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Photokina

Live Tradeshow Coverage
Sept 23 - Sept 28, 2008
Cologne, Germany

Welcome to Imaging Resource's Live Photokina 2008 Tradeshow Coverage. Since 1950, the German city of Cologne has played host to Photokina - the world’s largest photography and imaging expo. Since the 1952 show, Photokina has been a biennial event, meaning that it takes place only once every two years. For 2008, Imaging Resource will have a four-man team on the show floor, bringing you on-the-spot videos of the hottest products. Our news team back home will also be providing a steady flow of coverage on all the latest announcements, ensuring readers are kept on top of what we're expecting to be a very busy show. Photokina 2008 looks set to be a very exciting event, so keep checking back throughout the show!

Pre-Show News (back to latest news)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fujifilm's 3D digital camera concept. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces 3D digital imaging system

19:26 EDT - In what has to be one of the more unusual announcements at this year's Photokina tradeshow, Japan's Fujifilm Corp. has announced that it is developing a new system for 3D digital imaging.

Dubbed "Finepix Real 3D", the new system spans the range from capture through viewing and even to printing, and will be comprised of a number of components. An as-yet unnamed digital camera features twin Fujinon-branded lenses - each with its own CCD image sensor. These communicate with a new "Real Photo Processor 3D"-branded image processor, which the company says will yield... (More)



Fujifilm logo. Click to visit the Fujifilm website! PRESS RELEASE: Photokina 2008 Overview Release
15:29 EDT - September 16, 2008 - Under the slogan, "Fujifilm. Expand the World of Imaging," FUJIFILM Corporation is exhibiting a diverse array of new products and services at Photokina 2008. The slogan clearly demonstrates Fujifilm’s firm intention to preserve and nurture the culture of photography, and expand the value of photographs through the creation of new technologies and value-added services.... (More)



Fujifilm Photobook Brilliant. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Photobook on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Album Paper: 'Photobook brilliant', the new quality standard in the photobook market
15:23 EDT - September 16, 2008 - At Photokina Fujifilm will present a premium photobook under the name 'FUJIFILM Photobook brilliant'. The book is being produced on real photo paper which was developed and produced by Fujifilm especially for this application: Fujicolor Crystal Archive Album Paper. By offering this new product Fujifilm sets a new quality standard on the photobook market. Real photo paper allows... (More)



Photobooks created with Fujifilm's Order Terminal Plug-in software. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Fujifilm New "Photobook" Plug-in Software for Print Order Terminal
15:15 EDT - September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of a new enhancement for its TS software, The Order Terminal Plug-in software for Photobook - a new software which will further expand Photobook solutions. With the rapid emergence of the digital era, the “photo-life” of consumers is becoming ever more diverse, leading to increased orders for value-added services... (More)



Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Nikon celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Nikkor Optical Excellence with an all-new 50mm F/1.4 Prime Lens
15:13 EDT - 75 Years Later and 45 Million Lenses Produced, the NIKKOR Pedigree Continues to Thrive with the Introduction of the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens MELVILLE, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2008) - Nikon Inc. celebrates 75 years of defining optical excellence with the release of the newly engineered AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 prime lens that is considered by many photographers to be an essential tool with a focal length... (More)



Xerox's iGen 4 Press. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: FUJIFILM and Xerox Announce New Photo Product solutions
15:07 EDT - September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Europe GmbH (hereafter Fujifilm) and Xerox (Europe) Limited (hereafter Xerox) today announced the latest fruits of the alliance they established in 2007. This European alliance is based upon the global alliance agreed between Xerox Corporation in the U.S. and FUJIFILM Corporation in Japan. Xerox and Fujifilm will be showing two new advanced photo product solutions for... (More)



Fujifilm's Internet Photo System software. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Introducing the Internet Photo System (IPS) and FUJIFILM Printshop
14:59 EDT - September 16, 2008 - After the acquisition of IP Labs GmbH at the beginning of 2008, FUJIFILM Corporation announces the new version of its leading online photo service software platform Internet Photo System (IPS) for high volume photo service providers, and the brand-new Internet Photo System for Minilabs (FUJIFILM Printshop) suited for the needs of specialized photo retailers and small to medium... (More)



Fujifilm's MS workflow management software and TS print order terminal software CDs. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Announces the Release of New Workflow Management Software for the Retail Photofinisher as the Latest Advances for Expanding Frontier Solutions
14:46 EDT - September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Corporation is pleased to announce the latest version of its MS workflow management software and TS print order terminal software, which together represent the core of Fujifilm’s Expanding Frontier Solutions. Fujifilm has recently been promoting its Expanding Frontier Solutions Strategy to address diversifying user needs in line with the progress of digitization... (More)



Fujifilm's Order-It photo terminal. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Order-it Phototerminal by Fujifilm: Most important order channel for photo products now standardized Europe-wide
14:37 EDT - September 16, 2008 - When ordering photos or photo products from digital data this is mostly done at a Photo Terminal. About 60% of all orders find their way from the terminal to the Photofinishing laboratory or an output system at the photo retailer. Fujifilm is one of the biggest suppliers of these order terminals and is providing them under the designation ‚order-it Photo Terminal’... (More)



Fujifilm's DPC7 print order terminal. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Introducing In-store Print Order Terminal DPC7
14:27 EDT - September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Corporation is proud to exhibit the new DPC7 print order terminal, the most recent in Fujifilm’s lineup of digital photo print kiosk solutions. As the number of photos taken with digital cameras and cellphone cameras continues to increase, print order terminals are becoming indispensable items of equipment for retail photo service. Fujifilm boasts a proven track... (More)



Fujifilm's Frontier DL410 minilab. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Frontier Dry Minilab DL410
14:20 EDT - New Compact and Easy to Use Inkjet Minilab Printer September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Corporation announces the Frontier Dry Minilab DL410, an inkjet system Minilab that adds a new dimension to Fujifilm’s Digital Minilab Frontier series. With a footprint of just 0.5m2, the DL410 comes in a compact body. It can even be placed on a countertop, increasing location options, and enabling print shops... (More)



Fujifilm's Crystal Archive Writable photo paper. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Introduction of Fujicolor Crystal Archive Writable Paper
14:05 EDT - September 16, 2008 - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Writable Paper FUJIFILM Corporation is pleased to introduce the Fujicolor Crystal Archive Writable Paper, which is a new silver halide photographic color paper specifically designed to make durable writable photos possible for calendar, photobook, postcard and fine art purposes. The writable paper is designed in such a way that end consumers can make... (More)



Fujifilm's Frontier Dry Minilab DL42SD. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Frontier Dry Minilab DL42SD (Reference Exhibit)
13:59 EDT - September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Corporation is pleased to announce the reference exhibit of the Frontier Dry Minilab DL42SD, an inkjet system Minilab which works with sheet paper and offers high quality double-sided printing. The DL42SD enables easy operation of high quality double-sided printing for value-added print services such as Photobook. By installing the optional automatic double-sided printing... (More)



Fujifilm's Crystal Archive Paper Supreme High Definition. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Introduction of Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper Supreme High Definition
13:50 EDT - September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Corporation is pleased to introduce the Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper Supreme High Definition, which is a new silver halide photographic color paper specifically designed as a Premium product for the consumer market. Supreme High Definition Paper responds to market trends and customer requirements. Depending on local market conditions, retailers can offer the New... (More)



Fujifilm's ASK-2000 Digital Photo Printer. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modificatioms by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: FUJIFILM Announces New High-Performance Dye-Sublimation Thermal Photo Printing Material
13:37 EDT - September 16, 2008 - Fujifilm Quality Thermal Photo Paper FUJIFILM Corporation announces the development of FUJIFILM Quality Thermal Photo Paper, a new dye sublimation thermal photo printing material packaged with a dedicated ink ribbon cartridge for use with the ASK-2000 Thermal Photo Printer. FUJIFILM Quality Thermal Photo Paper is a new type of dye sublimation thermal photo printing material,... (More)



16GB KODAK SDHC High-Speed Card. PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Extends Kodak-Branded Offering with Secure Digital High-Capacity, High-Speed Memory Card
13:34 EDT - New 16GB KODAK SDHC High-Speed Card Designed for Capturing High-Definition Video and Fast-Action Photos Fremont, CA, September 22, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today extended its KODAK-branded memory card offering with the introduction of the 16GB KODAK Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) High-Speed Card. The new high-capacity KODAK-branded card... (More)



Nintendo's Wii logo. Courtesy of Nintendo. Click here to visit the Nintendo Wii website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Broadens the Horizons of Photo Printing with the Digital Photo Print Channel for Wii
13:32 EDT - September 16, 2008 - FUJIFILM Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd. are pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Photo Print Channel for Wii, an internet-based printing service for digital photo prints, photobooks and other items, using Nintendo’s WiiTM. This service was first introduced in Japan on July 23, 2008. Fujifilm currently offers a high quality printing service which produces digital... (More)



KODAK logo PRESS RELEASE: Kodak's New Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printers Promise Lowest Ink Replacement Cost in the Industry
13:30 EDT - Kodak Continues to Innovate on Convenience and Ease-of-Use with Secure Wi-Fi Printing, One-Touch Controls and New Intelligent Paper Tray System COLOGNE, Germany, September 22, 2008 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) welcomes consumers to an even more affordable and effortless way to print, copy and scan photos and documents with the new Kodak ESP 7 & ESP 9 All-in-One (AiO) Printers. Kodak has combined... (More)



Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G1 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sample images (sort of) from Panasonic G1

13:06 EDT - IR Publisher Dave Etchells had a chance to shoot with a prototype of the Panasonic DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds camera at a pre-Photokina press event in Cologne, Germany yesterday, and has some images to share, albeit at low resolution...

I had the opportunity to shoot with a prototype of the Panasonic G1 yesterday, at an international press even here in Cologne, Germany. Because the cameras we were using had firmware that's still far from final, Panasonic asked us not to share full-resolution images from them yet. VGA-resolution images (all we're permitted to show) don't show anything about resolution or noise levels, but I decided... (More)



miniphotokina-logo.jpg Pasini Reports: miniphotokina Reviews

12:02 EDT - Mike test drives a few products during the show.

While the Imaging Resource video crews were packing for Cologne, your newsletter editor was busy unpacking. A handful of products to be announced at photokina secretly arrived at his bunker last week and he's been setting them up in what can only be called miniphotokina. The plan is to post a test drive a day during the show so you can see how a few new products actually perform while they are being... (More)



Kodak logo. PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Drives Imaging Innovation at Photokina 2008
10:40 EDT - New Offerings Expand and Enhance Ways Consumers, Retailers and Professionals Capture, Print and Share Images ROCHESTER, N.Y. and COLOGNE, Germany, September 22 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today unveiled comprehensive and innovative imaging solutions for consumers, retailers, and creative professionals at Photokina 2008. The Kodak booth (Hall 5.2) includes ultra crisp digital displays, wireless... (More)



Ricoh's R10 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh announces Caplio R10

06:38 EDT - Ricoh has announced a replacement for its existing R8 digital camera, in the form of the Ricoh R10.

The Ricoh R10 retains the R8's ten megapixel imager and 7.1x optical zoom lens. The most notable difference in the Ricoh R10 is its larger 3.0" LCD display. The company has also incorporated the "electronic level" function from its GR Digital II and GX200 digital cameras into the Ricoh R10. A user-programmable Function button has been added to the rear panel of the Ricoh R10, and... (More)



Pentax's K2000 digital SLR. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax: New DSLR, ring flash, and lenses aplenty

03:01 EDT - As the biennial Photokina tradeshow prepares to kick off, Pentax Imaging Co. has announced a new digital SLR, ring flash and a range of new lenses.

The Pentax K2000 digital SLR (known as the Pentax K-m in certain overseas markets) features 10.2 megapixel resolution from an APS-C CCD image sensor. There's also in-body Dust Removal and Shake Reduction, with the mechanism and circuit boards for the latter system having been redesigned to be more compact. The Pentax K2000 also sports a body with improved ergonomics, including a control layout designed... (More)



Olympus' unnamed Four Thirds prototype camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus previews next Four Thirds DSLR

01:00 EDT - Showing its continuing support of the Four Thirds system alongside the new Micro Four Thirds standard, Olympus has today announced plans for a new E-System Four Thirds digital SLR.

Few details are currently available on the as-yet unnamed DSLR, which is to be shown in prototype form at the Photokina tradeshow and can also be seen in the press image at the end of this news item. What we do currently know is that the new camera is billed as a "mid-level" (advanced amateur) model that will sit between the company's E-520 and E-3 models in the lineup. It is set to inherit... (More)



Olympus and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds logo. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces Micro Four Thirds plans

01:00 EDT - A little under two months ago, Olympus and Matsushita - the company behind the Panasonic brandname - jointly announced their new Micro Four Thirds standard.

Today, Olympus has announced the development of its first Micro Four Thirds product, which is being shown as a concept camera during the Photokina tradeshow. Partner company Matsushita is set to begin shipping its first Micro Four Thirds product - the Panasonic G1 - from mid-November 2008. While the G1 does better existing single-lens reflex digital cameras with its 4.9 x 3.3 x 1.8" (124 x 84... (More)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Lexar Media logo. PRESS RELEASE: New Lexar Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi Memory Card Gives Consumers Exciting Wireless Option for Uploading and Sharing Digital Photos
21:33 EDT - 2GB SD-Compatible Memory Card Enables Users to Wirelessly Send Photos to Their Computers, Social Networking and Photo-Sharing Websites Fremont, CA, September 18, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, is giving digital photo enthusiasts the opportunity to "cut the cord" with the introduction of its Shoot-n-Sync™ Wi-Fi® memory card - a convenient... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Portrait Professional offers “Celebrity Makeovers” for the Masses
15:37 EDT - Unique intelligent human beautification software that requires no skill to be shown at Photokina for the first time Photokina Hall 4.1 Stand F31/G30 September 2008: Image processing firm Anthropics Technology, will be demonstrating the latest release of its new automatic photo editing and airbrushing software, Portrait Professional V8 at Photokina (http://www.portraitprofessional.com). Portrait Professional... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Sunex to Exhibit at Cologne Photokina 2008, Sept. 23-Sept. 28
15:31 EDT - CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunex, Inc. a world leading provider of wide-angle lenses for digital imaging products will exhibit a complete line of fisheye products for DSLR cameras. The SuperfisheyeTM product family is designed for fast and easy creation of panoramas and 360o immersive images. The product family includes 185o fisheye lenses optimized for Nikon and Canon DSLRs, panoramic tripod... (More)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mamiya's ZDb digital back. Courtesy of Mamiya, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Mamiya ZDb Digital Back Debuts at Photokina 2008
15:30 EDT - Cologne, Germany – September 19, 2008 – Mamiya Digital Imaging has announced the next model of their digital back – called the Mamiya ZDb 22 megapixel Digital Back – will be shown at Photokina 2008. To further refine the successful Mamiya ZD Digital Back system, the R&D team at Mamiya has developed the new ZDb Digital Back with several useful enhancements. To allow longer... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Mamiya Remote Capture for Tethered Operation with Mamiya ZD Digital Backs
15:27 EDT - Mamiya has introduced their new capture software for use with Mamiya ZD digital camera systems. Mamiya Remote Capture can be used with the Mamiya ZD or Mamiya ZD Digital Back via the 1394 Firewire cable for shooting in tethered mode. Since Mamiya Raw files (.mef) can be opened by major processing software, such as Phase One’s Capture One 4.1, Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom, etc., Mamiya Remote Capture... (More)



Mamiya's Sekor AF 80mm F/2.8  D L/S lens. Courtesy of Mamiya, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Mamiya Shows New Leaf Shutter Lens for Mamiya 645AFD III
15:12 EDT - Cologne, Germany – September 17, 2008 – In response to requests from Mamiya owners, a new leaf shutter lens for the 645 AFD III will be introduced at Photokina 2008. The Mamiya Sekor AF 80mm F2.8 D L/S will be the first leaf shutter lens in Mamiya’s AF L/S Digital lens lineup. The leaf shutter, which has been developed and manufactured in-house by Mamiya, is capable of shutter... (More)



Mamiya's Sekor AF 45mm f/2.8D lens. Courtesy of Mamiya, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Mamiya Introduces 45mm f/2.8 D Wide-Angle Lens
14:58 EDT - Cologne, Germany — September 17 — Mamiya announced the introduction of the Mamiya Sekor 45mm f/2.8 D -- the latest lens in the growing series of Mamiya Digital lenses. This wide-angle lens utilizes low-dispersion glass to correct chromatic aberration, producing high resolution and a large image circle coverage for film and digital backs. The use of floating lens elements... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Vertical Hand Grip for Mamiya 645AFD III
14:49 EDT - Cologne, Germany – September 17, 2008 – A vertical grip for the Mamiya 645AFDIII medium format camera has been announced by Mamiya at the 2008 Photokina. The grip, designed for the 645AFD III, features a shutter release button, release mode selector (single or continuous), and Auto Exposure Lock (AEL) and Autofocus lock (AF) buttons all for comfort, convenience... (More)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canon's EOS-5D Mark II digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! Canon announces EOS-5D Mark II

00:01 EDT - Canon USA has today announced its new Canon EOS-5D Mark II digital SLR, a direct successor to its original EOS 5D, which survived a little over three years before replacement.

The Canon 5D Mark II occupies the same position in Canon's lineup, and still features a compact body that forgoes much of the ruggedness of Canon's pro-level cameras in favor of reduced cost. The Canon 5D Mk. II sports a new full-frame 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with 6.4µm pixel pitch. The sensor is similar to that of the EOS-1Ds Mark III, but with quite a few changes that result in a cleaner... (More)



Canon's PowerShot G10 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon replaces PowerShot G9

00:01 EDT - Canon USA has today replaced its PowerShot G9 digital camera with a direct successor, the new PowerShot G10.

The Canon G10 has grown just a little in size, with a new body that features a double-decker right-hand control dial. Internally, the Canon G10 boosts resolution to 14.7 megapixels, and upgrades the image processor to a DIGIC 4 type. At the same time the new 5x zoom loses a little reach, but gains a useful 28mm wide angle while retaining the optical image stabilization. Autofocus system upgrades... (More)



Canon's PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces SX10 IS

00:01 EDT - Canon's PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera replaces the PowerShot S5 IS model, and has a body that's a third of an inch larger in all directions.

The Canon SX10's controls have been totally overhauled, and inside sits a larger 1/2.3" ten megapixel CCD image sensor and a DIGIC 4 image processor that allows for servo AF tracking. The PowerShot SX10's lens is now a whopping 20x stabilized zoom that sports a 28mm wide angle and 560mm telephoto. The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS's LCD display still has a 2.5" diagonal, but resolution increases... (More)



Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces two new Digital ELPH digicams

00:01 EDT - Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS and PowerShot SD990IS digital cameras replace the prior SD870 and SD950 models respectively.

The Canon SD880 is a ten megapixel camera with a 4x stabilized zoom lens. The PowerShot SD880 has a 3.0" LCD display, a restyled body that's just slightly smaller than its predecessor, and increases the telephoto power just slightly as well. ISO sensitivity in the Canon SD880 IS ranges from 100 to 3,200 equivalents, and other features include face detection, contrast correction, and an H.264... (More)



Canon's PowerShot SX1 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon Europe announces first CMOS PowerShot digicam

00:01 EDT - Among today's PowerShot digital camera announcements from Canon is one that has taken place in Europe and Asia, but conspicuously not in the US market.

The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is very similar to the SX10 IS which has been launched here, but with one very important difference. Where the SX10 IS has a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with ten megapixels, the SX1 IS replaces this with a CMOS sensor of equal size and effective resolution. That makes the SX1 IS the first ever PowerShot digital camera to feature a CMOS imager, and it also gives the SX1 IS a huge... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Canon enhances EF series with new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM fast aperture wide-angle prime lens
00:01 EDT - Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 17 September, 2008: Canon today strengthens its line-up of EF-series lenses with the introduction of a new fast aperture prime lens: the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM. Replacing the EF 24mm f/1.4L USM, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM has been completely redesigned to provide an exacting partner lens to Canon’s new EOS digital SLRs, the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II. The EF 24mm... (More)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lexar Platinum II 60x 16GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) PRESS RELEASE: Increased Capacity of Lexar Platinum II Memory Cards Enhances Experience for Value-Conscious Video and Photo Enthusiasts
13:45 EDT - New 16GB Secure Digital High Capacity and CompactFlash Memory Cards Enhance Video- and Photo-Capturing Capabilities of Flash-Based Digital Cameras, Camcorders and Digital SLRs Fremont, CA, September 16, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced today that the company has further increased the capacity of its widely popular Platinum II flash memory... (More)



Sony Alpha A700 digital SLR camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sony releases major firmware update for A700, new application software update

12:00 EDT - Big kudos to Sony: Major firmware revision released for their DSLR-A700. New software update as well...

It's nice to see a manufacturer really responding to their users and continuing to support cameras well after their initial release. In the case of the Sony A700, we were also gratified to learn from Sony representatives that our own early leadership in highlighting the issues surrounding noise reduction in the camera's RAW images had an influence on their decision to update the A700's firmware. While... (More)



Casio's EXILIM EX-FH20 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio announces 40fps EXILIM FH20

09:00 EDT - Way back in the runup to the annual Photo Marketing Association tradeshow last Spring, Casio announced the EXILIM Pro EX-F1.

Capable of a frankly astonishing 60 frames-per-second at its full resolution, the Casio F1 also offered high-speed movie modes as fast as 1,200 frames per second. Sadly, a high $1,000 pricetag and a somewhat complex user interface dampened the appeal of the Casio F1. That's where the new Casio High Speed EXILIM EX-FH20 steps in. With a simplified UI, much lower pricetag, a smaller and lighter... (More)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Leica announces D-LUX 4

19:23 EDT - The new Leica D-LUX 4 is a rebadged equivalent to the Panasonic LX3, which was announced some eight weeks ago.

Expected to ship by the end of 2008, the Leica D-LUX 4 is externally very similar to the Panasonic camera, with the main difference being the removal of the slightly raised hand-grip. The Leica D-LUX 4 has a 10.1 megapixel image sensor, DC Vario-Summicron 2.5x zoom lens with 24mm wide angle, and a 3.0" LCD display. An optional external viewfinder can be attached to the D-LUX 4's flash hot... (More)



Leica announces C-LUX 3

19:10 EDT - The Leica C-LUX 3 is a rebadging of the Panasonic FX37 which preceded its announcement by some eight weeks.

Expected to ship this October, the Leica C-LUX 3 is externally almost identical, and has a sensor resolution of 10.1 effective megapixels from a 1/2.33" CCD image sensor. Leica has coupled this to an image stabilized, DC Vario-Elmarit branded 5x optical zoom lens with a 25mm wide angle. There's no optical viewfinder, with the Leica C-LUX 3 including only a 2.5" LCD on which images and... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: New: LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.
19:02 EDT - The world’s fastest aspherical lens The new LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. launched by Leica Camera AG, Solms, represents a milestone in lens design. It is the successor of the famous NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/1 marketed by Leica for over 30 years, beginning in1975. Due to state-of-the-art optical and mechanical technology, Leica has now been able to make substantial improvements to the ... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: New: Compact high-performance lens LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH.
18:59 EDT - Leica Camera AG, Solms is adding an ultra-compact wide-angle lens to its range of short focal length lenses for the Leica M system. The new LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH. combines high imaging performance with an extremely wide angle of view, making it the ideal standard wide-angle lens for the digital LEICA M8 models. As with all M series lenses, it can also be used on all analog Leica M models.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: New accessories for Leica rangefinder system: Leica Brilliant Viewfinder M for 21 mm and 24 mm lenses and Leica Viewfinder Magnifier M 1.4x
18:59 EDT - Leica Camera AG, Solms has added several accessories to its rangefinder system to fit the new M lenses and cameras. In addition to two compact brilliant viewfinders for the short focal lengths 21 mm and 24 mm, a new viewfinder magnifier is also available. Screwed on to the eyepiece of Leica M cameras, it magnifies the viewfinder image by 1.4x.  The new viewfinders for 21 mm and 24 mm... (More)



Zeiss logo. Click to visit the Carl Zeiss website. PRESS RELEASE: More optics for everyone
12:29 EDT - ZE: Carl Zeiss SLR Lenses Now Also With EF Bayonet Thornwood, NY, September 2008: Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses with the introduction of the Zeiss ZE Lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models. As with all EF compatible lenses, the new ZE lenses from Carl Zeiss transfer all information exclusively via electronic contacts. This means that... (More)



Delkin's logo. Click here to visit the Delkin website! PRESS RELEASE: Delkin Provides Rugged Protection For The Latest Canon And Nikon DSLRs
11:17 EDT - Poway, CA. September 15th, 2008 - Delkin Devices, Inc. has just released several new Pop-Up Shades, expanding its line of protective camera accessories.  The latest shades are for the Nikon D3, Nikon D300 and more recently, the Nikon D60 and Canon Rebel XSi.   Also introduced was a 2.8" Universal model that fits compact cameras with either 2.7" or 2.8"... (More)



Bibble's logo. Click here to visit the Bibble Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: Bibble Labs to Introduce Bibble 5 at Photokina
11:12 EDT - Austin, Tx, Sept 15th, 2008: Bibble Labs is thrilled to be officially introducing Bibble 5 at Photokina on Sept 23rd. Bibble 5 is the culmination of years of development and draws on Bibble Labs 8-year heritage as a leading developer photographic workflow and RAW conversion software. Bibble 5 improves upon all aspects of photographic workflow, offering finer control over image quality and adjustments,... (More)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G1 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic G1: First Micro Four Thirds digicam (previewed)

02:01 EDT - At the start of August, 2008, Panasonic and Olympus jointly announced a new standard for interchangeable lens cameras, and today the Panasonic G1 has been unveiled as the first "Micro Four Thirds" product.

We've discussed the Micro Four Thirds system in some detail previously, so readers unfamiliar with the standard may want to take a look at our earlier coverage to familiarize themselves. In brief though, it offers the promise of smaller, lighter cameras and lenses by removing the mirror box in favor of an electronic viewfinder. The interchangeable lens Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 definitely fulfils the... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Introduces World’s First Interchangeable Lenses For Micro Four Thirds System Digital Cameras
02:01 EDT - Two New Lenses Compatible with LUMIX G1, the World’s Smallest & Lightest Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera, Part of the Micro Four Thirds System SECAUCUS, NJ (September 12, 2008) – Panasonic today announced the world’s first interchangeable lenses designed for the new Micro Four Thirds System. The LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S will be the standard kit... (More)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Capacity and Performance of New Lexar Professional UDMA 300x 16GB CompactFlash Card Improves Digital Photography Experience
15:55 EDT - Ideal Combination of Increased Capacity and Professional-Level Performance Gives Photographers More Time to Capture, Manage, and Market Images FREMONT, Calif., September 9, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced the Lexar Professional UDMA 300x 16GB CompactFlash (CF) card, a new memory card that provides an ideal combination of increased... (More)



Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900 digital SLR. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony: new full-frame pro DSLR, reviewed

09:00 EDT - Sony Corp. has today announced its first digital SLR to feature a full 35mm frame-sized image sensor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900.

To coincide with the announcement, we've just posted a full Sony A900 review based on an early production sample camera - and for that reason, this news item has been abbreviated from our usual in-depth analysis, instead hitting just a few of the key points. We'd encourage readers who're interested in the camera to jump straight over to our Sony DSLR-A900 review instead, and get the full story! The... (More)



Sony's 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G Series lens. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: NEW PREMIUM LENSES SUPPORT FULL-FRAME ALPHA DSLR CAMERA
09:00 EDT - SAN DIEGO, Sept. 9, 2008 – Sony is expanding its number of high performance Carl Zeiss® and G Series lenses with the addition of the new SAL1635ZA and SAL70400G models. Vario Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Series Lens The SAL1635ZA model is a super wide angle 16-35mm f/2.8 constant aperture zoom lens, well-suited for landscape, snapshot and indoor photography.  ... (More)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

po-tiltswiv.150.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Introduces Tilt/Shift Lens Based on Collaboration with Hartblei
12:17 EDT - COPENHAGEN, September 3, 2008 -- Phase One A/S today announced an exclusive strategic alliance with Hartblei to drive medium format photographic lens innovation. The first product of this alliance is the Phase One 3.5/45 mm TS lens, based on the popular Hartblei 45 mm f/3.5 Super Rotator lens. Specially designed for the professional photographer, this small, lightweight tilt shift lens is ideal for... (More)



Jobo's X7 photo viewer. Courtesy of Jobo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Introduces New Portable Digital Photo Album
09:52 EDT - Easy-to-use JOBO X7 Portable Photo Viewer features 7-inch display with handsome protective leather cover, 1GB of internal memory capable of storing up to 10,000 images and rechargeable lithium-ion battery Gummersbach, Germany (September 3, 2008) - JOBO AG announces a unique and very portable new addition to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. Featuring a 7-inch viewing screen... (More)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Eye-Fi's logo. Click here to visit the Eye-Fi website! PRESS RELEASE: Eye-Fi Collaborates With Nikon To Introduce The 'Eye-Fi Connected'™ Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera
16:40 EDT - Mountain View, Calif., August 27, 2008 — Eye-Fi, Inc.(www.eye.fi), makers of the world’s first wireless memory card for digital cameras, today announced that it collaborated with Nikon Corporation, a world leader in digital imaging and precision optics, to deliver enhanced integration of its Eye-Fi cards with Nikon’s newly announced digital SLR camera, Nikon D90. The D90 is Nikon’s... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Introduces Innovative New Digital Picture Frame
15:43 EDT - Elegant new 15-inch digital frame with 1GB of internal memory showcases images on a real glass display with a unique mirrored finish Gummersbach, Germany (August 25, 2008) - JOBO AG announces the addition of a new elegantly styled 15-inch digital picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. When turned on, the new JOBO Mirage L beautifully showcases digital images on its... (More)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Retouching Software Cuts Portrait Post-Production Times From Hours To Minutes
10:55 EDT - London, UK, August 28th, 2008 - Anthropics Technology announces a new batch-processing version of its Portrait Professional software. This innovation brings the successful Portrait Professional software to photographers who would benefit from retouching large volumes of portraits, for significant time saving and happier customers. The software will be demonstrated at PhotoKina and available for... (More)



Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony announces Cyber-shot T500

08:58 EDT - Sony has today announced a new Cyber-shot T-series digital camera model, the Sony T500.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500 features a ten megapixel CCD sensor coupled to a Zeiss branded 5x optical zoom lens that incorporates Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization. Maximum aperture in the Sony DSC-T500 varies from f/3.5 to f/4.4 across the zoom range. There's no optical viewfinder, with image framing and playback on the T500 achieved solely on a 3.5", 230,000 dot... (More)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Nikon D90 test shots posted!

22:04 EDT - Exclusive! We have a production-level sample of the D90, and have posted the first batch of tests shots we captured with it.

We just got our hands on a production-level sample of the new Nikon D90,and have begun running it through our laboratory tests. The first batch of test images are online now, in our Nikon D90 Preview, which we've just updated to First Shots status. Stay tuned, we'll have more test shots tomorrow, and hopefully some timing data on the new camera by Friday! We haven't done any formal analysis on the... (More)



Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Introduces the Versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR® 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
00:02 EDT - Newest High Quality NIKKOR DX-Format Lens Bundled with the D90 D-SLR Camera and Sold As Stand Alone Option MELVILLE, N.Y. (Aug. 27, 2008) - Nikon Inc. today introduced a new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a welcome addition to an existing Nikon DX-format D-SLR system and the ideal counterpart to the D90 Digital SLR camera also announced today. This flexible new DX lens offers photographers... (More)



Nikon D90 digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Nikon announces the D90!

00:01 EDT - The Nikon D80's exceptional sales record perhaps gave Nikon a little extra time to spend cooking up their vision of the ultimate prosumer DSLR. The result is the Nikon D90, incorporating AE and AF technology from the D3/D700/D300 line, while kicking both resolution and performance up a couple of notches from the D80. Not enough? How about movies from a DSLR? Read on for the details!

The new Nikon D90 comes to market with the considerable advantage of building on the strengths of one of the most popular SLRs in recent memory, the D80. As noted above, the extraordinary success of the D80 perhaps gave Nikon a bit of breathing space in which to develop the D90, thereby taking a larger step forward than they might otherwise have managed. The result shows in a camera that taps autoexposure... (More)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

PowerShot E1 digital cameras. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Canon PowerShot E1 announced!

03:56 EDT - The Canon PowerShot E1 marks a completely new concept for Canon cameras, very much designed for a young, female aesthetic.

The Canon E1 is marked by very curvy, rounded contours, and is available in three pastel colors, namely a blue, pearl white, and pink. The styling is something of a hybrid between Canon's ELPH and A-series models, but that's only a very broad generalization: The Canon E1 ultimately has a styling all its own. (Think of the design sense of the Hello Kitty animation figures, and you'll have some idea... (More)



Canon PowerShot A1000 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Canon releases PowerShot A1000IS!

03:19 EDT - The Canon A1000IS has a very similar design and body shape to that of the Canon E1 we cover elsewhere, but the A1000IS has a bit more elegant, two-toned look, evidently designed to appeal to a more mainstream demographic. (The Canon E1 is really aimed at people (particularly females) in their teens and under, the A1000IS will appeal to young males and adults of both genders.)

With 10 megapixels and a 4x zoom lens, plus Canon's excellent image stabilization (IS), the Canon Powershot A1000IS is a great little camera with lots of capability in a svelte, compact package. A melding of the compact Canon ELPH design and the preceding larger, AA-battery powered A-series models, the new Canon A1000IS has a sleeker, more curvy look than previous A-series models, yet retains the... (More)



Canon PowerShot A2000 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Canon introduces PowerShot A2000IS!

03:04 EDT - The Canon PowerShot A2000IS is intended as a replacement for the very popular Canon A720IS that was a sales leader last year.

The new Canon A2000IS has the same 6x optical zoom range (covering focal lengths from 36-216 mm equivalent) as the A720IS did, but bumps up the resolution from 8 to 10 megapixels. - And of course, it offers Canon's excellent IS (Image Stabilization) technology, an especially key feature at longer telephoto focal lengths. With a 10-megapixel sensor and a 6x optical zoom lens covering a focal length... (More)



Canon PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Canon announces PowerShot SX110 IS!

02:32 EDT - The Canon SX110IS follows in the footsteps of a very successful long-zoom camera in last year's lineup, the SX100IS.

This year, Canon has updated the design with a 9 megapixel sensor (up from 8 megapixels) and larger 3 inch LCD (up from 2.5 inches). The Canon SX100IS also sports a number of enhancements to the its operation, with more sophisticated face recognition processing, a more sophisticated auto exposure system, motion detection, and a new Easy Mode that reduces picture taking to a "just push the button"... (More)



Canon SELPHY ES3 and SELPHY ES30 printers. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. announces two new Selphy compact photo printers offering a stylish design and creative flair
01:27 EDT - Creative Enhancements Allow Consumers To Personalize Those "Can't Miss" Moments LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new additions to the popular SELPHY compact photo printer line: the SELPHY ES3 and SELPHY ES30. A first for a Canon compact photo printer, the SELPHY ES3 will now include one gigabyte of internal flash memory for... (More)



Canon iP4600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. announces two new photo printers with improved ink for stunning prints
01:15 EDT - The PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 Deliver Canon-Quality Photos and Performance LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Consumers looking to produce beautiful photos at home, or quickly print out a term paper need to look no further than the new PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 printers announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging. Easy, efficient and economical are the guiding principles... (More)



Canon MP980 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Print Wi-Fi, Print Canon: the imaging leader announces two all-in-one photo printers for today's home user
01:08 EDT - New PIXMA MP980 All-In-One Printer is the Ultimate Feature-Rich Photo Printer with Gray Ink for Black and White Photos and Wireless Connection1 LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new Wi-Fi inkjet multifunction devices1, the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers. Both the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo... (More)



Canon EOS 50D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon. Canon announces EOS-50D!

00:01 EDT - Canon announces the Canon 50D, the follow-on to their highly successful 40D SLR, with higher resolution, higher ISO, and a deeper buffer for JPEG images.

Today sees the announcement of one of the more avidly awaited cameras of the year, the Canon 50D mid-range DSLR. While an excellent camera, many felt that the Canon 40D was a somewhat incremental upgrade over the preceding 30D, which was itself a relatively incremental step over the 20D. The Canon EOS 50D definitely kicks things up a couple of notches though, boosting resolution from 10.1 to 15.1... (More)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Olympus' Stylus 1050SW digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus introduces the rugged Stylus 1050SW

00:26 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 1050SW features a rugged body that is shockproof, waterproof, and even freezeproof and includes perhaps the most unusual control system we've ever seen.

Based around a ten megapixel image sensor and 3x optical zoom lens with a rather tight 38mm wide-angle, the Olympus 1050SW also includes a 2.7-inch LCD display, 41.6MB of internal memory, and xD-Picture Card storage slot. Perhaps the Olympus Stylus 1050's most unusual feature is the ability to control the camera by different patterns of tapping on the camera body, from different angles. It's an idea... (More)



Olympus' Stylus 1040 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. New Stylus is Olympus' slimmest yet

00:20 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 1040 features an ultraslim body that the company says makes it "the thinnest Stylus camera of all time".

Based around a ten megapixel image sensor and 3x optical zoom lens with a rather tight 38mm wide-angle, the Olympus 1040 also includes a 2.7-inch LCD display, 48MB of internal memory, and xD-Picture Card storage slot. There's no mechanical image stabilization in the Stylus 1040 - only what the company calls "Digital Image Stabilization", which simply increases the ISO sensitivity to try... (More)



Olympus SP-565 UZ digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces SP-565UZ

00:14 EDT - The Olympus SP-565 UltraZoom takes the SP-570UZ model from Spring 2008, and updates it with a redesigned body that's slightly smaller and lighter.

The Olympus SP-565UZ has a ten megapixel imager, and an Olympus ED-branded 20x (!!) optical zoom lens. The SP565UZ also offers sensor-shift type mechanical image stabilization, and an electronic viewfinder with diopter correction. Something had to go to get the size down, though, and hence the Olympus SP-565UZ has a smaller 2.5" LCD display. On the plus side, available memory in the Olympus... (More)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio: Three new EXILIM digicams

06:43 EDT - Casio America Inc. has introduced three new digital camera models for its EXILIM Zoom series.

The Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 and Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z250 both sport 9.1 megapixel 1/2.5" CCD imagers, while the Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z300 boosts this to 10.1 megapixels from a 1/2.3" CCD. All three cameras have EXILIM-branded optical zoom lenses - a 3x zoom with a rather tight 38mm wide angle for the Casio Z85, while both the Casio Z250 and Casio Z300 sport 4x optical zooms with a useful... (More)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Olympus' FE-370 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces FE-360, FE-370

17:53 EDT - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced two new digital camera models for its budget-friendly FE-series.

The Olympus FE-360 and Olympus FE-370 both sport eight megapixel 1/2.35" CCD imagers and Olympus branded optical zoom lenses - a 3x zoom for the FE-360, and a 5x zoom for the FE-370. The FE-370 offers mechanical image stabilization and a 2.7" LCD display, whereas the lower-priced FE-360 has a lower-res 2.5" LCD and no mechanical image stabilization. Another significant difference between... (More)

Friday, August 15, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Introduces Lightweight Portable Photo Display S4
07:59 EDT - Easy-to-use JOBO S4 Mobile Photo Display features 3.5-inch display and rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 2-1/2 hours of continuous use and is available in two frame colors Gummersbach, Germany (August 14, 2008) – JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish and very portable digital picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. Featuring a 3.5-inch screen,... (More)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fujifilm's FinePix J150w digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix J150w

07:12 EDT - Rounding out Fujifilm's digicam announcements for the North American market, the company has launched its new FinePix J150w digital camera.

The Fujifilm FinePix J150w has a 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm-equivalent wide angle in front of a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with ten megapixel resolution. Sadly, there's no mechanical image stabilization. The Fuji FinePix J150w's rear panel has no provision for an optical viewfinder, instead opting solely for a large 3.0" LCD display. ISO sensitivity ranges up to a maximum of ISO 1,600... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix F60FD digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix F60fd

06:40 EDT - Continuing Fuji's new FinePix digital camera announcements, we have the FinePix F60fd.

The Fujifilm FinePix F60fd is based around a twelve megapixel Super CCD HR image sensor coupled to a Fujinon-branded 35 - 105mm equivalent 3x optical zoom lens. The F60fd offers sensor-shift type image stabilization, ISO sensitivity ranges up to ISO 1,600 equivalent (6,400 max at reduced resolution). The Fuji FinePix F60fd's rear panel offers no optical viewfinder, instead opting solely for a large... (More)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fujifilm's FinePix S2000HD digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix S2000HD

11:57 EDT - Fujifilm has today announced several new digital camera models, including one with SLR-like styling and a fairly impressive feature set.

The Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD features a 15x optical zoom lens with a 27.6mm-equivalent wide angle, and a ten megapixel CCD image sensor. With the CCD mounted on a movable platter, the Fuji FinePix S2000HD includes sensor-shift type image stabilization. The Fuji S2000HD's rear panel includes both a 2.7" LCD display and a 0.2" FLCD electronic viewfinder. The Fujifilm S2000HD is described... (More)

Monday, August 11, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Two New Photo All-in-one Printers From Canon U.s.a. Sport A Sleeker Design And Enhanced Performance
10:20 EDT - New Printers Incorporate Stellar Printing, Scanning And Copying Functionality Into Two New Elegant Easy-to-Use Designs; Suitable for A Multitude of Environments LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 11, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has today introduced two new multifunction models, the PIXMA MP480 and PIXMA MP190 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers, designed for simple operation... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Adds Three New Stylish And Easy-To-Use Scanners To The Industry's Best-Selling Line-Up
10:14 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 11, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced three new color image scanners are joining the Canon CanoScan line-up - the CanoScan 5600F, CanoScan LiDE200 and CanoScan LiDE100. These new CanoScan color image scanners provide consumers with an easy-to-use and affordable way to archive photos or to e-mail a document that needs... (More)



cp-s610.jpg Nikon: Coolpix announcement redux

05:09 EDT - On Thursday, Nikon made a raft of digital camera announcements, including models with wifi capabilities and even a built-in GPS.

At the time, News Editor Mike Tomkins was fighting a dying notebook keyboard while on an overseas trip, and hence the announcements didn't get quite the coverage we'd ordinarily provide them. We now have a number of previews posted looking at each camera, along with our usual overview of specifications for each model. The Nikon Coolpix S60 is a ten megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, and... (More)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

cp-p6000.jpg PRESS RELEASE: New Coolpix P6000 Offers Digital SLR Shooting Control In A Compact Camera
14:01 EDT - New Performance Series Camera Enables Users to Test the Photography World with Creative Control and "Geo-tagging" Capabilities with built-in GPS MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2008) -- Nikon Inc. today introduced its newest flagship Coolpix compact camera, the Coolpix P6000. Featuring 13.5 megapixels, a new, built-in global positioning system (GPS) unit, my Picturetown connectivity and the power of Nikon's... (More)



cp-s560.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikon's New Coolpix S560 Offers Easy-To-Use Technology In A Dazzling Camera Design
13:55 EDT - New Features like Scene Auto Selector Mode, Smile Mode, and Smile Indicator Make Capturing Great Images a Snap MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2008) -- Nikon Inc. is pleased to introduce the Coolpix S560, a stylish new compact camera that offers photographic performance and easy-to-use features and controls. Sporting 10 effective megapixels, a 5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization... (More)



cp-s710.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Blends Sleek Styling, Advanced Photo Features In New 14.5-Mp Coolpix S710 Camera
13:51 EDT - New Technology Makes Its Way into Stylish S-Series MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2008) -- Nikon Inc. today announced the chic Coolpix S710, a premium compact camera that not only masters the ease-of-use a compact camera offers, but also successfully incorporates many of the functions creative photographers demand from their traditional SLR cameras like Program, Aperture, Manual and Shutter priority modes.... (More)



cp-s610.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Introduces Coolpix S610, An Ultra-Compact Camera Designed To Provide Users Premium Quality And Speed
13:34 EDT - New Coolpix Camera Offers Stylish Body, New Easy to Use Shooting Modes and a Fast Start-up Time MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7) -- Building on the success of the Coolpix Style Series of digital cameras, Nikon Inc. is thrilled to introduce the new Coolpix S610, which blends elegant design and quality construction with high performance and intuitive controls and features. With 10 effective megapixels, a 4x Zoom-NIKKOR... (More)



Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T77 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, wih modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony: Two new Cyber-shot ultracompacts

00:00 EDT - Sony has today announced two new ultracompact digital camera models, the Cyber-shot DSC-T77 and DSC-T700.

The cameras are both closely related, sporting ten megapixel 1/2.3" imagers and mechanically stabilized, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded, prism-folded 4x optical zoom lenses. The main difference between the Sony DSC-T700 and Sony DSC-T77 is in the internal storage and LCD display types. Where the lower-priced Sony T77 has a 3.0" LCD with 230,400 dots and just 15MB of internal memory, the... (More)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Micro Four Thirds System - Dave's Analysis

14:23 EDT - Today's announcement of the Micro Four Thirds system is arguably the most significant camera-related announcement of the year. Imaging Resource Publisher Dave Etchells shares some thoughts and extended analysis about what it means to the camera market.

The Micro Four Thirds Announcement: More Detail and Analysis Today's announcement of the "Micro Four Thirds" lens mount standard will doubtless send shockwaves through the camera industry and SLR marketplace. It's arguably the most significant announcement in the camera market this year, as it introduces a whole new body/lens standard, and (at long last) opens the possibility of compact... (More)



Olympus and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds logo. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus, Panasonic announce Micro Four Thirds standard

04:07 EDT - Olympus and Panasonic have today jointly announced a new lens mount closely related to the existing Four Thirds format.

The Micro Four Thirds format has been designed to allow for reduced size and weight of camera bodies and lenses. The sensor size of a Micro Four Thirds camera remains identical to that of existing Four Thirds models, but with a roughly 50% decrease in the distance between the lens mount and sensor, known as the flangeback distance. The Micro Four Thirds mount also has a diameter that is reduced by... (More)

Monday, July 21, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Introduces State-of-the-Art, Ultra Stylish New 15-Inch Digital Picture Frame
16:42 EDT - New JOBO digital picture frame features 3 interchangeable frame colors and 1GB of internal memory capable of storing up to 4,000 images in optimum resolution Gummersbach, Germany (July 21, 2008) – JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish, state-of-the-art digital picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. The new JOBO Photo Display PDJ152 includes three... (More)

Monday, July 14, 2008

th-P65.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Announces World's First Full Frame 645 Medium Format Camera System, Based on Breakthrough Sensor Technology
14:08 EDT - Sensor+ Redefines Sensor Functionality to Support Pros' Investments COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- (Marketwire, July 14, 2008) -- Phase One A/S today announced the P 65+ digital back and the P 65+ camera system based on Sensor+ CCD technology co-developed with DALSA Semiconductor. This patent-pending, Sensor+ technology represents a significant advancement in image capture. The chip platform offers the most... (More)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hasselblad H3D-II fifty megapixel DSLR. Courtesy of Hasselblad, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Hasselblad Announces New 50 Megapixel Camera and Upcoming 645 Sensor
15:36 EDT - High-End Digital Camera Manufacturer Announces The Launch Of Two New Products That Fully Utilize The Latest Developments In Sensor Technology. Following the success of the Hasselblad H3DII-39, the market’s most advanced DSLR, Hasselblad is taking its H camera system even further and today announces the launch of the Hasselblad H3DII-50, featuring a new Kodak 50 megapixel sensor, which is twice... (More)

Monday, July 7, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Introduces State-of-the-Art, Ultra Stylish New 15-Inch Digital Picture Frame
16:49 EDT - New JOBO digital picture frame features 3 interchangeable frame colors and 1GB of internal memory capable of storing up to 4,000 images in optimum resolution Gummersbach, Germany (July 7, 2008) – JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish, state-of-the-art digital picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. The new JOBO Photo Display PDJ152 includes three interchangeable... (More)


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22 Sep 08 - Frontier Dry Minilab DL410
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22 Sep 08 - Frontier Dry Minilab DL42SD ...
22 Sep 08 - Introduction of Fujicolor Crystal ...
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13 Aug 08 - Fujifilm announces FinePix J150w
13 Aug 08 - Fujifilm announces FinePix F60fd
12 Aug 08 - Fujifilm announces FinePix S2000HD
Geotate
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Hasselblad
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Hewlett Packard
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Jobo AG
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15 Aug 08 - JOBO Introduces Lightweight ...
21 Jul 08 - JOBO Introduces State-of-the-Art, ...
Kodak
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24 Sep 08 - Leica, Hasselblad, and Sinar Select...
22 Sep 08 - Kodak's New Wireless All-in-One ...
22 Sep 08 - Kodak Drives Imaging Innovation at ...
Leica
24 Sep 08 - Leica announces S2 medium format ...
23 Sep 08 - Leica Camera AG and Phase One ...
15 Sep 08 - Leica announces D-LUX 4
15 Sep 08 - Leica announces C-LUX 3
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15 Sep 08 - New: Compact high-performance lens ...
15 Sep 08 - New accessories for Leica ...
Lensbaby
23 Sep 08 - Lensbaby Introduces New Line of ...
Lexar
23 Sep 08 - Lexar Enhances Digital Photography ...
22 Sep 08 - Lexar Extends Kodak-Branded ...
19 Sep 08 - New Lexar Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi Memory...
16 Sep 08 - Increased Capacity of Lexar ...
09 Sep 08 - Capacity and Performance of New ...
Mamiya
18 Sep 08 - Mamiya ZDb Digital Back Debuts at ...
18 Sep 08 - Mamiya Remote Capture for Tethered ...
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18 Sep 08 - Mamiya Introduces 45mm f/2.8 D ...
18 Sep 08 - Vertical Hand Grip for Mamiya ...
Nikon
22 Sep 08 - Nikon celebrates the 75th ...
27 Aug 08 - First Nikon D90 test shots posted!
27 Aug 08 - Nikon Introduces the Versatile AF-S...
27 Aug 08 - Nikon announces the D90!
11 Aug 08 - Nikon: Coolpix announcement redux
07 Aug 08 - New Coolpix P6000 Offers Digital ...
07 Aug 08 - Nikon's New Coolpix S560 Offers ...
07 Aug 08 - Nikon Blends Sleek Styling, ...
07 Aug 08 - Nikon Introduces Coolpix S610, An ...
Nik Software
23 Sep 08 - Nik Software Announces 'Complete ...
23 Sep 08 - Nik Software Announces Free Update ...
Olympus
22 Sep 08 - Olympus previews next Four Thirds ...
22 Sep 08 - Olympus announces Micro Four Thirds...
25 Aug 08 - Olympus introduces the rugged ...
25 Aug 08 - New Stylus is Olympus' slimmest yet...
25 Aug 08 - Olympus announces SP-565UZ
19 Aug 08 - Olympus announces FE-360, FE-370
Panasonic
27 Sep 08 - Panasonic introduces new SDHC ...
25 Sep 08 - Panasonic shows DMC-G prototype
22 Sep 08 - Sample images (sort of) from ...
12 Sep 08 - Panasonic G1: First Micro Four ...
12 Sep 08 - Panasonic Introduces World’s ...
Pentax
22 Sep 08 - Pentax: New DSLR, ring flash, and ...
Phase One
23 Sep 08 - Phase One Delivers Unprecedented ...
03 Sep 08 - Phase One Introduces Tilt/Shift ...
14 Jul 08 - Phase One Announces World's First ...
Ricoh
22 Sep 08 - Ricoh announces Caplio R10
SanDisk
23 Sep 08 - 32-Gigabyte SanDisk Extreme III ...
23 Sep 08 - SanDisk Extreme IV Compactflash ...
Sigma
23 Sep 08 - Sigma announces DP2
23 Sep 08 - Sigma announces SD15 DSLR ...
23 Sep 08 - Announcement of two new fisheye ...
23 Sep 08 - The compact large aperture standard...
23 Sep 08 - Large aperture, medium telephoto ...
23 Sep 08 - New dedicated tele converter for ...
23 Sep 08 - Multifunctional Macro Flash ...
Smartparts Inc.
23 Sep 08 - Smartparts Announces World’s ...
23 Sep 08 - Smartparts Sets New Standard for ...
Sony
16 Sep 08 - Sony releases major firmware update...
09 Sep 08 - Sony: new full-frame pro DSLR, ...
09 Sep 08 - NEW PREMIUM LENSES SUPPORT ...
28 Aug 08 - Sony announces Cyber-shot T500
07 Aug 08 - Sony: Two new Cyber-shot ...
Miscellaneous
01 Oct 08 - ATP Announces the GPS Photo Finder ...
27 Sep 08 - Tokina: Nikon in-lens AF, plus ...
26 Sep 08 - KoffeePhoto extends its photo ...
25 Sep 08 - HyperDrive COLORSPACE UDMA, World's...
24 Sep 08 - Metadata Working Group Introduces ...
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23 Sep 08 - DALSA extends image sensor ...
23 Sep 08 - Pretec Releases 64GB and 100GB CF ...
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19 Sep 08 - Sunex to Exhibit at Cologne ...
15 Sep 08 - More optics for everyone
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28 Aug 08 - Retouching Software Cuts Portrait ...
05 Aug 08 - Micro Four Thirds System - Dave's ...
05 Aug 08 - Olympus, Panasonic announce Micro ...

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