Philips gets back in the digicam business|
(Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 05:52 EST)
European consumer electronics giant Philips is to return to the digital camera arena after a long absence, we hear from our friends at LetsGoDigital.nl.
The company sold four digital camera models, first announced in 1997 and 1998. All four were actually manufactured by Ricoh; the Philips ESP 2 being a rebadged Ricoh RDC-300 and the ESP 80 being a rebadged Ricoh RDC-4300. The ESP 50 and 60 were identical cameras, differing only in the product bundle (the '60 had more memory and an infrared remote). These cameras didn't have a direct Ricoh equivalent, but to the best of our knowledge were still made by the company.
After the announcement of the ESP 80, Philips quickly faded from the digital camera scene, and has remained absent for some 4 1/2 years. According to LetsGoDigital, the company will return to the market with two new models, the MaxCam DMVC1000 and DMVC2000. Full details are in LetsGoDigital's item, but in brief the cameras are as follows:
- 1.3 megapixel (DMVC1000) / 2 megapixel (DMVC2000) image sensor
- Fixed focus, fixed focal-length lens with macro mode
- LCD display
- 16MB built-in memory
- SD card slot
- Video output for TV display of images and videos
- Acts as a webcam, digital still cam, video clip recorder, voice recorder and USB storage device (USB storage on DMVC2000 only)
- Bundle includes tripod, hand strap, velvet carry bag, image editing software and Netmeeting
- Prices of €149 (DMVC1000) / €219 (DMVC2000)