Hidden in the secret innermost recesses of the digital camera world is a tiny group that likes very compact cameras - cameras so small that they weigh in at one ounce (or less) for each megapixel of resolution. The diminutive Fujifilm Finepix F470 could be the poster child for this club -- it weighs 5.5 ounces (with battery, memory card, and wrist strap) and produces 6 megapixel images. Fuji's newest compact digital camera relies on a usability driven design, point & shoot ease of use, and very basic controls/menus to make capturing striking photos dead simple.
Not to be left out of all the new product annoucements, Lowepro has announced a new line of bags designed for resporters, a rolling computer/camera backpack, a non-rolling computer and camera backpack, and some new colors for their Rezo line of compact camera cases. Lowepro bags are known for their high quality and excellent design.
The Digital Foci (pronounced "foe-sigh") Picture Porter provides portable media storage and backup if you don't want to carry around a laptop. The multiple card reader can handle all of the most popular memory card formats. A 2 inch color screen lets you browse thumbnails and navigate through menus. The Picture Porter is available in 20GB and 40GB capacities, starting at $369.
If you're a nature photographer, or someone who hikes a lot, in the rain, with a digital SLR, you should take a look at the Lowepro DryZone Rover bag. For around $200, you get a high quality, comfortable, camera-toting backpack that is the first to incorporate a hydration system. Not only will you stay hydrated, but your camera will stay bone dry in the waterproof lower compartment of the backpack.
At $150, the Westinghouse Digital 5.6" Photo Frame is a good option for someone looking for an affordable digital frame that can accept many different media types. The interchangeable face plates allow it to fit in just about any decor and still look like a nice photo frame (with a cord coming out of it). It does make a great desk accessory for those times when you just don't feel like working and just need to zone out a bit while viewing pictures from your last vacation.
The HP Photosmart 475 is an impressive and snappy portable printer that takes the drudgery out of printing. You no longer are forced to boot your computer or run some complex, multi-step piece of software. Printing can be as simple as inserting a memory card and pressing the Print button or connecting the camera directly through the PictBridge interface.
DXG USA has announced the DXG-503, a 5.1 megapixel camera with 2 inch LCD at a great entry-level price point. The camera also has 32 MB of built-in memory and a SD/MMC memory card slot. At an estimated street price of $149-$169, the camera may be a good choice for first-time digital users and budding photographers.
Kodak has officially announced the availability of their EasyShare One digital camera. Introduced at CES at the beginning of the year, Kodak delayed the release of this model earliter this year. Kodak worked up a lot of anticipation for this camera, which has a 4 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, 256MB internal memory and a rotating/flipping 3 inch touchscreen LCD. Not to mention the the use of an 802.11 wireless network when using the Kodak WI-FI card. Their goal is to let you sit on your couch while you send pictures to your Kodak printer. The EasyShare One will be availabe in October for $599 with the Kodak WI-FI card.
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