Posts Tagged ‘Digital Camera’

Service Notice: PowerShot G10: Lines Appear in Captured Images

April 30, 2009

We have discovered that in rare instances, lines may appear in images captured by some units of the PowerShot G10 digital camera. Accordingly, we would like to convey the details and our service policy concerning this phenomenon.

We regret that some of our customers may have been inconvenienced by this issue and would like to offer our apologies to them. Canon will continue to strive to provide our customers with high quality products that they can use with confidence. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Service Notice: PowerShot G10: Lines Appear in Captured Images

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Ritz Camera Closing

April 3, 2009

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Ritz Camera Centers, Inc., the nation’s largest specialty camera and image products and accessories retailer, has announced that it will close more than 300 stores nationwide as part of a court-supervised bankruptcy reorganization. The move will leave approximately 400 Ritz Camera stores still open around the country.

Retail inventory valued at more than $50 million will be liquidated at the stores that are being closed. Store closing sales offering substantial discounts on all inventory at those locations will begin on Saturday, April 4 and are expected to continue until everything is sold to the bare walls.

A joint venture group comprised of Great American Group, LLC, SB Capital Group, LLC, Tiger Capital Group, LLC and Hudson Capital Partners, LLC, will be conducting the sales.

Daniel Platt, senior vice president, capital markets, for Great American Group, said, “Long-time Ritz Camera customers as well as those with any interest in cameras, photography and video-related products will find a tremendous selection of quality, brand-name merchandise at greatly reduced prices. Shoppers looking for distinctive and unique gifts will find these sales particularly appealing, as well.”

Among the thousands of products that will be available at reduced prices are digital cameras and accessories, dSLR compact cameras, digital frames, binoculars, camcorders and video accessories and other popular electronic items.

Beginning with a single store in Atlantic City, N.J., in 1918, the Beltsville, Maryland-based privately held chain quickly grew to become the country’s leading supplier of photography products, equipment and services. At one point, after acquiring Wolf Camera, Kits Cameras and a number of other companies, Ritz Camera had over 800 stores in more than 40 states across the country. Financial troubles, however, caused the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February.

Ritz Camera’s downsizing follows efforts over the past year by a number of prominent retailers to deal with slumping sales and the drop in consumer spending brought on by the recession. Major national retailers that have liquidated completely in recent months include Circuit City, Mervyns, Steve & Barry’s, Shoe Pavilion, KB Toys and Linens ‘N Things.

Ritz Camera to Close More than 300 Stores Nationwide; Starting April 4 – Imaging Resource.com

April Fool’s Roundup Camera Products

April 1, 2009


Fashionable new camera includes “Wink and Shoot Shutter” and “Digital X-Ray Vision.”

April Fool’s Roundup From PDN.Pulse.com

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Wins Best Digital SLR in 2009 Product Awards

March 10, 2009

Professional Photographer’s annual competition to determine the hottest products on the market has always been fierce, and its tenth installment was no different. Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, with its groundbreaking full-frame HD video capability, was the most highly anticipated camera model to be released this year, and it impressed the judges enough to secure Professional Photographer’s 2009 Hot One Award in the highly contested Digital SLR, $1,000 to $3,000, category. The Nikon D90, which was the first DSLR to feature HD video, landed a tie with Canon’s EOS Rebel XSi in the Under $1,000 slot.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Wins Best Digital SLR

Your Digital SLR & The Wave Of Technology: Repair, Upgrade, … Manipulate?

February 26, 2009

Up until recently, photographers had to make a one-time investment in their photographic equipment. A purchase of a sophisticated 35mm SLR or medium format body with sharp professional lenses that providing optical quality surpassing that of any consumer camera. This was done as a photographer was getting out of school or into the business; now in the digital age photographers are investing in new equipment on average every 12-18 months to stay ahead of consumers.

Camera manufacturers are coming out with new technology it would seem every quarter, the top of the line digital SLR from 5 years ago is today’s paperweight as it has been surpassed in quality by even a $300 point and shoot digital camera. There is some irony in the speed of the transition of technologies with digital cameras. After all the first digital camera was invented by an engineer for Eastman Kodak named Steve Sasson in 1975, but digital SLR’s were not in the public eye until the early 1990’s and not really affordable until the turn of the century.

When you purchase a camera today you can’t help but naturally wonder, “when is the next version coming out?” Constant upgrades and improvements are part of the digital age. For years photographers awaited new film to be introduced to help with various aspects of color and contrast, it was as natural as putting $5 down on a counter and loading a roll into your aforementioned “one-time investment” that was your camera. However with digital the upgrades are not rolls of film, they are image a sensor, LCD screens, built-in image stabilization, HD video capability and more!

With all of these features your current digital SLR is a renaissance machine in the golden age of technology and enlightenment. Equipment can become antiquated, components can break down and you find yourself asking, “is this worth fixing, can’t I just buy a new and better camera for a little bit more?” The sad answer for those who clung to camera gear for years is yes.

repairs

Repairs can often cost more and provide you with less considering the wave of technology

At Unique Photo store manager Scott Kearns is faced with this scenario on almost a daily basis. “A customer can come in with a damaged digital SLR, it will cost him over $250 in repairs which is reasonable but it is going to repair older technology which limits some of his options in the future.” Which is true, new image sensors that work with specific lenses, adjustments in memory formats, cameras are improving and moving forward and sadly not all the time are they looking back.

From the beginning of the Digital SLR movement camera manufacturers have tried to lay down guidelines and basics for all their SLR’s. For example, Nikon made sure that any lens with an F-mount would be compatible with any Nikon Digital SLR. Sounds good however they fail to mention full functionality will not be guaranteed, in the age of face detection sophisticated TTL metering and even GPS capabilities your lenses might only work in a strict manual setting only.

This makes a new camera sometimes not necessary but even mandatory for future capabilities. How can you use a camera with all the bells and whistles but not have the right lenses or flashes to use with it? Technology advances, and the gear become obsolete. And it is more often than not you need to have someone such as Scott Kearns does for customers at Unique Photo, help you weigh your options of what is worth fixing and when it is time to upgrade to more modern technologies.

Parting with your investments on a regular basis or faced with the aspect of repairing or not repairing equipment can be a tough decision. Sometimes it is clear and there is no second thought about it. Your camera has a damaged image sensor, to replace it costs $600, or you can buy a new upgraded version of your camera compatible with your current equipment for $750.

Not all decisions are as easy and transition for whatever reasons financial or attachment to your equipment can prolong your decision to upgrade with the times. Recently I upgraded to a Nikon D300 digital SLR, 12.3 effective mega pixels with live view LCD and a CMOS sensor that can achieve low noise at 3200 ISO. Quite the step up from my previous digital SLR body, which was a Fuji Finepix S2 which in the late winter of 2002 I purchased new for the bargain basement price of only $2,800. I would like to think that I am one of the few who really got their money’s worth out of my investment.

What can you do with your old camera gear?

What can you do with your old camera gear?

Back then $2,800 for a SLR camera that didn’t take film was a miracle! Heck, the predecessor was the S1 from Fuji was considered a steal at $3,500 when Nikon’s 2.74 mega-pixel equivalent was still well over $5,000. I upgraded my Fuji S2 cause after 6 years of use, it was showing some signs of age but still functioning and I wanted to use the more sophisticated technology of the time, hence the D300 to still use my Nikon lenses. But what to do now with my Fuji S2? They sell on Ebay and Amazon (if you can find them) for a whopping $200. Like many photographers, I have found creative ways to keep my gear that is still functioning and put it to practical use and I have made technology do the work for me.

Many photographers are sitting on medium format film cameras; they longer can justify the cost of the film and lab’s for the quality of a digital SLR. But why sell it for the price of a low-grade digital camera when that’s all they can get for it? Some just put it up in the window in the studio so people know it’s a photo studio, or perhaps, “this guy is really good, look at that old big camera! He has been around and knows what he is doing.” Another photographer I know uses his film backs as a physical storage for his memory cards, marketing options with your older equipment functioning or not is limitless. However, when the gear functions, and has a digital base you have just opened up a new window.

IR Examples © Lifepixel.com

IR Examples © Lifepixel.com

Not willing to take a mere $200 I re-invested in my Fuji S2 and converted the image sensor to infrared. Sensor manipulation is something that has made my backup digital SLR now one of my favorite toys to utilize. Companies on the Internet convert select digital cameras to IR for a fee of a couple hundred dollars, price varies depending on the camera. Many will begin to say this can be done with appropriate image software and some time in front of the computer, but the sensor will provide a better RAW image as opposed to a manipulated one, and I for one would rather have more time behind the lens instead of in front of a computer

Technology will always improve, and we as photographers must accommodate along with it. How we do so and in the most creative of ways will always help us get the most out of my gear. Like many Nikon shooters I purchased a D300 only to watch the announcement a month later of the full frame Nikon D700 for a little bit more. Soon after the rumblings of what the “Nikon D400” will be, but for now I have two digital SLR’s. One giving me cutting edge capabilities with the latest technology and science from Nikon, and the other helping me get back to the art of photography. Money well spent, and money saved all in one motion.

Polaroid Introduces the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Digital Camera

January 14, 2009

Polaroid Corp., the iconic inventor of the instant photo, has reinvented itself for the digital age, launching a digital camera which makes instant full-color prints.The PoGo, unveiled at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, arrives on the market a year after Polaroid ended production of its legendary instant film camera.

“This is the digital version of our traditional instant camera, which consumers have loved since the ’70s,” said Jon Pollock, Polaroid’s vice president and general manager of Digital Imaging.

“It’s what consumers have told us they want — a fun, easy way to use a digital camera to print photos,” he said.

The Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera uses Zink ink-free printing technology to produce instant prints on a special paper embedded with heat-activated dye crystals.

“With the push of a button, consumers can select from among the digital photos on the camera, crop or edit them and in less than 60 seconds, print full-color, 2×3-inch prints,” Polaroid said.

Photos can be reviewed on a three-inch color LCD screen before printing.

Polaroid said the PoGo will be available in March and cost 199 dollars. A 10-pack of Zink photo paper will sell for 4.99 dollars

via Polaroid.com – Picture your world… with Polaroid.