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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Lexar Expands Flash Memory Line-Up With Professional 133x 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Cards

Fremont, Ca., February 13, 2007 – Lexar, a leader in advanced digital media and accessories, today expanded its professional product line with the introduction of a 133x speed-rated Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC™) flash memory card designed for professional and high-end amateur photographers who demand the freedom and flexibility to quickly capture a large number of high-resolution images with SDHC-enabled digital cameras. Delivering a minimum sustained write speed capability of 20MB per second, Lexar Professional SDHC cards allow photographers to capture more images while spending less time changing memory cards.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ilford Releases New Professional Film Products

Marly, Switzerland - ILFORD, a major player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media for inkjet printing and photographic processes, announces today the launch of its new ILFORD Professional Brand aimed at helping professional photographers attain maximum image quality through a range of premium products. In keeping with the ILFORD commitment to providing professional photographers with the tools to achieve constant, superior results, ILFORD has created and manufactured a new range of paper, film and vinyl products.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Harman Launches New Inkjet Website

HARMAN technology has officially launched a new dedicated website to support its new range of professional photographic inkjet media. Located at www.harman-inkjet.com, the website contains news and information about current and future product launches, alongside technical support details and printing advice. Importantly, the website will also contain downloadable colour profiles for the most popular inkjet printers, with more to follow over the coming weeks.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

DxO Optics Pro v4.1 and onOne Software’s Genuine Fractals 4.1 Available Together

Paris, France & Portland, OR – DxO Optics Pro, the advanced software application for automatic digital image enhancement, and onOne Software’s Genuine Fractals, a Photoshop® plug-in that produces high-quality enlargements from digital image files, are now available together for a limited time at a significant savings from the online stores of onOne Software and DxO Labs.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

JVC Hybrid Hard Drive/SD Line Includes 5.37-Megapixel Camcorder

Reaffirming its leadership in the hard drive camcorder category, JVC today announced a new line of Everio G Series camcorders, featuring four new models that offer improved picture quality, enhanced convenience features and record to either a built-in 30GB hard drive or removable SD card.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

JVC Expands Everio Camcorder Line with High Definition 1920×1080i Camcorder

JVC expands its award-winning Everio hard drive camcorder family with the addition of the HD Everio GZ-HD7, a new high definition camcorder that provides full HD 1920×1080i video quality combined with the convenience of hard drive recording. Designed to enable consumers to conveniently capture and share their memories in full high definition without the need for removable tapes or discs, the HD Everio offers consumers the simplicity of a point-and-shoot camcorder combined with the features, technology and manual controls that appeal to the serious videographer.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Lensbabies Introduces New Creative Aperture Kit

Portland, OR (February 8, 2007) – Lensbabies, LLC introduces today its new Lensbaby Creative Aperture Kit for use with the Lensbaby 3G and Lensbaby 2.0 Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) lenses.  Each Lensbaby Creative Aperture Kit contains one star shaped aperture disk, one heart shaped aperture disk, and five blank disks.  Photographers can fashion the blank disks into their own custom shaped apertures using a shaped paper punch (which can be found in craft stores) or a sharp knife.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kodak Announces New Line of All-In-One Inkjet Printers

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2007 — Live from NBC Studios in New York City, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today entered the consumer inkjet industry with a revolutionary new product line for the home.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Corel Unveils Painter X

Ottawa, Canada, February 6, 2007 - Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE) today announced that Corel® Painter(TM) X, the world’s most powerful painting and illustration software, is now available for pre-order from www.corel.com/painterx. The latest version of Corel Painter continues its focus on giving professional artists, designers and photographers a natural painting and illustration experience that is unmatched by any other software. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Pelican Debuts 1780 Transport Case

TORRANCE, CA – February 5, 2007 — Built for one-person mass transit, the Pelican Products, Inc. 1780 Transport Case features nearly 14,000 cubic inches of usable storage space with two double-wide handles and dual sets of rugged polyurethane wheels with stainless steel ball bearings and nylon hubs for extended towing durability.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Panasonic Introduces 3-CCD High Definition Camcorder

SECAUCUS, NJ (February 5, 2006) – Panasonic introduced today the world’s smallest professional 3-CCD high definition camcorder – the AG-HSC1U. Weighing 1.1 pounds, this hand-held camcorder delivers stunning 1080i recordings with the accuracy and natural 3-CCD color reproduction that professionals require for capturing events in HD.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Samsung Unveils the NV11

January 30, 2007 – Samsung Camera today unveiled the newest addition to its groundbreaking NV series of advanced point & shoot digital cameras – the NV11.  Representing the latest in intelligent camera design, the NV11 is the fourth product from Samsung to carry the NV brand, and it offers the same unique blend of style and technology that has set its predecessors apart from the field.  The NV11 features a premium Schneider lens, as well as Samsung’s intuitive Smart Touch user interface which enables easy navigation of the camera’s comprehensive feature set by simply sliding a finger across its control buttons positioned around the 2.7” high definition LCD.  Discerning photographers and tech enthusiasts will immediately recognize these two features as being among the hallmarks of the NV Series, along with the brushed black, stainless steel body and trademark Samsung blue ring located around the lens barrel.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Casio Introduces Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050

DOVER, NJ, JANUARY 30, 2007 — Casio, Inc. and its parent company Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced the release of the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1050, the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIM® digital cameras. Featuring a newly developed, high-performance, image-processing module, Casio’s new EX-Z1050 makes it even easier to enjoy shooting super-high resolution, 10.1-megapixel images

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Samsung Camera Launches L74 Wide

January 30, 2007 – Samsung today announced the launch of the compact 7 mega pixel L74 Wide digital camera, equipped with a 3.6x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens support for wider images, its ideal for tech savvy consumers looking for a high quality easy to use camera to take with them on their travels.  The L74 Wide is equipped with a convenient Tour Guide function which provides travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries– helping users to plan trips and find their way while on the road.  Equipped with 450 MB of internal memory, the L74 Wide can store all the information travelers need to get them where they’re going safely and on time.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Adobe Debuts Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

Over 500,000 Beta Testers Help Shape New Digital Photography Software

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - Adobe Systems Incorporated
(Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe Photoshop(r) Lightroom(tm) 1.0 software is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship in mid-February 2007. Photoshop Lightroom enables professional photographers to import, manage and present large volumes of digital photographs, helping photographers spend more time behind the lens and less time at the computer. With more than 500,000 photographers participating in the public beta program over the last 12 months, Photoshop Lightroom now includes a wealth of innovative features that streamline digital photography workflows. Recognizing the photography community for their efforts, Adobe is offering Photoshop Lightroom at a special introductory price of US $199 through April 30, 2007 at the Adobe Store. Photoshop Lightroom will later sell for an estimated street price of US $299.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Sigma News

The heart of any digital camera is the image sensor—an amazing device that converts photons, bundles of light energy, into electrons, which are then collected, analyzed, and transformed into a visible image. Unlike all other digital SLRs on the market, the new Sigma SD14 incorporates a 3-layer, 14-megapixel Foveon X3 sensor that is, quite literally, cutting edge. Because this unique sensor captures full color data in all three primary colors at each pixel location, it can resolve finer details in color images than conventional sensors that only capture one color per pixel location. The result: The Sigma SD14 delivers superior real-world performance whenever you shoot high resolution pictures in color—an enormous practical edge you can easily see for yourself in comparison pictures of color test targets as well as in your own colorful digital images.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Phanfare Offers Public API

Metuchen, NJ (January 26, 2007) – Online photo and video sharing service Phanfare announced today the immediate availability of the Phanfare Application Programming Interface (API) enabling third party developers to develop customized applications to enhance the Phanfare photo sharing experience and create widgets for use with blogs and websites.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

DxO Optics Pro v4.1 Supports Nikon D40 and Adds 11 New Lens Correction Modules

Paris, France – January 25, 2007 – DxO Labs announces today that DxO Optics Pro v4.1 now supports the popular new Nikon D40 compact digital-SLR camera. The company further announces the addition of 11 new DxO Lens Modules bringing the total number of lens correction modules available to DxO Optics Pro v4.1 users to more than 450.  DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning digital image enhancement tool incorporating revolutionary optics, noise and exposure corrections in an easy-to-use, feature rich application for Mac and PC users. DxO Optics Pro software improves the image quality of Digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

onOne Software Announces Genuine Fractals 5 Public Beta

Portland, OR - January 25, 2007 - onOne Software, Inc., announces today the availability of the Genuine Fractals 5 public beta. Users interested in becoming beta testers can register at http://labs.ononesoftware.com . In addition, anyone who purchased Genuine Fractals 4.1 or Genuine Fractals Print Pro 4.1 on or after December 18, 2006 will receive a free upgrade to Genuine Fractals 5.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Olympus Stylus 760

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 25, 2007 – Olympus introduces the sleek Stylus 760, a digital camera that expands on the Stylus line’s reputation for ergonomic design, high-performance and All-Weather durability with pioneering technologies that enable users to capture sharp, blur-free images in a variety of active shooting situations:

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