Archives for January 9, 2012

Dr. George E. Smith given DIMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA), a PMA member association, presented Dr. George E. Smith with the DIMA Lifetime Achievement Award today at the Las Vegas Haze Nightclub. DIMA created a lifetime achievement award for those individuals in the industry who have helped shape the landscape and influence the future of digital imaging. It has only been awarded twice since the formation of DIMA in 1995, and was last awarded in 2007 to Graham Nash and Mac Holbert.

Dr. Smith was honored for his contributions to digital imaging as the co-inventor of the CCD sensor. In 1969, Dr. Smith and Willard Boyle invented the CCD, for which they jointly received the Franklin Institute’s Stuart Ballantine Medal in 1973, the 1974 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award, the 2006 Charles Stark Draper Prize, and the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Born May 10, 1930, in White Plains, New York, Dr. Smith is a scientist and applied physicist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania before going on to the University of Chicago where he earned his PhD.

In 1959, following graduation, he joined Bell Laboratories where he worked on a variety projects and ground breaking research before retiring in 1986. Dr. Smith is an avid sailor. After retirement Dr. Smith sailed around the world with his life partner of 40 years, Janet Murphy. He currently resides in Waretown, New Jersey.

Lee Varis elected 2012 DIMA president

Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA), a member association of PMA, elected 2012-2013 officers at the 2012 DIMA Official Business Luncheon today at the annual conference in the Bally’s Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev.

The officers elected are President Lee Varis, Varis PhotoMedia, Los Angeles, Calif.; President-elect Joshua Litwin, Memento Press Inc., San Francisco, Calif.; First Vice President Mark Zucker, Zookbinders Inc., Deerfield, Ill.; Second Vice President, Glynn Lavender, Creative Photo Workshops; Immediate Past President Phil Gresham, Fotofast, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Secretary/Executive Director Jim Esp, PMA, Jackson, Mich.; and Director-at-Large Chris Lydle, Chris’ Camera Center and Digital Photo, Aiken, S.C.

The trustees are Gabe Cano, Specialty Color Services, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Jirair Christianian, Mike’s Camera Inc., Boulder, Co.; Mark R. Comon, Paul’s Photo Inc., Torrance, Calif.; John M. Lacagnina, ColorCentric Corp., Rochester, N.Y.; Ibarionex Perello, Ibarionex Photography, Los Angeles, Calif.; Erin Manning, The Whole Picture, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and Ellen Rowan, Interactive Strategy. North Bend, Wash.

CRU-DataPort introduces USB 3.0 to RTX product line

CRU-DataPort, Vancouver, Wash., is now offering a USB 3.0 interface on its RTX 100-3SJ and RTX 100-3Q removable storage enclosures. Users may also opt for eSATA or USB 2.0 interfaces with RTX100-3SJ or dual FireWire 800 ports with RTX100-3Q.

CRU-DataPort incorporates TrayFree bay technology into RTX products for easy access to any capacity 3.5-inch SATA hard drive. Adding or swapping hard drives is as simple as opening the door, sliding the drive in and closing the door. RTX 1-bay storage enclosures are an ideal solution for photographers, videographers, and SMB markets where digital data accessibility and versatility are essential. Products are currently available without drives or populated with up to 3 terabytes. RTX100-3SJ and RTX100-3Q are available through CRU resellers starting at $99. CRU’s secure storage solutions for digital workflow, including mobile acquisition and storage, capture and post, and archiving and backup, will be on display at PMA@CES.


Large-sensor, fixed-lens pocket camera coming from Canon

With its new flagship PowerShot, Canon is perhaps refuting the need for compact interchangeable lens cameras that compete with its SLRs: for customers seeking a bigger sensor and better optics, there’s now a third option — one that doesn’t require add-on lenses, and that can fit in a pocket.

The $800 G1 X has the largest sensor to date for a PowerShot, the company says. Canon’s new sensor measures 18.7 by 14mm, or 1.5-inch diagonal, and has a  14-megapixel resolution. Canon says it delivers “shallow depth of field, a wide dynamic range, an ISO range of up to 12800, and incredible light gathering ability helping to ensure brilliant images in even tough low-light conditions.”
Shooting modes include RAW+JPEG, HDR, and 1080p HD video.

The camera has a 4x optical zoom lens, with an aperture of f/2.8 to f/16, and a 3-inch vari-angle LCD.
When the lens is retracted, the compact body measures  just 2.5 inches deep.


More information is here.

Canon's PowerShot G1 X


Ritz Interactive promotes Scott Neamand to president and CEO



Ritz Interactive Inc., Irvine, Calif., promoted Scott Neamand, to president and CEO, in an orderly succession plan for the company. Neamand was previously the company’s COO.

“Scott is uniquely positioned to lead Ritz Interactive at this important time for the company,” states Fred Lerner, former president and CEO, Ritz Interactive, Inc. “The Ritz Interactive Board and myself have complete confidence in his ability to guide this great company as we move forward into what we expect will be a fantastic year for Ritz Interactive and its brands.”

Neamand joined Ritz Interactive in 2004 as its CFO and assumed responsibilities of COO several years ago.  As he continued to acquire greater responsibility through the years with day-to-day management of Ritz Interactive, he worked closely with Lerner.

“Neamand’s strong reputation in the industry will make this a smooth transition for the company’s vendors and business partners,” continues Lerner. “This planned succession will allow Ritz Interactive to focus entirely on driving its business forward and exceeding its customers’ expectations in the coming year.”