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Digital Cameras for Every Niche, Market
November 1, 1999

One of the biggest weeks for digital imaging enthusiasts (second only to the annual Photo Marketing Association convention) will happen in Vegas again. COMDEX '99 draws the major players in the digital photography market. Vendors will be showcasing their latest digital cameras from the blister-packed VGA models to the multi-megapixel prosumer setups. It's thrilling and frustrating at the same time to see how much digital cameras have changed and improved in just the last year, now filling in more slots on retail shelves previously reserved for film cameras. Two-megapixel cameras, USB connections, superior interfaces and consumer-friendly price points should make this fall a great selling

Cameras Take The Smallest, Lightest Challenge
October 1, 1999

Just ask Gulliver. Small is better. Small is nice. Small is fun. And small can get the job done as well, or better, than large. When the photographic industry was asked (primarily by a vast army of amateurs) a decade or so ago to make cameras more automatic, more versatile and easier to use, it came through with what has come to be known as the 35mm point-and-shoot camera. And, despite sticking with the long-established 35mm film format, it came through with smaller cameras. Once the manufacturers were able to put micro-chips into their camera bodies, miniature automatics took over the whole industry in

PMA Preview - More Imaging to Come at PMA
February 1, 1999

By David L. Miller The photography industry generally assumes a low profile at International CES during odd-numbered years. Situated neatly between the mammoth biennial international Photokina trade fair in Cologne in the fall and the industry's own Photo Marketing Association's annual spring trade show, it gives traditional-film camera makers little time and/or inclination to come up with the new products for January despite the fact the majority of them are seriously into digital products. The great majority of the newly introduced image products at CES were digital cameras--far outnumbering the output from the strictly electronic imaging firms. All in all, the combined effort of both film and

Digital Imaging - Sharing the Stage at Photokina
November 1, 1998

By David Miller While electronic imaging is becoming increasingly visible at major photographic trade shows, it still had to share the spotlight with conventional photo film products at Photokina '98. The trend here was toward higher-end products, although the popular 35mm point-and-shoot camera continued to make up the greater part of new product introductions. Significantly, their contributions to the digital still camera category also continue to grow. With more exhibition space given to the strictly electronic companies, they were, nevertheless, content to expand existing lines and concepts. Mega pixels and miniaturization were the dominating factors. Casio introduced its QV-7000SX digital camera featuring 1.3 million mega pixels and

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is

News Japan
April 1, 1998

¥ Sega Pulls The Plug On Saturn Sega ended shipments of its Saturn game system to the U.S. last month after reporting losses of ¥50 billion in their U.S. subsidiary. Since its launch in the summer of 1995, about 1.8 million Saturns were sold in the U.S., with 5.8 million sold in Japan. Sega plans to continue marketing the system in Japan. Sega said its 1997 U.S. Saturn sales dropped 90 percent as compared with 1996. ¥ Yamaha Boosts CD-R Production Yamaha plans to double CD-R drive production to one million units in fiscal 1998, as an attempt to hold onto second place behind Philips. The company

News Japan
April 1, 1998

¥ Sega Pulls The Plug On Saturn Sega ended shipments of its Saturn game system to the U.S. last month after reporting losses of ¥50 billion in their U.S. subsidiary. Since its launch in the summer of 1995, about 1.8 million Saturns were sold in the U.S., with 5.8 million sold in Japan. Sega plans to continue marketing the system in Japan. Sega said its 1997 U.S. Saturn sales dropped 90 percent as compared with 1996. ¥ Yamaha Boosts CD-R Production Yamaha plans to double CD-R drive production to one million units in fiscal 1998, as an attempt to hold onto second place behind Philips. The company

Megapixels Storm PMA Show
March 1, 1998

NEW ORLEANS--The slowly but steadily growing pressure of electronics imaging products at the Photographic Marketing Association's (PMA) annual new product bash was readily apparent. And it was not only the fact that more traditional film camera manufacturers are beefing up their digital product input. The number of primarily electronic companies taking space at PMA is definitely on the rise. Also apparent is the increasing number of megapixel (one million pixel) digital still cameras popping up. Miniaturization is a growing factor -- in all three types of cameras: digital, 35mm point and shoot and Advanced Photo System (APS)--along with the appearance of more APS units coming

Convergence Blows Through Comdex
January 1, 1998

LAS VEGAS-Like a soft summer breeze, the spectre of digital consumer electronics blew gently through COMDEX/Fall '97 as the computer industry prepared for the start of a new era. While there were batches of new palmtops, most notably those based on Microsoft Windows CE 2.0, heaps of new monitors, digital cameras and image editing software, in the back meeting rooms, DTV was in the air. Even on the show floor engineers were discussing how the computing industry and consumer electronics industry would live together in the digital TV era. For a show supposedly about computers, there was a great deal of talk about digital TV and