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Nikon discontinues the Nikonos V line

Minolta develops small zoom lens unit for mobile phones

dotPhoto launches holiday greeting card service

Mamiya announces digital & film 645 camera

Has James Bond heard about this one? New Sony wrist watch camera


Nikon discontinues the Nikonos V line

Nikon has announced it will stop production of the Nikonos V line of cameras. Accessories for the Nikonos line will remain available at least through 2002 at which time Nikon will evaluate whether to continue with their production. The Nikonos system has been one of most popular choices for serious underwater photographers for almost forty years but demand for these systems has substantially decreased in the last few years making the line unprofitable.

Minolta develops small zoom lens unit for mobile phones

Minolta has developed the Micro Zoom Camera (MZC), a small zoom lens unit for mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). The MZC features a maximum 3x optical zoom, and is ready for CIF-format, 1/7-inch CMOS camera devices. It can be used with low-power-consumption devices such as mobile phones and PDAs, as it can be driven by 3V, Minolta said. Minolta reportedly plans to start mass production of the unit next summer.

dotPhoto launches holiday greeting card service

dotPhoto Inc. launched its 2001 Web-enabled holiday greeting card service. The service allows users to construct 4-by-8-inch holiday photo cards online, view on-screen versions of the finished product, and purchase cards online, through dotPhoto's website at http://www.dotphoto.com/ Cards are available in lots of 25, and prices begin at 89 cents, with discounts for volume purchases. All cards are shipped with envelopes.

Mamiya announces digital & film 645 camera

Mamiya 645AFDMamiya announced the new Mamiya 645AFD medium format autofocus camera, which supports both film and digital imaging. It features the Mamiya Serial Communications (MSC) protocol, multi-point evaluative metering, and TTL flash compensation. Mamiya also announced its new AF 35mm f/3.5 lens for both film and digital applications, designed for use with the new Mamiya 645AFD camera. Using 120/220 film, the 90 angle of view is equivalent to an ultra-wide angle 22mm focal length (compared to 35mm format), and for digital capture it acts as a normal/wide angle lens.

Has James Bond heard about this one? New Sony wrist watch camera

Sony Wrist CamSony debuted a prototype of a wristwatch video camera. The video camera features a built-in Bluetooth module, and can transmit moving images to PCs and other wristwatches in real time. It has a small, rotating video camera, a color-display and a microphone.

Sony as not yet decided whether it will market the watch commercially, the report said.

 

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