August 2009

Review: Panasonic's waterproof, shockproof Lumix TS1
After years of building Toughbook computers, Panasonic has entered the waterproof/shockproof/dustproof camera market with the 12.1-megapixel TS1. The camera has a terrific folding 28-128mm equivalent zoom, can do 720p high definition video, and excels in picture quality. Max depth is limited to 10 feet though. [Read review of the Panasonic Lumix TS1]
-- Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by chb

Review: Canon D10 at Thunderdome
We put Canon's waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof 12-megapixel digital camera to the ultimate test, at the submerged Thunderdome off the Turks and Caicos islands. Our impressions of the uniquely style US$339 Powershot D10 are overwhelmingly positive. [Read review of the Canon Powershot D10] -- Posted Sunday, August 23, 2009 by chb

Somewhat sobering outlook for Pentax
Reuters ran a somewhat sobering article on Pentax, which since 2007 has been part of glass-maker Hoya Corp. While aiming to turn Pentax profitable by next year, Hoya says there will need to be some sort of alliance with another company in the long term. While Pentax sold 2.3 million digital cameras in fiscal 2009, that's less than a tenth as many as market leader Canon. At DCR, we love and use Pentax cameras and hope "the little engine that could" will prevail. -- Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by chb

Nikon introduces Coolpix S1000pj with integrated projector
It had to happen sooner or later. Nikon introduced the Coolpix S1000pj that has a built-in projector. Yes, you can project an image as large as 40 inches diagonally right from your little compact. The jury's out on how well it all works, but if it does work, then it's the start of something big. Else, the S1000pj is a nice 12-megapixel camera with a 2.7-inch screen and a 5X zoom that starts wide at 28mm. It's costly at US$429, but that's the price you pay for being a pioneer. [See description and specs of the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj] -- Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by chb