From the monthly archives: "February 2008"

Focus on Imaging 2008

Focus on Imaging is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show, and is a great opportunity to try out and buy the latest digital camera equipement. It’s at the Birmingham NEC, in the UK, every year, and is currently running from the 24th of February to the 27th of February. We were there, and have the following coverage to share with you:

Previews / First Look:
Sigma DP1 Foveon Digital Camera – Preview
Samsung GX20 Digital SLR with Live View – Preview
Olympus EVOLT E-3 Digital SLR with Swivel Screen and Live view
Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR Hands On
Nikon D60 Digital SLR with Nikkor VR kit lens
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd – World’s Smallest 12x Optical Zoom.
Fujifilm FinePix F100fd – Top of the range pocket Fuji.
Fujifilm FinePix IS Pro – New UV / IR 12mp DSLR.
Kodak Easyshare V1073 – Hands on with the 3″ touch screen.

More at Focus on Imaging:
Epson Stylus Pro 11880 Epson’s largest Professional Printer
Nikon D300 Digital SLR – 12 megapixel DSLR.
Kodak Easyshare Z1275 – Cheap Pocket Zoom.
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR – 10 megapixel DSLR.
Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd – New 18x ultra zoom!

For more stories, including what can happen when you mistreat an expensive Digital SLR, what happens when you freeze a memory card in a block of ice, and how to get creative with photo backups, click here to read the full Focus on Imaging 2008 Show Report!

Ever wondered what happened to Kodak’s Digital SLR business? I think you’ll find the answer in this picture:
Kodak DCS Pro 14n DSLR Smashed

This is what happens when you have an unfortunate accident with an expensive camera! Ouch! This was one of Towergate Camerasure‘s demonstration models showing the importance of camera insurance.

Lexar Pro Frozen

Lexar were demonstrating that their memory cards will withstand freezing conditions – with a giant ice sculpture of a Digital SLR.

Lensbabies

Lightscribe were demonstrating their clever disc labelling system – with the right CD/DVD writer, and right CDs/DVDs, you can backup all your photos to disc, then flip the disc over, and the drive will print the label for you. Some of the designs are getting quite good…
Lensbabies

Although I’m not sure about the english! More on Lightscribe here, here and here.

Lensbabies

Lensbabies were being demonstrating – and were attracting a lot of interest.

Canon EOS 5D

The Canon EOS 5D full frame 12.8 megapisel Digital SLR with the Canon EF 28-300 mm F3.5-F5.6 L IS USM UltraSonic lens. Click the picture above to view a bigger version of the picture.

Updated: Other Focus on Imaging Show Reports: ThinkCamera, DPNow. View previous years Focus on Imaging Show Reports: 2007, 2006, 2005.

Sigma DP1

Sigma DP1 are showing the new Sigma DP1 at Focus on Imaging 2008, the camera is expected to be available next month for £549. The Sigma DP1 first shown at Photokina features the same full size 14 Megapixel Foveon sensor (2652 × 1768 × 3 layers) as featured in the Sigma SD14 Digital SLR, the camera has a 16.6mm lens, equivalent to 28mm, a 2.5″ screen and a pop-up flash. We had a hands on look at the camera, as shown above with the optical viewfinder, and lens adapter.

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Sigma DP1

The back of the camera – it features a 2.5″ screen. The camera can be manually focused – this uses the dial at the top / back – and works very well, especially when used with the magnified view (this is switched on my pressing the display button). The zoom control is for viewing photos in playback mode, as the lens is a fixed lens equivalent to 28mm.

Sigma DP1

In this picture you can see the manual focus dial clearly, it’s shows the focal distance. The modes are Manual (M), Shutter priority (S), Aperture priority (A), Program (P), Auto, Video and Sound Recording. Shown here with the VF-11 optical viewfinder – this doesn’t come standard with the camera – but is available as a kit with the optical viewfinder and lens adapter.

Sigma DP1

Shown here without the lens adapter. The camera is made out of a solid metal body, and is roughly the same size as the Ricoh GR Digital, and Panasonic Lumix LX1, although the DP1 has the benefit of featuring a APS-C Digital SLR size sensor.

Sigma DP1

Accessing the menus is quick and easy, with the menu layout appearing very logically. ISO settings can be viewed here, the options are: AUTO, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, and ISO800. The image quality settings are JPEG: Fine, Normal, Basic, and RAW (and can be viewed here).
Sigma DP1

The setup menu lets you adjust a number of settings, including screen brightness and contrast.

Sigma DP-1 Prototype at Photokina 2006. View sample photos at Digital Camera, DC Watch and DPReview.

Nikon D60

Nikon are showing the new Nikon D60 Digital SLR at Focus on Imaging 2008 – an update to the D40x – it features a new dust reduction system, Eye-Sensor, a 10 megapixel sensor, 3fps shooting, takes SD cards, 520 shots battery life, 2.5″ screen, however still has the same limitations, in that it doesn’t feature exposure braketing, and requires AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses. However, one of the main benefits of the D60 is that it’s now available with a new Nikkor AF-S 18-55 DX II VR lens for only £504.

“The D60 is a high-performance DX format digital SLR with a 10.2 megapixel resolution. Easy to use and easy to handle, it is the perfect way to explore the magic of digital SLR photography. Everyday situations can be trusted to the camera in AUTO mode, or you can try one of its many options for more creative control. In-camera creative features are easily accessible via an intuitive menu. Convenience is highlighted by a rotating information display that follows the orientation of the camera, a self-cleaning internal mechanism, and a sensor located in the viewfinder that turns off the monitor. With a near-instant start-up time and a small, light body, this camera is ready to go with you anywhere. The D60 – stunning photography is just a step away.”

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Nikon D60

Shown with the new Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55 DX II VR (Vibration Reduction) kit lens.

Nikon D60

The back of the camera appears almost identical except for the eye-sensor below the optical viewfinder. Read our Nikon D40x DSLR Review to find out how the D60 should perform.

Nikon D60

Nikon are showing the new Nikon D60 Digital SLR at Focus on Imaging 2008 – an update to the D40x – it features a new dust reduction system, Eye-Sensor, a 10 megapixel sensor, 3fps shooting, takes SD cards, 520 shots battery life, 2.5″ screen, however still has the same limitations, in that it doesn’t feature exposure braketing, and requires AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses. However, one of the main benefits of the D60 is that it’s now available with a new Nikkor AF-S 18-55 DX II VR lens for only £504.

“The D60 is a high-performance DX format digital SLR with a 10.2 megapixel resolution. Easy to use and easy to handle, it is the perfect way to explore the magic of digital SLR photography. Everyday situations can be trusted to the camera in AUTO mode, or you can try one of its many options for more creative control. In-camera creative features are easily accessible via an intuitive menu. Convenience is highlighted by a rotating information display that follows the orientation of the camera, a self-cleaning internal mechanism, and a sensor located in the viewfinder that turns off the monitor. With a near-instant start-up time and a small, light body, this camera is ready to go with you anywhere. The D60 – stunning photography is just a step away.”

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Nikon D60

Shown with the new Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55 DX II VR (Vibration Reduction) kit lens.

Nikon D60

The back of the camera appears almost identical except for the eye-sensor below the optical viewfinder. Read our Nikon D40x DSLR Review to find out how the D60 should perform.

Kodak Easyshare V1073

Kodak are showing the new Kodak Easyshare V1073 at Focus on Imaging 2008 – the camera features a 10 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, 3″ touch screen, and optical image stabilisation. It will be available in April.

“We’ve combined the power of 10 megapixels with a 3X zoom lens with optical image stabilization to help you get crisp, clear pictures. Make amazing quality prints to display or share with friends and family.”

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Kodak Easyshare V1073

Kodak Easyshare Z1275

Kodak were showing the Kodak Easyshare Z1275 – shown above with the zoom on the telephoto position – it features a 12 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, and a 5x optical zoom lens. The Z1275 is available for only £126:

“The Z1275 is a small sized high-zoom digital camera, offering 12-megapixel imaging and 5x optical zoom with photographically advanced features.”

Samsung GX20 DSLR

Samsung are showing their new 14.6 megapixel Digital SLR at Focus on Imaging 2008 – the Samsung GX20 was announced on the 24th January 2008 and is based on the Pentax K20D – with Samsung’s own 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor – the GX20 features live view, dust reduction, a weather and dust proof body, anti-shake sensor, 11-point AF, and ISO upto 6400. The camera will be available next month from £599 body only or £699 with kit lens, and Samsung will most likely give a £100 cashback offer. Update: The GX20 is available for £789 body only, £950 with kit lens, or £999 with twin lens kit.

“A 14.6 Mega pixel CMOS image sensor, which is developed by Samsung and Pentax together and manufactured by Samsung, is used for the first time in the GX-20. The effective pixels of the 14.6 Mega pixel CMOS image sensor in the APS-C size (23.4mm×15.5mm) produces excellent images with better clarity, and greater enjoyment when shooting.”

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Samsung GX20 DSLR

Shown with the additional battery grip.

Samsung GX20 DSLR

Shown with the Samsung 18-55mm kit lens, the camera is compatible with all Pentax lenses.

Samsung GX20 DSLR

The top features an LCD screen, and by switching the On/off button past the ON button, you activate the live view mode. Photos can be taken, but there is a delay due to focusing etc.

Samsung GX20 DSLR

The back of the camera in playback mode.

Samsung GX20 DSLR

The playback view, showing photo information, this was shot at ISO6400, and surprisingly noise wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

Samsung GX20 DSLR

The playback mode has an edit feature, one of them is HDR – High Dynamic Range – this intends to increase the dynamic range “by expanding the expression range of bright and dark areas.” however it isn’t intended as a replacement for real HDR photography!
Samsung GX20 DSLR

The photo menu showing some of the options. Image modes are JPEG, RAW, or RAW+ which takes both RAW and JPEG. When the camera is left in JPEG mode, you can quickly take one RAW photo by pressing the RAW button on the side (this can be seen in the first photo) – a handy feature that means you don’t have to go into the menu to switch to RAW mode.

Samsung GX20 DSLR Press Release.

Canon EOS 450D

Canon are showing the new Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi at Focus on Imaging 2008 – a 12.2 megapixel update to the 400D – it features 3.5fps shooting, live view shooting, 9 point AF, 3″ screen, SD memory card support, and Canon’s dust reduction system. The 450D Body only is priced at £406, the EOS 450D with 18-55mm IS kit is £489 and both are available from March 2008.

“The EOS 450D employs features already proven in Canon’s professional EOS-1 series cameras, including the DIGIC III image processor and a redesigned menu system that enables features such as direct control of Speedlite flash units from the camera LCD. A choice of 13 custom functions allows the photographer to customise the camera to their shooting style.”

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Front with EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens:

Canon EOS 450D

Back shows the large 3″ screen:

Canon EOS 450D

Top with mode dial and ISO button:

Canon EOS 450D

Read the full Press Release, View Sample Photos, Update: Read our Canon EOS450D Rebel XSi Review