By DAVE GUSSOW
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 19, 2001
Get small: A smaller camera adds to convenience, but it also has a "neat!" factor. JVC made its microPocket DV video camera small enough to fit into a pocket. Yet it can take still photos, add sound effects and prepare video clips for e-mail. It's expected to be available in April at $1,699.
Connect: Photos are big online so a couple of cameras skip the computer and go directly to the Web or e-mail. Ricoh calls its RDC-i700 an image-capturing device. That means, among other things, that it takes pictures, then allows the user to edit them on a touch screen and send them to the Web wirelessly (you also can Web-surf on it). A demonstration brought a number of "cool" comments. But its $1,500 price when it comes out this spring and its limited practicality as a business tool tempered second thoughts.
Polaroid, which has a rising share of the digital camera market based on popular, lower-price models, showed off its PhotoMax PDC 640 Modem Camera with a built-in 56k modem. It is expected on the market in April with a $249.99 price.
Software: Users who are more than beginners but not quite pros soon will get a new option in photo-editing software, which is used to adjust and manipulate photos before storing them or moving them to the Web. Adobe showed off Photoshop Elements, a $99 package expected this spring. It has more flexibility than the lower-end PhotoDeluxe, but it's less technical than the high-end Photoshop. And MGI Software released PhotoSuite Mobile, a $24.95 package that enables people to edit photos on handheld organizers that use the Palm operating system.
Mobile printer: SiPix Inc. displayed its new Pocket Printer A6 that works with Palm organizers and Windows laptops. The $149 device, about the size of a hand, uses infrared beams to connect. It is expected in office supply stores in March.
Dream machines: Most of us won't spend thousands for a camera, but we can dream. Nikon's D1x ($5,500) offers super resolution at 5.4 megapixels, while the D1h ($4,500) can snap off five shots a second.
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