News Archive - April 2001
Return to:
Current News
Archive Index

Monday, April 30, 2001

NEWSFLASH: Kodak to purchase Ofoto!
18:26 EDT - 1.2 million member online photofinisher will operate as Kodak subsidiary...

Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire online photofinishing service Ofoto Inc. Ofoto, which has 1.2 million registered members, will continue to operate as a wholly... (More)

Shortcourses Does eBooks!
08:49 EDT - Shortcourses' digital photography guides are now available in FULL COLOR eBook form!

Many of our readers will already be familiar with Dennis Curtin's excellent "Shortcourses" books: Picking up where the typical camera manual leaves off, his texts not only show you what all the controls... (More)

Andromeda Software's Latest: Perspective!
08:24 EDT - Andromeda Software releases a new "Perspective" plugin for Photoshop(tm) that lets you tilt and rotate 2D images in 3D space. Very cool...

Andromeda Software has been a real innovator in the Photoshop aftermarket, offering numerous plugins that produce unique effects or solve difficult photographic problems. (Check out their LensDoc filter,... (More)

Steve's Digicams posts new digicam, film camera reviews!
08:09 EDT - Steve posts a review of the Casio QV-3500 EX digicam, as well as a review of the film-based SLR, the Canon EOS Elan 7

Steve Sanders of Steve's Digicams never sleeps! (At least it seems he musn't.) This time, he's reviewed Casio's QV-3500EX digicam, a full-featured 3 megapixel model. Here's what Steve had to say: ... (More)

Eric Cheng's Fishy Trip!
08:01 EDT - Eric Cheng writes an excellent travelog of his scuba adventure to Palau! Exceptional photos, useful gear notes... (Thanks to Steve's Digicams for noticing this one!)

I've always liked photo-travelogs that integrated photos with a story about the trip. Eric Cheng's done a fantastic job of documenting his scuba expedition to Palau, with literally hundreds of excellent... (More)

Saturday, April 28, 2001

Pictographics announces iCorrect!
11:04 EDT - New plugin corrects your images with less hassle...

A new plugin from Pictographics International Corp. promises to ease correction of your digital images using Adobe Photoshop 4.0 - 6.0, PhotoDeluxe or Photoshop Elements on the Mac or PC. iCorrect Professional... (More)

Friday, April 27, 2001

Infotrends predicts strong growth for photo kiosks!
21:33 EDT - Company expects 150,000 kiosks in North America by 2006...

A new report entitled 'Retail Digital Photofinishing Market Outlook' from Infotrends Research Group Inc. predicts strong growth for digital photo kiosks over the next 5 years. Infotrends' Kerry Flatley... (More)

Nikon Coolpix 995 shown at Grafivak!
18:48 EDT - Nikon's latest 9XX Coolpix on display at Dutch graphics professional show...

Dutch graphics professionals are getting their first chance to see Nikon's new Coolpix 995 digital camera at the Grafivak|01 show in Amsterdam this week, our friends at report. Dutch... (More)

PhotoPoint reveals final pricing!
17:26 EDT - Introductory discount to expire soon...

We told you on April 7th about plans from online photofinisher to institute charges for its photo-sharing service and noted then that the company had yet to reveal its final pricing plan,... (More)

Olympus USA comments on upcoming SLR!
16:58 EDT - Pricing not decided, Olympus suggests 'wait and see' attitude...

We told you this morning (courtesy of Yamada Kumio and the website) about an upcoming interchangeable lens SLR digital camera from Olympus. Our information from Yamada-san indicated... (More)

TDK announces new photo paper!
16:09 EDT - Japanese electronics company offers a range of photo paper from 4" x 6" to 13" x 19"...

A press release from Japanese company TDK Corp., which manufactures a range of electronics, components and materials worldwide, announces that the company is now offering a range of photo paper which it... (More)

Ofoto finds its winning smile!
14:03 EDT - Indiana resident wins $10,000 in online photo contest...

Ofoto Inc. has today announced the results of its '$10,000 reasons to smile' photo contest, which we first told you about back on March 2nd of this year. The winner, Doug White of Fishers, Indiana, took... (More)

Kodak sensor used in Lightphase H 20!
13:41 EDT - Phase One's latest camera back uses Kodak CCD sensor...

Eastman Kodak Co. has today distributed a press release noting Phase One's use of its KAF-16801CE image sensor in the LightPhase H 20 digital camera back. First announced at the PMA 2001 show in Orlando,... (More)

NEWSFLASH: Olympus to slash the cost of digital SLRs?
09:49 EDT - Japanese website posts news of upcoming digital SLR based on Olympus, Kodak cooperation...

Our good friend Yamada Kumio at the website emailed us last night with some sensational news from Japan; apologies for the delay getting this posted but we only saw the email this morning!... (More)

Thursday, April 26, 2001

My Netscape' isn't yours any longer! (UPDATED)
18:21 EDT - AOL Netscape quietly removes third-party channels from its site...

IR reader and 'Digital Outback Photo' editor Uwe Steinmueller wrote in this afternoon to let us know that our news channel had vanished from his 'My Netscape' page. A little investigation reveals that... (More)

Nikon selects Lexar flash for Coolpix 995! (UPDATED)
17:39 EDT - Camera comes bundled with USB-enabled CF card...

Lexar Media Inc. has today distributed a press release noting that Nikon Inc.'s newly announced Coolpix 995 digital camera will come bundled with a Lexar flash card. The Coolpix 995 bundle includes a... (More)

ACDSee 3.1 reaches retail!
13:46 EDT - Electronics Boutique to sell image management software...

ACD Systems International Inc. has announced that the latest version of its ACDSee image management software is now reaching the retail channel. ACDSee 3.1 will be sold through more than 500 US stores... (More)

Kodak, Sanyo sign patent cross-licensing agreement!
12:12 EDT - Lawsuit against Sanyo and its customers dropped; Kodak photofinishing gets a boost...

We told you back on March 1st that Eastman Kodak Co. had filed suit in the US District Courts against Sanyo Electric Co., Seiko-Epson Corp. and Agfa-Gevaert N.V. claiming that the three companies were... (More)

Steve's Digicams reviews Canon CP-10 printer!
11:42 EDT - Steve Sanders tries out Canon's portable dye-sub...

Our friends over at the Steve's Digicams website have now posted their review of Canon's CP-10 card printer, a dye sublimation printer capable of printing directly from the company's PowerShot S300, A10... (More)

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Two new reviews of Canon's PowerShot A20!
16:35 EDT - Steve Sanders and Phil Askey try out Canon's 2.1 megapixel 3x zoom digicam...

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review and Steve's Digicams websites have both posted reviews of Canon's PowerShot A20 digital camera in the last couple of days. The A20, first announced at PMA... (More)

Server time error corrected...
05:04 EDT - Just a quick note that the time on the last few items is off by about an hour; we just noticed that our server clock has somehow been offset and have now corrected this. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Nikon announces ultra-lightweight Coolpix 775!
03:58 EDT - New digicam is lightest with 3x optical zoom lens...

Along with its announcement of the new Coolpix 995, Nikon Inc. has today announced a new ultra-compact, lightweight digital camera, the Coolpix 775. Weighing in at 6.5 ounces without batteries, Nikon... (More)

Nikon Coolpix 995 - full specs and press release!
02:13 EDT - Full specs for Nikon's latest swivel-body Coolpix in our database; official press release now available...

As mentioned in our earlier news item covering our full review of Nikon's new Coolpix 995 digital camera, the company has now officially announced the camera on its website somewhat ahead of time (gotta... (More)

Tuesday, April 24, 2001

FULL review of Nikon Coolpix 995 is posted! (UPDATED)
22:55 EDT - Nikon jumped their own schedule by about 8 hours, Steve posted his review, so we went ahead and posted ours too...

Well, this has to be one of the most-awaited digicam announcements of the year: Nikon has updated their wildly popular Coolpix 990, calling the new model the Coolpix 995. New features include a 4x zoom... (More)

Monday, April 23, 2001

DX3500, DX3600: Full specs, sample images and more! (UPDATED)
10:23 EDT - Full specs and lots of info on Kodak's latest digital cameras...

We were first to tell you on Friday evening about Kodak's upcoming DX3500 digital camera, and earlier this morning found that there'd be a second new camera from the company, the DX3600... Now we can... (More)

Friday, April 20, 2001

"Stealth" Camera from Kodak Hits the Streets! (DX3500, DX3600) (UPDATED)
17:58 EDT - A new, unannounced Kodak digicam suddenly appears in the American heartland! Industry pundits stunned, journalists agog! ;-)

This just in via the anonymous tip line! A reader called to report seeing a new Kodak low-end two megapixel in a store at "an undisclosed location." All very mysterious, but we trust our source, and he... (More)

Sigma finds incompatibilities with 4 lenses, EOS D30!
16:49 EDT - Japanese company announces repair program for affected Japanese customers...

Yamada Kumio of the website has reported that Sigma Japan has announced problems with four of its fixed focal-length lenses when used with certain Canon EOS cameras (specifically,... (More)

D1x images appear 'en masse'! (UPDATED)
15:53 EDT - Four Japanese websites simultaneously release images from Nikon's latest Pro SLR...

No less than four Japanese websites have simultaneously released much-anticipated sample images from Nikon's D1X Pro SLR digital camera today... If you're not familiar with the D1X, which we first told... (More)

Canon replaces 3.6.1 TWAIN drivers!
14:33 EDT - Updated TWAIN drivers reappear on Canon's US website...

We told you back on April 8th that Canon had posted a new version of its PowerShot/EOS TWAIN drivers on the Canon USA website, but shortly afterwards the drivers vanished... We note that Canon has today... (More)

SiPix's products begin shipping in the USA!
13:13 EDT - Company now shipping its 2.1 megapixel digital camera and more...

SiPix Inc., the spinoff of contract manufacturer SiPix Group which was formed in January 2001, has today announced that its first round of products which were shown at PMA are now shipping in the USA.... (More)

Olympus C-3040 - new sample pics posted!
11:19 EDT - First batch of photos from our new C-3040 now online...

After posting our Olympus C-3040 review, we received several emails from readers commenting on the pronounced corner softness apparent in many of the test images. We'd noticed this, but written it off... (More)

Nikon 4000 ED scanner review posted!
08:37 EDT - An in-depth look at Nikon's $1695 film scanner...

It's been almost two years since we reviewed Nikon's previous high-end 35mm film scanner, the LS-2000. Now, Nikon's updated the design and boosted critical operating specs in several areas to create the... (More)

Thursday, April 19, 2001

Iomega adds 1GB Microdrive to product line!
20:02 EDT - Storage company to sell IBM's latest Microdrive under its own brand...

Iomega Corp. has today announced that it has added IBM's 1 gigabyte Microdrive, a high capacity hard disk drive in the Type-II CompactFlash format, to its product line. Available immediately, the Iomega... (More)

PhotoAccess signs up!
18:24 EDT - Online photofinisher announces cobranded site for e-commerce company...

A press release from Corp.announces that it has signed an agreement to provide online photofinishing services to e-commerce company The MediaStreet site, which sells digital... (More)

MGI to make an appearance at Cannes!
18:02 EDT - Palm producing CD for Cannes Visitors; PhotoSuite Mobile Edition included...

A press release from MGI Software Corp. announces that its PhotoSuite Mobile Edition will be showcased to visitors of the 54th annual Cannes Film Festival. According to MGI's release, Palm Inc. is creating... (More)

Callisto ships PhotoParade Maker for Mac!
17:37 EDT - New version of Callisto's PhotoParade Maker software for the Macintosh platform reaches the marketplace...

As predicted in our news item of February 26th 2001, Callisto Corp. has completed its beta of PhotoParade Maker for the Macintosh and officially released the software. PhotoParade Maker is a program for... (More)

Ofoto named 'Best Overall Photo Site'!
16:09 EDT - Yahoo! Internet Life magazine commends Ofoto for print quality and turnaround times...

Online photofinisher Ofoto has today distributed a press release announcing that it has been named 'Best Overall Photo Site' and won the 'Best Digital Print' award in Yahoo! Internet Life's 'Gold Star... (More)

SanDisk announces Q1 2001 results!
15:46 EDT - Company posts $143 million losses in the first quarter of this year...

As promised in a news item yesterday, SanDisk Corp. has now officially announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2001. Full details are in the press release below, however following are... (More)

Lexar, Samsung announce partnership deal!
14:45 EDT - Californian flash manufacturer and Korean semiconductor company to cooperate...

Lexar Media Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have today announced the formation of a partnership with the signing of licensing and supply agreements. Under the terms of the agreements Lexar will... (More)

New Sony P50 low-light samples posted!
14:24 EDT - We've just updated our Sony DSC-P50 picture index, to include test samples shot with the P50's "Twilight" mode. Twilight mode allows longer exposure times (up to 2 seconds, vs 1/15 in normal modes) and uses a lower ISO setting. The net result is good low light performance down to about 1 foot-candle (about the equivalent of a well-lit city night scene), with pretty low noise. Check our DSC-P50 pictures page for the details.

DPReview posts Canon CP-10 printer review!
14:20 EDT - Phil Askey looks at Canon's portable dye-sub printer...

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have today posted their review of Canon's CP-10 dye sublimation printer. This interesting device, which connects directly to Canon's PowerShot S300,... (More)

Sony Mavica MVC-FD92 review posted!
10:40 EDT - Sony's 1.3 megapixel, 8x zoom dual media digicam goes under the IR reviewing microscope...

Continuing our march through the ranks of Sony digicams, we've just posted our review of the MVC-FD92. This camera has a 1.3 megapixel sensor, but with interpolation to a final maximum file size of 1.6... (More)

Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Kodak adds film strip capability to HR500!
13:41 EDT - Professional film scanner can now handle 35mm and 120 strip film...

Eastman Kodak Co. has announced a new film strip gate for its $5000 HR500 film scanner, which was first announced in September of last year. The strip gate allows scanning of strips of four or more 35mm... (More)

SanDisk unveils new website design!
13:10 EDT - New website designed for ease of use...

Flash memory manufacturer SanDisk Corp. has today unveiled a new design for its corporate website, which the company notes is designed to make it easier to use. The redesigned site is apparently aimed... (More)

SanDisk to announce Q1 results today!
12:57 EDT - Flash memory manufacturer preparing conference call and webcast...

SanDisk has distributed a press release noting that it will today reveal its financial results for the first quarter of 2001 in a conference call at 17:00ET today. The company will also make the conference... (More)

Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Olympus' C-3040 Zoom digital camera. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Not one but TWO reviews of Oly's C-3040Z!
16:38 EDT - It must be the day for double reviews today - first two reviews of Harbortronics' DigiSnap 2000, and now we post our review of Olympus' C-3040 Zoom at the same time as the Digital Photography Review... ;)

We've just completed our review of Olympus' 'third generation' 3 megapixel camera, the C-3040. We say 'third generation' because this new model is based heavily on the earlier C3030, and the two megapixel... (More)

DigiSnap 2000 wired remote reviewed - twice!
16:25 EDT - Steve Sanders and Peter iNova try out Harbortronics' wired remote control unit...

Our friends at the Steve's Digicams and websites have both posted reviews of Harbortronics' DigiSnap 2000 today. The clever little unit is an update to the previous DigiSnap 1000, and... (More)

Epson announces 'ultimate printer for digital cameras'! (UPDATED)
12:06 EDT - Stylus Photo 785EPX includes the company's 'Print Image Matching' technology...

Epson America Inc. has today announced what it is calling the 'ultimate printer for digital cameras', the Stylus Photo 785EPX. Featuring resolutions up to 2880 x 720 dpi (dots per inch) and Epson's Advanced... (More)

Monday, April 16, 2001

Toshiba's PDR-M65 digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Toshiba. Steve reviews PDR-M65, Kodak mc3 and more!
15:45 EDT - Steve's Digicams website looks at Toshiba's entry-level 3mpix digicam, Kodak's 'portable multimedia device' and a Coolpix-oriented flash bracket, as well as posting their first ever film camera review...

Our good friend Steve Sanders over at Steve's Digicams has posted a number of new reviews on his site, his news page mentions. First up is a review of Toshiba's 3.3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom PDR-M65,... (More)

New articles at Digital Outback Photo!
2:07 EDT - Our good friend Uwe Steinmueller over at the Digital Outback Photo website has been keeping busy of late, with plenty of additions to his site. Here's a quick recap of the latest: Black and White conversion in Adobe Photoshop - three filters for PhotoShop that make B&W photos a snap! Fuji FinePix S1 Pro experience report and second opinion. Space Hunter saturation - how to improve saturation in PhotoShop... (More)

Kodak Pro sponsors ProShots events!
13:07 EDT - Seminars planned for 30 cities around the USA...

Eastman Kodak Co. has announced in a press release that it will demo its ProShots solution at 30 seminars around the USA this summer. ProShots allows professional photographers to continue shooting film,... (More)

Friday, April 13, 2001

LizardTech acquires Altamira's Genuine Fractals!
13:07 EDT - Fractal imaging software gets a new owner...

Seattle-based LizardTech, a company whose MrSID fractal-based image compression/scaling software we've mentioned numerous times on this page in the past, has announced that it has acquired what was probably... (More)

Thursday, April 12, 2001

Objectif Numerique posts Hitachi DZ-MV100A samples!
17:27 EDT - French website posts info on Hitachi's first DVD camcorder...

The French-language Objectif Numerique website has posted an article looking at Hitachi's DZ-MV100A camcorder, which was first announced in Japan on June 8th 2000, and features an 8cm DVD-RAM drive and... (More)

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Sony DSC-S75 review posted!
14:42 EDT - Digital Eye looks at Sony's full-featured 3.34 megapixel digicam...

Our good friend David Kamanski over at the Digital Eye website has today posted his final review of Sony's DSC-S75 digital camera, a high-end consumer unit with 3.34 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom, full... (More)

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Steve posts Brio D-100 review!
20:22 EDT - First English-language review of Olympus' latest entry-level digicam...

Our friends over at the Steve's Digicams website have today posted their review of the Olympus Camedia Brio D-100 digital camera, alternatively known as the Camedia C-1 [c-you] in Europe and the Camedia... (More)

Monday, April 9, 2001

Fuji announces FinePix 6800Z, 2300 availability!
23:21 EDT - Latest FinePix digicams shipping nationwide...

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today announced that its latest FinePix digital cameras, the 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD-based FinePix 6800 Zoom and 2.1 megapixel FinePix 2300 are now shipping in the US market.... (More)

Massive Comparometer(tm) update!
16:11 EDT - Compare sample images from all the latest digicams, side by side...

We've finally about caught up to the run of recent reviews, updating our Comparometer(tm) image-base with test shots from the Canon Powershot Pro90 IS and S300, the Olympus Camedia C-2040 and C-3040 (review... (More)

Full Review posted for Fuji FinePix 6800 Zoom!
08:45 EDT - We've gotten our hands on a full-production sample of Fuji's new FinePix 6800 Zoom. Image quality seems significantly better than the earlier 4700 Zoom...

It's been a year since Fuji introduced their first SuperCCD camera, the FinePix 4700 Zoom. Earlier this year, they announced a significantly upgraded version, the FinePix 6800 Zoom. We've finally gotten... (More)

Kodak announces pricing for DCS 760 pro SLR!
06:44 EDT - 6 megapixel, Nikon F5 based SLR digital camera pricing is aggressive as promised...

Eastman Kodak Co. will today officially announce US pricing for its new DCS 760 professional SLR digital camera, which we first told you about on March 21st, 36 hours before its official announcement.... (More)

Sunday, April 8, 2001

Qimage Pro - .NEF processing performance boost!
19:40 EDT - Latest version of popular image printing/editing app promises increased resolution for Nikon D1 users...

Mike Chaney, author of Qimage Pro, has been in touch this weekend with news of a new version of the program. Qimage Pro 2001 v1.3 has a number of changes, the most significant of which is a complete rewrite... (More)

Canon releases updated TWAIN drivers!
13:28 EDT - TWAIN v3.6.1 increases RAW conversion speed, adds standalone RAW converter...

Canon has this weekend posted a new version of its TWAIN drivers on the Canon USA website. The drivers, which support Canon's PowerShot Pro 90 IS, Pro 70, G1, S300, S100, S20, S10, A20, A10, A50, A5 Zoom,... (More)

Saturday, April 7, 2001

PhotoPoint no longer free - the trend continues...
13:56 EDT - Online photofinisher opts for fee-based service...

We likened the current trend in online photosharing and photofinishing to a domino rally in a previous news item last month, and note today that the next domino has fallen. Online photofinisher (More)

Friday, April 6, 2001

Full Reviews Posted for Sony DSC-P30, DSC-P50!
22:53 EDT - IR 'first-looks' of two Sony compact digicams get updated to full review status...

Back before PMA, we posted a brief "First Look" review for Sony's new compact digicams, the Cybershot DSC-P30 and DSC-P50. Virtually twins, about the only differences between the two are in the sensors:... (More)

Thursday, April 5, 2001

Lastest Mac OS showing teething problems? (UPDATED)
19:27 EDT - Apple's much-hyped OS X might give users a headache initially...

Mac OS X, Apple's revamped (and much hyped) operating system which the company describes as 'the world's most advanced' may have a lot of attraction to prospective users thanks to its visual gloss, but... (More)

New Bibble focuses on RAW speed, and more!
16:27 EDT - Bibble gets a boost for Canon D30 raw files, and an extra treat...

Owners of Canon's EOS D30 digital camera will be relieved to hear of a new version of popular imaging program Bibble that promises to make the CCD-RAW format of their cameras a lot more useful. Eric Hyman,... (More)

Tuesday, April 3, 2001

DPReview tries out Fuji's FinePix 6800Z!
19:03 EDT - Phil Askey reviews Fuji's Porsche-styled 3.3mpix digicam...

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have now posted their full review of Fuji's FinePix 6800 Zoom digital camera. The review concludes: "I have to give Fujifilm extra points for the... (More)

Full review posted for the Canon PowerShot S300!
15:09 EDT - Dave looks at Canon's new 3x zoom, 2 megapixel ultra-compact digicam...

Canon amazed everyone a year ago when they brought out their first true 'Digital ELPH' camera, bringing the tiny form factor and rugged construction of their runaway best-seller ELPH line to the digital... (More)

Monday, April 2, 2001

Steve's Digicams concludes C-3040 review!
15:50 EDT - First-look at Olympus' update to the C-3030Z gets a conclusion added...

Our friends over at Steve's Digicams have now concluded their C-3030Z first look which was first posted back on March 9th, an email from IR reader Louis Gaghan tells us... What was Steve's final opinion... (More) April 2001 edition now online!
15:21 EDT - posts April 2001 edition; 4 new camera reviews, 2 new articles and a selection of beautiful reader photos!

Our friends at the bilingual (French/English) website have now posted their April 2001 edition... Reviews this month include the Canon Pro90 IS, Sony Mavica MVC-FD75, Sony Mavica MVC-FD85... (More)

Carry Computer to ship multi-format PC card adapter!
14:49 EDT - German website reports on an interesting product from Taiwan...

Our friends at the website in Germany have today reported on a rather unusual PC card adapter from Taiwanese company Carry Computer Engineering Co. Ltd. Carry's SDMCA PC Card adapter... (More)

Sunday, April 1, 2001

No Joke! IR Turns 3 Years Old!
4:08 EDT - Hard to believe, but it was three years ago today that we posted our first web pages! The level of change in the industry has been literally unbelievable, even in terms of "internet time." MANY THANKS to all our loyal readers who've helped make this site such a resounding success! We literally wouldn't be here without you, and your continued support of us and our advertisers helps make... (More)

Return to:
Current News
Archive Index