This week's news includes some camera announcements, new digital imaging technology, and even more on the future of photography.Casio's new EX-Z9 camera offers lots of color, little cost Flickr puts hold on PhotoShelter tool Manfrotto's new CX-series tripods Olympus revs its entry-level dSLR Micron carves out image-sensor division Photo industry braces for another revolution Print and store photos with 4GB HP portable printer, $45.99 Kodak and Wal-Mart join forces to recycle Kingston plays 20 questions with Gerd Ludwig Start-up lets you fix focus after snapping the shutter CompactFlash revamp aimed at cameras Sony's new Cyber-shot W300 takes whopping 13.6-megapixel pictures. … Read more
Casio expands its digital camera lineup with the Exilim Zoom EX-Z9, a budget shooter with a scant price tag and a surprising selection of colors. While it doesn't present any new features compared to previous Exilims, it should still appeal to both budget- and fashion-minded consumers.
The Z9 uses a 37.5-112.5mm-equivalent, F/2.8-5.2 3x zoom lens, typical for a compact budget shooter, along with a slightly-later-than-usual 2.6-inch widescreen LCD. Like most Casio Exilim cameras, the Z9 offers nearly two dozen "Best Shot" scene preset modes, along with an "Easy Mode" … Read more
There isn't a helluva lot new about the E-420, Olympus' minor update to its E-410 bottom-of-the-line dSLR, but that's not unexpected for a model that will only set you back between $500 and $700. The most significant new capability is a built-in wireless flash controller, which Olympus seems to be putting in many of its enthusiast models (including the SP-570 UZ).
Though Olympus makes a big deal about the E-420's size, in truth it's only 0.01 to 0.02 inches smaller in any dimension than its predecessor, and in fact weighs a couple of ounces … Read more
Memory chipmaker Micron Technology has launched its image-sensor business as a more independent division called Aptina Imaging, a move the company believes will improve its flexibility and business potential.
The new subsidiary is based in San Jose, Calif., a Silicon Valley location that's a long way from Micron's Boise, Idaho, headquarters. It will employ several hundred of Micron's 19,000 employees, Micron said.
"We need the additional flexibility and identity to be able to grow the way the markets we see are growing," said Shane Thomas, director of product marketing for the imaging business.
For … Read more
In the market for a digital camcorder? You could spend $179.99 on one of those Flip Video Ultras, which let you record a whopping 60 minutes of YouTube-quality video. Or you could pay $119 for the Aiptek A-HD, which records hours' worth of high-definition (720p) video on inexpensive memory cards. Hmmm...
Yeah, talk about a no-brainer. The A-HD is a slim, pocketable camcorder (and 5-megapixel camera) with a swiveling 2.4-inch LCD and an SD slot that accommodates cards up to 8GB (good for about 4 hours of HD video--get one here for a measly $28). It captures … Read more
Remember that $40 HP photo printer from a couple months back? For an extra $5.99, you can get one that's similar but way better: The HP A716 churns out snapshots as large as 5x7 (panoramas, too) and comes with 4 gigabytes of internal storage.
The big benefit, of course, is that you can offload photos from your memory card when it gets full, then copy them over to your PC later. Like any good photo printer, the A716 also features card slots for all major memory-card types, support for PictBridge connections directly to cameras, and a good-sized LCD (… Read more
Sony held its annual "Open House" in Las Vegas this week and, as usual, pulled out all the stops. Here's the latest news:
Home theaterNew Sony Blu-ray players: Better than PS3? Sony PX-LX300USB lets you breathe new life into your old vinyl records Another proprietary wireless audio system: Sony S-AIR Sony refreshes Bravia home theater line for 2008 Sony's new budget AV receivers packed with features Sony puts price tag and April launch date on new DualShock 3 wireless controller
Portable mediaSony announces plethora of new audio accessories Sony's 2008 MP3 players priced for U.S. … Read more
It's one of the oldest, most common problems in photography: that picture you thought would be the prize shot is out of focus.
Refocus Imaging, a Silicon Valley start-up, thinks its technology can be used to make cameras that can fix that problem--after you take the photo.
By fitting a camera's image sensor with a special lens and then processing the resulting data with new methods, Refocus Imaging's technology will let photographers fix their photos and exercise new creative control after the shutter is released, founder and Chief Executive Ren Ng said.
"There's a lot … Read more
Sony bumps up its point-and-shoot cameras to a new height of resolution with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300, the company's first 13.6-megapixel snapshot camera. This follow-up to last year's 12-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-W200 bears some of the most impressive features found in Sony's W-series of compact cameras, along with one of the line's heftiest price tags yet.
The W300 includes an impressive set of features under its shiny, titanium-coated casing. Its 35 to 105mm-equivalent f/2.8-5.8 lens seems fairly standard, but its 2.7-inch LCD screen and optical viewfinder give it surprising flexibility compared with … Read more
This week includes Ricoh's continuing return, new professional Panasonic camcorders, and insights on 3D cameras.Apple upgrades Aperture ambitions to 2.0 Google gives respite from a raw camera deal Help! How should I store photos while traveling? Leica removes leader of camera business Mitch Kapor: 3D cameras will make virtual worlds easier to use New Panasonic pro AVCHD camcorders New Ricoh camera continues company's slow re-entry into US Panasonic offers big and fast SD card--for $700 PhotoShelter nabs exec from Getty Images Poll: Which is better, Aperture or Lightroom? Snap and print photos with $129.99 camera/printer bundle … Read more