULL reviews posted!
09:18 EDT - Few cameras this year have excited the sort of pre-release "buzz" of Sony's new DSC-F707. No need for rumors any more, we've got the full skinny on them!

Sony DSC-F707!! Wow! Few cameras have excited as much rumor, interest, or speculation on the internet than Sony's new DSC-F707, and with good reason. We've had our hands on a preproduction model of the... (More)

Monday, August 20, 2001

Minolta changes plans, ships E201 in USA!
20:26 EDT - Update to Dimâge 2300 announced last May will reach US shores after all...

Minolta has today announced a change of plans for the DiMAGE E201 digital camera, which we were initially told wouldn't be available in the United States when the camera was announced on May 23rd 2001.... (More)

New Sony cameras on the way?
2:37 EDT - There have been a number of leaks and much discussion around the Internet over the last few days on upcoming Sony digital cameras. Sony has requested that we do not reproduce the information which has been disclosed elsewhere, and we are honoring that request. Rest assured that we do have full information on the upcoming cameras, but at the current time are under NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Our... (More)

Friday, August 17, 2001

Olympus discusses 'Auto Pixel Mapping'!
18:38 EDT - Firmware update will be offered to American E-10 owners to add functionality already present in the C-4040Z...

A common complaint amongst digital camera owners of all brands, particularly as their cameras get older, is that of pixels that are always on or off ('stuck' or 'dead'). The general trend is that, as camera... (More)

Thursday, August 16, 2001

Canon PowerShot G2 - full review! (UPDATED)
22:00 EDT - Dave Etchells reviews a production model of Canon's latest (just-announced) digital camera...

Canon's PowerShot has consistently been one of the most popular "prosumer" cameras since it was introduced over a year ago. Now, Canon's upped the ante with a 4 megapixel sensor, and improvements in nearly... (More)

Canon announces PowerShot G2 digital camera!
22:00 EDT - New camera updates existing PowerShot G1 with higher resolution, many new features...

Canon USA Inc. has today officially announced a replacement for its popular PowerShot G1 digital camera, in the form of the new Canon PowerShot G2. The G2 shares a number of features with its predecessor,... (More)

Canon announces CanoScan FS2720U!
22:00 EDT - New film scanner replaces FS2710's SCSI interface with USB...

Canon USA Inc. has today announced a new film scanner based on its current CanoScan FS2710 model which was first announced in February 1999. The CanoScan FS2720U replaces the prior model's SCSI interface... (More)

DCRP reviews Kodak DX3600!
13:57 EDT - Kodak's 2.3 megapixel, 3x zoom 'EasyShare'-series camera on the reviewing block...

The Digital Camera Resource Page's Jeff Keller has now posted his full review of Kodak's DX3600 digital camera, a model first announced in late April. The camera was one of the first two models announced... (More)

DVSpot examines Panasonic PV-DV401!
13:34 EDT - Jeff Keller reviews his first Panasonic digital camcorder...

Our friends at have added a new review to their selection, this time examining the Panasonic PV-DV401 camcorder. Jeff concludes: "From my nonscientific tests, the video quality has been similar... (More)

Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Kodak, Microsoft settle XP dispute!
13:47 EDT - Industry giants resolve their differences; Kodak praises changes to upcoming operating system...

Eastman Kodak Co. has distributed a press release revealing that Microsoft is making the changes to the upcoming Windows XP operating system which the company had been pushing for. Kodak lists the changes... (More)

DCRP reviews Toshiba PDR-M81!
13:03 EDT - Jeff Keller examines Toshiba's first 4 megapixel digicam...

Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page website have now posted their review of the Toshiba PDR-M81 digital camera, a camera first announced back in May of this year. Jeff concludes: "The Toshiba... (More)

Kodak announces new 3.3 megapixel digicam! (UPDATED)
01:00 EDT - DX3900 features optical zoom, manual controls...

Eastman Kodak Co. will today announce three new digital cameras to its 'EasyShare' series, which was first introduced with the DX3500 and DX3600 digital cameras last April. The new Kodak EasyShare DX3900... (More)

Kodak announces new fixed-focal length digicam! (UPDATED)
01:00 EDT - DX3700's design rates resolution ahead of optical zoom...

Eastman Kodak Co. will today announce three new digital cameras to its 'EasyShare' series, which was first introduced with the DX3500 and DX3600 digital cameras last April. The new Kodak EasyShare DX3700... (More)

Kodak announces new entry-level digicam! (UPDATED)
01:00 EDT - 'EasyShare' camera series reaches a new low pricepoint...

Eastman Kodak Co. will today announce three new digital cameras to its 'EasyShare' series, which was first introduced with the DX3500 and DX3600 digital cameras last April. The new Kodak EasyShare DX3215... (More)

Saturday, August 11, 2001

Put detail back in the highlights again!
18:08 EDT - PhotoShop action salvages D30 photos with blown highlights...

Professional photographer (and IR reader) Fred Miranda emailed us with news that he's added a new section to his website covering Canon's popular EOS D30 SLR digital camera. Perhaps the most impressive... (More)

iCorrect Pro discounted, new version on the way!
15:50 EDT - 29% discount on Pictographics' image correction plugin...

Pictographics International Corp. is currently offering a 29% discount on its iCorrect Professional plugin for Adobe Photoshop, which we first told readers about back in April... iCorrect Pro works with... (More)

Friday, August 10, 2001

Rollei's rare d 30 flex - sample images!
14:17 EDT - Interesting info on an uncommon SLR from Rollei...

A reader email directed us to the 'Inkmizer Group' website for info on a digital camera we've not mentioned in a long while on this news page. Rollei's 'd 30 flex' digital camera, originally announced... (More)

FCC/Customs Problems for "Grey Market" Importers!
12:24 EDT - Some recent news indicates it could be pretty risky trying to import non-FCC approved electronics into the US!

We've just become aware of a change in U.S. Customs practices that may have a severe impact on the import of grey-market digicams into the U.S. market! First though, some background on "grey market" products:... (More)

Thursday, August 9, 2001

Nikon 'Legends' interviews Joe McNally!
16:11 EDT - Life magazine staff photographer on his photos, and digital's attractions...

Nikon Inc. has just posted the latest installment in its "Legends Behind the Lens" section of the Nikon website. 'Legends' looks at well-known photographers and describes how they got where they are today,... (More)

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Matsushita to offer digital still/video camera!
19:46 EDT - New Panasonic-branded NV-EX21 combines DV camcorder and digital still camera in one package...

Japanese consumer electronics company Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known by its Panasonic brand-name, has announced a new device that combines a digital video camcorder and a digital... (More)

No Film, No Regrets!
18:16 EDT - Dave forgoes film, decides on digital for Alaskan Adventure... ;)

Digicam maven though he is, Dave hasn't been able to completely sever his ties with film ... until now! Testing the latest pro and prosumer digicams this spring convinced him to take the leap of going... (More)

Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Lexar now shipping 512MB CF! (UPDATED)
14:18 EDT - New CompactFlash card matches its impressive capacity with a speedy 12x rating...

Lexar Media Inc. has today announced that it is now shipping its 512MB Type-I CompactFlash card, which we first told readers about at the PMA 2001 show back in February. The new card is aimed at Pro photographers... (More)

Monday, August 6, 2001

Minox announces first digital camera!
16:50 EDT - Per our friends at LetsGoDigital, Minox has announced their first digital camera.

Minox is well-known for their ultra-small film-based "spy" cameras. According to a story by our friends at, they've now just announced their new model DC 1311. This is a low-end fixed... (More)

Low-end Digicam Flood Coming?
16:42 EDT - Taiwanese digicam manufacturers are gearing up for huge production volumes of low-end digicams...

A number of Taiwanese digicam makers appear poised to move up to the 1.3 megapixel quality level, and produce huge volumes of inexpensive digicams for the export (read: "U.S.") market. Read the report... (More)

Changes continue in online photosharing - Shutterfly announces new executive appointments.
15:45 EDT - Shutterfly brings aboard an experienced marketer, makes other internal promotions & appointments...

While the press release reads "Shutterfly Builds Senior Management Team", it appears that only one of the four appointments is a new hire. The new blood is Andy Young, being brought in as Chief Marketing... (More)

Toshiba Announces 128 MB SD Memory Cards!
15:21 EDT - Another vendor announces the availability of 128 MB SD memory cards...

One of the drawbacks of cameras using the new MMC or SD Memory cards has been the limited capacity available. That situation is starting to be alleviated. SanDisk announced 128 MB cards back in June, and... (More)

DCRP Reviews Nikon 995
14:52 EDT - Our good friend Jeff Keller over at the DC Resource page has just posted his review of the Nikon Coolpix 995.

We reviewed the Nikon Coolpix 995 while back, now our friend Jeff Keller at the Digital Camera Resource Page (DCRP for short) has gotten his hands on one and put it through its paces on his recent vacation... (More)

Sunday, August 5, 2001

DPReview, Steve's Digicams examine Coolpix 775!
23:43 EDT - Phil Askey and Steve Sanders review Nikon's first entry into the ultra-compact digicam marketplace...

Our good friends at the Steve's Digicams and Digital Photography Review websites have both posted full reviews of Nikon's Coolpix 775 digital camera, a model we recently looked at ourselves. Steve seemed... (More)

Saturday, August 4, 2001

Maha extends power on Nikon, Oly, HP digicams!
00:20 EDT - New Li-Ion rechargeable battery pack promises extended battery life for 7 digicam models...

We frequently receive emails from readers asking how to extend the battery life of their digital cameras, and for a number of models with 7.2V inputs, have been short of an answer. That problem is now... (More)

Friday, August 3, 2001 August 2001 edition online!
22:30 EDT - posts August 2001 edition; 4 new camera reviews, 1 printer review, a look at shutter speeds and a healthy selection of reader photos...

Our friends at the bilingual website have now posted their August 2001 edition... Reviews this month include the Sony DSC-P50, Nikon Coolpix 995, Fujifilm FinePix 6900 Zoom and Olympus C-700... (More)

Thursday, August 2, 2001

New digital imaging site launches!
19:19 EDT - Dutch company AAA-Views debuts its dcviews website...

A new website covering the world of digital imaging has appeared, founded by Holland-based AAA-Views N.V. is a 'portal' site, linking to a wide range of information around the web in categories... (More)

University of Maryland releases Java image browser!
14:21 EDT - PhotoMesa could offer an ideal solution for images archived on CD...

IR reader Jeremy Parsons sent us an email this afternoon to point out the interesting results of a research program at the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL). Now available... (More)

Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Callisto adds MP3 support to PhotoParade!
18:35 EDT - Slideshow software for Mac and Windows now offers MP3 audio capabilities...

Callisto Corp. has today distributed a press release noting that its PhotoParade Maker software for Mac and Windows platforms now supports the popular MP3 audio format, allowing users to attach their MP3... (More)

ACD announces ACDSee Mobile!
15:58 EDT - New software from ACD Systems lets Palm users view, share images on their PDA...

Canadian company ACD Systems Inc. has introduced new software for viewing, managing and sharing images on Palm OS-based Personal Digital Assistants, our friends at point out. 'ACDSee Mobile... (More)

And so falls the next domino!
14:11 EDT - Online photofinisher FotoTime shuts the door on free photo-sharing...

Online photofinishing website has this afternoon sent an email out to members notifying them that, effective 30 days from now, the company will no longer offer free photo-sharing services... (More)

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