DPInterface May 2008 News Archive

May 30th, 2008
Pentax released two cameras, silently

In other news, Pentax announced two cameras under the radar this month.

On May 19th, it was the Optio V20 and more recently on the 23rd, it was the waterproof Optio W60. C'mon Pentax, don't need to be shy and make camera announcements so discreetly =)

March 28th, 2008
New Fujifilm cameras

Fujifilm released two new cameras today; an entry-level camera and a new thin camera.

Fujifilm FinePix A850

  • 8 effective megapixels
  • 36 - 108 mm (f2.8 - f4.5) 3X zoom lens
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • No manual controls
  • VGA 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC cards
  • Uses 2 AA batteries
  • Available in July; pricing to be announced

Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd

  • 10 effective megapixels
  • 33 - 165 mm (f3.8 - f4.8) 5X zoom lens
  • 2.7 inch LCD
  • Face Detection, couple and group timer modes
  • No manual controls
  • VGA 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes Xd/SD/SDHC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in August; pricing to be announced
  • Comes in your choice of black, silver, pink and red/black

May 13th, 2008
New Olympus E520 digital SLR

Olympus released their new digital SLR, the E520 today. It's just an incremental upgrade, nothing ground breaking, but users will be delighted that they have yet another entry-level digital SLR to choose from (if they haven't stepped into the dSLR world yet).

Olympus E520

  • 10.0 effective megapixels (LiveMOS sensor)
  • Four Thirds system lens mount (2x crop factor)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • SuperSonic Wave Filter dust removal
  • 2.7 inch HyperCrystal II LCD
  • Full manual controls with RAW mode and hotshoe
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology, wireless flash control and Perfect Shot Preview shows previews of shots with different settings
  • Live view with face detection; has 3 autofocus options: contrast detect AF (no mirror flipping), normal AF and a hybrid mode, which is a mix of contrast and normal AF
  • Shoots at 3.5 FPS in burst mode
  • Dual memory card slots: CF card (Type I and II) and xD-Picture card
  • Uses BLM-1 lithium-ion battery; takes up to 650 shots (CIPA Standard, live view turned off)
  • Available in July for $600 (body only) or $700 (with 14-42 mm kit lens)

Olympus also released their new 9-18 mm f4-5.6 ultra-wide zoom lens, equivalent to 18-36 mm on FourThirds cameras and will be available for $600 in the 3rd quarter of 2008.

May 28th
Fujifilm A850
Fujifilm Z200fd
May 23rd

Pentax Optio W60
May 19th
Pentax Optio V20
May 13th

Olympus E520

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