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Digital Portal Inc.'s Digital Minilab. Courtesy of Digital Portal Inc. DigitalPortal unveils digital minilab!
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(Thursday, September 6, 2001 - 23:27 EDT)

SanDisk / PhotoMe joint venture brings Digital Minilab to market...

DigitalPortal Inc., the joint venture between SanDisk Corp. and Photo-Me International which we first told you about in August 2000, has announced in a press release that it has now brought its first digital photo minilab to market. The DKS Digital Minilab, which is being demonstrated at Fall PMA in Los Angeles, accepts images from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, CD, floppy disk or Zip disk, and can also scan images from 35mm and APS film, slides or prints. It can create silver-halide prints in sizes from 3.5" x 5" up to 8" x 12", create index prints, enlargements and passport photos, and burn CD-R discs of images.

Users interact with the Digital Minilab via a touch screen display and graphical user interface, and are able to make corrections such as density, contrast and saturation corrections; under-exposed or over-exposed view correction; red eye removal; sharpness adjustment; framing adjustments flash effect reduction and backlight reduction to images before printing/saving them. Additional features include decorative frames, calendars, personalized text, multi-print and identity photos, business cards, combined images, picture-in-picture effect and proof restoration.

The Digital Minilab can create 650 4" x 6" prints per hour (5.5 seconds per print), and costs from $85,000. It is available immediately...

Digital Portal Inc.'s Digital Minilab. Courtesy of Digital Portal Inc.

Source: DigitalPortal Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

DigitalPortal Unveils new digital minilab at Fall PMA

High-Speed Digital Photofinishing Minilab Combines Broad Range of Imaging Services and Output Options to Deliver High-Quality Prints to Consumers and Versatility to Photofinishers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Sep. 6, 2001 - DigitalPortal Inc. (DPI), a joint venture of SanDisk Corporation (NASQAQ: SNDK) and Photo-Me International (PMI) (PHTM.L), today introduced the DKS Digital Minilab, a high-speed digital photo printer system. The easy-to-use photo printer is designed for photofinishers that require an easy-to-use system that offers high productivity, fast printing speeds and increased flexibility. The announcement was made at the Fall PMA trade show in Los Angeles where DPI is demonstrating its products at its booth (#706).

The DKS Digital Minilab accepts images from multiple sources (such as digital data from CompactFlash(tm) cards, SmartMedia cards, CDs, floppy disks, Zip(tm) or 135 negatives, APS film, slides, prints) and combines digital technology with silver halide printing to offer superior image quality on a wide range of output options that include prints, CD burn or storage onto other digital media. The new photofinishing system provides features to adjust image quality and minimize waste while offering a full range of photographic and digital services.

Barry Szabo, president and CEO of DPI, said, "With the growing popularity of digital cameras and the large installed base of conventional cameras, consumers are demanding an even wider range of printing services from their photo processors. To meet these needs, the DKS Digital Minilab is a low-cost, compact and powerful minilab that offers digital prints and related services from a variety of film and digital inputs. It is an ideal solution to help retailers offer fresh, exciting products and services that expand and enhance consumers' choices."

Nicolas Series, marketing director of KIS Photo-ME, said, "We believe the market for digital photofinishing systems is flourishing. We currently have more than 1200 digital minilabs already in the field and are working closely with DPI to meet consumer demand for digital processing. We are happy to expand our partnership with DPI to include the new minilabs which really complement the digital kiosks we also provide."

KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS
The DKS Digital Minilab offers a number of features for the minilab owner such as

  • Multiple input sources: 35mm and APS films, slides, prints, CD-ROM, floppy disk, ZIP, CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Multimedia Card
  • Fast printing speed: up to 650 prints/hour in 4x6-inch size
  • Easy to use: touch screen operation and simple-to-use graphical user interface
  • Outputs: 3 x5 up to 8x12-inch prints, single pass CD burns, index prints that can be personalized with shop logo, enlargements, Passport photos and white borders
  • High quality: silver halide printing
  • Corrections: density, contrast and saturation corrections; under-exposed or over-exposed view correction; red eye removal; sharpness adjustment; framing adjustments flash effect reduction and backlight reduction
  • Additional services: decorative frames, calendars, personalized text, multi-print and identity photos, business cards, combined images, picture-in-picture effect and proof
    restoration.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The DKS Digital Minilab is available now from Digital Portal Inc. at a starting price of $85,000. Interested customers should contact DPI at 408-542-9500.

DigitalPortal Inc., the photography industry's first silver halide consumer digital print kiosk company, was founded in 2000 as a joint venture of SanDisk and PMI. DigitalPortal Inc. is based in Sunnyvale, CA.

SanDisk Corporation, the world's largest supplier of flash data storage products, designs, manufactures and markets industry-standard, solid-state data, digital imaging and audio storage products using its patented, high density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is based in Sunnyvale, CA.

Photo-Me International (PMI) is the worldwide leader in photo kiosk vending machines. The company is based in Bookham, Surrey, United Kingdom.

DigitalPortal Inc.'s Web site/home page address: http://www.digitalportalinc.com

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