Konica Minolta has released a new firmaware update for Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1. The v1.10 update will Shortened shutter-release time lag (time period from when the shutter-release button is pressed down fully to when exposure begins) and shortened operation time lag (time period from zooming lever is operated to when operation of any other function button is accepted).
Adobe has released the new version of camera raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and 4.0 software.
Support for the following cameras has been added in this update.
• Canon EOS 5D
• Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
• Olympus E-500
• Olympus SP-310
• Olympus SP-350
• Olympus SP-500UZ
• Pentax *ist DL
• Pentax *ist DS2
• Sony DSC-R1
Eamon Hickey just reviewed Canon EOS 5D and gave it 7.9 out of 10 (Very Good) at CNET. In conclusion he wrote:
“The good: Top-notch, high-resolution images; 35mm-size sensor obviates focal-length conversions; big 2.5-inch LCD; unmatched low-noise images at ISO 1,600 and 3,200.
The bad: Overall build quality and performance typical of much cheaper cameras; no constant ISO display; images show occasional red fringing around highlight transitions; automatic white balance occasionally inconsistent.
Our test images from the Canon EOS 5D are superb overall. Its 12.8-megapixel sensor delivers loads of detail and smooth, rich tonality. The dynamic range in our photos equaled–or bested–the results from every other dSLR we’ve tested, with the exception of the Fujifilm S3 Pro. Noise in our ISO 1,600 and 3,200 test images is astonishingly low, yet detail is retained. It was easy for us to get natural, smooth skin tones with many complexions. All in all, this camera is a top choice for shooting portraits, still-lifes, landscapes, architecture, and some kinds of commercial studio subjects, especially if you need or want to make 16×20 or larger prints.”
Digitalreview.ca has recently posted the new Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED Zoom samples shot with Nikon D70. They commented:
“In terms of handling and design, the Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED is sure to please. The sharpness and optical quality of the DX 18-200mm VR seems very good taking into account the broad 11x zoom range offered. The incorporated ED glass and aspherical elements contribute to this achievement. Overall, we feel the new Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED will make for a nice “all in one” walk around lens, great if you don’t want to carry a lot of gear with you.”
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Erik Magnuson has recently posted his comparison test on Canon 75-300mm IS, the new Canon 70-300mm IS, and Canon 100-400mm IS. The result looks very promising. Canon has made big improvements and bring us closer to ‘L’ quality.
Nikon has recently issued a service advisory for EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium ion battery packs due to the possibility of a short circuit causing the battery to overheat and possibly melt, posing a potential hazard to consumers.
The Nikon EN-EL3 battery pack is provided as a supplied accessory with the purchase of Nikon’s digital SLR D100, D70, and D50 cameras. It is also sold separately at retail under Nikon’s model number 26265. The EN-EL3 battery pack involved in this recall was first distributed by Nikon in May 2004 and is still being sold at retail.
Nikon Japan has recently updated their firmware for Nikon D2X and D2Hs DSLR.
Issues addressed with D2X Firmware Ver. 1.01
- Autofocus performance has been increased.
- An issue that prevented the AF-assist illuminator from firing when the Speedlights listed below were used has been corrected. SB-29S, SB-29, SB-23, SB-22S, SB-22, SB-20.
- In images captured at a shutter speed of 1/250 s with a Speedlight SB-800, set to Distance-priority manual flash (GN), or Manual flash (M) with flash output set to full (M1/1) mounted on the camera, the top portion was often dark. This issue has been addressed. However, under the circumstances described above only, the guide number is reduced from that of full flash output level by approximately 0.6 EV.
- Images captured at white-balance settings of Incandescent, Direct sunlight, Cloudy, Shade, and Choose color temp. tended to have a reddish tint. This issue has been addressed.
- Errors in Dutch menus have been corrected.
DigitalCameraInfo has posted a review on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1, a digital camera with 8.4 Megapixels, 4x Leica optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ LCD screen and an optical image stabilizer. They wrote:
“Likes: 16:9 movie mode, Nice LCD screen, High quality Leica lens, Durable aluminum body, Decent burst mode, User friendly exposure controls, Thorough software package
Dislikes: Expensive, Images are extremely noise (ISO 200 setting is pushing it, 400 is unusable), Rickety pop-up flash – placed off lens axis, Slippery zoom toggle, Small controls, Poorly translated scene help screen
In conclusion: With 8.4 megapixels, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and a Leica 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 has a lot to offer consumers. That is, consumers with lots of money to offer Panasonic. The LX1 retails for $599, which is a substantial amount of money for a compact digital camera. The camera body itself isn’t especially gorgeous; it is more functional than sleek. The camera body has some good aspects to it: sturdy construction, a large LCD that can be viewed at just about any angle, and the compact dimensions; however, if consumers are expected to drop $599 on a point-and-shoot camera, noise should not be an issue. “
DCViews has recently compared the Sony Cybershot DSC T7 to Nikon Coolpix S3 and wrote:
The Sony Cybershot T7 and the Nikon Coolpix S3 are both ultra compact digital cameras, which perform, despite their small dimensions and weight, above average. The Coolpix S3 is a real ‘point-and-shoot’-camera with little manual control, but handy automatic features. The Sony T7 works mainly automatic, but gives you more control if necessary. Colors and exposure of the pictures of the Sony T7 are better than with the Nikon S3. On detail and noise the cameras perform the same. The Sony Cybershot T7 and the Nikon Coolpix S3 are both good travel partners in back pocket or handbag, with the T7 as a winner on image quality and ‘looks’. But then again, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…
Sony Cybershot DSC T7 sample photos
Nikon Coolpix S3 sample photos