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"A World of Imaging" And Then Some at Photokina 2004

Attendees snapping photos during their daily trek of the photokina halls were using a variety of image capture devices including camera phones, compact digicams, SLRs, both film and digital, and video cameras.

Digicam Debuts

Among the many new products were digital SLRs—including Canon's new EOS 1Ds Mark II with its 16+MP sensor; Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7D and its 6.1MP imager; Nikon's 12.4MP D2X; Olympus' 8MP E300 prosumer SLR utilizing the Four Thirds sensor; and the 6.1MP Pentax *istDS. Leica also showed off its 35mm Digital-Modul-R, 10MP digital back for the Leica R8 and R9 SLRs.

Also on display were a multitude of compact digital cameras ranging from pure point and shoot to full manual control for a range of possible users—ranging up to 8MP. Whether sleek and sexy, worn as a fashion accessory or a more powerful model with multiple automatic and manual modes for the seasoned photographer, there were plenty of new camera debuts.

Olympus introduced the 4-megapixel AZ-2 Zoom; and showed other recent introductions at their booth as well. The AZ-2 Zoom is designed to offer maximum versatility, within a slim metal body. The camera's 2.8x optical/5.5x digital zoom has been integrated through the use of a new lens with a "folded" light path, which allow the camera its slim dimensions. Images are viewed on a large 2.5-inch LCD, with sunshine technology. Thirteen scene modes, Olympus TruePic TURBO processing and camera shake correction for shooting movies are some of the cameras many features.

Other cameras on display: the compact C-70 Zoom offering 7.1MP, 5x optical/6x digital zoom and TruePic TURBO; and the C-370 Zoom and C-470 Zoom featuring 4MP and 3.2MP respectively with 3x optical zooms; and the Stylus Verve, with its distinguishing shape and bright colors.

Samsung Camera's V70 reaches new heights with 7MP resolution; the V6 offers 6MP and a Schneider Kreuznach lens; the U-CA series, designed for the youth market, added the 4MP Digimax U-CA 4 and the ultra-sleek 5-megapixel U-CA 505. Rounding out Samsung's offerings are the A series which include the 6MP Digimax A6, 5MP Digimax A5 and 4MP Digimax A400.

Fuji Photo Film expanded its digital camera product line, fulfilling the needs of a diverse range of users. Of the Fujifilm cameras introduced at photokina, most have already been available to consumers in the U.S.

Canon introduced its latest 5MP PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH in a variety of colors. A must-have for the fashion conscious, the four new cameras incorporate advanced features in a compact package. The camera offers a single focal length of 6.4mm and incorporates a 6.5x digital zoom.

Canon's new PowerShot SD200 and SD300 Digital ELPH cameras combine large 2-inch LCD screens, cutting edge technology with UA Lens and Canon's exclusive DIGIC II image processing technology into ultra compact packages. The PowerShot SD200 features 3.2MP and a 3x optical/3.2x digital zoom range, while the SD300 provides 4MP and a 3x optical/3.6x digital zoom.

Eastman Kodak's latest EasyShare model is the DX7590 zoom, featuring a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10x optical zoom lens and 5MP resolution.

Nikon expanded its line of Coolpix digital cameras with three new models. The Coolpix 8800 combines 8MP in resolution and a 10x optical zoom-Nikkor Extra-Low Dispersion glass lens. To complement the lens, Nikon incorporated its Vibration Reduction System into the camera, which automatically detects and compensates for the small camera movements that cause image blur.

The 8MP Coolpix 8400 features extreme wide-angle coverage, with a 24mm-85mm zoom, offering photo purists and creative photographers the ability to shoot in true wide-angle. An ED glass lens is used for high image quality.

The Coolpix 4800 is a 4.0-megapixel compact with an 8.3x optical zoom that offers the 35mm film equivalent of 36mm-300mm.

Konica Minolta expanded its digital camera line with the new DiMAGE A200. The DiMAGE A200 is an 8MP single lens reflex-type camera that offers automatic modes, perfect for the beginner—in addition to manual modes for the advanced amateur's desire for creative control. The camera features Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology with a unique CCD-shift mechanism to offset handheld shaking, throughout the 7x optical/4x digital zoom range.