Breakthrough: Kodak Announces first 50 Megapixel CCD Sensor

World’s First 50 Megapixel CCD Sensor Sets New Standard for Professional Photographers

Kodak KAF-50100 CCDROCHESTER, N.Y., July 8 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has achieved another breakthrough in its storied history of imaging technology innovation with the introduction of the world’s first 50 million pixel CCD image sensor for professional photography.   

At 50 million pixels, or megapixels, the sensor captures digital images with unprecedented resolution and detail. For instance, with a 50 megapixel camera, in an aerial photo of a field 1-½ miles across, you could detect an object about the size of a small notebook computer (1 foot by 1 foot).

What’s more, the KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor features a newly designed pixel that is smaller in size than the pixel used in current products for this professional market. This new pixel also reduces “click-to-capture” time for improved camera response, lowers power consumption for improved battery life, and improves color fidelity without compromising on the benefits to be enjoyed from larger pixel sizes. Volume production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2008.

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Camera in a Live Test: Canon 40D versus Canon 30D

Just how does the quality of the Canon 40D compare with that of the older Canon 30D? In this first article for July, we take both cameras for a field test. The results are documented in the text below.

A couple of weeks ago, a buddy of mine bought himself a new Canon 40D. He dropped by a few days ago and brought his new camera along. I was naturally curious how much better his new 10-Megapixel camera would be, so … we took a couple of quick photos and compared them in Lightroom. OK, it wasn’t a proper lab test but it was clear that the 10-Megapixel Canon 40D did show a marked improvement in picture quality over the Canon 30D. Below are the first two photos we took in a side by side comparison.

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Nikon D700: Professional Digital SLR with FX-Format

Nikon D700

Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the introduction of an all-new FX-format digital SLR: the 12.1 megapixel Nikon D700, designed to enable many more photographers to enjoy the acclaimed image quality of the Nikon D3, but in a smaller form factor. ”The Nikon D3 has taken the action photography industry by storm, motivating many pros to change brands and we expect the Nikon D700 to continue that trend,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS at Nikon Europe. He added: “The Nikon D700 excels in the extreme low-light and high-contrast conditions under which today’s cameras are judged and affirms Nikon’s ongoing commitment to meeting current and future imaging needs.”

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profiPhotos News: Firefox 3 Ready

The new version of Mozilla’s Firefox is here. Never before has there been such a hype surrounding a new WEB browser release! The good news is, that profiPhotos News is 100% ready to take advantage of all the new features of Firefox.

This blog has been designed from the onset to be multilungual. As of last week, a new version of this blog went live supporting both the English and German languages. Here I’d like to show you a nifty little trick you can use in Firefox to automatically display this and other internationalized sites in the language of your choice. If you haven’t yet downloaded Firefox 3, I’d encourage you to do so. It loads faster, displays pages faster and has many new “intelligent” features that enhance your Internet browsing experience.

Download Firefox 3 – Windows (GB) English version.British Flag
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Download other Firefox 3 (Windows, MAC, Linux) versions.

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Download: PhotoME 0.79 R16

PhotoME gives you a tool to view and change the Meta data in your digitial photos. Additionally, you have access to the ICC-Profile of your photos.

With this program you can change, edit or delete the EXIF Data that was automatically generated by your Digital camera when you took the photo. The viewing and editing of the IPTC-NAA Data including Copyright information, comments and keywords is also prossible. Formats supported include JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG as well as a number of manufacturer specific RAW formats.

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