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Every year at this time Las Vegas comes alive with the Consumer Electronics Show. This year, 2011, CES will become more important than ever to camera manufacutrers since the largest photography show, PMA, decided to move its big tradeshow from March to September. While we aren't expecting a ton of smaller imaging companies to appear at CES, there will definitely be more camera announcements at this years CES, than in years past.

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Google's Picasa 3.9 Adds New Editing Tricks and Sharing with Google+

December 22,2011 -- Picasa has been one of my favorite non-descructive photo editors since it launched a few years ago, but what makes it even better - besides the fact that it's FREE - is that Google keeps adding features. In this latest release Google has added Google+ sharing, side-by-side editing, and a variety of new photo editing effects. These features are on top of the hundreds of other features and advanced photo / video management functionality built into this software. Click through to learn more.. Read Full Story
Glidetrack Now Shipping New Glidetrack SD Hybrid Shooter

December 22,2011 -- Glidetrack today announced the new Glidetrack SD Hybrid Shooter, a camera slider that doubles as a shoulder support. The SD Shooter Hybrid is identical to the previous model with the exception of a new SD Hybrid carriage. The SD Hybrid carriage features both sliding and roller bearings, making it 4-5 times easier to slide than the traditional Drylin liners. . Read Full Story
WD Adds Thousands of New HD Movies for WD TV Customers

December 20,2011 -- Western Digital today has added streaming movie service VUDU, as well as several additional new sports and entertainment services to the WD TV Live™ and WD TV Live Hub™ media players, adding to the media player family's current content offerings from Netflix®, Hulu Plus™, Blockbuster®, CinemaNow®, Spotify™, Pandora®, YouTube®, Facebook® and many others. In addition to VUDU, new services include SnagFilms, XOS College Sports, SEC Digital Network, Comedy Time and Watch Mojo.

Additionally, the new WD® TV Remote™ app improves the navigation experience for WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub users by turning their iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, or Android™ compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their WD TV. The WD TV Remote advanced features allow users to more easily navigate the wide variety of digital media WD TV users enjoy on their television, from leading entertainment services to personal video, photos or music.

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Oloneo Makes HDR Photography Accessible to All With the Launch of Oloneo HDRengine v1.0

December 20,2011 -- Oloneo today announced the immediate availability of Oloneo HDRengine, the fastest and most accessible HDR application to easily create superior HDR photos. Easy to learn and master, Oloneo HDRengine is designed for the HDR photography enthusiasts and novices and comes with ready-to-use contents to jump start the photographer's creative process. Oloneo HDRengine v1 for Windows is available now at the special introductory price of US$59 through the Oloneo online store at www.oloneo.com. A full-featured, 30-day-limited trial version of HDRengine can be freely downloaded from the company's website as well.. Read Full Story
Leica Expands Range of Lenses for the S-System with the New Leica Elmarit-S 30mm F/2.8 ASPH. Lens

December 19,2011 -- Leica Camera has expanded the range of lenses for the Leica S-System with the new Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. wide-angle lens, which will be available from December 2011. This means that the portfolio of lenses for the professional system now comprises five focal lengths. . Read Full Story
ACD Systems Announces ACDSee Duplicate Finder and acdVIDEO Converter Software

December 14,2011 -- ACD Systems today announced the release of two new product offerings, acdVIDEO Converter and ACDSee Duplicate Finder. Both products are designed to help users better manage and share their growing stores of photo, video and other digital assets. acdVIDEO Converter converts video files for playback on all popular media devices including an iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, mobile phones from Blackberry and Nokia; and game consoles including PS3 and Xbox 360. ACDSee Duplicate Finder helps individuals with large music, photo, or video libraries locate hard to find duplicate files. Duplicates can then be eliminated, freeing up valuable disk space.. Read Full Story
Olympus Introduces a New Micro Four Third's Lens That Delivers PEN Performance in the Toughest Conditions

December 14,2011 -- Olympus adds to its powerfully simple and growing PEN family with the first fully-compatible interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens to incorporate an electronic motorized zoom. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ (35mm equivalent 24–100mm) delivers smooth, quiet zooming that gives you versatility, portability and maximizes the performance of the Olympus PEN® compact system cameras. Multiple sealing rings, fitted throughout the lens body, prevent water splashes and dust from penetrating, making the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ a versatile zoom lens for the toughest conditions.. Read Full Story
Snapily's First-Ever 3D App Turns iPhones and iPads into 3D Cameras

December 08,2011 -- For the first time, iPhone and iPad users will be able to take actual 3D pictures with Snapily's new 3D app, Snapily 3D, available worldwide today exclusively through the App Store.

Snapily 3D allows iPhone 4 and iPad 2 owners to turn their iPhone or iPad into a 3D camera and shoot true stereoscopic 3D pictures. The app offers users several shooting and view modes (including gyroscope and anaglyph mode, for which 3D glasses are required) and also enables them to share their photos via email or on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, they can order 3D prints directly from their iPhone or iPad – for only $3.99/print.

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Canon Digital Cameras Get Advanced GPS And Geo-Tagging Capabilities

December 08,2011 -- Geo Tactical Solutions partners with Canon to bring never before seen geo-tagging capabilities to Canon digital cameras. These cameras will be able to capture GPS coordinates of distant objects, associate attribute data with each photograph, and integrate image data seamlessly with mapping applications such as ArcGIS, Google Earth, TIGR, and FalconView for image mapping.. Read Full Story
TAMRON's First High-Power Zoom for Sony NEX-Series Announced Today

December 08,2011 -- Tamron announced the introduction of an exciting new lens, the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III[2] VC (Model B011). The new high-power all-in-one zoom lens is designed for the Sony NEX (E-mount) series of interchangeable-lens, lightweight and compact digital cameras. With the 18-200mm Di III VC (Model B011), Tamron has created a high-power all-in-one zoom lens that is compact and lightweight, featuring a 62mm filter and weighing only 16.2 oz., while at the same time delivering superlative image quality. This compact size lets users easily shoot across an extended range - from wide-angle to full telephoto - with just one lens. The lens will begin shipping in the U.S. December 15, 2011.. Read Full Story
The CompactFlash Association Announces the Recently Adopted XQD™ Specification as a New Memory Card Format

December 08,2011 -- The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for future performance scaling.. Read Full Story
Optrix HD Sport Transforms iPhone and iPod Touch Into an HD Action Sports Camera

December 07,2011 -- Optrix, designer of action sports video cases, unveils HD Sport Mount, the first weatherproof rugged case designed to transform iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch into an action sports camera. Taking advantage of iPhone 4S' 1080p HD and image stabilizing capabilities, Optrix makes capturing stunning video in all environments possible, from extreme racing to a relaxing day at the pool.

Tough enough for military use, Optrix’s patented design securely houses the iPhone 4 or iPod Touch while allowing users easy access to its interface, enabling instant playback, video editing or even uploading. In addition, the ability to see a full-screen image of the framed shot, coupled with its one-hand quick release design makes adjusting shooting angles fast and painless, eliminating the out of frame videos that plague current market options.

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Corel VideoStudio Pro and WinDVD Pro to Offer Big Speed Improvements with Intel Sandy Bridge Processors

January 13,2011 -- Corel has announced that it is building new versions of Corel® VideoStudio® Pro and Corel® WinDVD® Pro optimized for 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors - codenamed Sandy Bridge - to give users an even more fun and enjoyable video experience. Upcoming versions of VideoStudio Pro and WinDVD Pro will take advantage of the power of Intel's new chips to deliver enhanced performance and 3D capabilities.. Read Full Story
DXG Introduces 2011 Luxe Collection HD Camcorders with New Ultra Slim Design and Optical Zoom

January 10,2011 -- With the ever increasing demand for personalized electronics, DXG delivers with its new ultra slim 2011 Luxe Collection of fashionable, high definition camcorders. The new collection features several stylish patterns in attractive color combination's and high quality video recording features, including full 1080p high definition, a 3-inch LCD touch screen display, and a 5X optical zoom model. Select DXG Luxe models are available at retailers today for $149.99 to $199.99. . Read Full Story
OmniVision Announces New CMOS Sensor that Captures 16:9 1080p HD Video & Stills Simultaneously

January 07,2011 -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today introduced the OV10810, a 10-megapixel image sensor that allows the simultaneous capture of full-frame, 10-megapixel still images and 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. The OV10810 features a 2 x 2 binning functionality to improve low-light sensitivity, and a post-binning re-sampling filter that minimizes spatial artifacts and removes image artifacts around edges to deliver clean, crisp color images.. Read Full Story
JVC Full HD 3D Consumer Camcorder is World's First

January 07,2011 -- JVC today announced the world's first consumer camcorder to offer 3D recording in Full HD. The camcorder uses a JVC 3D Twin HD GT Lens that sets a new standard in high-resolution lenses with extra-low-dispersion glass for crisp, high-contrast images, as well as multiple aspherical lenses for fine image reproduction. The GS-TD1 also features round iris diaphragms that enable beautiful bokeh effect (background blurring) shooting of video and stills alike. The camera uses two camera lenses and two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors – one for each lens – to capture three-dimensional images much the same way that human eyes work. JVC's new high-speed imaging engine simultaneously processes the two Full HD images – left and right images at 1920 x 1080i – within that single chip. The JVC GZ-TD1 Full HD 3D camcorder will be available in March for $1,999.95.

JVC's other new HD Everio with 3D capabilities is the GZ-HM960. . Similar to other HD Everio models in size and features, the GZ-HM960 is distinguished by its 2D-to-3D output function, which turns any 2D footage into 3D. Output can be viewed without glasses on the camera's 3.5-inch 3D LCD monitor, or by connecting the camcorder to an external 3D television. The HD Everio GZ-HM960 will be available in February for $949.95.

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Polaroid and Lady Gaga Announce the New GL10 Instant Mobile Printer

January 07,2011 -- Polaroid has announced that the billions of digital images trapped on hard drives and cell phones around the world can now experience the joy of Polaroid instant printing with the GL10 Instant Mobile Printer. The first product in Polaroid and Lady Gaga's new Polaroid Grey Labe l line, the GL10 features a small size, intuitive design and easy-to-use feature set that produces Polaroid Classic Border, full bleed and contemporary 3x4" photos in less than one minute – making it a portable photo booth that allows you to bring Polaroid magic wherever you go. . Read Full Story
Polaroid Announces Collaboration With Visionary Photographer and Director Chase Jarvis

January 07,2011 -- Polaroid today announced a milestone in its legacy of supporting artistry through a strategic and long-term relationship with acclaimed visual artist Chase Jarvis. A long-time fan of the iconic Polaroid brand, Jarvis will be applying his unique artistry to create and curate original content, as well as advise on product endeavors for Polaroid. The relationship, announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), will kick off at the Polaroid booth with an inspiring presentation by Jarvis on Friday, January 7, at 10:30 a.m. PST in the Las Vegas Convention Center's Central Hall, #13616. In support of new Polaroid product announcements at the show, Jarvis will share his vision with Polaroid fans and photographers, discussing creative collaboration and sharing content in both the physical and digital worlds. . Read Full Story
The New Samsung HMX-H300 Sports 1080/60i Video and 30x Optical Zoom

January 07,2011 -- Samsung has announced the launch of the new HMX-H300 series, the camcorder designed to give families the very best in Samsung technology within an easy-to-use, durable product. Featuring long battery life, a 3.0" touch screen LCD, and 30x optical zoom, the HMX-H300 series combines high quality core technologies with easy-to-use features that make the HMX-H300 series fun to use, as well as the ideal camera to have on hand when capturing special family events.

The camera's huge 30x optical zoom, records greater definition that any other cameras in its class, and allows for incredible close-ups from long distances. The new 5-megapixel back side illuminated CMOS sensor offers superb low-light sensitivity, reduced noise, and superb 1080/60i HD video recording. Price and availability are not yet known.

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Samsung Takes their DualView Cameras to the Next Level

January 07,2011 -- Samsung has announced three new DualView compact cameras, the ST700, PL170 and PL120. Each offer a unique combination of high image quality, fun and engaging special features, and complete usability, which together with Samsung's innovative dual screen technology adds up to a premium compact camera package for easy to capture self portraits. The new ST700 boasts the largest front LCD ever. At 1.8" it makes portrait self-shooting even easier. The camera also features a 16.1-megapixel sensor and 5x, 26mm wide, optical zoom lens.

The PL170 and PL120 will bring the added value of dual screen technology to all camera users, letting every photographer get out from behind the lens and start self-shooting in style. In addition to the bright 1.5” front screens that allow you to perfectly frame your portrait, these two models also incorporate the Easy Self Shot feature from the ST700, which allows you to turn on only the front screen for added privacy. Pricing and availability are not yet known.. Read Full Story

Samsung's New Pocket-sized Full HD HMX-P300 and HMX-P100 Camcorders

January 07,2011 -- Samsung today announced the launch of the two latest point-and-share camcorders in its 2011 portfolio. The Full HD HMX-P300 and HMX-P100 have been designed for those who love sharing videos with friends and family, and enjoy capturing film spontaneously and uploading just as quickly. Stylish, pocket-sized and affordable, the HMX-P300 and HMX-P100 have been created to be carried anywhere, and make uploading and sharing special moments both easy and fun. The HMX_P300 features a 3x optical zoom lens and pivot recording mode, enabling you to capture greater detail at any occasion, such as concerts or sporting events, in horizontal or vertical frames. The 3.0" Touch Screen LCD (230k pixels) also rotates to give multiple shooting angles, while both cameras also shoot still images: 5MP with the HMX-P100 and 8MP with the HMX-P300. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.. Read Full Story
Samsung's New SMX-F50, SMX-F53 and SMX-F54 HD Camcorders Feature H.264 and 65x Zoom Technology

January 06,2011 -- Samsung has announced the launch of its SMX-F50 series, the camcorder designed to capture and enjoy special family moments within a compact, high performing, affordable and convenient design. The latest camcorder maintains Samsung's pioneering design and quality, with an impressive 65x zoom lens, while incorporating additional high-end features including SD Memory and the first Smart Background Music (BGM) in a family camcorder.. Read Full Story
Sony Announces Six New Cyber-shot Digital Cameras: DSC-W57, W510, W530, W560, and DSC-T110

January 06,2011 -- Sony today announced new models in its W, H and T-series Cyber-shot lines including models DSC-W510, DSC-W530, DSC-W560 and DSC-W57 --- some of its most affordable, full-featured point-and-shoot cameras to date. The all new W-series models feature Sweep Panorama™ mode, plus a variety of Sony innovations. These include SteadyShot® image stabilization that reduces blur, iAuto mode that automatically optimizes camera settings plus Face Detection and Smile Shutter™ technology, making it easy and affordable to get the best shot. W-series prices range from about $110 to about $180. . Read Full Story
Sony Introduces World's First Digital Still Cameras with 1080/60p Full HD Video

January 06,2011 -- Sony has designed five new innovative 16.2-megapixel Cyber-shot cameras (models DSC-TX100V, DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9) that are the world’s first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images using only one lens and imager. They also have innovative Dual Rec (record) technology, for taking still photos during video capture. The DSC-TX100V camera is the world’s first compact digital still camera to include full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video capability. This format provides the least distortion for playback on a high definition television. See full story for more details as well as pricing and availability.. Read Full Story
Sony's New Bloggie®, Bloggie Duo, and Bloggie 3D Models Capture at Full 1080p

January 06,2011 -- Sony today revealed new Bloggie® HD camera models that focus on affordability and fashion-forward style. Sony's Bloggie HD cameras include unique features that break through the cluttered category while still offering simple high quality MP4 video and still photo shooting, as well as easy web sharing capabilities.

Sony's Bloggie brand welcomes three models that each bring distinct value to the category. The world's first HD 3D pocket camera*, the Bloggie 3D camera (MHS-FS3) is an innovative model with two lenses, two image sensors, stereo microphone and built-in LED light to capture incredible 3D or 2D video and photos. This content can be played back in 3D without glasses on the camera's 2.4-inch LCD screen or utilizing 3D glasses on any 3D capable HDTV like Sony's new BRAVIA® KDL-HX820 HDTV also announced today. The Bloggie (MHS-FS1) and Bloggie Duo (MHS-FS2) cameras, both with 4GB of internal memory, will be available in March for about $150 and $170, respectively. The Bloggie 3D camera (MHS-FS3) with 8GB of internal memory will be available in April for about $250.

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Olympus Introduces VR-310 Featuring 10x Zoom and HD Video

January 06,2011 -- The new Olympus VR-310 offers unrivalled value for money – a combination of the newest technology, the most compact design and the easiest handling at a sensationally low price. This compact camera has what it takes for a fast-paced, high-tech lifestyle and in this price category it's head and shoulders above the rest. None of the VR-310's rivals comes close to its startling combination of features: a powerful optical zoom, ultra-slim dimensions, seven creative Magic Filter options and HD Movie capability. With this impressive spec, the VR-310 delivers more than just value-for-money. The quality of the stills and movies it captures is exceptional, thanks not least to the 10x super wide 24-240mm* zoom lens that defies the camera's slim contours. With automatic features like Dual Image Stabilization and Intelligent Automatic Mode (i-Auto), it's the ideal standard-bearer for Olympus' next-generation VR Series that makes easy-to-use, super smart, super zoom compacts available at an unbeatable price. The VR-310 is available for €129 from January 2011. U.S. availability is not yet known. . Read Full Story
Olympus Introduces Two New TOUGH Cameras: TG-310 and TG-610

January 06,2011 -- Olympus, known for its robust line of ruggedized digital cameras today has added the new Olympus TG-610 and TG-310 Waterproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof models. They build on the Tough series’ reputation of delivering amazing images while enduring extreme expeditions and everyday adventures, including life with kids.

The new Tough cameras are Waterproof (to 16 feet for the TG-610 and 10 feet for the TG-310), Shockproof (to 5 feet) and Freezeproof (to 14 degrees Fahrenheit) to deliver amazing images even when you take them to extremes. Beyond their durable exteriors, the TG-610 and TG-310 deliver superior image quality thanks to 14 megapixels, high-definition (HD) video, wide-angle optical zoom lenses (5x on the TG-610 and 3.6x on the TG-310) and dual image stabilization. The cameras come in a variety of colors to complement your own individual style. The TG-610 and TG-310 will be available in February 2011 with an estimated street price of $199.99 (TG-310) and $299.99 (TG-610).

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New Olympus SP-610UZ Ultra Zom Digital Camera

January 06,2011 -- Olympus today unveils the full-featured SP-610UZ, a lightweight, 22x wide-angle ultra-zoom camera with HD Video capability, delivering the celebrated strengths of this pioneering family of cameras: sophisticated long-zoom, go-anywhere photography. The SP-610UZ packs fun features and superb image quality in a user-friendly camera, providing further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all. . Read Full Story
Olympus Announces New PEN E-PL2 Interchangeable Lens Camera

January 06,2011 -- Today Olympus announces the new powerfully simple PEN E-PL2, the fourth generation of the award-winning and pioneering Olympus PEN family of compact interchangeable lens digital cameras. Known for pro quality, point-and-shoot simplicity and high-definition video, the PEN E-PL2 continues the PEN family's legacy of simple design, intuitive interface and Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) image quality. The new camera also expands your creative potential with Live Guide II, new in-camera creative features, new auxiliary lenses, a new Close-Up Spotlight accessory (MAL-1) and the new Olympus PENPal™ Bluetooth accessory. Capturing amazing still images and HD video just got a lot more fun. Further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all.

At an affordable $599.99 with the new MSC ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equiv.), the 12.3 megapixel ergonomically-designed E-PL2 is perfect for everyone from beginners, who want to expand their creative horizons, to experienced photographers who desire high-quality results without the size and weight of a traditional DSLR.

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Olympus' New PEN XZ-1 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with Zeiss f/1.8-2.5 Lens

January 06,2011 -- On the heels of the PEN® interchangeable lens digital camera revolution, Olympus takes their compact digital cameras to the X-treme with the introduction of an ultra-compact flagship camera and first of a new series, the XZ-1. Developed for the photographer or enthusiast who is looking for the ultimate high-quality, high-performance premium compact camera, the XZ-1 offers all of this, and more without sacrificing image quality. Never fear the darkness with the XZ-1's super-bright built-in Olympus iZUIKO lens - the first built-in Zuiko® lens on a compact digital camera. The X-factor that achieves this category-defying quality: A combination of three state-of-the-art features: the X-tremely large, super-sensitive CCD sensor, the X-tremely fast TruePic™ V image processor and the X-tremely bright, fast f1.8-2.5 iZUIKO digital lens. Further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all. The Olympus XZ-1 comes in black and white and will be available in January 2011 with a suggested selling price of $499.99. Read Full Story
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