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Canon announces 1000D
Lightweight, affordable and intuitive to use, the 10.1 Megapixel EOS 1000D offers the simplest way yet for aspiring photographers to enter the world of digital SLR photography.
The Canon EOS 1000D is the perfect D-SLR camera for anyone looking to get creative with photography. It lets you carry on shooting wherever you are, from dark interiors to evenings spent outdoors. Capturing the vibrancy on a street, or once-in-a-lifetime holiday shots, is made easy by the camera’s ability to shoot at up to 3 frames per second. Plus, for shots of kids or friends at a party, the wide area auto focus system has 7 separate points to capture their most active moments.
The EOS 1000D’s bright 2.5” LCD screen rewards instantly with a detailed review of every shot, which can be shared with friends thanks to a wide viewing angle. With Live View mode, the screen can even be used to compose shots, or to easily auto focus in the style of a digital compact camera. And for total shooting flexibility, the EOS 1000D is compatible with Canon’s range of lenses and EX-series Speedlite flashes – the broadest in the world.
Pricing & Availability
The EOS 1000D is available from the end of July priced at the following;
EOS 1000D body only £499.99 / €649.99 RRP inc. VAT
EOS 1000D 18-55mm IS lens kit £579.99 / €749.99 RRP inc. VAT.
Features at a glance:
10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
7-point wide-area AF system
Up to 3 frames per second
2.5” LCD with Live View shooting
Ultra-compact and lightweight body
Compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards
: 10/06/2008 20:34:20
Nikon announces the new D3 - full frame digial SLR
Nikon UK is pleased to announce the revolutionary Nikon D3 professional Digital SLR that defines a new benchmark in professional photography.
“Nikon has eclipsed the competition with the D3, a cutting edge camera that will change how professional photographers take pictures,” said Robert Cristina, Brand Manager, Nikon Professional Products, Europe. “The incredible speed, resolution and flexibility of the D3 will enable photographers to capture images under conditions previously thought impossible.”
The D3, the result of years of development and feedback from professional photographers, combines many innovative Nikon technologies. These include an exclusive 12.1 effective megapixel FX format (36.0x23.9mm) image sensor with 12-channel read out, a blazing-fast 9 fps frame rate, expandable ISO settings from 200-6400, a completely new 51-Point autofocus system, a 3-inch VGA LCD screen with Live View and a cutting-edge image processing system.
FX Format Image Sensor
The D3 FX format CMOS imaging sensor was designed from the ground up to offer exceptional light transmission properties, so photographers can acquire outstanding image quality even in low light conditions. With a high signal to noise ratio, a pixel pitch 15% larger than competitive cameras, gapless surface micro-lenses and advanced on-chip noise reduction means high-quality images under very low light levels are now possible. The sensor enables an ISO settings range from 200-6400, expandable up to the equivalent of 25,600 or down to 100.
EXPEED Image Processing System
The EXPEED image processing system is at the heart of the D3’s ability to capture and process massive amounts of data at high definition. The EXPEED system includes both hardware and years of Nikon image processing experience. The D3 EXPEED system features 14-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion with 16-bit image processing, both of which contribute to delivering results with Nikon’s signature ‘look and feel’ of rich accurate colours, smooth skin gradations and exceptional detail.
Scene Recognition System
The D3 features a radical new approach to calculating exposures and white balance with intelligent support for Autofocus tracking performance as well. At the heart of the Scene Recognition System is Nikon’s renowned 1005-pixel RGB metering sensor that has been modified to distinguish subjects’ shape and position for improved auto exposure and Autofocus accuracy.
Building on years of development through both the analogue and digital SLR era, Nikon has once again raised the bar for optical Autofocus systems. The D3 and D300 feature a completely new 51-Point autofocus system designed to acquire and track subjects’ movement more accurately.
The result of intensive studies into how professional sports and news photographers use autofocus, the Multi-CAM3500 AF module features the most AF points ever developed for a SLR camera. The inspired coupling of the AF module with Nikon’s easy-to-use 8-direction multi selector button makes selecting instant individual AF points simple and fast. As one would expect the AF system can be completely customised for every possible shooting condition.
Scorching Speed, Intuitive Response
The image quality of the D3 is combined with outstanding frame rate options. At 9 fps, the D3 is the world’s fastest full format D-SLR1, with an even faster 11fps2 consecutive shooting possible in DX crop mode. A second crop mode is also premiered in the D3, with 5:4 (30mm x 24mm) aspect ratio. Shutter release time lag is an imperceptible 41 milliseconds (CIPA standard), while the image sensor’s integrated high-speed 12-channel readout contributes both to burst speed and Live View performance. The D3 also gets to work quickly; startup time is just 0.12 seconds and mirror black out is only 74ms.
The D3 incorporates an all-new Nikon manufactured shutter unit tested to over 300,000 cycles. The shutter blades are constructed from a durable composite KevlarTM and carbon fibre material to deliver unmatched durability and accuracy even in the most demanding of conditions.
Nikon’s new Picture Control system, developed with the help of extensive feedback from photographers, offers improved productivity for JPEG shooters. Picture Control lets users of all levels manage and customise the appearance of their images in camera. This on-board processing saves significant post processing time. With a variety of default settings, photographers can also customize and share settings. Nikon anticipates photographic communities might develop their own Picture Control settings for specific subjects and conditions. Picture Control replaces the existing Colour Mode settings of current Nikon cameras.
High Contrast Subjects, Low Risk
The Active D-Lighting feature of the D3 adds to its JPEG capabilities. Prior to shooting under high contrast conditions, users can apply a pre-set curve that processes images with improved shadow and highlight details, without affecting overall contrast.
Designed for definition
Everything about the D3 is high definition. From the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) port for output to the latest HD displays to the 3-inch VGA LCD screen with 170-degree viewing angle, images can be played back at very high levels of detail. The new VGA screen also comes into its own when using the new Live View function premiered in the D3 and D300. Unlike other live view technologies, autofocus in possible in all Nikon Live View modes.
Flexible Image Storage
The D3 is the world’s first D-SLR to offer dual CompactFlash card slots for outstanding storage flexibility. A photographer can shoot images to each card one after the other, or simultaneously, as back up. When shooting combined NEF and JPEG files, the NEF image can be written to one card and the JPEG version to the other. Image files can also be selected and copied from one card to the other after shooting.
One Tough Customer
Long the choice of professionals, Nikon SLRs are renowned for withstanding the most challenging conditions. From freezing temperatures of the arctic to the humidity of the rainforest, Nikon’s keep working long after other cameras have ceased to operate, and the D3 is built to continue this tradition. Magnesium alloy is used for the exterior cover, chassis and mirror box, while the seams and buttons of the camera body are sealed against the affects of dust and moisture.
Nikon pioneered wireless image transmission. Now, with the new Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-43, the era of the multi camera network has arrived. Not only can one transmit (‘push’) images to servers and remotely control the camera from afar, the WT-4 also enables remote browsing of the camera’s image thumbnails as well.
In a wireless environment, networks of up to 5 D3 and D300 cameras can be established. At a sports event, for example, photo editors could browse all thumbnails on each camera simultaneously, selecting (‘pulling’) the images they need, while the photographers continue shooting.
Five New NIKKOR Lenses
Five new NIKKOR lenses are also launched today. They include a ground-breaking extreme wide-angle zoom lens, the AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and a slim line standard zoom, the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. Nikon has also launched three all-new super telephoto lenses with VR (Vibration Reduction), the AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR and AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR.
The D3 body measures 159.5 (W) ×157 (H) ×87 (D) mm and weighs 1,390 grams including battery. It will be available in Europe from November 2007.
1. As of August 2007.
2. Autofocus tracking disabled.
3. WT-4 versions vary according to regional/national radio frequency regulations
: 23/08/2007 09:29:14
Sony announces its first Compact Flash product
Meeting the speed and performance requirements of D-SLR camera users
Following its announcement to enter the CompactFlash market, Sony Europe's Recording Media & Energy (RME) division today revealed the details of the initial product line-up. Targeted at the more price conscious consumer, there will be a range of three 66x transfer speed cards with capacities of 1GB, 2GB and 4GB. In addition, two higher-end, value added 133x transfer speed cards with 2GB and 4GB capacity, which are supported by Sony's image recovery service, are targeted at the more ambitious amateur and semi-professional photographer. The new Sony CompactFlash cards will be branded as part of Sony's α (pronounced alpha) 100 D-SLR camera system.
"With the addition of CompactFlash cards to its product range, Sony widens the choice for users of D-SLR cameras, such as the Sony α (pronounced alpha) 100 model, that are looking for fast and reliable recording media from a leading brand” said Renaud Isnard from Sony Europe's Network Media division. "Our first product line-up is designed to handle the demanding speed and performance requirements of ambitious amateur and semi-professional photographers."
The 66x transfer speed CompactFlash cards offer a data transfer rate of 10MB/s (read) and 9MB/s (write), while the 133x CompactFlash cards offer a data transfer rate of 20MB/s (read and write), allowing digital camera users to record more frames per second in continuous advance shooting mode and to transfer their images to the PC.
A 4GB CompactFlash card can hold up to 1,508 JPEG photos taken with 10 Megapixel resolution in ‘Standard’ image setting, or up to 968 photos in 'Fine' mode. Even if both RAW and JPEG image data are recorded, the 4GB card offers enough space for more than 200 digital photos.*
The new Sony CompactFlash cards are compatible with a wide range of products featuring a CompactFlash slot, including many digital cameras, printers and other imaging and computer peripherals. Many PCs feature built-in CompactFlash slots as standard and there are various adaptors and card readers available on the market to allow users to access and transfer their data onto CompactFlash cards using any PC or laptop.
The new Sony CompactFlash cards are robust and capable of operating in extreme working conditions, making them suitable for use in both hot and low temperatures. They come complete with a 5 year warranty providing peace of mind for its customers. In addition, the 133x transfer speed models are supported by Sony's image recovery service.
The Sony CompactFlash cards will be available from May 2007.
* Figures for the number of pictures that fit on a 4GB CompactFlash card are based on the use of a Sony α100 Digital SLR camera. The actual number of images will depend on the camera, object and other parameters.
: 25/04/2007 10:17:30
Canon launches world's fastest digital camera
Professional sports and wildlife photography demands speed, power and endurance. Canon's new flagship digital camera ticks all the right boxes and shatters some records along the way.
Designed from the ground up, the EOS-1D Mark III takes over from the EOS 1D Mark II N as the fastest digital camera on the market. When it comes to the split-second action of a match-winning goal or a wild animal in flight, this 10.1 Megapixel camera is quick enough to capture ten full size photos every second. Those extra shots can mean the difference between a great image and a missed opportunity. And with the power to shoot up to 110 images without pause, the chances of getting the perfect shot are even greater.
Dual "DIGIC III" image processors drive the camera's pack-leading performance. Canon's purpose-built chips work fast enough to process over 100 Megabytes of data per second.
Speed and image quality are just parts of the equation. Canon has spent the last 20 years working with photographers to refine the ultimate tool for the professional in the field. The camera’s tough, magnesium alloy body is protected against dust and moisture - crucial for photographers on assignment in desert areas or extreme weather conditions. The EOS Integrated Cleaning System keeps dust off the image sensor, reducing maintenance time. The 3.0” TFT LCD makes it easier for photographers to check images, and with Live View mode they can use it to compose shots too.
The EOS-1D Mark III is a digital SLR camera compatible with the EOS system of Canon EF lenses, Speedlite flash units and accessories.
Pricing and availability
The EOS-1D Mark III is priced at £3049.99 RRP inc.VAT, availability TBA.
: 07/03/2007 19:54:32
Photo Imaging Council Award
The 2006/2007 winners of the PIC Award are Kate Wilson and Jaskirt Dhaliwal. Kate has just completed a BA Honours degree in Photography at Nottingham Trent University and Jaskirt is in her final year of a BA Honours in Communication, Culture and Media, Photography and Digital Imaging at Coventry University.
Kate Wilson's project is about the threat to some of the oldest rainforest
in the world which is in Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, and especially to the habitat of Orang-utans. These incredible animals die as a direct result of slashing and burning of the forests to make space for the plantations. Kate has travelled through the forests to areas which have been destroyed and cut down, and to the areas around the National Park, right up to the border which are covered by mile upon mile of Palm Oil plantations.
Jaskirt Dhaliwal's project is about raising the profile of female footballers. While male footballers are ranked as celebrities in a
commercial and corporate world where media waits for new headlines, the exact opposite is true of female footballers who generally have to pay money to play. Jaskirt has sought to explore the identity of these women and to explore the differences between the male and female games. She is a
reporter for BBC Birmingham online and has made a news feature on female footballer, Chelsea Weston, for BBC Hereford and Worcester local TV.
Financial and Company Assistance for the Project
Kate was awarded £1000 and she was also generously assisted by industry
companies who helped sponsor her. Canon and Intro2020 serviced her cameras free of charge; Sigma supplied a polarising filter; Hama supplied memory cards; and Kodak gave colour and black and white and slide film.
Jaskirt was awarded £700. Noritsu and Palm Labs generously supplied all
the processing and printing for her project.
: 06/12/2006 15:47:03
Single Use Cameras - A Cleaner Picture
Following recent articles in the media regarding single use cameras, in particular in response to the report, 'A Zero Waste UK' from the Institute for Public Policy Research and Green Alliance, the Photo Imaging Council would like to explain that quite the contrary applies; this product is a
true recycling success story.
For many years ever since the introduction of single use cameras in 1986, Kodak Limited and FUJIFILM UK Ltd, in partnership with a number of other PIC members have worked together to run an industry recycling scheme that successfully keeps single use cameras out of the UK and Ireland's waste stream.
- So what really happens to your single use camera once you've taken the last shot?
Of course no-one throws their precious pictures into the household waste stream! Every week thousands of single use cameras are taken to photofinishers to have the film inside developed and the pictures printed
That will be the last time you see your single use camera, but you may be surprised to learn that it is by no means the end of its life
Single use cameras are designed to be easily recycled; this means that the film is easily removed by the photofinisher without destroying the camera body or components. All UK and Irish photofinishers, including main laboratories and minilabs across both countries, are able, indeed encouraged by the original manufacturers to use the scheme. The empty cameras are stored at the photofinisher for collection by their waste contractor, who, for convenience and environmental efficiency, will pick them up at the same time as their photo-effluent waste.
The cameras are sorted and then returned to their respective manufacturers for recycling in the products closed-loop production process with up to 90% of the camera components recycled.
Lenses, flash units and shutter mechanisms are quality tested and can be
directly re-used in new single use cameras. Plastic from the camera bodies is remoulded and used in other products.
Said PIC's Chairman, Gerry Dingley "This keeps the camera out of the
domestic and business waste streams and addresses 'design for recycling' or "ecodesign" in a popular and familiar product". The industry's single use camera recycling scheme has won several design awards - Gerry continued "the scheme is in line with government goals to increase the amount of recycling generally and meets sustainable development aspirations. It will also meet the requirements of the EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) when it comes into force in the UK in the near future".
The Photo Imaging Council (PIC) is very proud of the effectiveness of the Single Use Camera Recycling Scheme which forms the industry's logistical
infrastructure required in order to truly incorporate recyclability into product design. PIC, therefore completely rejects the idea that single use cameras be used as an example of "cheap, disposable and hard-to-recycle goods," and insist that they should not be combined with other products where such provision for recycling does not exist. The example given in the IPPR press release of the Belgium single use camera recycling scheme is a case in point the success of their scheme where, "80% of all disposable cameras are now recycled or reused" has won this product type an exemption from the tax not because the tax caused them to be recycled but because they were already being recycled and hence warranted exemption. PIC believes that this situation is indeed mirrored in the UK and is a perfect example of why single use cameras should also be exempt from any proposed UK recycling tax.
Adrian Clarke FUJIFILM UK Ltd said, "Over the years we have provided hundreds of students studying Design and Technology with information packs about the single use camera recycling scheme and the product's 'Design for Environment' features. It has been very disappointing therefore that such a high profile research body as the IPPR should have failed to check its facts and has made single use cameras an easy target for its report. In reality the photofinishing industry has gone to great lengths to ensure its products' environmental impacts are minimised."
Dr Greg Batts (Kodak Limited) added his disappointment of the poor research
behind this article. He said, "A quick check of the internet sites of Kodak or Fuji would have been sufficient to realise that their research was flawed. Furthermore, I recommend that the IPPR researches the granting of the World Environmental Centre Gold Medal to Eastman Kodak in 1999 and the quotes relating to the proof of our commitment to the world-wide sustained recycling of single use cameras that takes place around the world with our partners.
Finally, Dr Batts pointed out that Kodak Limited was successful in gaining the "Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development" in 2001 and that part of this award was linked to the success of the single use camera
recycling program in the UK and Ireland.
: 23/11/2006 16:28:03
Jessops plc, the UK's number one specialist photographic retailer, announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire MacKinnons of Dyce Limited, which operates 20 stores in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The acquisition is part of Jessops' ongoing store opening plan and is therefore already factored into forward forecasts. The acquisition brings the total number of Jessops stores to 313.
Nineteen of the acquired stores are located in Scotland (of which 18 currently trade as Photo Factory, with the store in Nairn trading as CS Boyne). The other store in Bangor, Northern Ireland, trades as Photo Factory. The acquisition will double Jessops’ presence in Scotland, bringing the number of stores there to 35, adding 11 new trading territories. In addition, Jessops will have eight stores in Northern Ireland.
All 20 stores will be converted to the Jessops facia and Spacemix format over the course of the coming 6 weeks. All 104 existing store employees will be transferred to Jessops on completion.
Commenting on the acquisition, Jessops Chief Executive, Chris Langley said:
"We are very pleased to have reached agreement to acquire these stores. It is in line with our store opening strategy and adds twenty stores in one move, taking our total to over 300 stores for the first time. More importantly, it considerably strengthens our presence in Scotland and builds on our position in Northern Ireland. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues and new customers to Jessops over the coming months."
: 23/10/2006 00:47:42
A gorilla's grip gives the perfect picture
Give cameras the flexibility they need to take the perfect picture in any situation with the GorillaPod - a flexible tripod.
The GorillaPod securely wraps and bends around most objects, meaning it is more than capable of providing cameras with that much-needed flexibility to take tricky shots at awkward angles.
The tripod is simply inserted into the bottom of the camera and can then be positioned as required to capture the perfect picture. Boasting rubber ring and foot grips, this versatile tripod has a 'gorilla grip' giving extra hold on most surfaces.
Available at Gizoo from just £19.95, main features include:
* Two sizes for compact digital cameras and SLR compact Video Cameras
* Lightweight and portable
* Highly flexible - lets you contort the tripod into any shape you want
* Gorilla grip lets you securely attach your camera to almost any object or
* Lock Ring for extra security ensures your camera is safely attached
Ring and foot grips provide extra gripping power for most surfaces
: 23/10/2006 00:21:39
Canon announces 400D Digital SLR
Canon has announced its next generation D-SLR: the EOS 400D. Featuring a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, new EOS Integrated Cleaning System, larger and brighter 2.5” LCD and 9-point AF, the model is predicted to take the lead as the world's most popular camera. It is positioned above the EOS 350D, currently the fastest selling SLR camera of all time.
The EOS 400D features:
* 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
* Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System
* 2.5” LCD screen with 230K pixels and 160º viewing angle
* High-precision 9 point AF system
* Picture Style image processing parameters
* DIGIC II image processor with 0.2 sec start up
* Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
* Compact and Lightweight body
* Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites
: 25/08/2006 09:56:33
Nikon to launch new 10.2 megapixel digital SLR
Nikon's Japanese website is running a 'teaser' animation stating that they will soon be releasing a new Nikon digital SLR.
Not much else is known at this time, except that it will be 10.2 megapixel and could have a built in flash. The built in flash could be a sign that this new Nikon will not be aimed at the professional market.
: 21/07/2006 15:26:44
Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd
Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of its latest technological
marvel, the FinePix S6500fd. This new camera is designed to take the hassle
out of great photography and with Fujifilms new industry-first Face
Detection technology, will mean youll never again miss those unexpected
opportunities of catching your friends in classic photo moments.
With SLR-like looks the FinePix S6500fd's outside is as deserving of
attention as the class-leading technology on the inside. This new camera
will appeal to people who want to take great photos, with minimum fuss.
Photos your friends will be proud of...
The FinePix S6500fd will take sharp, natural looking photos night and day,
thanks to Fujifilm's ISO 100-3200 sensitivity. ISO represents the range of
settings that let the camera shoot in harsh daylight, or deepest night,
without blurring the image or using flash when the light is low. Flash has
its place, but in people pictures it will usually leave your friends faces
flooded with light, with the result they'll look bleached-out, shiny and
pale - even if they have just come back from a beach holiday on the Cote
The camera is unique among its competitors because its Face Detection is
hardware based, rather than software. This enables it to perform much
faster, so it can recognise the face, optimise settings for the best
possible photo, and take the shot within just 0.04 seconds.
Face Detection in the S6500fd works by recognising eyes and mouth to lock
on to faces in the frame. Coping with up to ten faces, it optimises focus
and exposure level settings. Furthermore, movement tracking means the
camera stays locked on the subject until they move out of the frame. The
technology means the FinePix S6500fd can identify a face irrespective of
its position in the frame or the composition of the shot, and is not
confused by spectacles. All this, combined with split-second accuracy,
results in picture-perfect people shots in record time.
When you do want to use a flash, the FinePix S6500fd features two unique
Fujifilm technologies to make the resulting photos much more pleasing to
the eye. Intelligent Flash automatically sets flash power output and
exposure so that, rather than flooding your friends with light, the flash
works to gently illuminate the scene. The results are natural looking skin
tones and visible background. Natural Light & Flash takes the decision
making out of photography by shooting twice in quick succession - once with
and once without flash. It then displays each shot side-by-side for easy
The camera's Fujinon 10.7x (28-300mm equivalent) optical zoom lens will
help you capture all the action, and because its high ISO sensitivity
combats image blur too, the S6500fd is also the perfect tool for
fast-moving sports photography. Used with the optional Wide Conversion
Lens, WL-FXS6, the FinePix S6500fd becomes the perfect tool for landscape
Fourteen special scene modes, including Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night,
Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum and Party ensure youll never miss
the opportunity for a great photo - wherever you happen to be. 30 fps VGA
movie mode with sound and manual zoom capability provides a fun alternative
to still photography.
FinePix S6500fd features at a glance:
* Hardware based Face Detection technology
*Sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200 for low-noise photography in all light
*Super CCD HR VI sensor delivering six million effective pixels
*Real Photo Processor II reduces noise and delivers enhanced colour
*Fixed 10.7x (28-300mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with twist barrel
*Intelligent Flash achieves the optimum combination of high sensitivity and
natural skin tones
*Fourteen special-scene modes, including Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night,
Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum and Party
*High Speed Shooting Mode with a shutter lag of just 0.035 seconds
*High resolution 2.5 inch LCD screen with reinforced, scratch-resistant
*TV-quality VGA movie recording of 30 frames per second with sound
*PictBridge compatible for direct printing without a PC
The FinePix S6500fd's optional Wide Conversion Lens, WL-FXS6, expands the
cameras wide-angle capability without compromising image quality. It
allows the extreme angles of view normally only available with changeable
lenses on an SLR camera.
Also available is an optional premium leather case. Fujifilm World Travel
Adaptor, for charging abroad, and spare Lithium-ion battery, NP-70 make
travelling with the FinePix S6500 easy.
The camera comes with shoulder strap, USB and A/V cables, Lens cap and hood
and software CDs FinePix Viewer (with RAW File Converter included),
ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix and RAW File Converter LE.
Availability and pricing
The FinePix S6500fd will be available from UK retailers in October 2006.
Pricing and stockists will be announced nearer to the date of retail
: 21/07/2006 15:22:32
FujiFilm FinePix F20
13 July 2006
Fujifilm today announced the launch of the FinePix F20, an affordable and
slimline 6.3 megapixel camera that reflects the companys commitment to
producing a wide range of high-end, high sensitivity digital cameras that
work in low light.
The FinePix F20 refines the body shape of the acclaimed FinePix F30.
However its convenient, pocketable dimensions do not prevent it from
featuring the same powerful sixth generation Super CCD HR sensor and Real
Photo Processor II technology as its bigger brother.
Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology cameras are among the only digital
compacts to deliver ISO sensitivity of 1600 and above at full resolution.
This ensures crisp, clear images that are as close as any digital camera
gets to reproducing a scene just as the human eye sees it, even in low
light, without the use of flash. The FinePix F20's sensitivity of ISO
100-2000 makes it five times more effective at capturing detailed, natural
looking images in low light than a conventional compact with ISO 400. It's
a feature that users are coming to expect from high-specification cameras.
The camera also features Fujifilm's Intelligent Flash system. This helps
avoid the messy background blur of 'slow-sync' flash as well as the
starkness of conventional flash. Instead, the camera automatically sets the
power output of the flash to produce balanced images that combine natural
foreground illumination with optimum background exposure. It spells the end
for bleached-out people and blacked-out backgrounds, and brings greater
depth and clarity to twilight hour photography.
In addition, the FinePix F20's innovative 'Natural Light & Flash' Dual Shot
mode takes two shots in quick succession, one with flash and one without,
before displaying them side by side for instant comparison. It's like a
photographic safety net and means the user can be confident of getting a
great image for every unexpected, spontaneous moment.
With a 300-shot battery life, 14 scene positions including beach, snow and
fireworks, the FinePix F20 is a versatile and dynamic companion that
guarantees the user great pictures wherever they take it.
Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Photo Products, said, This new
camera reflects Fujifilm's photographic strategy by broadening our range of
high-sensitivity digital cameras. Digital photography has moved on from
megapixels, and today sensitivity is the key area of advancement. Our
cameras are at the vanguard of this movement and the FinePix F20 joins a
growing family of models specifically designed to produce pictures just as
your eyes see them.
FinePix F20 features at a glance:
*ISO 2000 sensitivity at full resolution for low-noise photography in all
*On Picture Stabilisation and Natural Light Mode or ISO 1600 on Auto and
*Sixth generation Super CCD HR VI sensor delivering 6.3 million effective
*Real Photo Processor II reduces noise and delivers enhanced colour
*Anti-blur button to set high shutter speed and reduce the risk of blurry
*Intelligent Flash achieves the optimum combination of high sensitivity and
natural skin tones
*'Natural Light & Flash' Dual Shot mode
*Quick response times 0.01 second shutter lag and 1.4 second start-up
*3x optical zoom
*Long-life battery (up to 300 shots)
*TV-quality VGA movie recording of 30 frames per second with sound
*PictBridge compatible for direct printing without a PC
A range of dedicated optional accessories is available for the FinePix F20,
including premium leather case, WP-FXF30 Underwater Housing and Underwater
Strobe Kit. For users who want to travel with their camera, a Fujifilm
World Travel Adaptor, for charging abroad, and spare Lithium-ion battery,
NP-70, are also available.
The camera comes with software CDs, FinePix Viewer and ImageMixer VCD2 LE
for FinePix. Also included are Lithium-ion battery NP-70, AC Power Adaptor
AC-5VC, Hand Strap, and USB and A/V cables.
Availability and pricing
The FinePix F20 will be available from UK retailers in September 2006.
Pricing and stockists will be announced nearer to the date of retail
: 21/07/2006 15:18:39
Fujifilm unveils new corporate brand logo
Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. has introduced a new corporate brand logo. It has been designed to reflect a new holding company structure that will commence operation on 1 October 2006. FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation will provide strategic management of the entire group, including the two major operating
companies: FUJIFILM Corporation and Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
The company has taken this opportunity to change the corporate brand logo for FUJIFILM Corporation, an operating company that will take on the current business of Fujifilm. The logo will also be adopted on 1 October
The existing Fujifilm logo was developed in 1980 and has been used by
Fujifilm for 26 years. During that period, Fujifilm has significantly
expanded its business by adding a diverse range of advanced technologies to
the core technologies nurtured through its photosensitive materials
business. The Fujifilm Group is calling the new company structure its
“Second Foundation” and is carrying out additional structural reforms on a
Fujifilm Group has been making aggressive capital and Research and Development investments in growing businesses alongside various MandA transactions. These businesses
operate in fields including medical imaging/life sciences; documents;
graphic arts; high-function materials such as flat panel displays,
electronic materials, and optical devices. The entire group is working
towards further business development and expansion. The introduction of the
new corporate brand logo along with the new name is designed to clearly
communicate the company's expansion and continuing growth, and to
strengthen the corporate brand.
The new logo design eliminates the red hexagon symbol that was established in 1980, in favour of a strong projection of the Fujifilm corporate brand.
For brand continuity, Fujifilm will continue to use green as its corporate
The new logo will be used on all Fujifilm products, advertising media
information, facilities, and office supplies.
: 13/07/2006 12:36:21
Nikon announce D2xs professional Digital SLR
Nikon's latest digital SLR combines 12.4 effective megapixels, superb precision and high speed for a powerful professional performance.
Sales Release date: July 2006
RRP body only: £3499.99 / €5226.00
Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the D2xs professional digital SLR camera, following the success of the award-winning Nikon D2x.
While the D2xs shares many features with its predecessor, the new model boasts an array of refinements that enhance performance and improve the user experience. Such features include, refined viewfinder performance; a new LCD with a 170-degree wide viewing angle; significantly increased battery life; and a wide range of firmware enhancements.
The integration of a 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor delivers high quality images that can be captured in JPEG or RAW images at a rate of up to five frames per second in continuous shooting mode. Powerful image-processing technologies and the 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II ensure images rich in detail, colour which contain a smooth tonal range. The D2xs also offers 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II in High-speed Crop mode and new custom settings have been introduced to the viewfinder to allow clearer viewing for the user.
Professional photographers will appreciate the ability to select Adobe RGB in any of three colour modes, making it possible to work with a wider range of colours that complement various working environments. Furthermore, in-camera creative possibilities are extended with the addition of a new Black and White (sRGB) colour mode.
The D2xs maximizes the potential of Nikon's Creative Lighting System, delivering high-precision flash performance including i-TTL flash control which support for Nikon's Advanced Wireless Lighting system. The latest high energy EN-EL4a rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides enough power to support shooting of up to 3,800 images on a single charge. It can be recharged at any time and features a handy 'fuel gauge' which displays remaining charge by percentage, the number of shots since last charge and overall battery status.
The new model continues to feature the excellent high-speed shooting performance, rapid start-up, a release time lag of just 37ms, and an 11-area autofocus system as found in the D2x. The Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F mount design have also been continued to guarantee seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses and the growing range of high-quality DX Nikkor lenses.
Compatibility with Nikon's Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A provides fast image transmission, improved security and compatibility with the latest protocols. Wireless LAN remote D2xs control can be achieved using a computer that has (optional) Camera Control Pro software installed.
With an exterior based on a design by famed industrial designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro*, the D2xs is instantly recognisable as a new-generation Nikon camera.
Image sensor with 12.4 effective megapixels
The CMOS image sensor provides both high image quality and high-speed performance. Despite the extremely high resolution achieved by 12.4 effective megapixels, image data is recorded at exceptionally high-speed through the use of a 4-channel output method.
Image-processing algorithm designed to produce high-quality images
The D2xs provides Nikon photographers with the opportunity to produce significantly larger image files demanded by the industry today. At Nikon, high image quality is much more than a matter of megapixels - a number of other high-level technologies are required to achieve outstanding performance which are provided by the D2xs.
Continuous shooting at 5fps at 12.4 megapixels, 8 fps at 6.8 megapixels
Despite high-resolution, 12.4-megapixel performance, speed is not an issue with the D2xs. In fact the D2xs enables up to 5 frames per second shooting at 12.4-megapixel resolution, and an astounding 8 frames per second at 6.8 megapixels.
High-Speed Crop function
Continuous shooting at a rapid 8 frames per second is possible during use of the High-Speed Crop function which records the central portion of the frame at 6.8 megapixel resolution. The viewfinder has also been enhanced during High-speed Crop mode for simpler, more accurate composition.
Broad colour modes
The Adobe RGB profile provides a broader range of colours than the sRGB profile, making it a more suitable choice for professional photographers. The D2xs has also been optimized for post-processing of images with the ability to select Adobe RGB from either Mode I or Mode III in camera. An additional new Black and White colour mode further expands the photographer's creative possibilities.
11-area AF system with 9 cross-type AF sensors
Updated to perform even faster and with greater precision in the D2xs, the 11-area AF system employs Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 2000 AF Sensor Module. Of these 11 widely spread AF sensors, 9 are cross-type sensors positioned in the logical rule-of-thirds array. All 9 cross-type sensors remain active when using High-speed Crop mode.
Advanced 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II
Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure/Colour Matrix Metering Sensor achieves optimum exposure for every shot.
Creative in-camera trimming, Image Overlay and Multiple Exposure
The new in-camera trimming allows RAW, TIFF and JPEG images taken using the D2xs to be trimmed within the camera. Images of reduced display sizes can be viewed, ranging from 640 x 480 to 2560 x 1920 pixels. The Multiple Exposure function creates a single image from up to 10 exposures. The D2xs also offers an Image Overlay function that merges selected RAW (NEF) files, stored on the CF card, to create a new image file within the camera.
2.5-inch LCD monitor with a wide-viewing angle; large enough to display various settings and information for easy recognition
The D2xs incorporates a large 2.5-inch 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD monitor display with an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle for clearer viewing. It also offers larger type fonts and colour-coded menus. Further evolution of the Recent Settings menus allows the user to delete or lock current settings to prevent accidental changes. The D2xs also offers RGB Histogram display enabling images to be easily assessed in the large LCD monitor. Furthermore, it is also possible to display channel-specific ([R] red, [G] green or [B] blue) histograms for immediate and more detailed image verification.
Excellent response with the same quick power up and 37ms release time lag as the D2x
Instant startup and a class-leading shutter release time lag of just 37 milliseconds ensures a response that can handle even the most challenging professional assignments.
A body designed to heighten ease of operation, water droplet and dust resistance, and overall durability
The size, layout and operation of the buttons, controls and functions have all been assigned for optimal operation and feedback – minimizing the need to remove the eye from the viewfinder. Combined with a lightweight, yet highly durable magnesium alloy body, the D2xs ensures reliable performance under tough professional working conditions.
The D2xs supports full integration into Nikon's Creative Lighting System
When used in combination with SB-800, SB-600 or R1C1 Speedlights, the D2xs supports the Nikon's Creative Lighting System with high-precision flash photography using i-TTL flash control, unlimited creativity through Advanced Wireless Lighting, and functions such as FV Lock and Auto FP High-Speed Sync. With Speedlights such as the SB-80DX and SB-50DX mounted, the D2xs also supports D-TTL flash control.
Compatible with an extensive selection of Nikkor lenses
In addition to the expanding line of DX Nikkor lenses designed specifically for Nikon digital SLR cameras, many of the conventional AF Nikkor film-camera lenses can also be mounted on the D2xs.
Fast read/write speed for the memory card and a USB 2.0 interface for fast image transfer
The D2xs has fast read/write times and uses the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface fast image transfer from the camera.
GPS support for the recording of location information with shooting data
The optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35, permits location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and heading (direction) to be transferred from a GPS device and recorded with the shooting data for each image.
Wireless support with the Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A for direct image transfer to the D2xs via wireless LAN
The D2xs supports the new high-speed, IEEE802.11b/g compatible Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A with enhanced image transfer protocols and increased security. The WT-2/2A additionally supports the new PTP/IP protocol. And when used with Camera Control Pro software, wireless camera control from a computer is also possible.
Increased digital image enjoyment with Nikon's PictureProject software, designed for use with the D2xs
PictureProject is an intuitive software application offering versatile functions for image transfer, image organisation, simple image editing (NEF plug-in included), and print layout.
Support for Capture NX: An application with an array of tools to assist the photographer
Capture NX offers exciting potential for Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) files, as well as JPEG and TIFF images. Refined through revolutionary U-Point technology, the selection of objects, colours or areas have been simplified. Highly accurate alterations can be made to myriad image elements while preserving the integrity of the original image data.
Image Authentication to protect the integrity of valuable data
Nikon's new Image Authentication function offers image authentication for digital image files. Indication whether the actual image has been tampered with is provided as well as if any changes have been made to date and GPS information.
Nikon Digital SLR Camera D2xs Specifications
Type of camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera
CMOS sensor, 23.7 x 15.7mm; total pixels: 12.84 million
Image Size (pixels)
Full image: 4,288 x 2,848(L), 3,216 x 2,136(M), 2,144 x 1,424(S) High-speed Crop Image: 3,216 x 2,136(L), 2,400 x 1,600(M), 1,600 x 1,064(S)
100 to 800 (ISO equivalent); HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1 and HI-2 available
CompactFlash? (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive?
NEF (12-bit uncompressed or compressed RAW),
Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF compliant
(uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)
1) Single frame shooting [S] mode: advances one frame for each shutter release
2) Continuous high shooting [CH] mode: Full Image; 5 frames per second (fps)/High-speed Crop Image; 8 frames per second (fps)
3) Continuous low shooting [CL] mode: Full Image; 1 to 4 frames per second (fps) (selectable in menu)/High-speed Crop Image; 1 to 7 frames per second (fps) (selectable in menu)
4) Self-timer mode: time duration can be set
5) Mirror up mode: first press: mirror up, second press: release
1) Auto (hybrid with 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor, CMOS image sensor and external Ambient Light Sensor)
2) Manual (6 steps with fine tuning)
3) Preset (5 settings)
4) Colour temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31 steps)
5) White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)
2.5-in., approx. 230,000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; Backlight/brightness adjustment available
1) Full frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Zoom, 4) Slideshow, 5) RGB Histogram indication, Shooting data and Highlight point display
1) Card format, 2) All frames delete, 3) Selected frames delete
NTSC or PAL (selectable in menu)
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector)
FTP file transfer and PTP/IP camera control/file transfer is available with optional WT-2/2A (IEEE 802.11b/g) Wireless transmitter; FTP file transfer compatibility with WT-1/1A (IEEE 802.11b)
CF Card Slot Type II: supports firmware updates via CF cards
Record mode: Automatic or manual recording at shooting or playback,
Max. recording time: 60 seconds
Playback mode: Built-in speaker or Audio Video Cable
File format: Mono WAV file
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
1) AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type): All functions possible
2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some exposure modes available
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor*: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available
*Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length F=mm by multi-selector operation
Electronic rangefinder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Full Image: Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm  format equivalent
High-speed Crop Image: Approx. 2x focal length in 35mm  format equivalent
Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism; Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1), Eyepiece shutter provided
19.9mm (at -1.0m-1)
BriteView Clear Matte Screen III; supplied Type-B or optional Type-E with grid
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100% (High-speed Crop mode: Approx. 97%)
Approx. 0.86x with 50mm f/1.4 lens set to infinity and -1.0m-1
Automatic, instant-return type
Instant-return type, with Depth-of-field Preview Button
TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM 2000 autofocus module;
Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (Right edge/Left edge AF range: EV 0 to +19) (at normal temperature [20°C /68°F], ISO 100 equivalent)
1) Single servo AF [S], 2) Continuous servo AF [C], 3) Manual focus [M] Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in [S] or [C] AF
Selectable from 11 focus areas (High-speed Crop: 9 focus areas)
AF Area Modes
1) Single Area AF 2) Dynamic-area AF 3) Group Dynamic AF 4) Dynamic-area AF with closest subject priority
Focus is locked by pressing AE/AF Lock button or lightly pressing shutter release button in [S] AF
Exposure Metering System
TTL full-aperture exposure metering system;
1) D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II using the 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor while other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (Non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data)
2) Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle) given to 6, 10 or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame
3) Spot Metering (3mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU
Exposure Metering Range
1) 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II: EV 0 to 20
2) Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20
3) Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20
(at normal temperature [68°F /20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Meter Coupling
CPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
1) [P] Programmed Auto with flexible program
2) [S] Shutter-priority Auto
3) [A] Aperture-priority Auto
4) [M] Manual
±5 EV increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Auto Exposure Lock
Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing
Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames
Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/8,000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
X-contact only: flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
1) Creative Lighting System: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by TTL Sensor with Nikon Speedlight SB-800/600: Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV (Flash Value) Lock, Flash Colour Information Communication for Auto White Balance, Auto FP High-Speed Flash Sync, Modeling Flash
2) D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash: When used with the Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX and in accordance with the mounted lens, five-segment TTL Multi Sensor control makes available 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, and Standard D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
3) AA (Auto Aperture-type) Flash available when used with SB-800/80DX and lens with built-in CPU
4) Non-TTL Auto Flash (A-type Flash) with a Speedlight such as SB-800/30/27/22s etc.
5) Range-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash Sync Modes
1) Front-curtain sync (normal sync), 2) Red-eye reduction, 3) Red-eye reduction with slow sync, 4) Slow sync, 5) Rear-curtain sync
Lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800/600/80DX/28DX/50DX; blinks for full output warning
Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safely lock provided
ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration
Depth-of-field Preview Button
Stop-down lens aperture by pressing Depth-of-field Preview Button.
Via 10-pin remote terminal
NMEA 0183 (ver. 2.01) Interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese (selectable in menu)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a (11.1V DC), Quick Charger MH-21, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Battery Monitoring System
The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information about the EN-EL4a battery: 1) Remaining charge (%); 2) No. of shots taken since last charge; 3) Calibration status (Recommended/Not required); 4) Battery life (5 stages)
1/4 in. (ISO1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)
Weight (without battery)
Approx. 1,070g (2.4 lbs)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-21, Body Cap, Camera Strap AN-D2Xs, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-3, Battery Chamber Cover BL-1, Type-B Focusing Screen, PictureProject software CD-ROM
Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A, Extended Range Antenna WA-E1, AC Adapter EH-6, Type-E Focusing Screen, Magnifier DG-2, Antifog Finder Eyepiece DK-17A, Rubber Eyepiece Cup DK-19, Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-17C series, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, Right-Angle Magnifying Viewing Attachment DR-5, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/R1C1, Capture NX software, Camera Control Pro Software, Image Authentication Software
*Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.
CompactFlash™ is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. June 2006 ©2006 Nikon Corporation
: 01/06/2006 22:19:13
Fujifilm FinePix Z3 Zoom
Fujifilm have announced the launch of its new FinePix Z3 Zoom, an ultra-chic compact digital camera, available in some cutting-edge colours - silver, metallic blue and light pink.
The Z3 Zoom will have particular appeal to female digital camera owners who have felt that performance is frequently sacrificed for the sake of style - it is accomplished enough to capture images of impressive quality, but small enough to fit into the tiniest of handbags. The distinctive design is
only part of the story; the big news is that Fujifilm's renowned Super CCD sensor, combined with the companys Real Photo Technology Processor II, spells the end for spoiled shots.
Research has shown that the majority of pictures taken by women are 'people pictures' captured in low light situations at close proximity. Ironically, it is exactly these situations that spell trouble for conventional digital cameras. Their lack of low-light sensitivity leads to blurry results, or an
over-reliance on flash, which kills the atmosphere and the natural lighting.
Unlike the usual sensitivity limit of ISO 400, the FinePix Z3 Zoom boasts a sensitivity range up to ISO 1600 at full resolution, which means that users are able to produce images with minimum 'noise', capturing crisp shots,even if memories are a blur! Furthermore, the new Anti-Blur button ensures that the FinePix Z3 Zoom operates with a much faster shutter speed than conventional cameras, reducing the effects caused by hand shake and subject movement.
Pictures may even make it to the mantelpiece thanks to the ingenious Intelligent Flash system that combines a clear, well-exposed background with natural skin tones on subjects in the foreground. This banishes 'ghostly' faces against dark backgrounds once and for all.
Additionally, the innovative Dual-Shooting Mode takes two consecutive shots (one with flash and one without flash) giving users the choice between the two pictures - almost like being guided by your own personal expert.
FinePix Z3 Zoom features at a glance:
* Super CCD HR sensor delivering 5.1 million effective pixels
* Real Photo Processor II reduces noise and delivers enhanced colour reproduction
* Intelligent Flash achieves the optimum combination of high sensitivity and natural skin tones
* Anti-Blur button enables fast shutter speeds, minimising blur
* 14 pre-programmed scene positions including Dual-Shooting mode
* Non-extending refractive optical zoom lens with 3x optical zoom
* Sensitivity range of ISO 64-1600 for low-noise photography in all light situations
* Slim and stylish wraparound shell-type body, available in silver, metallic blue and light pink
* High resolution 2.5 inch LCD screen with reinforced, scratch-resistant glass
* Continuous shooting mode for action photography
* 10 MB internal memory for added convenience
* TV-quality VGA movie recording of 30 frames per second with sound
* PictBridge compatible for direct printing without a PC
Will Rolls, Marketing Manager - Digital Imaging, Fujifilm, said, This is a
camera that fits right into a night out. So many slim cameras are marketed as the 'ultimate party accessory', yet they amount to little more than electronic jewellery, unable to cope in the dark world of indoor, sociable photography. The FinePix Z3 Zoom is the ideal blend between a very serious
low-light picture-taking tool and head-turning design.
: 30/05/2006 16:28:43
Sony launches two new digital printers
Sony launches two new digital printers combining cutting-edge style with high-end functionality
“With the latest additions to the Sony digital printer family, we are taking home photo printing to a new level. Our aesthetic printers won't look out of place in the most stylish of homes, with the highest print quality you would expect from your local photo developer” – Takashi Kondo (Vice President, Sony Europe)
Berlin, 8th May 2006 - As the digital camera revolution continues to gain momentum across Europe, Sony today, launches two new photo printers in its popular digital printing range. Both new printers use superior dye-sublimation technology to create durable, lab quality prints that last. During the printing process each print is sealed with SuperCoat 2™ laminate coating, making photos last longer by creating a resistance to spills, moisture and fingerprints. Both devices also offer industry standard PictBridge compatibility when printing from an enabled digital still camera or mobile phone, one of the latest developments in the market.
DPP-FP55: style and functionality in a single device
Building on the success of the popular Sony FP50, the new FP55 incorporates a 2.0” colour TFT monitor with “three-step” functionality. As easy as ABC, this standalone printer is cable-free. Users simply insert the memory card, select their images on the screen and push the print button. The Sony FP55 features direct SD and MS/MSDuo card slots, ensuring maximum compatibility with majority of current DSC on the market. Photo-lovers who prefer to store their prints on their PC can also connect the DPP-FP55 direct to the PC via a USB cable and port. The FP55 offers a fast printing speed, optimized for printing high resolution images in around 63 seconds. The model boasts a large 2.0” LCD monitor which replaces the need to view photos on TV or on the PC. Users can now view, manage, edit or print each photo through a simple control panel. The larger LCD panel also helps photographers review and remove red-eye ahead of printing, saving time and money. Available with the FP55 is a wide variety of value-added image options. From making postcards and photo albums to printing calendars from a range of templates, the FP55 allows users to transform images with editing and special effects. The “Multi-photo” option allows photographers to create composite images with up to 16 different photos.
Key product features include:
- 2.0-inch colour TFT monitor
- Direct SD and MS/MSDuo slots
- Fast printing speed, optimised for printing of high resolution images
- PC free operation with additional features include Calendar Print, Layout and Index Print and Red eye reduction
- Printing technology: Dye sublimation (Y/M/C/O)
- Colour resolution: 256 level x 3 colours, 16.7 million colours
- Resolution: 300x300dpi
- Compatible print media: SVM-F40P, F80P, F120P
- Print size: 10x15cm (4”x6”)
- Paper tray capacity: 20 sheets
- Just 1.1Kg and with dimensions of W 175mm x H 60mm x D 137mm
The DPP-FP55 will be available from July 2006 across Europe.
DPP-FP35: making quality home printing affordable
Also launched today is the Sony DPP-FP35 - an easy to use digital printer at an affordable price. This model offers budding photographers a compact and functional printer option which they can buy at the same time as their digital camera. This printer connects to the PC via USB, but also direct from the DSC or mobile phone when PictBridge-enabled.
Key product features include:
- Printing technology: Dye sublimation (Y/M/C/O)
- Colour resolution: 256 level x 3 colours, 16.7 million colours
- Resolution: 300x300dpi
- Compatible print media: SVM-F40P, F80P, F120P
- Print size: 10x15cm (4”x6”)
- Paper tray capacity: 20 sheets
- Just 1.0Kg and with dimensions of W 175mm x H 60mm x D 137mm
The DPP-FP35 will be available from August 2006 across Europe.
Accompanying print media:Both of the new printers can use media already available on the market. Sony currently sells three different packs of print media for 40, 80 or 120 prints (SVM-F40P, SVM-F80P and SVM-F120P respectively). All print media packages contain both photo paper and ink ribbon cartridge and ensure that there are no hidden additional costs for ink.
: 09/05/2006 11:29:07
Seeds of Change Photography competition
03 May 2006
WIN £10,000: THE SEEDS OF CHANGE 'FEED YOUR IMAGINATION' PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY
Budding photographers and foodies everywhere are being called to enter the annual Seeds of Change photography competition in association with Observer Food Monthly, launched on 30th April in OFM.
The award is specifically for food-inspired photography with overall theme of 'Feed Your Imagination' and three categories entitled: food and people, food for thought, and food, glorious food. Last year the overall winner, Marcus Harvey, won £10,000 for his portrait photograph entitled King Bee.
Legendary veteran Observer photographer, Jane Bown - recently selected to take the Queen's 80th Birthday portrait - will join the prestigious judging panel which includes: Nigel Slater, The Observer's Cookery Writer; Giorgio Locatelli, Chef; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, OFM Columnist; Harry Borden, Photographers, John Reardon and Greg Whitmore (Picture Editor of The Observer), Elaine Frankland from Seeds of Change; Nicola Jeal, Editor of OFM and Andrew Jones, Editor of Practical Photography Magazine.
The closing date for entries is 30 June 2006.
The winners will be announced during Organic Fortnight in September at a ceremony at the OXO tower gallery in London on Thursday 17th August. The winning work will be displayed in a special exhibition in the gallery.
The first prize is £10,000 and 2 runners-up will receive £500 each.
Elaine Frankland from Seeds of Change commented: 'Last year we saw some truly inspirational shots which showed how well the creativity of food and photography complement one another. This year we hope using the theme of Feed Your Imagination will uncover more genuine talent and passion for food'.
A special micro site where entrants can download application forms can be found at www.observer.co.uk/seedsofchange.
: 03/05/2006 16:31:42
Travel Light With Fujifilm This Summer
Digital cameras and accessories for anyone about to embark on their travels in 2006
Don't let your hand luggage weigh you down on holiday this year. Make one of Fujifilm's compact digital cameras or travel accessories your beach bag companion, and capture all your favourite holiday moments, day and night.
FinePix F30 Zoom
There are two things you can be sure of with travel photography – you need a camera with stamina, and you need to be able to take photos in all light conditions. The FinePix F30 Zoom leads the field on both counts, being the world's first digital compact camera to deliver ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution, as well as possessing a 580-shot battery life. The ISO 3200 sensitivity makes it possible to capture images of unrivalled quality, throughout the day and night. So whether you're in a dimly lit bar, an art gallery where flash is not permitted or in the murky depths of the Amazon, the FinePix F30 Zoom will deliver sharp images, even with fast-moving subjects. This exceptional small camera performance has already seen this camera win the coveted European TIPA award.
Suggested retail price, FinePix F30 Zoom: £250-£300
FinePix F11 Zoom
Regardless of whether you prefer painting the town red or surfing the ocean waves, the FinePix F11 Zoom is your ideal travel partner. Boasting ISO ratings up to 1600, this camera is perfectly designed for night-time snapping without ever needing to use the flash. As if that wasn't enough, the FinePix F11 Zoom also boasts a massive 2.5" LCD screen, to frame your shots accurately, not to mention an exceptionally long battery life (500
shots) - so this camera will never tire before you do!
Suggested Retail Price, FinePix F11 Zoom: £299.99
FinePix F11 Zoom Underwater Housing
For water sport fans and diving enthusiasts, you can take the FinePix F11 Zoom swimming with its optional, polycarbonate underwater housing - waterproof to 40 metres.
Suggested Retail Price, FinePix F11 Zoom Underwater Housing: £149.99
Underwater Strobe Kit
Water babies will love the compact Underwater Strobe Kit, ideal to combine with any digital camera in an underwater housing for sub-aqua photography at depths of up to 60m. The Underwater Strobe Kit provides that vital extra burst of light, meaning colour and tone can be recorded more naturally, and giving underwater shots greater clarity and depth of colour for mesmerising images. Your holiday snaps will be the envy of all your friends!
Suggested Retail Price, Underwater Strobe Kit: £159.99
FinePix V10 Zoom
The FinePix V10 Zoom is a next-generation digital compact camera with distinctive looks and an extra dose of fun - it comes equipped with the ideal distraction for passing time spent in airport departure lounges - addictive retro arcade-style games, which are built into the camera itself.
Available in a stylish, two-tone design the FinePix V10 Zoom is the perfect companion to be seen out on the town with! Featuring an enormous 3" LCD screen, which is perfect for capturing those special holiday moments, the FinePix V10 still remains remarkably small in size – making it ideal for even the smallest beach bags! Achieving class-leading sensitivity of ISO 1600, the FinePix V10 Zoom makes light work of photography in low light conditions.
Suggested retail price, FinePix V10 Zoom: £249.99
FinePix S9500 Zoom
Capture all the action on safari with the FinePix S9500 Zoom. This compact digital SLR-style camera has a class-leading sensitivity range of ISO 80 - 1600, which means that sharp, focused images can be achieved in all light conditions – without the use of a flash. Fast shutter speeds lessen the effect of blurring from camera shake and subject movement, so even if the rhinos are stampeding, you'll still capture perfect shots!
What's more, a tilting LCD screen means that it is possible to view images at awkward angles, so you can rest assured every detail of your African adventure will captured in fine detail. In addition, the camera features a 30-frames-per-second movie mode with manual zoom capability, giving high quality moving images with sound – so you have every opportunity to capture the sights and sounds of the wild.
Suggested retail price, FinePix S9500 Zoom: £549.99
Fujifilm World Travel Adaptor with USB Charger
Whether you're charging your digital camera in Europe, using your hairdryer in Hong Kong, or calling home on your mobile from down under, Fujifilm's World Travel Adaptor with USB Charger eliminates the need for country-specific adaptors. This all-in-one unit allows you to use all your portable electrical appliances in more than 150 countries around the world.
The useful addition of a USB converter means you can also charge mobile phones, iPods, PDAs and other 5V USB powered devices, on the go.
Furthermore, its nifty, compact design makes it easy to pack away in any bag or rucksack.
Suggested retail price, Fujifilm World Travel Adaptor with USB Charger: £24.99
NB: The Fujifilm World Travel Adaptor is also available without the USB charger – Suggested Retail Price: £19.99
Fujifilm Worldwide Travel Charger
Designed for adventurous travellers and photographers alike, Fujifilm's Worldwide Travel Charger can be used anywhere in the world to help power batteries for a host of electrical equipment. This smart, compact device is capable of taking all forms of AA and AAA batteries, and has a maximum charge time of just four hours – so you won't have to wait long when you want to get busy snapping!
Suggested retail price, Fujifilm Worldwide Travel Charger: £34.99
Fujifilm Lens Cleaning Kit
Ideal for removing smears or dirt from camera lenses, spectacles and binoculars, this handy Fujifilm multi-purpose Lens Cleaning Kit is the perfect item for the maintenance of precision optical equipment. The practical travel kit is easy to use, light to carry and includes a high quality, soft cleaning cloth and anti-reflective lens cleaning fluid – so it's made for those photographing muddy sports, or when working in difficult outdoor conditions.
Suggested retail price, Fujifilm Lens Cleaning Kit: £7.99
: 02/05/2006 13:12:00
Is this the ultimate amateur photo prize?
Fujifilm Digital joins forces with National Geographic magazine to offer photo enthusiasts the chance to shoot an assignment with the magazine.
Many budding photographers can only dream of seeing their pictures printed in National Geographic magazine, an ambition usually achieved by just a handful of the world's top professional photographers.
Fujifilm Digital and National Geographic magazine have teamed up to give one talented amateur photographer the chance to go on assignment with globe-trotting, adventure photographer Bill Hatcher and see the results published in a special three-page feature in an upcoming issue.
Fujifilm is set to make one lucky amateur photographer realise a dream with their digital camera - this competition is not open to professional photographers.
The mission is to interpret the theme “morning, noon and night”, producing a trio of shots depicting anything from people, places and landscapes to cityscapes, moods and movements - it doesn't matter if it's at home or abroad. Entrants should ensure that the three shots, along with a brief description (no more than one hundred words) provide a complete picture of the chosen subject, whilst capturing the essence of the changing day.
Amateur photographers can take part in this competition using any digital camera, however the renowned sensitivity capabilities of Fujifilm's latest Real Photo Technology cameras might make shooting at morning, noon and night a little easier!
It's no coincidence that the FinePix F30 Zoom, with its incredible sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200, will be the camera that the competition winner will be given to tackle their eventual assignment with the magazine.
The FinePix F30 Zoom is a landmark compact that delivers crisp images, morning, noon and night, even with fast-moving subjects. What's more, this award-winning compact offers a class-leading battery-life of 580 shots - a true twenty-four hour photographic companion, - worthy of a National Geographic magazine assignment.
An expert panel of judges will select the winner, before whisking them off on an all expenses-paid assignment in the UK - the exact location is being kept under wraps for now - to shoot a series of images to appear in a special Fujifilm promotional feature in National Geographic magazine. The winner will be accompanied and supervised by Bill Hatcher and armed with their FinePix F30 Zoom.
Second and third placed photographers will also receive the FinePix F30 Zoom, whilst fifty runners up will win a copy of the recently published National Geographic Field Guide 'Action and Adventure'.
Will Rolls, Marketing Manager-Digital Imaging, Fujifilm says: “Shooting a feature for National Geographic magazine is recognised by some professionals as the ultimate photographic achievement. The theme of 'morning, noon and night' is central to what Fujifilm is about - we are highlighting the fact that the next generation of digital cameras will have to have the sensitivity to perform in all lighting, not just bright sunlight. We're anticipating a phenomenal response to this competition.”
David Middis, British Isles Edition Sales Director, National Geographic magazine said: "This is a spectacular opportunity for an amateur photographer and highlights our commitment to be driven by the best content and the best photography. It is great to work with Fujifilm who are equally passionate about photography. Our collective resources and expertise form the perfect partnership to create National Geographic magazine's first ever British Isles photography competition. We're delighted that it will help one lucky amateur photographer realise their dream."
: 29/04/2006 18:04:48
Sony targets digital SLR camera market
With the global announcement today of a new photographic sub-brand, Sony marks a decisive move into the D-SLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera market.
Through the brand name “alpha”, Sony is committed to taking photographic enthusiasts to the next level of enjoyment and creative satisfaction with a range of attractive, innovatively designed D-SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses and accessories. The first letter of the Greek alphabet "alpha" has been chosen to reflect Sony’s primacy in an exciting new world of digital imaging.
Camera products marketed under the brand will draw on Sony's unmatched consumer electronics heritage, product miniaturisation skills and digital imaging expertise. They will also feature the same widely-acclaimed lens mounting system developed by Konica Minolta for its Maxxum/Dynax series SLR cameras.
The "alpha" brand also clearly differentiates Sony’s new D-SLR line-up from the company's successful Cyber-shot(TM) compact digital stills camera brand. "Alpha" and Cyber-shot products will continue to be marketed by Sony under the two distinct brands.
With the launch of "Alpha" Sony is communicating directly to amateur photographers and enthusiasts looking to add an extra dimension of quality and creative flexibility to their everyday enjoyment of photography
The first wave of "aplha" products will be available commercially during summer 2006.
: 21/04/2006 09:46:16
New Sony digital cameras announced
The Cyber-shot T30: Super Large 3 inch LCD screen, 7.2 effective Megapixels, Super SteadyShot, ISO 1000 High Sensitivity, ZEISS 3x Optical Zoom, long STAMINA battery life and all packaged in a stylish and slim aluminium body.
Berlin, 6th April 2006 - Life moves fast – and it doesn't always happen in perfect light. With the Cyber-shot T30's Double 'Anti-Blur' technology (first seen on the superb Cyber-shot T9) you'll never miss a shot again. The Cyber-shot T30 adds to the Cyber-shot T9's already impressive and proven specifications with a higher resolution 7.2 effective Megapixel Sony Super HAD CCD, higher sensitivity (ISO1000), an impressively large 3 inch Clear Photo LCD plus screen, plus longer STAMINA 420 shot* battery life. These features are all encased within a beautiful slim aluminium body less than 19mm** thick and weighing only 132g***. The Cyber-shot T30 is yet another superbly engineered digital camera from Sony - proving that small really is beautiful. Capture every shot clearly and brilliantly wherever, whenever - stunningly sharp pictures couldn't be simpler.
Double 'Anti-Blur' technology and ZEISS Optics
Thanks to the Cyber-shot T30's Double 'Anti-Blur' technology you can confidently shoot in difficult conditions, such as low light, reducing the risk of hand shake blurring your pictures. The combination of the Super SteadyShot and High Sensitivity even allows you to shoot without the flash, resulting in pictures that are as sharp as when using a flash but far more naturally lit. Plus difficult to capture moving objects can be captured with the reassurance that blur will be minimised. The inclusion of Super SteadyShot optical image stabiliser automatically compensates for 'hand-shake' and vibrations to produce sharp digital pictures. Unwanted movement of the camera that could blur the image is measured, processed and the optical lens element adjusted to compensate for the vibration. The Sony engineers have designed the system so that it is carefully optimised for vibration frequencies that occur when the camera is held, reducing the effects of 'hand-shake'. This feature can also be used whilst in the movie mode - MPEG VX Fine, plus using the new 2-second self-timer mode is a further aid to reducing camera shake associated with pressing the shutter button. Picture blur is also reduced because of the High Sensitivity capability of the Cyber-shot T30. This allows you to capture moving objects with less blur, likewise you can be moving (such as in a car) shooting a stationary object – an option that is not possible when just using image stabiliser technology. Traditionally High Sensitivity would lead to an increase in noise, however utilising the newly developed Clear RAW NR feature, the signal to noise ratio is greatly improved. The Sony Clear RAW NR original algorithm system reduces colour and luminance noise, enabling shooting with significantly higher sensitivity (up to ISO1000). This ensures images with less noise and finer detail. This is especially beneficial when shooting in low-light conditions.
Although amazingly slim, you are also assured of excellent picture quality with every shot thanks to the high quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens. Its folded path lens system means that the lens and prism are contained within the body of the camera, to maintain its sleek profile. If you need to zoom even more, no problem: the camera features a 6x Precision Digital Zoom, and a 14x VGA Smart Zoom to help you view subjects near and far. The new Macro / Magnifying Glass mode direct button enables you to conveniently switch between modes and shoot subjects as close as 1cm, and to view subjects 4.2x larger than actual size on the LCD screen. You can relax in the knowledge that your photo opportunities will be never limited, and the results stunning every time.
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The Clear Photo LCD plus technology incorporated in the Cyber-shot T30 greatly improves the resolution and brightness of the huge Hybrid 3-inch (7.5cm) LCD screen. The improvement of the LCD screen's NTSC colour ratio to 65% leads to superior colour reproduction. The LCD screen also incorporates a smooth anti-reflection layer, for a better image quality than conventional textured layers. It additionally suppresses reflections more effectively to increase the display contrast, especially outside in bright sunlight. Perfect for sharing photographs with friends and family. In addition, the Cyber-shot T30 features a direct button for built-in Slideshows with Music, for a truly rich slide show experience. It automatically brings your pictures to life by playing them back in a variety of slide show styles, accompanied by a choice of four pre-set background music melodies. You can even add background music (from MP3 or CD) of you own choice using the supplied Picture Package software.
To make the very best of your memories, the camera goes one step further, blending and zooming in and out on images for a truly dynamic, movie-like slide show. You don't even have to wait to get home to enjoy this great feature-just select the Slideshow with Music mode and the camera does the rest! The new direct display brightness adjustment option prevents the need to access the menu to make adjustments to the screen's brightness. In addition to sharing your favourite pictures on the LCD screen, images can be viewed on a connected TV screen. With the 16:9 shooting mode you can even shoot wide-screen images for playback on a wide-screen TV. Of course, images are also stored on optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo for you to save on a PC or print out. The Cyber-shot T30 features a 58MB worry-free internal memory, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will never miss a great photo opportunity again. It also features high speed USB 2.0 and PictBridge, the standard for printing directly to compatible PictBridge photo printers, such as the Sony DPP-FP50. The supplied Cyber-shot Viewer software offers a fast and easy to use solution for importing pictures to your PC, browsing and sharing your pictures using a new and unique calendar function, or even making simple edits such as resizing or trimming.
* The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard (CIPA: Camera and Imaging Products Association).
** 18.9mm thick excluding protrusions, 23.3mm including protrusions
*** 169g including battery and wrist strap
Subject to errors and technical changes.
: 10/04/2006 16:24:52
Kids - Grab your cameras!
Entries are now open for the 2006 Young Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY). This free-to-enter international challenge for young photographers is now in its fourth year, and once again features superb prizes.
Open to photographers aged 16 and under, Young TPOTY invites youngsters to submit four images on the theme 'Wish You Were Here'. The entrant whose work most impresses the panel of judges will win a bundle of prizes to help them take their photography to the next level:
• An HP Photosmart 8450 printer and HPScanjet 4890 photo scanner
• Wacom Graphire 4 Classic pen tablet
• Adobe Creative Suite Premium software
• A beautiful leather portfolio book from Plastic Sandwich so that they can display their photography in a highly professional way
In addition, the young winner will follow in the footsteps of previous winners, Chris Charnock, Anna Scott and Edward Mole, and see their work published in the Travel Photographer of the Year 'Journey' series of books and displayed at TPOTY exhibitions at Olympia, the NEC and the London Eye; all a great boost for a young photographer. The stunning winning images from previous Young TPOTY competitions can be seen in the Winners' Galleries at www.tpoty.com
The Young Travel Photographer of the Year competition is the junior category of TPOTY, the international competition open to amateur and professional photographers aged 17 and above. This also features an incredible prize package, including some fantastic foreign travel and the latest professional-level photographic equipment, so youngsters should encourage their parents and older siblings or friends to grab their cameras too! Full details can be found at www.tpoty.com
Entries are now open, and close on September 9, 2006. Entry is free for photographers aged 16 and under. Full information and entry forms are available from www.tpoty.com or by writing to TPOTY, 23A The Business Centre, Earl Soham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 7SA.
: 10/04/2006 13:46:55
Can online photo sharing be free?
"A former employee has accused Eastman Kodak Co. of illegally tampering with the quality of customers' digital photos and making false advertising claims, according to a statement issued Wednesday (29 March 2006) by the former employee's attorney” reports DylanMcGrath in the EE Times. A competing online photo printing service, FotoInsight of Cambridge, UK distances itself from unlimited, free online photo hosting. FotoInsight's Managing Director Klaas Brumann states: “Providing quality prints for a few cents or pence does not combine with unlimited online storage of multi megabyte image files. FotoInsight only offers uncompressed, printing quality online archiving. We have always stated that this can only be maintained with a clear time limit.”
According to FotoInsight, providing unlimited online photo sharing at print quality still carries a prohibitive cost. FotoInsight provides an online archive option with print orders only, limited to one month, after which users may pay for an extension. Klaas Brumann comments: “Not everything on the internet can be free. There are plenty of sites specializing in online photo sharing, which is a feasible service as long as there is a tap on the size. Ofoto's (Kodak) business idea to use print quality photo files for unlimited hosting is wrong”.
According to FotoInsight, providing photo sharing with free basic photo sharing features is feasible to finance through the sale of add-on premium services or advertising, as long as the image files remain small. Such online photo sharing sites follow or very different business model from photo printing services like FotoInsight, which specialise in real photographic paper prints and photo gifts requiring print resolution jpegs.
“FotoInsight has never understood how Ofoto could accept unlimited storage and online access of multi megabyte jpegs for unlimited time. With Kodak acquiring Ofoto they will have to deal with the accusation by their former director of engineering Maya Raber, to have planned to “irreversibly damage photos”.
FotoInsight's Managing Director Klaas Brumann comments from Cambridge: “FotoInsight is proud to facilitate the sharing of photographic memories with printed photobooks or online, across geographic boundaries. Our services endeavour to provide long term quality solutions.”
Information about FotoInsight Ltd
FotoInsight operates a print processing service online. Customers benefit from patented development processes and the experience of Europe's largest independent photo lab with an installed capacity of 18 million prints per day. Photos ordered through their website are developed in one of 19 strategically located, state of the art photo labs, employing 3800 staff, with an output of over 3 billion prints per year.
: 01/04/2006 12:11:43
FotoInsight's New Digital Photo Software
FotoInsight is making it easier to get real photographic paper prints, greeting cards
CeBIT, Hannover. 13 March 2006. – FotoInsight.co.uk announces the release of its new photo software package called Home Photo Service. According to FotoInsight the application resolves eight common problems of digital photography. During the first three months FotoInsight is distributing free copies off its website: http://FotoInsight.co.uk/pro
Digital photography's popularity has already overtaken analogue colour photography. While photographic prints on inkjet printers still lack behind in quality and price the digital format has taken consumers and business users by storm because of the ease and speed at which images can be stored and transferred across networks including the internet. Once the hard disk is filling up with hi-res images FotoInsight's Home Photo Service software helps to:
1.- escape lack of hard disk space and high storage costs.
2.- back-up photo collections onto CD-R.
3.- edit, turn, flip, crop digital images, remove red eyes and more.
4.- convert image file to jpeg or other formats.
5.- print on real photographic paper at the same prices as with traditional (analogue) photo processing (from 9p per print).
6.- organise image collections and albums and to find images back.
7.- create slide shows of important events or holiday pictures.
8.- be creative: Print calendars, frames, greeting cards.
FotoInsight.co.uk's new "Home Photo Service Software" resolves all of this and makes ordering prints online really easy. If the internet connection is interrupted during transmission the application will automatically try to communicate with the server to start where the upload was interrupted, without user intervention or the risk of loosing of data etc.
Edit, crop, rotate, zoom etc
It currently is free. FotoInsight is introducing the application with no time limit as a free download. But the free download introduction will last three months only, by then FotoInsight hopes the application will have received many commendations and plans to start charging for the software as for any other image editing application. Free copies (Windows PC or Mac) can be downloaded from:
http://FotoInsight.co.uk/pro. FotoInsight's Managing Director Klaas Brumann comments from Cambridge: "Photographic memories must never fade. FotoInsight is proud to provide the software that will help to preserve memories in vivid colours."
: 13/03/2006 10:33:29
Photographers encouraged to manage creativity
View Media bundled with new PRO X memory card range
Digital asset management (DAM) pioneer iView Multimedia and Memory Corp, the European designer and manufacturer of digital storage and memory products, have partnered to promote the importance of cataloguing, archiving and digital asset management through an exclusive product bundle.
Memory Corp's new PRO X range of memory cards, launched at CeBIT 2006 (Hanover 9th – 15th March), will include a fully licensed version of iView Media from the award winning DAM software developer iView Multimedia. The purchase of a PRO X memory card will also include an exclusive discount on upgrading to iView Multimedia's professional DAM tool, iView MediaPro.
The bundle of iView Media and PRO X memory cards will increase efficiency and streamline the digital workflows of professional photographers and other creative professionals. The bundle marries the PRO X range's exceptional data transfer rate and iView Media's ability to quickly and easily import, sort, organize and manage very large volumes and types of digital files.
The Pro X CompactFlash and Secure Digital cards are targeted at customers who require the optimum speed, performance and reliability in portable digital storage devices
iView Media offers the perfect introduction to DAM. Once the benefits of effective file management are realised, professionals who are serious about streamlining their digital workflow and increasing their efficiency may wish to upgrade to iView MediaPro.
Yan Calotychos, founder and CTO of iView Multimedia said, "iView welcomes the chance to collaborate with other key performers in the digital photography market. We listen to the needs of our customers and look beyond our own software to the other tools they use. This partnership with Memory Corp provides professional photographers with a risk free introduction to the world of digital asset management."
John Rasmussen, CEO of Memory Corp said, "The PRO X series of digital memory cards was developed with the needs of professional photographers in mind. Through its industry leading solutions, iView Multimedia has demonstrated its expertise in addressing the needs of professional digital photographers. Memory Corp's partnership with iView enables professional photographers to experience the best in digital asset management with the best in digital storage."
: 09/03/2006 16:54:19
Sony extends range of W-series digital cameras
SONY EXTENDS RANGE OF NEW ‘ANTI-BLUR’ W-SERIES DIGITAL STILL CAMERAS WITH HIGHER RESOLUTION AND HIGHER SENSITIVITY
8.1 and 7.2 effective Megapixel cameras, High Sensitivity, Large LCD screens, ZEISS 3x Optical Zoom, Slim metal bodies and great STAMINA battery life
Feb 26, 2006
Berlin, 25 February 2006 - Two new stylish cameras offering all round versatility. The Sony Cyber-shot W70 and W100 are outstanding in every respect, combining up to 8.1 effective Megapixels and High Sensitivity, with built-in viewfinders, and packaged in sleek metal aluminium bodies. Playing tribute to classic camera design. These top of the range Cyber-shot W-series cameras combine a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens with ‘Anti-Blur’ High Sensitivity ISO1250 on the Cyber-shot W100 and ISO1000 on the Cyber-shot W70. So, they’re both ideal for sharper shots when shooting moving subjects, indoor shooting or for more natural shots without the need of a flash. The two newly developed Sony Super HAD CCDs at the heart of the cameras, results in sharp and vibrant pictures every time. The Cyber-shot W100 offers a 1/1.8" size 8.1 effective Megapixel CCD, and the Cyber-shot W70 a 1/2.5" size 7.2 effective Megapixel CCD. The cameras also feature a 6x Precision Digital Zoom, and a 14x VGA Smart Zoom on the Cyber-shot W70, that is increased to 15x on the Cyber-shot W100 - to help you view subjects near and far. You'll never miss a shot with up to 360 shot* STAMINA battery life using the supplied LITHIUM-ION rechargeable battery, and thanks to the energy efficient Sony Real Imaging Processor. The processor also enhances the shooting experience, keeping pictures sharp, colours real, and ensuring an extremely rapid camera operation. As well as automatic modes for quick shooting and ease of use, the Cyber-shot W100 also offers manual exposure settings suitable for the more creative photographer. Perfect for people who want a stylish compact camera with a classic camera feel, combined with superb image quality and flexible shooting options.
'Anti-Blur' technology for sharper shots
Thanks to the Cyber-shot W100 and W70’s High Sensitivity 'Anti-Blur' technology you can shoot in difficult conditions, such as low light, reducing the risk of hand shake blurring your pictures. It also allows you to capture moving objects with less blur, likewise you can be moving (such as in a car) shooting a stationary object - an option that is not possible if you're just using a camera with an optical image stabiliser. High Sensitivity even allows you to shoot with out the flash, resulting in pictures that are as sharp as when using a flash but far more naturally lit. Traditionally High Sensitivity would lead to an increase in noise, however utilising the Sony developed Clear RAW NR feature, the signal to noise ratio is greatly improved. The Sony Clear RAW NR original algorithm system reduces colour and luminance noise, enabling shooting with significantly higher sensitivity (up to ISO1250 on the Cyber-shot W100 and ISO1000 on the Cyber-shot W70). This ensures images with less noise and finer detail. This is especially beneficial when shooting in low-light conditions. Using the new 2-second self-timer mode is a further aid to reducing camera shake associated with pressing the shutter button. You can relax in the knowledge that your photo opportunities will be never limited, and the results stunning every time.
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Packaged in a sophisticated and slim all aluminium metal bodies – they ooze quality and style. The Cyber-shot W100 adds to this with a special luxury-style 'etching-treatment' of the camera body, unique in the Cyber-shot range. Both cameras include a large 2.5-inch (6.2 cm) LCD screen, with 100% LCD screen field of view – allowing you to clearly frame, view and review images with ease. The new direct display brightness adjustment option prevents the need to access the menu to make adjustments to the screen's brightness. In addition to sharing your favourite pictures on the large LCD screen, images can be viewed on a connected TV screen. With the 16:9 shooting mode you can even shoot wide-screen images for playback on a wide-screen TV. Of course, images are also stored on optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo for you to save on a PC or print out. Both cameras feature a worry-free internal memory (64MB on the Cyber-shot W100 and 58MB on the Cyber-shot W70), so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will never miss a great photo opportunity again. They both also features high speed USB 2.0 and PictBridge, the standard for printing directly to compatible PictBridge photo printers, such as the Sony DPP-FP50. The new Cyber-shot Viewer software that is supplied with both cameras offers a fast and easy to use solution for importing pictures to your PC, browsing and sharing your pictures using a new and unique calendar function, or even making simple edits such as resizing or trimming.
In addition to the existing Standard, Monochrome and Sepia colour modes, both cameras offer the additional creative choice of Natural and Vivid colour modes. The Natural mode is ideal for situation with subtle colour, and the Vivid mode emphasises primary colours with more detail, vividness and colour depth. Other great features include convenient Scene Selection shooting modes to capture the mood of every moment. For Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Beach and High Sensitivity (plus Snow on the Cyber-shot W70), just point and shoot while the automatic settings do all the hard work and produce excellent quality images. If you're not sure which is best for your shooting situation, then don’t worry, as the function guide will display an accompanying explanation of the Scene Selection mode. If you wish to be more creative with your photography then several different Light Metering options, a Histogram display, special Flash specific and Multi-burst shooting modes are also available, plus the Cyber-shot W100 adds the extra flexibility of Manual Exposure control. (...)
*The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
Subject to errors and technical changes.
: 27/02/2006 16:32:22
Sony launches new H-Series digital cameras
SONY LAUNCHES FIRST H-SERIES DIGITAL STILL CAMERAS TO COMBINE ZEISS 12x OPTICAL ZOOM WITH SONY DOUBLE 'ANTI-BLUR' TECHNOLOGY – FOR SHARPER SHOTS
The Cyber-shot H5 and H2: 7.2 and 6.0 effective Megapixel cameras
Feb 26, 2006
Super SteadyShot, High Sensitivity, ZEISS 12x Optical Zoom, Large and Bright 3-inch and 2-inch LCD screens, Full Manual Control, and long STAMINA battery life
Berlin, 25 February 2006 - If you cherish freedom and versatility in photography, then you'll adore these two new Cyber-shot cameras from Sony. Get close to the action with the first super zoom Cyber-shot cameras to include the revolutionary Double 'Anti-Blur' technology – first seen on the recently introduced ultra compact Cyber-shot T9. Perfect for reducing picture blur, whilst greatly expanding your photo expression. The 1/2.5-inch size Sony Super HAD CCDs at the heart of the cameras, result in sharp and vibrant pictures every time. The Cyber-shot H5 offers a 7.2 effective Megapixel CCD, and the Cyber-shot H2 a 6.0 effective Megapixel CCD. As well as a massive 12x Optical Zoom from the precision Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, both the cameras also feature a 24x Precision Digital Zoom, and a 52x VGA Smart Zoom on the Cyber-shot H2, that increases to a remarkable 57x on the Cyber-shot H5. This versatile lens gives a focal length of 36-432mm (35mm conversion) at F2.8-3.7, while also offering a 2cm Macro shooting facility for close-up work. For greater rigidity the cameras feature an aluminium lens ring, and for increased flexibility the use of the high power zoom is even possible whilst shooting movies in the MPEG VX Fine mode. The Sony Real Imaging Processor further enhances the shooting experience, keeping pictures sharp, colours real, ensuring an extremely rapid camera operation, and long STAMINA battery life - up to 400 shots* using the supplied Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. Both cameras offer full manual exposure control suitable for the more creative photographer, as well as automatic modes for quick shooting and ease of use. Taking brilliant pictures of your family, friends, holiday, sport, wildlife or hobby couldn't be more rewarding!
Double 'Anti-Blur' - Super SteadyShot and High Sensitivity Technology
Thanks to the Cyber-shot H5 and H2's double 'Anti-Blur' technology you can confidently shoot in difficult conditions, such as low light, reducing the risk or hand shake blurring your pictures. The combination of the Super Steady Shot and High Sensitivity even allows you to shoot with out the flash, resulting in pictures that are as sharp as when using a flash but far more naturally lit. Plus difficult to capture moving objects can be captured with the reassurance that blur will be minimised.
The inclusion of Super SteadyShot optical image stabiliser automatically compensates for 'hand-shake' and vibrations to produce sharp digital pictures every time. Unwanted movement of the camera that could blur the image is measured, processed and the optical lens element adjusted to compensate for the vibration, which is especially useful when shooting at the tele-end of the 12x Optical Zoom. The Sony engineers have designed the system so that it is carefully optimised for vibration frequencies that occur when the camera is held, reducing the effects of 'hand-shake'. This feature can also be used in combination with slow shutter or closed aperture for more creative shots, or even whilst in the movie mode - MPEG VX Fine. Additionally, using the new 2-second self-timer mode is a further aid to reducing camera shake associated with pressing the shutter button.
Picture blur is also reduced because of the High Sensitivity capability of both the cameras. This allows you to capture moving objects with less blur, likewise you can be moving (such as in a car) shooting a stationary object – an option that is not possible when just using image stabiliser technology. Traditionally High Sensitivity would lead to an increase in noise, however utilising the newly developed Clear RAW NR feature, the signal to noise ratio is greatly improved. The Sony Clear RAW NR original algorithm system reduces colour and luminance noise, enabling shooting with significantly higher sensitivity (up to ISO1000). This ensures images with less noise and finer detail. This is especially beneficial when shooting in low-light conditions. You can relax in the knowledge that your photo opportunities will be never limited, and the results stunning every time.
Share with Style
The Clear Photo LCD plus technology incorporated in the Cyber-shot H5 greatly improves the resolution and brightness of the huge Hybrid 3-inch (7.5cm) LCD screen. The improvement of the LCD screen's NTSC colour ratio to 65% leads to superior colour reproduction. The LCD screen also incorporates a smooth anti-reflection layer, for a better image quality than conventional textured layers. It additionally suppresses reflections more effectively to increase the display contrast, especially outside in bright sunlight. Perfect for sharing photographs with friends and family. The Cyber-shot H2 includes a convenient 2-inch (5.1 cm) LCD screen, with 100% LCD screen field of view – again, allowing you to clearly frame, view and review images with ease. Naturally, both cameras also come with a built-in optical viewfinder – keeping your shooting style flexible.
The new direct display brightness adjustment option prevents the need to access the menu to make adjustments to the screen's brightness. In addition to sharing your favourite pictures on the LCD screen, images can be viewed on a connected TV screen. With the 16:9 shooting mode you can even shoot wide-screen images for playback on a wide-screen TV.
Of course, images are also stored on optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo for you to save on a PC or print out. Both cameras feature a 30MB worry-free internal memory, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will never miss a great photo opportunity again. They both also features high speed USB 2.0 and PictBridge, the standard for printing directly to compatible PictBridge photo printers, such as the Sony DPP-FP50.
The new Cyber-shot Viewer software that is supplied with both cameras offers a fast and easy to use solution for importing pictures to your PC, browsing and sharing your pictures using a new and unique calendar function, or even making simple edits such as resizing or trimming. (...)
* The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association). The Cyber-shot H2 offers up to 400 shots, and the Cyber-shot H5 offers up to 360 shots battery life.
Subject to errors and technical changes.
: 27/02/2006 10:12:10
Canon announces EOS 30D digital SLR camera
Canon has announced the new Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera, a minor upgrade to the highly successful Canon EOS 20D.
Changes over the 20D include a larger LCD display, redesigned body and selectable continuous shooting speed.
The EOS 30D will also support up to 9,999 images per folder when saving to the compact flash memory card (the EOS 20D only allowed 100).
Canon Press Release
Canon upgrades best selling EOS 20D
Canon today announces the EOS 30D, replacing the award winning EOS 20D. Retaining the 5fps, 8.2 Megapixel performance of its predecessor, the upgraded camera enjoys a larger, wider viewing angle 2.5” LCD, extended 100,000 shutter cycle durability, spot metering, and a variety of refinements designed to enhance the photographic experience. Targeted at an increasingly discerning population of serious creative photographers, the EOS 30D replaces a camera that already claims a significant share of the Western Europe D-SLR market, which grew by 120% in the last 12 months*1.
EOS 30D body only €1,399
EOS 30D and EF-S 18-55mm lens €1,499
The EOS 30D features
• 8.2 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor
• 5 fps and 30 large JPEG frame burst
• 2.5”, 230K pixel, 170º wide viewing angle LCD screen
• Picture Style image processing parameters
• Spot metering and High Precision 9-point AF system
• DIGIC II image processor with 0.15 sec start-up time
• Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
• 100,000 cycle shutter durability and rugged magnesium alloy body
• Simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording
• Wide 100-3200 ISO range
• E-TTL II Flash
• PictBridge compatibility
• Complete compatibility with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and Video Out connectivity
"A rapidly expanding population of serious and semi-commercial creative photographers is helping drive EOS growth," said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. "As well as putting many high-end pro features into their hands, the EOS 30D becomes a launching pad into the world's most comprehensive interchangeable lens system and huge range of flash units and accessories."
Many improvements over the EOS 20D are made in response to EOS 20D owner feedback. Along with the larger screen, improved durability and 3.5% area spot metering, these include Canon's Picture Style pre-sets, Canon's in-camera image processing standard. Picture Styles can be likened to selectable film types for different photographic expression (see appendix 'Technologies Explained'). Frame rate is selectable between 5 and 3fps and photographers are given finer control over exposure, with ISO settings now adjustable by 1/3 stop increments rather than whole stops. A Print/Share button is included and the camera features new advanced PictBridge functionality . The maximum number of images in a folder is increased from 100 to 9,999, while the in-built flash has been upgraded to match the 100,000 shutter cycle durability, an increasingly important feature in the digital age.
Speed and image quality
The EOS 30D features Canon's award winning CMOS sensor technology, with large 6.4µm2 pixels for wide dynamic range with low noise. Any remaining fixed pattern and random noise is dealt with by on-chip noise elimination circuitry. A low-pass filter in front of the sensor reduces false colour and moiré effects, while an infrared filter suppresses red fringing caused by sensor reflections and fog. The camera features Canon’s DIGIC II processor now found across the digital EOS range. DIGIC II maximises speed and image quality by processing uncompromisingly complex colour rendition algorithms, clearing the buffer at high speed. (For more on CMOS and DIGIC II, see appendix 'Technologies Explained').
EOS: The system
One of the EOS 30D's greatest advantages is the EOS system: compatibility with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, EX-series Speedlites and EOS accessories such as the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1. The EOS 30D's EF-S lens mount allows connection to Canon's range of lighter and wider angle lenses, including the new wide aperture EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM standard zoom lens. Indicative of Canon's commitment to lens development is the release today of the exceptionally fast EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, for low light and extremely narrow depth of field photography. For high-speed processing of lossless RAW images and complete capture-to-print workflow management, the EOS 30D also comes with Canon’s latest Digital Photo Professional software (see appendix 'Technologies Explained').
To extend the EOS 30D's 750 shot *2 battery life and increase handling options, the camera is compatible with the BG-E2 battery grip. The BG-E2 takes two Lithium-Ion battery packs for up to 2,200 *3 frames or six AA batteries *4 in the supplied BGM-E2 battery magazine. For easy vertical shooting, the BG-E2 provides additional shutter release, main dial, AE lock/FE lock and AF point selection controls.
Canon's current EOS range now includes:
EOS-1Ds Mark II - 16.7 Megapixels, 4 fps
EOS-1D Mark II N - 8.2 Megapixels, 8.5 fps
EOS 5D - 12.8 Megapixels, 3 fps
EOS 30D - 8.2 Megapixels, 5fps
EOS 350D - 8.0 Megapixels, 3fps
As well as the latest Digital Photo Professional RAW image processing software, the EOS 30D comes with Canon EOS Solution Disk, containing the new EOS Utility (integrating remote capture software), plus the latest versions of ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser and PhotoStitch.
The EOS 30D includes membership of Canon’s online photo album, CANON iMAGE GATEWAY with 100MB of space for image uploads and photo sharing *5.
*1 GfK, EU11, 12 months until Nov 05, year on year
*2 According to tests carried out under CIPA industry standard test conditions
*3 When shooting at 20° without flash
*4 Shooting capacity with AA batteries is lower when compared with the Battery Pack BP-511A. See specifications for battery type compatibility
*5 CANON iMAGE GATEWAY is not available in all European countries, please see www.cig.canon-europe.com for available countries
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image quality. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types each one offering a different colour response. Within each easily selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera's factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image do not degrade the image in any way and can be revised with Canon's Digital Photo Professional software.
The six pre-sets include: Standard for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing; Portrait optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones; Landscape for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines); Neutral ideal for post-processing; Faithful adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K; Monochrome for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green). The User Defined pre-set can be used to store up to three customised pre-sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon's web site.
Now found across the EOS range, DIGIC II is a purpose built, dedicated image processor responsible for the high speed calculations necessary in order to providing exceptionally accurate colour reproduction in real time. Canon's second generation imaging engine, DIGIC II performs the duties of a number of separate processing units to speed processing, save space, and optimise battery life.
To avoid the trade off faced by other manufacturers between camera responsiveness and image quality, Canon has created a processor so fast it can read, process, compress and write image data back to the buffer between exposures. This allows for longer continuous bursts at maximum frame rates before the buffer fills. Moreover, each image can be subjected to the full complex processing algorithms required in order to deliver superb image quality.
Canon's award winning CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages. With noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, Canon's CMOS sensors have lower noise and lower power consumption characteristics than CCD sensors.
CCD sensors use a bucket relay system to transfer each pixel’s accumulated electrical charge to a corresponding gutter. The operation is time consuming and draws considerable power, which limits battery life and generates unwanted heat, further increasing noise and lowering image quality.
By contrast, signal conversion in Canon's CMOS sensors is handled by the individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced and power consumption limited.
Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high-speed processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. The camera JPEG images can be recorded in sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space, and the Digital Photo Professional application supports sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. An ICC (International Colour Consortium) profile attaches automatically to RAW images converted to TIFF or JPEG images. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a reciepe and applied to multiple images.
Canon EOS 30D specification
: 22/02/2006 11:51:42
Sony announces new cameras with anti-blur features
Sony has announed the release of two new slim w-series digital cameras with anti-blur technology.
The Sony Cyber-shot W30 and W50 offer the perfect combination of sleek looks and superb image quality, whilst also offering great value for money. With ‘Anti-Blur’ High Sensitivity ISO1000 they’re both ideal for sharper shots when shooting moving subjects, indoors or for more natural shots without the need of a flash. Combined with the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens and a 6.0 effective Megapixel Sony Super HAD CCD at their heart the results are sharp and vibrant every time. The cameras also feature a 6x Precision Digital Zoom, and a 13x VGA Smart Zoom to help you view subjects near and far. Plus, you’ll never miss a shot with up to 400 shot* STAMINA battery life using the supplied LITHIUM-ION battery. Perfect for people who want the optimum mix of style and affordability.
'Anti-Blur' technology for sharper shots
Thanks to the Cyber-shot W30 and W50's High Sensitivity 'Anti-Blur' technology you can shoot in difficult conditions, such as low light, reducing the risk of hand shake blurring your pictures. It also allows you to capture moving objects with less blur, likewise you can be moving (such as in a car) shooting a stationary object - an option that is not possible if you’re just using a camera with an optical image stabiliser. High Sensitivity even allows you to shoot with out the flash, resulting in pictures that are as sharp as when using a flash but far more naturally lit. Traditionally High Sensitivity would lead to an increase in noise, however utilising the Sony developed Clear RAW NR feature, the signal to noise ratio is greatly improved. The Sony Clear RAW NR original algorithm system reduces colour and luminance noise, enabling shooting with significantly higher sensitivity (up to ISO 1000). This ensures images with less noise and finer detail. This is especially beneficial when shooting in low-light conditions. With the Cyber-shot W30 and W50 you can relax in the knowledge that your photo opportunities will be never limited, and the results stunning every time.
Share with Style
The Cyber-shot W30 offers a convenient 2-inch LCD screen and a sleek and stylish aluminium face. The Cyber-shot W50 includes a large 2.5-inch LCD screen – allowing you to clearly frame, view and review images with ease – packaged in a sophisticated and slim all aluminium metal body. In addition to sharing your favourite pictures on the large LCD screen, images can be viewed on a connected TV screen. With the 16:9 shooting mode you can even shoot wide-screen images for playback on a wide-screen TV. Of course, images are also stored on optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo for you to save on a PC or print out. Both cameras feature a 32MB worry-free internal memory, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will never miss a great photo opportunity again. They both also features high speed USB 2.0 and PictBridge, the standard for printing directly to compatible PictBridge photo printers, such as the Sony DPP-FP50. The new Cyber-shot Viewer software that is supplied with both cameras offers a fast and easy to use solution for importing pictures to your PC, browsing and sharing your pictures using a new and unique calendar function, or even making simple edits such as red-eye reduction or trimming.
Sophisticated Features combined with Ease of Use
Thanks to a user-friendly layout and separate new 'Play' button, users can easily check their images without entering a complicated menu. Additionally, the new function and icon guide is great for beginners as it guides you through the main functions such as flash, macro and self-timer settings on the camera's LCD screen. Other great features include seven Scene Selection shooting modes to capture the mood of every moment. For Twilight, Twilight portrait, Landscape, Soft snap, Snow, Beach and High Sensitivity, just point and shoot while the automatic settings do all the hard work and produce excellent quality images. If you're not sure which is best for your shooting situation, then don't worry the function guide will display an accompanying explanation of the Scene Selection mode.
A great range of optional accessories are also available for the Cyber-shot W30 and W50, such as a durable black leather carry case (LCS-WE), spare LITHIUM-ION Type G rechargeable battery (NP-BG1), a smart underwater Sports Housing that you can use up to 3m underwater (SPK-WA), and variety of dedicated filters and high grade lenses.
A staggering choice of 15 menu languages on the Cyber-shot W30 and W50 is another great solution to ensure easier operation. Menu languages include: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. The Cyber-shot W30 and W50 will be available throughout Europe from March 2006.
: 15/02/2006 09:11:04
Canon launches the DC40 4.29 megapixel camcorder
Canon is pleased to announce the launch of its High Resolution flagship DVD camcorder: the 4.29 Megapixel CCD DC40. Recording true widescreen video straight to DVD (-R/-RW), with advanced digital photography functions, the DC40 effortlessly combines high power shooting with beautiful styling: the camcorder's perpetual curve design has been ergonomically engineered for precision handheld shooting.
The new DC40, Canon’s flagship DVD camcorder also features:
* True 16:9 widescreen shooting, with a High Resolution 2.7inch widescreen colour LCD and wide colour viewfinder
* 10x optical zoom lens with Electronic Image Stabiliser (EIS)
* DIGIC DV dual path processing, optimising colour performance for both video and stills
* Advanced digital photography functions, capturing still images to MiniSD™ card, including: built-in flash, Hi-Speed USB image transfer, PictBridge direct printing and one-push Print/Share button
* Super Night Mode for low-light video recording
* Supplied imaging software
 See Technologies Explained
 See Additional Information
With 4.29 Megapixel imaging, the DC40 sets new standards: a High Resolution DVD camcorder that effortlessly combines style and substance.
Like all of Canon's new camcorders, the DC40 is optimised for High Resolution true 16:9 widescreen recording, meaning the footage it records is suitable for playback on the very latest widescreen TV sets. The camcorder's High Resolution, wide colour LCD screen and full colour viewfinder ensure footage can be monitored during recording exactly as it would appear on a widescreen television. The Level Marker, provided on the LCD, is the best way to keep the horizon line perfectly in position, ensuring high impact panoramic shots every time. For playback on normal televisions, 4:3 shooting is available and easily selected with the push of a single button. Images recorded in widescreen can also be watched on a normal TV in letterbox format.
Perpetual curve design
The DC40's distinctive perpetual curve design reflects the natural ease-of-shooting that consumers have come to expect from DVD.
To provide effortless handheld shooting, the body of the camcorder is conceived around a single, cylindrical shape. Ergonomically moulded as a continuous and flowing curve, the DC40 is a natural fit in the hand, with controls clustered around the mode dial and positioned for intuitive and easy operation.
The DC40 measures 60 x 87 x 126mm.
DIGIC DV for video and stills
The DIGIC DV image processor provides separate processing paths for video and still images, saved to ultra-compact MiniSD™ card. With DIGIC DV, the DC40 guarantees optimal colour reproduction for each: together with a range of advanced digital photography functions, such as dedicated flash for stills and one-push direct printing, the camcorder is a high-capacity, multi-purpose digital imaging tool.
Availability and reader enquiries
The DC40 will be available from April 2006.
UK – 08705 143723 / www.canon.co.uk
Eire – (01) 2052400 / www.canon.ie
Bundled software and CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
The DC40 is bundled with Canon ZoomBrowser (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Macintosh) software for easy image download, storage and retrieval, as well as management of image layout and printing and simple video clip management.
Camcorder ownership entitles the purchaser to register for 100MB storage space on the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online gallery where images and movies can be stored in albums and shared to selected friends and family.
DIGIC DV is a digital signal processor that is unique to Canon camcorders. As a core Canon technology it provides dual path processing of separate video and photo signals in a single camcorder.
Video and still images have different colour requirements, so DIGIC DV processes video and still image signals differently, maximizing each for output. DIGIC DV processing delivers rich and vibrant colours that are faithful to the original shooting subject, whether seen on a television screen or printed out as a photograph.
: 07/02/2006 15:44:33
Jessops reports strong trading figures
Jessops has again enjoyed strong trading over the Christmas period, with an uplift in both total sales and like for like sales in the five week period, up 13.3% and 9.4% respectively. Within the total like for like increase, store like for like sales increased 5.7% and direct like for like sales, covering mail order, telesales and the internet, were up 74.3%. This year’s growth is once again driven by an uplift in digital camera sales across all channels, which were up 23%, with sales of digital SLRs up 92.8%.
A combination of exclusive camera deals and competitive pricing on market leading cameras were the key factors behind Jessops’ strong sales performance, as a result gross margins for the first quarter, although marginally below our expectations, were higher than last year.
Jessops continued its store expansion policy, opening a further 7 stores in the 13 weeks to 1 January 2006, increasing the total number of stores to 285.
The performance of the 16 spacemix trial stores has remained encouraging over the Christmas period.
Derek Hine, Chief Executive, said:
“This is a pleasing performance and a welcome respite from the tough retail environment faced for most of 2005. It is a good outcome given that we were up against some pretty strong comparators from a good Christmas for Jessops the previous year. Trading was particularly buoyant in the week either side of Christmas. Despite this positive performance, it is still early days in our financial year and Christmas is not as significant for us as for some other retailers. With nine months trading still to come, we are mindful of last year’s market conditions, although this strong start to the year does underpin confidence in our prospects for the year as a whole.”
: 31/01/2006 13:24:12
Canon produces 30 millionth EF lens
Canon, leader in photographic and imaging technology, today celebrates the cumulative production milestone of 30 million interchangeable EF lenses, in less than twenty years since the launch of Canon’s EOS camera system and the EF lens mount. Indicative of the accelerating popularity of SLR photography, 10 million EF lenses have been produced in the last five years.
The EF lens mount revolutionised SLR photography in 1987 by replacing mechanical links between camera and lens with electronic contacts and providing for an internal auto focus motor. Even with continued development and evolution of focus systems, Image Stabilizer technologies, lens element materials science, weather sealing and design, the EF mount remains consistent. Every EF lens is compatible with every EOS camera ever produced, including all new digital EOS cameras.
: 25/01/2006 14:57:24
Nikon announces its digital future
Following the success of our digital line-up over the last seven years, which has resulted in more than 95% of Nikon's UK business being within the digital area, Nikon Corporation has made the decision to focus management resources on digital cameras in place of film cameras. This decision will allow Nikon to continue to develop products that match the demands of an increasingly competitive market place.
Despite this growing competition Nikon Corporation has continued to outperform the market, and has recently reported positive financial results which saw group net profit climb by 20% in the fiscal first half which ended in September. Group sales also increased by 9.8% to 342.85 billion yen in the same period. Sales of high end digital SLR cameras and the success of products like the D70s and D50 have helped contribute to these positive figures.
As the film camera market shrinks and the popularity of compact digital cameras increases, demand for products that offer advanced features and extra value is continuing to grow. High performance digital SLR cameras are performing well as users shift from film-based SLR cameras or upgrade from compact digital cameras to digital SLR cameras.
As a result of the new strategy Nikon will discontinue production of all lenses for large format cameras and enlarging lenses with sales of these products ceasing as soon as they run out of stock. This also applies to most of our film camera bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and related accessories. Although Nikon anticipates that the products will still be in retail distribution up to Summer 2006.
In recognition of Nikon’s commitment to professional photographers we will continue to manufacturer and sell the F6, our flagship film model, as well as a number of manual interchangeable lenses. Sales of the manual FM10 will also continue outside Europe.
: 17/01/2006 15:42:39
Nikon EN-EL3 battery alert
Nikon has announced that batches of the lithium ion EN-EL3 batteries (used in the D50, D70, D70s and D100 Nikon digital cameras) are being recalled as some of the batteries may be defective and can overheat while being charged.
All owners of Nikon cameras that use this battery are asked to carefully check their batteries with the latest batch numbers at the bottom of this article. For full details of all the batched affected visit Nikon's European website. Faulty batteries will be replaced free of charge.
Affected batch numbers
: 08/12/2005 21:39:26
Lord Litchfield dies
It has been reported that Royal photographer Lord Lichfield has died after suffering a stroke earlier this week whilst visiting friends near Oxford. He was 66.
Lord Lichfield was the Queen's first cousin once removed, was the official photographer at the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Diana and was one of the UK's best-known photographers.
Lord Litcfield died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with members of his family at his bedside
: 11/11/2005 10:07:59
An end to out of focus photographs?
Scientists at Stanford University have developed a way of adjusting light rays after they have reached the image sensor in digital cameras according to New Scientist magazine. This, coupled with computer software, could then make adjustments to the image captured to make is look as though it was focused correctly in the first place. So could the digital cameras of the future put an end to out of focus photos?
: 10/11/2005 23:01:51
Photoshop Elements Upgrade
The latest version of Photoshop Elements, the highly popular photo-editng package from Adobe is a significant upgrade according to Adobe.
New features in version 4 include improved red-eye removal, a skin tone adjustment tool and the ability to create multimedia slideshows
: 09/11/2005 01:08:39
Canon announces wireless enabled camera
Canon have announced a new model in their range, the first Canon digital camera with built in wireless capabilities. Although some other high end Canon digital cameras can be expanded to give them wireless technology, this is the first Canon camera that comes with wireless built in.
The new camera will be known in Europe as the Digital IXUS Wireless and will be a 5 mega pixel model with 3x optical zoom
: 25/10/2005 22:57:34
New version of Google image software released
Picasa, the image software offered by Google, has been updated and version 2.1 is now available.
The new version offers support for RAW files from manufacturers including Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Minolta and Fuji.
The new version also supports the Canon EOS 350D, Konica Minolta Dynax 7 and Pentax *istDS.
And if you are one of the many bloggers out there, you will be interested to hear that you can now publish an image to your photo Blog
: 17/10/2005 11:44:35
Samsung and Pentax to co-develop digital SLRs
Samsung and Pentax are to co-develop digital SLR cameras. While Pentax has already launched four digital SLRs, Samsung have not previously entered the market. We await the first joint venture DSLR release
: 17/10/2005 11:39:43
New online photography shop launched by photos365
We have launched our online digital photography shopping facility. The product range will be added to over the coming weeks and months
: 17/10/2005 11:27:43
Canon announces new digital SLR camera
Canon has announced the new Canon EOS 5D full-frame digital SLR camera
: 17/10/2005 11:27:43
Kyocera to cease production of digital cameras
Kyocera, who sell digital cameras such as the Finecam S5R, have annouced that they are to withdraw from the digital camera market by the summer of 2005. However, the company will focus on making digital cameras for the mobile phone market.
: 17/10/2005 11:27:43
Canon upgrades best selling digital SLR
Canon, leader in photographic and imaging technology, is pleased to announce the launch of the upgrade to its hugely popular EOS 300D Digital SLR - the 8.0 Megapixel, 3 frame per second Canon EOS 350D. The launch completes a refresh of the entire Digital EOS line-up and confirms Canon’s commitment to Digital SLR research and development.
: 17/10/2005 11:27:43
Nikon Launches update to highly successful D70
The Nikon D70s is an evolution of the award winning Nikon D70. It inherits the image quality, high performance and user-friendliness of the D70 and adds features such as a large 2.0-inch LCD monitor and new high-energy rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL3a.
: 17/10/2005 11:27:43