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Friday, June 29, 2007's logo. Click here to visit the website! Another lens test posted on
16:30 EDT - Another day, another great lens, this one from Canon.

Another new lens up today, a great fast-aperture, tele zoom model, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. This is a very popular zoom range, Canon actually having no fewer than four models covering it.... (More)

Nikon's D40X digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Nikon D40x
12:31 EDT - Nikon's further reinforced their digital SLR battle strategy with the 10 megapixel Nikon D40x, a fine digital SLR that's family friendly.

We actually thought the jump from 6 to 10 megapixels might introduce a flaw or two, but we found that the image quality was maintained or got even better in several key areas, including noise control at... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Iridient Digital Releases RAW Developer 1.7.0 for Mac OS X
11:57 EDT - Iridient Digital has released RAW Developer 1.7.0, a major update to its critically acclaimed Raw image conversion software for Mac OS X. This update brings new features including automatic highlight recovery processing, an improved pattern noise filter, full screen image preview support and a new option for use of DNG style camera color rendering in addition to the existing support for ICC camera... (More)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

DXO: Some notes for Lightroom 1.1 users
15:33 EDT - Yesterday, we reported on two new software releases from San Jose CA-based Adobe Systems Inc. and DxO Labs of Boulogne, France.

Almost simultaneously, DxO launched version 4.5 of its DxO Optics Pro application, and Adobe took the wraps off version 1.1 of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. One of the key changes in DxO Optics Pro v4.5... (More)

Newer Technology's logo. Click here to visit the Newer Technology website! PRESS RELEASE: Newertech Announces New Ministack V3 'Quad Interface' 1.0TB Storage Solution
14:59 EDT - Features Integrated Powered Hub with Four Interfaces - FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, & eSATA - for Plug n' Play Use with Any Computer June 28, 2007, Woodstock, IL, -- Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech), a leading developer of PC, Macintosh® and iPod® performance upgrades and accessories, today announced the newest addition to its award-winning storage solution line, the... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: NAPP Launches New Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Online Training Course
12:07 EDT - Matt Kloskowski Hosts Online Course Teaching "The New Digital Photography Workflow" Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom TAMPA, FL -- June 28, 2007 -- The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is excited to announce the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basic Training, a new training class by Matt Kloskowski -- NAPP education and curriculum developer and host of the popular Adobe Photoshop... (More)

Light Crafts Releases LightZone 3.0.5
11:01 EDT - The lower-cost version of LightZone is now available in version 3.0.

Skipping a few minor versions from 3.0.2, Light Crafts today released v3.0.5 of LightZone, its intuitive image editing software based on the Zone System. Highlights of the new release include: New Features... (More)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Part II of Our Kodak 5300 AiO Printer Diary
21:24 EDT - After a tour of the hardware, we get down to business.

Our first week with the Kodak 5300 was interesting. We did some real work with it, photocoping a library book, scanning some old letters and printing some photos. We also found the manual and the AiO... (More)

Pentax announces K100D update (UPDATED)
18:00 EDT - From its US headquarters in Golden, Colorado, Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced its upcoming Pentax K100D Super digital SLR.

Closely based on the existing Pentax K100D model which was first launched back in May 2006, the K100D Super has two main changes from its predecessor - both of them inherited from the higher-spec Pentax... (More)

Olympus' FE-250 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Express Review posted for Olympus FE-250
15:00 EDT - Sometimes you just want a digital camera that's smart enough to take snapshots effortlessly.

The Olympus FE-250 is that smart -- and that simple. Guide mode lists a number of problems any digital camera could stumble across. With a click of the Right arrow, the Olympus FE-250 tells you how to... (More)

DxO Labs Logo. Click to visit the DxO Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: New DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Features Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom™ Plug-in, Direct to Flickr Export, Automatic Cropping and Significant Speed Gains
14:57 EDT - Free upgrade for all existing DxO Optics Pro v4.x users continues DxO Labs pioneering accomplishments in support of today's new generation of software for photographers Paris, France - June 26, 2007 - DxO Labs today announces the immediate availability of the new version of its flagship product - DxO Optics Pro v4.5 - for both Windows and Macintosh computer systems. Enriched with exclusive features... (More)

Inside Digital Photo offers photography insights
14:53 EDT - Online radio show Inside Digital Photo has two interesting interviews in its latest episode.

Pro photographer, author and instructor Jim Zuckerman discusses equipment and workflow as well as his photo tours and safaris that take photographers to such interesting locales as Indonesia, Switzerland,... (More)

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Sweepstakes Serve Up An Eye-Opening Experience At The US Open
13:17 EDT - Five Lucky Consumers Will Capture It All Through Exclusive Access at the World-Class Tennis Tournament CENTER VALLEY, Pa, June 27, 2007 - Olympus Imaging America today announces its national sweepstakes, which will send five winners and their doubles partner on a weekend getaway (August 31- September 2, 2007) in New York City to experience the fast action and excitement of the US Open 2007 Tennis... (More)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

lightroom-logo.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 Now Available
21:19 EDT - Lightroom Update Offers New Functionality, Improved Raw Processing and Support for Windows Vista Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 is now available as a free upgrade for existing users, with added functionality and support for Windows Vista. Lightroom 1.1 adds a flexible image management system for multi-computer workflows, improved noise reduction and sharpening and raw file support for 13 additional... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Aquafadas unveils PulpMotion 1.2
13:52 EDT - MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - June 25 2007 : PulpMotion 1.2 adds new features and improves performances in Aquafadas' innovative slideshow and presentation tool. For the ones that couldn't make it to the DeliciousGeneration party during WWDC, no regrets; now it's their chance to discover the latest features of PulpMotion: New soundtrack options for the video during playback, Great performance increase in... (More)

Olympus' Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f4.0 - f5.6 lens. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces Zuiko 70-300mm lens
09:00 EDT - From its headquarters in Center Valley PA, Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced its forthcoming Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f4.0-5.6 zoom lens.

Development of the lens was first disclosed by the Japanese parent company Olympus Corp. last March, although at that time specifications were unannounced and only a prototype photo was available. Today's... (More)

Monday, June 25, 2007

EPSON.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Epson Announces Perfection V200 Photo Scanner as the Smart Scanning Solution for the Photo Hobbyist
17:07 EDT - Epson Perfection V200 Photo Offers High-Quality 4800 dpi at $99 LONG BEACH, Calif. -- June 25, 2007 -- Designed for Chief Memory Officers and active photo enthusiasts, Epson America, Inc. today announced the PerfectionR V200 Photo, its newest consumer scanner featuring a high-quality 4800 dpi optical resolution -- for only $99. Equipped with the ability to scan photos or film with just one touch,... (More)

SnapVillage's logo. Click here to visit the SnapVillage website! PRESS RELEASE: Snapvillage Announces Beta Opening
16:02 EDT - SnapVillage Takes Fresh Approach with Next Generation Microstock Marketplace Innovative Beta Website Empowered by Corbis Combines Best Features of Consumer Photo-sharing Sites with an Online Marketplace To Create a Distinctly Better Place to Buy and Sell Affordable Photography Highlights Include: Innovative "Pick Your Own Price" Model Gives Photographers Flexibility and Control by Letting... (More)

Sigma's SD14 digital SLR. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Analog Devices' Blackfin Powers Sigma's New SD14, 14 Megapixel Digital Camera
15:45 EDT - Blackfin Performs up to 200 Computations Per Pixel for Every Image in Pipeline from Sensor to Memory Card. NORWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) today announced that Sigma Corporation selected Analog Devices' Blackfin® processor for its SD14 digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera. Powered by the unique direct-image capabilities of the Foveon X3 sensor and a Blackfin... (More)

iNova Ships Nikon D40 / D40x eBook
15:38 EDT - Peter iNova, famous for a lengthy list of eBooks that help users master their digital cameas, has been in touch to let us know that he's released a new volume for users of Nikon's D40 and D40x digital SLRs.

The "DSLR: Nikon D40/D40x" eBook is a truly staggering 1013 pages long, and includes a lengthy section on the cameras' .NEF RAW file format authored by Uwe Steinmueller of the Digital Outback Photo website.... (More)

Friday, June 22, 2007

hueyPRO-box.gif Accessory Review: Pantone hueyPRO
22:03 EDT - It can create a monitor profile and doubles as an ambient light monitor, too.

Pantone has an inexpensive solution to monitor profiling called the huey (a playful extension of the word "hue"). And they've recently bulked up the software with the new hueyPRO. We took the hueyPRO... (More)

Reallusion's FaceFilter Studio 2 packaging. Click to visit the FaceFilter Studio website! FaceFilter Studio updated to v2.0
17:18 EDT - Regular readers may remember we told you three or four years ago about a program from San Jose-based Reallusion Inc. called FaceFilter, which aims to help amateur photographers to correct common flaws in their portrait photos.

FaceFilter is a standalone PC-only program that lets you correct human faces in photos - letting those uninitiated in the ways of Photoshop easily retouch the one person who can never crack a smile for... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: REALVIZ® HDR Imaging Studio Now Available
12:04 EDT - Sophia Antipolis, France (June 22, 2007) - REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to announce the availability of the REALVIZ HDR Imaging Studio. The REALVIZ HDR Imaging Studio, combines Stitcher® 5.6, VTour 1.2 HDR and Photomatix Pro, and is the only software bundle available today for the creation of HDR environments for virtual reality, industrial design,... (More)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

HEWLETTPACKARD.GIF PRESS RELEASE: HP Splashes into Summer with Hot New Products to Capture and Print Memories
18:04 EDT - PALO ALTO, Calif., June 21, 2007 -- HP today introduced several imaging and printing products -- including nine feature-rich digital cameras, two versatile single-function Photosmart printers and an all-in-one Photosmart printer -- all designed to enable people to make the most of summer memories. Highlights include: a digital camera with the largest touchscreen LCD display of any compact digital... (More)

Qimage's logo. Click here to visit the DDI Software website! Qimage updated to v2007.201
15:35 EDT - Mike Chaney, author of popular Windows imaging utility Qimage, just emailed us to let us know he's released a new version (v2007.201) with some new features and bug fixes.

If you're not already familiar with Qimage, it's a program we've mentioned many times over the years, and one we rate as one of the most consistently useful (and frequently improved) shareware imaging... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Batch Conversion and Editing With A Single Click - Able Batch Converter 2.5
15:02 EDT - Vancouver, Canada. - June 20, 2007: today announces the immediate availability of Able Batch Converter 2.5, a one-stop solution for converting graphics files between formats. As the name implies, the program runs batch processes that can be triggered with only one mouse click. This makes it ideal for people involved into web design, content management and publishing. Some editing... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix S700 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Selects Kopin's Electronic Viewfinder for New Compact, High-Zoom Digital Camera
13:44 EDT - Kopin's EVF is becoming the standard for leading camera makers TAUNTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2007--Kopin(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), the leading provider of microdisplays for mobile consumer electronics, announced today that FUJIFILM Corporation, one of the world's finest camera manufacturers, has chosen Kopin's CyberEVF(R) 230K-NF electronic viewfinder (EVF) for its new FinePix S700... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology's 'Icons of Photography' Provide Constructive Advice on Viewer-submitted Photos
11:08 EDT - 'Critique My Image' Offers Unique Opportunity for Microsite Visitors to Share Photos with World-Class Photographers Fountain Valley, CA - June 21, 2007 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced as part of its 'Icons of Photography' microsite, the interactive feature Critique My Image. Kingston® is posting images at (More)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Canon's PowerShot SD750 Digital ELPH digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot SD750 Digital ELPH
21:35 EDT - Nice to look at and nice to shoot, the Canon PowerShot SD750 is another in a long line of pleasing Digital ELPH cameras.

Its 7.1 megapixels offer enough to give you a basic range of enlargements, including 11x14 inch prints. The Canon SD750's 3x zoom is just standard, not stunning, but it's great for most travel shooting... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Idruna Releases Remote Editing System
19:34 EDT - Temecula, CA, June 20th 2007 - Idruna is pleased to announce the launch of Idruna's Remote Editing System, or IRES for short. IRES allows an editor to see what a photographer is shooting, in real time, even if the photographer is on the other side of the world. The easy to use software completely replaces proprietary WiFi transmitters from Canon and Nikon with off the shelf hardware, such as the latest... (More)

Always-On's logo. Click here to visit the Always-On website! PRESS RELEASE: Made Products Announces New Product Line, Always-On Compact Camera Wrap and Micro-Tripod provide protection and on-camera convenience
17:40 EDT - Seattle, WA (June 19, 2007)-Made Products, which designs and manufactures unique accessories for digital cameras, announces today the release of Always-On, a line of protective cases and tripods for compact cameras. The new line includes the Millipod Micro Tripod, Wrap-Up Compact Camera Wrap, and the Wrap-Up & Millipod Combo. "Always-On products are all about convenience" says Graeme Esarey, CEO... (More)

Fujifilm's Big Job HD-3W digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm "Big Job" to reach UK retail
16:30 EDT - Our friends over at the Digital Photography Review website are reporting that Fujifilm UK will soon start selling the latest variant of the "Big Job" ruggedized digital camera, long available in Japan.

The current Fujifilm "Big Job" model is the FinePix Big Job HD-3W, a six megapixel camera with a wide angle 28 - 84mm 3x optical zoom lens and a generous three inch LCD display. First announced in Japan... (More)

Now Showing: YouTube on Apple TV
10:50 EDT - An Apple TV software update puts H.264-encoded YouTube video on your HDTV.

Apple today released a free software update adding YouTube video to Apple TV, its $299 OS X box that can display your iTunes content and high resolution digital photos on an HDTV. The roughly five-minute... (More)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: PMA, AIE and Future Image announce agreement to host 6Sight '07
14:21 EDT - JACKSON, Mich. - PMA?, a professional trade association for the photo industry, AIE?, a PMA member association for imaging executives, and Future Image Inc., the leading independent center of expertise on the convergence of imaging, technology, and business, announce the finalization of their partnership to host the 6Sight? Future of Imaging executive conference. The next conference will be held at... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Convert and Edit Your Image Files with ReaConverter 5.0
13:48 EDT - ReaSoft Development today announces the release of ReaConverter 5.0, which allows users to convert images, as well as edit them, creating the high quality photos and drafts. ReaConverter 5.0 is a professional application for graphic files, photos, drafts, and other images of any type, which allows users to convert pictures into a wide range of formats, as well as edit them according to their needs.... (More)

Monday, June 18, 2007's logo. Click here to visit the website! Another lens test posted on
23:50 EDT - Another new lens today, an impressive little "Vacation Lens" from Tamron.

One new lens up today, Tamron's latest super-zoom (13.8x zoom ratio), the Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro AF. With summer vacations close at hand, lots of SLR owners will be looking... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS Noise Buster V.4.0: Noise Suppression for Digital and Scanned Images
23:15 EDT - June, 2007 - AKVIS LLC announces the release of version 4.0 of AKVIS Noise Buster for Windows and Macintosh. By popular request, the possibility to save user presets has been added. Besides, new to version 4.0: compatibility with Windows Vista, compatibility with Photoshop CS3 on Intel Mac, etc. Macintosh version is now Universal Binary. Upgrade for registered users is free. Whether you get digital... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: My Britain: Getty Images invites Britain's Youngsters to Communicate Life in Britain Through their Eyes with a Nationwide Photography Competition
13:48 EDT - Launch date: 4 July 2007 Visit: LONDON - 18th June 2007 - Identity and community evoke powerful emotions, ideas and images with people from all ages and backgrounds in the UK, however it is even more emotive for young people growing up around the country. Do Britain's youth share a similar perspective on life? What affects them emotionally? How important is family and... (More)

deke-ps3.jpg PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Publishes McClelland's 'Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One'
13:01 EDT - Read the Lessons. Watch the Video. Do the Exercises. SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- Pioneering computer graphics author Deke McClelland updates his bestselling hands-on tutorial for Adobe Photoshop CS3, the latest version of this industry-standard image editing and production program. As with previous editions, Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One (O'Reilly, $44.99) guides readers step by step through the program's... (More)

Leica's DIGILUX 3 digital camera. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Leica Camera AG Offers Free Firmware Updates To The Leica Digilux 3
01:02 EDT - June 18, 2007 -- Leica Camera AG announced today that it will provide a free firmware update for the LEICA DIGILUX 3 on its website The new firmware, Version 2.0, offers extensive improvements in the performance of effective digital SLR camera. The new firmware for the LEICA DIGILUX 3 optimizes the functionality of the camera across many applications. This will include additional... (More)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Diary: Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-One Printer
22:19 EDT - Would you pay $50 more for a printer that can make permanent 4x6 prints that cost as little as 10 cents each? Kodak thinks you will.

We just today received one of Kodak's new All-in-One printers and rather than make you wait a month for the review, we've started one of our never-ending diaries. Today's installment covers installation... (More)

rn-lowbudget.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes 'Low Budget Shooting: Do It Yourself Solutions to Professional Photo Gear'
11:35 EDT - SANTA BARBARA, Calf. -- Most photographers will agree that after buying cameras, lenses, computer gear, and software, the spending never seems to end. More gear is needed for studio, tabletop, and flash photography, and for accessories here and there. Often, the right accessories are not even available. That is where this book comes in. Low Budget Shooting is the one-stop source where you will find... (More)

Kingston's logo. Click to visit Kingston's website! PRESS RELEASE: Wildlife Photographer Offers Tips to Capture Perfect Vacation Photos on 'Look Who's Using Kingston'
08:54 EDT - John Hyde Trusts Kingston Flash Memory to Photograph Alaskan Wolves and Orcas Fountain Valley, CA. - June 13, 2007 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced that world-class nature and wildlife photographer John Hyde will be the next participant to share how he uses Kingston® Flash memory on the company's 'Look Who's Using Kingston' microsite.... (More)

Canon's PowerShot A560 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot A560
07:48 EDT - The Canon A560 is another great little camera from Canon.

While classed and priced as an entry-level camera, the A560 takes great, high-resolution shots, has a nice 4x zoom lens, and is quite easy to use. The user interface is clean and uncluttered, the combination... (More)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! Kodak: New sensor tech promises improved sensitivity
05:02 EDT - Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced a new technology for image sensors that it says will offer a 2 - 4x increase in sensitivity over existing Bayer-filtered types, equivalent to a 1 - 2 stop improvement.

Almost all digital cameras to date use a single image sensor which is capable of distinguishing only one color per pixel location, the specific color being selected by a color dye overlaying the photoreceptor... (More)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Olympus' Stylus 730 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Olympus Stylus 730
18:43 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 730 is a slim, stylish water-resistant camera with several high ISO modes designed to improve indoor shooting, and a good complement of Scene modes for the novice shooter wanting to get good results regardless of the situation.

The Stylus 730 also offers a unique Guide mode that will help you though specific situations. Though I doubt most will use either set of modes, it's nice to have them there for those who will. Viewed onscreen,... (More)

Light Crafts Releases Releases LightZone 3.0.2
10:43 EDT - New Styles batch processing options, additions to metadata tags, Fuji S5 Raw support and more highlight the new release.

Maintaining the aggressive release schedule of previous version 2, Light Crafts has released version 3.0.2 of LightZone, its image editing software based on the Zone System that features non-destructive... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Image Trends Announces PearlyWhites, and ShineOff Plug-ins, Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In for Mac
07:00 EDT - Image Trends automates beauty with the digital teeth whitener, PearlyWhites, and the digital face powder, ShineOff Plug-Ins AUSTIN, Texas (June 11) -- Image Trends, the provider of innovative digital imaging tools, today announces PearlyWhites, an automatic teeth whitening software program, and ShineOff an automatic software program that removes shine from face, and skin areas. Initially, the Adobe... (More)

Kodak: Six new EasyShare digicams (UPDATED)
03:23 EDT - Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced six new models for its EasyShare digital camera lineup.

The Kodak EasyShare M753, M853, M873, M883, Z1275 and ZD710 are all slated to reach retail over the next three months. The Kodak M753 (priced at $149) will be first to arrive this month, and offers seven... (More)

Monday, June 11, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Tessera Unveils World's First Wafer-Level Camera Technology for Mobile Phones
21:18 EDT - OptiML™ Wafer Level Camera (WLC) Technology Applies Microelectronics Techniques to Optics and is Designed to Enable Up to 30% Percent Cost Savings Long Term SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 2007--Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:TSRA), a leading provider of miniaturization technologies for the electronics industry, today announced OptiML(TM) WLC (also known as OptiuL(TM) WLC),... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Avanquest Software's Sendphotos 5 Offers All-In-One Solution For Private Digital Photo Sharing And Archiving
19:53 EDT - New Software-Service Features Ability to Create Private Online Photo Sharing Communities DENVER -- 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 easy-to-use... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Eye-Fi Secures $5.5 Million In Series A Funding
16:57 EDT - Opus Capital and Shasta Ventures Co-Lead First Round for Wireless Digital Photography Company MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 11, 2007 - Eye-Fi, a company dedicated to helping people navigate, nurture and share their digital memories, has secured $5.5 million in Series A funding. The round was co-led by Opus Capital and Shasta Ventures. Eye-Fi is developing wireless-enabled products and services that... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Underwater Photography Made A Splash At SCUBA Show 2007
16:02 EDT -, & SCUBA Show 2007 announce the breathtaking winning images from the 1st Annual UNDER THE BLUE international underwater photo and video competition. June 10, 2007 (New York, NY) - Popular underwater imagery websites & teamed up with SCUBA Show to develop an annual international competition for amateurs and hobbyists worldwide. The 1st... (More)

MediaStreet's 15-inch eMotion digital picture frame. Courtesy of MediaStreet, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Mediastreet Adds Large 15-Inch Screen To Expanding Line Of eMotion Digital Picture Frames
15:05 EDT - Picture Frame Frees Digital Photos, Videos, Art & Music From the Shackles of a Computer and Brings Them to the Big Screen Deer Park, NY – June 11th, 2007 – MediaStreet Inc., a leading independent manufacturer of archival-quality inks with matched inkjet media and other innovative, digital solutions for the photographic, arts and consumer electronics industries, is introducing the... (More)

fixerlabs.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Sizefixer Full Function Trial Now Available
14:07 EDT - FixerLabs, developers of award winning software for digital image enhancement, and enlargement, has released a full function trial version of SizeFixer, their flagship program for image enlargement. Initially the program is available only for Windows with support for Mac due soon. Based on its patented Super-Resolution technology, SizeFixer XL can enlarge images to A0 size and beyond with unprecedented... (More)

Leaf's logo. Click here to visit the Leaf America website! PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Included with Leaf Aptus Digital Back
13:55 EDT - Elmsford, NY June 11, 2007 - Leaf announced today that as a result of the seamless integration of Leaf Capture and Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) LightroomTM, they will begin to bundle Lightroom free of charge with every Leaf Aptus and Leaf Aptus S back starting on June 1. Lightroom software is the professional photographer's essential toolbox, providing one easy application for managing, adjusting, and presenting... (More)

Friday, June 8, 2007

BIBBLE.GIF Bibble v4.98 released
14:36 EDT - A press release today from Austin, TX-based Bibble Labs (the company behind the popular RAW file converter Bibble) announces an updated version of that program.

The new release, Bibble version 4.98, is available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux systems. It includes support for the following new camera models: Canon EOS 1D Mark III; Fujifilm S5 Pro; Nikon D40x;... (More)

BenQ's logo. Click here to visit the BenQ website! PRESS RELEASE: BenQ Launches the X725 and T700 Digital Cameras into the UK Market
13:18 EDT - Hemel-Hempstead, 7th June 2007 - BenQ today announces the launch of the much-anticipated X725 and T700 digital cameras into the UK market, just in time to capture the summer. The T700 digital camera is an elegant 7-megapixel model boasting a 3-inch touch screen display for maximum viewing enjoyment. Both exquisite screens underline BenQ's heritage in quality LCD technology, which PC user all over... (More)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Software Review: SilverFast 6.5r6
20:15 EDT - We take a look at three important new features in the latest release, updating our 2002 review of version 6.

It may still be version 6, but SilverFast has added a few new tricks to its scanning act. So we thought it was time to update our 2002 look at Lasersoft's venerable scanning software. We're most impressed... (More)

logo_plazes.png PRESS RELEASE: Social Life 2.0: Plazes Tells You 'Where It's At'
16:34 EDT - Official launch of location-aware service enables anyone to share their location and activities with others. Plazes lets its users stay on top of their friends and family's whereabouts -- anywhere in the world. ZURICH, Switzerland/BERLIN, Germany, June 7, 2007 -- Plazes, the leading online community merging physical location with online communication, today announced the official launch... (More)

Epson's R-D1s digital rangefinder. Courtesy of Epson, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Epson Europe discontinues R-D1
16:00 EDT - A news article on the website of British magazine "Amateur Photographer" reports that Epson has ceased sales of its R-D1 and R-D1s digital cameras in Europe.

Epson's R-D1, first announced back in early 2004, was notable as the world's first digital rangefinder camera. Coupling six megapixel resolution from an APS-C image sensor with a Leica M lens mount that... (More)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

EXTENSIS.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Extensis Portfolio Server 8.5 Offers Seamless Integration with Adobe Creative Suite 3
20:06 EDT - New functionality means less time managing assets and multi-channel access for workgroups. NEW YORK -- Extensis, a brand of Celartem Inc., today announced Portfolio Server 8.5, a significant upgrade in its Portfolio Server digital asset management product. The Portfolio Server upgrade provides industrial-strength workflow features to organize and exchange digital files utilizing visual catalogs and... (More)

CANTO.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Canto to Integrate Cumulus With New Adobe Creative Suite 3 Applications
20:03 EDT - Integration based on the Adobe Version Cue CS3 SDK will offer Cumulus digital asset management system access via Adobe Bridge for work-in-progress workflows and asset archiving. BERLIN -- Canto announced today plans to use the Adobe Version Cue CS3 software developer kit, featured by Adobe at the Henry Stewart DAM Symposium, to build an integration between the Cumulus and Adobe CS3 product lines.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Consumer Reports Reveals Readers' Top Complaints About Their Digital Cameras
13:01 EDT - July issue features Ratings of over seventy digital cameras, photo printers and software; CR advice on how-to-choose the best camera YONKERS, N.Y., June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers in the market for a digital camera may be looking for a model that addresses the biggest gripes about their current camera. Consumer Reports identified the five biggest complaints about digital cameras from... (More)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Kodak's EasyShare V803 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Kodak EasyShare V803
22:53 EDT - With 8 megapixels and eight colors to match, the Kodak EasyShare V803's standout feature is its under-$200 price tag.

Its 2.5 inch display is not typical of bargain cameras, nor are its stylish good looks. In fact, style is what the Kodak V803 was made for, as you can see by its color-matched accessories, like the beaded... (More)

Sony shows eco-friendly digicam concepts
16:29 EDT - The Japanese website Impress DC Watch has posted information on a press conference held in that country by Sony Corp.

The conference, held in the eight-storey Sony Building in Tokyo's Ginza district, aimed to show a range of environmentally friendly concept products under the "Odo" brand. Included were the "Spin'n'Snap"... (More)

Jobo's Spectator mobile storage device. Courtesy of Jobo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Announces Free Software Bundle with all JOBO GIGA one and Spectator Purchases
10:50 EDT - "MAGIX Photos on CD" Software enables JOBO GIGA one and JOBO Spectator users to create exciting slideshows with their digital pictures and videos Gummersbach, Germany (June 5, 2007) - JOBO AG announces that starting today all JOBO GIGA one and JOBO Spectator mobile storage devices will come bundled with the MAGIX Software "MAGIX Photos on CD". As an added value (worth about $25) JOBO customers that... (More)

Monday, June 4, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: New Tamron Podcasts Posted: The Ultimate Learning Experience Gets Better
21:13 EDT - Vibrant Videos by Top Pros Give Great 'How To' Tips on Shooting Everything From Scenic Vistas, and Wildlife to Urban Abstracts, and Bridal Portraits. Best of All, They're Free -- And You Can Take Them With You! COMMACK, N.Y. -- Imagine attending a concise, well focused, entertaining mini-course on your chosen photographic specialty, taught in a friendly hands-on style by an articulate, and knowledgeable... (More)

Story Launches 'Park by the Numbers' Project
9:06 EDT - Use your camphone to remember where you parked? It could be art! Photographer Derrick Story, an editor at O'Reilly and the genius behind The Digital Story photo blog (, just wrote to us about his latest project -- which naturally turns out to be something for other people to do! "Back when I was working on Digital Photography Hacks," Derrick wrote, "I stumbled... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Mediastreet Adds Bluetooth Technology to Emotion Digital Picture Frame
20:36 EDT - Pictures from Cell Phones Wirelessly Transferred Directly to Large 7-inch Screen for Instant Slideshow & Enjoyment DEER PARK, N.Y. -- June 4th, 2007 -- MediaStreet Inc., a leading independent manufacturer of archival-quality inks with matched inkjet media and other innovative, digital solutions for the photographic, arts and consumer electronics industries, is introducing its new eMotion Bluetooth... (More)

DXG: 7mpix, 3x zoom entry level digicam
19:35 EDT - DXG USA has announced a new digital camera model offering seven megapixels of resolution coupled to a 3x optical zoom lens.

The DXG model 711 has a compact body with fairly smooth, pocket-friendly lines once the zoom lens is retracted on power-off. There's no optical viewfinder, with a 2.5" low-temperature polysilicon... (More)

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Embraces Underwater, Dive Community With New Camera Housings
18:11 EDT - Recreational Scuba Divers, Outdoor Enthusiasts and Poolside Families Enjoy Underwater Photography Thanks to Olympus CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 4, 2007 - Olympus gears-up for summer with new underwater housings and accessories for its digital cameras - from point-and-shoot to D-SLR (digital single lens reflex). For millions, the peak travel season of June through August means fun in the ocean, lake or... (More)

CIPA's logo. Click here to visit the CIPA website! CIPA publishes spec guidelines draft
12:22 EDT - Japan's "Camera & Imaging Products Association", perhaps better known as "CIPA", has today published a draft guideline that aims to standardize the way in which member companies state the specifications of their digicam products.

The drafting process for CIPA DCG-X002-2007, "Specification Guideline for Digital Cameras", began in late September last year and the document is now open to comments until August 3rd 2007. The guideline... (More)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Scanner Review: Epson Perfection V700/V750
19:15 EDT - It's the state of the art flatbed film scanner -- but is that good enough? We take a look, explaining those mysterious height adjusters along the way.

We spent a few months with an Epson Perfection V700 using it to scan everything from documents to medium format film. We were sorry to see it go. It won't surprise anyone that it handled reflective material... (More)

Olympus' SP-550 UltraZoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review update posted for Olympus SP-550 UZ
13:21 EDT - While I had a little trouble focusing on subjects that wouldn't sit still, the SP-550's 18x optical zoom with 100x total zoom let us shoot things I couldn't even see without looking through its lens.

And I found that a lot of fun. A whole new world of birds, fish and buffalo, in fact. But the SP-550 was just as capable taking shots at wide angle and in Macro mode. Some of my flower shots really surprised... (More)

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website! The deal's back on: Hoya buys Pentax
13:16 EDT - After stumbling somewhat in the last couple of months, the deal between Pentax Corp. and Hoya Corp. is finally to go ahead, according to a joint press release from the two companies.

Those not familiar with the story may want to read our most recent coverage, but briefly the two companies last December announced plans to merge, intending to become Hoya Pentax HD Corp from October 2007.... (More)

ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Bridge CS3 Update Now Available
11:19 EDT - Adobe has released an update to Adobe Bridge CS3. Available in all six editions of Adobe Creative Suite 3 software and all professional Adobe creative applications, Bridge provides centralized access to project files, applications, and settings, as well as XMP metadata tagging and searching capabilities. The update is available through Bridge via the Help menu > Updates and also through (More)

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