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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2005 0 comments

Photodex Corporation has introduced ProShow Gold 2.5, the newest version of its
slide show software for photo enthusiasts and professionals. ProShow Gold 2.5
allows users to create quality multimedia slide show presentations to share with
friends and family. Slide motion effects, captions effects and over 280 transitions
are available for creating DVD, PC, and Web slide shows.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its flagship software
application for automatic image quality enhancement for Digital SLR camera users.
Due to be released later in the fall, DxO Optics Pro v5 is said to set a new standard
for image quality with its new RAW conversion engine. All purchasers of DxO Optics
Pro v4.5 on or after August 1st, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to DxO Optics
Pro v5.



DxO Optics Pro v5's RAW conversion engine includes a completely new demosaicing
algorithm which produces images with much more detail and fewer artifacts. Demosaicing
is the crucial step of RAW conversion during which the camera's image sensor
pattern is reconstructed as a visible image for the human eye. Inherently, demosaicing
involves trade-offs between image sharpness, details, noise, processing time and
conversion artifacts. The quality of demosaicing determines the amount of detail
and artifacts in the final image. These artifacts, particularly visible and unsightly,
are compounded at high ISO settings and are in large part responsible for what
is deemed the unnatural look of digital images.



The other key characteristic of DxO Optics Pro's new RAW Engine is that
instead of applying noise reduction techniques after demosaicing, a newly-developed
noise reduction is performed upfront, before noise has a chance to be amplified
by the RAW conversion process and absorb important fine details.



Combined with other proprietary techniques, DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW
Engine is said by the maker to produce both the most detailed and most natural
looking images yet -- its very fine and homogenous grain translating into
subtle shades and textures. DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW conversion engine
has been fine-tuned and optimized with the rest of the software's automated
image enhancement features (optical corrections, color rendering, exposure optimization,
highlight recovery, etc.) to produce best-in class results.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2008 0 comments

FotoNation has announced "ChromaFix" a new one-step chromatic aberration
correction technology. ChromaFix brings advanced image processing technology
normally found in much higher-priced cameras to low-cost low-power devices,
including consumer digital cameras and camera phones. ChromaFix is offered in
several configurations: a software-only solution or coupled with FotoNation's
IP-Core hardware acceleration technology to achieve maximum performance.



Higher-end digital cameras often include sophisticated glass lenses that minimize
aberrations. Low-cost consumer-level cameras and camera phones have different
price/performance dynamics, resulting in lower quality optics through the use
of plastic lenses. With ChromaFix, consumers can get high-quality results at
a low cost.



An example of chromatic aberrations is the occurrence of purple fringes around
high contrast edges in a photo, which is the result of a misalignment of the
red, green and blue wave-lengths of light during focusing. The prevalence of
purple fringing is dependent on the design of the optical system in the camera,
including: optical light path, lens materials, aperture of the exposure and
the design of the image processing system executed during image capture. The
purple color results from the fact that most lens designs are optimized to focus
based on the green wave lengths of light. The blue and red wavelengths of light
fall out of focus and overlap, producing a purple color due to the additive
properties of color perception (blue and red result in purple).



For more information, see www.fotonation.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced the KODAK EASYSHARE G600 Printer Dock. The
new design has a built-in handle, smart paper tray storage, and battery.



Priced at $149.95 (MSRP) and available beginning in August, the unit works with
PICTBRIDGE enabled devices and IMAGELINK print system compatible digital cameras.
Owners of Kodak cameras can also use the dock to charge their KODAK camera battery
in 3.5 hours or less, with the optional battery pack. The battery pack $49.95
MSRP) will be available on the KODAK Website at www.kodak.com
and certain retailers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 24, 2008 0 comments

Sony is expanding its alpha system of accessories to include the new HVL-F58AM
flash unit with exceptional features for versatile and flexible external lighting
control. This new flash features a new Quick Shift Bounce system. It offers
more creative ways to achieve lighting, flash and bounce angles. The flash head
can pivot 90 degrees left and right on a horizontal axis in addition to the
conventional up and down vertical adjustment. With this system, the camera and
flash unit can keep the same orientation regardless of portrait or landscape
shooting. This gives a higher degree of flexibility when arranging the direction
of light. For example, you can take full advantage of the flash unit's
built-in bounce card even during portrait shots since the flash head can maintain
the same orientation as it would in the landscape position.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 15, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) will introduce a beta version of
Adobe Photoshop CS3 software, the next release of the world standard in digital
imaging, on Friday, December 15th. Adobe is delivering a widely available Photoshop
CS3 beta to enable customers to more easily transition to the latest hardware
platforms, particularly Apple's new Intel-based systems. The beta is available
as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh platform, as well as for Microsoft Windows
XP and Windows Vista computers. The final shipping release of Adobe Photoshop
CS3 is planned for Spring 2007. The software can be downloaded at: http://labs.adobe.com,
in the early hours Pacific Standard Time on December 15.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2004 0 comments
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced the new JOBO photoGPS -- a small and lightweight
Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that fits directly on any digital camera's
hot shoe, just as if it were a regular flash unit, without the need for extra
cables. This new device allows automatic geo-tagging -- country, city,
street -- entered into the image's Exif file.

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