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Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments

CCD Image Sensors from Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) have been selected again
to power the most advanced cameras for professional photographers. Showcased at
this year's Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany, the new cameras --
the LEICA S2, the HASSELBLAD H3DII-50, and the SINAR Hy6-65 -- are based
on both new and existing KODAK CCD Image Sensors, and further establish Kodak
as the leading supplier of the most advanced image sensors used in professional
photography.



"Kodak has a rich history of supplying image sensors of the highest quality
for use in professional photography -- where image quality, resolution, and
color fidelity are critical to a photographer's success," said Michael
Miller, manager of Kodak's CCD Image Sensor Business, part of the company's
Image Sensor Solutions group. "We are excited to see this legacy continue
with the launch of a new generation of cameras from the world's leading
manufacturers that will allow photographers to capture images of the highest quality
and the finest detail."



The LEICA S2 camera, powered by the new KODAK KAF-37500 Image Sensor, is the third
product from Leica to be based on KODAK CCD Image Sensors -- a relationship
that began first with the LEICA Digital Module-R and was then extended with the
LEICA M8 camera. With an imaging area of 45mm x 30mm, the 37.5 million pixel KAF-37500
represents a new optical format for photography, providing an image capture area
over 50% larger than traditional 35mm film. The sensor also includes specific
design features that optimize its use in the S2 camera, such as the use of microlenses
to increase the overall light sensitivity of the device, enabling improved image
quality under low light conditions. In addition, an infra-red absorbing optic
was incorporated directly into the sensor's packaging, enabling the development
of a thinner camera design by eliminating the need to include this IR-absorbing
function as a separate camera component.



The new KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor was selected by Hasselblad for use in the
HASSELBLAD H3DII-50, the top model of Hasselblad's H3DII family and their
fourth-generation medium-format camera. Twice the physical size of the largest
35mm DSLR image sensor, the 50 million pixel KAF-50100 sets a new resolution benchmark
for the popular 48mm x 36mm optical format used in medium-format photography,
while improving upon the quality and imaging performance available from the previous
generation of KODAK sensors.



Both the KAI-50100 and the KAF-37500 Image Sensors are based on the new KODAK
TRUESENSE 6.0 micron Full Frame CCD Platform, the company's fourth generation
of technology for professional photography. This new platform increases both the
resolution and camera performance available for photographers by reducing pixel
size and "click-to-capture" time for improved camera response, improving
frame rate, lowering power consumption, and improving color fidelity while retaining
key performance parameters available from the previous generation of technology.




Sinar has selected the 31.6 million pixel KODAK KAF-31600 Image Sensor for use
in the SINAR Hy6-65, a new system that brings integrated digital image processing
to medium format photography. Leveraging the light sensitivity, wide dynamic range,
and outstanding color fidelity available from the KAF-31600 Image Sensor, this
camera brings the superb image quality and performance available from the KAF-31600
to a new generation of products available from Sinar.



These three new cameras join a family of existing cameras and camera backs that
are based on a full portfolio of KODAK CCD Image Sensors targeted to this market.
With resolutions ranging from 16 to 50 million pixels, Kodak has supplied the
broadest portfolio of high performance CCD products for this market, providing
camera manufacturers the flexibility to meet the needs and requirements of their
customers while retaining the performance and image quality required in this demanding
application.



For additional information, please contact Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak
Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@kodak.com. For more information
on the entire portfolio of KODAK Image Sensors, please visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2009 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the DMC-GH1, the newest member of the company’s LUMIX G Micro System. Compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new LUMIX GH1 features advanced video photography functions, such as the ability to record High Definition (HD) AVCHD 1080p/24p video.  In addition, the new LUMIX GH1 comes with a newly developed long-zoom interchangeable lens – the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.  This lens was specifically designed to support HD movie recording and features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing (AF) capability; two features which distinguish the LUMIX GH1 from DSLRs that offer HD video recording capabilities.

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Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2009 0 comments

Aimed at experienced shooters looking for value and sophisticated SLR performance, Sony has introduced the full-frame α (alpha) DSLR-A850 camera and a new 28-75mm F2.8 lens.  The α850 model shares the same 24.6 megapixel sensor and most features of the flagship α900 camera, introduced last year, but will be available for just under $2000 (body only).

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Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2009 0 comments

Toshiba’s new Digital Media Frame models make it possible for users to automatically share priceless memories with friends and family anywhere in the world thanks to FrameChannel. Simply set up a FrameChannel account and upload images or link favorite photos, music and videos from popular sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Facebook. Friends and family can stay updated with new photos when their frames are connected to the account.

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Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2008 0 comments

WD (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new My Book Mirror Edition dual-drive storage
systems, which can automatically store valuable personal content not once, but
twice, to maximize data safety. This RAID-based continuous data protection feature,
called mirroring, makes WD's My Book Mirror Edition storage systems the safest
place for storing irreplaceable data.

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Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

WD has added a high-speed FireWire® 800 interface to its popular My Passport Studio portable drive to give Mac computer users and creative professionals the fast performance they need.  The new interface also makes this drive a perfect storage companion for the newly introduced Apple MacBook Pro computer. With FireWire 800/400 and USB interfaces, the new My Passport Studio portable drives offer up to 500 GB of storage capacity, are formatted for Mac.

A built-in, illuminated capacity gauge tells users how much space is available in the drive and because it is powered by the FireWire or USB connection, it is truly portable.  In addition, My Passport Studio can be used to backup Mac laptops using Apple’s Time Machine application.

Availability and Price
Available now at select retailers and at WD’s online store (www.shopwd.com), MSRP for My Passport Studio with FireWire 800/400 interfaces and 500 GB capacity is $249.99 USD; MSRP for 400 GB capacity is $229.99 USD. Apple Retail Stores will feature My Passport Studio drives with the new FireWire 800 interface this holiday season.

Ultra-fast and Mac computer-ready, the My Passport Studio portable drive includes the following features:
- High-performance FireWire 800 interface, plus FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces for maximum flexibility; 

- Turbo-powered with high-speed turbo drivers for maximum performance (Mac computer only);

- Illuminated capacity gauge lets users see at a glance how much space is available on the drive;

- Compatible with Apple’s Time Machine application  so users can back up with Apple’s Time Machine, or their favorite back up software;

- Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty;

- FireWire or USB powered so no separate power supply is needed; and,

- Formatted HFS+, Journaled for use with Mac computers can be easily reformatted for use with Windows PCs. 

www.westerndigital.com

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Staff Posted: Jun 24, 2009 0 comments

Phase One announced immediate availability of the Phase One P 40+ -- the company’s second Sensor+ enabled digital camera back/camera system. Like the P 65+ introduced last year, this new system offers two separate image-capture modes. In normal mode, the P 40+ delivers full 40 megapixel captures for high-quality image details. And when shooting conditions demand, a photographer can push a button and instantly switch from 40 megapixels to 10 megapixels, gaining a four-fold increase in light sensitivity (ISO to 3200), and a capture rate of up to 1.8 frames per second --an ideal performance for hand-held and/or low-light conditions.

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Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2008 0 comments

The National Park Foundation and Olympus Imaging America Inc. challenge everyone
who can point and click to grab their camera, head to a federal land, and enter
the 2008 Share the Experience Photo Contest. This year's official contest
is sponsored by the National Park Foundation and Olympus in partnership with the
National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.



The 2008 Share the Experience Photo Contest will run from August 18, 2008 through
December 31, 2008 and showcases the more than 500 million acres of Federal Lands,
drawing entries from all across the United States.



All 2008 entrants will have the opportunity to win one of five exciting prize
packages with a total of 14 winners. The Grand Prize winner will earn the international
honor of having the winning image grace all the 2010 "Federal Recreation
Lands Pass," an annual admission that provides access to all participating
Federal Land Management Agency sites where an entrance fee is charged. Additionally,
the grand prize winner will receive an Olympus E-3 DSLR digital camera kit and
a five-day, four-night trip to a Federal Recreation Land of his/her choice.



"The National Park Foundation is grateful to Olympus for supporting the
8th annual federal lands photo contest, providing park goers with the opportunity
to discover the beauty and diversity of our nation's protected lands and
share that experience with all of America," said Vin Cipolla, President
and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "By entering in the 2008 Share
the Experience Photo Contest, individuals can take part in a truly American pastime:
helping others see the beauty and value of our national parks. The National Park
Foundation is delighted to sponsor this year's contest with Olympus to get
people out to the parks to capture great photo memories."



"Olympus is proud to be the official sponsor of the National Parks photo
contest," said F. Mark Gumz, President, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "We
offer shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and highly portable cameras, which are
perfect for capturing the parks' elements in any season. We are committed
to respecting nature and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. We encourage everyone
to capture our nation's parks through photography while leaving these majestic
lands untouched for future generations to appreciate."



Citizens and legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of
age can enter by submitting up to three photo entries online at www.sharetheexperience.org;
or via mail in a hand-written, stamped envelope to:

Share the Experience Official Federal Recreation Lands Photo Contest

c/o ePrize, LLC

PO Box 8070

Royal Oak, MI 48068



All photographs entered must be taken in one of the Federal Recreation Agency
Lands between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008, must be original creations,
and must be submitted by the original photographer. PLEASE SEE OFFICIAL RULES
AT www.sharetheexperience.org.



Mail-in entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2008 and received by the close
of business on January 8, 2009. Each envelope must include only one entry. All
photos will be judged on creativity; photographic quality; visual appeal; appropriateness;
ability to show diversity and the richness of the Federal Recreation Lands.



Additionally, the public will be able to view an online photo gallery of 2008
submissions from January 9, 2009 -- January 16, 2009 and vote on their favorites
from January 17, 2009 - January 31, 2009.

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Staff Posted: Jan 14, 2009 0 comments

onOne Software announced the immediate availability of Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition and Genuine Fractals 6 Standard Edition. Powered by patented resizing technology, Genuine Fractals can resize digital images over 1000% with no loss in sharpness or detail. Genuine Fractals 6 adds new features designed to help photographers get the best enlargements possible, including a new gallery wrap function, batch processing, tiling for smaller printers, and support for Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Apple Aperture 2.1. 
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Staff Posted: Aug 12, 2009 0 comments

Online photo site snapizzi announced that it has added an array of new web tools and print products that improve the photographer’s workbench and make photo sales and management easier than ever before.

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