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Friday, April 30, 2004

Pretec to ship 12GB CompactFlash soon
13:02 EDT - We just caught notice of a Pretec press release distributed last month to coincide with CeBIT 2004 that details quite a dramatic price cut on the company's 6GB solid-state CompactFlash card, and predicts that a 12GB card will be shipping by the end of the year.

We first told readers about the 12GB card in September last year, when the 6GB cards had just begun sampling at a cost of US$7499. Now, just six months later, the 6GB cards have seen a 53% price drop to... (More)

CorrectPhoto.jpg PRESS RELEASE: PictoColor Releases CorrectPhoto
12:58 EDT - An easy-to-use tool kit for managing, correcting, preserving and sharing digital photos featuring award-winning iCorrect® point-and-click color correction technology April 30, 2004 - Burnsville, MN, USA, PictoColor Corporation has released CorrectPhoto, an easy to use digital photo tool kit for managing, correcting, preserving and sharing digital photos. With its built-in Windows® Explorer,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Pretec CF Card Non-Infringement; U.S. District Court Rules in SanDisk Patent Case
12:48 EDT - FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 29, 2004--In the case involving SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) and Pretec Electronics Corporation, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant Pretec's motion for summary judgment of non-infringement on April 20, 2004. In its order, the court found that the accused Pretec CompactFlash(TM) (CF) memory cards did... (More)

Pretec's SD I/O Camera. Courtesy of Pretec, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: The Most Complete SD I/O Card Provider in the World; Pretec Debuts 7 New SD I/O cards: SD 802.11b, Bluetooth, GPS, Modem, Camera, and Barcode Scanner
12:45 EDT - INDIAN WELLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 28, 2004--Pretec Electronics Corp., the inventor of CompactI/O (CF I/O card) since 1997, demonstrates seven (7) new Secure Digital (SD) I/O cards for PocketPC and Palm OS PDA at Pretec booth #IW233B of the North America Retail Vision event here at Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa hotel; including SD WLAN (802.11b), SD Bluetooth, SD GPS, SD 56kbps Modem,... (More)

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Lemke Releases GraphicConverter 5.1
12:19 EDT - Lemkesoft has released version 5.1 of GraphicConverter, its image editing program for Mac OS X and Classic. Highlights of the new release include previews and icons with digicam downloads, invert selections, Applescript access to all Exif tags and improved compatibility with Photoshop plug-ins.

The shareware fee for GraphicConverter is $35 ($30 without CD delivery). The program imports about 175 graphic file formats and exports another 75 with display in a browser or slide show and support for... (More)

belkinlink.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Belkin Announces New Digital Camera Link for iPod
12:03 EDT - Save space on your digital camera by transferring images to your iPod™ with the smaller and lighter Belkin Digital Camera Link Compton, CA - April 27, 2004 - Free up disk space on your camera so you can take more pictures. Just move your images to your iPod with the new Belkin Digital Camera Link. By connecting with a USB cable, the Camera Link works with mass-storage DCF-format and PTP-compliant... (More)

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Fujifilm's FinePix S20 Pro digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full review posted for Fuji FinePix S20 Pro
14:11 EDT - Fuji's "SR" sensor technology has generated controversy in the marketplace, as there's been some dispute by reviewers as to whether it actually delivers on its promises of increased dynamic range.

It turns out that much of the apparent problem can be traced to a lack of understanding of just how the SR technology works, and most particularly what scene characteristics trigger its application. In... (More)

Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Xg digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Minolta DiMAGE Xg Review Posted
13:44 EDT - I've been a fan of Minolta's "X" line of subcompact cameras since the original version was first introduced nearly three years ago.

Ultra-compact digicams often seem to involve a lot of compromises and tradeoffs, but the DiMAGE Xg takes very nice photos under a wide range of conditions, offers a decent range of exposure control (exposure... (More)

CS-box.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Expands Camera Raw File Support in Photoshop CS
07:59 EDT - Updated Camera Raw Plug-in Photoshop CS Now Supports Over 60 Camera Models SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 26, 2004 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) today announced support for 13 additional digital cameras in an update to its Adobe Photoshop® CS Camera Raw plug-in. Adobe now provides "raw" file support for 63 camera models from 13 leading manufacturers including, Canon, Contax, Kodak, Konica... (More)

Monday, April 26, 2004

Forgent's logo. Click here to visit the Forgent website! Forgent takes JPEG claims to Texas courts
18:25 EDT - A press release distributed by Austin TX-based Forgent Networks Inc. announces that the company has begun litigation against 31 companies over its claims that their use of JPEG image compression technology infringes on a patent it obtained when, under its previous name of VTel Corp., it acquired San Jose CA-based Compression Labs Inc in 1997.

Forgent, a previously little-known company that rose to infamy in 2002 when it first began attempts to secure multi-million dollar licensing deals for the patent in question - which was never enforced... (More)

Pixort's logo. Click here to visit the Pixort website! JottoSoft helps sort the wheat from the chaff
14:49 EDT - An email over the weekend from software developer Jahn Otto Næsgaard Andersen tipped us off to a useful (and free) tool he's just released for fellow digital photographers.

On purchasing a Canon EOS-10D digital camera, Jahn became aware of a problem we're all too familiar with ourselves - that of sorting through the literally hundreds or thousands of photos digital photographers... (More)

Foveon's X3 logo. Courtesy of Foveon Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Foveon announces X3F Raw File support for Adobe Photoshop CS now available online
13:15 EDT - Santa Clara, CA, April 26, 2004 -- Foveon Inc., a technology leader of award-winning high-quality digital camera image sensors, announced today that Adobe Systems Incorporated now provides Foveon X3F raw file support with their free plug-in update for Photoshop® CS. The new Adobe Camera Raw 2.2 plug-in is immediately available for download online at: (More)

Canadian website reviews Nikon's Coolwalker
13:12 EDT - The website has today posted a first-look review of Nikon's Coolwalker MSV-01 photo viewing / storage device.

First announced back in late January, the Coolwalker weighs 12.3 ounces and has dimensions of 3.2 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches. In this fairly small package are a 30GB hard drive and a 2.5 inch LCD display, suitable... (More)

Iomega's Floppy Plus 7-in-1 Card Reader device. Courtesy of Iomega Corp., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Iomega Ships New Floppy Plus 7-in-1 Card Reader
12:59 EDT - Rugged USB-Powered Drive Goes Anywhere, Weighs Just 12 Ounces SAN DIEGO, April 26, 2004 - Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage, today announced availability of the new Iomega® Floppy Plus 7-in-1 Card Reader. Iomega's new host-powered drive is ideal for photographers and mobile users, bundling a convenient 1.44 MB floppy drive with the seamless capability to read and... (More)

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

DPReview: 8mpix camera review day
13:12 EDT - Well, our good friend Phil Askey has definitely been busy lately (does he ever sleep?)

He's just posted no less than four reviews of eight megapixel cameras today, allowing for a great opportunity to compare the current crop side-by-side (including his previous review of Sony's 8mpix Cyber-shot... (More)

Tuesday, April 20, 2004's logo. Click here to visit the website! PRESS RELEASE: Ritz Camera launches improved online printing service with 4-hour print pick-up time
13:07 EDT - "One-Trip" 4-Hour Internet Xpress Prints Service Makes Getting Online Prints Faster and Easier than Ever Before BELTSVILLE, Md. - April 20, 2004 - Ritz Camera Centers announces their improved "One-Trip" Internet Xpress Prints (IXP) service this spring, offering customers a faster, more convenient way to obtain camera-store quality prints from their digital media. By going to customers... (More)

Monday, April 19, 2004

Olympus' Camedia AZ-1 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces 3mpix 3x zoom ultracompact
17:00 EDT - Olympus Japan has today announced a new ultracompact digital camera with a 3 megapixel imager, and a 3x optical zoom lens that folds the optical path vertically inside the camera - potentially offering reduced size, less moving parts, reduced power consumption and faster startup times.

Olympus's new Camedia AZ-1 camera makes it the fourth company following in a trend first set by Minolta's DiMAGE X-series digital cameras (Sanyo and Sony subsequently announced cameras that similarly... (More)

ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 Takes DVD Authoring to a New Level of Creativity and Efficiency
15:59 EDT - SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 19, 2004 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe Encore(tm) DVD 1.5, a significant upgrade of its award-winning DVD authoring software. Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 makes it easy for video professionals to publish consistent high-quality results, and output to all recordable DVD formats, while delivering new levels of creative control, workflow enhancements... (More)

CANTO.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Canto releases Cumulus Update
15:49 EDT - Version 6.0.2 includes various improvements, enhanced performance and reintroduction of print capabilities and palette view April 19, 2004, San Francisco, Berlin. Canto, a global leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Cumulus 6.0.2. for myCumulus, Single User and Workgroup. With enhanced stability and performance being a constant feature that... (More)

coolatoola.jpg Software Review: DV Backup
15:45 EDT - Backing up was simpler when it didn't involve gigabytes of data. Much simpler. A SCSI port, a little tape and tape drive could do our whole network a few years ago. Of course, that was when digital cameras boasted 640x480 resolution and the megapixel machine was only a dream.

We've tried a number of ways to backup both our operating system and our data, usually resorting to separate processes. While our external drive and CD data backup method is efficient, it still takes a... (More)

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! Nikon Drops Coolpix 5400 Price, Offers Spring Rebates
15:05 EDT - Nikon has dropped the price for the Coolpix 5400 to $599.99 while offering rebates of $500 on the D1x dSLR, $50 on the Coolpix 4300 and $150 on the Coolpix 5700.

The Spring Special Offers include: A new $599.99 list price for the 5.1-Mp, 4x zoom Coolpix 5400 A $500 mail-in rebate through April 30 on the D1x SLR with free Nikon Capture 4 software ($149) A $50 rebate... (More)

Keyspan USB Server PRESS RELEASE: Keyspan Ships Revolutionary USB Server for PCs and Macs
14:46 EDT - RICHMOND, Calif. -- Keyspan had announced it is now shipping its revolutionary USB Server that connects USB devices to a Mac or PC via a wired or wireless Ethernet-based LAN. The Keyspan USB Server has an MSRP of $129 and is available to resellers from Ingram Micro, D&H, and Wynit; and to consumers at CompUSA, CDW, and other leading computer products resellers. Much like a USB print server, the USB... (More)

Free Spring Shipping on iPhoto Books
14:39 EDT - After selling over 400,000 copies of iLife '04, Apple is offering users of iPhoto 2 or greater free standard shipping on iPhoto books through June 15.

To qualify for the free standard 3-4 day shipping offer, you must have iPhoto 2 or 4 installed, and place book orders by 11:59pm, PDT on June 15. To assemble a book of images in iPhoto, just import photos... (More)

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Sony Releases Five New Cyber-shots
20:50 EDT - Sony announced the DSC-W1, DSC-P100 and DSC-P73 Cyber-shots at PMA this year, but when they unveiled them today they added two more models.

The sleek 5.1-Mp DSC-T11 ($544) and the stubby 4.1-Mp DSC-P43 ($281) join their previously announced cousins, all of which feature Sony's Real Imaging Processor and support for PictBridge printing directly... (More)

Full (!) review posted for Nikon D70, SB-800 flash unit
17:43 EDT - It was a while coming, but I've finally posted my D70 review!

This was one of those reviews I thought I'd never get done with, not helped any by my main office/studio server going flaky for a solid week in the middle of it. The server's back though, and the review... (More)

730PS-small.jpg HiTi 730PS -- The 4:3 Revolution
11:59 EDT - We've reviewed two dye sub printers from Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies already because we were impressed with their revolutionary approach. Not only are they high-quality dye subs rather than finicky inkjets -- but they don't need no stinkin' computer neither. But with the 730PS, Hi-Touch has revolutionized paper size, too. Read on for the revolution!

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Leica's logo. Click here to visit the Leica website! Leica cuts 117 jobs, more cuts on the way
21:34 EDT - An email from our good friend Peter Burian, pro photographer and author of numerous digicam-related books, led us to interesting news from German newspaper Frankfurter Runschau (Frankfurt Review) about camera manufacturer Leica.

According to the the article, Leica will be laying off some 117 of the 558 employees at its head office in Solms at the end of April, the plan having originally been announced in February. Leica Chairman... (More)

Cingular Wireless and Eastman Kodak Company's Share A Smile contest logo. Click here to visit the Share A Smile contest website! PRESS RELEASE: Cingular Wireless and Kodak team up to give folks something to smile about
19:18 EDT - Companies Sponsor National Photo Contest, Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation ATLANTA and ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 13 -- Cingular Wireless and Eastman Kodak Company today announced they are looking for America's cheeriest smiles as part of a national photo contest: Share a Smile. From now through May 29, for every smile snapped and submitted using a camera phone with Multimedia Messaging (MMS), Cingular... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk opens first retail distribution center in China
19:03 EDT - Asia, Pacific Rim Markets Will Benefit From Close-at-Hand Packaging and Shipping HONG KONG, April 13, 2004 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced that it has opened its first distribution center in China, in the Futian Free Trade Zone of Shenzhen near Hong Kong. The facility, located in a five-floor, 59,203-square-foot building, will house packaging and shipping operations for Asia and... (More)

Kingston Technology's logo. Click to visit the Kingston website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology Introduces One Gigabyte CompactFlash Elite Pro Card
15:15 EDT - Kingston Elite Pro Line Expands to Provide Fast, High-Capacity Media Storage for Advanced Amateur and Professional Photographers Fountain Valley, CA (April 12, 2004) - Kingston® Technology Company, Inc. the world's leading independent memory manufacturer, today announced the immediate availability of a 1 GB CompactFlash. Elite Pro. card featuring the latest in high-density flash components. Kingston.'s... (More)

Friday, April 9, 2004

Canon's EOS-300D digital SLR, shown on the optional BG-E1 battery grip with EF-S 18-55mm lens. Courtesy of Canon Japan, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon Japan tweaks EOS-300D offerings
15:41 EDT - A press release from Canon Japan announces that the company will soon be offering something we've heard numerous requests for - an all-black version of the EOS-300D digital camera, known in that country as the EOS Kiss Digital.

The camera is identical in form and function to the existing silver version, but the black body might stand out a little less (making it easier to get spontaneous pictures, and possibly slightly less likely... (More)

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Wacom's Cintiq 18SX interactive pen display. Courtesy of Wacom, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Wacom cuts Cintiq pen display prices
15:06 EDT - Wacom USA has announced a price cut on its Cintiq interactive pen displays, interesting devices which combine an LCD display with anti-glare and textured coatings, and Wacom's cordless, battery-free pen tablet technology.

The result - a screen which you can "draw" on much as you would with a pen and paper, seeing the results immediately without having to coordinate between a separate screen and tablet. Two models are available,... (More)

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! Olympus: Pictbridge digicam firmware updates
13:45 EDT - Olympus Japan has released updated firmware for its C-350 ZOOM, D-560 ZOOM, µ[mju:] 300 Digital, µ[mju:] 400 Digital, Stylus 300 Digital, Stylus 400 Digital, C-740 Ultra Zoom and C-750 Ultra Zoom digital cameras.

For the C-350Z and D-560Z digital cameras, the new firmware corrects a problem whereby a malfunction occurs when imprinting the date in your photos and using certain printers. For other cameras, PictBridge... (More)

Canon EOS-1Ds: Firmware update released
13:34 EDT - Canon Japan has posted a firmware updated for its EOS-1Ds digital SLR on its Japanese BeBit website.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Firmware Update Version 1.0.3 corrects only one issue, that being related to problems with cards of 2GB or greater capacity being recognized as having less than their full capacity available.... (More)'s logo. Courtesy of VRWay Publications. Click here to visit the website! PRESS RELEASE: Kaidan Announced as Founding Technology Partner of New Virtual Reality Directory - FULLSCREENQTVR.COM
13:25 EDT - Feasterville, Pennsylvania - USA - Monday, March 29, 2004 - Kaidan Incorporated, a leading provider of Photographic VR solutions for the Internet, is pleased to announce their support of a new virtual reality website,, which launched last week. This QuickTime® VR (QTVR) website will serve as a directory of high-quality, full-screen QTVRs on the Internet. QuickTime® VR... (More)

PixPo's logo. Click here to visit the PixPo website! PRESS RELEASE: How2Share Technologies Signs International Distribution Deal with Zio Corporation
13:13 EDT - PiXPO image sharing software to be bundled with complete line of Zio media card readers Victoria, British Columbia - April 5, 2004 How2Share Technologies Inc. announced today the signing of their first international distribution agreement with Zio Corporation, makers of the market leading Dazzle brand of digital media card readers. Under the agreement, Zio will include How2Share's flagship image... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click here to visit the SanDisk website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk introduces 4-gigabit monolithic NAND flash memory chip based on 90 nanometer technology
13:07 EDT - 8-Gigabit Flash Memory Chip Also Available By Stacking Two Of The New 4-Gigabit Memories In a Single Package SUNNYVALE, CA, April 5, 2004 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), reinforcing its leadership in the development and fabrication of high capacity NAND flash memory chips, today introduced a 4-gigabit (Gb) single-die, multi-level cell (MLC), NAND flash memory chip with double the capacity of... (More)

Monday, April 5, 2004

Bellamax's logo. Courtesy of Bellamax Inc. Click here to visit the Bellamax website! PRESS RELEASE: Bellamax and EZArchive Partner to Provide Digital Imaging Services on EZArchive Site
09:55 EDT - Professional-quality enhancement of photographic memories to be offered on comprehensive personal media content site SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and FAIRFAX STATION, Va. - March 30, 2004 - Bellamax, Inc., the digital imaging experts (, and EZArchive Inc., a new provider of online personal media management services (, today announced a strategic partnership agreement in... (More)

Pentax's *ist D digital SLR. Image provided by Yamada Kumio / Used by permission. Full review posted for Pentax *ist D!
09:51 EDT - From the "it's about time" department, I've finally posted my full review of Pentax's little *ist D d-SLR.

While the d-SLR field is getting more crowded by the moment, the *ist D has a lot to recommend it. A number of the folks who work with me on this site have had hands on with it, and everyone came away... (More)

Pentax's Optio 33WR digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Pentax Optio 33WR
09:48 EDT - For most digicams, the least splash of water or puff of dust can constitute a disaster of the first magnitude.

Sadly, this means lots of digicams get left behind when the family goes to the beach, boating, or even to the sandlot baseball game. Digicam makers have begun to address the situation though, and the 3.2... (More)

Cloudburst's Slide-To-Photo device. Courtesy of Cloudburst Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Slide-To-Photo: Convert slides with your digicam (UPDATED)
09:43 EDT - Note: This item has been updated with current (May 2010) information on the Slide-to-Photo and alternatives. Please read the update at the end of the item for current information. Thanks!

Cloudburst Inc. has announced a rather interesting kit that allows you to convert slides to digital images with your digital camera, without having to remove them from slide carousels.

In brief, Cloudburst's Slide-To-Photo kit consists of a stand for your slide projector with a mount for a digital camera above it, along with a mini-screen with photographic paper face on which images... (More)

Sunday, April 4, 2004

cs2_boxshot.jpg Adobe Announces Creative Suite 2
00:03 EST - Join us for a sneak peek at Photoshop 9, just one of the main apps in the new Creative Suite. We're particularly impressed with the new Bridge (which replaces the File Browser) and Camera Raw's ability to edit multiple images simultaneously (with a live preview).

As Photoshop celebrates its fifteenth year, Adobe has announced Version 9 of the venerable image editor, along with a revamped Creative Suite. The CS2 product lineup also includes Acrobat 7.0, Bridge (replacing... (More)

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Peter iNova's SONY Advanced Cyber-shot eBook. Courtesy of Peter iNova, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. iNova's Sony eBook updated to version 2.0!
15:37 EST - Peter iNova, the man behind the highly recommended 'SONY Advanced Cyber-shot eBook', has been in touch to let us know that he's released a new version which adds updates covering the 5-megapixel DSC-V1 and 8-megapixel DSC-F828 Cyber-shot digital cameras.

Version 2.0 of the eBook, now an impressive 322 pages long and including more than 900 images, contains hundreds of Peter's 'InfoBites' specific to these two cameras, on top of those already in the previous... (More)

Fujifilm's logo -  click here to visit the Fujifilm website! Fujifilm USA: top-level management changes
14:15 EST - A press release today from Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. announces that Atsushi Yoneda, formerly the Senior Executive Vice President of the company, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer.

Yoneda succeeds Yasuo "George" Tanaka, who takes on a newly created role as Chairman. Tanaka has led Fujifilm Photo Film's US operations since 1998, having joined the company in 1963, and also serves as... (More)

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