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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Casio's QV-R51 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Casio's QV-R51 5.0 Megapixel Digital Camera Wins Prestigious 2004 DIMA 'Digital Camera Shoot-Out' Award at PMA
21:35 EST - Casio's QV-R51 selected best in $300 - $399 price range for image quality! DOVER, N.J., Feb. 24 -- Casio, Inc. of Dover, New Jersey, announced today that its QV-R51 5.0 Megapixel digital camera won the prestigious 2004 DIMA Digital Camera Shoot-Out Award sponsored by the Digital Imaging Marketing Association. Casio won in the point and shoot category for digital cameras in the $300 to $399 price range.... (More)



Kodak's logo. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: New KODAK PROSHOTS Basics Software Simplifies Image-Ordering Process, Boosts Productivity for Photographers and Drives Volume for Professional Labs
19:47 EST - Ease-of-Use Benefits, Macintosh Computer OS X Compatibility Improve Studio and Lab Workflows LAS VEGAS, Feb. 23 -- Eastman Kodak Company introduced the new PROSHOTS Basics Software that simplifies the image-ordering process for photographers and professional labs. The software, free to photographers and available as a download at http://www.kodak.com/proshots/basicsinfo, allows photographers to... (More)



Iomega's 52X CD-RW / DVD-ROM + 7-in-1 Card Reader drive. Courtesy of Iomega, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Iomega Releases Versatile CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive With 7-in-1 Card Reader
19:43 EST - SAN DIEGO, February 25, 2004 - Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage, today announced that it is now shipping two new CD-RW/DVD-ROM combination drives: the Iomega® CD-RW/DVD-ROM Plus 7-in-1 Card Reader, and the Iomega CD-RW/DVD-ROM External USB 2.0 Drive. Both drives give users the latest in 52x24x52x CD-RW technology enhanced with 16x DVD-ROM (read-only) capability.... (More)



Outback Photo releases Workflow Handbook
15:49 EST - Our good friend Uwe Steinmueller from the Digital Outback Photo website has released a new e-book entitled "Digital Photography Workflow Handbook - using Photoshop CS and Raw Converters for the Digital Photography Workflow".

Available for $34.95 as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file, the e-book covers PhotoShop CS, Camera Raw 2.0, Capture One DSLR and Nikon Capture workflow techniques for converting and processing RAW... (More)



dotPhoto's logo. Click here to visit the dotPhoto website! PRESS RELEASE: DotPhoto's Pictavision is the leading standard for viewing & sharing photos on cell phones
14:40 EST - Signs Deals with Clubphoto, Fotki, Webshots, & Picturetrail Sites to Provide Wireless Photo Access for Pictavision-Enabled Cell Phones West Trenton, NJ - February 26, 2004 - dotPhoto, Inc. (www.dotphoto.com), a leading photo-sharing and digital photography web site, announced today, that it has signed deals with Clubphoto, Fotki, Webshots, and Picturetrail to provide wireless photo access for Pictavision-enabled... (More)



Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Olympus: Zuiko 150mm F2.0 lens
17:38 EST - Olympus announced a new lens for its Four Thirds-format E-system digital SLRs at the PMA show.

The new Olympus Zuiko Digital 150mm F2.0 lens has an equivalent focal length of 300mm on a 35mm camera, and offers features including a bright maximum aperture of F2.0, one ED and one Super ED lens element,... (More)



Tuesday, February 24, 2004

FinePix S3 Pro: Specs and photos
14:15 EST - In the runup to this year's PMA show, Fujifilm announced a replacement for its existing FinePix S2 Pro digital SLR.

At the time it was announced on February 5th, specifications for the new FinePix S3 Pro weren't available, but we've now received a spec sheet from Fujifilm. We also had the opportunity to see the camera... (More)



Samsung's Digimax V50 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Samsung: Four and five mpix digicams
00:34 EST - Wrapping up Samsung's vast (!) quantity of digicam announcements at PMA, the company has introduced two new models that share the same basic body design with a tilt/swivel LCD display.

The Samsung Digimax V40 and V50 have four and five megapixel 1/1.8" CCD image sensors respectively, coupled with a 38 - 113mm equivalent Schneider 3x optical zoom lens, a large 2.0-inch tilt / swivel... (More)



Monday, February 23, 2004

Samsung's Digimax V5 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Samsung Digimax V5: 5mpix, 3x zoom
18:35 EST - The second of Samsung's new camera announcements at PMA featuring a five megapixel sensor, the Samsung Digimax V5 is a $349 camera with a Schneider-branded 3x optical zoom lens.

Other features of the V5 include a 1.5" color LCD display for image preview / review, five-mode flash, and both movie and voice recording modes. Images are stored on either Secure Digital / Multimediacard... (More)



Saturday, February 21, 2004

Samsung: 4 mpix ultracompact digicam
13:58 EST - Amongst Samsung's new announcements at PMA, the company offered an ultracompact digital camera with a 4 megapixel imager.

The Samsung Digimax U-CA 401 has a fixed focal-length 5.8mm autofocus lens, 4.0 megapixel (effective) 1/2.5" CCD sensor, 1.5" LCD display and reverse galileo viewfinder, five-mode flash, 16MB of built-in... (More)



Friday, February 20, 2004

Samsung USA announces U-CA 3 digicam
15:19 EST - Regular readers may remember Samsung's U-CA 3 digital camera, which we first told you about last September.

At the time that it was announced in Europe and Asia, the U-CA 3 (noteable for its use of Sony's Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo flash media), only limited product information was available.... (More)



Thursday, February 19, 2004

Samsung announces 5mpix, 3x zoom digicam
18:37 EST - Amongst its PMA announcements, Samsung is offering three cameras with a resolution of 5 megapixels - one of them being the new Digimax 530.

Coupling its 1/1.8" 5.13 megapixel CCD sensor with a 3x optical zoom lens, the Digimax 530 also offers a 1.5" color LCD display, built-in five mode flash, Secure Digital storage card slot, and 32MB of... (More)



Samsung: 2mpix, 2x zoom Digimax 250
17:48 EST - Continuing its flood of PMA digital camera announcements, Samsung Opto-Electronics America Inc. has announced its new Digimax 250 model.

Combining a 1/3.2" 2.10 megapixel (effective) CCD image sensor with a 38 - 76mm equivalent 2x optical zoom lens, the Digimax 250 also offers a 1.5" LCD display, five mode flash, Secure Digital / Multimediacard... (More)



Samsung's Digimax 401 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Samsung: Three more Digimax digicams
16:33 EST - A second press release from Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung Techwin Co. Ltd.'s US subsidiary at the PMA show details three new closely related Digimax digital cameras.

The Samsung Digimax 202, 301 and 401 all share near-identical bodies (the base Digimax 202 has slightly different cosmetic styling to its higher-spec siblings). The Digimax 202 features a 1/2" 2.0 megapixel... (More)



Samsung: Digimax 370, 430 announced
13:39 EST - Secausus, New Jersey-based Samsung Opto-Electronics America Inc. made quite a few new digital camera announcements at the PMA show in Las Vegas.

In the first press release, the company introduced its new Digimax 370 and Digimax 430 digital cameras. The two models share the same body design which features a 1.5" LCD display, built-in five mode... (More)



Wednesday, February 18, 2004

DxO Analyze: A new standard for digicam testing?
13:17 EST - Here's another key announcement from DO Labs: They've developed a turnkey tool for testing digital cameras with a degree of accuracy, precision, and repeatability unprecedented in the industry. The Imaging Resource will be one of the first large-scale test and review organizations worldwide to make its results available to our readers.

This is another announcement from DO Labs that I've been sitting on until I could find time to write it up with the detail it deserves. In a previous news item, I reported on DxO Photo Pro, software with... (More)



Tuesday, February 17, 2004

"Best in Show," 2004 PMA - DxO Photo Pro (Exclusive sample images.)
19:56 EST - Every year after the PMA show, people always ask me what I thought was the most interesting/exciting product I saw there. This year, the easy answer is DO Labs' DxO Photo Pro software, an amazingly powerful tool/technology for correcting optical distortion and artifacts in digicam images.

DO Labs, maker of DxO Optics Pro, issued a press release on the software prior to PMA (see below), but I've been waiting to report on it until (a) I could see the results it produced personally, and (b)... (More)



COOL/UNUSUAL: "Slab" printer takes media to 4.7 *inches* thick!
18:46 EST - The show's over, but not our coverage: I came across this gadget at the PMA show last week - What caught my eye was a display of ceramic tiles with photos printed on them. Apparently based on Epson print heads, the "Busjet" can apparently handle material as thick as 4.7 inches. (!)

Some inkjet printers these days can handle fairly thick media, typically up to about 1-1.5 mm posterboard. But what if you want to print on something *really* thick? If you need to print high-quality... (More)



Friday, February 13, 2004

Epson and Cosina show interchangeable lens digital rangefinder
21:05 EST - Japanese companies Epson and Cosina have come up with quite a surprise for this year's PMA.

Imaging heavyweight Epson has partnered with Cosina, a manufacturer of vintage-styled cameras that also makes cameras on an OEM basis for other manufacturers, to create an extremely interesting looking... (More)



Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LC1 digital camera. Courtesy of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. Panasonic USA shows Lumix DMC-LC1
17:42 EST - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has announced its Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1 digital camera at the Photo Marketing Association trade show in Las Vegas.

The DMC-LC1 was first shown in Japan last October, at which time it was predicted to go on sale this spring. The LC1, which features manual controls for zoom, focus and aperture on the lens barrel, as... (More)



COOL: Max Lyons and the 1 gigapixel panorama
16:20 EST - Dave meets Max Lyons, creator of the 1 Gigapixel digicam image.

We reported on this a while back, but today I got to meet Max Lyons, the guy who stitched the 1 gigapixel image of Bryce Canyon from almost 200 separate D60 digicam photos. Max proved to be an interesting... (More)



The 'Four Thirds System' logo. Courtesy of Olympus Optical Co. (Europa) GmbH and Eastman Kodak Company. Three new manufacturers support Four Thirds System
15:18 EST - A press release today distributed by Olympus Corp. announces that three new Japanese digicam manufacturers have thrown their support behind the Four Thirds System standard for single-lens reflex digital cameras.

Until now, only Olympus has actually released products based on the Four Thirds System standard which it co-created with Kodak. The company's impressive E1 digital SLR is the first Four Thirds camera,... (More)



Casio's EXILIM PRO EX-P600 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio announces impressive 6mpix compact digicam
14:22 EST - Tokyo, Japan-based Casio Computer Co. Ltd. and its US subsidiary yesterday announced a new digital camera model that marks quite a shift in the company's strategy and product direction.

Before the announcement, Casio's digital camera product line consisted of the QV-R series compact cameras, and the impressively slender EXILIM cameras - all fairly standard point-n-shoot cameras that... (More)



COOL/UNUSUAL - Cool Stuff: Eyetop "Wearable Viewfinder"
14:00 EST - Dave found a cool gadget that can put a tiny video display in a pair of sunglasses. (Very compact and wearable.) A little pricey for casual use, but could this be the ideal "remote viewfinder" for your digicam?

Trolling the aisles in the low-rent district of the PMA show looking for the new, unusual, or overlooked, I came across a nifty gadget that's apparently already out in the US market, at places like Tiger... (More)



Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Xg digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE Xg
03:02 EST - Wrapping up its digicam announcements for PMA, Konica Minolta has announced an update to the DiMAGE Xt digital camera, the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg.

The DiMAGE Xg offers a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels coupled with a 37-111mm equivalent 3x optical zoom lens. Changes include a slightly larger LCD display (1.6 vs. 1.5 inches), improved startup... (More)



Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE Z1 successor
02:43 EST - Alongside its announcement of the DiMAGE A2, Konica Minolta has today announced its new DiMAGE Z2 digital camera.

The main difference is a new 1/2.5" 4 megapixel image sensor in place of the original 1/2.7" 3.2 megapixel sensor; the slightly larger sensor size should work to help keep noise down at the higher resolution.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Extends Camera Raw File Support in Photoshop CS
01:40 EST - Updated Camera Raw Plug-in Adds Support for Broad Range of New Digital Cameras from Fujifilm, Kodak, Leaf, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony SAN JOSE, Calif. - Feb. 12, 2004 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced a new Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop® CS, extending raw file support to 14 additional digital camera models. Available as a free download from Adobe's... (More)



Thursday, February 12, 2004

Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE A1 successor
21:02 EST - Konica Minolta has today announced its new DiMAGE A2 digital camera, a significant update to the existing DiMAGE A1 model.

The main differences include a new 8 megapixel image sensor, a greatly improved electronic viewfinder with 922,000 pixels (!) and refresh rates of 30 or 60 frames per second (the latter at a decreased... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Sony PictureStation System Helps Photo Buffs "Picture the Possibilities" With New Generation Software
16:56 EST - Retailers to Benefit from Customization Options and Increased Store Traffic LAS VEGAS (PMA, Booth # M30), Feb. 11, 2004 - Providing enhancements that will offer retailers and consumers new possibilities in digital photo processing, Sony Electronics will now make a new next generation software standard on its PictureStation™ photo-finishing systems, along with new options in kiosk design. An... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: New Sony Photo Vault™ Mini CD-R Station Enables Portable Direct-From-Camera CD Burning
16:54 EST - Features Standard USB Interface for Direct Image Downloads, Allows Viewing of Digital Images on TV LAS VEGAS (PMA, Booth #M30), Feb. 11, 2004 - Offering a portable, PC-free solution for burning photos directly from digital still cameras to mini CD-R, Sony introduces Photo Vault™ Mini CD-R Station. Weighing only 8 ounces, Photo Vault Mini CD-R Station adds convenience and flexibility to digital... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Sony ImageStation Offers Consumers the Ability to Access and Share Digital Images Everywhere
16:51 EST - LAS VEGAS (PMA, Booth #M30), Feb. 11, 2004 - Whether in the office, on the go, or in the comfort of your living room, busy consumers will easily be able to access digital images with two exciting new services to be coming from Sony ImageStation®. Beyond the core ImageStation Online service which provides access to photos via a PC, photo buffs will soon have access to, along with the ability to... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Sony Accelerates Standard Memory Stick Media With Faster Speed and New Color
16:41 EST - USB Reader/Writer with Triple Memory-Card Slots Adds Versatility LAS VEGAS (PMA, Booth M30), Feb. 11, 2004 - Sony Electronics is equipping Memory Stick® media users for the digital future by adding the ability to read data at high speeds and copyright protection as standard features on all Memory Stick media available at retailers nationwide. Updated Memory Stick media will start shipping this... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Enhances Digital Cameras With New "TruePic TURBO" Image Processor
16:39 EST - Superior Imaging Quality and Faster Processing Speed Instantly Deliver Remarkable Images Melville, New York, February 12, 2004 - Olympus today announced that its latest digital camera models - the C-8080 Wide Zoom, C-770 Ultra Zoom, C-765 Ultra Zoom, Stylus 410 Digital, D-580 Zoom and D-540 Zoom - now incorporate TruePic TURBO™, an innovative new image processor that significantly improves... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Sony Puts a DVD Camcorder In Your Pocket
16:37 EST - It's Ultra-Portable At Just Over A Pound LAS VEGAS (PMA, Booth # M30), Feb. 11, 2004 - You can skip the movie rental store and be the star of your own DVD video with Sony's new line of DVD Handycam® camcorders with their lightweight, portable designs and easy-to-use features. The DCR-DVD101 and DCR-DVD201 camcorders weigh just over a pound and are small enough to fit into a jacket pocket. ... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Introduces High Speed 60X Secure Digital Memory Cards for Reliable and Continuous Capture of Digital Video
16:24 EST - Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA Booth H100) -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq:LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today introduced Secure Digital (SD) memory cards speed-rated at 60X, which signifies a minimum sustained write speed capability of 9MB per second. Lexar's high-speed Secure Digital memory cards are ideal for digital imaging applications... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: New KODAK Photo Printer 6800 Delivers Durable, High-Quality 5x7 Photos for Professional Photographers
15:29 EST - High-Speed System Offers 'While You Wait' Printing at a Competitive Price LAS VEGAS, Feb. 12 Eastman Kodak Company brings even more speed and exceptional performance to thermal printing technology with the introduction of its KODAK Photo Printer 6800. The robust, transportable system delivers a high-quality 5x7-inch photo in only 20 seconds and as many as 375 5x7 prints without operator intervention.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Introduces High-Speed 32-bit CardBus CompactFlash™ Reader For Macintosh and Windows Operating Systems
15:22 EST - 32-bit CardBus Reader Offers Mobile Photographers the Ability to Quickly and Conveniently Transfer Digital Images Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA Booth H100) -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leading marketer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today introduced a 32-bit CompactFlash™ (CF) CardBus reader, designed to enable the quick and convenient transfer... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Announces Exclusive Retail Distribution Agreement For Camera Bits' Popular Photo Mechanic™ Software
15:21 EST - Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA Booth H100 -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Camera Bits, Inc., maker of the popular image management software Photo Mechanic™. With shipments beginning next month, Lexar will be the exclusive retail distributor of... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Announces Enhanced Memory Stick™ Media with Read Speeds Up to Four Times Faster
15:20 EST - Faster Read Speed Equates to Faster Downloading and Access to Data Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA Booth H100) -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today announced a new line of updated Memory Stick™ products that will have significantly increased read speeds. Available this spring in capacities of 64MB,... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Introduces High Speed 60X Secure Digital Memory Cards for Reliable and Continuous Capture of Digital Video
15:19 EST - Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA Booth H100) -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq:LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today introduced Secure Digital (SD) memory cards speed-rated at 60X, which signifies a minimum sustained write speed capability of 9MB per second. Lexar's high-speed Secure Digital memory cards are ideal for digital imaging applications... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Announces World's Highest Capacity Memory Card with 8GB CompactFlash™
15:17 EST - Lexar Doubles the Highest Capacity of CompactFlash, Allowing Professional Photographers to Shoot and Store Over 1,000 High-Resolution RAW Image Files on One Memory Card Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA Booth H100)-- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today announced its 8GB Professional Series CompactFlash™... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Announces 80X Professional CompactFlash™ Cards with 12MB/s Minimum Sustained Write Speed
15:16 EST - Professional Memory Cards Include New Write Acceleration with Optimized Firmware for Increased In-Camera Performance Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA Booth H100) -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today doubled the minimum sustained write speed capability of its Professional Series CompactFlash™ (CF) product... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Announces its 1 Gigabyte Secure Digital Memory Cards
15:14 EST - Las Vegas, February 12, 2004 (PMA, Booth H100) -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today announced that it has doubled its highest capacity Secure Digital (SD) memory card to 1 gigabyte. Lexar's new larger capacity Secure Digital card allows users of SD compatible devices to capture more digital pictures, store... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Concord Camera Corp. Announces Sleek, Stylish 5 Megapixel Camera At $379.99 SRP
15:07 EST - Concord 5345z Digital Camera Offers Features for Beginners & Pros Las Vegas, NV - February 12, 2004 - Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") (Nasdaq:LENS), a leader in high-quality low-priced digital cameras, today announced at Photo Marketing Association (PMA) the new, ultra stylish Concord 5345z digital camera. Concord's first metal body digital camera offers 5 Megapixels, 3x optical/4x digital zoom... (More)



Konica Minolta announces development of Maxxum 7-digital SLR!
13:49 EST - Konica Minolta announces their entry into the D-SLR market, the first model slated for Fall '04 availability.

Minolta's had a very successful entry into the digicam market, with a wide range of popular models, many with innovative features. Early on, they developed a digital SLR (the RD-3000) that used a prism... (More)



Olympus' Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. First Look review posted for Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom!
11:19 EST - When I reviewed the Sony DSC-F828, I said that 2004 would be "the year of the 8 megapixel digicam," and the Olympus C-8080 is one indication of that fact.

Since my First Look is based on a prototype model, I wasn't able to share any sample images from it just yet. Based on its features and functions though, I can say that this will definitely be a camera... (More)



Olympus announces Stylus 410 digital
11:14 EST - The Stylus 410 Digital includes a 4 megapixel CCD with 35-105mm equivalent lens offering 3x optical zoom (12x with digital zoom).

The camera uses Olympus' newly-announced TruePic Turbo feature which the company says "significantly improves image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release... (More)



Olympus announces 8mpix, 5x zoom digicam (UPDATED)
10:44 EST - The Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom announced by Olympus today offers an 8 megapixel CCD with a 5x optical zoom 28-140mm equivalent lens.

The camera is available this month with an estimated street price of US$999. The C-8080 features customizable settings that provide shortcuts to frequently used settings, as well as a "custom button"... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: eXaNetworks Launches Low-Cost, Low-Bandwidth Digital Photo Sharing Service
10:27 EST - PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2004--eXaNetworks Inc. (www.exanetworks.com) today announced the debut of a revolutionary low-bandwidth photo sharing technology and infrastructure that will simplify photo sharing by digital photographers and commercial licensees to specified end users. eXaNetworks unveiled the service at the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) Annual Convention... (More)



Olympus' Camedia D-580 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces D-580 Zoom
10:16 EST - Following hot on the heels of its announcement of the D-540 Zoom digital camera, Olympus America has today announced the new Camedia D-580 Zoom digital camera.

Priced at $299 and due to ship this month, the D-580 Zoom features a 4.0 megapixel imager and 3x optical zoom lens. Other features include an optical viewfinder, 1.8" LCD display, four-mode flash, xD-Picture... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: DotPhoto Site Integrates Broadcast-Quality Music, Voice, and Special Effects with Photographic Technologies to Enhance Digital Photography Experience
09:56 EST - Las Vegas, NV - February 12, 2004 - dotPhoto, Inc. www.dotphoto.com, a leading photo-sharing and digital photography web site announced today at Photo Marketing Association (PMA) their "Talking Pictures" Technology, which allows users to enhance, share and customize digital photos online anytime, integrating broadcast-quality music, voice, and special effects with state-of-the-art digital photography... (More)



Olympus announces D-540 Zoom
09:40 EST - Olympus America has today announced its new Camedia D-540 Zoom digital camera.

A 3.2 megapixel model with a 38-114mm equivalent 3x optical zoom lens, the D-540 Zoom will be known in Europe and Asia as the C-310 Zoom. Set to ship in March at a price of US$199, the D-540 Zoom also... (More)



Olympus announces two new Ultra Zoom digicams
09:19 EST - Olympus has today announced two new Ultra Zoom digital cameras at the PMA Show in Las Vegas, the Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom and C-770 Ultra Zoom.

The two models are very similar overall, sharing the same 4.0 megapixel CCD imagers and 38 - 380mm equivalent 10x optical zoom lenses. As you'd guess from the $100 price differential between the two models... (More)



Kodak Professional's DCS Pro SLR/n digital SLR. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Preliminary review posted for Kodak Pro SLR/n!
08:19 EST - Roughly 17 months ago, Kodak rocked the digital SLR world when they announced their 13.5 megapixel Pro 14n digital SLR at Photokina in Germany, with a price of $4995.

The price was thousands less than its only real competition, the 11 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds, but sensor noise problems blunted much of the 14n's impact, relegating it to a fairly narrow range of applications... (More)



Kodak Professional's DCS Pro SLR/n digital SLR. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Kodak announces DCS Pro 14n successor (UPDATED)
08:16 EST - Kodak's has today announced the new DCS Pro SLR/n digital SLR - a strong update to their previous Pro 14n model with very similar specifications, but greatly improved performance in several key areas.

The enhancement that will undoubtedly be the most welcome for prospective users is its greatly improved noise performance, thanks to a redesigned CMOS sensor chip, a change in fabrication provider, and... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies introduces New Large Format Printer at Las Vegas - See the ultimate in quality and value
05:51 EST - Las Vegas, Feb 12th , 2004 - A global leader in thermal transfer technology, Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies will be demonstrating its line of consumer dye-sublimation photo printers this week at the 2004 PMA Show in Las Vegas. The new large format printer will be targeting more home use end-users as well as professional event photographers. Hi-Touch has aggressively introduced their cost per 4"x6" print... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: DO Labs Announces the BxU™ Unit
05:44 EST - Breakthrough Scientific Unit MeasuresPerceptual Blur and Sharpness of Digital Cameras Las Vegas, NV (February 12, 2004) - DO Labs, a software company focused on research in image processing to enhance image quality, introduces the BxU - for Blur eXperience Unit. BxU is a new scientific measurement unit that provides a precise and numeric quantification of the perceived softness (also called perceptual... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Leads In Capacity By Designing And Manufacturing Memory Card Format Pioneered By Sony and SanDisk
05:18 EST - LAS VEGAS, NV, Feb. 11, 2004 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the addition of the 128 megabyte (MB) Memory Stick® PRO, and 128MB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards to its product line. SanDisk now offers the industry's broadest range of Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo cards with capacities that range from 128MB to 2 gigabytes (GB) and 128MB to 512MB respectively. The addition of 128MB... (More)



Nikon announces two new Coolpix digicams
05:14 EST - Nikon USA has announced two new Coolpix digicams with an interesting feature - a built-in fix for red-eye in photos through the camera's firmware.

The Nikon Coolpix 4200 and 5200 compact digital cameras are near-identical with the exception of their CCD imagers (4.0 and 5.1 megapixels, respectively) and their movie frame rates (15 and 30 frames per... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Major Expansion of DSLR Camera Support Planned For C1 RAW Workflow Software
05:13 EST - PMA CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, February 12, 2004 - Phase One, the world leader in professional digital imaging camera backs and software, is pleased to announce its critically-acclaimed C1 RAW Workflow software now supports the full Canon line of DSLRs on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. This new major release adds support for the Canon 300D Digital Rebel to all Windows versions as well as the... (More)



Sony announces DSC-W1 digital camera
05:01 EST - Sony USA has today announced its new Cyber-shot DSC-W1 digital camera at the Photo Marketing Association show in Las Vegas.

Sporting a 5.1 megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens, the DSC-W1 is set for introduction this May at a price of US$400. Other features include a 2.5" LCD display, optical viewfinder,... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: InterVideo Unveils Mobile, Desktop Versatility of New Recorder Platinum 5 Software with Integrated WinDVD 5
04:56 EST - Delivers TV, VCR, Camcorder, DVD Recorder/Player Entertainment to PCs, Laptops FREMONT, CALIF. - February 11, 2004 - InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII) announced today WinDVD Recorder Platinum 5, the latest version of its award-winning digital video recorder (DVR) and DVD player combination software. Designed to provide PC users with the broadest range of entertainment options, WinDVD Recorder Platinum... (More)



Sony announces four P-series digicams
04:36 EST - Sony USA has today announced four new P-series Cyber-shot digital cameras featuring either four or five megapixel CCD imagers.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P41, DSC-P73, DSC-P93 and DSC-P100 will ship this May, and all four cameras share Sony's new "Real Imaging Processor" (the company isn't alone in using the same processor across... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Sony Brings Lab-Quality Photo Printing Into the Living Room
04:28 EST - New At-Home Photo Printer Offers PictBridge Technology for Printer Compatibility and Multiple Flash Memory Card Slots LAS VEGAS (PMA, Booth # M30), Feb. 11, 2004 - With digital camera sales in the U.S. now outpacing traditional camera sales, Sony Electronics is set to answer the question, "How do I share all these pictures?" with an easy-to-use, PC-free home photo printer. The company's new DPP-EX50... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Announces Shoot & Store, the World's First "Consumable" Flash Memory Cards For Digital Cameras
04:10 EST - LAS VEGAS, NV, Feb. 11, 2004 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced a new line of inexpensive flash memory cards designed to allow users to save their pictures indefinitely without using a computer for downloading, thus giving millions of consumers a major incentive to switch from film to digital photography and providing them with a durable, permanent way to store a lifetime of images.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: dotPhoto Announces Online Pro Photographer Services
03:01 EST - dotPhoto Lets Pro & Amateur Photographers Sell Photos Online with No Start-up Costs Las Vegas, NV - February 12, 2004 - dotPhoto, Inc. (www.dotphoto.com), a leading photo-sharing and digital photography web site, announced today at Photo Marketing Association (PMA), a simple solution for pro and amateur photographers to sell photos online. With no start-up costs, dotPhoto makes it easy for digital... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: The New DVD/CD Digital Photo Copy Station copies directly from your Memory Card to DVD or CD without a computer
02:48 EST - Las Vegas, NV February 11, 2004 - Alera Technologies, developer and manufacturer of Advanced DVD and CD Duplicating and Publishing Solutions introduced today at PMA 2004 the DVD/CD Digital Photo Copy Station, the world's first Memory card to DVD/CD copier, and the first in a family of Desktop Digital Imaging solutions from Alera Technologies. Both the resolution of digital cameras and the capacity... (More)



Wednesday, February 11, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: The Epson Stylus Photo R200 Printer Offers Direct CD/DVD Printing For Only $99
19:30 EST - New High Quality Six-Color Photo Printer is Rich with Features and Low in Price PMA, LAS VEGAS, Feb. 11, 2004 - Epson America Inc.'s latest printer, the EPSON Stylus Photo R200, is ideal for digital imaging enthusiasts who want to print frame-ready photos and personalize home music and movie collections at an affordable price. With an estimated street price of $99, six individual ink cartridges,... (More)



SanDisk 4GB Type-I CF for FAT16
15:19 EST - SanDisk introduces a 4GB CF card that includes provisions to allow it to work in older cameras that don't support the FAT32 file standard.

This looks like it should be a welcome product for some folks, but I have to admit that it also has a bit of a kludgey feel to me. The problem that's being addressed is that most existing CF-based cameras... (More)



Tuesday, February 10, 2004

http://www.hp.com PRESS RELEASE: HP Accelerates Digital Publishing Revolution with Introduction of Industry-leading Graphic Arts Portfolio
21:22 EST - PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Feb. 10, 2004--HP (NYSE:HPQ)(Nasdaq:HPQ) today unveiled technologies and products enabling the graphic arts industry to realize the long-awaited benefits of the digital publishing revolution. Driving this transformation are HP's comprehensive product portfolio, color science advancements, and workflow solutions, which enable customers to capitalize on efficient on-demand printing,... (More)



Sigma announces 24 - 60mm F2.8 EX DG lens
19:51 EST - Sigma Corp. has today unveiled a new super-wide zoom lens designed for use with digital SLRs.

The new Sigma 24 - 60mm F2.8 EX DG, which is constructed with two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) and four aspherical glass elements, offers a bright maximum aperture of F2.8 across the zoom range. Weight... (More)



Monday, February 9, 2004

PMA Spring 2004 logo. Click here to visit the PMA website! NEWSFLASH: PMA Report now online
21:42 EST - As usual, the Imaging Resource team will be covering this year's Photo Marketing Association show in Las Vegas, Nevada live from the show floor - this year with four of us on hand to spot all the latest announcements and get to the bottom of all the stories.

We've just opened our PMA Spring 2004 Show report, where you'll find our continually updated feed of all the PMA news. We'll also be mirroring the PMA news on our news page below, but if you want to keep... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: ColorVision's Affordable Pricing Brings State of the Art Color Management Products Toward a Mass-Market Standard Showcased In Booth Q100 At PMA Las Vegas
21:32 EST - LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - February 3, 2004 - ColorVision Inc., a Datacolor company announces up to 30% reductions and better on its award-winning, state-of-the-art color management systems for photography, design, desktop and pre-press professionals. Whether you are a professional photographer viewing color photos on your monitor for a major New York City ad agency, choosing design colors to coordinate... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Abneil Software Ltd. Announces Plug-in for Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop
18:55 EST - Abneil Software Ltd (http://www.graphicxtras.com) has just released a new powerful plugin tool for Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. The plugin offers color effects for photographers and other users. The plugin comes with thousands of color effects and combines 49 filters + 30 gradient overlays and many blending modes. The software is available for PC only, for a cost of US $14.99. For more information... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Magix Announces Photo Cleaning Lab
15:22 EST - February 9, 2004, Miami Beach, FL - MAGIX, the award-winning technology leader in Personal Rich Media, announced today MAGIX Photo Cleaning Lab, the 'must-have' digital camera accessory that quickly repairs, organizes and preserves the thousands of digital images collected by photographers and consumers. Priced at only $49.99, MAGIX Photo Cleaning Lab includes real-time image correction, high-speed... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Delkin Adds SD & High Capacity Gigabyte Memory Cards To Its High-Speed eFilm Pro Card Line
14:36 EST - Poway CA, February 9, 2004 Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products for camera stores worldwide, today announced some major new additions to its high-speed eFilm PRO Card line. The new eFilm Secure Digital (SD) PRO Card meets today's need for speed for the new wave of video cameras and mobile camera phones requiring high-speed SD memory cards.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Delkin Expands Digital Camera Battery and Reader/Writer Product Line
14:19 EST - Poway CA, February 9, 2004 Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products for camera stores worldwide, today announced an expanded line of digital camera and camcorder batteries. These new products will be introduced at PMA in Las Vegas February 12 through 15 at their booth C166. Chief among the products is the eFilm RCR-V3 digital camera battery. Many... (More)



The Polaroid x530 digital camera. Courtesy of Foveon / World Wide Licenses, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. New Foveon X3-based digicam announced at PMA
13:42 EST - Foveon Inc. has today pushed forward an announcement originally scheduled for Wednesday at the Spring 2004 Photo Marketing Association show in Las Vegas.

The company has now lined up its first customer to offer a consumer point-and-shoot digital camera - a pretty significant step, since thus far the only cameras to offer Foveon's X3 sensors have been the... (More)



Canon's PowerShot Pro 1 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces PowerShot Pro 1
09:00 EST - In Canon's final - and possibly the most significant - announcement of the day, the company has introduced a new model whose naming suggests exactly where it lies in the PowerShot lineup.

The PowerShot Pro 1 combines a 2/3" 8.0 megapixel imager with an image size of 3264 x 2448 pixels, coupled with a 7.2 - 50.8mm (28 - 200mm equivalent) L-series 7x optical zoom lens. You read that right... (More)



Canon's PowerShot S1 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces PowerShot S1 IS digital camera
09:00 EST - In its second last announcement of the day, Canon U.S.A. Inc. has introduced the new PowerShot S1 IS digital camera, featuring an image-stabilised 10x optical zoom lens and a three megapixel image sensor.

Set to ship in April at a price of $499, the S1 IS will couple its 5.8 - 58mm (38 - 380mm equivalent) optically stabilised lens with a 1/2.7" 3.2 megapixel CCD imager, 1.5-inch LCD display, 114,000 pixel... (More)



Canon announces three new ELPH digicams
09:00 EST - Continuing the flood of pre-PMA announcements, Canon has today introduced three new Digital ELPH camera models, including the first five-megapixel ELPH.

We don't currently have specifications for any of these models, but they can be summarised as follows: The Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH features a 3.2 megapixel CCD, a 35 - 70mm equivalent 2x... (More)



Canon announces two new A-series Powershots
09:00 EST - In its fourth announcement of the day (and the first digicam announcement), Canon has introduced two new A-series Powershot digital camera models.

We don't currently have specifications for either model, but the PowerShot A75 and A310 are both 3.2 megapixel (2048 x 1536 pixel) cameras which should reach the market in April. The entry-level A310... (More)



Canon announces speedy wide-format pigment printer
09:00 EST - In its third printer announcement of the day, Canon U.S.A. Inc. has unveiled the new imagePROGRAF W6200 wide-format inkjet printer.

Printing using pigment-based inks, the W6200 can accept media up to A1 size (594mm x 841mm, slightly larger than 24" x 36") with print times varying from 1.5 to seven minutes depending on the print quality.... (More)



Canon announces i9900 photo printer
09:00 EST - In its second printer announcement of the day, Canon U.S.A. Inc. details its i9900 photo printer which can deliver a borderless 8" x 10" print in 50 seconds.

Slated to ship in May at a cost of $499.99, the i9900 features a print resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi, minimum droplet size of 2 picoliters, choice of three ports offering USB 2.0 / USB 2.0 High Speed... (More)



Canon announces i80 printer
09:00 EST - In the runup to this year's PMA show in Las Vegas, Canon is today making a number of noteable announcements.

In the first, the company has announced its new i80 Mobile bubblejet printer, which offers a maximum of 4800 x 1200 dpi color print resolution with a maximum color print speed of 10 pages per minute from... (More)



Saturday, February 7, 2004

sp-box.jpg Review Posted: SoundPix Plus
00:19 EST - Tired of emailing pictures that require a thousand words of explanation? How about sending a picture with audio embedded in the Exif header? Sound good to you? Then take a look at SoundPix Plus.

SoundPix has hijacked the Exif header of JPEG images to embed any audio of your choice. The SoundPix Plus application lets you easily add audio to any JPEG, but the embedded architecture promises to deploy... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Kepmad Releases ImageBuddy 2.9.5
00:09 EST - Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v2.9.5 for OS X. The new version adds masked image transparency on page layouts and improved color fidelity of background images on contact sheets and a number of smaller improvements. ImageBuddy's simple and intuitive interface lets you rotate, size, crop, mask and layout your digital photos for printing in just a few simple click and includes Drag & Drop... (More)



Thursday, February 5, 2004

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-F828 digital camera. Copyright ©2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture! Full production-level update to Sony DSC-F828 review!
15:31 EST - I've *finally* posted the production update to my review of the Sony DSC-F828 uber-camera.

There's a lot to say about what I found, really too much to even summarize adequately here. The short of it though, is (a) incredible resolution, (b) enormously faster autofocus speed and shorter shutter... (More)



Fujifilm announces S3 Pro digital SLR
15:25 EST - Wrapping up today's announcements, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today announced its new FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR.

The first FinePix SLR to feature a fourth-generation SuperCCD SR sensor (which uses couplets of so-called 'S' and 'R' photodiodes under a single microlens to improve dynamic range - see our earlier coverage... (More)



Fujifilm announces FinePix A330, A340
14:12 EST - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc has today announced two closely related point'n'shoot digital cameras, the Fujifilm FinePix A330 and A340.

Occupying the same space in the lineup as Fujifilm's previous FinePix A310 model, the new FinePix A330 is a three megapixel, 3x optical zoom model. The FinePix A340 shares pretty much identical features... (More)



Fujifilm announces S20 Pro digital camera
12:27 EST - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today announced an update to its FinePix S7000 digital camera, in the form of the new FinePix S20 Pro.

Sharing almost the same body as the S7000 which was announced last July, with a Super EBC Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens equivalent to 35 - 210mm on a 35mm camera and a choice of both xD-Picture Card and... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: ColorVision® Introduces Low Cost - High Quality Calibration Systems For The Digital Darkroom
11:54 EST - LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - February 3, 2004 - ColorVision Inc., a Datacolor company has upgraded and bundled its new PrintFIX product with the award winning SpyderPRO in a truly affordable $449 package, shaving hundreds of dollars off currently available alternatives for calibrating monitors and profiling printers for paper types. The package containing ColorVision's critically acclaimed SpyderPRO, a precise... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Delkin's Lightning Fast Cardbus Adapter Now Available in SD and Memory Stick
00:10 EST - Poway CA, February 5, 2004 - Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products for camera stores worldwide, has added Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), and Memory Stick (MS) formats to its line of fastest PCMCIA Adapters on the market. The eFilm PRO CardBus 32-bit PCMCIA adapter is four to six times faster than all current conventional 16-bit adapters... (More)



Wednesday, February 4, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: LifePics, Inc. Announces Prepaid Online Photofinishing Cards
12:02 EST - BOULDER, Colo.--February 4, 2004--LifePics, Inc., the leading provider of business-to-business online imaging infrastructure solutions, today announced availability of prepaid online photofinishing cards. Prepaid online photofinishing cards are a convenient, easy to use vehicle for customers to recognize substantial savings on online digital services and photofinishing for fulfillment at their favorite... (More)



Monday, February 2, 2004

Pentax announces Optio S4i digital camera
11:01 EST - Marking a third new model today from Pentax, the company has announced an Optio digital camera that couples a 4 megapixel imager with a 3x optical zoom lens.

The Pentax Optio S4i, an update to the existing Optio S4 model, also features a 1.8-inch LCD monitor on which to preview and review images, power from Lithium Ion batteries, a built-in 4-mode flash, 10MB... (More)



Pentax announces Optio S40 digital camera
10:58 EST - In a second announcement today from Pentax has today introduced a new Optio digital camera which combines a 4 megapixel imager with a 3x optical zoom lens.

The Pentax Optio S40, which is just slightly bigger than the S4i at 3.5" x 2.3" x 1", features a 1.6-inch LCD monitor on which to preview and review images. The camera has USB connectivity, a built-in... (More)



Pentax announces Optio 30 digital camera
10:56 EST - Pentax USA has today announced its new Optio 30 digital camera.

Featuring a resolution of 3.2 megapixels coupled with a 3x optical zoom lens, the Optio 30 also offers a 1.6" LCD display, 16MB of built-in memory, Secure Digital / MultiMediaCard storage, USB connectivity,... (More)



Kodak announces 6mpix DX7630 digicam
04:00 EST - Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced a new 6 megapixel digicam featuring a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 3x optical zoom lens.

The Kodak EasyShare DX7630 digital camera, which will ship in April at a cost of $499, offers apertures from f2.8 - 8.0, shutter speeds from 1/1400 to 64 seconds, and has a choice of full auto, scene,... (More)



Kodak: 3 new CX-series digicams
04:00 EST - Eastman Kodak Co. has today added three new models to its CX-series of EasyShare digital cameras.

The new models range from 2 to 4 megapixel resolution, and share 16MB of built-in memory along with optional SD / MMC card storage. The $149.95 EasyShare CX7220 has a 2 megapixel imager and 2x optical... (More)

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