From the monthly archives: "May 2007"

Lightscribe Photography Kit

Lightscribe have announced the Lightscribe Photography Kit, Lightscribe allow you to write labels directly onto CD/DVD using your CD/DVD writer, we had a look at them at Focus on Imaging 2007 and 2006, the new software is now available for download for free:

“LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling announced today the launch of the LightScribe Photography Kit, a CD and DVD labeling package created specifically for professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. The LightScribe Photography Kit’s disc labeling tips and resources for photographers are immediately available for free download on”

Click here to read the full press release.

LightScribe — a laser disc labeling technology found in many popular brands of disc burners, laptops and PCs — gives people the ability to easily burn silkscreen – quality photos, graphics, images and text directly onto LightScribe CDs and DVDs. Disc colors include gold CDs and DVDs as well as CDs in red, orange, yellow, blue and green.

To ensure that discs containing clients’ images stand out, photographers owning a LightScribe-enabled drive can go to the Photography Kit ( and download photo label designs, mailers as well as disc sleeve designs.

With the new kit, photographers can create professional custom designs that integrate clients’ photos with text so that the discs are personalized and also serve as advertising pieces. With LightScribe, photo archive discs can be labeled with a telltale photo from the collection as well as client information so that they can be found easily with a quick visual reference.

According to professional photographer and exclusive istockphoto contributor Bobbie Osborne, “As a stock photographer that works with models on a regular basis, LightScribe is invaluable. After burning images to CD for my clients’ portfolios, I can add a reference picture from the shoot, my contact information and a note of ‘permission to reprint’ in case they get questioned about printing copyrighted images. It’s professional and sexy. My clients and I both love it.”

LightScribe, the only widely available embedded disc labeling technology, is licensed to over 75 optical drive and media manufacturers, software developers, media and computer brands worldwide. LightScribe-enabled CDs, DVDs, software, desktops, notebooks, aftermarket optical disc drives and duplicator systems are available at major retailers worldwide, as well as through most leading brands online.

About LightScribe – LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling offers consumers and businesses a simple, no-hassle way to burn professional-looking, silkscreen-quality labels on their CDs and DVDs. LightScribe extends optical media, recorders and software through an integrated system of media with special laser-sensitive coating, laser control and imaging drive modifications, and labeling software enhancements. LightScribe uses the same laser that burns data in the disc drive to create precise, iridescent labels. LightScribe technology was developed and patented by HP. A business unit of HP, LightScribe licenses its technology to optical industry leaders in drive and media manufacturing, and to hardware, media and software brands. Additional information is available at

Panasonic FX30We’ve just published several our review of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 – the ultra compact metal bodied camera features a 7.2 megapixel sensor, a Leica 28mm wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen and is an update to the FX07 – the camera features optical image stabilisation and is available in Black or Silver for £185:

“Announced on the 31st of January 2007, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is one of the latest Panasonic digital cameras and features a 7.2 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, and a wide angle Leica 3.6x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation. The wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 28 – 100 mm on a 35mm camera.”

Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 Review
View Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 Sample Photos

Fujifilm FinePix F40fdDigital Camera Info have reviewed the new 8.3 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F40fd (aka F45fd) – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, an 8.3 megapixel Super CCD sensor with ISO upto 2000, a 2.5″ screen, face-detection focus, VGA video recording, and a first for Fujifilm cameras, a the F40fd has a dual memory card slot, accepting both XD and SD memory cards. The camera battery life is rated at 300 shots and the camera is available for £155.

“The newest model in Fujifilm’s F-series includes all the bells and whistles from the older cameras and adds a few cool features too. The Fujifilm FinePix F40fd has face detection and high ISO sensitivity like its predecessors. It adds 8.3 megapixel resolution and accepts both xD-Picture and SD memory cards. The F40fd was announced in January 2007 and now sells for $299.”

Read our Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Review
View Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos

More Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Reviews: NeoCamera, Pocket-Lint, DCResource,, Think Cameras, Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Hands On at Focus On Imaging

Fujifilm FinePix have reviewed the new SLR style Fujifilm FinePix S9600 / S9100. The S9600 (S9100 in the US) – is an update to the S9500 (S9000) – and features a 9 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens, ISO upto 1600, VGA video recording, and a 2″ swivelling screen. The camera is available for £242 from Amazon including VAT and free postage.

“I feel pretty positive about the Fuji Finepix S9600. It will not appeal to everyone owing to its large size. If someone is looking for a camera that closely resembles a digital SLR in terms of look and feel, but is unable to afford one then this is about as close as you are likely to get. Picture quality is also good and I think the camera offers good value for money.”

Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 Review
View Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 Sample Photos

Read more Fujifilm FinePix S9600 / S9100 Reviews: Pocket-Lint, Steves Digicams, LetsGoDigital, Imaging Resource, Photoxels, XYZ Computing, Trusted Reviews,, Digital Camera Review, ThinkCamera

Nikon D40x Digital SLRDPReview have reviewed the new Nikon D40x Digital SLR, a 10 megapixel update to the Nikon D40, it features the same compact body, a 2.5″ screen, and adds a 10 megapixel sensor, ISO 100 – 1600, and 3fps shooting, it has a near-instant startup of 0.18 seconds. The D40x is available for £455 with kit lens.

“The D40X has the same compact lightweight body and easy to use control layout, in fact the only external physical difference is the badge. Under the bonnet Nikon has swapped out the D40’s six megapixel CCD for a ten megapixel unit, this also provides a lower base sensitivity of ISO 100 and must utilize dual readout because continuous shooting frame rate has gone up from 2.5 fps to 3.0 fps.”

Read more Nikon D40x DSLR Reviews: LetsGoDigital, DPExpert, Cameralabs, ePhotoZine, Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint, PopPhoto

Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 BackDPReview have reviewed the new Sony Cybershot DSC-H9. The H9 features a large 3″ screen that tilts upwards, a 15x optical zoom lens, ISO upto 3200, face detection focus, an 8 megapixel sensor and optical image stabilisation (called “Super Steady Shot”). The Sony DSC-H9 is available for £299 from Amazon:

“The super-zoom market is still one of the most competitive sectors and the H9 is up against some stiff competition from old foes such as Panasonic, Canon and Olympus. The H2 and H5 were both well-received when reviewed this time last year, so let’s find out if Sony has built on that success or not.”

Read more Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 Reviews: Cameralabs,

Panasonic FX12 have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 – a 6mp digital camera with a Leica 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and optical image stabilisation, it’s update to the FX3. The FX10 is available for £131 from Amazon:

“When taking its low price tag into account the Panasonic DMC FX10 looks good value to me. Picture quality is above average. Add in ease of use and a solid if unspectacular design and you have a pocket sized camera well worth considering. I can’t think of too many better options at this price level if you are after something to tuck into your pocket.”

Nikon D80Digital SLR Guide have written their guide to the new 10.2 megapixel Nikon D80 Digital SLR – the camera is available for £515 Body Only, or £699 with an 18-70mm kit lens, and £699 with an 18-135mm kit lens.

“This is a great setup for photographers who want to manually expose, allowing you to quickly set both aperture and shutter speed. One-touch buttons for other common camera settings are arranged along the back left side of the camera. These include white balance, ISO and quality settings.”

Read more Nikon D80 DSLR Reviews: DPExpert, Digital Camera Info, Trusted Reviews, Think Camera, Shutterbug, Pocket Lint, Photography BLOG, Pocket-Lint, Imaging Resource,, Local Viewfinder, Cameralabs, DPReview, DCResource, ePhotoZine, HardwareZone

PictoriousA new site has been launched, called “” – it’s an interactive guide to photography, featuring basic principles such as depth of field, ISO, shutter speed, techniques such as HDR (High Dynamic Range), a guide to camera parts, a gallery and much more. There’s also a newsletter you can sign up to. The site’s aimed at Digital SLR users, but it’s well worth understanding the principals even if you own a point and shoot camera. Check it out at this address:

Canon Powershot A550Digital Camera Info have reviewed the new Canon Powershot A550 – an update to the A540 – it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 7 megapixel sensor, DIGIC II, iSAPS and 9-point AiAF, Redesigned Shooting Mode dial, 30fps VGA movies with sound, 2.0” LCD with dedicated Playback button. Available now for only £109 from Amazon UK.

“Introduced in January 2007 and released the following month, the Canon PowerShot A550 has design features reminiscent of past models but promises to be even easier to use. It has automatic modes and basic features meant to attract first-timers and shooters moving up from the most primitive of entry-level models. The 7.1-megapixel digital camera has a 2-inch LCD screen and 4x optical zoom lens, and retails for $199.”

Read our Canon Powershot A550 Review
View the Canon Powershot A550 Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Canon A550 Reviews: Imaging Resource,, DCResource, Pocket Lint, Ken Rockwell, View Canon Powershot A550 Sample Photos