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Thursday, May 31, 2007

CANTO.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Canto Updates Cumulus 7.5 Product Line
16:39 EDT - Digital asset management product line update offers improved performance and reliability, formula-based fields, support for Windows Vista, Office 2007 and more. BERLIN, Germany -- 31 MAY 2007 -- Canto Software announced today the immediate availability of Cumulus 7.5, offering enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 and Adobe InDesign CS3, in addition to a wealth of new... (More)



LaCie's two terabyte Ethernet Big Disk. Courtesy of LaCie, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. LaCie offers two terabyte storage solution
16:21 EDT - Perhaps not strictly a digital imaging announcement, but a new product launched today by LaCie may be of interest to photographers looking for a capacious backup drive for their images.

The company first unveiled its Ethernet Big Disk back in January with capacities of 640 gigabytes or one terabyte. Today, there's a doubling of this upper limit with the debut of a new two terabyte Ethernet... (More)



New website demystifies DSLR photography
14:55 EDT - University student Marc Harrington dropped us an email this week with news of an interesting new site he created as a university project.

Marc describes Pictorio.us, currently launched in alpha form, as "an interactive guide to Digital SLR photography". The site offers quite a range of information in a very approachable format. You'll find... (More)



Tamron's logo. Click to visit the Tamron website! PRESS RELEASE: Tamron Announces "An Emotional Appeal" Photo Contest 2007 Designed For The Scrapbook Enthusiast
12:17 EDT - Professional Photographer and Judge Andre Costantini Gives His Top Ten Photo Tips for Better People Pictures to Enthusiasts of All Levels Who Log Onto www.tamron.com/lenses/scrapbook.asp May 21, 2007, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. announced the 2007 photo contest for scrapbookers called "An Emotional Appeal." This marks the second year that Tamron is conducting a photo contest aimed at the scrapbook... (More)



ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Releases Camera Raw 4.1 for Photoshop CS3
01:37 EDT - Adobe DNG Converter updated, too, with Lightroom to follow. Adobe Systems Incorporated has released the previously announced update to Camera Raw its free Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in and DNG Converter. The Camera Raw 4.1 update includes improved noise reduction and sharpening tools and Raw file support for 13 additional camera models and camera backs. This update also builds on the Raw file support... (More)



ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Photoshop Plug-In for Google 3D Warehouse Now Available
01:30 EDT - Software Add-On Delivers Direct Access to Google's Free 3D Content SAN JOSE, Calif. -- May 31, 2007 -- Adobe Systems Incorporated and Google Inc. today announced the Photoshop CS3 Extended plug-in for the Google 3D Warehouse, enabling Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended users to take further advantage of the software's powerful compositing, painting and image-editing toolset for editing 3D content. With... (More)



Wednesday, May 30, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: YouTube Coming to Apple TV
20:45 EDT - CUPERTINO, Calif. -- May, 30, 2007 -- Apple today announced that it's bringing the Internet's most popular originally-created content from YouTube to the living room with Apple TV. Beginning in mid-June, Apple TV will wirelessly stream videos directly from YouTube and play them on a user's widescreen TV. Using Apple TV's elegant interface and simple Apple Remote, viewers can easily browse, find and... (More)



Delkin's logo. Click here to visit the Delkin website! PRESS RELEASE: Delkin's Award Winning SensorScope(tm) now shipping separately
14:17 EDT - Due to an overwhelming demand for Delkin Devices' patent-pending SensorScope, Delkin is now offering the option of purchasing the multiple award winning SensorScope separate from their cleaning system. Camera manufacturers, dealers and DSLR users worldwide have enthusiastically embraced the product, resulting in several prestigious awards like a 2007 Innovative Digital Products Award from the Digital... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Viovio Meets Consumer Demand by Introducing the Smallest Thing to Happen to Photobooks: Minibooks
14:14 EDT - Viovio, a creative photobook publishing Web site, introduced the availability of three new photobook sizes: 7x5, 5.25x3.5, and 3.75x2.5. The "minibooks" are priced at a $4.99 base cost plus 50 cents per page. A 20-page perfect bound minibook group is priced at $14.99, and for that low price, users have the option of receiving two 7x5 books, three 5.25x3.5 books, or four 3.75x2.5. Raleigh, NC (PRWEB)... (More)



microtek-s450.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Microtek Continues Line of Affordable Scanners for the Home Office
12:14 EDT - CARSON, Calif. -- May 30 -- Microtek, a world-leading manufacturer of digital imaging products, today announced the availability of the Microtek ScanMaker s450 with a suggested retail price of $99. Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh computers, the Microtek ScanMaker s450 has a new slim design and a broad set of features to meet the diverse needs of a home office. With this scanner, Microtek... (More)



Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Canon's PowerShot A570 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot A570 IS
18:01 EDT - The Canon A570 IS stands out for its usable ISO as high as 1600 and excellent image stabilization so useful you'll always want it active.

Considering you get that for just $50 over the price of the quite similar A560, it's a bargain, too. Digital zoom was a bit of a disappointment on this 7.1-Mp digital camera, but otherwise the DIGIC III... (More)



Smugmug's logo. Click here to visit the Smugmug website! PRESS RELEASE: SmugMug's Sparkling New Privacy Features
13:18 EDT - New SmugIslands gives users control over access to photos Palo Alto, Calif.-May 29, 2007-SmugMug (www.SmugMug.com), a premier online photo sharing and photo storage application, just announced new privacy and photo viewing features entitled SmugIslands, which means users can be an island with their photos. By overwhelming customer request, SmugIslands gives members the option to select whether their... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: FotoInsight challenges Photo Book newcomers, printing a photo booklet for free
11:07 EDT - In time for Father's day, the Cambridge company is promising every new user a free photo booklet print in an attempt to showcase its software which it claims can produce a photo book in three minutes. (pressebox) Cambridge, 29.05.2007 - Cambridge, UK. 29 May 2007 - Printing photo books from digital images is arguably the fastest growing product in the photo processing industry. In view of the popularity... (More)



Samsung's logo. Click here to visit the Samsung website! Samsung aims for global top three
09:55 EDT - A news article from Taiwan's DigiTimes Inc. yields some interesting details from a press conference held in that country by Korean CE giant Samsung Electronics.

According to the article, the company is planning to launch a total of 20 to 30 new digital camera models this year, with expected shipments of 13 million units worldwide. The goal: to become one of the... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Mother's Day Trumps Black Friday Digital Picture Frame Sales Revenue
09:16 EDT - PORT WASHINGTON, NY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to leading consumer and retail information provider The NPD Group's weekly point-of sale data*, digital picture frames grossed nearly $12 million for the week ending May 12, 2007, selling more than 112 thousand units. Those numbers made Mother's Day digital picture frame sales just as strong in units as frame sales during the week before Christmas and... (More)



Monday, May 28, 2007

Canon's PowerShot A460 digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express Review posted for Canon PowerShot A460
18:04 EDT - There are only a few bargain digital cameras that I would recommend to just about anyone. The Canon PowerShot A460 is just such a camera.

Its 5-megapixel sensor is more than enough for the average snapshooter who is only likely to create 4x6 and 5x7-inch prints. Though long and a little chunky, Canon A460's shape and size are actually easy... (More)



Saturday, May 26, 2007

Photoflex Offers Free Fill Light With Top Two Kits
13:47 EDT - Buy a main light (strobe on continuous) and the company includes a free fill light through June.

Photoflex has announced a manufacturer's rebate offer through the end of June on two of their most popular lighting kits. When you buy either the strobe or continuous light kit, the company includes a... (More)



Friday, May 25, 2007

One more try for the Pentax / Hoya merger
15:37 EDT - The on-again, off-again planned merger of Pentax Corp. and Hoya Corp. looks to be on once more, according to the latest reports out of Japan.

The plans first came to light publicly back in December of last year, when Pentax and Hoya announced their intent to merge to become Hoya Pentax HD Corp from October 2007. All looked to be well, until... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Shozam, The Next Generation Web Gallery Generator: Frees Users From Web Service Providers
09:58 EDT - For the First Time, Photographers and Artists can easily Create and Control their own Professionally Designed Web Galleries to Showcase and Sell their Images Online BELLEVUE, WA, May 24, 2007 - KOMOTION, Inc., the makers of the popular, award-winning Web Gallery Wizard™, today announced Shozam™ Web gallery generator which automatically creates full-featured Web galleries to showcase digital... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: REALVIZ® Stitcher® Unlimited 5.6 Now Available
09:04 EDT - ** Latest Release Adds Mac Universal Binary & HDR Compatibility ** Sophia Antipolis, France (May 24, 2007) - REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to announce the availability of version 5.6 of their award-winning software, Stitcher® Unlimited. Now firmly established as one of the most powerful and widely recognized image stitching applications on the market,... (More)



Kodak grows out of the low-end digicam business?
07:58 EDT - A recent blog item posted by C|NET reports that Kodak is considering scaling back its participation in the low-end digicam marketplace.

According to the item, authored by Candace Lombardi and posted on C|Net's "Crave" blog site, Kodak's president Antonio Perez stated the company's plans at the JPMorgan Technology Conference in Boston,... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Hahnemuhle USA Announcement: Hahnemuhle FineArt Inkjet Photo Cards
06:44 EDT - Woodstock, IL May 24, 2007 Hahnemuhle FineArt offers new inkjet photo cards for producing high-end quality prints in a mini format. The inkjet photo cards are a special edition to the TIPA award-winning Hahnemuhle Digital FineArt Collection and are available in Photo Rag® 308gsm as well as FineArt Pearl 285gsm. The Hahnemuhle FineArt inkjet photo cards are perfect for producing individual snapshots,... (More)



Thursday, May 24, 2007

Canon's Chuck Westfall celebrates his first 25 years with the company
14:08 EDT - Canon's Chuck Westfall celebrates 25 years with the company today.

We don't usually note staff anniversaries for the various companies we deal with, but this milestone clearly merits an exception. Taking nothing away from the rest of the dozens (hundreds?) of industry... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Vertus Launches Public Beta of Fluid Mask 3
12:56 EDT - New Features include enhanced blending power for hair and other problem objects and more intuitive workflow capabilities BOSTON, MA -- May 23, 2007 -- Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, a technology business specializing in image data interpretation, today announced the launch of the much-anticipated Fluid Mask 3 Public Beta. This latest version of Vertus' award-winning... (More)



Olympus' Stylus 770 SW digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full Review posted for Olympus Stylus 770 SW
12:41 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 770 SW is one tough camera that will go where no other point-and-shoot models can.

The Olympus 770SW won't let you down when it comes to withstanding all types of weather, accidental roughness and intentional underwater adventures. We had a little trouble with the 770SW's image quality... (More)



Wednesday, May 23, 2007

SLRGear.com's logo. Click here to visit the SLRGear.com website! Two new lens tests posted on SLRgear.com
15:01 EDT - Two new lenses today, both longtime staples of Canon's line.

The two lenses up today are both longtime staples of Canon's lineup, the rectilinear ultrawide full-frame Canon EF 14mm f/2.8LUSM, and a classic "Portrait Lens", the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. An older... (More)



General Imaging's General Electric G1 digital camera. Courtesy of General Imaging, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Sears, Kmart to be first retailers for GE-branded cameras, will offer exclusive colors
13:43 EDT - TORRANCE, Calif. (May 23, 2007) - General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE- branded digital cameras, announced that Sears and Kmart have signed a contract to become the first retailers to carry the stylish new digital cameras emblazoned with the famous GE monogram. The retail chains, both owned by Sears Holdings, will begin carrying GE cameras in their U.S. stores around Memorial Day.... (More)



1D Mark III: US shipments begin
13:39 EDT - Regular readers and pro photographers will doubtless be familiar with Canon's spectacular EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR.

First announced last February, the Canon 1D Mark III has an APS-H sized 10.1 megapixel image sensor, 10 frames-per-second burst shooting to 30 RAW or 110 JPEG (Large, compression level 8) frames, ISO sensitivity... (More)



PHANFARE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Phanfare Offers Six Months Free Service and Unlimited Storage to All Yahoo! Photos Customers Whose Pictures Will Be Deleted
12:57 EDT - Phanfare, the Premier Video and Photo Sharing Service for Families, Offers Yahoo! Photos Subscribers an Alternative That Includes Immediate Access to All of Their Full-Size Images METUCHEN, N.J. -- Online video and photo sharing service Phanfare (http://www.phanfare.com) today announces a special offer for current customers of Yahoo! Photos. Yahoo! Photos recently informed their customers that their... (More)



Hindsight's logo. Click here to visit the Hindsight website! PRESS RELEASE: Metadata utility establishes a new genre of captioning, keywording, licensing and copyrighting software.
12:39 EDT - METAmachine simplifies and streamlines writing metadata to images. Saugatuck, Michigan, May 15, 2007 - HindSight Ltd., http://HindSightLtd.com , an innovative leader in the development of software for the photographic and imaging markets, has announced the release of a revolutionary new software product, METAmachine. METAmachine is an inexpensive, simplified browsing utility program that streamlines... (More)



Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sanyo: 6mpix waterproof flash camcorder
16:18 EDT - Sanyo Fisher Co. has today unveiled a new flash-based camcorder model with a fairly unusual feature - a waterproofed body.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1 features the pistol-grip styling familiar from the company's past Xacti flash camcorders, with with the ability to be used submerged underwater for up to 60 minutes at a depth of... (More)



Light Crafts Unveils LightZone 3.0
13:46 EDT - Substantial revision is first paid upgrade.

Light Crafts, creators of LightZone photo-editing software, today announced an upgraded version of its award-winning and patented image analysis and editing software. The latest version includes new photo... (More)



BenQ's logo. Click here to visit the BenQ website! PRESS RELEASE: BenQ and Ability to Form Strategic Partnership on Digital Camera Business
10:13 EDT - TAIPEI, TAIWAN, May 18, 2007 - BenQ Corporation ("BenQ") and Ability Enterprise Co., Ltd. ("Ability"), a Taiwan-based manufacturer of digital cameras, today announced that they have entered into an agreement for the acquisition of BenQ's digital camera-related R&D and manufacturing facilities. The acquisition aims to strengthen ties between the two companies on future collaborations, while complementing... (More)



Monday, May 21, 2007

Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio: 12mpix, 3x zoom EXILIM digicam
23:40 EDT - From its Dover NJ headquarters, the American subsidiary of Japan's Casio Computer Co. Ltd. has today announced a new digital camera model with 12 megapixel resolution.

Announced almost simultaneously to another 12 megapixel digicam from rival Panasonic, Casio Inc.'s new EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200 couples its high-res CCD imager to a 3x optical zoom lens. There's no optical... (More)



EPSON.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Epson Develops Imaging WorkShop Software to Dramatically Enhance Photographers' Workflow
17:36 EDT - TOKYO, Japan, May 21, 2007 -- Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") has developed Imaging WorkShop, a workflow application software package for use with high-end printers (pigment ink printers handling A3 and A2), aimed at meeting the demands of advanced amateur and professional photographers. Imaging WorkShop is scheduled to be available for sale through NewSoft Technology Corporation ("NewSoft") from... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: UCLA Makes Historic Newspaper Photos Available Online
15:26 EDT - The UCLA Library has launched "Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs, 1920-90," an online collection of more than 5,000 photographs from the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Times. "This important resource will benefit students and faculty at UCLA as well as local historians and educators throughout Southern California," said University Librarian Gary E. Strong. "The images it contains... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: ViewMinder Updated to Version 4
13:05 EDT - ViewMinder Ltd. (http://www.viewminder.com) has announced a major revision of ViewMinder, its application for picture management. Now XML-based content classes make image organizing and management faster than ever. When an image is shared, class data can be exported with it. ViewMinder has been designed for professionals and news organizations, where portability is essential. A key feature of ViewMinder... (More)



Panasonic launches DMC-FX100 digicam (UPDATED)
12:11 EDT - Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today taken the wraps off its newest digital camera model, the Lumix DMC-FX100.

Slated for introduction during July 2007, the Panasonic FX100 couples a 12.2 megapixel , 1/1.72" CCD image sensor with a 3.6x optical zoom lens providing a useful 28mm wide angle. Among other features... (More)



Saturday, May 19, 2007

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-L1 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
11:54 EDT - Panasonic's first SLR, the Lumix DMC-L1, has a 7.5 megapixel sensor and a large, fast 14-50mm optically stabilized zoom lens that's equivalent to a 28-100mm lens on a 35mm camera.

This 2.4 pound SLR is thick and requires two hands to hold. A unique built-in flash mechanism allows for bounce or regular flash, and the Panasonic L1's aperture and shutter speed rings make for easy manual... (More)



Friday, May 18, 2007

FotoNation logo. Click to visit FotoNation's website! PRESS RELEASE: FotoNation Expands Offerings To Include Embedded Imaging Hardware Solutions
18:55 EDT - New "FotoNation Brashov" Office Opens in Romania to Develop Core IP Technologies Galway, Ireland, May 18, 2007-- FotoNation www.fotonation.com, a world-leading embedded imaging and connectivity solutions company for the digital photography industry, announced today the opening of FotoNation Brashov, FotoNation's new office in Brashov, Romania. The new office is dedicated to expanding FotoNation's... (More)



Panasonic's logo. Click to visit Panasonic's website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Lumix Brings Digital Photo Academy To 20 Cities Across The Nation
17:24 EDT - Professional Photographers Teach Local Consumer Workshops to Maximize Digital Photography Experience Secaucus, NJ (May 18, 2007) - Panasonic LUMIX today announces the dates and locations of its first Digital Photo Academy workshops in 20 cities across the United States. Digital Photo Academy is a series of classes for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their cameras' features and create... (More)



Infotrends' logo. Click here to visit the Infotrends website! PRESS RELEASE: New InfoTrends Study Indicates Continued Growth in Photo Imaging Services
16:43 EDT - Study Profiles and Segments Changing Base of Digital Imaging Consumers (Weymouth, MA) May 15, 2007 According to a new groundbreaking report from InfoTrends, the future remains bright for individual imaging vendors that are prepared to help move consumers to the next stage in digital photography, which is characterized not only by photo capturing and printing but also by robust "manage and share"... (More)



Thursday, May 17, 2007

Canon, Samsung grow share at cost of rivals
17:32 EDT - A year after taking the number one spot for US digicam market share from rival Eastman Kodak Co., Canon Inc. has continued to strengthen its position, says a blog item from C|Net News.com today.

According to the C|net item, based on a report from market research firm IDC, Canon Inc. retained the top spot with a 21% market share - up from the 19.3% it recorded a year ago. Second place was retained... (More)



Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Phase One's logo. Click here to visit the Phase One website! PRESS RELEASE: Software Workflow: All-in-One Solution or Best-of-Breed Choice? Top Fashion Photographer Weighs In
16:08 EDT - COPENHAGEN, 15 May, 2007 -- In photography, when it comes to RAW processing and digital asset management, can one software application do it all? How much overhead is acceptable? Pros are finding that choosing best of breed applications over those that tout a "we-do-it-all" message can ultimately be most effective. Not to mention rewarding. "It all comes down to a matter of choice," said Drew Gardner,... (More)



Kingston's logo. Click to visit Kingston's website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology's 'Icons of Photography' Answer Reader Questions at Company's Interactive Microsite
14:35 EDT - Pointed Questions to World-Class Photographers Gives Insight to Their Success Fountain Valley, CA - May 16, 2007 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced it has posted questions submitted by visitors from around the world to its 'Icons of Photography' microsite as part of its Ask the Icon interactive feature. Each question was answered by one... (More)



DxO Labs Logo. Click to visit the DxO Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs and onOne Software Join Forces Again to Offer Demanding Photographers Another Exciting Software Bundle
14:00 EDT - DxO FilmPack and onOne Software's new Plug-In Suite 3 are now available together at a significant savings Paris, France & Portland, OR - May 16, 2007 - DxO FilmPack, a software application that automatically gives digital images the style of the most celebrated conventional films - the colors and the grain of over 20 film types, and onOne Software's new Plug-In Suite 3 for Photoshop® that combines... (More)



Sensor_Loupe.png VisibleDust Launches Brite Vue Sensor Loupe
12:07 EDT - The high resolution lens is constructed of a single 5x magnified K9 optical glass with MgF2 coating to prevent chromatic aberration illuminated by the six LEDs of the BriteVue XL lighting system.

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, May 16 -- VisibleDust, Inc. announces today the launch of the new Brite Vue XL based technology Sensor Loupe. The Sensor Loupe is a product that is specifically made to examine... (More)



Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Canon offers tips from Art Wolfe's experience
16:29 EDT - An interesting new section added to Canon's Digital Learning Center website offers a chance to learn from wildlife and nature photographer Art Wolfe.

The minisite, which accompanies the television program "Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe" and is divided into areas for each episode of the show, offers a sampling of photos shot by Art along with exposure... (More)



Phanfare's logo. Click here to visit the Phanfare website! PRESS RELEASE: Phanfare Lets Customers Manage and Edit Their Web Video and Photo Albums Offline
15:29 EDT - Phanfare, the premier video and photo sharing service for families, has updated their service to allow customers to organize and edit photos and videos even when not connected to the internet Metuchen, NJ (May 15, 2007) - Online video and photo sharing service Phanfare announces improvements to their patent-pending desktop application enabling customers to edit, manage and organize videos and photos... (More)



Monday, May 14, 2007

Panasonic's logo. Click to visit Panasonic's website! Panasonic: Inorganic microlenses, color filters
21:45 EDT - A newly developed MOS image sensor from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. offers resistance to damage from sunlight, ultraviolet radiation and temperature changes, the company notes in a press release from its Japanese headquarters.

The Panasonic MOS image sensor replaces the polymer onchip microlenses and dyed color filters typically found on MOS image sensors. Instead, an inorganic material patterned into concentric rings acts as... (More)



Apple's Aperture packaging. Courtesy of Apple. CUNY, SVA host Aperture 1.5 seminars
16:46 EDT - New York-based readers using (or considering) Apple's Aperture image editing software in their workflow may be interested to hear of two upcoming seminars hosted by the City University of New York and Manhattan's School of Visual Arts.

The free events take place on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May, and members of Apple's Aperture team will be on hand - both to provide a presentation on Aperture 1.5, and to receive feedback from users.... (More)



Microsoft Releases Expression Media
16:20 EDT - A free upgrade is available to iView MediaPro users through Aug. 1 only.

Microsoft has released the first version of Expression Media, its cross-platform replacement for iView MediaPro, the digital asset management tool which is acquired in June of last year, according to the... (More)



Amazon acquires DP Review - Congrats from Dave
16:05 EDT - Online retailer Amazon.com today announced its acquisition of digicam review website DPReview.com.

To say that this came as a surprise would be an understatement, but I'm happy for my friend and friendly competitor Phil Askey, the founder and former owner of DP Review. I've known Phil as a friend and... (More)



onOne Software's logo. Click here to visit the onOne Software website! PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software Announces Availability of Plug-in Suite 3 for Adobe® Photoshop®
15:00 EDT - Updated software suite features four essential tools at one low price to help photographers spend more time taking pictures and less time in front of their computer screen Portland, OR - May 14, 2007 - onOne Software, Inc., announces today the immediate availability of its Plug-in Suite 3 software for Adobe Photoshop. onOne Software's Plug-In Suite 3 combines full versions of four essential software... (More)



Friday, May 11, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Eric Zarakov, VP Marketing Of FotoNation To Speak At I3A Conference
17:37 EDT - Zarakov Discusses Digital Camera and Camera Phone Megapixel Strategy with Co-Panelists from Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, and CDM Optics May 11, 2007, Burlingame, CA -- FotoNation (www.fotonation.com), a leading provider of embedded imaging and communications solutions for the digital camera industry, announced today that Eric Zarakov, VP of Marketing, FotoNation, will be speaking on the "Megapixels: Truth... (More)



More on Pentax's plans
17:30 EDT - News is continuing to come out of Japan on the situation at famous camera brand Pentax.

An article from Bloomberg confirms yesterday's reports of a planned focus on digital cameras, medical equipment and optics such as DVD lenses. The item further includes a statement from Pentax President... (More)



Thursday, May 10, 2007

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website! Pentax to sell HQ, drop some product lines?
15:33 EDT - A report from the online version of Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reports that Pentax is planning to sell its headquarters propery and withdraw from certain business areas in an attempt to increase profits.

According to the article, said to be based on a Pentax management plan obtained by the newspaper, the company is to focus on three areas - cameras, medical equipment and optical components. It will withdraw... (More)



Ricoh's Caplio GX100 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: RICOH Caplio GX100 wins TIPA Award 2007
14:33 EDT - Caplio GX100 wins Best Prestige Camera in Europe at TIPA Awards 2007, Europe's most prestigious photo and imaging awards Tokyo, Japan - May 2 - Caplio GX100 high-resolution compact camera released by Ricoh Co., Ltd. in April 2007 has been named Best Prestige Camera in Europe 2007 at the TIPA Awards 2007. The winners of these photo and imaging awards are chosen by the Technical Image Press Association... (More)



Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Canon's PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot SD1000
19:21 EDT - Canon's new PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH has a futuristic, yet retro look that is almost identical to the original, film-based ELPH, introduced back in May 1996.

In addition to its compact size and eye-catching design, the 7-megapixel SD1000 has a standard 3x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 35-105mm, a 2.5-inch LCD, and an optical viewfinder.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Avanquest Software's Sendphotos 5 Offers All-In-One Solution For Private Digital Photo Sharing And Archiving
18:39 EDT - New Software-Service Features Ability To Create Private Online Photo Sharing Communities DENVER - May 8, 2007 - Avanquest Software, a leading developer and publisher of business and consumer software for the global PC market, today announced the release of SendPhotos 5, an enhanced version of its comprehensive digital photo sharing and storage solution for the consumer market. SendPhotos 5 is an... (More)



Tuesday, May 8, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Under the Blue 2007 International Underwater Photo & Video Competition
22:46 EDT - DEADLINE MAY 12th - Over $20,000 in Prizes! The deadline for the next UnderwaterCompetition.com underwater photo & video competition is right around the corner. On the heels of the popular Our World Underwater & DEEP Indonesia competitions, popular underwater imagery websites Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide have teamed up with the 2007 SCUBA Show to develop a competition for amateurs and hobbyists entitled... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Tenba Expands Outdoor Bag Collection
22:43 EDT - Elmsford, NY, May 7, 2007 - Tenba has added several new products to its popular Shootout™ collection of professional photo / laptop carrying cases. Three new outdoor-oriented shoulder bags and a unique Photo/Laptop Courier bag join the current range of Shootout backpacks, waistpacks, rolling duffels and accessories. The new shoulder bags are available in small, medium and large sizes, covering... (More)



Sinar's Hy6 digital medium-format camera. Courtesy of Sinar, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Sinar Bron Imaging Launches New Sinar Hy6 Digital Medium-Format Camera
22:38 EDT - Fully Integrated Design, Flexibility of Formats and Sinar's Proven Image Quality Add Up to State-of-the Art Medium Format Photography EDISON, NJ, May 8, 2007 - Sinar, the legendary Swiss company that pioneered the use of digital imaging technology in the professional photography market, is bringing to market its much-anticipated Sinar Hy6 medium format digital camera system. The Sinar Hy6, which... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: PhotoShelter Surpasses Subscriber Milestone of More Than 8,000 Photographers
19:26 EDT - In record numbers, professional photographers show support of PhotoShelter as their trusted online archive and marketplace NEW YORK, N.Y., MAY 8, 2007 - PhotoShelter® ( http://www.photoshelter.com ), a leading online archive and marketplace for professional photographers, today announced that more than 8,000 photographers have subscribed for PhotoShelter accounts to store and sell their images... (More)



General Imaging's General Electric X1 digital camera. Courtesy of General Imaging, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: D&H signs with General Imaging to offer stylish, feature-rich GE digital cameras
09:50 EDT - TORRANCE, Calif. (May 7, 2007) - General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE-branded digital cameras, announced today that D&H Distributing will distribute its products to photographic retailers, resellers and consumer electronics dealers throughout the United States. Initial shipments of the stylish new digital camera line - the first to carry the GE brand - are shipping to D&H now.... (More)



Monday, May 7, 2007

Canon: Two new PowerShot digicams
07:58 EDT - Canon U.S.A. Inc. has today announced the upcoming release of two new PowerShot digital cameras, both updates of existing models.

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS and SD850 IS are updates of the S3 IS and SD700 IS respectively. The two new cameras share some upgrades - for example, both being eight megapixel models in place of their older... (More)



Friday, May 4, 2007

Fantasea's FD-40X waterproof housing. Courtesy of Fantasea, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Product Release for the Fantasea Line FD-40X Waterproof Housing
19:49 EDT - Fantasea Line, distributor of the world's most popular and affordable underwater photographic products, announces the release of the FD-40X waterproof camera housing dedicated exclusively to the new Nikon Digital D-40 and D-40X cameras. Together, the FD-40X housing and the D-40/D-40X camera offer an excellent combination for entry level underwater DSLR photography at an affordable price. The FD-40X's... (More)



Findley Designs Releases iPod Access Photo
13:23 EDT - The cross-platform iPod Access Photo can copy photos from your iPod to your computer.

Findley Designs has released the first version of iPod Access Photo, its $12.99 utility to copy photos from an iPod to a computer. Separate versions are available for both Mac OS X and Windows systems.... (More)



Thursday, May 3, 2007

closeupshooting.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes Closeup Shooting Guide
11:10 EDT - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Closeup photography is one of the most fascinating photographic genres. "Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop, and Macro Photography" takes the reader on a journey into this fascinating world of small, smaller, and smallest objects, and shows how to capture their beauty with photographic images. Each step of the way is carefully explained; choosing the right equipment,... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Launches Expresscard SSD With Auto-Backup Software; Next-Generation Solution For Notebook Storage Expansion
11:02 EDT - Super-Compact Solution Sets New Standard for High-Performance, Low-Cost PC Expansion and Data Backup FREMONT, Calif. -- Lexar Media, Inc., a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, has announced the introduction of its new ExpressCard SSD with auto-backup software. Roughly half the size of current PC Card solutions, the Lexar ExpressCard SSD is a high-capacity removable solid state drive... (More)



Pentax USA: New software, firmware
08:02 EDT - Pentax Imaging Co. has released updated software for all of its digital SLR cameras, as well as updated firmware for one model.

The new firmware (v1.20) is for the recently released Pentax K10D model, and the only change is the addition of compatibility with the simultaneously released Pentax Remote Assistant 3 software. This program... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Unibind XU-Series Professional Steel Binding Systems To Be Distributed By MyBinding.com
06:31 EDT - Alpharetta, GA, May 2, 2007 - Peleman Industries http://www.peleman.com , the leading binding, laminating, and presentation system company, announced today that its Unibind XU-series of professional steel binding systems is now being distributed online by MyBinding.com ( http://www.MyBinding.com ), a division of Information Management Services LLC. MyBinding.com offers the full line of Unibind XU... (More)



Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Fujifilm Releases FinePix S5 Firmware Update 1.06
20:54 EDT - Improved white balance performance and an upgrade of barcoding and function lock functions highlight the upgrade.

Fujifilm has released a firmware upgrade for its FinePix S5 Pro which, the company said, addresses the following issues: 1. Better white balance when setting Flash-mode for the White Balance. 2. Better... (More)



Lone Star releases new sharpening action
14:47 EDT - The good folks over at digital imaging website Lonestardigital.com dropped us an email with news of a new sharpening action added to the site.

The second generation of Lonestar's Layer Blended Halo Reduction sharpening action, dubbed "LBHR2", is designed to sharpen images with a minimum of fuss, and without halos and increased chrominance noise.... (More)



joesoft.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Announcing the Creation of JoeSoft, Software for the Average Joe!
13:43 EDT - PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Prosoft Engineering, Inc., an award-winning software development company founded in 1985, today announced a new division, JoeSoft -- software for the average Joe! JoeSoft's launch will coincide with the release of Klix, digital picture recovery software. "JoeSoft is dedicated to bringing great software to the masses at reasonable prices, states Greg Brewer, CEO of JoeSoft. "When... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: PhotoUpLink Export Plug-In for Apple Aperture Released
13:34 EDT - OAKLAND and BERKELEY, Calif. -- Developer Mark Morris has announced that PhotoUpLink is available for Aperture 1.5 and can be downloaded and purchased from http://www.photouplink.com. PhotoUpLink for Aperture contains all the features of the iPhoto plugin with some enhancements. The ODBC export feature now allows users to append to existing database tables as well as create new tables in any ODBC... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Digital Foci Announces Mother's Day Promotion For Image Moments Digital Frame
09:59 EDT - Receive a FREE Interchangeable Frame with the Purchase of Image Moments - Perfect Mother's Day Gift Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2007 - Digital Foci, Inc. www.digitalfoci.com announced today their Mother's Day Promotion for their award-winning Image Moments 8" digital photo frame. The perfect Mother's Day Gift, customers will receive a FREE Gold or Silver interchangeable frame (a $20 value) for a limited... (More)



Tuesday, May 1, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Pure Digital Technologies Unveils Flip Video
13:20 EDT - Ultra-convenient line of camcorders designed to shoot anything and share everything SAN FRANCISCO, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Digital Technologies today introduced Flip Video(TM), a new line of digital camcorders designed to revolutionize how everyday consumers shoot and share video. These remarkably simple and affordable devices feature a major advance in video sharing technology combined with an... (More)



Light Crafts Releases LightZone 2.4
10:52 EDT - Several new tools and revised older ones highlight the new version.

Light Crafts has updated LightZone, its image editing software based on the Zone System, to version 2.4. A re-vamped ToneMapper now offers a single slider to edit an image, as does the Black & White tool.... (More)



MemoryMiner 1.5 Introduces Annotation Service
10:38 EDT - You can send an email to a relative for more details about a photo in your collection that directs them to a service for annotation.

John Fox has released MemoryMiner 1.5, updating the interface with a dynamic toolbar and introducing MemoryMiner Remote Annotation Web Service, the first of several Web services to be rolled out this year.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software Announces Availability of All Photoshop® CS3 Compatible Software Plug-ins
09:01 EDT - Free upgrades now available for Intellihance Pro 4.2, Mask Pro 4.1, Genuine Fractals 5 and PhotoFrame Pro 3.1 Portland, OR - April 30, 2007 - onOne Software, Inc., announces today the immediate availability of all Photoshop CS3 compatible updates to their Photoshop plug-ins Intellihance Pro, Mask Pro, Genuine Fractals and PhotoFrame Pro software. Free upgrades are available for registered owners of... (More)



Another lens test posted on SLRgear.com
08:56 EDT - One new lens today, an incredible new IS zoom from Canon:

We continue to be a bit bogged down with digicam and SLR tests on the Imaging Resource side of the house, so lens tests are still running a bit slower than normal as a result. We're hoping to add to our... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Aquafadas unveils PulpMotion 1.1 and raises the bar in interactive slideshows
06:54 EDT - New navigation capabilities, zoom on media, improved control over timing. Not to mention Silly News... MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - April 30 2007 : PulpMotion 1.1 adds around 20 new features in Aquafadas' innovative slideshow and presentation tool. At the top of the list, improved control over timing lets users choose whether the embedded videos should play in full length: exported movies can now include... (More)

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