Minolta Announces the Release of the Maxxum 4
Minolta made public this month the worst kept secret in photography - the release of the Maxxum 4. Essentially a Maxxum 5 with a reduced feature set and a lower price, the Maxxum 4 becomes Minolta's entry level SLR as well as the lightest and smallest SLR currently available.
Apple is now offering its new eMac to consumers. Launched in April, the eMac was originally offered to education customers. Apple is now offering a new CD-RW and modem configuration eMac through its retail channels. The eMac features a 17-inch flat CRT and a 700 MHz PowerPC G4 processor. It carries a retail price of $1,099. All eMacs include iPhoto for managing and sharing digital photographs, iMovie 2 for creating digital movies, and iTunes 2 for creating a digital music library. With five USB ports and two FireWire ports, eMac provides plug-and-play connections to peripherals such as digital video camcorders, digital cameras, printers and scanners.
In other news Apple announced that a preview of QuickTime 6 is now available as a free download from www.apple.com for both Mac and Windows. QuickTime 6 is the first mainstream MPEG-4 solution for streaming media to all MPEG-4 compliant players. Apple is predicting that MPEG-4 will be the next-generation international standard for digital video.Kodak updates Picture CD Format with Improved e-mail Features
Kodak announced the availability of the Kodak Picture CD version 5.1, which features an improved e-mail address book that allows consumers to send multiple pictures within a single e-mail, according to the company. According to a recent consumer survey conducted by Kodak and ICR, an independent research company, only 20 percent of consumers felt it was easy to send pictures via e-mail.
According to Kodak, the Kodak Picture CD offers the following features:
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Lexar announced the addition of a 512MB CompactFlash card to its 12X High-Speed Series. The 512MB High-Speed card will be available at leading photo specialty, consumer electronics and mass merchandisers worldwide at a suggested retail price of $374.99.