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Camren eNewsJune 14 2006
news itemssony's firts dslrNikon's newest DSLR doctored photobrooks wins appealIPIX belly up

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New Player in the DSLR Market

10 years ago you could easily tell the players. Nikon, Canon, Kodak, Pentax, Olympus, and Minolta were camera companies. Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung were electronics companies.

After Eastman Kodak stepped out of the DSLR market back in 2005, if you asked the average photographer who were the major players in Digital SLR's they would have to say Nikon and Canon. After a little prodding they would remember that Olympus and Pentax made SLR's.
Konica Minolta and Sony announceed back in 2005 that they were to jointly develop digital SLR cameras. In early 2006 Konica Minolta dropped out from the camera business. They had transferred certain camera SLR technologies to Sony and Sony also picked up all repair/service support for Konica Minolta camera products.
Pentax has partnered with Samsung in the same manner as Konica Minolta did with Sony.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is an instant classic: the top-quality 10.2 MP DSLR system camera that builds on a two-decade legacy of Minolta photographic leadership, accepts 20 years of A-mount lenses (Minolta) sold worldwide and introduces Sony® imaging innovations like high-sensitivity shooting with Super SteadyShot® in-camera image stabilization, Dynamic Range Optimizer to automatically increase detail in bright and dark picture areas, new Anti-Dust technology to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, and Eye-Start® Autofocus system for faster camera response. This camera is expected to ship by the 18th of August and retail for $999.95 with their 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
To read more at click here or a detailed review of this camera on click here .

Nikon Announces New 10.2 mega pixel camera

Nikon announced today the replacement camera for the D70/D70s... the Nikon D80. A few features of the camera are listed below.

10.2 Megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor: Effectively optimized by Nikon to deliver a wide dynamic range, producing outstanding images with high resolution and vivid detail yielding 3,872 x 2,592-pixel files.

New high-resolution Nikon image-processing engine: New 12- bit Image Processing Engine combines color independent analog pre-conditioning with improved image processing algorithms.

Instant 0.18 sec. start-up with fast 80ms shutter response.With a power-up time of a mere 0.18 seconds and a shutter release time lag of only 80ms, responsiveness is extraordinary.

Continuous shooting at up to 3 frames per second and up to 100 consecutive JPEG images: Fast framing rates contribute to the ability to capture moments in time instantly. Sophisticated systems throughout the D80, including high-speed buffer memory handling, fast image processing, high-speed memory card access and large system bus bandwidth help make this possible.

Up to 2,700 images per battery charge:* High-Efficiency power systems featuring reduced power consumption and Real-Time Fuel Gauge with Nikon's EN-EL3e Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II, plus Variable Center-Weighted and Spot Metering: Substantially more sophisticated than traditional multi-pattern metering systems, Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering II instantly and accurately evaluates brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and subject-to-camera distance information, referencing the results against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Vary the size of the center-weighted area reading and spot metering readings correspond to 11 focusing points.

In-Camera Image Editing with Retouching Menu: Highly versatile in-camera editing features include Nikon D-lighting, Red-eye Correction, Image Trimming, Image Overlay, Monochrome Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype along with Skylight, Warm Tone and Custom Color filter effects.

Built-in Speedlight with Nikon i-TTL flash metering and two-group Wireless Commander: Nikon’s acclaimed i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with greater precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results with SB-600, SB-800 or SB-R200 Speedlights.

2.5” LCD color monitor with 170-degree, wide-angle viewing: Playback images can be viewed easily from all angles with extraordinary color and clarity.

11-area AF system with Wide-area Center Segment and Auto-area AF functions: Nikon’s Multi-CAM 1000 provides maximum flexibility and optimum performance under varied shooting situations. 11-area autofocus system features a cross-type sensor in the center, broad frame coverage, as well as class-leading low light detection and convenient AF-assist illuminator to aid in low-light conditions. New Wide Area AF option gives greater compositional freedom when shooting sports and action.

For more info on this camera form Nikon click here or for an independant review click here.

We will be renting this camera as soon as it becomes available

Doctored Photograph Not News

Reuters News Agency retracted a photo that it says was electronically altered. The picture, taken by a freelance photographer for the agency, shows thick, black smoke rising over buildings in Beirut. In the original, undoctored image, the smoke is less intense and the color is lighter. For more of the story click here

Brooks Institute Wins Appeal

Brooks Institute has won a ruling rejecting a provisional operating license granted to them by California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary & Vocational Education (BPPVE) in July of 2005.

The BPPVE, which oversees private institutions in California, granted the provisional license to teach after they issued a report last July, reported allegations that Brooks misled prospective students by saying that they could earn from $50,000 to $150,000 their first year out of school. A BPPVE survey of graduates with full time employment showed that their salaries averaged $26,000.

The State of California issued the provisional license and a preliminary order to pay "equitable restitution" to students enrolled from May, 1999 to present.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), rejected the provisional license as invalid, for technical reasons. They had not conducted a "qualitative review and assessment of the school". The BPPVE will continue it's review of the school and Brooks may operate under conditions of the license issued in 2000.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in this story.

IPIX files for Chapter 7 liquidation

On July 31st, IPIX Corp. filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, the company, which pioneered "immersive" 3-D imaging on the Internet, has ceased all business activity and operations.

"The company determined that it does not have sufficient resources to continue its operations and has been unable to secure additional financing required to fund its operating activities," the SEC filing states. "The court will appoint a bankruptcy trustee who will be responsible for the wind-up of the business." The last sale of stock on the Nasdaq was at $0.50 a share on Friday July 28th.


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