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Thursday, October 22, 2009

NIKON ANNOUNCES HIGH COMPATIBILITY BENEFITS WITH WINDOWS 7


D5000 D-SLR and COOLPIX S230 among Products Compatible with New Windows Platform

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 22, 2009) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced its customized design compatibility with its line of COOLPIX compact and digital SLR cameras and the new Windows 7 Device Stage feature of the Windows 7 platform. The D5000 D-SLR and COOLPIX S230 boast the highest level of compatibility available with Windows 7, once again emphasizing Nikon Inc.’s dedication to providing its customers with capable photographic tools and a simple-to-use interface.

“We are excited to continue bringing new innovations and features to our customers, specifically those compatible with the Windows 7 platform,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing and planning, Nikon Inc. “It is exciting to see the new innovations, not only with our line of photographic products, but with seamless compatibility with one of the world’s foremost operating systems.”

The Windows 7 Device Stage interface for the D5000 and COOLPIX S230 cameras, available in November, will provide users with a graphical representation of their specific camera model when connected to their Windows 7-based computer. Users will be able to easily identify their camera as a disk drive and quickly access and manage their photos and videos. In addition, the windows for accessing these specific cameras are customized with Nikon’s logo and branding, and provide links to Nikon’s product Web pages, allowing consumers to quickly navigate to their product’s individual online resource.

Microsoft Corp. will highlight Nikon’s D5000 and COOLPIX S230 cameras as part of the Windows 7 launch, showcasing the above compatibility and user navigation at the Windows 7 launch event in New York City on October 22.

For more information about Nikon cameras compatible with the Windows 7 Device Stage interface, please visit http://support.nikontech.com. For more information about Nikon’s line of photographic and imaging products, as well as those compatible with Windows 7, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008.” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system. Only Nikon has sustained an original lens mount for such an extraordinary period, ensuring that photographers can continue to leverage their previous investments while still taking advantage of new innovations. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

HOLIDAY SALES AND FORECAST, i-STAGE AND SIR KEN ROBINSON ROUND OUT DAY ONE AT CEA'S 2009 INDUSTRY FORUM

Consumer CE Holiday Spending to Increase; Regen Takes Home Top i-Stage Honors

The definitive CE holiday sales forecast, the second annual i-Stage competition and a luncheon keynote by Sir Ken Robinson, acclaimed innovator and author, were among the hot happenings on Day One of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® Industry Forum. Designed to connect, educate and inform consumer technology professionals, CEA’s 2009 Industry Forum runs through Wednesday, October 21 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Shawn DuBravac, CEA's chief economist and director of research and Steve Koenig, CEA's director of industry analysis, kicked off the Industry Forum's programming with the popular Holiday Sales and Forecast presentation. DuBravac began with an economic overview and outlook, noting that despite a difficult year there are signs of optimism for the holidays.

Koenig announced CEA's research finding that consumers plan to spend more on consumer electronics this holiday season as technology plays a main role in holiday gift budgets. CEA found that consumers plan to spend an average of $222 on CE this holiday, a gain of eight percent over last year. The 16th Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns study tracks CE devices consumers intend to give as gifts, as well as those they hope to receive. Consumer electronics comprise four of the top 10 items on adults' holiday gift wish list, with computers and video games ranking two and three respectively, behind clothing.

“There are signs of optimism in our holiday forecast,” said DuBravac. “As the holiday approaches, consumer appetite for technology highlights the resiliency of the tech sector.”

Immediately following the Holiday Sales and Forecast presentation, CEA launched its second annual i-Stage competition where eleven finalists unveiled their products before a live audience and expert judges. Regen, the light powered personal and home electronics company, took the top prize for its ReNu personal solar power generation and storage system. Central to the ReNu system is the ReNu panel, a freestanding power module containing solar cells, a rechargeable battery and an intelligent user interface. The panel can be hung or placed in direct light to capture energy. When replenished by sunlight, a user can drop a ReNu panel into one of a series of Regen extensions to utilize the energy they have created.

As the winner, Regen will receive $40,000 dollars, a turn-key exhibit at the 2010 International CES®, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow and the option of a booth at CES Unveiled in New York or Las Vegas. Regen was also chosen by the audience as the Fan Favorite and took home a bonus $2,500.

In addition, EnTourage Systems, Inc. placed second in the competition with its eDGe™ product and was awarded $7,500, as well as the option of a booth at CES Unveiled in New York or Las Vegas. The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one.

Sir Ken Robinson, acclaimed innovator and author of the book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, addressed attendees during a luncheon keynote Monday afternoon. Robinson began by stating that imagination is the only thing that sets us apart and that we spend most of our lives suppressing it. He went on to tell the crowded room that in order to achieve success both professionally and personally that we cannot be afraid of making mistakes and must embrace the unknown of our imagination in the search of innovation. "We must make innovation a habit, not an accident and to do that we need to challenge the things we take for granted."

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.

Highlights for Tuesday’s Industry Forum will include: Economic Outlook-The Economy in CE Terms, CEA’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon Keynote with Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, president and CEO, NVIDIA Corporation and The CE Hall of Fame Dinner where new inductees will be honored for their historic contributions to the consumer electronics industry. A full list of inductees can be found here.
For more information on CEA and the 2009 CEA Industry Forum, visit www.CE.org.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $172 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.

ANIMOTO AND SMUGMUG PARTNER FOR INTEGRATED VIDEO CREATION EXPERIENCE


New service lets consumers and professionals automatically create and share Animoto videos made from their hosted SmugMug assets

New York, NY - October 22, 2009 – Animoto® (http://animoto.com), the video creation platform that lets anyone quickly and easily create professional-quality videos from their own photos, video clips, music and text, today announced a partnership with SmugMug (http://smugmug.com), a trusted source for storing photos and video footage, establishing a two-way integration of the services. SmugMug users can now easily create Animoto videos from photos and video clips in their SmugMug accounts, while Animoto users can export their personalized video creations straight to SmugMug for storage, sharing, and reselling. The announcement was made today at the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in New York City.



“We’re pleased to announce our partnership with SmugMug as they are the trusted leader in photo and video storage and sharing for serious photographers,” said Brad Jefferson, CEO and co-founder of Animoto. “Our business models are similar, offering valuable solutions to both consumers and professionals, so we think SmugMug and Animoto users will love how we’ve joined forces to make the video creation process of digital storytelling easier than ever.”



To create an Animoto video from within SmugMug, a user simply clicks the “Buy” menu from within a gallery and selects “Create an Animoto Video.” The user is then redirected to Animoto.com and placed directly into the video creation process with their SmugMug photos and video clips already loaded. When the video is finished, the user opens the “Export” menu from Animoto’s video toolbox and selects “SmugMug” to export the completed video back to SmugMug.



"We've loved Animoto videos since we discovered them in 2007," said Don MacAskill, CEO and Chief Geek of SmugMug. "Animoto lets ordinary people combine photos, videos and music quickly, with results that look like the work of professionals. SmugMug customers will be thrilled with this integration because they'll be able to add so much excitement to their SmugMug galleries."

The heart of Animoto is its Cinematic Artificial Intelligence® technology that thinks like an actual director and editor using the same sophisticated post-production skills and techniques that are used in television and film. The technology takes into account every nuance of a song: the genre, song structure, energy, rhythm, instrumentation, and vocals. No two videos are ever the same; even videos generated with an identical set of images and music will each have a completely distinct set of motion design. Videos are produced in widescreen format and can be emailed, embedded on any website, or downloaded in DVD-quality formats for display on computers, televisions, and even large projection screens.

Last year at PhotoPlus, Animoto launched Animoto for Photography, a subscription service that specifically caters to the needs of professional photographers. Using the service, Photographers can easily create an unlimited number of unique, professional-quality videos that can be sold on DVD or distributed online via blogs, websites, social networks and mobile devices. In August 2009, Animoto added to the offering by introducing the ability to easily incorporate video clips alongside photos to create stunning video productions rivaling TV and film.

Animoto and SmugMug will be showcasing together in booths #465 and #467 at the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in New York City, October 22-24, 2009.

More information about Animoto for Photography can be found at http://animoto.com/photography.

About Animoto
The founders of Animoto ProductionsÔ include veterans of the entertainment industry who share a passion for helping people better share their stories and express themselves through online media by innovating technologies in the field of video production. Animoto Productions, founded in August 2006, is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco. Visit http://animoto.com.



About SmugMug

Since 2002, snap-shooters, passionate enthusiasts, and pro photographers have added more than 600 million photos and videos to SmugMug. They choose SmugMug for its beautiful online displays, which can be uniquely customized. SmugMug is located in Silicon Valley, CA. Visit http://smugmug.com.



Animoto, Animoto Productions and Cinematic Artificial Intelligence are registered trademarks of Animoto Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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PHOTOSHELTER TO PROVIDE 5-MINUTE PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE CHECKUPS AT PHOTOPLUS


One-on-one quick clinics and free resources to help photographers
rethink their websites and grow their businesses online

New York, NY, October 22, 2009 - PhotoPlus Expo Booth #172 - PhotoShelter (http://pa.photoshelter.com/), the leader in websites and online tools for serious photographers, will be hosting a series of in-booth activities at the PhotoPlus Expo to help photographers demand more business support and direct results from their websites.

Photographers are invited to visit PhotoShelter's booth (#172) for a comprehensive yet quick, 39-point website evaluation. These sessions will help photographers' assess their progress in adopting proven Internet marketing tactics to generate new website visitors and turn them into paying clients. A PhotoShelter website is not needed to participate. Specifically, the checkup will explore:

* SEO - Is the website optimized to drive new traffic through search engines?
* User Experience - Do features and designs align with what photo editors and commercial image buyers find most important?
* Analytics - Is the photographer using tools to monitor and learn from visitors' traffic patterns?
* Call to Action - Does the website stimulate real action - whether commerce, deeper engagement, or social/viral sharing?

Image: from Photoshelter


The website checkups will be based on insights from PhotoShelter's extensive free research reports for photographers - http://bit.ly/RESEARCH - including the 2009 What Buyers Want Survey, the SEO Cookbook for Photography Websites, and Google Analytics for Photographers. Takeaway insights and PhotoShelter's 39-point website checkup can also be found in SHIFT/RELOAD, a mini-magazine PhotoShelter produced for PhotoPlus. For photographers not attending PhotoPlus, SHIFT/RELOAD can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/RELOAD.

Also at PhotoPlus, several accomplished PhotoShelter photographers will be available to demonstrate how they use PhotoShelter to power their websites, online marketing, e-commerce and client image delivery. Participants include sports photographers Brad Mangin http://manginphotography.net and Ed Mulholland http://edmulholland.com/blog, photojournalists Robert Caplin http://www.robertcaplin.com & David Brabyn http://www.davidbrabyn.com, architecture, interiors & gardens specialist Stacy Bass http://www.stacybassphotography.com, and concert photographer Chris Owyoung http://onelouderphoto.com. PhotoShelter representatives will also share details on recent partnerships with Graph Paper Press for easy WordPress blog integration, and TinEye, the reverse image search engine by Idée.

"PhotoShelter is at the center of a changing philosophy on photographers' websites," said CEO Allen Murabayashi. "Photographers are rapidly moving away from the strictly "portfolio" style, flash-only websites of the past decade, and more toward "business tools" that support online image sales, search engine optimization, social marketing, and deeper, engaging user experiences. PhotoPlus provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our thought leadership in this area."

Murabayashi will appear on a PhotoPlus panel - "Tools for Selling Stock Direct" - at 1:15 PM on Thursday, October 22.
About PhotoShelter

PhotoShelter is the leader in portfolio websites, photo sales and archiving tools for photographers.

Over 50,000 photographers worldwide use PhotoShelter to power their success online, with customizable website templates, searchable galleries, e-commerce capabilities, and bulletproof image storage. Photographers can create a professional PhotoShelter website in under five minutes, or customize PhotoShelter to power their existing website. A true solution designed to make the business of photography easier to manage - PhotoShelter offers security, global accessibility, and advanced marketing tools so photographers can make their images work harder for them. To join our community, visit www.photoshelter.com.

PENTAX : release of Firmware Update Version 1.02 for K-7.

Changes to V1.02
  • Added [Fine Sharpness 2] which makes image outlines even sharper than [Fine Sharpness] to the Sharpness setting of Custom Image. How to select [Fine Sharpness 2], Click Here
  • Improved total image processing performance at the particular shooting condition or setting such as preview image quality at the "Water Color & Pastel" of Digital Filter mode.
  • Improved stability for general performance such as with Battery Grip D-BG4, the rear e-dial may rarely become unstable in particular shooting condition.
Download HERE (Pentax website link)


SONY INTRODUCES UNIQUE DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME WITH BUILT-IN PRINTER

Combination Device Makes It Easy to View and Share Images

News Facts

* Sony Electronics is launching a stylish multitasking S-Frame® digital photo frame with printer (model DPP-F700).
* The sleek, all-in-one device allows photo viewing and printing for picture lovers who enjoy displaying and sharing copies of their special memories.
* Showcasing your favorite photos in vibrant color and crisp detail, the DPP-F700 features a 7-inch (measured diagonally) (16:10) LCD display with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution.
* The device prints 4 x 6-inch professional quality 300 x 300 dpi photos instantly in just 45 seconds.
* Allowing you to edit images before printing, the device’s options include enlarge, reduce, crop, date stamp on/off, border/borderless (for single prints), and brightness, contrast, hue, and sharpness adjustment.
* In Creative Print mode, you can make a calendar with pictures (more than 30 templates), print an ID photo, and create a "layout print" with multiple images on one sheet.
* Using Screen Capture, you can print exactly what is displayed on the screen during a slideshow.
* The frame-printer device features about one gigabyte of internal storage capacity with an auto-resizing adjustment that downsizes photos to let you store up to 2,000 photos.

Video in Action
More Details and photos after the jump



* Image transfer is a snap with direct USB input from your PC, as well as support for most memory cards, including Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Secure Digital (SD), SDHC, Multi-Media Card (MMC), Compact Flash®, and xD-Picture Card™ media.
* Whether the device is set vertically or horizontally, the Auto Orientation sensor automatically rotates your photos into portrait or landscape format according to the placement.
* A wide range of view and print modes and many other functions can be managed from the included remote control.
* Multiple playback options offer flexibility to display photos as single images, as thumbnails for easy searching, or as a slideshow with ten built-in transitions.
* The new S-Frame model supports JPEG, TIFF, and BMP image file formats.
* Supplied accessories include a paper tray, AC adaptor, CD-ROM (print driver, PMB), operation manual, cleaning kit, and stand.
* Optional print packs include compatible SVM-F series: SVM-F40P (40 sheets of photo paper and cartridge), and SVM-F120P (120 sheets of photo paper and cartridges).
* The DPP-F700 digital photo frame-printer will be available for about $200 in January and can be purchased online at http://www.sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores and at authorized dealers nationwide.

Nikon Podcast: The New Nikon D3S D-SLR

Nikon Podcast #27 – The New Nikon D3S D-SLR and Nikon's Presence at PhotoPlus 2009

Author and Editor David Schloss, along with Nikon’s own Steve Heiner, discusses the new D3S D-SLR and NIKKOR 85mm Micro lens, as well as Nikon’s presence at PhotoPlus 2009.

Nikon Podcast #27 – The New Nikon D3S D-SLR and Nikon's Presence at PhotoPlus 2009

Author and Editor David Schloss, along with Nikon’s own Steve Heiner, discusses the new D3S D-SLR and NIKKOR 85mm Micro lens, as well as Nikon’s presence at PhotoPlus 2009. As part of Nikon’s exhibit at the PhotoPlus trade show, visitors will have an opportunity to hear from renowned Nikon photographers in the Learn & Explore Theatre or visit the Get in Touch area with Nikon’s COOLPIX and D-SLR products in hands-on shooting situations.

Listen and subscribe to this podcast in iTunes by clicking here.

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CANON RECEIVES HIGH PRINT PERMANENCE RATINGS FROM WILHELM IMAGING RESEARCH

CANON imagePROGRAF iPF6100 PRINTER, LUCIA PIGMENT INKS, AND CANON MEDIA RECEIVE HIGH PRINT PERMANENCE RATINGS FROM WILHELM IMAGING RESEARCH

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in advanced digital imaging and office solutions, today announced that the imagePROGRAF iPF6100 large format printer, high-stability LUCIA pigment inks, and Canon media have undergone extensive print permanence testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research (WIR), a leading independent permanence testing laboratory. Results show that the iPF6100 printer and Canon media achieved a very high level of overall WIR Print Permanence Ratings for large format printers.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 printer with LUCIA pigment inks (also used in the iPF9100/8100/6200/5100 printers) and a range of Canon media achieved a "Displayed Prints Framed Under Glass" average permanence rating of greater than 100 years for color output, and greater than 200 years for black-and-white output. The Canon prints were also very resistant to damage from high-humidity environments, resistant to ozone exposure, and resistant to water damage, according to WIR tests. "Whether printed in color or made in black-and-white, the prints are beautiful - and will remain beautiful - for a very long period of time," said Henry Wilhelm, president, Wilhelm Imaging Research.

The full WIR report for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 printer, which features California landscape photographer William Niell making prints with the iPF6100, can be found on the WIR Web site at http://www.wilhelm-research.com/canon/ipf6100.html

Wilhelm Imaging Research, using comprehensive print permanence test methods developed by the company over the past twenty five years, has become the de facto industry standard for most print categories for both consumer and professional printers. WIR's tests are designed to evaluate ALL of the five major print longevity factors: prolonged exposure to light when displayed, dark storage stability, resistance to unprotected exposure to atmospheric ozone, resistance to high humidity, and resistance to damage by water.

"The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 test results from Wilhelm Imaging Research further solidifies our position as a premier provider of quality, reliable large format imaging solutions," said Rich Reamer, director, Large Format Product Marketing, Canon U.S.A. "The combination of vivid LUCIA pigment inks, device consistency and reliability make the iPF6100 one of our best large format printers for the photographic, fine art, and graphic arts markets."

About Wilhelm Imaging Research
Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. has for over 25 years conducted research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digitally printed color and black-and-white photographs, and on the preservation of motion pictures in humidity-controlled, very low temperature cold storage. A major activity of WIR is the development of improved accelerated print permanence tests and advanced, full tonal scale, colorimetric analysis methods for the fading and staining that occurs with color and black-and-white photographic images over time. As an independent testing laboratory, WIR publishes brand name-specific, comparative permanence data for desktop and large-format inkjet printers and other digital imaging devices. WIR has provided standardized test data to many of the world's leading imaging and photographic companies.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Canon is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all products. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.


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