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Monday, August 31, 2009

Pentax 60-250mm f/4 ED IF SDM SMC DA* lens. Review: Pentax 60-250mm f/4
13:35 EDT - The Pentax 60-250mm f/4 ED IF SDM SMC DA* was released following PMA 2008, offering an alternative to the conventional 70-200mm f/2.8-style lens. By providing an extended wide-angle and telephoto range at the cost of the extra light-gathering aperture stop, the Pentax 60-250mm f/4 has become very popular with outdoor shooters. Click here for our full review of the Pentax 60-250mm ED IF SDM SMC DA*.

Olympus announces E-600
01:00 EDT - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced its new E-600 digital SLR.

The Olympus E-600 is a lower-cost version of the existing E-620 model which launched in February 2009, with just a couple of changes made to reduce the cost and help provide differentiation. The only... (More)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

verbox.150x113.jpg Accessory Review: Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Drive
14:59 EDT - Pack a thumb drive with 8GB, toss in some software to configure it into a public and private partition and you've got a surprisingly useful photographic peripheral.

Now that Verbatim has a version of its Store 'n' Go thumb drive for both Windows and Mac OS X, we thought we'd take a look. To our surprise, the ability to set any part of the 8GB of storage aside in a... (More)

Friday, August 28, 2009

GT-120.150x129.jpg Accessory Review: i-gotU GPS Device
21:16 EDT - Tiny and affordable, the i-gotU can record your location every few seconds. When you get back to the keyboard, its @tripPC software can insert GPS data into your JPEG files and map them and your route on a Google Map.

What's in a name? The i-gotU GPS device is tiny and affordable but the software only runs under Windows (and, yes, you need the software). We took a couple of hikes with it, using the tracking log to... (More)

Sony's limited edition DPF-D72N/BQ S-Frame with Swarovski Elements. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Sony Adds Unique Design To New Digital Photo Frame
16:14 EDT - SAN DIEGO, August 27, 2009 - Sony Electronics is launching a stylish holiday limited edition S-Frame® digital photo frame (model DPF-D72N/BQ) made with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements. Embellished with beautiful CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements, loose cut crystal glass manufactured by Swarovski, the frame’s elegant design is sure to accent any space. Share your favorite... (More)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

imagespan.2009.150x25.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Imagenomic Announces Portraiture 2 for Lightroom Edition
15:03 EDT - New Software Effectively Utilizes both Lightroom Edit-In and Export Features, Rounds out Support for Leading Image Editing and Workflow Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 27 -- Imagenomic has announced the release of Portraiture 2 for Adobe Lightroom. This latest Portraiture 2 product edition from Imagenomic delivers all of the productivity benefits of fast and accurate skin retouching to the Lightroom... (More)

Sony A850: affordable full-frame DSLR announced, reviewed
09:00 EDT - Sony Electronics Inc. has today helped bring the 35mm full-frame digital SLR one step more affordable, with the introduction of the Alpha DSLR-A850.

The least expensive current full-frame DSLRs - Canon's 5D Mark II, Nikon's D700 and Sony's own Alpha A900 - all bear price tags in the region of US$2,500+ body-only from reputable retailers. The Sony... (More)

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A500 digital SLR. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc. Sony announces Alpha A500, A550 DSLRs
09:00 EDT - Alongside its impressive Alpha A850, Sony has today unveiled two closely-related APS-C digital SLRs that differ mostly in their choices of imager, LCD display, and burst-shooting capabilities.

The Sony A500 and Sony A550 are both based around Sony Exmor CMOS image sensors - not to be confused with the backlit Exmor R sensors seen in several recent compact camera announcements from the company.... (More)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Adobe Clarifies Photoshop CS3, Snow Leopard Compatibility
20:22 EDT - Relax, it runs.

Late today, Senior Photoshop Product Manager John Nack clarified the compatibility of Photoshop CS3 and Apple's OS X Snow Leopard, which is scheduled for release in two days on Aug. 28. "It turns out,"... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kubota Image Tools Announces Creative Photography Workshop in Vermont
19:43 EDT - 'Studio Success, from K to V' takes place Oct. 26-27 BEND, Ore. (Aug. 26) -- Kubota Image Tools announces today a new creative photography workshop -- Studio Success, from K to V -- taking place at the Sugarbush Resort in picturesque Warren, VT, Oct. 26 to 27. Attendees will join professional photographers Kevin Kubota and Vicki and Jed Taufer for this intense 2-day workshop designed to help professional... (More)

DATACOLOR-2009-150x20.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Datacolor Uses Its Heritage, Flagship Calibration Kit To Create Ultimate Workflow Solution With New Spyder3Studio SR
19:36 EDT - SpyderCube for Raw Conversion, Spyder3Elite for Monitor Calibration and Spyder3Print SR for Printer Profiles Offer Specific Solutions for Image Capture, Editing and Print Output Lawrenceville, N.J., Aug. 26 -- Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, continues its long heritage for providing photographers, photo enthusiasts and other creative artists, with precision color management... (More)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sony's 32GB Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark II card. Photo provided by Sony Media & Peripherals Europe. PRESS RELEASE: Highest Capacity 32GB Model Added To Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Range
17:11 EDT - 32GB ideal for stable long-duration HD recording with Handycam®Perfect for new Cyber-shot® features including extended video capture and super-fast continuous shooting The Memory Stick PRO Duo line now goes all the way up to 32GB thanks to the launch of a new high-capacity model. The Memory Stick PRO Duo 32GB will have a particular appeal to the owners of HD Handycam who need long-duration,... (More)

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! PRESS RELEASE: Canon Creative Park Makes Learning Fun and Interactive
14:29 EDT - Capture the Imagination of Your Children LAKE SUCCESS, NY--(Marketwire - August 24, 2009) - Parents and teachers know first-hand that creative thinking is a crucial part of a child's development and universal education. So selecting projects that foster creative learning is extremely fundamental! However, having to come up with fresh, new ideas can often be a very nerve-wracking experience for both... (More)

Kuras adds to D-Movie Screening Room
13:47 EDT - Nikon Inc. has published a new addition to its D-Movie Screening Room, courtesy of cinematographer Ellen Kuras.

The 90-second video clip is entitled "As far as you can see", and was captured using a Nikon D5000 digital SLR. A member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Kuras has received the Excellence... (More)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Apple updates iPhoto '09
16:48 EDT - Apple Inc. has announced the release of an update to its photo management tool iPhoto '09, part of the iLife '09 suite for Mac OS X.

iPhoto v8.1 is a relatively minor update, with the only changes noted by Apple being the inclusion of several new print product options. In addition to the products available in the previous version,... (More)

Sony posts W170 service notice
16:34 EDT - Sony USA has posted a service notice regarding a potential issue with its Cyber-shot DSC-W170 digital camera.

According to the service notice, only specific serial number ranges of the Sony W170 in black, gold or red finishes are affected by the problem. The silver variant of the W170 is hence not included in... (More)

GigaTribe's logo. Click here to visit the GigaTribe website! PRESS RELEASE: GigaTribe Announces New 'Back To School' Features For Private Peer-To-Peer File Sharing
15:51 EDT - Provides Secure Access to Schools for Sharing Educational Videos, Photos & Documents Saves Money, Completely Safe & Encrypted August 24, 2009, Suresnes, France – GigaTribe, the free community file sharing software, announced today its new “Back to School” features.  In schools, videos are created in the classroom to train new teachers how to... (More)

Jobo's logo. Click here to visit the Jobo website! PRESS RELEASE: JOBO AG Showcases at IFA Berlin a Diverse Line-up of New Digital Picture Frames Perfect for Holiday Gifts
15:45 EDT - Three new models now available including the Crystal line featuring bevelled edges, the affordable Atrum 7, and the new PLANO media digital frames Gummersbach, Germany (August 24, 2009) – JOBO AG announces during IFA Berlin (September 4-9, 2009; Hall 15.1, Stand 104) the addition of several new very stylish digital picture frames to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. During the... (More)

Iridient Digital's logo. Click here to visit the Iridient Digital website! PRESS RELEASE: Iridient Digital Releases RAW Developer 1.8.5 for Mac OS X
14:42 EDT - Monterey, CA, August 24, 2009 -- Iridient Digital, Inc. has released RAW Developer 1.8.5 an update to our critically acclaimed RAW image processing software for Mac OS X. This update features support for the latest new camera models and fixes several bugs. Newly supported camera models include the Nikon D3000, Panasonic DMC-FZ35 (and FZ38) and Ricoh GR Digital III. This release addresses an issue... (More)

Arcalife's logo. Click here to visit the Arcalife website! PRESS RELEASE: Animate Your Important Life Events With Life Cube
13:03 EDT - Arcalife has launched their latest application: the patented Life Cube. Life Cube is a multimedia application, accessible on the arcalife website and as a Facebook application, that allows you to bring all of your best photo and video moments together in a fantastic animated 3D showcase. Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) August 21, 2009 -- Arcalife has launched their latest application: the patented Life Cube.... (More)

Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II SMC DA lens. Review: Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
11:53 EDT - Last year, Pentax updated its standard kit lens, the Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II SMC DA, to improve results when mated with digital cameras featuring higher resolution sensors, such as the 14.6-megapixel K20D. With one less lens element and a weight loss of just 5 grams, the old and new lenses appear practically the same, but our testing shows there's more than meets the eye. Click here to read our full review of this lens, the Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II SMC DA.

Friday, August 21, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: $11,000 Grand Prize Winner Announced for Scott Kelby's Second Annual Worldwide Photo Walk Largest Global Event for Photographers With 32,000 Participants in 900 Cities
13:43 EDT - TAMPA, FL ­ Aug. 19, 2009 ­ Scott Kelby is pleased to announce the $11,000 grand prizewinner and 10 honorable mentions from the Second Annual Worldwide Photo Walk?, which took place on Sat., July 18. This year's record-breaking Photo Walk was held in 900 cities around the globe with more than 32,000 participants. "There were so many amazing, intriguing, fascinating, and just fun shots,... (More)

EM Photo Day logo. Click here to visit the Exposure Manager website! PRESS RELEASE: ExposureManager Announces New Pro Lab Direct Printing System for Sports and Event Photographers
13:28 EDT - EM Photo Day system offers sports, school and group photographers an efficient way to handle handwritten orders Torrance, CA (August 19, 2009) – ExposureManager (, a customizable full-service online sales resource for photographers, announces EM Photo Day – an efficient new order placement system for photographers using handwritten order forms. ExposureManager’s... (More)

Fujifilm logo. Click to visit the Fujifilm website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Joins as Sponsor for the 2009 Digital Imaging Forum
13:24 EDT - (Weymouth, MA) August 20, 2009… InfoTrends, the leading worldwide consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry, announced today that FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. will sponsor the 2009 Digital Imaging Forum and will participate in three educational panel discussions during the event. The forum features the 2nd annual Photo Publishing Summit taking place September 15-16, 2009... (More)

Lucidiom's Pocket Pics application for the Apple iPhone. Screenshots provided by Lucidiom. PRESS RELEASE: Lucidiom Introduces iPhone App, “Pocket Pics”
13:20 EDT - Pocket Pics Allows Users to Sync Online Photo Collections to the iPhone Vienna, Va., August 20, 2009 – Synchronizing your online photos with your iPhone is a snap with Lucidiom’s new Pocket Pics application, available free on Apple’s iTunes Store to all Photo Finale Web account holders.  With Pocket Pics, when a Photo Finale account holder adds pictures to her online collection,... (More)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pentax K-7 digital SLR camera. Full Review posted for Pentax K-7!
22:55 EDT - There are so many improved and unique features to cover that defining what's great about the Pentax K7 takes an entire review.

We also run out of superlatives less than halfway through the Pentax K-7 review, what with excellent build quality, a great user experience, and impressive image quality to report. Some of the more interesting... (More)

Shutterstock's logo. Click here to visit the Shutterstock website! PRESS RELEASE: Shutterstock Launches Shuttertweet: A New Way for Submitters to Showcase their Stock Images and Footage on Twitter
13:15 EDT - Shuttertweet instantly sends out tweets when new images and footage have been added to submitters' portfolios. New York, NY (PRWEB) August 19, 2009 -- Shutterstock, the world's largest subscription-based stock photo agency, announced today the launch of Shuttertweet, a new tool for Twitter that empowers stock image and stock footage submitters by instantly sending out messages (or "tweets")... (More)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Canon: Six new PowerShots, including G11
10:16 EDT - Canon has today announced six new PowerShot digital cameras - the G11, S90, SX20 IS, SD980 IS, SD940 IS and SX120 IS.

Canon has today announced six new PowerShot digital cameras - the G11, S90, SX20 IS, SD980 IS, SD940 IS and SX120 IS. The Canon PowerShot G11 retains similar styling to the PowerShot G10, but takes an... (More)

Canon's SELPHY ES40 compact photo printer. Photo provided by Canon USA Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Announces Three New Feature-packed PIXMA Printers And A Voice-Guided Selphy Compact Photo Printer
09:33 EDT - Lake Success, N.Y., August 19, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new PIXMA Wireless1 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers, one new PIXMA Inkjet Business Printer with PgR technology and a SELPHY Compact Photo Printer with a new voice guidance system. The versatility of these machines provides users with many options, whether working in the home office to print... (More)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website! Hoya's goal: Pentax profitability this year
16:22 EDT - News service Reuters has published an article looking at the future for the Pentax brand, some two years after the Japanese imaging company's merger with Hoya Corp.

Chief Executive Hiroshi Suzuki intends Hoya's Pentax unit to return to profitability in the current business year ending March 2010, according to an interview with Reuters' Kiyoshi Takenaka and Reiji... (More)

Datacolor's logo. Click here to visit the Datacolor website! PRESS RELEASE: Datacolor Offers Spyder3Pro™ & Spyder3Elite™ Customers Special Pricing On TV Calibration Software Kit
14:38 EDT - Flat Screen Calibration Now Available For Perfect Home Theater Viewing Experience Lawrenceville, NJ, August 18, 2009 - Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, is offering all users of its Spyder3™ colorimeter system a discount on its Spyder3TV software to properly calibrate their color TVs.  Spyder3 users can now easily, effectively, and inexpensively use their current... (More)

Casio announces EXILIM Z90, Z450
08:00 EDT - Casio America Inc. has today announced two new digital camera models for its EXILIM Zoom series - the Casio Z90 and Casio Z450.

Both the Z90 and Z450 are based around 1/2.3" 12.1 effective CCD megapixel image sensors in ultracompact bodies, although the total pixel resolution of the sensors does differ slightly - 12.39... (More)

Monday, August 17, 2009

shoot it!'s logo. Click here to visit the shoot it! website! PRESS RELEASE: shoot it! Launches Postcard Messaging on the iPhone™
17:51 EDT - Application transforms iPhone photos into real postcards SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- shoot it!, LLC, today announced the launch of its postcard messaging application for the iPhone. Available on the iPhone App Store, the shoot it! application allows users to take a picture, create a personal message and have it mailed as a REAL postcard from anywhere to anyone in the world (US & Western... (More)

Twicli upgraded with new features
17:30 EDT - Last May, we covered the beta launch of a new service designed to ease sharing of photos and videos through popular microblogging site Twitter.

Created by Sam Street and Sean Miller, the London-based programmers behind photo gallery website, the Twicli website has today been upgraded with a number of new features. Among the most significant... (More)

AKVIS' logo. Click here to visit the AKVIS website! PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS Sketch 9.0 Creates Pencil Drawings or Watercolor Paintings from Photos
14:03 EDT - August, 2009 - AKVIS Software Inc. proves once again that there is no end to perfection and releases version 9.0  of AKVIS Sketch for Windows and Macintosh. The software converts photos to color and B&W pencil drawings and watercolor paintings. Version 9.0 has a new improved algorithm for photo-to-sketch conversion, adds a new parameter field for edge definition, adds the possibility to manipulate... (More)

Pentax 17-70mm f/4 AL IF SDM SMC DA lens. Review: Pentax 17-70mm f/4 SDM DA
12:12 EDT - Pentax released the 17-70mm f/4 AL IF SDM SMC DA in the summer of 2008, being noteworthy as one of the first Pentax lenses employing the new KAF3 lens mount. The 17-70mm f/4 uses Pentax's "supersonic drive motor" (SDM) to focus the lens, and won't autofocus on older Pentax cameras that rely on a body-mounted screw motor to focus a lens. Is Pentax heading in the right direction? Click here to read our full review of this lens.

Leica's S2 digital SLR. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Leica S2 DSLR nears release
02:23 EDT - Leica Camera AG has announced pricing and availability for its upcoming Leica S2 digital SLR, as well as providing further information on specifications.

The Leica S2 was first described back at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany last September, and is based around a 3:2 aspect ratio Kodak KAF-37500 CCD image sensor with dimensions of 30 x 45mm... (More)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Accessory Review: Unibind PhotoBook Creator
20:24 EDT - We made our own hardback album at home with this innovative binding system.

Wondering what to do with all your vacation pictures? Bind them, that's what. We found a great little machine to make your own books at home. The idea is simple (like all the great ones). The hardback... (More)

Nikon expands, tweaks D5000 repair campaign
17:27 EDT - Last month, we told readers about a service advisory published by Nikon Inc. for users of its D5000 digital SLR.

Soon after, the company released a lookup tool allowing users to confirm if their particular D5000 was affected by the service campaign. Users were recommended to check their serial numbers even if they'd... (More)

Toshiba's logo. Click here to visit the Toshiba website! PRESS RELEASE: Toshiba Applies to Join Blu-ray Disc Association
15:14 EDT - 10 Aug, 2009 - Tokyo - Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) announced today that the company has applied for membership of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and plans to introduce products that support the Blu-ray format. As a market leader in digital technologies, Toshiba provides a wide range of advanced digital products, such as DVD recorders and players, HDTVs and notebook PCs that support a wide... (More)

Tamron's logo. Click here to visit the Tamron website! PRESS RELEASE: Portraits Of Love Project Aims To Send 10,000 Free Family Portraits To Deployed Soldiers This Holiday Season
14:22 EDT - Tamron Photographer Among Those Volunteering to Help Send a Piece of Home to Soldiers Abroad Old Bridge, NJ, August 11, 2009 — The PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) along with Soldiers’ Angels, a grassroots volunteer organization, revealed today the Portraits of Love Project, a volunteer effort aimed at sending family portraits to soldiers around the globe... (More)

PhotoScatter's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoScatter website! PRESS RELEASE: Best iPhone App For Submitting Photos To Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa and More - PhotoScatter
14:20 EDT - PhotoScatter is the simplest app for sending photos from any iPhone or iPod Touch to many of the top photo sharing sites including Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, Shutterfly, and More. Tampa, FL (PRWEB) August 14, 2009 -- iPhone app publisher, Unique Apps, has recently released a new iPhone application called PhotoScatter. This app allows users to submit photos to most of the top photo sharing... (More)

Samsung's CL65 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Samsung CL65 offers features galore
03:05 EDT - Samsung has announced its new CL65 digital camera, based around a twelve megapixel CCD image sensor and an optically stabilized Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan branded 5x optical zoom lens.

Despite a slim 0.7-inch thick body, the Samsung CL65 is incredibly feature-rich, including a built-in GPS receiver for geotagging photos, as well as both 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth 2.0 networking... (More)

Samsung's TL220 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Samsung TL220, TL225 offer dual LCD displays
03:04 EDT - Alongside its announcement of the the Samsung CL65 digital camera, Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has unveiled the TL220 and TL225, two digital cameras that feature an alternative to articulated LCD designs for allowing the subject to preview themselves in the photo.

In place of the more common tilt/swivel mechanism that lets the rear-panel LCD be redirected to face in front of the camera, the Samsung TL220 and Samsung TL225 both include a small secondary LCD display... (More)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

DraganFly's logo. Click here to visit the DraganFly website! DraganFly unveils latest UAV design
13:46 EDT - Canadian radio-controlled aircraft manufacturer DraganFly Innovations Inc. has announced a new addition to its lineup of unmanned aerial vehicles, the DraganFlyer X4.

Founded in 1998, DraganFly has offered quite a range of blimps, helicopters, planes and tracked vehicles capable of carrying digital camera payloads over the last decade. DraganFly's products span a range... (More)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H10 digital camera. Copyright © 2009, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express Review posted for Casio EX-H10!
20:02 EDT - As 10x zoom digital cameras go, the Casio H10 is pretty slim. It's also feature-rich, as it turns out, with a remarkably unique mode that captures and overlays an animated image on top of a still shot, taking place right inside the Casio H10.

With a 3-inch LCD, a 24mm lens, and a good quality 12-megapixel sensor, the Casio H10 competes favorably against other digital cameras in this class, and its image quality at lower ISOs really impresses.... (More)

Dazzboard's logo. Click here to visit the Dazzboard website! PRESS RELEASE: Dazzboard Brings Device Management to Social Networking with Facebook App
14:39 EDT - App Allows Users to Access Portable Devices and the Social Web from Facebook Account, Moving Data Freely San Jose, CA, — Dazzboard, the ultimate social media webtop, today expanded its online services with the release of a Facebook app. As one of the leading social media platforms, with users’ making frequent and often lengthy logins, Facebook is a prime candidate for being a universal... (More)'s logo. Click here to visit the website! PRESS RELEASE: Announces New Photo Announcement Products, Photo Contest, and Redesigns Web site
14:30 EDT - After six years creating photo birth announcements, invitations and cards, the founders of the custom card company have expanded services and launched contest on new Web site. Green Bay, Wisc. (Vocus/PRWEB ) August 12, 2009 --, an industry leader in “create-your-own,” custom-design photo cards, redesigned its Web site today to cater to a more balanced customer base.... (More)

A Phantom Miro eX-series camera. Photo provided by AMETEK Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Portability and Versatility Come Together in Vision Research's New Phantom Miro eX-Series of Digital High-Speed Cameras
13:48 EDT - Phantom® Miro eX-Series Offers Advanced Digital High-Speed Video Technology in Ultra-Compact, DSLR-Like Package WAYNE, NJ--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - In 2007, Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems, revolutionized the way professionals across a variety of industries utilized high-speed video with the introduction of the Phantom® Miro, a true point-and-shoot... (More)

Kubota Image Tools' logo. Click here to visit the Kubota Image Tools website! PRESS RELEASE: Kubota Image Tools Announces Kubota RPG SpeedKeys for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2
13:24 EDT - New wireless USB device designed to speed a photographer’s workflow and enhance creativity Bend, OR (August 12, 2009) – Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Kubota Lightspeed Workflow family – new Kubota RPG SpeedKeys for Lightroom 2. Kubota RPG SpeedKeys for Lightroom 2 is a wireless USB keypad with 1-button access to: essential adjustments such as... (More)

Samsung releases GX-20 firmware
12:37 EDT - Samsung Digital Imaging has released updated firmware for its GX-20 digital SLR, bringing the camera to version 1.03.

The Samsung GX-20 is closely related to the Pentax K20D, and the new GX20 firmware version mirrors one made by Pentax for the K20 last April. As with the Pentax firmware, only one change is described in... (More)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Quirky's DigiDudes keychain tripod lineup. Photo provided by Quirky. PRESS RELEASE: DigiDude, Portable Camera Tripod, Hits quirky's Online Store
18:31 EDT - Collaboratively developed in one week by quirky's community New York, NY, August 11, 2009 -- Today marks the official release of the DigiDude - a community designed, funky, portable camera tripod and keychain with attitude. Simply screw off your dude’s head and pull out his retractable legs for the perfect on-the-go camera mount. DigiDudes are easily attached to your keychain or camera (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Launches High-power, Long-life Lithium Ion Secondary Battery Using Olivine-type Lithium Iron Phosphate as the Cathode Material
15:16 EDT - Sony Corporation today announced that it has launched a new type of lithium ion secondary battery that combines high-power and long-life performance, using olivine-type lithium iron phosphate as the cathode material. Shipment commenced in June 2009. The Olivine-type lithium iron phosphate used in this new battery is extremely suited for use as a cathode material due to its robust crystal structure... (More)

Epson's Workforce 610 all-in-one. Photo provided by Epson America Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Get Faster Print Speeds than the Competition with Epson’s WorkForce Printers for Small Business
13:51 EDT - Epson WorkForce® 610 All-in-One and Epson WorkForce 1100 Help Small Businesses Succeed without the Hassle LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 11, 2009 – Offering faster print speeds than the competition, Wi-Fi™, and output up to 13”x19,” Epson’s new line of WorkForce® products give small businesses a choice of all the features needed to compete successfully. The... (More)

Epson's logo. Click here to visit the Epson website! PRESS RELEASE: Back-to-School Success Starts with Epson
12:48 EDT - Save $40 Instantly on the Epson Stylus NX415 and NX515 All-In-Ones LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 10, 2009 – Epson America Inc. today announced it is offering an instant rebate on its most popular, affordable all-in-ones – the Epson Stylus® NX415 and the Epson Stylus NX515 – for an even lower price to meet the needs of shoppers just in time for back-to-school. The $40 discount... (More)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wi-Pics Mobile's logo. Click here to visit the United Imaging Solutions website! Wi-Pics update brings new features
18:42 EDT - United Imaging Solutions LLC has released an update to Wi-Pics Mobile that adds support for more cameras as well as offering a couple of new features.

Aimed at professionals, Wi-Pics Mobile is a PocketPC-based solution that helps photographers manage images as they're captured. The PDA is connected via a USB tether to a digital SLR, and either Raw or... (More)

Lastolite's logo. Click here to visit the Lastolite website! PRESS RELEASE: FREE online photo training for photographers!
14:53 EDT - Lastolite are pleased to announce the launch of their new online photo training school: Enjoy Lastolite's comprehensive library of nearly 100 FREE tutorials offering valuable lighting tips and techniques to get the best out of your studio and location photography. The school contains a mix of PDF tutorials, short top tip videos and 15-20 minute detailed step by... (More)

Casio's logo. Click here to visit the Casio website! Casio updates YouTube uploader
14:44 EDT - Casio Computer Co. Ltd. has released an updated version of its YouTube uploader application that ships with a variety of the company's EXILIM-branded digital cameras.

The Casio YouTube uploader aims to simplify the process of uploading videos recorded with the company's YouTube Best Shot mode to Google's popular video-sharing website. Version 2.0.1 is available for... (More)

Vzaar's logo. Click here to visit the Vzaar website! PRESS RELEASE: Online Video Hosting Service vzaar Goes High Definition, With A Host of Advanced Video Player Settings.
13:39 EDT - Online video hosting service vzaar goes HD with a host of Advanced Video Player Settings. These include complete player customisation from player's sizes and colours to adding text and links in the player. London, UK (PRWEB) August 10, 2009 -- Online video hosting outfit, vzaar, with head quarters in London, today announce the move to HD and a host of Advanced Video Player settings. vzaar now offers... (More)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Eye-Fi's logo. Click here to visit the Eye-Fi website! PRESS RELEASE: Eye-Fi introduces the Eye-Fi Geo Apple exclusive wireless memory card with unlimited geotagging
17:52 EDT - Eye-Fi Offers Users an Effortless Geotagging and Photo Sharing Experience When Using iPhoto, an iPhone or MobileMe MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 29, 2009 — Eye-Fi Inc. today unveiled the Eye-Fi Geo card, a new wireless SD memory card exclusive to Apple that allows users to automatically upload photos from a digital camera to a computer and offers lifetime geotagging service. Available today in... (More)

Toshiba's 64GB SDXC, 32GB SDHC and 16GB SDHC cards.  Photo provided by Toshiba Corp. PRESS RELEASE: Toshiba to Launch the World's First SDXC Memory Card
15:41 EDT - World's largest 64 gigabyte (GB), with world's fastest transfer rate 4 Aug, 2009 - TOKYO - Toshiba Corporation, a leading innovator in NAND flash memory technologies and solutions, today announced the launch of the world's first 64GB SDXC Memory Card1 with the world's fastest data transfer rate2 compliant with the new SD Memory Standard Ver. 3.00, UHS 1043. Toshiba also extended its industry-leadership... (More)

National Geographic's logo. Click here to visit the National Geographic website! PRESS RELEASE: National Geographic Announces Fourth Annual International Photography Contest
14:10 EDT - WASHINGTON (Aug. 6, 2009)--National Geographic readers around the world are invited to take part in the 2009 National Geographic International Photography Contest. Readers of National Geographic's English-language editions in eight countries as well as readers of 20 of the magazine's international local-language editions are eligible to participate. The international grand-prize winners will receive... (More)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nikon updates Transfer, ViewNX applications
17:46 EDT - Nikon Inc. has released updated versions of the Transfer and ViewNX applications used with its digital SLRs and Coolpix point-and-shoot cameras.

Nikon Transfer v1.5.0 and Nikon ViewNX 1.4.0 both add support for all of the new camera models the company has announced in the last week - the D300s and D3000 digital SLRs, and the Coolpix S570, S640,... (More)

Super Talent's logo. Click here to visit the Super Talent website! PRESS RELEASE: Super Talent Unveils World's Smallest 32GB USB Drive
15:47 EDT - Water Resistant 32GB Pico Drives Feature Optional AES-256 Encryption San Jose, California - July 29, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, has succeeded in squeezing 32GB of NAND Flash storage into a thumbnail sized USB drive that is water resistant and supports data transfer speeds up to 200X (30MB/sec). Six new models of 32GB Pico... (More)

Camera Bits' logo. Click here to visit the Camera Bits website! PRESS RELEASE: Camera Bits Announces Educational Discounts on New Licenses and Upgrades for Photo Mechanic Browser and Workflow Software
14:56 EDT - Camera Bits Encourages the Use of Industry Standard Software to Create Ideal Educational Experiences Portland, OR (PRWEB) August 5, 2009 -- Camera Bits, Inc. (, a pioneering provider of software for professional digital photographers, today announced that it offers a 15%-plus discount, which includes two years of upgrades, to any qualifying student, teacher, school administrator,... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Photographers Among Winners Of Nikon Photo Contest International 2008-2009
13:48 EDT - MELVILLE, N.Y. (Aug. 6, 2009) - Nikon Corporation today announced the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest International (NPCI) 2008-2009, including two Americans, Peter Allinson and Danny Ghitis. One of the world's largest and most prestigious photo contests, the Nikon Photo Contest International, held since 1969 and staged every other year, provides an opportunity for photographers around the world... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 digital camera. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc. Sony: Two new Cyber-shots with 'Exmor R' sensors
00:15 EDT - Sony Electronics Inc. has today announced its first two digital still cameras to feature its back-illuminated 'Exmor R' CMOS image sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1.

Most current imagers used in digital cameras are front-illuminated, meaning that light must pass through a metal wiring layer before arriving at the photodiodes. A significant portion of the light is... (More)

Sony Cyber-shot TX1 digital camera on the Party-shot IPT-DS1 dock. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc. Sony Party-shot takes "Auto" to its logical limit
00:14 EDT - Alongside its announcement of the TX1 and WX1 digital cameras, Sony has today announced what has to be one of the most unusual photographic accessories we've seen in quite some time - the Sony Party-shot IPT-DS1.

Billed as being a "personal photographer", the Party-shot DS1 doesn't look a whole lot different to a camera cradle at first glance. Unlike most photographers we've met, it's small, silver,... (More)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pentax Optio WS80: Dust and waterproof
18:46 EDT - Pentax has today announced its latest waterproof, dustproof digital camera model - the Optio WS80.

The Pentax Optio WS80 features a body less than an inch thick, can be used for up to two hours at depths of five feet underwater, and is rated as JIS Class 6 dustproof. Inside the Optio WS80 includes... (More)

Pentax announces Optio P80 and E80
18:23 EDT - Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced its new Optio E80 and Optio P80 digital cameras, both of which are affordable entry-level compacts.

The Pentax Optio E80 has a compact body with large, approachable buttons and labels that houses a ten megapixel CCD image sensor and Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a 31.5mm wide angle. The Pentax... (More)

Image Converter Plus' logo. Click to visit the Image Converter Plus website! PRESS RELEASE: fCoder Group Views New Features for Image Converter Plus 8.0
13:28 EDT - The fCoder Group, Inc. announced the addition of new features to work with remote servers in its upcoming Image Converter Plus 8.0. Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) August 5, 2009 -- New features designed to work with remote servers are being added to Image Converter Plus 8.0, specialized software for single-click batch image processing and conversion slated for release later this year. With the new version... (More)

Phanfare's logo. Click here to visit the Phanfare website! PRESS RELEASE: Phanfare Enters Pro Market with Archival Photo and Video Hosting Solution
12:23 EDT - Phanfare Pro adds site customization, custom domains and fine-grained access control to consumer offerings Princeton, NJ (August 3, 2009) -- Phanfare today introduced Phanfare Pro, an archival photo and video hosting solution targeted at prosumer and professional photographers. Phanfare Pro enables photographers to store, organize and display high resolution digital images and videos online using... (More)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Datacolor's logo. Click here to visit the Datacolor website! PRESS RELEASE: Datacolor Turns Consumer Photo Contest Into Photography Book To Benefit Charity
13:15 EDT - Sale of "Colors of My Life" Benefits Hope for Children in Chile LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—August 4, 2009 -- Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management technology, has brightened the lives of children in Chile with the production and sale of the photography book, "Colors of My Life."  Proceeds from the book will benefit Hope for Children, a Chile-based charity dedicated... (More)

Epson's Perfection V500 Office scanner. Photo provided by Epson America Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Epson Perfection V500 Office Scanner Delivers Both High-Quality Photo and Document Scanning
12:43 EDT - Dual-Purpose Scanner Offers the Best of Both Worlds for SOHO and Home Environments LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 4, 2009 – Epson America, Inc. today announced the Epson Perfection V500 Office scanner for micro-business owners, home office users and consumers, delivering a scanning solution that effortlessly combines the productivity features of a document scanner and the image quality of a... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix S1000pj digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Nikon: Four new Coolpix digicams
00:00 EDT - Nikon Inc. has today announced four new digital cameras, including the Coolpix S1000pj - the first compact digicam to feature a built-in projector - as well as the Coolpix S70, Coolpix S640 and Coolpix S570.

All four cameras go on sale from this September, and a variety of body colors will be offered for all but one model. First up is the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj, priced at around $430. The S1000pj's 0.9-inch... (More)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Apologies: Minor outages this afternoon, all OK now...
6:24 EDT - Just a quick note to let our readers know that the minor outages we'd experienced this afternoon should now be rectified. The site itself has been fine, the outages only affected the server we use for our (hundreds of) gigabytes of signature full-resolution straight-from-the-camera test images. The problem was traced to a faulty motherboard, which has been replaced. As a precautionary step, we've temporarily... (More)

Zacuto's Zgrip iPhone Jr. Photo provided by Zacuto USA. PRESS RELEASE: Zacuto Releases Consumer Version Handgrip Rig for iPhone 3Gs Video
13:22 EDT - CHICAGO, IL --(July 30, 2009) —Following the popularity of the recently released Zgrip iPhone Pro by Zacuto USA, a leading maker of camera gear and accessories for professionals, the custom house has launched their consumer version: the Zgrip iPhone Jr. Specifically designed for Apple iPhone 3Gs shooters, this mini-rig comes with multiple fingers to quickly lock the iPhone in place and offers... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Shoot on the Sidelines With Scott Kelby and Mike Olivella Contest
12:54 EDT - Amateur Photographers to Win a Dream Sports Assignment Tampa, FL - Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 - Today, Scott Kelby announced the kick off of a once in a lifetime photography contest - Shoot on the Sidelines With Scott Kelby and Mike Olivella.  This extraordinary contest is open to amateur photographers who want to win an all-expense paid trip to shoot from the sidelines of the Florida State Seminoles vs.... (More)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Nikon D3000: Samples posted
23:40 EDT - Over the weekend, we've published our first shots with the just-announced Nikon D3000 digital SLR.

Nikon's ten megapixel DX-format D3000 is a replacement for the two year old Nikon D40, and takes over as the company's entry-level digital SLR. As well as the higher-res imager, the Nikon D3000 features... (More)

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