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Monday, July 31, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Ink Set for HP Photosmart Printers Using Scalable Printing Technology Released by Ink Technology
14:48 EDT - CLEVELAND, Ohio -- July 30, 2006 --- A newly formulated set of inks for filling cartridges used in the latest HP Photosmart printers which feature "SPT" Scaleable Printing Technology has been released by Ink Technology Corporation. The inks incorporate a new set of high tech dyes and pigments featuring greatly improved fade resistance and reduced intercolor bleed. They are also capable of producing... (More)

Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens test posted on
13:13 EDT - This has been one of the most-requested lenses for us to test, so it's with great pleasure that we use it to mark our return to active test-posting.

While expensive lenses don't always justify their prices, the Canon 24-105mm f/4L is one that clearly does - at least, on cameras with APS-C size sensors like the EOS-30D (we tested on an EOS-20D). When... (More)

Accessories Review: The Nikon Creative Lighting System
12:04 EDT - This piece was actually buried back in our review of the original Nikon D70 SLR, but we felt that it really deserved to stand on its own: Nikon's Creative Lighting System is an incredibly capable and flexible system for flash photography.

Nikon D200 shooters can use it to balance and control the lighting from the on-camera strobe as well as two separate groups of remote units, with any number of individual strobes assigned to each remote... (More)

Friday, July 28, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: SeeFile Software To Put Video and Animation on the Web at Siggraph
11:57 EDT - --New software being released at Siggraph 2006 brings instant access to video and animation --Video serving from your computer - no uploads or hosting --Reduces or eliminates need for delivery of DVD or DV tapes via courier --Affordable entry price - now only $399 for software, $549 and up with hardware --Preview support for QuickTime, AVI and Adobe/Macromedia Flash files --For more information... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix L2 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Nikon Coolpix L2
10:18 EDT - For an entry-level camera, the Nikon Coolpix L2 has a lot going for it, including a generous 6-megapixel CCD sensor, a sharp 3x Nikkor optical zoom and improved overall ergonomics, making it the slimmest and best looking digital camera I've seen that takes AA batteries.

For the novice shooter, the Nikon L2 has a very robust feature set which along with Nikon's D-Lighting, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Face Priority AF and Best Shot Selector, has 15 scene modes including four... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix A500 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Fujifilm FinePix A500
10:12 EDT - To see how fast the digital camera market is changing, just look at what less than $200 will buy you these days.

In the case of Fujifilm's cameras, the bargain basement brings the 5.1-megapixel, 3x optical FinePix A500, which retails for a suggested list price of $179, and can be found for less online. The Fuji A500... (More)

Software Review: DxO Optics Pro Version 4
10:06 EDT - DxO has announced the latest major revision to their unique photo-enhancing tool, Optics Pro, and it's a major update indeed.

The company has improved speed and workflow, added some unique color management and manipulation tools, and broken new ground in distortion correction for ultra-wide angle lenses. All in all, we see this... (More)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Photo Talk Radio's logo. Click here to listen to Dave Etchells' appearance on the show! Photo Talk Radio: Another appearance for Dave
10:06 EDT - Imaging Resource Founder and Publisher Dave Etchells will be making another guest appearance on Photo Talk Radio, a live Internet talk show hosted by Howard Lipin and Michael A. Garcia.

Topics of discussion for this week's show will include Sony's first single-lens reflex digital camera (the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100), anti-shake technology in general, and sensor cleaning. Listeners will also... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: REALVIZ Applications Now Compatible with Google Earth
09:54 EDT - Sophia Antipolis, France (July 27, 2006) - REALVIZ, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to confirm that it is now possible for users of their acclaimed photo-based software applications to display their content in Google Earth. Panoramas, 3D models, virtual tours and other photo-realistic material created with the REALVIZ software products, Stitcher, ImageModeler and VTour,... (More)

PhotoVu's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoVu website! PRESS RELEASE: PhotoVu(TM) Announces Compatibility With Google™'s Picasa™ Beta and Picasa Web Albums
09:08 EDT - Allowing Picasa Users to Easily Display and Share Their Photo Collection BOULDER, Colo., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Today PhotoVu, the leading wireless digital picture frame company, announced compatibility with the latest beta software of Picasa(TM). Additionally, using RSS technology, the PhotoVu frame can directly download photos from Picasa Web Albums, letting friends and family easily display and... (More)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Extensis Logo PRESS RELEASE: Extensis Releases Universal Application for Portfolio 8
10:41 EDT - Free update adds support for Intel-based Macs as well as improved performance and stability for Portfolio 8. PORTLAND, Ore. - July 26, 2006 - Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released a free update to Portfolio 8 -- the leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals. This update is a Universal Application, adding native support for Intel-based Macintosh systems.... (More)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

RealViz's Stitcher logo. Click here to visit the RealViz website! PRESS RELEASE: REALVIZ Launches New Stitcher Product Range
17:25 EDT - - 3 New Versions of Award-winning Panorama Software Now Available - Sophia Antipolis, France (July 25, 2006) - REALVIZ, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to announce the availability of 3 new versions of their acclaimed panorama creation software, Stitcher. Targeting photographers of all levels from the amateur enthusiast to the professional, Stitcher is now available in... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Frontline Reaches Installed Base Of 200 Labs Worldwide
16:57 EDT - Swift adoption rate catches closed system vendors off guard Stockholm, Sweden, July 26th, 2006- Frontline Systems, the leading independent vendor of photolab workflow software, today announced that its systems are now installed at 200 independent photolabs in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. This represents more than a doubling of Frontline's installed base in the last 12 months, indicating... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Idruna Software Releases Pocket Phojo 4.0
15:39 EDT - Unique Pocket PC Solution Provides Real Time Photo Coverage from the World Cup Murrieta, CA, July 24th, 2006 - Idruna Software Inc. has released Pocket Phojo 4.0, the smallest and most effective solution for editing, captioning, and transmitting images from anywhere in the world. With customers including AFP, The US Marine Corps, and The Associated Press, Pocket Phojo has proven itself as the ideal... (More)

Monday, July 24, 2006

Leaf's logo. Click here to visit the Leaf America website! PRESS RELEASE: Hallmark Institute of Photography Sets a New Standard in Digital Education
13:48 EDT - Elmsford NY, July 24, 2006 - Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, MA today announced that each student enrolled in the extensive 10-month photography program will be provided with a Leaf Aptus 22 Digital back for use during the term. Through the purchase of 250 Leaf Aptus backs, the school has raised the bar on providing students with the latest in the professional equipment to prepare... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Transcend Releases its Huge Capacity, 8GB Industrial Type Hi-Speed CompactFlash® (CF) Memory Card
11:54 EDT - Specialized devices are often operated in extreme conditions such as, industrial environments with high temperatures. Transcend's industrial type CompactFlash® (CF) Memory Cards are specially designed and engineered to withstand higher temperatures and the more severe environmental conditions, which can be experienced in industry. Transcend Information, Inc., a company always at the cutting edge... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix F470 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Fujifilm FinePix F470
10:29 EDT - If you're looking for a reliable slim camera that won't cost you an arm and a leg, the 6 megapixel Fuji F470 might be just what you're looking for.

Though it doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles, the five-ounce F470 is a great "take anywhere" camera. In full Auto mode in daylight shooting situations, the Fujifilm F470 is a beginning photographer's... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare V610 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Kodak EasyShare V610
10:23 EDT - Like the rest of Kodak's EasyShare line, the V610 has a simple-to-understand user interface that keeps point-and-shoot digital photography fun.

The Kodak V610's tasteful design is fashionable, and its tiny size is perfect for anyone on the go. The V610 has no competitors with its 10x zoom, dual-lens design, and Bluetooth 2.0 transfer technology.... (More)

Friday, July 21, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Photoflex Announces Starflash Strobes
20:34 EDT - Photoflex, Inc. has announced the premiere of its Starflash strobes, a new family of all-inclusive, self-contained monobloc strobes, offered by the industry leader in high-quality, versatile, photographic lighting solutions. The strobes are the perfect complement to the most inspired photographer's toolkit. Consumers, prosumers, and professionals alike will discover new opportunities with Photoflex's... (More)

Panasonic's DMW-SDP1 HDTV Photo Player. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic: new HDTV photo player
14:09 EDT - Alongside its announcement of five new digital cameras on Wednesday, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. also unveiled an accessory to let customers view their images at relatively high resolution in the living room.

Matsushita's Panasonic DMW-SDP1 HDTV photo player connects to high definition televisions using a HD Component Video connection, and accepts either SD or MMC media cards, including the new SDHC high... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New Photoshop Mondo Media Mania Workshop With Adobe Russell Brown At Photoshop World Conference & Expo
12:43 EDT - Photoshop World Conference & Expo - Sept. 7-9, 2006 - Vegas TAMPA, FL - July 20, 2006 - Now artists, illustrators, Photoshop® users and photographers will discover innovative ways to print images on all-new, amazing media - film, plastics, fabric, CDs, fine art papers, and more - at the new Photoshop Mondo Media Mania pre-conference workshop with Russell Brown ( (More)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Nikon prepares 10mpix DSLR launch
17:55 EDT - Nikon Corp. has today posted short teaser on its Japanese and English websites stating that the company will soon release a new digital SLR model.

According to the teaser, the new camera will be launched just 20 days from now, which would mean an announcement on Wednesday, August 9th. Little information is revealed, although the teaser does... (More)

Samsung: Two new Digimax cameras
15:52 EDT - Samsung USA has today released two new cameras which seem closely related to the S500, S600 and S800 models introduced last April.

The Samsung Digimax S700 and S1000 have sensor resolutions of seven and ten megapixels respectively. The cameras share similarly styled bodies with Samsung SHD-branded 35 - 105mm-equivalent 3x... (More)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

lightroom-logo.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Delivers Lightroom Beta for Windows
13:08 EDT - Digital Photography Workflow Solution Now Available for Windows and Macintosh Platforms SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 19, 2006 -- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the public beta of Adobe Lightroom software for the Windows platform, a digital imaging workflow solution for professional photographers. Now available for both the Windows and Macintosh platforms, Adobe Lightroom beta... (More)

Light Crafts Releases LightZone 1.5
13:02 EDT - Licensing, photo editing and bug fixes highlight the new release.

Light Crafts has released an update to LightZone, its image editor based on the Zone system. Version 1.4 addresses Mac licensing and photo editing issues, with a couple of bug fixes thrown in as well.... (More)

Panasonic: Ten megapixel compact digicam
11:40 EDT - In its final digital camera announcement of the day, Panasonic has unveiled the ten megapixel Lumix DMC-LX2 digital camera.

A successor to the existing DMC-LX1 model, the DMC-LX2 couples a ten megapixel imager with the same Leica-branded 4x optical zoom lens with MEGA O.I.S. image stabilisation used in the original camera.... (More)

Panasonic: Ten megapixel long-zoom digicam
07:26 EDT - Panasonic has today become the latest company to field its entry in the ongoing megapixel war, with the new Lumix DMC-FZ50 digital camera.

Control of image noise becomes an increasingly difficult prospect as the resolution of compact camera sensors increases, and so far the big-name traditional camera companies have stayed at resolutions... (More)

Panasonic announces DMC-FX3
06:06 EDT - In its third and final FX-series announcement today, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has unveiled the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 digital camera.

Closely related to the DMC-FX07 model alongside which it was announced, the DMC-FX3 is aimed at a slightly lower price-point, with a reduced resolution and slightly less powerful lens, a lower resolution... (More)

Panasonic: DMC-FX07 unveiled
05:54 EDT - In its second FX-series announcement of the day, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has taken the wraps off its new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 digital camera.

Closely related to the DMC-FX50 model alongside which it was announced, the DMC-FX07 is slightly smaller and lighter, the savings achieved courtesy of a reduced LCD display size (which also brings... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX50 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic: Seven megapixel DMC-FX50
05:36 EDT - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. - better known by its Panasonic brandname - had today announced its new Lumix DMC-FX50 digital camera, the latest in the company's FX-series lineup.

The DMC-FX50 is based around a seven megapixel imager coupled to a Leica-branded 3.6x optical zoom lens with MEGA O.I.S. image stabilisation, which yields effective focal lengths from 28 - 102mm. ISO... (More)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Printer Review: PIXMA MP950
16:30 EDT - Canon's MP950 is not just a printer. It's a copier and scanner, too. But it doesn't just scan reflective copy -- it can scan color negs and slides.

With its $399.99 MP950, Canon has rethought the printer game, producing a rather large box that includes not just a printer but a copier and a scanner, too. Also included is a card reader and PictBridge... (More)

CP510 Printer Review: Canon SELPHY CP510 & CP710
16:24 EDT - These two compact -- and inexpensive -- Canon dye subs deliver 4x6 prints for 28 cents each. But they can also print 4x8 panoramas and run off a battery.

The compact 4x6 dye sub printer is famous for both their continuous tone quality and trouble-free prints. Canon offers two inexpensive models: the $100 CP510 (with PictBridge and Direct Print or USB) and... (More)

Lexar's 8GB 133x CompactFlash card. Courtesy of Lexar, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Increases Performance of High-Capacity CompactFlash to 133X
11:06 EDT - Large Capacity and High-Speed Data Transfer Rate Benefits Professionals and Advanced Amateurs Shooting in RAW Format Fremont, Ca., July 18, 2006 - Lexar Media, Inc., a leader in advanced digital media and accessories, today announced that it has increased the performance of its popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash® memory card to 133X. This performance improves the digital imaging workflow for... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! Sony fights Memory Stick fakes
10:36 EDT - A news article published in Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper yesterday reports that Sony Corp. is to take legal action to halt sales of unauthorized equivalents of its Memory Stick flash media cards.

According to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun item and a related item in the Wall Street Journal (both available only to paying subscribers), the company is currently focusing its attentions on companies selling... (More)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H5 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Sony H5
13:21 EDT - Like the preceding Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, the Sony DSC-H5 offers optical image stabilization with a very long zoom lens.

The Sony H5 provides more manual exposure control than many other long zoom digital cameras, yet is easy to use in full-auto mode, and its seven pre-programmed scene modes help with tricky subjects. The... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Introduces A 4-Gigabyte SDHC Flash Card - The Industry's Highest Capacity SD Card
09:05 EDT - New Large-Capacity Cards Are Ideal For Digital Video Or Still Cameras; SanDisk Bundles 4GB SDHC Cards With Free MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader MILPITAS, CA, July 17, 2006 - SanDisk ® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today introduced a 4-gigabyte (GB)1 SD High Capacity (SDHC ™) card. The new cards, which support capacities of 4GB and higher, are rated Class 2 for speed and performance and can store... (More)

Friday, July 14, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W70 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Sony W70
14:14 EDT - Featuring a 7.2-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and well-designed user interface, the Sony DSC-W70 updates the popular Cyber-shot line with a thin, compact body style perfectly suited for travel.

Exposure remains under automatic control, something novices will appreciate, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with more tricky subjects. It's a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag... (More)

Contest logo courtesy of Canon USA Canon National Park Photo Contest
12:33 EDT - US Residents looking for another good excuse to drag the family to one of the USA's fine National Parks this summer can rejoice thanks to the Canon National Park Photo Contest that runs through September 30, 2006.

The contest confines the contestant list to non-pro photographers, so regular folks stand a better chance of getting a winning shot. As the contest rules put it, "The Contest is open to any U.S. resident... (More)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Fujifilm's logo. Click here to visit the Fujifilm website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Unveils New Corporate Brand Logo
11:34 EDT - Aims to Strengthen Corporate Brand in Accordance with New Group Management Structure July 12, 2006 - Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Shigetaka Komori; hereinafter Fujifilm) has introduced its new corporate brand logo. Fujifilm will take on a new holding company structure starting on October 1, launching FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, which will provide strategic management of the entire... (More)

Sanyo's Xacti CA6 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo announces water-resistant Xacti
11:20 EDT - In its second announcement of the day, Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. has unveiled a new camcorder-like digital camera that is said to be water resistant to the IEC IPX4 standard.

The Sanyo Xacti CA6 is marketed as a hybrid device capable of capturing 30fps VGA video while simultaneously taking full resolution still images. The CA6 features a vertical "pistol grip"... (More)

Sanyo's Xacti HD1A digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo unveils Xacti VPC-HD1a
08:47 EDT - Japanese consumer electronics company Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. has unveiled a new digital camera that updates its existing Xacti HD1 with some new features.

The Xacti HD1 was first launched at the Consumer Electronics Show last January. It is marketed as a hybrid device with an emphasis on its better than average (by still camera standards, anyway) video... (More)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fujifilm's FinePix S6000fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujfilm: New digicam with face tracking
22:45 EDT - In its second digicam announcement of the day, Fujifilm has described its new FinePix S6000fd digital camera, which includes a "face detection" function as hinted at by the last two letters of the model name.

In common with the company's other S-series fixed lens cameras, the S6000fd has styling that's very reminiscent of a single-lens reflex model, although the lens cannot be changed, and an electronic... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix F20 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujfilm announces FinePix F20
22:20 EDT - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today unveiled its new FinePix F20 digital camera, a compact model that sits alongside the existing F30 model in the company's F-series lineup.

Stylistically, the F20 has quite similar styling to the F30, which was first described at this year's Photo Marketing Association spring tradeshow last February. Both cameras are of similar size and... (More)

Review posted for Olympus Stylus 720 SW
12:38 EDT - Olympus takes photography to more locations in more conditions than ever before with the Stylus 720 SW, a portable camera that is both Shock and Water resistant.

While we're crazy about this capability and the external design and build of the Olympus 720 SW, image quality is unfortunately lacking when compared to other 7 megapixel cameras on the market, with muted... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby Brings Together World-Renowned Photographers To Teach At Photoshop World Coference & Expo
09:56 EDT - Sept. 7-9, 2006 - Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas TAMPA - Tues., July 11, 2006 - Best-selling author, Photoshop® guru, and Photoshop World Conference Technical Chair Scott Kelby is pleased to announce that three world-renowned photographers - Jay Maisel, John Paul Caponigro and Jeff Schewe - are teaching at the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Sept. 7-9 in Las Vegas ( (More)

PhotoSafe's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoSafe website! PRESS RELEASE: PhotoSite Launches PhotoSafe to Provide Secure Online Photo Storage
09:33 EDT - WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 11, 2006 - Online photo-sharing service PhotoSite announced today that it has launched a new product called PhotoSafe to give members the ability to conveniently and securely store their digital photos online. While an increasing number of people store images on computer hard drives, CDs and removable media, thinking that it's the best way to keep them safe, the reality... (More)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Lucidiom's logo. Click here to visit the Lucidiom website! PRESS RELEASE: Luci Goes Beyond Scrapbooking
10:04 EDT - Lucidiom's Luci Creative Station Adds New Profit-Making Features Vienna, VA, July 10, 2006 - Lucidiom Inc., developer of the APM photo kiosk, unveiled its expanded Luci, a creative photo kiosk program packed with new content and products designed to open new revenue streams for photofinishing, scrapbook and craft retailers. Luci first debuted this winter with photo kiosk features tailored for... (More)

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hotels offer guests digicam preview
18:40 EDT - According to a news item published today by the New York Times, a new trend has appeared that lets hotel guests try out the latest digital gadgets.

The article, from NYT's Michelle Higgins, states that at least two digicam manufacturers have already inked deals along these lines. Later this month, guests at three Rosewood Hotels and Resorts properties... (More)

Sigma: New 70mm macro lens
09:11 EDT - Sigma Corp. has today announced a new 70mm macro lens destined for the Canon, Nikon Pentax, Sigma and Sony lens mounts.

The Sigma MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG lens has ten elements in nine groups, and a nine bladed diaphragm, with an angle of view fixed at 34.3°. It focuses down to 25.7 centimeters, accepts 62mm threaded... (More)

Saturday, July 8, 2006

June Picture of the Month Winners + Runners-up!
22:09 EDT - We chose "coming into the light," "The End of the Line," and "Abandoned Church" as Photo of the Month contest winners for June. Congratulations to Jason Ranft, Leslie Granda Hill, and Francisco Henrnadez Marzal!

Another great month and such a load of images, at such high stakes, that we took a little longer to decide, deliberating over the images and casting votes for each. We've also included the runners-up... (More)

DxO Announces Optics Pro version 4!
19:22 EDT - DxO has announced the latest major revision to their unique photo-enhancing tool, Optics Pro, and it's a major update indeed. They've improved speed and workflow, added some unique color management and manipulation tools, and broken new ground in distortion correction for ultra-wide angle lenses.

All in all, one of the more exciting software announcements so far this year: Check out the photos demonstrating their amazing "volume anamorphosis!" A Preview of DxO Optics Pro version 4.0 Longtime... (More)

Friday, July 7, 2006

Fuji cuts FinePix V10 pricing
16:15 EDT - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. today lowered pricing on its FinePix V10 digital camera.

We reviewed the Fuji V10 about a week ago, and found that while high ISO performance wasn't up with Fujifilm's best models, the camera had a superb screen and was for the most part a responsive, enjoyable... (More)

Canon's PowerShot S3 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Canon PowerShot S3 IS
10:54 EDT - Offering a complete range of auto and manual exposure controls, the Canon PowerShot S3 IS is equally suited for novice users and experienced amateurs alike, with a big image-stabilized zoom for getting the shot no matter the situation.

The Canon S3 IS's Auto mode keeps things simple for novices, while the manual settings offer the opportunity to take more control when you need it. Its 6.0-megapixel CCD captures high quality images, quite... (More)

PhotoPlus Expo registrations open
09:03 EDT - With summer fast rushing by, digital camera manufacturers will already be finalising their plans for this year's winter holiday shopping season.

Every second September, Koelnmesse holds its enormous Photokina tradeshow in Germany, which fits in nicely as a time to announce your new products before the frantic shopping begins - and this being a... (More)

Capture NX trial available for download
08:00 EDT - Nikon USA has today announced that its forthcoming Capture NX program is now available to download in trial form.

Nikon Capture NX was first announced last February alongside the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow. Initially slated for Spring 2006 availability, the company announced a development delay last April,... (More)

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Canon USA: New EOS firmware
09:02 EDT - Two of Canon's EOS-series digital SLRs have received firmware updates - the EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N.

The updates take both cameras to version 1.1.0, and both cameras' new firmware includes an "[enhancement] of direct printing with specific printers." In the case of the 1D Mark II N, this is the only listed... (More)

Samsung: 7mpix, 7x stabilized zoom digicam
08:59 EDT - Of the three new NV-series cameras introduced together by Samsung this week, the NV7 OPS will doubtless attract the most interest.

The reason? A combination of a seven megapixel CCD imager with a whopping 7.1x optical zoom - and image stabilization to boot. The lens fairly dominates the Samsung NV7 OPS' front panel, and while the... (More)

Samsung: 10mpix NV10 digital camera
07:56 EDT - Samsung has stepped into the ring for the next round of the megapixel war, with its new NV10 digital camera.

With control of image noise being a difficult prospect for extremely high resolution compact camera sensors, the big-name traditional camera companies have so far sat this one out, with the likes of... (More)

Samsung: 7mpix digicam / media device
06:48 EDT - Right alongside the July 4th holiday in the USA, Samsung has unveiled its new NV3 digital camera.

Part of a new series of NV cameras launched with three models, the NV3 offers a fairly interesting feature set. The Samsung NV3 has an attractive ultracompact body with softly curved side edges, and... (More)

Monday, July 3, 2006

'Between You and Me' Filmed in Burst Mode
11:39 EDT - Boy meets girl. It took just two thousand stills from a Canon 20D but a digicam plays Cupid.

Filmmaker Patryk Rebisz's short film "Between You and Me" splices together over 2,000 stills taken in burst mode with a Canon 20D. Rebisz describes the plot, "A young woman, snapping photographs in a... (More)

ROXIO.JPG Roxio Releases Toast 7.1
11:33 EDT - Released as Universal Binary, the new version fixes some QuickTime-related issues as well and includes updates to CD Spin Doctor, Motion Pictures HD and Deja Vu.

Roxio ( has updated Toast, its Macintosh CD/DVD burning application, to version 7.1. The new release, a universal binary, includes an updated CD Spin Doctor (v3.1), Motion Pictures... (More)

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