07/29/2005: DIWA Presents Fujifilm with Gold Award for FinePix F10

Amsterdam, 29. July, 2005 – DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organization of collaborating websites within digital imaging, today announces a DIWA Gold Award to the palm-sized 6.3 Megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F10 digital camera. Built on extensive know-how from camera design and manufacture, undisputed expertise from analogue and digital photographic technologies and Fujifilm’s successful development of the unique Super CCD image sensors, the FinePix F10 has all these fine achievements onboard. The F10 has a solid and robust metal body, small, yet user friendly, with a sensible selection of automatic functions and manual overrides. Read the full DIWA press release....[read more]

07/28/2005: New Canon Optura 600 and S1 Camcorders Offer Premium Video And Photo Capability

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 28, 2005—Customers can double their pleasure with the newest two Canon Optura Mini-DV camcorders which offer stunning digital video and still performance in stylish form factors that beg to be held. With the new Canon Optura 600 camcorder users get high-quality 4.3-megapixel image reproduction for crisp video and photos in a sleek but elegant design. For customers looking for a stylish but compact camcorder with great video and still image capability that's a snap to use, the new 2.2 megapixel Canon Optura S1 model is designed just for them. The Optura 600 and Optura S1 models are the smallest 4.3 megapixel and 2.2 megapixel camcorders, respectively, on the market. The Canon Optura 600 Mini-DV camcorder will be available in September for an estimated selling price of ,099. The Canon Optura S1 Mini-DV camcorder will be available in mid-September for an estimated selling price of ....[read more]

07/28/2005: Fujifilm FinePix S9000, 9-Megapixel, 10.7x Zoom Advanced Amateur Camera

Valhalla, NY, July 28, 2005 – Fujifilm has added another “first” to its imaging legacy with today’s introduction of the SLR-styled FinePix S9000 digital camera, the world’s first nine MegaPixel model for advanced amateur photographers. It features a Fujinon 10.7x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28-300mm equivalent) with a manual zoom ring, a 9-MegaPixel 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor, tilting LCD for high and low-angle shooting; adjustable LCD and electronic viewfinder frame rates of 30 fps or 60 fps for smoother viewing, Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology and lots more. The FinePix S9000 will be available in early September at a price of .95. Read the full Fujifilm press release....[read more]

07/28/2005: Fujifilm FinePix E900, First 9-Megapixel Digicam

Valhalla, NY, July 28, 2005 – Fujifilm today introduced the new FinePix E900 digital camera. Packing a powerful nine MegaPixel 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor – the highest resolution available in a consumer digital camera -- the FinePix E900 joins Fujifilm’s already popular E-series line of cameras and continues the tradition of point-and-shoot ease and photographic essentials such as image quality, form factor and powerful feature sets including manual controls, found in all E-series models. The FinePix E900 will be available in October at a price of .95. Read the full Fujifilm press release....[read more]

07/28/2005: Fujifilm FinePix S5200, 5-Megapixel 10x Zoom

Valhalla, NY, July 28, 2005 – Digital photographers interested in taking their first foray into SLR-styled cameras should pay special attention to the FinePix S5200. Equipped with 5.1 MegaPixels, a 10x optical zoom and proprietary technology that suppresses camera shake and blur caused by subject movement, the FinePix S5200 offers an excellent entry point into the world of feature-rich cameras without losing its operational simplicity. Highlight features of the FinePix 5200 include: The S5200 will be available in October at a price of .95. Read the full Fujifilm press release....[read more]

07/27/2005: Pretec Announces 4GB 133x SD Card

Fremont, California, July 27, 2005 –– Pretec Electronics Corp., the inventor of iDisk Tiny and CU-Flash, the smallest USB flash Drive in the world since 2003, has released 4GB SD card today, the largest capacity of SD card in the world. Pretec 4GB SD card is the newest addition of its high speed line of 133X SD card, from 256MB to 4GB, with access speed up to 20MB/s, the fastest SD card in the world so far conform to SD 1.1 specification. Constructed with 65 nano-meter 16Gb SLC NAND technology, which is typically one order of magnitude better reliability and 200%-500% faster than MLC NAND. Pretec 133X 4GB SD card is available now for customer sampling with unit price of each, mass production is scheduled by next month....[read more]

07/23/2005: Pentax Launches New Digital SLR Website

Pentax Japan has now officially launched their Pentax Digital SLR website which follows a week after Canon's dSLR website was announced (see 7/17/2005 breaking news). It features an overview of the inner and outer workings of an SLR camera and their benefits. There is a look at the Pentax SLR family, from the first one produced in 1952 and all of their other "firsts" such as first with TTL metering and first with auto focus. Future additions to the website will be a virtual showroom, photo technique workshop and a photo gallery. It's obvious that the digital SLR market is growing rapidly now that we have numerous cameras being sold for less than and they'll get even less expensive in the next couple of years....[read more]

07/22/2005: DiskGO! 3.5" Portable Hard Drive with Multi Card Reader and USB 2.0 Hub

DALLAS, TX – July 22, 2005 – EDGE Tech Corp, a leading supplier of DRAM and Flash memory upgrades, portable computing products, storage devices, and other experience-enhancing technology solutions announced today an addition to its portable storage category – the DiskGO! 3.5" Portable Hard Drive with Multi Card Reader & USB 2.0 Hub. The DiskGO! 3.5" is a fast, convenient way to backup and store important documents, digital photos and songs. It’s the ultimate 3-in-1 storage solution for users of multiple types of flash cards for digital cameras, music players, and other digital devices. In addition to its portable storage and multi card reader functionalities, this external drive provides 2 additional Hi Speed USB 2.0 ports. With transfer rates up to 480Mbs, this drive can backup an entire notebook or desktop in just minutes. The DiskGO! 3.5" is priced from for the 80GB model, other models available with 120GB,...[read more]

07/22/2005: Pentax Announces Affordable 6-Megapixel Optio60

Golden, Colorado (July 21, 2005)…High resolution digital photography is simpler than ever with the new PENTAX Optio60 digital camera. An excellent choice for digital newcomers, the PENTAX Optio60 offers 6.0 megapixel resolution and a 3X zoom lens in a compact, lightweight, and stylish design. The Optio60 features a large 2.0 inch LCD monitor plus an optical and actual-image zoom viewfinder with automatic diopter adjustment. PENTAX will ship the Optio60 next month for US. Read the full Pentax press release....[read more]

07/20/2005: Panasonic Announces 8-Megapixel Super-Zoom FZ30

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 20, 2005) - With the new DMC-FZ30, Panasonic thrusts its super zoom category of digital still cameras firmly into the hands of photo enthusiasts with an 8-megapixel, 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm to 420mm) camera. Equipped with both automatic and manual controls that will meet the needs of prosumers and amateurs alike, the DMC-FZ30 incorporates Panasonic’s acclaimed MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, which the company maintains should be a standard in all digital still cameras. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 will be available this September for an MSRP of .95. Read the full Panasonic press release....[read more]

07/20/2005: Panasonic Announces Wide-Screen LX1 Model

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 20, 2005) - Panasonic is introducing another industry first today, the 8.4 megapixel Lumix DMC-LX1, the first digital camera to have a true 16:9 CCD for taking wide aspect pictures. This compact camera also features a 2.5" color LCD, an image stabilized 4x optical zoom, equivalent to 28 to 112mm on a 35mm camera. The DMC-LX1 will be available this September for an MSRP of .95. Read the full Panasonic press release....[read more]

07/20/2005: Panasonic Announces Two New Stylish And Compact FX Series Lumix Cameras

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 20, 2005) - Panasonic is updating its impressive sleek and stylish FX series of Lumix digital still cameras with the 5 megapixel DMC-FX8 and the 6 megapixel DMC-FX9, both coming to market later this fall. Both cameras incorporate Panasonic’s MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that counters shaky hands, the main culprit for blurry pictures. Both the FX8 and FX9 have 3x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD display, various scene modes for fun picture taking in all kinds of settings and situations, and a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens for high-quality image capture. Both cameras are coming to retail this September, with the FX8 at an MSRP of .95 and the FX9 at an MSRP of .95. Read the full Panasonic press release....[read more]

07/19/2005: ThumbsPlus Digicam Plug-in 1.7 Now Available

Cerious Software has released the new version 1.7 of its free RAW plug-in for ThumbsPlus. The free plug-in adds support for many popular new RAW formats from Canon, Minolta, Olympus, Leica, Pentax, Sigma, Panasonic, Fuji, Nikon and other manufacturers. This includes support for the most recent Canon EOS 350D, Rebel XT and Pentax *ist DS and Sony DSC-V3 models. A complete list of all supported raw camera formats can be found at www.cerious.com. ThumbsPlus 7.0 is among the view image management products that allows users to load RAW photos in full 48 Bit color depth quality (16 Bit per channel), including 48 Bit editing and saving. It is available in English, Spanish, German and Japanese, starting at .95. A free trial version can be downloaded from the Cerious website....[read more]

07/19/2005: Olympus EVOLT E-300 Firmware v1.3 Update

Olympus America has posted the EVOLT E-300 firmware v1.3 update which includes all previous updates and adds: It is now possible to set the interval between pressing a button and when the control dial can be operated. Stability of Digital ESP and Center-weighted average metering has been improved. Two scene modes, Underwater Macro and Underwater Wide*, have been added. (*When taking pictures, the optional PT-E01 underwater housing must be attached.) E-300 users should connect their camera via the USB cable and open either the Olympus Viewer 1.1 or Studio 1.1 software and go to Help/Update Firmware....[read more]

07/19/2005: Konica Minolta and Sony Agree to Jointly Develop Digital SLR Cameras

Tokyo (July 19, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc. and Sony Corporation have reached an agreement to jointly develop digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. Taking full advantages of their respective imaging technologies and key devices, the two companies will develop and commercialize new digital SLR cameras based on and compatible to “Maxxum/Dynax lens mount system.” Konica Minolta has superb autofocus auto-exposure technologies nourished through development of “Maxxum/Dynax series” from the age of film cameras, mechanical electronics technologies indispensable for SLR cameras, and sixteen million units of lens shipped worldwide. In addition, Konica Minolta has enthusiastically innovated cutting edge features, such as, for the first time, incorporating a CCD shift-type body- integral Anti-Shake technology for the Camera Grand Prix awarding “ a-7 DIGITAL.” Sony has numerous technologies and devices essential for digital imaging equipment, such as CCD and CMOS imaging sensors, image processing technologies and lithium ion batteries....[read more]

07/16/2005: Delkin Introduces "Pop-Up Shade Line" to Protect Camera LCD Screens

Delkin Devices, Inc. today introduced its new line of innovative eFilm Pop-Up Shades. Pop-Up Shades are LCD screen protective covers, which double as glare guards. These sturdy, lightweight covers are easily installed (and removed), protect a digital camera's expensive LCD screen in the closed position, and pop up to provide easier viewing of the display in bright sunlight. The first shipments of 11 eFilm Pop-Up Shade models cover the most popular Digital SLR and point and shoot cameras. Delkin intends to introduce over 100 models during the next eight weeks, and plans to introduce models for new cameras within 30 days of the camera's introduction. The cover easily pops up to form a little three sided canopy over the LCD to diminish glare, and folds right back down when you're finished. A camera grade, optically clear glass (itself protected with a clear protective film cover to prevent shipping scratches)...[read more]

07/15/2005: Konica Minolta Introduces Maxxum 5D Digital SLR

Mahwah, NJ (July 15, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the latest edition to the Maxxum line of digital Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras – the Maxxum 5D. This high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the revolutionary technology of the award winning Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D – the world’s first digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Maxxum autofocus (AF) lenses. The Maxxum 5D provides exceptional quality images with a large, 6.1-megapixel (effective) CCD sensor, an Advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing, as well as Konica Minolta’s CxProcess™ III image processing technology, an original technology highly acclaimed for rendering fine image detail and stunning color rendition. Read the full KM press release. Konica Minolta Introduces Three New DT Lenses for Maxxum Digital SLRs Mahwah, NJ (July 15, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., announces the development...[read more]

07/15/2005: Konica Minolta Introduces Super-Thin DiMAGE X1 with AS Technology

Mahwah, NJ (July 15, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. announces the latest addition to the DiMAGE X line of sleek and stylish digital cameras – the new 8 megapixel DiMAGE X1. This extremely compact and very trendy new digital camera represents a fusion of Konica Minolta’s best imaging technologies including the revolutionary Anti-Shake technology and high-resolution movie clips. The powerful new DiMAGE X1 employs an 8-megapixel, 1/1.8-type CCD – the highest resolution currently available in compact digital cameras. To take full advantage of this incredible resolution, the DiMAGE X1 integrates a newly designed optical system as well as Konica Minolta’s CxProcess™ III image processing technology that renders images as natural-looking as they appear to the photographer’s eye. Read the full KM press release....[read more]

07/13/2005: Canon Digital SLR Learning Web Site

Canon Japan has opened their Enjoy Digital SLR Camera web site which features five sections: About the D-SLR, Ways to Shoot, Quick-and-Easy Great Shots, Using Camera Features and Printing Photos. Even though this site is specifically designed for those using Canon EOS digital SLR cameras it's also useful for anyone who wants to get more out of their new dSLR camera - check it out!...[read more]

07/13/2005: Alien Skin Software Ships Eye Candy 5: Impact

Alien Skin Software LLC, Raleigh, N.C., USA, announces the release of Eye Candy 5: Impact a set of 10 plug-in filters for Adobe Photoshop and other compatible host programs. Impact creates chrome, bevels, glass buttons, perspective shadows, and more. The third of three upgrades to Eye Candy 4000, Impact features three new filters - Backlight, Brushed Metal and Extrude -and seven reincarnated Eye Candy classics. Impact retails for . Registered users of other Alien Skin Software products receive discount pricing when ordering direct. Online delivery is available at www.alienskin.com. Impact is also available worldwide through stores, catalogs and resellers. Impact is a plug-in and must be used with one of the following: Adobe Photoshop 7 or later (including CS 2), Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 or later, Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 or later, Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 or later, or CADlink SignLab 7.5. Windows users must have at least...[read more]

07/13/2005: SD Card Association Announces Final Approval of microSD Specification

The SD Card Association (SDA), San Ramon, Calif., USA, announced final approval of the microSD specification now available for immediate use. The microSD card provides full compatibility and interoperability with current SD devices. The card is fully compatible with SanDisk's TransFlash cards and is supported in more than 40 handsets announced by manufacturers such as Motorola, Samsung, LG, Kyocera, and Sagem. In the mobile phone market, a small sized memory card is needed by handset vendors to provide memory expansion with the least impact on overall size. The addition of digital audio and cameras is driving this need for more memory in mobile phones. Conventional memory cards are, however, too big in dimensions for small mobile phone application. Hence, the SDA, with increasing focus on the mobile phone market has developed a new small sized SD card. The SD Memory Card, along with the miniSD and now microSD cards,...[read more]

07/12/2005: SD Card Association Announces Final Approval of microSD Specification

SAN JOSE, CA (July 12, 2005) -- Addonics Technologies has announced a SATA to CompactFlash adapter board, which allows a CompactFlash device to be used in any system that has a SATA port. The Addonics SATA to CF Adapter is one of the fastest CF Readers/Writers available. It is compliant with Serial ATA 1.0a specifications and is capable of high transfer rates of up to 1.5Gbps, depending on the type of media used. The solution connects directly to the SATA port of any system and supports direct booting from the Type I/II CF, and IBM Micro Drive media as well as hot swapping of CF media without the need to restart the system. Addonics bundles each reader/writer with a 3.5-inch bay bracket (black or ivory), a standard height bracket and a low profile PCI slot mounting bracket. The SATA to CF Adapter can be installed in any computer case,...[read more]

07/12/2005: Canon Introduces New Benchmark For Inkjet Photo-Printing Speed and Launches ChromaLife100 System

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 11, 2005—Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today announced a fundamental shift in focus for communicating printer speed performance to reflect the rapidly growing trend in personal photo printing. Leveraging the advantage of the company's patented FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print technology, Canon will use print times when producing photo lab-quality prints as a new print-speed performance benchmark for all new PIXMA desktop and all-in-one photo printers. As a further indication of Canon's commitment to the photo printer market, the company also introduced the new ChromaLife100 system for photo longevity, making possible a level of fade-resistance rivaling many traditional film-based prints. Canon's newly introduced ChromaLife100 system, comprising genuine Canon dye-based inks and specialized photo paper, delivers an exceptionally broad color gamut while making possible photo prints that resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album2....[read more]

07/12/2005: HP Announces Breakthrough Printing Technology and Range of New Digital Photography Products

HP has announced a breakthrough printing technology — the result of a five-year, .4 billion strategic investment — that delivers record levels of speed to printers in the home and office and has the capability to scale to high-volume commercial markets. The company expects this inkjet printing advance to catapult its leadership in the printer market years ahead of its competitors. Additionally, HP has introduced a range of new digital photography products, including the industry's first compact photo printer capable of printing 5 x 7-inch photos. Find out more about how HP is transforming its printing business while offering more choice to customers to meet their diverse printing needs and budgets. Read the full HP press release....[read more]

07/08/2005: BreezeBrowser Pro 1.2 adds Image Magnifier and Improved Raw Conversion

BreezeBrowser Pro is the professional tool for viewing, enhancing and presenting your digital images including raw conversion, lossless rotation of JPEG Images and automated templates for creating sophisticated web page galleries. New! Image magnifier - examine detail by moving the cursor across the image New! Interactively crop images when converting raw images New! Nikon D2X, D2Hs and D70s raw conversion New! Display of Nikon D50 raw images and improved display of Nikon D2Hs raw images Create virtual galleries and save disk space using Windows shortcuts Custom sorting of image thumbnails using shooting data e.g. sort by camera model or ISO setting Improved image ranking Improved raw conversion for Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Pentax and Konica Minolta cameras Fixes compatibility issues with Canon's ZoomBrowser EX 5.2 BreezeBrowser Pro is Windows based software and is available for US .95 or for US .95 bundled with Downloader Pro; the price includes one year's...[read more]

07/06/2005: Lots of Sony Camera Reviews Posted

Over the last three weeks we have posted many reviews of the latest Sony Cyber-shot cameras from the economically priced 4-megapixel 3x zoom DSC-S40 and the DSC-S60. To the midrange 5-megapixel 3x zoom DSC-W5 and its "big brother" the 7-megapixel 3x zoom DSC-W7.  And the ultra-compact 7-megapixel 3x zoom DSC-P200 is sure to please those who want a stylish and pocket-sized high resolution digicam. If a long focal length zoom makes your heart race then check out the 5-megapixel DSC-H1 with a 12x optically stabilized zoom and a large 2.5-inch LCD....[read more]

07/05/2005: Microsoft Debuts Digital Image Suite 2006

Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., USA, today launched Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, a package of tools designed to help consumers organize, enhance and share digital memories. Hierarchical Keywords and Labels provide stacked tags for users to organize, sort through and find images. Hover Thumbnail enlarges thumbnail images, making it easy to view the image, along with details such as date taken, file type and size, resolution, and assigned labels. Video support offers the option to view and organize videos in the same place as photos. RAW Support for Canon and Nikon cameras lets users view and organize images shot in RAW category of formats, and save the RAW format as a JPEG or TIF file. Black & White Effects transforms color photos into black-and-white images with preset filters, altering color tone or manipulating each of the color channels. Intuitive Crop analyzes the composition of a photo and suggests a...[read more]