09/30/2001: Imaging-Resource Posts Canon EOS-1D Samples

Dave over at the Imaging-Resource has managed to acquire an EOS-1D and has posted a starter set of EOS-1D sample pictures. To quote Dave, "We just received our test unit of Canon's new SLR speed demon the EOS-1D today. (Man it's fast!) I know how many of our readers have been eagerly awaiting the first test images from the new camera, so I'm happy to provide this first glimpse at it's images. All the shots here were shot more or less with the camera's default settings,but there's a few shot with other "Color Matrix" settings."...[read more]

09/28/2001: Kingston Technology Introduces 512MB High-Capacity CompactFlash Storage Cards

Fountain Valley, CA (September 26, 2001) - Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the world's leading independent memory manufacturer, today announces the immediate availability of a 512MB CompactFlash card featuring the latest in high-density flash components. Kingston's newest high-capacity CompactFlash card provides a low, price per megabyte solution of reliable, high-speed media. The technological advancement in mobile and digital computing devices is driving the demand for higher capacity CompactFlash memory cards. Devices such as high-resolution digital cameras, palmtops, Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs) and digital music players all need a reliable and easy way to store and transport vital information. Kingston's CompactFlash cards are rugged, flexible and can store up to 512MB of data. This increased capacity means that Kingston's 512MB CompactFlash card can store up to 500 digital images or ten hours of digital music. "Kingston's ever expanding line of CompactFlash memory products are ideally suited to fit today's digital storage solution...[read more]

09/27/2001: ACDSee 4.0 Hits Desktops Today

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- ACD Systems International Inc. (TSE: ASA), the digital imaging company, today announced the release of ACDSee 4.0, the latest version of the world's most popular digital imaging software. Version 4.0 gives home and business users almost 40 new features including a redesigned user interface for highly efficient workflow. It is the industry's most powerful and complete tool for viewing, managing, printing and sharing digital images quickly and easily. ACDSee 4.0 offers unprecedented functionality with intuitive, fast, and easy-to-use features that include: Easier and Faster Image Viewing, Browsing and Enhancing -- ACDSee 4.0 features a redesigned user interface that creates a highly efficient workflow for beginners, a feature that advanced users are easily able to customize. Users are able to edit multiple images at one time and browse through thousands of image thumbnails "offline" at high speed. ACDSee 4.0 supports over 50 image and...[read more]

09/27/2001: Digital PIC Technology from Applied Science Fiction Selected as a Seybold Hot Pick; Seybold Publications Recognizes ASF's Digital PIC and Digital ICE3 Technologies

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 2001-- Applied Science Fiction, Inc.., creator of the award-winning Digital ICE technology, the leader of automatic photographic restoration applications and the inventor of the cutting-edge digital dry film processing (Digital PIC) system, announces that the company's Digital PIC technology has been chosen as one of the 23 Hot Picks for Seybold San Francisco 2001 in San Francisco, CA. In addition, the Nikon Super Coolscan 8000ED, which incorporates ASF's Digital ICE3 technology, was also selected as a Seybold Hot Pick. "Applied Science Fiction is honored to receive this recognition from the Seybold organization for our breakthrough Digital PIC technology which bridges analog film and digital imaging technologies," said Dan Sullivan, ASF's president and CEO. "Applied Science Fiction employees have been working long and hard to bring Digital PIC to market making this recognition especially meaningful. While other ASF technologies have received various international honors, this is the...[read more]

09/27/2001: PENTAX Launches the Optio 430; The World's Smallest 4-Megapixel Digital Camera

DENVER, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- PENTAX Corporation, a long time innovator in the photo industry, launches the Optio 430 digital camera. It becomes the world's smallest and lightest 4.0 megapixel, 3X optical zoom digital camera available on the market.* It features a sleek stainless steel exterior and is packed with an impressive list of capabilities. It will be available through authorized PENTAX dealers at the end of October. (*This information was correct as of September 17, 2001 and compares the Optio 430 with other digital cameras with 4 megapixels or more and 3X optical zoom lenses.) The Optio 430 measures just 3.6" (92mm) wide, 2.3" (59mm) high, and 1.2" (31mm) deep and weighs only 7.2 ounces (205g). Precise imaging is achieved with the powerful 4.13 megapixel (total pixels) primary color filter CCD and a superior PENTAX 3X zoom lens (equivalent to 37.5-112.5mm in 35mm format) which provides high-resolution images and...[read more]

09/26/2001: Olympus D-40 Zoom Review Posted

I have posted our Olympus D-40 Zoom review. This is one exceptionally well designed ultra-compact camera. It may be physically small but the images are 4-megapixels big and the quality is what we have come to expect from an Olympus digital, superior. The review is complete but there are more sample pictures to add when our weather gets back to its typical sunny self....[read more]

09/25/2001: Minolta Introduces DiMAGE Scan Elite II Film Scanner for 35mm and APS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 25, 2001) - Minolta Corporation introduces at Seybold 2001 today the new Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite II film scanner. Easy enough for amateurs to use yet powerful enough to please demanding advanced amateurs and professionals, the new DiMAGE Scan Elite II provides an economical and versatile way to scan, digitize and quickly restore 35mm and Advanced Photo System (APS) film. The new Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite II is a multi-format dual interface (USB and IEEE 1394 "FireWire"), compact film scanner featuring high-resolution 2,820 dpi scans with 16-bit A/D conversion and a 4.8 dynamic range that accurately preserves subtle tones and details in scanned images. "The new DiMAGE Scan Elite II builds upon the success of its predecessor, the Dimâge Scan Elite, by adding features that we know our customers want," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president, digital imaging products, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "By incorporating ASF's...[read more]

09/25/2001: Canon Introduces New Smaller and Lighter EF 400mm f/4L DO IS USM Lens

During the manufacture of the Multi-Layer Diffractive Optical Element's diffraction grating, the height and pitch of the diffraction grating as well as its positioning requires micron-level precision (1 micron equals 1/1000 mm). Such exacting accuracy was made possible through Canon's proprietary three-dimensional ultra-high-precision micro manufacturing technologies and the replicated aspherical lens manufacturing technology used in the production of Canon EF lenses. Such advanced technology also makes possible the manufacture of the ultra-precision diffractive optical element. To make a lens smaller and lighter, the spacing between the elements is shortened and the refractive properties of the front and rear lens groups become more pronounced. This, however, results in increased chromatic aberration. To resolve this problem, the Multi-Layer Diffractive Optical Element is located within the lens to cancel out the occurrence of chromatic aberration. Compared with conventional super telephoto lenses, the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM lens, measuring 233 mm in...[read more]

09/25/2001: Canon Introduces New EF 16-35mm F2.8L USM Zoom Lens

The new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM wide-angle zoom lens incorporates many advanced and exclusive Canon lens technologies to provide performance at a level that's simply unavailable to users of other 35mm and digital SLR systems. A highly desirable focal length range among photojournalists, the new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM is an ideal standard lens for the newly introduced Canon EOS-1D digital SLR camera. This new lens is the first EF-series lens to incorporate three types of aspherical elements, providing even higher image quality than the EF 17-35mm model. In addition, the lens also uses two UD elements to further reduce the chromatic aberrations most likely to occur in wide-angle lenses. As a result, there is no color bleeding along the edges of the subject and the image resolution and contrast are high. Additionally, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM features weather-resistant construction in the mount area, switch panel, zoom ring...[read more]

09/25/2001: Canon Introduces the EOS-1D: A New Concept In Professional Digital SLRs

Captures 4 Million Pixels at 8 Frames Per Second, Provides Exceptional Image Quality and EOS System Compatibility Combined with Unsurpassed Durability and Weather Resistance...[read more]

09/24/2001: New Report on Digital Kiosks Asserts "Large Percentage of Retail Print Fulfillment Opportunity is in Danger of Permanently Being Lost to Soft Display"

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09/24/2001: DDI Software Releases Profile Prism - An ICC Color Profiling Tool for Digital Cameras and Scanners

Digital Domain Inc. Software announces the release of Profile Prism v1.0, an ICC profiling tool for digital cameras and flatbed scanners. While tools that allow profiling of output devices (monitors/printers) are readily available, there has been no cost effective way to develop profiles for input devices (cameras/scanners)... until now. ICC profiling is a method of color matching that allows for accurate color rendition on any device. Since ICC profiling is like describing two locations on a map and using software to generate the proper path from point A to point B, a "from" profile is just as important for proper ICC profiling as a "to" profile. Although monitor/printer profiles (the "to" side of the equation) can easily be obtained or derived using custom profiling software, many digital photographers are forced to use "generic" working spaces such as sRGB, Color Match, NTSC, etc. for cameras and scanners (the "from" side...[read more]

09/24/2001: Toshiba Protects Products With BoomerangIt® Loss Protection Service

IRVINE, CA, September 24, 2001 ­ In a move to provide its customers with greater value and confidence, Toshiba announced today that it will become the first manufacturer of digital cameras and projectors to protect its products with the BoomerangIt® loss protection service, an Internet-powered global registration system that works with law enforcement agencies to help return lost or stolen property to its rightful owners. "This holiday season thousands of digital cameras will be given as gifts, and sadly many will be lost or stolen," said Doug Freck, Vice President & General Manager, Toshiba Imaging Systems, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. "Toshiba recognizes the substantial investment its customers have made in their cameras and projectors, and is making it easier than ever to assure their fast return." A VIN Number For Your Camera According to Freck, the BoomerangIt® system works like a "VIN" on an automobile. Registered...[read more]

09/22/2001: Tips, Tricks and Software for D30 Users

If you have a Canon D30 and Adobe PhotoShop and would like some cool tips, tricks and action shortcuts to make your photos look even better then check out Fred Miranda's "Digital Gradual filter" article posted over at Digital Outback Photo. He'll show you how to salvage an over- or under-exposed image and turn it into a regular work of art. And then be sure to stop by Fred's site and read his Breezebrowser v1.1 Review of some nifty software for viewing and converting Canon raw files. And while you're there peruse his D30 Tips & Tricks, FAQs and his assortment of PhotoShop actions and profiles....[read more]

09/22/2001: Pentax Optio 330 Review Posted

I just posted our Pentax Optio 330 user review, this is "the world's smallest 3-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom" -- at least it is for now, who knows when when see an even smaller one. The Optio 330 is only the size of a pack of smokes yet it cranks out huge 2048 x 1536-pixel images....[read more]

09/21/2001: Microsoft's New TV Photo Viewer

Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., USA, unveiled its TV Photo Viewer, a device designed to extend the viewing and sharing of digital photos from the home office to the living room. Microsoft said TV Photo Viewer offers sharp image technology, a software application and simple setup, making it possible for anyone in the family to transform digital images into photo albums for TV viewing. The company said the user can organize, view and share digital photos in three steps. The products work with the JPEG format, and images can be uploaded from a digital camera, e-mail, a scanner or developed pictures. Using a PC, consumers can select up to 40 photos and save them to a standard floppy disk. Photos can then be sorted, cropped or rotated; captions or numbers can be added; and a title page inserted. Finally, users insert the floppy disk into the TV Photo Viewer to see...[read more]

09/21/2001: Toshiba PDR-M71 Review Posted

I just posted our Toshiba PDR-M71 user review, this is a reasonably priced ( MSRP) 3-megapixel camera that yields excellent quality images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels. It also captures motion video with sound and has the same advanced exposure features as the 4-megapixel Toshiba PDR-M81 camera....[read more]

09/21/2001: Survey Finds Older Generation Buying Digital Cameras Over The Internet

One-third of digital camera owners age 51 years and older purchased their last digital camera over the Internet, according to a survey conducted by Lyra Research Inc., Newtonville, Mass., USA. The study The Digital Camera Consumer: Profiles in Usage also found the Internet (25 percent) was the most popular channel used to buy digital cameras followed by consumer electronics stores (22 percent) and mass merchants (20 percent). Lyra conducted the survey of 727 digital camera owners via the Internet this past spring. "The purchasing behavior of people in the 51+ age group is especially interesting because this age group grew up without the Internet," commented Edward Lee, director of Lyra's Digital Photography Advisory Service. "We expected their shopping experience would predominately involve in-store purchasing." Numbers from the Marketing Research department at Photo Marketing Association International, Jackson, Mich., USA, agree. The Internet (23 percent) was the most popular channel for a...[read more]

09/20/2001: Olympus Brio D-230, Compact And Stylish 2 Megapixel Point & Shoot Digital Camera

September 20, 2001, Melville, NY - Olympus America Inc. today introduced the newest member to its Brio line of stylish point & shoot digital cameras. The new stylish Brio D-230 features a 2.0 Megapixel (effective) image, for realistic photo quality 8" x 10" prints. The Brio D-230 features an Olympus Auto-Focus 5.5mm f 2.8 lens, (equivalent to 36mm in a 35mm film camera) with a digital telephoto up to 5X. Stylish and small, the Brio D-230 also features a super fast shutter release times of 0.3 seconds; start-up times of less than one second; and easy photo transfer via Auto-Connect USB -- all to make the camera one of the easiest to use on the market to date. The Brio D-230 is a compact, simple to use camera that delivers clear, colorful and beautiful photographs for a low price. Read the full Olympus Brio D-230 press release for all the...[read more]

09/20/2001: Olympus 5-Megapixel Camedia E-20N SLR

Featuring World?s First Dual Interlaced & Progressive Scan CCD System Melville, NY, September 20, 2001 - Olympus, the world leader in film and filmless photography, today introduced the Camedia E-20N new advanced 5 Megapixel flagship of Olympus? E-Series cameras. Building on the proven capabilities of the award-winning E-10 with new technologies and features, the E-20N sets new standards for digital photography. The Camedia E-20N offers a unique dual mode image capture capability: the Interlaced Scan mode allows users to set the 2/3" RGB CCD for 5 Megapixel (effective) resolution to capture images with the highest possible detail for brilliant pictures up to 11 x 14". The Interlaced Scan mode assures the highest quality photo whenever quality is most important. Selecting the Progressive Scan mode of a 2.5 Megapixel (effective) resolution lets users take photographs of fast action scenes or in very bright light with shutter speeds up to 1/18,000 second....[read more]

09/19/2001: Other Sites' Reviews

I haven't had enough time to keep up with all of my own camera reviewing lately let alone the rest of the guys so here's a list of recently posted reviews: Imaging-Resource: Minolta DiMAGE S304 Imaging-Resource: Minolta DiMAGE 5 DP Review: Nikon D1H DC Resource: Minolta DiMAGE 7DC Resource: Kodak DX3900...[read more]

09/18/2001: Nikon Posts Nikon Capture 2 Update

Nikon posted an update to Nikon Capture 2 for the D1, D1X and D1H cameras today. There are both Windows and Macintosh versions available for download from the Nikon Tech USA web site. This is an update only, you need to have the full Nikon Capture 2 program already installed to use these files. Follow the link above to read the appropriate notices and fixes for this update....[read more]

09/18/2001: Nikon Introduces 5.24-Megapixel Coolpix® 5000 Digital Camera

Read our Coolpix 5000 First Look reviewMELVILLE, NY, September 18, 2001 - Nikon (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today added a new dimension to its popular Coolpix® digital camera line with the introduction of the Coolpix 5000, a digital camera featuring a 5.24 megapixel CCD (5.0 megapixel effective), 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and a top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and shooting speed of up to three frames per second at full resolution. The high-speed Coolpix 5000 is designed for professional and amateur photographers looking for truly spectacular images. The camera is a perfect compliment to any photographer's existing digital or film SLR camera for those times when smaller is better. The Coolpix 5000 takes the unique Coolpix swivel design to the next level with its 1.8-inch LCD monitor that swivels in virtually any direction for easy subject framing. The Coolpix 5000 also packs a Macro shooting mode to...[read more]

09/17/2001: JCIA Publishes Document to Describe DSC Guidelines for Advertising CCD Pixel Count

The following was recv'd from one of the people involved in the Digital Camera Committee of the Japan Camera Industry Association (JCIA), he wished to remain anonymous and we'll respect that request. "I think you are aware of JCIA catalog guideline which was published in spring this year. They revised the guideline to include 3CCD cameras in summer. Unfortunately traditional medias misunderstand the guideline without reading original document in Japanese. This week, JCIA prepared English document of the guideline in the following. Their intent to stop bad custom to describe total pixels of CCD including optical black area and stop interpolated number of pixels in Honeycom CCD and other technology. The new guideline recommends to use effective pixels used for picture generation to describe camera performance." JCIA document in Adobe pdf format...[read more]

09/17/2001: Casio QV-4000 Review Posted

I just posted our full review of Casio's 4-megapixel QV-4000 digital camera. This is an excellent camera and thanks to the Sony 4mpixel CCD, Canon 3x zoom and a complete feature set, it can hold its own against any of the competing 4mpixel cameras....[read more]

09/17/2001: Silicon Film Suspends Operations

COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Irvine Sensors Corporation (Nasdaq: IRSN) (Boston Stock Exchange: ISC) announced that Silicon Film Technologies, Inc., an independent and consolidated subsidiary, has suspended operations. The Silicon Film Board has retained special counsel in contemplation of liquidation through bankruptcy proceedings, if immediate financing alternatives are not secured. Irvine Sensors, a fifty-one percent (51%) owner of Silicon Film, stated that it is also Silicon Film's largest creditor. Robert G. Richards, Irvine Sensors' President and Chief Executive Officer, said "The failure of certification tests in the summer delayed Silicon Film's anticipated revenues, but development expenses continued. They worked hard on the certification issues, and a little over a week ago re-tested in compliance with the FCC's emission standards, but are still falling short with respect to stricter European standards. We believe at least some of those stricter standards must be met for a successful product launch. This...[read more]

09/17/2001: Matsushita Electric(Panasonic) Introduces "LUMIX, a New Line of Digital Still Cameras with Leica Optics

OSAKA, Japan -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand of consumer electronics and digital communications products, today announced the introduction of "LUMIX, its newest line of digital still cameras (DSCs), which have been developed by integrating the world-renowned optical technology of Leica Camera AG of Solms, Germany with the advanced digital AV (audio video) technology of Panasonic. The DMC-F7 and high-end DMC-LC5 DSCs will be launched in the Japanese market on October 27, 2001. Both cameras will be sold at open prices. The new LUMIX line of cameras will also be on display at the Panasonic booth at World PC Expo 2001, to be held from September 19 to 22 at the Makuhari Messe (Nippon Convention Center) in Chiba, east of Tokyo. Matsushita and Leica recently announced business collaboration in the field of DSCs and these two models are the first fruits of their collaboration....[read more]

09/14/2001: Phoenix Unveils New Lenses, Adapter Tubes, Filters

Phoenix Corp. of America, Oceanside, N.Y., USA, introduced several new products. The company says its four new digital lenses will fit most digital cameras. The lenses include a 0.5x wide-angle lens and a 1.5x telephoto lens, both with a 37mm rear thread and 27mm, 28mm and 43mm included adapters; a 0.6x wide-angle lens with a 58mm rear thread (52mm adapter included); and a 1.5x telephoto lens with a 52mm rear thread. The lenses screw either directly onto a camera's lens or onto an adapter tube which then screws onto the lens. Phoenix's five new digital adapter tubes work in conjunction with many camera lenses, but are designed specifically for Nikon, Olympus and Sony brands. The adapter tubes are the Nikon 41-37mm (for the 880); Olympus 41-37mm (for the 3030 and similar series); the Olympus 41-52mm (also for the 3030 and similar series); the Sony 45-37mm; and the Sony 45-52mm adapter,...[read more]

09/12/2001: A Nation Mourns Its Losses But Pulls Together In Time of Need

It's difficult to try to keep one's mind on the tasks at hand in wake of the recent terrorist activities in New York City and Washington. I think we all need some time to reflect on what has happened and how we can assist those that desperately need our help. I'm sure that most of us feel pretty helpless as we sit and watch the horrific scenes that the news media repeats over and over again on our television screens. Possibly the best way you can help is to contact your local Red Cross office and find out where you can go to donate blood. As for the terrorists, they are destined to find out that their plans to cripple us with their unspeakably evil and cowardly acts will only backfire in their faces. They should read up on our history as events like this only serve to solidify our...[read more]

09/12/2001: Toshiba Announces New Three-Megapixel PDR-M71 Digital Camera for

IRVINE, CA, September 12, 2001 -- Toshiba Imaging Systems, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., is advancing the state of consumer digital photography by announcing today the new PDR-M71, a powerful 3.2 megapixel digital camera with a breakthrough MSRP of (U.S.). An ideal first digital camera or upgrade for users at all levels, the affordable PDR-M71 offers the same advanced feature set as competitive digital cameras retailing for hundreds of dollars more. Although value-priced, its performance is matched to the highest standards of digital photography with extra care being taken in designing its superior optics for vibrant, lifelike photographs. Significant new features include: a built-in five mode flash system with red-eye reduction; AVI movie/audio recording; a Canon® all-glass aspherical zoom lens with Macro; SmartMedia® storage; a full range of shooting modes and options; USB connectivity; and enhanced signal processing technology for fast, continuous shooting and quick operation....[read more]

09/11/2001: Kodak Professional DCS Pro Back Plus Digital Camera Back Helps Medium-, Large-Format Cameras with Electronic Shutters Go Digital

ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 11 - Kodak Professional today introduces a new version of its groundbreaking, 16-megapixel DCS Pro Back digital camera back - the Kodak Professional DCS Pro Back Plus digital camera back - that delivers all the resolution, functionality and portability found in the original model, but now introduces all of these advantages to many more photographers. "When we introduced the original Pro Back digital camera back, we promised we would ultimately enable more cameras so more photographers could take advantage of its capabilities," said Madhav Mehra, Worldwide Director, Digital Capture Product Development, Kodak Professional. "Well, that time has come. Now almost any medium-format camera with an electronic shutter, and several other cameras, can reap the benefits of high-quality 16-megapixel resolution in this portable, affordable new unit." New integrated electronic circuit boards and housings incorporate a versatile shutter release port into the new Pro Back Plus camera back. To...[read more]

09/11/2001: Fujifilm Brings Advanced Features to New 2-Megapixel FinePix 2800 Zoom for

ELMSFORD, NY, September 11, 2001 - The leader in digital photography innovation and design, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today debuts the FinePix 2800 Zoom, the company's latest mid-range digital camera. Incorporating some of the fun and useful features found in Fujifilm's high-end consumer cameras, the FinePix 2800 Zoom is a user-friendly, point-and-shoot model that can make the novice photographer feel like a professional. Available in October 2001, the FinePix 2800 Zoom will carry a price of . Equipped with Fujifilm's Advanced Color Technology and a two megapixel CCD, the FinePix 2800 Zoom delivers world-renowned Fujifilm color to 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10-inch prints. Its most striking feature is a 6x optical zoom lens - the same zooming power that can be found on Fujifilm's critically acclaimed FinePix 6900 Zoom digital camera - which brings the distant photographer much closer to the action. The camera is fully automatic, making picture...[read more]

09/10/2001: Hitachi and SimpleTech Introduce High-Speed MMC Flash Memory

Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc., San Jose, Calif., USA, and SimpleTech Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., announced lines of high-speed MultiMediaCard flash memory devices that each company will market in the United States under its own brand. The 16-, 32-, 64-, and 128-MB cards -- developed and manufactured by Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan -- offer write speeds as high as 2 megabytes per second, which the companies said is an industry first. The new cards can store digital data -- image files for digital still cameras, music files for MP3 players, and program/data files for other products -- approximately three or six times as fast as earlier-generation MultiMediaCards of equal capacity. They are backward compatible with existing MultiMediaCards and use less power, according to the companies....[read more]

09/10/2001: Canon Releases Firmware Update Version 1.0.2.0 for EOS D30

Canon today has posted the EOS D30 firmware version 1.0.2.0 update which solves an LCD monitor display problem that occasionally occurs when an extremely detailed subject is photographed and one or more of the following camera operations are executed: Rotating the image on the LCD monitor; Using the Image Protect function; Tagging the image with DPOF instructions. Under these conditions, a "?" symbol may appear in the LCD monitor instead of the normal image display. In all cases, the actual image data is undamaged and remains completely usable when downloaded to a compatible personal computer. Firmware Version 1.0.2.0 has already been installed by the factory in EOS D30 cameras starting with serial number xxx800000. Most EOS D30 cameras with a serial number prior to xxx800000 have not been updated. A small paper sheet confirming the update will be inserted in the display box to identify modified cameras....[read more]

09/10/2001: SCM Microsystems Adds Memory Stick ZiO! To Its Award-Winning Line of Microtech Digital Media Readers

Guilford, CT. - September 10, 2001 - SCM Microsystems (Nasdaq: SCMM, Neuer Markt: SMY), a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World, today announced its newest addition to the Microtech line of award-winning ZiO! pocket-sized digital media readers, the Memory Stick ZiO! The new Memory Stick ZiO! offers consumers a quick and easy solution for transferring data to and from Memory Stick-equipped digital devices like CyberShot digital cameras, VAIO personal computers, and Sony digital Walkmans and a computer. Providing a fast, portable solution for high-speed transfer of data, images and MP3 files without the need for cumbersome cables or batteries, the ZiO! line of USB-equipped reader/writer devices is available for CompactFlash, including the IBM MicroDrive, SmartMedia, SecureDigital/MultiMedia and MemoryStick digital memory cards. MicroTech also offers a Memory Stick PC Card adapter for users of Sony digital cameras. By offering this new adapter, SCM allows consumers of the...[read more]

09/10/2001: IBM Reduces Price of All Microdrives

San Jose, California, Sept. 10, 2001 - To stimulate consumer appetite for portable electronic devices that require high-capacity removable storage, IBM today announced a price break for its family of Microdrives, the world's smallest hard disk drive. The retail price for IBM's one-inch Microdrive is being reduced by as much as 32% (a reduction of up to ) across all capacities, making it more affordable for consumers to access storage-intensive applications at home, in the office, or on-the-go. At the new price points, the IBM Microdrive is highly competitive against other removable storage options on a cost per megabyte basis.  Beginning today, the Microdrive's new retail prices on ibm.com are (1 GB), (512 MB) and (340 MB). The Microdrive supports a host of portable handheld devices made by leading digital camera, PDA and MP3 player manufacturers. The Microdrive's CompactFlash Type II standard format can also be accessed on laptops through...[read more]

09/07/2001: Digicam Software Updates Released

Holger Jungk, the author of Picture Information Extractor tells me that he has just released PIE v3.2. The changes since v3.0: Added slide show feature Transfer from memory card now includes subfolders Support for Canon THM-files. Used for renaming and picture info for CRW and AVI files New option for setting the initial folder New option for setting the default open/double click action Fullscreen mode now displays advanced information Improved WAV file support More cameras supported, minor fixes and UI changes PIE for Windows 95/98/NT shows exposure information for each picture. The exposure information saved in the JPG file will remain as long as the file is not modified. PIE preserves exposure information in standard textfiles which also may be imported into a spreadsheet or database. PIE is a file renaming utility that extracts the camera information from the .jpg and renames the PIC000XX.JPG filename to a more computer friendly...[read more]

09/07/2001: Registration Now Open For Digiphoto 101 Web Course

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09/07/2001: Toshiba Lowers Prices of Digital Cameras

Toshiba Imaging Systems, Irvine, Calif., USA, lowered the price of three digital cameras. The 4-megapixel Toshiba PDR-M81 digital camera, featuring 2,400-by-1,800 resolution and 6x zoom, dropped from to . Toshiba also cut the price of its PDR-M65 3.3-megapixel model from to and reduced the cost of the PDR-M61 2.3-megapixel camera from to . Purchase a Toshiba digital camera and an Epson 785EPX printer between August 17, 2001 and December 31, 2001 and receive a rebate by mail from Epson. (Offer valid only for U.S. and Canada buyers.)...[read more]

09/06/2001: SanDisk to Sell Sony Memory Stick Under the SanDisk Brand; Both Companies Agree to Partner On Next Generation Memory Stick Format

September 2001 (Newstream) -- SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) and Sony Corporation announced they have signed a cooperation agreement involving the Memory Stick. Under the agreement, Sony will supply SanDisk with Memory Stick media that SanDisk will resell under its own brand through its retail channel. SanDisk will also supply under market-competitive terms a portion of Sony's NAND flash memory requirements. The two companies also agreed to jointly develop, separately manufacture and sell the next generation of Memory Stick that will incorporate advanced features such as significantly higher performance and storage capacities. Suehiro Nakamura, executive deputy president of Sony Corporation said "We are very pleased to announce the collaboration with SanDisk on Memory Stick. Our partnership with SanDisk, a world leader in memory cards, will allow us to increase Memory Stick market share and build a strong position to make Memory Stick as the standard of digital recording media in the...[read more]

09/05/2001: Epson Launches Print Image Matching Web Site and Offers Free Software Updates for Stylus Photo 780, 890 and 1280 Printers

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 4, 2001-- Epson America Inc. is expanding support for PRINT Image Matching technology by launching a dedicated Web site, as well as making driver and software updates available that include PRINT Image Matching support for select photo printers. PRINT Image Matching technology ensures digital cameras and printers work together to produce optimized prints automatically. Since the technology's introduction earlier this year, several PRINT Image Matching printers and digital cameras have been introduced by leading manufacturers like Casio, Epson, Kyocera, Minolta, Nikon, Pentax and Sony. Owners of PRINT Image Matching-compatible photo printers and cameras will now have unlimited opportunities to use this technology with the release of Epson Software Film Factory with PRINT Image Matching support. To help consumers understand the benefits of PRINT Image Matching and see the latest developments, Epson has launched a Web site -- www.printimagematching.com -- which provides in-depth, easy-to-understand information on PRINT...[read more]

09/04/2001: Minolta Europe Announces New Compact 2-Megapixel DiMAGE E203

Minolta Europe has announced the DiMAGE E203, a very compact 2-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. The compact body fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and slips easily into a pocket or purse. Measuring 101.5 (W) X 61.5 (H) X 35* (D) mm, the DiMAGE E203 is not much bigger than a deck of cards. The elegant body sports a cool, metallic silver accents. For all the details follow the link above for the press release. The E203 will be available in Japan, Europe and Asian/Oceanic/other countries. Minolta Corporation (USA) and Minolta Canada will not be carrying the product....[read more]

09/03/2001: Digital Outback Photo Launches "PhotoShop Corner"

The folks at Digital Outback Photo have just started a new series called PhotoShop Corner and to quote editor Uwe Steinmueller, "Working with Photoshop is key to the success of most digital photographers. This page will cover a selection of free and commercial tools and tips to improve your skills and toolset for Photoshop." The first of these PhotoShop Corner articles is by Fred Miranda and is called "Why I live in the digital darkroom" -- it gives us some insights into using, but not abusing, the power of PhotoShop. Fred has written some PhotoShop actions that can drastically improve your digital images. Some are written specifically for the Canon D30 but others will work with any digicam images. Be sure to visit Fred's website and check out what he has to offer for PC or Mac PhotoShop users....[read more]

09/02/2001: Olympus Introduces the D-40 Zoom World's Smallest 4 Megapixel Digital Camera

September 2, 2001, Melville, NY -Olympus announced today the D-40 ZOOM, the world's smallest 4 Megapixel digital camera. Capturing detailed images that will satisfy the most demanding photographer, the D-40 ZOOM measures just 3.4" (wide) x 2.7" (high) x 1.7" (thick). The D-40 ZOOM is not only one of the smallest, but one of the most technologically advanced digital cameras on the market. The D-40 ZOOM incorporates a new 2.8x optical zoom lens, matched to a 4 Megapixel effective image area for sharp, detailed photographs. To further improve image quality, the D-40 ZOOM features Olympus' new Enhanced Color Management system, a technology that customizes color settings for each of its unique shooting modes. Enhanced Color Management delivers better skin tones in portraits, truer blue skies and greener trees in landscapes, without any further operator programming. Users simply select the mode, point and shoot. For night shots with longer exposures, the...[read more]

09/01/2001: Nikon Coolpix 885 Review Posted

I believe we are the first to post a Nikon Coolpix 885 review of the new compact 3-megapixel replacement for the Coolpix 880. If you were upset because you couldn't find a Coolpix 880 lately, this one should make your day, it's everything the 880 was and then some. Nikon has another winner here, especially for just ....[read more]