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Debuts-a-Plenty at photokina 2002

Olympus introduced three new digital cameras, including the C-730, with a 10x optical/3x digital zoom; and a pair of 5-megapixel modelsthe C50Z utilizing the xD-Picture Card and the C5050 which supports the xD-Picture Card, CompactFlash and SmartMedia.

Concord introduced six new digital cameras in their Eye-Q family ranging in resolution from 2 megapixels to 4 megapixels.

Samsung added three new Digimax digital cameras to their offerings. The Digimax 101, 201 and 240. The Digimax 240 is a 2-megapixel camera that offers a 3x optical/2x digital zoom and stores images in its internal memory or SD/MMC cards.

Toshiba introduced a 3.2-megapixel model, the PDR-3320 which features an all glass 3x optical zoom, macro capability and a SM slot. Toshiba offers an optional mounting system for third party filters or accessory lenses.

Nikon added to its Coolpix digital camera line with the new 4300. The 4300 is a 4-megapixel model with a 3x optical zoom Nikon lens. The camera also features a macro mode and Nikon's one touch upload of images to computer.

Minox, known for miniature reproductions of classic Leica cameras introduced the Leica M3a digital camera with the exterior of the 1950's classic camera. The camera offers 1.3 megapixels of resolution and 32 MB of built-in storage, downloading to computer by USB.

Minolta introduced the Dimage 7Hi, a 5-megapixel digital SLR type camera based on the Dimage 7. The camera can record images in JPEG, Tiff and Minolta Raw file formats. Minolta also introduced a successor to the Dimage X, the new Dimage Xi.

Sony introduced a new class of ultra-small digital cameras with the Cyber-shot U DSC-U20 and DSC-U10 models. The tiny cameras are light enough to wear as an accessory. Sony also offers a variety of stylish cases for these cameras that are sold separately. They include mesh fabric, camouflage and faux-fur designs.

Fresh Photofinishing Products

Minilab and kiosk manufacturers unveiled newer, more affordable output solutions to help meet the expected increase in demand of consumers wanting low cost prints from their digital media. In the minilab/kiosk arena, two long-awaited units were featured working on the show floor.

The ASF Digital PIC dry processing system was at ASF's booth. Working models of Phogenix's DFX minilabs were on hand at the HP and Kodak booths.

Kodak had their new Picture Maker family of kiosks on display in the various configurations that are being offered. Polaroid and Gretag demonstrated a working model of the new Polaroid FastLane Digital Printing Kiosk, which uses Polaroid's Opal printing technology. Sony displayed their PictureStation in the two configurations offeredcountertop and freestanding kiosk. Konica's new R1 digital minilab was on display at their booth. Agfa introduced a number of new products including two versions of the CD-Burning Robot for use with the company's digital minilabs. The CD-Burning Robot connects to a workstation that is linked to an Agfa minilab. Fujifilm showed their PrintPix Digicam Picture Centers and Frontier Digital Lab systems including the recently added Frontier 340. Other products on display included Olympus' TruePrint photo kiosk and Pixel Magic Imaging's MegaPixel PhotoStation. News from Noritsu and Epson surrounded their collaboration on an inkjet minilab, the dDP-411 that uses seven inks and will print on Matte paper, with glossy being offered in the future. Whitech displayed its software and photo.teller on-line solutions for retailers.

Digital Devices, Media & Software

ACD released ACDSee 5.0, the company's latest software version of the image management, viewing, enhancing and sharing program.

Delkin Devices introduced the eFilm PicturePAD portable hard drives, which allow photographers to download images in the field and keep shooting. The PicturePAD has an LCD screen to verify that images were transferred.

Lexar Media announced a new line of Professional Series CF cards with Write Acceleration technology. The technology offers significant improvements in file write speed when used with partner digital cameras such as Nikon's D1x. Lexar also introduced a USB Multi-Card reader.