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Polaroid's PDC 640 CF digital camera. Courtesy of Polaroid Corp. Polaroid announces PDC 640 CF!
(Friday, June 8, 2001 - 18:51 EDT)

New digital camera looks to be Polaroid's Modem Camera with the modem functionality removed...

Polaroid Corp. has announced a new digital camera in its lineup, the PDC 640 CF. Whilst the camera might initially seem to be an update to the existing PDC 640 model to which it looks essentially identical externally, a look at the specs shows it to be more of a de-spec'ed Polaroid PDC 640 M, Polaroid's Modem Camera. The PDC 640 CF looks identical in all respects, from the CompactFlash storage and 2MB of built-in memory, to the 52mm fixed focal length lens, 3-mode flash and 640x480 pixel CMOS image sensor. The only difference between the two cameras is that the 640 M's built-in 56K modem connectivity, which allowed images to be uploaded to Polaroid's website without the need for a PC, has been removed. This gives the PDC 640 CF a price about $80 below the 640 M, and also removes the need for a $60 annual subscription fee to CEIVA's dial-up network if this functionality was to be used.

You can now find the PDC 640 CF in our database, and can also directly compare the specs to its siblings the PDC 640 and PDC 640 M. The camera will ship by the end of this month at a price of US$169, and specifications highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Polaroid PDC 640 CF
Polaroid's PDC 640  CF digital camera, shown front and back together. Courtesy of Polaroid Corp.
Model Number: PDC 640 CF
Camera Format: Compact
Price: US$169
Date Available: June 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: Unknown CMOS image sensor
Image Resolution: 640x480, 320x240
Focal Length (effective): 52 mm (fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: No
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 60 cm to Infinity; 24.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: None
Aperture Range: f/2.5 (fixed)
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch)
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, Off (?), Sun, Shade, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/2 - 1/6500 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV steps
Metering Modes: Unknown
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer (seconds): 10
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Off
Flash Range Description: 3 - 7 feet (1 - 2.1 meters)
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: Built-In, CompactFlash Type-I
Memory Included (MB): 2
File Formats: JPEG
More Information
Weight: 225 g; 7.9 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 135 x 46 x 73mm; 5.3 x 1.8 x 2.9in
Notes & Features: Also available in SmartMedia (PDC 640) and CompactFlash with built-in modem (PDC 640 M) versions. Has 2MB built-in memory and CompactFlash slot. Bundled with PhotoMAX Image Maker software, 4 AA batteries, AC adapter, serial and USB cables, and carrying pouch. Flash recharges in 10 seconds, shot-shot time listed as 2 seconds. 30-bit color.

Source: Yahoo! Finance / PR Newswire

Original Source Press Release:

Polaroid PhotoMAX PDC 640 CF Digital Camera With CompactFlash(TM) Card Slot Expands Image-Storing Capability

PhotoMAX 640 CF Creative Kit Offers Software for Easy Image Capture and Editing Allowing Amateur Photographers to Edit and Share Photos with Ease

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Polaroid Corporation today introduced its newest consumer digital camera, the PhotoMAX PDC 640 CF, offering consumers expanded image-storage capabilities with two image resolution modes and a memory slot for a removable CompactFlash card. The Polaroid PhotoMAX PDC 640 CF Digital Camera is a full-featured 640 x 480 resolution digital camera and comes in a complete kit including software for an affordable $169.

Scheduled for retail availability this month, the PDC 640 CF Digital Camera is part of a new generation of integrated, mobile digital imaging and printing solutions from Polaroid. The PDC 640 CF Digital Camera has all of the features of Polaroid's traditional VGA digital cameras, including multiple resolution settings to optimize image storage and transfer, 2 MB of internal memory, and an LCD monitor/viewfinder that enables users to view, replay and delete images. Photos can also be uploaded instantly through our software to a personal Web page on PolaroidDigital.com, where users can create postcards and display their latest photography work.

``The introduction of the PDC 640 CF gives consumers an affordable option for capturing digital images, with greater storage capability and flexibility from the CompactFlash memory slot,'' said Craig Armstrong, director of consumer digital for Polaroid Corp. ``The kit complements these features and allows consumers many creative options for editing and displaying digital photos.''

The PDC 640 CF Camera offers multiple image resolution modes, an optical viewfinder, three flash modes and a self-timer. The camera comes complete with PhotoMAX Image Maker Software, 4 AA batteries, serial and USB cables for PC connection, and carrying pouch. The PDC 640 CF is a step up from the PDC 640 Plus, allowing ``cyber-shutterbugs'' to take their photography skills to the next level.

Pricing and Distribution

Suggested U.S. retail price for the Polaroid PDC 640 CF Camera is $169.95. The PDC 640 CF Camera will be available this month at selected major retailers, including discount stores, mass market retailers, computer and traditional photographic stores nationwide.

About Polaroid

Polaroid Corporation, with annual sales of approximately $2 billion, is the worldwide leader in instant imaging. Polaroid supplies instant photographic cameras and films; digital imaging hardware, software and media; secure identification systems; and sunglasses to markets worldwide. Visit the Polaroid web site at www.polaroid.com.

``Polaroid'', ``Polaroid PhotoMAX'', and ``PDC'' are trademarks of Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA 02139. Other product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Statements in this release may be forward-looking. Actual events will be dependent upon factors and risks including, but not limited to, the Company's ability to: market its core imaging products; penetrate new demographic markets; develop and implement its digital imaging strategy; compete successfully in the instant imaging market against larger and stronger competitors; manage or reduce its debt; implement its strategies to reduce costs and improve cash flow; comply with the covenants in the Amended Credit Agreement, the U.K. Credit Agreement, the indenture governing the 2002 Notes, 2006 Notes and 2007 Notes manage the impact of foreign exchange and the effects of retail buying patterns; as well as the Company's ability to manage uncertainties and risk factors, including those described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, specifically, the Company's 2000 Form 10-K and its most recent Form 10-Qs.

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