The New, the Strange, the Megapix
By Grant Clauser
LAS VEGASThe 2000 annual Photo Marketing Association meeting, held once again in Las Vegas, demonstrated, among other things, that the mainstreaming of digital cameras has pretty much arrived. In addition to the expected improvements in resolution and some new interesting designs, PMA featured some strange products that most people would have never predicted.
At the top of the strange and unique list would have to be Polaroid's combination instant/digital camera. The still unnamed product ($99) fuses an i-Zone instant camera with a VGA-quality digital camera. It has separate viewfinders and flashes for each camera (the cameras appear literally glued together), so the user can choose either function, but not both simultaneously. It will ship this fall for about $100.