what's hot in the photo marketplace
by Diane Berkenfeld
a. APPLE (www.apple.com) has added two new PowerBooks to its notebook line. The 17-inch model features a lightning fast 1GHz G4 processor, backlit keyboard, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, and SuperDrive to burn and play CD/DVDs. The 12-inch PowerBook G4 offers an 867MHz G4 processor, Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW), and built-in Bluetooth in a small size.
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc.
CANON (www.cusa.canon.com) expanded its line of portable LCD projectors with the new LV-5200. An SVGA projector that offers Canon's high-quality optics, a 1.5x motorized zoom, multiple interfaces, and quiet operation. The projector features keystone correction, Contrast and Cinema modes, as well as a wireless remote control.
Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A. Inc.
ROLAND (www.rolanddga.com) added the 74-inch Hi-Fi JET Pro II pigment-based printer to its line. The printer is also able to print with dye inks. The 74-inch Hi-Fi JET Pro II outputs up to 300 square feet per hour at 450 dpi and offers resolutions up to 1440x1440 dpi.
Manufacturer: Roland DGA Corporation
SONY (www.sony.com) expanded its line of Vaio notebook computers with two new models. The VAIO PCG-V505 series features Pentium 4 processors, wireless capability, and an integrated DVD/CD-RW drive. The VAIO PCG-GRV680 notebook offers a dual-format DVD recordable drive that works with the four most popular types of DVD media.
Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
FACES ON TIME (www.facesontime.com) has added a sports model to its line of custom photo watches. The sports model is available in two sizes with different finishes, dials, and bands. Faces On Time uses an image suspension process to place the image of a pet's photo between the watch dial and crystal. The pet's name or other brief inscription may be added. The watches are made by Endura, a member of the Swatch Group of Switzerland.
Manufacturer: Faces On Time
MITSUBISHI (www.mitsubishi-imaging.com) expanded its line of printers with the new CP-3020DU Digital Color Printer. The new printer uses dye-sub technology and produces prints up to 8x12-inches on both glossy and matte surface papers. The printer, which allows for multiple-size prints on a single sheet of A4 paper, can be used in-studio or on location for fast color printing.
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics
EPSON (www.epson.com) introduced three new portable multimedia projectors. The PowerLite 52c, PowerLite 53c, and PowerLite 73c feature sleek designs and each weighs only 6.4 pounds. Designed for use on the go, the projectors use Seiko Epson's three-LCD projection system for a high level of image quality, true colors, and sharp text.
Manufacturer: Epson America Inc.
DELKIN DEVICES (www.delkin.com) has announced that firmware for the eFilm PicturePAD is now able to recognize RAW files created by high-end digitalSLR cameras. The eFilm PicturePAD, a mobile storage device, features a built-in hard drive (ranging from 20GB to 60GB) for storing digital images and a color LCD screen for viewing. The firmware may be downloaded from the website.
Manufacturer: Delkin Devices
NIKON (www.nikonusa.com) is developing a new wide-angle F-Mount autofocus lens series exclusively dedicated to its line of digital SLRs. The first lens will be a Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G lens, incorporating Nikon's Silent Wave Motor Technology, ED Glass, and G-Type design for compatibility with each camera model's built-in Command Dial aperture control. Nikon will deliver the new AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens this April, incorporating Silent Wave Motor Technology, ED Glass, and manual/automatic focusing mode.
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
MINOLTA (www.minoltausa.com) has added to its line of digital cameras with the introduction of the DiMAGE F300, a 5-megapixel model. The F300 features a built-in 3x optical zoom Minolta GT lens with additional 4x digital zoom capability. Other features include exposure compensation, self-timer, noise reduction, movie and audio recording, and date imprinting. The F300 records Jpeg and Tiff files to SecureDigital and MultiMediaCards.
Manufacturer: Minolta Corporation