Hasselblad (www.hasselblad.com) unveiled the Hasselblad H3D-31, a lightweight, faster version of the full-frame H3D-39. Featuring near full-frame capture, the H3D-31 uses a 44x33mm sensor enhanced with microlenses to boost the ISO rating to a maximum of ISO 800. The system's new high-speed capture architecture, common to all H3D models, gives the H3D-31 a capture rate of 1.2 seconds per image in either mobile or tethered mode.
Canon (www.usa.canon.com) celebrates the 20th anniversary of its top-selling EOS SLR camera system by announcing the EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR. At 10 frames per second, the 10.1-megapixel EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR can fire huge motor-driven bursts of 110 large JPEGs or 30 RAW files because of its new Dual DIGIC III image processor engine. The all-new APS-H-size CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon, is the most light-sensitive and innovative sensor Canon has developed to date. Its new microlens array and super-efficient pixel structure for ultra-low noise create exceptional image quality and an ISO range of 100 to 3200, with extensions to ISO 50 and a highly usable ISO 6400.
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC.
Adobe Systems Incorporated (www.adobe.com) announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0, which enables photographers to import, manage, and present large volumes of digital photographs. While in the Library module, new advanced keywording tools help photographers filter through large collections. The Key Metadata Browser provides quick access to information tags, with an improved ranking and rating system that incorporates color labels and a pick/reject system that sorts and locates photographs faster.
PRIMERA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Primera Technology, Inc. (www.primera.com) released its Bravo SE Disc Publisher, which automates the entire burning and printing process. An advanced, sixth-generation robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in Pioneer DVR-111 DVD±R/CD-R recorder. After recording, each CD or DVD is individually inkjet-printed direct-to-disc in full color at up to 4800-dpi resolution. Up to 20 discs per job can be produced automatically and hands-free. Bravo SE attaches to any PC running Windows 2000/XP through its high-speed USB 2.0 interface. Bravo SE comes equipped with PTPublisher SE duplication software.
Fujifilm (www.fujifilmusa.com) introduced dye-sublimation printers for professional event, wedding, and studio photographers. The Fujifilm ASK-4000 (8x10 prints) and ASK-2000 (4x6 prints) feature a small footprint, great speed, and high-quality output. A distinguishing feature of these dye-sublimation printers is their built-in color-correction software, which incorporates Fujifilm's Image Intelligence technology.
Lexar (www.lexar.com) unveiled Professional UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) memory cards, which, when paired with a UDMA-enabled device (such as Lexar's new Professional FireWire 800 Reader) reduce the time needed to download images. Speed-rated at 300x (or capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 45MB per second), and available in capacities of 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, the new Lexar Professional UDMA cards deliver a 125 percent performance improvement over the previous generation 133x CompactFlash product line when used with a UDMA-enabled device.
ImageQuix (www.imagequix.com) announced the release of its Mac Software version 2.0. The new software has added functionality previously only available in the PC version. ImageQuix Mac users can now upload album designs for customers to review and make comments. They can also add and replace images to existing events, as well as update welcome messages, and price sheets right from the software.