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Live Tradeshow Coverage
September 26 - October 1, 2006
Cologne, Germany


Welcome to Imaging Resource’s Live Photokina 2006 Tradeshow Coverage. Photokina comes every two years and is considered the world’s largest photography and imaging expo. Imaging Resource will take you straight to the show floor, with on-the-spot videos of the hottest products. You'll also get daily reports from Mike Pasini, our roving reporter, who will use his keen editorial senses to find the good stuff. Our news team will keep on top of the latest announcements, and you’ll find it all right here: daily reports, news, photos, and video of all that we can capture at the massive Photokina 2006. Keep checking back, and let us know what you think.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Olympus' E-System prototype. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: New E-System prototype

18:11 EDT - Olympus Imaging Corporation has released a statement from company president Masaharu Okubo reaffirming Olympus' commitment to its E-System "designed-for-digital" SLR camera system.

Published right before the start of this year's Photokina tradeshow, the statement confirms that next year the company will unveil a successor to its current E-1 flagship SLR model, some four years after that camera launched the E-System lineup. The statement also sums up the E-System's achievements so far, with five camera bodies, seventeen lenses and a range of accessories launched, along with... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Learn from a Digital Photography Dream Team to Achieve Artistic Success
16:06 EDT - SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- O'Reilly author Eddie Tapp takes his digital photography know-how on the road, stopping at 18 cities across the county starting early next month. Well-known portrait and wedding photographer Monte Zucker joins him on this educational journey. The seminars give serious students, enthusiasts, and professionals an opportunity to learn from the experts who have influenced successful... (More)



Epson's P-3000 handheld multimedia storage viewer. Courtesy of Epson, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Epson: New photo viewers

15:56 EDT - Epson America Inc. has today announced two new handheld multimedia storage viewer devices that update the company's existing P-2000 and P-4000 models with quite a few new features.

The Epson P-3000 and P-5000 are closely related, sharing the same overhauled design which is intended for single-handed operation. The only difference between the units is that the cheaper P-3000 unit ($499) has a smaller 40GB hard disk drive, plus silver panels at the top and bottom of the body. The all-black Epson P-5000 doubles capacity to 80GB, and costs $699. On top of the overhauled design,... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Apple Releases Aperture 1.5
15:52 EDT - Major Update Adds Open Library Option and Extends Workflow PHOTOKINA 2006, COLOGNE, Germany -- September 25, 2006 -- Apple today released Aperture 1.5, a major update to the all-in-one post production tool for photographers that delivers enhancements across each phase of the entire workflow. Aperture 1.5 delivers a powerful new open library, seamless iLife '06 and iWork '06 integration, XMP metadata... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Brings Lightroom into Photoshop Family with Introduction of Beta 4
15:37 EDT - New Round of Enhancements in Latest Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Beta Unites Feature Set for Macintosh and Windows Versions SAN JOSE, Calif. and COLOGNE, Germany - Sept. 25, 2006 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to the public beta of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. Available immediately for download from Adobe Labs... (More)



Olympus' wood digital camera body prototype. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: Prototype wood-bodied digicam

04:06 EDT - Olympus Japan has today announced that it will be exhibiting the first result of a newly developed process at the Photokina trade show.

According to the company, it has developed a new three-dimensional compression molding process that offers approximately 2.0 to 2.5x compression of cypress wood. The resulting material is said to offer approximately the same hardness as ABS and polycarbonate materials generally used in electronic component casings, as tested with the Vickers hardness test. The molding technologies used were apparently... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujfilm announces FinePix S5 Pro DSLR

03:00 EDT - In the runup to the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, Fujifilm has today announced its development of a new model in its FinePix S-series of single-lens reflex digital cameras.

The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2007, and the most obvious change for users of the company's past DSLR models is going to be the body. Fuji's S1 Pro was based on a Nikon N60 consumer film SLR, while the followup S2 Pro and S3 Pro models were Nikon N80-based. The S5 Pro takes a significant step forwards with a body that (although the company isn't officially... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix F31fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji announces FinePix F31fd

03:00 EDT - An update to the Fujifilm Finepix F30 which was announced at the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow earlier this year, the Fujifilm Finepix F31fd retains essentially all of the features of that model including the image sensor - a very good thing given that the F30 has been praised pretty much universally for its high ISO performance.

The FinePix F31fd includes ISO sensitivities as high as ISO 3200 equivalent courtesy of a sixth generation, six megapixel Super CCD HR imager which offers an improved signal to noise ratio, and a two-stage noise reduction system that breaks down and removes noise in low and high frequency bands in separate steps. Fuji's Super CCD HR sensors use an octagonal array of photodiodes that increase image... (More)

Friday, September 22, 2006

LightCrafts-logo.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Light Crafts Announces Lightzone 2.0
20:50 EDT - New Tool for Advanced Photo Editing Available as Open Beta Now PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Light Crafts, Inc., a photo editing software company based here, today announced it has ushered in a new generation integrated digital workflow tool -- Lightzone 2.0 -- to be announced formally at Photokina Cologne, Sept. 27. LightZone 2.0 is a new intuitive tool which extends the capabilities of professional and... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Bibble Labs Releases Version 4.9 Upgrade, Including Clone & Healing Tool, Sensor Correction and 5-Star Ratings
11:53 EDT - Last major upgrade before 5.0 supports Sony Alpha a100, Nikon D80, Canon 400D Rebel XTi, and localized interface. Photokina 2006 Cologne, Germany (Sept 22, 2006) -- Bibble Labs, Inc announces the immediate availability of version 4.9 of Bibble Pro and Bibble Lite. This upgrade to the Bibble 4 product line includes the frequently requested Clone/Spot Healing tool, sensor defect correction, image rating... (More)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Samsung's GX-10 single-lens reflex digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung GX-10 - pricing, specifications

13:30 EDT - Last night, we told readers about Samsung's upcoming GX-10 digital SLR - the company's own variant of the Pentax K10D model that's the latest fruit of a cooperation between the two companies on DSLR development.

The Pentax K10D was announced about a week ago, but at the time of Samsung's announcement last night we were awaiting details including product specifications and pricing, and hence couldn't make much comparison beyond the product photos which showed that some of the controls and markings on the camera body had been restyled. We've now received specs from Samsung, and as might be expected they are... (More)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website! PRESS RELEASE: PENTAX to Exhibit Upcoming Digital SLR Camera Products at Photokina 2006 in Germany
22:19 EDT - PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the exhibition of three interchangeable digital SLR camera lenses and a medium-format digital SLR camera, all currently under development, at Photokina 2006. This is one of the world's largest photo and imaging merchandise fairs, and will be held this year from September 26 to October 1 in Cologne, Germany. [ Overview of Upcoming Products ] Three interchangeable... (More)



Samsung's logo. Click here to visit the Samsung website! Samsung announces GX-10 DSLR (UPDATED)

21:27 EDT - Samsung Camera has today announced the latest in its lineup of digital SLRs, which mirrors that of partner company Pentax.

Given that Pentax just announced its new K10D digital SLR, it shouldn't be much of a surprise to find Samsung launching a model with a very similar design and feature-set. (The two companies announced an agreement to cooperate on digital SLR development in late 2005, and have since released several DSLR that are essentially identical in all by name). The new Samsung GX-10 digital SLR isn't completely... (More)



Micron's logo. Click here to visit the Micron website! PRESS RELEASE: Micron Unleashes the Power of Digital Photography
15:35 EDT - Micron Technology previews new imaging innovations for digital photography applications, demonstrates reference designs for digital still and video cameras. Boise, ID, USA, September 20, 2006 -- Next week at Photokina, the photography industry will experience a whole new world of imaging from Micron Technology, Inc., the world's market share leader in imaging solutions. On the heels of its prototype... (More)



ATP's ProMax 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card. Courtesy of ATP, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. ATP announces 8GB CF, SDHC cards

15:16 EDT - Just a touch over two weeks after Taiwanese company Pretec Electronics announced that it had set a record for the world's highest capacity in the Secure Digital format, the achievement has been equaled.

Sunnyvale, CA-based memory manufacturer ATP Electronics Inc. has today announced its own 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity card (alternately known as SDHC, or Secure Digital 2.0). Alongside the SDHC card announcement, ATP has also revealed a new 8GB CompactFlash card, although this is some way off the record of a 12GB CF card set by Pretec over two years ago. Pretec's card is an item that exists more... (More)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Minox's DC 1011 digital camera. Courtesy of Minox, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Minox announces 10mpix digicam

03:52 EDT - In its second announcement of the day, German camera brand Minox has joined the rapidly swelling ranks of manufacturers offering a ten megapixel compact digicam.

The Minox DC 1011 looks to be a fairly straightforward rebranding of Taiwanese company Premier Image Technology's DSA350 model, with even the styling unchanged except for the logo and model number. The DC1011 uses a 1/1.7" CCD image sensor yielding a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels, coupled to a MINOCTAR-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 35 - 105mm focal length range... (More)



Minox's Digital Classic Camera Leica M3. Courtesy of Minox, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Minox updates retro digicam

02:41 EDT - German camera company Minox (famous for its sub-miniature "spy" film cameras of days gone by) has announced an update to one of its digital camera models.

The Minox Digital Classic Camera Leica M3 5.0 retains much the same styling as its predecessors, which date all the way back to the DCC M3 1.3 announced back in September 2002. Resolution remains identical to the most recent two versions - the DCC M3 3.2 and 4.0 - which have both used a 3.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor. Where the M3 4.0 interpolated the 3.2 megapixel sensor data to a resolution of... (More)



Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo XI logo. Click here to visit the Corel website! PRESS RELEASE: Corel Announces Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI
01:09 EDT - New Release Sets the Standard for Easy-to-Use, Professional-Quality Image Editing Software at an Affordable Price OTTAWA - September 12, 2006 - Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE) today announced the release of Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI, a major new product release from its award-winning digital imaging portfolio. The new flagship digital imaging software package continues the tradition... (More)

Monday, September 18, 2006

CIPA's logo. Click here to visit the CIPA website! CIPA adjusts 2006 forecast

13:44 EDT - Japan's Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has revised its 2006 - 2008 forecasts of camera shipments, based on figures that show digital camera sales growth continuing at levels higher than had been expected.

Previously, CIPA had forecast year on year growth of just 4% for 2006, but after growth in the first seven months from Jan - Jun '06 came in at an impressive 20.3%, CIPA has now revised its full-year estimate to 12.7% growth. Fixed-lens digicams had been expected to see a very modest 2.8% growth in '06, but this figure has now been raised to 12.1%, while forecast DSLR growth has been pulled back just... (More)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Leica's M8 digital camera. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Leica announces M8 digital rangefinder

00:00 EDT - Rounding out its announcements for the day, Leica has revealed what has to be its most anticipated digital product yet - the first M-series digital rangefinder.

We first told you about the upcoming Leica M-system digital camera back in late 2005, and followed up with more info a couple of weeks later at the Consumer Electronics Show. Today, the Leica M8 digital rangefinder becomes official. Specifications are essentially as we predicted: 10 megapixel resolution from a CCD image sensor that yields a 1.33x focal length crop, compatibility with almost all Leica... (More)



Leica's DIGILUX 3 digital camera. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Leica's first DSLR revealed

00:00 EDT - Based on Panasonic's Lumix DMC-L1, the Leica Digilux 3 is the company's first digital SLR offering, compatible with Olympus' Four Thirds lens mount standard.

The Digilux 3 is quite an interesting SLR with a traditional - perhaps retro - styling aesthetic that the company says is the work of Berlin designer Professor Achim Heine. It is based around the same 7.5 effective megapixel Live MOS image sensor that first debuted in Olympus' EVOLT E-330 digital SLR, along with the mirror box unit from that camera (which combines a quick-return mirror, viewfinder,... (More)



Leica's V-LUX 1 digital camera. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Leica: EVF-based V-LUX 1 unveiled

00:00 EDT - Based on Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ50, the Leica V-LUX 1 couples a ten megapixel imager with a Leica-branded 12x optical zoom lens with MEGA O.I.S. image stabilisation.

The lens yields effective focal lengths from 35 - 420mm - a moderate wide angle to a useful telephoto. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 1600, with the option to extend this to ISO 3200 in high sensitivity mode. Images can be previewed or reviewed on a 2.0" LCD display with a better than average resolution of 207,000 pixels. For those who prefer to hold the camera to their eye, the V-LUX 1 has... (More)



Leica's D-LUX 3 digital camera. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Leica announces D-LUX 3

00:00 EDT - A successor to the existing D-LUX 2 model, the Leica D-LUX 3 is based on Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX2 digital camera.

The D-LUX 3 couples a ten megapixel imager with the same Leica-branded 4x optical zoom lens with MEGA O.I.S. image stabilisation used in the original camera. The lens yields effective focal lengths from 28 - 112mm - a useful wide angle to a moderate telephoto. There are differences between the Panasonic and Leica versions beyond the nametag, however. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 400 maximum,... (More)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

lightzone.jpg Light Crafts Releases LightZone 1.6.2

15:17 EDT - The 1.6 update offers a new ToneMapper and improved noise reduction, more Raw support and bug fixes.

Light Crafts this week released an update to LightZone, its cross-platform image editor based on the Zone System. The new version fixes problems with CMYK and Lab color profiles and CMYK TIFFs. Earlier 1.6 updates added support for the Nikon D80 and Olympus Raw formats, replaced the Contrast Mask tool with a new ToneMapper tool, improved the Noise Reduction tool, speed up opening of TIFFs and added... (More)



Adobe Releases Jaguar, Panther Compatible Photoshop 9.0.2 Update

13:08 EDT - A reinstall is necessary if you applied the earlier 9.0.2 update without issues on Tiger.

Adobe has released a corrected version of its Photoshop 9.0.2 update that resolves the printing problem of the previous 9.0.2 update on systems running Mac OS 10.2.x and 10.3.x. According to Adboe, the most significant fixes in the 9.0.2 release include: • Photoshop no longer crashes when encountering unsupported file types through the Acrobat Touchup workflow. • Supported files that... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: ACD Systems Releases ACDSee 9 Photo Manager
13:06 EDT - Faster viewing, organizing, enhancing and sharing capabilities significantly increase the speed and ease with which photo enthusiasts can manage their digital photos VICTORIA, British Columbia -- ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA), makers of ACDSee photo management and creative editing software and Canvas technical illustration software, announced the release of ACDSee 9 Photo Manager for photography... (More)



Canon's PowerShot G7 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces PowerShot G7

06:00 EDT - Canon USA has today announced a new addition to its G-series lineup of digital cameras.

To our eye the Canon PowerShot G7, the first new G-series model in over two years, offers a look more reminiscent of the original PowerShot G1 than the models that followed it - perhaps due to the rather more subtle handgrip. The Canon G7 offers a sensor resolution of ten megapixels, a 6x optical zoom lens, CCD shift-type image stabilization, USB 2.0 connectivity, and SD/MMC card storage with support... (More)



Canon's PowerShot SD40 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon: Three new Digital ELPHs

06:00 EDT - Rounding out its camera announcements for the day, Canon has unveiled three new models for its Digital ELPH lineup.

The Canon PowerShot SD900 is a ten megapixel compact model with a 3x optical zoom lens, and offers both optical viewfinder and 2.5" LCD display at $499.99. The PowerShot SD800IS drops the resolution to seven megapixels, but adds a CCD shift-type image stabilizer and a 3.8x optical zoom lens, at a cost of $399. Finally, at $349.99, there's the Canon PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH - also seven megapixels,... (More)



Canon's SELPHY ES1. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon’s Compact Photo Printer SELPHY ES1 Features New Vertical Design, Easy Paper Handling And Fun Printing Options
06:00 EDT - New SELPHY ES1 Compact Photo Printer Features Easy One-Step Drop-In Paper and Ink Cartridge; Canon’s DIGIC II Image Processor and Wide Range of Printing Modes LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2006 – Canon’s new SELPHY ES1 Compact Photo Printer makes printing high quality postcard-size photos as much fun and easy as taking pictures. With an innovative new vertical design, integrated... (More)



Canon's PIXMA MP960 all-in-one. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon Unveils New Flagship PIXMA MP960 Photo AIO That Combines Exceptional Photo Lab Capabilities With Elegant Look And Feel
06:00 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2006 – In any lineup, there can only be one flagship model. Canon’s new PIXMA MP960 Photo All-In-One (AIO) is a premium device that provides all the features needed for an exceptional photo experience in the home. As the only seven-color photo all-in-one on the market using the ChromaLife100 system, discerning consumers can now produce long-lasting vivid photo... (More)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Pentax's K10D single-lens reflex digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax: new 10mpix DSLR

18:00 EDT - Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced a new digital SLR model that includes a fairly sophisticated feature set with a ten megapixel imager, environmental sealing, in-body stabilisation, dust removal, and more - all at an impressively affordable pricetag of under US$900 body-only.

Continuing the K-series naming schema that was launched with the K100D and K110D models last May (and harkens back to the company's famed K1000 film SLR), the Pentax K10D is based around an APS-C sized CCD imager with an effective resolution of 10.2 megapixels, a 22-bit A/D converter (output is 8-bit JPEG or 12-bit RAW), and a new processing engine dubbed "PRIME" (Pentax Real IMage Engine).... (More)



Pentax's Optio T20 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax updates the Optio T10

18:00 EDT - Alongside its launch of the K10 digital SLR, Pentax USA has today launched the new Optio T20 digital camera.

The Pentax Optio T20 is closely based on the existing Optio T10 model, and as with that camera it crams a giant 3.0" LCD display with a relatively high resolution of 230,000 pixels into an ultracompact body that's just 19.5mm thick. To achieve this, Pentax needed to use most of the camera's rear panel to fit in the LCD - meaning there was little room left over for any thing else. The solution?... (More)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: New Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Premiere Elements 3.0 Learning Centers Launched For Photo, Video Enthusiasts
17:54 EDT - TAMPA, FL - Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006 - With Adobe's release today of Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Premiere Elements 3.0, Photoshop Elements Techniques newsletter and website (www.photoshopelementsuser.com) has created two online Learning Centers highlighting new features and training for the new photo and video editing programs. "The Learning Centers give you a comprehensive look at all the great new... (More)



Adobe Photoshop Elements updated

11:33 EDT - Adobe Systems Inc. has today announced the upcoming release of an update to its Photoshop Elements software on the Windows platform.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, slated for availability in the fourth quarter of this year, offers a range of new and updated features in all areas. Priced at $99.99 (and available in a bundle with the latest version of Adobe Premiere Elements for $149.99), Elements 5.0 will require either the Home, Professional or Media Center Edition 2004 flavors of Microsoft's Windows XP SP2, along with a 1.3GHz+... (More)



Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website! PRESS RELEASE: New Adobe Premiere Elements Brings Home Videos to Life with Powerful and Accessible Editing Tools
11:06 EDT - Latest Video Editing Software Offers Unparalleled Ease-of-Use for Beginners and Interactive Sharing with Adobe Flash Video SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 12, 2006 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Premiere® Elements 3.0 software for Windows®, a landmark upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer video editing software*. The simplified interface and drag-and-drop simplicity... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Takes Home Videos and Photos to New Level with Landmark Release of Photoshop Elements Plus Premiere Elements Software Bundle
10:55 EDT - Integrated Photo and Video Functionality Offers More Ways to Make and Share Creations Just in Time for the Holidays SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 12, 2006 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced two milestone upgrades to its digital photo and video products for consumers, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 5.0 for Windows® and Adobe Premiere® Elements 3.0 for Windows. The unique... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix A700 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces 7mpix, 3x zoom digicam

01:00 EDT - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. has today announced a new digital camera model that's a higher-resolution, lower-cost update to the six megapixel A600 model.

The Fujifilm FinePix A700 is based around a new seven megapixel SuperCCD HR imager, with a maximum resolution of 3,072 x 2,304 pixels. Fuji's SuperCCD HR sensors use an octagonal array of photodiodes that increases image resolution in the horizontal and vertical planes - where the maximum detail in pictures should be found. Coupled to a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length... (More)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T50 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony: Two new Cyber-shot digicams (UPDATED)

00:00 EDT - Sony USA has today announced two new digicam additions to its T- and N-series, both cameras featuring touch-screen displays.

Sony's Cyber-shot T-series has proven popular in the market thanks to designs with slim, compact bodies, and an emphasis on ease of use (while still allowing a fair degree of control over the final image). The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T50 is an update to the existing DSC-T30 model. Both cameras include the same image-stabilized 3x optical zoom lens, branded with the famous Carl Zeiss name and coupled with... (More)

Friday, September 8, 2006

Photo Copyright Shawn Barnett, 2006 Canon Digital Rebel XTi First Shots Posted!

02:06 EDT - Today we can finally post images from the new 10.1 megapixel Digital Rebel XTi.

Weather didn't cooperate with us this week for any daylight shots, but we managed to get our two major test shots done and a few indoor galleries. Visit the continually growing Rebel XTi review pages and look at the two main Still Life and Multi Target images. Though the kit lens is good, it doesn't reveal the true potential of the Rebel XTi, so we shot a few more with the very sharp EF-S 60mm f/2.8,... (More)

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Plawa's AgfaPhoto DC735 digital camera. Courtesy of Plawa, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Agfa returns to the digicam market

18:05 EDT - After an absence of nearly five years, the Agfa brandname will be found on digital cameras once more, courtesy of a deal announced today in Germany.

A part of the digital camera market from the mid 1990s through to 2001, Agfa's lineup included about fifteen models. These spanned a wide range, all the way from entry-level consumer cameras to pro-oriented models such as a a sixteen megapixel scanning studio camera with a Nikon lens mount, and a rebranded Minolta digital SLR. Fierce competition saw the company drop out of the game after announcing... (More)

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

ArcSoft's logo. Click here to visit the ArcSoft website! PRESS RELEASE: ArcSoft Announces A New Product: ArcSoft® PhotoStudio® Darkroom
14:57 EDT - FREMONT, CA - Sep 05, 2006 -- ArcSoft, Inc. announced today ArcSoft PhotoStudio® Darkroom, a new software application that focuses on non-destructive photo processing for RAW, JPEG and TIFF image files. The program offers professional photographers and photo hobbyists a complete set of image enhancement tools and export options inside a professional user interface. "As the popularity of DSLR cameras... (More)



Corel's logo. Click here to visit the Corel website! PRESS RELEASE: Corel Announces Corel® Snapfire™ And Corel Snapfire Plus -- The First Releases From The "Alta" Digital Imaging Platform
14:25 EDT - Fast, Simple and Fun, Corel® Snapfire™ Is A Free Download That Delivers the Easiest, Most Enjoyable Ways Of Sharing, Enhancing and Organizing Digital Photos and Videos Users Can Easily Upgrade To The Enhanced Version, Corel Snapfire Plus, While Adding New Product Feature Modules and Connecting to Popular Online Services Like Webshots OTTAWA - September 05, 2006 - Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL;... (More)



PNY's logo. Click here to visit the PNY website! PRESS RELEASE: PNY Helps Mobile Phones Become Multimedia Storage Devices
12:28 EDT - MAXIMUM STORAGE IN MINI FORMAT! Merignac (France) - September 5th, 2006 PNY is delighted to announce new solutions for advanced mobile phones. More and more models now come with memory card slots built in to enable customers to use the camera, MP3 player, PDA, and play games. So it's no surprise that PNY Technologies has enlarged its mobile flash card range with high capacity digital storage solutions.... (More)

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Hasselblad's logo, Click here to visit the Hasselblad website! PRESS RELEASE: Hasselblad to Have Largest Ever Presence at photokina 2006
10:38 EDT - Hall 2.1, Stand A020/B029 and B020/B028 - Hasselblad will be celebrating the successful upturn in its financial performance since its merger with Imacon in 2004 by exhibiting on its largest stand ever - 665 m2 - at photokina 2006, from 26 September to 1 October. The centerpiece of the stand will be a spectacular, ten-metre diameter carousel, divided into three ‘studios’ - ‘Still life’, ‘Dance’ and... (More)

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Nikon Updates Capture NX

17:36 EDT - The new version provides support for the Nikon D80 and some bug fixes.

Nikon has released version 1.0.1 of Capture NX, its image editing application featuring U Point technology. The company notes, "Capture NX version 1.0.1 includes support for the Nikon digital-SLR camera D80. It also resolves issues that occurred with Capture NX version 1.0." After installation, preferences revert to the application's default settings. Downloads of the complete application, which... (More)

Friday, September 1, 2006

Pretec's 8GB SDHC card. Courtesy of Pretec, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pretec announces 8GB SDHC card

07:24 EDT - Taiwanese storage and peripherals company Pretec Electronics Corp. has announced a new flash memory card which it says offers the world's highest capacity in the Secure Digital format.

The company is no stranger to such records - past products include a 12GB CompactFlash card that has yet to be matched over two years later, let alone surpassed. The company also set benchmark highs with its 8GB USB flash drive, and 4GB Secure Digital / MultiMediaCard products. It should be noted that the new card is an SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) type, otherwise known as Secure Digital 2.0.... (More)

Thursday, August 31, 2006

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: New SanDisk and Phase One collaboration
14:50 EDT - Capture One LE RAW Workflow free with Extreme III CompactFlash® cards August 31st, 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark: Phase One®, the world leader in professional digital imaging solutions and SanDisk® Corporation, the world's largest supplier of flash storage card products, are helping photographers to realize the benefits of shooting in RAW. All SanDisk Extreme™ III CompactFlash® cards... (More)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Unibind Demos Professional Series Book Creator At Photokina
14:11 EDT - XU138 is Great Add-on for Professional Wedding Photographers & Consumers Alike August 30, 2006, Alpharetta, GA -- Unibind http://www.unibind.com , the leading binding, laminating, and presentation system company, announced today that it will demo the Unibind Professional Series XU138 Book Creator for the first time at Photokina 2006, held in Cologne, Germany from September 26 - October 10, 2006. ... (More)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Olympus' Mju 725 SW digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus Europe updates Stylus 720 SW

12:52 EDT - Olympus Europe has announced a new digital camera model that's closely related to a model launched earlier this year.

The Olympus Mju 725 SW digital camera is an update to the existing Stylus 720 SW model, which was announced at the Spring 2006 Photo Marketing Association tradeshow. As with the rest of the Stylus line (known as Mju in Europe), the Olympus 720 and 725 designs are based around a weatherproof body that ensures wherever you go - in rain, sleet or snow - your camera will go right along with you. The "SW"... (More)



Sigma's logo. Click here to visit the Sigma website! Sigma launches new DSLR teaser

12:08 EDT - Sigma UK has today published an introductory "teaser" website for a new single-lens reflex digital camera model.

According to the website (which is currently rather slow to access, likely due to traffic from prospective customers!), the new model will be called the Sigma SD14 and will retain a full-color-capture image sensor - a hallmark of Sigma's past DSLR offerings. The company's previous Sigma SD9 and SD10 both featured the ability to record full color at every pixel location, courtesy of a Foveon X3 image... (More)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Nikon's Coolpix S10 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon updates Coolpix S4

02:00 EDT - In the company's final digicam announcement of the day, Nikon has revealed an update to its existing Coolpix S4 model, in the form of the new Nikon Coolpix S10.

The popular Coolpix S4 was Nikon's first swivel-bodied digital camera model since the Coolpix SQ was launched way back in February 2003 (and the first to retain the styling cues of its original, extremely popular prosumer swivel-bodied models since the Coolpix 4500 in late May 2002). There have been imitators, but no company has been quite so successful (or synonymous) with the concept. Inside the... (More)



Nikon's Coolpix S9 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolpix S9

02:00 EDT - The most affordable of the S-series digital cameras announced by Nikon today is the new Coolpix S9 model, priced at US$250.

Featuring an attractive, pocket-friendly body, the Nikon Coolpix S9 couples a prism-folded Nikkor ED-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a six megapixel image sensor, a 2.5" LCD display, and 15 beginner-friendly scene modes. The Nikon S9 also includes a One-Touch Portrait button which combines "D-Lighting" exposure correction technology from Apical Ltd., face-priority autofocus from... (More)



Nikon's Coolpix S7c digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon: New wifi-capable digicam

02:00 EDT - One of a range of new digital cameras announced today, the Nikon Coolpix S7c is a wireless capable model that can upload images to the new Coolpix Connect service, launched alongside the camera.

Featuring a sleek two-tone body, the $350 Nikon S7c includes an IEEE 802.11b/g chipset with which to upload its seven megapixel images. The Coolpix S7c has plenty of other attractions on top of this standout feature, as well. There's a prism-folded Nikkor ED-branded 3x optical zoom lens, a whopping 3.0" LCD display, 15 beginner-friendly scene modes, plus a few clever technologies besides. Apical... (More)



Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon: Coolpix L5 unveiled

02:00 EDT - The second of two additions to Nikon's Coolpix L-series of digital cameras is the new Nikon Coolpix L5.

Priced some $100 above the Coolpix L6 it is announced alongside, the $300 Nikon Coolpix L5's most significant feature is the inclusion of a Nikkor-branded 5x optical zoom lens that features the company's lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction) technology, all in an understated, stylish and relatively compact body.. The Nikon L5 crams in quite a few other features besides the lens, though! There's a seven... (More)



Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolpix L6

02:00 EDT - Nikon Inc. has today announced two additions to its Coolpix L-series of digital cameras, the L designating "Lifestyle".

Of the two cameras, the Nikon Coolpix L6 marks the entry point with a pricetag of just $200. The standout feature of the Nikon L6 has to be its battery life - the company says that this camera can take "the most [photos on a single charge] of any camera in its class" (3x zoom compact, as of June 2006) - an impressive 1,000 shots on a single set of AA Energizer™ lithium batteries, to... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix S9100 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji updates the S9000

01:00 EDT - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today announced a new digital camera model that is slated to hit retail exactly 12 months after the FinePix S9000 model on which it is based.

As with that camera, the Fujifilm FinePix S9100 couples a powerful 10.7x optical zoom lens which can focus down to just 0.4 inches, with a 1/1.6" nine megapixel SuperCCD HR imager that yields a maximum ISO rating of 1600. Other hardware features in the Fujifilm S9100 that are held over from its predecessor include the overall body design, dual media slots (CompactFlash / Microdrive... (More)



Canon's EOS Digital Rebel XTi digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Introduction (UPDATED)

00:00 EDT - Though it's already the hottest selling digital SLR on the market, the Canon Digital Rebel XT was due for an upgrade, and right on the expected 18 month schedule comes the EOS Digital Rebel XTi (called the EOS 400D overseas).

The Rebel XTi's major advances are internal, while the external tweaks help bring it up to current market trends. The Rebel XTi's 10.1 megapixel sensor replaces its predecessor's 8 megapixel sensor of the same size, jumping ahead of its bigger, more expensive brother, the Canon EOS 30D that shipped earlier this year. Canon claims that image quality at high ISO meets the same high standard, even as... (More)



Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! PRESS RELEASE: Canon's Two New Lenses Focus On Needs Of Professional And Advanced Amateur Photographers
00:00 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2006 – Canon continues its tradition of optical excellence with two new EF lenses – the powerful EF50mm f/1.2L USM and the versatile EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lenses. Both lenses are valuable additions to the EOS arsenal for professional wedding and portrait photographers as well as advanced amateurs – expanding the range of current Canon EF lenses to more... (More)



Canon's PowerShot A710 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon's New PowerShot A710 IS, A640 And A630 Digital Cameras Offer Consumers Feature Packed Options At Reasonable Price Points
00:00 EDT - New PowerShot A-Series Cameras Bring Such Sophisticated Technology As 10 Megapixels or Image Stabilization to Consumers at Entry-Level Price Points LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2006 – Canon’s new PowerShot A710 IS, A640 and A630 compact digital cameras combine functionality with photographic simplicity, all in a compact form factor that fits snugly in the hand. These 7.1, 10.0 and 8.0... (More)



Canon's PIXMA Mini260 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon's Trio Of New Compact Photo Printers Provide Easy-To-Use, Quality Photo Printing Solutions At Affordable Prices
00:00 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2006 – Canon focuses in on ease-of-use, style and image quality with its new line of 4 x 6 inch compact photo printers – the PIXMA mini260 inkjet photo printer and the SELPHY CP730 and SELPHY CP720 dye sublimation photo printers. Offering a range of solutions that meet virtually every picture-taker’s needs, Canon’s new compact photo printers let... (More)



Canon's PIXMA MP600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon Debuts Innovative "Easy-Scroll Wheel" Interface On Its New PIXMA MP810 And MP600 Photo All-In-One Printers
00:00 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug 24, 2006 – Canon’s stylish new PIXMA MP810 and MP600 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers give consumers high quality photos, fast scanning and copying in a package that is easy-to-use and looks attractive in a home environment. With the new Easy-Scroll Wheel interface found on these two models, consumers can control device functions quickly and simply. In addition,... (More)



Canon's PIXMA iP4300 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon Gives Consumers Affordable And Functional Options With New PIXMA IP4300 Photo Printer And MP510 Photo All-In-One
00:00 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug 24, 2006 – In the dorm room or in the home office, the new Canon PIXMA iP4300 Photo Printer and PIXMA MP510 Photo All-In-One offers affordable solutions to photo and document printing needs. Just in time for the back-to-school season, both devices break price barriers by offering valuable yet useful features like individual ink tanks with the smart LED system and advanced... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Canon Leads Digital Camera Market In 2006
00:00 EDT - Canon Brand Captured Number One Market Share in 1H06 LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2006 –Canon is strengthening its leadership position as America’s choice for digital cameras. In a recent IDC study*, the Canon brand captured number one position for total digital camera shipments in the first half of 2006, with a market share of 21.0 percent (which is up from 20.2 percent in 1H05). “As... (More)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Olympus' SP-510 UltraZoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: New 7mpix ultrazoom

01:00 EDT - Rounding out its announcements for the day, Olympus USA has today revealed the new SP-510 UltraZoom digital camera.

The Olympus SP-510UZ featuresa 1/2.5" CCD imager with a resolution of seven megapixels, coupled withan Olympus ED-branded 10x optical zoom lens with a very useful 38 - 380mmequivalentfocal length range andF2.8 - 3.7 maximum aperture. There's a choice of both an electronic viewfinder(specification unknown), plus a2.5" LCD display with a rather average resolution of 115,000 pixels. Autofocusis... (More)



Olympus' Stylus 1000 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: 10mpix compact digicam

01:00 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 1000 features a 1/1.8" CCD imager with a resolution of ten megapixels, the highest of any Stylus digital camera.

This is coupled with an Olympus-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a pretty standard 35 - 105mm equivalent focal length range and F2.8 - 4.7 maximum aperture, and a 2.5" LCD display with a higher-than-average resolution of 230,000 pixels. As is common on many digicams these days, this LCD is the sole method of framing images, as the Stylus 1000's pocket-friendly... (More)



Olympus' Stylus 750 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: 7mpix, 5x stabilized zoom digicam

01:00 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 750 is a camera that's definitely designed to let you get the camera anywhere the average enthusiast photographer is likely to want to go.

Featuring a pocket-friendly all-weather chassis and dual-mode image stabilization, the Stylus 750 features an Olympus-branded 5x optical zoom with a useful 36 - 180mm equivalent focal length range and F3.3 - 5.0 maximum aperture, a cut above the 3x zooms offered on most point-and-shoot cameras. This is coupled with a 7.1 megapixel imager that's mounted on a platter which can be moved in... (More)



Olympus' Stylus 740 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces all-weather Stylus 740

01:00 EDT - Featuring a pocket-friendly all-weather chassis, the Olympus Stylus 740 features an Olympus-branded 5x optical zoom with a useful 36 - 180mm equivalent focal length range and F3.3 - 5.0 maximum aperture, a cut above the 3x zooms offered on most point-and-shoot cameras.

This is coupled with a 7.1 megapixel imager and 2.5" LCD display with a higher-than-average resolution of 215,000 pixels. As is common on many digicams these days, this LCD is the sole method of framing images, as the Stylus 740 forgoes any form of optical viewfinder. Autofocus is via contrast detection, and ISO sensitivity ranges from 80 to 1600 equivalent... (More)



Olympus' Stylus 730 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Stylus 730 offers 3.0" LCD

01:00 EDT - As with the rest of the Stylus line, the Olympus Stylus 730 digital camera is based around a weatherproof body that ensures wherever you go, your camera will go right along with you.

It triumphs unhindered by rain, sleet or snow that would see most digicams left at home or in a sealed case, unable to get that chance-of-a-lifetime photo that sneaks up on you when you're not prepared. Pocket-friendly and relatively lightweight, the Olympus 730 includes a 3x optical zoom with a pretty standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal length range and F3.5 - 5.0 maximum aperture,... (More)



Olympus' FE-200 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: Four new FE-series digicams (UPDATED)

01:00 EDT - Olympus's line of digital cameras span the range from affordable entry-level units right the way up to single-lens reflex models aimed at professional use. The FE-series, launched with three models in late 2005, emphasises competitive pricing and ease of use in a compact body. A year later, and there's four new additions to the line.

First up is the Olympus FE-170, featuring an Olympus-branded 3x optical zoom with a 38 - 114mm equivalent focal length range and F3.1 - 5.9 maximum aperture. The Olympus FE-170 couples this with a 6.0 megapixel imager and 2.5" LCD display that has 150,000 pixels. Likely to help keep price and complexity down, this LCD is the sole method of framing images, as the FE-170 forgoes any form... (More)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Pentax's Optio M20 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio M20

00:24 EDT - Pentax USA has today unveiled the Optio M20, the second in the company's M-series digital camera lineup.

The Pentax Optio M20 couples a 1/2.5" seven megapixel CCD imager, Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5" LCD display with 115,000 pixels - but no optical viewfinder - in a compact body with a gently curved handgrip that should make the camera a little easier to hold steady, while remaining pocket-friendly. The Pentax M20, like the M10 before it, is designed for simplicity and affordability... (More)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Pentax's Optio A20 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax updates the Optio A10

20:34 EDT - Pentax USA has today announced a new digital camera model which updates an existing digital camera with some new features.

As with the A10 model on which it is based, the Pentax Optio A20 combines two impressive technologies in a compact body. First, there's the company's 'Sliding Lens System' tech, which removes elements from the optical path as the lens retracts - allowing a slimmer profile when the camera is powered off. Secondly, there's a 'Shake Reduction System' which was newly developed for the A10, and uses two... (More)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Adobe Updates Photoshop CS2 (UPDATED)

12:19 EDT - Version 9.0.2 is available for both Mac and Windows platforms via Adobe Updater.

While it hasn't been posted on Adobe's download page, the company has released another update to Photoshop CS2 available via the Adobe Updater utility. You can access the utility either directly or from the Help menu in Photoshop using the Update option. No Read Me accompanies the update, which is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. (More)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Kingston Technology's logo. Click to visit the Kingston website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Adds Ontrack Data Recovery Software To “Ultimate” Line of CompactFlash Memory Cards
11:00 EDT - Company Increases Write Speed to 133x; Adds New 8-GB Card for Higher Capacity Needs Fountain Valley, CA – August 15, 2006 – Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is upgrading its “Ultimate” line of CompactFlash memory cards by preloading the cards with Ontrack’s EasyRecovery Professional software version... (More)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Epson's logo. Click here to visit the Epson website! PRESS RELEASE: Epson Makes It Easier Than Ever to Learn the Art of Digital Scrapbooking With New Reference Guides
10:37 EDT - Easy-to-Use Guides Help Provide Tips and Techniques on Using the Latest Technology for Creating Fun and Innovative Scrapbook Layouts LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America, Inc. today announced the availability of four digital scrapbooking reference guides -- "Introduction to Technology," "Digital Scrapbooking Kits," "Divine Secrets of the Design Sisterhood," and "Scrapbooker's... (More)

Friday, August 11, 2006

Kodak's EasyShare C875 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak: 8mpix, 5x zoom digicam

11:36 EDT - Eastman Kodak Co. has announced a new digital camera in its EasyShare C-series, the Kodak C875.

Featuring both a 37 - 185mm equivalent 5x optical zoom lens and an eight megapixel CCD image sensor, the Easyshare C875 has a compact silver body that's mostly smooth, with the exception of slight protrusions for the lens and handgrip - all in all, it looks to be a pocket friendly design. ISO sensitivity ranges from a minimum ISO of 64 through to a maximum of 800, although in auto ISO mode... (More)



Sigma's APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM lens. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sigma: 50-150mm F2.8 zoom lens

09:24 EDT - Sigma Corp. has today announced an interesting new 50 - 150mm zoom lens with a bright F2.8 maximum aperture across the zoom range.

Destined for the Canon, Nikon, and Sigma lens mounts, the Sigma APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM lens has 18 elements in 14 groups, and a nine bladed diaphragm, with an angle of view from 27.9° - 9.5° across the zoom range. It focuses down to 100 centimeters, accepts 67mm threaded filters and a bayonet lens hood, and weighs 770 grams. More details can be found in the press release below, courtesy... (More)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Kodak's Easyshare V705 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak: New twin-lens digicam

17:47 EDT - Eastman Kodak Co. has announced its new EasyShare V705 digital camera, an update of the existing V570 model.

The Kodak EasyShare V570 marked the debut of a twin-lens design concept, with the camera including both a 39 - 117mm optical zoom lens, and a 23mm fixed focal-length lens, each coupled to their own five megapixel CCD image sensor. The V570 takes those same lenses, but bumps the resolution of the sensors to seven megapixels. Alongside the change of imager, the ISO sensitivity range has also been... (More)



Kodak's Easyshare Printer Dock G600. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Introduces New Portable Solution to Print and Play on the Go with the KODAK EASYSHARE G600 Printer Dock
16:57 EDT - With Just One Touch, Consumers Can Print and Share High-Quality, Real KODAK Pictures Anytime, Anywhere Rochester, New York, August 08 -- Building on its highly successful line of EASYSHARE printers, Eastman Kodak Company today announced the KODAK EASYSHARE G600 Printer Dock. The clever new design with a built-in handle, smart paper tray storage, and battery make portability easy, allowing for... (More)

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro UVIR digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji announces UV / IR capable DSLR

12:00 EDT - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today announced a new DSLR model that brings specialized capabilities to the company's existing FinePix S3 Pro DSLR.

The Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR takes the original design and makes a few tweaks that allow the camera to capture light at wavelengths beyond what is visible to the human eye. By removing the cut filter from the design and replacing it with a new glass protective filter, the camera can now capture light at ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths - something of great use in law enforcement, military,... (More)



Nikon's D80 digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces D80

02:00 EDT - Nikon has today announced its new D80 digital SLR, the latest in the company's impressive DSLR line.

The D80 follows in the footsteps of Nikon's D70s model announced in April, 2005 - itself a followup to the extremely popular Nikon D70. Where the D70s was a relatively straightforward update, though, the D80 definitely lives up to the change of model name. Sensor resolution is ten megapixels (although not the same sensor as the D200 model - this one uses a two channel readout). ISO sensitivity... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Nikon® Introduces New 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
02:00 EDT - MELVILLE, NY, AUGUST 9, 2006 - Nikon® (www.nikondigital.com) today introduced the versatile, affordable new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens, further expanding Nikon's successful line of DX Nikkor lenses, engineered for use exclusively with Nikon's DX format digital SLR cameras. Developed for use with all Nikon D-series digital SLR Cameras, the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Nikon® Introduces The 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens
02:00 EDT - New Lens Offers Enhanced Nikon VR (VRII) Vibration Reduction System in a Compact, 4.3x Zoom Lens for Nikon DX Format Digital and 35mm Film SLR Cameras MELVILLE, NY, AUGUST 9, 2006 - Nikon Inc. (www.nikondigital.com) today introduced the new 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens, a 4.3x zoom lens that is ideal for telephoto shooting opportunities. It incorporates many of Nikon's most advanced... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Nikon® Begins Shipping Acclaimed Capture NX™ Software
02:00 EDT - Capture NX - A Powerful and Intuitive New Software That Dramatically Simplifies Photo Editing for JPEG, TIFF and Nikon RAW (NEF) Format Images - is Now Available at Nikon Authorized Retail Locations Nationwide MELVILLE, NY (August 9, 2006) - Nikon (www.nikondigital.com) has begun shipping the highly acclaimed new Capture NX™ software to Nikon authorized retailers across the nation. Capture... (More)

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Introduces High Capacity 2 GB xD-Picture Card
09:00 EDT - High-Capacity 2 GB Compact Memory Media for Digital Cameras Center Valley, Pa, August 8, 2006– Olympus Imaging America Inc. proudly introduces the new 2 GB Type M-Series xD-Picture Card, called the M2 GB, an advanced ultra-compact memory media designed for digital cameras. The M2 GB has the greatest storage capacity in the xD-Picture Card series and is scheduled to go on sale in August 2006.... (More)



Casio's EXILIM CARD EX-S770 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio announces EXILIM CARD EX-S770

09:00 EDT - In its final announcement of the day, consumer electronics company Casio has unveiled a new ultracompact digital camera that continues in the footsteps of its past "EXILIM CARD" series models.

The Casio EXILIM CARD EX-S770 combines a 1/2.5" CCD imager with seven megapixels and an EXILIM-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal range. There's no optical viewfinder, but a 2.8" LCD display with a higher than average 230,400 pixels dominates the camera's rear panel. With the lens retracted, the Casio S770's smooth, clean lines and ultracompact... (More)



Casio's EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z700 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio USA: EX-Z700 unveiled

09:00 EDT - Casio USA has today announced a new digital camera model that was first disclosed in Europe a couple of weeks back.

The Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z700 combines a 1/2.5" CCD imager with seven megapixels and an EXILIM-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal range. There's no optical viewfinder, but a 2.7" LCD display with 153,600 pixels dominates the camera's rear panel. With the lens retracted, the Casio Z700's smooth, clean lines and 21mm thick body should prove friendly ... (More)



Casio's EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio USA announces EX-Z70

09:00 EDT - Electronics company Casio has today unveiled a new digital camera model for the US market that was announced in Europe last June.

The Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 combines a 1/2.5" CCD imager with seven megapixels and an EXILIM-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal range. There's no optical viewfinder, but a 2.5" LCD display with 115,200 pixels dominates the camera's rear panel. With the lens retracted, the Casio Z70's smooth, clean lines and 19.8mm thick body should prove friendly for storing... (More)

Monday, August 7, 2006

Pentax's Optio W20 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio W20

18:00 EDT - Pentax has today announced a new digital camera that continues its lineup of W-series models that will go almost anywhere their owners will, without fear of harm from dust and water.

The Pentax Optio W20 is an update of the existing Optio W10 model. As with that model, the Pentax W20 is rated as "JIS Class 8" waterproof - meaning it can actually be used to shoot photos up to five feet underwater for durations up to thirty minutes, without the need for a separate underwater housing. It also carries over the "JIS Class 5" dustproof rating, the second highest... (More)



Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Announces Agreement With Flextronics for Design, Production and Distribution of its Consumer Digital Cameras
15:11 EDT - Move will bring greater flexibility and cost efficiency while ensuring Kodak's world-class quality and product leadership in the digital camera marketplace ROCHESTER, NY and SINGAPORE, Aug. 1 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced an agreement in which Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) will manufacture and distribute Kodak consumer digital cameras and will manage certain camera... (More)



DxO's logo. Click here to visit the DxO website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs Announces 15 New Lens Modules For DxO Optics Pro Software
12:00 EDT - New lens modules for DxO Optics Pro Elite and Standard edition include the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC MACRO and the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM New York, NY and Paris, France - August 7, 2006 - DxO Labs announces today availability of 15 new DxO Lens Modules for its DxO Optics Pro software bringing the total now to 365 lens correction modules available to DxO Optics Pro users. In addition,... (More)

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! Sony announces GPS for photo marking

20:41 EDT - Sony Electronics has today announced a new GPS device intended to mark locations on images taken with the company's digital camera models.

The Sony GPS-CS1 is a tiny two ounce, twelve channel GPS device that clips to a belt loop or backpack with an included carabiner clip. The device doesn't connect to a camera, but instead is left running throughout your day, recording the current location at 15 second intervals. The built-in 31MB of memory will store up to 15 days of locations, and the device draws power from a single AA battery which... (More)



Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T10 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony launches DSC-T10 ultracompact

00:00 EDT - Sony Electronics has today announced a new digital camera model that updates the Cyber-shot DSC-T30 announced last April.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10 offers a CCD sensor resolution of 7.2 effective megapixels and ISO sensitivity from 64 to 1000, coupled with an optically stabilized Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 3x optical zoom lens. The lens has an effective focal length range of 38 - 114mm. Other features of the DSC-T10 include shutter speeds from 1 to 1/1000 second, a choice of Multi-pattern, Center-weighted,... (More)

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