Kodak Augments Cam Line
Kodak's new products include the DC3800 midrange digital camera and the EZ200, a dual-use model that can act as a digital still and video-conferencing camera. The DC3800, $499 suggested retail, features a 2.3-megapixel CCD and weighs only a few ounces. Kodak expects the EZ200 ($149 to fit nicely into the booming low-end digital camera market. International Data Corp., Framingham, Mass., reported last week that second-quarter deliveries of such cameras soared 214 percent, to about 516,000 shipped.
Kodak also introduced two photo printers it is marketing under a licensing agreement with Lexmark. The Personal Picture Maker 200 and 120 are now shipping with suggested retail prices of $299 and $179, respectively. The 200 can operate independent of a computer and has a full-color screen so the user can preview the image before it is printed.
Bestbuy.com Adds PCs
Bestbuy.com jumped into the computer retail business last week with the introduction of PCs, peripherals, software and accessories. Scott Bauhofer, senior VP/general manager of online stores for the website, said adding computer products was planned as part of Bestbuy.com's overall expansion and also in response to customer requests.
Olympus Ships New Camera
Olympus expanded its digital camera selection with the late-August addition of the C-2100 Ultra Zoom. The $999 camera's primary feature is a 10x optical zoom with full image stabilization. Other features include 2.1-megapixel picture resolution, 16MB RAM buffer, an 8MB SmartMedia card, and the ability to make QuickTime video clips.
Quicken 2001 Reaches Retail
Intuit's Quicken 2001 for Windows product line has just started hitting retail. The line consists of Quicken Basic for $29.95; 2001 Deluxe, $59.95; 2001 Home & Business, $79.95; and 2001 Suite, $99.95. The last three titles are bundled with a $20 mail-in rebate coupon. The primary additions to the 2001 line are an improved Capitol Gains Estimator for tax time, a new Smart Reconcile feature for balancing checkbooks, and better integration with assets available at quicken.com.
Epson Scanners To Hit Stores
Starting next week Epson will begin shipping a new line of scanners capable of scanning images directly to an Internet-based photo album, to a printer or to a PC's hard drive. The AstraNET e5470 and e5420 will carry suggested retail prices of $199 and $149. Epson has had professional-level printers with these features available, but this is the first time they are being offered to the SOHO market. Both models are USB ready, with 1,200 x 400 dpi scanning resolution, and offer one-pass scanning.