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Friday, October 31, 2003

Pentax's Optio S4 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Pentax Optio S4!
15:25 EST - The original Pentax Optio S raised eyebrows last year, as a camera small enough to fit inside an Altoids tin.

Not only that, but it was surprisingly full-featured for such a compact model. This year, Pentax has upped the ante by boosting resolution to 4 megapixels, and making a few subtle interface improvements.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: WiebeTech Posts Panther Firmware Updater for FireWire 800 Drives
11:44 EST - WICHITA, KS - October 31, 2003 - WiebeTech has posted a firmware updater for its FireWire 800 drives, including Fire800TM desktop drives and MicroGB+800TM pocket drives. The firmware updater is designed to run under OS X and resolves compatibility issues discovered with Apple's recent release of Panther (OS X 10.3). The firmware updater is available from WiebeTech's website: "It... (More)

DigitalSHO.gif PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Introduces Digital SHO Professional Plug-In
11:41 EST - Free Trial version of the new Digital SHO Professional Plug-In is now available at Rochester, NY (October 30, 2003) - Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the new Digital SHO Professional Plug-In, which optimizes contrast and exposure to reveal hidden details in highlight and shadow areas of digital images from sources including digital cameras, flatbed/film scanners, Picture CDs, and... (More)

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Kepmad System's ImageBuddy logo. Click here to visit the Kepmad Systems website! PRESS RELEASE: ImageBuddy Version 2.8.5 Released
20:43 EST - Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v2.8.5 for OSX. ImageBuddy's simple and intuitive interface lets you rotate, size, crop, mask and layout your digital photos for printing in just a few simple click. Version 2.8.5 is an update that adds Batch Rotation of images, OSX 10.3 Support, File Extension Suppression, increased Project Size support and bug fixes. ImageBuddy includes support for Drag &... (More)

FlashFixers' ImageRecall product packaging. Courtesy of FlashFixers. Click to visit the FlashFixers website! PRESS RELEASE: FlashFixers Offers Digital Camera Users Professional-Grade Photo Recovery with ImageRecall 2.0
11:41 EST - ImageRecall 2.0 improves the reliability of digital film with new advanced professional features and a 95 percent recovery success rate when photo data still exists on the memory card. PhotoPlus-New York, NY and Exeter, NH -October 30, 2003- FlashFixers announces the U.S. availability of ImageRecall 2.0, a professional-grade photo recovery program that retrieves lost images, data and sound files from... (More)

Sigma's SD10 digital camera. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sigma SD10 gallery page added!
11:16 EST - News Editor and sometime Gallery Photographer extraordinare Mike Tomkins here: When I heard that Sigma was announcing the SD10 digital SLR, and that Dave had one on the way for testing, I jumped at the opportunity to visit Dave's home just outside Atlanta and try the camera out.

Sigma's SD9 was amongst the most talked-about cameras of the last year, thanks to its use of Foveon's X3 image sensor technology - and the SD10 promised to improve on some of the areas in which the original... (More)

Pictographics Expands Licensing Program
11:13 EST - The color engine behind the iCorrect suite is now available for licensing as code libraries or DLLs. And the company has launched a Web site to support the expanded program.

Pictographics has expanded its color technology licensing program to include the color engines behind their award-winning iCorrect and iCorrect EditLab products. At the same time, they have launched a... (More)

memoriestv.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Releases MemoriesOnTV 2.0
11:00 EST - has released MemoriesOnTV v. 2.0, a Windows application that turns your photographs and videos into a stunning slide show that you can display on your TV or computer. Unlike ordinary slide shows that display static images, MemoriesOnTV can weave both snapshots and movies into professional-quality multimedia CD and DVD slide shows that will dazzle your family, friends and business colleagues.... (More)

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

selteco.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Selteco Software Announces Affordable, Easy-To-Learn Photo Editing Tool
21:00 EST - Evanston, IL, USA - Selteco today announced the release of the Photo Lab software product which simplifies and streamlines digital image editing. Photo Lab provides all essential photo processing tools in one handy application. Photo Lab can acquire images from all TWAIN compatible devices like scanners or digital cameras, import screenshots or copy images from a Web page. The tool is also great for... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: WiebeTech Introduces Three FireWire/USB Storage Devices
20:55 EST - WICHITA, KS - October 29, 2003 - WiebeTech introduces three new FireWire-800/USB2 storage product lines, including a new FireWire 800 fanless desktop storage enclosure, a removable drive desktop storage system with single or dual bays, and a plug-and-play hot swappable dual drive FireWire 800 hardware based RAID. WiebeTech also cuts prices on select existing FireWire 400 products. Customer shipments... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Doubrovski Publishes Video-Book 'As Simple As Photoshop'
20:49 EST - Andrei Doubrovski, a professional photo restoration artist and technician, has released a video-book "As Simple As Photoshop." The book is devoted to an original method of a quick but total immersion into the environment of Photoshop. Perhaps you have heard some people saying that this program is very complex. This is partially true; learning all of Photoshop may take you years. The "ASAP" (stands... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Express Digital Launches Express Digital Darkroom
20:47 EST - Targets the Emerging Professional, Advanced Amateur and Digital Enthusiast Englewood, CO -- October 29th, 2003 -- Express Digital, the leading provider of software, e-commerce and lab connectivity solutions to the digital photography industry, announced today the availability of Express Digital Darkroom. This is the company‚s newest software suite designed for the emerging professional, advanced... (More)

Sigma's SD10 digital camera. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. UPDATED: Sigma SD10 Review Test Results (same sharpness as the SD9)
16:57 EST - After posting my results on the new Sigma SD10, I received a call from Foveon (makers of the SD10's sensor), puzzled by my findings that its images seemed less sharp than those from the earlier SD9, since this didn't match their own findings.

While I had a general impression of greater softness, I didn't have absolutely identical images to compare. There was no doubt though, that my res target images from the SD10 were considerably softer than... (More)

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

IVIEWMULTIMEDIA.GIF PRESS RELEASE: iView Multimedia Releases MediaPro 2.0.1
12:28 EST - The following information was taken directly from the Release Notes. Main Features: iView MediaPro Version 2.0.1 is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.3, and offers general interface improvements and enhancements with regards to image color matching. The new version is fully compatible with the latest Nikon View 6.1 software from Nikon Corporation and adds support for the Olympus C5050 RAW file... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon UK Announces New Film Scanner Line-Up
11:28 EST - Nikon has announced three new film scanners to replace the current range. The Coolscan V ED and the Coolscan 5000 ED, replacements for the Coolscan IV and 4000 respectively, will go on sale at the beginning of November 2003, whilst the Coolscan 9000, the successor to the Coolscan 8000, will become available in the Spring of 2004. Nikon has an enviable reputation in the film scanner market and these... (More)

01:23 EST - Easy step-by-step Photo Correction Wizard guides users through common editing tasks VICTORIA, British Columbia -- October 27, 2003 - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA), the digital imaging company and makers of ACDSee and Canvas, today released ACD FotoCanvas 3.0, the newest version of its photo editing software program. ACD FotoCanvas is an affordable and easy-to-use program with all of the... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: MatchLight Unbundles Quickcomp Compositing Software
01:16 EST - Seattle, WA - October 28, 2003 - MatchLight Software, Inc., creator of the world's first patent-pending realistic image compositing system and the largest collection of location background images today announces the standalone release of Version 1.0 of QuickComp software. QuickComp product features: - Create one-click preview of image composites - Produce composites in real time with no reliance... (More)

E3700_04r.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Announces Compact 3.2-Mp Coolpix 3700
01:08 EST - Latest Addition to Coolpix Digital Line-Up Combines Style, Sophistication and Simplicity MELVILLE, NY, October 28, 2002 - Nikon expanded its popular Coolpix line of digital cameras today with the announcement of the new Nikon Coolpix 3700, a sub-compact digital camera with an advanced feature set, small size and refined style. The Nikon Coolpix 3700, with its precision 3x Optical-Zoom Nikkor lens... (More)

Monday, October 27, 2003

DSLR_logo.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Phase One A/S Creates 'C1 Product Group'
18:05 EST - - Rapid growth of company's acclaimed RAW Workflow software creates need - Neilson/Clyne, Inc. appointed to handle Press & Public Relations - New dedicated Web site announced NORTHPORT, NY, October 24, 2003 - Denmark's Phase One, the photographic industry's leading manufacturer of high-end digital imaging backs, is pleased to announce the formation of its new software division, the C1 Product Group,... (More)

Snap360.jpg Harbartronics Introduces Snap360 Auto Camera Turntable
10:41 EST - Designed to automate image capture for Panoramas, Virtual Tours and Object Virtual Reality, the product is compatible with digicams using a serial interface or an electrical/electronic release cable.

Mark Roberts, chief engineer at Harbortronics, introduced the Snap360 today with a simple statement. "I've been working rather late recently getting this thing ready ... and here it is!" The Snap360,... (More)

CS-box.jpg PRESS RELEASE: All-New Adobe Creative Suite Now Shipping
10:08 EST - New Full-Upgrade Versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and GoLive Hit the Streets Soon SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 27, 2003 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) today shipped Adobe® Creative Suite. Adobe Creative Suite combines new full-version upgrades of the company's market-leading creative professional software - Adobe Photoshop® CS, Adobe Illustrator® CS, Adobe InDesign®... (More)

Sigma's SD10 digital camera. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full Review posted for Sigma SD10 d-SLR!
02:59 EST - If anyone is wondering what happened to Dave and Mike Tomkins the last few days, this should explain it: Despite having had an eval unit of Sigma's new SD10 d-SLR only since Thursday, we've managed to put together a complete review, including a full suite of test images. (Stay tuned, we hope to have a full set of "gallery" shots that Mike shot with it posted by late afternoon tomorrow, EST.)

An updated version of Foveon's "X3" sensor technology addresses many of the limitations of last year's SD9, with greatly reduced image noise, an increased ISO range, and decent low-light shooting capabilities.... (More)

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Sigma's SD10 digital camera. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sigma announces SD10 digital SLR (UPDATED)
19:00 EST - Sigma Corp. has today announced its second digital SLR in the form of an update to the existing SD9 model, famed for its use of Foveon's much-discussed X3 image sensor.

When it was announced in February 2002, the Foveon X3 sensor was seen by many as the future of digital photography because (unlike almost every camera on the market which uses a color filter array), the... (More)

Foveon's fill filter lets the sun shine in (UPDATED)
19:00 EST - Foveon Inc., has today announced its new "X3 Fill Light" filter technology, which simulates the technique of "dodging and burning" in traditional photography.

Part of the new Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 (SPP2) application which is bundled with the upcoming Sigma SD10 digital camera, the X3 Fill Light tool is implemented as a slider in the Tonal Adjustments section... (More)

Foveon's X3 logo. Courtesy of Foveon Inc. Foveon improves its X3 Pro 10M image sensor
19:00 EST - Foveon Inc., the company behind the X3 Pro 10M image sensor (model number F7X3-B91) used in Sigma's SD9 digital camera, has today announced an updated version of the imager.

The company is referring to the new F7X3-C9110 image sensor as a 10.2 megapixel sensor, since it has 10.2 million photosensitive cells (or photosites) which are effective in creating the final image -... (More)

Sigma announces 55-200mm lens
19:00 EST - Sigma has today announced a new 55-200mm lens, complementing the launch of the new Sigma SD10 digital SLR.

To be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Pentax lens mounts, the Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC is 84.6mm long, 70mm in diameter, weighs 310 grams and has 10 elements in nine groups. It uses a bayonet hood,... (More)

Sigma announces 18-50mm lens
19:00 EST - Alongside the launch of its new SD10 digital camera today, Sigma has announced a new 18-50mm lens.

To be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Pentax lens mounts, the Sigma 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC is 67.5mm long, 60mm in diameter, weighs 245 grams and has eight elements in eight groups including aspheric... (More)

Friday, October 24, 2003

Rollei Introduces Two 4-Mp Digicams
11:48 EDT - Mark Peters at LetsGoDigital tipped us off to two new digicams from Rollei, expected to hit store shelves in November: Rollei launches new 4 Megapixel digicam: dt4200 camera Rollei unveils second 4 Megapixels camera: dt4000 Both stories are authored by Dennis Hissink. "Rollei released this day two 4 Megapixel cameras and after looking through the specification sheets we can conclude that there... (More)

ZZ1A.jpg Full production-level update to Minolta DiMAGE Z1 posted!
3:57 EDT - I was pretty impressed with the specs and performance of Minolta's new little DiMAGE Z1 long-zoom camera back when I first previewed a prototype unit, particularly in light of the unit's low selling price. Now that I've fully tested a production-level model, I like the camera more than ever. A very nice little 3-megapixel, 10x-zooom model, the Z1 uses an unusual "flipping LCD" design to cut costs by... (More)

roadstor.jpg Micro Solutions Introduces RoadStor Portable Media Player
09:58 EDT - The $249 combined digital photo viewer with 6-in-1 card reader, CD burner, DVD player and MP3 player relies on a television for display. Everything else is built in.

We've been waiting a long time for an iPod equivalent for digital photographers. There have been several boxes with small hard drives coupled with card readers (selling between $300 and $500) but they... (More)

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Canon Releases Firmware Update for Digital Rebel
21:06 EDT - Version 1.1.1 improves USB communications during remote capture and when using PTP communications.

Canon today released Firmware Version 1.1.1 for its EOS Digital Rebel/EOS 300D Digicam. Two issues involving USB communcations are addressed by the update, according to Canon: The reliability of the... (More)

coachcanon.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Canon, Coach Deliver Digital ELPH Coach Edition Gift Set
13:03 EDT - October 2003 (Newstream) -- If good things come in small packages, then be on the lookout this holiday season for the small yet powerful and stylish Digital ELPH Coach Edition Gift Set, consisting of a Canon PowerShot S400 or SD100 Digital ELPH camera wrapped in its own custom made leather case from Coach. This elegant and thoughtful present features either the Canon PowerShot S400 or the Canon PowerShot... (More)

RX500.jpg PRESS RELEASE: New Epson Stylus Photo RX500 Scan-Print-Copy Device Creates Digital Photo Center in Any Home
13:01 EDT - Epson Stylus(R) Photo RX500 Features Fast Six-Color Photo Printing, Memory Card Slots and Automated Photographic Scanning with Built-In Transparency Adapter -- All for $249 LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2003-- Epson is launching a new scan-print-copy device optimized for a wide array of photographic applications and maximum ease of use with the Epson Stylus Photo RX500. This photography-focused... (More)

Epson's Stylus Photo R300M photo printer. Courtesy of Epson, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Epson announces two new Stylus Photo inkjets
10:34 EDT - Printing heavyweight Epson has announced two new photo inkjets that offer consumers a wide range of abilities including printing to CDs and DVDs, and printing from a variety of media without the need for a PC.

The Epson Stylus Photo R300 and R300M are near-identical, the only difference being that the R300M adds a 2.5-inch color LCD display for previewing images. Both models can print directly to inkjet-printable... (More)

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

tetra.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Tetra Introduces S400 Housing for Canon Powershot S400
22:10 EDT - Light & Motion's innovation and quality are now available in a micro-size aluminum automatic housing. The Tetra S400 is a rugged machined aluminum housing designed specifically for the palm size 4.0 Megapixel Canon PowerShot S400. The housing is small enough to be stowed in a BC pocket, but also able to capture great digital images. The simple design is a snap to set up and provides digital TTL, point... (More)

hello.gif PRESS RELEASE: Picasa Launches 'Hello' -- The Easiest Way to Securely Share Digital Photos
22:08 EDT - Hello enables friends to instantly share high resolution pictures, chat about them, and print them at home or online Pasadena, CA -- October 22, 2003 - Picasa, Inc.(tm), the leading developer of software which enables photographers to effortlessly organize, manage and share digital photos, announces the availability of Hello, a completely new way to share digital pictures.  For consumers with an... (More)

Epson announces Stylus Pro 4000
15:40 EDT - Epson has announced a new photo printer targetted at professionals, the Stylus Pro 4000.

Featuring support for media up to 17 inches wide and 1.5mm thick, the new model has eight UltraChrome pigment ink colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta, light black, matte black and... (More)

Nikon Japan delays D2H, accessories
12:00 EDT - Nikon Corp. has today announced a delay in shipping its D2H digital SLR on its Japanese-language website.

We don't currently know if the delay will affect other markets as well, but if we hear anything to that effect you'll see it on our news page. To assist our readers who don't speak Japanese, we're providing... (More)

Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-T1 (UPDATED)
00:00 EDT - Sony USA has today announced a new digital camera model that, based on the product name, looks to be the start of a new product line as well.

Sony has unfortunately not yet provided us with detailed specifications for this model, however we can summarise a few basic points from the press release. The DSC-T1 - the company's first T-series digital... (More)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-U40 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-U40 (UPDATED)
00:00 EDT - Sony USA has today announced a new digital camera model for its DSC-U series, all style-conscious models which (with the exception of the unusually shaped DSC-U60) are all ultracompact cameras- and the new DSC-U40 follows that trend.

Sony has unfortunately not yet provided us with detailed specifications for this model, however we can summarise a few basic points from the press release. The DSC-U40 has a 1/2.7" 2.0 megapixel CCD coupled... (More)

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

CANTO.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Canto Announces Cumulus 6
20:52 EDT - New version simplifies creation, management and deployment of Digital Asset Management Solutions for users, administrators and system integrators October 21, 2003, San Francisco, Berlin. Canto, the global leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions, today announced "Cumulus 6." Workgroup and Enterprise Editions of this new version will be available at the end of November and are geared to professional... (More)

ACD_SYSTEMS.GIF PRESS RELEASE: ACD Systems Partners with Morpheus Software to Release New Plug-ins forACDSee
20:47 EDT - Cool graphics programs allow users to animate digital images and morph video clips VICTORIA, British Columbia -- October 21, 2003 -- ACD Systems International Inc. (TSE:ASA), the digital imaging company, today announced the distribution of Morpheus photo animator software and Morpheus photo animator pro software. Morpheus is an award-winning graphics program that allows users to morph or warp photos,... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix F420 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm Japan, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm Japan, Europe announce F-series digicam (samples online)
15:12 EDT - Our friends at the main digital photography sites in Japan and Europe have today posted news of a digital camera that's heading for their continents from FujiFilm, the FinePix F420 Zoom.

Whilst it looks extremely similar to the FinePix F410 Zoom at first glance, the F420 actually has quite a few differences from its predecessor. Perhaps most noticeable, the camera is a bit smaller and... (More)

Monday, October 20, 2003

FocusFixer updated to v1.2.1
15:37 EDT - A press release today from Hertfordshire, UK-based FixerLabs Ltd. announces a new version of FocusFixer, its utility aimed at fixing slightly out-of-focus images.

FocusFixer v1.2.1 has a number of bug fixes, and several improvements over its predecessor. Most notably, the program now considers the EXIF information that most digital cameras append to the images... (More)

Olympus sponsors digital photography workshop at sea
13:49 EDT - Olympus America has today distributed a press release highlighting its participation in an upcoming 8-day Digital Photography & Imaging Cruise which will allow participants to take a break from it all - all the while improving their photographic skills.

Whilst they cruise around the Southern Caribbean on what Carnival Cruises calls a "floating resort" - the Carnival Legend - workshop attendees will receive instruction from Arthur H. Bleich, feature editor... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk significantly expands sales of retail products in China
13:25 EDT - Company Signs First Three Retail Distributors In China: Genuine C&C Limited, Nice Gain Digital Company Limited And Princeton Technology C&C Corporation SHANGHAI, CHINA, Oct. 20, 2003 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that it has significantly expanded retail sales in China and signed its first three retail distributors in China. The announcement was made at a SanDisk press conference... (More)

Friday, October 17, 2003

Olympus' Camedia C-750 UltraZoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus C750 full review updated!
09:53 EDT - In the "it's about time" category, I've just posted an update to my earlier full review of the Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom digicam.

This is an impressive 4 megapixel, 10x zoom camera, with all the most-desired "enthusiast" features. I've now updated the review based on a full production model of the camera, along with all my standardized... (More)

Thursday, October 16, 2003

PictBridge logo PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta Announces PictBridge Support
21:55 EDT - DiMAGE Z1 and DiMAGE E323 digital cameras incorporate new industry standard for direct printing Mahwah, NJ (October 17, 2003) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. announces today official PictBridge support for two of the company's newest digital cameras - the 3.2 megapixel DiMAGE Z1 and 3.2 megapixel DiMAGE E323. PictBridge, a new industry standard for the direct printing of images, allows... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare DX4530 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Kodak EasyShare DX4530!
19:50 EDT - Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras excel in user-friendliness, and offer good image quality in addition to their convenient setup and compact size.

The DX4530 updates the line with a larger, 5.0-megapixel CCD that captures high-quality images with good detail. Although exposure control is fully automatic (with at least exposure compensation to tweak... (More)

Phase One's logo. Click here to visit the Phase One website! Guest Feature: Capture One Rebel Edition software by Phase One
11:15 EDT - Uwe Steinmueller is the operator of Outback Photo, and an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer.

He's made something of a study of Raw-file workflows, and offered to share his assessment of the new Capture One Rebel Edition software by Phase One with IR's readers. If you own a Canon Digital Rebel... (More)

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Kodak's EasyShare DX6490 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Kodak EasyShare DX6490
01:15 EDT - Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras have consistently proved to be among the easiest to use of any I've tested, and the DX6490 is no exception.

The big news here though, is that the DX6490 also manages to be a very respectable "enthusiast" camera as well, with a high-quality lens, full exposure control, and a sync connector for use with external... (More)

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE G400 digital camera
08:00 EDT - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging USA Inc. has today announced the new DiMAGE G400 digital camera.

Looking to be a rebadging of Konica's KD-420Z digital camera, the new G400 is a 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom unit that (as with those earlier cameras) features not only SD / MMC card storage, but also... (More)

Monday, October 13, 2003

Konica Minolta moving digicam production to China
11:11 EDT - A very brief news item from the Japan Today website brings interesting news from Konica Minolta.

According to the article, the company is planning to shift its digital camera manufacturing operations in their entirity to China, as part of an expansion plan. Konica and Minolta recently agreed to a... (More)

PhD student's creation makes a breeze of panoramas
11:01 EDT - We spotted news of some rather interesting research from the University of British Columbia this morning which promises to make the process of creating panoramas a whole lot simpler.

Anybody who's spent much time making panoramas knows that it can be a tricky process requiring you to carefully frame and overlap photos correctly for the best results, then spend time ordering the photos... (More)

Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Delkin's logo. Click here to visit the Delkin website! PRESS RELEASE: Delkin introduces the fastest CF adapter for laptops
23:39 EDT - Poway CA, October 7, 2003 Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products for camera stores worldwide, has introduced the fastest PCMCIA Adapter on the market. The eFilm PRO CardBus 32-bit PCMCIA adapter is four to six times faster than all current conventional 16-bit adapters and ushers in a new phase of adapter performance. PCMCIA adapters have long... (More)

Monday, October 6, 2003

PRESS RELEASE: WiebeTech Publishes White Paper on Hard Drive Capacity Concerns
09:58 EDT - WICHITA, KS - October 6, 2003 - WiebeTech has published a white paper which addresses Hard Drive capacity concerns as cited by a recent lawsuit against major computer manufacturers. The paper analyzes the mathematics behind the varying capacity claims of hard drive manufacturers and operating systems, ultimately providing an explanation for the majority of the numerical differences. "This topic... (More)

photoshop album box PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Raises the Bar on Consumer Digital Photography Software with Photoshop Album 2.0
09:19 EDT - Adobe Raises the Bar on Consumer Digital Photography Software with Photoshop Album 2.0 Simple User Interface, New Calendar View, Sharing with Mobile Phones, Handhelds, TiVo Make Photoshop Album 2.0 a Perfect Digital Camera Companion SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 6, 2003 (NASDAQ: ADBE) - Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Album 2.0, a dramatic upgrade packed with new... (More)

GS MagicStor prepares 4.8GB CF hard drive
08:47 EDT - The Japanese PC Watch website has reported on an upcoming Type-II CompactFlash+ hard disk to be launched by Chinese company GS Magicstor Inc.

According to the PC Watch news item, GS Magicstor held a press conference in Tokyo at which it announced the preparation of a 4.8GB CompactFlash+ hard disk. Planned to be shipping in Japan by the end of... (More)

Friday, October 3, 2003

Ferrari's F2003GA Formula One car. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource / Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Part 2: Oly E-1 in action at the US Grand Prix (UPDATED)
23:52 EDT - We're sure there's a rule in the web publishing business about making promises one can't keep, and if there isn't, there should be. We promised readers a couple of days ago that we'd have the second part of our Olympus E-1 Formula One report the following day "barring unforeseen problems" - and with fate thus tempted, every obstacle possible threw itself in our path.

We've finally managed to finish the second part of the article now though, and present another 20 photos taken at the F1 race in Indianapolis with an Olympus E-1 digital SLR. If you've not read the first... (More)

Nikon announces price cuts, rebates
09:29 EDT - Nikon USA has announced price cuts and rebates on a number of products across its Coolpix digital camera and Coolscan film scanner lines.

The digital camera price drops, which are from $50 to $300 below the prices initially set when the cameras were first announced, are as follows: Nikon Coolpix 2100 digital camera - originally $249.95,... (More)

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Sanyo announces 3mpix digital camcorder
12:41 EDT - Sanyo Japan has announced a new and rather interesting-looking digital video camera, the Sanyo Xacti (pronounced Zack-Tee) DMX-C1.

Coupling a 3.2 megapixel CCD image sensor with a 5.8x optical zoom lens, the DMX-C1 has a few features worthy of comment. For one, this is an extremely small device, apparently about the size of a cellphone... (More)

Olympus' C-5060 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces Camedia C-5060 Zoom
00:33 EDT - Olympus USA has announced a new addition to its Camedia line of digital cameras in the form of the C-5060 Zoom digital camera (the announcement was moved up a couple of days earlier than when we'd been expecting it without warning, so we're a bit late getting to it - sorry!)

An update to the C-5050 Zoom model that was announced around the same time last year, the C-5060 Zoom has a more fluid-looking body design with contoured lines that should make the camera easier to hold.... (More)

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus launches world's first global support program for professional photographers
12:32 EDT - Leading Digital Camera Manufacturer Expands Commitment to Professionals Melville, New York, October 1, 2003 - Olympus America Inc. today announced the launch of the world's first global professional support program for professional photographers. Olympus Global Professional Services (GPS) will begin supporting photographers this October with the launch of the world's first 100% all-digital interchangeable... (More)

ACD Systems' logo. Click here to visit the ACD Systems website! PRESS RELEASE: ACD Systems Releases Latest Version of its Flagship Digital Imaging Software -ACDSee 6.0
12:21 EDT - New features deliver innovative selective browsing and image rating technologies that streamline workflow VICTORIA, British Columbia - September 30, 2003 - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSE:ASA), the digital imaging company and makers of ACDSee™ and Canvas™, today released ACDSee 6.0, the newest version of its flagship digital imaging software program for consumer and corporate markets.... (More)

Digital Fine Art Summit draws near
11:57 EDT - Our good friend Uwe Steinmueller of the Digital Outback Photo website emailed over the weekend to remind us that he'll be participating in a conference for digital photographers this November in Arizona.

The Fall 2003 Digital Fine Art Photographer's Summit, hosted by Uwe and Alain Briot, with a Keynote Presentation by Michael Reichmann, will be taking place from November 15th to 17th in Phoenix. We first... (More)

Pentax's *ist D digital SLR. Image provided by Yamada Kumio / Used by permission. Initial "Gallery" images posted for Pentax *ist-D!
01:00 EDT - The D-SLR race is surely heating up, and the latest player is Pentax, who've just begun shipping their "*ist-D" 6 megapixel SLR first announced earlier this year.

I've only had the *ist for a few days, but have posted a few "gallery" shots from it, captured by resident pro Gibbs Frazeur, as well as some high-ISO samples from Canadian author/"friend of the family"... (More)

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