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Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2008 0 comments

Sony Electronics has added two new models to its family of S-Frame digital photo frames—including the company’s first 10-inch model here at the PhotoPlus Expo trade show. The new 10-inch and 8-inch digital photo frames (models DPF-D100 and DPF-D80) have high-quality SVGA resolution (800 x 600 pixels) LCD screens. They are Sony’s first digital photo frames that offer a 4:3 aspect ratio.

This apect ratio eliminates borders around the digital photos and allows pictures to fill up the screen. Photos appear larger on theses frames’ displays than digital photo frames with the 16:9 aspect ratio.

In addition to providing high-quality LCD screens, these models have an advanced image processing feature that quickly decodes and displays images. The digital photo frames will dispay images that are up to 48 megapixels or files that are up to 100MB. The digital photo frames have 200MB of available capacity, so you can store hundreds of photos to the device and then return your memory card back to the camera.

Digital images can be loaded onto the internal memory of the digital photo frames from several types of flash memory cards, including Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD Memory Card, MMC, Compact Flash,  Microdrive and xD-Picture Card.

Photos can also be transferred to the frames via a USB cable (not included) from a personal computer or digital camera. These two new S-Frame models support JPEG and RAW (SRF, SR2, ARW) image file formats.

The S-Frame models offer convenient features including the auto orientation sensor. The photo frame automatically detects whether it has been positioned horzonally or verically and then adjusts the display of the picture accordingly. When the frame is horizontal the Sony logo will light up. When the frame is vertical, the logo turns off and blends into the piano black finish.

Additional features include 10 slide show variations, clock and calendar views, and two index modes so you can preview several photos at once. You can also conserve energy by using the auto power on/off setting to program when you want the frame to turn on in the morning and off at night. Functions of the digital photo frame can be managed remotely using the included controller.

The DPF-D80 digital photo frame is now available for about $180 and the DPF-D100 model will be available in November for about $280. Both will be offered direct at sonystyle.com, at 43 Sony Style® retail stores around the country, and at hundreds of authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders are now being accepted for the DPF-D100 unit at sonystyle.com.

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Press Release Posted: Feb 02, 2011 1 comments

MAC-On-Campus and Photoshelter are proud to announce a new and free webinar series, Beyond the Classroom: A Photo Student's Guide to Turning Pro.

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Press Release Posted: Jan 15, 2010 0 comments

Tamron USA, Inc. has announced a free new learning program that’s specifically targeted at
first-time Digital SLR owners, but also likely to appeal to a broad spectrum of shooters including
experienced enthusiasts, and those who simply want to get a better handle on all the exciting
features built into their new Digital SLR cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 30, 2005 0 comments

dr5 CHROME LAB, profiled in a recent Shutterbug issue, will make its permanent
home in Denver Colorado as of August 5, 2005. After many successful years as
an independent facility in both New York City and Los Angeles proprietor David
Wood has decided to make the mid-west the final location for his unique photo
lab. "We're relocating for our customers' sake, said Wood, inventor of
the dr5 black and white reversal process which produces transparencies from
over thirty black and white film types. "We want to continue providing
outstanding services without having to raise prices. The economy in Denver will
allow us to do that."

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 04, 2004 0 comments

SanDisk
Corporation has introduced the world's fastest flash memory cards --
the SanDisk Extreme III line of CompactFlash, SD and Memory Stick PRO digital
film cards. The CompactFlash and SD cards have minimum write and read speeds
of 20 megabytes per second (MB/sec.).Memory Stick PRO has minimum write and
read speeds of 18 MB/sec. The SanDisk Extreme III cards, which range in capacity
between one and four gigabytes (GB), have essentially double the performance
speeds of SanDisk's predecessor Extreme product line which currently has
the fastest working cards in many of today's leading digital single lens
reflex (SLR) cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 10, 2005 0 comments

Canon's new compact photo printer, the SELPHY CP-400 allows you to make 4
x 6-inch postcards or photographs in approximately 81 seconds, four seconds
faster than previous Canon models.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 11, 2010 1 comments

Canon Inc. announced today the achievement of a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s EOS-series film and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras passed the 40 million mark.

Production of the EOS SLR camera first began in 1987 at Canon Inc.’s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.), and then later moved to Canon Inc., Taiwan; Oita Canon Inc.; and most recently Nagasaki Canon Inc. from March of this year. In 1997, the 10th anniversary of the series, production reached 10 million units, and in 2003 passed the 20-million mark. After the rapid spread of digital SLR cameras, Canon went on to reach the 30-million mark during the series’ 20-year anniversary in December 2007, followed by the current 40-million-unit production milestone, attained after a short two years and four months. Furthermore, the EOS Digital series also recorded a production milestone of 20 million units.

The EOS series, which stands for “Electro Optical System” and also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, was first introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras that incorporate the world’s first electronic mount system, achieving complete electronic control not only between the lens and body but throughout the entire camera system.

With the key concepts of high speed and ease-of-use, the EOS-series cameras, including the top-of-the-line EOS-1 professional model, which was first introduced in 1989, and the compact, lightweight EOS Rebel (EOS Kiss or EOS 1000 in other regions), which was released in 1990 and helped to expand Canon’s user base, actively incorporated innovative technologies and gained acceptance from a wide range of users. Following the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000, a time when the spread of digital SLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed such advanced technologies as its proprietary CMOS sensors and the high-performance DIGIC digital image processor, as well as an extensive lineup of EF lenses in an effort to fulfill the company’s new key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use, and high image quality.

Canon further expanded its rich product lineup with the release of the entry-level EOS Rebel T2i (EOS Kiss X4 or EOS 550D) digital SLR camera in February of this year, which features an approximately 18.0-million pixel CMOS sensor and supports an extended ISO range, bringing the total to seven cameras—two professional, three advanced-amateur, and two entry-level models—in the EOS series.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2007 0 comments

Imagenomic has announced that their plug-in product portfolio, which includes
Noiseware Standard and Pro plug-ins, and their newest products, Portraiture
and RealGrain, have been updated to support the latest software applications,
hardware platforms and O/S releases from Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, respectively.
The current Mac OSX and PC Windows versions of Imagenomic's award-winning plug-in
software tools now include support for native Intel Mac systems, as well as
the new Vista operating system. Imagenomic's plug-in versions of these titles
also extend their trademark speed, superior picture quality and ease-of-use
functionality into Photoshop's ongoing Creative Suite 3 public beta program,
and the commercial release currently scheduled for this Spring.



Imagenomic's latest plug-in releases are available as free upgrades to existing
customers, and can be downloaded directly from the product update page of the
company's website (www.imagenomic.com/download.aspx).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 04, 2005 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), has announced its LockTight CompactFlash security
system. It is described as an essential solution for digital photographers who
want to protect their stored digital images and information. Photographers working
in highly sensitive and vulnerable areas who require added security can leverage
the LockTight system for card level security to limit unauthorized access to
data and material stored on the card.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2005 0 comments

Manfrotto is proud to announce the launch of a series of practical photography
lessons available to the public at www.manfrotto.com. The lessons were developed
in collaboration with Web Photo School, the California, United States based digital
photo education company.



Developed to help Manfrotto customers get the most out of their equipment in various
"real-life" photographic situations, the lessons provide valuable information
on how to tackle different subjects from still life to macro, from nature photography
to portraits and more. Each lesson has been created utilizing a range of Manfrotto
tripods and heads. Each lesson provides detailed information on every step of
the photographic process, from setting up the tripod through framing and lighting
technique and turning a good photograph into a great one.



"How to Use a Tripod: The Basics" informs readers on how to use Manfrotto
tripods to capture beautiful photographs. "Shooting Glamour in the Studio"
teaches users techniques for modifying their glamour photography process to increase
image appeal. "A Close Up Look at Macro Photography" focuses on the
use of tripods to get pin-sharp close-up photographs.



These and other online photography lessons are available at Manfrotto's new portal
website at www.manfrotto.com.


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Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2009 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has introduced the D5000, a digital SLR camera with a 12.3-megapixel sensor, a versatile 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor, Nikon’s revolutionary D-Movie Mode and expanded automatic Scene Modes. Photographers can easily compose images on the Vari-angle LCD monitor that they can view in a normal position fitting securely within the camera back, or swung out to be rotated or tilted. The monitor can also be stowed with the LCD panel tucked against the camera back to protect the screen when not in use.

This freedom of movement, along with four Live View autofocus shooting modes, affords users the opportunity to shoot from a multitude of imaginative angles. Easy one-button Live View activation now features Subject Tracking autofocus (AF), which automatically locks onto a moving subject.  Even if the subject leaves the frame and returns, Subject Tracking AF maintains focus. In addition to Subject Tracking AF in Live View, the D5000 features Face Priority AF, which automatically detects up to five faces in a scene and focuses on the closest subject; Wide Area AF, which offers a large AF area for optimal hand-held shooting; and Normal Area AF, which provides pinpoint accuracy when shooting with a tripod.

The D5000’s D-Movie Mode allows users the ability to record HD movie clips (1280 x 720) at a cinematic 24 frames per second with sound. Additionally, the D5000 is compatible with a comprehensive assortment of AF-S NIKKOR interchangeable lenses to provide users with the ability to capture perspectives not possible with typical consumer video recording devices. When using any NIKKOR VR lens, D-Movie clips benefit from Nikon VR image stabilization, which automatically activates during recording to deliver added sharpness and image stability. VR image stabilization also extends the D5000’s performance in low-light situations. D-Movie clips are recorded onto an inserted SD or SDHC memory card and saved as Motion JPEG AVI files for easy editing with widely available video editing software.

19 automatic Scene Modes are said to free users to capture beautiful images without having to manually adjust camera settings. The broad range of automatic Scene Modes includes Sports, Portrait, Candlelight, Silhouette, Autumn Colors and more, The D5000 also incorporates a comprehensive set of in-camera editing features to make the most of captured images without the need of a computer. The D5000 also introduces several new Retouch features, including a Soft Filter effect, which applies a smooth appearance to faces or the entire image; Perspective Control, which helps correct distortions in perspective often encountered in photographs of architecture; and Color Outline, which creates monochrome outlines of objects in images by eliminating color and tonal gradations. The D5000 saves each of these edited images as a separate JPEG file, ensuring the original image is left unmodified.  With Nikon’s exclusive Picture Control Settings, photographers can quickly select various image appearance profiles that include Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape settings.  In addition, Picture Control provides the ability to create and store up to nine user-defined custom profiles to reflect each user’s personal preferences for hue, color saturation and image sharpening.

Extensive playback options allow users to review their photos in groups of four, nine, or 72 thumbnail images. Alternatively, users can select the Calendar View to easily group and select images by date. These playback features can be viewed either on the Vari-angle LCD or an HDTV with HDMI connectivity available via a dedicated HDMI port on the camera.

The D5000’s normal ISO range extends from ISO 200 to 3200, allowing for superior shooting in low-light conditions. Additionally, the D5000’s ISO range can be expanded to a Lo 1 setting of ISO 100 or a Hi 1 setting of ISO 6400, furthering the opportunities for previously impossible shots.

Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II, in conjunction with the EXPEED image processing system, contributes to the D5000’s ability to capture quality images by instantly evaluating the exposure elements of each scene and comparing it to an onboard database of information from more than 30,000 images. These split-second calculations allow the D5000 to ensure the right exposure—even when conditions are extreme.  To push creative boundaries even further, the D5000 allows picture-takers to also use Center-Weighted and Spot metering for added personal control.

The D5000’s 11-point auto focus system utilizes Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System with Face Detection to help create the best possible images in a variety of shooting environments. Nikon's 11-point AF offers best-in-class speed and accuracy, helping to ensure sharp focus, shot-after-shot. Single-point AF is suggested for static subjects, Dynamic-area AF for moving subjects, Auto-area AF for spontaneous shooting and 3D-tracking with 11 AF points for maintaining accurate focus on a subject moving throughout the frame.

Paired with Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens and the ability to shoot at four frames per second, the D5000 easily captures moments other cameras miss. Nikon’s VR image stabilization lenses reduce the blurring in images due to camera shake, allowing photographers to shoot hand-held at as many as three full stops slower than would otherwise be possible.

The new D5000 also features the innovative Integrated Dust Reduction System, which offers both an electronic sensor cleaning when the camera is powered on and/or off and the Airflow Control System, which directs dust away from the sensor with every snap of the shutter. These functions work to clear image-degrading dust from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter, helping to ensure spot-free images. In addition, the D5000 features a Quiet Release Mode that reduces the mirror cycling noise for discreet shooting in sensitive situations, such as weddings and other ceremonies.

Photographers can also appreciate the D5000’s system expandability, as the camera can work in conjunction with a variety of Nikon accessories including a broad assortment of NIKKOR AF-S interchangeable lenses.  While the D5000 offers a versatile built-in flash, the camera is also compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and capable of Advanced Wireless Lighting when using the SB-900 Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Commander. For those looking to document their photo excursions with geo-tagging, the D5000 is compatible with the optional GP-1 GPS Unit, which automatically records latitude, longitude, altitude and time information when a picture is taken.

The D5000 also works seamlessly with Nikon’s powerful Capture NX 2 image editing software (available for purchase separately), for more advanced photographers seeking greater control over their post-capture images.  Capture NX 2 simplifies the path to beautiful images with easy-to-learn editing tools and a highly versatile and elegantly simple interface, which streamline editing procedures.

Price and Availability
The D5000 outfit, which includes the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, will be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late April 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95.  For consumers who want to configure their D5000 system or for photographers who need an additional D-SLR body for an existing system, the D5000 will also be offered as a body only for an estimated selling price of $729.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 18, 2007 0 comments

Corel Corporation has announced that the company has released Corel Painter
X v10.1, a free update to its Natural-Media painting and illustration software,
Corel Painter X. Available for both Mac and Windows, the Corel Painter X v10.1
update can be downloaded from www.corel.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 24, 2007 0 comments

Nikon has introduced two new additions to its COOLPIX Performance Series of
digital cameras: the COOLPIX P5100 and the COOLPIX P50. The P5100 and the P50
incorporate Nikon's new EXPEEDT advanced image processing system and high
sensitivity capabilities that will help create incredible pictures in nearly
any setting.

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Posted: Oct 23, 2009 0 comments

Flexible ewa-marine Splash-X underwater housings are now available in a selection of sizes to fit nearly all popular compact digital cameras with small or long zoom lenses.  Photographers and vacationers can take sharp, clear pictures in depths up to 20 ft.while diving, snorkeling, boating, rafting, canoeing or swimming. The housings also provide protection against sand, snow, salt-water spray and dirt. Street price for each of six Splash-X  models is under $50.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 16, 2006 0 comments

Nikon has announced the addition of a 10x zoom camera with image stabilization
to the COOLPIX Style series line-up. The new COOLPIX S10 features a 10x optical
Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, Vibration Reduction (VR), 6.0 effective megapixels,
a 2.5" LCD and a compact swivel design allowing the long-zoom camera to
fit into a shirt pocket.



With a wave-surface design and a high-quality finish, the COOLPIX S10 has a
built-in 38-380mm (35mm equivalent) 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens. It features a handy
One-Touch Portrait Button that provides direct access to three unique Nikon
In-Camera Image Innovations to fix common photo problems This system includes
Face-priority AF, which automatically finds and focuses on a subject's
face, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically corrects red-eye, and D-Lighting,
an innovation that automatically corrects images with insufficient light. The
S10 is equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when an image is blurred
and Best Shot Selector, a feature that automatically identifies and saves the
sharpest image from a series. The COOLPIX S10 with its supplied rechargeable
lithium-ion battery can take up to 300 shots on a single charge. The COOLPIX
S10 is PictBridge compatible so there's no need to use a computer at all
when printing -- just connect the camera straight to a PictBridge-compatible
printer and print directly easily and without delay.

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