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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Digital Foci Introduces Image Moments Digital Album Frame

Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 2006 – Digital Foci, Inc. www.digitalfoci.com introduced today the new redesigned “Image Moments” digital photo album frame (Model IMT-081), which lets you display and share photos directly from digital camera memory cards at home or at the office on a selection of beautiful interchangeable picture frames. Just insert any digital camera card into Image Moments and memories will instantly come to life in sharp, vibrant color on its big 8-inch high-resolution digital LCD screen. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Microtek developing ArtixScan M1

Carson, CA (October 24, 2006) — Microtek, a world-leading manufacturer of digital imaging products, announced today that it is developing the ArtixScan M1, a combined flatbed and film scanner for 35mm, 6cm, and 4×5-inch film formats that also offers additional functionality to scan reflective art or prints as large as 8.5 by 14 inches. Microtek will preview the ArtixScan M1 at the PHOTO PLUS EXPO at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on November 2, 3 & 4. Equipped with Microtek’s patented Emulsion Direct Imaging.Technology(TM) (E.D.I.T.), 4800-dpi optical resolution, 16-bit digital output per channel, auto focus, and new film holders with tension technology, the Microtek ArtixScan M1 offers extraordinary value to photographers, photo enthusiasts, and graphic designers in need of high-quality scans.

Monday, October 16, 2006

onOne Software Announces Helene Glassman Digital Frame Collection

Portland, OR - October 16, 2006 - onOne Software, Inc., announces the immediate availability of the new professionally designed Helene Glassman Digital Frame Collection. This new collection adds to the already extensive library of easy-to-use border and edge effects currently available for users of onOne Software’s PhotoFrame Pro 3 and PhotoFrame 3 designed specifically for Photoshop® Elements.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Sigma Corporation Launches the New SD14 Digital SLR camera

The new SD14, powered by the 14 megapixels Foveon X3® direct-image-sensor, can reproduce high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. The SD14 Digital SLR camera features four JPEG recording modes, large and bright pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, a built-in flash with a Guide Number of 11, 5-point AF system, a large 2.5″ 150,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor as well as high resolution and user friendly design. The durable shutter mechanism has over 100,000 cycle life and is ideal for the demands of digital photography. Over 42 different lenses are available for the SD system.

Monday, October 16, 2006

VideoStudio 10 Optimized for Intel Core 2 Duo Processors

Fremont, CA – October 16, 2006 – InterVideo®, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII) and its subsidiary Ulead® Systems, Inc. (TSE:2487), industry leaders in video, image and DVD software, today announced Ulead VideoStudio 10 and Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus, the company’s award-winning consumer video editing products, are optimized for Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Transcend Releases 8GB SDHC Card

Taipei, October 13, 2006 - Transcend Information, Inc., introduces its 8GB SD High Capacity (SDHC) Card. The SD card is the most popular flash memory standard in the world now, and the SDHC is the new generation of SD cards (Version 2.0). Formatted in FAT32, SDHC cards reach a maximum capacity of 32GB and can fulfill the high-capacity demand of the new SDHC devices such as Casio Exilim Z1000/Z600/S600 cameras, Panasonic DMC-L1 camera, and HP printer A/B. Now you can enjoy a high-quality digital life and store all of your MP3 music files, high-resolution pictures, and video clips in your SDHC card.
Transcend’s standard SDHC memory cards offer hassle-free data storage and transfer with the best price-to-performance value. Transcend produces its SDHC cards using original brand name NAND Flash chips and quality components to ensure that your Flash card keeps your data secure longer. The mechanical write protection switch keeps your information safer by preventing accidental deletion or writing over your important data. For further peace of mind, Transcend comprehensively tests all SDHC cards for compatibility and reliability. Transcend¡¦s 8GB SDHC cards are fully compatible and obtain optimal results from your Hi-Tech SDHC portable devices.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX Telephoto lens

THK Photo Products, Inc., announces the Tokina AT-X 535 DX 50-135 mm f/2.8 telephoto lens exclusively for Digital SLR cameras with APS-C sensors.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fish-eye lens

THK Photo Products, Inc., announces the Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fish-eye lens exclusively for Digital SLR cameras with APS-C sensors.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Nik Software Announces Professional Suite of Digital Imaging Software

Nik Software, Inc. announces the availability of its affordable new Professional Suite of digital imaging software products. This new suite bundles the complete versions of Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0, Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 and Dfine 1.0 software products for PC and Mac users.

Friday, September 29, 2006

PHOTOKINA: HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer

The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer delivers exceptional image quality and the best photo permanence on the market. HP Vivera pigment ink technology, combined with the printer’s professional colors, enables accurate and consistent color reproduction. HP’s third-generation gray ink is more neutral than ever before, allowing for exceptionally smooth transitions and detail. Eight individual high-capacity ink cartridges enable high-volume printing with efficient printing speeds – producing 4 x 6-inch photos in as fast as 10 seconds and 13 x 19-inch photos as fast as 1.5 minutes – ideal for professional photographers and advanced amateurs. Users can print exceptional photos on digital fine art media including canvas, photo rag, watercolor, stiff pre-matte and film up to 1.5-mm thick, as well as improved HP Advanced Photo Paper.

Friday, September 29, 2006

PHOTOKINA: HP Photosmart Pro B8350 Photo Printer

The versatile HP Photosmart Pro B8350 Photo Printer is ideal for hobbyist photographers who want to achieve professional lab-quality prints – from 3.5 x 5-inch to 13 x 19-inch – at home. The printer produces rich and realistic, six-ink color photos that resist fading longer than lab-processed photos – up to 108 years – using HP Vivera Inks.1 Additionally, the HP Photosmart Pro B8350 Photo Printer offers users more printing options with a rear input tray, and easily handles thicker and stiffer papers.

Friday, September 29, 2006

PHOTOKINA: HP Designjet Z2100 and Z3100 Photo Printers

The new HP Designjet Z Series Photo Printers expands HP’s professional printing portfolio with an automated, intuitive experience in image reproduction for creative professionals. Leveraging HP Vivera pigment ink technology (introduced with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180) together with new built-in color management technologies and an intelligent ink delivery system, the HP Designjet Z Series produces exquisite, museum-quality photographs – print after print.

Friday, September 29, 2006

PHOTOKINA: Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro

Extending the Tele-End of the Popular 18-200mm All-In-One Zoom to 250mm Ultra Telephoto Makes This New 18-250mm Di-II Zoom the Most Versatile High Power Zoom Lens Available

Mr. Morio Ono, President of Tamron Co., Ltd., announces at Photokina 2006 in Cologne, Germany, that the company has developed the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro (Model A18), a lightweight, compact and ultra high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized imager sensors. The AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro is the ultimate high power zoom lens boasting the world’s greatest zoom ratio of 13.9X, a milestone that Tamron, the pioneer of high power zoom lenses, has achieved by commanding its technologies to further expand the capabilities of high power zoom lenses.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006


COLOGNE, GERMANY, Sep. 26, 2006 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today introduced a 4-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Ultra® II SD High Capacity (SDHC) card to meet the growing demand for higher capacity storage. The new cards can store more than 2,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 8 hours of MPEG 4 video. The announcement was made at the Photokina trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Hall 6, Stand D78/E79.
The SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card features write speeds of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and read speeds of 10MB/sec. The cards are targeted at digital photography enthusiasts with 5 mega-pixel or higher resolution digital cameras or videographers with camcorders that require significantly faster flash storage cards.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PHOTOKINA: Kodak Panel “When to Use Digital? When To Use Film? How Pros Decide.”

ROCHESTER, NY and COLOGNE, Germany, September 26 – Attendees of this year’s Photokina should make plans to join a panel of internationally acclaimed photographers for three panel discussions at Photokina, entitled “When to Use Film? When to Use Digital? Let the Professional Decide.” The panelists, featuring Renate Forster, Frederic Lagrange, Jock McDonald and Chris Usher, will showcase images taken with the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA color negative film family and discuss the importance and relevance of film in a digital world.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PHOTOKINA: Kodak Introduces Enhanced Portra Color Negative Films

ROCHESTER, NY, and COLOGNE, Germany, September 26 – In a move that underscores its ongoing support of the professional photography market, Eastman Kodak Company today introduced enhanced versions of its iconic KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA color negative film family, comprising 160 VC, 160 NC, 400 VC and 400 NC film. These films help professional photographers create stunning images with finer grain, spectacular skin tones, and improved scanning performance for greater enlargement capability. Plus, PORTRA 160VC and PORTRA 400VC films now provide a more ideal combination of higher color saturation and lower contrast for optimal performance in high-color applications. Kodak unveiled the films, along with images taken with them by world-renowned photographers, today at Photokina, a worldwide imaging trade show and exposition, in Cologne, Germany.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PHOTOKINA: SanDisk 16-Gigabyte Extreme III Compactflash memory card

COLOGNE, GERMANY, Sep. 26, 2006 – SanDisk®  Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced the 12- and 16-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Extreme® III CompactFlash® cards to its award-winning Extreme III performance line, making these the highest capacity cards in the world. The new high-performance, large-capacity cards are ideal for professional photographers who shoot RAW or high-resolution JPG files and need the performance, reliability and capacity to capture these large files.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PHOTOKINA: Foveon X3 D-SLR Sensor

Cologne, Germany, September 26, 2006 – Foveon announced today the release of its 14.1 megapixel X3 DSLR image sensor, the highest resolution X3 sensor available and the latest product from Foveon. In addition to providing image quality suitable for professional photographers, the new X3 sensor incorporates design and process enhancements which improve performance at long exposures and high ISO speeds, and also provides a 40% increase in pixel count compared to the previous X3 DSLR sensor.

Monday, September 25, 2006

PHOTOKINA: Apple Releases Aperture 1.5

PHOTOKINA 2006, COLOGNE, Germany—September 25, 2006—Apple® today released Aperture™ 1.5, a major update to the all-in-one post production tool for photographers that delivers enhancements across each phase of the entire workflow. Aperture 1.5 delivers a powerful new open library, seamless iLife® ‘06 and iWork™ ‘06 integration, XMP metadata support, powerful new adjustment tools and an export API that makes it easy to extend the Aperture workflow to third party applications and services.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Nikon Capture NX Software

MELVILLE, NY (August 9, 2006) – Nikon (www.nikondigital.com) has begun shipping the highly acclaimed new Capture NX™ software to Nikon authorized retailers across the nation. Capture NX™ is new software that is designed specifically for photographers, providing a unique and easy to understand interface with tools that photographers need, but without the level of complexity and clutter of other image editing applications. The software can be used with JPEG and TIFF format images from any source, and its patented new U Point™ technology offers photographers a dramatically simplified way to edit their pictures by enabling them to enhance specific areas of a picture selectively, without the use of masks, selections, or layers. Capture NX also works with Nikon’s RAW (NEF) format images, and inherits Nikon’s robust RAW processing capabilities for the highest quality results from NEF files. Capture NX is designed to appeal to a broad range of consumers. Users with compact digital cameras such as Nikon’s Coolpix series will enjoy the simplicity of using U Point technology to quickly enhance their JPEG pictures, eliminate any red-eye using the Automatic Red-Eye Correction tool and even resurrect underexposed images with the software’s D-Lighting feature. Professional and advanced photographers will appreciate the time they can save using U Point technology to make edits to their images, as well as fully utilize over 25 new tools in the software, including powerful batch processing capabilities, advanced color management features, Distortion Correction enhancement and the ability to make every edit non-destructively (when a JPEG, TIFF or NEF image is saved in NEF format). A detailed online demonstration of how Capture NX works is available at www.capturenx.com or www.nikondigital.com.

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