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Pentax Announces Optio W-80

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Breaking news this minute: PENTAX has just announced their brand new, most shock and waterproof digital camera ever, the Optio W-80. It seems the summer’s big test for compact camera shoppers is to find out just how fill-in-the-blank proof a camera is. And now PENTAX is offering a strong competitor to the market with the W-80, which can withstand impact from a fall of more than three feet (perfect, since your child will likely drop it at Walley World a few times), and is waterproof to withstand depths of up to sixteen feet (for when the adults ditch said child on the shore and go scuba diving on yet another summer vacation).

The slim, one-inched body camera also boasts 12.1 Megapixels, a 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-140mm), a wide angle 28mm lens, a Super Protect coating applied to the zoom lens’ mineral crystal cover, a 2.5-inch LCD with anti-reflective coating, widescreen HD movie capture (1280 x 720pixels @ 30fps), Fast Face Detection Technology (sees up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Pixel Track Shake Reduction, and  Super Macro Mode.

The Optio W-80 will be available in July for $299.95

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Midweek Photo News Roundup- 6/24

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photo courtesy Esther Havens

It’s Wednesday afternoon and all that most people can think about is how many days, hours, minutes remain until the weekend. But not you, you’re a photographer! You’re never bored, but are always plotting your next photo shoot or researching the new D-SLR you’ve had your eye on. We’re right there with you, friend. To keep the wild world of photography on your mind midweek, here’s our roundup of what’s been happening in it lately.

-Documentary photographer Esther Havens is in Uganda, shooting powerful images for a charitywater.org project.

-This morning, SanDisk announced the world’s fastest 32GB SDHC flash memory card with a new Class 10 performance rating for HD video.

-Kubota Image Tools announced a new free educational Webinar Wednesdays series for photographers of all levels.

-AP (Associated Press) Images announced the addition of Blend Images and North Wind Picture Archives as new content partners.  Their images will be made available on AP Images’ recently launched B2B site aimed at professional image buyers.

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Midweek Photo News Roundup- 6/17

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photo by erix! (creative commons)

It’s Wednesday afternoon and all that most people can think about is how many days, hours, minutes remain until the weekend. But not you, you’re a photographer! You’re never bored, but are always plotting your next photo shoot or researching the new D-SLR you’ve had your eye on. We’re right there with you, friend. To keep the wild world of photography on your mind midweek, here’s our roundup of what’s been happening in it lately.

-Fantasea announced two new underwater camera housings just in time for summer: the FL-19/20 for Nikon Coolpix L19 & L20 cameras and the FA-480 for the Canon PowerShot A480.

-onOne Software announced its first ever iPhone application. The new DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone allows photographers using a supported Canon EOS DSLR that is connected to a WiFi enabled computer to remotely control the settings of the camera, fire the shutter, review images, and even get a live viewfinder preview.

-Think Take Photo collaborated on a stunning concept video for their soon to be released addition to the Multimedia Wired Up Collection of bags, specifically designed for those shooting still, audio, and video in the field.

-Getty Images launched a new Flickr photo clouds feature to The Flickr Collection, which lets users visually group images that catch their eye.

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Pentax Announces K-7 D-SLR

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Breaking news this morning: PENTAX has just announced their brand new flagship D-SLR, the K-7. The manufacturer is already calling the compact, 14.6 Megapixel, weather, dust and cold resistant camera their “most powerful PENTAX ever.” Ideal for shooting fast action, the D-SLR features the new PRIME II Image processing engine, which allows for  5.2 frames per second and low-noise image processing, and a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. The 921,000 dot resolution 3-inch LCD features Live View mode, and the camera also boasts a 100% field-of-view viewfinder (with 0.92X magnification).

With the K-7, PENTAX is joining the ranks of Nikon by introducing a powerful, compact D-SLR that offers High Definition movie capture. HD movie mode features adjustable quality settings and aperture control, as well as Shake Reduction, and an external microphone terminal for recording stereo sound, and high resolution playback (HDMI port with selectable output resolution: 1080i, 720p, 480p, and auto).

Body only, the K-7 will retail for $1,299.95.

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Robert Adams Wins the Hasselblad Award

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The Hasselblad Foundation announced today that celebrated American photographer Robert Adams is the winner of the 2009 Hasselblad Award, arguably the most prestigious international photography prize.  According to the Foundation, “[The] award is granted to ‘a photographer recognized for major achievements’. This may be an individual who has made a pioneering achievement in photography, who has had a decisive impact on one or more younger generations of photographers, or who has implemented one or more internationally significant photographic projects. Today the award comprises the sum of SEK 500,000, a gold medal and a diploma. In conjunction with the award ceremony, an exhibition of the work of the award winner opens at the Hasselblad Center.” Go to the Hasselblad Foundation for more information.

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