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Digital Media Presents More Speed, More Options
November 1, 2000

35mm film is 35mm film, whether it was made by Kodak, Fuji or Agfa. But the matter is not so simple for digital photography. There are a ton of options. SmartMedia, CompactFlash and MultiMedia Cards are pretty common throughout the digital media market, but, as if there weren't enough already, formats such as Memory Stick, Secure Digital (SD) cards and on-the-horizon optical formats are trying to throw even more choices—no matter how confusing—into the mix. Speeding things up at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Lexar Media, Inc. announced the availability of 10x and 12x speed Type I CompactFlash cards in 256MB and 320MB capacities. At

More Than Just Paper
November 1, 2000

Inkjet photo paper manufacturers prep for this holiday season with new offerings. Consumers will see more kinds of inkjet photo media sold for less in 2001, upon other trends coming. According to Priscilla Smith, product marketing manager, imaging and consumer electronics, Compaq, more kinds of inkjet photo paper will become more available and will cost less. "We can expect a 10 to 33 percent decrease in price from six months to a year," she noted. An impending price decrease, she explained, is driven in part by technology: manufacturers can now produce wider, thinner paper, use less resources, and, therefore, the paper will sell for less

The Digital Camera Challenge for Printers and Scanners
November 1, 2000

Scanners and printers for the general consumer are no longer the big-ticket items they once were. Consumers swept up in the digital imaging craze have boosted sales of both product categories. But is the ever-growing popularity of digital cameras friend or foe? Scanners Scanners have the most to worry about when it comes to digital cameras. A camera's ability to transfer images directly to the PC via a direct connection or a memory card eliminates the need for a scanner, but the fear of such competition could be premature. According to the IDC Peripheral Report for 1999, scanners were the second highest selling peripheral with 19

Photo Printers Have Picture Perfect Goals
November 1, 1999

The novelty of printing your own photographs appeals to consumers not only for the entertainment value but because it can also save a trip to the photomat. The two most readily available use either thermal dye sublimation (dye-sub), which uses a thermal print head to transfer ink from a ribbon, or an inkjet, which sprays ink through tiny nozzles. Most recently, Kodak and Lexmark teamed up to produce one such printer, the Kodak Personal Picture Maker (PM100, $149 SRP after a $50 mail-in rebate), a stand-alone inkjet unit that does not need a PC to operate. Working with any Type I CompactFlash and SmartMedia camera cards,

The Inkjet Wars - Games, Internet Access and Fruit Flavors
July 1, 1999

Prices for inkjet printers have dropped to the near ridiculous, often given away or bundled with other products. For under $250 consumers can own a printer that produces good to excellent quality in color and black without having to brew a pot of coffee between pages. For consumers for whom speed is not an issue, but price is, the sub $100 printers are a still a good deal. To give consumers the final nudge towards their products, some manufacturers are pushing the style and software features of their products. Lexmark, the company who pioneered the sub-$100 category of inkjet printers, introduced a new product at $89 MSRP

PMA Focuses on Megapixel+
April 1, 1999

By Grant Clauser Once again, digital products seemed to steal the limelight at the annual Photo Marketing Association show held this year in Las Vegas, Nev. The crowds were abuzz with phrases like megapixel, CCD and Carl Zeiss. Despite a year of high returns for digital cameras, manufacturers didn't need sequined dancers and celebrity appearance to attract attention at their booths. But it didn't hurt either. Several manufacturers touted two megapixel CCD sensors that can capture an image at about 1600 x 1200 resolutions. Other news included some high-res low-priced models and a variety of ease of use features. One of the long-running problems with digital camera has been

Comdex Fall '98 Preview
November 1, 1998

Agfa's Snapscans with Parallel, USB Connectors Agfa Desktop Products Group will take its Snapscan 1212 scanners to Comdex. The parallel-port connection model, the 1212P, carries a suggested retail price of $99. The 1212U, with USB compatibility, sells for $129. Both scanners offer resolutions of 600 x 1,200 pixels per inch and include a software bundle featuring FotoSnap, FotoLook, iPhoto Express and OCR programs. The 1212P will scan at speeds comparable to that of scanners with faster SCSI connections, despite any potential computer limitations, with the included OptiSpeed module. The 1212U requires Windows '98 and a Pentium II PC. Call (978) 658-5600 ext. 5196. Microtek

Spotlight on SOHO - Creating A Hard Copy
March 1, 1998

by Jamie Latshaw Because multifunctions, printers, faxes, copiers and scanners are co-existing in the same market, when it comes to gaining or holding shelf space, competition is tough. "I don't think a manufacturer can afford not to have a multifunction device," Frank Martinez, Brother's national laser and color inkjet product manager, said. "As they [multifunction devices] become more powerful and more readily accepted, they're infringing on other devices for space." he said, referring to printer, scanning and telephony answering machine devices. "It's a highly competitive market, and shelf space will go to the retailer who delivers the right product and the right program," Debbit Abbott, Xerox's director of