SanDisk Corporation (www.sandisk.com) introduced its Extreme IV line of Compact Flash digital film cards. Targeted at photographers who require the highest possible performance and the largest capacities for their medium-format and high-end digital SLR cameras, the cards are available in capacities up to 8GB and deliver medium read and write speeds of 40MB per second. As an accessory to the cards, SanDisk introduced the Extreme FireWire reader, which can transfer images from the SanDisk Extreme IV cards to a computer at up to 40MB/sec.
Digital Foci (www.digitalfoci.com) is shipping its Picture Porter Elite 40GB and 80GB portable digital photo albums with built-in hard drive and memory card reader. Featuring a 3.6” LCD for easy viewing, Picture Porter Elite lets you instantly and securely save and view digital photos and video on its hard drive wherever you go. The drive enables you to rotate, zoom, pan, view EXIF and histogram information, and play slideshows right on the LCD; or connect Picture Porter Elite to a TV and share your video, photos, and music on a big screen.
Alien Skin Software
Alien Skin Software (www.alienskin.com) released Blow Up, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements that offers the highest quality image enlargement available. Not only does Blow Up enable users to scale images up to 10,000 percent with no stairstep, halo, or fringe artifacts, it increases the convenience of converting Web graphics to print and creating large-format and gallery prints from digital snapshots. The plug-in preserves crisp lines and smooth colors in a source image, and supports CMYK, RGB, Lab, Grayscale, and Duotone image modes.
Targus (www.targus.com) is exterminating the competition with the introduction of its Bluetooth Laser Notebook Mouse. Designed to work with Bluetooth-enabled PC or Mac notebooks, the new mouse is compact, lightweight, and does not require a receiver. Additional features include batteries that recharge while in use, providing continuous operation; innovative laser technology, providing up to 20 times the sensitivity of a standard optical mouse; and the ability to switch from 800 dpi to 1600 dpi on the fly.
Nikon (www.nikondigital.com) unveiled the successor to its popular D70 digital SLR, the Nikon D80. With a new 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor and an exclusive high-resolution color processing engine, the D80 can render images with incredible resolution, sharp detail, and vibrant color. And it can shoot these images at speeds of up to 3 frames per second for up to 100 consecutive shots—in JPEG Normal mode. In addition, a new 11-area auto-focus system detects focus with precision and can even track a moving subject across the frame.
Sharpics (www.sharpics.com) announced its newest product line of Signature Tabletop Monopods. A perfect companion for product photography, each tabletop monopod provides a stable platform for the sharpest image possible, and may be undetected through the camera’s small LCD screen. The monopods are lightweight, easy to store, affordable, and come equipped with a 3-way panhead and ball-and-socket joint that clamps to any table up to 2.5” thick.