From the monthly archives: "June 2005"

DCResource review the 6 megapixel ‘budget’ Nikon D50 Digital SLR:

“Overall the D50’s photo quality was very good. Color was accurate, noise levels were low, and purple fringing was not a problem. While sharper than on most D-SLRs, some may find the photos to be a bit on the soft side. If that bothers you, you can turn up the in-camera sharpening or just fix it later in Photoshop.”

DPNow have a hands on preview of the Nikon D50 digital SLR:

“Nikon has played it safe with the D50. It’s conventional-looking and conventional in specification. On the one hand, Nikon has managed to cut costs to make the D50 very affordable without blunting its capability as a photographer’s tool. But this does mean, inevitably, that Nikon will attract attention away from the D70s.”

LetsGoDigital review the Colorvision Spyder2 Plus:

“Colour management is still a subject for many of us, professionals included, that is just not reality. We all know, that calibrating your monitor is one of the tasks that keeps your editing skill on a stable level of quality. But, in reality we all work on non-calibrated monitors. How about changing this habit, and start creating your own work environment that includes accurate colour resulting in a print that is produced more accurately?”

CNET Review the Konica Minolta Maxxum / Dynax 7D:

“The long-awaited Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D gives the Minolta faithful the modern, Maxxum system-compatible digital SLR (dSLR) they’ve been craving. Its 6-megapixel CCD and midlevel feature set look somewhat old hat at this writing, but the camera’s Anti-Shake mechanism, which continuously repositions the CCD to counteract blur caused by camera movement, is unique among dSLRs. Strong performance and thoughtful design round out this decent-shooting camera, which deserves a look from any entry- to midlevel dSLR buyer but especially from those who already own a Maxxum lens or two.”

Pocket-Lint review the 8 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XT EOS 350D:

“Images themselves (see images) are crisp and full of colour coping with the array of subjects we tested it with. The cameras quick start up time and improved continuous shooting mode meant capturing the cars as they whizzed past at 180mph wasn’t really a problem. Likewise the accompanying 18mm-to-55mm lens proved a good starting ground for those not sure of what they want to shoot.”

DigitalCameraInfo review the 8 megapixel Olympus E-300 Evolt Digital SLR:

“The Olympus EVOLT E-300 is the first 8 megapixel digital SLR on the market to sell for under $900 (USD) with a lens included. The camera contains a unique Supersonic Wave Filter to remove dust from the sensor and is the second camera released by Olympus to follow the Four-Thirds standard for sensor dimensions and lens mount.”

Ricoh Sample ImageI’ve just uploaded several sample photos taken with the new 8 megapixel Ricoh Caplio GX8 – it features a wide angle 3x optical zoom, manual controls, and ISO settings from ISO64 all the way up to ISO1600. I’ve uploaded several photos including photos taken at all ISO levels. I hope to add more over the next couple of days, with the full review to follow.

View the Ricoh Caplio GX8 sample photos here.

Fuji Finpix F440I’ve just finished my review of the Fujifilm FinePix F440 – it features a 3.4x optical zoom lens, a 2″ screen, a 4 megapixel sensor, all in an ultra compact metal body:

“Image quality is very good: The images have excellent, rich saturated colour with good contrast – some people may find the saturation a bit high and unfortunately the only control to customise this is one which increases(!) saturation and contrast – so you will need to make sure you’re happy with the camera’s colour reproduction before buying.”

Read my Fujifilm FinePix F440 review here.

LetsGoDigital have details of the new Samsung Digimax i5 / i50 MP3 – it’s an MP3 playing version of the Digimax i5:

“The Samsung Digimax i50 MP3 can not only take photographs with a resolution up to 2.592×1.944 pixels, but also features Samsung’s new developed Safety Flash function, which protects the image from blurring and gives the photograph a natural lighting effect.”

Cameratown review the 6GB Gateway MP3 Photo Jukebox:

“The 6GB Gateway MP3 Photo Jukebox is a very thin and lightweight Photo & MP3 player that connects to many digital camera’s, allowing the transfer of images to its 6GB internal hard drive. Once the images are uploaded to the Gateway MP3 Photo Jukebox, you can then format and re-use your digital camera memory to capture more photographs. While Gateway is not alone in this growing field of portable photo storage devices, its relatively low price, small size and feather like weight (3.5 ounces) could make it a viable option.”