New Digicam Standard to Drive Printer Docks

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Cologne, Germany — Several leading digital camera manufacturers announced a new product specification called Imagelink that would allow new digital cameras to work with future Kodak printer docks.

The specification also opens the door to other manufacturers to manufacturer printer docks, though none as of this writing have announced the intention to do so.

Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sanyo — a major digital camera OEM — have signed onto the new system and plan to offer digital cameras in the first quarter of 2005 that are Imagelink compliant.

For cameras and printers it will mean a small 26-pin connector to ensure interoperability. With the system, users place the camera in a compliant printer dock, press a single button and a 4-inch by 6-inch or 3.5-inch by 5-inch print will be produced.

The specification also opens the door to other manufacturers to manufacturer printer docks, though none as of this writing have announced the intention to do so.

Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sanyo — a major digital camera OEM — have signed onto the new system and plan to offer digital cameras in the first quarter of 2005 that are Imagelink compliant.

For cameras and printers it will mean a small 26-pin connector to ensure interoperability. With the system, users place the camera in a compliant printer dock, press a single button and a 4-inch by 6-inch or 3.5-inch by 5-inch print will be produced.

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