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Photo Marketing Association Show 2000
Day Three - Friday, February 04, 2000

2000 DIMA Digital Camera Shoot-Out winners announced! - (23:17 EST)
The winners of the fourth annual DIMA Digital Camera Shoot-Out have today been announced at the PMA Show in Las Vegas. They include:

Point and Shoot Categories and Winners:

- Below $300
Kodak DC215
Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y.

- $300 to $599
Fuji Photo Film MX-1700 Zoom
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc., Elmsford, N.Y.

- $600 to $899
Toshiba PDR-M5
Toshiba America, Irvine, CA

- $900 and above
Olympuc C-2500L-SLR
Olympus America Inc., Melville, N.Y.

Professional Photographic Categories and Winners

- $5000 and below
Fuji FinePix S1 Pro
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc., Elmsford, N.Y.

- More than $5000
Phase One Light Phase
Phase One, Northport, N.Y.

Commercial Studio Quality Winner

- Strobe-Based Capture
Phase One Power Phase
Phase One, Northport, N.Y.

- Scanning Capture
Better Light Super 6K
Better Light Inc., San Carlos, CA
The entries were voted on by PMA Voting Members at the PMA 2000 Show, based on criteria that included image/print quality, production and price. Voters were not told what the cameras were, however... Images from the Point and Shoot cameras were output through a PC or iMac running Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe PhotoDeluxe, and printed on the Epson Stylus Photo 870 inkjet printer using Epson photo-gloss paper. The Professional Photographic images were output through a PC or Macintosh running Adobe PhotoShop and printed in RGB on a Fuji Pictrography 4000. Finally, the strobe-based Commercial Studio camera images were output through a Macintosh running Adobe PhotoShop and printed on a Kodak DCP9300 CMYK proofer printer and Kodak 8660 RGB printer.

Leica announces Digilux Zoom! - (23:05 EST)
Leica Digilux Zoom - click for a bigger picture!
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Leica Camera Inc. has announced at the PMA Show in Las Vegas its new Digilux Zoom digital camera. Following on from Leica's tradition of rebadging Fuji's impressive camera line, the Digilux Zoom looks to be a rebadged MX-1700 (1/2 inch 1.5 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom equivalent to 38-114mm). The camera will ship in the USA in November at a price of $599...

JVC delays release of QC-GX3! - (22:13 EST)
In speaking to booth staff at JVC, during our last full day at the PMA show (we'll be here tomorrow morning, then flying back home to write up our final thoughts, as well as covering the next wave of press releases which we expect to follow the show), we found out that they've delayed the release of their QC-GX3 digital camera. We were initially told that the QC-GX3, which we gave full details and several pictures of in our PMA Day Two coverage, would ship at the end of February. We felt at the time that this was a surprisingly quick turnaround, considering that many functions of the display cameras were not yet completed - and booth staff confirm that the decision was made today to officially delay the release to mid-March... We look forward to seeing this camera then!

Friday Headlines at PMA - (17:58 EST)
Online printing made some news today. We're also providing a link to the recent Kodak/Adobe announcement on the same subject.

More EOS digital SLR pictures! - (15:17 EST)
You asked for it in the news forums, and here it is - more pictures of Canon's upcoming EOS digital SLR! First off, two side views as requested by an anonymous reader:

Canon EOS Digital SLR Left View - click for a bigger picture!
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Canon EOS Digital SLR Right View - click for a bigger picture!
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Next up, a picture which answers the storage question at least partially (note the card door says "CF Open" - so the new camera looks like it will use either Type-I or Type-II CF; at this stage we can't tell which):

Canon EOS Digital SLR Card Door - click for a bigger picture!
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Next up, a close-up of the controls and top LCD display (we tried our absolute hardest to find an angle which showed any hint of text in the LCD, but couldn't - either it is too difficult, or the mockup isn't using a real LCD display):

Canon EOS Digital SLR Controls - click for a bigger picture!
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And finally, a picture which tells us that somebody, somewhere at Canon knows what this camera will be called already (note the piece of black tape covering the model number/name) - this picture also shows off the mode dial rather well...

Canon EOS Digital SLR Left View - click for a bigger picture!
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Samsung announces 4 new digital cameras! - (1:58 EST)
Korean manufacturer (and interestingly, the world's 11th largest company) Samsung Co. Ltd. has announced through its US subsidiary 4 new digital cameras at the PMA show. All four of the cameras, announced today by Samsung Opto-Electronics America Inc., feature the unusual ability to be connected to a PC, and used as a tethered camera for video conferencing, webcams, etc. Two of the cameras (the CyberMax 35 and CyberMax 35 MP3) are 640 x 480 entry-level units, one of which has the equally unusual ability to store and play back MP3 audio files! The other two are a 1.3 megapixel 3x zoom unit, the Digimax 130Z, and a 2.1 megapixel 3x optical zoom camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, the Digimax 210SE. Here's the specs and our exclusive photos of all of them!

Samsung CyberMax 35 Front View - click for a bigger picture!
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Samsung CyberMax 35 Back View - click for a bigger picture!
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 - Samsung CyberMax 35
- VGA resolution, 640 x 480
- Optical viewfinder
- CompactFlash storage, 2MB bundled
- Videoconferencing ability when tethered to a PC
- RS232C and USB connectivity
- PC and Mac compatible
- Available in iMac-esque blue and orange, more colors
- Suggested retail price of $199.99
- Available "Spring 2000" (booth staff told us April)


Samsung CyberMax 35 MP3 Front View - click for a bigger picture!
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Samsung CyberMax 35 MP3 Back View - click for a bigger picture!
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 - Samsung CyberMax 35 MP3
- All the features of the CyberMax 35, plus MP3 audio
playback capability
- Suggested price of $289.99


Samsung Digimax 130Z Front View - click for a bigger picture!
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Samsung Digimax 130Z Back View - click for a bigger picture!
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 - Samsung Digimax 130Z
- 1.3 megapixel resolution, 1280 x 960 pixel image size
- 3x optical zoom (38-115mm equivalent); 2x digital zoom
- Optical viewfinder and 1.8" TFT LCD viewfinder
- CompactFlash storage (8MB card bundled)
- NTSC and PAL video out, RS-232C and USB connectivity
- Videoconferencing ability when tethered to a PC
- PC and Mac compatible
are planned
- Suggested retail price of $599.99
- Available "Late Spring 2000" (booth staff told us June
or July)


Samsung Digimax 210SE Front View - click for a bigger picture!
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Samsung Digimax 210SE Back View - click for a bigger picture!
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 - Samsung Digimax 210SE
- 2.1 megapixel resolution, 1600 x 1200 pixel file size
- 3x optical zoom lens with Schneider-Kreuznach optics,
38-115mm equivalent; 2x digital zoom
- Optical viewfinder and 1.8" TFT LCD viewfinder
- CompactFlash memory (8MB bundled)
- Video Out (NTSC/PAL), RS-232 and USB connectivity
- PC and Mac compatible
- Suggested retail price of $1019.99
- Available "Late Spring 2000" (booth staff told us June
or July)














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