Digital Camera News: Pentax K10D Firmware Update, MS Photo Info, Sharp Unveils 1/2.5-Inch 8 Megapixel Sensor
by Ben Stafford -  1/24/2007

Pentax K10D Firmware Update

Pentax has has released version 1.10 firmware for the K10D digital SLR. The firmware updates the following:

Installation instructions


Microsoft Photo Info Tool Released

Microsoft's Rich Media Group has released a tool called Microsoft Photo Tool that lets you view and edit "metadata" about an image (or a batch of images). It does so without editing the pixel data of the images. Once installed (on 32-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later and the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 runtime installed), you can start the tool by right-clicking on a supported image and clicking the new "Photo Info" entry in the context-sensitive menu.

Here is the list of features:

More information (and download)...

Sharp Announces 8 Megapixel 1/2.5-inch Imaging Sensor

Sharp has announced an 1/2.5-inch CCD that is capable of capturing 8.28 megapixels. The new chip is constructed with 1.75 μm x 1.75 μm pixel cells - claimed to be the smallest in its class. Sensor samples will be available at the end of January with full production beginning in April 2007. Sample pricing is ¥4,000 (about $33USD).

The sensor package measures 10.0 x 10.0 x 3.5 mm, about 60% of Sharp's previous model.

[Full NikkeiBP article]