Digital Camera News & Previews
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New Porter Case Carryon
Safeguards Your Gear While TravelingSOUTH BEND, IN. (September 24, 2008) - Porter Case, Inc. announces the affordable PCX Lite - Case with CART (trolley) series. The PCX Lite cases are designed as wheeled, semi-hard side, airline carryon size, luggage cases with a patented Case to Cart conversion feature that will carry over 100 pounds of other baggage on top.
New SanDisk CompactFlash Card
Fast Pro Card with 16 GB of SpaceCOLOGNE, GERMANY September 23, 2008 - SanDisk today announced that it is now shipping an upgraded family of SanDisk Extreme® IV CompactFlash® (CF) memory cards to better meet the needs of professional digital photographers. The entire series of SanDisk Extreme IV high-performance memory cards has received a 12.5-percent speed boost up to 45 megabytes per second (MB/s)1 and the newly-released 16-gigabyte (GB)2 card is twice as large as previous capacities. The announcement was made at the Photokina trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Hall 5.1, Stand A20.
New Phase One Products
Medium-format Back, Software and a LensCOLOGNE, GERMANY--(Marketwire - September 23, 2008) - PHOTOKINA 2008 -- Phase One today introduces pioneering advances in medium format digital photography that offer professional photographers more opportunity to perfect the moment of image capture, and reduce post processing work.
New Professional Lexar CompactFlash
UDMA-enabled CF Cards with More SpeedFremont, CA, September 23, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced today that it has enhanced the performance of its Professional line of CompactFlash® (CF) memory cards to 233x, a significant speed advancement over the line's previous speed-rating of 133x. The Lexar Professional 233x CF memory cards are now UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) enabled and capable of minimum-sustained read and write speeds of 35MB per second - a considerable improvement over the previous read and write speeds of 20MB per second.
Lensbaby Introduces New Line
Three Unique Selective Focus LensesOn September 23, 2008, Lensbaby, LLC (formerly known as Lensbabies, LLC) is launching an entire new system of selective focus lenses at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany (Hall 5.2 C021).
Leica Announces the S2
A New 37-megapixel D-SLR Bigger than 35mmCologne, Germany (September 23, 2008) -- LEICA S2 - Remarkable new camera from Germany redefines the professional DSLR class with a custom 37.5-megapixel, 30 x 45 mm sensor built into a 35mm-sized body.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Just Released
New and Powerful Editing Tools with Plenty of SurprisesSAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 23, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the highly anticipated, new editions of the professional industry standard software for digital imaging. Providing a fluid user experience, complete creative control and higher efficiency, Photoshop CS4 leverages the power of the latest hardware to extend imaging possibilities and offer faster, more flexible ways to accomplish core tasks like image adjustments and masks. All of these features and more can be found in Photoshop CS4 Extended, which serves users with advanced motion graphics functions, dramatically expanded 3D visualization capabilities and precise image analysis.
Pentax Announces K2000 D-SLR
New Entry-level D-SLR with Easy ControlGOLDEN, CO (September 22, 2008)â¦PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX K2000 DSLR system designed specifically for consumers who are ready to make the transition from a point-and-shoot digital camera to digital SLR photography. The PENTAX K2000 is an entry-level system consisting of the new PENTAX K2000 body, the smc PENTAX DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens, and the PENTAX AF200FG Auto Flash.
New Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Ultra-fast Prime For the FX-formatMELVILLE, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2008) - Nikon Inc. celebrates 75 years of defining optical excellence with the release of the newly engineered AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 prime lens that is considered by many photographers to be an essential tool with a focal length that closely replicates the visual perspective of the human eye when used with an FX-format D-SLR. Nikon's optical expertise and modern technological advances, such as the Silent Wave Motor, help to deliver outstanding operation that is critical for Nikon FX and DX-format photographers who demand the pinnacle of photographic performance.
Two New Mamiya Lenses
Mamiya 45mm and 80mm For Film and Digital BacksCologne, Germany - September 17, 2008 - Mamiya announced the introduction of the Mamiya Sekor 45mm f2.8 D -- the latest lens in the growing series of Mamiya Digital lenses. This wide-angle lens utilizes low-dispersion glass to correct chromatic aberration, producing high resolution and a large image circle coverage for film and digital backs. The use of floating lens elements ensures edge-to-edge sharpness at all focusing distances.
JOBO AG Launches photoGPS at Photokina 2008
A Lightweight and Easy-to-Use GPS GeotaggerGummersbach, Germany, September 17, 2008 -- Photokina Hall 5.1, Stand A010 / A018 - JOBO AG announces today the availability of 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. Through an innovative new capture and process technology, this affordable new device allows automatic geo-tagging by capturing raw GPS data and time which enables new and more efficient ways to organize, search, visualize, and share photo collections.
Mamiya ZDb Digital Back Debuts at Photokina 2008
New 22-megapixel CCD Back for Medium Format CamerasCologne, Germany - September 19, 2008 - Mamiya Digital Imaging has announced the next model of their digital back - called the Mamiya ZDb 22 megapixel Digital Back - will be shown at Photokina 2008. To further refine the successful Mamiya ZD Digital Back system, the R&D team at Mamiya has developed the new ZDb Digital Back with several useful enhancements.
Canon Introduces Four New PowerShots
High-end Point-and-Shoots With Advanced ControlLAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the newest addition to its top-of-the line PowerShot G-series digital cameras. The PowerShot G10 digital camera offers serious amateur shooters and professional photographers several essential ingredients for a flagship model, including Canon's new DIGIC 4 image processor, 28mm Optical Image Stabilized lens and RAW mode. This trilogy of style, performance and image quality is an ideal professional complement for anyone seeking the photo quality of a DSLR, combined with the convenient size of a point-and-shoot.
New Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Full-Frame D-SLR with 21.1 MP and HD Video CaptureLAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the long-awaited successor to Canon's highly popular EOS 5D, introduced in 2005. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D camera so successful, Canon has coupled the creative power of a full-frame CMOS sensor in a relatively compact and affordable camera body, together with groundbreaking HD video capture that opens the door to a much wider range of imaging possibilities for photographers. Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon's EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and significantly lower noise, with an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.
RAW Update for Aperture 2
More Cameras, More RAW CompatibilityIf you're using either Aperture 2 software or iPhoto 08, Apple has just extended RAW file compatibility. The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.2 extends RAW file compatibility for Aperture 2 and iPhoto '08 for the following cameras:
New Lexar CompactFlash and SDHC Cards
Two Fast Cards with 16 GB of SpaceFremont, CA, September 16, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced today that the company has further increased the capacity of its widely popular Platinum II flash memory card line by introducing a Platinum II 60x 16GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card and Platinum II 80x 16GB CompactFlash® (CF) card. The new, high-capacity cards give value-conscious video and photo enthusiasts the ability to shoot longer and faster, while taking advantage of new higher-resolution and high-definition digital camcorders, digital SLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. When used with many of today's popular flash-based digital camcorders, the Platinum II 16GB memory cards allow up to six hours of 1080 high-definition video recording. The Platinum II SDHC memory card is speed-rated at 60x, capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second, while the Platinum II CF memory card is speed-rated at 80x, which represents a minimum sustained write speed of 12MB per second. The high-speed cards provide faster transfers of high-resolution video and photos, as well as large audio and digital multimedia files.
Introducing the New Casio EXILIM EX-FH20
A High-speed Camera that Shoots 1,000 fpsDOVER, NJ, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 - Casio America, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, today announced the release of its newest EXILIM® digital camera, the HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20. This remarkable new camera is capable of ultra high-speed burst shooting at 40 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1,000 fps.
New Western Digital Portable Drive
WD My Passport Puts Half of a Terabyte In your HandsLAKE FOREST, Calif. - Sep. 15, 2008 - Catering to consumers on-the-go with the world's most popular portable storage offerings, WD® (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new 500 GB capacity My Passportâ¢ Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy to store a half a terabyte of music, videos or photos and carry them in the palm of your hand. Available now at WD's online store (www.shopwd.com), the new 500 GB capacity is offered on the My Passport Eliteâ¢ and My Passport Essentialâ¢ portable drive models.
Zeiss Releases Two EF Mount Lenses
Two Fast Lenses for Canon EOS CamerasThornwood, NY, September 2008: Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses with the introduction of the Zeiss ZE Lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models.
The First Micro Four Thirds Lenses
Two New Lenses for Panasonic G1SECAUCUS, NJ (September 12, 2008) - Panasonic today announced the world's first interchangeable lenses designed for the new Micro Four Thirds System. The LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S will be the standard kit lens with the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world's first Micro Four Thirds System digital camera, which also debuted today. In addition, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto lens, also designed for the Micro Four Thirds format, offers an enhanced zoom range for use with the DMC-G1 and other cameras based on the new standard.