This week, Samsung and Pentax announced that they are entering an agreement to develop digital SLR cameras (not unlike the Sony/Konica Minolta arrangement announced recently). Samsung's electronics experience and Pentax's lens expertise will allow both companies to combine resources and remain competitive in the segment of the digital camera market that can still yield a decent profit.
Several manufacturers have been releasing service bulletins over the last several days regarding defects in some CCD sensors in cameras that are about 2 years old. The issue manifests itself as a distortion of the image on the LCD or electronic viewfinder. See below for a round-up of the manufacturers and links.
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 was announced back in August and we got our hands on a review unit. We'll be publishing a full review in a few weeks so we wanted to let you know and give you a little taste of this 6 megapixel camera with a 12x optical zoom and Konica Minolta's CCD-shift Anti-Shake system.
Sony continues to come out with devices that define a new category. With the Sony Cyber-shot N1, you can take 8 megapixel pictures and then view/share then on the 3 inch touch screen LCD. The N1's album feature can handle up to 500 images, so all you have to do is shoot away. The N1 digital camera will be available in mid-November for about $500 online at SonyStyle.com.
Trying to achieve a record with the number of press releases for one camera, Kodak has announced that their WiFi enabled EasyShare One digital camera is now shipping. Amazon is saying that it will be available on October 20, but from the sounds of Kodak's press release, it may be sooner.
The Olympus EVOLT E-500 was announced today by Olympus. The follow-up to the E-300, the E-500 still includes their dust reduction system (that vibrates the dust off the sensor) and has an 8 megapixel sensor and 2.5 inch LCD to review images after they're taken. The camera features Olympus' Truepic Turbo Image Processor for quick camera response. The E-500 will be available in October 2005, bundled with either one or two Zuiko Digital Specific lenses. The E-500 with a 14-45mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens will be available for $799. E-500 TWO Lens Outfit, with a 14-45mm f3.5/5.6 and 40-150mm f3.5/4.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens will be available for $899.
DXG USA has announced the DXG-503, a 5.1 megapixel camera with 2 inch LCD at a great entry-level price point. The camera also has 32 MB of built-in memory and a SD/MMC memory card slot. At an estimated street price of $149-$169, the camera may be a good choice for first-time digital users and budding photographers.
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