News / Other Product News

Nov1
Fujifilm releases FinePix REAL 3D V3 viewer
Fujifilm has released the FinePix REAL 3D V3 viewer for still images and movies. In a first for Fujifilm, it uses a lenticular system for glasses-free 3D viewing, and includes an HDMI input for connection to 3D-enabled devices such as Fujifilm's own FinePix REAL 3D W3 camera, as well as an SDHC card slot. The company also claims that 7.2" 2.88 million dot screen is substantially brighter than its predecessor. The unit can also function as a conventional 2D display, includes built-in stereo speakers, and comes with a remote control.
ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 36 Published: Nov 1, 2011 at 12:03
Oct31
Ichikawa Soft Laboratory updates Silkypix Developer Studio
Ichikawa Soft Laboratory has released updated versions of its Silkypix raw conversion software, for both Windows and Mac users. The latest versions, Silkypix Developer Studio Pro Ver 4.1.5.2 and Silkypix Developer Studio Ver 4.0.5.2, add raw support for the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 and the Sony Alpha NEX-5N.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 17 Published: Oct 31, 2011 at 14:15
Oct24
GoPro launches HD Hero2 and WiFi accessory allowing video streaming
GoPro has launched the HD Hero2, an updated version of its sports video camera. The latest version features an 11MP sensor (up from 5MP) and can now shoot 1080p30 video at a choice of 170deg, 127deg or 90deg angles-of-view (the original Hero could only shoot 1080 at 127deg or lower resolutions at 170deg). The redesigned lens is claimed to be twice as sharp as its predecessor. It also gains an external mic port and Mini HDMI socket. The company has also launched the WiFi BacPac accessory allowing live streaming from the camera from the Hero2. It can also be used to control either HD Hero via the included remote or using an App on a smartphone or tablet.
VIDEO NEWS Comments 71 Published: Oct 24, 2011 at 22:38
Canon announces Pixma Pro-1: 12-ink A3+ printer
Canon has announced the Pixma Pro-1, the first A3+ (13") printer to use 12 separate inks. The Pro-1 uses remote, tube-fed ink tanks to provide 12 inks plus a 'Chroma Optimizer' that coats the print to give an even finish and improved black density. The printer features a new, 12,288 nozzle print head (up from the 7,680 used on the 5200 II), and can produce an A3+ print (11x14") in 2 minutes, 55 seconds at standard quality. The 'Pro' designation indicates it is the first Canon printer whose purchase counts towards Canon Professional Service (CPS) membership. The MSRP is £799/€899.
PRINTER NEWS Comments 54 Published: Oct 24, 2011 at 17:48
Oct18
Adobe admits using 'synthetic blur' image in deblur demo
Adobe has admitted an image used in its 'image deblur' presentation was artificially blurred for the purposes of the demonstration. The company said the blur on the image was 'more complicated than anything we can simulate using Photoshop's blur capabilities.' It described the move as 'common practice in research' and defended the use of the image because 'we wanted it to be entertaining and relevant to the audience.' The other images shown were the result of camera shake, it said.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 97 Published: Oct 18, 2011 at 22:00
Canon launches Pixma MG4120, MG3120 and MG2120 all-in-one printers
Canon has unveiled the Pixma MG4120, MG3120 and MG2120 photo printers. The wireless MG4120 and MG3120 printers offer 4800 x 1200dpi 4-ink printing at rates of up to 9ipm for black and white text documents, and 6 and 5ipm for color documents respectively. Both can be operated wirelessly with the latest version of the company's Easy-PhotoPrint App for iOS or Android smartphones and feature Auto Duplex (double-sided) printing capabilities. The MG2120 leaves out Wi-Fi and prints documents at 4ipm color (8ipm mono). All three printers will be available at an estimated retail price of $129.99, $79.99 and $69.99 respectively.
PRINTER NEWS Comments 2 Published: Oct 18, 2011 at 17:57
Oct17
Adobe publishes video of proposed image deblur function
Adobe has released videos from its AdobeMAX event, including coverage of the image deblur feature for removing camera shake that has generated so much excitement. The company's video shows feature in much better detail than the audience-shot version currently on the web. Shown as a prototype of a technology that is being considered for future versions of Photoshop, the function analyses the movement of the camera during an exposure and then corrects for it. Videos are also available for the other projects demonstrated at the show, but it's the image deblur clip that is likely to really interest photographers.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 53 Published: Oct 17, 2011 at 18:12
Oct6
JVC launches GC-PX10 hybrid 12MP stills/1080p video camera in US
JVC has announced the GC-PX10, a 12 megapixel/1080p60 hybrid stills/video camera with 10x optical zoom. The model, which combines a 1/2.3" back-illuminated CMOS sensor can shoot 1080p60 video at bitrates of up to 36Mbps, full-resolution images at 30fps or 8.3MB images at 60fps. The camera, which appears to be a US version of the previously-announced, Japan-only GC-PX1, can also capture slow-motion video at 300fps. It includes 32GB of built-in memory, as well as accepting SDXC, SDHC and SD cards.
VIDEO NEWS Comments 72 Published: Oct 6, 2011 at 22:15
Oct4
Adobe launches Photoshop Touch Android app as part of cloud strategy
Adobe has expanded its range of photographic apps - including the launch of Photoshop Touch for the Android platform. The latest app offers a range of selection and editing tools, along with processing effects for images up to 1600 x 1600 pixels. It also supports layers that are retained if you move to the desktop version of Photoshop. There is also close integration with Facebook and Google (including a color and copyright-aware search option) for finding images to edit. An iOS version for the iPad 2 will follow. The app is part of a series of mobile releases that can use the company's 'Creative Cloud' internet-based sharing and storage service that will also integrate with its desktop software.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 5 Published: Oct 4, 2011 at 03:12
Instagram v2.0.1 adds features and corrects changed filters
Instagram has updated its image effects/sharing app, adding features and adjusting two filters to look more like their version 1 equivalents. Instagram 2.0.1 offers the chance to add geotags images taken from your photo library or on your phone camera. This information is only kept on on your high-res files, not the shared version. The Earlybird and Brannan filters have also been tweaked to look more like the original versions, in response to user feedback. The update is available for download immediately.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 0 Published: Oct 4, 2011 at 23:30
Sep30
Redrock Micro creates Canon EF to MFT adapter with aperture control
DSLR video accessory specialist Redrock Micro has created a Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds lens adapter. The LiveLens MFT adds the electronics required to control the aperture on the mounted EOS lenses. A 9V battery and a touch-panel allows the adapter to specify the lens aperture in 1/3EV steps. The adapter costs $442.50 and is available directly from the manufacturer's website. (Via Photography Blog)
ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 63 Published: Sep 30, 2011 at 00:54
Sep29
Flickr offers Android app including image processing

Photo sharing site Flickr has launched an Android app for uploading, browsing and processing images. The image processing - which allows the application of ten filters and effects - is one of a number of features not included in the equivalent iOS app. These features put it squarely into competition with the popular, iOS-only 'Instagram' processing and sharing service. Flickr says an iOS version will follow 'in the coming months.'

SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 16 Published: Sep 29, 2011 at 23:57
Sep27
ACD Systems launches ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee v14
ACD Systems has announced the launch of ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee version 14. Pro 5 builds on the software's database and organization heritage by gaining image editing tools such as Dodge and Burn, split toning and sharpening tools. This is in addition to its Raw conversion capabilities. Meanwhile, ACDSee v14 adds geotagging options, improved metadata tools and the special effects and drawing tools that are also new to Pro 5. Alongside the launches, the company has announced ACDSee Online, a Raw-capable cloud-based storage and archiving service that doesn't require ownership of the company's software.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 43 Published: Sep 27, 2011 at 07:06
Sep20
Canon adds AirPrint wireless capability to PIXMA WiFi printers
Canon has announced that three of its recently released wireless all-in-one PIXMA printers can now support 'AirPrint' wireless printing from Apple iOS devices. The PIXMA MG8220, MG6220 and MG5320 all gain the ability to print wirelessly from the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPod touches (3rd generation or newer), running iOS 4.2 or later. Canon also says it will offer AirPrint support on the majortiy of future models.
PRINTER NEWS Comments 5 Published: Sep 20, 2011 at 21:03
Instagram v2.0 offers faster processing, larger images and more options
Instagram has updated its popular free image processing and sharing app to version 2.0, adding an revised interface and more features. Instagram v2.0 includes an improved user interface, faster image processing and the ability to save its processed images at higher resolution. The app still only shares low-res versions of files but allows you to save full resolution versions to your 'phone (10x larger in the case of the iPhone 4). The latest version also adds four more processing filters and the option to add or remove borders from the existing ones.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 7 Published: Sep 20, 2011 at 20:09
Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 10
Adobe has released version 10 of its Photoshop Elements image-editing software. New features include Guided Edits, which guide users step-by-step through the process of achieving certain image looks, and a range of image organization options. Several tools have been updated too, including the text and crop tools. There's also an option to upload videos directly to sharing sites such as Facebook and YouTube. The software will be available shortly for $99.99, alternatively users of any previous version can upgrade for $79.99. The company has simultaneously released version 10 of its Premiere Elements video-editing software at the same price; a bundle containing both programs will also be available for $149.99.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 24 Published: Sep 20, 2011 at 09:30
Sep14
Richard Franiec says E-PL3 accessory grip also suitable for PEN Mini

Richard Franiec has announced that his accessory grip for the Olympus E-PL3 will start shipping on September 15th and has confirmed it will fit the PEN Mini (E-PM1). The aluminium grips are available at a cost of $34.95 plus shipping.

ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 43 Published: Sep 14, 2011 at 00:12
SanDisk launches 90MB/s SDXC cards and Eye-Fi cards in Europe
Sandisk has announced a series of cards including SDXC UHS-I cards capable of 95MB/s transfer speeds and Eye-Fi wireless cards for the European market. The SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I cards are based on the SD 3.0 standards and can write at 90MB/s to allow bursts of large Raw files or 1080p60 video. They will be available in sizes from 8 to 64Gb. Meanwhile there will be 4 and 8Gb SanDisk/Eye-Fi co-branded cards available in Europe. It's not clear if these differ from the existing Eye-Fi products. (via Megapixel)
ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 16 Published: Sep 14, 2011 at 17:42
Sep10
Rayqual makes MFT and E adapters with built-in tripod mounts
Japanese adapter maker Rayqual has announced a series of adapters for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount with built-in tripod mounts. The adapters allow the use of long and heavy lenses on mirrorless cameras without the camera having to bear the weight. Adapters are available for Nikon F, M42, Leica R, Olympus OM, Canon FD and Pentax K mounts. Aperture control is not available on the F and K mount versions.
ACCESSORY NEWS Comments 32 Published: Sep 10, 2011 at 01:09
Sep8
Corel launches PaintShop Pro X4 image processing software
Corel has launched the latest version of its PaintShop Pro image processing software. PaintShop Pro X4 has been updated in response to user feedback and adds a series of photography-targeted tools including HDR tools, a 'selective focus' processing tool and the ability to add vignetting to images. The speed and accessibility of the product have also been addressed, along with the addition of tools for sending images to social networking sites. PaintShop Pro X4 will be available for $79 or $99 for the 'Ultimate' version that includes Nik Color Efex 3.0 filters and other extras.
SOFTWARE NEWS Comments 37 Published: Sep 8, 2011 at 19:45