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Photokina 2002 - September 24, 2002
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Contax' Tvs digital camera. Used by permission of LetsGoDigital.nl, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Contax's new Tvs digital at Photokina
23:17 EDT - Regular readers may remember a brief news item we posted near the end of August, noting that Kyocera Germany had detailed plans to show a new digital camera under its Contax brand-name at Photokina.

Details at the time were (no doubt, deliberately) vague, but it was described as a "5 Megapixel [camera] for ... semiprofessional use". Our friends at LetsGoDigital.nl have now seen the camera in person, and posted a news item including views of the camera from several angles. Meanwhile, we now have specifications for the camera. The Tvs digital features a 1/1.8" 5.25 megapixel CCD imager coupled... (More)

LetsGoDigital covers the 'Olydak' announcement
22:03 EDT - The good folks over at LetsGoDigital.nl have certainly been keeping busy today, and show no signs of slowing down soon!

In their latest news item, they have posted a number of exclusive photos of the mockup camera shown at the Olympus / Kodak "Four Thirds System" press conference. You can find full details of the announcement in our earlier item, and we're grateful to LetsGoDigital who provided two photos for use in this item. You can find further images in their own news item. The photos below show a closeup of the... (More)

Lexar's ImageRescue packaging. Click here to visit the Lexar website! Lexar extends ImageRescue
21:00 EDT - Lexar Media Inc. has today announced that it has extended its Image Rescue program that was first announced at PMA.

Initially available to dealers only, and working only on the Windows operating system, ImageRescue is now available to purchase for both Windows and Mac (OS X only) at a cost of $39.99. The program attempts to restore data from corrupted Lexar CompactFlash cards through the USB JumpShot connectivity, and will be preloaded free of charge on all Lexar's Professional CompactFlash cards. More info can... (More)

LetsGoDigital looks at FineCam S5
20:37 EDT - Keeping up their flurry of Photokina 2002 coverage, our friends at LetsGoDigital.nl have had a look at the Kyocera FineCam S5 digital camera.

First announced in a brief statement on the Kyocera website late last month, the FineCam S5 shares an essentially identical chassis and 3x optical zoom lens with the previous FineCam S4, but with a new 5 megapixel imager in place of the old 4 megapixel unit. The only other obvious change is that the camera now has ISO ratings of 100, 200 and 400. Visit the LetsGoDigital item for more info... (More)

Fuji's FinePix M603 digital camera. Courtesy of FujiFilm Germany, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji aims for convergence with the FinePix M603
18:14 EDT - Over the years, we've often heard "convergence" touted as the Holy Grail of digital photography - one product that can perform well at both still and movie photography.

Few products have come close to achieving this objective, probably because of the inherent contradictions in the idea. Video cameras rely on much lower resolutions than still cameras, but require much, much faster read-out from the sensor. Video camera buyers expect long, long zoom lenses that needn't necessarily be of very high optical quality (thanks to the low resolution); still cameras generally... (More)

Hewlett-Packard's Photosmart 850 digital camera. Courtesy of Hewlett-Packard, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. HP announces new 4mpix, 8x zoom digicam (UPDATED)
17:33 EDT - Hewlett-Packard Co. has today announced a new digital camera model at Photokina in Cologne, Germany.

The HP PhotoSmart 850 digital camera follows in the footsteps of past "slr-style" digicams from the company, this time featuring a 4 megapixel imager and a Fuji 8x optical zoom lens at a price of US$555 (list) / $500 (street). The camera doesn't feature a true optical viewfinder, instead offering a large 2" LCD display and an Electronic Viewfinder. Storage is catered for with a Secure Digital / MultiMediaCard... (More)

Panasonic's DMC-FZ1 digital camera. Used by permission of LetsGoDigital.nl, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic unveils super-zoom digicam
16:40 EDT - Our friends at Dutch website LetsGoDigital.nl have uncovered news of an impressive-looking new digital camera for Panasonic's Lumix-line.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1, which LetGoDigital have 6 photos of from various angles, features an impressive-looking DC-Vario-Elmarit 12x optical zoom lens which is a fairly bright f/2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. The lens, which is equivalent to an whopping 35 - 420mm on a 35mm camera, incorporates thirteen elements in eight groups, two of which feature single aspheric surfaces and one of which... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak CFO to Speak at Investor Meeting at Photokina
15:55 EDT - COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002--Robert H. Brust, Kodak's Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, and Pierre Cohade, Chairman, EAMER and General Manager, Consumer Imaging, EAMER, will speak with investors in Germany at Photokina, the world's largest imaging trade show, on Wednesday, September 25, at 2:45 AM U.S. Eastern Time, (8:45 AM in Germany). The meeting will be... (More)

Olympus America announces C-5050 Zoom
09:00 EDT - In its second announcement this morning, Olympus America Inc. has made official its new Camedia C-5050 Zoom digital camera, which follows in the footsteps of past models such as the C-4040Z and C-4000Z.

Officially announced in Europe last month, the Camedia C-5050Z features a 5.0 megapixel (effective) / 5.2 megapixel (total) CCD imager, 3x optical zoom lens, a 1.8", 110,000 pixel LCD display, as well as compatibility with a wide range of media including SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card, and Type-I or Type-II CompactFlash including IBM Microdrives. There's also USB and video out connectivity, a built-in... (More)

Olympus America announces C-50 Zoom
09:00 EDT - Olympus America Inc. has this morning officially announced its new Camedia C-50 Zoom digital camera, an update to the existing C-40 Zoom model.

Changes from the previous model include a new 5 megapixel effective (5.2 megapixel total) CCD imager, and a slight extension of the zoom range from 2.8x to 3x. There's also a new xD Picture-Card slot, bringing the camera up to date with Olympus' new choice of flash memory format, and a restyling that moves the flash slightly further from the lens and gives the camera a cleaner overall look. The Olympus... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Konica and Applied Science Fiction to Integrate Digital ICE Technology Into Konica's HRS Film Scanner
08:54 EDT - COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002--Photokina, Konica Corporation, one of the world's leading photographic companies and Applied Science Fiction(TM), Inc. (ASF(TM)), the creator of the award-winning Digital ICE and Digital ICE(3)(TM) technologies, the leader of automatic image restoration applications and the inventor of the Digital PIC(TM) cutting-edge digital dry film processing system,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: SiPix Introduces 3.3 Mega Pixel Still Camera With Digital Video for $199
08:53 EDT - The SC-3300 is the Perfect Everyday Digital Camera; Features a Cool Video Movie Mode and Captures Vibrant Digital Pictures PHOTOKINA, COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- SiPix debuted today its new SC-3300, a 3.3 Mega Pixel digital still and video camera, at a price that rivals the competition's 2 Mega Pixel cameras. At the unheard of price of only $199.99, the stylish new SiPix digital camera... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Picturevision From Delkin Devices Shows Your Digital Photos Right On Your TV
08:51 EDT - POWAY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002--Delkin Devices, a leading US manufacturer of high performance digital photography memory products and accessories, introduces a modern day slide show projector for sharing digital photos. The new eFilm Picturevision(TM) is a small set-top box that lets you show your digital photos right on your television. The Picturevision easily connects to a TV or... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Gretag Imaging AG and Applied Science Fiction Announce Their Intent to Test Market the Modular Digital PIC Dry Film Processing Solution
08:42 EDT - COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002--Photokina, Gretag Imaging AG and Applied Science Fiction(TM), Inc. (ASF(TM)) announce today plans to pursue market testing of the modular Digital PIC(TM) dry film-processing solution. This modular solution will be demonstrated for the first time in the ASF stand at Photokina. Gretag Imaging is one of the world's premier suppliers of photofinishing... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Digital Now and Applied Science Fiction Announce Agreement to Integrate Digital ICE Technology into Digital Now's Lumina Range of Scanners
08:40 EDT - COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002--Digital Now, Inc. (DN(TM)) and Applied Science Fiction (ASF(TM)) announce today an agreement to integrate ASF's Digital ICE technology into DN's Lumina(TM) range of high volume and high-resolution scanners. DN is a developer of industry-leading digital imaging technology for the photo processing industry, and Applied Science Fiction is the creator... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Introduces Broad Array of Products At Photokina Underscoring Confidence in Future of Infoimaging Industry
08:38 EDT - COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002--Eastman Kodak Company today introduced a broad array of traditional and digital photographic products and services that will give consumers, retailers, and professionals alike better ways to take, print and share pictures, extending the company's leadership position in imaging. "The products we are introducing here at Photokina, from easy-to-use... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: HP Delivers with Pixology and ePOINT Breakthrough Digital Photofinishing Solution for Retail Market
07:13 EDT - Companies Offer Technology Demonstration of Interactive Photo Terminal at Photokina 2002 COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002-- HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced plans to pursue with Pixology Ltd. and ePOINT Ltd. an end-to-end digital photofinishing solution -- from order placement to fulfillment -- for the retail market. The new solution will make it quick and easy for consumers to... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Critical Factors for Growth of Imaging Industry Include Ease-of-Use and Driving Digital Prints, According to Leading Influencers
07:12 EDT - Traditional Imaging Companies Best Positioned to Benefit from Convergence of Imaging and Information Technology ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 2002-- Easy-to-use digital technologies, innovation in film and digital processing, and generating prints from digital images are the most critical growth factors of the imaging industry, according to an Eastman Kodak Company survey of more than... (More)

The 'Four Thirds System' logo. Courtesy of Olympus Optical Co. (Europa) GmbH and Eastman Kodak Company. Olympus / Kodak cooperation to bear fruit soon? (UPDATED)
05:00 EDT - A joint press release issued today describes an agreement by the two companies to implement a new system for interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras.

Regular readers may well remember a story first uncovered by Yamada Kumio at the digitalcamera.jp website almost 18 months ago, which predicted that Kodak and Olympus were cooperating on a 4/3" CCD-based digital SLR with interchangeable lenses. That design has yet to see the light of day, and in fact a statement from Olympus USA played down the story and in particular the suggestion that the described... (More)

Canon announces 11 megapixel EOS digicam
01:00 EDT - Canon USA has today formally announced its EOS-1Ds digital camera, which has been much-discussed around the Internet after a press release and specifications were separately leaked and then copied on several websites.

If you have seen the specs already, then you'll want to go straight to our first-look review of the EOS-1Ds for the full scoop. If you haven't, then read on; we'll start with a summary of the differences between the EOS-1Ds and the EOS-1D, since the cameras are very closely related: Feature EOS-1Ds EOS-1D Body Visually identical, slight weight change Weight 1265g 1250g Sensor Type RGBG... (More)

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! PRESS RELEASE: Canon widens its range of EF-series lenses with the addition of the 24-70mm F/2.8L USM model
01:00 EDT - 24mm Wide-Angle Coverage, Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture Throughout Zoom Range, Superior Optics and Weather-Resistant Design Make it the Perfect All-Purpose Professional Mid-Range Zoom Lens LAKE SUCCESS, NY, September 24, 2002 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) continues to provide professional photographers and enthusiasts with the widest selection of autofocus lenses found... (More)

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