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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Asiva PRESS RELEASE: Asiva Shift+Gain Plug-In For Photoshop Released
11:52 EDT - Shapiro Consulting Group, Inc., (SCGI), Austin, Texas, announced today that it has released it's third plug-in. The new plug-in called Asiva Shift+Gain Component will be shown at the upcoming Photoshop World tradeshow in Miami. The Asiva Shift+Gain Component plug-in is based on SCGI's patented image enhancement technology that uses curves to allow operators to make selections based on the Hue, Saturation... (More)

Rumor Mill: Kodak DCS Pro 14n Price Drop
11:50 EDT - It will cost retailers $200 less to get that 14-Mp DCS Pro 14n for you, according to the Rumor Mill.

A reliable source informs us that Kodak will drop the price to retailers of its DCS Pro 14n by $200. The 14-megapixel DCS Pro 14n offers a full-frame, 35mm-size CMOS sensor, ERI-JPEG picture protection... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Minolta Releases Dimage Messenger 2.0
11:40 EDT - Enhanced version of PC software program available now as a free upgrade to current users of Minolta DiMAGE Messenger v1.01 Ramsey, NJ (September 29, 2003) - Minolta Corporation announces the availability of Minolta DiMAGE Messenger 2.0. Current users of DiMAGE Messenger v1.01 who have purchased the program can upgrade their version for free at: (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Cronkhite Releases ZeboPhoto 1.3.5
11:32 EDT - SACRAMENTO, California (September 30, 2003) -- Bobby Cronkhite Software announced today it has released ZeboPhoto version 1.3.5. ZeboPhoto is a popular image viewer/editor program for Macintosh Classic and OS X. This version adds a Recent Items submenu, zoom functions have been added to Catalog View windows and slide show performance has been optimized. Release notes are included with the download... (More)

Olympus' logo on the nose of the F2003GA Ferrari Formula One car. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Part 1: Oly E-1 in action at the US Grand Prix (UPDATED)
02:25 EDT - Over the last weekend, your humble News Editor and his wife attended the United States Grand Prix, the penultimate race on the Formula One World Championship.

As avid Formula One fans, we'd been planning the trip as a personal vacation for ages, but at the very last moment the good folks at Olympus USA moved heaven and earth to make it truly an experience to... (More)

Monday, September 29, 2003

Adobe Launches 'Creative Suite'
00:08 EDT - Don't call it Photoshop 8 -- it's Photoshop CS now. And it has company. ImageReady CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS, GoLive CS, Acrobat 6 Pro and more.

Like that old Beatles tune (You Know My Name, Look Up the Number), Adobe has flipped its professional software over, foregoing version numbers in favor of, well, a name. Creative Suite. But there's more... (More)

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Esmann Updates Powerretouche Site, Plug-ins
12:19 EDT - A redesigned Web site hosts updates to Jan Esmann's existing retouching plug-ins and a few interesting additions.

Powerretouche, Jan Esmann's suite of 17 retouching plug-ins for Macintosh and Windows, has been updated with several new additions, Jan writes. "I have totally redone the Web site and all plug-ins are... (More)

Friday, September 26, 2003

Kodak Logo Kodak Releases Statement on Commitment to Film
21:38 EDT - Concerned by "the resulting reports and rumors" following Kodak's investors meeting yesterday, the company today reaffirmed that its "film and paper business will remain the company's largest source of revenue and cash."

The statement was issued by Ketchum, Kodak's public relations firm, after yesterday's meeting in which Kodak announced plans to cut their dividend from $1.80 to 50 cents to invest in its digital business.... (More)

KODAK.GIF Kodak to Stop Selling Slide Projectors
15:11 EDT - A day after Kodak cut their dividend from $1.80 to 50 cents to invest in its digital business, the company announced it will stop making and selling slide projectors by June 2004.

In a press release announcing the slide projector decision, Kodak said, "in recent years, slide projectors have declined in usage, replaced by alternative projection technologies." The company said it... (More)

ZU50A First-Look review posted for Sony DSC-U50!
14:47 EDT - Sony's Cyber-shot U series of digicams are consistently easy to use, with fun designs that appeal to the "trendy" crowd. Like much of the line, the U50 is ultra-compact, small enough to shove into a hip pocket and go.

The U50 offers a few basic exposure options, including a manually adjustable white balance setting, and a 2.0-megapixel Super HAD CCD for good quality images. Though exposure remains under automatic control,... (More)

ZO45A Review posted for Pentax Optio 450!
14:37 EDT - Pentax's Optio line of compact digicams are among the better bargains on the market, well-built, with lots of features and generally good image quality. The 4-megapixel, 5x-zoom Optio 450 is all of that, but I [Dave, here] found it to be a bit of a mixed bag.

It has some strong points (nice case design, high-quality 5x zoom lens, excellent macro capability), and does a lot of things very well (very good color, lower than average image noise, excellent exposure... (More)

ZX20A Review posted for Minolta DiMAGE X20!
14:35 EDT - I've [Dave, here] been a fan of Minolta's "X" line of subcompact cameras since the original version was first introduced a couple of years back now. While sacrificing a few features to keep the cost down, the new DiMAGE X20 offers a capable, subcompact 2-megapixel digicam at a street price of close to $200. Its compact size, solid feature set, and novice-friendly menu interface make the DiMAGE X20 a great "take anywhere" camera, appealing to non-techies as well as enthusiasts.

For the novice user, it's very easy to use and takes nice pictures. For more advanced users (using myself as an example), it makes a nice "second camera," something that you can just toss in your pocket... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: InfoTrends' 'Digital Imaging '03' Conference to Feature Sony, Fujifilm, National Semiconductor
10:35 EDT - Forum to Provide an Exclusive Look at Emerging Market Trends NORWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 26, 2003--InfoTrends Research Group, Inc., the leading market research and consulting firm for digital imaging technologies and markets, will be hosting its annual international conference titled "Digital Imaging '03 - Driving Mass Market Adoption of New Technologies" on October 8-9, 2003 at the Doubletree... (More)

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Miranda Releases Shadow Recovery Pro Plug-in
4:59 EDT - Fred Miranda has released his $19.50 Shadow Recovery Pro plug-in. Designed for use with images from either digicams or scanned film, it's compatible with Photoshop 6, 7 or higher, as well as Elements 1 and 2 (PC and Mac). The plug-in was inspired by an old problem in digital photography, blown highlights. To capture any detail in the highlights during exposure, detail in the shadows usually has... (More)

Funtigo logo PRESS RELEASE: Funtigo photo sharing site adds support for camera-phones
13:17 EDT - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 25, 2003 - Funtigo LLC announced today that its photo sharing website,, now enables their users to upload photos from camera-phones. In addition, Funtigo introduced high-resolution slideshows, a large number of new backgrounds and clipart, and an entirely new interface. Funtigo is best known for its user-friendly "click-and-drag" interface, which, according... (More)

Intel Sponsors Free Wi-Fi for 'One Unwired Day' Today
12:00 EDT - Pack your laptop and image CDs and run down to your local java hut to upload your photos for free today, courtesy of Intel.

Intel is teaming up today with leading wireless Internet service providers, notebook manufacturers, retailers, hotspot location owners, and content and software providers in the U.S. to celebrate the wireless... (More)

AmbiCom logo PRESS RELEASE: AmbiCom Announces Wireless Printing Solution
11:38 EDT - SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 2003--Consumers can now install and use inkjet printers without worrying about cables, software or configuration, thanks to a new wireless printing product from AmbiCom, which allows users to send printer data across a wireless communications link. The virtual cable is based on a Bluetooth(R) system-on-chip technology developed by Microtune(R), Inc.... (More)

LCD monitors Liebermann Introduces Cinerama & Grand Canyon LCD Monitors
11:15 EDT - If the Cinerama Display at 45, 51 or 57 inches and 3072x768 to 3840x1024 pixels cramps your style, you can try the Grand Canyon's 76, 81 or 92 inches at 3840x1024 to 6400x1200 pixels.

Liebermann Inc. announced the immediately availability of two jumbo LCD displays compatible with all video standards on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. But the jumbo screens go beyond compatibility,... (More)

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

myCumulus screen shot PRESS RELEASE: Canto Announces myCumulus for $19.95
15:49 EDT - Digital Asset Management specialist Canto also reduces price of Cumulus Single User Edition in company eshop San Francisco - September 24, 2003 - Canto, the global leader in Digital Asset Management solutions, today announced the immedate availibilty of a limited Single User Edition called myCumulus for $19.95. myCumulus offers the same features and functionality as the full version of the popular... (More)

SMaL Camera Technologies' logo. Click here to visit the SMaL Camera website! SMaL: 1.3 mpix credit-card cam with color LCD
15:00 EDT - SMaL Camera Technologies has today announced a rapid development kit is available that will let manufacturers quickly bring to market a 1.3 megapixel credit-card camera with a 1.5" or 1.8" color LCD display.

SMaL says the kit will allow for designs that could be "the world's thinnest 1.3-Megapixel digital cameras with color LCD display". It also says that courtesy of its AutoBrite and Longevity technologies,... (More)

Konica's Digital Revio KD-420Z digital camera. Courtesy of Konica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica to announce 4mpix, 3x zoom digicam
13:10 EDT - Konica will show a new digital camera model next Wednesday at the upcoming Sonimagfoto 2003 show in Barcelona, Spain, we hear from the folks at (if our Spanish is up to scratch, "que sabes de" translates roughly as "that you know of).

Quesabesde's article will be of interest to anybody who reads Spanish, but for those of you who don't, we've culled the following brief specifications highlights from their article and a Sonimagfoto press... (More)

Cesar Foundation Addresses Print Fading
11:33 EDT - The Swiss foundation proposes a two-part solution to protect print buyers from the ravages of time. Unfortunately, as the Art Newspaper reports today, the process violates current copyright law.

In his article "Stopping the Passage of Time," Samson Spanier describes the foundation's proposal. "First, photographs should be stored in digital form, so that a new copy can be printed when the original... (More)

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Delkin's FireWire eFilm reader. Courtesy of Delkin, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: DELKIN NOW SHIPPING FIREWIRE READER
21:21 EDT - Poway CA, September 23, 2003 Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products for camera stores worldwide, is now shipping a FireWire Reader/Writer for CompactFlash (CF) digital memory cards. FireWire is one of today's fastest interface protocols, transferring data at a lighting-fast speed of 400Mb/s. Delkin's new external tabletop eFilm FireWire Reader/Writer... (More)

Asiva's Shift+Gain logo. Courtesy of Asiva. Click here to visit the Asiva website! Asiva preparing new Photoshop plugin
14:47 EDT - Shapiro Consulting Group Inc., the company behind the Asiva brandname, has announced that it is preparing a third plugin from Adobe Photoshop to complement its existing "Correct+Apply Color" and "Sharpen+Soften" plugins.

The Asiva Shift+Gain Component plug-in will allow the user to make selections using curves, then allows adjustments to the Hue, Saturation, Value and Red / Green / Blue components of the image in a single... (More)

Pretec's Secure Digital SmartCam card. Courtesy of Pretec, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pretec demonstrates SD, CF I/O cards
13:43 EDT - A press release from Pretec Electronics Corp. announces that it is showing several Secure Digital and CompactFlash I/O cards at the Computex show in Taipei.

Including along with a CF Barcode Reader and Secure Digital Presenter card is one item that may be of interest to our readers - a Secure Digital Camera, the SD SmartCam. Specs are, as you'd probably expect,... (More)

Pretec 6GB Compact Flash Card. Courtesy of Pretec. Pretec 6GB CF nears sampling, 12GB coming next year
01:28 EDT - A press release from Pretec Electronics Corp. announces that it is near to shipping samples of 6GB CompactFlash cards, and is planning even bigger things for next year.

Initially announced last March, the 6GB Type-II CompactFlash card is being demonstrated at the Computex 2003 show in Taipei, Taiwan. Samples will be available next month at a cost of US$7499, and mass... (More)

Monday, September 22, 2003

LifePics' logo. Click to visit the LifePics website! PRESS RELEASE: LifePics, Inc. Announces LifePics PRO/ Event Solution; PRO/Event launched at Independent Photo Imagers Fall Fiesta
12:28 EDT - BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2003--LifePics, Inc., a leading provider of business-to-business Internet digital photography solutions, today announced the LifePics Pro/Event solution. Targeting the growing segment of public event photography and the popularity of viewing, sharing and ordering images online, LifePics, Inc. has launched a powerful private branded online e-commerce solution... (More)

Pentax's *ist D digital SLR. Image provided by Yamada Kumio / Used by permission. DPReview posts Pentax *ist D samples
11:13 EDT - Our good friend Phil Askey over at the Digital Photography Review website might be on vacation, but that doesn't mean he's stopped working - he currently has a production-level Pentax *ist D digital SLR in hand, and has just posted a bit of a treat for readers...

If you're not familiar with the *ist D (pronounced ist-dee), which was first announced in February, you might want to look over our item from August 8th for the full specifications. To recap briefly, though,... (More)

Friday, September 19, 2003

"First Look" Review posted for Minolta DiMAGE Z1!
15:33 EDT - Long-zoom digicams are getting more popular all the time, and for good reason: A 10x zoom lens is a lot of fun, and really practical too, for grabbing closeup shots of subjects like sports players or wildlife.

Minolta's new DiMAGE Z1 is one of the latest additions to this field, and promises long-zoom shooting at a lower price point than previously available. To achieve its low cost, it employs a unique "flipping"... (More)

Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights' logo. Click here to visit the Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights website! Nikon Canada: Digital SLR pricing changes
15:00 EDT - Our good friend Rob Galbraith, a professional photojournalist and proprietor of the Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights website, has posted news of pricing updates on Nikon SLR digital cameras in Canada.

In one item, Rob details pricing for the Nikon D2H digital SLR and related accessories. The camera itself will cost CAD$4850 including battery and charger, whilst a copy of Nikon Capture 4 will cost CAD$150.... (More)

Thursday, September 18, 2003

The Ferrari Digital Model 2003 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus Japan announces limited-edition Ferrari digicam
15:47 EDT - Olympus Japan has announced an extremely attractive limited-edition variant of its 4 megapixel, 3x zoom Camedia μ-20 Digital camera which is known in USA as the Olympus Stylus 400 Digital.

The "Ferrari DIGITAL MODEL 2003", which is badged as "Powered by Olympus", is being made to promote Olympus' sponsorship of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Formula One team. Ferrari, which has won the Constructors'... (More)

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

DDI Software adds printer profiles to lineup
19:39 EDT - Mike Chaney of Digital Domain Inc. (better known as DDI Software) - the company behind popular imaging utility Qimage and profiling tool Profile Prism - dropped us an email with news that DDI is now offering printer profiles for sale on its website.

For those of our readers who use the correct combinations of printer, paper and inks, this could be a great way to get an accurate color profile without taking the time or needing the hardware to do it... (More)

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

LetsGoDigital tradeshow coverage, site redesign
15:51 EDT - Our friends at Dutch website - who recently relaunched their site as a multilingual publication in Dutch, English and Spanish - have been busy lately.

They've covered two trade shows over the last couple of weeks - CeBIT Bilisim Eurasia 2003 held in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as IFA 2003 in Berlin, Germany. The CeBIT coverage contains details on several... (More)

ExpressCard logo. Courtesy of the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. Lexar readies ExpressCard media samples
15:38 EDT - A press release from Lexar Media Inc. announces that it has developed the first engineering samples of ExpressCard flash memory cards, which are now being shown at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Jose, CA.

We first told readers about ExpressCard - proposed as a replacement for the popular PCMCIA or PC Card format - earlier this year when it was codenamed "NEWCARD". ExpressCard products should be available... (More)

Canon's PowerShot SD100 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot SD100 "Digital Elph"!
14:27 EDT - Canon's "Digital ELPH" models are benchmarks for solid build quality, strong feature sets, and excellent image quality, and the new SD100 model is no exception.

This is the first Canon digicam to use SD memory cards, but we already know it won't be the last. (Canon just announced the SD10 a few days ago, which also uses SD cards for image storage.) The SD100... (More)

Olympus' E-1 Digital SLR. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Olympus E1 "First Look" updated!
14:25 EDT - I've now had some fairly extensive hands-on with a near-production level Olympus E1, so have updated my First Look review of it in some depth.

Olympus hasn't yet released E1s with final image-quality tweaks applied, so I've still not shot my standardized test subjects, but there's full timing data, and a pretty thorough detailing of features... (More)

Fuji's FinePix F700 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Fuji FinePix F700
14:23 EDT - Sometimes, "hot" new technology is announced, but then doesn't live up to its initial billing.

On the other hand, sometimes it does, as in the case of Fujifilm's "SR" SuperCCD technology, making its first appearance in their F700 digicam. The F700 is a high-end point & shoot, with Fujifilm's latest... (More)

Monday, September 15, 2003

Canon's EOS 300D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Flash: EOS Digital Rebel in stock
18:29 EDT - Canon's EOS Digital Rebel SLR is undoubtedly the single camera that our readership has shown the most interest in so far this year - and unsurprisingly given the sub-$1000 pricing including a lens.

Given that fact, we were rather surprised to hear today that our affiliate Ritz Camera, currently has stock of Digital Rebels available to ship now! Canon are apparently matching their promise to greatly... (More)

Digital Eye posts production Rebel samples
15:40 EDT - Our good friends Dave Kamanski and Steve McLaughlin emailed us today with news that they've now received and are testing a production-level Canon EOS Digital Rebel (known as the EOS 300D or Kiss Digital overseas).

They've posted the first impressions on their Digital Eye website, commenting: "Overall, we found the camera performed wonderfully and the final image quality is very comparable to the Canon 10D." They've... (More)

Seybold Slide Show Posted
14:47 EDT - Just got our film back from the lab ... no, that can't be right. Just finished the HTML for our Seybold slide show. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Rather than wind the text of our coverage around a set of images, we thought we'd try a little different approach this year. There are two news stories you can access directly from the slide show. If... (More)

Nikon confirms D2H, accessories pricing
11:00 EDT - Nikon USA has today released its official pricing info for the D2H digital camera and related accessories.

Announced on July 22nd,the 4 megapixel, 8 frames-per-second Nikon D2H digital SLR replaces the existing D1H model, and is clearly targeted at Canon's EOS-1D model. Pricing for the D2H has been set at US$4000,... (More)

Toshiba announces PDR-5300 digital camera
00:00 EDT - Toshiba USA will today announce a new model for its digital camera lineup, in the form of the Toshiba PDR-5300.

The new model may seem familiar to regular readers of this website, as it looks to be functionally similar to Gateway's recently-announced DC-T50 and Vivitar's Vivicam 3930. All three cameras would appear... (More)

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Nikon D2H - *Exclusive* sample photos - (Not!) (UPDATED)
16:55 EDT - A few sample images from a prototype Nikon D2H...

I had a chance this last week to spend a little time with the new Nikon D2H. In the process, I took a few photos (well, actually more like 1200), so have posted a few here on the site. This is Nikon's... (More)

Friday, September 12, 2003

Kyocera announces swivel-body digicam
22:03 EDT - Kyocera Japan has today announced a new digital camera that, as seems to be the vogue lately, emphasises the body design as a fashion accessory.

When you get under the cover, some of these digicams can seem rather generic (to whit: Samsung's just-announced U-CA3), with features fairly common amongst entry-level cameras. The Kyocera Finecam SL300R... (More)

UMAX's AstraPix 670 digital camera. Courtesy of UMAX, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. UMAX to announce two 3mpix digicams
17:36 EDT - UMAX Technologies Inc. will officially announce two new digital camera models on Monday, both featuring similar specifications with the exception of lenses and body styling.

The UMAX AstraPix 630 and AstraPix 670 both have 3.3 megapixel CCD imagers yielding resolutions of 2048 x 1536 pixels, as well as 16MB of built-in flash memory, SD Card slot, USB 1.1 connectivity and... (More)

BreezeBrowser now supports the Digital Rebel
15:23 EDT - We just heard from Chris Breeze, author of BreezeBrowser (the image browser and Canon RAW file processor), that he's released a new version of the program.

Probably the most important update in BreezeBrowser v2.7b is the inclusion of support for Canon's recently-announced EOS Digital Rebel (the US name - it is known as the EOS Kiss Digital in Japan, and the... (More)

seybold_sf.gif Take Two: The Afterlife
02:14 EDT - First, we hit a session on lighting techniques. Then we caught the fifth keynote address (we were bound to hit one eventually) before an overview of color profile editors. Finally, we ended the day with a fabulous workflow discussion with a couple of venerable digital photographers.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pavilion of exhibitors is like the work-a-day world we all know and love so well. Putting it in the mausoleum of Moscone West with a bona fide bomb scare, just reminds everyone how... (More)

Canon announces digicam for the style-conscious (UPDATED)
00:00 EDT - Canon has today announced its new PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 digital camera, to be known in Europe as the Digital IXUS i.

The SD10 is one amongst a new trend of digital cameras sold as much for their merits as a "fashion accessory", as they are for taking photos. With that aim, Canon is offering the camera in four body colors... (More)

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Samsung UK, China announce U-CA3
14:16 EDT - Samsung has quietly introduced a new product in the UK and China that it is calling "[as] much of a fashion accessory as a digital camera".

Noticed on the Samsung UK site by our friends at the Digital Photography Review, the U-CA3 is a 3.2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera which is noteable for its use of Sony's Memory Stick Duo flash media.... (More)

Kodak expands 14n buffer size
11:09 EDT - Eastman Kodak Co. has begun shipping a version of the DCS Pro 14n digital camera that has a buffer size double that of the original version.

As we described when the camera was announced at Photokina last year, the DCS Pro 14n is service-upgradeable from a 256MB buffer to a 512MB buffer. Until now, customers who wanted the larger buffer size... (More)

seybold_sf.gif Take One: The Mausoleum
03:40 EDT - Day One of Seybold San Francisco was absorbed with a full presentation by Adobe that we promised not to disclose (don't hold your breath) before we enjoyed a session on stock photography. Day Two began with a thorough exploration of inkjet technology that was complimented with a presentation by three artist/authors who all happened to use digicams. Our report follows....

SAN FRANCISCO -- Seybold San Francisco has moved to the new Moscone West, an edifice so imposing it resembles a mausoleum for dinosaurs. The ceilings are not visible with the naked eye and the hallways... (More)

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Reallusion's FaceFilter logo. Click here to visit the Reallusion website! FaceFilter puts a smile on anyone's face
00:21 EDT - San Jose-based Reallusion Inc. has announced a new program for Windows computers that aims to make it easier for digital photographers to edit their portraits without the need for much in the way of artistic skills.

We've all been there - you take a photo, check it out on the camera's LCD and it looks fine. Of course when you get home you notice that whilst almost everything's perfect, a frown on one face that ruins... (More)

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

15:30 EDT - Merger Of Photography and Fashion Puts The Digital Lifestyle At The Heart Of What's Hot in 2003-04 MELVILLE, NY - September 9, 2003 - Nikon Coolpix digital cameras ( will hit the runways this Fall as both a Principle and Presenting Sponsor of Gen Art's acclaimed and anticipated 'Fresh Faces In Fashion' series, which serves as a showcase to proclaim which up-and-coming designers... (More)

Seybold SF logo Imaging Resource to Cover Seybold San Francisco
06:12 EDT - The venerable publishing conference reinvents itself following 9/11 and the iRecession of the past two years. And it does it in the new Moscone West, whose ceilings are tall enough to accommodate even Imaging Resource as we sneak in to cover the event for you.

Steve Jobs is packing for Paris instead of giving the opening keynote, but this event promises to make news anyway. ACD Systems, Adobe, Epson, GretagMacbeth, Konica, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Macromedia,... (More)

Optipix2 logo Review posted for Optipix 2!
05:48 EDT - Reindeer Graphics brings Layer Modes to 16-bit images, adds a 16-bit Detail Sharpener and updates its Auto Contrast plug-ins with Optipix 2. And a special Dave's Deal can save you even more than the introductory discount offer.

Newsletter editor Mike Pasini reviews -- and illustrates -- the new 16-bit world of Optipix 2 from Reindeer Graphics. The Blend plug-in that can turn your 8-bit images into a 16-bit picture now has some... (More)

Monday, September 8, 2003

Lexar's Write Acceleration logo. Courtesy of Lexar, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click here to visit the Lexar website! Olympus signs up for Write Acceleration
15:30 EDT - A press release today from Lexar Media Inc. announces that Olympus has joined the list of companies supporting its proprietary Write Acceleration technology.

First announced in September of last year, Write Acceleration (WA) aims to increase write speeds by reducing overheads in communication between the camera and flash card. If a CompactFlash card isn't WA-compliant,... (More)

Friday, September 5, 2003

The Imaging Resource logo. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Major "Galleries" update posted!
14:37 EDT - It's been a while, but we have the latest collection of random "Gallery" photos posted for you.

This time there's galleries for the Canon PowerShot A60, FujiFilm FinePix F410, Kyocera FineCam S5, Minolta DiMAGE F300 and S414, Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom, Pentax Optio S and 550, and Sony Cyber-shot... (More)

Thursday, September 4, 2003

Canon's EOS Digital Rebel. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full First Look review posted for Canon EOS Digital Rebel 300D!
14:00 EDT - This is certainly one of the most-anticipated reviews in recent memory: Canon's new and *amazingly* low-priced digital SLR, the "Digital Rebel."

Canon's made something of a habit of shocking their competitors and delighting consumers with ever-lower prices on digital SLRs, but the Canon EOS Digital Rebel is truly a breakthrough in that regard.... (More)

Canon's EOS 300D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. EOS Digital Rebel: Reviews around the web
14:00 EDT - At the same time as we're posting our full first-look review of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel, our friends at the other main digicam websites are simultaneously posting their own reviews.

We always recommend readers to "shop around" a little, so to speak, and read all the reviews they can. No one reviewer can uncover everything there is to know about a camera, and by reading multiple reviews... (More)

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Pentax's Optio 555 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax replaces the Optio 550 (UPDATED)
11:01 EDT - Pentax Corp. has today announced three new digital cameras which it will be previewing at the Digital Focus media event on September 15th alongside the PC EXPO trade show in New York.

The first of the announcements - the Pentax Optio 555 - is an evolutionary update to the existing Optio 550 model, which we felt worthy of inclusion on our Dave's Picks list when we reviewed it earlier... (More)

Pentax's Optio S4 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio S successor (UPDATED)
11:00 EDT - In the second of three announcements today from Pentax Corp., the company updates its Pentax Optio S - the model that first introduced an unusual lens whose internal elements actually "unstack" as the lens retracts, arranging themselves side by side within the camera body.

Announced in January, the Optio S was quickly followed by a similar model from partner company Casio - so when Casio overhauled their camera last week, we're sure astute readers immediately expected an... (More)

Pentax announces water-resistant digicam (UPDATED)
11:00 EDT - In the third of today's announcements from Pentax Corp., the company announces a JIS-class 7 water-resistant digital camera model, the Optio 33WR.

The 33WR features a 3.2 megapixel (effective) imager, 2.8x optical zoom lens, ISO ratings up to 400, a choice of multi, center-weighted or spot metering, shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 4 seconds and storage... (More)

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Asiva's Correct+Apply Color logo. Courtesy of Asiva. Click here to visit the Asiva website! PRESS RELEASE: Asiva Correct+Apply Color Plug-in Released
14:08 EDT - Shapiro Consulting Group, Inc., (SCGI), Austin, Texas, has announced the release of a second plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. The Asiva Correct+Apply Color plug-in is based on SCGI's patented image enhancement technology, allowing for users to perform color changes without time-consuming masks. It features all 16-bit per component internal processing, even on 8-bit images. This provides 256 times the... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: Flextronics' Michael Marks joins SanDisk Board of Directors
13:45 EDT - SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 2, 2003 - SanDisk Corporation today announced the appointment of Michael Marks, president and chief executive officer of Flextronics, (NASDAQ: FLEX) the global leader in Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS), to its board of directors. The appointment is effective immediately. "Michael's proven leadership and his considerable hands-on management experience in fast growth... (More)

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