June 26
Adobe buys RawShooter engine
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In a brief statement Adobe has announced that it has purchased the 'technology assets' of Pixmantec, the Danish company behind the RawShooter raw workflow and conversion application. Adobe states that this acquisition "strengthens Adobe's leadership position in raw processing" and that that Pixmantec's raw processing technology will be integrated into Lightroom and other Adobe products. RawShooter Premium will be discontinued although the Essential edition will continue to be available and support for existing RawShooter customers will be available from Adobe.
Casio Exilim Card EX-S600D
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Casio today announced the Exilim Card EX-S600D, an ultra slim 6.0 megapixel camera offering Casio's Anti-Shake DSP, a 3x zoom and a 2.2-inch screen. The EX-S600D is the same model as the EX-S600 (announced in October last year) but adds high quality DivX movie capability. The EX-S600D will only be available to the European market.
June 23
Bibble Labs updated to 4.8
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Bilbble Labs has just announced the availability of Bibble Labs Pro / Lite 4.8 RAW converter / workflow application, available free to existing Bibble 4 owners. This major release includes advanced lens correction (distortion, chromatic aberrations and vignetting) as well as B&W and spot color filters. This update also adds support for the Fujifilm S3 Pro and Mac Universal Binary.
ExpoDisc to be available at Ritz Camera
ExpoImaging today let us know that their very useful ExpoDisc Digital White Balance Filters will soon be available in Ritz Camera and Image stores nationwide as well the rest of the Ritz Camera family and online. "The ExpoDisc design enables it to receive, scramble and transmit light from a wide angle in front of the disc through to the camera’s image sensor for a faster, easier and more accurate white balance correction. This produces excellent results, even in mixed light."
June 22
Olympus E-330 / E-300 firmware updates
Olympus has today announced firmware updates for the E-330 and E-300 digital SLR's. The most interesting of the two must be the E-330 update which enables Auto Focus in Live View B Mode (via the AEL/AFL button) this appears to operate in the same way as the Panasonic DMC-L1, by dropping the mirror (blanking the Live View), focusing and then returning the Live View afterwards. The E-300 update is said to improve exposure accuracy for pictures taken in Macro mode with Spot metering. These updates can be downloaded and installed automatically via Olympus Studio or Olympus Master.
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z70
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Fresh from Casio is this super slim 7.2MP camera, the Exilim Zoom EX-Z70. Featuring Casio's 'Anti-Shake' DSP, a large 2.5-inch LCD and 3x zoom, the EX-Z70 will be available in black and silver finishes.
June 21
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 finalized, exclusive preview
Four months after revealing the fact that they were working on their first interchangeable lens Digital SLR Panasonic has today published the final details of the Lumix DMC-L1. This includes full specifications and the firming up of some as yet unannounced details such as the selectable 'film modes' (similar to PictureStyles as seen on Canon cameras) and some other subtle changes to the functionality and design of the camera made since February. We've been lucky enough to get our hands on a pre-production DMC-L1 and now have an exclusive hands-on preview available for your reading pleasure.
June 20
Just Posted! Nikon Coolpix P3 Review
Just Posted! Our Concise Review of the Nikon Coolpix P3, one of the few cameras on the market today to offer wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. The 8 megapixel P3 also boasts a 3.5x optically stabilized zoom and a wealth of features. Find out what we thought after the link...
Panasonic SDHC compatible card readers
Panasonic Japan has today announced two new card readers which are compatible with the SDHC card format. SDHC is an update to the SD card format which allows for cards with a capacity over 2 GB (typically 4 GB or more) and also classes of minimum btransfer rate (primarily for solid state video recorders). One of the first cameras to support SDHC is the Panasonic DMC-L1 (which may get more of a mention tomorrow). Back to todays news, there's the BN-SDDBP3 which is a SDHC CardBus reader and the BN-SDCJP3 USB 2.0 SDHC reader.
Kodak EasyShare P712
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Kodak has announced a promising looking new EasyShare camera to replace the P850 at the top of its 'Pro' range. The P712 features a 7.1MP resolution, 12x stabilized Schneider lens, high resolution electronic viewfinder and 2.5-inch screen. It is also claimed to have 'best-in-class' shutter lag and a new high speed focus system.
June 19
Google launches Picasa Web Albums
In a not-that-surprising move Google today announced a new web albums feature for their acquired photo management application, Picasa. The new feature, available currently only by invitation, enables quick and easy uploading of images from Picasa to a Google hosted gallery system, you get just 250 MB of storage free and for $25 a year can get an additional 6 GB of storage (ad free). Picasa Web Albums will no doubt be of interest to existing Picasa users but probably won't be that attractive to new entrants or existing users of web sync'd software such as Phanfare.
DALSA develops 100+ megapixel CCD
DALSA Semiconductor has today announced that it has developed the worlds first sensor with a total resolution of over 100 million pixels. To be more specific this single sensor, developed for astronomy, has 10,560 x 10,560 pixels, 111 million in total. The active area of the sensor measures approximately four by four inches and has a 9 µm pixel pitch. This sensor has been developed in conjunction with Semiconductor Technology Associates for the US Naval Observatory.
June 11
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Samples Gallery
We have just updated our Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 preview to include a gallery of sample images from the camera. This brief gallery is intended to give prospective buyers a taste of the image quality they should expect before we complete our review. Note that we will of course add a second more comprehensive gallery in our final review.
June 10
Leica M lenses coding for digital
Leica has announced that all new M system lenses will carry a new 6-bit code (painted in black/white dots) which will allow the upcoming digital M camera to identify which len is being used (up to 64 in 6-bit coding) and also to store this information in image metadata. As well as applying this coding to new lenses Leica has announced an upgrade service which allows owners of existing M series lenses to have the coding written onto each lens at a cost of 95 EUROs. The press release also hints that the new M series digital will appear in the second half of 2006 (at Photokina no doubt).
June 9
Batteries of the future to charge in seconds?
According to a story over at ScienCentralNews researchers at MIT are working on a new type of battery which is more like a capacitor than todays 'chemical reaction' battery. Typically a capacitor has a far lower capacity (by size) than a battery but researchers are using tiny nanotube filaments to increase the surface area within the capacitor to increase storage. These new 'batteries' could in theory charge in just a few seconds yet be the same size and capacity as todays rechargeable batteries, they may also never need replacing as they wouldn't degrade in the way current batteries do.
June 7
HP R707 extinguished by firmware
We've seen this story reported in many forms on many sites but only truly accurately on Imaging-Resource. The reality is that HP are not recalling the R707 but have instead issued firmware which can prevent a fire hazard. If the camera was used with a non-rechargeable battery (such as a Lithium Duracell CP-1) and then connected to the AC adapter or docking station there was a potential for the battery to overheat and even catch fire. This new firmware resolves this issue.
June 5
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, hands-on preview
Sony has today officially revealed the new Alpha DSLR-A100, a ten megapixel Digital SLR, the first to come out of the Sony and Konica Minolta marriage, with many similarities to the Konica Minolta 5D. The A100's ten megapixel CCD is mounted on a CCD-shift Anti-Shake platform (now named Super SteadyShot) which delivers both image stabilization and Sony's own form of dust reduction (by shaking the sensor at power off). There's also a new image processor called 'Bionz' (hmmm) which delivers hardware based dynamic range optimization (with only a slight impact on performance). We have a full hands-on preview of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 available now.
June 1
Nikon D2Xs
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Nikon has today announced the D2Xs, a subtly upgraded D2X. The key points of improvement are a larger 2.5" LCD monitor, electronic masking of the focusing screen in high-speed crop mode, modified metering in high-speed crop mode, a longer lasting battery, black and white mode, Adobe RGB in all color modes, up to 3 custom tone curves, 1/3 step ISO boost options, in-camera trim function, image authentication system compatible and save/load settings between cameras.
Nikon Camera Control and Authentication
As well as the D2Xs Nikon are also announcing two new software packages. The first is Nikon Camera Control Pro which is a development of Nikon Capture Camera Control, this new 'Pro' version compatible with Nikon Capture NX, other differences aren't made clear by the press release. The second is Nikon Image Authentication (Windows only) which enables the verification of the authenticity of images captured with the D2Xs, it can report if the image information (metadata) or image data itself has been modified since the image was taken and is clearly aimed at the law enforcment, government, media and insurance markets.
May 31
HP R967 and lots more imaging products
HP has today made an announcement that they are to reveal a new range of imaging products including four digital cameras and six printers . The announcement includes some detail about a new camera, the R967 which features a ten megapixel CCD sensor and a three inch LCD monitor. It joins the new R827 which both feature high sensitivity modes which can be enabled to avoid camera shake.
May 30
Fujifilm FinePix Z3 Zoom
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Fujifilm has today announced the FinePix Z3 Zoom camera sporting 5.1 million pixels, ISO up to 1600 and a 36-108mm lens. A marginal update to the Z2, the Z3 adds Intelligent-Flash mode and a higher resolution 2.5-inch screen. The Z3 will be available in silver, metallic blue and light pink. Must be why it's marketed at us ladies...after all, we can't use anything but a pink camera now, can we?
May 29
Windows Media Photo out to beat JPEG?
Microsoft has announced a new still image format called Windows Media Photo (with a WDP file extension). According to their white paper this new format offers compression ratios close to JPEG-2000 but with the computational requirements of JPEG (smaller files with the same image quality). The use of new algorithms are also claimed to reduce the visibility of 'objectionable spatial artifacts' (those mosquito JPEG artifacts). Windows Media Photo supports a wide range of image formats including both fixed and floating point numerical representations (think wide dynamic range), various color spaces, metadata (including EXIF) and even transparency. This new format will be supported in Windows Vista when it arrives and will be made available for Windows XP, there has been no word yet of support for the format in any hardware devices.
May 25
Canon may halt development of film cameras
What a difference a word can make, in this case it's the word "considers". An earlier Reuters UK news article stated "Canon to halt film camera development", shortly afterwards Reuters were forced to correct this and replace the word 'to' with 'considers', hence "Canon considers halt to film camera development". With this subtle change (and some edits in the article itself) the news is, well, nothing definite. A Canon spokesman has essentially stated that they are currently trying to decide if there is a need to keep developing compact and SLR film cameras because of the shrinking market.
May 22
Pentax K100D and K110D
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Today sees the announcement of two new 6.1 million pixel DSLRs from Pentax, the K100D and the K110D. Both cameras offer high precision 11-point wide frame AF, ISO sensitivity up to 3200, a large 2.5-inch screen and a top shutter speed of 1/4000 sec as well as being compatible with existing Pentax lenses. The K100D is also Pentax's first DSLR to feature a CCD-shift Shake Reduction system.
Ricoh Caplio R40
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Ricoh has announced a 6 megapixel compact digicam with a 28-160mm lens packed into a slim 26mm thick black finish body. The Caplio R40 is a more affordable version of the Caplio R4 camera (announced in February) and sports a 5.7x zoom, 2.5-inch LCD and a skew correction function.
May 20
Breeze Systems DSLR Remote Pro v1.2
Breeze Systems has announced DSLR Remote Pro v1.2, which adds support for the Canon EOS 30D. This software enables control of Canon DSLR camera settings and the ability to view large high res images in seconds on a Windows PC or laptop using USB or Firewire cables.
May 19
Just posted! Canon PowerShot S3 IS review

Just posted! Our concise review of the latest incarnation of Canon's popular big zoom PowerShot, the S3 IS. Like the S2 IS before it (and for that matter the original S1 IS), the S3 IS has been one of the most popular cameras on dpreview (measured by clicks) since the day it was announced, and one of the most requested reviews. Unlike the S2, the PowerShot S3 IS is a relatively minor upgrade to it's predecessor, upping the resolution to 6MP and adding a couple of features. So is it enough to keep up in 2006?. Find out what we thought after the link...

May 16
Adobe CS2 and Camera Raw updates
Adobe has announced updates to its Camera Raw plug-in and Photoshop CS2. Camera Raw 3.4 adds support for the Canon EOS 30D, Olympus EVOLT 330 and Pentax *ist DL2 amongst others. The Photoshop 9.0.1 update fixes a number of problems present in version 9.0.
Luminous Landscape with big megapixels
The Luminous Landscape has published an article titled 'Measuring Megabytes' which compares a range of high end digital SLRs, medium format backs and 4x5 medium format film drum scanned. The medium format backs range from 22 to 39 megapixels, digital SLRs are represented by the 16.6 megapixel Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 12.7 megapixel Canon EOS 5D and the 11 megapixel Canon EOS 1Ds. If you want the ultimate resolution and money is no object there will be plenty of interest here.
May 8
Just posted! Pentax Optio A10 review
Just posted! Our concise review of the Pentax Optio A10, the new 'flagship' in Pentax's long-running Optio range. The 8MP, 3x zoom A10 may look unremarkable, but it does have a couple of tricks up its sleeve, including a CCD-shift image stabilization system, in-camera effects and frames, and the ability to record movies in the highly efficient (and widely used) MPEG-4 DivX format. Find out what we thought after the link...
2 new Sony PictureStation photo printers
Sony has launched today two new ultra-compact PictureStation dye-sub photo printers, the DPP-FP55 and the DPP-FP35. Designed to be portable and totally PC-free, the DPP-FP55 features SD and MS slots and a built-in 2-inch display so photo cropping, color adjustment and removing red-eye are all possible without hooking up to a computer. The FP35 is a direct connect PictBridge-compatible model that allows pictures to printed directly from a Cyber-Shot or other PictBridge compliant camera or using a USB cable, from a pc.
Ricoh Caplio 500G wide
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Today Ricoh announced the Caplio 500G wide, an 8-megapixel camera housed in a durable water resistant (to a depth of 1m), dust and shock resistant body (withstanding drops of up to 1m) and capable of working in temperatures of -10°C. The 500G wide sports a 28-85mm equivalent lens, 3x optical zoom, camera-shake blur reduction and a 2.5-inch screen. This tough little cookie also features an optical viewfinder, up to ISO 1600 and has an optional wide angle conversion lens.
May 4
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z5
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Casio has announced a 5 megapixel camera, the Exilim Zoom EX-Z5, offering a 3x zoom, 2.5-inch screen and Anti Shake DSP packaged in a neat matt-brushed black body. The EX-Z5 will be available in the US and continental Europe only, from the end of May.
May 2
ACDSee updates
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ACD Systems has announced updates to its two flagship products, ACDSee 8 Photo Manager and ACDSee Pro Photo Manager. ACDSee 8.1 Photo Manager includes more than 50 feature improvements, increasing performance and productivity and RAW support, and the Pro Photo Manager update offers improved speed and performance in RAW processing. Free upgrades are available now.
April 27
Just posted! Kodak Z650 review
Just posted! Our concise review of the Kodak EasyShare Z650. the Z650 replaces the Z740 at the top of the Kodak's affordable super zoom range. The changes over the previous model are fairly modest; the pixel count increases from 5 to 6MP and the lens is now a Schneider Variogon (as opposed to the Z740's Kodak Retinar). The new model also gets a bigger (though lower resolution) LCD screen, a few new scene modes and a live histogram. Find out what we thought after the link...
April 26
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1000
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Proof - if it were needed - that the megapixel war is far from over comes today in the shape of the first (and we're sure it won't be the last) 10.1 megapixel compact, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000, which joins the EX-Z850 at the top of the range. Built around a new 1/1.8 inch, 10.1 MP CCD, the EX-Z1000 boasts a large, bright 2.8-inch LCD screen, 3x zoom and 37 Best Shot modes. It also features Casio's 'Anti Shake' DSP (digital stabilization) and an ISO 3200 High Sensitivity mode. We've got a few exclusive hands-on images after the link too.
April 25
Kodak EasyShare V6.0
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Kodak's EasyShare digital camera and docking system is celebrating its fifth birthday this month. So along with the announcement of Kodak's new EasyShare V610 dual lens camera comes version 6.0 of its EasyShare software. Version 6.0 comes with a new user interface and a photo card printing feature. Available in May to download for free.
Kodak EasyShare V610
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Kodak has today announced the EasyShare V610 dual lens camera. The 6.1 MP compact has the same sleek styling - and dual lens system - as the V570, announced in January. This time Kodak are using two Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon all-glass prism zooms (and two CCDs) to cover a much wider 10x range (equivalent of 38-380mm). The V610 also features a large 2.8-inch LCD, Bluetooth wireless technology and sensitivity up to ISO 800. Looks like an interesting (and much slimmer) alternative to the Panasonic TZ1 - though without the benefit of optical image stabilization.

Mamiya to sell camera division
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Mamiya-OP is to sell its Optical Equipment Division, it was announced yesterday to Cosmos Scientific Systems Inc. Mamiya, which has been producing cameras since the late 1940's, failed to capitalize on its success in the medium format market when the digital revolution swept through professional photography. After first being announced at Photokina 2004, the innovative Mamiya ZD 'medium format' digital SLR and back didn't hit the shelves until last month, by which time many professionals had switched to digital SLRs based on 35mm bodies. At this time it doesn't look like the end of the line for Mamiya as a camera brand, and we hope the new owners can make a viable business from this venerable name in professional photography.
April 24
Just posted! Casio EX-Z850 review
Just posted! Our concise review of the Casio Exilim EX-Z850.The EX-Z850 is Casio's latest ultra-compact flagship model, offering a huge feature set in a very slim, all-metal body. The EX-Z850 doesn't change the basic formula of the EX-Z750 much, but does offer a raft of small improvements; there's an extra megapixel, a couple new Best Shot modes, improved screen brightness, a more powerful flash (with some extra modes), a movie light and a 'high sensitivity' mode, with up to ISO 1600 on offer.Find out what we thought after the link...
April 20
Sony announce 'Alpha' D-SLR system
Sony has today announced the brand for its digital SLR system and it's hardly a big surprise. The new system will be known as the Sony α (Alpha) mount, the same name as Minolta has used for its SLR / D-SLR cameras in the Japanese market for over twenty years. This choice of name will perhaps be designed to provide some sense of continuation from the Konica-Minolta photo buy-out. Sony has confirmed that the new system is based on the existing Alpha / Maxxum / Dynax mount and will continue to be compatible. The other hint in the press release is the plural in 'cameras that will be launched worldwide this summer.'
April 18
TIPA Awards 2006
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Doesn't time fly...The 2006 annual TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) awards has taken place, with Nikon scooping up three awards - for best entry level DSLR with the D50, best expert DSLR with the D200 and best pro lens with the 105mm f2.8G IF-ED. Canon's EOS 5D was voted best professional DSLR with the PowerShot SD630 (Digital Ixus 65) picking up best ultra compact. Panasonic was awarded best superzoom while Fujifilm got best compact award for the F30. Other winners included Samsung, Ricoh, Epson and Lexar and Olympus snapping up an award for best imaging innovation with the Live View system.
April 12
Capture One 3.7.4 speeds up capture rates
Phase One has updated its Capture One RAW workflow software to support more cameras and more RAW file formats. Capture One version 3.7.4 is now also designed to run natively on both Intel and PowerPC based Mac computers, with speed increases of up to 40 per cent for Intel Macs. Capture One 3.7.4 also offers speed enhancements for Windows and PowerPC Mac users and is a free update for existing users.
April 11
Just posted! Canon PowerShot A700 review
Just posted! Our concise review of the latest addition to the popular affordable PowerShot A series range from Canon; the A700. As well as a larger 6x (35-210mm equivalent) zoom, the A700 is smaller than its predecessors and sports a large screen, ISO 800 mode and the usual array of manual controls and add-on lens options. Find out what we thought after the link...
April 7
Bibble updated to version 4.7
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Bibble Labs has today announced an update to its professional RAW workflow and conversion software with version 4.7. Bibble 4.7 fully integrates Athentech's award winning Perfectly Clear® automatic image correction technology into the raw workflow. Bibble 4.7 also includes new camera support for the Canon 30D, Olympus Evolt E330 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 and a new Vibrancy control for selective enhancement of image saturation.
April 6
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30
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Sony has announced the new 7.2 million pixel Cyber-shot DSC-T30 camera. Featuring Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x zoom lens, up to ISO 1000, large 3-inch LCD screen and a whopping 58MB internal memory capacity. This is Sony’s first T-series model to feature selectable color modes.
April 4
Just posted! Canon EOS 30D review
Just posted! Our full in-depth review of the eight megapixel EOS 30D, Canon's latest digital SLR. The 30D is effectively an evolution of the EOS 20D and shares much of that cameras internals (including the image sensor and image processing), however there have been a range of design and operational changes as well as the introduction of new features such as PictureStyles, Spot metering (at last), two speed continuous shooting and third stop ISO steps. See how the EOS 30D performed and how it compares to the competition in our review.
April 3
Leica C-LUX 1
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Leica has announced the new C-LUX 1, its rebadged version of the 6-megapixel Panasonic DMC-FX01. The ultra compact C-LUX 1 features a 28mm wide angle Leica DC zoom lens and a high sensitivity setting of up ISO 1600. It also incorporates built-in optical image stabiliser and is available in black and silver finish. Aside from minor styling and bundle differences it is exactly the same camera as the Panasonic model. Updated
March 31
DVD guide to digital photography
photo-i, in association with Canon, is producing a series of DVDs on digital photography. The first to be released is 'A guide to digital photography' showing you how to get the best results from your digital camera. The DVD contains a series of assignments and tutorials and pictures are manipulated in Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (from summer 2006 it will use Photoshop CS).
March 30
New firmware for Olympus E-500
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Olympus has announced a firmware update (version 1.2) for the E-500 (EVOLT) Four Thirds Sytem DSLR. The changes are a new menu function for exchanging the AEL/AFL and One-touch WB buttons, and an improvement in the exposure level of the built-in flash when using certain lenses.