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CES 2003 (Consumer Electronic Show)

Part 1
By Terry Currier

Digital Cameras     PDAs     Phones     Watches

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Digital Cameras

Argus Camera www.arguscamera.com

 The DC-1540 3-in-1 can be used as a digital camera, a PC cam or a video camera and then can be folded up to fit in a pocket or purse. It offers two megabytes of internal memory and the convenience of USB plug and play compatibility, plus consumers get everything they need to send video or still images using a PC. You can fit up to 80 pictures with a resolution of 352x288. It also features a 10-second self timer, and a frame rate of 25 frames per second for transmitting video images. It comes with a editing software package from ArcSoft. The SRP in the U.S. is $35.

ST-2520, ST-2550: The ST line of 4-in-1 digital cameras provide a digital still, video still, web cam and security cam all in one. ST-2520 captures 1.3 megapixels pictures and has 8MB memory at a SRP of  $140, ST2550 captures 2.1 megapixels pictures and has 16MB memory at a SRP of $250. They look exactly alike.

USB-1800 is a 4-in-1 camera: a digital camera, a PC cam, a video camera and an internal USB port. Offering 16MB of internal memory it can also be used as a storage device for documents and large data files. The USB-1800 has a SRP in the U.S. of $100.

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USB-1810 is a necklace CAM offering a 350K VGA (640X480 resolution) digital camera and memory stick, a deluxe metal body, 32MB flash memory and a rechargeable Li-Ion battery The USB-1810 has a SRP of $100.

The PDA 1500 uses CompactFlash and takes pictures up to 1.3 Megapixels. It has a rotary head and an optical viewfinder, is WinCE 3.0 or Pocket PC 2002 compatible, and fits into the compact card slot of a pocket PC. The PDA-1500 has a suggested retail price (SRP) in the U.S. of $150.

The SL-2660 and SL-2650 give consumers the functionality of a digital still camera, a video cam, a PC cam, and a security cam all in one package. They offer 1.3 megapixels, 16 MB flash memory, a strobe flash, and a rechargeable Li-ion battery. The Sl-2660 also has a 1.3-inch TFT screen on the back of the camera. The SL-2660 has a SRP in the U.S. of $170  and the SL-2650 of $150.

DC-3810 is a high-end digital camera with CCD of 5.2 megapixels. It includes 3X optical zoom, a multi-function strobe flash, a self-timer, a 1.8-inch color LCD screen, auto-focus capability, 16MB CompactFlash card, 12 frame VGA out, TV out, and USB interface. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is $500.

Olympus http://www.olympusamerica.com

Olympus was showing their new "Stylus Digital" line of digital cameras. The first members of the Stylus Digital family Stylus 400 - both the 300 & 400 look alikeinclude the 3.2 Megapixel Stylus 300 Digital and the 4.0 Megapixel Stylus 400 Digital cameras. Measuring an ultra-compact 3.8" long x 2.2" high x 1.3" wide, and weighing just 5.8 ounces. They utilize the new xD-Picture Card™ memory media. The card’s small size (about the same as a postage stamp) and an Olympus dedicated miniature Li-Ion rechargeable battery help keep the camera size down. Both models ship with a 16MB xD-Picture Card™. They have a 1.5" color LCD view finder display on the back. Menu navigation is easy to control with the push of arrow buttons. Transferring images to the computer is easy with the Auto-Connect USB (which does not require software drivers) for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television with the video cable. The all-glass lens (with aspherical lens elements) is specially designed for digital cameras, and provides the equivalent of 35 to 105mm, f3.1/5.1 in 35mm photography. The Macro Mode allows users to take close up photographs to capture details like the wings of a butterfly. Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; auto white balance; multiple flash settings including slow sync flash; and auto bracketing and exposure compensation. The cameras comes with a built-in flash that offers 6 settings to provide the widest range of options. The cameras also capture QuickTime™ video so users can create short movies that can be sent over the Internet. The Stylus 300 Digital ($400) will is available now, and the Stylus 400 Digital ($500) will be available in April 2003. Zoom 12x (3x optical and 4x digital combined [5x at VGA]), ISO Auto, 80 – 320 (equivalent).

Oregon Scientific www.oregonscientific.com

DS6618 cameraDS6618 is only 85.5 x 54 x 6mm, and has a suggested price of $100. Features  Autobrite™ automatic brightness adaptive technology to automatically adjusts the exposure so that details in both bright and dim areas of a picture are clear. Only 1/4-inch thick, and weighs 1.2 ounces. Comes with 8Mb of internal memory that stores approximately 26 photos at VGA (640x480) resolution.

DS8228 cameraDS8228 is a 2.1 Mega-pixel (1688 x 1248) camera with digital recording feature. It has a compact flash memory and optional 8Mb internal memory for picture storage. There is a 3x digital zoom for fixed focus close-ups (macro mode). Offers three photo quality modes - fine, normal, or basic, and three variable resolutions - 1600x1200, 1280x960, or 640x480. The camera has preset scene exposure for portrait, landscape, sports, and black and white options. For optimum use of light, the flash features red-eye reduction, night scene auto exposure, and auto white balance.

Panasonic www.panasonic.com

The new KX-HCM250 network camera allows remote viewing of high-quality, 640 x 480 live video images over the Internet. It requires no direct PC connection and works with any 802.11b-compatible router or Ethernet connection and an AC source. It features a built-in web server and its own web page where it automatically uploads images to be viewed. To remotely view live images on a personal computer, simply open a standard web browser and type in the camera’s Internet address. Users can remotely control the camera to pan and tilt, giving them a wide viewing range for monitoring homes or business. Available now it has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $750.

The new DMC-FZ1 high-performance Lumix camera is one of two new 2003 models being launched in February, to be followed by additional models later this spring. All Lumix cameras feature an SD Memory Card/ MultiMediaCard slot and built-in USB port. New features include super 12x optical zoom (equivalent to a 35-420mm zoom lens on a 35mm film camera) and F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range. Also new for this year is the Mega Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) feature, which reduces jitter when shooting distant and fast-moving subjects. Another feature is a newly developed digital signal processor, which increases processing speed so that sequential shots can be taken quicker without having to wait for the image to be written to the memory card. It features a Leica DC-VARIO ELMARIT lens, 2 mega pixel resolution, stabilization function, a special panning mode, 4 frames per second “burst” shooting, and an included lens hood to diminish flare and ghosting when photographing extremely bright scenes. The MSRP is $450.

DMC-F1 features a full metal body, F2.8 Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens and 1.25” 3.2 mega pixel CCD. Comes with 3x optical/2x digital zoom, QuickTime motion image recording with audio and burst shooting. The MSRP is $400.

Panasonic KX-HCM250-300

Panasonic DMC-FZ1-300

Panasonic DMC-F1-s-300

Panasonic PV-DV53-300

Panasonic PV-DV73-300

Palmcorder® digital camcorders new models PV-DV53 and PV-DV73 feature LCD displays of 2.5 inches or larger, high optical and digital zoom capability, built-in auto lights and easy PC connectivity. With IEEE 1394digital interfaces available on both models (with an additional USB port available on the PV-DV73), downloading video images to a PC is simple. It uses MagicPix for rich videos under low-light conditions. The addition of Dual Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) compensates for hand and camcorder jitter both during recording and playback of previously recorded video. The high-definition 10x optical/700x digital zoom can help users get exceptionally tight shots of far-away subjects. With Progressive PhotoShot™, users can take still pictures with high resolution, and smooth image contours. By storing image data in two fields instead of one, then combining them with no time lag, the camcorders can produce pictures with 1.5 times the resolution of standard recorded stills.

Palmcorder badge, models PV-DV103 and PV-DV203 fit easily in the palm of the hand. Each model measures 3-3/8 inches high, 2-5/8 inches wide and 4-7/8 inches long, making this line of mini DV camcorders among the smallest in the industry. The PV-DV203 is a multifunction 3 in 1 camcorder that features the benefits of a digital camcorder, digital still camera and web cam camera. It is fully PC compatible with IEEE 1394, and USB computer interfaces. It also incorporates a removable SD Memory card for quick and secure storage and transference of digital still images. It will be available in March with an MSRP of $600, the PV-DV103 MSRP is $500.

Panasonic PV-DV203-300

Panasonic SV-AV20A-300

Panasonic SV-AV30-300

e-wear™ SV-AV20 and SV-AV30 are 4-in-1 A/V SD recorders with a flip-out, 2-inch LCD screen can play back MP3 and AAC audio, record and play back MPEG-4 video, capture and display digital still photos, and function as a voice recorder. It is a 2Mb camera which comes with a 64Mb SD card (They have up to 512Mb SD cards now), cost is $400. The SV-AV30 adds a docking station for recording and viewing footage on a television. Both units feature enhanced picture quality with an MPEG-4 frame rate (15 frames per second) for video and 640 x 480 resolution for JPEG still pictures. A swiveling 2-inch LCD screen and two record buttons allowing users to shoot comfortably with the unit in either the horizontal or vertical position. A 2x digital zoom helps bring subjects into closer view. Both include a built-in flash, and a built-in USB interface. Planned for April, 2003 SV-AV20 MSRP is $300, including a 32MB SD Memory Card. The SV-AV30, which includes a 64MB SD Memory Card as well as the docking station, will have an MSRP of $400.

SiPix www.sipixdigital.com

SiPix StyleCam Blink II cameraStyleCam Blink II is a palm size camera which takes VGA resolution pictures (640x480) and comes with 8Mb of build-in SDRAM. With that you can store 70 VGA pictures. You can also capture up to 160 seconds of digital video at 15 fps at 320x240 resolution. It comes with a tilt base to put on or attach to a computer. They give you photoImpression for editing and retouching your photos. With videoImpression you can edit video and image files. It also works with instant messaging from AOL, Netmeeting, Yahoo!, and Messenger. MSRP is $40.

StyleCam Deluxe will take up to 1280x1024 resolution pictures, and includes 16Mb SDRAM of built-in memory. YouSipix StyleCam deluxe camera get photoImpression and videoImpression for editing and retouching your captures. Movie resolution is 320x240 capture at 16 fps. It can capture audio as well. Comes with an easy mount stand for video conferencing.

Sipix SC330 cameraSC330 takes up to 3.3 resolution pictures and with the 16Mb of memory and MovieMode you can record live digital video. Video is captured at two modes 320x240 and 160x120, speed being 15 fps. It comes with an optional CompactFlash card slot. Zoom is 3x digital, continuous shots up to 4 images. There is a self timer, red eye reduction, white balance control, and weight is 7 ounces. MSRP is $200.

Vivitar Corporation www.vivitar.com

There was one I could not find information on but thought was really cool. They said was in the press kit, but I could not find it. They have a set of binoculars with a camera on it. So what you see through them you could take a VGA quality picture.

The ViviCam 3825 is available now. The V3825 is a compact, feature-packed, 4 MP digital zoom camera. Equipped with a 4 megapixel CCD image sensor, its 3X optical power zoom lens ranges from 7 to 20 mm (equivalent to 34 – 97 mm) and is complemented with a macro function. Optical zoom is supplemented with 2X digital zoom capability. Images may be reviewed on the 1.6” LCD display. Users may select from four resolution settings including 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1280x960, and 640x480. MGI Photo Suite SE and Photo Vista editing software are included with the camera. Other features include auto focus, auto white balance, exposure compensation control, built-in flash, and a 10-second self-timer. The suggested retail price is $470.

The ViviCam 3745 is available in February 2003. Equipped with a 3 megapixel CCD image sensor its 3X optical power zoom lens is complemented with 2X digital zoom, and macro capability. Images and video clips may be reviewed on the 1.5” LCD TFT display. In addition it also has a movie mode allowing for the capture of movie clips. Users may select from two resolution and three quality settings. Still image resolution may be set to either 2048x1536, or 1024x768 while motion JPEG video clips are captured at a resolution of 320x240 in AVI format. Video clips captured may be recorded to the extent of available memory. Other features include auto focus, auto white balance, exposure compensation control, an integral four-mode flash, slideshow playback mode, 4X playback zoom (for still images), a 10-second self-timer, and a tripod-mounting socket. The SRP is $400.

Vivtar binoculars

Vivicam 3825 camera

Vivicam 3745 camera

Vivicam 3675 camera

Vivtarcam 5

 ViviCam 3675 will be available in February 2003. It has a 2.1 megapixel CCD image sensor, and 3X optical power zoom auto focus lens which is complemented with 2X digital zoom, and macro capability. Images and video clips may be reviewed on the 1.6” LCD TFT display. The 3X optical zoom provides a 35 mm equivalence of 33 mm to 98 mm. In addition it also has a movie mode allowing for the capture of movie clips. Still image resolution may be set to either 1600x1200, or 800x600 while Motion JPEG video clips are captured at a resolution of 320x240 in AVI format. Users may also select three levels of images sharpness (soft, normal, or hard) depending upon the subject. Video clips captured with the V3675 may be recorded to the extent of available memory. The SRP is $360.

Vivicam 5 is the smallest in the Vivitar lineup at 2”x2”. With 8 Mb of internal memory it can store 45 images at VGA resolution (640x480). Images can be downloaded through a USB port. The SRP is $70.

PDAs

Hewlett-Packard (HP) www.hp.comHP h1910 PDA

HP iPAQ h5400 PDAThe iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 series and h390 series use a Intel Xscale 400MHz PXA250 processor. The h5400 comes with 48Mb of Flash ROM and 64Mb of RAM. The h3900 series has 32 or 48Mb of Flash ROM. Both have TFT color (up to 65,536 colors)  touchscreen display.  Both use input by handwriting, keyboard or voice recording. They use the Windows Pocket PC 2002 operating system. This gives the user Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, solitaire, and more. You can expand them with slide wireless packs.

Oregon Scientific www.oregonscientific.com

PDA 188Entry Level Organizer (Model #PDA188, MRSP $29.95) is designed specifically to take the intimidation out of "a digital day timer". It has a large easy-to-read LCD touch-screen, 256K non-volatile flash memory and has plenty of storage with up to 384K characters available through its compression data technology. The contact folder on the PDA188 is formatted in three partitions for categorizing the personal telephone directory and address book, which makes contacts quick and easy to locate. A monthly calendar, individual day or full week viewing option is available so that the user can see a plan for the day, week and month. Handles date and time schedules, reminder alarm for an important appointment or special occasion, date and time, and note pages for memos, grocery lists, "to-do" lists, and tasks. Other features include a calculator, a foreign currency converter, time display, a world time clock, and synchronization to any PC with data transfer to such programs as Microsoft Outlook and Goldmine.

Phones

Donate a Phone donate a phone

A way for charities to raise money from old cell phones. ReCellular Inc., will purchase them and send money to the organization, the phones are refurbish, and reprogrammed. They even cover the cost of shipping the phones to the processing facility. Any phone not able to be repaired is recycled according environmental laws (not just thrown in trash.) Charitable organizations will receive over $10 million this year from ReCellular and literally 2 million phones will be recycled and not end up in landfills.

Oregon Scientific www.oregonscientific.comOregon Scientific TW338 phone

Thermo Dect Phone (Model TW338):  As a 2.4 GHz cordless phone with Caller ID, the base unit also functions as a display for weather conditions, time and temperature, while the receiver has an additional sensor for reporting current temperature for its surroundings. Features an easy-to-see backlit LCD display that displays the time, 10-memory speed dial, storage of up to 40 Caller ID numbers, and page-from-handset. 

Panasonic www.panasonic.com Panasonic KX-TG2258S-300

The KX-TG2258S digital cordless telephone features a number of innovative technologies for people who are hearing-impaired, including Talking Caller ID, which is capable of phonetically speaking names received by the Caller ID, and Panasonic's exclusive Voice Enhancer Technology to enhance the whole spectrum of the human voice for improved audibility. They also had nine new 2.4GHz GigaRange® cordless phones, 5.8GHz cordless phones and other cordless models. All had most of the above features.

Sanyo www.sanyowireless.comSanyo SCP-5300 picture taking phone

The Sanyo SCP-5300 is not only wireless, but also a camera phone. It has a 2.1 inch TFT 65,535 color LCD display. Pictures can be taken with the camera open or closed. It can store up to 79 images and can zoom in up to 16x. Sold at Radio Shack.

USElectronics www.uselectronics.info

USElectronics GH9457RM phoneDick Tracy would have loved their wrist watch radio telephones. I know I did, I went back to work telling them they should replace the two pound bricks they carry. They could be used just like walkie-talkies for up to two miles. They also showed 2.4Ghz wireless with 40 name/number directory. Three line display shows caller ID, call waiting and talk timer (GH9457RM). Also introduced was a 5.8Ghz cordless analog phone with digital answer machine, and caller ID on call waiting. (GH5830BK.) Both units have Multi-Handset systems which you can add up to nine handsets. These have dual keypad, built-in speakerphone, two-way intercom between base or handsets, and more. 

Watches

I have had a digital watch for years and love them for the alarm ability. Well my watch stopped working (would not switch over) so I was interested in looking at them.

Oregon Scientific www.oregonscientific.comOregon Scientific RP107 watch

The Altimeter Weather Watch sport watch (Model #RP107, MSRP $300) is bundled with PC software and a docking station (RZ910), and computer port linkage (RS232) for downloading information from exercise routines or mounting onto equipment such as bicycle handlebar. It measures altitude and vertical speed (feet per second), while monitoring outside temperature (Fahrenheit) and barometric pressure for current and 12-24-hour weather forecast. With a chronograph stopwatch timer that extends up to just under 100 hours, and a heart rate monitor with wireless chest strap it can be programmed for an audible and visual alarm for your optimal heart rate training zone, as well as altitude alarm warning, daily alarm and three other event alarms (MSRP $200).

Timex www.timex.com

Timex Ironman watchThe new Ironman with Data Link USB connection works with Microsoft Outlook to download phone numbers, contacts, schedules, and other information. It has multiple alarm, time, and time zone capability. The user can allocate memory to features used the most. Such as more alarms or appointments. Contacts can have addresses, four phone numbers, and email address. Appointments can be set for daily, weekday, weekend, weekly, monthly, yearly, or one day. There is even a reminder feature for each appointment. The man who showed it to me had a sense of humor. He programmed the watches for the others. What they didn’t know was that he set the alarms to go off at 2:00 a.m. and every half hour after. Due out in Spring 2003 for about $90. Their Ironman Bodylink System is a network of devices worn on the body to gather sports monitoring information.

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