Hotels offer guests digicam preview|
(Monday, July 10, 2006 - 18:40 EDT)
According to a news item published today by the New York Times, a new trend has appeared that lets hotel guests try out the latest digital gadgets.
The article, from NYT's Michelle Higgins, states that at least two digicam manufacturers have already inked deals along these lines.
Later this month, guests at three Rosewood Hotels and Resorts properties will be able to try out Fujifilm's FinePix V10. Stay at the Carlyle in New York, the CordeValle in San Martin CA, or the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe NM, and when you leave the hotel you'll be provided with a CD containing the images you captured with the V10.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, meanwhile, has signed up with Hewlett Packard to provide free use of that company's cameras to guests in Washington, San Jose CA, and Aventura FL.
The goal for the camera manufacturers is to get their products in the hands of consumers, in the hopes that they'll enjoy the experience and purchase a camera of the same brand on their return home. Fujifilm spokesman Andy Laguardia is quoted as follows:
"It's a real-world test drive of a camera. We are hopeful people will use these cameras, see how well they operate and choose to buy one."For more on this, read the New York Times article. For more info on Fuji's V10, read our Fujifilm Finepix V10 review...