News Archive - November 2004
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: C-guys Introduces 20MB/s SD Memory Card With Associated High Speed Adapter
18:30 EST - The Lightning Fast Memory Solution Is One of the Only That Offers Increased Speed and Higher Storage Capacity for Digital Cameras, Mobile Phones and Other Mobile Consumer Electronics Devices San Jose, CA - November 30, 2004 - C-guys, Inc., a global leader in the design and development of SD and SDIO solutions for home, SOHO and SMB applications today announced its 20MB/s SD memory cards. The cards... (More)

Another major Qimage update
18:09 EST - Mike Chaney, author of popular Windows imaging utility Qimage, just emailed us to let us know he's released a new version with some fairly significant updates.

If you're not already familiar with Qimage, we'd have to rate it as one of the most consistently useful (and frequently improved) shareware imaging programs we've come across. We use it regularly ourselves,... (More)

Monday, November 29, 2004

Olympus announces Stylus 500 digital camera
14:08 EST - Olympus America has today announced a new weatherproof digital camera model for its Stylus series.

The Olympus Stylus 500 is a five megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. The new model forgoes any optical viewfinder in favor of fitting in a fairly large 2.5" LCD display. Other features... (More)

Saturday, November 27, 2004

"First Impressions" article posted for Minolta Maxxum 7D.
09:44 EST - We just received a production sample of the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D a couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday. We're working on a full review, but in the meantime have posted some first impressions of this interesting d-SLR.

One from the "too hot to wait" department: Konica Minolta announced their 7D SLR a while ago, and we've heard reports that people are actually finding them in stores already, but until this week, we hadn't... (More)

Friday, November 26, 2004

Olympus' Camedia C-7000Z digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Olympus C-7000 Zoom
15:41 EST - The C-7000 Zoom carries on the "high value" tradition established by the previous "C" series models, offering a very strong feature set at a very affordable price.

The C-7000 Zoom offers all the features most "enthusiast" users crave (with the sole possible exception of an external flash sync connector), including a full range of exposure control, extensive creative... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix 8800 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon Coolpix 8800 review updated to full production status
15:39 EST - Based on our initial review of a prototype sample of the Coolpix 8800, we concluded that it was one of the best prosumer cameras Nikon has created to date.

Having now had the opportunity to fully test a production-level sample of the 8800, that conclusion still largely holds, although we did manage to find a couple of minor complaints. Other than a few very... (More)

Canon's EOS-20D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon EOS 20D review updated to full production level
15:36 EST - The prototype sample of the Canon EOS 20D pretty well blew us away when we first saw it back in late August, and our close inspection of a full production model has done nothing to diminish our enthusiasm.

This is one sweet camera! Canon has advanced the state-of-the-art for midrange d-SLRs in just about every category with this camera, with improved resolution, excellent color, amazingly low noise levels... (More)

Olympus' Stylus Verve digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus Stylus Verve review updated to full production status
15:34 EST - When we first saw a prototype of the Olympus Stylus Verve digicam back in early September, we were quite impressed with its style and operation, as we shared in our "First Look" review of it.

At the time, we liked its image quality as well, but refrained from commenting on this, given our sample unit's prototype status. We've now had a chance to look at a production model of this camera, and... (More)

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: iView MediaPro Adds Support for Adobe's New DNG Specification
10:38 EST - Now users can catalog DNG files, including import and export of XMP and IPTC annotations LONDON, November 18, 2004 - Dedicated to delivering the industry-standard media management solutions for creative professionals, iView Multimedia (iView(R)) announced today that its flagship product iView MediaPro now supports the Digital Negative Specification (DNG), the new public archival format developed by... (More)

Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE A200 pricing
10:36 EST - Konica Minolta USA has now announced pricing and availability for its upcoming DiMAGE A200 digital camera.

First announced in mid-September, the DiMAGE A200 is an eight megapixel digital camera with electronic viewfinder and 7x optical zoom lens, and includes the CCD shift-based anti-shake mechanism we've seen... (More)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Sony's 4GB Microdrive. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony ships Microdrive media
16:30 EST - Sony USA has announced in a press release distributed yesterday that it is now shipping CompactFlash Type-II compatible Microdrive media under the Sony brand name.

The company is offering two models - either a 2GB drive at $179, or a 4GB variant at $279. The move might seem surprising, considering that Sony has its own flash media format that competes with CompactFlash... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Announces Prices For EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR Camera, Digital Specific Consumer Lenses, And Accessories
13:01 EST - 100% "Designed-for-Digital" SLR Comes with Lens for Under $1000 for World-Class Image Quality; Camera Packs Dust Protection and an 8-Megapixel Imaging Sensor into Innovative Compact, Low-Profile Body Melville, New York, November 23, 2004 - Today Olympus officially announced that the 8.0-megapixel EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR, the first 100 percent "digital-from-the-ground-up" consumer SLR system with... (More)

Saturday, November 20, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Win A Free 1GB Sandisk Compactflash Card In SLR User Opinion Survey
12:28 EST - Have you used a digital SLR camera? If not, do you now want to buy one -- as the price has come down even faster than the quality has gone up? If you don't want an SLR -- why not? The digital photography analysts at Future Image would like to know your opinion on camera resolution, optics, sizes, and more. And one lucky survey participant will be rewarded with a 1GB CompactFlash card, courtesy... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: SilverFast DC VLT - professional image processing for ambitious hobby photographers
12:24 EST - Kiel, Germany 19th November 2004: LaserSoft Imaging AG, the developer of SilverFast Professional Scanner and Digital Camera Software solutions, today announced the immediate availability of SilverFast DC VLT for RAW data conversion for less than EUR 100. SilverFast DC VLT is predestined to ambitious hobby photographers and allows them to directly modify the original data captured - among standards... (More)

Digicam market: Kodak gains, Olympus stumbles
12:14 EST - Two news articles over the last couple of days look at the state of the digital camera market, based on recent reports from research firms IDC and UBS.

According to IDC's report (reported on by, Kodak has closed the gap in US sales volume to market leader Sony, selling just 10,000 units fewer than Sony's 1 million units in the third quarter.... (More)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Fujifilm's FinePix S3100 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Fuji FinePix S3100
12:27 EST - Fuji's made a practice of developing good-quality digicams that sell for rock-bottom prices.

Following this trend, last year's FinePix 2800 and 3800 Zoom cameras turned out to be exceptional values for the money, and the updated FinePix S3100 carries forward this tradition with the addition of... (More)

Canon's PowerShot SD300 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH reviewed
12:22 EST - Good image quality and user-friendly design has become synonymous with the ELPH name, and is the reason why the line is so popular with a wide range of consumers.

Extending the brand name's excellent reputation in the film world, members of the digital ELPH series have always impressed me with their quality and versatility. The SD300's tiny and now slimmer design... (More)

Monday, November 15, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta Announces Trio Of Enhancements For Printing From Digital Files
13:01 EST - New DS-3000 Workstation for R SUPER digital minilabs designed to meet rapidly expanding market demand for digital prints Mahwah, NJ (November 12, 2004) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc. announces the availability of several enhancements for making prints from digital files including the new Konica Minolta DS-3000 Workstation for the Konica Minolta R SUPER family of digital minilabs. This new digital... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New KODAK Online Store Makes Holiday Shopping Easy as a Snap and Quick as a Flash
12:43 EST - The KODAK Online Store is officially open providing consumers with an invaluable resource this holiday shopping season at The new online store will provide consumers with three options to locate and buy their desired Kodak digital photography products or accessories: "Buy Kodak Direct", "Shop Online Retailers", or "Find a Store" nearest them. The site will be updated daily... (More)

PixelGenius' PhotoKit Color logo. Courtesy of PixelGenius LLC. Click here to visit the PixelGenius website! PRESS RELEASE: PixelGenius Releases PhotoKit Color
12:27 EST - Chicago, IL - November, 6th, 2004 - Pixel Genius LLC ships PhotoKit™ Color, a new product launch by PixelGenius. PhotoKit Color is an Adobe® Photoshop® Automate Plug-in that applies precise color corrections, automatic color balancing and creative coloring effects. With a retail price of $99.95, PhotoKit Color offers a comprehensive set of coloring tools for Photoshop 7.0 and Photoshop... (More)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: ExpoDisc Color Filters To Be Introduced in Canada
13:33 EST - Red Raven Marketing To Handle Distribution Uxbridge, Ontario (November 11, 2004) - ExpoDisc Inc., the pioneer in diffusion filters that allow photographers to fine-tune color balance at capture, today announced that the ExpoDisc product line will now be available at retail outlets throughout Canada. Distribution will be handled by Ontario-based Red Raven Marketing. ExpoDisc, headquartered in Morgan... (More)

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Iomega's USB 2.0 Mini Hard Drive. Courtesy of Iomega, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Iomega Announces New Mini Hard Drive
15:37 EST - Ideal Storage: Big Capacity In a Tiny Package Without the Power Cord SAN DIEGO, November 9, 2004 - Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage, today announced a slick little external hard drive in 20 GB and 40 GB capacities* that is small enough for the shirt pocket and weighs just 3.5 ounces. The new Iomega® USB 2.0 Mini Hard Drive is the first Iomega hard drive to receive... (More)

Monday, November 8, 2004

Nikon announces DSLR rebates
13:39 EST - Nikon USA has started a new rebate program effective from yesterday on several of its digital SLR models, as well as a range of lenses.

US customers purchasing the Nikon D70 digital SLR, either with or without the 18-70mm DX Nikkor kit lens, are eligible for a $100 rebate. The D100 camera body is covered by a $200 rebate, and the D1X camera... (More)

Olympus' EVOLT E-300 digital SLR. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. First Look: Olympus EVOLT E-300
09:00 EST - Olympus has announced the second model in its d-SLR line based on the "Four Thirds" spec, this time a prosumer model.

We've run a prototype of the new Olympus EVOLT E-300 through its paces, and feel that it has potential, although final judgement will as always have to await our testing of a full production model. This... (More)

Friday, November 5, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Better handling of large picture collections
13:51 EST - ViewMinder Ltd has launched Version 2.0 of its digital image managers, Genus ViewMinder and Expert ViewMinder. The main enhancements are Optimized searches Even in a collection of tens of thousands of images, searches produce results with no perceivable delay. Expandable timeline As collections grow larger and older, timelines require ever more scrolling. Instead, ViewMinder now has an expandable yearline.... (More)

Just Show Me How logo. Click here to visit the Just Show Me How website! Improve your imaging with Rob Galbraith
13:46 EST - Regular Imaging Resource readers will doubtless be very familiar with Rob Galbraith, professional photojournalist and proprietor of the Digital Photography Insights website.

He's been mentioned on our news page many times before, and now courtesy of the partner companies behind the "Just Show Me How" seminars, Rob can teach you how to improve your imaging workflow. From February... (More)

Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta Announces "Shake Your Body" Consumer Promotion
13:25 EST - Special discount offer on a Konica Minolta Maxxum lens for customers who purchase the new Maxxum 7D Digital SLR camera Mahwah, NJ (November 5, 2004) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. announces the "Shake Your Body" promotion, featuring a special discount to customers who purchase the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Digital SLR, featuring Konica Minolta's revolutionary body-integral Anti-Shake... (More)

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Hamrick's VueScan 8.1.5 now supports entire range of Canon scanners
11:31 EST - No other vendor supports all of Canon's professional and consumer scanner products. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) November 1, 2004 -- Hamrick Software, a leading developer of scanning software for consumers and professionals, has released VueScan 8.1.5, its award-winning program that enables users to more easily produce better looking digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides, and documents. No... (More)

Monday, November 1, 2004

Canon's EOS Digital Rebel, black version. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: America's Best Selling Digital SLR Gets A Limited Edition Makeover
18:38 EST - The Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR Returns for a Second Round with a Sleek Black Body LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2004-Canon's EOS Digital Rebel, the camera that put the excitement of SLR digital photography into the hands of consumers, will now be available for a limited time in a new black body. The black edition of the Digital Rebel digital SLR will be available at Canon U.S.A. authorized dealers... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Complete The Play For Great Images With Canon's Connect And Score Rebate promotion
18:37 EST - Consumers Can Score A Visa Gift Card Worth Up To $100 In Value When They Purchase Select Canon Digital Cameras or Camcorders with the Select Photo Printer LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2004 - At the Super Bowl or high school playoffs, catching the photo of the game winning touchdown is a moment that deserves a fine print to share with friends and family. This football season consumers can connect their... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: "Cash In With Canon" Rebate Program Returns For Another Season With Hard Hitting Rebates And Promotions
18:36 EST - Canon Rebate Program Offers Hundreds of Dollars in Rebates, And A Chance To Win A Trip To The Pro Bowl In Hawaii To Shoot On The Sidelines LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2004 — Football games, tailgate parties, and parking lot pick-up games are all great opportunities for consumers to capture their memories with a quality digital camera system. Canon's Cash In With Canon Rebate Program returns... (More)

i9900.jpg Printer Review: Canon i9900 (UPDATED)
13:47 EST - Responding to your requests for more printer reviews after our Hi-Touch series, we vowed to hit the big three this year: Hewlett-Packard, Epson and now Canon.

HP stunned us with gorgeous dye-based inkjet prints and Epson impressed us with extraordinary pigment-based prints on a variety of media. How could Canon compete? Several ways, it turns out. Start with... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Ritz Camera Centers and Mirra, Inc. Announce Special Holiday Promotion
12:28 EST - Mirra Digital Shoebox Featured at Ritz Camera Stores as a Must-Have Digital Camera Accessory for Protecting and Sharing Digital Photos Beltsville, MD and Sunnyvale, CA (November 1, 2004) - Ritz Camera Centers, the largest retail camera and photo chain in the United States, and Mirra, Inc., developer of content protection and management solutions for the consumer and home office market, today announced... (More)

Winners announced in first monthly Imaging Resource Photo of the Day contest!
11:07 EST - We had so many great entries and stunning photos, picking the best was a real challenge. - But after due deliberation, our panel of judges delivered their verdict for first, second, and third place in our first monthly Photo of the Day contest!

We had so many great entries and stunning photos, picking the best was a real challenge. - But after due deliberation, our panel of judges delivered their verdict for first, second, and third place in... (More)

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