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Epson And Panasonic Present 16:9 Photo Camera And Paper

Micron To Preview Innovations At Photokina

BenQ Introduces First LCD Monitor With AMA Z Technology

Epson And Panasonic Present 16:9 Photo Camera And Paper

As 16:9 ratio had become the international standard of HDTV, Epson and Panasonic presented new products to meet the needs of photographers who want to shoot, view and print in 16:9 format. Panasonic introduced its LUMIX LX2 digital camera to feature a 16:9 CCD sensor and LCD screen. Epson is launching Premium Glossy Photo Paper 16:9 (101.60mm x 180.60mm). It features a smooth, bright white resin-coated layer for a vibrant high-gloss finish and is compatible with a range of Epson printers including the new Epson PictureMate PM 240 and PictureMate PM 280.

As an introductory offer Epson and Panasonic are joining together to provide a trial sample of the new 16:9 Premium Glossy Photo Paper with every purchase of the Panasonic DMC-LX2.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2, 10.2-megaixel advanced compact camera, incorporates triple-wide features of 28 mm wide angle Leica DC lens, 16:9 wide CCD and 16:9 wide LCD. The DMC-LX2 also features MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO control to compensate for any kind of blur caused by hand shake and subject movement. Not only the DMC-LX2 but all other LUMIX cameras can record 16:9 aspect photos to support this new photographic experience

The Epson PictureMate PM 280 and PictureMate PM 240 are 10x15cm photo printers, incorporating Epson’s latest printing technologies, PhotoEnhance and Advanced Variable-Sized Droplet technology. Both work in standalone mode, so you don’t even need to connect to your computer. To print your 16:9 ratio photo, simply insert your digital camera memory card into the printer, select the 16:9 Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper option and print. Exclusive to the PictureMate PM 280, is an internal CD drive allowing you to print directly from a CD or save images from your digital memory card to CD. Both printers also provide direct printing from digital camera memory cards, USB DIRECT-PRINT™, PictBridge and an optional Bluetooth adapter.

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Micron To Preview Innovations At Photokina

Next week at Photokina, Micron Technology, Inc. will preview its latest imaging innovations for the digital photography market.

The company will unveil a new 5-megapixel high-definition (HD) image sensor for mainstream digital cameras. The new sensor is capable of capturing video at 60 frames per second in 720p (progressive) format and 30 fps in 1080p format. Micron will begin sampling this sensor in the fall of 2006.

Designed specifically for digital video camcorder applications, Micron will also introduce a new HD video sensor that captures 60 fps in 720p format. Designed to work with long-range zoom lenses, the sensor was built using Micron’s 2.2-micron pixel technology. Additionally, the sensor has additional pixel area for image stabilization, which reduces the effect of shaky and blurred images typically caused by jittery hands or camera-shake. This sensor is expected to begin sampling in the first quarter of 2007.

Source: Micron Technology, Inc.

BenQ Introduces First LCD Monitor With AMA Z Technology

BenQ today expands its LCD monitor lineup with the BenQ FP241W Z, featuring BenQ’s exclusive AMA Z (Advanced Motion Accelerator Z) technology, HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and full 1080p HD support. BenQ FP241W Z also features BenQ’s proprietary Senseye technology and flexible screen adjustment along with the PIP (picture-in-picture) function.

The BenQ FP241W Z is the first LCD monitor to incorporate AMA Z dynamic video processing technology. BenQ’s AMA Z technology is called to eliminate ghosting and motion blur around the screen edges for a better viewing experience with all types of video content.

AMA Z technology uses two steps to counter ghosting problems. The first step is to reduce the grey-to-grey response time using AMA technology, and the second step is to eliminate the artifacts present on hold-type displays due to the human visual system’s smooth pursuit tracking by inserting a black frame between each motion frame.

BenQ FP241W Z’s flexible screen adjustment provides users to freely adjust the screen viewing angle for a more comfortable experience, including -45/45 left/right swivel angle, pivot and height adjustment. BenQ FP241W Z also comes outfitted with integrated USB ports for easy connections to various USB peripherals.

Source: BenQ

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