Delane and I thank all of you for helping make the DCRP such a big success in our first week of operation! We are going to continue to push hard to get a bigger audience, which leads to better information for you, our readers! We hope you had a great holiday weekend!
There is yet another type of removable memory that is trying to push its way into the marketplace. This time, it's StrataFlash from Intel. These cards are similar to SmartMedia cards and come in 4, 8, and 16MB capacities. There are currently no cameras that use it, but knowing Intel, it probably won't be long before there are!
Yes Solar has 1300 mAh NiMH batteries, which seem to be the best choice for digital cameras, for $4.95 each. These kinds of batteries last the longest and are the most cost-effective you can buy. Delane adds that Radio Shack sells a charger than can recharge these fully in just 2 hours for $27.
Steve's Digital Imaging Page reports that anyone with a new Agfa ePhoto1280 camera that has experienced unusually short battery life (12-20 shots) should contact Agfa. Agfa admits there is a "problem" with the IQ 9000 battery chargers. Call Agfa Tech Support number (602-366-3260) and they will replace it. [Ed note: funny, that kind of battery life is the norm for my D-600L!]
Delane passes on an interesting trick picked up from "Donn" on the rec.photo.digital newsgroup:
"For those of you using the Epson Stylus Color 800 Printer, you are in for a pleasant surprise if you will try a laserjet paper ( cheap, that is ) and set your advanced printer options for VIVID, 1440 PPI, PHOTO GLOSSY PAPER. It won't match a glossy, but at a 1/2 cent vs $1.00 a sheet you'll find it VERY close. I wish I could tell you that I reasoned to this, but is was a series of errors ( to include accidentally inserting Laserjet paper ) that got me to it."
Please help spread the word about our site! Tell your friends! We have lots more reviews to add, but right now we're both very busy with our real jobs (college in my case), but we'll get them up real soon!
From the strange file: Fuji Film, Tokyo Electron, and Nintendo have agreed to create a digital camera for the Nintendo 64 called the "Photo P", which can connect to the Nintendo 64 where users can capture digital images and retouch them with an included art program. These images can be stored on the 64DD, or simply viewed on a television screen. (from Next Generation Online)
Kingston Technology announced the immediate availability of 24MB and 32MB CompactFlash cards, to complement their line with includes 4, 8, and 16MB cards and a $295 PC Card adapter. The 24MB card will list for $245, the 32MB card for $295.
Toshiba has lowered the price of their PDR-2 camera to $399. This includes two 2MB SmartMedia cards, lithium battery, and software. Toshiba will also be shipping new accessories including 8MB SmartMedia cards (yes!), a parallel port PC Card Reader, and a floppy disc adapter for SmartMedia called Flashpath. (Thanks, MacNN)
We have nearly 40 reviews to add. Both Delane and I have been extremely busy this week (going to sleep at 5am hasn't been uncommon for me), and I have to go home for Winter break this weekend. We'll try to get fully up and running again by next week!
We've added a large number of camera reviews today, and there are at least 15 more still to go for tomorrow. Also, our price tracking will be fully updated by tomorrow as well. Some new reviews include: Kodak DC-210, Olympus D220/D320-L, Canon Optura, Agfa ePhoto 307/1280, a few Casio reviews, and yet more Mavica reviews. Numerous corrections were made across the site, and a page on the Epson PhotoPC 550 was added.
Who should attend -- Anyone who is interested in Digital Photography, Photos, or Digital Manipulation. You don't even have to have a Kodak Camera to enjoy this (we don't shove product down anyone's throat!)...
The DCRP is looking for charter advertisers interested in supporting us in our first few months. We have growing costs that must be paid to keep these sites up, and advertising is the only way we can raise that money. If you're interested, contact Jeff.
In another good deal, Surplus Direct has the Ricoh RDC-1, which can capture pictures at 30fps with sound, is only $479. According to a reader, it "includes the AC charger and power pack, the LCD screen, the Serial port Adapter, complete set of NiCad batteries, the remote control, software, as well as the advertised 8 Meg card - all in a factory fresh new pkg with Ricoh warranty."
We'll be taking some time off to spend with our families. The DCRP will return in full force Wednesday, December 31st. Keep your news, reviews, and corrections coming, and don't forget to check out the message boards!