By Lisa Johnston
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PLEASANTON, CALIF. — Ezonics has announced that the EZMega Cam, a combination digital camera and Webcam, is shipping in September for a suggested retail price of $99. The EZMega Cam features one-megapixel resolution and has 8MB internal memory, which can store up to 90 images at VGA resolution and 60 at SVGA resolution. The camera also features a built-in flash. The camera can also capture 2 minutes of video, comes with a ten-second time delay self timer and is powered by two AA batteries. The EZMega also allows users to capture and deliver streaming video (30 fps at 352 x 288 dpi) while connected to a PC via a USB connection. The EZMega Cam comes bundled with seven software titles that include Ezonics Greeting Cam deluxe, Live Express Video Panel and Composer, Ulead Photo Express 4.0 SE, Ulead Photo Explorer 7.0 SE, Ulead Cool 360, Ezonics MediaShow/ SlideShow, and Microsoft NetMeeting.
BERLIN, GERMANY — The battle for flash memory market share has ignited in Europe as SanDisk announced it has expanded its retail presence there with the opening of a logistics distribution center for product deliveries to its retail distribution network. The number of retail outlets in Europe that carry SanDisk-branded flash memory cards and accessory products has increased from 6,000 in January 2000 to approximately 10,000 today. During the same time frame, the number of European countries where SanDisk products are sold has grown from 18 to 30 and includes additions such as Russia, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Croatia and the Ukraine. "The markets for consumer electronics products, especially digital cameras, that use our flash cards and card readers has been strong across Europe," Gerrit Van Hofwegen, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) sales manager. Van Hofwegen added that Europe also is leading the world in mobile phone development and retailers have discovered that flash memory cards can add new features to many of these phones and make them more attractive to consumers.
PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Sony Electronics has introduced the diminutive DPP-MP1 digital photo printer, which begins shipping in November. Weighing in at less than one pound, including battery and paper tray, the miniature dye-sublimation printer can be used with either the supplied AC adapter or an optional battery pack. The printer and battery pack will be available in November for about $280 and $70, respectively. The new DPP-MP1 printer can be driven by a personal computer via USB or directly from Memory Stick media. It prints images onto business card-size paper. Paper is available in packs of 24 and is sold with a print cartridge for about $20. The printer is supplied with paper tray, AC adapter, USB cable and test printing pack.
FREMONT, CALIF. — Pentax Corp. has selected Lexar Media's CompactFlash digital film to ship with its new Optio 330 digital camera. Starting this month, U.S. shipments of the Optio 330 will include a Lexar Media branded premium 16MB USB-enabled Type I CompactFlash digital film card. Weighing 8.5 ounces with batteries and CompactFlash card, the Optio 330 is one of the smallest digital cameras in the 3-megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom lens category, measuring 3.6 inches wide, 2.3 inches high and 1.2 inches thick.
"We are proud to have our product linked with such a well-known and respected photography brand," said Eric Stang, Lexar Media president and CEO. Said James Leffel, national sales and marketing manager, Pentax: "I am pleased that Pentax has chosen Lexar Media's USB-enabled CompactFlash digital film for the new Optio 330. The Lexar Media CompactFlash card optimizes the performance capabilities of the Optio 330 and enhances the photographer's experience by giving consistent and reliable image capture and storage."
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.