PMA 2009

Pretec to demo World’s first 32GB SDXC and 100GB 666x CF

Pretec to demo World’s first 32GB SDXC and 100GB 666x CF

Judging by the frequent of Pretec breakthrough flash-based storage cards, breaking records must be part of Pretec quarterly exercise. The company is set to unveil not only the World’s First SDXC, but also an unprecedented 100GB CompactFlash at 666x. The latter up the ante, broke company’s own CF’s record at 433X.

Even with new standard still in lobbying effort, Pretec has the go-ahead with the SXDC small form factor flash-based memory standard that’s capable of reaching 2TB. Pretec will exhibit both the 32GB SXDC and 666x, that’s capable of 100MB/s transfer rate, at PMA and CeDIA tomorrow. We’ll visit each both tomorrow to dig deeper on the cost.

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A “Sneak Peek” at Pentax’s X70

A “Sneak Peek” at Pentax’s X70

My first stop at PMA 2009 Sneak Peek Luncheon was Pentax booth, I knew something was up when a small group Japanese reporters gathered at the rather disappointing pre show event. I was told to return couple hours later, and there it was. Empty spots now filled two new bodies, not the new hybrid standard I was hoping for, but a 12Mp ultra zoom with 24x optics dubbed X70. It drew crowd nevertheless, and the show actually peaked for a minute there.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 9 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 9 2009

After cellphones had their way with the headlines the previous week, the past seven days have been an opportunity for netbooks to race back into the spotlight.  Rumors spread about ASUS' upcoming Eee PC "Shell" luxury follow-up to the S101, while we saw a slimline version of the Acer Aspire One.  If you want a machine in the more immediate future, though, the Samsung NC20 was made official, and Dell finally launched their Inspiron Mini 10.

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PMA 2009 Rumor : Nikon new entry-level DSLR’s D5000

PMA 2009 Rumor : Nikon new entry-level DSLR’s D5000

Rumor at best, and this time coming from a Korean digital camera community forum: someone claimed to have received information from another person who’s working at Nikon headquarter about a new DLSR to be unveil on the opening of PMA 2009. That sounds familiar with all the second-hand stories been told before any major digital camera shows, right? Let's get to the story. That new model oddly, dubs D5000, and inherits the rather depressing no in-body’s AF motor likes the D40 and D60, hence the Entry-Level. However, it’s slightly upscale in performance level, and is neck to neck with current D90.

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Canon unveiled TS-E 17mm F4L / TS-E 24mm F/3.5L II

Canon unveiled TS-E 17mm F4L / TS-E 24mm F/3.5L II

Architecture and wide landscape photographers take note, Canon has announced a pair of tilt and shift lenses, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and an ultra-wide TS-E 17mm f/4L today. These two new lenses features new barrel design, UD glass, specially coated aspherical elements, and Canon’s latest SWC to have better control over the positioning of the focal plane while keeping optics distortion at minimum.

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A sneak preview of upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar

A sneak preview of upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar

PMA 2009 is nearly two weeks away, there aren't any news from Leica front so far; but super wide shooters get your wallet ready, the French has posted a preview of an upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar. A tap faster than Zeiss 18mm f/4 Distagon, less distortion and better vignetting control, but twice as expensive!

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Nikon D400 prediction gone mad : 24mp with touchscreen LCD

Nikon D400 prediction gone mad : 24mp with touchscreen LCD

We know the Nikon DSLR D400 is coming, there’s no leak more credible than a guide book dropping on Amazon: we’ve seen it happen with the Canon 5D sequel before, and both the book and camera made it to the shelf. However so far there aren’t any technical details of the D400 about. A Chinese site is suggesting the upcoming Nikon would be another bold move, just how Nikon surprised us with the D700: a shrunken D3x with 24mp but a touchscreen display. Is it even possible?

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