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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express review posted for Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd!
14:30 EDT - Colorfully outfitted with a vibrant selection of body styles, the 10-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd is pocketable and fun, with a 3x optical zoom lens and a healthy selection of shooting modes.

The camera's point-and-shoot design welcomes any experience level and offers a short learning curve. In addition to standard Auto and Program AE exposure modes, the Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd also offers a... (More)

Nikon announces D3 DSLR Buffer Memory Expansion Service
10:45 EDT - The following information pertains to the D3 digital-SLR camera buffer memory expansion service.

When buffer memory is expanded, the number of shots possible with a single burst of continuous shooting is increased. This increase in shooting performance will expand the range of shooting possibilities.... (More)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Photoshop Express Beta Updated
11:13 EDT - Adobe has updated to its Photoshop Express beta available immediately at The update includes: • New Photoshop Express Uploader powered by Adobe AIR that enables seamless photo uploading from the desktop of any Internet-connected computer. • Adobe AIR technology bridges the real-time, dynamic capabilities of the Web with the computing power and data capabilities... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: YouSendIt Launches New File Delivery Capabilities for Mac Users
23:08 EDT - New technology from YouSendIt allows Mac users to send files directly from Apple Final Cut Pro and Apple iPhoto applications CAMPBELL, Calif. -- July 30, 2008 -- YouSendIt, Inc., the trusted global leader in digital content delivery, today announced the availability of plug-ins for Apple Final Cut Pro and Apple iPhoto. The new technology will allow professionals and consumers, who use these Mac programs... (More)

Review: Canon 20mm f/2.8 USM
15:59 EDT - The Canon 20mm f/2.8 is a small wide-angle lens, first introduced by Canon in 1992. It uses a design of 11 lens elements in 9 groups, and the use of a floating rear focusing system improves AF performance by not requiring the movement of many elements. To read this review, click here.

PRESS RELEASE: VueScan Now Supports 24 Languages
11:49 EDT - Hamrick Software releases VueScan 8.4.79 with support for 24 languages. PHOENIX, Ariz. July 30 -- Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's most widely used scanning software, has released its latest version 8.4.79, which now supports 24 languages. Prior to this, VueScan was only available in English. "More than half of our customers are outside the United States, so we've committed... (More)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Update: Lightroom 2 Review Discounts
23:51 EDT - Save a few bucks and help support The Imaging Resource. Sweet!

We've updated our Lightroom 2 review with links to discount pricing at Amazon through our affiliate program for both the full copy and the update. You can get the full copy for $289.99 or the update for... (More)

Fuji FinePix S100FS digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Fujifilm FinePix S100FS!
14:48 EDT - You can tell the Fujifilm S100FS is no ordinary long zoom digital camera the minute you take it out of the box.

It has the build of a digital SLR, slightly bigger in fact than the Canon Rebel XSi. It operates like a digital SLR, too, with a manual zoom ring and buttons instead of menu items to get to oft-used items.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Boinx Software Releases FotoMagico 2.5
12:28 EDT - New version features Adobe Lightroom support, YouTube export and teleprompter MUNICH, Germany -- Boinx Software has introduced FotoMagico 2.5, its award-winning photo presentation tool for professional photographers. Recently honored with the Apple Design Award (ADA) 2008 "Best Mac OS X Leopard Graphics and Media Application Runner-up", the new 2.5 version of FotoMagico now features support for Adobe... (More)

Adobe Releases DNG Converter and Camera Raw 4.5 Updates
12:21 EDT - Previously available as a final release candidate from Adobe labs, the updates make the cut just in time for Lightroom 2 compatibility.

Adobe has released version 4.5 updates to both its DNG Converter application and Camera Raw plug-in. The Camera Raw 4.5 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS3 or... (More)

Apple Updates Aperture
11:51 EDT - The 49.3MB update addresses compatibility, stability and 'a number of' minor issues.

Apple has released version 2.1.1 of Aperture with MobileMe compatibility and a number of fixes. "This update supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of... (More)

LR2-boxshot.150.jpg Software Review: Lightroom 2
00:21 EDT - Interface refinements, output sharpening, non-destructive local edits, camera-specific profiles with a free profile editor, keyword suggestions, dual monitor support and more highlight the new release.

Among all the software tools we review, Adobe Lightroom is one we actually depend on. Despite our reliance on Lightroom, we've itched for a more accessible interface and the odd tweak here and there. It... (More)

ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 2
00:17 EDT - Major Software Upgrade Further Simplifies Photography Workflows SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 29, 2008 -- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 software, the photographer's essential toolbox for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical... (More)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Pentax announces Optio E60
18:00 EDT - Pentax has today unveiled a new Optio compact digital cameras destined for US shores.

The Pentax Optio E60 digital camera is designed for value pricing first and foremost. The Pentax Optio E60 couples a ten megapixel CCD image sensor with a 3x optical zoom lens. Images are framed and reviewed... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: PictoColor Releases CorrectPhoto 3.1 Digital Photo Editor Featuring OneClick Color, Black & White and Sepia Tone
15:48 EDT - Easy to use Windows photo editor turns average photos into great color, black and white or sepia tone photos in seconds. BURNSVILLE, Minn., July 28 -- PictoColor announces the release of CorrectPhoto 3.1, its popular easy to use digital photo editor. CorrectPhoto 3.1 features PictoColor's OneClick Color technology that instantly gives every digital photo the color of life or creates a stunning black... (More)

Eye-Fi's logo. Click here to visit the Eye-Fi website! PRESS RELEASE: Announces New 'Instant Connect' Feature for the Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Card and Photo Service
12:45 EDT - Now real estate agents can upload photos wirelessly and create free videos CHICAGO, July 24 /PRNewswire/ --, a free video creation and distribution service for real estate professionals, announces its integration with Eye-Fi, Inc., makers of the world's first wireless memory card for digital cameras. Now photographers and real estate professionals can create a video tour of a... (More)

or-tybs.jpg PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Publishes 'Take Your Best Shot'
12:41 EDT - Digital Imaging Expert Tim Gray Tackles Your Digital Darkroom Questions SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- Tim Gray loves answering questions. In fact, for years he's been answering queries on digital photography topics in his popular DDQ: Digital Darkroom Questions daily email newsletter, at public speaking appearances, in hundreds of magazine articles and in his printed "Digital Darkroom Quarterly" newsletter.... (More)

Nikon Updates NEF Codec to Support D700
12:33 EDT - Adds Windows support for the D700.

Nikon has released an update to its Windows codec that adds support for the company's new FX sensor D700 dSLR. According to Nikon, changes to version 1.4.0 of the codec include: • Supports NEF (RAW)... (More)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Panasonic TZ5 Reviewed
15:08 EDT - Though it has a 10x zoom the Panasonic TZ5 is still quite pocketable, a great digital camera for everyday carry.

The Panasonic TZ5 is about the same physically as its predecessor, with a new grip and a few shifted controls. Optical image stabilization gives the 28-280mm lens a little more crispness indoors and in... (More)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fujifilm, Nintendo offer photo printing service
14:09 EDT - Japanese companies Fujifilm Corp. and Nintendo Co. Ltd. yesterday announced a new photo printing service for the Nintendo Wii gaming console.

The new "Wii Digicam Print Channel" is available immediately for Wii owners located in Japan, and allows the uploading of images from SD cards in order to receive a variety of customised photo products... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New Website Enables Users to Design Custom Canvas Prints
13:32 EDT - Mississauga, Ontario (PRWEB) July 23, 2008 -- launches today, giving do-it-yourself consumers the online tools to quickly and easily design canvas prints showcasing their favourite digital photos. Creative control is in the hands of the user who can add as many of the featured special effects as desired to enhance the image. The resulting print, which can be ordered as large as... (More)

PhotoShelter's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoShelter website! PRESS RELEASE: PhotoShelter's Shoot! The Day Inspires Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Stock Photos, Establishes New Dialogue Between Photographers, Image Buyers
11:27 EDT - Thousands worldwide take photos, while hundreds gather for New York City event with image buyers from magazines and ad agencies, including TIME, Travel + Leisure, Hill Holliday New York New York, NY, July 22, 2008 - PhotoShelter Inc., the leading online destination where more than 37,000 photographers sell stock photography and access powerful solutions for e-commerce and image storage, today... (More)

LiveBooks' logo. Click here to visit the LiveBooks website! PRESS RELEASE: liveBooks Unveils Fourth Installment of "Photographers in Focus" Video Series
11:18 EDT - Latest Interview Features World-Renowned Documentary Photographer Colin Finlay San Francisco - July 24, 2008 - liveBooks, Inc., ( the leading provider of customized portfolio websites and marketing software for professional photographers, today announced the fourth installment of its "Photographers in Focus" video interview series, featuring Colin Finlay, a world-class photojournalist... (More)

Canon Rebel XSi digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Review posted for Canon XSi!
11:00 EDT - While many companies tout the capabilities of their big, expensive professional cameras, Canon's flagship is a Rebel.

The Rebel XSi showcases many new technologies, currently besting the semi-pro camera in the line in several areas. Its 12.2 megapixel sensor exceeds the resolution of the EOS 40D, the new Live View mode... (More)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

EXTENSIS.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Extensis Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary
19:43 EDT - PORTLAND, Ore. -- July 23, 2008 -- Extensis this week celebrates its fifteen-year anniversary as a local, Oregon-based software developer. To commemorate this milestone, Extensis is holding an anniversary celebration for employees including activities centered on supporting community service. All the funds raised by Extensis employees during the anniversary celebration will be matched by Extensis and... (More)

Canon Rebel XSi Review posted
11:56 EDT - Sporting a new look, the Canon Rebel XSi showcases many new technologies, currently besting the semi-pro camera in the line in several areas.

Its 12.2 megapixel sensor exceeds the resolution of the EOS 40D, the new Live View mode uses phase-detect and contrast-detect autofocus modes, and the Rebel XSi's kit bundle comes with a good quality... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Telescope Cameras For Amateur Astro-Photographers
11:55 EDT - Highly affordable, low noise telescope cameras with up to 60 minutes exposure time and 60 fps. Charlotte, NC, July 23, 2008 - The Imaging Source, an international manufacturer of imaging hardware and software for astronomy, is now offering amateur astro-photographers a series of highly affordable, low noise telescope cameras to capture high quality images of the night sky. The telescope cameras ship... (More)

Apple Releases Updates to iLife Suite
10:35 EDT - iMove, iPhoto, iWeb and iLife Support all get tweaked.

Apple has released upates for four of its iLife '08 applications. The updates range from fixes for minor issues to new greeting cards and themes for Apple's print products. • iLife Support 8.3 [10MB]:... (More)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Review: Canon 24mm f/2.8
16:50 EDT -
The Canon 24mm f/2.8 is a small wide-angle lens, first introduced by Canon in 1988. It uses a design of 10 lens elements in separate groups, however, the use of rear lens cell focusing improves AF performance by not requiring the movement of many elements.

Canon's come a long way since 1988, as the sharpness profile for the 24mm f/2.8 will attest. Wide-open performance exhibits quite a bit of corner softness, on both sub- and full-frame camera bodies. Click... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Introduces State-of-the-Art, Ultra Stylish New 15-Inch Digital Picture Frame
16:42 EDT - New JOBO digital picture frame features 3 interchangeable frame colors and 1GB of internal memory capable of storing up to 4,000 images in optimum resolution Gummersbach, Germany (July 21, 2008) – JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish, state-of-the-art digital picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. The new JOBO Photo Display PDJ152 includes three... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Red Boot Design and SilverBack Imaging & Design Team Up to Let Photographers Be More Productive
16:38 EDT - Two companies offer complimentary services in tandem enabling professional photographers to spend more time shooting and less time dealing with post-production issues Bend, OR (July 21, 2008) – Red Boot Design, a Division of Kubota Photo Design, Inc., is pleased to announce that they are working with SilverBack Imaging & Design to provide a turn-key post-production solution for busy event photographers.... (More)

Lumix LX3 - high sensitivity sensor, 24mm wide angle
16:28 EDT - Rounding out its digicam announcements for the day is perhaps the most interesting of the group - Matsushita's new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.

The Panasonic Lumix LX3 has a newly developed 1/1.63" CCD image sensor with 10.1 effective megapixel resolution, which is said to offer 40% higher sensitivity along with a 35% increase in saturation.... (More)

Panasonic: Long-zoom DMC-FZ28 unveiled
15:39 EDT - Next up in its raft of digital camera announcements today is Matsushita's latest long-zoom digicam - the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ28 has a 10.1 effective megapixel CCD image sensor coupled to an image stabilized, Leica branded 18x optical zoom lens with a useful range all the way from a 27mm wide angle to a... (More)

Panasonic launches DMC-FX150 compact
15:12 EDT - Continuing its announcements for the day, Matsushita has unveiled its new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 digital camera.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 offers a sensor resolution of 14.7 effective megapixels and an image stabilized, Leica branded 3.6x optical zoom lens with a useful 28mm wide angle. The Panasonic FX150's... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX37 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-FX37
14:03 EDT - Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. - better known by its Panasonic brandname - has today announced four new digital camera models for the North American market.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 is the lowest-cost of the four new products, with an expected list price of $350 when it ships this September. Sensor resolution is 10.1 effective megapixels, with the Panasonic... (More)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Portrait Professional 8 Released for Mac, Windows
15:02 EDT - First Mac release is for Intel Macs only, though.

Anthropics has released Portrait Professional 8, its automated portrait retouching software. This release is available for the first time on the Mac platform, but only for Intel Macs. Among the highlights... (More)

Friday, July 18, 2008

g-box.150.jpg Accessory Review: Macsense Geomet'r GPS Device
8:14 EDT - Geotagging -- or the inclusion of positioning location in an image file's Exif header -- is the feature of the year. While cameras with receivers built into them are still rare, add-on receivers are becoming a hot accessory. And if the camera already has GPS support (like Nikon dSLRs through the remote 10-pin terminal connectors), all the more reason to start shopping. The $145 Geomet'r GPS receiver... (More)

June POTD Winners Chosen!
16:31 EDT - "Yellowbranch Falls Detail," "Web Master," and "Aurora" were chosen as our June winners. Congratulations to Cliff Berinsky, Kyaw Thar, and Gisli Kristinsson!

We're happy to announce the monthly winners of our Photo of the Day contest for June, 2008. Here's a look at June's winners, along with some comments from the judges: First Place Yellowbranch Falls... (More)

Lucidiom's logo. Click here to visit the Lucidiom website! PRESS RELEASE: Pebbles Inc. Designs Exclusive ‘Share & Tell’ Content for Lucidiom EQ Platform
16:28 EDT - EQ Designers Alliance Partner Takes Share &Tell Digital Rosemont, Ill., July 17, 2008 – Retailers with scrapbooking solutions from Lucidiom Inc. now can enjoy exclusive designs from the Pebbles Inc. Share & Tell binder program, the partners announced today from the 2008 Craft and Hobby Association Summer Convention and Trade Show in Rosemont, Illinois. Pebbles Inc. is a charter member of the... (More)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Digital Foci Announces Photo Safe II – Ultimate Photo Companion For Travelers
21:00 EDT - No Need to Bring Laptop with You When Taking Photos on Vacation Los Angeles, California, July 17, 2008 -- Digital Foci, Inc. announced today Photo Safe II, the ultimate photo companion for travelers. Photo Safe II provides portable on-the-road digital photo storage with 80GB and 160GB hard drives and built-in memory card readers, so you can quickly and securely save your... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Picks Top 10 U.S. Photo Ops For Summer 2008
20:44 EDT - From mud-drenched obstacle courses to gravity defying stunts at the Summer X-Games, selects the best photo opportunities across the country. The website recommends unique contests, festivals, celebrations, and sporting events where all photographers, from beginning novices to advanced pros, can create and refine their artistic abilities while also making new memories in the summer... (More)

PhotoShelter's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoShelter website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon To Introduce New D700 Camera, Respected Stock Photo Buyers To Speak At PhotoShelter's Shoot! The Day
20:40 EDT - Event attendees gather insight from image buyers at magazines and ad agencies including TIME, Travel + Leisure, Hill Holliday New York, as well as industry leaders New York, NY, July 15, 2008 - PhotoShelter Inc., the leading online destination where more than 37,000 photographers sell stock photography and access powerful solutions for e-commerce and image storage, today released the full speaker... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix Z20fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Launches A Social Network for Generation "Z"
19:48 EDT - Site Brings Together Music Fans, Artists, Gadget Gurus and Fashionistas Around Events in Los Angeles, Miami and New York VALHALLA, NY--(Marketwire - July 17, 2008) - News Facts: Today, Fujifilm launched, a social network hosted on the Ning platform, in support of three events promoting the stylish Fujifilm FinePix Z20 digital camera. The event themes are inspired by the... (More)

Sony's DSC-T20 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Possible issue for Sony's DSC-T20 discovered
02:00 EDT - Sony Corp. has today announced that it has discovered an issue affecting certain of its DSC-T20 digital cameras that can result in an inability to shoot images.

The problem manifests itself as a mechanical failure of the lens mechanism, and can be identified as the optical image stabilization system causes the camera body to vibrate, and it is no longer possible... (More)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Samsung's TL9 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: Retro-styled TL9 digicam
19:20 EDT - Rounding out today's four announcements from Samsung Electronics of South Korea is the Samsung TL9 digital camera, complete with retro-style rotary analog gauges on the top panel that are bound to polarize opinion.

Unfortunately, few specifications are yet available on the Samsung TL9, which features a ten megapixel CCD image sensor behind a Samsung-branded 5x optical zoom lens. There's no optical viewfinder, with... (More)

Samsung's TL34HD digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: New digicam with HD capabilities
18:30 EDT - Next up on Samsung Electronics' list of announcements for the day is the Samsung TL34HD digital camera - the company's second foray into the high-definition digicam arena after the NV24HD model announced last January.

The Samsung TL34HD is based around a 14.7 megapixel 1/1.72" image sensor and a Schneider Kreuznach-branded 3.6x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide angle. There's no optical viewfinder, but the TL34HD... (More)

Samsung SL310W digicam unveiled
17:21 EDT - Continuing its announcements for the day, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has taken the wraps off its new Samsung SL310W digital camera.

The Samsung SL310W is based around a 13.6 megapixel image sensor coupled to a Samsung-branded 3.6x optical zoom lens. The SL310W has a 2.7" LCD display with above average 230,000 pixel resolution,... (More)

Samsung's SL201 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung announces SL201 digital camera
16:26 EDT - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has today announced several new digital camera models slated to ship later this year, of which the new Samsung SL201 is one example.

The Samsung SL201 features a ten megapixel image sensor, Samsung-branded 3x optical zoom lens, and a fairly large 2.7" LCD display. The SL201's ISO sensitivity ranges from 80 to 1600, and there are... (More)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nikon's D700 digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon D700 First Shots posted!
21:12 EDT - We've started testing the Nikon D700 full-frame digital SLR production camera, and wanted to let you see the first shots out of the lab without delay.

Click on the Nikon D700 Samples tab and you'll see a full suite of Still Life shots, and a subset of our Multi Target shots. Click again on the Nikon D700 Gallery subtab and see a few shots taken today... (More)

Sandisk ships write-once SD cards
18:43 EDT - Flash memory manufacturer SanDisk has today announced the market availability of a product that we first reported on back in early 2002.

The new SanDisk SD WORM card - WORM being an abbreviation of "Write Once, Read Many" - is based on the Matrix 3D technology which was shown by creator Matrix Semiconductor at that year's Photo Marketing... (More)

Smilebooks' logo. Click here to visit the Smilebooks website! PRESS RELEASE: Smilebooks Make It Fun And Easy To Move Your Photos From Camera To Coffee Table
17:03 EDT - Enter $10,000 Smiles of Summer Contest and Win a Vacation Trip, a Deluxe SmileBook and a New Digital Camera Oldenburg, Germany - July 15, 2008 - CeWe Color (CWC: FRA), the world leader in photofinishing, today launches its U.S. presence by introducing SmileBooks and the Smiles of Summer Contest. SmileBooks are the latest way to create and share life’s moments in a beautiful, personalized... (More)

rn-landt.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes Landt's Canon EOS 40D Manual
15:59 EDT - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Your new Canon EOS 40D arrives, gets unpacked, the batteries are fully loaded, and you are ready to go. For the next few weeks you will be in experimental mode, trying out your camera -- and you often end up with a basic and limited set of functions and modes, which you will use for the rest of the camera's life. Why? Because you, like most of us, are lazy, and because the... (More)

hpd5400.jpg HP Unveils D5460 Printer, Compact Photo Printers, New Writing System, Improved Paper
00:40 EDT - You can have "the whole pie" now, according to HP, with an improved porous paper, 1.3 picoliter color dye printing and new photo printers that deliver longevity, instant drying and a wider color gamut.

HP today introduced several new printers, one of which introduces a new printhead and cartridge system and all of which enjoy an improved Advanced photo paper. IMPROVED ADVANCED PHOTO PAPER The improved... (More)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Kodak's Zi6 Pocket Video Camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Explodes onto the Pocket Video Camera Scene
19:21 EDT - Zi6 Pocket Video Camera Unveiled, Boasting HD Video Capture and Instant Uploading to YouTube™ Rochester, NY, July 10 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced its entry into the fast-growing pocket digital video camera market with the KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Camera. This stylish HD video camera makes it fun and simple to shoot and share high-quality videos in moments, thanks to 720p... (More)

Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio: EXILIM EX-Z150 announced
19:08 EDT - Casio has today announced a new digital camera model that includes much of the feature set of its existing EXILIM EX-Z200, but in a slightly slimmer body with a touch less resolution, and at a somewhat reduced cost to boot.

The Casio EX-Z150 features a 4x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide angle, 8.1 megapixel CCD, and CCD shift type anti-shake. The Casio Z150 also features the largest LCD ever included in an EXILIM camera,... (More)

General Electric's logo. Courtesy of General Imaging. Click here to visit the General Imaging website! PRESS RELEASE: GE digital cameras nab coveted award from Sears Holdings
18:54 EDT - TORRANCE, Calif. (July 14, 2008) – General Imaging Co., the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE digital cameras, has received a Sears Holdings Corporation Partners in Progress Award for excellent market performance in the digital imaging category. Established more than 20 years ago, the Partners in Progress program recognizes sources for product or service quality, innovation, diversity and... (More)

th-P65.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Announces World's First Full Frame 645 Medium Format Camera System, Based on Breakthrough Sensor Technology
14:08 EDT - Sensor+ Redefines Sensor Functionality to Support Pros' Investments COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- (Marketwire, July 14, 2008) -- Phase One A/S today announced the P 65+ digital back and the P 65+ camera system based on Sensor+ CCD technology co-developed with DALSA Semiconductor. This patent-pending, Sensor+ technology represents a significant advancement in image capture. The chip platform offers the most... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Charlie Morey's 'A Face Like Yours ...' Portfolio Featured in NoHo Gallery LA
14:03 EDT - STUDIO CITY, Calif. -- Charlie Morey's "A Face Like Yours ..." portfolio ("Portraits of a few friends who live at the Los Angeles Zoo," as he describes it) will be featured in Paws, Claws, Applause, an Aug. 2-29 fine art exhibit at NoHo Gallery LA in the heart of North Hollywood, Calif.'s NoHo Arts District. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the zoo's nonprofit fundraising organization GLAZA... (More)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Canon in the National Parks: Worth catching if you can.
15:06 EDT - Canon is sponsoring a series of free educational photo photo classes in US National parks this summer. Catch them in July and August at the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. If your schedule permits, they're well worth the time spent!

I had the opportunity a couple of weeks back to observe and participate in one of a series of free photo seminars being put on by Canon in national parks this summer. Although our experience at Yosemite... (More)

Sigma DP1 digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sigma continues to tweak DP1 firmware
14:22 EDT - Sigma DP1 Firmware Ver.1.04 for the DP1 is now available for download. This firmware update should be applied to any DP1 camera that has firmware Ver.1.03 and lower.

SIGMA DP1 firmware [Ver.1.04] Benefits of this firmware update:A customizing function has been added to the Digital Zoom button.The ft (feet) indicator has been added to the scale bar in MF mode. A detailed... (More)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak, Leader in Digital Imaging, Announces Unique Partnerships that Place Interactive Content at Consumer’s Fingertips
20:02 EDT - Flickr, YouTube™, FrameChannel and RadioTime Alliances Provide Endless Options for Accessing Personal and Third-Party Digital Content Rochester, NY, July 10 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today unveiled a set of partnerships that provide consumers exciting new tools and resources to enhance their experiences with KODAK Digital Display Devices, including Wireless Digital Frames and the new... (More)

Nik Software's logo. Click here to visit the Nik Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Announces Silver Efex Pro™ for Creating Powerful Black-and-White Images
16:26 EDT - New plug-in for Photoshop® and Aperture™ incorporates proprietary U Point® Technology for precise selective tonal and contrast control San Diego, CA – July 10th, 2008 – Nik Software today announced the new Silver Efex Pro photographic plug-in for use with Adobe® Photoshop® and Apple® Aperture™, the most advanced, complete, and straightforward... (More)

PHANFARE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Phanfare Announces iPhone App: Wireless Photo Sharing Takes the PC Out of the Loop
14:32 EDT - Phanfare's iPhone camera application lets you store photos in the cloud with a single click METUCHEN, N.J. (July 11) -- Photo and video sharing service Phanfare ( today announced the release of a camera application for the new iPhone store that allows users to share iPhone photos on the Web with a single click. The photos are moved wirelessly to the Internet where they are... (More)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Syntax-Brillian Corp. Announces Intention To Sell Vivitar
16:20 EDT - Vivitar Excluded From Syntax-Brillian's Chapter 11 Filing; Continues to Conduct Business as Usual TEMPE, Ariz., Jul 08 -- Syntax-Brillian Corp., a leading manufacturer and marketer of LCD HDTVs, digital cameras and consumer electronics products, has announced that it has initiated a process for the sale of Vivitar, the Company's brand of digital still and video cameras. The sale process will occur... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Samsung Launches Powerful Compact Camcorder with YouTube™ Connectivity
14:16 EDT - New SC-MX20 Delivers Powerful, Unique Features in Stylish Compact Design RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. -- Today, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. unveiled the SC-MX20, the successor to the company's popular SC-MX10 compact digital camcorder. The ideal camcorder for the exploding generation of consumers uploading video content to the Internet, the SC-MX20 features a customized recording mode optimized for... (More)

dotPhoto's logo. Click here to visit the dotPhoto website! PRESS RELEASE: dotPhoto Announces EuroBook Hard-Bound Digital Photo Books, Bringing Professional-Grade Photo Books to Consumers
12:20 EDT - EuroBook allows dotPhoto users to create high-quality, professionally-bound photo books, offering free shipping in July (Trenton, NJ - July 8, 2008) - dotPhoto announces the EuroBook, a new service for creating customized, hard-bound digital photo books.  EuroBook technology gives photographers unlimited creativity and enables them to organize photos on their computer and preserve memories in... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Renegade Photo Shoots Debuts 'Not Normal' Online Photo Contest
11:26 EDT - International call for entries to run July 9 to August 6; Panel of Renegade Judges from tech, publishing and imaging will pick winners NAPA, Calif., July 9, 2008 -- Renegade Photo Shoots, the maverick photo education experience creator, announces an online photo contest to support the theme 'Not Normal.' Photographers are invited to submit interpretations online during the timeframe July 9 to August... (More)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

DxO Labs Logo. Click to visit the DxO Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs announces DxO Optics Pro v5.2 with a new RAW converter that dramatically improves noise reduction in ultra-high ISO images, plus support for three new camera bodies
21:40 EDT - DxO Optics Pro v5.2 new RAW converter extends already important achievements in noise removal, detail rendition and color fidelity to images shot at ISOs as high as 25600. The software also adds support for the Pentax K20D, Sony-A350 and Sony-A700 DSLRs as well as the long-awaited DxO Optics Pro Import plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop®. Paris, France—July 8, 2008—DxO Labs today... (More)

Hasselblad H3D-II fifty megapixel DSLR. Courtesy of Hasselblad, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Hasselblad Announces New 50 Megapixel Camera and Upcoming 645 Sensor
15:36 EDT - High-End Digital Camera Manufacturer Announces The Launch Of Two New Products That Fully Utilize The Latest Developments In Sensor Technology. Following the success of the Hasselblad H3DII-39, the market’s most advanced DSLR, Hasselblad is taking its H camera system even further and today announces the launch of the Hasselblad H3DII-50, featuring a new Kodak 50 megapixel sensor, which is twice... (More)

Hasselblad's H3D-31 digital SLR. Courtesy of Hasselblad, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Hasselblad Announces New Pricing for H3DII-31 Camera Kit
15:27 EDT - Optimized production techniques and increased purchasing power enable more affordable entry point into the Hasselblad system. “Hasselblad’s commitment to Medium Format DSLR cameras, and to our H system platform, has now enabled us to lower the price barrier that may have kept some photographers from acquiring a true high-end DSLR camera,” explains Christian Poulsen, Chief Executive Officer... (More)

Hasselblad H3D DSLR logo, Click here to visit the Hasselblad website! PRESS RELEASE: Hasselblad Announces Revolutionary New Tilt and Shift Adapter
15:23 EDT - 08/07/2008 - The new powerful, portable, HTS 1.5 adapter, which is patent pending, adds tilt, shift and rotation to the Hasselblad HCD28mm, HC35mm, HC50mm and HC80mm lenses. It delivers corrective and creative image control to the H3DII series of cameras and opens entire new segments of photography to this exciting form of photographic expression. Christian Poulsen, Hasselblad Chief Executive Officer,... (More)

Canon's EOS Rebel XS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon's New EOS Rebel XS Camera Looks To Inspire A New Generation Of Digital SLR Photographers
15:15 EDT - Photographers Looking for the Next Step Up From Their Point-and-Shoot Camera Will Enjoy the High-End Features and Fun-to-Use SLR Technology of Canon's Newest Rebel Camera LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 8, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the introduction of the EOS Rebel XS, a new entry-level digital camera that affordably puts Canon SLR technology such as an Optical... (More)

Monday, July 7, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: A New Photo/Video Gallery for Gmail
16:54 EDT - A private online photo/video gallery, automatically generated from emails. Raanana, Israel -- July 7, 2008 -- Google Gmail user can now benefit from a great new service: Their private online photo/video gallery, automatically generated from their emails. To try it (it's free), and rediscover all the great pictures buried in emails, users can sign-up here: (More)

Nik Software, Inc. logo. PRESS RELEASE: Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 for Capture NX 2 Software Now Available
13:56 EDT - Award-winning Color Efex Pro 3.0 digital photographic filters adds creative power and innovative control into Capture NX 2 San Diego, CA - July 7, 2008 - Nik Software Inc. today announced the immediate availability of their award-winning Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters for Capture NX 2, the latest version of Nikon's flagship photo editing software. Color Efex Pro 3.0 is the most comprehensive,... (More)

Canon logo. PRESS RELEASE: Notice regarding the establishment of new Canon digital camera manufacturing subsidiary in Nagasaki
12:39 EDT - TOKYO, July 7, 2008--Canon Inc. announced today plans to newly establish Nagasaki Canon Inc., a manufacturing base in Higashi Sonogi-gun, Nagasaki Prefecture, to boost production of digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras and compact digital cameras. The continued growth of the global digital camera market and expected increase in future demand has created a pressing need to expand production capacity... (More)

Review: Canon 200mm f/2L IS USM
10:40 EDT - Our latest lens review is the Canon 200mm f/2L IS USM. The Canon 200mm f/2L IS USM is a replacement to the legendary 200mm f/1.8L, incorporating more and better glass elements, image stabilization and a lighter package.

When Canon announced in 2003 that they were discontinuing the 200mm f/1.8L, you could practically hear the intake of breath of the legions of sports and wedding photographers that relied on the combination... (More)

Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1. Courtesy of Casio America, Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Casio releases firmware update for EXILIM Pro EX-F1 ultra-high speed burst shooting digital camera
10:00 EDT - Update Adds New "Prerecord Movie" Function That Permits Movie Capture to Commence 5 Seconds before the User Actually Presses the Movie Button DOVER, NJ, JULY 7, 2008 -- Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced a firmware update for the EXILIM® Pro EX-F1 digital camera today. The update will add Casio's unique "Prerecord movie" function to the camera, helping... (More)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

CANTO.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Canto Cumulus Updates for Summer
10:49 EDT - Improvements and new features for entire Cumulus product line. BERLIN, Germany, 3 July 2008 -- Canto has announced a set of updates for its Cumulus product line. First up and available for download now, Cumulus 7.5.4 offers a few minor updates and marks the end of the Cumulus 7.5 update schedule. Following shortly thereafter, Cumulus 7.6 will arrive, offering a wealth of new features and enhancements.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Better Cameras, Better Photos Continue to Drive Online Ordering of Prints from Digital Photos
10:37 EDT - Industry Sales Up 19% in April; Growth in Online Ordering with Mail Delivery Continues to Outpace Kiosk Processing ATLANTA, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MPPC), a web-based online provider of digital photo processing and related services, today announced that industry data released this week by PMA, a trade organization of photo manufacturers and retailers,... (More)

Olympus E-520 digital SLR.  Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. First Shots posted from Olympus E-520!
09:46 EDT - We've just posted First Shots for the Olympus E-520 digital SLR camera, an updated version of the company's popular E-510 model.

Olympus E520 improvements include enhanced in-body image stabilization, a larger 2.7-inch LCD with better contrast, additional Live View AF modes, face detection, wireless flash support and shadow adjustment... (More)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

LEICA M8 digital camera. PRESS RELEASE: Leica M8 Promotion
14:35 EDT - Leica M8 Promotion in the US, Canada, Central and South America 07/01/2008 -- For the first time, the Leica M8 is part of a sales promotion in the US, Canada, Central and South America. From July 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008, customers can save $500 with the purchase of a brand new Leica M8 or $800 for a brand new Leica M8 and a new and current M lens from any authorized Leica dealer in the US, Canada,... (More)

Fujifilm's PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Introduces New Stylish Accessory Cases
14:33 EDT - Three New Cases Perfectly Suit Ultra-Compact, Trendsetting Z-Series Digital Cameras VALHALLA, N.Y., July 1, 2008 - FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today introduced new fashionable, fitted cases that are specially designed to protect and complement the stylish Z-Series digital cameras, such as the colorful Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd which is available in Ice Blue, Hot Pink, Jet Black and Wasabi Green. The cases... (More)

Nikon D3 digital SLR.  Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Nikon D3 firmware version 2.00
14:01 EDT - Nikon has released firmware version 2.00 for the Nikon D3 flagship digital SLR. Available now via Nikon USA's support website, the update adds some features found in the new D700, and also offers a number of improvements and fixes.

Modifications enabled with upgrade of A and B firmware to v.2.00Images captured with "Rotate tall", in the playback menu, set to "On", are not automatically rotated for display immediately after capture... (More)

Nikon D300 digital SLR.  Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Nikon releases D300 firmware version 1.03
13:54 EDT - Nikon has released firmware version 1.03 for the Nikon D300 digital SLR. Available now via Nikon USA's support website, the update corrects an issue with an incorrect battery charge status.

Modifications enabled with upgrade of A and B firmware to v.1.03An issue that, in some rare circumstances, caused the battery indicator to blink, regardless of actual battery charge, has been resolved.... (More)

Lucidiom's logo. Click here to visit the Lucidiom website! PRESS RELEASE: MotoPhoto® Selects Lucidiom EQ System for One-Hour Photo Books
12:19 EDT -  Flexible Platform for Books, Gifts and Other Creative Photo Products Provides MOTO Franchises Tools to Grow Business Vienna, Va., July 2, 2008 – Lucidiom Inc. announced it is the exclusive provider for one-hour photo books to MotoPhoto® franchises across the country. The MotoPhoto® System Lucidiom Partnership Program provides MotoPhoto® franchisees with aggressive pricing on the Lucidiom... (More)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Boinx Releases FotoMagico 2.5 Public Beta
10:46 EDT - New version adds Teleprompter, iMedia browser and YouTube export.

Boinx has released a public beta of a new version of FotoMagico, its story-telling tool for professional photographers. The new version includes several new features, among which are Teleprompter mode,... (More)

Nikon announces D700 full-frame DSLR
00:06 EDT - Japan's Nikon Corp. has today announced its latest single-lens reflex digital camera - the full-frame Nikon D700.

With an expected pricetag of about US$3,000 body-only, the Nikon D700 is based around a Nikon FX format (36.0 x 23.9mm / 35mm frame-sized) CMOS image sensor with 12.1 effective megapixel resolution, as... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Further Extends The Nikkor Perspective Control Lens Selection With The Introduction Of Two New PC-E Micro Lenses
00:01 EDT - The New PC-E Micro NIKKOR® 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D Lenses Continue Nikon’s Legacy of High-Quality Optics and Design MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 1, 2008) – Nikon, Inc. today introduced the new PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D lenses, expanding a series of lenses that allow photographers to effectively correct perspective and/or depth-of-field... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Advances Flash Technology At The Speed Of Light With Expansive Zoom And Intelligent Features
00:01 EDT - Nikon’s Newest Flagship Speedlight Offers a Powerful Addition to the Versatile Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 1, 2008) – Nikon, Inc. today introduced the SB-900 Speedlight to provide Nikon digital SLR photographers with a flash capable of a wide zoom range, increased versatility, faster recycling time, and a wealth of intelligent features to enhance the already vast... (More)

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