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Friday, August 29, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Alien Skin Software Announces Blow Up 2 Photo Resizing Plug-in for Photoshop
16:54 EDT - Cutting edge algorithm enlarges photos while keeping them clear and sharp. New user interface simplifies cropping and resizing. Batch processing saves huge amounts of time when working with large numbers of photos. RALEIGH, N.C. -- Alien Skin Software today announces the immediate availability of Blow Up® 2, the new version of its photo resizing plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop®... (More)

Epson's Artisan 800 all-in-one. Courtesy of Epson, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Epson America Introduces "Artisan" - New Flagship Line of Premium Ink Jet All-in-Ones that Combine Power and performance with Sleek and Chic Styling
14:09 EDT - The Artisan 800 and Artisan 700 are Advanced Yet Easy to Use All-in-Ones That Enable Users to Express Their Creativity in Virtually all of Their Printing Tasks LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 27, 2008 – Epson America Inc. today introduced the Artisan™ 800 and Artisan 700, two new all-in-ones that are likely to become the envy of the industry based on their superb performance, highly... (More)

HEWLETTPACKARD.GIF PRESS RELEASE: HP Obtains Judgment Against Pelikan in Unfair Competition Suit
00:13 EDT - PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that Germany-based Pelikan Hardcopy Deutschland GmbH was found to be in violation of the German law on unfair competition by the Cologne Regional Court, Germany. In a judgment issued in July and finalized earlier this month, the court ordered Pelikan to cease labeling certain newly manufactured inkjet print cartridges as "remanufactured."... (More)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

rn-infrared.gif PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes 'Digital Infrared Photography'
17:22 EDT - How to Capture the Beauty of Infrared Imagery SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- To record "invisible light" has always been an intriguing and fascinating experiment. The infrared part of the light spectrum is outside the range of what the human eye can see but, with a digital camera, we are able to record only this "invisible light" while blocking the "visible" part. The results are often unusual, yet beautiful,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Microsoft and Nikon Enter Into Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement
17:13 EDT - Agreement furthers Microsoft and Nikon collaboration on new products and features in digital imaging. REDMOND, Wash. and TOKYO -- Aug. 27 -- Microsoft Corp. and Nikon Corp. have signed a patent cross-licensing agreement to further the development of each company's current and future product lines. The agreement covers digital cameras made by Nikon as well as a broad range of other consumer products... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Retouching Software Cuts Portrait Post-Production Times From Hours To Minutes
10:55 EDT - London, UK, August 28th, 2008 - Anthropics Technology announces a new batch-processing version of its Portrait Professional software. This innovation brings the successful Portrait Professional software to photographers who would benefit from retouching large volumes of portraits, for significant time saving and happier customers. The software will be demonstrated at PhotoKina and available for... (More)

Sony announces Cyber-shot T500
08:58 EDT - Sony has today announced a new Cyber-shot T-series digital camera model, the Sony T500.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500 features a ten megapixel CCD sensor coupled to a Zeiss branded 5x optical zoom lens that incorporates Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization. Maximum... (More)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Nikon D90 test shots posted!
22:04 EDT - Exclusive! We have a production-level sample of the D90, and have posted the first batch of tests shots we captured with it.

We just got our hands on a production-level sample of the new Nikon D90,and have begun running it through our laboratory tests. The first batch of test images are online now, in our Nikon D90 Preview,... (More)

Nvision '08 -- Visual Computing Shows Off
16:10 EDT - A special Pasini Report from Nvision 08 in San Jose puts your GPU in the spotlight.

The first trade show for the visual computing industry hosted engineers, end users, artists, gamers, scientists, programmers, hardware developers -- all bending each other's ears and joysticks about topics... (More)

Animoto's logo. Click here to visit the Animoto website! PRESS RELEASE: Animoto Launches Out of Beta and Celebrates its First Year Milestones
13:37 EDT - Award-winning video creation platform gains international following with over 4 million unique videos produced New York, NY – August 26, 2008 – Animoto (, the award-winning video creation platform, today launches out of beta to celebrate its first anniversary, marking a year of significant business growth and technological innovation.  Since its launch... (More)

SanDisk Extreme III SDHC card. PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Boosts SD Card Speed by Fifty Percent — Sets New Speed Record for SD Flash Memory Cards
12:02 EDT - The New SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC Line Easily Supports Continuous Shooting Performance in Nikon’s New D90 Digital SLR Camera TOKYO, JAPAN, August 27, 2008 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today set a new speed record of 30 megabytes per second1 for SD™ flash memory cards with the introduction of the SanDisk Extreme® III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHC™ Cards.... (More)

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Introduces the Versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR® 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
00:02 EDT - Newest High Quality NIKKOR DX-Format Lens Bundled with the D90 D-SLR Camera and Sold As Stand Alone Option MELVILLE, N.Y. (Aug. 27, 2008) - Nikon Inc. today introduced a new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a welcome addition to an existing Nikon DX-format D-SLR system and the ideal counterpart to the D90 Digital SLR camera also announced today. This flexible new DX lens offers photographers... (More)

Nikon D90 digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Nikon announces the D90!
00:01 EDT - The Nikon D80's exceptional sales record perhaps gave Nikon a little extra time to spend cooking up their vision of the ultimate prosumer DSLR. The result is the Nikon D90, incorporating AE and AF technology from the D3/D700/D300 line, while kicking both resolution and performance up a couple of notches from the D80. Not enough? How about movies from a DSLR? Read on for the details!

The new Nikon D90 comes to market with the considerable advantage of building on the strengths of one of the most popular SLRs in recent memory, the D80. As noted above, the extraordinary success of... (More)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7 Bundle
09:47 EDT - Membership Extends Capabilities of No. 1 Consumer Photo and Video Software* SAN JOSE, Calif. - Aug. 26, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced two major upgrades to its hobbyist-level digital photo and video software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 for Windows with new membership (see separate press releases). Available... (More)

ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Unveils Photoshop Elements 7 and Introduces
09:44 EDT - New Membership Boosts Capabilities of Desktop Experience SAN JOSE, Calif. - Aug. 26, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 software with new membership, a milestone release of the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*. Available for Windows, Photoshop Elements 7 makes it quick and easy to organize, edit, create... (More)

Canon PowerShot E1 announced!
03:56 EDT - The Canon PowerShot E1 marks a completely new concept for Canon cameras, very much designed for a young, female aesthetic.

The Canon E1 is marked by very curvy, rounded contours, and is available in three pastel colors, namely a blue, pearl white, and pink. The styling is something of a hybrid between Canon's ELPH and A-series... (More)

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Canon releases PowerShot A1000IS!
03:19 EDT - The Canon A1000IS has a very similar design and body shape to that of the Canon E1 we cover elsewhere, but the A1000IS has a bit more elegant, two-toned look, evidently designed to appeal to a more mainstream demographic. (The Canon E1 is really aimed at people (particularly females) in their teens and under, the A1000IS will appeal to young males and adults of both genders.)

With 10 megapixels and a 4x zoom lens, plus Canon's excellent image stabilization (IS), the Canon Powershot A1000IS is a great little camera with lots of capability in a svelte, compact package. A melding... (More)

Canon introduces PowerShot A2000IS!
03:04 EDT - The Canon PowerShot A2000IS is intended as a replacement for the very popular Canon A720IS that was a sales leader last year.

The new Canon A2000IS has the same 6x optical zoom range (covering focal lengths from 36-216 mm equivalent) as the A720IS did, but bumps up the resolution from 8 to 10 megapixels. - And of course, it... (More)

Canon announces PowerShot SX110 IS!
02:32 EDT - The Canon SX110IS follows in the footsteps of a very successful long-zoom camera in last year's lineup, the SX100IS.

This year, Canon has updated the design with a 9 megapixel sensor (up from 8 megapixels) and larger 3 inch LCD (up from 2.5 inches). The Canon SX100IS also sports a number of enhancements to the its operation,... (More)

Canon SELPHY ES3 and SELPHY ES30 printers. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. announces two new Selphy compact photo printers offering a stylish design and creative flair
01:27 EDT - Creative Enhancements Allow Consumers To Personalize Those "Can't Miss" Moments LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new additions to the popular SELPHY compact photo printer line: the SELPHY ES3 and SELPHY ES30. A first for a Canon compact photo printer, the SELPHY ES3 will now include one gigabyte of internal flash memory for... (More)

Canon iP4600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. announces two new photo printers with improved ink for stunning prints
01:15 EDT - The PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 Deliver Canon-Quality Photos and Performance LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Consumers looking to produce beautiful photos at home, or quickly print out a term paper need to look no further than the new PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 printers announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging. Easy, efficient and economical are the guiding principles... (More)

Canon MP980 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Print Wi-Fi, Print Canon: the imaging leader announces two all-in-one photo printers for today's home user
01:08 EDT - New PIXMA MP980 All-In-One Printer is the Ultimate Feature-Rich Photo Printer with Gray Ink for Black and White Photos and Wireless Connection1 LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new Wi-Fi inkjet multifunction devices1, the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers. Both the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo... (More)

Canon announces EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Super-Zoom lens!
00:58 EDT - Canon finally makes a move into the "vacation zoom" market with an attractively-priced 18-200mm IS-equipped lens.

Now comes the day many a Canon loyalist has been fervently hoping for: There's finally a long-ratio super-zoom lens for Canon's DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors! Lenses of this sort are often called "vacation... (More)

Canon EOS 50D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon. Canon announces EOS-50D!
00:01 EDT - Canon announces the Canon 50D, the follow-on to their highly successful 40D SLR, with higher resolution, higher ISO, and a deeper buffer for JPEG images.

Today sees the announcement of one of the more avidly awaited cameras of the year, the Canon 50D mid-range DSLR. While an excellent camera, many felt that the Canon 40D was a somewhat incremental upgrade... (More)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Review: Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*
21:19 EDT - Carl Zeiss has been manufacturing lenses to fit the Nikon and Pentax/Samsung SLR camera mounts since 2006, and now has two macro lenses in its lineup. The 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar is designed to cover a 35mm frame, built to ''old-school'' specifications that guarantee compatibility with older camera bodies. Click here for our full review of this impressive macro lens.

PRESS RELEASE: Color Control Freak 2008 Fall Schedule Announced
07:24 EDT - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 18, 2008 – X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ:XRIT) – Pantone and the color experts at X-Rite Color Services today announced the fall schedule of the company's highly popular seminar, "Color Control Freak.” With a popular spring series completed, X-Rite's Color Control Freak '08 will again offer attendees an in-depth understanding of color, its value... (More)

Epson's logo. Click here to visit the Epson website! PRESS RELEASE: Epson Perfection V300 Photo Delivers Affordable, High-Quality Everyday Scanning With Energy-Efficient Technology
05:06 EDT - Epson Perfection V300 Photo Offers 4800 dpi and ReadyScan LED Technology for $99.99 LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 22, 2008 – Continuing its commitment to photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs, Epson America Inc. today announced the Perfection® V300 Photo, the latest consumer scanner in Epson’s award-winning line-up. Featuring 4800 dpi optical resolution for only $99.99,... (More)

Olympus' Stylus 1050SW digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus introduces the rugged Stylus 1050SW
00:26 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 1050SW features a rugged body that is shockproof, waterproof, and even freezeproof and includes perhaps the most unusual control system we've ever seen.

Based around a ten megapixel image sensor and 3x optical zoom lens with a rather tight 38mm wide-angle, the Olympus 1050SW also includes a 2.7-inch LCD display, 41.6MB of internal memory, and xD-Picture... (More)

New Stylus is Olympus' slimmest yet
00:20 EDT - The Olympus Stylus 1040 features an ultraslim body that the company says makes it "the thinnest Stylus camera of all time".

Based around a ten megapixel image sensor and 3x optical zoom lens with a rather tight 38mm wide-angle, the Olympus 1040 also includes a 2.7-inch LCD display, 48MB of internal memory, and xD-Picture... (More)

Olympus announces SP-565UZ
00:14 EDT - The Olympus SP-565 UltraZoom takes the SP-570UZ model from Spring 2008, and updates it with a redesigned body that's slightly smaller and lighter.

The Olympus SP-565UZ has a ten megapixel imager, and an Olympus ED-branded 20x (!!) optical zoom lens. The SP565UZ also offers sensor-shift type mechanical image stabilization, and an electronic viewfinder... (More)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Microsoft Photosynth logo. PRESS RELEASE: Microsoft Live Labs Introduces Photosynth, a Breakthrough Visual Medium
12:53 EDT - Share more than photos; share an experience. REDMOND, Wash. -- Aug. 20, 2008 -- First there was the snapshot, and then came video. Now there is Microsoft Photosynth, a new service from Microsoft Live Labs that goes far beyond how you now view, experience and share photos. You can share or relive a vacation destination or explore a distant museum or landmark; with a digital camera and your own creativity... (More)

KODAK EASYSHARE P520 Digital Frame. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: New Kodak Digital Frame Offers Brilliant Display in a Picture Perfect Plug n' Play Package
09:03 EDT - Latest Addition to Family of Frames Boasts Quick Touch Border and Decorative Mattes for Added Personalization Rochester, NY, August 21 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has introduced a market-exclusive touch controlled 5-inch frame to its P-Series Digital Frame portfolio. The sleek and stylish new frame offers Kodak’s intuitive Quick Touch Border, vibrant color, and crisp detail, as well... (More)

Lensbaby's logo. Click here to visit the Lensbaby website! PRESS RELEASE: Lensbabies, LLC Changes Company Name to Lensbaby, LLC
08:47 EDT - Portland, OR (August 20, 2008) - Lensbabies, LLC, a manufacturer and marketer of unique selective focus camera lenses, announces today that the company has changed its name to Lensbaby, LLC effective immediately. “The goal in changing our company name was purely to simplify and synchronize our corporate identity with our line of products,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby president and... (More)

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Sweepstakes Winners Shoot With The Pros At The 2008 US Open
06:39 EDT - Five Lucky Consumers Capture It All Through Exclusive Access at the World-Class Tennis Tournament CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 20, 2008 - Olympus Imaging America Inc. today announced the winners of its second annual national sweepstakes, which is sending five lucky tennis fans and their doubles partners on a weekend getaway (August 30-September 1, 2008) to New York City to experience the fast action... (More)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Casio: Three new EXILIM digicams
06:43 EDT - Casio America Inc. has introduced three new digital camera models for its EXILIM Zoom series.

The Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 and Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z250 both sport 9.1 megapixel 1/2.5" CCD imagers, while the Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z300 boosts this to 10.1 megapixels from a 1/2.3" CCD.... (More)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

lightzone.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Light Crafts Upgrades LightZoneRaw Support; Announces QuarkAlliance Partnership
12:41 EDT - Version 3.6 supports Raw files from 13 more cameras including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony models. Our goal is to keep ahead of the trends in digital photography and offer the best tools for digital photo editing bar none. PALO ALTO, Calif. Aug. 20 -- Light Crafts, today announced immediate availability of an upgraded version supporting additional Raw capabilities for the award-winning... (More)

Qimage updated to v2009.100
04:24 EDT - A new version of popular Windows imaging utility Qimage has just been released, we hear from author Mike Chaney.

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Olympus announces FE-360, FE-370
17:53 EDT - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced two new digital camera models for its budget-friendly FE-series.

The Olympus FE-360 and Olympus FE-370 both sport eight megapixel 1/2.35" CCD imagers and Olympus branded optical zoom lenses - a 3x zoom for the FE-360, and a 5x zoom for the FE-370. The FE-370 offers... (More)

Canon logo. PRESS RELEASE: Canon celebrates shipping 100 millionth compact digital camera
08:52 EDT - TOKYO, August 19, 2008—Canon Inc. today announced that it has reached a new milestone by shipping its 100 millionth compact digital camera. Canon first began producing digital cameras in 1996 at Oita Canon Inc., which continues to handle the bulk of the company's digital camera production, in addition to such manufacturing subsidiaries as Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and Canon Zhuhai, Inc.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Wanted: Avid Photographers And Nature Lovers
04:47 EDT - The Annual 2008 Share the Experience Photo Contest Challenges Photo Enthusiasts to Explore, Experience and Capture America’s Federal Lands WASHINGTON, D.C., August 18, 2008…The National Park Foundation and Olympus Imaging America Inc. challenge everyone who can point and click to grab their camera, head to a federal land, and enter the 2008 Share the Experience Photo Contest. This... (More)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Kingston's logo. Click to visit Kingston's website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology Makes Fashion Statement with Stylish, Small DataTraveler Mini Slim
06:15 EDT - New Colorful Drive Ideal for Carrying Photos, Music, Homework or Any Digital Files for Quick Transport and Smart Sharing Fountain Valley, CA - August 5, 2008 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today introduced a fun, easy and colorful way to transport and share music, photos and other digital files with its new super thin DataTraveler®... (More)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sony Cyber-shot W300 digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Sony W300!
14:48 EDT - While Sony's slim T-series digital cameras get all the attention, the W-Series continues to delight, with great features at a mid-range price. The Cyber-shot W300 is Sony's new flagship W-Series digital camera, as you can tell at glance.

The Sony W300's scratch-resistant titanium shell is among the coolest looking Sony digital cameras, and you won't be disappointed by the pictures it takes either. The Cyber-shot W300's 13.6-megapixel sensor... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Introduces Lightweight Portable Photo Display S4
07:59 EDT - Easy-to-use JOBO S4 Mobile Photo Display features 3.5-inch display and rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 2-1/2 hours of continuous use and is available in two frame colors Gummersbach, Germany (August 14, 2008) – JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish and very portable digital picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. Featuring a 3.5-inch screen,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Vertus & Imagenomic Pair Up To Offer Savings On Fluid Mask 3 And Pro Plug-In Suite Software Bundles
07:44 EDT - Multiple Product Bundling Options Deliver Award-Winning Image Extraction and Enhancement Tools to Photographers and Other Creative Professionals London, England & Alexandria, Virginia – August 14, 2008 – Vertus and Imagenomic announced today a new series of software bundles that will provide photographers and creative professionals with unique, award-winning solutions for image... (More)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nikon D700 digital SLR camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Nikon D700!
16:01 EDT - With a design and features that will attract a wide array of photographers, the Nikon D700 is the first full-frame digital SLR camera to break the $3,000 barrier at its introduction.

Based on the popular Nikon D300, the Nikon D700's controls are poised for quick activation, with commonly used functions out in plain sight, rather than buried in a menu. The Nikon D700's full-frame sensor... (More)

Canon PowerShot A590 IS digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Canon A590 IS!
12:05 EDT - There are good digital cameras and cheap digital cameras - the trick is getting both in the same package. The Canon PowerShot A590 IS is one digital camera that delivers a lot of capability and good photos at a low price.

We also like the fact that Canon A590IS is well-suited to both novices and advanced users. Total beginners can put it in "Easy" mode and snap away, but a full range of features (including full... (More)

Kingston's logo. Click to visit Kingston's website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology Adds High Capacity 32GB Card to Elite Pro Memory Card Family
07:17 EDT - Larger Capacity Ideal Match for Recording High-Quality Video with Digital HD Video Camcorders Fountain Valley, CA - August 12, 2008 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping a 32GB Elite Pro SDHC Flash memory card for use with today's digital video camcorders and other high-resolution imaging devices. The new 32GB... (More)

Fujifilm announces FinePix J150w
07:12 EDT - Rounding out Fujifilm's digicam announcements for the North American market, the company has launched its new FinePix J150w digital camera.

The Fujifilm FinePix J150w has a 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm-equivalent wide angle in front of a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with ten megapixel resolution. Sadly, there's no mechanical image stabilization.... (More)

Fujifilm announces FinePix F60fd
06:40 EDT - Continuing Fuji's new FinePix digital camera announcements, we have the FinePix F60fd.

The Fujifilm FinePix F60fd is based around a twelve megapixel Super CCD HR image sensor coupled to a Fujinon-branded 35 - 105mm equivalent 3x optical zoom lens. The F60fd offers sensor-shift type image... (More)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fujifilm announces FinePix S2000HD
11:57 EDT - Fujifilm has today announced several new digital camera models, including one with SLR-like styling and a fairly impressive feature set.

The Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD features a 15x optical zoom lens with a 27.6mm-equivalent wide angle, and a ten megapixel CCD image sensor. With the CCD mounted on a movable platter, the Fuji FinePix S2000HD... (More)

Review: Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*
10:38 EDT - Originally announced in January 2006, the Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 is available in the Nikon F-mount, the Pentax/Samsung K-mount and the M42 screw mount. The manual-focus-only Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 is designed to cover a 35mm frame, built to ''old-school'' specifications that guarantee compatibility with older camera bodies. On a sub-frame digital sensor body, the lens will have an effective field of view of 75mm. The lens takes 58mm filters, comes with a bowl-style metal lens hood, and is available for around $500. Click here for our review of the Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*.

Sigma SD14 digial SLR. Sigma releases firmware update for SD14 DSLR
10:23 EDT - Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that firmware Ver.1.08 for the SD14 is now available for download. The firmware is a program, which runs inside the camera and controls its operation.

SIGMA SD14 firmware [Ver.1.08] Benefits of the firmware update:Corrects the occasional phenomenon of an image recorded in RAW format appearing to have an unnaturally large file size.Corrects the rarely... (More)

Monday, August 11, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Two New Photo All-in-one Printers From Canon U.s.a. Sport A Sleeker Design And Enhanced Performance
10:20 EDT - New Printers Incorporate Stellar Printing, Scanning And Copying Functionality Into Two New Elegant Easy-to-Use Designs; Suitable for A Multitude of Environments LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 11, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has today introduced two new multifunction models, the PIXMA MP480 and PIXMA MP190 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers, designed for simple operation... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Adds Three New Stylish And Easy-To-Use Scanners To The Industry's Best-Selling Line-Up
10:14 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 11, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced three new color image scanners are joining the Canon CanoScan line-up - the CanoScan 5600F, CanoScan LiDE200 and CanoScan LiDE100. These new CanoScan color image scanners provide consumers with an easy-to-use and affordable way to archive photos or to e-mail a document that needs... (More)

Iomega's logo. Click here to visit the Iomega website! PRESS RELEASE: The Missing Link: Iomega Debuts New ScreenPlay TV Link
05:18 EDT - Affordable Device Makes It Easy to Take Digital Media Collections From the Computer to the Living Room SAN DIEGO, August 6, 2008 – Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection and security, today announced the new Iomega® ScreenPlay™ TV Link, making it convenient and affordable to access multimedia content on any high-definition television or home... (More)

Nikon: Coolpix announcement redux
05:09 EDT - On Thursday, Nikon made a raft of digital camera announcements, including models with wifi capabilities and even a built-in GPS.

At the time, News Editor Mike Tomkins was fighting a dying notebook keyboard while on an overseas trip, and hence the announcements didn't get quite the coverage we'd ordinarily provide them. We now have... (More)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

cp-p6000.jpg PRESS RELEASE: New Coolpix P6000 Offers Digital SLR Shooting Control In A Compact Camera
14:01 EDT - New Performance Series Camera Enables Users to Test the Photography World with Creative Control and "Geo-tagging" Capabilities with built-in GPS MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2008) -- Nikon Inc. today introduced its newest flagship Coolpix compact camera, the Coolpix P6000. Featuring 13.5 megapixels, a new, built-in global positioning system (GPS) unit, my Picturetown connectivity and the power of Nikon's... (More)

cp-s560.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikon's New Coolpix S560 Offers Easy-To-Use Technology In A Dazzling Camera Design
13:55 EDT - New Features like Scene Auto Selector Mode, Smile Mode, and Smile Indicator Make Capturing Great Images a Snap MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2008) -- Nikon Inc. is pleased to introduce the Coolpix S560, a stylish new compact camera that offers photographic performance and easy-to-use features and controls. Sporting 10 effective megapixels, a 5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization... (More)

cp-s710.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Blends Sleek Styling, Advanced Photo Features In New 14.5-Mp Coolpix S710 Camera
13:51 EDT - New Technology Makes Its Way into Stylish S-Series MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2008) -- Nikon Inc. today announced the chic Coolpix S710, a premium compact camera that not only masters the ease-of-use a compact camera offers, but also successfully incorporates many of the functions creative photographers demand from their traditional SLR cameras like Program, Aperture, Manual and Shutter priority modes.... (More)

cp-s610.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Introduces Coolpix S610, An Ultra-Compact Camera Designed To Provide Users Premium Quality And Speed
13:34 EDT - New Coolpix Camera Offers Stylish Body, New Easy to Use Shooting Modes and a Fast Start-up Time MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7) -- Building on the success of the Coolpix Style Series of digital cameras, Nikon Inc. is thrilled to introduce the new Coolpix S610, which blends elegant design and quality construction with high performance and intuitive controls and features. With 10 effective megapixels, a 4x Zoom-NIKKOR... (More)

Nikon Announces Six New CoolPix Digicams
13:28 EDT - Flagship P6000 introduces a new Raw format.

Nikon has just announced six new Coolpix cameras! Nikon said the new cameras are designed to make the shooting, sending and sharing of photos easy and fun for all levels of photographers. We'll be posting... (More)

Sony: Two new Cyber-shot ultracompacts
00:00 EDT - Sony has today announced two new ultracompact digital camera models, the Cyber-shot DSC-T77 and DSC-T700.

The cameras are both closely related, sporting ten megapixel 1/2.3" imagers and mechanically stabilized, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded, prism-folded 4x optical zoom lenses. The main difference... (More)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
13:33 EDT - Olympus's shockproof, waterproof, crushproof, and freeze proof digital camera line gets two significant upgrades in the Stylus 1030SW: a new, 28-105mm wide-angle zoom, and a 10.1-megapixel sensor.

The Olympus 1030SW is still the ruggedness leader, working at depths of up to 33 feet without an underwater housing, and the built-in manometer will record the heights and depths you've reached for bragging... (More)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Micro Four Thirds System - Dave's Analysis
14:23 EDT - Today's announcement of the Micro Four Thirds system is arguably the most significant camera-related announcement of the year. Imaging Resource Publisher Dave Etchells shares some thoughts and extended analysis about what it means to the camera market.

The Micro Four Thirds Announcement: More Detail and Analysis Today's announcement of the "Micro Four Thirds" lens mount standard will doubtless send shockwaves through the camera industry... (More)

Apple Launches Aperture 2 Extras Page
12:52 EDT - Apple has launched a Web page devoted to Aperture 2 "plug-ins, workflows and other extras." The page links to dozens of products organized by category. The four main categories are: • Image Editing Plug-ins, including Filters & Effects and Noise & Lens Correction subcategories • Export Plug-ins, including Web Photo Sharing, Stock Photo Sites, Online Digitial Workflow, File Transfer, Integration... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New from Lowepro: Eco-Friendly Camera Bags and Expansions to Popular Bag Lines
12:40 EDT - Lowepro has introduced two new lines and extensions to three of its most popular series of camera bags. NEW LINES Terraclime is a Lowepro's most eco-friendly line to date and is a casual bag without the look of a camera bag. Available in various sizes the smaller pouches are perfect for ultra-compact point-and-shoot cameras, iPods, or smart phones, while the largest shoulder bag is spacious enough... (More)

Olympus, Panasonic announce Micro Four Thirds standard
04:07 EDT - Olympus and Panasonic have today jointly announced a new lens mount closely related to the existing Four Thirds format.

The Micro Four Thirds format has been designed to allow for reduced size and weight of camera bodies and lenses. The sensor size of a Micro Four Thirds camera remains identical to that of existing Four... (More)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Nikon Clarifies NX2 Upgrade Policy
12:21 EDT - If you acquired your copy with the purchase of a D3 and D300 dSLR, you qualify for the discounted upgrade edition.

Nikon has issued a statement clarifying its policy regarding free upgrades for some users who purchased Capture NX in the month before Capture NX version 2 launched. Capture NX Version 2 was announced... (More)

Chan Discusses New Adobe DNG Profile Editor
11:40 EDT - The developer of Lightroom 2's new camera profiles and the editor that lets you build your own reveals all.

"Do you find deep reds becoming orange-ish and undersaturated?," Adobe Computer Scientist Eric Chan asks. "Is it challenging to nail colors under specific lighting conditions, like when doing a product... (More)

Review: Nikon 85mm f/1.8 AF-D
10:20 EDT - The Nikon 85mm f/1.8 AF was introduced in March of 1988; the AF-D version was introduced a few years later in 1994. A small-sized medium-range fixed telephoto lens, the 85mm f/1.8 is the little brother to the larger 85mm f/1.4. The f/1.8 version only loses two-thirds of a stop, but costs only one-third the price of the f/1.4 version.

The Nikon 85mm f/1.8 was originally designed to fit the 35mm film frame, so it will have no problems covering either FX or DX digital SLR camera sensors. On a DX body, the lens will give an effective field... (More)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Fujifilm's FinePix Z200fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji Z200fd comes to US shores
19:47 EDT - Fujifilm USA has announced that its FinePix Z200fd digital camera, first unveiled for the European and Asian markets some ten weeks ago, will soon be coming to the North American market.

The FinePix Z200fd is an update to the existing Z100fd model, with the biggest change being a new CCD image sensor. Where the Z100 had a 1/2.5"-type with eight megapixel resolution, the Fuji Z200fd replaces... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Electronics Supports The Children Of Operation Smile
13:27 EDT - Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1, 2008 – Sony Electronics is helping more children smile through its support of the worldwide children’s medical charity Operation Smile. Sony is commencing a retail promotion for Sony Cyber-shot® cameras featuring Smile ShutterTM technology at Sony Style® Stores,, and other participating retailers for the month of August. Through this effort,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Picture Information Extractor PIE 4.2 with EXIFcareT
11:27 EDT - Picmeta Systems released version 4.2 of its Picture Information Extractor (PIE), which integrates an editor for EXIF data. The special feature here is the EXIFcareT technology, which ensures that no information contained in the file gets lost. Using other programs for processing metadata, including the Windows Explorer, normally leads to the loss of the so-called makernote block in which additional... (More)

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