January 7
Panasonic to develop wireless camera
CES 2008: Panasonic has announced development of a wireless camera with the ability to upload directly to Google's Picasa Web Albums. Thanks to a deal with T-Mobile, the camera will include twelve months' free use of the network's HotSpot service which is available in selected Starbucks, Borders, Hyatt hotels and airports. There are currently no details on the hardware aspect nor timeframe for introduction but we shall, of course, keep you up to date with more details as we receive them.
Sony announces "Transferjet" wireless data transfer
CES 2008: Sony has unveiled its Close Proximity Wireless Transfer Technology system: "TransferJet". Essentially, this is a data transfer system which relies on close proximity - 3cm maximum - and will deliver up to 560 Mbps when two compliant devices are brought together. Aside from the obvious benefits of a standardized, no-contact means of communication between AV devices the new technology promises minimal electromagnetic interference due to the low intensity of the radio waves employed. Click through for Sony's press release.
Casio EX-Z100, EX-Z200: First 28mm equiv. for Casio
CES 2008: Casio's EX-Z100 and EX-Z200 are 10.1 megapixel compacts featuring, for the first time on a Casio, 28 - 112mm equivalent zoom lenses. Both models feature Auto Shutter and Auto Best Shot, whereby the camera analyses the scene and shooting conditions and selects the appropriate exposure settings. The EX-Z200 also includes CCD-Shift image stabilization. The pair will be available from March 2008, the EX-Z100 priced at $279.99 and the EX-Z200 $329.99.
Casio EX-Z80
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CES 2008: The new EXILIM EX-Z80 is a smart looking little camera: 8.1 megapixels and a 3x zoom wrapped in a compact and solid shell. Interesting features on this model include Auto Shutter to delay taking a picture until there is minimal camera shake and/or the subject has cracked a smile - face detection also makes an appearance. A new system of focus confirmation allows the user to choose an image which coalesces when focus has been achieved or breaks up if the camera will not lock on. Availability is scheduled for March 2008 with a price of $199.
Casio EX-S10: World's slimmest 10MP compact
CES 2008: Casio has launched the world's slimmest 10 megapixel camera today in the form of the EXILIM EX-S10. A mere 15mm thick, this latest 'Wearable Card Camera' sports a 3x optical zoom and the usual complement of Casio scene modes including YouTube™ Capture Mode, using H.264 encoding for high quality movies with small file sizes. A 2.7", 230k screen fills the rear of the camera and a shutter release control ensures camera shake has subsided before taking a picture. You may also set smile detection and have the shutter trip based on the quality of your subject's grin. The EX-S10 will be available in Red, Blue, Silver and Black when it hits US shores in February priced at $249.99.
Samsung i8
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CES 2008: Last but not least from Samsung is the i8 - a blend of camera and media player with a 2.7" touch-sensitive screen and a 'World Tour Guide' covering 30 countries. 195 MB internal memory stores the 8.1 megapixel images or you can slot in an SD card for more space. ISO 1600 and Digital Image Stabilization help to keep things steady and Intelligent Face Recognition ensures faces are correctly focused and exposed. Interested? You'll find it in the shops from February for £149.
Three new Samsung L series cameras
CES 2008: More from Samsung with three new L series compacts - all taking advantage of Digital Image Stabilization and Intelligent Face Recognition. They also share a 3x optical zoom - the L210 taking the resolution lead with 10.1 million to the L100 and L110s 8.2 megapixels. The L100 will be available from February for £99 with the L110 (£129) and L210 (£149) following in March.
Three new Samsung NV series additions
CES 2008: Alongside the NV24HD, Samsung also launched three new NV cameras without the high definition recording capability but featuring the latest processing technology for improved image quality and faster operation. First up is the NV40 - 10 megapixels and a 3x zoom are backed up with dual image stabilization. The display is a generous 2.5" and adapts to changing light conditions whilst the controls take the grid form known as 'Smart Touch'. The NV30 drops the pixel count to 8 million and omits the optical stabilization in favor of an all-electronic system. The 'baby' NV4 has a non-protruding 3x zoom lens and 8 megapixels and also uses a more conventional button arrangement. All three will be available from February 2008 priced at £149, £179 and £199 for the NV4, NV30 and NV40 respectively.
Samsung NV24HD
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CES 2008: Samsung has announced its first camera capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 fps. The 10 megapixel NV24HD is happy to display images via HDMI or on its 2.5" OLED display and incorporates a combination of electronic and optical stabilization systems. ISO 3200 also makes an appearance as does local contrast control which aims to balance shadow and highlight detail. The Samsung NV24HD should be available from March for £249.
Herbert Keppler, 1925-2008
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Herbert Keppler, one of the most influential and respected figures in the post-war photographic industry, died on Friday night after a short illness at the age of 82. Keppler, known as Burt to friends and associates, was the former publisher of two of the biggest photography magazines in the world; Modern Photography and Popular Photography, and continued to work until just before his death. In a career spanning more than 50 years Herbert Keppler was instrumental in the success of the Japanese camera industry and in establishing objective laboratory testing for cameras and lenses.
Photo: Popular Photography
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
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CES 2008: Sony has today revealed it latest Alpha digital SLR, the A200. This new entry-level digital SLR has a ten megapixel APS size CCD (note the switch back from CMOS), Super SteadyShot (sensor-shift image stabilization), three frames per second continuous shooting, Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) and a 2.7" 230,000 pixel LCD monitor. The A200 is set to ship in February for $700 with the 18-70 mm lens or $200 more for a dual-lens kit which adds the 75-300 mm. This model appears to be very similar to the A100 apart from higher sensitivity, faster AF, a slightly larger LCD, a new Fn button and other subtle control changes.
January 6
Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1: 60fps
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CES 2008: Casio today announced its EXILIM EX-F1 - a six megapixel camera with 12x zoom and some very impressive burst shooting capabilities. Capturing up to 60 frames per second at full resolution and a staggering 1200 fps if you drop the image size to 336 x 96, this innovative camera will also shoot 1920 x 1080 Full HD movies at 60fps. Helping to ensure the moment isn't missed is a buffer system which continually updates then saves the contents to card when the shutter is released. Illumination is taken care of by a conventional strobe which works at up to 7 fps and a cellphone-style LED for 10-60 fps. The EX-F1 will be available from March 2008 priced at $999.99.
January 3
Ridata Smart CompactFlash
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Pre-CES 2008: Ridata has announced a new line of CompactFlash cards designed to minimize the risk of data loss by leveraging technology usually found in magnetic hard drives and RAM memory. SMART or 'Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology' provides a standard method for checking the health of mass-storage devices whilst Error Correction Code (ECC) verifies the datastream to catch and correct any errors. The cards will be available in two product lines - Supreme 150x with capacities of 4 and 8GB and Lightning (speed unspecified) up to 16GB.
December 31
Olympus releases Vista-compatible RAW codec
Olympus has made available a RAW codec compatible with Windows Vista. The software is compatible with a wide range of RAW-capable Olympus cameras stretching back to 2000's E-10 and obviously including the latest E-System and SP models. Download link after the jump.
US Department of Transport announces restrictions for Li-Ion batteries
The US Department of Transportation has announced new safety rules relating to the storage of rechargeable Lithium batteries when flying to, from and within the USA. The new restrictions, effective from January 1st 2008, dictate that loose Lithium cells may not be packed in checked baggage under any circumstances - batteries installed in equipment are unaffected. Carry-on baggage may contain up to two loose batteries but only if there is no possibility of short-circuit, containing them individually within simple plastic bags or their original packaging is sufficient to prevent this and will satisfy inspectors. Click through for the DOT press release.
December 28
Sony α700 firmware v3
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Sony's α700 DSLR recently received its second firmware update, version 3. This release fixes a couple of bugs - the camera was occasionally prone to locking up when shooting a burst of images and would sometimes carry over settings made in Memory Recall (MR) mode when shutting down the camera. Any users who missed firmware 2 may install this update directly as it includes the earlier fixes. Download link after the jump.
Sony DSC-S730
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Sony has announced the imminent availability of its Cyber-Shot DSC-S730, a 7.2 MP entry-level digicam with 3x optical zoom and 2.4" LCD. The emphasis here is firmly on value and ease of use though, in the best Sony tradition, style and quality of construction also play a major part. This particular model looks to be a europe-only release although it is entirely possible it will be launched in other markets under a different model designation. The DSC-S730 will be available from January 2008 for the altogether reasonable sum of €139/£99.
December 21
Just posted! Olympus SP-560 UZ review
Just Posted! Our review of the Olympus SP-560UZ, update to the SP-550UZ (the world's first 18x zoom digital compact camera). The SP-560 UZ ups the pixel count and adds a few new features, but is a fairly minor upgrade to what was a promising, but ultimately rather disappointing 'ultra zoom'. As we polish off the last of the mince pies and prepare to pack up for the festive season, was the SP-560UZ enough of an improvement to bring out our festive cheer or not? Find out after the link...
Ricoh GR Digital II firmware v1.12
Ricoh's firmware development team has been busy as ever fettling its GR Digital II premium compact and has today released the fruits of its labor - v1.12. This update improves image quality at lower resolutions in addition to fixing a couple of issues regarding the ADJ lever. Also, the lens will now initialize when exiting macro mode to improve focus accuracy. Download link coming up after the click.
December 20
Capture One 4 released
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Phase One's Capture One RAW conversion software has reached version 4, and arrives sporting a new underlying architecture and interface - so a major upgrade by all accounts. The new interface places the point of focus on the the image - or indeed images as one may now open up to 12 simultaneously at full resolution. Multiple versions of a RAW file may also be created with 'virtually no disk and performance overhead'. The shortcut system has been upgraded too, making accessing frequently-used functions a breeze. Capture One 4 is available now as a free upgrade for existing users or $129 / €99 for first-time purchasers, more after the click.
Just posted! Canon SX100 IS review
Just Posted! Our review of the Canon Powershot SX100 IS, the first model in Canon's brand new line of 'budget' superzoom digital cameras. The SX100 IS comes with a 8MP sensor, 10x zoom and a number of manual controls, occupying the gap between Canon's tried and tested A-series and the more upmarket Powershot S5. In its press material Canon claims the SX series offers exceptional performance in the hands of any member of the family; to find out how it performed in our capable hands check out the review after the link ...
Fujifilm  S8000fd firmware v1.01
Another firmware release, this time from Fujifilm for its FinePix S8000fd superzoom. Version 1.01 firstly fixes issues relating to 4GB memory cards - namely the inability to transfer data from FinePixViewer to the camera when connected. The release also corrects bugs present in high speed continuous shooting mode when using Auto ISO. Previously the camera would occasionally record low light scenes as the proverbial 'black cat in a coal mine' and rather confusingly reported ISO 640 as 64. Click through for the links.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Firmware v1.0.6
Canon has released firmware v1.0.6 for the 1Ds Mark III. This update improves communication between the camera and certain CF cards as well as preventing color casts and vertical lines from appearing on images. The update is available now via Canon, link after the jump.
December 19
Just posted! Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 review
Just posted! Our detailed, in-depth (33 page) review of the Sony DSLR-A700. The A700 is aimed at the serious amateur / semi-professional market with its sensor-shift stabilized twelve megapixel CMOS chip, high resolution three inch LCD monitor, five frames per second shooting and Konica Minolta heritage such as Eye-start auto-focus. The A700 needs to compete with the Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D300 and Olympus E-3, and those are the exact cameras we have used for our comparison (hence the delay in this review, they arrived during the review process).
Tokina postpones Canon-mount 35mm macro
Canon users interested in the recently announced AT-X M35 PRO DX will have to wait a little longer to sample this unusual lens. Tokina has put back the release of the EOS-mount variant from December 21st to 'late January' due to development difficulties relating to the focus system. Copies with Nikon mount are unaffected and will be released on schedule.
Ricoh 500G Wide firmware v1.10
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Ricoh's 500G Wide ruggedized compact has received a firmware upgrade to 1.10. This is to rectify an issue with image playback whereby images are occasionally shown out of sequence. Hardly the end of the world then but as ever Ricoh is right there with a fix, good on them we say. Download link after the click.
Sigma updates 18-200 to 'D40-friendly' status
Sigma has announced that it is to make its unstabilized 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC lens compatible with Nikon's D40 and D40x SLRs which lack an in-body focus motor. Previously 'screwdriver' driven, the new lens will sport an integral motor to shift the glass around and will sit aside the 18-200 OS in Sigma's 2008 range. Making up for the lack of stabilization is the reduction in size and weight - over 24 mm (0.9 in) of length and a handy 215g (7.6 oz) of weight have been lost compared to its big brother which wasn't exactly obese to begin with. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.
December 18
Bibble 4.9.9: Greater functionality with more cameras
Bibble labs today announced the latest update to its RAW workflow software, with many recent cameras now supported. Also added was the ability to tether Nikon DSLRs to the latest Intel-based Macs - a feature hitherto reserved for those running Windows or an earlier PowerPC machine. The update is free to licensees of Bibble 4.x but anyone purchasing for the first time ($129.95 for Pro, $69.95 for Lite) will receive version 5 free of charge when it is released - a 14 day trial is also up for grabs from the Bibble site.
December 17
Panasonic DMC-L10 firmware v1.1
Hot on the heels of our review, Panasonic has released version 1.1 firmware for its DMC-L10 DSLR. This update is said to improve AF, exposure and white balance as well as allowing shorter time between frames in single shot mode. The interface has also been tweaked with the front and rear command dials now able to fine tune the white balance and the position of the magnified area in live view. Click through for the download link.
December 14
Just posted! Panasonic DMC-L10 review
Just Posted! Our review of the Lumix DMC-L10, Panasonic's second Four Thirds digital SLR. The L10 joins the increasingly crowded 10 megapixel mid-range DSLR pack with a few unique features, including a fully articulated swing/tilt screen, full-time live view AF (contrast detect) and a high quality 28-100mm equiv. optically stabilized Leica kit lens. Designed as the ultimate 'step up' camera for compact users looking to move to the next level the L10 brings Panasonic's friendly user interface and familiar features (such as face detection and scene modes) to the SLR space. So is it worth the $1299? Check out our in-depth review after the link...
December 11
Rob Galbraith's EOS-1D Mark III update
Rob Galbraith has posted his latest installment of the issues and fixes around the much publicized Canon EOS-1D Mark III continuous auto-focus issues. This story has been running since around June time when Rob first posted his relatively poor experience of shooting the EOS-1D Mark III in a working sports environment. Rob identified a number of issues including jumpy auto-focus and inconsistency in AI Servo sequences especially when the camera was warm while shooting in bright light. Canon has recently spoken of a fix which replaces the the AF sub-mirror assembly in the camera, there also appears to be yet another firmware update on the horizon. However it's clear from Rob's very extensive analysis (a good portion of which appears to have been carried out in conjunction with Canon) this isn't the end of the story.
December 6
Olympus SP-560UZ gains wireless flash through firmware 3.1
Olympus has released firmware version 3.1 for its SP-560UZ superzoom, allowing the camera to wirelessly control multiple Olympus flash units such as the FL-50R and FL-36R. the update is available to download now via Olympus Master 2 software, update instructions and a guide to using the wireless system follows after the jump.
Adobe Camera Raw 4.3.1
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Following its comprehensive update release last month, Adobe today announced availability of Camera Raw 4.3.1 which now allows compressed NEFs shot with the Nikon D100 to be opened, fixing a bug introduced in 4.3. The release also improves the quality of Olympus E3 conversions. Both Mac OS and Windows versions are available with or without DNG Converter included. Click through for the download links.

December 5
Just posted! Fujifilm F50fd review
Just Posted! Our review of the Fujifilm FinePix F50fd, successor to the F31fd and flagship of Fujifilm's Compact range. The F50fd has some massive shoes to fill. Its predecessor, the F31fd, was widely regarded as the best performing compact camera at high ISO sensitivities. The F50fd is a complete redesign, sports some new features such as image stabilization and Face Detection 2.0, and has doubled the pixel count to an impressive 12MP. Will it be able to match or even surpass its predecessor’s image quality? See how it performed in the review after the link ...
Nikon ViewNX 1.0.3
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Nikon has released version 1.0.3 of ViewNX with a raft of improvements and bug fixes. Highlights of the upgrade include thumbnails of movie files created by Nikon cameras or software, compatibility with externally-added IPTC information and automatic falloff-compensation to images taken with 70-200 and 80-200 Nikkors on the new FX-sensored D3. The update is available now for Windows and Mac OS via Nikon's download area, links after the jump.
December 4
Tamron builds 'D40-friendly' 18-250
Tamron has announced a new version of its popular 18-250 superzoom with an in-built focus motor evidently aimed at users of Nikon's D40 and D40x DSLRs. These two cameras lack legacy lens support in the form of a mechanical focus coupling - an omission widely criticized due to the reduced range of available lenses. Other specs appear to be unchanged from the existing version. Due to go on sale in Japan on December 13th, pricing and worldwide availability are yet to be announced.
Samsung S760 & S860
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Samsung today announced two economical digicams with solid specs for their price-point. The S760 and S860 are virtual twins with only the pixel count - 7 and 8 MP respectively - to distinguish them. 3x optical zoom, Face Recognition and 2.4" LCDs round off the specs. Both cameras are due to arrive in January priced at $169 and $179. Oh and there'll be Pink and Blue finishes available besides the more usual Silver and Black.
December 3
New Sigma 50-150 & 70-200
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Sigma today announced two new telephoto zooms - one for APS-C cameras and one for full-frame. The APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM uses no less than four SLD elements in its design to minimize aberrations and HSM focusing to keep the noise down. Internal focus and zoom ensure there is no change to the size of the lens during use. The APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM has a modified layout to improve close-up performance to make better use of the maximum 1:3.5 subject magnification ratio. Pricing and availability are to be announced but click though for specifications.
November 30
Just posted! Fuji FinePix S8000fd review
Just posted! Our review of FujiFilm's FinePix S8000fd. The S8000fd strives to offer point-and-shoot convenience with the option of manual controls in a body with an unfeasibly long 18x zoom lens. In what has already become a crowded market segment, can the S8000fd be all things to all people? Find out after the link.
Sigma DP1 official statement
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The Sigma DP1, the world's first digital compact camera featuring an APS-C sized imaging sensor, was first presented as a concept prototype at Photokina 2006. Since then prospective users have nervously been waiting for its release to market - in vain. Sigma has today published an announcement in which the company explains the delay by unforeseen image quality problems which resulted in a requirement to change the specification of the camera's imaging pipeline. Luckily things seem to be back on track now with alpha testing of the final design having started in November. Click through for a link to the official announcement.
November 28
Canon EOS-1D Mark III firmware V 1.1.3
Canon has released firmware version 1.1.3 for its EOS-1D Mark III DSLR. Available now via Canon Japan's website, the update increased transmission speed when using high-speed SD cards, improves AF-tracking in certain situations and fixes a couple of bugs. Click through for a list of changes and the all-important download link.
November 27
Nikon D3 and d300 now support 'D2X mode'
Nikon, obviously realizing that many users of its previous flagship DSLR will be migrating to its successors, has made available 'Picture Controls' aiming to emulate the color reproduction of the D2X(s) on the new D3 and D300. There are three such controls, mirroring the original color modes I to III. These settings may be used as a base point to add further tweaks and should prove a major time-saver to photographers wishing to upgrade their camera bodies and continue with their existing workflow. The Picture Controls are available now via Nikon's website, links after the jump.
November 23
Olympus EVOLT E-510 review

Just posted! This one's long overdue, but we've finally finished our in-depth review of the Olympus EVOLT E-510 digital SLR, a camera we've been using for a few months now. An upgrade to the E-500 and 'big brother' to the E-410, the E-510 offers a compelling mix of features in a compact body, including CCD-shift stabilization, 10MP LiveMOS sensor and a wide range of customization options. So does the E-510 offer as much in use as it does on paper? Find out after the link...

November 22
Ricoh GR Digital firmware v2.40
Ricoh has released firmware v2.40 for its GR Digital camera. Highlights of this quite comprehensive update include the addition of flash compensation, variable color toning and compatibility with the GT-1 1.43x teleconverter. Kudos to Ricoh for giving its existing cameras a new lease of life with regular firmware updates. Download link after the click.
Ricoh Caplio RR770
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Ricoh has snuck a new camera onto its global site - the Caplio RR770. A 7.1 megapixel sensor is served by a 34-102mm (35mm equiv.) lens and results may be viewed on a 3.0" 230k pixel LCD. Image storage is taken care of by SD cards or the 32MB internal memory - best reserved as a last resort - and the camera accepts standard AA batteries for effortless replacement wherever you may be. So okay, the specifications aren't going to set the world aflame but it looks like a solid little camera for younger members of the family or glovebox duty. Prices and availability are to be announced.
November 20
Olympus firmware updates
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Got an Olympus E-System DSLR? Having trouble with focusing accuracy when using the EC-20 teleconverter? You'll be needing one of these new firmware updates then. Users of the E-1 through E-510 can all benefit from this round of tweaks, with the E-510 receiving an extra bonus in the form of improved Image Stabilization at slower shutter speeds. As usual the firmware is updateable via your Olympus software - Master, View or Studio depending on your model.
Canon 40D firmware V 1.0.5
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Canon has released firmware version 1.0.5 for its EOS-40D DSLR. Available now via Canon Japan's website, the update contains bug fixes and a couple of modifications to the camera's image playback. Click through for a list of changes and the all-important download link.
Nikkor updates 18-55 kit lens with VR
Nikon today updated its 18-55mm 'kit' lens to include Vibration Reduction (VR). The lens also features a Silent Wave Motor aka AF-S, Super Integrated Coating and hybrid aspherical elements in its design. The optical design is 11 elements in 8 groups - slightly more complicated that its predecessors' formulae to allow for the VR system. Despite the extra features the lens is set to hit the shelves for around US $199 (£179.99 / €270.00) and will eventually filter down to be bundled with DSLRs. More after the click.
November 16
Nikon to include Capture NX with D3, D300
Nikon UK has announced that for the first time it is to bundle Capture NX with initial shipments of its D3 and D300 DSLRs. The very first cameras to arrive will include a product key to unlock the trial version which may be downloaded from the Nikon UK website whilst shipments from December will include a CD in the box. Whilst this offer will be available for a limited time only, it does partially answer one of the fundamental criticisms of Nikon's DSLR policy thus far. We shall update this story with further details as we receive them. Updated
Adobe updates
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Adobe has released updates for many of its imaging software packages. Photoshop and Bridge CS3 receive bug fixes whilst Camera Raw 4.3 offers support for Canon's sRAW format and EOS-1DS Mark III as well as Nikon's latest D3 and D300 DSLRs and the Olympus E3. Lightroom 1.3 gains the same additional camera support and will now work with Mac OS X 10.5 aka 'Leopard'. Also available for download is an SDK - in preview status - allowing software developers to write export modules compatible with Lightroom. Download links after the click.