08/29/2003: LetsGoDigital Launches New Multi-Lingual Website and Begins IFA 2003 Coverage from Berlin

Our friends at LetsGoDigital launched their totally renewed website tonight in three languages, Dutch, English and in Spanish. LetsGoDigital was founded in December 2000 and officially went online on the first of February 2001. Publishing the daily news about Digital Images on an extensive scale and travelling around the globe to publish live coverage of PMA, IFA, CeBIT etc, LetsGoDigital still took the time to develop itself. All three language editions can be visited for free and are available world-wide. At the same time LetsGoDigital opens their new web site they will begin live coverage of the IFA show in Berlin, Germany. Visit their IFA 2003 News page. The LetsGoDigital Team consists of: Mark Peters, Dennis Hissink, Koert Buijze, Josie Snijders, Toni Fernandez and Jeroen Haringman....[read more]

08/29/2003: Olympus Unveils C-5000 Zoom Digital Camera With Intelligent Design

Melville, NY, August 29, 2003 - Olympus America introduces the C-5000 Zoom digital camera with an innovative, bold design offering advanced functionality, 5.0 Megapixels, and a world-class Olympus 3x Optical Zoom lens (38mm - 114mm equivalent, f2.8/f4.8 - f8.0), for outstanding picture quality. This camera is the ideal photographic tool for digital enthusiasts looking for a compact, stylish camera with enough functionality to match their growing skills. With a unique ergonomic design, and a hot shoe for more flash options, the C-5000 Zoom provides great value in a compact form. Read the entire Olympus C-5000 press release....[read more]

08/29/2003: Olympus Delivers Photo-Lab-Quality Printing to the People with the P-10 and P-440 Digital Photo Printers

Melville, New York, August 29, 2003 - Olympus America today announced two new dye-sublimation printers that make fast, affordable, high quality photo printing available to digital photographers of all levels seeking an array of print sizes. With the .95 Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer that makes 4x6" and 3.5x5" prints and the .95 P-440 Digital Photo Printer that makes true 8x10" prints, photographers can transform their homes, offices or any location into photo labs with the same dye-sublimation technology used in professional laboratory processing. Read the entire Olympus P-440 & P-10 press release....[read more]

08/28/2003: SilverFast DCPro Release Dedicated to RAW Data Enhancement of High-End Digital Cameras

Kiel, Germany 27th August 2003 : LaserSoft Imaging AG, the developer of SilverFast Professional Scanner and Digital Camera Software solutions, today announced the immediate availability of SilverFast DCPro. The SilverFast DCPro delivers lighting-fast access to "Raw" image formats ranging from Professional to Mid-range digital cameras from Kodak, Minolta, Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma and Olympus. It is available as a Stand-Alone Application as well as a Photoshop plug-in. SilverFast DCPro allows photographers to directly modify the original data captured, by a digital camera, producing images with superior high quality, white balance and the maximum amount of detail. SilverFast DCPro has been designed specially for the needs of photographers. It combines the powerful functionality of SilverFast Ai with the unique Virtual Light Table - DC VLT. The light table is a photographer's best friend especially those who likes to organize, manage and preview images in an easy way. DCPro also brings...[read more]

08/28/2003: Gateway Computers Enters Digital Camera Market

POWAY, Calif., Aug. 28 -- Gateway's direct model again makes the customer the winner with the company's first line of Gateway-branded digital cameras -- priced up to 40 percent less than other 4- and 5-megapixel cameras. Gateway is entering the fast-growing digital camera market with the same break-through pricing that made its 42-inch plasma TV the best seller in its category. The new offerings advance the company's goal of launching 50 new Gateway-branded products in 15 categories this year and mark another milestone toward Gateway's evolution into a branded integrator -- a marketer of digital gear that works together. The new digital cameras include two sleek, compact models that fit snugly in a pocket or purse so consumers are always ready to capture memories. Priced at only .99, the Gateway DC-T20 delivers 2-megapixel image quality in an ultra-compact form factor that is just slightly thicker than a deck of...[read more]

08/28/2003: SanDisk Introduces the SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash and Ultra II SD Card Line -- The World's Fastest Flash Memory Cards

BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 28, 2003-- SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today introduced the SanDisk Ultra(TM) II line of CompactFlash(R) (CF) and SD flash memory cards. Each card features a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec., making them the fastest performing flash memory cards in the world. (Results based on testing with the popular HDBENCH benchmark software. Actual results in digital cameras will vary by camera model.) The new card is targeted primarily at the professional digital camera and prosumer market where 4 megapixel or higher resolution digital cameras require significantly faster digital film cards. The announcement was made at the IFA consumer electronics trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Hall 3.2B, Booth 201. The new SanDisk Ultra II CF card will initially be available in three capacities -- 256MB, 512MB and 1 gigabyte (GB). The 256 and 512MB SanDisk Ultra...[read more]

08/27/2003: New High Performance Casio EX-Z4 Zoom, the first in the Exilim Series with a 4-Megapixel CCD

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST 27, 2003 - Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd. today announced the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z4U, the latest addition to the EXILIM Series of card-size LCD digital cameras. The new EX-Z4U features a CCD with 4 million effective pixels plus a high-performance 3X zoom lens. The new EX-Z4U packs the first high-resolution 4-megapixel CCD of the EXILIM lineup into a stylish and thin card-size body. The result is a powerful 3X optical zoom camera that can be taken just about anywhere. The EX-Z4U will retail for .99 and will be available in October 2003. Read the entire Exilim EX-Z4U press release....[read more]

08/27/2003: Casio Introduces Two New Exilim 2-Megapixel Card Size Digital Cameras

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST 27, 2003 - Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd. today announced the latest additions to the EXILIM Series of compact card-size digital cameras with the new EX-S20U and EX-M20U. The 2-megapixel EX-S20U will retail for .99 and the 2-megapixel EX-M20U with audio recording and playback will retial for .99. Both cameras will be available in October 2003. Read the entire Exilim S20/M20 press release....[read more]

08/26/2003: Fourth Digital Photography And Imaging Workshop Cruise Will Sail To The Southern Caribbean in January

An 8-day Digital Photography & Imaging Cruise featuring workshops for beginning and intermediate photographers will embark from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 24, 2004, aboard one of Carnival's newest superliners, the LEGEND. The cruise is the fourth of a highly successful series offering instruction in photodigital technologies in a relaxed learning environment. Scheduled ports of call include St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique, each with a different cultural heritage. Participating sponsors, including Epson, Olympus, Adobe and others, have contributed a total of over ,000 in gifts that each participant will receive prior to departure. The instruction schedule features digital photography lectures, Photoshop demonstrations, and picture critiquing of work shot both onboard and ashore. Printers will be available 24/7 in the workshop's private conference room. Enrollment is limited to allow for personalized instruction. While at sea, attendees can upload pictures to their own or Epson's photo-sharing website or send them via...[read more]

08/26/2003: Fuji Announces Affordable New 3-Megapixel 6x Zoom FinePix S3000 Camera

VALHALLA, NY, August 26, 2003 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today announced the arrival of the Fujiflm FinePix S3000, a digital SLR-type camera for everyday photographers. This model replaces the existing FinePix 3800, and will be available to consumers in October - just in time for the busy holiday season. The FinePix S3000 offers 3.2 million effective pixels to create crisp, colorful images perfect to share with family and friends through retail printing and email. The camera's compact, SLR-inspired styling and 6x optical zoom offer a familiar experience to consumers who already enjoy traditional photography. Read the entire FinePix S3000 press release....[read more]

08/26/2003: Nearly Half Of Film Users Would Buy A Digital Model If Their Film Camera Breaks

This year will mark a turning point for the amateur photographic industry, with digital-still camera sales surpassing film camera sales for the first time ever (a projected 12.8 million digital cameras, versus 12.1 million film units). Undoubtedly, many consumers have given a great deal of thought to purchasing a digital camera and will acquire one this year to supplement or replace their film cameras. But what if their film camera would suddenly break? If faced with the unexpected circumstance of replacing a broken film camera, nearly half of consumers expect they would acquire a digital model. By comparison, only 30 percent would acquire a 35mm camera, and 5 percent would purchase an APS model. A small share would purchase a camcorder and use it in place of a film camera. There is also a small group of consumers who would not replace their broken camera, either giving up the...[read more]

08/26/2003: Smugmug Partners with Club Photo to Offer Online Prints and Unique Gifts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., August 25, 2003 – Smugmug, the most dedicated, complete and stylish photo sharing site, today announced an alliance with Club Photo™ Inc., to offer integrated photo finishing and online photo sharing services for smugmug.com subscribers and visitors. Now, with a click of the mouse, smugmug.com subscribers and visitors can order prints and photo gifts, and share priceless memories online. Smugmug.com is an exciting, new online community for friends and family to easily share their priceless pictures and videos on the Web. Smugmug centers on sharing, providing an elegant and complete environment to bring loved ones, friends and family closer together. Smugmug.com offers an unmatched experience combined with fully customizable, style-driven galleries to give users the ability to instantly build, tailor and update their personalized albums with ease. In addition to high-quality prints, Club Photo provides one of the industry’s richest lineups of photo gifts including beguiling...[read more]

08/25/2003: Olympus USA Announces Pricing for E-1 SLR System

We received the following E-1 SLR System pricing today from Olympus USA: E-1 body, .00 MSRP, Approx. street price .00 14mm-54mm f2.8/3.5 lens, .00 MSRP, street .95 50-200mm f2.8/3.5, .00 MSRP, street .95 50mm macro f2.0, .00 MSRP, street .95 300mm f2.8, .00 MSRP, street .95 EC-14 Tele Converter, .00 MSRP, street .95 SHLD-2 (power holder grip set with Li-ion battery and charger), .00 MSRP, street .95...[read more]

08/25/2003: Minolta Announces Availability Of DiMAGE Messenger Version 2.0

Ramsey, NJ - August 25, 2003 - Minolta Corporation announces today the availability of Minolta DiMAGE Messenger 2.0. This enhanced digital imaging software product is ideal for real estate agents, law enforcement agencies, sellers and buyers on auction Web sites, educators and more. Minolta's new DiMAGE Messenger 2.0 software program allows users to automatically link written text, additional images or an audio track to specific portions of digital images, share the combination with others via e-mail or printed copy, and invite related comments to be added from the receiver - all in just a few, simple steps. In addition, a new search feature allows specific comments to be located quickly. Searches can be made by word, date of entry, or user name. DiMAGE Messenger 2.0 operates with Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 Professional and XP. Read the entire Messenger 2.0 press release....[read more]

08/22/2003: More New Camera Reviews Posted

Just posted are a pair of Kodak EasyShare camera reviews. The Kodak CX6330 is a 3-megapixel camera with a quality 3x optical zoom lens and an attractive price of around . The Kodak CX6200 is an entry-level 2-megapixel camera with a fixed focal length lens and a price that's under . Both of these cameras can be used with EasyShare 6000 dock or the nifty EasyShare 6000 printer dock....[read more]

08/20/2003: Canon's New EOS Digital Rebel Rocks the Camera World with Affordable New 6.3 Megapixel Autofocus SLR

Read our Digital Rebel review Canon today announced the new and affordably priced EOS 300D "Digital Rebel" SLR with a 6.3-Megapixel imager, the same size as that found in the EOS 10D. This new camera incorporates advanced features like a seven-point, high speed predictive AF system, 2.5 frame per second burst, 1.8-inch color LCD, ISO speeds of 100 to 1600, 35-zone metering and DIGIC image processor. Canon is offering the EOS 300D as a body only kit or bundled with the new EF-S 18-55 f3.5-5.6 (28-90mm 35mm equivalent) zoom lens. Promising to be one of the most important revolutions of digital photography, Canon is pricing the new EOS 300D at an amazing for the body and for the body plus the 18-55mm zoom lens with availability in September. Read the entire Canon 300D press release....[read more]

08/20/2003: Canon Powershot A80, Four Megapixels and Advanced Features at Entry-Level Pricing

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2003 – Canon's rugged new four-megapixel PowerShot A80 Digital Camera combines brilliant image quality, crisp Canon optics, and advanced features including a 3X optical zoom and a Vari-Angle LCD Monitor in an affordable and easy-to-use package. The PowerShot A80 is the new flagship of the PowerShot A-series line-up, which also includes the A60, A70, and A300. The new model is also the first PowerShot to support PictBridge*, the new standard for high-quality direct printing. The PowerShot A80 will be delivered to authorized dealers in October at a suggested list price of just . Read the entire Canon A80 press release....[read more]

08/19/2003: Kodak Unveils New 4-Megapixel EasyShare DX6490 Digital Camera with 10X Optical Zoom

Read our Kodak DX6490 review ROCHESTER, N.Y., August 21 - Eastman Kodak Company today unveiled its most advanced EasyShare digital camera to date, the Kodak EasyShare DX6490 zoom digital camera. With its unique combination of sophisticated features, exceptional performance, and US suggested retail price, it establishes a new price-to-performance benchmark for 'advanced amateur' photography, giving more people the opportunity to shoot like a professional. The DX6490 camera is the first to unite a professional quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom lens (38-380 mm equivalent) with a f/2.8 - f/3.7 maximum aperture; a new Kodak Color Science image processing chip for the richest, most accurate colors; low-light precision auto focusing; and multiple shooting modes for optimal creative control - all with effortless operation that people have come to expect from Kodak. It will be available worldwide beginning this September. Read the U.S. Kodak DX6490 press release....[read more]

08/18/2003: Canon Printer Reviews Posted

I've just posted our reviews of Canon's latest 4x6" dye sub duo, the small and lightweight Card Printer CP-200 and its battery-operated twin brother the Card Printer CP-300. These are excellent choices if you have any of Canon's Powershot cameras made in the last two years that support direct printing or any of the new PictBridge compatible cameras. These two printers can also be connected to a PC but their main purpose is to operate without need for a computer....[read more]

08/17/2003: Steve's "Best of 2003" Picks

Please see our new and permanent Steve's "Best Cameras" List (Updated 3/1/2004 - final update before we start our 2004 list)   I receive daily emails from readers asking me "which camera should I buy." This is a question that we don't answer directly. Purchase decisions are personal and based on your needs, experience level and budget. Every year there are more and more models to chose from which further complicates the buying process. To help you with your buying decisions here's our Top Picks based on performance and "best bang for the buck." Listed in no particular order of preference, click to read our reviews. dSLR over Canon EOS-1Ds Nikon D1X Canon EOS-1D Nikon D2H dSLR under Canon Digital Rebel/300D Nikon D100 Canon EOS 10D Fujifilm S2 Pro Olympus E-1 Pentax *istD Most "Pocketable" Kyocera SL300R Casio EX-Z4 Minolta DiMAGE G500 Canon Powershot SD100 Pentax Optio S4 Sony...[read more]

08/17/2003: Software Update For Fujifilm's Finepix S2 Pro Digital Camera Includes Macintosh OS X Compatibility

Valhalla, NY, August 13, 2003 - Listening to the requests of the professional market, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. - the total imaging solution provider for the professional photographer -- today announced a new software package for its critically-acclaimed FinePix S2 Pro digital camera that includes camera shooting software compatible with the Macintosh OS X operating system. Fujifilm also announced a price reduction for the FinePix S2 Pro, which is now available at a suggested price of . Fujifilm will bundle this software upgrade with all shipped FinePix S2 Pro cameras beginning in August. Also part of the new software package will be a suite of features including a new EXIF Extractor and updated versions of the RAW File converter LE, RAW File Converter EX Version 2.0 and Camera Shooting Software Version 2.0. This software update is available as a free download for current FinePix S2 Pro owners from...[read more]

08/17/2003: HP Photosmart 7960 Printer Review Posted

I just posted our HP Photosmart 7960 review. This is an excellent color and an exceptional B&W photo printer. Its B&W capabilities rival that of the Epson 2200 and that's no easy feat. Besides being a very good color photo printer it's equipped with card slots to handle every type of digicam memory card including the newest Memory Stick Pro and xD-Picture cards. You can make photo prints without a computer by reading the cards directly as well as direct printing from any of HP's digital cameras via the USB cable. Check out this versatile printer and see why we like it....[read more]

08/15/2003: Sony Unveils 8-Megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-F828

See our Sony F828 First Look SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2003 - Expert photographers know that image quality goes beyond pixel resolution, and with today's new product announcement from Sony Electronics, they will soon find a digital camera that measures up to their discerning eye by exceeding the capabilities of current technology. The latest model (DSC-F828) in Sony's popular line of Cyber-shot® F-series enthusiast cameras represents the next level of digital still photography, which these enthusiasts will surely appreciate. With its lens-centric design, the new camera is encased in a black, magnesium alloy body, and is the first to incorporate Sony's recently announced four-color filter CCD technology and Real Imaging Processor*. Along with the Carl Zeiss® T* optics, these components are integral in capturing color accuracy closest to what the human eye can see and setting a new benchmark in camera performance. Read the entire Sony DSC-F828 press release....[read more]

08/15/2003: Sony's Swiveling Cyber-shot DSC-U50

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2003 - Just in time to capture quick photos of the kids leaving for school or for the students themselves as they gear up for a memorable academic year, Sony's new pocket-size Cyber-shot® DSC-U50 digital camera is being introduced to make it easier to capture the memories in stylish fashion. Read the entire Sony DSC-U50 press release....[read more]

08/15/2003: Sony Expands Memory Stick Media Line-Up

SAN DIEGO, August 15, 2003 - Sony today announced several advancements in the Memory Stick media family, broadening the line-up and enhancing Memory Stick media-capable applications ranging from high-quality video content and high-resolution digital images to CD-quality audio. New Memory Stick PRO Duo Media At only one-third the size and half the weight of full-size Memory Stick media, Memory Stick PRO Duo media offers the same technologies and features of Memory Stick PRO media, including MagicGate copyright protection technology, high capacities and a theoretical maximum data transfer capability of up to 160Mbps (20 megabytes per second (MB/s).) Read the entire Memory Stick Duo press release....[read more]

08/14/2003: New Camera Reviews Posted

Posted yesterday and today are four new camera reviews: Kodak EasyShare DX6440 an exellent and reasonably priced four megapixel camera with a very sharp 4x optical zoom lens all packaged in a compact, stylish and durable alloy body. Very cool optional printer dock. Sony DSC-P32 an entry-level three megapixel camera with a fixed focal length (non-zoom) lens. Compact with good image quality, it will make a great starter camera for any novice. Canon Powershot A60, the two megapixel little brother of the A70. This is an excellent camera with a 3x optical zoom and a full compliment of exposure options and advanced features. Very reasonably priced and an excellent choice for experienced or beginners alike. Polaroid iON 230, a small and stylish two megapixel camera in a durable alloy body. Comes with docking cradle, rechargeable battery and carrying case and is quite affordable. Unfortunately the image quality is well...[read more]

08/14/2003: World Digital Camera Output Survey Shows Production Continues To Soar

(The following item is from Newsline International): The soaring production of digital still cameras, one of the digital products that represents Japanese makers' world leadership in that field, seems to have no end, Nikkei Business Publications reported. The digital still camera defined here is one equipped with a color liquid-crystal display. Those without LCDs, or the so-called toy cameras, are not included. According to Nikkei Market Access survey, the world's production of digital cameras showed a jump of 59.7 percent in 2002 from the previous year to 26.6 million units, and the growth rate in 2003 is expected to come close to what it was a year before. Nikkei Market Access estimates that worldwide digital camera output will be about 39.07 million units, up 46.8 percent from the previous year. The high growth rate of the world's digital camera market is continuing, with no turning point in sight, despite...[read more]

08/13/2003: Concord Camera Announces New CCD Digital Cameras

Concord Camera Corp. has released its first two digital cameras using Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) technology: the Concord Eye-Q 3340z and the Concord Eye-Q 4060AF. Both cost US.99 and are compatible with Windows® 98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP and Mac OS 9.0 to 10.1 operating systems. The Concord Eye-Q 3340z, due later this month, features a 3 megapixel CCD sensor and a high resolution 3x internal optical zoom system; the Concord Eye-Q 4060AF, available now, packs a 4 megapixel CCD sensor, a 6x digital zoom, and an instant-release shutter and focusing system. Both cameras come with 16MB of internal flash memory and are equipped with an SD card slot for expanded storage. Both models have five pre-set scene modes for capturing shots in a variety of settings, such as fireworks, night, indoor, sunset and beach/snow scenes. You also have the option to manually select the white...[read more]

08/13/2003: Rob Galbraith Posts Nikon D2H Preview

Pro-journalism shooter extraordinaire Rob Galbraith has just posted his in-depth Nikon D2H Preview. To quote Rob, "Whatever your opinion might be about Nikon's news and sports camera, it's almost certainly going to change when the D2H hits the streets. ...it's clear that in designing their next generation digital SLR with the H designation, Nikon has set out to build not just a camera that matches the sexier specifications of the EOS-1D, but one that stomps all over its Canon competitor in the thoroughness of its design. Are we excited about the potential of this new digital SLR camera? You bet. Our only concern right now is that the D2H might not be able to live up to the monstrous engineering effort that clearly has gone into designing it. With so much that's new in one camera, we recommend not counting all your D2H chickens before the camera hatches later...[read more]

08/12/2003: HP Rolls Out Over 100 New Products Including 5-Megapixel Photosmart 945 Camera and the 8-Color Photosmart 7960 Printer

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced a strategy to radically simplify technology to help people "enjoy more" - a move that extends HP's leadership in imaging, printing and home computing into the fast-growing digital photography and entertainment markets. As part of the strategy and in direct response to complex proprietary systems that have led the consumer electronics landscape for years, HP unveiled more than 100 consumer products designed to easily bring digital photos, music and video to life in new and enriching ways. Photosmart 945 digital camera - 5.3 megapixel, 8x optical zoom, 2" color LCD, 32MB SD, street price. Featuring HP's exclusive Adaptive Lighting Technology that permits the camera to reproduce on paper what you see with your eyes, balancing the contrast between darkness and light. Photosmart 635 digital camera - 2.1 megapixel, 3x optical zoom, 1.6" color LCD, 16MB internal plus SD card slot, street price. Photosmart 435 digital...[read more]

08/12/2003: Pentax Joins Leading Camera Companies in Adopting Lexar Media Write Acceleration

Freemont CA., August 12, 2003 - Lexar Media, Inc., a leading designer, developer and marketer of award-winning high-performance digital media and accessory products, today announced that Pentax has become the latest in a distinguished group of camera manufacturers to incorporate Lexar Media's Write Acceleration technology in its new digital SLR camera. The Pentax *ist D, announced on August 8th, will support Lexar Media's Write Acceleration technology which enables digital cameras and media to work together to achieve faster image write speeds. With the release of this new camera, Pentax *ist D users worldwide can now capitalize on the speed and performance advantages, as well as unmatched capacity of Lexar Media's leading line of CompactFlash, including Lexar's new 4GB CompactFlash card. The Pentax announcement adds that company's name to a list of manufacturers supporting Write Acceleration technology, including Nikon, Kodak, Sanyo and Sigma. In addition to support for Write Acceleration...[read more]

08/11/2003: Photoplus Expo 2003 - Live Digital Studio, Over 100 Seminars, World-Renowned Photographers and More

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08/09/2003: Kyocera Japan Announces Compact 5-Megapixel FineCam S5R Digital Camera

(This document was translated from the Japanese press release.) Kyocera Corporation (Japan) is announcing the release of the Kyocera Finecam S5R compact digital camera, with 5 million effective pixels. The camera provides high-speed, full- memory consecutive shooting at approximately 3 frames per second, and features high image quality thanks to the new image processor, RTUNE. The liquid crystal monitor follows images during the consecutive shooting, so you can take images while viewing them on the monitor. The camera also is loaded with a full range of functions, such as a 3x zoom lens, continuous AF that responds to a moving subject, a scene mode that enables you to adjust photographic settings easily according to six scenes, such as a sport scene with fast movement, and a function for recording moving images in VGA size with audio. Read the entire Finecam S5R press release....[read more]

08/08/2003: Pentax Unveils Long-Anticipated Digital SLR and Two Lenses to U.S. Market

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (August 8, 2003)…PENTAX U.S.A., Inc. announced that the long anticipated digital SLR *ist D camera (pronounced ist-dee) will begin shipping in September 2003 to the United States. Housed in one of the world's smallest, lightest SLR camera bodies, the *ist D comes equipped with an array of advanced functions and user-friendly features, including an APS-sized CCD with impressive 6.1 effective megapixels, a responsive SAFOX VIII autofocus system with 11-point AF sensor, a sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering system, a bright viewfinder with a newly developed compact glass pentaprism, an innovative "Hyper" operating system and 22 user-adjustable custom functions. The *ist D is compatible with existing PENTAX 35mm-format interchangeable lenses and accessories. To further delight advanced users, PENTAX will expand its interchangeable lens lineup for *ist D users with two new lenses in the coming months. The smc PENTAX-FA J Zoom 18mm-35mm FA-F5.6 AL (equivalent to 27.5mm-53.5mm in 35mm)...[read more]

08/07/2003: Minolta Introduces Next Generation Single Lens-Reflex (SLR)-Type 5 Megapixel Digital Camera

Read our DiMAGE A1 review New York, NY (August 7, 2003) - Building upon the success of Minolta Corporation's highly acclaimed DiMAGE 7 series of digital cameras, Minolta introduces the new 5 megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A1 digital camera. The DiMAGE A1 was designed with today's creative digital photographer in mind. Featuring the world's fastest AF speed among 5-megapixel SLR-type digital cameras*, a fast built-in f/2.8 - 3.5 7x optical zoom lens, a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 of a second, dual-focal macro system, extra-fine image-quality option, Minolta's new CxProcess II and 3-D Predictive Focus Control, Subject Tracking AF, Anti-shake function, and compatibility with portable and studio flash systems, the Minolta DiMAGE A1 exploits the power of digital imaging by providing the tools photographers need to express their creativity and solve visual problems. In addition, Minolta has also introduced new remote imaging software for use with the DiMAGE A1, the...[read more]

08/07/2003: Minolta Introduces Compact 10x Mega-zoom DiMAGE Z1

Read our DiMAGE Z1 review New York, NY (August 7, 2003) - Minolta Corporation introduces the stylish new 3.2 megapixel DiMAGE Z1 - the first in a series of easy-to-use powerful Single Lens-Reflex (SLR)-type digital cameras. Designed around and the first digital camera to include Minolta's new built-in 10x Mega-zoom lens, the DiMAGE Z1 possess advanced technology and the world's fastest autofocusing among digital cameras with a built-in 10x or greater optical zoom.* In addition, the DiMAGE Z1 is capable of recording TV-quality 30 frames per second VGA movies. Read the entire DiMAGE Z1 press release....[read more]

08/07/2003: Minolta Introduces 5.0 Megapixel DiMAGE G500

New York, NY (August 7, 2003) - Minolta Corporation introduces the new DiMAGE G500 - a responsive, easy-to-use digital camera that provides high-quality 5 megapixel images. In spite of the small size of this stylish compact camera, the DiMAGE G500 packs powerful imaging controls for beautiful pictures and a dual memory-card slot for flexible storage solutions. Read the entire DiMAGE G500 press release....[read more]

08/07/2003: Minolta Introduces New DiMAGE E323 Digital Camera

New York, NY (August 7, 2003) - Minolta Corporation introduces the new DiMAGE E323 - an easy-to-use, compact 3.2 megapixel digital camera. This stylish camera combines high- quality digital images and value-added features, such as the ability to make 6-megapixel images for high quality printing and digital video, all in one attractive package. Read the entire DiMAGE E323 press release....[read more]

08/05/2003: PowerEx Adds More Digicam Battery Packs to Its Lineup

LA VERNE, CA -- Maha Energy Corp., the maker of the PowerEx brand rechargeable batteries and chargers, is pleased to announce three additions to its lithium ion & polymer digital camera battery pack product line. The three models fit Sony, Nikon and Minolta, respectively: MH-FM50 1400mAh 7.4V Li-Ion compatible with Sony®: DCR-PC110, DSC-F707, DSC-F717, DSC-S30, DSC-S50, DSC-S70, DSC-S75, DSC-S85, MVC-CD200, MVC-CD300, MVC-CD400 and MVC-CD500 MH-ENEL3 1400mAh 7.4V Li-Ion compatible with Nikon®: D100 MH-NP200 750mAh 3.7V Li-Ion compatible with Minolta®: Dimage X, Dimage Xt, Dimage Xi In addition to their high capacity, these batteries also have excellent recycle time, making them very useful for cameras with built-in speedlights or flashes. This improved performance is particular evident in the MH-ENEL3 battery pack used in the professional Nikon D100 digital SLR camera. These battery packs are fully compatible with the cameras they are designed for as well as all original chargers and...[read more]

08/05/2003: Kodak Announces Two New EasyShare Cameras and Printer Dock

ROCHESTER, N.Y., August 5 -Expanding its award-winning EasyShare digital photography system, Eastman Kodak Company today introduced two new digital cameras and an additional printer dock. At US manufacturer's suggested retail price, the Kodak EasyShare DX4530 zoom digital camera is one of the most affordable 5-megapixel cameras on the market. Designed for digital newcomers, the Kodak EasyShare CX6230 zoom digital camera (US MSRP) is one of the simplest to use point-and-shoot, fully automatic zoom digital cameras. The new Kodak EasyShare printer dock 4000 (US MSRP) designed to work with the EasyShare DX4530 digital camera and other EasyShare CX/DX 3000- and 4000-series cameras produces durable, borderless 4 x 6-inch Kodak prints in as little as 90 seconds with or without a computer. Read the entire Kodak Easyshare press release....[read more]

08/04/2003: World's First Pictbridge Compatible Inkjet Printer From Canon Makes Direct Printing Easy

Canon's new i560 Desktop Photo Printer is the world's first PictBridge-enabled inkjet printer, which allows consumers to print directly from any PictBridge compatible camera or camcorder regardless of brand. Customers can also print high-quality borderless photos, sharp text or perfectly formatted web pages from the computer. As one of the fastest printers in its class, the i560 delivers print speeds of up to 22 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 15 ppm in color and it is capable of delivering a staggering 19 million droplets of ink per second at the maximum of 4800 x 1200 dpi color resolution. Dramatic improvements in speed and quality found in the i560 printer compared to its predecessor - the i550 model - are based on the inclusion of Canon technology found in the multi-award winning Canon i850 photo printer. This technology includes the i850 unit's print head and many...[read more]

08/04/2003: Fred Miranda Releases Photoshop Plugins

Fred Miranda has taken his Photoshop FM Actions to a new level and has released the first series of Photoshop compatible, FM Plugins. These new and improved digital darkroom tools have automated installation; produce dramatic results with more customized controls, and offer more Photoshop compatibility than the previous FM Actions. All are compatible with Photoshop Elements 1.0 / 2.0, Photoshop 5.5, 6.0, 7.0 or higher, work with all digital camera and scanned film files, and have both PC and MAC versions available. Cspro (Custom Sharpen) and Intellisharpen Plugins: The ultimate sharpening tool-- Complexity makes this plugin smart. It provides everything from haloless sharpening, edgesharpening, luminance sharpening, mode sharpening, and more, with just the press of a button. Included are 8 automated intensity levels and 2 Tweak levels. The CSpro series of plugins use new sharpening technology specific designed to accommodate each camera files. Several customized versions are available such...[read more]

08/04/2003: Lexar Media Begins Shipping 40X 4GB CompactFlash Type II Memory Cards

FREMONT, CA, August 4, 2003, - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leading designer, developer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today announced that the company is shipping the world's first and only 4GB CompactFlash memory card. Specifically designed for professional photographers shooting hi-resolution images, the 4GB card stores about 600 images captured in RAW mode using a 6-megapixel professional camera. Amateur photographers shooting with lower resolution cameras could expect to capture as many as 45,000 JPEG images using the high capacity memory card. The actual number of images a 4GB card can store depends on the camera quality, resolution and image file selection mode. The 4GB memory card is designed to meet the insatiable demand of professional photographers for high-capacity storage. For many professionals, 600 RAW images is comparable to the number of images shot in a day, which allows for extended, uninterrupted shooting and fewer...[read more]

08/01/2003: Casio Introduces A New 4.0 Megapixel Digital Camera With Fast Power Up Time And Release Time Lag

DOVER, NJ - Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Company Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, today announced a new addition to the QV Digital Camera series, the new compact QV-R40, a 4.0 megapixel Digital Camera. The new QV-R40 has 1-second power up time and industry leading 0.01-second release time lag, ensuring you can capture those special moments whenever they happen. The new QV-R40 is the next generation model for the QV Series QV-R4, and is loaded with features. The QV-R40 sets the pace for performance and speed, featuring a new high-speed telescoping optical 3X zoom lens and a high-speed startup control, making startup 1 second faster than the QV-R4. Playback is faster, too, with the new QV-R40 scrolling through images on the monitor screen at a rate of about 0.1 second per image. Also a pair of direct mode access buttons for REC and PLAY turn the...[read more]

08/01/2003: DP-Now.com Posts Info About New Epson Pigment Ink Printers and Photo Scanners

The folks over at DP-Now.com have posted an informative article about Epson's two new pigment ink printers, the C64 and the C84. These are four-color ink printers using Epson's next-generation Durabrite inks and Epson is not pushing them as "photo" type printers but they have also announced new glossy paper to be used with this ink set. Read all about it at DP-Now.com's web site. You'll also find links to Epson's press releases for the new Perfection 1670 and 3170 scanners....[read more]