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|Thursday, July 12th, 2007|
|Sunday, June 10th, 2007|
Breaking NewsZenit of Russia is developing a modular photographic system that may accept DSLR and RF lenses and use a 4/3rds sensor, with an external LCD. Please note this is a development notice, not a product announcement: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/zenits-international-camera-of-mystery.html
dpreview reviews the Olympus E410 (a must read review!), Kodak introduces new high sensitivity image sensor technology, dcresource reviews the Panasonic FZ8 (now with RAW), and lots of forum discussions ranging from Canon 40D rumors, a pornography vs art debate, a price drop on the Panasonic LX2K, and a lot more: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/photography-soup_12.html
If you like Charts, this post is for you: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/charts-double-feature.html
Which are the top photography books in your opinion? http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/vote-and-debate-top-photography-books.html
Kodak introduced six new digital cameras: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/kodak-goes-wild-six-new-cameras-today.html
Another installment of the Photography Soup: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/photography-soup_11.html
Shining the spotlight on the cameras using the "magic" 6mp Fuji SuperCCD sensor: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/magic-fuji-sensor.html
Market share numbers from Australia: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/numbers-from-australia.html
BenQ leads the attack of the silver clones
An update to the 2006 global digital camera shipments post with new data from CNET UK: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/2006-global-digital-camera-shipments.html
Nikon rumors and some book ideas: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/nikon-rumors-nikon-rumors.html
Forum posts of interest, new reviews, new clone cameras, a teaser of the Olympus P1 (new flagship DSLR), and lots more in this long edition of the Photography Soup: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/photography-soup.html
News from Japan thanks to digitalcamera.jp, http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=ja_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.digitalcamera.jp
dpreview reviews the Canon TX-1, http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/weekend-shutter-clicks.html
If you like Charts of digital cameras, here are some posts for you: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/charts_07.html, and http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/charts-another-snapshot.html
A 50-megapixel Canon APS industrial sensor, Thom Hogan designs his dream camera on paper, and the Olympus SP-550 gets a second option: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/overheard-in-dpreview-forums.html
Curious about which are the best sellers at Amazon? http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/charts-another-snapshot.html and http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/weekend-roundup.html
Top 10 most popular cameras in Japan via DSLRPhoto.com and Nikkei: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/big-in-japan.html
The Sony H9 gets reviewed by dpreview: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/sony-h9-reviewed-at-dpreview.html
The Nikon D40x gets reviewed by dpreview:
Interesting forum discussions: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/overheard-in-dpreview-forums_26.html
More forum discussions: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/overheard-in-dpreview-forums_25.html
|Thursday, May 24th, 2007|
|New blog starting up!
New blog starting up! This blog will slowly migrate to the new blog 1001 Noisy Cameras
. Comments, suggestions, recommendations, please feel free to make them :-)
Meanwhile, I will keep updating this blog with the latest posts for the next few weeks. Newest topics will appear at the top!Update on May 24, 2007Memorial Day sales are starting to come up: http://cameradeals.blogspot.com/
New News (Kodak to get out of low-end digital cameras) http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/new-news-and-forum-discussions.html
The latest TV listings of photography shows on USA TV: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/photography-shows-on-tv-usa-tv.html
New 12mp cameras from Casio (EX-Z1200SR) and Panasonic (FX100): http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/new-12mp-cameras-from-casio-and.html
Overheard in the forums: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/overheard-in-dpreview-forums_21.html
A review of the new TV show It's All Geek to me on the Science Channel. They had an episode on digital cameras. http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/weekend-shutter-clicks.html
More forum items of interest, such as Canon 40D rumors, and the dpreview review of the Nikon P5000.
Update on May 18, 2007
Nikon gives D40 DSLRs to a small town. See what happens next: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/nikons-reality-show.html
Photography documentaries on DVD: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/photography-documentaries-on-dvd.html
More forum updates: http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=52320012243458416&postID=7519157764165434411
Amazon acquires dpreview.com, http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/amazon-acquires-dpreviewcom.html
New Fuji f47fd in the UK and more: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/overheard-in-dpreview-forums.html
Update on May 9, 2007
Changes at Pentax? Selling Tokyo headquarters, shedding less profitable businesses? Stopping development of the 645D? http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=52320012243458416&postID=746042912128221860
Two new digital camers from Canon, the super zoom Canon S5 Is and anotehr "bijou" Elph/Ixus/Ixy, the SD 850-IS, along with an idea for a Mother's day gift: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/two-new-from-canon.html
Update on May 4, 2007
New reliable rumors that Pentax will be announcing two new DSLRs this fall according to a report by forum user Benjamin: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/reliable-rumors-two-new-pentax-dslrs.html
A reminder, May is national photography month in the USA: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/may-is-national-photography-month.html
If you like numbers, this is for you, crunching the numbers of global digital camera shipments for 2006, DSLRs included: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/05/2006-global-digital-camera-shipments.html
New Sony S800 (8mp, 6x optical) announced on 4/27 in Europe: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/04/thursday-shutter-clicks.html
Forum topics of interest: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/04/mid-week-shutter-clicks.html
New Minox DC1022 (10mp, 6x optical): http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/04/monday-shutter-clicks.html
Forum discussions including the human eye's ISO: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/04/weekend-shutter-clicks.html
A list of some interesting discussion topics in the dpreview forums: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/04/topics-of-discussion.html
All the posts here: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/
|Wednesday, April 18th, 2007|
|Thursday, April 12th, 2007|
|upcoming Photography shows on TV (USA TV region)
*** All times are pacific ***
1) The "Risk Takers" on Discovery-HD has a episode on high-risk photographer Jim Oltersd. This is a repeat. Airtimes: Sunday April 15, 4am pacific time. This episode is also available On-Demand on some cable systems
2) On PBS, the one hour documentary "At Close Range with National Geographic" photographer Joel Sartore. Check with your local PBS stations for airtimes. It airs on the standard-definition, high-definition and the digital encore channels (depending on how your local PBS stations are setup).
3) Also on some PBS stations, the 8-part series "The Language of Photography" will repeat. Some episodes of it are available On-Demand on some cable systems
4) Repeating on PBS digital encore stations is an episode of Independent Lens featuring "Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer" The journey of photographer Hansel Mieth, from Germany to the pages of Life magazine, where she set the standard for concerned artists.
5) The E! channel (Entertainment) has a "THS Investigates: Paparazzi" episode on celebrity photographers. TV listings show it running on Thursday April 12 at 10pm pacific, Friday at 4pm, and Thursday April 19 at 2am. (first aired in 2007)
6) And QVC has a "Digital photography made easy" on Sunday april 22 at 11am pacific. Beware this is a shopping channel, so don't expect to learn a lot, but be prepared to laugh at clueless comments made, even by company reps :-)
7) On Fantasy Living (usually a digital cable channel), on Monday April 22 at 6pm and 9pm (pacific time), an episode of "Me vs Me" looks at Sports Photography.
*** All times above are pacific ***
*** Please double-check with your local listings!!! ***
|Wednesday, April 11th, 2007|
|Monday, March 26th, 2007|
|Monday, March 19th, 2007|
|Thursday, March 1st, 2007|
|Wednesday, February 28th, 2007|
|Monday, February 19th, 2007|
|This is one way to increase market share!
Drop the price to $100. That's what Samsung is doing with the S800, a typical 8mp, 3x
. Samsung has been trying to become a player in the digital camera market. They have managed to increase their 2006 US market share significantly, but they are still way below the traditional names. But they seem to be borrowing a page from the Kodak marketing playbook. Offer prices significantly below the competition and people are much more likely to buy them. The S800 may not look as good as similar prices to the Canon/Sony/etc cameras, but at less than half the price it's a different story (at least for some buyers). As always, check multiple professional and user reviews before making a purchase so you won't be surprised by issues and (lack of) features when you start using a camera.
|Sunday, February 11th, 2007|
|Numbers: The US market in 2006
A very detailed story at MacWorld.com
has been posted showing IDG data for 2006 in the US market. We get to see the Top 10 manufacturers in the US market. The trends in the number of shipments were as expected: Kodak and Fuji having big drops, Casio, Panasonic and Samsung making big jumps, Canon and Nikon solid gains, while Sony, Olympus and HP almost hugging the horizon line. Samsung has just overtaken Fuji, one of the traditional names in photography. Panasonic tripled their sales, Samsung more than doubled them, and Casio was up almost 1.5x
|Friday, February 9th, 2007|
|Samsung tries to break record!
Samsung tries to break the record of new camera models announced in one calendar year. Not sure who has the record, but at Samsung's rate it won't matter... Of the three new cameras, the L77 is the most interesting one (7x optical zoom, 7mp 1/2.5" sensor, but no optical/sensor stabilization, not wide, and no Tv/Av/manual control of exposure). The other two, the S1030 and S8030 being your 10mp/8mp 1/1.8" 3x optical typical models. dpreview has the pictures and the details: http://www.dpreview.com/
|Thursday, February 1st, 2007|
|Do you know where your images are? (and catching up to new releases)
Interesting discussion in the dpreview forums: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=21830105
Casio has two refresher models, the EX-Z1050 (10mp, 3x, March $300) and the EX-Z75 (7mp, 3x, March, $230).
Following the seven-camera burst mode at CES, Samsung has announced three more, the NV11 (updates NV10, $400), the L74 Wide (starts at 28mm, Spring $350), and the bijou i7, with a rotating 3" touch screen monitor. (Samsung's previous S1050 model is not to be confused with the just announced Casio EX-Z1050 model). Details at http://www.dpreview.com
|Wednesday, January 31st, 2007|
|News: Panasonic goes in burst mode! (eleven new cameras!)
Eight is not enough for Panasonic today. Yes eleven new cameras! As always the major photo sites have the details: http://www.dpreview.com/ http://www.dcresource.com/
This is a line-up refresh for Panasonic, but they stop short of updating their top tier. All except for the TZs use 1/2.5" sensors, MegaOIS and Venus Engine III.The entry level offers the LS60 (6mp, 3x MegaOIS), LS70 and LS75 (7mp, 3x MegaOIS, different LCD size), with two AA batteries. The LS70 will be available in the USA in February for $200, while the LS60 and LS75 are announced in Europe. I haven't checked the Japanese sites yet.
Next step up is the LZ-series, featuring a 6x MegaOIS lens, and they look like a great bargain on paper. The LZ6 (despite the name) has 7mp megapixels at $180, and the LZ7 has a bigger LCD screen (2.5") and a couple of other features for an extra $20.
Then the "bijou/compacts" get their refresh, with the FX10 (6mp, typical 3x MegaOIS, 370 CIPA LiIon) at $200 (choice of 3 colors), the 7mp FX12 at $230 (choice of 2 colors), and the flagship ultraslim trimspa (under 1" thick) FX30 with 28-100 MegaOIS at $350 in February of this year. (guess the song reference and win un-fabulous prizes!)
Moving on we have the popular TZ-series getting two new models, the TZ2 and TZ3 (March $350). One major difference is that they get wide: 28-280mm equivalent 10x zoom with MegaOIS. It looks like the TZ2 won't be available in the US (at least not right away). They continue to use a smaller area of the sensor. TZ3 uses 7mp out of a 8.5mp CCD, with a 3" LCD, 270 CIPA LiIon. The TZ2 uses 6mp on a 7.4mp CCD. Their sensors are slightly larger at 1/2.35" (TZ3) and 1/2.33" (TZ2). From a feature perspective the TZ3 has a couple of more advanced features than the TZ2: bracketing, 3fps or 2fps burst mode. However, no Tv, Av or full manual exposure mode, and no RAW. They are travel zooms after all. If you insist on those features:
Last but not least is the continuation of the legendary FZ-series that started it all for Panasonic, the FZ8. Contrary to its name, it remains at 7mp, similar to its precedessors, $350 February, and 380 CIPA LiIon. Panasonic power users will be delighted to find out it supports RAW and full manual control and includes the SilkyPix software even. Upcoming review alert!: dpreview has one at their office, a review is upcoming: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0701/07013106panasonicfz8.asp
Panasonic has remained at 7mp, so as of right now, all the major manufacturers have stayed at 7mp 1/2.5" and 10mp 1/1.8".
2007 trend: RAW is becoming available on cameras using 1/2.5" sensors this year. First it was the Olympus SP-550 this year, now the FZ8!
MegaOIS included with every camera is a great bonus for buyers
Prices are very competitive, the features look good on paper
Improvements over last year: 1) RAW on FZ8 2) wide-zoom on TZ-series
The big question is the Venus Engine III and its effect on image quality. Reviews and time will tell...