The new C-7070 Wide Zoom from Olympus features a wide-angle lens on a magnesium body and a 7.1-megapixel CCD. With its 4x optical zoom wide-angle lens (equivalent
to 27 to 110mm, f2.8 -- f.8.0), the C-7070 Wide Zoom enables photographers
to capture more of their field of view. For nature photographers, the C-7070
features a Super Macro mode that enables shooting from 1.18 inches. The camera's
1.8-inch Semi-Transmissive swivel LCD makes it easy to take pictures at any
angle -- above the head, from the side, or with the camera placed on the
ground. The LCD can even be swiveled 180° for taking self-portraits. And
while conventional LCD screens appear dim against bright light, the Semi-Transmissive
LCD technology is said to provide excellent high-contrast visibility in any
light condition. The camera body is constructed of magnesium alloy with a rubberized.
The camera is also compact, measuring 4.9" (W) x 3.3" (H) x 3.9"
(D) and weighs 15.3 ounces.
DxO Labs, a software company focused on research in image processing, has announced
that future versions of its flagship RAW converter DxO Raw Engine will support
Adobe's recently announced DNG (Digital Negative) specification.
The International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization
of the United Nations, has named Mr. Toshiro Shimoyama, Supreme Advisor, Olympus
Corporation, Tokyo, Japan as the recipient of its annual Hall of Fame award. The
award honors legendary contributors to the photographic industry. The presentation
is scheduled to take place at the IPC's 2005 Annual New Years Luncheon on
Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 11:30 a.m., at the United Nations in New York City.
Swift's Ultra Lite collection are said to be the first and only binoculars
to incorporate two different types of rubber to improve durability, shock-absorption
and comfort. These new binoculars combine harder rubber on their outer edges
for better protection against bangs and bumps. Softer rubber is used in the
area where you grip the binoculars, thereby reducing user fatigue. The softer
rubber also provides a superior grip in any weather condition, wet or dry. This
same technology is also used to create a non-slip focusing knob on these binoculars.
The dual density covering also aids the nature photographer by keeping these
binoculars quiet when rubbing against their clothes.
The F.J. Westcott Company has introduced their new Spiderlite for still and
video imagemakers. The Spiderlite is less than five inches deep and is constructed
of solid metal. The inner metal surface of the light offers a highly reflective
surface. Any light falling backwards is again reflected back into a Soft Box
allowing for maximum output of the lights. Built-in points allow for direct
attachment of a Soft Box onto the Spiderlite itself. This not only cuts down
the cost of purchasing an adapter ring, but also allows the end user fewer parts
to carry or lose as well as quicker set-up.
About the size of a hockey puck, the new Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive is
billed as the biggest small hard drive on the planet - it's the world's first
external hard drive small enough to fit in your pocket or throw in a backpack.
Safely encased in its sleek palm-sized shell, it's as convenient as a USB thumb
drive - but it offers an incredible 5GB of storage to conveniently carry a huge
amount of digital music, photos, video, and business files.
Delkin Devices Inc. has introduced a new version of its BurnAway portable combo
media player that burns DVDs. With recordable DVD's being able to store
up to 4.7 Gigabytes (GB) of data, Delkin sees the DVD BurnAway as a valuable
companion for digital photographers wanting to take advantage of the new crop
of SLR (Single Lens Reflex) digital cameras. New high-resolution cameras need
additional memory to accommodate larger file sizes, making the DVD BurnAway
a perfect solution for quickly clearing memory cards on the go so you can keep
Pentax Imaging Company continues to expand its digital SLR lens family with
the announcement of a fourth member - the smc Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens.
Designed for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras, the unique pancake
style standard lens measures a mere .59 inches in length and weighs just 3.17
ounces. Combined with the popular Pentax *ist DS digital SLR, the Pentax DA
40mm F2.8 Limited lens will offer the smallest and lightest digital SLR combination
available from any manufacturer.