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Thursday, July 12th, 2007
1:50 pm
Latest updates
  • Latest news, updates, commentary, speculations for new cameras at the new blog at 1001 Noisy Cameras blog.
  • Wall to wall coverage on predictions, rumors and speculation also at http://blog2.1001noisycameras.com/search/label/fauxtokina%202007
  • New blog covering the RAWsumers. A RAWsumer is a non-DSLR digital camera that offers (native) RAW. Details at http://www.RAWsumer.com
  • If you are serious about serious compact-size cameras, be sure to check SeriousCompacts.com
  • For waves and waves of new news, check the Imaging Insider
  • Want to pick the brain of an accomplished wedding and portrait photographer? Then zoom over to Digital Pro Talk by David Ziser.
  • Staying with the picking the brain theme, you can pick the brain of Photoshop guru Scott Kelby at Photoshop Insider.
  • What about the Baby Boomers? Well there is a new site created with baby boomers in mind, Endless Years!
  • Latest in digital camera deals at: Camera Deals
  • All these and a whole lot more!
  • Sunday, June 10th, 2007
    3:57 pm
    June updates
    Breaking News
  • Zenit 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

    Update 6/17
  • 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

    New Posts!
  • 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
  • Various: http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com/2007/06/friday-unwind.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
    3:37 pm
    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, 2007
  • Memorial 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

    April 2007
  • 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
    10:54 am
    Thursday, April 12th, 2007
    2:24 pm
    12:53 pm
    upcoming Panasonic DSLRs
    A CNET story that flew under the radar with all the excitement at PMA gets a lot of discussion in the dpreview News forum: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=22722818. It talks about the next Panasonic DSLR expected to have a 10mp sensor, live view, in-body image stabilization (sensor anti-shake), sensor dust bunnies cleaning, and with a Leica lens. No info as to whether Panasonic will attempt to enter the professional camera market.
    12:52 pm
    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
    7:13 pm
    dpreview double-feature review!
    Perhaps inspired by Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse double-feature, dpreview has posted a double-feature review:
  • Phil reviews the Panasonic L1: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmcl1
  • Simon reviews the Fuji F31fd: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilmf31fd
  • Both are very interesting reads, and as always I won't be spoiling the conclusions, you have to find out for yourselves :-)
  • Monday, March 26th, 2007
    5:15 pm
    dpreview reviews the Olympus SP-550!
    A 19-page review http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympussp550uz/

    This is bound to be more one of the most heavily discussed reviews so be sure to check the dpreview forums!

    Monday, March 19th, 2007
    3:21 pm
    Blog will return in early April
    Blog will return in early April with a recap of PMA and all the 2007 camera models... In the meantime, here's something for those of you who just can't stop buying digital cameras: The Panasonic LX2 silver (aka LX2S) is Amazon's deal of the day sale for $350 with free shipping, and two free Panasonic 256mb SD cards, and coupon for a 20-page classic photo book from Shutterfly ($30 value).
    Thursday, March 1st, 2007
    11:44 am
    Photography Documentaries and Training on DVD
    This is an on-going effort trying to assemble as long of a list as possible of photography documentaries and training programs on DVD. The items included are not recommendations, they are listed for reference and research purposes. Some of these may be masterpieces, others may be boring or not very useful. The pictures are links to the Amazon product page. This section will grow over time. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to let me know!

    Books with Bonus DVD documentary
  • Yann Arthus-Bertrand: Being a Photographer. This is from the photographer behind the "Earth from Above" series. The DVD documentary is a sleeve on the inside back cover of the book.

    Titles without DVD cover pictures available
  • An American Experience - Ansel Adams

  • Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
    11:43 am
    Without spending an extra penny, you can help this blog!
    Would you like to support this blog? If you think this blog is not a total waste of cyberspace, then you can support it by making your Amazon.com purchases through the links below:

    Amazon Camera and Photo page

    Amazon front page

    Amazon Store

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    Monday, February 19th, 2007
    1:41 pm
    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
    6:45 pm
    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
    2:47 pm
    Friday, February 9th, 2007
    3:00 pm
    12:54 pm
    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/
    12:54 pm
    Just in review: Panasonic FZ8 at dpreview!
    This is probably one of the fastest reviews after announcement ever. Panasonic just recently announced the FZ-8 and dpreview has just posted their full review of it. As always I won't reveal their findings, so you can enjoy all 17 pages without any spoilers from me: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz8/
    Thursday, February 1st, 2007
    3:35 pm
    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 and http://www.dcresource.com/
    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
    7:12 am
    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

    Opinion Segment
  • 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...
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