Imaging Briefs

By Staff On May 19 2008 - 6:00am




Kodak Frames Get Personal

Rochester, N.Y. — Kodak said it would sell digital frames preloaded with consumers' personal photos through its Gallery Web site.

Using Kodak Gallery, consumers can order a Kodak digital frame preloaded with up to 100 of their digital images. The images will be stored on an SD card.

Kodak will also sell preloaded SD cards with up to 100 personal images separately for $19.99. The images will be compressed to a size "suitable for display on the frames or printing up to an 8- by 10-inch photo," a company spokesperson said. Photos can be transferred from the card to a computer but cannot be erased and the card is not rewriteable, the spokesperson said

The preloading option will be available on four Kodak frames — the 7-inch P720, 8-inch SV811, 10-inch SV1011 and the Wi-Fi-enabled EX1011 — and will add $25 to frame's standard price (excluding shipping).

Sonic Acquires SimpleStar

Novato, California — Sonic Solutions has acquired imaging software developer Simple Star.

The deal, announced earlier this month, brings the PhotoShow software, retail and cable TV services under the Roxio brand.

According to Sonic, 13 million copies of PhotoShow's desktop software and online application have been downloaded since 2002. PhotoShow distributed its own branded software as well as a private-label version of its multimedia slideshow creator. It had partnerships with Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, Ritz Camera and, recently, Time Warner, which created an on-demand cable where consumers could upload and view PhotoShow slideshows. Sonic intends to maintain SimpleStar's existing cable TV and retail partnerships, a spokesman said.

Sonic has retained "the majority" of the SimpleStar staff, including CEO Chad Richard.

Amazon Expands GE Camera SKUs

Torrance, Calif. — General Imaging announced that Amazon.com would stock the imaging company's full line of GE-branded digital cameras. Amazon had sold a select assortment of GE models prior to the announcement. It will now carry General Imaging's 2008 line, introduced at PMA earlier this year.

Ritz, Nikon Team for Green

Melville, N.Y. — Ritz Camera and Nikon have teamed up for a "green" promotion with a special edition Coolpix and the promise of reducing a consumer's "carbon footprint."

When a consumer purchases a special edition green Coolpix S52, announced earlier last month, Ritz will make a donation to Carbonfund.org. The effect of the donation, Ritz said, would make the consumer "carbon neutral" for one month by off-setting 1.91 tons of carbon dioxide.

The "eco-green" S52 is the first camera Nikon has offered up for an environmental promotion and will be available while supplies last. It will be sold exclusively through Ritz for $249.

DXG Intros HD Camcorder

City of Industry, Calif. — DXG is shipping a new SD card-based HD camcorder to dealers this month.

The DXG-569V offers a video resolution of 1280 by 720/30 fps in the H.264 format.

It can snap 5-megapixel still images and features a 3-inch LCD, 2x digital zoom, 32MB of internal memory, self timer and white-balance adjustment. The camcorder will bundle ArcSoft's Total Media Extreme software and will be sold in silver or black for $169.

Canon Boosts Accessories Prices

Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon has informed its U.S. dealers that it would raise the price of its accessories.

Prices on all Powershot and EOS digital camera accessories, all Canon binoculars and "most" EF lenses would see increases of between 3 percent and 5 percent thanks to rising fuel costs and an unfavorable exchange rate, Canon said. The change in dealer net pricing is effective this month.

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