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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mike: The 35.2 Billion Dollar Pixel
20:10 EST - After yesterday's hike through the trade show floor, we cover some of the more interesting software developments at the show.

Today's report includes pieces on DxO's hybrid optical / software lens, Nik Software's UPoint technology in Nikon Capture NX, FotoNation's in-camera software, iView's survey results and a visit with Peter... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click here to visit the Panasonic website! Panasonic: HDTV projector w/ SD card slot
11:36 EST - Panasonic Projector Systems, a division of Japanese consumer electronics company Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., is showing a new LCD projector system at this year's PMA show.

We wouldn't normally cover a projector announcement as they're rather outside the remit of this site, but the Panasonic PT-P1SDU is interesting as an example of the company's strategy of providing added... (More)

PMA: Mike Sweeps the Floor
02:15 EST - Mike takes a hike through the PMA trade show floor. Put your feet up and come along for a tour of a few of the more compelling exhibits.

We start with a peek at the IR Video Team in action before taking a look at a few booths. Then we get our hands on the new Gitzo monopod (which weighs less than a pound) before looking over Mistubishi's... (More)

Monday, February 27, 2006

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Doubles Capacity of Innovative USB-Flash Memory Combo Card
23:03 EST - Folding SD Plus Card Eliminates Need For Separate USB Card Reader ORLANDO, FL, Feb. 26, 2006 - SanDisk ® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced a 2-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Ultra ® II SD ™ Plus card, thus doubling the capacity of its award-winning storage card that combines USB connectivity and flash memory storage. The card looks and functions like a typical SD card and its high speed... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Doubles Capacity Of Its SanDisk Extreme III Cards - Its Fastest Digital Film Cards For Professional Photographers
22:55 EST - 8-Gigabyte Extreme III Cards Offer Speed, Performance and Capacities That Are Ideal For Digital SLRs ORLANDO, FL, Feb. 26, 2006 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced the addition of new card capacities to its Extreme III line of flash cards for professional digital cameras that are double the highest capacity points currently available. The new cards include the 8-gigabyte (GB)1... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Announces 4-Gigabyte Memory Stick Pro Duo Cards For Digital Photographers
22:45 EST - Ability To Take Thousands Of High-Resolution Images Lets Photographers Concentrate On Their Subject ORLANDO, FL, Feb. 26, 2006 - With increasing sales of high-resolution digital cameras, video camcorders and other electronics devices that require more memory capacity and speed, SanDisk ® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the 4-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Ultra ® II Memory Stick PRO Duo... (More)

Leica's logo. Click here to visit the Leica website! PRESS RELEASE: Leica Camera AG Endorses Four Thirds System Standard
22:35 EST - Leading German Manufacturer to Support Open Standard For Digital SLR Cameras Melville, New York, February 26, 2006 - Olympus Imaging Corp. (President: Masaharu Okubo) is pleased to announce the participation of Leica Camera AG of Germany in the Four Thirds System standard for digital SLR cameras. Olympus has encouraged other manufacturers... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Brings New Photo Sharing Application To The Wireless Industry
22:32 EST - Now Wireless Carriers Can Offer ImageStation Members Photo Access Through Web-Enabled Mobile Camera Phones ORLANDO, Fla. (PMA 2006, Booth #4150), Feb. 25, 2006 - Sony shed light today on its new "Share Everywhere" program, which will give ImageStation members photo sharing capabilities through web-enabled camera phones, televisions, computers, and portable entertainment systems. One element of the... (More)

Lexar's logo. Click here to visit the Lexar website! PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Doubles the Performance of Its Popular 8GB CompactFlash Memory Card
22:27 EST - High-Capacity Card Is Ideal For Both Professional And Advanced Amateurs Capturing High Resolution Images In RAW Format ORLANDO, Fl., February 27, 2006 - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, today announced that it has doubled the speed rating of its popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash® memory card to 90X. Furthering the company's lengthy heritage... (More)

Lexar's logo. Click here to visit the Lexar website! PRESS RELEASE: New Digital Imaging Applications Developed For Lexar's ActiveMemory System to Improve Professional Photography Workflow
22:25 EST - ORLANDO, Fl., February 27, 2006 - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies today announced several applications developed for the ActiveMemory System (AMS), the company's innovative digital photography workflow technology. New and improved professional photo-imaging applications now supporting ActiveMemory, including Photo Mechanic by Camera Bits, Corel*... (More)

Lexar's logo. Click here to visit the Lexar website! PRESS RELEASE: Corel and Lexar Team to Automate Digital Imaging Workflow
22:22 EST - Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Family of Software Supports Lexar® ActiveMemory System to Enable Automatic Processing of Photos During Download Ottawa - February 27, 2006 - Corel Corporation today announced a partnership with Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR) to provide customers with a unique automated solution for transforming photos as they are downloaded from a memory card. Corel® Paint... (More)

Lexar's logo. Click here to visit the Lexar website! PRESS RELEASE: Lexar LockTight Available In New Formats and Additional Languages
22:20 EST - ORLANDO, Fl., February 27, 2006 - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, today announced that its unique LockTight system is being localized and will be available to a greater number of security-conscious photographers worldwide. The LockTight System, on display this week at the Photo Marketing Association International Show (PMA), is a valuable tool... (More)

Lexar's logo. Click here to visit the Lexar website! PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Smart Download To Offer ActiveMemory Functionality For Adobe Creative Suite
22:17 EST - New Module Will Improve Digital Imaging Workflow for Photographers Using Adobe Bridge ORLANDO, Fl., February 27, 2006 - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies today announced Lexar® Smart Download, an intelligent acquisition plug-in module that will allow photographers to rapidly download and manage images directly from their memory cards via Adobe®... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Rimage's Disc Publishing Technology Integrated into New HP Photosmart Studio
22:14 EST - New retail solution to provide customers vivid digital photos in seconds Minneapolis — February 27, 2006 — Rimage Corporation (Nasdaq: RIMG) today announced that its disc publishing technology has been integrated into the new HP Photosmart Studio – the first in-store solution where consumers can design creative products in about five minutes and pick up their product in one hour... (More)

Galbraith Reports Upcoming Aperture 1.1 Improvements
16:57 EST - The new version focuses on Raw conversion and usability, according to a report today by Rob Galbraith. Scheduled for release later this month, an OS update may be required as well.

Citing much improved Raw decoding that "appears to have none of the improperly sharpened and somewhat smeared look of Aperture conversions today," Rob Gailbraith details that and other improvements in... (More)

PMA: Mike Gets Some Perspective
02:01 EST - After a preliminary tour of the trade show floor, we gain some perspective on what's going on at the afternoon's keynote and an evening with Adobe.

There's certainly a subtle shift toward integration -- or playing nice, as one rep put it. Hardware with software, software with other software. Alliances were to be seen everywhere you looked. The afternoon... (More)

PMA video / booth report updates continue
00:04 EST - We're continuing to publish new items all day long from the show floor at the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.

Over the last few hours, we've posted two new videos - one looking at color calibration with Ross Hendricks from ColorVision by DataColor, and the other covering the Pepcom DigitalFocus press event (products... (More)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

HP's Photosmart Pro B9180 professional photo printer. Courtesy of HP, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. HP announces pigment-based pro printer
22:57 EST - Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced a new printer model based on pigmented inks that the company says has shown fade resistance of more than 200 years in preliminary testing.

The tests, conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research, suggest that HP's Photosmart Pro B9180 Professional Photo Printer will offer exceptional fade resistance (when using the new eight-color HP Vivera pigment... (More)

Hewlett Packard's logo. Click here to visit the Hewlett Packard website! PRESS RELEASE: HP Disrupts Retail Photo-printing Market
22:27 EST - Breakthrough photo kiosk and in-store studio deployed in chains nationwide PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2006 - HP today marked its entrance into the retail photo-printing market with the introduction of a self-service photo kiosk and an in-store photo studio that will be rolled out in top-tier retail chains nationwide. Albertsons, Longs Drugs Stores, Bashas' Supermarkets and specialty photo stores... (More)

Panasonic SLR video, PMA galleries posted
13:56 EST - As the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow has officially begun, we've just added some interesting new material to our PMA report.

Most significantly, we've published a video covering Panasonic's just-announced Lumix DMC-L1 digital SLR. You'll really get a feel for the size and ergonomics of the DMC-L1 as you watch our publisher,... (More)

Sigma announces five Four Thirds lenses
11:00 EST - In its second announcement of the day, Sigma Corp. has released details of five new lenses for the Four Thirds system, as used in digital SLRs from Olympus (and soon Panasonic, as well).

The newly announced lenses include two DC models (the 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM and 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC), and three DG types (the MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG, APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM, and APO 50-500mm F4-6.3... (More)

Sigma announces 70-200mm lens
11:00 EST - Sigma Corp. has today announced a new 70-200mm lens destined for the Canon, Nikon and Sigma lens mounts.

The Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM lens has eighteen elements in fifteen groups, and a nine bladed diaphragm, with an angle of view ranging from 34.3° - 12.3°. It focuses down to 100... (More)

pmalogo.jpg PMA: Mike Takes Three Sneak Peaks
10:16 EST - Our first floor report from Orlando was delayed by an Internet outage and broken door handle, but we persisted. Snow, sleet or rain would could have handled.

But despite the delay, our coverage of PMA Sneak Peak, a Sony Shoot at Universal Studios and Pepcom's DigitalFocus has finally been posted. The trade show floor opens in just a few minutes, so we're going... (More)

Casio USA reveals EX-Z850 plans
10:00 EST - In its second US announcement of the day, Casio has described its plans for the EXILIM EX-Z850 model.

The Z850 was announced in Europe and Asia on February 21st, and the camera will ship in the USA by mid April, priced at $399.99. The Z850 is an eight megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5"... (More)

Casio USA: EXILIM EX-Z60 announced
10:00 EST - Casio USA has today announced its new EXILIM EX-Z60 digital camera.

Announced in Europe and Asia on February 21st, the EX-Z60 will reach US shores by mid April, with two variants - black and silver body colors respectively - both being available priced at $249.99. The... (More)

Casio's EXILIM EX-Z600 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio USA announces EX-Z600
10:00 EST - As this year's PMA 2006 trade show is about to kick off, Casio USA has officially announced the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z600, a camera that was announced in late January in the rest of the world.

Full details can be found in our coverage of the earlier announcement. To recap, though, the EX-Z600 is a six megapixel ultracompact model with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.7" LCD display.... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-L1 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic announces its first SLR (UPDATED)
09:00 EST - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., whose digital cameras are sold under the Panasonic brand name, has today unveiled what may be one of the most anticipated products at this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 brings to fruition the company's pledge last April that it would create a digital SLR under its own branding, compatible with Olympus' Four Thirds lens mount standard. The L1... (More)

Leica's D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic, Leica announce stabilized interchangeable lens
09:00 EST - Alongside Panasonic's announcement of its new single-lens reflex digital camera, the company has today released news of a new lens that is a joint development with Leica Camera AG.

The Leica D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens is, the companies note, the first interchangeable Leica lens to be designed specifically for digital cameras. The lens offers Panasonic's proprietary... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Olympus and Panasonic Announce Four Thirds System Digital SLR Cameras
09:00 EST - Olympus Corporation (Olympus) and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) have been engaged in joint development of cameras that comply with the Four Thirds System standard for interchangeable-lens-type digital SLR cameras, and will display the fruit of their labors at the PMA 2006 International Convention and Trade Show that starts today, February 26, in Orlando, Florida. Olympus will... (More)

New PMA videos posted
03:18 EST - Our video coverage of the PMA 2006 trade show is continuing, with two new videos posted today.

In the first video, Dave Etchells takes a look at the Kodak V570 camera - a great example of out-of-the-box thinking, as the first two-lens / two-sensor consumer digital camera. Dave takes you through... (More)

Saturday, February 25, 2006

PMA Sneak Peak gallery posted
18:22 EST - We've just posted our first gallery of photos in the runup to the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow, which starts tomorrow.

Photo sharing company Phanfare have made their (very slick!) technology available to us to assist in getting photos ready to be viewed as quickly as possible. The Sneak Peek gallery can be found online... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H5 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony: Two new long-zoom digicams
15:30 EST - Rounding out its digital camera announcements for the day, Sony has unveiled two new digital camera models that will compete in the increasingly competitive long-zoom segment.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 is the direct successor to the company's popular DSC-H1 model that was announced at last year's show. The DSC-H2 offers a sensor resolution of six megapixels along with a new... (More)

Sony: Two new W-series Cyber-shots
15:30 EST - Sony has today announced two new digital camera models for its compact W-series.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 is seven megapixel model using a new imager with a smaller die size than the 1/1.8" imagers in existing seven megapixel cameras, helping to keep overall camera size down.... (More)

Nikon: First VR macro lens
00:23 EST - Nikon Inc. has introduced a new macro lens that the company says is the first ever to offer vibration reduction for use when shooting closeups.

The Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor lens offers Nikon's VR II vibration reduction system, which Nikon claims will allow up to four shots extra latitude in shutter speeds. The function operates... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: ExpressDigital Extends Darkroom Software with Retouching Tools, Advanced RAW Workflow, and Quick Set-Up Wizards
00:06 EST - ENGLEWOOD, CO-February 24, 2006-ExpressDigital, the leader in digital workflow software, internet storefronts, and lab solutions, announced today an enhanced version of its flagship software, ExpressDigital Darkroom. The enhancements include new built-in retouching tools, advanced RAW workflow, quick-and-easy set-up wizards, and proactive online marketing campaigns. "Ease-of-use combined with new... (More)

Friday, February 24, 2006

Canon: new large-format inkjet
23:58 EST - Canon USA has revealed a new printer model that offers 17-inch wide large format prints using 12-color "Lucia" pigmented inks.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5000 features dual print heads with a total of 30,720 ink nozzles (2,560 nozzles per color), and 12 separate ink tanks for Red, Blue, Green, Gray, Photo Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan,... (More)

Canon's PIXMA MP800R all-in-one, courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon launches new PIXMA all-in-ones
23:01 EST - Among its numerous new product launches at the 2006 Photo Marketing Association spring show, Canon has unveiled two new PIXMA multi-function printers, the PIXMA MP800R and MP830.

Both are based around a 9600 x 2400 dpi printer with five-color Canon ContrastPLUS ink set with separate ink tanks and 3,584 nozzle ink head., coupled with a dual CCD scanner. The PIXMA MP830 features... (More)

Canon's PIXMA Pro9500 inkjet printer, Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon: New pro-oriented inkjet printers
19:32 EST - Canon USA has unveiled two new inkjet printer models that the company notes are the first to which it has applied the "Pro" designation, the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 and Pro9500.

Both of the models apparently take their styling cues from Canon's digital SLR lineup, and both create prints up to 13" x 19" with what Canon describes as "gallery quality". They also... (More)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Samsung's GX-1L digital SLR. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung announces GX-1L SLR
19:00 EST - Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc.has today officially announced the new GX-1L digital SLR, a camera which we reported on a few weeks ago after sites in Europe and Asia published information on the model.

The GX-1L is Samsung's second digital SLR outing after the GX-1S, and in much the same way as the '1S was in essence a rebadging of Pentax's existing *ist DS2 digital SLR, the '1L looks to be essentially... (More)

Samsung's Digimax L85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: New Digimax offers HDMI interface
19:00 EST - One of two new Digimax-branded digital cameras being announced today, the Samsung Digimax L85 is, says the company, the world's first digital camera to offer an HDMI interface.

For our readers who may not be familiar with HDMI, which stands for "High-Definition Multimedia Interface", it is used to connect digital audio/video devices to high definition televisions,... (More)

Samsung announces Digimax L60
19:00 EST - The most basic of the models announced by Samsung today is the Digimax L60, a six megapixel camera with a 35 - 105mm equivalent 3x optical zoom lens.

As with the other Digimax, the L60 doesn't offer an optical viewfinder - instead favoring a larger than average 2.4" LCD display. ISO sensitivities range from 50 to 400, shutter speeds from 15 to... (More)

Pentax: 10mpix DSLR launch this autumn!
17:00 EST - Pentax Imaging Co. has today made an announcement that just might steal the thunder at this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.

The company will be exhibiting three new products under glass on its booth at the show - its planned 645 medium format digital SLR, a new 21mm lens, and (drum roll, please) a ten megapixel digital SLR... (More)

DataColor launches new calibration products
15:23 EST - Lawrenceville, NJ-based DataColor Inc. has announced the launch of a new line of color calibration products that range from $89 to $599, and cater to a variety of market needs.

The line starts with the $89 ColorVision Spyder2express, which includes the Spyder2 colorimeter and Spyder2express monitor calibration software, suitable for calibrating CRT and LCD screens (including... (More)

Ricoh's Caplio R4 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh: Caplio R4 announced (UPDATED)
13:39 EST - In its second new camera announcement of the day, Japanese company Ricoh Co. Ltd. has announced an update to its popular Caplio R3, a long-zoom model with image stabilization in a surprisingly compact package.

When announced last September, Ricoh called the Caplio R3 the smallest digicam in the world with a 5x or greater optical zoom lens. The Ricoh Caplio R4 - announced simultaneously in Europe and Asia -... (More)

logitech_navigator.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Logitech Brings New Levels of Control to Adobe Creative Suite 2
13:13 EST - NuLOOQ navigator device places controls at the fingertips; NuLOOQ tooldial software centralizes tools under the cursor ORLANDO, Fla. -- PMA -- Feb. 23, 2006 -- Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) and Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) today announced the results of a collaboration to provide creative professionals and design enthusiasts new levels of control when using Adobe® Creative Suite... (More)

Ricoh's Caplio RR630 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh unveils Caplio RR630
13:12 EST - Consumer electronics and office automation company Ricoh has today announced a new digital camera model in Europe and Asia that offers a 3x optical zoom lens and six megapixel imager in a compact, affordable package.

The Ricoh Caplio RR630 features both an optical viewfinder - an increasingly rare option these days - and 2.0" LCD display for image framing and review, and accepts power from two AA batteries. There's... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Light Crafts Releases LightZone for Windows
12:54 EST - LightZone Delivers the Most Significant Advance in Windows-Based Photo Editing in More Than a Decade Palo Alto, CA -- February 23, 2006 -- Light Crafts, Inc. today announced that the Microsoft Windows version of its award-winning photo editing software - LightZone™ - is now available. Designed and built from the ground up for professionals and other serious photographers, LightZone for Windows... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Ricoh announces the GR DIGITAL Creative Set
12:40 EST - For the GR DIGITAL Professional Grade High Resolution Compact Digital Camera London - UK February 23rd 2006, RICOH EUROPE B.V. have announced the launch of the "GR DIGITAL Creative Set," including the award winning GR DIGITAL combined with an exciting package of accessories (consisting of wide conversion lens GW-1, external viewfinder GV-1, hood and adapter GH-1, and camera case and neck strap) designed... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Ricoh announces the Caplio GX8 Creative Set
12:35 EST - Caplio GX8 Compact Digital Camera Featuring CCD with 8.24 Effective Megapixels and Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens plus accessory kit. London - UK February 23rd 2006, RICOH EUROPE B.V. announced the launch of the "Caplio GX8 Creative Set," including the Caplio GX8 digital camera, featuring high image quality with 8.24 effective megapixels, combined with an exciting package of accessories designed to... (More)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Seefile 2.0 Brings New Features To Award-Winning Online Photo Sharing And Client Communication Tool
15:51 EST - News Highlights... Control of photographs stays in the hands of photographers; SeeFile pays for itself in saved shipping and ease of communications; New, user-friendly picklists and side-by-side lightbox comparison mode; Rated Best of Show at PMA 2005, it's now even better; For more information, please visit the SeeFile website ( or contact their Boston offices at 617-262-2464. ORLANDO... (More)

IMAGELINK logo. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Nikon, Olympus, Pentax Debut IMAGELINK System-Enabled Cameras at PMA
14:30 EST - Acceptance of Printing Standard Will Benefit Millions of Consumers Worldwide Rochester, NY, Feb. 22 - Nikon, Olympus and Pentax introduced five digital cameras designed to connect to Kodak's EASYSHARE printer dock via the IMAGELINK system standard here at the Photo Marketing Association International Convention and Trade Show this week. The IMAGELINK print system, introduced by Kodak and a consortium... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Unibind Announces Photostory Binding Center
14:15 EST - All-in-One Professional Binding Machine for Highest Quality Photo Albums One Large Format Print Covers 2 Pages - No Cutting or Gluing Needed February 22, 2006, Alpharetta, GA -- Unibind , the leading binding, laminating, and presentation system company, announced today that it will introduce the PhotoStory Binding Center next week at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show... (More)

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! Brief Q&A on Canon 30D
13:35 EST - Tuesday's launch of the Canon EOS 30D was well-received by most readers, but there are a few who were surprised that the replacement to the 20D didn't include a higher resolution sensor.

Though we've pointed out many times that the difference between a 9 or 10 megapixel sensor and an 8 megapixel sensor is negligible, it did almost seem necessary to raise the resolution from a marketing... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Franke & Heidecke Gmbh (formerly known as Rollei Production Gmbh) and Komamura Corp. (manufacturer of Horseman cameras) Form Joint Venture to Offer Integrated Product Family for Professional Photographers
11:55 EST - ORLANDO, FL, (FEBR. 21, 2006) - Professional and advanced consumer photographers can now save money, time and avoid product obsolescence, thanks to a joint venture between Franke & Heidecke (for Rollei) and Komamura (for Horseman) to provide a family of integrated products that allow photographers to easily interchange lenses, backs, and accessories without having to outsource. The two companies will... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New muveeOnline Web Service Lets Consumers Instantly Turn Online-Hosted Pictures and Video into Compelling Music Video Productions in Real Time
11:48 EST - Photo and video-sharing portals benefit from being able to offer end users a more compelling, emotive way of displaying and sharing their digital media Singapore and New York, NY - February 22, 2006 - muvee, the pioneer and leader in Instant Personal Video, launches its new muveeOnline web service at the 2006 Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Convention in Orlando, Florida. The first and only of... (More)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Casio: Two new EXILIM digicams
23:36 EST - Electronics company Casio has announced two new digital camera models in Asia and Europe that extend its EXILIM lineup.

Plans for the Casio EXILIM EX-Z60 and EX-Z850 in other markets haven't been announced at this time. The EX-Z60 is a six megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5" LCD display, and offers... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Announces New Nikon View Pro Software
14:13 EST - Nikon View Pro Offers Faster Viewing and Management of Large Quantities of Images, and Ensures Seamless Compatibility with Nikon Capture NX™ MELVILLE, NY (February 21, 2006) - Nikon ( today announced Nikon View Pro, high-speed, versatile software designed to deliver faster viewing, processing and management of large quantities of images, helping make the professional workflow... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Unibind Announces "My Books" -- Instant Photo Albums Without Equipment, Glue Or Mess
12:58 EST - Easily Creates Professional Quality Photo Books for the Home or Office February 21, 2006, Alpharetta, GA -- Unibind , the leading binding, laminating, and presentation system company, announced today that it will introduce "My Books" easy photo album creation kit for consumers, at next week's Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show held in Orlando, Florida. My Books allows anyone... (More)

Canon's EOS 30D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon refreshes the EOS 20D
06:00 EST - Camera giant Canon Inc. has today announced the much-rumored EOS 30D digital camera, a closely related sibling of the existing EOS 20D model, but with a number of notable changes.

The most outwardly notable change is the replacement of the 20D's 1.8" LCD display with a 2.5" LCD that offers double the resolution, and is said to offer a wide angle of view and improved visibility.... (More)

Canon's PowerShot S3 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon: Image-stabilized PowerShot S3 IS launched
06:00 EST - One of a whopping eight PowerShot digital cameras unveiled by Canon today, the PowerShot S3 IS won't fit in a pocket - but it will most certainly help get you close to your subject.

The largest of the PowerShots in this ramp of announcements, the S3 IS is still fairly compact by long-zoom camera standards, with dimensions of 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.0" - the same size as the S2 IS model... (More)

Canon announced PowerShot SD700 IS
06:00 EST - Canon has today unveiled its new PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH digicam, a compact six megapixel model with an image stabilized 4x optical zoom lens.

Image stabilizers are still far from commonplace in compact cameras, but they undoubtedly add greatly to the versatility in difficult shooting situations. The PowerShot SD700 IS marks the first use of... (More)

Canon's PowerShot SD630 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon SD630 unveiled
06:00 EST - One of three SD-series Digital ELPH cameras announced by Canon today, the Canon PowerShot SD630 offers a 3x optical zoom lens and six megapixel imager.

With compact dimensions of just 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.8", the SD630 features the attractive styling that is a hallmark of the series, along with a spacious 3.0-inch LCD display but forgoes any form of optical... (More)

Canon's PowerShot SD600 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon details the PowerShot SD600
06:00 EST - One of a mass of digital camera announcements in the runup to this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow is the Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPH.

Featuring clean lines and the familiar beveled detailing around the lens, the SD600 is one of three Digital ELPH models revealed today, and as with its new sibling the SD630, it offers a six megapixel... (More)

Canon's PowerShot A700 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon: New PowerShot A700 digicam
06:00 EST - Canon is continually expanding its PowerShot A-series cameras, even as they reduce some of their other lines. The new A700, announced just before Spring PMA 2005, is the first step in yet another expansion of the A-series to a new level. This time the expansion is more than about pixels, but includes a longer lens than any A-series previously, reaching to 6x, or an equivalent of 35 to 210mm, making the PowerShot A700 excellent for all-purpose photography.

The Canon A700 also includes a respectable 6.0 megapixel sensor, more than enough for tack-sharp 11x14 inch prints. Like most of the other cameras announced at the same time, the A700 also includes an... (More)

Canon's PowerShot A540 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon PowerShot A540 revealed
06:00 EST - One up from the low end of the camera models announced by Canon prior to the Spring 2006 PMA show, the PowerShot A540 comes in just above the A530 model. The extra money you'll spend on the Canon A540 over its lower-end sibling will likely be well-spent though: While keeping the same 4x zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent) used across much of the PowerShot A-series, the Canon A540 boosts resolution to 6 megapixels, and increases the maximum movie frame rate to a full 30 frames/second, even at 640x480 resolution.

The Canon A540 also boosts performance in some other areas as well, sporting a huge 2.5" rear-panel LCD in addition to its real-image optical viewfinder, and adding aperture-priority and shutter-priority... (More)

Canon's PowerShot A530 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon unveils PowerShot A530
06:00 EST - At the low end of the camera models announced by Canon prior to the Spring 2006 PMA show, the PowerShot A530 comes in just above the entry-level A410 model. Despite it's low-end positioning though, the Canon A530 packs a lot of capability, with resolution and features that would have counted as a high end model just a couple of years ago.

The Canon A530 combines a five-megapixel sensor with a 4x (35-140mm equivalent) optical zoom lens to deliver plenty of resolution and detail, with an ISO light-sensitivity range from 80 to 800. A 1.8"... (More)

Canon's PowerShot A430 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon PowerShot A430 announced
06:00 EST - There was a time when the low end of the PowerShot A-series really defined the word "low-end." That's no longer true with the latest low-cost Canon PowerShots. We were fairly blown away by the quality and utility of the PowerShot A410, and the A430 looks like an incremental upgrade that will follow in its footsteps.

With a 4x optical zoom, a 4 megapixel sensor, and the lightest weight of the A-series lineup, the Canon PowerShot A430 is ready to go wherever you like. Though it doesn't quite have the manual control... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix S5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon: New S-series digicams
02:00 EST - Among seven digital camera announcements today in three different Nikon Coolpix model lines, the Nikon Coolpix S5 and S6 offer the sleek designs you'd expect of the line whose S- prefix stands for "style".

The two cameras are closely related, sharing near-identical bodies with gently curved front panels and a newly designed Rotary Multi Selector that may remind users of similar controls seen on personal... (More)

Nikon announces two P-series Coolpix cameras
02:00 EST - Two new digital camera models today add to Nikon's P-series lineup of digital cameras, the P- designation apparently standing for "performance".

Aimed at photographers who want more control than is offered by many digital cameras, the Coolpix P3 and P4 both offer a sensor resolution of eight megapixels coupled to a 3.5x optical zoom lens with... (More)

Nikon: Three new L-series digicams
02:00 EST - Nikon USA has today revealed three new digital cameras in its Coolpix L-series in the runup to this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.

The three cameras, all closely related, share a number of features including Nikon's in-camera red-eye fix and D-Lighting (under-exposure correction) technologies, plus a 3x optical zoom lens and 2"... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Introduces All-new Capture NX Software
02:00 EST - Powerful and Intuitive New Software Simplifies Workflow While Reducing the Time and Effort Required to Edit and Process Images MELVILLE, NY (February 21, 2006) - Nikon ( today introduced Capture NX, an all-new image processing and editing software that gives digital photographers powerful tools complimented by simple and visual operation that streamlines their workflow. Capture... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New Nikon Coolpix models with 'Pictmotion' feature let users instantly create in-camera muvees
02:00 EST - Singapore and New York, NY - February 21, 2006 - muvee Technologies, the pioneer and leader in Instant Personal Video, has licensed its muvee-making technology to Nikon to enable automatic video creation on its new Coolpix S5 and S6 style series cameras. muvee's technology powers the embedded 'Pictmotion' feature in these cameras, and enables photos and recorded video clips to be automatically styled... (More)

Monday, February 20, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: muvee autoProducer Makes Online Retail Debut
18:54 EST - Singapore and New York, NY (February 20, 2006) - muvee Technologies, the pioneer and leader in Instant Personal Video, has partnered with Vector, Japan's largest online software download website, to make its muvee autoProducer software more easily available to its Japanese-speaking customers. Jack Chen, muvee's director of sales and marketing in Japan, said, "Japan is one of our key markets and this... (More)

Olympus' SP-350 digital camera. Copyright © 2006, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Olympus SP-350
12:43 EST - The 8.0-megapixel, 3x-zoom Olympus SP-350 has a wealth of features in a surprisingly compact body; and though it's not the most attractive design, you'll start to like it right away when you shoot with it.

Featuring a full range of exposure control, in addition to 24 preset Scene modes, the SP-350 caters to a large audience. A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor provides accurate framing, and a great place to view... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare-One digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Kodak EasyShare-One
12:31 EST - Kodak's EasyShare digicams always make it easy to take pictures, but the EasyShare-One makes it a breeze to share them.

Not just at home within reach of your computer, but anywhere you can find a WiFi connection that gets you on the Web. The EasyShare-One's fully automatic exposure control makes it rewarding to share, too,... (More)

Bibble's logo. Click here to visit the Bibble Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak and Bibble Announce Technology Agreement
11:24 EST - New cross-licensing and co-marketing agreement creates workflow improvements for imaging professionals ORLANDO, February 24 - Eastman Kodak Company and Bibble Labs today announced a cross-licensing and co-marketing agreement that will allow both companies to offer new, improved products to imaging professionals that further strengthens Kodak's 'Connect with Pro Quality' products and programs. Under... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Bibble Labs to license Noise Ninja from PictureCode
10:07 EST - State-of-the-art noise reduction technology to be included in Bibble RAW processing software. Austin, TX- 13:00 EST February 17, 2006. Bibble Labs Inc has reached an agreement with PictureCode LLC, developer of the best-of-breed Noise Ninja image noise reduction software application. Forthcoming versions of Bibble Labs' award-winning RAW workflow software will feature fully integrated versions of... (More)

Saturday, February 18, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: International Sports Images Selects Spitfire Photo Pro For It's Online Image Archive
10:50 EST - Major sports photography agency takes advantage of Spitfire Photo Pro's powerful search and distribution features SAN FRANCISCO, February 16, 2006 - Virtual Moment, LLC, announced today the launch of its online image management service for professional photography workflows. Spitfire Photo Pro ( provides photographers with maximum control and flexibility in image rights... (More)

Express Digital's logo. Click here to visit the Express Digital website! PRESS RELEASE: Noritsu America Corporation and ExpressDigital Announce Strategic Alliance
10:34 EST - ENGLEWOOD, CO - February 16, 2006-ExpressDigital, the leader in digital workflow software, internet storefronts, and lab solutions along with Noritsu America Corporation, the worldwide leader in photo processing and digital imaging, today announced the launch of a multi-year strategic alliance. The arrangement brings together award-winning digital imaging hardware and software to provide a best-in-class... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: My Life Designs Debuts Custom Photo Jewelry Line at Photo Marketing International Show
10:29 EST - February 17, 2006 -- Littleton, CO -- My Life Designs is pleased to announce a fresh, new approach to the photo gift market. What makes these photo products different from others is that My Life Designs pays very close attention to detail when reproducing customer's photos. They also carefully seal each photo into beautiful, Solid Sterling pieces with a process that is waterproof and protects the... (More)

Friday, February 17, 2006

i800.jpg Scanner Review: Microtek ScanMaker i800
19:36 EST - Microtek delivers another engineering marvel with a transparency adaper whose lamp travels with the sensor and film holders that keep larger formats flat -- all for under $400.

Available in a standard or Pro configuration (with upgraded software to read the included IT8 targets), the i800 is a legal-sized scanner with a transparency adapter in the lid. But this adapter's lamp... (More)

Kodak: Four new digicams (UPDATED)
08:00 EST - Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced four new digital camera models for its EasyShare series.

The cameras all feature five or six megapixel imagers, coupled with a 3x optical zoom lens in three of the models, and a 12x stabilized zoom lens in the fourth model. Pricing ranges from $199 to a high... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Enhances Consumer Inkjet Paper
08:00 EST - New Porous Technology and Streamlined Portfolio Provide Consumers with a Simple, Truly Universal Inkjet Media Solution ORLANDO, February 24 - Eastman Kodak Company today announced changes across its entire line of consumer inkjet papers. By incorporating porous media technology and streamlining the product portfolio, Kodak has improved the usability of the paper and the overall consumer experience.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New Evolutions in KODAK Picture Kiosk G4 Platform Improve Retail Digital Printing Experience
08:00 EST - Picture Kiosk G4 Software Version 1.0 and Digital Picture Center System Create Multiple Consumer, Retailer Benefits ORLANDO, Fla., February 24 - Further strengthening its leadership position in retail digital printing, Eastman Kodak Company today announced the introduction of KODAK Digital Picture Center, a customizable modular kiosk system, and the KODAK Picture Kiosk G4 Version 1.0 Software upgrade... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Launches New Way for Consumers to Conveniently Print Digital Pictures at More than 12,000 Retail Locations Nationwide
08:00 EST - ORLANDO, February 24 - Eastman Kodak Company has introduced a new digital printing solution for consumers to conveniently print their digital pictures at retail. Now, at more than 12,000 retail locations around the country, consumers can simply drop off their memory cards or CDs for printing of all their digital pictures and return to the store in a few days for pick-up. Through its Qualex central... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Announces Portfolio-Wide Professional Output and Software Product Enhancements
08:00 EST - Improved Products Drive Efficiency While Demonstrating Kodak's Continued Commitment to Both Pro Labs and Pro Photographers ORLANDO, February 24 - Underscoring its commitment to the professional market, Eastman Kodak Company today announced improvements across its industry-leading professional output product portfolio designed to increase efficiency and bolster quality. Products being highlighted... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Announces New Digital Addition to the ENDURA Paper Lineup
08:00 EST - New paper for digital color printing boosts image quality and drives lab efficiency ORLANDO, February 24 - Reaffirming the company's continued commitment to the professional photo paper business, Eastman Kodak Company today announced an innovative new addition to the KODAK ENDURA paper family optimized for color digital printing performance. Specifically designed for the professional portrait and... (More)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

BenQ's DC-E600 digital camera. Courtesy of BenQ, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. BenQ announces DC-E600 digicam
17:18 EST - Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer BenQ, the company once known as Acer Peripherals, has announced a new digital camera model in the European market that may look rather familiar to our readers.

The BenQ DC-E600's front panel is dominated by a lens mounted off-center in a large circular panel that rotates as the lens extends, affording protection when the camera is powered off, and allowing the... (More)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Apple Updates iLife '06
21:00 EST - iTunes gets an update, too, but not GarageBand.

Available via Software Update or as a standalone download, Apple today released updates to most of its iLife applications including iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie, iWeb and also for iTunes. Following are direct... (More)

Pentax: Three new Optio digicams
17:00 EST - Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced three new additions to its Optio line of digital cameras.

The Pentax Optio M10, T10 and W10 will all ship this March, aimed at three different segments of the market. The entry-level M10 offers a six megapixel imager, 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5" LCD display... (More)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Nik Software's logo. Click here to visit the Nik Software website! Nikon invests in Nik Software
23:04 EST - Nik Software Inc., the software company formerly known as Nik Multimedia Inc., has announced a new cooperation with Japanese camera heavyweight Nikon Inc.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Nikon has apparently made a capital investment in Nik Software, and will co-develop and distribute software with the company. Nik will still continue to independently... (More)

Adobe Updates Lightroom Public Beta
13:04 EST - Beta 2.0 is the first Adobe application released as a Universal Binary.

A month after the initial release of its Lightroom public beta, Adobe has updated its workflow solution for pro photographers with a Universal Binary version. A Windows version, however, won't be available... (More)

Panasonic presents Lumix DMC-TZ1
03:26 EST - The second announcement of the day from Panasonic is the new Lumix DMC-TZ1, featuring a stabilized 10x optical zoom lens in an unusually compact body.

The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 10x optical zoom offers a range from 35 - 350mm equivalent, coupled with a CCD imager offering an effective resolution of five megapixels. A prism-folded optical path allows... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX01 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-FX01
03:12 EST - Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today announced its new Lumix DMC-FX01 digital camera, a compact six megapixel model with image stabilized 3.6x optical zoom lens.

The DMC-FX01's lens is branded as a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit, and offers a useful 28mm wide angle to 102mm telephoto. There's no optical viewfinder, with a large 2.5" 207k pixel LCD display being provided... (More)

Fujifilm FinePix F30 unveiled
00:01 EST - Wrapping up its digital camera announcements for the day, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has released details on its new FinePix F30 digital camera.

The F30 takes the company's Real Photo technology a step further with sensitivities as high as ISO 3200 equivalent - higher than any compact camera to date, although obviously we can't comment on noise... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix F650 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modificatioms by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm: Finepix F650 launched
00:01 EST - For its second announcement of the day, Fujifilm has revealed the new FinePix F650, a camera whose rear panel is dominated by a larger than average 3.0-inch LCD display.

The camera's sensor and lens combination sees a six megapixel, 1/2.5" CCD imager coupled with a Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens that offers a 36 - 180mm equivalent range. The F650 stores images on xD-Picture... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix A600 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modificatioms by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix A600
00:01 EST - Kicking off its announcements in the runup to this year's Photo Marketing Tradeshow, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. has unveiled its new FinePix A600 digital camera.

The latest addition to the A-series of entry-level digital cameras, the A600 features a six megapixel SuperCCD HR imager coupled to a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens. Where the current A-series lineup all... (More)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W50 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony launches new compact W-series digicams
01:00 EST - Sony Electronics Inc. has today unveiled two new digital cameras that place the traditional point-and-shoot styling of its past W-series digital cameras into a significantly more compact body.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 and DSC-W50 are closely related, with a feature set differentiated by LCD display size. The metal-bodied, 23mm-thick cameras both feature an effective resolution of six megapixels... (More)

Friday, February 10, 2006

Nikon Acknowledges D200 Banding Issue
23:12 EST - 'Nikon has discovered that a limited number of early-production D200 cameras may, in specific and uncommon shooting conditions, record images that can present an excessive pattern of fine pitch lines throughout (long banding).'

Nikon has added an entry to its Knowledge Base that addresses the banding or "Corduroy Effect" reported in our D200 review. The entry answers the question, "Why do I occasionally see vertical lines in... (More)

Lemkesoft Releases GraphicConverter 5.8
13:53 EST - Batch Exif text export and slide show improvements highlight the new release.

Lemkesoft has released version 5.8 of GraphicConverter, its venerable image image conversion program. GraphicConverter is currently available as a Universal Binary but the company has released version... (More)

Kodak increases US market share
10:14 EST - An Associated Press news article on the website of reports that Eastman Kodak Co. has extended its lead over rivals Canon Inc. and Sony Corp. in the US digital camera market.

The item, based on information from Massachutts-based market research company IDC, notes that the US domestic market grew by 21% to a total of 28 million units sold in 2005. Kodak's share of the market... (More)

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Digital Foci's Picture Porter Elite. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. New digital photo album with raw / recording support
14:48 EST - An announcement from California-based Digital Foci Inc. unveils the latest addition to its lineup of digital imaging accessories in the run up to this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.

The Digital Foci Picture Porter Elite is a digital photo album with a 3.6" QVGA screen and native support for CompactFlash Type-I or II (including microdrives), as well as MultiMedia Card, Secure... (More)

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Artly There Releases Slide Freebie
21:11 EST - Designed to improve your "look life," the free Macintosh image viewer supports drag-and-drop slide shows with some file operations, too.

We keep hoping someone will develop a simple program for OS X that will run a slide show of any folder of images you drop on it. There have been attempts in the past, but they always have at least one... (More)

iView Multimedia Updates MediaPro 3
20:11 EST - New version adds Raw support for more cameras, optimizations for catalogs with 40K+ records and more.

IView Multimedia released MediaPro 3 version 3.0.2 today. The update adds the following new features and bug fixes:Added support for Panasonic/Leica Digilux RAW (via DCRAW)Added support for Sinar/Mamiya... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix S3 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Nikon Coolpix S3
12:12 EST - The Nikon Coolpix S3 packs a lot of features into its sleek, handsome exterior, including a 6.0-megapixel CCD with 3x zoom lens, and a large 2.5-inch LCD.

Its build is solid, with no creaks, and has a pleasant heft. All the controls and features--with the exception of the SD card door--are well-constructed and give the camera a feel of quality. The Coolpix... (More)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Advance Registration Deadline To Save $100 Off Admission Expires In 10 Days For Photoshop World Conference & Expo
14:14 EST - Photoshop World Conference & Expo - Miami - March 22-24, 2006 TAMPA, FL - Feb. 7, 2006 - In just 10 days, the opportunity to save $100 off the cost of admission to Photoshop World Conference & Expo, the largest Photoshop® educational event in the world, will expire on Fri., Feb. 17th. Photoshop World is the essential educational conference for graphic designers, photographers, Photoshop users,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Digital camera sales reach all-time high in Canada; consumers embrace digital picture-making
11:03 EST - Toronto, Ontario (February 7, 2006) - The revolution in picture-taking has reached its zenith, matching predictions made several years ago. Canada's switchover from filmbased picture-taking to digital picture-taking is close to being complete. This statement is based on data released today by the Canadian Imaging Trade Association (CITA). The revolution has been a short one, lasting a handful of years,... (More)

Nik Software's logo. Click here to visit the Nik Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Nik Multimedia, Inc. Changes Name to Nik Software, Inc. and Unveils New Corporate Identity
08:00 EST - Company puts "Photography first™" as it reaffirms its commitment to develop software for the digital imaging market San Diego, CA - February 7, 2006 - Nik Multimedia, Inc. announces today that the company has changed its name to Nik Software, Inc. effective immediately and has unveiled its new corporate identity keeping the familiar "Nik" and replacing "Multimedia" with "Software" to better... (More)

Monday, February 6, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T9 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot T9
17:26 EST - Sony's new Cybershot T9 delivers good pictures great features in a solid package.

The T9's 6.0-megapixel CCD delivers good image quality, with good color, and high resolution. Its image sharpness and noise levels aren't quite up to the level of the best full-sized 6.0-megapixel cameras... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix P2 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Nikon Coolpix P2
17:10 EST - Will WiFi-connected cameras be the next big wave in the digital camera market? Maybe... and maybe not.

Regardless of whether they'll ever achieve dominance, it's clear that we're going to see more of them appearing over the next year or two. The Nikon Coolpix P2 is part of that company's first effort at... (More)

Five new lens tests posted on
17:01 EST - After a too-long hiatus, we've posted test results for five more lenses over on We hope to add a few more before the pre-PMA crunch buries us, but in the meantime, enjoy these...

After a looong dry spell, I posted test results for five more lenses over on our site. Lenses tested include a couple of long-zoom "vacation" lenses, a couple of dedicated macro lenses, and... (More)

Strong sales, weak yen help Canon, Nikon
16:56 EST - Two of the biggest players in the digital SLR market have both released financial information in the last few days.

Documents from Canon Inc. and Nikon Corp. both reported strong sales of digital cameras, and improving profits assisted by a weaker yen. Canon, reporting on the financial year just ended, saw its Q4 (Oct... (More)

Riya's logo. Click here to visit the Riya website! PRESS RELEASE: Riya Photo Search Engine Goes Into Public Beta
11:12 EST - PHOENIX, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Riya, the first photo search engine, today announced from the stage of the DEMO Conference that it will go into public beta this calendar quarter. Riya uses proprietary face and text recognition technology to let users search for photos of themselves, people and places at As Munjal Shah, Riya CEO and co-founder told the audience, "I have 37,343 digital... (More)

Saturday, February 4, 2006

January Picture of the Month Winners Selected!
23:55 EST - We chose "Cheek to Cheek," "Dark Rainbow," and "Winter Fun" as January's Photo of the Month contest winners. Congratulations to Ada Panichi, Dominic, and John Zimmerman!

Many worthy submissions came in for the first month of the year, and it was again difficult to choose. There were quite a few great pictures that just missed for one reason or another. Some had unfortunate... (More)

Friday, February 3, 2006

EasyShare One Diary: Two Month Follow-Up (UPDATED)
22:24 EST - The worst thing about it is the Shutter button, but we kept finding new ways to use its WiFi capabilities.

We've had the One for a few months now (not to mention a series 3 printer). We previously reported our initial impressions in our EasyShare One Diary. And we'll shortly post our usual review including... (More)

DxO's logo. Click here to visit the DxO website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs Announces Support For Nikon D200 And Canon EOS-1D Mark II N D-SLRs In DxO Optics Pro V3.5
13:27 EST - DxO Labs adds highly sought-after camera and lens couples to its DxO Optics Pro offer. Paris, France, February 3, 2006- DxO Labs announces today that DxO Optics Pro v3.5 Digital SLR and lens automatic image quality enhancement software now supports the recently released Nikon D200 and the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N Digital-SLRs. DxO Optics Pro v3.5 is the award-winning digital image enhancement tool incorporating... (More)

New plugin extends Adobe Bridge
12:02 EST - The folks over at have released a new plugin for Adobe Bridge, the navigational control center used in Adobe Creative Suite 2 software.

DAM's "RapidFixer" plugin is aimed at making Bridge more useful when proofing files, and offers the ability to make simple adjustments to RAW+Sidecar files. The results come quickly, and while they're... (More)

Thursday, February 2, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Magix Announces Movie Edit Pro 11 - Powerful Home Video Editing At Great Value
14:19 EST - WINNER OF 32 AWARDS - The Software of Choice for Hobbyist Filmmakers for Perfect Video Editing February 2, 2006, Miami, FL - MAGIX, the market leader for photo, video, and audio software1, announced today the release of MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 11, easy-to-use home video editing software for up and coming filmmakers and hobbyists alike. Be it HD support for crystal clear movies or fast and fun-packed... (More)

Phase One's logo. Click here to visit the Phase One website! PRESS RELEASE: Phase One adjusts production capacity of P-series camera backs
10:18 EST - Phase One A/S, Copenhagen, (Thursday, February 02, 2006): Phase One®, the world leader in digital imaging solutions, increases production capacity of its new P-series digital camera backs in response to high demand. Orders for both the P 30 and P 45 have exceeded Phase One's initial projections. The new backs only became available in December and already over 1000 have been shipped. Increasing... (More)

FotoNation's logo. Click here to visit the FotoNation website! PRESS RELEASE: FotoNation Announces PTP-IP Suite
10:10 EST - Empowers Wireless Image Transfer - Lets Digital Imaging Manufacturers Develop, Test, & Analyze Wireless Image Transfer & Printing February 1, 2006, Burlingame, California -- FotoNation Inc. , one of the world's leading imaging and connectivity solutions companies for the digital photography industry, announced today that it will demonstrate PTP-IP Suite at the Photo Marketing Association... (More)

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

PMA coverage now live!
19:34 EST - The Photo Marketing Association International's big tradeshow is just around the corner, and the pre-show announcements have already started.

We've consolidated all the related news onto one page, so you can browse it before the show even starts. This year our coverage will include videos, from-the-floor reporting, booth reports, and all the... (More)

GeoSpatial Experts' logo. Click here to visit the GeoSpatial Experts website! Pentax digicam gets GPS abilities
11:58 EST - Thornton, Colorado-based GeoSpatial Experts has apparently created a new solution for tagging photographs with location information courtesy of a GPS, we hear from reader Conrad Fischer.

Currently being demonstrated at the ESRI Federal Users Conference in Washington D.C., the concept is a little different from most GPS digital camera solutions. Ordinarily, you either have to connect the... (More)

Pentax announces *ist DL price cut
02:00 EST - Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced an impressive 25% price cut on its *ist DL digital SLR (in kit form with an 18-55mm DA lens).

Effective immediately, the *ist DL kit will have a list price of $599.95, down from the previous $799.95 mark. There's no question this is extremely aggressive (and competitive) pricing. By comparison,... (More)

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