News Archive - July 2001
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Imaging Factory releases PhotoShop plugins!
19:01 EDT - Dutch company's offerings unleash the power of your creativity...

Dutch company 'The Imaging Factory' has announced a new website through which it is now selling an extensive range of plugins for Adobe Photoshop. In all, 15 plugins are available with prices set at... (More)

Monday, July 30, 2001

Digital Secrets examines Coolpix 775!
23:43 EDT - Peter iNova reviews Nikon's ultra-compact digicam...

The folks at the Digital Secrets website have posted a review of Nikon's Coolpix 775, a lightweight, ultra-compact digital camera first announced on April 25th of this year, and a model we recently reviewed... (More)

Public test of new Mac photo printing software!
14:04 EDT - Electric Fish releases its PhotoGrid printing app for public testing...

An email from Electric Fish Inc. tells us that the company has released a new Macintosh photo-printing application, for public testing. Tentatively called 'PhotoGrid', the software works on MacOS 8.6... (More)

Friday, July 27, 2001

Imaging associations DIG and PIMA merge!
17:18 EDT - Newly created imaging industry group is the world's largest...

Two imaging industry associations, the Digital Imaging Group (DIG) and Photographic and Imaging Manufacturers Association (PIMA) have merged to form a new entity, a press release announces. Dubbed the... (More)

Help with digital imaging on Linux! (UPDATED)
12:42 EDT - Linux user creates digital imaging website to share experiences...

IR reader Antonio Piccolboni emailed to let us know of his new website, which may be of interest to anybody using (or considering) the Linux operating system. Antonio's site, 'Digital Photography and... (More)

Kaidan announces KiWi for Coolpix 880, 995!
11:38 EDT - New KiWi bundles support Nikon's latest consumer digicams; upgrade kit available for existing KiWi owners...

Photographic VR company Kaidan Inc. has today announced the addition of two new bundles to its KiWi line of panoramic tripod heads. The new Kaidan KiWi 880 and KiWi 995 support Nikon's latest consumer... (More)

Thursday, July 26, 2001

DPReview tries out Kyocera's FineCam S3!
12:16 EDT - Phil Askey delivers decision on diminutive digicam...

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have now posted their full review of Kyocera's FineCam S3, a camera we reviewed ourselves a few weeks ago. Phil didn't seem too impressed, with a... (More)

Virus Alert: W32/[email protected]
10:13 EDT - Emails flood into IR infected with a common virus...

We've been literally bombarded here at the Imaging Resource over the last few days with emails symptomatic of the W32/[email protected] virus, which seems to be about the most common virus around at the moment.... (More)

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

PixelZap takes the fight to hot pixels! (UPDATED)
02:19 EDT - New software from TawbaWare removes hot and stuck pixels from images with minimal damage...

Digital camera users whose cameras offer long exposure modes without noise removal algorithms will doubtless be familiar with the effects of dark current noise, the effect that causes a seemingly random... (More)

Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Cameraid 1.2 enters public beta!
17:50 EDT - Macintosh imaging tool has a new beta version...

Juri Munkki, author of Cameraid, a Macintosh program for acquiring, viewing, renaming and transforming your digital camera images, as well as creating index web pages and thumbnails, has been in touch... (More)

PhotoAccess creates cobrand for Canadian retailer!
17:27 EDT - Groupe Dumoulin signs up with Seattle-based online photofinisher... Corp. has today distributed a press release announcing that it has signed an agreement to provide a privately branded photofinishing site for Canadian retailer Dumoulin. The deal should... (More)

Agfa bails on digicams, consumer scanners!
13:33 EDT - Four months after the company's last introductions, reports suggest it will withdraw from two markets at once...

A news item from British online IT daily 'The Register' spotted by Newsletter Editor Mike Pasini suggests that Agfa-Gevaert N.V. is withdrawing from both the digital camera and consumer imaging marketplaces.... (More)

Olympus C-4040Zoom reviewed!
13:03 EDT - Dave gets hands-on with Olympus' 4 megapixel '40-series digital camera...

Olympus continues to extend their popular Camedia line of digicams, this time adding a 4 megapixel CCD and an improved interface to their already popular '40 lineup. (Now consisting of the C-2040, C-3040,... (More)

Nikon Coolpix 775 reviewed!
12:58 EDT - Nikon's 2.14 megapixel, 3x optical zoom gets the 'IR Review' treatment...

It's looking like July is the month of prototype digicams at IR. The latest is the Nikon Coolpix 775, which looks like a very interesting "downmarket" model from high-end leader Nikon. By providing a large... (More)

Monday, July 23, 2001

DCRP reviews Brio D-150Z!
18:41 EDT - Jeff Keller tries out Olympus' 1.3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom Camedia Brio...

Our good friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have now posted their review of the Olympus Camedia Brio D-150Zoom digital camera. Jeff concludes: "If you want an inexpensive camera that's good at... (More)

Hands-on with the Fuji FinePix 6900!
13:28 EDT - In-depth review of Fuji's 3.4 megapixel FinePix 4900 successor...

Fuji has been updating its FinePix line of cameras in a big way this year, and the FinePix 6900 is the latest evidence of this. Working from their top-end 4900 model of last year, they've added a 3.4 megapixel... (More)

Full review of Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX!
13:23 EDT - Dave tries out a sibling to the Stylus Photo 780 with built-in flash slots and direct-from-flash printing...

The second Epson printer we've reviewed is the brand new Stylus Photo 785EPX. Built on the same print engine as the 780, the 785EPX includes a powerful processor to let you print directly from your digicam... (More)

Epson Stylus Photo 780 reviewed! (UPDATED)
13:14 EDT - Epson's 720dpi, 6-color photo inkjet gets a close-up look...

We've just posted the first of a series of reviews of Epson printer models. Epson has a very well-deserved reputation for exceptional print quality, and their latest models only further enhance that profile.... (More)

Outback Photo reviews Wimberley SideKick!
01:30 EDT - Uwe Steinmueller examines a heavy-duty tripod head from Wimberley...

Our good friend Uwe at the Digital Outback Photo website has posted a new review that may be of interest to nature photographers. Wimberley's SideKick is a gimbal-type tripod head that allows quick panning... (More)

Sunday, July 22, 2001

Kyocera announces entry-level digicam!
14:52 EDT - EZ Digital 1.3 offers 1.3 megapixel resolution, 8MB memory, CF slot, LCD and USB connectivity - but what will the pricing be?

Kyocera has announced a new entry-level digital camera in a press release which slipped by us at the end of last month, our friends at point out. Pricing and availability for the new camera... (More)

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

LetsGoDigital gives DiMAGE E201 preview!
19:40 EDT - Dennis Hissink examines a Minolta digicam that will only be available on the European marketplace...

Our friends at have posted an overview of Minolta's DiMAGE E201, an update to the Dimâge 2300 digital camera which adds movie capability, a new processor and simplified computer connectivity.... (More)

Pantellic emails PhotoPoint customers! (UPDATED)
17:26 EDT - Existing paying users will see their accounts extended by two months according to Pantellic's statement...

IR reader Ron Smith of conservative news forum just dropped us an email to point out that Pantellic Software, new owners of the PhotoPoint website, has now sent out an email to customers... (More)

DCRP looks at FineCam S3!
17:02 EDT - Jeff Keller gets hands-on with Kyocera's tiny

Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have now posted their review of the Kycera FineCam S3, an amazingly tiny little camera that makes a pack of playing cards look large, but packs in a 3 megapixel... (More)

Polaroid's problems persist!
12:51 EDT - 80-year old company considers sale - but will buyers be lining up or shying away?

Polaroid Corp., probably amongst the most famous names in the photographic world, has had a very troubling time over the last week. Speculation began last Wednesday as the company reportedly considered... (More)

SnapFish offers images on CD!
00:45 EDT - Online photofinisher is first to offer users CD-ROMs of their digital images for purchase... Corp., the online photofinisher which launched at the start of 2000, has announced that it is now offering a new service which will allow customers without high-capacity storage options in... (More)

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Kodak, LSI bring Picture CD to DVD!
21:11 EDT - New DVD chipset expands Picture CD possibilities from PC to TV...

An interesting news item from ZDNet News, the online presence of publisher ZD Inc., notes that industry giant Eastman Kodak Co. has signed a deal that will see its Picture CD product find a place not only... (More)

Steve reviews FinePix 4800Z!
18:44 EDT - Steve Sanders provides the first full review of Fuji's 4800 Zoom digicam...

The Steve's Digicams website has posted an in-depth review of the Fuji FinePix 4800 Zoom digital camera, a 2.4 megapixel SuperCCD-equipped, 3x optical zoom digicam with Porsche-styled body and a docking... (More)

NEWSFLASH: Pantellic acquires PhotoPoint!
16:49 EDT - The story behind PhotoPoint's downtime is emerging as Pantellic announces its acquisition...

You read it here first - Pantellic Software Inc. has officially announced the acquisition of online photofinishing website The announcement states that Pantellic acquired the site from... (More)

Steve's Digicams reviews Oly D-370!
16:31 EDT - Steve Sanders examines Olympus's 1.3 megapixel, fixed focal length, fixed focus digicam...

Our good friend Steve at Steve's Digicams has today posted his full review of the Olympus Camedia D-370 digital camera, an entry-level digicam with a price-tag of about $200 (street). Steve concludes:... (More)

Jeff looks at Casio's QV-2900UX!
16:15 EDT - Casio's 8x optical zoom digicam gets a workout at the DCRP...

The Digital Camera Resource Page's Jeff Keller has posted a review of Casio's QV-2900UX digital camera, a 2.11 megapixel unit with a powerful 8x optical zoom lens. Jeff concludes: "From the specification... (More)

Monday, July 16, 2001

PhotoPoint site back online! (UPDATED)
15:45 EDT - Online photofinisher's website returns, but specifics of outage not yet known...

We just posted that we'd heard news that PhotoPoint's site should be back online "within the next few minutes", and sure enough, within seconds of our posting a news item saying so, the site was up and... (More)

LetsGoDigital posts Pentax EI-100 overview! (UPDATED)
15:36 EDT - Dutch website looks at Pentax's upcoming entry-level digicam...

Our friends at the bilingual (Dutch/English) website were first to bring news of Pentax' upcoming EI-100 digital camera back at the end of May, and they've done it again, this time bringing... (More)

DCRP reviews Fuji FinePix 6900Z!
15:24 EDT - Jeff looks at Fuji's 3.3 megapixel, 6x optical zoom digital camera...

Earlier this morning, Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page posted a full review of Fuji's FinePix 6900Z digital camera, a 3.3 megapixel unit with 6x optical zoom and a camcorder-style electronic... (More)

DPReview tries out Kodak's DCS 760!
14:21 EDT - Phil Askey compares Kodak's Pro SLR and Nikon's D1x - which comes off as the winner?

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have today posted their review of Kodak's DCS 760 digital camera, a Nikon F5-based 6 megapixel Pro SLR which we first broke news of on March 21st...... (More)

More news on the PhotoPoint situation! (UPDATED)
10:59 EDT - A possible way to access PhotoPoint images, and more...

We continue to receive lots of email on the situation at PhotoPoint, and amongst this several Imaging Resource readers have mentioned a possible way to access some of your PhotoPoint photos, which may... (More) appeals for English sponsor!
09:37 EDT - Bilingual German website needs help to support its English-language version...

Our good friends at the bilingual website, which we have often referred readers to in the past, have posted an appeal for help in saving their English-language version of the site. The... (More)

Friday, July 13, 2001

Troubles at PhotoPoint! (updated Sunday PM) (UPDATED)
14:49 EDT - Well-known online photofinisher's site is down - will it be back?, the online photofinishing website which in April announced that it was switching to a fee-based structure, seems to have problems of a new kind now. The site has intermittently been down... (More)

Qimage Pro 2001 v2.5 released!
13:48 EDT - Latest version adds embedded ICC profile support and more...

An email from Mike Chaney, author of popular imaging utility Qimage Pro, tells us of a new release of the program. Qimage Pro 2001 v2.5 has the following new features and bug-fixes: Support for embedded... (More)

Mystic launches online photofinishing site!
13:33 EDT - Mail-order photofinisher announces online photofinishing service...

Connecticut-based mail-order photofinisher Mystic Color Lab Inc. has distributed a press release officially launching its new online photofinishing website, which it calls the 'Mystic Online PhotoCenter'.... (More)

Panasonic cuts SD prices, ramps volume!
12:13 EDT - ZDNet News reports on Panasonic's plans for Secure Digital flash format...

A ZDNet News item pointed out by IR reader Michael She notes that Panasonic is slashing the prices of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards used by some digital cameras, as well as Palm PDAs. Panasonic's parent... (More)

DCRP reviews Olympus D-510Z!
11:46 EDT - Jeff Keller tries out Olympus' D-490Z replacement...

Our friends at the Digital Camera Resource Page have posted a full review of the Olympus D-510Zoom digital camera, a 2.1 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera that replaces the D-490Zoom in Olympus'... (More)

Thursday, July 12, 2001

Tokyo court allows SanDisk sales to continue!
16:33 EDT - Mitsubishi's request to stop sales of SanDisk CF and PC cards in Japan pending court case is denied...

SanDisk Corp. has today distributed a press release claiming a victory in a Japanese patent infringement lawsuit with Mitsubishi Denki Co. Ltd. Mitsubishi initially filed suit alleging that SanDisk's CompactFlash... (More)

Olympus Brio D-150Zoom reviewed!
15:54 EDT - Dave Etchells examines Olympus' 1.3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom Brio digicam...

We were quite impressed with Olympus' little "Brio" D-100 model when we tested it a month or so back, and now have had a chance to test the zoom-equipped 150Zoom version as well. The Brio D-150Zoom (also... (More)

DVSpot reviews Sony DCR-TRV17!
15:00 EDT - Digital Camera Resource Page's companion site on digital camcorders posts a review of Sony's 680K pixel, 10x optical zoom camcorder...

Regular readers may remember that our friend Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page launched a new site specialising in digital camcorders. Jeff's new site, called DVSpot, has now posted a full... (More)

Canon updates PowerShot/EOS drivers!
14:15 EDT - Latest 3.7 versions now available, but what is changed?

Canon has posted new versions of the driver software for its PowerShot and EOS D30 digital cameras on its website. The latest versions of the drivers are available for serial, USB, Windows Image Acquisition... (More)

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z reviewed!
01:22 EDT - Epson's 3.3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam gets the in-depth IR review treatment...

Epson is best known for their excellent inkjet printers (stay tuned for a series of IR reviews of them!), but they've also made some very nice digicams. We liked their PhotoPC 3000Z when we reviewed last... (More)

Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Arthur Bleich previews Toshiba PDR-M81!
23:44 EDT - Digital PhotoCorner takes a look at Toshiba's first 4 megapixel digicam...

Our friend Arthur Bleich of the Digital PhotoCorner website has today posted a brief first-look of Toshiba's PDR-M81 digital camera. Being a pre-production unit there are no sample images as yet, but Arthur... (More)

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

PhotoAccess announces deal for PPA members!
5:59 EDT - Photographers' association Professional Photographers of America Inc. has signed a deal with Corp. which will see its members receive discounted online digital photo finishing services. PPA members will get $100 off their setup fee on ordering a co-branded website with unlimited image storage where they can sell their photos, featuring online ordering and PhotoAccess print fulfillment.... (More)

Ofoto launches redesigned site!
13:33 EDT - New look promises easier navigation, better photo sharing...

Ofoto Inc. has today distributed a press release announcing the launch of its new-look website. The company says the site has been designed for easier navigation and shopping, and uses step-by-step structures... (More)

Monday, July 9, 2001

DCRP posts Sony P50 review!
15:26 EDT - Jeff Keller tries out a 2.1 megapixel, 3x zoom Cyber-shot digicam...

The folks over at the Digital Camera Resource Page have now posted their review of Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P50, Jeff concluding: "If you pardon the bad cliché, the Sony DSC-P50 is an oasis in a desert of... (More)

DPReview examines Minolta DiMAGE 7!
13:31 EDT - Phil Askey tries out Minolta's 5 megapixel, 7x optical zoom digicam...

Phil Askey over at the Digital Photography Review website has just posted his review of Minolta's DiMAGE 7 digital camera, the first 5 megapixel prosumer digital camera to be announced back at PMA this... (More)

Friday, July 6, 2001

Steve updates Digital Album review!
17:28 EDT - After receiving a final version of the 10GB portable storage solution, Steve Sanders revisits his review...

We first told you about Nixvue's Digital Album at the PMA 2001 Show in Orlando last February, and shortly afterwards Steve Sanders of the Steve's Digicams website posted a preliminary review after trying... (More)

Ricoh Caplio RR10 will ship in Europe!
17:08 EDT - The combined digital camera / MP3 player with its styling reminiscent of a cellular phone will ship in Europe next month...

Ricoh's Caplio RR10 digital camera, which we first revealed back on June 13th when it was announced in Japan, will indeed ship outside of that country we can now report. The RR10, a 2 megapixel, 2x optical... (More)

Thursday, July 5, 2001

Pentax USA announces Optio 330!
18:02 EDT - New 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera leads class with its tiny dimensions...

Pentax Corp. has now officially announced its Optio 330 digital camera for the US market. We first told you about the Optio 330 when it was announced in Japan last May, and the new announcement mostly... (More)

July 4th fireworks photos! (UPDATED)
00:44 EDT - Fresh from the fireworks display in Knoxville TN this evening, here's a couple of Mike's photos...

I attended a fair-sized fireworks display at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, TN this evening, and although rain and low clouds threatened all afternoon, things cleared up somewhat in time for the big show...... (More)

Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Fuji FinePix 2300 reviewed!
14:13 EDT - Dave gets hands-on with Fuji's entry-level 2.1 megapixel digicam...

Fuji's developed an exceptionally broad range of digicam models. The latest we've reviewed is their FinePix 2300, an entry-level two megapixel design featuring a fixed focal-length lens, simple user interface,... (More)

Kyocera Finecam S3 reviewed!
14:09 EDT - Dave tries out Kyocera's tiny 3.3 megapixel, 2x optical zoom digicam...

Wow, that's a *small* camera! Canon's made waves with their "Digital ELPH" digicam models but it looks like Kyocera's edged them out in the "small is beautiful" category. The Finecam S3 is not only smaller... (More)

Steve's Digicams looks at Oly C-4040Z!
14:05 EDT - Steve Sanders tries out a pre-production Olympus digital camera...

IR reader Thomas Kroener emailed noting that the good folks over at Steve's Digicams have posted a first-look review at Olympus' C-4040 Zoom, the first we've seen of the 4 megapixel digicam which was announced... (More)

LetsGoDigital posts Fuji 4800 overview!
13:57 EDT - Our Dutch friends take a look at Fuji's $699 'Porsche-designed' digicam...

Our good friends at in the Netherlands have posted the first look we've seen at Fuji's FinePix 4800 Zoom. Announced alongside the FinePix 6800 Zoom, both cameras feature a 3x optical zoom... (More)

Steve reviews Nikon's D1x!
13:35 EDT - Another lengthy review of Nikon's superb Pro digital SLR - this time from Steve's Digicams...

Our good friend Steve Sanders at the Steve's Digicams website has posted his full review of Nikon's D1x digital SLR, a 5.5 megapixel interchangeable lens SLR that quite remarkably can be bought for less... (More)

July 4th fireworks tips!
13:21 EDT -
Amana Fireworks, copyright (c) 1999, 2000 Michael R. Tomkins.  All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
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With our American readers celebrating Independence Day today, we felt it might be useful to pull out an old news item from our files... Doubtless thousands of digital photographers around the country will today be taking pictures at local fireworks displays, and there's an opportunity for some *great* pictures - if you know what to do.

Last July 4th, we gave you some hints for how to get good results with fireworks photos; read on to find out what to do!

Originally published July 3rd 2000: Once again, July 4th is with us, and many American readers will no doubt be anticipating their local fireworks displays, a sight that always seems to fill us with awe... (More)

Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Jeff tries out Fuji's FinePix 2300 digicam!
17:34 EDT - Our friends at the DCRP review Fuji's no-frills 2.1 megapixel digital camera...

Jeff Keller over at the Digital Camera Resource Page website has posted a review of Fuji's FinePix 2300 digital camera, a 2.1 megapixel unit with a fixed focus, fixed focal length lens. Jeff concludes:... (More)

Steve's Digicams reviews Kodak DX3600 Zoom!
13:52 EDT - Steve Sanders gets hands-on with Kodak's first optical zoom digicam in the 'EasyShare' system...

The fine folks at Steve's Digicams have posted a review of the Kodak DX3600 zoom, a 2.3 megapixel, 2x optical zoom digicam that was first officially announced back on April 23rd along with the fixed focal... (More)

DCRP reviews Casio QV-3500EX!
13:35 EDT - Jeff Keller examines a 3.3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam from Casio...

Our good friend Jeff Keller over at the Digital Camera Resource Page has posted his full review of the Casio QV-3500EX, a digital camera which we broke news of the day before the PMA 2001 show opened back... (More)

Monday, July 2, 2001

Steve reviews Casio's QV-2900UX!
19:22 EDT - In a review we didn't get time to mention last week, Steve Sanders tries out one of Casio's latest - an 8x zoom, 2.11 megapixel digicam...

Our friends over at Steve's Digicams last week reviewed Casio's just-announced QV-2900UX digital camera. Steve concluded: "All in all this is a very capable digicam with a really powerful zoom lens. The... (More) July 2001 edition online!
18:40 EDT - posts July 2001 edition; 4 new camera reviews, 3 new articles and the usual selection of reader photos...

Our friends at the bilingual website have now posted their July 2001 edition... Reviews this month include the Canon Powershot S110, Kodak DX3500, Canon Powershot A20 and Sony MVC-FD87 digital... (More)

Fuji SuperCCD white paper receives award!
13:22 EDT - 'Outstanding achievement in image sensor technology' recognized by Walter Kosonocky award...

Fujifilm USA has today distributed a press release noting that it has received an award for a white paper which it produced as part of its research and development in creating the SuperCCD image sensor.... (More)

Sunday, July 1, 2001

DPReview examines Nikon's D1x!
19:22 EDT - Phil Askey posts mammoth review of Nikon's latest Pro SLR digicam...

Our good friend Phil Askey over at the Digital Photography review has now posted his full review of Nikon's D1x digital camera, a whopping 25 pages long plus 41 sample images (the review actually went... (More)

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