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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

USPTO reexamines Forgent JPEG claims
14:41 EDT - A press release on the website of PUBPAT (the Public Patent Foundation) caught our eye today.

According to the release, the not-for-profit organization has successfully requested the United States Patent and Trademark Office to reexamine U.S. Patent No. 4,698,672. Commonly known as the '672 patent,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Iridient Digital Releases RAW Developer 1.5.1 for Mac OS X
12:31 EDT - Iridient Digital has released RAW Developer 1.5.1, a maintenance update to our critically acclaimed RAW image conversion software for Mac OS X. This release fixes an issue with the Color Smoothing adjustment when set to values between 1 and 7 and is now compatible with QuickTime 6.4 or later on 10.3.9 again. Documentation updates for features introduced in version 1.5 and support for the Sinar eMotion75... (More)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

iView MediaPro 3.1 for Windows and Macintosh (MacIntel native)
7:17 EDT - iView Multimedia today released iView MediaPro 3.1, an upgrade of its award-winning, cross-platform digital asset management application. MediaPro is now a Universal Binary applicatio, running natively on Intel-based Macs. Version 3.1 also features the new Notepad tool, designed to enable communication between creative professionals and their clients. Notepad Tool Notepad enables communication between... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T30 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Sony DSC-T30
10:21 EDT - The DSC-T30 continues a Sony tradition of high quality in the subcompact category, packing more features into a smaller space than most anything else out there, but this time with the added bonus of optical image stabilization.

Like those of other recent T-series models, we found the lens on the Sony T30 to be of higher than average quality for a subcompact camera, and image quality was quite good as a result. The 7-megapixel... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix Z3 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix Z3 (UPDATED)
01:06 EDT - Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. has today unveiled a new ultracompact camera model that is a replacement for the existing FinePix Z1 model (an intermediate model from Europe and Asia, the FinePix Z2, was not offered for the US market).

Featuring a 5.1 megapixel Super CCD HR imager and Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, the Z3 retains much the same styling and lens as its predecessor, although the body has been updated somewhat. (There's... (More)

Monday, May 29, 2006

Canon: 30% sales increase for China?
08:17 EDT - A news article today from Reuters reports that Japanese camera giant Canon Inc. is expecting to increase its sales in China by 30% over last year.

The company saw about the same increase last year, and says the Chinese market currently accounts for somewhere under 10% of its sales. Sales growth last year was apparently largely due to demand for the... (More)

Friday, May 26, 2006

nx-diary.jpg Nikon Capture NX Diary
15:02 EDT - After a test drive of the beta version of Nikon's Capture NX image editing software, we post our first hands-on report covering U Point technology on JPEG and TIFF images.

Nikon and Nik Software have collaborated on the next release of Nikon's well-regarded NEF image editor, Capture. But this version also handles JPEGs and TIFFs -- from any camera (or scanner) -- and adds... (More)

Picasa's logo. Courtesy of Google. Click here to visit the Google Picasa website! Google Labs unveils Picasa for Linux
09:48 EDT - Google Labs has released a development version of the company's Picasa photo organizer that can run under Linux, tech site Slashdot reports this morning.

The program is available on the Google Labs website - although it seems that some users around the world are currently unable to access the relevant pages (your humble news editor on a cable internet connection... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Unibind Ships Award-Winning Photobook Creator - First Low-Cost Do-It-Yourself Bound Photo Albums
08:43 EDT - Announces Retail Partnerships with LexJet and Studio D May 25, 2006, Alpharetta, GA -- Unibind , the leading binding, laminating, and presentation system company, announced today that it is now shipping the award-winning PhotoBook Creator, the first low-cost do-it-yourself complete photo binding system for consumers. PhotoBook Creator makes it easy to create instant hard-cover... (More)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Microsoft Introduces WDP Image Format
23:40 EDT - A direct competitor to JPEG for in-device image storage, the new format promises much smaller file sizes than JPEG with image quality similar to JPEG 2000.

Microsoft today introduced Windows Media Photo, a new image format using the WDP file extension that promises "image quality comparable to JPEG 2000 with computational and memory performance more closely... (More)

Canon mulls film future
10:20 EDT - Media outlets around the world are today (incorrectly) reporting that Canon Inc. is to discontinue development and / or production of film cameras.

The stories look to be based on what seems to be an unfortunate misunderstanding, with Reuters and the Associated Press releasing articles that incorrectly interpreted a statement from Canon Inc. in Japan.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: REALVIZ VTOUR: Latest Up-date Now Available
09:34 EDT - - Introductory Discount Offer Extended Until 31. May 2006 - Sophia Antipolis, France (May 24, 2006) - REALVIZ, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to announce that a new patch up-date is now available for VTour. The software, which launched in March 2006, draws on the award-winning technology of Stitcher and ImageModeler, and offers users of all levels an innovative and effective... (More)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Reid Reviews: Zeiss ZF 50/1.4 T Planar lens
16:27 EDT - Sean Reid, Imaging Resource contributor and publisher of Reid Reviews, has just completed what we believe is the first English-language review of the new Nikon-mount Zeiss ZF 50/1.4 T Planar lens.

The new ZF - which Sean compares to the Nikon 50/1.4 D AF lens - is the first in a series of lenses that Zeiss is introducing in Nikon mount. A quick quote from Sean's conclusion: "So are there differences... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H2 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Sony DSC-H2
08:51 EDT - Like the preceding Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, the Sony DSC-H2 offers optical image stabilization with a very long zoom lens.

The Sony H2 provides more manual exposure control than many other long zoom digital cameras, yet is easy to use in full-auto mode, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with tricky subjects. The... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Sinar Bron Imaging Introduces The Sinar Emotion 75 Digital Back
06:19 EDT - Advanced Sensor and Software Technology Takes Capture Speed, Portability and Image Quality to New Heights EDISON, NJ, May 23, 2006 - Sinar, the legendary Swiss company that pioneered the use of digital imaging technology in the professional photography market, has introduced the Sinar eMotion 75, a digital camera back designed for the location and studio photographer. Featuring a fast capture rate,... (More)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Kodak EasyShare-One for $185 shipped?
2:08 EDT - Announced as the flagship model of Kodak's EasyShare camera lineup in January 2005, the EasyShare-One eventually reached retail stores in October of the same year - making the model essentially only eight months old at the time of this writing. It first shipped at a price of US$599. The EasyShare-One is a 4.0 effective megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 36 - 108mm equivalent 3x optical... (More)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Copyright Imaging Resource 2006 New, laboratory-grade lighting at Imaging Resource!
22:11 EDT - Along with the changes in basic review format and the addition of two new/modified test targets that were mentioned in another article, we've also made a fairly major change in the lighting in our studio.

We've switched from a dichroic-filtered, gel-diffused incandescent lighting setup, built around SoLux bulbs, to a sophisticated HMI (Hydrargyrum Medium-arc Iodide) setup. The original SoLux lights... (More)

Image Copyright Imaging Resource, 2006 New review format with new test targets!
21:08 EDT - We've been in the midst of a number of changes behind the scenes here at IR, the first of which are now ready to be shared with our readers. Appearing first in our Sony H2 review is a new tabbed review format and two new test targets designed to deliver more essential information more quickly.

Because the extensive testing and analysis we do is so comprehensive, it often takes weeks or months before we can post a full review of a new camera model. Our readers tell us they appreciate the thoroughness... (More)

Pentax's K100D digital SLR. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax: Two new DSLRs, one with anti-shake
18:00 EDT - Pentax Corp. has today announced two new closely related digital SLR models, including one that features a CCD shift-based anti-shake system reminiscent of that used in Konica Minolta's DSLRs.

The Pentax K100D and Pentax K110D - the first Pentax DSLRs to forgo the company's "*ist" branding - both share an identical (newly developed) body and feature set, with the exception of this... (More)

Praktica's Luxmedia 10-X3 digital camera. Courtesy of Praktica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Praktica: 10mpix, 2.8x digicam
10:01 EDT - German company Pentacon, which sells its products under the Praktica brandname, has announced a new digital camera whose resolution equals the current high for a compact camera (as previously set by Casio and Vivitar).

The Praktica Luxmedia 10-X3 inherits the same body used in the existing Luxmedia 5203, 6203 and 8003 models, as well as the same lens used in the Luxmedia 8003 - in essence the only differences from... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Image2Print Now Supports Arabic
08:53 EDT - ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND - Beaufort Solutions' powerful Image2Print® software is now available in Arabic and other world languages. While the Canadian-based company is focusing its software product on the burgeoning Middle Eastern market place the release of Image2Print 6.2 highlights the versatility of the industry leading software and its dynamic ability to support all major world languages simultaneously.... (More)

FotoNation's logo. Click here to visit the FotoNation website! PRESS RELEASE: FotoNation Is Awarded Patent For Red-Eye Correction
07:44 EDT - Latest in a Series of Patents Recognizing FotoNation's Innovative Digital Imaging Technologies May 19, 2006, Galway, Ireland - FotoNation, Inc. ( ), one of the world's leading award-winning imaging and connectivity solutions companies for the digital photography industry, announced today that it has been awarded a patent for Red-Eye detection and correction. FotoNation... (More)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Adobe Releases Bridge 1.04
16:44 EDT - The update, available only as a patch to Bridge 1.03, includes an important security fix.

Adobe has released an update to Bridge, the file navigation component of its CS2 application suite. Changes in Version 1.04 include: Improved security fix for external URL handlingImproved interoperability... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Boinx Releases FotoMagico 1.6
12:12 EDT - MUNICH, Germany -- May 19th, 2006. Boinx FotoMagico 1.6 is a real treat for professional photographers. In the latest release of the award-winning slideshow creation tool for Mac OS X, ColorSync makes sure that the photos stay the color they were meant to be, new transitions add more style to presentations and exporting has been made easier and smoother than ever with better looking results. Create... (More)

Kodak releases EasyShare Software v6.0
11:20 EDT - We told you it was coming, and now it's here with a completely overhauled interface - Kodak's EasyShare software version 6.0.

Kodak has today released the latest version of its EasyShare software, which we first mentioned back on April 25th. Kodak EasyShare Software v6.0 overhauls the user interface and increases performance,... (More)

Praktica's DCZ 6.3 digital camera. Courtesy of Praktica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Praktica: colorful new 6mpix, 2.8x digicam
08:51 EDT - German company Pentacon, which sells its products under the Praktica brandname, has announced a new digital camera model with an eyecatching (and reasonably attractive) two-tone body - a vivid red and silver combination.

The Praktica DCZ 6.3 is a six megapixel camera with a 2.8x optical zoom lens, as well as a 2.5" LCD with a fairly standard resolution of 115,000 pixels. Likely to help keep price and complexity... (More)

Dalsa's logo. Click here to visit the Dalsa website! PRESS RELEASE: DALSA Receives Contract for High Resolution Image Sensor Chips
03:14 EDT - DALSA Corporation (TSX:DSA) today announced it has received a contract to supply high resolution image sensor chips to a valued customer in the professional imaging market. The contract, which is valued at CDN $1.9 million, is expected to be delivered over the next three months. The DALSA image sensor chips will be "the eyes" of the customer's high performance photogrammetry camera system. Photogrammetry... (More)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: World-Class Documentary Photographer Chris Rainier Featured on Kingston's Icons of Photography Web Site
20:27 EDT - Ansel Adams Protege Provides Helpful Tips When Shooting on Location FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced that internationally-acclaimed and award-winning documentary photographer, Chris Rainier, is the featured photographer on Kingston's Icons of Photography Web site beginning today. Recognized for his study and pictorial... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: BlitzTools releases WaterMarker 3.0
16:34 EDT - BlitzTools ( is pleased to announce WaterMarker 3.0 - a comprehensive watermarking and stamping solution for Mac OS X. BlitzTools WaterMarker stamps text, copyright signs, images, Exif data (like camera model, focal length or exposure details), dates and more on your photographs and helps you protect your copyright. BlitzTools WaterMarker reads virtually any image format... (More)

Olympus Posts E-330 Firmware Update
14:12 EDT - Improvements to Macro Live View and some Korean language changes...

Olympus has released firmware version 1.1 for the EVOLT E-330. The update enables: Improved image quality of 10x enlargement in Live-View B mode (macro live view).Live-View B mode (macro live view) can... (More)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Royal-frames.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Royal Photo Frame Keep Family, Friends in Sight
22:26 EDT - Display Your Family's Digital Picture Trove With Easy-To-Use Digital Albums SOMERSET, N.J. -- The popularity of digital cameras has created one significant problem: How can we share all our wonderful digital pictures with family and friends?   Royal Consumer Information Products has provided the solution with the introduction of two innovative and lifestyle-accommodating digital picture displays:... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Iridient Digital Releases RAW Developer 1.5 for Mac OS X
13:45 EDT - Iridient Digital has released RAW Developer 1.5, a major update to our critically acclaimed RAW image conversion software for Mac OS X. Version 1.5 is a universal binary application with full native support for both Intel and PowerPC based Mac systems. This release also features further improvements to RAW Developer's already highly regarded RAW image demosaic algorithm which improve diagonal edge... (More)

DxO's logo. Click here to visit the DxO website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs Announces DxO Optics Pro V3.55 Support For Canon EOS 30D
12:16 EDT - DxO Labs adds highly sought-after camera and lens combinations to its DxO Optics Pro offerings Paris, France, May 17, 2006 - DxO Labs announces today that DxO Optics Pro v3.55 Digital SLR and lens automatic image quality enhancement software now supports the recently released Canon EOS 30D Digital Single-lens Reflex (SLR) camera. Existing users of either DxO Optics Pro Elite or Standard versions can... (More)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Muvee's logo. Click here to visit the Muvee website! PRESS RELEASE: Whitech Licenses muvee's Automatic Video Production Technology to Enable Photo-Movie Creation on Photo Teller™ Kiosks
23:36 EDT - Singapore and New York - May 17, 2006 - muvee, the pioneer and leader in Instant Personal Video, has licensed its muveeKiosk software development kit (SDK) to Whitech Software Solutions for integration with the latter's photo kiosks. From July this year, users of Whitech's self-service Photo.Teller™ kiosks will be able to easily create emotionally engaging music videos out of their favorite pictures... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Ricoh Corporation Introduces the Aficio SP C410DN and Aficio SP C411DN
13:40 EDT - Fast, Affordable Color Laser Printers Deliver Superior Quality PHILADELPHIA, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today introduced the Ricoh Aficio(R) SP C410DN and Aficio SP C411DN Color Laser Printers, two compact printing systems that combine superior color, fast print speeds and high reliability with affordability. Designed for small to medium... (More)

Apple Updates iLife '06
11:49 EDT - The update adds new features for iWeb and a variety of bug fixes for iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD.

Apple has released iLife '06 updates, adding features to iWeb and fixing a number of bugs. Download links, sizes and Apple's description of each update follows:iWeb 1.1 (95.3-MB download) adds "comment... (More)

Adobe Updates Photoshop CS2
01:03 EDT - A wide-ranging number of small issues have been addressed in the first update to the CS2 version of Photoshop.

Late Monday evening, Adobe released a free update to both the Macintosh and Windows versions of Photoshop CS2 to address a number of minor problems. According to Adobe, the most significant fixes in the... (More)

Monday, May 15, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Call for Entries--The 2006 O'Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off Contest:
19:07 EDT - All-Star Judges Includes Katrin Eismann, Deke McClelland, Bert Monroy, Eddie Tapp, Vincent Versace, and more SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- O'Reilly Media today announced The 2006 O‚Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off, a contest featuring eighteen top Photoshop experts as judges--including Mikkel Aaland, Katrin Eismann, Harris Fogel, Tim Grey, Deke McClelland, Bert Monroy, Eddie Tapp, Vincent Versace, and John Beardsworth,... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LZ5 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Panasonic DMC-LZ5
17:33 EDT - The Panasonic DMC-LZ5 is a nice little camera at a very affordable price, particularly considering that it sports a 6x, optically stabilized zoom lens.

Panasonic is very justifiably proud that they've managed to bring optical image stabilization to their entire product line, from top to bottom. The Panasonic LZ5 did quite well overall in our testing,... (More)

Samsung's Digimax L50 digital camera. Copyright © 2006, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Samsung Digimax L50
14:29 EDT - The Samsung Digimax L50's good looks and small size make it a welcome companion, and its big 2.5-inch color LCD monitor makes it an entertaining one, too.

Though primarily designed for the point-and-shoot consumer interested in both style and portability, the L50 has some useful audio and video features as well. The 5.0-megapixel CCD captures high resolution... (More)

Japanese digicam output to grow 18%
09:54 EDT - A news article from Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper reports that Japanese digicam manufacturers are planning to boost output 18% to 76.5 million cameras in the one year period through to next March.

According to the article, which is described on the website of (Nihon Keizai Shimbun's site requires subscription with a credit card), Japanese digicam manufacturers sold 64.94 million cameras... (More)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Photo-I's logo. Click here to visit the Photo-I website! PRESS RELEASE: A guide to digital photography
07:23 EDT -, the website dedicated to digital photography, has now set up a publishing division called photo-iDVD. Since it was launched just over four years ago, the site has had over 13 million unique visitors. Professional photographer and editor of the site, Vincent Oliver said, "With the explosive growth in digital camera sales, there is a huge demand for information and creative interest.... (More)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Mamiya's logo. Click here to visit the Mamiya website! PRESS RELEASE: The NEW Mamiya Digital Imaging Company
16:43 EDT - ELMSFORD, NY - Mamiya-OP, in Japan, who has three business divisions including Camera, Golf, and Electronic Equipment, has recently announced that its Camera Division will be transferred to a new company to be called Mamiya Digital Imaging. The MAC Group (Mamiya America Corporation) is very enthusiastic about Mamiya's future. As previously announced, there will be no change in Mamiya business activities... (More)

Sony discusses DSLR strategy
15:23 EDT - Sony Corp. has posted an interview on its website that gives an interesting look at the company's strategy and plans for its digital SLR product line.

Sony Corp. Senior General Manager (AMC Division, Digital Imaging Business Group) Toru Katsumoto reveals one impressive strategy point in his interview. Over the coming year, Sony will apparently launch... (More)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W50 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Sony DSC-W50
13:52 EDT - Featuring a 6.0-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and well-designed user interface, the Sony DSC-W50 updates the popular Cyber-shot line with a thin, compact body style perfectly suited for travel.

Exposure remains under automatic control, something novices will appreciate, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with more tricky subjects. The Sony W50 is a very responsive camera, with low shutter... (More)

Kodak loses US lead in Q1 2006
11:25 EDT - Eastman Kodak Co. - which has led the US digicam market for the previous five quarters in terms of shipments - has dropped to third position in the rankings for the first quarter of this year, says the Wall Street Journal today.

According to the WSJ article, based on a report from market research firm IDC, Kodak was surpassed by both Canon Inc. and and Sony Corp. Canon assumed the lead with a share of 19.3% - up from 18.6%, making... (More)

Life's a Guassian Blur
10:51 EDT - Site shows the world through an infant's eyes...

Just a few days before Mother's Day, Tiny Eyes ( has provided a peek at the blurry world an infant sees as a newborn, at four and eight weeks, and three and six months. But the small... (More)

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Ricoh UK announces Caplio 500G
14:35 EDT - Yesterday, we covered Ricoh Japan's launch of the Caplio 500G digital camera.

A ruggedized model with an eight megapixel CCD imager and a 3x optical zoom lens, the Ricoh 500G is well suited for use on work sites and other locations where dust, water and the occasional knock or bump... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kelby to Offer 21-Day Online Course 'Photoshop For Digital Photographers'
13:34 EDT - New 21-Day Online Training Class Offered Only at TAMPA, Fla. -- May 9, 2006 -- The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the world's leading educational and training resource for Adobe® Photoshop®, has just released Photoshop for Digital Photographers with Scott Kelby, a 21-day online training course on its newly launched training site - (More)

Monday, May 8, 2006

Ricoh: 8mpix ruggedized digicam
21:33 EDT - Ricoh Japan has today unveiled its new Caplio 500G Wide digital camera, a followup to 2003's Caplio 400G model.

The Ricoh Caplio 500G Wide is the latest in a long series of digital cameras from the consumer electronics and office automation company that aim to fill very specific market niches. Well suited for... (More)

April Picture of the Month Winners + Runner-ups!
12:18 EDT - We chose "The Insect," "Road Test," and "Icarus" as Photo of the Month contest winners for April. Congratulations to Rafal, Pedro De Carvalho, and Esad Mulabegovic!

Wow, quite a few excellent shots to choose from. So many, in fact, that there were six images left on my desk after the selection. After a good bit of pondering, I had to pick the three winners, but I've... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Extends Camera Raw Support in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS2
11:08 EDT - Updated Camera Raw 3.4 Plug-in Now Supports Over 120 Camera Models With Eight New Cameras from Canon, Epson, Leaf, Olympus, Pentax and Samsung SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 8, 2006 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to the Camera Raw plug-in for Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) CS2, extending raw file support to eight additional digital camera models. Available as a free download from... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS2 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 posted
07:56 EDT - The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 is just a simple point and shoot digital camera at first blush, with a 3x zoom in a small, simple body.

Panasonic's MegaOIS Optical Image Stabilization technology makes it all the more exciting, however. Image stabilization helps you capture images in lower light at low shutter speeds without raising ISO,... (More)

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Canon EOS-5D guest review by Sean Reid posted.
12:27 EDT - The first fruits of our new partnership with Sean Reid are here - An in-depth look at the Canon EOS-5D.

A couple of weeks back, we announced that we'd be partnering with Sean Reid, a practicing professional photographer with 20 years experience, to bring our readers the benefit of his unique perspective.... (More)

Friday, May 5, 2006

Apple's Aperture: Smoke With No Fire?
13:46 EDT - Three recent developments shed a little more light on last week's Aperture rumor.

Last week, Mac rumor site Think Secret published an item headlined "Apple future in question as Apple axes bulk of team." The story claimed Apple had "asked the engineering team behind its Aperture photo... (More)

Maha's Powerex 2700 battery. Courtesy of Maha Energy Corp., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Maha announces 2700mAh AA batteries
08:01 EDT - Maha Energy Corp., the company behind the PowerEx brandname, has this morning announced a new capacity high for its AA battery lineup - a whopping 2700mAh.

The new batteries are available as a set of four with carrying case for $14.95 from Maha's website. The company notes that it has managed to extend the capacity of the batteries without adverse effect... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Software Cinema Debuts Adobe® PhotoShop Elements Interactive DVD Training Featuring Renowned Expert Jane Conner-ziser
07:35 EDT - Tutorials Cover Fundamental and Advanced Techniques for Retouching Digital Photographs SAN DIEGO, CA - May 4, 2006 - Software Cinema, a leading software training company supporting the imaging industry of photographers, videographers and graphic artists, today announced their latest Product-On-Disc interactive training series featuring Jane Conner-ziser, a world renowned photo digital artist. This... (More)

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Apple Releases Aperture 1.1.1
19:43 EDT - The update addresses "performance, stability, color correction, and display compatibility."

Late today, Apple released an update to Aperture, its professional image editing application. The 1.1.1 update "addresses several issues related to performance, stability, color correction, and display... (More)

Microsoft works on ten gigapixel image
18:45 EDT - An interesting news article from CNet reports that a Microsoft researcher is working on creating a ten gigapixel image created from 1000 separate digital photos.

According to the article, Microsoft Research scientist Michael Cohen has already created shots of downtown Seattle with four gigapixels derived from 800 photos shot over a one hour period. This would surpass... (More)

Fisher Price's logo. PRESS RELEASE: Attn Kids 3 & up: Fisher-Price Kid-Tough FP3 Player and Kid-Tough Digital Camera Coming Soon...
17:57 EDT - New Line Of Real Electronics Tough-Enough And Easy-Enough For Kids To Use EAST AURORA, N.Y., May 3 /CNW/ - Fisher-Price, Inc., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NYSE:MAT), introduces today's must-have electronics designed specifically for kids with the launch of the age-appropriate Kid-Tough FP3(TM) Player and Kid-Tough(TM) Digital Camera. After creating a stir at the leading industry trade show in February,... (More)

Boxwave's logo. Click here to visit the Boxwave website! Boxwave ships Lumix FX01 FlexiSkin
01:40 EDT - Boxwave Corp. has released a new product in its FlexiSkin line that should help owners of Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX01 digital camera protect their investment.

Available in five colors - Coral Pink, Frosted Clear, Future Blue, Aluminum Grey, Jet Black, and Smoke Grey - the FlexiSkin for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 is a soft silicone case that fits snugly around... (More)

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Casio's EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio Europe: new 5mpix EXILIM ultracompact
23:31 EDT - From its European headquarters in Norderstedt, Germany, electronics company Casio has unveiled a new digital camera that packs some interesting features into an ultracompact package.

The Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5 combines a 1/2.5" CCD imager with five megapixels and an EXILIM-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 144mm equivalent focal range. There's no optical... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Avago Technologies' One-Quarter Inch Format, 2-Megapixel Image Sensor Enables Thin Mobile Phone Designs
16:29 EDT - SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2006--Avago Technologies today introduced a one-quarter inch optical format, 2-megapixel CMOS image sensor with autofocus support that enables ultra-thin camera phones to record high-definition videos (800 x 600 pixels) at 30 frames per second and produce digital still-camera-like images. The ADCC-4050 uses the company's enhanced-performance (EP) pixel and... (More)

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W30 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony DSC-W30 review posted
18:18 EDT - Featuring a 6.0-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and well-designed user interface, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 updates the popular Cyber-shot line with a thin, compact body style perfectly suited for travel.

Exposure remains under automatic control, something novices will appreciate, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with more tricky subjects. The Sony W30 is a very responsive camera, with low shutter... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Announces A New Way to Display Your Digital Photos, With Poster Size Collage Prints
16:11 EDT - Use your favorite digital photos to create large poster size collage prints and single large prints in a variety of styles and sizes. Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) May 2, 2006 -- Now there is a new way to display your favorite digital photos with LifePrints, a large poster size collage print from LifePrints are created using your digital photos, uploaded via our easy... (More)

FUJIFILM.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology Cuts Through The Noise
15:59 EDT - System Found in Fujifilm's FinePix V10 and FinePix F30 Digital Cameras Reduces Noise For Improved Picture Quality Valhalla, NY, May 2, 2006 - Not happy with the quality of your digital pictures? It just might be too "noisy" in your digital camera. Fortunately, there is a new system from Fujifilm that reduces image noise, letting point-and-shoot camera users capture moments as their eyes see them,... (More)

Lexar's logo. Click here to visit the Lexar website! PRESS RELEASE: Lexar LockTight Professional CompactFlash Wins Prestigious TIPA Award
14:32 EDT - Innovative Card-Level Security System Named "Best Imaging Storage Media" by Europe's Most Influential Imaging Editors FREMONT, Ca., May 2, 2006 - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, today announced that Lexar® LockTight™ Professional CompactFlash memory cards, ideal for security-conscious photographers worldwide, have been recognized by... (More)

Monday, May 1, 2006

ACD Systems' logo. Click here to visit the ACD Systems website! PRESS RELEASE: ACD Systems Updates ACDSee 8 and ACDSee Pro Photo Manager
20:56 EDT - Company renews commitment to customers with added RAW support and feature improvements VICTORIA, British Columbia - April. 27, 2006 - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA), today announced updates to its two flagship products, ACDSee 8 Photo Manager and ACDSee Pro Photo Manager. The enhancements are designed to improve speed, performance and productivity, and include advanced support for RAW formats... (More)

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