You may have to compete against camera stores as well as your fellow computer retailers with this product, but the rise of digital cameras as a modern tool for home, business and professional photographic users is worthy of close attention.
Kodak Australia has introduced two new models to its digital camera range, including a claimed first for 1.6 million pixels of resolution at less than $2500, and dramatically improved picture transfer speeds. It is claiming the sort of capability that users expect of the modern camera.
According to Patrick Turner, Kodak's Asia-Pacifc marketing manager, digital and applied imaging, said: "Photographers can now control the images much better, opening up all sorts just-in-time and catalogue-type applications which take to digital cameras to a new level."
Bearing the moniker Digital Science DC220 and DC260, the new cameras employ a Motorola PowerPC 800 series processor for faster image processing and use Universal Serial Bus (USB) interfaces for faster image downloading.
In addition to the standard digital zoom capability, the DC220 and DC260 also boast either 2x or 3x optical zoom characteristics similar to those on traditional cameras. There is also a burst feature for sequential pictures, a time lapse mode, audio record and playback to accompany photos, scripting capabilities, orientation sensors, custom software for storing, sharing digital images and an 8MB picture cards which works like a reusable digital roll of film.
The DC220 and the DC260 will be available to computer resellers and retailers in July with an estimated street price of $1999 and $2449 respectively.
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