January 2005 news and reviews
Konica Minolta has today announced a four megapixel camera that is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters. The black and silver DG-5W is also dust proof and shock proof. It boasts a 28 - 78mm wideangle lens, a 2-inch LCD for viewing captured images (there is no optical viewfinder) and large buttons for easy operation under water. Other features include a 320 x 240-pixel movie mode at 30 fps. It is thought to be a Japan-only product and will cost ¥80,000 when it is launched in March.
Nikon has today announced that the D2X digital SLR will begin shipping on 25 February and its suggested street price will be $4,999 (approx €3,818) and MSRP of $6,299 (€4,810). The UK price will be £3,499. The successor to the D1X was announced in September and can shoot five frames per second at 12.4 million pixels, or 8 frames per second using the High Speed Cropped Image mode which reduces the resolution to 6.8 megapixels. New features include a CMOS image sensor and a WT-2A WiFi transmitter for wireless remote control. Nikon also announced that the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens will have a retail price of $5,999 (€4,581/£3,999) and will be available this month.
Nikon has today posted firmware B update 1.03 for the D70. The upgrade addresses the problem of image editing programmes with color management functions recognizing JPEGs as having the Adobe RGB color space. This occured when images were captured with the mode dial set to an exposure mode (P, A, S, M), II selected for the Color mode setting in the custom item of the optimize image menu and an option other than Custom selected from the optimize menu. The D70 has two sets of firmware, A and B. This update affects the B firmware only.