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COLUMN: Leo Heppner's Photo Gadgetry
Photo gadgetry at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York

After a 5-year hiatus, Leo Heppner's "Photo Gadgetry" column is back at Digital Camera! Leo promises to report on the latest and the greatest products ranging from simple lens caps to super-telephoto lenses, or from memory cards to the latest software every month! In his first new-era column, he reports on the coolest photo gadgetry at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York.
See Leo Heppner's Photo Gadgetry


TRAVEL FEATURE: Lake Tahoe
Is Lake Tahoe still clear?

Lake Tahoe, nestled in the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevedas, has a reputation as one of the clearest, bluest lakes in the world. To find out, we went up to Lake Tahoe for some scuba diving. Over the years our friends at ScubaDiverInfo.com reported on the ins and outs of high altitude diving in great detail, and so we won't go into that again. This time, we wondered whether Lake Tahoe, 6,230 feet above sea level, was still as clear as it used to be.
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Full OVERVIEW: The GoPro Hero3 platform
Good news for surfers, racers, divers, and just about everyone else

GoPro released the Hero3 with a slimmer, lighter body, integrated WiFi, a better lens, better audio and numerous other improvements. The Hero3 has a new flat-lens housing that's compatible with all older mounting hardware. The Hero3 comes in three very different editions (white (US$199), silver (US$299), and black (US$399), so there's now a GoPro camera for everyone.
Read full illustrated preview and specs of the GoPro Hero3.


TRAVEL FEATURE: Cancun
When it rains on a vacation trip...

Vacations are expensive, and dive trips especially so, and you want to get in as much precious sightseeing, picture-taking and adventure as possible. You can't wait to see the whale sharks and get the next 10 or 20 dives under your belt. But when you get there.... it rains.
Read of the Digital Camera Magazine team's latest adventures


FULL REVIEW: SeaLife SL975 Fisheye Wide Angle Lens
Seeing more underwater

SeaLife's SL975 Fisheye Wide Angle Lens (US$299) snaps onto any SeaLife DC-Series housing. Our pals at ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the lens during a recent scuba product review expedition in Honduras and came away impressed. Used with our review SeaLife DC1400 rig, the SL975 lens provided roughly 16mm wide angle, making spectacular shots possible. See our analysis of the SL975 and the kind of underwater images we shot with it.
See SeaLife Fisheye Wide Angle Lens review and image gallery


DETAILED PREVIEW: Nikon Coolpix AW100
Nikon's first underwater camera since the Nikonos

The Coolpix AW100 represents Nikon's first underwater camera since the fabled Nikonos ceased production back in 2001. A sleek, elegant 16-megapixel camera, the AW100 has a 33-foot depth rating, can handle 5-foot drops, is freeze and dustproof, can do 1080p HD video at full 30fps speed, has a bright 3-inch display, and includes powerful GPS capabilities. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the US$349 Coolpix AW100 on intense dive trips in the Sea of Cortez and off Isla Mujeres.
Read full illustrated preview and specs of the Nikon Coolpix AW100.


DETAILED PREVIEW: Pentax WG-2
Is the 16MP/1080p Pentax WG-2 the toughest of them all?

The Pentax Optio WG-2 represents Pentax's 13th generation of tough, waterproof cameras, and the maturity shows. Sporting a unique design, the 16-megapixel Optio WG-2 has a 40-foot depth rating, can handle 5-foot drops, is freeze and crushproof, can do 1080p HD video at full 30fps speed, has a wide-format 3-inch display, and is chuck-full of features and tricks. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the US$349 Optio WG-2 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez.
Read full illustrated preview and specs of the Pentax WG-2.


DETAILED REVIEW: Canon PowerShot D20
Finally: Canon's second outdoor camera. Was it worth the wait?

Three years ago, Canon introduced its first waterproof compact, the PowerShot D10. It was a good camera, but had a few areas that needed improvement. Canon listened and fixed everything with the PowerShot D20, introduced this year. It's a US$349 12-megapixel camera that is waterproof to 33 feet can handle 5-foot drops, temperature extremes, and can also shoot 1080p HD video. There's a terrific 3-inch screen, good battery life, and logical controls. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the PowerShot D20 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Canon PowerShot D20.

RESOURCE: ScubaDiverInfo.com's video page
Wanna see what underwater video can do?

Whenever we test underwater video cameras and still cameras that can do video (which is most by now), we compile and publish videos shot with those cameras. We usually upload them to YouTube for viewing there, but have now added our own video pages from where you can see most of the videos, sorted by camera.
See ScubaDiverInfo's Video Page.


REVIEW: Fujifilm XP200
Fujifilm introduces rugged freezeproof XP200 camera with wireless, 1080p/60 video and 50 foot depth rating

With the 16-megapixel FinePix XP200, Fujifilm adds a most impressive offering to the rugged/waterproof camera space. Its 50-foot depth rating makes the camera truly useful for many dives, and is a definite and much appreciated step up from the 33 feet that was the maximum for these types of cameras for several years. And it's freezeproof as well and can handle drops from more than six feet. Add to that 5X optical zoom, 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, and the ability to wirelessly view and transfer pictures, all for a MSRP of US$299.
See See description, analysis and specs of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200.


FULL REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix TS20
At less than half the cost of a top-of-the-line ruggedized camera, this Lumix may be a great bargain, or fall short

For about half the cost of one of the top-of-the-line waterproof compacts, you can get the 16mp Panasonic Lumix TS20. It, too, can handle big drops, dust and icy water, but the depth limit is 16 feet, about half that of the more expensive waterproof cameras. And there are fewer features and no GPS. We gave the Lumix TS20 a good workout around and in the water. Are you saving money with this camera? Or will you regret not spending a bit more?
See full review of the Panasonic Lumix TS20


TRAVEL FEATURE: Florida
A few days of diving in Florida, and logistics

One thing that's different about a week of meandering from dive spot to dive spot is logistics. When you fly somewhere and stay at a resort or liveaboard, you get to park your gear and be done with it. Not so when you move from place to place. Here's how the ScubaDiverInfo.com team spent a few days of driving and diving and exploring in Northern Florida....
Read illustrated blog.


FULL REVIEW: GoPro Hero2
And how much better is the GoPro Hero2

No sooner did we publish a big feature on GoPro and its tiny Hero high definition camera that's taken the world by storm than GoPro released the Hero2. Is the new Hero really twice as fast and twice as sharp, as GoPro claims? And have some of the issues we had with the original Hero been fixed? We gave the tough little Hero2 a full workout, both above and under water.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the GoPro Hero2.

FULL REVIEW: GoPro Hero
The GoPro phenomenon: what the world-beating little 1080p vidcam can (and cannot) do

When we first got a GoPro, I was quite impressed with the small size of the camera (2.3 x 1.6 x 1.2 inches -- about the size of a matchbox) and certainly with all the included mounting hardware, but the GoPro didn't seem particularly elegant or high-tech. So, of course, I had to research this whole thing in more detail. The result is this rather lengthy report, and several dive trips that took us thousands of miles from home, and several hundred miles offshore.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the GoPro Hero.

MILESTONEW: Olympus E-PL1 with PT-EP01 Underwater Housing
Olympus reinvents the compact camera and offers an unbeatable combo to underwater photographers

In this review we're looking at the US$599 Olympus E-PL1 camera and the optional PR-EP01 underwater housing that'll set you back an additional US$599. That's a lot by point & shoot camera standards, but not very much by digital SLR standards where a housing alone can cost you thousands. The pictures below are misleading because they make the camera look like a standard point & shoot, which it is not. Instead, the E-PL1 is an early representative of what's for now, and for lack of a better term, is clumsily named a "mirrorless interchangeable lens camera," or MILC, a moniker even Wikipedia quickly disqualifies as "terminology not yet standardized." Instead, they call it a "micro," a term that likely won't stick either. So what is the EP01, and why do we think it's so relevant?
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Olympus E-PL1.

FULL REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix TS2
Finally: Panasonic's shockproof and dustproof 14-megapixel 720p video Lumix now waterproof to 33 feet

The Lumix TS2 is Panasonic's follow-up on their first waterproof and ruggedized camera, the Lumix TS1. While the new model looks almost identical to the one it replaces, there are some subtle and not so subtle improvements that are certain to elevate Panasonic's standing among manufacturers of waterproof and ruggedized compact cameras. The biggest news for divers is that the new model can now handle depths up to 33 feet, addressing the 10-feet rating that limited the TS1 to just snorkeling. Resolution has been bumped to a full 14.1 megapixel, the camera is more rugged yet, and you can still shoot glorious high definition video to play back on HDTV flatscreens.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Panasonic Lumix TS2.

FULL REVIEW: Canon PowerShot D10 at Thunderdome
We're giving Canon's first waterproof, freeze proof and shockproof digital camera a hefty workout!

The PowerShot D10 is Canon's first entry into the waterproof/rugged camera space where it joins offerings from the likes of Olympus, Pentax, Fuji, Panasonic and a number of specialty manufacturers. The somewhat playfully styled camera is is a bit on the bulky side, but is also well equipped to handle most of the abuse it may encounter outdoors. It can be used in freezing weather (down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit), it is dust and waterproof, and it can handle being dropped from up to four feet. Editors at the Digital Camera Magazine sister site ScubaDiverInfo.com gave the D10 a good underwater workout and illustrated this review with numerous stunning underwater pictures. The list price is US$329.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Canon PowerShot D10.

FULL DESCRIPTION: Casio Exilim EX-G1
Casio unveils world's slimmest waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant camera

Given that Casio has been selling tough and rugged G-SHOCK watches for over a quarter of a century, one might wonder what took the company so long to enter the increasingly lucrative water/shock/dust/crush-proof segment of the digital camera market currently dominated by the likes of Olympus, Pentax, Canon and Panasonic. Whatever Casio's reasons were, Casio now has a tough waterproof camera of its own, the new 12.1-megapixel Exilim EX-G1
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Casio Exilim EX-G1.

FULL REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix TS1
Panasonic offers a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof 12-megapixel digital camera that also records 720p high-definition video

After years of building Toughbook computers, Panasonic has entered the waterproof/shockproof/dustproof camera market with the 12.1-megapixel TS1, available in silver, green or orange. The camera has a terrific folding 28-128mm equivalent zoom, can do 720p high definition video, has a very bright and vibrant 2.7-inch LCD display that is large enough and can be seen from any angle, and excels in picture quality. Max depth is limited to 10 feet though and the TS1 is pricey.
Read full review and specs of the Panasonic Lumix TS1.

MILESTONES: Pure Digital Flip UltraHD
"Everyday camcorder" now with larger screen, high definition video, 8G storage, and HDMI interface

Inexpensive high definition video is here, and it is simpler than ever thanks to the new Flip UltraHD camcorder from Pure Digital. The pocket-size UltraHD has a larger 2-inch display, records in 1280 x 720 pixel 720p high definition format, and can now connect to HDTVs directly via an HDMI cable. 8GB of internal memory allow for a full two hours of recording. A rechargeable battery lasts about 2-1/2 hours. Add to that the onboard FlipShare software, and you have an absolutely unbeatable US$199.95 package.
Read full review and specs of the Pure Digital Flip UltraHD.

MILESTONES: Olympus E-620
Advanced entry-level 12.3-megapixel dSLR with swivel LCD and a wealth of fun features

The US$699 12.3 megapixel Olympus Stylus E-620 dSLR was introduced in February of 2009. It is representative of the digital imaging industry's effort to make digital SLR cameras smaller, lighter and more advanced while at the same time adding the kinds of entertaining and useful features and functions that up to now have primarily been available in consumer point-and-shoot cameras. Consider it an advanced entry-level digital SLR with more than adquate resolution and some very nice features, among them the swivel LCD, the 7-point autofocus and the multiple aspect ratio shooting.
Read full description and specs of the Olympus E-620.

FULL DESCRIPTION: Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP
Fuji, too, launches a waterproof point-and-shooter

Everyone seems to be getting into waterproof cameras! The very small 10-megapixel FinePix Z33WP, available in four bright colors, is Fujifilm's entry, joining Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Canon and a number of specialty manufacturers. The camera's maximum depth rating of ten feet makes it suitable only for very shallow dives, but it's great for snorkeling and other activities in and around the water. The Z33PW has a large and bright 2.7-inch LCD display, a 3x optical zoom, digital anti blur, and some fun features and functions. If the 10-foot depth limit or lack of ruggedness doesn't cramp your style, the list price of US$199 makes this new Fuji a fun and very affordable choice among waterproof cameras.
Read full description and specs of the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP.

FULL DESCRIPTION: Canon PowerShot D10
Canon's first waterproof (33 feet), freeze proof and shockproof camera

The 12-megapixel PowerShot D10 is Canon's first entry into the waterproof/rugged space. The camera is fairly large and heavy, but well equipped to handle most of the abuse it may encounter outdoors. It is dust and waterproof, and it can handle being dropped from up to four feet. Divers can take it down to 33 feet of depth, enough for many scuba adventures. The camera's controls are large and arranged so you can operate it with a glove. Optical lens stabilization reduces blur. Thanks to Canon's DIGIC 4 processor, the camera offers speedy operation, onboard image correction, and advanced face recognition modes. The list price is US$329.
Read full description and specs of the Canon PowerShot D10.

FULL REVIEW: Bonica Snapper HDDV
High definition underwater (and above) video camcorder system at a low price

Bonica offers a modular underwater high-definition video camera system that can record 1280 x 720 pixel video at up to 30 frames per second for very good 720p playback on a HDTV. A soft inner housing can be used for snorkeling and guards against flooding if the camera is used in its hard acrylic deepwater (180 feet) housing. Optional single or dual video lights have 30, 40 and 60 watt settings and can be easily adjusted via ball joints. The setup is very easy to use and can yield amazingly good video as well as decent still shots from its 5-megapixel CMOS imager. The inexpensive camera records on standard SD cards and needs about 2GB for each hour of video.
Read full review of the Bonica Snapper HDDV high-definition underwater camcorder system.

DESCRIPTION: Olympus Stylus Tough-8000
Tough, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof flagship camera now with 12 megapixel, dual image stabilization

As part of its Winter 2009 lineup, Olympus introduced the 12-megapixel Stylus Tough-8000 as the new flagship of its renamed line of shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof, dustproof and waterproof (up to 33 feet) cameras. This is a camera you can truly take, and use, anywhere. Available in Black, silver and blue.
Read description and specs of the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000.

DESCRIPTION: Olympus Stylus Tough-6000
Tough, waterproof, freezeproof camera now with 10 megapixel, tap control, dual image stabilization

Like last year, Olympus offers cameras that are waterproof to 33 feet and thus suitable for diving, and others that are waterproof to 10 feet, but otherwise almost as tough. For 2009, the 10-foot slot is filled with the new Stylus Tough-6000, a modern 10-megapixel camera with an internal 3.6X optical zoom that starts wide, a terrific 2.7-inch LCD, dual image stabilization and a whole bag of features and tricks.
Read description and specs of Olympus Stylus Tough-6000.

MILESTONES: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe creates a comprehensive digital image workflow suite for professional and serious amateur photographers

In the olden days, the number of pictures we took was somewhat limited by the cost of film and making prints. Digital cameras eliminated that limitation as we can store hundreds of pictures on a small memory card and tens of thousands on a hard disk. How can anyone keep track of it all? Enter Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It's a tool for professional and serious amateur photographers to simplify photography from shoot to finish, and a whole lot more.
Read review of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0.

MILESTONES: Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
The perfect all-around camera for outdoors: 10 megapixel, shockproof, freezeproof and waterproof to 33 feet

The Stylus 1030 SW is the camera a lot of divers and outdoor lovers have been waiting for. It brings 10-megapixel resolution to scuba diving without the need of an underwater case. It's also the most rugged Olympus Stylus camera yet, being able to survive huge drops from almost seven feet and freezing temperatures. We tested the 1030 SW during a week of diving on Roatan island, Honduras.
Read review of the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW.

MILESTONES: Nikon Coolpix S710
Advanced 14.5 megapixel Coolpix pushes the limits

Nikon introduced the Coolpix S710 as part of its Fall 2008 lineup. With this camera Nikon pushes the resolution limit available in inexpensive consumer cameras even farther. You now get 14.5 megapixel, a number almost unimaginable just a few years ago. Compared to the 12.1 megapixel Coolpix S700 it replaces, the S710 offers a bit more in almost every respect: You get a 3.6X zoom instead of just a standard 3X. The display has grown to 3.0 inches. As far as sensitivity goes, the S710 can go up to an insanely high ISO 12,800. And the S710 offers Program, Aperture, Shutter, and Manual exposure modes in addition to the usual scene modes. Add to that the latest tricks and features and the US$379 S710 is a compelling buy.
Read review of the Nikon Coolpix S710.

MILESTONES: Nikon Coolpix S60
3.5-inch touch screen and 5X optical zoom

Ever since the Apple iPhone hit the market, touch screens have made a comeback. Nikon joins the party with the new 10-megapixel Coolpix that has a terrific high-res 3.5-inch touch screen that replaces all the hardware controls. The Coolpix S60, which comes in five eye-catching colors, has an internal 5X folding optical zoom to bring things close. There is optical lens-shift image stabilization to reduce blur, and you can shoot at up to 3200 ISO. Like most new cameras, the US$349 S60 includes a wealth of in-camera goodies and technologies.
Read review of the Nikon Coolpix S60.

DESCRIPTION: Casio Exilim Z150
The thinnest camera with 4X wide-angle zoom

If you're not spoiled enough to automatically pass on a new camera with a mere 8-megapixel resolution, the Exilim Z150 from Casio has a lot to offer. It is an elegant little shooter that comes in five colors (silver, black, red, pink and green), has a very useful 4X wide angle zoom, a large and terrific 3-inch LCD display, CCD-shift anti-shake, and it comes with a list price of just US$199 -- a total bargain. Read description and specs of the Casio Exilim Z150 with 3-inch display and 4X wide zoom.
Read review of the Casio Exilim Z150.

DESCRIPTION: Pentax Optio W60
Waterproof Optio now shoots deeper and at colder temperatures

There are times when you don't want to have to worry about getting your camera wet or dirty. Pentax designed the 10-megapixel Optio W60 with that in mind. It's a tough but elegant camera with a fully internal 5X zoom that starts out wide and still gets you closer than 3X zoom models. The 2.5-inch display is sharp and very readable from all directions. The camera can record 1280 x 720 pixel movies. Best of all, the US$329 Optio W60 can handle up to 13 feet of water and you can use it even in freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Read review of the Pentax Optio W60.

MILESTONES: Olympus Stylus 850 SW and 1030 SW
Two new tough and rugged Olympus Stylus models

Olympus introduced two new cameras in its SW (Shock & Waterproof) series. The US$299 Stylus 850 SW is a 8-megapixel camera that's waterproof to ten feet, can survive drops of five feet, and freezing temperatures. It's designed for all sorts of outoors activities including skiing and snorkeling. The US$399 10-megapixel Stylus 1030 SW is tougher yet. You can go diving with it, down to 33 feet (and probably more), drop it from almost seven feet, subject it to extreme temperatures, dust, sand, whatever. It also has a terrific hi-res 2.7-inch LCD and a 3.6X 28-102mm optical zoom that enables wide angle photography.
Read review of the Olympus Stylus 850 SW and the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW.

MILESTONES: Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1
Superfast burst mode and movies in 12X zoom

Casio's corporate slogan is "Expect the Unexpected," but even so, few would have expected the Pro EX-F1 from the company famous for its attractive little ultra-slim cameras. What is the EX-F1? A fairly large 6-megapixel camera with a 12X optical zoom and, according to Casio, the world's fastest burst shooting performance. How fast? Up to 60 frames per second in full resolution burst mode, and up to 1,200 frames per second in high-speed movies! And also 1920 x 1080 stereo movies at 60 frames per second.
Read review of the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1.

MILESTONES: Eye-Fi wireless 2GB SD Card
Brings WiFi to all cameras!

There are cameras with built-in WiFi, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to add wireless to any digital camera? You can do that with the amazing Eye-Fi card that combines 802.11b/g wireless with a nice 2GB of storage capacity. The bright-orange card looks just like a standard SD card and fits into any camera that uses the SD card format. The software loads automatically, has a browser-based interface, and you can upload to your PC or Mac and/or almost 20 photo sharing sites. How much does it cost? US$99.99 retail.
Read full review of the Eye-Fi 2GB wireless SD Card.


Digital Camera News
CONTOUR returns to POV camera market
Contour, pioneers of the action sports camera industry, is now under new ownership and seeks to once again be a key contender in the Point of View (POV) camera market. After completing a financial overhaul, reorganizing its plans for new product innovation and building a framework for improved distribution, Contour says it is back on the map, re-launching its website that currently offers the Contour+2 with wireless smartphone connectivity, the waterproof ROAM2 and a range of accessories. -- Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 by chb

Olympus reveals its latest outdoor camera
Olympus, the company that pioneered outdoor cameras, is expanding outdoor shooting and sharing capabilities in even the most challenging of conditions with a new flagship. The STYLUS TOUGH TG-3 brings a high-speed f2.0 lens, expanded macro capabilities, GPS, and Wi-Fi for sharing pics and full 1080p video from (almost) anywhere. Divers can take it down to 50 feet, and the camera can handle almost any abuse in the great outdoors. [See description, analysis and specs of the Olympus TG-3] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb

Columns: Photo Gadgetry by Leo Heppner
After a 5-year hiatus, Leo Heppner's "Photo Gadgetry" column is back at Digital Camera! Leo promises to report on the latest and the greatest products ranging from simple lens caps to super-telephoto lenses, or from memory cards to the latest software every month! In his first new-era column, he reports on the coolest photo gadgetry at the PhotoPlus Expo 2013 in New York. [See Leo Heppner's Photo Gadgetry] -- Posted Monday, March 31, 2014 by chb

Canon celebrates milestones
Canon U.S.A., announced that Canon, Inc., its parent company, is celebrating two milestones. First, Canon is holding the No. 1 global share in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 11 straight years, and second, the combined production of the company's compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras is surpassing 250 million units. -- Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by chb

Canon pulls out of budget camera market
Wow. Canon apparently decided to get out of the market for budget-priced digital cameras, defined as those under roughly US$200. Instead, Canon will concentrate on their dSLR business and higher end compacts. On the one hand, that decision is understandable, given that every smartphone has integrated cameras that can do most, or more, than dedicated budget compacts can do. On the other hand, the camera industry has brought this upon itself by falling behind the times in the budget class, ignoring advancing technology in storage, technology, connectivity, and software. Another issue was competing against smartphones that are "free" or cost just a few dollars PLUS a 2-year telco contract. -- Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by chb

Mid-tier camera makers facing hard times
Reuters reports that Japanese mid-tier camera makers Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Olympus are struggling against the tide of camera-equipped smartphones. Compact camera sales are expected to fall more than 40% in 2013 compared to 2012, and the price of those compact had fallen so low that they hardly generated any profit anyway. The photography industry had elected mirror less cameras to catch on, as a way to create higher quality pictures than smartphones can take, but at a lower price than digital SLRs. Yet, mirrorless camera sales have been stalling as well. So for now, the digital camera market that was such a boon since its inception in the late 1990s is in a funk, with only Canon, Nikon and perhaps Sony standing a chance to prevail. [See article] -- Posted Monday, December 30, 2013 by chb

Smartphones take bigger bite out of digital camera market
IDC predicts that worldwide sales of digital cameras will fall to 76 million for all of 2013, compared to 118 million in 2012, and a projected 63 million in 2015. The shrinking trend is expected to continue down to just 51 million in 2017. The reason is that smartphones contain ever-better cameras and apps. Our take: It is indeed baffling how digital camera makers stand by with, not recognizing that tiny LCDs and mostly useless features (think toy camera, pet face recognition, silly frames, sepia, etc.) won't do against already very good integrated phone cameras and a flood of terrific, innovative apps. -- Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013 by chb

Nikon ponders impact of smartphones on camera market
Nikon Board Member Makoto Kimura in a recent Q&A on Nikon's future: "it is crucial that we determine how best to adapt our strategies in response to market changes, particularly in terms of new products and product lineups. The rapid penetration of smartphones is causing the compact digital camera market to shrink. Previously, cameras and smart devices were not direct competitors. However, in the current market structure in which these products are competing, we must examine closely the concepts on which our compact digital camera offerings should be based. Thus, when it comes to interchangeable lens-type digital cameras, we need to question our ability to offer truly innovative functions and performance." [See whole Q&A] -- Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 by chb

Olympus profitable again, but compact digital camera sales tanking
Olympus reported it had returned to profitability in fiscal 2012, but its imaging business posted a loss for the third straight year. And with its market for digital cameras rapidly shrinking, Olympus dramatically lowered its 2013 sales target for compact digital cameras to just 2,7 million, down from 5.1 million in 2012. Our take: It's mostly a matter of everyone now having a smartphone with a built-in camera. We always liked Olympus and have done numerous detailed camera reviews for them, but for the past two years they have rejected every one of our requests for review units, so we could not help them spread the word. -- Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by chb

Kodak cameras are available again...
You can now buy Kodak digital cameras again... as long as you don't mind that they come from JK Imaging Ltd., which acquired a global licensing agreement from Kodak under which they can manufacture and sell digital imaging products with the Kodak name. The first product is the Astro Zoom AZ361, a 16mp camera with a 36x (24-864mm) optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD and 720p video. MSRP is US$229. [See the JK Imaging Ltd/Kodak website] -- Posted Friday, April 5, 2013 by chb

Compact digital cameras getting clobbered by smartphones
The conventional digital camera industry has a problem. Seems that digital camera sales in the U.S. will drop more than half from the roughly 38 million in 2011 to an anticipated 18 million this year. Problem is that with smartphones having ever better integrated cameras that can shoot high quality pictures and HD video, and then send and share images and video instantly, there's just not that much of a need to carry around a usually bulkier separate digital camera. Our suggestion to the digital camera industry: concentrate on making compacts that do things smartphones can't. -- Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by chb

Fujifilm introduces rugged freeseproof XP200 camera with wireless, 1080p/60 video and 50 foot depth rating
With the 16-megapixel FinePix XP200, Fujifilm adds a most impressive offering to the rugged/waterproof camera space. Its 50-foot depth rating makes the camera truly useful for many dives, and is a definite and much appreciated step up from the 33 feet that was the maximum for these types of cameras for several years. And it's freezeproof as well and can handle drops from more than six feet. Add to that 5X optical zoom, 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, and the ability to wirelessly view and transfer pictures, all for a MSRP of US$299. [See description, analysis and specs of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200] -- Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 by chb

Panasonic technology to double color sensitivity in digital cameras
Panasonic says it has developed a way to dramatically increase color and light sensitivity of digital cameras. Instead of using a simple filter that separates light into a red, green and blue component, blocking more than half of the light, Panasonic proposes separating light via tiny prism-like color splitters into white, red and blue, with no loss of light. It's not clear yet when the new technology will reach products. -- Posted Monday, February 4, 2013 by chb

Ambarella introduces A9 SoC for 4K Ultra HD video
Ambarella, which makes the HD video compression and image processing semiconductors enabling today's tiny sports action cams and numerous other advanced integrated video applications, introduced the A9 camera System-on-Chip (SoC) with support for the new 4K Ultra HD video standard. The A9 enables development of the next generation of mirrorless, sports, and digital still cameras (DSCs) with leading-edge video features and exceptional still image quality. In addition to 4K Ultra HD video, the A9 supports 1080p/120 and 720p/240 video. The A9 uses dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs and supports wireless connectivity for video streaming or image sharing. [See Ambarella A9 product brief] -- Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 by chb

Kodak cameras will be back, but...
Soon you'll be able to buy Kodak cameras again, despite Kodak's bankruptcy, but they won't actually be cameras made by Kodak or even commissioned to be made by Kodak. Instead, Kodak sold the right of the Kodak name on cameras to JK Imaging, a subsidiary of a Florida based consumer electronics distributor. There will also be a new Kodak Digital Cameras website here.[See Kodak press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by chb

Foxconn buys large stake in GoPro
GoPro announced that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, the world's largest electronics manufacturing company also known as Foxconn, has acquired an 8.88% full-diluted stake in GoPro for US$200 million, valuing the company at US$2.25 billion. Terry Gou, Foxconn's Founder and CEO, will join GoPro's board. Notable products manufactured by Foxconn include Apple's iPhone and iPad, Sony PlayStation, and the Microsoft Xbox. -- Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012 by chb

Sanyo to sell digital camera business
Sanyo is in negotiations to sell its digital camera business to an investment fund by the end of fiscal 2012. With Sanyo's parent, Panasonic, also in the digital camera business, the sale will eliminate overlap within Panasonic. Currently, Sanyo supplies digital cameras to companies such as Olympus Corp. on an original equipment manufacturer basis. [See article] -- Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by chb

Sony and Olympus form alliance
Olympus and Sony announced that they intend to form a business and capital alliance where, among other things, "the two companies also aim to enhance their competitiveness, primarily in the area of compact digital cameras, by exploring opportunities for mutually beneficial transactions and collaboration between their respective camera businesses, including the supply of Olympus technologies such as camera lenses and mirror cells to Sony, and the provision of Sony image sensors to Olympus." [See press release] -- Posted Friday, September 28, 2012 by chb

Four new Polaroid HD camcorders
Consumer electronics manufacturer Sakar International announced one of the world's thinnest and lightest full 1080p HD camcorders as part of a new line of Polaroid-branded digital camcorders. The line includes the ultra-thin iD820, the iD879 with 5x optical zoom, the Wi-Fi enabled iD450 (all three US$179.99), and the rugged and waterproof iD640 (US$99.99). -- Posted Friday, September 21, 2012 by chb

Nikon releases COOLPIX S800 with Android OS
Nikon's just announced COOLPIX S800c combines Nikon's various imaging technologies with built in WiFi and the Android OS to allow for easy operation and sharing of photos and HD video through various social networks. The US$349 S800 has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 10x NIKKOR optical zoom, full1080p HD video, GPS and direct access to Android apps. We're not sure yet how close the S800's Android OS is to what users expect from a standard smartphone, but this is certainly an interesting step. The camera industry tried to create a standard OS once before, a decade ago, and failed. This is different as Android is already the industry-leading smartphone OS. [See Nikon COOLPIX S800] -- Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by chb

Full review: 16MP/1080p Pentax WG-2 can handle 40+ feet
The Pentax Optio WG-2 represents Pentax's 13th generation of tough, waterproof cameras, and the maturity shows. Sporting a unique design, the 16-megapixel Optio WG-2 has a 40-foot depth rating, can handle 5-foot drops, is freeze and crushproof, can do 1080p HD video at full 30fps speed, has a wide-format 3-inch display, and is chuck-full of features and tricks. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the US$349 Optio WG-2 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez. [See full review of the Pentax Optio WG-2] -- Posted Thursday, August 2, 2012 by chb

Full review: The rugged, waterproof Canon PowerShot D20
Three years ago, Canon introduced its first waterproof compact, the PowerShot D10. It was a good camera, but had a few areas that needed improvement. Canon listened and fixed everything with the PowerShot D20, introduced this year. It's a US$349 12-megapixel camera that is waterproof to 33 feet can handle 5-foot drops, temperature extremes, and can also shoot 1080p HD video. There's a terrific 3-inch screen, good battery life, and logical controls. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the PowerShot D20 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez. [See full review of the Canon PowerShot D20] -- Posted Thursday, July 26, 2012 by chb

Polaroid Z2300 instant digital camera
Polaroid announced the Z2300 instant digital camera that combines digital camera technology with instant prints. The 10-megapixel Z2300 camera has a 3-inch LCD, SD card storage, and is able to create 2 x 3 inch instant prints. Available in August 2012, the camera will cost US$159.99. The special ZINK photo paper will run US$15 for a 30-pack. [See Polaroid Z2300] -- Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by chb

Kodak files for auction of digital imaging patents
Very sad: Eastman Kodak, which filed for bankruptcy in January of 2012, now filed a motion on seeking approval of bidding procedures for bankruptcy auction of its Digital Capture and Kodak imaging Systems and Services patent portfolios, which together comprise more than 1,100 patents. These patents include much of what made today's digital cameras and digital imaging possible. -- Posted Monday, June 11, 2012 by chb

Canon addresses changed user expectation issues with new Rebel 4Ti dSLR
Canon introduced the Rebel T4i, an 18mp dSLR camera that doesn't look very different from its predecessors (the T2i and T3i), but aims to meet changing user expectations with improved HD video (continuous, silent auto-focus finally), a capacitive 3-inch touch screen, stereo microphones, increased sensitivity, faster continuous shooting (up to 5fps), and much improved autofocus to reduce the annoying "hunting" that plagued earlier models. Retail price for the body alone is US$849, US$949 with a 18-55mm lens, and US$1,199 with a 18-135mm lens. [Read Canon press release] -- Posted Friday, June 8, 2012 by chb

TechNavio report: Global digital camera market to grow
TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Digital Camera market to grow at a CAGR of 10% over the period 2011-2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand for digital cameras in emerging markets. The Global Digital Camera market has also been witnessing the availability of user-friendly image processing software. However, the increasing smartphone penetration could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. [Global Digital Camera Market 2011-2015] -- Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by chb

Canon to build cameras without workers
Digital cameras are small and enormously complex, including between 600 and 1,000 pieces. Canon has now announced it is moving towards having entire cameras assembled without any human intervention at all. The first all-robot camera production lines are expected to start in 2015. -- Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 by chb

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02 - Living with digital cameras
03 - Traveling with digicams (I)
04 - Traveling with digicams (II)
06 - All isn't well yet
07 - Digital camera experiences
09 - When isn't camera a camera?
10 - Go for the gold
11 - The Coolpix 990
12 - Confused by digicams?
13 - From film to digital
14 - Megapixel madness
15 - Digital film
17 - The horseless carriage
18 - Why I wish the Mac had won
19 - What makes a good image...
20 - The Coolpix 995
22 - 9/11 - A low point
23 - Time is precious
24 - A bright, sunny morning
25 - Digicams and road warriors
26 - Wonders of digital imaging
27 - We've come a long way (I)
28 - Beyond image capture
29 - Digital passes film
30 - Where are we headed?
31 - Digital imaging saves lives
32 - Making hard copy
33 - PictBridge, PIM, Exif, etc
34 - Strugglingw ith autofocus?
35 - We've come a long way (II)
36 - Zoom-zoom
37 - Megapixel madness (II)
38 - What should I buy?
39 - Changes in digital cameras
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Learning the Canon 30D
Casio Exilim Z1000
Nikon Coolpix P3
Casio Exilim Z850
Fujifilm FinePix A600
Casio Exilim S770
Samsung Pro815
Fujifilm FinePix S9100
Olympus Stylus 750
Olympus Stylus 740 with PT-034 case
Olympus Stylus FE170/FE180/FE190
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Pentax Optio A10
Waterproof Olympus Stylus 720 SW
Waterproof Pentax Optio W10
Casio Exilim S600
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SeaLife Fisheye Wide Angle Lens
Panasonic Lumix TS20
GoPro Hero3 -- first look
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Pentax Optio WG-2
Canon PowerShot D20
Olympus Tough TG-810
SeaLife DC1400
GoPro Hero2 1080p
LiquidImage VideoMask HD322
GoPro Hero 1080p
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Bonica/JVC HD video
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SeaLife DC1200
ContourHD 1080p with H20V
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Olympus E-620 with PT-E06
Panasonic Lumix TS1
Canon PowerShot D10
SeaLife DC1000
LiquidImage VideoMask 310
Fujifilm Z33WP
Bonica Snapper HDDV
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Pentax Optio W60
Olympus 1030 SW
SeaLife DC600
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Historic review archive
Fuji FinePix A600
Casio Exilim S770
Fuji FinePix F650
Fuji FinePix F20
Samsung Pro815
Fuji FinePix S9100
Olympus Stylus FE170/180/190
Pentax Optio A10
Olympus Stylus 750
Olympus Stylus 740
Olympus Stylus 720SW
Pentax Optio W10
Casio Exilim S600
Casio Exilim Z750
Casio EXILIM EX-Z40
Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700
Casio Exilim EX-P600
Canon Powershot SD20
Canon PowerShot A80
Concord 5345z
Epson PhotoPC L-410
FujiFilm F10
FujiFilm FinePix F450
Fujifilm FinePix E550
Kyocera FineCam SL400R
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50
Leica Digilux 2
Olympus C-5060
Olympus C-60 Zoom
Olympus Stylus 500
Pentax Optio SV
Samsung U-CA 3
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3
Sony CyberShot F828
Sony Cyber-shot F88
Sony Cyber-Shot P200

 

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