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Epson America





Olympus America

Canon U.S.A. ( debuted the EOS 40D SLR, an ideal second body for professionals and a natural choice for entry-level pros. Featuring a 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, DIGIC III image processor, redesigned auto-focus sensor, and 6.5 fps continuous shooting capability—for bursts up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images—the EOS 40D SLR is ideal for capturing speed-sensitive outdoor and wild-nature shots, as well as action and sports scenes. The camera also has DDR SDRAM high-speed memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and two separate motors for shutter and mirror operation.

Epson America ( introduced three wide-format printers: the Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 (shown), and 9880, successors to the 17-inch wide 4800, 24-inch 7800, and 44-inch 9800. The printers feature Epson’s new MicroPiezo AMC print head; Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology with Vivid Magenta; AccuPhoto HD screening technology; advanced B&W printing technology, etc. The printers begin shipping to authorized Epson dealers this month. A ColorBurst® Edition of each model—with a Professional PostScript Language Level 3 compatible RIP by ColorBurst—ships in December. Estimated street prices: Stylus Pro 7880: $2,995; 7880 ColorBurst Edition, $3,995.

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. ( has increased the write speed of its CompactFlash Ultimate memory cards to 266X. All 2-, 4-, and 8GB CF Ultimate cards will have free MediaRECOVER data recovery software, available as a download from Kingston’s website, for recovering lost, deleted, or corrupted files. Mac and Windows compatible, the cards are capable of storing RAW, JPEG, TIFF, and other large file formats. Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate cards are backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 live technical support.

Minox ( debuted the DC 7022 Slim, a 7-megapixel compact digital camera, with a 3-inch TFT display, auto-focus 28mm wide-angle MINOCTAR lens, 4X optical zoom, and electronic stabilization system. Featuring an black-anodized aluminum body, ISOs ranging from 50 to 1600, shutter speeds ranging from 1 second to 1/1500 second, the DC 7022 has a 32MB internal memory and takes SD memory cards up to 4GB.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America (
) is now shipping the CP-9800DW, an ultra-high speed, high volume thermal printer that offers quality at a low cost. The CP-9800DW outputs 4x6 prints with bright, bold colors and superior consistency and accuracy in 8 seconds and outputs 400 prints per hour. A 300 dpi thermal head provides greater image quality, clarity, and texture at superior resolutions. With a roll-type mechanism for jam-free use, the CP-9800DW provides continuous quality performance. For greater versatility, the printer has four output sizes with edge-to-edge printing.

Nikon Inc. ( introduced the 12.3 effective megapixel D300, which combines new technologies and features from the new D3 DSLR. The camera features a 51-point auto-focus system, 3D Focus Tracking feature, Scene Recognition System, Picture Control System, and a new self-cleaning sensor unit. The D300 can shoot 6 fps or 8 fps with the optional MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack. In continuous bursts, it can shoot up to 100 shots. The LiveView feature offers two modes for confirming composition on the 3-inch LCD monitor while shooting: Tripod mode and Handheld mode.

Olympus America ( introduced the Stylus 820, a compact digital camera featuring an In-Camera Panorama mode, which works by lining up a dot with a box on the LCD display. As you pan, the photo is taken automatically, making a perfect panorama every time. Just stitch the images together inside the camera. The Stylus 820 features 5x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD, and a sleek, compact design.