News entries for January, 2012

Sony NEX-7 review posted!

Sony Alpha NEX-7 compact system camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Making quite a leap for compact system cameras both in terms of image quality and camera control, the Sony NEX-7 really impressed us. We used words like "astonishing" and "amazing" when describing image quality, both printed and onscreen, because the NEX-7's images are even sharper than the A77's. And for an APS-C sensor to approach the quality of the Nikon D3X, well, that...

Olympus: New firmware for PEN-series cameras

The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens. Photo provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc.Want to use a motorized zoom lens on Olympus' PEN E-P3, E-PL3 or E-PM1 compact system camera bodies? If so, you'll want to download a new firmware update issued by the company today.

Olympus has one such lens in its own catalog at the moment, the M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ. Announced last December, this lens is due to start shipping in the US market any day now....

Kodak files bankruptcy, secures financing

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website!File this under "news we all saw coming": imaging legend Eastman Kodak Co. today started Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

For months, Kodak has been trying to increase its cash on hand by selling off a large chunk of its patent portfolio, but the company had yet to find a buyer for the property. Late last year Kodak raised some funding by selling its image sensor...

Kodak: Yet another lawsuit from cash-strapped icon

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website!What to do, when your cash reserves are low and you're struggling to turn your company around? For Eastman Kodak Co., the answer seems to be to give up on attempting to negotiate patent licenses with rivals, and instead to turn to the courts. The company has today announced the latest in a series of suits against major names in the imaging and consumer electronics...

Panasonic pledges firmware for GX1 body, 100-300mm lens

Panasonic's GX1 compact system camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Corp. Click to read our Panasonic GX1If you're among the early adopters for the Panasonic Lumix GX1 system camera, or you're shooting with the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm lens, the company has news that'll put a smile on your face: new firmware that brings improved performance.

You'll have to wait a little while though, because while it's being announced today, it doesn't drop until the end of January.

For the...

Ricoh: New CX6 firmware improves autofocus

The Ricoh CX6 digital camera. Photo provided by Ricoh Co. Ltd.Shoot with Ricoh's CX6 digital camera, and not happy with autofocus performance? If so, you'll be pleased to know that the company recently released a firmware update for the camera, hot on the heels of one it issued just before Christmas.

Ricoh CX6 firmware v1.21--which was posted on the company's website while we were in the midst of a whirlwind of CES show news--has...

Firmware for Pentax K-5 resolves Astrotracer issue

Pentax's K-5 digital SLR with O-GPS1 GPS receiver attached. Photo provided by Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co. Ltd.A firmware update for Pentax's K-5 digital SLR resolves problems some customers have experienced when using the camera with the O-GPS1 accessory.

Announced last summer, the Pentax O-GPS1 has a completely unique function that the company has dubbed 'ASTROTRACER'. This uses info from the GPS receiver along with Pentax's Shake Reduction system to freeze stars in the night...

Nikon interview: CIPA tests hide the D4’s improved battery life

Nikon's Toshiaki Akagi. Copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.In our time with Nikon's Toshiaki Akagi at CES 2012, we found our wide range of questions would be limited to the Nikon D4, so we turned it into another question and answer session while we had access to the General Manager of Design, using many questions from Twitter and a few left over from our Live Q&A earlier in the week. Also included in the meeting were Kenji Suzuki,...

Learn to shoot the GH2, with Rocky Nook

'The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide', by Dr. Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard. Image provided by O'Reilly Media Inc. Click to read our Panasonic GH2 review!Do you own (or plan to buy) a Panasonic Lumix GH2, but haven't quite come to grips with all those buttons and dials? Maybe you have one that already feels like an extension of your hand, but you still suspect there are a couple of hidden features you've missed.

Either way, O'Reilly Media's Rocky Nook brand just might have the book for you...

Just released, the 272-page...

Lens Review: Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro

Sony30f35emIn 2011, Sony released the 30mm f/3.5 Macro as the fourth in its series of NEX E-mount lenses. The lens offers full 1:1 (100%) macro reproduction, with a very short working distance of under four inches; when you consider the length of the lens and the distance of the sensor, this equates to about an inch from the front of the lens itself. Just under five ounces in weight,...

5th Notice on the damage from the flood in Thailand

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website!January 10, 2012 -- This is to advise you of the latest situations of Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated manufacturing subsidiary of Nikon Corporation in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand, which is suffering damages from the flood.

Latest situations
Operations at the Nikon Thailand had been suspended since October 6....

Kodak Alleges Patent Infringement Against Apple, HTC

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website!Files ITC Complaint Alleging Apple and HTC Camera-Enabled Smartphones and Tablets Infringe Digital Imaging Technology; Suits Also Filed in U.S. District Court

ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 10 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has filed lawsuits against Apple Inc. and HTC Corporation, alleging the infringement of certain Kodak...

SD Association adds Wi-Fi spec, Eye-Fi protests

The SD Association's logo. Click here to visit the SD Association website!The SD Association--a group of almost a thousand companies, whose board members include consumer electronics giants such as Canon, HP, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, as well as flash memory manufacturers like Kingston, Lexar and SanDisk--announced a new standard for Wi-Fi capable Secure Digital cards at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The new Wireless LAN SD card covers...

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Digital Camera Wins Four Awards At CES 2012

Fujifilm's X-Pro1 compact system camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Click to read our Fuji X-Pro1 preview!CNET "Best of CES 2012" Best Camera; Popular Science "CES 2012 Product of the Future"; Popular Mechanics "CES 2012 Editor's Choice Award"; Tom's Guide "Best of CES 2012"

Valhalla, N.Y., January 16, 2012 – Fujifilm North America Corporation Electronic Imaging Division today announced that the new, revolutionary FUJIFILM X-Pro1 Digital Camera has won...

Adobe rethinks CS6 upgrade plans

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website!Last November, Adobe announced its Creative Cloud service, which includes subscription-based access to Adobe Creative Suite and Touch Apps software, along with 20GB of cloud storage and a number of other services.

At the same time, the company revealed that it was altering its upgrade program for Creative Suite customers who had decided against switching to the Creative...

Kodak Alleges Patent Infringement Against Fujifilm

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website!ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 13 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Fujifilm Corporation, alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges that certain Fujifilm digital cameras infringe patented Kodak...

Sigma interview: NEX and Micro Four Thirds are major focus

Sigma's Kazuto Yamaki. Copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.For our second-last interview from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells and senior editor Shawn Barnett met with Kazuto Yamaki, Chief Operating Officer of Sigma Corp.

All of Sigma's products are produced at the company's own factory in Aizu, Japan, and so we were pleased to hear Yamaki-san's report that impact to the company from...

Sony interview: Ten years from now, will mirror-based cameras be a distant memory?

Sony's Mark Weir. Copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Nearing the end of our CES interview lineup, Sony's Mark Weir (Senior Manager of Technology and Marketing) shares his take on the state of technology and the camera market. In the future, will any cameras have mirrors? Where's Sony going with the NEX lens roadmap? What are Sony's plans for full-frame SLRs? Read the transcript carefully; you'll find some intriguing hints in...

Panasonic interview: Learning from the fringe, taking small steps

Panasonic's Darin Pepple. Copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Continuing a hectic schedule of interviews at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells, senior editor Shawn Barnett, and features editor Arthur Etchells sat down with Darin Pepple, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging at Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co.

Along with partner Olympus, Panasonic really got the ball rolling for the...

Samsung interview: How do cameras fit in a connected world?

Samsung's Jay Kelbley. Image copyright© 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.At the Consumer Electronics Show, Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells, senior editor Shawn Barnett, and features editor Arthur Etchells met up with Jay Kelbley, Senior Marketing Manager (NX SLRs) at Samsung Electronics, continuing our interview series.

With camera phones rapidly encroaching on the lower end of the camera market, manufacturers are looking for areas in...