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PhotoPlus Expo Report

(February 2005) posted on Wed Feb 02, 2005

A sampling of new products introduced at PhotoPlus.

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DxO Optics Pro 2 is a software application
that automatically improves the quality of
images produced by digital SLR cameras,
correcting distortions, vignetting, and
image softness (blur). DxO RAW Engine is
an optional module that works seamlessly
with DxO Optics Pro to perform RAW
image conversion and enabling Optics
Pro's image-enhancement features to be
applied on RAW files in full 16-bit mode.
DxO Optics Pro 2 is fully batchable and
automatically adjusts for shooting parameters
(focal length, aperture, ISA, focus
distance, etc.). The new features in version
2 include user-controllable correction
(0 to 100%) for distortion and vignetting,
adjustable sharpening, and reduced
image cropping when correcting distortion.
The program also offers interfaces
and documentation in five languages, and
is compatible with Windows and Mac platforms.
Supported cameras include Canon
EOS models, and several Nikon, Sony, and
Konica-Minolta digital cameras.
Price: DxO Optics Pro: $59-$119
depending on camera model; DxO RAW
Engine: $119. (DxO Labs:

Creo Announces Leaf Aptus
Camera Back

The Leaf Aptus is the latest in portable
digital camera backs from Creo. The new
22- or 17-Mpxl backs offer many new features,
including: a full-frame CCD dual
sensor readout for a capture speed of 1.2
sec/frame, 50 frames/min (both tethered
and untethered); 16-bit color; and resolutions
up to 4056 x 5356 (Aptus 22), and
3576 x 4716 (Aptus 17).

Creo claims this is the first camera back
with a touch screen and graphic user interface,
making it easier to operate and set up
custom jobs. With it, files can be prenamed,
job folders created, and files flagged/edited
on location for a faster workflow.

The Leaf Aptus also integrates a new
compressed RAW HDR (CHDR) file format.
This format decreases the size of RAW
HDR files with lossless compression that
retains 100% of the original data. This
speeds up shooting, doubles effective
storage, and makes archiving and file
transmission twice as efficient, reports
Creo. For example, file size for the Leaf
HDR is 126 M, Leaf RAW HDR is 42 M, and
compressed cHDR is 21 M (lossless) or
11 M (nearly lossless).

In addition, the Aptus also features a 6 x
7-cm LCD for image evaluation, focus confirmation,
and editing; an integrated compact
flash with power for more than 1000
frames; a 20-GB Leaf Digital Magazine with
storage space for up to 2000 frames; and
Bluetooth wireless display technology to
preview shots away from the camera using
the Leaf DP-67 portable display.

The Leaf Aptus supports the Hasselblad
H1 and V series; Mimaki 645AFD,
RZ67, and RB67; Contax 645AFD; Fuji
GX680; Bronica SQA/ETRS; and view cameras
from Sinar, Toyo, Cambo, Linhof,
Horseman, and Rollei X-Act.

Commercial shipping begins in February
2005; price TBA. (Creo: