Digital Products

Sony's new DSC-P1 digital camera combines stylish looks with 3.3 megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens.

Photokina 2000 is a combination trade show and circus, where all of the photographic--digital and otherwise--manufacturers parade their wares on the biggest midway this side of the Rhine. This was my first trip back in 22 years, and my have things changed! Where once I met Jean Coquin looking for an importer for his modular square filter system, we now have digital filters that can accomplish many of the same effects--after you've made the photograph. In these crowded and politically incorrect smoke-filled halls, manufacturers from around the world put their spin on all things digital. In fact, Cokin was there showing not only round filters, but filters for digital cameras as well!

Most of the new digital products were hardware, which is photokina's heritage, so while technology is changing, the show's orientation remains focused on image-making devices. While photokina is a world's fair of photography, not every new digital imaging product that was announced will be available in North America. I doubt we'll see the Practisix, Quark, or Digi-Kids digital cameras on these shores, but I did my best to overcome language barriers when discussing this fact with company representatives whose English might have been as rusty as my German.

Imacon's new Carnival 3020 interchangeable digital camera back is a single shot 6 megapixel capture device that can be upgraded to multi-shot capabilities.

Digital Cameras. Agfa launched two new digital cameras, the ePhoto CL20 and CL34. The CL34 features an optical viewfinder and 1.8" LCD screen for composing and reviewing images. The camera has 2MB of built-in memory and a CompactFlash slot for expanded storage. The CL34 offers video clip recording capability and can capture files with 320x240 resolution at 30 fps. The CL20 offers the same features as the CL34, except without a LCD display. The internal memory can hold up to four images at the highest resolution (1.3 megapixel with Agfa's PhotoGenie interpolation) and 24 at VGA resolution. The CL20 offers live video only through its USB interface at a maximum resolution of 640x480 at 20 fps.

Casio introduced two new 2.11 megapixel digital cameras designed for Windows computers. Both the QV-2300UX and QV-2800UX have a resolution of 1600x1200 pixels and feature optics that swivel through 270. The QV-2300UX has a 41-123mm (35mm equivalent) 3x zoom, while the QV-2800UX has an 8x zoom with a range of 40-320mm. The cameras can be operated in either automatic or manual modes, which take advantage of 28 preprogrammed scenarios. Like many Casio digicams, they use a 1.8" LCD screen as a combination viewfinder/preview screen. All images are stored on a bundled 8MB CompactFlash card, which can hold from eight to 53 images as well as eight 25 sec video clips. The cameras' memory card slots accept IBM microdrive. Connectivity is provided through USB or serial port.

Kodak's 16 megapixel DCS Pro Back is designed for medium format cameras, such as the Hasselblad ELD and Mamiya RZ models, and creates a hefty 48MB file--without being tethered to a computer.

Concord Camera introduced three new digital cameras. The Windows-based Eye-Q Go! features VA resolution and has 6MB of built-in memory for storing up to 64 images. A tiny LCD display in the viewfinder is used for picture viewing and the camera can feed live video for the creation of e-mail video clips or teleconferencing. Concord's 1 megapixel Eye-Q 1M digital camera has a resolution of 1152x864, along with 8MB of built-in memory allowing you to store up to 53 images. It costs $179. The 1.2 megapixel Eye-Q has a 3x optical zoom, LCD viewfinder, and built-in memory for storing up to 72 digital photographs. The $250 digicam can capture images with a resolution of 1280x960 yet weighs only 4.1 oz.

Fuji announced two new digital cameras. The FinePix 1300 is a slender camera with 1.3 megapixel resolution that sells for $249. It captures images up to 1280x960 pixels on the bundled 8MB SmartMedia card. When used at 640x480 resolution, the fixed 36mm lens (35mm equivalent) can access the camera's 2x digital zoom feature. The FinePix 1300 has an optical viewfinder in addition to the 1.6" LCD preview panel. A built-in flash has redeye reduction and slow synchro capabilities. The 2.11 megapixel FinePix 2400 Zoom costs $499 and captures images at 1600x1200 resolution. The 3x zoom lens has a 35mm equivalency of 38-114mm with a 2x digital zoom available when you want to reach out and touch someone. It has a 1.6" LCD preview panel and an optical viewfinder, but uses a sliding lens cover, much like a 35mm point-and-shoot camera. The bundled 8MB SmartMedia card lets you capture up to 10 high-res images or 39 lower-resolution digital images.

Casio introduced two new 2.11 megapixel digital cameras at the show including the QV-2800UX which has an 8x zoom lens with a range of 40-320mm.

Hewlett-Packard showed their new PhotoSmart 215 and 315 digital point-and-shoot cameras that feature autofocus and autoexposure. The PhotoSmart 215 is a 1.3 megapixel camera, while the 315 produces 2.1 megapixel digital photographs enabling them to capture 40 or 80 images respectively, depending on compression used. Both cameras offer digital zoom capability, with 2x possible on the 215 and 2.5x with the 315. Each camera has a self-timer and a built-in flash with redeye reduction capabilities. Built-in USB connectivity should provide fast downloads.

Konica showed prototypes of four different digital cameras including the stylish, compact KD-35L model, and a tiny, curvy KD-35V model in mauve, both of which have 640x480 resolution capture capability. The slightly goofy-looking DD-2002 delivers 2.2 megapixel capabilities, but I loved the colorful 640x480 KD-35 (it was available in green, my favorite color). This avant-guarde designed camera not only combines retro styling cues with Star Wars flare, but is an MP3 music player as well. Holy Napster, I want one!

Sony's new DPP-SV55 dye sublimation printer is capable of producing 400dpi output as 4x6" prints.

Leica's new digilux 4.3, which astute readers will recognize by its Fuji roots, is a 2.4 megapixel camera that delivers 4.3 megapixel files from its Super CCD imager. The optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalency of 36-108mm and Leica's digimacro attachment shortens the close-focus limit allowing frame filling images of objects as small as 13x17mm. Leica's digicopy slide copier is optional. You can also capture video clips up to 80 sec long with a resolution of 320x240 at 10 fps with sound.

Mustek showed me their new GSmart 350 (name may be different in the US) digital camera. This is a 640x480 resolution camera that uses a CMOS imager to connect to Win-dows and Macintosh computers through a USB connection. The camera's internal memory can store 12 full-resolution images with a CompactFlash slot available for removable storage.

Rollei launched its first digital camera, the 1.5 megapixel d7, which can capture images with a resolution of 1360x1024 on a CompactFlash card.

Some cameras, while new to the photo world, appeared at the Seybold 2000 conference in San Francisco, and were reported in my show coverage in last month's Shutterbug. This includes Nikon's new CoolPix 880, a trim, 3.34 megapixel camera that packs lots of resolution into a compact package. More details can be found in my last month's report. Similarly, Olympus showed their impressive E-10 and E-100RS digital cameras that I handled at the Seybold conference. The company promised an E-100RS for use photographing one of the last NASCAR Winston Cup races of the year. Look for details in my Seybold report.

Minolta announced the Dimge 2330 Zoom digicam with 2.31 megapixel capture capability. The lens is a 38-114mm focal length (35mm equivalency) with an additional 2.5x digital zoom to extend that range. The camera has an optical viewfinder in addition to a 1.8" preview window that lets you scroll through digital photographs at up to normal VGA size. Image files can be saved in three JPEG-compressed modes up to the camera's full 1792x1200 pixel resolution on the bundled Type I CompactFlash card.

Leica's new digilux 4.3.

Panasonic introduced a 3.3 mega-pixel camera, the PV-DC3000. The camera has a 2x optical zoom lens coupled with a 3x digital zoom. In addition to still images, the PV-DC3000 can record a sequence of images with sound for up to 12 sec. The audio recording function can also be used with individual photographs so that a commentary can be recorded as a reminder, such as the names of people in a group photo. Image data is stored in JPEG or TIFF formats in a 16MB SmartMedia card or the optional SD memory card.

Polaroid premiered its new 2.3 megapixel Fun Flash 640 digicam that offers optical and digital zoom capabilities, CompactFlash storage, as well as an on-board MP3 player for music downloaded from the Internet. The 24-bit Fun Flash 640 provides 640x480 resolution, 2MB of built-in memory, and a LCD preview screen. Promised at PMA and delivered at photokina, Polaroid's I-Zone Combo lets photographers shoot I-Zone instant pocket film or VGA resolution digital images. Combo's digital side lets you store up to 18 640x480 images with its on-board memory. The camera is trimmed out in colors emulating the latest snowboard and scooter colors.

Ferrania's new OptiJet ink jet paper will be available in cut sheets as well as wide format rolls, with cut sheets including five different media.

What do you get when you cross a 3.34 megapixel digital camera and a PDA? Ricoh's new RDC-i700 that lets you capture 2048x1536 images, annotate them, and then send the completed files over the Internet. In fact, Ricoh doesn't call it a camera, they prefer Image Capturing Device. You can store up to 50 e-mail addresses in the built-in memory, then send an image at the original capture size of one of five compressed settings to accelerate the upload. You can use the i700 to upload images to a web site by using the bundled template to convert images into HTML files. The 3.5" LCD touch screen is a plus when working with images as well as menus that are used by the built-in software. A plastic stylus is included for use with the touch screen function. The i700 offers Type II PC Card and CompactFlash slots and supports certain mobile phone, modem, LAN, and ATA cards for storage flexibility. Camera specs include 35-105mm (35mm equivalency) zoom lens with up to 3.2x digital zoom. With an expected street price around $1600, this is an expensive 3.34 megapixel digital camera, but the i700 is a business tool and if you need what it does, it might be priceless.

At this year's show, Rollei launched its first digital camera, the 1.5 megapixel d7, which can capture images with a resolution of 1360x1024 on its CompactFlash card. Images are composed on a 2" LCD preview screen, before, during, and after exposure. Digital photographs can be captured normally or in a nine frame sequence. The d7 is powered by four AA batteries and is compatible with Mac OS and Windows computers. Rollei's 2.3 megapixel camera is the d18 and it has a maximum resolution of 1792x1200 pixels. The lens is a f/2.3 zoom with a 35mm equivalency of 38-90mm. A 2x digital zoom provides for a little extra reach. The camera has an optical viewfinder as well as a 1.8" LCD preview screen. Images are stored on a CompactFlash card in JPEG format and can be transferred to Mac OS or Windows computers.

Pentax showed a prototype of an as-yet-unnamed digital SLR that accepts KAF2-mount lenses from their film-based cameras and will use a 6 megapixel CCD that will be the same size as a 35mm film frame.

Sony introduced its oh-so-stylish DSC-P1, an 8 oz digital point-and-shoot camera capable of 3.34 megapixel image resolution. The 2048x1536 resolution camera is also capable of recording and replaying MPEG video clips at 16.7 fps on the built-in 1.5" LCD screen. The 3x zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent of 39-117mm. Like most new Sony digicams, this one uses an 8MB Memory Stick storage media which can store up to 118 640x480 images. An optional Memory Stick adapter allows these memory cards to be used in a floppy disk drive.

Vivitar introduced the Windows-only ViviCam 3500 digital camera capable of 1.4 megapixel image resolution with files stored on CompactFlash cards. The camera has a 2" LCD preview panel and a 2x zoom lens with macro capability. A built-in flash offers three modes. It's connected to your computer via the serial port and is bundled with MGI PhotoSuite software.

Kyocera showed off two new models (look for the Contax offering in the next section) starting with the Yashica MicroElite 3300, an attractive design packing 3.3 megapixel resolution in a small package. Image resolution is 2048x1536 and the zoom lens has a 35mm equivalency of 38-76mm with additional range provided by a 2x digital zoom. Images are stored on Type I and II CompactFlash cards and the built-in flash offering three modes.

Polaroid's I-Zone Combo camera lets photographers shoot I-Zone instant pocket film or VGA resolution digital images.

Professional Digital Gear. The second Kyocera digital camera offering was the Contax N Digital, which is based on the company's new N1 35mm autofocus SLR. The specifications I was given state that it will use a 6 megapixel CCD that will be the same size as a 35mm film frame. The camera will use the same Zeiss autofocus lenses as the N1 and capture 36-bit TIFF and JPEG images on Type I and II CompactFlash cards. Since connection is via FireWire (IEEE 1394 only) my guess is that it will be compatible with Mac OS and Windows computers.

Eastman Kodak surprised me by handing me a prototype of a new 16 megapixel medium format digital camera back designed for Hasselblad and Mamiya RZ cameras. Unlike similar backs from other manufacturers, it has a built-in LCD preview screen that you can rotate and use like a waist-level finder. The LCD screen includes the ability to zoom in on a portion of the image--such as a subject's eyes--so you can check critical focus. The back has a built-in histogram for more precise exposure control and a built-in spot meter. You also have a video out jack, allowing you to use the camera in high-angle or other out-of-reach camera placements. The back has an ISO rating of 100 and produces 48MB files on two PC Card slots, which means you can use two IBM 1GB microdrives for expanded image storage. Although the back is wireless--you don't need to tether it to a computer--there's a FireWire jack in case you do. If you use the IEEE 1394 connection, you won't need a power cord (typically connected to a Quantum power pack) because the back can be powered through the FireWire connection. Pricing is expected to be competitive when it becomes available in the first part of 2001.

Foveon Inc. announced the manufacture of the world's highest resolution CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) based image sensor. The 16.8 megapixel imaging chip is the first CMOS-based sensor that exceeds the resolution and quality of CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) type sensors. The 4096x4096 sensor has an estimated ISO speed of 100 along with a dynamic range of 10 stops. Shutter speeds are expected to be from 2 sec to 1/8000 of a sec using an integrated electronic shutter eliminating another camera component--the mechanical shutter. Large, impressive prints made with a prototype camera were on display at the show.

The Agfa CL34 features an optical viewfinder and 1.8" LCD screen for composing and reviewing images. It has 2MB of built-in memory and a CompactFlash slot for expanded storage.

Since 80 percent of high-end digital camera backs are made for the Hasselblad, they were the last ones I expected to have a digital announcement but they did. The new Hasselblad DFinity is a project developed with Foveon. The DFinity uses Foveon's prism technology with three of its 2000x2000 CMOS image sensors to improve color reproduction while providing protection against moir and other unwanted imaging artifacts that are sometimes found in single shot cameras and backs. The camera is controlled by the computer, which functions as a viewfinder, and can capture one image every 1.5 sec. Images can be saved in 24 or 48-bit TIFF or JPEG formats with file sizes varying between three to 48MB. The software that controls the camera can run on Mac OS or Windows computers. In addition to Hasselblad Zeiss lenses, the DFinity will also accept certain Canon EOS lenses with an adapter.

Horseman combines the ability to use off-the-shelf 35mm lenses with a camera body that accepts high-end digital camera backs that have a 24x36mm imaging chip. The Digiflex is an SLR body that bears more than a passing resemblance to Contax's Polaroid-based Preview body and accepts any lens with a Nikon F mount and 24x35mm digital camera back from Phase 1 and others. The Digiflex has a metal focal plane shutter and when used with Horseman's View Camera Converter can provide rise, fall, shift, swing, and tilt operations with lens focal lengths longer than 80mm.

Hasselblad's DFinity uses Foveon's prism technology with three of its 2000x2000 CMOS image sensors to improve color reproduction while providing protection against moir and other unwanted imaging artifacts.

Imacon showed their new Carnival 3020 interchangeable digital camera back, a single shot 6 megapixel capture device that can be upgraded to multi-shot capabilities which allows it to capture up to 144MB 42-bit RGB files. The 3000x2000 pixel resolution Carnival 3020 is connected to its controller by a FireWire cable and uses various adapters to attach it to Hasselblad ELX/ELD, Mamiya RZ67 and 645 Pro, Fuji 680, as well as view cameras.

Kaiser Fototechnik, represented in America by HP Marketing, showed two new ICOSS (Image Capturing Optical Scanning System) cameras. The ICOSS/5 uses a 5363 wide triple CCD line scanning an area of 1.7x1.7", which results in a camera resolution of 28.8 megapixels at a color depth of 36 bits. The resulting file size is 84MB without interpolation. When printing at 300dpi, an 11x17" image is possible. The ICOSS/3 model is equipped with a 3648 pixel line CCD and scans an area of 1.1x1.5", producing a resolution of 16.8 megapixels and creating a 48MB file that's capable of printing an A4 (8.27x11.7") image at 400dpi. The ICOSS/3 is delivered with a Nikon F lens mount, while the ICOSS/5 is supplied with a fixed helical focusing mount that accepts Leica M 39 threaded enlarging lenses. Kaiser Fototechnik expects additional lens mounts will be available in the near future. Both ICOSS cameras have UV and IR filters built-in and use a FireWire connection to Macintosh or Windows 2000/me computers.

The new Contax N Digital is based on the company's new 35mm autofocus SLR, the N1. The specifications state that it will use a 6 megapixel CCD that will be the "same size" as a 35mm film frame.

Leaf's new code named C-Most digital camera back has a 645 format and captures 6.6 megapixel images in a 38.8MB Leaf-formatted HDR file. The C-Most back provides over 11 stops of dynamic range at 42 bits. The back has a burst shooting rate of 3 fps and is designed with an electronic interface with many new autofocus medium format cameras. The back has a Live Preview feature allowing you to interactively compose, focus, and image. ISO sensitivity is 100 and the C-Most is compatible with all kinds of lighting, including electronic flash, tungsten, HMI, or daylight. Connectivity is via FireWire interface with Macintosh G3 and G4 computers.

Pentax showed but did not announce when they were shipping a new as-yet-unnamed digital SLR that accepts KAF2-mount lenses from their film-based cameras. Wait it gets better. By using an adapter, it will also accept lenses from Pentax's medium format cameras. The new camera will use the same 24x36mm 6 megapixel CCD from Phillips that will be used in the Contax N. The camera will have a double memory card slot that can simultaneously accept Type II PC Card and CompactFlash cards. A 2" LCD monitor will show the images that can be captured in TIFF, JPEG, and raw formats. The computer interface will be FireWire, which gives rise to hopes that the camera will be compatible with Mac OS computers, unlike the company's recent EI-200 model.

Phase One showed its new LightPhase FlexAdapter for 4x5 cameras that's designed to work with all their medium format backs, allowing them to be mounted on large format cameras from Sinar, Horseman, Toyo, and Linhof. The camera back can be mounted in either portrait or landscape modes. The adapter slides, allowing it to capture one, two, or three images that can be stitched together by using a Photoshop Action that Phase One includes. By stitching three shots, you can create a wide angle 51MB file. A viewfinder is included that enables viewing of all three steps in a focusing screen as well as focusing using an attached magnifying glass.

Panasonic introduced its 3.3 megapixel camera, the PV-DC3000, which has a 2x optical zoom lens coupled with a 3x digital zoom feature and can record a sequence of images with sound for up to 12 sec.

I've often joked that we would ultimately get to the point where we could talk to our cameras and say "get over there and take that picture." While this R2-D2 view seems fanciful, it came a little closer to reality when Schneider Corporation showed me a prototype of an unnamed robotically controlled digital view camera. (Read those last few words again.) The camera has all of the controls you would expect in a view camera including tilt, shift, rise, fall, and focus; even making the exposure will be made by a photographer sitting at his or her computer anywhere in their studio, or maybe anywhere in the world. All of the settings can be made with the camera extremely close to a tabletop setup, where physical interaction by the photographer's camera adjustment might have some unintended consequences with the setup's arrangement. You can also save all the settings in a standard collection of files that you can use when shooting another, similar assignment or when re-shooting the original one. The prototype I saw had a certain Blade Runner appearance that I liked, although I expect the production model, which Schneider expects to cost between $10,000-$15,000, will be sleeker.

Scanners. Acer Peripherals announced two new lightweight flat-bed scanners, the S2W 4300U and S2W 3300U, an update of the company's 640U scanner. The 48-bit 4300U has an optical resolution of 600x1200 and is fitted with three buttons: The first lets you place a digital picture album or greeting card(s) on the Internet. The other buttons are designed for normal scanning and fast processing of images into e-mail attachments. Both scanners are compatible with Mac OS and Windows computers and are bundled with lots of software, including Ulead PhotoExpress and Photo Explorer. Acer also announced that it has licensed Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE (Image Correction and Enhancement) technology for its ScanWit 2740S 35mm film scanner.

Fuji's FinePix 1300 is a stylish camera with 1.3 megapixel resolution that sells for $249. It captures images up to 1280x960 pixels on the bundled 8MB SmartMedia card.

Mustek showed their new Be@r-Paw series of flat-bed scanners, which are so-named because of the shape of the five button cluster that controls its operation--it really looks like a bear claw! The Windows-only Be@rPaw 1200 F flat-bed scanner has an optical resolution of 1200dpi, 48-bit color depth, and will scan a full A4 sized image. The Be@rPaw 2400 flat-bed scanner has an optical resolution, 48-bit color depth, and offers USB connectivity. Both scanners are bundled with Ulead's Photo Express.

Polaroid previewed a new medium format film scanner at the show that offers 4000dpi digitizing capabilities. The SprintScan 120 can capture images from 120 film formats (from 6x6 to 6x9) as well as 35mm negatives and transparencies. The SprintScan 120 offers a dynamic range of 3.9 and 42-bit color depth. The scanner features connectivity via SCSI-2 and FireWire interfaces and is bundled with PolaColor Insight Pro software for Windows and Macintosh platforms. The company also introduced the new SprintScan 45 Ultra Multi-Format film scanner which can digitize a 4x5" image at 2500dpi in a single pass in five minutes. This 42-bit single-pass scanner has a dynamic range of 3.8 and is compatible with Mac OS and Windows systems and connects through a SCSI-2 interface.

Digital Photo Finishing. It's been many months since Bob Shell and I went to Austin, Texas, to see Applied Science Fiction's Digital Dry Film Process. Most of the details we were shown were secret, but now they can be revealed. The company's DFP technology allows for real time digitizing of exposed but undeveloped 35mm or Advanced Photo System black and white or color film--negative or transparency. During the process, tiny amounts of an environmentally friendly agent are applied to the undeveloped film as it is fed through ASF's image capture engine. Each frame of the film is developed on a pixel-by-pixel basis--developing by inspection, if you will--before that frame is digitized. Total development of an entire roll takes seven minutes, but the first frame is developed and digitized within four minutes. Data from the digitized images in TIFF, JPEG, or BMP formats can then be routed to multiple destinations, including the Internet, printer, CD, DVD, or floppy or Zip disks. ASF's Digital Dry Film Process is targeted for availability in photo kiosks and minilabs in the fourth quarter of 2001.

Phogenix is a joint venture between Kodak and Hewlett-Packard to produce high quality, long lasting digital ink jet prints that are competitive with traditional silver halide prints. They showed me samples of their output that were produced by a prototype system under development at their San Diego headquarters, and they looked as good as well-made silver halide prints to me. Look for more from this company in the future.

Output. While I'm not sure that Ferrania's new OptiJet ink jet paper will make it to these shores, a few words are due this interesting company. Papers will be available in cut sheets as well as wide format rolls. Cut sheets include five different media, including Photo Paper Glossy Premium Weight, Art Canvas Painting Cloth, Matte Paper High Resolution, Adhesive Photo Paper, and Ultra White Glossy Film. Since Ferrania develops sales within the OEM and private label segment, it's possible we may see them in North America under a different name. No matter which way they get here, I hope to be able to give you the results of my testing in these pages.

The new Polaroid DP-500 printer is a compact printer that makes pocket-sized Polaroid 500 instant color prints from CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards. Not only do you not need to connect to a computer, you don't need power. The printer is powered by the built-in power source contained in the Polaroid 500 film pack. The Polaroid DP-500 has an LCD status display that indicates print mode, image number, remaining film frames operating status, as well as the more obvious on/off, select, and print.

Sony's new 400dpi DPP-SV55 dye sublimation printer is capable of using 16.7 million colors per ink dye dot to output 4x6" prints. The printer has a USB connection and can print images from a computer or directly from built-in twin Memory Card/PC Card slots.

Tetenal, who's represented in this country by HP Marketing, and whose initial offering of ink jet papers is featured in this month's issue, introduced several papers at the show. Portrait Paper is specifically designed for printing photographs of people. Tetenal calls the finish "matte" but it has slightly more sparkle than typical matte papers and is water-repellant and smearproof. Tetenal will offer ICC printing profiles with the paper. The company also introduced two new Fine Art papers that got my attention. The Canvas Textile paper is a coated cotton fabric that looks and feels like real thing. The Watercolor paper is deckle-edged paper that has a textured finish that should look great with color or black and white images. All of these papers should be available in several sizes by early 2001. While at the show I spoke with HP's Bob Solomon about using Gepe's protective sprays with these papers. Unlike lacquer-based sprays which can be harmful to most ink jet prints, Gepe's spray can be applied after or even before printing. Look for my tests of papers and spray in next year's Shutterbug.

Pay Per View--Or Per Print. While at the show, I had a chance to meet with George Dourer, the General Manager of, about upcoming changes in their web site, such as adding more original content, displaying customer images, as well as making it a meeting place for photographers. Recognizing that not all image-makers have or even want conventional web access, Kodak premiered what it is calling Kodak TV, a form of interactive television that allows you to transfer images from your digital camera via a USB interface or even "beaming" via infrared transmission to a set-top box. While on your TV, it is Kodak's intention to let you crop, add text, and even eliminate redeye before sending the finished images to Print@Kodak to get prints mailed to your home but billed to your cable TV account. Kodak also wants you to be able to share these pictures by allowing you to send them to other Kodak TV subscribers or e-mail them to friends and family. For more information, check out their newly designed web site.

Graphics/Photography Software. Viola! Artware from SmARTlens is a way of transforming digital photographs into artistic-looking images. All you have to do is select a format--landscape or portrait--click "Print" and it is finished. No art training is required. The software is free but additional functionality, and the styles of specific, famous artists will be available as upgrades. Check their web site at for details.

Lexar Media announced its Shoot & Share software that allows digital photographers to name, edit, organize, and share their images. The program also features a one-click link to Lexar's for online sharing and printing of their photographs. Shoot & Share lets pixographers edit, crop, and color correct their digital images. You can also use the software to create slide shows and digital albums. For a short time, Shoot & Share is available as a free download from otherwise it will be $29.95.

Some Cool Stuff. Old-style picture frames are pass; digital imagers need digital frames. Digi-Frame offers two models, the DF-560 and DF-390. The big difference is the size of the screen. The DF-560 has a 5.6" (diagonal) LCD screen and includes three different decorative snap-on frames. The DF-390 has a 3.9" (diagonal) screen and is designed to be portable. It is bundled with batteries, charger, and case. Both models accept Compact-Flash and SmartMedia image cards and have serial interfaces for connection to Mac OS or Windows computers.

Nixvue's Digital Album is a port-able device that lets you download files from your CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards onto its own built-in storage so you can keep on shooting. The small, battery-powered device fits easily in any camera bag, and when you take it home you can download the files through the built-in USB, serial, and parallel connectors. What's more, there are S-Video outputs, so you can show the digital photographs on your TV. (It even has its own software and remote control.) As I write this I don't know if a US importer has been secured but anybody who's run out of memory and wants to keep on making digital photographs will want one.

Part of color management is being able to compare what you see on your monitor with an original print or transparency. One of the best ways I've seen of accomplishing this is by using Just Normlicht's Color Communicator, which attaches to your monitor. The units for transparencies or prints attach to your monitor with swivel arms allowing exact positioning in the units and can be stowed away when not in use. The units feature quality construction, 5000K light sources, and 10x11" work space. Both units have dimmer switches for optimum light adaption to the work environment. Shutterbug contributor Roger Hicks showed me a similar solution from Britain's Viewboxes Ltd, which uses stand-alone modules to provide similar functionality and includes space for CD-ROM storage. Hicks explained that the units are being redesigned to accommodate U.S.A. electrical requirements and when they become available, I'll let you know in a future "Digital Innovations" column.


Acer Peripherals
2641 Orchard Pkwy.
San Jose, CA 95134
(800) 733-2237

Agfa Corporation
100 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
(201) 440-2500
fax: (201) 440-6703

Casio Inc. 570 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Dover, NJ 07801
(973) 361-5400
fax: (973) 537-8964

Concord Camera Corp.
4000 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 331-4200
fax: (954) 981-3055

Digi-Frame Inc.
181 Westchester Ave.
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 937-4090
fax: (914) 937-0385

Eastman Kodak Company
343 State St.
Rochester, NY 14650
(716) 724-4000

Foveon Inc.
3565 Monroe St.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 350-5100
fax: (408) 350-5130

Fuji Photo Film USA Inc.
555 Taxter Rd.
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 789-8100
fax: (914) 789-8295

Hasselblad USA Inc.
10 Madison Rd.
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 227-7320
fax: (973) 227-3249

Hewlett-Packard Company
16399 W Bernardo Dr.
San Diego, CA 92127
(858) 655-5322
fax: (858) 655-7640

Horseman USA
12685 Dorsett Rd.,
Room 403
St. Louis, MO 63043v (314) 542-4214
fax: (314) 576-4242

HP Marketing Corp. (Kaiser Fototechnik)
16 Chapin Rd.
Pine Brook, NJ 07058
(973) 808-9010
fax: (973) 808-9004

Imacon Inc.
4109 Clipper Ct.
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 651-2000
fax: (510) 445-3988

Konica Photo Imaging
725 Darlington Ave.
Mahwah, NJ 07430
(201) 574-4000
fax: (201) 574-4010

Kyocera International Inc.
8611 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 576-2600
fax: (858) 492-1456

Leica Camera Inc/Minox
156 Ludlow Ave.
Northvale, NJ 07647
(201) 767-7500
fax: (201) 767-8666

Lexar Media
47421 Bayside Pkwy.
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 413-1200
fax: (510) 440-3499

Minolta Corporation
101 Williams Dr.
Ramsey, NJ 07446 (201) 825-4000
fax: (201) 423-0590

Mustek, Inc.
121 Waterworks Way, Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 790-3800

Nikon Inc.
1300 Walt Whitman Rd.
Melville, NY 11747
(516) 547-4200
fax: (516) 547-8518

Olympus America Inc.
Two Corporate Center Dr.
Melville, NY 11747
(800) 347-4027
fax: (516) 844-5262

Panasonic Company
One Panasonic Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094
(800) 211-7262
fax: (201) 302-4242

Pentax Corporation
35 Inverness Dr. E
Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 799-8000
fax: (303) 790-1131

Phase One Inc.
24 Woodbine Ave.
Northport, NY 11768
(631) 757-0400
fax: (631) 757-2217

Phogenix Imaging LLC
16399 West Bernardo Dr.
San Diego, CA 92127
(858) 798-7950
fax: (858) 798-7821

Polaroid Corporation
400 Boston Post Rd.
PO Box 438
Wayland, MA 01778
(781) 386-6175
fax: (781) 386-6243

Ricoh Corporation
5 Dedrick Pl.
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 882-2000
fax: (973) 882-5840

Rollei USA
39 US Hwy. 46, Ste. 803
Pinebrook, NJ 07058
(973) 244-9660
fax: (973) 244-9818

Schneider Optics Inc.
285 Oser Ave.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 761-5000
fax: (631) 761-5090

Sinar Bron Imaging (Leaf)
17 Progress St.
Edison, NJ 08820
(800) 456-0203
fax: (908) 754-5807

SmARTlens Corporation
1409 Quail Dr.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(727) 772-7573

Sony Electronics Inc.
1 Sony Dr.
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
(201) 930-1000

Vivitar Corporation
1280 Rancho Conejo Blvd.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 498-7008
fax: (805) 498-5086