Photo Marketing Association International
Live Tradeshow Coverage
February 20-23, 2005 Orange County Convention Center, FL
Welcome to Imaging Resource’s Live PMA 2005 Tradeshow Coverage. PMA is the camera industry's most important show of the year, and we covered it like never before. You may have noticed slight delay in getting some of the usual information up, which was due to our behind-the-scenes efforts to be more thorough than ever. As you can now see, that included the ambitious goal of producing streaming videos to give our readers the feeling of being at the show. There were a few snags along the way, but that's to be expected in any new venture. Thanks to our friends at CamcorderInfo.com and DigitalCameraInfo.com for helping us up that learning curve. We've learned a lot, and hope to continue offering similar coverage of important events in the future. Meanwhile, we have a pile of products yet to post, along with more videos in the queue, so stay tuned. Check back often and feel free to look in the forums to discuss the latest news, photos, and videos.
See our new video coverage of PMA 2005. We get up close and personal with some of the hottest new cameras and gadgets. Words and pictures are great, but nothing can touch video for the sense of actually being there. Check out our video coverage of PMA 2005, it's the next best thing to being there!
Can't get enough PMA? Tune into Photo Talk Radio on Saturday, Feb 26 at 11am Eastern Time (8am Pacific) to hear Dave's Top Five Picks from the show! (You can dial in and ask specific questions as well!)
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|Monday, February 21, 2005|
FotoChute grabs pictures with simple interface|
22:48 EST - Well known for it's color flip-screen mobile image storage and playback device called FlashTrax, SmartDisk has launched a new, smaller and less expensive solution for photo retrieval and storage, and they call it FotoChute.
The device is quite a bit smaller than the Flash Trax, and couldn't be simpler. Using the USB cord of your digital camera, just connect the camera to the FotoChute, press a button on the device and images begin to upload from the camera to the onboard 20GB hard drive. A small blue LCD serves as a data and menu display, which is navigated using the five way button cluster right of the screen. A full...
Booth Report: Olympus Corp.|
22:00 EST - As you might expect, Olympus Corp. has one of the larger booths at PMA, with the company showing off pretty much its entire range of imaging products.
Olympus had a whole raft of announcements in the leadup to PMA, with standouts including three fixed aperture zoom lenses for the E-System digital SLR family, and additions to the company's "Total Imaging Solution" - a group of products designed for compatibility, ease-of-use, and a rather "Apple-esque" minimalist fashion sense. (Indeed, Olympus had one of Apple's iMac computers...
Booth Report: Leica Camera AG|
15:40 EST - Leica Camera AG's booth at PMA is highlighting the company's M-system and R-system film cameras, as well as the Digital Module R digital camera back.
The Digital Module R allows users to convert the R8 and R9 35mm film cameras quickly and painlessly to a digital camera with a whopping 10 megapixel sensor resolution. The speed with which the back can be installed really is impressive - booth reps had the changeover down to probably as little as 20 seconds.As they joked to us when switching from digital back to film, the most difficult part is probably...
Booth Report: Nikon Inc. (UPDATED)|
14:51 EST - Though it is surprising to see a high-end SLR with a 4.1 megapixel sensor in 2005, Nikon Inc. was unabashed introducing the D2Hs with just such a sensor.
Speed is the main purpose of the D2Hs, with an 8 frame per second shutter and a buffer that can handle 40 RAW images or 50 JPEGs, and Nikon is betting that its target market of reporters and sports photographers will still want and need such a speed demon. The JFET LBCAST sensor and firmware were redesigned to remove some of the noise that was a problem on the D2H, and a faster, more precise AF system...
Speed portrait studio workflow with Wi-Pics |
14:01 EST - More and more the technological push is toward innovative use of wireless technology to ultimately relegate cards and cables to use as backup devices, while freeing the photographer to shoot more naturally without a long cable attached to their camera.
Two major camera manufacturers have addressed that need for their cameras, but DiceAmerica has aimed more specifically at the high-volume portrait studio creating a solution that's compatible with most CF card-based SLRs. Their Wi-Pics Workflow system is a belt-mounted device with an 802.11a/b/g wireless transmitter, two CF slots, and an optional 20GB hard drive. The units are configurable to the...
Booth Report: Sony Corp. (UPDATED)|
13:52 EST - As usual, Sony Corp. has amongst the larger and more visually impressive booths at PMA with numerous areas offering demonstrations of a wide variety of consumer electronics products, from digital cameras through camcorders, printers, storage devices and Memory Stick products.
Amongst the digital camera announcements, the long-zoom stabilised lens Cyber-shot DSC-H1 stands out as interesting - mostly for the fact that it brings Sony into a market it has been conspicuously absent from. The camera is also noteable for another reason - it is the only model in Sony's 2005 lineup that doesn't offer a Zeiss-branded lens. In talking with representatives from the company, Sony had...
KlearVision available for consumers, pros, and labs|
13:42 EST - I spent a little time with Moshe Keydar, Chairman of KlearVision Digital, and learned about their Photo-D Automatic Image Correction System.
In all three iterations, Photo-D uses what the company calls a rule-based expert system to enhance digital image files "that are accurate in every way," according to the press release. We've obtained the consumer version, and hope to get the prosumer version for testing soon. I'm confident I have more than a few batches of flat images that will give the program plenty to chew on. KlearVision Digital...
PRESS RELEASE: Phase One to offer additional tethered support for Canon EOS DSLRs in Capture One RAW Workflow Software|
12:37 EST - February 20th, 2005, PMA, Florida, USA: Phase One®, a world leader in professional digital imaging camera backs and software, announces tethered support for all Canon® EOS DSLR cameras (1Ds MKII/ 1D MKII / 1Ds / 1D / 20D/ 10D / 300D / D60 / D30) in their Capture One RAW Workflow Software. This extended tethered support will be available in Capture One PRO v3.7 and will be a free update for... (More)
PRESS RELEASE: PNY Technologies Gives Digital Storage Solutions A Speed Boost|
06:00 EST - New, High-Speed Compact Flash Cards and Secure Digital Cards Capture More Data—Faster ORLANDO – February 21, 2005 –With the emergence of higher performance cameras and other multi-functional devices, PNY Technologies®, Inc. introduced several, new higher-speed, higher-capacity digital storage solutions that support them. Announced today at PMA 2005 (Booth # 4172), PNY Technologies’... (More)
VIDEO COVERAGE ONLINE!|
02:57 EST - Apologies for "shouting," but we're pretty excited about this: After much work (and at just before 3 AM local time), we now have our first video segment online!
What started out as a simple idea to bring our readers more of the feel of actually being at the show ended up turning into huge effort. - But one we hope will be well worth it. We're proud to present the first IR Video, as Dave and Shawn take you behind the scenes during setup for the PMA show, and highlight some of their picks for the most interesting products at the "Sneak Peek" press event prior...
Booth Report: Eastman Kodak Co. (UPDATED)|
01:56 EST - Without a doubt, one of the biggest stories in the entire photo industry over the last couple of years has been the resurgence of Eastman Kodak Co.
Looking at the company's heavy dependence on its film business, and what many viewed as a moribund, ingrown corporate culture, many analysts had largely written the company off as a serious player in the rapidly evolving world of consumer imaging. Several years ago though, Kodak took a hard look not only at where the market was going, but where it had been, and who exactly it was who had traditionally...
Booth Report: Hewlett Packard (UPDATED)|
01:10 EST - Probably the first item of greatest interest at the Hewlett Packard booth is something we'll be covering at length, the HP PhotoSmart 8750 printer.
Billed as a Professional Printer, the 8750 has nine inks and 13x19 print output. Two of the nine inks are light grey and dark grey, which combine with black to produce greater range in black and white photos. Stay tuned for more on this. The march of megapixels continues with the HP PhotoSmart R717. This popular design now offers a 6.2 megapixel imager, red-eye removal, SD card storage, a Li-ion...
|20 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Canon Inc.|
|17 Feb 05 - Canon announces three new ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Canon PIXMA MP760 Photo All-in-One ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Canon announces EOS Digital Rebel ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Canon announces two new Digital ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Canon: New EF-S lens, wireless ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Canon SELPHY CP600 photo printer ...|
|01 Feb 05 - Canon replaces PowerShot A85|
|20 Jan 05 - Canon announces PowerShot A510 ...|
|20 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Casio Inc.|
|15 Feb 05 - Casio announces new Exilim digicams...|
|31 Jan 05 - Casio announces EXILIM Pro EX-P505|
|28 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Concord|
|27 Feb 05 - Concord: Two impulse-buy digicams|
|26 Feb 05 - Concord: Two new ultracompact ...|
|25 Feb 05 - Concord: Three new EasyShot ...|
|22 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Epson|
|18 Feb 05 - Epson announces RX620 all-in-one|
|11 Feb 05 - Epson announces Stylus Photo R1800|
|14 Jan 05 - Epson announces Perfection 4990 ...|
|20 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Fujifilm|
|15 Feb 05 - Fujifilm Introduces Fujicolor ...|
|15 Feb 05 - Fujifilm Unveils 1GB xD-Picture ...|
|08 Feb 05 - Fujifilm announces FinePix F10|
|08 Feb 05 - Fujifilm announces FinePix Z1|
|08 Feb 05 - Fujifilm announces two A-series ...|
|25 Feb 05 - GREAT black & white *and* color ...|
|21 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Hewlett Packard|
|20 Feb 05 - HP and BMW Williams offer F1 ...|
|20 Feb 05 - HP: 6.2mpix PhotoSmart R717|
|20 Feb 05 - HP announces 5mpix Photosmart M417|
|20 Feb 05 - HP Photosmart M22 / M23 digicams ...|
|20 Feb 05 - HP Photosmart 8750 Professional ...|
|26 Feb 05 - Another video - A tour of the Kodak...|
|21 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Eastman Kodak Co.|
|19 Feb 05 - Kodak: Two new EasyShare digicams, ...|
|19 Feb 05 - Kodak Expands Opportunity for ...|
|19 Feb 05 - Kodak Equips KODAK DLS Software ...|
|19 Feb 05 - Kodak Extends KODAK PERFECT TOUCH ...|
|19 Feb 05 - Kodak Helps Improve Productivity ...|
|19 Feb 05 - Consumer Web Site Created for New ...|
|18 Feb 05 - Kodak: Two new Z-series digital ...|
|26 Jan 05 - Enhancements to KODAK PROSHOTS ...|
|20 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Konica Minolta|
|18 Feb 05 - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A....|
|18 Feb 05 - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A....|
|14 Feb 05 - Konica Minolta Introduces DiMAGE ...|
|21 Jan 05 - Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE Z20...|
|21 Jan 05 - Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE Z5|
|21 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Leica Camera AG|
|21 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Nikon Inc.|
|16 Feb 05 - Nikon announces D2Hs digital SLR|
|16 Feb 05 - Nikon announces Coolpix 5900 and ...|
|16 Feb 05 - Nikon announces three new Coolpix ...|
|21 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Olympus Corp.|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus announces IR-300 digicam, ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus updates the Stylus Verve|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus: New 5mpix, 3x zoom compact...|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus announces Camedia D-595 ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus Camedia D-545Z announced|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus Announces The World's ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus Introduces New Underwater ...|
|17 Feb 05 - Olympus Introduces New Underwater ...|
|15 Feb 05 - Olympus Announces One Gigabyte ...|
|22 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Panasonic|
|08 Feb 05 - Panasonic: Two new long-zoom Lumix ...|
|08 Feb 05 - Panasonic: Two new LZ Lumix ...|
|08 Feb 05 - Panasonic: New 4mpix image ...|
|27 Feb 05 - New Pentax Pancake and Zoom lens |
|22 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Pentax|
|14 Feb 05 - Pentax announces new *ist DS ...|
|14 Feb 05 - Pentax announces Optio S5n|
|14 Feb 05 - Pentax announces Optio 50|
|27 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Rollei|
|16 Feb 05 - Another new ultracompact - Rollei's...|
|16 Feb 05 - Rollei's dk4010 long-zoom digicam|
|16 Feb 05 - Rollei dr5100: 5mpix, 3x zoom|
|16 Feb 05 - Rollei announces dr5 digital camera...|
|16 Feb 05 - Rollei is Back! First Single Lens ...|
|22 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Samsung|
|27 Feb 05 - Booth Report: SanDisk|
|19 Feb 05 - SanDisk Introduces Ultra II SD ...|
|19 Feb 05 - SanDisk Introduces World's First ...|
|19 Feb 05 - SanDisk Introduces A 200-Picture, ...|
|24 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Sigma Corp.|
|13 Feb 05 - Sigma announces thirteen new lenses...|
|19 Jan 05 - Four New DC lenses for "Konica ...|
|21 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Sony Corp.|
|19 Feb 05 - Sony announces long-zoom DSC-H1|
|19 Feb 05 - Sony announces two new W-series ...|
|19 Feb 05 - Sony announces Cyber-shot S60, S90|
|19 Feb 05 - Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-S40|
|02 Feb 05 - Sony Europe unveils Cyber-shot ...|
|28 Feb 05 - PMA Wrapup - 23 booth reports, ...|
|27 Feb 05 - SeaLife universal external digital ...|
|27 Feb 05 - Microtek 12 x 17 inch large format ...|
|27 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Wacom|
|27 Feb 05 - New 21.3" Wacom Cintiq is World's ...|
|27 Feb 05 - Sprint PictureMail manageable from ...|
|26 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Hi-Touch Imaging|
|26 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Creo Inc.|
|26 Feb 05 - Booth Report: Adobe Systems Inc.|
|26 Feb 05 - Booth Report: ACD Systems|
|25 Feb 05 - Tokina Lighting Company: Handy, ...|
|25 Feb 05 - PMA booth reports - lots of ...|
|25 Feb 05 - Portrait Weavers offers color photo...|
|25 Feb 05 - Tamron announces two ...|
|25 Feb 05 - Tamrac Expedition Series has ...|
|25 Feb 05 - Change your perspective in a BIG ...|
|22 Feb 05 - Gepe Card Safe: Takes all cards and...|
|21 Feb 05 - FotoChute grabs pictures with ...|
|21 Feb 05 - Speed portrait studio workflow with...|
|21 Feb 05 - KlearVision available for ...|
|21 Feb 05 - Phase One to offer additional ...|
|21 Feb 05 - PNY Technologies Gives Digital ...|
|21 Feb 05 - VIDEO COVERAGE ONLINE!|
|20 Feb 05 - Hardigg Storm Case iM2050|
|20 Feb 05 - Pixel Genius LLC announces the ...|
|19 Feb 05 - Delkin Introduces SD-Xtra Card That...|
|19 Feb 05 - Delkin Devices Introduces Faster, ...|
|18 Feb 05 - SeeFile Introduces Software For ...|
|15 Feb 05 - MediaGear's New Flash-HD to Go Wins...|
|12 Feb 05 - ConvertToBW Pro v3.0 for Mac OS X|