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  7. Canon Announces Two New Bubble Jet Direct Printers, and Updates S9000 Photo Printer (02/27/03)
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New PC software program allows users to communicate with Images and Words in a way never before possible

Las Vegas, NV (March 1, 2003) - Minolta Corporation announces today an exciting new digital imaging software product that is ideal for sellers and buyers on auction Web sites, law enforcement agencies, real estate agents, educators and more. Minolta's new DiMAGE Messenger software program allows users to connect written text to specific portions of digital images, share the combination with others via e-mail or printed copy, and invite related comments to be added from the receiver - all in just a few, simple steps.

With Minolta's DiMAGE Messenger software program, users who need to communicate with words and pictures can, for the first time, easily share images, ideas, comments, etc., with the time, date, and name of person making the comment displayed and linked to the corresponding marked portion of a digital image. Priced at under $30* for a downloadable version available at www.dimagemessenger.com, Minolta DiMAGE Messenger is easily within reach of all PC owners.

"People say that 'a picture is worth 1,000 words,'" said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing for Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "But we say, 'we give you both'."

The GUI (Graphical User Interface) of the DiMAGE Messenger software application opens into three panes. An image is loaded at top, left. Text is entered in the pane below the image. When the user draws a box to isolate the specific image portion that corresponds to the text and clicks "add", the text automatically reappears in the right-hand pane. By dragging the mouse cursor over the text, the box that was drawn onto the image reappears. By placing a checkmark in front of the text, the image inside the drawn box is enlarged to fill the image pane, showing details clearly.

The DiMAGE Messenger files can be printed to show the original image with the detailed image sections arranged in up to three columns and the corresponding text beneath each. The boxes drawn by the user to identify the image sections are color-coded. Color matching is available for accurate monitor and printer reproduction.

These annotated images can be sent to others via e-mail from within the application by selecting the "mail" button from the command program's menu. A trial version of DiMAGE Messenger can be attached to the e-mail automatically, if desired. The recipient can enjoy all functions of the software during the 14-day trial period and obtain a software license key to register a fully active version. After 14 days the trial version reverts to become a reader if it has not been validated. The reader will allow the user to open and read images and comments, but it does not allow additional comments to be added or edited.

Minolta DiMAGE Messenger software is an ideal communication tool. Home users will enjoy adding linked text to family albums, documenting personal possessions and organizing many details of their daily lives such as creating their own digital recipe files. The application is ideal for all persons who need to communicate by looking at and working with images and exchanging written words about the elemental contents of those images - and is especially useful when significant distances separate two or more people. Other examples of highly suitable applications include identifying individuals in group photos, communicating with designers and consultants, and documentation for technical devices or real estate and insurance appraisals.

* Under $40 for CD-ROM version.

Minimum System Requirements
Computers IBM PC/AT compatible computers
CPU Pentium 133MHz or faster processor
Operating systems Windows 98 Second Edition, 2000 Professional, Me, or XP
RAM Minimum 64 MB of RAM (128MB with Windows XP)
Hard-disk space 100 MB of free hard-disk space
Monitor 800x600 monitor capable of displaying 24-bit color quality. (1024x768 or greater recommended)

Compatible Image Formats
JPEG (Exif 2.1 and 2.2, 24-bit JFIF)
BMP (8, 16, and 24 bit)
TIFF (Exif 2.1 and 2.2, non-compressed 24-bit RGB)

Compatible E-mail Applications
MAPI-compatible e-mail applications such as Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook.



6th Annual Imaging Award Winners Announced at DigitalFocus 2003 @ Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - March 1, 2003--The winners and finalists for the 6th Annual DigitalFocus Awards were honored here today, just prior to the DigitalFocus(TM) 2003 @ Las Vegas media event. Top honors this year went to companies that include Adobe, Canon, Epson, Fuji, HP, Kodak, Microsoft, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony, for their outstanding products during the past year. (See complete list below.) The DigitalFocus Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the field of digital imaging. The awards annually honor the top digital imaging products in 15 different categories. This year's DigitalFocus Awards, formerly known as the Excellence in Imaging Awards, were once again sponsored by Pepcom Inc. and its DigitalFocus showcase series. The awards were presented at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas on the evening before the PMA trade show opened.

"These products and services represent the best in digital imaging innovation," said Chris O'Malley, a partner with Pepcom. "Despite a rapidly maturing marketplace, this was an incredible year for digital imaging technical and design achievement, and these award winners are at the cutting edge of the industry."

The winners and finalists for the 6th Annual DigitalFocus Awards are:

Consumer Digital Camera
Winner (tie): Kodak EasyShare LS443 & Nikon Coolpix 3500
Finalists: Minolta DiMage Xi, Fujifilm FinePix F402, Sony Cyber-shot U, Casio Exilim EX-Z3, Pentax Optio S, Olympus Stylus Digital 300, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1, Toshiba PDR-T30

Prosumer Digital Camera
Winner: Olympus C-50
Finalists: Minolta DiMage 7Hi, Canon PowerShot G3, Nikon Coolpix 5700, Fujifilm FinePix S602Z Pro, HP Photosmart 850, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-717

Professional Digital Camera
Winner: Canon EOS-1Ds
Finalists: Nikon D100, Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro, Kodak DCS-14n

Digital Video Camera
Winner: Sony DCR-PC101
Finalists: Canon Elura 40MC, Sharp Viewcam VL-MC500U, Samsung SCD5000, Panasonic PV-DC352

Consumer Color Printer
Winner (tie): Canon S900 Color Bubble Jet & Epson Stylus Photo 960
Finalists: HP Deskjet 5550, Lexmark Z65p, Sony DPP-EX7

Business Color Printer
Winner: HP Color LaserJet 4600
Finalists: Xerox Phaser 8200, Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2300DL, Lexmark C750

Image Scanner
Winner: HP ScanJet 5500C
Finalists: Microtek ScanMaker 6800, Canon CanoScan 5000F, Epson Perfection 2400 Photo, Minolta DiMage Scan Dual III

Imaging Software
Winner (tie): Microsoft Picture It! Digital Image Pro 7 & Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Finalists: Pinnacle Studio 8, Roxio PhotoSuite 4, Adobe Photoshop Album, ACD ACDSee 5, Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album, Broderbund MovieShop Deluxe 6

Storage Solutions
Winner (tie): Fuji xD Picture Card & Olympus xD Picture Card
Finalists: Maxtor Personal Storage 5000 Series, Sony Memory Stick Pro, Lexar Media JumpDrive Trio, Sony Giga Vault

Digital Imaging Site or Service
Winner: Digital Photography Review
Finalists: Ofoto, Shutterfly, Club Photo

Innovation Award
Winner: Panasonic e-wear A/V Recorders
Finalists: Sony Clie PEG-NZ90, SanDisk Connect, Visioneer Strobe XP 100, Casio Color Wrist Camera, ViewSonic NextVision M2000, Kodak AM550L


New Nixvue Vizor CD-ROM Based Storage Device (03/01/03)

Nixvue Systems Announces New Vizor CD-ROM Based Storage Device

Nixvue Systems Pte Ltd, manufacturers of the award-winning Nixvue Digital Album and Vista (Visual Storage Album) today announced the introduction of the Vizor, a transportable CDROMbased product targeted at users who want a convenient way of permanently storing the digital camera images into CD Recordable media.

Permanent Storage
At the press of one button, the Nixvue Vizor easily and conveniently copies all the images from the memory card used in digital cameras on to permanent CD-R and CD-RW media for storage and archiving purposes. It accepts four of the most popular memory cards – Compact Flash (Type I and II), Secure Data, Multimedia Card and SONY Memory Stick. Optional adapters are available for SmartMedia and XD cards.

A high-contrast backlit monochrome LCD panel allows the user to execute copy and verify commands as well as for checking directory listings and available disk space. There is even a copy-back command to transfer files back to the memory card. The powerful built-in IntelliVuetm operating system caters for memory cards larger than 640MB by a feature called disk-spanning whereby the user is prompted to replace the full CD-R media with a fresh one, and the burning process continues until all data is transferred. An optional 2.5” color LCD attachment is available for users who want to directly view the images on the screen. The power of the Vizor is fully realized with the connection to a TV or video projection system. Users can run slideshows, zoom and pan functions via the remote control unit. The Vizor will also display images from a Kodak Picture CD.

Together with the Nixvue Vista (Visual Storage Album), the DA Lite and DA2, Nixvue Systems now provides a whole range of solutions to cater to beginners all the way to professional digital camera users. For more information please vi sit our website at: http://www.nixvue.com


SmartDisk Introduces FlashTrax -- The Portable, Palm-Sized Digital Multimedia Device

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Feb. 28, 2003--SmartDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SMDK - News), today introduced its new FlashTrax(TM) handheld portable device for offloading and storing digital images and music. FlashTrax is being showcased in Booth H164 at PMA International, The Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2-5, 2003.

FlashTrax can safely store high-resolution images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in 30GB USB2.0 hard drive and displays them on a 3.5" LCD that outperforms tiny on-camera screens. By using the sleek control pad, the user can change the image, zoom in, zoom out and scroll, or choose a slide show function -- all without the need of a PC. The LCD folds to ensure that both the screen and control buttons remain protected while in field use. Images may be viewed on the LCD screen or on any TV using the included remote control. To facilitate portability, FlashTrax also includes a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

"FlashTrax brings new freedom to photographers," says Charles Klinker, Director-Marketing for SmartDisk. "The ability to offload images from flash memory cards to the built-in hard drive represents a lower cost alternative to purchasing multiple, expensive flash memory cards."

A built-in MP3 player makes this device even more attractive - more than 7,000 compressed audio files can be stored and played back through the built-in speaker, headphones or external speakers. Various play modes are easily controlled from the user-friendly screen display and control pad, making music selection quick and easy. With transfer speeds of up to 480MBps, FlashTrax can also serve as an external hard drive to transfer, store and access data or act as a simple backup device.

Pricing and Availability

Suggested retail price for FlashTrax is $499.99, with availability in April through retailers and distributors, as well as through the company's Web site at http://www.smartdisk.com.



Canon announces today the new 6.3 Megapixel Canon EOS 10D Digital SLR Camera, a fairly substantial upgrade to last year's recently discontinued EOS D60 DLSR camera, and at a lower MSRP of $1999. Canon indicates that the new camera will be available in stores in just a few weeks, by mid to late March and should be more widely available now with use of new manufacturing facilities! The new EOS 10D appears to address many issues which existed with the D60, with one of the primary ones surrounding what many felt was just an average Auto Focus system in the D60, lacking speed especially in low light. The new EOS 10D now boasts a much faster 7-Point Auto Focus system which Canon specifically indicates is a vastly improved upgrade from the D60's 3-point AF system. Canon states that the new Auto Focus is as fast or faster then the EOS Elan 7/7E, which most agree is a very fast system. The EOS 10D camera can now achieve 3 frames per second burst shooting up to 9 frames in either JPEG or in the very useful simultaneous RAW + JPEG capture settings which have been expanded to work in all quality settings. Canon has also significantly improved the ISO range which now extends from ISO 100 to 3200. The camera has a rigid Magnesium Alloy Body, it can now connect directly with many Canon Photo Printers, it has a fully manual white balance mode with temperature settings in 100 degree increments (2,800 to 10,000K), there is a new preset white balance for SHADE (aprox. 7000K), in addition there is a new white balance bracketing mode providing 3 images rendering from cooler to warmer tempatures, it supports EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1, Fat32, Compact Flash Type 1 & II, and it is compatible with all EF-series lenses including a newly announced EF 17-40 mm f/4L USM. There is also now included an Intelligent Orientation Sensor which detects whether the camera is positioned horizontally or vertically allowing improved autofocus, exposure metering and automatic rotation of images in playback! The new EOS 10D further offers the new DIGIC image processor designed by Canon for improved camera performance and image quality, which has proven itself on recent Powershot cameras including the excellent Canon G3 prosumer level 4 megapixel digital camera.

Canon points out in the EOS 10D materials that it is the only maker of DSLR cameras which designs and manufactures all 3 of the key elements to a high quality image, the optics in the form of their excellent EF lens series, the image processor which is now a vastly improved processor they name DIGIC, and the resolution from the Canon 6.3 CMOS image sensor. Regarding their lenses, Canon points out that they have been making their own lenses for 70 years now and they market over 50 EF lenses which are compatible with the new EOS 10D. Canon's CMOS Image Sensor was a proven success in the D60 as it was clearly providing absolutely astounding image results which we acknowledged last year was about as high as one could expect at the lower ISO settings. Canon indicates that the CMOS sensor in the EOS 10D is not only designed and developed by Canon, but it is manufactured entirely by Canon and features improved peripheral circuitry including a new amplifier circuit board that boosts the S/N ratio and is made using a refined manufacturing process. Canon specifically states that these changes provide an improved image quality result in the EOS 10 D and they allow better results across a wider ISO range, all the way up to ISO 3200. If these features holds up then Canon will have addressed some of other major issues in the D60 which some felt did not perform as good as the Nikon D100 at higher ISOs and it did not have a very high ISO range for low light shooting being limited to ISO 1000. The image sensor retains the same size as the one used in the D60 and it provides the same picture area at 15.1 x 22.7 mm which results in a 2:3 picture aspect ratio and a 1.6X lens multiplier. In addition to the fine lenses and CMOS image sensor, Canon indicates that the new DIGIC image processor is a primarily factor in the overall improvement of the 10D's camera functions and image quality. The DIGIC processor was specifically designed for use in digital cameras, which Canon explains is generally not the case with most other image processors used by other camera companies. Canon states that its DIGIC image processor is much faster then the more general CPUs used by others by use of parallel processing (this is sounding like Intel's hyper-threading type results in the very latest Pent. 4 CPUs). The extra speed allows higher quality signal processing algorithms, improves buffer performance and consumes less battery power because the signal processing is completed more quickly on a per-image basis. However, the DIGIC does more than the image processing, as Canon points out it also handles all the digital camera functions including JPEG compression and expansion, memory card control, auto exposure, auto white balance and in-camera sharpening. The camera comes with a host of software including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Canon's RAW image converter software which has very impressive post shot image controls as well as Remote Capture software. The EOS 10D measures 5.9 by 4.2 by 3.0 inches and weighs in at 27.9 ounces for the body only (a few ounces heavier then the Nikon D100). Finally, Canon is also newly announcing that the EF 17-40 mm USM Wide-Angle Zoom lens, which will be a very popular lens to complement the EOS 10D, will be available in May at a price of $1,200. For further details see the Canon Press Release, the Canon Japan BeBit site, and the Canon USA EOS web site.




Canon announces today 5 new digital cameras in their popular consumer Powershot camera line. The new Canon Powershot models are the 3.2 megapixel A300 ($299 - April), the 2.0 megapixel A60 ($349 - March), the 3.2 megapixel A70 ($449 - March), the 4 megapixel S400 ($599 - March) and the 5 megapixel S50 ($699 - March). The 5 new Powershot cameras all feature the new Canon DIGIC Image Processor and iSAPS technology for improved camera performance (see EOS 10D story above for more details, and high quality Canon glass optics for sharp image results. All of the new cameras have the built-in ability to connect directly with Canon's recent line of Bubble Jet and Card Photos for excellent photo quality home prints.

The Powershot S50 is Canon's first 5.0 megapixel camera and it features a f/2.8 3X optical zoom lens in a very compact black body which is similar in size and weight to the current 4 megapixel Canon Powershot S45 camera. The S50 also features a 9 point auto focus system, a 9 position White Balance, selectable metering modes including full manual modes, and an improved Movie Mode which allows up to 3 minutes of shooting at a time with sound.

The Canon Powershot A60 (2.0 megapixel CCD) and A70 (3.2 megapixel CCD) are compact cameras which use AA batteries, and both feature 3X optical zoom lenses, 5-point AiAF autofocus, enhanced Movie Modes which allow 3 minutes of filming at a time with sound, macro focus up to 2 inches, full manual exposure modes, compatibility with the WP-DC700 Waterproof Housing, and accept wide angle, telephoto and macro accessory lenses.

The Powershot A300 is a new entry level 3.2 megapixel camera for Canon which comes in a very compact body and has a fixed 33mm glass lens (no optical zoom), has a 5.1X digital zoom, uses AA batteries, 5-point AiAF autofocus and the improved Movie Mode. As is true for all the new Powershot models the A300 supports driverless download with Windows XP and Mac OS X as well as EXIF 2.2 and DPOF 1.1.

The Powershot S400 is Canon's latest Digital Elph and now has a huge 4.0 megapixel CCD along with a full 3X optical zoom, in a tiny and truly very small camera body. Canon claims the S400 is the world's smallest 4 megapixel digital camera with a 3X optical zoom lens. The S400 features a 3.6 digital zoom making the zoom range up to 11X when combined with the 3X optical zoom, it has a 9-point AiAF autofocus system, a stainless steel body and a new super hard Cerabrite finish to guard against scratching (we'd like to see this do its job). The S400 also has the improved Movie Mode with sound and the features listed above for the other cameras, although it does not use AA batteries.

For further details see the Canon Press Release, the Canon Japan BeBit site, and the Canon USA Powershot web site.



Canon Announces Two New Bubble Jet Direct Printers, and Updates the Award Winning S9000 Photo Printer

Value Priced Photo Printers with Canon Technology and New Paper Size and Borderless Capabilities in Flagship Photo Printer i9100

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. - Feb. 27, 2003 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ - News) today announces two new Bubble Jet Direct printers, the i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer and i470D Photo Printer, and the flagship in Canon's line of photo printers, the wide format i9100 Photo Printer replacing the S9000. The i450 and i470D will bring Canon photo printing technology and quality down to less than $150.00 to increase the ability of the general use digital camera owner to print photos at home. The i9100 will appeal to the professional level digital photographers wanting the highest quality photo printing with exceptionally fast print speeds.

"With these new printers, Canon is driving greater functionality and value to both ends of the digital photo printer market," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Consumer Imaging Group. "The i450 and i470D, with their price points and direct connect ability will encourage more digital camera owners to print their photos at home, while the i9100 offers even more sizes and borderless photos to the professional user."

i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer and i470D Photo Printer

New to Canon's line for 2003, are the i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer and the i470D Photo Printer. Both printers will deliver beautiful photos and sharp text using Canon features and technology formerly only found on higher priced Canon printers. Printing times of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm) in black(1) and 12 ppm in color(1) deliver the speed while a resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi(2) with both 5-picoliter and ultra-fine 2-picoliter droplets provide quality output. Photo printing is exceptional using the Canon advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology(TM) and a newly designed print head that incorporates the 2-picoliter droplets along with the 5-picoliter droplets. The advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology ejects consistent prescribed-volume droplets in microscopic sizes for smooth, photo-quality images.

Printing photos at home is easy with Bubble Jet Direct printing and true borderless photo capabilities featured on the i450 and i470D. Bubble Jet Direct printing on both allow consumers to print photos with or without the computer by connecting select Canon digital cameras or camcorders directly to the printer and using the print functions built into the camera(3). Print functions on the camera or camcorder include cropping, date stamping and selecting multiple print sizes. Edge to edge printing in 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and 8.5" x 11" sizes combined with Canon's Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy media deliver excellent photo quality from digital images.

To help optimize digital photo output, the i450 and i470D both support Exif Print (Exif 2.2). When using a camera with Exif Print, vital camera settings and shooting information is stored on the jpeg image and then translated by the printer for more realistic photo prints. To make image printing easy when connected to the computer, Canon includes Easy-PhotoPrint software. Easy-PhotoPrint allows the user to simply find the image or images they want to print, choose the size of the print and paper, and then push the print button for beautiful prints sized right every time. Easy-WebPrint (Windows only) is also included with both printers and helps automatically format web pages so you are able to print full web sites in different page configurations without losing vital information.

Additionally, the i470D Photo Printer will include two features not found on the i450 -- built-in print operation panel with the all-new Canon Photo Viewer software and built-in slots for removable memory cards including CompactFlash(TM), Memory Stick®, Microdrive(TM), SmartMedia(TM), SD Card(TM) and MultimediaCard(TM). Printing without the computer has been made easier with a redesigned LCD operation panel that includes image selection, size and paper selection, date stamp and number of prints. There will also be an ink remaining monitor on the LCD display to alert the user to replace ink tanks. The Canon Photo Viewer software is automatically installed with the printer driver and allows the user to view digital images either in standard mode or full screen mode on the computer monitor while still printing the images using the easy operation panel on the printer.

The i450 and i470D will use USB and will be compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000 and XP, and Mac OS 8.6-9.X and OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.2.4 (visit www.canontechsupport.com for updated compatibility). Both printers come with Canon's one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange (see www.canontechsupport.com for details). In addition to Easy-PhotoPrint (Windows and Mac) and Easy-WebPrint (Windows only), Canon includes PhotoRecord software (Windows) allowing end-users to easily crop digital photos, create albums and print photos; PhotoStitch (Windows and Mac) allowing users to quickly format panoramic shots taken with digital cameras and ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac) providing easy digital download, viewing and photo album capabilities. The i450 Bubble Jet printer will have an MSRP of $99.99(a) while the i470D Photo Printer will have an MSRP of $149.99(a). Both will be shipping in April 2003.

i9100 Photo Printer

The i9100 Photo printer will replace the award winning S9000 and leads the way as Canon's flagship photo printer in the line. It incorporates the ultra high-density multi-nozzle printhead featuring 3,072 nozzles (the largest number of nozzles in its class) to achieve print speeds of approximately 37 seconds for a borderless 4" x 6" photo print, approximately one minute for 8" x 10" prints and approximately four minutes for 13" x 19" prints(b). New on the i9100 will be edge-to-edge borderless printing support for both 5" x 7" and 13" x 19" in addition to the 4x6 and 8.5x11 currently available.

Quality from the i9100 is achieved by using the advanced Microfine Droplet Technology with 4800 x 1200 dpi(2), twice as much as the S9000, and six-color photo printing using Canon's Individual Ink Tank system and Vivid Photo. Lightfast for approximately 25 years(c), photos printed from this printer rival professional photo developing. The i9100 can be used for Postscript proofing applications with an optional driver available at www.iproofsystems.com.

The i9100 will use USB and will be compatible with Windows XP/2000/98/ME, and Mac OS 8.6-9.X and OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.2.4 (visit www.canontechsupport.com for updated compatibility). It will come with Canon's one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange (see www.canontechsupport.com for details). In addition to Easy-PhotoPrint (Windows and Mac) and Easy-WebPrint (Windows only), Canon includes PhotoRecord software (Windows) allowing end-users to easily crop digital photos, create albums and print photos; PhotoStitch (Windows and Mac) allowing users to quickly format panoramic shots taken with digital cameras and ZoomBrowser (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac) providing easy digital download, viewing and photo album capabilities. Shipping in April 2003, the i9100 will have a MSRP of $499.99(a).



New DURACELL PRISMATICS Represent Breakthrough in Portable Power (02/27/03)

New Alkaline and Lithium Primary Prismatic Batteries Provide Dependable Power in Emerging Smaller, Thinner Digital Cameras and Digital Audio Devices

BETHEL, Conn.- Feb. 27, 2003 - Duracell today introduced its latest innovation in portable power with the announcement of DURACELL® PRISMATICS(TM), a new line of primary prismatic batteries for emerging digital cameras and portable digital audio devices, two of the fastest growing device categories. The new prismatic batteries are revolutionary in their sleek, flat design, which enables device manufacturers to design thinner, more portable devices that run on convenient, "always ready" power that does not require recharging.

DURACELL CP1 is the first high-power lithium primary prismatic battery designed specifically for emerging compact digital cameras, which continue to become thinner and smaller in response to consumer demand. DURACELL LP1 is the first-ever alkaline primary prismatic battery designed to power digital audio devices, including MP3 players and portable CD players. Both products offer consumers the same dependable, long-lasting performance they expect from DURACELL alkaline and lithium batteries in a new, thin form factor.

The new batteries, which complement the current line of DURACELL and DURACELL ULTRA alkaline and high-power lithium batteries, will be available later this year in North America, Europe and Asia.

"Duracell consulted with leading device manufacturers in two of the fastest growing device categories to envision the world beyond round cells," said Mark Bertolami, vice president of business development and strategy, Duracell. "In the digital camera and digital audio device categories, consumers believe that, 'thin is in.' New DURACELL PRISMATICS are an innovation that meets an essential consumer need for increasing portability and convenience."

Consumer Benefits

DURACELL PRISMATICS offer consumers enhanced portability and convenience, important attributes to consumers in digital camera and digital audio devices, by providing "always ready" portable power. With the DURACELL CP1 prismatic battery, consumers do not have to worry whether they remembered to charge the battery in their digital camera when a special photo opportunity arises. "On the go" consumers can listen to digitally stored music using a DURACELL LP1 prismatic battery without needing to carry AC power cords and chargers. Consumers will be able to conveniently purchase replacement DURACELL PRISMATICS at retail stores. The new batteries, made to the same high quality standards as all DURACELL batteries, provide consumers with long-lasting, premium-quality power they can trust.

Device Manufacturer and Retailer Benefits

With the launch of DURACELL PRISMATICS, device manufacturers can design newer, thinner digital cameras and digital audio devices that run on primary power. The batteries offer device manufacturers a lower cost alternative to rechargeable batteries for their devices and an opportunity to further segment their product line based on power solutions. For device manufacturers that wish to offer devices with interchangeable (i.e., primary and secondary) power solutions, DURACELL PRISMATICS are designed to be compatible with standard-sized rechargeable batteries, making it easy to design in power system interchangeability. This interchangeability provides consumers with the option of choosing either primary or rechargeable batteries when they use the device.

The retail trade will benefit from ongoing battery sales as consumers replace their DURACELL PRISMATICS batteries over time.

Retail Availability

DURACELL PRISMATICS will be available in the battery section of leading retail stores in North America, Europe and Asia later in 2003.




Pentax announces today its first interchangeable lens Digital SLR styled camera known as the *ist D, based upon the film version of the same camera announced on February 18, 2003. The Pentax *ist D features a 6.1 effective megapixel CCD measuring 23.5 mm by 15.7 mm, which provides a 3:2 aspect ratio and just over a 1.5 X focal length lens multiplier. The camera body is somewhat unique in that it is quite a bit smaller then the current crop of DSLR cameras available, weighing in at just 18 ounces without batteries. The camera uses an optical Pentaprism Viewfinder, and has a 1.8 inch, 118,000 pixel LCD monitor. The camera uses a wide variety of Pentax compatible lenses originally designed for their many film SLR cameras. Other key features include, 16-segment metering for accurate exposures, 11 point AF sensor (SAFOX VIII), 1/4000 sec. shutter speed and a high-speed flash sync at 1/150 of a second, CompactFlash Type II storage including the MicroDrive, 2.7 fps burst shooting, Noise Reduction on long exposures, uses 4 AA batteries, has 2-dial system which separates the shutter and aperture settings, RAW recording format with Pentax editing software provided, 12X magnification on playback display, and a special battery grip will be available to work with the *ist. The camera will be shown under glass at PMA starting on Sunday, however we hope to get a sneak preview of it at a special press event on Saturday! Pentax is also announcing today a new wide angle f/4 18-35 mm lens which will provide the equivalent of a 28 to 54 mm lens on the *ist D and this great sounding new lens will also be shown for the first time at PMA 2003. Here is further information Pentax provided to us recently which we can now share with you this morning. (Pentax did not have a press photo available yet, however 2 photos indicating the body is black in color have emerged at DigitalCamera.jp.)


Long Anticipated *ist D Offers Inter-Changeable Lenses

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (February 26, 2003)… Patience soon will pay off for digital SLR enthusiasts when PENTAX USA delivers the lens-interchangeable *ist D digital SLR camera. With the clarity of 6.1 effective megapixels, a pentaprism viewfinder, and a 1.8 inch LCD monitor, the *ist D will feature one of the world's smallest, lightest camera bodies in the digital SLR category.

Along with the *ist D, PENTAX announces an exciting wide angle lens for 35mm AF SLR cameras, the smc PENTAX-FA J Zoom 18-35mm F4-5.6 AL.

These latest PENTAX digital advancements will be showcased under glass at the 2003 Photo Marketing Association's (PMA) Show in Booth C140 from March 2-5 in Las Vegas. PMA hosts an annual trade show where manufacturers in the photography industry showcase their newest products.

The *ist D will officially launch in July 2003.


6.1 effective megapixels
With a high-performance CCD measuring 23.5mm x 15.7mm and unique image processing technology, the *ist D achieves impressive 6.1 effective megapixel resolution for the recording of precise, superior quality images.

One of the world's smallest, lightest camera bodies
The design of the *ist D combines compact dimensions with surprisingly light weight. Measuring 5 inches (129mm) x 3.7 inches (95mm) x 2.3 inches (60mm) and weighing just 18 ounces (510g) without batteries, the *ist D will be one of the smallest, lightest lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras available.

A wide range of compatible PENTAX lenses for flexible shooting
A wide range of compatible PENTAX lenses are available for use with the *ist D, allowing the user to compose satisfying scenes regardless of the type of subject. Compatible lenses: K, KA, KAF, and KAF2 mount lenses; screw mount lenses, 645, and 67 series lenses (adapter required). Some functions may not activate depending on the choice of lens.

New pentaprism viewfinder
An optical pentaprism viewfinder developed especially for the *ist D makes viewing easy with an ample 95% field of view and 0.95X magnification. A superimposed display function assists composition by illuminating the AF points in red.

5) Other major *ist D features
· New 16-segment metering system achieves more accurate exposure
· New 11-point AF sensor (SAFOX VIII) realizes enhanced focusing
· Fast 1/4000 sec. shutter speed and high-speed flash sync at 1/150 sec.
· Continuous shooting at approx. 2.7 fps
· 2-dial system separates aperture and shutter speed settings
· With individual dials for shutter and aperture selection, Hyper program makes it easy to switch between Shutter-Priority AE and Aperture-Priority AE.
· Hyper manual let you achieve the proper exposure with simple button operation.
· Custom function allows functionality to be tuned to satisfy user preferences
· Noise reduction function activates for long exposures
· Compatible with MicroDrive™ and CompactFlash™ Type I/II

· Takes four AA batteries or two CR-V3 lithium-ion batteries
· PC-based camera control and easy data transmission with USB 1.1 compatibility
· 1.8 inch, 118,000-pixel LCD monitor for easy, high-precision viewing
· Convenient playback functions, such as nine image- and 12X magnification-display
· Choice of JPEG, TIFF and RAW recording formats
· Comes complete with software compatible with RAW format data
· Special battery grip (availability to coincide with *ist D)

New Interchangeable lenses
A new wide angle lens for 35mm AF SLR cameras, the smc PENTAX-FA J Zoom 18-35mm F4-5.6 AL, also will be displayed at PMA 2003 together with the *ist D. The lens is comprised of 12 elements in 10 groups and it has a focal length equivalent to 28-54mm in 35mm format when used with the *ist D.

Specifications and capabilities subject to change.

PENTAX on the Web: http://www.pentaxdigital.com



Lexar recently sent us a press release for posting today regarding their new 40X Professional Series Compact Flash cards which are capable of write speeds of 6MB per second. The new cards will be sold in 256MB and 512MB sizes, and feature the recently announced Write Acceleration technology which offers additional speed performance in WA-enabled digital cameras such as the Nikon D1x and D1h. Lexar is also announcing a new 1 GB Type I CF card which can write at speeds up to 32X. Lexar explains in the press release below that 1X equals 150KB per second, so multiplying that by 40X is what establishes the 6MB per second write speed. All of the new cards will come with Lexar Media Image Rescue, a software which can assist in the recovery of deleted on accidentally lost image files stored on a memory card. The 256 MB card will sell at a suggested price of $129.99, the 512 MB card will have a price of 249.99 and the 1 GB card will sell for $399.99. Here is the full press release for those who want further details.


Lexar Media Breaks Speed Record With New CompactFlash

Speed Rated at 40X and Capable of a Minimum Sustained Read and Write Speed of 6MB per second

Fremont, CA February 25, 2003 - Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq:LEXR), a leading designer, developer and marketer of award-winning high-performance digital media and accessories, announces it will boost the speed of its Professional Series CompactFlash cards to 40X, further solidifying the company's leadership position in high-speed digital media. The new 40X cards will be available in 256MB and 512MB capacities and will feature the company's Write Acceleration technology (WA), which further increases write speed in WA-enabled digital cameras. Completing its Professional Series line upgrade, Lexar Media will increase the speed of its 1GB Type I CompactFlash card to 32X.

Lexar Media, known for its rigorous speed-rating standard, has nearly doubled the speed capability of its Professional Series product line, previously rated at 24X for 256MB and 512MB cards, and 16X for the 1GB card. The X-speed rating is a standard pioneered by Lexar Media for solid-state memory cards where 1X equals 150KB per second write speed. Under this testing standard, the new 40X-speed cards are capable of 6MB per second minimum sustained write speed.

"Lexar Media has become known for its speed rating standard for CompactFlash and 40X, or 6MB per second write speed capability, is quite an achievement. What makes this even more significant, Lexar Media speed rating measures the minimum sustained write speed capability of the CompactFlash. Other companies' speed claims are often burst or read speed and may not reflect the typical performance of the product," said John Omvik, director, product marketing, Lexar Media.

Write Acceleration technology is the result of a Lexar Media proprietary high-speed flash memory controller and the cooperation of major digital camera manufacturers to increase write-speed performance by simplifying the way a camera and card communicate with each other. With WA, the camera can transfer more data, and command overhead is reduced. A significant performance advantage can be seen in high-resolution cameras that produce large image files and the increase in write-speed becomes even more noticeable when several images are shot in burst or continuous mode. Actual performance data will vary between cameras, resolution and shooting mode.

Lexar Media introduced Write Acceleration in its Professional Series CompactFlash cards in September 2002 and to date, three major camera manufactures are supporting the standard: Kodak, Nikon and Sanyo. Write Acceleration cards also function in standard mode in cameras that do not support Write Acceleration.

All Lexar Media Professional Series cards include a free copy of Lexar Media Image Rescue. Image Rescue is a unique and revolutionary file recovery software that recovers 'perceived to be lost' image files from Lexar Media-brand USB-enabled CompactFlash memory cards. The most common causes of image loss include removing the card from a camera or reader before the image has been fully stored, accidentally deleting a picture, reformatting a card or low camera battery power. Image Rescue goes to the root-level of the data structure to identify and retrieve lost images, even if the computer does not see the card. In most instances Image Rescue can identify and retrieve JPEG, TIFF and many RAW file formats.

The new 40X Professional Series CompactFlash cards will be demonstrated at PMA 2003, booth number H152, in Las Vegas on March 2. Estimated retail pricing for the 256MB, 512MB and 1GB cards is expected to be $139.99, $249.99 and $399.99 respectively, with retail shipments beginning March 2003.

Cameras that currently support Write Acceleration include:

Kodak DCS 14n, Kodak DCS 760, Kodak DCS 760m, Kodak DCS 720x, Kodak DCS Pro Back Plus, Kodak DCS Pro Back 645
Nikon D1x, Nikon D1h, Nikon D100
Sanyo DSC MZ3



Sony USA announces today 9 new consumer digital cameras including 6 new P series cameras, 2 new Mavica CD cameras, and a camera in what Sony labels the Enthusiast series (joining the F717 but in a much different compact Rangefinder Style form factor), called the Cybershot V1 featuring a new 4X Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens. The 6 new P series cameras as well as the new V1 camera join the Sony F717 in supporting usage of the added capacity (but not the full speeds) of the newly announced Sony Memory Stick Pro storage cards, which offer 256 MB, 512 MB and 1 Gigabyte of storage in addition to the cameras being backward compatible with all existing Memory Sticks and having USB 2.0 support. Four of the new P series cameras (P32, P52, P72 & P92) will ship with new higher capacity AA sized 2100 mAh NIMH batteries and an external 8 hour charger. Each of the new cameras offer new MPEG MOVIE VX recording at true VGA 640 by 480 resolution, 16 frames per second, up to the capacity of the memory card (aprox. 21 MB per min. or 44 mins on a 1 gig MS Pro), and all with audio! Sony indicates that all of the cameras feature significantly improved user interfaces and overall camera operations including much faster start up and shutter lag, benefits we can confirm in our use of a brand new DSC-P72 model we received a few days ago. In daylight we detected almost no delay AT ALL in just pushing the shutter fully down in one movement, and the camera taking the picture instantly. Playback and deletion functions were also much faster! Be sure to see our P72 story below regarding our first impressions of the P72 and our samples from Disneyland!

Sony has listened to its users and many of us reviewers, as several cameras have the added features of saturation and contrast controls, LIVE Histogram (including the P8 and P10), 49 point multi-pattern exposure metering, continuous & 5 area multi-point autofocus which can lock onto a moving subject, and the V1 and CD500 cameras also have a new "Program Shift" feature for alternate aperture/shutter speed combinations to assist with Depth of Field choice (often found on DSLRs) and a new hot shoe with additional contacts for greater speed light compatibility (in addition to retaining the accessory connector allowing flexible studio set-ups) and a new IMPROVED (including a higher guide number) optional Sony HVL-F32X flash unit will be available in the near future. Sony has also eliminated what is called the disfavored interpolation method of "digital zoom" in the cameras and offers instead what they are calling "Smart Zoom" which uses the full CCD to zoom by cropping in when the capture size is set to the smaller settings offered. One of the great new factors we liked about the P72 besides it much faster operation, is the use of a new 5 point toggle switches, which uses a separate central button to press for choice selection, instead of the older method of pressing the whole 4 way toggle switch in the middle, hoping to press evenly to make the selection. Sony has also added a new auto daylight fill flash feature which allows the flash to fire when the camera detects the main subject is dark or in back lighting in addition to having a Slow Sync setting . There are two added scene modes in all cameras, Beach and Snow, and there additional scene modes in the higher end cameras (P8, P10, V1 and CD500) such as fireworks etc as well as a "Flash" white balance setting in those models.

Sony pulled some surprises with these new cameras as they have dropped all cameras below 3.2 megapixels, and instead of offering any 4 megapixel cameras they are offering three new 5 megapixel cameras using the new 1/1.8 CCD. All of the cameras have very aggressive suggested prices, slimmer and trimmer designs (esp. the P8 and P10 which have metal construction), easier to use controls and simpler operation, as Sony makes a huge move to embrace the masses with the reality of digital cameras.

The 6 new cameras in the the Cybershot P series are as follows:

1. DSC-P32 - 3.2 megapixels, 0X optical zoom, 2 AA batteries, new 1/2.7 CCD, available in April for $230.00.
2. DSC-P52 - 3.2 megapixels, 2X optical zoom, 2 AA batteries, new 1/2.7 CCD available in May for $280.00
3. DSC-P72 - 3.2 megapixels, 3X optical zoom (same one used in the P9), 2 AA batteries, available in March for $330.00
4. DSC-P92 - 5.0 megapixels, 3X optical zoom (same one used in the P9), 2 AA batteries, available in June for $450.00
5. DSC -P8 - 3.2 megapixels, 3X optical zoom, increased InfoLithium battery, 1/2.7 CCD, smaller, avail. April for $400.00
6. DSC-P10 - 5.0 megapixels, 3X optical zoom, increased InfoLithium battery, smaller size, available in June for $500.00
For more information, press releases, pictures, features list, and specifications see our A-Digital-Eye Cybershot P series preview page.
The new camera in the Enthusiast category is:
7. DSC-V1 - 5.0 megapixels, 4X optical zoom, full manual controls, new hot shoe, available in June for $700.
For more information please see our Sony Cybershot DSC-V1 preview page.
The two new Sony Mavica CD cameras are:
8. MVC-CD350 - 3.2 megapixel, 3X optical zoom, slimmer size, new 1/2.7 CCD, available in May for $500.00
9. MVC- CD500 - 5.0 megapixel, 3X optical zoom, new hot shoe, advanced features, available in May for $700.00
Please see our Sony Mavica CD preview page.



The 2003 Photo Marketing Association Tradeshow (aka PMA) begins in ONE WEEK! We will be attending the show and providing daily show reports for the 4th straight year in a row! The trade show is held this year in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center which opens on Sunday March 02, 2003 at 10:45 am and runs through Wednesday March 05, 2003 at 1:00pm. The PMA show has been a time when many new digital camera (and related digital imaging products such as storage cards, software and printers) announcements are made, allowing the companies to display their new products to distributors, retailers, buyers, press and the public. PMA is open to the public however non-PMA members are charged 30 dollars a day or 70 dollars for all 4 days to get into the trade show floor areas, with seminars costing extra. There are events and seminars with the DIMA section of the PMA starting Friday February 28, 2003 and also on Saturday, with PMA seminars and educational workshops available for those looking for specialized training Sunday through Wednesday. The Tradeshow itself is just huge, with almost 40,000 attendees expected this year and taking up both of the giant sized 2 floors in the new South Hall which opened just last year for CES 2002. We encourage you to stay tuned all this week and next week as there will be lots of interesting news stories posted including some big news starting tomorrow when we will be posting a first look and some of the very first sample images anywhere from a new camera. We will also be providing links to the PMA Report pages and major breaking stories from our friends at the other digital camera web sites who we once again look forward to seeing at the show!! For more information visit The Official PMA Web Site, and their Homepage for PMA 2003 .

Recently, Canon announced their fantastic new i950 6 ink photo printer, which is an improvement over the fine S900 printer Canon announced last year at PMA . The new improvements include doubling the resolution up to 4800 dpi using tiny 2 picoliter droplets of ink from a larger number of nozzles. We have seen the i950 demonstrated in person and have previously indicated (see our Canon i950 story below) that it is one of the very best photo printers all you digital camera owners can currently buy for needs up to 8.5 by 11 inches. It produces borderless prints that are truly as good as lab prints and it is very fast yet quiet. The printer is available now at most major retail stores in the USA at a cost of around $249. The only other printer we would say at this moment that is as high in final output quality is the Epson 960 Photo printer, which is currently selling for aprox. $349. However, the Canon i950 is clearly much, much faster then the Epson 960 while producing results that do rival the top-notch quality we have always praised Epson for having. Epson does have an upgraded version of the Photo 960 which has actually been available for some time now in Japan called the Epson Photo 970 (also limited to 8.5 by 11 inch printing), which uses more nozzles, higher resolution and improves on the print speeds of the Photo 960. With Canon making a big move to capture some of the Epson 960 market, we will have to see if the good folks at Epson USA respond with an announcement for PMA next week indicating that the Epson Photo 970 will finally be arriving in the USA in the near future.

Today, Steve Sanders over one of the best web sites for digital imaging information, Steve's Digicams, posted a full and very impressive Review of the new Canon i950 Photo Printer. We are pleased to see that Steve shares our enthusiasm for this new Canon printer including the higher resolution and the fast speeds available. Steve also mentions that Canon is expected to make an announcement soon about an upgraded model to the current S9000 wide format printer (prints on up to 13 inch wide paper) which would presumably be essentially the same printer as the i950 but with the ability to print on papers up to 13 inches wide. Epson's wide format printer using dye inks, the Epson 1280 Photo printer has now been out a few years, and while one of the very best in the industry, it is slow and now lower in resolution compared to the new Canon printers. Epson does have the industry leading wide format Photo Printer the recent Epson 2200 using a special formulation of pigmented inks, however it is nearly impossible to find given its popularity and it costs over $700 dollars. We are encouraged that Epson is listening to at least one bit of kind advice we offered (ok we bugged the @#@# out of them) now for quite some time, and that was to release cut sheet 4 by 6 inch Premium Glossy Photo Paper which will allow full borderless prints using their popular 780, 820 and other recent photo printer models, given that many Epson printers do not have roll sheet capabilities to use the same paper they choose to only offer in roll format. We have long felt that its nicer not to have to cut, tear, UNBEND or trim in order to get those fantastic photo prints that look just like from a photo lab and in a printer at an affordable price (just $99 bucks, they may be slower but the results are just outstanding). So far the only place we have found the paper is on the EPSON North American Web Site. It comes in a package of 50 sheets for $13.49. We still feel that overall the Epson Premium Photo Paper is the very closest to lab prints in both look and feel, and thus for those looking to getting as near to the one hour lab results, you can get the same 4 by 6 inch borderless results using the cut sheet paper from Epson. That said, Canon and HP have now had for some time a very very good 4 by 6 inch Photo Glossy Paper which produce really great results on their newest models. Hopefully the Epson version will make it to stores soon and in this one instance, they will catch up with their competition! And despite being huge fans and supporters of Epson Photo Printers over the past 3 plus years, we think the competition is good for the consumer so we are very pleased to see Canon and HP really make huge efforts to close the gap in Photo Printing Quality which Epson has earned first!

We are looking forward to PMA and hope to see new printers from Canon, Epson, HP and others that will continue to offer digital camera owners the very best home printing solutions to match the outstanding new cameras out there!!!!!




Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. Announces First Digital Camera With New Fourth-Generation Super CCD

Fujifilm's FinePix F410 First Camera to Carry Super CCD HR Technology

ELMSFORD, N.Y. - Feb. 19, 2003--Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today unveiled the first digital camera to carry its fourth-generation Super CCD HR (High Resolution), the FinePix F410. The camera, which has 3.1 million effective pixels, provides first-time digital camera users with increased resolution, sensitivity and color reproduction, and produces high quality images. In addition, the camera's sleek and lightweight design is sure to win style points from consumers.

The camera's Super CCD HR sensor uses 3.1 million effective pixels on its 1/2.7" chip, and can produce high-resolution images with 2,816 x 2,120 (6.0 million) recorded pixels. This allows consumers to print crisp and vivid prints up to 11 x 14 inches in size using Fujifilm's Digital Camera Developing services at retail outlets nationwide.

"It is with great pleasure that we bring our proprietary Super CCD HR technology to the FinePix F410 series cameras," said Eric Thorng, Senior Marketing Manager of Consumer Digital Imaging Products, Consumer Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "Now, first-time digital camera users can experience the increased resolution, sensitivity and truer-to-life color reproduction serious hobbyists enjoy, in a palm-sized, ultra-stylish and easy-to-use camera."

One of two new consumer digital cameras announced today, Fujifilm's FinePix F410 digital camera offers the following array of features:

Improved resolution -- The FinePix F410's fourth-generation Super CCD HR sensor system enables the digital picture-taker to capture images with rich, vibrant colors that radiate in prints. The camera's 3.1 million effective pixels produce files of 6.0 million pixels, for a truer-to-life 2,816 x 2,120 pixel output file.

Movie recording with sound -- The camera captures AVI digital video with sound for short clips that can be replayed for friends and family at later dates. The camera can record 98-second 320 x 240 pixel movies with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, and 5.6 minutes for 160 x 120 pixel movies.

Palm sized, stylish and compact -- The FinePix F410's sleek design packages a 3x optical and 4.4x digital zoom in its 3.3" (w) x 2.7" (h) x 1.1" (d) metal body, and weighs 5.8 ounces without battery and xD-Picture Card(TM).

In addition, the camera offers users: full PC-Cam/Video conferencing capabilities, a multi-language menu, and comes with ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 1.0 software so that consumers can create CD albums and video CDs by burning images onto CD-Rs, viewable on most PCs and DVD players. The FinePix F410 comes bundled with an NP-60 lithium-ion battery, USB cable, shoulder strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card(TM), AC Power Adapter/Battery Charger, FinePixViewer v4.0, ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 1.0 software.

The camera will be available for purchase in April 2003 at the suggested list price of $499.99. In addition, an optional cradle is available for easy power recharging, and streamlined file transferring. The cradle also provides a stable platform for the camera's PC-Cam function.




Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. Announces First 6.2 Megapixel Consumer Digital Camera With New Fourth-Generation Super CCD SR for Extended Dynamic Range

FinePix F700 offers 6.2 million effective pixels to capture images with quality approaching that of film

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today unveiled the first consumer 6.2 megapixel (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million) digital camera, which carries its proprietary new Super CCD SR (Super Dynamic Range) technology. Capturing pictures with quality approaching that of film, with 2,832 x 2,128 (6.03 million) recorded pixels, and dramatically increased dynamic range, the new Fujifilm FinePix F700 represents a new frontier in digital photography. The Fujifilm FinePix F700 is the first 6.2 million effective pixel (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million) consumer digital camera on the market today.

One of two new Fujifilm digital cameras announced at PMA 2003, the FinePix F700 is intended for photo enthusiasts who want a near-film quality print experience from digital imaging products. The FinePix F700 produces digital pictures that stay truer to life than ever before, thanks to its Super CCD SR technology, which doubles the number of pixels on the chip. The SR sensor offers 3.1 million large pixels (S) with high sensitivity to light, and 3.1 million smaller pixels (R) with low sensitivity to light, resulting in a dynamic range of four times that of previous Super CCDs. Fujifilm combines this new technology with the traditional color integrity and overall high quality imaging Fujifilm is best known for, allowing consumers to capture truer-to-life images.

The FinePix F700's sleek metal body echoes traditional film-camera design with centralized placement of its viewfinder, lens and 1.8 inch LCD screen. Its 6.2 million effective pixels (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million) can produce high-resolution images with 2,832 x 2,128 (6.03 million) recorded pixels. In addition, the FinePix F700 offers on-demand continuous auto-focus, three color modes, manual functions, advanced movie recording capabilities, diminished shutter lag, and at 1.2 seconds, one of the fastest start-up times on the market. The FinePix F700 also comes with a cradle for easy downloading and recharging.

"The FinePix F700 is representative of Fujifilm's focus - leading-edge technology combined with an enjoyable user experience. The camera's sleek and familiar form factor, combined with its increased dynamic range, heightened sensitivity, and unique functions will make it the new camera of choice for consumers who seek the highest standard in picture quality," said Eric Thorng, Senior Marketing Manager of Consumer Digital Imaging Products, Consumer Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.

Some of the Fujifilm FinePix F700's most exciting features include:

Increased dynamic range and resolution - The camera's fourth-generation Super CCD SR technology provides 6.2 million (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million) effective pixels, resulting in 2,832 x 2,128 (6.03 million) recorded pixel output. The sensor's increased dynamic range helps to create pictures of a quality approaching that of film.

Zoom - The FinePix F700 offers 6.6x zoom capabilities, with a 3x optical zoom and 2.2x digital zoom.

Exposure modes and manual functions - The camera offers P/A/S/M exposure modes and manual settings, allowing consumers a more interactive experience while capturing high-quality images.

High sensitivity - The FinePix F700 offers auto sensitivity equivalent to ISO 160-400 when the LCD is on and the flash is off. Manual equivalency is ISO 200/400/800, and at 1600, when resolution is fixed at 1 megapixel.

Rapid continuous auto-focus on demand - The camera offers consumers a rapid continuous auto-focus (C-AF) on-demand mode in addition to its built-in autofocus capabilities. Consumers can choose to capture action shots in crisp, clear focus by pressing the C-AF button, located just to the left of the lens, to engage a full-time active fine focus adjustment. This choice conserves power, while allowing the consumer flexibility in capturing their images.

Color modes - The FinePix F700 produces near film quality pictures in standard color mode, and also offers black and white and chrome settings. The FinePix F700 also allows users to capture their images in RAW files as well as the JPEG format.

Sleek and familiar style - The camera's unique horizontal design echoes that of traditional cameras, and places the viewfinder, lens, and 1.8 inch LCD screen in the center of its sleek metal body. Its start-up time is one of the market's fastest, ready to capture images only 1.2 seconds from the time it is turned on.

Movie recording with sound - The FinePix F700 captures full resolution VGA digital video at 30 frames/second with sound, for non-stop unbuffered recording directly onto storage media. Movies can be replayed for friends and family at later dates on NTSC or PAL outputs.

The FinePix F700 comes bundled with an NP-40 battery, USB/AV cable, hand strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, AC Power Adapter/Battery Charger, Picture Cradle, FinePixViewer 4.0, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 1.0 software. The camera will be available for purchase in spring of 2003 at the suggested list price of $599.95.



Adobe Delivers Easy Access and Control of Raw Digital Camera Files With New Photoshop Plug-in

Photoshop Camera Raw Plug-in Supports Digital Cameras and Uncompressed Formats From Leading Manufacturers; New JPEG 2000 Plug-in Also Available

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Feb. 19, 2003-- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE - News), the leader in network publishing, today announced the immediate availability of Photoshop® Camera Raw and JPEG 2000 plug-ins. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in delivers lightning-fast, easy access -- within Photoshop -- to "raw" image formats in professional and mid-range digital cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Minolta, Nikon and Olympus.

Available as a software add-on that works with Photoshop 7.0.1 software, the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in allows photographers to directly manipulate the original data captured by a digital camera sensor, producing images with superior tonal range and the maximum amount of detail.

This uncompressed raw image, a "digital negative," is often preferred by professional photographers because of the precise control over tonal range and image detail it allows. Accessing the raw image before conversion into formats like JPEG and TIFF allows users to adjust the white balance, saturation and sharpness instead of leaving these decisions to the camera's automatic settings. Bundled with an additional plug-in that adds Photoshop support for the recently released JPEG 2000 format, the Photoshop Camera Raw software can be downloaded today from Adobe's web site.

"We fast-tracked the availability of this technology because customers told us they wanted to view and work with raw camera formats in Photoshop, the software that is crucial to their art and their business," said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Digital Imaging and Video Products at Adobe Systems. "While we expect to build this functionality into future versions of Photoshop, we wanted to put it into customer hands as soon as possible."

With Digital SLR cameras replacing traditional film across professional photographic disciplines, photographers require a standardized way of accessing and working with uncompressed digital negatives. Using the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in, adjustments can be made to the uncompressed file, including: white balance; temperature; tint; exposure; shadows; contrast; color saturation; sharpness; and smoothness.

The plug-in also provides the ability to preview raw files within Photoshop software's File Browser, and files can be imported directly into Photoshop in full quality, 16-bit-per-channel mode. For each supported camera, default and custom raw image settings are available and can be adjusted and saved between sessions. With the ability to apply settings across multiple files from the same photo shoot, the result is increased quality in the final image, less after-import manipulation, and greater efficiency in the workflow for the photographic or graphic professional.

"The coolest thing about the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in is the white balance feature," said Jeff Schewe, award-winning advertising photographer, and one of just 65 photographers worldwide to be named a Canon Explorers of Light. "Now photographers can adjust their images in terms familiar to them, quickly and accurately. Also, the ability to see a preview of the sharpening and smoothing is great. Photographers will love the raw format capabilities in this new plug-in."

A complete list of camera models and proprietary raw formats supported is available at: www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html.

Pricing and Availability

The Photoshop Camera Raw and JPEG 2000 plug-ins are available together, as a single download, from www.adobe.com/store/products/master.jhtml?id=catPhotoshop for US$99. The software is also available, in English only, on Adobe's worldwide web sites today. The plug-ins will work with non-English language versions of Photoshop 7.0.1. Japanese versions of the plug-ins are expected to be available in the spring of 2003, and will be sold direct from www.adobe.co.jp.



Adobe Photoshop Album Now Available

New Software for Active Picture Takers Delivers an Easy Way to Find, Fix, Share and Preserve a Lifetime of Memories

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Feb. 18, 2003--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE - News) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Album, new Windows®-based software that extends the legendary Photoshop product line to millions of digital camera users who need an easy way to find, fix, share and preserve their lifetime of photos. Consumers can now purchase Photoshop Album for US$49.99 on Adobe.com as well as at major retail outlets, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Buy.com, Circuit City, CompUSA, Datavision, Fry's Electronics, J&R Music and Computer World, Micro Center, Office Depot, Sam's Club, and Staples.

Recognized by TechTV as the best new photography and imaging product at last month's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Photoshop Album software gathers thousands of digital photos for viewing in one convenient place -- the photo well -- and automatically organizes them by date. No matter where pictures are stored on a computer, it's simple to find any photo using the timeline view, which displays photos taken over a period of time, or the detailed calendar view, which shows the exact day and month when each moment was captured. Photoshop Album is the only consumer digital photography product to take full advantage of the ubiquity of Adobe Acrobat® Reader® and the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), creating a universally accessible way to share digital photos with friends and family. Most importantly, Photoshop Album is equipped with one-click photo backup to CD and DVD to ensure that memories can be preserved for future generations.

An easy-to-follow wizard helps users create slide shows, printed cards, calendars, and photo albums. Direct links to online partners, Shutterfly and MyPublisher.com, allow users to order high-quality prints and linen-covered hardbound photo books. Online services may vary worldwide.

"Photoshop Album takes digital photography far beyond film. It makes it easier and more fun to do what users want to do today with pictures," said Alexis Gerard, president of Future Image Inc. "Since the product thinks the way picture takers do, users will appreciate unprecedented control and access to their entire lifetime of photos, along with sharing options that enable visual communication with loved ones around the world."

Photoshop Album is the newest addition to the Photoshop family of digital imaging products from Adobe. Adobe meets the imaging needs of everyone involved in digital photography: Photoshop Album for active picture takers, Photoshop Elements for photo enthusiasts, and for image-editing professionals, Adobe Photoshop. Information concerning international availability, pricing and support policies is available at www.adobe.com.




Pentax Digital Camera Duo Offers Big Advancements in Little: Optio 550 and Optio 450 Join Pentax Digital Line

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Feb. 18, 2003--PENTAX U.S.A. continues to make big advancements in little with the introduction of the new 5.0 megapixel Optio 550 and the 4.0 megapixel Optio 450 digital cameras. Both models host a variety of features including a 5X optical zoom (20X combined), a high resolution 1.5-inch LCD monitor, a movie mode that captures up to ten minutes of video with sound, voice memo-recording mode, panorama assist, and full manual control.

PENTAX will debut the two little, but loaded, digital cameras at the Photo Marketing Association's Show (PMA) in Booth C140 from March 2-5 in Las Vegas. PMA hosts the annual trade show where manufacturers in the photography industry showcase their newest products.

"This powerful digital duo carries on our PENTAX tradition of providing full-featured, compact, durable, easy-to-use digital cameras," said PENTAX sales and marketing director Jim Leffel.

Both cameras are USB-compatible, feature AV output, and may be powered by a powerful, rechargeable lithium-ion battery or by an optional AC adapter. Additional features include: Time-lapse movie; Optical viewfinder; Nine-image; zoom display; Digital filter mode; Built-in auto flash; A broad range of shooting and picture modes; White balance mode; Metering options; Settings for sharpness, saturation, and contrast; Image protection; World time function and alarm clock


Optio 33L Digital Camera with Rotating LCD Monitor Offers So Much for So Little

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Feb. 18, 2003--PENTAX USA introduces the smaller, but smarter, Optio 33L, a full-featured 3.2 megapixel digital camera with a versatile, bright, 1.5 inch LCD monitor that both swings up and rotates a full 180 degrees. The Optio 33L is a perfect digital camera choice for self-portraits, group shots and high or low angle photography.

With a 3X optical (8X combined) zoom lens, a compact yet durable design, and a variety of shooting and picture modes, Optio 33L is proof that you can get so much for so little.

The major Optio 33L features include: 3.2 effective megapixels with high-performance 3X zoom optical lens; Rotating LCD monitor with easy operation; 30-Second Movie Mode; A variety of shooting modes and picture modes; Built-in auto flash; Nine-image zoom display and slide show viewing; USB PRINT Image Matching II and Exif Print (Exif 2.2) compatibility; CompactFlash compatibility; AV output terminal

PENTAX will debut the Optio 33L at the Photo Marketing Association's (PMA) Show in Booth C140 from March 2-5 in Las Vegas. PMA hosts an annual trade show where manufacturers in the photography industry showcase their newest products.




Nikon has announced today three new tiny Coolpix digital cameras aimed primarily at beginning digital photographers, the 3 megapixel Coolpix SQ and 3100 models as well as the 2 megapixel Coolpix 2100. All three of these new cameras feature Nikkor 3X optical zoom lenses, much faster operation and use Nikon's new One-Touch Red-Eye Fix built into NikonView 6.0 software. In demonstrations Nikon showed us, the Red-Eye Fix software appeared to work very impressively and a new Scene Assist feature was quite interesting in helping new users get good shots! Nikon has taken 4 of the most popular Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait) and built in graphical overlays to help make sure users get the right shot, including proper composition, focus and exposure. The concept looked great in our initial usage of these new cameras but it was hard to confirm results due to our handling pre-production models which were not fully implementing all features. Overall, there are 14 Scene modes in these new cameras each of which assist in providing the camera the correct settings for a particular scene type, which often the Auto mode will not handle optimally. Nikon's attempt is to allow first time users to get a higher percentage of properly taken pictures from the start, minimizing the need for reshooting pictures or performing extensive post shot picture editing.

The new Nikon Coolpix cameras also feature date imprinting onto the images and prints, slide show playback onto a TV, a 1.6 inch LCD display, Macro Shooting mode up to 1.6 inches, In-Camera cropping and saving of the new image without changing the original, special effects such as halo effect, black and white as well as Sepia tones, an enhanced Movie Mode offering QuickTime movies at 320 by 240 or 640 by 480 (see details below for time limitations), and images are stored on Compact Flash Type 1 cards. The Coolpix 2100 and 3100 come with a CR-V3 lithium battery and accept optional rechargeable Ni-MH batteries. A Quick Charger kit is available separately.

The Nikon Coolpix SQ is an extremely compact camera while retaining a high quality Nikkor 3X optical zoom, 3 megapixel CCD and a swivel body design eliminating the need for a prism. The camera connects to a computer using a new USB Nikon Cool-Station Power Base which is included with the purchase of the camera and also serves to recharge the batteries.

The Nikon Coolpix SQ will be available in Spring 2003 with the suggested price not yet provided. The Coolpix 2100 will have a MSRP of $249.95 and the price of the Coolpix 3100 will be set at $349.95, with both becoming available in March of 2003. For more details see our Nikon Coolpix 2100 Preview Page and our Nikon Coolpix 3100 Preview Page.



Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 'Change the Face' Of Digital Pictures With Exclusive New "Scene Assist" and "One-Touch Red-Eye Fix™" Company "Defies Convention" With Nikon Coolpix SQ

MELVILLE, NY, February 18, 2003 - Nikon Inc., the world leader in photography, today introduced three dynamic new 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor digital cameras - the Nikon Coolpix 2100, Nikon Coolpix 3100 and the Nikon Coolpix SQ - to its popular Coolpix (www.nikoncoolpix.com) consumer line. The Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Coolpix 3100, Nikon's "dynamic digital duo" share the smallest Coolpix body design, fast operation and are the first with Nikon's new Scene Assist function to guide users toward the ideal shot and make picture-taking faster and easier for beginning digital photographers - and with even better results.

These exciting new digital cameras are also the first to utilize Nikon's exclusive new One-Touch Red-Eye Fix™, built into the NikonView 6.0 software, which instantly fixes red-eye within most typical red-eye digital photos with a simple click on the computer. Nikon is the only photo manufacturer offering this automatic 'One-Touch' red-eye removal tool to its digital camera users.

"The Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 each introduce truly breakthrough technology that is designed for the first time digital camera buyer," said Jerry Grossman, vice president, marketing, Consumer Digital Products and Compact Cameras for Nikon Inc. "Our designers have made a bold statement with the Nikon Coolpix SQ which will raise the bar for compact digital camera design. The new Coolpix cameras offer a unique combination of legendary Nikon quality and 'new and exclusive' features in a new ultra-compact design that will take digital photography to an entirely new level."

Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 - Nikon's New "Dynamic Digital Duo"
The Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 are among the fastest Nikon Coolpix digital cameras to date and make taking great digital pictures as easy a point-and-shoot. The Nikon Coolpix 2100 offers 2.0 effective megapixels while the Nikon Coolpix 3100 incorporates a 3.2 effective Megapixel CCD, each with Nikon's renowned enhanced image-processing technology which gives photographers the freedom to shoot wider, crop tighter and print larger, without concern for sacrificing image quality. With a maximum resolution of 1600x1200, the Nikon Coolpix 2100 can print crystal clear pictures at sizes of up to 8x10-inches. The more powerful Nikon Coolpix 3100 produces a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 and will make larger prints of up to 11x14-inches.
Both cameras employ Nikon's legendary Nikkor optics and exclusive 256- Segment Matrix Metering to ensure crisp images and vibrant color. The Nikon Coolpix 2100 has a zoom range of 36-108mm while the Nikon Coolpix 3100 features a 38-115mm lens (both 35mm equivalents).

Nikkor Optics - It All Starts With the Lens
The lens on a digital camera plays a vital role in making quality photos. More professionals choose Nikkor lenses than all other brands combined. That same quality is built into the Nikkor lens of every Nikon Coolpix digital camera, including the Nikon Coolpix 2100, Nikon Coolpix 3100 and Nikon Coolpix SQ.

On-Board Photography Expert- 14 Scene Modes and All New Scene Assist
Nikon's new Scene Assist takes 4 of the most popular Scene Modes to another dimension using transparent technology to guide the photographer toward the ideal composition, focus area and exposure for each and every shot. Scene Assist acts as a photography expert built right into the camera and ready upon command. For example, when taking an off-center portrait using the Scene Assist mode, a graphical overlay visible on the LCD helps the photographer compose the shot, and then adjusts focus and exposure automatically. "It helps beginners solve the most common photography problems, such as out-of-focus subjects, which are frustrating for most novice photographers," said Grossman.

Nikon's 14 Scene Modes and groundbreaking Scene Assist make it easy for almost anyone to capture amazing pictures. With a turn of the dial, 4 of the most popular Scene Modes - Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait - are easily accessible and each feature Scene Assist. 10 additional Scene Modes are menu accessible and make capturing a great exposure of that perfect moment as easy as "point and shoot." Scene Modes range from Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dawn/Dusk, Night Landscape, Party, Museum, Fireworks, Close-Up, Copy and Backlight.

In addition to Scene Modes, the Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 can imprint the date and time on its digital images and prints, which make it simple to catalog and remember important events. Digital images can also be viewed as a slide show while still in the camera. Both cameras can also display back onto a television for a new way to enjoy digital photography with others. Friendly design and a new GUI (Graphical User Interface) means that these cool features are never more than a click or two away - one function, one button.

Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 Shooting Options - It's Your Choice
Whatever your shooting pleasure, the Nikon Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 are equipped with the tools to accommodate your needs. Frame the shot within the Optical viewfinder or use the 1.6-inch LCD display (1.5-inches on the Nikon Coolpix 3100) … choose what works best for you! For those who like to get close to their subjects, the camera's Macro Shooting Mode can take crystal clear pictures from as close as 1.6 inches. See an incredible picture within the picture? Both cameras offer in-camera cropping to quickly zoom in, crop the image you see in the LCD and save a new image copy directly to the memory card without affecting the original. Special effects such as a halo effect, black and white and sepia tones can be instantly added to images in the camera and then saved or easily emailed to friends and family.

Nikon has also enhanced its Movie Mode. The Nikon Coolpix 3100 can record up to 40 seconds of QuickTime™ video (at 15 frames per second) in Movie Mode (320x240) and 20 seconds in TV Movie (640x480) format. The Nikon Coolpix 2100 can shoot 15 seconds and 7 seconds, respectively. Movies can be shot in color, black and white and sepia tone (at 5 frames per second), opening the door for new creative ideas.

Nikon Coolpix SQ - High Style … High Quality.
The Nikon Coolpix SQ is a special camera for Nikon, demonstrating a compact design that is both cutting edge and functional. The Nikon Coolpix SQ will capture stunning images with its 3.1-megapixel CCD, 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and swiveling body design, which allows the lens path to remain in a straight line, using original light without the use of prisms. The camera connects to the computer through Nikon's Cool-Station Power Base, a system included with the camera that not only transfers images to the desktop or the Web, but also charges battery in-camera and can charge a spare. The result is a specialized and sophisticated digital camera that is sure to please adventurous Nikon Coolpix photographers looking for a unique Nikon digital photography experience.

No More Red-Eyes, No More Work! - NikonView 6.0 and Nikon's Exclusive One-Touch Red-Eye Fix Software
No more red-eyes and no more work! Anyone who has ever taken a photograph has experienced the dreaded red-eye. Now, all Nikon Coolpix digital cameras will feature the latest version of NikonView 6.0, complete with Nikon's new and exclusive One-Touch Red-Eye Fix software, which instantly fixes red-eye with the touch of a button from most typical red-eye digital photos without having to box in or highlight the eyes. Best of all, the One-Touch Red-Eye Fix software only fixes the red eyes without affecting any other red items throughout the photo. Nikon is currently the only photo manufacturer offering this powerful One-Touch red-eye removal tool, which will revolutionize digital photography for Nikon digital camera users.

A Personal Photo Studio Right Out Of The Box
Both new digital cameras incorporate NikonView 6.0 photo management software to easily transfer, browse, edit, save and print photos. NikonView 6.0 now offers the One-Touch Red-Eye Fix software, expanded emailing capabilities, new color management functionality and an option to create online photo templates using HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language). Nikon continues to offer their product-specific "Let's Get Started" Video CDs to get the user started right after opening the box. After the CD is loaded, a program host takes users through the camera operation and answers common questions including: How do I load software, How do I transfer pictures, How do I use the camera functions and teaches in a progressive manner so users can learn as they go. Users can also visit www.Coolpix101.com for lessons and tips on how to get the most out of their Nikon Coolpix digital camera.

As an added bonus, all Nikon Coolpix cameras include a host of exciting programs from ArcSoft® including PhotoImpression™, a fun manipulation package that allows users to edit, retouch or apply special effect to their photos; VideoImpression™ to edit and share QuickTime™ movies taken with the camera and Panorama Maker™, which lets users easily stitch together a number of images to create beautiful panoramic photos. The camera also comes with PhotoBase™, which actually allows photos and slide shows to be displayed on the screen of a PDA.

The Coolpix 2100 and Nikon Coolpix 3100 provide users with all the equipment they need to get started including the new NikonView 6.0 software CD-ROM, wrist strap, USB cable, video cable, a Lexar 16 MB "Speed Rated" Starter Memory Card and a CR-V3 lithium battery. A Coolpix rechargeable NI-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) battery and Quick Charger kit is also available separately.

The Nikon Coolpix 2100 will have an MSRP of $249.95 while the Nikon Coolpix 3100 will be available for $349.95. Both cameras will be available nationwide in March 2003. The Nikon Coolpix SQ will appear in Spring 2003.


Minolta Introduces New DiMAGE S414 Compact Digital Camera

Minolta has announced an update to last years 4 megapixel Dimage S404. The new camera retains a 4 megapixel CCD and has a 4X zoom lens. It has an expanded 32MB SDRAM buffer and fast 32 bit RISC CPU for fast operations. It has a low ISO 64 setting, movie mode with audio, a real-time histogram, a new color filter, fast autofocus and metering, uses 4 AA batteries and store images on Compact Flash Type I cards. Overall, it appears Minolta has tweaked the performance to make a fine S404 even better with improved image results, more features, and faster operations. We will be previewing this camera in more detail at PMA in a few weeks and will have more on this new camera at that time.

The new Minolta DiMAGE S414 meets amateur photographers' needs for a digital camera that provides high-quality image processing, a dynamic zooming range, advanced autofocus and autoexposure performance and fast, easy operation.

4-Megapixel Consumer Digital Camera Offers High Performance With Fast, Simple Operation

RAMSEY, N.J.-Feb. 10, 2003--Minolta Corporation announces the new easy-to-use DiMAGE S414 featuring a 4.1 megapixel CCD, a high-quality Minolta GT 4x optical zoom lens, Minolta's CxProcess, and additional versatile features.

With a design based on the highly-regarded DiMAGE S404 and DiMAGE S304, the stylish new DiMAGE S414 also features a built-in flash, video recording capability, USB interface and Compact Flash card compatibility.

"The new DiMAGE S414 combines high quality images and automatic features, allowing users to obtain the best photographic results with easy camera operation," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of Marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "It's the ideal digital camera for a variety of applications and users -- personal or business, from novice to enthusiasts."

The Minolta DiMAGE S414's high-precision electro-optical system is built around a 4.1 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD with 4.0 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The DiMAGE S414's built-in Minolta GT lens is a versatile apochromatic 4x zoom with anomalous dispersion (AD) glass for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2.2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range is from 7.15mm to 28.6mm, equivalent to 35mm -140mm in 35mm photography, and with digital zoom, the range is equivalent to 35mm - 308mm in 35mm.

The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta's exclusive CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural images. The wide dynamic range is provided by 12-bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.

In addition, the high-speed LSI with 32-bit RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) CPU and expanded SDRAM buffer memory allows the camera to be highly responsive with faster operation. The capturing interval time of 0.8 seconds and brisk continuous advance speed of 1.3 frames per second with up to 7 frames (full size images in fine image quality mode) can transform a passing moment into a priceless memory.

The DiMAGE S414 offers flexible and accurate autofocus, auto exposure and an optical zoom viewfinder. Its stylish aluminum body features an easy-to hold grip and simple control layout. A versatile camera, the DiMAGE S414 features fully automatic white balance and video recording with audio as well as ease of use features like Digital Subject Program Selection and creative functions such as histogram display of recorded images, exposure compensation and bracketing, custom white balance and digital effects control, that give the photographer control over the final image.




Canon has recently announced a new photo printer featuring higher resolution (4800 by 1200 dpi), faster speeds, and improved color quality using tiny 2 picoliter volume ink droplets produced from 3,072 nozzles. The new Canon i950 Photo Printer succeeds last years popular S900 printer by retaining most features, while improving overall performance such as doubling the resolution and increasing the print speeds. The Canon Photo Printers use 6 individual ink cartridges and produces about the highest quality photo prints available at this time. For those of you who have not yet seen the photo abilities from these new Canon inkjet printers, they are just stunning, absolutely producing prints of equal appearance to traditional photo prints from print labs. The Canon i950 prints fully borderless prints including individual cut sheet 4 by 6 inch, and 5 by 7 inch prints on special photo glossy paper (no trimming, tearing off, cutting or unbending). We applaud Canon for continuing their efforts to provide digital camera owners very high quality print capabilities and now at faster speeds. This printer is clearly one of the best home printer options currently available for those who do not need photo prints larger then 8.5 by 11 inches. The Canon i950 is already available in most major retail stores and is selling at a price of $249.99. For full details see the the Canon i950 Photo Printer Web Site.




Fuji has announced their new 256MB xD-Picture Card, a memory card for digital cameras, including their newest models as well as the new line-up from Olympus. The recently announced xD-Picture Card format offers high capcity storage in a very compact/light-weight card about the size of a penny as well as fast data transfer rates, while minimizing power consumtion. The new cards will eventually be able to hold 8 Gigabytes of memory. These larger capacity sized storage cards began shipping in late January and should be available now for use in digital cameras supporting the xD-Picture Card format.




The digital imaging news has been unusually slow at the end of January and the start of February this year, a time frame which during the past 3 years had been the start of the big pre-PMA (Photo Marketing Association) announcements. The change this year is mostly due to the fact that the PMA show has been scheduled to be held approximately 2 to 3 weeks later and will start early next month, on Sunday March 02, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thus, the exciting explosion of new product announcements and other interesting news by all the major imaging companies has only been deferred for now, meaning the fun is just about to start!

For those of you not familiar with the PMA show, it has become a major tradeshow for the relatively young digital imaging industry, as it shares ever more prominently in the spotlight with the established traditional photography market. The progress digital imaging has made in such as short period with large groups of photographers who have handled film based photography all of their lives is truly remarkable, as illustrated by the tremendous sales figures digital cameras are sustaining and the huge presence of digital cameras and related products at the PMA show. It is an event we highly encourage anyone who is involved with photography to attend, as we assure those of you who would trek out to Las Vegas, you won't be disappointed with the experience of attending PMA. It is well worth your time, effort and well earned money!

However, we also fully understand that there are tens of thousands if not millions of enthusiast, hobbyist and professionals all over the globe who just cannot make it out to Las Vegas next month to attend the PMA show despite the desire to timely learn what is happening in the digital photography industry. This is one area where we have always felt that web based publications such as this site can complement the many excellent written news publications including the many monthly photography magazines, to quickly provide a source of detailed information. As we have done for the past 3 years now, we once again will be attending PMA 2003 and we will be posting breaking news, press releases, information from the tradeshow floor and some of the most extensive picture galleries along with some video clips you will find anywhere.

To get things started we would like to provide a link for those of you who might wish to visit The Official PMA Web Site, and their Homepage for PMA 2003 where there is a lot of detailed information about the PMA 2003 tradeshow. Some basic quick info. that may be helpful is to understand that you do not need to be a member of the PMA to be allowed into the show, nor do you have be in the photography business to get a pass. The tradeshow floor is open to the public at various fees, with basic one day entrance costing approximately $30 dollars for non-members. You can register online at this link. The tradeshow floor opens March 02, 2003, which is on a Sunday morning at 10:45 am and runs through Wednesday at 1:00 pm (when in past shows the Sony Booth has won the award for cheering the loudest given the huge volume that crowd into their huge booth). There are also educational DIMA seminars or what are called conference sessions which begin on Friday afternoon February 28, 2003 and then PMA seminars and business sessions starting early Sunday Morning and running through Wednesday March 05, 2003 including night school training Sunday through Tuesday, all at additional costs. There are several award ceremonies for printing and digital cameras products which are always fun to pay attention to, and through out all this there are many press events, and meetings we will be attending, all in an effort to help spread the good word on the latest and greatest in digital imaging to those of you who join in our enthusiasm for the digital revolution we find occurring at this time!

We felt it important to assure those of you who visit our site on a frequent basis that our recent gap in posting news the past 10 days had good reasons, mostly rooted in the lack of major news, on top of temporary illnesses and such, and our attending meetings with several major camera companies to get ready for PMA 2003. You can be damn sure that this site will join with our friends from the other main digital imaging web sites of which we are proud to be among, to provide you some of the best breaking news related to the PMA show coverage over the next 4 weeks. Look at it this way, in essence the last 10 days has been as the saying goes, the calm before the storm! (Yes, we know that phrase has been used before :)



We want to give a special thanks to our colleagues and friends at the other digital camera web sites who were with at many press functions through out the show. I can assure you we all have been working hard to report the news and many have been working on just a few hours sleep given the tremendous number of events and excitement going on in the industry at this time. Be sure to visit our friends at Steve's Digicams, The Imaging Resource, Digital Photography ReviewDigital Camera Resource Page, and Let's Go Digital for their extensive coverage of PMA 2003.






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