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TRAVEL FEATURE: iPhone Goes to Scotland
Was I really going to use my iPhone as my main camera on a once-in-a-lifetime Scotland trip? I did. (by Carol Cotton)

Two weeks of touring Scotland. Two weeks of touring magical lands that until now had only been visions in my dreams. Two weeks living out of a suitcase. Two weeks of lugging gear from the tour bus to hotel rooms day after day. This meant packing light! Being a photographer, lugging along a big second bag full of cameras, lenses, batteries, chargers, tripods, and assorted gear is normal. But this trip would be different. I vowed to spend 14 days taking pictures and videos using only my iPhone.
See iPhone Goes to Scotland

COLUMN: Leo Heppner's Photo Gadgetry
Photo gadgetry at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York

After a 5-year hiatus, Leo Heppner's "Photo Gadgetry" column is back at Digital Camera! Leo promises to report on the latest and the greatest products ranging from simple lens caps to super-telephoto lenses, or from memory cards to the latest software every month! In his first new-era column, he reports on the coolest photo gadgetry at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York.
See Leo Heppner's Photo Gadgetry

Is Lake Tahoe still clear?

Lake Tahoe, nestled in the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevedas, has a reputation as one of the clearest, bluest lakes in the world. To find out, we went up to Lake Tahoe for some scuba diving. Over the years our friends at ScubaDiverInfo.com reported on the ins and outs of high altitude diving in great detail, and so we won't go into that again. This time, we wondered whether Lake Tahoe, 6,230 feet above sea level, was still as clear as it used to be.

Full OVERVIEW: The GoPro Hero3 platform
Good news for surfers, racers, divers, and just about everyone else

GoPro released the Hero3 with a slimmer, lighter body, integrated WiFi, a better lens, better audio and numerous other improvements. The Hero3 has a new flat-lens housing that's compatible with all older mounting hardware. The Hero3 comes in three very different editions (white (US$199), silver (US$299), and black (US$399), so there's now a GoPro camera for everyone.
Read full illustrated preview and specs of the GoPro Hero3.

When it rains on a vacation trip...

Vacations are expensive, and dive trips especially so, and you want to get in as much precious sightseeing, picture-taking and adventure as possible. You can't wait to see the whale sharks and get the next 10 or 20 dives under your belt. But when you get there.... it rains.
Read of the Digital Camera Magazine team's latest adventures

FULL REVIEW: SeaLife SL975 Fisheye Wide Angle Lens
Seeing more underwater

See SeaLife Fisheye Wide Angle Lens review and image gallery

Nikon's first underwater camera since the Nikonos

The Coolpix AW100 represents Nikon's first underwater camera since the fabled Nikonos ceased production back in 2001. A sleek, elegant 16-megapixel camera, the AW100 has a 33-foot depth rating, can handle 5-foot drops, is freeze and dustproof, can do 1080p HD video at full 30fps speed, has a bright 3-inch display, and includes powerful GPS capabilities. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the US$349 Coolpix AW100 on intense dive trips in the Sea of Cortez and off Isla Mujeres.
Read full illustrated preview and specs of the Nikon Coolpix AW100.

Is the 16MP/1080p Pentax WG-2 the toughest of them all?

The Pentax Optio WG-2 represents Pentax's 13th generation of tough, waterproof cameras, and the maturity shows. Sporting a unique design, the 16-megapixel Optio WG-2 has a 40-foot depth rating, can handle 5-foot drops, is freeze and crushproof, can do 1080p HD video at full 30fps speed, has a wide-format 3-inch display, and is chuck-full of features and tricks. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the US$349 Optio WG-2 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez.
Read full illustrated preview and specs of the Pentax WG-2.

DETAILED REVIEW: Canon PowerShot D20
Finally: Canon's second outdoor camera. Was it worth the wait?

Three years ago, Canon introduced its first waterproof compact, the PowerShot D10. It was a good camera, but had a few areas that needed improvement. Canon listened and fixed everything with the PowerShot D20, introduced this year. It's a US$349 12-megapixel camera that is waterproof to 33 feet can handle 5-foot drops, temperature extremes, and can also shoot 1080p HD video. There's a terrific 3-inch screen, good battery life, and logical controls. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the PowerShot D20 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Canon PowerShot D20.

RESOURCE: ScubaDiverInfo.com's video page
Wanna see what underwater video can do?

Whenever we test underwater video cameras and still cameras that can do video (which is most by now), we compile and publish videos shot with those cameras. We usually upload them to YouTube for viewing there, but have now added our own video pages from where you can see most of the videos, sorted by camera.
See .

REVIEW: Fujifilm XP200
Fujifilm introduces rugged freezeproof XP200 camera with wireless, 1080p/60 video and 50 foot depth rating

With the 16-megapixel FinePix XP200, Fujifilm adds a most impressive offering to the rugged/waterproof camera space. Its 50-foot depth rating makes the camera truly useful for many dives, and is a definite and much appreciated step up from the 33 feet that was the maximum for these types of cameras for several years. And it's freezeproof as well and can handle drops from more than six feet. Add to that 5X optical zoom, 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, and the ability to wirelessly view and transfer pictures, all for a MSRP of US$299.
See See description, analysis and specs of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200.

FULL REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix TS20
At less than half the cost of a top-of-the-line ruggedized camera, this Lumix may be a great bargain, or fall short

For about half the cost of one of the top-of-the-line waterproof compacts, you can get the 16mp Panasonic Lumix TS20. It, too, can handle big drops, dust and icy water, but the depth limit is 16 feet, about half that of the more expensive waterproof cameras. And there are fewer features and no GPS. We gave the Lumix TS20 a good workout around and in the water. Are you saving money with this camera? Or will you regret not spending a bit more?
See full review of the Panasonic Lumix TS20

A few days of diving in Florida, and logistics

One thing that's different about a week of meandering from dive spot to dive spot is logistics. When you fly somewhere and stay at a resort or liveaboard, you get to park your gear and be done with it. Not so when you move from place to place. Here's how the ScubaDiverInfo.com team spent a few days of driving and diving and exploring in Northern Florida....
Read illustrated blog.

And how much better is the GoPro Hero2

No sooner did we publish a big feature on GoPro and its tiny Hero high definition camera that's taken the world by storm than GoPro released the Hero2. Is the new Hero really twice as fast and twice as sharp, as GoPro claims? And have some of the issues we had with the original Hero been fixed? We gave the tough little Hero2 a full workout, both above and under water.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the GoPro Hero2.

The GoPro phenomenon: what the world-beating little 1080p vidcam can (and cannot) do

When we first got a GoPro, I was quite impressed with the small size of the camera (2.3 x 1.6 x 1.2 inches -- about the size of a matchbox) and certainly with all the included mounting hardware, but the GoPro didn't seem particularly elegant or high-tech. So, of course, I had to research this whole thing in more detail. The result is this rather lengthy report, and several dive trips that took us thousands of miles from home, and several hundred miles offshore.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the GoPro Hero.

MILESTONEW: Olympus E-PL1 with PT-EP01 Underwater Housing
Olympus reinvents the compact camera and offers an unbeatable combo to underwater photographers

In this review we're looking at the US$599 Olympus E-PL1 camera and the optional PR-EP01 underwater housing that'll set you back an additional US$599. That's a lot by point & shoot camera standards, but not very much by digital SLR standards where a housing alone can cost you thousands. The pictures below are misleading because they make the camera look like a standard point & shoot, which it is not. Instead, the E-PL1 is an early representative of what's for now, and for lack of a better term, is clumsily named a "mirrorless interchangeable lens camera," or MILC, a moniker even Wikipedia quickly disqualifies as "terminology not yet standardized." Instead, they call it a "micro," a term that likely won't stick either. So what is the EP01, and why do we think it's so relevant?
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Olympus E-PL1.

FULL REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix TS2
Finally: Panasonic's shockproof and dustproof 14-megapixel 720p video Lumix now waterproof to 33 feet

The Lumix TS2 is Panasonic's follow-up on their first waterproof and ruggedized camera, the Lumix TS1. While the new model looks almost identical to the one it replaces, there are some subtle and not so subtle improvements that are certain to elevate Panasonic's standing among manufacturers of waterproof and ruggedized compact cameras. The biggest news for divers is that the new model can now handle depths up to 33 feet, addressing the 10-feet rating that limited the TS1 to just snorkeling. Resolution has been bumped to a full 14.1 megapixel, the camera is more rugged yet, and you can still shoot glorious high definition video to play back on HDTV flatscreens.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Panasonic Lumix TS2.

FULL REVIEW: Canon PowerShot D10 at Thunderdome
We're giving Canon's first waterproof, freeze proof and shockproof digital camera a hefty workout!

The PowerShot D10 is Canon's first entry into the waterproof/rugged camera space where it joins offerings from the likes of Olympus, Pentax, Fuji, Panasonic and a number of specialty manufacturers. The somewhat playfully styled camera is is a bit on the bulky side, but is also well equipped to handle most of the abuse it may encounter outdoors. It can be used in freezing weather (down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit), it is dust and waterproof, and it can handle being dropped from up to four feet. Editors at the Digital Camera Magazine sister site ScubaDiverInfo.com gave the D10 a good underwater workout and illustrated this review with numerous stunning underwater pictures. The list price is US$329.
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Canon PowerShot D10.

Casio unveils world's slimmest waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant camera

Given that Casio has been selling tough and rugged G-SHOCK watches for over a quarter of a century, one might wonder what took the company so long to enter the increasingly lucrative water/shock/dust/crush-proof segment of the digital camera market currently dominated by the likes of Olympus, Pentax, Canon and Panasonic. Whatever Casio's reasons were, Casio now has a tough waterproof camera of its own, the new 12.1-megapixel Exilim EX-G1
Read full illustrated review and specs of the Casio Exilim EX-G1.

FULL REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix TS1
Panasonic offers a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof 12-megapixel digital camera that also records 720p high-definition video

After years of building Toughbook computers, Panasonic has entered the waterproof/shockproof/dustproof camera market with the 12.1-megapixel TS1, available in silver, green or orange. The camera has a terrific folding 28-128mm equivalent zoom, can do 720p high definition video, has a very bright and vibrant 2.7-inch LCD display that is large enough and can be seen from any angle, and excels in picture quality. Max depth is limited to 10 feet though and the TS1 is pricey.
Read full review and specs of the Panasonic Lumix TS1.

MILESTONES: Pure Digital Flip UltraHD
"Everyday camcorder" now with larger screen, high definition video, 8G storage, and HDMI interface

Inexpensive high definition video is here, and it is simpler than ever thanks to the new Flip UltraHD camcorder from Pure Digital. The pocket-size UltraHD has a larger 2-inch display, records in 1280 x 720 pixel 720p high definition format, and can now connect to HDTVs directly via an HDMI cable. 8GB of internal memory allow for a full two hours of recording. A rechargeable battery lasts about 2-1/2 hours. Add to that the onboard FlipShare software, and you have an absolutely unbeatable US$199.95 package.
Read full review and specs of the Pure Digital Flip UltraHD.

MILESTONES: Olympus E-620
Advanced entry-level 12.3-megapixel dSLR with swivel LCD and a wealth of fun features

The US$699 12.3 megapixel Olympus Stylus E-620 dSLR was introduced in February of 2009. It is representative of the digital imaging industry's effort to make digital SLR cameras smaller, lighter and more advanced while at the same time adding the kinds of entertaining and useful features and functions that up to now have primarily been available in consumer point-and-shoot cameras. Consider it an advanced entry-level digital SLR with more than adquate resolution and some very nice features, among them the swivel LCD, the 7-point autofocus and the multiple aspect ratio shooting.
Read full description and specs of the Olympus E-620.

Fuji, too, launches a waterproof point-and-shooter

Everyone seems to be getting into waterproof cameras! The very small 10-megapixel FinePix Z33WP, available in four bright colors, is Fujifilm's entry, joining Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Canon and a number of specialty manufacturers. The camera's maximum depth rating of ten feet makes it suitable only for very shallow dives, but it's great for snorkeling and other activities in and around the water. The Z33PW has a large and bright 2.7-inch LCD display, a 3x optical zoom, digital anti blur, and some fun features and functions. If the 10-foot depth limit or lack of ruggedness doesn't cramp your style, the list price of US$199 makes this new Fuji a fun and very affordable choice among waterproof cameras.
Read full description and specs of the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP.

Canon's first waterproof (33 feet), freeze proof and shockproof camera

The 12-megapixel PowerShot D10 is Canon's first entry into the waterproof/rugged space. The camera is fairly large and heavy, but well equipped to handle most of the abuse it may encounter outdoors. It is dust and waterproof, and it can handle being dropped from up to four feet. Divers can take it down to 33 feet of depth, enough for many scuba adventures. The camera's controls are large and arranged so you can operate it with a glove. Optical lens stabilization reduces blur. Thanks to Canon's DIGIC 4 processor, the camera offers speedy operation, onboard image correction, and advanced face recognition modes. The list price is US$329.
Read full description and specs of the Canon PowerShot D10.

FULL REVIEW: Bonica Snapper HDDV
High definition underwater (and above) video camcorder system at a low price

Bonica offers a modular underwater high-definition video camera system that can record 1280 x 720 pixel video at up to 30 frames per second for very good 720p playback on a HDTV. A soft inner housing can be used for snorkeling and guards against flooding if the camera is used in its hard acrylic deepwater (180 feet) housing. Optional single or dual video lights have 30, 40 and 60 watt settings and can be easily adjusted via ball joints. The setup is very easy to use and can yield amazingly good video as well as decent still shots from its 5-megapixel CMOS imager. The inexpensive camera records on standard SD cards and needs about 2GB for each hour of video.
Read full review of the Bonica Snapper HDDV high-definition underwater camcorder system.

DESCRIPTION: Olympus Stylus Tough-8000
Tough, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof flagship camera now with 12 megapixel, dual image stabilization

As part of its Winter 2009 lineup, Olympus introduced the 12-megapixel Stylus Tough-8000 as the new flagship of its renamed line of shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof, dustproof and waterproof (up to 33 feet) cameras. This is a camera you can truly take, and use, anywhere. Available in Black, silver and blue.
Read description and specs of the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000.

DESCRIPTION: Olympus Stylus Tough-6000
Tough, waterproof, freezeproof camera now with 10 megapixel, tap control, dual image stabilization

Like last year, Olympus offers cameras that are waterproof to 33 feet and thus suitable for diving, and others that are waterproof to 10 feet, but otherwise almost as tough. For 2009, the 10-foot slot is filled with the new Stylus Tough-6000, a modern 10-megapixel camera with an internal 3.6X optical zoom that starts wide, a terrific 2.7-inch LCD, dual image stabilization and a whole bag of features and tricks.
Read description and specs of Olympus Stylus Tough-6000.

MILESTONES: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe creates a comprehensive digital image workflow suite for professional and serious amateur photographers

In the olden days, the number of pictures we took was somewhat limited by the cost of film and making prints. Digital cameras eliminated that limitation as we can store hundreds of pictures on a small memory card and tens of thousands on a hard disk. How can anyone keep track of it all? Enter Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It's a tool for professional and serious amateur photographers to simplify photography from shoot to finish, and a whole lot more.
Read review of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0.

MILESTONES: Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
The perfect all-around camera for outdoors: 10 megapixel, shockproof, freezeproof and waterproof to 33 feet

The Stylus 1030 SW is the camera a lot of divers and outdoor lovers have been waiting for. It brings 10-megapixel resolution to scuba diving without the need of an underwater case. It's also the most rugged Olympus Stylus camera yet, being able to survive huge drops from almost seven feet and freezing temperatures. We tested the 1030 SW during a week of diving on Roatan island, Honduras.
Read review of the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW.

MILESTONES: Nikon Coolpix S710
Advanced 14.5 megapixel Coolpix pushes the limits

Nikon introduced the Coolpix S710 as part of its Fall 2008 lineup. With this camera Nikon pushes the resolution limit available in inexpensive consumer cameras even farther. You now get 14.5 megapixel, a number almost unimaginable just a few years ago. Compared to the 12.1 megapixel Coolpix S700 it replaces, the S710 offers a bit more in almost every respect: You get a 3.6X zoom instead of just a standard 3X. The display has grown to 3.0 inches. As far as sensitivity goes, the S710 can go up to an insanely high ISO 12,800. And the S710 offers Program, Aperture, Shutter, and Manual exposure modes in addition to the usual scene modes. Add to that the latest tricks and features and the US$379 S710 is a compelling buy.
Read review of the Nikon Coolpix S710.

MILESTONES: Nikon Coolpix S60
3.5-inch touch screen and 5X optical zoom

Ever since the Apple iPhone hit the market, touch screens have made a comeback. Nikon joins the party with the new 10-megapixel Coolpix that has a terrific high-res 3.5-inch touch screen that replaces all the hardware controls. The Coolpix S60, which comes in five eye-catching colors, has an internal 5X folding optical zoom to bring things close. There is optical lens-shift image stabilization to reduce blur, and you can shoot at up to 3200 ISO. Like most new cameras, the US$349 S60 includes a wealth of in-camera goodies and technologies.
Read review of the Nikon Coolpix S60.

DESCRIPTION: Casio Exilim Z150
The thinnest camera with 4X wide-angle zoom

If you're not spoiled enough to automatically pass on a new camera with a mere 8-megapixel resolution, the Exilim Z150 from Casio has a lot to offer. It is an elegant little shooter that comes in five colors (silver, black, red, pink and green), has a very useful 4X wide angle zoom, a large and terrific 3-inch LCD display, CCD-shift anti-shake, and it comes with a list price of just US$199 -- a total bargain. Read description and specs of the Casio Exilim Z150 with 3-inch display and 4X wide zoom.
Read review of the Casio Exilim Z150.

DESCRIPTION: Pentax Optio W60
Waterproof Optio now shoots deeper and at colder temperatures

There are times when you don't want to have to worry about getting your camera wet or dirty. Pentax designed the 10-megapixel Optio W60 with that in mind. It's a tough but elegant camera with a fully internal 5X zoom that starts out wide and still gets you closer than 3X zoom models. The 2.5-inch display is sharp and very readable from all directions. The camera can record 1280 x 720 pixel movies. Best of all, the US$329 Optio W60 can handle up to 13 feet of water and you can use it even in freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Read review of the Pentax Optio W60.

MILESTONES: Olympus Stylus 850 SW and 1030 SW
Two new tough and rugged Olympus Stylus models

Olympus introduced two new cameras in its SW (Shock & Waterproof) series. The US$299 Stylus 850 SW is a 8-megapixel camera that's waterproof to ten feet, can survive drops of five feet, and freezing temperatures. It's designed for all sorts of outoors activities including skiing and snorkeling. The US$399 10-megapixel Stylus 1030 SW is tougher yet. You can go diving with it, down to 33 feet (and probably more), drop it from almost seven feet, subject it to extreme temperatures, dust, sand, whatever. It also has a terrific hi-res 2.7-inch LCD and a 3.6X 28-102mm optical zoom that enables wide angle photography.
Read review of the Olympus Stylus 850 SW and the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW.

MILESTONES: Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1
Superfast burst mode and movies in 12X zoom

Casio's corporate slogan is "Expect the Unexpected," but even so, few would have expected the Pro EX-F1 from the company famous for its attractive little ultra-slim cameras. What is the EX-F1? A fairly large 6-megapixel camera with a 12X optical zoom and, according to Casio, the world's fastest burst shooting performance. How fast? Up to 60 frames per second in full resolution burst mode, and up to 1,200 frames per second in high-speed movies! And also 1920 x 1080 stereo movies at 60 frames per second.
Read review of the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1.

MILESTONES: Eye-Fi wireless 2GB SD Card
Brings WiFi to all cameras!

There are cameras with built-in WiFi, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to add wireless to any digital camera? You can do that with the amazing Eye-Fi card that combines 802.11b/g wireless with a nice 2GB of storage capacity. The bright-orange card looks just like a standard SD card and fits into any camera that uses the SD card format. The software loads automatically, has a browser-based interface, and you can upload to your PC or Mac and/or almost 20 photo sharing sites. How much does it cost? US$99.99 retail.
Read full review of the Eye-Fi 2GB wireless SD Card.

Digital Camera News
Olympus TG Tracker now US$199!
While the Olympus TG Tracker isn't anywhere near as popular as GoPros, it is an absolutely fabulous, super-compact little 4k video camera that can also do 8mp stills. It can handle depths to 100 feet without housing and comes with everything you need to shoot above and under water. The TG Tracker is so good that we take it on every dive trip and every dive. And now Olympus has them on sale for $199 (usually $349). [See Olympus TG Tracker deal] -- Posted Friday, March 22, 2019 by chb

The GoPro Hero6 is here
GoPro releases a new top-of-the-line action camera with the Hero6. It's the same size as the Hero5 and looks the same, but can record 4k/60 and 1080p/240 instead of the Hero5's 5k/30 and 720P/240. Other new features include wake-on-voice, touch-zoom, and better image stabilization. Price is US$499 vs US$399 for the still available Hero5. [See GoPro press release] -- Posted Friday, September 29, 2017 by chb

AI at the Edge: Motorola Solutions and Neurala to work together on intelligence for cameras
Interesting things are happening in mobile cameras used as bodycams and similar. Instead of just recording footage, there emerging camera systems can actually analyze image streams on the fly and search for objects (like types of cars) or persons of interest such as missing children and suspects.Motorola Solutions announced that it will work with artificial intelligence (AI) company Neurala to develop intelligent cameras for public safety users. The companies will work together to integrate Neurala’s AI capabilities with Motorola Solutions?software and cameras, including its Si500 body-worn camera. [See Motorola Solutions press release] -- Posted Friday, July 21, 2017 by chb

Digital film "canister" for old 35mm cameras?
Are all those old film SLR cameras still sitting on shelves and in closets just museum pieces — like record players — or do they still have some use? Probably not, but look at the Pseudo film canister idea that envisions a digital camera packaged into a 35mm cartridge, using the SLR's optics and mechanisms. See A digital film canister for old 35mm cameras -- Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by chb

Nikon joins the premium compact camera market

Nikon is finally joining Canon and Sony in offering compact premium cameras with their new US$799.95 DL18-50 and $649.95 DL24-85. With footprints of roughly 4.5 x 2.5 inches and weighing about 3/4 pound, they are handy and pocketable. That's good news for those who want something more than just a smartphone camera, but a lot smaller than a big dSLR.
-- Posted Thursday, February 25, 2016 by chb

Leica X-U — the Grey Poupon of adventure cameras

Outdoor cameras are going upscale with the new Leica X-U. Designed (albeit not made) in Germany as a shockproof, dust and water sealed expedition camera, the Leica X-U can handle 4-foot drops, go on 50-foot dives, has a 16.5mp CMOS imager, a fixed Leica Summilux 23mm lens and a fast f1.7 aperture. How much? Ummm... just under US$3,000. [See Leica media release]
-- Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by chb

Digital camera vendors, except Canon and Sony, shunning the consumer camera market
According to DigiTimes, camera manufacturers no longer have much interest in the consumer digital still camera market. Only a limited number of new models have been released over the last year. The exception to the rule are Sony and Canon, both of which still released new DSCs every quarter during 2015. In particular, the two companies are releasing high-end DSC models featuring large image sensors in order to differentiate their devices from smartphone cameras. Examples are the Sony RX10 II and RX100 IV - which use stacked CMOS image sensors with DRAM chips, the RX1R II with a full-frame CMOS sensor , and bringing 40-megapixel resolution into the consumer DSC market. And Canon launched the G5 X and G9 X with a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor in the fourth quarter. -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 by chb

Samsung pulls out of UK digital camera market
In another blow to the dedicated digital camera market, Samsung is pulling out of the digital camera and camcorder market in the UK. According to TechRadar, Samsung stated that "In the UK, we have seen a gradual and sustained decline in demand for standalone digital cameras and camcorders and related accessories. For this reason, we have taken the decision to phase out the sales and marketing of these products." -- Posted Thursday, December 3, 2015 by chb

RAM Mounts reveals new and improved website
RAM Mounts, the company that makes our preferred mounting solutions, has totally rebuilt its entire website and the result is extremely impressive. While we've seen a number of less than optimal website makeovers during the last year (usually on Wordpress), RAM's new site is terrific. [See new RAM Mounts site] -- Posted Thursday, November 19, 2015 by chb

Canon to automate camera production
The Japan News reports that Canon plans to fully automate domestic production of digital cameras as part of an effort to shift production back to Japan while reducing costs. The implementation, aided by a new Canon technology development facility, will start in 2018 and take place in phases. Production of high-end models and lenses will also be automated. Canon expects the automation to cut production costs by around 20%. [See Japan News article] -- Posted Friday, August 7, 2015 by chb

GoPro charges ahead
While most traditional camera companies are hurting, GoPro posted $16.8 million in profit and $363 million in sales for its first fiscal quarter, up from $8.5 million profit on $236 million sales the same quarter last year. [See GoPro Q1 2015 financials] -- Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by chb

New GoPros!

GoPro announced three new cameras, those being the top-of-the-line Hero 4 Black (US$499), the Hero 4 Silver (US$399), and a new basic camera, just called Hero (US$129). Most important features: the Hero 4 Black can do 4k/30fps, 2.7k/50fps and 1080p/120. The Hero 4 Silver seems to have roughly the same capabilities as the old Hero 3 Black but includes, a first for GoPros, an integrated LCD. The new entry-level Hero can do 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps and is built directly into a waterproof housing. [See GoPro press release]
-- Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 by chb

Nikon announces new D750 dSLR
Nikon announced the new D750, an exciting addition to its FX-format D-SLR camera lineup. This full-frame camera features a powerful combination of pro-caliber photo and video features for both professionals and enthusiasts in a compact and lightweight body. The Nikon D750 features a 24.3-megapixel sensor and is the first FX-Format Nikon D-SLR to feature a tilting vari-angle LCD display and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities. [See Nikon press release] -- Posted Friday, September 12, 2014 by chb

Canon celebrates 80th anniversary of its first camera
Canon U.S.A. announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is commemorating the 80th anniversary of Canon’s first camera, the Kwanon. Marking Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, the Kwanon was produced in prototype form in 1934, the culmination of the dreams of engineers who wanted to catch up with Europe, the leading presence in the camera industry at the time. The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. -- Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by chb

GoPro goes public June 26, 2014

On June 26, 2014, GoPro CEO and founder, Nick Woodman, rang the bell on the NASDAQ trading floor, signaling the start of the trading day and GoPro’s first day listed on the NASDAQ exchange thus marking another huge milestone for GoPro. GoPro's stock (GPRO) started around US$30 per share, and as of June 30 reached US$40. [See ]
-- Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 by chb

Canon launches new optics microsite
Canon U.S.A. announced a new microsite devoted to helping people understand the incredible power they can access when they look at the world through the right lens. While a DSLR camera body is a very important creative tool, lenses help photographers of all levels realize their artistic vision. This microsite will help consumers grow creatively and expand their photographic tools beyond kit lenses. [See Canon's Through the Right Lens site] -- Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 by chb

Cool and useful gear: StarTech's 7-port USB charger
Every now and then we need to mention some of the truly useful gadgets that come into our lab, that we end up using all the time, and that a lot of our readers out there could probably use, too. One such gadget is StarTech 7-Port USB Charging Station] -- Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by chb

GoPro files to go public
Action camera sensation GoPro has filed for an initial public offering. The filing showed that GoPro had revenues of US$985 million for2013, almost twice that of the year before. GoPro also recorded US$61 in net income and shipped 3.85 million Hero cameras during 2013. Of potential concerns listed was a Q1 2014 revenue drop (that may be the result of new product introduction timing). On the other hand, GoPro does not feel that smartphones and tablets would have the same negative impact on its camera sales as they're having on regular dedicated compact cameras. -- Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by chb

Discover 4K and the mirrorless camera revolution at free event from Adorama and Panasonic
Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, imaging, video and electronics retailers, is teaming up with Panasonic to present a free Next Generation Workflow event to discuss working with 4K video on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. This event will feature two sessions, at 3pm and 6pm, and will be held at the Adorama store located at 42 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served. Register now for this Next Generation Workflow Event with the Panasonic LUMIX GH4. -- Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by chb

Canon adds two new EF ultra wide-angle lenses and white EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR
Canon announced two new wide-angle lenses and a new white color model of the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR, just in time for summer. The introduction of the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom lenses provides Canon digital SLR users with the ability to capture stunning photographs and videos of spacious landscapes and many other iconic scenes. The new white EOS Rebel SL1 comes with a matching white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and offers a stylish alternative for those who like to stand out from the crowd. [See Canon's EF lens lineup] -- Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 by chb

Calumet Photographic sold to C&A Marketing
Photo retailer Calumet Photographic, which shut down in mid-March 2014 after filing for Chapter Seven bankruptcy, is under new ownership. C&A Marketing Inc. is acquiring Calumet stores in several major cities, beating out a rival bid from former Calumet employees. C&A marketing is the same company that bought the rights to Polaroid, and also purchased a number of Ritz Camera stores. [See article in Wall Street Journal and Sentinel article on how Loss of darkroom supplies could hurt photography students. -- Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014 by chb

More doom for compacts: Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
PCMAG had a nice first look at the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The K Zoom looks like your standard big-screen phone, but it also has a 10x optical zoom that motors out from its backside, and what PCMAG calls a "relatively large" 20.7-megapixel sensor (relatively??) The specs, honestly, show right away why compact cameras are in trouble. 4.8-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Up to 16GB of storage. A dual-core and a quad-core processor. LTE network. A second camera on the front. [See what PCMAG had to say] -- Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by chb

CONTOUR returns to POV camera market
Contour, pioneers of the action sports camera industry, is now under new ownership and seeks to once again be a key contender in the Point of View (POV) camera market. After completing a financial overhaul, reorganizing its plans for new product innovation and building a framework for improved distribution, Contour says it is back on the map, re-launching its website that currently offers the Contour+2 with wireless smartphone connectivity, the waterproof ROAM2 and a range of accessories. -- Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 by chb

Olympus reveals its latest outdoor camera
Olympus, the company that pioneered outdoor cameras, is expanding outdoor shooting and sharing capabilities in even the most challenging of conditions with a new flagship. The STYLUS TOUGH TG-3 brings a high-speed f2.0 lens, expanded macro capabilities, GPS, and Wi-Fi for sharing pics and full 1080p video from (almost) anywhere. Divers can take it down to 50 feet, and the camera can handle almost any abuse in the great outdoors. [See description, analysis and specs of the Olympus TG-3] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb

Columns: Photo Gadgetry by Leo Heppner
After a 5-year hiatus, Leo Heppner's "Photo Gadgetry" column is back at Digital Camera! Leo promises to report on the latest and the greatest products ranging from simple lens caps to super-telephoto lenses, or from memory cards to the latest software every month! In his first new-era column, he reports on the coolest photo gadgetry at the PhotoPlus Expo 2013 in New York. [See Leo Heppner's Photo Gadgetry] -- Posted Monday, March 31, 2014 by chb

Canon celebrates milestones
Canon U.S.A., announced that Canon, Inc., its parent company, is celebrating two milestones. First, Canon is holding the No. 1 global share in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 11 straight years, and second, the combined production of the company's compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras is surpassing 250 million units. -- Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by chb

Digital camera market in the US 2014-2018
Research and Markets forecasts the digital camera market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. The US is also seeing an increase in demand for personalized digital cameras. The forecast cautions that the increasing threat from smartphones could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. -- Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by chb

Canon pulls out of budget camera market
Wow. Canon apparently decided to get out of the market for budget-priced digital cameras, defined as those under roughly US$200. Instead, Canon will concentrate on their dSLR business and higher end compacts. On the one hand, that decision is understandable, given that every smartphone has integrated cameras that can do most, or more, than dedicated budget compacts can do. On the other hand, the camera industry has brought this upon itself by falling behind the times in the budget class, ignoring advancing technology in storage, technology, connectivity, and software. Another issue was competing against smartphones that are "free" or cost just a few dollars PLUS a 2-year telco contract. -- Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by chb

Mid-tier camera makers facing hard times
Reuters reports that Japanese mid-tier camera makers Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Olympus are struggling against the tide of camera-equipped smartphones. Compact camera sales are expected to fall more than 40% in 2013 compared to 2012, and the price of those compact had fallen so low that they hardly generated any profit anyway. The photography industry had elected mirror less cameras to catch on, as a way to create higher quality pictures than smartphones can take, but at a lower price than digital SLRs. Yet, mirrorless camera sales have been stalling as well. So for now, the digital camera market that was such a boon since its inception in the late 1990s is in a funk, with only Canon, Nikon and perhaps Sony standing a chance to prevail. [See article] -- Posted Monday, December 30, 2013 by chb

Digital camera history
01 - The Newman Factor
02 - Living with digital cameras
03 - Traveling with digicams (I)
04 - Traveling with digicams (II)
06 - All isn't well yet
07 - Digital camera experiences
09 - When isn't camera a camera?
10 - Go for the gold
11 - The Coolpix 990
12 - Confused by digicams?
13 - From film to digital
14 - Megapixel madness
15 - Digital film
17 - The horseless carriage
18 - Why I wish the Mac had won
19 - What makes a good image...
20 - The Coolpix 995
22 - 9/11 - A low point
23 - Time is precious
24 - A bright, sunny morning
25 - Digicams and road warriors
26 - Wonders of digital imaging
27 - We've come a long way (I)
28 - Beyond image capture
29 - Digital passes film
30 - Where are we headed?
31 - Digital imaging saves lives
32 - Making hard copy
33 - PictBridge, PIM, Exif, etc
34 - Strugglingw ith autofocus?
35 - We've come a long way (II)
36 - Zoom-zoom
37 - Megapixel madness (II)
38 - What should I buy?
39 - Changes in digital cameras
40 - Konica Minolta RIP
43 - Status end of 2006
46 - Status end of 2007
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TRAVEL: When it rains on a trip
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Olympus Tough TG-3
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GoPro Hero3 -- first look
Fuji FinePix XP200
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Pentax Optio WG-2
Canon PowerShot D20
Olympus Tough TG-810
SeaLife DC1400
GoPro Hero2
SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo
GoPro Hero
Olympus E-PL1 with PT-EP01
Flip Ultra HD/Ikelite housing/PRO-V8
SeaLife DC1200 Elite
ContourHD 1080p
Panasonic Lumix TS2
Liquid Image Scuba Series HD
Olympus E-620 with PT-E06
Pure Digital Flip UltraHD
Panasonic Lumix TS1
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP
Canon PowerShot D10
Bonica Snapper HDDV
Olympus Stylus Tough-8000
Olympus Stylus Tough-6000
Adobe LightRoom 2.0
Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
SeaLife DC800
Nikon Coolpix S710
Nikon Coolpix S60
Casio Exilim EX-Z150
Pentax Optio W60
Pentax Optio V20
Nikon Coolpix S600
Nikon Coolpix S550
Nikon Coolpix S520
Nikon Coolpix S210
Olympus Stylus 850 SW
Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1
Casio Exilim EX-Z100
Casio Exilim EX-Z80
Casio Exilim EX-S10
Fujifilm Finepix Z100fd
Nikon Coolpix S51c
Nikon Coolpix S700
Nikon Coolpix S510
Nikon Coolpix P5100
Nikon Coolpix P50
Nikon Coolpix L15
Nikon Coolpix L14
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Version 11
Olympus Stylus 790SW
Olympus SP-560UZ
Olympus Stylus 1200
Olympus Stylus 830
Olympus Stylus 820
Olympus FE-300
Olympus FE-290
Olympus FE-280
Pentax Optio W30
Pentax Optio T30
Pentax Optio A30
Pentax Optio E30
Pentax Optio M30
Flip Video camcorder
Olympus Evolt E-330
Olympus Stylus 770 SW
Olympus SP-510Z
Learning the Canon 30D
Casio Exilim Z1000
Nikon Coolpix P3
Casio Exilim Z850
Fujifilm FinePix A600
Casio Exilim S770
Samsung Pro815
Fujifilm FinePix S9100
Olympus Stylus 750
Olympus Stylus 740 with PT-034 case
Olympus Stylus FE170/FE180/FE190
Underwater Photography
Pentax Optio A10
Waterproof Olympus Stylus 720 SW
Waterproof Pentax Optio W10
Casio Exilim S600
Apple iPod Nano
Underwater camera reviews
SeaLife Fisheye Wide Angle Lens
Panasonic Lumix TS20
GoPro Hero3 -- first look
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Pentax Optio WG-2
Canon PowerShot D20
Olympus Tough TG-810
SeaLife DC1400
GoPro Hero2 1080p
LiquidImage VideoMask HD322
GoPro Hero 1080p
Olympus E-PL1 with PT-EP01
Bonica/JVC HD video
Flip Ultra HD with Ikelite/PRO-V8
SeaLife DC1200
ContourHD 1080p with H20V
Panasonic Lumix TS2
LiquidImage VideoMask 320
Olympus E-620 with PT-E06
Panasonic Lumix TS1
Canon PowerShot D10
SeaLife DC1000
LiquidImage VideoMask 310
Fujifilm Z33WP
Bonica Snapper HDDV
SeaLife DC800
Pentax Optio W60
Olympus 1030 SW
SeaLife DC600
SeaLife ECOshot
Pentax Optio W30
Olympus Evolt E-330 with PT-E02
Olympus 770 SW
Olympus 750 with PT-034 case
Olympus 740 with PT-034 case
Olympus 720 SW with PT-033
Pentax Optio W10
Casio S500 with EWC-60
Conference reports
InfoComm12, Las Vegas
DEMA 2012, Las Vegas
2010 Handheld Group Conference
DEMA 2010, Las Vegas
PMA 2009, Las Vegas
DEMA 2008, Las Vegas
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Though the print publishing climate became much more difficult after the dark days of 9/11, Digital Camera Magazine continued in print until 2005. After that, we continued the publication online, reporting on trends and news in the digital imaging industry, and also publishing as many camera reviews as we could. Due to some of the principals' interest in scuba diving we published a significant number of underwater camera reviews, and also were among the first to recognize the importance of action cameras such as the Liquid Image video scuba and ski masks, as well as the GoPro phenomenon. As a result, Digital Camera's sister publication, ScubaDiverInfo.com, published some of the most detailed reviews on each generation of GoPro cameras, and we also contributed to GoPro enhancements in underwater video clarity and color.

"Over the many years that we have been testing and reviewing digital cameras, and in our professional careers prior, we have noticed that consumers and professionals alike are often confused where and what to buy," said Dr. Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, Editor-in-Chief of DigitalCameraRoundup.com. "We trust that our site will answer many questions and provide all the answers a customer needs to make informed decisions."

"There's no substitute for sound photographic principles, but with digital cameras becoming so powerful and affordable, we have better equipment than ever to go for those great pictures," says award-winning Photography Editor Carol Cotton. "And without the expense and hassle of film, you can try, try, and try again!"

Historic review archive
Fuji FinePix A600
Casio Exilim S770
Fuji FinePix F650
Fuji FinePix F20
Samsung Pro815
Fuji FinePix S9100
Olympus Stylus FE170/180/190
Pentax Optio A10
Olympus Stylus 750
Olympus Stylus 740
Olympus Stylus 720SW
Pentax Optio W10
Casio Exilim S600


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