DPInterface June 2006 News Archive

June 26th, 2006
Canon PowerShot A540 review

Finally... I've put up the Canon PowerShot A540 review and Canon PowerShot A540 gallery.

June 25th, 2006
Sony Cyber-shot S500

Sony quietly sneaked out a new entry-level camera today.

Sony Cyber-shot S500

  • 6 effective megapixels
  • 32 - 96 mm (f2.8 - f4.8) 3x zoom lens
  • 2.4 inch LCD
  • Entry-level camera; no manual controls
  • Unlimited QVGA movies at 30 FPS
  • Takes MS Duo cards
  • Uses 2 AA batteries
  • Available in August for $179

June 22nd, 2006
Casio Exilim Z70

Several months after Casio released the Z60, they announced the Z70 today which is a simple 7 megapixel upgrade.

Casio Exilim Z70

  • 7 effective megapixels
  • 38 - 114 mm (f3.1 - f5.9) 3x zoom lens
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • 33 Best Shot AKA scene modes
  • No manual controls
  • Unlimited VGA movies at 30 FPS with sound
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Comes in your choice of silver or black
  • Available in July (Black)/August (Silver) for an unknown price

Panasonic Lumix L1 digital SLR

Okay, while this camera's specifications were released early this year, Panasonic did not announce pricing and availability which they're doing now...

Panasonic Lumix L1 digital SLR

  • 7.5 effective megapixels with Live View
  • FourThirds system lens mount (2x crop factor)
  • Dust removal system
  • 2.5 inch high-resolution LCD
  • Full manual controls
  • Unlimited VGA movies at 30 FPS with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC (4 GB and above) cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $1999 with the Leica 14 - 50 mm OIS lens

June 20th, 2006
Kodak EasyShare P712

Just introduced is the Kodak EasyShare P712, update to the P850.

Kodak EasyShare P712

  • 7 effective megapixels
  • 36 - 432 mm (f2.8 - f3.7) 12x zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilizer
  • 2.5 inch high-resolution LCD
  • High-speed AF system; Kodak claims it's the best in its class for shutter lag
  • Full manual controls with hotshoe and RAW
  • Unlimited VGA movies at 30 FPS with sound
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in July for $499

June 18th, 2006
Back-to-back Nikon reviews: Coolpix P3 and P4

The reviews of twin cameras Nikon Coolpix P3 and P4 are out. I've already put up the Nikon Coolpix P3 review and Nikon Coolpix P4 review... as well as their respective photo galleries: Nikon P3 gallery and Nikon P4 gallery. Find out which camera is ultimately the better deal.

June 16th, 2006
Canon PowerShot A430 review

It's another entry-level camera; check out the Canon PowerShot A430 review and Canon A430 photo gallery I just put up!

June 13th, 2006
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH review

I've just published my review of the Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH and Canon SD700 IS photo gallery. I've included two special sections, including a comparison between the Canon SD700 and Fujifilm F30.

June 11th, 2006
Sony Cyber-shot S600 review

Just up are the Sony Cyber-shot S600 review and Sony S600 photo gallery. It's a 6 megapixel entry-level camera with high sensitivity and above average performance.

June 10th, 2006
Canon PowerShot S3 IS review

I've just put up both the Canon PowerShot S3 IS review and Canon S3 IS photo gallery. I've included 2 new sections in that review, including an all new ratings system.

June 5th, 2006
Sony's first digital SLR

Sony has just released their first digital SLR they have promised to "release in summer 2006" and it sounds quite promising:

Sony Alpha 100

  • 10.2 effective megapixels (CCD sensor)
  • Sony Alpha lens mount (1.5x crop factor); compatible with Sony G, Carl Zeiss and Konica Minolta lenses
  • Built-in Super SteadyShot (CCD-based image stabilization)
  • Built-in two tier dust removal system: anti-dust coating and vibrating sensor when you turn the camera on/off
  • BIONZ imaging processor with Dynamic Range Optimizer
  • 2.5 inch high-resolution Clear Photo LCD Plus
  • Optical viewfinder with 95% frame coverage; eye-start feature activates AF when it detects you looking through
  • ISO sensitivity up to ISO 1600
  • Full manual controls plus 6 scene modes: Portrait, landscape, macro, night, sunset and action
  • 4 focus modes include Single-shot AF, direct manual focus, AF Automatic and AF Continuous; has 9 AF points
  • Metering modes: 40-segment multi metering, center weighted and spot
  • Shoots at 3 FPS till the memory card is full (JPEG) or 6 RAW or 3 RAW+JPEG
  • Advanced flash modes like high speed sync, slow sync, rear sync and wireless external flash control
  • 6 preset white balance options plus manual set and color temperature fine tuning
  • Bundled software includes Image Data Converter and Picture Motion Browser
  • Takes CF cards (Type I and II); includes Memory Stick Duo to Compact Flash adapter
  • Uses NP-FM55H lithium-ion battery to take up to 750 shots (CIPA Standard; 50% flash usage)
  • Available in July for $899 (Body only) or $999 with the Sony 18 - 70 mm lens

Sony has also released 16 lenses plus 3 Carl Zeiss lenses. I will not be posting any previews or "first looks" but when the time comes, there'll be a full review.

June 1st, 2006
DPInterface: Top camera picks for World Cup 2006 (Football)

With the World Cup just around the corner, what a better time to check out the best cameras of summer 2006 for football/telephoto action shooting!

Nikon's new flagship digital SLR: D2Xs

If you thought yesterday's cameras were not enough to impress you, try Nikon's new D2Xs which was just released today! This new digital SLR is a slight update to the D2X.

Nikon D2Xs

  • 12.4 effective megapixels (DX CMOS sensor)
  • Nikon lens mount (1.5x crop factor, 2x using HS-crop mode)
  • 2.5 inch high-resolution LCD
  • Shoots at 5 FPS (12.4 MP), high-speed 2x crop mode increases speed to 8 FPS (6.8 MP)
  • Viewfinder is now "cropped" as well in HS-crop mode
  • New AF system
  • New Auto ISO option plus high ISO adjustable in 1/3 increments
  • New monochrome mode, also available when shooting in RAW
  • New Nikon Image Authentication feature, available as add-on
  • Takes CF cards (Type I and II)
  • Uses EN-EL4a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in June for $4699 (Body only)

June 25th:
Sony Cyber-shot S500
June 22nd:

Casio Exilim Z70
Panasonic Lumix L1 dSLR
June 20th:

Kodak EasyShare P712
June 5th:

Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR
June 1st:

Nikon D2Xs digital SLR

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