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Friday, December 11, 2009

Olympus Master 2.3 (program update)

Today Olympus is pleased to announce a software update service for Olympus Master.

This update, Olympus Master 2.3, allows the development of E-P2 RAW files using the Diorama and Cross Process Art Filters and iEnhance picture mode using the Windows 7 and Mac OS X v 10.16 (Snow Leopard) Operating Systems.

To update Olympus Master software, please visit this site and follow the instructions there: Updates for Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Pentax K200D Updates Include Detailed Measurements and Rankings for
Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Pentax K200D also now features a Frequently Asked Questions & Answers section Paris, France – DxO Labs announces today the addition on its popular website of detailed RAW‐based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings for two new Digital Single‐Lens Reflex cameras: the highly‐anticipated new Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which has just appeared on the market, along with the Pentax K200D. These two camera models complement the Digital SLR category that is already well represented on the site and illustrate DxO Labs continuous effort to publishing image quality data on the latest digital camera models.
“Our goal at DxO Labs is to cover the widest possible range of digital cameras, from RAW‐compatible digital still cameras (DSC) to top‐of‐the‐line DSLR,” said Nicolas Touchard, Vice President of Marketing, DxO Labs Image Quality Evaluation. “We are committed to consistently providing the highest level of RAW image data possible in order to build the most comprehensive database of RAW image information available.” also now includes a new Frequently Asked Questions & Answers section so as to provide timely responses to questions and comments raised in various photography discussion forums and from direct feedback from visitors to

Sponsored by DxO Labs, a company focusing on image processing technologies, is a free online
resource that delivers key objective sensor performance metrics measured directly on the RAW image for a variety of
cameras. As a result, makes it possible for the first time to assess the intrinsic quality of a camera
before the impact of any RAW conversion and independent of its optics. The site also features a simple scale,
DxOMark Sensor, for analyzing and comparing RAW image quality. The DxOMark Sensor scale is mapped to real‐world
photographic scenarios such as portrait, landscape, and action photography, ensuring that the scale is relevant to
Page 1 of 2’s goal is to serve the imaging community, particularly the photo press. Photography journalists and
experts can now complement their analyses and reviews with an objective evaluation of intrinsic camera
performance, regardless of optics or processing considerations.
For more information, visit
About DxO Labs
DxO Labs offers products and solutions ensuring excellence in digital imaging. The company develops and licenses
patented intellectual property serving the entire digital imaging chain:
• For consumer electronics OEM/ODM (such as digital camera and camera phone vendors): embedded
software and silicon architectures for real time still and video image processing;
• For imaging component suppliers (camera module manufacturers, sensor vendors, and processor vendors) as
well as photography journalists and imaging experts: image quality evaluation and measurement tools;
• For serious and demanding photographers, PC and Mac solutions to enhance camera image quality.
For more information, visit the DxO Labs website at
Press Contacts Press Relations
Nicolas Touchard
+ 33 1 55 20 55 99 (France)

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Holiday Gift Idea: Mastering the Nikon D5000

-New from Rocky Nook
(Perfect gift for your friend who just got or is getting a Nikon D5000 ~B)
Santa Barbara, CAMastering the Nikon D5000 (Rocky Nook, $34.95 USD) by Darrell Young is a comprehensive guide for of the owners of this newest, budget-friendly generation of Nikon digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The smaller, more lightweight Nikon D5000 mixes generous portions of user-controlled manual photography features with the latest technological innovations, allowing fully automatic point and shoot simplicity.

Darrell's approach in teaching the reader to master this camera avoids the purely instructional technique, favoring a more friendly and advisory tone. He blends his decades of Nikon camera experience with an intuitive understanding of the readers' most likely questions regarding specific camera functions and features. Rather than just list all options for the myriad of camera settings and adjustments, he explains the background behind each setting and shares his personal recommendations.

Darrell understands that many owners of the D5000 may be just entering the world of DSLRs, and he takes the time to guide these new owners through the basics, while giving more experienced photographers the option of a refresher course.

Also included is an entire chapter on the exciting new D-Movie function that can record high-quality HD movie clips at an amazing 24-frames per second.

Mastering the Nikon D5000 is the most recent volume in the highly successful series of Nikonians Press books.
About the Author
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade and has been an avid photographer for over 35 years. He has a rather large family, with his wife and five children, so he has a constantly interesting flow of photographic opportunities. In fact, his entire family uses Nikon cameras to pursue what has become a cohesive family hobby.

Darrell delights in using Nikon's newest digital cameras but if pressed, he will admit to being a "closet" film user too. Living next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography. Darrell loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the community. He joined the community in the year 2000, and his literary contributions led to his invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, see:

Mastering the Nikon D5000
Mastering the Nikon D5000
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Darrell Young
ISBN: 9781933952529, 230 pages,
Book Price: $34.95 USD

Nikon Podcast: "Benefits of stills and HD video when photographing a captivating culture"

Nikon Podcast #28 – Travel and documentary photographer Ami Vitale talks about the benefits of stills and HD video when photographing a captivating culture

Join Host Mark Ellwood as he speaks to acclaimed National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale about her travels and experiences capturing fascinating cultures with the D300s. Vitale explains how to create a photo moment from everyday travel experience and combined it with stunning HD video for a spectacular memory of your trip.

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Join Host Mark Ellwood as he speaks to acclaimed National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale about her travels and experiences capturing fascinating cultures with the D300s. Vitale explains how to create a photo moment from everyday travel experience and combined it with stunning HD video for a spectacular memory of your trip.

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