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Gitzo drops tripod prices 15% to 20%

Japanese photo retailers reduce film camera inventory to make room for digital

Visioneer releases new OneTouch scanner

HP to unveil 50 consumer printers; redesigns products to meet consumers' digital imaging needs

Digital ICE now available in flatbed scanners

Lexmark introduces new products

Red Mercury unveils new AcidImage 2.0 image viewer for Palm OS

Sony to debut small-size 1.3-megapixel camera digital camera

New Gossen Digisix ambient light meter fits in the palm of your hand

Kinetronics introduces new tool for digital dust control

Sinar launches p3 view camera; forms club for customers


Gitzo drops tripod prices 15% to 20%
Product innovations and refinements, plus a new production facility, has enabled Gitzo to drop prices across its line of tripods, with savings on almost all items in the catalog. 

The amount of the reduction varies, but prices on most major models have been cut at least 15% to 20%, with many items reduced even more. 

Visit www.bogenphoto.com for details.  

Japanese photo retailers reduce film camera inventory to make room for digital
JPEA Photo Electro News (PEN) reports many camera stores in Japan are reducing and rearranging their inventory of film cameras to give more space to digital cameras. 

Yodobashi Camera, the country's largest photo retailer, has moved film cameras out of the main building entirely, to a newly remodeled camera wing. Digital cameras remain prominently displayed in the main building. Likewise, Sakuraya, another major camera retailer, is cutting down on traditional camera inventory. 

Many smaller dealers are being forced to drastically reduce traditional camera inventory or stop carrying them completely, as Japanese consumers continue to shift to digital cameras. 

Visioneer releases new OneTouch scanner
Visioneer debuted the first scanner in its new Slimline series the OneTouch 7100 USB color flatbed scanner. This new slim scanner is 33 percent smaller than previous models, measuring 17-by-11.9-by-2.6 inches. The OneTouch 7100 USB utilizes CCD sensors and features an optical resolution of 1,200-by-4,800 dpi, 48-bit internal color and FlashBack Bi-directional AutoScan Technology.  

It is bundled with ScanSoft's PaperPort Deluxe 7.0 with built-in OCR and ArcSoft PhotoImpression 3.0.    It is available now, and the suggested retail price is $99.99.   

HP to unveil 50 consumer printers; redesigns products to meet consumers' digital imaging needs
HP announced it would launch more than 50 printer and imaging products between now and early next year.The company said it has spent more than $1.2 billion in the last three years on the project, which it says will be the single largest consumer product launch in its history.    

Printers are HP's most profitable business; the printing and imaging group brings in more than $20 billion in revenue annually. The investment included $900 million on manufacturing, $125 million on research and development and $200 million on marketing, and the initiative involved completely redesigning its printer products to meet consumers' digital imaging and photography needs, HP's executive vice president of imaging and printing, Vyomesh Joshi, said.  

"Today's announcement culminates a three-year investment to make the process of taking, printing and sharing photos easier and more affordable for consumers," Joshi said. HP is kicking off the launch with the introduction of three-color inkjet printers -these include an HP Deskjet 5550 priced at $149, an HP Deskjet 3820 priced at $99 and an HP Deskjet 3420, which will sell at $79.

Digital ICE now available in flatbed scanners
Microtek and Applied Science Fiction announced the availability of the Microtek ScanMaker 6800 flatbed scanner with ASF's Digital ICE technology for photo prints. The Microtek ScanMaker 6800 is the first flatbed scanner to integrate ASF's Digital ICE technology for photo prints. The hardware and software integration allows users to scan a damaged photo print and apply Digital ICE for photo correction. The combined technology removes dust and lint while also correcting most scratches and cracks commonly found on photo print surfaces. The Microtek ScanMaker 6800 also offers 48-bit color, 4,800-by-2,400 dpi optical resolution, FireWire and USB connectivity, a built-in 4-by-5 transparency light plate, and 8.5-by- 11.7-inch scan area.  

The Microtek ScanMaker 6800 with integrated Digital ICE for Photo Prints will be available  August/September 2002 and has an estimated price of $399.99.   

Lexmark introduces new products
Lexmark introduced the PrinTrio - an inkjet-based printer that also offers scanning and copying. Its graphical user interface integrates print, scan and copy functions using menus.    Features include integrated photo-editing software, photo sizing (automatically adjusts images to print out in various sizes), and photo display (stores and retrieves images). The PrinTrio offers 2,400-by-1,200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution in black and color on all paper types, as well as print speeds of up to 11 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 6 ppm in color.    

PrinTrio's flatbed scanner is designed to handle books, reports and photographs, offering up to 600-by-1,200 dpi scan resolution (up to 9,600 dpi enhanced). The Lexmark PrinTrio has an estimated street price of $149.

Lexmark also unveiled the X125 All-In-One Office Center, designed for small office/home office settings. The X125 combines color print, standalone fax, scan and copy capabilities, with 2,400-by-1,200 dpi resolution in black and color on all paper types and a seven-picoliter color drop size. 

The sheet-fed scanner offers up to 600-by-1,200 dpi optical resolution (up to 9,600 dpi enhanced resolution) and 36-bit color scan depth.  The Lexmark X125 All-In-One Office Center has an estimated street price of $179. 

Red Mercury unveils new AcidImage 2.0 image viewer for Palm OS
Handheld entertainment software company Red Mercury introduced AcidImage 2.0, an image viewer for Palm OS that allows users to view their JPEG, GIF and BMP images directly from a Memory Card or Memory Stick. AcidImage supports all resolutions, including the new 320-by-480 screens, and works on grayscale or color devices. 

A free demo of AcidImage is available for download on the Red Mercury web site. The full version is also available on the website for $19.95 U.S. per license. 

Sony to debut small-size 1.3-megapixel camera digital camera

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Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-U10.

Sony unveiled its smallest and lightest 1.3-million-pixel digital camera called the Cyber-shot DSC-U10. The camera weighs just 87 grams. The price of the camera is open, but the estimated sticker price is around 25,000 (about US$208). 

The new camera will be launched July 20 and will be available in three colors: silver, pink and blue. The camera will be turned on when its lens cover on the front surface of the main body opens, and users can take pictures about one second after the camera is turned on. By using AA nickel metal-hydride batteries, the camera enables users to take 1,800 pictures continuously (for 70 minutes).

New Gossen Digisix ambient light meter fits in the palm of your hand
The ultra-compact Digisix is the newest ambient light meter in the Gossen family of meters. It is small enough to sit comfortably on a camera's hot shoe (with optional shoe adapter), and features a digital read-out and an analog scale for ambient light levels that can be measured in reflective or incident mode. It also offers a functioning clock with an alarm, a timer for timing long exposures, and a precision digital thermometer that measures temperatures and stores a high and low value.

The Digisix is microprocessor controlled and runs on a Lithium battery type CR 2032. It weighs approximately 1.5 oz including battery, and comes with a carry case, strap and battery. The Digisix will be available mid-July, with a suggested retail price of $149 and an expected street price around $109. Bogen Photo, Ramsey, N.J., USA, is the exclusive Gossen distributor for the United States.

Kinetronics introduces new tool for digital dust control
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The SpeckGRABBER, from Kinetronics, removes dust from CCDs, lenses and films.
Kinetronics introduced the SpeckGRABBER, a tool for safely removing individual contaminant particles from digital camera CCDs as well as delicate and sensitive surfaces. 

A small soft washable pad on the end of the SpeckGRABBER provides a high adhesion surface that sticks to contaminant particles with more cohesive force than the contaminated surface. 

When the SpeckGRABBER is put in contact with the particle, it adheres to the particle, while leaving no residue on the contacted surface.   The SpeckGRABBER is non-conductive, and can be used on active CCDs. It can also be used on lenses and films.   

The tool is available in two styles; the Pro model has a heavy-duty rubberized grip. Both styles can be cleaned in water or a soap solution.   

Sinar launches p3 view camera; forms club for customers

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The p3 is Sinar's first small view camera on the market.
Switzerland based Sinar launched the Sinar p3 view camera, which is optimized for digital imaging. The Sinar Digital System allows the attachment of all Sinarback digital backs to the new camera with one cable for data transmission and power supply. The Sinar p3 features integrated electrical couplings that directly connect the digital back with the shutter. 

The camera also features self-locking mechanisms for exact settings; and an ergonomic design. The Sinaron Digital Lens with an electronically controlled between-the-lens shutter is mounted on a lens board with 4-inch sides.   

The company also formed the Sinar Owners' Group, a program which provides customers with exclusive access to a magazine and website, workshops and an extended warranty. Anyone who owns a Sinar product that has a serial number is eligible to join the group. Registration can be made at www.sinarcameras.com.

 

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