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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Panasonic Europe: LS60, LS75 digicams
16:14 EST - Continuing its raft of digital camera announcements for the day, Panasonic Europe has unveiled the Lumix DMC-LS60 and DMC-LS75.

Both cameras are closely related to the DMC-LS70 model which was simultaneously announced for the US market. The three cameras share an identical body, with a six megapixel CCD image sensor in the LS60,... (More)

Panasonic Europe announces DMC-TZ2
15:59 EST - One of a whopping eleven digital camera announcements by Panasonic today is the Lumix DMC-TZ2.

Mirrored by the worldwide announcement of the DMC-TZ3, Europe's DMC-TZ2 is largely similar with the exception of image sensor and LCD display. Where the DMC-TZ3 comprises a 1/2.35" seven megapixel... (More)

Samsung announces L74 Wide digicam
12:17 EST - The second of Samsung's pre-PMA 2007 Show announcements is the L74 Wide, a $350 camera with some fairly impressive features.

The L74 Wide has a seven megapixel CCD imager coupled to a Samsung NV-branded 3.6x optical zoom lens with a useful 28mm wide angle. At wide angle the lens is reasonably bright at f/2.8, although as you... (More)

Samsung: 10mpix, 5x zoom digicam
08:38 EST - In the runup to this year's PMA show, Samsung Opto-Electronics has unveiled a new digital camera for its NV-series.

The Samsung NV11 digital camera derives a resolution of ten megapixels from a 1/1.8" CCD imager, and couples this with much of the feature set from last year's NV10 model, but with some interesting... (More)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

preclick.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Preclick Debuts Preclick Internet Photo Messenger
15:13 EST - Preclick IPM turns PCs into networked picture frames PALM DESERT, Calif., Jan. 30, 2007 -- At DEMO 07, Preclick Corporation,, unveiled Preclick IPM, a unique, Internet photo messenger that eliminates digital photo email hassles and turns users' computer monitors into a dynamic picture viewer. Preclick IPM borrows "social" rules from instant messaging, enabling users to leverage buddy... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: SplashCast Unveils First Media Syndication Platform
15:09 EST - Easy Creation of User-Generated Channels Combining Audio, Video, Music, Text and More; Channels can be played on any Website or Blog January 30, 2007 - DEMO 07 Event, Palm Desert, Calif. - SplashCast, Inc. (Portland, OR) today announced the official unveiling of its new rich media creation and syndication service at DEMO 07. This invitation-only event produced by renowned analyst Chris Shipley showcases... (More)

Nikon Releases D40, D80 Firmware Updates
15:06 EST - The updates provide Vista certification and a few minor tweaks for both models.

Nikon today released firmware updates to both its D40 and D80 dSLRs. Nikon firmware updates are supplied in an A and B set, which must be installed one at a time. The Nikon links included in our summary... (More)

Casio updates EXILIM EX-Z70
13:27 EST - For its second announcement of the day, Casio has unveiled its new EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z75 digital camera.

The EX-Z75 updates Casio's existing EX-Z70 model, with the most significant change being a new LCD display. Where the EX-Z70 had a 2.5" screen, the Casio Z75 expands this just slightly with a 2.6"... (More)

Casio: New 10mpix, 3x zoom digicam
11:00 EST - Casio Computer Co. Ltd. has today announced its new EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1050 digital camera.

Following in the footsteps of last year's EX-Z1000 model, the EX-Z1050 packs most of the same feature set into a camera that's a full $100 cheaper than its predecessor. Priced at $299.99 and slated for... (More)

Monday, January 29, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Adorama Launches Workshop Series With Photography Superstars
10:57 EST - Professionals, enthusiasts and amateur photographers throughout the tri-state metropolitan area will be thrilled to learn that their favorite source of photographic equipment, Adorama Camera, Inc., is launching an affordable new educational series, [email protected] New York, NY (PRWEB) January 28, 2007 -- Professionals, enthusiasts and amateur photographers throughout the tri-state metropolitan... (More)

Adobe Lightroom 1.0 to Make Its Debut
00:05 EST - Version 1.0 will be released on Feb. 19 with a $100 discount until April 30. The beta will expire shortly after on Feb. 28.

Today Adobe announced it would release Lightroom 1.0, its photo workflow solution, on Feb. 19 for $299 with a $100 discount until April 30 as a gesture of gratitude to the beta community that helped design... (More)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Hasselblad's H3D-31 digital SLR. Courtesy of Hasselblad, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Hasselblad: New H3D SLR variant
15:21 EST - Swedish camera company Hasselblad has unveiled a new variant of the medium format digital SLR that it first unveiled at the Photokina trade show last year.

The Hasselblad H3D - the world's first 48mm full-frame DSLR - initially shipped in two variants with resolutions of 22 or 39 megapixels. The new model sits almost exactly in the middle resolution-wise,... (More)

Casio's EXILIM EX-Z1000 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Three Casio Products Win iF Product Design Award
08:47 EST - Two Digital Cameras and a Data Projector LONDON, 24th January 2007 - Casio Electronics Co. Limited and its parent company Casio Computer Co. Ltd., announced today that three of its products-two digital cameras and one data projector-have been recognised with the iF product design award 2007, one of the world's leading industrial design honours. The iF product design award is sponsored by the International... (More)

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Olympus' SP-550 UltraZoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Hands-on Preview posted for Olympus SP-550 UltraZoom
13:59 EST - Replete as it is with impressive features, the Olympus SP-550's most compelling specification is its 18x zoom.

Ranging from a wide angle 28mm equivalent to a very long 504mm telephoto, the SP-550's zoom does indeed impress. Its f/2.8 aperture at wide angle will make for good indoor shooting, and that relatively... (More)

Olympus' Stylus 770 SW digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Hands-on Preview posted for Olympus Stylus 770 SW
13:55 EST - It's unclear whether consumers realized the significance of last year's Olympus Stylus 720 SW introduction.

For those who missed it, Olympus underscores that significance in 2007 with the improved Stylus 770 SW. The Olympus 770 SW goes deeper underwater than its predecessor, can handle sub-freezing temperatures,... (More)

Adobe Releases Beta 2 of Bridge CS3
13:51 EST - Bug fixes and new features, too!

Adobe has released a Beta 2 update of its public beta of Bridge CS3. To install the update, you must have installed the Photoshop 3 beta first. The new version fixes "a nasty memory leak" among other... (More)

Olympus: 18x zoom digicam (with preview!)
00:00 EST - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced its new SP-550 UltraZoom digital camera.

The Olympus SP-550UZ has what the company says is the world's most powerful zoom lens, with a rather impressive 18x optical zoom - that's all the way from a useful wide angle of 28mm equivalent to a powerful... (More)

Olympus: Stylus 770 SW unveiled (with preview!)
00:00 EST - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced a new digital camera model that follows in the footsteps of last year's Stylus 720 SW.

The Olympus 770SW has a seven megapixel imager and prism-folded 3x optical zoom lens in a rugged body that's shockproof and waterproof to 33 feet, as well as being crushproof (up to 220 pounds of pressure)... (More)

Olympus announces Stylus 760 digicam
00:00 EST - One of a whopping seven models announced by Olympus today, the Stylus 760 offers both hardware image stabilization and software anti-blur in a very pocket friendly body.

The Olympus 760 includes both a seven megapixel CCD image sensor and Olympus-branded 3x optical zoom lens, as well as a 2.5" LCD display with 230,000 pixels. The LCD is a wide-view type that allows... (More)

Olympus' FE-250 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: Four new FE-series digital cameras
00:00 EST - Rounding out the company's announcements for the day, Olympus has today revealed four new digital camera models for its FE-series that have approachable, beginner-friendly features.

The Olympus FE-210, FE-230, FE-240 and FE-250 digicams are all slated to ship from this February, priced at between $150 and $300 depending on the model. The Olympus FE-210 marks the entry-point, combining... (More)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: RL Development releases QPict 7.0.1 for Mac OS X
21:04 EST - MALMO, Sweden -- RL Development has released QPict Digital Asset Manager 7.0.1. QPict 7.0.1 adds new features and important bug fixes to the recently released version 7 of the popular tool for viewing, organizing, searching and batch processing media files. QPict 7 is a result of constant striving to predict and follow users' needs in work with media related files, the company said. QPict is used... (More)

Light Crafts Releases LightZone 2.1.1
21:01 EST - A maintenance release to fix a few bugs this time.

Light Crafts has updated LightZone, its Zone System-based image editor, to verson 2.1.1, fixing several bugs. Fixes in the new version include: • Reduced the likelihood of Windows users encountering... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ50 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
14:30 EST - Panasonic's Lumix FZ50 takes the company into new territory in terms of resolution, matching the resolution of many popular SLRs, and exceeding their zoom abilities with one very long 12x, 35-420mm Leica zoom.

Though the Panasonic FZ50 is as big as an SLR, there are a few tradeoffs in terms of image quality. The sensor's smaller size means that the noise suppression systems have to work harder to erase the considerable... (More)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pentax K10D: New firmware released
14:35 EST - Pentax Imaging Co. has released an updated version of firmware for its K10D single-lens reflex digital camera.

First announced last September, the Pentax K10D has a fairly sophisticated feature set with a ten megapixel imager, environmental sealing, in-body stabilisation, dust removal, and more - all at an impressively... (More)

Taiwanese OEMs project volume increase
13:57 EST - A news article posted on Taiwan's DigiTimes Systems website reports that Taiwanese OEM vendors will ship 50 million digicams this year.

According to the article, itself based on a report from the "Economic Daily News", this would account for 50% of 2007's global shipments. The largest Taiwanese OEM digicam vendor is Foxconn, which recently... (More)

Monday, January 22, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: New Rolling Backpack Meets International Travel Size Requirements
20:48 EST - Airport International holds big lenses with lens hoods SANTA ROSA, CALIF -- For photographers, having to check their gear while flying -- especially internationally or on smaller aircraft -- puts their gear and possibly their livelihood at risk. Only Think Tank Photo's new Airport International ( rolling carry-on backpack lets photographers legally... (More)

Aperture Plug-in for Phanfare Updated
20:42 EST - The new Phafare API inspires an Aperture plug-in.

Using the just-released Phanfare API, David Holmes has written an Aperture plug-in to create a Phanfare album when exporting images from Aperture to Phanfare. Aperture rejects are marked as "Don't Show... (More)

Pentax: Two new Optio digicams
18:00 EST - Pentax USA has today announced two new digital cameras that both combine seven megapixel CCD imagers with smc Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lenses.

The Pentax Optio T30 has the higher specification of the two models. Priced at $349.95, the Pentax T30's standout feature has to be its 3.0" touch-screen LCD display with a higher-than average resolution... (More)

Ducati Corse's MotoGP bike with SanDisk sponsorship. Courtesy of SanDisk, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Zooms into Ducati Sponsorship, Backing Ducati Corse's MotoGP Team
12:39 EST - Two-year Agreement Brings Together Two Global Names, Both Dedicated to Excellence In Engineering MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY, Jan. 17, 2007 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), the leader in delivering speed and reliability to digital photographers, today announced a two-year sponsorship of Ducati Corse's MotoGP race team, a performance leader in the high-speed world of motorcycle racing. SanDisk's... (More)

DxO's logo. Click here to visit the DxO website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs Brightens the Winter With New DxO Lighting Flickr Toy
11:45 EST - FREE DxO Lighting Flickr Toy automatically brings more pop to any digital photo stored on or on any computer connected to the Internet Paris, France - January 18, 2007 - Digital photographers can get even more out of their photos by using the FREE DxO Lighting Flickr Toy, available immediately from FD's Flickr Toys website, . Provided in partnership with John... (More)

Friday, January 19, 2007

Phanfare Releases API
18:09 EST - Now anyone (who can code) can get in on the Phanfare act.

Phanfare announced the release of an application program interface to its image sharing service, "making it possible for the community to extend Phanfare," according to Phanfare CEO Andrew Erlichson. ... (More)

Light Crafts Releases LightZone 2.1
17:22 EST - Don't these guys ever sleep? Version 2.1 turns LightZone RT into LightZone Basic, which is just another mode for LightZone itself.

Light Crafts has updated LightZone, its Zone System-based image editor, to verson 2.1, folding its RT functionality into the main product as LightZone Basic. Highlights of the new version include: •... (More)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Canon's PowerShot SD900 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review Update posted for Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH
15:04 EST - Megapixel counters will be drawn to the 10 megapixel sensor on the Canon SD900, the most yet on a Digital ELPH.

But there are other cool new features on this little ELPH worth noting besides its taut titanium skin: ISO settings as high as 3,200, Face recognition, and Category image tagging, to name a few. Designed... (More)

Canon: Two new A-series digicams (UPDATED)
09:57 EST - Canon USA Inc. has today announced two new digital camera models for its PowerShot A-series.

The Canon PowerShot A460 and A550 digital cameras have resolutions of five and seven megapixels respectively, both coupled to Canon-branded 4x optical zoom lenses in bodies that include a 2.0" 86,000... (More)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Nik Software's logo. Click here to visit the Nik Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software, Inc. Establishes "Team" of Professional Photographers to Support Education in Photography
15:55 EST - Company unites select group of professional photographers to form "Team Nik" to promote education in photography San Diego, CA - January 17, 2007 - Nik Software, Inc. today announces the introduction of Team Nik, a newly formed group of professional photographers that will teach skills vital to professional photographers, as well as offering the latest insights and techniques in digital photography... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony announces its entry into the CompactFlash™ market
14:28 EST - The answer to all your high resolution storage needs Sony Europe's Recording Media & Energy (RME) division today announced the company's entrance to the CompactFlashTM memory card market. The first product line-up, to be announced shortly, is designed to handle the demanding speed and performance requirements of digital SLR cameras and is available with up to 4GB of storage capacity for the most demanding... (More)

Sony: Four new Cyber-shot digicams
13:48 EST - Four new digital camera models, all featuring seven megapixel CCD image sensors, have today been unveiled by Japan's Sony Corp.

All four cameras also feature 3x optical zoom lenses - in the cases of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S650 and S700 branded as Sony lenses, and for the DSC-W35 and W55 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branding.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Lyra Believes Digital Camera Worldwide Shipments Will Exceed 130 Million by 2010, a 10 Percent CAGR, Despite Market Saturation and Camera Phone Competition
12:18 EST - NEWTON, MA (January 10, 2007)-According to the latest forecast from Lyra Research, the digital imaging authority (, worldwide digital camera shipments rose 21 percent in 2006 to approximately 98 million units. This sizeable growth spurt occurred despite household penetration of greater than 50 percent in Japan, the United States, and leading nations in Western Europe, and in spite of multimegapixel... (More)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Lensbaby 3G™ Receives Prestigious 2007 Hot One Award
12:07 EST - 3rd Generation Selective Focus SLR Lens wins the Manual-focus Lens Category San Antonio, TX (January 15, 2007) - Lensbabies, LLC announces today at Imaging USA that its 3rd generation selective focus Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) lens, Lensbaby 3G , has received the prestigious 2007 Hot One Award in the Manual-focus Lens category from Professional Photographer magazine. This eighth annual award honors... (More)

Fujifilm's ASK-2000 Digital Photo Printer. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modificatioms by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: FUJIFILM Introduces Digital Photo Printers for Professional Photographers
11:59 EST - New Thermal Printers Offer High-Speed, High-Quality Prints at Minimal Cost SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 16, 2007 Today at the Imaging USA conference, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. unveiled two high-speed digital photo printers for professional photographers, the ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers. The ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 enable a wide range of professional photographers to reap the benefits... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kubota Image Tools Recipient of Prestigious 2007 Hot One Award
11:52 EST - Artistic Tools Volume Two and AutoAlbum Volume Two both selected winning products by Professional Photographer magazine San Antonio, TX (January 15, 2007) Booth 464 - Kubota Image Tools announces today at the Imaging USA 2007 show that they have received two 2007 Hot One awards from Professional Photographer magazine. Kevin Kubota's Artistic Tool Volume Two has won the Image Editing Plug-in category... (More)

RealViz's Stitcher logo. Click here to visit the RealViz website! PRESS RELEASE: REALVIZ® Stitcher® Unlimited Wins Professional Photographer Magazine's 2007 'Hot One' Award
11:28 EST - Sophia Antipolis, France (January 15, 2007) - REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to announce that Professional Photographer, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, has named Stitcher® Unlimited as one of the recipients of their coveted 2007 Hot One Awards. The software beat intense competition to win the Image Editing category. The... (More)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Macworld for Photographers
15:40 EST - We visit Macworld Expo with the eye of a photo enthusiast and uncover a variety of treats.

Our tour of Macworld Expo covers a surprising number of subjects, ranging from dSLR sensor cleaning to terabyte external storage devices to a surprisingly affordable 13x19 printer. For all the details,... (More)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Macworld Expo Gallery
22:06 EST - Walk the floor with us as we run through Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Yes, we took a look at the new Nikon Capture NX (not that new) and studied a few huge external drives (up to a terrabyte) and peeked at Apple TV to see if it would actually display our photo collection... (More)

Canon's DC230 digital camcorder. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon Extends The Reach Of DVD Camcorders With A Trio Of Sleek New 35x Optical Zoom Models
18:04 EST - New Canon DC230, DC220 and DC210 DVD Camcorder Models Are Feature Packed, Family Friendly and Amazingly Affordable LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 5, 2007 (CES Booth #12606) - Canon's trio of new, feature-filled, easy-to-use, DVD camcorders fit comfortably into the hands and the budgets of doting dads, moms on the move, proud grandparents and even film-buff brothers or sisters aching to be making the... (More)

Canon's ZR800 digital camcorder. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: New Canon ZR Series Entry Level Camcorders Combine Ease-Of-Use, Style And A 35x Optical Zoom
17:50 EST - Canon Unites Imaging Expertise with Simplicity and Smart New Features So Consumers Can Expertly Capture Every Important Moment - With the Touch of a Button LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 5, 2007 (CES Booth #12606) - Canon recognizes that whether they are shooting a 50th anniversary party, baby's first steps, or a trip around the world, camcorder users are looking to capture the movement and visual images,... (More)

Microsoft's Windows Vista logo. Courtesy of Microsoft, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click here to visit the Windows Vista website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Is Ready To Offer Its High Quality Images And Picture Sharing Benefits With Windows Vista
17:40 EST - D40™ digital SLR is Nikon's First Camera to Be Certified for Use with Windows Vista Melville, New York - Nikon (, the world leader in high quality digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology, today announced its new D40 digital SLR camera will be Nikon's first camera certified to deliver the highest quality images and photo sharing capabilities with the... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon To Preview Capture NX Beta Software For Intel-Based Mac Computers At MacWorld Conference And Expo
17:30 EST - Capture NX - A Powerful and Intuitive Software That Dramatically Simplifies Photo Editing - Will Be Significantly Updated MELVILLE, NY (January 8, 2007) - Nikon's ( highly acclaimed Capture NX™ software will be updated and boast several new improvements, including full support for Intel-based Mac OS X computers. A demonstration of Capture NX, in Beta format, will take place... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Artimi Develops Embedded Wireless USB Reference Design
15:06 EST - Wireless USB-Enabled DSC Platform Demonstrated at CES LAS VEGAS - 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - January 10, 2007 - Artimi® Inc., developer of wireless semiconductors for portable Certified Wireless USB consumer electronics, has developed a small format module pre-integrated into a leading digital still camera (DSC) reference platform to help manufacturers bring Wireless... (More)

CES & Macworld: A Tale of Two Cities
13:38 EST - Newsletter editor Mike Pasini travels from Las Vegas to San Francisco, reflecting on CES and anticipating Macworld Expo. You might say he's gelling, too.

The Consumer Electronics Show was a Vista showcase in some respects, but off the show floor, Mike found the same old same old as vendors scrambled to make their products Vista compliant. Others, like Nokia,... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare C743 digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express Review posted for Kodak EasyShare C743
13:04 EST - Selling for just under $160 -- though we've seen it for as low as $135 online -- the Kodak C743 has a 7.1 megapixel CCD imager, a Kodak-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a 37-111mm equivalent focal range, and a 2.4-inch LCD, along with a real-image optical viewfinder.

Like most of Kodak's entry-level models, the C743 is designed with the total beginning photographer in mind, with thirteen scene modes to help in a range of photographic situations. Add a decent movie... (More)

Canon's PowerShot SD800 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review Update posted for Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
10:53 EST - If you're tired of red-eye and relying on flash, the Canon SD800 IS digital camera is your prayer answered.

The Canon SD800's built-in image stabilization combined with the high ISO sensitivity extends available light, non-flash photography into the darker realms. But don't be so dazzled with the SD800's stabilizing... (More)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

CES Panel Discussion: A Glimpse Into the Digital Imaging Future
22:09 EST - Five industry "visionists" gather to discuss what's on the horizon.

We sumarize the discussion of Kodak's Carr, Canon's Westphal, Micron's Gove, SanDisk's Chaung and Nokia's Pikima about the future of digital imaging. And that covers everything from megapixels to battery... (More)

BIBBLE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: New Bibble Adds Support for 12 New Cameras, Includes 6 Free Plug-ins
16:10 EST - Nikon D40, Pentax K10D, Olympus E-400, Leica M8 , Mamiya ZD and 97 others now supported SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan 12, 2007) -- Bibble Labs, Inc. announces the first RAW Workflow update of 2007, adding support for the latest RAW enabled camera formats, and including - for the first time - several of the most popular 3rd Party Plug-ins for Bibble. Like all Version 4 Upgrades, 4.9.5 is free for all existing... (More)

Sanyo's Xacti VPC-HD2 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo: New model for Xacti HD-series
15:38 EST - Japanese consumer electronics company Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. has unveiled a new digital camera that updates its existing Xacti HD1a model with some new features.

The original Xacti HD1 was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show a year ago, followed mid-year by the HD1a (which dropped the original model's OLED display in favor of a more standard LCD display,... (More)

CES for Photographers
13:19 EST - Our Tuesday report from the Consumer Electronics Show highlights photo products from some companies you may not be used to hearing about.

Among its 2,700 exhibits covering 1.8 million square feet of exhibit space, CES spreads imaging firms far and wide. But we were able to find several of them with interesting new products during our second... (More)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Samsung: 10mpix, 5x zoom digicam
13:36 EST - Rounding out its announcements for the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung revealed its new S1050 digital camera.

The Samsung S1050 features a Samsung SHD-branded f/2.8 - f/4.4, 5x optical zoom lens with a generous (at the telephoto end, at least) 38 - 190mm equivalent focal range. The S1050 couples this with - as... (More)

Samsung's S850 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung announces S850 digicam
12:01 EST - The Samsung S850 has - as you might guess from the name - a sensor resolution of eight megapixels coupled to a Samsung SHD-branded 5x optical zoom lens.

This provides a zoom range from 38mm - a moderate wide angle - to a useful 190mm telephoto, with maximum aperture varying from a fair F2.8 at wide angle to F4.4 at telephoto. Macro focusing is to a minimum... (More)

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Samsung: Two new S-series digicams
21:13 EST - The Samsung S630 and S730 are closely related models, sharing basically identical bodies and differing mainly in sensor resolution.

The S630 offers a sensor resolution of six megapixels, and the S730 boosts this to seven megapixels. Preliminary specifications suggest that the S730, despite its higher resolution from the same sensor... (More)

21:11 EST - NEW LINE OF LOWEPRO APEX ALL-WEATHER CAMERA POUCHES AND SHOULDER BAGS PROVIDE RUGGED PROTECTON FOR TODAY'S OUTDOOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER Designed For The Elements, These Lightweight Cases Offer Single Compartment Design Making Access Quick And Easy Sebastopol, CA - January 8, 2007 - Lowepro, the worldwide leader of protective cases and backpacks for imaging products, is introducing an extensive line... (More)

Samsung: Beginner-friendly 7mpix digicam
19:50 EST - Marking the entry level point in its ramp of CES show digicam announcements, Samsung has revealed the new L700 digital camera.

The Samsung L700 features a Samsung NV-branded f2.8 - f4.9, 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 35 - 105mm equivalent focal range. The L700 couples this with - you guessed it from the name - a... (More)

Samsung announces L73 digicam
19:22 EST - Among a whopping seven digital camera announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung has revealed its new L73 digital camera.

The Samsung L73 combines a seven megapixel CCD imager and a Samsung NV-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 35 - 105mm equivalent focal range. For framing images, the L73 forgoes any form... (More)

Apple iPhone, Courtesy Apple, Inc. Apple launches AppleTV and iPhone
14:14 EST - Normally out of our realm in terms of hardware, Apple has announced both Apple TV and iPhone, two devices that allow you to work with multimedia, including music, television, movies, and photographs.

Apple TV brings all the great stuff, including photos and videos you have on your PC or Mac to your television, and iPhone brings pretty much all of that stuff, plus the internet and telephony, to your... (More)

Lexar's logo. Click here to visit the Lexar website! PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Introduces Platinum II and Standard Line Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Flash Memory Cards
12:40 EST - New Lexar Flash Cards Provide Increased Capacity for Storing Digital Images, Video, and Music FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lexar, a leader in advanced digital media and accessories, announced today that new Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC™) flash memory cards will be available as part of the company's Platinum II and Standard lines of products. Lexar SDHC cards satisfy market demand... (More)

CES: Make It Beautiful
03:17 EST - Our first report from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas covers a few products that do more than work.

We visit Fujifilm and Kodak to check out their new cameras. And we look over the newest USB thumb drives from Lexar and SanDisk. Finally, we take a look at that box HP wants you to put in your kitchen.... (More)

Casio's EXILIM EX-V7 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! Casio: 7mpix, 7x zoom ultracompact
01:06 EST - Alongside its announcement of a new atomic solar wristwatch and the celebration of the company's one billionth calculator at CES in Las Vegas, Casio Inc. has unveiled what could turn out to be one of the more interesting cameras announced at the show...

The Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-V7 is said to be the world's slimmest digital camera with a 7x optical zoom lens, as of the current date. Just 25mm thick, the EX-V7 also crams in a seven megapixel CCD image... (More)

Monday, January 8, 2007

Kodak: Two new EasyShare digicams
15:12 EST - Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced two new digital camera models for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Kodak EasyShare V803 and V1003 are essentially identical with the exception of pricing and sensor resolution - eight and ten megapixels respectively. Both cameras feature a Kodak Retinar-branded 3x... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Picture Frames Enhance Your Life and Beautify Your Home
12:57 EST - Family of Frames Boast KODAK Color Science, Wi-Fi Functionality, Built-In Stereo Speakers and 128 MB of Internal Memory for Simple Sharing of Pictures and Videos LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 7—At the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Kodak announced four new KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Picture Frames that play vibrant slideshows of your favorite pictures and videos set to music. Available... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Wins Three CES Innovations Awards and Receives Prestigious Honors from Popular Science and PC Magazine
12:22 EST - Honors Include "Best of Innovations" Award for the KODAK EASYSHARE V610 Dual Lens Digital Camera LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 7 - Eastman Kodak Company's (NYSE:EK) innovation was highlighted at the International Consumer Electronics Show Press Preview on November 8th, where the company's products and services won three prestigious Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards. The KODAK EASYSHARE V610 Dual... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Brings Digital Photography to Life at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show
12:17 EST - Company Unveils New Wireless Digital Picture Frames, 10- and 8-Megapixel Digital Cameras in a Variety of Eight Vibrant Colors and Facial Search Technology that Will Make it Easier to Find Pictures on home PCs LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 7 — At the 40th anniversary of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced new products and services that bring the... (More)

CES Live Show Coverage: Monday Preview
12:09 EST - We're off to walk the aisles and meet with a few exhibitors.

Today's agenda includes meetings with Fujifilm, Kodak and SanDisk. None of them gambles for interesting items. You can catch up on yesterday's reports and follow today's either here on the News page or... (More)

Panasonic SDHC - new capacity, speed highs
09:34 EST - Panasonic Corp., the North American subsidiary of Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., has today announced a revamp of its SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) flash card lineup.

The company is launching a new lineup of SDHC Class 6-compliant cards at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as well as replacing two of its existing Class 2 cards with Class 4 compliant types.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Adds Optical Image Stabilization To Entry-Level Camcorders
09:12 EST - Top-of-the-Line MiniDV / SD Card Model Has 3CCD Imaging System, Leica Dicomar Lens LAS VEGAS, NV (January 7, 2007) – Panasonic today announced three new value-priced digital camcorders using MiniDV tape and SD Memory Card1 storage media and boasting such advanced features as Panasonic's Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) system, newly developed lenses2 for extended-width 16:9 shooting, 3.1... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Adds Optical Image Stabilization, Widescreen And Dual Layer Recording To DVD Camcorders
09:07 EST - DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL and SD Card Compatibility on 2007 Models LAS VEGAS, NV (January 7, 2007) – Panasonic today unveiled an upgraded line of DVD camcorders featuring advances in image-stabilization technology, increased optical zoom range and enhanced usability. "Panasonic’s 2007 models are the next generation of our existing gold-standard DVD camcorder line," said... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Introduces SD Card / Hard Disc Drive Hybrid Camcorders With 25-Hour Recording Capacity
09:02 EST - Shock / Drop-Protected Models Feature 30GB HDD, OIS, Power LCD Plus and One-Touch DVD Creation LAS VEGAS, NV (January 7, 2007) - Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company today announced two camcorders that have the ability to record video to SD Cards or to a built in 30GB Hard Disk Drive, combined with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 32X Optical zoom, a floating anti-shock damper system, extended... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click here to visit the Panasonic website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Unveils Infinium™ Rechargeable Battery At 2007 CES
08:57 EST - Ready-to-Use, Pre-Charged Nickel Metal Hydride Battery LAS VEGAS, NV (January 7, 2007) - Panasonic, one of the world's leading battery manufacturers, today announced the expansion of its U.S. battery portfolio with INFINIUM™, a new nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery. Available in the spring of 2007, this advanced battery, which can be charged up to 1000 times, was developed in... (More)

Sony's HDR-UX7 camcorder. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Sony Unveils Four High-Definition Camcorders
08:51 EST - New Consumer Models Feature Advanced 1080i HD Video and Photo Capabilities LAS VEGAS(CES Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2007 - Four additions to Sony Electronics' consumer lineup of high-definition Handycam® camcorders debuted here at the Consumer Electronics Show today. The ClearVid Sensor Difference The new HDR-UX7 and HDR-UX5 AVCHD™ DVD models and HDR-HC7 and HDR-HC5 HDV tape camcorders feature... (More)

Sony's DCR-DVD108 camcorder. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Match Camcorder To Lifestyle With Sony's New DVD And Mini DV Handycam Models
08:49 EST - LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2007 - Sony has a camcorder to match your personal video-making style with its new line of DVD and Mini DV tape Handycam® camcorders. "Our new models feature enhancements and sophisticated technologies across the line to deliver benefits to satisfy the varying recording, sharing and archiving needs of different customers, depending on their preferences," said... (More)

Sony's DCR-SR200 camcorder. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Sony's New Hard Disk Drive Camcorders Simplify Video Sharing
08:43 EST - High Zoom and Optical Image Stabilization Debut in 2007 Line LAS VEGAS(CES Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2007 - The escalation of sharing user-created content on the Internet has generated demand for camcorders that offer simplified recording and virtually effortless video sharing. Sony, the U.S. market leader in the hard disk drive format, is responding to this demand with five new HDD models for its... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Sony Develops Four New PictureStation Systems
08:29 EST - Includes Two Models for 4- by 8-inch Photocard Prints LAS VEGAS(CES Booth # N110), Jan. 8, 2006 - Sony today introduced four PictureStation™ models with faster, quality output for improved productivity, more print sizes and digital scrapbooking software. The PS500DLX3/BL kiosk system is equipped with three printers: two high-speed UP-DR150 roll printers, the UPD75 printer and a scanner for... (More)

Memory Stick PRO Duo capacity doubles
08:27 EST - Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has today announced a doubling of the capacity available in its Memory Stick PRO Duo flash card format.

At last year's CES show, Sony announced Memory Stick PRO Duo cards would be shipping in capacities of 4GB and 8GB some time in 2006. 4GB cards have been commercially available as promised for a while now,... (More)

CES Live Show Coverage: Pepcom Digital Experience
04:56 EST - We kick off our live show coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show with our report from Digital Experience, a special media event hosted by Pepco.

Pepcom's Digital Experience media event at Caesars Palace Sunday night promised attendees "a technology treasure chest." And they weren't disappointed. A large number of firms, not all of them exhibiting... (More)

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Lynch Releases Free Elements 5 Tool Set
22:21 EST - Ten free tools to whet the appetite of Elements 5 users!

Author Richard Lynch wrote to us today about a new release of his free tool set for Elements 5: For those using Elements, I have just released my new free tool set for Elements 5 users. This includes... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare C875 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Hands-on Preview posted for Kodak EasyShare C875
12:11 EST - The Kodak EasyShare C875 is a solidly built, 8-megapixel digital camera with an impressive 5x optical zoom and 21 scene modes.

Perhaps the Kodak C875's most compelling feature is its easy-to-use in-camera Panorama stitching. Other features packed into the sub-$300 Kodak C875 include a new smart scene function which automatically... (More)

Friday, January 5, 2007

Zoran's logo. Click here to visit the Zoran website! PRESS RELEASE: Zoran Demonstrates New HDTV, DVD, Digital Camera, Multimedia Mobile Phone, Printer and Connected Technologies for Digital Home and Portable Consumer Products
13:39 EST - Zoran's CEO Dr. Levy Gerzberg Speaks on First Super Session Panel at CES 2007 "What it takes to Succeed in a Digital Consumer Market Place" Las Vegas, Nevada - January 5, 2007 - Zoran Corporation (Nasdaq: ZRAN) announced it is demonstrating its newest digital entertainment and digital imaging platforms and technologies for consumer electronics manufacturers building new products for the Digital Home... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Boinx Releases FotoMagico 2 Public Beta
12:51 EST - New version introduces standalone slide shows and screensavers. MUNICH, Germany -- January 5 -- FotoMagico 2 enters the Public Beta testing phase. FotoMagico 2 represents a significant step forward by introducing high resolution, standalone slide show players that can be shared with people who do not have a license for FotoMagico. In order to test this new capability thoroughly, FotoMagico 2 is now... (More)

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Light Crafts Releases LightZone 2.0.6
18:14 EST - Custom aspect ratios now supported in the Crop Tool.

Light Crafts has updated LightZone, its Raw image editing software based on the Zone System, to allow custom aspect ratios in the Crop Tool and fix a number of bugs. Highlights of the new release follow:... (More)

Canon's PowerShot G7 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot G7
14:07 EST - Canon's PowerShot G7 has caused a bit of a stir among those who have been waiting for the next G-series camera.

Quite a few are upset by what it's missing, but the camera does offer a lot to those who are looking for a little more from a digicam without having to move to an SLR. The Canon G7's 10 megapixel CCD,... (More)

Dust-Aid's logo. Courtesy of Wordhouse Creative Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click here to visit the Wordhouse Creative website! PRESS RELEASE: Unique New DSLR Camera Sensor Cleaner To Hit Market Soon
12:25 EST - Dust-Aid™ Solves DSLR Dust Problems Bend, Oregon - January 3, 2007 - DUST-AID™, an adhesive-based DSLR sensor clearer, will soon be released to the retail market, offering a unique solution for DSLR camera photographers seeking a safe and easy way of cleaning their dusty sensors. Developed and tested for contamination using scientific FTIR lab testing, DUST-AID was invented by a landscape... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: NAPP Launches Darkroom Magazine for Lightroom Users
12:16 EST - TAMPA, Fla. -- Jan. 4 -- Today, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals proudly announces the launch of Darkroom -- the how-to magazine for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users ( Darkroom magazine appeals to professional photographers who want to get the most out of Adobe's groundbreaking new Photoshop Lightroom workflow application. Darkroom will feature in-depth... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Pandigital Launches 10.4-Inch Digital Photo Frame; Expands Retail Distribution on Heels of Industry-Leading Holiday Sales
11:28 EST - Pandigital Expands Its Line of Digital Photo Frames with a Stunning 10.4-Inch Model with 256MB of Internal Memory; Following Exceptional Holiday Sales, Pandigital Expands Its Sales Reach by Adding New Retailers LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- Pandigital today debuts a stunning 10.4-inch Digital Photo Frame following exceptionally strong holiday sales in Q4 2006. Pandigital led U.S.-sales of digital photo frames... (More)

Fujifilm's IS-1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji: New digicam aimed at infrared photography
00:00 EST - Of the four digital cameras announced today by Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc., one model is going to stand head and shoulders above the crowd if you're a fan of infrared photography.

Marketed towards the law enforcement, medical / dental and science fields, the Fujifilm IS-1 answers a problem infrared photographers have found with most existing digicams. Most manufacturers add built-in... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix F40fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix F40fd
00:00 EST - One of four new digital camera announcements from the company today, Fujifilm's FinePix F40fd offers the same face detection functionality we've seen in a number of past Fujifilm models.

The FinePix F40fd includes ISO sensitivities as high as ISO 1600 equivalent (with ISO 2000 possible in two of the scene modes), courtesy of a sixth generation, eight megapixel Super CCD HR image sensor.... (More)

Fujifilm: Two new A-series digicams
00:00 EST - Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc. has today announced two new entry-level digital cameras for its FinePix A-series lineup.

Featuring the higher specification of the two models, the Fujifilm FinePix A800 is based around an eight megapixel SuperCCD HR imager, with a maximum resolution of 3,296 x 2,472 pixels. Fuji's SuperCCD... (More)

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Two more lens tests posted on SLRgear!
18:39 EST - After a bit of a holiday hiatus, we've posted test results for two more lenses, both Nikons: A stellar 200mm macro, and an average-performing 24mm.

Test results for two Nikon lenses today, a fantastic tele macro, and a more average wide-angle prime: Nikon 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF Other recent tests: Sigma 150mm f/2.8... (More)

Pentax announces Optio E30
18:00 EST - Pentax of America Inc. has today announced its new Optio E30 digital camera model.

The Pentax Optio E30 is an entry-level point and shoot camera following in the footsteps of the Optio E10 announced one year earlier. The Pentax E30 couples a 1/2.5" seven megapixel CCD imager, 3x... (More)

Staples' logo. Click here to visit the Staples website! PRESS RELEASE: Staples Launches First Ever "Hometown Views" Photo Contest; Asks Amateur Photographers to Put Their Hometown in Focus
10:52 EST - Celebrate Your Hometown with Big Color Posters; Sell Your Winning Photo At Local Staples Stores and Win Great Prizes FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jan 02, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Staples Copy & Print Centers today launched its first nationwide "Hometown Views" Photo Contest, making it easy for anyone with a digital camera to share what they love most about their hometown. The world's largest office products... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak and Sony, Sony Ericsson Enter Into Technology Cross-License Agreements
10:43 EST - ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 3 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced that it has entered into a technology cross-license agreement with Sony Corporation that will allow each company broad access to the otherís patent portfolio. Kodak also announced that it has entered into a technology cross license with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB that will allow Sony Ericsson access to Kodak technology... (More)

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Altek invests in metal stamping lines
10:34 EST - A news article posted on Taiwan's DigiTimes Systems website reports that OEM / ODM company Altek will soon be able to manufacture metal bodies for digicams in-house.

According to DigiTimes, Altek is planning to invest in metal stamping lines with which to prepare the bodies, which the company currently has to source from a third party. By producing the metal casings... (More)

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