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(Monday, June 25, 2001 - 18:43 EDT)

iQuest Roam will cost $99, offer still and tethered video images...

SiPix Inc. has today announced that it will begin shipping its new iQuest Roam digital camera next month. The new iQuest features both digital still and tethered (webcam) video capabilities, and a pricetag of $99 (street). The unit has 8MB of built-in memory on which to store its still images, as well as a CompactFlash storage slot to expand this. There's also a self-timer, macro capability, and a tilt-swivel base on which the unit can be mounted.

SiPix's iQuest Roam, shown mounted on included tilt-swivel base. Courtesy of SiPix. Click for a bigger picture!

SiPix's press release doesn't disclose much in the way of in-depth specifications (for example, the camera's resolution isn't detailed) so for the time being we're not adding the new unit to our database. All the information we have currently is in the press release below...

Source: SiPix Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

SiPix Introduces the iQuest Roam, First DualCam that is CompactFlash Ready and under $100

New iQuest Roam Digital Camera doubles as Video Camera to create Video Mail or stream Live Video Over the Internet

PC EXPO/ TECHXNY, New York, June 26, 2001–– SiPix, Inc., The Digital Imaging Appliance Company, today announced the iQuest Roam for capturing both desktop video and on-the-go, crisp still digital pictures. SiPix will demonstrate the new iQuest Roam at the PC Expo, June 26-28, 2001. The SiPix iQuest Roam is shipping next month at a suggested retail price of $99.

The SiPix iQuest Roam is a full-featured USB video camera, video conferencing, and digital camera all in one. Featuring eight megabytes internal memory, enough for 200 pictures in “Fine” mode, plus a CompactFlash slot and a built-in flash, the camera can be untethered from the PC and used inside or outdoors, day or night, to capture digital still pictures.

"DualCams like the SiPix iQuest Roam, featuring CompactFlash media capabilities and its low price point, offer digital camera users the best of both worlds," according to IDC research analyst for digital cameras and scanners, Chris Chute. "This camera has one of the best balances of features and price for any DualCam on the market."

“We wanted to bring to market a DualCam that you could take on vacation as well as use everyday back home or at the office on the desktop,” said Michael Weizer, director of product marketing for SiPix, Inc. “Adding a CompactFlash slot makes this a truly portable camera. Now if you need to take 400 or more pictures, you can. Plus, this camera provides useable versatility everyday, whether it’s snapping pictures on the road or sending video email to friends or family from the home or office.”

Other features include a 10-second self-timer, a macro lens ring for close up stills or video and a tilt/swivel base. Using the included software, users can turn their video clips into video mail, or have live video conferences over the Internet and much more.

The software accompanying the camera is extensive for even the most expensive cameras. MGI PhotoSuite III SE provides a creative canvas for users to create calendars, invitations and greeting cards. Odyssey Multimedia Gallery enables people to create video mail that can be sent to and opened in a self-extracting format that runs on any platform. Odyssey also includes the WatchDog Motion detector that guards your computing space by recording a video when movement is detected. Inetcam’s iVista is a secure, personal video broadcasting service with a 60-day free membership for a custom URL peer-to-peer video conferencing.

Pricing, Support and Warranty

The SiPix iQuest Roam, with a suggested retail price of $99, includes a tilt/swivel base, USB cable, camera strap, 2 AA alkaline batteries, a lithium-ion coin battery, a Quick start guide, and two CD-ROMs containing MGI PhotoSuite III SE, iNetcam iVista, Odyssey Multimedia Gallery, iQuest Roam TWAIN driver and Adobe Acrobat Reader and a PDF owner’s manual.

The camera is backed by a one-year warranty and toll free technical support offered for one year from purchase. The toll free technical support number is 1-866-888-1678, and is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Lifetime technical support is available at no additional charge at 408-719-5076 with the same hours as above.

About SiPix, Inc.

SiPix, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SiPix Group Limited, is a leader in the manufacturing and delivery of digital imaging appliances for the consumer market. The company’s portfolio of innovative and intuitive image capture and image output products provides a complete product and service chain, from capture to print, and from hardware to media. SiPix enables the sharing of images instantly and globally, at an affordable price for everyone. The company is based The Silicon Valley, with regional offices in Europe and throughout Asia. For more information, go to www.sipix.com

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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