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Jack Neubart Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

Who would have thought that back when I bought my Olympus C-2100, which then boasted a 2-megapixel CCD, that one day I would be writing about cameras a fraction of its size with 10-megapixel imaging sensors? Interestingly, that camera sported a 10x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilization (both courtesy of Canon). The cameras currently under discussion don't have 10x...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 31, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced that the new JOBO Spectator mobile storage device for
digital images is now shipping and available for sale. The Spectator joins JOBO's
GIGA Vu PRO evolution and GIGA one family of image storage devices by offering
consumers an affordable option for backing up, storing and viewing their digital
images. Similar in style to the GIGA, with the added benefit of a vivid color
display, the new Spectator allows users to immediately view and share images
in high quality without the need for a PC.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 30, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software Inc. has announced that its noise reduction software tool Dfine
2.0 is now available for sale from specialty camera retailers in the U.S. or
direct from Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) at a suggested retail price of
$99.95. Designed to improve image quality, Dfine 2.0 now includes Nik Software's
patented U Point technology for selective editing control and a completely new
user interface that is easier to use and improves workflow for busy photographers.



When capturing images, all digital cameras inherently create unwanted imperfections
known as noise. High ISO speeds and low light conditions can also contribute
to noise. Dfine 2.0 addresses the issue of digital image noise with unprecedented
selective control and a revamped image processing core, which provide superior
noise reduction while maintaining detail and sharpness in an image. A re-designed
user interface, new automatic camera profiling system, and the addition of U
Point powered Control Points help photographers quickly and easily improve the
quality of virtually every digital photo.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor Corporation has released inCamera 4.5 for Photoshop CS3, a new
version of its digital camera and scanner ICC profiling plug-in. This digital
camera and scanner profiling software features an easy to use interface and
a User Guide that explains how to successfully create and use ICC input profiles
in Adobe Photoshop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2007 0 comments

Nikon has introduced its most advanced DX-format digital SLR camera, the D300.
Engineered with pro-level features and performance, the 12.3 effective megapixel
D300 combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from Nikon's
newly announced D3.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2007 0 comments

Extensis, a brand of Celartem Inc., has released Portfolio Server 8.5, a major
upgrade to its Portfolio Server creative assets management product line. Portfolio
Server 8.5 is the hub of Extensis' open system providing new capabilities
to CS3 workgroups in need of a flexible archive and automated web delivery asset
system. As a standard for managing creative assets within workgroups, Portfolio
Server 8.5 includes powerful Mac and Windows clients, a complete web publishing
solution and integration for CS3 applications.



Included with Portfolio Server 8.5 is Portfolio Project Sync for Adobe Creative
Suite 3. Developed in close partnership with Adobe, Project Sync brings together
the power of Portfolio Server with the convenience of the CS3 environment. Providing
seamless integration between Portfolio Server and CS3, Project Sync enables powerful
searching, archiving and automated web delivery from within creative applications.
Project Sync ties transparently into Portfolio Server, providing teams real-time
access to their assets.



This seamless integration allows creative workgroups to search, access, catalog
and tag assets in Portfolio Server, via Adobe Bridge and other CS3 applications.
Through this connection CS3 users tap into the powerful asset sharing and archiving
capabilities of Portfolio Server, all without leaving their primary creative application.
For example, a designer adds XMP data to an Adobe Photoshop file. Portfolio Project
Sync instantly syncs this information making it available to other Portfolio workgroup
clients and Portfolio NetPublish web sites. Users can now remain within CS3 applications
to distribute creative assets.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2007 0 comments

Nikon has introduced the D3 -- a new digital SLR camera with a 12.1 effective
megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, measuring 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical
to the size of 35mm film. With the fastest startup time, shortest viewfinder
blackout time, and shortest shutter lag of any digital SLR camera as well as
the capability to shoot up to nine frames per second at full FX-format resolution,
the D3 is said to be the world's fastest digital SLR camera in its class.
Designed with sports photographers and photojournalists in mind, the Nikon D3
introduces a new EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to the speed
and processing power needed for many of the D3's new features.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2007 0 comments

Leica Camera Incorporated will introduce a new collection of lenses for analog
and digital Leica rangefinder cameras: the Leica Summarit-M class. The four lenses
LEICA SUMMARIT-M 35mm f2.5, LEICA SUMMARIT-M 50mm f2.5, LEICA SUMMARIT-M 75mm
f2.5 and LEICA SUMMARIT-M 90mm f2.5 cover the most popular focal lengths in the
Leica M system. All Summarit-M lenses were designed and are manufactured in Germany
and will bear the "Made in Germany" quality stamp.



All letter and number engravings are made with the traditional "Leitz-Norm"
font as originally used by Leitz Wetzlar during the 1960s, and the red button
on the lens mount is consistent with the original color used on Leitz lenses produced
since the introduction of the M mount through the 1960s. Each Leica Summarit-M
lens is supplied with a metal lens front cap, a lens hood cap and a velours pouch
for storage. High-quality all-metal lens hoods are available as accessories.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2007 0 comments

Rick Sammon's
new DVD -- Rick Sammon's Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training Photo
Workshop -- shows viewers all the basic steps of making great images. Even
if you don't own a Digital Rebel, you'll still gain a complete understanding
of digital SLR photography.



From camera basics to exposure, white balance, lenses, sports shooting, photographing
in low light, close-up photography, people and portraits, animals and pets,
Rick breaks down complex topics into fun and interesting lessons.



In the video, Rick goes on location to Universal Studios, Orlando, FL; Jungle
World at the Bronx Zoo; the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida; Madam
Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City; and other picturesque places to entertain,
educate and inspire viewers to becoming better photographers. Sample lessons
from the DVD are posted on www.rickspixelmagic.com.
The DVD runs 1.5 hours and is available on amazon.com, bn.com and in bookstores.
List price is $19.99.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it has posted the latest installment
of Ask the Icon, an interactive feature that is part of Kingston's `Icons
of Photography' microsite. Questions submitted by photographers from France,
Denmark, Romania, the United States and other parts of the world are being addressed
by one of Kingston's four Icon photographers participating in the program:
Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read Miller. Site visitors
are encouraged to ask questions relating to photo tips, techniques and equipment
as well as general questions about the Icon's career and how they got
started in photography.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2007 0 comments

The EOS 40D DIGITAL SLR Camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to begin
sailing into stores in early September. The EOS 40D has a newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel
CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and a proprietary and
DIGIC III image processor. It offers fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous
shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images.)

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2007 0 comments

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR is said
by the company to be capable of entering the realm of high-fashion and commercial
photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned. It is
scheduled to begin shipping in November and will have an estimated selling price
of $7,999 (the same price as its predecessor, the 16.7 megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark
II).

Developed and manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS-1Ds
Mark III Digital SLR, the camera's new full-size 36 x 24 mm CMOS image
sensor offers the highest resolution in its class, and is comprised of approximately
21.1 million effective pixels (5632 x 3750) set at a pitch of 6.4 microns. The
user can select any one of six recording formats ranging from 21.0 megapixels
in Large JPEG or RAW format, 16.6 or 11.0 megapixels in the two medium JPEG
sizes, or 5.2 megapixels in the small JPEG or "sRAW" formats. In
any JPEG format, the user can set one of ten compression rates for each image
size. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a
standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of
the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, traditional
RAW images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2007 0 comments

Media Street is a proud sponsor of The Art of Digital Show, which is an international
exhibition of digital art taking place October 6 - November 11, 2007 at the
elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San
Diego, California. The opening reception gala will be on Saturday, October 6th,
and will be a world class event!

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 17, 2007 0 comments

Samsung Camera has introduced three new models to its NV series of advanced
point & shoot digital cameras -- the eight mega pixel NV8, 10 mega
pixel NV15 and 12 mega pixel NV20. All three new cameras feature the Smart Touch
interface and feature Schneider optics with a 3x optical zoom. On the back of
the cameras' brushed black, stainless steel bodies, lies Samsung's
Smart Touch user interface. Smart Touch enables easy navigation of the cameras'
feature sets by simply sliding a finger across the control buttons positioned
around the cameras' 2.5" LCD screens.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 16, 2007 0 comments

Leica Camera AG has announced that it will provide a free firmware update for
the LEICA DIGITAL MODUL-R on its website www.leica-camera.com.
The new firmware, Version 1.3, offers extensive improvements in the performance
of Leica's SLR digital/film hybrid system.



The new firmware for the LEICA DIGITAL MODUL-R optimizes the coloring on the Digital
Modul-R display screen, enhanced adjustment of exposure and improved compatibility
of SD cards with FAT 32 system/ 4 GB cards. The update will also increase general
image reproduction and functional features.



Detailed information on the firmware update for the LEICA DIGITAL MODUL-R is available
at

http://www.leica-camera.us/photography/r_system/digital-modul-r/section.

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