Digital Cameras

Rebates Offered on Pentax DSLR and Digital Compacts

"Pentax Imaging Company has announced an Essential Rebate Program on the Pentax *ist DL digital SLR and two compact digital cameras.
Effective immediately, consumers may purchase an *ist DL or any lens listed on the rebate coupon between July 1, 2006 and October 11, 2006 and cash in on rebates up to $100.00 per product.
In addition to the rebate on the digital SLR systems, Pentax is also offering rebates for the Optio M10 and Optio T10. Buy one or both of these compact digital cameras between July 1, 2006 and October 11, 2006 and you can cash in on $30 per camera.
For complete details, simply download the coupon at: 
www.pentaximaging.com/purchase/rebates_offers/index.jsp, then purchase the products of your choice. Rebates must be postmarked within 30 days of purchase." From popphoto.com

Samsung Introduces NV Line: NV3, NV10, NV7

"July 3, 2006 – Today, Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc. unveiled its newest line of “New Vision” digital cameras: the NV7 OPS, the slim body NV10, and the NV3 with music and video capabilities. The NV line has 2.5-inch LCD screens, shake reduction technology, and multi-media capabilities, with two of the three cameras featuring Samsung’s new GUI “Smart Touch” buttons. They will be available in the fall.
Samsung’s New Vision line is the start of the company’s re-branding initiative into being one of the top digital camera manufactures. Around the lens of each NV camera is a signature blue ring which represents the NV line form and function, according to Samsung representatives at a June 20th conference. Known for their LCDs, semiconductors, and batteries, Samsung is blending their historical strengths with the latest technology to target the contemporary consumer.
The flagship of the new product line, the Samsung NV7, brings ultra zoom in the shape of a slimmer body..."

Sony A100 digital SLR delayed until July 17

"Some hardcore photographers may have been poised to celebrate the Fourth of July by heading out and buying a Sony A100, Sony’s first digital SLR camera, which was due to hit the shelves that day. They’ll have to find a new way to celebrate their independence, though, because the release has been delayed until July 17. Instead, eager consumers can reserve a camera of their own between now and the 17th.
Sony is aiming to grab as much as 15% of the rapidly growing digital SLR camera segment which is currently led by Canon and Nikon. It will be interesting to watch how successful they are. On one hand they have a powerful brand to leverage, but not in cameras. They also start way behind the market leaders. Also, the profit margins in the segment are juiciest for lenses and accessories, but those sales rely on buyers first having a camera to buy accessories for, so it will take a while for Sony to be able to capitalize. They will be ahead of Samsung, Fujifilm, Minolta and others who are also eyeing the market, though." via mobilemag.com

Pentax Optio A10 Firmware Update

 

Pentax released a firmware update version 1.01 for the Optio A10 digital camera. This firmware update is said to improve the Auto Focus performance of the camera. The update is available for both Windows and the Mac, and can be installed by copying the updated firmware to the route directory of a freshly formatted the SD card.
Additional information can be found on the Optio A10 Firmware Update page at
www.digital.pentax.co.jp/ja/info/20060629e.html.

Ricoh announces the sleek 6 Megapixel Caplio RR660

PRESS SUMMARY

Introducing the new Caplio RR660. Ricoh's unrivaled usability and size now shoots at 6.16 megapixels.
A masterpiece maker – in your pocket!


Ricoh is thrilled to announce the release of the new Caplio RR660 – a sleek new entry-level digital camera that adds more exciting new user-friendly features to its extremely popular RR630 predecessor. The new 6.16-megapixel digital camera is even lighter and more compact than its predecessor, and yet is equipped with a crystal-clear 2.4” color TFT-LCD monitor for even easier viewing.

The Caplio RR660 is the newest addition to Ricoh's popular, award-winning range of digital cameras, whose outstanding performance, value for money and stylish designs have won favor with both professional and amateur photographers around the world. The RR660 consistently produces striking, crystal-clear images that simply stand out above pictures from other cameras in its class. Equipped with a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, for a combined 12x zoom, the RR660 can effortlessly handle any photographic situation.

Weighing in at a super-light 130g*, the RR660's incredibly sleek and compact body fits even more easily into the palm of your hand or your pocket. Of course, the simple “point-and-shoot ability” of the RR630 has been passed on to the RR660, so that even absolute beginners will have no trouble wowing their friends and family with stunning digital images. The new RR660 now contains six still modes, giving even more exciting options to those who like to add a touch of creativity to their digital imagery. The Mode dial can be set to Auto, Program, Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Scene, as well as the ever-popular Video mode, giving you extensive choice and usability.

Thanks to the super-large size 2.4-inch color TFT-LCD monitor, you can review your digital pictures clearly, anytime, anywhere. Of course, transferring photos to a PC couldn't be simpler with the RR660's USB connector. And like its predecessor, the RR660 has 16 MB of internal memory, so you can shoot beautiful pictures straight out of the box. It also features an SD Card slot, giving you even more storage space options with this convenient, widely used storage medium.

The impressive new RR660 has exactly what you want in a compact digital camera. Sleek design, easy operation, and a crystal-clear large size 2.4” color TFT-LCD monitor, all wrapped up in a light, sophisticated body. Look no further. This is the camera you've been searching for. From dcreviews

Casio upgrades Exilim with DivX

"If you think that this new camera from the crew at Casio looks familiar -- even its model number -- then you're not alone, because the Casio Exilim EX-S600D is simply an upgraded version of the already released EX-S600. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because this is quite the tight package. The features remain much the same as its predecessor, but the EX-S600D adds the possibility of recording movies using the snazzy DivX codec which is all the rage with video compression aficionados.
You'll still get a 6 megapixel imaging sensor, Anti Shake DSP to avoid those nasty blurred-out pics thanks to your arthritic hands, and an extended battery life (for about 300 still pictures) to keep you going without fumbling for replacements. Thanks to the new DivX functionality, you'll be able to stash up to a full hour of video on a single 1GB card. Not too shabby. The "Past Movie" function is here as well, allowing you to "start recording 5 seconds before you press the record button." via mobilemag.com

Sony joins S500 club with new 6 megapixel shooter

"There is more to consider when purchasing a digital still camera than pixels and price. The new Sony Cybershot DSC S500 model offers that and more. The Sony S500 is a remarkable combination of value, simplicity and performance that makes it a perfect choice for first-time digital photographers. The Sony DSC S500 combines 6.0 Megapixel resolution with a quality 3X optical zoom lens design, terrific wide-angle shooting capability, 25MB internal Memory for capturing shots in-camera, and a bright 2.4 inch LCD screen that allows you to check your shots and share results immediately. The Sony Cybershot S500 gives you a large LCD screen for reading camera menus, composing shots, and sharing your photos on location." Find out more here:

Acer unveils the CP-8660: advanced 8-megapixel Digital Still Camera

Acer, one of the world’s leading proponents of the convergence between PCs and Digital Entertainment, further enhances its range of professional Digital Still Camera with the new 8-megapixel Acer CP-8660.
As Acer’s flagship digital camera, the CP-8660 is the result of a winning combination among powerful 8.28 MP resolution, a generous 2.8" LCD screen, long-range Acer precision lens with 6X optical and 8.5X digital zoom capability, great design, 25 MB internal memory and SD card compatibility. In addition, the Acer CP-8660 carries the most appealing price tag within its class
The CP-8660 digital camera is Acer’s first camera to be equipped with Anti-shake DSP (Digital Signal Processor) technology that overcomes image blur by compensating imperceptible hand movements or the motion of a moving subject. Anti-Shake technology helps achieve the sharpest image possible thanks to electronic image stabilization. Read more inside..

Casio introduces 7.2 megapixel Exilim EX-Z70


"JUNE 22, 2006, LONDON, UK -- CASIO ELECTRONICS CO. LTD. and its parent company, CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD., announced today the release of the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70, a new addition to its stylish series of EXILIM digital cameras. This newest high resolution member of the EXILIM family delivers an effective 7.2 megapixels.
The EXILIM series has a reputation for transforming the digital camera market. Slim and stylish, packed with superior functionality, and astonishingly easy to use, EXILIM cameras combine the benefits of compact size, intuitive controls, large displays, and long battery life. The release of the new EX-Z70 complements the already available EX-Z60, a high-performance, 6.0 megapixel model released earlier this year. The EX-Z70 increases the resolution to 7.2 megapixels for even more detailed, beautiful photographs." Read more inside..

Firmware updates for Olympus E-330 and E-300

Hamburg, 22 June 2006 – Olympus has released firmware updates for two of its digital SLR E-System cameras, the E-330 and E-300. For the E-330 the latest firmware enables autofocusing even in the Macro Live Preview mode. In addition, the updates lend both cameras improved exposure precision in macro mode and when using spot metering. Both firmware updates are now available for immediate download.

E-330 and E-300 users can once again benefit from the Olympus commitment to after sales service. With the latest firmware updates for these FourThirds System cameras, performance has been improved for an even more satisfying photographic experience.