Archive for May, 2006

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Photo Inspiration: Bella Toscana by Alan Sislen

Really inspiring work from Alan Sislen who has potrayed depth, atmosphere and the character of a region with such ease. We especially like his approach of isolating the subjects within their background. Well done!

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Click on the image above to visit Alan Sislen’s Photo Gallery

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z60 – Review @ CNET

CNET have currently published a review of the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z60, a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 210mm equivalent), and a 2.5″LCD screen.

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“You can’t avoid soft, noisy, overprocessed photos, though. The colors aren’t bad, but in shots taken using ISO 50 at the highest-quality setting, you can see halos around edges and a whitish stippling. The Exilim EX-Z60 also clips highlights, producing large, flat white areas in outdoor shots. It’s hard to tell if red-eye reduction works; the lens’s chronic chromatic aberration results in a blown-out catch light in people’s eyes with purple fringing that overwhelms any red. “

>> Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z60 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z60 Latest Price

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Sanyo Xacti S60

Sanyo Xacti S60 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 24.05.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor), 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), and a huge 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera is measuring Approx 3.5 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches, weighing 4.2 oz, and it’s running on 2 conventional AA alkaline batteries. Sanyo Xacti S60 will be available in stores from May 2006 at $199.99.

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Microsoft Unveils New Photo Format

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Microsoft Corporation have recently unveiled a new photo format called Windows Media Photo (WMP) for Vista, the next-generation of Windows, which they claim provide better quality at half the size of a JPEG image.

“WMP captures more of the raw information of photos to enable better presentation, editing and compression. Crow said WMP will easily enable 25:1 compression ratios for most uses of digital photography. That compares to a maximum of about 12:1 for consumer JPEG images before images visibly degrade.”

Source: EET.com

Service Notice for Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon Service Notice

Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens May Result in Insufficient Resolution

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To Customers Who Use the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:
Thank you very much for your patronage of our products. We have recently become aware of a phenomenon in which some images captured by the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens appear in insufficient resolution. This phenomenon may be seen at the edge of the frame at the 300mm setting when the camera is held vertically. We have been studying the symptoms of this phenomenon in order to determine its precise cause and to develop an appropriate remedy. We will inform you on this Web site as soon as this remedy has been decided, which, at this point should be by the end of June 2006.

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Canon Freezes Development of Film Cameras

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CNET have reported that Canon Japan would halt development of new film cameras to focus resources on digital models caused by a huge drop from both compact and SLR film cameras market.

“A spokesman at Canon, the world’s largest maker of digital cameras, said it made the decision to freeze development of both compact and single-lens reflex film models because the markets for both are shrinking. Canon said it would continue to produce and sell existing models and make a final judgment on the business in the future while monitoring market demand.”

Source: CNET

Download Free Photo Software: Cute Album

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Name: Cute Album
Description: Easily create, edit and share spectacular photo stories with amazing transition effects, captivating 3D and 2D motion effects and animations, professional text effects, beautiful cute skin decorations, animated overlay images for multiple picture-in-picture effects, Hollywood-style introductory and ending credits, multiple sound tracks, sound visualizers, unlimited multimedia tracks, and much more.
License: Free to try; $29.95 to buy
File Size: 87.95MB
Requirements: Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

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Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW – Review @ CNET Asia

CNET Asia have recently posted a review of the Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW, a 7.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera featuring water-proof (JIS level 8 – allowing it to be up to 110 feet underwater) & shock-proof (to MIL-STD-810F standards – dropable up to 1.5m) metal body with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114mm) and 2.5″ TFT LCD screen.

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“We didn’t encounter any major issues with image quality. There were occasional purple fringing in some of our backlit pictures and barrel distortions that made our buildings look slightly curved, but overall the images were saturated and provided a good amount of details. As usual, noise became an issue beyond ISO 400, but at ISO 800 we reckoned this wasn’t dire still for small 4 x 6-inch printouts. You can select up to a maximum sensitivity level of ISO 1,600, though you won’t be using it much since image quality suffers from a barrage of noise. “

>> Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW Latest Price

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Download Free Photo Software: Flash Gallery Generator

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Name: Flash Gallery Generator
Description: FlashGalleryGenerator is a feature rich online photo gallery and slide show that allows users to fully customize its appearance to suit their preferences. Here are a list of its capabilities. Features which include fully customizable interface, edit with any text editor, image auto resize, create a custom watermark, streaming MP3 audios, control buttons for MP3 audios, slide show with transitions, control buttons for slide show and photos, enable downloadable albums, allow high resolution photos download, and keyboard shortcuts.
License: Free
File Size: 1.86MB
Requirements: Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

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Kodak EasyShare Z650 – Review @ CamerasUK

CamerasUK have published a review of the Kodak EasyShare Z650, a 6.1-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera released on 04.01.06 featuring a 10x optical zoom(38 to 380mm), and a 2-inch LCD screen.

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“On the whole the sharpness of each image is good. In fact towards the centre of each image there is a crisp feel to the shot. Higher ISO settings are often used in lowlight where the flash cannot be used or is unsuitable. Invariably there is a loss in picture quality. This happens with the Easyshare Z650. I would describe the photo as slightly below average when compared to other digital cameras. In conclusion, If you are looking for a digital camera with a long zoom lens that does not cost a fortune then the Kodak Easyshare Z650 is well worth a close look. Photo quality is good and the camera also scores very highly for ease of use.”

>> Kodak EasyShare Z650 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Kodak EasyShare Z650 Latest Price

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