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Thursday, January 29, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: KODAK Ultima Picture Paper With New COLORLAST Technology Delivers Inkjet Prints That Last More Than 100 Years
22:47 EST - ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 29 - Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the world's longest lasting inkjet photo paper - new KODAK Ultima Picture Paper with COLORLAST technology. The vast majority of prints made on this paper using photo-quality home inkjet printers will enjoy brilliant color and resist degradation longer than prints made on any other inkjet paper. When used with the latest inks from... (More)

Canon's EOS-1D Mark II digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon EOS-1D Mark II: Analysis and comparison
22:41 EST - As promised yesterday night, we can now bring you a detailed analysis of Canon's announcement of the new EOS-1D Mark II digital camera, along with the US press release and a full comparison of the camera's specifications alongside the company's previous EOS-1D model, and Nikon's D2H - the two cameras the Mark II is most likely to compete with in the minds of the pro photographers it is aimed at.

There's certainly plenty to consider with the EOS-1D Mark II. The camera might look very similar to its predecessor outwardly, but a lot has been changed under the skin... Most obviously, a new 8.2 megapixel... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Concord Camera Corp. Wins "Editor's Choice" Award & Receives 2 TechTV 'Best of CES 2004' Nominations
16:35 EST - Hollywood, FL, January 29, 2004 - Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") (NASDAQ: LENS) announced today that Popular Mechanics Magazine has awarded it the prestigious "Editor's Choice" Award for the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless, the first 2 Megapixel Bluetooth™ enabled digital camera. The award was presented at Popular Mechanics' annual event at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Concord... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless Bluetooth Digital Camera Demonstrates Business Solutions
16:24 EST - Hollywood, FL, January 28, 2004 - Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") (NASDAQ:LENS) announced today business solutions using the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless, the first 2 Megapixel Bluetooth enabled digital camera. Designed for instant and reliable image transmission, the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless beams images to Bluetooth compatible devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, and laptops as well as USB-compatible... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Intervideo's WinDVD Platinum 5 Named Editor's Choice by PC Answers Magazine
16:11 EST - FREMONT, Calif.-January 29, 2004-InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII), announced today that WinDVD Platinum 5 has earned a record 91 percent review score from PC Answers, a leading UK consumer PC magazine, making it the editor's choice for software DVD playback on a PC. Designed for discerning users who want the best in audio and video playback, WinDVD Platinum 5 makes watching videos on a PC or a laptop... (More)

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Canon announces EOS-1D replacement (UPDATED)
23:00 EST - Canon has today announced a significant update to its EOS-1D digital camera in the form of the EOS-1D Mark II.

We'll have our usual in-depth coverage of the announcement first thing tomorrow morning, as we are running somewhat behind schedule. For now we can offer detailed specifications and a number of product... (More)

Nikon announces D70 digital SLR
00:00 EST - Nikon USA has today announced its new D70 digital SLR, which we briefly previewed back in early December.

At that time, very limited information was available on the new model, but today's announcement provides much more detail - and the D70 looks to be a very interesting camera indeed. Pricing is set at... (More)

Nikon announces the Coolpix 8700
00:00 EST - Nikon USA has today announced its new Coolpix 8700 digital camera, a model that combines a high-resolution imager with a powerful optical zoom lens.

Coupling a 2/3-inch 8.31 megapixel CCD imager with an 8.9 - 71.2mm (35 - 280mm equivalent) Nikkor 8x optical zoom lens, the new model stores images on CompactFlash cards (Type-I or Type-II including Microdrives).... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Adds New AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G IF-ED Lens To Growing Line of Optics Dedicated To Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
00:00 EST - New 18-70mm Wide Zoom Range Lens Offers Wide-Angle and Telephoto Capabilities in One Compact Design; Advanced Feature Selection MELVILLE, NY, January 28, 2004 – Marking another significant advancement in lens design, Nikon® (, the world leader in photography, today introduced the versatile new AF-S DX Nikkor™ 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens, further expanding Nikon’s... (More)

Nikon's SB-600 Speedlight. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Introduces New SB-600 Speedlight: Mid-range Meets State-of-the-art
00:00 EST - New SB-600 Expands Nikon’s Creative Lighting System Featuring i-TTL; Offers Versatile Wireless Functions With SB-800 & D70 Built-in Speedlight MELVILLE, NY, January 28, 2004 – Nikon® (, the world leader in photography, today introduced the versatile new SB-600™ Speedlight, the latest addition to Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. Featuring Nikon’s... (More)

Nikon's Coolwalker MSV-01 portable image viewer / storage device. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolwalker photo viewing / storage device
00:00 EST - Nikon USA has today announced its new Coolwalker MSV-01, a portable device for storing and viewing up to 30GB of digital images in JPEG, TIFF and NEF (RAW) formats.

Weighing just 12.3 ounces and with dimensions of 3.2 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches, the Coolwalker features a 2.5 inch LCD display and can store roughly 10,000 6 megapixel JPEG ("Fine" compression) images. The device... (More)

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Lindman Releases QPict 6.0.2 for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X
12:16 EST - Rune Lindman has released an update to QPict 6 that adds support for for Mac OS 9, improves appearance, changes the index file format for compatibility with OS 9 and sixes some bugs. The recently released QPict 6 added full support for RAW image files from cameras by Nikon, Canon, Kodak, Casio, Minolta, Fuji, Olympus, Pentax and more, according to Lindman. It can catalogue, view and convert RAW files.... (More)

Monday, January 26, 2004

ilife-box.jpg Review Posted: iLife '04 -- Harder Than It Looks
14:13 EST - Apple has delivered iLife '04 for Mac OS X, updating iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and adding GarageBand to join the new iTunes. So we dashed down to BigStore to buy it along with everyone else. Quite an experience.

Unfortunately, much as we appreciated the improvements, we found the package a little rough around the edges. While iMovie takes the prize for the most polished of the apps, iPhoto still doesn't provide... (More)

mf-bug.jpg Review Posted: Zenon MagneFlash -- A Brilliant Idea
14:10 EST - Our disdain for built-in flash is so strong that we think of it as inherently defective. So when newsletter subscriber Bill Stocks put us on to Peter Louden's Zenon MagneFlash, we begged for one to review. Peter sent us a review unit and we've been playing with it for weeks now.

The MagneFlash is a slave flash, triggered by infrared energy, so it works with any digicam that has a built-in flash. You simply cover the built-in flash with one of the two IR filters that come with... (More)

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Helmut Newton Dies in Car Crash
00:17 EST - At 83, the famed fashion photograher lost control of his Cadillac after leaving the Chateau Marmont Hotel. It crashed into the wall on the other side of the street and he died shortly after at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Friday, January 23, 2004

REINDEERGRAPHICS.GIF Reindeer Graphics Releases Focus Extender Plug-In
13:48 EST - How about bracketing focus and blending the resulting images into one shot? This new release from the developers of Optipix and Fovea Pro does just that.

Reindeer Graphics has released Focus Extender 1.0, a Photoshop-compatible plug-in to combine a several images shot with different fields in focus, retaining the most in-focus regions of each. The scriptable... (More)

funtigo.gif PRESS RELEASE: Funtigo Adds Small Business E-Commerce Features
00:57 EST - SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 01/22/2004 -- Today, Funtigo LLC launched a significant upgrade to its photosharing site, With integrated PayPal e-commerce functionality, 10 free email addresses and search engine optimization support, Funtigo now also targets small to medium-sized businesses. These new features supplement the existing features of Funtigo's Deluxe membership program, which includes... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Pictographics Signs Distribution Agreement with PictoColor Corp.
00:51 EST - January 22, 2004 -- Burnsville, MN, USA, Pictographics International Corp. ( has signed a Master Distribution and OEMagreement with PictoColor Corp. ( assigning exclusive distribution for its award-winning iCorrect® and inCamera® products. PictoColor will market and distribute these products to end-users through its e-commerce product... (More)

Thursday, January 22, 2004

kangarooFCRW.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Kanguru Solutions Product Copies Flash Card Data to CD
16:55 EST - MILLIS, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 22, 2004--Kanguru Solutions unveiled the KanguruFC-RW, a portable flash card burner that allows digital camera users to copy flash card data onto a CD without a computer. "This device is extremely portable and easy to use. Simply plug it into any wall socket, insert a blank CD, a flash card and easily make copies of your photos to hand out to friends and family... (More)

KODAK.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Announces Tender Offer for Full Ownership of Chinon
16:42 EST - Move Will Advance Digitally-Oriented Growth Strategy Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak) today said that it will launch a tender offer, through its Japanese subsidiary, to purchase all the common shares of Chinon Industries, Inc. that Kodak's subsidiary doesn't already own. The move will help Kodak increase its worldwide design and manufacturing capability for consumer digital cameras and accessories, another... (More)

KODAK.GIF Kodak to Trim 23 Pct. of Workforce Over Three Years
16:35 EST - The cuts overshadowed the news from its fourth quarter report that Kodak's digital sector has turned its first profit and the company beat analysts' forecasts.

The Associated Press reported today ( that Eastman Kodak will cut 12,000 to 15,000 jobs in global manufacturing and traditional business over the next... (More)

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Adobe Presents Creative Suite Tour
22:55 EST - Take the afternoon off and enjoy watching someone else at the wheel of Adobe's Creative Suite.

Adobe and Hewlett-Packard will host an afternoon tour of Adobe's new Creative Suite in 12 cities this February and March. The suite includes Photoshop CS with ImageReady CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS,... (More)

Kodak high-end discounts and discontinuations - Whazzup?
16:36 EST - A little speculation on Kodak's SLR plans...

Kodak has just made a couple of announcements that suggest something is afoot in their high-end camera lineup. First, they recently announced that they would be discontinuing their "Pro Back" for Hassleblad... (More)

vbbox.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Jetsoft Releases Viewing Booth Pro 1.0
09:26 EST - Now the $27.95 Image Editor for Digital Cameras is available on Mac and Windows. CINCINNATI, OH -- Jetsoft Development Company announces the release of Jetsoft Viewing Booth Pro 1.0. This product is a quick loading, fast to learn, full featured, multiple page image editor. Viewing Booth Pro 1.0 is the perfect image editor for anyone who ever wants to easily color correct, make a change or add text... (More)

OLYMPUS.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Introduces Free On-line E-System Firmware Update Service
09:05 EST - Service Allows Photographers Instant Access to the Latest Developments in the All-Digital SLR System Melville, New York, January 20, 2004 -- Olympus America Inc. is introducing free on-line firmware update service for the Olympus E-System's camera bodies, lenses, and flash units. The Olympus E-1 is the world's first 100% all-digital interchangeable lens SLR. The firmware update service gives E-1 users... (More)

Monday, January 19, 2004

Fuji's FinePix S7000 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Fuji FinePix S7000
12:07 EST - Last year, Fuji's S602 was one of the sleeper hits of the marketplace, a very nice-handling 3 megapixel digicam with a 6x zoom lens, very fast shutter response, and great-looking pictures.

As a result, people snapped them up in huge numbers. The apparent follow-on to that model is this year's S7000, with a 6.2 megapixel SuperCCD, the same 6x zoom ratio, and revamped electronics. While the... (More)

HEWLETTPACKARD.GIF HP, Project Greenlight announce digicam contest
11:30 EST - An email from our good friend Peter Burian, pro photographer and author of numerous digicam-related books, tipped us off to an interesting worldwide competition launched today by Hewlett Packard Co.

Open to entries from the United States, Canada, Latin America, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain), Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea and Malaysia, HP's "YOU Take Five!" contest solicits five images... (More)

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Trust's 510 Card Reader/Writer PC Card. Courtesy of Trust, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Fast, handy and suitable for five different memory cards; the new portable Trust Card Reader/Writer
14:45 EST - The Trust 510 Card Reader/Writer, the latest PC Card in the Trust Portable Solutions range, has a fast data transfer speed to and from notebooks and supports five different memory cards. Colchester, UK, January 2004 - Trust has developed the ideal card reader/writer specially for notebook users which is so small and light that it is easy to take with you wherever you want. The... (More)

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Olympus' Camedia C-760 UltraZoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus Europe announces C-760UZ digicam
13:26 EST - Whilst Dave and Mike were away attending last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Olympus Europe made a digicam announcement that wasn't mirrored Stateside.

The new Olympus Camedia C-760 UltraZoom is a three megapixel, 10x optical zoom camera that Olympus says "the smallest and lightest 10x Ultra Zoom body" as of December 2003. The camera offers a variety... (More)

SOYO's BayOne XP flash card reader. Courtesy of SOYO, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: SOYO Introduces BayOne XP and BayOne DV 9-in-1 Combination Smart Media Reader/Writers
11:49 EST - ONTARIO, CA (January 14, 2004) -- SOYO® Group, Inc. (OTCBB: SOYO) has introduced a pair of internal multi-format smart media reader/writers for home and SOHO multimedia users that read/write to all of today's popular multimedia formats including MP3. SOYO's BayOne® XP and BayOne® DV 9-in-1 combination smart media reader/writers expand any system for multimedia use and high-speed connectivity.... (More)

Saturday, January 10, 2004

MW2004.jpg Macworld Expo -- Space Exploration for Photographers
14:23 EST - Our Expo report complements our earlier Keynote coverage, describing portable storage devices for photos, compact external drives, new printers and new scanners, too.

SAN FRANCISCO -- As we hinted in our earlier coverage, the Macworld keynote is a cultural event unto itself. But the Expo floor is where the action is. We toured the aisles with a photographer's eye to... (More)

Friday, January 9, 2004's logo. Click here to visit the website! PRESS RELEASE: MySpecial Photos Launches Custom Photo DVD Service at Breakthrough Pricing
15:40 EST - LOS ALTOS, Calif. - January 8, 2004 - MySpecial Photos, an online digital photo editing and processing service (, announced the introduction of MYSPECIAL PHOTO DVD. The new product enables consumers to view their digital photos on their television sets with family and friends. "One might call it the digital version of the traditional slideshow - with sound", said Ed Klar, company... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Concord Camera Corp. announces the Concord Eye-Q 3341z 3 megapixel digital camera with zoom
15:36 EST - Easy - Low Cost 16MB Internal Memory, 3X Optical Zoom, Simple Preset Exposure Settings at a Suggested Retail Price of Only $179 Las Vegas, NV - January 8, 2004 - Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") (NASDAQ: LENS), a leading manufacturer of digital cameras, 35mm cameras, and single-use cameras, announced today at CES in Las Vegas the CONCORD EYE-Q 3341z, featuring a 3.1 Megapixel CCD sensor, 3X optical/4X... (More)

Imerge's logo. Click here to visit the Imerge Consulting website! PRESS RELEASE: New Worldwide Digital SLR Camera Forecast Reports 172% Unit Growth in 2003 - According to Research Firm, Imerge Consulting Group
15:25 EST - Belmont, CALIFORNIA - January 7, 2004, A new imaging industry report by Imerge Consulting Group maintains that while ASP's were plummeted in the low-end of the consumer digital camera market in 2003, quite the opposite was occurring in the digital single-lens reflex camera sector. Not since 1999 has a sector of the digital camera market experienced triple-digit growth like the DSLR camera market, expanding... (More)

Casio announces QV-R51 digital camera
15:21 EST - Casio yesterday announced a new digital camera model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Casio QV-R51.

Featuring a 5 megapixel imager and 3x optical zoom lens, the QV-R51 is an attractive model that has been designed with a focus on battery life, speed and ease of use. Thanks to a newly designed (and extremely... (More)

Minolta's DiMAGE Messenger now an ACDSee Plug-In
14:29 EST - Minolta expands the reach of their unique Windows-based "Messenger" image-annotation/communication system with a plug-in for a leading image-management tool.

Minolta's Dimage Messenger software extends photos as a communications medium, by letting users attach text, audio, and even other pictures to images, linked via hot spots anywhere within the frame. In... (More)

Epson announces a luxury-class photo-viewer: A hands-on report.
14:28 EST - Epson's P-1000 photo viewer showcases their advanced LCD technology in an unusually capable photo viewer for a price.

Portable photo storage/viewing devices aren't exactly big news anymore, given the range of them currently on the market. On the face of it, Epson's new entry into the field isn't exactly earth-shaking.... (More)

NDA report: The 8 megapixels are coming!
13:51 EST - We can't talk specifics (yet), but get ready for a wave of 8 megapixel digicams.

As always at this time of year, we're under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with essentially all the major digicam manufacturers. We know a lot of what's coming over roughly the next 6 months, but can't... (More)

Thursday, January 8, 2004

SanDisk's Logo, click here to visit the SanDisk website Rumors confirmed: 2GB Memory Stick PRO from SanDisk, lower retail prices for others.
23:11 EST - Confirming our "Deep Throat" tips from last night, SanDisk today announced both 2GB Memory Stick PRO cards, as well as lower pricing for lower-capacity models.

We told you last night that SanDisk would be announcing a 2GB Memory Stick today, as well as more aggressive pricing for lower-capacity models, now here's the confirmation and details. SanDisk has been... (More)

Kodak's LS743 & 753 digital cameras. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak, with modifications by Imaging Resource. Kodak Announces two cameras - Dave & Mike's thoughts.
23:00 EST - Kodak announced two new cameras, a four- and five-megapixel model. They feature a new "Favorites" feature that Dave liked, but Mike found the user controls a little problematic.

In looking at the new Kodak EasyShare LS743 and LS753 cameras announced here at CES, I was struck in particular by the new "Favorites" feature they incorporate. The Kodak press releases that have been... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Space still available on Digital Photography Cruise
20:30 EST - There's still some space available on an 8-day Digital Photography & Imaging Cruise, featuring workshops for beginning and intermediate photographers, embarking from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 28, 2004. Attendees will have the exclusive use of a high-tech media center aboard the Carnival LEGEND where they'll learn about digital photography, imaging techniques and printing as they cruise to exotic... (More)

Toshiba announces 0.85 inch hard drive, but NOT removeable...
20:25 EST - Toshiba announces an 0.85 inch hard drive, but don't expect to see it in CompactFlash cards anytime soon.

Toshiba's announced an 0.85 inch hard drive, with capacities of 2 and 4 gigabytes. Samples are projected to be available this summer, with production quantities to come in the fall. Toshiba's target market... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Olympus unveils digital camera accessories designed to help photographers do more with the C-5060 Wide Zoom
15:49 EST - Conversion Lenses, Power Battery Grip, Flash System and Underwater Housing Enhance the Digital Experience Melville, New York, January 8, 2003 - To accompany the release of the new C-5060 Wide Zoom, a high performance state-of-the-art 5.1 megapixel digital camera with an incredible wide-angle lens (27mm to 110mm, f2.8 - f8.0), 14x total seamless wide-angle zoom (4x optical + 3.5x digital), and fast... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Concord Camera Corp. ships new 4 megapixel digital camera
14:45 EST - One of the Lowest Priced 4 Megapixel Optical Zoom Digital Cameras on the Market Featuring AVI Video at 30 Frames per Second for Mini-Movies Las Vegas, NV - January 8, 2004 - Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") [Nasdaq:LENS], a leader in high-quality low-priced digital cameras, today announced at CES shipment of their new 4 Megapixel 3x optical zoom point & shoot digital camera, the Concord Eye-Q 4360z.... (More)

Kingston Technology's logo. Click to visit the Kingston website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Introduces 128MB and 256MB Hi-Speed Elite Pro Line Of SecureDigitalCards
14:06 EST - Hi-Speed SecureDigitalCards (SD) the Size of a Postage Stamp Complete With Cryptographic Security Protection FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc. today announced the release of 128MB and 256MB Elite Pro Hi-Speed SecureDigitalCards (SD), the latest generation of high-capacity, small form factor digital storage devices on the market today. SD is the latest... (More)

ALERATECHNOLOGIES.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Alera Introduces Quad Speed Slim Cruiser Family
12:51 EST - Twice the speed of competition, 20% lower price, True portability and Multiple interconnect options Chatsworth, CA January 8, 2004 -- Alera Technologies, developer and manufacturer of Advanced DVD and CD Recording Solutions proudly debuts all new DVD Slim Cruiser Quad and DVD Slim Cruiser Quad Plus that record DVDs at 4x, which is twice the speed of any currently available competitive products. These... (More)

Rumor Mill Department: 2GB Memory Sticks coming soon!
01:46 EST - Here's a hot flash (no pun intended) from the Flash Memory arena: We've heard that SanDisk will be announcing a 2 Gigabyte (!) Memory Stick PRO tomorrow, here at the CES show, due to ship within a month. On a related note, our "Deep Throat" source also tells us that SanDisk will soon begin manufacturing their own Memory Sticks, rather than rebadging Sony's product, as they do currently. This should lead to a noticeable drop in Memory Stick prices, possibly bringing them more in line with other memory media formats.

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

cp3-housing.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Fantasea Introduces $150 Coolpix Housing
17:28 EST - The underwater housing includes a one-year anti-flooding insurance policy. Fantasea Line International has announced the immediate availability of its CP-3 underwater housing designed for the Nikon Coolpix 2100 and 3100 digital cameras. The compact injection molded plastic housing fits conveniently in photographers hands to make outdoor digital photography easy for everyone, amateur or professional,... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX5 digital camera. Courtesy of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. Panasonic: Two new digicams at CES
16:13 EST - At a press conference today before the CES show - which Dave and Mike are currently attending - kicks off, Panasonic is making several digital camera related announcements.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC50 and DMC-LC70 are closely related - the latter featuring the higher resolution with a 4 megapixel imager, whilst the DMC-LC50 has a 3.2 megapixel imager. Both use 3x... (More)

Galbraith Updates Macintosh/Windows Processor Speed Tests
12:23 EST - Much has changed since Rob Galbraith's first report a year ago. On the Macintosh end of the rope, things are faster thanks to the G5 and Panther's improved handling of FAT-formatted removable media for faster card transfers. On the Windows end, the OS remains the same but enjoys some tweaks in the architecture of the Intel processor.

"Laptops aside," Rob notes after reporting a Dell Inspiron shut out a 15-inch PowerBook, "the combination of faster hardware and better software has brought about a significant performance jump for pro... (More)

Dual_IV.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta Introduces New Consumer Film Scanner
12:12 EST - Affordable new DiMAGE Scan Dual IV film scanner allows first time users and advanced users alike to produce high-quality scans from 35mm and Advanced Photo System film Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2004) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the new easy-to-use DiMAGE Scan Dual IV film scanner, a successor to the popular DiMAGE Scan Dual III. The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Introduces Digital ROC Professional Plug-In
01:24 EST - Free trial version available at ROCHESTER, NY (January 7, 2004) - Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the new Digital ROC Professional Plug-In, which corrects, restores and balances the color of digital images from sources including digital cameras, flatbed/film scanners, Picture CDs, and the Internet. The Digital ROC Professional Plug-In joins the suite of image correction... (More)

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

MW2004.jpg Macworld Expo -- Still Cool After 20 Years
16:58 EST - New iPods (in color) but not cheap, a revamped iLife (with an iPhoto that can handle 25,000 images), G5 server hardware and RAID storage. Just a few of the highlights of the keynote.

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's getting to be like Burning Man, except the guy is cool. Nothing goes up in smoke but the crowd is just as creative. And they want more toys to play with. Once again Apple's Steve... (More)

Macworld Expo logo Watches Synchronized for Convention Coverage
00:36 EST - Publisher Dave Etchells and News Editor Mike Tomkins are encamped in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show while Newsletter Editor Mike Pasini finalizes plans to sneak on the streetcar to infiltrate the 20th (count 'em) Macworld Expo.

It's true, we're all on special assignment this week. So if you see us on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that says, "Will work for megapixels," be kind. It's a tough job this week. We're less... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kaidan Announces PiXiMation™
00:25 EST - Breakthrough software application creates 3-D rotational QuickTime VR object movies without the need for specific hardware. SAN FRANCISCO, CA - USA - Tuesday, January 6, 2004 - Kaidan Incorporated, the leading provider of interactive digital imaging solutions today announced and previewed PiXiMation at Macworld Expo in San Franscisco. An entirely new software application, PiXiMation creates 3-D rotational... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kaidan, EyeSee 360 and Kodak Sponsor Macworld Expo Panoramic Event
00:21 EST - Show attendees can learn about and participate in panoramic photography at Macworld 'Spin-O-Rama' event. SAN FRANCISCO, CA - USA - Tuesday, January 6, 2004 - Kaidan Incorporated together with EyeSee360 and Kodak Professional, announced their support and sponsorship of the Macworld Expo Spin-O-Rama Panoramic Event. Held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from January 5th through January 9th, the... (More)

Monday, January 5, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Synthetik to Debut Studio Artist 3.0™ at MacWorld
21:38 EST - New Interactive Paint Tools and Live Video Paint Lead the Way SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 5 -- Synthetik Software today announced the eagerly anticipated new release of its award winning software Studio Artist™, the worlds first graphics synthesizer. Studio Artist version 3.0 comes optimized for both OS-X and OS 9 and includes over 8 hours of Quicktime video tutorials and instructional guides.... (More)

Epson Logo PRESS RELEASE: Epson Introduces P-1000 Portable Photo Viewer (UPDATED)
13:34 EST - The Ultimate Digital Camera Companion Boasts 3.8" LCD Panel LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2004--Digital photographers will welcome the arrival of the Epson P-1000, a new device for viewing, storing and sharing photos that incorporates a high quality Epson 3.8" LCD screen for the best image quality. Digital photography is evolving and changing as are many photographers' needs. Epson... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Announces Enhanced Suite of Coolscan High-Speed Desktop Film Scanners
12:58 EST - Nikon Redefines Quality and Performance With New Products and Exclusive Features SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- MACWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO, Booth 1129 -- Nikon(R) has answered the calls of photo hobbyists, professional photographers and graphics professionals with the next generation of Coolscan desktop film scanners -- the Coolscan V ED, Super Coolscan 5000 ED and the Super Coolscan 9000 ED.... (More)

Sunday, January 4, 2004

Olympus' E-1 Digital SLR educational CD. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Olympus contracts with Web Photo School for CD-ROMs to enhance E-1 Digital SLR sales
14:20 EST - Watsonville, Calif.-Olympus America Inc. has commissioned Web Photo School to develop an educational CD-ROM that provides instructions and illustrations on how to most effectively use its new E-1 Digital SLR camera. The new CD debuts the week of January 5 at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, where a Web Photo School representative will demonstrate the CD to Expo attendees in support... (More)

Saturday, January 3, 2004

CIPA standards: resolution, battery life
12:09 EST - CIPA, the Japanese "Camera & Imaging Products Association", has announced two new standards which - albeit optional for member companies to abide by - could help make it easier for users to compare digital cameras directly.

Spotted by our good friend Yamada Kumio of the website, the standards were released in Japanese a few days ago, and have now been translated into English. The full versions can be read... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare CX6330 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Kodak EasyShare CX6330
11:58 EST - Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras consistently rank among the easiest to use of any I've tested, and the CX6330 follows suit.

Full automatic exposure control keeps things simple, with exposure decisions down to a bare minimum. A handful of preset scene modes help with special shooting conditions. This is a true "point-and-shoot"... (More)

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