News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Nikon has released Capture NX 2, the new version of its image editing and RAW (NEF in Nikon) conversion software.

Some of the main news are:

Last week Olympus has announced the update of E-510: E-520, that is in a way a minor upgrade to its predecessor.

Some of the main improvements are: AF with a contrast detection mechanism, Face Detection, a larger LCD (2.7" with 230K pixels and up to 10x zoom especially useful for live view focusing).

Also dynamic range is said to be improved and a couple of advanced features are taken from the bigger brother E-3: shadow retouch (Automatic Gradation) and wireless flash. An interesting addon will be a water-proof case (sold separately) that will allow divers (or just normal photographers fond of the sea) to shoot with E-520 up to 40 meters under the sea level.

The E-520 will be available in June 2008.

Adobe is submitting the DNG (Digital NeGative) format to ISO (the International Standard Organization) in order to make it a standard and spread its adoption.

IDImager, a very good DAM rich of features (in my opinion the richest DAM available), has been updated to version 4.1

New features include dynamic search (online and/or conditions), quick label/keywords assignments and improved general performances.

You can find the product at this link.

Yesterday, May 13th 2008, Canon has updated the software suite that is bundled with DSLR camera boxes.

In particular it has updated Digital Photo Professional (DPP) to version 3.4, this is the program to develop RAW images.

Microsoft has released on 1st May Expression Media 2 both in a Windows and Mac version, an update of the DAM (image catalog) program.