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Friday, September 29, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Apple Releases Aperture 1.5
18:44 EDT - Major Update Adds Open Library Option and Extends Workflow PHOTOKINA 2006, COLOGNE, Germany -- September 25, 2006 -- Apple today released Aperture 1.5, a major update to the all-in-one post production tool for photographers that delivers enhancements across each phase of the entire workflow. Aperture 1.5 delivers a powerful new open library, seamless iLife '06 and iWork '06 integration, XMP metadata... (More)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Three *more* lens tests posted on SLRgear!
15:05 EDT - With three tests posted a couple of days ago, three more going up today, and still more in the pipeline, I feel like we're *finally* getting up to speed on lens testing...

As promised earlier this week, we've tested and posted results for three more lenses, this time touching on Canon, Nikon, and Sigma. Here's a list of the lenses we've just posted results for, along with... (More)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Panasonic's logo. Click here to visit the Panasonic website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Lumix Cameras To Begin Photographing The Largest Ever World Heritage Photographic Project
03:57 EDT - Osaka, Japan, September 26, 2006 - Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, is backing OUR PLACE - The World's Heritage, a project that will create the largest ever photographic collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The photographs will be published under the OUR PLACE brand in an initial series of 10 books which will be released over the next 5... (More)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Three more lens tests on SLRgear, more coming soon!
11:15 EDT - With Jim and I finally back from our respective vacations, lens testing is once again cranked up to full speed. We have three new lenses for you today, will have results posted for three others by the end of this week...

End-of-summer vacations (and having a chunk of our team off at Photokina) put a kink in our lens testing workflow for, but uber-tech Jim and I are both back from vacations and (more or less)... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Darkroom's Retouch Workshop Eliminates Need for Photoshop and Other External Editing Software
01:36 EDT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Englewood, CO -- September 26, 2006 -- ExpressDigital the leader in workflow solutions, Internet storefronts, lab synergy and photography enrichment, offers photographers a comprehensive, built-in retouch workshop in its latest Darkroom release. The full featured Retouch Workshop contains the most common image editing tools used by professional photographers. Darkroom's easy-to-use... (More)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T10 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Sony DSC-T10
06:33 EDT - The Sony T10 continues a tradition of high quality in the subcompact category, packing more features into a smaller space than most anything else out there, but this time with the added bonus of optical image stabilization and high ISO settings.

Like those of other recent T-series models, we found the lens on the Sony T10 to be of higher than average quality for a subcompact camera, and image quality was quite good as a result. The 7.2-megapixel... (More)

Pentax's Optio W10 digital camera. Copyright © 2006, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full Review posted for Pentax Optio W10
06:20 EDT - We gave Pentax's latest waterproof camera, the Pentax Optio W10, a thorough testing both in the lab and out in the elements, and despite the compromises, we found it a good solution for capturing playful snapshots outdoors.

The Pentax Optio W10's main selling point is its sturdy yet attractive waterproof and dustproof design. Its 2.5 inch LCD and 6 megapixel sensor update the line with more of what the market's demanded,... (More)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Extensis Releases Free Updates for Portfolio 8
12:04 EDT - Free update adds additional functionality and support for Mac and Windows versions of Portfolio 8. PORTLAND, Ore. -- September 21, 2006 -- Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released free updates to Portfolio 8, the leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals. The updates bring improved stability and performance, updated Raw camera support, added InDesign CS2... (More)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Google updates Picasa
20:51 EDT - News of a new release of Picasa, a popular (and free) photo management program, has reached us today.

First launched by Lifescape Solutions Inc. back at the 2002 Comdex Fall tradeshow, and later taken over by internet heavyweight Google Inc., Picasa Build 32.94 is a stylish, attractive and functional program... (More)

DigiContractor's iPhotoMEASURE logo. Click here to visit the iPhotoMEASURE website! Your digicam as a... tape measure?
19:54 EDT - One of the interesting things we've seen as the digicam market has matured is the opportunities that have been uncovered by developers to use digicams in non-traditional ways - some very practical, others less so.

You name it, and from "digicam as slide scanner" to "digicam as 3D capture device" and back again, we've seen it. Today, we came across a new one, courtesy of the folks at DigiContractor, Inc. - "digicam... (More)

Microsoft's logo. Click here to visit the Micorosoft website! PRESS RELEASE: Microsoft Celebrates a Decade of Exposing Consumers to the Joys of Digital Photography
17:49 EDT - Microsoft Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition is the picture-perfect solution for organizing, enhancing and sharing digital memories. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 19, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of Microsoft® Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition, which consists of Digital Image Suite 20061 along with a free value pack loaded with $198 worth of offers.2 This... (More)

Norcent's logo. Click here to visit the Norcent website! Norcent: 10mpix digicam for under $200
17:36 EDT - San Dimas, CA-based consumer electronics company Norcent Technology Inc. has announced a new digital camera which looks to be the same design as a recent model from German camera brand Praktica.

While we're not quite sure who the original manufacturer is, the Norecent DC-1020 looks to be basically identical to the Praktica Luxmedia 10-X3 with the exception of the brandname and model number. The... (More)

usbcell.jpg PRESS RELEASE: The Battery Has Evolved: USBCELL
09:58 EDT - LONDON, U.K. -- September 19, 2006 -- Moixa Energy, the renewable and portable energy solution specialist, today announced the launch of the USBCELL -- a new concept in batteries. This revolutionary rechargeable battery can charge from any USB port without the need for any recharging devices, cradles or cables. Simply pop the lid to reveal a built in connector and charger, plug into any powered USB... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: ExpressDigital Expands Darkroom Assembly Edition With New Money Making Features
02:42 EDT - ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- September 20, 2006 -- ExpressDigital announced today the availability of the newest release of its award winning Darkroom Assembly Edition software, specifically designed for professional school and team day photographers. This latest version adds to the already powerful features and functionality that has made Assembly Edition the most productive software in the industry. Included... (More)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Kodak's EasyShare P712 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Kodak EasyShare P712
22:42 EDT - As digital SLRs have come down in price, the market for high-end all-in-one cameras has shrunk.

But there's still a place for such models, particularly at the long-zoom end of the market, where the equivalent capability in an SLR system would easily cost you a thousand dollars or more just for the... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix S6 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Nikon Coolpix S6
22:32 EDT - The Nikon Coolpix S-series couldn't get any more sexy, so they had to add a high-tech twist to make the Coolpix S6 irresistable: WiFi.

This addition of a geeky component ironically makes the Nikon S6 cool at parties, where you can offload images you've already captured to a nearby computer, all the while continuing to roam and shoot more.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Blue Pixel to Train Associated Press Photographers in the United States on the Latest in Digital Photography Workflow and Image Processing
21:26 EDT - Annapolis, MD - September 19, 2006 - Blue Pixel and The Associated Press (AP) today announced that Blue Pixel will train more than 200 AP staff photographers and editors in digital photography workflow and image processing. Beginning in September, Blue Pixel will teach the AP staff photographers and editors about the technical aspects of capturing, managing and delivering AP images. Hosted by a Blue... (More)

Adobe updates Camera Raw, DNG Converter
10:47 EDT - Adobe Systems has today announced updated versions of two Raw-file related utilities.

The Adobe Camera Raw plugin for the company's Photoshop CS2 application now includes support for Nikon's D2Xs, Kodak's EasyShare P712, Panasonic's DMC-FZ50 and DMC-L1, and Sony's Alpha A100 cameras. Adobe's... (More)

Monday, September 18, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: New Article Shows Shutterbugs How To Order Prints Directly From Their Digital Cameras
12:30 EDT - Photography expert Joe Farace returns to Adorama with a tutorial about how consumers can use DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) to turn their digital cameras into an extension of their photo labs New York, NY (PRWEB) Sept. 18, 2006 - One of the big frustrations of consumers is going to a photo lab and trying to order prints. All to often, the lab gets the order wrong. But many digital cameras now offer... (More)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Software Review: Tabblo
17:51 EDT - Finally! Someone builds a site that makes photo montages fun to create. And the poster-sized prints are just simply gorgeous.

Tabblo is a new online photo sharing service with a twist. Yes, you can upload your images and share them as slide shows like other services (and, yes, at no charge). But you can do something at Tabblo... (More)

August Picture of the Month Winners
12:34 EDT - We chose "Grandpa's Brown Eyed Girl," "Room with a View," and "Morning Dew, Blue and Glory" as Photo of the Month contest winners for August. Congratulations to Sherry Skinner, Stephanie Thibaudeau, and Edward Muszkiewicz!

August was another great month of Photo of the Day winners, and we made our choices with the usual sense of fun. Thanks again to all of you who submit photos, we truly enjoy them. We had a whole lot of... (More)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Preclick Debuts Photomoviemaker Easy Movie Creator
18:22 EDT - Newest Preclick Add-on for Preclick, HP, Post-It Photo Creator ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. -- Sept. 12, 2006 -- Digital photographers capture three times more images than they did with film, yet most collect unseen on hard drives. For the price of two movie tickets, Preclick PhotoMovieMaker lets consumers make unlimited photo movies to play on any DVD player. Maybe family photo night is back. PhotoMovieMaker... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Publishes 'Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual'
18:13 EDT - In a Sea of Digital Photo Software, an Affordable Pearl O'Reilly's Newest Missing Manual Explains Everything You Need to Know About Photoshop Elements 5 SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- If you love scrapbooking, arranging photos in galleries, or creating cool slideshows set to music, you'll definitely want the just-announced Photoshop Elements 5. And for those serious about photography, the new version of Elements... (More)

Friday, September 8, 2006

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T30 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Fashion + Technology: Sony® and TRAY 6™ Partner Up To Bring You a Camera With Flash and Bling
13:00 EDT - LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new survey from the Oxygen network, 77 percent of women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond solitaire necklace. In response to women's growing interest in technology, Sony® and TRAY 6™ have teamed up to make the choice even easier by combining the jewelry with the gadget. For a limited time, Sony® is giving away a free TRAY 6™... (More)

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Agfa name returns to the digicam market
18:05 EDT - After an absence of nearly five years, the Agfa brandname will be found on digital cameras once more, courtesy of a deal announced today in Germany.

A part of the digital camera market from the mid 1990s through to 2001, Agfa's lineup included about fifteen models. These spanned a wide range, all the way from entry-level consumer cameras to pro-oriented... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix L4 digital camera. Copyright © 2006, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for the Nikon Coolpix L4
15:08 EDT - Though it is in the same family as the previously reviewed L2 and L3, the Nikon Coolpix L4 is different.

Its 4.0 megapixel CCD sensor does a decent job, but its output quality is only equal to 5x7 printing without noticable blurring from anti-noise processing. Its body is still as handsome as the others,... (More)

Iridient Digital Releases RAW Developer 1.5.4
14:21 EDT - The new version adds support for Canon's new Rebel XTi and Nikon's new D80.

Iridient Digital has just released RAW Developer 1.5.4, an update to its RAW image conversion software for Mac OS X. Version 1.5.4 adds support for the popular new Canon Digital Rebel XTi and Nikon D80... (More)

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

IDC's logo. Click here to visit the IDC website! PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Digital Still Camera and Camcorder Owners Look to Accessorize, IDC Says
13:50 EDT - 06 Sep 2006 - FRAMINGHAM, Mass., September 6, 2006 - U.S. digital still camera and camcorder owners are accessorizing to complement existing assets. According to a new IDC survey of U.S. digital still camera and camcorder owners, 84% of respondents have purchased accessories, and the majority are very pleased with those purchases. For those looking to purchase accessories in the future, memory cards,... (More)

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

FotoNation's Face Tracker logo. Click here to visit the FotoNation website! PRESS RELEASE: FotoNation's "Face Tracker" Now Available In Leading Digital Cameras
11:40 EDT - Face Tracker Identifies and Locks on Faces for Optimal Focus & Exposure in New PENTAX Optio S7 & Optio A20 Digital Cameras Sept. 5, 2006, Galway, Ireland -- FotoNation, (, one of the world's leading award-winning imaging and connectivity solutions companies for the digital photography industry, announced today that its innovative "Face Tracker"™ technology is now available... (More)

Friday, September 1, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: ExpressDigital Launches 'Digital Dialog' Podcast Series
19:29 EDT - ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- August 31, 2006 -- ExpressDigital, the foremost authority on digital photography software and software solutions, has launched a podcast series for customers called "Digital Dialog." The podcast can be streamed or downloaded to a personal MP3 player at The first edition of "Digital Dialog" expands on CEO Graham McFarland's keynote address from the... (More)

Canon Rebel XTi Hands-on Preview Posted
15:16 EDT - We just put the finishing touches on the Canon Rebel XTi Hands-on Preview and posted it beneath all the announcement-day information.

Even though it's very similar to the existing 8 megapixel Rebel XT, the 10 megapixel Rebel XTi has a lot going for it, making it a worthy upgrade. Because of the new AF sensor, borrowed from the EOS 30D,... (More)

Three more lens tests posted on!
13:31 EDT - I didn't quite live up to my promise of "four or five more tests before I go on vacation", but did hold off the lure of the mountains long enough to post results for three more lenses on our sister site!

As noted, I didn't quite manage to get the full 4-5 lens test results posted that I'd hoped to do before leaving on vacation, but did get new tests posted for the following (including for reference the... (More)

Nikon's D80 digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. First test images posted from Nikon D80
08:42 EDT - Our full production-level update for the Nikon D80 review is under way, but we wanted to share some of the test images from it with you ASAP, given the high level of interest in this camera.

For now, no interpretation of them, this will be a tidbit for those familiar enough with our test shots and naming scheme to see how the D80 performed under some of our controlled test-lab conditions.... (More)

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