San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
San Jose, Calif. – Imaging sensor maker Aptina said it has developed a new 18-megpixel sensor for high-end compact cameras.
The AR 1820HS is a 1.25-micron backside illuminated chip that is said to fit in the 1/2.3-inch mainstream digital still camera optical format.
The company said the sensor will give camera OEMs the ability to produce next-generation cameras with high image quality and fast speeds.
Bethlehem, Pa. — Olympus has signed on as the title sponsor of the Olympus InVision Photo Festival, scheduled for Nov. 2-4, 2012.
Acclaimed photographers Joyce Tenneson, Joe McNally, Zoe Strauss and Olympus’ Jay Dickman will headline the event’s presenters.
Santa Clara, Calif. – CyberLink introduced this week its Director Suite bundle of professional-grade video and still image editing/production tools.
The suite includes the latest versions of CyberLink’s PowerDirector 11 and PhotoDirector 4 software in addition to new tools ColorDirector, which is a post-production color grading program and AudioDirector, a sound design program. All have been developed for seamless interoperability and roundtrip production of edited video content.
Cologne, Germany — Sakar has debuted a line of Polaroid-branded digital cameras and camcorders at the Photokina trade show, held here this week.
The products will appear in mid-September at select Sears and Kmart stores, Sakar said, and will then be available at such other retailers as Staples, Ritz Camera, Walmart, h.h.gregg and BrandsMart USA, among others.
The line will initially consist of four camcorders and three cameras, and are the first in a series of products to come, the company added.
Center Valley, Pa. – Olympus used Photokina week to launch two Pen compact system cameras targeting advanced and emerging amateur photographers and a new flagship Stylus point-and-shoot camera.
The new mirrorless compact system cameras include the Pen E-PM2 and E-PL5, both of which feature a new 16-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic VI Image Processor, high ISO range to 12,800, Full 1080i Full HD video, a variety of art filters, built-in creative features, and such accessories as a new body cap lens.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Fujifilm North America will be adding a Mini 8 series to its Instax instant film cameras beginning in early 2013.
The new Mini 8 models will continue to provide what Fuji describes as a “user-friendly control functions, fun style, and high image quality while adding up to five different and colors: pink, blue, yellow, white and black.”
Denver, Co. – Ned Bunnell, president of Pentax’s American operations for the past seven years, will retire, effective Sept. 30, said Noboru Akahane, Pentax Ricoh Imaging, who will add Bunnell’s responsibilities to his current global role.
At the same time, James Malcolm will become Pentax Ricoh Imaging America executive VP, reporting to Akahane. Malcom will be responsible for the leadership and operations of the U.S. subsidiary.
San Diego – Sony formally unveiled Wednesday a range of next-generation interchangeable-lens Alpha-series cameras and camcorders, including a next-generation full-format DSLR, the company’s first full-format Handycam camcorder, and a new addition to the NEX mirrorless compact system camera family.