PalmPix for m500 Series Has New Features

Kodak has introduced a PalmPix camera that works with the new m500 and m505 and offers features not available in previous ones. It folds for easier carrying. It offers SVGA resolution that captures color images at 800 x 600 pixels. It has an adjustable focal range with three settings: macro (4 inches), portrait (2 ft. to 12 ft.) and landscape (8 ft. to infinity). New software lets users convert 320 x 240 images to JPEG files on the handheld. These files are stored on the expansion slot memory card for sharing without the cradle. It will cost $130 and be available before July.

The PalmPix camera also features a four-element (f2.8) glass lens that enhances picture quality and a 2X digital zoom. Until images are transferred to a computer, they can be stored in the Palm handheld's internal memory (each PalmPix image requires approximately 160KB of memory) or on Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMediaCard memory cards.

It offers three image resolutions: 800 x 600 (best), 640 x 480 (better), 320 x 240 (good). Only images taken in 320 x 240 can be converted to JPEGs.

It is powered by the handheld so no battery is required. It is 3.0" x 1.1" x 2.0" when folded and 3.1" when open. It weighs 1.92 oz.

The PalmPix is compatible with Windows 98 or higher and Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.1.

"The new PalmPix is the latest example of how Kodak is combining image science and information technology in innovative ways, making it easier for you to take, store and share pictures as information,'' said Willy Shih, president of Kodak's Digital and Applied Imaging group. "New, smarter personal devices, such as the PalmPix camera, are always on and ready when you are.''

"The new PalmPix camera was designed for enhanced portability, convenience and style,'' said Byron Connell, vice president, Product Management and Planning, at Palm Inc. "Lightweight, the new PalmPix camera folds up like a cell phone so you can take it anywhere. It's the perfect accessory for the Palm m500 series handheld.''

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nice but....

sub_tex @ 3/21/2001 10:02:45 AM #
still no flash? even 8 dollar throw-away cameras come with the built in cheesy flash.

not saying i won't buy this thing anyway but.....kodak seems to forget that people do take pictures at night.

RE: nice but....
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/17/2001 12:32:16 PM #
The reason might be that it only runs on the Palm internal battery. With a flash, it would suck the life out of the Palm quite quickly. But still a good point.

RE: nice but....
ajf @ 6/21/2001 8:40:08 AM #
explain this to me -- a camera that runs off the palm m505's battery, out on the market before the m50X travel charger is available.


RE: nice but....
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/19/2001 3:39:48 PM #
hmm, its july now, but the palmpix still isnt available. Does anyone know when it really will be?



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