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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Fujifilm announces FinePix F11
19:16 EDT - A press release today from Fujifilm UK announces a minor update to an existing model, in the shape of the new Fujifilm FinePix F11 Zoom.

Closely based on the original F10 Zoom digicam, the F11 seems to have only a few changes, but those changes look to have corrected a couple of the main shortcomings of the original camera. Most notably,... (More)

Leica D-Lux 2 on the way?
16:25 EDT - Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed an interesting inclusion among the list of camera models supported in the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw, which we reported on yesterday.

The list included a model that caught our interest, as we'd recently seen a press release attributed to a leak from camera manufacturer Leica bearing the same name. Adobe's mention of the camera makes... (More)

Phanfare's logo. Click here to visit the Phanfare website! PRESS RELEASE: Phanfare, Inc. Announces Mac Support
13:18 EDT - Online Photo and Video-Sharing Site Begins Mac Beta Testing Metuchen, NJ (September 29, 2005) - New Jersey-based online photo and video sharing service Phanfare, Inc. ( announces support for users of Apple Mac computers running Mac OS X. Public beta testing of the new Mac version of Phanfare begins today. "The Mac is a great platform for managing digital photos and video,... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare-One digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: KODAK Ships the World's First Wi-Fi Consumer Digital Camera; Groundbreaking EASYSHARE-ONE Model Delivers an Unequaled Digital Photography Experience
12:57 EDT - Device Significantly Expands Picture-Sharing Possibilities; Wirelessly E-Mail, Upload, and Share Pictures at Thousands of Public Hotspots and at Home ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 27 ― Signaling a new era in photography, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has begun shipping its innovative, highly anticipated EASYSHARE-ONE zoom digital camera to retailers. Initial customer availability is expected... (More)

Fujifilm's logo -  click here to visit the Fujifilm website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm's Digital Dropbox To Debut In 3,400 Wal-Mart & Sam's Club Locations
12:46 EDT - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today introduced the GetPix Digital Dropbox, offering consumers a brand-new and more affordable way to get quality digital photo prints at retail locations. Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations are the first retailers to offer this 2-day off-site printing. The Digital Dropbox is the industry's first free-standing unit that combines a traditional film drop box, with a digital... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 and Premiere 2.0 Online Learning Centers Launched for Photo and Video Enthusiasts; Photoshop Elements Techniques Also Offers Online Elements and Premiere Courses
12:38 EDT - TAMPA, Fla. -- Sept. 27, 2005 -- Today, in unison with the debut of Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 4.0 and Adobe(R) Premiere(R) 2.0 by Adobe Systems Incorporated, the creators of Photoshop Elements Techniques newsletter launched two new online Learning Centers at, and a series of new online courses. "We're excited at the opportunity to show people how to use the... (More)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website! Adobe updates Camera Raw
11:24 EDT - Alongside its announcements of updated versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements yesterday, Adobe released another updated piece of software that didn't get a press release.

Adobe Camera Raw 3.2 adds raw file support for 13 cameras from six companies, two of them using Adobe's own DNG format. With this update, Adobe Camera Raw now supports a rather impressive 91 cameras from... (More)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Kodak's EasyShare C360 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Review posted for the Kodak EasyShare C360
17:39 EDT - The Kodak EasyShare C360 is one of the latest in Kodak's long line of cameras featuring the famous "Kodak color" and great ease of use.

The Kodak C360 is an entry-level model, yet still presents an attractive, stylish face to the world, and offers a surprising range of features given its price point. In the test studio, the C360 delivered... (More)

Canon's EOS-1Ds Mark II digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. First Full review posted for Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
16:45 EDT - Canon's EOS-1Ds Mark II clearly approaches "ultimate" status for a digital SLR, at least in today's market.

The original EOS-1Ds was a breakthrough product when it came out almost three years ago now, and the new Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II updates and improves almost every aspect of camera operation. In our tests,... (More)

Elements versions of Photoshop, Premiere updated
01:47 EDT - A press release today from Adobe Systems Inc. announces the release of new versions for its "Elements" products on the Windows platform.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 offers a range of new features throughout its workflow, including the image import, organising, editing and sharing phases. When importing images, an improved Red Eye Removal... (More)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Cokin's Creative Filter Kit. Courtesy of Cokin, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: OmegaSatter Announces New Digital Filter Kit for COKIN
15:54 EDT - OmegaSatter, located in the Baltimore area, announces the availability of a new Cokin Digital Filter Kit designed to fit a variety of digital cameras. COKIN, based in Paris, France, is the inventor of the CREATIVE FILTER SYSTEM and is also a leading manufacturer of filter and optical products. The Cokin Digital Filter Kit is comprised of a filter holder, adapter ring and a Sunset 1 filter. The 5 available... (More)

In-Depth, Hands-On User Report on Olympus EVOLT E-500!
11:18 EDT - We got a quick look at a prototype sample of the new Olympus E-500 d-SLR. Editor Shawn Barnett prepared an in-depth "User's Report" describing what it felt like to shoot with.

Representing the third camera in their Four-thirds system, the Olympus EVOLT E-500 could be their finest offering yet. Small, nimble, and well built, the Olympus E-500 is light enough that bringing it... (More)

Olympus' EVOLT E-500 digital SLR. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces EVOLT E-500
10:00 EDT - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today unveiled a new entry-level digital camera that will sit alongside the existing E-1 and EVOLT E-300 models, which cater to pros and consumers respectively.

The EVOLT E-500 looks rather more "traditional" than the original EVOLT E-300, and uses an eye-level dach pentamirror rather than the previous model's porro mirror viewfinder. The camera's LCD... (More)

Olympus' Zuiko 18-180mm f3.5-6.3 lens. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Introduces The Compact 18-180mm Zuiko Digital Ultra Zoom Lens
10:00 EDT - Compact Size and Powerful 10x Optical Zoom Offer Extensive Range and Versatility Melville, New York, Sept 26, 2005 ? Olympus is excited to announce its first consumer interchangeable SLR ultra zoom lens, the new Zuiko Digital 18-180mm (36-360mm equivalent in 35mm photography), as part of its extensive family of interchangeable Zuiko Digital Specific™ lenses for the Olympus E-System. The new... (More)

Olympus' Zuiko 35mm f3.5 lens. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Announces New Consumer E-System Macro Lens
10:00 EDT - Life size photos with the 35mm f3.5 1:1 Zuiko Digital Macro Lens Melville, New York, Sept 26, 2005 ? Olympus today announced the release of its new Zuiko Digital 35mm 1:1 macro lens, a powerful compact lens affordably priced for the enthusiast photographer. Further expanding the extensive family of interchangeable Zuiko Digital Specific™ lenses for the Olympus E-System, the new 35mm macro lens... (More)

Olympus' Zuiko 35-100mm f2.0 lens. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Announces Prices For Zuiko Digital 90-250mm F2.8 And 35-100mm F2.0 Lenses
10:00 EDT - Melville, New York, September 26, 2005 – Olympus announced delivery dates and prices today for two new Zuiko Digital Specific™ lenses. Available in October 2005, the Zuiko Digital ED 35-100 f2.0 lens will retail at an estimated street price of $2499.99. Later in November the Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm f2.8 lens will ship with an estimated street price of $5999.99. Designed for use with... (More)

Nikon: SLR service advisories
02:00 EDT - Nikon Inc. has today published service advisories for three of its SLR camera products, all related to failure of certain electrical components.

Of the three advisories, two are for digital SLRs, while the remaining advisory covers the N55 film camera. The Nikon D2H digital SLR advisory notes that the camera's electronic analog exposure display... (More)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Konica Minolta's logo. Courtesy of Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. Click here to visit the Konica Minolta website! PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta Announces New Vice President
15:58 EDT - Peter Mador to head up sales and marketing for on-site photofinishing division Mahwah, NJ (September 23, 2005) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. announces the appointment of Peter Mador as vice president of sales and marketing for Konica Minolta's commercial products. In this new position, Peter is responsible for digital minilabs, Photo Link kiosks and related on-site photofinishing sales... (More)

Digital Foci: portable multimedia album
15:53 EDT - A press release from Digital Foci Inc. today announces a new portable storage device that doubles as an image / movie viewer and audio player.

The Digital Foci Picture Porter ("Foci" being the plural of "focus", and pronounced "foe-sigh") is available in both 20GB and 40GB versions, and is fairly loaded with connectivity... (More)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Lexar's 2GB 80X Lt CompactFlash card. Courtesy of Lexar, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Professional LockTight CompactFlash Offers Card Level Protection to Security-Conscious Photographers
22:55 EDT - Industry Experts Agree That Restricted Access to Stored Images and Information is Vital in the Growing Digital Camera Market FREMONT, Ca., September 20, 2005 - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, announced its LockTight CompactFlash security system is an essential solution for digital photographers who want to protect their stored digital images... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Video editing and creation with VideoImpression 2: now for the Mac Popular PC software now available for Macintosh OS X Tiger
19:07 EDT - Fremont, CA-August 30, 2005-- Today, ArcSoft® announced the availability of ArcSoft VideoImpression® 2 for Macintosh OS X Tiger. The application allows users to create customized home movies using video clips, still images, music, and a variety of special effects. Already a popular application among consumers using Windows-based systems, VideoImpression 2 offers Mac users all the fun and creative... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Thomas Public Relations Chosen Agency Of Record By Digital Foci
18:41 EDT - Digital Foci Lets Consumers Move, Store, and Display Any Digital Photo, Video, or Music on any Device without Worrying about Format Compatibility Huntington Station, NY, September 21, 2005 - Long Island-based PR powerhouse Thomas Public Relations, Inc. announced today that it has been chosen agency of record by Rancho Dominguez, California-based Digital Foci (pronounced 'foe-sigh'... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-R1 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony DSC-R1 review updated to include full operating details
16:29 EDT - The headline above pretty much says it all.

We've now updated our First Look to include full operating details (menus, modes, etc) for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1. (And it's still the only really thorough look at the R1's image quality currently... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm to offer S3 Pro upgrade
10:48 EDT - A press release from Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. announces that the company is preparing to release a hardware upgrade for its S3 Pro digital camera on the Japanese market.

Japanese S3 Pro owners will be able to have their camera's memory upgraded from 128MB to 256MB, and the company will begin retailing a new version of the camera with the upgrade already in place. Upgraded... (More)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: Digital Photography Workshop Cruise Will Sail To The Southern Caribbean In March
13:43 EDT - Attendees Will Receive Up To $800 In Gifts An 8-day Digital Photography & Imaging Cruise featuring workshops for beginning and intermediate photographers will embark from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 1, 2006 aboard one of Carnival's newest superliners, the LEGEND. The cruise is the sixth of a highly successful series offering instruction in photodigital technologies in a relaxed learning environment.... (More)

RealViz's Stitcher logo. Click here to visit the RealViz website! PRESS RELEASE: Dennis Biela to Host Stitcher® 5 Presentation at 2005 Interactive Media & Immersive Imaging Summit in Savannah, USA
11:51 EDT - Sophia Antipolis, France (September 20, 2005) - REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to confirm their participation as an official sponsor of the 2005 Interactive Media & Immersive Imaging Summit, which will take place in Savannah, Georgia from September 26th-30th. REALVIZ joins Kaidan, iPIX, Apple, 360Presicion, Canon, Kodak and other industry supporters of this... (More)

Monday, September 19, 2005

Kodak's logo. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: IMAGELINK Compatible Cameras and Printers Hit the Market
12:24 EDT - New Products from Kodak and Olympus Support the IMAGELINK Print System; Others Expected Over the Next Year ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 19 - One year after the announcement of the IMAGELINK print system - a specification designed to simplify at-home picture printing - new cameras and printers supporting the standard are being released. Joining a host of KODAK EASYSHARE cameras and printer docks already... (More)

Camera phones: potential handheld scanners?
09:49 EDT - An interesting article from the website of New Scientist magazine predicts that camera phones will be able to function as "high precision" handheld scanners in the future.

According to the article, a cooperation between Japanese electronics giant NEC and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology has yielded software that will make this vision possible. The user slowly... (More)

Friday, September 16, 2005

Canon Expo 2005 - A One-Company Trade Show
12:26 EDT - I'm just back from New York City, where Canon's one-company trade show dramatically demonstrated the company's technical prowess and financial success. - And gave a peek at a few key technologies that will be impacting digital cameras in the near future.

Canon President and CEO Fujio Mitarai delivered an impressive keynote speech (Over an hour, in English) I'm writing this on the plane back from New York, having spent... (More)

Ricoh's Caplio RR530. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh announces Caplio RR530
09:05 EDT - September has turned out to be a rather busy month for the folks at Ricoh, with the announcement first of the impressive 7.1x zoom Caplio R3 ultracompact, and then of the much-anticipated GR Digital.

The company continues its announcements today with a new entry-level ultracompact model, the RR530. Weighing in at 130 grams without batteries, the camera features a five megapixel 1/2.5" CCD imager and... (More)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wacom: Two new Graphire tablets
11:31 EDT - Vancouver, Washington-based Wacom Technology Corp. has announced two new graphics tablets for its Graphire series.

The Wacom Graphire4 USB pen tablets are identical with the exception of size - 4" x 5" ($99), or 6" x 8" ($199). The tablets are available in three colors - silver, white or metallic blue. Included with... (More)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Olympus' SP-500 UltraZoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. First Look Review posted for Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom
16:49 EDT - Modeled after the Olympus's higher-end digicams, the SP-500UZ has a look and feel that Olympus fans will appreciate.

Though it's the flagship of a the new SP model designation, it is fashioned more like some of the earlier Ultra Zoom models, with a big grip, a tall back plate and a nice big lens. This time, the camera... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T5 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5
15:32 EDT - Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T5 is yet another exciting subcompact digital camera, with a slim profile and a wealth of features.

I love the return of the big sliding lens cover, something the T33 lacks. The DSC-T5 has good image quality, with good color, and high resolution. Its image sharpness and noise levels aren't quite up to... (More)

Westinghouse's DPF-0561 digital photo frame. Courtesy of Westinghouse, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Westinghouse Digital Expands Into New LCD Display Market With Digital Photo Frames
11:23 EDT - Stylish LCD Frame Accepts Six Flash Card Standards Including XD SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., Sept. 13, 2005 - Westinghouse Digital Electronics, a leading North American LCD TV and monitor provider, today announced its entry into the digital photography marketplace with the introduction of its Digital Photo Frame (model #DPF-0561), allowing multiple photographs to be displayed in a single frame. The... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Intemos Makes Light Work Of Cleaning DSLR Sensors
09:56 EDT - A step by step video guide to cleaning digital SLR sensors is launched online today by Intemos, the optical cleaning specialists. "We have produced this user-friendly video to show how easily sensor cleaning can be carried out," said Intemos MD Andrew Stagg. "I have spoken to many digital camera owners weary of cleaning their sensors because they are concerned about damaging them. With this video... (More)

Micron's MT9P001 image sensor package. Courtesy of Micron, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Micron: new 3 & 5mpix CMOS imagers:
08:52 EDT - A press release from Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology, Inc. yesterday announced two new CMOS imagers aimed at use in camera phones, PDAs and digital still cameras.

The Micron announcement follows a trend lately of companies offering CMOS imagers at higher resolutions traditionally occupied by CCD sensors, and with increased performance compared to past CMOS offerings.... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click here to visit the Panasonic website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic to launch its new range of plasma TVs and digital cameras in the Middle East
08:32 EDT - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - Panasonic, the leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics has announced that it would be launching the latest range of VIERA plasma digital television and LUMIX digital cameras in the Middle East market. The VIERA series boasts of a new G8 Plasma panel and 3D Colour Management System with 4 trillion colours basic processing for 8.6 billion on screen colours.... (More)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: September Launch For REALVIZ Stitcher 5
10:10 EDT - Latest Release of Award-winning Panorama Software Adds Range of New Features, Including Full Automatic Engine Sophia Antipolis, France (September 13, 2005) - REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, has confirmed, that they will begin shipment of version 5 of their multi award-winning panorama software, Stitcher® this month. Stitcher is a professional-level application,... (More)

Ricoh's GR Digital. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh announces GR Digital
09:28 EDT - A press release today from the Tokyo, Japan head office of consumer electronics and office automation company Ricoh Co. Ltd. announces the company's first GR-series digital camera.

Long anticipated by fans of the company's GR-series of film cameras, the GR Digital has been hyped by Ricoh for a couple of weeks now, with the company even creating a blog-style teaser for the product.... (More)

Sony Europe announces Cyber-shot M2
00:00 EDT - Based on the existing Cyber-shot DSC-M1 model, the new camera is likewise aimed at an unusual mixture of video and still capabilities.

For readers not familiar with the older DSC-M1, you may want to look at our coverage of that camera's announcement. While the new camera has been restyled significantly, and now has a silver aluminum... (More)

Monday, September 12, 2005

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-R1 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony R1 prototype samples gallery posted - AND full image analysis of test shots! (UPDATED)
18:45 EDT - We've just posted a gallery consisting of 39 photos shot with our prototype Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 digital camera by IR Senior Editor Shawn Barnett and Publisher Dave Etchells.

Shawn and Dave captured a wide selection of images to demonstrate various features of the camera, including ISO sensitivity / noise, aperture / depth of field, zoom range / distortion, exposure, color... (More)

Samsung: 7.2mpix CMOS, 16Gb NAND flash
16:47 EDT - A press release from Samsung Electronics today announces two new products of significance to the digital camera market.

At a press conference in Seoul, Korea, the company unveiled a new 1/2" CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 7.2 megapixels. The company says the sensor will have "overall performance ... comparable... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Professional Photography Industry Establishes Relief Fund to Aid Colleagues Devastated by Hurricane Katrina
15:43 EDT - DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS - In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, members of the professional photography trade have established a relief effort to help industry colleagues get back on their feet. The P.H.O.T.O. Foundation (Photographic Industry Helping Others To Overcome) aims to rally industry support in the form of financial contributions, loaned equipment, extended billing and... (More)

LaserSoft's logo. Courtesy of LaserSoft Imaging Inc. Click here to visit the LaserSoft website! PRESS RELEASE: SilverFast with several new features and availability for Topaz Scanners
09:32 EDT - LONGBOAT KEY FLORIDA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 7, 2005--Building on its advanced line of award-winning scanning/imaging software LaserSoft Imaging is releasing SilverFast with new features. These exciting additions are designed to meet today's most demanding scanning and imaging requirements, while delivering a level of seamless integration and reliability that will continue to provide even more powerful... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon and Adobe
08:47 EDT - MELVILLE, NY (September 2, 2005) - Nikon Inc. notes the recent announcement made by Adobe(R) with regard to the mutual interest of both companies for the advancement of digital photography and the RAW file format. Nikon looks forward to future developments in this direction. Below is a copy of the announcement made by Adobe: Adobe and Nikon are both enthusiastic about the continued innovation of digital... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Raw Image Formats Integrated into Photo Software
08:23 EDT - ProFotoSoftware, the UK based Digital Imaging Software House, today announced their strategy to eliminate the artificial gap created by proprietary ('Raw') Image Formats that are produced by many digital cameras. (PRWEB) September 12, 2005 -- ProFotoSoftware, the UK based Digital Imaging Software House, today announced their strategy to eliminate the artificial gap created by proprietary ('Raw') Image... (More)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Canon launches CMOS info site
14:21 EDT - Canon Japan yesterday took the wraps off a new addition to its bilingual English / Japanese BeBit digital camera website.

"The World of Canon CMOS Sensors" section of the site aims to show users the benefits both of Canon's CMOS imager technology, and of full 35mm frame-sized sensors, and mostly manages to do so in a very... (More)

Friday, September 9, 2005

Just Show Me How logo. Click here to visit the Just Show Me How website! PRESS RELEASE: The Just Show Me How Professional Tour 2005 Returns in Eight Cities this Fall
13:57 EDT - September 7th, 2005 -- Last season's sold out Just Show Me How Pro tour is back, with new tips, new techniques, and new ideas for your digital photography workflow. World-renowned photographer, author, and teacher, Kevin Ames, will educate and entertain you as he shares the secrets of professional workflow. Kevin is the newest associate of Blue Pixel Digital Experts, leading photographers and consultants... (More)

August POTD Winners Chosen!
13:50 EDT - "Focused," "Waiting," and "Dominic" were chosen as August's Photo of the Day contest winners. Congratulations to Alexander Mendenilla, Imrana Kapetanovic, and KHUONG.

Well, yet another batch of images have been gone over and our favorites picked. It is sometimes easy, and sometimes really tough to pick the top three; but somehow it has to be done. Usually, our first... (More)

The StudioLine Photo 2 CD. Courtesy of H&M Systems Software, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: StudioLine Photo 2 Helps Photographers Email Perfectly Sized Pictures
13:49 EDT - Release 2.12 Streamlines Digital Imaging Workflow with Email Enhancements Upper Saddle River, NJ; September 8, 2005-H&M Systems Software, Inc. today introduced Release 2.12 of its award-winning StudioLine® Photo 2 digital imaging software. This latest release streamlines digital imaging workflow by making it easy for photographers to meet critical email deadlines. "StudioLine Photo 2.12 provides... (More)

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Hands-on User Report and preliminary test results posted for Sony DSC-R1
12:38 EDT - Every now and then, a digital camera comes along that breaks the mold of what's gone before, and the new Sony DSC-R1 looks to be one such.

Combining a nearly APS-C sized sensor chip (the most common size used by digital SLRs) with a live LCD viewfinder system, the Sony R1 presents an unusual combination of capabilities and optical quality.... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix A350 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm FinePix A350 review posted
12:32 EDT - The Fujifilm FinePix A350 is the latest in a long line of entry-level cameras from Fujifilm, a line that's been associated with good color and pleasing images, even at bargain-basement prices.

With a 5.2-megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens, the Fujifilm FinePix A350 continues that tradition in an attractive new design, although image resolution isn't really on par with the best 5-megapixel... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. *Full* review posted for Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
12:23 EDT - This one has been a long time coming, but it's worth it: The Fuji S3 Pro has without question the broadest dynamic range of any digital camera I've tested, especially when you process its RAW-format files through Adobe Camera Raw 2.

The S3 Pro uses Fujifilm's unique "SR" sensor technology, combining normal- and low-sensitivity photosensors in each pixel, producing a tonal response much more like color negative film than anything anyone... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-R1 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-R1
03:09 EDT - Sony USA has today announced a new digital camera model that couples the much larger image sensors traditionally found in digital SLRs with a body reminiscent of high-end prosumer point and shoots (but with some rather radical changes).

The biggest story in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is without question its image sensor. Almost APS-C sized, the sensor is vastly bigger than those in existing point and shoot models. The sensor is coupled... (More)

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Ricoh's Caplio R3 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh announces Caplio R3 (UPDATED)
09:00 EDT - As predicted on our news page a week ago, Ricoh Japan has today unveiled a new digital camera model that crams a 7.1x optical zoom lens into an ultracompact body.

Ricoh is calling the new camera the smallest digicam in the world with a 5x or greater optical zoom lens. The Ricoh Caplio R3's lens spans a range from a useful 28mm wide angle to 200mm telephoto. Thickness... (More)

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

56-small.jpg Review Posted: Konica Minolta Wireless Flash
22:06 EDT - Propped up on its stand, the Konica Minolta 5600HS D Series Wireless Flash sure looks like an extra on the set of "March of the Penguins." And it turns out it is no less dedicated, matching up with the Maxxum 7D to make strobe shots a lot easier than they used to be.

But setting up a digital camera to use wireless flash can be a bit confusing. So in this review, we explain how to sync the 7D to the 5600HS's wireless channel, how to locate them so they can communicate,... (More)

Friday, September 2, 2005

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-S40 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S40 reviewed
15:34 EDT - The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S40 is an easy-to-use offering, with a 4.1-megapixel CCD, 32 megabytes of internal memory, and a nice range of exposure options.

The Sony S40 is easy to use in full-auto mode, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with tricky subjects. The 1.5-inch color LCD monitor is small by modern standards, but the overall design and... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Sets a New Pace for Home Picture Printing; Unveils Innovative, Universal Photo Printers and Advanced Printer Dock
07:30 EDT - Latest Additions to Best-Selling Snapshot Printer Lineup Extend Kodak's Leadership in Wireless Capability, Display Size, and Automatic Picture Enhancement; Now Make Real KODAK Pictures at Home from Nearly Any Digital Camera for Just 29 Cents Each ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 2 - Building on its highly successful line of EASYSHARE printer docks, Eastman Kodak Company today significantly grew its at-home... (More)

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Kodak prepares to ship wifi digicam (UPDATED)
19:26 EDT - A press release today from Eastman Kodak Co. announces that the company will soon ship its EasyShare-One digital camera.

First announced almost nine months ago, the EasyShare-One was initially planned to ship in June. Subsequent delays meant the camera will now be available from this October. Nikon Inc. today announced... (More)

Nikon announces two P-series digicams
02:01 EDT - A press release from Nikon Inc. today announces a new Coolpix P-series, launched with two new digital cameras.

The P designation stands for Performance, we've been told, and the Coolpix P1 and P2 models look to offer a good degree of that, including built-in 802.11b/g compatible wireless LAN functionality with... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix S4 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon: Swivel-bodied Coolpix S4
02:01 EDT - Nikon Inc. has today revealed its first swivel-bodied digital camera model since the Coolpix SQ was launched way back in February 2003 (and the first to retain the styling cues of its original, extremely popular prosumer swivel-bodied models since the Coolpix 4500 in late May 2002).

Several other manufacturers have continued to sell swivel-bodied cameras since the retirement of the Coolpix 4500 and SQ (and the inner-swivel Coolpix 2500), Nikon's last three swivel-bodied cameras,... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix L1 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolpix L1
02:01 EDT - A new line of digital camera models has been unveiled today, with the launch in a press release from Nikon Inc. of the Coolpix L-series, the L designating "Lifestyle".

The First L-series model is the Nikon Coolpix L1, a six megapixel camera with 5x optical zoom, equivalent to a 38 - 190mm lens on a 35mm camera. These are coupled with a 2.5" LCD display, SD/MMC... (More)

Nikon updates Coolpix S1
02:01 EDT - A press release from Nikon Inc. today announces its new Nikon Coolpix S3 digital camera, an update to its existing Coolpix S1 model.

The Coolpix S3, as with its siblings the S1 and S2, is designed with a mind for style (which is actually what the S designation stands for, we're told). Changes between the new and old models are relatively... (More)

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