Agfa to announce 2 megapixel ePhoto CL45!|
(Monday, March 12, 2001 - 11:06 EST)
German website uncovers news of a new digicam reaching sensor resolution highs from Agfa...
The good folks at the bilingual digitalkamera.de website have done it again - they're first to uncover news of a digital camera that breaks new ground, at least as far as Belgian digicam manufacturer Agfa-Gevaert N.V. is concerned. The Agfa ePhoto CL45 is Agfa's first camera to include a 2.1 megapixel image sensor, Agfa's previous 2 megapixel digicams all having used interpolation from lower sensor resolutions to increase image size, as the digitalkamera.de article notes.
Along with its 2.1 megapixel CCD, the ePhoto CL45 will feature a 51mm equivalent f/2.8 fixed focal length lens. The camera shares the same body as the existing ePhoto CL34 (pictured at the top of this item), and as with that model the CL45 will double as a tethered webcam and will include a 'print' button on the camera for direct printing of images.
The CL45 also features a built-in 5-mode flash, autofocusing from 50cm to infinity in normal mode, or 2cm to infinity in macro mode, and a 2x digital zoom capability. Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/2000 second are used by the camera's autoexposure system, with +/-1.0EV of exposure compensation available for the user to correct for exposure errors. A speedy 3 frames per second can be captured for 10 frames at the camera's highest resolution... The unit has both optical and 1.8" color LCD viewfinders, and uses CompactFlash storage with an 8MB card being included in the camera bundle, as are Agfa Photowise, Arcsoft VideoImpression 1.6, Microsoft Netmeeting and AGFANet Client software.
USB connectivity is used for downloading images to a computer, or when the camera is used as a webcam - which it can do at resolutions of 160 x 120 or 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames per second. Power can be supplied to the camera via the USB connection whilst this is connected; the rest of the time power comes from 4 AA alkaline batteries or a DC input for an optional AC adapter.
The camera will ship in May 2001 at a price of €350 - 400 (US$325 - 372).