Canon PowerShot Pro1 in Review

Currently sitting at the top of Canon’s non-SLR amateur range, the Pro1 offers a powerful package in a convenient size.
The Pro1 is Canon’s shot at a long zoom SLR-like digital compact
camera. It does this with an electronic viewfinder, as well as a
swing-out color LCD screen, coupled to an 8MP digital camera with a
28-200mm (35mm camera equivalent) lens. Rather than going through the
specs, which is at the end of this article, let’s concentrate on what
it is like to use.

The Pro1 fits your hand beautifully. Those with larger hands will find
several of your fingers wrapping under the camera, as the camera is not
as high as an SLR. For me I had my index finger on the shutter button
(naturally, two fingers around the grip and my little finger under the
camera. This gave a comfortable and secure grip.  You are
presented with the choice of the electronic viewfinder or swingout LCD.
The viewfinder protrudes out nicely over the back of the camera, so a
comfortable viewing position is easy to obtain. A large control dial
sets the cameras operating mode and a plethora of buttons mean that you
do not need to dive into the menus for most functions. The lens has a
nice, wide control ring on it. Normally it controls zoom, but if you
press and hold the manual focus button (top one under the on/off switch
and falling under your thumb with a small movement) the control ring
becomes a manual focus ring with a magnified area in the center of the
viewfinder. Both zoom and manual focus are fast and positive for an
electronic rather than a manual dial.

The camera’s pop up flash is controlled from a separate button and pops
up when needed and the flash is turned on. A hotshoe takes Canon’s
excellent flash guns. The pop up flash does not go high enough though
to clear the large lenshood that comes with the camera for close
subjects, so you must be sure to remove the lenshood in such situations
if you do not want a shadow across the lower part of the image. Unlike
many others cameras, you can’t choose to display a histogram or grid
lines on the display while you are shooting. You can display the
histogram for taken shots in review mode, though. There is enough
buffer memory that you rarely have to wait for the camera to finish
writing before you can shoot again, and then only in RAW mode.

The following images are 100% sections shot at various ISO settings



ISO50



ISO100



ISO200



ISO400

Image quality is very good, helped by the availability of a RAW mode.
Noise is low at ISO50 and ISO100, noticeable at ISO200 and high at
ISO400. Color accuracy is great. Lens quality is good and the ability
to go from 28mm to 200mm is a real bonus, as many digitals do not go
wide enough without an adapter lens.

This is a very good camera. It handles well, image quality is great and
noise is low for a consumer camera with a smallish CCD and 8MP. This
one is definitely worth a look if you do not want a real SLR but need a
longer zoom range than a normal compact digital will give. Personally I
would rather have a dSLR, but this camera is more than capable of
producing some serious work. Recommended.

www.canon.com

Specifications

CCD:

Size:

2/3 inch

Effective Number of Pixels:

Approx. 8.0 MP

Total Number of Pixels:

Approx. 8.3 MP

Filter Array:

Primary color filter (Bayer type)

Image Processor:

Processing:

DiG!C

Lens:

Focal Length (optical):

7.2 (W) – 50.8 (T) mm

35mm film equivalent:

28 (W) – 200 (T) mm

Maximum Aperture:

f/2.4 (W) – f/3.5 (T)

f/number:

f/2.4-8.0 (W), f/3.5-8.0 (T)

Shutter Speed :

15 – 1/4,000 sec.

Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed):

      Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent

      *Camera automatically sets optimum speeds when “Auto” is selected.

Construction:

14 elements in 10 groups (including 1 fluorite, 1 UD lens, and 2 aspherical lenses)

Optical Zoom:

Approx. 7x

Digital Zoom:

Approx. 3.2x

Max Combined Zoom:

Approx. 22x

Focusing Method:

      Hybrid autofocus (AF) system combining TTL and external metering (continuous/single)

      1 focusing point (any position is available)

      AF lock, Manual focus and AE/Focus Bracketing available

Focusing Range:

Normal:

50 cm – infinity (Wide – 90 mm equivalent) 1 m – infinity (90 mm equivalent – Tele)

Macro:

      10 – 50 cm (Wide – 63 mm equivalent)

      30 – 50 cm (63 mm – 90 mm equivalent)

Super Macro:

3 – 30 cm (42 – 90 mm equivalent)

Manual focus:

      10 cm – infinity (Wide – 63 mm equivalent)

      30 cm – infinity (63 – 90 mm equivalent)

      1 m – infinity (90 mm equivalent – Tele)

Light Metering Method:

      Evaluative/Centre-weighted average/Spot

      *Selectable metering frame with Spot mode: Centre/AF-point linked

Exposure Control Method:

Program AE/Shutter speed-priority AE/Aperture-priority AE/Manual exposure

Exposure Compensation:

± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance Control:

TTL White Balance

White Balance Modes:

Auto/pre-set (Daylight/Cloudy/Tungsten/Fluorescent/Fluorescent H/Flash), custom (2 po
sitions)

LCD Monitor/Viewfinder:

Viewfinder:

Electronic Color LCD viewfinder

Dioptric or Diopter Adjustment:

-5.5- +1.5 1/m (dpt)

LCD Monitor:

2.0 in. Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT colour LCD (Vari-angle type)

Flash:

Flash Modes:

Auto */On */Off * Red-eye reduction is available.

Flash Range :

      50 cm – 5.0 m (W), 1 m – 3.5 m (T)

      at ISO100

Flash
Exposure Compensation:

      ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

      FE Lock, Slow Synchro, Second Curtain
Synchro, Manual Flash Output Setting 3 steps (strong [100 %
flash]/normal/low)

External Flash Support:

Yes

Selectable Shooting Modes:

Shooting Modes:

Auto/Creative zone (Program/Shutter speed priority/Aperture
priority/Manual/Custom1/Custom2)/Image zone (Portrait/Landscape/Night
Scene/Stitch Assist/ Movies)

Photo Effects Mode:

Vivid/Neutral/Low sharpening/Sepia/Black & White/Custom

Interval shooting:

      Increments of 1 – 60 min. up to 100 shots

      (depending on CF card capacity)

Continuous Shooting :

High speed:

Approx. 2.5 images/sec. (shooting speed can be maintained up to 6 images)

Normal:

      Approx. 1.0 images/sec. (shooting speed can be maintained up to 18 images)

      [Large/Fine mode, when LCD monitor or Electronic viewfinder is on]

Image File Format:

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

Still image:

Exif 2.21 (JPEG)/RAW

Movie:

AVI Image data: Motion JPEG

Sound annotation/Audio Data:

WAVE (Monaural)

JPEG Compression Levels:

Superfine/Fine/Normal

  Recording Pixels – Still Images:

Large :

3264 x 2448

Medium 1:

2272 x 1704

Medium 2:

1600 x 1200

Medium 3:

1024 x 768

Small:

640 x 480

Recording Pixels – Movie Images:

Large (VGA):

640 x 480

Medium (QVGA):

320 x 240

Small (QQVGA):

160 x 120

Other Operations:

Playback Operations:

Single / Index (9 thumbnail images) / Slide Show / Movie Special Replay
– Next/Previous frame, Fast forward, Rewind, First frame and Last frame
/ Magnify (2x – 10x) / auto vertical and horizontal image orientation
with Intelligent Orientation Sensor / still histogram display.

File Operations:

DPOF – Print order/Slide show/Image transfer, Movie Editing –
Unnecessary parts* (image + sound) can be erased. * Start point to mid
point, end point to mid point, Sound Memos – max. record/play time is
approx. 60 sec.

Direct Printing:

Yes

PictBridge:

Yes

Camera Settings:

Start-up image, Start-up sound, Shutter sound, Operation sound, and
Self-timer sound, (My Camera Contents can be created in the camera.)

Menu Languages:

12 languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian,
Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Japanese)

Self-timer:

Approx. 2 sec. or 10 sec. count-down.

Computer I/F:

USB

Video Output:

NTSC or PAL selectable

Audio Output:

Monaural

Memory Storage:

CompactFlash (CF) card (Type I or Type II)

Supplied Memory:

64MB

Supported Operating Systems:

PC:

Windows 98 (including SE)/Me/2000/XP

Mac:

OS 9.0 – 9.2, OS X (Version 10.1/10.2)

Inclusions:

Software:

Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk, Arcsoft Camera Suite Disk

Power Source:

Battery:

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery BP-511A/514 (BP-511/512 are available.)

Standard Charger/AC Adaptor:

Battery Charger CB-5L

Optional Charger/AC Adaptor:

Compact Power Adaptor CA-560

Optional Car Battery Adaptor:

Car Battery Adaptor CR-560/CG-570 & CB-570

Shooting Capacity (full charge):

LCD Monitor On:

Approx. 420 shots

LCD Monitor Off :

Approx. 420 shots

Replay:

Approx. 400 min.

Dimensions (W x D x H):

117.5 x 72 x 90.3 mm (ex. viewfinder and protrusions)

Weight:

Approx. 545g

  All data based on Canon’s Standard Test Method:

  Subject to change without notice:

  **Please note – for a complete list of standard inclusions and
optional accessories, contact your nearest Canon dealer. Not all items
listed in the specifications come as standard:

Canon PowerShot S80 in Review

Canon’s S80 is an 8 megapixel digital camera that I think has pushed the resolution a bit too far.
The S80 is the latest in Canon’s S series. An 8MP camera, it has a lens
which covers the useful 28-100mm (35mm camera equivalent) focal length
range. It is a beautiful camera that drew comments when I was out
shooting with it at family events.

The S80 is a comfortable camera to hold and the sliding cover makes
switching it on and off both easy and definitive. The optical
viewfinder is not ideally placed, almost in the centre of the camera,
as one’s nose makes it hard to get close enough. The LCD is large,
bright and lovely, though. A mode control dial is on the far right of
the camera and whilst it is thus easy to operate with the thumb, tends
to get accidentally changed when handling the camera. The zoom control
is an up/down push button, which is functional rather than excellent. A
large number of buttons on the back mean you do not need to dive into
the menus often.

The display can be set to show grid lines, something I usually
recommend for getting horizons level, and a real time histogram display
of exposure. Very strangely, in a camera at this price, there is no RAW
mode, which I think is a major oversight. The camera does have an
intervalometer to shoot pictures at set times. This can be very useful
for certain applications.

The following images are 100% views of the images shot at varying ISo settings.

ISO50

ISO100



ISO200



ISO400

Image quality on this camera is not as good as I expected. It seems
mainly due to two things that work in concert. The first is noise. I
have noticed this with many 8MP cameras and sadly the S800 falls into
it too in having greater noise than the equivalent model at 5 or 6MP
because the sensor has not grown in size and inadequate other
improvements have been made to cut noise. The second is that the camera
seems to oversharpen the images, and of course this includes the noise.
Examination of many photos at different ISO settings confirms that this
camera is noisier than I would like and also suffers, even on the best
quality setting, from over sharpening and some issues with compression
effects.

So, what is the verdict? Well, I would not buy this camera at the price
it lists for. That is the first time I have had to say that about a
Canon digital in a long time. I would say this camera represents a
megapixel or two too far (if you’ll excuse a movie pun). The addition
of a RAW mode would have helped, because then you could minimize the
sharpening and there would be no compression artifacts. But it is not
there. Now for most amateurs they are never going to make prints or see
the pixels at 100%, so perhaps it doesn’t matter. But I actually think
that when you are buying a camera towards the top of a manufacturer’s
amateur range, that you should be able to use what you have paid for.
So give this one a miss or see if you can still find any of the S60 or
S70 models.

www.canon.com



Specifications

CCD:

Size:

1/1.8 inch

Effective Number of Pixels:

Approx. 8.0 MP

Total Number of Pixels:

Approx. 8.3 MP

Filter Array:

Primary colour filter (Bayer type)

Image Processor:

Procesor:

DiG!C II

Lens:

Focal Length (optical):

5.8 (W) – 20.7 (T) mm

35mm film equivalent:

28 (W) – 100 (T) mm

Maximum Aperture:

f/2.8 (W) – f/5.3 (T)

f/number :

f/2.8 – f/8.0 (W)f/5.3 – f/8.0 (T)

Shutter Speed :

15 – 1/2000 sec

Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed):

Auto* , ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent (* Camera automatically sets the optimum speed.)

Construction:

8 elements in 7 groups (including 2 aspherical lenses including one UA lens)

Optical Zoom:

Approx. 3.6x

Digital Zoom:

Approx. 4.0x

Max Combined Zoom:

Approx. 14x

Focusing Method:

      TTL Autofocus

      9-point AiAF/1-point AF*

      * Two options for focusing frame: Flexizone moved as desired or centre-fixed.

      AF lock, Manual focus and AE/Focus Bracketing available

Focusing Range:

Normal:

44 cm – infinity

Macro:

4 – 44 cm (W)/30 – 44 cm (T)

Manual focus:

4 cm – infinity (W)/30 cm – infinity (T)

Control/Balance:

Light Metering Method:

Evaluative/Centre-weighted average/Spot (Selectable metering frame with Spot mode: Centre fixed/AF-point linked)

Exposure Control Method:

Program AE/Shutter speed-priority AE/Aperture-priority AE/Manual exposure/Auto Exposure Bracketing

Exposure Compensation:

± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance Control:

TTL White Balance

White Balance Modes:

Auto, Pre-set (Daylight/Cloudy/Tungsten/Fluorescent/Fluorescent H/Flash/Underwater), Custom

LCD Monitor/Viewfinder:

Viewfinder:

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor:

2.5″ Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT colour LCD

Flash:

Flash Modes:

Auto */On */Off * Red-eye reduction is available.

Flash Range :

55 cm – 4.2 m (W), 55 cm – 2.0 m (T)

Flash Exposure Compensation:

      ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

      FE Lock, Slow Synchro, Second Curtain Synchro, Manual Flash Output Setting 3 steps (full/medium/low)

Selectable Shooting Modes:

Shooting Modes:

Auto/Creative zone (Program/Shutter speed priority/Aperture
priority/Manual/Custom)/Image zone (Special Scene/My
colours/Portrait/Landscape/Night Scene
Foliage/Snow/Beach/Fireworks/Underwater/Stitch Assist/ Movie)

Photo Effects Mode:

Effect Off/Vivid/Neutral/Low sharpening/Sepia/Black & White/Custom

Interval shooting:

Increments of 1 – 60 min. up to 100 shots (depending on CF card capacity)

Image Recording Format:

JPEG

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

Still image:

Exif 2.2 (JPEG compression method)

Color Space:

sRGB

Movie:

AVI Image data: Motion JPEG

Sound annotation/Audio Data:

WAVE (Monaural)

JPEG Compression Levels:

Superfine/Fine/Normal

Rec
ording Pixels – Still Images:

Large :

3264 x 2448

Medium 1:

2592 x 1944

Medium 2:

2048 x 1536

Medium 3 :

1600 x 1200

Small:

640 x 480

Recording Pixels – Movie Images:

Large (VGA):

640 x 480 (30fps/15fps)

Medium (QVGA):

320 x 240 (30fps/15fps)

Compact (QQVGA):

160 x 120 (15fps)

High Resolution :

1024 x 768 (15fps)

  *Up to 1GB* per recording with high-speed SD memory card.
Depending on SD memory card capacity & data write speed. Low-level
format may be required. Recording may stop before 1 GB is reached

Other Operations:

Playback Operations:

Single / Index (9 thumbnail images) / Scrolling Display / Slide Show /
Movie / Magnify (2x – 10x) / auto vertical and horizontal image
orientation with Intelligent Orientation Sensor / still histogram
display / transition effects.

File Operations:

DPOF – Print order/Slide show/Image transfer, Movie Editing –
Unnecessary parts* (image + sound) can be erased. * Start point to mid
point, end point to mid point, Sound Memos – max. record/play time is
approx. 60 sec.

Direct Printing:

Yes

PictBridge:

Yes

Print/Share Button:

Yes

Camera Settings:

Start-up image, Start-up sound, Shutter sound, Operation sound, and
Self-timer sound, (My Camera Contents can be created in the camera.)

Menu Languages:

22 languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian,
Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese,
Greek, Polish, Czech, Hugarian, Turkish, Traditional Chinese, Korean,
Thai and Japanese)

Self-timer:

Approx. 2 sec. or 10 sec. delay, or custom*.

Interface:

Computer I/F:

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Video Output:

NTSC or PAL selectable

Audio Output:

Monaural

Memory Storage:

SD Menory Card / MutliMedia Card

Supplied Memory:

32MB SD Memory Card

Supported Operating Systems:

PC:

Windows 98 SE/Me/2000 SP4/XP (incl. SP1/SP2)

Mac:

OS X (Version 10.2-10.4)

Inclusions:

Software:

Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk

Power Source:

Battery:

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery NB-2LH

Standard Charger/AC Adaptor:

Battery Charger CB-2LWE

Optional Charger/AC Adaptor:

AC Adaptor Kit ACK -DC20 (contains: DR-700/DR-20 and CA-PS700)

Optional Car Battery Charger:

Car Battery Charger CBC-NB2

Shooting Capacity (full charge):

LCD Monitor On:

Approx. 200 shots

LCD Monitor Off :

Approx. 700 shots

Replay:

Approx. 300 min.

Dimensions (W x D x H):

104.0 x 38.8 x 57.0 mm (ex. protrusions)

Weight:

Approx. 225g (camera body only)

  *All data based on Canon’s Standard Test Method.:

  **Subject to change without notice.:

  ***Compatible printer required for Direct Printing. Compatible Windows computer required for direct download.:

Nikon announces 10-Megapixel Nikon D200 Digital SLR

10-Megapixels for poster-size enlargements
Press Release

Nikon Corporation and Australian distributor Maxwell Optical Industries
are pleased to announce the introduction of the D200. Combining
newly-developed Nikon technologies with advanced features, the D200 is
a precision-engineered, high-performance digital SLR designed to
satisfy the requirements of passionate and demanding photographers.

Employing a new 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image
sensor, and featuring Nikon’s exclusive image processing engine and
image-optimising functionality, the D200 captures images with sharp
detail and faithful colour to deliver extraordinary resolution that
supports significant image enlargement and enables greater freedom for
creative cropping.

This image sensor also incorporates high-speed 4-channel data output
and features a new Optical Low Pass Filter, significantly reducing the
incidence of moiré as well as colour fringing and shifting.
Furthermore, 4-channel output allows the D200 to adopt the advanced
image-processing engine of the D2x, which combines colour-independent
preconditioning prior to A/D conversion with advanced digital image
processing algorithms, to deliver fine colour gradations with
satisfyingly smooth, consistent transitions.

Equipped with Nikon’s exclusive 1005-pixel 3D Colour Matrix Metering
II, the D200 seamlessly determines ideal exposures, even in complex
lighting conditions. Capturing scene elements including brightness,
contrast and colour content with a 1005-pixel RGB-enabled sensor, this
advanced system employs improved algorithms for even better evaluation
of highlight and shadow detail, and an onboard database of over 30,000
images to evaluate against the content of each scene.

The D-200 is even compatible with (non-CPU) Nikkor F-mount lenses. The
user simply dials in focal length and aperture information, and the
camera does the rest!

Responsive

Handling response is exceptional. With power-up in a mere 0.15 seconds,
a remarkable shutter lag of only 50 milliseconds and a shortened
viewfinder blackout time of just 105 milliseconds, the D200 excels in
the capture of fleeting or unexpected moments. Combined with high-speed
continuous shooting capability at up to 5fps, and continuous bursts of
up to 37 JPEG (Fine-large) images* or 22 shots* in NEF (RAW) format,
the D200 is a perfect choice for discriminating photographers, and a
natural choice for wedding, event and action specialists

*When using a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II) or SDCFX (Extreme III) 1GB CF card.

For accurate autofocus across a more diverse range of compositions, the
D200 features a new and highly accurate 11-area AF system in addition
to its 7 wide-area AF – both of which are based on Nikon’s advanced
Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module. Not only does this AF system support
the photographer with fast and precise autofocus under a variety of
shooting conditions, but it also offers an array of functions for
greater flexibility – allowing an individual area to be selected from
either the 11-area AF or 7-wide area AF sensors for Single AF, or
making use of multiple sensors to enable Dynamic AF, Closest Subject
Priority Dynamic AF, and Group Dynamic AF.

Complementing its excellent handling, the D200 has been created with a
magnesium alloy chassis that combines light weight with durability. In
addition to this, it also features an enhanced sealing system that
helps protect exterior seams from potentially damaging moisture and
dust. The D200 also features a large and bright viewfinder offering
large 0.94x magnification to ensure the clearest view possible for
precise composition, as well as built-in dioptre adjustment that allows
the camera to be calibrated to the photographer’s eyesight.

Viewing excellence is taken further with an expansive 2.5-inch
high-resolution LCD that provides an ultra-wide 170˚ viewing angle from
all directions. It also offers the ability to magnify images by up to
400%, to enable photographers to closely inspect fine details in their
work. The LCD features a selectable RGB histogram display, which allows
photographers to make better-informed exposure decisions by viewing
either a composite RGB histogram, or a separate histogram for each
individual colour channel.

The D200 also features the largest top LCD panel among cameras in its
class, to convey maximum information at a glance with easy access to
shooting data including shooting mode, battery condition, card
information, gridline display, shutter speed, F-stop and number of
remaining shots.

Simultaneous NEF (RAW) and JPEG capture

The D200 offers the photographer the option to shoot in
memory-efficient JPEG format, in the NEF (RAW) format, or in both
simultaneously. This allows photographers to select the image best
suited to the purpose at hand or make use of the myriad advantages of
NEF (RAW), which comprises not only the RAW image data captured by the
10.2 megapixel image sensor but also a thumbnail image and a highly
useful “Instruction Set” of the cameras settings at the time of
shooting.

NEF allows each and every element of the Instruction Set data – such as
white balance, colour balance and tone curves and more – to be reset
for each recorded image at any time after shooting through the use of
Nikon Capture software (available for purchase separately). Use of
Nikon Capture also allows NEF to preserve a record of the original
settings even after the saving of a new version, making it easy to
return to the original results in just a few clicks.

Nikon Capture 4.4 enables a flexible, stable and creative workflow for
any photographer, through Nikon’s unique approach, referred to as
“Camera to NEF to Capture” performance.

Like all Nikon SLR cameras, the D200 also offers all the advantages of
compatibility with Nikon’s superior and comprehensive Total Imaging
System. High image quality is assured through compatibility with over
50 outstanding AF Nikkor lenses, including Nikon’s DX Nikkor lenses
engineered exclusively for use with Nikon digital SLRs and an extensive
array of AF Nikkors designed for use on digital and 35mm SLRs.
Expanding the Total Imaging System further, the D200s offers
compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, enabling
high-precision flash photography with SB-800, SB-600 and the new
SB-R200 Speedlight, to offer benefits such as i-TTL flash control,
Advanced Wireless Lighting, highly reliable FV Lock and Auto FP
High-Speed Sync. Nikon’s Total Imaging System also allows the
photographer to benefit from the use of Nikon’s digital-exclusive DX
Nikkor lenses as well as those from Nikon’s 35mm/digital compatible AF
Nikkor System.

The latest version of Nikon’s PictureProject software (included)
enables easy image editing, organization and sharing as well as the
design of multi-image album pages, the creation of slideshows and much
more to push photographic enjoyment even further. Nikon’s image
processing software, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4) (available for purchase
separately) allows photographers to reprocess and refine images or even
initiate processing settings as an
alternative to those made by the
camera, and it also accepts a diverse range of optional plug-in
software, such as the nik Colour Efex Pro 2.0 range of filters and
effects.

Taking freedom and versatility even further, the D200 is compatible
with the Wireless Transmitter WT-3* (available second quarter, 2006),
which delivers
IEEE802.11b/g compatibility to enable cable-free image
transfer to a compatible computer with the added assurance of
wide-ranging network and security protocols. For additional
convenience, the Wireless Transmitter WT-3 provides alternative buttons
for shutter release and AF start as well as an extra command dial to
facilitate more comfortable shooting in vertical format.

* Available only in countries that approve the use of 13 frequency channels.

The Nikon D200 will be available in Australia in January at a price yet to be determined.

Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

Major features

Exceptional imaging performance

  • Newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD
    image sensor with the power to capture exceptional sharpness and
    faithful colour at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels size. Incorporates high-speed
    4-channel data output that contributes to 5fps continuous shooting
    performance and employs a newly developed Optical Low Pass Filter that
    helps prevent moiré, colour fringing and shifting while improving
    resolving power.
  • Adopts the industry-leading advanced imaging processing engine of
    the D2x, which allows colour-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D
    conversion to work in symphony with advanced digital image processing
    algorithms to achieve fine colour gradations with exceptionally smooth,
    consistent transitions.
  • Newly developed 11-area AF system packs the same number of focus
    areas available for the professional D2 series into a space-efficient
    system, with the photographer able to select individual focus areas
    from 11-area wide and 7 wide-area AF for Single Area AF, Dynamic AF
    that delivers precise Continuous servo AF mode operation for moving
    subjects, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF and also Group Dynamic
    AF. All such AF options are supported by refined lens-controlling
    algorithms that realise improved focus precision, better subject
    acquisition capability, keener subject tracking ability and overall
    improved system response.
  • 3D Colour Matrix Metering II (AE) – as used in the D2x – delivers
    optimised exposure through the use of new technology developed for the
    Nikon 1,005-pixel RGB exposure/Colour Matrix Metering Sensor.
    Evaluating brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area and
    camera-to-subject distance, this system references all such data
    against an expanded onboard database that has been created using data
    from more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes to instantly and
    accurately calculate the final value with high-level dependability
    during both automatic and manual operation. Also offers variable size
    center-weighted metering which concentrates 75% of sensitivity within
    the center-weighted circle, as well as spot metering supporting each
    individual sensor of both the 7 wide-area AF and 11-area AF groups.
  • New image optimization modes enable photographers to produce
    results more closely matching the intended results, with a range of
    choice comprising optimization of sharpening, tone (contrast), colour,
    saturation, and hue, with choices from Normal, Softer, Vivid, More
    vivid, Portrait, Custom and Black-and-white optimization.

Impressively high speed

  • Near instant power-up of 0.15 seconds lets photographers respond to sudden opportunities.
  • A mere 50-millisecond shutter time lag promotes fast handling,
    while 105-millisecond viewfinder blackout realizes assured control
    that’s especially useful during continuous shooting.
  • Swift continuous shooting performance at 5 frames per second
    enables the shooting of up to 37 JPEG (Fine-Large) images* or up to 22
    NEF (RAW) images*, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/8,000 of a second
    to 30 seconds.

*When using a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II) or SDCFX (Extreme III) 1GB CF card.  

Further versatility

  • Multiple exposure enables up to 10 separate images to be used to
    create a single composite to produce imaginative and even surreal
    results.
  • Image overlay function creates a composite image in-camera from
    two selected NEF (RAW) images. The original files remain unaltered,
    opacity can be precisely controlled and the resultant image can be
    saved in either RAW, JPEG or TIFF format.
  • Connection to a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit via an
    optionally available GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 enables the recording of
    data including latitude, longitude, elevation and UTC (Coordinated
    Universal Time) along with conventional shooting data for each image.
  • A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a 170˚ viewing angle from every
    direction assists accurate assessment of sharpness by enabling image
    preview with up to 400% magnification. It also offers RGB information
    as a single display or separate histograms for each colour channel to
    enable better exposure-related decision-making.
  • The large top LCD panel makes it easy to read a wealth of data at
    a glance, such as shooting mode, battery condition, card information,
    gridline display, shutter speed, F stop and number of remaining shots.
  • A new colour-coded menu display features a colour scheme that
    promotes easy viewing as well as the use of intuitive keywords that
    assist speedy navigation. There’s also a Recent Settings list that
    displays the last 14 settings selected from shooting and Custom menus
    and playback options include single frame, 4- or 9-image thumbnail
    display, zoom with scroll, histogram indication and highlight point
    display.
  • A chassis crafted from magnesium alloy gives the D200 lightweight
    resilience, while an enhanced sealing system helps protect each and
    every exterior seam from potentially damaging dust and moisture.
  • A double-bladed shutter unit tested to well over 100,000 cycles
    ensures highly reliable, highly durable performance. The shutter unit
    also employs a refined mirror balance mechanism that allows the mirror
    to complete its motion cycle and reach a complete stop with virtually
    no mirror bounce, providing the extended viewfinder visibility
    essential for fast, accurate focus tracking and continuous shooting.
  • The newly developed high-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion
    battery delivers enough power to support the shooting of up to 1,800
    images on a single charge, can be recharged at any time and features a
    handy real-time fuel gauge system display that shows remaining charge
    by percentage, number of shots since last charge and overall battery
    status.
  • The optionally available MB-D200 battery pack adds extended
    shooting capability with an ergonomic design. Able to run on either six
    AA-size batteries or two EN-EL3e batteries*, it also features an
    additional command dial and alternative buttons for shutter release and
    AF start that make for more comfortable vertical shooting.  
  • * Compatible AA-size batteries comprise alkaline, NiMH, lithium and nickel-manganese batteries.
  • The Wireless Transmitter WT-3* adds all the convenience of
    IEEE802.11b/g capability, enabling cable-free image transfer to a
    compatible computer while also supporting wide-ranging network and
    security protocols for added assurance.
  • * Available only in countries that approve the use of thirteen frequency channels.

Compatible with Nikon’s Total Ima
ging System

  • Compatible with Nikon’s digital-exclusive DX Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon’s 35mm/digital compatible AF Nikkor System.
  • Compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System allows the
    D200 to work seamlessly with SB-800, SB-600 and
    SB-R200 Speedlights to
    deliver the benefits of i-TTL flash control’s advanced monitor
    pre-flash, accurate measurement for bounce and versatile wireless
    operation. SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights also offer a Wide-Area
    AF-assist Illuminator specially tailored to the D200’s 11-area
    Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module.
  • Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4) unlocks the extensive potential of NEF
    (Nikon Electronic Format). Not only does it make smoother fidelity for
    tonal and other colour corrections possible, but it also empowers
    photographers to reprocess images at any time and save the results to
    the original NEF file as a new Instruction Set, or as a TIFF or JPEG
    file, while retaining the integrity of the original data at all times.
  • PictureProject Ver. 1.6 (complimentary with camera) empowers the
    photographer with tools that help expand the enjoyment of photography.
    These include tools for Organising the images to promote effective
    viewing, Automatic and manual options for image editing, Design
    selections that help make multi-image album and presentation pages, and
    tools to help photographers share images with others through CD/DVD
    burning, slide shows, muvee presentations, fast and effective e-mailing
    and access to Nikon’s PictureProject In-touch. In addition to helping
    anyone enjoy their pictures, PictureProject also provides the means to
    make sure that the computer’s hard drive won’t turn into an “electronic
    shoe box” full of pictures – instead they can be kept as neatly ordered
    as the user like!

 

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D200 Specifications

Type of Camera:        Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels:         10.2 million

Image Sensor:        RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8mm; total pixels: 10.92 million

Image Size (pixels):        3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]

ISO Sensitivity:     100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings up to 1 EV over 1600

Storage Media:        CompactFlash(TM) (CF) Card (Type I and II) and Microdrive(TM)

Storage System:        Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

File System:        Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF

White Balance:    Auto (TTL white balance with
1,005-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, colour
temperature setting, preset white balance, white balance bracketing
possible (2 to 9 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3)

LCD Monitor:    2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, brightness adjustment

Playback Function:    1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting
data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation

Delete Function:        Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete

Video Output:        Can be selected from NTSC and PAL

Interface:    USB 2.0(Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); mass
storage and PTP connectable; FTP file transfer and PTP/IP camera
control/file transfer is also available with optional WT-3 (IEEE
802.11b/g); CF card slot Type II: supports firmware updates via CF cards

Text Input:    Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text
input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif
header

Compatible Lenses:    Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Picture Angle:         Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

Viewfinder:        Fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in dioptre adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)

Eyepoint:            19.5mm (-1.0m-1)

Focusing Screen:    Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen
Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines

Viewfinder Coverage:    Approx. 95% (vertical & horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification:    Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1

Viewfinder Information:    Focus indications, Metering
system, AE/FV lock indicator, Flash sync indicator, Shutter speed,
Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, ISO
sensitivity, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure
compensation, Number of remaining exposures

Autofocus:     TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM
1000 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m)
Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal
temperature: 20°C/68°F)

Lens Servo:     Instant single-servo AF (S);
continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking
automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo
AF

Focus Area:     Normal: 11 areas; single area or group
can be selected; Wide: focus area can be selected from 7 areas

AF Area Mode:     1) Single Area AF 2) Dynamic Area AF
3) Group Dynamic AF 4) Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority

Focus Lock:    Focus can be locked by pressing
shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Metering System:    Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering

1) 3D Colour Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); colour matrix
metering II (other CPU lenses); colour matrix metering available with
non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by
1,005-segment RGB sensor

2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame

3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on
active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)

Exposure Metering Range

(ISO 100, f1.4 lens, 20°C):    EV 0 to 20 (3D Colour
Matrix or center-weighted metering) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)

Exposure Meter Coupling:    Combined CPU and AI

Exposure Modes:    Programmed Auto [P] with flexible
program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual
[M]

Exposure Compensation:    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Auto Exposure Lock:     Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Auto Exposure Bracketing:     2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2, or 3

Shooting Modes:     1) Single frame shooting mode 2)
Continuous low speed (CL) shooting mode: 1-4 frames per second 3)
Continuous high-speed shooting mode: 5 frames per second 4) Self-timer
shooting mode 5) Mirror-up mode

Shutter:     Electronically-controlled vertical-travel
focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV,
bulb

Sync Contact:         X-contact only; flash synchronisation at up to 1/250 sec.

Flash Control:         1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor

Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-T
TL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])

SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

            2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens

3) Non-TTL Auto: Ava
ilable with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s

4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800

Flash Sync Mode:     1) Front-curtain Sync (normal
sync), 2) Red-eye Reduction, 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4)
Slow Sync, 5) Rear-curtain Sync

Built-in Flash:         Manual pop-up with button release

Guide number (ISO 100 at m/ft and 20°C/68°F): approx. 12/39 (manual 13/42)

Flash Compensation:     -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Accessory Shoe:         Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided

Sync Terminal:         ISO 519 standard terminal

Self-timer:         Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration

Depth of Field Preview:     When CPU lens is attached,
lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M
modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)

Remote Control:     Via 10-pin Remote Cord MC-30/36 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control WT-3 (optional)

GPS:     NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01) interface standard
supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Adapter Cord MC-35
(optional)

Power Source:     One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL3e, MB-D200 battery pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable
Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6), NiMH (HR6),
lithium (FR6) batteries, or ZR6 nickel-manganese AA batteries, AC
Adapter EH-6 (optional)

Tripod Socket:         1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D):    Approx. 147 x 113 x 74mm (5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 in.)

Weight:     Approx. 830g (1 lbs 13 oz) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover

Supplied Accessories*:     Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap,
Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, LCD monitor cover
BM-6, PictureProject CD-ROM

Optional Accessories:     Multi-Power Battery pack
MB-D200, Wireless Transmitter WT-3, Semi-soft case D200, Magnifying
Eyepiece DK-21M, Remote cord MC-36/30, GPS Adapter Cord MC-35, AC
Adapter EH-6, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/SB-R200, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver.
4.4), CompactFlash card

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.

CompactFlash(TM) is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. Products and brand
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective

The New Olympus 10x Zoom camera

The SP-500UZ offers a 10x optical zoom and 6 million pixels in an impressive package
The new SP-500UZ seems to be a pretty impressive package. Six million
pixels and a 10x optical zoom with a decent maximum aperture may make
this a great camera for parents of sporting children, as well as
photography enthusiasts.

Main features:

  • 6.0 million pixels
  • Bright 10x zoom lens (equiv. to 38-380mm) 1:2.8-3.7, plus 5x digital zoom
  • Electronic viewfinder with 201,600 pixels
  • 6.4cm/2.5″ LCD
  • Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter priority and manual
    exposure and 21 scene modes (e.g. Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Sunset)
  • Focusing options: iESP autofocus and Spot incl. option for
    selectable AF area with 143 points, plus Predictive AF for back or
    forward moving subjects
  • Super Macro mode up to 3cm
  • Histogram function in shooting mode and playback
  • Auto Bracketing for up to 5 frames
  • Sequence shooting with 2.5 shots per second up to 3 images
  • Recording in JPEG or RAW format
  • Movie recording with sound up to VGA size at 30fps (recording up to the capacity of the memory)
  • 10MB internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • USB AutoConnect
  • PictBridge compatible
  • SDK support
  • Optional macro, tele and wide converters can be attached

As goes with such a long zoom, the camera has an electronic viewfinder
and has RAW capability. We’ll be reviewing once we can get a unit.

The SP-500UZ will be available from October 2005 in selected retail
outlets, at an Australian RRP of $599. Check local pricing in other
countries.

www.olympus.com

Georgia Tech Developing Way to Stop Digital Cameras

In a move that might help out those celebrities who get caught with their pants down (or doing something else embarrassing), researchers are working on a way to stop a digital camera getting a picture.
G.I.T. researchers are developing a technology that can block a digital camera from taking a useable picture.

The technology works in three stages:

  • First an infrared emitting array beams out IR light;
  • Second a sensor looks for the reflection of the IR light off of the digital camera’s sensor;
  • Lastly when a digital camera is detected a light projector is
    used to blast the camera with an animated and constantly changing
    pattern of light and color, which confuses the autoexposure system and
    renders a mostly black picture.

But digital camera toting paparazzi have little to fear at present.
Firstly it is only in development and, secondly, it has some major
limitations. These limitations are such that it is unlikely to work
with digital SLRs because up until the instant of shooting the CCD is
covered by the mirror and shutter. Also some digital compact cameras
use a physical shutter, which would limit the window of time for
the system to detect the camera to the instant the shot is being taken.

Others are working along similar lines, such as a HP development that
requires a circuit in the camera that will blur the picture if a ‘no
shoot’ signal is detected.

All these systems seem to be very early developments, and so there
is no need to panic yet. But time could change that. Since one can only
imagine governments loving such technology as it
would allow them to put a no photo field around anything that they did
not want documented, we can only hope that these developments go no
further. After all, openness and accountability are cornerstones of
democracy.

For a video of the device in action, click here.

The Swivel Is Back

Swivel-mounted 10x zoom Nikon Coolpix S4 combines outstanding performance with ease of use
Press Release

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the
COOLPIX S4, which along with the Coolpix S3 represents the latest in
the new Nikon “S series” of elegant, lightweight Coolpix cameras. A
stylish camera designed for active people, the Coolpix S4 packs a high
megapixel count, a large LCD monitor and 10x zoom capability into a
swiveling body that allows the lens and LCD sections to move
independently.

The Coolpix S4 features a 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens that delivers
outstanding 38-380mm performance (35mm equivalent), giving the user the
freedom to capture everything from extreme close-ups to architecture
and landscapes. It’s also swivel-mounted, to enable easy shooting from
the waist or overhead, and allows better composition for
self-portraits. The Coolpix S4 delivers the imaging resolution of 6.0
effective megapixels, producing quality shots that remain impressive
even when considerably enlarged.

Despite offering such imaging performance, the Coolpix S4 is designed
to fit comfortably in the hand, with the swivelling section neatly
enclosing and protecting the powerful zoom lens and a zoom lever
located on the top of the body for easy operation. The Coolpix S4 also
features a newly-designed grip that contributes to a more confident
shooting feel and features a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD that makes it
easy to compose pictures and simple to play back the results on the
spot. The Coolpix S4 is remarkably slim for a 10x zoom model (with a
depth of 37mm) and weighs just 205g.

A range of unique Nikon capabilities give the user the power to improve recorded images in-camera with automated ease:

In Camera Help

Nikon Coolpix cameras have some of the most advanced features available
today. To ensure that all users get the full advantage of these
features Nikon have built in a “Help” facility to their Coolpix
cameras.  Just press the Help button for a quick, straightforward
explanation of the menu features. Using a camera has never been easier.

Face Priority AF

Imagine a camera smart enough to find a face in a scene. Nikon’s new
Face Priority AF can do just that when selected while using the
camera’s Portrait Scene Mode.

Face-Priority AF uses technology to actually identify up to three faces
within a scene and then sets the camera’s focus point accordingly. The
function even tracks the faces if they move about during composition.

An illuminated box shows the face the Coolpix is focusing on then turns
green to prompt the user to take the picture when focused. The result
is crisp, sharp portraits at the press of a single button. This
state-of-the-art technology makes taking beautiful snapshots as easy as
turning on the camera, framing the shot and pressing the shutter
release. It’s really that simple.

In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM)

Other digital cameras usually use only a preflash system to try and
remove red eyes. Nikon’s In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM) identifies eyes in an
image, detects the red colouring and removes it automatically for the
user.  Nikon’s red-eye solution is completely transparent to the
user and the result is simple – far less red-eye-effected photographs
straight from the camera.

D-Lighting

Tricky lighting situations or insufficient flash can sometimes lead to
dark-looking photographs. Nikon’s new D-Lighting function is a tool to
compensate for these occurrences, dramatically improving the quality of
incorrectly exposed pictures. The D-Lighting function adds light and
detail to the dark areas of your pictures while leaving the
well-exposed areas as they are.

After applying D-Lighting, the camera saves a corrected copy to the
camera’s internal or removable memory, leaving the original image
untouched. D-Lighting corrections can be made at any time.

An application of D-Lighting can literally turn a dark, throwaway shot into a memory worth framing.

The Coolpix S4 is equipped with a useful Blur Warning function too. It
alerts the user whenever a shot may have been compromised by camera
shake, providing a chance to take another image before leaving the
scene.

Taking fun and convenience further, the Coolpix S4 can be powered with
a pair of AA-size batteries, which are widely available around the
world in alkaline, lithium or other forms, making the camera well
suited to travel. There’s also a selection of four Movie Modes, three
of which also record sound, while the fourth is a Time-lapse movie
function that allows the capture of action taking place over extended
periods.

A choice of 16 Scene Modes simplify shooting in a wide range of common
situations – allowing the user to select the icon that most closely
matches the desired shot, for which the Coolpix S4 selects the optimal
settings automatically. Four of these Scene Modes come with the added
advantage of Scene Assist, which helps the user to achieve better
composition. There’s also the Voice Recording Mode, useful in meetings,
lectures and for captioning “on the fly”. Up to 5 hours of sound can be
recorded when using a 256MB SD card.

Offering PictBridge compatibility, the Coolpix S4 makes printing easy,
too – allowing the camera to be directly connected to compatible
printers to produce photographs without the need for a computer. The
camera also offers USB connectivity that makes it swift and easy to
transfer data to computers and other peripherals. Furthermore, the
Coolpix S4 even comes complete with Nikon’s versatile PictureProject
software – making it simple to edit, organize and share images with a
wide range of easy-to-use functions.

The Coolpix S4 will be available in Australia in October, with an RRP of $649.

Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

Nikon Digital Camera Coolpix S4 Specifications

Type:    Compact digital camera

Effective pixels:     6.0 million

CCD     1/2.5-inch type (6.4 million total pixels)

Image modes:     High (2816*), Normal (2816), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)

Lens:     10x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-63mm (35mm [135] format
equivalent to 38-380mm); f/3.5; 12 elements in 9 groups; Digital zoom:
up to 4x (35mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 1520mm)

Focus range:    30cm (12 in.) to infinity (∞), approx. 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞) in Macro mode

LCD monitor:     2.5-inch type, 110,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment

Storage media:    Internal memory: approx. 13.5MB, SD memory card

Shooting modes:    Auto, Scene Assist (Portrait,
Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow,
Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks Show,
Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Voice Recording), BS
S (Best Shot
Selector), AE-BSS, Colour Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint,
Self-timer (10 sec.)

Movie:    With sound: TV movie (640) at 15fps, Small
size (320) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound:
Time-lapse movie at 15fps

Capture modes:    1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 1.3fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
Number of frames

(w/ Internal memory):    High (2816*) approx. 4, Normal (2816) approx. 9

Built-in flash:    Range: 0.4-3.0m/ 1 ft. 4 in. – 10
ft.; Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye
Fix), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow sync.

Interface:    USB

Supported languages:  
 German/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Swedish/Japanese/Simplified
Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean/Russian selectable in menu display

Power requirements:     Two AA-size batteries
(Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1-B2 with Battery Charger MH-71, LR6
alkaline batteries, ZR6 oxy-nickel batteries and FR6/L91 lithium
batteries), AC Adapter EH-62B

Battery life (approx.):     Approx. 290 shots with
EN-MH1-B2 Rechargeable Batteries, approx. 450 shots with lithium
batteries, approx 160 shots with LR6 (AA-size alkaline batteries)
(based on CIPA standard*)

Dimensions (W x H x D):    Approx. 111.5 x 68.5 x 37mm (4.4 x 2.7 x 1.4 in.)

Weight:    Approx. 205g (7.2 oz.) (without batteries and memory card)

Supplied accessories:**    Neck strap, USB Cable UC-E6,
Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1-B2,
Battery Charger MH-71, Lens cap, PictureProject CD-ROM

Optional accessories:    AC Adapter EH-62B

*Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at
25°C (77°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with
every other shot, image mode set to Normal.

**Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.

PictureProject System Requirements

OS    Macintosh: Mac® OS X version 10.1.5 or later
(version 10.2.8 or later required for Burn Disc option) / Windows:
Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows® 2000 Professional,
Windows® Me, Windows® 98SE pre-installed models

RAM    Macintosh: 64MB or more recommended / Windows: 64MB or more recommended (128MB with muvee option)

Hard disk    60MB required for installation

Display    800 x 600 or more with 16-bit colour (full colour recommended)

Others    CD-ROM drive required for installation

    Only built-in USB ports are supported

Microsoft® and Windows® are either registered trademarks or trademarks
of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Macintosh® and QuickTime® are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the United States and/or other
countries. The FotoNation logo is a trademark. The SD logo is a
trademark. PictBridge is a trademark. D-Lighting technology is provided
by Apical Limited. Face-priority AF technology is provided by Identix®.
Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies.

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice
or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. August 2005 ©2005 NIKON
CORPORATION

What the New Canon Releases Mean, Part 2

Canon’s Point and Shoot Cameras
In the point and shoot digital area, Canon have many more competitors
than in dSLRs. Many of these are highly effective companies producing
great products.

The latest releases from Canon build on an already strong range. The
Elph (IXUS) models have always been a favorite and the new releases
expand the offerings in this range for more pixels and also more
convenience with the dock of the lower-end model. In the new A-series
releases Canon has brought bigger camera features down to a smaller
package size, with the two A 600 series models, in particular, bringing
serious photographic control to a small form factor. Meanwhile the S80
brings 8Mpixel capability to an excellent package. All these releases
strengthen Canon’s position.

However Canon does not seem quite so dominant in this market. Whilst
they have been in the number one slot in the US market for some time,
many of their competitors have either equally strong product or strong
niche products. Companies like Pentax, Olympus and Casio, to pick just
three, offer great products that are keeping Canon on their toes.

Mobile or cell phones with cameras are fast dominating the bottom of
the digital point and shoot market. With 2Mpixel now readily available
and up to 5Mpixel on the way or already available in some markets, we
can expect a lot of the lower-end camera action to head the phone way.
Afterall, once they have autofocus, optical zoom and high enough
resolution, why carry two things for general purposes, a camera and a
phone? My new cell phone is the Sony Ericsson K750i and a full review
on this will be going up soon here. Sure it is only 2Mpixel and has no
optical zoom. But it is awefully impressive for many purposes and it
does at least focus properly.

Because people do not have a big investment in accessories and lenses
in this market segment, customers tend to be more willing to jump
brands on an upgrade, and the upgrade market is occupying a bigger
slice of digital camera sales each year as people outgrow their first,
or sometimes second, digital camera. Canon has great product and has
all the right ingredients to maintain and indeed grow their market
share in this segment. It just might start to shrink in the future as
camera phones bite.

What the New Canon Releases Mean, Part 1

Canon has just launched a huge number of new imaging products. What does it all mean?
Well, Canon have just done their usual half yearly product blitz. Now
that we have all read the press releases it is time to consider the
consequences.

One of those consequences is that Canon is continuing to lead the field
in digital SLR camera developments. They have consistently, in recent
years, effectively lead the field in the introduction of new features
and new price points. While everyone else is still releasing low end
6MP dSLRs, Canon do 8MPs. While everyone else is standardizing on small
sensors, Canon is pushing full frame.

Now you can quibble over whether 6 or 8MP really makes that much
difference, but in reality more pixels give you more options, all other
things being equal. More pixels let you do bigger prints, crop more,
etc. The one danger with more pixels is that, if the sensor size
doesn’t grow, there is the possibility of more noise. In comparisons I
have done, I see a very slightly increased noise level in the 8MP Rebel
XT/350D over the Rebel/300D. Slight and of no impact in real shooting,
but there. That is why the 5D is so important. Not only does it produce
a new price point for a 12.8MP camera from one of the main players, but
it also shows Canon’s ability to bring their full frame sensor
technology down from the top end cameras to the more affordable levels.
There was never any doubt that they could do this, since their move to
CMOS sensors, but it is a clear statement of intent to do so.

Sensors smaller than 35mm are great for sports photographers, who get
an effective boost in focal length for the same money out of their
lenses. But for the rest of us it causes problems at the wide angle
end. It also has the afore mentioned potential noise issue. However,
smaller sensors are cheaper to manufacture. So I expect to see Canon
gradually move to effectively two dSLR families: one based on the
smaller sensor size for the very cost sensitive end of the market that
allows the use of the smaller, cheaper ‘digital’ lenses, and a full
frame line for the serious amateur and pro markets. This is effectively
what they have now, but it will undoubtedly be developed. Price drift
will push both lines lower.

What of the other camera makers? Well, they’ll be playing catchup until
they either manage to get their act together and provide some real
competition, or until there are mergers or dropped product lines.
Pentax, Olympus and Nikon, in particular, are producing great cameras
in their own rights. All make some lovely cameras and they are very
effective. I’ve had an E-300 here for extended testing for some time
and this 8MP camera is a true joy to use. However, while Olympus SLRs
of old were a perfection of engineering and a joy in a small package,
Olympus’ current offerings enjoy no size advantage from their much
hailed small sensor, but the E-300 is a lovely camera. The ist D range
are good cameras. And Nikon naturally has lovely cameras, the D70 in
particular. But sadly none of these stand out as a class leader. And of
course there are the others: Fuji, Minolta, etc, all nice for certain
reasons but either over priced, under marketed or just not a standout.

What the industry could benefit from is one of the other players taking
a huge leap and thus provide some real competition. At the moment I
don’t consider it to be really there. The current state, as I see it,
is that is you already have Minolta or Pentax lenses, you’ll look at
them first. But a surprising number of such people are ditching their
lenses and switching systems. A few new to SLR people might trickle in,
but i think this is more likely to be to Pentax than to Minolta. If you
have Nikon lenses then you will consider Nikon, Fuji or Kodak. Canon
lens people are well looked after by Canon, but also Kodak, if they
want an alternative. Newcomers to SLRs will likely gravitate towards
Canon and Nikon (which is still benefiting from its historical quality
image), and probably Pentax and Olympus.

When I talk to the Canon executives they make no bones about wanting to
own the dSLR market. The market share figures are showing that they are
increasingly doing just that. We can only hope that one of the other
makers has been beavering away in the lab and has a quantum leap just
about to come out, as competition is good for everyone.

New Canon 5D Full Frame

Combining the High-End Specs of the EOS-1 Line and the Ease of the EOS 20D Model, The New Canon EOS 5D Camera Is a Premium DSLR for Under US$3,300
Press Release

Photographers who have yearned for a full-frame digital SLR that won’t
break the bank-or their backs-just got their wish with the new compact
Canon EOS 5D digital SLR, which offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with
12.8 megapixels of resolution, available in October for an estimated
selling price of US$3,299*. As the world’s smallest and lightest**
full-frame digital SLR, the EOS 5D model features Canon’s proprietary
DIGIC II Image Processor, which allows users to shoot up to 3 frames
per second and record up to 60 full-resolution JPEGs and 17 RAW images
in a single burst. The camera includes a new 9-point AF system with six
supplemental AF points for fast and precise focusing and a new 2.5″
LCD/TFT screen with 230,000 pixels that’s viewable even at extreme
angles.

“The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR is the camera that will make
quality-minded 35mm and medium format film shooters switch to digital
once and for all,” said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and
general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a
subsidiary of Canon Inc. “Wedding and portrait photographers who need
facial detail in their group shots require the large file sizes the EOS
5D model can provide. For landscape and nature photographers who want
to enjoy the entire range of their wide angle lenses, the EOS 5D DSLR’s
full-frame sensor is a dream come true. And for those photographers who
hesitate at carrying around EOS-1 Series heft, they will love the EOS
5D digital SLR’s lightweight feel almost as much as their
accountants-or spouses-will love the price.”

A Premium DSLR with Outstanding Image Quality

Combining the high-end specifications of the EOS-1 Line and the
operational ease of the EOS 20D model, the new Canon EOS 5D digital SLR
is a premium digital SLR designed for a wide range of photographers.
While a 35mm full-size image sensor is already available on the
groundbreaking Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II camera, many photographers have
been asking for a DSLR with a full-frame sensor that is smaller,
lighter and more affordable. Enter the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR.
Boasting a 12.8 megapixel, 35mm full-size image sensor in a magnesium
alloy body weighing just 28.6 ounces (810 grams), the EOS 5D digital
SLR is a petite but powerful imaging machine. Perhaps best of all, the
EOS 5D model is a great value at $3,299 for the complete Power Kit with
a full software package including the new Digital Photo Professional
v2.0.

The heart of the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR is its extraordinary new,
Canon-designed and -manufactured CMOS image sensor. At 12.8 megapixels,
there is enough resolution for a double-page spread in a magazine, a
large print of the bride and groom, facial detail in group shots or a
landscape of impressive dimensions. The sensor’s 35.8 x 23.9mm size
means that each pixel can be a generous 8.2mm, resulting in
exceptionally low shadow noise. The sensor’s low power consumption
extends battery life and lowers noise. A finer CMOS production process
and optimized photodiode construction increase the light-sensitive area
of each pixel and improve dynamic range as well.

The full-size sensor maximizes the performance of Canon EF lenses, the
world’s largest selection of autofocus lenses. With the full-size
sensor, EF lenses-even wide-angle lenses-have the same look and feel
they have with conventional SLR cameras, preserving their optical
signatures. Imaging quality in the EOS 5D is enhanced with the addition
of the DIGIC II image processor, which provides detailed and natural
color reproduction and fast image processing, including an incredible
burst performance of 60 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images at 3 fps.
DIGIC II also enhances start-up time on the EOS 5D DSLR, bringing it
down to a lightning fast 0.2 seconds.



Picture Styles for Better Pictures

In the analog era, photographers would select the brand of film that
suited their own shooting style or the subject being photographed. In
the digital era, they have to rely on the image quality features and
settings provided by the camera manufacturer. Some users, though, have
experienced confusion about what effects these settings would have on
the image. To provide better clarification, a new feature called
Picture Styles combines processing parameters and color matrix settings
into easy settings designed to obtain the desired effect, almost like
choosing a type of film to obtain a specific result.

For users who do not want to bother with post processing, there is the
Picture Style called Standard that produces images that look crisp and
vivid with the sharpness set to mid-scale and the color tone and
saturation set to obtain vivid colors. In the Portrait setting, the
color tone and saturation are set to obtain nice skin tones with the
sharpness set one step weaker than the Standard setting so the skin and
hair look softer. Under the Landscape setting, the color tone and
saturation are set to obtain deep blues and greens, the sharpness is
set one step stronger than Standard so the outline of mountains, trees,
and buildings look crisper. The Neutral setting is the same as the
default setting for EOS-1 series cameras where natural color
reproduction is obtained and no sharpness is applied. This is the ideal
setting for post-processing. The Faithful setting is the same as
Digital Photo Professional’s Faithful, so when the subject is
photographed under a color temperature of 5200K, the color is adjusted
colorimetrically to match the subject’s color with no sharpness
applied. Monochrome is the same as the EOS 20D camera’s monochrome
setting and with User Defined, the user can create and save their own
preferred settings.

Sophisticated New Autofocus System

The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has a new nine point AF system with six
Supplemental AF points, a new AF algorithm and a new AF circuitry. The
new AF system improves subject detection and focusing precision at the
center, the most frequently used area, and significantly enhances
subject tracking performance.

On the EOS 5D model, the nine AF points are concentrated at the center,
but the extreme left and right points are located in the same positions
as the corresponding AF points on the EOS-1Ds Mark II. In addition, the
six invisible Supplemental AF points, grouped around the center of the
image, provide highly accurate focusing and do a great job of tracking
the subject in the AI SERVO AF mode. In addition, three AF points on
the new EOS 5D model work with f/2.8 or faster lenses for enhanced
precision.



Highly Durable New High-Speed Shutter

The EOS 5D digital SLR has a newly developed, high-speed and highly
durable shutter unit that was designed to meet the demanding
requirements of a full-frame sensor in a relatively compact body. The
shutter is a vertical travel, focal plane type with two parallelogram
link curtains. Each curtain has four blades, three made from KN Mylar
and one from Duralumin, to create a professional-level shutter with a
durability rated at 100,000 shots
.

Premium Design and Construction

The EOS 5D digital SLR has a solid, substantial and organic feel along
with its compact dimensions and relatively light weight. With the top,
front and rear covers and battery grip made from light and highly
dur
able magnesium alloy, this new model is truly a premium camera. The
EOS 5D model also has an improved grip and mode dial, a modified
terminal cap share and clearer rear controls.

The pentaprism has an all-new shape necessitated by the full-frame
sensor and all associated components such as the mirror, mirror box and
shutter. Thanks to Canon design and manufacturing know-how along with
having the low-pass filter integrated with the CMOS cover glass, the
EOS 5D digital SLR is unusually streamlined for a camera with a
full-frame sensor.

The camera body consists of a stainless steel chassis and a mirror box
made of high-strength engineering plastic. Since the grip and front
cover are one piece, body rigidity on the EOS 5D DSLR is excellent. The
exterior surface is a high-density black satin finish with a leathery
touch that feels smooth in the hands. The three grip surfaces are
covered with rubber and the electroplated “EOS 5D” badge and recessed
and painted Canon logo give a quality appearance to the camera.

High Performance LCD Monitor

The EOS 5D model has a 2.5″ polysilicon TFT LCD monitor with
approximately 230,000 pixels. At 170 degrees, it has an exceptionally
wide viewing angle. In contrast, picture brightness on older LCD
screens was often lost if viewed from even a slight angle, so
oftentimes image review involved a lot of guesswork. The new LCD on the
EOS 5D model, however, maintains the same brightness from almost any
viewing angle. Brightness on the monitor is also adjustable in five
levels and the screen’s backlight feature uses six LED modules, as
opposed to three on previous models, to help illuminate the 2.5″ LCD
evenly. Along with the larger monitor, the menu text is also larger and
easier to read. The full-featured INFO screen includes files sizes, RGB
histogram and AF frame displays. In addition, Quick Review images are
now enlargeable.



New Automatic and Intelligent Noise Reduction Function

Because noise is difficult to see on a camera’s LCD monitor, even one
as large and detailed as the EOS 5D camera, it is hard to know whether
noise reduction should be turned on or not. Thanks to a new automatic
noise reduction feature on the EOS 5D DSLR, getting rid of unwanted
noise has been made even easier than with previous models. In the
C.Fn-02-1 setting, automatic noise reduction occurs when noise is
detected for exposures of 1 second or longer, regardless of ISO. In the
C.Fn-02.2 setting, full-time noise reduction for exposures of 1 second
of longer occurs regardless of whether noise is detected and regardless
of ISO. With these two options, photographers using the Canon EOS 5D
DSLR can adjust the camera’s noise reduction capabilities to suit a
particular situation.

Other High-End Features

The EOS 5D DSLR has a bevy of other high-end features including the
same ISO range as the 1Ds Mark II-ISO 100-1600 in 1/3-step increments
and ISO speed extended at L:50, H:3200. Also included on the camera is
ultra-precise white balance with nine types of white balance settings,
white balance bracketing (blue-amber and magenta-green, even on RAW and
RAW+JPEG shots) and white balance correction. Other features include
enhanced 35-zone exposure metering; spot metering in approximately 3.5
percent of the viewfinder area; six selectable JPEG recording modes
including RAW and simultaneous RAW+JPEG; a large bright viewfinder with
three interchangeable focusing screens; new flexible and convenient
folder creation and selection; and more advanced PictBridge functions.

Australian
recommended retail pricing of Canon’s whole range of DSLRs is shown
below:

  • EOS-1Ds Mark II Body: $13,999.00
  • EOS-1D Mark II N Body: $6,999.00
  • EOS 5D Body: $5,495.00
  • EOS 20D Body: $2,399.00
  • EOS 350D w/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens: $1,799.00

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and
industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune’s
Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek
list of “Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a
top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in
2004, with global revenues of $33.3 billion. For more information,
visit www.usa.canon.com.

About Canon Australia

Canon Australia is a leading provider of advanced, simple-to-use
imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. Canon’s Australian
R&D company, CISRA, develops customised solutions for local
customers, and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon
products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-three US patent
recipients for the past 13 years, and had global revenues of $US33.3
billion in 2004. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia,
which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance
services. For more information, visit canon.com.au.

 

Starting Out – Film versus Digital Cameras

This article explores grain and noise, how they relate and other issues in choosing between film and digital capture.
There are two ways to capture images photographically, use a film camera and scan or use a digital camera.

Film

Film is certainly, on the surface, the cheapest option. You probably
already have a film camera of some sort, but new ones are very
reasonably priced. You will have read that film is so much higher
resolution than any digital camera around. That is true up to a point.
Film is an analogue device, meaning that it is not sampled at fixed
points, like a digital camera does. This does mean that, theoretically,
there is more information in a piece of film. However there are two
things that can get in the way of you having all this data to play with.

Film has a fine structure called grain. It looks like noise. Slow
films, like ISO 100, have smaller, more even grain and so is less
noticeable unless you enlarge massively. Fast films, like ISO 400 and
above, have large grain that is more noticeable at lower enlargement
levels. What this means is that above a certain resolution, determined
by the speed of the film, smooth areas of the image, like skies, become
noisy. There is still information there, it is just noisy.

Another issue with film is what resolution you can scan it at. Now you
can always get the film scanned at very high resolution. The down side
is that this can be expensive and you are not doing it yourself, so you
do not have control. However, this is a very valid approach for many
people. If you scan yourself, the option is to scan the prints or the
film. Scanning the prints is a viable option but don’t believe you are
going to get incredibly high resolutions by scanning this way, even if
your flatbed scanner is capable of it. Prints are a second generation
and is limited by the optical, and increasingly the digital, resolution
of the equipment used to produce them. Anything above 600 dpi is
probably pushing it for most prints, especially drug store ones. You
can buy a film scanner that will go to much higher resolutions.

One last issue with film is dust and scratches. Film is prone to
attract dust and can be easily scratched. Removing these marks can add
significantly to the time you spend scanning images.



Digital Cameras

The sensors in digital cameras capture a specific amount of
information. A two megapixel camera captures that many pixels, usually
no more and no less. As discussed last issue, you can increase the size
of the image file by interpolation, but you can only do this so far.
Digital camera images have no grain. At a low ISO setting (for cameras
that allow you to vary this) and with fairly short exposures, like in
daylight, the images from a digital camera are beautifully smooth. As
the ISO setting is increased and/or you take longer exposures, noise
starts to appear. You also get more noise the hotter the camera is.
Many cameras now have some sort of noise removal processing built into
the camera, which does help.

Pictures from your digital camera are available immediately. There is
no processing and scanning to do, they are just there. Now this is only
truly the case when your camera is saving the image in a standard file
format, like JPEG or TIFF. Proprietary formats, like RAW, need to be
processed by special software before you can commonly use them in, say,
Photoshop or PhotoPAINT, or processed by Photoshop’s own Camera RAW
plugin. This still takes less time than having film processed but does
add a delay.

Compared

Digital camera images are very seductive. Most people find it very hard
to go back to film once they have had a taste of the immediacy and
smoothness of good digital images. But film is cheap (except when you
shoot a lot) and is still in some ways the best to do long duration
trips with. Digital cameras allow you to vary the ISO setting from shot
to shot, something you can’t do with most films. However, you will be
very hard pushed to blow a two megapixel point and shoot digital camera
image up to 1m x 1.5m in size. The higher resolution digitals are very
capable and it is my belief that top end camera, like Canon’s EOS-1Ds
Mark II, with a 16.7Mpixel sensor are the equal of film in a 35mm
camera.

The truth is that there are pros and cons with both. Which works for you depends on funds, expectations and usage.

This extreme blowup is from a Nikon
D1x camera set at ISO 100. You can see that the sky is very smooth,
typical of all digital cameras at such a setting.

This shot, taken with a Canon G1, is
a similar extreme close-up and shows the noise that appears in all
digital camera images with very long exposures, here over 4 seconds. In
fact the G1 has handled this better than most.



This extreme blow-up is a tiny
section of an ISO 100 slide. Even here you can see both the grain and
tiny dust particles that stop the sky being nice and smooth, as it
would have been with a digital at a low ISO setting.