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Friday, December 31, 2010

Genius' logo. Click here to visit the Genius website! PRESS RELEASE: Genius Premieres New Products At CES 2011
18:54 EST - Genius (, a brand division of KYE Systems Corp., announced today that it will be showing the company’s latest fun, innovative, and award-winning line of products at the famed 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- PRLog (Press Release) – Dec 29, 2010 – LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show [Hilton Hospitality Suites, #3121] (Jan. 6, 2011)... (More)

Adva-Soft's logo. Click here to visit the Adva-Soft website! PRESS RELEASE: TouchRetouch 2.0 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad -- The Photo Editing App Adds New Possibilities
18:01 EST - Adva-Soft today is announcing its latest release, TouchRetouch 2.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. This version features many important updates which add more functionalities to this photo editing software. 1:1 image viewer for large pictures, direct sharing via social networks, a powerful clone stamp tool, a finger move hint, video tutorials and localized help are now available to all TouchRetouch... (More)

Sigma SD15: New firmware adds features
13:56 EST - Sigma Corp. has released updated firmware for its SD15 digital SLR that adds two new features, as well as improving display quality.

With the stock v1.00 firmware, the Sigma SD15 offered a Quick Set Menu function that allowed four functions -- ISO sensitivity, AF mode, flash mode, and metering mode -- to be quickly adjusted using the... (More)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Camtastic's logo. Click here to visit the Camtastic website! PRESS RELEASE: Camtastic for iPhone Launches into the App Store Camtastic transforms an iPhone or iPod touch into a full-featured digital camera - complete with scene modes, film styles, multi-shot burst shooting, self-timer settings, and much more.
21:47 EST - Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2010 -- Indeeo, Inc., developer of high-quality apps for iOS devices, today launched Camtastic, a fun and feature-packed camera app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Camtastic brings to the iPhone the features and photo-processing capabilities of a professional digital camera, presented in an intuitive and fun to use interface. Photos can be taken using one of several... (More)

The Keystone ECO NautiCase is intended for use with Apple's iPhone 4. Photo provided by Concord Keystone Trading LLC. PRESS RELEASE: Concord Keystone Introduces Keystone Eco™ Nauticase At 2011 CES
18:44 EST - Sturdy, Rugged, Splash-Proof Case provides high-level protection to the iPhone® 4 from Water, Dirt, Sand, and Shock Damage Hollywood, FL – December, 29 2010 –Concord Keystone today announced the debut of the ultra-rugged Keystone ECO™ NautiCase,its toughest protective case specifically designed for the iPhone 4. The NautiCase will be shown in the iLounge area, Booth 3529 at... (More)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Samsung WB700: New long-zoom compact (UPDATED)
21:14 EST - Alongside its interchangeable lens NX11 model, Samsung has today unveiled the new WB700 digital camera.

We're not certain if the new 'WB' designation -- which has been used in other markets for some time -- is intended to be applied in the US market, or whether it will bear a different model number in this... (More)

Samsung announces NX11, new lenses (UPDATED)
20:08 EST - With the Consumer Electronics Show fast approaching, Samsung has today announced its NX11 digital camera, as well as two new lenses.

Only limited information is available on the Samsung NX11 at this time. We do know that the NX11 is very closely related to the company's existing NX10 model, which we reviewed in April 2010. One difference... (More)

Nikon's D3100 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Nikon D3100 Digital-SLR Camera and COOLPIX S1100pj Compact Digital Camera Recipients of Germany's iF Product Design Awards
13:10 EST - December 28, 2010 -- TOKYO -- Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the Nikon D3100 digital-SLR camera and COOLPIX S1100pj compact digital camera are the recipients of the iF Product Design Award. The iF Product Design Awards are globally prestigious industrial product design awards sponsored by International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany. The iF Product Design Award has been sponsored... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Named Consumer Digital Camera Partner Of Burton Snowboards
12:41 EST - ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 28 -- Kodak today announced a new marketing relationship that names Kodak the Consumer Digital Camera Partner of Burton Snowboards and the Burton Super Demo Tour. Kodak is also introducing a special KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera, BURTON Edition. It features an orange pixilated design resembling the Burton Custom 154 Snowboard, one of Burton’s most popular products. “Burton... (More)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Dalsa's logo. Click here to visit the Dalsa website! PRESS RELEASE: Teledyne Technologies to Acquire DALSA Corporation
21:13 EST - THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2010) - Teledyne Technologies Incorporated ("Teledyne") (NYSE:TDY) and DALSA Corporation ("DALSA") (TSX:DSA) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement that provides for the acquisition of DALSA Corporation by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teledyne. Pursuant to the transaction,... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Enters Into Technology Cross-License Agreement with NEC
20:04 EST - ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 27 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced that it has entered into a technology license agreement with NEC Corporation that will allow each company access to the other’s patent portfolio. The license agreement, which provides significant benefits to both companies, is royalty bearing to Kodak. Additional financial terms were not disclosed. “We are pleased... (More)

Pakor's logo. Click here to visit the Pakor website! PRESS RELEASE: Pakor, Inc. appointed U.S. Distributor for Aurora Lighting Products
15:16 EST - Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 27, 2010: Aurora Lite Bank, a major player in the development and manufacturing of studio flash and LED lighting products and accessories, announces the appointment of Pakor, Inc. as their exclusive distributor for the Aurora brand in the U.S. photo and broadcasting channel. Pakor has been a distributor of photographic equipment and supplies for nearly 100 years. ... (More)

The AG-AF100 AVCCAM HD camcorder features a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Photo provided by Panasonic Solutions Co. PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Delivers AG-AF100, The Affordable Large Imager Cinema Camera
14:51 EST - Advanced, Custom-Designed 4/3” Sensor Delivers Depth of Field and Field of View Similar to a 35mm Movie Camera; Camcorder Uses Low-Cost Still Camera and Film-Style Lenses SECAUCUS, NJ (December 27, 2010) – Fulfilling the holiday wishes of filmmakers worldwide, Panasonic Solutions Company today begins deliveries of the AG-AF100, the industry’s first professional micro 4/3-inch video... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony to double production capacity for image sensors
13:07 EST - -- Investment of approximately 100 billion yen in contemplated acquisition of fabrication facilities and expansion of production lines -- -- Utilizing a governmental subsidy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan -- December 24, 2010, Tokyo, Japan - Sony Corporation ("Sony") today announced that Sony plans to invest approximately 100 billion yen in Sony Semiconductor... (More)

The Camtrol Prime system, shown with Nikon D5000 digital SLR and unidentified lens mounted. Photo provided by Camtrol LLC. PRESS RELEASE: New Free Shooting Tool with Unlimited Options: Ergonomics & Camera Handling Combined
12:47 EST - Introducing Camtrol: the world’s first free shooting stabilizing platform for camcorder and Video Enabled HDSLR Cameras. PRLog (Press Release) – Dec 21, 2010 – Woodland Hills, CA (January 2011) – Shooting “the moment” on the move and quickly adapting to changing situations are a few of today’s videographer’s goals. “Free shooting” enables... (More)

Noritsu's logo. Click here to visit the Noritsu website! Noritsu announces AccuSmart iPhone app
12:12 EST - Japan's Noritsu Koki Co. Ltd. has announced an application for the Apple iPhone that integrates its AccuSmart technologies to improve image quality for shots captured with the onboard camera.

The Noritsu AccuSmart Camera application is available immediately from the iPhone store, where the company notes it has already seen 17 million downloads in just the first four days after release. Ordinarily... (More)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rollei's Powerflex 3D digital camera. Photo provided by Rollei. PRESS RELEASE: Plunge into the world of 3D with Rollei
15:57 EST - Hamburg, 23 December 2010 -- Rollei is getting started in the third dimension in 2011 by presenting its first-ever products for an impressive 3D experience with the Powerflex 3D digicam and the Designline 3D digital picture frame. Rollei's new 3D devices are equipped with the special Parallax Barrier Display technology, so that you can marvel at three-dimensional pictures and videos without any special... (More)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 digital camera. Copyright © 2010, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. First test shots posted for Panasonic GF2!
10:18 EST - We've just posted our first set of full-resolution test shots from a production-level Panasonic GF2 digital camera!

The Panasonic GF2 is the smallest of the company's Micro Four Thirds-mount models, and although it doesn't quite reach the compact nature of Sony's aggressively-styled NEX-5, it's still among the smallest... (More)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shutterfly's logo. Click here to visit the Shutterfly website! Kodak, Shutterfly head to court
19:34 EST - Eastman Kodak Co. and Shutterfly Inc. are set to head to court, each alleging the other's services infringe on their patents, according to an SEC filing made by Shutterfly a few days ago.

Very little information is yet available as to precisely which patent claims each company feels their competitor is infringing upon, but early suggestions from a BBC News article are that Kodak's case... (More)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. Photo courtesy of Canon USA. Lens review: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
16:04 EST - In September of 2009, Canon announced its new 7D camera, and alongside it were two lenses: the 15-85mm, and the subject of today's lens review, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. The new lens fills a role as an alternative kit lens to the standard 18-55mm lens, offering much more telephoto reach. We've put this lens through its paces in our test lab: click here to read our full review of this lens.

Leica's S2 digital SLR. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: LEICA S2 firmware update FW is now available
14:39 EST - Solms, Germany (December 22, 2010) - Leica Camera AG has released a new firmware update for the Leica S-System. All LEICA S2 and S2-P cameras will now be supplied with the latest firmware version. Users wishing to bring their camera up-to-date can now download the firmware update from the “Owners Area” on the Leica website and take advantage of the latest improvements. “Our close... (More)

Nikon's D7000 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. B&H "Hot List" - Get your camera by Christmas, and support IR!
13:27 EST - We just received word from B&H that they now have the Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm VR kit lens in stock for the holidays! (Currently one of the hottest cameras on the IR site.) This rounds out B&H's offerings of the hottest cameras this season, and with overnight shipping, you could buy a camera with your holiday cash, and have it before the holidays are over!

If you're nervous about getting your camera in time, B&H's order fulfillment and customer service is easily among the best in the industry: Why risk dealing with an unknown merchant for a time-critical... (More)

Ambarella's logo. Click here to visit the Ambarella website! PRESS RELEASE: Ambarella iOne Camera Applications Processor Enables a New Class of Android™-Based Smart Cameras
12:43 EST - iOne combines triple ARM cores with advanced media DSPs for unprecedented still image and HD video quality SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ambarella, Inc., a leader in low-power, high-definition video compression and image processing semiconductors, today announced the availability of the iOne System-on-Chip (SoC), bringing advanced HD camera and multimedia capabilities to the Android platform.... (More)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fujifilm FinePix S2550HD digital camera. Copyright © 2010, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express Review posted for Fujifilm S1800/S2550HD!
20:28 EST - Among the smallest superzoom digital cameras on the market, the Fujifilm FinePix S1800 and S2550 don't overreach in terms of zoom, making both fun cameras that turn out pretty good pictures.

Their 18x zooms range from 28-504mm, an impressive range for such a small camera. Both the Fujifilm S2550 and the S1800 have a 12-megapixel sensor, a 3-inch LCD, and the ability to capture HD video (720p).... (More)

The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro, by Jason P. Odell, Ph.D., and Tony Sweet. Image provided by Luminescence of Nature Press. PRESS RELEASE: New Photography Guide Explains High Dynamic Range Photography with Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro
12:36 EST - Luminescence of Nature Photography announces the immediate release of The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro, a new photography guide by Dr. Jason P. Odell and Tony Sweet. Dr. Odell & Mr. Sweet's book provides photographers with the definitive resource for using Nik Software's HDR tone-mapping software, HDR Efex Pro. Part technical manual and part fine-art gallery, The Photographer's Guide to... (More)

Rocky Nook's logo. Click here to visit the Rocky Nook website! PRESS RELEASE: Why Photographs Work -- New from Rocky Nook
11:48 EST - 52 Great Images: Who Made Them, What Makes Them Special and Why Santa Barbara, CA—Every photographer, from weekend enthusiast to professional, can learn by studying the "greats." In Why Photographs Work (Rocky Nook, $39.95 USD), author/photographer George Barr analyzes 52 striking images by some of the world's top photographers. Accompanying Barr's analysis of each image is an explanation... (More)

Monday, December 20, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Photo Delight for iPad – Don’t Worry About Crossing Lines
14:30 EST - Introducing “Smart Touch,” a new feature of Photo Delight which will change the way people bring out the colors of their photos. Gone are the days where the user had to move his finger like a ballet dancer with surgical precision to color splash his photos. Smart touch detects the color you want to reveal and makes sure that the touch reveals only that color. For example, the user now... (More)

Aspyre Apps' logo. Click here to visit the Aspyre Apps website! PRESS RELEASE: Aspyre Apps Updates Award-Winning iPhone Photography Guide
13:48 EST - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Aspyre Apps today is pleased to announce that their award-winning photography guide, PhotoCaddy, has recently been updated with new content for the holiday season. PhotoCaddy is an iPhone and iPod Touch handbook for photographers of all skill levels, with content that is constantly evolving thanks to an active user community. Since it’s release in early 2009, PhotoCaddy... (More)

Wondershare's logo. Click here to visit the Wondershare website! PRESS RELEASE: Announcement of Newly Released Wondershare Scrapbook Studio
13:27 EST - SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Wondershare has released Scrapbook Studio, a new member of Wondershare digital photo software family designed for scrapbooking fans. With its pre-designed templates and fantastic features, this free digital scrapbooking software can turn photos into scrapbooks, greeting cards, photo calendars and much more with ease and fun. With various premade... (More)

AKVIS' logo. Click here to visit the AKVIS website! PRESS RELEASE: Akvis Refocus V.1.0 Improves Sharpness Of Out Of Focus Images
12:57 EST - Christmas Offer! AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Refocus v.1.0 for Windows and Macintosh. AKVIS Refocus improves sharpness of out of focus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background. To achieve a more realistic selective focus effect, you can sharp one part of the photo and blur the rest. Registered... (More)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Singular Software's logo. Click here to visit the Singular Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Singular Software Announces DualEyes Public Beta Program For Mac Users
16:22 EST - Now available in beta for Mac OS X and later, the award-winning standalone application offers quick and easy dual-system audio replacement Vancouver, British Columbia – December 17, 2010 – Singular Software™, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, has announced that it has launched the highly anticipated DualEyes™ for OS X public beta program. Winner... (More)

CyberLink's logo. Click here to visit the CyberLink website! PRESS RELEASE: CyberLink Launches Ultimate All-in-One “Media Suite 9”
15:02 EST - All you Need to Play, Create, Enjoy, and Share Digital Lifestyle Taipei, Taiwan—December 17, 2010— CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solution provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today launched CyberLink Media Suite 9, the ultimate All-in-One creativity and entertainment software solution that combines 12 software products to provide all you need to play, create, share, and... (More)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Two Ricoh compact digital cameras receive the "iF product design award 2011" international design award
19:17 EST - Tokyo, Japan, December 13, 2010—Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced that its GXR and G700SE compact digital cameras have received the "iF product design award 2011" for internationally outstanding design. Organized by German company iF International Forum Design GmbH, the iF design awards are respected throughout the world. Not limited to Germany, the... (More)

Zacuto's logo. Click here to visit the Zacuto website! PRESS RELEASE: Zacuto Rentals Department Benefits From DSLR Movement
15:58 EST - Within the DSLR Movement, Zacuto Rentals Has Increased the Supply of DSLR Camera Rental Kits CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 15, 2010) - Zacuto Rentals has added a significant amount of DSLR camera equipment to their available rental pool to meet the demands of the DSLR video revolution. Zacuto rents out all the rigs, pieces and parts to transform your DSLR camera into a cinematographer's dream... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Florida Festival Announces Opportunity for Filmmakers Nationwide
15:17 EST - Gasparilla International Film Festival Accepting Film Submissions TAMPA, Fla. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The fifth annual Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is now accepting film submissions through Dec. 31, 2010. Helping filmmakers throughout the country increase exposure, GIFF features a wide range of genres, creating a unique opportunity for filmmakers to advance their career. This annual... (More)

PhotoShelter's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoShelter website! PRESS RELEASE: Photoshelter Launches Open Print Vendor Network to Give Photographers Choice & Control of Print Order Fulfillment
13:21 EST - Photographers selling prints & products from PhotoShelter websites can now select & send orders to favorite print vendors anywhere in the world – providing more local print service, custom orders, and unique quality arrangements. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 15, 2010 -- PhotoShelter, the leader in websites and online tools for serious photographers, today launched the PhotoShelter... (More)

Photographers Ignite logo. Click here to visit the Kubota Image Tools website! PRESS RELEASE: Photographers Ignite Announces Open Call For Speakers
12:45 EST - 15 Presenters to be Chosen for the High Octane Event to be Held in Conjunction with WPPI 2011 in Las Vegas Bend, Ore. – December 15, 2010 – Photographers Ignite, a high energy learning event modeled after other Ignite events in which presenters are up against the ticking clock and the automatically advancing slide show. Photographers Ignite is the first photo-centric program of its kind... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Teams With National Geographic Offering Opportunity To Win An Exclusive Photo Excursion With Renowned Photographer
12:15 EST - Sweepstakes Winner Will Also Receive a New Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera MELVILLE, NY (December 15, 2010) – Nikon Inc. today announced the launch of the “Nikon Aspire” Sweepstakes offering the chance to win an exclusive photo excursion with renowned National Geographic photographer, Annie Griffiths. The lucky winner will also receive the new award winning Nikon D7000 digital SLR... (More)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Seiko Epson Corporation Logo. Click to visit the Epson Japan  website! PRESS RELEASE: Epson Expands Signature Worthy Collection of Media with Three New Canvas Products
15:29 EST - Epson’s Exhibition Canvas Gloss, Exhibition Canvas Satin and Exhibition Canvas Matte Give Professional Photographers and Fine Artists Museum-Worthy Image Quality and Durability LONG BEACH, Calif. – Dec. 15, 2010 – Epson America, Inc. today announced three new canvas products that will be added to its Signature Worthy® collection of media. Engineered for the most discerning professional... (More)

JVC's logo. Click here to visit the JVC website! PRESS RELEASE: JVC LSI Enables High-speed Image Processing in HD Camcorders
15:12 EST - Yokohama, Japan, December 14, 2010 - JVC (Victor Company of Japan, Limited) announced today its development of the world’s first LSI for high-speed processing of Full High-Definition video and stills on one chip for HD camcorders. The LSI enables shooting and recording Full HD, including both 2D and 3D images, and also ultra-high-resolution 4K2K images of approximately four times the... (More)

Anton / Bauer's logo. Click here to visit the Anton / Bauer website! PRESS RELEASE: Anton / Bauer Power Solutions for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS 60D Digital SLR Cameras Now Shipping Worldwide
14:19 EST - The QR-DSLR & DSLR-ADP-ELPZ Meet the Growing Demands of DSLR Cinematography SHELTON, CT, December 15, 2010 – Anton/Bauer®, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is now shipping the QR-DSLR and DSLR-ADP-ELPZ power solutions for the Canon... (More)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website! PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Video Solutions Help Higher Education Institutions Develop the Art of Filmmaking
17:59 EST - Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Adopted by 10 Additional Leading Schools Worldwide and Rapidly Gaining Momentum in Video Industry SAN JOSE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that the company is working with leading higher education institutions worldwide to expand their video and film programs to better equip students to learn the art of filmmaking. “We... (More)

Photobucket's logo. Click here to visit the Photobucket website! PRESS RELEASE: Photobucket Surpasses 8 Billion Uploads
16:25 EST - Smartphone adoption and Photobucket’s auto-uploading technology driving rapid growth DENVER -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, today announced that Photobucket users have uploaded over eight billion images since the launch in 2003. The continued growth of Photobucket demonstrates the desire consumers... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Introduces Social Photo Album Creator for Facebook
14:18 EST - App offers photo-sharing breakthrough, allows Facebook users to combine and print from photo albums Rochester, NY, December 14, 2010 —Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK), today introduced the Social Photo Album Creator for Facebook which allows consumers to easily combine photos from the popular social networking site with friends and family, easily creating one album together. Whether bridesmaids... (More)

Carl Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T* lens. Lens review: Carl Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T*
13:35 EST - At Photokina 2004, Carl Zeiss announced a series of lenses for Leica's 35mm rangefinder cameras, including the Carl Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T*. Six years later, we've taken a closer look at this lens on an unusual platform - the Sony NEX-5 digital camera, mated with a third-party adapter. Click here for our full review of the Carl Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T*.

DxO Optics Pro 6 product packaging. Rendering provided by DxO Labs. PRESS RELEASE: DxO Optics Pro Adds Support for Pentax K-5, Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 and 50 New DxO Optics Modules
12:42 EST - Exceptional 30 percent holiday season discount through December 25, 2010 December 14, 2010 – DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.2 for Mac and Windows that adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Pentax K-5, the Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3. Further, 50 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering... (More)

Nikon P7000: New firmware
11:53 EST - Nikon Inc. has today issued a new firmware update for its Coolpix P7000 digital camera.

Four changes are listed in the release notes for Nikon P7000 firmware v1.1, which is available immediately for both Windows and Macintosh platforms. The new release reduces the recording time for images... (More)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera. Copyright © 2010, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full review posted for Nikon D3100!
22:27 EST - Small and easy to use, the Nikon D3100 is a superb upgrade for anyone interested in digital SLR quality photographs.

Its 14.2-megapixel sensor gives the Nikon D3100 a little more resolution than most other Nikon digital SLR cameras, and image quality is excellent, even as light levels drop and ISO is forced to rise.... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GH2 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. First test shots posted for Panasonic GH2!
20:00 EST - We've just posted our first set of lab test shots for the Panasonic GH2, with more to come.

Externally, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is quite similar to its predecessor, the GH1, with only relatively subtle tweaks to control layout. Under the skin, though, the Panasonic GH2 sports a new 18-megapixel... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Broadens Choice of SD Memory Cards
19:56 EST - Range Includes Value Models Plus High-Speed New Class 10 Cards, Plus World-First File Rescue Software With AVCHD Support Great value new ESSENTIAL Series, value-added EXPERIENCE Series and high-speed EXPERT Series SDHC cards by Sony Capacities up to 32GB and transfer speeds up to 20MB/s (EXPERT Series) File Rescue HD software* for EXPERIENCE and EXPERT card customers - the only rescue software... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix X100 digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm Corp. Fuji X100: More details on fixed-lens APS-C camera
13:35 EST - Fujifilm Europe has provided further information on its upcoming FinePix X100 fixed-lens APS-C digital camera, whose development was first revealed at the Photokina tradeshow last September.

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 has a retro design, a twelve megapixel APS-C sized image sensor, a newly developed Fujifilm EXR processor, and a fixed focal length Fujinon 23mm lens with a maximum aperture... (More)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rollei's Flexipod 100 tripod. Photo provided by Rollei. PRESS RELEASE: A tripod for every occasion: Flexipod 100
21:52 EST - Hamburg, 2 December 2010 -- The new Flexipod 100 from Rollei presents an extremely flexible camera tripod, which can be used pretty much everywhere, as its flexible, rubber feet adapt to any surface perfectly. Bothersome readjustments of the tripod are therefore a thing of the past! No matter where you want to position it, on soft ground or uneven surfaces for example, the slender rubber tripod can... (More)

LA2.150x87.jpg Accessory Review: LensAlign MkII
14:53 EST - The new design stores flat and assembles in two minutes.

The LensAlign MkII is a complete redesign of our favorite microfocusing tool for adjusting autofocus on your dSLR. Using new precision manufacturing techniques, the lightweight design is easily assembled... (More)

Snapfish's logo. Click here to visit the Snapfish website! PRESS RELEASE: Snapfish Encourages Customers to “Spread Some Snappiness” this Holiday Season
14:34 EST - Facebook campaign invites users to celebrate the people who inspire them PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 9, 2010 -- In celebration of the upcoming holidays and to encourage customers to spread a little cheer this holiday season, Snapfish by HP has launched a new Facebook campaign, “Spread Some Snappiness,” on its Facebook fan page at “Spread Some Snappiness”... (More)

onOne Software's logo. Click here to visit the onOne Software website! PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software Announces Availability of Perfect Resize for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture
14:12 EST - The next generation of Genuine Fractals includes new features to optimize image enlargement quality and time saving interface enhancements to help photographers quickly create high quality images. Portland, OR– December 9, 2010 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced the immediate... (More)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Picture Collage Maker: Fit the Pieces Together!
13:48 EST - Pearl Mountain Software has introduced its Picture Collage Maker, an easy-to-use tool for creating neat digital collages, scrapbooks, greeting cards, and more with a few clicks of a mouse. PRLog (Press Release) – Dec 09, 2010 – Designed to become a versatile collage making solution, the software enables a user to unleash inner artist, make some visual aid, and create corporate souvenirs.... (More)

Piklio's logo. Click here to visit the Piklio website! PRESS RELEASE: Announcing PIKLIO - the simple online solution to digital picture storage and photo creation
13:27 EST - The most technologically advanced photo application site launches in the UK December 9th 2010 - PIKLIO -- is a unique, quick and easy solution for anyone who doesn’t know what to do with the hundreds and thousands of treasured and sometimes forgotten photos stored on laptops, PCs, disks, drives and phones. PIKLIO users can store an unlimited number of photos securely without... (More)

Tamron's 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) DSLR lens. Photo provided by Tamron Co. Ltd. PRESS RELEASE: Tamron Announces 60th anniversary model 18-270mm Di II VC PZD -- The World’s Lightest, Smallest 15x Zoom, with Tamron’s First PZD (PIEZO Drive) AF System
13:13 EST - A light, compact, ultra-high-power 15x zoom lens with PZD (Piezo Drive) the first Piezoelectric internal autofocus motor by Tamron exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors. December 9, 2010, 2:00am EST, Commack, NY –Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the release of yet another groundbreaking lens: the world’s most compact, lightweight... (More)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

blueSLR's logo. Click here to visit the blueSLR website! PRESS RELEASE: XEquals blueSLR Lets Photographers Remotely Control Camera Shutter and Geocode Pictures from iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
22:58 EST - blueSLR Companion App Available Now on the App Store Ottawa, ON Canada, December 7, 2010 – XEquals today announced blueSLR, a Bluetooth accessory made for everyone who loves to take pictures along with a companion blueSLR App available now on the App Store. Whether you are on a paid photo shoot or simply want to snap a photo of a loved one, you can now use your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to... (More)

The LensAlign MkII, shown assembled with the standard 10.5-inch ruler attached. Rendering provided by Michael Tapes Design. LensAlign MkII helps photographers tame AF issues
20:25 EST - Melbourne, Florida-based Michael Tapes Design has unveiled a new variant of its popular LensAlign tool, which aids photographers calibrating autofocus of their digital SLRs, or wanting to confirm AF accuracy of models that lack AF calibration capability.

Numerous prosumer and professional DSLRs these days provide an autofocus microadjustment feature, including models from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and Pentax. If your camera includes such a feature,... (More)

Shutterfly's logo. Click here to visit the Shutterfly website! PRESS RELEASE: Shutterfly Rescues Billions of Photos from Desktops and Devices in 2010
14:48 EST - Company's Photo Book and Calendar Offerings Support Growing Consumer Interest in Rescuing and Celebrating Precious Photo Memories REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, today reveals a growing trend among consumers to create lasting keepsakes by rescuing their images from computers, cell phones... (More)

Shakodo's logo. Click here to visit the Shakodo website! PRESS RELEASE: Shakodo Web Service Launched -- Empowering Amateur and Professional Photographers by sharing Knowledge and Experience to discover the Real Value of their Photos and Services
13:08 EST - Tokyo, Japan (December 8, 2010) . Alive Co., Ltd., a Tokyo based consulting company, launched today a new innovative web service aimed at photographers at: Shakodo is a simple to use and innovative free service, designed to give a boost to the photography business by educating amateur and professional photographers through an interactive and open exchange of real business... (More)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Casio's EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H20G digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America, Inc. Casio H20G: New firmware extends GPS tracking capabilities
19:39 EST - Casio Electronics Co. Ltd. has issued a firmware update for its EXILIM EX-H20G digital camera that extends its GPS mapping capabilities to include a new feature.

No other changes are made in the new firmware, which carries version number 1.01. The updated Casio Exilim H20G firmware allows the camera to record GPS track logs in the Open Geospatial Consortium's... (More)

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website! Adobe CS5: Photoshop, Premiere Pro updates (UPDATED)
19:03 EST - Hot on the heels of last night's updates for Photoshop Lightroom, Camera Raw and DNG Converter, Adobe has today issued new versions of two Creative Suite 5 applications -- Adobe Photoshop CS5, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 update takes the application to version 12.0.2. A full list of changes isn't available, but the update fixes a variety of high priority bugs, including security vulnerabilities... (More)

Panasonic 14-140mm lens firmware released
17:05 EST - Panasonic Corp. has today released a fourth firmware update for its LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens.

The new LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm firmware v1.4 makes two changes, as compared to the previous v1.3 release from October 2010. Optical Image Stabilizer performance is said to have been improved during... (More)

Panorama Corrector 2 product packaging. Rendering provided by Altostorm Software. PRESS RELEASE: Panorama Corrector 2.0 - Unrivalled Tool for Correction of Panorama and Perspective Distortions
16:41 EST - Altostorm Software has announced the release of Panorama Corrector 2.0. This Photoshop compatible plug-in filter corrects many kinds of distortions of panoramic and non-panoramic images, making them look natural and perfect. PRLog (Press Release) – Dec 07, 2010 – Actually, Panorama Corrector is able to correct many kind of shape, size or position distortion, outperforming all similar... (More)

Zoner Photo Studio 13's logo. Click here to visit the Zoner website! PRESS RELEASE: Zoner Software Launches Zoner Photo Studio 13
12:53 EST - (Brno, Czech Republic, December 7th, 2010)—Zoner Software, the innovative graphics software company, has released the latest version of Zoner Photo Studio, the photo management, editing, and sharing software for Windows. The new version brings above all a significant increase in speed for all operations thanks to multi-core optimizations, an improved catalog, easier work with two monitors,... (More)

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website! Adobe finalizes Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3, Lens Profile Downloader
00:50 EST - Adobe has today finalized the latest versions of its Lightroom, DNG Converter, and Lens Profile Creator applications, as well as its Camera Raw plugin, which were first issued as release candidates last October.

As well as the eight camera models from four manufacturers that were added in the release candidate versions, Adobe has added support for a further seven camera models from Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax,... (More)

Monday, December 6, 2010

ProShow Web's logo. Click here to visit the ProShow Web website! PRESS RELEASE: Photodex® Releases ProShow® Web - A New Service for Creating Instant Video Slideshows Online
23:36 EST - Austin, TX, December 6, 2010 - Photodex today announced ProShow Web, its all-new service for creating instant video slideshows online. The service works by intelligently mixing photos, videos and music together into a unique video slideshow. Users can create free, 15-photo slideshows or opt for a Plus or Premium account which offer expanded features and up to 12 minutes of full length video. Once... (More)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 digital camera. Copyright © 2010, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express Review posted for Panasonic FZ100!
22:49 EST - Panasonic has dominated the long zoom category with its FZ-series digital cameras, and rightfully so. Despite ever longer zoom ratios, it seems Panasonic has always had a solution that offered great optical quality across the frame.

The Panasonic FZ100 also has a great optic, a 24x zoom that ranges from 25-600mm, delivering an impressive wide-angle to a satisfying telephoto. The Panasonic FZ100 has the new Power O.I.S. optical image... (More)

Iridient updates Raw Developer
22:43 EST - Iridient Digital has released an updated version of its Raw image processing application for Mac OS computers, Iridient Raw Developer 1.8.11.

The new release adds support for 32 new digital camera models from Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, Sigma, and Sony. The update also improves onscreen rendering of preview images,... (More)

ESP7250.150x97.jpg Printer Review: Kodak ESP 7250
20:19 EST - Same great inks and paper. Same frustrating experience, too.

The Kodak ESP 7250 is the company's idea of the essential all-in-one device. With a scanner for reflective originals and a printer that can handle both plain paper and photo paper, the 7250 offers a number... (More)

BenVista's logo. Click here to visit the BenVista website! PRESS RELEASE: BenVista releases PhotoZoom Pro 4
14:56 EST - ARNHEM, December 6, 2010 – Today BenVista announced the release of their new software for digital image resizing PhotoZoom Pro 4, which as of now is available for both Windows and Mac platforms. The PhotoZoom series is specialized in enlarging (and downsizing) digital images while preserving original quality, for which it uses BenVista's patented, award-winning S-Spline technologies. With PhotoZoom... (More)

Unified Color announces HDR Express availability
11:00 EST - Unified Color Technologies has today announced public availability of its HDR Express application, whose development was announced last October.

HDR Express will sit alongside the existing HDR Expose application in Unified's product lineup, and aims to simplify the process of creating high dynamic range images. Changes aren't limited to the user... (More)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sony E 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens. Lens review: Sony E 16mm f/2.8 pancake
20:20 EST - Sony announced its NEX series of cameras in May 2010, and while we tested the camera shortly after its release, we have only now taken a closer look at some of its lenses. Today's lens review is the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens, a tiny little thing which weighs in at just 70 grams (2.5 oz). Does Sony pack a lot into a little package? Click here to read our full review of this lens.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pentax's 645D digital SLR. Photo provided by Hoya Corp. Amazing Resolution: Pentax 645D Test Shots posted!
18:29 EST - We've always wanted to get a medium-format camera in the lab to see just how much better it might be than a 35mm professional camera, if at all. We've now shot the Pentax 645D, and the answer is: A *lot*...

Given that part of the equation is overall resolution, part is pixel size, and part optical quality, pitting the 40-megapixel Pentax 645D against the 21.1-megapixel Canon 1Ds Mark III and 24.5-megapixel... (More)

Staff Picks for Best Camera of 2010
12:27 EST - We spend so much time as an organization evaluating and posting reviews of digital cameras that we seldom have a chance to let you know which digital cameras are our personal favorites.

So I just walked around the office and emailed our remote staff for an informal poll on which cameras of 2010 are their favorites, with an emphasis on which is most likely to earn their dollar this holiday... (More)

Product packaging for the Kubota Creative Tools Lensbaby Pak. Rendering provided by Kubota Image Tools. PRESS RELEASE: Kubota Image Tools Announces Lensbaby Image Enhancing Tools
12:12 EST - Created in Conjunction with the Lensbaby Kubota Contest, This Set of Image Enhancement Tools Brings Out the Best in Images Captured with Lensbaby Optics Bend, Ore. – NOVEMBER 21, 2010 – Kubota Image Tools, provider of photographer-empowering creative imaging tools, workflow-saving solutions and educational offerings for photographers of all levels, today announced it has created the... (More)

Nikon Coolpix S8000 digital camera. Copyright © 2010, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. PRESS RELEASE: Nikon COOLPIX S8000 Compact Digital Camera Recipient of DFA Merit Recognition
11:36 EST - December 3, 2010 -- TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce that the COOLPIX S8000 compact digital camera is the recipient of a 2010 Design for Asia (DFA) Merit Recognition. The DFA Awards are organized by the Hong Kong Design Centre with the purpose of raising awareness amongst businesses and the public about the value of good design as an essential component... (More)

Nikon's D7000 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Nikon D7000: new firmware in preparation
11:05 EST - Nikon Japan and Nikon USA have both posted a brief statements on their respective websites acknowledging reports of an issue with video capture on their D7000 digital SLR in certain circumstances.

According to the document, Nikon has received reports from some customers of bright spots visible in shadow areas of video recordings captured with the Nikon D7000. While suggesting that the problem isn't... (More)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

onOne Software's logo. Click here to visit the onOne Software website! PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software Announces Availability of Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture
16:16 EST - New version of Perfect Resize and direct integration with Lightroom and Aperture provide photographers with essential tools to quickly achieve high-quality results. Portland, OR– December 2, 2010 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced availability of Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for... (More)

Canon 7D, 5D II: lockable mode dial upgrade service announced
01:10 EST - Canon USA, Canada and Japan have all announced modification programs for Mode dials on the EOS 7D and 5D Mark II digital SLRs.

The programs replace the existing mode dial on either camera model with one similar to that featured in the EOS 60D, where a button located at the center of the Mode dial must be depressed before the... (More)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Capture One Pro 6 product packaging. Rendering provided by Phase One A/S. PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Releases Capture One 6
22:04 EST - The world's most flexible digital photo workflow now delivers ultimate image quality faster than ever before COPENHAGEN, December 1, 2010 — Phase One today released Capture One 6, its most advanced professional raw conversion and image editing software. Its incredible flexibility ensures the utmost in creative control, while delivering uncompromising image quality. Capture One 6 converts... (More)

DxO Optics Pro 6 product packaging. Rendering provided by DxO Labs. PRESS RELEASE: DxO Optics Pro Adds Support for Nikon D7000 and Sony A390 and 120 New DxO Optics Modules
18:36 EST - Exceptional 30 percent holiday season discount through December 25th 2010 December 1, 2010 – DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.1 for Mac and Windows that adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Nikon D7000 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A390. Further, 120 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering... (More)

The Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder. Photo provided by Zoom Corp. / Samson Technologies. PRESS RELEASE: Zoom Announces Availability of the Q3HD Handy Video Recorder – Only Point-and-Shoot to Record HD Video and HD Audio
15:38 EST - Check out to see HD footage shot with the Q3HD Hauppauge, NY – December 01, 2010 – Zoom, makers of award-winning stereo recorders, is excited to announce availability of the highly anticipated Q3HD Handy Video Recorder – the only handheld to record both HD video and HD audio (24-bit/96kHz). The Q3HD combines Full HD 1080p video with Zoom’s renowned... (More)

Lightworks' logo. Click here to visit the Lightworks Beta website! PRESS RELEASE: EditShare Takes Next Step Toward Lightworks Open Source
15:02 EST - The groundbreaking Lightworks Open Source project celebrates its phase one roll out; releases FREE Lightworks 2010 Public Beta Boston, MA – November 30, 2010 -- EditShare®, the technology leader in cross platform collaborative editing and shared media storage, is pleased to announce the first step in the roll out of Lightworks Open Source. Today, the free Lightworks 2010 Public Beta download... (More)

Manfrotto's logo. Click here to visit the Manfrotto website! PRESS RELEASE: Manfrotto Distribution and Datacolor Host Free Webinar on Color Management
14:42 EST - Professional Photographer Stacy Pearsall Will Offer Tips on Controlling Color Accuracy with Spyder® Products RAMSEY, N.J. (November 29, 2010) — Manfrotto Distribution and Datacolor are offering a free webinar titled “Color Management in the Professional Photographer’s Workflow with Stacy and Datacolor,” which will take place on Wednesday, December 8th from 2:00 p.m. to... (More)

Olympus E-5 digital SLR camera. Copyright © 2010, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. First test shots posted for Olympus E-5!
09:47 EST - We've just posted our first set of test shots for the Olympus E-5, straight from the lab!

Olympus' new flagship E-5 SLR digital camera is a replacement for the 2007-model Olympus E-3. Seen from the front or above, the weather-sealed magnesium alloy body of the Olympus E-5 looks very similar... (More)

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