Monday, December 31, 2007

Impact Review: Nikon D3 gets reviewed by NaturFotograf

While we were reading the Imaging Insider we noticed a story they had via Nikon Watch which was discussing a brand new review of the Nikon D3. Yes, a full review of the Nikon D3. Where is that review? At Natur Fotograf by Bjorn Roslett.

Bjorn's 10-page review covers noise, FX vs DX, IR, image quality and lots more. As always we will not reveal the conclusions of their review, you have to jump to page 10 and find out for yourselves!

Bjorn has a number of high quality reviews to his credit, be sure to check his list of photographic reviews.

Bjorn's review has just been added to our DSLR Review Matrix. As the name suggests, the DSLR Review Matrix lists lots and lots of reviews per DSLR model.




Nikon D3 Availability
The D3 is available at Amazon by Cameta Cameras, but at a 28% price premium, sold for $6400, $1400 above its list price. More on this at our recent Nikon D3 and D300 in-stock status post.


Reactions to the Nikon D3 review

  • Behind the Scenes of the Nikon D3 review by Bjorn (Nikongear.com)
  • Review discussion at the dpreview D3 forum. Noise is obviously a focal point of the discussion. The inevitable noise comparison between it and the D2X takes the spotlight.
  • Another forum discussion of his review.
  • Meanwhile Nikon D300 users chime in as Bjorn's review frequently mentioned the D300 and had DX vs FX segments.
  • Fred Miranda users discuss the review.
  • NikonWatch comments on the review
  • Flickr discussion (d300 user group)
  • Some focus on the ...neckstraps
  • And the obligatory duplicate post.
  • PhotoMalaysia.com forum users discuss the review.
  • More at the Nikon D3 flickr group.


    The Nikon CEO Speaks
  • The Nikon CEO says they will not take Canon head-on. Instead they will continue with their "full court press" approach, which talks of "new types of cameras".
  • Does that fuel the fires of the "APS-C prosumer" and the "digital rangefinder"? Or do they continue to be wishful thinkings in the minds of camera enthusiasts?
  • OTOH, the glass-half-empty crowd may read this as "don't expect any more advanced cameras" from us, we'll just fill in the blanks.
  • We blog, you decide!


    Other D3 and Nikon stories
  • In other Nikon D3 news, the D3 helps catch a thief in the ...RAW!
  • More forum "fun", how to use the D3 as a giant P&S camera.
  • More on the D3 at the Nikon D3 News blog.
  • The D300 goes to the Antartica (PhotographyBlog).

    Read the rest of "Impact Review: Nikon D3 gets reviewed by NaturFotograf"...
  • Happy New Year!

    It's already 2008 in some parts of the world and it will be 2008 for the rest of the world within the next few hours! We wish our readers a happy new year and may all their wishes come true!

    After much deliberation we decided to have a New Year's Day Blogging Marathon. As you may recall we had a XMas Day Blogging Marathon last week which exceeded our expectations. So in the next 30 hours or so we will have a number of new blog posts, posted every few hours!

    So whether you have a party-hangover (you forgot the Chaser), or your mother in law is being a real "Chaser", you can "escape" from it all here at 1001 Noisy Cameras!

    We won't be dropping any balls at midnight, but hopefully we will have some dropping camera prices to report during the marathon!

    Read the rest of "Happy New Year!"...

    Photography Soup (Monday December 31, 2007)

    Welcome to the last edition of the Photography Soup for 2007. We write this blog with tears in our eyes, tears of another year gone by. Oops! This is not an emo-blog :-) Scratch that! This is just like any other episode of the Photography Soup :)


    Support your local camera shop spotlight
    Continuing with our Support your Local Camera Shop initiative today we feature Walden Photo, a Promaster store, in Ames and the Cedar Valley in Iowa.


    Around the Photo-blogo-sphere: The Year in Review

  • David Ziser has a special treat for new readers of his blog: His Top Ten posts of 2007! Be sure to check it out! Ziser's blog manages to balance sample pictures, how-to tips and tutorials and a selection of stories from around the net, making it a must-read for photographers of all experience levels.
  • Scott Kelby looks back at 2007 in his Photoshop Insider blog. Topics covered? Adobe, Photography, NAPP, and Scott Kelby himself.
  • Rob Galbraith rounds up the pictures of the year
  • The official Flickr Blog shows a few more Best Shots of 2007
  • Carl Zeiss wants you to showcase your best 2007 pictures. Details at IR. We assume not Carl Zeiss the person, but the company ;-)


    Around the Photo-blogo-sphere: Photography Etc
  • All Amin is saying is give film a chance! (do I have to pay the RIAA a 25c royalty for using that line?)
  • While english is the lingua franca (I was told to use this term, I don't really know what it means) of the internet, there are thousands of quality photography websites and blogs written in languages other than english. One of them is the Romanian site foto-magazin.ro. Check it out! As one of our blogging friends recently mentioned, photography is a universal language.
  • Letter from the editor: The latest dpreview newsletter includes a message from Phil Askey himself informing us of a new wave of announcements in January 2008, bookmarked by CES 2008 and PMA 2008.
  • Two more readers were added to our Noisy Readers List, Amin and James Vornov. Be sure to check their blogs and galleries and add yourself to the list if you wish to do so!
  • Speaking of which, you can network with 1001 Noisy Cameras in almost 1001 different ways!
  • Nikonians go on location! This is their inaugural podcast. iPod not required. Their podcast is an mp3 file :)
  • The 2nd place winner has been announced by Strobist!
  • Vornov (just added to our Noisy Readers list) asks in his blog: "Why has Eliot Porter been forgotten?"
  • Colbert is off the air so you can't feed your need for truth, but you can check out the last PDN Photo Feed of 2007.
  • Get schooled with the latest from the Digital Photography School forum posts.


    Around the Photo-blogo-sphere: Equipment Plus
  • Eight is not Enough was a popular comedy back when they had television shows on TV. 6mpixel.org strongly suggests that six is more than enough! What do you think? We just posted this on Reddit for discussion and perusal. What do we think about that comment? Read reddit to find out!
  • The new TSA regulation in the USA about "spare" lithium ion batteries is a hot topic on many websites and blogs, including dpreview upon Amazon.
  • Strobist answers a reader question with an essay: why do rim lights blow out?
  • Love DSLR Reviews? Then be sure to read all the reviews listed in our DSLR Review Matrix! There will be a quiz at the end of the week to make sure you read every letter and pixel-peeped every sample picture ;-)
  • From the Adorama News Desk, a ...wallet-sized tripod of sorts. I kid you not!
  • No, it's not Jack Black, it's Jack Nack! And he has a bundle of photography guides from Adobe. All the guides are avaiable as PDF downloads. How ...Adobe of them :-)


    Reddit, Reddit, Reddit!

    We just joined Reddit last night and it has become our new favorite bookmarking site overnight! Very simple and efficient design!



    Bargain Hunter's Corner

  • Storage storage storage! How about a 4gb PNY SDHC Memory Card for $25 from J&R World? S&H is $1 but minimum $3 per order. They want you to buy more stuff :)
  • And a little flexibility: A combo SD memory card reader and USB flash drive, theSandisk SDDR-104-A11M USB MobileMate SD Plus Reader for just $10 from J&R World. S&H is $1 but minimum $3 per order.
  • And now for the big fish: The Panasonic L10 took a $150 price drop on Amazon last night. The camera has survived the fall, its new price is $1145 :)

    Read the rest of "Photography Soup (Monday December 31, 2007)"...
  • Sunday, December 30, 2007

    Price drop alert: Panasonic L10 at $1150 at Amazon

    We have a price drop alert for you! The Panasonic L10 with the Leica 14-50 f3.8-5.6 MegaOIS lens has dropped $150 on Amazon, to $1145, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. The current B&H and Adorama price is $1300. You can also get a free Lowepro Transporter Camera Strap, and free shipping.



    For a list of reviews of the Panasonic L10, be sure to check our DSLR Review Matrix! We have eleven reviews listed at the moment. For coverage of the L10 announcement, be sure to check our August 2007 coverage. For all our Panasonic coverage, check the Panasonic tag/label (many posts!)

    Read the rest of "Price drop alert: Panasonic L10 at $1150 at Amazon"...

    DSLR Review Matrix (updated with new reviews)


    ModelReviewsBuy? Pre-Order?
    Sony A200Alpha Mount World (on-going)
    PhotoClub Alpha (preview)
    photo.net (preview)
    Camera Labs
    Imaging Resource (preview + shots)
    DCI (first look)
    Digital Trends
    Photo Review Au
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    Amazon
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Sony A350Photo Review Au
    DCResource (gallery)
    Imaging Resource (preview)
    dpreview (preview)
    CNet (video)
    DCI (video preview)
    Adorama
    Amazon
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Pentax K200DDC Watch (in Japanese)
    Bob Atkins (compare to K20D)
    Imaging Resource (preview)
    Engadget (hands-on)
    CNet (video preview)
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    Local Camera Shop
    Pentax K20DChasing Light (mini review)
    Shutterbug (Peter Burian)
    Pop Photo
    ephotozine
    Bob Atkins (preview)
    Imaging Resource (preview
    Trusted Reviews (preview)
    CNet (video preview)
    DCI (first impressions)
    dpreview (preview)
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    Local Camera Shop
    Samsung GX20DCI (video preview)Amazon
    Local Camera Shop
    Nikon D60Photography Blog
    Let's Go Digital
    Trusted Reviews
    Ken Rockwell (hands-on preview)
    Bloomberg (quick review)
    Pocket Lint
    Adorama
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Sony A200Trusted Reviews
    Camera Labs
    e-photographia (first impressions (pre-production))
    DigitalCameraInfo (first impressions)
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Nikon D3dpreview (Phil and Simon)
    Photo.net
    Moose Peterson
    Natur Fotograf (Bjørn Rørslett)
    TWIP/Ryan Brenizer (audio review)
    Digital Camera Review
    Ken Rockwell
    Outback Photo (on-going)
    What Digital Camera
    Photography Blog
    Think Camera
    Richard Costin
    Photo Review Au
    dpreview (preview)
    Imaging Resource (preview)
    Luminous Landscape (first impressions)
    Pop Photo (hands-on)
    Scott Kelby (hands-on Q&A)
    e-photographia (early look)
    Pocket Lint
    CNet Asia (preview)
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    J&R World
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Canon 40Ddpreview (Phil)
    Imaging Resource
    DCResource
    Photo.net
    Luminous Landscape
    Pop Photo
    Photography Blog
    e-fotographia.com
    Photography Review
    Camera Labs
    Creative Pro
    e-photozine
    CNet
    Bob Atkins
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    J&R World
    Calumet
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Nikon D300dpreview (Phil)
    Thom Hogan
    Imaging Resource
    dcresource
    Scott Kelby
    Photo.net
    PhotographyReview
    dpreview (preview)
    Pop Photo
    CNet
    Trusted Reviews
    Terry White (first look)
    e-photozine.com
    PhotoMatter.com
    DigitalRev (video review)
    Photography Review (gallery)
    Ken Rockwell
    Good Gear Guide
    Pocket Lint
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    J&R World
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Sony A700dpreview (Phil, Simon)
    dcresource
    Imaging Resource (preview)
    Luminous Landscape
    Steve's Digicams
    Megapixel.net
    Photography Blog
    Camera Labs
    Pop Photo
    Shutterbug
    Trusted Reviews
    Neocamera
    Think Camera
    PhotoReview Australia
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    J&R World
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Leica M8Luminous Landscape
    dpreview (Phil)
    Digital Outback Photo
    Pop Photo
    Shutterbug
    The Online Photographer
    Photography Review
    Reid Reviews (subscribers)
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    B&H Photo (black)
    B&H Photo (silver chrome)
    Calumet (black)
    Calumet (silver)
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Leica Modul-RPhotography Review
    More at Imaging Insider
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Panasonic L10dpreview (Simon)
    Imaging Resource
    dcresource
    Megapixel.net
    Steve's Digicams
    DigitalCameraReview
    Camera Labs
    Pop Photo
    Let's Go Digital
    CNet
    ephotozine
    Pocket Lint
    Photography Blog
    dpexpert (.au)
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Olympus E3dpreview (Simon)
    DC Resource
    Luminous Landscape
    Biofos (group review)
    Pop Photo
    e-photographia (hands on)
    Photography Review
    CNet
    FourThirds-User (incremental review)
    Adorama AIRC (Joe Farace)
    Photography Blog
    Steve's Digicams
    PhotoReview (Australia)
    DCviews
    Imaging Resource (preview)
    S. Dang (video review)
    What Digital Camera (video review)
    ephotozine
    Shutterbug
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    J&R World
    Calumet
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Pentax K10Ddpreview (Phil)
    Luminous Landscape
    Imaging Resource
    DCResource
    Photozone.de (english)
    Megapixel.net
    E-Photographia
    PentaxForums.com
    PhotographyReview.com
    Steve's Digicams
    Pop Photo
    Camera Labs
    NeoCamera
    Photography Blog
    DigitalCameraReview
    Trusted Reviews
    Pocket Lint UK
    ephotozine
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    Calumet
    J&R World
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Samsung GX10DCResource (K10D comparison)
    Trusted Reviews
    Photo Review Australia
    DCViews
    ephotozine
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    J&R World
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Sigma SD14Sigma User (EU)
    PhotographyReview.com
    Trusted Reviews
    dcviews (compared to Fuji S5)
    dpexpert
    Pocket Lint
    Pop Photo
    PhotoReview (Australia)
    Imaging Resource (preview)
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Fuji S5 Prodpreview (Simon)
    Thom Hogan
    Digital Outback Photo
    The Online Photographer (Oren Grad)
    Ken Rockwell
    Trustred Reviews
    Ryan Brenizer
    Steve's Digicams
    Photography Blog
    Radugrozescu (vs Nikon D200)
    dcviews (compared to Fuji S5)
    ShootSmarter
    Pop Photo
    Rangefinder Magazine (PDF file)
    Washington Post
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    Calumet
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Canon 5Ddpreview (Phil)
    Luminous Landscape (Reichmann)
    Imaging Resource
    Reid Reviews on IR
    DCResource
    Photo.net (Greenspun)
    Outback Photo
    Steve's Digicams
    Bob Atkins
    Georg Nyman PhD (broadband)
    Camera Labs
    Ken Rockwell
    ephotozine
    Digital Trends
    Digit-Life
    PhotographyReview
    Pop Photo
    Shutterbug
    Digital Journalist
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Canon 1D Mark IIILawrence Ripsher
    Imaging Resource (preview)
    Outback Photo (first look)
    Luminous Landscape (first look)
    Rob Galbraith (first look)
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    OneCall
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Canon 1Ds Mark IIIPhoto.net (Phil Greenspun)
    Pop Photo
    Let's Go Digital
    Imaging Resource (First Look)
    dpreview (preview)
    Luminous Landscape (First Look)
    Ken Rockwell
    Phil Holland (first look)
    Outback Photo (First Look)
    Pop Photo
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Olympus E400Biofos.com
    Wrotniak.net
    Photography Blog
    Trusted Reviews
    DigitalCameraInfo
    Pocket Lint
    Think Camera
    dpnow.com (preview)
    Digital Photography Blog Australia
    Quesabesde (spanish)
    CNet UK
    ephotozine
    More at Imaging Insider
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Olympus E410dpreview (Phil)
    Imaging Resource
    dcresource
    Megapixel.net
    dpnow.com
    CameraLabs
    Wrotniak.net
    Photography Blog
    NeoCamera
    Think Camera
    fourthirdsphoto.com
    ephotozine
    PhotoReview Australia
    pocket link
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    J&R World
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Olympus E510Wrotniak.net
    dpreview (Simon)
    Imaging Resource
    dcresource
    Megapixel.net
    Photography Blog
    The Online Photographer
    Think Camera
    Camera Labs
    Trusted Reviews
    PhotoReview Australia
    ephotozine
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    B&H Photo
    Adorama
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Nikon D200dpreview (Phil)
    Thom Hogan
    Imaging Resource
    Ken Rockwell
    DC Resource
    Outback Photo
    Steve's Digicams
    Natur Fotograf (Bjorn)
    Nikonians.org
    Trusted Reviews
    Shutterbug
    Pop Photo
    Photoxels
    Galbraith (preview)
    Pocket Lint
    DigitalCameraInfo
    Camera Labs
    NeoCamera
    ephotozine
    CNet
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Nikon D80dpreview (Phil)
    Nikonians
    Outback Photo
    Thom Hogan
    Imaging Resource
    DC Resource
    Shutterbug
    Pop Photo
    Megapixel
    DCViews (vs 400D/XTi)
    Photoxels
    Photography Blog
    Trusted Reviews
    Steve's Digicams
    Camera Labs
    NeoCamera
    PhotoReview Australia
    Ken Rockwell
    CNet
    Mac World
    KickStart
    ZD Net
    Let's Go Review the Specs
    ephotozine
    You Tube (video)
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    Canon 30Ddpreview (Phil)
    IR
    Photo.net (Bob Atkins)
    DC Resource
    Michael Furtman
    Shutterbug
    Ken Rockwell
    Steve's Digicams
    Trusted Reviews
    Pop Photo
    More at Imaging Insider
    Amazon
    eBay
    Local Camera Shop
    More!More DSLR reviews coming
    soon
    Local Camera Shop



    Further Reading
    If you want a different view of the DSLR market, be sure to visit our DSLR Stock Exchange, where our "analysts" are rating all the current DSLR models, from "strong buy" to "avoid!".


    Notes
  • Reviews are linked to the reviewing site's name
  • Previews and first impressions are marked as "preview" or "first impressions" and shown next to the site's name. If/when that site publishes a full review, then the preview will be removed and the review will be linked to the site's name.
  • If you like this post, be sure to bookmark it and save it to your online bookmarks such as digg, del.icio.us, reddit and such.


    Sources
    1. Google and other search engines
    2. Imaging Insider
    3. Technorati
    4. The review sites themselves as listed above


    Making Of the DSLR Matrix: A behind the scenes Blogumentary
    The results of the recent poll indicate that the majority of our readers voting in the poll are interested in seeing some form of a comprehensive list of DSLR reviews coverage on this blog. The poll is still open for voting, and you can find it in the right sidebar/column of this blog, right above the "Camera Links" heading.

    So with their encouragement, I will be launching an experimental DSLR Review Matrix. Its future will depend on how well it does and how well it is received. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated on this!

    In the first phase we will use the Canon 40D as the guinea pig. Then it will expand to about one DSLR from each of the major manufacturers, and then the next phase will expand to all the current DSLRs, and then expand to older DSLRs. If all goes well :)

    Please ignore minor/major formatting issues at this stage :)

    The text was moved below the table, because let's face it, most people are interested in the camera reviews, not reading a "making of" blog post :)

    Update 12/14/07: Good news, we are now in Phase II and we will be slowly adding more new/recent DSLR models. Next will be a DSLR from Olympus and Pentax so fans of those cameras don't feel left out :-) After that we will enter Phase IIb where all 2007 DSLRs will be added, and then Phase III where all "currently available" DSLRs will be added. And then Phase IV - perhaps - where older DSLRs are added. Or perhaps create a separate table for those, not sure yet.

    Update 12/19/07: Added dpreview's review of the Sony A700

    Update 12/21/07: New wave of reviews added.

    Update 12/24/07: Adding Pentax K10D and Samsung GX10. Reader Question: If you have any feedback on this feature, please let us know! It's still in the early stages so we can make changes/improvements! So don't be shy, let us know, we are not easily offended :)

    Update 12/26/07: Added Sigma SD14 and Fuji S5 Pro

    Update 12/28/07: Added more reviews for the Panasonic L10. The next update will include the Canon 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark III.

    Update 12/29/07: Added Canon 5D reviews, along with 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III (not a whole lot of completed reviews of those). Also added Olympus E400, E410 and E510.

    Update 12/30/07: Added the links to the Imaging Insider. I won't be able to catch every single past, present or future DSLR review, so be sure to check the Imaging Insider for more!

    Update: 1/1/08: Happy New Year! Added eBay as an option. Be sure to do your research if you are buying from an eBay retailer you are not familiar with. Next wave of DSLR reviews to be added in the next: Nikon D200, D80, Canon 30D, 400d (Digital Rebel XTi), Pentax K100D Super, K100D, K110D, Sony A100, Panasonic L1.

    Update: 1/2/08: Added Nikon D200 reviews. Nikon D80 is next!

    Update: 1/3/08: Added new 1D Mark III review and more Sony A700 reviews.

    Update: 1/5/08: Added Nikon D80. Next: Canon 30D and XTi/400D (D-Rebel).

    Update: 1/8/08: Added first hands-on preview of a pre-production Sony Alpha A200!

    Update: 1/17/08: Added Canon 30D reviews!

    Update 1/19/08: Adding recent reviews of some recent DSLRs including D3, D300, A700, A200, L10.

    Update 2/22/08: Added lots of new reviews.

    Update 3/1/08: Added reviews for the newer DSLRs (A350, D3, D60, K20D) and added the Sony A200 to the list.

    Read the rest of "DSLR Review Matrix (updated with new reviews)"...
  • Let's Network, Web 2.0 and Old School!

    Time for some networking! We are slowly but steadily embracing more and more Web 2.0 plaforms, but we are always text-based old-school at heart :) So let's start with some networking ideas, old school first!

    Old School Networking
    Do you like reading this blog (or laughing at its silliness)? If yes, and if you want to share or promote some of your work (websites, blogs, galleries, social bookmarks, etc) with the rest of our readers, then Join the 1001 Noisy Readers List! Details on how to do that at the Noisy Readers page.

    Do you have a local camera shop? We started a support your local camera shop initiative. We'll be happy to add your local camera store to the list!

    Are you a Flickr member? If yes, you may be interested in joining our flickr group and submitting pictures to our Flickr pool. We promote our reader's pictures throughout this blog, for example at our recent Reader Picture Appreciation Day.

    If like this blog and are looking for ways to help it, check our support this blog page!

    Are you interested in exploring guest-blogging? We are interested too!

    Do you have a website or blog and want us to review it? If yes, check here for more details. We are only able to review blogs written in English at this time. Our computer-translated Japanese continues to improve, and in a couple of years we'll be able to speak fluent "hand being off center revision" :)

    Are you interested in carrying our RSS feed on your blog or website? If yes, let us know for more details!


    Web 2.0 Networking


    Technorati: We have a presence at Technorati! If your blog or website is at Technorati, let us know and we'll add it to our favorites! And if you like this noisy blog, fave it at Technorati! Add to Technorati Favorites

    Blog Catalogs: We have a presence at two of the largest blog catalogs, BlogCatalog.com and MyBlogLog.com. If you are there, let's network! If there any other catalogs you think we should join along, let us know :)

    Social Bookmarking We are slowly but steading moving on with social bookmarking sites, starting with 1001 noisy cameras represented at Digg, del.icio.us, Stumble Upon, Photography Voter, and Mixx.com.

    Twitter: Yes we have found a practical application for Twitter! We are providing a behind the scenes look of the blog using Twitter. If you are on Twitter please feel free to say "Hi"! Twitter is powering the "Latest Blog Update" found in the left sidebar of this blog, and the more detailed updates at the bottom of the main column and on Page Two.

    Reddit: We just recently found time to "explore" Reddit and fell in love with it! Visit us at Reddit!

    Other places? Are there any other places you like or recommend? Let us know! We are open to suggestions :)

    Read the rest of "Let's Network, Web 2.0 and Old School!"...

    Best selling digital cameras at Amazon right now (The Charts)

    Welcome to another edition of The Charts! In today's episode we look at the best selling cameras at this moment at Amazon. Please keep in mind the best selling list is a snapshot, and no long term conclusions should be drawn based upon just this post! A number of factors affect the ranking of the cameras, so please keep that in mind as well. The intend of this chart is for entertainment and discussion purposes :)





















    The Top 20
    1.Canon A570ISThank you IS! This PSAM-IS-AA-based camera is an all around performer for its $150 price. Obviously it is going to have its limitations at this price, but how many cameras at $150 can you get with PSAM and IS and the legacy of the Canon A-series?
    2.Canon SD850 ISLove me two times! One for the design, two for the 4x IS lens! This is not starting at wide-angle, but it is a soup'ed up entry-level from the Elph (Ixus, Ixy) series. Currently at around $250. All apologies to Canon fans from other markets as the model names are different, and I can't recall the different variations. Canon has managed to confuse me :)
    3.Canon S5 ISZoom! Zoom! No, it's not a Mazda, it's Canon's 12x IS zoomer. At $336 but without RAW this camera is an interesting option for a number of different buyers. The competition is hot at the long zoom segment, the AA batteries and the more "modest" 12x zoom ratio are pluses for the S5 IS. But how long can Canon remain at "just" 12x when the rest are at 15x and 18x? Well that's a good question, but that doesn't take away from this camera at this price. At the starting price of $500, this camera certainly looked out of touch with the competition, but the price was quickly "corrected", and at $335 it looks good, smells good and tastes good (please don't eat the cameras!).
    4.Canon SD800 ISWide-angle is not as common among ultracompacts, so 28mm fans cheered when Canon first decided to go with a wide Elph. This is not the latest model, but at $230, it is a nice temptation for the DSLR user looking for a pocketable carry-around camera, or perhaps the social blogger who likes to take pics of people and places at "wide" angle.
    5.Canon SD1000This is the entry-level mass market model of this edition of the Canon Elphs. At the affordable price of $161, this is great as a gift, as a carry around camera, and for the casual shooter with a small purse/bag/pocket. If you are eating at TGI Friday's and you see a flash going off, chances are it's one of these capturing someone's birthday dinner celebration :)
    6.Canon A560Another solid camera for its price range, the A560 is great for a starter with an inquisitive mind. AA batteries and SD make this more versatile. Personally I would recommend getting the A570IS instead for an extra $20 - because of the IS.
    7.Canon A720 ISThis camera was made for the electronics superstores. Priced aggressively at its introduction at $250, it is holding up well at around $196 at the moment. It offers a 6x IS lens instead of the 4x lens found in the A570. For an extra $50, it is an interesting alternative as well. What may confuse some buyers is that the A710-IS was the flagship of the A-series of last year, but this year Canon added IS to their 1/1.8"-based A-series models, making the 6x A650-IS the flagship A-series model - despite the lower model number. Oh the confusion. Light leak issues further complicated things for the A650-IS, which in a way helped the A720IS.
    8.Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D), w/kit lens, blackRebel! Rebel! Your price is a mess! A mess in a good way for us consumers, because you can get this 10mp Rebel dSLR with the 18-55 EF-S kit lens for around $600. Something unheard of a couple of years ago. Part of the boost of the Rebel at Amazon is because Amazon is offering a free Lowepro transporter and $10 off a Lowepro bag with purchase. Along with various rebates on combined Canon printer/DSLR purchases.
    9.Canon SD870 ISRemember the SD800 IS at #4? The SD 870 IS is this year's entry in the wide-angle Elph category by Canon. Newer model means higher price, this one goes for $297. Popular among DSLR users as a carry-around pocketable.
    10.Sony W55The only reason this guy is not higher is because it's available in different colors, which dilude the strength of each color. This is the black model.
    11.Canon SD750At $210 this slightly older Elph is an alternative to the SD1000, the SD850IS and the "wide Elphs" (800, 870). No IS here, but a 3" LCD. Chose our poison as they say.
    12.Canon G9Ah, the GINO Mark II! GINO being G-series In Name Only :) But don't hold that against the G9, because it holds its own as a stand-alone camera, when you *gasp* forget about the G-series legacy. Part of the reason of course is that this market segment is fairly sparse. But at $437 and RAW, this is a nice alternative. More on this segment at the RAWsumer blog
    13.Canon SX100 ISIf you can't beat them, out-price them! That's the approach Canon took to push its latest entry in the "fun zoom" segment ahead of the class-leading Panasonic TZ3. Shockingly Canon's previous attempt at the fun zoom segment, the severely overpriced TX-1 failed by Canon standards. This is indeed a rare occurance. But the SX100-IS is no TX1. It's a AA-based "fun zoom" and its going neck and neck with the TZ3 on price: around $240. The TZ3 is available in three colors which diludes its chart position.
    14.Sony S700So what if the S730 was just announced? It doesn't really matter in this segment. Sony's AA-based entry-level is a strong competitor among those who are not averse to *gasp* the Memory Stick or the Sony brand.
    15.Nikon D40 w/ 18-55 DXNikon's top seller is now a few pizzas under $500 ($470). The era of the sub-$500 is clearly upon us. But a word of caution: The D40 (along with the D40x) do not play well with lenses without a focus motor. This is probably the main chink in its armor, but for those without older lenses or who are buying new lenses, this is not an issue. For the megapixel counters this "only" has six megapixels.
    16.Fuji S700 (aka S5700)Fuji's budget zoom line-up grew out of their old 6x optical zoom models. At 10x and without any sort of stabilization, price is its main selling point. At $176 you certainly can't argue against it. My personal recommendation though is to spend some more and get one with some form of image stabilization. For about $50 more you open up to the SX100 IS, H3, TZ3, FZ8, Z712IS and Z812IS among others.
    17.Sony W55The pink edition is the 2nd W55 in teh top 20. The black version is at #10. Its price has gone up a bit since the big pre-Christmas sale. Still at $170 it is a nice bundle for Sony LiIon fans. If it took SD/MMC as well, it would have probably been even more popular. Fuji is discovering this with their newer dual xD/SD cameras - Sony and Olympus have yet to smell the memory card roses :)
    18.Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D) w/ 18-55 lensYes, a Canon D-Rebel under $500. Infact it is $10 cheaper than the Nikon equivalent even though this older D-Rebel has 8mp instead of 6mp of the D40. Clearly Canon is no longer smooth-sailing in the DSLR market. Nikon is giving it a run for its money, and competition is usually a good thing in terms of innovation and lower prices. This is at $470 and it's about $135 less than the 400D (XTi) which is a 10mp DSLR. Not that there is a huge difference between 8mp and 10mp.
    19.Panasonic LZ7K"Let them eat Lumix" screamed the Panasonic bean-counters as they dropped the LZ7 price down to a shocking $130. This camera has a 6x MegaOIS lens among other things. It is a AA-based SD-based mid-zoom-range P&S camera. the price is very competitive and it's no secret that these will be replaced in early 2008.
    20.Nikon S51The matte black looks good on this shiny silver and at $180 and some sort of VR, Nikon is trying to make the S51 competitive with the Canon and Sony models. Styled a bit like the Sony T-series and priced well under them, Nikon hopes to capitalize on their D3/D300 buzz and sell more Coolpixies. Choices are good!















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    21.Panasonic TZ3The TZ3K (black finish) is the first of the three TZ-colors and at $238 it is probably Panasonic's first blockbuster camera in the USA and many other countries as well. The fun factor has won over a number of users, willing to ignore its pixel-peeping and other negatives. Venus is still hiding inside, but it's a camera to be used to have fun taking pictures.
    28.Panasonic TZ3The blue version of the TZ3 (TZ3A) is slightly cheaper at $235 (okay we are splitting hairs here).
    29.Canon Digital Rebel XTi body onlyThe body only of the 400D, black finish of course, is popular on its own as well, at the price of $530. Yes, even this 10mp DSLR is sliding closer and closer to the psychologically magic threshold of $500. Competition is good!
    31.Sony H3"I am fun too!" screamed the Sony H3 when ignored by the TZ3 vs SX100-IS discussions. At $250 and with AA-power it offers an alternative to the aforementioned cameras. It's clearly going to be very competitive when the new fun zoom models are unveiled in 2008!
    32.Nikon D40x w/18-55 DXNikon's 10mp consumer DSLR has its fans as well. Infact it was the surprise (and unconventional) intro of the D40x that gave Nikon DSLRs a boost. Also has the focus motor limitations mentioned at #15
    .Panasonic FZ18My kingdom for a long zoom ratio lens! Let's just turn all the telescopes into digital cameras and get it over with! Kidding aside, this camera is an interesting alternative - although it has its issues, a lot can be forgiven at the $337 price!
    36.Olympus E510 2-lens kitOlympus is notorious for making their two-lens kits the best bang for the buck for their E-Volt (sad name) DSLRs. The E510 features sensor-shift stabilization and with the two new smaller kit lenses poses an interesting alternative at $650.
    37.Canon 40D body only$1150 is the latest Amazon price and the new lower price is certainly tempting more and more people to buy this. While the Nikon duo of D3/D300 has generated a lot more buzz, the D300 sells at $1800 if you are lucky to find it in-store. On the other hand, the 40D is about 2/3rds of its price and generally available. This might be a case where Nikon is winning the impressions and the PR, but the 40D is briskly moving units off the shelves.
    39.Nikon P5100With prices falling across the board, and with the P50 almost selling for half its price, the P5100 is starting to look a bit expensive at $300, given that it doesn't have "advanced" features like the Canon G9 or the Panasonic LX2 (around $330). If only Nikon gave this camera RAW, or made a more "grown-up" version of this with RAW!
    42.Nikon D300 body onlySpeaking of which, the D300 is having a strong showing thanks to it being available in-stock from Amazon herself. Since then it has gone out of stock from Amazon, but OneCall has some in stock at the $1800 list price.

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    Top 5 Most viewed posts per week

    These are the top 5 most viewed blog posts per week. Each week will be archived here and presented in reserve chronological order. Check back every week to see what caught people's attention.


    Week of 12/23/07 thru 12/29/07
    1. The most popular post this week was our updated PMA 2008 Rumors, Predictions and Speculation, remaining at the #1 spot.
    2. Retaining the #2 spot were the Pentax K20D and K200D new DSLR rumors fueled by the recent leaked (?) pictures of the K200D body (details at the bottom of that post)
    3. NEW! Our specific CES 2008 Predictions made its way to the Top 5 this week, a very busy and competitive top 5, partially thanks to our blogging marathon on Christmas Day which produced a lot more "quality" posts!
    4. The DSLR Review Matrix drops one spot to #4. New reviews were being added throughout the week. Check the bottom of the MATRIX for a list of cameras recently added to the MATRIX.
    5. Our update of the Fuji 6mp "magic" SuperCCD sensor post gave it a bump and made it a RE-entry.

    Because of the many hot posts, we are going beyond the Top 5 this week!
    6. NEW! Our Prosumer specific PMA 2008 speculation and predictions was part of the XMas Blogging Marathon and has already managed to knock on the door.
    7. NEW! Posted just a couple of days ago the Nikon D60 and Canon 5D Mark II dpreview forum rumors (Forum Drive-Thru) had enough momentum to already to knock on the door of the top 5!
    8. NEW! Brand new this week, a new rumor from the dpreview forums via Thailand, a leaked (?) new Nikon lens, the Nikkor 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 VR AF-S
    9. NEW! Another creation of the XMas Blogging Marathon was the eBay Prosumer Finder. This is a long list of eBay queries that feature some of the most popular prosumer digital cameras of the last five years or so. From the Olympus E20, the Nikon 8400, Canon G6, Sony R1, to the UZi (Olympus C2100 UZ) to the honorary Fuji F31fd, and lots more!
    10. NEW! We spotlighted five hot photography pre-release books: one covers HDR (high dynamic range photography), one "digital darkroom", a sequel by Bryan Peterson (on shutter speed), a sequel by Scott Kelby (digital photography in general), and a buzzworthy blender book by Joe McNally ("the moment it clicks").


    Week of 12/16/07 thru 12/22/07
    1. By far the most popular post this week was the PMA 2008 Rumors and Speculation, jumping over the Pentax rumors for the #1 spot.
    2. The Pentax K20D and K200D new DSLR rumors dropped from #1 but were still far ahead of the #3 post.
    3. The DSLR Review Matrix climbs one spot from #4, as more cameras and reviews were added to it.
    4. Our jam-packed Photography Soup of Monday (12/17/07) was a NEW entry at #4.
    5. Nikon puts Giant Nikon D3 poster in popular photography magazines and one poster finds its way to eBay! NEW!
    *. Out of the top 5 go the Ricoh GRD II post, along with the "Page Two".


    Week of 12/9/07 thru 12/15/07
    1. The Pentax K20D and K200D new DSLR rumors remain at the #1 spot.
    2. PMA 2008 Speculation remains at the #2 spot
    3. Ricoh reveals the GRD II climbs one spot as the GRD II continues to be generating interest among enthusiasts
    4. DSLR Review Matrix NEW! In just three days the brand new DSLR Review Matrix feature has already managed to crack the Top 5 of our most popular noisy posts!
    5. Page Two: Chaotic Noise. NEW! A blog within a blog, Page Two is an "anything goes" page that blends original content with feeds and other "alternative" content.


    Week of 12/1/07 thru 12/8/07
    1. The Pentax K20D and K200D new DSLR rumors remain at the #1 spot.
    2. PMA 2008 Speculation remains at the #2 spot
    3. The Best selling cameras at Amazon snapshot that turned into a mini buyer's guide is a new entry! NEW!
    4. Ricoh reveals the GRD II remains at the #4 spot.
    5. Imaging Resource's first production Nikon D300 sample pictures remains at the #5 spot.


    Week of 11/24/07 thru 11/30/07
    1. The Pentax K20D and K200D new DSLR rumors pick up momentum and climb up one spot to take over the #1 spot.
    2. PMA 2008 Speculation is up one spot as we are less than two months away from PMA 2008
    3. Photography Soup (Sat, November 24, 2007), our first round-up in about a week after we got lost in Black Friday Madness. This was one of our best Photography Soup roundups and it showed as the readers found it interesting as well. NEW!
    4. Ricoh reveals the GRD II RE-entry. With the Sigma DP1 lost somewhere in the 11th dimension, the Ricoh GRD II is our last best hope for a camera of that type in 2007.
    5. Imaging Resource's first production Nikon D300 sample pictures remains at the #5 spot.


    Week of 11/17/07 thru 11/23/07
    1. Countdown to Black Friday jumps all the way to the #1 spot as expected. NEW!
    2. The Pentax K20D and K200D new DSLR rumors jump all the way to #2. NEW!
    3. PMA 2008 Speculation drops from the #1 spot.
    4. The Big List of every current digital camera returns to the Top 5! RE!
    5. Imaging Resource posts their first production Nikon D300 sample pictures. NEW!
    *. Dropping out of the Top 5: Camera and photo blogs in the Bloglines Top 1000 blog feeds, Ricoh reveals the GRD II, Support your local camera shop initiative!, and E-Photographia posts tests of a pre-production Olympus E3.


    Week of 11/10/07 thru 11/16/07
    1. Early PMA 2008 speculation. As expected, it remains as the most popular post.
    2. Camera and photo blogs in the Bloglines Top 1000 blog feeds. Up from #5 thanks to PhotographyVoter and StumbleUpon readers.
    3. Ricoh reveals the GRD II. Down from #2, but it has shown a lot of staying power! There is continued interest in this unique camera, especially since Sigma is taking forever and a day to release the Sigma DP1.
    4. Support your local camera shop initiative!. This was a light-bulb moment that resonate with the local camera shops and shoppers. If you like this idea, pass the word, email the link to your friends, add it to your blog, website, digg, delicious, stumpleupon, facebook and the like! NEW!
    5. E-Photographia posts tests of a pre-production Olympus E3. An informative and entertaining post on a preproduction Olympus E3! NEW!
    *. Dropping out of the Top 5: Canon vs Nikon (forum style), and Reactions to the new Ricoh GRD2.


    Week of 11/2/07 thru 11/9/07
    1. Early PMA 2008 speculation. This was by far the most popular post this week, being viewed twice as many times as the second post. Jumps from #2 last week.
    2. Ricoh reveals the GRD II. Drops from #1 last week.
    3. Canon vs Nikon (forum style). Jumps from #4 last week.
    4. Reactions to the new Ricoh GRD2. Up one spot since last week.
    5. Camera and photo blogs in the Bloglines Top 1000 blog feeds. NEW!
    *. Dropping out of the top 5: A list of every single digital current camera from the major manufacturers (over 30 pages long!)


    Week of 10/27/07 thru 11/2/07
    1. Ricoh reveals the GRD II
    2. Early PMA 2008 speculation
    3. A list of every single digital current camera from the major manufacturers (over 30 pages long!)
    4. Canon vs Nikon (forum style)
    5. Reactions to the new Ricoh GRD2

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