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Digital Foci's Picture Porter Elite. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. New digital photo album with raw / recording support
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 14:48 EST)

An announcement from California-based Digital Foci Inc. unveils the latest addition to its lineup of digital imaging accessories in the run up to this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.

The Digital Foci Picture Porter Elite is a digital photo album with a 3.6" QVGA screen and native support for CompactFlash Type-I or II (including microdrives), as well as MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and Memory Stick media. Two variants are accessible, containing either 40 or 80 gigabyte 2.5" hard drives, and the device is powered by a rechargeable, replaceable Lithium Ion battery. The Picture Porter Elite allows viewing of images in TIFF, JPEG, GIF or BMP formats, as well as RAW files from a range of Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax cameras. It is also possible to use the device to watch videos in a range of formats, and to listen to MP3, WMA and certain other audio files. A built-in mono microphone caters for voice recording, and the Picture Porter Elite can also be used to record video from TVs courtesy of a video input (the connector type isn't described, but videos are recorded at 30 frames per second in QVGA MPEG-4 format.

The Picture Porter Elite will go on sale this May, priced from $499 for the 40GB version.

Digital Foci Picture Porter Elite
Digital Foci's Picture Porter Elite. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Model no. PPE-360
Memory card supported CompactFlash I & II, MicroDrive, MultiMedia Card, SD Card, Memory Stick, MS PRO
(xD-Picture card, RS-MMC, miniSD, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo, with adapter)
LCD screen 3.6" color TFT LCD screen with backlight
Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels
Hard drive 2.5" hard drive
Computer interface USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1)
Transfer rate Up to 480 Mbps
Image format support JPEG (baseline)
TIFF (1 & 8 bits Grayscale, 8, 16, 24 bits color)
BMP (Monochrome, 8 bits color)
GIF
RAW*
Video format support

MPEG-1 (640x480@30fps; bitrate:3Mbps)
MPEG-4 (720x480@25fps / 640x480@30fps; bitrate: 4Mbps)
DivX 5.x (720x480@25fps / 640x480@30fps, bitrate: 4Mbps)
WMV (352x240@25fps / 320x240@30fps, bitrate: 1.1Mbps)
MJPEG (640x480@30fps)

Music format support

MP3 (16 to 384 kbps)
WMA 7, 8, 9 (32 to 192 kbps)
AAC (16 to 320 kbps)
WAV (max 1536 kbps)

Video recording format support MPEG-4 (320x240@30fps)
Audio recording format support AAC (38~75kpbs)
Video TV-Out NTSC and PAL
Embedded speaker Max 0.5W
Direct Print Support Directly print to PictBridge compliant printers
Embedded microphone Mono In
Battery power 3.7V 2000mAh replaceable rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
Battery life 4 hours of continuous video playback
10 hours of continuous audio playback
External power AC 100-240V
DC 5V / 2.5A power adapter
Bundled software Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE (Image management software)
Ulead Video Toolbox 2 (Video management software)
OS compatibility Windows XP Home / Pro, ME, 2000, 98 / SE
Macintosh OS 10.01 and later
Linux OS kernel versions 2.4.x and later
File system support Standard FAT 32
Dimensions 5.3" (W) x 3.1 (L) x 1.1 (H)
Weight 11 oz. (with hard drive and battery)
 

* RAW Image Formats Supported:
Canon: 1Ds Mark-II, 1Ds, 1D-II, 1D, 5D, 10D, 20D, 300D (Digital Rebel, Kiss Digital), D30, Power Shot G1/G2/G3/G5/G6
Nikon: D100, D70, D50, D1X, D2X, D1H, D1
Kodak: DSC Pro SLR/c, DSC Pro SLR/n, DSC Pro 14n
Fujifilm: FinePix S2Pro, FinePix S3Pro
Olympus: E-1, E-500
Minolta: A1, A2, A200, DYNAX D7, MAXXUM 5D, MAXXUM 7D
Pentax: istD, istDL, istDS

Original Source Press Release:

DIGITAL FOCI ANNOUNCES PICTURE PORTER ELITE

Digital Photo Album with Large 3.6" LCD Securely Saves Photos on the Road in its 40GB & 80GB Portable Hard Drives

Compatible to Print Photos without a Computer Records Voice & Video

February 7, 2006 – Orlando, Florida – Digital Foci announced today that it will be introducing at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Conference Picture Porter Elite portable digital photo album with 40GB and 80GB hard drives and a memory card reader. Featuring a large 3.6" LCD for easy viewing, Picture Porter Elite lets you instantly and securely save and view digital photos and video on its hard drive wherever you go, so you can keep snapping away and stop worrying about limited memory card space on your digital camera.

Portable Digital Photo Album
With its high-capacity hard drive, you can now carry your collection of digital photos and video with you all the time right in your pocket and view them anywhere. While viewing photos on Picture Porter Elite’s bright LCD, you can rotate, zoom, pan, view EXIF information, and play picture slideshows. You can also connect Picture Porter Elite to a TV and share your photos and music with family and friends on a big screen in the comfort of your living room.

Especially valuable for vacations, trade shows, special events, parties, and for pro photographers who take and show a large number of photos, Picture Porter Elite saves photos on its hard drive, so you don’t have to lug around a heavy laptop on the road. Picture Porter Elite takes the worry out of losing precious photos stored on easily damaged memory cards. Its built-in memory card slots let you copy and archive photos directly from any digital camera memory card, without the need for cumbersome peripheral attachments or cabling.

Print without a Computer
Picture Porter Elite supports the PictBridge® standard so you can print directly to any PictBridge compliant printer without a computer. All you have to do is connect Picture Porter Elite by USB to a PictBridge compliant printer and print photos as you view them on the Picture Porter Elite screen. Imagine the convenience of printing photos directly to your printer without the hassle of using a PC or complicated image-editing software!

Works with All Popular Media Formats
Picture Porter Elite works with all popular media card formats, including CF I/II, MD, MMC, SD Card, Memory Stick, MS PRO, and MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo, so you can copy and save your precious pictures directly from just about any digital camera memory card format. You can also take advantage of its multi-format memory card support and use Picture Porter Elite to archive all your special picture moments. While traveling with a group, you will be able to copy everybody’s digital photos onto Picture Porter Elite, regardless of the digital camera brand or model.

Portable Media Player -- MP3/Video Player and Voice/Video Recorder
Picture Porter Elite is also perfect as a portable MP3 and video player -- keep your entire collection of content in one place for easy access. With built-in microphone and recording capability, you can use Picture Porter Elite as a voice recorder to record lectures, interviews, or conferences. Picture Porter Elite also records videos straight from TV or any other video source using high-compression MPEG-4 encoding. The MPEG-4 format will keep the file sizes small for easy sharing while maintaining a high level of picture and sound quality.

Data Bridge
Compatible with Windows and Mac, Picture Porter Elite lets you easily transfer files to and from your computer and between computers with different operating systems through its high-speed USB 2 connection. Moreover, bi-directional data transfer lets you copy files directly from any memory card to the Picture Porter Elite hard drive and vice versa.

Picture Porter Elite Features:

  • Photo, video and MP3 player
  • Large 3.6" Color LCD screen for viewing pictures and videos
  • Directly reads & writes to memory cards
  • Memory card format support of CF I/II, MD, MMC, SD Card, Memory Stick, and MS PRO (xD-Picture card, miniSD, RS-MMC, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo with adapter)
  • Bi-directional data transfer that allows direct transfer to and from memory cards
  • Output to TV
  • Directly print to PictBridge compliant printers
  • Archives and backs up files
  • Digital voice and video recorder
  • Image format support for JPEG, Tiff, BMP, GIF, RAW
  • Music format support for MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
  • Video format support for MPEG-1, MPEG-4, DivX 5.x, WMV, MJPEG
  • Includes Ulead Video Toolbox 2 to edit video clips, create slideshows and convert video files
  • Includes Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE for easy digital photo management
  • Transfers files between multiple computers running different operating systems

Picture Porter Elite is compact and light-weight weighing only 11 oz. (with hard drive and battery included) with dimensions of 5.3" (W) x 3.1" (L) x 1.1" (H). It comes in stylish black metallic and has 2 storage capacities: 40GB and 80GB. Picture Porter Elite comes complete with Ulead management software (a $70 value), USB cable, video/audio cables, earphones, AC adapter, Lithium-Ion battery for 4 hours of video and 10 hours of music, remote control, carrying case, and user’s guide. Picture Porter Elite will be available in May 2006 with pricing starting at $499. For more information, see the website: http://www.digitalfoci.com .

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