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The Web awash in D30 and S1 Pro photos  
Monday, August 7, 2000 | by
Canon late last week took the wraps off their upcoming EOS D30 for Japanese reviewers, leading to a veritable feast of pre-production D30 full-resolution photos appearing on Japanese language web sites over the weekend. If S1 Pro photos are what you crave instead, Texan John Cowley has posted several frames from Fuji's digital SLR. Fire up your high-speed Internet connection, because here's a rundown of what's available for viewing and downloading:

Canon EOS D30 vs the Nikon D1

Takahiro Yoshinaga notes that the Japanese website today has posted a comparison, in Japanese, of Canon's upcoming EOS D30 camera and the Nikon D1. In addition, there are 30 full resolution D30 and D1 photos, taken straight off the camera and without manipulation, that are available for download. ISO 100 to 1600, long exposures, it's all there. web site

The D30 frames were shot with what appears to be a pre-production D30 with "Alpha" firmware installed, and as such may not be representative of the camera's final image quality. Digital Photography Review has posted an English translation of the comparison page. Those fluent in Japanese may also wish to read an interview with members of the D30 development team.

Canon EOS D30 and Fuji FinePix S1 Pro

22 D30 full-resolution photos, plus one from the S1 Pro, are available at Digital Camera Express, another Japanese digital camera website. Note that the shooting data listed for the S1 Pro image is probably incorrect, since the camera's lowest ISO is 320, making the ISO 100 cited impossible.

Digital Camera Express web site

Canon EOS D30

Digital Photography Review has made available five photos from the D30, also shot in Japan for the UK-based website.

Fuji FinePix S1 Pro

John Cowley has posted seven photos taken with a Fuji FinePix S1 Pro on his LoneStar Digital website, complete with links to the full-resolution frames.

The S1 Pro has three resolution options; Cowley chose the camera's native resolution of 2304 x 1536 pixels, which, after converting the octagonal-shaped SuperCCD pixels into square pixels, produces a 10.2 MB file.

Cowley promises to post new S1 Pro photos "from day to day."

Fuji FinePix S1 Pro

Digital Photography Review has a complete review and 50 sample photos shot with the Fuji FinePix S1 Pro. The photos were shot at the camera's highest resolution setting, which produces slightly-fuzzy 17.6MB files.

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