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Friday, February 28, 2003

Duracell's Prismatic LP1 and CP1 batteries. Courtesy of Duracell, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: New DURACELL PRISMATICS Represent Breakthrough in Portable Power
22:39 EST - New Alkaline and Lithium Primary Prismatic Batteries Provide Dependable Power in Emerging Smaller, Thinner Digital Cameras and Digital Audio Devices BETHEL, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2003-- Duracell today introduced its latest innovation in portable power with the announcement of DURACELL® PRISMATICS(TM), a new line of primary prismatic batteries for emerging digital cameras and portable... (More)

Reuters: DCS 760 image is "out of this world"
22:27 EST - An interesting news item from Reuters caught our eye this evening for a mention of a stunning photo captured with Kodak's DCS 760 digital camera.

The Reuters item details an image of London at night with minimal cloud cover, captured by astronauts on the International Space Station on February 4th. As noted by Reuters, numerous features of London... (More)

The International Imaging Industry Association's logo. Courtesy of the The International Imaging Industry Association. PRESS RELEASE: I3A Announces Release of CPXe Specification Suite and New Online Directory Service
22:01 EST - Picture Services Network and v1.0 Interoperability Specifications Put CPXe Into Motion HARRISON, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2003--The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) today announced the availability of a suite of CPXe interoperability specifications and the creation of the Picture Services Network (PSN). Working in concert, CPXe specifications and the PSN Directory Service will... (More)

Creo's logo. Click here to visit the Creo website! PRESS RELEASE: Creo Announces New Leaf Valeo Digital Camera Back for Contax 645 AF Camera
21:54 EST - VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2003--Creo Inc. (Nasdaq:CREO - News; TSX:CRE - News) announces the release of a new model of the Leaf(TM) Valeo portable digital camera back for the Contax 645 AF camera, a member of the new generation of medium-format cameras designed to integrate high-end digital photography. In Latin, "Valeo" means power, strength and efficiency. The Leaf... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Spirit Initiative sponsors 2003 North American Police Ski Championship
20:09 EST - Charity Event Raises Funds for Athletes of the Winter Special Olympics MELVILLE, NY, February 28, 2003 - Nikon (, the world leader in photography announced today, as part of the Nikon Spirit Initiative, its continued sponsorship of the 14th annual North American Police Ski Championship (NAPSC). The NAPSC is a not-for-profit police ski-week, which organizes athletic and charitable... (More)

PMA Spring 2003 Report goes live
02:01 EST - We have now enabled our PMA Spring 2003 Report, with both Mike and Dave attending the Photo Marketing Association's annual show in Las Vegas, Nevada. We'll be reporting live on the announcements as they break, and showing you all the new products we see.

The show itself starts on Sunday, however there are a number of pre-show events where we'll be getting an early peek at some of the new products, and we have also copied the dozens of past PMA-related announcements into the report as well.

This year, we're doing things slightly differently to the past. All PMA news will appear on both our main news page and in the report, so if you want to see all the latest digital imaging news, read on. If you want to filter out all the items unrelated to PMA, though, visit the PMA Spring 2003 Report and browse all the latest PMA news!

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Kodak Ships DCS Pro 14n!
13:47 EST - Kodak Professional said today they have begun shipping the much-anticipated DCS Pro 14n digicam to dealers this week. The company said the first units should arrive at Kodak-authorized dealers during the first week in March.

The DCS Pro 14, shipping just in time for the PMA trade show in Las Vegas, features a 13.89-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor; magnesium body; basic and advanced operation settings; and the ability to... (More)

Canon's EOS 10D digital SLR. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full review (with samples!) posted for Canon EOS-10D! (!)
09:25 EST - Ever since it became evident that Canon's wildly popular EOS-D60 was getting scarce on dealers shelves back around the beginning of the year, speculation has run rampant over what that might mean.

Rumors trickled out that Canon had stopped manufacturing it, so everyone (myself included) began speculating about what the replacement for it might be, and when it would arrive. Well... It's arrived today!... (More)

Canon announces EOS-10D digital SLR (UPDATED)
09:00 EST - First there were rumors, then there were leaked photos - now Canon's latest digital SLR is here!

The reason for Canon's discontinuation of the EOS D60 has become apparent, and that reason is a camera that not only improves on the past camera in literally dozens of areas, but does so with a reduced... (More)

Canon announces five new PowerShot digital cameras (UPDATED)
09:00 EST - Canon USA has today announced five new digital cameras in its PowerShot line, all but one replacing existing cameras.

The new PowerShot S50 (the one model that doesn't actually replace an existing unit) becomes Canon's first 5 megapixel camera. Other than increased resolution, the camera is near-identical feature-wise... (More)

Fuji Japan details its 20.8mpix camera back
04:43 EST - Regular readers will remember we told you a few days ago about an upcoming 20.8 megapixel SuperCCD-based digital camera back from Fujifilm.

The company has now provided further details on its Japanese website... The camera back will be compatible with Fuji's GX680, and a version for the GX645AF (a variant of Hasselblad's H1) is also planned.... (More)

Polaroid's Digital MiniPortrait System. Courtesy of Polaroid, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Polaroid announces digital miniportrait system
04:12 EST - Polaroid Corp. yesterday announced its new Polaroid Digital MiniPortrait Camera in a press release covering its upcoming presence at the PMA Spring 2003 show in Las Vegas.

The camera is designed for tethered use in a store or studio, as it has no internal power source (the press release doesn't specify whether power is provided over the camera's USB connection or via a... (More)

Zoran's logo. Click here to visit the Zoran website! PRESS RELEASE: Zoran Announces World's Most Integrated Digital Camera Processor to Be Demonstrated at PMA in Las Vegas
03:23 EST - COACH 6 Enables More Affordable Cameras with Shorter Click-to-click Time Plus New Connectivity with DVDs and Printers SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zoran Corporation (Nasdaq: ZRAN - News) announced that its highly integrated sixth generation COACH 6 (Camera On A CHip) processor is available in sample quantities to OEM customers. Zoran will demonstrate the entire range of... (More)

Kodak: DX6340 digicam on the way (UPDATED)
03:15 EST - Eastman Kodak Co. is today announcing a new digital camera model, the EasyShare DX6340.

Compatible with the just-announced EasyShare Printer Dock 6000, the DX6340 is a 3.1 megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 4x optical zoom lens equivalent to 36mm - 144mm on a 35mm camera.... (More)

Kodak announces combined thermal photo printer / camera dock
03:00 EST - Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced a rather unusual accessory for certain of its digital cameras.

The Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock 6000 combines both a 4" x 6" thermal photo printer and a docking station for its EasyShare 600 / 6000 series digital cameras. The idea is likely to appeal to people new... (More)

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Ricoh releases new Caplio RR30 firmware
22:59 EST - Ricoh Japan has released a new version of firmware for the Caplio RR30 digital camera.

Version 1.11, available for download on Ricoh's website, has two main changes. Both are related to flash exposure: Amount of light from flash increased slightly. Exposure compensation for the flash improved.... (More)

Pentax's *ist D digital SLR. Image provided by Yamada Kumio / Used by permission. Pentax Digital SLR: Second time lucky? (UPDATED)
10:00 EST - Pentax USA Inc. has today announced that it is preparing a new single-lens reflex digital camera. (This item has now been updated with actual camera photos courtesy of Yamada Kumio /

As predicted last October by the Japan Industrial Journal, the camera will have an APS sized sensor. The resolution of 6.1 megapixels (effective) is roughly equivalent to current competing cameras from... (More)

Sanyo's IDC-1000Z digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo IDC-1000Z firmware updated
08:06 EST - Jerry Sehl of Florida-based Online Access Networks Inc., which sells a wide range of Sanyo's products including their digital cameras, emailed this morning to let us know of a firmware update for the Sanyo IDC-1000Z digital camera.

The new firmware has a number of changes as follows: Compatibility with Windows XP and Windows 2000 over the IEEE 1394 connection. When used with BHA B's CLiP Ver 5.11 or later, the camera is now compatible... (More)

Ricoh's RDC-i700 Model G digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh's RDC-i700 gets another new talent
05:37 EST - In a fast-paced market where product life-cycles can be as little as six months, Japanese electronics manufacturer Ricoh has undeniably done a good job of identifying niche markets to extend the life of its RDC-i700 digital camera.

An unusual model that couples 3 megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens with a huge 3.5" LCD touch-screen, the ability to support a range of peripheral cards such as modems and LAN cards, and basic... (More)

Blue Pixel's logo. Click here to visit the Blue Pixel website! PRESS RELEASE: Blue Pixel Partners With Knowledge Blast To Create, Brand And Deliver Digital Photography eLearning
03:07 EST - Innovative 'Get Started' Solution Makes User Manuals Obsolete Annapolis, MD, February 25, 2003 -Blue Pixel, the preeminent digital photography and workflow education consultancy, announces today its new partnership with Knowledge Blast, a pioneering provider of eLearning solutions for consumer product purchasers. This new union will develop and co-market digital photography education products and... (More)

Veo's logo. Click here to visit the Veo website! PRESS RELEASE: Veo Ships PDA Camera for Dell Axim
02:28 EST - Veo Photo Traveler Turns Dell Handheld into Digital Camera SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2003--Veo, a leading provider of high quality digital imaging products, today announced expanded compatibility of its Veo Photo Traveler family of cameras for use with Dell Axim handhelds. Customized to plug into the Dell Axim's built-in Compact Flash (CF) memory slot, the new Photo Traveler takes... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Future Image and the International Imaging Industry Association Announce Executive Summit on Mobile Imaging
02:26 EST - SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Feb. 25, 2003 -- Future Image, the leading independent center of expertise on the convergence of imaging, technology, and business, and I3A, the leading global imaging industry association, are pleased to announce the next event in a series of executive conferences focused on the imaging revolution in communication. The "Mobile Imaging 2003 Summit - Capture/Transmission/Management/Output"... (More)

Monaco Systems' logo. Click here to visit the Monaco Systems website! PRESS RELEASE: Monaco Systems Provides Scaleable Solutions for Professional Color Management
02:23 EST - ANDOVER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2003--Monaco Systems, Inc., a leader in the field of color management, today announced the availability of the latest versions of its professional ICC profiling products. In addition, Monaco Systems has expanded its family of profiling solutions with the introduction of MonacoPROFILER Gold in response to market demands. This innovative solution contains the... (More)

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Review roundup: Sony P72 / V1, Nikon SQ
06:01 EST - With PMA fast approaching and cameras being announced at a blinding rate (we're still reeling from the 10 - yes, *10* - cameras announced by Sony!) it is time for a quick roundup of new reviews around the web from the last few days.

Steve's Digicams have taken a look at Nikon's Coolpix SQ; being a first-look there's no conclusion. Nor are there sample pictures, since the camera is a pre-production model. That said, there's still... (More)

Lexar announces 40X CF, speeds up 1GB cards
04:26 EST - A press release today from Lexar Media Inc. announces that the company has increased the speed of its CompactFlash card product line significantly.

The press release, originally scheduled to go live at 6AM Eastern Time but already available both on Lexar's site and elsewhere, announces two new CompactFlash cards rated at 40X in capacities of 256MB... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: International Imaging Industry Association to Present 2003 Leadership Award to Friedrich Hujer Pioneer of Agfa-Gevaert AG
03:10 EST - Hujer to be Recognized for Commitment to Digital Imaging Applications for Consumers HARRISON, NY, February 24, 2003 - The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) today announced that Friedrich Hujer, retired Agfa-Gevaert AG Group Board of Management member has been selected to receive I3A's 2003 Leadership Award. Awarded annually since 1980, I3A's Leadership Award was instituted to recognize... (More)

ACD Systems' logo. Click here to visit the ACD Systems website! PRESS RELEASE: ACDSee™ 5.0 Wins Leading Industry Awards
03:07 EST - Digital Imaging Editors Choose ACDSee™ 5.0 as Top Software Victoria, British Columbia - February 24, 2003 - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA), the digital imaging company, today announced that ACDSee™ 5.0, the latest version of ACD's flagship image management software, has been recognized as award-winning by the Editors of PC Photo and Maximum PC magazines. With a circulation... (More)

Canto's logo. Click here to visit the Canto website! PRESS RELEASE: Canto Releases Free Cumulus Upgrade
02:57 EST - Cumulus 5.5.2 includes various improvements, enhanced compatibility with Mac OS X in Classic Mode, additional file conversion abilities, improved OPI support and more Berlin, Germany - February 24, 2003 - Canto, the global leader in Digital Asset Management solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Cumulus 5.5.2, a free upgrade to its award-winning, cross platform line of Digital Asset... (More)

...and then there were 10 - Sony announces the DSC-P12
02:28 EST - Our friends at the LetsGoDigital website in Holland have picked up news of a tenth camera announcement by Sony.

The DSC-P12 seems to be identical to the -P10 model announced yesterday in the USA, with the exception of body color and possibly the accessories bundled with the camera. In place of the DSC-P10's silver... (More)

Monday, February 24, 2003

Sony announces DSC-V1 digital camera (UPDATED)
10:00 EST - Sony Corp. has today announced the Cyber-shot DSC-V1 digital camera - the replacement for its existing DSC-S85.

If you guessed from the change in model numbers that this was a major update, you wouldn't be wrong! The DSC-V1 follows the "rangefinder-like" format of the past model - and a category in which there... (More)

Sony updates the Mavica lineup
10:00 EST - Sony Corp. has announced numerous updates to its Mavica lineup of floppy-disk and writeable CD-based digital cameras today.

The Sony Mavica MVC-FD75 has now officially been retired, and the pricing on the two remaining models - the MVC-FD100 and MVC-FD200 - has been adjusted to reflect this. The -FD100 is now selling for $299,... (More)

Sony announces two new compact P-series digicams
10:00 EST - Sony Corp. has today announced two new compact P-series digital cameras replacing the current Cyber-shot DSC-P7 and DSC-P9 digital cameras.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9 was first announced in March of last year, and was followed a little over two months later by the DSC-P7. The cameras had resolutions of 4 and 3 megapixels respectively, and... (More)

Sony announces four new P-series Cyber-shots
10:00 EST - Sony Corp. has updated and extended its P-series Cyber-shot digital camera lineup with four new announcements today.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P31, -P51 and -P71 are replaced by the -P32, -P52 and -P72 respectively. The new DSC-P92 fills out the top of the line, coupling five megapixel resolution with a 3x optical zoom;... (More)

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Fuji: 20.8 megapixel SuperCCD camera back
12:53 EST - Our friends over at the Digital Camera Resource Page picked up on a brief mention of an interesting development from Fuji in a press release we recently ran.

The press release, describing Fuji's PMA 2003 presence, states: "New Digital Camera Back with 20.8 Pixels Super CCD Fujifilm will announce the development of a new state-of-the-art medium format digital... (More)

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Fuji FinePix F410: Sample Images
17:55 EST - Fuji Japan has published a number of sample photos from its upcoming FinePix F410 digital camera, which was announced yesterday.

Four photos can be seen on the F410 product pages, and as with the FinePix F700 images mentioned in another news item, the images are being resized in your web browser to display at 100% of the page... (More)

Fuji's FinePix F700 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji FinePix F700: Sample Images (UPDATED)
16:20 EST - We told you yesterday about a new digital camera model from Fuji which is the first to use the new SuperCCD SR technology that Fuji says will significantly extend dynamic range.

Fuji Japan has now published a number of sample photos from its upcoming FinePix F700 digital camera. Four photos can be seen on the F700 product pages, however if you look at the pictures through your... (More)

Pre-PMA Leak Department
16:16 EST - As happens every year, with PMA fast approaching the leaks have well and truly begun...

This year, we've already seen cameras from several companies leak ahead of their official announcement times, and today we hear news of two more leaks. According to,,... (More)

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Adobe releases PhotoShop Album
20:50 EST - A press release today announces that Adobe Systems Inc. is now shipping PhotoShop Album, its solution to organising your digital images.

Costing US$49.99 / CDN$79, previews of the software are available on Adobe's website. As well as the ability to categorise, search and view your photos, there is also basic image editing (cropping and... (More)

Fujifilm's logo -  click here to visit the Fujifilm website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm unveils its latest "smart solutions for tomorrow" at PMA 2003
15:42 EST - Fujifilm Offers Range Of Innovative Products To Move Towards Era of Ubiquitous Imaging - Pictures Anytime, Anywhere ELMSFORD, NY, February 19 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., will unveil a wide range of innovative, high-quality imaging products this year at PMA 2003, supported by its official show theme, "Smart Solutions for Tomorrow." The theme encapsulates Fujifilm's movement towards an era of ubiquitous... (More)

Matsushita's Panasonic DMC-F1 digital camera. Courtesy of Matsushita, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic scores Japanese hit with DMC-F1
14:59 EST - An interesting news article from Nikkei Business Publications' NEAsia Online website notes that Matsushita has managed to break into the top four best-selling digital cameras in Japan with a model announced last October.

The company, through its Panasonic brandname, has found its Lumix DMC-F1 to be a good performer, having been ranked in the top 4 models sold from the end of last year through the start of 2003 - and for... (More)

Adobe's RAW plugin released
00:27 EST - A wide range of formats are supported for easy conversion and processing in Photoshop 7.0.1...

Adobe has today announced its RAW Conversion plugin for Photoshop, "Adobe Camera Raw". The plugin was first previewed at the end of November, and supports RAW formats used by Canon, Fujifilm, Minolta,... (More)

Fuji's FinePix F700 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji's first SuperCCD SR digital camera announced
00:00 EST - Fuji's second announcement of the day is the FinePix F700, its first model to use the recently announced SuperCCD SR technology which promises to extend dynamic range significantly over existing sensor technologies.

If you're not familiar with SuperCCD SR, it might be a good idea to read our earlier coverage of the sensor announcement before you continue. Specifics of the F700 design include a sensor with 3.1 megapixels... (More)

Fuji announces FinePix F410 digital camera
00:00 EST - Fuji Japan has two announcements today - both cameras using its fourth generation SuperCCD sensor technology.

The first announcement, the FinePix F410, uses a standard SuperCCD HR sensor arrangement with the familiar octagonal layout seen in past Fuji SuperCCD cameras. The F410 has a sensor resolution of 3.14... (More)

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Pentax announces the Optio 450 & 550
10:00 EST - Pentax USA has today announced two new compact digicams that boast quite an impressive feature set.

The two cameras are very similar barring the resolution - 4.13 megapixels for the Optio 450, and 5.25 megapixels for the Optio 550. They both have smc Pentax 5x optical zoom lenses using 5-point hybrid... (More)

Pentax's Optio 33L digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio 33L digital camera (UPDATED)
10:00 EST - Alongside today's announcements of two new 4 / 5mpix, 5x zoom digital cameras, Pentax has introduced its new Optio 33L - a 3.34 megapixel, 3x optical zoom unit.

Features of the camera include a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels from a 1/2.7" CCD, 5-point TTL Contrast Detect AF system, Multi-, Center-weighted or Spot metering, and a range of picture modes... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix 3100 digital camera. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. "First Look" reviews of Nikon Coolpix 2100, 3100 posted!
00:01 EST - Nikon's been cutting a wide swath in the digicam market for some time now, generally moving from the higher-end products that define their traditional market position to lower-end, lower-cost, increasingly consumer-friendly offerings.

The latest in this trend are the Coolpix 2100 and 3100, near-twin cameras sharing virtually all features apart from their CCD chips, LCD displays and lens designs. Very small and light, they fit well into... (More)

Nikon announces two new Coolpix compacts
00:01 EST - Nikon USA has today announced two new digital cameras bringing new capabilities to its Coolpix digital camera line.

The Coolpix 2100 and 3100 are similar models overall, and both share an interesting new "Framing Assist" mode that promised to help beginners take better photographs. (Mor advanced users will probably... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix SQ finally announced
00:01 EST - Regular readers will remember that about two weeks ago, Nikon Japan began a teaser campaign for a new digital camera.

The initial teaser was vague to say the least - the only obvious suggestion being that the camera would be square with rounded corners. However, any hope of a prolonged teaser-style launch was blown apart... (More)

Friday, February 14, 2003

The Photographic Research Organization Inc.'s logo. Click here to visit the PRO website! PRESS RELEASE: PRO named exclusive channel distributor of MediaRECOVER software
16:27 EST - New image recovery software program allows users of digital cameras, PDA, etc., to retrieve digital data once thought lost Fairfield, CT (February 14, 2003) - Photographic Research Organization, Inc. (PRO), a cooperative owned by independent specialty retailers, announces today that they are the exclusive distributor to the photo industry of MediaRECOVER Image Recovery Software for Windows from MediaRECOVER,... (More)

Wacom's logo. Click here to visit the Wacom website! PRESS RELEASE: Wacom(R) To Celebrate Valentine's Day With "In Love With Photography" Event
16:10 EST - Winners To Receive Digital Photo Related Prizes; Selected Submitted Digital Photos To Be Professionally Retouched VANCOUVER, WA, FEB. 14 -- Leading manufacturer of pen tablets for digital photo retouching, Wacom Technology Corp. has launched an "In Love With Photography" event for visitors to its website at As a fun way to share the power of Wacom pen technology... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kaidan and EyeSee360 Announce PhotoWarp 2.0 Public Preview and Support for Digital and Film SLR Cameras
03:53 EST - Major new panoramic software release and SLR camera support enables high-volume virtual tour production capabilities and high-resolution output Feasterville, PA February 14, 2002: Kaidan Incorporated and EyeSee360 Inc. today announced major enhancements to their single-shot panoramic imaging solution, 360 One VR. The companies have announced PhotoWarp 2.0 Public Preview and the SLR Bracket which... (More)

Photolightning partners with Shutterfly, WalMart
02:07 EST - Regular readers may well remember PhotoLightning Corp., the company whose self-named program we described last October on this news page.

Photolightning is a fairly nice, simple program for viewing and sharing images (printing, emailing, etc). The program has a provision for uploading images to online photofinishers for printing, and two... (More)

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Ricoh's Caplio G3 Model M digital camera, shown in both black and grey versions. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh announces the Caplio G3
18:18 EST - Ricoh Japan has today announced three new digital cameras sharing an identical base, claimed to have the fastest shutter response time (including focusing) of any camera in their class..

Although only one camera, the Caplio G3, is announced in the English-language press release, the Japanese announcement adds a Caplio G3 Model M, and a Caplio G3 Model S. All three cameras share an identical... (More)

Uniross' logo. Click here to visit the Uniross website! PRESS RELEASE: UNIROSS Unveils World's Only 2300 mAh Rechargeable AA Battery at Photo Marketing Association Convention
02:38 EST - Europe's Leading Rechargeable Battery Company Lands in North America with Cutting Edge Products LAS VEGAS, NV - UNIROSS, Europe's leading brand of rechargeable batteries and chargers, today introduces the world's only 2300 mAh rechargeable battery. The 2300 makes its debut at The Photo Marketing Association International Convention & Tradeshow this week in Booth Q159 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.... (More)

Addonics' logo. Click here to visit the Addonics website! PRESS RELEASE: Addonics Announces Firewire Mini DigiDrive for PCs and Macintosh
02:27 EST - -- Multi-Format Flash Memory Reader/Writer Supports Seven Digital Media Types SAN JOSE, CA (February 13, 2003) -- The Addonics Technologies today announced a multi-format Firewire interface Flash memory reader/writer that allows both Macintosh and PC users to transfer digital media files at up to 400 Mbits/sec to seven different formats. The company also announced USB 2.0 compatibility for its Mini... (More)

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Sanyo announces the DSC-J1 digital camera
07:50 EST - Regular readers will remember we told you on Monday that Sanyo Japan was about to announce a new digital camera.

The announcement has now happened, and the new Sanyo Xacti (pronounced Zack-Tee) DSC-J1 looks to be quite an interesting little camera. Available in two colors - silver or "misty pink", the 'J1 will cost... (More)

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

The Imaging Resource logo. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Get ready for the next round of Digital SLRs
06:26 EST - Unless you've been living under a rock for the last month or so, you've probably seen the huge number of rumors flying around the Internet of upcoming Digital SLR launches at the Photo Marketing Association show just a few weeks away.

Honestly, keeping track of the rumors (and debunking many of them) could be a full-time job. What's not in question though is that with the EOS D60 apparently discontinued and PMA so close, Canon are likely... (More)

Canon to return some production to Japan
01:51 EST - An article from Reuters over the weekend notes that Canon Inc. is returning production of some product lines to Japan from overseas.

The story originated in Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper, and notes that as part of the move, Canon will be investing ¥100 billion (US$834 million, ignoring currency fluctuations) over the next... (More)

Sony, Sanyo ramp up CCD production
01:38 EST - Sony Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co. are both ramping up production of CCD image sensors, largely due to growth in the cell-phone camera market, Reuters and Dow Jones report.

Sanyo apparently plans to spend some ¥45 billion (US$380 million) over the next three years on boosting its production of the chips, and will increase its total CCD production five-fold between the... (More)

Monday, February 10, 2003

Nikon Coolpix SQ: The cat takes another step out of the bag?
19:51 EST - Regular readers will be well aware of the Nikon Coolpix SQ (in form, if not in specification) - the camera was supposed to be gradually introduced through a series of teasers which were leaked early over the weekend.

Thus far, though, we've seen only speculation as to specifications from readers and in forums and newsgroups - nothing official has been released by Nikon, and none of the websites we've seen have posted... (More)

Samsung UK reannounces the Digimax V4
19:12 EST - Samsung UK has today reannounced the Digimax V4, a digital camera that was first unveiled by the parent company late last month.

Samsung Techwin announced the camera, which features a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan-branded lens and compatibility with an impressive nine different power sources, at the end of January. Full specifications... (More)

Minolta updates the Dimage S404
16:44 EST - Minolta Corp. has today announced a successor to the DiMAGE S304 and S404 digital cameras, in the form of the new DiMAGE S414.

The new model is very closely based on the S404, sharing the identical lens, imager, body - in fact at first glance the specifications seem essentially identical. We're currently examining the specifications... (More)

Sanyo's logo. Click here to visit the Sanyo website! Sanyo: New digicam coming soon
14:52 EST - Yet another company is apparently preparing to launch a digital camera in the weeks running up to the Photo Marketing Association show - this time Japanese consumer electronics giant Sanyo.

The company is running a teaser for a new digital camera which apparently will be launched on Wednesday. The name has yet to be revealed, but a number of other flash files are visible on the company's... (More)

Contax' Tvs digital camera. Used by permission of, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Contax confirms Tvs Digital launch date, pricing
06:14 EST - Kyocera Corp. issued a press release last Thursday reconfirming a digital camera which we first told you about last August, a little over a month before the Photokina show began in Germany.

At that time, little was known, beyond the fact that the camera would feature a 5 megapixel imager, and would follow in the footsteps of the company's Contax Tvs 35mm film camera series. A month later,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: DIGIPHOTO 101 Online Class Now Open
02:59 EST - Enrollment is now open for the next session of Digiphoto 101, an online interactive digital photography course that begins March 3rd, 2003 and is taught by Arthur H. Bleich, professional photographer and feature editor of Digital Camera Magazine Lighting, color, texture, composition, and other subjects are covered to give both beginning and intermediate students a solid grounding in photodigital... (More)

Review roundup: HP, Minolta, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax
02:56 EST - Our friends at the various digital camera sites around the web (and around the world!) continue to be just as hard at work reviewing the latest digital cameras as we are.

If you're considering a new digital camera, here are a few reviews new in the last week or two that you might want to take a look at: Digital Photography Review HP PhotoSmart 850 "[A] flexible and easy... (More)

Saturday, February 8, 2003

Nikon's "enigma" makes an early debut (UPDATED)
15:49 EST - Regular readers will remember that we told you on Tuesday of plans from Nikon to unveil a new digital camera.

At that time, little was known - we posted a link to a brief teaser item on Nikon's site which suggested a roughly square camera with rounded corners, but if there were any other hints in the teaser they... (More)

Friday, February 7, 2003

Brother's MFC-4420c Multi Function Center. Courtesy of Brother, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Brother announces office-in-a-box
17:25 EST - A press release from Brother International Corp. announces two new devices that are designed to replace a wide array of separate items currently stealing your valuable desk space.

The MFC-4420c and MFC-4820c "Multi Function Centers" both combine an inkjet photo printer (2400 x 1200 dots per inch; 13 pages per minute in monochrome, 11ppm in color), flatbed scanner (36-bit 600 x... (More)

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Ricoh's Caplio RR230 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh Caplio RR230 - could it be a Konica?
22:14 EST - We told readers yesterday of a new digital camera from Ricoh Japan, and sharp-eyed Unco Calkoen has identified what seems to be a perfect match for this new model.

Ricoh's Caplio RR230 replaces the Caplio RR120, itself a model manufactured for Ricoh by Taiwanese digicam company Premier Camera. Unco sent us an email noting the strong resemblance with Konica's KD-220Z... (More)

Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Ricoh Japan announces Caplio RR230
21:18 EST - This is one from a few days ago that we just saw - the announcement of an update to the Ricoh Caplio RR120 digital camera.

The RR120, a 2.2 megapixel 3x optical zoom camera based on Premier's DC2320, was announced in March 2002. The new RR230 is significantly smaller and lighter, being about 13mm slimmer, 5mm shorter, and... (More)

ACD Systems' logo. Click here to visit the ACD Systems website! PRESS RELEASE: ACD Demos New Imaging Solutions at PMA
18:56 EST - How Do Millions of Consumers and Professionals Manage Their Growing Digital Photo Collections? Victoria, British Columbia - February 5, 2003 - ACD Systems, the digital imaging company and the makers of ACDSee(tm), will be demonstrating the company's latest technological advancements in digital imaging software at PMA 2003. With over 10 years experience in the digital imaging industry, ACD Systems... (More)

Sony Europe announces three new Cyber-shots (UPDATED)
04:10 EST - News reaches us today of three new digital cameras announced in Europe by Sony.

Our friends at the LetsGoDigital and DCViews websites have posted news items describing the cameras, and LetsGoDigital also have an image of each camera. From the European press release, we have specifications... (More)

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Nikon posts digicam teaser
16:13 EST - Nikon Japan has posted a short teaser on its website promising that it will soon "unveil an enigma".

As usual with these teasers, we'll leave it up to our readers to draw their own conclusions as to what is being announced. We've assembled a quick animated graphic (below) that you can look at, or you... (More)

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! New Canon photo printer updates the S900
02:41 EST - Canon U.S.A. has announced a new photo printer following on from its well-received S900 that takes droplet sizes to an amazing two picoliters - half the size of the previous model.

At the same time as halving the droplet size, Canon has also doubled the resolution in the new i950 photo printer from 2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) to 4800 x 1200 dpi. The i950, which is available... (More)

Monday, February 3, 2003

SMaL Camera Technologies' logo. Click here to visit the SMaL Camera website! SMaL's ultra-thin digicam gets a major update
08:00 EST - SMaL Camera Technologies, the company behind the digital camera recognized by the Guinness World Records as the "Thinnest Camera" (the record is listed in the Science and Tech :: Gadgets category) has today announced a replacement for the record-holding camera design.

A digital camera based on SMaL's UltraPocket reference design was first commercialised by Fuji Japan as the AXIA eyeplate in March 2002, and subsequently Logitech, Radio Shack, Oregon Scientific and Creative... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Workshop cruise to Alaska will teach travel and outdoor digital photography skills
05:18 EST - Attendees' best images will be published in a fine arts book The Third Digital Photography Workshop at Sea will spend June 22-29, 2003, cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska from Vancouver, B.C., with visits to Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, and the Hubbard Glacier. Attendees will learn travel and outdoors digital photography techniques and have their work showcased in a published book documenting the... (More)

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